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Ah Valentines Day. As well as being one of the most argued about days of the year, it also happens to be my birthday! I love and hate my birthday, mainly because I can never get a table in a restaurant if I want to eat out with my family, but generally I hate that people judge whether you want to celebrate it or not.

I get the whole ‘you should show love the whole year round, not just one day’ but if people want to shower extra love for one day a year, let them!

Anyways, I didn’t want to do a gift guide because I don’t personally like receiving gifts for Valentines Day and everyone has different ideas about what to get and receive so I avoided it.

Instead I wanted to show you guys what I put on my nails!

Whether you’re single and want to have a cosy night in or are going out for dinner with your S.O. and want an easy way for your nails to look fabulous, you’re going to love these!

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I was sent some packets of stick-on nails and I usually hate these but I liked the look of these ones, I much prefer French manicures because I think they look super classy and you can always paint over them as well. I loved how easy they were to apply; the nail glue is veryyyy sticky and stringy though so just be warned that you do have to be careful when applying it, as you don’t want it to touch your clothes.

It also says that they last for around 7 days, I’ve only just applied them so I’m looking forward to seeing how long they actually last, but quality-wise, they are very strong and have shown zero signs of coming off.

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What are your plans for Valentines Day? Will you be doing a DIY manicure?

*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer here for more info

After 5 years, 3 hosting sites, 2 name changes and a whole lotta blog posts, I finally made the decision to go self-hosted. I honestly can’t believe it’s taken me this long. Even though free templates and hosting sites have helped my blog get to where it has, with my own domain and design, my blog finally looks so professional and I couldn’t be happier!

*This post contains affiliate links. This doesn’t change my opinion in any way, it just means that by clicking any of the links in this post, I will make some money that helps me to run this blog.

Please note that I transferred my blog from Blogger to WordPress. I actually originally started on WordPress but changed to Blogger around 2 years ago, so if you have a blog with another host then this post may not be of any help to you.

When I first started blogging, there were so many bloggers that I looked up to who had these beautiful and professional-looking blogs, and it looked so difficult to get! I was pretty scared about it and I had no idea how to go about it. Now that I’ve taken the plunge, I really wanted to do this blog post to help others who are thinking about taking the plunge but like me, are scared.

I went self-hosted with SiteGround and they were so amazing and professional to work with. There are three simple steps you need to take in order to get your site up and running (which FYI, takes around 24 hours – insane!)

1. Choose Your Plan

I chose the StartUp plan, it was the cheapest but I also only have the one website so it was the best option for me. If you have one or more websites, you might want to look at the other options.

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Picture taken from SiteGround – prices are subject to change.

2. Pick Your Domain

It will definitely help you to have a few different options just in case your first choice is unavailable.

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3. Complete Your Order

 

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And that’s it! It really is that easy! If you are thinking of going self-hosted for your blog, I would really appreciate if you clicked any of the links in this blog post like this one. It won’t cost you anything, it just means that I will receive a little bit of money, which goes towards this blog.

If you are still not convinced, there are so many reasons to go self-hosted and that’s probably why you’ve read this post and you’re probably aware of the majority of them, but let me list the ones that swayed me.

  • No more .blogspot or .wordpress – it’s your website and it can be called anything you like!
  • There are more varieties of themes. The free ones on Blogger and WordPress are great, but it’s nice to be able to customize and download ones to make the process easier and have your blog looking the way you want it.
  • Advertising is also easier. You may have noticed that I have a few ads on my blog right now, I couldn’t have had that with my old .blogspot blog! It’s a great way to earn a few pennies here and there, which you can put back into your blog.
  • It looks so much more professional. I tried my hardest to make myself look more serious, but when someone visits my blog now, it’s clear that I have put time and effort in.

Also there are a lot of benefits with signing up with SiteGround:

  • One fixed price for the entire year – no hidden fees!
  • You get your own email address – ooh fancy, e.g. hello@yourblogname.com
  • Discounts at the time of purchase. For example, SiteGround had an offer for a free virus checker for the year which was added to my basket.
  • Free site migration – this means they move your site over to a self-hosted blog with no complications. Bear in mind that you have to give them your username and password to do this, but you can always change it once they’re finished.
  • They have an amazing set-up. They have a live chat which is so helpful, because even though my site has been up and running for a few weeks, I still have questions and they always respond so quickly. On top of that, they call you to make sure everything is good!

After I signed up for my own hosting, I decided I wanted to buy my own design to make my blog look more professional. I’ve always heard fantastic things about PipDig, and they did not disappoint! After hunting around on their website for a design that I liked, I finally found one, and PipDig were so helpful in their set-up, and even when you have questions way after, they always respond so quickly. I can’t recommend them enough!

I hope this blog post helped any of you who are feeling unsure about going self-hosted. If you have any more questions about going self-hosted, or if you’re unsure about something then feel free to comment below or email me!

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I’ve been such a jewellery hoarder recently that I knew I had to write a post about all the amazing bits that I’ve been buying for the past few months. I’ve been doing so much shopping (anyone else buy themselves Christmas prezzies whilst Christmas shopping online? No? Me neither…)

New Look Necklace – Being Indian, I am always on the hunt for stylish jewellery pieces that would look great with Indian and English clothes. Even though this necklace has hints of navy blue in it, I loved the old world look with the dirty gold and it’s chunky but not over the top. Plus it was only £7, which I thought was a bargain!
P.S. I couldn’t find the link for the actual necklace on the New Look website so I’ve linked their jewellery page instead – happy shopping!
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Lavish Lockets* – I was sent these beautiful lockets a wee while ago, (you may have seen them feature on my Instagram page). They were just so beautiful not to be included in this post. The lovely ladies over at Lavish Lockets personalised my lockets before they sent them over, which was such a nice touch. They put a little ‘D’ initial, a plane, a bathtub, a high heel and a little pearl. It is so cute!
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Elephant Necklace – Before I even start with how adorable this necklace is, IT WAS 99p. YES under a £1! I honestly couldn’t believe how bloody cheap it was! And also, look how cuteeeeee! I’m so obsessed with elephants recently, I have my eye on this gorgeous elephant mug and some elephant duvet covers. Too far? Let me know in the comments.
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Primark Chokers – I hear that this choker trend will die out in 2017 but I hope it doesn’t! Chokers take me back to 00’s, and I love reliving my youth. These ones from Primark were only £1.50 and I love the burgundy one to wear to throw in a bit of colour.
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Autumn Bracelet* – I was recently sent this lovely bracelet by Rebecca at Bristol Papillon. I love how unique it is, and everything is handmade and used with natural materials which I really like. I like the copper in this but also that it’s on a silver chain so it’s not copper overload. I also have a discount code to use on the Bristol Papillon website [BLOGTENOFF] – happy shopping!
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Lifestyle Blog Necklace* – I was kindly sent this beautiful necklace by the lovelies over at Lifestyle Blog UK. I really love the chain, it’s like studded almost? Sorry if that’s not the right word for it, but it’s very different and I really like that. The pendant is a rose gold and silver flower design with diamonds encrusted in the centre of the flower. It’s very minimal and something that you could wear everyday if you wanted to.
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Cherry Diva necklace – Like I mentioned above about styling Indian outfits, this is also a necklace that I would definitely wear with Indian clothes but could also be worn with English clothes too. I love how sparkly the diamonds are, and it’s also very affordable. I did some Christmas shopping over at Cherry Diva and they always had discount codes and the delivery was also super quick. Highly recommended!
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What’s in your jewellery collection? Comment down below and let me know 🙂
*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer here for more info

 

I didn’t know if I was going to write this post because I get worried that people are going to think that I’m showing off what I got but I did a poll on Twitter and it got (mostly) yeses, and to be honest I love reading posts like this because I’m a nosy cow and it gives me loads of ideas to buy things for people. I’ve linked as many things as I can down below, if I haven’t found the product online then I’ve linked a similar item, so if any of you want to do some shopping it’s a lot easier!

Also, apologies in advance, because I have forgotten to take pictures of some of my presents, mainly because I’ve either been using/wearing it non-stop or I couldn’t find it to photograph it (whoops).

Okay, I’m babbling, so let’s get on with it!


Cluse watch

Jack Wills jumper

Naked basics palette

Hair oil

Slipper socks (similar)

Benefit Brow Kit


 

 

I was so happy when I opened my Naked Basics palette, the colours are so Autumnal and I love my Naked | and Naked Smoky palettes so I knew I’d love this one!

I don’t own any clothing items from Jack Wills so I was very pleasantly surprised with this sweater. It’s so perfect because sometimes those thick jumpers get really hot!

I also received this Benefit Brow Kit, which I’m so excited to use. I love doing my brows but I don’t like them to over-filled, so this ‘Natural Brow Kit’ was perfect for me!

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a pair of fluffy socks, and I love these! I needed a few pairs of socks this winter anyways so these were perfect for me.

I loved this hair oil; my hair rends to get very frizzy and this is something that I hope will help. I love this brand so I can’t wait to start using this!

Lastly, I got this gorgeous Cluse watch, it’s the grey strap with the rose gold design. I had my eye on the marble face but this would have been the next best thing so I’m so happy with it!


Onesie (similar)

Chelsea boots x2

Rucksack (similar)

Scarf (similar)

Kat Von D liquid lipstick (Lolita)


I can’t post a picture of my onesie as I’ve been living in it for the past few days but it’s so fluffy and comfy! It’s the grey (bunny-eared) one from Primark, so if you can find it, I would fully recommend getting it!

I’ve been needing a pair of Chelsea boots for ages, so I was so happy opening these black ones, in both suede and normal black. They are going to be used so much!

 I’m actually obsessed with my blanket scarf, it’s huge, it’s cosy and it’s just perfect for winter.

I was so excited to open this Kat Von D liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Lolita’, I’ve had my eye on it for a while now, I think the colour is beautiful and I don’t own anything by Kat Von D so hopefully this will let me build up my collection!

I also received a black rucksack which I was really happy with. It wasn’t my usual style, but I think it’s a really practical present which I will hopefully get a lot of use out of!


Hairbands

Merakhi oil

Mini Motherpucker Lipglosses

 

These twisted hairbands were so cute, they are twisted so they don’t kink your hair when it’s straight. SO helpful!

Ever since I watched Nishi V’s video on how she got rid of her dark circles, I knew I had to get my hands on this oil. I hope it helps me.

I have been wanting a Sexy Mother Pucker Lipglosses by Soap & Glory for ages. They plump up your lips so expect lots of pouty Instagram posts!


 
Zoella Bath Salts
Zoella Body Mist

I participated in a Blogger’s Secret Santa this Christmas, and it was honestly amazing. I met so many lovely fellow bloggers, and everyone was so welcoming. We had a budget, and I had the best time shopping for my Secret Santa! For my present, I received two Zoella Beauty products. I hadn’t used anything from the Zoella Beauty range before so it was actually quite nice. I really love the scent of the Body Mist, which I didn’t think I would! Looking forward to using the bath salts now!

 

Letter candle

Rose gold ring holder (similar)

Slippers (similar)

I also participated in a Blogger’s Christmas Swap, which was also so fun. For this, I only had to get to know one person who was my Blogger Pair. She was so lovely and I’m so glad that I got to know her! She got me this gorgeous ‘D’ candle, which smells insane and I can’t wait to burn. I also received this beautiful pair of slippers, which are so insanely comfortable and cosy! I have been living in these recently. Lastly, I got a rose gold rhino-shaped ring holder, which is adorable and I’m so excited to start using it!

So, thats everything I received for Christmas! What did you get for Christmas?

I’d love to see what you got, so if you’ve done this kind of post, please link it below!

First of all, can I just say that I have FINALLY updated my blog, bought myself a new domain and a new design and although it is not exactly how I want it, I’m so glad that I’ve taken the plunge because I loveeeee it! Blogpost on my experiences coming soon!

So last Christmas, I had the Yankee Candle Advent Calendar and even though I am candle-obsessed, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. It was very repetitive and I would’ve preferred to buy one of their bigger jars! So thats why, this year I decided to buy myself an advent calendar that I would actually enjoy. 

I love Sanctuary Spa brand, I’ve always used their products and they just always smell insane. I knew I’d use everything so I was so excited to open this on December 1st!

It was also a lot cheaper than other beauty/non-chocolate advent calendars I’d seen so I jumped at the chance when I saw it online! I’ve seen people say that they didn’t like it so much or didn’t think it was worth the money but I totally disagree! It’s only £25 which was a lot cheaper compared to other advent calendars (my little sister had the Jack Wills advent calendar which was worth £35 and had smaller products and didn’t have the same variety). I feel as though you got good sized products and different varieties. For example, I got a detox mask, and various lotions and their matching body scrubs but never more than one variety of the same product, and they were all between 30-75ml, which I was impressed with!

There were a few things that were clearly fillers, a cookie cutter and the bulldog clip weren’t particularly relevant, but I really liked the eye mask and the toe dividers. They were items that I needed to buy for myself but never got around to getting, so it was quite handy for me.

One thing I didn’t particularly like was how flimsy the doors were. I kept ripping the cardboard and I’m so fussy when it comes to advent calendars, but it is definitely something that I can live with.

I honestly think that this advent calendar was a bargain and I’m definitely going to be buying it next year!

Did you have an advent calendar this year? Which one was it?