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New Year’s Resolutions

As the clocks strikes midnight on New Years Eve, we all get a new start. A new start to achieve whatever we want in one single year, a new start to draw a line under the past and change our future. I love the idea of this, the idea of suddenly whatever happened in the previous year doesn’t matter anymore, no one cares. All everyone cares about is whats to come, how your going to carve your future into a different way.

There is something so very powerful about the new year and a fresh start, so why do we get so caught up on making new promises to ourselves that are the same every year and we end up breaking by mid Jan.

We get so disappointment in ourselves for breaking this promise that we have set out to achieve, to end up living the year from day to day achievements or failure of said promise and honestly what is the point.

2019 I shall not make a resolution, if i don’t make it to the gym than never mind, if i don’t stick to dry January thats okay, if i don’t post on instagram every single day then who cares!

This year I want to enjoy every moments life brings, every hug to every tear. I want to make plans and have adventures, most importantly I want to enjoy life while holding my standards high but also my acceptance. I want to bring that magic back to life both in my own but also everyone around me.

As we awake up on New Years Days, lets take this new fresh start to love life again and live every day to the full! (cheesy I know)

Much Love

xx

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Country Pumpkin

There is something very refreshing about going to the countryside, there is something about the silence, the cosy pubs, the fresh air. I find it very grounding, and I very good way to get disconnected with the world and social media.

That is exactly what we did last week (apart from a few insta posts!) We spend the week in the Yorkshire Dales, it was so nice to just spend quality time and enjoy the little things in life, plus we weather was gorgeous.

During the week the dogs experienced a few new things such as waterfalls, cows & sheep, and we experienced some lovely cosy pubs and a gorgeous Sunday roast at Simonstone Hall (I would highly recommend) Every evening ended with the most gorgeous sunsets and we managed to get some lovely photos.

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Much love

xx

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Charlotte Tilbury Goodies

Charlotte Tilbury is one of my most favourite make up brands. It is a brand that I don’t often shop from on a daily basis, it is still very much a treat splurge and something that I get a lot of joy from. There is something very special with shopping with Charlotte Tilbury.

I have a wedding coming up and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to purchase a few bits. I am thinking of doing a little ‘Get Ready with Me Wedding Guest Edition’, so you will be able to see these beauties in full swing.

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I treated myself to Pillow Talk Lipstick at the beginning of the year and it is my go to every day lipstick, I absolutely love it!! For the wedding I am thinking of going a little more dramatic with the eyes and want to keep the lips more on the nude side.

Pillow Talk is a little more brown tone for what I was thinking of going for, so I picked up B.I.T.C.H Perfect from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range. Of course, I needed a lip liner to match so I picked up Lip Cheat pencil in shade Pink Venus. These two are just beyond perfect and I am so excited to use these for the Wedding. The colours for me are the perfect pink nude!!

Eyebrows are my worse nightmare, I am so bad at doing my brows. Even though I do get them tinted and wax on a regular basis but when it comes to maintaining and enhancing them with makeup i struggling a lot. I find looking for brow products very overwhelming, there is just too much from pencils, to gels to tints, it’s a mind field.

As I was scrolling through all the gorgeous make up items, i stumbled across a brow kit called Flawless, Defined Brows which contains Eyebrow pencil & Sculpt and Shade Eyebrow Gel. I feel like these two products are pretty foul proof so (fingers-crossed) I should have fabulous brows!!

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I always love a charlotte Tilbury parcel coming through the letterbox, I can not wait to use these products to their max and create the perfect wedding guest makeup look. Be sure to keep an eye out on my Instagram and here on my blog for the full look.

Much Love

XX

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Getting Away | Port Solent Spa Hotel

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We can get so involved with living that we actually forget to live! We live for the latest instagram post, the next seasonal pumpkin spiced latte and pleasing everyone in our lives but what about us?

What about living our lives for us? Living our life how we want too and not how society  wants us too. I will hold my hands up and say ‘this is me’ I can get so caught up in the world and just doing my everyday routine.

Over the last few weeks all this has just got a little too much, and i needed out. I needed to be away from the ‘perfect’ I needed time to enjoy the moment and actually live!

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With this in mind Mr and I made a very spontaneous trip to Port Solent, for a spa weekend. This was actually what I need and i think what Mr needed as well. We found a great deal at the most gorgeous spa hotel that was stunning from the moment we arrived. The hotel was called Solent Hotel and Spa.

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We spend the weekend eating, drinking, relaxing and spending quality time with each other. I even manged to persaude Mr to have treatment in the spa. It was so nice to just enjoy life and live life, rather than worrying about everything and anything.

The life we live in can be so manic and stressful, I think I will be taking a few more ‘me’ days or even weekends in the months to come. It was honestly so refreshing stripping everything back, getting away from day-to-day life and social life.

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Much Love

xxx

 

 

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Penshurst Place & Gardens

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Anyone that know me, knows how much enjoyment and happiness I get from spending the day wandering around Palaces and Manor Houses. I think I get the satisfaction from being a young girl and believing in fairy tales and the big castles and just letting your imagination run wide with you. This is something that has never left me.

Luckily for me I found a man who will spend his afternoon wandering around the most gorgeous country manor houses.  While he was working away last week he decided that on the Friday I should join him and we can have a little visit to Penshurst Place and Gardens, he found this little gem on his way back and forth to work.

Friday came around and off we went to this little gem, I didn’t know anything about this place as we drove through some gorgeous little villages, enjoying every single moment.

We had a lovely afternoon, the house has connection to Ann Boyle and was used for a lot of filming. The gardens were even more gorgeous, stand alone gorgeous, every way you looked there was something new, every turn around the corner there was another secret garden. The photos do not do it justest but below I have shared my favourites from the day.

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Much Love

xx

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The Most Magical Weekend Away

IMG_6910.jpgThis last week has been such a whirlwind, I still can’t believe the kindness and love that I have experienced over the last couple of days. For anyone that wasn’t aware, I celebrated my birthday on Saturday (2nd June) and turned the grand old age of 23 – I am fully aware of how young I still am and all that, but to me I am getting old!!

Birthdays are something I get excited over, whether it be someone else’s or my own. However I never tend to do a lot, the ‘norm’ for me is a family birthday meal and maybe a little spa day with mumma. But this year was something out of this world.

This years birthday is different in a few ways – first I have the most gorgeous boyfriend by my side and second he wanted to plan and surprise the whole thing (something that took me the whole month to get my head around).

When someone plans or puts a lot of effort in for you, there is also so much expectation the other person holds. The other person is always thinking, stressing and even over analysing what may or may not happen. This was definitely me, I love surprises but I hate not being in control and knowing. Even with me badgering my boyfriend for the whole month he kept his plans a secret, and honestly I am so happy that he did.

I am so over joyed, grateful, overwhelmed and utterly unbelievably lucky to have such a lovely lovely person by my side that honestly planned one of the most greatest weekends of my life!!

A little pre warn, this post is going to be very long so please grab a coffee, tea and get comfy.

Saturday 2nd June

Of course I was up at the crack of dawn, beyond excited to see what the day held and where we were off too. I did however hold off on waking Mr up for about an hour or two!!

After presents and breakfast, we headed off. I was told to close my eyes while Mr put the address in the satnav and we were off. We did have a few stops on the way before we got to the place we were staying. The first stop on the map was Burford Garden Centre, to most people this would have been a very strange place to stop and honesty I was thinking the same but oh my this place is beyond gorgeous. Everything was super cute and pretty, they had a little farmers market going on inside and out. We had a little wander around, decided that we needed rainbow pasta in our lives and grabbed some lunch. The reason to why we stopped here was: one to grab some food but mostly because Burford is the gateway to the Cotswolds.

After another little drive we turned up in another charming little village. Bibury, this village was once described ‘as the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’ and oh my it’s beyond anything especially in the sunshine. There is a little row of cottages by the river called Arlington Row which are the most photographed cottages, they also play a part in a few British films and tv. Of course I had to get some photos!!

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Wandering around the village of Bibury we suddenly realised the time and decided to head to the hotel (at this point I still had no idea where we were staying)

We turned off the main road and up a little drive away to a gorgeous country manor house. Anyone that knows me knows that I adore an old manor house and this was something else. Everything about it was charming from the detail into the wood on the staircases to the high ceilings. This would have been the perfect place for a cosy weekend away in winter but then an again gorgeous in the summer to wander around the rose gardens and that was exactly what we did!

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A few cocktails later it was time for dinner, we had the three course set menu in the hotel and overall the food, drink and atmosphere was perfect. By far the best end to the most amazing day.

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Sunday 3rd June

The weather was so gorgeous that we had breakfast outside, outside!!! Once waffles had been eaten and tea drunk we head out for a day of more surprises.

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Mr had planned a little road trip, passing through some of the most prettiest villages and town, while going down some of the best roads. This for me was the highlight of the trip, the thought and effort that had gone into planning all that would have been insane. Plus I love things like that. I have no idea all the places we passed throughout the day but I shall pop some photos up from my favourite.

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Dinner that evening was at the Fish Hotel about 20 minute car journey from our Hotel. We eat in their fish restaurant called the Hook. I love fish and throughly enjoyed the menu and wine. The whole decor of the place was also to die for so major points there as well. Once dinner was finished, we sat outside under fairy lights and finished our wine while chatting about everything. Honestly the whole weekend feels and felt like dream!!

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Monday 4th June 

There are worse places to be waking up on a Monday morning, that is for sure, however there was a little bit of me really gutted that this was our last day here. I would have loved to have spent the week here and is it a place we will be coming back to over and over again.

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Before I could dwell on the last day for too much longer Mr had plans for today as well. I got a few choices for where we went and I decided we head to Snowshill Country House and Gardens.

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These gardens are probably the prettiest and gorgeous ones I have ever had the pleasure in visiting. It was the perfect finish to a perfect weekend.

I can not thank Mr enough for this birthday weekend, I loved every minute. Every single detailed had been planned but also planned with me in mind and every second contained everything that I love in life.

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I think we have found our little place, we will be coming back to the Cotswolds for years to come and I can not wait to return and explore everything a little more and go to all the places we didn’t get the chance to go.

A massive thank you!!!

Untill next time my lovelies ……

xxxx

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Bronzed Summer Glow | Outfit of The Day

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When the evening get longer, the rosé is colder and the laughs get louder. Nothing can really beat a Summers evening.

We had such gorgeous weather over the weekend, so Dad cracked open the BBQ. Which in other words means I get my boyfriend to take lots of photos of me very awkwardly holding a wine glass and giggling.

I loved how these photos come out that I just had to put them together for a little post.

I honestly believe that these photos sum up how life is at the moment (I am fully aware of my cheesy that sounds) my days are filled with a lot of love, giggles, care free and hard work. I am very much in a place that I thought I could never be in, and i am amazed with how the right people and a little self belief you really can pave your own way in life.

I really hope the giggles and care free Alice continues throughout the Summer and I may do more little post like this with some cute little outfits too. As I am currently loving life!!

Onto the most important what am I wearing

Dress -ASOS
Shoes – Topshop (last year)

If you are new to my little blog then please show it come love as well as my socials too. It would mean the absolute world to me and we can continue to share the love.

Until next time my lovies….

 

 

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Claydon House and Gardens | Mother’s Day Treat

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I find such mystery wandering around a country house, reading about who once lived there and their antics. Ever since I was a small child I would drag my parents around castles and country estates; It’s a passion that has come from my mum.

As it was Mothers day the other weekend I thought it would be a great opportunity to take my mum to a country house that neither of us had been to, and get fully absorbed into the who’s, why’s and all the antics.

Claydon House and Gardens is where we ended up. Claydon House was designed by Ralph Vareny to dazzle his neighbours and political rivals with his wealth. Within 30 years he was bankrupt. The house also plays a gesture to Florence Nightingale and the Civil War.

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The house currently standing is only one third of what was originally build and some rooms were never used for their original purpose, which is such a shame when looking at the detail and the added extras that had gone into the architecture. Some of the rooms are half empty for two reasons: either they were sold to pay off the debts or they were left as a blank canvas for parties and entertainment.

The rooms however speak a thousands words, you can imagine the characters dancing around in the big ballrooms, all the hustle and bustle. The wealth that would have stepped out of the scenes (the beauty and the beast opening scene comes to mind). As you stare out the massive floor length windows you can do all but imagine what was once looked out upon. From the men riding horseback across the fields to the women reading and picking flowers from the gardens.

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The land surrounding the house is amazing. We had a little walk around the gardens. It was such a shame it was a dark and miserable day. In the summer I can imagine it is truly beautiful. Mum took some inspiration for our own garden (she is more about the garden as I am more about the house).

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We had a little wander around the courtyard as we finished. This now has lovely independent shops and a cute tea room, but you can just picture the horse-drawn carriages which would have lined the road.

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In one of the openings they had an old fashioned fire engine, this of course was horse drawn and was a must being the in countryside. It was a lovely little added touch to the courtyard.

We had such a lovely afternoon wandering around Claydon House and I think mum really enjoyed her little treat for Mother’s Day.

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Much Love

Alice xx

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Valentines Trip To Bath | Part Two

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Day Two 

After waking up from one to dream to another, it as time to get up and head into the city. We had a few things planned that we wanted to do, first stop was the Roman Baths. I had been here before but my boyfriend haven’t and I love a bit of history so it was the perfect place to start. We got to wander around the Baths and learn all about the Romans, a must do when you are in Bath. We spend a good couple of hours there, I would recommend it being the first thing you do in the day to avoid the crowds.

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Right next down you had Bath Abbey, which was breath taking inside with the most gorgeous ceilings and stain glass windows. It was really nice to just sit here for 10 minutes and just people watch in the middle of a busy city. They did offer guided tower tours however they ran every hour and we missed one by 5 minutes and didn’t fancy the wait.

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Before we knew it it was lunch time, we headed across the road to Roman Bath Kitchen. This was a very busy place and booking would be recommended. We did have a nice lunch nothing majorly special but nice.

I wanted to fit just one more museum before the day come to a end and the one we went for was No1 Royal Crescent. This is a museum around No 1 Royal Crescent from how it would have been in the Georgian times. It is a nice museum if you like to look at things as there is a lot for sure.

We wandered back to the hotel through the park just has the sun was setting. We got back just as it was setting and watched it from our balcony before getting ready for dinner.

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Dinner was a real disappointment, which is such a shame as I had found the most cutest independent family run Italian (which is right up our street). The place was gorgeous and the staff were all so friendly and lovely however the food wasn’t great and pricey too. We both had fish off of the specials which was nice but nothing special. I reckon if you do go there just stick with the food off the normal menu as the pizzas did look amazing!!!

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We didn’t really have anything planned to do on our final day. We decided to walk along the river and just see where we ended up. We ended up doing a full circle, it was very pretty along the river and the canal. Honestly it was just nice to walk and talk and enjoy the little moments.

As we ended up back in the city we decided to grab some lunch and a cheeky cocktail in Slug and Lettuce before a very serious game of mini golf ( I lost but only by 3) after this we decided to call it a weekend and head home.

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This is probably one of the best weekends we have spend together and it will always have a special place in my heart. I loved every moment and I am so glad I have so many pictures from the weekend.

I hope you enjoyed these two posts and some recommendation to do in Bath if you are every passing.

Much Love

Alice xx

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Valentines Trip To Bath | Part One

IMG_5503A weekend away is by far on my top five favourite thing to do and with February being the month of love, it was the perfect opportunity.

We headed to Bath. Bath is one of the most beautiful cities I think there is in the UK, so I jumped at the chance of going there when we were talking about a weekend break.

We stayed in the Apex Hotel, which was in a great location just a few hundred yards from the main city and surrounded with bars and restaurants. Our room was nice, nothing overly exciting or special about the room apart from the balcony and the gorgeous views we had. On both nights we watched the sunset!!

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We arrived in Bath around lunch time, checked in and headed in to the city. We had a wander around, found our bearings and stumbled across some beautiful gardens, I believe they were called Palace Garden. These gardens looked out over the River and had a gorgeous view of Pulteney Bridge. With such beautiful surrounds we had a little photoshoot (a lot of  it was my boyfriend telling me to stand there and smile!!)

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As the temperature started to drop we headed over to the Pump Rooms and had a lovely afternoon tea, this is something I would recommended to everyone and anyone that visits Bath. It is a little pricey ( afternoon tea for two and a bottle of bubbles came to around £85) unfortunately we enjoyed ourself too much that I didn’t take too many photos.

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The plan that evening was to chill in the hotel and enjoy the view from the balcony. We did however head out for dinner to a place called Bar + Block. This was a steak restaurant that had a gorgeous contemporary feel, very chilled and perfect for good food and even better cocktails.

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We ordered a few drinks and food-wise we both had steak. The great thing about this restaurant was that you could choose whatever cut you wanted and the size of it too, something I hadn’t seen before. We just had a lovely evening and I enjoyed every single little moment in the day.

I am going to spilt this into two posts as there is just too much to say and too many photos for one post. Please please keep your eyes peeled for the next Bath post in the next few days. If you can’t wait there are a few of my favourite pictures up on my Twitter and Instagram.

Much Love

Alice xx