I have thought long and hard about this particular topic or should I say the two phrases ‘Millennial’ and ‘Generation Z’. There is an awful lot circulating the internet and news this past few months regarding this matter and it is irritating me a hell of a lot; I could even put it down to the extreme of a piece of chalk scraping down the chalkboard or someone is scratching their nails along a wall, yes it is this bad. I am not entirely sure why these words are having such an effect on me as I usually have a little moan and groan to myself and then move on, but for some reason this just isn’t happening.

Being 24 and born in 1993 I fall into the category and I put this very lightly, a ‘Millennial’ and I use the quotation marks purely down to the fact that these words are just so ... well I can only describe it as laughable. I am not really one to take offence to anything, I may disagree on a particular topic but everyone has the freedom of speech, and that is one of the reasons why I debated on writing this post, I don’t want to cause any outrage but I just do not like both words, they bug me.

I personally do not want to be categorised because I live my life a certain way, a way that is different to that of twenty or thirty years ago but each generation of human life grows and discovers new things that makes the society evolve – sometimes good, sometimes bad. As the saying goes; ‘you learn from your mistakes’ and boy do we! 

The way I have been brought up and the way I am currently living my life is very different to others my age, even my friends who have all had an impact on my life, live theirs very differently to me and that is ok. We cannot all be the same, otherwise nothing would ever work out, everyone has their own personality which makes them unique; like freckles or laugh lines and even our finger prints are never the same.

I’m 24, engaged, have a pretty good career that I work damn hard for and own my own home with my other half, oh and we have a very cute dog. Yet I fall into the category of a ‘Millennial’ and to some degree that is ok as I was born in 1993 but what I am not ok with is the recent stereotypes of ‘Millennials’ and ‘Generation Z’. This past couple of months it has got completely out of control and from what is broadcast on the news, written in papers, newspapers and online I feel that I could not be more different.  

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I have to highlight that this is more than acceptable, we all have the right to freedom of speech but for me, personally we live in a world that is so scared of everything from what we say to what we write and our actions. Now this does fall down to the excessive use of social media and the internet, something that has grown massively over the past few years and yes it does play a big part in my life as my whole job and hobby is associated with social media BUT I don’t let it take over my life, I use it to my advantage and allow it to express myself in a positive light.

For instance, once I have left work for the day I ensure that I go home and have quality conversations with my other half about our days at work, what we would like to do at the weekend. We sit and eat tea together at the table and for me this is what makes my day special! 

There has always been that fear of rejection, being anxious, job insecurities, high fees, inequality and the list goes on. I’ve spoken to my parents and grandparents and they all say that this was a thing back in the day but the difference now is that things are highlighted and mentioned a lot more because of the internet and TV and do you know what, it is scaremongering and everyone could be at blame for that.

Scarf: Primark, Denim Shirt: Topshop, Skirt: Topshop, Boots: Topshop, Bag, Cath Kidston, Watch: Olivia Burton, Sunglasses: Quay Australia 

Yes, there is an awful lot more to ‘Millennials’ and ‘Generation Z’ that I haven’t touched upon; what  I have discussed on this post is the small things that are currently bugging me and I needed to express them to get it off my chest. It is a vicious circle that will constantly repeat itself no matter what decade we live in and this is why I don’t want to be categorised as a ‘Millennial’ or ‘Generation Z’.

Everyone has a choice at how they would like to live their life, you can chose to act upon something or you can feel settled and decide to continue the way you are. I love my job, it is exactly what I wanted to do when growing up, yet my wage compared to the cost of living doesn’t weigh up that well; there could be the odd time where I chose to not get my hair cut or put off visiting the dentist because I had a food shop to pay for or petrol to put in my car. However, I chose to stay in my job because I have a lot of passion for it and I thoroughly enjoy what I do, it is my own choice. I often worry that this falls under a certain category of a ‘Millennial’ but do you know what this happens no matter what decade you live in.

Let me know what you think, do you like being classed as a ‘Millennial’? There are so many different things that you can put as a category, what I have discussed you might not think it falls under it and this is perfectly fine!

Alice xxx

I wasn’t so sure if this is something that I should actually be admitting to the world but I realised that I needed to get a grip and just inform everyone that I cannot stand the colour red in the world of fashion.

How? Why? What? Sorry, what is this madness? 

The colour spectrum is so comprehensive that everyone has a particular shade whether it is a pretty pastel or your basic primary colour that they cannot get along with whether it is in fashion, home life or just in general and for me it is red. Don’t get me wrong I love it on everyone else and as a colour scheme for my accessories at home but when it comes to fashion it just doesn’t have the same impact. 

For me colours can represent personality and is used in society to characterise certain objects or subjects such as; red means hot/anger/bold and blue means cold/calm/relaxed. I am a fairly laid back individual who likes to blend in with society, so if I wore red it is a very bold and striking shade, plus it is quite harsh against my skin tone.

Red Stripe Legings: Zara, Heels: Primark, Shirt: Peacocks, Jacket: Topshop, Bag: Topshop

How can one’s mind be so complex? Especially with fashion, seriously Alice what are you doing with your life? I get that it is quite an extreme thought process to have and one you are probably screaming down your phones or laptop screams right now, but don’t worry I am slowly adjusting to the colour and introducing it into my wardrobe.

Towards the back end of 2017 saw the first red item welcomed into my life and that was these gorgeous leggings with the red stripe down the leg from Zara. This is a fab way of introducing a colour into your wardrobe by hinting at it with a pattern or accessories; just look how gorgeous this bag from Topshop is.

Does anyone else have this mind set when it comes to colours? 

It has been quite hard to pick only a few items to feature in my favourite beauty products for 2017 as I loved so many. 

2017 has been the first year to expand and try new brands including Laura Mercier, NYX, Urban Decay and Charlotte Tilbury to name a few, but you will never take this girl from drugstore holy grails. 

The main product I have been obsessed with is my L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation in shade12 Natural Rose. This high coverage matte foundation is insane, it beats my Nars, Mac and Charlotte Tilbury hands down and bonus is that it is quarter of the price. I do find this foundation is very similar to the Mac Studio Sculpt foundation, however it is a much more fuller coverage. 

Sticking to base products and my next favourite of 2017 has to be the Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfect Powder. This stunning powder is fab to add a tiny bit of glow to your skin without going OTT, it sets your foundation and concealer well. I've not normally spent this amount of money on a powder, I feel a splurge at such level on just a powder is a little much I'd rather pay more on eye shadows or blush. 

 Mascara: L'Oreal Paradise Extatic, Foundation: L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover, Powder: Laura Mercier Candleglow Powder, Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palettes: Naked 2, Naked Heat

For blusher, I have to hand it to the Kardashian/ Jenner clan for their beauty empires! For me, the Kyle Jenner pressed blush powder in 'Barely Legal' is beaut; its the perfect peachy pink for my pale skin tone. I love how it blends so well on natural or tanned skin to give that hint of colour on the apples of your cheeks after contouring. Sometimes a powder can look a little drab especially if placed over a powder but the pay off is incredible and natural. 

Mascara, well do I really need to say anything? You all know exactly what is coming especially if you watch any of my videos. Yes, the L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara, it is da bomb! It elongates and thickens the lashes perfectly after a couple of coats, what more does a girl need? Usually I would need to use two mascaras as my lashes are pretty disappointing; short and thin to say the least. 

For eyeshadows, I cannot particularly pin point just one palette as the Urban Decay eye shadow palettes are insane! For instance, the packaging is simply stunning, so much thought and hard work has gone into them. Then the product itself, the colour pay off is incredible, the shades are super rich and bold which you can create a number of different looks with. If you don't own any of these palettes then I would certainly recommend them. 

I'd love to hear the beauty products you have been loving at them moment! 

Alice xxx

With the new year looming in just a few days time, I wanted to share a bit of love as there is nothing better than stepping into a new year on a positive note and making someones day that little bit better. I thought it would be quite fun to share with you who has inspired me in blogging and well who are are quite simply bosses in their own right! 

I've not done a post like this for some time so thought it was about time I pulled my finger out and shared the love.

F.Y.I. did you know that I have my own bloggers directory at the top of my blog for those bloggers I do love!! Go give it a look after you have finished reading this post.

Queen Beady - First up has to be my fellow Yorkshire girl, she has been bossing the Instagram world this year with her stunning photography. 2018 better watch out as I am more than certain she is going to grow so much and I could not be any more prouder, plus she's been amazing when I had a few things I needed help with. 

Rhiannon Ashlee - One very down to earth YouTuber with the cutest little girl ever, I mean how cute is Delilah! I love Rhiannon, she is so relatable being a similar age to me which is amazing and documents her day to day life in her channels along with a bit of fashion, lifestyle and being a mum. If I am feeling a little down or have had a tough day, I thoroughly enjoy watching her videos to cheer me up! 

Mama Reid Writes - Ashleigh is a beautiful mum to two very cute little children who runs a YouTube channel and blog! I love Ashleigh, one because she is again relatable and down to earth but two creates fantastic content from fashion through to being a mum. Her imagery, especially over on Instagram is stunning, they are one stylish family! 

Hello October - I love this girl! I have been watching Suzie's videos for a number of years now, she is one of the first YouTubers I actually started watching along with Kate from Dolly Bow Bow. Her channel which is mainly fashion and beauty has branched out a little to homeware and lifestyle videos which I love, her interior design is top notch and gives me all inspiration for trying to make my house feel like a home! Did I mention she has two very cute dogs too? I feel like me and Suzie could get on very well, we seem to have very similar taste in a lot of things! 

Coat: Primark, Jumper: Primark, Skirt: Topshop, Boots: Zara 

Love Life - Niamh is one stylish girl, I mean she just seems to be able to pull off everything from mixing prints to vibrant colours to looking cool in the most relaxed outfit, I mean how?! This Irish beauty is a blogger I discovered towards the back end of 2017 and boy am I glad I did, I really look forward to her images popping up on my Instagram feed, they are the most colourful, happy and stunning images you will see! I have major fashion envy over Niamh and I actually feel like she is helping me step a little further out of my comfort zone with my outfit choices! 

These are only a handful of bloggers I have been loving in 2017 but there are so many more I could spread the love about! If you aren't already following these girls then I would definitely recommend you to go check them out on all social media channels! 

Alice xxx
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