Fashion: A/W High Street Wishlist

A/W Highstreet Wishlist

There is nothing I love more than A/W fashion (except maybe cake, but that's a separate issue...) and although I've been so incredibly busy that I haven't had a spare minute to actually add anything A/W worthy into my wardrobe, thanks to many midnight internet window shopping sessions I've put together a wishlist of everything I simply NEED in my life.

I adore trench coats and find that they're one of the only longer coats that suit my vertically challenged frame, so I was instantly drawn to the 70s inspired offering from Topshop! A total steal at £89 too and I love the belt detail! I'm obsessed with stripes at the minute - blogger cliché I know - and I am loving the stripey Zara shirt. It has kimono style sleeves too which makes it a little different and would look great tucked into the New Look rust buttoned skirt and with the trench coat over the top!

Something I'm always on the hunt for at this time of year is the perfect pair of boots. I've noticed that Zara has it all in this department and I couldn't believe that the gorgeous faux leather and suede ankle boots on my list are only £29.99! That's definitely a purchase I will be making in the very near future - they do them in a beautiful dark burgundy colour too!
H&m has it right on the accessories front, especially with their range of hats. I LOVE the grey marl fedora which I think is incredibly versatile and would save me from those horrid bad hair days! I'm not one for statement jewelry but do appreciate a statement watch and love the gold vintage inspired one which I think looks so classy and elegant, especially if I paired it with the stripy shirt! H&M is also the place to shop affordable jumpers and cardigans at this time of year and I'm loving simple and oversized styles currently so the dark grey one I've picked out is perfect.
Finishing my wishlist off is the light beige adjustable tote bag from Mango which will also be making it's way into my clutches very soon  - I love it! I'm one of those who carries around pretty much their whole life in their handbag so I need it to be big, and this one is perfect! Love the colour too and I think it would last me all year round (and it's under £40, WINNER!)

What is on your wishlist for Autumn/Winter?
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Always, Alice x

Beauty: October Birchbox + First Impressions

I've been a subscriber to Birchbox for a few months now and none have been more hotly anticipated than this month's offering!
Each subscriber was given the choice between 2 special edits - the Stylist magazine edition, and the Back to Basics box - the latter of which I went for!

I was super excited for my box to arrive in the post and literally clawed the postmans arm off at the front door on delivery day - but is it any good?

Firstly I love the neat and 'basic' blue box (I'll definitely be re-using that later, ta Birchbox!) and what's inside definitely took my fancy right away. 
I received a full size Eyeko FAT liquid eyeliner pen, which having used once already, I LOVE. I ran out of my trusty Soap & Glory Supercat felt liner a month or so ago and haven't gotten round to repurchasing so I was very excited to try something new and it did not disappoint! The nib is a lot thicker than I'm used to but to be honest it made for a quicker and easier application and within only a minute or so, my winged eyeliner was on fleek and I was out the door. Well done Birchbox!

I was thrilled to also receive a full size of the blogger favourite Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat nail polish! I've heard about it countless times and I'm excited to give it a proper try myself and hopefully love it too. Working behind a bar ain't kind on the ol' manicure so I'm hoping this will help my nail varnish stay put!
Also in my box was a (very) mini Bioderma micellar water and while I'm a little disappointed on the size, I'm intrigued to see what all the fuss is about! It's no secret that Bioderma is everyone's fave so I'm interested to see how it compares to my trusty Garnier version.

There was also samples of the Beaver Hyrdo Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner. I've not heard of the brand before but since these claim to repair and nourish the hair, they sound right up my street and definitely something I need in my life right now...bye bye rank split ends!
Lastly is a tube of the Regenerate Advanced toothpaste and while I'm not exactly going to have a party about cleaning my teeth, this will make for a fab travel product (and an excuse to go on a little mini break yes?!)

All in all I am pretty impressed with my little box and I'll definitely be making good use of the Eyeko eyeliner! Roll on next month...

What do you think to the October Birchbox? Are you a subscriber?
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Always, Alice x

Life: 12 Reasons Autumn Is The One.

I've probably said it about 15767520745 million times on my blog already but I. LOVE. AUTUMN.
As much as I'd love to be a bronzed goddess who lives for summer, in reality I'm pale and interesting and hot weather just ain't my thang.
But just why do I love it so much you ask...

1. All the cosy socks, hats and wooly jumpers. And that's just the start...

2. It's finally cold enough to wear one of Zara's MASSIVE blanket scarves but a good hour is needed to decide which one to buy.

3. The people in Costa no longer give you funny looks when you order a gingerbread latte (not like they did in August when it was baking hot and not even remotely seasonal)

4. You can finally show your boyfriend that you DO actually wear all those berry lipsticks and spending £24 on Charlotte Tilbury's Glastonberry was well worth it.

5. You can be forgiven for jumping off the healthy eating bandwagon from time to time. It's colder now so we need all the insulation we can get. Don't fret gals, the jumper will hide it all...

6. It's also okay to spend more time in bed. If bears can hibernate, so can we!

7. The rainy weather is one massive inconvenience but in actual fact you quite like it and it's the perfect excuse to stay in and get cosy on the sofa with a hot chocolate.

8. All the candles. You've practically wiped Homesense of all the pumpkin and cinnamon smelling goodness and now your room smells like a bakery.

9. The Lush Halloween and Christmas collections have arrived and noone can judge you for stocking up on two of each.

10. Bonfire night! You just can't hide that big kid in you that secretly wants to play with all the sparklers...

11. It's officially acceptable to get excited about Christmas and start planning your gift tag and wrapping paper combos.

12. Lastly, it's never been a better time to unleash your inner goth and wear all black errrrrrythang.

What do you love most about Autumn?
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Always, Alice x

The Sunday Post: Things That Made Me Happy This Week #22

What made me happy this week...

- It was the second week of my new job and I am absolutely loving it so far! I'm working pretty much all the time and have sacrificed having any days off throughout the week but I'm enjoying having a new little challenge and the extra income that will follow!

- And as perk of my new job, there has been lots of free cake and coffee to be had this week which definitely makes me happy...

- I received my lovely little order from Busy B stationery this week, including my new wedding planner which is helping me in my mission to GET. SHIT. DONE.

- The weather has been positively miserable all week and rather weirdly I have loved it! I'm so glad Autumn is finally here and it's cold enough to wear cosy coats and scarves and have an excuse to drink copious amounts of tea!

What made you happy this week?
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Always, Alice x

Wedding: All The Flowers

So as you may or may not know, I'M GETTING MARRIED!
Yes, that's right, little old me is tying the knot to the love of my life next August (cringe, soz) and in the spirit of all things wedding - and as a personal incentive to actually PLAN the bloody thing - I'm going to start a new little series sharing with you all of my wedding-y inspirations from Pinterest and everywhere else and giving you a wee insight to the big day!


I love flowers, and nothing makes me happier than seeing a big fat bunch of blooms on my bedside table in a morning - but the expense of having them filling our reception space definitely does not make me happy and I'm thinking of just sorting all the flowers and bouquets out myself for a fraction of the price (I hope!)
Enter Pinterest. I've been pinning lots of floral loveliness to my board lately and although I'm not really set on any particular colours or flowers just yet, I thought I'd have a nosy and see what I fancy!

Let me know what you think of my ideas, and any advice from you married ladies would be fab!
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Always, Alice x

September Favourites

I know, I know - I'm 5 days late to the September favourites party, but the end of the month was absolutely caaaaaraaazy and I've barely had a minute to sit down and think!
I've also been on a spending ban over the last month as the reality of planning a wedding AND moving out has hit home and my lippy buying obsession has had to be put on the back burner (for now...), which means this month my faves are a little less exciting than I'd like.

I have been loving however, my Benefit skincare duo - It's Potent eye cream and the Triple Performing facial emulsion. If you've been reading my blog for a little while, I'm sure you'll know how loyal I am to my Origins GinZing eye cream and moisturiser but since the colder weather has set in, my skin needed a little bit more.The Benefit moisturiser is a lot thicker and hydrating than the Origins offering, which is perfect for my dryer skin and the eye cream does wonders for adding a little bit of OOOMPH in a morning - especially after all my recent late nights!
In one of the recent Birchboxes, I received a sample of the Rituals Ayurveda Scrub. To be honest, I wasn't really expecting to love it but after trying it on a whim one day, it has quickly become one of  my favourite pamper products. As scrub-clay mask hybrid, it is a dream to apply as you can really feel the dirt and dry skin dissolving from your body and I feel my skin literally tingle with cleanliness everytime I use it. Definite thumbs up.

Now that Winter is on it's way, so are the dreaded chapped lips and as I'm determined to avoid them this year, I've been using the Popcorn lip scrub from Lush at every opportunity. I adore the scent and taste of this adorable little pot and it works wonders for those after-effects of wearing too much matte lipstick!
It didn't take me long to ditch the pastel nail polish for the vampy nail shades, and my favourite of the minute is the Barry M Speedy Quick Dry polish in 'Sprint Finish'. I wrote a little post about it here, but I am in LOVE with the colour and the fact it takes, like, 3.5 seconds to paint my nails. Winner!

A while ago after placing a spontaneous ASOS order, I picked up these patent nude loafers from Daisy Street - and I don't think I've taken them off since! They are super comfy and took no breaking in at all, and go with just about everything in my wardrobe whether it be smart or casual. The best part though? They were only £14 at the time!
My last favourite of September is something me and my other half are completely ADDICTED to at the minute - Hunted. It's a documentary on All 4 at the moment about real-life UK citizens who are challenged to go on the run for 28 days around the country without being caught by the worlds best detectives. Sounds seriously geeky but I challenge you to not watch one episode and become hooked!

What have you been loving in September?
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Always, Alice x