Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Kilner pop up event!

SUPER EXCITING TIMES GUYS! Probably a bit OTT with the capitals but on Thursday I got to attend the very first Kilner pop up event opening night over in Liverpool. They've set up the shopin an amazing store called the Rex Concept store to start off celebrating 175 years in business (oldtimers!) culminating in a special anniversary glass. Let's face it they've found a way to make a bloggers fave even better.

But back to the event. I was super excited for two reasons:
  1. It's the first time I've been invited to this kind of event( which I'll talk about more in another post soon!)
  2. I was drooling over the possible Insta opportunities (You can't blame me right?) 
I'll be honest here, this post isn't sponsored but I had such a lovely evening that I had to write about it.

The event had several stations: one showcasing freakshakes where we mad eour own mini ones, one with different punches (I fell in love with the Winter Pimms one) and finaly a tasting station with infused alcohols. That was absolutely my favourite, with a cheeky Candy Cane vodka being a stand out.

 Someone, obviously had given them a head's up about bloggers because food was provided by a local Lebanese stret food restaurant: I've been Bakchich before and really enjoyed the food, so it was an extra little treat that they were involved.

We were also lucky enough to receive to a cute lil goody bag, with a bottle of wine, a glass and lots of ideas on what to do with Kilner.

The final thing helping to make the night lovely was a our own name
s handwritten in chocolate by the fabulous brand: The Chocloate Cellar. I did plan on showing you a pic but it, well, I kinda ate it #sorrynotsorry. You can check out there stuff in store or put in some custom orders yourself just in time for Christmas

Overall, I had a lovely time at my first event. The next one has lots to live up to!

Have you even been to a bliog event? How did your first blog event go?
 Abi x

Ps: Kilner pop up shop runs 24th-30th November on Bold Street, Liverpool
Bakchich also resides on Bold Street
P.P.S. I'm totally not sorry for the photo overload ;)

Saturday, 26 November 2016

5 ways to relax

Let's face it, we're all busy little bees. Every now and then it can really get to us. It's times like then that we need some decent de-stressing strategies in the repertoire. Here's a few of my faves:

1. Have a bath: I'm not trying to say you smell buuuuut.... Nah. This ain't just a quick spruce, go all out for a de-stress bath. Candles, bubbles the lot. You deserve it.
2. Food: I have a love/hate relationship with comfort eating. I'm trying hard to move away from it but I can't deny that after a shitty day all I crave is something stodgy or sweet. It's not ideal but hey, it works for me.
3. Walk: I'm lucky enough to live in a beautiful area with plenty of nice paths and gorgeous views. Sometimes all I need to clear my head can be a nice wander. Even now, when it's dark early and cold out, I still head out with my torch and woolly hat.
4. switch off: as a blogger and general social media addict this is a hard one for me to do. I'm just used to having my phone 
5. Read: are you surprised by this? I've saved my favourite for last. Reading has always been my go to, it just lets me let the real world slip away for me.

How do you relax?

Abi X

Sunday, 20 November 2016

My experiences as a graduate

It's been nearly a year since a graduated (give or take a week or so) and thought it'd be a nice topic to have a little reflect upon. I hope you enjoy my wee rambles...


Do you enjoy these kind of pieces? Let me know!

Abi x

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Pyjama Wishlist!!

Hey everyone! It's that time of year where it's actually socially acceptable to live in pyjamas. They basically become you're new best friend. Thankfully, their is fuck tons of awesome pjs available. Be they fluffy and snuggly or basic and badass. Their is something for everyone! I've taken the liberty of gathering a few of the good'uns I've spotted this A/W and rattled out a wish list for you. You're welcome...

Hope you enjoyed my wee wishlist!

Abi x

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

5 things: in London!!!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have noticed I've just spent the weekend with my fellow down in London! While originally I'd planned to film a vlog it sadly didn't pan out. Instead I've brought a classic offering of a list of 5 things that went on in the capital!

1. All the foooood- so basically we went down on the train Saturday morning (holla to virgin for a super speedy trip down) bags packed with a nifty little packed lunch. In return for being saddos we went for an absolutely top notch meal at the London Reds True Barbecue! We've been to the Liverpool one several times and I feel that london held there own. 

Not only did we have dinner out, we also treated ourselves to a cheeky brunch at Ed's diner. Again there is one up here in Liverpool but I've never  been before.  I got a lovely stack of waffles and bacon and blueberries, completed with a pepsi float( yep, for breakfast!).

2. Travelodge- it's gonna sound boring but I'm a bit of a connoisseur of cheap hotels and travelodge has remained a clear favourite. We stayed right opposite the station and you couldn't hear a peep. Nice work!

3. Rememberance day-  stay happened to coincide and we were lucky enough to view a service just outside Euston station prior to the silence.
Can I say, as eerie as it is during the two minutes silence it's doubly so in as busy a place as London?

4. Shopping- oh yeah, we came, we saw, I bought a Tshirt... And a bralet which I am mega in love whilst simultaneously having no idea when it will be worn... Lewis also treated himsel to some black Levis( goals!) and some big thick ass jumpers. 

5. Rugby- finally, the rugby (league ofc). This was the main reason we went down. While the game was disappointing it was still lovely to be back at the Olympic stadium and seeing some top flight action.

All in all, a pretty full weekend I think you'll agree!
London is a place I could explore for days and still never  get bored of.

Abi X 

Ps any recommendations for next time I'm down??

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Changing my perceptions: one bralet at a time!!

I recently had, well what felt to me, a hell of mind opener. And to be honest, the star of the show was none other than the humble bralet. It's challenged my own perceptions of myself and my self esteem. Today's post is merely my attempt to express my own revelation.

 So earlier this month I got a new tattoo on my upper back, about where my bra strap and band would sit. I've definitely got a good pair on me so there was no way I was going braless. Instead I purposely bought a few bras with racer backs and a couple of Bralets to wear that hopefully wouldn't annoy my tattoo too much.
Nothing that strange right? Well....
The truth is I'd never bought a bralet for myself before because, and this is where I feel really silly...but because I thought I couldn't pull one off with bigger boobs. 

Like, it seems silly just looking at that sentence. I Normally I never ever consider buying anything like them purely based on that one ignorant thought. Its really strange because on girls the same size or bigger than me I've never doubted they could rock one. So why did I feel that way about myself?
The truth is although I strongl believe in body positivity, I was doing myself an injustice and not applying to myself.
I've been setting restrictions on myself because of my body shape for absolutely no good reason. I hadn't even realised.

Its time that changed. 
I wore that bralet on a day to day basis because it was the comfiest by far for my new tat, its well into my bra rotation now. Shock horror, the world didn't explode. Nobody swooned. No disasters. Nowt. Admittedly I still prefer more supportive bras in general but I feel more comfortable being a little more open minded on my selections.
It's genuinely had such a positive  effect on my own personal view of myself.
I wouldn't put up with restrictive shit like that from strangers, so damn it Im certainly not putting up with it from me. 

*mic drop*
Abi X