Monday, 22 May 2017

Beauty Items I've been loving lately

I'm always trying out new makeup and beauty products so it takes a lot for something to make the cut into every day use. I've been making more of an effort with my makeup stash recently and there's a few bits I've been going back to time and time again. There is only one product that is particularly pricey so grab your Boots card and getting shopping! 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

My Perfect Chanel Red

Owning a classic red lipstick is something I think is very important, there is no greater feeling than a slick of red to make you feel like you really have your shit together. I've searched high and low for my perfect red over the years and I discovered mine in a way I never would've expected.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

An Evening with Rogues Cafe

If you take a handful of lovely bloggers and pair them with the newest food joint around, what do you get? A group of very happy bloggers rocking food babies! Rogues Café has taken pride of place in Southampton, an unconventional café, offering high quality ethically sourced products to make your breakfast, brunch or dinner pretty spectacular plus there's a cafe dog by the name of Percy. Need I go on?

Friday, 19 May 2017

Staying Soft with Palmers

I couldn't tell you how many years I've been using Palmer's Cocoa Butter for, it's a scent I always associate with my younger years. Palmer's is also one of the go to brands when it comes to keeping skin smooth and stretchmarks reduced so I off I toddled to Boots to check out the range. They've come a long way since the single bottles of cocoa butter I used to buy!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Selfie Ready by Lottie London

I've always been a firm believer that you should pay more for a decent foundation. The base is what sets everything together after all and if the base is rubbish, the rest won't work. There is one highstreet foundation I swear by, Seventeen Stay Time but I've recently been trying out Selfie Ready from Lottie London which is just £6.95, the same price as my beloved Stay Time. Read on to see what I thought.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Southampton Bloggers turns three!

It's been three years since the very first Southampton Bloggers event and they've been some pretty incredible years. What was thought up one evening during a blogger chat on Twitter has fast become one of the go to blogging communities in Southampton, something I am very proud of. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Five Websites for Wedding Inspiration

When we were first engaged, I headed straight to WHSmith to buy allllll the wedding magazines. Since that moment, they mainly just collected dust until I eventually chucked them in the recycling. I've found that I head to Pinterest, wedding blogs or websites more than I pick up a magazine and since that trip to the newsagents almost a year go, I haven't bought a single one. Here are five wedding websites I go back to time and time again.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Our First Baby Clothing Haul

There is something so exciting about buying tiny baby clothes. Whenever I've bought for friends in the past, I've gone totally over-board because there is just so much cute; So it's been very difficult when trying to be sensible for our very own splodge. Are you ready for the cuteness?

Friday, 12 May 2017

Champagne Sundays at the Spinnaker Tower

Thursday evening saw a group of lovely bloggers from Southampton Bloggers venture down to Portsmouth for the press launch of Champagne Sundays. Coming in June 2017, you will be able to enjoy a glass of champagne while watching the sunset over Portsmouth Harbour. Read on to find out more...

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Get Glowing with Pixi

I am probably the last person to try the famed Pixi Glow range. I can't believe it has taken me this long but I have finally tried it and I totally get what all the fuss is about. I thought I'd give you the low down on three glow-worthy products I've been trying out and give you my real thoughts on them...

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

In My Mailbox

So you guys are really liking my In My Mailbox series so I'm going to keep it going for a while. I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube so seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more of a quick and nosy post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I like to pick out what I think you might like to see so I hope you enjoy...

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Summer Hauling at Homesense

You can always count on Homesense to satisfy your need for homeware shopping. A little over a year ago, a Homesense mega store opened in Southampton and I've been throwing my money at them ever since. They provide me with notebooks I don't need, lanterns and candles my home definitely doesn't need plus all the rest in-between. With Summer hopefully approaching it was time for new pieces...

Monday, 8 May 2017

The Latest Subscription Box in Town

I've started to find subscription boxes a little on the bland side recently. I'm fed up of hair masques, perfume samples and product packets I could find inside the latest magazines being the main show, I just need something more exciting. I had just about lost all hope until the newest of new subscription boxes landed in my mitts. Introducing The Curated Combination...

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Three Shoes to add to your Lust List

Anyone that knows me, will know I have a bit of a shoe addiction. I've always stuck with the motto of shoes will always fit so my collection is quite vast after many a failed shopping trip. I've been having a love in with florals for some time and that reflected perfectly within my shoe collection so it was only right, my spring additions also had a floral love in.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Is Matte Really All That?

I've said many a time how I'm a big lover of foundation and I have an impressive collection at home. I've been using more from Clarins the last year and I've really started to love the brand. Two of their newest products are face related with a new foundation and powder duo but are they really all that?

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Five Reasons to Buy Rock My Wedding

Planning a wedding can be daunting but it can also be a lot of fun. The minute Arran asked me to marry him, my wedding Pinterest boards were on fire and as we're coming up to being engaged for a year, I thought I'd share with you my wedding bible, Rock My Wedding. If you're engaged and don't have this among cake ideas and dress swatches then you're missing out because it is bumper packed full of information, ideas and advice for every bride.

Monday, 1 May 2017

April in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update...

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Three High End Nudes I Love

As much as I'm a bright lip fan and will forever be in love with MAC Cosmetics So Chaud, I am partial to a nude lipstick. I've tried a number of nudes over the years but there are three that I will always go back to whether that's for a quick coffee with friends or a shopping trip. They're on the pricey side but everyone deserves a treat, don't they?

Friday, 28 April 2017

Stepping into Spring with Stella

Spring is the perfect time to introduce a new scent to your collection and I've done just that. I've stepped away from my usual bottles of Marc Jacobs and gone for something a little different, a little fancy and a little pink, my perfect new spring scent. The packaging is quirky and everything I like in a perfume bottle. For a fashion designer, Stella McCartney has done perfectly with her latest perfume release.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Opening of L'Osteria Southampton

As if Southampton wasn't already foodied out, we welcomed another new restaurant to the mix. L'Oosteria serves traditional Italian cuisine in an osteria setting. My first thoughts before stepping through the door? Do we really need another Italian? Turns out we actually did because I ate the best risotto in years and had such a fun night that we've booked to go back this weekend.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Our Recent Home Updates

I haven't done any home updates for quite some time as everything was kinda the same, I haven't even splurged in Homesense yet this year. Instead of the decorative pieces I like to buy such as lanterns and candles we've concentrated on the big stuff so far this year...

Friday, 21 April 2017

Birchbox X Boden

With pretty blossom trees everywhere and the evenings getting increasingly lighter, Birchbox couldn't have picked a more perfect brand or print for that matter to collaborate with on this months box. Birchbox have teamed up with beautiful clothing extraordinaire Boden to give you Birchbox X Boden, the prettiest subscription box I ever did see, plus some pretty fab beauty products to try too.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Ciaté Precious Metals Eyeshadows

I've long been a lover of Ciaté nail polishes and I'm fast becoming a lover of their makeup. I reviewed the Ciaté Dewy Stick last month and I've been trying out the Ciaté Precious Metals recently, three beautiful pots of stunning colour you'll never want to stop using. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Clarins Sunkissed Collection

Each year, you can rely on Clarins to release a beautifully fitting Summer collection, everyone will want to get their hands on. The Clarins Sunkissed Summer Collection, available now, features four products in a stunning palm print and amber packaging. This is a summer collection you won't want to miss.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

My First Trimester

I still can't quite believe I'm writing this let alone knowing that I'm already in the second trimester. The beginning of 2017 has been one hell of a whirlwind. We were going to be spending this year on city breaks, at a few festivals and just being us while planning the wedding and now we're bringing a tiny little person into the world. We're very, very excited and a little terrified.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Guide to Pixi Skin Treats Mists

With Spring finally showing itself but with a chill the air, I can bet some or all of us are still having weather related skin issues. My skin is exceptionally dry at the moment but I'm also putting that down to my hormone changes so I've been looking at ways to help my dryness. Pixi Beauty released Glow Mist a few years ago but the collection has widen since so I've written a handy little guide so you know what is what.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The pretty spring scent that won't break the bank

Spring is the perfect time to add a new fragrance to your collection and Monsoon's first fragrance, Rose Gold is a great place to start especially as the scent now comes in a 100ml lotion too. I've been reaching for Rose Gold the last few weeks and I'm here to tell you exactly why you need it too.

Monday, 10 April 2017

A Nautical Nod

The sun has been shining bright and I am not complaining, if it could stick around for at least October, I'd be very happy. I've been living in this gorgeous Navy & Red Tie Dress the last week as it has been so light and airy to wear. I've dressed it up for this post though so take a peek at Closet London.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Hello Little One!

This week we finally announced we are expecting our own little bundle, due October 2017. It has quite possibly been the hardest secret we have ever had to keep and at least you all know now why I've been moaning about how ill I've been on Instagram. I couldn't not put a little post up...

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

My Instagram Loves

I'm desperately trying to fall back in love with Instagram. If you read my 10 Things I Hate About Instagram post then you'll know that if it was a plate, it would be smashed against a wall by now so I'm taking it back to basics. I'm trying to remember why I fell in love with the app in the first place so I've started properly interacting again, liking, commenting and whatever else. So in the theme of all things sharing the love, I'm sharing some of my fave accounts at the moment.

Monday, 3 April 2017

In My Mailbox

So you guys are really liking my In My Mailbox series so I'm going to keep it going for a while. I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube so seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more of a quick and nosy post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I like to pick out what I think you might like to see so I hope you enjoy...

Sunday, 2 April 2017

March in Instagram

Another month, another Instagram update. I love doing these purely because I get to look back over the month too. March was still a little quieter than usual as I've been unwell still, anyone who follows is probably bored of reading it. 

If you're not following, just search alicespake or click the icon on the right...

Friday, 31 March 2017

Blossom & Boho Dresses

Spring is here and I cannot express how happy this makes me. I'm such a sun worshipper and would much prefer glorious sunshine for months on end than the crap we have to put up with in the UK, it sometimes makes me wonder why I ever left Spain. So in honour of the sunshine, I put on my new dress, got my legs out and pranced around in blossom as only a blogger knows how.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Happy Birthday Ideal World!

There ain't no party like an Ideal World party and if you've never experienced one, then this evening is your chance. Ideal World are celebrating their 17th birthday and in true, celebratory style, they're having a huge party. The home of TV shopping have thought of everything and you're not going to want to miss out...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Five Hair Favourites Worth Your Time

I will fully admit I'm a lazy person when it comes to my hair. I hate washing my hair and I rarely pick up my hair dryer so for me to have five hair favourites is a miracle in itself and one you know you can trust. I have some highstreet favourites and a couple that even I wince at when purchasing but you can bet I'd never be without any of them.

Friday, 24 March 2017

The Gourmand Collection by Molton Brown

There's something so luxurious about Molton Brown, something that has always stuck with me from childhood. Whenever my aunt use to travel and stay in hotels where Molton Brown was found in the rooms, she always brought back the miniatures for me and it's something that I have always remembered. I find their products so quintessentially British and I think you're going to love their new collection as much as I do.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The English Soap Company Pink Grapefruit Collection

There is something so traditionally lovely about soap. I always remember the tiny animal shaped soaps you could buy in the nineties but it's something I buy very rarely for our home. We're all so use to using liquid soap or gel that we just don't reach for the solid bars anymore. The English Soap Company is my little guilty pleasure though, hear me out...

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Burgundy Bags, Gypsophila & Sunshine

The easiest way to get my hibernating butt out into the cold, is with the promise of pancakes and that is what Arran did on this gorgeously sunny but freezing cold morning. We both had a midweek day off together which was rare in itself so with the lure of syrup I wrapped myself up and stepped outside the house. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Newest Coffee House in Town

The port city of Southampton has come alive the last six months and rightly so, it's about time Southampton was put back on the map for the right reasons. For most of this year I've been sharing my experiences in a number of the new restaurants in the city centre but my one true love is coffee and with The Docks opening in one of my favourite areas, it was only right my sister and I went on a little lunch date to check it out.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

10 Things I Hate About Instagram

Instagram was my go to app, I genuinely loved it because I love photos, the instant share ability and the snooping obviously, damn anyone with their account on private. Sometimes you fall out of love with things and that is exactly what has happened with my old pal Insta and I.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Hello Rose by Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty are fast filling up my makeup bag with all their fabulous new launches. The latest launch available online and in some stores is the Pixi Hello Rose!* gift set featuring three must have products to get that classic English rose glow this spring. Think glowing skin and pink hued cheeks and you're on to a winner.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The March Birchbox

A new month means a new Birchbox and they have a few things to celebrate this month. The March Birchbox* has been taken back to its roots this month with an original kraft designed box to celebrate just how much they have grown. Now available in six countries, Birchbox have also just hit 100K subscribers in the UK which is amazing. There are lots of cool product discoveries in this box so it's as good a time as any to subscribe.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Probably the Best Pizza in Southampton

Heading out for pizza isn't usually my first foodie thought when it comes to dinner with friends but with Franco Manca* opening within West Quay's new food development and the talk of the town being it's the best pizza in London, it was only right that I tried it out for myself. Fast forward to muffled appreciation due to my mouth being so full of pizza and a takeaway box of Lemon & Almond cake, it is safe to say I'll be heading back very soon.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Get the Glow with Pixi + Aspyn Ovard

Pixi have been getting it so right in recent months and the products have fast found themselves within my daily beauty and skincare routines. A few months ago, Pixi collaborated with four beauty mavens, one of which was Aspyn Ovard on three stunning highlighting shades which if you haven't already, you're going to want to buy...

Monday, 13 March 2017

Avon Mark Gel Shine Collection

I'm a nail polish hoarder but there will always be room for more, especially when it's a new and exclusive line of shades in a gel finish. Mark is launching with Avon towards the end of this month and I've been testing them out, ready to give you the lowdown.

Friday, 10 March 2017

The Ideal Girls Night In

It's Friday, Spring is in the air, the evenings are getting lighter and I have a big smile on my face. Even more so because this evening I'm having a girls night in with some of my favourite blogging ladies. The best bit? You can join in too!! 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick

Avon has always been lurking in my makeup bag somewhere, from the minute I started playing with makeup. My mum always had an Avon brochure hanging around and she is still obsessed with it today; From the little Christmas soaps in our stockings every year to the vibrant blue ColourTrend eyeliner I use to love, you could count on Avon for everything. Their products have improved so much and their latest lipstick release is one that pricked up my ears in anticipation.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The American Diner of Dreams

I really hope you're not bored of the foodie posts because I'm not bored of eating yet. As you may (or may not) know, Southampton has just welcomed a huge development full of delicious eateries. We've been working our way around each of them and today, it's the turn of The Diner.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

DHC Olive Skincare Collection

A woman's body is an amazing thing and is capable of so much, but with the demands of everyday life, there's little or no time to treat it. With Mother's Day round the corner, there's no excuse not to give a little back. Cult Japanese brand, DHC has everything covered to ensure every mother's skin and body get the treat they deserve.

Monday, 6 March 2017

The Nail Shades I Wouldn't Be Without

Way back in my teens I had acrylic nails applied regularly. I'd have them shaped into a french manicure and have pretty patterns painted on them but after starting a job where acrylic nails weren't the best thing to wear, I went back to painting them and haven't stepped foot inside a nail salon since. I've always had an extensive nail polish collection but I always reach for the same shades so today I'm sharing my favourite shades, the ones I'd be without.
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