Thursday, 17 April 2014

Majestical Yellow + Giveaway


Majestical Jewellery Earrings and Necklace Full Length
Persunmall Summer Dress
Full Yellow Persun Summer Dress Majestical Statement Jewelry
Forever21 Summer Wedges
Majestical Statement Necklace
Yellow Persunmall Summer Dress Back
Majestical Statement Necklace Close up
Yellow Persun Summer Dress side
Yellow Persun Dress Close-up
Yellow Persun Summer Dress Print
Yellow Persun Full Length
Forever21 Floral Wedges
Necklace and Earrings Majestical Jewelry
Dress c/o Persunmall // Shoes: Forever 21 // Necklace & Earrings c/o Majestical


Hello cherubs! I hope you're all enjoying this glorious sunshine as much as I am? Not wanting to miss an opportunity to soak up some sun I popped on this super summery yellow dress* from Persunmall and chose to do my work out in the back garden today. I don't think there's a more summery colour than yellow, do you? I especially love that it's lovely and floaty, and super light, which was great for keeping me cool when the sun was really out to say hello!

The gorgeous statement jewellery* I'm wearing was kindly sent to me by Majestical Jewelry who have a really lovely range on their website, including designer brands. I don't usually wear dangly earrings because my earlobes are fairly soft and don't take too well to heavy jewellery, but these are not too heavy and I really love how they look.

Want to win your own gorgeous statement piece from Majestical? All you have to do is fill in the giveaway widget below to enter yourself to be in with a chance of winning one of two $10 giftcards to spend on Majestical.com. Open Worldwide. Ends 29/04/14. Good Luck!

Majestical Jewellery

All pictures for this blog post were taken with my brand new Nokia Lumia 1520 that I'm conducting a trial review of for the next two weeks. I'll have a blog post up at the end of the trial time, but if you'd like to keep up with my Lumia adventures until then you will find lots of photos on Instagram and Twitter or by searching #connectstrial

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Book Review: Emotional Assault by Lisa Kroulik

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
When I read the advertisement to review this book, I well and truly had my Psychology hat on and I decided to give this book a read purely on that basis - because I thought the psychology of it all was very interesting. It was only as I read further into this brilliantly succinct book that I realised a lot of it rang true a lot closer to Rach with her regular, everyday hat on.

When I started to read the book I'd just broken up with my previous boyfriend, and I realised as I read that a lot of the stories in the book were very similar to things I'd gone through myself. It was eye-opening to realise that a lot of the things I'd blamed myself for weren't actually my fault at all. This book gave me courage, and it gave me hope.

Now, I'm not going to get all personal in the post, because as far as I'm concerned I've well and truly moved on from that chapter in my life and I now have the most wonderful, doting boyfriend a girl could possibly ask for. With that in mind, I hope that after reading this post, if you're in a bad place in your relationship, go and give this book a read because it just might open your eyes like it did mine.

What's the book about? This short, informative book is split into two main sections:

 Part 1 is all about recognising an emotional abuser's "tricks of the trade" and is littered with personal anecdotes which really helps to demonstrate the sort of situations these "tricks" can be used in. The main problem with sufferers of emotional abuse, is that they don't know it's happening. I certainly didn't. In most cases the abuser has worn down the self-esteem of the abused to the point where they blame everything on themselves. It's really useful when you're reading through each trick to realise that you're not alone and others have gone through it too.

Part 2 of Emotional Assault covers the painful decision of whether to let go or not and the aftermath of an emotionally abusive relationship and assures readers that things do get better with time. And I can personally assure you too, that it does get better. I spent a wonderful 6 months rebuilding my self-esteem, confidence and learning to do things for myself and then I found the one.

The thing I like the most about this read is that it's realistic. Lisa accepts that sometimes you can be as much a part of the problem as you are the solution. She also includes that once the decision to break free is made, it's not going to be easy. It's hard, you will doubt yourself, but if you are strong you will get through it.

My one criticism is that the book is geared towards men being the abusers, I understand that this is a very personalised account of emotional assault, but I think it needs to be made clear that, while it is less common, abuse can come from women too.

If you're currently in an abusive relationship, suspect you might be, or have been in one in the past, or even if you know someone who is going through these sorts of problems at the moment, then I highly recommend this book. You can purchase it on Amazon for your Kindle for just £2.50

If you are going through something like this and need immediate support please talk to someone you trust, or visit Women's Aid.

I'd love your comments and thoughts below, or: @justrachblog // justrachblog@gmail.com
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Style Fruits - Pastel Me Pretty Competition

Happy Hump Day my loves! I've entered the Style Fruits Pastel Me Pretty competition and I need your help! It's votes based and I'm a late entrant, so with only 2 weeks to go until the competition closes and the front runner at something over 600 votes, I'm going to need all the help I can get to even get close. If you like the pastel inspired outfit I've put together, I'd love you forever if you could head over and vote for my look (just scroll down til you find me) and pass the link on to anyone you know who can help out too. You can vote once per day.
A blog post featuring this outfit will be coming very soon, which includes a giveaway!!! So keep your eyes peeled darlings!

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Like, Love, Loathe Linkup #7

Way back in 2012 I used to regularly take part in the Like, Love, Loathe link-up over at Futures. It's been a while, and Bex even took a break from it, but it's going again and here I am picking up where I left off!
Without further ado, here are this weeks likes, loves and loathes! I'm going to put my loathe first though, because I'd really like to end my posts on a good note!
Loathe
Coursework - It may be the Easter holiday or half-term for most, but there's no rest for the wicked (read 'teachers') because not only do I have an essay due in next week, I've got 8 weeks of teaching to plan for (and lets not even talk about the back-log of blog stuff I've got to do!). I'd really like to be organised and get as much as I can physically manage to get done in the next week and a half.....

Like
Pastels - I love spring, I think it's my favourite season because...pastels! I adore pastel colours and spring is the perfect time to be wearing them on my nails, my clothes and anywhere else I can manage to squeeze them on to my person. My favourite pastel colour this year is definitely the duck egg/cornflower blue. Beaut!
Love
Sunshine - The weather is getting so beautiful as each day goes by and it's lovely to not be working 6am til 6pm so I can actually go out, enjoy it and actually appreciate it. Sunshine and blue skies always makes me happier, more productive and raring to get stuck into my day!
What are you liking, loving and loathing this week?

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Lunch at Huntley's Country Stores

Just Rach Lunch at Huntley's Farm Shop
Just Rach Huntley's Farm Shop Lunch
Just Rach Outfit Huntleys Lunch Miss Luxe Quiz
Just Rach Outfit Miss Luxe Quiz Jack Wills Hush Puppies
Just Rach Outfit of the Day
Miss Luxe Navy Striped Blazer
Quiz Gingham Collared Tee Shirt
Literato The Writer Necklace
Quiz Gingham Navy Collared Tee
Quiz Tee Miss Luxe Blazer
Black and White Portrait
Jacket c/o Miss Luxe || Top: Quiz || Necklace: Literato || Jeans: Jack Wills || Boots c/o Hush Puppies || Bag: H&M

Huntley's is a really great place to go for lunch. It's practically in the middle of the countryside, so is surrounded by beautiful scenery, plus there's a small antiques hall, clothes shop, furniture and home store as well as an extensive farm shop. As if all that wasn't enough, they also make their own (rather famous) ice cream, which is totally to die for. Oh, and there are two peacocks that just roam the around the grounds seemingly unfazed by any guests who stop to take a picture.

The interiors of the place are stunning to sit and have a quiet, peaceful lunch - there's even a beautiful white grand piano across from the bar. B and I settled down to some yummy jacket potato with cheese and beans before heading off to wander around the little shops.

After we'd had our fill, and since the weather was so nice, we had a little drive around the local area until we found a lovely little tudor church. We sat and had a little drink whilst enjoying the last of the sunshine before heading home.

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