Saturday, 8 July 2017

THE PERFECT ALL-SEASONS JACKET



Writing a post about a jacket in July can seem a little ... well, silly. It's the time for posting all about your bikini collection or the ridiculously cute off-the-shoulder top you just snapped up for a bargain in New Look. However, as I'm writing this, the weather is fluctuating from blue skies to grey clouds, and a few weeks ago a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours so a jacket is still very much a key item in my wardrobe!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

MY CURRENT SKINCARE EDIT



I went through what could only be described as a year of hell with my skin in 2016. A stressful year of university, then a new job, plus a lack of exercise, mixed with a dash (or a straight run) of unhealthy eating has resulted in lackluster and dull skin. To tie in with this, I've also had a breakout of dermatitis across my eyes. Dermatitis is basically eczema, and it's broken out across my eyelids and under my eyes. The skin is cracked and flaky, sore and red, and makes wearing makeup impossible and just nothing sticks - and if it does, it makes it look about a hundred times worse! My first (and worst so far, fingers crossed!) breakout was in April, and my doctor said it could have been many things - a change of the weather, and out of date makeup item, an allergy, my diet, stress. Basically, I left with a tube of steroid cream and an uncertainty of just what the hell was going on with my skin.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

ABBIE GRACE TRAVELS | AMSTERDAM


One of my main goals for this year was to travel more, something I've wanted to do for a while. I was brought up on beach and package holidays, and whilst those are amazing and fab for a summer holiday, I have been itching to expand my holiday horizons for some time now. Until a few weeks ago, I had never, ever been to mainland Europe. In 25 years of living in Scotland, and I had never ever made it to mainland Europe (I've been to Cyprus but that totally doesn't count as it's an island). So when the opportunity to go Amsterdam with some friends came up, I jumped on that bandwagon so fast it made my eyes water a tiny bit.


Friday, 6 January 2017

THE BEST OF 2016 | THE MAKEUP EDIT


I've never actually been able to do a yearly round up of products - how about that! I went through so much bloody makeup in 2016 it wasn't even funny. There was some products that I didn't get on with, so naturally, they're not featured here (in case you were wondering why I've done some categories and not others!) Some were hits, some were misses, but here I'm gonna chat about the makeup that floated by boat in 2016, and what I'm taking with me (and hoping to try!) in 2017 ....

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

GOALS FOR 2017.



We're all guilty of saying the title above, aren't we? 'New year, new me!' I know I've said it every January 1st since I can remember. However, by the 16th of the year without fail, I've been the gym a grand total of 5 times (all 5 in the first week) and polished off all the leftover chocolates. WHOOPS.

I was truly under the impression I hadn't achieved any of the goals I had set myself this time last year. I documented in them all in a blog post, one of the very first I posted. And actually, when I look back at that blog post, I've achieved a bit more than I had initially thought - and if I haven't fully achieved them, then I'm making good progress towards it!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Why I'm Done Being Someone I'm Not.

I've had this little blog since January, so about 8 months now, and it's really not taken off the way I wanted it to. I mean personally, anyway - not like in the great scheme of things cos really, who expects that when they start blogging? I'm talking about within myself. I expected me to crank out a couple of posts a week at least, and really get into what I was writing about. I started off wanting to write all about my passions - beauty, fashion, and food. So, you may ask, what went so wrong?

I think I was just trying to be someone I'm just really, really not.

Like see those glossy blogs, naming no names, that are so slick you die a little inside cos you don't live their life? Who have to-die-for wardrobes, every latest beauty launch going and just generally seem like flawless human beings?

I was striving so, so hard to come across like one of those. But in reality, I'm just so far removed from that it's funny.

Like, I can barely bring myself to have more than some cookies for breakfast sometimes, rather than instagramming my avo toast with a perfect filter. I don't have slim, permanently sun kissed legs to take pictures next to my cup of green tea (I live in Scotland, the only way I can get sun kissed is fake tan, and I'm so bloody bad at that it's laughable). I don't even get dressed somedays, cos I'm on holiday at the mo' and stayed in my bed till 1pm is the life. 

I mean absolutely no offence to those who call the above their life. In fact, have a round of applause, because I want your life, so much so that I pretended I had that life.

And I'm pretty tired of it. I think that it's the reason why I haven't been as motivated about this blog as  I should have been, 'cos I'm proud of the way it looks - just not the content.

And I'm going to start over.

Hi, I'm Abigail. I'm a teacher. And like I've already said in this blog, I do absolutely love marble, copper, rose gold, winged eyeliner, Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade, and that all sounds cliche blogger, no?

Underneath that, there's the fact my friends and family call me Miranda, after Miranda Hart, because I am literally the character in real life (sounds funny, but sometimes, is just dead embarrassing). I get my words muddled up when I speak sometimes, and things come out backwards. I think I'm allergic to colour in my wardrobe. I really only wear Nike trainers cos comfort > everything else. I would eat doughnuts for every meal if someone let me. I always pick my nail varnish off. And I've not got a perfect blogger life, not by any matter of means. But I am always friendly, warm, and I think I've got a half decent sense of humour, and  I can write pretty darn well too. Living life as Miranda means I'm not embarrassed to take the mick out of myself, either.

I'm still going to write about my passions on this blog. But I think it's time I started being a little more - me. I hope it'll inspire me to write more, knowing I can be myself and not a caricature.

I hope it's the start of a beautiful thing over here.

Friday, 8 July 2016

The Budget Highlighter That's Got Me All A-Glowin'

The Makeup Revolution VIVID Highlighter in Golden Lights is a beaut, and there's not much more to say.


I've been in the market for a highlighter for possibly a year, if not longer. I've longed for my cheekbones to cut glass and blind my enemies in one fell swoop, and I've just not found anything that really hits the spot.