#376-“BELT UP, BETTY!” The time is now…

Belt Up, Betty! The time is now..

“Give up yourself unto the moment, The time is now, Give up yourself unto the moment, Let’s make this moment last”

Take at the wonderful Blithe

#374-“BELT UP, BETTY!”: Up yours!….

Belt Up, Betty! Up yours!

“I’ve upped my standards, now up yours!! “

#319-“BELT UP, BETTY!”-Time out…

Belt Up, Betty! Time Out...


I had interesting day at RL work yesterday!   I manage people as part of my role and, of course, have to deal with all sorts of HR (personnel) issues.  I’ve had all sorts of people issues in my time and whilst I am always professional, it’s hard sometimes not to vocalise what I actually think and have do it the HR ‘way’ – which is always carried out emphatically.   Now don’t get me wrong, I am a great listener and extremely emphatic but there are times when you do want to shake someone by the shoulders and say “What part of physically striking out at Joe did you think was okay?”!!!   So,,back to my interesting day – I had a catch up with my manager who told me that I was too ‘feisty’ and that I need to, on occasion, be aware of the impression that I’m giving.    My argument was that if someone is rude to me or talks to me like I’m a piece of shit then am not likely to take that lying down.  I won’t cause a scene but I will privately say ‘Drop the attitude’ or ‘Who do you think you’re talking too’  – which, according to my manager, is being feisty ! Apparently wearing ‘kid gloves’ and approach with an empathetic ear to try and understand why that person feels that way  is the way forward and I get that and I’m switched on enough to know if it’s a work/stress issue – years of experience of managing people makes your perceptive clearer and you can usually tell if someone is under pressure or having issues outside work.   However – when someone is rude to me or talks down to me – then, of course, I’m likely to say something – so how is that ‘feisty’?  Sighs

The moral of this story is:   Why is it not acceptable to be direct, in a diplomatic way of course?  Why do we always have to wander around on tender-hooks so we don’t upset anyone?   In a professional arena, why do we have to go with  (what we call in the workplace) ‘shit sandwiches’  Praise/Areas to Improve/Praise – so, for instance, “Rach your communication skills are wonderful, however your spelling is awful, but we love that you take time to do this” – see where I’m coming from?    Personally, I would rather someone be direct with me – but, maybe that’s just how I am!  #feistyisme #Shitsandwiches #Truth hurts

The Particulars:

#317-“BELT UP, BETTY!: U L T R A ™

Belt Up, Betty! Ultra...


I am so grateful to be trusted to show off amazing designs for designers and event organsisers and today am focusing on the U L T R A ™ event which opens tomorrow – 15 November.

Location Pics v Studio Pics

For a change, I thought I would approach my picture in a slightly different way.  Any of you that view my blog will know that I’m a huge fan of the minimalist style of pictures (aka Editorial style) -usually just me and a studio wall!   These style of pics are usually well received and lots of people comment on them, which is always fabulous and even more so when your sponsor likes your picture and the way you share their wares !    However, I see some gorgeous location pictures out there and thought that I’d give this style of picture a try out – I used to do location shots a lot when I first started blogging three years ago but I felt that there was a lot of pictures out their with the same ‘look and feel’ – hence why I favoured the ‘Editorial’ style pictures which reflects my fashion background and shows off the styling.  But – I will admit, location pics do seem to ‘tell a story’ and capture the imagination slightly more than studio shots.

All those close to me will know I’ve been fretting a lot over what style to favour. My friends say that my Editorial shots are my ‘signature’ but I try to explain to them – I HAVE PICTURE ENVY!!  (There!  I said it,,,finally!)  LOLOL

So,,with the start of a new round of  U L T R A ™, I thought I would try a different approach – final version above – and I’m super pleased with the result.  I hope my event sponsor/s and designers are too.

Moral of this story is:  Don’t be afraid to change and experiment.  It’s a great way of learning a new skill set and to think slightly different about the final ‘product’.    Also – and this is a big or me – if you do have any constructive feedback or you have an opinion in which style of picture you prefer and why (Location v Studio) then I welcome you with open arms ♥  #Rachellovestohug #Timeofachange #Dontchangewhatworks

The Particulars:
  • “Chrysa” Skirt from [SYS]


#283-“BELT UP, BETTY!”: Deep In Thought…..

Belt Up, Betty! Deep in thought...

“I may look like I’m deep in thought but 99% I’m thinking about what food am going to eat later!” 

#184-“BELT UP, BETTY!”: Let’s Dance….

Belt Up, Betty! Let's Dance..

“The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word” Mati Hari

  • *NEW* KULT Jeans & Top (worn with Slink Hourglass Body) from [sYs] at Shiny Shabby
  • *NEW* Monaco Glasses from [sYs] at Lost and Found
  • Booties – Samantha from fri.day
  • Hair/Hat- Carlijn from Mina
  • Gloves from COCO (only on MP)

#142-“BELT UP, BETTY!”: Flower Power…

Belt Up, Betty! Flower Power..

 “How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold”  William Wordsworth