Becoming A Morning Person – 5 Of The BEST Ways

Hands up who despises the sound of your alarm in the morning? I’m guessing the majority of you have your hands up right now (or at least you’re thinking about it). The thought of getting out of your cosy bed and dragging yourself to the bathroom (after snoozing your alarm of course), only to rush around trying to get out of the house to work before your boss notices you’re 20 minutes late. Shit. Sound familiar? Or maybe you just kept snoozing your alarm and realised it’s now past noon, and that’s your whole morning lost. You then spend the rest of the day catching up and rushing around trying to get started on your never ending to-do list. Trust me – I know the exact feeling because I was exactly like this a few years ago. A night owl. I’d stay up late at night, and then sleep in until midday – only to find myself feeling grumpy, unproductive and unmotivated. I felt like I’d lost most of my day and didn’t feel like I wanted to tackle anything too hard. Of course – the sleeping in until midday disappeared when I started working full time, but I still despised mornings. 

 

I then decided I wanted to be one of those people who loved mornings – up early and ready to tackle my day with whatever it threw at me. I wanted to enjoy mornings and really make the most out of each day. And you know what? It IS possible to become a morning person (if you want to of course), and not only that but to love your mornings too. 

A few of the little reasons why I love my early mornings:

The calmness you feel. Not many other people are awake, you have some time to reflect on what your day is going to be like and are able to plan on what you want to achieve. You also have time to think about any stressful thoughts you might have had from the day before – everything seems better after you’ve slept on it – and you can spend this time planning on how to overcome that.

No rushing around. You know you have time in the mornings to relax a little before your busy day starts. You can sit down and enjoy breakfast, you avoid any major traffic on the way to work because you’re travelling earlier than everyone else, and you have time when you eventually get to work to plan your day ahead. Or if it’s not work, you can start planning your housework/any task you have to do that day without rushing.

The little things really help. Having the time to make your bed in the morning really helps with making you feel like you’ve already accomplished something before you even leave the house. Hearing the birds when you wake up can do so much good for your mood. Being able to just grab your bag and go without any last minute dashes help avoid that panic and stress that you might have forgotten something.

So what are the ways that helped me become a morning person? It takes some serious determination, and you have to really want it to make it your regular routine – but for me it has helped me become so much more productive and motivated.

Getting enough rest & waking up at the same time

Of course, the first obvious step is to get a good night’s rest before you even consider waking up early on a morning. Sleeping at 3am and waking up again at 5:30am ain’t working for anyone. Getting a good nights sleep is so important – but that’s a whole other post ey? Anyway, get yourself to bed early and leave those long Netflix sessions for the weekend. Also – it helps to wake up at more or less the same time everyday. Meaning if you have an alarm for 6am for work, to help you get into the routine, set that for your weekend too. For me, I found once I was in the routine, I couldn’t allow myself to stay sleeping past 7am on a weekend. My mind was always just buzzing to get up and get stuff done.

No snoozing – and no flipping through your phone.

 

This is probably the hardest thing you’re going to tackle guys. It’s so hard to not snooze your alarm when it first goes off. But you need to have sheer determination to get yourself out of bed at the first ring of the alarm. Another thing is to not start scrolling through your phone – leave that for when you’re having your breakfast. Checking your phone is one of the biggest time wasters in the morning, you tell me how it always ends up being half an hour hour when you thought it was only 10 minutes?

Have something to look forward to to help motivate you out of bed

The one thing I always look forward to in the morning which gets me out of bed is the variety of Lush shower gels I have to choose from when I have my shower. A bit sad I know – but hey it works for me. Also – showering in the morning is the best thing ever if you want to feel awake straight away. Trust me, I’m like a whole new person after my shower. You could try having an exciting breakfast, a new skincare product or some makeup to use, a new outfit .. it doesn’t have to be major. Just something to make you that little bit more excited to get your ass out of bed. 

Make time for your breakfast

 

I’m gonna go ahead and say the most cheesiest line that you know couldn’t be avoided in a post like this – but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So take the time out to sit down and have something you enjoy. Also – help save some work in the morning by prepping stuff the night before. I was obsessed with overnight oats, however since being pregnant I’ve COMPLETELY gone off them! So I always tend to have some toast with fruit in the morning. Other good ideas that you could prepare the night before is some chopped fruit that you could then add yoghurt to in the morning, get some fruit/veg together to blitz up a smoothie, or even bake some of those fancy breakfast muffins the night before. I’m considering doing a whole post on breakfast foods if you guys fancy that – holla at me. Also use THIS time to sit and catch up on your phone – this is when I tend to have a scroll through my Instagram.

Prepare for your morning

Last but not least – get as prepared as possible the night before. Things like going to sleep in a tidy room, having your outfit sorted/ironed the night before, preparing your bag and having your lunch ready will all help make it easier to wake up in the morning and get going. You know all those morning tasks are done and you can just focus on getting ready, having some food and getting on with your day.

There you have it – some ideas that hopefully will make even the biggest night owls consider giving mornings a go. Hey, they’re not all that bad, and I can say from personal experience that I get SO much done in the morning, and also feel so prepared to tackle the harder tasks first thing too. My days are more productive and I feel like I’ve already accomplished things before I’ve even left the house.

That’s all for now folks – hope this helps some of ya and you’ve enjoyed reading. I’m now off to tackle my laundry and then hunt down this Makeup Revolution concealer. IT WILL BE MINE.

Lotsa love,

Saira xxxx

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How To Motivate Yourself To Blog

Do you ever get those days where you want to sit down and write down all the blog posts you have in mind – but it just does not happen. No matter how much you want to, the words just don’t come. Your motivation is non existent, and everything else just seems so distracting. You spend hours scrolling through the internet, watching cat videos & conspiracy theories (ahem, not me), but you know you should be typing up that review of your new makeup brushes…

Now – in the (almost) 2 years I’ve been blogging (wow has it been that long?!), I have found that certain things really help me get in the right blogging mind, not just the inspiration side but also writing. Of course – whenever I find certain things that help me blogwise -it’s always a good idea to share them. I know that most bloggers go through the same thing (we rant about it on Twitter all the time right guys) – so ya gal here as got some things that can help you feel inspired & motivated when you are in a bit of a slump.

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Have a blog set up

For some people, they can find the inspiration to write anywhere – whether that is on the bus/train, on their lunch break or on the sofa whilst watching TV. For me – I need a proper set up. I’m talking cosy pillows & blankets, a cuppa & plenty of candles & fairy lights. Even in the summer, I love having candles & a warm drink. I find just being in this sort of chilled environment helps me stay motivated and want to write. It also inspires me to come up with ideas too. If I’m ever feeling a little lost for ideas, I just get in my cosy environment & think about the things that have effected me recently & what I’ve been loving – and some ideas always spring into my head !

Pinterest is your SAVIOUR

Pinterest has so many ideas & inspiration – if I’m ever stuck for ideas I always have a trawl through Pinterest. Whether it is inspo for some post ideas or blog/Instagram shots – Pinterest always has something to help. Plus – making season themed boards is SO much fun – have you SEEN the Autumn ones?!

Sometimes your thoughts/feelings are the best posts

For a while, I’d only feel motivated to blog if I had new beauty products/an interesting, hot topic to post about – simply because I felt like that was what brought in the most views. This eventually made me stress out when I didn’t have anything ‘exciting’ to post about. Then one day – I just literally sat down & wrote a whole blog post about everything that was on my mind. It was almost like a diary entry – and I posted it – and not only did it get a good response, but I felt like a massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders too. I actually LOVE reading personal, diary-like blog posts too – I think they help you really connect with the blogger too. So, don’t feel disheartened if you don’t have any new products to talk about – your thoughts are enough loves.

Read other blogs & gain inspiration 

Now – I’m not saying go and copy another bloggers post idea – they probably worked their ass off to not only come up with the idea, but to put the whole thing together. But – getting inspiration from other blog posts is definitely a way to motivate yourself and get some ideas. I always feel so out of the loop when I don’t read other blogs, so I always make sure I set aside some time every few days to have a scroll through my fave blogs. Funnily enough – I always find I miss writing blog posts when I read others – so that always helps me get motivated!

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Lastly – blog for YOURSELF & because you LOVE it

Sometimes – no matter what you do – the words/motivation just don’t come to you. If this happens to me, I find taking a few days out really helps. This usually leads me to find inspiration and realise how much I miss blogging. Also – blog because you LOVE to, not because you’re trying to get the next PR package or some extra followers. Blogging is so much fun & it should be something that you do to relax & unwind – but if it is becoming something that stresses you, it’s time to take a few days out. Trust me – you will come back feeling more motivated than ever!

There we have it – a few little pointers that I always find help motivate and inspire me to write when I am having one of those rubbish, slump moments with my blog. If you have other tips you use – make sure to let me know !

Guys – I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the next few months – it is almost AUTUMN – I am already planning my “reasons to be excited for Autumn” post – as well as some other content. I have a few Summer themed posts coming up – then it is ALL about Autumn (how many times did I say Autumn then!?).

Take care m’loves – and I will see you all in my next post!

Love, Saira x

Blog Photography 101♥

Hiya lovelies!♥

Hope you have all had a wonderful week.. and also enjoyed your Bank Holiday.. how does it seem so long ago already?!

I wanted to do a post that would hopefully help A LOT of you lovely guys out there… Recently I have been having SO many compliments on my blog photos (you are a lovely bunch.. I could just squeeze you all!)… so I thought what better thing to babble on about than photography!

Quick little disclaimer too.. I am by NO means a professional.. I just take photos for my little blog and for fun too.. and everything that I have learnt has been through experience and knowledge picked up here and there from other bloggers! I have been blogging for around 8 months.. and I can honestly say that I think my photos have improved massively! SO.. without further ado… lets get on with it… woo!

The Basics♥

Background

Decide on what background you want. This is completely personal and up to you – whether you want a bright, colourful background, a white, marble background (the standard blogger background – and my personal fave!).. the choice is completely yours! Now this is where DIY shops come in handy… remember when your parents were re-decorating the living room and they took home about 20 different wallpapers to see what went well together? WELL… you can do exactly the same (tehehe).. so pop into B&M or B&Q and take a few “samples”.. just don’t go too crazy (ha!). Another thing that can work amazingly is a plain canvas! I also want to incorporate different textures into my background.. i.e. faux fur or blankets.. I have seen quite a few people do this and it looks GORGEOUS and really adds something to their images!

Location

Girls.. FIND YOUR BLOGGING SPOT. Whether that is a corner in your bedroom, the hallway.. the bathroom.. find a location that works for you! Now.. I mean a location where there is plenty of natural light, lots of room for you to move around, and NO CLUTTER! I like to use the space in the spare living room, right next to the window! It is also worth keeping a box/basket where you can keep items you regularly use in photos (such as props.. MORE on these later!). I am honestly DREAMING of the day I have my own office/blogging/vlogging room… but for now.. my living room will do!

Camera

Should I be honest with you girlys? The camera I use is a Samsung 16MP HD digital camera that Saj (the hubby) got me whilst we were at Uni (5 years ago). Yep. I would LOVE to invest in an Olympus Pen (THE perfect blogging camera).. but when you have a mortgage to save up for… it is (unfortunately) not the first thing on my shopping list (boo!!). I WILL GET ONE SOON! Hint… it is my birthday in July.. just saying. ANYWAYS.. the whole point of that little babble was to reassure you that any camera you have is FINE. Whether you have a Canon (dreamy), or are using your iPhone… your photos will still be FAB!

Editing

Now… for me … I had to include editing in this Basics list guys. Trust me.. it makes a MASSIVE difference into how eye catching/professional your photos look. Don’t be scared.. you do not have to do any fancy editing whatsoever! Just stick the brightness/highlight/contrast up a little bit.. and if you have bright colours… a teeny increase on the saturation never hurts. I use Pic Monkey for editing my blog photos.. it is SO easy to use.. and it is free! It is also pretty foolproof too.. so you should definitely check it out!

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So lovelies.. that is my advice on the basics of blog photos! These should hopefully help if you are just trying to up your blog photo game.. and are some good starting points!

NOW.. if you have mastered the basics (which I am sure you will… there really isn’t much to it.. hehe)… you can move onto the ADVANCED points. OK… they are not really advanced.. it is just things that take that little bit more effort.. and I feel are essential if you really want to up your blog photo game.

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Flat Lays

Ohhh .. nothing better than a good old flat lay image. Yes they take that little bit more time, yes they cause you to have a sore back, yes you look like an absolute BOOB when you are taking them.. but THEY MAKE A DAMN GOOD PHOTO! I only really started taking flat lays a few months into blogging.. now every photo of mine has to be one hehe! I thought I would share some of the tips/tricks I have picked up along the way!

One word. Chair. Enough said.

Props are literally your best friend when it comes to flat lays. I like to think of my flat lays as telling a little bit of a story (weird I know, haha!).. but I find that this helps me so much! See one of my favourite flat lays below:

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This was from my Teen Make Up Post.. and I used props that I associated with being young (the old generation iPod, baby lips lip balm, a very retro looking mascara).. and I loved how this image turned out! 

Use one item as a “base” item. Then add other items that associate with that! For example.. use a glass of water (very basic I know)… then add some pretty drinking straws, some fake flowers.. maybe a funky little tray.. AND YOU ARE DONE! It really is all about getting creative and letting your personality shine in your photos!

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Confetti makes all the difference. Especially if you have a plain white background.. confetti just makes the image look extra special and eye catching. Trust me.. grab some confetti and go wild. Just keep the hoover close by.. you will make a mess, ha!

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Don’t go overboard. For me.. there is nothing worse than my flat lay looking too crowded. I like to be able to see the background too.. and I know when I have added way too much to my photos! Just experiment and see what looks right!

Lighting

For over 7 months of my blogging life.. I stuck to natural light/editing… and I was happy. HOWEVER.. once I started YouTube.. I realized lighting was that LITTLE bit more of an essential. I have included it in this Advanced section because I happily took all my photos without them… and you can too. However.. if you are able to invest in some.. I would say do it. They make taking blog photos so much easier… you do not have to worry about shadows, everything just looks more “crisp”, and you can take your photos at more or less any time and not worry about natural light as much! I use soft box lighting.. and I picked them up for £30 on eBay.. not bad at all ey?!

 Props

Anything makes a good prop. Beauty products, fake flowers, little bunnies, lipsticks… trust me.. have a Blog Prop Box with ANYTHING you find around the house and use it in your photos! It makes them so much more fun to look at! As mentioned before.. try not to add too many in one photo! A perfect example would be:

  • Your favorite beauty items
  • Some fake flowers
  • Small glass hearts
  • Some seasonal items (bunnies for Spring time!)

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DONE!

Lastly.. BE CREATIVE! Your blog and the photos you take are all about showing you and your personality. Get as creative as you want! If you want.. you can even make each of your images have a specific colour theme/beauty theme.. anything goes!

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General Tips♥

Take plenty of photos

 Trust me.. the last thing you want is to take maybe 5″good” photos, put all your set up away, upload your photos.. and realize you hate every single one. Oh yes.. it happened to yours truly. AND it was a nightmare! Take as many photos from one angle, then move to another, and ANOTHER. This just means you have plenty to pick from!| I usually have around 80 photos to pick from.. and only end up using 8-9 ha!

Avoid the flash

The flash is evil. It makes your photos look washed out and weird. I have NEVER had any luck when using the flash.. so I recommend avoiding it! Stick to your natural light/soft box lighting… it looks SO much nicer!

Try not to over-edit

You want your pictures to look bright, crisp and clear. You do not want a blue/orange toned photo, or an image that is WAY to bright to look at! As I mentioned previously, a little bit of an increase in the contrast/brightness/highlight is all you need.

Designate a blog photo taking day

This will make your blogging experience so much easier! Set up your little photography studio (ahem .. in that little corner of your bedroom).. and take 2-3 posts worth of blog photos on one go! This means that everything you need is in one place.. and you are not running back and forth searching for your items to photograph! It also helps when you are writing.. as your photos will always jog your memory of what you are talking about!

Some Quick Instagram Tips!!

I thought I would add in some SPEEDY tips for Instagram photos!

  • Take these at the same time you take your blog photos! It makes complete sense right.. you have everything set up.. why not? I like to take my weekly set of Instagram pics so they are all set to go up!
  • For convenience.. take them on your phone camera! This means they are easy to access and quicker to edit too! I use PS Express to edit my Instagram photos.. and I use the same editing style for these too!

So loves.. that is my advice for blog photography! I personally think photos are SO important.. and are one of the main things that drive people to your blog! EVERYONE loves seeing lovely, bright images… so I really hope you are able to pick up on some of these things to help you!

I hope this post was informative.. I would love to know any tips you have, as I am always willing to learn more! Remember to just have fun and be as creative as possible! Thank you SO much for reading darlings.. and I cannot wait to see you in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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What Blogging Has Taught Me♥

Hiya lovelies!!♥

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flat lays give you the worst back ache EVER♥

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

Weekends/Evenings become blog orientated♥

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

SO much more happens behind the photo♥

This is what you see:

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This is what I see

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Say hello to Cookie!

There is ALWAYS someone to talk to♥

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

The blogging community is SO supportive!♥

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

You can never have enough fake flowers/props♥

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

Blogger Emails/Mail is the most exciting thing EVER♥

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

Blogging is the best decision I ever made♥

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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How To: Get Clear Skin♥

Well HEY THERE sweeties!!♥

I cannot even TELL you how chuffed I am to be writing a blog post!! I will be honest.. I MISS days I don’t get the chance to blog.. I honestly wish I could write a post EVERY DAY!! But you all know there are just NOT enough hours in the day!!! I also LOVE setting days aside where I can spend time catching up on other blogs/YouTube videos… I personally think it is SO important to spend time reading your blogging buddies’ hard work.. remember they probably put JUST as much effort into their posts.. and we ALL know the amazing feeling we get when people LOVE your post!! So go on angels.. SHARE THE LOVE!!

RIGHT loves… I wanted to share a beauty post with you all today WOOP! ‘CAUSE WE ALL LOVE A GOOD BEAUTY POST RIGHT?! So.. something that I am sure is important to probably EVERYONE here is having clear skin!! Now of course.. I know there are SO many factors that can affect how clear your skin is… such as genes, environment, makeup etc… but I wanted to give you a few tips on what has worked for me… and HOPEFULLY some of these will work for you too lovelies!!

My Skin♥

I think it is important to talk a TEENY bit about my skin first (this is always helpful right!?)… so if you have a similar skin type to me.. maybe we can be beauty product twins?

I have combination skin – My t-zone is VERY oily (boo!).. and my cheeks tend to either be normal, or slightly dry. I rarely get breakouts.. fast food (aka the yummiest food ever) is the main cause of any spots I get. Also.. mucky make-up brushes (I know this sounds gross but we are all guilty of it.. yes I am looking at YOU girlies!) give me spots.. I need to learn!

So loves… I have recently REALLY started looking after my skin and got myself into a little routine.. and wanted to mix this up with some tips that YOU can use to get clear skin (hopefully!!!). Sound exciting? Well.. let’s get right on with the post!!!

Have a Proper Night Time Routine♥

Since I have got a good night time routine set up.. I notice ALL the difference in my skin in the morning! Think about it like this loves… you spend most of the day with a face full of make up on (usually), in a stuffy office/shop/classroom… and even your house for that matter… your poor skin will be exposed to all sorts of toxins/nasty stuff.. surely it deserves some extra TLC at night? NOW I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL GIRLIES.. by the time it gets to bed time.. you reach for your makeup wipes that you have on your bedside table, “remove” your makeup… and get straight to sleep. I don’t blame you for doing that either.. you are absolutely shattered, all you want is your bed. I was the same.. BUT I did notice that my skin just looked dull when I woke up… and did not have that “fresh faced” look… so I thought to myself.. “my skin deserves some loving”… and I set aside 15 minutes of my evening to fully focus on my night time routine!

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My Routine♥

First point of action.. thoroughly remove all make-up that is on my face! GET RID OF THOSE MAKEUP WIPES LOVES! Pick yourself up a cream cleanser/micellar water/cleansing balm.. whatever would work best for your skin! I find that the Supernatural Glorious Cleansing Balm works an absolute dream on my skin. It is a oil based product, and I rub the balm between my fingers then rub all over my face and eyes. The result is MELTED MAKEUP ALL OVER YOUR FACE! I then use a warm wash cloth to remove all of the makeup.. it literally just slides off and leaves your skin looking SO refreshed and clean!

I then use my ESSENTIAL PRODUCT.. if you do not have this.. GET IT OR SOMETHING SIMILAR. It has honestly made one of the biggest difference to how clear my skin is ! This dream product is the Magnitone Barefaced Facial Brush… I use it with either Movis Soap from Lush or Clinique’s Foaming Wash. Once this has been done.. I pat my face dry and move on to the next step! MOISTURIZING! Am I the only one who spends a good 5 minutes just giving myself a little facial massage every night? It helps so so much in reducing puffiness, giving a natural glow and lifting and firming the skin! Ooooh come on… who wouldn’t want to do that every night!! You also do not need some fancy, expensive moisturizer.. whatever works for you will be fine!! Hey.. I even use coconut oil on alternate nights (effective AND affordable!).. this is AMAZING! I am honestly thinking of doing a full post/video on coconut oil .. it is a dream product!

That is my little facial routine for the evenings.. trust me loves.. if you incorporate something like this into your evening.. you WILL notice a difference.. give it a go darlings and let me know how you get on!

Scrub A Dub Dub♥

Ahhhhh SCRUBS! In my personal opinion.. there is nothing that makes my skin look AS CLEAR than after I have used a scrub. And it is 100% understandable.. when  you use a scrub, you are basically removing all the dirt/dead skin (ew I know ha!) from your face and revealing clean & refreshed skin! I would recommend using a scrub 1-2 times a week.. It is best to not use it too often as you do not want to over-scrub your poor skin. Trust me loves.. add a scrub to your weekly face routine and notice the difference straight away. I highly recommend the St Ives Apricot Scrub, or the one below from Cylax (this was a very affordable one from a Pharmacy).. it has been a firm favourite of mine for years.. but I know there are SO many amazing ones out there! Let me know if you have any recommendations!

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Make Time for Masks♥

Ahhhh.. face masks… tell me someone who doesn’t love a good face mask.. even my husband and brother have been known to join in on my weekly routine! A face mask once or twice every week works an absolute TREAT for making your skin look clear! I would recommend the Lush ones HANDS DOWN.. they have fresh face masks for every single type of skin out there… AND THEY SMELL GORGEOUS AND ARE ALL NATURAL! Yay! Another FAVE of mine that just leaves my skin looking SO bright & clear is the Rituals Vitality and Energy mask. So darlings.. add in a mask 1-2 times a week.. and notice the difference in your skin! I have also been LOVING the Lush Full of Grace* serum to use after masks… it makes my skin GLOW.

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Clean Those Mucky Brushes♥

So.. as mentioned previously… one thing that gives me spots is if I am lazy and do not clean my make-up brushes! Now… I know we are all so guilty of doing this.. me included.. HOWEVER when I started noticing I was getting spots without changing anything in my routine.. I slowly realized it was those make-up brushes that hadn’t been cleaned…. hmmmm… gross I know! Now.. I ALWAYS try my best to wash them every week.. that way I know they will not affect my skin! I also recommend cleaning your phone on a daily basis, changing your pillow cases every week AND avoid touching your face! Little things like this really CAN make all the difference loves!

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Dealing With Spots♥

Ohhhh…. HOW ANNOYING .. you spend all that time perfecting your skin care routine.. and you STILL get that pesky spot.. grr!! Don’t worry.. I have the perfect thing that you can use!! Now.. this item does work a treat for me.. however EVERYBODY is different so I would not know if it would work in the same way for you (unfortunately!).. but that product is GERMOLENE! Now.. this is actually an antiseptic and anaesthetic cream.. usually used for cuts/bites & burns.. BUT can also be used on spots! Savlon is another similar product.. and I actually keep one in my handbag.. and anytime I ever do get the SLIGHTEST spot.. I put some of this on straight away.. and NO WORD OF A LIE GUYS… the spot has gone down within hours! If I ever notice any spots appear at night.. I apply a thin layer of this and they are almost invisible in the morning! It really is an amazing product that works SO well.. I highly recommend… as it is afforable too, yay! ALSO… avoid touching ANY breakouts you get.. this will only pass on germs to other areas of your face AND MAKE THINGS WORSE.. NOO! Just apply some Savlon/Germolene.. and leave them to heal on their own!

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Water.. And Plenty of It♥

If there is anything you take away with this post.. let it be this step lovelies!!It is probably the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to clear skin… And it is of course.. DRINKING WATER. We all know the benefits of drinking water so I am not even going to go into detail… just do it darlings! Buy yourself a pretty tumbler or bottle (I recommend Primark or B&M for cute ones!).. and set yourself a goal do drink at lease 2 litres a day! You will soon pick up the habit AND notice a massive difference in your skin! Yay!!

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So my loves… these are the steps I take to ensure my skin is as clear as I can get it ! Of course.. there are some miracle products that can cost A TON of money… but really all you need are a few essentials, plenty of glasses of water AND SAVLON FOR YOUR BREAKOUTS hehe. OH.. and try to get plenty of sleep.. I am still working on this though muahaha. 

I really hope this post helped some of you.. I am a massive believer that you do not have to spend a ton of money to get clear skin.. in fact most of it depends on what you put in your body.. so try to avoid takeaways too (these are the devil to me.. I ALWAYS get a few spots on a weekend when I eat naughty things.). Also… I was lucky enough to not suffer from acne when I was younger… but if you have scarring from acne.. try coconut oil or bio oil.. I know SO many people who use it and have noticed a massive difference! Remember darlings.. you know your skin better than anyone.. so try to use products specifically for your skin type… and if you do suffer from quite bad acne.. pop a visit to your doctor who should be able to help!

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

 

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HOW TO: Work Full Time & Blog♥

Hiya loves!♥

Hope you have all had a fabulous start to the week! Mine has been VERY busy and fun .. but VERY tiring. On Monday – I got up at 4:30AM for a 5 hour coach journey to London – SO tiring but I literally loved every minute of it! I am sure you all know that I went to my first big blogging event yesterday – which you will hear ALL about later on this week lovelies.. so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!

I am so excited for this post – because it is definitely something that is SO personal and applicable to me, and I know SO many of you have to deal with this too – and that is…  Keeping up a blog whilst having a full time job! 

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Now.. there are two different views that non-bloggers have of us bloggers – and they are.. “Oh, how hard can it be to take a few photos and write a few lines about make-up/clothes” – which I am sure we all know is SO NOT THE CASE.. and this comment can be SO annoying to hear haha! Then we have another.. “Wow.. how on earth do you have time to have a blog with a job etc..”.. this is definitely the question SO many people ask me! So.. perfect opportunity for a post right…… Oh come on let’s be serious ANY opportunity is perfect for a post hehe!

So.. I have been blogging for over 6 months now and usually aim for 3 posts a week… I work full time 8-5, Monday to Friday.. and think I have built up a few tips to ensure I make the most of my time – which means I am always SO happy with every single post I put up… and most importantly, that I enjoy every moment of blogging SO much!

Know Your Priorities

Obviously when you have a job.. you need to completely RULE OUT the hours you are at work and know that your time/mind must ALWAYS be in work mode. At the end of the day loves.. your job is what pays the majority of bills so work must ALWAYS come first… I know it is SO hard but make sure you have your head in the right place whilst at work, and NOT thinking about those beautiful shoes you picked up in the Topshop sale that are just WAITING to be pictured in your next outfit post. I know the struggle girls… but don’t worry – we will talk about making the most of our free time for our blog soon!

Planning

Wow.. I cannot even express to you all the IMPORTANCE of planning. I find it helps to have a “Blogging Journal” – this is my little life-saver when it comes to noting down what posts I am going to write and WHEN I am writing them/scheduling them etc. Unfortunately for us working girlies.. we cannot always think of a post and start writing it straight away.. (boo!!).. SO this is why planning is SO important. Personally, I make a note of the titles of my posts a week ahead, so I always know what I am writing for that week. I used to have a schedule for specific days and what I would post.. however this was a FAIL (haha!).. so now I just blog about whatever I want and put it up on whatever day I want! As long as I know what I am writing for the week – I am good to go!

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Make The Most Of Weekends

One thing that I ALWAYS do on weekends is take ALL my photos for the week ahead.. as we all know the struggles of taking pictures in RUBBISH lighting right? I like to set aside a few hours, get together all my products/blog props, find a GOOD spot and take pictures to my hearts content! ALL my outfit pictures are taken on the weekend too and I normally like to take two OOTD pictures in one go! I know SO many of you are aware of how TIME CONSUMING taking photos can be – so knowing that I have 3-4 lots of pictures ALWAYS helps when blogging! ALSO.. you can bulk write… however I am yet to do this as I much prefer writing my posts the day before I put them up.. I like my blog posts to feel like they are a conversation between myself and you lovely lot.. so if a post was written a week ago, I don’t feel like it has that “personal” touch!. HOWEVER.. it is completely up to you if you like to bulk write…It can definitely save SO much time!

Schedule Tweets

This has been an absolute LIFE-SAVER for me… I know I cannot spend my WHOLE day on Twitter.. as much as I would LOVE TO… so I always schedule tweets for when I am busy working away! This just means that all your hard work you put into your post the night before is still being seen by your lovely readers! It also means that you are not GLUED to your phone whilst you are supposed to be working hehe! My favourite programme to use is Buffer.. I definitely recommend it.. it is SO easy!

See Blogging As “Me Time”

For me.. my blog is my hobby and I absolutely LOVE coming home after a long day at work and either writing up my post, reading other blogs or editing photos! I see it as “me-time”, and I think the second you start seeing blogging as a “hassle” or a “job”.. it can start to be stressful and not enjoyable. Literally girlies.. I LOVE sitting down with a cuppa and just spending a few hours in my little blogging bubble! ALSO.. SO many Twitter chats are in the evening.. so you will be able to take part in SO many of these if you want to wind down after a long day at work! They are the BEST way to network with SO many other bloggers.. I LOVE them and have met SO many of my blogging babes through them!

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Do NOT Compare Yourself To Full-Time Bloggers

Remember – you have other priorities that take up your time on a daily basis – full-time bloggers can use their whole days to put time into their blog/social media/networking.. so you should never compare yourselves to them as there will be quite a difference! HOWEVER.. this is NOT to say your blog cannot be amazing.. OF COURSE IT IS… If you blog because you love it, then your blog will honestly be the best it can be.. regardless of how much time you have to put into it!

It Is OK To Have A Break

Don’t worry if it sometimes gets all too much.. if you need a break, TAKE IT! No matter how much you love your blog… if you just do not feel like blogging, DON’T DO IT. There is nothing worse than typing up a post you are just not 100% happy with, and feeling “forced” to upload it just for the sake of it. If one day… your job has just left you feeling SO tired.. take some time out. Working full time is tiring loves.. we all need time away from EVERYTHING every now and again. Have a lush bath, eat some chocolate, cry a little if you need to, get some well deserved rest.. and wake up the next morning feeling SASSY and ready to get back onto it!

So loves.. that is how I have managed to keep a blog that I am 100% happy with AND work full time too! Of course.. every blogger is different.. so I am SO open to any more tips any of you have! ALSO.. I know SO many of you are still at Uni/School AND have blogs… so I would love to know any tips you have! I also know there are SO many mummy bloggers who juggle work AND kids.. you are AMAZING.. I would LOVE to know how you manage too!! I really hope this post helped you in SOME way… make sure to let me know what you thought darlings!!

Right then angels… I still have another day off work.. before it is back for Thursday.. and then working from home on Friday… Phew! I am lucky to have had such a chilled out week .. I do SLIGHTLY miss the busy-ness of work though (I know call me crazy ha!). I cannot WAIT to put up my next post loves.. it will be ALL about my trip to London AND about the fabulous Blogger_Hangout event I went to!  I will see you there angels?!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Tips:Charity Shop Shopping♥

Hi lovelies!!!♥

I CANNOT EVEN TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM FOR THIS POST! I am literally shaking… I LOVE shopping in charity shops SO much!! BUT before I go onto anything… I want a quick update with you all, OK?

Have you all had a wonderful weekend? What have you been up to? As mentioned in my previous posts.. we went down to Coventry on Saturday as hubby had a hospital appointment.. we then went for some steak and then came home! I managed to take some outfit photos (Yayy!!!).. which obviously I cannot WAIT to show you.. as well as picking up some AMAZING bits from.. yep you guessed it … A CHARITY SHOP!!! I will either do a separate haul showing you these or show you in an outfit post (let me know what you guys would prefer!!). Sunday was just a day spent in my PJ’s taking blog photos (I have been practicing taking flat lays!!), doing my laundry/ironing and catching up on blogs! I think I am also coming down with a cold (nooooo!!).

So.. should we actually get on with this post?!

NOW… Charity shops.. I know what many people think … they are shops with clothes only our grandmas would wear, or just tatty bits and pieces that nobody else wants! Well lovelies let me tell you.. that is SO WRONG!! Trust me… they are absolutely NOTHING like this… set aside a day for shopping.. take note of these tips.. and HAVE A SUCCESSFUL CHARITY SHOP SHOPPING TRIP♥

Find a good shopping place♥

Now.. by this I mean find some charity shops grouped together. Sometimes, there is just one charity shop, then the other is on the other side of town… NOT what we are wanting angels! It is best to go where there are a good 4-5 within walking distance.. this means you can have a good variety of shops to go around.. Yayy!!

Find a good “area”♥

Unfortunately, I do not like to admit this.. but I have found that slightly “wealthier” towns have better stock in their charity shops… Now I am from a town in Yorkshire.. and the charity shops in my city centre are not always very good.. however if I travel 15 minutes out to a quieter village.. I can always guarantee I will find some GEMS!! I am from Yorkshire… so if any of you are also Yorkshire lasses.. try giving towns like Skipton, Halifax, York and Harrogate a look for charity shops… they are AMAZING!!! HOWEVER… do not completely rule out your local charity shops… I have found charity shops in cities are A LOT cheaper and you can (on most occasions) find something special!

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Don’t stick to your own size/gender♥

I cannot stress this enough … if you only stick to your size rail.. YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON SO MUCH!! I usually wear a size 8.. but I always raid ALL the sizes, AND THE MENS RAILS hehe!!! Trust me lovelies.. you can find some AMAZING jumpers/t-shirts (depending on the season!) in the men’s section! Also.. I have bought so many tops/knitted cardigans/jumpers that are a few sizes up.. and had NO problem styling them!

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Take your time♥

Now lovelies.. do bear in mind you will not like EVERYTHING you see.. a lot of it will be weird looking/unflattering bits.. but this is why it is important to TAKE YOUR TIME! Spend as long as you need looking through all the rails.. and I assure you.. you WILL find something special!! I find it best when I go shopping alone for this.. because I know whoever comes with me will get SO fed up, ha!!

Visit frequently♥

Don’t be disheartened if you don’t find anything on one trip, and don’t give up loves. TRUST me… I worked voluntarily in a charity shop for a few months and THEY GET NEW STOCK EVERY DAY! Also.. make sure to have a SPECIAL trip before/after Christmas/New Year, and at the beginning and end of seasons, as this is the time when many people have clear outs! Remember the old (and very cheesy line).. one GIRL’S trash is another GIRL’S treasure (I know the saying is “man”.. but the majority of us are girls here, right loves?).

Don’t spend too much♥

This may be quite a weird point to have .. but I think it is an important thing to remember. Sure, there may be something from Topshop, but if it has a tag of £20… I would probably leave it .. make sure to remember that at the end of the day .. it is second hand! If you think you could pick something up from a “normal” store for the same cost.. it is best to leave it! My general rule is to NOT purchase anything over £8.. although most of the things I purchase are between £1-£6!

Take a look at the homeware/bric-a-brac too♥

It is not all about the clothes lovelies.. make sure to have a peek at their homeware section! I personally think it is heaven for us bloggers… They have everything… cute props, dishes, fairy lights and candles.. AND it is all SUPER CHEAP!! I once also picked up a Yankee Candle in Snowflake Cookie for £5 (!!!!). Also.. if you LOVE DIY’s (like me!!)… don’t be afraid to get creative with what you find. I have spray painted glass jars/photo frames (I will show you below!).. you really can find some amazing bits and then make them your own! BE CREATIVE!

Now .. a few DON’TS…

DON’T – Purchase shoes… it is very rare that you will find a good pair of shoes that will fit you in a charity shop.. also.. I don’t think I am completely comfortable with wearing someone else’s shoes. Clothes.. yes I can handle as I get all mine dry cleaned before wearing.. but shoes.. I don’t think I could go ahead with it!

DON’T – Buy plain tops … you can probably pick brand new ones up in Primark/H&M for the same price (if not slightly more).. it is just NOT worth it lovelies! Stick to buying special, one of a kind pieces!

DON’T – Rush… if you rush, you will probably just flick through the first few rails and give up. You will not find ANYTHING like this lovelies.. TAKE YOUR TIME AND YOU WILL ENJOY IT SO MUCH MORE!

DON’T – Go into a shop that has a weird “smell” .. this sounds GROSS.. but if you notice a weird smell in a charity shop, it is best to AVOID it! All charity shops SHOULD steam their clothes before putting them out (we used to do this in the shop I worked in.. and anything with the slightest stain would NEVER go out)… but I am not sure if all shops follow this. You will know a bad charity shop from a good one.. my FAVES to go into are The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Mind and Barnardos … although I ALWAYS love finding new ones!

NOW ARE YOU READY FOR THE MOST EXCITING BIT LOVELIES! Time to see some of my FAVE things that I have picked up from charity shops! Yayy!!!

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Remember I mentioned you could get creative? You see the white photo frame? It was the most HIDEOUS brown colour ever.. and all I did was spray paint it white, and added some glitter paper on the inside! Now.. I use it as a tray to hold all my daily beauty products! WIN!!

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I literally cannot get over how GORGEOUS the vintage handheld mirror is! It came in a set with a matching hairbrush and comb! AND it cost me a whole £1 for the whole set! Wooop!! 😀

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This STUNNING light blue bag (a whole 50p!), and this beautiful knitted jumper, originally from Forever 21.. AND it was only £2.50! These will both me SO PERFECT for springtime!! SAM_3404SAM_3405SAM_3412

Just look at how stunning this cable knit, mustard colour jumper is. I picked it up for £2, and wore it SO much during autumn! You can actually see it styled HERE loves! Also.. the vintage floral scarf was only 10p!!!! I used to tie it to all my handbags, as well as flinging it round my neck for a quick quirky look to my outfits!SAM_3415

So angels … there we have it! Some helpful tips for you to hopefully bear in mind next time you stop by some charity shops! TRUST ME… if you follow these, you WILL find something you love! Make sure to let me know if you have a successful trip!!

That is all for today lovelies.. I REALLY hope you enjoyed it, and found this post helpful!! LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU ALL.. you are all just AMAZING!! I will see you in my next one darlings!

Lots of Love,

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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