Alice-Christina | Twenty Five | North East Fashion & lifestyle blogger.

17 January 2016

Homeware Wishlist

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Now as I mentioned briefly in this post, I am moving house at the start of next month. I had previously moved out, when I was at university, into a shared house with a group of my friends in my second year. However after graduating in 2014 I moved back in with my parents where I have been ever since. 

At the end of august Lee moved into my parents house with me so we could save up for a deposit for our own place. At the start of December, the week of our two year anniversary in fact, we viewed a flat and instantly fell in love. We paid our deposit and were given our move in date for the end of December. However circumstances changed and we have to wait a little longer, but should now be getting our keys on the 5th of February (fingers crossed) 

This extra month or so not only has given us more time to save up more money, but also given me a chance to explore the internet for all the interior inspiration one person can absorb. Over the past few months I've been added bits and bobs to my Pinterest and I thought I'd share a few of these items with you today.  

The flat itself is all neutral lucky us! Neutral is what I like as it gives you a chance to add a real personal touch just through accessories and furniture. Naturally i've gravitated to the colour scheme with lots of black, white and grey. Then adding elements of interest with copper homeware, pops of mint and lots and lots of plants. Its safe to say I can't wait for us to buy all the 'boring' bits and bobs so I can start making our new home look beautiful.

What are your favourite homeware items?


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15 January 2016

Review: The Book of Lost Things

One of my aims for my blog in 2016 is to make it more personal and more about me. Yes theres the side of me that loves make up and clothes and that will always be a big part of my personality. But deep down I'm also a huge 'nerd' who adores books, art, cheesy emo music and so much more. So today I thought i'd start introducing some book reviews onto my blog. I'm that person loves buying books but doesn't always have the time to read as many of them as i'd like. But I am trying to get into the habit of less Netflix more reading this year, so watch this space.

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'The Book of Lost Things' by John Connolly

"High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things." 


I can't remember what initially attracted me to this book, knowing me it was probably the cover. But I picked it up in my local charity shop (my favourite place for bargains) and I'm really glad I did. Initially I didn't think it was the typical book I'd normally choose to read, however I was pleasantly surprised. I hate to admit it but the majority of my bookshelves consist of a lot of vampire books and YA fiction - mostly because I started series when I was younger and am yet to finish them. But mystical, supernatural types of fiction are right up my alley, and in a way this falls into it. 

As a story of a 12 year old boy struggling to deal with the death of his mother and the idea that his father has moved on and started a new family, you'd think the book is full of sadness and hurt. Which in ways it is, however this is overtaken by aspects of imagination and fantasy as the story takes many influences from 'The Brothers Grimm' and fairytales. Being an homage to a number of famous fairy tales such as Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs with a dark dark twist. This aspect of the book is what I enjoyed most, all the fairy tales and stories you heard as a child with a sick adult friendly twist.

A definite recommendation for anybody who loves fantasy, folklore and creepy ass stories.

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11 January 2016

Lush Haul - Boxing Day Sale Bargains.


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Whilst in town last week I decided to pop into Lush for a quick nosey around and to sniff everything. I'd been in store after Christmas in the hope to bag some of the sale items however hardly anything was left so I left the store and didn't think anything of it. I had just picked up myself a new comforter bubble bar and a intergalactic bath bomb where I spotted an array of beautiful candy pink items on the sale table and practically sprinted across the shop floor. 

THEY HAD SNOW FAIRY! 

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I pretty much grabbed what I could and legged it to the cashier, who complimented me on my pink themed selection. We got chatting about Snow Fairy and how exciting I had been to see it as I am currently rationing the smallest bottle because I love it so much. Apparently it had sold out within half an hour on boxing day - so i'm not the only one who is obsessed. But apparently that had had another delivery in that morning, the gods were on my side!

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Along with bottle of Snow Fairy I picked up a 'Little Snow Fairy' gift set - to be honest I didn't look to see what was inside before I snapped it up, I had my snow fairy goggles on and grabbed everything I could. But inside this little set was a miniature bottle of snow fairy, the same size that I am currently rationing. Along with a pink 'Fun' bar thingy. Ive never used it before but I do remember being introduced to it at a previous Lush event at the Gateshead store when a few years ago, so I'm quite interested to give this a go and see what all the fuss is about. 

If you haven't tried Snow Fairy its the sweetest, candyfloss-ist, most loveliest scent ever, if I could have my whole life sponsored by Snow Fairy I would. Its just so damn good.


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09 January 2016

Discovering Murad.


A while a go now I was invited along to the Station Hotel in Town for an evening with American skincare brand Murad. I must admit I didn't know all too much about the brand, I'd recognised the name after hearing it mentioned on youtube and the likes. But that was pretty much my knowledge on them. At the event we learnt that it all began, and how founder and dermatologist Dr Howard Murad noticed a gap in the market whilst treating patients and began devising skincare that answered to real problems his patients faced. 


At the event we were given the chance to have our skin analysed under a specialist camera to see what our problem areas are, and what they might become in the future. I was surprised to see my skin was in pretty good condition, bar some congested areas which i'm always trying to work on. I also loved to discover I wont really end up with a lot of wrinkles - win win for me!  

After our consolation we were offered a facial treatment, something i've always avoided as I thought having a stranger stroke and rub my face would be my idea of hell. How wrong was I!? I opted for a chemical peel, which sounds a lot scarier than it was, to try and help with my congested areas of my skin and remove dead skin for a silky smooth face. I swear to got my face has never felt so amazing before, I just couldn't stop stroking it. For days afterwards I still had an amazing healthy glow which my skin has never ever had. Total facial convert.

If you're around the Metro Centre why not pop to the Murad Counter in The House Of Fraser's new spangled beauty hall, you're in for a treat. I'm definitely going to pay a visit and get myself another facial treatment. 


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07 January 2016

Books Are For Life, Not Just For Christmas.

Happy New Year! 

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I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year, I really enjoyed being able to have a good chunk of time off work and be able to relax without feeling guilty about it. But now its January which brings all the '2016 Goals' and 'What I Got For Christmas Posts' which are my absolute favourites to read - hello miss nosey. I did consider doing a 'What I Got For Christmas' post, however my bedroom is currently full of cardboard boxes and i've packed a lot of my bits and bobs away as I'm moving next month - more about that at a later date. So instead I thought i'd share with you one of my favourite type of presents to get at Christmas - BOOKS!

Its usually around mid November I tend to create a wish-list of books in preparation for Christmas, I generally don't ask for a main present these days and books are a fail safe way to get me the perfect gift. I'm happy to say this year I received so many amazing books i'd hinted at - plus a few extra's that I hadn't and I thought today I would share with you some of my favourites. 

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I've noticed massively as I've gotten older and become more and more obsessed with having my own home I've become the biggest fan of any books about cooking or home decor, D.I.Y and home craft projects, and these two were right at the top of my list. 

Now I think Hemsley and Hemsley has been the cookbook of 2015 and everybody and their aunt has a copy and now I finally have one too! Over recent months I've really wanted to try and eat a little healthier and trying to cut down on the amount of processed food that goes into my body. I really love cooking and love trying new recipes but often end up eating the same meals all the time. This book is jam packed with loads of amazing ideas and tips on eating well and I can't wait to get stuck in.

For as long as I can remember I have been a fan of the lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess, which was probably the first blog I ever read and inspired me to start blogging. Its been amazing to see the blog grow over the years into an amazing business and brand. When Happy Handmade Home popped up on screen when browsing amazon I knew I had to add it to my wish-list - combining my love of their blog and home decor and d.i.y projects its the perfect book for me. I can't wait to try the projects for my own home. 

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Now a huge high five to my best buddy Rachel who was super awesome and got me this absolute beauty for Christmas. Naturally I am a huge Alice in Wonderland fan - I just can't help but love anything with my name on and this book is just the best. I already have a couple of copies of Alice in Wonderland but I really want a collection with lots of wonderful and beautiful covers - Barnes and Noble leather-bound i'm looking at you. But when I saw that the Rifle Paper Company was releasing this design I knew I just had to have it. I mean if the cover wasn't beautiful enough, the illustrations inside are out of this world and I can't help but to flick through this and make groaning noises a how beautiful it is.


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Finally, this blogger favourite courtesy of Lee's mama! I've wanted this book for so so so long and I'm over the moon for now having it on my bedside table. I haven't really set myself any major New Year goals this year, but the one thing I know I want to do is take better care of my skin. I've never been 100% sure on my skin type and what products I should really be using, I tend to buy what I think I should be using. But instead of just winging it I wanted to do it properly and give me skin the treatments it needs. I can't wait to get properly stuck into this and see what all the fuss is about.

I hope you enjoy mini christmas book haul, I'd love to know what your favourite christmas presents were that you received this year.



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