Thursday, 31 October 2019

It's Halloween again! It’s crazy how fast this year’s going, we’re almost into the best part of the year (which is obviously Christmas) and I’m so excited. For todays post I’ve put together some last minute Halloween looks, they’re pretty standard costumes so they’re completely fail safe and you don’t to worry about people not knowing what you’re supposed to be. Also I know this is a bit late for if you’re going out tonight but I figured most people will probably be going out over the weekend and most of the links below deliver next day. So, if you are a last minute costume buyer like myself (I literally ordered mine yesterday) I hope this gives you some ideas.

x Dark Angel x

Witch x

x Skeleton x

x Devil x

x Halloween Inspired Outfit x

And if you’ve left it really last minute you could just wear all black and put some ears on or cover yourself in fake blood, that’s what I did the other year.

Let me know what your going to be for Halloween in the comments below.

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The Power of Make Up and Fashion | Self Confidence

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Cala Xuclar, Ibiza


I’m back with another post and today I wanted to get a bit deep (not too deep though just a bit deep) and talk about self confidence and the impact fashion and beauty can have on it. I’ve had this post sat in my drafts for a while and just haven’t posted it yet, there’s no particular reason why though I just didn’t want the post to go waste. 
Also, side note on self confidence, I watched a really amazing documentary on Thursday all about self-confidence and the impact of online trolling, you’ve probably heard of it and may have already watched it because it has been trending this week, it’s called ‘Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out’ and I highly recommend you give it a watch, it’s very eye opening and powerful.

Ok, side note done, onto the post!

Sunglasses | Swimsuit

In this post I want to talk about giving my blog a bit more focus and what my vision for the blog actually is. I don’t want this blog to be purely just be about beauty and fashion,  I want it to be more that. We live in a world where we’re constantly on social media and see so many altered images showcasing this idea of 'perfection' and being constantly surrounded by these images can really damage our self esteem. I think everyone reading this post has compared themselves to someone on Instagram before. Although, I do think the online world is changing, the media is starting to use less air brushing, people are showing more of their flaws and body positivity is being embraced more than ever, but there is still a long way to go with more changes to be made and I want this blog to be part of that change.

Personally, I think beauty, fashion and self-love all go hand in hand. I think beauty and fashion are such powerful tools to help us feel good about ourselves. When you feel like you look good on the outside, you feel good on the inside and feeling good inside is so important. Over the last few years I have been definitely been on a self-confidence journey when I compare myself now to how I was 5 years ago it’s crazy what a difference in confidence there is. To be honest I used to feel a bit invisible and I worried way too much about what other people thought to the point where I stopped blogging for a long time even though it’s something I love doing. I feel like my first year of uni was a big turning point for me, I was meeting new people, having more fun and my self-confidence started growing and it’s continued to do so over the last two years. I feel like now I’m at a point where I’ve learnt to love and appreciate myself a bit more and I’ve learnt that the right outfit and make up can be a serious confidence booster. To some people that might sound stupid but I really think they can make a massive difference. Always make sure you do it for yourself though and no one else, it's about showing up for yourself. Personally I think getting ready is so fun, you get to literally choose who you want to be that day and how you want to look. I'm definitely guilty of being lazy with my appearance especially day to day but when I do put the extra effort in I notice a big difference in confidence.

If right now you’re in a place where your self esteem is low I want you know that it’s not going to be that way forever. I think a lot of it is to do with time and getting older. It will take time but you’ll get there eventually, you just have keep going and believing. You deserve to wake up everyday feeling amazing and you can.

I want my blog to not just focus on the outside because that’s only half of it. I want to focus on the inside too. I want this to be a positive space online where you can come for a little boost. I’m going to be sharing tips and tricks to help you feel your best and I’m so excited to start providing more value because whilst I love showing products and things I’m loving I want my blog to be about more than that.

This post has been a bit of a ramble so I’ll wrap it up.
I’d love to hear about all of your self-confidence journeys in the comments below - where are you at self confidence wise right now? Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’ to stay up to date, you can also subscribe by email using the box in the side bar to get posts delivered straight to your inbox.

XOXO - Alice

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Sunday, 8 September 2019

So, its been a while (I feel like my last few posts have all started like that) I took a little break to get it together (you know, that post-uni life) but now I’m ready to get back into it and start creating content again. (If I could put emoji’s in this I’d add the face with the party hat here.) I thought I’d ease myself back in gently with my first post back and keep it simple. So today I’m doing my Summer to Autumn fashion edit.

I don’t know about you but I never know what to wear in Autumn. You wake up in the morning and it’s freezing and then in the afternoon it’s boiling and you end up seriously regretting putting that chunky knit on. Plus you get cold days and hot days and days where you need a coat and days when you don’t. The weathers just all over the place! WTF am I supposed to wear‽ To be honest, I feel like a cardigan is your best bet so I’ve included a lot of those in this edit. I’ve basically just gone through all of my favourite shops and picked a bunch of stuff I’d buy if I could actually afford to shop right now. (There’s also a few bits that are reduced right now as well which is always good.)


The Summer to Autumn Edit:

I hope you enjoyed this post and got a little fashion inspo, maybe even found a few things to purchase as well ;) 
Let me know what Autumn trends you’re excited about and your favourite thing about Autumn in the comments.

"Autumn is proof that change is beautiful." - Unknown

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My three month spending ban challenge, tips on how to buy less and a life update

Sunday, 2 June 2019

My attempt at not buying clothes for three months

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Hey everyone! It's been a while... sorry I haven't put a blog post out for a while but I’ve been finishing all my stuff for uni.
I'm completely done now though which is so exciting. I want to start giving my blog more attention because I feel like it
always ends up being neglected and taking the back seat whenever I have other things going which makes me sad
because I love blogging and I really want to create amazing content to share but I've been feeling a bit restricted with
what I can do due to uni. I want to start getting more creative and really putting 100% into this. I go to Ibiza in just over
a week so I’ll be creating loads of content whilst I’m there. Anyways let's get into this week topic. So, back in January, I decided to set myself a little challenge, I'd been doing some research into sustainable fashion
and had also become aware of my tendency to impulsively buy things and never actually wear them. So, I decided for
the first three months of 2019 I wasn't going to spend any money on clothes. Now I'm going to lie I only lasted two months
instead of three and I did make a cheeky valentines purchase and bought myself a new dress as a gift BUT other than that
one dress I didn't buy any clothes for two months which I'm actually quite proud of! I think what broke my spending ban was
once March came around the seasons started changing and I just felt like I needed to add some new pieces to my wardrobe
and give it a bit of refresh. I did find however I was much more intentional with what I bought and I bought a lot less than I
normally would have.

I think my spending ban was a fun little challenge and even though I kind of failed it a bit I’m glad that I
did it and would definitely recommend it since it has helped to change my outlook on shopping. There
were five things that helped me curb my spending which were:

1. Removing shopping sites from my social media, especially Instagram! - Following your favourite shopping websites on social media is just going to create temptation and the
Instagram shopping feature just makes it too risky. I now have all shopping websites on mute so I can't
be tempted to go on them for a quick browse.

2. Unsubscribing from sales related newsletters and texts - Having the latest pieces and discounts popping into your inbox isn't going help with your ban so make
sure you detox your inbox and unsubscribe from all clothing website mailing lists before starting this

3. Deleting all shopping apps from my phone - if they're out of site they'll be out of mind. Shopping apps make it all too easy to shop plus all the
notifications coming through about sales and what’s new in doesn't help either.

4. Ban yourself from watching hauls - I know this means cutting down on your favourite YouTubers videos but the majority of the time haul
videos lead to shopping sprees, so just don't go there!

5. Saving it for later - if you do end up coming across something you like instead of clicking ‘add to
basket’ save it to a Pinterest board or to a website such as Shoptagr (which you can read more about here). This way you've got them saved and you can come back to them later on, after you've thought
about them a bit more, to decide whether it's something you actually need. I've created a Pinterest
board which I have creatively called ‘Wishlist’ which I have been using to pin ideas on  and now looking
at some of the things that I pinned at the start of the year and comparing them to now, even though it's
only been a few months, I look at them and I'm so glad I didn't actually buy them.

Challenging myself to a spending ban was inspired by the things I started reading about sustainable fashion which I did a whole post on here. I also did a post about how to care for your clothes to make the last longer which you can read here and I wrote one about making the most of the clothes already in your wardrobe and how to get more creative with your outfits which has more useful tips that would help this challenge (click here to read that).

I hope you've enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve ever done something like this before below or if you would take the challenge. I’d also love to know how long you think you’d be able to go without buying any new clothes (I thought I’d only last a month).

"If you're not satisfied with your life, it's time to invent a new one" - Mary Wells

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Spring/Summer 2019 Trend Guide and High Street Wish List | SS19 Trends

Thursday, 28 March 2019

 It’s beginning to look a lot like spring which means new trends!

I find it so much easier to dress for spring than winter. Every winter I eventually end up stuck in an outfit rut of a jumper and jeans combo and end up rotating the same 5 jumpers with the same 3 pairs of jeans. Also, most of the time I’m only going to lectures anyway, so I just want to be comfortable. I’m sure anyone reading this who’s also a student can relate to that. There were loads of trends that hit the catwalk at fashion week, too many to fit into one post,  so I thought I’d share my five favourites and a little affordable trend wish list (because, you know, student budget and all that). 

To be honest, at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about neon but now I actually quite like it, I’m going on holiday to Ibiza in June and definitely want to do a neon look while I’m there.  I love how wearable the top two looks above have made the trend, so even if you don’t want to go head to toe neon you can still incorporate it into your wardrobe.

Animal print is another trend that’s grown on me. I think I definitely prefer snakeskin to leopard print and I really want to incorporate some into my spring/summer wardrobe. I think a snakeskin bag or belt would be a great way to subtly incorporate the trend into your outfit.

Cycling shorts are here to stay! This is a trend from last year that’s returning again this year which had a mixed reaction. Personally, I loved the cycling shorts trend and wore them quite a lot last year and can’t wait to start wearing them again this year.

By the looks of things, Yellow is going to be a big colour this year which I can see why because it is a very summer colour. I love the Chanel bag in the bottom right corner of the picture above, it would look so cute with a beach look.

The Utility trend is another trend which has been popular for a while now and is set to stay. I love the look of utility style trousers and could definitely see myself adding a pair to my spring/summer wardrobe.

If you're looking for some affordable trend pieces to add to your collection I’ve got you covered! 
Also, (as of writing this) some of the pieces below are on sale right now which is a bonus, so happy shopping!

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Let me know what your favourite spring/summer trend is and what you’ll be bringing into your wardrobe for the new season in the comments. 

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How to get more out of your wardrobe and grow it for free! | Sustainable Fashion Series

Sunday, 17 March 2019

How to make the most of your wardrobe

This is part three of my sustainable fashion series. If you haven’t read the previous two posts in this series, the first one was an easy guide to sustainable fashion which you can read here and in the second one, I shared a few easy tips you can use to care for your clothes and make them last longer. You can read that here.

In this weeks post, I wanted to share some ways you can get more from your wardrobe and even grow it without spending any money on new clothes!

Lay everything out to help you find new combinations

My first tip is to get all your clothes out of your wardrobe and look at all of your pieces. This will help you see clearly what you're working with. I also find this useful when it comes to the clothes in my draws since when they’re all just sat in the drawer it can be difficult to see what you’ve actually got. 

Next choose a piece of clothing, for example, a top that you really like and go through all your bottoms including skirts and see which pieces work well together. This is a great way to find new combinations. Don’t forget to try them with different accessories too! Then have a mini fashion show and try all the outfits on. Don't forget to take a picture of each look and save them in a folder on your phone!

Use an app to organise your clothes and make mood boards

Whilst you have everything out of your wardrobe now would be a great time to take a picture of each of your pieces to upload into an app like Snupps or Stylebook. These are both great apps to organise your wardrobe with. I've recently just started using Stylebook and I love it! On the Stylebook app, you can also create outfit mood boards which are great when it comes to outfit planning and for when you want to experiment with combinations without having to actually go in your wardrobe, plus you get to feel like Cher in the opening scene of Clueless! 

Try out some styling hacks

The way you style something can completely change how it looks and I’m not just talking about what you pair it with. There are so many styling hacks you can use to make a piece of clothing look different every time you wear it. For example, a button up blouse can also be worn off the shoulders has a Bardot top or you tie it up and wear it as a crop. Get creative with it and try to think outside the box. You can also go on youtube and search 'styling hacks' for some inspiration. 

The accessories you choose can also really change an outfit. I used accessories to change the vibe of the outfit I styled for this post. Heeled ankle boots and a crossbody bag dress it up more whereas Vans and a backpack give it more of a casual vibe.

Start using the 'first in last out' rule

Using the ‘first in, last out’ system is a really great hack I found. Apparently, most people tend to wear only 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time which is something I can definitely relate too. Although I think for me it’s probably more like 10% of my wardrobe 90% of the time, haha. Anyone else feel like that? 

A first in, last out system basically means that once you’ve worn a piece it goes into one end of your wardrobe and the next time you’re picking an outfit you choose pieces from the opposite end. It’s almost like a conveyor belt or a queue and means that you work your way through wearing all the pieces in your wardrobe instead of just a small selection.

Rework some of your pieces

Another great way to make the most of the clothes you’ve already got is to rework them! A good example of reworking a piece is taking a pair of jeans that look a bit worse for wear and cutting them into shorts. Although there are so many other ways pieces can be reworked. There's an Instagram boutique called Sik Gal who have loads of reworked designer pieces which you can get inspiration from.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips on making the most of your wardrobe and I hope that the next time you’re picking your outfit you feel a bit more inspired rather than feeling like you have nothing to wear!

Let me know in the comments how much of your wardrobe you think you actually wear because I’m interested to know and also if you have any tips for getting more out of your wardrobe you can leave those in the comments too, I’d love to hear them!

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How to Make Your Clothes Last Longer - The Easy Guide to Caring for Your Clothes | Sustainable Fashion 101

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

This is the second post in my sustainable fashion series and this week we're going to talk about caring for your clothes to keep them looking brand new for longer. Caring for your clothes properly is so important to help ensure your clothes stand the test of time.

1. Use a fabric shaver.

By far the best thing I've invested in when it comes caring for my clothes is my debobbler (I don't think that's its proper name but that's what I always call it). This has singlehandedly saved so many of my clothes and made them wearable again. I have a white bodysuit from Missguided which I love but had to stop wearing because it got too bobbled and the bobbles were really noticeable on the white fabric, I used my debobbler on it and now it looks brand new again! This is the one I bought which is the Phillips fabric shaver from Amazon and it was only £13.29. I highly recommend getting one since it's been such lifesaver.

2. Start steaming.

Something else I recently purchased was a steamer. I hate ironing (anyone else?) so I love my steamer for getting rid of creases. It's so much quicker and more convenient to use than an iron and makes my clothes crease free. I've been using the Dodocool portable garment steamer from Amazon which is £18.99.

3. Read your labels! 

This might sound a bit obvious but its so important to read the wash label in your clothes so they don't get damaged. It's important to check the temperature an item should be washed at and whether the item needs to be hand-washed or dry cleaned. More delicate items such as blouses and jumpers should be washed on a delicate setting. Also, don't mix your colours! You can also pin the laundry symbol guide from above on Pinterest, it came from a post from One Good Thing which explains more about wash labels. You can read the post here.

4. Don't over wash your clothes. 

You don't need to wash all your items after only one use, in fact over washing certain items can damage them, wool and denim items should be washed as little as possible to avoid damage so try not to wash them unless they really need it. Jeans can also be put in a ziplock bag in the freezer overnight to kill germs instead of washing them. I haven't tried this yet but apparently it really helps to preserve your denim.


5. Be careful when storing them.

The way you store your clothes can also lengthen their life span. I like to hang items that are more delicate and that can crease easily up in my wardrobe. When it comes to my chest of drawers I've recently started folding my items using the KonMari method of folding. This method prevents creases, allows me to fit more items in each drawer and I can see everything. The diagram above shows how to fold a top using this method, you can read more in this post from Juju Sprinkles. I first heard of this method in this video from Lucy Jessica Carter which I recommend you give a watch.

Do you have any clothing care tips? Have you tried a debobbler before? Let me know in the comments.

Sustainable Fashion 101 | A Beginners Guide to Sustainable Fashion

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

It's time to change the way we shop!

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Something I saw a lot of people talking about last year was sustainable fashion. One of my resolutions this year is to be more intentional with my spending and aware of how my purchases are affecting the environment. Over the last few weeks, I have been researching sustainable fashion, which has lead me to write this blog post.

We live in a time where the world is at our fingertips, we have so many retailers that we can access from our phones which makes it all too easy to online shop. This coupled with next day delivery means our consumption has lead to the fashion industry producing over 100 billion new garments per year. We’ve all been there when you’ve got a night out coming up and need a new outfit, it’s so easy to just go on a clothing app the evening before and place an order. Often your new outfit is delivered the next morning barely 12 hours from when you placed the order.

But has amazing as all of this is it’s not sustainable. The garment industry has become the second biggest polluter in the world, which is crazy to think about. I would never have realised this before doing my research.

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How is the garment industry polluting the environment?

I’m going to try and keep this brief because there are so many ways the environments being affected! 
Here are a few facts I found: 

* Cotton production requires a large amount of water and pesticides, both of which are bad for the environment. 

* The world's 8th largest supplier of cotton is Kazakhstan and due to this, the Aral Sea is drying up. Which has made the local climate hotter, affected locals health and reduced the number of jobs in the area. The picture below shows the Aral sea in 1989 (left) and in 2014 (right).

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* 300,000 tonnes of clothes are dumped in landfill each year.

* Microfibres being washed out of synthetic fabrics contributes to the build of plastic in rivers and oceans.

* In some parts of the world factories are dumping chemicals into rivers which has lead to a lack of clean drinking water for locals and if changes aren’t made could also eventually affect us in the UK.

All of these facts came from a documentary I watched has part of my research, which was Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashions Dirty Secrets, I definitely recommend you watch the documentary if you want to learn more (you can watch it here) it’s mind-blowing to see how much of an impact our purchases are actually having on the environment.

All of this means we need to change our spending habits and our approach to consuming clothes.

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So what can we do to make difference?

There are so many things we can all do to minimise the impact on the environment and they’re all really easy to start implementing in your life.
    * Shop less, buy better. - Reducing the number of clothes we buy, and when we do shop, buying higher quality clothes that will stand the test of time can make a big difference and can also help decrease the number of clothes that end up in landfill.
    * Be more selective with who we purchase from. - Being more mindful of the companies we buy from is so important. Which means buying from less fast fashion brands and more sustainable fashion brands. Unfortunately, many of the popular clothing websites fall into the fast fashion category. To find out how sustainable your favourite clothing sites are and to discover more sustainable clothing sites, you can use the Good On You app (it also tells you how ethical a brand is). I’ve been using the app myself and it’s definitely come in handy. You can get the app here.
    * Buy less fast fashion and more timeless pieces that won’t go out of style. Similar to buying high-quality pieces this will reduce the number of clothes leaving your wardrobe.
    * Don’t worry about trends - I feel like this needs to be said, you don’t have to buy into every trend just because it’s in style if you don’t know if you’ll actually wear it then don’t buy it.  Also, just because something's gone out of style doesn’t mean you need to get rid of it immediately if you still like it keep wearing it. Be your own trendsetter!
    * Don’t treat your clothes as disposable as this will lessen their life span.
* Never throw clothes away - instead, you can:
    * Donate them to charity 
    * Sell them on an app like Depop (download here)
    * Do a clothes swap with your friends
    * Look into reworking them - I’ll talk more about this in a future post.

    * Take care of your clothing to lengthen their life span - This is something I’m going to talk more about in my next post.

* Shop your own wardrobe and make the most of the clothes you’ve got. I’ll also be talking about this in my next post.

I wanted this post to be a simple guide to sustainable fashion so I hope you find it useful.

Let me know in the comments if you have any tips for buying more sustainably and if there are any sustainable fashion brands I need to try.

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