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 

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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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Friday, 23 June 2017

📍CAN PICAFORT, MAJORCA



The last time, and only time, I went on holiday to Majorca was 14 years ago, back in 2003. As a mere 5 year old, soon to be 6 should I add, all I remember is getting out of the hire care at Caves of Drach; making friends (and having a boyfriend) in the playground part of the hotel; eating skittles and going on a plane for the very first time. Okay, I don't remember going on a plane for the very first time, but I did and I'm sure it was a great experience. 






Skip forward 14 years and one month to June 2017, and I'm back to the island where I went on my first ever proper holiday. Okay, not my first because I went to Disneyland Paris in 1999 and 2001, but I have no memory of them two trips whatsoever. So Majorca, was the first proper holiday that I kinda remember. In 2003, we stayed in Alcudia, this time we stayed up the road (probably more down the road as it is more southern) in Can Picafort, in a nice hotel called Haiti. 





After a trouble filled departure and transfer, after nearly 7 hours of travelling and missing lunch by 10 minutes (Thanks TUI for the hour wait on the coach at Palma airport and the useless coach driver who got lost!), it turned out to be a great holiday. 




Unusually, there were no day trips out of the resort. All six days were spent around the pool, or in the pool. It didn't really seem to matter. The entertainment team at the hotel were lovely and but on activities throughout the day, which were actually more aimed at adults than kids, cocktails by the dozen, pizza and the glorious weather, it didn't matter about exploring. Yes, don't get me wrong, I love exploring new places, but after working 30 hour weeks for the last four weeks and university work, all I wanted to do is relax, which meant laying out in the sun and the occasional swim. Plus it is always a bonus when the entertainment guy is actually really hot, although slightly annoying to dry and make you play water polo, darts and whatever other games they were trying to make me play, when your parents take part in everything. Okay, not going to lie, kinda liked the attention, but I didn't want to play darts or killer pool. However, I was forced into this stick game where you had to catch the stick out of the guys hand, but I did volunteer to do water aerobics twice. 





The one night we did take a trip out, was to Son Amar. The best way to describe it is a Spanish Las Vegas show, mixed in with an incredible meal. I mean i'm not the biggest meat eater, but if every piece of pork tasted as good and as tender as the piece in Son Amar, I would eat pork everyday. Plus, free wine on the table. I say free, it's part of the price, but still. The show is incredible. Everything from singing, to comedy to dancing and the traditional flamenco as well. I actually went the first time I went, but according to my mum, I ate my dinner and then fell asleep. Seriously, take a trip, you wont be disappointed. 




Can Picafort it self, has some beautiful views. Although it has a beach, a tiny beach at that as the tide always seems to be in and the  €15.50 euros a day to hire a sun lounger is off putting when you have everything free at the hotel, the coast is surrounded by mountains and the views are amazing. From my hotel balcony, I had the view of the sea but also the mountains coming in land and some hotels but we wont count them. The main 'strip' is full of shops, and not just 'beachy' shops selling suncream, floats and water, but actually some pretty classy stuff as well. There is even a Mango with air-con which is great at 8:30 at night when it is still 30c, before heading back to the hotel for more cocktails, or strawberry vodka, and the evening entertainment to begin. 





Note, if your parents are anything like mine and try to peer pressure you into doing Karaoke, and the hot entertainment guy then tries to make you do a duet of 'Love Yourself', when you know you cant sing and haven't had enough alcohol yet for that much embarrassment, you will probably get called the shy girl for the rest of the week. Thanks Mum and Dad.  






Anyway, Majorca and the summer holiday is done for the year. The hotel was lovely, the food was actually quite good for an all inclusive in Europe; the alcohol was kinda watered down, which meant one Tequila canon or Pink Paradise or Mojito turned into 10; and the weather was amazing. 





Until next time Majorca, next stop Cardiff.

Have you ever been to Majorca? 

Love Alicia x 

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

MY GO TO LIPSTICKS #5



'On a bad day there is always lipstick' 


One can never really have enough lipsticks, can they?  Lipsticks are something that I always seem to buy; whether that is high end or from a trip down to the local Superdrug. 

As I have been at bit absent from the blogging world lately, I thought now would be a good time to get on the lipstick bandwagon and share my current go to lipsticks, which all may look similar but all very different. 

MAC X FLEUR DE FORCE 
As already mentioned in my May Favourites, the MAC collaboration with Fleur De Force has quickly become one of my go to everyday lipsticks. If you want to read more on my thoughts then click here. 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK 
Again I got on that hype and haven't quite got off that hype yet. Somewhat similar in colour in MAC x Fleur De Force, it is the perfect nude. I know there was so much hype around the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipliner, which I hadn't actually used before buying the matching lipstick, I can honestly understand why this lipstick and lip liner is so popular. Read. 

MAC SYRUP 
An oldie but a goldie, and I'm probably in need of a new one because it is getting a bit gross. Unlike the first two lipsticks, this one by MAC is much more pinky and a lot more creamy in comparison to Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk. It is one of them lipsticks that I reach for quite a lot and always seems to spend more time at the bottom of my bag, than with the rest of the collection. It must be good then.

LOREAL NUDE GOLD 
I have to admit, I had hardly worn this lipstick till a few weeks ago when I rediscovered it, when looking for a lipstick that wasn't one I wore all the time. So I picked up the Loreal Nude Gold, and it has quickly gone from hardly used, to worn a couple of times a week.

What lipsticks are your current go to's? 


Love Alicia x 

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

3 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT DOING A POLITICS DEGREE


When I went through clearing just over 18 months ago and changed from wanting to do a degree in Economics, to one in Politics and International Relations, one did not know just how exciting recent political events would be. 



When I started to write this post, no one had the slightest idea that on Tuesday 18th April, Thersea May would call for a General Election on June 8th (Today, yes I started this months ago and have only just finished it today). It's actually quite a funny thing, because my Dad predicted she would call a General Election within her first year of being Prime Minister and it is happening. 

Back in September 2015 when I started reading International Relations at university, no one would have imaged that Trump would actually get the Republican nomination let alone become President of the United States and trying to get involved in North Korea and Syria. No one thought that the UK would hold a referendum so earlier into Cameron's term, let alone be leaving the EU and Article 50 being used. Let's just not even think about the French elections. 

Now we have a second General Election in the space of 2 years. To be honest, I'm quite happy because I never thought as a teenager I would be voting in a General election as I was 2 months of off being 18 back in 2015. 

Now enough of all of that and let's actually get on to the main point: 

3 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT DOING A POLITICS DEGREE. 


Okay I slightly lie. I'm actually reading International Relations but most of my modules are just normal politics about UK politics and political theory.

1. Politics is much more than leaders having a go at one another to win a election. 
Ever heard of positional or valence models of voting behaviour. Do you vote base on class or what who your parents vote for? Or do you vote for the candidate who you think will be better at doing the job and is the most effective? Basically, how will you be voting on Thursday? 

2. Politics isn't just what you see on TV or read in a newspaper. 
Who new there were theories on different types of politics? Classical realism, liberalism, Mays Law of Curvillinear Disparity, Downsian Model of Spatial voting behaviour. International Relations also has it's own theories as well and even includes game theory. 

3. Politics is much more than writing essays. 
Quantitative politics is just as important as qualitative politics. In my first two years, I have learnt how to use statistical programmes for analysing political data. It looks good on your CV, so thats a plus side to spending hours on R studio.


On another note, have you voted yet? If not you have till 10pm to get down to your polling station!!!


Love Alicia x 

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