Three And A Half Heartbeats

October 12th, 2015


October 2011, actually 27th October, my birthday and at 3.20 am the day Lizzie Jobes was welcomed into heaven by her saviour.  (You can read my initial post about Lizzie here).  The preceding hours had introduced us to lots of medical terms and phraseology.  The weeks after, as we received information from the local health protection unit and news of our situation spread, we heard lots more.

One short word we heard about in that time was Sepsis.  Such a short word but a massive illness, with staggering statistics and devastating, heartbreaking effects. Unbiased in its victims and brutally quick in taking effect.

• Sepsis is the current term for septicaemia, or blood poisoning. When the body starts to fight an infection it can trigger the immune system to go into overdrive, damaging the body’s own tissues and organs. Untreated, sepsis leads to multiple organ failure and death.

• If diagnosed and treated in the first hour following presentation with sepsis, the patient has more than an 80% survival rate. After the sixth hour, the patient only has a 30% survival rate.

• In the UK, it’s estimated that we see 102,000 cases of severe sepsis every year, with a staggering 37,000 deaths.

• Sepsis is one of the biggest direct causes of death in pregnancy in the UK.

• It consumes over a third of our most expensive hospital beds in Intensive Care and costs the NHS around £2.5 billion a year.

I learned of The UK Sepsis Trust through a mutual friend a while after Lizzie’s death and follow the charity (see links to them and the other causes I support here!)

Last month saw the launch of Best-selling novelist Amanda Prowse tenth novel entitled “Three and a half Heartbeats” and she has generously pledged every penny to the UK Sepsis Trust.  Amanda says: “Someone I knew was tragically affected by sepsis. Her daughter died. When I looked at the figures, I knew I wanted to do something.”

Amanda’s book takes the reader on an emotional journey of parents Grace and Tom Penderford fighting to save their marriage after their healthy daughter Chloe, aged three, dies, following a routine operation.

This is not the first time Amanda has donated the proceeds of one of her books to charity. On Remembrance Day 2012, Amanda made headlines with her debut novel Poppy Day. She donated all her royalties to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, receiving widespread military and celebrity support.

Dr Ron Daniels, CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust and frontline NHS consultant, comments: “Sepsis is a cruel and indiscriminate killer. Amanda’s kindness will have a transformative effect on our charity so that we can continue raising awareness amongst the public and medical profession.

The kindle book is an amazingly good price of £1.89 and ALL proceeds go to the charity.  I have downloaded a copy in support of this cause I hope you will too!

September 7th, 2015

So … in case you missed it and haven’t joined me on the new site yet I thought I would do a recap on the posts that you missed.

In August I created a new site and moved over to  I have left this site open and kept the twitter feed up and running for a short time to transition.

I will still be blogging the same fashion and style stuff as before but also with a few other bits and bobs thrown in for good measure.

I have a new Instagram for my blog and my Pinterest account too.  I will be using my personal twitter account and closing down the Style Me Up twitter.

There is a newsletter over at if you receive the Style Me up Newsletter and would like to receive the new one in it’s place please head over and sign up – you will not be resubscribed automatically.

In the meantime here are the Posts you’ve missed.

Read about my blogging journey from Style Me Up to here

New KiKo store in Eldon Square

Build Your Own Benefit Kit

Luxemme Alayna Two Piece

I have featured some new stuff as well I would really like you to take a look it’s a little different and sharing more of my life with you than just the surface stuff:

Sold The Movie

Crash The Chatterbox Review

Head over, have a look and I’ll see you over there!





Nails Inc True Romance Collection

August 19th, 2015

Head over to my new site to read this post

Nails Inc True Romance Collection


August 19th, 2015

So pleased to announce that I have just clicked “Launch” on my new lifestyle blog.

The site is brand new redesigned but with the same focus.

I’d love for you to head over there and have a read – it’s obviously very new and will be growing over the next weeks and months with some of the finer details.

I really hope you like it I’ll be blogging about the regular fashion and shopping stuff but also introducing a little more health and beauty stuff and a life section.

I will be posting on that site from now on but for a short time will pop up some links on here for people to be able to find it.

Find me on Twitter here: @RacheJ

Find me on Instagram here: @racheljobesdotcom

Find me on Pinterest here: @stylemeupcouk (bummer about my username lol first world problems)

Find me on Facebook here: Racheljobesdotcom

I will be re-configuring my newsletter and things too so keep an eye out and let me know what you think too!!! I really want to hear!!!

Coming Soon … A New Adventure

August 13th, 2015

Those of you who follow me on either my blog or my personal social media accounts will no doubt know there are some big changes coming up for me in the coming months and that in extension there will be some changes brought to Style Me Up.

I have been blogging since 2010 with some peaks and troughs as life happened.

I have seen significant, if not dramatic changes in my life since then and I have changed and grown so much I can honestly say I am not the same person.

I lost my younger sister, started a new church after all of my life in one.  I started a new job leaving my organisation after 12 years.  The journey in my new church has been a one of discovery and like I said earlier, growth and change.  I have learnt a lot about value and worth and priorities.  I have moved away from some bad habits and developed some new, healthier ones.  I am not the same person I was 5 years ago.

For a while now I have been deciding what to do with Style Me Up.  I miss blogging but have not been able to give it the time and dedication it needs, at the same time, more and more I have been posting things moving away slightly from the fashion / shopping element I had originally designed the blog for and I don’t feel the blog is a representation of who I am.

I have recently taken the decision to leave my full time job with the public sector and take an exit package.  I am very excited about my new chapter it is a huge opportunity and will give me margin in way of time and money to assess my options and opportunities!!!

My plans are fluid – they include volunteering with church or maybe a charity and doing some training.  Then we will see what opportunities there are and what kind of work I fancy finding myself!  In the meantime I will be blogging again but will be making some changes.

Style Me Up will evolve and will change name and there will be a site redesign, which I have to say I am very excited about!  At the moment I am spending lots of time planning and working out the technicalities (despite working in IT this web hosting thing confuses me!).  There will possibly be changes to social media and things but I will keep you informed and would love for you to join me on the journey!  I am excited for you to see the new site and be a part of it.

Lots of love



Jessica Wright Footwear

August 11th, 2015

TOWIE star and Michelle Keegans sister in law Jessica Wright is set to launch her new footwear. 

Available from 19th August the range features 25 styles including courts and boots. Prices will range from £54-70 and the collection will be available online from and as well as at Lipsy and other select independent retailers.

Alexander Wang at H&M – Purchases

November 6th, 2014

Well, that was quite a morning! Glad I told the office it would be lunchtime before I would be in.

I’d like to think I made a shopper of my mum although she denied feeling exhilarated at the end and said she was exhausted!

It started at 8.30 when I logged my laptop into the website and found the position of everything.

8.45 mum arrives – I show her the site, position of items and which ones I want. I decide it’s either the knit dress or the knit skirt and not both. I also decide either the scuba dress or the fitted dress and if possible the reflective leggings.

9.00 no buy button of any kind on my iPad and phone there was a circle of death –

9.03 desperate for the knit dress I click refresh on the laptop to enable a “buy” button


Ok I kinda expected this I quickly tell mum not to refresh on the iPad and get the other iPad connected to my wifi

From this point on until about 10.15 we had this page and the circle of death!


There were some amusing moments – if a screen became available for a quick flash mum would get rather excited – mum telling me it was rather bad business and a stern email to H&M was needed (how cute!) and her sheer frustration at how she had expected to be home or at least on the way by 10.30! She even came up with the idea of using the smart TV!

We tried that….


Anyway after 10.15 things started looking up! I had already been on Twitter (for a rant!) to establish how the ground lay and was assuming everyone else had been in the same boat so we were working on once people had got what they want server capacity might free up! (Pretending here I didn’t use Twitter advise IT staff in H&M what training they should do *blushes*)

Sure enough the site started allowing us online and even into out items! Although that became even more frustrating because we couldn’t select the drop downs!


At one point we had three different orders in three different devices, we had mums details and credit card and mine and I was texting my brother to have his details! Frequently we would get to the next stage after five, ten or even more minutes of refreshing the “try again” message mum would throw which ever device it was to me as I’m a quicker typer!

It was so amusing when every order or every device was on a try again page we kept having to remind each other – that’s the dress we are at payment stage – that’s the leggings we are entering the address!

To finish the long story … I didn’t get the must have amazing knit dress or skirt :( however I did manage to score two dresses (both the scuba and the fitted dress) and the reflective leggings. There was quite sometime between the first order and the second and yes I did progress each order as a separate one because having things in your basket didn’t reserve them.


What I will say about H&M is that I was only charged shipping on first order the second and third orders (both ended up being on my account just because of the device we were using) were not charged shipping I assume all items will be posted together. That is a really good idea and as much as they don’t seem to have mastered their technical capability and capacity that is a plus point that people should really recognise!

In the end three devices had the amazing knit dress on, two of them had it in the basket and we were heading to order them under my mums and my brothers account and then it stopped and they were sold out :(

Disappointing but the other items are amazing and I can’t wait till they arrive!

Here are the items I ended up purchasing




I am really disappointed for people who didn’t get anything and more so because of the eBay hoarders by 9.30 items were already on eBay for hugely inflated prices. I will say my purchases were and are for me. Yes I was going to use mums account to get items but there were same size and for me.

I really hope the small percentage of the country (and all the millions of people in London) who could queue at a store managed to get a decent time-slot and grab what you want!

Alexander Wang at H&M

November 5th, 2014

Another Colab from H&M brings, in my opinion one of the most exciting! Taper that excitement a little as the business peeps at H&M have decided it’s only going in flagship stores and online (with the acknowledgment the website will likely crash!)

For a month or more now we’ve been seeing the look book pics and if you’re at all like me searching the hashtag #AlexanderWangHM and the Google news feeds for the official rules.

That was hard going usually there are new items and blog posts detailing the rules it was only last week the Telegraph posted details about online rules and to get clarification I needed to contact H&M on their website.

It really seems strange to me they are excluding so much of the country genuinely, people queue and we do so anywhere and we do so from unearthly hours in the morning! (My Jimmy Choo shoes crippled me but we’re so worth it and the jewellery, still to this day gets comments every time I wear it!!!)

Anyway my confusion and unimpressed attitude will subside tomorrow morning when my fav mum arrives at my house to help me online ordering the pieces I want! Another bug bear… I do want these … For me … To wear! I am not a lets queue, let’s buy as many as I can and then flog them. I haven’t done that when I collected my YSL and Dior make-up charms and won’t be for the designer colabs either! Anyhow lol mum is coming over we are logging on and aiming to get the pieces I’d like.

Apologies for the images below they are screenshots from my iPhone (images from originally)

But these are the pieces I’m looking for and hoping to buy.


These boots are amazing similar to some from a 2010 collection but at £149.99 am not likely to be buying them.


If any of you have seen my Karen Millen posts or know me in person you will know I’m partial to knit dresses and that one I just love. The only problem I can see there being is how quick the branded stuff will go! My other choice if I don’t get the dress is the skirt below that’s a bargain at £34.99 I think I will try for one item and mum the other to make sure I get one of them!!!


The price points I’ve seen on the dresses (all of which are nice) go from £39.99 to £59.99 so there are others I will look to get as well.



So … That’s the action plan. They are the key pieces I’m hoping to get (possibly along with some metallic leggings!). I am going to try and be calm and not rage when the website crashes and when their stock (which I have a feeling they have less of than usual hence online rather than store availability!) sells out.

I shall report back if I am successful! To anyone attempting in store or online I honestly wish you luck hope you get the pieces you want. I half hope this comes back to bite the powers that be in the bum so next time we can have half a chance at getting the pieces!

If you’re trying for anything drop me a commented to what you’re hoping to get or drop by tomorrow when you’ve successfully ordered – I’d love to hear and promise not to be jealous!

Birthday Nails

October 28th, 2014

So yesterday was my birthday and one of my gifts was the beautiful Alexa Hearts Nails Inc collection.


After recently following @nailsartcentral on Instagram I had loads of ideas so wanted to put them all to use!

The main Colours are Alexa Edit Night Sky and Alexa Stars along with Nails Inc Shepherds Market. I also used some nail art striping tape I got from ebay. Along with Chelsea Bridge base and top coat.







Beautiful is ___

October 4th, 2014

If any of you follow me on social media (and haven’t muted or unfollowed due to excessive use!) you will no doubt have heard of The Friendly Development Charity and their Beautiful Is ___ Campaign.

The friendly development charity
is a relatively new charity based in the North East, working with people to see an increase in their confidence & self worth which will impact their lives. They write and deliver personal development programmes in schools and communities.

Their positive body image campaign called ‘Beautiful is ___.’ is already gaining great support and most importantly making a wonderful impact on the confidence and self worth of young girls and women.

I read an amazing blog post this week from the founder Emma Oliver and had the pleasure of buying my first Beautiful is ___ T Shirt!

You can read Emma’s post here, and please do so! It explains the thoughts behind the T Shirts for the campaign.

The T Shirts went on sale this week on the Beautiful is ___ instagram page.


I saw this one, ordered it and received it last night!


When the T’s arrive you will notice the amazing packaging they come in making it a lovely treat. There is a handwritten tag and an explanation about HOPE!





These T’s are not just a way to raise awareness and start a conversation they do so much more than that!!! Please follow the charity and the campaign on their social media sites and get involved!!!