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.





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


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.






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.


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.

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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My Bullet Journal| Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! I’ve been using a bullet journal for about six months now and only recently have I been able to find the exact way I want to use it and how it works best for me. Bullet journals are so diverse, they give you so much freedom to create the planner you’ve been searching long and hard for, that you won’t find a layout and system you love and that works for you straight away. Bullet journals are all about experimenting and after six months of experimenting with my bullet journal, I have finally system I love and that works for me. 

I started using a bullet journal with the generic layouts; the monthly views, the dailies, the habit trackers…all the basics. I found I instantly fell in love with the habit trackers and I still use them to this day. I used to love monthly and dailies but soon realised I would forget to write a daily to-do list each day and realised I liked to plan ahead. I also never turned back to the monthly and when I did saw how empty and unused it was. 

This past month I found great inspiration on Instagram and the planning community for a great weekly spread. This enables me to plan ahead but not so far ahead that it starts to stress me out. I can plan for the next week the Sunday before and see a weekly overview. I now no longer do monthly or dailies because they just don’t benefit the way I like to plan anymore. 


You can see from the image above exactly how I lay out each weekly spread. I keep it consistent each week so I don’t get confused. 

I love to colour code my days so in my “next week” section (bottom left), or my spends box I can see which day I spent that money or what day next week I have things planned on. Colour coding is a great way of keeping track of your tasks and adding colour to your bullet journal. 


Over this past month, I have switched up the boxes to figure our exactly where I wanted to place everything on my weekly spread. The image above is how I currently like having my bullet journal. I realised I didn’t need two separate boxes for my “budget”  and “spends” so I combined the two and this enabled me to have a “next week” box which has come in more handy than I first thought. 

Each column, specific for each day of the week, allows me to write a mini to-do list of things I need to complete on a specific day. The notes section allows me to write to-dos I have but don’t need to be done on a certain day or things I know I can’t forget. 

At the top of each column I have my work schedule, which doesn’t change but I still like to note it down as I do have days off due to hospital appointments sometimes. At the bottom of the column I keep Tom’s work schedule as this does change weekly, as well as a section for when I need to post on my blog and on what days. 

I love keeping track of my water intake. I feel like I tend to drink more if after each glass I get to colour in a box…it’s a lot more satisfying and makes you, in my opinion, drink more. 


I don’t tend to keep many collections in my bullet journal as I prefer to use it just to keep track of my to-do lists and weekly events and activities. However in June, I’ve got really into my bullet journal after a couple months of not being fussed and I’ve found some collections that I love to keep up to date with. 

Of course one of them is my habit tracker, but two other ones I’ve been absolutely loving filling in this month as been my “Movies” collection and my “Blog Ideas” page. They are pretty self-explanatory. My movies spread allows me to keep track of all the films I’ve seen in the cinema this year. I’m thinking of starting another one where I keep a note of all the films I’ve seen at home, I just love the film strip aspect of this page so much. The blog ideas page just enables me to jot down ideas quickly and once I’ve written a post on them, I can cross it off, easily keeping track on blog posts I upload. It’s also a place I can come when I’m stumped on what to upload. 

I really don’t know where I’d be without my bullet journal especially after such a hectic month of my internship, seeing friends and sorting out college applications. My newly ‘worked out” bullet journal has been a life saviour. 

I love bullet journaling and I don’t think I’ll be on the hunt for another planner any time soon. If you would like to see more posts on my bullet journal or bullet journaling in general, please let me know as I would love to share my tips and tricks with you all. 

Do you bullet journal? How do you use yours? 

until next time…

xoxo, rachel 

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My Birthday Haul | Sitting In The Clouds

Welcome Back!! On this lovely Friday evening we are keeping my birthday alive once again. But today I wanted to show you guys what I received for my 19th birthday. Like every YouTuber and Blogger out there I just wanted to say…I’m not bragging in any way shape or form, I just wanted to share with you the love I felt on my 19th birthday from my friends and family. 

I’ve been dying to try out the famous Tangle Teezer and some how my sister remembered me mentioning it months ago. I’m so happy she got me one as the tonight before my birthday I was actually thinking about ordering one…luckily I didn’t

So far so good….the Tangle Teezer is living up to my expectations. If you want a full review to know whether they are worth the price, just let me know. 


The other thing my sister got me was a goals journal. This is such a cool idea and I can’t wait to fill it in. My sister knows how much I love journals, notebooks and any kind of stationary so this is like a perfect gift for me. 


(My sister also got me these amazing UFO popping candy chocolates but being the chocolate lover I am…I’ve eaten them all….sorry not sorry.)


And of course every birthday means treating yourself. I decided to finally get my first EVER Mac product in the shape of a lipstick. I’ve been eyeing up Velvet Teddy for ages as I think its the perfect nude for everyday use but I’ve never been able to justify spending £15.50 on one single lipstick. But my boyfriend and I were walking past a Mac store in London on Wednesday and I thought I would finally cave and purchase my first ever Mac product to treat myself for my birthday. 

Something you may not know about me is that I love technology….especially cameras. At the end of last year I decided to splurge and splash my cash on the GoPro Hero4 and I’m so happy I decided to get it. I mainly got it for my upcoming trip to Walt Disney World but I know this beautiful camera will come in handy much more often than just one trip. 


Therefore my parents treated me to some great accessories for my GoPro. They got me a multiple wall charger which will come in very handy as GoPro batteries are famous for dying really quickly so it’s recommended to buy a back up battery. Therefore this duo wall charger will come in super handy on holiday. 

(P.S. Sorry for using “super handy” so often in this blog post…opsie) 

My parents also got me a wrist housing bracelet thingy-ma-bob. This will come in so handy on days spent in the Disney water parks as I can place the camera onto my wrist and not have to worry about getting it out of my bag to capture moments. It will already be with me and all I’ll have to do is press record. I can’t wait to test out both of these products. 

My parents also got a GoPro touchscreen attachment because they didn’t realise I had the GoPro Hero4 which already had that feature included so I’m hoping to exchange this for a GoPro grip stick as Disney have banned extendable selfie sticks.

The final thing my parents got me was the Zara top I actually wore on my birthday. You can see my Birthday OOTD here


Now finally my boyfriend was super adorable and named a star after me….yes, an actual star, those things you see in the sky at night. It was such a thoughtful gift and it actually came with a booklet with information and when you would be able to see your very own star at night. I’m super excited to go star gazing with Tom to see it. 

Tom loves stars and constellations and wrote that “when I’m not with you I miss you more than you can imagine but now, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, all I have to do is look”. He’s too darn cute for words. 

As our first ever trip together to Walt Disney World is approaching fast…66 days to be exact, he got me a Disney money box. We are now filling it up with all our change. The only annoying thing about this money box is the only way to get your money out is to smash it. I guess it will be a fun thing to do together a couple days before our trip to see how much we managed to save. 

And finally he got a glass Stitch statue. A  while back he got me a Winnie the Pooh one so now I have my two favourite characters as glass statues. 

I also got vouchers and money. I’m so grateful for everything I received for my birthday this year. I just adore my loved ones and all the thought they put into everything they got me. 

I’m sorry this was a longer post than usual but I hope you enjoyed it nevertheless. If you did be sure to give it a like, it would be much appreciated. I’ll be posting one more birthday related blog post next week so be sure to follow me so you are notified when it goes up. 

until next time…

xoxo, rachel 

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Welcome Back!! I hope you all had a great weekend. I certainly did because…it was MA BIRTHDAY!!! Whoop! I’m finally 19 and in the last year of teenage hood…crazy stuff. But after every birthday comes the birthday blues and I absolutely hate it so this year I’m keeping my birthday alive for a tad longer with blog posts so keep your eyes peeled for more snaps of the day and of course my birthday haul. 

But today let’s keep the magic of my birthday alive with showing you guys what I decided to wear on my special day….could you tell my birthday is my second favourite day of the year? after Christmas of course. 

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As you can tell by the gloom in the pictures and me modelling an umbrella it wasn’t the best morning weather wise when my boyfriend and I took these pictures but the sun did shine in the afternoon when my whole family came around for a bbq…the weather god must have known. 

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I decided to keep it simple with my makeup with my usual foundation routine (you can see what products I use on a day-to-day basis in my “How Much Is My Face Worth?” blog post) and for my eyes a matte brown in my crease and a champagne shimmer all over my lid. 

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The top I’m wearing was a birthday present I got from my mum and dad in the morning while I was drinking champagne and stuffing my face with sea salt and caramel truffles…they were heaven. 

My top is from Zara. 

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Can I say just how much I appreciate my boyfriend taking these pictures for me as well as how flipping good he is at it. Okay, so now I’ve got that off my chest…my jeans are the classic Topshop Joni jeans. I love these jeans so much, they may not be so nice on my wallet but on me they are super comfy and I love how tight they are around my ankles…a pet peeve of mine is when jeans aren’t tight enough around my ankles. 

My shoes are simple black pumps with gold detailing on the bow from Primark. 

Jeans: Topshop

Shoes:  Primark

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(Despite of the miserable morning I was still such a happy girl…why wouldn’t I’ve been? it was my birthday) 

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And at this point in taking pictures it wasn’t even raining anymore, I just adored this umbrella that I had to keep featuring it…just look at the detailing. 

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(Can see more up close of my makeup. Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious)

So that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any questions about my outfit pieces…or anything else for that matter, leave them down below and I’ll reply to you as best as I can. Thank you to those who wished me a happy birthday. I had a great day and I just want to relive it all over again. It was a perfect way to bring in my 19th year on this incredible earth.  

until next time….

xoxo, rachel 

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A Very Mini Makeup Haul

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A Very Mini Beauty Haul | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!! I was running out of a couple of my holy grail makeup products, products I can’t live without on a regular day let alone on my birthday…this Sunday I’m turning 19! My last year as a teenager…help!! 


I don’t even know if 3 products even allows for a haul but we’ll just roll with it. 

  • L’Oreal Infallible 24h-Matte Foundation –  Bourjois and L’Oreal came out with new matte foundations at roughly the same time and because I love Bourjois and my go to foundation is their Healthy Mix, I decided to give their Air Mat foundation a go before trying the L’Oreal one. I’m running low of the Bourjois Air Mat and although I like the foundation I also wanted to give the L’Oreal one a go. I’m thinking about doing a comparison review on the difference between Bourjois’ Air Mat and L’Oreal’s Infallible as they seem pretty similar. Let me know if you would like one. 
  • Nivea Lip Butter (Blueberry Blush) – The Nivea Lip Butters are my holy grail lip balms. I apply it once in the morning and once at night and my lips stay moisturized all day and since using this product I barely ever get chapped lips. Although my go to flavour is the Vanilla & Macadamia lip butter and I do feel the different flavours apply differently...I don’t like the Raspberry one, I have never tried Blueberry Blush so I’m excited to see what the formula is like on this one. 
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – The original Lash Sensational is my HOLY HOLY GRAIL mascara….yes it deserves two “holy’s”. I think this is the 8th tube…possibly more that I’ve repurchased. I can’t get enough of it. It lengthens and volumises your lashes so well as well as keeping them curled all day. I can’t say enough good things about this mascara. However, my local store had run out of the original one but did have the Lash Sensational Luscious one in stock. This one has a different shaped brush so I’m interested to see how it performs against the original and my all time favourite. 

That’s it for today folks. I won’t be posting on the weekend as my next upload is Sunday but it’s my birthday so I’m going to just enjoy the day with friends and family but look forward to a blog post on Monday….most likely birthday related. 

What products can’t you live without and always find yourself repurchasing? I would love to hear some. It’s always fun checking out new makeup products. 

If you liked this post be sure to give it a like so I know whether to do similar ones in the future. 

until next time…

xoxo, rachel 

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Welcome Back!! We all have those dreams that we make in our heads about how we want to travel the world, ride elephants, drive fast cars, jump from planes but how many of us actually go out of our daily routines of getting up, going to school/work, getting home and sleeping to actually make those dreams a reality? Because at the end of the day a goal without a plan is just a wish. You need to make things happen for yourself in this world, nothing comes to people who sit around waiting for their moments to come to them…go out and grab them yourself. You only have one life, make the most of it. Say yes to opportunities, say yes to adventure….say yes to life!! 

Shannon from Captivated By Fantasy tagged me in the Bucket List tag, where you share 10 things that are on your bucket list. 10 things you want to achieve in your life. 10 things you didn’t say “oh I wish I did that” but 10 things you said “yeah I did that and it was f***ing awesome”. 

So what 10 things do I want to say yes to? 

  • I want to say yes to….working at Walt Disney Walt. 
  • I want to say yes to…to venturing to New Zealand and Australia. 
  • I want to say yes to…volunteering at Rays of Sunshine. 
  • I want to say yes to…getting married in Walt Disney World. 
  • I want to say yes to…owning a German Shepard. 
  • I want to say yes to…meeting all the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. cast (I met Matthew Perry in February of this year…1 down, 5 to go)
  • I want to say yes to…meeting Shay Carl…and the rest of the Shaytards if the opportunity arises. 
  • I want to say yes to…being spontaneous and going to Disneyland Paris for a day. 
  • I want to say yes to…sleeping under the stars. 
  • I want to say yes to….LIFE!!!! 

I’m only 18 years old but I know and understand how precious life is and how easily things can change. In October of 2015 my dad so very kindly gave me a kidney as for all my life I have been suffering with Chronic Kidney Disease and by October…it quickly turned to kidney failure meaning I needed a transplant. My dad not only gave me a gift of a working kidney but a gift of a second chance at life and I’m not going to let him down. I’m now going to go out there and chase my dreams and make everything on my never ending bucket list come true. So when I’m 80+ looking back on life…I smile because it happened, and I’m not upset because I regret not doing things I could have so easily done if I had just SAID YES!! 

So there we have it, another blog post done and dusted. I hope you enjoyed it and if you did don’t be shy by saying yes to liking this post, it would mean the world.

What things do you want to say yes to? Leave them in the comments, I would love to hear them and maybe add some to my own bucket list. 

And finally before I forget…I tag, 

until next time…

xoxo, rachel 

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Discovering A New World | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!! Today we’re taking a trip down memory lane and although this lane doesn’t have a very long path, it’s one I’m so glad I ventured down as I now don’t ever want to look back and I can’t wait to keep walking to allow me to discover more about this wonderful world I’ve discovered.

If you haven’t guessed by the banner of this blog post, I’m talking about when I first started reading. 

I’m not going to lie to you all and pretend I’ve been reading for years and years because truth be told when I was younger books and reading didn’t interest me at all, I actually found reading rather boring…obviously I had to read for school but I didn’t enjoy it. My sister,on the other hand, was the bookworm of the family. Although, now we are older (I’m 18 and she’s 21) my sister and I have switched roles and she no longer reads, she never even has a book in her hand or in her room for that matter, and I’m the sister who can’t put one down or go anywhere without one. It’s a bit like Freaky Friday yet I don’t ever want the roles to switch back. 

I discovered the world of reading in the summer of 2014. Yes, that’s right, I’ve only been reading for two years but that two years has been filled with many amazing reads and adventures.

Grace With A Book In Her Face (amazing booktube channel by the way) on YouTube once said…”you will finish a book, if you’re reading the right one” and it’s definitely right in saying so. So you may be wondering what book got me into reading? Well, ladies and gentleman the book that got me reading was…drum roll please…wow I sound like I’m about to announce a winner for an award, which is kind of true I guess. 



About the book: 

  • Title: Angels
  • Author: Marian Keyes
  • Genre: Adult, Chick Lit, Romance
  • My Rating: 3/5
  • What’s It About? aka…things I can actually remember about it: It’s about a women whose from Ireland and after discovering her husband cheated on her she moves in with her friend, Emily who lives in LA to forget about home life and the troubles it brought her. And that’s all I can remember because frankly I did read it 2 years ago and I’ve never reread it and since then I have read some other amazing books that have taken over my thoughts and this one has casually slipped my mind.
  • Will I ever reread it? Probably not. There are so many amazing books out there I have yet to discover and seeing as I only gave this book a 3/5, it’s not high on the list of books I want to reread. However, I remember loving Marian Keyes’ writing style and since then picked up 5 more of her novels. Angles is actually part of a five book companion series called “The Walsh Family” including, Angles, Watermelon, Rachel’s Holiday, Anybody Out There? and The Mystery of Mercy Close. Each book is told from the perspective of a different Walsh sister. I have read all but Anybody Out There? and I can’t wait to see where the adventures of the final sister takes us…when I finally get round it reading it that is. 
  • Would I recommend it? If you’re looking for a good laugh then these books are for you. Although each book is based around a different “adulty” topic, Angles – divorce, Rachel’s Holiday – drug addiction and rehab, Marian writes about them in a way that enables the readers to feel for the characters as well as laugh along with the family. One thing I vividly remember is how well the family dynamic was written and I think that’s why I’ve continued on with these novels. 

So there we have it, an insight into how I got into reading. I’m sure other people have better stories about their reading adventures than I do but I will always remember the one day I picked up that book and immersed myself into a new world that I was…at the time, captivated by. I was sat at home, alone and bored, Angles was the only book on my bookshelf and I just randomly picked it up. To this day I can’t for the life of me remember why I decided to pick it up and start reading it but I’m so glad I did because it allowed me to enter the world of reading, booktube, book blogs, GoodReads and so many other wonderful things that books and reading community has to offer this world. 

What stories do you have about your reading adventures? Leave them in the comments, I would love to hear them. And quickly before I leave you all I just want to thank each and every one of you that has followed, liked and/or commented on my blog. I only started my blog on the 22nd of May…that’s two weeks ago tomorrow and I’ve already surpassed 50 followers. I can’t believe it and just wanted to take the time to thank you all for the support, it means the world. 

until next time…

xoxo, rachel 

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