Whats In My HandBag?

How have you all been? I thought I'd return back with a different kind of post and I'm so excited to show you whats in my bag? don't you love watching all these whats in my school bag / handbag kinda of videos and posts...I know I do! So I decided to jump on this popular trend  and  show you whats in my bag.

The bag i'm currently using is the mini Dinidotty bag from Dune London ... I got it a while ago so i'm not too sure you can still get it but they do have some other bags which are just as pretty. This bag was actually a gift from my mum, who was super sweet enough to buy this for me for last Eid. I have massively downsized from my previous bags which were super big. I  have a habit of carrying my life around, I'm the kind of person who literally carries emergency things for everything...emergency pins (check), emergency first aid kit (check), emergency socks (check...ok maybe not that crazy). So when I downsized my bag, I had no room for all this stuff and considering the state of my deteriorating back, it might not have been such a bad thing! So without further adieu here whats in my bag:

The first thing in my bag is my Filofax (Or Paperchase version of it) , which honestly is my best friend, I'm an organisational freak, I need my diary by my side all the time. I actually switched from a diary to a Filofax because I struggle with the restrictions that diaries have, so with Filofax's inserts I could even create my own tables etc... If you want me to do a  diary organisational post, just leave a comment below.

The next thing I have is my essentials; I have my Nivea  lip balm (I love this so much because its clear and its nice and hydrating for everyday use), my Bath and Body Works handsanitiser, Cath Kidson clock patterned mirror and thats it really.

And lastly I have my essentials essential (also known as the "I can't walk out the house without them essentials") which are obviously my phone and purse. I previously owned a larger purse by Ollie and Nic but had to downsize after getting this bag. The purse i'm currently using is this Primark one, which i'm so chuffed with; it's compact and pretty. However knowing Primark it's likely to not be useable in a couple months so if anyone knows of cute purses let me know.

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Thats all from me, Leave a comment below letting me know what you like to carry in your purse and what purse your currently rocking this fall? 
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AA Skincare Review- Lavender & Tea Tree Face Lotion

As you know from my previous AA Skincare review i'm totally loving their natural deodorant (If you missed that review you can check it out here). I'm back with another review of an AA Skincare product this time the Lavender & Tea Tree moisturising face lotion

Firstly I thought I'd talk about delivery because I didn't talk about it in the last AA Skincare review; one of the best things about AA Skincare is that they email you exactly the day and the time that they are going to deliver. For me that's a major selling point because the worst feeling is when a delivery man is banging on your door and your half dressed. A++ for delivery!

So the Lotion, because that's what we are here to talk about right? I've been using it for the past week and can honestly say it is one of my favourite face creams of all time. (No exaggeration) . Not only is it  naturally antiseptic but it's been keeping my spots at bay. Usually during autumn my face tends to get dry so using this moisturiser is very refreshing and the medicinal scent definitely clears your nose as well. The medicinal scent does wear off quite quickly which for me is great because I like to wear it for stepping out. AA Skincare also gave me a sample sachet of the accompanying gel wash, which I used to wash my face before putting on the moisturiser. I personally think the gel and the lotion are a match made in heaven and I can see myself purchasing the gel wash to accompany my lotion. 

AA Skincare is certainly become one of my favourite places for natural skincare products and there are so many other products i'm dying to try out such as their Seaweed and Aloe Eye Gel and Mint and Dead Sea Salt Mask. You can buy AA Skincare products from www.amphora-retail.com at a retail price of £6.96. Also AA Skincare were kind enough to give us a 20% discount code (just enter the code BLOG20) so make sure to get one now that it's on sale.Thank you for reading and  I'll see you in the next post.
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*This post is not sponsored by AA Skincarealthough they did kindly send me the product to try. I'm sharing it with you because I genuinely think it's an awesome product.*

A Bit of Summertime Sadness.

Hijab and Pin: Arusa Collection/ Abaya: Sapphire London/ Bag: Dune/

Ze  (my lovely photographer) and I recently visited the Saatchi Gallery (You can read about it here) and in all honesty, although i'm completely uninterested in Art, it was nice to spend time with a friend. In this gallery-visiting outfit of the day I decided to go casual and comfortable (Well to some extent...my shoes were killing me by the end of the day) and pair my April Bloom Arusa Collection scarf with the matching Crystal hijab pin. It was certainly hard to stay away from my usual black abaya but I did it! and styled my outfit with my blue dress which I talked about previously in this post

Anyway on a completely separate tangent from the outfit; I've got something to admit, i'm kinda feeling "meh" about the blog recently. Perhaps it's a case of writers block or perhaps my worse fear is coming to life...i'm growing out of blogging. Don't get me wrong I love the blog and blogging has been a passion of mine ever since I started blogging when I was sixteen but I'm genuinely developing a disliking against anything social media. Perhaps It's not even about blogging, perhaps I'm suffering from a little summertime sadness. I do hope these feelings dissolve and I get my mojo back. Anyway, as I write this it's about 1:37am in the morning and i'm probably just tired, so I best stop here before I confuse you all as well as myself. 

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Hijabi Blogs You Need to Check Out this August

I always feel like I'm on a consistent quest to find new blogs especially muslimah blogs. In all honesty I find it a constant challenge to find bloggers who are so dedicated and consistent when blogging. However when I do however I jump at the chance to share them. 
Nothing really excites me more than seeing another Muslimah succeed in blogging and showing the world through her blogging what it means to be a Muslim woman whether that is in fashion, beauty, social activism or anything else. So this month I've decided to share my four favourite blogs that i've been obsessed with. 

AA Skincare Review- My New Natural Deodorant

Your probably wondering why on earth would I review deodorant right? because deodorant is basically well...deodorant. For a while now i've been on the market for a new deodorant and not just any deodorant but a natural non-pore clogging one and that's just what AA Skincare's deodorant line is. 

AA Skincare has three deodorants in their line; Bergamot and Aloe, Grapefruit and Cedarwood and Lemongrass and Lavender. The deodorant that I currently am using is the Lemongrass and Lavender one. In all honesty the initial scent in the roll on isn't my particular cup of tea, it's slightly too strong on the Lemongrass side. However after applying it and leaving it to dry the scent dramatically reduces, which is great for people like me who don't like strong scents.

I did a little research and found that AA Skincare claim the deodorants have "daylong protection without any nasties". Although I have to admit I'm not sure what they are referring to when they talk about "nasties" (I can only assume they mean harmful chemicals) but I did decide to test out the first part of this statement, the daylong protection. Shamefully I'm going to say out aloud but...I sweat like a pig and with the current British weather getting warmer I was convinced the natural deodorant wasn't going to last an hour. Being the over the top person I am I decided to take a note and see how much protection I was getting (haha never thought I'd ever be measuring my sweat on my blog but oh well there's a first for everything). I'd say roughly within the first three hours I was pretty dry under my arms and gradually after about couple hours later i'd gradually get slightly stickier but nothing too crazy that couldn't be patted down. Overall I'm so far loving this deodorant not only because it is natural but because it works well for me, keeping me dry and odourless for quite a while. The main selling point for me is that one of the active ingredients is Aloe vera which  means it's ok to use just after shaving because it soothes the skin and cools it down. 

With that all being said, I hope this review was helpful and let me know what you think about natural products; does it matter to you personally to use natural products and do you try to use natural deodorant? If so leave a comment below letting me know all about it!  Remember you can buy your own one from www.amphora-retail.com at a retail price of £4.95. Oooh literally just checked their website and they are doing 20% off right now so if you want one I'd say grab it on sale right now whilst you can.  Thank you for reading and  I'll see you in the next post.
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*This post is not sponsored by AA Skincarealthough they did kindly send me the product to try. I'm sharing it with you because I genuinely think it's awesome.*

Post-Eid Coffee Date On Oxford Street

What i'm wearing: Dress: Abu Dhabi (Abaya Gallery) / Shoes: River Island / Bag:Dune London 

After a month of fasting it seems so peculiar to be able to eat and drink during the day, It's made me realise what simple things we take for granted. I recently went on a quick coffee date (as you do) with my lovely friend Ze, it was a quick catch up. As usual she was kind enough to take my outfit pictures. Since it had just been Eid, I was still in this dressy mood. For Eid my brother bought me these cute tie up shoes from River Island that I've been wanting for so long but couldn't justify buying (more like I couldn't afford...hehe). As usual I paired my abaya with my trusty Dune London bag which was a gift from my mummy last Eid. 

We both had Frappucchinos, I had a caramel one and Ze had a chocolate one. It was super hot outside so I don't think I would have been able to have a hot drink (As you know tea's are my drink of preference). I know what your thinking...I named the post "coffee date" and I didn't actually drink any coffee but in my defence the frappe that I had was coffee based. 
Thank you for checking out this post and be sure to check out Ze's new blog here. Can't wait to catch up with you all in the next post. Let me know in the comments below what you've been doing recently and if you did celebrate Eid what kind of exciting things have you been doing? 
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A Visit to Cadbury World.

When I was younger actually significantly younger, I had gone to Cadbury World and I can honestly say that my love for chocolate must have stemmed from that experience. Ever since Cadbury had been bought by Kraft I had been dying to go back and see the factory to see whether it has changed or not...and boy has it changed. 

In the past Cadbury World had been known to be a place full of chocolaty freebees and the first time I had gone I had eaten so much chocolate I was almost sick. This time the factory had changed so much that each person as you entered only got 3 bars of chocolate; a crunchy, dairy milk (Sample size) and wispa. I have never been so disappointed in my life because I had emptied my stomach prior in hope that there would be so much chocolate I would actually be sick this time. (yeah gross I know). What disappointed me even more so was that the chocolate production side of the factory was closed and I didn't even get a chance to see how the chocolate was made... oh bummer.  

On the plus side the 4D experience at the end was certainly the highlight of the night (or in fact the only good bit). When the 4D experience ended after a measly three minutes, I really wanted to watch it again but its only one viewing per a ticket. I don't really enjoy telling people about negative experiences hence why i'm keeping this short but I doubt I would ever go again since it is not worth £15.44 ticket and the train travel from London to Birmingham. In summary would I go back?...I think this will have to be a Nay!

Update: Sorry I had to repost this again, due to yet again playing around a bit too much with the coding of my blog and corrupting the original post. 
Thank you for your patience and I'll see you in the next post. 
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And I go Back to Black.

What i'm wearing: Shoes: Primark/ Bag:Dune London /Hijab: HK Scarves.

Sorry for the awkward Hiatus on social media for those who follow me on them. I know i'm a little late to wish you all Ramadan Kareem (Happy Ramadan) but better late then never right? In this post I teamed up with photographer Ze from her instagram @z.xa. I thought I'd split the hundreds of photos we took together between two separate posts because obviously one post can't do Ze's photos justice.

Even though it is the Summer and wearing brighter clothes are the most obvious option, I always find myself becoming more gothic (well...kinda). I have to admit I'm always attracted to beautiful bright dresses when I go shopping but I can never justify the purchase because I know that i'm not brave enough to wear it casually. Do you find yourself sticking to black clothes like me only because you find it hard to wear colour? With that said one of the ways I decided to inject colour into my outfits is by styling a more colourful bag such as this beautiful one I recently purchased in the Dune sale.  I've been obsessed with pastel pink this summer and after buying this cute pink purse I've been looking for so many ways to style it. So this was one of the ways I decided to style it. In the next post I'll be showing you a different variation of this outfit, which not surprisingly includes me popping on that stray denim jacket you keep seeing in the photographs.

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Once again thank you to Ze, my oh so lovely photographer for this post. She is currently offering free photoshoots to Londoners so if you want to work with her just message her on her instagram @z.xa. I hope you liked the shots and i'll see you all in the next post!
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My Mum made me love my Body.

I recently read an article on cosmopolitan about how this women tells her story about how her mum's constant dieting and telling her how to dress etc.. Made her hate her body. So then I realised that for me personally my mother had done the complete opposite, despite me personally struggling with my  own appearance. My single mum made me love my body. 

My mum has never been the kind of mother who cares so much about appearance, she believes in originality and although her brutal honesty about my in fact unflattering hijab styles often got me quite annoyed, I knew at heart she wants what is best for me. Growing up with my mother and her own weight "issues" has taught me that despite her not being of ideal body size to society's standards she is an incredibly out  going person (say Allahhumabarik) teaching me that you can be whoever you choose despite your appearance.  

I remember once when I was in school and at that time my brother also went to the same school. So in this class (or study session) my brother was helping out the younger years in maths, I happened to be one of the people needing help. I can't really say what happened but essentially these two girls who were sitting next to me were comparing my brother appearance to mine. I remember one of the girls commenting about my nose saying something like  "look at that hump she has, her brother's doesn't". At that point in time the comment really hurt me because my nose was a major insecurity for me. That single comment confirmed my greatest fear that everyone was in fact looking at my nose. I went home in tears crying. My mum believes in tough love, which for a person like me who can go weeks wallowing in her own pity, it's the best thing for me. She quickly made me realise that by in fact getting upset about the whole situation I was allowing myself to become a victim to other's opinions.

It's interesting because other women often call my mother "fat" (perhaps jokingly) which often made me extremely angry but my mother on the other hand never let it get to her. She taught me that people's cruel comments don't need to be the centre of your life. But most importantly she taught me that your body is a gift from God and that we need to thank our Lord every single day because you never know what could be taken away from you.

What has that special person in your life taught you? Leave it in the comments below and I'd appreciate you all to make dua for my mother's speedy recovery as she's still in her cast.
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Eid Gift Guide (Collab with "Los Angeles Hijabi")

It's almost Eid and like every year I'm usually that person a day before Eid running around looking for gifts but this year insha'Allah I thought i'd be super organised and get my gifts earlier (By earlier I mean two days before Eid rather than my typical 1hour before the shops close the night before). Los Angeles hijabi (aka the lovely Umm Leila) and I, decided to show you some gift Ideas. In my post I'll be showing you gift ideas for the male species in your family and the lovely Umm Leila will be showing you what to buy the fabulous girls. So without further adieu lets get started shall we:
  • The Man Bag: I personally feel every grown adult needs a bag to carry their things in and that includes men too. Yes, yes I know stuffing everything in your back pocket is very liberating but however extremely unsafe. When it comes to men (Like I know anything about them) they don't seem to change bag very often like us girlies so perhaps buying a leather bag is the best option because it's likely to be kept for years and years.

  • Coffee Cup. I feel like a coffee cup is one of the most practical gifts. Umm Leila and I were talking and she said that she often bought her husband coffee and snacks for eid, this inspired me. Maybe if coffee was often given how about a stylish coffee cup.

  • A new Notebook: Keeping up with the hipster theme I thought a notebook would be the perfect thing to put in his new bag. If he is studying then then this is such a nice gift because notebooks are super practical. I'm loving Moleskine notebooks they're so classic and professional. 

  • Attar. This gift idea was actually widely recommended by some of you lovelies on Instagram and I certainly agree. Attar (or perfume) is such a nice gift idea because it's something that they can practically use.

  • Islamic themed T-shirts. This was another recommended gift idea from all you girlies. I can actually say that last year I bought my brother an islamic themed T-shirt and I think he might have liked it (Or pretended to like it...who knows). There are a lot of places you can buy these from in London such as your local islamic store. However your best bet would be online. 

  • Kindle/ Ipad. Whenever i'm on the train or the bus I always see both men and women using kindles and it's got me thinking. I must probably be the only person who still likes using paper books to read. So for it's sheer popularity kindle you have been added to my gift guide.

This guide was more geared toward your teenage and adult family members however when it comes to young boys you can easily buy them games (Can I personally recommend the classic Battleship game) How about you all join us in this collab and  leave a comment below letting Umm Leila and I know what gift you would give to your young child?

You can shop some of my recommend gifts here:
Check out Umm Leila's Girl Eid Guide by clicking the link hereI hope you're gonna love it Insha'Allah. I'll see you sisters in the next post insha'Allah. 
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Staying happy on social media

Ahh social media, I often struggle to get the hang of you but deep deep down I know we are friends. When we all start off our journey online it can be both really exciting and scary at the same time. We often get a little worried about the things we post and whether we might have just posted "too much". So here's my guide to staying positive on social media whether that be Blogging, Instagram, Twitter, you name it.

1) Stop looking at numbers. I'm kinda fed up of going on blogs and finding posts like "How to get more followers" or "How to increase your traffic" because it steals the joy out of posting online and makes it into a industry and a profession rather than a hobby and that's what social media is about it's about enjoying yourself. It doesn't matter about comments or likes as long as you enjoy documenting your occasions because at the end of the day we actually post for ourselves. 

2) Comparing your life leads to misery. I'm probably so guilty of this. Often we find ourselves following people and in someways comparing their lifestyle over ours. I kinda cover this a little in my post here, but often we are inspired to be like people because of their appearances or their looks. But behind the screen things often seem different.  

3) Post when you like, what you like. Ok so this goes back to the first post but we often find ourselves posting things to get followers but this often destroys all the fun out of social media because we're creating an artificial persona to impress people. If we perhaps post things we like then maybe your followers might unfollow you but at least you made a choice for yourself rather than for someone else.

That's all the tips I can think of right now, I hope this post help some of you and I'll see you in the next post.
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The flowers and the hobbit.

Loads of people have been visiting my mummy, so I thought I could seek this as an opportunity to use some of her flowers as props for this outfit post (hehe thanks mummy). I haven't really done  many outfit posts and funny enough when I started my blog, I had the intention of making this a "Fashion Blog" but there's been so many things i've loved writing other than just just showing my personal style. Have any other bloggers had that problem? Another "problem" I have is posing, I can never seem to find the right pose and I always feel a little self conscious of passers-by who i'm sure consider me a little narcissistic for randomly posing in the middle of the street. Whenever my brother happens to take my pictures he makes an effort to get me to silly poses and i'm sure he secretly hopes i'll post them (I can assure you he never reads my blog anyway).

For some reason whenever I take outfit pictures I look incredibly short... I don't know if I classify as short because i'm only 5"2 (going on 5"3...I hope). My brother and I joked that we should re-name the blog "hijabi hobbit" and surprisingly I think that's quite a cute name, what do you think. Anyway I bought this abaya in Whitechapel Market. Initially I felt a bit unsure about this abaya and I quickly regretted this purchase because I'm kinda a jersey hater and this abaya is made completely from jersey. After wearing it the first time I fell deeply in love with it and I can say that this is probably one of my favourite abayas. I paired this abaya with my go to black denim jacket and this cute ruffled hijab I bought for a mere 50p in a sale box in the market. Now that the weather is getting so much better I can wear more of my abayas without a hundred layers. 

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I hope you liked this post, i'll try and do more outfit posts and  I'll see you!
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A day of rowing and old friends

This weekend three friends and I decided to attempt the quintessentially British past time of rowing and I must say that it is a lot harder than it looks. It was incredibly nice to see my old college friends, not only did it take my mind away from this term's extra stressful hospital placement, I actually got to laugh so much. The funniest part is one of my friends is extremely frightened of the ducks and since I kept feeding them they kept coming close to the boat. This meant my friend would often move to the other side of the boat causing the boat to jerk rapidly...it was funny at the time but now thinking about it I doubt falling into the water would have kept us laughing, thankfully we stayed dry. 

I even managed to convince my friends to take my outfit pictures and after a lot of bullying  I mean persuasion I got a few snaps (Thanks Shazia for being patient with me). Unfortunately as adamant as I am to get some pictures of my outfits the wind however did not agree with me at all, hence the wind blown dress through out. 

What i'm wearing: Dress: Sapphire London/ Shoes & Coat: H&M/ Bag:Diamond Hijabz/Hijab: Whitechapel Market.

I bought this beautiful dress from Sapphire London in a local summer fete for the bargain price of a tenner, however I have to say that for some reason the arms of the dress don't fit me entirely I find it a bit tight. None the less it's a beautiful dress. Also in the same summer fete my mummy bought me this beautiful red bag in the Diamond Hijabz stall and it's reminiscent of the Saint Laurent bag that i've been eyeing for so long but for a fraction of the price. I'm trying so hard this summer to wear as little black as possible but I know with Ramadan coming (or already here if your reading this later) I'm going to go back to black. 

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Thanks for reading and i'll see you in the next post. Let me know in the comments below if you've ever tried rowing and how you found it.
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