Saturday, 26 August 2017

I MOVE TO CANADA, TOMORROW.



'The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands' 


Just two years, when my A-level grades were not as a great as I had hoped, and going from the dreaded process of Clearing, while thinking I was just going to go to University for just three years to study Economics, I had no idea I would choose a course that would take me abroad. Flash forward two years, and  studying International Relations, I am about to embark on my third year of university, abroad in Canada. 

For me Canada is the unknown, yes I have been to the US, but never to Canada; although it has always been on the bucket-list of places that I must visit. So tomorrow, I am off to the unknown/Toronto before heading off to Trent University

I would be lying if I said I wasn't shitting myself, because I really am shitting myself. As I write this, I can feel my heart rate increase. On the other hand, I am super excited about what the next year holds for me; the places I will see; the experiences that will occur; the people that I will meet; and the memories that should last with me for the rest of my life. 

Now, who knows what direction it will go, but I am hoping for the best and I'm willing to put my all into this year. Whether that is joining societies and trying out new sports; or learning something new and different. However, there still is a million and one thoughts currently going through my head. 

If there isn't a blog post, or an instagram photo of a hockey match, poutine, maple syrup or snow by Christmas, then something has probably gone wrong. Who knows what the next year will bring, but my mum excepts be to bring back a Canadian man at Christmas (and know she doesn't mean Justin Bieber or Shawn Mendes) and a have a touch of a Canadian accent, considering there is like 18 of us living on one floor!

Well it's a goodbye to England, and a hello to Canada!

Have you ever been to Canada, or studied abroad?

Love Alicia x 



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Monday, 21 August 2017

TRAVEL BEAUTY ESSENTIALS





'Travelling, it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller' 




My first long haul flight was last year, when I went to New York for the weekend, and on Sunday marks my second long haul flight; this time to Toronto. Growing up, family holidays have always been to mainland Europe, whether that was Spain, Italy, France or somewhere else. Until, I flew last year, skincare on a plane didn't bother me. I would just ignore how my skin felt and would probably apply a face mask once I reached my destination if my skin was feeling gross. 

Skincare
Over the last few years, I have realised just how important skincare is, and how finding the right skincare can transform your skin and how you feel about your skin. Now, I'm not a crazy person when it comes to inflight skincare, but I do like to remove my make-up. For this I will either use simple face wipes (not pictured) or a cotton pad with micellar water (not pictured), to try and help any breakouts from occurring. Then before the end of the flight, I like to apply The Body Shop Tea Tree mattifying lotion, which not only helps to hydrate the skin but I also know that it will help with the appearance of any pesky spots that might want to breakout. Finally, I like to apply the origins Ginzing eye cream, which is my everyday eye cream, which should sort out any dryness around the eyes. I also like to carry some samples with me, whether that is a mask; face wash or a cream of some sort. 

Make Up
Sometimes I simply won't bother with applying any makeup after a flight, because the flight arrives late at night or I know the first thing I will be doing once I got to the hotel is have a shower or jump in the pool. However, with my flight to Canada on Sunday, I need to look smart and not half died as the Immigration officer has to give me my study permit and check all my documents. Therefore, I have decided to take one La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo(+) which has a light coverage, and if anything else needs covering up (maybe them bags under my eyes), then Benefit's Boi-ing industrial strength concealer should come to the rescue. Then to make me look a bit more alive I will be applying L'Oreals Paradise mascara

Other 
For me, I don't think I have ever been on a flight without a hand cleansing gel, as planes are quite frankly disgusting and so are airports. Therefore, the Soap & Glory Hand Maid is somewhat of an essential, when you want to eat; after you have been to the toilet; before doing any skincare or makeup etc. Carrying on with the hand theme, Victoria's Secret Ultimate Hand Cream will also be used. I actually picked up this one for £1.50 in the Cardiff store back in the beginning of July, which was a bargain for a 75ml tube. I have also packed a This Works mini body lotion, which I may have pinched from a hotel room, just in case my arms feel a bit dry. 



What are your inflight beauty essentials? 


Love Alicia x 
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Monday, 14 August 2017

WHY WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT POLITICS



We live in a world where we can not go a day without hearing something politically on the news or social media. In a world, where political events over the last couple of years have been huge; well any political event is huge, whether it is a local election, or an election for a new prime minister or president; new foreign tensions or foreign policy changes, politics effects everyones lives. 

In the snap general election in June, it was one of the first elections where I have witnessed the majority of younger people on social media actively engaged in politics; although some were trying to tell other people how to vote based on their personal opinions and not what others would view important to them. However, the same occurred in the EU referendum, young people are getting more engaged in politics. 

One day, our generation will be the ones running the country and the world, when you look at the bigger picture. We will be the ones that will be influencing other people, and it is important to get our opinions and ideas across. 

Whether you have a political party preference, or have no idea what political party you will be voting for again in just under 5 years at the next general election; politics is something that everyone will have an opinion on, and it's important that the young voice is heard just as much as O.A.Ps. Whether we are engaged in politics via social media; watching the news; or as a member of a political party and actively engaging in party political politics, it is still important to get the across our view point and opinion. 

Love Alicia x 
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Friday, 11 August 2017

4 SKILLS I WANT TO LEARN



The older I get, the more things that I suddenly want to achieve or new skills I want to learn. In my head I have a set of goals of things that I REALLY want to achieve, and a few things that I want to do for myself, to better me as a person. There are also a few skills that I want to learn because I never learnt them as a child and now I am 20, I still want to learn those skills for myself. 

1. LEARN A LANGUAGE | Now I may have a GCSE in Spanish, which I say very lightly because I know the bare minimum and it definitely did NOT help when we were staying in an all speaking Spanish hotel last year. Last September I signed up to learn French at university, but pulled out after the class was at 8pm on Monday evening, like no thank you. However, as I am going to a country were they do speak French, maybe 2017/2018 is the year when I pick up a bit of french that is not just the basics. 

2. PHOTOGRAPHY | I have this idea in my head that I will sign up to a photography class one day and actually learn how to use my camera, instead of keeping it on the automatic setting and hoping for the best. 

3. SURF | One day I picture myself on a beach in Oz at a surfing camp. A family friend has recently been to a surfing camp in Australia and loved every moment of it. I know it sounds a weird one to include, but it always looks like a fun thing to do, even though I will probably be shit at it. 

4. DECORATE A CAKE | Yes I know this sounds a weird one, but one thing I have always really struggled with is decorating cakes. I can bake, and if I say so myself pretty well, but decorating is a different level. I can never seem to get the icing right and it always looks a mess, even when I do follow the instructions in cook books and online recipes.

What skills do you want to learn? 

Love Alicia x 
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Monday, 7 August 2017

I SPENT MY BOOTS ADVANTAGE CARD POINTS ...


Somehow over the last year I have managed to save up £91 on my Boots Advantage Card. Honestly I am not quite sure how it happened, but it happened. 

Okay that's kinda a lie, I do know how it happened. I spend a pretty penny in Boots and the points started to add up. The Boots app is also great to add offers to your Advantage Card; as well as the vouchers they send through the post. Also the triple points day or weekend, is also a great help as well. So if you are going to go and spend £50, you can probably easily earn £10 worth of points in one shop. One time, I actually earned £15 worth of points and spent around about £50 thanks to loading offers onto my card from the app, using a voucher or two, and it was a triple point event. Winning. 

In other words, download the Boots app and start building them points up. 

For me, I didn't just want to spend my points on my normal shampoo, or deodorant, or maybe that suncream for holiday. I wanted to buy products that I probably would not buy normally. Like a little treat to myself, particularly as I wanted to get my hands on the Dior Plump and Volume Mascara, that I kept seeing everywhere. At the price tag of £25 I probably would not have normally have brought the mascara, and instead put it on the 2017 Christmas list. On the other hand, a product which I would have gone out and brought, is the L'oreal Paradise Mascara, which was all over my Instagram a couple of weeks back. Neither mascara I am yet to try out, but if they both live up to their hype, then hopefully points well spent. 

Next on my list of products that I wanted to try / actually really needed, but probably do not really need in reality, is the Benefit Boi-ing concealer. Again, this has been a product that has been splashed around social media lately with the launch of their new design packaging, but it is also a product that I wanted to try out. Is it really industrial strength? 

Did I really just spend £12 worth of points on a pair of travel tweezers? The answer to my question is yes, yes I did just spend £12. After years of seeing Tweezerman tweezers and them kinda being on my wish list, I finally picked up the travel size in pink. Okay, I mainly picked them up because they are pink and pink is just the best, okay. 

Finally, going against the concept of buying things that I wouldn't normally buy but wanted as a treat to myself, are two products that I love and adore. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish has been a favourite and a MUST now for a few years. I mainly picked up a new bottle as a back up for Canada, and the same goes with the Origins Ginzing eye cream, as I positively sure I will be still be using both in a months time. 


Love Alicia x 


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Saturday, 5 August 2017

JULY FAVOURITES 2017

July is always a busy and kinda crazy month, mainly because it is my birthday month, but also everything else wants to happen in July as well. Why, does this always happen like this? 

J U L Y   B E A U T Y   F A V O U R I T E S 

July favourites - Mac Fanfare, Loreal, Dove



MAC Fanfare Lipstick 
One of the newest MAC lipsticks to add to my slightly growing collection. I actually picked this one up at the airport in Majorca; I just looked at it, and fell in love. At the moment it is my perfect go to when I am feeling for a pink lip, especially lately when the summer weather has been dull and I still want my face to look summary. As a cremesheen, it does not dry my lips out, which is always a plus side. 

Dove DermaSpa Lotion 
I have been a fan of the Bondi Sands gradual tanner for a while now, but at £11 a bottle, there is a better and cheaper alternative out there; Dove. When Anna Saccone spoke about this Dove lotion is one of her videos last year, I kinda knew I needed to get my hands on it. It doesn't have a weird fake tan smell and drys quite quickly. It gives me skin a bit of tint when they are looking like a white sheet and helped to top up my tan after Majorca and the British Summer time disappearing. 

Benefit Roller Lash 
Do you ever forget about how much you love a product when you have not used it in over a year? Well this was the case with Benefit roller lash. 

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water 
The L'oreal Hydra Genius Aloe water came into my life via a sample in a magazine; I took it on holiday with me and just loved the way it felt on my skin. Although I do have oily skin, it does not emphasis and oily patches and really does hydrate my skin in the morning and night. The Hydra Genius does came in a couple of ranges for different skin types, I have been using the 'normal to combination' hydra genius and it seems to have been really helping my skin out. 


J U L Y  L I F E S T Y L E   F A V O U R I T E S


Hyde Park British Summer Time - Justin Bieber 
When I started writing this post I was NOT expecting that I would be writing about the last EVER Purpose Tour show; it actually breaks my heart slightly (which you will probably know if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram). Apart from all the pushing and the mini arguments that seemed to happen all day with people wanting to get closer to the barrier, like you are not going to get to touch him or anything. The whole day was incredible. Martin Garrix is just WOW and Justin Bieber, well he was so happy, even with a cold, and his performance was just amazing. I had eye contact again and had the best time. Purpose Tour 4 of 4 was worth every moment and every penny and every hour queueing to get third/second row. 

Riverdale 
Riverdale, a program on Netflix, which I never expected to love or was never really on my radar. However, one episode in and I was in love with the characters and the show as a whole, plus Cole Sprouse clearly still had a place in my heart ever since The Suite Life of Zac & Cody. Bring on season 2.

42nd Street - West End Musical 
For me the joy of a West End musical or show is really quite incredible. Ever since I was a young girl, maybe 4 or 5 when my parents took me to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, going to London to see a West End Show has been one of my favourite things to do. This year for my 20th Birthday, my parents took me to see 42nd Street, which arguably is one of the BEST shows on the West End at the moment. From the tap dancing to the singing, it truly is well worth seeing the show. Also it is set in New York and I obviously love New York.

At Home With .. 
I have never really been one with podcasts, they have never really interested me. It was not until I was in Majorca, when I was getting a bit bored round the pool and I didn't fancy reading a book or surfing social media when I just wanted to listen to something. 'At Home With..' is 10 episodes from Lily Pebbles and The Anna Edit, whom happen to be two of my favourite bloggers/youtubers, so it seemed the perfect podcast to listen too. Honestly, the 30 minute podcast episodes have made me find a place in my heart for podcasts and the guests have been so great. A personal favourite was the Liz Earle episode. 

Dunkirk 
I was nearly not going to include Dunkirk in this months favourites, but how I could I not when I really did enjoy the film. As a child that has been brought up in a household where her father would watch war films, I have been used to watching war films basically my whole life. Now, I did not go and see Dunkirk simply for Harry Styles, but more because I was interested in the film. I love how the film was set from three perspectives and how there is hardly any speaking, because it still draws you into the action.

What have you been loving in July?

Love Alicia x 
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Friday, 4 August 2017

AUGUST | THE TO DO LIST


When did August happen? And where has 2017 gone! Well August you have certainly made an apparence, probably just not with the weather that one would associate with summer and August as a whole. Here are a few things that I really need to do in August:

HAVE A WARDROBE CLEAR OUT | Now this one is on the monthly to do list every month, but honestly I actually have to have a wardrobe clear out in August, considering I move to Canada at the end of the month. That means digging out winter clothes and trying to create a capsule wardrobe that has every thing from summer clothes to -20 degrees clothes. Oh dear, please send help my way. 

YOGA | Lately I have been really enjoying Yoga in my living room. Blogilates recently uploaded a video with her sister on Youtube and ever since I have been enjoying 10 - 15 minutes of yoga a few days a week. However, in August I want to get up 10 or 15 minutes earlier and start my day by trying to follow a yoga YouTube video do start the day off. 

CREATE A BUDEGT | Okay, I may have already started this one in July but I need to put it into practice and start keeping up with what I am spending, saving up for and what I need to pay (hello Canadian health insurance that I actually need to pay. Oh and travel insurance). 

Whats on your August to-do list? 

Love Alicia x 
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Monday, 31 July 2017

DEAR 10 YEAR OLD ME...



Dear 10 year old Alicia,

Welcome to the double digit life and the last year of being in primary school or junior school, whatever the hell the thing is where 10 year olds go to school. Enjoy the hell out of that last. Go all out for the last year of primary school; like the world book day dress up day, don't go as a St. Trinians just because every other girl in year 6 is going as one. Like girl, this is your last chance to dress up as what ever the hell you want. Dear 10 year old me, don't follow the crowd and be unique. 

You love to dance, so keep at it. Keep going with ballet, modern and performing arts, as you love it. Don't give up when you get to 15 because it has become a core and has got too darn expensive. In latter years you will release that £140 for 10 weeks of ballet lessons is pretty cheap in comparison to that concert ticket you have just brought; or that leather jacket you will probably only wear once or twice. Do all the shows you can do; whether that is at **** dance school; youth theatre or with high school. You get that same buzz as when you were 4 as a fish dancing to the little mermaid on stage for the very first time. Dear 10 year old me, do what you love and don't stop because of things that will not be important in a few years down the line. 

Don't worry about the spots that are already coming up on your face. Yes, the teenage years will be full of tears and worries because you have spots on your face. It's fine, skin care treatments are great when the hospital never get back to you about a medical acne treatment that kinda scared the shit out of you anyway. You will reach 20 and your skin will look the best it has been since you were 10. No little white heads or red horrible bumps that cause much pain. Yes you will have some scars but you will learn to love them, as that is who you are. You will probably get upset when you are 12 or 13 and boys start calling you names about your spots, but guess what them same boys are going no where in there life (as observed on Facebook). Dear 10 year old me, don't let the spots on your face ruin your confidence; make up is great and a decent skin care routine is amazing. 

On the subject of school, don't worry about your year 5 teacher who said you had no imagination and wouldn't get anywhere in life. You will prove that fucking women wrong. You will go on get A's in English language and you will always be in the middle or top set for all your subjects throughout high school. You may not get the best a-level results, but sometimes things are meant to happen for a reason. If you got the a-level results you needed for a certain university you would be in a very different place right now and you probably wouldn't be moving to Canada in 4 weeks for your year abroad. School can be shit. High school can be a bore, but you will miss it. You will miss your GCSE science class when basically all the girls where in the same class for 6 hours a week and although most of the time all you did was chat and have a laugh and then be teased about Justin Bieber from the boys on the table as well, you will do so well in your GCSE exams and also miss them times when you leave high school. Dear 10 year old me, don't listen to what primary school teachers are saying because you will prove them wrong and trust me that's the best feeling. 

Over the next 10 years you will be hurt, emotionally (damn boys) and physically (damn horse riding) but that's all about growing up. You will experience new things and do things that 10 year old you would not imagine. You will achieve a hell of a lot in 10 years, and probably a lot more than you have already. You will make your parents proud; you will learn to drive; you will get a job; you will go to university; you will start to explore the rest of the world out there. You will also do things that you probably don't want to tell your parents or grandparents as they may want to disown you, but they will probably forgive you when they remember they were your age once. Dear 10 year old me, your teenage years will be some of the best of your life, you may not find the man you are going to spend the rest of your life with but you will make some incredible memories and make some incredible friends along the way and still be friends with people who you are friends with today. 

So dear 10 year old me, there will be times when life sucks and there will be times when life is amazing and you don't want that moment to end. You will give up stuff and start new stuff, but being 10 is great when you have no worries and social media isn't a thing of such. Like does Facebook or Twitter even exist?

Dear 10 year old me you are only just getting started in your life, so enjoy it to the max. 

Love 20 year old me x 


Love Alicia x 

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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 

A little side note. I accidentally disconnected my blog from bloglovin which resulted in me losing about 800 followers, so if you could please go and give my blog some lovin' over on bloglovin! Thank you! 


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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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