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!
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!
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!
So before I start this post, I just want to thank every single person who has been a supporter of my blog because honestly, without you guys I couldn’t have gotten as far as I am currently with my blog. My blog is so special to me and you guys: every reader, every commenter, every liker and every follower has made it so much more special and I honestly can’t thank you guys enough!
If you saw my Instagram post last night, you would know that I had some extremely exciting news to announce! Well, here it goes! Yesterday, I got a new website: hashtaglovebooks.com !!! ( I’M ACTUALLY INTERNALLY SCREAMING! 🙂 )
You may have noticed that my follower count has decreased a lot and that is because if you were previously following my blog through one of the following channels:
Your subscription has already been moved to my new website! So, don’t worry! I hope you guys love the website and thank you guys so much for this past year and a half- I’ve loved you guys and my blog right from the start and I only hope that it continues to grow! It’s not perfect at the moment but, hopefully, in the future, the blog will be a lot cleaner and neater.
Not much has changed but it is definitely easier to use a self-hosted website at wordpress.org! Please go and check it out because it would mean the world to me! Comment on my new blog about anything that isn’t working or anything that is working well, as your feedback helps me a lot! Click the photo below to visit my new website:
Also, here is some more exciting news: I am now a Book Depository affiliate! Trust me when I say this, I will not endorse products or websites to my follower if they are dodgy or useless. Book Depository is a website I have been using for such a long time. What I really like about Book Depository is the fact that Book Depository is pretty much a Barnes and Nobles warehouse right at your fingertips! It’s free shipping worldwide, so if you live in the US or in Madagascar, it’s free shipping! Also, they constantly have sales and their prices for books are comparatively cheaper than regular bookstores! So, click the button below to fill your shopping cart with books:
There have been quite a few exciting things! Just as a blog update I’ll be writing two new reviews and as you may have noted there have been a new change to the layout of my blog- hope you guys like it.
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s novella to the Lux series, Oblivion, has a new snippet released:
Also, Every Last Breathe received a cover reveal and plot synopsis! The whole Dark Elements series’ covers are being revamped, which I am so grateful for because I hated the previous covers. There will most likely be a #mythoughts on that soon! Check out the cover and synopsis here at: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/every-last-breath/
A new scene of the Paper Towns movie will be released tomorrow at the MTV awards! Cara, Nat and John Green will be there to release it! The trailer for Theo James’ new movie with Dakota Fanning, Franny, was released.