Life: Reflecting on 2016

I can't even believe that I'm typing this but with 2017 just a sleep away, I thought I'd take a minute to reflect back on the year and all of it's ups and downs and start 2017 with a fresh start and clear mind.
I'm that walking cliché that takes each New Year as 'new year, new me' and in 2016 it was my mission to make that a reality!

Fashion: James Bay Called, He Wants His Hat Back

I don't know why but everytime I put on this hat, I just want to belt out 'Hold Back The River' at the top of my lungs for everyone to hear in homage of my bae! (poor attempt at a pun, soz)

It's Christmaaaaaaas!


I can't actually believe I just typed those words but the big day is here and I hope you're all having the most festive and happy day so far and are gearing up for your Christmas dinner later!

As for me, I'm spending most of the day at work serving other people their Christmas lunch but I'm looking forward to getting home in my cosy pjs with a Christmas film and my own pigs in blankets to feast on. It's also my first Christmas as a married woman which I am so excited about and I'm pretty sure today is going to be just as amazing as the rest of them. It's also another year that I'm in charge of the Christmas dinner (only for 2 of us mind), and I don't think it gets anymore festive or adult as that!

I hope you've all been spoilt rotten and are having a lovely time with your loved ones, and I just wanted to take this little slice of your day to say Merry Christmas and thank you for sticking with Always, Alice in 2016!

Have a lovely Christmas guys and roll on New Year!

Always, Alice x

A Few Festive Favourites

If there was ever an excuse to talk about Christmas (again...) on my blog, then here it is!
I haven't done a favourites post in a while because I haven't really had any bloody time to try anything new out or really love anything worth talking about, but obviously as soon as December rolled around, I went into full on Christmas mode and I have some festive inspired favourites that I want to share with you!

Beauty: The 'Leave It Until Last Minute' Beauty Gift Guide

If you're anything like me, you'll be well aware that it's less than a week before Christmas and you still haven't bought a single effing present and are probably cursing yourself that you've left it to last minute AS USUAL. I was scouring the internet looking for gifts for my gal pals and female loved ones and thought I'd put together a last minute beauty gift guide to help you guys find something for your best girls that will still arrive in time for Christmas! There's a bit of something on there for everyone with lots of different budgets and I've tried to find products that everyone would love to receive - and would arrive in time for the big day!

Beauty: The December Birchbox + First Impressions

Another month, another Birchbox parcel made it's way to my doorstep. I used to post about these every single month without fail, but recently I've kind of fallen out of love with Birchbox and I hate to say it but the boxes haven't been the best. Until the December one turned up and it was probably the best one I've ever received!

Firstly, the packaging is bloody gorgeous! It came wrapped in a gorgeous candy striped box which I uploaded a cheeky snap of on my Instagram and the actual Birchbox itself is equally as pretty - as are the contents inside!

Life: The Christmas Films You NEED To Watch

If you haven't watched a Christmas film, have you even celebrated Christmas though?

There's absolutely nothing I love more during winter than getting cosy on the sofa next to my twinkling Christmas tree and watching a feel good Christmas film with a steaming hot chocolate and with that in mind, I've teamed up with Panasonic to give you a run down on my all-time favourite Christmas films that would pair so well with the release of their new Viera 4K UHD tv!

Beauty: A Lil' Christmas Lush Haul

It was always going to happen wasn't it?

Truth be told, I haven't actually bought anything from Lush in MONTHS so obviously I was well overdue a visit and a the little treats I brought home with me were definitely well deserved.

Fashion: Christmas Jumpers Galore!

I'm not even going to try and hide the fact that the thing I love most about Christmas is buying a tacky jumper. It's become somewhat of a tradition on Christmas Day to wear one at work and then afterwards to scoff down my turkey, and what's not to love about looking a total prat with your nearest and dearest?!

Life: Hello December


Is this even actually happening? (Although I'm definitely not complaining because I've just decorated my Christmas tree and my house is pretty much Santa's Grotto right now)

You guys seemed to love my Hello November post last month so I thought I'd make it a regular thing where I make a make a load of goals and attempt to stick to them and look back at the last month's list and see how I got on!