Sales Shopping haul| Abbie Chic

28 December 2015

 Hi! So I decided to make a little video of some of the bargains I have found in the sales and I have posted it to my youtube channel. I'd love to know what bargains you have been finding too! Please feel free to comment on your finds below :)


Bedroom Tour| Abbie Chic

27 December 2015

Watch my first ever properly edited vlog below! Hope you like :)

From the beginning...this is me.

26 December 2015

On a Boxing Day afternoon I'm having a bit of reflection and I am thinking that I should add some background to who Abbie Chic is, otherwise I feel this blog is a bit one dimensional.

To start things off, I am 31 years old and live in a picturesque town called Chichester in West Sussex, England. Being 31 means I was born in 1984 and grew up in an pre-internet era. A childhood that consisted of playing out in the street, dressing up as the Spice Girls and watching Live and Kicking on a Saturday morning. This was a time when mobile phones were associated with city bankers and were the shape and size of a brick.
My parents are divorced and separated when I was three years old. I have no real memories of this, as I have grown up living with my mum and older sister and visiting my dad on Saturdays.
I went to the local primary school and then to the 'big school' where I studied for my GCSE's.

Throughout my school years I spent my free time with my best friend Cassie, where were obsessed over 911 and the Backstreet Boys. Recorded the chart show off the radio every Sunday to cassette tape and went to many a pop concert.

After completing my GCSE's, most of my school
friends went off to the local college. I was unsure of what direction to take, and I too followed in their footsteps. But after realising that this was a step too far out of my comfort zone, I returned back to 'big school' to complete a Business Studies course and English and Literature course. After a year of 6th form and trying to forge new friendships (a group of students I knew loosely from years earlier kindly took me into their fold and for that I'm still grateful), I left school and headed into the big wide world.

Also at this time I was temporarily living in the near by town, as due to my own ignorance, I accidentally set fire to my bedroom! Luckily no-one was injured, including my two cats, but my bedroom was gutted. My mum and myself who were living at home (my one other sibling, my older sister had moved out a few years earlier) had to move into a flat in town whilst my bedroom and the smoke damage in the upstairs rooms was fixed.
It was through one of my other very good childhood friends Lauren, that I met Dan, my husband. She actually liked Dan herself and upon meeting Dan, I liked him too. But hoes before bros, as the saying goes and I didn't want to make a move without her being ok with it, as Dan had confessed he liked me too. After a while Lauren had given her blessing and the rest they say is history.

I the May of 2002 I started a part time job in a new Warehouse shop that opened in Chichester. The store has since closed and re-opened as sofa shop, but at Warehouse I learnt a lot about retail, the cycle of fashion, customer service and how to work in a business. I spent just over 5 years there, managing the store in my managers absence and but in 2007 I was looking for further progression.
I'm not an overtly ambitious person. At time's I wish I was, then I perhaps would have a more senior position now and be earning a far higher wage then I currently do. But maybe it's a lack of confidence or maybe never knowing what I actually want to do as a job or a mixture of the both. But I felt like I needed a new scene.

I then applied for a job at H&M in the same town, which had only opened a few months previously and after an interview which was more like a chat, then a grilling with the branch manager I was offered the job as finance admin assistant. I worked at H&M for a further 4 and had years, learning even more about retail and honing my skills. I worked up to a floor manager but again was looking for more opportunities and in November 2011 I applied for a sales position at John Lewis, which was opening in Chichester in the following Spring.
I had heard so much positive reviews of John Lewis, that I had everything crossed to be considered for an assessment. And luckily my prayers were answered and I got offered a selling position on the ground floor.
I had such pride to be part of such a prestigious store, as so many customers were welcoming the store with open arms to the local area.

During this time I was spending more and more time with Dan in his flat and gradually I spent more and more time there, that moving in together was a gradual progression.
We have lived in a flat right beside the seaside, another flat around the corner from that flat, a house in Chichester and now a modern flat right by the town centre.
Moving is never something we enjoy doing (who does?!) but being that we rent (we simply do not have the funds to get a mortgage) we often have to up sticks.
I spent many years being quite content on renting as I didn't like the idea of buying a house, (should I had the money too!) as I thought that was quite grown up and a big thing to do. Renting meant you were more free to move around. But maybe it's age or just the frustration of not having somewhere to call your own, but the idea (as daunting as having such a debt is) of having your own home to do as you please does seem more and more appealing. If it was to mean that I can have a cat (renting is not conducive to this) then I'm there!

This brings us up to date and as I enjoy being creative and writing has always been a passion of mine (in my bedroom fire I lost my PC and though I might blowing my own trumpet, a great story I was writing on it). I've seen many other great blogs out there and I one that I take inspiration from is from Zoella. I feel a certain infinity to Zoella. Like myself, we don't smoke, drink, take drugs or have tattoo's. I also feel we have the similar insecurities and anxieties.  Not that I'm saying this is something to shout about, but there is some comfort in knowing that you're not the only one who feels negative and worried about things. We both like fashion, make up and animals, so I hope if you like Zoella, you may like me!

Anyway a massive thank you for reading this far! I hope you continue to visit my blog and I if you would like me to follow your blog please leave a message below!


Home Christmas Decorations

20 December 2015

Tis the season to be jolly and all that, so I thought I would include a few photo's of my Christmas decorations. I haven't gone too Christmas crazy, but I have a select amount of items to festive up the place.

This year I have gone for a pale pink, white and silver theme. I chose an different colour scheme every year. Last year was gold, reds and greens, quite traditional. Who know's what I will go for next year!

I have picked up decorations in House of Fraser, John Lewis, Marks and Spencers and Homebase. I think each year the stores are doing more and more in the way of decorations. If you can remember the 90's, it was all Woolworth's Christmas tree lights, foil wall decorations and stringy tinsel. Least in my house it was!

Now it's like you need to have a degree in Christmas decorations (not that that exists does it?!) just to keep up with the Jones (that's not me btw!). Still, I try my best and what I do love is all the little lights dotted around so that of an evening with all the main lights turned off it is all cosy and twinkly!

I hope you have some lovely decorations up if you celebrate Christmas. What is your favourite?

Merry Christmas!


Fab cake Friday!

18 December 2015

Thank you for visiting my Fab cake Friday page! This is where you will find my fortnightly update on a cake or bake I have made and share with you what I did to create it!

I have a sweet tooth, so I thought it would only be apt to show you what I have been up to in the kitchen. Also I am not a particularly skilled baker, so perhaps this might help me develop my cake skills. Who know's, I could just post a sorry excuse for a cake, but whatever it maybe, it will be here!

So I have started off with something even I think I can make. And that is my fridge cake recipe. You can find the original recipe here.
I decided that the fridge cake I wanted to make for you here to be a bit more festive, or at least look a bit special. The good thing with this cake is that you can add a whole array of your favourite ingredients and decoration.
For this cake I used some edible stars, tubed frosting and edible silver glitter, which are all from Sainsburys. I made the cake as normal, but instead of setting in a 20cm square tin, I decided to use some silver cupcake holders, also from Sainsburys.

I poured the mixture into the cupcake cases and left to set in the fridge overnight. The following morning I then decorated the cakes. I didn't have enough frosting for all the cakes, so I did half with it and the other half using the glitter spray. Both were finished with white and gold stars. Admittedly they don't look the prettiest cakes ever made, but the proof is in the pudding!

You could decorate the cakes with more festive colours and decorations, the option is really yours!

Anyway I hope you like and I would love to know what cake's you enjoy making!

Next fortnight I will have another treat to share for you. Be sure to come back then!

Love Abbie xoxoxoxo

Santa Run!

13 December 2015

Today I completed a 5km run in aid of a local hospice called St Wilfrids. The run was held in a near by open air museum called Weald and Downland. I think I speak on behalf of all the participants, when I say we were grateful for the weather. It was dry and not too cold. Though from the previous nights rain, the paths were rather muddy.

The race entailed three laps around the perimeter of the museum, going up some hilly climbs along the way. I had donned myself in running leggings, top and jacket and my trainers, and finished with a rather fetching Santa suit.

I met up with Phil, who is one of my work colleagues and also taking part, at the venue and we had a bit of a group warm up session before the start of the race. We were all sent a map of the course in the post and I think most of us thought it would be one circuit, but we were informed that it actually three circuits!
I, with all the other participants headed to the start line, counted down from 5 to 1 and headed off. Now I will confess, I'm not a seasoned runner. Or any runner at all. I don't exercise. I walk every where as I don't drive, but being energetic is not my forte. So as I approached the first straight I was already breathing heavy and feeling exhausted. Added to the fact that I made the biggest rookie mistake by not eating anything before hand and I was falling into the back of the group!

After making my way around the first lap and approaching the start/finish line, I passed Dan and stopped and said 'I feel like I'm going to pass out' but Dan spurred me on and off I went onto the second lap. I had slowed to a walking pace at this point. I really did want to run, but when I tried to, I felt a bit light headed so I kept to a brisk walk. I wasn't the only one though, I did notice a few others walking along. As the this event was for charity and I believe it is the taking part and fundraising that is the important part, I tried not to worry myself by not running.

Eventually I made it towards the finish line, after 42 minutes, where Phil and a fair amount of others had already finished. Though I thought I might of been one of the last to finish, I realised I wasn't as people were crossing the line a good 10 minutes or so after me.

Dan had kindly gone to the museum cafe part way through and handed me a Kit Kat and a bottle of water, which I think helped me make it to the end!

After all that exertion, I have a new found respect for runners, especially long distance. How they maintain such pace and have such stamina is beyond me! Fair to say I will look forward to taking part in the hospice's 10 mile walk next May, much more my speed!

Afterwards I went for a late lunch in a cafe in town and had scrambled eggs on toast. I did need that!

All in all, it was good fun and it meant I had managed to raise some money for the hospice. Though if I take part next year, I will train before and make sure I eat something!

Anyway I have included some photo's and a short video of me finishing. Hope you like!

Love Abbie xoxoxo

Charity bake off and Santa run!

12 December 2015

Yesterday we held a charity bake off for staff at work. The aim was to raise money in aid of Age UK and to spread some festive fun to staff. There were several cakes brought in, but there was straight away an obvious winner when Sharon from Daisychain's Cakes (see previous blog about her here) brought her show stopper in.

Sharon had made a spherical cake, designed like a bauble, complete with air brushing for decoration and hand painted Father Christmas and reindeer silhouette on the front. And not only did it look so good, it tasted amazing too. Chocolate sponge with Bailey's and cherry filling. Mmmm!

I have been working with Age UK West Sussex's Marketing Officer to arrange for an external judge to come in and judge the cakes. We had two lovely ladies from a local cake company called Cake Magic come in and taste the cakes. No doubt to say that Sharon won for best looking cake. We also had winners for best tasting and best traditional cake.

I hope that we manage to raise some much needed money for the charity as like many charities they rely on donations heavily.

Also on the charity front, on Sunday I have signed myself up to run 5 km for a local hospice (St Wilfrids Hospice). They have arranged an event for people to enter where they can run in a santa suit around a local open air museum and raise sponsorship funds to help the hospice. I'm no runner by any means, I really don't exercise so I don't quite know what will happen! Only time will tell. But it's all for a great cause so I'm going to try my very best.

If you would like to help support me and the hospice, then I have an just giving page where any donations are welcome. I will be doing the run in memory of my cousin Mark and close family friend Kevin, who both passed away at the hospice, but received the most amazing care and for not cost.

If that wasn't enough, I am also going to help support with a lunch in a local Age UK centre on Wednesday for a couple of hours. Again a great way to support a worthy cause.

I have posted below a photo of Sharon's amazing cake below, so you can see for yourself how fantastic it is.

Love Abbie xoxoxo

Home ware everywhere!

11 December 2015

Recently I visited a local garden centre to have brunch for my sister's birthday. This garden centre called Russell's, near Chichester has a cafe that does the best cooked food. The roast's are perfect and their breakfasts are amazing too!

I normally visit there for family get together meals and the staff are really friendly and attentive.
My sister happened to be turning an age where I don't feel old enough to have an sister of her age (39 she is now). She will always be my big sister, but I still think of her as my sister who when I was as a small child would look up to and think 'when I'm 16 I want to be like that' and fast foward a number of years and here we are all fully grown up (well we can pretend!) and one of us is even married (me btw!).

Anyway back to Russell's, me and Dan ended up wearing Christmas jumpers to brunch. Totally unintentional, but we both also ended up wearing ones with ginger bread men on them! We had had a lovely meal there, then Dan and myself went back home, then we popped into town, did a bit of shopping.  I was on the hunt for some sweetie scoops for the Christmas party later that evening, but alas I could not find any. Once the heavens opened we headed home, where I watched some tv, then Lucy came and picked me up and we went into work.
We packed all the stuff we needed for the Christmas party into her car and my manager also took some too. We then drove to the venue unloaded the goods (if slightly early- the pub still had customers in there!) and once it turned to 5pm and the pub closed, myself and a few other colleagues went about setting up the pub ready for staff to arrive at 6:30pm. In that time, myself and Lucy went back to mine to get dressed and ready for the evenings events.
All in all the party was a huge success and everyone had a great time.

Anyway I digressed some what. Continuing at Russell's;  As well as plant's as it is an garden centre, they also have great home ware pieces too. I love having a look round at all the little bits and pieces. Any way I wanted to share below some of the great item's I saw. Certainly has an element of shabby chic!

I hope you like some of what I saw below.

Love Abbie xoxoxo

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