Christmas for a Muslim

At the beginning of December as I was already in the festive mood. Without fail every year, I’ve had the disapproving comments and prejudice opinions forced upon me. What a bunch of grinch! “Your Muslim it’s haram. It’s not very religious of you to celebrate Christmas. What are you Christian now? We don’t say merry! It’s in vain!” Blah di blah blah blah!!! My response always is? “What now? Oh what a prejudice opinion and your negative impact is bordering on discrimination.” Honestly, I swear these people just say these things just to make you feel bad and they feel empowered by passing on the knowledge of ignorance. I’m quite of an argumentative person when I feel certain bah-hamburg need to be wizened up. Thus, I start with a litany of my experiences of why I celebrate Christmas so joyfully and educate them of humanity by accepting everyone for how they are and what they believe. Don’t be judgemental – works great too.

As a Bengali and a Muslim I find the holiday season of Christmas… exhilarating! Furthermore, I believe that all religion especially Islam is accepting of other traditions, culture and values. But certain people are ready to always tarnish the image of celebration or create a negative effect by injecting unwarranted verbal attacks.

To me I’m not dictated or influenced by the religion or tradition of the festivities. As much as my believes are my own I have never implemented them onto anyone. Therefore, my enthusiasm is a product of the environment I’ve been raised at and surrounded by the multicultural society. Growing up, christmas was and still continues to be my favourite holiday. The people gathering, joys of merriment, buying and gifting loved ones is fulfilling, the festive songs simply puts you in the best of moods. Why wouldn’t I want to be in the happy spirit of all the positive vibe of all my loved ones and the people that celebrate it.

Growing up I was surrounded by teachers who nurtured my love for Christmas as I watched them get excited to craft up handmade activities, singing carols at shows and assemblies, parties with the school, dancing and games where just a way of counting down the days till we break up for the Christmas holiday. It was fantastic, I took away my teachers festive and creative’s spirit. Which is now evident more so now then ever when I’m working in the early years. Teaching the children what I learnt growing up is the most joyful and triumphant feeling. Oh and my love for paper chain is to another level… to a point where one or two of my colleagues will be like “OH NO, PAPERCHAINS!?”

Oh and let’s not forget the Christmas Tree. How I love the smell off a natures creation. Albeit, I don’t mind the artificial or the real one. This year I got my first Christmas tree at home as I always decorate the room with candles and fairy lights to build up the ambiance. I bought the multi coloured changing fibre light tree… I couldn’t be more happier. My little humans at work loved it and now it’s perched in my house with all the thoughful gifts my friends and family gave me.

And let’s not forget when we were young and on holiday we visited or had relatives visit us during the holidays. We watched one Christmas movie after another, had feasts up on feasts and have been very joyful.

Soooooo, as you can read it’s all environmental and infused by families off the same yet different cultural background.

This year as every year, I prioritised to do festive activities by going ice skating with my friends, visiting the christmas markets, having various food, christmas tree shopping and help decorating my friends by dancing around the christmas tree. Not only that – I have started my own YouTube channel and documented Vlogmas. Check it out, my channel is called The Mumtaz Edit.

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Christmas is a very important holiday in my life and spending it with my family and friends is just as imperative – Tis the season y’all.

So please be mindful how you approach other cultures of different believes and don’t judge them. Listen and understand why they do what they do. Don’t criticise or enforce opinions based without reasons.

For some Christmas doesn’t entail religious beliefs but gathering together as family and friends. By being in the most of love, care and sharing those emotions of feeling alive.

Let someone be happy and enjoy life. My plan for tomorrow is to cook a meal with my dad and enjoy it with the family.

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and remember spread kindness. As positive changes begin with you first.

Mumtaz

Xx

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Bask in the simple pleasures and live for those moments

Happy 2018 everyone – half way into the new years and here I am hoping majority of you all have recovered from the winter flu or the festiveholiday-newyearnewme spirit and back to here we go again.

Don’t get me wrong I love a new fresh start and all the jazz that goes with it. However, I’m currently still in recovery from my winter flu I’ve had over the holidays to now contracted with a sinus infection along with vertigo. JOYS (clapping hands) Anyone suffer from vertigo leave a comment below about your experience as mine scares me and then frustrates me beyond reasons! I’m sure it doesn’t help to binge watch Grey’s Anatomy from season 1 either. But hey ho I do love that show.

As I’m now on sick leave and signed of by the Doctor who has emphasised to rest and recover most passionately. Thanks Doc for being a super star and representing the NHS so well.

All I can now feel is relieve and seek for that moment when I was last so happy and content. Hence, why I’m sharing my Holiday photos from last August. I was at the beach in Fuengirola and in the ocean declaring to my friend Amy most emphatically “I am happy. This is what I wanted. The beach, Sea, Sun you and Donna.” That break was much needed and welcomed. I adventured out to how I wanted to explore by being brave and doing things on my own. Not that I don’t do all those things at home – but in a foreign place and language – is a game changer. As scared as I was I still did it. I walked along the beach and town for 10 miles to Benalmedena and then back to Fuengirola. Another day I hoped into a bus to Marbella again on my own and explored the place at my own leisure. I was so proud of myself and so HAPPY to have been able to do that and not get lost. To have those moments for myself it was just AH-MAZING. I had a brilliant time with my girls too and lounged about and enjoyed the local bar we frequented in the evening. The people were graceful and made me feel like one of them. I liked how it wasn’t so focused on tourists but the daily life of the local community. Everyone thought I was Spanish but when I opened my mouth it was verra verra British. It was good times and I look forward to going there again and creating more opportunities like this wonderful experience.

That feeling was so euphoric and I want to feel like that again. Not by going back to Costa Del Sol but to find the sense of happiness where I am currently in my everyday life. Oh I want the sunshine so bad but all in good time I guess with the seasons. Anyway, happiness! What is happiness for you and where do you seek it from?

I’ve not made any resolution for the new year. I don’t tend to do that. I remember being in school we use to have goals to set or aim for. I might make a list if things I want to achieve for myself and take from there or just wing it. New year new me doesn’t cut it out for me. I’m still the same coming into 2018 – less healthier and very low immune system – as I was at the end of 2017.

On a positive note – I can definetly see I need to make changes in my lifestyle and stress less. How not to stress and what triggers it, is one thing I need to identify. Has far as I’m concerned I didn’t think I was stressing. But thy body is screaming out STOP!

This isn’t a moany blog but a reflection of what I’m feeling and attempting to listen and understand myself. To be better and not just bask in few moments here and there but to live it everyday.

Let me know what you guys do to rejuvenate and stress less. Any recommendations? How are you all getting on with 2018 so far?

Mumtaz

Xx

The July Edit

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Well hello there everyone,

It’s been a while and I would love to say yes I have been living the life I’ve been envisioning from my last post. However, it’s not been bad at all. I’ve been better and have mildly been plagued with some ailment!! But nonetheless I have been enjoying myself, as summer hasn’t been a bad start at all and I’ve been shopping a lot and I do mean A LOT!!! EEK!!!  Retail Therapy has been much required.

I’m currently getting ready for my upcoming holiday to Costa De Sol somewhere that begins with the letter F… Now don’t expect me to say it or write it as I feel like every time I say it I’m butchering it. (Sowy)

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What you guys up to? Doing anything exciting for summer?

I’ve been looking after my self and indulging in many wonderful self treats. I got to say my favourite purchase has been collecting the QUAY Australia x Desi Perkin sunglasses. I do love me some larger than life sunglasses. I’ll do a review post on the pairs that I have got. For now lets just gush about it. WOWZER!!

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Also, I’ve been doing some ASOS Haul and finding new brands to add to my current style evolution, saving the favouriteS is getting longer. I’ve been obsessed with my Dorothy Perkins Corey Slim Boyfriend Jeans!!! OH MY do I Lurrrve it. They are so comfortable and just sits perfectly. I’ve always had some issues with denim jeans sitting right on my bottom half, alas these one fit like a glove. It doesn’t help though when I’m losing weight and work out 7 days a week that I have to get a smaller size but the 10 is my go to, by any means I’m not complaining. I’ve been pairing them with T-shits (My Marvel Captain America top is my favourite to piece together), Noisy May brand white top (The Brand is my new find on ASOS), various over sized shirts with stripes, plain tank tops etc.  Overall it’s such a comfortable Jeans that I own and I cannot get enough of it. Restock is in order. I would love to add other shades to the collection. Hunting continues.

Its been some wonderful weeks to date, I’ve been to a beach – one beach trip isn’t enough – and I’ve had some strenuous ones too as the fatigue has been kicking my back posterior a lot! The holiday is most welcome and I am so so looking forward to some down time with my girls. They’ll probably have to sit on me to relax as I have a problem physically stopping and not fidgeting. What are friends for hey?

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Additionally, the feedback from work via the clients has been tremendous and positive. I want to bawl my eyes out every time they say how much I have done and being appreciated for the work I’ve put in. There has been some bumps but these have been overridden by the success I’ve achieved with my clients. Up and on wards I go.

Well, that just surmised on things I’ve been doing and I’m hoping to write more blogs once I’m back. I miss it terribly. Have a wonderful day and weeks to come.

Let me know is there anything you’d like me to write about or share with y’all.

Ice Blue Corey Boyfriend Jeans

*Black and White Stripe blouse

*Blue and White Strip shirt (Men shirt)

*Printed Top

*Trench Coat

*Dorsey Flat

Quay Australia High Key Black Fade Sunglasses

*Alternatives

 

Mumtaz x

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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