30 Before 30 | Sitting In The Clouds

I recently turned 20 and it occurred to me how little I’ve done with my life so far and how much I want to achieve. My little head is full of dreams and aspirations and even though I’m not even near my half way mark on my life, I’m starting to panic. By the time I’m 30, I want to feel stable and happy with my life. That’s far from where I am right now.  I shouldn’t really be worrying at all, 10 years is a long time. I can barely remember turning 10 and in those ten years, I finished full time education, begun and ended teenage hood, learnt to drive, been to Disney countless times, had a 4 year long relationship, made and lost friends, brought my first lottery ticket, celebrated Christmas ten times, changed so much as a person and done things I can’t even remember. I don’t think my 10 year old self wouldn’t recognise me right now. But being the list maker, planner junkie and organiser that I am, I’ve created a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn the big 3-0!



>1 Participate in the Disney Cultural Exchange Program
>2 Have a Degree
>3 Explore Australia & New Zealand
>4 Get Married
>5 Start a Family
>6 Work for Disney (HQ in Hammersmith)
>7 Help Rays of Sunshine grant a wish
>8 Do a Professional Internship at Disney (Burbank, Florida)
>9 See my designs somewhere in the public eye
>10 Meet my Kiwi friend
>11 Have a home library and office (aka own a house)
>12 Visit every Disney resort, including California, Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris, Orlando and Hong Kong
>13 Have a fitness routine I love and stick to
>14 Learn how to do a french plait
>15 Have my first nightclub experience (yes, I’m 20 and haven’t actually been on a proper night out)
>16 Own something designer (a handbag or a high end makeup product)
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17 Meet at least one more actor from FRIENDS (I have met Matthew Perry)
>18 Have a stayaction in Brighton
>19 Go to a restaurant and only order dessert
>20 Go to a cinema and see the next film showing
>21 Celebrate a birthday aboard
>22 Own a dog (preferably a German Shephard)
>23 Have a “well stocked” savings account
>24 Continue bullet journalling and own all the different Leuchtturm1917 coloured notebooks.
>25 Own a vintage style polaroid
>26 Make sure I continually keep in contact with my three closest friends
>27 Keep up with my blog and have a custom domain name
>28 Enjoy a Disney cruise (stopping at their private island)
>29 Do some freelance graphic design work
>30 Stay in a treehouse villa



This list may be overly ambitious but it could be achievable. I guess I’ll find out in 10 years. If I have completed all these dreams of mine, I’ll be a very happy 30 year old and I won’t be worrying on my 30th birthday, much like Rachel Green or Joey Tribbiani from FRIENDS did….“Why God Why?! We had a deal, let the others grow old, not me!”

What’s on the top of your bucket list? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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Leaving Teen-hood | Sitting In The Clouds

Each year you get to celebrate the fact you are growing older, which really doesn’t sound that fun, but to be honest it really depends on the age you are turning. Kids love their birthday’s, most of them eager to age up another year to be able to act cooler, get permission to do more things, and just seem more grown up. I’m guilty of being one of “those” kids. But when you get to your adult years, birthdays become less and less welcoming. However, I see it like this…

“Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you”

I recently turned 20, leaving my teenage years behind me and entering the real world of adulting. However, as each birthday comes and goes, I never feel older. I get asked my age and have to think about it a while before realising that, yes, in fact I am a year older. Nothing really changes except peoples expectations for you. I’m now 20 which kind of means I have to start taking responsibility for things. We’ll see about that. For my 20th birthday celebration this year, I rocked out to one of my favourite punk pop bands live, had a Stitch, yes from Lilo and Stitch, themed bbq and went book shopping. No afternoon tea, champagne and grown up talk just yet.



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I had a great celebration into adulthood and a month later still don’t feel like an adult. Like Walt Disney once said, “adults are only kids grown up”. He was a man of many wise words but those ones speak to me more than ever. Age is merely a number, don’t let it stop you doing things you want to do. At 20, I had a Stitch themed party and don’t regret it one bit.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE |Tea Talk #9 | Sitting In The Clouds

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE! I’ve searched my brain for new blog post ideas. I’ve googled and googled but nothing sparks my inspiration or my passion for my blog anymore. I don’t want this to be the end but when I see a blank “write” box, I feel intimated, guilty and a little sad. I’m so proud of this little space of mine and how it has grown and I don’t want to throw it down the drained. I thought taking a break for a while would be the answer but I haven’t properly posted since April and I’m getting scared the passion and determination I once had for Sitting In The Clouds is going or maybe even gone. I don’t want this break to go on for any longer.

Here’s what’s going to happen in the last attempt to bring the joy I once had for blogging back…

One | HAVE A REVAMP – I’m a graphic designer so it can’t be that hard to redesign my blog banner, my blog post headers and the overall look and feel of my blog and turn it into something I really want to post on. However, my big computer has broken so we’ll how designing on my 13″ screen will go.
(edit: you will start to see the redesign pop up around my blog now. Let me know what you guys think of it.)

Two | PLAN IDEAS – This one is going to be a little tricker since I’ve been trying to do that for a while now. I think of ideas then don’t want to write any.  I really want to focus on my bullet journal posts, my love for Disney and reading. Concentrating more on my lifestyle aspect of my blog. I still really want to do OOTD/W posts, but I have a feeling beauty and makeup will take a heavy backseat.

Three | INTERACT AGAIN – Not only have I been off my blogging game but I haven’t read your posts or interacted with you on your blogs in so long and I’ve missed it. Interacting with other bloggers is a massive part of this community and you can’t really do one without the other. So let’s reconnect. Link me to your blog posts and social medias below and I’ll say hi!

and finally….

Four | INVOLVE YOU – I have nearly 900 of you amazing readers so I would love to know what you want to see from me. I want to involve you more in my blog decisions and make my readers the main drive of my blog. I love chatty posts, much like this one, so if you have any topics you want me to discuss let me know. I really want the comments on my blog to get more attention and allow anymore to address their opinions and know they won’t get shut down.

So in conclusion….PLEASE HELP ME!!! The next blog post CAN’T be “RIP Sitting In The Clouds”.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 

Hitting 800 Followers & Life Updates | Tea Talk #8 | Sitting In The Clouds

WARNING: a lovely long rambley post

I haven’t posted in nearly a month which means I’m kind of out of the loop with this whole blogging thing and it feels weird to be writing again. Yes, I’ve been off my blogging game for about a month now, but I personally don’t feel this is wrong or that I should feel guilty for it. Everyone needs a break, not only when it comes to their blog but with everything in their lives. Whether it’s reading, bullet journaling or any other hobby you may have. And for me all my hobbies have taken a back seat recently, it just so happens blogging has been the most noticeable. University work has pretty much been my life for the past couple of months as I’ve been working towards finishing my first year and getting all portfolio work complete. Therefore, not only had my blog taken a back seat, I’ve barely touched my bullet journal and I haven’t finished a book in nearly two weeks. To be honest I’ve barely had any motivation for anything. But today, at 2pm my 4 and a half month long summer started as I handed in my portfolio.

However, for the past week or so I’ve been eager to get back into blogging but I feel the reason why I’ve had little motivation for it is because my blog is titled “a beauty blog” and I’ve been labelling myself “a beauty blogger” since starting a year ago. Don’t get me wrong sometimes I love writing beauty and makeup posts and I do enjoy experimenting and buying new makeup but out of all the topics I like to discuss on my blog, it isn’t my favourite. Therefore, starting today I will focusing more on the lifestyle, much like this blog post as well as including fashion as I love doing OOTD posts, and book side of things more. I will still be sticking a few beauty posts in here and there but I won’t be forcing myself to do an empties post at the end of each month, or always making sure I have new favourites to talk about. It’s no longer the direction I want to take my blog. But by all means that doesn’t mean I won’t continue to post this type of content nor enjoying reading other beauty bloggers.

And continuing on…sorry this is such a rambley blog post but while I’ve been away I’ve hit TWO major milestones in my blogging journey. I hit 800 followers, which is incredible, I can’t even imagine that many people. So thank you. But what excites me most is that I’ve now been blogging for an entire YEAR! I wrote and published my first post on the 22nd of May 2016 called Am I Really Sitting On A Cloud? and to this day it’s still one of my favourite blog posts I like to go back and read. I just want to thank you all for your continued support through-out this first year but even more so when I’ve been absent. I was still getting hits on my blog while I was away which is amazing as it shows people still enjoy my content even if I’m not posting consistently.

I’ve been away a month and although I wasn’t the busiest person in the world I did get up to a few things in the midst of the chaos that was my life during uni stress season.

So, What Have YOU Missed?

I spent a lovely long weekend in the Cotswold with my extended family to celebrate my Grandmas 80th birthday.

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I celebrated the end of uni a week early by going out for drinks in my favourite cocktail bar with my friends in London.

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don’t worry those drinks weren’t all mine…I think anyway. 

I spent some great quality time with Tom which always helps me destress and just forget about my never ending to-do list for university. It helped that the weather has been amazing this past week even if the past couple has been the complete opposite.

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Reading….

I’ve read a few books here and there. Reading has always been something I do to get away from the real world so I really enjoyed getting into bed after a full day of work or uni and escaping to another world.

If you saw my April Wrap Up you would know that I was in the middle of History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera last time I updated you. Unfortunately it was my second DNF of the year. My next read however was 5 stars and that was The Christmasauras by Tom Fletcher.

I’ve been making really good use of my local library recently and all my current reads have been library loans. I really want to buy a physical copy of The Christmasaurus though, it was too good not to.

  • The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (⭐️⭐️⭐️.75)

I’m currently reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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This was such a strong book at the beginning, I was raving about it, I knew it was going to be 5 stars and one of my new all time favourite books but nearing the end it’s getting slow and repetitive. I’m still enjoying it but not as much as I was. It’s now nearing around 4-4.5 stars, it depends on the ending.

Bullet Journalling…

Much like my blog and reading, I fell into a little bit of a bullet journal slump in May. My monthly spreads got neglected, even my weekly spreads were failing me. However I’m so excited about this weeks spread as I think I’m finally out of my LIFE slump. I’ve added a lot of colour, doodles and stickers into it and I love it.

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I’ve been experimenting a lot with my weekly spreads at the minute as I was in my slump, trying to find a layout that would work for me and I think I’ve finally found it.

I’ve been very motivated the past couple of days in every aspect of my life. I want to make my blog better than ever, really experiment with my bullet journal, I’ve included a dutch door into my next spread, and I’m going to start swimming to get into a better healthy lifestyle routine. Let’s just say I’m excited about the future.


So yeah, I just wanted to let you know I’m alive and well and I’m officially back to blogging. I hope you’ve enjoyed this ramblely post and that you’re excited for the future of my blog.

until next time,
p.s. I’m really trying to grow my twitter presence at the minute so if you’re not following go ahead. I post a lot of blog updates on there as well. 

xoxo, rachel
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Day Trip To Kew Gardens (+OOTD) | Tea Talk #7 | Sitting In The Clouds

It hit 23 degrees today in London…aka flipping boiling for the UK. The sunglasses came out, as well as the suncream. Ice cream vans music played and it truly felt like summer. My mum and I took advantage of this lovely weather as living in the UK you never know when the glorious weather will go into hiding and winter will be upon us once again, by visiting Kew Gardens.

For university I have to create a poster advertising Kew Gardens so the main focus of the trip was to get inspiration for my design. However, I’m also taking a photography class this semester so it was a great location to practice my photography. Even though this trip was primarily for university, it turned into a lovely mother, daughter day. We had a lovely lunch, sitting back and enjoying the sun. We of course stopped off in Starbucks and picked up some refreshing drinks to combat the heat and just had a lovely bonding session.

Please bare in mind I’m still learning the basics of photography and I have a long way to go.

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Out of over 100 photos taken those are my three favourites. I just love doing depth of field photos.

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While having a nice stroll and not following the map we came across this bear that had been carved out of an old tree stump and I think I’m going to be basing my poster off this as it’s so unique.

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WARNING! Today wasn’t the day for skinny jeans but nevertheless I really liked the outfit I chose, it had a very summery vibe. I chose my really comfy shoes, my Ugg Treadlites as I knew today was a day of walking and of course a pair of sunglasses.

Top: Topshop
Jeans: Topshop Joni Jeans
Shoes: Uggs
Sunglasses: Primark

I did bring a leather jacket as we headed out of the house at around 9:30 in the morning but I took it off as soon as we got to the gardens and didn’t wear it once after.

Today was so much fun and the weather was just fantastic. If you enjoyed this type of blog post let me know by liking and commenting so I know whether to do similar in the future. I would also love your opinion on whether you would want me to include more of my graphic design and photography projects on my blog? Let’s chat in the comments.

If you are based in the UK, I hope you had a lovely weekend enjoying the sunshine and making the most of it.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Creating goals is one thing, sticking to them is hard enough but when life get’s in the way and the goals you created slip your mind it’s near to impossible to keep on track with them.  That’s why a check in on your progress through-out the year is the secret to success….I hope anyway. I set myself nine goals at the beginning of 2017 and before I even start I know I have a long way to go in completing any of them. Oh dear….let the shaming begin.

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1- Reach 1,000 WordPress followersthanks to you guys each day I’m creeping closer and closer to this goal. At the beginning of the year I was at around 400, I’m now nearing 750. I haven’t been as active lately as I’ve kind of felt a bit meh about my blog, but we all have those times but you guys keep me going. Even with being a little less active, I still get the interaction from you which spurs me on. I would love to reach 1,000 followers by my birthday in June, but I think that’s pushing it a little.
2- 500 Instagram & Twitter followersI find it really hard to gain and keep a following on these two social media platforms. There are a lot of people out there who will just follow you to see if you follow back and if you don’t, it’s an immediate unfollow. I don’t get why but it’s annoying and means it’s really difficult to build a following. Unfortunately I haven’t been promoting my social media that well as I hate to be pushy. Each account currently stands at roughly 250 followers each. Pretty similar to the start of the year. However, if you would like to give my accounts a follow, my links are always at the end of each blog post. 
3- 100 Bloglovin’ followersIf I thought Instagram and Twitter were difficult platforms to gain followers, Bloglovin’ is near to impossible and plus now with the issue of them taking everyones content as their own many people have stopped using it and even deleted their accounts. I’m still unsure and unclear on this whole situation meaning I’m not so sure on this goal anymore.

reading-goals

1- Read 50 books. I’ve currently just finished my 14th book of the year and GoodReads says I’m on track so if I keep at the reading pace I’m currently at…roughly one book a week, this goal will be reachable.
2- Branch Out in Graphic NovelsI didn’t really think this one through, graphic novels are so expensive and I prefer buying my books brand new, therefore being a student I don’t really have the budget to buy graphic novels at this time. Maybe in the summer? Having said that, I did go to library today, first time in 3 years and they had a small graphic novel section. It wasn’t the best though so I didn’t pick any up. 
3- Step Out Of My Comfort ZoneI’m definitely doing this one. Out of the 14 books I’ve read so far this year only two have been romance/contemporary, usually my go to genre. I have actually been reading a TON of fantasy this year.

personal-goals

1- Finish my first year of uni, happy, still loving my course, the people and with a good grade- My first submission in February went well, my grades were good, not as good as I was hoping but I have a second chance to push my overall grades up with my next hand in. I’m still enjoying my course…as much as I can with all the stress and I LOVE the people. When I created this goal I had only been in uni like 2/3 months, as my first year is nearing a close, I can safely say I LOVE everyones company. I only have 8 people on my course and they are all so lovely.
2 – Use my Polaroid camera more – Um…kind of. It’s just hard being on a tight budget as I don’t want to use my polaroid film up too quickly as it’s fairly expensive. But I have been remembering to take it more places with me to capture some amazing memories. I’m using it as much as I would like and want so I’m happy with how this goal is progressing. 
3- Just be happyThis is a hard goal to evaluate but so far 2017 has been treating me well. Being on a student budget I’m surprised by the amount of things I have still be able to do. Tom is still in my life and that makes a whole load of difference to my happiness. My health is steady, memories are being created and life is good. 


Even though no goals are yet complete, it’s been great to refresh my memory of the goals I have set myself so I can get back on track with some of them. Most of my goals, however, are gradual and I am on the right path to get them complete, for example being happy is something I will have to evaluate at the end of the year.

Are you on track with your 2017 goals? Let me know some of your goals in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Welcome Back!!! I haven’t done a favourites post since the new year, I actually think my last one was my November Favourites. However, I’ve been sticking to the same makeup products for a while now so I don’t have any new ones to share with you, therefore I thought I’d share with you my non-beauty favourites as those do change often and I thought it would be a great way to get to know me on a more personal level.

(I want to make this a three part series, including my makeup favourites, one last time, and my current fashion favourites. Let me know if this is something you would enjoy)

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I have so many different hobbies, reading and makeup are just two of them that I share with you all but I don’t think many of you know that I’m a massive Sims player. Sims first came out in like 2000 (yes, 17 years ago) and I’ve played every generation. Of course, I’m older now, nearing 20 so I don’t play as much as I used to but it’s still something I love. It’s time where I can escape from reality…a bit likes books, and just distract myself from the real world. I could get lost in this game for HOURS. I’ve been playing it a lot more recently when I have a spare hour or so. I’ve also been watching a lot more Sims videos on YouTube, Deligracy and The Sims Supply being the main two, as well as Steph0Sims but I also love watching Alfie and Zoe play Sims 4 as they are such newbs, however this can sometimes really irritate me.

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You all know that I love to read as I talk about books a lot on my blog but a book I’ve recently read, and will be included in my March Wrap Up post is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I was skeptical about going into this read as I really disliked The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and there had been a lot of comparisons but OMG this book is incredible!!!! An easy 5 star for me and my second 5 star book of the year. If you are a reader and haven’t read this book I highly highly recommend it! Plus, it has a gorgeous cover.

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Tom got me a gorgeous pair of Swarovski earrings for Christmas (What I Got For Christmas) and I told myself I would save them for special occasions but I’ve been gravitating towards them for everyday wear as they are just too stunning to leave in a box for months on end. They add a something extra to a simple jumper and jeans outfit and I love them.

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I never used to be a huge green tea fan and only drank it on occasion, however recently (the last couple of months) it’s become a staple in my morning routine, so much so I can no longer drink regular tea and enjoy it. BUT the only green tea I like, even normal green tea doesn’t do much for me these days, is the Twinings Cranberry Green Tea. It’s soo good!!! If you’re a tea drinker, definitely try this one out.
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Another favourite of mine recently has been the Staedtler Pigment Liner pens. I originally got them for uni so I could focus on really designing my sketchbook for presentation purposes, however they have become a much loved accessory along side my bullet journal. I love them so much because they have six different nib sizes to choose from as well as an angled tip so I can really create a variety of headers. But the best thing is that there is no bleed through onto the next page at all.

On the same theme as the pens, my bullet journal, a constant favourite of mine, as been a huge love of mine in March because of all my new spreads thanks to the inspiration from Boho Berry. I’ve even added spreads through-out the month since my “March Plan With Me” that I can’t wait to share with you guys. Some of the spreads haven’t worked like I wanted to but that’s what great about the bullet journal system. One question: Is it bad to plan for April already?!

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Now time for some music favourites

  • Ed Sheeran…of course!! Love his new album, favourite songs include Barcelona, Nancy Mulligan and Bibia Be Ye Ye.
  • Aston Merrygold, my boy in blue recently released a new single, Show Me. It’s one of my favourites from him.
  • Simple Plan, one of my favourite bands and although their most recent album is great, I’ve been going old school and listening to their “Get Your Heart On” album which was released in 2013.

I would love to share my Spotify playlists with you all so if you know how I can do that easily, let me know.


I hope you enjoyed this blog post, let me know by liking and commenting. Also, let me know if you would like to see this as part of a series, as I think a fashion favourites would be really fun.

Do we share any of the same favourites? Would love to know if you’ve played the Sims?

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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