Life Update … & My Favourite Purchase

Hey!

So .. I know I have been a little bit of a stranger to the blogging world recently (slap on the wrist I know!)… but I have a genuine reason .. promise. If you follow me on Twitter you would have known that a) I have started a new job recently, and b) my husband had major knee surgery last week. So… a combination of these has meant my little blog has unfortunately been pushed to the back of my mind – but hey, life gets in the way sometimes and guess what… that’s OK. It took me a while to really get that in my head because every time I didn’t take my blog/Instagram photos for that day or draft up my post, I felt guilty. But what you have to remember is that certain things in life are more important than that perfect Instagram shot or getting a post up at a certain time … I blog as a hobby, not a forced activity. So taking time out helps you realize that and for a long time I have had the mindset ‘quality over quantity’, which has really helped me because I never rush my posts and love every single one I put up.

Also … another thing that has probably led to my lack of posts is that I am getting slightly bored of the layout of my blog… but I have done some research and am actually going to (finally) self host.. AND get a whole new theme! I am also on the hunt for a new camera (yes I know I still have my £40 Samsung), but I am so torn as to whether I want a Canon or the Olympus Pen (help me!).

Phew.. that felt good to get off my chest! That is what I love about blogging .. you can literally pour your heart out on a post and instantly feel better about it.  

Now … another reason why I want another camera is because I really miss doing fashion posts… and I just feel my camera is not up to taking shots that I am happy with. When I first starting blogging, it was completely fine and I was happy with it, but now that I want to up my game slightly (eeek), I want to invest in a camera that will give me shots I will be happy with and proud to put on my blog.

Speaking of fashion posts … I HAD to share with you probably the best purchase I have made recently. A few reasons why I love it.. it’s velvet, it’s black, it’s over-sized, and… it cost me £2.50 (!!)

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This the reason I love charity shops so much … you can literally pick up some of the nicest, most unique things ever. As I was trawling the rails, I spotted this little velvet beauty and just fell in love. Velvet is absolutely huge this season… both for clothes and accessories… in fact I have velvet ankle boots on my wishlist because I just NEED them. There is something so luxe about velvet .. it is honestly one of my most favourite things to wear!

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Sometimes velvet can be seen as something that is worn mostly for evenings out… but I wanted to show you that paired with the right things, you can rock velvet during the day. In fact.. I’ve been nice enough to come up with some helpful tips:

  • Wear something over-sized (over-sized tops, swing dress etc) I think it’s best to save the body-con stuff for the evenings guys (although if you feel like you want to rock it.. you go girl.. fashion is all about personal preference and being unique)
  • Make it casual by wearing it with some black jeans/trousers and boots/trainers
  • Try mixing up textures … velvet and knitwear are gorgeous together… especially if you have a velvet dress with an over-sized cardigan (ultimate Autumn outfit goals)
  • Velvet blazers are so easy to style and go with so much (a lot more than you would think!)
  • Personally.. my favourite colours in velvet are black, burgundy and forest green. What are yours?
  • If you want to incorporate a little bit of velvet, get your hands on some loafers/boots or a bag

So guys ..there are some of my tips for  wearing velvet … I really want to pick up some more velvet things and show you how easy it is to style them up!

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Details

Top – Charity Shop
Trousers – H&M
Trainers – Topshop

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I went for a really casual look and just love how comfortable this whole outfit was. The only thing I WISHED I had was a metallic backpack … I feel like that would have just completed the outfit SO well (I can imagine right).

I know I’d definitely be able to take this look into the evening by pairing it with some heeled boots and a bold lip (perfect!)

Right girls and boys … I think I have rambled on enough .. I hope you enjoyed my little life update and also tips on bringing some velvet into your wardrobe! I am off to watch Friends and cuddle up with my poorly hubby! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots Of Love,

Saira

Xxx

11 Comments

  1. October 31, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    hope the job is going well! and speedy recovery for your hubby iA! also if you go self hosted, will we wordpress users still be able to access your blog the same?! i never know!

  2. November 5, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Hey girlie<3 you look absolutely gorgeous in these pics! So so pretty…as always! And I guess I'm in a similar situation with blogging atm. With my new job (well, it's not that new anymore, but it's tough work) I just feel like I don't always have enough energy to take photos, do my makeup perfectly and write. I've had to give up my schedule I once had, but as you said, it's alright. I blog when I feel like it and I think I'm a lot happier with the content that way 🙂
    Loved reading this post hon <3 I'm so glad to hear you're doing alright. Oh and I definitely recommend the Olympus pen 🙂 I love it to bits and it can do all sorts of things!
    Hope you're having a fab weekend sweetie. Love ya <3
    Emma xxx

    http://www.wellemma.com

  3. November 6, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Hope hubby is getting better lovely! And your job is going well! I missed you in the blogging world! Love your fashion posts as always!

  4. hannah
    November 11, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Those shoes! Love love love!!

    Hannatalks

  5. chronicendeavors
    November 16, 2016 / 9:04 am

    I absolutely love this look. I’m such a fan of velvet but I have only worn it at night! Also, fab trainers. I love anything shiny like that 😁 hope your husband is recovering okay.

    Robyn Sparkles
    http://Www.chronicendeavors.wordpress.com

  6. November 20, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    I love, love, love your shoes! I hope your husband has a speedy recovery and that you’re settling into your new job role. So excited to see the new direction of your blog with going self hosted – I really want to do it but I’m so scared! Also, can’t wait to see your photography on the pen, you do such a great job with your photos already!

    Amy | http://www.whatamydid.co.uk

  7. December 8, 2016 / 6:50 am

    You look adorable and are totally rocking the sweater and the sneakers 🙂
    Keep up the great work 🙂

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