March 27, 2017

How To Balance a 9-5 Job and Blogging

Bijuleni - How to Balance a 9-5 Job and Blogging

Bijuleni - Tweed Pattern dress with bell sleeves and suede pink flats look

Bijuleni - Tweed Pattern dress with bell sleeves and suede pink flats look

Being able to balance a 9 to 5 job plus blogging has been a daunting task for me since I started blogging. One word described my process. EXHAUSTED! Working a full time job on its own can be stressful and tiring. As soon as I was coming back home from work I was taking on my blogging job. I was struggling to get content done, I was struggling to keep a work-life balance, I was struggling to stay motivated to even blog and most importantly I found myself not being able to put as much time into blogging as much as I would want to, even though I was spending hours doing "blogging things" at home. Until one day I realized I was doing it all wrong. This is how I changed my Blogging Work:

Set a Space for Working

Working from the couch is the worst thing you can do. I was doing this all the time. Margot would jump on me for cuddles so I would pause my work and cuddle with her. Or Kamiran would be watching TV and then I would get distracted and watch TV too. It would take me 2 hours just to create a blog post. It was a disaster. I was getting no work done. As soon as I decided to complete all of my laptop work at my desk that's when magic happened. I am now able to complete my posts much faster and I have tons of time left over. I also find my content to be more focused and well prepared when I sit down at my desk. 

Bijuleni - Tweed Pattern dress with bell sleeves and suede pink flats look

Bijuleni - Tweed Pattern dress with bell sleeves and suede pink flats look

Determine Blog Work Hours

I never designated work hours for my blog. I was just doing blog work whenever I was at home which left me with no time to spend quality time with Kamiran, Margot or even having friends over. As soon as I switched this habit my quality time spent at home with Kamiran was much better, and honestly even for me there is a sense of relief that I do not have to spend all of my days doing blog work. I now have set hours I designate on my blog during weekdays. Usually 1 hour each day after work so between 7-8pm. My biggest work day for the blog is Saturday morning between 9am to 3pm when I get most of my work done so that I don't have to worry about it during the week.

Social Media Batch Scheduling

What has saved a lot of my time is scheduling posts. Sorry guys, but in most cases bloggers do schedule their posts in advance and some pictures you may see on Instagram may not be real time. Although I try to keep this to minimum for Instagram posts in the case of  Facebook, Pinterest and in some cases Twitter I am always scheduling posts. I spend about 2 hours each Saturday scheduling posts on my social media channels for the week. A tool I love using to schedule my posts on Pinterest is Tailwind. It is about $170 per year, but for me it was totally worth spending the money on it. Before I used to spend everyday pinning. Now, I just spend two hours each weekend to schedule all of my posts for the coming week, or sometimes I spend more time on it and I schedule an entire month's work. I have a referral for you want to try Tailwind FREE for a month. Just use this link. ($15 credit)

Bijuleni - Tweed Pattern dress with bell sleeves and suede pink flats look

Bijuleni - Tweed Pattern dress with bell sleeves and suede pink flats look

Invest in a Photographer

When you are working full time you are not able to shoot at any time of the day. It usually has to be either after work or you have to do all your photoshoots the weekend. Nothing beats having an Instagram husband or bestie to take your photos for free, but there is also a downside to that. For the most part Kamiran has been able to take my photos, but he also has a very different schedule than me. I also found myself feeling lazy sometimes to shoot even though I was fully capable of doing so. This was a bad way to go on blogging. Finally in February I decided to work with a professional photographer on an ongoing basis and the results have been much better. There is no more "I am feeling lazy to shoot today". I know that comes Sunday, my photographer is waiting for me to meet and shoot. I don't feel guilty anymore for waking Kamiran up early mornings to shoot when he has his late night conference calls and most importantly, my photographer edits my photos which means no more spending hours editing my photos.

Extra Tip

Ever since I became a blogger, I try to utilize my time as much as possible. If you commute to work by train or subway, writing blog posts during my morning and evening commute on the subway has saved me lots of time. No, I don't carry my laptop with me. I just use the Notes on my iphone to write my posts and then I simply copy and paste into blogger. 
For those that are trying to balance both a full time job and blogging is there anything else you do to keep a balance in your life?
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March 24, 2017

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring

3 Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks to Try This Spring

3 Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks to Try This Spring
3 Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks to Try This Spring

Good morning my flaneurs and happy Friday !My blogging goal for this year was to expand my horizons and offer more content to you that affects your life as a whole. My main focus has always been fashion, but I want to focus on other categories that I do tend to neglect from time to time. For this beauty post I wanted to share with you 3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks that I will be using for spring.

Nude Kate 

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring  - Nude Kate

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring, Nude Kate

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring

First Runner up is Nude Kate. I have never seen myself wearing a nude lipstick before so this was so interesting to see. You definitely feel odd at first, but as time went by I got used to it. I have wanted to add a nude lipstick in my collection for a while now, and I do think this one is a keeper. The lipstick is very nude, at least for me, since I have always worn pink lipsticks. But I was so impressed with the quality. The lipstick's pigment is amazing.A little trick I discovered is to apply gloss to nude lipsticks. It adds that extra shine and in away makes it seem less nude. 

Penelope Pink

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring - Penelope Pink

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring - Penelope Pink

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring - Penelope Pink

This shade is really interesting. So when you look at the lipstick it looks anything but pink, but then when I applied it on my lips and later on my arm I could definitely see hints of pink in it. It is a very nude colour, but it's more of what I want to call a fleshy pink or a peachy-tan nude. So don't let the name throw you off. Compared to the Nude Kate lipstick, Penelope Pink is a darker nude with hints of pink and tan brown. The Nude Kate has more of an earthy tone to it and is also more transparent than this one. Penelope Pink is also a semi mat lipstick, but it doesn't over dry the lips like other brands too which I love. If you are looking for a semi-nude I would recommend going with this one.

Coachella Coral

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring - Coachella Coral

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring - Coachella Coral

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring - Coachella Coral

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring - Coachella Coral

Coachella Coral is another Charlotte Tilbury lipstick I recommend for spring. If you like pink you will love this one. It is a mixture between red and pink that has such a beautiful rich colour when you apply it on your lips. I absolutely loved how this one looked on me. Also, since this lipstick is darker, you do not need to add a gloss over it. I found this lipstick had the perfect amount of shine in it.

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring - Arm Swatches

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring

3 Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks to Try This Spring
* Thank you to Charlotte Tilbury for Collaborating with me on this post 

Overall Thoughts

I am pretty pleased with the quality of the lipsticks. I cannot speak as to how other shades of Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are, but I did like the ones that I tested. At first I felt out of place wearing a nude lipstick, but I can definitely get used to the Penelope Pink. I have been wanting to try a nude lipstick for a while, and if you are looking for one too, I do recommend this brand. I also adore the feminine, gold packaging which gives that Great Gatsby feel to it. I liked applying a little bit of gloss on top of the lipsticks for some extra shine. But that is totally up to you.

Has anyone else ever used Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks? What are your faves?

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March 22, 2017

My Birthday Wishlist: Items to Invest In

One of my favourite times of the year is around the corner. Talk about being totally self-absorbed my favourite time of the year is my birthday. Going into spoil mode galore here. I use my birthday as an excuse to convince myself I earned this. In all seriousness though, if you remember last year's post where I shared why I always create a birthday wish list. My Birthday wishlist helps to keep myself grounded with my purchases and to really pin down the items I want to purchase for the year even though sometimes I tend to deviate. So here is this year's list.

Ted Baker Suitcase

So this is a metaphor item. My birthday wish is to travel more. Not necessarily big trips, but even just small weekend trips around my city as well. My biggest trip this year is going to be India, and I am hoping by next year I will get to travel to my bestie's birthplace Morocco. Hard to believe that I have never gone on a trip of just me and Meryem alone, considering we have been best friends for decades. I find traveling such an important aspect of living life, and enriching life. 

Eyewear

I am in serious need to update my eyeglasses. Period.

Tom Ford Black Orchid


I love heavy perfumes that linger forever. This perfume reminds me of the Dior Poison scent which also happens to be my favourite scent of all times. This perfume has been on my list of things to buy for years now, but I have never managed to buy it. I feel this is going to be the year.

Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

My current hairdryer is the worst. Like terrible. Sometimes I believe I can smell my hair burning. lol. My next big hair product investment is going to be this Dyson Supersonic hairdryer. I really hope it is just as good as everyone makes it to be because the price tag for a hair dryer is pretty steep. I am hoping with this Dyson Hairdrier I am going to have Victoria's Secret hair everyday. 

GG Marmont matelassé shoulder bag

Big handbag purchase of the year. I always try to keep my designer handbag purchases realistic and to a minimum. This year I had to sit myself down and think about what was missing from my handbag collection. A statement bag. I have been drooling over the Gucci Marmont matelass√© for a while now. If you recall on my twitter rants about Kam referring to this purse as the purse that pepto bismol threw up all over it... But no bag says Eleni like this bag. The colour, the gold chain, the GG hardware. I love it. Unfortunately, the medium size is currently sold, but the mini and large version are still available. I think the mini is too small. If you are looking to invest I would say go with the medium (other colours are still available) or the large. (Let's not kid ourselves, I already bought this bag last weekend and I loooove it). 

Hello Doormat

How cute is this Hello doormat from Target and so affordable! I mean for under $15this is the best birthday item on my list.

Bar Mix Set 

This is more on my wishlist for Kamiran's use than mine. I hardly even drink, but my aim is for us to add a little cute bar cart in our apartment and this bar mix set is going to add a little extra Mad Men vibe to it.


 Kate Spade Utensil Holder 

Not the most exciting purchase of the year, but I need to update our utensil holder to something that is a bit more chic than the one we currently have. This Kate Spade polka dot holder is an instant fave for the kitchen. 

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There you have it. My birthday wishlist for 2017. Are there any items you are currently coveting?

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March 20, 2017

Floral High and Low Dress

Bijuleni - Floral high and low Dress, Faux Fur Zara Vest and sparkly heels

Bijuleni - Floral Rose details

Bijuleni - Floral high and low Dress, Faux Fur Zara Vest and sparkly heels

Bijuleni - Floral high and low Dress, Faux Fur Zara Vest

Bijuleni - Aldo Sparkly Clutch

Bijuleni - Floral high and low Dress, Faux Fur Zara Vest and sparkly heels

Bijuleni - Floral high and low Dress, Faux Fur Zara Vest and sparkly heels

Bijuleni - Floral high and low Dress, Faux Fur Zara Vest and sparkly heels

Bijuleni - Floral high and low Dress, Faux Fur Zara Vest and sparkly heels

Bijuleni - Floral high and low Dress, Faux Fur Zara Vest and sparkly heels

Bijuleni - Floral high and low Dress, Faux Fur Zara Vest and sparkly heels

Happy First Day of Spring! I wanted to start off with this gorgeous floral high and low dress that captured my attention while shopping at Winners. The perfect way to welcome spring if you ask me. Prom like dresses are starting to surface everywhere and if  I were to attend prom I would for sure consider this pink and grey mix floral dress. I also love how some of you thought that is was a skirt and not a dress when I posted a photo on my Instagram account .Gives it an interesting twist. Aside from this being the perfect prom dress it also makes the perfect dress for any formal occasion you may have to attend. I have also linked a blue version of this SL Fashions dress  as well as a black and pink version of it which I adore just as much. There are tons of different colour combinations available to suit your preference but they all look fab.

Dress: Winners | Heels: Le Chateau | Clutch: Aldo | Bracelet: Ann Taylor | Vest: Zara

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Photography by Laura Clarke

 What kind of dress did you wear at prom?





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March 13, 2017

4 Fashion Essentials For Spring

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Bijuleni - 4 Spring Essentials, Navy Raincoat, Polka Dot dress, messenger satchel, Hunter books look.

Here comes Spring! Getting ready my wardrobe for Spring so I thought I would share 4 basic wardrobe essentials for Spring. It is not a lie. There are seasonal essentials that your closet needs in order to escape the feeling of “I have nothing to wear” so I created a little info-graphic for you to get your search going with the 4 staple essentials your wardrobe needs. I recently picked up this cute polka dot dress from Zara, and although my raincoat is an oldie from Forever21 and I am talking circa 2013 what is great about it, is that a raincoat is never going to go out of style. Regardless of when you bought it, it is a classy piece.

Raincoat: Forever21 | Dress: Zara | Satchel: Ralph Lauren | Tights: c/o Rachel's Box  Rainboots: Hunter Boots | Sunnies: Quay Australia

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Are there any other essentials you have on your list for Spring?


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