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Well hello! Long time, no blog! Hopefully you have been keeping well, esp with the snow that has been gracing the UK over the last few weeks. I always get expectant of warmer sunnier weather this time of year but alas it's been more wintry. Roll on Spring!

So in my absence of blogging I have been chilling out (quite literally with this weather!) and just taking a break from the merry go round of blogging. I wish I could say I have been busy with blog worthy events and outings but it's been a bit quiet on that front.

But one thing I have done that is blogger friendly is attend my second The Body Shop VIP blogger evening in my home town. This is such an awesome event held in my local branch of TBS and it's open local bloggers and Youtubers.
After the success of the first one I attended back in November, I was eager to go to another one to see all the new season exclusive products and purchase lovely products.

OMG I'm back again!

Hello there! It's been a little while since I graced my blog with a post or two, so short of actually having a particular topic in mind to write about I thought I would bring you up to speed with what I've been doing I since I last posted. Phew, that was a long sentence!

I would love to tell you I have been doing something amazing and wonderful, but the truth be told I haven't really been or done much other than work. The main reason for my hiatus you may be wondering? Well as I always strive for honesty, I have fallen a bit off the blogging wagon. For the last two and a half years I have poured almost all my free time into blogging. And for no reason at all over the last month or so, my passion that drove me to blog consistently just vanished! Whoosh! Just gone and packed it's bags without a backwards glance!
I wish I could pin point it to something in particular, but other than feeling demotivated as my views have gone down a bit.

Stripes & St⭐rs

Stripes & St⭐rs

Pink coat
£21 - zaful.com

Disney blue jeans
£31 - gap.com

Star sneaker

My Make Up Loves

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I'll be the first to admit I'm a lover of make up, but when it come's to the application of said products I am not the best. Looking over social media there are endless photographs of females (and males) with expertly applied make up. This to me is a skill and not one I have accomplished myself.

That said I do love playing with new products and hoping somehow applying it will transform me into a Kardashian. It never happens, but still I try!

I've got some hero products that I am currently using, so read on to see what they are...

DIY Home Spa

You know when you feel like you need a good old pamper? Something to make you feel in a zen like state and all refreshed and revived. I had that desire recently, so I took to making my bathroom into a home spa.
Who has the cash to splash out on a Champney's spa treatment? Not me for sure. So I DIY my own chill out session and here's what I did to give you some inspo should you want to recreate your own one...

First things first, you need a good bath tub full of hot water and lot's and lot's of bubbles. I used Champney's (see I can afford this!) A Well Earned Treat bubble bath. This smells so sweet and fragrant, it's a must. I also make sure I've got my fave body wash Imperial Leathers Marshmallow shower cream. This is normally on sale for a £1 in most drug stores and smells just like a tube of marshmallows :) 

Searching for a sense of style- Part II

If you've seen my previous blog post, you'll see I currently have a girl crush on this fellow blogger here, Zoe. I love Zoe's relaxed look, she nails it perfectly. And I have been experimenting myself with using her as inspiration.

So here I have recreated using the website Polyvore, three of what I would call Zoe's signature looks.
When you break it down, it does help to understand how she pulls these looks together.
There is a mixture of smart meets casual, with beat up trainers and distressed denim, to floaty tops and blazers to add a bit of structure. Teamed with ethnic and bohohemian jewelery and always a statement hand bag.
Complete with bed head hair and you have a modern relaxed and chic look.

Searching for a sense of style- Part I

As you may of seen from my posts, I’m certainly no trend setter.
In fact I couldn’t tell you what the latest trends are. And so you get to my age (33 in case your wondering) and if you’re like me you start settling for comfort and relaxed clothing.

But I still like to have some sort of style (shabby chic I think). I have recently discovered a French blogger who’s style I’m currently lusting after.
Her name is Zoé and she has the street cool look nailed to a tee. She manages to make a simplistic and relaxed outfit look so chic and cool. It’s like making an effort without looking like you’ve made an effort.
Think layers, distressed denim, trainers and boho jewellery and you’re there.

Blogging- What is it good for?

Blogger flat lay

Did you know in that in 1999 there was only 23 blogs on the internet? And in 2006 it had grown to 50 million, and now? There are an estimated 152 million blogs on the world wide web.
That’s a lot of people who love writing and socialising on line.

I was late to the blogging game, having started this here blog at the age of 31 in 2015. Being that I’m a 80’s baby, I grew up with the internet really coming into it’s own when I was 14 or 15 years old and back then the internet was still a baby itself. Blogs like Zoella’s that really cemented mainstream blogging was still way off in the future. So the exposure I had to blogging (or weblog as it was then known) was minimal, if non exsistence.

Over the moon with Happiness Boutique and 10% off

Happiness Boutique

Every so often I will get an email from a company that would like to collaborate with me in some way through my blog. Sometimes the emails can be rather strange, like a request for me to promote a menswear range (umm, thanks but no thanks), to adding a link to a product that is just not reflective of my tastes.

So when a brand does their homework and contacts me with a request to work with me and it's right up my street, then I get rather excited!
One brand that has recently reached out to me is called 'Happiness Boutique' which straight away made me intrigued. My blog style is to try and be upbeat and positive so I replied with wanting to know more.

My 2018 R̶e̶s̶o̶l̶u̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶ Aspirations

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Happy 2018!

If you’re reading this with a sore head and a furry mouth then I hope you saw in the New Year’s in style!
If you’re like me and stayed up to see the countdown in on the sofa, tucked up with a blanket, then I salute you! I’m all for painting the town red (well in theroy- reality is normally involving pj’s, Netflix and snacks!) but saving a small fortune on door entry and over priced drinks is far more sensible (this is what being over the age of 30 does to you!).

Anyway I digress. The purpose of this post is to share my musings of New Years Resolutions. Those three words that fill you much hope and inspiration but in reality is just a case of abandoned promises a few months (or weeks) in.

I’m one of those people who runs into the New Year full of desire to become a better version of me. #theoldAbbieisdead. The 1st January is like shedding your skin of your previous misdeanours (me? Never!) and vowing to make a change. Be it the most common resolutions of eating healthily or losing weight, swearing off alcohol and Mc Bangs to stopping procrastinating on seeking that dream job.We’ve all been there for sure.

Geek Chic

So there I am on my lunch break at work one recent afternoon. I’m looking on my phone and remember I haven’t tried the new app I downloaded a few days earlier. I open the app, have a play around on it and notice a really cool feature. I share this with those sitting around me but then quickly feel self conscious. Did I just geek out there? Did the plane app, with the 3D real time simulator just make me seem more geek, than chic? Most probably, but then that’s just who I am.

I have spent my teen years and even into my 20’s trying to keep my geekiness under wraps for fear of ridicule. But now I’m into my 30’s I feel like embracing my inner uncoolness and letting it be known, that I Abbie of Abbie Chic non-fame, love reading maps. I love doing jig saw puzzles. I feel a sense of peace when I’m reading a book in bed at 9pm. I pass up on alcohol on a night out (make that an annual night out) and I buy pj’s more than any other item of clothing.
I’ve tried to be cool and hip. But that facade often slips quite quickly and my interest in archeology programmes and dislike of Radio 1 breaks out. I don’t know how to be cool. But I do know how to be me and enjoy the random and slightly left field topics that interest me.

Blogmas #8 | My Christmas Book Must Haves

If you don't know it already but I love reading. My genre of choice is romantic comedy fiction. I love a tale of love with some humour added into the mix. And what better way to while away the cold winter evenings than snuggled up with a feel good book.

Here I have selected my favourite winter reads that I fully recommend you give a go if you like this genre.