Jack Wills Girl.

Wow it’s been such a long time since I’ve written a post like this. I wore this outfit a few weeks ago when I met up with some friends and tried Five Guys for the first time – and let me tell you now it was the greatest food experience of my whole entire life and I wish I had taken pictures so that I could have shared them on here and gushed about how great Five Guys is… but alas, I guess I’ll have to keep that for another time…

Jack Wills Loving

Sweater: Jack Wills; Jeans: Topshop; Bag: Longchamp; Jacket: Dorothy Perkins. [Not pictured – Sunglasses: TOMS; Sneakers: Superga]

Anyway back to the outfit. My brother bought me this sweater a while back and I’ve been loving wearing it both in and outside of the house. If you know me well enough you’ll know how obsessed much I LOVE LOVE LOVE all things Jack Wills and can’t step foot into a store without buying everything in sight. It’s really cute and comfy and goes just as well with my Nike shorts as it does with a pair of ripped jeans.

Jack Wills Loving    Jack Wills Loving

And once again I took this pictures on my way to meet my friend, to see what I looked like as I didn’t have enough time to check myself out in the mirror before I left the house.

alice

xo

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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.

diamonds and pebbles title

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

Five Favourites Thursday: 2015.

As the last day of the month AND year falls on a Thursday (woooo what kind of karmic goodness is that), today I’m sharing my five favourite things of the year. 2015 has been challenging, to say the least, and as you’ll probably be reading on countless other blogs/twitter/Facebook/every form of social media, I’ve grown so much (try not to roll your eyes) and I’ve discovered that extra little bit more about myself.

IAMX

I wrote about (well I tried to write) getting the chance to see IAMX live when they were in London. Perhaps because it was quite recent, this experience is one I am still reliving today. It was so amazing, surpassing my expectations and imagination. For more, you can read about it here.

IAMX

ALICE DIAMONDS AND PEBBLES

Starting my beauty and hair blog had to make it in my list of five favourite things that happened this past year. With this new blog, I’ve become more interested in and passionate about my hair and about different beauty products. I’ve spent hours researching different hair care remedies and treatments, learning about application techniques, and pushing myself to discover another side of me. Through this blog, I also feel as though I have found my calling in life, and that is to provide information and a place of belonging to young Black girls in particular, who find that they don’t quite look like their classmates or who most beauty products are marketed towards. Through this blog, I have also come to celebrate my own difference and the joys of trying new things, whether it be a banana hair mask that makes me gag, or some false lashes. You can check out my blog here.

NIGERIA

At the time, I thought this was one of the worst things ever, but looking back I see that going to Nigeria when I did (right in the midst of writing my MA dissertation) was probably one of the best things. For so long, I had been really tense from studying, researching and writing, and working eight hour days that I was in need of relaxation. This time away was great for clearing my head, as well as making me appreciate my heritage and for seeing more of the world. It was also amazing being able to see family that I hadn’t seen in a few years, as well as bringing me closer to my immediate family and being able to understand them better. This short two week trip also infected me with the desire to travel more and to enjoy my life.

Five Favourites Thursday: Nigeria

FRIENDS

Omg. If anything, I’d say 2015 was the year of friendship. I reconnected with my childhood besties, and strengthened my current friendships. This year just highlighted the importance of friendship and showed me that even when I struggle to see it, I am surrounded by so much love and by so many great friends – or as I like to think of them, sisters.

TV & MUSIC

Obviously this list wouldn’t be complete without something a little superficial. You guys know how much I love my TV and music, and as always, another year has gone by where I have been OBSESSED with both. I look forward to seeing what will happen in 2016 to my favourites, especially to How To Get Away With Murder and Chicago Fire. And speaking of favourites, I still need to see what happened to Mary Jane after she crashed her car; and I still need to pick up the courage to continue watching Grey’s which I haven’t watched since Shonda decided to kill Derek.

I can’t wait for the all madness, tears, laughter, trials and tribulations that 2016 has in store for me. Thank you for sticking with this blog for another year, and in the New Year I will keep bombarding sharing as much stuff with you as I can.

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

Taylor Swift X GQ.

My best friend in my head aka Taylor Swift (isn’t she every girl’s best friend in their head though?) features on the November issue of GQ magazine, and girl is getting it! (Okay so that sounded a lot a better in my head lol). I don’t really talk about Tay Tay as much as I talk about some of my other celeb friends, but I’ve been a massive fan of hers since Red – OMG THAT ALBUM WAS EVERYTHING AND IT SERIOUSLY CHANGED MY LIFE – and even though I haven’t with everything she’s done, I always love to see her doing well and achieving her dreams.

Cover girl: Taylor Swift scintillated in a clinging number as she was revealed on the cover of GQ Magazine for the first time on Thursday

She truly is such an inspiration and I love her more and more every day. Not a bad way to end the week. Happy Friday.

alice

xo

 

picture from The Daily Mail

Quick Dinner OOTN.

So last week I went out to dinner with friends, and as I didn’t have enough time to check myself out in the mirror before I left, I figured I’d take a few snaps of my outfit en route – if you ask me, there’s no better time to multi-task ;). Not pictured are my Superga sneakers, but we’ve seen them so many times on here/Instagram it’s not really that much of a big deal. Next time I’ll try and get a proper full outfit picture.

Quick Dinner OOTN  Quick Dinner OOTN

These days I’m all about carrying a clutch in lieu of a shoulder bag. Not only do my shoulders FINALLY get a break from always having to lug a heavy sack everywhere, but it also adds that tiny bit of dressy-uppiness to the most dressed-down of outfits.

alice

xo

Five Favourites Thursday: April 2015.

My oh my has April been a crazy month or what? I feel like I found my mojo and zest for life again, following a wobbly February. April has definitely been my best month so far this year, not that I’ve done anything particularly exciting, but it has been good.

FRIENDS

April seems to have been the month of catching up with old friends. A couple of weeks ago I met up with two of my oldest friends and it was the best most physically exhausting (if you laughed as much as we did, you’d feel EXACTLY the same) night I’d had in a long time! Even though we hadn’t seen each other for a really long time, it felt as though no time had passed, and we were back to misbehaving like when we were in primary school. Then earlier this week I met up with Beth and Lauran and we had a fun day traipsing around the Natural History and Science Museums.

Five Favourites Thursday: April 2015

Five Favourites Thursday: April 2015

GREY’S CATCH-UP

Don’t confuse this for me enjoying the latest episode because I really didn’t! Though the latest episode was good in terms of Derek narrating, I found the whole thing to be quite sloppy. But anyway enough about that, let’s talk about the epic Grey’s marathon I had a few weekends ago. It was AMAZING (!!!) and it reminded me why Grey’s Anatomy is my favourite show in the whole wide world (sorry Scandal). It was an emotional roller-coaster that had me screaming at my screen until the early hours of the morning, but it was so worth it. one last thing that I’ll add though; I’m not sure who these writers are trying to kid but Owen and Amelia are not fooling anybody – they are the least believable couple on the planet.

AVENGERS

Last night I went to see the new Avengers movie with two of my oldest friends and it was so much fun! It’s definitely worth a watch, and I think I’ll be going to see it again soon.

NEWS HUB

As well as blogging, writing essays and working part time (because I’m not busy enough lol) I’m now writing for news site, The News Hub. I’ve only written two posts, but I’ll try to write one a week, so please make sure you check that out.

ESSAYS

You wouldn’t believe that writing 3×4000 word essays would be remotely enjoyable, but believe you me, it really has. Obviously there are times when I’ve struggled and stalled, but overall the whole experience has been amazing and I have loved researching and discovering all sorts of things. Through writing my essays, I also feel like I’ve discovered new parts of me, as I find myself siding with some arguments and not others. I know that I won’t, but I think I’m going to miss writing essays when I’m finished with this masters come September.

If April is anything to go by, I know May will be just as fun! Happy Thursday!

alice

xo