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

 

 

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

lessons i’ve learnt in the month of june

lessons i’ve learnt this month

DSC_0360_FotorOrganisation is key: It may seem super simple but one thing that can change your mood and positivity is your organisation. I’ve been really trying to utilise my planner lately and although, I still have a fair bit of practice before I master my journal it is safe to say that writing to-do lists and taking five minutes out of your day to plan and organise your life is a serious benefit. Using my planner in the last three weeks of the month has felt like I’ve removed a heavy burden off of my shoulders. The next step is to start a bullet journal but knowing my “perfectionist-mentality” I don’t know if it’ll go so well.

Your happiness and attitude are only determined by one thing- yourself: Before you think, “She is such a cheesy person,” hear me out. This might sound super simple but I think getting caught up with our busy lives often causes us to forget to take some time out of the day to enjoy yourself. To put it into context, I go to school every day and whilst everyone is complaining about going through this regime for the next three years of our lives, it is really easy to fall into the same trap. I definitely fell into this trap last month and it was definitely not healthy. I dreaded going to school. However, recently I’ve been trying to change this outlook because why should I dread school? I should be so grateful for this chance to go to school, to enjoy being with my friends and just having an overall warm atmosphere.

Don’t let bad news + failures get to you: Something I still need to work out til this day and something I will probably struggle with for a very long time, but it’s something that I’m improving on bit by bit. However at the start of the term I would always feel horrible after hearing even the littlest of bad news and that definitely did not do me any favours what so ever. I expected the worse in everything and nothing could make me feel better even if the failure/bad news wasn’t really that bad. It was getting to me and it was getting worse and worse. However, I’ve soon realised that there is no point in letting bad news get to you because you are only ever wasting your time to dwell on the past when you should be investing your time into the future.

Stop forcing yourself to do things you don’t like and just learn to say no:  I wish I figured this out sooner but I’ve just realise how important this is. You may think that forcing yourself to do something you don’t like is just a part of every day life but if you have the choice to quit…quit. I recently joined a sports team that I normally join every year and every year I dreaded signing up, going to the training and the competitions. Don’t get me wrong I adore sport but when it came to this sport, it gave me all kinds of motivation and I just remeber feeling horrible the day I had training because I knew I would be wasting more than an hour doing something I didn’t like. So, I quit. I asked to leave the team and although they were disappointed they understood. The whole time I dreaded the coaches reactions when I said I would quit but when I said no their reactions weren’t as bad as I thought.

favourite songs to put me in a motivational mood:

watch this video to put you in a motivational mood, trust me this video is amazing:

 

Hopefully, I didn’t make this post too cheesy and have instead motivated you to do things. I know that my blogging routine hasn’t been the best this month but I’m trying my best to get some exciting posts out and updating myself with all of your blogs.

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Liebster Award #5

Woo! Hoo! Hello Guys!!!

This is another Liebster Award and I was nominated by Analee from Book Snacks. She is one of the nicest bloggers and I highly recommend her blog. She posts book reviews and other fun book stuff. Go check her out! This Liebster Award is a bit different to the normal one. I’ll be answering 11 questions, sharing 11 facts and I’ll be nominating and writing 11 even questions for 11 other bloggers! For this award I nominate anyone who want to do this award.

  1. What is your favourite book-to-film adaptation OR what is a book/series you would like to see as a movie?
    I loved The Fault In Our Stars because I think it really stayed true the book and I loved Vampire Academy! I think if you loved the Vampire Academy series you would love the movie but if you haven’t read it the movie won’t be as appealing.
  2. If you could jump into any bookish world, where would it be? Why?
    This is a really hard question because I think about it all the time but every time I have a different answer. Lately, I have been thinking about the Shadowhunter-world  and I think that it would be a great bookish world to jump into. Who wouldn’t want to be a Shadowhunter?:)
  3. Who is your favourite author and why? (You can name more than one if you want.)
    I don’t really have a specific favorite author but I love Jennifer L. Armentrout books, so i guess you could say she is my favorite. I love her storylines as they are cheesy yet action-filled and witty. Cassandra Clare is also high up on my list of favorite authors as I love any of the Shadowhunter Chronicle novels, which were one of the first Young-Adult novels which I have read.
  4. What is your most prized book?
    I like to think that all of my books are prized possessions but one of my most special novels on my bookshelf is definitely Percy Jackson and The Greek Gods. The cover is so beautifully designed and it’s hardback. It is no surprise that it is one of my most prized books.
  5. What character from a book would you like to meet, and why?
    This is a really hard question… but if I could meet a character I think meeting Daemon (Lux Saga) would be amazing but I would love to meet Patch (Hush Hush Saga) and Will (The Infernal Devices). If I ever got to meet them I would probably faint! 🙂
  6. What is/are your favourite quote(s)?
    I actually have a post about this here! But I am planning on writing an updated one of these posts because I love quotes. My all time favorite quotes are:
    ” There is plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it, ” ~Cassandra Clare
    “Thomas Edison’s last words were, “It’s very beautiful over there,” I don’t know where there is but I believe it’s somewhere and I hope it’s beautiful” ~ John Green
  7. What quality do you appreciate in a character?
    Persistence, loyalty, courage and confidence. I believe these are really important qualities in life and I love it when characters are so brave, persistent and confidence. For example, Rose(Vampire Academy) who I really look up to is so brave no matter what even if her loved ones are evil, she would do whatever she can to save them.
  8. What are three books you can’t live without?
    This is another tricky questions because I love so many books but I think three books I couldn’t live without are Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Mark of Athena by Rick Riodan.
  9. What places would you like to visit and why?
    I think I have answered a question like this before but I would love to backpack around Europe. This has always been my dream. I want to backpack with someone all around Europe without a particular destination, to just wander the streets of London, swim in the seas of Greece and eat authentic Italian food.
  10. Who is someone you consider a hero?
    There are many young-adult heroines who I consider as a hero. Tris Prior (Divergent) is someone I really look up to because of her selflessness. I want to be as loyal as she is to her family and friends. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy) is someone I have considered a series since I’ve read the series because I love how feminine yet strong she is. She isn’t a really unfeminine heroine but she is still capable of so many things. Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson) is someone I have always respected since I read the series when I was really young.
  11. What do you think are your best qualities?
    Ummmm 🙂 I think one of my best qualities is my positivity and kindness. I have grown up in an era where teenagers are really submerged in positive things (tumblr and youtube) and I have always tried to make light of dark situations. I always want to help people because I think a small smile can light someone’s day so I always try to be happy because it really rubs off on people.

My Eleven Questions:
1) What is a novel you recommend to people who are not into young-adult novels?
2) Who is an evil character you somehow love?
3) What is a novel you thought you would hate but ended up loving?
4) What is an overhyped novel you do not like?
5) If you could live the life of a character for a day, who would you chose?
6) What is your favorite contemporary novel?
7) What is your most anticipated novel of 2015?
8) Do you prefer bookstores or libraries?
9) What are you currently reading and what do you plan on reading next?
10) What is an object you need by your side when you are reading?

That’s all for this award and as I said before I nominate anyone who wants to do this award! Thank you!

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Since You’ve Been Gone: Review

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Release Date: 6th May, 2014
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 7/10
Genre: Coming-Of-Age, Contemporary, Romance, Chick-Lit

Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone is a chick-lit that is every teenage girl’s dream. It follows the story of Emily who loses her best friend mysteriously at the start of the summer. Emily, a shy girl misses Sloane, her best friend, who would push Emily to try new things. She then discovers that Sloane left her a list of thirteen tasks to do that will push Emily out of her tight comfort zone. Emily believes that by finishing those tasks she can get her best friend back but along the way she makes new friends and finds a new chance at love. I really enjoyed this book and it is great if you love chick-lit, it is a really fun novel to read and it isn’t something you find everyday.

*THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE BY MORGAN MATSON*

This book took me a while to get into it but it wasn’t bad. I guessed because I had a lot of high hopes, I wanted more from it., which is why I rated it a 7 out of 10. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of fun to read but the some of the characters were kind of shallow, which was a let down. I loved the storyline but there weren’t many extremely exciting scenes until the end.

I loved the character development of Emily. It was nice to see how she grew into this more out-going person, as she became friends with Frank and Dawn. We don’t get any resolution on Dawn and Emily’s relationship which annoyed me. Morgan Matson spent so much time building up their friendship. Then suddenly when the book ends, we get no resolution whatsoever on whether or not Dawn forgives Emily.

I did, however, loved watching Frank and Emily’s relationship slowly twisted together. I loved how they met while Emily was on her daily run and they started to exchange playlists because that was really cute. What annoyed me was that Emily kissed Frank, even when she knew clearly that Frank had a girlfriend. It was an idiotic move and it kind of destroyed the perception of Emily I had in my head.

I liked how there were flashbacks to Emily and Sloane’s previous adventures. That was a really smart way to describe how they both came to be who they are today. Another thing is we meet Collins and then he confronts Emily, who helps him have the confidence to date Dawn. Then when Emily is left alone all Collins does is tell her that she is on her own. The least he could do was to help Emily but he didn’t do anything.

It was enjoying to watch Emily cross the things off the list but the ending felt like it needed more. I thought it was really cute when Emily and Sloane reunite but then after that it kind of cut short. I really wanted more which is why it was only a seven from me.

I would love to read your thoughts about this novel, so comment down below what you liked or disliked about it!

By the way, thank you guys so much for 199 followers! You guys are amazing and I can’t believe that we nearly at 200! Thank you so much! You Guys ROCK!

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Room Decor DIY❤: Chalkboard Discs

Hey Guys! I haven’t done a DIY in a while and I recently found this really cool DIY on Pinterest. I modified it slightly to make it fandomy! You can see the finished product above. They look like chalkboard discs, with really cool designs. I made three discs in total: two of them were doodles and one of them were book themed. They make really cool room decor and you can put them anywhere- on your door or hanging from the ceiling on a string. So let’s get started:
Diy Disc Materials What you’ll need:
– a plain disc
– a paint-brush
– black acrylic paint
– pencil

How to:
Painting

  1. First, you want to paint one coat of black paint on the disc. Then let it dry over-night. After that re-coat it to make it an opaque black. You can re-coat it as many times as you want.
    DIY Disc 1
  2. Once the disc is completely dry. Use a pencil to etch the design you want into the disc. I found some inspiration by searching up “doodles” and “fandom, doodles” into pinterest.
  3. After that you are done!! They are super easy and fun to make

    That’s all you have to do to make this chalkboard disc DIY. I loved making them they are cheap and they are a great edition to your room. Have fun making them! If you did try them out, comment below how they turned out for you! If you have pinterest you guys can follow me at Alicia❤
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