My Plans for 2017

Hiya guys…

Here I am.. being basic AF and writing up my 2017 goals.. but you know what? I actually love posts like this.. both reading and writing them. There is just something so satisfying about writing out a list and planning things you want to achieve in the new year.

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Now, I know that so many people have the mindset that if you really wanted to make changes to your life then you would do them whenever and not wait for the new year… but I personally think there is nothing wrong with setting some goals/making changes if you want to… it is always nice to have things you want to achieve. Some of my goals might be small, others bigger.. I might achieve them, I might not.. but I am going to try my best. That’s what is important… I think it is all about the effort that is put in, and I am a firm believer that if someone tries their hardest and puts in the effort you really can achieve.

Lets see what I have on my 2017 goals/to do list ey?

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Make more of an effort with my YouTube channel

I love making videos… and in 2016 I started my YT channel, and before the end of the year I literally was *touching* 700 subscribers.. which to me is a phenomenal amount, considering the fact that I went almost a whole 3 months without uploading! In 2017, I definitely want to make more of an effort to upload regularly and creating exciting content! I think there is such an amazing YT community with so many supportive/inspiring people, so I definitely want to carry on uploading as many videos as possible!

Stop giving a s*** about followers on Instagram

I think I speak for the majority of people when I say Instagram has been an absolute b**** in 2016.. with the introduction of the algorithm, followers/interaction on Instagram has dropped dramatically. This can be so disheartening especially when you put so much effort into your Instagram feed. Recently though, I have been trying my hardest to stop focusing on followers, and just on creating my feed and making it something that I love. I also have become part of some blogger commenting groups on Instagram, which means I get to see all my fave blogger’s feeds and we have the opportunity to increase each other’s interactions. Also.. the amount of follows/unfollows that happen can get pretty ridiculous, but again I am focusing on my feed and not numbers!

Get fit & eat healthy

Ohhhh this always seems to be on the majority of people’s goals for new year and I feel like it is a given when it comes to them, hehe. But you know what? I am going to give it my best shot and really try. I am not going to try anything drastic at all, because let’s face it, I love chocolate and sugary cups of tea way too much. A few things I am going to do though? Start drinking green tea again, have healthy dinners (I am planning on making full use of the slow cooker I got) and cut down on the amount of takeaways I consume on a weekend. As for exercise, I am aiming for once a week, and gradually increasing to either 2 or 3 (I definitely need to be realistic!).. exercising puts you in such a good mood too so I am going to try my hardest to fit it in!

Go to NYC

This has been an absolute dream of mine for a while now.. and I really want to make it happen this year.. I know it can be a pricey trip, especially when I am trying to save for a house too… but I would LOVE to see if I can find a good deal! I have never been to NYC, and all I seem to do is watch vlogs of people’s trips there.. I don’t think my obsession with Friends has helped this either!

Come out of “bad” fashion habits

I wasn’t really sure what to call this besides a “bad” fashion habit… but I am in such a rut when it comes to clothes. All I ever seem to wear is black leggings or jeans (my Joni jeans are my most worn item), and I really want to start wearing other things. In fact.. I have already got myself on the bandwagon by purchasing a pair of “Mom” jeans (and yes I feel weird calling them mom, not mum). I think it has been years since I purchased a pair of bottoms that weren’t skinny… in fact these are BLUE and EMBROIDERED. I am so excited to style them more, and purchase more pairs!

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Make the most of my evenings (and plenty of pamper time)

You know why? Because pamper days/nights make you feel so good. In 2016, I spent so many of my evenings falling asleep on the sofa, only to go straight upstairs to bad (I blame the unhealthy dinners, very early mornings, and not enough “proper” sleep).  My aim is to spend my evenings after finishing work either pampering myself (involving lush baths, face masks and plenty of blogging), spending proper time with my family, and being productive rather than just lazy!

Show more love to all you babes

I want to spend more time showing you guys more love, through commenting on your blogs/youtube videos – I absolutely love when someone leaves a really meaningful comment on my blog (I mean those REALLY sweet, heartfelt, makes me want to shed a tear comment) … so want to spend more time showing you guys love!

And I am going to stop there because let’s face it, I think that is a decent (and realistic) amount to have.

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I love you all lots. Thanks so much for all your support in 2016 – here’s to an amazing 2017 🙂

Love,

Saira xo

 

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What Blogging Has Taught Me♥

Hiya lovelies!!♥

HOW ARE YOU ALL ON THIS LOVELY SUNDAY MORNING! I say lovely.. the sun is out.. BUT THERE IS ICE EVERYWHERE! We are in April.. this should not be happening, ha! ANYWAY…. aside from my update on the weather.. I hope you have had an absolutely amazing week… what have you been up to? I had my first full week at work in what seems like ages.. and surprisingly it passed very quick (woop!).

So… I was having a little think of what I could blog about.. and it dawned on me that I have been blogging for around 7 months.. and I have learnt quite a fair amount (if I do say so myself, hehe) about the blogging world.. and thought it would be fun to share all of these! Now darlings.. bear in mind this is a light-hearted post (as is everything on my blog)… so grab a cuppa, and be prepared to find out what I have learnt from blogging!

Diaries/Notepads will become your most favourite/used thing EVER♥

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Because they make amazing blog props, they are your LIFE when it comes to planning posts/jotting down ideas… etc. ALSO.. there is nothing more satisfying than writing (with coloured pens) in your notebook, and ticking off things. BEST FEELING EVER.. I feel SO liberated when I can tick off a post I have just put up! WOO!

The hours between 6-9pm are dedicated to Twitter chats♥

Now of course.. I am sure not ALL bloggers take part in Twitter chats.. but I try to take part in AT LEAST ONE a day. They are honestly one of the BEST ways to catch up with fellow bloggers and just ramble on about different topics! So… for at least an hour a day.. I am glued to my phone.. typing away… just make sure you have it on silent because your notifications WILL GO CRAZY.. and all you will hear from people around you is “TURN THAT BLOODY PHONE OFF”. Ha.

Flat lays give you the worst back ache EVER♥

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BUT THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I am a massive lover of a good old flat lay… I have recently tried REALLY hard to make my photos look as GOOD as I can.. and in the few months I have been doing this.. I heave learnt the pain that comes with getting that perfect image. Picture this guys… me in my PJ’s.. no makeup on.. hair an absolute mess.. standing on my wooden dining chair in front of the massive mirror (I do get a few stares by the way ha)… snapping away! Now.. I like to take all my photos on one day (today is actually my photo taking day).. so obviously all this bending down gives you SUCH a back ache hehe! Oh.. the things we do for a good blog photo (sigh).

Weekends/Evenings become blog orientated♥

Now the good thing for so many of us bloggers is that blogging is our little escape from the craziness/business of our daily lives.. so I LOVE to spend a few hours every weekend/evening especially for blogging. So much of my life revolves around blogging (haha.. COME ON.. fellow bloggers I KNOW you are with me on this).. almost every single beauty/fashion item HAS to featured on my blog. When I discover something AMAZING, spot a good deal or use something that bloggers have been RAVING about.. IT HAS TO BE SHARED WITH YOU ALL. That is just the way it is when you become part of the blogging world.

SO much more happens behind the photo♥

This is what you see:

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This is what I see

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Say hello to Cookie!

There is ALWAYS someone to talk to♥

I have learnt that whatever time it is… if I need an opinion on a product, some fashion tips, a recommendation OR just someone to have a giggle with… I just tweet. YOU GUYS NEVER LET ME DOWN. I am completely obsessed with Twitter, and the majority of bloggers are too.. so a CRAZY amount of time is spent on our phones!! This also means that there is always SOMEONE up to talk to.. yay!

The blogging community is SO supportive!♥

Now… I was welcomed into the blogging world SO WELL by everyone… it is honestly such an amazing community to be part of. Bloggers are always willing to help you out… and because we have SO much in common with each other.. it is SO easy to get along with everyone! I recently started a YT channel.. and the support I have had from bloggers has been absolutely INSANE!!

You can never have enough fake flowers/props♥

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Any cute, flowery, funky looking prop is essential… and I have got a right lovely little collection going on at the moment. I have learnt that no photo is complete without some sort of prop.. whether that is fake flowers, confetti, cute little bunnies… yep I have a little box of blog props going on! My aim for the next few weeks is to DIY a few shoe boxes to create a cute box!! Would you guys like a post on this?

Blogger Emails/Mail is the most exciting thing EVER♥

Enough said. I cannot even tell you the excitement you get when a company you love emails you/responds to you. AND DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED WHEN YOU RECEIVE BLOGGER MAIL! (I love this phrase by the way hehe).

Blogging is the best decision I ever made♥

Hands down. BEST DECISION EVER. I enjoy it so much.. I have “met” so many lovely people.. worked with some of my most FAVE brands.. and love coming home after a hard day at work and just settling down with my blog. My favourite things to do is think up different blog ideas, catching up on other blogs and spend time typing away!

So lovelies.. these are just a few things that spring to mind when I think about how my life has changed since blogging. I honestly cannot believe it has been almost 7 months since I started my blog… it really has been the best decision I have ever made! It even gave me the confidence to start a YT channel.. something that I have wanted to do for the longest time! It is SO weird to think that at one point these things meant NOTHING to me haha! 

ANYWAYS LOVES.. I hope you enjoyed reading this post.. make sure to let me know what things YOU have learnt since blogging. Have you been blogging for months, or years? SO… Lets see what the next 7 months brings us ey?!

Have a lovely Sunday darlings.. and make sure to check out my new YouTube video (that went live yesterday!).. I also cannot even believe the response that has had.. I had over 100 subscribers in less than 2 weeks! Eeeeeek!! That is thanks to all the support you amazing bunch give me.. I really do love you all *gives you all the biggest hug ever*.

Thank you SO much for reading lovelies.. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Blog Achievements & Goals for 2016♥

Hey my angels!♥

Can I just start my saying my last post was my 50th one!! Eeeeeek! I CANNOT believe that I have posted THAT much since October (when I started blogging!). Funnily enough this post is actually about what I have achieved with my blog too! Lets first have a quick catch up, ey? I have a cuppa with me, and I’m in my PJ’s (as usual)… and cannot wait to blog guys!

So… hope you all had a FAB Christmas (HOW does it seem SO long ago?!).. and are getting ready for the new year! I am now off work for 4 days too.. so will have plenty of time to get myself organized for 2016! I will also be popping into town tomorrow to buy myself my 2016 planner/diary .. if you read my latest post HERE, you will know this is essential for having a great start to the year!

Anyway loves .. let’s get on with this post! Now… I have seen SO many bloggers do these, and I honestly think it is SUCH a good idea.. I am a huge believer than any achievement should be celebrated, no matter how big or small it is. I have only been blogging for around 4 months, but I am already SO proud of what my little baby has achieved (YES .. I call my blog my baby .. and I know a lot of you do too ha!). Now.. I am not one to be focused ONLY on numbers .. but I have been SO SHOCKED by the views/followers on my blog/social media recently! It really does make you feel quite proud and motivates you to make your blog better!!

So.. a quick overview of what I have achieved so far!♥

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Now … I cannot believe how many followers I have when I combine my blog & Blog Lovin’ since I started … I have over 300 followers (eeekk!!). I know this may not seem like many to some people .. BUT I AM SO PROUD! I never even thought I would reach over 100 by the end of the year! I just can’t believe there are over 300 of you who took the time out to follow me and read my ramblings! Lots of love to you all!!

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Social Media♥

My followers on Twitter are definitely the biggest shock to me because I did not think I would have even reached half the followers I have by the end of the year! But guys … I have over 850 followers! That is crazy!! I love Twitter SO much because it gives you instant access to interact with so many bloggers, as well as promoting your blog and interacting with brands! I also get the most traffic from Twitter too .. I don’t think I ever go longer than a few hours without checking my Twitter! I also LOVE Instagram .. and have almost 500 followers on there (eeeek!).. I think my biggest achievement on Instagram was having an OOTD of mine being featured on a popular hijabi fashion page … I felt so privileged hehe!

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Getting To Know Other Bloggers♥

I am not sure if this is really an achievement- but more something that blogging as helped me with.. and that is interacting with SO many AMAZING girls who all have the same interests as me. I have met some of the nicest, kindest, funniest most genuine girls online ever … I literally feel like I know you so well! You are ALL my blogging babies .. and my journey through blogging would not be the same without you all! I also LOVE taking part in Twitter chats because it is such a good way to get to know other bloggers!

Working With Brands♥

When I started blogging, I didn’t think I would have been given the opportunity to work with brands as quickly as I did .. but OH MY when I got that first email from a company .. I WAS SO EXCITED! Of course.. I would never just say “yes” to any company .. I know you probably read this all the time .. but I would never feature anything on my blog that was not relevant or that I didn’t love! I would just not waste my time (hehe!). I (personally) think working with brands is such an excellent opportunity for bloggers … but it is so important to not lose touch with your readers and ONLY focus on free gifts!

I had the opportunity to work alongside Coconut Lane (my post HERE with more information) and LYDC London (posts also HERE & HERE). Both these brands are absolutely FAB … and the ladies I spoke to were the nicest people EVER .. I literally got on SO well with them (AND keep in touch with them too!).

Developing a Relationship With My Readers♥

I think interacting with your readers is the most important thing in blogging .. and I LOVE commenting back and giving/receiving advice from my readers! I notice you little babes who always comment on my blog and I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT TO COMMENT.. I have SO much love for you!♥

Phew!! I definitely think that is a lot to achieve in four months .. can you guys now see why I am so excited for the next year? I am SO happy that I started blogging .. literally one of THE best decisions I have ever made! So lovelies .. should we see a few of my goals that I have for 2016?

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Attend Blogger Meet Ups/Events – This is probably one of the biggest goals I have … after developing some fantastic relationships with bloggers, I would LOVE to go to a meet up! I already LOVE interacting with you girlies through social media .. so IMAGINE IF WE GOT TO MEET?!

Improve Photography – For now, I am using my little Samsung camera.. but I want to buy a better camera for my blog photos… I think it will make SUCH a huge difference. I told myself that I would only invest in a new camera if I was serious about blogging (which I am haha!).. I just have to figure out which one I want!

More Beauty/Lifestyle Posts – My blog originally focused quite a lot on fashion … but I definitely want to have more beauty/lifestyle posts! This does not mean I won’t be putting up fashion posts .. they are still one of my FAVES to put up/take photos for!

Work With More Brands – I would LOVE to be given the opportunity to work with more brands… Simply because I love networking with other bloggers and companies! It is such a FAB way to introduce my lovely readers, family & friends to products/companies they may not have heard of!

Improve My Blog Layout/Brand – I am SO BAD at anything technical with my blog .. but I definitely want to learn the basics and improve my blog’s layout and design .. I really want to make it SO much more creative and personal! I will be making plenty of notes in my blogging notebook too .. so watch this space lovelies 😛

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So loves … that is a quick overview of what I want to achieve with my blog in the new year .. of course there are SO MANY MORE opportunities I could be given (hopefully ha!) .. So this is a brief overview of the goals I have .. but you never know what could happen angels!! Also, you may notice I do not have any specific numbers… simply because I honestly do not know what to put!! I have no idea how my blog will grow .. all I know is that I am going to be putting SO MUCH effort to making it the best it can possibly be .. and I really hope you join me on my journey!

Sooo much love for you all! I want to take this opportunity to thank you all SO MUCH for following and supporting me… You are all ANGELS and your comments/support mean the absolute world to me! Hopefully I will see you in the new year? Should we see where my blog goes in 2016? Eeeeek .. SO EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE (as you can probably tell ha!!)

LOTS OF LOVE SWEETIE PIES!!!

Saira xo

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