Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Abbijo: Sarah Jessica Parker not Carrie Bradshaw

You may or may not be aware that Sarah Jessica Parker has finally released the full contents of her début shoe collection. I thought I would share a few of my favourites from the collection and my thoughts about it.

So I am not particularly enamoured with the collection as a whole, which you can view on the Vogue website, but as a début collection I guess it cannot have shoes that are really artistic and for the fashion forward type of people; yet being SJP I think that is what I expected of the collection I usually think she is immaculately dressed and this comes out in her shoes as well. So I guess I was expecting some truly fabulous and slightly architectural designs whereas instead there are some classic designs such as a staple pair of black Mary Janes and a safe nude or black court shoe.

This isn't to say I don't like the collection, it's just really not what I had anticipated coming from her, there are indeed some beautiful shoes that she has produced and I am sure it the collection will be a sell out (helped by the SJP label).

These are my favourites from the collection but there are over 40 pairs and I could only pick out these 5 as ones that I really liked. I guess the moral of the story is that Sarah Jessica Parker is not Carrie Bradshaw and not to get the two confused. 

It is exciting to see what SJP will do next and I hope her shoe collection is loved by others but most importantly that she is happy with it.

Abbijo: Take off my Heels?

The latest episode of 2 Broke Girls has this amazing quote in it which is so funny and kind of represents me...

I think one of my favourite quotes from T.V now!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Abbijo: A Birthday Wish

Well with all my coursework and exams over I can finally just chill with my friends. Last night was one of my closest friends 21st birthday so we went out to Za Za Bazaar for dinner with a bunch of people. Unfortunately I didn't actually take any pictures myself so I stole a few from Facebook that were put up and therefore cannot blame me for them being blurry right? Haha

Some of the group of us while M blows out his candles

M in the background making the rounds to say hi to people as about 45 people came in the end

I just wanted to wish my little (older than me) brother a massive happy birthday, he is always there whenever I need to talk and that is seriously one of the best things about him. Also whenever I am stressed or nervous or worried or upset etc... he knows how to make me laugh and I love him for it!

So hugs and kisses from me on your massive 21st birthday xxxx

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Abbijo: De-stressing

So after an exam and before you start work again, you really need to relax and calm down...right? And then if the same day you had an exam decides to be even more of a bitch to you and you happen to see three ex boyfriends/flings while you're wearing sweatpants, UGGs and a hoodie, without a scrap of make-up and hair pushed into a messy bun on top of your head, the only redeeming feature being that you aren't in the middle of a breakout, you REALLY need something to relax you.

Well unfortunately for me this happened to me yesterday. So when I eventually got back home I headed straight for my bathroom and started to run a bath. This couldn't just be a normal bath though, I needed to bring out the 'big guns'as it were.

Obviously scented candles are a necessity, rose scented from Bulgaria, and some form of food that will cheer you up, for me grapes are so delicious that they are always helpful. Alcohol is a way to cope but in this situation I needed it. This is a concoctions I decided to try once and loved it so much! Basically it is Elderflower Cordial  and water with Peach Schnapps added to it. Sounds quite strange but tastes absolutely delicious. 
And of course a bit of mental relaxation with a good book. Agatha Christie is my all time favourite author and recently I have been re-reading a few of her books because if I already know what happens it won't distract me from work and so is nice to read in a break or something. 
Of course a bubble bath is also kind of important for me to relax in, it just makes the whole scenario seem so much more luxurious. And if this is not enough I add music or a film I know well to play in the background.

Result: Relaxation achieved

Monday, 20 January 2014

Abbijo: Revision necessities

So it's that time of year again where people have their university January exams and while many have finished by now I actually have one tomorrow. I am not looking forward to it at all but it has to be done.

I'm taking a break from revision (procrastinating) because I really hate doing work and have basically zero motivation for this unit. So I thought I would share what goes in my bag when I go to the library.

Probably the first thing you notice is my laptop screen shining out at you, well duh who doesn't take a laptop to work with? 
I always carry two notebooks, not because I think I am going to be so efficient that I'm going to fill them both up with lots of insightful knowledge (if only). One of them is the notebook that has my lecture notes in it and the other is where I make all my revision notes. Why take a laptop then if you aren't going to work on it? Simply because it has the internet and thus if I am confused I just open my laptop and it's simple to find the answer, easier than looking for a book in the library anyway. Plus my iPod died today so it is charging at home and I can listen to music through my laptop.
That brings me nicely to my headphones, I find big chunky headphones make revision so much easier than in ears because they cancel out the rest of the noise.
Colourful felt tips so that your work isn't too boring, a pen to write with (obviously) and a highlighter, just so you know those really important bits will stand out.
Glasses if you need them, or even if you don't they make you look smart even if you don't feel it. 
Vaseline, because nobody has time for dry hurting cracked lips when they are working.
And last but by no means least a bottle of water. Got to stay hydrated while you work! 

Monday, 6 January 2014

Abbijo: Tradition

Christmas time is full of tradition, it is perhaps one of the only universal words to describe Christmas. There are international traditions and national traditions and of course familial traditions. To each individual person Christmas means a different thing. And I believe that it is the same situation for other religious celebrations.

This time of year I always know what I am going to expect to do for a roughly two week period and this is something I look forward to every year. It is oriented around my family and friends and Church and we repeat the same thing every year but adapt it to suit any changes in our lives.

I visited my Grandma's house recently and was in the kitchen when I saw her fridge, it was this that made me want to write about tradition. Every time my sister, mother or I go on holiday we bring back a magnet of the place we visited and she puts it on her fridge. There are so many on there now and if I remember correctly it was my sister that started the tradition of giving her a magnet.

This is what her fridge looks like now...

We have been doing this for about 10 years, so this is my family's travel history for the past 10 years. I think it is so interesting looking back over this and remembering the journeys that we took together, or I took on my own where we bought these magnets.

So my other top family traditions would be going to Llandudno and staying in the same hotel every summer. Llandudno is a small town on the north coast of Wales, it's super cute and has an amazing pier with really fun activities on it. We used to go for a week but in recent years have cut it down to a long weekend. Since my sister moved to London and got a proper job, she doesn't have enough holiday time to spend a whole week there any more.
Also in my family on my sister's birthday I get a present off my mum and grandma and on my birthday my sister gets presents off them too. This is so that we didn't feel left out when we were younger. I think this was a good idea when we were younger as it meant that we were much more acceptant of each other's massive amounts of presents. I think I will probably continue this tradition if I ever have more than one child.

What family traditions do you guys have?


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Abbijo: Happy New Year

Just a quick message to say Happy New Year and to show you my make-up look for the night... so enjoy...

Hope you all had a great night and that the first day of 2014 is going well and setting up a beautiful year ahead.