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January 3, 2017

Thoughts: My Ultimate New Year's Resolution

Bismillahirrahmannirrahim.. with that I welcome the new year on this good ol blog of mine and to everyone who's reading, assalamualaikum :)

I thought of updating my blog on the 1st January, but the holidays got in the way so much that I didn't even bother to take my laptop out to play. I specifically told myself to enjoy the time with my family and that times like that won't come back again. 

But since today is a working day, I finally felt like writing :) It's been a while since I last wrote something long and personal here, yeah? Well, to be honest, I find that these days its hard for me to open up seeing what the past has taught me. I know that that is undoubtedly a bad thing for a blogger,  but sometimes, you just feel like holding back in.

Let me give this a try okay.

Well, just last year, I actually fell ill. The condition was very bad that I had to endure a procedure called cystoscopy. I will not go into detail about the exact organ that got affected, but what I do need to tell you that what I felt throughout the entire process (from continuous pain - to procedures - to recuperating) is that it has made me realise how fragile life is for us.

In fact, I broke down. 

I broke down to my family and claimed that I knew that my life is probably written to be a very short one. Which of course got to their nerves. I mean, when you're in a position where you are totally out of control, especially speaking about physical pain, it will take its toll on your mind as well. 

I got depressed, albeit a short one, I could't walk and do much or else I'll be unwell again by evening, and I had to perform my salah--sitting on a chair.

And you know who was with me THROUGHOUT this duration?

My mom.

She was there from the very start, and I saw the pain in her eyes when she saw me in pain. She was diligent in looking out for natural remedies, she was the one accompanying me to, not one, but three hospitals, walking in and out, queueing, waiting, climbing the stairs, waiting again, researching, looking up websites and articles, and basically just about everything she could've done for me, she did.

She would ask me every single day, every hour, how I was feeling and whether I have taken my medications. She would go all the way to contact her friends to get all kinds off supplements for me to consume.

Gosh, now I'm teary eyed.

So, yes, that was me 2-3 months ago and now alhamdulillah I'm feeling much better even though the treatments are still not over for me yet. With this, I would like to tell you that I'm hopeful for the new year. And so should you.

If your parents are still around, do make time for them. I'm sure the one who's reading this post are probably millenials like I am, so your parents probably are around 50+ years old. Just think about the time you have left (or they have left) to make them happy.

No matter what dispute goes on on a daily basis, don't raise your voice to them. Prioritise them. Be with them. Accompany them. Help them. Pay for everything. And lastly make sure they are the first in your duaas.

I think this would be my ultimate resolution. To Make My Parents Happy.

If not, what's the point of it all, right?
December 31, 2016

Style: Goodbye 2016

It's finally finally the last day of 2016!! My gosh, it has indeed been a year filled with lots of good and bad, joys and sorrows and not to mention unforgettable memories that I sometimes wish I could erase, whilst some I wish I could retain forever in my heart. I don't know about you, but I honestly have mixed feelings about entering the new year. Probably because it's so uncertain, that's what makes it--scary.

Scarf: Turkey
Sunnies: Aldo
Clutch: Forever New
Heels: Zalora

Whatever it is, I pray so that your 2017 will be the best year for you yet. Fill it with everlasting memories shared with your loved ones, especially your family. One thing for sure, 2016 has taught me well enough that you will always have your family supporting you every step of the way. Friends may come and go, but family just won't leave.

Let's open up our new chapter with a smile! :)
December 7, 2016

Style: How To Play With Neutrals

I get asked a lot about my kind of style, and to be honest with you, I play with neutrals a lot! And add a pop of one of y current favourite colours, then pooof! Below I've listed some style guides on how you can incorporate neutrals in your looks.

1. The Midi Dress
This was a totally safe look where I practically paired all things neutral such as blacks, beiges and white. It was hectic day so I remembered that my only option was to run around in flats.

2. The Ever-classic Pleated Skirt
Pick one colour, and play around with its shade. For instance, in this look I chose blue (wow, shocker) and worked all the shades of blue from light to dark that I had in my wardrobe with this staple slate grey pleated skirt.

3. Clashing Prints
One of the most interesting ways to play with neutrals is to mash them all together in terms of prints. Since the colour tone is of the same palette, there's nothing for you to worry about when clashing those prints. So for this case, I did so with my renaissance print scarf and striped top.

4. Begin With Your Accessories
For this look, I made sure my purse and heels were of the same colour, and worked my way from there. As you can see, the scarf and jeans were similar in colour too, so that leaves a huge room for any sort of colour you wanna play with with your top.

5. Like A Gradient
In just a glimpse you can see that my entire look creates a gradient tone from dark to light, top to bottom. You can do so the other way round and finish off the look with a complimentary purse with prints to break off the rigidness of your almost-complete look.

December 4, 2016

Style: A Night To Remember

Went the extra mile today while unbelievably donning a vintage top that I bought for only a dollar! *rubs eyes* yes, a dollar I tell you. It was the luckiest vintage find that made me squeal in excitement without considering other nearby customers. Of course I would, just look at will you :D

So I paired it with this midi pleated skirt that I personally think enhances the whole look so subtly while not dragging too much attention on it, cause I wanted to highlight the top as you can see. And finished off the look with a matching clutch and block heels.

Scarf: Can't remember
Embroidered top: Vintage
Pleated skirt: Uniqlo
Clutch: Forever New
Block Heels: Zalora

My sister's birthday celebration dinner was definitely an amazing night never to forget, considering that most of my family members were present. And that we had an extra guest that night who charmed my whole family with his oh-so down-to-earth personality :p
December 3, 2016

Lifestyle: I Think I Just Fell In Love

By the title, and my first picture, most of you might’ve had the slightest clue as to what is it that I fell in love with, right? It’s this baby in the box of course! Ahhh, I really don’t know how to describe this sudden change of taste, considering that I am a huge tea lover.

But ever since the hecticness of my daily schedule, I find that I enjoy cups of coffee quite a bit these past few weeks. Most of my friends know that I am always on the go. And my work requires me to readjust my biological clock every once in a while cause I don’t work from 9 - 5. Instead, I work just about anytime, anyway.

So I had to get myself this new Nescafe Barista machine for my sanity haha. This is me unboxing it to show you in case you’d like one for yourself too.

This is the cutesy machine fresh from its box. I had to unbox it on the floor since I was so excited I thought I might just drop it haha!

Aishhhh sibuk la Carlos niii.. This is mine okay, not yours. 

Me doing my thang while Carlos is getting a bit too cosy with the protective box =_=” 

Can you not steal the limelight of my new baby, Carlos? 

Close-up shots of how the Barista machine looks from the front. 

I love how sleek it looks and goes well with my kitchen. 

This is me pouring the Nescafe Gold Blend into the airtight coffee container for me to start using it. Note that you cannot use those 3-in-1 Nescafe sachets for this machine. The Barista machine goes specifically with the Gold Blend granules. 

Okay all nice and set, cover the lid tightly and off you go into your ‘room’ hehe.

This is how the coffee compartment is placed back in its machine. It’s pretty easy and straightforward I tell you.

And let’s close the lid. 

Coffee in, water in, and now lemme take my cup and place it here. 

There are 5 styles of coffee that you can make using only 1 type of Nescafe Gold Blend. Yes, 5! :D And you don’t need to keep buying the capsule-type refills for this machine. Basically you can have yourself latte, cappuccino, espresso, lungo and Americano made entirely in your kitchen! See, that’s why I was so drawn to this Barista machine! :D 

And all of ‘em are conveniently marked with separate one touch buttons for your fast and direct use. I mean, I wouldn’t want to get myself a complicated machine cause time waits for no Shea. This was the highlight of the machine and why I was so keen to try the Barista - where else can I have my coffee drink(s) ready in just a few minutes?

I’ll show you guys the drinks that I made in future posts cause this post is already long enough for me haha. Now go and research about this machine and get one for you while at it. You won’t regret it, I promise you ;)