Friday, 19 August 2016


First things first, Congratulations on getting into University!!!!

You are probably excited, nervous, slightly terrified and just want to go to university now. Yes, most of us have had them feelings as well. You are excited to move away, meet new people and start a new chapter of your life. University can be a great place, but there is a few things you should know before starting university. Here are 10 things which I wish I had known and should have done when I went off to university last September. 

1. Just say 'HI'
When you are all in the same boat, then at first everything can seem quite awkward. On your first day just say 'hi' to all your new flat mates, and introduce yourself. Maybe take some food, like biscuits or sweets to break the ice. Same in lectures/seminars/classes. Just say hi to the person next to you, or maybe offer them some sweets if you happen to be getting them out of your bag for yourself. 

2. Procrastination is REAL
Don't worry if you procrastinate. Everyone does it. Whether its writing or planning an essay, revising for a test, not planning your presentation to the night before, skim reading what you need to know for a discussion at 9am the next morning, not going to the library or even not going to some lectures. It happens to us all. The best thing to do, is not to stress, because you will do it because you know you actually want to achieve and get a good grade after paying £9000 a year. 

3. Don't be scared of the lecturer
At the end of the day if the whole group fails, it will kinda be somewhat down to them and somewhat down to the individuals. They are quite a friendly bunch, as long as you email them formally, they don't mind all of your questions. Go along to their office hours and they will help you, and you will probably learn more and get a better grade. 

4. There are a lot of fake people at university 
Don't except to be best buddies with your flat mates or that person you sat next to in your first lecture, because a lot of the time that won't happen. People can be lovely at first, but then awful as you progress throughout the year. Go out and meet people like yourself, and don't change to try and fit in with your flat mates. 

5. Budgeting doesn't make you a loser
Yes, some people won't budget and think its okay and quite funny to be 1000s into their overdrafts, and then can't afford the basics like food and toiletries or (alcohol), they may think they are the best person because they just keep getting into more debt. At the end of the day, you have got to feed yourself for the first time, buy books for your course, have transportation costs, and other unexpected costs. Get your self a meal planner, plan out your meals and trust me you will have some extra dosh. 

6. Missing a lecture isn't the end of the world, but don't make it a habit
Missing one or two lectures aren't the end of the world. Most lectures put their powerpoint up on Moodle or some other university system, and you can catch up. Just remember they don't always put them up, and will say more important things that you need for a test rather than it being on a powerpoint. Also, when you attend more lectures you are more likely to get a higher grade. 

7. Join societies and sports clubs
This is something that I deeply regret doing. Go out of your comfort zone and join as many societies and sports clubs. You may drop out of some, but you will also make friends and meet people with similar interests as yourself. 

8. University isn't a fashion show 
You are not walking in London Fashion Week, you are walking into a lecture to sit there for an hour or two, and no one really gives a crap what you are wearing or how much or how little make up you have on your face. If its a 9am, in the middle of winter and you have had 2 hours sleep, then you don't have to be dressed up to the nines. Just go in what makes you comfortable, and if that is heels and a dress, then rock that; or if it is tracky bottoms and a plain tee and trainers, then rock that too. Trust me, no one cares. 

9. Presentations and participation sucks 
You may have to do them, but they suck. Presentations actually suck more when you are in the group, because the person that doesn't do any work still gets the same grade as you. Participation sucks, because the lectures make you talk, and if you don't talk or don't know something they will mark you down. Personally I don't think this is far, especially when they will outright tell you that, that answer you just said was wrong. You then don't want to talk again. 

10. Finally, have a ball!
Have fun at university. Enjoy your self. University isn't just about the academic side, but its also about having fun, finding yourself and having the best experience you can possible have.

Love Alicia x
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Thursday, 18 August 2016


When O2 Priority offers you 35% of The Body Shop, then one can simply not say no, especially when you need a top up of your favourite little skin care pieces. 

Now let me tell you, my face currently hates me. Well actually my whole body hates me right now. The amount of bites I have over my body is disgusting. I would mind, but until four weeks ago, I had never been bitten in my life. Now, I think a nat has found refuge in my room and refuses to leave. Love it!

Anyway, back to the whole 'my face hates me' saga. Currently, my chin area and lower face has just come up and I just can't deal with it. Hence why 'The Body Shop' was calling out for me.

One product in particular that my face was in need of, was the Tea Tree Overnight Lotion, which if you have read my blog before then you would have probably have already heard me rave about this little tube of genius. Honestly, I love this product. Put it on the spot, and bam, wake up the next morning and it is reduced. It may not be completely gone, but wow does this product get to work. Would highly recommend, even if you only get the occasionally blemish or spot pop up, because it actually works.

Now, I could do a haul from The Body Shop and not include a face mask. I am a lover of face masks. Love the buggers. So this 'new' Tea Tree one caught my eye. I can't really say much about this '3 in 1' wash/srcub/mask, as I haven't tried it out yet, but heres hoping it is good.

Finally we have a product I have a bit of a love hate relationship with. Now, I actually like this Tea Tree face wash, but only when my face needs it. If my face is going good then it can be too harsh and actually break me out, but when my face is bad it works and helps to improve my face.

Have you ever tried out the Tea Tree range from The Body Shop?

 Love Alicia x
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Monday, 15 August 2016


Not going to lie, but this is probably the hardest post I have ever written. It wasn't because I didn't know what to say, but I felt angry at myself for letting myself down on results day last year. I went through clearing, and that is something I never wanted to do. I wanted to go to my first choice university I wanted to move away from home, but I didn't.

This isn't a negative post about clearing. Clearing can be great. You can change your course. Go to a university you never considered before and actually like where you go.

I know what this week feels like, leading up to them A-Level results and finding out if you got into the university of your first choice or not.

What happened then?

To keep things simple, I didn't get the grades to read Economics at the University of Kent or University of Reading and I was derversated. Actually, I sat on my bed crying when I received the emails at 7am in the morning. I hated myself. I didn't know what I was going to do and started looking on the UCAS clearing page from that moment and I still didn't know my grades. Let's just say it was a shit day. 

The dreaded 'Clearing'!

Clearing isn't that bad. Yes you heard my correct, clearing really isn't that bad. 

For me, clearing put my in a position to change what degree I wanted to do. Yes this wasn't at the university where I had my heart set, but maybe that didn't matter. 

Clearing almost put me in charge of my own life. Yes with shitty grades, which where then re marked and I went up a grade. Thanks for that OCR marking me 10 marks down. Love you for that one, NOT! As for my English Literature grade, I blame that on the school for not sending of my paper to be remarked because it would cost them too much. With English literature, even my teachers were like 'you got A's on all your mocks, so how the hell did this happen'. Fucking exam boards, and yes I am still fuming to this day. 

The day started out crap, but by the end of the day I had offers from every university I phoned up. I had about 10 or 12 offers. Some of these universities I didn't want to go, but I still phoned up. In the end I got into the University of Essex studying International Relations with a year abroad. That wasn't something I had planned. I didn't want to go to Essex. Not because I thought it was a rubbish university, because it isn't, but because it was only 20 minutes up the road. I want to go further, but I didn't and that is really my own fault. 

That day really wasn't that bad. My teachers helped me out a lot and I actually became more confident in myself. I had to phone universities up. It was my choice. I wanted to go to university, so I had to get out of my comfort zone and phone as many universities as possible.

It's okay!

Don't think that because you are going through clearing, or got a place at university through clearing makes you a failure. At the end of the day, its three or four letters on a piece of paper, that once you have got your degree and the relevant experience count for nothing. 

I got a high 2:1 in my first year of university, and I am bloody proud of that. I know I could have got a first, but I hated one of the modules and that let me down. 

Personal, I don't think I would have enjoyed Economics. I love my course. It was a course i never even thought about till after my exams. So it is kinda a good thing that I had to go through that process. 

I sometimes wish I wasn't a Essex University though. Not because of the course, but because of the location. It is very close to home, so close that I am actually commuting next year. However, I never imagined Essex University to be quite what it is like in terms of sometimes feeling in the minority. I'm not going to go into too much detail, but I wish I had gone further up North, but this has nothing to do with clearing. 

What I am trying to say is that, even if you have picked a university with your heart set on, the open days, prospectus, university website and social media pages don't always display an accurate representation of the university. That might be the same when you think of a said university during clearing and its not what you expect. 

My course on the other hand goes above my expectations, although I didn't think foreign PHD students would be marking my essays and given me feedback with spelling and grammar errors. 

What to do?

If you have to go through clearing don't worry. 

As soon as you get your results, go on UCAS and start calling up every university that you like the look of and the look of the course. If you don't like the look of the university or the course, then don't phone up. 

Try to stay calm and try as many universities as possible. 

You will get a place. 

Love, Alicia x


Wednesday, 3 August 2016


We really do rely on social media and quite frankly that is quite frightening. Most of us use social media every single day, whether thats Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Youtube, Instagram or for those who own a blog as well. 

Social media is huge and we are only just a small piece of it. 

Is social media really that powerful?

We use social media for basically everything. From job hunting, to talking to friends, to finding the love of your life and following celebrities. We get ideas, we want new things because we see others have them, we want that girls body, or that guys job. You only have to look on Instagram and become instantly jealous of that person because they are travelling the world or have the latest camera or bag, that you disparately want. Social media can be a jealous place, a negative place, but it can also be a truly wonderful place if you allow it to be. 

The power of social media, especially on Twitter, has a new aspect. The power to complain. 

Complaining has always been a thing. You think of the people that go into a shop because they want a refund and make a massive fuss because something didn't taste right or it isn't perfect in their eyes. Complaining seems to work, and people are using social media more than ever to get a response or compensation. 

This area of social media just isn't talked about enough. 

Is Twitter the new E-mail?

I first got this idea for this post after my Dad told me about a person at his work who regularly complains on Twitter about goods or services and has received quite a bit in compensation after hearing nothing back from e-mails or phone calls. 

We are all doing it. We share are opinion and firms get back quicker to us because it isn't a personal email that no one else will see. The tweet is public and can easily be seen by a couple of thousands of people or even millions depending on who you are and what you are complaining about. These brands don't want to have negative feedback that can so easily be seen. 

I have done this. I used Twitter over sending an e-mail to a brand, because I knew they would get back to me quicker. Well I can tell you I was right. Within a couple of hours I had a reply and they gave me instructions to what to do. This brand was Sephora, because they didn't put my points on my beauty card while I was in America. Within in a few hours since tweeting my points were added to my card. Now, this could have also happened if I had sent an email but who knows?

Brands don't want to look bad on social media, it affects them as a brand, and we all know how damaging social media is; especially if the brand is coming across negative. 

Living through social media. 

Social media platforms can be complete and utter bull, but we all still use it. Think of the times you have been on instagram, rolled down and liked photos, felt a bit jealous, become body conscious and wish you hadn't have opened the app.

Instagram may make people's life look fabulous but there is always a different side of the photo you see. 

You may seen travel bloggers posting photos of them in incredible places, but then we don't know the story behind the photos, that have been edited and filtered to make them look even more incredible. We don't know if that person has saved up for years to take this incredible job, or if they were just lucky? Who knows, but these days we tend to put everything good about our lives on social media. 


The status about where people are jetting off on holiday, getting a new car or being promoted; wedding photos or prom photos, they are all there. Personally I don't like Facebook, but that didn't stop me posting a photo from Instagram from New York and Spain on my Facebook to show to people where I have been and what have I been doing. I'm not one of these people who writes 10 statuses a day about how brilliant or how shit their life is (if you are one of them people then continue to be one of them people, and don't let people stop you either).

However, sometimes you have to think to yourself 'why are people posting this photo, or writing that tweet', maybe it makes them feel better about themselves. Perhaps they have achieved something that they never thought the would. Or maybe that photo is from a couple of months back and in reality they are not out there at that moment in time doing amazing stuff, but just sitting there doing nothing.


Cyberbullying. Now this is an area that I wasn't going to touch on, because I don't know enough about the subject. I have been lucky enough to never have been bullied via social media, from people I don't know. The only time I have experienced it is from my own family, where there was some quite harsh comments. 

My Story. 

For me, the only time I have been in my opinion cyberbullied to some extent was in 2012. This was the summer of 2012. I had just received my year 10 GCSE results and I had managed to get an A* in my English literature exam (the good old Mice of Men one), and it had got back to my cousins. The next thing I know I get messages and stuck up comments because I did well in an exam and I was bloody proud of it. They on the other hand were jealous. They hadn't achieved anything at GCSE, didn't do A-levels and neither have jobs. I can understand why they were jealous. It didn't really affect me much. Yes, I don't talk to them but thats fine. 

In terms of cyberbullying, social media has become a tool. A powerful, negative tool, that if used by the wrong people can be horrific. 

The positive power of social media. 

Don't get me wrong, social media can be a very positive place. Think of the people that have only got on in their lives because of social media. 

The musicians that were found on Youtube, who are now famous in their own right. 

The youtubers and the bloggers, who have put effort and time into making content and are now self employed. 

Social media is a power, and it can be negative or positive. It is whatever you make it to be. 

What are your views on social media, and the power of social media?

Love Alicia x
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Monday, 1 August 2016


Happy Monday guys! Now, I know Mondays have this reputation for just being a bit shit. It's the start of a new week, the weekend has flown by and you actually have to do something today. That something maybe work, school, university etc, but it normally means getting out of bed that bit earlier to get out with the day. It can be a hard world if you aren't famous and have pots of money, but hey ho lets get on with life. 


If you have got that Monday morning feeling running through your body, or whatever day of the week it is, and you really don't want to do anything except from lie in bed and watch series after series, then here are 5 things to do today to make you feel that bit better about the day ahead. 

1. Have a big glass of hot lemon water 
Yes this may seem very healthy and to some quite frankly disgusting but it can really help you feel awake and energised. Some may rely on their morning caffeine addiction to get them started, but a nice hot glass of water with a slice of lemon will make your insides feel alive. Its also apparently great for digestion. Bonas. 

2. Do a morning workout 
Now i'm not talking about a 10 mile run followed by some intense gym session, i'm talking about doing a quick 5 minute workout as soon as you get up and get in the shower. There are loads of quick HIIT workouts of Youtube, but my personal favourite is Lucy Wyndham-Read. She has loads of 4 minute HIIT workouts that are quick, simple and effective. Plus doing a mini workout in the morning will also boast your metabolism. 

3. Take time for you 
Whether thats take a bath in the evening to relax after a long day of work (something to look forward to perhaps), take half an hour out of your day to read a book or do what ever makes you feel happy. Who knows, if you like jogging that get up half an hour earlier and go for a jog to kick start your day. 

4. Make a List 
If you are a stressy type of person, then write a list the night before so you know what you need to do tomorrow, but just don't make the list to long. You don't have to please everyone in this life. 

5. Smile 
or have a good old laugh.

Love Alicia x
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