Sunday, December 27, 2015

Feelin' Kinda So-So


 H&M pinafore, turtleneck and necklace 

 It feels like haven't had outfit photos taken in such a long time, but alas I am back!!  I am wearing this pinafore which I had been avoiding for a while because I felt like I wore it too often, but it is since had time to recuperate after being worn so much and it is officially back in business. I also put on this striped turtleneck which I received for Christmas and it has the exact type of stripes I like (I really ought to get out more).  In other news I have been feeling quite sluggish recently and haven't been very interested in much , however today I felt a lot better and will hopefully be feeling reall good soon and can start completing the never ending list of things which I need to get done.

I hope your are all enjoying the bank holiday( and are making the most of the sales)!

Zaynab
xx

Listening to: High School Lover - Cayucas 



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tropical Jungles In Glass Houses

Yesterday I went on an art/photography school trip to Kew Gardens, it was a fairly small group of 15 students as well as the three art and photography teachers.   At this point you may be confused and  wondering why I would choose to do anything remotely school related in the half term, but art is one of the few subjects I don't find completely mind-numbing and I was eager to visit the wildly instagrammed Kew Gardens.  

In Fine Art one of the topics we do is natural forms and so this trip was basically to help us get our own primary research for the topic. We were meant to be collecting leaves, twigs and basically anything that had fallen off a tree, as well as drawing quick sketches and taking lots of photographs for our own personal portfolios, in hopes of raising our overall grades. I didn't actually realise the gardens were as big as they are and so unfortunately I did not get to see everything that was on the map, so I will definitely be going back another time. The places I did see however, were absolutely beautiful and wonderfully peaceful, my favourite place was probably the Palm House.  I really love the architecture of the building and the plants inside are amazing. Lets just say if I was given the opportunity to live there, I would. 

Some of the great things about the trip were that  I got to speak to people that I don't often get to speak to at school and I also got loads of good photos and sketches. I really recommend Kew Gardens especially if you're a keen artist or photographer as there are a multitude of things to draw and take pictures of, even if you don't like taking pictures or drawing, I still recommend going just to be amongst the pretty plants!

Zaynab 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Shiny New Homeware And Stationary Things

Geometric Pot, Fawn Dish, Patterned Tape and Wire Basket all from Tiger
   
Recently I had my previously horrendous custard yellow bedroom painted white and I couldn't be happier, everywhere seems so much more spacious and I just want to be in my room a whole lot more than I used to. We've lived in this flat for a little over a year now but in all that time I still haven't managed to get my room just right, but I've started using some of my money from my birthday last month to buy homeware type things and I will probably do a room tour/ where I blog post when everything is done.

I bought these things, from Tiger when I went into town on Friday (hallelujah for INSET days, amirite?) with my friends. Tiger is one of my absolute favourite stores, their branches aren't usually very big, but I love everything in there so much that I spend absolutely ages looking around. Also everything is super high quality but dirt cheap, which is always fine with me ;). The wire basket has been amazing for organizing my desk as a sort of desk tidy, before, all my stationary was scattered everywhere, so much so that I didn't actually have any workspace, but now I have tons. Tidy desk, tidy mind. I'm not really sure what to use the geometric vase/pot thing for yet, but for now it shall just keep my colouring pencils warm. I use the fawn dish to keep my earrings and rings in, I believe they had this in black too, but this colour was so much more pretty! Finally the tape, I was expecting them to be of a more paper-like washi tape material, however they're more similar in texture to sellotape, I really love the funky patterns, and I've already started using it to border some photos on the first part of my gallery wall.  

What is your favourite place to shop for homeware?

Zaynab 
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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Disposables From A Canary Island


I had wanted to buy a disposable camera before leaving for my trip to Lanzarote earlier this year but I had totally forgotten about getting one and so I was incredibly relieved to have found a little yellow one sitting behind a counter at a beach side trinket shop on my second day there. Though the camera had advertised itself as having 27 exposures despite hardly even producing 15 photos, I'm still extremely happy with how the pictures turned out! I love the visible grain of the photos as it seems to make the photos have so much more depth and texture than if they were just taken on a digital camera. I also think there's a certain excitement, to not being able to see a material version of the photo until you get them printed, as you come across photos that you'd forgot you'd even taken.  

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Currently listening to: The Bells - Lowell | Faith - George Michael | Gold - Spandau Ballet 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

new additions


H&M t shirt (similar here) and skirt, AMAZON jacket, NEW BALANCE trainers via ASOS (similar here)

In these photos something incredibly hilarious appears to be happening to my left, still not sure what... Anyway, I'm sixteen now!!!  My birthday was over a week ago and I think I was expecting to feel, different or older in some way, what with the big 1-6 being such a romanticised age, but I just feel the same as I did when I was fifteen.  The only noticeable difference are the large quantities of homework and respective deadlines I've been getting lately, yr 11 should be classed as a mild form of torture. I finally got the denim skirt  as a present from my lovely mum, as well as the most beautiful, comfy trainers in the world! I had wanted a pair of New Balance for absolutley yonks, but I was never really sure what colour would be best, however I love these as they are midway between grey and navy and so easy to style!
Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Zaynab
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

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I thought I would give a bit of blog love in today's post by sharing the blogs I always like reading. If you're looking for some fresh faces in your bloglovin feed all these blogs are beyond fabulous. This is by no means a definitive list and I will probably share another one soon, as I love loads more blogs too ( I just couldn't think of em')!

◆ Ellen Atlanta | ellen-atlanta.com (the most dreamy pastel wardrobe)
◆ Ellies Favourite Things | elliesfavouritethings.com (all around favouriteeeee)
◆Georgia Luisa Meramo | georgialuisameramo.com (amazing outfits)
◆Hannah Louise Fashion | hannahlouisef.com (literal outfit goals and perfect hair)
◆ I Want You To Know | iwantyoutoknow.co.uk (inspires me to wear more prints)
◆Into The Fold | intothefoldmag.com (fab thought provoking articles)
◆Le Happy | le-happy.com (dream wardrobe)
◆Pages By Megan | pagesbymegan.com (bringing back the seventies in the best way)
◆Scarphelia | scarphelia.com (transports me to another world with her beautiful way with words)
◆Smudgeness | smudgeness.co.uk (tales of love and life)
◆The Little Magpie | amybell-thelittlemagpie.blogspot.com (everything she wears is on point)
◆What Olivia Did | whatoliviadid.com (I hope to one day own as many lovely dresses as Olivia)
◆Zoe London | zoelondon.me (the most beautiful blue hair, I will read anything she writes)
◆Easy Tiger | easytiger-blog.co.uk (she is queeeen, always looking fab)
◆Rose & Vintage | roseandvintage.blogspot.se (owns the most gorgeous vintage pieces)
◆Infinity Of Fashion | infinityxofxfashion.blogspot.co.uk (coolest clothes)
◆Amy Valentine | amyvalentine.co.uk (pink hairrrr - need I say more?)



Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Subdued Plaid



Top: Primark | Skirt:Second hand | Belt: New Look | Necklace: A gift 

A lot of the clothes that I own are second hand from my Aunt, perhaps one of my favourite finds in one of her bags full of old clothes was this skirt. It's an old Jane Norman number and I always find that A line skirts are really flattering, which is perhaps why I like this one so much.  Also, it is impossible for me to wear this skirt without and image of Dionne and Cher from Clueless walking down their high school corridor popping into my mind. 

I hope you are all having a fabulous week and enjoyed bank holiday!

Zaynab
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

August In Pictures And Words


Cravings exhibition at Science Museum.

My friend Reece, probably snapchatting, at the Natural History Museum. 

Natural History Museum birds eye view  &  funky blue light selfie at Science Museum.

That Shoreditch street art.

Family barbecue. 


Light Fantastic exhibition at the National Media Museum.

Awkward posing with a half drunk coca-cola bottle and a Dalek. 

Raspberry and Strawberry Eton Mess!!!

Obligatory photo of Camden Lock bridge.


August has been one of those months that is taking an eternity to finish. I keep glancing at my calendar wondering whether the month is over yet. Not that I'm wishing my summer holidays away or anything but I'm kind of happy that I'll soon be in the structure of school again. I'm sure I won't be so bright eyed and bushy tailed when my social life consists of revision texts and neon highlighter pens. 

This month quite a lot has happened. I've actually been outside a fair bit. I've surprised myself. At the start of the month I came back from Lanzarote and shortly after my sister and I were plopped on an East Coast train to stay with my cousins up north.  Where my cousin Beth introduced me to the silver screen masterpiece which is Netflix's Daredevil (highly recommend). We also went to the beach, had mandatory beach side donuts, played arcade games (epic fail), had barbecues, went to the National Media Museum in Bradford and watched a terrible Fantastic 4 adaptation at a Cineworld chain before coming back to London.  

Soon after I got back from Yorkshire, which was pretty early on in August, I met my friends Reece and Leah for the first time this holiday, we basically went into town, window shopped and bought strawberries, raspberries and meringue then went back to Leah's house and made the best Eton Messes ever. The next time I met both my friends together, we went into London, we decided to stop of at Trafalgar Square to take some photos and then hopped on a very fancy bus to Hampstead Heath. We didn't actually end up going to Hampstead Heath and instead had lunch in a posh Starbucks in Camden and walked around Camden for a while. VERY CROWDED PLACE. We found a spacious and cool (it was a hot day) Urban Outfitters and hung out in there for a while and even got a few photo booth photos which are now pinned to my cork dashboard on my wall in my room.

The rest of my holiday has basically been just laying about and watching Netflix and cleaning my room multiple times, apart from the day where I met my friend Reece and we went to London (Yes again, but to be bored of London is to be bored of life y'know). We started of the day right with a Wok to Walk which I couldn't finish. After eating,  we headed to Brick lane where we bought drinks from a fancy wholefood store, went into Rough Trade for the first time, went into the H&M pop up andc checked out this trippy underground vintage market. We later headed to Exhibition road to go to the Natural History Museum and Science Museum, which awakened my inner five year old. I will definitely be heading back to see the V&A which I missed out on because I was running short of time. 

Congrats if you've made it to the end of this lengthy post and I hope you are all having a lovely week!

Zaynab 
x


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Red Dress Strikes Again


Hat: H&M | Jacket: Vintage | Dress: Dresslink | Belt: H&M 

I wore this outfit a couple of days ago, I seem to get lots of wear out of this dress even though the weather in London is way too hot and sticky for such thick fabrics - I swear I do have other clothes. I'm not sure if I've ever shared an outfit where I was wearing this hat but I've had it for quite a while now but I have not been able to wear it as much as I would've liked to because I usually have a massive afro, so naturally I decided to take advantage of my braids by wearing said hat. 

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! 

Zaynab 

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

15 Things I Learnt Being 15



Next month I will be turning 16,  an age that has been romanticised by adolescents all over the world since time began but before another year begins I would like to reflect on some of the things I've learnt being fifteen.

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1. Don't expect anyone or let anyone to tell you who you are at any given point in your life because they are not you. We are all constantly changing and the you you were yesterday may not necessarily be the you you are today or the you you'll be tommorrow. Who you are is never set in stone. 

2. Music snobbery is the worst and doesn't make you seem cultured or cool and liking pop music doesn't make you a vapid individual.

3. The future isn't something that needs to be worried about so much likewise for the past. Overthinking the last two things can make the precious moments of present be missed. A quote which captures this perfectly says "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans". 

4. Saying 'no' to things does not need to be followed by an essay length explanation as to why you are saying no. 

5. You are only as beautiful, pretty, handsome as you think you are, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

6. Most things eventually come to an end so instead of picking out the things you hate about a particular point in your life instead focus on the good parts. One day those moments will just be memories and there would be nothing better than to look back and say you had no regrets about how you chose to look at certain situations. 

7. Doing things on your own can be empowering.

8. Feminism is not unnecessary entitlement and feminism is not a dirty word. When people have the right facts, feminism aims for equality amongst the sexes regardless of race, sexuality, class, etc. 

9. Men can be feminists too! 

10. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. 


11. Messy spaces really do affect your mood, if you want to feel somewhat happier maybe just tidy up. 

12. You should feel free to wear whatever you want without caring what others think - if you like it wear it.

13. Spending money for no good reason can never be justified. 

14. Sometimes all people need is for you to listen to them. 

15. Assuming that everyone else isn't going through stuff and are happy 24/7 isn't realistic. It is important to realise that everyone has a life just as complex and crazy as yours. 

This year has been filled with so much worry for me and unsureness about myself so I hope to make an active effort in my sixteenth year on this planet really make every moment count. 

I hope you are all having a lovely friday! 

Zaynab 
  

Listening to: Flaws - Bastille, Something - Cyn 






Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On Familiarity And Trying New Things



I've realised that I like the many other humans who inhabit this earth cling to familiarity.

The familiarity of re reading a book, our eyes scanning the presumably "times new roman" font of a story we know all too well, even though there are millions of great books and wonderful new stories that our minds are yet to consume.

Even when I am met with menus filled with glorious sounding foods I have never tasted before I still find a way to convince myself to order the same old burger or pizza, even though I know there is an undiscovered world of culinary pleasure awaiting.

I think that there is a certain comfort to keeping things the same or doing things the way you always have, you won't ever be surprised or shocked and you'll always know what's right around the corner. And whilst there is nothing wrong with this, as if you ask me a good book deserves to be read as many times as humanly possible, but by not allowing ourselves to try new things and have new experiences we are kind of stopping ourselves from living life itself.

I suppose what I am trying to say is, though it is fine, healthy even,  to find comfort in familiar things we must not let our love for the known stop us from pushing ourselves to experience and try the new and unknown.

Zaynab 

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Lanzarote Photo Diary

Scarf - Primark| Dress: ????
Top - Primark | Belt - H&M| Shorts- Bershka
Sunglasses,Vest,Skirt, Bag - Primark | Shoes - New Look 

 Last week my family and I visited a very sunny (much too sunny for me) Puerto Del Carmen where there were about a gazillion cacti and succulents planted down every street which looked beautiful against the white walls of the houses, a view which would not be out of place on a pinterest board. Above are a few photos I took throughout the week which didn't totally suck! I also bought a disposable while out there so I will hopefully have those developed soon so that I can share them on here!

Hope you are all having an amazing summer!

Zaynab 
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