Fresh New Look

If you haven’t already noticed, my blog has undergone a slight change.

Firstly, I have a new domain name – I did think about using a creative and/or obscure title (I did title my blog as ‘The Toasted Brunette’ for a little while) but in the end I stuck with using my name… well, a shortened version of my name anyway!  Let’s face it, ‘Samaiyyah Siddique’ is a tad too long and I only have but 25 years of experience of just about everyone getting the spelling wrong.

Secondly, I have moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress.  No offence to Blogger, I think it’s a great tool for beginners to use and plenty of well known bloggers still use it but personally I feel that WordPress offers me more.  My blog now has a clean, fresh look to it which will hopefully allow my writing and photos to take centre stage.

Thirdly, you may have spotted the sub-title now reads ‘Lifestyle | Food | Travel’.  For a while now, I have wanted to expand the contents of my blog as I seem to have been concentrating on the ‘Lifestyle’ genre more than I originally intended to.  

I absolutely love to cook, especially if it’s baking.  I will be hoping to do more posts about the things I cook and bake (including any kitchen mishaps) along with the recipes and method I use so you can also give it a go!

In case you are wondering, the cake below was a 4 tiered spiced apple birthday cake I made – it smelled like Christmas ❤


Another passion of mine will be to start blogging about the places I have travelled to in a little series called ‘Exploring Britain’ which I aim to start soon as I have been to some wonderfully lovely places this year right here on my doorstep.  It will be nice to share that with you all as people often tend to overlook the things nearest to them.


Now that I’m feeling more confident about how my new blog looks and feels, I am looking forward to churning out a lot more posts!

Getting Older

Last night I realised that I was getting older due to the following occurrences.  Firstly, I was invited out for a friend’s leaving do which started at about 7pm.  By the time I had picked up another friend and arrived in town it was about 7:30pm – I was already tired.  Not a good start.  Secondly, I had no idea who, what or where Porter’s was and had to find it on Google Maps because my social life dwindled a couple of years ago when I got my first real job.  Ugh.  The third occurrence was that the music in the bar was so incredibly loud that I found myself having to shout to the people next to me and was genuinely straining to hear the replied conversation, and I was probably making that face that seniors do when they are straining to hear – attractive!  Lastly, the conversation with my friend Josh was that he said he felt old and he “isn’t even twenty-three yet” – this made me want to cry and hit him in his baby face because it means that he is still twenty-two and young whereas my twenty-fifth birthday is looming and I am starting to look really blegh.  In the end, we stayed for about two hours
Oh god.  I’m going to be a quarter of a century old.  Oh god.
Sounds even more awful if I put it like that.  I have been trying to think about the pros of getting older, such as it’s quite an important birthday milestone, and I might get some very nice presents (fingers crossed) but the, all of the cons just keep piling up like a huge and depressing “still-have-to-do” list.  For example I have yet to go travelling, I still haven’t been to a music festival (I know) plus I still haven’t figured out what I want to achieve from life – which is just wonderful.  But I guess what I need to take from this is that this should give me a huge kick up the bum and make me get a move on with these sorts of things before all opportunity passes me by.
And on that note, I am going to read a nice book… well, actually it’s a comic book about Neuroscience and it’s pretty cool (if you’re into that sort of nerdy business)