Eid Gift Guide (Collab with "Los Angeles Hijabi")

It's almost Eid and like every year I'm usually that person a day before Eid running around looking for gifts but this year insha'Allah I thought i'd be super organised and get my gifts earlier (By earlier I mean two days before Eid rather than my typical 1hour before the shops close the night before). Los Angeles hijabi (aka the lovely Umm Leila) and I, decided to show you some gift Ideas. In my post I'll be showing you gift ideas for the male species in your family and the lovely Umm Leila will be showing you what to buy the fabulous girls. So without further adieu lets get started shall we:
  • The Man Bag: I personally feel every grown adult needs a bag to carry their things in and that includes men too. Yes, yes I know stuffing everything in your back pocket is very liberating but however extremely unsafe. When it comes to men (Like I know anything about them) they don't seem to change bag very often like us girlies so perhaps buying a leather bag is the best option because it's likely to be kept for years and years.

  • Coffee Cup. I feel like a coffee cup is one of the most practical gifts. Umm Leila and I were talking and she said that she often bought her husband coffee and snacks for eid, this inspired me. Maybe if coffee was often given how about a stylish coffee cup.

  • A new Notebook: Keeping up with the hipster theme I thought a notebook would be the perfect thing to put in his new bag. If he is studying then then this is such a nice gift because notebooks are super practical. I'm loving Moleskine notebooks they're so classic and professional. 

  • Attar. This gift idea was actually widely recommended by some of you lovelies on Instagram and I certainly agree. Attar (or perfume) is such a nice gift idea because it's something that they can practically use.

  • Islamic themed T-shirts. This was another recommended gift idea from all you girlies. I can actually say that last year I bought my brother an islamic themed T-shirt and I think he might have liked it (Or pretended to like it...who knows). There are a lot of places you can buy these from in London such as your local islamic store. However your best bet would be online. 

  • Kindle/ Ipad. Whenever i'm on the train or the bus I always see both men and women using kindles and it's got me thinking. I must probably be the only person who still likes using paper books to read. So for it's sheer popularity kindle you have been added to my gift guide.

This guide was more geared toward your teenage and adult family members however when it comes to young boys you can easily buy them games (Can I personally recommend the classic Battleship game) How about you all join us in this collab and  leave a comment below letting Umm Leila and I know what gift you would give to your young child?

You can shop some of my recommend gifts here:
Check out Umm Leila's Girl Eid Guide by clicking the link hereI hope you're gonna love it Insha'Allah. I'll see you sisters in the next post insha'Allah. 
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Staying happy on social media

Ahh social media, I often struggle to get the hang of you but deep deep down I know we are friends. When we all start off our journey online it can be both really exciting and scary at the same time. We often get a little worried about the things we post and whether we might have just posted "too much". So here's my guide to staying positive on social media whether that be Blogging, Instagram, Twitter, you name it.

1) Stop looking at numbers. I'm kinda fed up of going on blogs and finding posts like "How to get more followers" or "How to increase your traffic" because it steals the joy out of posting online and makes it into a industry and a profession rather than a hobby and that's what social media is about it's about enjoying yourself. It doesn't matter about comments or likes as long as you enjoy documenting your occasions because at the end of the day we actually post for ourselves. 

2) Comparing your life leads to misery. I'm probably so guilty of this. Often we find ourselves following people and in someways comparing their lifestyle over ours. I kinda cover this a little in my post here, but often we are inspired to be like people because of their appearances or their looks. But behind the screen things often seem different.  

3) Post when you like, what you like. Ok so this goes back to the first post but we often find ourselves posting things to get followers but this often destroys all the fun out of social media because we're creating an artificial persona to impress people. If we perhaps post things we like then maybe your followers might unfollow you but at least you made a choice for yourself rather than for someone else.

That's all the tips I can think of right now, I hope this post help some of you and I'll see you in the next post.
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How to Effectively Blog whilst Being a Student or Working

When I have exams round the corner, i'm usually inspired to become a really good blogger (though I suspect i'm probably more of an expert in procrastination). However I usually hear from bloggers, myself included that I can't study for my exams or work my nine to five job and keep my blog running effectively. but this may not be always the case, sometimes we just get too overwhelmed by so many different tasks at once!

1) Schedule your posts. Don't feel the need to post everyday but schedule your posts, not only so your readers can look forward to your posts but so that they feel the regularity of receiving a post from you.

2) Do all your posts in bulk. If you have a day free, use that day to take all the pictures for your posts, whether that be outfits or DIYs etc... Not only will you have lots of posts for your to schedule but it will make blogging less of a burdan. 

3) Don't Stress. Don't over think your posts, it doesn't have to be the longest written post, remember quality over quantity.

4) Use your blog as a reward. This can be very effective if done correctly. Whenever you complete a task, whether that be revision or research you can reward yourself by writing a post! (Because blogging is a hobby and not a profession...well for me anyway)

5) It's ok to take a break. Once blogging starts to feel like a chore or a burden, take a break and let your readers know. When I had my end of year exams I took a break and let you all know in this post here.

Well those are all the tips I can think of right now, If you have anymore tips leave them in the comments below!
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