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Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Ultimate Fashionistas Festival Guide (On A Budget)



With plenty of festivals under my belt and the bargain hunter gene running though my veins, It's only fair to share my festival hints and tips with the rest of the world. So, if you're looking to stay fabulous on a budget this Summer, this little festival guide will be your nifty go to check list for creating that super sassy style, without breaking the bank!

ONE  

Online shop apps are a goldmine for previously owned festival buys that have most likely only ever been worn once, but are listed for sale a fraction of the price! Give the search function some abuse and you're well on your way to picking up some cool & quirky garms. Not in the market to buy? List your own festivals pre loved items from previous years & use the cash for your spends on your next festival.

APPS TO TRY

TWO

Take advantage of that online prices are cheaper and often have deal! Glitter, bindis & colourful wigs are a festival must! I've put together some of my favourite offers below:

Colourful Wigs / £3.59
Glitter / £1.75 each + buy 3 get 3 free
Festival Hair Rings / £3.70 for 10
Bindi bumper pack / £3.65


THREE

If you’re a blogger, it's definitely worth asking companies who you work closely with if they're looking for festival collaborations or discount codes. Taking advantage of all the festival weird and wonderful sights, definitely makes for great content. Win win!


FOUR

Plan your outfits in advance! This might sound like a no brainer, but if you're trying stretched for cash, creating a mini capsule wardrobe can be the answer to all your problems. Make a list of the vital items and mix and match your way through each day! Outfit repeating? No one will ever know!

Key festival clothing:



FIVE

Feeding yourself at a festival can be quite expensive! I usually take half my food amount in the form of instant noodles and let myself enjoy the rest of my meals from tasty food venders once we've ventured out the tent. Definitely look for food and drink offers on around the festival or even before you go! Promotions are always going on around the place and you can often bag yourself a good deal if you can be bothered to find them!

SIX

Every year I purchase a couple a couple of concentrate cordial pocket size bottles to take with me. These have been a life saver when for when water just doesn't qunech that thirt. My friends often use them as a mixer for their drinks to save them from carrying heavy bottles of cola/lemonade into the festival!


SEVEN 

Don’t buy expensive rain macs. More often than not, most aren't waterproof (I've learnt from past experience) and they become really annoying to carry round once the rain disappears or you're dancing away in a tent. You can pick up some disposable ponchos for around £2.50 for a pack of 5. Bargain!


EIGHT

Go over your daily routine in your head when you're packing and imagine yourself going through the process of each item/product you use. This can be your mental check list to make sure you've got everything! 

Festival Check List for common forgotten items:

Festival ticket
Id card/passport
coach/train ticket or parking pass
Tent
Wellies
Extra pegs for the tent
sleeping bag
Sleeping mask
Earplugs
Hairbrush
Toilet roll
Water bottle
Portable charger
Flashlight
Batteries
Bin bags
Plastic cups
Deck of cards
Portable music speaker


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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

How To Build Your Blogging Confidence


Confidence. To be a blogger, all round confidence levels have got to be quite high and the amount of confidence that portrays through your posts and online social presence can be pretty important to a certain extent. For starters, you're essentially putting yourself out there online for the world to see.. and for some bloggers (this applies to anyone using social media really). But, what happens when you shy away and let the fear of others judging you get in the way of potentially creating amazing content? I've put this post together to let you know how I got my confidence levels to go from 1 - 100 by hearing a couple of sentences that really hit home.

When I first started blogging, my Mum was my photographer (you can find my 2010 images HERE). We took my images out in the garden & anyone that walked past would without a doubt look over to be nosey. This sent me into a state of panic and I'd stand there, shy, confidence levels at plummeting to zero, waiting for them to pass by.

"So, what? Who cares what they think?" - The most overused confidence boost phrase, ever!

There's nothing quite like cat calling and men hanging out the doors of  a pub shouting 'Wheeeey, are you a model or something?' to boost your confidence, is there? This is what you get when you choose to shoot in the Northern Quarter on a busy Saturday afternoon. I mean, cat calling and comments from half pissed men ain't the nicest on a normal note.. But when you're trying to look fierce AF working those Public Desire boots for the blog, it just ain't gonna happen is it? Well, at least not when you're getting asked to pose for a selfie with the guy that's ventured out from the pub (yes, true story. Gross, I know).

It was these experiences from the gen pop that halted my progress as a blogger. Yes, my images had improved from the flower bed & grass backdrop that were once my signature.. But, I decided to start searching for more remote locations. Roof tops, under bridges, side streets.. you name it! Locations with minimal people, meant minimal comments. But, my images became just like my locations... Minimal!

I like to reflect on which direction my blog is going in and by doing so, I often become unhappy with my posts or imagery. Natural, of course.. Who doesn't love improvement? Inspiration is key and I often look to other influencers who can inspire me when I'm shooting with my photographer Raych. This then mainly consists of her lying on the floor for half the shoot, trying to get that 'blogger shot' (Sorry Raych). But, inspiration alone wasn't enough for me to conquer my fear of people staring at me on the street .. I needed to find out how these vloggers deal with the stares and the comments day after day! So, with that in mind, I decided to reach out to one of my favourite daily vloggers and asked for some advice:

'Someone looking at you, is never ever going to have a negative effect on your life! The only negative effect it will have, will be that it will hold you back from what you're trying achieve. People are curious, of course they're going to stare.. But think about the times you look at someone doing something on the street.. It's just curiosity, never judgement. & If it is judgement, you'll never see that person ever again anyway.'


This personally, hit me like a ton of bricks! Why should I shy away and stop what I'm doing because of someone else's curiosity. I know for one that whenever I look over at someone, it is simply that.! Just to look.. You know, because I am a little nosey! And for me to get so worked up and bothered about it, is quite frankly...silly! For years I've let it effect me, effect my blog! It's amazing just how much one sentence can completely change your outlook on things. It's crazy how blogging has helped me develop my style, individuality and now my confidence! I apply this mentality to all aspects of my life and I am without a doubt very comfortable in my own skin because of it. 

Never let anyone else's thoughts/stares/comments effect you! You do you giiiiiirl (or boy) 😝


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Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Power of a Positive Mind


Isn't it funny how some of the most cliché and overused phrases can turn out to be the ultimate guide and answer to everyday life situations?

'Everything happens for a reason'
'Only time can heal'
'Stay positive and good things will happen'

The latter being my favourite cheesy quote that I'm living by right now. The reason being, is that I allowed the thought of having a more positive attitude resonate in my head. I 100% believe in the power of positivity so, I gave it time to sink in and reflected a little on how I could apply it to my day to day lifestyle and mindset going forward.

The other day, the perfect opportunity came along to put my new positive mindset to the test. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that my car battery went flat, making me miss an event with Missguided. An event that I had been looking forward to for weeks and I was pretty bummed out that I was missing it! At first, the frustration and annoyance about the situation kicked in. The usual thoughts of wishing the situation had happened at a more convenient time were in full swing and I was in desperate hope that a passer by would be my knight and shining armour! These thoughts are completely normal and without a doubt, 9 out of 10 people will most likely think this too! Especially if you're missing something super important!

It wasn't until I sat back in my car (waiting patiently for the AA), that I stopped my train of thought and began trying to spin a not so ideal situation into a positive one. The main thing I needed to remind myself of was that this was a situation that I had zero control over. There was nothing I could have done to prevent it and I certainly couldn't hurry the whole process along so I could make it in time for my event. But what I could control, was my attitude towards it.

What was I really moaning about in the first place anyway? For starters, I'm pretty thankful that I have a car at all anyway, because I wouldn't be able to do half the things I'm able to do now without it! Secondly, I wasn't in any danger or hurt and the situation could have been much worse! So I sat there and thought about it all... If I just accept that situations like this are inevitable, I'd use a lot less time and effort complaining than I would just accepting it and moving on.

In that instance, my phone bleeped and I got a notification saying that the ETA for the AA had reduced by 45 minutes. Now the universe may not work that quickly in the realm of positive vibes, but  damn what a great time for a coincidence to happen?

Now I may have missed an amazing event that evening, but I definitely had a little life lesson taught to me instead. Everything happens for a reason, ey? :)

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

3 X The Powder Blue | Boohoo


Wedding season is fast approaching & the frantic online shopping to find the perfect outfit that strikes the balance of both style and the superpower to hide the food baby post 3 course meal (including the extra slice of wedding cake that wasn't necessary but just *had* to happen), can be a real nightmare! It can be tricky to find the outfit that ticks all the boxes, and for the first time EVER.. I'm heading to my first ever English wedding later this month so I've been on the lookout for the past couple of months to find my perfect 'fit.

I find myself choosing comfort over style more & more recently and with the sun finally making an appearance, worrying about a jacket to compliment the outfit to keep warm isn't at the forefront of outfit planning *hurray* (does a jacket without sleeves count?).

I remember watching a music video from the 90's where the set was completely powder blue & I've had a little bit of a love for this colour ever since. So when I lapped eyes on this set, along with the fact that it's the ultimate co-ord (a tad obsessed with these at the moment), I knew it was the outfit for me! Bandue top to hide my no boobs - check! Culotte trousers - CHECK! Colour of dreams - DOUBLE CHECK!

It's an outfit that's worthy of multiple wears and will not be thrown in the back of my wardrobe until clear out happens, and so I'd definitely dress this down for day to day to get the most out of this outfit. I'd team it with my Stan Smiths and a pink faux fur bomber for those chilly British evenings.

Stuck for something to wear this wedding season? Check out Boohoo's occasion wear collection 


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

My Laser Hair Removal Consultation | DestinationSkin Manchester


Hair. Besides the hair on your head, talking about hair anywhere else on the body that is not on your head isn't the most attractive of conversations. In fact, in some respects (or most of mine), it can be a pretty embarrassing situation just talking about hair elsewhere on my body, never mind people actually noticing that I'm not a fair haired Goddess (oh the dream) and what's EVEN worse is when someone is actually thoughtless enough to point out and comment on an insecurity because THEY think it's odd and they want to point it out to you like you never noticed it yourself before. Being from an Asian background, body hair was a common trait. I knew that... But society didn't!

I wanted to write this post and tell people the struggle of growing up & having to battle with the constant removal of hair. I remember being much younger and googleing 'Why am I so hairy compared to my friends' & I must have gotten 1,000 hits talking about guys & their body hair. No mention of women at all! It was virtually impossible to find an answer that would put my mind at ease. Of course, now being older... I know that it really just is down to genes & there actually isn't anything wrong with me!

Hair. It's a wonderful curse. Big brows & long luscious waist length hair can be the envy for some, but stubble ridden legs & oh so noticeable peach fuzz has been the bane of my life since I was about 10 years old.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Magnitone Wipeout! Cleansing Cloth Review & Competition


Over the last 6 months I've taken much more of an interest in looking after my skin and putting together a skincare routine that didn't solely consist of soap & water (so so bad, I know!). Turning 25 was life's little kick up the ass for me to start taking better care of myself and since then I've out together a nice little routine tried and tested products. Before I got my act together, I only ever cleansed my skin when using my Barefaced. A little moisturiser here & there, but no toner or serums in sight!

The Magnitone Barefaced cleansing brush, however, has been in my life for well over a year now and it was probably this product that was my introduction into the realm of beauty. Although it was a slow start, I finally got there in 2017! You can read my full review & results for the Barefaced HERE

After having such good results with the Barefaced cleansing brush, I was really keen to try out the Magnitone Wipeout cleansing cloth & was really lucky to have been sent one to review. I'm all for adding things into my little cleansing routine now, so putting this to the test was exciting! I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first as the Wipeout claims to only need water to remove ALL make up (yup, even the oil based stuff) & a cleanser isn't needed in the slightest!

 I wanted to put the cloth to the ultimate test, so I piled on some knowingly stubborn to remove make up; a thick winged liner and red lip combo should do it! I dunked it in some water, gave it a little wring out & went in for the kill with, tackling the lippy first! My initial thought was that a huge red smear would appear across my mouth. But it didn't! Not going to lie, I was a little disappointed when this didn't happen... I wanted to use that image for the thumbnail on my video haha! I then went for the brows and the eyeliner & it literally wiped off with such ease! No Panda eyes! The cloth itself is super soft and you don't need to rub hard at all, making it perfect for sensitive skin! 

Things to know

Only needs water
No cleanser needed
Machine washable
Double sided
Eco friendly
Reusable up to 1000 times
Smudgeproof


You can watch the video below to see me use the Wipeout cloth for the very first time (honestly, I didn't try it out beforehand) and let me know what you think!




*****COMPETITION *****
WIN THE MAGNITONE BAREFACED CLEANSING BRUSH AND WIPEOUT CLEANSING CLOTH FOR YOU AND A FRIEND!


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Monday, 10 April 2017

Frayed Up & Frayed Out | New Look


We all have our favourite wardrobe staples that are our go to key pieces day in & day out. Those  perfect items of clothes that we can slip on & instantly feel comfortable in -  they never let us down! But more often than not, I'm always hearing someone talk about how uncomfortable they feel when a new situation arises & you're forced to move away from your comfort zone because your regular trusty garms just won't make the cut? I've teamed up with New Look to create two very different looks around one comfy pair of distressed denim jeans (a women's best friend).


If relaxed, laid back looks are your thing, then stepping out the house each day in an outfit like this  on above will be pretty relatable. I don't think a day goes by when I'm not longing to be in my trainers and high waisted jeans if I'm not already in them. I always like to leave the house looking like I've made a little effort, even in a casual day to day outfit like this (is this just a blogger thing, let me know?). The ruffles on this cute white basic tee definitely add a touch of Spring to the outfit & you can never  go wrong with a basic white tee.

But what happens when your basic tee & denim combo isn't enough?

The best styling tip I could give to someone would be to take an item of clothing you feel the most comfortable in & to play around with the other elements in the outfit to change up the feel of the outfit. For a touch of chic I took my own advice and ran with it! It's hard to replace jeans because lets face it, they're the sh*t and they're even harder to replace if its the one type of clothing that you feel the most comfortable in - so instead I switched my kicks for some sassy pink stilettos and added a statement jacket along with my trusty ol' fedora & I instantly felt like a glam lil chica.

The casual base of my outfit remained the same, making this the the perfect day to night outfit. Fitting for those after work drinks that will be a regular thing now that the sun is making an appearance again! 


New Look have some amazing distressed denim jeans in rn, so I've complied just a few of my faves for you! Just click on your fave pair & let the internet do the rest!



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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Melissa Timperley Salons | Northern Quarter

The Hair Salon. A place where split ends come to die, roots are buried underneath glossy new colour and the gossip rolls off the tongue your stylist becomes your absolute fave agony Aunt. We all love the trip down to the hair salon - whether it's a quick 50 minute trim or a 3 hour colour correcting visit. Regardless,  it's a place where the magic happens and you leave feeling like a million bucks & the inner sass queen comes out in full force. A good salon deserves raving about & an even better one deserves a blog post!


I headed down into Manchester a couple of weeks ago to visit the Melissa Timperley salon after I had been invited down to see and experience what the beautiful salon had to offer first hand. The salon is located in the heart of Manchester's beloved Northern Quarter, in a perfectly prime spot for a post work hair fix.

The finer details really matter when it comes to first impressions and the interior of this salon did not disappoint and it is without a doubt every bloggers dreams - Instagrammable? HELL YES! With a delicate colour scheme of monochrome & lashes of teal, the modern salon & trendy salon felt right at home in the NQ!


My Hair 

I can be quite an all round fussy individual in life and not just about my hair - in fact, I become a tad more protective over my locks more than anything else and my perfectionist nature comes out in full force. I'm sure we've each had our own horrific experiences sat in that salon chair in the past - and I'm sure it has left some us less trusting towards new stylists, or even trying out new hair styles, cuts & colours! That's why visiting a new salon for me can be quite a nerve wracking experience. A number of questions always run through my mind whilst sat in that chair: Will they chop too much off? Will they cut into my layers enough? Have they parted my hair exactly how I like it? My hair is my comfort blanket, it's my favourite feature and I'm allowing someone else to have control over my entire appearance - it's a pretty big deal! But when I sat down in front of Melissa I was instantly put at ease and felt relaxed about the next hour ahead.

Melissa did something that not many stylists seem to do and I think more stylists should do!

I never go to wild with my hair. Grown out bangs & layered locks have long been my beloved haircut for well over a decade now. But a simple haircut isn't always fail safe to say the least. Melissa talked me through my current hair cut and showed me what aspects of my style needed improvement, what would work and why it would work. Talking through how much length would be cut off and in my case, it was a little more than I wanted. But due to my hair length needing to be corrected due to a very uneven bottom layer, the only option was to go ahead and chop a little more off than I had initially planned. I have to say it felt 100x better knowing that we had discussed more hair being cut away rather than experiencing that bang of shock when you catch a glimpse of the pile of your hair on the floor.
My hair was styled super smooth & sleek, pretty much how I wear it most days, but this was so we could go over & find any imperfections & being the Queen of perfectionism myself - this was a dream come true! No uneven layers hereeee! I also have a cowlick on the right hand side of my hair line which can be pretty damn annoying as it often creates a split in my bangs. Melissa taught me how to dry this correctly (brush it in every direction possible when drying to allow the hair to sit naturally in place) - something which no other stylist has ever done before! Being told little tips and tricks about how to style your own hair is vital and so important to be able to maintain that salon style hair everyday!

Some Things To Know

- Each customer gets a full 1 hour window (for a cut & blow-dry) so you're not being rushed and you're able to have a relaxed visit

- You're never passed from stylist to stylist. From start to finish your stylist will take care of every part of your treatment

- Round brushes & nozzles are never used when drying your hair. A wrap drying technique is used which is gentle on the hair & allows hair to fall naturally.

- You can enjoy a full reclining seat when having your hair washed - The ultimate dream!

- You can take a virtual 360 degree tour of the salon before stepping inside to full immerse yourself in the salons gorgeous decor!

- They never use clippers, only scissors!

- All their Unite styling products are 100% cruelty free & vegan!

- Appointments fill up fast! So if you're wanting to book a slot, you've got to be quick!



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Sunday, 12 March 2017

It's OK To Say No To Collaborations.


'PING' 

To: contact@fashernablylate.com
Cc:
Subject: We'd Love To Collaborate With You!
From: bloggers@bankfashion.com


Hey Sabina!

I'm Liv and I am a student ambassador for Bank Fashion, around Leeds city centre. Which involves promoting and marketing Bank Fashion out to the students of Leeds.

I have come across your blog, which is really great by the way, and I was wondering whether you'd like to receive some Bank items of your choice, with a blog post in return?

If you're interested get back to me and I'll give you the details :)

Much Love,

The Bank Fashion Team ♡

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This was the first ever collaboration email I received back in 2013! I still remember the exact moment that it pinged through to my inbox, the excitement, pure joy & utter disbelief that such a large (at the time) fashion brand wanted to send little old me, me, free clothes to promote on my very small blog! I  remember running into the other room in my house to quickly share the news with my Mum. I did at this point have to explain what a collaboration was & who Bank fashion actually were in order for the news to properly sink in -  but wow - what a feeling! This was definitaly the start to a whole new chapter in my blogging career. Just a few short years before this, Bank fashion was a H-U-G-E deal at school. If you owned one of their printed bags as your school bag in secondary school, you were basically - the shit - they were the perfect size for that A4 GCSE folder, your smelly gel pens & copious amount of sweets. They even had the perfect little pocket for your lip gloss... Does anyone remember them? An essential upgrade from that overused JD Sports drawstring carrier bag.


Following my first ever collaboration, a string of emails sat nicely in my inbox and my blogging game because serious business! I was on a roll; I really thrived off the positive results I was seeing and my hard work, time & effort were all so totally worth it! I found myself accepting every opportunity that landed in my inbox and everything that came my way just added to the thrill and excitement of these new opportunities coming my way! The work load built up but turning down opportunities were a no no! In fact, not even a glimmer of refusal entered my mind, the novetly was very much still there, in fact, it didn't think you could say no.... Could you?

The collaboration over kill & churning out work started to take it toll and I personalyl feel like I had lost a little bit of my true self in my blog. I was blogging for the sake of keeping up with the collaborations and not because I wanted too! I would sit and scroll through websites for hours, trying to riffle through the endless categories on websites in hopes to find at least one item of clothing that I - sort of - liked. You see, there are many factors I have to consider when choosing apparel. My options are usually slashed by 50% automatically because I just don't wear the low cut style of dresses that seem to clutter a lot of websites. Not that theres anything wrong with that, it's just not my  personal style. But when I look back at my early collaborations, I look at the images and think 'Who is that?'. I was choosing anything and everything just so I didn't have to turn down opportunities and say no to brands.

Theres a lot of competition out there, online retailers, bloggers, the whole online atmosphere is packed with so much amazing content that if I say no to these brands, am I missing out on an opportunity to potentially grow my blog? Am I missing out on an opportunity to grow my own personal brand? But the most important thing I realised by saying no to collaborations is that in turn what's really happening is that I'm not losing my own style, trends and most importantly myself by getting caught up with fast fashion and not my blog!

Trends all come and go far too quickly in this fast paced digital world we now live in and I want to be able to create and preserve an online influence of my own to look back on that is truly 100% me through & through! So after getting out of my cycle of always.saying.yes, I've been a lot more honest with myself and I've noticed that my own style and source of inspirations have naturally changed without being influenced by every single brand that lands in my inbox.

I really want to keep my blog authentic, original and true to myself and my own personal style. I believe the true nature of why blogging is so successful is down to a more honest outlook on not only yourself, but the items you feature on it too and I really want to keep hold of that. I still get so overly excited when my inbox pings with new opportunities, but I've learnt to take on board those opportunities that are 100% me & less 100% doing it for the sake of it.


Have your blogging habits changed since your early days? Do you ever turn down collaborations?


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