Rat and Boa ‘Confessions of a Wildflower’ S/S17 Collection. 

Rat and Boa are due to launch their latest S/S Collection next week – ‘Confessions of a Wildflower’. No doubt it’ll be another sell-out collection, with fashionista fans setting their alarms to get their hands on everything they can fit in their basket. 

“The collection features luxurious fabrics, feminine details, and a hint of decadence” 

I love how Rat and Boa have gone more feminine with this collection, the florals and grills and delicate fabrics are beautiful and perfect for summer evenings. 

We’ve had a sneak peak on Instagram and I LOVE it. The styling and backdrops of the images makes it all the more amazing for me. 


The last 4 images are my favourites from the collection, but I really love all of the pieces. 

Will you be setting your alarm to get your hands on any of these garments? Which is your favourite? 

Hels

@heliemac1 

Top 4 places in the world I would love to Scuba Dive. 

Today I spent the day at the Sea Life centre in Manchester, learning about all the different species of sea life, what threats they face, and the marine conservation that Sea Life contribute to. Looking into the tanks with an array of majestic sharks, thousands of colourful fish and a huge but cute rescued turtle named Ernie – I felt a huge urge to swim amongst them and explore their habitat. It got me really thinking about where I’d visit for dives if I ever get the chance…. 
1) Mexico – Cozumel and the Cenotes.

Possibly not somewhere you’d automatically think of for scuba diving but Cozumel is known in the scuba diving industry as one of the best locations to dive. Most diving and snorkelling activity is focused on the reefs and shallow coral formulations which boast abundant underwater see life and brilliant colours.  

   
 Another amazing scuba experience that Mexico has to offer is the Cenotes where you can cave dive with excellent visibility in non-salty water. It’s been described as the ‘closest to flying in water’ and looks like such an adventure. I actually visited Mexico a number of years ago but unfortunately missed the oppurunity to dive but Mexico is my boyfriend and my favourite holiday destination so it’s only a matter of time!    

 

2) Australia – Great Barrier Reef. 

Perhaps a slightly more obvious choice, but all the same its one of those places that any diving enthusiast MUST visit. The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is the worlds largest and healthiest coral reef system. I find it fascinating that it’s the only living structure on earth that can be seen from outer space. It’s no wonder divers from all over the world visit this location.  

   
3) Egypt – The Red Sea. 

As I’ve previously mentioned, my boyfriend and I visitited Egypt last year and experienced the sea life by snorkelling in a few locations in The Red Sea. Since this was such a memorable experience, and The Red Sea is said to be THE best place in the world we would LOVE to go back to do a proper dive. 

This is the only one on the list I can give a first hand account of. The water is warm with very little wave action and amazing visibility. Over 1000 species of invertebrates and over 200 species of soft and hard coral form the Eco-system which include 1100 species of fish. Whilst swimming through the waters you notice shoals of all different size, shapes and colours.  

   
4) Malaysia. 

There are so many scuba diving spots in Malaysia that look and sound amazing that it’s hard to choose just one or two. Malaysia offers crystal clear, pristine waters overlooked by islands with pure white, undiscovered beaches. Aside from this being a luxury holiday destination, it’s also said to be one of the best places to dive. This is due to the stunning biodiversity and exotic marine life, some of which is rarely seen elsewhere in the world. There are many different types of dives on offer including deep, drift, wreck, cave and walk dives.  

 
The international finals of Miss Scuba are held in the beautiful and exotic country of Malaysia. Lucky girls from across the globe will gather here to compete for the coveted Miss Scuba International crown!  

 
If you’ve visited any of these locations or can recommend any other spectacular diving sites, let me know in the comments! 

Hels xxx

Trend Alert: Metallic Tattoos

Pinterest and Instagram are blowing up with images of bronzed skin, delicately decorated with metallic designs. A quick search will reveal the sparkling temporary tattoos sloping down backs, wrapping around wrists and embellishing hands amongst other designs. 

I thought I’d try and bring a bit of brightness to sunny old England and ordered myself a pack of about 10 different designs. I just searched ‘metallic tattoos’ on eBay and voila, a wide range of gold and silver tattoos popped up, accented with elements of black. I chose my designs and ordered and I wasn’t disappointed when they arrived! 

   
       I thought it best to ween myself into the trend by simply creating a bracelet effect, and I must say I really liked the way they turned out! When I’m next on a sunny beach (hopefully soon!) I’ll probably be a bit more daring and run one down my spine and around the tops of my arms. 

I guess I couldn’t expect amazing quality from an item that only cost £2.99 from eBay but I was quite disappointed by how long they stayed on. I took a shower after a couple of hours of putting the tattoos on, and half had come off by the end of the shower – without me actually even touching them.  I wrapped a black design around my boyfriends arm (after some mild persuasion) also, and when we woke up this morning he told me it had come off in his sleep. I thought he’d secretly scratched it off until I looked at my own wrist and realised mine was entirely off also!? This was despite the claim of the ‘7-day duration’. 

So with this information, I’d probably say these are best for a one night affair, possibly with a backless dress. Alternatively a day on the beach or a festival! I’ll be on a hunt for some with a little more stay power now. 

My top inspiration for the trend

   

         

Be sure to tag me if you try out the trend for yourself so I can get some more inspiration! And don’t forget to connect on Instagram 🙂 @heliemac1

Hels xxx