My Plans for 2017

Hiya guys…

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

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

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

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Make more of an effort with my YouTube channel

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

Stop giving a s*** about followers on Instagram

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

Get fit & eat healthy

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

Go to NYC

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

Come out of “bad” fashion habits

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

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

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

Show more love to all you babes

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

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

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

Love,

Saira xo

 

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I found a BEAUTY at Topshop..♥

Hi my angels!

Hope you have had an amazing start to the week! I just want to take this opportunity to thank all my amazing followers… I recently hit 200 on my blog and I am just SO CHUFFED … HILLO to all my new followers and I hope you enjoy my blog! You really are the reason I LOVE blogging and aim to make my blog the best it can possibly be! I have been so overwhelmed with all the opportunities I have been given thanks to my blog… and cannot even thank you all enough! You are angels – the lot of you!

So … I have an outfit of the day (YAY!!!)…. WHO ELSE HAS MISSED THESE (I know I have!). It is featuring a beauty I picked up in the sales from Topshop AND a little gem that I got from a charity shop! I will feature all of the new things I picked up in my next blog post which will be a haul! Hope you stay tuned for that lovelies!

Right… lets have a peek at the outfit!♥

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(Grrr car got in my picture!… I suppose that is what I get for living near a main road ey!).

I cannot even tell you guys how long I have wanted a black faux fur gilet! You will know if you follow my blog how much I LOVE my cream gilet that I have.. and I definitely wore it TOO MUCH! It was such a staple for me this winter.. and I knew as soon as I saw this baby in the Topshop sale I HAD TO HAVE IT! I spotted it on a quick shopping trip and could not resist picking it up! It was £30 down from £65… so was a right little bargain! I have not stopped wearing it since picking it up!

I think it is still available on the Topshop site.. so make sure to check it out!

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Can we just appreciate how ADORABLE my kitten jumper is! The fact that I picked it up for £3 in a charity shop just makes it BETTER! It was originally from New Look AND still had the tag on. I will be doing a post on some tips for shopping in charity shops too.. so I hope you are looking forward to that my loves!

You have seen these adorable jeggings from H&M in my previous OOTD’s… they are SO unbelievably comfortable too! Of course, I rocked my GO TO black boots from Primark.. will I ever get enough of these? I think NOT hehe! I finished the look of with a black hijab and Rimmel 107 on my lips (you guys know this is the norm for me now!!).

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I felt SO comfortable all day .. this type of outfit has been my STAPLE for the past few weeks.. a cute jumper, gilet & some comfy jeggings! Do you girlies have a staple outfit you can always rely on? Let me know!

Also .. loving my bag from LYDC*! If you fancy seeing what I keep in it everyday (and a sneaky 10% off code) .. make sure to check out my What’s In My Bag post!

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There we have it lovelies!! I hope you loved this outfit just as much as me! Also.. let me know if you have ever picked up any gems from charity shops!

So sweeties …. should we have a catch up? My week has of course been spent at work… which as usual as been very busy (but I LOVE it).. I LOVE having a job that keeps me busy and with something to do all the time. I have also just been arranging getting my name changed everywhere after getting married .. which can I just say is CRAZY! I don’t think you actually realize how many places you have to change your details ha!

I am also planning some exciting posts for the next few weeks on my blog.. I did set a schedule, but I cannot say I have stuck to this hehe! I think it is so much more FUN to just blog about what I want and on days I want to… I still plan what posts I will be putting up during the week.. that way I am not stuck on what to post! Do you guys have a blogging schedule that you stick to? Or do you just prefer to go with the flow?

So darlings.. I hope you enjoyed this post! I am slowly growing a collection of kitten printed clothes … do I dare purchase a pair of leggings with kittens on them? Oooooh I think  I would have to be quite brave to do that hehe!

Have a fabulous week angels .. and I will see you in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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

 

Let’s Travel to: Whitby♥

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

Hope you have all had an AMAZING weekend! If you follow my Twitter/read my blog .. you will know that I actually got my marriage registered this weekend (EEEEEEK!). It really was SUCH an amazing day … and it feels weird thinking that I am now a Mrs…my little brother said I am now officially old (wonderful ha!).

The last week at work just FLEW BY! I cannot get over how quickly Friday came round! I sometimes can’t believe how fast days just pass you by .. this is why I try and make the most of each of them! This was one of the reasons we took a last minute trip to Whitby last weekend! Anyway loves .. have a read on and I ‘ll tell you all about my trip there!

RIGHT ….. so my and my family were all just sat downstairs on New Year’s day .. when my husband actually came up with the idea of going to stay in a cottage for the weekend.. it really was a pretty random and last minute trip! We searched the internet and found a few cottages that had places for the next day … and the next morning my dad received a call that a cottage in Whitby was available with enough room for 8 of us (and a baby!)… so we loaded the cars with everything we needed.. and off we went!

It took around 2 hours to get there … and the cottage itself was AMAZING! I was kicking myself that I didn’t bring more outfits so I could take pictures.. as the background was STUNNING! Anyway loves.. speaking of outfits.. I will show you what I wore on the first day!

Now… we already knew the weather would be cold/windy/rainy… so my outfits were focused on keeping warm. I ALWAYS layer like a crazy .. as well as having an umbrella on me all the time (and it DEFINITELY came on handy on this trip hehe!).

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So here was my outfit for the first day loves….

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You have probably seen every single piece of clothing in other OOTD’s too ha! The tartan scarf and top are both from Primark and get SO MUCH WEAR! The over-sized black blazer is New Look .. but of course you can pick these up ANYWHERE. My boots are very old, and have now become my “walking boots”… they are SO comfortable and also kept my feet dry whilst walking on the beach! Of course… to add something to the look.. I added Rimmel’s 107, as you do :P. My bag is also from LYDC London (you have all seen it before too!)… it is just amazing at fitting everything that I need in AND keeping it organized (woop!).

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So on our first day ….. we settled into the cottage, then went out to pick up snacks from the local Sainsburys, which was SO handy as it was only 2 minutes down the road! We then drove down to the marina and walked around the shops, picked up some fish and chips for dinner (how could we not!!).. and then headed back to the cottage! After… we played a few games .. and then as it got past midnight, my husband suggested we go out for a drive around Whitby. Now.. I don’t know if you have ever been.. but I found there was something SO EERIE about the whole place at night. The cottage that we were staying at was in the middle of nowhere, so it was TERRIFYING to go out alone when it was dark. The roads were SO QUIET and the Abbey looked SO creepy…. I can definitely see why so many people come here at Halloween! Anyways .. after our scary drive.. we came home and fell straight asleep!

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On Sunday … we all had breakfast together, before going to see all the chickens that the landowner had in his gardens! My little niece is the biggest animal lover EVER.. so she definitely enjoyed this bit! Then we cleaned the cottage, packed our things up .. and headed to the beach! The beach at this time of year was FREEZING as you can imagine… but we still had lots of fun! We then drove over the marina again and stopped to get some fresh doughnuts/waffles, and then also drove up to the Abbey (which wasn’t as creepy during the day!). After, it was time to head back home… we stopped at York on the way for some food … as we were all starving by that time!

Quick look at the outfit for Sunday .. if you notice all I actually did was change the top HA! I did pack another cardigan, but didn’t like how it looked… so I stuck to my trusty blazer! I LOVED how comfortable I felt in both these outfits..  and think that this is the most important thing when you know you’re going to be doing lots of walking outside.

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After stopping at York.. it took around an hour to get home.. we then unpacked, went to sleep.. and were all up for work on Monday ! PHEW … busy weekend ey!

Want a similar outfit? Check these links loves!♥

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So lovelies.. that was my overnight stay in Whitby! I am such a HUGE lover of last minute, spontaneous trips.. they make such great memories too! I definitely recommend staying in a cottage for a few days .. it is so nice to get away from life in the city and just have a few relaxing days, especially after the busy festive period!

Soooo … what am I doing for the rest of the day?I will be spending my Sunday writing up some posts, doing my laundry and just CHILLING out in my PJ’S before work tomorrow! Hope you enjoyed this little insight into my trip angels.. and do let me know if you have ever been to Whitby!

Have a fab Sunday … and I will catch you all in my next post!

Lots of love,

Saira 

xo

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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

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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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Blogging Advice..From A Newbie♦

Hi my loves!♥

Hope you are all very well! I just want to start by saying  I have had the BUSIEST day at work EVER .. with it being the first day back after the festive period, SO MANY NEW people starting in the business, AND BEING ON MY OWN… at least the day flew by! I then left early to hand in some dry cleaning and then get my eyebrows done (ha!).

Now I am VERY excited for you to read this post my loves!! I may have only been blogging for over 4 months, but I thought I would blog about some tips/tricks that I wish I had been given when I started blogging! OF COURSE I understand that I am still a newbie (ish) myself, but I have picked up some advice from all you other FABULOUS bloggers out there that have been blogging WAY LONGER than me! 

I hope this post benefits at least ONE of you .. whether you have just started blogging, or if you just fancy some new tips that you might not have picked up along the way. Also .. if you have ANY more tips/advice, PLEASE let me know.. I am ALWAYS willing to learn more about blogging! I think these tips cater more to lifestyle/beauty/fashion blogging, as this is what I like to blog about, and will mostly benefit those who  blog about the same things.. but that is not to say all you other bloggers  can’t take the advice (In fact I would love that!!).

Editing Photos♥

Wow – I CANNOT believe I used to go without editing my pictures when I first started blogging. It makes SUCH  massive difference to how “professional” your pictures look. It is also a massive help when you have rubbish lighting during winter! Now… you do not have to be scared of editing AT ALL! You do not have to be a professional editor… You just need a good programme. All I do to edit is either put a filter on my image or increase the brightness/contrast .. and THAT IS ALL LOVELIES! See .. nothing too scary right? It is completely up to you how much/less you want to edit.. but I think it definitely helps! See below an image that is edited and one that isn’t. The programmes I use for editing are Canva or (more recently), PicMonkey.. both are free and SO EASY to use. Check them out loves!

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You Don’t Need A Flashy Camera♥

I know so many bloggers who use their iPhone camera’s for their blog photos and they look amazing! I also use a small Samsung camera to take all my blog photos. If you are just getting started, I think it is so important to work with what you have .. that way you can really decide if blogging and photography is something that you want to invest in. I always said to myself that if I ever got serious about blogging, I would invest in a new camera (which is what I will be doing soon!!). Just remember though lovelies, if an iPhone is all you have, then that will do a FAB JOB.. and it is completely YOUR OWN decision if you want to invest further into your blog.. but in my opinion is not a necessity when starting. Of course if you are able to then GO AHEAD YOU SASSY GIRL!! 😀

Check out some of the pictures taken below using my camera .. (It cost about £45-50… I think it has done a good job!)

Promoting Your Blog♥ 

Guess what lovelies .. it is OK to promote your blog (and actually quite important too!). Think about it .. you spend hours writing up an AMAZING blog post.. and then.. just leave it? No girl… YOU SHOUT AND BE PROUD OF IT! I know some bloggers love to keep their blogs quite secret, but personally I LOVE telling everyone (friends/family/work colleagues, haha) about my blog! If you want to get your little blog out there, get on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook and promote :D. Twitter is my FAVORITE platform to promote.. just because there are SO many other bloggers to interact with! Let your readers know what your blog has to offer. You can also use blogger “retweet” accounts on Twitter who will retweet for you so you reach a bigger audience. This is SO important when you are new, as you are probably trying to grow your audience and find like-minded people.. so this is ESSENTIAL! Some of my faves include BBLOG_RT, Loving_Blogs, FBLoggers & Female_BloggerRT :D. Also have a read of other similar blogs too to let them know there is a new girl on the block 😛 Also… reading other blogs (for me anyway) is not only important, but also SO MUCH FUN TOO! There is nothing better than putting aside a few hours, having a good read of some blogs and commenting to let them know how much you loved their post!! There really is nothing better than receiving a comment from someone who has really made the effort to read your post!♥

Social Media = VITAL♥

I honestly do not know where I would be without social media… OH MY it is SO IMPORTANT as a newbie blogger!! Use Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram.. and whatever else is out there! I LOVE to use Twitter to promote my blog when I have new posts up, when I am advertising older ones, and just for general chit chat! It is SO important to interact with other bloggers… the community is SO welcoming! When I first started blogging, I was so surprised at how many bloggers there are.. I’ll be honest, it IS quite daunting to start.. but that feeling quickly disappeared when I realized how FRIENDLY everyone is.. YOU ARE ALL BABES AND I LOVE YOU ALL!! I take part in Twitter chats as much as I can, and they are SUCH an amazing way to interact with so many bloggers (and brands!) at once.

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Find out which ones you can take part in (there are SO many .. I didn’t make this but I give SO much credit to whoever did.. as it has been such a massive help! ALSO the #GIRLGANG chat is MISSING off this (it is a new chat).. it is every Monday between 6-7PM! My second favourite social media is Instagram.. I LOVE scrolling through Instagram.. it is so easy to connect with people too and also gain some inspiration! I also (personally) think Blog Lovin’ is pretty essential too (even though I know some of you who do not like it ha!).. As I am a WordPress user, I find it quite hard to follow those who aren’t.. so for me BL is a way where I can have all my FAVES in one place.. all set for me to spend a couple of hours reading! Whichever social media you prefer is completely your choice.. but for newbie bloggers.. I think Twitter is ESSENTIAL!

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Here’s my links loves!

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Schedule Tweets♥

Now when I first started blogging, I never thought I would schedule tweets.. EVER. I am not sure why though.. maybe because I didn’t realize how important it was, or maybe I thought I would have enough hours in the day to tweet non-stop. I also think it is because I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do .. BUT ANYWAYS … Scheduling tweets is essential for me now! Especially for us bloggers who have other commitments (full time jobs/school/university/kids)… I like knowing that my blog is being promoted as much as possible, even when I am not personally doing it AT THAT MOMENT. I can understand why some people may not like scheduled tweets… but I know myself and so many other bloggers rely on it, as we’re not (unfortunately) able to stay on our phones as much as we want to! I also want to thank Corinne from Skinnedcartree for her post on Increasing Twitter Traffic .. She helped me so much as I used Hootsuite before (which always missed my tweets for some reason.. grr!)… and introduced me to Buffer.. which is THE BEST THING EVER!! Check out her post for more tips too.. they are FAB! Also… I like to schedule my tweets first thing in the morning (around 8-9AM), Lunchtime (1-2PM), Late afternoon (4-5PM), evening (7-8PM) and before bed (10-11PM). For me, this has helped traffic to my blog, but of course every blog is different! So loves, make sure you cater your tweets to your own blog and audience!

Right…. These are probably the main things that I wished I had known when I started blogging.. so I thought this would help some newbies too! Now angels .. just a quick disclaimer.. of course every blog/blogger is different and I know some people may benefit more than others from these tips… but I just wanted to help some of you out there who may need it!! Like I said before, I am still quite new to the whole blogging world.. so any advice from you would be AMAZING!

Remember lovelies.. blogging is FUN and is such an amazing way to interact with so many lovely people and can open so many doors for you. It is important to remember that it is YOUR BLOG.. so show your personality, write about things YOU love, and just have FUN! Don’t focus on the numbers – focus on your lovely readers and making your blog the best it can possibly be!

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If you are a newbie… let me know if there is anything you need help with, and I will try my best to help! If you have been blogging for a while, let me know if you had any problems when you started, or if there is anything you wish you were told when you started blogging! Also.. any tips/advice would be AMAZING and so appreciated!

So my loves.. let me know if you liked this style of post … and if it helped any of you :D. 

Quick UPDATE  on my weekend… We had a quick last minute overnight stay in a cottage in Whitby.. which I will DEFINITELY blog about soon… Also.. it also my Marriage Registry on the 9th.. ooohhhhh exciting times!!! I literally CANNOT WAIT to blog with an update and just a good old ramble .. I feel like I have’t had one of these recently, and I miss it!!

By the way … I have a new blog header (the festive one has gone.. boo!).. what do you think of it? Let me know angels! (I made it myself too ha!).

Stay tuned for that my darlings!!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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Best of Beauty: 2015♥

Hi lovelies!♥

I would just like to start by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I really hope you all had an amazing start to the year, whatever you got up to! I’ll be completely honest… my NYE consisted of getting some Chinese food, spending the evening in my PJ’s, falling asleep and then waking up just in time to see the London firework display on TV.. wasn’t it a wild night ha!

What did you all get up to? Did you have a crazy night out, or spend time at home with family/friends? Let me know!

Anyway.. I am SO excited to share this post with you as it is the BEST OF BEAUTY for 2015 (well for me anyway :P). This post is basically going to show you all the beauty items I LOVED and could not have been without in the past year … they are products I will DEFINITELY be re-purchasing in 2016 … Give some of these products a go lovelies.. I guarantee you will find at least ONE that you love just as much as me!♥

Soap & Glory 

Right angels …first things first.. some items from SOAP & GLORY! Now.. if you know me then you will know the obsession I have with this brand. I still remember the FIRST TIME these products came into Boots.. I instantly fell in love with the packaging, their cute little sayings on each of their products, the scent of everything… and OBVIOUSLY the products themselves! The FIRST items I ever purchased from this brand were The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Clean on Me Shower Gel & that HUGE pink loofah. These are all still FIRM favourites of mine… but recently the products I have been LOVING SO MUCH are from the Sugar Crush range (which I think was released a few years ago). OH MY I am sure the majority of you have heard of these products… They are DEFINITELY some of my FAVES!!

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The products I have been loving include:

Sugar Crush Shower Gel

Sugar Crush Body Butter

Sugar Crush Hand Cream

Sugar Crush Body Mist

The scent is GORGEOUS, the products are amazing (and not expensive either).. I am going to be doing a full review of them later on.. so keep an eye out for that!

Lancome La Vie Est Belle

Next up is this stunning perfume from Lancome .. I notice that SO many other people LOVE this perfume. I ALWAYS get so many compliments from others when I wear this.. it lasts for absolutely AGES (it is an Eau Du Parfum), and how stunning is the bottle angels!!! In the past, I would only stick to very sickly, sweet scents (which I now CRINGE at the thought of … anyone remember Britney Spears Fantasy .. no joke I wore that perfume for 4 years STRAIGHT from when I was about 13 years old!). This perfume is sweet but is SO much nicer, and I think is quite a “grown up” scent.. definitely check it out if you haven’t loves!

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Colgate Optic White Toothpaste

You might think it is slightly weird that I am featuring a toothpaste.. but I do not know where I would have been without it this year. Me and my little brother CANNOT use any other … and every single time there was another toothpaste in the bathroom, we WOULD NOT be happy (haha!). I always make sure we have a back up of this, and also always pack this if I am ever staying elsewhere for the night! It does a FAB job at keeping my teeth white.. for me having good teeth/dental hygiene is SO important .. and this product is AMAZING.. the mouthwash from this range is also great (but I don’t have a picture of this unfortunately .. sorry loves!).

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Garnier Micellar Water & L’Oreal Triple Active Moisturizer 

These are the two main face products that I have been reaching for this year.. and don’t know where I would be without them! Nothing (that I have tried so far) takes my makeup off like the Garnier Micellar water … I LOVE IT SO MUCH GIRLIES!! It literally feels like water .. and my skin always feels so refreshed after using it! Another product that I have been loving is this moisturizer from L’Oreal .. I only started using this recently but I AM IN LOVE! It does such a FAB job at making my skin feel amazing and SO SOFT! I also have a very oily T-zone, and although this moisturizer says it is for dry skin.. I never experience excessive oiliness with it!

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Movis Soap

Ahhhhhh my BELOVED Movis soap from Lush … I bought this soap the first time it came out in Lush a few years ago after seeing it in their catalogue, and I have not used ANYTHING else to wash my face since. It does the most amazing job at cleansing my face and leaving it feeling SO soft and not dried out at all! I usually buy 100g every few weeks, and then cut it up into smaller pieces. It is packed with cocoa butter, wheat germ, coconut oil & WHOLEMEAL BREAD.. yep BREAD! It smells good enough to eat, and also looks like a loaf of bread too! ♥

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Make up♥

I don’t even have to go into detail about Estee Lauder Double Wear, because I have mentioned it SO much on my blog .. it is so long lasting, gives me GREAT coverage (You can make it lighter coverage by mixing in with your moisturizer and applying a finishing spray), and does not break me out! The lipsticks that I have been loving (only recently though) is the combination of Rimmel 107 & Make Up Revolution’s 100% Vamp. It gives the MOST gorgeous dark lip EVER, and lasts quite a while too!

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So lovelies .. there we have it .. the BEST OF BEAUTY for 2015! I am literally SO excited to see what new products I will discover in the near year.. especially as one of my blog goals is to include more beauty posts :P. I really hope you enjoyed reading this .. and maybe found some new products to try for the new year!

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I also have my diary for 2016 (woop!)… I am hopefully planning on having a schedule (which I will blog about if it all goes ahead!), as well as trying to bulk write my posts on a weekend .. so I have more time to read all of yours!

Anways angels.. have a FANTASTIC start to the year, let me know if you made any resolutions, and also what your plans are for the new year! See you in my next one!

Lots of Love!

Saira ♥

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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?

♥Goals♥

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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