Blowin’ Smoke.

These past few days have been a bit meh, and in my experience few things perk me up when life decides to throw me a curve ball. For me, the solution is to play some country and sing the sorrow away. Blowin’ Smoke is one of those songs that make you feel less shit about life because it helps reminds you that nobody has anything figured out. It’s also catchy as hell and makes me kind of wish I was working in a diner too…

If you like this song, make sure you check out the rest of the album, Same Trailer Different Park. Happy Sunday.

alice

xo

Anyway.

So Suits is finally back which means you can expect half of the soundtrack to end up here on any given Sunday hahahahahaha. The mid-season premiere was filled with just as much drama as the mid-season finale last year and it had me on the edge of my seat. I won’t go into too much detail about the episode because I have a post coming in the next couple of days, where I talk about some of my favourite things about the episode. So anyway, this song played at the end of the episode and OMG the feels I felt. It was really emotional, and after an hour of not knowing what would happen and feeling conflicted about Mike (i.e. technically he is a criminal, but because we know him, he doesn’t quite seem like a total criminal), this song acted like the perfect emotional release. Daniel’s voice is hauntingly heavenly and this song is definitely worth a listen!

Oh and before I forget; if you want to try your luck at winning up to £500 to spend at farfetch.com, there’s still time to play their ‘Guess the Designer’ game. Happy Sunday!

alice

xo

Five Favourites Thursday: January 2016.

Wow, the first month of the year is dunzo! Sidebar: who remembers watching Laguna Beach when dunzo was practically Kristen’s catch phrase? Anyway, as the month draws to a close, I’ve found myself being increasingly reflective, so I thought I’d switch things up for this month’s FFT and share five things I’ve learnt this month.

  1. “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”

Though this is something we’re all aware of on a subconscious level, it takes big events in one’s life to actually realise this fact. On Monday I graduated from my masters, and as I sat in the auditorium watching my fellow graduates go up to receive their awards, I looked back on my struggles during my masters and realised just how far I had come. While last year, being stuck in the rhythm of studying felt never-ending, now being on the other side of it, I see how everything is different.

  1. “The bad news is nothing lasts forever. The good news is nothing lasts forever…”

Following on from my first point, something I’ve always known, but didn’t fully grasp until I was waiting to officially graduate. Nothing lasts forever. I wish I had been more aware of this last year when I was driving myself crazy and feeling like I was being buried alive by stress.

  1. I should probably reread A Place of Yes.

I first read it a few years ago (you can read my thoughts on it here) when I thought I was coming towards the next phase of my life. A few nights ago as I lay staring into the dark, I had a random thought about the book and realised I was coming towards the next phase of my life, and felt it was time to revisit Bethenny’s wise words. Say what you will about Bethenny, but I’ve always felt she was my mentor/spirit animal/ guru, and if there’s one thing she knows a thing or two about: it’s life. What I find most inspiring about her is that she’s been knocked down a thousand times, but she always manages to get back on the horse.

BREAK THE CHAIN QUOTE PLACE OF YES 2

  1. Laughing puts you in a great mood.

I think I’ve laughed every single day of this month and I’ve loved every second of it. When you spend most of your days laughing it’s hard to be in a bad mood. My most used emoji is the laughing face with tears, which also happens to be an accurate representation of what I look like especially after chatting with my crazy friends and sister. As a result of all my laughing, I can feel my abs forming! Result! Hahahahahahahahahahaahahhaa.

  1. “Do what you love.”

While most of my days are spent filling out job application after job application, I’ve still found time to continue doing some of the stuff that I love like writing. Though updates on this blog may border on the sparse side these days, I have been regularly writing and updating my hair and beauty blog, as well as writing a piece for The News Hub about six ways k-drama Oh My Venus changed my life. I’ve always loved writing and I’ve always found the time to write but during these past few weeks, where I haven’t been met with deadlines or such rigourous restrictions, has brought me so much joy; as well as the fact that I’m able to spend my time doing something that I enjoy and doing something that I am passionate about. As cliché as it sounds, do what you love. It’ll bring you some inner peace and a sense of happiness.

It’s fair to say this month has been pretty cathartic for me, and hopefully I’ll be able to keep my momentum going so we’ll see how February goes. Happy Thursday!

alice

xo

Guess the Designer.

I’ve got something really cool (and a little different) to share today! Fashion site farfetch.com have created a game called: Guess the Designer, where you could win up to £500 to spend at farfetch.com!

Farfetch

All you have to do is guess the designer of a product correctly. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, so there’s a chance you could win big.

Farfetch - Guess the Designer

Good luck and have fun!

alice

xo

 

ps. You must be over the age of 18 to play and hurry because the competition finishes on February 1st.

Running For You.

The first Kip Moore song of the year! This is definitely one of Kip’s mellow husky love songs that you can have playing in the background for the whole day and not get bored of it. His voice sounds like a gruff muscly man giving you warm bear hugs, and even though the lyrics are a little sad, they’re beautifully moving too. This song is about letting go, but keeping a quiet distance so that the one you love or care about knows you’ll always be there for them – and that is also the beauty of the song.

Don’t ask me why, but I can see this song going down as a classic in country music, and I can really picture an up-and-coming country musician singing this at the Grand Opry or something. Happy Sunday!

alice

xo

Jewels & Dresses.

Oooh, two net-a-port posts in two days… can you tell I’m procrastinating? Just kidding I’m not, I’ve just hit a wall. Anyway, while I try to get over this mental block, I thought a little browse on net-a-porter would do the trick. Today’s picks are jewels and dresses (everything a girl needs in life) that can all be styled with these awesome platform Eytys sneakers. While I’m usually not a fan of the flatform sneaker, I’ve had my eyes on these particular ones for a few months now and I wish soooo badly that I could own them. To show my love for the sneaker (and to mix things up a bit) I’ll be featuring these sneakers in every Styling Suggestion, to bring a laid back and casual feel to my favourite pieces. I hope you like it.

STEPHEN WEBSTER

        

Styling Suggestion

        

SOPHIE BILLE BRAHE

        

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DOLCE & GABBANA

        

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MARKUS LUPFER

        

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SACAI

        

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REPOSSI

        

I’ve really missed writing posts like these, and what do you know? My mental is cleared so it’s back to work for me. Check out net-a-porter to see what else is new today!

alice

xo

Thigh’s The Limit.

So, I was minding my own business on net-a-porter (as I do), adding more items to my wish list, when I stumbled across a pair of Stuart Weitzman and Charlotte Olympia thigh high boots. While I’ve long bemoaned the fact that my short legs have prevented me from rocking and being comfortable in anything that goes over the knee, that hasn’t stopped me from (internet) window shopping and looking at a few pairs I would love to wear if I were a few inches taller – a few thousand pounds richer.

STUART WEITZMAN

        

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CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA

       

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GIANVITO ROSSI

        

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Check out net-a-porter to see what else is new this week.

alice

xo