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Hi, I’m Abbi. I grew up in South Africa and moved to London in 2004 because I didn't have anything better to do. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I live in Essex with my long-suffering British husband, Mr O and our smaller human, Little O. I divide up my life between my day job as an email ninja (not my actual title), trying to get my head around mummery, experimenting in the kitchen, reviewing random crap, fantisising about sleeping more than a two hours in a row and spending too much time on Instagram.

What I wore to work this week #15

This has definitely been a week of two halves. On Monday it was still pretty chilly, Tuesday was middling and then we got hit with full summer! I don’t think I adjusted fast enough and by Wednesday afternoon I was BOILING. I also look a bit bedraggled since the warmer weather has meant my hayfever is in full force and I can’t stop sneezing!

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Universal Yums March 2018 box: Poland

Despite the fact that my company has an office in Warsaw, I have never managed to go to Poland, something that makes me rather sad. I have heard good things and I really would like to visit one day. In the meantime I am going to settle for some snacks. Read more…

What I wore to work this week #14

After we were briefly led to believe spring might be coming when it warmed up on Saturday, we were soon proved very wrong. Winter came back full off mist and drizzle this week, which is reflected in the outfits I wore on the three days I went into work as well as the wildness of my hair. Please join me in wishing for better weather as I am getting sick of my winter clothes.

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BOOK REVIEW: Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Late last year I came across a series of novels about a London police detective and modern day Wizard in training called Peter Grant and absolutely loved the first book. After the heaviness that was reading Shantaram for three months, I decided it was time to go back to Peter and try out his second adventure.

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What I wore to work this week #13

Another week of really changeable weather, varying between massive rain showers and sunshine but then also rather a lot of wind. I am sure in past years by April I had downgraded from a coat to a jacket but I am not sure that is happening any time in the near future here. Sigh. Read more…

What I wore to work this week #12

Another week of random weather. I am starting to think it might never be spring. I swear by this time last year I had moved from full coat to jacket already but I am still in a big coat. Let’s hope April brings some better weather!  Read more…

RECIPE: Carrot cake tray bake

As those who know me on Facebook and Instagram will be aware, I am leaving my job after almost 14 years. I have worked in a number of different roles for the same company but it finally feels like it is time to move on and try something new. So in a month from now I will be starting over. Yikes! When I announced to my team a few weeks ago that I was leaving, their biggest concern seemed to be who was going to feed them. I bake a lot for work. To make them feel better I agreed to bring something in weekly… and to take requests. I have been delving into my old faithful recipes but someone requested a carrot cake recently. I do have a carrot cake recipe but it’s a layer cake and transporting a layer cake across multiple train journeys at rush hour is not easy. Instead I decided to go for a tray bake. It was very popular and I will definitely be making it again.

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What I wore to work this week #11

Only three outfits this week as I was only in the office for three days. It was a bit of a week of two halves. Monday was freezing after the weekend of snow and then it progressively warmed up during the week. I wasn’t really expecting to be wearing Uggs in March and I can’t even put them away yet as it’s supposed to snow again next weekend. Like my final picture says, I dream of wearing an outfit with no tights!

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BOOK REVIEW: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

It probably feels like an absolute eternity since I did a book review and in fairness it has been. I have been reading the book I am about to review for three months. Before you judge me harshly, I think I need to point out that it’s over a thousand pages long and I only really get to read on the train because of small human interference and general exhaustion.

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What I wore to work this week #10

Over the weekend I watched an episode of America’s Next Top Model where Tyra Banks gave some tips on how to take better mirror selfies. One of her suggestions was to drop your phone down when you want to show the whole outfit from the side. I decided to give it a go this week… and I am not sure about the results. My Instagram followers weren’t sure either and I got mixed reviews. What do you guys think?

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TV Review: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a really unusual premise for a show, combining comedy, mental health and fantasy musical elements into one intense package. I have to admit that if I read the description of the show it probably wouldn’t appeal to me at all but somehow the combination really works and I have been hooked since the first season.

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Universal Yums February 2018 box: France

I wasn’t massively excited when I found out February’s box was going to be France. I reckoned it would be a bit boring but I was totally wrong. Pretty much everything in the box was delicious and quite a few bits were things I had never eaten before. The flavours weren’t crazy or anything but they were still great. The French are, of course, known for their cuisine so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that they pulled it out of the box (see what I did there).

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What I wore to work this week #9

There was no “What I wore to work” post last week because I never actually physically made it into the office. I spent the first two days of the week in our Dusseldorf office (which was nice because they have an in-house barista and unlimited coffee). Then it snowed like the end of days and I wasn’t actually able to travel to work for the rest of the week and spent my time in front of my laptop in sweatpants #sorrynotsorry. This week, however, the freeze has lifted, the sun is out and I am back at my desk… although somewhat grumpy about the fact that my fringe has grown like a weed and I look like a shaggy dog. Read more…

TV REVIEW: Gavin & Stacey – Season 3

The final season of Gavin & Stacey kicks off with Gavin (Mathew Horne) starting his new job in Cardiff, having moved to Barry to be closer Stacey (Joanna Page). Nessa (Ruth Jones) is now living with her fiance, Dave (Steffan Rhodri) and Neil, the baby, in Dave’s caravan, while Smithy (James Corden) remains in Essex.

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What I wore to work this week #8

This week had been miserable and pretty cold again. I am normally a winter fan, but even I am looking forward to when the weather is a bit warmer and I can actually wear a dress or skirt without tights. In the meantime though I am still trying to balance fashion with not freezing my arse off.

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TV REVIEW: The Crown – Season 2

For some reason many people are fascinated with royalty. Maybe it’s the idea of some kind of mystical divine right to power from days of yore or maybe it’s because we are pumped full of fairy tales about princes and princesses from when we are children. Whatever it is, the modern royal that seems to draw the most interest is the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, so it is no surprise that Netflix saw an opportunity in creating a series about her life. The question is, is it any good?

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What I wore to work this week #7

This week was absolutely freezing at the beginning so I was extremely grateful for the new boots I bought last week. My knee-high boots broke at the zip and they were on their last legs so I was lucky to bag a bargain in the sales. Happy days! Read more…