I am Daisy-Alice

UK Lifestyle blog consisting of fashion, Travel and Interviews!

For the last three or four years my boyfriend and I have gone to the as a little escape from life in the big and rather polluted city. This year we decided to stay at an Airbnb we’ve visited before, full blog post here. It was exactly what we were after: lots of fresh air, nice weather, flowers and great food. I often don’t take full advantage of living in London, so it was lovely to spend the full day out and not be stuck on the sofa watching Netflix. I didn’t take my DSLR camera like I have in previous years so these were all taken on my iPhone but I think they make for a nice photo diary of my trip!

For Christmas my boyfriend and I were kindly given national trust memberships by his parents so were sure to take full advantage of them. I know, we’re old before our years but we love cake, flowers and some time away from London every now and again. As well as visiting a few national trust locations we discovered Cotswolds Lavender fields, despite visiting the are a good few times I’d only just heard of it. I’ve always wanted to go to one, before they became an insta hit so it was good to tick that off my bucket list. If you’re looking for somewhere good to eat for dinner, I’d recommend The George Townhouse, tasty food with a scrumptious looking desert menu too!

When we stay, we are always sure to visit Daylesford, Cotswolds Farm Park and Hidcote manor gardens. Places for great food/shopping, fun and wonderful flowers! 

In the style of Carrie Bradshaw, ‘Can you really eat all of the chocolate buttons you want and be body confident?’

If you asked me a few years ago I would have 100% said yes. However now I’m 26 I’m not so sure, over the last year I’ve put on around a stone. I knew it was happening but I was happy so I didn’t really care, however now it’s been a whole new year and I can’t really ignore it anymore. My weekly (more likely daily) routine of sharing bags is going to have to come to a devastating end. I wish I could sit here and pretend that in 2018 women don’t care about their bodies and they aren’t constantly thinking about what they’re eating (or not eating) next, or that they’re not wishing they had the body of Bella Hadid but I am, so other women must be too.

There’s nothing wrong with my body, I’m not overweight, I'm a 'normal' size and I know I should be grateful that I’m healthy and I have the ability to walk. However now it’s now more than half way through the year I feel more than ever like I need to change the way I look. It’s a lot easier to sit down on the sofa with a bag of caramel nibbles then it is to avoid eating pizza or building up the confidence to take part in some form of exercise.

The constant pressure of seeing people on social media looking amazing all of the time isn’t as easy to ignore people as people to try to say it is. Having a job in social media, PR or marketing means you’re always on your phone and each time you scroll through your feed it feels like you’re having your confidence knocked a little. So many people in my life have gone on social media breaks because of feeling this way.

Despite all of this I know how long it actually it takes to get the “perfect selfie”, in my last photo it took me 24 attempts to get the one I actually ended up posting. I also know that people work really hard to get to get a body like a Victoria’s Secret model, but it doesn’t make it any easier. It’s all a facade and social media isn’t a true reality and we all know it’s much more fun to eat a chocolate cake. But no matter how many times your friends and family say you look great you’re only going to believe it when you truly feel it.

However Jameela Jamil's recent tweet has sort of turned this all around for me. I have nothing against Kim Kardashian but her (now deleted) social media posts supporting appetite suppressor lollipops were pretty stupid, and JJ had something to say about this... "MAYBE don’t take appetite suppressors and eat enough to fuel your BRAIN and work hard and be successful. And to play with your kids. And to have fun with your friends. And to have something to say about your life at the end, other than “I had a flat stomach.” I imagine Kim K wouldn't want her daughter to be worrying so much about the way she looks, so why should we? And like Jameela said, when you're old and grey you won't be thinking about how thin you looked or that your stomach was flat that day. You'll be thinking about how much fun you were having on that summers day, or the time you went to the best party ever. So F*** it, have that beer and bag of kettle chips and lets enjoy life! x

Like many people my teenage years were spent being obsessed with music, it completely shaped me as a person and brought together my friends and I. However there came a point in my early twenties when it just didn't interest me. Long gone were the days of me scouring the pages of NME find the best new band, or going to a gig every week, I just simply wasn't that interested. In 2016 a few things in my life changed and one of them was going to see Drake at the O2, this became a pivotal point for me and my relationship with music. I suddenly found that I wanted to be at a gig at least every month and I was interested in hearing new artists and being obsessed with certain songs again. I felt like the old me. I'm not talking about anything particularly cool here, I listen to a lot of pop music and I couldn't tell you who the next up and coming artist is, but I'm happy that my love and excitement for music is back. 

Some current favourites:
Ariana Grande - God is a Woman (this video is amazing)
Drake - Nonstop
Kids see Ghosts - Reborn 
Troye Sivan - Dance to This
Ariana Grande - The light is coming 
ASAP Rocky - Praise the Lord
G-Eazy - 1942
Logic - Everyday
Kanye West - Yikes

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