Zoella Beauty – Jelly & Gelato Review

Call me a bit of a creep, but as soon as Zoella started dropping hints that her new beauty range would be released soon, I would continuously stalk Twitter to see updates on it. I couldn’t have been the only one right? I genuinely love everything that she has ever brought out (both her Lifestyle & Beauty range) – and knew that as soon as this range was released, I would be straight on the Superdrug website to order some goodies.

I don’t know about you – but I am such a Zoella fan. Her blog was probably the first one I ever read – which led me to watching her videos, and seeing her become the successful woman she is now. So of course –  it was a no brainer that I picked up her new range.

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This year – Zoe’s range was completely focused around Jelly & Gelato – screams summer right? The whole theme was around ice cream & jelly (obvs) and is definitely something to pick up if you love matching your scents to seasons. I had all the heart eye emojis when I saw the range for the first time (seriously though guys – look at it).

So – what did I pick up? I went a little bit mad if I’m honest – and had to stop myself from buying the whole range. I brought:

  • Shower Sauce
  • Shower Shake
  • Body Pudding
  • Cream Scrub
  • Gelat’eau Body Mist

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Packaging

The packaging of the whole range is SO summery, and I literally felt like I had received a box of ice cream goodies when it arrived. If I was to pick my favourite packaging wise – it would have to be the Shower Cream (the one that looks like a milkshake) & the Body Mist. I love the opaque bottle for the mist – it is so unique and gives it such an expensive feel. I also love that the body pudding (moisturiser) comes in a tub – I personally find these so much easier and quicker to use. Although – it definitely looks like it should belong in my freezer along with the rest of the ice cream. All in all, whole range looks beautiful either on your dresser, or on your bathroom shelf.

Scent

So the scent is the same across all products – and let me tell you it is definitely NOT what I expected from this range at all. I originally through the scent would have quite a sweet, whipped cream, vanilla scent – but it is most definitely not like that at all. Instead, it has a very fresh, floral but fruity scent, with a slight hint of double cream – I think that’s a pretty good description? It is described as having notes of Elderflower & Pomegranate – and I can definitely smell both of these. It is such a lovely, everyday scent that is not too offensive and it really does last a long time – especially when using all the products together.

Price

I have personally always found Zoella’s range good value for money – because I have found that every single product I’ve used has worked amazingly, and I always tend to repurchase the goodies. I actually got everything with 25% off as an introductory price – and Zoella’s range is often on a 3 for 2 deal – so you can always pick something up on offer.

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Individual Reviews

It’s always good to go through individual products when reviewing right? I have been using the Zoella range for a few weeks now so definitely feel like I’m in a good place to tell you what I think of them.

Shower Sauce

So – I actually got both the shower Sauce & cream (more on the cream later) – because I go through shower gels SO quickly. The shower Sauce is more liquid, and it lathers up nicely when applied to your loofah. It is a dark pink colour, and definitely resembles that amazing sauce that was poured over your 99 ice cream. Nom. Anyway – love the scent of this, and I definitely could smell the scent on my skin for a while after, and my skin felt pretty soft afterwards too.

Shower Cream

First things first – the packaging of this is probably my fave thing. It looks like a FRICKIN’ milkshake. Adorbs. So – the formulation of this is very different to the shower sauce – it is a lot creamier and doesn’t lather up as much. It is also a cream colour, not that funky pink colour – gah. I tend to avoid using this with my loofah and just use my hands, as I find I use less product this way. This made made skin feel so soft and I didn’t even feel the need to have to use moisturiser after (still did though cos I’m moisturiser obsessed – but you get the option which is what matters right?). Absolutely LOVE using this stuff, especially on an evening as it has such a luxe feel to it.

Cream Scrub

So this was definitely not what I was expecting – it is more of a balm texture rather than a grainy scrub. It has more of a ‘melt in your palm/on your body’ idea when it comes to use it. This is definitely a scrub that you could use everyday as it is a very fine grain, and it leaves your skin feeling so soft & polished after. I have never tried anything like this before either and have definitely fallen in love with it!

Body Pudding

This little ice cream themed tub of joy has become one of fave body moisturisers ever. It looks so beautiful and has tiny little ‘sprinkles’ in which is SO cute. It gives your skin a beautiful, fragrant finish – and using this alongside the shower sauce or cream means you’ll smell delish for hours. This little baby soaks into your skin so quickly as it is such a lovely, whipped formula. One of my faves for summer right here girls and boys.

Gelat’eau Body Mist

I’m in love with this little baby – the scent, the packaging, the whole sha-bang. I’ve always loved the body mists because I find them so handy to pop in your handbag and have on the go – and the scent is definitely one that lasts a while, despite them only costing £8. I find that you can definitely smell the elderflower when you first spray it, this then settles into a sweet, whipped cream, pomegranate scent. YUM. It definitely is summer in a bottle.

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I felt like I was chucked right back into my childhood when using these – it definitely reminded me of summer days spent in parks and fairs. I think both younger girls & more older ladies will like this range – it has such a happy, summery vibe about it. You can see how much effort has been put into the products and Zoe just seems to get better and better with her ranges – and I love them more each time!

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After obsessing over these products as much as I have – I know I need to invest in the bath wafers & milk frosting powder – bring on ice cream themed baths (woop!). So – if you are after a quirky, summery themed beauty range that is instagrammable AF – check out Zoella’s range – I know you’ll love it!

Until next time,

Love Saira x

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How To: Throw A Summer Party

Summer ey. BBQ’s, lots of ice cream.. oh and my birthday. If you follow me on twitter you will know that it was my birthday recently (well, 2 weeks ago), and I actually planned a pretty special party for it. I’ve never had a massive birthday, and I think it’s only right to have at least one extravagant birthday party in your life right? Anyway – the party itself was a massive success, everyone had a fab time and I enjoyed planning it so much !

So of course – planning parties and all that jazz is FUN for some people (ahem – moi), and maybe not so fun for others – I definitely picked up a few hints & tips whilst planning the party. I knew from the second I decided to have a party that I would write a blog post all about the planning – and to be honest this could be applied to any sort of get together, so I hope it can help some of ya. Also – throwing this party meant that I could tick something off my summer bucket list .. yaaaas!

Planning

Pick a theme

This was the first thing that I did and I honestly had quite a few ideas in mind! Things like Pinterest will become your best friend – not just for inspiration for themes but also snacks/drinks/decor etc. Of course with my birthday falling in July, I wanted a beach/tropical theme – think lots of bright colours, pineapples, flamingos & Hawaiian flowers. Once you have a theme, you can start to focus on location, decor, food & activities.

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Pick your location

Of course – living in the UK, you can never rely on the weather – more likely than not it WILL let you down. Best thing you can do is prepare for it. As I was set on having my party outside, we invested in a gazebo for the garden, but also ensured we had enough space inside just in case we had to make a last minute change and were cursed with awful weather. Of course – in any case, location depends on quite a few things: how many people you’re inviting, what type of party you’re having, budget restrictions etc. It’s always a good idea to ring around community centres & restaurants – you could even ask family members/friends if you can use their garden – always a good idea if they have more space than you! For me – we had around 35 people so the garden was the perfect size & the gazebo kept us sheltered from any drizzle we had on the day!

Get your numbers

This is so important so you can plan food, activities, seating etc. So … obviously modern tech means we can just invite people via text/email – but I wanted to add a little bit more of a personal touch – so I handwrote some invitations and delivered them myself! It also means you can get an indication of how many people there are to come! I also left my number at the bottom of the invites so people could officially RSVP me. Knowing your numbers is so important as you can avoid overspending on food/drinks/general bits & bobs.

Wowing your guests

Of course, when you are planning a party for either a birthday/anniversary/house warming – it’s always nice to have something that will impress your guests. This will not only leave them with a wonderful memory of your party, but also ensure they are kept occupied! This all depends again on your theme & budget – we had quite a few things going on: a candy floss machine, chocolate fountain, slush machine & popcorn!). That may seem like quite a lot for a small *ish* party – but it meant there was a massive variety for guests and it definitely kept the kids entertained! We booked all of it via a company called Sweet Candy Dreams – who were absolutely FANTASTIC. Everything was so easy to arrange with them, and they stayed during the party to ensure everything ran smoothly.

You can get as creative as you want – and it can include things like setting up a den/tent for your guests to wind down in, getting creative with your decor, or wowing them with your food choices. This is your chance to use your imagination guys – or just Pinterest, I’m not judging.

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Food food food!

Now – obviously food is SO important, and it’s a pretty big topic too so I thought it would be best to split it into a few sections!

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Before the party

  • Ensure you get any dietary requirements sorted. This is so important because there is nothing worse than not being able to cater for guests with different requirements. Put a note on your invites for anyone to let you know so you can make arrangements
  • Decide if you want just snacks or proper food. I think this obviously depends on how many people you have & how long your party is lasting.
  • Plan you snacks and/or main food. I used Pinterest & YouTube to decide what food we were going to be having.

Setting up & during the party

It’s best to have the snacks dotted around your party instead of just in one place – so guests aren’t all crowded around one area, and they can also snack wherever they are. A few ‘can’t go wrong’ snacks are:

  • Crisps & dips
  • Mini pizzas
  • Mozzarella sticks
  • Carrot batons & hummus (or other dips of choice)
  • Mini sandwiches

It’s always best to keep an eye on the snacks too and have some extras ready just in case you run out!

For drinks – plastic cups are your best friend! As I had a summer theme, plastic Margarita glasses were essential! I picked these up from a poundshop, but they are everywhere at the moment! Also – it’s always fun to have a designated drinks table where people can help themselves. I added lots of funky straws, umbrellas and stirrers for a nice summer touch – and they worked a treat!

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We had plenty of sweet treats on the day, but some quick ones to prepare are:

  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Pick & mix
  • Cookies
  • Doughnuts

Decorations

Probably my favourite part. For decorations, you can go as all out as you want! The best thing to do is look online – as you’ll find a bigger variety, and a lot of the stuff is so much cheaper too. I got the majority of my decorations from Party Delights, as they literally have everything – from tablecloths to Tiki Bar signs. You can also pick up a lot of decor from places like The Range, Home Bargains, B&M, poundshops & supermarkets. With it being summer, a lot of these shops are geared around planning for garden parties, so will have more or less all the essentials you need. If you are going all out (theme wise) though, online is the way. One thing that I highly recommend having which I found gave such a summer feel, is bunting. There is just something so summery about  bunting, and I got all mine from a poundshop. Winning.

Activities on the Day

Of course – a lot of the party will be people socialising, but it’s always a good idea to have some activities lined up. I had planned for everyone to play charades & the ‘speak up’ game – but guests actually spent most of the time around the chocolate fountain and socialising! But activities like that are always good as they allow for a large group of people to take part and are pretty light hearted.

So – I think I have covered most of the stuff that you need for throwing your own garden party! Now – I want to run through what I did for mine – from sending invites, food, decor & things to do!

All The Info:

Theme

My theme was summer – so anything bright and with flamingos, pineapples and a beachy/Hawaiian vibes was what I was looking out for.

Invites out

I picked up my invites from TKMAXX – I don’t think I actually got a photo of them (grrr!), but they had flamingos on them and came in a bright envelope, which I thought went perfectly with my theme!

Location

Originally, I wanted to have the party out in the garden and set up blankets on the grass, with a little cosy tent set up in a corner – but I had been keeping tabs on the weather and saw RAIN FORECASTED. The joys. So I set out plan B – a gazebo. This was literally a lifesaver. Make sure you get one that fits in your garden too guys – and try to have it on grass rather your driveway. It is SO much more secure, and I think it gives it a nicer, almost cosier feel.

 

Food

So – the foods I had were:

Snacks:

  • Mini Pizzas
  • Chicken Dippers
  • Crisps & Dip
  • Breadsticks
  • Olives
  • Carrot Sticks & Hummus

Main:

  • Pizzas (again haha)
  • Chicken Wings
  • Rice & Chicken (we actually got this catered)

Sweet Stuff

  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Popcorn
  • Slush
  • Candyfloss
  • Birthday Cake (obvs)

It took hardly any time to set up snacks on a table under the gazebo & inside on the kitchen table. I picked up some cute trays from B&M so it all matched the theme (hehe!) For the mains – we had everything ready in the kitchen (pizza’s & rice were delivered & the wings had been cooked in the morning), and once it was ready to serve, they were put on trays and put out for guests to help themselves.

Make sure to keep plenty of napkins & paper plates handy – as well as some black bags so people can throw away their rubbish (or you will just end up with piles of used paper plates – nice).

Decor

So – for decor, I did go a little bit mad – but it was honestly the best bit.

Firstly – the gazebo. I tied a CRAP load of bunting throughout the whole of the inside & outside. I also tied some in the living room and in the driveway, just for that extra touch. I picked up a little Hula Girl party sign online, and also around 40 hawaiian flower leis, and lined these up on a table, all ready for the guests on their arrival.

For the snacks, I covered a coffee table with a printed tablecloth, and put all the trays with the crisps & dips in. There were also paper plates (themed of course) and napkins too – which added to the decor too!

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I found a “Tiki Bar” sign at a party shop in my local market, and tied this to the top of the gazebo. I also picked up some metallic “Happy Birthday” balloons and had these filled up with helium and tied them up on one side. I had a designated drinks table, which was literally the garden table with a tablecloth & table skirt on it. I then lined all my plastic margarita glasses up, and put a LOT of cute straws, umbrellas and drink decorations out. I then filled a drink dispenser with some homemade “punch” (recipe below), and lined up some bottled drinks, et voila! The cutest drinks table EVER.

Homemade Punch

  • 2 cartons of orange & pineapple juice
  • 1 carton of orange juice
  • 2 oranges (sliced)
  • A few chunks of fresh pineapple
  • Ice cubes (as much as you want)

Mix all drinks together in a drinks dispenser and serve!

Anyway – carrying in with the decorations. I set up plenty of chairs, but covered them with some pretty, colourful pillows so they fit in with the theme. Also, in the gazebo we had the popcorn, candyfloss & slush machine, and I thought they added to the decor nicely – so that was all we had in there!

 

Then – in the kitchen, I covered the dining table with a cute tablecloth and lined up more snacks. I also added another table skirt & more bunting – you can never have too much, muaha. Then, in the living room, we had the chocolate fountain and a place where everyone could put any gifts they had bought. I also piled up some cushions and blankets, alongside an inflatable palm tree and some bunting, so there was a cosy place for anyone who wanted to relax!

 

I think that is everything covered? I feel like there is A LOT in this post – but I hope it is enough info to help anyone planning a party! I honestly had SO much fun, and it was such a success on the day! I am definitely planning my next one (although maybe not so big next time!).

Let me know if you have any plans for summer parties – and also if anything in this post helps you!

Lots of Love,

Saira

Where the HELL have I been?!

Hi. It’s me *waves awkwardly*. Bloody hell has it been a while since I’ve been here. I thought it’d only make sense to post a little something explaining where I’ve been before getting back into it! Right now I’m cosied up in my bedroom with all my fairy lights on. Literally perfect blogging set up too right ?

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So – where on earth have I been? In all honesty, I’ve not gone anywhere. I’ve been right here. But oh my goodness have I been busy. These past few weeks have literally flashed right before my eyes. Firstly – Ramadan finished which meant a few days of Eid celebrations. Then, we had a few very warm weekends where I spent the time with my family enjoying the rare sunshine we get. I’d have been daft not too right? Then, my birthday started to come around – and of course for that I planned a huge garden party, which was a massive success (wooo!). Full blog post on this to follow guys! Again – the planning and prep of that kept me quite busy too. I have also joined the gym so spend a few of my evenings after work there! Speaking of work – that has literally been manic too which in turn has left me feeling exhausted when I get home. All I literally have the energy for is getting some dinner & watching Love Island – which to be fair is another thing that has distracted me away from blogging. Ha. It’s almost over too which I am thinking is going to be bitter sweet for me (boo!).

I basically just had a lot going on these past few weeks and lost my routine. But I’m getting back on track. I spent the whole of yesterday organising my room and putting away all my shopping from the past few weeks & my birthday gifts from last week! I have the biggest pile of ironing to tackle and a million blog photos to take – as well as so many post ideas to write ! My Instagram has also not been touched in a while – so I need to take a whole load of pictures for that! I’m getting there – slowly but surely!

I’m sure it happens to everyone once in a while ey? Life just gets on top of you and unfortunately that means my blog has had to take a back seat for the past few weeks. But I am back and determined to get myself back into the whole blogging lifestyle again. I’ve had a lot of scrolls through Twitter recently and seeing all the posts you guys are coming up with is just motivating  me to get some bangin’ content created (soz for the Love Island lingo).

Anyways – I hope that explains a little bit of where I’ve been. I’m gonna leave it there and get back into writing some new content for y’all. Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting stuff!

Lots of love,

Saira

Xxx

THE YUMMIEST MOCKTAILS

Oh hey

You wanna know what I’ve been obsessed with recently? Mocktails. Making them experimenting with them, DRINKING THEM – most important part right? Of course, I don’t drink alcohol and I know a lot of other people don’t due to personal preference, religion.. or sometimes you do just fancy a mocktail. I’ve been playing around with some recipes and have come up with my 3 favourite drinks so far. Each one is so easy to make & tastes SO good. Trust me, you have to try them.

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Before we get started, there is one thing  you HAVE to do. Literally the most important thing that will bring all your mocktails together & make them taste SO good. What am I babbling on about? Simple syrup. You gotta make yourself some of this stuff guys, it makes all the difference. What is simple syrup? Probably the easiest thing you’ll ever make. It’s literally 1 part sugar to 1 part water, put it in a saucepan and slowly bring it to a boil. Once bubbles start to appear, take it off the heat and place in a cup. This will store for around a week in the fridge. Why do you need simple syrups? Think about it, you have a lot of citrusy fruits going in your drink so you need to add some sugar to sweeten it. Adding sugar to a warm drink – it dissolves pretty quickly. Adding sugar to a cold drink – it’s going to take a lot longer to dissolve – and you could be left with a whole  load of sugar in the bottom of your glass. So this is where simple syrup comes in – it’s a sweet liquid that brings the drinks together nicely – and is an essential in mocktail making.

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Of course – get yourself some fancy glasses, umbrellas, funky stirrers & any other pretty props you want. Because what’s a mocktail without some fancy decor?

HOW TO

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Strawberry Daiquiri:

I feel like this is one drink I have mastered because I’ve made it SO many times. This is definitely everyone’s fave – and it is literally SO easy to make. The combination of strawberries and limes/lemons is SO yummy & perfect for helping you feel refreshed. With this being a frozen mocktail, it’s perfect for hot summer days. I think this is probably my fave out of the lot too.

1 cup strawberries frozen

1/2 cup ice

2 tbsp simple syrup

2 tbsp pomegranate syrup

4 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp lemon juice

Splash of lemonade/7up – you can add more if you want – I just prefer a more slushie texture!

FYI – This makes around 5-6 small glasses worth of slush

Prep your glasses by rubbing a lemon round the rim and dipping it in sugar. Add a lime & strawberry to the rim and set aside. Add all the ingredients to a blender & blitz for a few seconds. You might need to stop and give it a stir because it will be slush! Add a splash of lemonade to the bottom of the glass, then spoon in the Strawberry Daiquiri slush. Give it a quick stir and serve!

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Virgin Mojito

This is definitely the one when I want something a little bit ‘lighter’ and refreshing. I didn’t think I would like the combo of mint & lime, but it is SO good. It is so easy to make and you don’t need a blender for this one!

FYI – these ingredients are per one glass

1 lime – chopped – I add a whole lime for extra flavour, as there is no alcohol

6-7 sprigs of fresh mint

Crushed ice – 1 cup

Simple syrup – 1 tbsp

Lemonade – personal preference. I add around 1/2 of the glass I’m using – but you can always add more/less

Lime/mint to garnish

Add the chopped lime, mint leaves & simple syrup to your glass. Muddle these for a few seconds (don’t crush the mint leaves – your drink will taste AWFUL if you do). Just press the ingredients gently (I use the end of a rolling pin – works perfectly fine), until you can smell the mint coming through. Then, add your crushed ice, lemonade and mix well. Garnish with lime & a few mint leaves, et VOILA. The yummiest virgin mojito ever – and it’s SO quick to make.

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Pineapple Margarita

Now unfortunately – I have not been able to make a Pina Colada that I actually really like the taste of *cries*.. BUT I have an amazing Pineapple Margarita that you can try in the meantime ! I WILL make the perfect Pina Colada. For now though – hope you enjoy the Margarita guys.

2 cups fresh pineapple – chopped up

1/4 cup lime juice

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tbsp simple syrup

2 cups of ice

Lemon & pineapple to garnish

FYI – Makes around 5-6 servings

Add all the ingredients (except the lemon & pineapple that are to garnish) to a blender and blend well. Rim the glass with lemon & dip in sugar. Pour drink in & add a slice of pineapple or orange for decoration. And THAT’S IT.

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So there we have it. 3 VERY easy mocktail recipes for you to enjoy during the summer – or any time of year that you fancy. These drinks have been so much fun to make and really are the best thing to have on a hot, summer evening. Make sure to let me know if you try any of these!

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I’m working on experimenting with a few more ingredients, so if you enjoyed this post let me know and I’ll definitely share some more drinks with you!

For now – I’m going to let you enjoy the rest of these sunny days we’re having in the UK at the moment, and will see you all in my next post!

Lots of love,

Saira

Xx

Summer Bucket List

Hey hey

So … bucket lists. These have literally become my favourite thing EVER. Probs cos’ I’m a massive lover of writing lists and ticking things off – is there anything more satisfying? I think not kids.

Now – I recently did a Spring Bucket List which a lot of you REALLY enjoyed – which is fab because I not only loved writing it, but also ticking things off it! It only seemed right that I do a summer one too right ? Funnily enough I actually started writing this on 1st June – the first proper day of Summer – and am only publishing it 12 days after. Lol. As you do. Bare with me guys .. I am getting back on the blogging bandwagon.

It’s funny because summer is probably my least favourite season, believe it or not. I am 100% an Autumn/Winter kinda gal, but that’s not to say I don’t try to make the most of my summer days. I still love the warmer weather, just not as much as a cosy Autumn day, tehe.

Bucket lists. Let’s get on with it ey?

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Have a themed picnic

I was inspired by Zoella on this one guys. She had the most AMAZING summer themed picnic a few days ago and I knew I had to have one of my own. I love me a good picnic, and I’m all up for adding themes to EVERYTHING (bedrooms, parties etc); I once threw the hubby a Las Vegas themed birthday party which was SO much fun, so I am VERY excited to plan a themed picnic! I am HOPING to have the picnic for my birthday (which is in July FYI) – I just need some sunny weather please.

I am unsure as to what theme to have yet – maybe American/4th July style with a BBQ? Or Mexican – or good ol’ British with plenty of scones & tea. Ahhh so many ideas – I might have more than one HA. Pinterest has become my best friend.

 

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Blog Rebrand

This is another very exciting one – if you follow my social media you will know I am currently in the middle of a blog rebrand. I am just planning my new blog name, my theme, banner etc – so am hoping this will be done very soon ! Keep your eyes peeled for some changes !

Complete a whole BBQ by myself

This is a small but special one for me. I’ve helped out plenty of times when making a BBQ – but never have I completed a whole one myself. I’m talking the whole works guys – preparing what is going to be on it, getting it lit and cooking on it. I’m very excited for this one too – and want to master the whole thing this summer !

Make Jam

This goes hand in hand with something else I do every single summer, and that is strawberry picking ! I love going to the strawberry fields and spending time picking my own – there is something so relaxing and satisfying about it ! I have found that pick your own strawbs tend to get bad quite quickly compared to store bought, and unless you live on a diet of strawberries for a few days, you’re going to get rotten ones (boo!). My solution to this? Make some jam! It’s such a good way to use up a lot of strawberries in one go… and can you imagine having homemade scones & jam? YUM. I’m planning on getting loads of cute mason jars and making a whole batch, to give as gifts and keep! I’ve never made jam either, so it will be an exciting thing for me to try out.

 

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Make The Perfect Lemonade

Ok I feel like this summer my main aim is to make lots of food & drinks right ?! But seriously though – is there anything better than homemade lemonade on a warm day ? Hubby had the nicest one whilst we were out in Amsterdam and it is my goal to make it exactly like that. I’m not talking any of this watered down stuff though – I WILL make it the best lemonade I’ve ever had. And of course, I’ll be sharing it with you once I’ve perfected it.

Visit Brighton

This place has been on my travel list for so so long – only bad thing? It would take me around 5 hours to drive down. Don’t think I could do a Brighton day trip eh? I want to plan a weekend away here so I can really enjoy it, and I’m sure anyone who has been to Brighton, or lives there (lucky sods) will know exactly why. So – if anyone has any recommendations of where to go/stay, pass them my way, ta.

Restart my YT channel

Most of you will know that I have a YT channel, which I started probably over a year ago now. You may have also noticed that it’s been an absolute age since I last uploaded a video. Why? I honestly cannot find the time to film, edit & upload videos. Was I just not bothered about trying to make the time? Maybe. All I know is that I love making videos and really want to start making the effort with them again. So this summer, I’m going to get on the ball, get my ass into gear and start up with the videos again !

Make ice cream from scratch

You know I jut had to get one more ‘make my own’ in this post right? What can I say – summer is the time to get creative and try new things. And of course, with the weather hopefully being ‘slightly’ warmer (let’s be real guys we’re in England and only see a handful of days with the temp above 15c), we all crave ice cream right? And, I can’t imagine anything more perfect than making my own on a hot day, and eating it straight away.

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Now I’m just wishing for some Summer days .. coming anytime soon?

 

 

Lots of Love,

Saira

xx

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5 Under £5 – Beauty Faves

Well … been a while hasn’t it?

This has probably been the longest time I have gone without blogging – eeeek!  But safe to say I am back and have a lot of exciting things planned for my blog – including a huge rebrand ! I’ll probably do a full post all about it once it has (hopefully) been successful!

So, this post is going to be one of those recurring ones – you know like bucket lists, favourites etc … and this is five things under a fiver that I’ve recently bought/starting using and have absolutely fallen in LOVE with. They also are fab because each is under a fiver AND there is a certain dupe of a very popular blusher amongst them too. So .. let’s have a chat about my top 5 things under a fiver that I have been OBSESSED WITH.


MUA highlighters

I had one of these highlighters a while ago but for some reason I had left it at the bottom of my makeup collection and never touched it. I have since picked up another one, so now I have Pink Shimmer & Iridescent Gold and I frickin love them both. They are so insanely pigmented and leave the most beautiful highlight on your face. The fact that they are also only £2 makes me love them even more. I personally find they work just as well as other highlighters that I’ve spent more money on, which is always a win win. If you’ve not tried them, make sure to pick them up on your next trip to Superdrug.

 
I have the more pinky toned one which I tend to use during the day as it is softer on the skin, and the gold toned one if I am going out, as it looks gorgeous when you have a more dramatic eye/lip going on. Girl can never go wrong when her £2 highlight looks on FLEEK. Wow did I really just write that. I think I am slightly too old to say that. HA.

Barry M Mist & Fix Setting Spray

 
Now I actually bought this on a whim when I was rushing around last minute to get some bits for my trip to Amsterdam a few weeks back. I thought it would do me until I had time to buy my UD all nighter spray (holy grail FYI). However – I was SO pleasantly surprised with this and how well it worked, especially as I wasn’t expected much from it. I used it in Amsterdam and it kept my makeup in place all day, despite me getting caught in a downpour. I definitely noticed the difference when I’d forgotten to use this to set my face on a morning. It doesn’t feel sticky, leaves no sort of residue and has no scent to it. It is definitely worth trying if you are after an affordable setting spray – I’ve also been using it during the recent heatwave we’ve had and I have had NO MELTED MAKEUP GUYS.

Twilight Bath Bomb

Now this has always been a firm fave of mine but I’m including it in this post as it has been one of the bathbombs I have been using more and more. It is always my go to whenever I have a bath on an evening as it makes me feel SO relaxed. If you ever have a really stressful day that leaves you feeling anxious and worried, popping this in your bath helps you unwind and get yourself set for a really good nights sleep. It has an amazing, warming scent that just reminds me of hot chocolate and cosy nights and it makes your bath the prettiest purple colour. I always use it alongside my Twilight shower gel and Sleepy body lotion and I literally feel like a fuzzy little ball of lavender goodness after – it’s PERFECT. I always find I have such a good nights sleep after this routine, so if you’re struggling with sleepless nights give this a go.

 
Miss Sporty Coral Blush – Shiny Coral

The reason this baby has made it to the list is because it literally is an exact dupe for the popular Coralista blush from Benefit. Not even kidding guys … it is SO pigmented and gives your cheeks the most stunning flush that doesn’t fade during the day. I have the Benefit blush but always find myself reaching for this bad boy – now you know THAT’S saying something.

 
Primark Brush Cleaner

There are so many brush cleaning palettes out there that can cost anything from £10 – £25, which I personally find is a little bit steep for a bit of rubber with some groves on it (lol), so I was so chuffed when I picked up this baby from Primark for £1.50. It has a little bit where you can put your fingers in to hold when cleaning your brushes, and works so well! This also helps motivate me to clean my brushes more often as it really helps speed up the process and means I’m not left with wrinkly hands after! It’s really small too so it doesn’t take up any room in your makeup storage, and is so handy for travelling if you ever need to take it with you.

 
So m’loves, they are my top five things under a fiver that I have been obsessed with recently! They have really helped me save some pennies and made my life that little bit easier & better ! I’m planning on doing these more often so you can find some bargain bits that will help you out too! Let me know if you liked this post and if you’d like to see more!

If you follow me on twitter you will know that I have started fasting for the month of Ramadan – if you want some more info on this let me know and I’d be happy to give you guys an insight! For now though – I’m going to love & leave ya – and get on with my rebrand of my blog ! This will all be revealed very soon so keep your eyes out and I hope you are as excited as I am !

Lots of love,

Saira xxx

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Travel Tips & What To Do – Amsterdam

Hey hey

Well .. thanks for coming back. If you’re reading this it’s probably because a) You are considering going to the beaut place that is Amsterdam, b) You have just come back and are having serious Dam withdrawal symptoms (ahem.. moi) or c) You love my blog and want to read every post I put up (LOL, I’m kidding.. but if so I love you lots & you da best). Recently, Amsterdam has become THE place to visit for a short city break, and it is definitely not hard to see why. There is SO much to do (seriously), it can be hard to cram everything in if you are only visiting for a few days. Now… I did plenty of research before I went and picked out the places I really wanted to see. Of course … I had a list as long as my arm of the things I wanted to do.. but because I was only there for 3 days, had to cut down. BUT… I thought it would be a fab (and very helpful) idea if I shared some of these things too. Also – to give a few general tips that could help some of you who are going there. So .. grab yourself a cuppa and let’s talk all about Amsterdam !

 
Things to do

Museums

There are SO many museums to visit in Amsterdam, if you wanted you could spend your entire trip wandering through all the museums. There is one for everyone .. if you fancy a giggle, try the Sex Museum (I never went in there myself but every single person who has been in recommends it highly!). It only costs around 5 euros to get in and is a good way to pass some time! It’s right next to the train station too so very easy to reach. Whilst I was there, I went to the Body Works Museum.. which is definitely not for the faint hearted. It has actual bodies that people have donated to that museum for their exhibitions and is FASCINATING to see .. especially if you love creepy things (me hahaha). It cost us 16 euros each to get in but it’s a pretty decent size and has so much to see! Next .. if you really want to get a feel of Amsterdam, you have to visit the Amsterdam Museum .. it has all the history of the city and so many things to see. If you want to learn all about the two things that Amsterdam is notoriously known for (ahem.. weed & prostituion), there are specific museums for that too, both of which cost a couple of euros to get in. There are also museums for the art/culture lovers, such as the Van Gogh Museum & the Rijksmuseum (find proper spelling), which are both a tram ride away from the city centre. All in all.. there is a museum for every single person in Amsterdam, so you’re sure to find something you’re interested in.

Anne Frank House

I thought I would talk about this separately as unlike the regular museums, you will most likely have to queue for a few hours if you want to visit on the day without booking, and even then you can only go in after 3pm. SO – best thing to do if you want to go? Book in advance. Literally like 2 months in advance – as tickets go live online for 2 months ahead and they DO fill up. It costs exactly the same to book online (9 euros), and you have to select a time slot of when you are visiting. When I visit Amsterdam again, I will definitely book the trip & the Anne Frank House at the same time. I suggest you do the same, as even though I booked my trip a month before, there were still some slots available (which I stupidly didn’t book at the time, gahhh).

 

Food

I could honestly babble on about the food for SO LONG because honestly whatever type of food you want, there is something for you. They have restaurants, takeaways, street food, breakfast places, a whole China Town, and SO many dessert places too. It really depends on what you want, but I am going to tell you about my favourite places we visited.

Pancakes!

Amsterdam is so well known for its pancakes, and if you love them you have visit Pancakes. Prepare to queue, but you shouldn’t be waiting that long! It is definitely worth the wait – I had probably the best pancakes EVER from here. They have every option too, crepe, Dutch, American.. and all the toppings you could want. Also – try their homemade lemonade, it’s DELICIOUS. The staff were amazing, the food was fab and I highly reccomend planning a visit there. It is pretty reasonably priced too, which is always a plus. You get a little clog keyring when you pay which made me happy – it’s the little things ey.

 
Omelegg

If you are a lover of omelettes (let’s be real, who isn’t), then a trip to Omelegg is definitely on the cards. Again, probably the best omelettes I had and there is literally every single type of omelette you could ever want. It’s reasonably priced too, and again the staff are just amazing.

 

Amsterdam Fries

You HAVE to try fries from Amsterdam, and trust me you will see these little street food shops everywhere in central, and there WILL be queues, but it’s fast food so you won’t be waiting long. Basically you get some fries in paper with literally any sauce imaginable, and they will be the nicest fries you will have EVER. I’m thinking about them now wishing I could have them *cries*.

 
For dinner, we had no issues finding halal/vegatarian friendly food too which was a massive plus. It really depends of what type of thing you want for dinner, as I mentioned you can find ANY type of food there, so it’s always good to have a wander during the day to see where you want to dine in the evening!

Sights to see

Vondelpark

I had to include this as it really is one of the most beautiful parks ever. Think of it has a Hyde Park or Central Park of Amsterdam. It’s absolutely HUGE, was FULL of cherry blossom when I went (blogger goals), and if you want, you can rent a bike and just spend a whole afternoon cycling around. Also – it is pretty close to LOTS of restaurants/pancake places so you can make a day trip out of it!

Begijnhof

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This is basically a courtyard in the middle of Amsterdam where you can visit if you want some peace for an hour or so. It is about 15 minutes on tram from central and is definitely worth seeing. You honestly feel like you have stepped into a whole new city when you go inside. It is also pretty close to the Amsterdam museum so you could fit in both of these in one afternoon.

Red Light District


Honestly? It’s not as notorious as you might think – it’s a pretty interesting sight to see. We went there during the day and night, and it’s amazing to see the difference! During the day, it’s just like any other of the canals, but by night it literally comes alive. If you really want, you can book a tour where you can have entry to one of the museums I mentioned earlier, or you can just take a stroll at your own pace. Also – do NOT take pictures of the ladies – there was a specific place at the top of the discrict near a bridge where people seemed to gather to take some pictures …. but you should avoid taking them anywhere else.

Keukenhof

If you visit Amsterdam during the months of late March – May, you should definitely plan a visit to Keukenhof. This is where the famous tulip gardens are and its around 45 minutes outside of Amsterdam. You can easily get a train out or there are tours that you can book. If I had an extra day, I would have definitely gone because it really is a breath taking, beautiful site to see!

Canal cruises

If you want a pretty chilled tour of Amsterdam, canal cruises are the way to go. We didn’t get a chance to go on one as the weather wasn’t the nicest, and we just had so many other things planned! You can get tours where you have dinner, romantic tours during the sunset, or just standard tours … whatever you are after you’ll find something. They do get quite busy though, but as there are so many to choose from you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

 
Right – I think that will be all for the ‘things to do’ bit – I could honestly go on for ages but I think I’ll save that for another time right?

So – now some general tips for Amsterdam .. things that I found helpful and that could help you too!

Get a Travel Ticket

 
These are so handy and something that you can pick up from the airport. It basically allows you to get on any train, tram, bus & ferry in central Amsterdam (including ferries to North Amsterdam which we used it for) and it cost us 26 euros for 3 days. You can also get one for 1 or 2 days (obviously cheaper depending on the days you need). It is so much easier and cheaper having one ticket for your whole trip rather than purchasing a new one each day.

Beware of cyclists

As Amsterdam use the opposite side of the road to the UK, looking to one side of the road can usually mean you miss a cyclist on the opposite side (or is that just me LOL). Basically look left, right then left again. Amsterdam locals are so so lovely, but they can get pretty annoyed if you rush into a bike lane (anybody would to be honest), so just watch where you walk. Also – only rent out a bike in the city if you are a confident cyclist. I personally would not because I wouldn’t be quick enough to cycle on roads – save the bike hire for Vondelpark.

 
Make sure to try takeaway stroopwafels/crepes/churros

Trust me… you will not forgive yourself if you leave Amsterdam without trying one of the above. They just taste SO GOOD.. and I had so many whilst I was out there. Calories don’t count on holidays guys.

Visit the SIX FLOOR PRIMARK

Yes you read right – 6 floor Primark. It’s amazing and I wish wish we had a Primark that big. Every single thing you’ve seen in a Primark is there… and if I had some extra space in my luggage I would have stocked up on some goodies!

Be prepared for the smell of weed everywhere

Although smoking weed is preferred in coffee shops, it’s not illegal to smoke it in public places, so you will continuously smell it whilst wandering round Amsterdam. Just be prepared. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Try the cheese

There are SO many cheese shops in central and more or less all of them offer testers of their cheese. It is SO worth trying because it was probably some of the best cheese I’d tried. If you have some space in your suitcase, bring some back. You won’t regret it.

You don’t have to stay in Central

I know so many people say you should find a hotel in Central as you are closer to all the attractions .. but this doesn’t have to be the case. We stayed at the Mercure Sloterdijk Station Hotel, and it was SO handy as the train station was a 2 minute walk away. Trains from there to Central were every 5 minutes. I would highly recommend the hotel too as it was really quiet, affordable and had great connections to the city.

 
Phew … I think that’s everything on my list!? I loved Amsterdam so so much and definitely HIGHLY RECOMMEND going as I know you will love it too! It’s a pretty affordable place to visit and you will find so much to do!

If you have ANY questions, just let me know and I will be happy to help!

Hope you found this post helpful! Have a fab week guys – I love you lots!

Saira

Xx

Travel Diary – Amsterdam

Hi GUYS

How ya’ll doing? Hope you have had the best week EVER. Been up to much ? If you follow me on practically any social media – you will know that I recently went to the ever so popular, BEAUT city of Amsterdam. Oh yes. One of the most popular places to visit ATM – especially amongst my fellow blogging gals. In fact – booking a city break and travelling to Amsterdam was actually on my Spring bucket list (ahem – post here if you fancy a gander) – and I was SO chuffed to tick it off!

So – as I was saying, unless you’ve been avoiding me on Twitter (hope not) you will know that I went to Amsterdam over the May Day bank holiday – and as the typical blogger would do – am writing up my travel diary for you (WOOP). Now – I have decided to incorporate a travel series on my blog – so will be doing a few posts on my trip, so keep your eyes peeled for those.

For now though – a quick run through of what I got up to, with plenty of shots of one of the most picturesque places I’ve EVER visited.

Day 1

Armed with our bags, we scuttled off to Leeds Bradford Airport and boarded our flight to Amsterdam, which only took 50 minutes (I couldn’t even fit an episode of 13 Reasons Why on it). We arrived at Schipol Airport around 4pm & got the train to Sloterdijk Station. We stayed at the Mercure Hotel just opposite there, so getting the train to central was an absolute doddle (literally took around 8 minutes).

After settling in to our hotel, we freshened up and headed out to central Amsterdam to explore. It honestly is one of the most beautiful places. It sounds odd but I found it one of the most lively, yet calm places ever. There was so much going on, but I never once felt stressed walking around. We were absolutely starving so found a cute Turkish restaurant to have dinner (you will be spoilt for choice -there is SO much to eat!), and then explored the centre a little bit more. We also found ourselves walking down the Red Light District too (don’t judge – hear me out guys), and I found it so fascinating to walk around. It didn’t have that ‘seedy’ feel to it that I thought it would, and honestly it was more of a tourist attraction than anything else. Prepare for a lot of ‘live show’ adverts & naughty shops though. Lol. After that – we scoped out where we’d be having breakfast the next morning, then headed back to our hotel.

Also – when booking the hotel I only selected a ‘room’ option – as there were SO many breakfast places that I wanted to try rather than just having what the hotel would serve (quick tip there for you).

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Day 2

We had a little bit of a lie in then headed out on the train to central again for breakfast. I’d planned on having breakfast at the famous Pancakes – which there was actually a queue OUTSIDE for. But luckily we only waited around 15 minutes until we were seated. The pancakes were INSANE though and pretty reasonably priced too which was fab! After – we hopped on a ferry to North Amsterdam (which we could get with the travel ticket – more on that in my tips post!) and found a cute little cafe where we hung out for a while & for some lunch. Then, we got the ferry back to central & went to the Body Worlds museum – which was FANTASTIC. It is literally a museum with real human bodies that people have ‘donated’ and they have been preserved so you can see every single bit! It sounds creepy but it’s amazing and such an interesting place to see. We then got some fries (which Amsterdam is popular for and DAMN were they good) and then went back to the hotel for a quick rest, before heading back out to central for some dinner and another wander round! And yes as you can probably tell, we ate A LOT. I actually went past the Anne Frank museum – which unfortunately I couldn’t get into as it was SO busy, but it was just nice to see it in person. I love Anne Frank and her story and am definitely looking at going again so I can actually visit the museum next time.

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Day 3

Our last day (boo!). We visited a place called Omelegg for breakfast which is again a very popular place – and I can honestly say it was one of the nicest breakfasts I’ve ever had! As you can probably tell by the name, they serve up omelettes (literally any one that you can imagine), and it was SO GOOD. The interior was also so adorable, but again this was quite busy too. We did have to queue to get a seat but we were seated pretty quickly, and it was worth the wait! After – we headed to a place called Beginhof, which is a courtyard in the middle of central Amsterdam where nun’s actually live, but it is open to the public to visit. This was a highly recommended place as it is so peaceful & beautiful, despite being in the centre of the city. I would highly suggest checking it out if you want to get away from the hustle & bustle for a while. We then walked around the gardens of Amsterdam museum for a while, before getting on a tram to Vondelpark. Ahh guys … the park. I feel as though this is Amsterdam’s version of Central Park in NYC (despite me never visiting New York LOL), it is definitely a beautiful place and if we’d had enough time, we would have rented some bikes out to ride around (as it was a BEAUT day). Unfortunately, time was ticking so we headed back to central, where we got some souvenirs and churros (which were SO good), and then made our way to the airport.

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So – that was my short but very eventful trip to Amsterdam. I regretted not going for a canal boat ride, but we just did not have the time *cries*. Amsterdam is definitely a city where you are never short of things to do – and I am hoping to take another trip soon to visit other places such as the Anne Frank House & the outer regions (where the popular windmills & cheese farms are!) OH- we also managed to taste a lot of cheese whilst we were there in one of the many cheese shops (yum).

Right guys – I hope you enjoyed this travel diary of my trip! As I’ve said I will do another post with tips where I’ll go into detail about getting around Amsterdam, things you have to do and just some general helpful things! If you are thinking of visiting, I would 100% reccomend as there is SO much to see and do, whether you fancy a chilled out break or one spending your time in the coffee shops (hehe), or exploring all the history & museums!

Let me know if you liked this post – and also if you’ve been to Amsterdam! I’d love to know and see your posts if you have done any!

I’ll see you all in my next one – have an amazing weekend!

Lots of LOVE

Saira xxxxx

Cozy Spring Bedroom Tips*

Oh hey

How you all doing ? Currently – it is almost May Day bank holiday and I am prepping to go to Amsterdam! Can I get a WOOP WOOP?! I am SO excited I cannot even tell you – I’ve wanted to go to Amsterdam for so long and the time has finally come ! I have got a LOT of posts planned around it so make sure to keep your eye out for those !

Onto this post though – if you follow me on social media you will know that I recently redecorated my room! I went from having the most horrific, bright pink room (I was 16 guys please don’t judge), to something a lot more classic & neutral. I thought this would be the best thing as it meant I’d be able to change up my room depending on the seasons and my mood with the addition of some room decor.

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So … at the moment I’m feeling all set for Spring/summer .. yet I still want that cosy vibe to my room ! I thought it would be fun to go through some tips you can use to make your room Spring/Summer ready .. yet still have it feeling cosy. Sounds about right ey?

Change up your sheets

This is probably the BIGGEST change you can do to your room – seriously guys you wouldn’t believe the difference a new set of sheets makes to your room. For spring … I love light coloured sheets with slight bits of colour. These sheets* are perfect as they are a light colour but the few bits of pinks/purple/blue really make them stand out. It also means I can accessorize my bedroom with coordinating decor. I LOVE having a variation of decor – so I tend to pick sheets that have quite a few colours in them.

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Don’t lose your blankets

Sure it’s getting to summer & you might not need that extra blanket to snuggle up with when you go to sleep – BUT THAT DON’T MEAN YOU PACK IT AWAY GIRL. Sling it on the edge of your bed for that perfect, Pinterest worthy bed shot. I love having a blanket on my bed as it adds such a cosy feel to my room and adds more ‘texture’ to your bed. The same goes for pillows too – they add so much cosy-ness to your bed & it’s always nice to add some colour too!

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Fairy lights

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I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of my beloved fairy lights – they add so much to your room. I seriously can’t imagine my room without them – tbh I blame all the bloggers for this (LOL)… I don’t think I was this obsessed with them before I’d started blogging ! I like to add a spring touch by getting some floral lights* instead of the standard lights – think they add a nice touch! I also have some cactus ones which I use when I have my beaut palm tree bedding on (probably show these on my Instagram soon!). There are SO many different styles of fairy lights that you can get now – so you’ll find SOMETHING that matches your room !

Fake flowers

I love love LOVE fake flowers in my room – they add the loveliest touch to any room and you can get so many different styles! They add a touch of Spring/summer to your room too which is just perfect. Of course – every now and again I’ll get real flowers too – but nothing is more reliable than fake ones right?

Wooden storage/trays

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I am IN LOVE with wooden storage crates & trays – I think because they give my room that cottage, shabby chic feel. They also look amazing in any photo too – and again give it your room a cosy feel. I love the wooden crate* to store my Lush goodies in .. and it matches nicely with my bedsheets too which is always a plus!

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So m’loves… they are my tips to getting your room set for Spring/Summer but making sure it still has that cosy feel to it! It is amazing what a few new bits can do to your room. I actually picked up most of the things mentioned from my local Poundstretcher… I was so pleasantly surprised with all the cute stuff in there.. and obviously it was all SO affordable too. I highly recommend checking them out if you are after some cute decor bits for your bedroom or living room. You can check out their range & where your nearest store is online 🙂

Right guys.. I hope you enjoyed this post.. if so let me know and I will definitely do some more! I am all set for Amsterdam and cannot WAIT to get there.. expect lots of travel posts from me all about it too! Make sure you are following my Instagram as I will be putting up a  lot of pictures from my trip!

Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend guys.. and I will see you all in my next post! MWAH xx

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

*Items have been gifted to me and this post was kindly sponsored by Poundstretcher.. but as already mentioned I frickin’ love that store!

Travel Diaries: Lake District

Hello hello

I’ve got a little bit of a different post for you all today guys. You might be used to my usual beauty/lifestyle/fashion ramblings – but I wanted to incorporate something a little bit different into my blog. What is that you wonder? Some good old travel diaries. I have recently been LOVING reading other blogger’s travel posts.. but I always felt like because I wasn’t jetting off to the Maldives/exotic trips that my posts may be a little bit boring. But to be honest – the more posts I read – the different variations I saw… and I absolutely love the little weekend getaways to York/Brighton just as much as beach & New York holidays!

So .. getting onto my trip – over Easter me & my family spent 3 nights in the Lake District. Now – I had never stayed here before so it was a new experience for me… but let me tell you at the end of the trip I NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE. If you’ve ever taken a trip to the Lakes you will know how beautiful it is… literally the most perfect place to go if you need a few days away from a busy lifestyle.

You’ve probably heard of the popular Lakes at Windermere .. however we travelled up further north to a place called Caldbeck Fells – the hubby did a quick search on Google and found a 12 bed MANSION called Thistlewood House in the area… and seeing that every review had rated it 5 stars, we knew we had to go there (oh and yes – there was 12 of us going).

GETTING THERE

We set off at about 4pm to get there on Good Friday (we were meant to leave at noon – but rallying around 12 people trying to get them ready to leave at the same time is HARD) – and it took us around 2 and a half hours to get there from little old West Yorkshire. It might seem a little bit of a trek – but seeing the views as you drive up there is WORTH it. The house itself was literally in the middle of nowhere – I’m talking no signal guys – and there were probably around 3 other houses there (all of them just as big too)… so it’s definitely a perfect place if you want some chill time!

THE HOUSE

O.M.G. Guys .. the house. I was literally speechless when I saw it. The photos online did NOT do it justice. As we drove up there was a huge drive, gardens surrounding all sides of the house, and a field just opposite. Also .. we got a perfect view of all the little lambs with it being the perfect time of year .. MY HEART. I wanted to keep one .. seriously.

The house itself had everything you could ever need. I think I went into each room and was more and more gobsmacked each time. I want to kick myself because I didn’t get enough pictures of the inside (since everyone piled in at the same time and the house was just MANIC).

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WHAT WE DID

As we arrived pretty late, the first day was just spent eating some pizza we had brought and getting settled into the house. I fell in love with the bathrooms there too.. and me & my sister made it our mission to find a Lush so we could pick up some bathbombs to use (priorities guys).

The morning after, we had a pretty chilled breakfast (the kitchen had a coffee machine, Aga, orange juice maker & ice machine – WOOP), chilled out in the gardens (where I managed to take some outfit pics), then headed out to explore the surroundings. We spent the day walking, visiting a lake & found central Carlisle (where we spotted a Lush & Costa, muahaha). We then set off back home for a BBQ & another chilled evening.

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The next day, I had a Lush bath & watched some Gossip Girl (perfect start to the morning might I had) – and then me & my sister made pancakes for breakfast. FYI .. I don’t think I’ve ever made as many pancakes as I did that morning – feeding 12 people breakfast is tough. We then ventured out on a long drive to a place called Silloth which is on the coast. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and we literally experienced all four seasons whilst we were there (I’m talking hail & all that shit guys). It was still absolutely beautiful though – and I even found some coloured buildings (perfectly instagrammable) AND we had fish & chips by the sea (sat in our warm cars might I add). We then set off home & spent the evening watching TV & having plenty of tea & Easter eggs.

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Our last day (boo!) was spent on a long drive through the mountains – where I spotted the dreamiest houses EVER and the most picturesque villages. We also spotted a picnic basket offering homemade scones which were an absolute TREAT and probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. We then spent the afternoon in South Lakes Safari Zoo which is in Cumbria, before venturing back home.

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WHAT I WORE

I knew I wanted to be comfortable the whole trip.. so I literally lived in my oversized denim jacket & converse. I DID take some outfit pictures which you can take a peek at!

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Overall – the trip was probably one of the best I have ever had. I would 100% go again and highly recommend you all take a trip to the Lakes if you get the chance. It is the perfect place if you want to get away from the busy-ness of everyday life and just relax. You can either spend your day in the many little villages they have, or just chill in a cottage for some peace and quiet.

So – there we have my first travel diary! I really hope you enjoyed it loves – I am visiting Amsterdam in a week (EEEEK) and will be doing a similar post for that!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo