Five Favourites Thursday: February and March 2016.

As I didn’t do one of these for February and not a lot has happened this month, I thought I’d do a joint February/March FFT. Not only is today the last Thursday of the month, but it’s also the last day of the month, which always makes these Thursday Favourite posts all the more poignant for me.

PUDDLE OF MUDD

On Sunday my sister and I went to see Puddle of Mudd. Despite all the horror stories we heard about Wes’ recent stage antics, we were still more than excited to go and watch a band that was such a staple in our childhood.

Five Favourites Thursday: February and March 2016

Five Favourites Thursday: February and March 2016

FRIENDS

February was a month full of hanging out with friends and enjoying fun excursions. It’s always great catching up with friends and having a laugh, especially when things aren’t always going right in some areas of life.

Five Favourites Thursday: February and March 2016

Five Favourites Thursday: February and March 2016

Five Favourites Thursday: February and March 2016

FOOD

Is it bad that food was such a highlight of February and March? While it may seem like I’m clutching at straws in an attempt to fill out this list, food really was such a great part of these past two months. Following on from the previous highlight of friendship, I think what made food such a great part of food was who I was with while I was eating it.

BEAUTY BLOG

My beauty blog has been growing steadily and a few weeks ago I surpassed 10 000 page views (none of which were mine!!!!) which was such a great feat and something I was really proud of myself for. I’m still working to creating new content and trying out all kinds of hair and beauty stuff, so make sure you check it out.

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TV

TV has been especially good these past two months. Suits and HTGAWM finished a few weeks ago, with brilliant storylines up until the finales. Elementary has also been really good for the last couple of weeks and even though Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD have taken the last few weeks off, the episodes have been good, and they’re back now for the final stretch before they finish for this season. I haven’t watched this season of Grey’s Anatomy, Being Mary Jane, The Good Wife or Blue Bloods, but I’m planning on doing a whole binge watching event during the summer.

Happy Thursday!

alice

xo

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Dried Apples.

Here’s a recipe that’s super easy, takes barely any time and is perfect for snacking.

What you’ll need:

Equipment:

Cutting board

Sharp knife

Bowl

Oven tray

Foil/Baking paper

Ingredients:

Dried Apples

lemon juice, apples (I used a whole bag but you can use as many as you like), a mug of water

Method:

Dried Apples

mix four tablespoons of lemon juice with half a mug of water

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

place your apple pieces in the lemon juice and water mixture. this stops them from browning

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

leave to soak for about an hour and wrap with cling fim

Dried Apples

wrap your baking tray in baking paper if you have it, or just use foil

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

turn oven to gas mark 1 and cook for one hour. after an hour, flip the apple pieces over

Dried Apples

mmmmmmm, so yummy!

NB. Feel free to leave the peel on if that suits you. you can also cut the apples into any shapes you like.

Let me know how this recipe worked out for you!

alice

xo

Five Favourites Thursday: October 2015.

Another month gone and only two more until the year is finished. While this month has been fairly mellow for me, I wanted to share a few highlights.

MANCHESTER

At the beginning of the month, my older sister threw an Afrofutures event in Manchester, so my younger sister and I went up to support her. It was a day filled with fun activities and lectures from professionals from all over the world and ended with a just as awesome after party. I also have loads of pictures from this trip which I will share soon.

Five Favourites Thursday: October 2015

FRIENDS

It’s always great when I get to see Holly and Laura, especially when life’s been bordering on the shit side. These girls always make me cry laughing and always give my stomach a good work out from laughing so much.

Five Favourites Thursday: October 2015

The food’s also good too.

Five Favourites Thursday: October 2015

DIAMONDS AND PEBBLES

Even though I changed the name of this blog earlier this year, I’ve always felt strangely connected to the old name of the blog and felt like although it didn’t fit this blog anymore, I was letting it go to waste. So naturally I decided to create another blog. This new blog focuses on hair and makeup and is over on blogger (sorry wordpress) so please go and check it out. The blog follows my personal hair and beauty experiences, and won’t be as mismatched and crazy as this one.

DANI MANSUTTI

The person who inspired the blog above is the Australian beauty youtuber Dani Mansutti. She’s so funny, sweet, down-to-earth, cool and an all-round beautiful person inside and out. In my mind we’re the best of friends, and she really inspires me to find my own beauty path (hence the new blog) and to really try out new things. She’s also a Scorpio, born in November (on the 4th) and loves pugs, so we already have a few things in common 😉

TURBOWOLF

So technically this isn’t a highlight yet, BUT in preparation for tonight, I thought I’d just add it to the list. Last year when my sister and I saw Turbowolf, we had the greatest time and made a promise to see them again. Well, that time has come and tonight we will be rocking out with them and I can’t wait. Pictures to come soon, but in the meantime, here’s a look at last year’s fun. You can also check out the post I wrote about it here.

Turbowolf

Happy Thursday!

alice

xo

Snack Time.

It’s been a while (one year, five months and about forever) since I’ve written about food. Sure I’ve mentioned it in passing here and there, but I haven’t done a REAL food post in a while. While I’d sooner consider myself a connoisseur of pizza (give me a pepperoni pizza any day and I’ll be your best friend forever), there are times when even I would rather eat something green and healthy, and that hasn’t been dipped in a gallon of oil – sorry pizza.

Snack Time

A few things that I like to snack on: cream crackers, mixed cereal, sugar snaps, pitta bread

I found a bunch of great snack ideas on nuts.com, a family run company in America who offer healthy snacks that won’t leave you feeling gross and fat while you’re watching TV or just hanging out with friends. Though they are based in America, they do ship to the UK, which is great for me as I’ve already got my eyes on their chocolate covered raisins and dried fruit. Sidebar: is it weird that I HATE HATE HATE raisins but could happily devour a tonne of chocolate covered ones?

Snack Time

Pitta bread is great because you can do so much with it. You can dip it in a variety of sauces like salsa and humus, or you can stuff it with lean meat and salad for a healthier burger option. Why not try wholemeal pitta that will leave you feeling fuller for longer and that it is much more healthier than white pitta.

Snack Time

We all love eating dry cereal from the box, but why not try it as a light snack? Mix different cereals like branflakes, cluster oats, with dried fruit for a healthy daytime snack that will cater to those with a major sweet-tooth.

Snack Time

Probably my all-time favourite thing to snack on. Crackers are perfect because they last for a long time and help keep you full. Instead of eating them whole or spreading anything on them, why not break them up into smaller pieces? That way it won’t feel like you’re eating as much, and your brain will think you’ve eaten more than you actually have. Alternatively, why not squirt some honey or maple syrup over them for an updated sweet pretzel style snack?

Snack Time

Sugar snaps are the perfect snack if you’re looking for something fresh and green. They taste great raw, steamed or boiled, and really brighten up any platter. An added bonus? They also count towards your five-a-day so why not get snacking.

If this spread doesn’t quite wet your biscuit then make sure to check out nuts.com for yummy AND healthy snack options. Happy Friday!

alice

xo

ps. I also have an updated stuffed chicken recipe that I really want to share so hopefully I’ll be able to post that in the next few weeks…

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery.

It’s fair to say that our last day in Paris rolled around WAY TOO FAST, but at the same time, it couldn’t have come at a better moment. After a long night seeing what the streets of Paris had to offer, we were a little tired in the morning and didn’t have much of a game plan in terms of how to spend our last few hours.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

So true to Alice and Beth style, we decided to wing it, picking a random metro stop on the map and taking a gander – which much to our surprise meant exploring THE largest cemetery in the whole of Paris.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

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Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

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Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

We honestly could have spent hours wandering around the final resting places of many a- fallen soldier and famous star, but with a long coach journey ahead and no guarantee of being able to recharge our tech (the epitome of a first world problem if you ask me), we left the grounds and stopped by a quintessential Parisian café for hot drinks, people watching and er selfies…

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Oh boy do I love to people watch. It really is the most fascinating thing, watching total strangers go about their day as they cross roads, talk on phones or just walk looking ahead. How funny to think that I’ll most probably never ever see these people again (heck I can’t even remember what half of them looked like); and that even though I was looking at them, I had absolutely no idea who they were, what their names were, where they had come from, their whole back story – it truly is so fascinating.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

All warmed up from our hot chocolates and coffees, we headed off to the coach station, stopping at the nearby shopping mall.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Nearing check-in time, we made our way to the coach station where we waited for our coach to leave and snacked on sweets for about the umpteenth time – we at so many sweets on this trip that we’ve taken a vow to never eat sweets ever again…

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Then boarded the coach and started the long journey back to London.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

We stopped at customs to have our bags and passports checked.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Then it was back in our metal tin that didn’t feel as claustrophobic as on the way back, but that was probably because the coach was practically empty.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

And then before we knew it, we were home sweet London home.

alice

xo

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs.

With only one full day in Paris, Beth and I knew we had to make the most of our time in the fabulous city, so we decided to jam it full with activities that included visiting the Eiffel Tower (natch) and the Catacombs. Knowing it would be a long day full of photo-tastic things, I had charged my phone through the night, only to find THAT MY CHARGER HAD BROKEN :O and that my phone had been on 1% for the whole night – I know, TRAGEDY! Luckily I had my camera to shoot the day’s fun festivities.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

We started our day by fuelling ourselves with a Parisian breakfast of pain au chocolat and baguettes swathed in butter. I’m not a breakfast person, but it was soooo good.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

We then set off for the day in search of the Eiffel Tower.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

And made our way up to the very top – squealing with excitement and terror the whole time.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

When we finally reached the top, it was like being on top of the world. Above the clouds, the sun shone fiercely and brightly (making it a little hard to take a picture without getting blinded hahaha), where we stood in awe and couldn’t stop grinning and smiling.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

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Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

After a while at the top, we started making our descent downwards, back to the gloom but splendour of the city.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

We stopped for a hearty lunch.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Then made our way to the infamous Catacombs… where we waited in line for what felt like FOREVER.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

The Catacombs were nowhere near as scary or terrifying as I had expected them to be, but they were insanely fascinating, interesting and a whole lot of fun.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

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Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

By the time we reached our hostel, we were ready for bed and crashed out for the night…

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…or so we thought…

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