Lifestyle: Ready for Spring and to get myself a life.

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Well I’ve been ready for Spring since late January. Waiting for the daffodils to bloom…. and Hello Spring!!! It is my favourite season with all the blossoms blooming, sun shining and the cold to abate.

It has been a along while since I last posted. However, I’m in a huge battle with myself to balance work and having a life. To a point I’m seriously, seriously frustrated at myself for putting everything on hold again and just diving back into work. On top of it all I’ve been so run down which resulted into my first ever tonsillitis. Horrible affliction. It took me two weeks to recover with lots and lots of antibiotics. Furthermore, having time off work to recover and binge watching Charmed. Who remembers Charmed and the power of three?

Whilst recovering, it gave me the chance to reflect and see that I’m back to pushing myself at work and what I really want is to have a life. Here I am writing this, waiting to see my Endometriosis specialist for a follow up at the hospital and all I’m doing is chastising myself “Woman… you need a bloody life!”

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Yes I have a wonderful friends and I’m doing my best to do activities out of my comfort zone. But not being healthy from all these viral infection is just such a bummer! (Big sigh) I am determined however to get that life and pursue things I’ve not done before. I’m happy and getting healthier. Getting back to my fitness and shape has been my goal so far and I’ve managed to achieve and get result. Yaaay me!!!

Now that I’ve seen my specialist I can officially say that I’ve been discharged from the hospital and my Endo pain has been eliminated. The surgery was a success. I still get some minor pain but its manageable. So the aim is to live a full existence. I’m happy and content but I want to experience and do something new.

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Now the question is what I’m I going to do?

I guess we shall see and in the mean time if you have any recommendation on fun stuffs to do, go see and experience – comment down below.

Outfit Details

 *Grey Blazer

 *Side Split Midi Dress

Ankle Skinny Jeans

Converse Navy & white All Star Oxford Trainers

 

Mumtaz

xx

* ALTERNATIVE ITEMS LINKED

 

 

Food: Cutter and Squidge

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Let’s get freakshake!!!!

If you don’t know what I mean then darling carry on reading. It’s the mashup of all thing sweet dessert. In a jar and gloriously monstrous. You have cookies, cheesecake and doughnuts as decorative pieces put together for the lovers of everything sweet.

I just got to the west of London and my cousin asked me if I have heard about this larger than life milkshake? My response “Of course, you mean the freakshake?”

Then we hopped on to the bus and went to Soho, London to Cutter and Squidge. I was in an instant awwww. The store is so attractive and aesthetically pleasing with baked goods, pastry and larger than life – a moment on the lip, forever on the hip – kind of cakes!!! But so worth it.

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The staff of Cutter and Squidge are wonderful and oh so friendly. Ready to help with a suggestion if you’re unsure off. The menu has an iconic selection and caters to all the sweet and savoury eaters. Cutter & Squidge also serve Afternoon tea. Check out their website for more details. I went for the Caramel Freakshake and it a was so big!! Thus, it was shared between my cousin and I. The texture of different kind of treat was tasteful – as in dunk your biscuit in your tea, kind of thing – The milkshake inc-operated with the cookies, waffles and creams was deeeeeelightful! When I spoke to the staff about what ingredients are used, they were happy to inform me that the products used to create these delicacies are natural WITH NO  artificial preservatives, colours or flavours. Their ethos is evident in their food and I cannot tell you the taste is divine.

The atmosphere within the store was unique and very very pleasant. You can eat in or use the take away service. I look forward to coming back again when I’m back in London with another relative of mine who’s a hardcore sweet treat binge-rrr!

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Mumtaz

 

xx

Fashion: Cold London weather….Brrrrr

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COLD! London verra verra Collldddd! Being a northerner and travelling to London has always been a warmer climate. But last two weekends ago and the last couple of days has been so cold. I’ve never had that before. Manchester was cold but the degree’s was at least more or less between 5-9. It was amazing to be in the midst of our capital city and seeing the fog rolling in through the River Thames and the highest buildings. My outfit from day to day consisted of layers. Lots and lots of layers. Despite the cold it didn’t deter me to have some Krushem from KFC!

Each of these days consisted of similar trend. It was comfortable and convenient to travel light. Also, my main focus for putting my clothing together was to style around the printed plimsoll and the scarf. I went for a big baggy fine knitted jumpers with a pull up basic top to go with it and a comfortable mid/low rise skinny jeans. I absolutely loved the combination as it kept me warm and I felt trendy. The wholly hat was a blessing. It’s from New Look and they only had that one left so I bagged it.

Since it worked very well for me so here I am sharing it with you all. At one point or the other I got so cold I put on my  socks to keep my feet warm and it did camouflage well into my wardrobe. Or did it?? I think staying warm over rode on being more fashionable. Furthermore a great reason to go shopping at Westfield. I’ve never been there before, So the novelty was present and I really wanted to browse around the shops.

I bought a lot of goodies… yes I was in my element along with my cousin. The pair of us along with a full on cold – trotted into Westfield and we did some damage. Boy did we shop! Oops!!!

I’ve linked some of the items and similar ones below. Happy shopping.

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New Look Pom Pom Beanie

Animal print scarf

River Island Military Coat – Alternative New Look Military Coat 

H&M Short Polo-Neck and Fine knit Jumper

Newlook India mid rise skinny jeans

River Island print plimsolls 

Mumtaz

xx

 

 

 

Lifestyle: Be our Guest… Wedding

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Well well well. It has been a while since I last posted. What can I say!!! I have been super busy and getting back in track with work and trying to find a balance of having a life. It has been exhausting. To say the least. However, I’ve been looking forward to taking a week off work and travelling to London for my baby cousin’s wedding. Who no longer is a baby!!! It boggles my mind that he’s now a married man!! Congratulations to both the Bride and the Groom on their nuptials and here’s to a future filled with happiness and blessing.

The run up to the wedding was amazing, as it was an evening event. So it gave us ladies a lot of time to get ready. I was ready by the afternoon, but due to unforeseen reason I had a sneezing fest and a full on cold, with a streaming nose!!! NICE!  Just what I wanted. NOT. I still managed to enjoy myself and socialized with the guests and feel good about myself. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVEDDDD my Indian dress. The amount of compliments I received for it was a boost and the makeup to go with it too was a hit. So a little retouch went along the way and a set up make up station to apply for my lovely cousins. I must say the make up I did on them came out goooood. Sorry I cannot share it as my cousin requested that I do not post it on any social media platform.

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Lets start with thy make up;

Eyes

1. I primed my eyes using a Concealer from Seventeen. Then set it with Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana powder.

2. I used Morphebrushes 350 Palette a lighter brown or nude shade as a transition colours for the crease. Then applied the shimmer brown of the palette. Using the a blending brush  diffused any lines and blended both shades to look more fused.

3. I used the Maybelline Lasting Drama 24 hour Black Chrome 07 for a small winged effect.

4. I added false lashes and waited for the adhesive to dry. Then I used the  L’Oréal Volume Million So Couture So Black Mascara.

Face

1. I primed my face using Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, then for foundation I used Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 5.5 and applied it with a beauty blender.

2. I used the Clinique Beyond Perfecting™ Foundation and Concealer to highlight under my eyes then again set it with Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana powder.

3. For Contour I used the Gwen Stefani Blush palette in the shade LO-FI to contour out my cheek bones. then for blush I used OC

4. For Highlight I used my trusty Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop on the tip of my nose and cupids bow.

Eyebrows

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brow Powder Ebony and then the Benefits Gimme brow gel to set them into place.

Lips

1. I put on my favourite Red lipstick by L’oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick Scarlett Creme 461 (Read: The Winter Lipstick Edit on all my favourite reds!!)

Voila!! make up done. For a little extra umph I added Superdrug Lashes Intense Volume Edition 30. These are my favourite lashes at the moment and so so comfortable. The glue with it is too good.

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My Outfit

For my outfit I wanted something that was simple and elegant. I looked at different Indian websites but it wasn’t as appealing as actually shopping for it in person. So, my mother and I both went shopping one Friday evening to Masuma Fashion. We selected a number of Sari’s and I got the dress I absolutely fell in love with. The Gentleman was very helpful and chatty as always. I’ve known the owner for a long time as we went to school with some of his children. Trust me, you get a very good quality outfits to suit any occasions. He has a collection of unique taste and rare pieces which I like. The Owner travels to India and selects the clothing, knowing what his audience and customers will appreciate. I was extremely pleased with mine.

The fabric is soft and very comfortable. It molded beautifully onto my body and was a perfect fit. The sleeves came separately and I had it sewn in by a tailor to fit my arms. I kept the sleeves up to my wrist, the fabric is sheer with cuffs around it. Along with the Dress came the skinny trousers we like to call ‘Churidar’ also with detail cuffs and a ‘Duppatta’ aka long scarf. The detail on the bodice had a diamond and intricate sequences staged in a V shape. It was a modest outfit and perfect for an Bengali wedding. I paired it with my Dunes nude/blush heeled sandals.

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Venue

The venue was Ariana Banqueting Hall in North London Business Park with the seating capacity of 800. I’m unsure how many guests we had as a lot of them were a no show. Being a evening event and school or work the next morning. However, the Venue at first experience was a maze to get to with all that fog and going round the round about. Once we were there, it was beautifully decorated and catered to the specific of their clientele. Men on one side and the ladies on one side. Then once the Groom and Bride joined each other, all the guest then came together. The food was good, very rushed. We were all served Starter, Main and Pudding so close together that we practically inhaled our food. I managed to eat the starter which had Samosas, Kebabs and Chops with salad. It was delicious. For main I only had Pilau rice and Saag Aloo. Lastly, for pudding it was just Kheer which was very appetizing. If served properly I’m sure the food would have gone down very nicely. It was just too hasty and in the midst of socialising with the guest the venue started to clear up and pack away their table and chairs. The staging for the Couple was stunning, it was very Kim and Kanye West-esque decor. However, it was done in great taste and the Groom and the Bride looked amazing together.

Once the wedding was over we all said our goodbyes, I met so many lovely and beautiful people. It was a pleasure and the good, kind and complimentary words said to me were confidence boosting. I was surely networking or being networked!! haha

Hope you enjoy reading the blog and the pictures.

Take care loves.

 

Mumtaz xx

Lifestyle: Happy New Year!!!

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Happy New Year everyone!!!! Wow!!! What a year 2016 has been. Its great to have a new start to the year and look forward to planning and doing something different and positive. A week into the new year and I feel like a lot has happened in the last few days. I’m back at work full time…. yes crazy! How has the last few months gone so fast???
Hope you’ve all had a great time during the holidays. What did you all get up to?

As I’ve written on the last blog post, I didn’t do much for Christmas, I’ve been implementing a little bit of the Hygge lifestyle. A Danish way to live life in simple pleasure. It was so lovely to be off and have family members at home to just be and celebrate together.

For the New Years I had plans with my friend Amy. Who came back from her break away with her family. We spent the New years eve together, literally wake up and make up was my kinda day! We got dressed and went out for a meal. I’m not one to make resolution each year but set goals that I know I can realistically achieve and make it a lifestyle habit.

This year I really want to break out of my comfort zone and explore new places, food, focus more on my hobbies and have more of a social lifestyle instead of just being a career woman. I want to be at home and spend time with my family. Last year and a half, since my diagnosis with Endometriosis has been a realization to do more things that fill the soul and enjoying myself with adventures. I have managed to do a lot of activities in the mean time and in all honesty this past two years has been the best. Despite all the pain, agony and surgical procedures.

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So to begin the year I went out for food at Olive and Thyme for the first time. OMG!!  The food was AMAZING. Its a Mediterranean cafe, bar and restaurant in the midst of Chorlton. its very family friendly, caters to groups of friends or confident diners who like to eat on their own. The place is aesthetically beautiful with lots of light coming through the ceiling to the floor windows, looking out to the out door seated area, all heated. The wood burning stove adds a great deal of ambiance. The staff provided a great service and whilst Amy and I waited for food they served us Lavash bread with garlic butter, complimentary of course. The Menu is magnificent and caters to Gluten free and has a lot of Vegetarian options. They have an assorted selection of beverages and free use of their WiFi.

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After out scrumptious meal at the Olive and Thyme, we headed out to Manchester town to Cottonopolis for drinks and to bring in the new year. I’ve been to Cottonopolis once before and I really liked it. So I wanted to take Amy and share the atmosphere. It’s right in Northern Quarter, with a trendy ambiance of a high ceiling, exposed beams and brick works with fireplaces, long tables with thick chains hooked on to it. The staff are spirited and spunky, serving everyone with a smile and having a good banter. Which is so great and creates a wonderful environment to hang out in. The menu is based on Oriental cuisine with a twist of the west along with a great selection off drinks to choose from. Its a splendid place and instead of fine dining its great to just go and have an informal and fun meal.

We counted down to the new year, albeit out of sync with the time again! One day we’ll get the count down to midnight right. Lot of laugh!! Here’s hoping to a great year with lots to do and achieve.

How was your first week in to the New year?

Did you make any resolutions you’d like to keep and accomplish?

I would love to read what you all got up to and what can you recommend that I can do.

Mumtaz

xx

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Merry Christmas Everyone

I cannot believe it’s already here!!!! How??!! When??!! While I collect myself… I hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas break and enjoying your time with your loved ones. I’m so excited now that I feel more like human. I’ve been poorly with a Winter bug! It was my first week back at work and only four days in I was contracted with the virus circulating the work space! YUCK!!! Anyway, I’m more excited to see my close people open their presents. I love seeing their reaction. (Big grin) So far good result. I also received my wonderful presents and I loveeeeeed them. I’ll do a what I got for Christmas on another post.

This December has flown by. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the Vlogmas’s from all my favourite YouTube personalities. What a way to count down to Christmas. Furthermore, I’m so so happy for all the movies listed to watch during the holidays and the classic ones too. What are your most watch film’s?

Everyone is ‘Driving home for Christmas’ to be with the beloved ones. Where is your destination? I live with my family and as we get the time off for the holidays its brilliant to sit together, eat together, argue with one another, sleep late and watch movies etc etc. Oh the childhood memories!!

The best part of course is the food. Yum yum!!! But, as I’m still recovering I can’t think of it just yet. My parents are both very good cook and most likely cook up something special for the lot of us. Let me know what you’re all cooking for this festive day and what is your favourite dish?

I hope you’re all having a great prosperous Christmas and enjoy being with your loved ones.

My Makeup

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit and Brow Powder Duo

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G So Marilyn

MorpheBrushes 350 Palette

Superdrug Natural Lashes

My Outfit

H & M Boat Neck Stripped Top

H & M Black Leggings

Merry Christmas xx

Mumtaz x

Glam up.. its party time!!

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Well its time to glam up for the party seasons and to be selecting what ensembles you’ll be wearing. What outfits are you thinking about this year? Fancy? Casual? or full on festive? This year I won’t be attending the Christmas do. But doesn’t mean I cannot glam up and have a merry time with my closest humans. So I thought I’ll do a throw back to the events of the ones I’ve attended. Some have been good and others spectacular. I must say my favourites have been the fancy parties.

I thoroughly enjoy the build up to the evening, getting dolled up, the makeup, the out fit etc. The whole process is one crazy yet joyous occasion. The whirlwind of the two most prominent events are Christmas parties and the New years party which demand ones best style. Whether your plans are to shake it all about, staying in and hosting an intimate affair or going to a works do, its always ideal to and fun to deck yourselves out for the celebratory period.

So ladies, the inevitable question we always tend to ask ‘What should I wear?’ Well, the key I mainly focus on is to feel comfortable in what I choose to wear. Yet aim to be glamorous, stylish and va va voom!!! Find a statement outfit you like or whats trending. But look for the outfit that suits your body and enhances you and compliments you. Add festive details like jewellery, heels or flat, along with a cute handbag.

My style has always been a statement dress, smokey eye makeup and simple accessories. I’m not too keen on heavy jewellery, a pair or earrings, bangles or a watch along with a lovely ring normally goes A LONG WAY. Furthermore, I put on a hydrating tinted lip balm. Last year we had a fancy party a 70’s theme and I wore a red lip and fell in love with wearing a colour on the lip again. As long as it’s a matte formula – I’m good to go.

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Wear what resembles your taste and fashion style, remember you want to look sexy and chic so keep it elegant and go boogie the night away. Hope you all have a merry time and celebrate in style. Remember to keep warm and you have a safe journey back home.

Here are some of the outfits similar to the ones I’ve worn and I found online and in stores. The dresses I have are few years old but these outfits are always on trend. I’ve linked them down below in order of the pictures.

 

Green Lace Skater Dress

Kimono Dress is from Dorothy Perkins now in Silver/Black

Sequences T-shirt Dress was From MangoASOS, Boohoo, H&M and Missguided have these online available.

Red Ripple Midi Dress was from AX Paris and it’s available in a shorter version. However, I’ve found the exact replica here on Lipsy .

Purple Cowl Neck Dress is from Dorothy Perkins. I found similar dresses from AX Paris and House of Fraser.

 

Mumtaz

xx

 

 

 

 

 

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