8 things that have made my 2018 amazing


2018 is coming to an end and I don’t know about you but I feel like this year has really whizzed by. I personally have had a great year and looking back, I have achieved some amazing things which have all contributed to making it a good one. Here are 8 highlights that have made it so special.

New Car

Although I finally passed my driving test last year, this Summer my boyfriend and I finally got round to getting a car. When I lived in London, I didn’t really need one as I only really used public transport to get around but there are certain things which having a car have really helped with such as food shopping. There is nothing worse than having to juggle a load of carrier bags of food shopping on the bus.

I love how much freedom having a car has given us and we are now able to drive to visit family easily and to be able to go away for the weekend. For my birthday in October we drove up to Oxford to stay in a spa hotel which was so much fun. Next year we plan to go on many more weekend trips away and explore further areas in the UK. 

Career

In January I started my new job at Ralph Lauren. Just call me Rachel from friends! Although it has been hard work and pretty stressful at times, I was promoted in September which was a great achievement. Since then, I’ve taken on new challenges and I have been learning new things every day. I have also been loving working in the Mayfair are of London. It is a fashionista’s paradise being surrounded by the biggest names in the fashion industry. I love the window displays and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I often post pictures of these!

Amsterdam

I have wanted to go to Amsterdam for years and this year I was able to visit for a few days. I love the unique style of houses lined up along the pretty canals and we went on a canal boat trip which was so much fun. It’s a great way to get a feel for the city so I recommend booking one of these. Of course we did all of the usual tourist spots like the red light district, and various famous “coffee” shops but our favourite place that we went to was the Foodhallen which was a large indoor food market. We stayed there the whole day eating loads of gorgeous dishes! Amsterdam is quite expensive but it is definitely worth a visit. We stayed in Citizin M which is one of my favourite hotels to stay in Europe.

Summer Heat

This summer was the hottest one since, well I cant actually remember when! I haven’t been on a beach holiday this year but with weather that good it really didn’t matter. The sun always puts everyone in such a good mood and with the football world cup taking place over this Summer, it was such a fun time. The only thing that I wish I had done was to have bought a fan. Literally every local store and online had sold out and at one point it was over 34 degrees at night! I am going to buy one in the new year to avoid missing out next time.

Festivals

I love a good festival and this year I went to Made in Birmingham and Boundary in my home town Brighton. I have been to so many events in Birmingham over the years but this this was my first Made festival. The field they hosted this on was miles away from anywhere and was a bit of a mission to get to. There were around 20 of us travelling there together and it was fun going in a large group. The only downside was the weather. It literally poured with rain all day!

Boundary festival though was AMAZING. I will definitely be going again next year. It was great to have this event on my own doorstep and the music was so good. It was also packed with people all day and had an all round fab atmosphere. I had my hair done for the event by the brilliant Braid Babes in Brighton. I really recommend them as they can do literally any braid style out there and they are such lovely girls. Their website details are HERE.

Teeth

Blog & Events

Last but not least, of course I have to mention this blog! I started blogging around June and for the last 6 months I have really enjoyed posting weekly reviews and blog posts. I have been so fortunate to have been gifted some beautiful items and I have been able to try out products from new brands that I have discovered. I have also collaborated with various brands which has been so much fun.

I have also been invited to some really great events including a new launch by Lola make up, an invitation to London Fashion week and trying out local events in Brighton such as afternoon tea on a Routemaster bus which you can read all about HERE.

My blog is still in really early days and I have so many ideas and plans in the pipeline. I am really excited to continue with my blogging journey into next year and who knows where it will lead and what other opportunites will come my way.

Here’s to an amazing 2019 and wishing you all a fab New Years eve celebration! xx

A fun evening spent with Fizzbox events!

Recently I was invited by the fabulous Fizzbox team to try out two of their events in my home town in Brighton. If you haven’t already heard of Fizzbox, they are an online company where you can book fun activities and experiences in loads of locations around the UK as well as in Europe. I wish I had known about this service sooner. I have been on weekend trips away this year and this would have been the perfect way to find out about local events available nearby.

Whether you are a foodie, someone who likes a day at the spa, or even someone who is a thrill seeker that enjoys adventure – there is literally an event for everyone.

Afternoon Tea with a retro Twist

The first part of the evening was a beautiful afternoon tea on a traditional London Routemaster bus. I have seen this tour around town before so I was so excited to get to try this out. The upstairs of the bus was arranged into groups of tables to fit 4 people and the windows were all decorated with velvet curtains which really added to the luxury styling of the bus. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco and given a menu to have a look at the treats that were about to be served!

There was a lovely selection of sandwiches with fillings ranging from cream cheese to smoked salmon, as well as a huge selection of sweet treats including macaroons, a gorgeous mousse and slice of carrot cake. There were several teas to try and I went for a classic breakfast tea which came in a spill proof mug so there is no risk of burning yourself!

After the first setting, we were served gorgeous scones with pots of cream and jam – perfection!

All aboard! We were all given these cute tickets as we got onto the bus!

The tour lasted for around an hour and a half and was a fab way to view the City, covering all of the sites including the Palace Pier, Royal Pavilion, Brighton Marina and shopping heaven, the Lanes. The service was fantastic and I absolutely loved this tour. This afternoon tea would be the perfect girlie trip with friends for a hen weekend, or just as a lovely day out with your mum, sister, or nan. I really recommend it!

 A cocktail making master class

The next part of the evening was spent at  Las Iguanas in Brighton which is a restaurant with a cocktail bar area. We were greeted by our bartender for the evening and she taught us how to make a selection of cocktails. It was so much fun and it has made me want to host my own little cocktail party at home now! We covered all kinds of drinks from Pina coladas to mojitos – all of the cult classic favourites. We were also served a selection of tasty Tapas food which was a lovely little extra treat along with the drinks.

This event would be so much fun as part of a hen night again, or a girlie trip into Brighton for the weekend. We tried so many different drinks that t would be a good way to start the evening off!

Overall experience

I had such a fun night and really enjoyed both experiences. I highly recommend checking out the Fizzbox website HERE at all of the fab events that you can book through them. If you are looking for a last minute Christmas present why not book a day out that someone can look forward to in the new year. That would make such a lovely gift.

Thank you to the Fizzbox team for inviting me, I had an amazing evening and I will definitely be booking more events with you in the future. There are so many that I cannot wait to try!

Have you ever tried a cocktail making class before? What is the best afternoon tea you have ever had? Leave me a comment below! x

 

Johnny Loves Rosie – my go to place for accessories

Johnny Loves Rosie has been one of my favourite brands for a while. They always have such beautiful leather handbags and accessories so I was really excited to try out a piece from their new AW18 headwear collection.

Leopard print is such a huge trend at the moment and I am a huge animal print fan so this headband is going to be a perfect statement piece to wear this season. This is a classic band shape with a pretty bow on the side and it is really comfortable to wear. There is nothing worse than when you wear one that digs into you and gives you a blinding headache! There are a few bow headband options on the Johnny Loves Rosie website as well as pretty jewel encrusted style which will be perfect or the up coming festive season.

I have been wearing this piece with knitwear and jeans, as well as roll neck tops with leather leggings. It also looks fab with a winter teddy coat. It looks great with so many outfit combinations, I’m obsessed!

You can shop on the Johnny loves Rosie website HERE and these are a few of my top picks!

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