Merhaba!

A long weekend was randomly gifted to us a few weeks ago so Miss Iman and I ventured to Istanbul where we met up with her mama dearest. I’ve been to Istanbul a couple times before so wasn’t too stressy about itineraries and cramming a whole lot into 3days, but it was such a lovely getaway and the weather was beautiful, that perfect chill where its not too hot and not too cold but a blanket scarf provides the right amount of cozy warmth lol that kind! Being able to just stroll around and have a change of scenery was super refreshing alongside the endless amount of food consumed haha baklava (Hafiz Mustafa is the one!) and Turkish delights and chocolate mushrooms and tea and mmmmmm so so good lol

We initially almost missed our flight thanks to my sleeping in and Iman literally barging into my flat thinking I had died lol (sorry love x ) and then got scammed by a taxi driver upon arrival which wasn’t very fun, but alhamdulillah not too many incidents after that! Stayed in the most ideal location, a 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia which made my ickle heart super warm and fuzzy and content with life, especially when hearing the adhan at prayer times. The Blue Mosque is one of those places which leaves you in awe no matter how many times you see it and being in such close proximity to it was beautiful. I decided to be adventurous one morning and head out for Fajr prayers but chickened out last minute because I didn’t want to get kidnapped lawl. but I made it for jumah which was such an experience! I’ve written about my love for jumah in other countries and masjids etc etc etc lol so I won’t get into it again, but one of those heartwarming happy chappy soul feelings which was beautiful x if you know me you also know about my obsession with taking photos and looking for particular angles and such lol but I also love taking photos of  old people and children and went a bit stalkerish both at jumah and during the trip in general but I think it resulted in some beautiful photos which I’m super proud of! does anyone else ever take a really cool photo and think it should be framed in a cafe or someones living room?! (its probably just me but still!)

We munched at this place (I’ll have to get the name from Iman), that do only about 3-4 items on the menu because a) it’s their speciality and b) they’re that good, but dang son. so worth it! In Sultanahmet, I want to say right across the Aksaray metro stop..?!! (I’ll find out and stick it in someplace lol it’ll be a lot easier!)

Also did a Bosphorus cruise which I’d recommend; gives you some beautiful views of the bridge and the Galata tower and the city from a distance! There are a number of boats parked by the water who offer tours and trips so super easy to find and do! Spend a lovely evening in Taksim where we witnessed Tunis beat Libya (go Tunis go!) Taksim at night is a beauty on its own full of people chilling out over a shisha or walking and just essentially having a good time, so definitely worth experiencing if you’re ever in town. The Grand Bazaar was epic! I absolutely love souks and bazaars and anything of the sort which allows you to haggle; I just think it’s proper form and generally expected in such an environment lol but found some lovely pieces of jewellery and earrings so yay! Someone had asked on instagram about what/if there was anything particular I purchase from each country and yes I do! always a magnet and a piece of jewellery (specifically a pair of earrings or a necklace!) I love love love ethnic bohemian jewellery that’s slightly representative of each country and the whole rustic look and vibe they give/add to me collection and wearings so that’s always a must! I’ve also started to pick up either a postcard or a print (painting or a picture) as well which then go on my wall or fridge!

Tourism has generally died down quite a bit in Istanbul compared to what it was due to recent attacks which I presume left people a bit frightened and hesitant to make the trip, but anything can happen anywhere in the world at any point and it’s just one of those things that’s truly out of your control and you’ve got to make a decision as to what extent you’re willing to risk your safety or travel plans etc. We never felt unsafe or uneasy walking about on our own and people were generally nice and helpful so teshakular Istanbul and I’m sure I’ll be back at some point in me life inshallah!

I truly hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do and as much as I loved taking them haha I’m really chuffed with meself in case you hadn’t gathered! Headed home in a few weeks inshallah so yay for seeing mama! Hope all is well wherever you may be and you’re spreading smiles and love and holiday cheer to the world! xoxo

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I’m sure most of you are familiar with INAYAH, a modest clothing brand which feature some beautiful occasion pieces alongside your every casuals, all the while ensuring you’re ‘covered’ but still look fab! (if you haven’t, check them out here!)

I picked out the Charcoal Tailored Maxi Dress as I’ve been on the hunt for a dark grey maxi and love the quality and style of this piece. The sizing options for almost all their items are so diverse, and this was the first time something’s been longer than me! (I’m quite tall for some of you that weren’t aware!) I usually opt for the longest length because it’s still never long enough, but pleasantly surprised when I tried it on and could actually even have done with it a tad shorter! Regardless of, this dress could totally be dressed up or down and will definitely become one of the staples in me closet!

Be sure to check them out on instagram and online and they also ship worldwide! yay! xo.

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I was contacted by ALDO about a potential collab literally a few days before heading back to Kuwait and was gutted because there was no way to get postage to me in time etc. etc. but a million and one thank you’s to ALDO and the lovely Phoenix and Vivianne for being super accommodating and patient with Kuwait’s postage system for ickle me! x

Everyone needs a black flat in their life. And if its a black pointed flat with gold detail aand a bit of a gold heel, consider yourself #winning! I absolutely love how the criss-cross ankle strapping alongside the gold can instantly pull any look together and super excited to pair these with some other outfits!

ALDO are currently sporting a few super chic styles ranging from your everyday flat to the essential ankle boot, perfect transition pieces between autumn and winter! Be sure to follow them on instagram (@Aldo_Shoes) and pop into your nearest store for a sneaky peek! xoxo #AldoCrew #AldoMovesMe

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Outfit Details

Top: Zara

Bottoms: H&M

Waist Bag: ASOS

Shoes: ALDO

I’m feeling quite accomplished atm having just done a bit of uni work which I’ve consciously been putting off since Thursday, and then Saturday, and then 8am this morning but yay go me! And now this mediocre sense of accomplishment (I really don’t deserve any credit for putting things off) is channelling itself towards a great ambitiousness in an attempt to be semi (or quarterly) consistent with me blog posts.

So here’s an idea!

We’re all creeps. Whether you admit it or not, we creep, stalk, keep tabs on, (whatever you want to call it) our friends, family, our friends friends who we’re not friends with, randoms on other parts of the world, people who inspire us etc. etc. etc. and we often come across photos, quotes, wordings, inspiration, photos which essentially speak to us for one reason or another and proceed to screenshot. I love my screenshot folder because I always know there’s something tucked away bound to remind me of love and light and happiness or God or make me smile or feel inspired or just have a really good day, and if you know me well enough you’ll also know how much I love to share these screenshots based on the one-too-many I’ve sent you in hopes of making you think or just to spread joy and warm fuzzy feelings! In the spirit of sharing and spreading those fuzzies, I’ve promised myself to post 4-6*ish of my favourite screenshots of the month kinda sorta every month in hopes of really just making your day! Enjoy! xo.

p.s.- also in need of cool name for this series if anyones got any brilliant ideas?!x

 

Once upon a time I went through a watch phrase, building a pretty alright collection of the general tones, gold, silver, white, black (never did purchase a rose gold although it was on my list!) and was coincidentally thinking to meself a couple weeks ago that I haven’t purchased a new one in ages!

As fate would have it, I received this beauty from Harvey Nichols (Kuwait) who now stocks Larsson & Jennings. Founded in 2012, Larsson & Jennings is a Swiss Made watch brand reimagining classic design through contemporary craftsmanship and style, creating harmony between art and precision. Their watches exude this super chic yet minimalistic aesthetic which can easily be dressed up or down. The brand sports three collections, Lugano, Saxon, and Norse; the one I’ve got on is the 40mm Lugano I believe! Be sure to check them out online here and if you create an account you’re granted access to a sale which is on until the 3rd of October. Larsson & Jennings is now available at Harvey Nichols in the Avenues (Kuwait) so def stop by next time you’re out for a shop! xo.

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