Statement Season

Style

January-February has just got to be the worst time of the year. If it’s not feeling bad about how much you ate in December, it’s feeling sad about the fact that you don’t have a beau to spend Valentines with.

Fortunately, I have come up with the perfect solution.

Yesterday, I happened to get up earlier than usual which meant I had a little more time to make an effort with myself. Instead of sticking on whatever clothes were closest me, I methodically chose an outfit and applied enough makeup to make me look vaguely alive. As soon as I stepped out the door, I felt like I could take on the day. Without hesitation, I walked to the train station rather than waiting for the bus and even had enough time to grab some fresh orange juice; I felt like I truly had my life together. 

The reason I am explaining this is because I realised, just by consciously putting an outfit together that didn’t consist of jeans and a jumper, I felt so much more confident.

So the key to feeling kick ass? Looking it.

I have now made it my mission to find the most outrageous statement pieces I can find to add to my wardrobe and help me feel fierce in these trying times.

 

 

  • As soon as I saw this Topshop leather jacket I fell in love. There’s no way you couldn’t stand out in this. You could be wearing a bin bag and still manage to look sassy as hell with this over the top. Unfortunately it’s £195. But next payday, it will be mine. I plan on pairing it with a simple jumper dress and studded boots for an edgy but minimal look.

 

  • I’ve been seeing so many of these multi-coloured striped jumpers around lately and I am totally here for them. The one pictured above is from Topshop for £49 but a cheaper alternative can be found on ASOS. I can’t quite put a pin on why I like it so much but I can just imagine it making me feel much better on a typical Monday morning. I think I would wear it with a black vinyl skirt so I wouldn’t actually look 5 years old. Failing that, I would definitely pair it with a pair of my cutest denim dungarees.

 

  • These Lamoda thigh high boots are by far my favourite thing I have bought all month. For a little while I have been looking for the perfect pair of oversized over the knee boots. The majority are all either too slouchy or just not enough. I know I am going to have to be really careful of what I put with these as it’s highly likely I will get mistaken for a hooker if I make the wrong move. But with simple muted colours, a turtle neck jumper and a structured coat it could also look effortlessly elegant. For only £49.99 they were an absolute bargain and far preferable to the £235 pair from & Other Stories.

 

  • Lastly, I have another thing that will probably have to wait until payday. I am determined to make this unbelievable £1,790 Gucci bag my next high-end purchase. There are a lot of expensive bags that I wonder why on earth people spend so much on when you can get something similar in Zara. But this Sylvie mini bag has my heart. It is in the classic Gucci style, with the colouring and the adorable bow detail. I can imagine wearing this with anything and feeling like an absolute queen. Cross-body bags are also my favourite throw on accessory to look chic without having to make an effort.

 

I’m going to think of these as a Valentines present from me to me – you’ve got to love yourself right?

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie  x

 

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Spring Dreaming

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about tropical heat, palm trees and strawberry margarita’s.

In a desperate attempt to persuade some warmer weather to bless London, I put on my prettiest, most floral dress today.

I’m also very aware that it is still freezing in England and unless I want to catch hypothermia, I still need to dress appropriately. I thought this was a wonderful chance to show you my typical transitional winter → spring outfits.

I got this adorable floral dress from Topshop in the sale for £15. It has muted colours so it’s not too spring-like to be wearing in January but it still makes me feel a little less dreary. It’s has a Victorian vibe about it which I love. The sleeves are slightly puffed and the neckline is high with ruffles. I feel like a little doll wearing it – so cute.

To make sure people don’t actually think I’m a 5 year old. I put on these heeled Ego boots; I prefer a squared toe with this outfit because I think pointed would look too harsh for the dainty dress. I love wearing sock boots with tights/bare legs because they’re so flattering. I’m also teeny tiny so the added height helps.

I threw on my new favourite thing – this Topshop faux fur coat. This isn’t the first time I have posted about this and I regret to say it definitely won’t be the last. I love how versatile this is; I can wear it with leather and look like a bad a$$ b*tch or with flowers and look like a sweet lil Daddy’s girl. The possibilities are endless.

I added my trusty Kate Spade and because I just love making myself look like a rich snob, I had to put this headband on to complete the look. Blair Waldorf would be proud.

 

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Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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Lace and Leather

Style

In true Abbie style, I woke up on Sunday morning with the worst hangover. I went home at the weekend to see my friend for a ‘drink’ which of course ended in us staying out until 3am – I expected nothing less.

Despite feeling slightly under the weather, I had planned to go for brunch with my nearest and dearest Emily, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to do my favourite thing with my favourite person.

I figured that there is nothing that can make you feel better than lace and leather – possibly the most fierce duo there is.

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Surprisingly, I managed to style my matted hair and eye bags into an actual look. 

I wore some (faux) leather culottes from Stradivarius because as I have mentioned before, they are my go to when I don’t feel so great. The fact that these are leather make them look a little more fashion and a little less lazy mess which is ideal for me. This is actually the first time I have worn these out as I was a little dubious as to how I could make them work without being accused of wearing a bin bag.

I paired these with a nude lace top from Topshop to add a girly twist to the look. I love lace and leather together because they contrast each other so well. The trousers are very  bold, I wanted to add a touch of sophistication to them so I didn’t look like a complete goth.

To add another texture, I wore this (faux) fur coat from Topshop; I got this in the sale for £50! A! Dream! It’s so warm and ridiculous and over the top I love it.

Because I am so small, I have to wear a heel with this coat or I just look ridiculous. I was still slightly unstable from the night before, so I thought it was best to opt for these kitten heeled boots from New Look premium. A year ago I wouldn’t have even contemplated a kitten heel but these are one of my current staples; they are so classic and elegant.

Lastly, I threw on this Zara bag to finish the outfit. The chain and stud detail adds to the ‘biker chic’ look perfectly without make it too extra.

Speaking of extra, I really ought to stop going out like this in Kenilworth. It’s all well and good looking like a snobby rich b*tch in London but people aren’t as open-minded at home and I get a few odd looks from the local old people!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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6th Day of Xmas: January Sale Prep

Style

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.

Festive Flat Decor

Lifestyle

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

 

J’adore: Paris

World

I am currently suffering from severe post holiday blues from a trip I took to Paris 11 months ago so I thought I would reminisce by posting about my time there.

I’ve been to Paris twice in my life, once when I was about 10 and again in January. The first time I went with family and spent the entire time either in Disneyland or in a Disney shop. The second time, I went with my ex-boyfriend and spent most of the time alone. Despite my strange circumstances (that we don’t like to discuss because of obvious reasons… weird), Paris may be my favourite city in the world. Granted I have only been to a few, but I don’t think anything could beat the Parisian food, fashion, culture and architecture.

Instead of going at the weekend, I went midweek which I would actually really recommend if you’re able to. I managed to bag my hotel and flights for only £230 and the attractions were a lot quieter

Of course, I did all of the generic touristy things whilst I was there; the Eiffel tower, the Notre Dame, shopping down the Champs-Élysées, fancy dinner, excessive macaroon eating, etc. I also went to the Louvre which was super exciting. I just about saw the Mona Lisa in person after mostly looking at it through the screen on my camera (as a generation, I admit we suck). After spending what felt like a whole city break looking at the art – it’s so freaking big – I found a courtyard at the Louvre where I just sat and admired the area. There were only a few passers-by and it was dead silent apart from the light sound of violins playing nearby. As novel as this sounds, it was so peaceful and warming to find somewhere quiet in a big city.

 

 

My favourite thing I did by far was a nighttime boat tour of the River Seine. It may have been the coldest I have ever been in my life but it was totally worth it; I didn’t even take any pictures, I just enjoyed the moment. I got to see all of Paris’ most beautiful sights beautifully lit up; sounds totally cringeworthy but it was one of those moments where you stop, look around and appreciate just how lucky you are.

I also took it upon myself to dress as the Parisiennes do because when in Paris right? I absolutely love their effortlessly chic style so I tried to incorporate some of it into my own outfits. After doing plentiful amounts of research (Pinterest you are my hero) I found that they primarily wear tailored, minimal and neutral pieces. It was quite difficult channeling minimalism as it was January and bloody freezing – all I wanted was to wear my duvet, (strangely a look that seems to be acceptable now with all the puffer jackets? If only I’d of known) but obviously beauty is pain so I fought through the frost for the good photo ops. Here is me smiling through the pain of not being able to feel my fingers or toes.

 

 

I also went to Disneyland, yes, I did indeed go to Disneyland on my own and honestly, it was a truly… character building experience. Now, I’m not opposed to doing things alone, I will happily go for dinner and ask for a table for one or sit and have coffee whilst reading a book. But going to Disney on your own is a completely different ball game, in fact, it’s not even playing the same sport. Despite being alone, it was just as magical. I went on a few rides, met Minnie, watched the Frozen parade, drank hot chocolate and cried at the beauty of it all.

 

 

Now I am definitely off to plan my next trip!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

Winterville

World

I just wouldn’t be a London blogger if I didn’t write a post about a winter themed amusement park at Christmas time. I think it’s a right of passage to  take photos of you with your hot chocolate next to a burning fire with a ferris wheel strategically placed in the background. And so here I am.

 

 

In my attempt to be a little less generic, I am going to tell you about Winterville rather than its debatably better parent park, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Winterville is based in Clapham Common, only about 15 minutes from my flat which is super convenient for when I fancy a bevvy hot chocolate – I have been twice in the last week purely for that reason.

So a Christmas event in a park – you know the drill – mulled wine, German markets, blazing lights, fairground rides and people everywhere. Of course, Winterville has all of that but one thing it lacks is the mosh pit of people everywhere you go. It’s a lot more civilised than WW which makes it really lovely to walk around without being ambushed by children. If you’re looking for a cute date idea or a night out with friends but don’t want it to be too hectic this is definitely the place for you.

The choice of food is amazing. They have a designated area for all of the food trucks instead of them being spread out everywhere so you can weigh up all your options in one place. I chose a stand that sold squid and chips because I was feeling a little fancy – it was amazing and really reasonably priced. Obviously, I had to have a bev to go with dinner so I had a mulled wine spiced with orange. It was SO good and made me feel very festive.

After food we went to the area where all of the events are held. There was a live band playing and the atmosphere was great. There are loads of really cool things planned in the next couple of weeks so if you fancy cirque du cabaret or a 90s roller disco, that’s the place to be.

 

 

Of course, the inner child in me had to attempt to win a huge cuddly toy; like I wasn’t going to take one of those home to annoy my Mum. Unfortunately I didn’t win anything (remind me to practice throwing balls into a bucket) so we went on the amusements instead. Flashing multi-coloured lights will never not excite me.

I don’t think I have mentioned that it was actually a date to Winterville I was hoping to have gone on the ferris wheel because honestly, don’t we all want the classic movie moment at the top? But instead, I was made to go on the rollercoaster. Granted, it wasn’t the Tower of Terror but still, laughing like a crazy woman wasn’t really the look I was going for. But it was all in good fun!

My favourite thing about Winterville was the BAILEYS HOT CHOCOLATE. Nope, I’m not kidding. When I asked for one the woman assumed I didn’t want alcohol (cons of looking 12) but I quickly told her otherwise because how else is a girl supposed to drink her hot chocolate? We stood round a fire pit – which I forgot to mention are dotted everywhere – to keep warm. It was so nice and so relaxing and made me SO happy; I felt warm both on the inside and outside.

 

 

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

Review: Girl Boss

Film & TV

So after a long time of having this blog I am finally writing a TV show review; it seems appropriate with everything going on in my life right now. I kind of expected most of my TV posts to be about Parks and Recreation because as I may have mentioned, I am obsessed. And now I’m working at Kudos I am likely to be posting a ton of posts ranting and raving about how good their shows are.

Anyway, if you know Netflix you know it can be a real challenge to find a good TV show to binge watch that isn’t overly dark and depressing. I mean this totally as a compliment because usually shows about conspiracies and murder are right up my street, but sometimes I want to watch a show that doesn’t make me feel on edge for 3 weeks afterwards. I really feel like I found that in Girl Boss.

There are a lot of programmes on Netflix that are slept upon and this is definitely one of them so you’re likely not to have heard of it. Girl Boss is loosely based on the Nasty Gal founder, Sophia Amoruso – Britt Robertson – a rebellious, broke misfit struggling to find her way in the world. After discovering a passion for fashion, she becomes an unlikely businesswoman through selling vintage clothing online. The story depicts how Nasty Gal grew into a multi-million dollar fashion empire and what Sophia has to go through in order to cope with the difficulties of life as her own boss alongside the struggle of growing up.

I personally love all of Britt Robertson’s films and TV shoes. She always plays characters that I feel as though I can connect with on both an emotional and humorous level. In the first few episodes of Girl Boss she plays a really stuck up, stubborn, selfish character which can admittedly get a little annoying. But if you give it enough time, you start to understand why Sophia is the way she is and like all people, there is more to her than meets the eye. Watching her grow as a person alongside her business is fascinating and the fact that it is based on a true story makes it even more inspiring. The story shows that you can go from being completely lost – which a lot of people in our generation feel like nowadays – to turning your life around and doing something amazing. A lot of us tend to take things so seriously with all the pressure of having a lavish lifestyle and being successful so the comedic aspect of the show is super nice too watch. Despite being a little ridiculous, the comedy actually makes you think about things. For example, when Sophia says: “no matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.” I think this is something that everyone in this day and age should consider.

Granted, the show can be a little up and down so I can understand why a lot of people haven’t got on board with it. But personally, I find the slightly annoying and narcissistic nature of the main character and story line to be a really accurate portrayal of society today.

Whilst researching for this post I found that Girl Boss has actually been cancelled by Netflix and there won’t be another season ☹️. I thought I would still post it because I still thought it was a good watch and I wanted to know what you guys think!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

Bluebird Brunch

Lifestyle, Style
There aren’t many advantages of living in Wimbledon; it’s a trek to central London, most people are aged 60 + and the nightlife is almost as dead as back in Kenilworth. But one reason why I am glad I moved to South West London is because I am so close to Chelsea – one of my favourite places in the city. So I spent Sunday doing what I do best, shopping, eating and acting as if I belong on Made in Chelsea.
My OOTD consisted of the sparkliest of headbands from Zara, a gingham dress from Brandy Melville, a grey faux fur jacket from Topshopknee high H&M boots and a Kate Spade bag. I was channelling some serious Blair Waldorf vibes in this outfit. I really felt the part whilst I was walking down the Kings Road – fake it till you make it, right?
I firstly went to Bluebird cafe, a place I have always really wanted to visit as I have heard such good reviews (and it’s very Instagram friendly). The waiter was a bit shocked when I said I just wanted a table for one but it didn’t kill my positive spirit, I was perfectly happy in my own company even with the numerous cute couples around me. I sat outside under pretty fairy lights, decorations and the warmest heater in the world, all cuddled in a blanket. Despite the fact I am supposed to be practising veganism at the moment, I couldn’t not go for the avocado and poached eggs on sourdough bread because my inner white girl has missed it so much over the past few months. I’m not sure if it was so good because I haven’t had a proper meal in a while or because it was just that good. Although it was a pretty expensive brunch, I was happy to have spent the money because of my overall experience. The ambience was lovely, the food was great and the staff were super accommodating (despite getting slightly judged for being on my own!)
I spent the second part of my day shopping on the Kings Road, a notoriously expensive street. Granted, I could only afford to go into about 3 of the shops down there but I still had a lot of fun window shopping and getting inspiration from high end fashion. I also wanted to get some Christmas decor inspiration because it’s already the 5th and I have nothing up! I first went into Anthropologie, a super cute shop that sells shabby chic clothing and home accessories. They had a ton of gorgeous Christmas decorations, none of which I could afford but it did give me some ideas as to what I can do with my room – I think i’m going to go for the rustic look as that seems to be everywhere this year.
I will definitely have a Christmas decor post up soon!
I have also decided to do a little Christmas blogmas. Of course I was far too unorganised to do the generic blogmas throughout all of December so instead I am going to do ’12 days of Christmas’ from the 15th to the 26th!
Hugs and wishes,
Abbie x

Update: I’m Alive

Lifestyle

Hello strangers! This is just a quick update as to where I am at in my life at the moment. I have been totally missing in action for the past month which I feel awful about as I happened to start a small following on my blog (I can’t believe you lovely lot are actually interested!) Although I am still beginning, I have felt so welcomed and already I have met some wonderful, interesting and inspiring people so I am determined to update you all on my antics at least twice a week from now on.

There isn’t a specific reason as to why I haven’t posted in a while – I guess i’m just lazy and parks and recreation/napping takes up most of my free time. ​But despite going off the grid for the past month, I have actually managed to drag myself out of the house (a miracle I know) to do some pretty cool things.

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Loose Women

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The Golden Hinde

So I had an actual dream come true last month when I went down to London to see Loose Women filmed live. Loose Women is a magazine gossip show aimed primarily at adult women (not 17 year old girls) so if you know what this show is, please don’t judge me. It was such an amazing experience to be in the studio and to see what happens as the show is filmed live. It has made me even more determined to get my dream job in television and the added bonus was that the tickets are free! Whilst in London, we took a trip to Borough market where we had fresh bread, doughnuts and juice and looked round quaint flower shops. We also happened to walk past The Golden Hinde – Sir Francis Drake’s ship. Honestly I have no idea what it was, I was thouroughly confused as to why there was a huge boat in the street and quite honestly I’m only talking about it because my Mum took a cute candid of my outfit with it in the background and it makes me look kind of educated…

 

As if London wasn’t being ‘touristy’ enough, we also took a trip to Stratford upon Avon to see Shakespeare’s crib. Stratford is literally 20 minutes down the road from us so I’ve never seen it as a cool destination to explore, but our family from New Zealand thought it would be interesting to see so we thought we’d show them around. It turns out there’s actually some really good things to see there – who knew!

 

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Warwick Castle

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Due to the delightful weather we’ve been getting recently I managed to fight my vampire-like tendencies and actually get out into the sun for once without feeling like dying. My best friend Sam and I have taken some super cute trips to some super cute places.  Our first adventure was on a rowing boat on the River Avon in Warwick; despite always saying how much I dislike my town, the view of Warwick Castle by the water never fails to amaze me. Although, Sam’s ability to row a boat may have made the experience a little less relaxing than it could have been. Next, we decided to take a spontaneous trip to Devon for the night. It was about 3PM when we decided to take a 3 hour drive to the beach (crazy or cute? Hm) but even though we only had a short stay, I had the best time ever. We ate dinner on the beach and watched the sun set, played mini golf, ate cheesy chips and won a toy elephant on the amusements – it was basically your dream weekend. Lastly, I went to Coombe Abbey with my friends for a picnic. I honestly didn’t realise how many pretty places there are close to me; Coombe Abbey is a lakeside country house and park with the most amazing views. We sat drinking our copious amount of cider and our Lidl picnic (very classily may I add) for a good 4 hours before we realised that the nature was too much and we needed to get back to Netflix.

​After not seeing the majority of my friends for a good 6 months, I finally decided to make my debut by surprising one of my best friends at her 18th birthday party. Above is a super cute gif of us all being drunk, weird and very very happy.

Lastly, here is a gif of me petting my dearest friend and pup Dexter. He fell down the stairs this morning and has felt very sorry for himself since so I thought I would give him some lovin’ too.

So that’s it for the update. I promise to improve my time management so nobody will have to send out a search party for me for the forseable future. I already have multiple posts lined up and there is also quite a few exciting things happening in the next month which I can’t wait to share with all 29 of you!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie

XO