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:

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

 

 

Spring Vibes Lookbook w/ Darling Ele

S P R I N G
/sprɪŋ/

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

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

#shoptilyoudrop shopping life hacks

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This is my first lifestyle/fashion post but as a teenager of the 21st century, I adore shopping. No, I mean I seriously have an addiction. I hope I’m not the only one. 🙂 I love shopping for clothes and books too but this post is primarily going to be about shopping for clothes because who doesn’t like to go on an all out shopping spree? As a dedicated shopping enthusiast, one of the things that make me extremely happy whilst I’m shopping is finding and buying discounted clothes, which are normally expensive. I am all about the Black Friday and Boxing Day sales because who wouldn’t want to pay heavily discounted clothing that is good quality and looks amazing. However, I know that we don’t have sales every day and sometimes we really want to buy something but it’s way too expensive. So, today I decided to give you my top two tips on how to save your money when it comes to shopping.

using unidays…

Iery283ur2f there was a literal angel for shopping, Unidays would be it. Unidays is basically an app and website in which students, from both university and school can sign up to receive amazing discounts from good brands. If you click the link in the photo, you can sign up to the platform. What’s really good about Unidays is the fact that the discounts are from well-known brands, such as, Boohoo, Apple, The Iconic and ASOS. It also doesn’t just have fashion discounts. It’s a great platform overall for students who want to find student discounts. Not only that but whenever you recommend someone to the platform you can get store credit. This post may have been prompted by the people at

Not only that but whenever you recommend someone to the platform you can get store credit. This post may have been prompted by the people at Unidays but I wouldn’t share something with you guys if I thought it was bad. I’ve been using Unidays for a while and I love it, it’s really handy to use whenever your shopping because all you have to do is whip out your phone and you’ll get the discounts. It’s definitely a handy thing to have when you are shopping online or in stores.

sales and outlets

ehr0283ue23You know that saying “Good things come to those who wait,” it definitely applies to shopping. Sometimes we see a new release dress and buy it immediately but two weeks later you discover that it goes on sale. I hate it when that happens and I know it may seem pretty obvious but sometimes if you just wait for a few more weeks, the t-shirt you wanted will often go on sale or you may even find another t-shirt that looks exactly like it from another store at a better price. Another tip that stems from this one is shopping at outlets. Outlets are heaven for shopping fashionistas. Outlets are basically a mall for famous brands in which the clothes come from the direct warehouse. Therefore, often you can find the clothes for cheaper prices or you may even be able to find clothes that they no longer sell in your everyday shop. I have so many stories about the amazing clothes I find at outlets but here is one of the. So, for a very long time I was been looking for Nike Roshes for ages and after months of searching, I could never find the right pair and they were just too expensive. One day, I decided to go shopping at an outlet and I found the perfect pair of Nikes at a discounted price. I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was pretty amazing. I got the perfect pair of Nikes at an amazing rate. Do you guys have any amazing shopping stories?

I hope you guys enjoyed this! Definitely, let me know if you guys have any shopping hacks! If you like these lifestyle posts, every once in a while let me know because I love writing these!

what are your shopping tips?

#lovebooks❤