2013 - 2014



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Project Hair

2013 was the year I started project hair. I got my last haircut at the end of January 2013 and since then - nothing. I've been growing it ever since. And yes, it's felt like a long hair year! 

I started wearing my hair short right after I got married in September 2010. I fancied a really big change and I'd been trying to grow my hair FOREVER for my wedding. By the time the wedding was approaching I gave up, got my shoulder length hair trimmed and arranged to have hair extensions clipped in for the big day - it was just easier.


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December (So Far)

I can only apologise for such half-arsed blog writing this month, December has proven to be exactly like the rest of 2013 and been non-stop for me, I don't think I've looked forward to my Christmas break so much in years, I will definitely need the rest! 

Luckily, I take lots of photos, so I can give you visual guide to the first half of my December and it also serves as a good memory aid for me! 

After having a very busy couple of weeks at work (which has been mentally exhausting) we had our Christmas night out, which was at Simon Drake's House of Magic, at a secret location in South London! 


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#OperationGoddess

November was #OperationGoddess month. The month to get my body, mind and spirit ready for the winter months, get myself into tip-top condition and make myself feel like a total goddess once again (hence the hashtag).

My skin was dreadful in October, I mean really bad, teenage years bad. Some of it was dairy (as I was still testing my Russian Roulette elimination diet and eating gelato for lunch daily in Florence) some of it was just my skin crying out for a deep clean and sadly my coconut oil was not cutting it. I think I'll be able to go back to my coconut oil routine when spring reappears, but for now I've gone back to a gentle cleanser every day and medicated lotion to moisturise. It's made a huge difference, within a week my skin was totally different. 

I'm so glad I kept this stashed away!

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Celebrating My Doctor

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm dangerously obsessed with Doctor Who.



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Running. Love / Hate.

In May in ran the BUPA London 10,000. It was a magnificent, emotional day and I got a medal at the end of it which I treasure dearly.

My shiny. I earned that. Well done me.

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Faith

I was listening to (okay, overhearing, blatent eavesdropping, what of it?) two people liaising with their diaries about when they could see each other next during a bus journey recently.


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Two-Bedroomed Paradise

Project DIY or Die is going well.


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Dairy-Free Dalliances

Readers that have hopped over here from my Food & Fitness blog will be aware of my strange body and all it's little idiosyncrasies; top of the list being my allergy to dairy which appeared a few years back after a particularly vicious strain of viral gastroenteritis (yes really, the body does some odd things when in recovery from a virus, mine chose to no longer allow my stomach lining to deal with dairy proteins. Excellent.).


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October Beauty Round Up

There's a new video up on my YouTube channel today, a few new products and some repurchases this month.

Kinda shocked that we're almost done with October already!

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DIY or die

I've tasked myself with a project for autumn and winter 2013  - to make my living space a more calm place than it currently is.


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Sherlocked

London is filled with museums and galleries, half of which I've never been to, but there's one that I was so excited to go to because ... I'm a total nerd.

Beautiful Baker Street Station tiles
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Making a Habit

I've had two months off the gym. My membership fee has effectively been money given away. I'm thankful for cheap gym memberships, though I do realise that this is how budget gyms make their money - from lazy beasts like myself that think 'it's hardly bank breaking, what's a little time off at £16 per month?' - I was far more motivated when I went to an expensive gym, that's for sure ...


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The Show Pony

Y'all know that I have a YouTube channel, right?


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Confessions of a Binge Shopper

I noticed a pattern in my behaviour recently, I'm a seasonal shopaholic. I can go ages without buying a thing and then as soon as a new season is looming I write a list of all the things I want to buy and hit the shops.

Don't get me wrong, I do shop between these, what I can only describe as, 'retail binges', I'm a huge fan of charity shops - especially since a friend introduced me to the ones in Chiswick. Bargain of the decade was found in one of the shops there recently: 



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Music Gets the Best of Me

Listening to music has been top of my favourite things to since, well, forever. Blame my mother for this who spent years singing songs by The Beatles at me, inflicting Barry Manilow, Boney M and ABBA albums (yes, vinyl - remember that?) on me (I'm giving my age away, aren't I?). Aside from a parental influence, my two elder brothers also had a big impact, as they were always playing music in the house and therefore I picked up their tastes too. My eldest brother is solely responsible for my Madonna obsession; I can still see myself tearing around the house aged six and singing 'Material Girl' at the top of my lungs. Even now I still like to spend my evenings laying on my bed, earphones in, listening to my Spotify playlists - teenage Alex will never die!

Last weekend I indulged my love for music further by going to Radio 2 in Hyde Park.



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The Men Who Made Us Empty Our Wallets

Over the last month there's a been a two-sided documentary series running on the BBC called The Men Who Made Us Fat / The Men Who Made Us Thin. One looks at how our eating habits are influenced by corporations and health guidelines and the latter looks at the diet industry itself; it's creation and the products available to us. 

It's the latter one which has sparked my interest the most, obviously due to my interest in the subject as a consumer, a former Weight Watchers member and as someone recently qualified in diet & nutrition; I've done a million diets, my friends have, my family have - it's a constant conversation topic when you put a group of women together  - it's like a national obsession.

So, what have I learned from watching this show? The main thing that blew my mind was that the weight guidelines on the BMI chart can be described as great works of fiction - and that's me being polite, I could use many, many expletives to discuss this.



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The Great British Beer Festival

I'm not much of a festival girl, primarily because it involves camping. Camping would be fine it involved a memory foam mattress, an en-suite bathroom, free wi-fi and room service - do you see where I'm at?

However, there is one festival I am a very active participant in - beer festivals, primarily the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival which is held in London every August. 



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Something Old, Something New


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If you've followed me here from my other blog, welcome! If you're totally new to me and my writing, a very big welcome! Thank you all for finding my new home on the internet.


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Freelance


Aside from being a part-time blog writer, I'm a trained actor and voice over artist, who is always happy to find new work.

You can find my profile on AXS or listen to my showreel on Soundcloud.







I also use my writing talent and professional skills for CV editing and formatting. If you'd like your CV polished up by a professional before you start your job hunt, you can contact me on Fiverr, where I post all the current gigs that I'm available for. 


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About

Welcome to Love Life Lexi!





I'm your host and writer, Alex, but some people like to call me Lexi.

This is my lifestyle blog, where I write about my varied lifestyle passions; from to sci-fi conventions to lipstick. I like to call it my one wild and precious life.

I'm a Yorkshire gal in exile in London, a self-confessed diet school drop-out. I love peanut butter, the International Space Station (yes, really) and I'm a trained actor and voice-over artist.

Speaking of my passions, here they are in no particular order. All the titles are tags, please click on them to be taken directly to the content they relate to. 

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I'm a self-confessed nerd who loves geek culture. I love Doctor Who, Star Wars, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, The X-Files and Twin Peaks, to name just a few. I frequent conventions, welcome any excuse to cosplay and possess a lot of photos of me grinning awkwardly next to celebrities.

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My first blog was a dedicated food and fitness blog which spanned 3.5 years of my life.  I'm qualified in Diet & Nutrition, and as much as I'm still interested in healthy living, I try to be more mindful and balanced about it these days. I write a lot about ditching the diet mentality, I'm a body positive activist, encourage the Health at Every Size movement and believe everyone needs to practice more self-love. We get one life on this earth, you guys, you might as well do it happily as opposed to shitting yourself over eating a chocolate bar yesterday. 

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Being the girl in the big city from the small town, I love London, it's my home. I love running around being a tourist and I love being social in my city (and even other ones!) so I will give the odd place or event a review. Mostly I'll just be telling you places I've been and who I've seen under this tag.

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Aside from it being a great song by the Tom Tom Club, this is my tag for all other wordy posts. Usually covering anything - from feminism to politics.

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I'm a (lapsed) YouTube beauty blogger and I'm still very much a make-up lover.  Most posts will be reviews of things I've purchased (or I will clearly state if it's an item I've been sent). I'm dangerously addicted to heavy eyeliner and bright lipstick.

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This is my end of month tag, where I round up the things I've done over the previous month, link to anything that might be of interest and drop big hints about what's coming up next (if I know!)

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... and that's all of me. 

Welcome to my one wild and precious life.

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