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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Afternoon tea at House of Fraser

I love nothing more than a cuppa tea and a natter on a Saturday afternoon, and this is exactly what I got up to with the delightful Aysha and Ayshe a few weeks ago.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Green eyes

I love green. And I think I can fairly say it is probably my favourite colour to wear on my eyes. Maybe it's because it goes so well with brown eyes because of the contrast, but I love doing heavy green smoky eye make-up.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Week catch up 25/08/13

Hey guys! I hope you have all had a great week and are enjoying the Bank Holiday. I have had a busy one already with one day to go. I may just have a chill out tomorrow ahead of starting back at work on Tuesday.


Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot Speckled Pink

I love speckles, and glitters and effects, so when I spotted this in Boots I HAD to have it! Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot in Speckled Pink has a slight pink tint with lots of white and black specks of different sizes.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Outfit of the day - Cousin's wedding

This is the outfit I wore to my cousin's wedding - which had its own dramas!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Glossybox August box

I don't often show Glossybox pictures, purely because I have them delivered to my parents' house, so when I do pick them up it's ready for the next box. But on this occasion I happened to be home for Eid when this one was delivered. It is the highflyers August box with products for girls on the go, including products from around the world from Brazil to Sweden.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Outfit of the day - Pink sari

This is the sari I wore to a wedding - and considering it was my first time wearing a sari - it held up pretty well!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lush's Herbalism Face Cleanser

I'm addicted to Lush. I might as well get that out there right now, as it would explain my need to buy something from Lush every time I walk past the shop.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Alton Towers

A few weeks back it was my younger sister's birthday and to celebrate we went to Alton Towers for the day.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Real Greek

A couple of weeks ago Asif and I went to see a film in Westfield Stratford and decided to get some food. I fancied trying out The Real Greek as I liked the sound of their menu. The restaurant itself is airy and rustic looking, with seating available outside.

We opted for a table indoors and chose the Greek flatbread with olive oil and dukkah - a spicy mix of ground, dry roasted nuts and seeds. To get the full effect you dip the flatbreads in the olive oil followed by the dukkah, which we loved. It was quite fresh and tasty, I liked the taste. We followed this with the souvlaki for two which contained Greek wraps, like kebabs using meat, Cypriot halloumi and chicken. They were halved and served with a Greek feta salad and a lahanosalata.

The wraps were yum, we had a half of each one each, and I liked the mix of meat/ halloumi and salad and sauce. The salad had tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, Greek olives, red onion, feta and olive oil. The lahanosalata was a Greek coleslaw with white cabbage, fennel, dill and a creamy sultana sauce. It was a little bland and drier than I usually like my coleslaw to be, but I did like the taste of it.

Overall, we liked our meal, but I came out feeling like I had just had upmarket kebabs and wraps. I would definitely go back as there were lots more tasty looking dishes on the menu and I would love to try something different next time around.

Have you been to The Real Greek?

The Real Greek, Chestnut Plaza, Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Road, London, E20 1GL Tel: 020 8503 1844.

Other restaurants are available at: Bankside, Spitalfields, Covent Garden, Westfield London, and Marylebone

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bloggers do battle - Vapor Blasters


My husband is a Nerf blogger, I need to preface this post with this to explain why a bunch of 20 and 30 somethings were running around Hyde Park with Vapor Blasters shooting each other. Asif got sent a bunch of blasters and water pellets to review and we roped in some blogger friends, Joanna, Kacper, Aysha, Aysh, Grace, Banke and decided to turn it into a picnic and a battle. What we didn't account for was:

A - That rain can potentially dampen a picnic and a water fight - but thanks to Kacper we decided to stick it out  and the rain passed, leaving us with the most glorious sunshine.

B - How much fun it would actually be!

C - Just how vicious those bloggers can get when in a battle - I'm looking at you Aysha and Joanna! Don't let their height and sweet faces fool you - they are quick!

So we were the first to get these new Vapor Blasters, which hadn't been released in the UK yet, and the aim was to try out the four different types - Atlas, Delta Sport Atlas, Delta Blaster, Delta Sport. I personally liked the mid-size ones - Delta Sport - easy to load up, hold and shoot. I found the pellets got stuck in the smaller and biggest blaster more quickly, but this could be as much down to technique as anything else as Asif found them easy to use.

The pellets themselves were great. We had about 4,000 between us (they cost about £10 for 1,000 on eBay), and they are like little gel capsules filled with water that burst on impact, but this only gives a tiny burst of water - no chance of getting totally soaked.

They were pretty easy to load up, just went into the bullet compartment, locked shut and you were ready to go. I prefer these to Nerf blasters as you don't have the chunky bullets which you have to search for afterwards, or water fighting, as lets face it, if girls have made the effort to get dressed up we really don't want to get soaked.

And we had loads of people stopping and watching our battle fascinated by the blasters. It definitely got the thumbs up from us! Are you into Nerf/ blasters? What's your best way to cool off on a hot day?

*Pictures were taken by me and Asif, and also courtesy of Joanna and Banke.

Returning to blogging

Sometimes you just need a break – you know – to switch off and recharge your batteries. I decided to take a break from blogging to spend more time with Asif and chill ahead of Ramadhan. It wasn’t until I met up with Julie and Joanna this week, and them chastising me for being away for so long that I realised it has been two months!

Well I won’t lie, it has actually been a good break, and sometimes it is good to take time out from the blogosphere, but I have missed the people behind the blogs more than blogging itself.
Well I haven’t been totally switched off, I have been cooking quite a bit and trying out new recipes and I am quite liking it. I have been setting up another blog focused solely on food which I will be letting you guys know about soon. I will post a few taster recipes here soon.
Ps. Do you like the picture above?! No effects on it, it was just the sun shining behind my head.
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