Monday, 30 May 2016

10 THOUGHTS WHILE WORKING IN RETAIL



I started working in retail a couple of weeks after my 17th birthday, and i'm still working in retail nearly two years on. Sometimes working in retail can be a pleasure but other times it is boring as hell. I'm not going to state who I work for but it is a branded clothing shop in England. A bit of a disclaimer here, because we are not supposed to speak about the company of social media unless we have authority, but these may relate to every sector of retail. 

1. So you come in the shop, mess the neat pile of clothing up, don't buy anything and leave. Thanks. I literally just tidied that up. That's cool. Thanks again. Have a good day. 

2. Why is this shop so tidy? Can I please do something productive that doesn't mean walking around the shop trying to find something to do. 

3. Is it that hard to look at labels that tell you the price of the product, especially when there is a massive sign saying the price or the label is hanging out. I'm not your personal slave. 

4. Just one hour left. Thats like 20 songs left. I'll just count down the songs. 

5. So you don't know your shoe size and your like 30/40/50 etc. Really, I'll just bring out a range of sizes and hope you like them. 

6. I know this has just been replenished. I know there is no more of this out back, so stop asking like three different people. We don't have it. 

7. Thanks for all the change. I'll just standing here counting it for what feels like years. 

8. Please just say yes to the getting your receipt emailed to you it makes my life easier because then my manager can't ask me why I haven't got as many as other people. 

9. How hard is it to do a shirt back up? 

10. At least i'm getting paid for this, but 4 hour shifts really do suck. 

Love Alicia x 
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

WILL YOU BE VOTING?



WILL YOU BE VOTING IN THE EU REFERENDUM?

For many the conception of politics is particularly boring, and most seem to be completely disinterested in anything to do with the government, news from other parts of the world and politics itself. I somehow understand where some people are coming from, especially the younger generation who do have the right to vote but don't practice it. Before the general election last year, my interest in politics was significantly low. Yes I would watch the 6 o'clock news, and have BBC news on my phone but I didn't really take much interest in it. It confused me slightly. However, my views on politics changed last may. Out of all of my friends, I was the only one who could not vote and I was like 'well thats not fair', but Alicia that's life, life isn't always fair. I honestly don't know how many people in my year did practice their right to vote or not, but I know I would have done. 

On Thursday 23rd June, the United Kingdom will be voting on whether or not we should come out of the European Union (EU) or not, but will you be voting? Last year in the general election, the group with the least amounts of votes casted came from the 18-24 year olds, which has been a continuing trend, as more and more younger people are less likely to vote. Now, it can be suggested that their are many reasons behind this: 
1. Not interested in politics 
2. Don't know enough information 
3. Can't be bothered 
and there are probably more as well, but thats just a suggestion. Politics isn't something that children learnt about at school, unless they choose it for GCSE or Alevel and the people that tend to choose it, are the ones that want to learn and know about politics. If I had, had the chance to do politics at school I would have jumped at the opportunity, it just so happens I am now at university and reading International Relations in the School of Government at my university. Hence, i'm basically doing the some modules as straight politics students. You can tell that the majority of students on my course that are british citizens will vote on the 23rd June, as we all have a common interest in politics. However, the ones that don't probably will not vote. 


So, 'Why should I vote, then?' you ask... 
People died for your vote. Now I'm not just talking about the Sufferagtes in the late 19th and early 20th century, in terms of women getting the vote, but guys weren't automatically given the vote as well. They had to fight for it just as much. If it wasn't for them people, who campaigned then the right to vote would have probably have happened a lot latter on. 

You can not moan if you don't like the result. The thing that annoys me the most is when people moan about the government, or policies, or taxes or whatever, but they didn't actually vote in the last election or in fact any election. If you don't exercise your right to vote, then why should you moan, because you didn't actually do anything that could have changed the result. Don't moan about the government, or your benefits being decreased when you couldn't be bothered to walk, or drive, to your local polling station to vote. It really does only take a few minutes out of your day. Also, polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. Anyway, thats not the point. 

It's free, quick and easy. As long as you have registered to vote, then you can vote. You don't have to pay anything to register to vote, you don't have to pay to cast your vote. It is free. It is also quick, but there could be a queue. I know this because my dads a Presiding Officer and my mum is a poll clerk. It is also easy. You basically make up your mind and thats that. 

Because you can. It's your right to vote.

If you are a UK citizen over the age of 18 (or a resident in the UK but from the Commonwealth, or from Ireland, Malta and Cyprus can also vote), you still have time to register to vote. In fact you have until the 7th June! You can register here!

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Friday, 20 May 2016

5 MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2016 SO FAR

There has been quite a few posts this year that have seemed to be really quite popular, now i'm not talking thousands of views because I don't get that. Thats fine though, but these 5 posts have really seemed to be popular this year so far.

This post is currently my most popular post of all time, and I never really expected it to get just so many views as what it did. I also really enjoyed writing this post, as it was something a bit different but also brought back quite a few memories, in terms of being a child playing computer games online.



When I was younger was a bit of a fun post, again I wanted to mix it up and do a tag but was new to me so I could make it my own. Similar to my most popular post, this is also a mixture of memories and getting a bit nostalgic.



In all honesty I have no idea why this post has become so popular, it is basically just some pictures of items I happen to be loving and I probably will not buy, but hey ho.




I really enjoyed writing this post, as it was something that I knew what I was talking about and why there were my go to lipsticks. Looking back at this post I still wearing every single lipstick mentioned in that post. 



Justin Bieber is a topic that I could write for forever. I had so much to say, but didn't want to make the post too long. I'm still surprised that this post even got post 50 views. For me this was a post for myself, to get what I wanted to say off of my chest more than anything, thats why there are no photos or anything fancy on the post. 

There you go, my current most popular posts of 2016 so far, I wonder what the rest of the year will bring, and whether these posts will still be as popular in 6 months time. 

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Monday, 16 May 2016

HOW TO EAT HEALTHY AT UNIVERSITY



One of the biggest struggles most people seem to have at university is what to eat, and how to stay healthy. Now it is known that some students will put on weight and some students will lose weight during their time at uni for a variety of reasons, whether thats because they simply can not cook and have takeaway most nights and ready meals, or because food habits changes. For me what I have eaten in my first year of university has changed somewhat quite significantly, and thats probably because I am making my own meals. Yes before university I did make some of my meals, but the majority of the time we ate as a family rather than individuals. At university you suddenly have this freedom of eating whenever you want and whatever you want without being *judged* by your parents or other family members. Now I wouldn't say I eat unhealthy, although there has been a few times where I may have brought cheesecake from the market on Thursdays, and sometimes some chocolate and cookies (which are actually crap and will not be buying again) from the SU shop when I am having a kinda crappy day and want all the sugar in the world. Yes these days happen and they probably happen to the majority of us. Apart from that I do try to make all my meals in a day healthy and filling. 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
We have all heard that phrase and we are all used to people telling us as well, but it is try. I know personally that I can't start the day without some form of breakfast. 

At the beginning of the year, back in October, my go to breakfast was a handful of granola (shop brought and full of sugar), with two tablespoons of yogurt and a heap of fruit. Now it may seem weird that I remember this, but thats because I just really remember enjoying it for about my first mouth and a half of uni before I moved onto something else. Now if you did want to have this breakfast I would recommend making your own granola. Yes you are probably a lazy student who can't be bothered, but hey whats procasination for. You can find some really good and healthy recipes online. 

One of my favourite and quite boring go to breakfast before revising of having mid morning lectures is porridge. I love making my own porridge because I know exactly what goes into and it stills takes less than 5 minutes to make and you only need three ingredients! 

I start off with adding a ladle size of oats into a milk saucepan and then adding 150ml of Almond milk (you can also use soya milk, normal milk etc) and then about 50ml of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and keep stirring. Once it is boiling turn down the heat and continue to mix until you get it to the right thickness for you. Pour into a bowl and serve with what ever you like. I personally love a heap full of frozen berries, or fresh strawberries, or apples and topped with cinnamon. 

Brunch, because lets face it students don't really get up till after breakfast is over...
If I have skipped over breakfast or know I am going to miss lunch because I will be on campus or whatever I will tend to have brunch. This tends to be in the form of two boiled eggs on ryvita. I don't buy bread because I know I will not eat it in time before it goes out of date. The plus side of this is that the eggs will fill you up for the next couple of hours. 

Another idea is to have banana pancakes which is just a simple two ingredient recipe which takes no time at all. All you need is a banana and an egg. Mash up the banana then mix in the egg. After spraying the pan with coconut oil (or whatever oil you have), take a small amount of mixture and make two pancakes. Cook on both sides for around a minute of so and then serve. This again is really great with frozen fruit and a bit of yogurt and some honey. 

It's lunchtime baby!!!
This is the category that I always find really hard, especially if I have already had eggs earlier on it the day or I know that I plan to have something for dinner and I don't want it for lunch as well. Now I am not the massive fan of lunch, I much prefer breakfast. However, scrambled eggs and mushrooms are really nice with some Ryvita or a vegetable pitta. I like to fill a pitta or a wrap with some roasted pepper, mushrooms, sweet corn and whatever other veg I may have into one with some sweet chilli sauce. Another idea is to do a rainbow style pasta salad. This is super easy to make! All you will need is some vegetables of your choice, a handful of pasta and some tuna or chicken (optional) and mix it all together. I normally leave out any sauce because I don't particular like it.


Dinner TIME!!!!
Dinner is the opportunity to become some what creative with what you eat. For me this is trying to make my plate as colourful as possible, because more colourful food tends to be a lot better for you and packed with nutrients. Plus if you have 6 days or eating a really healthy and colourful dinner you can reward yourself with pizza or subway or whatever unhealthy food/takeaway you like on the 7th day. Some of my go to dinners are: 
- Salmon or haddock with vegetables and sweet potato wedges 
- Chicken wrap with red peppers, spinach, courgette, sweet corn etc 
- Spinach and mushroom omelete with sweet potato mash (and baked beans) 
- Bolognese with sweet potato wedges 
- Vegetable stir fry with noodles or rice
- Rainbow Pasta with Pesto 
- Baked sweet potato with tuna and roasted vegetables 
- Vegetable salad with sweet potato 

Snacks and Treats are just as important!
I have a sweet tooth and I like to have a snack, especially in the afternoon during mid university work, to almost reward myself. What I have mid afternoon also tends to be what I will have after dinner some nights. I love having fruit (apple and banana) with peanut butter, or frozen mango with yogurt and cinnamon. Another favourite is rice cakes with either peanut butter or nutella on top and some raisins. Sometimes I like to buy the NAKD Bars and nibbles as well, but I have to be in the mood to eat them otherwise I will just get bored of them.

Some other stuff... 
One of the ways that I have become healthier in terms of what I put into my body is that I try to drink at least a litre of water a day, because not only does that stop me from picking but I feel better after drinking water. I also really like having a green tea in the morning, afternoon and after dinner. Normally I will not have three cups of green tea a day, but green tea just stops me from feeling bloated. 

Being healthy at university doesn't have to be expensive. Frozen vegetables in most supermarkets are under a pound, and yes frozen fruit maybe a bit more expensive but its better to buy frozen than to buy fresh and then you can't eat it all and it goes off and then you loose money. Sweet potato's are also a great alternative to normal potato and better for you. I believe you can pick up a pack of 6 for under £2.

Love Alicia x
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Friday, 13 May 2016

ADVENTURES

Adventures as defined by the dictionary is 'an unusual, exciting, and possibly dangerous activity, such as a trip or experience, or the excitement produced by such an activity'. Now, I may have not done anything dangerous in the last week, but you can still have adventures right.

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 

There was nothing daring or possible dangerous activity occurring, but visiting a little country shop and seeing a few animals is definitely an unusual day. A normal day would certainly not mean going to a country shop and seeing llamas (I think), admittedly I do tend to see swans, ducks and the odd rabbit on my walk to and from campus, but thats different. A stop for tea and cake, no a toasted teacake with of course Tiptree Jam (an Essex thing), while browsing the furniture and cute decor accessories, this was something out of the ordinary from day to day university work.  









CATCHING UP AND FOOD 


Now this again isn't very adventurous in terms of the definition, but there is still something quite exciting about catching up with friends and having a great time with food (and a couple of drinks). The squad (aka the people I went to school with, and yes most of us still stay in contact nearly a year after officially leaving school/sixth form) went for a carvery at Toby Carvery back in Clacton, as most of us are still there or have moved away but still near home. I was very disappointed that the restaurant had no cheesecake left, so I had profiteroles  instead, but I still want the cheesecake. Afterwards, we all went for a quick walk along the seafront before deciding it was actually to cold, and then we ended up at a pub. We actually decided to sit outside, but it was okay because of the outside heaters. We had a good all catch up, discussed and had a laugh about old memories while we had some drinks (except for the drivers). Somehow we also ended up at Macdonalds, as someone wanted a Big Mac. Wild. It was just such a nice evening with everyone. 

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

WHATS IN MY MAKE UP BAG?






Excuse the very dirty looking Jack Wills make-up bag, but this bag keeps my everyday face. I just find having my daily makeup in one bag so much easier than it all separated across draws or boxes etc. Also, one of the things I love about Jack Wills Make Up Bags, is that they may look small, but they fit a hell of a lot inside. Most of the items in the bag I use every single day, although sometimes if I really can't be bothered I will literally go for the bare minimum. 

FACE!

In terms of face products I do have a few in the bag, but the primer I use tends to differ each day so I don't actually have a primer in my bag and thats probably because I don't really like any of them. So if anyone has any recommendations for a primer which is idle for oily skin then please let me know. The foundation that I have been using is the L'Oreal True Match foundation in the shade 2N, I think I preferred the older version of this as I find this to be a bit too runny for my likeness, but I really like how it looks on my skin especially coming into spring and summer. Next up are two concealers both from the same brand: Collection Lasting Perfection. I have the lightest shade in 'fair' and then the second shade in 'cool medium' which is definitely more my skin colour. The 'fair' colour is great under the eyes to make me look more awake. Blusher and highlighter wise the L'Oreal Blush Sculpt  in Soft Sand Ambre, is the go-to. I either just use the darkest shade by itself or I mix all three together. The last face product in the make up bag is my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in transparent, which is just a long time favourite of mine. 

EYES!

To no surprise I have two of the Maybelline colour tattoos in On and On Bronze and Creamy Beige. If you want to find out more about them, then click here to read about the collection, so I don't bore you hear. For brows I have the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Sable, but I believe this is actually the colour they have in one of their brow sets, and I also have the Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel. It wouldn't be a 'whats in my make up bag' without my trusty favourite mascara from Maybelline: Lash Sensational! I have had this mascara on all day (so about 12 hours now or maybe longer) and my eyelashes still look amazing. This one is the waterproof one. Another eyeshadow product is the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, which is just so easy to use and you can create quite a few looks as well. The last two eye products in my make up bag are two eyeliners, which is something that I don't really wear. The first one is a pencil from No. 7 which is the stay perfect one, which I have been trying out but honestly I'm not that impressed as it just seems to smudge every where. The other eyeliner is a product that I have talked about before and its the L'oreal Super liner, which I just find super easy to apply and it lasts. 

LIPS!

In my make up bag I actually don't have any lip products in there and thats probably because they are just out on my desk or in my bag any way, but I am going to mention a few. The first two are from MAC and are Twig and Velvet Teddy, which are two really easy day lipsticks. I also have an Urban Decay one in Native, which was also mentioned in my Spring Lipsticks. Another lip product which I use every single day, morning and night, is the Carmex Lip Balm which is just a life send to my lips. 


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Friday, 6 May 2016

5 Things I Miss About High School


I still remember the first time I stepped into my High School like it was yesterday. At that point in time I had just started year 6, and all of us who were hoping to go to said High School were invited to an induction type evening, and I remember at the time sitting in a Maths room, which is now a history  room, and having a talk by some important people, while all the parents were in the hall. It's weird how you remember certain parts of life, but that one moment still sticks out. No matter how many times you hear other people say 'I hate school', there will come a time where you slightly miss things. Now i'm not talking about the academic side, i'm talking more about the social side of school and the memories that you will look back on and smile.

Random lunchtimes. 
I'm sure we have all been there where we can remember certain lunch times or breaks where something has happened which makes you laugh. Even while writing this I can feel myself wanting to laugh, although what I am thinking about happened in year 8. It is kinda a private joke, but 'stand up for yourself', some of us talk that literally. 

Being carefree. 
Okay so this one only applies to year 7 and year 8. Let's face it, at that age we had nothing to worry about. No exams. No coursework. No deadlines. No stressy teachers asking you 'why aren't you revising' every second of the day. Yes, you had homework which looking back was easy peasy stuff, but at the time we were generally worried about doing. Although this doesn't relate to homework as such, but once my maths teacher in year 7 gave me a lunchtime detention for forgetting my calculator because by the time we would get to year 11 and sit are maths GCSE paper we would have to remember a calculator. Turns out that we were actually given calculators at GCSE and they still handed them out to A-level students.

Year 9 Drama (Year 10 as we are in polo shirts instead of Blazers) , when we played a game around the school which ended up with us all planking on the Bridge over Clouds (The Cafe/Dinning Room). During the game we also had to pretend to be penguins and range of other stuff and have stickers on are blazers  tops that said something on the lines of we have permission by our teachers blah blah blah. 


The massive social gathering at lunch. 
Back to lunch time I go. Throughout most of high school and into sixth form, are group has been pretty big and we have had people come and go throughout the 7 years. I would say that maybe 6 or 7 or us are the originals from year 7. But that isn't something that you get at university, not say 13 to 15 people all sitting around one table. However, that did use to bring arguments and a lot of tensions, but it is still nice to meet now because you don't have any of that anymore.

Help. 
Yes I know this is kinda a weird one, but if you are at university you will probably understand me. At school, no matter what year you are in or what you are studying, you can basically go and see a teacher whenever you like throughout the day and they will help you; whether that is one to one, over email or in a group. At university, that informal behaviour just doesn't happen. If you want help you either have to email in a formal manner, and they may just tell you to read this chapter in so and so book, or you have to go to the lectures office hours. I think at school, we kinda don't appreciate the help that is offered to us. 

Free! 
Unless you go to a private school, then school is completely free (well except for school uniform, but in Sixth form you no longer have a uniform). The minute you leave high school or sixth form, you have to start paying for your education, which may not be a massive thing, but I am currently sitting here writing this with no lectures or classes this term and basically paying £3000 (1/3 of the years tuition fees) on nothing. At least when you finish your exams say in May or June in High School, you don't have to pay for the rest of the month and July in fees. 

Some of these things maybe similar to what you miss about high school, or maybe they are not. Maybe you don't miss high school, or maybe you are still in high school and the excitement of leaving school is currently on your mind. 

Love Alicia x 


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Monday, 2 May 2016

Here are a few of my Favourite Things


The whole '...(insert number here) facts about me' is something that seems to be a big thing in the blogging world, and although I have done one of these myself, I kinda wanted to do something different. So in the words of the Sound of Music here are a few of my favourite things, as the whole monthly favourite is quite big in terms of beauty and fashion, but no one really talks about other things. Instead of doing an April favourites, I thought I would just do a round up of some of my favourite things. 

Favourite Film?
Footloose, The Holiday, all of the James Bond films (like I just really like them all, but thats probably because I've grown up with my dad watching them), Love Rosie (that film seriously makes me cry like every time I watch it) and there are probably more but I can't think of any. 

Favourite Song?
U Smile by Justin Bieber, Act my Age by One Direction, The Heart Never Lies by Mcfly, Star Girl by Mcfly, Dance Dance by Fall Out Boy. I could just listen to all these songs on repeat, all day. 

Favourite Book?
The Great Gatsby is a book that I could read over and over and over again. In terms of what I have read recently it is probably the Harry Potter series. Normally, my favourite books will change from month to month. 

Favourite TV series?
Gossip Girl, Prison Break, Downton Abbey, Friends. Does The Night Manager count as a series? 

Favourite Place I Have Been?
Italy. It is just the history and everything about it. I have been to Venice now twice and I could easily go book more times. I think its a bit like all places, every time you go you will find something new. 

Favourite Concert?
My all time favourite concert has to be Justin Bieber My World at the O2 in London, because it was my first time seeing Justin live and it was my first proper concert. However, I did really love McBusted because it was just childhood and it went so quick. Like some concerts you go to can drag a bit. 

Favourite West End Show?
After a long time thinking about this one it is probably a three way tie between Chicago, Rock of Ages and Hairspray, but I just love musicals and shows. I love going to the theatre, I love seeing  West End shows. There is something that is just so fantastic about them. The only show that I haven't been to keen on was Top Hat, although the dancing was incredible, I just felt it was a bit slow. 

Favourite Food? 
For the past year and a half I have been having a Apple with Peanut Butter everyday, but in terms of a main meal probably Peri Peri Chicken with rice or sometimes pasta. I also love fish. Oh and Salmon salad, and onion rings. 

Favourite Drink?
Well in terms of soft drinks I only drink Water and Green Tea, but saying that if I go out for lunch or dinner and they have cloudy lemonade or apple and elderflower I find it really hard to choose between the two. If I had to choose an alcoholic drink I would either say Rose, or Vodka and Lemonade (I know, so classy) 

Favourite Shop?
Jack Wills, Topshop (in terms of their jeans) and Zara. At the moment River Island just seems to be on point. 

Favourite Youtubers at the moment?
The youtubers that I have always watched are Fleur De Force, Tanya Burr and Lily Pebbles because they were the first youtubers that I did watch, and I still enjoy watching their videos today. In terms of more recent favourites I like Emily Canham, Fashion Mumblr, Jim Chapmans Vlogging channel, the SacconeJolys, IntheFrow and Freddy my Love.  

Favourite Bloggers at the moment?
Hannah Gale (but always have been a fan of that blog), Pam Scalfi (really good fashion posts), Milkyte4 (love her beauty posts), Erin Charlotte (some amazing lifestyle posts) and Very Berry Cosmo (lovely blog).


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