August Favourites 2017

Hey! August has already come to an end and I feel like each month is going faster than the last. I thought I would share my August favourites with you!

Book: Girlhood by Cat Clarke – I read this book at the beginning of the month and I loved it! It is one of the books in Zoella’s 2017 book club and the first I’ve read of Cat Clarke’s. It follows a story of girls living in a boarding school and all the drama’s that can go with it! I would definitely recommend this book to all young adults.

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Song: New Rules by Dua Lipa – A brilliant and relatable song for most women!

Fragrance: Hollister ‘London’ Spray – I found this body mist in the sale and I have been using it in the evenings as a fragrance before bedtime. A beautiful scent that will last ages!

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Hair: COLAB Dry Shampoo – This month I have discovered Ruth Crilly’s dry shampoo range and the Tokyo scent is my favourite. It doesn’t leave any white when sprayed and it is fab for refreshing your hair!

Blog: My Planning Diary – I have been using this diary for the whole of August and it is making me feel a lot more productive about my blog. I have been scheduling posts in advance and planning when I write them. I love feeling organised!

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Technology: Chromecast Streaming Device – I have only had this for a week or so but it is definitely one of my favourite technology purchases in a while. It runs off of a wifi signal and connects with an app on your smartphone. The device allows you to stream music, catch up, Netflix and more onto your TV! Highly recommend this product as it is affordable and easy to use!

Beauty: Jelly & Gelato Shower Sauce – Zoella’s new beauty range smells incredible and this shower sauce foams up well and leaves a nice scent of your skin afterwards!

So those are a few of the things I have been loving this August!

What have you been loving this month?

Please leave a comment and let me know!

Thank you for reading❤

Love Abbie x


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Stationery & Journal Essentials Haul

Hey! Recently, I have picked up a lot of new journal and stationery items around various different shops. Scrapbooking and journaling are one of my favourite things to do and I am always buying new bits and bobs to get creative with. In my opinion, these are some of the essentials you need to start off a scrapbook or journal!

Items purchased from Flying Tiger Copenhagen:

  • Set of watercolour paints – £2.00
  • Pink & gold washi tape – £1.00
  • Set of 7 mini washi tapes – £1.00


Items purchased from The Range:

  • Happy Days paper pad – £1.49
  • Scrapbook album – £4.99
  • Flamingo stickers – £1.00
  • Metallic heart stickers – £1.00
  • ‘Blooming lovely’ stickers – £1.99
  • Pink flower washi tape – £1.00
  • Log washi tape – £1.00
  • Zebra ball pen – £1.00
  • Pack of 3 ‘Kiss & Makeup’ washi tapes – £2.99

Items purchased from Home Bargains:

  • Rose gold pen – £1.99
  • Emoji stickers – £0.49


Items purchased from Paperchase:

  • ‘Love’ stickers – £0.75 (sale)

Items purchased from The Works:

  • ‘Forever Friends’ stickers – £1.00

Items purchased from Wilko:

  • Navy polka dot pencil case – £2.00


All of this cost just under £27.00! There are so many places where you can buy cheap but gorgeous craft items, you just have to know where to look! Hopefully I have given you an idea of what shops you can look in. If you are just starting a scrapbook or a journal, let me know what you use!

Being creative can also have such a positive impact on your mental health. Let go, and document some beautiful memories!

Do you like scrapbooking and/or journaling?

Please leave a comment and let me know!

Thank you for reading❤

Love Abbie x


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My Happy Place

Hey! After spending two consecutive weeks at my mum and her partner’s caravan, I am back at home and missing what I like to call ‘My Happy Place’. I’m very lucky to be able to escape to the Hampshire coast regularly and enjoy the simple things in life.

Here are some of the reasons why this is My Happy Place:

  • I have time to relax and do things that I don’t do often enough at home. For example, reading books, colouring and scrapbooking.
  • I love going on cute walks to the beach with my camera.



  • Being here gets me away from things and allows me to spend quality time with my family.
  • I love visiting the nearby towns and shopping for different bits and pieces. I like going into different charity shops and picking up new books to read.
  • Whilst we are out and about, we normally stop in cute coffee shops and I love having a strawberry milkshake with whipped cream and marshmallows!



  • When the weather is nice, we like to light up the BBQ and have some yummy food out in the sunshine. The last time we did this we invited lots of family and sat outside on the decking. It was lovely!
  • Lastly, I love the entertainment that the site put on every evening. Sometimes it is cheesy, but who doesn’t love a bit of cheese! They have gameshows, bingo, live acts – like singers and illusionists and so much more. All the staff are lovely and we get on well with them!


Oh and here’s me stood by the harbour! (why am I always playing with my hair!?)

So that’s why the Hampshire coast is ‘My Happy Place’. Peace, relaxation and quality time.

Do you have a happy place?

Please leave a comment and let me know!

Thank you for reading❤

Love Abbie x


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Things I Am Grateful For This Week

Hey! I’m currently on holiday in Hampshire and I have been here a week now. What are you guys up to? I thought I would share with you what I am grateful for this week. 

  • My mum & her partner’s caravan:

This is our first summer with a static caravan and I’m very grateful that we can spend two weeks on holiday here. It has allowed us to have some family time and to go on day trips around the Hampshire area. This week I’ve visited Lymington and Christchurch!

  • My Grandma’s homemade Victoria sponge:

The lashings of jam and buttercream in my Grandma’s soft and delicious sponge is something I just LOVE. The sugar on top makes it extra yummy!

  • My Followers!:

This week I have had an increase in people viewing, liking and commenting on my blog and I’ve been interacting with lots of you on Twitter. I’m so grateful for my followers, whether you’ve been here from the start or from a minute ago, thank you, you are amazing.

  • My Dad & his partner coming to see me:

They both travelled down to the caravan site to have a day out with me. We went for a meal in a local pub. Then we went to Christchurch and looked around the shops and garden centre. We took silly selfies and had a Fitbit steps competition! It was lovely of them to come and spend some time with me.

  • Male volunteer in Mind charity shop:

As I bought some books, the man serving me asked how I was and he was so kind to me. We had a conversation about how weird the British weather is and he made me laugh. It’s the simple things that make a difference to your day.

What are you grateful for this week?

Please leave a comment and let me know!

Thank you for reading❤

Love Abbie x


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E.L.F Baked Highlighter & Brush Review

Hey! Today I’m talking about my latest makeup obsession, the e.l.f Baked Highlighter in the shade ‘Moonlight Pearls’. This stunning highlighter has completed my everyday makeup look and has really impressed me for the price of just £5.00!


I also bought the e.l.f highlighter brush and so far it has worked great for me! It is soft and applies the highlighter well to my cheek bones, cupid’s bow, brow bone and the tip of my nose. No bristles have fallen out and it is easily cleaned! You can buy this on the Superdrug website for just £4.50.

For me, the pigmentation of this product is lovely and it gives my makeup look a gorgeous glow. It can be used lightly or built up which obviously creates a much more ‘WOW’ look.


The shade ‘Moonlight Pearls’ is very good for a paler skin tone, however other shades are available. It has a pretty shimmer that also lasts well throughout the day.

I would highly recommend this product, it is stunning and very affordable!

What is your latest makeup obsession?

Please leave a comment and let me know!

*This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own*

Thank you for reading❤

Love Abbie x

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What I Got For My 18th Birthday

Hey! Happy Relaunch Day! It’s been a busy and emotional couple of months for me since my last blog post, but more on that another time. For now I thought I would show you what I received from my family and friends for my 18th birthday (a couple of weeks ago). I had the most amazing weekend and I honestly felt so lucky.

From my Mum and her partner I had so many lovely presents. My favourites being a Kurt Geiger Handbag with a matching purse, Ted Baker sunglasses, a beautiful Pandora ring and earrings, a Pandora charm and an ’18’ in a photo frame that is personalised with everything I love! My mum also made me a ‘Scrapbook of My Life So Far’ photo book which is so sentimental ❤


Then from my Dad and his partner I received a box filled with things that I love and this included a Pandora necklace which matched the earrings my Mum got for me. How lucky am I! From other family members and friends I received lots of money and gift vouchers – a shopping spree is DEFINITELY on the cards!


One of my friends bought me the Urban Decay Smoky NAKED palette, and it is absolutely gorgeous! She definitely knows what eyeshadow shades I love. The pigment is incredible and there is no fall out!


I received so many other lovely gifts, from bath bombs, to cute notebooks, to jewellery, to chocolates and alcohol! I am so grateful for all of my presents and for everyone who made my birthday weekend so special.

When is your birthday? What are you hoping for?

Please leave a comment and let me know!

Thank you for reading❤

Love Abbie x

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