Abbie Loves

A Personal style blog

After living in Sydney and being away travelling, 2019 sees my first summer back in the UK and as always, it’s a confusing time. Updating my summer style is something I  look forward to but thanks to the famous British summertime, I need to think of every weather eventuality. 

A combination that always feels right is the chunky boot and dress combo. A T-shirt dress is comfortable enough to battle the London commute, my legs are out so if we experience a drastic increase in heat I won’t boil and chunky boots not only look cool, but can withstand rain if it decides to turn up (which is most likely will!).

I added a Baker Boy hat for good measure (and because it's leopard print - what a touch!), sunnies are an obvs and a bum bag is quite possibly the most practical bag of the at moment.

Boom summer style done. Until we get struck by another day of 37 degrees, if that happens then I suggest get to your nearest lido and strip off. Oh, and don't take the tube!

summer style

summer style

Black Dress* - PLT // Sunglasses* - PLT // Baker Boy Hat* - PLT // Boots* (sold out) - PLT (similar) // Bumbag* - PLT 

summer style

summer style

summer style

summer style

summer style

summer style

Photography by Bambam Creatives

So for the last few months I have been travelling, I packed up my belongings and shipped most of it from Sydney (where I was previously living) back to the UK, only keeping the essentials for my adventure. I spent time in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Philippines, Bali and India and it’s safe to say, it’s been one hell of an incredible experience.

I have learnt so many things about my 32 year old self which is funny really, because I was already pretty self-assured. I feel so grateful of the things I have seen and experienced as it's installed a new sense of self, a huge appreciation of where I come from and the people I already had in my life, for which most part, I guess I took for granted. Even the simple things such as being able to drink a clean glass of water straight from the tap or enjoy a hot shower - so simple, yet such an incredible gift we luckily never have to think about.

UK street style photography

UK street style photography

UK street style photography

Photography by  Matthew Newton

Being away from home for so long (around 17 months) made me so excited to come back. Yes, the weather isn't always the best (well, except for last summer of course, which I couldn't believe I missed!) but being back to what was my reality is so incredibly comforting. The first week has been spent with my butt plonked firmly onto a comfy sofa watching Games of Thrones, plenty of M&S Food Hall visits and some well-spent time with friends and family. ALL SO SIMPLE, which is the best thing about travelling - it really does highlight those wonderfully simple things. 

I was never tired of the UK, I loved London dearly and cannot wait to work and live in the capital again, but sometimes, a little step back from the norm is needed for the soul. I didn’t even know my soul was crying out for change but clearly it was. Seventeen months of doing something different has enhanced my mind and I’ll head back to my old reality with the biggest grin on my face and a fresh head full of enthusiasm. Oh, and not forgetting a RL tan and a fiance!

So here's to new opportunities, old faces, exciting experiences and a good British pub.
I am a thrift shop lover and a high street fan - I love a bargain but I also love tapping into new trends with every now and then saving up for a bigger (more special) purchase. That's kinda how my wardrobe rolls and has done for years. My move to Oz saw me continue my passion for vintage and also mix in some new brands as well as one-off bits I found in boutiques - they don't have a booming high street as such, just a lot more online retailers and small independents. 

My current wardrobe situation is minimal due to travelling and although I have suprised myself imensly by living with less, I am looking forward to being reunited with the wonderful British high street yet again. My attitude to style and fashion looks like this: it's about buying what you really love, investing in staples, always go vintage and don't forget to have fun with what you already have. For example, I have been re-working some of my dresses with IMO, successful results.

In today's post I wanted to share with you guys my favourite ever thrifted piece from Australia, it was a mere $5 and was found lurking in a charity shop in the Hunter Valley (a famous wine region near Sydney). The delicate lace pattern and cool muted colours of this dress just oozes beachy vibes and I love the loose fit. I am not a huge fan of a super high neck-line so this relaxed round neck is perfect for my shape - I can still show off my favourite necklaces too! It works thrown over a bikini for sundown sessions or worn casj with slim-fit jeans and a biker jacket. Personally, barefoot and over a bikini is my current jam.

These photos were taken on a secret beach in Port Barton, Philippines

What's your favourite ever thrifted find and where in the world did you stumble across it? 

Other beach dresses I'm currently coveting

We're well into 2019 and this year has been pretty busy to say the least, as I am currently travelling! If you fancy seeing and hearing more about that then head on over HERE. Settled in bali for the next few weeks and with wifi good enough to actually surf the internet at leisure, I thought it was the perfect time to reflect on last year...

What. A. Year. There were a few bumps in the road but overall 2018 was been one of the biggest and best yet. As you most likely know, I moved to Sydney with one of my dearest pals back in the December of 2017 and could never have predicted how the year would unfold in a work, friend and love capacity.  

moving to sydney

moving to sydney

I worked for two established companies, one PR agency and then the iconic swimwear brand Seafolly, both employment stints allowed me to learn so much about the Australian market in the area of PR, communications and fashion wholesale. Definitely a winning year in regards to spicing up my CV! When you are travelling on a working holiday visa you are only allowed to work for one company for 6 months at a time unless you get sponsored. Not gaining sponsorship was actually a blessing (it might not have felt it at the time) and having the opportunity to see my year out with two great companies was a real bonus.

The big move has really highlighted how important true friendships are. I know I’ll get back to London and run straight into the arms of the mates I left behind and squeeze them that bit tighter, because one thing I have learnt is that good friends are hard to find. Talking of good friends, the two solid friendships I have back in Sydney (you know who you are ladies!) are one of the main reasons I feel pangs of sadness about leaving. At the end of the day they are the reason I switched up my life, was able to find true love and gain even more life experience, and for that I’ll be forever indebted and grateful. All I can say is, thank god for voice notes.

Love: I found it! FML what a journey. I was such a singleton back in the day… all the swipe rights, all of the hilarious stories and wouldn’t have changed any of it for the world. Those fun years made me all the more sure that I was ready to settle, let someone in and start a new chapter. He is and it is absolutely amazing.

So, with that little life overview out the way, I wanted to share some things I learnt from the big move. If travel or a move to Sydney is on your agenda, my one piece of advice is just go for it. Fate will find you and it will be amazing, life changing and character shaping.

Have no expectations and be ready for anything

You really don't know how things will shape out, it's great to have a plan of course, but sometimes when you make such a big life decision it's best to let things roll and not get too caught up in plans not going exactly how you imaginied them.

Do your research 

Read and take in as much as you can about the area you're relocating too; ask people who have done it before, reach out to Insta friends who live in the parts you're heading too, look at geo tags on Instagram, ask about rent and bill costs, best streets to live on, transport links, weather throughout the year. Just check out as much as you can and it's definitely worth shouting out to people online, even if you don't know them! Somethings really surprised me about Sydney, you can read all about them HERE.

To travel more and explore what’s on your own doorstep 

One thing that Sydney has taught me is to explore more. Having Europe on my doorstep was something I always took for granted when I was back in the UK, to be able to hop on a plane and be in a different country in less that 2 hours is a real treat and something I'll definitely make the most of when I touch back down in London. Of course, the normal person can't just gallivant off to Spain every weekend but I'll definitely make sure I keep my eyes peeled on groupon deals and cheap plane tickets. Australia is so far away from anything so us Brits really are lucky to be able to experience such different landscapes and cultures at such a short distance. Also, what I loved about Oz was the road trips, hiring a car and heading off up the coast camping was always super fun - I'll also make sure to explore what's going on in the UK more too. I haven't even been to Scotland!

Be prepared for things to be different and be open minded

Being opened minded really is the key. I would often find myself saying 'really, oh well in London we do this' blah blah blah. Of course things will be different, behind or just not what you're used to doing or seeing, it is a different part of the bloody world after all. Things being different is actually the whole idea, the fun of it all, the eye opening experience - so go forth and be ready to embrace the change.

Travelling through Sri Lanka, Maldives and the Philippines has re-ignited my love for photography as there is just so much to see, do and capture. Feeling inspired I want to share some of my favourite things along the way in a weekly visual diary. Hope you enjoy seeing this little collection of the things I love (travel, style, interiors), the places I go (currently travelling) and the pieces I wear along the way.

Welcome to the first entry for my visual diary series...

Sri Lanka travelling
Palm Tree Hill - Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Maldives street art
Street art in the Maldives

Beach vibes at Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Beach vibes at Tangalle, Sri Lanka

Interior inspo at OBLU Select, Maldives

Battered cars and peeling walls in the Maldives

Happy times on Secret Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Cute plants with huge leaves!

An old map of Ceylon, Sri Lanka

More interior inspo, of course it's leopard print

Nice tiles in Maldives

Delicious smoothie bowls in Sri Lanka

Gazing out at those turquoise waters at our water bungalow in the Maldives

Cool pineapples decorating a door in the Maldives

Matt flexing his sun-down photography skills in the Maldives

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