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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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.

lifesum

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