Wednesday, 29 June 2016

5 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY

As a first timer to New York just two weeks ago, of course I went to quite a few tourist attractions because if you have a city pass, it simply makes sense. 

Now, I have seen quite a few of these kinda posts around when I was researching what to do in the 'city that never sleeps' - which is honestly very true, thanks to massive colourful billboards, the hooting of taxis and the sirens in-between - but you can honestly make your trip to New York as individual as you want it to be. 

Take a cruise around Manhattan. 
Honestly, if you want to see the sights without be in crowded and busy streets, then take a cruise around the island. We went on the 'Landmark Cruise' which is operated by Circle Cruises. It is about an hour and a half but you see so much. From the Empire State Building to the One World Trade Centre to Wall Street to Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Plus you can get some seriously good photos, except when people stand up but hey you get to see everything twice. Also you get an experienced New Yorker telling you about everything on the way around as well. 



Top of the Rock or Empire State? 
For me personally, the Top of the Rock experience was much better than the Empire State experience for a number of reasons. 
Number one, it is less crowded even during the day. We went about mid afternoon, and yes you do have to do a bit of queuing to get into the lifts but nothing compared to Empire State, although that wasn't as bad as what I had read. 
Number two, you get better views in my opinion. Yes the view from the Empire State is incredible and you are about 12 floors higher and you can see a bit further. However, from the top of the rock you can see central park clearer and you get an incredible view of the manhattan skyline which includes the Empire State Building.



It's all about Soho. 
If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of midtown/times square, then head to soho. We actually walked to Soho from the 9/11 memorial, so we just walked straight up Broadway and it took us about 20 minutes, but it was quite a nice walk as it wasn't that busy in comparison to 5th Avenue or Times Square area. 
There are some really beautiful shops and some gorgeous little cafes and restaurants. Unfortunately, we didn't go into Jack's Wife Frieda because the wait was 45 minutes to an hour and we had too much stuff to do. However, this was 'brunch time' in New York, so it was kinda expected. Like my mum buying converse in the Converse Shop and looking in the cute Bloomingdales - in which I should have brought the trainers I wanted as that was the only place that I went in that had them. Sad times. 



You gotta see a show on Broadway!!
If you are a musical fan or not a musical fan, you have to see at least one broadway musical, because honestly there is something special about the whole thing. The theatres may lake some of the magic as what they do in London's West End, but there is still something quite magical there to. Plus Americas have a very different approach to seeing musicals than us Brits. Like the standing ovation from the whole audience at the end of the show. I mean I have been to about 14 West End shows and never have I seen the whole audience stand up. 
Tip: If you queue outside the box office before it opens in the morning, you can get really good seats at a really good price, and you don't have to queue up in Times Square then or worry about booking tickets advance online. 



Explore Central Park.
When you only have three hours in central park you really can't do that much, but the one thing I wish I had done more, was to explore central park more. It is just an oasis of clam in the city that is busy and loud, but truly amazing as well. We actually got as far as the boating lake, where we had an ice cream, but I would have liked to have seen a lot more. 
However, you simply can't go to NYC without visiting central park and just trying to take it all in, even if you do only have a small amount of time. 


Love Alicia x 
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Monday, 27 June 2016

SEPHORA HAUL - NYC EDITION

Continuing in the theme of my 'New York' series posts, today I am posting my Sephora haul! Now, I didn't pick up everything I wanted, mainly because I couldn't find what I wanted in the Sephora's I went to, which was the one on 42nd Street near Times Square. It wasn't the biggest Sephora in the world, but it was close to my hotel and quite at 8:50 in the morning and not overly busy at 9:30pm on a Saturday night when Times Square was heaving. However, that wasn't the only Sephora I went into but everything I brought was from said Sephora. Anyway, on to the haul!!!! 
*Please ignore the awful painted nails, I know they are in need of doing. 


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector 'Champagne Pop' in the creme formula:


Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in 'That Glow':


Tarte 'Tartlette in Bloom' eyeshadow palette:


Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray:

YSL Rouge Shine Lipstick in '13':


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in 'Lolita' and 'Bow n Arrow':


Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in 'Crush':


NARS Blusher in 'Orgasm':


Love Alicia x 
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

WELCOME TO NYC



























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Monday, 20 June 2016

5 THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER


Today is SUMMER SOLSTICE, which if you didn't know basically means its the longest day of the year and this is when I believe Summer really starts. Well technically my summer started a month ago when university finished, but in my head summer is now here! YAY! *happy dances*

So what are you going to do this Summer?
I have compleded a list of 5 things you can do this summer to have a truly amazing summer, which happens to be filled with amazing memories. 

 ONE. 
Go for day trip to the beach 
I am actually really lucky and live in a seaside, but I know I don't take much advantage of being by the sea. So even if you live a couple of hours away from the sea, just pick a nice day and go for a road trip with your friends or family, take a picnic, takes some games and have a jolly good time. Also, if you don't feel like a picnic go and get some fish and chips

TWO.
Have a homemade garden party
Now if its raining you can just take it inside. Grab some friends or family, some great food (homemade or you can just get a takeaway), have a few drinks, decorate the garden a bit from some fancy Pinterest DIY, and make some memories. 

THREE. 
Have a summer 'clean'
I want to really say spring clean but wrong season. You could always have refresh of your wardrobe (eBay, depop, charity shop, friends etc), re design the garden, sort through your bedroom/house and just have a good old cleanse. Get rid of the stuff you don't use or don't like, and keep the stuff you use and love. Get rid of that clutter out of your life. 

FOUR. 
Just get out doors
England may get rain, but when it is sunny get your butt outside. Go for a walk, a run or a bike ride and go and explore somewhere. You could go to a forest, or just walking around a little cute village and stop for some ice cream. 

FIVE.
Have a digital detox or any type of detox
Just put down that phone, laptop, computer, iPad or whatever gadget you have and take 24 hours off. Of course if you are working pick a day you aren't working or a day when you know you won't be driving. Pick up a book, go sit outsides, make a fancy meal or decorate the house. Get out of that comfort zone of technology. That also includes no watching TV or films, just get away from that screen.


Love Alicia x
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

I'M GOING TO NEW YORK!


Sometimes I just find it really fucking hard to create the opening sentence of a blog post, and this is about my 100th time (just kidding, its like my 8th time but who is counting) and I just wanted to get it right, because this is such an exciting post. Basically this time tomorrow I will be on my way to Gatwick Airport because I am going to NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(I wanted to put the dancing emoji and the party one but I don't know how to do that) Now, you may already know this is you follow me on Instagram or twitter, as I have kinda been going on about it since booking it back in December.

I have dreamt about going to NYC for as long as I can remember and it is finally happening, and I know for certain that I will not be able to sleep tonight. I feel like a child on Christmas Eve. It's like all my christmases and birthdays have come at once.

For me this is one of my dream holidays and definitely one place to tick of that Bucket List of places I want to travel to. I may not be looking forward to that 7 hour flight, as I have never been on a long haul flight before, but I can't wait to spend the weekend in a place that I have dreamt about, seen on TV (hiya Gossip Girl) and watched in films. Me and my Mum plan on seeing quite a few sights and doing a bit of shopping, but one of the main things I am looking forward to is taking instagramable photos in Jack's Wife Frieda, and more importantly just easting american food. I am already dreaming about Cheesecake right now, although I know it will make my stomach hurt, it will be worth it.

I am also one of them sad people that check what movie are on the flight, because when procasination hits it was all focused on NYC, and basically there are no films that I want to watch. Which means downloading programs onto my iPad or reading a book. Anyhow thats besides the point, because I am going to NYC and you probably stick and tried of hearing it.

But you can't go to New York City without going to a few shops, so I have created a *little* wish-list for my trip! You can find this on my Pinterest.


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Monday, 13 June 2016

5 TIPS FOR CLEARER LOOKING SKIN


I may not be a professional when it comes to dealing spots or acne, but I have had to deal with every single day since I was about 10 or 11, and over them 8/9 year I have come across a few things that have really helped to improve my skin. There are five things that really do stick out when helping to cure spots or redness. These 5 tips may not work for everyone, but for me they have helped my skin improve.

ONE. 
The first tip is to drink lots of water.  Since I have been drinking more water every day, my skin is a lot more hydrated and it makes me feel good as well. Now I am not saying that this will cure spots or make your skin improve over night, 

TWO. 
Tip number two is to change your pillow cases at least once a week. I actually like to change my pillow cases twice a week, but as long as you change your pillowcases at least once a week then it just stops you from sleeping on a pile of sweat, grossness and everything that just builds up. When it comes to your pillow cases just thing of the transfer of sweat from sleeping, any products in your hair and even any products on your face (like when you forget to take your make up off), it will just stay on your pillowcase until you change them. Then every night that will then transfer back on your face. Now thats not nice. 

THREE. 
TAKE YOUR MAKE UP OFF. Personally I believe that this is one of the most important things that you can do if you want to improve the appearance of your skin. It really doesn't take long to pick up your favourite cleanser and just take the whole days make up off your face before bed. I also like to tone my face as well, as that just gets an excess make up off your face, so your face is just nice and clean before going to sleep. 

FOUR.
Try to reduce the amount of dairy you are having. Now I have no idea if this is actually true or not, but since cutting out milk, cheese, butter and ice cream my skin has improved so much. This may not be correct, but because there are hormones in dairy, as a teenager you are putting more hormones into your body which in turn can create more spots. Now don't count me on that one, but I have read a lot about this on a number of different websites. 

FIVE. 
The fifth and final tip for clearer looking skin, is to not touch your face. This is still something that I struggle with, but unless your hands are clean, every time you touch your face you are just transferring any dirt that may be on your hands onto your face. Just thinking about that just makes me not want to touch my face. 


Like I have already said these 5 tips work for me, they may not work for everyone, but over the last couple of years these five things have been stand out things in what works for my skin. Of course, when it comes to cleansers and a skin care routine, many that I have tried have either worked or failed. It is a bit of trail and error, but eventually you will find a routine and other things that just work for your skin. When I was around 14, the doctor gave me a roll on treatment for my spots and yes it worked for about 18 months, but then it stopped. I also have to mention that since I have been on the pill ( which is for the last two and a half years), my appearance of my skin has improved. I do still get the odd spots, but nothing like i used to. Consequently, I do still have some scars on my face. 

Do you have any tips that have worked for your, in terms of clearing up your skin?

Love Alicia x 
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