Bath & Body Works Dupes?! – My Autumn Candles

What’s this? Me writing a blog post – holy crap. I know – hey it’s me. It’s been a while right? I guess I ended up having a little bit of an unplanned blogging break – sometimes it happens right? Safe to say I’ve definitely missed writing though.

The last time I posted – people were still trying to deny that Autumn had *officially* started – but now there is definitely no denying it. It’s literally in full swing – the dark morning/evenings are starting, leaves literally COVER the paths wherever you go, and I’ve had to start wearing my coat every morning. One thing I’ve also been doing? Burning candles all frickin’ day. Not only because they make your room feel cosy & smell amazing, but also so I can finish them and buy even more candles for winter time (lol).

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Unfortunately as we do not have a Bath & Body Works in the UK, and I’m a little bit sceptical about ordering through mail services (thanks to customs etc), I try to find alternatives. Now, last year B&M did an amazing range of candles that were literally like BBW dupes – so as soon as September hit I hurried there to see if they had any more this year. Lo & behold, they did not let me down. I got some AMAZING ones. The scents that I couldn’t leave without were:

Mahogany Apples – a beautiful, fresh, crisp apple scent – perfect for during the day when you want something light burning.

Apple Pumpkin Spice – a more spicier scent, but is still very sweet thanks to the apple & pumpkin together. I love to burn this in the evenings as it makes your room smell SO AUTUMNAL & COSY

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Fresh Baked Cookies – of course, you need some sort of bakery smelling candles during Autumn, and I love this because it is definitely not sickly. It has more of a spicy scent.

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Brown Sugar Allspice – I actually had this from last year but I’ve seen it in B&M this year so it’s still there if you want to pick it up. This is again a lovely sugary scent with some spicy notes – I find this more suited to Christmas time but I still love burning it.

That is all I got from B&M – they did have a lot more, including a Marshmallow by the Fire scent, however I’ve never really been a fan of scents like this so I have always avoided them. I am so chuffed with the scents I managed to pick up, and think I contained myself pretty well too. All these are an absolutely steal at £3.99 too – considering they burn SO well and fill your room with their scent AND it lingers after. I highly recommend checking out B&M when you’re next picking up some essentials from there. And also keep an eye out at Christmas time – because they have a lot then!

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Another place that has been absolutely fantastic for candles is literally my heaven on earth: Homesense. I’m that crazy girl who plans a trip every season so I can buy things to deck out my room. Of course – I checked out their candles section too. I found one (yes only one – I had to control myself) that smells absolutely AMAZING. Unfortunately I have no idea what brand it is (boo!), all I can do is show you the packaging. It cost me £7.99 which is fab because the candle is bloody huge and burns amazingly. The scent is Sweet Pumpkin, and it literally smells exactly like that. I adore this candle – definitely one of my faves.

Homesense have already got some amazing candles for Winter/Christmas time – a very popular brand at the minute is DW candles – I brought a lot of my summer candles from them and I highly recommend them. The good thing is you can find DW candles in TKMAXX and Homesense, so keep an eye out.

So these are my top picks for where to find bargain candles for Autumn – let’s hope next year we fix up and get a Bath & Body Works here ey? For now though – I hope you find some candles that you love – and let me know if you spot anymore !

Lots of Love,

Saira xx

 

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Reasons I LOVE Autumn

So it’s no surprise to anyone that follows me on ANY form of social media that I am completely and utterly obsessed with Autumn. As soon as the end of August passes, I am in full Autumn mode. Yep I’m that annoying blogger wishing away the summer months and already talking about Halloween and Bonfire night. I just can’t help it. As much as I enjoy the warm summer nights, BBQ’s & the Body Shop Pina Colada range, my heart lies with Autumn. I have the biggest list of reasons why I love Autumn and what makes it the absolute best time of year ever. Hope you enjoy reading them m’loves, and maybe even some of you hardcore summer lovers will be excited.

 

Stocking up on all the knitwear

Is there anything better than buying new jumpers/cardigans to cuddle up in? Deffo not. I’m already set to raid my local Primark for all the cosy jumpers. Not to mention boots, scarves, gloves, cosy PJ’s….

Costa festive drinks

I’m SO excited for the tasty new combinations, the new festive cups, cosy afternoons spent in Costa – and yes I am 100% a Costa over Starbucks girl. Always. 2nd November guys – keep the date in the diary.

Autumn walks

Sure walks are nice when it’s Summer and you have the sun beaming down on you & are surrounded by flowers – but I much prefer crisp, cool autumn walks. Cosying up with your coat & scarf, seeing all the leaves changing colour and walking through all the crunchy ones that have just fallen. Also – I LOVE when all the conkers have fallen and you can go and pick them. There is just something about it that takes me right back to my childhood.

All the cosy-ness

I’m taking cosy blankets, fuzzy socks, big cardigans and a million candles. And the days getting darker mean you can come straight home from work, light all the candles and cosy up. Literally my happy place.

 

Berry lips

Of course – you can wear berry/plum lipsticks any time of year – but I think we all know they have a special place during the Autumn months. Rimmel 107, you will become my best friend again.

Burgundy & mustard clothes

These two are probably my most favourite colours to wear EVER. And again – they scream Autumn. I cannot wait to start to start rocking oversized jumpers in both of  these colours.

Halloween & Bonfire Night

I absolutely love both of these holidays SO much – I cannot wait to deck my room out for Halloween and spend the day watching scary films (my fave) and eating sweets. Don’t even get me started on how much I love Bonfire night – I tend to prefer being at home with a cosy fire, hot chocolates & sparklers, rather than a big display. Then – it’s countdown to the C word (don’t worry even I know it’s to early to mention that!)

 

Candles everywhere

If there is one time you are allowed candles burning all the time in EVERY single room in your house, it’s Autumn. I love buying all the Autumn scented candles and lighting them for more or less the whole day. I’ve already bought a few this year and have my eye on a few more – probably will end up doing an Autumn candle collection too! We just need a Bath & Body Works in the UK so I can buy all of them too – petition anyone?

Spending weekends doing NOTHING is allowed

During summer – you almost feel like you HAVE to do something to ‘make the most of the summer weather’ – whereas when the months get colder (and evenings darker), it is almost acceptable to have Harry Potter marathons on the weekend, and eat endless amounts of food. My kinda weekend.

I could literally go on for ages about all the things I love when Autumn comes around – I’d love to know the reasons you love Autumn too (or hate it – even though I know VERY few people who do, and if you are one of them we can’t be friends). Lol. Joking guys.

Anyway – expect to see more posts coming your way – including all my autumn candles I have and my bucket list (eeek!). I’ve done a bucket list for every season this year and Autumn by far is the one I’m MOST excited for!

Gonna love ya & leave ya know – sending you ALL the love for the support & lovely messages you leave me. I appreciate them so so much!

Love,

Saira xo

Autumn Candle Collection – UNDER £10

Hey hey!

Hope you have had a fab week! Are all of you feeling autumnal yet? If not I can guarantee this post will help AND it will make you WANT to go shopping. I apologize in advance (hehe).

Now… if there is one thing that goes hand in hand… it is Autumn and candles. AM I RIGHT OR AM I RIGHT?  There is just something about getting in after a long day, getting into your PJ’s and lighting a candle. They just make you feel calm and relaxed… and most importantly.. SO FRICKIN’ COZY. I don’t know about you… but I love having a variation of candles to pick and choose from… sometimes I am feeling a fresh, clean scent (apple scented candles are AMAZING), and sometimes I fancy something a little on the spicier side (yep.. gingerbread I am looking STRAIGHT at you). Whichever you fancy… I have a candle JUST for you. So… pack away those summery, floral, pineapple scents.. and get yourself some spicy, pinecone-y (is that even a word) autumn-y candles.

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FYI.. everything I talk about is under a tenner.. and easy to find in your local homeware shops. Thank me later.

Wickford & Co

Where: Home Bargains

How Much: £2.99

Scents I Have: Gingerbread & Apple Cinnamon

This is probably the biggest bargain I found… I actually showed them in my recent haul and I am honestly obsessed. Gingerbread is a beautiful, spicy/sweet scent and literally makes your room smell like you have just baked a batch of gingerbread men. Apple Cinnamon smells exactly like apple pie… I can imagine your room would smell like a bakery at Autumn time if burnt at the same time. If you love your foodie scents (ahem.. my fave type of candle scent).. these are perfect. They also make a nice change to the usual vanilla cupcake/cookie scents that are popular.

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Village Candles

Where: Hallmark

How Much: £5.99 for a small jar (when on offer, usually I think they are £7)

Scents I Have: Crisp Apple & Peppermint Bark

If you want a candle that is an exact dupe of Yankee Candles… you need to get your hands on some of these guys… they are FAB! The scent of these is POWERFUL… you can definitely smell this one for hours after you have blown out the candle. Crisp apple is my fave for burning on a Saturday morning during Autumn time… I just feel like it sets the mood perfectly! Peppermint Bark is perfect for evenings when you are in your PJ’s with a hot chocolate.. feeling ALL cozy. I absolutely LOVE that about candles.. they really can help set an amazing atmosphere, whatever your mood!

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Essence Candles

Where: B&M

How Much: £2.99

Scent I Have: Brown Sugar Allspice

I desperately wanted to get more of these because they look absolutely stunning on your coffee table/dresser… but there was only one scent I liked! The jar and lid combination of this is just absolutely gorgeous (the lid is metal with leaves imprinted on it!)… It is practically a dupe of the Bath and Body Works candles! Now… I was not the biggest fan of this scent when I first tried it.. BUT it has definitely become a favourite of mine! It is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy… and just reminds me so much of a cinnamon hot chocolate! This candle is an amazing dupe for the BBW candles.. but literally at a fraction of the price! They unfortunately do not burn as evenly as the others… but the scent is just as good! I just WISH I could get my hands on more scents!

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Better Homes

Where: Home Bargains

How Much: £2.99

Scent I Have: Pomander & Pinecone

This is probably the spiciest candle of them all… and it literally makes your room smell like a forest at Autumn! I think this would make an amazing candle for your hallway.. so every single person that walks through your home gets the STUNNING scent of Autumn. The only way I can describe the scent is that potpourri that lived in a ceramic bowl when you were younger that had a mix of pinecones, dried leaves and oranges. Yum.

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SO…. these are all the candles I have picked up for Autumn.. I was so tempted to get more.. but I had to stop myself. After all, I’ll  be getting more for Christmas time right?

Thank you SO much for reading.. and let me know if you have picked up any candles for Autumn too! I’ll see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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How to: Perfect Christmassy Afternoon♥

Hi my lovelies!

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

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

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

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

Recipe for Cupcakes:

Makes 24

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

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Method:

Put 24 red cake cases in muffin pans

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

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Frosting!

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

Ingredients:

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

Method: 

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

Peppermint Frosting:

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

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Cinnamon Frosting:

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

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Chocolate Frosting

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

Green Frosting

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

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

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

HOW TO: Whipped Gingerbread Scrub

You will need:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love

Saira xo

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♥November Faves!♥

Happy Sunday lovelies!

How has your weekend been? Well.. all I can say is that Storm Desmond (those of you in the UK will KNOW about this!) has definitely been causing many issues – the weather has just been awful. Strong winds, lots of rain … it has just been a nightmare! I really want to take some outfit pictures today – let’s see how kind the storm will be to me (probably not much to be fair .. boo!)

Anyway …. This post is going to be my November FAVES .. I know what you guys are already thinking .. it is a little but late .. but better late than never right (blah what a cheesy saying ha!)

Dark Lipsticks ♥

So if you are a follower of my blog (if so you are a babe!), you will know how much I have been LOVING dark lipsticks at the moment. I really ventured out of my comfort zone of only wearing Carmex, and started to wear lipstick … and now I feel SO bare without it!

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My FAVES that have literally not left my on-the-go makeup bag are Rimmel’s 107 (middle)EVERY BLOGGERS FAVE – Well almost every :P, Make Up Revolution 100% Vamp (right), and Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in Dark Night Waterl-Oops (left). Also guys – have you noticed my little owl tray and glass hearts? I bought them both from B&M – I am trying to improve my photography and add cute little random things in my pictures – I think they add something a little extra! Also I have a very wintery background going on too – which is wallpaper that I stole  took after asking nicely from B&M ;).

Anyway – all 3 lipsticks are SO PRETTY! When I don’t want a VERY dark lip, I will just stick to 107, but on other days, I will wear 107 as a base and then but either of the 2 darker lipsticks on top. I LOVE YOU DARK LIPS – is it still acceptable to wear dark lipstick in the summer? 😛

Scarves♥

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Where would we be in November without scarves? It definitely started to get a lot chillier this month.. so of course huge, furry scarves became a favourite of mine. The two that I have been loving the most is this tartan, blanket style one from Primark, which you can see styled HERE. It is basically just like having a blanket round your shoulders, and is just the best thing EVER! AND IT WAS ONLY £5 – PRIMARK WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT YOU! The next one is my faux fur scarf – you guys are probably sick to death of seeing this but I think I wore it with almost half my outfits in November! It has been a FIRM favourite this month :D.

Clementines♥

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This might be weird to some of you – but I have been loving clementines SO much this month! I think they really come into season around this time of year, so are SO YUMMY! I probably take around 3 to work and eat them all (haha!). When I was younger, my parents would put a clementine at the bottom of our stockings at Christmas time – I think it used to be some tradition.. anyone else heard of this?

THIS make-up bag♥

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Now I actually received this little bag from LYDC London as a surprise (Thank you LYDC!) – and I fell in love with it! I love the iridescent colour of it – AND it is also the perfect size to fit my everyday make-up essentials in (which just includes lipstick, lipbalm, blotting sheets and a mirror). It is SO pretty, and is also so easy to find in the bottom of the dark pit that is my handbag :P. If you also want to purchase it, or anything else from LYDC London, you can get 10% off using the code “SAIRA10″… because they are just TOO KIND!

Barry M Bronzer, Blusher, Highlighter Palette♥

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Now this Barry M palette has been an absolute GEM this month – it has something for everyone – a gorgeous highlighter, bronzer, and 3 different blushers. The colours are so pigmented, and not too glittery at all. I can probably say it has been my most favourite product of ALL of November (woop!). It is so handy to have everything in one palette, and not be fiddling around in my make up bag for different products. Best of all, you can pick it up from Boots and Superdrug for ONLY £6.99! Now if that isn’t the bargain of the year – I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS! 😀

Candles♥

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Now this candle has already made quite a few appearances on my blog .. so you probably know how much I LOVE it.. I have been burning it through the whole month of November and now it has ALMOST GONE! The smell literally is like a freshly baked apple pie .. so yummy! I will be getting a Christmassy one soon .. which I cannot wait for!

So there we have my November faves lovelies .. I hope you enjoyed this post! It is now actually later on in the evening .. I have had quite a busy day! I took my car on the motorway for the first time (eeeek!), and then on the way home I popped to TK Maxx and B&M, and then stopped at KFC for some food! Phew! By the way guys TK Maxx have THE BEST house/kitchen stuff ever… especially at this time of year! If you have not already been I suggest you go and take a look .. sometimes you do have to look quite hard but that’s when you find the AMAZING THINGS! I bought something for a very exciting and festive post which I cannot wait to put up during the week! So make sure you check back on my blog angels!

Right lovelies… that is me done with this post – I am now going to do some laundry, maybe take some blog photos and then just relax! This weekend has gone by way too fast for my liking – I feel like I have not had any time to relax at all! Saturday was spent in Manchester, and Sunday was spent doing lots of shopping! I may have a Lush bath later on… I think I deserve it!

Hope you have a lovely Sunday night angels … See you in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

A Day Spent in Holmfirth

Happy Saturday loves!

Hope you have all had a lovely week :). Mine, as usual was spent working and blogging! Yesterday (Friday night), we normally have a takeaway night in, but we actually decided to go out for dinner for a change which is always nice! I actually felt so tired after, and ending sleeping as soon as we got home (whoops!), and woke up at around 11:30pm (crazy Friday night I know :P). I then stayed up for a while and caught up on some blogs, then went back to bed! As I am sure you all know, napping at that time is never a good idea – and resulting in me waking up at 5:30am on Saturday morning, not being able to go back to sleep! So here I am… writing a blog post 🙂

So.. this is going to be a fashion/life catch up post – updating you guys on what I got up to last weekend, and showing my outfit! Now, I am the type of person who loves finding new, cute places to explore, and living in Yorkshire, there are definitely plenty of little villages to have a wander round! So, we googled a few places, and drove on!

We actually ended up in a village called Holmfirth, which ended up being SUCH  a beautiful, picturesque place. It had SO many little shops and cafes, and was surrounded by the gorgeous countryside! The first shop we went into was AMAZING! It was hidden in a little corner near the canal, and was a vintage furniture shop (I have already decided that when we buy a house I want to buy ALL of my furniture from there).

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I am a lover of all things vintage, so love going in to shops like this, as well as charity shops and boot sales (where you can always find something special!)

We then drove to the actual village of Holmfirth, and had a mooch around the shops there (which I must say were just as amazing!) – and then found the cutest little cafe to have some lunch in!

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I had a hot chocolate and some homemade crepes, which were SO GOOD. My mum also ordered an amazing platter, which came with 3 bean salsa, hummus, salad and some pitta bread. It was so yummy – I cannot recommend this little cafe enough. The lady that worked there was one of the nicest people I have ever met, and she was so welcoming – I will definitely be visiting it again. The cafe is called “En Route” Cafe – if you are ever around the Holmfirth area, I suggest popping in for a coffee and cake :). At the time, it was also decorated amazingly for Halloween/Autumn, so I can only imagine it will look beautiful around Christmas time :D.

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We then went for a walk around the countryside, a quick drive around the village, before heading back home! It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday – we are going to try and make this a weekly thing, as it is always lovely to venture out into a city/village you have never been and see what it has to offer!

So.. onto the outfit itself.. On Saturday, I had a quick shopping trip, and picked up the most beautiful midi skirts from Primark (I will feature my purchases in my next blog post). I am a huge fan of midi skirts – although a few years back I did not dare wear them as I though I looked like a business women (I blame my age at the time :P). Now that I am slightly older (and wiser, tehehe), I think they are an amazing piece to have in your wardrobe. They definitely add an elegant look to an outfit, but I also will be pairing it with a graphic tee and some converse on casual days!

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The skirt is in the most beautiful burgundy shade, and is knitted too! I prefer this so much for the colder months, compared to the standard cotton style. I paired it with my fuzzy jumper which you have seen before (I loved the mix of textures), some black ankle boots, and a patterned hijab. As it got colder later on, I added my over-sized blazer. I wore Rimmel 107 on my lips, and my usual winged liner!

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Top – New Look (I think?!)

Skirt – Primark

Boots – Topshop

Hijab – Not sure – probably a little stall

Bag – Next

Lipstick – Rimmel 107 🙂

Blazer – New Look

And there we have it! I hope you enjoyed this post ladies :). I am now going to get ready to go to a new shopping centre that has just opened up (Ahh exciting :P).. And hopefully pick up some bits and bots that I need. I am not sure what I am getting up to for the rest of the weekend, but I will be taking some outfit photos, and thinking up new blog post ideas :). If you have anything that you want me to blog about, do let me know. By the way guys – I am looking to buy a better camera for my blog photos – any recommendations?

Right lovelies, hope you enjoy your Saturday.. I am over on twitter at @saira1816 if you want to say hello, and also on Instagram on throughtheglitterglass, if you want updates too!

Lots of love,

Saira xo

DIY Autumn Room Decor!

Evening lovelies!

It’s me again .. How are you all!? Hope you have all been very well :). Cannot believe this week is coming to an end, as well as the month! It will be Halloween in a few days! I hope you all had a read of my Halloween cupcakes post, and got some inspiration :).

Update on how may week has been so far .. I have just been at work, and am starting to get used to the darker evenings (it is now getting dark at around half 4!). Today at work was pretty crazy, from about 1:30pm, we lost access to ALL our systems, meaning we could not get ANY work done (!!!!). This led to most of us having a clear out of our desks (something we never get the time to do!), and then leaving work early! Pretty crazy right?!

So.. moving on, I have been SO excited to blog about this, as it combines so many of my favourite thing .. DIY’s, Autumn, and room decor! Now I know there are already Christmas decorations out (?!), but we are still in Autumn for at least a good month, so why not create some DIY decor for your room to make it feel/look autumnal! These things are SO cheap, quick and easy to make, and the only things I had to actually “purchase” was glue and tealights :). The rest of the things I had lying around the house and garden (leaves, conkers and sticks ;P). I really hope you give these a go, and let me know how you get on!

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Conker Candle Jar:

So… I actually had conkers from a few weeks back when we went to visit a country park. You can find these in a forest/park on the ground, but I am also sure you can pick fake ones up from craft shops/ebay! I also reused a candle jar, and used some ribbon that I had in my craft box.

Things you will need:

  • Empty candle jar
  • Conkers
  • Candle
  • Maroon Ribbon

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Directions:

The hardest part for creating this candle for me was actually getting the sticker off the candle! Firstly, if you have excess wax, put the jar in the freezer for an hour – this will cause the wax to shrink, and it will then fall out of the jar. Then, use nail varnish remover to remove any glue that is left over from taking off the sicker. Making the candle jar is pretty self explanatory really – you just fill the empty jar with conkers, place the candle in the middle, and wrap a ribbon round the top! So easy and simple!

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How CUTE does it look though?! You can also use acorns or pine-cones too, if you can’t get your hands on conkers :).

Leaf Candle Jar

So, over the weekend, I actually picked LOTS of leaves and sticks. You can of course use fake leaves if you want. I placed all these leaves on my kitchen worktop with heavy books on top for a few days, so they could flatten and be easier to work with. This candle jar is also very easy to make, however you need to leave it overnight to dry, as we do use PVA glue.

Things you will need:

  • Leaves
  • Jars
  • PVA glue
  • Battery operated flickering candles

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Directions: 

Cover the jar with PVA glue, and stick the leaves on there, covering the leaves in glue too. Make sure you use PLENTY of glue – don’t worry, it dries clear :). Leave to dry overnight, and that is all! I also finished it off with some ribbon wrapped around the top. I actually got this idea from Pinterest, and LOVED how it turned out. It is also easier to use the battery powered flickering candles in these jars :).

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I think it is such a stunning project, and really is worth trying :). I think the effect when it is dark looks gorgeous, and the pictures really do not give it justice!

Glittery Hanging Leaves

Things you will need:

  • PVA glue
  • Glitter
  • Leaves
  • Yarn

Directions

Cover your leaves in PVA glue, and sprinkle the glitter over them. Leave to dry overnight. Then, using a pin, make a hole in the top of the leaf, and thread some yarn through. These look so cute hanging on your wall or on your door/cupboard handles.

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Wooden Candle Jar

Things you will need:

  • Sticks
  • Empty Nutella jar
  • Ribbon
  • Candles
  • Hot glue gun

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Directions

Use a hot glue gun to glue individual sticks all around the jar. Hot glue guns are so much better because they dry so quick and are very strong :). Once you have stuck them all around, wrap a ribbon around it and place candles inside! I think this is such a unique and modern touch to a candle jar, and think it looks much more expensive that it actually was (I used an empty nutella jar and sticks guys .. you can’t get more cost effective than that!).

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Garlands of Leaves:

Things you will need:

  • Leaves
  • Thread

Directions:

Arrange your leaves in a order that you like, then using a needle and thread, thread the leaves together so they form a garland. SAM_2123

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So there we have it guys…lots of little projects to work on to make your room look so Autumnal, using things in your home and garden!

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I love these items so much, they really make your room feel so cozy! I think I will keep these until 1st December, then switch over to Christmassy things! I LOVE DIY room decor so much, as you can make items exactly how you want them. I had SO many more ideas, like a crochet leaf garland, jumper candle jars, a leaf bowl…. but this post would have probably been up even later if I featured them!

Let me know what you think of this post, and if you want to see other DIY projects :). Have a lovely night loves, I am going to relax for a while, then sleep!

See you in my next post loves! By the way, hello to all my new followers, and thank you so much for taking the time out to read my blog!

Night darlings,

Saira xo

Lush Goodies & Candles :)

Hi there angels 🙂

I hope you have all had a lovely Saturday! Can you believe that we are in October?! I absolutely love the month of October, as I feel this is when Autumn really starts :). I also hope your week has been amazing, whatever you have been up to! This morning, I gave my car in for MOT, and then me, my husband, brother, sister and baby niece drove to Whiterose Shopping Centre for an afternoon out!

Soo.. I have been looking forward to this weekend for quite a while, as this was when the Lush Christmas and Halloween goodies arrived in store! I know there were so many of you who were just as excited.. and I could not wait to put up a post showing you guys my picks!

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Now I have to admit, I was quite sensible and did not buy everything in the shop at once(even though my heart wanted this), as I want to actually use the products quickly, and once they are used, go out and buy more (hehehe). So, I picked the select few that I had been wanting to get my hands on for the longest time! I also have a few that I will pick up on later trips, such as Golden Wonder bath bomb and Fairy Dust (which I regret not picking up – I sprinkled it on my arm in store today and I can STILL smell it!).

So.. lets see what was in my Lush basket …

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I told you I was sensible! They have some absolutely amazing things this year, and things on my next wishlist include Bar Humbug bubble bar, Salt and Peppermint Bark scrub, Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb and the Fairy Dust powder! By the way, the “Dirty” hair cream was for my husband :).

Lets talk some more about these amazing products :D..

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I cannot even tell you guys how excited I was when Lush revealed they would be releasing a “Yog Nog” bath bomb – Last year I completely fell in love with the soap, and regretted not picking any more up when I had the chance. But then THIS BABY CAME INTO STORE! It smells exactly like the soap, if not a little “spicer”, but it still has that amazing sweet caramel undertone :D. I am probably the most excited to try this bath bomb (Ok, I am excited about everything new, but this probably a little more than the others, hehe).

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I am so glad that Lush have made “Lord of Misrule” available everywhere now, as this is probably one of my most favourite scents ever. I have to say .. I left out buying the shower cream, as I didn’t think the scent was as strong as I had expected it to be.. Oh well, the bath bomb is amazing, and I definitely recommend this! It turns your water the most gorgeous deep red/maroony colour after, and is so much fun to watch, as it is a slow fizzer and goes from green to pinky/purple! Love it so much :).

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Now, I don’t think The Experimenter is a Christmas goodie, but I could not resist picking it up.. after recommendations and having a demo of it in store, I needed it in my basket! It is one of the most colourful bath bombs ever, and I know I will have so much fun watching this one!

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Oh yes… I finally got my hands on Snow Fairy! This smells absolutely divine, and I want to purchase Candy Mountain bubble bar and Fairy Dust powder, so I can match the scents and smell like marshmallows and candy all day :).

So.. they were my purchases from Lush… I love going there so much – the staff are so friendly and it is always an exciting experience when you discover something new, as there is so much stuff to choose from! Make sure you check out Lush, and have a good look at all their Christmas goodies, they really are amazing!

After my Lush trip, I was feeling very festive and “autumnal” – if that is even a word, so wanted to see if I could pick up a candle that would become my signature scent for this season. Oh my goodness, I found the perfect one!

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This is “Hot Apple Pie” by Mia Bella Candles … guys I cannot even tell you how AMAZING this smells, it literally smells exactly like the name, and just reminded me so much of Autumn! The sales assistants are literally the nicest ladies ever – I picked mine up from their stall at the Whiterose Shopping Centre in Leeds – make sure you check them out if you are ever there! It cost £12.99, which I think is reasonable – I had it burning about an hour ago, and I can still smell it on the way upstairs and in my room! They are also paraffin free and don’t release soot, so are really clean to burn. I cannot recommend them enough, check them out on http://www.miabellacandles.co.uk  🙂

So, we then had lunch at “Handmade Burger” – it was my first time there and the food was absolutely delicious! I had the Peri Peri Chicken Pitta and seasoned fries (yummy!) – also guys the Handmade Burger in Whiterose provides Halal chicken if you request it :).

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And that is what I got up to this afternoon! I have been so excited all week for this blog post to go up.. so I really hope you enjoy reading it! I have also taken some more outfit pictures which will be up in a later post – as well as choosing some things/products for a September Favourites post, which everybody has been doing, and inspired me too :). I will also have the DIY beauty post up soon, which I am very excited to share with you!

So, I am now going to enjoy my mums cooking (she has made brown rice and chicken curry – yum!), and then watch TV, and catch up on some amazing blogs! Love my wild Saturday nights ;).

I hope you have an amazing evening my loves.. and thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog/follow me on twitter/like my post on Instagram – I really cannot tell you what it means to me to read your sweet comments – you guys are the best!

Lots of love,

Saira XO