Monday, 18 March 2019

A maternity OOTD

Currently struggling with maternity wear? Yes, I will put my hands up to that.

I am now 18 weeks pregnant, so my body is getting growing and will only continue to grow. My jeans no longer fit; I manage to button them up but as the day goes on they tend to get painful, so I have to walk around with unbuttoned jeans which are continuously falling (the struggle is real). I brought a pair of black over the bump maternity jeans from Asos, however as I don't have a proper bump yet, they just roll down and I have to constantly pull them up. I have brought a few other pairs of maternity jeans from Asos and I just feel like the quality is not there and again they keep falling off. So I am on the hunt to find the perfect pair of jeans to see me through the next few months.

The biggest issue I have with maternity clothes is, I cannot seem to find anything that looks 'pretty.' I feel like everything I see has a certain look to it, almost like a mummy look, which isn't the look I want to go for. So when it comes to tops, I've decided to buy what I would normally wear but just in a bigger size, so it can see me through the next few months as I grow.



Top: H&M
Jeans: New Look
Shoes: Zara
Coat: Mango (brought 2 years ago)


I will really appreacate any help when it comes to clothing, especially jeans. Any tips or advice where to buy the perfect pair.

As always thank you for reading.

With Love,
Alisha x
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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Pregnancy So Far- First Trimester

Would I call my first trimester tough? YES!

Being a first time mum-to-be, all these changes are new, and a lot were unexpected. Having spoken to many mums/mums-to-be and questioned their pregnancy, I thought I was slightly prepared. Little did I know, my pregnancy would be the total opposite.

I found out early December that I was pregnant and I was in complete shock. My period was late about two weeks, however at the time my cycle was not so consistent. Regardless, I did a test when I was a week late which came out negative, so I put the lateness down to changes in environment, changes in temperature as I had just come back from holiday. A week later I still had not started, so I decided to do another test which also came out negative, so once again I just reassured myself. As the days went on, I started feeling a little strange and different within. So after work, I decided to go and buy another test, this time not telling anyone (usually I would always do the test at time when my husband was around). I remember whilst I waited for the results to appear, I kept telling myself it would come out negative and I was just overthinking things. As I picked up the test I could not believe what I was seeing, THERE WERE 2 LINES! I was SO shocked and overwhelmed with emotion. I got this sense of responsibility, that I was no longer just looking after myself, but a little being who I had to prioritise, protect and take care of- and that feeling was the greatest and one which I cannot describe.

First trimester at 11 weeks
TIREDNESS

As soon as I found out, I decided to keep a daily diary mainly for myself to see how these new changes come about and something I could look back on as time goes on. However, it did not last too long roughly about 2 weeks. The tiredness started to kick in and I spent most of my time in bed especially on the days I was off work. I felt physically drained and then as the days went on the nausea also came in. I tried a lot of things to help with my nausea nothing really helped, apart from lemon sherbets.

MORNING SICKNESS

I first experienced morning sickness around week 6, it started off just once or twice a day and then went to me throwing up on average 6 times a day. Some days, I could not hold anything down including water and was sick throughout the whole day. Days like those, use to really bring me down; the whole experience was just draining and caused me to completely lost my appetite. I am now 17 weeks pregnant and still get sickness, luckily its just once a day when I wake up.

CRAVINGS or AVERSIONS?

Instead of food cravings, I had a lot of food aversions. I went completely off beef and chicken, certain types of fish and rice. The smell of rice being made would and still does make me throw up. Another problem I created for myself was, if there was something I enjoyed eating or drinking, I would keep on having it until I was bored of it. Now, I have tried to start incorporating meat and chicken back into my diet but at times I still struggle.

PHYSICAL CHANGES

Towards the end of my first trimester, I started seeing more visible changes in terms of my body. The first thing I noticed/felt was my jeans felt tighter around my waist and my stomach began to feel a little rounder and harder. Almost as if I was always bloated. I generally felt a lot bigger and I do not know if it was just me being paranoid. When they say your body changes during pregnancy, they were not lying, it really does!

Generally they tend to say you get a pregnancy glow, guess what? I am still waiting for that glow! My skin has become super dry and I now tend to get spots; I have loads of small ones on my forehead and I was someone who would rarely get any spots. Also my hair seem so dry and have fallen out so much, along with a dry scalp. I have started to oil my hair now to see if that helps (fingers crossed).

I would love to know how pregnancy was for you? Or if you are pregnant now, how it is going and what have you been loving? Ive been struggling with loads of things at the moment but thats a whole new post.

As always thank you for reading!

With Love,

Alisha x
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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Life Update

Maldives

It has been the longest time since I have sat down to type something. I have been wanting to put up a post for a while but been super busy and then one thing led to another...

A little time line of the events that occurred in my life from my last post to now:

Aug-Oct 2018- loads and loads of wedding planning! When people say weddings are stressful, they really are!

20th October 2018- My wedding day. With over a year of planning the day was over in a blur.

Oct-Nov 2018- Honeymooning in the Maldives and Dubai. Up until now I am still having holiday blues and will do anything to back in the Maldives.

Dec 2018- Feb2019- Loads of sleeping, and a lot of sickness! Yes, you have guessed it I am pregnant! One of the biggest shocks and up until now feels so surreal and every time I think about it  I fill up with a range of emotions.

This blog is going to change slightly; there will be a lot more pregnancy related posts and pregnancy updates.

I hope you enjoy this journey with me and everything that is to come.

With love always,

Alisha ♡

P.s. If you would like to see more wedding content, including events and the planning process or even honeymoon pictures then leave me a comment down below.
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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Weekend in London



A few weeks ago, I took a trip to London with my sisters. I currently live 1.5 hours away from London by train, yet I have never had the opportunity to do all those touristy activities whilst in London. So this trip was planned to live that tourist life in London.

We went for 2 nights, which resulted in 3 full packed days and loads of walking. Our hotel was situated near Edgeware Road; so we were in walking distance from Oxford Street as well as 5 minutes away from a tube station, perfect!












Shirt- Boohoo
Jeans- New Look
Shoes- River Island
BagVivienne Westwood

First stop was the theatres, we watched The Lion King, which was probably one of the best theatre productions I have ever seen. The Lion King has always been on of my favourite Disney movies, but for me the theatre production exceeded my expectations.

Now I am going to drown you in pictures taken on our trip. Enjoy!
Buckingham Palace


DAY 2











Top- H&M
Cardigan- H&M
Culottes- Zara
Shoes- Zara










London Eye
Lego Store
Afternoon Tea at Harrods

DAY 3
London Dungeons
Top- Asos
Cardigan- H&M
Culottes- Boohoo
Shoes- Zara
Sunglasses- Valentino 

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With Love,
Alisha
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Monday, 30 July 2018

Motivation Monday

Girl Boss- motivation monday

So the past few weeks have been kind of difficult to say the least, and motivating myself has been challenge. I am struggling between balancing revision for my final exam before I qualify, working full time, planning a wedding and few other issues. As I now get back into the swing of things, I thought I would share with you how I try to motivate myself to achieve my goals. Now, a goal does not have to be something big, it can be as small as a daily task.
  1. PLAN PLAN and PLAN some more!- now I have always been a planner and I love being able to cross things off my to-do list. Theres just a whole different feeling about it!
  2. Sit back and assess the situation- sometimes we are too hard on ourselves to get everything done all at once, but at times all we need to do is sit back and look at what really needs to be done now
  3. Priortise- Recently this has be one of the main things I have learnt to do, you don't need to complete everything on your list at once, as nice as it would be, its important to space out your time and look at what is really important and give that your all
  4. Take regular breaks- I can't stress how important this is!
  5. Do what make you happy- Most important point, and thats why have left it last so it hopefully sticks with you. There are times when we get so drowned and overwhelmed with everything (and thats been me the past few weeks), that I forgot to make time for the things I love doing and since I have started incorporating them back in, I personally have been a lot happier!
What do you do to motivate and succeed? I would love to know!

As always thank you for reading.

Love,
Alisha ♡
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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Make Up Revolution...the brand to beat!

Make up revolution

Make Up Revolution in my opinion is the brand to beat on the high street. The value and quality of their products is so impressive and affordable.

On a daily basis I use the Make Up Revolution Fixing Spray which does the job for me, making my make up last all day. I know there is a lot of misconceptions to whether fixing sprays actually work or whether they are just gimmicks but personally I can see a difference.

I picked up the Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer when they first came out and I love the way it looks and feel on my skin; they have amazing coverage and for the £4 price point you cannot go wrong. If you have not tried them yet, I would highly recommend you get your hands on them!

Recently, Make Up Revolution came out with Revolution Fast Base Foundation Sticks, and I knew I had to pick them up. I picked up 2 shades, initially just picking the one shade F8, which matched well but I felt it washed me out a little. So now I use F10 around the perimeters of my face, contour lines and neck and F8 in the centres of my face- that combination I love! The foundation sticks come in two tones; a pink undertones (odd numbers) and orange undertones (even numbers).

Make up revolution

The coverage is perfect and buildable. The thing I have noticed is you need a well prepped base and throughout the day it can begin to get oily if not set properly with powder usually around my t-zone. Other than that, it has a creamy consistency and glides on to the face, and is easy to blend out. I usually use a beauty blender, as that is all I ever use to apply make up. The image below is an unedited picture taken on my iPhone, just to give you an idea of the coverage and finishing of the foundation. On top of the foundation, I have used the Make Up Revolution Concealer in the shade C5  and set it with Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. I have not used any contour on my forehead, that is just the difference in the foundation shades.

Make up revolution

Make up revolution

Have you tried them yet? Or what is your favourite foundation stick? Leave a comment I would love to know!

As always thank you for reading!

Love,

Alisha ♡
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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Waiting For Spring

Srping

The weather in the UK has recently been so depressing and deceiving, there are days where the skies blue but it's freezing and then other days it is continuously raining. At this moment in time looking out my window all I can see is pouring rain and cloudy grey skies. I cannot wait for blue skies, sun with a little breeze, and the daily walks around different parks. Going for long walks and exploring is one of my favourite things to do, it is so calming, relaxing and refreshing. During my time at university, exam breaks use to alway involve going to my local park for a walk around the lake.

At the moment, I am currently in revision mode again but to qualify and pass my training year. So balancing revision and a full time job has been a little challenging. But whenever the weathers a little brighter, I use it to my full advantage and that also helps lift my mood and motivates me to revise- does anyone else feel like that?

I am slowly trying to bring a little spring into my outfits, a pop of yellow and out comes the loafers and away goes the wintery coats and boots- although some days I do have to bring them back out. The picture below, is an outfit I wore during the week, as I put it on, I felt spring ready. The scarf is standard scarf from Forever 21 that I brought a while ago but just never wore, the colour is so beautiful and bright. Shoes are from River Island, which are super comfortable and the tassels just add a little extra to and ordinary pair of loafers. And if you know me you will know I love shoes with tassels.

spring

Jeans: New Look
Shoes: River Island
Scarf: Forever 21

I have linked all I could find above.

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As always thank you for reading.

Love,

Alisha ♡

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