Friday, 23 January 2015

Alice's Birthday Haul!

My birthday was on Sunday and I can honestly say I had the most amazing birthday and I am so thankful for all my gifts from family and friends. If you got me anything and are here reading this - thank you! Sorry if that I haven't included everything, some things are already in use and I did actually get a fair bit of money!

Of course just before I start I need to put a little disclaimer out there how I am not by any means trying to brag I am just genuinely really pleased with what I received!

First up are these wonderful makeup brushes I received from my Dad – the Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Makeup Brushes. Unlike in the photo, these are now out of their packaging and are being used every day. So far I’ve loved them and can’t get over how amazing quality they all are!

My best friend Libby was kind enough to purchase this lovely box filled with Body Shop body butters. The set comes with 5 different scented body butters including strawberry, shea, moringa, satsuma and then lastly coconut. I can’t wait to start using them as I have heard that they work wonders on the skin!

I was so happy when my friend, Joe brought me this palette as when it was released I had my eyes on it and knew it was soon to be added on my wish list! I have used it a few times now and I think the pigmentation is great and all the shadows are easy to blend and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get more into eye shadow as it has a lovely colour selection to chose.

And lastly I have to finish with my favourite gift from my mum which is the stunning Frends Layla Oil slick headphones I received from my mum. I’m absolutely obsessed with these from the look of them and the sound quality! You may be thinking that they are just absolutely beautiful headphones but I can honestly say they are totally worth the money! They have memory foam ear cushions, soft-touch fabric cord so you don’t have to spend ages detangling them before using, there are additional interchangeable caps available, and one of the handiest benefits is that they are collapsible and come with a mini zippered case which fits them in perfectly which is great for when you’re travelling or on the move!

I hope you enjoyed having a peak into what I received for my birthday. Im so grateful for everything I received! Have you got a birthday coming up soon?

Love Alice x

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

High Street Fashion Haul (Alice)

At the beginning of the month we went sales shopping and I managed to pick up some amazing items for amazing prices and I thought what better than to do a haul reviewing them!
First of all is Topshop. I had looked at the website before we went shopping and saw that they had quite a lot reduced and wrote a few things down to look out for when I went shopping. I only brought 3 items but I love all of them to pieces!
I knew I wanted a black leather jacket for a while now and I have looked around quite a bit for one but when my mum pointed it out in the shop I fell in love. I managed to pick it up for £45 and with Lucy’s student discount it went down again to £40.50 when it should originally be £60! It’s warm, comfortable and a great staple for my wardrobe. Another thing that caught my eye was how it has an attachable fleece head band. This is a great added bonus so when it’s slightly colder I can attach this and warm my neck up slightly, or if I don’t think it really goes well with what I’m wearing, just simply take it off and wear the jacket by itself.
After my shoes broke in the last week of school before I broke up for the holidays, I was desperate for a new pair. They needed to be comfy so I would be able to wear them all day long without getting blisters, actually fit me as buying shoes can be quite the task with small feet, and lastly be suitable e.g. the style and colour of them. I can honestly say that these shoes tick all 3 boxes.
I was over the moon also with this purchase as I have had my eye of this top for a good month and a bit now and at the beginning of December. I was nearly going to buy it when it was full price at £16 but I’m glad I waited as I brought this in the sales for only £8! The colour and the lace detailed peter pan collar is beautiful and I’m actually thinking about purchasing it in a different colour now I’m so pleased with it and the price aha!
And now from River Island is this “A la belle ├ętoile” long sleeved turtle neck crop top. (I actually looked up what it means and it translates into “under the stars”!) I was looking at buying a plain black long sleeved turtle neck crop top and when I saw this one I thought the French writing added to it and looked cute so I added it to my basket.
I purchased this as who doesn’t love a good Mean Girls quote top. (This is actually my second mean girls top as I brought a different one from when I visited Brandy Melville whilst in France for French Exchange!) Like the Purple top, it is easy to style and comfortable and I couldn’t leave it as it was only £7.
And lastly is this purple tank top I actually received for my birthday from my boyfriend, Sam. I love this top and anyone who knows me, knows that this is a totally me top. I adore the colour and the style of it and the material is lovely and soft.
Did any of you pick up any good bargains in the sales this month? If so let me know what were they and where from so I can take a look myself!
(Instagram & Twitter @Alice_Rebekahh)
Love Alice x

Friday, 9 January 2015

Feel Good Friday #1

Back last year 'Feel Good Friday' was a series I did on my blog for a fair few weeks. 
It seemed to go down fairly well with you all so since I want to have just a positive 2015 as I did 2014 I thought it would be a good idea to start series #2! 

So, alas, here is the first in the second series of my 'Feel Good Friday' posts!

I thought I'd start the year with a post that isn't too restricting and covers a general attitude (don't really know if that makes sense but it did in my head!)

Also I thought this quote/picture thing is perfect to go on ze blog as photography is such a vital aspect of blogs in my opinion. 

Focus on what is important
This is so so true and also kinda reinforces my main goal for 2015 of being less materialistic. (Those of you that have read my '2015: Hopes and Dreams' post will know what that is!) Its so easy to prioritise things in a funny way and for a while let the things you love most and are important to you slip. It's sounds like a drastic example but rather than winging about the fact that you forgot to put Eastenders recording (is it just me that does that!?) appreciate the fact that you are healthy and put things into perspective.

Capture the good times
This is another thing I love to do. Not too sure if I ever publically broadcasted it on the blog but I actually filmed/blogged my whole 2 and a half month long summer in 2014. It was a project that took some sticking too and I did tail of a bit towards the end but I am so so happy I did it. Yes, a lot of people did think I was rather weird when I suddenly pulled out a video camera at a party but I now have such treasured memories to look back on and don't regret it at all. Anyway, after a couple of times my friends got used to it and began to be less shy in front of the camera. Although it is important to not always worry about capturing things and living in the moment, I do think where possible capturing memories, be it by scrapbooks, photos or videos is very special.

Develop from the negatives
Yes, things in life aren't always going to be rosy (expect a blog post from me on this topic soon!) but when things go wrong try to draw some positives from them if at all possible and most of all, learn from them.
Take another shot
I guess as a Christian, this is a very important one for me. You may well interpret it differently but I think that quote says a lot about forgiveness. Give people second chances, just as we like to be given them. If someone does something that upset you or you don't agree with, try and talk it out and then give them another shot. Life is full of second chances so don't ever feel like it's the 'end'.
I hope you enjoyed the first instalment in the second series of 'Feel Good Friday'

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Meet Alice....(New Permanent Guest Blogger)

Hellllllllo. So today is something a little different. From now on, every Tuesday my sister Alice is going to be guest blogging on ze blog. I think this is a good little arrangement as it means even when I get busy there should still be some regular content that I am able to put out. You know what life is like sometimes and it is easy to let the blog slip down the list in priorities and leave you lovely lot with nothing new to read. Alice is younger than me and has a fair few different tastes to me, but hopefully she will be able to relate to my younger readers. Also, please feel free to comment or tweet me with any feedback to Alice's posts as I'm sure she'd love to hear.
Enjoy, Lucy!
For a while now I have been thinking of starting my own blog but as I’ve been told by Lucy, it takes patience and time to build a community of readers so she kindly suggested that once a week I guest blog here on her own blog. This is a perfect idea as I can decide whether blogging is my thing and if I seriously do want to start blogging and then create my own personal blog, plus is gives Lucy a little bit of extra time revising instead of worrying about blog posts.
I am a typical teenager so have connections with most forms of media and social network, this means that sharing aspects of my life is quite familiar to me. I have taken many photos for Lucy and helped with certain posts e.g. OOTD’s, and I do read a fair few blogs myself however I am still new with writing posts as this is my first.
First thing firsts are getting to know the basics. My name is Alice Rebekah Helps and I was born on the 18th January 2000 which means it’s my birthday in just over 2 weeks eek exciting I know! I have size 3 feet and I am just over “5,5” ft tall and my favourite colour is purple.
Anyone who knows me knows ever since I was little I have always loved taking photos of anything and everything as I’m obsessed with photography! In my opinion, although the text is very important on a blog, in a sense, so are the photos. I find blogs without pictures so sad to look at. I instead love things visual and creative.
I’m also a dancer. I have Ballet, Tap, and musical theatre lessons once a week and also take part in a dance show every other year whilst learning graded work in preparation for Royal Academy and ISTD exams.
I hope you all liked this first post getting to know me a little bit and like this new idea as I will be posting once a week from now on Tuesdays.
Love Alice

Monday, 5 January 2015

My Blog's Diary: 2014

2014 was a busy year for this little corner of the internet so I thought it was only fair to do a little round up post and take a look back at some of the 'milestone' things. My blog and me seem to have a very up and down relationship. We go through stages where we are the best of chums and I am posting very frequently whilst loving doing so but then there are also stages where life just gets too busy and sadly blogging falls to the back of my priorities. Even though my blog was not kept up to date quite as much as I would have liked during 2014, it still achieved quite a lot and I am very proud of it! Let's take a look back month by month...

During January I blogged a whole lot about my trip to Disneyland Paris over the New Year. Since Disney is one of my all time favourite things it was inevitable that there was going to be a whole heap of posts on OOTD's and hauls from my trip and they seemed to go down quite well.

One blog post that I put live in January that went down well was when I spoke about Nikki Phillippi's 'How to be Happy' series over on her YouTube channel (HERE) I know I have said soooo many times that my goal for 2014 was to be 'happy' so I was adamant on making sure all of my lovely readers were aware of this fab series that Nikki had created (and is also doing this January too, if you're interested!) 

What came next is the exciting bit....

Nikki only went and tweeted me regarding the blog post! Woooo!

One really exciting thing that happened during February was that my blog was featured in a live chat on 'Beauty Crowd' discussing the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash. (HERE) You can see it from around the 17.30 mark! 

On February the 9th the 'Feel Good Friday' series on my blog was born too! This series went down an absolute treat with you all and I am excited to announce that a second series will be starting on the blog again THIS Friday....woop woop! Who doesn't like a weekly dose of positivity!?

The main thing that happend blog wise during the month of March was attending Cribb's Causeway's 'Bristol Fashion Week' for a look at what the shopping center had to offer for the coming SS! (Click HERE to see all of my Bristol Fashion Week blog posts!) 

My outfit that I wore to the event was also snapped by Cribbs Causeway and ended up on their Facebook page (HERE)

This was when things got very exciting. Nominations for Company Magazine's Style Blogger Awards opened and lots of you lovely readers nominated me! When the noms first opened I was very excited to see what was going to happen but really didn't expect to get very far in the competition at all.

In May I found out that I was through to the next stage and had been nominated for the Best Teen Style blogger award! I was so so chuffed to have made the top 10 and all of my family, friends and amazing readers rallied behind me and began voting!

My local newspaper actually got in touch with me about running an article on the fact that I had been nominated so I was super duper excited. This is a cut out from page 3 (Not that kind of page 3 haha!) of the Central Somerset Gazette. You can also see the online version of the article HERE. This was rather exciting as up until then I had kept my blog rather quiet and only my close friends and family knew I had one. This was a perfect way to let people in my day to day life know I have a blog without them thinking I was a) weird or b) talking to myself (they probably still think the first one is true to be honest haha!) Also, a few people from school who'd once laughed at my blog or said it was silly were able to see that blogging is on the rise and taking the world by storm haha!


Then in June something crazy happened. Me and mum drove up to London, got ourselves all dolled up, headed off for the awards party in Shoreditch, drank too many free red cups of raspberry vodka and then.....I CAME SECOND/HIGHLY COMMENDED! I was eccstatic! I never ever expected to even make the top 10 and felt extremely blessed to be rewarded for something I put so much time into and work so hard on. 

The same newspaper also covered the fact that I got placed and my mum was super proud haha! Where I live nearly everyone reads this newspaper so it is a big deal for us! (HERE is the link to the online version of the article)

And this above was what overwhelmed me the most. For yonks I have been so scared of people from school finding my blog, afraid that they may take the mick or mock me. I got so many kind words from all different people and it meant so much to me to finally, after years of not, feel like everyone around me accepted my blog and no longer be ashamed or embarrassed. As you could see I was shouting from the rooftops haha! Moral of the story- don't be embarrassed of the things you love. When people around you see how passionate you are for something they will share that passion and spur you on! 

During July and August my blog was very quiet due to the fact that I was on summer holiday. Life was very busy and sadly blogging did take a bit of a back seat. However, this very exciting thing did happen during summer.....

My link was in a magazine.....a real magazine! I squeal with excitement every time I see this.

During the month of October a blog post I had done on a pair of Polka dot heels from Primark was featured on Style Honey Life. This gave my views a nice little boost and it was quite nice to see something I'd wrote against a background other than just my blog. See the article HERE

In November I put a very honest, raw blog post live. It was one talking about my struggle of making a decision between staying at a college I was unhappy at or taking a risk and moving to a new one. I really hope to do more of these honest, talkative blog posts in 2015 as lifestyle posts always do seem to go down a treat with you lot. (While we're on the topic of content in 2015, if there is anything you wish to see on my blog this year feel free to comment or tweet me with it!) See the blog post HERE.

Again, another quiet month. Sadly I was not organised like I was in 2013 and simply didn't have the time to take part in my beloved 'Blogmas', much to my disappointment. But, alas, I did manage to squeeze a through Christmassy posts out and ended the year with a forming tradition....a yearly flashback/review style post.

WOW. What a year it's been for my little blog - I think we both need a lie down haha! 

Finally, before I go I must say one more thing. Thank you for all the love this past year. Every comment, view, tweet, email - it honestly means so much. I am still astounded by the fact that people event want to read the things I write, so thank you x100000000!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Photos that never made the cut....FAIL! (2014)

To start the year on a fairly light hearted note I thought it would be funny and rather entertaining (at my expense) to dig deep into the 'blog' photo folder on my laptop and fish out the photos that never quite 'made the cut'. To be fair most of them are of me pulling funny faces and they aren't as funny as the natural, accidental ones but I thought I would include them anyway. Enjoy!

This photo from mine and Alice's little shoot in the woods went very, very wrong...

Peace signs and a pout!

The peace signs are back again!

Oh dear...

This is THE fakest laugh/smile I have ever seen!

This one makes me laugh so much because unlike the others, this one is just natural (look at that double chin haha!) I was obviously really focused on my sunglasses.

Don't really know what this kung fu/squirrel tooth thing is...

Alice's dorky face, mums double chin, my hair/windswept face...HAHAHA!

Spain balcony shot gone wrong!

So there we go.

I hope you enjoyed this light hearted little blog post.

Happy Sunday,

Friday, 2 January 2015

2015: Hopes & Dreams

As I said yesterday, doing a yearly flash back style post on NYE and a looking forward one on New Years Day has become a bit of tradition and I am very happy about that. I am a big believer in the idea that it is Very important to set goals, as it just generally helps you get things done more efficiently. 
I stuck very well to my resolutions in 2014 so hope I can look back and say the same this time next year.

 Buy good books and take time to read them
This is one that I really hope I can stick to. Reading has definitely slipped very near the bottom of my priority list. If I exclude the books I am obliged to read because of school/college work then I can shamefully admit that I did not read a whole book from front to back at all last year. I know, it's bad! Considering I am studying English at college I really feel it is important to carry on practicing reading as I feel I would gain a lot from it. You never know, perhaps you'll even see a few book reviews on Lucy Abigail in 2015. 

Eat more real food
Another thing I'm very guilty of in 2014 is eating a lot of rubbish. My friends all know that I do have a rather burning love for McDonalds and do eat it a bit more often than I should. In 2015 I hope to eat more raw vegetables, less sugary, processed food and try to cut cows milk and whey powder out of my diet as a doctor I saw a few weeks back thinks this will help improve my skin. 

Exercise even when it sounds like a bad idea
If you speak to Zack he will tell you that countless times this year I said "I'm going for a run tomorrow morning" and then used one of the following excuses the next day: I overslept, It was cold, it was raining, I had a late night, the dark is scary etc....

Purge the unnecessary
This is going to be my main focus for 2015. I really want to become less materialistic and put less worth and value into monetary things. I want to spend more time out walking than browsing the Internet and want to stop treating shopping as a form of entertainment. I want to live a more simplistic life....anyone fancy 'simple saturdays' as a series on the blog?

Decrease Clutter
This one kind of follows on from the one above to be honest. In order to live a less materialistic life I need less things. In fact, I have actually already started completing this one. I store all of my makeup and skincare in the famous idea Alex nine drawers and it was completely full with far too many items of makeup and skincare. I have since condensed this to only 2 narrow drawers for makeup and one deeper drawer for skincare, woop!

Find the best in others
I know this one sounds a bit soppy but I want to really strive to do this this year.

Show others the best in me
Another biggy. I learnt the hard way how vital this is this year. At the first ever college party I made a massive idiot out of myself by drinking far too much and I'm sure a few people at college jumped to certain conclusions about me from this so I really want in 2015 to work on this. Eve things that don't seem too horrendous such as gossiping.

Make peace with imperfection, inside & out
If you read my 2014 reflections post this will come as no surprise as within that I spoke about how I regret wasting so much time worrying about my appearance in 2014. I have a few spots on my fave, who cares? Hopefully this year I won't! 

What are your goals/resolutions for the year?