What I did for my 18th Birthday! ♡

[13th – 21st January 2018]


Hello lovelies, 

I have now been eighteen for two whole weeks and 2 days but I decided it is only necessary to share what I got up to. Some of you will not be interested what so ever but I thought there is no point missing out on writing about a birthday milestone, especially considering I am now considered to be an adult. All my birthday celebrations over the years have been different and special in many ways but I think my eighteenth ones topped them for sure. With my birthday month being January, I always have hassle planning things as it has just been the new year and everyone is returning to normality from the chaos they have been in for the past month. People often describe something along the lines of January blues, whenever I speak to someone they say I’m unmotivated, I’m unproductive or I’m ill. And I’m like hey, it’s my birthday next week, come dance with me?!! And I can relate to all you January babies, who HATE your birthday month for several reasons. Instead of dwelling on the fact that the day your entered this world was in the most miserable month of the year, embrace it, go excessively beyond with celebrations and surround it with people who care and love you so very much. 





13th Jan – One of the best nights

It started off with work, but that’s not all as I had been planning my party for a couple of weeks now and it was a stressful part of turning eighteen, let me tell you that. I had initially invited a fair few amount of people, not many but enough to have a bigger celebration. I imagined what it would be like having us all together, but it did not work out quite like that. In the end there were five of us, I was disappointed that people couldn’t make it but then I thought about how much more personal it would be and the close-nit group was a perfect outcome. The meal was gorgeous, it was extremely busy on the night we went though so they sort of forgot to bring out my cake but once reminded they did which was a relief! As I was not turning eighteen until the following Thursday I couldn’t have alcohol, but we had some drinks back at mine after which was fun. Opening presents, having a cake disaster *dropping the leftover cake*, taking polaroids and dancing to high school musical soundtracks into the late night made my birthday incredibly special, not to mention the friends I spent it with, I am forever blessed to have them in my life. 



18th Jan – The day I turned eighteen 

A few days before my birthday I found out college was not open as it was an open day so I never had to go to my lesson that I was not looking forward too anyway. As a result it ended up being a very spontaneous day. Mum and I decided to go to get our nails painted and then me and the beautician were having a chat about what good places there are to go out in my hometown!! As it was mums day off work I tagged along with her, whilst she went to the gym – I know so exciting but I did not have much choice, haha. And I spent my time wisely sitting in the cafe and catching up on youtube videos. I just relaxed for a while when we got home and then we went out to Carluccio’s restaurant in the evening. It was lovely food and the presentation there is amazing. Mum and dad brought me my first legal drink, a peach prosecco! Then I had a sparkler in my fudge cake and when we returned to my house I finally opened my presents, as my brother was at school and my dad was at work during the day. Every single present and card I received was so unique and thoughtful. The night consisted of just my family around me and I felt to grateful for spending parts of my day with them, not just today but most the days of life so far have been spent with them. 



20th and 21st Jan – Our trip to London 

I had been looking forward to this weekend with my family for a while now. When it finally rolled around I could not be more happy with how I spent it. So Saturday morning we travelled to London, and it took us quite a while to get in as the traffic was crazy. After we reached the hotel around 2pm we headed to Oxford street to do some shopping. The lively hustling city is definitely one of my favourite at this time of year, everyone being wrapped up in their hats and scarfs. Although Oxford street is one of the busiest places, especially on a Saturday afternoon it did not feel overwhelming and although everyone is rushing from one place to the next, you feel welcome as a tourist and that is what I like about visiting.

You feel apart of a community, something that not happens in many places I go. It may be weird to you that I feel this way, but I spent a lot of my childhood years in London as my dad worked and lived here, whether it was a speedy weekend up or the entire October half term. I’ve had some good memories – Ice-skating, roller skating around the park, shows, eating out, museums, madam tussauds, getting the best waffles ever, the underground, whatever we did I loved every second of it. 


We wandered around for a while and although it was wet and windy both days it was enjoyable. With Oxford street being a popular tourist destination, most of whom walking around seems to be embracing the city and taking it all in, it just has such a positive vibe despite the mad rush. We checked into Bella Italia as our table was booked at 6pm and I had the fanciest pasta dish, which I advice you to try. We then headed to Piccadilly Theatre as I chose to see Annie the musical in celebration of my birthday, I absolutely love the film and really wanted to see if it matched up in production. Although the seating was not as close as the other shows we have seen (The Lion King, Oliver, Billy Elliot and Charlie in the Chocolate Factory), I had the best evening. I cannot fault the cast and these children are so talented and dedicated to performing and incredibility brave, I could not do what they do if someone paid me a million pounds. If I had not been surrounded by just over a thousand people, I would have been singing along quite happily.

As of Sunday, it was a day of more shopping, although slightly shorter as mum and dad wanted to travel home not too late that evening. I seemed to buy more this day as we knew where we were going and what we were doing. In London you find the largest stores, Topshop being decked out with a DJ in the entrance and three whole floors of clothing bliss, then you hit Selfridges and the Mac counter is crammed with young girls who all share the love of makeup. Then after all this excitement you walk into the Zara sale and start picking up the whole store, trying it on and loving it all and then realising that your bank balance is going to explode when you are queuing at the checkouts (at which point I dispose of half my items).

Not going to lie though, you do feel a little pressured to have the best of the best in London. Obviously not everywhere you go but many places are kitted out with everything and more. Everyone walking the streets is honestly SLAYING and their outfits definitely go above and beyond. But with my rambling said, people work so hard to get to where they wan’t to be and are so lovely and friendly. So the trip ended with us driving through the busy crowds in the car, before reaching the outskirts and driving away from this inspirational and couragous place, after everything residents have gone through, the spirit does not fade and you can see that in the faces of London. London, although you will always be my most distant place to live due to being too busy in my opinion, you will always be a home from home to me. 






17 things I’ve Learnt in 17 Years.

Blogging, Life

Hello lovelies, 


It has been a week on Thursday since I turned eighteen and my five year old self is screaming inside that I have actually been on this planet for that long?! I still feel about 12 and I still enjoy doing kid stuff and that’s alright but some people think you need to mature way too much – your an adolescent until you turn nineteen, not an adult! Anyway, the reason why I wanted to write this post was for me to look back at what sort of things my not so distant seventeen year old self thought about life and I hope to update every single year as I believe you never stop learning till you pass. Each paragraph is going to be one different thing I’ve learned in my life so far, enjoy..


  1. Don’t care what others think about you. Let yourself flourish in your own way and don’t try and keep up with others for the sake of it. Control your life yourself, if someone doesn’t like the way you act, dress and talk, then don’t let them wander into your life and cause mayhem. If you can concur this, trust me gal, the world is your oyster and you can enjoy so much more.
  2. Make friends with people who trust and respect you for who you are. Don’t change yourself to please people, don’t try to be the popular kid and don’t waste your time on fake friends, it is just not worth it. Be unique, be an individual, be good at something that no one else can do, and most of all be loyal and kind – then you’ll see a true friendship emerge. A friendship may last a whole year, a whole 7 years, or just a week but it is important to realise that friendships come and go, so don’t try and save one that will not last.
  3. Every girl is beautiful. She might tell herself otherwise, but she has no less beauty than another girl sitting right beside her. Your beautiful whatever race, ethnicity, religion, culture, background you may be, so stop scrutinising yourself over little things no one else notices.
  4. Appreciate the things in which you are unable to control. Admire how the sunsets, the animals, the plants, the waves, the stars and the moon illustrate the beauty in everyday things. 
  5. It is alright for things to go wrong. When the gingerbread house you spent the last hour perfecting falls apart, it may seem like this world is ending, it isn’t. 
  6. Those that may live half the world away, may be the ones you miss the most in your life. Remember the good times you had with them, it may have only been 10 days on a cruise ship but they are such vivid memories that I have. Long distance friendships will always gravitate back towards you and you will meet again one day.
  7. Go to concerts. Sing till your hearts content and unite through music and remember that your all in that arena for the same purpose. 
  8. Listen to the elderly. Your nan may be the most knowledgeable person you know, you just haven’t spoken to her about her past experiences. Without them I feel the younger generation will lose touch with who humanities once was.
  9. Do not ever grow up. Do the things you loved to do when you were a small innocent child, try and feel like you have no responsibilities and be free. Your never too old for anything and that’s where people assume wrong. 
  10. Question if you are unsure. Don’t ever feel that a question may seem obvious or stupid, it’s always better to know than to wonder. Show empathy through questioning, if someone knows you are trying to understand them they are likely to do the same in return. 
  11. Be proud of people who you care about. If someone you know is succeeding or improving at something praise them. 
  12. Always go with your gut, it is usually right and what may seem like the weirdest thing to do may turn into the most incredible thing you have done. 
  13. Take photos of moments that may not seem precious, these are what you will be able to look back on and laugh at. After all they may only happen once. 
  14. Do charity stuff. Not to feel better about yourself but to know you have made a small but mighty difference. Giving to someone less fortunate than yourself will make you so much more aware of what many take for granted.
  15. Do not overthink. I repeat, do not overthink. It just makes everything seem a hundred times worse than it could possibly be. 
  16. Cherish your family members. They are the people that have followed your life from the day you were born and they are the people that will undoubtedly be invited to all your occasions and everything that happens in between. No matter who you have family stick around so let them know how much they mean to you whilst you still have the chance to.
  17. Learning will never end. Your views, opinions and perceptions can change but what you learn will keep expanding in ways you wouldn’t imagine. Great things take time so always dream, however big that may be.










Blogging, Life

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!


Well it’s safe to say this year has hands down been the quickest year of my life and I wanted to tell you all about what I’ve been up to as this blog has not been a priority but this year is going to be my year I grow my blog and youtube channel, upping my game big time!! One thing I know for sure this year has been a pretty fab one. It has been another year not only packed with some of the best memories of my life, but it’s been spent with the best bunch of people and I couldn’t wish for anyone better. I’m forever grateful for the opportunities I have been given and the new adeventures I have had. I feel that it is important to reflect on the year and remember all the little things you may not even think have a big influence on not only your life as a whole, but your learning, knowledge and confidence, that you may not even know has grown over the past year. 

Like all years there have been some not so good days, the ones where you will cry and worry but I want you to remember that this is okay as life is hard and is not all rainbows and unicorns as much as everyone would wish it would be. I feel that some people give a false perception of thereselves over social media then if you were to meet them in real life you would be totally shocked to what their personality is actually like. Just remember these are false people, false friends, and false to themselves so don’t be around these people, just don’t! Anyway enough of my rant about other people, and I will talk about my life instead! I’ve learnt so much about who my real friends are, and who was really there when I needed them. I’ve learnt that over the year things are not going to stay the same in the future, so it’s important to embrace and accept change, knowing that everything happens for a reason. You meet new people, some friends will stay but some will go and some will drift in and out of your lives but you are the only person who has control, if they do not make you laugh a little harder, admire you, respect you for who you are, share their deepest feelings with you, send you selfies, plan days out, encourage you and tell you that they love you then question whether they are the right person to spend your time with.

I’ve learned that some things can be predictable, whereas others can be unexpected and some of the unexpected are the best memories of all. This year has been full of old friends that have stuck by me for years, kind of old friends and new ones (the peeps I met on my cruise around Caribbean Islands) and they are some of the people I wish I could see again *I hope that one day we will reunite*! Those 11 or so days that I spent meeting up with my American friends and the sisters who were from London were some of the best days of the year and tiptoeing into the room where my parents and brother were asleep at 3am in the morning after being in the hot tub was honestly a highlight of my whole year. Seeing America was the best experience, going to Orlando for 3 days then Haiti, Saint Marten and Puerto Rico on the cruise made my summer, but when I heard about the earthquake I was devastated and could not believe innocent lives where taken.

Winter wonderland with Laura, staying in Boston Tea Party for about 3 hours whilst catching up with Ruth, Lucy scaring me whilst walking home with her torch on her phone, health and social care bestie Megan where we would have a gossip and always pouting kisses to each other then her card at Christmas honestly made my year!, seeing Ariana Grande with Laura then finding out what happened a few days later was a wake up call and truly upsetting that so many innocent lives where taken way too early, meeting Louise Pentland at the Literature Festival, Harry Potter studios with Grace, Race for life with Laura and just the random things like at college when me, Megan and her boyfriend couldn’t stop laughing, too hard that our jaw and bellies would hurt!! These are memories that I will treasure forever, and no one will be able to take them away from me, the not so good times are what you are unable to control and are the unfortunate things that can happen in life.

So here’s my 18 goals for 2018! 

  1. Be positive everyday
  2. Actually finish the book I’m reading instead of picking up a new one
  3. Pass my driving test
  4. Go to a festival
  5. Make at least 4 new friends
  6. Get into uni
  7. Fundraise for my trip to Kenya in July
  8. Don’t spend all my money on “stuff” I don’t actually need like clothes
  9. Go to SITC in August and meet all my fave you tubers!!
  10. Take photos like the ones I pin to my Pinterest board (get a better feed on Insta)
  11. Raise money for cancer research uk
  12. Go on a quad bike on holiday
  13. Star gaze on a summer night
  14. Plan and go on a girls holiday with my girl Lucy
  15. Do race for life again and raise more than last year
  16. Start scrapbooking and continue journailing
  17. Grow in confidence (with my social anxiety)
  18. Stay motivated (healthy eating and fitness)

Lets see how many of these I achieve by the end of the year! 

And here’s a look back on my 2017 highlights in pictures


2017 was definitely one to remember and here’s to a new year of many more memories. I would just like to finish this post by saying that those who have been here for me know who you are (if your reading that is) but I hope to say it to followers too in the years to come! And thank you so much for that, I appreciate you lots and lots. I am incredibly excited to see what comes, but I am most determined to make 2018 the best year yet! 

SO HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVELIES! I wish for 2018 to consist of the most happiness and laughter, and always remember smile to others, it shows you spread kindness and love to all. 






DIY Suitcase


Hello lovelies,

So this is a vintage up-cylcying project I completed early this year and thought I would share how I did it. Unfortunately I do not have a before picture but after’s are down below. It was brought from a charity shop and was originally dark blue leather and very dirty and smelt inside.

Step 1 for your perfectly clean suitcase: Rinse out with warm soapy water and leave to dry overnight

Step 2: Buy some paint (the furniture one is usually good but not too thin otherwise you will have to do a lot of layers) and get a decent sized paintbrush

Step 3: PAINT! There’s really not that much else to say. I wouldn’t recommend a roller for this though as it drys patchy. I think I did around 2 or 3 coats of the paint letting it dry in between. Only paint around the edges of the inner suitcase as you will be putting the fabric here

Step 4: Measure the amount of fabric you will need. I already had this floral fabric in my sewing box leftover so did not need to buy but I would recommend 2 metres of fabric in total. Cut the fabric in a rectangle and place it in to ensure it fits. Make sure there is at least a 2cm seam allowance around the outside

Step 5: Use the sewing machine to sew a seam around each corner (4 in total) and some fabric may need adjusting to make it fit tightly whilst doing this. This needs to be done inside out then turn the fabric the right way out (sounds confusing but I promise it is easy when your looking at it yourself). Now create a seam around the top, again using straight stitch and I used white thread by the way

Step 6: Repeat the last two steps for the inside at the top of the suitcase

Step 7: Ask another person (it was my dad who helped) to use the glue gun whilst you hold the fabric in place or vise versa. Put the glue gun around the edge of the fabric and glue to the inner suitcase and there you have your super hand-made lining (I promise it doesn’t take you hundreds of hours). Don’t make my mistake of being slow so the glue dried in between doing these steps

Step 8: This is optional but to make the finished look vintage/retro nothing adds a better touch than a bit of sanding down. It’s so simple all you have to do is take some sand paper and a block of something and make the edges worn until you are happy with them – don’t over do it though as then it will rub off all the paint you’ve just waited for to dry

Step 9: Then decide what you will store in it. I put all my craft supplies for card making and jewellery in it and it sits on top of my wardrobe. Perfect storage solution and looks good. Ticks many boxes if you ask me!

Here’s some pictures of the finished product, and I hope you enjoyed finding out the sorts of things I like to up-cycle. 








Hello lovely friends, 

I would just like to introduce myself.. So my name is Safia Isabella Robinson but ever since I was young I have been known as Safie, Saf and Safarella (which my mum says), anyway I think you get it. I am 17 years young from England, live with an average sized family, have a cat called Mimi and one fish – the others died 😦  My reason for creating my space in this huge blogging community is that I want to express my thoughts, passions, things I get up to and more. So if your interested in fashion, travelling, photography, sewing, crafts, baking then I’m sure your my sort of person! I also love to read when I have time and absolutely adore babies and children (I know it may seem out of the blue but yeah) and I hope to be a child nurse in the future! But I have to admit I can’t promise any posts to do with makeup because I suck at it (it’s no joke) and you’ll probably hear me complaining about my skin quite a lot but that’s life.. By the way if anyone if reading this I applaud you because it’s probably really boring and pointless. I just thought instead of going in at the deep end I would slowly embark myself into this scary world of putting myself out there to the public. It’s not been easy growing up (I dreaded every moment of secondary school as I have always been the shy one and I suffer from social anxiety although it has improved over the past year now that I have started at college). I have started to accept myself more and socialising will always be my weakest link but I’m getting there guys. I want to post things that will help others and hopefully be able to make a difference, even if it’s just one individual out there who benefits. My biggest inspirations are everyone, I could go on and on but my favourite bloggers are Zoella, Tanya burr, Fashion Mumbler and I also like mummy/family blog’s too (a bit weird I know) but my fave’s have to be Charlotte Louise Taylor, Mummydaddyme, Dear Beautiful and Mrs Meldrum, but that’s not all. I am an even bigger fan of all the above who also have youtube channels, especially Zoe and Alfie’s vlog channels (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) and they are the biggest inspirations ever! I also love to watch Beauty Spectrum (Molly), Jess and Gabriel, Slyfox Family (INCREDIBLE DAILY VLOGS – CHECK THEM OUT!!), Sophie Clough, Emily Canham, Hannah Renee Chats, ItsJudy’sLife, Sprinkleofglitter, Mimi Ikonn and so many more. They answered so many of my questions in life and have given simple answers to why everyday is so special.  I have not yet met any of these people because I am always so busy  – typical I know but what can you do? I hope to in the future though and go to summer in the city in 2018!! (again annoyed I can’t make it this year).

So I think I will end it there people as I would like my next post to be about something specific and also in each blog post I would like to leave you with a quote so this one is about blogging.


– Joe Sabah



Safie X