blog musings.

When I first started this blog back in 2011, I had no idea what it was going to be about. I had just moved away from home for the first time, to university, and after several years of my sister insisting that I start one, I finally decided to create a blog. And before I knew it, I was absolutely hooked! Since then I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about everything from fashion and style, to beauty and health, food, music, TV and film, books, my life journey and childhood, travel and so much more.

the old blog logo

Somewhere along the way though, (probably around 2015 when I started my second blog), this blog kind of got pushed to the wayside, with no real clear direction. I think that because this blog had grown to have so many topics, when I started my second blog which had such clear and definitive objections, I let it go, posting sporadically at best.

But now here I am in 2018, almost SEVEN years after I blogged for the first time, and just less than two months since I last shared a post on here. Blogging, especially THIS blog, is and continues to be extremely important to me (did I mention that it helped get me my start in my career?) so even I don’t post that often, I will never shut this down. That said, as the market has become highly saturated, YouTube, vlogging and video content have become platforms of choice, as has Instagram blogging become the norm, I must admit that it is tricky finding and staying motivated.

While I’m still not 100% sure what I have in store for this blog (or more importantly what this blog has in store for me), all I can say though is watch this space.

alice

xo

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Khaite Stripes.

I absolutely love stripes, especially horizontal ones, so when I saw these pieces by Khaite I was over the moon. Some may say that pairing both together could be deemed “too much” but I’d say that there’s no such thing when it comes to stripes… am I right? I can picture myself wearing this ensemble during warm late spring/early summer months or in early autumn.

      

      

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Now if only I could actually own these…

alice

xo

Wednesday Wish list: Furla Metropolis Shoulder Bag.

These past few weeks I’ve been on the lookout for a new bag and I’m about 99.9999999999% sure that I’ve found THE perfect one… Introducing the Metropolis shoulder bag by the luxury Italian brand, Furla. This beauty ticks pretty much every criteria I have when it comes to buying bags, which if you must know is very long (and explains why I’ve only carried Longchamp’s Le Pliage for the last few years), but after seeing the bags up close in real life, as well as spending hours poring over videos and images of the bag, I know it could be the start of a beautiful relationship.

Will I hunker down and commit though? Watch this space.

alice

xo

I Got Them: Steve Madden Editt.

I finally (I say finally even though it was only been about a month since I shared these on here) got my hands on the Steve Madden Editt stretch boots. I loved them so much that I couldn’t decide between the microfibre and velvet ones, so in true Alice fashion, I just got both.

pictured is the microfibre version

They are literally such a dream!

alice

xo

2017 UK Travel Bits.

I may have spent more time than usual on a plane, but I also spent more time than usual outside of London, and discovering the beauties of Britain.

CLAPHAM COMMON

The year was full of many Saturday (and some Sunday) morning walks to, around and from Clapham Common. Known for its beautiful open green spaces, and home of numerous wildlife, I can see more walks here in the upcoming year.

RICHMOND PARK

The year started beautifully with this fun early morning trip to Ricmond Park to watch the sun rise. It was such a beautiful, breathtaking and freezing experience, and what made it all the more fun was spending it with two of my best friends that I’ve known since birth. The three of us also embarked on many fun trips in the year, all of which will you’ll be seeing later on in this post!

HARRY POTTER WORLD

Quite possibly one of the funniest and funnest days I had this year, our trip to the Harry Potter Studios (with my two aforementioned friends) was definitely one for the books. To say it was fun experiencing the films we had grown up watching, loving and memorising all the lines, is a big understatement. Following the fun day I was filled with such an ambitious and excited spirit, that I swear I’d never felt such an energy inside me before. I had never felt more motivated to do great things and to achieve and fulfil every single one of my wildest dreams in my whole entire life.

WINCHESTER

I returned to my old stomping ground during the summer and for some reason it had a totally different feel from when I was last here. It was lovely reuniting with my best friend from my uni days and exploring some of our old haunts together, while having a good old gossip, natch!

BOTANICAL GARDENS, BIRMINGHAM

At this rate I feel like I could easily move to Birmingham and not have much trouble there (I’m kidding, but you never know…). My sister and I visited the Botanical Gardens had a great time taking pictures, joking around and discovering a whole new side to Birmingham. As we’ve been there a few times together and enjoyed ourselves, I’m sure this trip won’t be our last one to the incredible city.

CHICHESTER

One of those trips where you wonder what planet you’re living on and what the hell runs through the mind of people, this was probably the only day trip I did not actively play a part in organising (or wanting to go on) but what can you do. Anyway, to make the most of the day, I explored around the cathedral a little bit and took in the clear sunny skies.

PETERSHAM NURSERIES, RICHMOND

The fun and boiling August bank holiday weekend was spent hanging out in Richmond with some of my old work friends. We wandered around Richmond Park, ate some good food, enjoyed great conversation, all whilst managing to survive the hot weather.

THE NEW FOREST

I’ve been to the New Forest once in my life. I was eight or nine and in primary when I visited and fell in love the place for the first time. Lucky for me, my best friend from uni just so happens to live there, so I went down and visited her in late September. It was just as lovely and beautiful as it had been when I was younger (if not more so), but only issue was that it had taken me about six years to actually get down to visit her in the first place. Bad friend, I know.

BOX HILL

Though the pictures would lead you to believe otherwise, this day was particularly warm and beautiful. The pictures would also lead you to believe that the day was a relaxing one, but oh no, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact the day was something of a workout. From climbing over one hundred steep steps, to trying not to slip on the stone slabs, to laughing so much I thought my stomach would tear, I’m pretty sure I burned over a billion calories this day.

And there we have it: my travels of 2017. Here’s to even more adventure and journeying in 2018. Happy New Year’s Eve!

alice

xo

Malta Pt III.

And finally we’re at the last part of my Malta holiday. In yesterday’s post I mentioned how the crazy winds and waves would impact the rest of the trip, and impact they did. On Monday, our last full day on the island, we had decided to travel to the nearby island of Comino to spend the day relaxing and exploring the island that is a major attraction and draws thousands of visitors each year. However, the weather had other ideas and unfortunately our cruise was cancelled and we were forced to stay put. Not feeling totally discouraged though, we opted to return back to our spot on the beach and spend the day memserised by the waves whilst trying not to feel too upset that 1) we wouldn’t be able to discover Comino or its famous Blue Lagoon and 2) that our dream holiday was coming to an end.

the most disappointing thing about not being able to visit Comino was that i had saved my favourite and unworn bikini for this day 😦

We had always planned to do something nice for our last night, so after a quick google search we decided on Chinese and found a great restaurant that was just around the corner from our apartment!

i am OBSESSED with my pop & suki camera bag (which i wore as a clutch)

contrary to the reviews, the food was really good!

After dinner we returned to our apartment for drinks on the balcony while we listened to music and reminicsed on the amazing holiday.

On Tuesday, our very last day, I managed to get up early enough to enjoy one last sunrise, and yes it was absolutely beautiful.

We dropped our bags off then discovered another coastline of the island quite close to where we were staying, before grabbing a tasty snack and settling down for one final sunbathing session on the beach.

beach walks

Just before we had to leave for the airport, we had our very last meal on the lovely island. I didn’t say in every post, but pretty much every meal I had, had some kind of rabbit in it. I mean, what can I say? When in Rome…

rabbit ravioli

walking on the tarmac about to board…

thank you for such a beautiful holiday Malta. see you again soon!

It’s really hard not to sound so repetitive, but Malta was absolutely incredible. If you haven’t already, this is a must-see island with lots to do (even if you’re like me and that just means lying on the beach all day every day and eating your weight in food). A great country to visit, you really won’t be disappointed. Tomorrow is the last day of the year and I’m winding down my sharing some of my domestic trips including those to Birmingham, the New Forest, Richmond Park and more, so make sure you check back!

alice

xo

Malta Pt II.

Being in Malta was akin to being in a dream land. From the blues of the sea, to the blues of the skies, it was so magical, and felt like the ultimate travel destination. Of all the days, Friday was by far the most fun and adventurous. Not only did we stray from our favourite local beach, but we ended up travelling twenty minutes by bus to the famous Golden Bay beach, and stayed for the whole day. The sandy beach more than lived up to its great name, and even though you can’t really tell from these pictures, it was very warm and the sun shone all day long.

we may or may not have came in matching bikinis…

The waves were absolutely insane and we got totally thrashed more than a few times he he 😀

If Friday was the funnest day, then Saturday was by far the most beautiful. Setting out much later than usual, we were able to experience one of the most incredible sunsets I’d ever seen (it would definitely tie with Rome’s magical offering!). And what seemed to make it even more incredible was the fact that it appeared to be happening in such slow motion, you really couldn’t help but drink every last second of it in.

by now it’s pretty obvious that the balcony was my favourite spot in the apartment

melanin magic: bronzed to perfection

Sunday was a really chill day spent on the beach (again), only this day was a little bit different as the temperature was considerably a lot cooler than the other days, and the wind was out in full force.

Because of the crazy winds, the waves were insane, crashing against the shore and making the beach look like a scene from the The Tempest. While we admired the mad frenzy of the sea, unbeknownst to us as the time, the crazy winds and insane waves would strongly impact the rest of our trip.

Come back tomorrow for the last Malta instalment!

alice

xo