Chasing the Sunset.

We’re at that point where even though it feels as though summer has been going on forever (especially if you’re like me and your summer started way back in May), and as though summer might just never end; what with these glorious hot sweltering days that we’ve been having, spent lying out in the sun, wearing things that in a few months’ time we’ll be in such disbelief about. Anyway, as we come to the end of July and the beginning of the end of summer, on this hot summer’s night, I wanted to share a couple of pictures that I took a few weeks ago when the sun was setting and London was buzzing. In these pictures I take the time to reflect back on this seemingly never-ending summer, at all the things that have happened; and look forward to the rest of the summer and the adventures that await me (well, us, seeing as I share everything with you guys).

Chasing the Sunset

Chasing the Sunset

Chasing the Sunset

How’s the summer been treating you guys so far? I know it’s been long, but we’ve still got another month left to go. Hope you all have a good evening. Goodnight.

alice

xo

Conscious Kimono.

I bought this kimono from H&M a couple of weeks ago and I feel as though I haven’t taken it off. It’s so slinky and goes well with everything (even things that it doesn’t really go with, but I don’t really care hahahaha). I got it in a size large and even though it’s a little bit overwhelming at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Conscious Kimono

Conscious Kimono

As it’s been an insane hot summer this year, this kimono has acted as the perfect cover up for days spent topping up my tan and laying out in the sun. plus with it being part of H&M’s Conscious Collection I feel like I’m taking care of the environment while catching some rays (young Alice would be super proud) – talk about a fashionable way to multitask.

Conscious Kimono

Conscious Kimono

Another thing I’ve found from days spent out in the sun is that my love and need for a matching two piece is no longer as intense and serious as it was. I’m now more than happy to mix things up and splice different swimsuits together – clashing prints, colours and all! My bikini is an amalgamation of a black Kookaï one and a tie-dye Primark one.

Conscious Kimono

Conscious Kimono

Conscious Kimono

Kimono: H&M Conscious Collection; Bikini top: Primark; Bikini bottoms: Kookai; Sunglasses: TOMSeyewear

Like most things that I end up loving, I’m now obsessed with kimonos and want to own every single one of them.

alice

xo

Bondi Rescue.

Get ready for this one! Because if you love: fly-off-the-wall documentaries, reality TV, Australian guys, Australian accents on guys (or just Australian accents in general), lifeguards (male to be more specific), topless guys, hot guys, hot tanned topless guys, hot tanned topless male lifeguards with Australian accents… oh and if you like Australia…; then you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this.

Bondi Rescue is about a group of real-life lifeguards (who fit all fit the above description in one way or another) who patrol the beaches of Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte. The series’ follows them through the crazy summer season (which for most of us is during the winter), and all the crazy antics that they and the public get up to, both in and out of the water.

There is a such a REAL, true deep love and comradery between the boys that it’s not hard to see why they were given the show in the first place, and why it has become and stayed a favourite for such a long time.

While the series’ follows these boys and gives us an insight into what life as a lifeguard on one of the world’s most famous and busiest beaches is like, we also learn a thing or two about safety in the water and on the beach. Like how for example, you shouldn’t go swimming fully clothed, and you shouldn’t go swimming in the sea if you don’t know how to swim.

Like most of the things that I’ve gotten obsessed with over the years, I innocently stumbled upon Bondi Rescue right at the end of its current ninth season. I was bored, looking for something to watch (coming THIS close to rewatching the whole of BBC’s The Musketeers again) when I randomly came across this TV show. With no real indication of what it might be about, I settled down to watch it, and boy oh boy was it one of the greatest decisions/accidents I’ve made in my nearly twenty-two years of living (now I know that might sound like an exaggeration, but I’m being completely serious). I had such a great time watching that one episode that I ended up going back to the very beginning of the season and watching all thirteen episodes before going back to the series’ beginning and watching the WHOLE thing from start to finish.

If after you’ve finished watching all nine seasons, it doesn’t make you want to book a one way ticket to Sydney then I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with you!

Give it a watch and let me know what you think.

alice

xo

 

ps. If you ever do find yourself on Bondi beach, promise me one thing: that you’ll remember to swim between the red and yellow flags!

Five Favourites Thursday: Platform-less Heels.

When it comes to heels, the saying: “the higher the heel, the better you feel” could not be more apt. I mean after all I’m somewhere between 5’4/5’3 so I’m not one to complain about wearing a six inch heel – if anything, I’m the one begging and pushing for a six and a half inch heel (as evidenced here and here); with the secret of my getting away with such a high heel boiling down to a high platform. However, in recent weeks my attention has been pulled away from the high platform heel, and settled on the platform-less stilettos whose heel height averages from between four to five inches (quite the downgrade if you see what I mean). Actually, now that I come to think about it, I completely blame Ms Olivia Palermo-Huebl… So anyway, below are five of my favourite designers feeding my new obsession for lower heels and no platforms.

AQUAZZURA

Aquazzura  front    Aquazzura  front    Aquazzura  front

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Christian Louboutin  front    Christian Louboutin  front    Christian Louboutin  front

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

Giuseppe Zanotti  front    Giuseppe Zanotti  back    Giuseppe Zanotti 

SOPHIA WEBSTER

Sophia Webster  front    Sophia Webster     Sophia Webster  back

ISABEL MARANT

Isabel Marant  front    Isabel Marant     Isabel Marant 

And while I may not be close to affording any of these in the near future, I’ll definitely be dreaming about them and visiting them in my wish list for a while.

alice

xo

Mirror Image.

I find reflections so fun and so interesting, especially in the summer time when looking in a window acts more like looking in a mirror. Not only is that a good thing for checking yourself out every now and again (come on admit it), but it also means that you get to take some pretty cool pictures too. I love how the brighter the sun, the better quality your reflection is, giving you a more accurate image of what you look like.

Mirror Image

Mirror Image

Mirror Image

Mirror Image

Mirror Image

Forever trying to keep my selfie game strong.

alice

xo

Winchester Gems.

On Tuesday Beth and I headed into town for some lunch and random Winchester roaming. We started off in an American diner, Buddy’s.

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

We then stumbled upon an antique store that we had never seen before. You’d think that after spending three years in such a small city like Winchester that we wouldn’t still be discovering hidden gems, but I guess that saying of learning something new every day is so true after all.

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

After our Winchester ramble, we went back to the house and chilled for a bit before heading back out to dinner for an epic catch-up with Lauran who had returned from her south-east Asian adventures, looking tan as ever!

Winchester Gems

Winchester Gems

Tuesday really was such a nice day.

alice

xo

Dirt.

This song came out last week, but I felt like I needed a week of having this song to myself before sharing it. ‘Dirt’ is the latest single from country duo Florida Georgia Line, and personally I’m overjoyed that I finally having some new material of theirs to get into it. This song is about dirt, and I know what you’re thinking. “Dirt? Really?” And to be honest even though I saw the song was called ‘Dirt’ I didn’t actually register the name until I started reading the comments and realised that the was genuinely called ‘Dirt’ – I guess it doesn’t get any more country than that, eh? So anyway, the song is called ‘Dirt’ and it’s about that yucky brown stuff on the ground that most of us try really hard to not let get within ten feet of us. The boys find a way to make dirt seem beautiful, deep, meaningful and romantic. I’ve been listening to this song on repeat all week and can’t wait to see what new music the boys come out with.

Who knew dirt could be so great? Happy Sunday.

alice

xo

 

NB. With the release of their new single comes the launch of their new Dirt Campaign, which hopes to raise $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity, giving families the oppurtunity to own their own homes.