Friday, 7 November 2014

Friday Playlist 07.11.14

This weeks playlist is a weird one. Probably the weirdest i have made so far. Its here, it's there... it's pretty much everywhere! In my personal life i have had just one those weeks where my mind frame was just in "What the fuck" mode. So on that note... Enjoy the playlist!

ALEX


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Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday Playlist 24.10.14

Happy weekend everyone!

For this Fridays playlist you may need your glow stick and smiley face t-shirt on, as this weeks i have gone Remix mad! I wanted to give a shout out to some of the great remixes that are out there. So here is my tribute to the world of Remixes... (and the odd non-remix that would suit you just as well to jump up and down whilst fist pumping!). 

ENJOY!

Alex


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Saturday Playlist - The Combo


It has been a few weeks since i have created a playlist, so i thought i would hit you with a double whammy to make up for it!
I decided to create two playlists when i was half through making the first one. As i was not in a "fuzzy bunny on acid" kind of mood, i soon realised my playlist was a bit depressing. Beautiful...but depressing none the less.
So i have given you two playlists. The first being a playlist if you are in more of a "chilled out, feeling mellow, or a little bit glum" mood playlist. Within this there is a hefty amount of Sigur Ros, mainly because they have been what i have been listening to mostly this week. I saw Sigur Ros live once and...well you can only believe how incredible they are live.
The Second playlist is more of a "Happy Go Lucky/getting down and funky" kind of playlist. This being a mixture of some of my favourite songs.

Whichever one you choose to listen to, if not both of them... ENJOY.

Alex

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Monday, 6 October 2014

My New Autumn/Winter Coat



When turning a new page of my calendar and being faced with the month 'October', i knew that it was that time of the year again that i have to make room in my wardrobe for a new coat.

Each year when shops bring in their newA/W range, we are bombarded with more choice of coats than we can cope with. In my years i have spent hours looking online at styles, shapes, and colours of coats, only too break down in store, clutching a coat in each hand and being told politely that the store would be closing shortly and if i wished to make a purchase that i should be quick about it.
Unless you can afford to purchase more than one, the majority of us have one coat to where for the whole of autumn and winter (Or more should i say, anytime from September to March if you live in England). To me, this is a pretty big commitment and the coat of choice has to be a good one!

The only other coat i have is an oversized fluffy leopard print beauty! It was given to me by my boyfriend Tom when we first started going out, so of course... me and this coat are now life partners. However, as much as i love it, leopard print doesn't go with every single outfit (no matter how hard i try to convince myself it does). Last autumn and winter i was guilty of constantly wearing Tom's oversized camel duffle coat, but i knew i wouldn't be able to get away with that this year. So today after browsing online at coats that were way out of my budget, i set off in town and was on the hunt for my new coat.

Rule number one for shopping for a specific item: Never have a set idea for what you are going to buy. Be open minded!
Today i went looking for a 1970's style long coat with a fur collar. After going into 5 different stores, my dream of the perfect 1970's coat was crushed. I had to change my game plan. I gave my self 3 rules:
1. Keep it classic.
2. It must be warm.
3. No leopard print.

The reasons behind my rules are as followed; I like to think my personal style is quite classic with influences from decades such as the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Even on a day where your keeping it casual, a coat can transform your whole look. So i think it is best to have a coat that can go with everything.
Me and the cold do not exactly get along. I feel as soon as it gets to September i am constantly complaining of being cold. I knew i would kick myself later if i purchased a coat that i still got the shivers in. And lastly, "No leopard print", for the simple reason that i already have that style of coat. I can be easily swayed by leopard print, so i knew i had to be firm with myself when it came to this rule.

Eventually i settled on the beautiful coat you see in the photograph. I think it obeys all the rules i set myself when searching for my new coat and i can see myself wearing it in future years. I like clothing that has personality to it and i think this coat has tones! It's classic in the fact that it is black and has an essence of the 1960's about it, however i think it fits into A/W14 trends as this coat is all about the texture! To be honest, i cannot wait to spend most of the next 5-6 months wearing this coat... i'm going to look like a big cosy bear, and thats ok with me!


*Faux Fur Teddy Coat - TOPSHOP << Click "TOPSHOP" for link to coat!

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Monday, 22 September 2014

FRANCE PLAYLIST





In the time that i have been absent from my blog due to a long holiday in the South of France and being completely rushed off my feet since then, the seasons have shifted and i now find myself in the cooler month of September. I have endless things that i want to write about but all that will be better broken up into a few different posts, that way i can avoid bombarding you with my crazy life!

To start off nicely, i am easing you (and myself) back into my blog with a new playlist! I spent most of September in the South of France, so i thought it would be fitting that my new playlist reflects what i was listening to whilst enjoying a nice break in a much warmer country. Expect to find a real mash up of different types of music as there was not really one particular artist/band that i was focusing on for the 2 weeks i was away.

A lot of music i was listening to was what was available to me on my iPhone. However, i also indulged in some oldies when me and Tom were reminising about bands in the charts from 2006 and how much popular music has changed since then. I have always been obsessed with and have loved French music, so there wasn't really any french music i discovered whilst out there, as they mainly played English music, however i had a few on my iPhone and iPod to get me really into the French vibe.

As per usual, i hope you enjoy the playlist and i always love to hear your feedback, so let me know what you think/what you'd like to hear in the future, either in the comments down below or tweet me @ Lexihardy04 !

p.s. Keep your eyes peeled for some youtube videos that might start appearing soon!



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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday Playlist



Another weekend, another playlist! 

This week i have been listening to a lot of music from the decades such as the 60's and 70's, so i have made a playlist that reflected that. Last weekend i went and saw the film "Guardians of The Galaxy" which for one thing was ace and a great film if you are in the mood for a giggle. However, it was the soundtrack that truly captured me and as soon as i got home i researched the songs from the film and have been listening to them all week. This then got me re-playing songs that i know and love, which is why your getting an old school playlist today! 

I hope you enjoy it and would love any feedback. I would also love to know what sort of genres/songs you would like me to centre my future playlists around. 

ENJOY.


p.s. New posts to be on my blog starting in September! 



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Monday, 4 August 2014

Tom's Playlist

As promised, i have another playlist for you this week. The guest "DJ" for my second playlist of the week is none other than my boyfriend Tom Crofts. 




Tom recently graduated from Brighton University with a degree in Music Production and Creative Recording, so he knows a thing or two about music.
When i first met Tom he opened up a whole new musical world for me and introduced me to sounds that i hadn't perversely experienced. After a bit of convincing, he agreed to make a playlist for my blog, which i have already listened to and i am excited to put it out there into the music blogging community. Let me know what you think, as i want to persuade Tom into making a fortnightly playlist that i will post here on my blog.

Links to all social media are to the right and i will link Toms twitter below!

ENJOY




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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Saturday Summer Playlist

Before i introduce you to the playlist i have made for this weekend, i would like to address the fact of absent posts from my blog recently.

At the moment i am going through, what i have been told all bloggers go through at some point, a "Bloggers Block". I am at war with myself recently with deciding what content i want to be blogging about. I am feeling a change from what i had originally planned the themes of my blog to be about. So, for the time being until i have fully decided what i want to the content of my blog to be (at the moment i am thinking more lifestyle, music, and art related...) i am afraid post are going to be less than i would like them to be. All i ask for is your patients and to keep of eyes open for when a post will appear on my blog. The only consistency on my blog at the moment is my weekly weekend playlists. So i will crack on with my playlist for this weekend!!

With the heat and sunshine we have been having recently, i have been meaning to create a playlist for the Summer! The majority of the songs i have featured in this playlist are what i personally relate to Summer. However, there is a magic mixture of genres, so i am hopeful it is going to be bliss to most of your ears! Plus, i am going to keep on adding to this playlist, so keep on checking it for new songs!!

 ... also, if you follow me on twitter you may already know that there is another playlist coming this weekend! It is going to be created by a guest to my Spotify profile and my blog! This person really knows there stuff, so keep your eyes and ears open for the playlist to come!!


SATURDAY SUMMER PLAYLIST


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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Saturdays Playlist & Saturday Playlist Part Two

Well do i have a treat for you! This evening whilst putting together my usual weekend playlist, i found myself torn between two different directions i wanted to go down for the vibe of my playlist. I wanted to reflect what i have been listening to this week, yet this evening i have just been feeling Acid House. oh yeah, I'm into Acid house. You better believe it!

This first playlist is a mash up of tracks i have been listening to this week and music that has kept me sane during a fairly stressful and hot week. Maybe start off with this playlist if you are having a fairly chilled Saturday.

The second playlist is ACID HOUSE BABY... with the odd non-acid house track thrown in, yet keeping with the same sort of vibes. Last weekend a rave took place near where i lived and until late that evening i had no idea that it was going on and already had plans. Had i had known about this particular rave, i would have been there in a shot with my glow in the dark body paint and rave whistle! I own neither but lets just say i would have gone and thrown some shapes down.

ENJOY.






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Monday, 14 July 2014

Running The Race For Life





Last Sunday on the 6th of July i took part in the 10K Race for Life for Cancer Research UK. For the past few years i have wanted to participate in the race, mostly as a fun thing to do with my friends, but this year was the first year that i actually felt like it was something i needed to do.

Whilst i was living in Brighton i became involved with Macmillan by being a volunteer event assistant and one of the members of the project Team Up. I was sad that i had to leave those roles behind when i moved cities a little over a month ago. However i have every intention with becoming involved with Macmillan again in Leicestershire. Before last year i had never really been involved with charities that much; to me they were people on the streets collecting donations and adverts on the television. In October 2013 i decided that i wanted to know more about charities and what their goals were. I began to think more about what a charity was, what they were doing it all for, and most importantly, why that charity is necessary.
Last November whilst on a days training course for a charity calling centre i learnt a thing or two. The number one reason why people do not donate money to charities that telephone there house or approach them on the street is because people find it hard to picture that their few pounds is actually going to make a difference.

Is my £2 a month actually going to beat cancer?

It is the wrong questions that we ask ourselves that plant the doubt. Instead it should be...

Is my £2 a month along with the thousands of other peoples £2 a month actually going to beat cancer?
The answer, i believe, is yes. One day, yes it will.

After i realised this, i became fixated on raising money for a cancer charity and becoming involved with them. Unfortunately, i have to say that i did not just wake up one morning and decide i wanted to raise money for Cancer Research UK or become a volunteer for Macmillan. It was due to loosing my cousin Lorraine to breast cancer, being told my granddad Geoff's cancer had become terminal, and most recently discovering my other granddad Derrick has cancer too. In all honesty, on top of feeling pain and sadness, i mostly felt anger. That anger gave me motivation to do something.
I soon became aware of the fact that i am not the only one who have family members that have been/are being affect by cancer. And i am certainly not alone with the fact that i want to fight against cancer and do all that i can to help cancer charities. The fight against cancer is a massive community. It is full of people with different stories and different reasons as to why they want to raise money and awareness, but everyones aim and goal is the same.
They are the reasons why i felt it was important for me to take part in the Race for Life for Cancer Research UK this year.

Up until March this year, i hated running! I have never been a particularly athletic person and running especially was not something i had ever been interested in. Even when i was obsessed with exercise, running was always something i would pass up on. So this year i challenged myself to get into running. I certainly did not want to spend most of the 10K Race for Life in a ball on the floor wheezing for breath after only a mile. I soon realised that you not only have to train your body, but your mind as well. You can run as far as you believe you can. After a few months of light training, i had reached a point where i could see the 10K being doable and not a complete struggle. Of course, i had periods where i was not training as good as i should have been. Birthdays, parties, moving, etc. little things seemed to be getting in the way a lot. A month before the race i had lost my confidence in running. I will admit that if i am worried i cannot do something or think that i am going to fail, then i have a habit of flaking out. Yet, this was the one thing i could not flake out of. The past few weeks i spent going for practice runs a few times in the week, running about 3-4 miles in the mornings. I even took up yoga to give me strength and see if that would help my running. And it did. It made me stronger.

After months of on and off training and talking about running, race day was finally here!! To be honest, the morning of the race i was scared shitless! After going for a quick 2 mile run when i got up to give my muscles a warm up and getting in a panic that i couldn't find my headphones, it was time to go. I was overwhelmed with a nervous/excited feeling on the way there. I was almost hyper, but i wasn't sure if that was due to having bursts of energy as i had eaten two Weetabix and two bananas before we left.
As soon as i saw everyone else in there pink t-shirts with their supporters, all the stalls for donations and face painting, and hearing the music playing from the big speakers, i knew i was about to do something important...and fun! I felt ready. I didn't feel nervous anymore, just determined.

After a bit of waiting around with my mum and boyfriend, i went off to take part in a warm up for everyone that was running the race. I could barely do the warm up moves properly due to laughing so much! Then before i knew it, they were telling us to go to the start line. I put my playlist i had made for running on shuffle, put my iPhone in my arm band, my headphones in my ears, and gripped my water bottle tight.

3 - 2 - 1 - GO!!!


Before i started the race i had told everyone that i was expecting to complete the 10K in about 1 hour 15/20 minutes. I was trying to be realistic and as per usual was thinking pessimistically about what i could achieve. I stopped a couple of times for water and a breather but surprised myself with my stamina and my determination to keep on running. The track wasn't correctly marked for the distance, so as i went around the track i had no idea how much of the race i had completed. When i realised i was near the end and could see the finish line i was relieved. I had no idea how long i had been running for, but felt if i ran any longer i was sure to get blisters. As i approached the finish line i noticed people had  crowded round to clap the runners that were crossing the finish line. I felt pressure from having people watch me, so even though i was exhausted, i picked up my pace for the last part of the race. I stole a quick glance from the finish line to look up at the time clock. I almost stopped due to my surprise. I had finished the race in 54 minutes. As i slowed to a pace, accepted my medal and made my way through the crowd, all i could think was one thing... "Fuck! I did it. I actually did it!". And then i spotted my mum and of course burst into tears. Yep, i cried. Sobbed in fact. It was then that it dawned on me that subconsciously i didn't think i was going to do it. And the realisation that i had achieved my goal and finally done something that i can be truly proud of, well it was all a bit over whelming.

I am so happy i took part in the Race for Life and proud of myself for exceeding my expectations. Most importantly though i raised money, even more than i had put down as my goal! I would encourage anyone to take part in an event like this, even if you do not personally know anyone who has been affected by cancer. It is just a great feeling to get involved in an event like the Race for Life.

A big thank you to everyone who sponsored me and supported me!

If you would like to raise money or get involved with a cancer charity, i will link some websites below for you to check out!

Peace & Love,
ALEX






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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Friday Playlist

Hello!

My apologises for being awol from my blog this week. I had a busy weekend, which tired  me out for most of this week. I have also been quite reclusive this week and have not wanted to be part of the rest of the world or the internet world. I am feeling better now, so i shall update you on everything that has been going on in my next posts.

Again, my apologises for not posting a playlist last weekend. So to make up for it i have created, what i personally think is a babe of a playlist! The past week i have been craving autumn. I am aware it is summer and i should be making the most of it, but for a self conscious recluse like me, summers not exactly all picnics in a meadow.

Therefore, i have created a playlist of some of the songs that remind me of the season autumn, which allows me to fantasise about golden leaves, sipping hot coffee indoors whilst it rains, and tartan scarfs.

Give the playlist a follow on Spotify. Let me know what you think! You can tell me by my twitter or commenting down below.

ENJOY.


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Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Little Things.








It has been a while since i have updated you on how i have been doing since moving back to Leicestershire. It has almost been a month since i have been back, however it feels like a whole lot longer! For the past few weeks i have been struggling a bit with the transition. If i am honest with myself, i have been in denial that i live actually live in Leicestershire now and not Brighton. During my last couple of weeks in Brighton, i do not think i had really thought about the changes that would happen once we moved back. Obviously i had an idea, yet i never really thought about how i would feel about them. 

For one thing i forgot how depressing the task of finding a new job is. I am aware of how bad unemployment in England is at the moment, particularly for our generation, but to be honest i thought i would have found a job by now. I seem to have gone into this weird unemployment lull, where i do not really know what to do with myself and prefer to shy away from anyone that might ask the dreaded question "Have you found a job yet?". 
In my opinion, having a job is having independence. And since having to give up my job in Brighton and become unemployed again in another city, i feel like my independence is being questioned. Of course, this could be debated as me being inpatient and overly sensitive on the topic. 

The second thing that i have struggled with since moving is seeing my boyfriend less and not having our own place yet. He works pretty hardcore hours so we have gone from having most of our days together to just having the evenings and part of the weekend with each other. Do not get me wrong, i am incredibly proud of how hard he has been working for the past few weeks. What makes me even prouder is that he is doing it to get himself out of the post uni debt and so that we can live our lives together again. He is the hardworking sensible one and i am the rebel to society, irresponsible one. So we balance each other out in a way. But i intend on changing that. Every time he leaves for work at 6:30am i get a twang of guilt run through me. Unemployment makes you feel shame in many ways, particularly if your other half is working his ass off and your not. 

I know i will find a job eventually. And i also know it might not be what i really desire to do, but at the moment i am willing to do just about anything. OPTIMISM IS KEY.  Or so they tell me...

Anyway, moving on from the depressing part of the post. I want to tell you about my day yesterday! After how i have been feeling recently, it was the perfect pick me up that i needed. I am still getting used to Market Harborough/Leicester again and to be honest, i have been mainly focusing on the negatives. Yes i have become one of those annoying people that go around saying "Well it's not as good as Brighton". Sometimes i am not even aware that i am saying it.
However, i am starting to cherish the little places i have found and now love! As you all know, i adore the Cook Shop cafe in Market Harborough, which does fucking good coffee! (Excuse my language, but sometimes there is no other way to describe something). Yesterday whilst in town with a friend after going to my new fav cafe, we stumbled upon a small Italian Deli. My favourite food is Italian. It just get my taste buds going and hands down i will choose italian food over everything else every single time. Pasta is the food of Olympus! Just saying... 
As you can imagine when i saw the Italian Deli, i just had to go in. I was drawn to it like a bee to a flower! I think my heart must have stopped when i laid eyes on all the different pasta, cured meets, cheeses, pastries, etc, that they had on display. Like i said in my recent post about how to survive in a new city, it really is the little things that keep you going, and this Italian Deli was my little thing! I immediately pictured myself and my boyfriend browsing the food and buying different things to eat at home. I felt excitement, which is not really an emotion i have felt much since being back in Leicestershire. It really is all about exploring your new environment and finding places that you love and makes your move feel worth while. 

What have i learned this week? 
Be more optimistic. Do not always blame yourself. And find the little things. 


ALEX
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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

My June Favourites | Non-Beauty Edition.

This month amongst discovering many brilliant beauty products, i have also stumbled upon many other gems that did not fit into the beauty category. Therefore, instead of doing one big massive "JUNE FAVOURITES" post that would go on and on for years, i have spilt june into two posts! Cleaver, i know! If you haven't seen my June Beauty Favourites post yet and fancy giving it a read, then i will link it at the bottom of this post!

In this post i am going to feature random things that i have been loving this month! Such as recent clothes purchases, music, drink, etc, etc. You may have seen me raving about them on twitter, or seen pictures posted of them on my Instagram! In which case you may have an idea of what i am about to show and talk about!

So, lets get down and dirty!...with my non-beauty June favourites!


1. My Favourite Fashion Retail Purchases of June. 





This month i really wanted to get some key items for my S/S14 wardrobe. Since i moved from Brighton and having a few weeks of unorganised clothes, then getting to grips with Leicester's shopping scene, i will be honest and admit that i have had many mornings looking in my wardrobe and being clueless as to what i am going to wear that day. Shamefully, i am one of those people that let not feeling good about myself in clothes really bother me. So i set a goal to buy not a few items that would be versatile to the rest of my wardrobe and that i would get a lot of wear out of. And as you can see, that is exactly what i did. 


The first item is the most softest and comfortable cardigan from Topshop. England Summer weather does not always translate as sunny and hot, so i wanted a cardigan so that i could keep warm but also show off any nice tops i might wear underneath. I love this cardigan as it has such a pretty light pink/nude/peach colour, which is perfect if you want to slightly move away from wearing white all the time but do not want to go out of your style comfort zone. 
Recently i have been pairing this with navy/black jeans, pretty tops and loafers/pointed toe slingbacks. I can also wear this cardigan in the autumn/winter which i am so looking forward too! Personally, i prefer A/W fashion to S/S...so BRING ON AUTUMN!! My apologises to all you Summer lovers out there. 


Next up is another great find in Topshop. Like i said, i am not a fan of a lot of high streets S/S14 products at the moment, so i have found shopping rather difficult. However, i discovered if i look hard enough then i can find hidden gems such as the cut-out gingham shell top featured above. This is pretty much my perfect summer top. I love every single thing about it... from the shape/style, the colour, the gingham pattern, and finally the little cut-outs that leave a little bit to the imagination. *wink, wink*. It is more suited to the warmer days for obvious reasons, yet i have still been wearing it a lot and just pair a cardigan (mainly the one i just spoke about) with it. 


One thing you should know about the next item is that we have a slight human to jumper love affair going on. Since i purchased this Jumper from Zara, i kid you not, i think i wore it pretty much every day for about 6 days. I know, i am a tramp. But i was a rather stylish tramp. 
Anything navy and white i will pretty much love straight away. Add stripes, dots, or pretty much any pattern to the mix and i am at the till buying it before you can say "How much?". The shape of this jumper is perfect if you prefer not to wear tight fitting clothes around your stomach. Personally, i tend to bloat after eating meals (it can even be a salad and i'll bloat! I should really see a doctor...) so this jumper is perfect for me and to be honest i like the look of baggy clothes anyway. In my opinion this jumper is a classic looking item that i recon would have been worn decades ago. So if you are into that type of style, then pop off to Zara and hook yourself up with this classic and beautiful jumper. 


Lastly, on the fashion retail part of this post are the Topshop nude pointed toe slingbacks. I have to say, i feel a lot more lady-like when i wear these shoes. As you might know, recently i have been loving the colour nude. Whether it is for clothes, my nails, shoes, etc, it is my go to colour for this season. I can get away with wearing these shoes with just about any outfit i want. I used to think slingbacks are a pain in the ass and always fall off the backs of your feet, however, i have gotten on well with these and they stay on my feet good and proper! They really are good if i want to take a casual outfit and make it a little bit more smart/stylish. 



2. St Eval Candle Company in "Spring Flower". 


Do you find yourself constantly drawn to candle displays? Is your house filled with more candles than you can count? Then you need to go to C.A. Candle Anonymous...

I am kidding of course... However, i do have a serious addiction to candles. I love them! I think candles can make any room look and feel better and they always put me in a good mood. My mum brought me this candle recently as a small gift for organising her 50th birthday party (I will put the link for the post at the end of this post if you are interested in reading it!) and i adore it. The thing i like the most about this candle is the pot. The pattern that goes around it is beautiful and it is suited for indoors and outdoors, so it can go wherever you feel like putting it. Personally, i have chosen to put this candle in my bedroom, but i do have bigger plans for it when me and my boyfriend move into a flat of our own.  The candle is called "Spring Flower' so as you can imagine it has a really pleasant floral scent which i think is perfect for my future kitchen. 
You cannot beat a good candle people, you just can't! 



3. Yoga Studios App For Iphone. 




 This month i have been in training for a 10K run i am doing for the Race For Life and also trying to get a semi ok bikini body. I am going to do a big blog post on my participance in the Race For Life and how i trained for it soon, but to give you a snippet of that right now i am letting you in a part of my training secret. 
Yes you guessed right! I have been doing Yoga! I have always wanted to put yoga in my workout routine but at the moment going to classes just isn't suitable to my lifestyle right now. I only want to start going to classes when i can fully commit. So for the present time i have been using the Yoga Studio app for iPhone. This is pretty much perfect for anyone who wants to start doing yoga but is not sure when they will have the time to do it. It allows you to either pick out ready made yoga class videos from their collection or you can custom your own classes. I have downloaded a few beginners class videos that are tailored for strength, balance, and runners.  They also have classes that have different durations of time, which is ideal if you can only fit in 15 minutes of yoga. The videos are really clear, visual, and relaxing. I am sure there are quite a few yoga apps for the iPhone but i really like this one and would highly recommend it! 



4. Iced Green Tea.


Recently i have been making homemade iced green tea! Tooting my own horn here, but it is so delicious and i cannot get enough of it right now. It is the perfect drink for a hot summers day and for straight after a workout or during if you want to keep your caffeine levels up. Obviously you can make this caffeine free as well, all you have to do is make sure you buy caffeine free green tea. 

So my recipe for iced green tea is as followed:

Start off like you would when you make a normal cup of green tea. However this time add 2-3 bags of tree tea to your cup. Add the boiling water and let your tea stew for at least 5 minutes. When you have a cup full of dark, strong green tea, take out your tea bags and allow to cool. 
When your concentrated green tea has cooled down, pour into a jug and make the rest of the jug up with cold water. That is your basic iced green tea. It is up to you if you want to add anything from this point on. Personally, i like to add half the juice of a lemon and some sliced lemon, a little bit of mint, a few strawberries. If it is still a little bitter then i will then add a teaspoon of honey. After you have added what you want to your green tea, put it into the fridge to get chilled. Then when you fancy some, get a glass, add a few ice cubes and pour over your homemade iced green tea.

Tip: Make the iced green tea in the evening. This will allow it to chill in the fridge over night, giving you chilled iced green tea for the next morning!



5. Lana Del Rey. Ultraviolence Album. 



If you listen to my weekend playlists then you will have a good idea of what i have been listening to this month. I have listened to a lot of different albums recently and after a good old think, i have come to the conclusion that my favourite new album out this month has to be Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence.  I get that she is a fairly controversial artist due to the content of her songs, particular in this new album, however, i love it and really admire her. I have always liked Lana Del Rey as i think her voice is similar to that of female artists in the 1950's, which is one of my favourite styles of singing. In this album she has really captured the old fashioned ways and made them her own. 
I am not a music critic and neither have i studied music, so i cannot really pick the album apart and give a good technical review of it. If like me you like fairly chilled out music with a great vocalist, then you will most likely enjoy her album Ultraviolence. 



That is all for my June Favourites Non-Beauty Edition! I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. I really like writing monthly favourites as it just gives me an excuse to reacquaint myself with what i have been loving that month. Please do let me know what you think by either commenting down below or getting in touch with me on Twitter. I would also like to hear what your June favourites are and what you would recommend, as i am constantly on the look out for new things to try/wear/listen to/eat & drink!! 


Peace & Love,
ALEX



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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sunday Playlist



I have had a nice relaxing weekend this week so I have created a more chilled out playlist to reflect my mood. If you need something to listen to whilst your slightly occupied by something else, or even just want to sit, chill out and relax, this playlist (in my opinion) would be perfect for you!

If you like it, give it a follow on Spotify, or you can let me know by either leaving a comment down below or tweeting me!

ENJOY.


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Friday, 27 June 2014

My June Favourites - Beauty Edition.

I have made some absolute great beauty discoveries this month which i have been very eager to share with you all! There is a little bit of everything this month with items for hair, nails, body, face, etc. So you are pretty much going to see my favourites for each of those categories. I am going to be honest with you and tell you that i have been trying to cut back on my beauty splurges this month. The reason for this being the boyfriend and I are saving for a new flat. I know a lot of you out there can relate with the pain i have felt in doing so when it comes to saving. It isn't easy walking past the MAC section of Debenhams without pausing to look at all the beautiful lipsticks. Yet, i walked away! I walked with sadness, but still away from the danger zone!


Down to the juicy stuff now!

Starting off with my two favourite make-up items i have been using this month. Both of them have made a very brief feature in a couple of my previous posts but here is where you get to read why and what i love about them!


1. Urban Decay Naked Palette Flushed.

I got given this palette as a christmas present last year at the same time i got given my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. As you all know i absolutely adore the Naked 3 palette and use it just about everyday. However, for some reason i was not as excited to receive the Naked Flushed palette. Personally, my day to day make-up routine does not really feature much bronzer. The reason for that is because i am rather a pale person and do not want to come across as an giant orange. Since then i have made acquaintances with many bronzers and figured out how to apply them so that it gives my face that bit of contrast it needs after apply my foundation. Saying all that, I am a big fan of blusher! I love a nice rosy tint to my cheeks! 
The Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette is spilt into 3 sections. The first being a bronzer, second a highlighter, and the third a blusher. As a set they compliment each other perfectly and i find them really easy to use. In my opinion, it is the perfect starter kit if you are want to start experimenting with adding definition to your face and make-up. 




2. MAC Lipstick "Brave" A24

Hello, my little beauty! My one true love. My queen of the lipsticks! ...
Yes ladies... this is my favourite lipstick in my collection. What was i doing before i discovered MAC Lipsticks i do not know! I can tell you now that i have tried many different brands of lipstick and MAC is my favourite. I have discovered that it has the longest lasting coverage, applies the best, and dries my lips out the least. This lipstick in particular is just the bomb-digity! Since purchasing it, i have worn it pretty much everyday. The colour is just the perfect balance of pink and nude and goes with every outfit and make-up i wear. When all else fails, i know i have this little piece of beauty heaven to rely on! 




3. Essie Nail Lacquear "Limo-Scene".

When it comes to nail varnish and colours, i like to stick to what i know and like. I am afraid i am a basic nail colour kind of gal and i do not venture into the world of patterns and 3D when i am doing my nails. My favourite colour to paint my nails is nude shades. This can range from the off whites to a pinkish beige. I like colours that compliment my skin and finger shape. 
Do not assume that this restricts me when it comes to buying new nail varnish. I am always on the hunt for another great nude shade or a different brand and yes, even a different colour. I like to mix things up now and again. Maybe get a little crazy in the nail varnish aisle. 
I have heard many positive things about the Essie brand and was very eager to try them for myself. They have an absolutely beautiful range of colours but of course i was drawn to the pretty colour that is "limo-scene". Since purchasing it, it has soon become my favourite spring/summer nail varnish. The quality of Essie is very nice. I was really impressed when applying "limo-scene" and found that after a week of having it on, it was still holding its own. I have also found this colour goes with any  outfit i wear. Due to this, i find myself reapplying the Essie "limo-scene" every time i paint my nails. All my other nails varnishes must be feeling pretty lonely right now! 
I shall certainly be purchasing more nail varnishes from Essie and no doubt you will see a new one feature in next months beauty favourites! 




4. Neal's Yard Remedies Nourishing Orange Flower Daily Moisture.

It's back! If you follow my blog you will know that i dedicated a whole blog post to this little beauty! Which is why i am not going to go into too much detail about this product right now but i will link the blog post i wrote about it at the end of this post if you want to have a read. But to keep you updated i shall just say this... Since purchasing the Neal's Yard Remedies Daily Moisture i have been loving it! I like to apply it before putting on make-up in the morning and at night after i have taken my make-up off. Since using it i have had such lovely, soft skin, that personally i think smells fabulous now. A really great purchase if i do say so!




5. Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner.

I hate to say it, but i found a conditioner better then my old Aussie Colour Mate Conditioner. Being a curious person that is always interested in trying out new products, i picked up the Organix conditioner and decided to give it a try. The main reason for this is because it has moroccan argan oil in it. After trying a few products with argan oil in them, i have come to the conclusion that it works magic on my hair. I have been trying this conditioner out for the past few weeks and love it every single time i use it. It brings my hair back to its natural hydrated state and makes it feel so soft. No matter what you hair type i really do recommend this conditioner. And if by any chance you are prone to dry hair, this bad boy will sort it straight out for you! It also protects against UV which makes it perfect for the summer season. If you have fair hair like me, you will be truly grateful for that.
p.s. the scent is incredible!




6. Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly.

Last but not least, the weirdest beauty product i have evert tried, yet obviously now a favourite of mine! The shower jelly really does add a fun factor into your shower routine. If you are struggling to imagine the sensation of using a shower jelly, it literally is like rubbing those pre-jelly cubes all over your body. Some might find it odd... i personally have come to love it. If you are a fan of the Lush Comforter Bubble Bar you might love this as it has exactly the same scent. There is nothing like lathering this bad boy up and smelly sweet cherries and coconut. I was curious as to how a jelly could work as a kind of soap, so after having a gander on the back of the packaging, i discovered that it is made from Carageenan Extract which is an Irish moss seaweed. Even more interesting is the fact that when the moss seaweed is heated it turns into jelly, creating the shower jelly. My mind was blown! I love this product and would recommend it if your a little bit bored of your usual shower gel and fancy trying something new!





Well that is it for my June beauty favourites. I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and are curious to try some of the products i have mentioned. You might even grow to love them just as much as i do! If you would like to follow me on any social media, just click on the icons to your right and give me a follow. Please feel free to comment down below or tweet me if you liked this post or have any opinions on any of the products i have mentioned. 

Peace & Love,
ALEX





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Sunday, 22 June 2014

How To Survive In A New City.


Moving to a new city is an experience that can make you feel over the top excited and scared shitless all at the same time. Whether you are moving cities due to eduction, work, or personal choice... whatever the reason, it is a big deal! When you have spent a large amount of your life in an environment that you know well and then all of a sudden find yourself in an unfamiliar place it can be a really difficult experience. When i was 19 i moved away from Leicestershire where i had grown up, and moved down to Brighton. I was moving so i could be closer to the person i loved, which was a really exciting thing to me. However, being a person who had suffered with Anxiety for 5 years at that time, it was a big thing for me to do. I am an extremely impulsive person. Which i think is a good quality to have, yet, it can certainly be a bad thing sometimes. I know a lot of people around me were doubtful that i could live in a new city, and even myself doubted it when i thought about all the negative points.

1. I knew no one apart from my boyfriend.
2. I had never been away from my family for more than a couple nights.
3. I had no job.
4. I had no money.
5. I would become responsible for myself.

... The list could and did go on. Thinking of all the reasons why i shouldn't go made it seem like a very irresponsible decision if i did go. Yes, i was young. Yes, i didn't really know what i was doing. But it was time to break away.  I have always done my own thing, and never really followed the "rules" of life. So within a week of weighing the pro's and con's, i moved to Brighton. And it was the best decision i have ever made.
In the beginning though, i found it really tough. Which is why when i started up my blog i knew i wanted to do a post on how to survive in a new city. I wish i had had something to read when i first moved that would have given me some advice and made me feel like i wasn't alone in feeling emotional just after i moved. As you might know, i have recently moved back up to Leicestershire. There are many reasons for this, however the main one being so i can be closer to my family for the next year or two as i have a couple family members that are ill. I class Brighton as my home now, so moving back to Leicester has been like moving to a new city again. I might know the area well, but as i have changed as a person since living in Brighton, the culture of leicestershire seems new to me again. And if i am honest, it is not something i want to get used to. Of course, i am not putting the whole city population into one category, i am aware that there is a vast variety of personalities in Leicestershire. I am simply trying to say that in Brighton everything in accepted and people are generally more open minded. For a small example, my boyfriend is a mod and i have bright white hair. In Brighton no one bats an eyelid, it is partially the norm. In Leicestershire, we get comments left, right and centre. This is just one of the things you have to adapt to when moving to a new city, different places have different cultures, views, and ways of doing things.

So the reason why i am only just getting round to writing this post after being back in Leicestershire for just over 2 weeks, is that i wanted to give myself a chance to experience Leicestershire again. This would mean that when writing this post i can reference both moving experiences, which would allow me to broaden the advice i am giving so that it can translate to moving to any city. So here are my tips on how to survive in a new city. Obviously these are my own opinions and what i found helped me. Everyone is different, so its not going to be beneficial to everyone but for the majority of you, i really do hope it helps!


1. Exploring & Getting To Know The Area.

When you first move to a new city, all your familiarities go out the window. When i moved to Brighton i had no idea of the size of the city, street names, main roads, etc. I had no concept of where i was and where i was going to go in the city. Luckily for me, i had my boyfriend who knew Brighton fairly well. So even though i had him, i was still scared shitless about getting to know this knew city i was in. I am a person who likes to visualise everything, so what i found helpful was going onto google maps and searching Brighton. It gave me an idea the size of Brighton and where the key points were. So from there i figured out where i lived in Brighton and what roads i was close to. If you have an iPhone i would really advise getting the google maps app. It is really handy if you are going on a walk or trying to find a certain place. Plus if you get slightly lost just type in your postcode and it will locate where you are and show you how to get back.


2. Finding The Essentials. 

The next important part of moving to a new city is locating the essential places. Again google maps will come in handy with this, yet a big factor of locating those important places is asking people. A week or two after i moved to Brighton i found that i had started to memories key places, for example: train station, local grocery shop, doctors surgery, bus stops, etc. If you are house sharing or have neighbours, i am sure they will not mind giving you advice on where to find your essential places. It is much better to find them out before hand rather than wondering around the street looking for one particular place in a rush.
Second to this comes finding places of interest. When you move to a new city it is best to try and get back into a familiar routine that you had before you moved. Find the places that you used to like going to. Personally, i really wanted to find a gym so that i would be motivated to get out of the house and get used to seeing the city everyday. Other places like art galleries, bars, restaurants, shops, etc, are also good places to seek out. One of the most fun things about moving to a new city is getting to explore all these new places and venues. Trying out different places to eat and drink, seeing the cities attractions, finding lots of different shops that you hadn't really seen in the city you used to live in. This is one of the things that really makes moving worth while. When i moved to Brighton i was in heaven with all the new clothes, beauty, food, and vintage shops that i was discovering. Plus if you are starting to reach that home sick stage it really reminds you why moving cities is such an exciting experience.


3. Making Contacts / Meeting People.

The main thing that i was nervous about when moving was that i wouldn't know anyone. I was leaving all my family and friends behind and it scared the shit out of me. Some people are better at making friends than others. It all depends on your personality and how out going you are. Personally, i can be really introverted a lot of the time. Going through my teenage years i liked to keep to myself and i found it quite difficult to put myself out there. New people made me nervous. One on one, i am fine. Stick me in a group, and i might not say a word. I new this would be something i would have to deal with when i moved to Brighton and back to Leicestershire seen as i had been away for a while. Since moving and adding 2 years to my age, i have found that i have gotten a lot better with being relaxed around new people and just being myself. My advice would be not to force it. Of course you are going to meet new people, and if you are going to become friends it will simply come naturally. When i first moved to Brighton i was mainly hanging out with my boyfriend and his mates, which was totally fine (i get on well with guys), but after a while i was missing that girl talk! I wanted to be able to moan about my hair or talk about clothes without being looked at like a complete weirdo. When you feel like you want to meet knew people, i would recommend going to places that this will occur. Whether that's joining an exercise class, going to a local pub, or seeing what is going on in your city that involves a group of people. And don't forget, your not the only person out there looking to meet people and make friends!


4. Finding A Job.

We all know that with how things are in England at the moment, getting  job can be tough. This is something I really struggled with in Brighton and if I am honest, it really affect my self esteem and made me feel quite low. I am currently going through the job searching process again now seen as I had to give up my job in Brighton and move back to Leicestershire, but I will let you know how that turns out another time. Two years ago i had moved to a city that had one of the largest unemployed populations in England. The competition was high and not many jobs were going. I cannot tell you how many hours i spent scanning the internet and looking in shop windows for available jobs. I know how hard it can be to try and put yourself out there and be told you do not have the right qualifications or experience. The key is persistence. It can be easy to let the rejection get you down and make you want to give up. I once burst into tears after receiving a very polite rejection from the owner of a cafe.
One of the things i found got the ball rolling was volunteering. I have always been involved in art in one way or another, so my ideal job would be in the art scene. There is such a thriving art scene in Brighton that i knew i wanted to be a part of. I managed to get a volunteering job as an invigilator at an art gallery during the Brighton Fringe Festival. I loved it! I was sad when the month was up but glad that i had gotten some experience within the art scene. After a few weeks had past the art gallery emailed me asking if i would like to apply for a paid position as a kind of general assistant. I loved working at the art gallery and now treasure every experience i have taken from working there. I also met so many great people and met some very talented people in the art industry.
In my opinion, finding a job is pot luck. Some people can be trying hard to find a job and it takes months, and others will find a job straight away. The main advice i can give is to stay persistent, don't be afraid to put yourself out there, and try not to let it get you down.


5. Do What Makes You Happy.

Like i have said, moving cities can be a stressful experience and it certainly has its ups and downs. In those first couple of months when you are trying to figure things out and you might be starting to feel home sick, make sure you do the things that make you feel happy. Whether thats going out for a drink, relaxing with some coffee & cake, or just getting out and about in the city. Whatever it is, do it! It really is the little things that keep you from going insane in the first few months. You might have a million things to do, but it is ok to take some time out and spend some time focusing on yourself.




If you have recently moved to a new city and are reading this, i really hope that some of the advice i have given will help. The things i have mentioned are what i found helped me when i moved cities, so take from this what you will. If you have any advice for moving cities that i have not mentioned, please comment below or tweet me!



Peace & Love,
     ALEX



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Saturday, 21 June 2014

June Wish List



Hello Everyone!

I have put together a June Wish List because the other day it was decided that myself and my boyfriend are off to the South of France and Italy in early September. So i have picked out a few key pieces that i would like for June and that i can continually use throughout the rest of the summer. As you can see from the few items i have chosen, there is mostly a combination of white and nude. If you are like me and not a big fan of all the neons and eccentric patterns that are often featured in many high street shops S/S collections, then you might find white and nude better colours to make your outfits a bit more summery. All of the pieces i have choose are items you can style in many different ways. 

Seen as i live in England, and the summer is not always "summery", i have added a leather jacket to the wish list as it is the perfect for those days that are a little cooler and cloudier, but you still want to keep a light and fresh outfit. It can be really hard to dress for this time of year as the weather can be so unpredictable, but if you find some good key pieces for your wardrobe and style them accordingly to the weather, then it can be easy to keep to a summer outfit in British weather. If you like this wish list and would like to see more of what i currently desire for my summer wardrobe, then pop over to my Pinterest and follow my 'Spring & Summer Style' board. 

What pieces are key to your wardrobe for the Summer and how do you style them for different types of weather?


Topshop Crochet Detail Suntop.

Charlotte Stone Barton Sandels.

Juniors Green Buffalo Check Sundress.

American Apparel Wooden Heel Nude Sandels.

Fred Perry Vintage Nude Skirt.

White Leather Jacket & Other Stories.

Nanette Lepore Swimsuit.

American Apparel Nude Bucket Bag. 



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Friday, 20 June 2014

Saturdays Playlist

Hello Everyone!

Last week Saturdays Playlist was a day early because i was crazy busy on the Saturday. And this week it is a day early because i have a little too much time on my hands and i guess i am just in a sharing mood! This week is a mixture of everything i have been listening to and loving the past 7 days. Let me know what you think by either commenting down below or sending me a tweet at @lexihardy04 !

ENJOY.



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Korres Coconut Milk Shower Gel



Hello Everyone!

I thought it was about time i introduced you to my current favourite shower gel. This is what i call my "luxury shower gel". It is the shower gel i will always use when getting ready for a special occasion. It is the shower gel i use when i feel like pampering myself. And it is the shower gel i will try not to use too often (due to fear of it running out) but will often fail at this. Meaning i use this shower gel pretty much everyday. 

As you can see it is the Korres Coconut Milk Shower gel. 

Since discovering Korres i have been completely head over heels in love with the brand. If i could afford it, my bathroom would be filled with all there products! For one thing i love their principles. If you turn to the back of any of their products, you will see a long list of chemicals that that product has not used in its formula. All their packaging components are recyclable as well, which is always nice to hear. And most of their products have a 90% or higher natural content rate. To me, thats pretty damn good! Personally, i do prefer using organic products and will usually choose them over more chemical based products. 

The first thing that drew me to the Korres Coconut Milk Shower Gel was the bottle. I mean, just look how pretty it is! Korres always have beautiful packaging, and i have to say...wrong as it may be, when deciding what product to purchase the packaging can often have a big influence.
When you open the lid a beautifully sweet scent of coconut milk and creamy vanilla lifts into the air. The shower gel dose not loose it's scent when applied in the shower, so you will have lovely smelling skin for the whole day. It is also great for dry skin as it has oat proteins in it that form a protective film on the skin, which maintains its regular hydration level. I have had this shower gel for about 5 months now. Seeing as i use it almost everyday, i think that proves that it is great for creating a decent lather from a small amount of the gel. If i can recall i think i purchased it for around £8, which in my opinion you 100% get your monies worth. I could not recommend this product more. If like me, you love coconut scents and are looking for an indulgent shower gel, Korres Coconut Milk Shower Gel might just be what you are looking for.

Let me know what you think of the brand Korres, and if they have any other products that you are obsessed with! And also if you have tried their Coconut Milk Shower Gel and what your opinion of it is. All social media is to the right... go and give me a follow on Bloglovin and Twitter if you so desire!

Peace & Love,
ALEX
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

My New Summer Hair



Hello Everyone!

As the weather has finally decided to start acting like it is summer, i thought it was about time i got a hair cut!

There are a few things that needed doing to my hair. Currently the main thing being my roots. I cannot even look at them at the moment. However,  i am being a bit fussy about where i get my roots done, so i am still trying to find a decent hairdressers up here in leicestershire. So seen as my roots are on a waiting list right now, there is one thing that was an emergency! And that is the ends of my hair. I cannot stand it when i have spilt ends. Every other day or every few days, i will use hair straighteners on the ends of my hair to curl it slightly, giving my hair a bit more volume and bounce. If you have read my blog post on how i maintain my white hair, then you will know what hair products i use. Therefore you will know that i use heat protection spray. It really is a must when you apply heat to your hair! I currently use a heat protection spray by Aussie and it works fabulously. Yet, no matter how much heat protection you use, those pesky spilt ends will make there appearance at some point! For me, spilt ends affect the texture and the look of my hair. Which results in my hair looking unhealthy. As soon as i start to see them arrive, i send myself off to the hairdressers to cut them away from the rest of my hair. Which is exactly what i did last week!

I am one of those people that have been trying to grow their hair for years! When i was 16/17 i had shoulder length hair and hated it! Then when i stopped curling it everyday and left it alone for a bit, it finally started to grow. After years of waiting and watching, my hair had reached my chest. A.K.A the bottom of my boobs! This length has been good to me. It allowed me to try more styles and i found it care free and easy when i didn't want to put much effort into my hair. 

So last week i walked into my local hairdressers and asked from a trim. Just enough off to get rid of my spilt ends. After doing the usual small talk with my hairdresser and fiddling around on my phone a bit, did i realise i had been sat there for a while and my hairdresser and just kept on cutting. Now i do realise it is a common thing for hairdressers to get a little scissor happy, and to by honest it does not bother me that much if they do. In the end, your hair will always grow back. When i got back home and did the usual looking in the mirror and checking out my new cut, did i realise i had slightly longer than shoulder length hair again. For a second the panic struck in. The years i has spent hating having shoulder length hair and the other years i had spent growing it out, all flushed away down a big toilet for hair. It was only when i started to play around with my new hair and try different styles, that i realised it was the perfect cut for me for the summer. Yes long wavy beach hair for the summer is every girls dream, but my new hair has been great this past week since i had it cut. I have found that the best look for me is when i curl it and leave it down. It seems a lot more of a relaxed hair style, and compliments the weather like a dream. Hot sticky necks are now a thing of the past for me! 

Like i said, at the end of the day hair is hair and if you get a bad hair cut it will grow back. However, this time round it worked out great for me. So who knows, if you go into the hairdressers asking for one thing and come out with something slightly different, just go with the flow! And if you really don't like it... i suggest not going back to that hairdressers. 

Have you ever been to the hairdressers and come out with a different style than you expected? And what do you think is the perfect hair cut for summer? Let me know by commenting down below or contacting me at my  twitter

Peace & Love,
                                                                      ALEX
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Monday, 16 June 2014

That 60's Look.

Hello Everyone!

When it comes to my style, i have always been heavily influenced from the 1960's. Ever since i was 14 i started to discover this whole new culture from the 60's. Instead of my idols being the latest popstars, i was admiring women such as Brigette Bardot, Pattie Boyd, Anna Karina, Jean Shrimpton, and Edie Sedgwick. As i have gotten older, i have learnt how to incorporate the 60's into my style. When it comes to make-up, the cat eye flick is defiantly my main feature. If i don't have at least a small cat eye flick, my face feels bare. I feel too exposed and a lot more insecure about myself than if i did have cat eye flicks on. Personally, i like to keep a flair of the 60's and mix it up with whatever the current fashion is. Obviously, i have my own style and there are a lot of current styles that i really do not like. I can be very picky about clothes and my make-up style. I tend to stick to what i know and what i like. Yet, i will try out new things, which is just a part of how your style grows. 

For todays look, i have gone for more of a obvious 60's influence in my make-up. If i go for something very 60's, then i will keep another aspect of my look simple and modern. For example, as you are about to see in my photographs, i have gone for heavy eyeliner and a thick cat eye flick, which i took inspiration from a few of the ladies i mentioned above. So because of my eye make-up being heavy, i kept my lips simple with a nude/pink and didn't properly style my hair. I just sprayed a bit of dry shampoo into my roots, and ruffled my fingers trough the tips of my hair



I kept to my usually make-up routine until it came to my eyes. When you have thick eyeliner, i find it best not to use a coloured eye shadow as i feel it just looks too much. So today i just used "strange" from my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, which just gives my eyes the lift they need. Now comes the most important thing you are going to need to create this look. Whether you use an eyeliner pen or liquid eyeliner in a bottle with a small brush, it really is simple to do a cat eye flick. Today i used the Rimmel London Scandeleyes Eyeliner. Out all all liquid eyeliner pens i have used, this is the one i would recommend! 



I would love to know what influences you in your style and how you like to incorporate them. Also, i would like to point out that the eyebrow pencil i use at the moment makes my eyebrows look slightly ginger in certain lights, so i am on the hunt for a new product for my eyebrows. Recommendations will be welcomed! BTW, nothing wrong with having ginger/red hair! I just mentioned it because i am am a natural blonde, so usually have light brown eyebrows, just incase there was any confusion as to why my eyebrows look different colours in photographs.

 All links to my social media are to your right! If you liked this post and are interested in seeing more of how i style myself, then you will find my instagram the best source for my style to go to! 

Peace & Love,
                                                                        ALEX
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