Favourite Outfits 2015♥

Well hello there angels!!♥

Gosh.. I honestly feel like it has been SUCH a long time since I have just sat down and TALKED to you all. My past few posts have been all about my little blog/tips for bloggers and beauty faves! I have definitely missed just siting down and CHATTING! I also thought I would incorporate my FAVE outfits of 2015 from my blog in this too. BUT FIRST… CATCH UPS WITH YOU ALL! So I suggest you grab a cuppa and read on ….

Soo.. I hope you all had a fabulous start to the year. I actually spent the weekend before going back to work on a last minute trip to a cottage in Whitby which was gorgeous and SO RELAXING. I will put up a separate post on this with pictures and outfits … so stay tuned for that! Then it was back to work.. which can I just say was SO BUSY. The first day back I was actually on my own and SO BOGGED DOWN with work….. it was crazy. Tuesday was just as busy too… and I know the rest of the week is going to be the same! I actually have booked Friday off as my “getting ready” day for my marriage registration on Saturday (eeeeeeek!). I am SO excited for it…. me and my hubby actually got married two years ago in our “Islamic” ceremony.. and we wanted to wait until after he graduated from University to get registered! We’ve booked a restaurant too for the “after party” .. so it should be a really lovely day!

Anyways … onto talking about my blog.. I have written up a schedule for how often I want to post/what I will be putting up etc.. just to give my blog some structure and also to fit it in better with my work life. I really want to make my blog the best it can be this year.. so am open to any suggestions from you all about what you want to see… so definitely let me know!

Now onto this post itself… I wanted to show you all my FAVE outfits I have had from 2015… so I will add these in as well as the links so you can have a better read of the posts if you like!

Black & Grey OOTD♥

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I absolutely ADORE this outfit as it is SUCH A SAIRA OUTFIT haha… it is literally all the favourite things in one. Black & grey, a midi skirt and red lips!

Faux Fur Gilet & Leaopard Print 

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This is one of my favourite casual outfits of all time! I have been obsessed with the fur gilet (as I am sure you will be aware of as I wore it TO DEATH last year! I am also in love with the bag which was gifted to me from LYDC London (eeeeek… still cannot believe I was given the opportunity to pick a bag from their range.. it is stunning!)

Evening Out OOTD

SAM_2875I adore this outfit as it is a typical “going out” one for me.. I don’t really wear a lot of colour or sparkly things when I go out.. I normally keep it quite basic and add a little bit more make up! I LOVE the shirt which I picked up for an absolute BARGAIN from a market .. if you know me you will know I am a savvy little shopper who loves her bargains 😛

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SAM_2672Ohhhh look what it is again lovelies .. MIDI SKIRTS! I had SUCH an obsession with them this season! Also .. MY TOP HAS KITTENS ON IT!! Can it get any better than that!?

Tartan & Dark Lips

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This whole look is definitely one of my faves from the lot… I JUST LOVE this tartan shirt (in fact I love anything tartan!)…. I am also rocking dark lips which I was brave enough to wear this season… I LOVE DARK LIPS SO SO MUCH!

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Well … look what it is again.. THAT fur gilet! Told you it got lots of wear! The bird print on this dress is also SO adorable.. and the boots for me just compliment the whole look so much!

Knitted Midi Skirts

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MORE MIDI SKIRTS GUYS .. what did I tell you.. I am a creature of habit and like to stick to a style if I love it! I also adore the mix of textures in this outfit .. the knitted skirt and fuzzy jumper are just STUNNING together!

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THIS shawl has been such a firm fave of mine this season… it keeps me SO WARM and I LOVE the colours of it! I also wore this fur scarf NON STOP!

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I love this outfit SO much as the colours just go so well together! It also features one of my FAVE purchases from 2015.. the over-sized jumper from Primark  that I have not stopped wearing since buying it! You will see the grey one featured in the outfit below too! 😛

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Here’s that grey jumper I told you about angels! I actually re-discovered the jeggings for this outfit from my wardrobe.. and again I ADORE the colours together! I was trying to fit in more colour into my outfits too… so this was perfect!

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I HAD to feature this outfit because I just LOVE the scarf so much! It was such a bargain from Primark at £5.. and kept me SO WARM! I LOVE YOU PRIMARK FOR YOUR BARGAINS!

Kitty Love

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I have put this outfit in as not only do I love it.. but it also features my cat Cookie… that is reason enough for it to be in my faves! Not to mention I ADORE the print of the scarf!

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Ahhhh .. how could I NOT feature my FIRST EVER OOTD! This is where Through The Glitter Glass began.. SO many good memories from this first outfit!

So there we have it my lovelies… my FAVOURITE outfits from last year.. I will DEFINITELY be doing so many more this year.. As they are still my favourite posts to put up… I hope you enjoy them too! My blog started as inspiration for ladies everywhere to show you how you can dress modestly but fashionably at the same time.. so I really hope you get some inspiration!

Hope you enjoyed this post my loves!! I will see you in my next one!

Lots of Love Angels!!!

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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⋅How to: Have the BEST start to 2016⋅

Hey loves!

This post LITERALLY just came into my head when I saw a few tweets about how sad it was that Christmas was over and it was now time to prepare for the most depressing month (January).. more specifically “Blue Monday”… and I just instantly thought what better than to have blog post to try and get us all to feel more positive for 2016! So … I thought I would give you a few tips/some advice on how you can have a GREAT start to the year and also help you overcome those post-Christmas blues!

Remember … Don’t Feel Guilty♥

Now, I know the biggest thing most of us do is eat WAY WAY too much around Christmas time (I am right aren’t I?)… and most of us feel bad for indulging so much. Hey – don’t feel guilty, you deserve it, I am sure we have all had a tough year with school/work/family/friend/relationship struggles… so you are allowed to treat yourself! The biggest thing is to have a positive mindset when it comes to after Christmas time .. this will help us focus more on bettering, not punishing ourselves for those extra treats we had 😛

Take Long Walks♥

I LOVE taking long walks especially at this time of year … and it is such a good way to clear your head and really get you focused on what you want to achieve in the new year! Trust me, get up nice and early and find a nice country walk to go on (whether that is on your own/with a family member/friend/dog)… and just spend however long you want clearing your head, keeping fit (walking is a form of exercise loves – bonus!), and just enjoying time away from all the craziness of post-Christmas!

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Get Organized♥

I am the biggest fan of being organized… and trust me this will REALLY get you feeling happy for the new year! You want to go out and buy yourself a diary (a separate one for your “actual life” and then your “blogging world”)… and start PLANNING! I also recommend getting some funky stationary which is to be used specifically for your diaries.. I don’t know about you but this makes me very happy and excited! 😀

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Reflect Back♥

Christmas may now be over and we are going back into January .. but now is your opportunity to look back on all the amazing things that happened in 2015.. and I know that EVERYONE must have at least ONE time in the past year where they felt happy. One way to do this is to make a scrap book/Facebook album highlighting your top moments of the past year. This will also really help you focus on making 2016 JUST AS GOOD!

Focus on making ONE THING BETTER♥

Hey .. I know so many of you are thinking up new years resolutions .. but I am the type of person who tries to make one thing better at a time, rather than lots of different things! So, whether that is focusing on bettering your blog/social media, relationships with friends/family members, your career… try not to stress yourself out with too many things on your plate. If you are not happy with your blog… spend however long updating it until it is how you want it. Not happy with your job?… Take time out to find a new one/move departments (I know it is not always this easy though … I spent 2 years in a job I didn’t like because I needed the income .. try focus on the positives.. which for me was the girls I worked with .. and when you feel ready .. go for the change) Missing your friends?… Book a weekend off from everything to spend quality time with them. Rather than trying to improve many aspects of your life at once, focus on one thing at a time… that way you know you have finished something as best as you can… and it is not playing on your mind whilst you are trying to work on something else in your life.

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Plan Exciting Things In Advance♥

Whether this is a holiday/weekend away.. even a night out with your friends.. If you book this before the new year starts, it means you already have SOMETHING exciting to look forward to! This could even be a sleepover (as I know a lot of us do not have much to spend in the month of January).. so get all your girls together for a night and have a PAMPER evening .. read my post here where you can see how to have the perfect one!

Eat Yourself Happy!♥

Guess what guys .. there are healthy snacks that you can have after all those treats that will STILL satisfy your cravings as well as being good for you! We all know chocolate boosts your serotonin levels (dark chocolate is even better).. but other foods that do include bananas, popcorn, any type of fruit (my fave being clementines at this time of year), almonds and green tea (although this is a drink hehe!). Also, there is nothing wrong with some chocolate if you need cheering up .. we all know how much it helps!

And Remember.. It Will Be Spring/Summer Soon!♥

This means lighter days, florals, cold drinks, warm evenings, Bank Holiday Weekends, BBQ’S,… ohhh the list is endless!!! Make it your aim to make Summer 2016 ONE OF THE BEST!

Ok loves.. I literally feel like I could go on forever with this post .. But I think I must stop! I really hope this helps you go into the new year with a positive mindset, and also cheers you up if you have Christmas blues! I liked writing up this post too … I am definitely wanting to do more lifestyle/advice posts for the new year .. I will also have a WHOLE post talking about my blog and what I have achieved in this year .. so keep an eye out! In the meantime.. do let me know what posts you want to see from me in 2016!

Cheer up my loves… we have a whole new year ahead of us where you can make ANYTHING you want happen!

Lots of love,

Saira ♥

xo

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Christmas Beauty/Fashion Essentials♥

Hiya my angels!♥♥

How have you all been?!! Are you all feeling festive yet? Can you believe it is Christmas on Friday (??!!!). Although I do not specifically celebrate Christmas, I LOVE getting into the festive spirit, buying Christmassy decor and watching festive movies. We always have a family meal on Christmas day too! I am also glad to be having a few extra days off work, giving me plenty of time to relax and watch lots of movies/eat lots of treats :P.

Anyway, yesterday and today I was actually working in store – with it being the busy festive period, everyone in the office was required to offer support for a few days in their local store! I enjoyed it but it was VERY tiring – I give SO much credit to people who work in Retail, especially during Christmas! I have not done a 8 hour shift standing up in YEARS, and my feet were KILLING! Anyways – it’s back to the office tomorrow!

So my lovelies… hope you have been well! With it being almost Christmas, I wanted to put up a post of my Christmas essentials – both beauty and fashion. Be prepared to see lots of red lipsticks and fur (hehe!). These are the pieces that I don’t think I could have been without this December… and I noticed they also have a very Christmassy theme to them!

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Should we have a quick overview of these festive goodies first lovelies? I have …. A STUNNING bag with a faux fur panel from LYDC London* (which I think is sold out! I cannot see it on the site, but they have SO MANY MORE!) … a gorgeous furry jumper from George at Asda, Rimmel lipstick in 01, Clinique’s lipstick in Cherry Pop, No 7 Highlighter and Bronzer, Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter, OPI, 17 & Rimmel nail polishes, So White Bath Bomb, Nivea Lip Butter, Boots Botanics Rose face spritz & a tartan scarf! Phew … don’t think I realized how much stuff there was ha! ♥

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Fluffy Christmas Jumpers♥

 Now this STUNNING jumper is actually from George at Asda .. I APPLAUDE Asda on their Christmas jumpers this year … they are AMAZING and their is also such a huge variety!! I LOVE this “Let It Snow” one .. it is fuzzy too .. which I ADORE, and I know you all know how much I love my fuzzy jumpers! I love jumpers like this throughout the whole of winter…. but festive ones are a MUST in December! ♥SAM_2893

Red & White Nail Polishes♥

 I don’t think ANYONE should go through December without having red, glittery nails at least ONCE! I have the perfect one from OPI called Off With Her Red! – which I think is limited edition .. eeek! But I am sure you can find a good alternative … I recommend Barry M…. they have an amazing selection and are so affordable, but the quality is AMAZING! I also have a Seventeen nail polish in red, which is an absolute BARGAIN at £1 – they also last pretty well… mine started to chip after 2 days.. which is GREAT considering the price! The white nail polish is from Rimmel in the shade London Clouds – and this looks stunning on with some glitter over the top .. SO FESTIVE… IT LOOKS LIKE SNOW GUYS!!! Any red/white/glitter nail polish is ESSENTIAL for Christmas lovelies !

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Highlighters!♥

No 7 Highlighting & Bronzer Shimmer Palette

Now I actually got these in a limited addition gift set last Christmas, but No 7 have them online, and they are SO AFFORDABLE! I LOVE both of these palettes SO much! I LOVE highlighter so so much during the festive season… and this palette is SO stunning .. I use the lightest shade on my cheekbones, on my brow bone and down the bridge of my nose – it gives the most beautiful sheen EVER! It has subtle glitter and not HUGE bits which I DO NOT like. The bronzer is also the same … I love using both these palettes when I am rocking a red lip and winged liner … I think it looks SO Christmassy! ♥SAM_2897

The PERFECT bag♥

 My essential bag for Christmas time has been this baby from LYDC* which I have featured in me previous post HERE. The reason I ADORE this is because it has FAUX FUR on it .. which I think is an essential at this time of year! It is also the perfect size for going Christmas shopping, as well as all those Christmas parties you’ll be going to! Make sure you check out the bags from LYDC .. they have a great range of day and night bags – and you can get 10% off using the code ‘SAIRA10’…. Have a peek here angels!! ♥

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WINTER RED LIPSTICKS ♥

Ohhhh… I think we ALL know red lips are probably the most festive things EVER! My ESSENTIALS have been Kate Moss by Rimmel in 01 (the most stunning deep red EVER!) – the quality of this lipstick is AMAZING, considering the cost of it! I could not recommend it ENOUGH loves! The next is Clinique’s lipstick in Cherry Pop, which was actually a gift in Glamour magazine – it is a definite favourite of mine! It is lighter and glossier than the Rimmel one, but just as beautiful! If you are after something more berry toned and natural (maybe for work/school).. the Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Tint in Everlasting Mauve IS PERFECT – they are a felt tip with a lip balm on the other end. This lip tint gives a very natural tint to the tips, but unfortunately doesn’t last as long as the lipsticks! I love it just for a nice, natural colour on the lips, but make sure I carry it in my bag to reapply! I couldn’t find these online – so it may  be best to have a look in Boots or Superdrug. The Revlon Colour Bursts are an EXCELLENT alternative! Also .. my Nivea Lip Butter just never EVER leaves my side … it is the BEST lip butter HANDS DOWN! ESPECIALLY THE VANILLA & MACADAMIA ONE

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Tartan Scarves ♥

 Ahhhh WHERE would I be without this tartan scarf .. you have probably seen it in SO many of my fashions posts … It is definitely a massive essential for me … I think it would also make a FABULOUS Christmas gift .. I picked mine up in Primark but you can find similar ones HERE  from New Look! ♥SAM_2904

Lush Bath Bombs♥

So White Bath Bomb♥ – I have to thank Zoella (who I am sure you all know) for introducing me to this bath bomb – I would always just walk past it in Lush! I know ALL the bath bombs are SO FESTIVE and it is so HARD to pick my favourite – but I picked this as it was white and matched my theme for this post (HA!)… BUT also because it is such a LOVELY bath bomb. It may look boring but the scent is AMAZING (it smells like sweet apples!!) and it also leaves your bath a beautiful pink colour! You have to try this bath bomb if you haven’t already! ♥SAM_2905SAM_2908

Beauty Products♥

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter♥I am sure you all know the obsession I have with Soap and Glory products, and Sugar Crush is definitely one of my favourite scents from there too! I adore this body butter as it is SO moisturizing, doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy, is affordable AND smells gorgeous. Also – you get SO much in the tub … so it will last you through the whole of the month (well.. probably longer … as I use SO much body butter!).

Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz – this is SO good for making your skin feeling more awake during those dark mornings/evenings, and for giving your skin a quick refresh after sitting in an office with central heating all day! You can read a more in depth review of it HERE and also purchase it HERE 

Ahhhh … this post has me feeling SO FESTIVE! What about you lovelies? I would love to know what your essential beauty products/fashion pieces are for Christmas time … let me know loves! If you want to check out my other festive post on how to have a GREAT CHRISTMASSY AFTERNOON (which would be a PERFECT Christmas Eve) .. have a look HERE!

I really hope you enjoyed this post my loves … do you also love reds/whites at Christmas time? What have been your fave fashion/beauty pieces?

Hope you all have a FAB week! See you in my next post angels!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Back to Black (& Grey)♥♣

Well hello lovelies!♥♣

It is me again (WOOP WOOP!)… I really wanted to put up another post … just to have a good chat with you and also ANOTHER FASHION POST. Ohh don’t I spoil you all :P. I am actually in the process of putting up a Winter Beauty/Random essentials post … so keep a look out for that angels!

So… It has been a very busy week at work as I mentioned in earlier posts … making sure everybody gets paid correctly is hard work haha! I also received some upsetting news about one of my friend’s at University this week … meaning I wasn’t feeling my usual upbeat self for a while. However, I know that everything happens for a reason, no matter how bad it is. The rest of the week was just spent relaxing as usual!

Anyway … my Saturday consisted of sleeping in until 9AM (this is a lie in for me ha!), putting up a blog post and then going shopping for a dress for my Registration ceremony (for marriage). I actually ended up finding one and it is BLACK …YES BLACK .. Only I would choose to wear black (hehe!). I am planning on getting some red shoes though to add a pop of colour! I then just catching up on some TV in my PJ’s … so a very lazy Saturday night for me!

So lovelies … I have a fashion post for you WOO! Funnily enough, this outfit is actually from a week ago when I worked from home and had good lighting… but I just never got round to putting them in a post!

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I feel like this type of outfit is definitely my go-to one. I am sure you guys know how much I LOVE wearing any type of black trouser/jeggings … and I am sure you also know how much I love midi skirts. Recently….. I have been reaching more for midi skirts rather than trousers. They are definitely a very classic, versatile piece to have and can definitely be dressed up or down! They have become SUCH an essential in my wardrobe 😀

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I think this particular outfit is quite smart and is definitely something I would wear to work or for going out in the evening. I think you have probably seen each item in an individual outfit post before (whoops .. You know that once I like an item I wear it so so much :P). And I am rocking BLACK AND GREY AGAIN YAY! Are you sick of this yet… no? Good :D. I do have a feeble attempt at trying to add colour by wearing red lips again 😛

Outfit Details:♥

Fuzzy Jumper – New Look (me thinks)

Midi Skirt – New Look

Boots – Primark

Sleeveless Blazer – Market

Scarf – Market

Lipstick – Rimmel 01

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I literally feel like I want to buy SO many midi skirts and fluffy jumpers in ever single colour and just wear them (Oh aren’t I just so imaginative :D). I suggest you all go out and  buy a midi skirt – and you will see how versatile it is!

I am thinking of doing a post on different ways to wear midi skirts … let me know if you would want to see this!

So my loves .. I really hope you like this outfit! It is definitely a typical “Saira” outfit. I recently was nominated for “Best Dressed Blogger” (what .. me!?)… So I was so so excited to put an outfit which just defined me and also one of my favourite outfits from all of my older outfit posts. I love this one because it is so classic, can be worn for a casual or smart event, and is also modest so is definitely perfect for us Hijab wearers! I also feel like it is so simple and not too “in-your-face” … I absolutely love the mix of textures – the jumper is so fun and “fuzzy”, and the midi skirt is knitted so is PERFECT for the colder months (although it has not been very cold at all .. I am still hoping for snow this Christmas though! This competition is being hosted by Fire Label – A wholesale merchandiser … and they will be revealing the winner on 21st Janurary 2016… So fingers crossed!♥

That will be all for today lovelies!! I REALLY hope you like this outfit .. and wish me luck for the “Best Dressed Blogger!”

Lots of Love,

Saira ♥

xo 

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LYDC: My Style♥♥

Evening my darlings!

How are you all? Hope you have all had a FAB week … I will be honest, I have not had the best(update in my next post though loves!). I just want to say how thankful I am for everything I have and what I have been given … Make sure you make the most of your time with loved ones, don’t hold grudges, and if you are missing someone … CONTACT THEM! Wow… I don’t think I have gotten this serious in my posts before .. I guess I am getting more comfortable with you all my loves! I really do class you all as my friends… you are so sweet and mean a lot to me!

Anyways … I am so so excited to put a fashion post up .. it has been quite a while since my last one! I am loving having a variety of posts on my blog though… we were discussing branding in a Twitter chat recently.. and although I don’t have a specific “brand” .. my main aims are to inspire other girls in dressing modestly yet being fashionable, make-up/DIY tips, and how to have a positive lifestyle! I would love to know what you guys think of my blog, what your favourite types of posts are, and if there is anything you want me to write about!

RIGHT STOP RAMBLING SAIRA … onto the outfits!

So… I actually was contacted by the LOVELY Chloe at LYDC London after taking part in the #FBLchat on Twitter. They kindly gifted me (EEEEK!) one of their bags* (that I got to choose …tehehehe), and wanted me to show how it could be styled for day and night! Now, whether I am going out during the day, or for an evening out, I usually ALWAYS carry a big bag. This is because I like to carry so much in my bags.. BECAUSE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN RIGHT.. I like to be prepared :).

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What a beauty 😛 :D♥

So I’ll tell you a little more about the bag before showing you how I styled it! I chose a black bag (standard :P), with some gorgeous fur detail on the front! It is also that gorgeous structured/briefcase style, which is my FAVOURITE! This style of bag is SO classic and can be worn for both work and going out in the evening! I was also so HAPPY with the quality of the bag… as they are great value for money! It has one main compartment, those cute little pouches that can store your phone/lipsticks/other random stuff you don’t need, and a large pocket at the front! It also comes with a long strap so you can wear cross-body too! I think this bag would be great for University and work.. as well as those evenings out where you want a classic bag that will go with more or less everything!

So my darlings.. let’s see how I styled this bag during the day!♥

Day♥

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I think this would be the perfect look for University, or even a day out shopping! I think the button up shirt and the furry gilet give it a very comfortable look! I have also added the long strap and shown how you can wear it cross body (which I DEFINITELY prefer :D). This really gives it more of a laid-back vibe! I also wore my usual winged eyeliner, and Makeup Revolutions lipstick in “Rebel with Case” .. It is a gorgeous berry shade.. perfect for everyday! What do you guys think? 😀

Day Outfit Details!♥

Shirt and Skirt -H&M

Gilet and Boots – Primark

Hijab – Market

Bag* – LYDC London

Night♥

After a quick outfit change (and slightly more make-up.. hehehe) here is how I styled the bag for an evening out (Let’s just pretend I was actually going out in the evening guys, hehe :D).

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Night Outfit Details!♥

White Top – New Look

Long Shirt – Market (!!)

Jeggings – Zara

Boots – Primark

Bag* – LYDC London

Hijab – Market

I added darker colours to my outfit, red lips, and also got rid of the strap on the bag! I normally like to stick to quite classic pieces when I go out (it is very unlikely that you will see me in a lot of glitter/bright colours)… so having a very classic bag just fits my style perfectly! LYDC definitely have an amazing range of classic bags, as well as more modern styles (I am LUSTING after their faux fur rucksack!).

So that is how I would transition this bag from day to night! I LOVED this post so much … because I am the type of girl who HATES swapping over her bags, so having a bag that I can take from a shopping trip to dinner in the evening is ALWAYS a win! You all know how much I love my outfit posts too loves :P. The style of the bag is so beautiful, and the faux fur design on the front really adds a stunning touch! I WAS SO HAPPY WITH IT ♥

LYDC London have such an amazing collection for Autumn/Winter 2015 (I have also seen on Twitter that they have had a peek of their A/W 2016 range .. JEALOUS!). They really do have something for everyone, whatever your style! Whether you like huge bags like me, small cross body bags, rucksacks or clutches.. I am so sure you will find something you love. Have a peek at their site: http://www.lydc.co.uk/… see if you can squeeze in a gift for someone (or yourself) before Christmas!

Do let me know if you find something you love! If you need some ideas, check out my Wishlist post HERE. You can also get 10% off anything using the code “SAIRA10” … because they are just the NICEST GIRLS EVER!♥ 

I hope you liked this post my lovelies (you got two outfits in one muhaha!)… It definitely was hectic getting in two sets of outfit photos, one after the other (as I was trying to beat the upcoming rain AND get good lighting.. oh the struggles!). Fashion posts are definitely one of my FAVOURITES to do… and I really hope you like them darlings!

Right dolls… hope you all have a wonderful evening …. I am catching up on The Apprentice, and then will be snuggling into bed! I literally cannot WAIT for a few extra days off at Christmas time. I will catch you in my next post! Make sure you follow my Twitter/Instagram so you stay up to date!

Lots of Love,

Saira

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*This post is in collaboration with LYDC London. The bag was gifted to me for this post. All opinions are my own.

How to: Perfect Christmassy Afternoon♥

Hi my lovelies!

Hope you have all had an amazing weekend! I woke up to no rain today (YAY)… meaning I can take my outfit pictures!! I have also been a little busy this weekend organizing our registry office “wedding”… Me and my hubby have already had our “main” wedding day and our Nikkah done (the Islamic ceremony of marriage).. but we are just not registered yet.. so we will be having that done in January next year! Very exciting times!

Anyway….. I HAVE A VERY FESTIVE POST FOR YOU. I have been planning this post for SO long and am so excited to finally put it up! It is how to have the PERFECT Christmassy afternoon/evening, with festive themed baking, drinks, baths and pamper ideas! It is the perfect afternoon to have in the run up to Christmas, especially on a weekend! Eeeeek I am literally so exciting for you to see this post … And I really hope you try the ideas!

So, put aside a few hours, get some Christmas music playing, and lets have the PERFECT CHRISTMASSY AFTERNOON!

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The first thing that I think is SO MUCH FUN at this time of year is to do some BAKING! I am not a huge fan of mince pies (wish I was though!).. so I tend to avoid baking things with fruit in them.. I am however a HUGE fan of any vanilla/chocolate cupcakes! I thought I would make some standard vanilla cupcakes, but make it festive with different types of frosting and decoration. I also added some sprinkles into the cake mix (hehe!)

Recipe for Cupcakes:

Makes 24

  • 225g Butter (softened)
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 225g Self-Raising Flour
  • 5 tbsp Milk
  • Sprinkles (optional) – as many as you want!
  • Lots of Christmassy sprinkles/decorations

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Method:

Put 24 red cake cases in muffin pans

Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/Gas Mark 4. Put the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Then, add one egg at a time, beating the mixture well after each one. Sift the flour in and fold into the mixture with the milk. If you want to, add the sprinkles in at this stage and mix well. Then, spoon the mixture into the 24 paper cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until well risen. Put onto a wire rack and leave to cool for at leas 20 minutes.

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Frosting!

Now, I actually had 4 differant types of frosting. I firstly made some basic buttercream frosting:

Ingredients:

  • 175g Unsalted Buteer
  • 350g Icing Sugar
  • Milk (if required) 1-2tsps

Method: 

Put the butter in a bowl and beat until fluffy. Sift the icing sugar in and beat together until it is well mixed. If the frosting is quite thick, add in the milk. Separate into 3 bowls

Peppermint Frosting:

Add 2 candy canes (crushed) into the frosting (make sure they are TINY.. if the pieces are too big, you will NOT be able to pipe (TRUST ME IT HAPPENED TO ME!). Put the frosting into a piping bag and use a medium star-shaped nozzle. Pipe onto the cupcakes and sprinkle more crushed candy canes on top!

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Cinnamon Frosting:

Sprinkle a TINY amount of cinnamon into the frosting and mix well. Put in the piping bag and pipe the frosting on. Then, sprinkle some cinnamon sugar (sugar mixed with cinnamon) onto the top of the cupcake, and then place some edible gingerbread men on the top! I LOVE THESE! The gingerbread men are from TK Maxx and they are the cutest things I’ve ever seen!

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Chocolate Frosting

Add 2 tbsp of cocoa powder to the frosting and mix well. Add to the piping bag and pipe onto the cakes. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on some, and add the edible sugar decorations on others. Then, sift some icing sugar on the top to make it look like snow! ADORABLE!

Green Frosting

I cheated as this was ready made hehe! Just pipe it onto the cupcakes and add the edible sugar decorations on them.

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So there you have it! Vanilla cupcakes with different types of frosting .. these are just some examples that you can try but there really are so many variations .. so get creative my loves! YOU WILL HAVE SO MUCH FUN!

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Wow.. I bet all that baking tired you out! What better thing to do than have a… LUSH BATH!♥ Before we start to run our bath, I want to show you how you can make the yummiest smelling body scrub EVER! It is so perfect for this time of year.. as it is a WHIPPED GINGERBREAD SCRUB!

HOW TO: Whipped Gingerbread Scrub

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of demera sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • Gingerbread sprinkles

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Put the sugars and oil in a bowl, and use an electric whisk until it is a whipped consistency. Add the spices, ginger and vanilla and whisk until they are blended in. Add to a cute jar, top with little gingerbread sprinkles… and you’re done! All set to use during your bath!

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Quick disclaimer: as this scrub has cinnamon and nutmeg (spices), it may irritate those with sensitive skin. I recommend ALWAYS doing a patch test, with ANY homemade scrub.. I also WOULD NOT recommend this one for your face lovelies.. I think you can guess why :P. If you want some DIY masks that are gentler, have a read of my blog post HERE

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YES.. you knew this would be fitted into our Christmassy afternoon :D. You know the drill guys… lots of candles, face masks, scrubs and some magazines! My FAVOURITE bath bombs to use are Yog Nog and Lord of Misrule.. but you can use WHICHEVER ones you like angels!

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Bet your’re feeling pretty good after your bath right! Now it’s time to put on your coziest PJ’s and make a hot chocolate (check out my blog post HERE for some yummy ideas!)

It is now time to relax… you can put some Christmas movies on and start to wrap your presents!

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That is how you can have the perfect Christmassy afternoon! I can guarantee you will feel very festive after this, and definitely excited for Christmas. I really hoped you enjoyed this post angels… and let me know if you try the cupcakes and scrub! I think the scrub can also make a great DIY gift… I just cannot get over how gorgeous it smells!

Let me know what you thought of this post lovelies! I will see you in my next one!

Lots of Love

Saira xo

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