Friday, January 23, 2015

Taking part in the Sky News Diet Challenge

Friday, January 23, 2015
It's getting towards the end of January and many are starting to assess whether they have stuck to their New Year resolutions - are you one of them? If you have chosen to eat healthy or diet you may be interested to know that most people would have given up on their diets by now. Well not me! I have been taking part in a Diet Challenge with Sky News since the beginning of January and I am pleased to say that I have stuck to it.
I am one of four taking part in the challenge which is being aired weekly on Sky News. You can follow our progress here. I have been put on the 5:2 diet and it has changed what I thought about the diet. I will update more on how I have got on with the diet next week.
You can see more clips and read about the challenge below.
Diet the Psychological Challenges - here.
Four dieters embark on a weight loss mission - here.
Sky News Diet Challenge - Meet Safira Ali - here.

Let me know if you have tried the 5:2 and if you have any dieting tips!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

31DC2015 - Day 2 - Tape mani

Saturday, January 3, 2015
When I saw tape mani was the prompt for Day 2 of The Crumpet's 31 Day Challenge I was more than happy. I love a good tape mani and have been getting quite handy with my striping tape. But as I had recently done one for my December Nailmas challenge I decided to use some stickers cut into zig zags for a different type of tape mani.

Friday, January 2, 2015

31DC2015 - Day 1 - Follow a tutorial - Water marbling

Friday, January 2, 2015

I'm no nail art expert - and I'm more than happy to admit it. But what I do love about my nail journey is that I am not afraid to make mistakes and learn for next time. That's what Day 1 of the Crumpet's nail art challenge was for me and to try something completely new.

Happy New Year!

2015 is here and it already feels different for me. I love reading blog posts at this time of year as they are so positive and full of promise. For me, there's things I would like to achieve this year, but first I want to look back before I move forward.

This morning I had to go into Leytonstone, a town in East London that I lived in for about a year when I first moved to London four and a half years ago. Being back there made me realise how far I had come, what I had achieved since I had lived there and how much I had changed.

Similarly, the past year has been hard, but an improvement on 2013. Asif recovered from his back operation, went back to college and got his IT qualification during the first half of the year, and has started a new job. I am a year into my own new career and I am loving it. I am so glad I made the leap from journalism to PR when I did.

The latter part of last year brought me closer to my family and friends for various reasons. It has taught me to live each day like it's your last and appreciate what you have as it could all be taken away from you in an instant.

There's many things I would like to achieve this year, but rather than making a checklist, I would rather have some things to focus on.

1. My first goal is my health and weight. I've always loved doing food posts and last year started looking into healthy eating. Starting from tomorrow I will be filming for a programme for a TV network about dieting and healthy eating. I am excited and feel privileged to take part. I will have more on that after tomorrow.

2. Make more time for me - I always put others first above what I want and need. It's important that I stop doing that. Yes, it's important to do that sometimes, but realistically I can't sacrifice my own values to please others.

3. Make more time for my friends. I have some of the best friends all around the country and I count myself lucky. I can't wait to see more of them this year.

3. In terms of my blog I had a look over the posts from the past year and I could tell where I was in my headspace for each one of them. Blogging should never be a chore and I was wearing myself out trying to keep up with others.
I started this blog as I wanted an outlet to be creative, try new things and write in a way that I couldn't in my day job as a journalist at the time. Almost four years on it is a different place, but I have changed with it too. As I do look back it's obvious to me that I love the creative posts the most, the nail art ones in particular. I love the challenges, as can be seen from my recent December Nailmas one, and I am about to start a new January challenge. I also loved the food and lifestyle posts, so expect more of those on the blog.

4. And lastly, there is a distinct lack of me on the blog with very few pictures of me. I am coming out of my comfort zone and feature more of ME here since this is my little space. Heck, if I can agree to go on TV, I can sure feature more of me on here too.

So there you have it folks. I have wishes to travel to cities in Europe this year, to start thinking about the future, and to get our own place, but all in good time. I'm taking baby steps to begin with as things are starting to look up for the first time in a long time. So here's to 2015 and all it may bring. What are your resolutions for this year? xxx

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Beauty tip - stop lip colours from bleeding

Thursday, January 1, 2015

There's nothing worse when you are wearing lipstick and the colour bleeds out - even worse when wearing a vibrant colour like red where the bleeding is more noticeable.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nailmas Day 24 - Christmas Jumper

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Day 24 of Nailmas! And I've done some nails to match my Christmas jumper that I wore today.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nailmas Day 23 - Elf

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
For today's nails I went for an elf look with a twist. I saw a similar look from PackAPunch Polish on Youtube and adapted it so the elf suit was more shiny and sparkly - it is Christmas after all!