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 

x

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 
x