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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.

TV REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Season 1

I originally attempted to watch Peaky Blinders when I was pregnant and fell asleep because basically that is what you do when you are pregnant cos everything is exhausting. I had kind of forgotten about it until one of my friends from my NCT (antenatal class) group said that she and her husband were hooked. Mr O and I found ourselves looking for a new series over Christmas so we decided to give it a go. Read more…

What I wore to work last week #2

Last week was a bit of an odd one for me. I only actually went to my office two days of the week as I had to travel to Berlin for my annual work conference. I was nominated to present on stage in front of over 2,000 people so I had to spend a day in rehearsals before the actual big day of speaking. This was followed by an evening event where we all got very dressed up… so I have cheated a little and included my evening outfit in this week’s work looks. I mean I did technically wear it to work.  Read more…

TV REVIEW: Outlander – Series 3

I started watching Outlander when I was on maternity leave and used to find myself trapped under Little O for hours. He slept a lot when he was a small baby, which was kind of great… but also kind of not because he refused to sleep not on me so once he had passed out I kind of just had to sit holding him. While the cleanliness of my house suffered, I did get to do a fair bit of binge watching and Outlander was a real favourite.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Last year Mr O got some cinema vouchers as a gift. We have been trying to decide what we were going to see for months but eventually the magic of Star Wars sealed the deal… we are both fans, Mr O of the variety where he can name all the characters and equipment. Me more of the, well this is fun, variety, We had somewhat different takes on the film.

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What I wore to work this week #1

So after a pretty positive reception I have decided to crack on with a weekly “what I wore to work” post. I only physically go in to work 4 days a week and for the rest of the time I live in jeans and sweatshirts so there will usually be 4 outfits a week. This week there are 3 as Monday was a bank holiday. Photos are from my Instagram stories and are taken in the work bathroom, so don’t expect amazing quality.

Where possible I will link to where you can buy what I am wearing (or similar) but some of my wardrobe has been around for some time so lots of things probably aren’t on sale anymore.

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TV REVIEW: Riverdale – Season 1

I have never really been a big comic book person, however as a young teenager I loved the Archie comics and I had a mountain of them stacked on my bookshelf (next to the copies of Smash Hits). When I discovered that Netflix had created a live action re imagining of the iconic serial, I couldn’t resist seeing what they had done with the characters I once loved. Read more…

A potential new feature: what I wore

A long time ago I used to post pictures of my favourite outfits on this blog. I really miss doing that. Over the past few months I have been posting my work outfits on my Instagram stories. It is a bit of a running joke as I take the photos in the bathroom. I have been considering doing a weekly round-up of what I wore on the four days I went into the office each week.

I am no fashion blogger but I love seeing what people wore so I thought my readers might like to see what I wore. Let me know what you think.

2017… a review in collages 

I could write an epic essay on 2017 but I have a small child and I am investing my limited energy into binge watching Peaky Blinders and binge eating leftover Christmas cheese before I have to go back to work on Tuesday. Instead I’m going to rely on the old adage that a picture speaks 1,000 words. Once a month on my Instagram (@abbiosbiston) I publish a collage of nine pictures that sum up the month gone by for me. So I’m going to share them with you. If anyone wants more context feel free to ask in the comments and no, I don’t know why the pancake shows up in February and March. I really like pancakes… Read more…

Christmasathon Day 24: Elf

Buddy (Will Ferrell) is abandoned as a baby and adopted by elves. He grows up at the North Pole, raised by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) with no inkling that he is human, despite the fact that he is huge and rather useless at elf jobs. When he discovers that his real father is alive and well in New York he decides to go and find him.  Read more…

Christmasathon Day 23: Love Actually

Love Actually follows the stories of a series of interconnected Londoners in the lead up to Christmas as they wrestle with life, love and the festive season.

This is one of the most iconic modern Christmas films and one that we do end up watching pretty much every Christmas. There are lots of reasons why it probably should have endured as well as it did. Some of the storylines are incredibly questionable. The one where Colin (Kris Marshall) goes to Wisconsin to shag American girls and a bunch of women literally fall over legs open, is just awful. Also Mark’s (Andrew Lincoln) behaviour towards Juliet (Keira Knightley) is not romantic, it is very creepy. Read more…

Christmasathon: Day 19 & 20

More TV specials. This time I convinced Mr O to watch the Made in Chelsea special because I am horrible and he is a good sport and I really like trash TV. I am not ashamed of this… okay maybe a little bit.

Day 19: Made in Chelsea – Christmas Special 2017

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Christmasathon Day 15: A Christmas Prince

After all the hype going around Mr O and I decided we simply has to watch the instant Netflix classic A Christmas Prince. Recently Netflix caused a bit of a furor by tweeting the fact that fifty-three of its users had watched the film for eighteen consecutive days. Some people thought it was hilarious, others were somewhat concerned about how much data Netflix has on its users. I hate to tell them this, but if you exist in any way in modern society, every company knows everything about you. Sorry.

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BOOK REVIEW: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

I found this book on my Goodreads to read list. I have no idea where it came from but I did see that several of my friends had either added it or rated it highly so I decided to make it my latest read. It was definitely a good choice.

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Christmasathon: Day 12 – 14

There is no day 11 because it was my work Christmas party and I was out drinking all the wine and behaving in a very silly manner. I stayed in London for the night (planned, don’t worry, I didn’t just end up sleeping in a bus shelter) and didn’t get to watch anything. Here are some more Christmas specials we checked out.

Day 12: Swashbuckle – Christmas Rules

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