*Warning – Photo-heavy post ahead!*


As you all know, it was my birthday a few weeks ago, on the dreaded Valentines Day. I’ve mentioned before that I always have mixed feelings about my birthday, it’s never something I truly look forward to and weirdly I’m always relieved that it’s over.

Nevertheless, I was looking forward to the plans for this year. I kept it simple, with dinner plans over at the Mayfair Kitchen, and then drinks at Dirty Martini in St Pauls.

What I ate: Lobster Risotto

What I drank: The Andalucían

What I wore: Dress from Missguided + Shoes from Christian Louboutin + Necklace from New Look (couldn’t find a link for it – sorry!)

I had such an amazing evening, I would fully recommend the restaurant, food was very simple yet tasty. The atmosphere was lovely but the service was one thing that could’ve been improved, as the dishes all came at separate times, which was slightly annoying!



I hope you all enjoyed this photo-heavy post – I had an amazing birthday with my friends and family. I think the key for me is to keep it simple!

What would be your ideal birthday plans? Let me know in the comments!

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I have using a lot of products recently, and the amount of empty bottles I had sitting in my recycling bin was pretty astounding, so I thought it was the perfect time to write an Empties post. I’ve seen people do these before and they’re some of my favourites to read, so here goes!

Tooth Gel

I can’t even tell you how much I love this toothpaste. It’s so amazing, first of all it’s bright green. I’m not sure why I really mentioned that, but I like the colour of it (lol). It keeps my mouth so fresh, and on the rare occasion that I use the Colgate in the bathroom, it just doesn’t feel like my mouth is as clean. Also there is no fluoride, which we don’t need because there is fluoride is our water anyways. And if that put you off, I have been using this for about 3 years and I’ve never had one problem with my teeth, nor has my dentist mentioned anything!

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Sanctuary Spa Shower Gel

As you will have known from the review that I posted about last Christmas (why does that feel so weird to say), I had the Sanctuary Spa Advent Calendar. If you read that post then you will know that I pretty much loved everything that I received and now I’m trying to use it up so that I can determine which are my favourite scents and how long-lasting everything is. I already knew that Sanctuary Spa products were great value for money, and now I’m just 100% sure. This was one of my favourite smells, which is why I used it first, and I wasn’t expecting it to last so long.

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Garnier Body-Hydrating Lotion

I received this ages ago in exchange for a review and it smelled so great and I loved it at the time, but being a blogger I do like to mix my products up and I’m always testing and trying new things. So this cream just kind of fell at the back of my drawer full of skincare bits and I found it a few weeks ago half empty, and remembered why I liked it so much. The smell is just insane, and it lasts for ages after you’ve applied it which I love!

Victoria Beckham Signature Perfume

I received this ages ago I think at Christmas, and it smelled amazing! I’m so fussy when it comes to perfume smells. I feel like a lot of women’s perfumes are super sweet-smelling and I can’t stand that kind of smell. I prefer muskier smells, probably why I prefer men’s aftershaves to some women’s perfumes! Anyways, this smelled so me that I loved it as soon as I smelled it. Kind of sad that it’s finished so I better order it again!

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BB+W Candle

I did a whole post on my candle haul after I visited Dubai, which you can read here, and this smelled so good. I just love how long Bath and Body Works candles last, it feels like they last forever and the smell just travels throughout the house.

Sonya Deep-Cleansing Exfoliator

I’m so gutted this has run out, I think I have a spare one somewhere so I’ll have to hunt around for it, but having a shower just isn’t the same without this beauty. It cleanses and exfoliates my skin so gently. I don’t have particularly bad skin, but I do get little spots on my forehead, and I find this clears it up fairly quickly. It also smells so good, very fresh and lemony.

So that is all of my empties! I really enjoyed writing this post, and I’m sure there will be plenty more of these in the future, the way that I’m going through products! If anyone has any empties post, I’d love to read it so link it below!

 

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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