Sunday, 26 November 2017

Quick & Easy Cinnamon Biscuits


Hello loves,
I know it's only November but I am seriously in the festive spirit. I mean once Halloween's over you're allowed to go full out on Christmas right?!  I think so anyway. Baking is something I absolutely love and totally something I like to do to de-stress. I haven't found anytime recently but I decided why not make time and share a quick & easy recipe for you all!

Ingredients:
250g Plain Flour
1 Tbl Spoon of Ground Cinnamon
1 Egg
125g Butter
100g Caster Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract (Not essential)

Method:
1. Sift flour into bowl and add cinnamon.
2. Rub in the butter to the flour until it becomes a crumbly mixture like bread crumbs.
3. Mix in caster sugar and add vanilla essence.
4. Beat the egg and stir in with the rest if the mixture.
5. Knead until the mixture forms a dough.
6. Wrap dough in cling film and refrigerate for 20 mins. (Only if you have time!)
7. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
8. Roll the dough and cut into preferred shapes on a floured surface.
9. Grease baking trays and put biscuits in the oven.
10. Cook for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

And there you go that's how to make yummy cinnamon biscuits. It's entirely up to you if you want to decorate them or not. I guarantee you could probably do a better job than I did... I knew there was a reason I hadn't applied for the Great British Bake Off! Get as creative as possible but if you're stuck there's always Pinterest for ideas. 

If you recreate this recipe make sure to tag me on Instagram or Twitter and let me see your creations.
I really hope you enjoy eating these as much as I do haha,
Thanks,
Alice-Tilly


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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Metallic Mermaid Festival Look


Hello loves!
So festival season is upon aka my favourite season of the year! I get so super excited every year when all the festivals start because I love everything about it. The glitter, the clothes, the makeup, the music.... EVERYTHING haha. It's currently Coachella and I've been seeing so many photos to inspire me for this years festival looks. Seriously everyone is looking amazing this year!

I thought I'd share this look with you which actually turned out way better than I expected. I kinda fell in love with this look because I literally felt like a mermaid. I think this is perfect for a festival when you can go a bit crazy with your makeup! I'll include all the products below if you'd like to re-create this look.


Face:
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 
Rimmel Stay Matte Transparent Powder
Glitter from Dust & Dance
Nyx Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Sapphire (for dots)
Freedom Pro Highlight Palette

Eyes:
Kiko Milano Volumeyes Plus Active Mascara
Face Gems from Ebay
Nyx Lingerie Eye Tint in Morning Sky
Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Palette 

Lips:
Nyx Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Comet's Tail

I really hope you enjoyed this post! They'll be a lot more festival related posts coming up soon. Let me know in the comments if you're going to any festivals this year... I'd love to know!

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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Monday, 10 April 2017

Blogosphere Cafe



Hello darlings,
So I recently went to Blogosphere Cafe hosted by Blogosphere Magazine. It was a gorgeous sunny day in London which instantly put me in the best mood! I'd arranged to meet up with JuliaJess & Holly in Westfield Stratford City before the event. Make sure you check out all of their blogs because they're all amazing! No doubt Westfield was my idea but you can't take the shopping out of a shopaholic haha. After getting into London Euston I took the tube over to Stratford and met up with Julia first. We immediately went to the Missguided store which I was way too excited over haha! Then Jess joined us and we did some more shopping before heading over to Southwark on the tube to meet Holly.


We met Holly and headed over to The Gallery, Lumiere London. The last event which was Blogosphere Valentines Tea Party was in the same venue. Stupid me thought I still remembered the way even though I have absolutely no sense of direction at all haha! I definitely took us the wrong way and we ended up looking at maps on our phones... Which didn't really help because I can't read maps either haha. We did finally get there though! The venue was absolutely lovely we'd been in the Tropical Library last time but this time the event was being held in The Gallery. It was so lovely and spacious. Also the whole place was totally instagrammable.... I was loving it haha.


We started off with a little ice breaker activity which was fun. We had to go round and find what people blogged about and add them to the sheet we were given. It made starting conversations a whole lot less daunting and I really enjoyed. I always find meeting other bloggers so inspirational. I love seeing people talk about their blogs and writing with such passion. 

We were offered prosecco, soft drinks or tea and coffee. Plus there was snacks available too! How good do these donuts look. I don't know how I managed to resist not eating one haha. 


I also got a change to speak to everyone at So...? Fragrances again which was so lovely. I was lucky enough to get to have a look at all the new body mists that have been added to the collection. Pink Grapefruit is my absolute favourite! Definitely go and check out the body mists they are perfect for your handbag in spring and summer. They are available form both Boots & Superdrug.

It was such a good day and completely chilled. I really enjoyed it and I'm so happy to have met new bloggers who I'll hopefully see again soon. Thank you to everyone at Blogosphere for organising the event. I always have the best time and I can't wait for the next event again.

I hope you enjoyed reading,
Thank you,
Alice-Tilly
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Monday, 3 April 2017

1 Year On...


Hello darlings,
This is such special post for me to write. You can probably tell by the title what this post is going to be all about. I can't believe today I've had my blog for a whole one year. I can honestly say I never thought I'd make it to this point. I'm not one to stick to things really, I never have been. There's something about blogging that I just can't get enough of.

This has changed my life.

I'm so forever grateful for all my readers, fellow bloggers, friends and family that have supported me and encouraged me right from the start. I couldn't do this without any of you... You are an absolutely huge part of why I do this.

The other reason well I do this for me.

I do this because I honestly and genuinely absolutely love it. This never feels like work or a hardship to me. Everything that I do the hours I spend doing things for my blog are always full enjoyment... Well except scheduling tweets haha! 

I'm more confident and I'm so much more happy now than I was before starting my blog. I don't have to pretend ever here and I'm just me. This has honestly changed me for the better. 

I'm so grateful for all the amazing things I get to do, going to events, working with brands and other bloggers... It really is amazing.

Just thinking back to the time I decided to start my blog right back when I first visited Brighton. My first post being Day Out In Brighton. I've grown so much and learnt so much since then. I want to continue to grow and to learn for hopefully many years to come.

My blog has given me a new lease of life. It's made me realise how much I want to do and achieve and all the things I haven't done yet. This next year I'm going to make sure I keep pushing myself to do all these things and to get me to where I want to be. I want my dreams to come true and I'm not ashamed of saying that. I'm driven enough to get there and I can't wait for you to continue on this journey with me.

It's never been about the numbers, the marketing or the business for me. I honestly have no clue about any of that kind of thing. To me it's about you, me and all the positivity and happiness that comes from this. 

Thank you so much for everything; Here's to another year!

Alice-Tilly 
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Day Out In Bath OOTD


Hello you gorgeous lot!
I was lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful day in Bath this Saturday! The weather was absolutely on my side. I'd never actually visited Bath before and turns out it's an absolutely gorgeous place. I'll definitely be going back there soon. I enjoyed lovely day out at the theatre with the most beautiful and kind hearted people ever. It was such good day by all accounts.

I thought I'd do a OOTD post for you because not going to lie I was absolutely loving what I was wearing. Plus Bath was so pretty I couldn't say no to a quick little photo... I also got to try out my new camera lens that I have literally fallen in love with! Gotta get that blurry background haha. I'll include all the links to everything I'm wearing below:

- DressBlack Floral Embroidered Mesh Overlay Dress, New Look, £27.99
- Jacket - Primark 
*Alternative* Black Faux Leather Cropped Biker Jacket, Missguided, £45.00
- Shoes - Primark
*Alternative* Tia Chunky Cleated Heel Chelsea Boot, Boohoo, £25.00

I really hope you enjoyed this post! I plan on doing a lot more fashion based posts! I promise they'll improve as I go along haha. Let me know what fashion posts or trends you'd like me to talk about or if there are any clothing brands you'd like me to try out in the comments!

Thank you for reading, 
Alice-Tilly

(P.S. They'll be an extra special post tomorrow so be ready!)


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Friday, 31 March 2017

March Music Favourites


(Photo Credit)

Hello loves,
Bloomin' hell I can't believe it's the end of March already... It'll be Christmas before we know it again! It's that time again to share with you all of my music favourites from March. Out of all my music posts by far this is my favourite. March has been an amazing month for music for me anyway. I've done a lot of travelling this month and these songs have been getting me through the endless long train journeys! These are all all of my favourite songs from this month on my currents playlist:

Soma Kinda Wonderful by Betty Who

So Good by Zara Larrson


Come On Love by Take That


Say It (Illenium Remix) by Flume


Scared Of The Dark by Steps


Saddest Vanilla by Jess Glynne ft Emeli Sandé


Mama Say by Betty Who


Symphony by Clean Bandit ft, Zara Larasson


Giants by Take That


It Ain't Me by Kygo ft Selena Gomez


Swalla by Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign


Living Out Loud by Brooke Candy 


Shout Out To My Ex by Little Mix


Big Picture by London Grammar

Rockabye (Jack Wins Remix) by Clean Bandit ft Sean Paul & Anne-Marie


Make sure you go and check out all these songs! Most of them will have you dancing and singing pretty much anywhere and everywhere. I hope you enjoy them all as much as I have been. Personal favourites from the list is Scared Of The Dark by Steps... Steps were literally my childhood and this new song is such a banger. I actually can't wait for the Steps album haha! Zara Larsson has been my music crush this month. She's absolutely gorgeous and her singing is phenomenal... I just can't believe she's the same age as me haha.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what songs you've been loving this month in the comments as I'm always on the look out for new music to listen too!

Thank you for reading, 
Alice-Tilly
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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tips On Surviving GCSE's & A Levels


Hello darlings,
So exam season is coming up or has already started for some. I remember taking both my GCSE's & A Level's and the whole lot of stress it came with. This post has given me chance to look back and reflect on my whole experience and think about maybe what I could've done differently.

I thought I'd share with you some tips and advice that I definitely needed but didn't necessarily have or take notice too that could've made my experience a whole lot easier. So if you're one of my younger readers and you're studying for your GCSE's and A Level's this post is for you!

Start revision early on
I can't stress this point enough... I learnt the hard way! As soon as you've learnt something new go over it when you get home. Don't get to the month before exams and start revising everything you've been learning over the last two years... Because realistically that's pretty much impossible! Always keep up to date with your revision from the word go.

Alway ask questions
If you don't understand something or want to know more don't be afraid... Always ask questions. No matter how stupid or silly you think the question is always ask. Trust me teachers have heard plenty of odd questions over the years. It's better to ask and know than to not. If you don't understand something talk to a teacher or a friend that could help.

Get enough sleep and don't overdo it
Although you'll have a lot of revision to do don't overdo it and cram too much in, in one day. Don't be revising at crazy times of the night/morning. You need enough sleep so that your brain can function properly! 

Make timetables & lists
It's always best to be organised and know what you need to do. Make a revision timetable so you know what you know what you're going to revise on each day. Make to-do lots so you never forget the important things you need to do that day. This way you'll have structure and you won't get stressed over what you need to do or think you've forgotten.

Find a balance between school and social life
Ok so you do need to revise and do school work but don't fall off the face of the earth. You still need a social life you just have to find that healthy balance. You're friends will be going through the same so talk to them and plan something together. Make sure you take a break and enjoy yourself every once in a while.

Use free periods wisely
If you have free periods of study periods please use them wisely. Don't use them as an excuse to mess around and not do anything! This is valuable time that you could be using to work.

Try and maintain a healthy diet
I bet you're thinking what on earth has maintaining a healthy diet got to do with surviving GCSE's and A Level's but trust me it does. Cut all the unhealthy junk food out and I promise you'll feel 100% better. It makes such a positive affect and I find I felt more motivated to revise etc. after adapting a healthier lifestyle.

Don't have unreal expectations of yourself 
I know this one is hard because being honest we all have expectations of ourselves. Just try not to let them overtake everything. These expectations although are natural can pile the pressure and stress on yourself. Although you will know what grade you want to get at the end of the year don't let it hang over you. Remember that you'll progress so much over the years!

I really hope you enjoyed this post! I really hope this will help some of you that are currently studying. I wish you all the best of luck in the world and I'm sure you will all do amazing. As long as you try your best nobody can ask anything more of you. 

If you have anymore advice feel free to leave it in the comments to help someone else!

The subjects I chose for GCSE's, German, Art, History and Graphics. My A Level subjects I chose were Health & Social Care, Art, History and Graphics. If you're taking any of these subjects and would like more advice on any of them feel free to tweet me on Twitter and I'll try to help you!

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly

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Monday, 27 March 2017

BlogConLDN



Hello Sweethearts,
I recently went to BlogConLDN at the QEII Centre organised by the lovely Scarlett from Scarlett London. I was so excited for the event I've previously been to Bloggers Ball but I'd missed out on Bloggers Festival so I'd been counting down the days to BlogConLDN! 
Usually I go to events alone but this time I'd planned to go with my blogger friends I previously met at Bloggers Halloween Party last year! I'll make sure to link all their blogs at the end so you can check them all out. 

I got the train into London Marylebone and caught the tube to meet Loren, Nikki, Hazel & Amy over at London Euston. We then travelled over on the tube to Westminster for the event. When we arrived there were a lot more people than I had been expecting. The room the event was in was incredibly spacious though so it wasn't cramped at all which is what I'd first been worried about. 


One of the brands I particularly loved were Love Inc. I think I literally spent like 5 minutes just staring at all the Neon LED signs before I even said anything! The photo of the one above was my absolute favourite. If you want to check out 'We Should Hang Something Cool Here' sign check out the link here. I've been thinking about getting a neon LED sign for absolutely ages so it was nice to discover a new brand. 

We were able to create our own flatlays at the stand as well which was super fun. There was literally everything you can imagine to use in the flatlays... Different design paper, sweets, glitter! Since the event I've been having a good browse of their online store. Another one of my favourite signs are the 'Good Times' light which you can check out here. If you're looking for eye catching signs, beautiful candles and cute prints make sure you go show them some love!


The next brand which I already loved were Chi Chi London. I was so excited to see they were at BlogConLDN! They sell the most beautiful clothing... Like seriously there dresses are to die for! After browsing and pining a little bit over all of the gorgeous dresses on the hangers. I headed over to enter Chi Chi's competition they were running. So Amy, Hazel and me had our photo taken and I absolutely love it. The only downfall is you can see my playsuit was too big for me haha. The legs were meant to be tight but we'll brush over that fact! You can see a few of the gorgeous dresses below that Chi Chi bought. I've also included my top four dresses I'm loving off of their website at the moment.


My top four dresses from Chi Chi:



I've never had my hair done once by someone else and I managed to get it done twice in one day. Natural World were another of my favourite brand that were there. They offer natural and organic hair care products. If you have frizzy hair to greasy hair there is a product for you! The Natural World  range includes Argon Oil, Keratin, Coconut Water and Chia Seed Oil. All of these are great for your hair. 

I'm going to be trying a few products from Natural World so I'll make sure to write a review on what I think about them soon. Plus how gorgeous is the cute little twist braid in my hair! It was perfect to get the hair off of my face because it was absolutely boiling in the venue!


The Glam App were also there and it was so interesting to meet everyone and chat about the app. The Glam App is amazing and can cater for your beauty and hair demands. They offer a range of services that they will bring to you! Which I think is a complete bonus because I mean I can't be the only one who sometimes just doesn't want to leave the house to go to a salon... If you live in London this will be perfect for you.

I also got some beautiful curls put in my hair and honestly I felt pretty fabulous with them in. I've already said I will be using The Glam App for an upcoming photoshoot for new headshots for both my makeup and my hair! I'll make sure to include that in a new post. If you want to check out more info on the app then visit their site here.

Overall I had an amazing time at BlogConLDN! It was perfect for connecting with brands and other bloggers. Something that I always love doing! The only thing that could've been improved was there was little space for the talks to take place. Therefore the tables ended up too overcrowded and I couldn't hear what the speakers were saying. Other than that though I had a great time and I can't wait to go to another one of Scarlett's events, she's amazing! 

I hope you enjoyed this post,
Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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Monday, 20 March 2017

What The Butler Saw


Hello Loves!
So if you follow me on Twitter then you'll definitely have seen I've been tweeting pretty much constantly about What The Butler Saw for the past week. If you have no clue what that is then quickly get yourself on google now and find out! I've been planning on getting out to see more theatre shows to inspire me recently. I thought I'd let you know all my thoughts and feelings of the day and what went on. It honestly was one of the best days!

I travelled around an hour to the Curve theatre in Leicester and I was meeting friends when I got to the event. I was so excited on the way! What The Butler Saw is a play that was written by Joe Orton. This year it's been 50 years since he sadly passed away so the play was put on to celebrate the work of Leicesters own playwright directed by Nikolai Foster. 

I hadn't actually heard of the show before now and I was quite glad of that. There were mixed opinions about whether you should research the show beforehand or just go in blind. I would totally recommend going in absolutely blind. I think it made it more exciting I was literally on the edge of my seat throughout the whole show... I never wanted it to end! I had no idea what to expect and I loved it.

I don't particularly want to give everything or anything away but it was absolutely hilarious! Although I imagine some would find controversial at times you have to go in with a light heart. Incredible and powerful performances from all involved. Catherine Russell and Rufus Hound are the combination of the perfect pairing for the Prentices. Astonishing performance from Jasper Britton who had me crying of laughter multiple times throughout the show! I honestly think no matter who you are you will enjoy this show. I would 100% recommend it... I've already been twice and I''m going for the third time.


I was lucky enough to meet so amazing people who I hope I will stay in contact with for a long time. Thank you to them for making me feel so much more at ease throughout the day. I was also lucky enough to meet Catherine Russell and Rufus Hound after the show.

Catherine has been an idol to me for a long time and she's one person who keeps on inspiring me and pushing me on to become and actress. I felt extremely lucky to be able watch her in action because her acting quite frankly always takes my breath away. We all also managed to run into Rufus in the cafe after the show and he was lovely enough to stop to have a picture with us.

I would 10/10 recommend going to see the show whether you are an avid theatre goer or not. I promise you you won't regret it! Absolutely class acting from everyone involved. The whole show is so well thought out from the set, to the props to the lighting. 

If you want to go and see the show although finished in Leicester it will be showing at the Theatre Royal in Bath from 27th March - 1st April. There are both matinee and evening show tickets available still. You can purchase them HERE

I'll be going again to the matinee performance on 1st April.

If you've seen the show let me know what you thought in the comments. Also let me know what theatre shows I should go and check out if you've seen a particularly good one.

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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Monday, 13 March 2017

A Thank You...

(Photo Credit: Martino Pietropoli)

I'm writing this post with the hugest smile on my face and it feels like after the longest time my smile really means something. It shows all and everything of me; just me and me alone. They say things happen for a reason and I've become a firm believer of that. That things happen to shape us to become who we are. 

I feel like I've always lived my life in the darkness and the shadows. I've always hidden behind everyone else's shadows... I'm not sure when that ever became my choice. I've let people walk, trample and stomp over me until I'd forgotten who I was and what I loved. That's how I've felt for as long as I can remember really.

There's no one to stomp on me anymore though. 

I'm still scared but I don't care anymore. It's time for me to step out of the shadows finally after nearly 20 years. 

The fear that was once instilled in me used to paralyse me. It used to make me wish I could disappear.  It was invisible hands pulling me back and suffocating me. I've finally learnt that the fear I feel isn't bad though... It's because I care so much about everything. 

It doesn't grab me by the throat anymore instead it pushes me along. The fear doesn't feel so debilitating any more but more liberating. It's ok that I feel scared because I feel that all the fear is giving me energy. Energy and passion that I want to use to become someone amazing... To feel amazing. 

I want to do everything that I've always wanted without a care in the world and I very much plan on doing it. 

Saturday 11th March I think will always have a new meaning to me. A day I felt like I gained all my confidence and passion back. The day that really and honestly changed me life. A day that I never could've expected ever. The day that filled me with so much joy that I truly felt for the first time that I couldn't contain it... That I didn't need to because everything was ok. I am ok. 

At this point of my life right now this exact moment I'm writing this I'm so happy that I'm actually crying. Something that I genuinely don't I think has ever happened to me. I finally don't feel the need to hide who I am and who I want to be. 

It's funny really how something so small can turn your life around. How one day can make such a difference. 

Life has hit me at full force and I feel so alive. 

I never want to feel any different than I do now.

I couldn't have done it without the people that inspired me. The people that have been there for me through everything. That made me feel ok again. That pieced me back together without even knowing that they had. That made me feel like I mattered and meant something. People that have almost become like strange sort of family to me.

I can't thank you enough for what you've done for me. 

You'll never really understand, I don't think... how much you mean to me. How much of a difference you've made I will never find the words to explain. Just know that you're amazing and I am so grateful.

If you're reading this thank you for being part of my life because I couldn't ask for anyone better.

Thank you for inspiring me and for reminding me of who I am. 

Alice
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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Meeting My Idols, Blog Events & Alice-Tilly Turning 1



Hello Sweethearts,
So I thought it was about time I did a little life update for you all. Just to let you know what's going on with me and a few changes that will be coming up on my blog for the next month or so. If you notice the title it's very long and it's because this whole month of March and the start of April is super busy for me! I'm literally so excited for everything that I'm doing this month though.

I'll be back and forth from concerts and a few theatre shows this month. In the next few weeks I'm going to see What The Butler Saw at the Curve in Leicester... I'm so unbelievably excited I can barely sleep haha. I'm also seeing Olly Murs for the what feels like a millionth time in Birmingham so I can't wait to sing my little heart out then either! I'm going to try branch out and do more reviews on those since I attend shows/concerts like these quite a lot. Let me know if this is something that you'd like to see?

I've got quite a few blog events coming up such as #BlogConLDN. I feel like I really want to improve and have even more fun with my blog this year. I want to learn more and hopefully you'll see more exciting things popping up on my blog in the next month or so. I will make sure I keep you posted and update you on how amazing I know all these events will be so watch out for those posts.

ALICE-TILLY IS TURNING 1!! How on earth has this happened?! How has it been a year?! I seriously can't believe it. I genuinely never thought I'd be able to stick to this. I'd tried so many times before to start a blog before and they all just flopped. There was just something special and a little spark when I started this one. I knew to was going to become something so amazingly dear to my heart. I will be doing something special for my blogs first birthday as such haha... So make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that.

This month seems all so exciting for me it's almost too much. There's things in my personal life as well going on too. I'm doing a university taster day and going to some open days. I've had my schedule through for my taster day and it sounds so good! I literally can't wait to go. I'll make sure I update you on how it goes because as you can imagine I'm a little nervous. If you've ready my last post 'My University Experience' you'll understand why! Plus I'm hopefully meeting two of my absolute idols this month... Which I can't quite seem to get my head around and fathom at all yet. I'm trying to calm myself to stop me from crying, passing out or something else embarrassing haha. I mean you never quite think you're going to meet your idols so you never imagine the situation.... Let me know if you've ever met your idol and your experience?!

Anyway sorry for the whole ramble of a post but it really was just a little update. As I'm obviously going to be away a lot until the middle of April really I won't always have the time or internet to schedule and post on my blog. So I'm not committing myself to my normal schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Saturday... As you can probably tell because I've posted this on Thursday! This doesn't mean they'll be less posts probably quite the opposite. I'm just not sure when they'll be up but if you make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram I'll always let you know! A busy month will definitely mean more and exciting content and I can't wait.

So I'll hope you'll stick with me and I'll keep you updated on all the things I'm going to be doing over the next month! I hope you enjoyed this actually not really little rather long life update post haha.

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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Monday, 6 March 2017

My University Experience


Hello loves,
Today I thought I'd share with you all about my university experience. In case you didn't know I originally started to attend university back in September 2015... I didn't actually think it was that long ago until I just typed that. Safe to say it was not the best experience of my life at all. Since leaving in November 2015 I've got myself a part-time job and the rest of the time I spend working on my blog.

I thought it was about time I shared my own university experience as I'm hoping it will help someone who is feeling the same as I did. I just want to start off explaining how I will not disclaim the name of the university I attended. I don't think it's fair at all and you will understand as I explain on. I'll split my experience into different sections and explain my feelings on each.

University Offers
I'd visited the university I wanted to attend to prior to choosing it as my first choice. I really did love it I'd visited a couple of times it was modern, in the perfect location and the course seemed amazing. I think it's 100% important to visit a university before you choose it. I was lucky enough to get an unconditional offer from the university. This was quite early on in year 13 and I feel like it definitely swayed my decision in making it my first choice and accepting my place before I'd even finished my A Levels. I felt very so happy to be in that position that I didn't really have the worry everyone else had. It didn't matter what grades I got because I knew I had a place in the university I so desperately wanted to go too.

However my opinions on universities offering unconditional offer changed very quickly. When I got on my course I found out that every single person had received an unconditional offer too. I almost felt cheated really... I thought they wanted me because they were excited about my work. Turns out they just needed to fill the quota number on the course. It's funny how many people have left that particular course now.

Moving Into Halls

I moved in halls on 13th September 2015; I remember feeling like I couldn't wait to be living in student accommodation and having the best times. Obviously I was sad I was leaving the house I'd lived in for 18 years and my family who I'm all very close too. I have two younger brothers and we've never really spent anytime apart at all. I was taking it all in my stride though I was just excited. I'm not a nervous person about things like this. Expectations can be deceiving though.


I spent the whole first night crying. I'm sure I'm not the only one this happened too either but no one talks about it. I felt like even though it was my choice I'd been ripped apart from my family. All of a sudden I was an adult and I was absolutely terrified. No one can prepare you for that feeling.

The impact of living with others can be a huge impact on your own life as well. I'm loud and bubbly at the best of times but some people I found so hard to get along with. To the point I felt a little bit intimidated. The fact I didn't drink and like going out I think fuelled more reason for me to be left out of everything. I was beyond lonely! I'd get home somedays and there would be no one in the flat and I'd sit in the kitchen or my room and blast the music to drown the silence. They don't let you know how lovely living in student accommodation can be and I know I'm not the only one to feel like this.

I was thankful to meet a lovely girl in my flat though that always made the effort to talk to me and always listened and understood me when I needed her too. We shared a couple of the best nights I've ever had even though I hate drinking and nightclubs. I'm actually really sad ever since I've left we've drifted apart.

There was just so many things about halls that bothered me and maybe I'm picky but I just couldn't live with it. When I was trying to sleep and the flat upstairs would constantly bang on their floor/my ceiling till about 4am. When all my flatmates wouldn't wash up and tidy away to the point where there was no space on the kitchen sides and there was food on there which was over a week old... I'm sorry but I'm totally not down for that.

Course Content

I have no idea where to start with the course content! I went to study Interior Design which I admit I'd done although some so much less research I should have done before I chose the course. When I went for interview at my chosen university though they took my round the building, showed me students work and talked me through the course. It was like they knew exactly what I wanted to hear. The course sounded really hands on and creative which was what I wanted. I thrive in doing creative projects and art so it sounded fantastic... It wasn't.


When I actually enrolled onto the course and got my timetable I genuinely thought "This must be wrong." Nothing on there was anything I'd been told we would do. The seminars and lectures bored me to shreds it honestly didn't even seem relevant to the course so much I didn't even see the point of going. The so called "practical lessons" were all based with theory. It was all accurate measurements straight lined drawings. I felt like my creativity had been stripped from me then and there.

I genuinely spent the first three months I was there making cubes out of foam board... Now someone please explain to me how this has got anything to do with interior design. Also if anyone wants proof I've still got the cubes I made haha. Even writing it just sound ridiculous!

I urge anyone who is considering going to university to ask the lecturers as many questions as you can about the course and don't be afraid to ask awkward questions. This is your life and you deserve all the right information about something that can potentially change your life. Try and get in contact with students already studying the course at your chosen university they're the best to ask. They won't sugarcoat and brush over the facts!

Social Life/Student Union

Okay lets start by saying what social life? I had less of social life when I went to university than I did beforehand. Now this is only my experience and it's definitely not like this for everyone! But I have to say if you don't particularly like drinking or clubbing it pretty much sets you apart from everyone else. I found the more I started saying "no" which I am quite in my right too the less people seemed to bother asking me to do things. You might think well if you always said no to going out why would they ask? You're right. I wouldn't ask me to go on a night out either. It wasn't just nights out though it was meals, the cinema etc. I was on my own 99% of the time.

I thought maybe I could gain more of a social life by joining things in the student union. I'd already decided before I'd even got there that I wanted to do dance and cheerleading. I've dance ever since I could walk and it wasn't something I wanted to give up.

I first went to cheerleader try outs and OMG it was awful... I came out of there feeling like a total loser. I thought it was all about having fun and enjoying yourself turns out no. There was literally no fun at all. I wasn't even bad I'm used to choreography like that but I felt like I'd just been shouted at and all the fun had been shaken out of me for 2 hours... Safe to say I never went back.

So my next option was to try dance but honestly I felt a bit put off after the cheerleading incident. I did go to a few classes but there was still this lingering feeling that you just weren't quite good enough for them. Plus I'm not sure when "initiations" ever became part of joining something like this. For someone that doesn't like drinking this was a NIGHTMARE. I felt like I was 14 years old all over again and having to drink weird drink combinations with toothpaste to prove you were a solid part of the friendship group... Yes we did used to do this don't ask haha! Everything just seemed so ridiculous and clicky. I just wanted to be myself and I wasn't and still won't let anyone take that away from me.

Being Unhappy

I was unbelievably unhappy even after only being there for a couple of months. Unfortunately during October I actually suffered from a relapse of my back injury I did while in a dance exam back when I was about 16. I was so much pain it really isn't pleasant at all! I decided that while I couldn't attend university I'd go home and be with my family while my back was at it worse. It was so bad I struggled to walk from one end of the room to another at one point. I felt slightly better after just over a week and decided to return to university. When I got back all my flatmates were sat in one room chatting together they looked shocked and surprised to see me. Almost like I'd died and come back to life right there and then. They weren't sure that I was coming back but said they were glad to see me. I could already tell though they'd all bonded together a lot over the week I wasn't there... I actually felt really hurt.


I went back to university after that and I struggled to even stay there for a couple of hours because of the pain. When I finally felt able too I didn't want too. I had no motivation I absolutely hated it. I spoke to my lecturer and he explained maybe the course wasn't for me and that was it. I remember feeling so deflated I went back to my flat, rang my mum and cried about how much I hated it. Ultimately she said it was my decision about what I wanted to do. I remember the next day I spoke to student advisors etc. about dropping out and if I was making the right decision.

I wondered around university for whole day deciding what was best. I eventually decided this wasn't for me... It was making me so unhappy it wasn't worth it. I signed the forms to drop out that day. There was just no compassion form the university at all. All they told me were two things:
1. I'd have to move out of halls within a week as they needed the room.
2. My key cards would stop working so I had 24 hours to clear my stuff out of university.

I honestly could not wait to get out of there and go home! Although my decision may have been looked down on by people I'm hoping if you read my experience you'll understand why. The experience is not always as it seems. It was the best decision for me personally. If I hadn't of left I wouldn't have started this blog, I wouldn't have figured out what I wanted to do. So I can only be grateful for the life experience.

I'm in no way trying to put people of going to university at all! It was just one of those bad experiences I felt the need to share. I'm actually planning on returning to a different university to study a different course after a lot more research in 2018.

Please don't let the negatives put you off doing anything!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post,
Let me know your experience of university in the comments I'd love to hear it.

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly



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Saturday, 4 March 2017

10 Beauty Products Under £10 I Want To Try



Hello darlings,
March is such a busy month for me! Between work, blogging and events I'm not sure when I'm going to find the time to do anything else but I wouldn't have it any other way. It does mean though that I'm going to be a little bit strapped for cash this month. Travelling is so expensive these days. 

However I can't seem to ever go through a month where I don't try new makeup products. As I'm not going to have a lot to spend this month I thought I consist a list of 10 beauty products I'd like to try that are under £10! So if you're on a small budget these are definitely for you to try. So I've searched all different websites to look for the products I want to try most:

NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder, £8.00

Collection #BlushAndGlow Blush Palette, £4.99

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans, £6.00

Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Shine Lacquer, £7.00

Revolution Renaissance Lipstick Renew, £4.00

Zoeva Graphic Eyes, £7.00

Maybelline Fit Me Matte And Poreless Foundation, £5.99

Kiko Milano Extra Sculpt Waterproof Mascara, *SALE* £3.90

Sleek Makeup Highlighter Palette Solstice, £9.99

Tanya Burr Holiday Happiness Cheek Illuminator, £6.99

I will be doing a part 2 for this post where I'll review all of the products I've listed and whether they were worth the buy. If you have tried any of the products let me know what you though of them! Also let me know in the comments what beauty products you're lusting over at the moment.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post,
Thank you,
Alice-Tilly
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Feb/March 2017 ASOS Picks

(L-R, Top 1-3, Middle 4-6, Bottom 7-9)

Hello Darlings!
I can't believe it's March already now... This year is flying by already. One thing I am super happy about though is that it is now officially spring. That should mean better and slightly warmer weather but hey I live in England so I'm not all the hopeful haha. Spring is the perfect time however to have a good clean out of your wardrobe and replace it with new items. 
I was browsing ASOS the other day and it's actually embarrassing how big my wishlist now is but they have some great stuff for spring in at the moment. So I tried super hard to shorten my list down to my absolute favourite picks from ASOS to share with you all. So here are my Feb/March picks from ASOS:

1. ASOS Denim Jumpsuit in Raspberry

2. ASOS Treasured Leather Chunky Strappy Sandals

3. ASOS Smock Dress with Don't Look Back Embroidery

4. River Island Tassel Hem Denim Skirt

5. Miss Selfridge Broderie Detail Ruffle Top

6. ASOS Cat Velvet Cross Body Bag

7. Fashion Union Frill Front Shift Dress

8. Addidas Originals Black Three Stripe Crop Top

9. Pinkie Broderie Detail Frill Hem Top

Let me know in the comments where you're loving to shop for your spring wardrobe! Or let me know your favourite picks from ASOS at the moment. I really hope you enjoyed this post!

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Blossoming Gifts


Hello loves!
I was contacted right back in December  by Blossoming Gifts*. Blossoming Gifts is a basically an online florist they offer a wide range of flowers and gifts for all occasions. They can be delivered 7 days a week plus they offer next day delivery. It's such a great service to have available!

Blossoming Gifts kindly offered to send me a bouquet of flowers. Now it took me so long to decide. I literally spent hours deciding which to choose because the range was so big I couldn't decide! In the end I went for white roses & lilies which are actually my favourite flowers. I couldn't wait for them to arrive! I love having fresh flowers around in my house. 

My flowers arrived a few days later and I was nervous about the delivery and whether they were going to be ok when they arrived. They came in a huge box however with lots of protection and the flowers were absolutely fine. My initial worry had completely vanished when I pulled out the beautiful flowers. 



It was nice to also see that all the care instructions for the flowers were included. I'm not claiming to be an expert on keeping flowers alive so I was thankful for the advice haha! I arranged the flowers in a vase and they sat with pride on the dining room table. I honestly loved them so much!

I would totally recommend using this website to you. Especially for occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays etc. Even as a last minute gift this would be great if you didn't have time to go out and get something. The flowers were all fresh and lasted longer than I expected as well which was great. 

Prices range from £16 - £100 there honestly is something there for everyone. What's great is I've also got a discount code for you which will give you a massive 33% discount. If you use the code BGIFTS33 at the checkout!

If you want to check out Blossoming Gifts make sure you follow the link HERE.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite types of flowers are I'd love to know!

I hope you enjoyed this post,
Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly

*This product was sent to me but all opinions/writing are all my own
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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Wasting My Young Years


I feel like I'm drifting at this stage of my life. Drifting between different realities of my life and what I want to become. I can't believe that I'm coming up to 20 years old this year. I'm not a child or a kid or whatever any more. Yet I can't quite seem go get to grips with adult life yet. 

I still don't know who I want to be... I don't know what I want to do with my life. Do I get to the point where it's too late to decide and there's no point? Because I definitely feel like I'm heading there.

I have so much envy for my friends and others that are studying or have a job in something they love. That are doing something that they want with their life. Whereas I'm just over here struggling to come to terms with the simple concepts of life. Sometimes I just feel like I might as well give up. I'm going around and around in circles and not getting anywhere. 

I have so many regrets already at 20 years old about who I am today and about what I haven't done with my life. I've done so many things to please other people that I've done nothing for myself. I didn't study the subjects I wanted too and I didn't grab the opportunity to do the things that I secretly loved. Am I still doing that now? I don't know... Am I wasting my young years? Well maybe I've already wasted them... I just don't know.

"I don't know" is becoming one of my most used phrases. I don't have the answers to any of the questions I'm asking of my life. Yet I so desperately want them... I want someone to tell me what to do, to tell me what I'm good at or what I'll become. I just can't ever seem to make the right decision.

So I'm back to the drifting feeling like I'm going through my life without a purpose at the moment. Without a sense of meaning of what I'm here to do. I want to make a difference to this world and I don't want to keep on drifting. I want to become someone who I can look back on and be like you've done everything you were here to do. I don't want to waste my life or my existence.

I sometimes feel like I'm naive in the sense that I'm so desperately clinging onto the idea that my dreams are going to come true. Honestly how many people can you say that happens too? But you never know. I want mine to come true yet I'm doing nothing about it. Again how am I going to be who I'm supposed to become if I don't try anything.

I'm full of fear that I'm not going to become the person that I want to be. That I'm not going to become the idea that little me used to dream of 20 year old me. I want to be her but I'm not. 

So I'm starting from the beginning again and trying to piece myself and my life back together. Trying to find things that I enjoy again. Trying new things even though it absolutely terrifies the life out of me. 

I know not everyone has the answers of who they want to be at an even older age than me... I know I'm still young and I've got time but unfortunately patience never was my thing. I just need time to discover life again and everything that comes with it... Everything that I feel like I've lost.

I need time but I'm not going to keep on drifting anymore.

It's time I stopped and faced my fears.

It's time that I start living.

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly


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Monday, 20 February 2017

Can You Be Too Young To Fall In Love?


Hi sweethearts,

Today's question is... Can you be too young to fall in love?

The word love comes with such a great importance to everyone. We all strive for love in our life whether it be obvious or secretly. It's something we all crave and want in life to be happy. There's the greater argument of what love is.

The dictionary definition of love is "a strong feeling of affection". I personally think that doesn't even cover the meaning of love. The feeling of loving someone is so much more powerful than strong. It can take over you to the point it's all you think of from when you wake up to when you fall asleep.

We feel all sorts of different kind of love from when we are first born to when we become adolescents. We assume we know what love is as an adolescent but I'm not sure we'll ever really be able to pinpoint the definition of love. We get so many ideas from literature, social media etc. it's hard to form an opinion on your own definition of love.

They say their are symptoms to falling in love. Whether it be feeling completely comfortable with that person and being able to tell them everything or wanting to be around them every second of the day and never letting them go. Can we ever prove these actions mean we have fallen in love?

I mean when we say "I love you" do we ever really know what we're saying or is it just something we've gotten use to saying. 

Going back to my question of can we be too young to fall in love? Well to be honest I don't think you can be too young to fall in love. How can we be too young to feel an emotion towards someone. There's so many conflicting opinions on the question!

I think people who say you can be too young to fall in love tend to think others who say you can't be are naive. I'm not naive I know for a fact that love doesn't last forever. That we don't live those happily ever afters you read in fairytales. We are all human we all have flaws and sometimes that comes with tribulations. Not everything is meant to last forever but it's all part of growing up.
I feel if we were too young to fall in love then we'd never have the experience to learn about how to love someone or what it's like to feel love for someone.

The argument is that we are still growing as a person at a young age and it's why we are too young to fall in love. Who says we can't grow with that other person though? 

However I think at a young age when we are in so called love we sometimes need to be reminded that we have our whole lives ahead of us. We have so many important decisions to make that can affect our future at such a young age. We can't let one person dictate what we do because I mean we can never predict or know the future. You might love that person so much in the moment but you never know what can happen in a day or a month or a year. We all make mistakes at a young age it doesn't mean we're immature. We need to make mistakes otherwise we'd never learn about how to get anything right. 

I first fell in love when I was 14 and I firmly believe your first love you will always remember. Everything felt different at that time and I felt different. I suddenly has this realisation I knew what love was to me. The strange thing is at 19 now I haven't felt that way about anyone since really. I've never felt that much love for one person than I did then. I've been attracted to people... I've liked people but I've never loved again since then. If I didn't fall in love at such a young age then I wouldn't know the difference, I think that proves to me we're never to young to fall in love.

At the same time however I get constantly frustrated of the overuse of the word "love". I feel like its come so common to use we throw it around too casually and with a meaning it doesn't deserve. However I don't think that's down to someones age. It's down to the overuse of the word in the media. It's down to everything we've been told what love is... You can't teach a person what love is they have to feel it otherwise they'll never know.

I don't think we are too young to fall in love but I'd love to know what you think in the comments! I feel like this topic isn't taboo at all but for some reason it's just not something we ever really discuss and I'd like that to change. I want to discuss what it feels like to fall in love and when we felt we first fell in love. 

I hope you enjoyed this different sort of topic post,
Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly




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Saturday, 18 February 2017

10 Facts You Don't Know About Me...


Hello loves! I was thinking the other day about how I forget that a lot of you that read my blog don't actually know me in real life. It hit me how much that you actually don't know about me. I sometimes forget that you only really see the parts of my life that I post online or on my blog. I thought this post could be a bit of fun and just a chance for you to get to know me just that little bit better. So here are ten facts that you don't know about me:

I absolutely love singing, dancing & acting; it's when I feel most happiest and most free. 
I've been dancing since I was about 3 and singing since I could basically talk. I'll never forget the days as a child I used to record myself on a cassette tape haha. Acting is something new but actually what I enjoy most. I love musical theatre but I really want to do screen acting. I always used to dream of winning a National Television Award when I was little and it's still a dream now!

I'm obsessed with watching Casualty & Holby City.
To be honest you probably already know this of you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr because on a Tuesday and a Saturday you'll no doubt see me talking about the shows whilst they're on. If you're not from the UK basically both shows are medical dramas. I absolutely love them so much I can literally quote whole episodes of both Casualty and Holby City. 

When I was a child I once licked a freezer and my tongue got stuck to it...
This is a true story and I'm not proud of it. Whatever possessed little me to lick a freezer is absolutely beyond me. I guess it's a weird/funny sort of story to tell now though. I'm not sure many people can say they've ever got their tongue stuck to a freezer haha. 

I have never broken a bone...
Considering how accident prone I am this is a miracle because I'm beyond clumsy. However maybe I shouldn't of mentioned this because I feel like I've just jinxed myself!

I have the worst memory EVER.
I can forget something someone has told me about 30 seconds ago. I quite often find myself going up the stairs in my house to get something, getting up their and forgetting what I've gone up for. Please tell me it's not just me that does this?! 

I'm awful at sports but love watching them.
I've always given every sport a go with the most effort and enthusiasm as  could growing up but unfortunately none of them really seemed to be my thing. Although I'm not good at sports I could watch them all the time. Athletics is definitely my go-to to watch. I get so excited every time the Olympics come around too.

I have the best poker face.
If you don't know what a poker face is it's basically an expression that hides what you're feeling. It's part of the reason that I can lie for England. I mean obviously I don't condone lying but back when I was at school it served it's purpose when I needed to make excuses about why I hadn't done my homework. 

I've only ever been clubbing twice and I will never go again.
No clubbing is not my thing at all. I don't really have much else to say other than I prefer my bed and I like waking up fresh faced in the mornings haha.

Whatever situation I'm going through I have to find a song to go with it.
I'm not sure if this is weird or not I've never really explained this to anyone. So if somethings happened and I'm feeling super happy or whatever. I'll search for a song that will fit with what I'm feeling and the situation I'm in. I just really like connecting songs with emotions and times in my life because then when I listen back to them I can connect to the memories linked with the song. No idea if that made sense but I'm hoping someone got me... Right?

I absolutely LOVE the Eurovision!
I've always loved the Eurovision ever since I was a child. So much I actually like to score each of the acts myself... I know you're laughing but let me live my life ok haha. I still have the high hopes that the UK will win one day and I'll be able to go watch it here... You never know do you!

I really hope you enjoyed this post and it feels like you know me a little bit better. You'll get to know soon enough I'm a little bit weird and crazy but it's just how I like myself... I mean if I wasn't weird I'd be boring right? 
I'd love if you could leave maybe 3 facts about yourself in the comments so I could get to know you a little better too!

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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Monday, 13 February 2017

Valentines Day Make-Up Look


Hello sweethearts! So it's Valentines Day this week... A day I can't quite tell if I love or hate. I have conflicting feelings about a day all about expressing love. Maybe I'm just a cynic around this time of the year haha. I'm living up the single life after a recent failed relationship so I'm going to treat myself on Valentines Day this year... Please tell me I'm not the only one! 

I've seen a lot of Valentines make-up tutorials this year and I thought I'd give it a go. A lot of people seem to be getting way more into Valentines Day this year. I'm honestly not an expert in make-up but I'm slowly getting better! This is a pretty easy and simple look but I absolutely love and I'll definitely be wearing it on Valentines. I've included all the products I used below.


Eyes:
- Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Quad in Plum, Pink (Base Colour) for crease
- Colourpop Matte Eye Shadow in Shop for outer corner
- Sleek Diamonds In The Rough Eyeshadow Palette, Solitaire for inner corner, Princess for lid & Marquise for outer corner

Face: 
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 001
- Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent 001

Lips:
- Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heather Shimmer 066

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know how you feel about me doing more make-up looks. I know I'm only starting out but hopefully with practice I'll get a lot better. 
Let me know in the comments what you're doing with your loved one this Valentines Day or what you're doing to treat yourself if you're a singleton like me!

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Handbag Essentials


Hello my darlings, I thought it had to be about time I did a handbag essentials post! I love to organise my bag all the time... I'm not sure why. I think I like the thought that I have everything I could ever need with me haha. I pretty much own Mary Poppins bag I have that much stuff. I promise I've narrowed it down to my absolute essentials that I definitely wouldn't leave without!

Deodorant
For the obvious reasons I won't leave without a can of deodorant... I don't want to smell ever! If I ever go on a long walk or I'm on the tube and it's really hot I'm going to need to use some. I always use Dove's Aerosol Deodorant personally and you can get a travel size one from Superdrug which is the perfect size for storing in our handbag.

Body Mist/Perfume
I always carry body mist or perfume with me again because I obviously want to smell nice. I always use it in the morning but the smell obviously tends to ware off in the day so I like it on hand to spritz some more. My current pick for my handbag is Zoella's Sweet Inspirations Body Mist. It's my favourite smell I'm sure you will have seen me mention it before. The bottles aren't too big and I can usually find space to store it in my handbag.

Hand Sanitiser
Hand sanitiser is a necessity for my handbag for hygiene reasons and I will not leave without it. If I have to use a public toilet or if I'm travelling a lot on the tube it'll be the thing I reach out of my handbag most. I currently have a bottle of Zoella Hand Of Heart Hand Gel. Perfect size for my handbag and also the nicest smelling hand sanitiser you'll ever own... Trust me!

Tissues
Tissues are always handy and honestly you never know if you're going to need one so best be prepared. If not for you someone else will always need one and I feel better being able to offer them out. I always buy the 6 packs of tissues from the supermarket as obviously it's not practical to carry around a whole box!

Powder
Thankfully I've never forgotten my powder before because honestly who wants a shiny face! I haven't got oily skin so I don't get too shiny. However I prefer powdering halfway through the day just to make sure especially on my T-zone etc. I always take the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent. It's honestly the best powder I've ever used and it's totally affordable!

Mascara
I can't be the only one that's guilty of leaving it really late to get ready am I? I'm sure I'm not but it means sometimes I don't get a chance to do my make-up before I leave. I'm not really bothered about face make-up on these days but I have to wear mascara to feel alive haha. Meaning I always carry one as I have now mastered the art of doing my mascara on the train, tube... Anywhere! My current favourites are Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara & Volumeyes Plus Active Mascara.

Mirror
Again I always need a mirror because I pretty much always do my make-up on the train now. I currently have a gorgeous one from Ted Baker which I'm not sure is available anymore. Alternatively there are beautiful copper compact mirrors from Primark available still for only £1... I literally own about 5 of them!

Hand Cream
This is one of those hand bag essentials that I only carry in the colder months. I don't really ever need to reach for hand cream in the summer but in the winter my hands need it to survive. I'm currently using Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream. I absolutely love this hand cream! It's one of those products it smells so good you just want to eat it. 

Lipstick 
I love my lipsticks but sometimes I honestly don't bother putting one on only to regret it halfway through the day. I always keep my most used and loved lipsticks in my handbag for one of those days. My favourites are Tanya Burr Lipstick in Pink Cocoa  & Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle.

Sunglasses
I carry my sunglasses around all year round because somehow I've gotten into the habit of wearing them when it's not even sunny... I mean I'm not sure it's very socially acceptable but it's fashion right?! I only own one pair of sunglasses because they're prescription ones and I can't see with normal ones so these go everywhere with me haha.

Moleskine & Pen
If you don't know what a Moleskine is it's basically a journal or mini sketchbook. I always carry around an A5 Moleksine with me. If you didn't know I studied art and I still like to draw and explore the concept of art even now. I always make sure I have a pen so I can start doodling. I find being out and about can be the most inspiring for me when it comes to art ideas.

Hairbands & Hairbrush
I've got super long hair so on a windy or rainy day I always desperately need a hair brush. I'll stand in more than likely a public toilet trying to desperately pull my hairbrush through my tangled and knotted hair and when I finally do it looks absolutely awful. I know it's a glamorous image isn't it?! So I always keep a hairband in their to tie it up if it comes to desperate measures!

Headphones
I can't function properly without headphones. I mean to be honest I travel a lot of places alone meaning I haven't got anyone to talk too. So I need my headphones for music or audio books to keep me sane because I can't handle silence it's way too awkward for me. 

Phone Charger
I carry a phone charger the obvious reason that I always constantly use my phone when I'm out. So much that I have to find a café or somewhere with a plug available to charge it. I can't tell you the amount of times I've had to ask at a train station if they have a plug I can charge my phone in... It's always embarrassing every time I have to ask.

Purse
Ok so I don't actually ever see many people mention their purse in their handbag essentials... But I mean it has my money in and I can't really do anything without that haha.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! I'd love to know in the comments what you think classes as an essential and what your handbag essentials are! I honestly think I carry way too much in handbag but I'm always overly organised to go anywhere... It can't just be me, is it?!

Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

How I Edit My Instagram Photos

Hello Darlings! There's nothing more that I love than taking photographs. I've constantly got a camera of some form attached to my hand. I love being able to take photos and to look back at all the memories; it's part of the reason I love Instagram. I'm quite a creative person anyway and I find Instagram is a way for me to express myself through my own photography.

I have been trying a little harder with Instagram lately to make it a lot more prettier to look at haha. Hopefully some of you have noticed the change. I used to not really bother and post any old picture I liked in any order now I'm a but more fussy haha. I have a sort of theme going on that I quite like at the moment. I thought I'd share with you how I edit my photos for my current Instagram theme.


Camera
I mostly use my Olympus Pen EPL7 to take all of my Instagram photos. It's also the camera that I use for all my blog photos too. I honestly rate it as one of the best cameras around I don't even pick up my DSLR camera anymore... That's how much I love it! It's pretty much to me my bloggers holy grail haha. Alternatively if I'm travelling a further distance and don't have my camera to hand I use my iPhone 7 which has an amazing camera for a phone. I'd say my photos are probably 90% Olympus Pen and 10% iPhone & on my Instagram.

Apps
I use three apps mainly which are VSCO, Facetune and Aviary. I always use VSCO on every photo that I take I pretty much swear by it for editing photos. It's got the best filters going and I use it to work out which photos will work in my theme. I totally recommend you check it out if you haven't... It will change your Instagram game dramatically! Facetune I use if I need any backgrounds whitening as it's perfect for this. If you're looking to have a clean white and fresh theme it may be worth checking out and purchasing the app. Aviary is just my handy app if I ever need to quickly change the brightness, contrast or sharpness of an image etc. It's a super quick and easy to use app plus it's totally free which is a bonus.

Editing Process

The two photos I've shown above I used the same editing process for. I only used the app VSCO for both of these. I usually turn the brightness down slightly to start with on my photos. I find with the filters I use that this makes them look the best. The filters I use on my photos for my current theme are P5 and B1. After I've used a filter I'll up the contrast and clarity only slightly. I don't tend to change the highlight or shadow of my photos. I always make sure to sharpen them as well which makes them look 100% better!

I really hope you enjoyed this little insight into my Instagram! I'd love to know what your best photo editing apps are in the comments. Also if you have instagram make sure you include a link in the comments below and I'll follow you as well!

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Thank you for reading,
Alice-Tilly
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