The Design Process: Indecisiveness, colours and too many options (ft a vote!)

DIY, Lifestyle

Hi everyone!

So I took a bit of a cheat day/break yesterday to work on the blog graphics and the whole website ‘glow-up’ haha

I thought it would be fun to blog about the process though because I always love reading these types of posts and I thought it would be interesting to see how my design sense (hopefully) evolves over time.

I did a three-part series a looong time ago during a previous blog makeover, and now looking back, I can’t help but cringe at my overly saturated color schemes and lack of cohesiveness as a whole haha, but I guess it’s just showing that I’ve grown? So I’m taking it as a beacon of hope during these aesthetically challenging times.

One of the biggest challenges that I face during designing anything is definitely my indecisiveness. It’s just too many things and colors and patterns that I want to put together and definitely not enough space to execute everything without turning it into a jumble sale of graphics.

Classic example right whilst re-designing the blog right now: I’ve been experimenting with ‘themes’ which are the WordPress equivalent to website layouts for my blog so it’s really hard to stay focused on just on an idea because there are simultaneously too many options and not enough. I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for but I found loads of similar alternatives so it’s taking me ageees to decide.

I would love to know what you guys think of it actually, so I thought I could have a vote on the layout options?

layout one; B&W Classic

I’m trying to decide between a classic ‘timeless classy blogger-y’ feel with just black, white, and pink with a layout like this? I love the whole minimal feel to it, and lots of edits will most definitely follow to change up the rest of the site. A part of me feels like it’ll be fun to try out something different, whilst the other part of me is urging me to move onto something with a bit more personality (indecision right here folks)

layout 2; White Minimal With Colour

I want to go for a layout like this because it reminds of the blogs from my vision board, which I want to try to incorporate into my blog, those cosy, subtle tones are really pretty but then again, it just seems kind of mundane at the same time, so I really don’t know haha

layout 3; Complete Experiment (with a bit of a plan)

This is the most adventurous one so far and it’s the experimental layout. It will require a complete top to bottom, parrots cage cleaned out, thorough sweep through, but I think its also the option that sounds the most appealing to me at this point?

I won’t have any fun quirks like I do with the built-in layouts, but perhaps that’ll just give me more room to interject that charm into other corners of my site.

I’d love to know what you guys think of all of this in the comments! Please do vote for the layout which you feel would be the most fun (and aesthetically pleasing) to execute.

The layouts are all just examples, of course, I already have a couple of ideas up my sleeve to really channel in the ‘blog vibes’ through each of them, so really the hardest part now is ‘The Big Decision’ (gulp)

oh wait, it’s a democratic decision, so you guys are going if for me haha no pressureee and thank you

 

 

 

 

Visualize Your Dreams And Make Them Goals | DIY Vision Board!

DIY, Lifestyle, Positivity, Style

Hi everyone!

I hope that you are all having a great day!

I’ve always enjoyed setting myself goals and doing my best to accomplish them! While pen and paper is definitely wonderful for helping you finish up your to-do list or plan an event, for long term goals and motivation, I think visualizing your goals is definitely the way to go!

I absolutely love the concept of vision boards and how versatile they can be. I made my first one a couple of months ago and I really enjoyed it! There’s just something amazing about waking up each morning, and being greeted with a literal world of possibilities, dreams and hope.

The greatest thing about it is that it’s extremely easy to set up and you can be as creative as you’d like! There are no restrictions!

Because I loved my vision board so much, I wanted to show you all how to make one too, so that all of us can get inspired and accomplish all of our goals together!

What you use for your vision board is all up to you! You could use a frame, a cork board, a chalkboard even the cover of a notebook or a piece of cardboard!

You are also going to need a visual representation of your goals and this leads to the first step-

Think of all the things that you want to accomplish, make a list of your dreams,passions and goals and then visualize them!

If you want to become a successful author, then picture a massive bookshelf featuring all the books you’ve written! Or maybe if you want to think of smaller goals like getting good grades, think of what motivates you to get good grades!

What drives you to work harder and be more productive? What makes you happy? What inspires you? These are questions that you should answer using your vision board! A lot of people start with inspirational quotes and then move on to their ambitions and passions.

There a loads of good places to get inspiration from, but my personal favorite is Pinterest!

Decide what your priorities are and what you are going to focus on. Then, bring that order to your vision board!

I’d recommend focusing on five things or less because if you spread yourself too thin then you aren’t going to be able to do your best for everything that you want to do.

For me, my priorities are- Trying to be the best Muslim girl that I can possibly be, doing well at school, writing up fun blog posts, working on my other writing and being creative! So, that’s how I mapped out my vision board.

I organized my images to make the inspiration and quotes that motivate me to stay in the middle and I spread out the rest of my goals from that point.

I really wanted to focus on all of the positive aspects of my life and and make the most out of every moment! As I mentioned in my previous post, that’s my quote for this year so it’s going to be highlighted in my vision board.

Your vision board doesn’t have to be picture perfect, nor does it have to be exactly like someone else’s! That’s what makes it so unique. It’s kind of like a glimpse into your personality and dreams!

This is the most important step! Having a vision board is amazing but the point of it is to motivate and inspire you everyday.

When you look at your vision board, it should remind you of all of the wonderful things you can and will accomplish! Working towards your vision is what is truly going to complete your vision board.

If you aren’t feeling inspired after awhile, then change up your vision board. If your priorities change or you lose your focus, adjust your vision board according to that. When you change, your vision board also must represent that.

This is what my vision board currently looks like:

I decided to keep my ‘school and learning’ goals on top (along with with a Hermione reference!) and then gradually moved down towards my most important goals and quotes! I wanted to throw in a couple of fun images but also make sure that everything I added to my vision board was something that wasn’t unnecessary.

Since I love fashion and writing, I put together a cute little ‘designing graphic?’ and I also added a feature to my vision board which I called ‘Words’. I wanted to display my favorite phrase/ paragraph of the month out of my own writing!

I had a lot of fun making my vision board (as you can probably tell haha..) and I really hope that,if you make one yourself, you do too!

What do think of vision boards? Do you have one? and if not, are you going to make one?? I really hope that you do! What are some of your biggest goals? Maybe we can all inspire each other to accomplish them in the comments down below! Let me know!

DIY PINK Velvet Cake! | My Favourite Recipe + Free Printable!

Baking, DIY

Hi everyone!

I hope that all of you are having a great day!

Recently the weather has been absolutely gorgeous! It’s been raining heaps and I’ve been really enjoying it. In fact it’s been the absolute perfect weather to bake something.

So, I decided it was time to make some red velvet cupcakes-but with a twist! As you all know, I love pink so I decided to make pink velvet cupcakes and share my super easy recipe with all of you!

I’m not exactly the best baker out there, so I usually prefer to use ‘tried and tested’ recipes and just experiment with that! Anyway, I got this recipe a while ago, and trust me; it’s absolutely impossible to mess it up. (Which is great for me haha..)

I also decided that since I love to bake, it would be really fun to merge all of my favourite recipes into one random blog series!

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Oh, and I also compiled this recipe into a cute ‘lil printable so you can easily download it,if you decide to try it out!

You can grab your download here!

Here are a couple of pictures just to show you how I made it!

It tastes awesome and I had an amazing time making it! If you are ever bored and in need of some good ol’ cake (who can say no to PINK cake?!) and want to bake, then try out this recipe! you definitely won’t regret it haha..

I’m really sorry for the short post, I just really wanted to blog about cake and coziness?Ooh and stay tuned for next week’s post! It’s going to be a really exciting one! (well, hopefully anyway!)

Let me know what you thought of the recipe and the series in the comments down below! I’m also really curious to know-Do you like cake, and if so, what’s your favourite type of cake? I think my fave definitely has to be red velvet! (Well,,Pink velvet now haha..) Ooh, don’t forget to try this out and let me know how it goes when you do!

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DIY (Eco-Friendly) Statement Necklace + How To Personalize Any Outfit!

DIY, Style

Hi everyone!

I’m really excited about today’s post because it’s going to be merging three of my favorite things together: Fashion, DIYs and being eco-friendly!

Recently, I happened to spot a couple of gorgeous statement necklaces; they were bright, colorful and unique. And I loved them.

Lately I’ve also been wanting to get more into conserving energy and saving the planet,consuming less etc.. and on that thought, I thought that those necklaces looked easy (and fun!) enough to DIY, so that’s what I did!

I have tons of old beads that I don’t use anymore, and I thought that I’d try to re-use them for this DIY. I had a couple of pretty bracelets that accidentally broke (oops) and I had collected the beads, hoping that they would come in handy, and I was right! They did!

I decided to paint my beads and charms (both taken from old bracelets) and I used a chain that I had bought ages ago, that went well with my plan for this necklace!

-Step 1-

You can connect the invisible thread to the chain using a jump ring, if your chain is a bit more delicate, or you can just tie a double knot through the chain, like I did.

You’ll have to close the chain first (with the clasps already on the chain) and then add in the thread in the middle part of the chain.You might have to remove a couple of the links in your chain or you could just use pliers to prise it open, to get to the middle.

You just need to thread in the invisible thread (that’s a mouthful haha..) through one link of the chain.

-Step 2-

Now it’s time for the fun (and slightly nerve-wracking) part: the beads. I recommend planning out a pattern or having a little idea of how you want your necklace to look before you begin, because that will definitely make it easier.

After you are done threading in your beads, you can tie a double knot at the other end of the chain to connect it all together, and then you are done!

You could also just go wild and add in all sorts of combos as well, too! Just have fun with it, it’s your necklace, it’s a part of you. It’s your statement so make it as big and bold as you want it to be.

You don’t even have to use beads or charms if you don’t want to! You could always trade in the invisible thread for some colourful yarn and make something intricate with a macrame knot style necklace! It’s all up to you,and how you want to make your statement!

I decided to go with an all silver theme with a statement pink bead in the centre and I also wanted to add in some charms after every two beads, to give it some variation and also because that’s what I wanted it to look like; a charm bracelet style necklace mixed with a unique layout!

When it comes to styling statement necklaces, it’s all about incorporating your personal style. You can either use your statement necklace as a statement piece to dress up an otherwise ‘ordinary’ outfit, or you could simply use it as a unique accessory to add in your personality to an already fab outfit!

I usually like to style my statement necklaces with shirts or dresses which have high collars so that I can slide the necklace under the collar, or I just wear it with a dress and a cute jacket.. the options are honestly endless!

Here are two outfits which incorporate my favorite ways to wear the necklace!

For this outfit, I decided to go with a water coloured shirt underneath a teal overall style-dress and of course the necklace! I really like how the necklace contrasts and coordinates with all of the colours!

I wanted this outfit to be a bit more toned down, so I picked out this white Broderie-Anglaise style dress and paired it with my sparkly denim jacket.(Yes, it does have glitter on it. I don’t know how. It’s amazing. Unfortunately you can’t really see it in the picture, unless you look really close.)

Anyway, I think a statement necklace really helps to transform an ordinary outfit to an extra ordinary one. Especially ones that you’ve made yourself!

I think it’s really cool to know that I’m the only one in the world who owns a necklace exactly like this one. There definitely might be similar ones, but nothing will be the exact copy of my one!

What did you think of this post! Are you going to try this DIY out?! I hope so! Oh, and what do you think of my necklace? At first I didn’t really like it, but the more I wore it, the more I liked it. I suppose it’s just one of those things ha ha.. also, if you made a statement necklace, what do think it’ll look like? What is your version of making a statement? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and for reading my post!

Have Chapped Lips? Try THIS! | My FAVORITE DIY Lip Scrub Recipe.

DIY, Lifestyle, Style

Hi everyone!

Today I’m finally going to be sharing my go-to DIY lip scrub recipe. If you are anything like me and you have chapped lips all.the.time then this recipe is definitely for you! I discovered this recipe quite a while ago and I altered it lil’ bit to make it more amazing and I really hope that you all like it!

Oh, and you know the best part about this recipe? It can be done made in under three minutes and it’s really really easy too!

  • Sugar- 1 tablespoon
  • Coconut oil-1 teaspoon (you could also substitute this with olive oil or even honey)
  • Vanilla Essence or Extract.
  • Pink or Red food colouring (optional)
  • A Container

  • Mix together the oil and sugar.

  • Then add in vanilla extract (or any other flavoring of your choice) along with a couple of drops of food coloring. (For a little pop of colour or tint after using the lip scrub!)
  • Mix it all together, pop it into a container and then you are done!

If you want to, you can decorate your container as well,I used a bit of washi tape and a couple of letter stickers to make mine a bit more unique and fun!

I absolutely adore this lip scrub and I hope that you do too! It was honestly a life-saver because at some point my lips had gotten so chapped that I could barely even smile without suppressing a grimace of pain. It was awful.

I’d recommend using this with a toothbrush (I know it sounds weird but, hey, it works!) and sort of using it to brush your lips? (With the lip scrub, of course!) It’s actually one of the most effective ways to use it as well haha..you could use your fingers too,of course, but this was just the easiest and the quickest way to do it!

Oh,and you can always feel free to experiment with new flavors and combinations! I made Nutella lip balm a while ago and I can definitely customize this recipe to make a Nutella lip scrub too! You can be as wild and creative as you’d like!

Okay, now I’m dying to know: if you could make a lip scrub or a lip balm in any flavor or combination (go as crazy as you’d like), what would it be?? I think I would probably make something that smells like chocolate but looks like a rainbow. (Rainbow chocolate? Hmmm)

Oh, and do you have chapped lips too? If so,how do you deal with it? I’d love to know!

Comment down below and let me know!

Lee @ Golden Pink Journal

Thank you all so much for reading and for your lovely comments!

DIY Motivational Pom-Pom Pillow!

DIY, Positivity

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all having an awesome Tuesday! This post was originally going to be another ‘Motivational Monday’ post (hence the delay) but I decided not to, because I didn’t want to do two Motivational Mondays in a row but I still did want to share this DIY with you all! 😊

Lately I’ve been going through a bit of a cute throw pillow making obsession. For some reason it’s very very satisfyingly to just sit for and make something completely original and then stuff it and just watch it come to life! It’s just really fun! 😍

I even think it’s becoming a bit of problem ha ha..I’ve already made about three pillows and I’m not even close to overcoming it? 😂

So I decided to make the most of it and share one of my favorite DIY pillows with you all! I hope you like it!

  • White Cloth (or cloth in any other colour of your choice)
  • Paint (in any colour of your choice. I chose black paint) and Paint brushes
  • Markers or Paint Pens (if you don’t want to paint)
  • A Pom-Pom trim. (If you don’t have this, then you could use any other lace or ribbon that you have at home)
  • Stuffing
  • A pencil
  • And a Scissor

  • The first thing you will need to do is cut your cloth to the size that you want your throw pillow to be and map out your design on the cloth. Make sure to fold it in half so that the cloth is perfectly even on both sides.

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  • For the next step, you will have to grab your paint or your markers and do a little outline of the word that you have chosen and fill it in with paint. or you could even leave it as it is.

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ided to try and replicate a picture of the word instead. (If that makes any sense at all haha..)

Here's what I used to help me! (I just typed out the word in my fave calligraphy style font and looked at it for inspiration!) ❤️

  • After that,you have to either glue or stitch your trim along three edges of the pillow. This is to close up the edges and to attach the trim. For me this was the hardest step as I’m not very good at sewing but it was also quite relaxing and even a bit satisfying? 😂

Important Things to Remember.Don’t forget to leave one edge open so you can add in the stuffing.

  • If you are using glue then make sure to turn the pillow inside out before glueing the sides.

  • Now it’s time for the really fun part. STUFFING!! Stuff the pillow with as much stuffing as you possibly can! The more the stuffing the more cuddly and cosy it’s going to be! 😍❤️ just have fun with it!

And that’s it!

Here’s how my pillow turned out!

It’s not perfect but I’m still really pleased with it! 😊❤️

What do you think of my pillow? Are you going to try this DIY out? I do hope so! Oh and if you do, what will you write on your pillow? I’d love to know!! 🎉Alright now it’s..Time for the Comment of the Week! 🎉
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Wacky Wednesday! | Making GLITTER Slime??

DIY

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Day two of my Celebration Series! So today, I thought it’ll be fun to have my very first Wacky Wednesday on this blog!

I haven’t ever done one of these before, so I’ll just explain what they are about!

Wacky Wednesdays are the days of the week when I experiment, try out new things and basically do a lot of fun stuff that I wouldn’t usually do on an ordinary boring day!

This Wednesday I’m going to be making Slime for the first time ever, and I’m really really excited!! I know that most slime recipes usually work, but I’ve still heard of quite a few that don’t work as well and I’m quite curious to see how it turns out.

Oh, and I’m not just making any ordinary slime either-I’m going to be making glitter slime! Because we all know that glitter is amazing and wonderful and magical. (Unless it gets everywhere and you have to clean it up haha…That’s probably the only disadvantage 😂)

Anyway, let’s get started!!

Alright, so I’ve gathered my ingredients as you can see from the picture above. Now I’m going to add in a teaspoon of washing powder (or detergent), and three teaspoons of water as well as a couple spoonfuls of glue!

(I got this recipe from my friend who loves slime, she said the recipe is foolproof so that’s good enough for me!) 😁

(Please excuse the terrible lighting!!)

I’m going to mix it all together now and just hope for the best?

Alright so I’ve mixed everything together and this is how it turned out. Not exactly like slime….Unfortunately!

I’ve already looked up some remedies to fix my poor slime (I’m going to name it Jelly) but I’ve found nothing. And by nothing I mean that nothing is working to make Jelly look more like…welll…like slime 😢

Jelly is also quite watery so I’ve tried adding in more washing powder but that just made it lumpier. I also tried pouring out the extra water in the bowl and even adding more glue and slowly stirring it but everything just seems to make Jelly worse 😔

I think I must have gotten the recipe messed up so maybe that’s why it didn’t turn out well? 😢


I’m playing with her now and I’ve come to realize that-I guess that’s how Jelly is going to be from now on!

And you know the surprising part? ☺️

I don’t even mind so much because squishing her and just playing with her is actually really fun and really satisfying! I know it might not really look like it’s fun but trust me-it is! The only disadvantage is that your hands get kind of messy, but it’s still really easy to clean up.

It’s definitely not slime, but it’s still really unique! And the more I play with it, the more fun (and messy) it gets…

I’ve added in a TON of glitter now (although I don’t think you can see it, the picture isn’t very clear, I’m really sorry about that!!) and now Jelly looks perfect! (I hope so anyway!) (It looks awfully gross in the picture, but it wasn’t really like that haha…)

Making slime definitely failed, but when one door closes, another opens right? And this door led me straight to an even more fun (and squishy) ball! So I’m not really very disappointed! Quite the opposite actually. 😃

I think I learnt quite an important life lesson today haha…who knew that making ‘slime’ cold teach you so much? 😂❤


How would I rate this experience? Probably a three out of five. 💗

Will I ever try it out again? Yes! Definitely!! I want to make actual slime (someday) as well so I’m definitely going to be trying this out again! It might even turn out to be actual slime next time! (Well, hopefully anyway!)

And that’s it for this Wacky Wednesday!


What do you think of Wacky Wednesday? Do you like Jelly? (I mean the ball of fun and the real Jelly) Have you ever tried making slime before? If so, how did it turn out?? What was your experience like?Do you have any tips to share?? Oh and if you haven’t made slime then will you make it after this?? (I think you should still go for it!) Let me know in the comments down below!

P.S-If you are wondering why I called it Jelly, it’s because it moves about just like Jelly so I figured that, it should be it’s name! ☺️😂

The Jar of Smiles! | Only 1 Day left! #SpreadSmiles

DIY

Hi everyone! 

First of all I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and lovely comments! It all really means a lot to me and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. 

Also,can you believe that there is just one day left?! I certainly can’t! I think I’m kind of going to miss blogging everyday but hopefully my weekly blog posts will make up for it. 

To celebrate, I thought that I’d share a little DIY on how to stay positive and it also doubles as room decor! I actually found out about this quite a while ago and I loved the idea so much that I just had to share it with all of you. I decided to call it ‘The Jar of Smiles’,because whenever I look at it,I smile because I remember all the good things that have happened. 

Here’s how to make it! 


  • A Jar 
  • Coloured paper
  • A writing utensil 
  • Positive thoughts 😉

Every night,at the end of the day take a minute and think. Think about your day and then write down the most lovely thing or things that happened that day to make you feel happy. It could be as simple as ‘I borrowed a great book from the library’ to ‘I smiled at fifty people’ If it made you smile then just write it down. Don’t forget to include the date so that you can remember exactly when it happened. 



Then on a not-so-good day, you can take your Jar,open it up and read about all the lovely things that have happened to you and realize how blessed you are! 


I was feeling curious yesterday,so I opened up my Jar and read a few of the ‘smiles of the day’ and as I was reading it,I felt extremely happy because I remembered some lovely things and I think that this not only makes you think in a more optimistic way, but it also helps you relive some amazing moments and remember at least one great thing that happened each day. 

I do hope that you try this out because it is super easy and fun to make and fill. Not to mention the fact that it takes less than three minutes to assemble. Also it is very satisfying once you finish a jar and then you start another one, and the one that is full just makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside because you know that you have collected all of your happy memories, and can look back onto them whenever you wish. 

Are you going to try this out? Do you do something similar to this everyday? What do you think of this idea? Let me know in the comments! 



The Countdown Begins! | Spread Smiles Contest | 3 Days left! + Extra Details! 

DIY

Hi everyone! 

So this post is super exciting because I’m having a countdown on my blog! I decided to change the dates as to when the contest ends and make it end on the Eighth instead of the fifth to give you all a bit more time to work on the writing aspect of things. 

I’m also starting a countdown because there are only three days left until my online store in Shania’s blogger mall opens! I will also definitely be doing a little update on that soon. 

I will be blogging on each day leading up to the Eighth and I couldn’t be more excited! I will be sharing a little story on positivity, a fun DIY and of course-The Results!

 The results will be revealed on the Ninth and I will be accompanied by my lovely sister and mom to judge the entire thing, and I thought that I might share a bit of how the process is going to work. 😃

First we will pick out the best stories/posts/poems ( which will be awfully hard because all of you are super talented 😉 ) and then put all of the names of the people who wrote them into a hat and the people who got bonus entries will get their names in the hat thrice! 

Then we will pick out three names and choose the best story/post/poem of the three and that person will win the Grand Prize and the runners up will receive free personalized wallpapers and get their writing featured on my blog! 

So get ready for three awesome days full of fun and positive vibes! 

If you haven’t already entered then don’t forget to check out my Massive Blog Update and enter! I’m very excited to read all of your lovely work and when you enter you have a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift card and much more! So go ahead! Have fun and #SpreadSmiles 😁

MASSIVE Blog Update!| 250 Followers!? |Fun Contest + Tons of Exciting News! 

DIY, Style

Hi everyone! 

Yes! I’m finally back! OMG I missed blogging so much! Firstly I am dreadfully sorry for the delay in this post and for not blogging for so long. I had been planning a TON of special things and I had gotten really busy these past few weeks. I also had exams (unfortunately) but it’s over now and I couldn’t be more relieved haha… 😃

But anyway, the long awaited blog update is here! Yay! 

Alright first things first, The makeover is complete! I simply love it and I really hope that you do too! Let me know what you think of it in the comments down below. 

And you know, no makeover is complete without the before and after pictures..

 So here we go! 

Colour Scheme: White,Purple,Pink and Blue.

Theme: Sela

Features and what I liked. 

I really liked the colour scheme that I had picked out and the dream-y pattern that I had gone for. I think that my new fonts are also pretty similar to this one but I have designed everything differently. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of the bottom part but it was basically three pictures and each one said ‘Style’ ‘DIYs’ and ‘Inspiration’ and underneath that I had inserted a text widget where I explained what each topic was about. I also loved how all of my content was displayed. I also really liked the fact that there were so many widget options. 

What I didn’t like

Unfortunately,I didn’t like the theme very much because any font that I used was always in capitals and for some reason I found the screen too wide. I have seen some gorgeous blogs with the same theme though and I think that bloggers like Emma really pull it off!



And this is what my blog looks like now! 

Colour Scheme: Hot pink, Black and white,Turquoise,Gold with sparkly glitter and a few touches of blush pink here and there. 

Theme: Dara

What I love

This blog has a sidebar and three widget options! I was really happy about that because I don’t think that Sela has a sidebar. But anyway, I LOVE the colours in the blog because they are all my favourite colours and so I just feel happy looking at my blog and because I think that they all go really well together! I am obsessed with glitter too so it was a definite must-have in my new blog so I’m really glad about that. 

New Features : 

This blog has quite a few new features like the Quote Corner! 

The Quote Corner is the place where I transfer my favourite quote for that week and make it a wallpaper and I share it on this blog and it’s free for all of you to download! There are a few conditions though..  If you are sharing it please give credit and please don’t claim as your own or sell it or anything like that. 

The second major feature is the ‘Positive Vibes Only’ Badge. This is something I really wanted to make for my blog because I think that positivity is really important and because I just wanted my blog to be a fun and positive place without any negativity and so I wanted to make something to reflect that. 

This badge actually led to a big idea that I’m really excited to share with all of you! But more about that later.. 😉

I also made a few changes to my site icon, it is now gold with a ton of glitter! 

I also have a lot more fun widgets which I think is really cool too!  

The Designs 

I actually downloaded my header from Angie Makes and I fell in love with the little gold dots and I spend ages customizing it to make it just right! 

One of the reasons that this post is so late is because I’m a perfectionist so I am not completely satisfied until I have redesigned and edited and tweaked with everything and made all the charges that were necessary but now I’m really happy with everything! 

I actually made the background myself using my new sketchbook app and I really like the way it compliments the header. 

And that’s it for the major designs! 

I actually also have a few other things that I’ve been dying to mention on this blog but I kept it a secret ( kind of anyway haha) until this post! 

Alright….

The thing is .. 

I joined… 


Yay!! 
I’m already LOVING these websites and apps! A huge thank you to my awesome friends Mahriya and Evelynn for telling me to join! I’m having a lot of fun already. If you have Goodreads or Polyvore don’t forget to leave your username down below so that we can follow each other and chat in the comments about fashion and books! 

Also.. 

I CANNOT believe I’m literally typing this right now but…

We reached 


We actually reached 200 followers on the fourteenth of February and 250 quite recently anf OMG everyone, I still can’t believe that we reached 200 followers let alone 250! 

Wow! Wow! Wow!! 

Thank you all so so so much!! I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you are reading my blog right now and all of your support and lovely comments really make my day so thank you!!!

I am sending each and every single one of you amazing people virtual hugs! 

I  still literally cannot believe it though…

250 People?! Reading my blog! 

It’s so so lovely and wonderful and I am simply exhilarated right now! 

A few days after I found out, I decided that I wanted to do something major to celebrate so I thought that I would merge the contest that I was planning to have when I reached 100 followers with the celebrations for this one but make it much bigger,more exciting and have some awesome prizes included!


The Contest is called ‘Spread Smiles’ because I really wanted to celebrate because I’m happy by making other people happy by spreading happinesss which in turn would make more people happy! 

So if you are interested in entering then keep reading! 

  • Let me me know you are entering by leaving a comment down below and then you can get started! 

Here are the things that you need to do. 

  • Write about Positivity 

This is where you can get creative! You can write a blog post on positivity, a short story of even a letter to someone to cheer them up or brighten up their day! You could also pick a person who special to you and write to them and tell them how awesome they are! Just have fun with it! 

Your story/post should have at least 150 words but you can feel free to express yourself with photos and videos as well! You have to email me your work at thestylishdreamer101@gmail.com and if you want to publish it then use the hashtag #SpreadSmiles. 

  • Do something nice! 

You can get really creative with this as well and you can do a ton of things for someone else whether it’s helping them or even writing a person a letter to make them smile. This is the main part of the contest and I hope that it will result in a lot of smiles and happy thoughts! 

Once you have done this comment these emojis down below 🌼☀️😺😁

  • Smile at Five People

This is pretty straightforward as well and you never know… 

you could brighten up someone’s day! Or even make your day better because you know that you are doing something awesome! 

Once you have done this then comment this emoji 🎈🎉🍩☺️ down below! 

  • Use the hashtag,Reblog this and tag other people! 

To share this you can use the hashtag #SpreadSmiles and reblog this if you are a blogger and for a bonus entry you can tag over five other people! 

And that’s  it! Once you have done all of that you are officially entered and you could win the grand prize! 

Which leads to the next part of the contest! 


So if you win this contest…

  • You will get your writing featured on my blog! 
  • You will get FIVE free wallpapers that are personalized just for you. 
  • You could also win the Grand Prize which is a $25 Amazon Gift Card! 

There won’t be just one winner of course there will be two runners up as well and they will also get their writing featured on my blog and some free personalized wallpapers! 

I really hope that all of you like the idea and that you enter! It would be amazing if you do because you are not just participating in a contest but you are spreading happiness and good vibes too! 

The Contest starts right now and it ends on the fifth of April so you have plenty of time to write! 

The results will be revealed on the Eighth of April and I simply can’t wait to read all of your awesome writing! 

Also! Guess what?! 

I now have an…


in Shania’s  Blogger Mall! It officially opens on the Eighth of April ( when the contest results are up) and I couldn’t be more excited because I love designing graphics and I love wallpapers so it is a win-win situation! 

The store is called ‘Dreamer Designs’ and I called it that because I’m a dreamer and I make designs! I know it’s not exactly the best name ever haha.. but I think it fits quite well with everything! 

I have a few more things to announce! ( I told you this was a Massive update haha) 


I did my first ever guest post! Yay! I blogged about Books and how special they are over on Closet Readers Blog! ( they are awesome bloggers by the way! ) You can check that out right here!

I also started a new blog! This is blog is a place where I want to spread Positive Vibes with my friends! So this is what I mentioned earlier about my big idea! 

The idea is basically that we form a group of lovely bloggers and get together and blog every week about positivity and other lovely things and once you are a part of the group you will get the ‘Positive Vibes Only’ badge to display on your blog! 

The blog’s URL is smilesandpositivevibesonly.wordpress.com and it is open to anyone to join! I think that it will be a lot of fun and it will be a fun way to spread positive vibes around without the responsibility of running a blog on your own! 

If you are interested in joining ( please do!) then please leave a comment down below or email me @thestylishdreamer101@gmail.com. I really hope that you join because I think that it will be a lot of fun! 

I want the blog to just be a positive place where anyone can visit just to cheer themselves up, have some fun or even to just smile! 

The blog is currently hidden because it is in the process of being decorated and finding other bloggers or even non-bloggers to join but it will definitely be up soon! 

I also have some AMAZING people that I simply have to thank. These people have been an amazing part of my blog and are so supportive and wonderful that I can’t thank them all enough! 

  • My Mom

My mom is probably reading this right now and I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for everything! From all of her AMAZING support and feedback,her lovely comments about my blog,for giving that extra boost of support when I needed it and the extra wifi! Also most importantly for being an amazing mom in general! Thanks a million! 🙂 

Farah has been a part of my blog since I reached about 15 followers. She was my first ever blogger friend and it is because she was so genuine and friendly that I made other friends and I can’t be more honored to be her friend because not only is she very talented and supportive but she is also a great friend as well! Farah is also probably THE most creative and friendly person ever! I love chatting with her because she is just so much fun to talk to!

Mahriya has been a major part of my blog too! Ever since we found out that we were Potterheads,we have become really good friends! (#potterheadsforlife) She is literally so sweet and supportive and just overall amazing! She is also an awesome collab partner and my go to person to talk about anything book related or anything really! 

Lui is one of my closest blogger friends and I couldn’t be more happy to be her friend. Lui is definitely one of the most lovely bloggers on the planet! If I could describe her in three words they would be Lovely,Creative and Friendly! She is on of the most positive people I know and I simply LOVE chatting with her! Her emails never fail to make me smile and it is always a pleasure to reply to them! 

  • My Bestie!

My BFF has been super supportive and just overall amazing about my blog! She is the only person who is not a family member who knows about my blo and I couldn’t be happier because she is always one of the first people to tell me what she thought about my latest post and how excited she is for my next one! She always gets me more excited to blog and I am so so grateful for all of her support and loveliness ( is that a word?) for everything! Thank you so much for going to so many different lengths to support me! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it 🙂 

I haven’t known Evelynn for very long but I already know that she is awesome! She is very creative and extremely talented and to top it off she also has great fashion sense! We have a collab coming up soon and I couldn’t be more excited for it! Evelynn is also super lovely because she is so supportive and ready to help and just really 

  • A major Thank you to all the other lovely supportive bloggers like Tabi Bee,Sithara,Beauty by a Dutch girl,Emsizue,Emma,Shania and lots others! You are all amazing! 
  • A huge thank you to my Amazing Grandma and a huge thank you to my sister and brothers as well for being so so supportive,lovely and for all of your awesome feedback and patience for dealing with a blogger as a family member!
  • To you reading this of you have just heard of my blog or if you have been here for a while I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you are reading this. 

I recently read ‘The Kite Runner’ and OMG! I’m still hyperventilating about how good it is! I will Definitely be publishing a review on that soon because everyone HAS to read it! 

I also have a whole load of other Amazing books to read ( now that my exams are over,I’m FREE!) and I’m going to compile a reading list of some sort so look out for that as well! Look out for a review on Malala’s book as well! 

Oh! One more thing! I finally started my Bullet Journal and I’m super excited about that too! I will definitely keep you all posted on how that goes!

Don’t forget to enter the contest,join the team and be part of the new blog and reblog this post! Also comment down below what you thought of my blog update,the makeover results ( is it what you anticipated?) and if you are excited for all of the upcoming events!

Thank you all so much for reading!