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Home Lust

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Here I am, due it getting dark at stupid o’clock and my ring light leaving awful outlines in photographs, I have found myself browsing the net for hours just lusting at home-ware goods, only 3 things but three things that would set me back quite a few bob. Since my last Habitat post here I found myself browsing their website lusting after so many things and ultimately wishing I lived in a bigger, more spacious place. However there’s one thing I keep going back to, this wide leaning shelf with a 90cm width which almost 30cm bigger then the current shelf I have from Habitat. I have one gap in the living room where this would fit quite snug. At the moment my room is lit by lots (and lots) of tiny little fairy light, post-Christmas I don’t know how appropriate it will be to keep the fairy lights going. I need want a floor lamp that will take minimal space, the mixture of wood and metal work so well and it gives it a ‘floating’ and delicate feel.

Lastly, out of all the collections that made.com has to offer, the Vintage  Bourbon is my fave. There’s something about French-esque, distressed furniture which just screams out to me. The husband doesn’t see the logic in paying for furniture which looks half a century old. Can someone please explain this to him? I’m thinking of getting this distressed cabinet to put in the hallway – which currently resides a broken shoe wardrobe. I must say, these days I find myself getting more pleasure from home-ware sites as opposed to beauty/fashion buys. So let’s share, where do you find your best home buys?

Habitat lamp // Habitat shelf // Vintage Bourbon Cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before You Qu:t

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If you’re in further education, whether that’s university or college, you’ve done almost three months into the year. It might all be starting to get a bit much, the work over-load, late nights and the struggle of juggling a social life, work/uni life is all becoming a bit too real. A part of you may even consider giving up. I know I did.

I studied Architecture in 2009 – god that makes me feel old. In my last year of uni I was so close to giving it all up. Anyone studying within the arts would know it’s as much as it’s to do with talent and hard work, it’s also an unspoken competition. There is a lot of favouritism within certain lecturers/tutors. Probably not fair or right, but it happens. I clearly was not a tutor’s favourite, till this day I wonder why and what did I do to piss her off? There were comments from her ‘what are you doing studying Architecture? Have you ever thought of taking a fashion route?’ I wasn’t sure to feel flattered or insulted? Ever since I was 6 I decided I was going to study Architecture. Should you really be telling someone in their 3rd year of their degree that there chosen path – that they paid £3000 a year – was not for them? I was constantly put down in our one-to-one tutor sessions, hours of work was slayed. It’s safe to say that all of this left me feeling pretty crap and I was ready to quit. But this was my dream, to graduate as an Architect so I had to make changes. Now if you’re in a similar position where you feel like it’s time to give up, whether its college, university or work this may help.

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Time out;  take some time for yourself to just think about what is that you want to achieve – the long term plan. If its university – try and visualise putting on a gown and being proud of your achievements. If it’s work – imagine whether or not you want to excel within that field, is it fulfilling you? Being surrounded with people who seem like they’re on top of their game, whilst you’re trying to still get your shiz together, can make things worse. So pull yourself away from everything to just breathe.

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Prioritise; so you’ve got essays to write, deadlines to meet, may have social events coming up. All of it can be done if you organise your time. Schedule your working day – and it all sounds good but it means nothing if you don’t stick to the plan. If you say that you’re going to dedicate two hours on Friday evening, then that’s you have to do!

All-nighters; now if you’re nocturnal then all your creative juices will flow in the evening and that’s when you work at your most optimum level. I spent most of my uni time staying up late nights, but none of them would have been productive without pre-planning. Getting all my material and information together. Whether that’s reading material/research/references. Do some serious planning and organise your all-nighter.

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Optimistic; do not put yourself down. When you see others excel whilst you’re still trying to catch on. You may start to feel deflated, but that will have a knock on effect on your self-confidence. Stay positive. If’s it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

Reward yourself; I don’t think enough people do this, or maybe they do? Going to uni means a degree, but that’s 3 years down the line. I used to reward myself with a shopping trip or dining out. Whatever floats your boat – reward yourself for doing well. A pat on the back never hurt.

Despite everything if you are still feeling like it’s not for you and getting out is the answer for you then speak to someone for advice, whether that’s a university mentor, a parent, sibling, friend, or even a neighbour. Saying it out loud can help make it real and even if you don’t have a plan – it doesn’t matter. Sometimes the best things in life come unplanned.

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Next Home | Interior

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Who knew creating interior mood boards would be this satisfying, and it’s so nice to talk about something other than a lipstick (however standard lipstick posts will resume shortly) Today I bring to you my top picks from Next Home. Renting obviously means you can’t change your carpet or floorboards, so a way around it is to find a pretty little rug. I’ve been torn between the chevron print or the ‘house rules’ graphic print. Either way it’s going to be a monochrome choice.

The other bits are all furnishing items but must haves! A fur throw, much needed for winter. How adorable are these owl tea-light holders? A copper vase and a beautifully sculpted yet simple coffee table. Next home has a lot of chic and affordable household item to help turn a house into a home.

 

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Interior Wishlist

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My previous post mentioned the lack of flexibility when renting out in an inner London flat. I dream of living in  a high ceiling, wide rooms, long wide panel windows, apartment. Basically somewhere in the suburbs. Till then I’ll have to satisfy my urges by hours of online browsing and creating mental wish-lists. Not only are these items my most lusted after furnishings – they also require me to win the lottery / someone to hand me a lump sum of cash / or to suddenly get a massive promotion and earn 5 times what I do now.

If you browse through my Instagram you’d have seen that at the moment my place is pretty much decked out in Ikea – all white furniture helps the room to look slightly bigger and a lo brighter and whilst suffering from accute SAD I need to make sure I keep my place as bright as possible. But recently I have been loving wooden furniture with all the grains on show. Especially Apothecary chest draws – these are from ASDA George would you believe?

 

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 Millingan desk             |               Apothecary cabinet

Atkin and Thyme is my new furniture hit-list, everything is contemporary and modern. I love the millingan desk – paired with a wide mirror going across would look amazing! I adore the coloured draws and the different handle combination work really well together. Clustered ceiling lights can look beautiful is set up in the right place. Copper and a white space and wooden furniture work really together – and the wired-cage design finishes off the look.

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Kubrick wing back chair                              |                            Arcade cluster ceiling lights 

Lastly, made.com – the place where they cut all the crap and its straight from the designers. I could possibly get everything I want for a house from here. Accent chairs can really help brighten up the room and whilst I love muted shades, this rich berry colour with a white/grey fur would add a brilliant finish to the room. Where do you love to get furniture from?

 

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Habitat Bookcase

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Renting out in an inner London is not only painfully expensive for a relatively small place, it allows you do very little in terms of interior. The landlord won’t allow us to put frames/shelves/mirrors up or paint. Although I did manage to paint some of the rooms white. I would go crazy living in a creamy yellow room. Seeing as I’m not allowed to put shelves up I had to find another suitable alternative. I have the KLAX from Ikea which provides decent amount of storage. However I had my eye on a leaning ladder shelf. I saw a French connection one a year ago and fell in love. But was I willing to part with £310? I did some online browsing and came across the Habitat range in Argos. Since when did Argos stock a trendy brand? I remember going through the Argos when I was younger and feeling immense joy.

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French Connection Leaning Shelves       |         Habitat Jessie Wide Leaning Bookshelves

Anywho, they have a leaning ladder shelf which is pretty much similar at only £95 – and the best thing about Argos is that they always offer some form of discount, I managed to grab mine at £76. I’m still working on the décor so I will keep you updated on my layout. I have another interior design post coming up on the blog (more like a wish-list) so keep your eyes peeled.

 

 

 

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To or not to Tattoo?

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Recently I have been getting an absolute burning urge to get inked. There’s an awesome tattoo shop that I drive past on my way home from work. And every time I go past, I drive just a little bit slower and peep inside. Since I was a kid I’ve loved tattoos. I think they’re a form of art, full sleeve ones, dainty ones – they’re all so beautiful! Some people get tattoos because they’re deep meaningful symbols, others get them because they are a form of art and they just simply like the symbol/image.

Is it weird that the thought of piercings freaks me the right out, but concept of ink getting injected into the skin makes me really excited.

Personally I think if you’re under 16 you shouldn’t be getting tattoo’s – you’re body hasn’t yet developed and 10 years down the line you may really hate it.

 Is it really worth the risk of waking up 10 years later with immense sense regret? Also, if you’re having an identity crisis then I don’t think a tattoo is the answer. The thinking of someone who is having a life-time crisis and makes an impulse decision of getting a tattoo to somehow find their identity? is way beyond me.

However if it is something that you’ve wanted and you’ve thought about it for a while, then go for it! With having years under my belt of wanting to get inked – I have some tips you may want to think about if you’re in the same boat as me.

  1. Get the image drawn on before you get it on permanently. Walk around it for a while, see if it suits you, does the placement look right? Is the right size, colour? Yes, even colour, I was advised to get a red ink tattoo as it would contrast well with tanned skin, and the artist was right, red against my skin-tone looks amazing.
  2. Find your artist – you really need to think about who will do it for you – finding an artist whose work you like is very important. Do your research – ask friends, heck even ask strangers! If you  see a stranger whose tattoo you love, ask them where they got it done. Most of the time people will love talking to you about it.
  3. If you walk into a tattoo salon, ask to see the artist’s work – it is your right. Every artist has their strengths, some are good at fonts, others may have skills in portraits, the list in endless so be sure to check what your artist has previously done.
  4. Discuss with the artist what you want – colours, size, placement, if possible take an image.
  5. Getting inked – you’ve booked your appointment, the day has come. What now? I would go alone. But that’s my preference. If you want to take someone, it must be someone you trust. This memory of getting tat’d will be with you for the rest of your life, do it with someone worth sharing it with. (This advice can apply for many things!) Eat before going, and take a bottle of water.
  6. You’re inked now. Congratulations! Aftercare is SO important – you must look after your new tattoo. There’s usually a cream & wash that the salon would give. Keep it clean, wash it every few hours and apply a cream.

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Seeing as it is still something I’m umm-ing and aah-ing whether or not I should commit – also being afraid of my mum plays a huge factor -temporary tattoos will do for now. Do you remember the ones where we apply water on the back of the paper and the tattoos transfers on? Usually found in chewing gum packets. Nostalgic or what! Whilst on a trip to the Design Museum I found a pack of really cool tattoos from Tattly which are created by some amazing artists/designers. They almost look life like! I’m very impressed with the quality of these and the designs are so quirky and fun! So if you’re also considering a tattoo then I highly recommend checking these beauts out. I hope this helps some of you if you’re thinking of getting inked. Also send me pictures of your tattoo’s (real or fake) I love looking at what other people have.

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Life rambles

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It’s been a while since I last did a blog-post. With life getting super hectic, work has taken priority and with the full moon out I just felt a bit blah. I’m sat here now, Sunday evening, with lessons all planned for the week, nails done, hair washed, candle lit, ice-cream scoffed, TOWIE playing in the background – all ready to write a post.

But I’m not really sure what to write, I’m not in the mood to talk beauty, so let’s talk life.

I turned 27 on Saturday, firstly odd numbers freak me out. Totally not weird. Secondly, I realise that in 3 years I will be 30. This is where sheer panic mode kicks in. By now I thought I would be super successful, with kids, a big house. You know, nearly every girls dream. When you’re little you want nothing more than to grow up and when you’re older you just a Bernard’s watch to slow down time.

Getting older reminds me of how much I miss the old days. I miss being able to buy an ice-lolly for 20p on the way home from Primary school in the summer. I miss panda pops. I miss Jolly Ranchers. I miss playing hop-scotch. I miss going to park and sitting on the swings. I miss my only worry being getting home to watch my favourite cartoon.

I was also thinking about plans. When we’re babies our parents/carers set goals for us, we then grow up and set plans, which are usually determined by what society deems right, like going college/uni, getting a job. And then when you’re at my age, you try and aim for things like mortgage’s and/or move up in the career ladder. When do we ever stop to think about what IS life? I want to fill my life with experiences, things that I can look back on and think ‘I’m so glad I did that…’ I’m going to create a bucket list, 10 things I want to do before I’m 30.

Every year I go through a phase where on my birthday I have this burning urge to cut my hair shoulder length. However this year the urge is not going away and I think something needs to be done pronto. My mum will  most probably kill me, but hair grows and at the moment my (way past the breast area) long hair is just getting on my nerves, due to the length it’s lost the volume – I think tomorrow morning I’ll book an appointment.

Now onto the YouTube from, I have been experimenting with my editing skills, I say skills but what I really mean is making sure I cut/edit in all the right places. I love editing, the whole process is so satisfying. You check out the video’s here.

 

Finally, I think I want a baby. Biggest decision ever maybe? I don’t know how long it will take me. I always had this dreaded fear that I won’t be able to conceive. Partly why I put off getting married for so long. Having my nephew made me realise no amount of handbags, makeup, or any other possession can compare against the love you have for a little human being. My heart aches when I don’t see him. His one smile reminds me, ‘everything will be okay’. It’s love on a whole new level. I’m not going to get a family planning kit or anything. If it’s meant to be, it will be.

That’s my little life ramble. Beauty rambles shall shortly resume.

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Baby OOTD

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My relationship with my nephew is more like mother & son as opposed to aunty/nephew. I won’t go into lots of detail, but my sisters delivery wasn’t a normal one. She prepared more then anyone I know, watched tons of birthing videos, practiced positions. everything possible – she did. But things didn’t turn out as she planned. After her complications, she became fragile and weak. Mum, youngest sister and I took care of him like a mother would. Post natal depression is severe, and i honestly think there needs to be  more support for women. Shaan (nephews name) has brought my family together in a way that nobody else ever could. I wanted to share some of the photos of his OOTD. My blog is my diary of thoughts and this may not be of anyone’s interest but I really wanted to document it. I love buying baby clothes, everything is so much cuter when it’s smaller. Top placed to shop, ZARA, H&M, Baby Gap, Next, Asda.

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48 Hours in Paris

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I visited the magical city known as Paris almost 8 years ago, as a budding architect student, ready to weep in all the glory the city had to offer. I was naïve and young – and hadn’t really travelled much. I did all the tourist things of course, went up the Eiffel tower, took the boat across the river, visited the Louvre, it was love. I fell in love with the city, the vibe. I was walking around the streets, staring in awe at the buildings. Fell in love with the street music, the fresh smell of crepes. It was all pretty glorious.

 I visited again, 8 years later, as a grown married women. Someone who has travelled more, has general more life experience. Paris didn’t seem all that magical anymore. It’s like when you go to watch a play, the first time it’s all glorious because you don’t really know any better, second time round is a whole other ball game. You spot the flaws. Similar situation here.

Apart from Notre Dame which I found to be super peaceful, everything else seemed to be a money exploiting business. The number of homeless people/families on the streets has for sure increased. Seeing a baby of no older then my nephew who is 8months, being wrapped up by his mum whose sleeping outside Gard de Nord made me feel sick to my stomach. People sleeping in the metro stations. It was like I’ve stepped into a 3rd world country. Metro is not what I remember it as. It used to be a buzzing place, with music being played, people happy and smiling. 8 years later, the trains are in a state, broken chairs and graffiti everywhere. What has happened to Paris in 8years?!

Locals have even found a way to not pay for their travels by jumping over the ticket barrier (okay, maybe I should try that one in London) it was really sad to see a city that I once loved now seems like a distant memory. It makes me question what foreigner deems London to be, do we have the same issues, because I see it every day it doesn’t stand out to me as much? Is London soon heading that way too?

Please don’t let my post put you off of Paris, it is still an awesome city with great architecture. You can pretty much walk everywhere, the city is quite small and all main tourist sites are closely packed together. If you go autumn season then wrap up and wear comfy shoes. Converse are not comfortable shoes.   A must-go to place is St Germaine, there’s something quite arty about it with lots of chic little cafes.  Monmarte is awesome if you want to see a breath-taking view of what Paris looks like from above. Climb up to the top of the steps and sit. Breathe. Take in the beauty of being  in a busy yet peaceful place. Lastly if you get the chance, definitely visit Versailles – it’s a beaut of a train journey, you get to see the real suburbs of Paris which is where I would want to live.

I re-did the touristic shiz, (as you do) and husband isn’t into the art, he’s patient for sticking with me whilst I ‘ooo’d’ and ‘aaaa’d’. Whilst going through my SD card I realised I’ve taken a lot of random pictures. I was aiming to capture images which weren’t tourist-esque yet of touristy things at the same time. Does that make any sense at all?

I do massively regret not taking my SLR with me, these are all taken from a point and shoot Canon camera.

 

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Bridal henna

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Slightly different post, I wanted to share something that I am massively passionate about (other than my family and blogging) and that is my flare for henna. For those of you that don’t know, henna (also known as mehndi) is a natural paste, when applied, left to dry, it crumbles off and leave a brown/red/orange stain.  Normally done by Asians/Arabs on wedding or celebratory events.

 Let me give you a bit of a back story, when I was about 8/9years old – I really wanted mehndi on my hands, it was Eid. My mum took me to this bazaar/fair place, I got mine done by a lady, after a week the colour wore off and I was so sad. My mum was way more distraught then I because she couldn’t re-do it for me. My mum is and has always been a very technical & practical person but has never tried the creative spectrum of things. Few years later, I was 13, my mum was going to take us sisters to someone’s house (a family friend, not a stranger –that would be weird) to get our henna done. She said ‘why don’t you learn’ and that was it, something in my clicked – I brought a cone from a local asian shop – and drew every single day. I taught myself everything I know about henna. Shading, line thicknesses, patterns – the lot.

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I have two vices, I cannot copy for the life of me and I can’t repeat my pattern – so I can do similar designs, but I will never make it 100% same. Recently I have been quite lucky and have worked on a few brides for their henna. They have loved the results and it’s just massively satisfying.

A bride takes about 4hours, I talk to the bride about what she want as I design, make changes to match her dress/jewellery. It’s the little things that count. Till now, I have been working through word of mouth, and brides often have lots of questions. Personally I always think it’s best to know the artist background. I haven’t been trained by anyone – just a girl who loves to design.

Due to the large number of people contacting me, I wanted to create a page where I can refer clients to, also give you a little insight into a little another part of my life.