Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Feeling 22

If you haven’t seen my Tweets and Instagrams, today’s my birthday – woo!! I’m never very good at keeping New Year’s Resolutions, but upon turning 22, I thought now would be the best time to make some life changes, as I truly take a step into adulthood. I mean let’s face it, it’s probably time I grew up a bit. And in an attempt to keep these resolutions, I thought I’d share them with you today.
Eat Clean, Train Mean
2016 has been the year that I’ve finally decided to do something about my diet and lifestyle, and tackle all the weight I put one while I was at university. The combination of alcohol and convenience food was not good for my waistline and I figured it was finally time to do something about it. I’ve joined Slimming World, and I’m slowly starting to get into working out. Turning 22 seems like a great time to alter my attitude to food and exercise to a positive one.

Save My Skin
I’ve never been one to stick to a skincare routine, maybe I’m just a bit lazy, or maybe I haven’t found the right products, but I easily fall out of a routine. We all hear about it is skincare in your twenties that is the most important for preventing ageing, and I’m well and truly in that age bracket now. This year I really want to experiment with skincare and hopefully find a set of products that I find really work for me. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Well actually, gone yesterday. I’ve always found it nigh on impossible to find a haircut and colour that I’ve stuck to, but I think it’s about time I found a style I liked. I’m still tweaking one or two things with the colour, but cut wise, I’ve gone for a shoulder length bob, taking Khloe Kardashian and Lucy Hale as my inspiration. I think this will be a style that will be able to stick around for a while.

Read, Read, Read
I had quite a good reading year last year – you can read about that in Monday’s post here – but I’d like to widen my reading material this year. I primarily read romance fiction, but I’d like to branch out into plenty of other fiction and non-fiction as well.

Just Say Yes
I’m not the most adventurous of people, that’s for sure. I think that needs to change. Life is for living and all that. But as well as saying yes to any fab opportunities that may come my way work or blog wise, I also want to say yes to more in my personal life. Yes I will see my friends, yes I will spend time with my family, yes I will take one night a week to pamper myself, yes, yes, yes. I’m thinking a positive outlook to life like this will have a knock on effect for other aspects of my life.

So that’s the attitude I’m taking as I turn 22. A positive attitude should lead to positive results, and I’ve got a good feeling about this year.
Until next time,

Monday, 25 January 2016

My Favourite Books of 2015

I love reading, did I mention that? Always have, hopefully always will. I track all my progress on Goodreads – you can be my friend here – and it’s a great way to look back at the end of the year to see what you’ve read. In 2015, I read a total of 49 books, which I didn’t think was bad at all. Today I thought I’d share my top 10 books of the year, all of which I gave five stars.

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
This was the first book I finished in 2015, as part of my dissertation. This was a reread for me, but this time I definitely digested it a lot better. Since my first read, I’d watched the television adaptation by BBC One, and read more historical fiction so I was well accustomed to this sort of novel. I felt like I learnt a lot from it, and I push it on everyone I know who likes reading – sorry!
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Once all my university reading was done, I was so ready to sit down with something a little easier. The Selection series had been well discussed on BookTube, so I was excited to see what all the hype was about. Obviously it’s not high-brow literature, but I really enjoyed the world this was set in and the characters.
Being Binky by Binky Felstead
Now this was featured in my Favourite Books of the Year So Far post halfway through the year (you can read that here), and it remains something I really enjoyed. Binky is my favourite MIC cast member, so it was nice to hear about her life.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My first of many chick-lit romance novels for 2015 – it’s quite possibly my favourite genre, and I’ve read plenty of it. I saw this on a few peoples YouTube channels, LovelyLikeLaura’s especially, and I fell in love with Abby and Travis and their story.
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
I love Nicholas Sparks, always have, always will. I’m slowly working my way through all his novels, and I loved this story. It was tear-jerking and heart-warming, everything a good romance should be – and the film’s fab too.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
2015 was the year I discovered the Queen of New Adult literature, once again on plenty of YouTube recommendations. I devoured this in about a day, I just couldn’t put it down. I’m sure this has started a very long love affair with Colleen Hoover’s work.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This was something I was dubious about reading if I’m honest. The concept of reading a book filled with emails and case files seemed a little unusual, but I really enjoyed playing detective with this.
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Another recommendation from LovelyLikeLaura. She raved about this whole series, and since I’d fallen in love with Beautiful Disaster as she’d promised, I thought I’d give it a go. And I fell in love once again. An interesting couple’s story, and a series I’ve since continued.
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
I told you I love Nicholas Sparks. This has to be my favourite novel of his. I read it on holiday last summer and absolutely devoured it. I fell in love with Sophia and Luke and their story, I couldn’t put it down. I saw the film soon afterwards, and fell in love with that too – Scott Eastwood, need I say more. It even became the topic of a Page To Screen post here at LifeLoveLexie, a series of posts I’m keen to continue. 10/10 for sure!
Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins
2015 was the year I discovered Stephanie Perkins, and I read all three books last year. Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door were both great novels, but it was the final book that really caught my heart. Isla was so relatable, and the story was so heart wrenching at times. I especially loved how all the characters from the other novels came together at the end.
All in all, I think I had a great reading year last year. It was so nice to get back to reading for pleasure after university. Hopefully 2016 will be just as good. Do you have any recommendations for me?
Until next time,

Monday, 18 January 2016

2015... That's A Wrap

Long time, no see, right? As we all know, Blogmas went really well (not), and I lost a bit of interest, if I’m honest. I wasn’t happy with what I was putting out, so I thought I’d have a little break over the holidays and come back fresh in the New Year. And here I am!
When trying to brainstorm some new post ideas, I thought a good place to start would be the clichéd look back at last year.
2015 has been an incredible year for me, as it saw me graduate from university, start my first full time job, and successfully secure myself a place on a teacher training course starting in 2016. But most of all, this has been the year that saw LifeLoveLexie grow and blogging became such a big part of my life. Here are my Instagram highlights of the year:
SotonBloggers Goody Bags – This year saw me attend my first blogging events and become good friends with a lot of the Southampton Bloggers. In August, I attended the SotonBloggers meetup, and thoroughly enjoyed it. You can see my post on the event here.
Hourglass blush – I’ve waited a really long time to get my hands on a blush from Hourglass. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted, but when I was leaving my job at John Lewis, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to finally buy one. I went for Luminous Flush.
Christmas Market Fun with Anna – Blogging and becoming more active in the community has given me some fab friends, one of which is Anna from BrightEyeBlog. When we were both attempting Blogmas (she did much better than me, well done girly), we took a trip to Winchester’s Christmas Market, and it was so much fun!
Ruma Shellac Nails – I was lucky enough to attend the preview event at Ruma Salon, and have my nails done. I loved the experience, and shared my thoughts here. You can also read about the preview event here.
Winchester – I had a couple of trips to Winchester towards the end of the year, and I loved how festive it looked.
21st Birthday – I turned 21 at the start of the year, what a milestone! I was really spoiled, with a trip to the ballet as part of my birthday celebrations.
First Red Cup of the Season – I live for the festive releases from Starbucks and Costa, and picked up a red cup from Starbacks at the first possible opportunity.
Bella Italia Cookie Dough – I love Cookie Dough, and when I went for dinner with Anna and Jess (TheLifeofJKS) at Bella Italia, and saw that it was on the menu, I had to have it!
OOTN – I had a great night out with the Soton Bloggers, and loved what I wore so much, I had to write about it here.
I would love for 2016 to continue being as fantastic as 2015 turned out to be.
Until next time,
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