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

30 March 2016

Life Update.

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Guess who's laptop is broken? Well sort of broken - basically my old little Macbook Pro's card reader  have decided to stop functioning, which as you can imagine makes photo upload a little tricky. Annoyingly i've a chunk of photos to upload and posts to write which are now going to have to wait until my new computer arrives, so I thought i'd take this opportunity to update you all a little on whats been going on in my world.

One: If you didn't already know my boyfriend and I recently moved into our own flat - you can read a little about the chaos here. But basically we've now been in our little place for just over a month now, which has flown by, and we have settled in rather nicely. Bar a few little tweaks, like adding some artwork onto the walls to liven them up a little and disguise the magnolia, we finally have it looking how we want. I'll be doing a little flat tour soon - just have a few little tweaks before I get snapping. But if anybody has any posts on homeware, house updates or even little home projects, sent them my day, I really want to try and update the flat as best I can on a budget.

Two: I've recently had two weeks off from work and as much as I love my job, it was so nice to just sit and relax and not feel guilty for doing nothing. I always find when I'm working during the week my days off feel so rushed as I'm trying to get as much done as possible and I always feel bad if I have a lazy day. So it was really nice to potter about, catch up on some tv shows, do the chores i've been avoiding and curling up with a good book in our little book-nook. 

Three: I'm really getting myself organised when it comes to blogging, I sat down on one of my days off and planned out loads of content and i'm slowly getting myself into a schedule (typical my laptop decided to bugger up just after this) but with my new computer arriving on Friday I should be able to get into the swing of things again. With me working mostly two days a week now I'm going to focus my other days a lot more on blogging, which i'm really excited about. Getting myself into a routine on my days off and treating them like a normal working day, i've been finding my productivity levels increasing and i'm loving it!

Four: I've joined the gym! If you read my last post you'll know i've been struggling with my self image a little recently. The main factor of this being weight gain, so i've bitten the bullet and decided to join the local gym. I've been going a week now and I've got to admit i'm not all that good. But every time I've been I've made little achievements - going on a treadmill for the first time, actually running on the treadmill and yesterday I managed to run on the treadmill for the longest time so far, and even though I really couldn't be bothered to go last night I still pushed myself. These little achievements are helping me keep motivated and hopefully will help me get back into shape and feel a little better about myself. 

12 March 2016

Body Image And Ways To Feel Better About Yourself.

With International Woman's day being this week, the internet has been full of motivational posts, women supporting other woman and general girl love. Which has been amazing and I've really loved seeing so much positivity within the female community. But it really got me thinking as much as the support of other women can help with your self-confidence, you've got to support yourself first, and for me my body image is the biggest thing thats stopping me right now.  I'm going to be honest, body image isn't really something thats affected me too much until the past 18 months or so. I admit when I was younger I moaned a lot about having such pale skin and small boobies, but that was about it, I wasn't REALLY all that bothered. 

But recently I've really struggled with my body image and how I feel about myself. I know I can put this down to one simple thing - weight gain. Over the past two maybe two and a half years I've slowly gained just over a stone or so in weight. In hindsight this isn't really that much, but its made a huge difference to my self-confidence. The way I see and feel about myself fluctuates from day to day, sometimes I feel horrible and basically just want to hide away in the house and i'm in a terrible mood all day. But on other days I can see that I'm being ridiculous getting so worked up about it - reminding myself I'm not as bad as I think I am and that I'm still fitting in a size 10 (albeit a little tighter) but its still a size 10. On the days when I'm feeling down theres a few ways I like try and inspire myself and boost my confidence a little, so I thought I'd share them with you.

Stop being jealous of others, be inspired by them.

I spend a lot of time on social media, which makes it so easy for you to compare yourself to others and beat yourself up for 'not being good enough.' So instead of being jealous of others, be inspired instead! 

Helen is my biggest inspiration I lean to when i'm feeling down. This is because I can relate to her a lot, we are a really similar size and shape and I'm a huge fan of her style. When I look at Helen she always looks amazing, so why don't I do this with myself? I think the key is having confidence. Helen always comes across as super confident in the clothes she wears, and most of all, HAPPY.

Amy is a huge fashion inspiration for me. Whenever I get sick and tired of my clothes and how I look in them, I always look over at her blog for ideas on new ways to style things. I think its so easy to get stuck in a rut of wearing the same things the same way, and sometimes it just really helps to see how somebody else has done it. I think thats why I always lean towards fashion blogs for inspiration and motivation when it comes to style.

When I'm feeling my worst I always lean towards Lily as inspiration. One of the first fashion blogs I started reading, I feel like she has been with me since the start. I've always enjoyed seeing her blog and her style grow over the years and I still love her style now as much as when I first found her on lookbook. Like Lily I think deep down i'm always going to be a little bit of an emo kid so her style always calls out to me and helps give me fashion ideas when I'm lacking in them.

Focus on something you like about yourself.

 One thing that helps me a lot when i'm not feeling very happy in my own skin, is to try and remind myself of one thing I do like and focus on that. For me its my hair, ignoring the fact I'm desperate for a hair cut at the moment, but my hair is always the one part of me that I really love. Since taking the plunge nearly 2 and a half years ago now and dying my hair ginger, its the best thing i've ever done. I always get so many compliments on my hair colour, and often from strangers in the street, which is a huge confidence boost. Sometimes I just like to tell myself that when your hair is bright orange, nobody is going to be paying attention to how big your thighs are.

Wear something that makes you feel good.

Recently I've gotten myself stuck in a style rut. I feel rubbish about myself, so I hide away in baggy jumpers and jeans because they're the easy option. But they don't make me feel any better, they probably make me feel worse. We all have certain clothes that always make us feel amazing when we put them on, wether its a pair of gorgeous boots or a huge hat that makes us feel glamorous. So I've been trying to reach for those fail safe items that make me feel good about myself. For me its dresses, something I used to wear all the time but hardly ever reach for these days. But when I do put them on I instantly feel like myself again. Its weird how easily certain clothes can change how you feel about yourself, but it making more of an effort and putting a dress on is going to make me happier in the long run, I think its worth the effort.

What are your fail safe ways to help you deal with lacking confidence in yourself? Share them below.


07 March 2016

Huge Book Haul.

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Hello, My name is Alice and this month I am addicted to buying books. I don't need anymore books, I have a bookshelf full of books to read - but low and behold here I am buying more! I've always been a big book fan, however the past couple of months I've gotten really into books again (I tend to go through phases) so have ended up buying quite a few over the past month. So I thought i'd share with you some of the books I've picked up recently.

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This book was originally recommended to me months and months ago by a customer when we got chatting about different books. Its always been at the back of my mind as a book to check out. So when on a spending splurge in Waterstones a couple of weekends ago I decided to finally pick it up.

If you didn't know I am a huge Alice' in Wonderland fan and this book delves into the secret story behind it. Behind the famous fairy-tale lies a very complex history of Lewis Carroll. The book itself is a biography that unravels the true meaning behind Alice. 

Everybody and their Aunt has heard of this book now, but i'm going to talk about it anyway. I bought this and read it straight away and had a huge urge to clear out everything. Annoyingly all my belongings were packed but whilst reading this I knew of things to get rid of once I unpacked. The book basically follows the Kon-mari method for clearing clutter. Clearing out your belongings (in particular groups and in a specific order) then once having cleared out finding a specific home for all your belongings. 

Following this technique is apparently supposed to help you remain clutter free if you keep to this "giving you joy" context. I will be posting a review of this next week so keep your eyes peeled to see in what ways it has helped me (or not).

This book has been on my wish-list ever since seeing Rebecca talking about it over on her blog. If you didn't know already I am an introvert through and through, so I couldn't help but pick this up. A book full of inspiring stories of how introverts can have an effect on the world and discussing how undervalued those "quiet" ones are, and how much we lose in doing so. As somebody who often worries about how being an introvert can affect how people see me, I think this is going to be an interesting read.

I must say a huge thanks to Fiona for recommending this as its right up my street. I have read this already (a review will follow at some point) and its re-assured me that I really do love YA-Fantasy novels. This particular book follows the story of Mare who lives in a world divided by blood. Reds are the common "normal" folk who live in the slums, whilst the elite Silver bloods, who have special powers basically rule the roost. However Mare quickly discovers even though her blood is red, she has powers similar to that of a silver blood and basically the shit hits the fan. 

This is the follow on to Red Queen, and its a little difficult to talk about Glass Sword without talking about the plot of Red Queen too much. But basically, having escaped from the Royal court, Mare is on the hunt to recruit others to help fight against the silvers, others just like her. But she finds herself on a dangerous path to becoming exactly what she is trying to fight against. 

I'm really excited to carry on with this series as I really loved the first book. The fantasy aspect keeps you interested (if not at times a little bit predictable), I really recommend the series so far, however a little frustrated with the size difference in the books. I like my shelves to be uniform and organised! 

A coming of age story filled with first loves and the world of fan fiction. Cather, who is just about to start college, is the biggest fan of Simon Snow along with her twin sister Wren. As they head off to college Wren begins to distance herself from Simon Snow and subsequently from Cather as she grows up and her interests begin to lie elsewhere. Dealing with her distancing from her sister, alongside problems at home Cather focuses her time on writing Simon Snow fan-fiction.

This is a story of love, two young misfits, Eleanor and Park, falling in love over the course of a school year. Its as simple as that. Your typical YA-Romance book but one you can't help but love. With references to music, comic books and general awesome-ness this is a love story you really can't beat. Not to mention Eleanor is a redhead and we all know how amazing redheads are ;)

Since I read Catlin Moran's "How To Be A Woman" I've been meaning to check out her other books. This one shares the story of Johanna Morrigan, a fourteen year old living in the 90's who has embarrassed herself so badly on local television she decides to re-invent herself as Dolly Wilde, a gothic lady sex adventurer.  She begins writing in an attempt to save her poverty-stricken family and by sixteen she's writing for a music paper whilst getting drunk and bedding all kinds of men.

This is basically a coming of age story filled with self-discovery and personal invention, plus haven being written by Catlin Moran I know I'm in for a treat.

This is the story of Lara Jean, who instead of simply telling her crushes she likes them, she has written each boy a letter telling them how she felt and hides it under her bed in a box. But years later she discovers somebody accesses this box and mails the letters, causing the recipients to confront her about them.  

This is YA-Fiction novel that deals with the story of two boys with two secrets. David has always been a little bit of an outsider who's parents think he is gay. However only his two best friends know his secret, that he wants to be a girl. He forms an unlikely friendship with Leo who stands up for him in a fight. This is another story of of self discovery and is one of a few YA-Fiction novels to delve into the subject of transgender and addressing it in such a respectful way.

I must admit this book choice was a last minute decision due to Waterstones buy one get one half price deal and this having an interesting cover. Horror isn't a genre I often reach for but as was the Costa winner for 2015 I'm expecting it to be pretty good.  

The book explores the issue of faith and follows the story of the relationship between two catholic boys from London, Smith and his mentally disabled brother Hanny. After there is a discovery of the remains of a young child on the Lancashire coastline, Smith is lead back to the Saint Jude's Church Easter pilgrimage to The Loney in 1976. 

I am quite excited to venture into a new genre and try something a little different to what I'd usually read. You never know, I might secretly be a horror fan and not realised.

What are your favourite books, do you have any recommendations? 

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