Thursday, 17 July 2014

Pre-Holiday Suitcase Essentials...

Hello again gorgeous ones!
So, about 3 and a half months ago I sat at my laptop, Jack on the other end of the phone, and clicked 'book my holiday'. Now I sit here and write to you whilst I have exactly 3 days and a few hours until Jack and I get on that 11:50am plane from Luton to Gran Canaria!!!!!!!
The time has FLOWN. I'm just hoping the holiday doesn't go as fast. I'm so looking forward to a week in the sunshine with me lover whilst we do nothing but chill the heck ouuuut.

I've been packing my suitcase today - our airline are tight buggers and are restricting us to 15kg each - stingy!!! I always have a pre-flight panic that my suitcase will be over the max allowance but never is. I get those palpitations when I'm about to put my case on those dreaded conveyor belt scale things (whatever they are called, pah!). However, there are some ESSENTIAL things in my suitcase... Things I cannot be on holiday without!

First things first, this, ladies and gentlemen, is my hand luggage/ beach bag/every day bag! I got this beauty from New Look for £19.99. I love that it's white and has gold fastenings and punctured detailing. It's a gorgeous thing and made of a waterproof plastic/leather effect material. The straps are big enough to pop it on my shoulder as I stroll down to the beach! It's got a popper fastening which I was umming and ahhing about as I don't rate the safety of it owing to it not fully closing but I'll just be careful. The thing that won it was it's big enough to fit mine and Jack's stuff in because yes, that's what girlfriend's are for...

Now these lovely things are also from New Look and cost me £12.99. I have to have at least one pair of sandals on holiday as they are sooo versatile, comfy and airy! I love popping them on to go down to the beach/ pool or even going out at night. You can work them with so many different looks. 

I chose the gold as it's more likely to go with more. White was also an option but I couldn't find any, style wise, that I liked. These sandals did the job perfectly and didn't break the bank.

Word to the wise - New Look have some amazing sandals in at the moment; gorgeous things you'd expect to see in Pacha Ibiza etc. Get on it!!!

The all important sun cream...

I'm quite a pasty wasty gal in the winter but get me in some sun and I do actually tan quite well - nothing deep and exotic but a nice golden coating does me nicely!

Jack's bringing some 'army issued' 30spf stuff (serious stuff!) so I thought I'd bring us some 'couple of days in' sun cream when our tans really start to come through. The boy tans just looking at the sun... I can't even... It's just unfair BUT I would never want to risk hurting my skin competing with him as my skin is just different and takes longer - it's important to remain safe in the sun. Sun cream it up people!

I really love this brand of suncream as you only need a tiny bit as it's so thick so the coverage you get is brilliant! I got this for only £5 in Savers!! RRP is roughly £12 ish... Go Abs!

These shorts absolutely saved me on holiday last year - you know that feeling where you just want something comfy, lightweight, not clingy and just right for whipping on and off over your bikini?! These were the jobby!

Topshop - £10 (still in stock)

I love the light denim appearance and the sporty feel they have. I teamed these with anything and everything last year and am planning to do the same again - they can be work high-waisted or on the hips. 

I just love them!!

Where would you be on your hols without the perfect bikini, ey? This gorgeous thing is another Topshop buy and I love it!! I love Hot Pink as I think you can pull it off no matter your skin tone, hair colour or shape as it's so flattering and bright. This strapless bikini means no annoying strap marks/ having to pull straps down when sun bathing!

I'm quite small chested so a shape of bikini like this is really flattering for girls like me.

I've been working DANG hard this year in prep for this holiday/ in prep for life! I've been exercising and eating right by purely changing my outlook on staying healthy and how I feel it best suits me! Lets hope the holiday pictures reflect my hard work!

Speaking of pictures... I must must must have my camera with me!

I got his lovely thing for my 20th and I've been inseperable with it from that day in October. It slips perfectly into my bag and helps me vlog and capture countless moments. 

I love taking cute videos and pictures on holidays so this is perfect for this year's vacay which I've been hoping to vlog for my YouTube channel (Abstermac).

I can't wait to share my holiday with you all!

So there you have it!
My Holiday Suitcase Essentials...

Are you going anywhere this year? If so, what do you NEED to take with you?

See you when I'm back <3

Love you all

x Abster x

Friday, 4 July 2014

25 Facts About Me Vlog...

Hello again beauties!

Welcome to July... I literally cannot believe it's July 2014. Where is my life going? Anyway, I hope the start of this month has been a really good one. I'm just plodding along, working hard and keeping my head down at the moment anxiously waiting for summer to come so I can jet set away on holiday and move out to start my life in London! 

Recently I've been majorly lagging on the vlogging front. But, I'M BACK!
In this video I wanted you to get to me a little better so I've got a grand ol' mixtures of facts for you!... Hope you enjoy...

I hope you liked that one and now know lots of silly bits and bobs about the girl who writes to you lovely lot!

As I said, watch out for some more vlogs coming soon of my holiday & my moving out process!!

I can't wait to share it with you.

Love you all

x Abster x

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Abster Advice: Body Confidence...

Evening you lovely lot! Today I feel like blogging about something really close to my heart and forgive me for going all 'deep' on you but I really feel like this is something that needs addressing and especially on a platform like blogger where a focus on 'beauty' is so prevalent. 

Every single person I know and will probably ever know has body confidence issue. Me, you reading this, my best friend, the woman who I see walking her dog every day, the ice cream man, that singer you love, my old dance teacher, that guy you see walking out of the gym after a hard core legs sesh... Everyone! You are not alone in feeling the way you may feel about that one/ two/ three etc. parts of your body you wish you had the power to change!

As a young child I was always quite slim, didn't have a care in the world. As soon as I hit about 12 years old and started puberty I started to put on a bit of weight. Looking back at pictures of this time now is actually quite painful for me as that young, pre-teen girl still lives inside me, has feelings and is vulnerable. I'll carry my little chubby younger self around with me all my life. I'd say I was at my 'plumpest' on a holiday over Christmas to Thailand when I was 13. I remember sharing a room with my brother and locking myself in our bathroom and trying on a bikini I had brought on holiday with us. I hated what I saw. I think that is one of my first memories of the impact of body insecurity within myself. I took it off and put my full swim suit back on as well as my smile and got on with it. 

Now, a lot of young girls put weight on before they start their periods which definitely happened to me. However, another factor was I was quite poorly a lot as I didn't know I was lactose intolerant yet. As soon as I found this out I started to lose the weight. This process was very gradual though and up until, I'd say, this year (I'm now 20) I've only began to feel like I'm starting to be really happy with my body and except myself for who I am. And do you know what? I bloody love me! Yeah, they'll always be bits of me that I'll secretly wish were slightly flatter, bigger, slimmer, less wobbly etc. but who the hell actually cares? It's so incredibly easy to get caught up in the 'perfect body' fiasco and work yourself into the ground, hating yourself when one day, you will look at your older, grayer self in the mirror, wishing and wishing you had loved and taken care of your, beautiful, younger self. 

Something that has really hit me recently is the ever-increasing bullying of slimmer girls. For example, on Facebook I constantly see pictures of, what I think are, healthy looking, naturally/ genetically slim, beautiful, young girls with annotated, edited photos who someone has taken and written things like 'unnatural' and 'anorexic' all over with lines pointing to their collar bones/ ribs etc. The saddest thing is many young girls are being made to feel 'wrong' and 'disgusting' for the way they, naturally, are. Over many years now people have fought and fought for larger, curvy girls to be left alone and not targeted for their 'differences'/ bullied in school for something they cannot help. The detrimental effect this type of bullying has on  young people (I say 'people' as it effects girls and boys/ men and women) is irreversible and can never really be erased. This body bullying is now happening to slimmer girls/boys and, I fear, will always happen towards some kind of sectioned out body type. 

I find this so heart-breaking as it's happening to my beautiful younger sister. Jess has been my pride and joy since she was born in 2000. Now, she has grown into this insanely stunning 14 year old who is naturally and beautifully her own shape and size. However, she is now one of these many many young girls being told things like 'You look like an 8 year old boy...', 'You're anorexic!', 'Do you eat?!', 'So you're gonna go throw that up now, yeah?'... And so on and so forth. I can't even fathom what this is doing to her self-esteem and developing image of herself. The harsh reality is Jess is helpless to this as she cannot fight this one. She just has to hold her head up high and be equipt with the knowledge that she is being targeted out of other, insecure, spiteful girls who are plain jealous of her. To be honest, I'm bloomin' jealous of her!! But do I go and attempt to pummel her self-esteem into the ground to make myself feel better?... Errrr no!! Just because a person may have an insecurity about them-self gives them no right to attempt to install insecurity in another person so to make themselves feel better. 

I guess the 'moral' of this post, if there is one, would be kindness is free and negative, nastiness always has a price, almost always paid by the 'consumer'. Beauty, truly, comes from within - it sounds so corny but it's true!! A person may be stunning but when they open their mouth and you witness a nasty attitude, a cold shoulder or sarcastic whiff, I feel automatically disgusted by that person, not matter how 'beautiful' they may be. For me, their 'beauty' disappears in a split second. 

Be kind. Be loving. Be accepting. Be beautiful. And bloomin' love yourself for who you are. You'll be greatly loved in return.

This video is from two of my favourite YouTubers, Zoella and SprinkleofGlitter, and they talk to and show you, first hand, about this issue and offer some fantastic understanding and advice...

Thank you for taking the time to read this ramble; it was all from my heart.

I love you guys so much & thank you for always making me feel fabulous!

x Abster x

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