How To Shop For Black Friday Deals Without The Hassle

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Black Friday

When it comes to Black Friday, organisation is key. I always end up getting the main bulk Christmas presents sorted and also pick up a designer piece I've been eyeing up for a while.

Shopping on Black Friday can get super overwhelming. So many more shops are taking part each year, and it's easy to get distracted. This year I have decided to be organised with you all and show you how I tend to shop the Black Friday Sales.

1) Make a list of what you want and need. I always have a rough idea of what I want to snag in the discounts. It's a great time to get electrical items that never usually go on sale. One year I bought my mum a kitchen aid for almost half price.

2) When it comes to any type of discount shopping, I much prefer online shopping. I can not deal with crowds, and if I'm shopping for heavy items, I'd much rather have it delivered home than trying to bring it home with me. So shop online, it's so much easier.

3) Once you've got your list written down, go to each website and either add to basket (places like amazon let you do this) or add to wish list. The latter is my preferred choice. That way I know each item I am after is safe in there and I can have a look and see if any of the items I was after have managed to be reduced.

4) In the UK Black Friday has somehow become Cyber Week, so start checking your favourite website's a few days before to see if they have started yet.

5) Pay attention to your emails, a lot of brands will be sending out email bulletins to let you know when their sale has started. You don't want to miss out on a bargain.

6) I will be putting together wish lists of items that I want in the run up to Black Friday, so keep an eye out on here and my Instagram as I'll be uploading regularly.

7) When buying designer, try to buy timeless pieces/ items you know will fit into your wardrobe easily. It's so tempting to buy a designer item because it's on sale, but we don't want to spend our money on things we don't actually want do we.

8) Once you've secured all the items you wanted, feel free to have a browse at the Black Friday pages on your favourite brands. You may find an item you hadn't thought about/ or the perfect gift in there. But once again, think about your purchases, I don't want to encourage people to be shopping aimlessly this time of year!

9) Finally, have fun. You might snag a great bargain, or you might not, but the most important thing about shopping is to enjoy yourself while doing it.

Below are a few of my favourite items I am hoping will be reduced. What are you hoping to pick up this Black Friday?


What Is Temping Really Like

Monday, 11 November 2019

As you all know, I've had a bit of a rough year when it comes to my mind this year. I love blogging and I love everything that social media represents and brings to my life, but I NEED TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.

I don't think I can work from home full time anymore, I've tried working in coffee shops, in shared offices, it's just not for me. So to my surprise, I have started temping. For the last week I have been temping as a receptionist.

The first thing that came to my mind when I thought of temping was Charmed (I was obsessed with the original version of this growing up). I remember the character Paige Mathews played by Rose McGowan was feeling unsure what what she wanted to do. She had a passion for full time witchcraft but needed money and wanted the freedom of uping and going when she had to. And in someway, I really do quite relate to her on this. Although my passion is blogging and not witchcraft. It's funny how life pushes you in places you never thought you'd be going.

I never thought I would temp, I never thought I'd work in reception as it's not a job that ever crossed my mind, but, you know what. This week has felt wonderful. Maybe because it's a temp role, maybe because it's a reception job, but my state of mind has drastically increased.

This got me thinking of two different reasons it could be. Firstly, have you ever met a receptionist that wasn't happy and smiley. Not really (except if they work in a the doctors surgeries/ hospitals, because they have a lot to deal with.) It might be that you spend the majority of the day greeting people, answering calls, receiving packages, there's not much to stress about is there. And you can spend the rest of your time on the internet, shopping, reading, doing whatever you like really. Crazy isn't it.

And the second reason might also be the fact that I am only temporarily here. I know there's an end date and I don't really have enough time to sit around and draw on everyone else's negative energy. It's quite a surreal experience to be honest. I believe that I am a super positive and excitable person, but I also wear my heart on my sleeve and I can absorb other people's energies. This may sound funny to you, but I really feel like that.

So by temping so far, I've really enjoyed the time I've spent being a receptionist. I've signed up with an agency, which have secured temporary work for me until Christmas. The pay isn't incredible, but you know what, I don't mind at this moment and time. I'm able to do my blog work, answer my emails and at the same time meet new people, have face to face contact with people and it's what I've been needing in my life for about two year I'd say.

So if you feel like you're in a similar situation, feeling yourself in a downward spiral, then please don't let it get worse, because trust me it does. There's something so beautiful about getting out the house and doing something, anything. And even if it's not your dream job or career, taking care of your mind/ anxiety is super important.

I really hope these blog posts can help just one person, because when I was going through my worst days, I turned to just feeling positive that things will change, and with one week done, things.

Jumper: Asos (afflink)
Trousers: Zara
Heels: Jimmy Choo (afflink)


Non Surgical Nose Job

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Before I start this blog post I want to write a few disclaimers. Firstly, when it comes to any cosmetic procedure, whether it be non surgical or surgical, please always make your own decision, I am only here to offer my opinion, and recommendations based on where I have been. Secondly, this treatment was gifted and I work with Longevita on a commission basis for the people I recommend. As a customer, this will not affect your price I simply take a small finders fee commission.

Now, on to the good stuff. Last year I had this procedure done and I filmed it on YouTube, however this time I felt like writing it all out.

Recently I have had a non-surgical nose job. What’s that I hear you ask. Well, it’s essentially having filler in your nose to straighten it out. I have a slight hook on my nose. It’s noticeable from certain angles, and although it’s never made me feel super insecure, I have always noticed it in photos and videos.

I am absolutely petrified of surgery, I’ve been fortunate enough to not have any, and the though of going under the knife because there’s a slight hook on my nose makes me feel really nervous. That said, I actually like my nose. I like the length and the shape of it. It suits my face, and if I did go for a Rhinopasty, I feel like I will no longer look like myself. Therefore, I done some research and came about the procedure that is called a non-surgical nose job, or a three-point nose job.

When you have this procedure, you have filler injected into certain points of your nose (which actually make the nose bigger) that help contour the nose and create straight lines, thus, removing the look of a hooked nose.

I was super excited to have this procedure done. I would be able to keep my nose, have no downtime and have a straight looking nose. I was sold.

So a two weeks ago I went to Longevita to have a top up done. The procedure lasts between 15 to 18 months, which is a little longer than my previous treatment.

I went to visit Dr Gizem Seymenoglu in St Pauls to have my treatment done. She was extremely friendly and helped me achieve the nose I really wanted to.  She explained each step and kept checking my nose from different angles making sure she was sculpting my nose correctly. 

We focused a lot of the product on the tip of the nose and then evened it out by adding more of the filler right in the centre on the bridge of the nose. By doing this she was able to create the perfect contouring of my nose.

That evening no one noticed what treatment I had had done. It wasn’t until I uploaded on my IG Stories that the questions came flooding in.

My nose did start to feel a little tender, tight and swollen the next day. It started to bruise (which she warned me about) and the swelling didn’t subside until a few days later.

After a week I would say all side effects had gone, there was no signs of my treatment being done however, Dr Gizem did tell me to not touch and to be cautious of my nose for two weeks.

After two weeks I have moments where I have forgotten the treatment. It is not until I take a glance at myself in the mirror that I notice the difference in my nose.

A non surgical nose job creates an alternative for those like me, who are scared of operations and not wanting to change their nose too much. The change in my nose shape helps me feel more confident and happy with myself.

Longevita offer so many different cosmetic procedures, some can be carried out in the UK, but others like Rhinoplasty, breast implants and hair transplants all take place in Izmir and Istanbul. Longevita packages offer flights, accommodation and procedures to make your treatment a lot easier and hassle free.

As stated in the beginning of this post, please make sure you do your research, have conversations with the people/person doing your treatment and are going through with something on your own choices.


Styling Cute Grandma Cardigans

Monday, 30 September 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve done a fashion blog post, but I feel like the time is right to get back into it.

This season’s trend is all about the iddy bitty cardigans. Those cardigans that a year ago we would of said our grandmas would wear them. But now, all the fashion girls are wearing them and in an unconvential way. With only one of two buttons done up.

Now, I’m a little larger on the chest area so I wanted to try these out and have found and styled my favourite cardigan for you all. I have also attached a video of my trying about 15 different ones from Asos, so sit back and have a little look as I try to pull these cardigans off.

For me, I really loved the style as soon as I saw it. Although I’m not quite sure about wearing it as open as some people there are many different ways to wear it.

Firstly, you can style it as your grandma would; doing only the top button up and wearing a vest top underneath. This is a very practical and versatile way of wearing it. You could wear it with smart trousers, or a satin skirt for the office, or with jeans for the weekend.

This is possibly the easiest way for ladies with a larger chest to buy into this trend. You don’t have to worry about the material peeping open from each button, nor them bursting open. This way you can go for your size or even a size smaller.

Secondly, which is my favourite way to wear it. Get it one size larger you’re your normal size and have the top and bottom buttons undone. As shown in the pictures you can see just how this hones into the trend.

Lastly, you can wear it with all the buttons done up. Again, I recommend going up a size as it’ll feel safer and secure that way.

I have also tagged all of my favourite pieces below. How would you style them?


Stop Worrying About Your Future

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Turning 27 has probably been the hardest for me. Every year I usually love birthdays, I start planning things to do, what I want, what to wear at least a month ahead of time. But this year, I kind of wanted to shrug it all under the carpet.

There’s something so wonderful about getting older. With age comes respect, knowledge and wisdom. I also feel extremely grateful to wake up each birthday another year older knowing that I am healthy and lucky enough to have made it through another year.

But. A huge BUT. It can also be one of the most daunting days of your life. I feel like Rachel in Friends on her 30th birthday. Feeling sad and sorry for herself that her life isn’t where she planned it to be when she turned 30. And although I haven’t turned 30 yet, I can feel the pressure that comes with it creeping up behind me.

And I don’t know why we set ourselves these targets in life. Why we think that 30 is the time we have to have achieved it all. It creates this unofficial tight timeline that everything has to be done by, and if we don’t achieve everything we dream of by that time we have somehow failed ourselves.

Even if we did achieve everything by 30, then what? Are we going to retire and move to Spain and relax on the beach for the next 50 odd years? No! So why do we create this sort of pressure for ourselves? Why does 30 act as a deadline in which we really need to have got our shit together?

So many successful people (and successful means something different to everyone) achieved their success after 30/40 or even 50. We need to stop adding pressure to ourselves. I believe it’s great to have a plan in life, and all the things I want to achieve by 30 are things that I know I will achieve, just maybe not by 30. And that’s ok. It’s ok to not be on the property ladder by 30, it’s ok to not be married or have kids, or have that dream job by 30. 30 is not the be all end all.

After three months of being 27, I have come to be content with my plans. I have realised that I do not need to worry about achieving everything in the next three years because life doesn’t stop at 30.



Hello September, I'ts Time For A Change

Sunday, 22 September 2019

It’s been about a year that I haven’t really been enjoying my platforms. I haven’t enjoyed blogging, being on Instagram nor have I enjoyed creating content for video on Youtube. Truth be told, I’m not sure that there’s one reason as to why, but a many small issues that have resulted in this huge slump.

I’ve noticed that for the last year I have merely been going through the motions, uploading just to upload, not really striving for greatness and it’s not a great area to be in. Because I haven’t been putting in as much effort as I used to brand collabs have reached an all time low on my channel and there’s no one to blame but myself.

I simply haven’t been enjoying the content I’ve been putting out there. I felt like one of a million instead of one in a million in this industry and lack of effort and motivation has left me really struggling to stay positive and find things that make me feel excited.

And because of this, I’ve been comparing every aspect of my life to others which we all know isn’t great. So from today onwards I am looking to change my content. Finding something that makes me really happy, engage more with you all via stories and create a really positive happy space online that I can call my own once again.

If you follow me on Instagram you will notice that I’ve been posting more on my stories about food (I always have and always will be a massive foodie) but more on the cooking and baking side of it all. I’ve really been enjoying sharing that and you are all loving my recipes so far. This doesn’t mean that I will suddenly become a cooking channel; I am just enjoying this part a lot more right now. I will always be more fashion focused, but will continue to share cooking tips on stories for you all.

So with it being September, a new school year, and Autumn a time for all the trees to shed the extra weight they’ve been carrying on their shoulders, and start a new, it’s time for me to do the same. Time to get up, re-inspire myself and fall back in love with creating content.

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