Sunday, 1 September 2013

Oooops!

HELLO WORLD!

Sorry I haven't posted on here for what seems (and is) forever! This summer has been really amazing and I have loved almost every second of it! I've hardly been in rainy old Scotland which suits me fine. I was on a school trip to Tanzania, a family holiday in Florida and then to London to do some volunteering work! All in the space of 6 weeks or so.

 I think to catch up on all my different things it will take me several posts, and now I am back to school with a little structure in my life I'm going to try and post here much more frequently. So I will start from the beginning...

I now wear glasses! Just for distance and luckily I'm not too blind. I found the most beautiful pair of D&G ones. They were the last ones in the shop and I'm so lucky I snapped them up! They are quite vintage-y in style with big black rims and they are lovely! Glasses really can be such a fashion statement! I tried on so many lovely pairs and it was so difficult to decide what to go for. There are loads of traditional style ones, and quite a few weird and wonderful ones.


Sorry for the bad picture quality! 

 Sunglasses are also a great love of mine! My friend Billy told me about Finlay & Co. who make stunning wooden sunglasses. I love how they are a little bit different. They look very sleek and sophisticated. Being made of wood, they have an extra dimension and texture. They are definitely on my summer wishlist for next year! Plus, they are handmade and so no two pairs are the same, perfect! 





That's all for just now but expect me to be posting a lot more soon! 

Rachel x


Friday, 28 June 2013

Summertime and the livin' is easy

It is nearly summer! Wooohoooo! Also I have not posted on here for ages and ages, because I suck at blogging :'(

I have an announcement to make .............................................



I am going to be part of Outsider Zine! It is an awesome new online magazine for teenagers. We are going to be talking about feminism, style, teenage problems, and there will be diaries, photo sets and beautiful artwork! Plus loads more cool stuff that I can't remember just now cos my brain is mush! We will post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and I am super excited about it! Dayzee is the editor and Sinead and Essine made these incredible headers! I can't wait to work with such a talented bunch of girlies!




That's all for just now, I have a lot to catch up on though so expect some more posts soon :) 

Ray xx





Saturday, 9 March 2013

Vibes...

Hi folks!
 I'm so sorry for the dreadful lack of posting on here. I thought after half term my teachers would take it relatively easy on me but I have had about 3 times as much homework than usual, and lots of coursework to complete, plus next week I have a piano exam which I am going to fail, because basically I am awful at piano... I've been planning to send pen pal letters too but haven't been able to because of all this. And on top of all of this I might be moving house right before my exams. So I'm a little bit stressed out!

 Anyway, other than that everything's been fine. Happy International Women's Day to all of you lovely ladies! Remember, you are all incredible!

 

 Here is a little selection of some of the things inspiring me right now, all of these pictures are from tumblr. Check out my tumblr here











So, as you can see I'm loving pastel pinks, glitter and anything to do with unicorns. Hope to be blogging some more soon! 

Love,
Ray xx

p.s. anyone who wants to do any guest blogging please email me at fancyfashionfreak@gmail.com









Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Yes, its vintage dahhling

So yesterday I had a really good day. I went into town with one of my friends from out of school and we decided to go vintage shopping. Sadly I didn't really see anything that caught my eye, but I can't wait to go again! In Glasgow there are actually loads of great vintage and charity shops, so many that we actually didn't even get to look in half of them. So I've decided to do a quick post about the ones that we went to which are in the centre of town, just a short walk away from Glasgow Central Station. If you live in the Glasgow area, or are ever just visiting, these will definitely be a highlight of your trip.

Okay, the first shop that we went to was Mr Ben. I've been to it several times before and it's just great. It's quite big and the rails are stuffed full of all sorts of different pieces, of all sorts of styles and from different eras. It's really quirky and many a time I've seen groups of fashionable art students in there. Also, its relatively cheap, although I think it does depend on what you buy. Certainly it's much cheaper than the urban renewal pieces in Urban outfitters, only a few minutes walk down the road, and the pieces you buy in Mr Ben are much more unique. There are lots of designer pieces to be found, at reasonable prices (including almost a whole rail of Burberry trench coats! There is also a huge collection of handbags, gloves, jewellery and other accessories. I could have spent hours looking through all of the gorgeous handbags. Many online reviews say that this is the best vintage shop in Glasgow, and I think it would be difficult to find anywhere better.




Then we walked just a little bit up the road to The City Retro, another great wee shop, smaller that Mr Ben, but still very nice. It too is stuffed full of all sorts of vintage goodies. It has a good selection of womenswear and menswear. Some of the guys' Arran jumpers were to die for! My friend and I spent ages looking through all of the silk scarves that they had. Lovely little shop and can't wait to go back!



Then we walked along on to the High Street, where we went to Eco Chic Boutique. As well as vintage clothes they also sell things that have been up-cycled and some pieces by local designers. It is a gorgeous little shop, very modern and full of pretty little things. Its pretty cheap but also very nice, and you know that you're supporting local crafts people.They sell very cute handmade peter pan collars, and bow-ties They don't have a huge selection of vintage clothes, just a few rails but what they do have is very nice and if I had the money I would buy the lot! As well as vintage clothes they have accessories, including handbags and shoes. I'm so glad I discovered this little place! This is now one of my favourite shops in Glasgow, will definitely be going back soon! 






Then we went next door to the Britannia Panopticon Charity shop. This is one of the nicest charity shops I've been in and is stuffed full of all sorts of cool stuff. There were hundreds of records, books, videos and DVDs plus quite a large selection of clothes including lots of costumes and things. Again I will be returning here, it is a little treasure chest! Also all the money raised is for a good cause, restoring one of the oldest music halls, right here in Glasgow, to its former glory.  



The final shop I visited was Barnardos Vintage on Wilson Street. It too is for a great cause, although their vintage section is relatively small. Saying that, lots of the clothes that they had in the "regular" section were very nice. I even spied a pair of Versace jeans! They also had some very pretty dresses, and a selection of CDs and DVDs. 



I can't wait to go again, hopefully with some more money this time! I would really recommend all of these shops, you may have to explore new areas of Glasgow rather than the familiar Buchanan Street and Argyll Street. However what you will find is fantastic, and actually this is only a very small selection of the vintage and charity shops. Here is a map of all the shops that I know of in Glasgow and feel free to leave a comment telling me about any more great little shops you know of. 

Love,
Ray xx


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Freedom tastes so sweet but is so fleeting

So I have finally finished my prelims! Yay!! Well.... maybe not so "yay" because I have realised I have soooo much work to do for maths as I didn't exactly do too well....

Never mind that, I don't want to think or talk about school because it puts me in a bad mood, like really bad, like I wanna punch some walls bad.... Grrrrrr..... (This is partly to do with a horrible teacher giving me a punishment exercise because I took hot food out of the lunchroom, no I didn't know hot food could kill anyone either, but obviously it can! Maybe they should be on the lookout more for the people who skive class to go to McDonalds, Greggs and Wagamamas. Personally I think that's slightly more of an offence, but what use is my opinion, I'm only a stupid person who generally gets straight As apart from this year in maths, and possibly Spanish (I haven't had that back yet)). UGH!

Anyway enough of my rant.

So, I've had an alright weekend other than thinking about that. I went shopping yesterday with my mum and got a couple of nice t-shirts and a pair of chino type trousers from hollister. I know its a pretty boring shop but the tops were actually really pretty and didn't have much branding on them apart from the little seagull. Then my mum went to meet her friends for a little bit, so I bought a cute ring and pair of earrings from Urban Outfitters. Then I went to HMV (literally like my favourite shop ever, I could honestly buy hundreds of things out of there.) YOU'D BETTER NOT CLOSE HMV OR I WILL NEVER HAVE ANYWHERE TO BUY CDS AND MOVIES, COS I REFUSE TO BUY STUFF FROM AMAZON WHO DON'T PAY THEIR TAXES, I PREFER TO BUY PHYSICAL MEDIA RATHER THAN DOWNLOADY THINGYS WHICH ARE ACTUALLY MADE FROM THIN AIR, AND THE SUPERMARKET NEVER HAS ANY OF THE MUSIC OR MOVIES I'M INTO! Sorry for my rant (again), but, well I really love HMV.

 I ended up buying Of Monsters and Men and Marina and the Diamonds CDs. As you can see I am very excited about this! Getting my well needed, after prelims, music fix.

I also ended up buying Moonrise Kingdom...... aswsdfghjkcgwkbednljjbdhaajsdnlaiduhguqdvqjwhdb!!!!!
Well again I am super excited about this because well, basically everyone else in the world has seen this and been raving about it forever, so now I can finally see it! It just looks so pretty with the 60s clothes, interiors and everything, and the colours, oh my! Going to watch it later on this week as a reward for doing my maths homework. Anyway I will leave you with a super excited (and ugly) picture of me and my DVD. 


Love, Ray xx

Saturday, 26 January 2013

I feel like a princess...

I think couture is one of the most beautiful things in the fashion world, the detail and thought that the designers put in is simply amazing, and the looks are breathtaking! I think it is pure art. Personally I usually prefer some of the more girly, ballgowney (I made a new word!) type of dresses such as this stunning sheer and red dress from Valentino, isn't it gorgeous! It is relatively simple, compared to many dresses, but is completely wonderful! The pattern is elegant, and I love the use of the bold red colour!


This is another dress from Valentino which I loved, it is very feminine and elegant. I absolutely love the sleeves, aren't they wonderful! There was quite a lot of white in the Valentino show, which again I loved because, well white is one of my favourite colours for clothes, especially dresses, and also it looks good on everyone, I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't look good in a crisp, clean white dress.


I could go on all day about the beautiful Valentino show, with its modern, clean lines and silhouettes, but also with some more traditional aspects mixed in. Ellie Saabs show was also full of gorgeous pieces, like the dress below, covered in pretty little flowers. I liked the way that it is sheer at the bottom,  which gives it a modern edge, but is very classic with it's design and detailing. 


The dress below was another one from Ellie Saab which I really liked, the soft gold colour is very pretty, and the detailing again is stunning. It is a very classic piece of design, bending modern and traditional styles very well. 


Finally here are some of the stunning pieces from Dior, designed by Raf Simmons. The modern and simple styles of the dresses was beautiful and I love the bright colours that were used, the outfits really "popped". The first outfit here is a very pretty top and skirt together. It is such a wonderful design and I just love the simplicity and minimalism of it. The veiled headdress was also very pretty. 



This is a very beautiful dress again, very simple, I like the contrast between the black and the light blue.  The silhouette it creates is very beautiful. The light blue, almost rippled fabric used for the skirt is very pretty and quite unusual. Again I could write for days on the beauty of Raf Simmons collection for Dior but I won't. You should definitely have a look at the rest of the show, although I'm sure you probably already have. All of the photographs used in this post are from Vogue


I just love the couture shows, they are simply stunning and the artistry involved is amazing! Some of the looks are simple and modern, others are more traditional and are like something out of a fairytale. Either way all of it is beautiful, and I just want to wear it all! If I could get away with wearing these stunning dresses everyday, I would never take them off. However... sadly I have to burst my own bubble... as a teenager who has no job, and the only money I get is for Christmas and Birthdays, I think it might take me a while to save up..... 

Ahhh well, a girl can dream, can't she? 


Love, Ray xx


Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Wonders of Russia





Well today, on my study "break" which *ahem* seemed to last all day, I watched the news, and they were doing a feature on the Moscow Kremlin. It was really interesting and looks like such a beautiful place. It is so grand and majestic. The gold room in the top picture, is magnificent and really looks like something out of a fairytale. I've always thought that Russia looks like such a beautiful country, and it's certainly on the top ten list of places I want to go in my life. It has so much interesting history, beautiful buildings and culture.

There are also many Russian fashion bloggers who have a wonderful sense of style such as Nataly Romashko, Juliet Polilova and Anastasia Kuzmina. Each of these ladies have wonderful style, you should definitely check them out.


As well as bloggers there is, of course, "the Russian pack", a group of four stylish ladies.

Vika Gazainskaya, a fashion designer, who has a lovely modern style often incorporating bold patterns. Her designs are also wonderful!


Elena Perminova, who has a lovely feminine style. She always looks beautiful.


Ulyana Sergeenko, who has a very pretty, and ladylike sense of style.


Finally, there is Miroslava Duma, who often wears bright, and beautiful prints.


The thing that I love about these women is that they all have their own individual style, and are proud to express themselves. Now I'm just waiting for someone to take me to Russia where I can enjoy all the beautiful culture, and fashion! I think I'll have to wait until after my exams....


Love, Ray xx