What I Wore in Ystad

What I Wore in Ystad

Hello, I'm just back from a family holiday in Denmark and Sweden and the weather has been surprisingly warm, around 22-28 degrees each day which has been amazing because being from Northern Ireland I'm really not used to the heat so that was hot enough to be pleasant. I've been meaning to do more of these posts but this is pretty much the only one I actually got decent photographs of so this just gives you a little insight into what I wore while I was there. so without further ado..

 
Hat // H&M (x)
Dungarees // New Look (x)
Shirt // Topshop (old)
Shoes (Unseen) // Keds (old red taylor swift 001 champions)


new beginnings

new beginnings

 On this day, The 18th of July 2016, I Alice Myles took a big step in my life. "What is it?" I hear you ask, well I changed my Instagram theme. For over a year I have had the same Instagram theme og 3:$ ratio photos with a white border using the filter A6 from vsco (and yes it was that rigid), for several months now I have been considering dropping the border because I found that it was hindering me from posting the content that I really wanted to post but I feared for how it would affect my aesthetic and my reputation and other things that I really shouldn't have cared about because they really weren't that important.The fateful post is below but can also be viewed here

 Hold on because this is where I try to make a strenuous link...



So often in life we can hold onto the things of the past in an attempt to keep some sort of order in our lives. We think that in order for things to remain the way they are nothing is allowed to change. I often find myself in this trap and it's important to think of the things holding you back from achieving your full potential of being fully happy and trying to rectify it. We will constantly be changing as we learn new things and hanging tight onto the things that we have experienced in the past is a hindrance to us fully embracing everything that our futures have to offer us. Monday is the universally recognised start of a new week so maybe this new week you could start to let go of some of the things of the past that are holding you back.

Alice x

Making Old Things New

Making Old Things New

  I don't entirely know what niche I'm trying to fit into with this blog but for the moment let's call in "faith, fashion and other nonsense" so let's get stuck into the fashion part.

"She is clothed in strength and dignity, she can laugh without fear of the future"


Belfast always does this thing where it's never fully aware of what season it is so as I dress for a summer night it's pretty much dead similar to what I would wear on an autumn afternoon, this particular evening I wore:

Burgandy Top from T.K Maxx // I picked this up when I was in T.K Maxx a few months back and I love it as a wardrobe staple, It has cropped sleeves and is quite heavy and floaty which makes it a little more interesting than a generic plain top so serves the purpose of simple yet effective.

Aztec Cardigan from Urban Outfitters // I've had this cardigan for years and I always find myself coming back to it to complete an outfit because of the pattern on it I just feel like it helps to give a rather plain outfit a little more character.

A-Line Skirt from New Look // I managed to salvage this beauty from the sale for only £15, What a bargain right! It's perfect for wearing casually and can be worn in all weathers depending on what you choose to wear it with

Plimsolls from New Look // a nice pair of plimsolls is always a sure fire way to ensure that your outfit remains casual and it's especially great if they are as comfortable as this pair from New Look which only cost £15

Necklace from Charlene's Project // Charlene's Project is a really nice charity that raises money to build schools in countries where children can't go to school founded by a girl who had to be taken out of school because of her cystic fibrosis,

Leggings from Primark // Leggings are just a wardrobe staple and can literally be thrown on with anything as proven here


I'm a sucker for never throwing clothes out so a lot of outfits that I show on here will more likely contain a piece that I picked up approximately 5 years ago but just can't bear to part with, in this case it is my trusty Urban Outfitters cardigan. It is important to invest in your old items and to not completely forget about their existence. Sometimes the older clothes that we possess can be just what we need to fully complete an outfit, Although it's important to keep up with the shift in styles keeping a hold older items is still important. The same way as when young people begin to take on the roles of the older people it is equally as important to keep investing into the older people so as they don't begin to fade into the background. Yes I am linking a post about clothes to investing in the older generation, deal with it!


Alice x

Going Deeper

Going Deeper

Whilst I was at Summer Madness, which is a christian youth festival in Glenarm, I took some time away from the business of the festival and just had some alone time with God by the sea. So I decided to take a little bit of a walk along the beach while I prayed.



I was walking along the beach, wading through the water, I had wellies on so I was trying not to go too deep so as not to get my feet wet. I noticed that however much I tried to stay in the shallows of the water, every now and then a big wave would come and the water would come flooding into my boots and I'd have to move even shallower until eventually I was just walking on the sand as the tide came out. So often in life we can feel like everything in our lives is in order but we later come to realise that this is not always the case. When trials come we so often find ourselves turning away from God and blame God for all the things that are going wrong in our lives when sometimes it is equally as easy to go the other way and turn to God for help to get us through the difficult periods of our lives. If we have the courage to physically step deeper into the water you find that the waves are a lot less changeable and the sea maintains a more constant level. There will always still be a few ups and downs but they won't cause as dramatic an effect as we know that when we are rooted in Christ, God will always be there to help us through everything. Standing still in the water may seem like a safer option but with the constantly changing nature of the sea, standing still in one place is just going to end you up in trouble, By going deeper you may even find that your feet actually get less wet.

"Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger"

Alice x

My Il Volo Experience

My Il Volo Experience

One thing that you should know about me is that I absolutely adore the group Il Volo and I recently went to a concert of theirs in the London Palladium in June so I just thought I would share my experience.


The day started out like every other day, too much like every other day in fact because I started it in school for a physics revision class which wasn't really the most enthusiastic start to the day. At midday, my dad and I set of to the airport, my dad wasn't actually going to the concert he was merely accompanying me on my epic adventure to the scary place that is London. 

We travelled. There was a lot of travelling, so much that we didn't arrive at our hotel until 5pm and i wanted to be at the venue for 6! I hurriedly got myself ready, I wore a dress from New Look and Shoes from New Look along with an old jacket from Pull and Bear.


One of the highlights of the whole concert experience for me was finally getting to meet some of the incredible people that I had met online because it really added to the experience to be able to share it with friends. 


I was sitting in the front row because I had exchanged my tickets pretty last minute but I wouldn't have changed it for the world because the buzz you get from seeing your favourite group from the front row is incomparable. The concert itself was a truly magical experience the second that Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero stepped out to open the show with Per Te Ci Sarò you could sense that the concert was going to be completely unforgettable. I laughed multiple times and I cried multiple times it really is no lie that the guys put on a great show. The real stand out performance for me though was Caruso, it was a masterclass in how to hold your audience captive under your voice and as soon as they had sung the last note the whole stadium erupted into a standing ovation and the atmosphere in the room was truly submerged in awe. As someone who discovered Il Volo through the Eurovison Song Contest there truly was no feeling quite like hearing Grande Amore live. 


Other highlights of the concert included the boy's solo performances as well as their performance of Il Mondo which just so happens to be one of my favourite of their songs but at a show like this it is almost impossible to choose a favourite. I have included the complete set list below:
  1. Per Te Ci Sarò
  2. Volare
  3. Il Mondo
  4. L'Immensità
  5. Io Che Non Vivo
  6. Tonight (Ignazio Solo)
  7. En Aranjuez (Gianluca Solo)
  8. E Lucevan Le Stelle (Piero Solo)
  9. Piove
  10. Beautiful That Way
  11. My Way (Gianluca and Piero Duet)
  12. L'Amore Si Muove
  13. Unchained Melody (Ignazio and Gianluca Duet)
  14. Caruso
  15. O'Paese d' 'o Sole (Piero and Ignazio Duet)
  16. Delilah
  17. Memory (Ignazio Solo)
  18. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Gianluca Solo)
  19. No Puede Ser (Piero Solo)
  20. 'O Sole Mio
  21. Grande Amore


After the concert I hung out for a bit hoping to catch a glimpse of the boys but unfortunately it wasn't to be, the concert was still incredible and I will be sure to remember it well well well into the future if not forever. 

I have included a few of my photos that I took during the concert in this post but the remainder can be found here.

Alice x


Directions.

Directions.

Hello! Chances are that if you've stumbled upon this page you'll be wanting to know a little bit about the person behind it, right? So here's a little introduction post just to tell you a little about myself so you can get to know me a little better before I begin to share my heart with you.


First things first, My name is Alice and I am currently 18 years old and living in Belfast in Northern Ireland and I'm a Belfast girl born and bred. As I begin to enter a new chapter of my life I decided to start up this blog just to document the things I experience and share my experiences with others who may be interested in hearing my insights. I don't know what the future holds for me and lately I've been struggling to come to terms with the fact that God's plan for my life will not always be in line with mine and I have established that I needed to lay my future into God's hands because he has every day of my life written out from before I even had any idea of what I want to do and although it's hard to let go of your dreams and wholly trust in what God's plan for you is it brings an immense sense of peace and comfort from knowing that God's got you covered and that even if it may not seem like the best thing for you at the time, everything works together for good so you can rest assured that in the end everything will work out perfectly.


"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" - Romans 8:28

 Whatever direction that God points your life in I hope that you can use the worst of your circumstances to form some of the most beautiful memories because more often than not they are born from the ashes of what seems like an irretrievable low point but it's really just a platform that you've been placed on to elevate you to greater things so just remember to always be thankful for the little things in life because as meaningless as they may seem they all create a bigger picture which proves that we have so much to be thankful for.


I'm going to leave you with my favourite song lyric which is also the motto of my life and causes me to appreciate every aspect of my life and enjoy each and every moment because each second that we breathe is a small part of our ridiculously exciting story and I can't wait to find out where mine goes next. "più bello della vita non c'è niente" which translates to English as "there is nothing more beautiful than life" so embrace the life that you've been given and revel in it's beauty.

Alice x