fergus coffee adventures

My friend and I were looking for a good brunch spot (you know..the usual weekend brunch routine) and we came across the dainty the little cafe of Fergus Coffee. Located on Wattletree Rd. in Malvern East, the location serves the perfect spot near the bustling Glenferrie Rd. but not too close to the hustle and bustle. To top it all off the spot the courtyard in the back makes this the perfect go-to spot for a nice brunch atmosphere.


Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the lovely Fergus Coffee staff and we made our way through the cute backpass to the courtyard.


At Fergus Coffee my friend had the Acai Bowl (w/ Almond Milk, Berries, Bananas, Chia Seeds, Coconut and Strawberries) and the  Acai Smoothie, whilst I had the Hotcakes and the Mango Smoothie (w/ Mango, Coconut Milk, Yogurt and Honey).


The Hotcakes were the show stealer. The warm hotcakes and the cold ice-cream served on top was a perfect temperature balance. Perfect for a warm day! The sweet hotcakes were balanced by the tart and flavour of the berries and the freeze-dried raspberries. They tasted exactly like cake batter and the presentation was amazing (#aestheticfood goals).

The Mango Smoothie was my favourite of the two smoothies. It wasn’t too sickly sweet but not too sour. I love the underlying flavours of the coconut and the honey tied the drink together. The perfect tropical smoothie combination! The Acai wasn’t bad either but a bit on the sour side. However, it was still a great smoothie!

The Acai Bowl was great! The presentation of the dish on the wooden board and the fruits laid on top made it beautiful. However, the taste wasn’t anything original. I couldn’t really taste the acai and there was an overpowering taste of banana.

Overall, we had a great experience and brunch session at Fergus Coffee. I would highly recommend this place if you ever come across this area or if you need a function area because the courtyard is the perfect, spring-like area to have a meeting or a gathering. I’ll definitely come back to have those hotcakes once again! They were delish!

A huge thank you to David for having us that day, we had such a great experience!
Fergus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato




night routine essentials

It’s been a while hasn’t it? I’ve missed my blog! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts, I was in a bit of a ditch and life has been hectic. However, it’s my goal this year to post more often on here! Anyway, here is my first post of 2018! I’ve been loving my night routine and have a list of essentials I always use before bed! I thought I would share them with you:

good night tea = a good night

I love a good tea and it’s always nice to have a suitable, warm drink before I go to bed every night. I’ve been obsessed with making chai lattes and have one almost every night (yep, I’m obsessed). I love the 90Degrees Tea Blends and I’ve been using them in my teas and chais! Here is my simple recipe for the perfect chai latte:

Chai Latte | Vegan | Sugar-Free

Chai Latte | Vegan | Sugar-Free


  • 1 tbsp of honey (1.5 tbsp when I’m feeling extra sweet)
  • 90Degrees Tea Chai Blend
  • 1 cup of dairy-free milk (I love using coconut milk)


  1. Brew 90Degrees Tea Chai Blend for 3-5minutes at 98C.
  2. Once brewed, add half of the milk.
  3. Mix honey into blend.
  4. Top with the rest of the milk.
  5. Enjoy!

I have also been loving 90Degree’s Night blend which is perfect for when I’m feeling lazy or need to rush to bed!

be more grateful: gratitude journal

One of my goals this year is to be more grateful and thankful for the moments, things and people I have in my life and I bought this super adorable gratitude journal from Kikki K. Every night I write three things I’m grateful for and why. It honestly (this will sound really cheesy) makes the world of a difference. It helps me to slow and calm myself down when I’m having one of those days where my mind is racing and it also reminds me of the blessings I have in my life. 

a little bit of self lovin’ with OLD: Optimal Living Daily Podcast

I was never a podcast person until this year. I’ve been really into listening and reading self-help and motivational books but sometimes I’m just too busy to read. I try my best to squeeze in a little bit of self motivation every day and so every night I listen to one of these short podcasts. I love these podcasts because they are not only short but super motivating and insightful. I listen to it on my Spotify every night right before bed and it helps me to calm my mind and get me pumped for the next day! If you are looking for a good podcast, I would definitely recommend starting with this one.

treat yourself and your skin!  Face mask: bare & be

A face mask is always a must for one of those nights where you just need to rest and rejuvenate. I’ve been wanting to experiment with more Korean face masks and I found this website, Bare and Be where they have a really extensive range of face masks from Korea. It’s so hard to find good Korean skin care here and Bare and Be is great for finding good quality masks! I’ve been using the Wrapping Me. Firming Sauna Mask by Make p:rem, it’s my fav! I love the HYGGEE masks too! ==

Get Comfy w/ PJs

You can’t go to sleep without a nice set of PJs! I’ve been obsessed with my two sets of PJs from Rose Blanc. They are so simple yet elegant and not to mention they are super soft. My personal favourite is the blue one!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and maybe even start using some of my own essentials! Let me know what your night time essentials are in the comments!

Lots of love,


free printable: language learning pack

Christmas is almost here and I decided to make some free language learning printable for you guys! The new year is coming up and I’m sure that you guys are all planning on improving your target language in 2018! Hopefully, these printables can help you guys!

I have made a general pack, which can be used for any language; a German pack, a French pack, a Spanish pack and a Chinese pack! For each pack there is:
– A vocabulary printable to log all new vocabulary

– A grammar printable to help you with writing notes on a new grammar topic in your target language

– An essay plan to help you plan for an essay in your target language

– A reading printable to log any notes from your books or any other reading material

One thing I’ve definitely gotten into this year is language learning. I’ve been learning Chinese and German for a very long time but I never took it seriously until this year. I can’t wait for my language skills to grow in 2018! What are your goals of 2018?

how to get printables:

1. Click on the desired pack below which will direct you to download page
2. Click the files you would like to download
3. Click download
4. Begin using them!

you can find the printables here:

Thank you guys! I hope you enjoy these packs and have a wonderful holiday!

Alicia x

NOTE: These printables have been created for your own personal use. They are not to be sold or used for marketing purposes. If you would like to repost these printables, feel free to do so. With reposting and republishing, credit must be given. Please link posts to this URL instead of file webpage. Thank you so much!

I’m Back. Current Favourites and a Mini-Update

Hello Lovelies!

*awkward wave* I have not talked to you guys in ages (two months to be exact) and I’ve missed you guys so much! I can try searching for an excuse (school, no time…) but the truth remains that I have been neglecting this blog, which is the last thing I wanted because my blog is the OG and holds a huge significance in my heart. I’ve missed the “tap tap” of the keys on my keyboard and the sharing of my thoughts. I’ve set a goal: I’m going to try with all my effort and time to go full force on By Alicia Grace because my blog means everything to me! I’m still dusting off the ashes from the ground- cleaning up my Instagram, talking with you guys more and changing little elements of my blog but I am more determined than ever to fix-up my blog. I thought we would start off with something simple: my new favourites.

Polaroids + Instax

Taking polaroids have been one of my favourite things. I love the sentimental value of each little photo. I try my best to take polaroids which capture some of my favourite moments. Each photo turns out with a vintage filter, a grungy hazy tint: much like a memory and as cheesy as that sounds, its why I love polaroids so much! Under each circumstance, every Polaroid looks pretty and artsy! I’ve been making a little polaroid wall and I hope to fill it with more photos!




Artsy Bullet Journal Spreads

I was always more of a minimalist bullet journal person but after spending time on bullet journal Instagrams and Tumblrs, I couldn’t help but be influenced by their spreads! I fell in love with the artsy-side of bullet journaling, which consists of a smorgasbord of colours, tints, doodles, photos, washi-tape and quotes. I call it the borderline between scrapbooking and bullet journaling. Piecing each of my weekly spreads is my little calming hour of the week: it gives me such a great sense of mindfulness, satisfaction and organisation. Spending thirty minutes each week on it gives me a good study break, whilst still doing something productive!



Studying Languages

Yes…you read that correctly. Studying languages have been a really big hobby of mine! I love being exposed to different languages and learning them! I’ve been learning German and Chinese for a while now but I never had a huge spark of interest in the languages. However, lately, I’ve been addicted to learning the two. The sense of achievement I feel when I become more fluent when conversing with other native speakers or when I can understand a TV show in my target language is exhilarating.

You can track more about my bullet journaling and language progress on my studyblr


Music is always a must in my favourites posts! Check out my latest favourite music! You can follow my playlists here!

Nature + Being Outside:

I’ve been trying to go outside more often. Bike riding has been one of my new favourite things! I love cycling with one of my friends to the park and having a good picnic or a good talk along the way! The weather has been really supporting outdoor activities and I love it. I’ve also been hiking a lot, which is always fun!

Stay tuned for more posts! Love all of your support x



Malaysian Travels

Hello! I haven’t talked to you guys in so long!

I am so sorry for the lack of posts on here! I’ve missed you all so much! I’ve been busy with school and holidays but I’m back again to bring you some snapshots of my trip to Malaysia. Malaysia’s hot weather fills me with warmth every day. The smell of food and fresh fruit lingers in the air, as the sound of flip flops slaps on the burning concrete. The sun shines so brightly that eyes of the people on the streets are always squinting. I love travelling, experiences new things and wandering to places you would never have imagined visiting. Anyway, here are some little snippets of my journey!

The traditional streets of Malaysia that litter the city, every building looks like a blend of Asian and Western culture. Strolling down them is such a different feeling to walking on your everyday normal pathway.


Once again admiring the architecture of all these quaint little buildings.


Love the intricate detailing and architecture of this amazing temple.

I hope you love these little snapshots of my holiday! Have you travelled somewhere exciting recently? Have you ever travelled to Malaysia?

Love Alicia xx

Spring Vibes Lookbook w/ Darling Ele


the season after winter and before summer, in which flowers and trees begins to appear. Also known as: my favourite season

Yes.  Being a spring baby myself, spring has always been my favourite season. Spring is the wakeup call for nature to grow, it’s the bell that rings right before summer and it’s the catalyst for long, sunny days. There isn’t really anything I dislike about the season. Today, I’m partnering with Darling Ele, an Australian-based fashion boutique, to share with you guys my spring lookbook. Their clothing screams spring and everything is so comfy and Australian-made.

Here are some of my favourite spring looks featuring Darling Ele’s pieces:

Darling Ele: Darling Denim Skirt | H&M: Mock Turtle-Neck Bodysuit | Capezio: Mini Backpack

Darling Ele: Lola Crop In White | Supre: Sky High Denim Jeans | Samsonite: Backpack

What was your favourite outfit?

Alicia Grace


Everything Is Blue

Blue and white have always been my favourite colours and so when I saw this blue and white playsuit in the store, I had to buy it. The weather has been crazy lately- it’s been freezing cold some days and extremely hot on others. Luckily, when I took these shots the sun was shining brightly.  I also paired this playsuit with some silver aviator sunglasses!

shop this look:
Blue and White Striped Playsuit
Silver Aviator Sunglasses

I hope you guys liked these kind of posts!

Alicia xx

Favourite Lifestyle + Productivity Apps

Hey, Guys!

To kick off the beginning of my new blog, I thought I would do something simple but insightful! I’ve always been one to spend time scrolling through the app store and the internet for the most useful apps. Whether it be calendars, to daily planners to mindful apps, there are just so many useful apps out there that I can use to my advantage. Here are a few of my favourite lifestyle and productivity apps I use almost every day!


Peak is a really good app for brain training. I do a training session a day and it helps you to exercise the cognitive, thinking and motor functions of your brain. Every day you do three mini games and it will measure your ability every day compared to yourself and other people using the app! It’s a great little exercise to do every morning to refresh your mind and get it into productivity mode!


Duolingo is a classic but it’s one of my absolute favourite apps. It has such a cute interface and Duo, your mentor, keeps you motivated. If you haven’t heard of Duolingo before, it is basically an app which allows you to learn a wide range of languages. I use it to practice and keep ahead in German. I’ve also used it to learn Spanish. The lessons are really structured and easy to use. It’s so much fun to use and I highly recommend it if you learn a language or want to learn something new!


Loop is one of my favourite mindful games. It’s a fairly simple game where you are given to game options. You can either play the option where your goal is to connect all the lines together to form a shape or you can play the other option where you must unconnect all the pieces. I prefer the latter option and I use it to calm down or whenever I’m feeling really fidgety. I love the simple and calming interface of the app.


Tide is my favourite app for focusing. Tide is a really aesthetic and minimalistic app that enables you to time your concentration in 30-minute intervals. It has a feature which allows you to block all distractions on your phone and locks you into the app for the focusing session. In addition, you can also play some white / background noise, such as rain and mellow noises. I use it a lot when I’m studying for a test or an oral.


They say that you are what you eat… I’ve been really motivated lately to eat healthier and exercise more often! Lifesum is a really useful app to keep track your exercise and caloric intake. I’m really bad with keeping a well-rounded diet, so when I track what I eat I can see which food groups I need to eat more of and which I need to eat less of. I can also see how much water I’m drinking and what type of exercise I’ve been doing. It’s a really clean, engaging and simple app to help you keep track of your healthy lifestyle!

Alicia Grace

Exciting News

Hello! Hello!

I haven’t blogged in what feels like a decade. I guess you could say that I went on a mini-hiatus. I ran out of motivation, inspiration and time to work on my blog- it even came to the point where blogging became a chore and to me, I felt like I had crossed a line. I’ve been blogging for almost two years and the last thing I wanted was for blogging to become a chore I dreaded.

That’s how I realised something needed to change, I needed to do something that would make me happier and more motivated, which leads me to my news. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed little changes here and there. I’ve changed my username, my blog URL and the content I post. Ever since mid-last year,  I realised my blog’s topic was restricting. I felt obliged to only post book-related content, nothing about myself, my life or my personal hobbies and I wanted more than anything to change my blog’s name and content into something more person and lifestyle-related.

I spent month after month contemplating whether or not to change my blog into a lifestyle blog. One day, my friend and I were talking about my blog and she told me something along the lines of, “Change nothing and nothing changes.” That’s when all my worries cleared out of my head. I spent so long worrying about whether or not people would be interested in my lifestyle content that I was too scared of change. That night, I did it, without my doubtful thoughts, and changed my username. I posted a long caption, telling everybody of the change that was going to happen: I was going to change my blog and Instagram into something more personal. Two weeks later and here I am telling you of this mini-project of changing my blog and I couldn’t be any more proud and happier.

I did it! I changed my blog and my Instagram to By Alicia Grace. I changed my blog’s theme completely, I changed all more social media accounts, I changed my pages, my Instagram username, my Instagram photo content and much more. I’ve worked pretty hard to change my blog into something that I’m more proud of and soon I’ll be sharing more exciting content. Don’t think that I’m just going to be sharing just lifestyle, travel and fashion posts because books still hold a dear place in my heart and they’ll still be more book posts. I’ve also gotten some new collaborations with brands that I can’t wait to share with you guys!Now I’m back more motivated than ever to share with you, my passion not just for books but for anything else I am passionate about. I can share with you, my love for fashion and travel and any other precious moments that happen in my life.

Now I’m back more motivated than ever to share with you, my passion not just for books but for anything else I am passionate about. I can’t wait to share with you, my love for fashion and travel and any other precious moments that happen in my life. That’s my exciting news! I’ve been loving all of your support on Instagram and I couldn’t be any more grateful for all of you!

Here’s to new beginnings! xx

Alicia Grace

A “FREEK”ishly Good Book: Freeks Book Review & Blog Tour

Title: Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural

“Despite all that, I couldn’t shake the chill inside my chest, like my heart had been incased in ice”
– Freeks ARC, Amanda Hocking

I haven’t read an Amanda Hocking novel in ages and this book definitely did not disappoint. Before I read this book, I judged a book by its cover and frankly, I was unsure about the novel. The cover doesn’t do it justice and nor those the little blurb on the back of the book. However, diving into the world of Mara and Gideon was definitely thrilling and is one of the best books I’ve read in a while.

The storyline was the perfect recipe of romance and adventure. It had the perfect balance of both. Since the beginning, I was already shipping both Gabe and Mara. Their relationship wasn’t too rushed, I loved the development and chemistry between the two. Their romance tugged at my heart and Gabe was definitely the cutest. The main characters both Mara and Gabe were also developed really well. Both had their issues and struggles which they somewhat managed to overcome. I loved following Mara’s story. Finding out about her history and the spiritual ancestry was something I do not read about often. I really enjoyed reading about who she was and I definitely found myself relating to this teenage girl. In addition, Gabe was your cliche mysteriously boy from town but did I mention, I love a good cliche. Gabe was definitely lovable, he had the perfect vibe and was the perfect boyfriend. What wasn’t there to love? I knew he was somehow linked to do with the murders in the carnival but I did not see the whole werewolf thing coming.

I was constantly turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I wanted to know where Blossom went. I wanted to know who was behind the murders on the campsite and I wanted to know Gabe’s secret. I love books that just leave you on the edge with every chapter and Freeks definitely does that. When a chapter ends, it ends on a cliffhanger that makes you want to keep reading.

However, Freeks isn’t some AMAZING novel. Don’t get me wrong it’s a really good read but the story isn’t one that stands out of the crowd. There is nothing major to fangirl about and at times I did find myself confused with the many characters in the book. I think that because there were so many characters, I found it hard to recognize who was who. That’s why I didn’t give it a high 8 or a 9 but it is still a really enjoyable read that you should definitely read when given the chance.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed myself whilst reading the book and I read it within three days, which highlights the fact that I loved it. I love Gabe and following the thrilling plotline definitely left me page turning for more!

book + song:

if you liked these books, you’ll love freeks: