Monday, August 31, 2015

August Favourites


Hey guys! It's monthly favourites time, so I'm just going to get straight into them.

You might have seen this featured in one of my recent haul posts and since the day I bought it I have been wearing it so much! It has quickly become one of my favourite tops and incorporates some much needed colour into my wardrobe. It is from Monki which is one of my favourite brands!


  • Black & White Striped Top
Again, this was featured in the same haul and I have been loving this one even more! It's so flattering on me. It's from Primark and I wish it came in more colours because I really love the fit and shape of it. 


I have been wearing the Bourjois bronzer for years now and recently I decided that I wanted to discover a new one. I decided not to go high end just yet as I had heard so many people rave about the Rimmel Natural Bronzer. I was not disappointed! In fact it is so much better than the Bourjois one as it is more pigmented. I also really love the colour pay off so I was very happy with this purchase. And for £4.49 you can't really argue.


  • Black Strappy Shoes
I bought these on a shopping trip with my friend Emily a few months back now and this month I have really worn them in. They look so nice and since it's been relatively warm they're fantastic for the weather. The best part about them is that they are incredibly comfortable so wearing them all night is not a problem. They're from H&M but I'm unsure if they'll still available now. You can tell from the picture that they have well and truly been worn in.


  • Snapchat
I have been absolutely loving Snapchat this month. I'm not sure why because I have had the app for a good couple of years but lately I've been using it almost everyday. It's just addictive! And that's strange because it's not even a game. Snapchat will always be a bit of a mystery to me because to be quite honest, there isn't a massive point to it. However I love it. Go ahead and add me on Snapchat my username is 'abieelucas' :-) I usually post stories daily. 

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I really never hear anybody talk about New Look's nail polishes and I have been guilty of ignoring them myself. However this colour 'Mink' really caught my eye as I've been searching for one this colour and bought it on a whim. It was only £2.99 so I thought it's not breaking the bank if it's rubbish. I wasn't expecting much from the cheap nail polish but honestly it's fantastic! I've been wearing it for about a week and I only have a few small chips here and there but I'm confident if I had used a base and/or a top coat it would still be looking perfect. I really urge you to try their collection because I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!



I have already spoken about this case in another post this month so I won't go into it too much but I have been really loving it and have received a lot of compliments on it! However if you're looking for something to really protect your phone I wouldn't buy this as it's a bit flimsy.


Another item that I have talked about before but I needed to add this into this post as I have been wearing at least one colour from the palette almost every single day! The colours are perfect for my colouring and eyes and they're really getting me excited for the Autumn make-up looks!! My most used colours have been Poppyseed, Quarry, Embark and Haux.


Yet another item I've featured before (sorry) but I really have been wearing it almost every day! In fact if I carry on this way I'm going to have to buy another. It's just the perfect every day nude and is very flattering! The picture doesn't really look like the colour it is in real life though..


Last but not least I wanted to add in my favourite film of the month. I have actually been to the cinema quite a few times this month however I didn't feel like any of the films that I had watched warranted a 'favourite'. Last week I decided to put on one of my favourite films, 'Big' and I'm so glad I did because I really have rekindled my love for it! Tom Hanks is my all time favourite actor and I believe this film is one of his best films he's done. It just has that magic that other films of its time had and I just thought I had to throw this in my favourites for this month :-) If you haven't seen it you really need to! 

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So that's it for my August Favourites. I hope you enjoyed reading this and be sure to let me know in the comments what you've been loving this month! Also let me know, do you love the film 'Big'? Thanks so much for reading and I'll catch you tomorrow in my next post! 

Abiee x

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Weekly Life Update: Starting & Quitting My New Job


Hey guys! I'm back again with another weekly life update. Apologies for the lack of beauty and fashion posts lately; I promise I'll be back on with them starting this week. In fact tomorrow I'll be writing my monthly favourites post so check back tomorrow for that :-)

So this week has been rather.. memorable. As you may or may not know I got a new job! It was a call centre job close by to where I live and although everyone says how bad call centres are, it sounded pretty perfect. Good hours, finish early on a Friday, good money, easy job. That was what I thought anyway, it's what lured me in. It was never supposed to be a 'forever' thing anyway. It was only mean't to be for the mean time until I found my perfect career. I started on Thursday. I also quit on Thursday! Ha ha, let me explain..

So I arrived at my new job half an hour early and I sat nervously in my car watching all of the other employees arrive into the car park and exchange banter with each other whilst strolling inside the building. I felt optimistic and thought the people seemed friendly enough. When it was time to start I entered the building and was met by my new manager who was absolutely lovely. We had a good chat and I thought I was off to a good start, it didn't seem so bad. I was shown over to a girl who looked only perhaps a couple of years older than myself, she was responsible for training me for the day. She wasn't particularly friendly, nor did she seem thrilled to be working with me either. I stayed positive and followed her around the building as she gave me a tour. From the very start of the day I saw the word 'Leads' everywhere. On the walls, on white boards, on pieces of paper. I didn't know what this mean't. The building seemed dated and a little dismal - to say the least. We walked back upstairs to the main office area and sat at the desk ready to start the learning process of the main reason I was there - to work. She quickly went through the software and I think I picked it up pretty fast. She then introduced me to "the handbook" I'll call it. It contained everything I needed to know and all of the answers to questions I might be asked during calls. It took me a while to read through but I still wasn't confident with everything in there. In fact I felt that I didn't really like some of the answers to the questions, or maybe it was the way they were worded. The girl mentioned the word 'leads' and told me I won't know what they were yet (I didn't) but I would soon. I carried on learning until it was time for our first break. We had a 15 minute break, a half an hour lunch and another 15 minute break in the afternoon which I felt was just like school - it was not what I was used to, such structure. I was told I will have my break with the girl, however she left me on my own in the break room. Nobody spoke to me. I stayed on my phone the entire time but I couldn't even receive signal to send texts.

When I got back off break I was thrown into the deep end and began making calls. It was so nerve wracking that the palms of my hands were sweating and for the most part I had no idea what I was doing. The people on the phone made me feel like such a nuisance and I probably was. Especially as I didn't know how to answer their questions and although I wasn't selling anything I was just collecting information, I felt like I was invading their privacy and I hated it. The girl that was training me continued to review my calls and tell me what I was doing wrong and praising me for what I did right. She still hadn't told me what a 'Lead' was. She was also telling me things that were completely different to what another guy was telling me to do (he took over from her for a short period while she was busy).

When it got to lunch time I went downstairs to the break room alone and felt like everyone was staring at me. I was truly experiencing what it was like to be 'the new girl at school'. I sat on my own in the corner away from everyone else who were all in their groups. I felt so awkward I didn't even want to eat lunch. I felt too sick from nerves to eat anyway. Nobody spoke to me again. I kept hearing the word 'Leads'. I managed to receive signal on my phone and I texted my Mum. I said 'i HATE it mum'. She replied with 'Aw give it a chance, You'll be okay x'. At this point I was holding back tears. I did not want anybody to see me cry. Not on my first day! So I fought through it.

The second half of the day had started and I continued making calls. The girl was gossiping with her friends beside me, bitching about other co-workers and talking about how bad they were. I had a suspicion that she was saying the same things about me. After a short while she left me on my own and I had no-one around me if I needed help. This made me even more nervous.

It was time for the last break and yet again I sat on my own. My mind began thinking of old times at the cinema where my breaks were all full of banter and laughs. Even when I first started there people made the effort to speak to me. Although I complained about the place all the time I had never felt this lonely and miserable. Fighting back tears for the second time I forced a smile on my face and prepared myself for the last part of my day.

I sat back down at the crappy old PC with my headset on and continued with the mind numbing work. My head was pounding and my mouth was dry. I think it was at this point where I remembered, I'm going to have to come back here tomorrow and do the same thing, and next week, and the next week. Yes, that was the moment I had made up my mind - no amount of money was worth being miserable and doing something you hate and don't even agree with. Each minute was passing by so slowly, especially as every call lasted less than a minute. I wanted to pull my hair out. I wanted to throw my headset at the girl who hadn't asked 1 question about me all day. I wanted to run out of the door and never come back.

5:00 finally came and I prepared myself to leave. I was still unsure whether or not I was going to return the next day so I politely said goodbye to the girl and left the building. Nobody else said goodbye. I got into my car and exited the carpark. Once I was on the main road, all of the tears that had been building up all day flooded out. I was crying so hard I could barely keep my eyes open to drive. I didn't even think about going home, my instinct was to drive straight back to the cinema. And so I did. I got to the cinema, still crying and I was welcomed back with open arms - literally. Everyone was hugging me and it made me cry even more as I was overwhelmed with love. The following morning I rang in and explained that I won't be coming back and it felt so good knowing I'll never have to return to that miserable place.

So for the mean time I'm back with my cinema family working there until I find my perfect job. But for the mean time I'm happy I'm with my friends - they're the best people you'll ever meet. No job is worth tears and misery. And I still don't know what 'Leads' are.

Thanks so much for reading guys, I'll be back tomorrow with my monthly faves.

Abiee x

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sleep Paralysis: My Story

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I have been wavering with the decision whether or not to talk about this subject since the very beginnings of this little blog of mine. Eventually I thought this may be a good opportunity to get things off my chest and unburden myself with the memories. It may also perhaps help others gain a greater understanding of what this "thing" is or lend an empathetic hand to another who may be experiencing this too. Here's my story.

It was surely around 2010 that I first had my terrifying experience. It was a generally stressful time coming to the end of year 10 and school work had taken its toll on me. Looking back I can see that factors like this contributed greatly to what was happening to me and continued for a few years after. It was time for me to go to sleep and to my knowledge it was an average night; my lights turned off but my tiny television on so it wasn't completely pitch black. Just how I liked it. I lay comfortable in my bed contented, with the feel of my face against my soft pillow. My mind flickered from thought to thought about school, boys, family, the usual things, all concluding my day and winding down for sleep. The ill-lit room turned into deep darkness as I slowly drifted into slumber. My awake state became more of a dream and my entire body began to gradually rise upwards from my bed. I was levitating. I was moving around the room, flying, spinning; until my subconscious mind questioned my elevation being controlled by me, but someone or something else. It was at this thought that my body felt firmly pressed to my mattress; so firmly that I could not move. I was paralysed. The only parts of my body that I could move were my eyes. They darted around the room searching for a way out. There was none. I was sinking deeper and deeper down into the bed, down past the floor, down underneath my house, down into the soil and to the core of the earth. I was drowning. There was a gargantuan pressure, a weight forcing down onto my chest that I struggled to breathe. With the breaths I could take I tried screaming for my mum and dad. "HELP!" I cried. To my knowledge, I was dying. The drowning began to suffice and as I lay still in my bed I thought it was over. This was until I began to hear something. I thought it may be my mum, did she hear my cries for help? Footsteps. They progressed louder. And louder. And louder. Until "it" was at my door. I watched the door slowly creep open. I remember being so terrified and desperately trying to shake out of my paralysis. There was something in the room, an energy. I could feel its presence and it was so close to me. Above me, next to me. It was all around. With all my strength I convulsed myself out of my stone-like prison and I sat up in bed, covered in sweat and panting like a dog. The door was still shut, the sheets were still wrapped around me, the television was still on. It took me a while to catch my breath but when I did ran into my parents room but they could not understand me beneath my tears. I did not understand me. At the time I could not put into words what had happened because it was alien to me. I did not sleep that night.

It happened again and again, sometimes worse, sometimes not so bad. Sometimes two or three times in one night. Sometimes I was able to shake myself out of it. Sometimes I was lying there for what seemed like an hour, terrified and frustrated. It deeply affected me in my day to day life as the lack of sleep made me incredibly fatigued at school and unable to focus on schoolwork. It also gave me a general air of malaise; I was a zombie. I was so scared of going to sleep at night. At the time I discovered a song by City & Colour called 'Sleeping 'Sickness' and it explained how I felt better than I ever could. The lyrics were "And I'm afraid to sleep because of what haunts me, such as living with the uncertainty that I'll never find the words to say that will completely explain how I'm breaking down". It sounds strange how a song could help so much, however I felt somewhat connected to it.

I needed to understand what was happening to me so I researched on the internet and it did not take me long to find so many other people across the world who were explaining the exact or similar situation. Some of the stories I had read from others felt like they were talking about me. This was when I realised it was called 'Sleep Paralysis'. It happened so often back then that I had to talk about it to my GP, who shrugged it off and barked at me that "Sleep Paralysis does not exist." Bullshit. I should have known I wouldn't have been taken seriously. So I had to take matters into my own hands and try to 'cure' myself.

It took me a couple of years to finally grow out of having these nightmarish experiences but I did find ways of helping myself. At the beginning I was having paralysis nearly every night of every week so I purchased some 'Kalms Sleep Herbal Tablets' that I took most nights and most of the time they did help. I sometimes wonder if they really did work or if it was more of a placebo effect. On the nights where nothing helped I found it helpful to sleep in a different room. So many nights I slept downstairs on the sofa. I'm not sure why this helped but it did. I went through a dormant period where I stopped having them, this was until I got to sixth form. Sixth form was one of the worst and toughest times of my life. The paralysis got so bad that nothing helped and I could only sleep in the day. This resulted in me quitting sixth form, of course along with a lot of other reasons. However, I was eventually able to stop the paralysis happening all together. I read online of a little trick someone had posted and that was to come out of it slowly. So when I was paralysed I focused on just moving my fingers, and then my wrists, and then my arms. Slowly but surely I was set free and if ever I had another it became easier and easier to break out. They came fewer until they were gone completely. I haven't had another for around 2-3 years now. And I'm so much happier.

I hope this helped anyone out there suffering from the same thing or helped anyone gain a better understanding of what happens. If you want to know more about it, a quick search on Google will give you all of the technical information - I'm not great at explaining that. Thanks so much for reading guys, your support means the world. If you have any questions feel free to ask away or if you want to talk about it privately I'd love to talk to you, just e-mail me at abieelucas@hotmail.co.uk
Has this ever happened to you?

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekly Life Update: Great Send off & Shopaholic


Hey guys! It's that time of week, my weekly life update. I hope you're enjoying this new series on my blog because it's almost like therapy for me to talk to you guys in this laid back manner.

So this week has been super chilled because I still haven't started my new job (I start this Thursday eeek!) and finding things to do when you're out of work can be pretty hard when you have all the time in the world. I honestly don't know how unemployed people do it, I would get so bored. On Monday I recieved my new iPhone 6; I definitely could have waited for the new iPhone coming out next month but for some reason every time I went abroad with my old phone I wasn't able to get service (no matter how many times I contacted vodafone to try and sort it out - it didn't work) and I'm going to Paris next Friday so I need to be able to use a phone! I do really like the look and feel of this phone but to be quite honest there is not much difference from the iPhone 5s it's just a bit bigger. Oh! a part from Apple Pay - which is awesome if you can actually use it anywhere..

I also did a lot of shopping this week. On Friday I went shopping with my friend Jess (go check out her blog she's cool) and if you want to see everything I bought check out my haul blog post. It features Autumn fashion and my signature stripes! And if you didn't think that would be enough shopping I did some more today; not much but I bought a fancy ear cuff and nail polish - neither of those have I tried yet but I'll let you know if I like them. I think I may have a shopping addiction.

This week I also went to the cinema (I've said it before and I'll say it again.. now that I don't work there, paying for films sucks!!) and watched Trainwreck and Paper Towns. Trainwreck was hilarious, I really rate Amy Schumer she's hilarious! However Paper Towns was utterly terrible.. If you haven't read the book or seen the film yet I suggest you don't as it was very disappointing.

The biggest thing that has happened this week was Saturday night I had my send off. It actually wasn't as emotional as I had expected, you know how it is when you've had a drink. However the night was full of laughs and love. I'm actually so disappointed though that I didn't take any pictures as it was such a good night. The only thing I managed to get was a video of some random man serenading me with Westlife.. I'm not sure if that's something you want to see but if you do then go check it out on my Instagram hahaha. I did actually do a lot of snapchatting that night - feel free to add me on snapchat my username is 'abieelucas' I post stories pretty often.

So that's about it for this week. Be sure to check back next Sunday or Monday for my WLU about starting my new job! Also let me know, will you be watching Celeb Big Brother or X Factor this week?? Thanks for reading my lovelies! Be sure to let me know if you like these weekly updates :-)

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Collective Haul


Hey guys! It's Sunday so what better way to spend this lazy, rainy, dismal day than reading my new blog post :-) This week I've been rinsing my bank balance on some nice little items for my Autumn wardrobe. This is a collective haul as I did a bit of this shopping online from ASOS and also went shopping with my friend Jess on Friday so we did a lot of damage in Primark. Here we go:


These are from New Look and I think they're so cute. I actually only bought them so I could wear them with my new suede skirt but I actually think I might get quite a bit of wear out of them as they have a really great sized heel; not too high but gives me the right amount of height. (I'm all about the height as I'm barely 5ft 3!) These were £27.99 and they are ridiculously comfortable. 

  • White Top
This is just a really simple white top from Primark. It was just £6 and I bought it for the simple fact that I don't have anything white!! 90% of my wardrobe is black so I thought it was about time I threw in something white. It's really soft and comfortable to wear because I bought a size up because I'm all about the loose fit, however my only problem with it is that it is pretty sheer so I will only be able to wear a nude bra beneath it as even a white bra looks stupid.

  • Black & White Striped Top
If you know me well enough you will know that I'm obsessed with stripes, I have so many striped tops but I can't seem to get enough. This was the first item in Primark that I found and I threw it in my basket straight away and I l-o-o-o-o-o-ve it so much. I wore it on a night out last night with black skinny jeans and It's definitely my new favourite piece. I believe this was only £6 too.

I love these babies. They're from ASOS and they were £50 but they're on sale now for £35. They're by a brand called London Rebel whom I'd never previously heard of before but they're such great quality and so comfortable. I originally only bought them so I could have a new pair of smart work shoes but I'm definitely going to be wearing them a lot. I have a bit of a love affair with monk straps as I quite like a bit of masculine chic. In fact my boyfriend has so many pairs himself I copied him and now I have 2 pairs :-) (my old ones were from H&M and I've worn them to death)

  • Navy & White Collared Top
Another piece from Primark this has the appearance of layering a navy knit over a white shirt. Again I bought this for work and I love it but I loved the price even more - just £10. Jess got the same in grey which looks just as good as navy!

I really like a bit of mustard (not the condiment - yuck!) and I realised I actually don't have anything in this colour.. again, too much black. I absolutely adore Monki as a brand anyway so I always know whatever I buy from them is going to fit right, feel great and look fab so I didn't hesitate in purchasing this. It's made from jersey so it feels so soft and the oversized fit is perfect. Although my boyfriend said I look like a T4 presenter wearing it ha ha, whatever that means.. And he also said I look like Hufflepuff.. but Hufflepuff colours are yellow and black not yellow and blue ;) Oh yeah and it was only £15!

  • Black Joggers
Another thing I noticed that I don't have in my wardrobe.. any joggers! I mean.. some days, much like today, I want to have a lazy day and wear really comfy clothes; thus, I bought some cheap joggers - which if I remember correctly I think they were £8!

I've seen so many of these A-line skirts around lately - I think it's the "70s trend" - which if I'm being really honest.. I'm not a massive fan of. *covers face* Don't hate me! So I didn't know if this style would be flattering on me or not but I thought I'd bite the bullet and give one a go and I actually like it. It's slightly longer on me than I personally prefer (y'know, short girl problems) but I think it's quite smart for work so it might grow on me. (was that a pun? grow? I don't know..) It was £14.99 which I thought was pretty good as it looks and feels expensive. 

  • Blue Checked Pyjama Bottoms
Another Primark purchase, there's not much I can say about these other than they're super comfy! I absolutely love pyjama bottoms that have pockets and... they had pockets; I was sold! Also I think they were £6.

I've never been big on wearing jeans, ever in my life really (apart from my "emo" stage in year 7) I've always preferred wearing skirts and dresses but lately I have had a change of heart. Since buying the Topshop Leigh jeans earlier this year I felt that maybe I could be a jean lover.. And now I think I am. These jeans are so comfy and feel excellent quality. They're by Vero Moda which I bought off ASOS along with the Monki top and I just want to wear them every single day. They're so flattering! Also they are marketed as "Jeggings" but they certainly do not feel or look like jeggings as there is not a lot of stretch to them and they are pretty thick - but still feel fine on. The best thing about them was the price, they were supposed to be £22 but they are on sale for just £11!! If you're looking for a new pair of jeans then these should be them.

  • Pink Polka-Dot Brush
What more can I say? It's a brush! It's from Primark and was just £2 and gets my knots out so well. I love big paddle brushes.

We also made a trip to Boots whilst shopping to get some makeup. I had been after this concealer ever since I saw Katerina from Katerina Beauty Blog use it and it looked so good on her. I haven't had the chance to try it out yet but I'm hoping it's as good as the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. I will let you know what I think! It was £7.99.

Lastly, this was an item that I've seen soooo many people bang on about so I finally decided to stray away from my trusty bourjois bronzer to this. Again, I haven't used it yet but I'll let you know if I like it or not. It is on offer at Boots at the moment for £4.49

That was it! A bit of a long one but I was in need of some new clothes and who can resist those Primark prices?! Thanks so much for reading, please leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite item from the haul was! Also I want to know what your favourite concealer and bronzer is.
And another thing before I go - my friend Jess has just started her own blog so please go check her out - she's cooler than me! www.jessscanxo.blogspot.co.uk

Abiee x

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekly Life Update: Leaving my job | Christmas in August?


Hey guys! I've decided I'm going to do a weekly roundup of my week as I don't just want to post about beauty and fashion I really want to incorporate my personal life on here as that's what I enjoy reading on other people's blogs, so I thought maybe you guys would enjoy it too :-) Sometimes they might be quite exciting or interesting or other weeks might be boring but it's.. I guess, real.

So my week has been really weird actually and one I think I'm going to remember forever. On Thursday my time working at Odeon Cinemas came to an end. You might have read my recent life update where I've spoken about getting a new job, well I never thought leaving that place would make me so emotional. I've invested 3 and a half years into that place, but more importantly I've invested it in my co-workers. There have been so many people in those years come and go but I can honestly they (most of them) were the best people I've ever met. Although the job itself was, to say the least.. grating on me; the people there made it all worth it. I had so many laughs with them from playing baseball with movie posters and screwed up balls of paper in the lobby to seeing how long you could last talking in a different accent, it was a really fun place to work a lot of the time. On my last shift I had probably one of the best shifts I've ever had because we just laughed all day, and at the end I was able to take away with me one of the posters on the wall that had been there for probably over 20 years which had illustrations of how to clean up round the back. I loved it. It meant even more to me that a few people had signed the back of it wishing me luck in my future. That moment I had realised people actually care about me and I had made connections for life. They were are like my family. It was hard walking out of those doors at 6pm knowing that was the last time I will be working with those amazing people, although I will still see them a lot, it was still a privilege to have spent so much time with them. When you're in a bit of a crappy situation (most jobs working in retail are) then the people around you can make the situation so much better and knowing you're all in it together it brings you closer. Of course I'm going to miss the free films and discounts etc.. but that all seems insignificant to what I'm really missing out on. In fact I went back this evening to watch a film (ugh paying for films sucks!!) and it felt so strange, like I was an outsider. Yes I sound so over dramatic.. but I miss them already.

Throw back to 3 and a half years ago when I first started.
Anyway enough emotion! I wanted to mention something else that happened this week.. you're going to think I'm crazy but I've already started getting excited for Christmas. Yes, that's right. It happens every single year around this time; the Summer slowly starts fading into Autumn, the temperature starts to dip and I no longer need my fan on to sleep; and I know that soon it's going to be my birthday (I'm going to be 21..eek!) and then it's Halloween.. and then it's Christmas! On Saturday night I stayed in on my own and I watched Love Actually (probably one of, if not the best Christmas film) and I've also been watching Vlogmas videos from various different youtubers. I've even planned out some Christmassy adventures I'm going to have in November/December. (Definitely going to go to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and there's a possibility of going to the Christmas Markets in Berlin, Germany!) You must think I'm so sad haha but it happens every year I can't help it.

So it's currently Monday evening (I'm going to write one of these every Sunday or Monday evening to summarise my week no matter how dull it was) and I'm stressing about starting my new job next Thursday. I need to go shopping for new work clothes, I have no office attire! I hope you guys enjoyed this personal post, please let me know if you'd enjoy reading one of these once a week. Please write me a comment to tell me what you think and tell me what time of year you start to get excited about Christmas (if you do at all!) and let me know of any tips for starting a new job it would really help. :-)

Thanks so much for reading,
Abiee x

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

SWIG Flasks


Hey guys! On this lazy Sunday afternoon I though I'd write a post and share with you my new hip flask that was sent to me by the lovely people at SWIG Flasks. I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you these luxurious pieces because I think they're so classy and sophisticated, much like my fabulous readers are :-) SWIG are actually the UK's only hip flask brand and promise that their products will neither leak, split nor taint the beverage within. Please go check them out over at www.swigflasks.com

From the moment that I opened the package I was delighted to be met with such a beautifully presented box inside and out. I believe that the company cares deeply about not only their products but also their customers and it really shows through their presentation.



My flask is the 'SWIG Executive Moulded Blue Flask' and you can find it by clicking here. It was originally £89 but is currently down to £69! 




I really love how photogenic and stylish this flask is and I could take it with me anywhere. It's so light and compact I just slide it into my bag and I can bring it along on walks, to weddings, parties and anywhere else! It's up to you what you want to fill it with - I personally like a bit of rum in there :-) 


SWIG don't just do the one style of pouch, they also do some awesome tweed styles which you can find here. They also do some other styles including magnetic and heritage; or you can just go for the naked flask. They even do engraving if you're buying one for a gift. 

I think these flasks are absolutely fantastic ideas for gifts, especially as SWIG have a whole section for gift sets and they also do some accessories. Or you could buy your loved one a gift card so they can choose whatever they like. Find gift cards here.

Thank you SWIG, I absolutely love my flask and I hope you guys think they're as cool as I do. Go check them out here if you want to have a look around! Leave me a comment below and tell me if you would buy one of these for yourself or as a gift.

Thanks so much for reading guys, you're the best!
Love Abiee x

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*My flask was sent to me kindly by SWIG.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

5 Holy Grail Products

Photography & Graphic by me. abieelucas©
Hey guys! Today's post is inspired by yesterday's twitter chat, we were tweeting quick fire favourite beauty products and thought I'd show you my top 5 holy grail products of all time. I need to apologise for how grimey these products look haha, at least you can tell I use them to death!

  1. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation


I think I have spoken about this fave of mine in a post before, but I just couldn't leave it out of this post because it is my absolute all time favourite foundation. It is a full coverage foundation, goes on like a dream and as it says on the bottle, it really does stay in place and all day too! As you can tell from the image I have just ran out of this so I should purchase a new one but it does come at a price. I tend to save this foundation and wear it only when I go on nights out; however I would wear this every day if my bank balance supported that! I get a shade slightly darker than my skin tone so I only wear it when I wear fake tan.

     2. Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eye liner


I always recommend this amazing product to people who are after a long lasting, easy to apply, all round perfect liquid eyeliner; especially for those who are on a budget! It is so perfect and I have been using it for years and have never found anything that compares to it. If you are on the look out for a new eye liner, before you try any high end products I urge you to give this a go first. It lasts me ages too even though I wear it every day.

    3. Mac Night Whisper Eyeshadow


So I got this Mac palette for Christmas 2014 in 'Beige Eyes' and to be honest I don't use many of them apart from Omega and Night Whisper. Night Whisper is the bottom right shade and is the darkest brown I own and it is the absolute perfect shade for my eyebrows. I use this every single day and I will be so sad when I run out of this because I've never found a shadow for my brows that compare! If you have any recommendations for a similar shade please let me know I'd be interested to see what else there is out there.

    4. Mac 217


Now this brush should be in every girls' make-up bag. It truly is an all rounder whether you use it for a wash of colour over the lid or blending two colours together or feathering out your crease colour it is fantastic. I can't really praise it more, I love it!

    5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 


You can tell how much I adore this concealer because the entire label has rubbed off, in fact, every single one I've ever had has done that - so the packaging is the only thing I dislike about this product; everything else is fantastic. I love the colour and finish this concealer gives. It isn't perfect it does sometimes crease on me but for the price you cannot complain. I stopped using this for a while after I bought the Mac Studio Finish concealer but I found it way too drying on me so I went back to this and forgot how much I loved it! I am yet to find a better concealer. 

So that's it! Maybe these holy grail products will change in the future but for now these remain firmly in my make-up bag and on my re-purchase list. Leave me a comment and let me know if any of these are your holy grail products and if not, I want to know what your top 5 are! :-)

Also before I go I just wanted to let you know that I got a facebook page!! please please head on over and give me an old like it will make me very happy!! http://www.facebook.com/abieelucasblog

Thanks so much for reading, 
Abiee x

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Monday, August 10, 2015

BODY JEWELLERY SHOP ITEMS


Hey guys! Today I'm sharing with you some really cool items that bodyjewelleryshop.com kindly sent me and I'm really excited to show you them.

Bodyjewelleryshop offers 1000s of different types of jewellery for no matter where your piercing is on your body! I particularly love the EarPiercing products and have 3 of them to show you.

     1.

Firstly, Here I am wearing the 'Black Steel Clip On Ear Cuff - 2BCRs' on my right ear. I absolutely love the way this looks and it sits well at the top of my ear. The best thing about this piece is that you don't even need to have a piercing to wear it as it just clips on to your ear comfortably giving the look of having a piercing. Also this is only £1.99! If you want to buy this piece or find more click here.

     2.

Here I am wearing the 'Jewelled Cross Ear Piercing Bar - Red'. I love how dainty this is and it is great quality too. This piece is only £3.49 and comes in more colours so if you want to go check this out or make a purchase click here.

3.

Before I talk about this please excuse my stupid foundation line on my face haha! Anyway, this is now on my left ear and I am sporting a really cool piece called the 'Ear Piercing Bar - Screaming Skull'. I love this one I think it's so quirky and my favourite thing about it is that the jaw opens and shuts haha! It's so fun and also really great quality. And it's just £2.95! Go and check this out by clicking here.

Here you can see number 2 and 3 on show.


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If you struggle to put Earpiercings in yourself ask someone else to help you screw the ball on. Something that helped me with this is getting a bit of blu tack and sticking it to the ball to place on the end and screw it on. It made it much easier as I have pretty shaky hands!

That's it for today guys I hope you like what BodyJewelleryShop have to offer. If you want to take a look at any of their wonderful items, they have so much to choose from so feel free to go to their website www.bodyjewelleryshop.com

Thanks so much for reading, you're the best! Please leave me a comment and tell me what your favourite piece was, 1, 2 or 3. I always reply & I'll check out your blog if you leave it below. :-)
Abiee x

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*The Silver piercings (forward helix & surface piercing are my own NOT from thebodyjewelleryshop)

Saturday, August 08, 2015

My trip to Pompeii

Photography & graphic by me. abieelucas©
At the end of June this year my boyfriend and I went on holiday to Sorrento, Italy. Everyone we had spoken to about Sorrento/Naples and everywhere we researched on the internet told us we must visit the amazing city of Pompeii while we were there and I am so glad we did.

Before we left we had a chat with our holiday rep about booking an excursion with Thomson or going on a tour with another company, we eventually felt that it would be much easier and cheaper for us if we made our own way there and this was the best decision because if we had booked with them it would have ended up costing us about €40+ when we actually ended up only paying around €11! 

So on our chosen day we left quite early and walked a short distance to the train station which was right in the centre of town. The lady at the ticket desk was pretty unhelpful unfortunately and pretty rude but we bought our train fare for just €4! What a steal. The train station was very dated an unkept but also authentic and unlike a train station I've ever seen before. The trains themselves were rustic and although they were nothing like the modern transport we are used to here in the UK, I really loved experiencing them. My favourite part of the train journey was the band than came on and played 'We Speak no Americano' for us. It was loud and fun and nothing I'd ever experienced. Don't get me wrong it was pretty mental... but good mental. It distracted us from the almost unbearable sticky heat and the rock solid plastic seats that gave me a numb butt!

Here's a video of the band on the train:
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When we arrived at Pompeii station we found it really easy to find our way around. The first thing we bought was an audio guide. If you're planning on going to Pompeii do not waste your money on one of these. They are only €5 each but we made the mistake of buying one each and we hardly even used them because we couldn't figure out which section was for where we were! We did regret this and wished we bought an actual tour guide. So we ended up attaching ourselves to other people's tour guides instead ha ha! Also before we entered Pompeii we had to buy a ticket. The tickets were around €15 but I got a discounted rate as I am from the EU and I am under 25 so I just showed them my drivers licence and got in for just €7.



As for Pompeii itself.. wow, what a magical place. I can't really put into words profound enough to describe the feeling I got walking around such a vast area with such history at every glance. The place was made up of ancient rocks and ruins that still form the structure of what would have been the Pompeiian houses. It was utterly fascinating witnessing for my own eyes the beautiful structures and being able to just go up and touch anything I wanted. It was incredibly humbling to walk down the streets in which the Pompeiian's built with their very hands only to be left behind for us to view. It was so amazing to see this place that I had only ever seen in pictures. The one thing that I found really poetic was that you could almost always see Mt Vesuvius ruling over the city in all its elegance and supremacy.



You could really spend days and days wandering around the city finding something new everywhere you turn but we kept it short and sweet and decided after a couple of hours exploring we would make our way to the amphitheatre which for me, is what I mainly wanted to see. I have truly never experienced something so magnificent in my life. I was in awe of the architecture and so impressed with how well it still stands today, thousands of years later.



We entered the amphitheatre to be met inside with a giant pyramid homing the casts of bodies that lost their lives in an instant on that historic day when Vesuvius erupted. With mothers clutching onto their children and lovers holding on to each other in their final moments, it brought home how frail human life really is.



In conclusion, this place is not just a tourist attraction, it is a fascinating and beautiful piece of history that I look forward to returning to in the future to explore more of. If you're thinking of going, do not hesitate, you will not regret it.

TIPS FOR EXPLORING POMPEII
  1. Don't book an excursion with any company, go by yourself it is much cheaper and easier.
  2. If you're from the EU/under 25 make sure to tell them at the ticket desk for a discounted rate.
  3. Bring a bottle of water with you. You can refill your bottle at one of the many fresh drinking water fountains scattered around. Don't be scared of drinking it, it's probably cleaner than the water we have at home!
  4. If you want to get the most out of the experience buy a tour guide they will take you to all the main parts and will last around 2hrs. If you don't want to spend the money and want to explore yourself then I recommend attaching yourself to someone else's tour guide to learn more. Just don't buy an audio guide.
  5. Wear a hat. In the summer it is BOILING hot and there is hardly any shade so keep the sun off of your head.
  6. Wear light, cool clothing as you will get extremely hot and sweaty. 
  7. Do not take any rocks or souvenirs from the ruins home. You aren't allowed to do this and we should keep the remains as they are for historical purposes and also out of respect.
  8. Please don't take distasteful selfies, people died here! 
  9. Respect your surroundings.
  10. Keep your map that they give you, it's quite easy to get lost but there are always tour guides around to help you find your way.
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So that wraps it up, my trip to Pompeii. It was a bit of a long one but I had a lot to say. I really hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope it inspires you to go and visit one day. Be sure to leave me a comment and tell me if you would like to visit or if you have visited before!

Thanks so much for reading, you're the best!
Abiee x

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Friday, August 07, 2015

LIFE UPDATE: New Job & Paris

*Photo NOT mine. Taken by Julia Davila-Lampe

Hello guys! Today I thought I'd write just a quick post to let you know what's going on in my life at the moment. The biggest thing that has happened to me is that...... I have a new job! Now you may or may not know that I have been working at a cinema for over 3 years now since I was 17 and I felt that it was definitely time to spread my wings a bit and look for something more stable with regular hours and, well, not on minimum wage! Where am I working now? Unfortunately it's nothing exciting it's just a call centre. (Most people work at a call centre at least once in their life right??) So it's not any more glamorous than my previous job but it's just until the mean time until I get my dream job. If you're wondering what my dream job is then you're looking at it! I love blogging so much and it's the one thing that I look forward to doing all the time and I literally could not think of a better job than doing this full time. I do understand it's such a hard thing to be successful at but I'm a strong believer in that if you want something SO bad you should never stop until you get it; and I will not stop. If any of you feel the same about something, whether it be the same situation or you want to move to another country or you want to learn a new language.. whatever your dream is, never stop until you get it because it will feel amazing knowing you've worked so hard for it :-) I digress.... As I said this new job is just for the mean time as I felt like I had to take a leap of faith and grab this opportunity to gain some more experience. Wish me luck and hope that I don't hate it!

In other news, my boyfriend and I have now booked our next adventure... a trip to PARIS! I have only ever been to Paris once when I was very young so I only remember bits of the trip so I've been saving up ever since we came back from Sorrento so we could go. We leave for our adventure on the evening of Friday 4th September, arrive in Paris in the morning of the following day and leave Paris in the evening of Monday 7th September. I'm so excited!! I have already started writing our itinerary of where we're going to visit haha. Be sure to write a comment below of any places we must visit that we may not have thought of! I'm very excited to write a Paris blog post too.

Thanks so much for reading guys, I appreciate every single one of you and I hope you enjoyed this little life update. I might make this a more frequent feature on my blog so be sure to let me know if you like it and I'll try and do one every month or so. 

Abiee x

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Vintage Lighting


Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk to you about something that I thought was really awesome. Have you ever wanted your home to look like the images you see on Pinterest? Well I certainly have. 

William & Watson are a company that sell beautiful vintage and industrial lighting. Each and every one of their products is a beautiful piece of art that would look stunning in anybody's home. I am a massive fan of this company's products as, if you don't already know my favourite style is minimalism. I incorporate this style in my fashion, my work, my blog and especially my taste in interior design. Now let me show you a few of my favourites.


This product is the 'Globe Star (Xtra Large) 3W Low Engergy Consumption' bulb and I think it has to be my favourite. Just look at those beautiful sparkly lights inside it is so pretty! It is just £28 and if you want to buy this or just view more go ahead and Click here.


This lovely bulb is called 'Diamond (XLarge) LED (8 Filaments) 6W Low Energy Consumption' and I can so imagine this in my bedroom. How many light bulbs have you seen like this before? It is £34 and if you want to buy this or view more Click here.


I adore this one! It is called 'Tube LED (4 Filaments) 3W Low Energy consumption'. This would be a fantastic piece of decor in your home and definitely a talking point! It has amber glass and a colour temperature of 2200K which produces a warm and cosy atmosphere. Ahhhh lovely. It is only £22 and you can go ahead and read more about it or make a purchase by Clicking here.

The best thing about William & Watson's light bulbs is that not only are they visually stunning but they are extremely energy efficient. They use just 10% energy of a traditional light bulb and will last you several years! What more can you ask for?

They don't just sell light bulbs but they sell some beautiful holders, cables, ceiling roses and more!


If you want to be really 'Pinterest' you can pick up one of these babies! A bronze Cieling Rose Set which would look absolutely stunning with your new light bulb. I want them all! This is £32 and you can Click here to find it.

William & Watson have been extremely kind and have given you, my lovely readers a voucher code of 15% off your order! All you have to do is use the code "abieelucas" to get your discount and it will work up until the 30th September 2015.

For some inspiration I thought I would add in some images I found from Pinterest of similar lighting designs to show how you could display these items around your home. These are my favourite ideas:



I hope this gave you some interior design inspiration and I hope you agree that these bulbs are beautiful! Please go ahead and check out their website www.williamandwatson.com and let me know what you think about them in the comments below! Don't forget you can use the discount code "abieelucas" to get 15% off your order and it is valid until 30th September 2015!

Thank you so much for reading my lovelies I can't wait to hear what you think of these products.
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