Monday, 28 March 2016

March in Instragram Photos








How the heel is it April? That is something that I want to know. The first three months of 2016 have just disappeared just like that and spring is almost in the air with Easter passing and before we know it it will be September and summer will be over as well. Sad times. March was a busy a month, in fact it was a very bust month after a quite February. I went to a hen party, a wedding, went for afternoon tea with my mum, it was Easter, the second term of university finished and quite few other things went on in March.

I thought I would start it off with a bit of a throwback to seeing The Wanted Live back in 2012 and the fact that it has been 3 years since meeting Justin Bieber. Also on the 4th March (which was three years since seeing Justin Bieber live) it was also one of my flatmates birthday so we all went out but I look like shit and can't really remember much of the night so no photos for that one. Archery tag then came after this on the 12th March for my best friends sisters hen party. In all honestly I was bit like this could be really shit but actually it was so much fun. It is basically a mix of dodgeball, paintball and archery, it doesn't hurt when you get hit although I do have a bruise on my forearm and on the back of my thigh but apart from that I was completely fine. After we then went for a meal at WildWood in Billericay.

Although the last week of term was packed with deadlines and tests I did go to final FED, which is basically the night where all the sports teams have their socials and then go to Subzero (the thingy on campus). Even though I didn't drink when I was out it was still a really good night. Soz about now photos from this but their Students Union haven't uploaded any photos yet onto Facebook and I didn't take any.

Then on the 20th March I went to a wedding for about the first time in about 10 years. It was at Seckford Hall in Woodbridge and it was a truly lovely wedding and a beautiful location. Keeping on with the whole beautiful locations I then went for Afternoon tea on Wednesday 23rd March at The Sanderson in London. I also picked up a few things from Selfridges. 

The last thing of March this year was Easter and I decided to make some Easter cupcakes, which I then actually took up to my Grandmas who I went up to see in on Good Friday. Also on Good Friday we went to Aldeburgh for Fish&Chips.

Love Alicia x
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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Easter Cupcakes!







If there is one thing that I need to do more, then that is to bake. I used to bake all the time and now I just don't seem to have the time or there is something that is stopping me and I kinda miss baking. Easter seems to be the perfect time to bake again. 

Now I know we all make cupcakes differently but this is the way I make my cupcakes and some people will probably be like 'no you don't do it like that' but these have been winners every time I have made them.

You will need:

Cakes:
 * 110g of soft butter
 * 110g caster sugar
 * 110g of self raising flour (I am using Gluten Free)
 * 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
 * 2 eggs
 * 1 tablespoon of milk (I am using soya milk but you can use normal milk)

Decorations:
* 3 tablespoons of butter
* 3 tablespoons of icing sugar
* 1 tablespoon of milk
* food colouring (pink, green, yellow ... what ever floats your boat)
* mini eggs (optional)
* chocolate chips

Method: 

The first thing you will need to do is add the flour, butter, eggs, milk and sugar into a mixing bowl, then using a wooden spoon or a whisk, mix the ingredients together. Once, the mixture is all mixed together, you can then add the teaspoon of vanilla extract and any other ingredients you would like to add. I had some blueberries, raspberries and chocolate chips left over so I just added them into the mixture and mixed then in with a wooden spoon. 

Once everything is mixed in, spoon the mixture into cupcake cases and then cook 15 to 20 minutes at 180C. The cakes should be golden brown once cooked. Then leave the cupcakes to cool for about half an hour, by then they should be ready to be decorated. 

For the butter icing, the first thing that I do is add the butter, milk and icing sugar to a bowl and then cream them together. You can either leave the icing as it is or add some food colouring to them. As it is Easter I am using green food colouring to create a 'grass' like look and then using mini eggs for the rest of the decoration.

HAPPY EASTER!!!

Love Alicia x


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Mad hatters Afternoon Tea?









There is something very british about afternoon tea and the thought of afternoon tea, mixed with a classic story of 'Alice in Wonderland', there is something quite unique about it all. The Sanderson hotel in London's West End does a themed afternoon tea around the book 'Alice in Wonderland'. The cakes and the savoury element, as well as the teas are all based on the book and it is something completely different from other afternoon teas.

On Wednesday 23rd March I took my mum to The Sanderson for Afternoon Tea, as a present for her birthday (which was back in January) and as a mothers day present, as my mum has never been for Afternoon Tea before. I had seen lots of photos of this particular afternoon tea going around instagram and it looked really nice - which it was - and I though that this would be the perfect place. Now, I did actually get a deal which made the afternoon tea slightly cheaper at £40 which also including a cocktail. I believe that it is normally about £48 and then about another £12 for a cocktail and if you want champagne it can get quite expensive. My tip would be to look around on afternoontea.com as there is often quite few deals that do come up. Personally, I really enjoyed the afternoon tea, yes it was quite expensive for what it is, but you are probably paying for the location at the end of the day. 

In The Sanderson, you are sat outside in the courtyard which is covered by a marque and is heated, so you don't even feel like you are outside. Your savoury food comes up first, and you are allowed the smell the tea that you want to try. I went for the 'Mad Hatter' tea, as I don't like the taste of normally tea, and this tea happened to be a green tea but I think was infused with blackberries. My mum went for a normal english breakfast style tea, but there is around six teas to try or you can have a coffee. Then once you have finished your savoury section, then the cakes are brought up, and oh my are they good. Yes they are very sweet but when you take your time and just enjoy the cakes you sort of forget about it. The good thing is, if you don't finish all the cakes you can take them home, which is always a plus side. 

Overall, from my experience I would recommend this afternoon tea if you are looking for something special or have a special occasion coming up. I did go to another afternoon tea in London back in July for my birthday and I believe it was £25 per person with a glass of champagne, which is a cheaper option. However, most hotels do, do afternoon tea these days as well.


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Monday, 21 March 2016

My Top 5 Drugstore Products





There are a few drugstore products out there that I honestly could not live without. Most of these products I use every single day, except for the no make up days. I thought it was about time that I actually shared these with you. 

Yes, Yes I know that everyone seems to either love or hate this concealer. Personally I really like especially for under my eyes. I normally use the lightest shade for highlighting under my eyes and the second lightest shade for covering any blemishes on my face as I find that this is the best way for my skin to look good. To actually apply the concealer I used to just use my hand, but now I use the Real Techniques makeup sponge and it makes it last a lot longer. 

I have been using this foundation now on and off for about six months. Now, I wouldn't say it was my ultimate favourite foundation of all time, but it does give me excellent coverage and doesn't look cakey. The only thing I would say is that you have to take quite a long time to work this into the skin. I normally use my make up sponge first and then use a buffing brush to make sure it has really been blended into my skin and looks natural. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has oily skin. Even if I don't wear a primer under my foundation, it still lasts the majority of the day, well up to the point where you want it to last to. 

Back in October or September I did a post on this beauties and my opinion has not changed at all. They are perfect as a base eyeshadow, by themselves or blended in with a powder eyeshadow. Not only that, but they are also super quick to apply and to last all day. Yes, mine has sometimes creased on the odd occasion but that tends to be with I have done loads of high energy things throughout the day. My favourite has to be 'On and On Bronze'. 

Okay so this is kinda like a 'cult' product for me. I think this was the first powder that I ever brought and I keep going back to it. There was a spell when I really did hate it but then I brought the transparent one and it honestly looks so much better than any of the coloured ones. I do sometimes have to reapply it throughout the day, but I feel it does really set cream products quite well. 

This was a purchase that I just picked up because I need to spend a certain amount of money to get extra points on my Boots card, but I am so glad that I picked one of these up. They are quite pigmented and give off this lovely pinky highlight to the cheek, so you can easily just wear this product by its self. My one looks very pink in the pan but when on the cheeks it just looks so gorgeous and definitely something that I will be wearing all summer long. 

What are your guys top 5 drugstore products? 

Love Alicia x
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Friday, 18 March 2016

5 More Things that I Have Learnt Since Starting University...



Back in November I did a post on a couple of things that I had learnt since starting university and today I thought I would a part two of this. Primarily because today marks the last day of the spring term and all my assignments, tests and essays are done for this term, so I thought I would do a bit of a reflection of this time and 5 things that I have learnt since my last 'What I have Learnt Since Starting University' post.

1. The Essays are not the hard part, its the planning whats the killer. 
Okay essays are just as hard, but they get easier once you plan. It may take a good week to plan an essay, but that is because of the hours scrolling through google scholar to try and find a source that is relative to the essay. Then the most annoying thing happens when you find a really good source but then you have to pay like £70 to access it and the the university library online doesn't have it. That fucking sucks. However, once the plan is over and done and is in depth it is basically copied into an essay format with some jazzing up. Admittedly writing up the essay does take a good 6ish hours. 

2. It is okay to miss classes/ seminars / lectures 
It is not the end of the world if you miss a few classes or lectures here and then, as long as the lecture slides go up online you are fine. The ones you kinda can't miss is when the lecture doesn't put up the slides or the listen again thing and then you are in the shit, especially when the class or lecture test is on it. Classes are mostly pointless anyway accept if you get marked for participation or you have an in class test or you have do a presentation. 

3. If you are drunk enough then student clubs are not as bad as they are when you are sober 
I think that one explains it in its self. 

4. You will never read everything off of the reading list (most of it is pointless anyway) 
When the lecturer things you can read 100 pages from their module at the same time as reading for the other three modules you have, yeah thing again because thats never going to happen. Most of the time the material will never be usefully in an essay (I'm look at you Conflict and Cooperation module) and it is never in the test. Like today I had a test and admittedly I did do some of the reading for the module like last night and none of the reading came up and instead there was irrelevant questions about Chinas judicial services. I'm on a politics course not law. 

5. Nobody knows what 'International Relations' is 
Every time someone asks me 'what course at you doing' and i'm like 'International Relations' and they have no fucking idea. So i'm just like its basically politics and they still looked confused. Plus politics is actually really interesting. 

So there you have it, 5 more things that I have learnt/experienced since starting university. What have you learnt recently about something? 

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Friday, 11 March 2016

When I Was Younger ...

I think there has been a tag floating around about this somewhere, but every post I have seen has really random questions and they are all different in each post, so I thought I would just make up my own tag of 'When I was Younger'.







Favourite Memory?
On my 10th Birthday we were in Spain, but we actually went on a day trip to Gibraltar and although I did cry (for reasons I am not going to explain), when on the funniest things happened that day. My mum nearly got attacked by a monkey on the rocks. It's okay because no one got hurt, but I always look back on it and laugh. 

Favourite Food?
Jammy dodgems which were just a classic, I was obsessed with them and me and my best friend always just to have them. 

Favourite Childhood Party?
I can't remember how old I was but my parents finally let me have a bouncy castle in the garden and it was just such a fun day. I don't think the weather was great, but I had a Bratz cake so all was good. I think I was about year 3 maybe so about my 7th birthday. 

What did you want to be?
Well I wanted to be a designer. I just used to love drawing and designing things. In fact I wasn't actually that bad but I haven't draw anything for about 7 years now. My dream when I started High school was to be a graphic designer and sometimes I still wish I kinda followed that path. 

Greatest Primary School Memory that first pops into your head?
There is a memory from reception when I always used to play with the dolls house we had, but that isn't the greatest I just loved that dolls house and didn't want anyone else to play with it. Also, being a captain in Sports Day in Year 6. That was fun, I got to boss people around. I'm probably going to have to say Year 6 like 'leavers party', where we all dressed up fancy and then a boy in my year went mental outside with sticks and stuff and the teachers like locked us in the hall so none of us would get hurt, but yet again not the greatest. I liked the dressing up for book day. 
Actually my greatest memory was when we did 'The Great Fire of London' play in year 3, and I was a dancing flame and it was so much fun, unforntutaly that day was also July 7th 2005. If you don't know what happened that day in London then just google it. 

What was your favourite TV Show? 
5ive I think it was called. It was on every morning on channel 4 or channel 5 at about 7am and I used to watch every morning before school. One time I won a competition and got loads of 'cool' merchandise. I also loved Barney when I was really young, Bananas in Pyjamas, Zoey 101, That's So Raven, Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverley Place. There was also another program that had colourful houses in Scotland and the theme tune was really catchy but I can't remember what it was called. 

What Is your first living memory? 
Now I don't know if this is because I have seen a video or because I just remember it, but it has to be January 1st 2000. Yes I know thats precise but I remember being along the Clacton seafront with my Dad and Nan and my Mum was working and thats about it. Apart from that it is possibly Disneyland Paris and meeting some characters in a restaurant and queuing up for a photo with characters from Toy Story 2. 

What was your favourite book? 
I loved all the 'fairy' books. I can't remember what they were called but there was a huge collection of them and they were just great. 

Bratz or Barbie? 
I had more Barbies than Bratz. I also had two dolls houses from my Barbies and three cars whereas I didn't have really anything for my Bratz, but I still loved the the Bratz films. I'm going to have to say Barbies. 

I nominate you all to do this little 'when I was younger' tag, you can add in some more questions if you like or whatever floats your boat really. 

Love Alicia x
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Monday, 7 March 2016

Summer Wishlist

Okay so we may only be in the beginning of March, but I am so incredibly bored on winter clothes and this cold weather, so summer hurry up. With summer on the mind I may have done a bit of browsing online and found a few things that have caught me eye.


11. Forever 21 Dress

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Friday, 4 March 2016

Hair Care Routine



When I thought about hair care even a year ago, I just thought of washing my hair. I never used to use a heat protector and used to straightened my hair at a ridiculously high heat, which my hair hated but still I used to do it every single day. However, something clicked and I know I had to do something. Now my hair was never that bad. I got spilt ends but they were never that bad, but I still wanted to take care off my hair. 

Back in January 2014 I dyed my hair for the first time and I knew then that I had to look after it as my hair had been bleached. Yes I was drawn into the hype of ombre hair, meaning that I got my hair dyed at the hairdressers so the bottom half was blonde. Looking back, I don't regret it at all, I really like it. During this period I really did look after my hair, as well as my hair deciding that it wanted to grow about 4 inches in the space of 8 months, which just never happens. Then in September 2014 I did something that I regret. I cut my hair really short. I cried the day after because I couldn't do anything with it, but I then did get used to it. However, this was the period again when I stopped caring about the heat of my hair. I am pleased to say that my hair is at the length now that I am really happy with and it is in great condition (I think) as well.

Now I have to wash my hair every other day, because my hair just gets so greasy and quite frankly disgusting. My parents have to wash their hair everyday, so I guess I was just born with very oily roots. 

So enough about my hair story and the type of hair I have and lets get on to the routine. 

For the days when I wash my hair... 







As I mentioned above I wash my hair every other day and sometimes every third day if and only if I'm not doing anything on the third day and don't have to leave the house. The first thing I do is apply the new L'oreal Elvine Extraordinary Clay Masque and leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes. On the tub it actually says for 5 minutes, but in that time I am normally tidying up, making my bed and planning my outfit for the day ahead, so it normally gets left on for a bit extra. Now I have absolutely fallen in love with this masque. I am not over keen in the scent (its quite minty) but I do love how it makes my hair feel. I just apply to my roots and rub it in and then wash it off in the shower with the L'oreal Elvine Nutri Gloss Luminiser shampoo. I probably should be using the shampoo from the clay range as well, but this shampoo just gives my hair such a natural gloss and finish. I picked up this shampoo by accident in around December time when I was bored of using my Aussie shampoo - which had run out - and I wanted to try something different. 

After shampooing my hair, I then use the L'oreal Elvine Extraordinary Clay Conditioner. No matter what conditioner I use, I always let it soak into my hair for about 3 to 4 minutes while i'm washing the rest of my body. 

After getting out of the shower and brushing my hair I like to spray in the L'oreal Elnett Satin Heat Protect Styling Spray. My heat protector is actually for when you straighten your hair and it is supposed to last for 4 days, however my hair never does. However, I really like using this one because again it makes my hair feel soft and healthy. I then go in and spray the ends of my hair with the Lumiere d'hiver super comb prep and protect spray, which I got in February's Birchbox. To be honest, I don't really know what this product does but I have been trying it out so I thought I would mention it. 

Normally I leave my hair to dry naturally for 30 to 40 minutes before blow drying it and then styling it. Where possible I like to blow dry my hair straight do I don't have to use my straighteners. 

For the days when I have not washed my hair... 



Now I am actually really impressed with the L'oreal Clay range, because my next day hair actually still looks pretty fresh. The roots don't look oily and I only need a tiny bit of Batiste Dry Shampoo. I have tried a few brands of dry shampoo and the only dry shampoo that actually does anything is Batiste, I do like to switch the scents around because I can get bored. I tend to only spray the dry shampoo in areas that really do need it. 

So there you have it, a daily hair care routine which normally happens in the morning. What are your favourite hair care products or products that you are really liking at the moment? 

Love Alicia x
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Spotlight On: Justin Bieber

Three years ago today I got to meet someone who I admired and still do. It was someone whom at the time everyone hated, no one liked his music and people were still using 'his gay', ' he looks like a girl, ' he can't sing' etc, whereas today everyone seems to love him. That person is Justin Bieber. 

I was extremely lucky that I won the Bieber Fever competition to meet him, and I'm so happy that I did. Admittedly, my picture is awful and I never actually got to speak to him, but I did get to stand next to him, but it was still an experience on something that I will never forget. The 4th March was also the night that Justin was an hour late stage. Yes, people said it was like 2 and a half hours but that's because the O2 put wrong times on their website, and the whole country went mental about it, yet you never saw anything about when others have to a lot later. It was kinda like it was a double standard for Justin. He could never do anything right the eyes of millions. Yes, he did some really awful things and I'm not trying to stick up for him, because the things he did was wrong, but I never stopped supporting him. At the end of the day the reason why I supported him from the beginning was because of his music and maybe because he was cute. At the time he probably wasn't the best role model in the world, but every single celebrity out their can not be the most perfect role model 24/7. 

My experience meeting Justin was totally different from what I had imagined. In all honestly I would change everything about it. It was obvious Justin was not in a great mood, I don't thing he even smiled in any of the photos that day. I was in and out of the room within a minute. You are pushed into the room, you stand next to him; the photo is taken; you have about 10 seconds to try and speak to him and get a photo and then the experience is over. Gone. But at least I didn't have to pay for it, because it wouldn't have been worth it. In all fairness, there were like 3 other Spanish girls also in the M&G who Justin turned to first and they actually got a hug and when he turned round to me and the other girl, we had to leave the room. That was then. It maybe different now, it probably is. 

Over the last six years of supporting Justin, I have seen a lot of things especially on twitter which are good and bad. I've never not supported him. Yes, I'm not like I was. I don't ever talk about him anymore unless I am asked and he isn't the only artist I listen to. I don't really care about what people thing about him, because at the end of the day, I'm always going to support his music. It shouldn't matter who is dating, who he is seen with, if he smokes or not, what he does with his time etc, at the end of the day it is down to supporting him for the music and being proud when he wins awards (that grammy was a very proud moment in my belieber heart).

I decided to do this spotlight on Justin Bieber, because although I am a belieber, we are not like the crazy obsessed ones back in 2010. I don't need to tweet about him 24/7, spam him every time he tweets, annoy people by talking about him constantly or try to meet him outside hotels and run after his car (something that I have never done and will never do). That doesn't mean that I am still not a belieber, I just don't need to tell the entire world. I'm lucky, i've meet him twice, seen him live 4 times, soon to be 6 (correction now 7 times.. see you at V Festival) times and followed by him on twitter and you know what that is good enough for me. Yes it does annoy me when people who used to absolutely hate him now suddenly want to marry him, but at least now his music is finally being respected and actually listened to by people that are not young teenagers, but by a large audience, hence why he had such a long run at the UK number one. 

I'm going to leave it there, but I would love to hear about your views on Justin Bieber, whether they are positive or negative. 
Love Alicia xx 
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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Survey



Hi Guys! 

I just wanted to do a quick survey of things that you want to see on my blog in the future. Your replies would be really helpful. Thank You.


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