26.10.14

The Week


Letter For the King//Scarf from local hijab shop/Clinique Chubby Stick//Tea-just because!

READING:

Letter For The King - Tonke Dragt : I've been wanting to read this for a while but because I have a mammoth To Read list it got pushed back in favour of things I had to read like HOLES but when Mina picked it for the Hot Key Book Club book,  let's just say I was just a teeny weeny bit overexcited! Needless to say, it hasn't disappointed...so far!

WEARING:

Scarf - Autumnal weather and all - it's getting colder, cold enough for me to whip out this lovely, lovely scarf that's perfect for 'transitional' weather - I've taken to carrying this in my bag (yes, just like an elderly lady, I'm prepared for all sorts!).

Clinique Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry: This little beauty came with a magazine (which I bought just for the lip pencil) a few months ago and has joined the ranks of Favourite Barely There Lip Colours - an actual category (where all the colours are almost all the same - to an untrained eye that is!).






PLUS:
We took a trip to the V&A museum on Friday and it was brilliant!  I think my favourite exhibition was the Disobedient Objects one - which is all about the creative way people express themselves in protests - in terms of the things they use. Then we decided to trek to Westminster Pier and walked by the River Thames - it was lovely and pretty with all the lights - methinks the best time is at night, it all looks truly beautiful then!

Until next time!

1.10.14

Launch Party

The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird  launch 


So last night I went to my first ever book launch (exciting times) - it was at the beautiful Daunt Books in Marylebone - I hadn't actually been there before and my word it is gorgeous! It looks like the loveliest library with an awesome section for secondhand books.

The launch was for Arabella Weir's new book - The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird - (published by Piccadilly Press and one of the first books I worked on!) and was so nice. Arabella did a touching speech - complete with a little story embarrassing her poor son - who was there . . . fun for the rest of us eh!




Until next time!

30.9.14

Little Notes #6


The Boy with the Tiger's Heart - Linda Coggin


.1. Due to the constant travelling I do - that is, within London and often going back home, nothing more glamorous sadly - I have racked up quite a pile of read books (and an even bigger TO READ pile).  The upside to this is that I have found quite a few gems. Like The Boy with the Tiger's Heart - one emotional and powerful book. 


.2. I've been feeling a little out of sorts lately but not to worry! I've found a way to 'beat the blues' as it where (have a look here) - though for full on upsetting times I find, cheesy though it may be - immersing myself in listening to the Quraan, especially particular reciters (like Mishary and Shuraim), to be so calming and soothing!


.3. I've noticed that I've become very appreciative of my family and their quirks which is to be expected really, as absence does really make the heart grow fonder ( and all together now, 'aaawww').

Until next time!

29.9.14

The little things

The most refreshing, heavenly tasting raspberry sorbet!





When everything gets too routine-y and has a 'stuck in a rut' feel - it can literally feel like life is merrily passing me by. Now there's nothing worse than that feeling for me - so, in the interest of 'reclaiming the fun times' and all that 'the world is your oyster' drivel - I've been trying to interject little fun things into the week - simple things, like going to a dessert place (because ice cream just makes me happy and I'm talking on a 'spiritual' level here . . . I kid) visiting the British Library  (they had a WW1 exhibition - with poems from Wilfred Owen!), going for a long ramble through the concrete jungles of London or even having a pampering session and then cosying up with your favourite book!

And guess what? This malarkey actually worked, nope it didn't stop me from still wanting to be a high flying city person, gallivanting from theatre to theatre and going to niche events etc. but hey I still felt like I got some kind of 'excitement fix'!


So what do you do when you're feeling down in the dumps?
Until next time!

8.9.14

JUST START



.1. The more you put it off, the harder and scarier it seems

.2. That first step is the most daunting - but never as hard as you think

.3. Persevere - keep going, even when it get's tough

.4. Always remember that it's always worth it.

.5. Enjoy the process

.6. Delight in how far you've come, how much you've improved

.7. And constantly strive to be just a little better than you were yesterday.

Until next time

6.9.14

Hello?

*awkward pause*

The love of my life: Canon Eos M - too bad I'm still getting to grips with it!


Let's do a quick catch up :

.1. I've moved to a small little place in England called London, you've probably not heard of it.

.2. Doing an internship at a publishing company (exciting doesn't even cover it! Alhamdulilah!)

.3. I got a camera!! No more Iphone photos *happy dance*

.4. I forgot how to blog . . . especially because I left it so long! But hey ho let's view this as a new start shall we . . .



Until next time! 

29.6.14

Spontaneity & Sweet Orange Cookies

Orange Cookies with Sweet Orange Glaze.




.1. I cut my hair. On a whim, I'm talking full on  a spur of the moment thing. It's actually not too bad to be honest. I quite like it.

.2. I also had a craving to bake something, so I did a quick google search for what I could make with the things we had at home and came across this recipe & gave it a whirl.

They came out quite well and went down a treat! It was relatively simple to make and they taste like little pieces of spring sunshine - seriously think I'm going to make them again- if even for the divine orange smell that infused the kitchen.

Until next time!

12.6.14

WEARING. READING. We were Liars// Ilamasqua lipstick// The Puppet boy of Warsaw


R E A D I N G: 
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  This book! I read this in *almost* one sitting (people and their interruptions! Let the girl read!) as it is relatively short but oh so good! What's it about? Hmm.. a gripping story... about lies and lives. Living lies. About truths and lives. Living truths. Confused? Good! Read the book. 


The Puppet Boy of Warsaw by Eva Weaver. 'the FEELS!' That was my reaction after reading this book. All it means is- I was so overrun by emotions, words failed me..or something. Regardless, this is a beautiful masterpiece of a book that will stay with you long after you've finished reading it. 

W E A R I N G:

Mint Hijab  • World Map Watch • Nuxe Lip Balm Illamasqua Lipstick in Magnetism.

Mint green hijab: This headscarf I am sort of, slightly in love with. It is an excellent shade of green and the material is light. Perfect for sunny weather! Or any weather for that matter- I've been known to wear a bright orange hijab in the dead of winter.

Watch: To be completely honest, the only reason I bought this watch was because it has the world map on it (well most of it!), do I really need to say anymore? Oh and it was ridiculously cheap (similar one here).


Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm: What a mouthful! Okay, the majority of people 'rave' about this and it such a cliche product but I held back from 'following the masses' for a long time!
Sadly, I caved..I've had it for a couple of days now and all I can say, is that it's so popular for a reason!
The texture is a little odd, my sisters described it as 'peanut butter like'. It's soft and applies a little matte and boy is it moisturising! Perfect for an overnight treatment and for wearing under lipstick.



Illamasqua Lipstick in Magnetism: Can we address the fact that it's not in any way red? I'm branching out! Moving rapidly on.. Magnetism is one hell of a colour- it's a raspberry pink that's quite matte and can have a tendency to settle in the lines of the lips after a while- though this can be remedied by applying lip balm before it and voilĂ  smooth lipstick colour. 

Until next time

6.6.14

WEARING. READING. Princess Academy// No.7 Grace Lipstick

Things for the week.


R E A D I N G : 
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. I read this when I was younger and decided to read it again because Shannon Hale, author of The Book of a Thousand Days (one of my favourite books) knows how to weave a magical tale and this is no exception.


W E A R I N G :
River Island Rose Gold watch:  I bought this last year and am still a little obsessed with it.

No.7 Grace Lipstick: This is a beautiful brick red/burnt orange colour with an epic formula! It's matte but so moisturising. Yet lasts hours and doesn't look too bold on the lips.

Heart ring: I love this delicate piece of jewellery, the gold and pale pink complement each other beautifully and it makes me feel all lady like (you know, because it's so dainty!).

Until next time!

1.6.14

Little Notes #5

A four day Scouts Camp 

Sunset 

.1. Ah life! Where am I headed? Where will I be in 10 years time? Who knows! Not I! That has been the gist of my thoughts for the past couple of weeks as I navigate my 'awesome'- now unemployed-after uni -life. (Though I still get a thrill every time I say 'oh exams? Noo, I've graduated' even though it's almost been a year! *gulp*)

.2. On another note - I've been devouring books like they're going out of fashion. This makes me feel quite content.

.3. Pinterest. It's all about Pinterest. I could honestly while away the hours on that beautiful app!


Until next time

London Travels

Two books are a must- you know one for the train there and one for the ride back ^.^


The Makeup:

For once I didn't over do it with the lip products and only brought two favourites with me (I couldn't decide between them..) : Revlon Lipstick in Rich Girl Red which is a lovely sheer, coral -red and MAC Creme in Your Coffee - a muted rosy brown.

B. Vibrant Lip and Cheek Colour in Goji from Superdrug also came with me. I prefer it as a cheek colour as it is a perfect plum/pink on. I tend to avoid reddish colours for blusher as it always looks too much like I'm hot and flustered- see you'd think an advantage of being dark skinned is that you can't tell if I'm blushing or not but no I can go very red! Anyway! This lip crayon is fantastic simply because it's so easy to cart around!

The L'occitane Hand Cream has been well loved and is now sadly on its way out! It is a fantastic little tube of goodness for my dry, dry hands! 
Another necessity is the Urban Decay Eyeliner (which I'm sure I've mentioned before but can't find the link to-oh well!) this two ended eyeliner is a good 'un! A dark brown on one side and a charcoal black on the other, they're creamy, soft and don't budge. Multi purpose product at its finest.  
Lastly, the Topshop Cream Blush in Neon Rose in all honesty only came with me for its handy mirror!

The Eco Tools case won over the bejeweled beauty in the earlier picture.  


Other necessities:

Books •  The Man Repeller and the second book is from the Books of Pellinor series; The Riddle by Alison Croggon  • Diary  • Keys  • Mango Purse  • Notebook and Pens  • Headphones • Tissues  • And lots of food and sweets •


So what things can't you go anywhere without?
Until next time!

A Spring Look: Illamasqua Blush//Seduce. BENEFIT They're Real Mascara.

• Cream Blush • No7 BB lips • Benefit Mascara • Blush Brush •
These 'ere products are what I've been gravitating towards quite often recently and I'm imaginatively dubbing this my 'Spring/Summer Look' (I'm so on trend yo!). Now that the sun is here, well more often than normal- any makeup look I sport is automatically 'Spring Inspired' in my book.
Moving on.

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Seduce has had a whole post dedicated to it, so I'll refrain from waffling on here but this beautiful plummy pink has got to be my favourite blusher.

The No7 BB Lips in Belle Pink in a nutshell is basically another of my 'forever's (the relationship I have with some of my makeup would really make a beautiful movie). It's moisturising, not sticky and looks natural - the keys to my heart...

Now, the Benefit's They're Real Mascara made an appearance in my July favourites many many moons ago and it's still going strong (magical tube this!) and still well loved. That says it all really! 


So what's your 'Spring Look'?
Until next time!

19.4.14

The Yummiest Scrummiest Easiest to Bake Brownies : A Recipe


As I said in my Little Notes post, here's the recipe for these fantastic brownies!

What you need:
185g Butter (Room Temp.)
185g Dark Chocolate
50g Milk Chocolate
85g Plain Flour
40g Cocoa powder
3 Large eggs
275g  Castor Sugar

.1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

.2. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into one bowl. (Because you don't want bits)

.3. Cut the butter and dark chocolate into smallish pieces (the smaller you cut it, the faster it'll melt) and pour into another bowl.
Then fill a saucepan with hot water and place the bowl on top of it for it to melt. Or if you own a microwave *we don't- my dad has a thing against them- something about the waves being bad for your health*
stick it in and just take it out at intervals to stir it.

.4.  After it's all melted and while you're waiting for it to cool, whisk the eggs in a third, bigger bowl till it's a light, fluffy, creamy texture, then gradually add the sugar and whisk some more till the sugar is all gone. *Note; eggs whisked first, then sugar or you'll be there for a while*

.5. Stir the melted chocolate into the eggs, continue stirring until it's fully mixed and it's a dark brown colour. *Have a quick taste.*
Then sieve the flour and cocoa mix in and gently fold it till the ingredients are all combined.

.6. Chop the milk chocolate into small chunks and tip into the mixture. Stir one last time.

.7. Line a medium square tray with a baking sheet and pour in the chocolatey mix.

.8. Pop it into the oven for about 25- 30 minutes. (Tip; after 25mins take it out *wear oven gloves*, gently move it side to side, if the middle wobbles then stick it back in)

.9. Then leave to cool for 1 hour and if you can control yourself (we've never have) you can leave it in an airtight container.

.10. Sit back and admire your handiwork.

Enjoy your epic chocolatey goodness with vanilla ice cream

Recipe adapted from the BBC Good Food by Sumaya

Hope you enjoy your masterpiece and do let me know if you give it a go!
Until next time:

16.4.14

Little Notes #6

How I whiled away the hours;
 Drinking: lemon and mint juice // Wearing:  No7 Grace lipstick // Doing: Reading blogs
The best chocolate brownies you'll ever have. Fact-and the recipe will be up soon inshallah!


.1. Recently I stayed up most of the night (till 2 am o.O ) watching a movie *thank God my mum doesn't read this blog* an Indian movie no less- because I'm straight up cultured- (and that's about 3 hours of my life gone.)

Nonetheless- it was called Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and I seriously sympathised with one of the main characters, Bunny ('Like Bugs Bunny' - actual line from said movie), I felt like we were kindred spirits especially when he's explaining how he wants to explore the world etc. and he says I want to fly -that actually struck a chord with me.
The actual movie was alright by the way!

.2. I finally got to meet up with two of my closest friends - Jo and Sajayjay *I'm sick at nicknames* - and the time just flew by on who knows what! These girls just make me happy.

.3. I love discovering blogs/websites I seriously could spend hours reading them!
 I've been reading them and exploring the interwebs for inspiration more often now and I'm really enjoying it!
I think I'll compile a list of some of my favourite ones soon.

Until next time!

14.4.14

Productivity.

Being spoiled by our halaqa (Islamic circle) teacher - yes they tasted as good as they looked:
The Cake Lady

Scout Term Plan meeting- personally think this is the most exciting term for my kids yet.


That feeling when you've accomplished (most) of what you've set out to do and can take a well deserved rest that doesn't fit in the category of procrastination. Good feeling that!

*I still have things to do though-as always*
Until next time!

13.4.14

Sunday thoughts



My life these past days has boiled down to roughly about three to four things.

1. Job searching
2. Procrastinating from said job search by
      a. Painting my nails
      b. Reading, lots and lots of reading.
      c. Eating
      d. Trying different lipsticks
(not always at the same time)
3. More job searching.

Exciting times ensue.
Until next time!