Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Revision, Revision, Revision!

It may only be the end of February but May and June are literally around the corner. For me, revision has already started. I started back in September because I have learnt from my mistakes of last year.

If you are doing your AS or your A- Levels, then you really should be doing revision now. I know that is a harsh thing to say but it's the truth. Last year when I was doing my AS levels I started revision far too late and found myself panicking. The teachers tell you that there is a massive difference between GCSE and Alevel, but you don't believe it. A-levels have so much content and anything on the specification can come up. It's not like GCSE where you can remember the specification and get and A*. I did that for Chemistry GCSE and got an A overall, it worked but it doesn't work for Alevels. Its not just the knowledge its the application and evaluation etc, etc etc. They are hard for a reason. 

For me I have now found my way of revising which has helped me to increase my grades. At the moment I am doing three subjects: Economics, English Literature and History. I will also be retaking unit 1 of economics last year as I got a D in it yet in unit  I got an A and then D pulled me down to a C. So slightly annoyed about that. I thought it would be a good idea to share with you guys how I revise. These methods may not work for you, but if you are looking for a new method or not sure how to revise these may just help you. 

Enjoy! 

One: Mind Maps

Mind maps are great for linking knowledge together and also going over what you already know. I like to colour code mine. If I am doing say 'costs of inflation' I will do that section in red, but if I am doing 'the benefits of inflation' I will do it in green. 

TWO: Flashcards

I have never been a huge fan of flashcards, but these come in handy for History. You can have one sub topic per card with the relevant facts on it and then a paragraph plan on the back. Also, you can read them before bed or before a mock and you can even get people to test you as well. They are quite a handy little device. 

THREE: Rewriting

This for me is essential. I always come home from Sixth form and re write all my notes from that day in my 'neat' revision books. When you are in class, sometimes your notes just go everywhere in your book which I hate. Just to write them up heat is so handy when you are doing revision. Also, by rewriting your notes you can go over anything you don't understand and do some research to make your notes more advanced maybe. 

FOUR: Research

Research is so handy for some subjects. If you are doing English Lit. for example you may need extra context or theories that you may have not covered in class. By getting a bit more information it will help to make your subject knowledge more advanced and may also help you with parts of the course you don't understand. I often do this with Economics as well. 

FIVE: Practise past papers

We all hate doing 'mocks' but they do actually help most of the time. For me doing past papers in Economics really does work. It helps you to get your exam technique up and you start to understand what the exam board want for each question. Also, it will point out areas that are not your best which means you can then go over the stuff again and maybe re try the questions later. 

SIX: Use 'Get Revising'

I love this website. Honestly doing my AS levels this website was a godsend. I mainly used it for Russian History as there were so many resources on there. It can test your knowledge, you make your own resources, you can use other peoples resources. It really is great. I think I paid just over £30 for a year and it does really help in areas that you have no clue in. 

SEVEN: Using Colour

I just like to be organised so colour helps me so much. Also, I love using highlighters so I can pin point key points. It may not work for everyone but it helps for me. 

EIGHT: Definition que cards

These things work really well. At A level there are so many key words and stuff that you just have to know. These work like flashcards. You can test your self. Others can test you. You can read them etc etc etc. 

NINE: Create a timetable

Now when creating a timetable don't just say 'On a Monday I will be one hour of English, One hour of History and One hour of Economics' because that isn't going to work. For mine I went through the specification and books and took out all the topics. That way I know I am covering everything. I can then spend more on some topics than others and less on the ones were I am confident. I have also planned when I am going to do mocks outside of school. 

TEN: Time

Everyone needs a break. You can't go on forever. It doesn't work like that. I tend to do 20 minutes and then have a couple of minutes break. If I am going onto another subject then I will give myself a 10- 15 minute break. 



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Monday, 23 February 2015

Meeting Justin Bieber!

Hi Guys!

This is a ver special post which will probably be yearly.
Exactly two years ago something magical happened. Something happened that everyone said would never happen.

I MET JUSTIN FRICKING BIEBER!

If anyone knows me personal I love Justin. I have supported him since before 'Baby' came out, so thats like 5 years ago. I probably say I became a Belieber in that summer. I know a lot of bloggers are all into their One Direction, but for me its all about the Biebs.

I just remember people telling me 'You will never met' blah blah blah. I wanted to prove people wrong. I had to prove people wrong plus I wanted to meet him.

While I am writing this post, exactly two years at 6pm I was on ticket master buying the ticket for the book signing. It didn't hit me straight anyway that I had actually got the ticket. I didn't officially hit me until I woke up on the saturday morning. I had to look amazing, his my idol he always looks amazing.

Me, my mum and my dad got on the train and headed to London. It was just past Tottenham Court Road tube and I remember thinking to my self like 'this is finally happening'.

The hardest part of the day was the queue. I think we queued for about and hour and a half or so. It wasn't because he was late it was just we were all early. When we were queuing inside they had 'BELIEVE' playing on the radio, everyone was singing. It was such a great atmosphere.

The security for WHSmiths were awful. They were like 'NO PHONES' 'NO PHOTOS' 'NO RECORDING', so I just hid my phone in my pocket and then when I went into the room just lifted up my top abit so the phone could record from my jeans pocket.

Honestly, the best part of the day was walking into that room. Seeing him. It finally hits you in the face that you are meeting your idol. Even writing about it now, two years later, still makes me want to cry with happiness.

All I remember is saying 'THANK YOU SO MUCH' and forgetting how to breath. I remember him smiling at me and saying 'have a nice' or 'you have a nice' but I don't know what he said after that. Which does make me sad.

After meeting him I waited outside of the building where my Dad was and my Dad just goes 'I saw him get out of the car, I recorded and we will stay until he comes out', which we did. When Justin came out it was just a huge scream of people or should I say girls (me included) and then his car stopped right in front of us and it was just perfect.

We had eye contact 


Take me back 

It's signed!

He is so perfect

This was before we had to start queuing inside the building 

After the signing.
I am going to leave the story here.

You can watch the video from the day here!

On the finally note, never give up on anything. Believe.

Love Alicia.

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

A Collective Haul ft. Topshop, Zara Home, Primark



Hi Guys!

So over the past month or so I have been doing a some shopping. Like I who doesn't do some shopping  but in the past three weeks I have been to Westfield Stratford twice. The first time I went, I went into London first (see post here) and the second was because I had a £15 off gift card for Victorias Secret and I brought a white bra and it went it the wash and it came out grey so the whole point of the second trip was to get a white bra. Did I get another white bra? NO. 

Anyway on to the haul….

TOPSHOP:

First of all I had to get uniform for work and secondly I get staff discount so I haven't spent as much as what it may look like. 

I have been after a pair of ripped jeans for what feels like forever and when I saw these in store I was like 'YES, GIVE THEM TO ME' and I just went for them. The only thing is they are slightly to short even though I went for the long leg in them. So that's the only real problem. Also, what I like about these jeans is that the rip actually looks like a rip instead of some jeans where it looks like they have perfectly cut the rip out, which I don't like. Would defiantly recommend the Blue Vintage Wash Jamie Jeans. 



Then we have another pair of jeans, just this time the Leigh Super Soft Ankle Grazers in a dark blue. I have looked online and couldn't find them but I think they are still available in the west fields store, but not 100% sure. I decided to get the long leg again simply because I am not a huge fan of ankle grazers but they still do only go to my ankles so I am so glad I didn't go for the regular fit. They are really comfortable. I was a bit spectacle about Leigh jeans simply because I have tried them on in the past and I really didn't like them. I do prefer the fit of the Jamie jeans, but nonetheless they are super comfortable  and I do really like wearing them. (See PINK photo)

I am one of them people that if I like something I will go and buy it in different colours. So thats what I did with the Neat Fit Chambray Shirt. I got it in white and in blue, simply because you can never have to many shirts in your wardrobe. These shirts are so comfortable, they are so easy to wear, they come up great after washing, they look good on etc etc etc. Also, even though they are 100x cotton they are not stiff which a lot can be. They are slightly oversized but still really flattering on. Just two perfect shirts.



I was originally going to get a new 'college/sixth form/school' bag from Miss Selfridge, but they didn't have the one I wanted, so when I went to go and get some socks for my Mum I saw this lovely bag. It's not leather but it doesn't bother me. I just needed something that will get me through to June, so the Berners Tote Bag seems like it will do the job. I have been using it now for about two weeks, it fits my books, my notebooks, pencil case, lunch etc in quite well. There are some nice little compartments inside which are great for putting my phone in, sixth form card, keys etc. Can't really fault it at the moment. 



On Friday I was originally going to buy some more boots but they didn't have them (I was actually really disappointed) but then I saw these cute shoes. I had seen them on the website and didn't really know if they were me or not. When I tried them on I did fall a bit in love with them. I think they will go  really nice with summer outfits, when I am on holiday in the evening, and even as a day shoe. I know I will not be able to go to work in them or college. Well for college I finish on the 11th June so it doesn't really matter. Oh by the way they are the BARTON Mid-Heel.

Finally, the most exciting purchase for me if this coat, the Woolly Textured Ovoid Jacket. There is a story to this coat which begins at the end of December. I was going to get it in the Ipswich Topshop in Debenhams but I could use my staff discount card, so I then went to the main Ipswich Topshop and they didn't have it. I was then going to order it online and get it delivered to the Colchester store to refund it so I could get my discount off. Then when I went to westfield for my Mum's birthday they website said it was in stock, however it wasn't. The staff were really good and the women tried looking for it for ages, but they didn't have it. Anyway, then on the Friday off that week it went in the sale, which meant it was cheaper than my discount, so I still ended up getting it from the Topshop in the Ipswich Debenhams.  End of story. I love this coat. It is slightly oversized which I love. Really deep pockets so I can just stuff my phone, earphones, key etc in there when I'm walking to school etc. It is nice and warm and it goes with a lot of my clothes, which I love and oh my god.

  
The bag is just in the background .. I forget to take a photo of that. 

PRIMARK: 

I am not a huge fan of Primark any more so I don't really go in there but their hangers are really good. Although one of their hangers I brought a while back did snap on me the other day. They are actually for my mum and she just went for the pink ones. 

I also got just a simply white long sleeve top. I was thinking mainly for layering or just for lounging around. For £4 it isn't very thick, it's a good transitional piece that may even come in handy in the summer. I did get it in a size 12 instead of 8 because they had no 8s or 10s and I wanted it on the bigger size. 

Thanks to Primark I have now joined the 'Selfy Stick' group. Well I have one now. I was going to get one from ASOS or Topshop but I didn't want to pay like £15, so for £8 I'm not expecting it to be the best but who knows. 

MISS SELFRIDGE: 

I never shop in Miss Selfridge, like never. However, because I went in there for the bag that they never had I ended up picking a houndsttooth (is that what its called) dress. It does have a spilt down each side which does start from my bum, so you can't wear it bear legs. It is kinda high neck which I do really like because normally it just looks so unflattering on me. Also, it is quite thick which is good for me as it means when I wear it for work I don't freeze. I normally tend to pair it with black leggings or really thick tights, black boots and a leather jacket. If it is cold outside I do wear my coat with it.





PINK AT VICTORIAS SECRET: 

I would show you my pants from what I got in there, but I have worn them so no one wants to see worn pants. I do love their pants. Before I got them in PINK I always got them in Gilly Hicks, I think they had the same offer of 5 for £20 until they shut down. 

The white bra which is no longer white, hence why it looks grey. I love their bras, they are really comfortable and even though they are push up its not like 'hey I'm wearing a push up'. I also got the nude bra as everyone needs a nude bra in their life. 



This is the bra that was supposed to be the same as the white bra. I did see this bra when I originally got the other two bras but I want to 2 for £40 and didn't want to pay £36 for one. As I had the £15 off I was like I am going for this bra. I haven't worn it yet but it looks really nice.





Lastly, I went for this top. I have wanted a PINK top now for a while but I refused to pay like £30 for what is something that is really thin and that I am probably not going to wear outside of the house. I am actually wearing it while I write this post. I got the small thinking that it was for size 8- 10, but I was wrong, its HUGE!!! Saying that I really like that. There was some left in their sale section. It was £11.50 instead of £26 I think which is a lot more up my price range. I also like the fact that it doesn't say 'PINK' at the back in glitter and sequins because I'm not about that, especially if I do end up wearing it for sixth form. 

Top: Pink Jeans: Topshop Leigh jeans 


AMERICAN EAGLE: 

So when I went in there back at the end of January all their sale had an extra 50% off, so I only spent like £19. I don't believe you can get the jumper or the shirt online as in store they are now both £9.99 each, so the same price I paid for them back in January when they were £20 in the sale. 

I wanted a plain big jumper, something that I could just wear with jeans, be warm in and still look presentable and this jumper really does do the trick.

I also got this shirt which I love. I have another shirt similar which comes up a lot smaller than this one. It is a nice material and is a nice length. Like some shirts just come up to short and don't look right. I have worn this open with a vest top and also with a white cropped jumper. I have worn it done up. It's quite versatile and for only £9 you can't really go wrong. 

ZARA HOME:

I wasn't planning on buying anything in there but my mum is insisting that I start buying stuff for university now instead of all in one go in August and September. The duvet was £7.99 (I think) instead of £39.99 and the pillow case was £1.99, also in the sale. I just wanted a neutral colour so it can go with most things. I don't know if I am going to get much use out of it but who knows. 


SAINSBURYS:

Out of all the Youtubers/Bloggers books out I wanted 'The Glam Guide' by Fleur De Force. She is one of my favourites and I was disappointed that she came no where near where I live for her book tour. I really like the book and there are some really good tips in there.



I also have got some bits from Superdrug but they are mainly everyday stuff which is really quite uninteresting so I am not going to bore you with them. 

I hope you enjoyed this collective haul and what stuff have you been buying lately? 

Love Alicia x 
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

What I'm Giving Up for Lent

I'm not someone who normally gives into 'New Years Resolutions' or the idea of giving up something for 40 days and 40 nights, but this year this is changing.

Back in July I was able to give up chocolate until right before Christmas. I honestly didn't miss chocolate, but now I have gone back to the ways of eating chocolate again. So objective number one: give up chocolate. 

So the School/Sixth Form make these muffins and they are very very good. However, I don't want to put any weight or and nor do I want to be spending 70p a day, so objective number two: give up muffins and cakes. 

I'm not a massive drinker, but I do like a glass of wine and I do love my cider, so I am going to go alcohol free. Objective number three: give up alcohol. 

I love breakfast. I'm probably one of the only people who I know who has breakfast every single day. The thing is I have been feeling bloated lately and I think its because of whatever is in it or something. It could be nothing to do with it, but I need to be more healthy so I am going to go for fruit and yogurt. Objective number four: give up cereals. 

Cheese, cheese cheese. I have a slight obsession with cheese which probably needs to stop. So I am going to stop having cheese on jackets and on pasta and start eating it without it. Objective number five: give up cheese. 

I don't know what has happened but lately I have been having salad cream with everything. I have it with roasts, on vegetables, with chicken etc. I just love it however, its not exactly the best thing for you. Objective number six: give up salad cream. 

I know that 6 objectives may seem a bit harsh but I want to do it for my own health and prove to myself that I can live a healthy life without them. I know everyone does chocolate, but I have done it before so I can do it again. Also, I would give up fizzy drinks but I gave them up a year ago and have only had about 3 in the last year and I honestly do not miss them at all.

So what are you all giving up for lent? Or maybe have you set yourself goals of doing my excise or something?

Love from Alicia x 

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Pancakes!

                         

It's nearly Pancake Day!!!!

So on Tuesday it will be the one day where if I want to I can eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although, I am going out for breakfast so lets hope the Toby Carvey do, do pancakes for breakfast. 

Over the last year I have loved making pancakes and I have made the recipe my own now through trying different recipes out and adding more own things to them. So I though I would show you how to make my pancakes. 

I hope you enjoy!

Ingediants:

* 100 grams of Plain Flour
* 2 Eggs
*150ml of milk (I used 1% milk)
* 1 or 2 tablespoons of cinnamon 

Method:

1) Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. 

2) Using an electric whisk, whisk all the ingredients together for around 1 minute. If the mixture feels a bit thick then add around 10ml of milk. Don't add too much or they will be very milky pancakes. 

                                         


3) Heat the frying pan up for around 2 minutes to get the oil in the pan really hot. I find if the oil isn't very hot then the pancakes do not turn out very well. 

                                       


4) Once the pan is hot, add a ladle of batter to the pan. Make sure the batter covers the whole of the pan.

                                     


5) Wait about 30 seconds before flipping it over. At this point I also turn the heat down lightly to stop the pancake from burning.

7) Flip the pancake over again after 30 seconds and repeat this 3 times.

8) Place the pancake on a plate. 

9) Repeat until all the batter is finished. I am normally able to make around 6 pancakes, although they seem to get smaller then more I do. 

10) Serve how you wish. I like mine with nutella, fruit and ice cream. You maybe a traditionalist and prefer lemon and sugar. What ever floats you boat really. 

                                      


I hope this recipe was useful and you have fun making you own pancakes.
Also, how do you make your pancakes and what toppings to you have on yours?

Happy Pancake day!! 

Love Alicia x

P.S Does anyone have a recipe on how to make American Pancakes as I have tried many and failed. 
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Thursday, 12 February 2015

A little update

Hi guys! 

I'm really sorry for being inactive for almost two weeks, it's just I've been really busy with college and work etc.

Anyway, I thought I would show a few things that I have brought over the last two weeks, well actually I brought these last Sunday and the pens looked photographic. I just love stationary to begin with and when I saw these perfect pens in paper chase I was just like 'yes' these are perfect. I actually said that as well. I was aiming not to buy anything but I need pretty pens to do revision cards and mind maps as exams will soon be flying round the corner. 

                                   


These pens are also really good. I have had felt tips in the past that are all fat and look horrible whereas these are the perfect thickness for writing and making notes with. They were £3 for 24 pens which I didn't think was too bad and I got student discount off so I saved like 30p, but 'every pen counts' right. 


                                   

Just look at the pretty colours! 


                                 


   I was also tempted by these lovely River Island earrings. I have loads of earrings but I'm really fussy and a lot of mine are not really everyday ones and don't go with a lot of my outfits. They are more dressy I suppose.  So when I saw these babies at only £3, I was like I wear a lot of white and black so they will go with most things. Most of this past week I have been wearing them and they haven't hurt my ears. The only thing that did happen was when i took them out the hole was slightly red but I don't know if that was because i slept with them in or not. 

Also, on Sunday I met up with my best friend as she lives like an hour away from me and she hold me she was moving to the Netherlands. Out of everyone I know, I never imagined her to move to another country. Anyway, she has got a job with an Olympic dressage person (as you can tell I'm a very horsey person, not) and I'm really happen for her because I have known for years that was has wanted to get into the heart of the horse world and now she finally will. On the plus side for me, I will get to go out there in the summer and have a mini road trip around Holland, Belgium and Germany as she is moving to the area where all three of them countries meet. 

Finally, on Tuesday I went to see Collabro and I was surprised by how good they were. For people who don't know them they won BGT last year. The reason why I was surprised was because I don't really like their album and got bored of my mum playing it in her car. However, they can really sing. Far enough it probably wasn't my cup of tea but I did enjoy it. Also, me and my parents went to Frankie and Benny's before hand and like always the meal was on point.

I hope you enjoyed this little update and I will be back to posting regularly hopefully!!! 

Love Alicia x 


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Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Favourites!



And it's the end of January, that went very quickly!

So throughout the month I have been loving some things, mainly make up but some other little bits and bobs as well.

Body:
'Soap & Glory Sugar Crush body buttercream' - This smells amazing and is just so lovely on the skin. I have used one of their butter creams before and didn't really it, but this one on the other hand is amazing. I have been grabbing for this product nearly every day of January. In fact, I have nearly used it all (its not the big pot its the small christmas sized ones you get in gift sets). I am not normally someone who loves citrusy smelling products but there is just something about it, that makes me love it. I will definitely be buying a big pot of it very son.



'Justin Bieber Someday perfume' - I have only just got back into this perfume because I normally get Justin's new ones for christmas etc. In fact the last time I had this perfume if July 2013 because i brought it before I went to Italy. I personally still think its the best perfume for his range. It's quite sweet smelling and it lasts most of the day. 




Beauty:
Clinique eyeshadow in daybreak (319) - I have hit the pan! I used to wear this eyeshadow every single day back in 2013 - well for about 3 or 4 months at the beginning - and since then it has just been sitting in my make up collection not doing a thing. All of a sudden I have just been wearing eyeshadow every single day. Personally, it does look better with eyeshadow primer, but it still looks good by it's self. I either wear it as a base or by it's self. It's a really nice nude colour with a touch of shimmer. It says it is 'super shimmer' but I wouldn't go that far.



Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl Lipstick - This product is like heaven. I have wanted to try out one of her lipsticks for ages now and then one day I just went and ordered it. Ever since then, this has been my go to lipstick. It's no where there a nude or a pink - more berry/ mauve. It's really long lasting, which is just a bonas. Also, even though it is a matte it isn't drying and it doesn't feel heavy.



YSL babydoll mascara - I got this mascara for christmas and oh my god, I am just so happy with it. I am not someone who loves clumpy eyelashes, I love long eye lashes spread out and this is certainty what this mascara does. Really, it does make your eye lashes look like a baby doll. Also, the packaging is so perfect.



Barry M Nail Paint in Berry Cosmo - This month I have probably used this the most on my nails simply because It has just been sitting there and has been the closest thing to grab. What I do love about this product though is that it isn't stand in your face purple. It's more berry like and quite dark without being dark dark, if you know what I mean. 

Other:
Pretty Little Liars - This program is my life at the moment. I have wanted to watch it for years now and some of my friends have spoke about (although some had negative things to say about it) and I wanted to know what the hype was about. I honestly had know idea what the program was about and the theme was completely different to what I expected. Although I am only on season 2, I have been watching for about two weeks now and I just find it quite interesting.

So what have you been loving this month?

Love Alicia x 

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