Fuss Free Mother’s Day – Gift Ideas & Things To Do

Happy Sunday loves…

So.. Mother’s Day is right around the corner – and I thought it would be the perfect time to write up my first ever gift guide ! But of course – I wanted to do something a little bit different (as you do!). For me, Mother’s Day is more about being a fuss free day that you spend with your mum making memories & just making sure she feels as loved as she deserves. So.. I’m going to share with you my fool-proof Mother’s Day gift ideas that just cannot go wrong, as well as some activities that will definitely create some wonderful memories with the most special woman in your life!

Beauty Goodies

Every woman loves being pampered, especially your momma ladies. Of course, my favourite place when it comes to beauty goodies? Lush! And obviously they have the most amazing gift sets EVER all themed around Mother’s Day, including the ‘Mum’* set, which includes 6 products set around pampering herself from head to toe. You can never go wrong with Lush goodies – and guaranteed your mum will absolutely adore them too!


Caudalie Products

I have loved Caudalie products for so so long – they are such good quality and have a whole range of skincare items designed for every single skin type out there. They are a SUCH a good quality brand and I can definitely see every mum out there loving their products. It’s always nice to treat your mum to some new skincare bits (or stock up on some of her known faves!). I love that Caudalie ranges from really luxury items (such as their Premier Cru Du Cream) to a more affordable range (Vine Active Anti-Aging Range*). Highly recommend checking them out loves, as they have some stunning gift sets, as well as some Spa Gift Vouchers – which your momma definitely deserves!

 

Sweet Treats

Of course – you can never go wrong with some good old chocolates ey? But why not take it up a notch and order a handmade gift tin from the EVER so popular Biscuteers*? Ahh… I am so sure you have seen these stunning biscuits around, and they have the most amazing range of Mother’s Day themed gift tins. Whether your mum loves flowers, afternoon tea or sewing … there are themed biscuits for all these and more! I was lucky enough to be sent a flower themed biscuit tin and they are honestly the most beautiful biscuits I have ever seen. They are for my mum but I may have sneakily eaten one myself (shhh!), and I can confirm they taste bloody yummy. Definite, fool proof gift idea guys – I don’t know who wouldn’t be chuffed to receive these as a gift.

 

Perfume

Ahhhh perfumes are one of the easiest (but most loved gifts) you can get your mum. Whether you know her staple scent, or pick up something new for her, you can’t go wrong. A very popular scent is Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle.. it is a sweet (but not sickly) scent that settles into a musky, powdery scent.. and this stuff lasts for AGES with it being an Eau Du Parfum (winning).

 

Personal gifts

Nothing will mean more to your mum than something personal. You don’t even have to spend a fortune to make your mum happy – collect up some of your favourite pictures together and put them in an album, and you can spend Mother’s Day just going through them and re-living all the memories you had together.

 

How to: Have The Perfect, Fuss Free Mother’s Day

So … a lot of people may have planned days out for Mother’s Day.. but you know me and how I’m a massive lover of chilled out days at home .. & Mother’s Day is no different. So.. I have some ideas of how you can have the perfect, chilled out, fuss free day with your mum.

Start off with a walk together

 There is nothing more perfect than having an early morning walk with your mum to just catch up & get some gentle exercise. With Spring upon us now.. it’s the perfect time to take a walk in the park and just enjoy seeing the flowers now blossoming, the lighter mornings & (slightly) warmer weather.

Have an unhealthy breakfast

 

Mother’s Day is all about treating your mum right! So whether she loves a sweet or savoury breakfast, make it a treat. I have a recipe for the best sweet pancakes ever if you fancy something sweet, or of course you can just make a fry up right? Cos everyone (including your mamma) loves a fry up every now & then!

Get the gifts out

After breakfast would be the best time to pass on your gifts to your mum – so whether you’ve treated her to one of the special gifts mentioned above, or just made her something yourself… she’ll definitely appreciate being spoilt!

DIY Afternoon Tea

So – rather than have to spend time/effort going out for afternoon tea.. why not just do it yourself? Make some sandwiches, pick up some mini desserts & stick the kettle on to have your own afternoon tea together.. in the comfort of your own home! Afternoon tea in your PJ’s? Yes please.

Pamper Time

If you’ve brought your mum some goodies to pamper herself.. it’s the perfect time to have her use them now. Run a bath for her & let her just chill out for a few hours. Do some face masks & mani/pedi’s together & I can guarantee she’ll feel hugely spoilt. It’s seems like such a small thing but it’s one of the best ways to unwind with her!

Get comfy together & stick on some movies

 

Whether you have a TV series you both love watching or a movie that you’ve not watched together for years… get yourself loads of blankets & sit in front of the TV together for a few hours. It’s the perfect way to end the day together.

Right guys – they were my tips for having the perfect, fuss free, chilled out Mother’s Day! I hope you got inspiration if you’ve been stuck for some ideas! Remember.. you don’t have to spend a fortune… Mother’s Day is a for making your mum feel special and creating memories with her. Of course .. every single day should be spent like that – but it’s always nice to make that extra effort! Make sure to let me know what your plans are .. I’d love to know !

Lots Of Love,

Saira xo

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Spring DIY: Make-Up Storage & Room Decor

Hiya Darlings!♥

Happy Monday!! Hope you all have had a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!! Who got some sun? I was SO happy that Sunday was SUCH a beautiful day … it definitely felt like Spring had arrived.. lets just hope it lasts ey? To make the most of the weather.. I took some outfit photos (as you do)… and OF COURSE this one had to be a Spring appropriate outfit too… so make sure to keep your eyes out for that lovelies!

Right… I cannot even tell you how EXCITED I am for this blog post. For those of you who do not know.. I LOVE getting crafty and working on DIY projects… I LOVE creating things out of old jars, boxes and tins, as well as getting out my sewing machine and making my own make up bags and pillowcases! Might I add I am quite nifty at crocheting too :D. I just WISH I had more time to spend on making things! So… with Spring arriving.. I thought WHY NOT show my lovely blogging babes how to make some DIY projects!?

So.. of course I thought.. what is something that probably EVERYONE has after winter time (I am talking candle jars, gift boxes, plenty of decorative paper.. and maybe some glitter?). Don’t worry if you don’t have this stuff lying around lovelies.. I will give you some tips/advice on where you can find all of this for VERY CHEAP !

Now.. the things that I will be showing you how to make will include make-up storage and some pretty Spring decor for your room! So take a peek below angels…

What You Will Need/Where To Pick It Up From:

  • Jars – You can pick these up from your kitchen.. come on guys we all have empty pasta sauce/jam jars. For all you candle obsessed people (ahem.. myself).. I am sure you will have jars stashed away in your cupboards!
  • Metallic Spray Paint – Any craft store (even places like Wilkinsons, The Range and B&M.. and if you have time/the patience.. Ebay.)
  • Glitter – I picked up mine from a craft store and B&M. If you want .. you can buy in bulk on Ebay. Of course darlings.. you can get whatever colours you want!
  • Craft Beads – Poundland.. MY FACE WHEN I SAW THESE … I was originally going to use rice and dye it with food colouring (which is also a FAB and easy idea!)
  • Fake Flowers – I picked up mine from Wilkinsons, but any homeware/craft store do these! These are ESSENTIAL for making your room look Spring-y (is this even a word? Ha!)
  • PVA glue – Craft store… you can also pick this up from a Poundshop too in the kid’s craft section!
  • Masking Tape – YOU WILL HAVE THIS IN A DRAWER HIDDEN AWAY SOMEWHERE
  • Ugly photoframes – I picked all mine up from a charity shop. Charity shops are AMAZING for finding jars/frames.. and just anything that needs a revamp! AND everything is SUPER CHEAP..YAY!
  • Shoe boxes – Us bloggers will have plenty stashed away under our beds
  • Pretty paper
  • Hot Glue Gun – This is ESSENTIAL.. this glue is SO strong and easy to use! TRUST ME.. if you LOVE DIY projects.. it is worth picking one up!

OK LET’S GET ON TO THE FUN PART! I will talk you through how to make a few different things.. but honestly as long as you have the things above.. it is ALL YOU and how creative you want to get! I think that is what I LOVE about DIY… you can literally make something exactly the way you want it.. there are no rules so GO WILD!

Jars♥

Literally the best thing you can have to start a DIY… you can make SO many things with these! BUT FIRST.. how do you get leftover wax/labels off? Well…

  • Put the jar in the freezer for half an hour
  • Tap the jar on the bottom and the wax will fall straight out! You might need to get your scissors out and cut up the wax so it is small enough to take out of the jar! Just watch your fingers loves!
  • To remove the label.. use some hot, soapy water and remove what you can of the label. Then, use nail polish remover to remove any glue. Nail polish remover is AMAZING for removing leftover glue/paint!

So… let’s talk you through how to make some BEAUTIFUL JARS!

Brush Holder♥

This is on of my FAVOURITE things I made because it is just SO EASY! All I did was apply a thin layer of PVA glue (TRUST ME.. you only need a thin layer!) to the bottom half of the jar.. and sprinkle some silver glitter on! I left it to dry overnight.. filled it halfway with my craft beads.. and then placed my brushes in! OH.. don’t forget to spray ANYTHING glittery with hairspray so you don’t get fallout! Yay!!!

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Spring Decor♥

So.. I wanted to use jars to make some pretty Spring decor for my room. So.. I made one glittery one and one silver one! For the glittery one.. all I did was spray paint the jar gold.. applied PVA glue ALL over the jar and then sprinkle a mixture of gold and silver glitter! SO EASY! For the silver one… I drew out some hearts on some masking tape and stuck them onto the jar. I then spray painted the jar silver.. left to dry and VOILA! I then put the fake flowers in.. and your room INSTANTLY looks more cheery!

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Cotton Pad and Q-Tip Holder♥

Now.. I LOVE having my cotton pads and q-tips on display.. I think it is SO much quicker and easier to find them, rather than digging around in your drawers! I also think it gives your room a slightly more “spa-like” feel… do you guys know what I mean? I hope so!! These are SO SO EASY TO MAKE.. this is where your masking tape comes in handy! For the cotton pad holder.. put some masking tape round the bottom of the jar … and spray paint the top half. Once this has dried, hot glue gun some cute little stickers all around! Woo! For the q-tip holder.. apply some masking tape to the middle of a little jar and spray paint it gold. Once it is dry.. apply a thin layer of PVA glue to the middle, sprinkle some glitter on and then hairspray to set once it is dry! I honestly LOVE both of these so so much!!

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Teacup Lipstick Holder♥

I thought of this DIY when I saw some teacups in a charity shop… it also reminded me of Beauty and the Beast!! So… this was also SO easy to make! I applied a thin layer of PVA glue on the top of the cup, sprinkled some glitter on and left to dry! Then.. half fill it with craft beads.. and hairspray the glitter! Arrange your favourite products as you like.. and there you have a Disney inspired holder for all your lipsticks!

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Pretty Photo Frames – GREAT storage for your perfumes/everyday makeup!♥

This is one of my favourite projects to do because I think the end result is absolutely stunning.. and they add a real “luxury” feel to your makeup storage! So.. get your photo frames and remove the glass so you are just left with the wooden bit! All I did with mine was spray paint them and sprinkle glitter all over! Once they had dried.. I put some pretty paper in the frame (where you would normally put your picture).. and then used them as pretty makeup trays!! You can do SO MUCH with these and really customize them.. give it a go loves!

Nail Polish Holder♥

I found this glass tray with a lid from a charity shop – I think it is actually a small oven dish (hehe!). This was SO easy to make too… I just sprayed the bottom with the silver paint, and for the lid.. I put PVA glue over it and sprinkled glitter on it! Once it had dried.. I hot glued a small drawer handle onto it so I could open it easily! And.. it is done! You have an ADORABLE little tray with a lid… perfect for lipsticks or nail polishes!

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Beauty Box♥

Now.. It is SO easy to make shoe boxes look pretty AND they make FAB storage for the inside of your drawers! All I did with mine was spray paint it white (you can glue some pretty paper on it if you want!).. then made little compartments by cutting up the lid of the box and sizing them up to make the sizes I wanted! I glued some pretty paper on the bottom of the box and also on the sides… then hot glued them to they were secure! You can make SO many of these so all your drawers are organized.. everyone has boxes/cardboard lying around.. you may as well make the most of them hehe!

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So lovelies… there you have some inspiration to use up your old jars/boxes AND make your room/dressing table look pretty, organized and ALL SET FOR SPRING! Should we see how it all looked?

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Quick secret though guys… this set up is in my mum’s room (it has the best lighting hehe!!)… as my room is RUBBISH for taking pictures!! I LOVE the look of everything though! I would LOVE to know what you think AND also if you have a go at making some!

So angels… I hope you enjoyed this…. make sure to leave me a comment to let me know if you give any a go!

Right darlings.. let’s have a quick catch up before I go ey? I am SO ready for Spring.. so be prepared to see some Spring outfits AND my make-up faves for this season! Also… let me know if you have any Spring trends you are looking forward to! I am hoping to buy a few essentials for Spring so will definitely put up a haul post once I do! Also.. guess what angels? I have A WEEK OFF WORK NEXT WEEK (Easter week).. so that literally means a week of relaxing, blogging, getting myself organized AND just everything I don’t have time to do when I am at work! Cannot wait WOOP!

I am going to love you and leave you know lovelies.. so have a wonderful week and I will see you in my next one!!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Valentines Ideas Ft. Baker Days♥

Hi lovelies!!♥

Have you all had a fab week so far? I have enjoyed mine .. but let me tell you loves.. I have been SO TIRED!! I am not sure if this is because I am getting up slightly earlier for work, or if it is because I am coming down with something! I have had the WORST sore throat for a few days now that just doesn’t want to budge (grrrrr!!).. as well as an awful post nasal drip.. I feel like I should have a full on cold right now.. but for some reason the symptoms are just DRAGGING on.. I WISH they would hurry up so that I can get better ASAP!!!

Anyway .. lets put aside the fact that I am poorly (even though all I want right now is cuddles and chocolate)… and talk about a VERY special package I received last week!

I was contacted by the LOVELY Emma over at Baker Days.. Now if you are obsessed with Twitter (like yours truly over here :P).. I am sure you would have come across them! They are an online personalized cake delivery service (when I say personalized.. I mean it .. THERE ARE SO MANY VARIATIONS!!).. and they deliver to literally EVERYWHERE in the UK (and worldwide too!!). You guys know how much I love cakes/cupcakes/baking in general.. so to feature something like this in my blog was SO exciting!!

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The thing that really drew me to Baker Days was that they had a cake THAT WOULD FIT THROUGH YOUR LETTERBOX. Oh yes lovelies.. you read that right! I know it sounds absolutely CRAZY … but read on loves and I will tell you all about my experience 🙂

Ok .. so when I first got the email, I checked out their website .. and I was so surprised as to how many different designs they had! There are ones for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, baby showers.. and especially perfect for this time of year.. VALENTINES CAKES! I can guarantee that you will find a cake for WHATEVER occasion you need! I know I am one who thinks cakes just COMPLETE an occasion.. and to have one that is personalized for that special person is just FAB!

So .. obviously with it being Valentines soon, I thought I would pick one for that… I literally found the MOST PERFECT ONE.. I am such a lover of cute, quirky things, and when I saw this Nutella inspired design .. I HAD TO HAVE IT!! I also personalized it by asking to have hubby’s name on it! And guess what loves.. it doesn’t just come in standard vanilla sponge … YOU CAN GET CHOCOLATE CHIP/FRUIT TOO! For those that need it, they also have a gluten/dairy free option! I love the fact that you can also order larger cakes, and have the option to add a balloon .. imagine what a WONDERFUL surprise it would be having that turning up on your doorstep (ahem.. hint hint :P).

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After ordering.. I GOT THE CAKE WITHIN 2 DAYS!! For all those last minute people, Baker Days also offer next day delivery (You can have a peek on their website for details on delivery information!). Now I know what most of you are thinking .. how can a cake delivered through your letterbox not get squashed/ruined etc.. trust me I thought exactly the same thing!! BUT MY CAKE ARRIVED IN PERFECT CONDITION!! Baker Days have some sort of magical touch (or just extremely good packaging) where the cakes stay in perfect condition through it’s journey to you!!

I love the fact that it is stored in an adorable tin, along with some Loveheart sweets and a card! As soon as I opened the tin .. I knew straight away it was fresh because I could just smell the chocolatey goodness! I wanted to dig right in .. but of course being a blogger.. I had to take some pictures first!! I CANNOT GET OVER HOW CUTE IT IS!!!! I knew it would hurt me a little bit when I would have to cut it!

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So loves.. after all my pictures were taken, it was time to cut the cake and have a taste! Should I be completely honest? I wasn’t expecting the cake to be anything special… BUT.. when I had the first slice.. OH MY WORD… I was SO pleasantly surprised!! The cake was SO YUMMY, I could tell it was fresh AND that so much care had been put into making it. I LOVED the chocolate chips.. which almost made it taste like a huge muffin/cookie. I almost want to send every single one of my friends/family members a Bakers Day cake through their letterbox.. I just LOVE the idea.. and was SO HAPPY that the cake itself was SO TASTY!

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I literally cannot recommend Baker Days enough .. the whole delivery process was just so quick, and the cake arrived in the most perfect condition. I also just ADORE the concept of getting a cake through your letterbox .. it is just GENIUS!

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Make sure you check out their website loves… I can guarantee you will LOVE them just as much as me!! They will be such a fantastic gift idea for Valentines day (only 2 weeks to go until then!).. and would be a lovely change to the standard flowers/chocolates!

Baker Days Site

Follow them on Twitter & Facebook♥ 

I hope you check them out .. make sure to let me know if you do!! I love little gifts that you can get through the letterbox.. I am such a huge fan of Graze Boxes.. so know I will be SO obsessed with ordering these and having them being posted to my friends on special occasions!!

Right angels .. I really hope you liked this review!!! I would only EVER recommend you guys something that I absolutely LOVE myself… and I know 100% I will order from Baker Days again… so of course why would I not tell my lovely readers about it too??

I think that is me done for this post… I really want to make it my aim that I get as MUCH sleep as possible this weekend.. but I am sure you all know my mindset on weekends.. “Up early to get AS MUCH DONE AS POSSIBLE!”… Oh dear.. what am I like!? ANYWAYS .. I will stop babbling on and let you darlings get on with your evening.. HAVE AN ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS ONE.. and guess what loves.. IT’S ALMOST THE WEEKEND WOOOP WOOP!!

I will see you in my next post loves! CANNOT WAIT!!!!!

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!♥

Blog / Blog Lovin’♥

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!!

Link to my Blog Lovin’♥

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!

Link to my Twitter & Instagram

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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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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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*Items have been gifted to me. This does not affect my opinions.

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!♥

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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

xo

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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

 Lush Bath♥

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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LYDC London: My Wishlist♥

Evening my lovely ladies!

How has your week been? Hope you have had an excellent one so far … It is Friday tomorrow WOOP WOOP! This week has been VERY tiring .. I literally feel as though I need a whole weekend to just SLEEP and catch up. I usually go to bed around midnight – 1AM (I know eeek!), and then I am up again at 6:45AM for work! I know guys, I need to get some more sleep. I am very weird though .. I don’t like to sleep in on the weekends because I feel like I am wasting time … I usually wake up around 7:00-7:30AM on weekends and cannot get back to sleep! Oh well.. all that extra time can go towards blogging right 😛

Anyways my loves… I have an exciting post for you today .. It is a WISHLIST! This is actually my first one EVER on my blog (although I will be putting up a Christmas wishlist/gift guide very soon!)… I have been loving looking online and picking things to go on my “wishlists”. I think they are great posts as it gives other bloggers an insight into your style, as well as showing what certain shops/online sites have on offer!

I have a wishlist for.. bags!! All these bags are from LYDC London* .. And I have picked quite a few styles! LYDC have a huge variety of bags for all ages (I LOVE how they display their bags on their home page for different age groups.. so adorable!). They also have bags for evenings out, as well as for work. Now lovelies… if you read my blog you will know that I LOVE my over-sized bags, even for going out in the evening.. therefore you will see a lot of big bags!

Take a peek at my picks below lovelies 🙂

Colour Contrast Cross Body Navy and White

Cross Body Bag in Navy and White – This is probably the smallest I will go with bags (I am not very good at clutch bags – they always end up looking stuffed ha!). I LOVE cross body bags so much, and this colour block style is SO on trend and will look great with any outfit – although you girls know I love my black clothes :P. Bags like this are so great for shopping days and evenings out!Colour Contrast Shoulder Bag Grey

Colour Contrast Shoulder Bag in Grey – This bag is BEAUTIFUL – there is something about white and grey together that just GOES – it is perfect. This bag is a great size for everyday – and will fit everything you need and MORE :P. You guys will also know I am a huge fan of any type of satchel style bag – so this one won my heart instantly 😀Colour Contrast Shoulder Bag Tote

Tote Bag in Black and Navy – There is something about tote bags – probably that they can fit SO much stuff in them ha! I love the simple detailing on this, and again it is that beautiful colour contrast style. LOVE IT! There is also something so casual about totes, I always imagine styling them with jeggings (you girlies know I do not do jeans :P), an over-sized jumper and boots 😀Faux Fur Shoulder Bag Black

Faux Fur Shoulder Bag in Black – FUR FUR FUR FUR FUR! I LOVE FUR! This bag is so stunning – there is something so glamorous about fur, and I think this style of bag is so perfect for this time of year. I don’t think there has ever been a year where fur has not been popular during Autumn/Winter. I would personally pair this bag with a black/white outfit and rock bright red/dark lips.. WHOOP!

Patent Shoulder Bag in Wine

Quilted Shoulder Bag in Wine – This bag is such a stunning colour and style! I love this duffle type of bag – again you can just shove everything in them! This bag is great for this time of year, and will look gorgeous with all the autumnal/winter outfits!

Snakeskin Cross Body Bag in Nude

Croc Skin Cross Body Bag in Nude  I love how structured this bag is – I think it gives it such a modern feel – and you can also never go wrong with a nude bag! It is also cross body so is great for the weekends/days out where you are doing a lot of walking and you do not want to be carrying a bag round all day (in your hand that is.. just swing around your shoulder and you’re good to go!).

So my angels .. there is my wishlist! I think doing posts like this are great if there is a gift that you want, and you want to hint to someone that you want it 😛 I really hope you liked the bags I picked! Let me know what you think loves!

And guess what angels! … The lovely ladies at LYDC London are giving you 10% off any purchase by using the code “SAIRA10″… aren’t they just absolute babes? So whether you want a bag from my picks, or if you want to have a look on the website http://www.lydc.co.uk/ and choose something else, definitely let me know loves! I would love to see what you pick!

I hope you enjoyed this post lovelies… I have spent my evening taking pictures for my November Faves, which will be up soon! I want to thank you all for reading, I appreciate all the lovely comments you leave me… you guys make me HAPPY!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

*This post is in collaboration with LYDC London. All pictures are owned by them. All opinions are my own.

Kittens & Coconut Lane

Hi Angels!

HOW ARE YOU ALL! I am very very excited as I write up this post because MY NEW CAR HAS ARRIVED! I am so excited to drive it! I actually worked from home as I wasn’t given a time for the car to come – all the information I was given is that the driver would call when he was an hour away – which was fine :). It arrived at about 2PM, and I am in LOVE with it! No doubt I will feature it in a blog post later loves 🙂

Anyway.. I have another outfit post for you WOOP .. and very exciting feature further down! Now I took these photos on Saturday, when the rain and wind were HORRIFIC! I am not sure if you will be able to tell from the pictures ha! I think I JUST got done in time, as after I went inside the rain REALLY started to fall… and it has been the same the whole weekend! The weather in the UK recently has just been awful, and it is meant to be carrying on like this too (boo!).. can it not just snow already?

So.. lets see my outfit posts from the weekend!

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Guys…my shirt has kittens on it … KITTENS! If you know me you will know the OBSESSION I have with cats/kittens. I ADORE them, and to have an over-sized top with kittens on is all it takes to make Saira happy with her outfit :).

I paired the top with a knitted, over-sized (again I know) cardigan, which I picked up from a market for £5(!!!!). I have so many cardigans like this in this style.. I think they add so much to an outfit rather than just a plain one. Also, I wore my knitted midi skirts from Primark which I featured in a previous haul post… They never seem to leave the lower half of my body (pahaha).. I am OBSESSED! Another thing that never leaves my feet are my trusty Primark boots… I have no idea where I would be without them! I also wore the same hijab featured in the previous post… I love the style of it and it is such a nice change to having a plain hijab!

Yes guys.. I am also still rocking dark lips …and LOVING them. The combination is my trusty Rimmel 107 and Makeup Revolution 100% Vamp…I love the finish it gives and it is very long lasting!

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Now all the funny marks on this picture is actually the rain! I think this is where it started to get very bad and I decided that it was time to go in. Bless my dad for taking these pictures for me though… It was chucking it down and I made him take LOTS of pictures (Sorry!!), but they came out pretty well considering the circumstances, especially towards the end!

Anyway … on to something else. LOOK AT MY ADORABLE PHONE CASE! I got this case from the lovely Charlotte at Coconut Lane*. Coconut Lane is an online, independent company that sells phone cases, house decor, jewelry and other cute little bits and pieces! I love how they refer to their peices as “SASSY”… which I must say they definitely are :P. The wall art is next on my shopping list :D. 

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But seriously guys … pineapples. Do I really need to say anymore? I used to have the most hideous case ever on my phone (one of those huge bulky cases that make your phone look like a brick, haha). This case feels really strong and not like cheap plastic at all, as I have had phone cases off eBay that get scratched and chipped within days. There is also one with FLAMINGOS, and one with UNICORNS.. it’s like they can read my mind. If there was one with kittens, I would have screamed (with excitement of course :D). SAM_2686

Can we also just take a moment to admire this sterling silver ring (also from Coconut Lane) which is in the shape of an arrow?! LOVE! I find it so cute and dainty .. it is adjustable so you can have it as a normal or midi ring. I am not the hugest jewelry wearer, but I love small, individual pieces like this. It also feels really strong and won’t bend out of shape easily (it took some effort to make it fit my tiny fingers ha!).

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I love both of these so so much … and Charlotte is also such an angel .. she is giving you a discount of 20%off ANYTHING from Coconut Lane using the code glitterglass20

Make sure you have a peek at Coconut Lane .. I got my items the day after, and they also ship worldwide! They have some adorable pieces and I am sure you will find something you love!

So… can you guys believe it is December?!!! I definitely can’t.. we have one month left in 2015 guys .. ONE MONTH!! I am so excited for the new year though … I cannot wait to see what is in store for me and my little blog! I think it has come SO FAR.. and I am so grateful for all the new followers I have! Thank you so so much for reading my blog.. you are all little babes!! Make sure you follow me on TWITTER so I can get to know you all and keep you up to date with what I am up to!

I will be posting some beauty/favourites posts up soon… Seeing as the weather has been HORRIFIC and I wasn’t able to take a second day’s outfit pictures 😦 (damn you horrible weather!!). I am also thinking of doing a gift guide/wish list too…what do you guys think? Let me know! I also have one festive post planned that I am excited and hope you guys like it! I think I also want to do a post on my favourite bloggers too .. even though there probably will be quite a lot of you. I just want to thank them for inspiring me and welcoming me to this community. I also want to say a special thank you to EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU that follows me. You really do make me smile every day and make me and my blog feel very special. You also keep me motivated to continue posting and make my blog better for you guys! YOU DA BEST 😀

Lots of Love,

Saira XO

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*This post is in collaboration with Coconut Lane. All opinions are my own. Who doesn’t love a pineapple phone case?!

 

Vampy Lips ♦

Hi my lovely angels! Happy Friday! Woo… I have the day off work today too so have a nice long weekend! Have any of you picked up any Black Friday deals? I am very tempted by so many of the online sales, such as Boohoo, Misguided and Asos… I can’t go crazy though … as I AM GETTING MY NEW CAR ON MONDAY.. so need to be wise with my spending.

Anyway … lets talk about this outfit shall we!?… This is from the weekend, where we actually had a little bit of snow (!!!).. so you will be able to see the slightest amount in these photos!

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Now my lovelies.. some of you may actually remember this top from one of my first outfit of the days, linked HERE... I LOVE it so much. Funnily enough, this outfit is actually a direct contrast to the one from my earlier post.. I also seem to have the same pose HA! (see image below!)SAM_0824ootd

Tehehehe…. It is funny how differant it actually is … the darker lips/black trousers/layers. It just goes to show how versatile this t-shirt is and how you really can switch up the whole look by just adjusting a few bits, including your makeup.

Speaking of make-up… LOOK whose rocking a darker lip guys!! Are you proud of me? I have definitely become more confident in wearing darker lipsticks, and am building up a nice collection of them too (Have a read of my previous post here to see which ones I picked up!

Right ladies onto the actual outfit details … The t-shirt is a FIRM FAVORITE of mine, picked up from a market in the summer…I have found a link on eBay if you want to buy it though. On top of that I wore a long, sleeveless plaid shirt to add something to the outfit, and then added my over-sized blazer on top to keep warm! My favourite part of this outfit has to be the jeggings .. which I picked up from H&M for £14.99!! They are gorgeous and add so much to an outfit .. I definitely recommend them highly for all you girlies who love your black jeggings! I wore my black boots (obviously) and a black, glittery hijab.

Details:

T-shirt – Market

Plaid Shirt – Forever 21

Blazer – New Look

Jeggings – H&M

Boots – New Look

Hijab – Mum’s Wardrobe

My makeup consisted of my usual winged liner, but this time I paired it with a darker lip. I wore Rimmel 107 at first, then layered over Rimmel Dark Night Waterl-oops, which resulted in this beautiful, vampy lip! I highly recommend this combination girlies .. you will LOVE it!

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So that’s my outfit details then lovelies… I love the layered, casual look it has … It also shows how versatile plain, over-sized t-shirts are! I think this outfit would also be perfect for college/university .. just pair with some Converse for an even more comfortable outfit!

Anyways .. little bit of a catch up! I have had a usual busy week at work… and am glad to have a 3 day weekend! Last weekend I actually went to the Leeds German Christmas Market .. which was amazing but SO busy! I really want to go to the Manchester one too… maybe also travel down to London for Winter Wonderland :P. I also received the cutest phone case EVER from Coconut Lane which I will feature in my next post!

In the mean time .. you can use the code glitterglass20 to get 20% off anything online!

Anyways my darlings.. that is all for today’s post .. I will see you in my next one!

Lots of love,

Saira xo♥

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