Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Shaping Up with New Look Sport

New Look Fitness Sport Clothing
I was always that girl who could literally shovel food into her face and not even stop to think about what it was doing to my body - that is until about a year ago, when suddenly it all started to catch up with me. I lived with the naive notion that my metabolism would always be awesome and I'd never have to do exercise (what's that?!). More fool me!

I am by no means overweight - just probably a little lot unhealthy with a few areas where I'd really like to shift some of the tub and replace it with the lovely solid muscles I used to have. I used to sail twice a week and I really didn't consider this exercise, so I never thought about it as being hard work.

I've been trying (poorly) to make an effort to get some exercise done with running, signing up for yoga and toying with the idea of sailing again. To help me with my cause there's nothing quite like a good tune to really get me in the mood. Something that often surprises people is that I'm a huge fan of dubstep and electronic music and there is nothing that makes me want to get on my feet and move more than a Skrillex tune with a nasty drop! I've put together a playlist of my absolute favourites - have a listen and tell me that it doesn't just make you want to get up and get down!!


I've got the motivation (ish) and I've got the tunes - now all I need is to look the part! 

New Look Fitness Sport Clothing

New Look's brand spangly new sports range* has come in just perfect to get me started, as well as my trusty Nike trainers and some sports equipment. Check out how seriously I take exercise... ("all the gear and no idea" springs to mind!)

New Look Fitness Sport Clothing
New Look Fitness Sport Clothing
New Look Fitness Sport ClothingNew Look Fitness Sport Clothing
New Look Fitness Sport Clothing
New Look Fitness Sport Clothing
I'm really impressed with New Look's Sportswear range - the clothing is affordable, comfortable and super cute too (I have never felt so great in a crop top, how gorgeous is the back detail!), plus my leggings come with a zip pocket in the bum, which is perfect for my iPod shuffle when I'm running!

I'd love to know what you love to listen to while you work out?

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Sykes Cottages: Postcards to the Past

Sykes Cottages have got this gorgeous little campaign going on called Postcards to the Past where you can create a digital postcard and write to the people in the picture. What a gorgeous way to relive old memories and remember the lovely times that have gone by. I've put my creative hat on and clipped together my own little postcard to the past...
JustRach Sykes Cottages Postcard
JustRach Sykes Cottages Postcard

I've always been a shutter bug right from being a wee thing - I used to fill cheap disposables with literally hundreds of pictures and tug on my mum's arm until she'd take me to Boots to have them developed. When I got my first digital cam I treated it like it was the most precious thing on earth. I took it everywhere with me. I have tonnes of memories snapped on hundreds of occasions. Now of course I have a hobby which practically thrives on photography - and I may not be the best at it but I love it. I've got a bridge for blogging, my trusty iPhone, a beautiful Baby Diana F+ Lomography camera and now an adorable little Fujifilm Instax Mini 8* - all of which hold countless priceless memories and I love making more every single day. Just this weekend in fact I've been out snapping away at some National Trust locations - not quite the glam holiday I was hoping for, but still happy memories indeed!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

If you'd like to make your own Postcard to the Past, head on over to Sykes Cottages to get started and get ready to get really sentimental - best of all you can send your digital postcard to all your friends and family, just like you would an old one!
Are you a shutterbug too? What advice would you give to your younger self?

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Pretty in Prints on Mother's Day

Bonmarche set me a little bit of a Mother's Day task for their Pretty in Prints campaign - to choose a dress for my dear Mum and feature her styling up a storm on JustRach. Now, my Mum has been considering starting a blog herself so she was absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to strut her stuff and be in the limelight.

Astley Bank Hotel is just around the corner from where I live, it's beautiful and the food is always superb - so it's sort of our 'go-to' place for holidays, birthdays and special occasions. It provided the perfect backdrop for a style post and my Mum definitely got well into the spirit of things, hunting out good photo spots! I think she did a fantastic job and looks beautiful in her new dress!

(Excuse the bad quality, the lighting wasn't great!)
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Mum totally loved being the star of the show for this post - insisting on photos of Hannah and I, as well as grabbing our lovely waiter James for a snap too! She really loved the dress too, she thought the quality was great, loved the material and found it really soft and comfortable to wear. When I asked her how she felt about being pampered by Bonmarche, she said "I could definitely get used to this!"

Thanks Bonmarche for totally spoiling my Mum, she loved every minute of it and it was perfect to see her getting some of the attention she deserves for being my superwoman!

What do you think of my mum's outfit? How did you spoil your Mum on Mother's Day?

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Sunshine Aurora

I mentioned in my last post how much of a countryside fan I am - but I especially can't resist it on a beautiful day. B and I went for a walk in the glorious sunshine (and 15 degree heat!!) after driving about the country lanes and spotting a gorgeous clearing where people were walking their doggies. More of this please Mr Weatherman! It was a perfect style post opportunity... 
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I think I look like I really need to wee here, but B insisted I keep the photo in! :)
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Head-to-toe: Earrings: Coast || Catmaster Sunnies: Topshop || Necklace: Aurora c/o House of Fraser || Shirt: Primark || Watch: Daniel Wellington || Jeans: Hollister || Shoes: Primark

We had so much fun wandering about in the beautiful weather, it *almost* felt like summer! I'm wearing another of the beautiful necklaces kindly sent to me by HOF - the coloured crystals are Swarovski Elements and I just love how they sparkle in the sun - so pretty! I think all that's missing from this outfit is a beautiful handbag, I've been peeking at the huge collection at House of Fraser and got my eye on some of the Michael Kors beauties!

Let me know what you think of my outfit! Do you have a handbag you'd pair with it?

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Monday, 16 March 2015

Rivington Country Walk

There's nothing I love more than a good stroll through the countryside, and I feel lucky that I live just a stones throw away from some of the most beautiful places to go exploring - perfect for a little outfit post! Rivington Hall and the surrounding walks are just perfect for a crisp spring Sunday. It got too foggy to go up Rivington Pike, so that's next on our list! 
rivington honeycomb necklace daniel wellington watch
rivington honeycomb necklace daniel wellington watch
rivington honeycomb necklace daniel wellington watch
I wore a floral shirt (which I managed to get no decent photos of - bad blogger!) because spring is most definitely in the air, and nothing says spring more than a good floral! Plus I'm obsessed.

I paired it with simple country styling, my go-to pashmina and this pretty little honeycomb necklace by Ziba at House of Fraser (psst it's on sale too!). I'm getting really into geometric shapes in my jewellery at the moment - this one is really cool because it makes me think of bees and nature, but also looks a lot like a chemical formula drawing too (*nerd alert*).
rivington honeycomb necklace daniel wellington watch
rivington honeycomb necklace daniel wellington watch
rivington honeycomb necklace daniel wellington watch
rivington honeycomb necklace daniel wellington watch
rivington honeycomb necklace daniel wellington watch
Head-to-toe: Shirt: Primark || Jeans: Hollister || Wellies: Hunter || Wax Jacket: Henry Hunt || Satchel c/o LYDC || Pashmina: Manc Xmas Market || Necklace: Ziba c/o House of Fraser || Watch: Daniel Wellington

We thoroughly enjoyed our little stomp through the countryside, especially cosying up in the beautiful Rivington Hall Barn afterwards with a nice cup of tea and a cheeky slice of carrot cake. There's nothing that B and I love more than throwing on our wellies for a good wander!
What's your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?

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