How to Live Your Best Life This Year

Lifestyle

Last year I achieved lots of external goals; I moved out, travelled and got a proper job but despite this, I still haven’t – yes it sounds cliché  – found myself. In terms of understanding and loving myself, I’m not quite there, so I have decided 2018 is going to be my year for internal goals.

I feel as though the majority of us go through the year expecting big changes and big achievements, but self-development doesn’t have to mean losing 2 stone or moving across the world, it can be as simple as getting up in the morning without hesitation (ironically this would be a huge achievement for me).

I’ve written a list of things that I am going to try to do this year in order to better myself, they’re not resolutions, just healthy habits that can help to positively affect us all!

 

  1. Begin learning something new – learning is exciting and can help you to find enjoyment in things you might not have thought you would.
  2. Always have a fresh manicure – trivial and perhaps a little extra, but keeping fresh and clean always makes you feel flawless!
  3. Buy coffee for a stranger – although I do believe in selfish acts of kindness, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. By buying something for someone in need, you’re helping them whilst also allowing yourself to feel like you are here for a reason.
  4. Keep track of your finances – there is nothing worse than worrying about money, but also it can be pretty rough to put yourself on a strict budget. Just keep an eye on your spending habits so you know you can afford to do delightful things.
  5. Wear what you want! – live life like the party that it is, every day is an excuse to dress up. Wear things that make you feel happy, confident and ready to take on the world.
  6. Avoid procrastinating – I’m the worst at this one, but the less time you spend dwelling on doing something, the more time you’ll have to feel fulfilled once you have done it.
  7. Have a good chat with a family member at least once a week – life can get a bit hectic but always make time for the important people in your life.
  8. Nurture your relationships – I am particularly bad at creating and maintaining relationships with people which seems selfish and arrogant. But understand that some people struggle more than other and good things take time!
  9. Take your vitamins – a simple vitamin D tablet can do the world of good.
  10. Buy fresh flowers – it’s pretty much impossible to avoid technology but still make time to appreciate nature!
  11. Have a signature scent – find a perfume that as soon as you put on, you feel ready to take on anyone and anything.
  12. Manage your time wisely – by being in a rush, you are far more susceptible to anxiety. Always make sure you are organised and on time, no matter what the occasion.
  13. Wear floaty clothes and fabrics – the only way to look like a Princess is to feel like one. Treat yourself to cashmere and silk every now and again.
  14. Value a good nights sleep – make sure you get enough sleep but don’t follow the ‘nap queen’ trend! It may seem like a good idea but there is a wonderful world out there! Enjoy it!

 

In the words of Ron Swanson – don’t try too hard. Sometimes we focus ourselves so much on one thing that we forget the bigger picture. Let things come naturally and you’ll do great.

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

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Food for One

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Something I have really struggled with since moving to London is food; I didn’t realise how difficult it would be to go to the supermarket, buy groceries and think of meals everyday. I definitely took home-made meals for granted – for the past 4 months I have eaten Sainsbury’s meal deals, soup and occasionally treated myself to pasta every now and again.

For quite a while I have had an issue with food, in the past I have really struggled with starving myself, then binge eating which is a major reason as to why I get down. I love the way healthy food makes me feel and I know that by having a more positive lifestyle I would feel far better in myself but chocolate has and probably always will be my vice when I’m in need of comfort.

Last night I finally realised that my bad habits needed to stop. As good as the oreo, nutella and banana waffle I ordered from Deliveroo was, it definitely wasn’t the epitome of a nutritious dinner.

One of my biggest problems when it comes to making meals is that after being at work and spending 12 hours out of the house, I just can’t be bothered. It’s far easier to order a Dominos, chill for 20 minutes, then have it on my doorstep. But honestly, I think my flatmates are getting fed up of hearing the intercom buzzer going off at the same time every evening, so something needs to change.

Tips:

  • Plan meals week by week so you know what you have to do as soon as you get home. Personally, I don’t really like the idea of ‘meal prepping’ as such. I can barely make one meal at a time let alone a weeks worth. Instead, I like the idea of just knowing what I am going to eat when I get home from work, so I can have the ingredients ready and plan my evening around cooking it. By doing this, I can psych myself up for the process so it’s slightly less painful.

 

  • Don’t go food shopping on the way home. By the end of the day, I am usually moody, hungry and exhausted. As you can imagine, that isn’t the best state to go food shopping in because I pretty much want to buy the whole supermarket. Whenever I go shopping after work, I always end up getting the quickest/most unhealthy option (hence the reason I have been eating so many Sainsbury’s meal deals).

 

  • Limit yourself to a certain amount of meals out a week. It’s understandably difficult to eat well when your entire life revolves around going to different interesting places to eat, especially in a big city. There are so many food choices in London, I want to try them all. But for the sake of my bank account and my health, I have decided to limit myself to 2 ‘meals out’ a week; it’s going to be tough considering brunch and afternoon tea are my favourite pastimes.

 

  • Don’t make things too complex. Unbelievably, despite all the fitness blogs and Instagram’s out there that portray otherwise, healthy food doesn’t have to be fancy, photogenic and pretty, and you don’t have to take out a mortgage every time you go to the whole foods supermarket. Simple, quick and easy meals can be good for you too – pizza isn’t the only answer!

 

Anyway, that’s about all the motivation I can give myself today. Please let me know if you have any more tips.

Now I’m off to have a hot chocolate.

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

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Local Hero

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Happy 2018 everyone! Yes, I am slightly late but really, it’s an achievement I even made it out of bed to write this post.

Since coming back to London from my wonderful home in Kenilworth after seeing family for Christmas, I have felt super sorry for myself, hence why I have gone back into hiding and not written for a couple of weeks. I can’t believe I ever hated my home town so much, it’s quiet, calm and there’s nothing to do but go for dog walks and drink tea – IT’S LITERAL HEAVEN.

But, in an attempt to pull myself back together and into the real world, today I did the only thing that I thought could cure it – brunch.

I wasn’t feeling too adventurous so I just went down the road from Wimbledon to Kingston upon Thames. After a long walk bypassing about 3 Costa’s and 4 Pret’s, I luckily came across Local Hero – a coffee shop cool enough for me to sit in with my brand new Mac. Yes, I am officially a Londoner, I sat in a coffee shop with my Mac out looking as if I was busy concentrating on some heavy work – I hate myself.

Being the generic white girl I am, I ordered poached egg and avocado on sourdough bread. I’m not going to lie, if I go on to review my food it will literally just be identical to my last brunch post because really, every avo on toast tastes the same. Anyway, it was good and healthy which is the main thing considering the amount I have consumed over the past few weeks. I also had a hot chocolate which I will rate, because everyone deserves to find the best hot chocolate in the world and I want to make that happen for you. Overall, the bev was nice. A 7/10. Could do better. (I actually grabbed a Mcdonald’s hot chocolate before coming home and it was far preferable but obviously not as pretty).

Speaking of Local Heroes, whilst walking through Kingston and trying to avoid the Topshop sale *control yourself Abs* there were a group of guys busking. Obviously this isn’t out of the ordinary but I happened to read the sign they had written and it said they were busking for 24 hours in order to raise money for the charity Calm, an organisation dedicated to preventing male suicide. I really admired what they were doing, and being a cause close to my heart, it made me happy to see there is some good left in the world.

Now, I am going to go back to my cold, sad, little flat in hopes of mending my broken window and making the wifi actually work so I can continue pitying myself whilst watching Parks. Wish me luck!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

P.S. Someone please tell me to snap out of it.

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6th Day of Xmas: January Sale Prep

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Yes this may sound a little dramatic, Christmas hasn’t even been yet and already I am prepping for the January sales. I want to get maximum bargains because living in London is not cheap so I can’t afford the things I used to be able to; my inner shopaholic is slowly dying.

Not only that, but we’re all guilty of going into the sales all guns blazing thinking that the £80 sparkly dress you didn’t want when it was full price has gone to £20 so you HAVE to have it. A lot of the time we don’t buy things in the sale because we like them, they’re just cheap and well… it would be rude not to right?

It all comes down to this one question.

Would you have bought it when it was full price?

Granted I don’t always follow this rule but it is a good thing to remember when the shops are crazy, clothes are flying everywhere and you want every deal you can see.

Another way I’m hoping to save on wasting money this year is by making a list of things I want now, so when I’m shopping I can look for them straight away rather than pondering over the pink high knee boots I’ve never wanted.

I thought I would show you some of the things I have been lusting over so you can get some inspiration too!

I have wanted this for months but I just can’t justify £75 on a green coat, it’s just a little too risky even for me!

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These are unlikely to be in the sale but I am super prepared.

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I saw Sammi Maria post this in the ‘in my wardrobe’ section of her blog. Immediately I fell in LOVE and was very tempted to fork out £79 for it but decided to stay strong and wait until after Christmas!

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As I have mentioned, I like to be prepared. So when I saw this jumpsuit in the Oxford Street Topshop I knew I had to get it on the off-chance I will be invited to a fancy event in the New Year (here’s hoping!)

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It has been hard to miss the office chic look that has being going off for the past couple of months and although I have got on board with it whilst rocking a patterned two piece to my work’s Christmas party, I am still desperate to add this Topshop number to my collection. It’s sold out almost everywhere full price so it’s unlikely that I’ll find it when/if it goes to sale, but I have been known to travel around the country for a Topshop bargain!

 

One of my work colleagues wears a coat similar to this everyday and every time she walks in I comment on how chic she looks. Even if she’s wearing a super simple outfit it always glams it up. Me being the shopaholic I am just knows that eventually this will be in the sale so I’m going to wait it out and see if I can bag it in a month or two!

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I first discovered these beauties when I was at ITV working on TM fashion. I could not believe that of all places, they were from New Look – a shop that I can never seem to work with! Then I realised they were £50 and in the premium section which kind of explained why I was so in love. They did go into the black Friday sale but I missed them so I am determined to catch them in January.

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That’s it for now but the list will most definitely be getting longer!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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Or take a look at my previous Blogmas posts.

5th Day of Xmas: Christmas in London

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So the run up to Christmas this year has been super exciting because it’s my first time spending it in a big city! In my hometown, the Christmas light switch on is about as festive as it gets which involves a few sad-looking lights and a drooping Christmas tree.

Already, I have done so many fun things and there’s still 4 days to go until the big day! I thought I would put together a list of the best things I have done so far and the things I am hoping to do in the coming days before I go back home for the holiday.

Harrods

Ever since I was a little girl Harrods has been one of my favourite places in London. There’s just something about it that feels so magical; the doormen, the lights, the windows and extravagant decor – it makes you feel so special. I went this year to treat myself to a new Tiffany bracelet and to marvel at all the beautiful trees and decorations. Harrods is literally a day out in itself so I definitely recommend going, in particular at night when it’s all lit up.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

How could I possibly not mention Winter Wonderland? It’s a necessity to go there if you’re in London at Christmas time. This was my first ever time visiting so it was super exciting for me (I have actually been 3 times now just because I am super extra). It has pretty much everything you could ask for when wanting to get into the holiday spirit; Christmas markets, festive fairground rides, winter warming foods, ice skating and even an ice kingdom. I definitely advise you to go and drink lots of mulled cider (essentially apple pie in liquid form), and eat chocolate churros whilst dancing to live music at the Bavarian Village.

Southbank Centre

When walking down the Southbank at this time of year there is no escaping the Christmas spirit. The festive market runs all the way along the river with stalls selling unusual gifts, hot chocolate and almost every kind of street food you could wish for. They also have a Rekorderlig Cider Lodge this year selling various flavours of mulled cider so you can sit in a tepee, sip on hot bevs and look out onto the London Eye.

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum

I went past the ice rink at the NHM this weekend and I am so glad I saw it! I don’t know if I will get chance to actually go skating before going home, partly because I might not get back in one piece if I do, but it’s definitely something you should stop by. The atmosphere was so enchanting with music playing and the beautiful backdrop of the buildings whilst everyone was skating around. Seeing everyone looking so happy was a lovely thing to watch, it made me feel super fuzzy and festive inside.

Gingerbread City at the Museum of Architecture

As much as I love the idea of making a gingerbread house at Christmas time, I have finally accepted that construction is just not for me – I’m better off just observing. Luckily, at the Museum of Architecture there is an entire city to see with the most extra gingerbread creations you could possibly find. Definitely a must see if you want some inspiration for your own designs or if like me, it’s a look and don’t touch situation.

Festive Afternoon Tea

So if you have read any of my previous posts, you’ll know that I am obsessed with afternoon tea. Another one of my favourite things is alcohol… Put the two together and you have a dream come true. This is what Mr Fogg’s Residence are doing this year and it’s an absolute must on my list of fun and festive things to do. The afternoon tea includes either gin or champagne infused tea with Christmas inspired sandwiches and cakes in a traditional setting with live entertainment. If you’re not a huge fan of alcoholic tea, the Kensington Hotel are doing ‘tale as old as time’ themed afternoon tea which sounds super cute too!

Christmas Lights Tour

Another fairly obvious thing to do in London at Christmas is to look at all the beautiful lights. I have created a little tour of the best displays to see in the city.

Covent Garden market mistletoe display, Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, Picadilly Circus, Regent & Oxford street, Carnaby street and lastly, a walk along Waterloo bridge to see the skyline.

I have had such a wonderful time exploring all the things to do in London at Christmas but I am beyond excited to go home and spend it with my family!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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Or take a look at my previous Blogmas posts.

 

4th Day of Xmas: Festive Reads

Books

One thing I am most excited for when I go home for Christmas is to sit by the fire, wrapped in a blanket whilst eating mince pies and reading a good book. I can’t wait to have absolutely no responsibilities and nothing to do – to feel like a kid again.

In the new year I plan on reading some more mature books because I feel as though now I am independent and I have a proper job, I should read some of the classics. But for now, I’m sticking to my guns.

Despite already having a stack full of unread books in my flat, I had to buy these two to add to my collection, because Christmas themed books are obviously a must.

I’ve never really thought about reading a festive novel, other than the picture-books my Mum used to read to me on Christmas eve when I was younger. I automatically think the way to feel festive is to watch a film but when I saw these on Amazon I thought maybe these could be my new tradition.

Let it Snow – John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson

This book is made up on 3 adorably cringey romantic stories that are sure to make you feel lonely as heck at this time of year. It begins with Johnson’s The Jubilee Express, followed by Green’s A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, and it closes with The Patron Saints of Pigs by Myracle. I’ve read books written by multiple authors in the past and not really been keen on how the story flows, but I thought I would give this one the benefit of the doubt because it is written by 3 really great authors.

The three stories all intertwine because they are all set on Christmas eve when a storm hits, causing chaos for the residents of a town. The character’s stories rely heavily on each others actions, even though they don’t know each other.

One character ventures out into the storm from a stranded train and sets off a series of events that will change quite a few lives. Another girl takes a risky shortcut with a stranger starting a budding romance and three friends compete to win a race to their local waffle house.

Each of the stories are unbelievably cringey but in light of the holiday season, they’re cute and made me smile/feel super sad about not having a boyfriend.

 

Almost Midnight – Rainbow Rowell

I’m sure many of you have heard of Rainbow Rowell before, the writer of Fangirl and Eleanor & Park. Considering her track record of amazing books, I thought Almost Midnight would live up to the quirky, mature and unique standard of her writing. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise it was going to be an illustrated book, which as nice as it is, makes me feel a little bit like a toddler. It’s also actually two short stories – which is fine – but they’re really short, like toddler short. Anyway, after I had gotten over the fact that I had paid £9 for a picture book with a few words, I got into it.

The first short story is about 16-year-old Noel and Mags who meet every year at the same New Years Eve party, and every time fall a little more in love with each other. The second short story is about Elena, who begins to queue for the new Star Wars film (very relevant right now) and meets Gabe, a fellow Star Wars fan.

Although both of the stories are kind of high school, they are sweet and I enjoyed them; they were really easy to pick up and put down in my lunch breaks and weren’t too taxing to read when I was tired.

As much as I did enjoy these books, nothing will ever compete with the story my Mum read me on the 24th all those years ago.

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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3rd Day of Xmas: 2017 Breakdown & 2018 Goals

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I wasn’t sure whether this post was a bit premature but you can’t be too prepared so…

Last year I made a flow chart of things I was hoping to achieve in the near future. Without even trying, I actually managed to do quite a few of them! So I am going to try again this year. Some of my 2018 goals are short term and simple whereas others are looking further into the future. I’m sharing them to document it for myself (& I feel like if people know about my plans then I am more responsible for making sure they happen). I also wanted to share this with you because I hope it inspires you to create some goals that can motivate and inspire you to live life to the fullest in 2018!

2017 Breakdown

  • I have done 8 weeks work experience at ITV.
  • I have moved to London on my own, fulfilling my dream of living in the city.
  • I have recently started a job with a huge film and TV production company
  • I started this blog where I have found some real interests and hobbies.
  • I have earnt money to go travelling with my big brother.

The only thing left on my list is to get my very own pup! But that feels unlikely at the moment, so I think I’m just going to have to stick to Borrow My Doggy for now.

2018 Goals

Personal Growth 

  • I really want to get back into reading in 2018. 6 months ago I would literally go through a book in a couple of days but now, I’m always so tired I just want to watch Parks and Rec and fall asleep. I’m setting a goal for myself to read 2 books a month and every 1st of the month, I will write a blog post on my favourite one!
  • At work, we are given a £200 allowance to spend on personal growth. A few of the other guys were telling me what they did with theirs; some had personal training sessions, one learnt Japanese and another learnt how to knit! It made me wonder what I could do to improve my skills. After a bit of research, I found a really great creative writing/children’s story book course. In the new year I hope to have time to do this because I think it could really help my blog writing skills and eventually, could help me in children’s TV.

 

Health & Fitness

  • One thing I recently realised was that despite making my dreams a reality, I do need to focus on the basics too. For example, I have been so busy with my new job and settling into my home that I didn’t realise that I have completely neglected my health. I never have time for breakfast and for dinner I almost always grab a meal deal on the way home. This is such a generic goal but in the new year, I am going to make time for the gym again; I loved going when I lived at home as it really helped my mental health. I’m also going to try to have a day dedicated to prepping proper meals – perhaps even be more serious about practising veganism.

 

Create a YouTube Channel

  • For the past few months I have been piecing together my idea for a YouTube channel which I hope to have created by the end of 2018. I’m not going to go into too much detail now but I will let you know when I make some progress!

 

If you take a look at my first ever post you would probably think it was a completely different girl writing. Over the past 8 months I have really grown as a person. A year ago I could never have dreamt of being where I am now. Here’s to 2018.

Things will get better. 

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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Or take a look at my previous Blogmas posts.

 

2nd Day of Xmas: The Best of Christmas Films

Film & TV

This weekend the weather was rubbish, I was exhausted and all I wanted was a cuddle from my Mum. Of course, the only cure for feeling like this is to binge watch as many hours of film and TV you can fit into the space of 48 hours. Because it’s Christmas and I am doing blogmas, I decided to stray away from my beloved Parks and Recreation box set in order to watch some good old Christmas films.

I’m going to try my best to make this post a little different because I know the majority of people’s favourite films are the same.

I have so many memories of watching films from when I was younger and off school pretending to be sick so I could sit and watch Christmas TV all day. The one problem is, I can barely remember the names to any of them! Anyway, here we go.

  • The Santa Clause (Not to be confused with Santa Clause: The Movie). 

This has always been my favourite Christmas film of all time. It was what truly kept me believing in Santa for all those years so it holds many a dear memories. I also love how we have totally taken Bernard the Elf’s style in wearing baker boy hats and berets!

 

  • Elf 

Of course this has to be somewhere on top of the list because it’s one of the most significant seasonal films of all time. And as shocking as this may be, I saw it for the first time last year! As a child I always preferred the really tacky Christmas films but now I’m older (obviously not at heart) I appreciate the beauty of Christmas in New York a bit more.

  • Home Alone 1 & 2 

Every single time the Home Alone music starts up, I cry. Every. Time. As a family we have always loved watching these films together. When we went to New York we even went to some of the filming locations. It just reminds me of sitting in my living room, the fire on, with my Mum, Dad, brother and Grandma eating celebrations. The best kind of films are ones that bring back memories.

  • Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

This isn’t a Christmas film as such but it’s always on at Christmas so I thought I would mention it. Mr Magorium always reminds me of this one time I was home sick from school (this time I was actually sick) and me and my Mum were both cuddled under my duvet on the sofa in the dark and I just remember feeling all warm and fuzzy inside – maybe it was just the virus but it still makes me happy.

  • The Ultimate Christmas Present

So you might not have heard of this one, I happened to see it one year on the Disney Channel (this was probably only like 2 years ago, I’m still a huge kid at heart hehe). I’ve never seen anyone put it on their favourite film list so I’m assuming it’s not very popular, or people just couldn’t take how unbelievably cringey it is. But in the light of the festive season, it’s a pretty cute film and I enjoyed it!

  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol

This is just a short film, it’s only about 20 minutes but they might be the most emotional 20 minutes of your life. I first saw this last year with my ex boyfriend who we do not talk about . I don’t even care that it holds memories because it is just such an adorable film. I intend on showing this to my children every year on Christmas eve as a tradition when I’m older.

If you have any other suggestions please comment them! I’m going to have a lot of time on my hands when I go home on Friday.

 

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Or take a look at my previous Blogmas posts.

 

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

1st Day of Xmas: Peggy Porschen Cakes

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My gorgeous parents came to visit me today so obviously, I had to take them to the prettiest/pinkest place I could think of: Peggy Porschen Cakes.

As soon as I saw Peggy’s whilst wondering the streets of Chelsea, I knew I had to take my Mum. There is no denying that it is probably the most Instagrammable corner in London and it was only made more magical by the Christmas market down Ebury Street, where the cafe is located in Belgravia.

 

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My lovely Mum & Dad!

 

Despite the fact that I love Star Wars and GTA I am still a huge self-confessed girly girl so this place was literally a dream come true for me – afternoon tea is my favourite pastime in the whole world.

We had to queue for about 20 minutes before there was a table available because it is so popular. When we finally got in, we were met with a slightly chaotic, but very cosy atmosphere. There was a buzz from the mixture of people crammed into the small space and Christmas songs playing in the background.

 

 

Whilst waiting for our orders, I got the chance to take some pictures to show you lot. I was so excited I took photos of everything with absolutely no shame. I imagine it looks gorgeous all the time but with the extra sparkle of Christmas in the air, it felt even more special. The windows were dusted with snow, there were Christmas trees covered with sugar cookie baubles and gingerbread houses scattered everywhere. Everything matched one theme: pink. I have never really considered pastel pink to be overly Christmassy but altogether it worked – I felt positively festive.

Aside from the decor, the most important part of afternoon tea has to be the cake. Peggy’s has the most amazing array of cakes and biscuits, I was well and truly spoilt for choice. They had every flavour of cupcake imaginable, macaroons and even champagne flavoured cake. Naturally, I had to go for the biggest slice. When in Rome do what the Romans do right? I went for the lemon, raspberry and rose flavour with a cup of tea (I even forgot to take a cute picture before I started, that’s how excited I was). It was amazing. I felt faint afterwards due to the amount of pure sugar I had consumed but it was definitely worth it.

 

 

I left Peggy’s feeling warm and fuzzy with pink-tinted sight. It was  a really wonderful afternoon spent doing my favourite thing, in a lovely place, with my favourite people.

If anything this Christmas, you have to find a friend or a family member and take them to Peggy Porschen’s Cakes. I’m not being dramatic when I say, it was literally a dream.

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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Festive Flat Decor

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This year will be my first year without spending the weeks coming up to Christmas at home. That means no tree decorating whilst listening to Christmas music and eating my dad’s mince pies ☹️. In an attempt to make myself and my flat feel a little more festive, I went on the hunt for some cute decorations this weekend. I thought I would show you what I found.

I recently mentioned that I wanted my decor to be ‘shabby chic’ ish in my previous post. I had this vision in my head of it being like all the Pinterest posts with a holly covered mantelpiece and lights on every inch of the walls. Unfortunately my room is approximately the size of a large cardboard box so this was a long-shot, but I did manage to find some pretty cute things.

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I bought this ridiculously tacky silver foil garland because it was only £1 and honestly, what is more festive than a string of snowflakes hanging from your curtain pole? As ugly as it is, I actually kind of love it. You can’t go wrong with tacky at Christmas, it’s definitely the best way to be.

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Every year I get a Poinsettia; it’s such a beautiful plant, the colours are so rich and festive and bright. As soon as I popped it in this classic Ikea pot (I’m pretty sure everyone in the country owns at least one of these) it automatically cheered up my room. If nothing else, you definitely need one of these at Christmas time! They’re super cheap too, I bought this one from Morrison’s for only £1.50.

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I miss my little pup so much, so when I saw this little sausage dog decoration I knew I had to get it. I’ve put it on my lamp so I can see it and to remind me that it’s only 10 days until I see my little fluff! (Yes, I’m a saddo). I bought this from Wilkinson’s for £1.

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I also bought these super cute lights from Wilkinson’s for £6. They come as a set of three little jars with snow balls and holly in them. How adorable are they!? As soon as I saw them there was no way I was leaving the shop without buying them so I didn’t realise that they needed to be hung from somewhere and that you need a screwdriver to open the battery box. Luckily for me, I’m a DIY expert so I used my tweezers to open the box and taped them to the wall using boob tape – genius.

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Lastly, I bought this XMAS light up sign. It’s probably the only thing I got which remotely suits my shabby chic theme (I tried my best). I put it next to this pistachio chocolate scented candle that I was given as a gift last Christmas to make it extra festive. This was £9 from… you guessed it, Wilkinson’s.

All I need to do now is make myself a hot chocolate and watch Elf.

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x