FriendsFest 2017 (+OOTD)| Sitting In The Clouds

It’s that time of the year again….FRIENDSFEST! I’m a huge fan of Friends and although I don’t watch it as much as I used to or want to anymore, I still love it and everytime I do watch it, I fall in love with it all over again. Friends has gotten me through a lot in my life and I truly take Friends quotes, sayings, lessons on board and use them in my own life. Therefore when Friendsfest was annouced for a third year, I didn’t even hesitate in buying tickets.



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Denim Jacket – H&M
Jeans – Primark
T-shirt – Topshop
Shoes – Custom Converse

I wanted to be comfy yet stylish with this outfit. I didn’t wear any Friends merch but brought the exclusive Friendsfest hoodie and t-shirt while I was there. I’m always most confident in a pair of really nice jeans but to give this outfit a twist I went with my pink jeans with rips at the knees. I simply tied a plain grey t-shirt into a front knot to add a little detail to a basic t-shirt and then threw on my go-to denim jacket. It’s a really simply outfit when you think about it, but it looks super cute and stylish when all the pieces are paired together.



Now time to enjoy all the snaps Tom and I got through-out the day. You will also be able to see how my outfit looks from different angles.



My parents ask if there’s any point going each year, surely it’s the same? Although the main sets and props are there, i.e. Monicas apartment, Phoebes taxi, Central Perk and the famous orange couch, it does differ each year. I believe it’s truly worth my time and my money each year as they add new things to the line up. This years new feature was a fully fledged set for Joey and Chandlers apartment, as well as the hallway between the two apartments. Huggies also hasn’t been there in previous years…it’s the little things. To my dissapointment though, the binoculars to stalk Ugly Naked Guy where attached to the the table this year, meaning I couldn’t get my picture. They also added a photo op where you could dress up as the characters from “the one with the Prom video”. Of course me and Tom did Ross and Rachel.

Overall it was another amazing experience and I will continue to go each year as long as it runs for. I can’t stop my streak now….3 years and counting.

Did you go to Friendsfest this year? Did you enjoy it? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



 

I Got THE Email | I Do Disney #2 | Sitting In The Clouds

I Do Disney #1

At the beginning of July, the 1st of July to be exact, I applied to take part in the Disney Cultural Exchange Program. Today, a month and a half after pressing the submit button, I received an email….

I’ve been invited to the pre-screen group interview. This is the first interview which you may be invited to. Unfortunately, if you don’t get an invitation to this interview your Disney journey has come to an end so you can imagine how happy I was when I saw “Congratulations” in my email inbox!

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I’m an early riser so my alarm went off at 6am this morning. I started my usual morning routine, aka check every social media account I have. The last thing I check on my phone, before getting out of bed and starting my day, is my emails. That’s when I saw it. I squealed, got out of bed so quickly and didn’t even care if my parents weren’t awake, I knocked on their door. They were both kind of half asleep so I just said “I got an interview for Disney” and then they were both wide awake. We then spent the next hour in bed with cups of teas and just chatting about it all. I’m still trying to process it all to be honest. This has been a dream of mine since a very young age and I’ve known about this program for a good 5/6 years. Having been given the chance to show why I deserve a place on this program in person, rather than them just reading a few words I’ve written, means a whole deal. I will be a nervous wreck on the day but know I just need to be myself.

Until then though, it’s just more waiting. My interview is on the 26th of September so I have another month and a half to wait, but I know it will all be worth it. Plus, from applying to receiving the email, it wasn’t that long of a wait…okay maybe it was, but still.



I’m going to leave it here for now as I’ve posted it everywhere else, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, you name it, I’ve let the world know. If you have also received a pre-screen email, please let me know and we can chat about it. I would love to meet some people before the day.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



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5 Youtubers You Should Be Watching | Sitting In The Clouds

Youtube for me, and I’m sure you can also agree, is a very enjoyable pastime and one you can spend HOURS doing. But with such a huge library of creators, you will never be able to discover and watch them all. My current “watch-later” list is standing at over 100, but there are a select few content creators that I will automatically go to when I’m in need of a pick me up and an instant entertainment hit. Are you watching them? because you should be…



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I watch a variety of content on Youtube, to beauty gurus, fashionistas and family vloggers. Throw some Dinsey magic in the mix, along with baking gods, like Sorted Food and you’ve got yourself hours worth of watching. I hope I have given you a variety of creators, I tried to name some smaller ones you may not have heard of, that you can now fall in love with like me.

Who are your “go-to” Youtubers? I love finding Youtubers to watch, even if my “watch-later” list gets even longer. Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



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It was October of last year, yes 2016, when I last graced you with a book haul. I was just starting my first year of university and I was realising how little money I would have, so books became a very special treat for myself, only buying a few every couple of months. As I have spent most of the year cutting down my book buying when my birthday rolled around in June, Tom treated me to a trip to Foyles. Therefore about half of this haul is thanks to him. I do love him for allowing me to indulge in the wonder that is books and reading.



All Potterheads and book lovers alike know that recently the new Harry Potter books in the house colours came out to celebrate 20 years since the release of the first book. So without even thinking, the hardback Hufflepuff edition when straight into my basket.

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I was only going to allow myself the hardback Hufflepuff edition as getting all four books, either in hardback or paperback and in some peoples cases, both, is very expensive. But when I saw the paperback edition in Tescos for £3.75, AND it was the last Hufflepuff edition, it was a sign, I HAD to pick it up.

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Back in November, I read Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne as an eBook. I rated 5 stars, I absolutely adored it, therefore I knew I had to have it on my bookshelf. The only issue when you are on a budget though, is that it’s harder to justify buying books you’ve already read, so I’ve only recently got around to getting my hands on a physical copy. (Thanks TOM!)

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Shortly after binge reading the Spinster Girl trilogy, I saw a novella for the series in Waterstones. It was around £10-12.00 for a hundred page book but it’s so beautiful I didn’t even care. I also rated the novella 5 stars.

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I already own Winter by Marissa Meyer, the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles but I couldn’t progress past Cress until I had read Fairest, so I decided to pick up both novellas in the series to complete my collection. I enjoyed Fairest and I’m eager to progress to Winter.

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If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know how much of a contemporary lover I am. Therefore I just had to pick up all of these hyped reads, especially The Hate You Give and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, along with Simon Vs The Homo Sepians Agenda.

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I can’t believe how little books I have accumulated over the past year, it’s not good…I NEED MORE!!! Have you read any books I’ve mentioned in this post? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 

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Each year one of my favourite booktubers, Ariel Bissett, hosts one of my favourite read-a-thons, the booktube-a-thon. I have participated every year since 2014, so this will be my fourth one and I have yet to complete 7 books in 7 days and this year will NOT be the year. However I think the week is more than just reading; it’s about coming together as a community and just enjoying the atmosphere and the challenges, videos people post and just seeing everyone else around you read at the same time. Having said all that I do create a TBR correlating with the challenges set.



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The Challenges:
>1 Read a book with a person on the cover
>2 Read a hyped book
>3 Finish a book in one day
>4 Read a book with a character who is different to you
>5 Read a book entirely outside
>6 Read a book you bought because of the cover
>7 Read 7 books!



IMG_5243.jpgI have created a double page spread in my bullet journal to track my progress throughout the week. I will just track the books I’m reading and the page count and what I’m thinking about the books. 

My TBR:
>1 By Your Side by Kasie West – This completes the challenge “read a book with a person on the cover” as well as “read a book completely outside“. I will be listening to the audiobook of this in my car on the way to and from work, so even though inside my car isn’t technically outside, it’s outside of my usual reading environment…my bedroom. That counts right? (Update: Ariel tweeted that, yes, reading in your counts for the outside challenge)
>2 Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This completes the challenge of “read a hyped book” and “read a book with a character who is different to you“. This book is so highly praised in the book community and it is about a boy who is gay aka the complete opposite to a heterosexual female.
>3 Tales of Beedle The Bard by JK Rowling – This will complete the “finish a book in the day” challenge as it is so short, easy to read and Harry Potter. Three key things to able me to read a book quickly.
>4 Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – This is the booktube pick of the week, a bit like a book club read, you don’t have to read it to participate but I saw it for under £4.00 and thought why not? This book could also count towards the “read a book you bought because of the cover” because look how pretty and also I don’t know anything about it, and really did only buy it because it was the booktube pick and because of the cover.



And that completes my TBR this coming week. I’m hoping I can get through all for 4 books but I am at work from 9-4, Monday to Friday so we’ll see. I’m really excited for By Your Side as it will be my first Kasie West book and I know she is loved by many. But to be honest I’m just excited about the whole week, it’s definitely an event I look forward to each year.

Are you participating? What’s on your TBR? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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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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