Monday, 24 July 2017

5 THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR


Sometimes I forget about the things I am grateful for; the blessings no matter how big or small; or the things that bring happiness into my life. It is something that is often over looked, and I no for certain that I am one of them people who just forget to think about all the great things in my life right now and how they should NOT be over shadowed by the negative things you would rather forget. 

Right now I am grateful for quite a few things, but here are just 5 things that I am grateful for right now. 

1. My Parents - Yes we should all be grateful of our parents, but sometimes I forget how much they do still do for me, even at 20. It's the small things like doing my laundry or very kindly paying for my car insurance whilst I go off to Canada in August; or just simply putting a roof over my head. 

2. My Skin - Right now my skin is probably the best it has ever been since I was about 9. Yes, I was that kid that had white heads as a nine year old who hadn't started her period yet and no one else had a giant white head on their chin. Now, my skin is basically clear. Not sure if it is drinking 2 and a half litres of water a day or finally taking the time to invest in my skincare routine. 

3. Live Music - I have always enjoyed live music; whether that is a theatre show or a concert. At the end of June and the very beginning of July I was very lucky to see Justin Bieber from the front row and from the second row, and that honestly brings me so much happiness and I'm truly grateful for that experience. 

4. My own time - It's nice to have a few days off of work and focus on me, rather than others. It's nice to work out; give myself a mini facial by invading my growing collection of sheet masks and other masks; actually bothering with my nails and finally getting my brows done again. Also grateful for the time to binge watch Netflix and not feel guilty. 

5. Summer - It may sound stupid, but a bit of sun and the warmer weather instantly lifts my mood. Perhaps that is because I am a summer baby and my heart probably lies in some beautiful place with beautiful beaches. The summer in England can be equally as good, especially leaving by the beach, which I don't take much advantage of, but it is nice to know it's only down the road. Also, I would be very grateful if the summer sun and weather could last a bit longer, please. 

What are you grateful for? 

Love Alicia x 

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Friday, 21 July 2017

MY DRESSING TABLE



Okay, I would actually love to say that I have a dressing table, but the top of my chest of draws will have to do for now. Hopefully one day I will have this amazing instagramable, everyone wants my dressing table, type of dressing table, if you know what I mean.  Anyway, my white chest of draws from Argos will have to do at the moment. Although, who knew how much dust would acquire on white furniture? Anyway, back to the point; lets take a little exploration of my current dressing table set up!



My 'dressing table' is the place where I keep everything from make up brushes, my favourite lipsticks and my perfume collection; as well as a couple of things to kinda of make it look a bit more prettier.

Most of my make up brushes are from Real Techniques, and I promise you I did actually clean them before taking the photos, but then I had to use them and go to work and then it was dark, so by the time I got round to actually taking the photos they got a tad bit dirty. That faux rose, came from the Justin Bieber concert in Cardiff, which the PIT and Golden circle held up during Life is Worth Living. I'm sure you really wanted to know that, probably not.

Next up is the area of stuff I don't really no where else to put, so it's in the corner. I kinda wanted my Fleur De Force books on display because they kinda go with the rest of my room, plus they are proper pretty books. The jewellery stand is years old and I have never really used it probably, hence why there are key rings on there, but it's just something I can't get rid of, although the top is kinda broken.


Now we start with the perfume area. The Chloe 'Love Story' tin, doesn't actually contain a perfume, instead it holds my lipsticks that are not on display and it's kinda easy access to them when I fancy a change; I also can not forget about them, like when you were under my bed. Sorry lipsticks. Then we have my Justin Bieber perfumes that I don't really wear, nor do I reach for that often, but if I do not put them there, I will probably forget about them.

Lipsticks. Probably one of my favourite things I the entire world. As you can see, I display all my favourite lipsticks from MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, YSL, Urban Decay and L'Oreal. You have probably seen most of these on Instagram or been mentioned on the blog over the years.

Finally we reach my actually perfume collection; my raved about Chloe Love Story x2; Victor & Rolf Bon Bon; YSL Black Opium; and Dior Poison Girl.

If you have got this far and are no longer sick of the words probably and favourite, then congrats, because I would have been feed up of them words by now and in fact I am.

What's on your dressing table? 

Love Alicia x 

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

TURNING 20 - LETS DO THIS SHIT



Two weeks ago today I left my teenage years behind me and entered the decade of twenty. TWENTY. Okay, I feel slightly old and also kinda really fucking excited about being twenty. Although nothing has really changed yet, but I have a kinda great feeling that twenty will be pretty fucking amazing. I mean I move to Canada in 5 and a half weeks, which yes i'm shitting myself for, but get me on that plane on 27th August, because Canada i'm coming for ya.

Being twenty so far has been kinda meh though. I mean I think I have spent most of it at work, dealing with customers and the great British public, which is either a frill or you annoy me so much but I can not say that to your face. Except for going to London on my twentieth and going for a meal with my mates to celebrate being the last one to enter the decade of twenty, twenty has been work; binge watching 13 Reasons Why; and spending every other living moment in Purpose Tour merch. If you haven't brought a PT hoodie, then you are missing out on the comfort that I am currently living in. Like yes, I feel like a teddy bear. Can I say that being a twenty year old?

Last year, just before my 19th birthday I wrote a list of 20 things I wanted to do before I turned twenty. So, now lets see if I have actually managed to complete any of these. 


1. Get a car ✔️
My little silver or some people think it is more of a grey colour, Corsa does me the job. It has got me to university and back; work and back; and other stuff and back. My little 1 litre corsa that really doesn't have much power was brought on the 31st July last year on its 7th birthday. It was actually registered on the 31st July 2009. 

2. Talk to more people 
I feel like this one is a hard one to judge. Like yes I have spoken to people throughout the year that I had never spoken to last year. Idk. 

At least 3 times a week I have been doing a youtube video because the gym still scares me. Blogilates, Lucy Wydham Read and Popsugar Fitness are a few of my favourites and I feel like I have become fitter. I also joined Lacrosse at university and at the beginning of the year I couldn't run around the astro pitch without getting out of breathe and by the end of the year I could run around it without getting out of breathe. So I guess I have become fitter, maybe. 



4. lighten up more 
Again, kinda hard to judge. 

5. learn to not care what people think 
This is probably something that will come with getting older and at the moment I still care about what people think of me. 

6. Book flights to Australia 
Nope, nope, nope. Maybe for 2018 or 2019. One day I will go, but it's not the right time at the moment. 

7. Be more adventurous with what I have for dinner ✔️
No more just brown rice and sweet potatoes for me, probably because I have been living at home in my second year and my parents buy me food. 

8. Go on some random weird room trip 
Nope. 

9. Get a least a 2:1 in my second year of university ✔️
I was like 2% away from a first, so I did get a 2:1 it was just one module that let me down from getting that first. 

10. Trek America 
I ordered the brouche if that counts?

11. Go to Ireland 
No, but I did go to Cardiff and Majorca. 



12. Go to Buckingham Palace 
Nah. 

13.  Do more photography 
Well I have posted a lot more on instagram this year then any other year and they haven't all been selfies or mirror selfies. 

14. Take part in more sports ✔️
See answer to point 3. 

15. Really focus on my blog photography and content 
Okay, I have sucked with my blog this year. Kinda feel out of love with it, despite a name change. Kinda been too busy. 

16. Sign up to learn a new language ✔️
I did sign up for French at university, but the class was at like 8pm on a Monday and yeah I wasn't going to do that. 

17. Have at least a day a month without social media 
FAILED. 

18. Read more books 
FAILED. 

19. Learn how to save ✔️
My savings account kinda looks healthy right now, considering I am a student and spend a hefty amount on ASOS. 

20. See a horror film 
Twenty years of age and still not seen a horror film. 

Yes, I understand that I have failed most of my list of 20 things to do before I am 20, but there is plenty of other things that happened in my last year of being a teenager as well that I probably wasn't expecting. 

Some of my personal highlights include: 

It's kinda crazy knowing that in just under 6 weeks I will going to live in Canada for a year. The process has been kinda long, but I am looking forward to it. Maybe next year my 'twenty' round up will be all about Canada. 



2. Seeing Justin Bieber four times. 
Four incredible concerts. This time last year I had two concerts planned; one for 11th October and the other for 28th November. On the way to the 28th November concert I managed to buy one pit ticket for the concert. So that night I was second row and Justin touched my hand and it was like the best experience ever. Then in December, they announced shows in Cardiff and London, so obviously I brought tickets. I got pit again in Cardiff, which was just incredible, even after the 5 and a half hour wait, but I was front row and during Baby we were all so lit and Justin just looked at us like 'thats my real supporters down there'. I also got eye contact during Hold Tight on 28th November and the show in Cardiff as well. I was also third row for the show in Hyde Park as well. Can you tell I am kinda a belieber? 





3. Taking part in Derby Day 2017 
This is something i regret from first year of university; never joining a sports club. In my first year derby day was held at Essex, whereas this year it was held at UEA. So as a member of the Lacrosse club, I went up to Norwich with the rest of the team. We lost, but honestly it is one of my highlights from second year. I got kinda drunk and don't really remember the coach journey back to campus or the pre drinks in towers. 

A few weeks ago I wrote about my little family trip to Majorca. It was a country that I haven't been back too since I was 5, so it was great to go back. It was also nice to relax after finishing second year of university and basically working full time since my exam in May. 




Okay this is kinda a long post. 
I'm just going to leave it there for now. 

Also, I wrote a post about 20 things I have learnt in 20 years, so go and have a nose at that, if you want. 

Love Alicia x 

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Friday, 30 June 2017

THE JUNE 2017 ROUND UP



June always seems to be the busy month. Whether it was a few years ago doing GCSEs or A-levels, or the month when the family holiday occurs. June just seems to be a busy month. 

June this year was a busy one. Mainly because I haven't really had a day off of work, except from when I went on holiday; but hey, I'm not complaining as i'm looking forward to pay day. Instead of sharing my June monthly favourites, because they can be kinda boring,  i'm bringing around my June highlights. 


First things first, on the first of June, I went to the Suffolk Show. The unusual thing this year, is that 1) it wasn't cold, 2) it wasn't raining, and 3) I didn't eat any cheese in the food tent. Like what happened to me, I used to get all the free cheese and this year I didn't have one bit. Okay, that was because I was on antibiotics and wasn't allowed dairy, but it is still kinda weird.  On the other hand, I found the Churros van at 10:30 in the morning; ordered a regular portion and got given the large size. Not that i'm complaining because they were just lush. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. They were just great. The show itself was pretty good as well. I mean there was this areoboics horse riding stunt team who do the stunts for Poldark, and oh my they were outstanding. Like wow! 


I don't think I could do a monthly round up, without mentioning a lipstick or two. Fabby and Fanfare were brought at Palma Airport, Majorca. They will probably be my summer lipsticks. You will probably hear about them again, but just look at them. Give me all the MAC lipsticks, please. 


Talking about Majorca, the family holiday of choice this year was Can Picafort in Majorca. I have actually already wrote a post about the trip, which if you want you can read it here. Sadly, there are no window shots out of the plane as I decided to sit on the isle seat and therefore my view was pretty crap, but I did see Jersey out of the plane and some mountains. 


On the subject of Majorca, my new favourite drinks are Mojitos and Tequila Canon. Would probably prefer to be drinking them round the pool, and not in cloudy old England, but hey ho I will live.  I also kinda miss swimming everyday in a pool which wasn't actually cold. Like yes I know, this is a rare thing. 

On another note, the Pretty Little Liars final was kinda a disappointment and I was hoping for something else. Oh well, time to move on to the next TV programme that I can binge watch instead of doing something practical. 

Also, as this post goes live, there is one thing that will clearly be a massive highlight of June and probably of the whole of 2017; i'm in the pit for Justin Bieber in Cardiff. I will probably cry during Life is Worth Living and smile like a freak, but hey it's my last weekend of being a teenager and i'm spending watching the person I have supported since before I was a teenager. 

Love Alicia x 

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Monday, 26 June 2017

20 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT IN 20 YEARS



With having 10 days left of being a teenager, which scares the living shit out of me, it is probably time to share some thoughts of my current 19 years and 355 days on this planet. 

20 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT IN 20 YEARS 


1. You can't please everyone all the time - not even your parents 

2. Being shy isn't bad, it just depends how shy you are at that moment in time 

3. Going to a concert, or doing something you love, gives you one of the best feelings out there 

4.  Don't be afraid to say YES, and jump at that opportunity 

5. Also, don't be afraid to say NO if you don't want to do something or go somewhere or take that overtime when you already have plans or just want to be lazy 

6. Some people are fake and the quicker you find that out, the quicker you can get rid of them out of your life

7. Water will clear you skin up, and not all water tastes the same 

8. We can't be good at everything 

9. Some people will break you heart with out even realising it 

10. Not being liked back sucks, but move on and find someone who likes you for you 

11. If you enjoy something, do it, even if you are bad at it 

12. Social Media is a curse and a blessing 

13. Take every opportunity, even if you are scared shitless about it 

14. Its better to have a small group of friends that you can tell everything to and are there for you, than having a large group of friends who couldn't really give two shits 

15. Supporting an artist and being a super fan is okay, and who gives a shit if people judge you about it, its your life not theirs 

16. Cities are great, but being in the countryside is better 

17. Eat all the food and drink what you want, because you only have one life

18. It is okay to be scared and anxious about certain situations 

19. Buy cheap, buy twice - just buy the one that is more expensive or of better quality, because the chances are it will last longer 

20. It's okay to go on nights out and kiss that hot guy who you will probably never see again, or flirt with that gorgeous lifeguard at the hotel when on holiday - no one is here to judge you, and if they are they are probably just jealous. 

And a bonus one 

21. High School sucks when you are there, but you miss the time when you were there; seeing your friends everyday and not having to do adult things. 
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