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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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Win a UK Break with Your Mum in a Million

With Mother's Day just around the corner, and gift ideas flooding my twitter feed I've been feeling a little stressed (as always) about just what to get my lovely mum this year. It got me thinking about how I can really show her just how important she is to me, and say that extra special thank you for everything she's done.
Anyone can be a mum, but can just anyone be a Mum in a Million? My mama (she totally hates it when I call her that!) is my best friend. We are like two peas in a pod - we almost always have the same opinions on things, similar tastes in music, fashion and we are both complete shopaholics! 

Like most, my mum has always been there for me. When I was little she mended my scraped knees, kissed my cuts better and cuddled me when I was afraid. As I grew older and suffered with bullying at school she wiped my tears and was always there to reassure me that it would all get better soon. 

When I got to high school she gave up so much for me to go to an amazing school and supported me every step of the way. When I didn't believe in myself, she believed in me and gave me the courage to stay positive and keep plodding along.

When I made it to the university of my dreams my mum had the strength to let me go, even though I was moving hundreds of miles away from home. She relentlessly stalked my Facebook during my first year (because I was horrendous at keeping in touch!) and when things weren't going so well, she was there at any hour of the day or night.

When I was making plans to move thousands of miles across the world after graduation, she smiled and offered her advice and love, enough though the thought of me being so far away must have been awful. When the plans all fell through she was immediately there to pick up the pieces.

When I moved out of home for the last time, she worried about whether I'd eat, or have enough money to survive, or whether I'd remember to lock the doors at night or forget that I have family to visit. She does all the worrying, so that I don't have to.

My mum is my best friend. We've had our fights, our ups, our downs. I've had my diva moments and driven her crazy and she's always right (though I hate to admit it). If it weren't for her I wouldn't be where I am today. I've been through so much over the years and she's been there through it all, right by my side and I couldn't be more thankful. I don't know what I'd do without her, or where I'd be today. Best of all, even though I'm a grown adult (sort of), I can still go home for a cuddle when I'm having a rubbish day and she'll make it all ok again.

I probably don't say this enough, so thank you mum, I love you!

Is your mum one in a million too? Parkdean Holidays are holding a fab competition to help you give your Mum in a Million the thank you she deserves. You can win a UK weekend break* worth up to £499 and all you have to do to enter is say why your mum is one in a million! Easy!
*The competition held by Parkdean Holidays is live until Sunday 15th March and you must be 18 or over to enter (see t&cs)

Let me know if you enter!
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