Wednesday, 21 February 2018

let's take self-care seriously


 
"Life is meant to be enjoyed"
Yes, it's a buzz word.

Yes, it's something trendy.

But nevertheless, it should be something that we embed in our routines. It is something that should slot in, just like brushing your teeth would.

Self-care isn't putting on a face mask or having a bubble bath (although both of said options are pretty nice to include too) but it boils down to the bare minimum. Brushing your hair or washing your clothes or you know, actually showering and moisturising your skin. It's so easy to get 'busy' and then forget to do these things until your hair is a matted mess, you have to scavenge for a pair of socks that aren't filthy and your skin is dry and you faintly smell of BO and think, is this what I've smelt like this whole week?

I completely understand the romanticisation of looking after your mind and body, it's something that hasn't been pushed on before and now, with the rising popularity of such posts and videos on social media platforms, it's something that is genuinely appealing. I've succumbed to it many times before. Voluminous bubbles almost spilling out of the bath tub, thick, luxurious face-masks that are overwhelmingly therapeutic to slather and a warm mug of your favourite hot beverage. It's the epitomised idea of self-care that we want to think we have adopted.

Because, let's face it, showing your self-care routine as something that involves trying not to have multiple depression naps or being forced to put on face cream because the salt from your endless tears has dried out your skin and left it feeling uncomfortably tight doesn't have the same appeal to it. We want our self care routine to be seen as supplementary, not necessary. But that's not the reality.

I wish I could say I have a solid routine, one that I turn to when I'm experiencing an exponential decay (ha!) but I'll be honest, when I'm depressed all I can do is cry and cry and cry and write shitty things to try and understand why this is happening to me. However, I have photographed a few material things that instil some happiness in me at times when I feel like everything is deteriorating for me.

I have some hyaluronic acid from the ordinary and the glossier priming moisturiser; both of which make me feel somewhat human after a rough time. It's crazy what a moisturised face can do for you. Hyaluronic acid is a natural occurring polysaccharide humectant which retains I think 100 times it's weight with water. The priming moisturiser is a very recent purchase which I've started using lately, it's very moisturising and eliminates any dryness. I like to use this mostly because of its priming qualities as I'll usually use a lot of colour corrector and concealer to cover up my dark circles.

There's also a kiko nail varnish which is my favourite shade to wear. Admittedly, I never paint my nails- despite it being quite easy for me considering I'm somewhat ambidextrous* This dark red colour is a classic, is so glossy and fairly long lasting and compliments my skin tone, hence why it's a firm favourite of mine. As stereotypical as it may sound, a manicure can actually work wonders in terms of making you feel less like a slob, I would know lol.

And finally is this pad of note/letter writing paper that I got on sale from kikki.k, a veerrryyy cute but overpriced stationary shop in Covent Garden. Not only do some of the sheets have affirmative quotes, the designs, prints and colour are also things that brighten my day. I use this to write my letters to my pen-pal and I think aside from the paper itself, writing the letters is also something that makes me feel a little less anxious. It's a way to write down everything that has been happening in my life and how I've been feeling and hypothetically 'free up space' in mind so that I'm not constantly thinking of (and subsequently overthinking) everything.

So there we go. A rant and 'things I love' post all rolled into one! Make sure you take care of yourselves.

How would you define self-care? 
Dalal

*I was left handed for most of my nursery years but there's a strange old wives tail in north africa, probably brought over by the french which claims that witches greet satan “avec le bras gauche” (with the left hand) so my mum basically forced me to swap hands in the fear of witchcraft. Sounds even stranger now that I've typed that out. 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

power suit






Bottoms up to the first outfit post of 2018 (albeit a month and two weeks late) I made plans with Lucy to shoot multiple times but the universe obviously didn't agree with them because we've had to cancel over and over again, so until we reschedule I bring to you the bedroom wall seriesAs much as I wish these were taken out on the sunny streets of London, that's just not possible (yet) 

Salud a la primera publicación de atenuado de 2018 (aunque es un mes y dos semanas tarde) Hice planes a sacar fotos con Lucy muchos tiempos pero esta claro que el universo no estaba de acuerdo porque hemos tenido a cancelar una y otra vez, así que hasta que reprogramemos te traigo la serie de la pared de mi dormitorio. Tanto como quisiera que esas fotos fueron tomadas en las calles soleadas de Londres, eso no es posible (todavía) 

I've been after a suit for months now but never liked the boring grey, checkered, structured style that a lot of bloggers seem to be pouring over. Thankfully, Zara came through (when do they not) and provided this amazing silky almost navy floral set which I am so excited to start wearing in the warmer months. The trousers would look really nice worn alone with a white tube top. These are the first pairs of wide legged trousers that are actually full length on me and don't actually cut off awkwardly at the ankle or even higher up (I've had many experiences in which I just have to wear them as culottes) The 'suit' jacket is also really nice, it's so loose and has so much movement to it especially in the arms which is what I want; all those corporate blazers can go. I wore these with a pair of velvet heeled boots, mostly for the photos, I'd probably pair these with my vagabond chunky boots or even my Vans. 

He estado tras de un traje por muchos meses ya pero nunca me gustaba el estilo aburrido, gris, estructurado que muchos blogueros parecen estar amando. Afortunadamente, Zara ha entregado (cuando no?) y me han dado este increíble sedoso, casi marina conjunto floral que estoy muy emocionante de empezar a llevar en los tiempos cálidos. Los pantalones quedaría bien con una blusa de tubo blanco. Estos son el primer par de pantalones ancho para piernas que realmente son longitud completa de mi y no cortan torpemente en mis tobillos (he tenido muchas experiencias en que necesito llevarlos como culottes) La chaqueta 'traje' también es muy bonito, es tan flojo y tiene mucho movimiento, especialmente en los brazos cual es lo que quiero; todos los blazers corporativo pueden dejar. Llevo estas con un par de botas de talon de terciopelo, mayormente para los fotos, probablamente los emparejaría con mis botas gruesos de Vagabond o incluso con mis Vans. 

Paired with very minimal eye makeup and a glossy brown lip, I think this channels all the nineties vibes whilst mixing in with the theory of an 80s power-suit. Perhaps if my hair was a bit bigger and frizzier then I could have brought in some hints of the 60s. Basically, this is my new favourite outfit from the textures to the print and I can't wait to play around with it more and with different accessories and makeup when the weather is warmer. 

Emparejada con maquillage de ojos muy minimal y lápiz labial marrón brillante, pienso que este canaliza todos los rollos de los años noventas mientras de mezclar la teoría de un traje-de-poder de los ochentas. Quizás si mi cabello fue un poco mas grande y ensortijado entonces podría haber traído algunos rastros de los sesentas. Básicamente, este es mi nuevo atenuado favorito de las texturas de la imprimida y no puedo esperar para jugar con el mas y con diferentes accesorios y maquillaje cuando la clima es mas calido (con suerte) 

I hope you liked this long overdue outfit post, I don't want to promise more and then disappoint but they are definitely my favourite posts to make so perhaps that will spur me on! 

Espero que les hayas gustado este publicación de atenuado de largo plazo, no quiero promover mas y luego desilusionar pero son definitivamente mis favoritos publicaciones a crear así que tal vez eso me motive! 

-Dalal 


ps: YES I've decided to start writing my posts in Spanish as well as English! I have a considerable amount of readers from Spain and Ecuador so I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and accommodate them whilst practicing my writing too! If you'd like to read another post in Spanish then here's my first one 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Andalusia | Granada

Okay so this post was meant to be published 2 years ago.

Also the photo above was from Seville, not Granada (I just really wanted a nice portrait photo)

don't kill me.

I never got around to posting it. I did get 2 posts from Seville and Cordoba up which you can read here and here so I thought I'd finish the Spain travel diary installments because a) they deserve to be completed and b) I'm going to Madrid in June (eek) so I want to get all my previous Spanish city posts up and can add to the collection soon. My dad and I traveled around the major Andalusian cities including Seville, Cordoba, Granada and finally Malaga. in the summer of 2016. I definitely don't have enough photos from Malaga to create a whole blog post out of it, most of the days were just spent lazing on the beach and eating amazing ice-cream. This trip is one that I have the fondest memories of, people are often shocked when I tell them that it was my first time visiting Spain considering how much I love the place, the language and everything about it. Looking back on these photos and reminiscing on the days spent walking through the neighbourhoods in old towns, orange tree lined promenades, falling in love with flowery patios, devouring every bowl of patatas bravas I can find and the general laid-back atmosphere of the country makes me want to live there even more despite the corrupt monarchy and high unemployment. Also the coaches have wifi and the trains are super good. Southeastern could definitely take a leaf out of their book.

Anyway, I digress. Granada!

The home of the Alhambra Palace, a moorish creation that leaves the legacy of the Islamic and Almohad cultural heritage of Spain and the caliphate that spanned the majority of it from 711 AD to 1492 AD (cut short by La Reconquista...who knows what Spain would be like today if the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand II and Isabella I were not successful in recapturing the Iberian peninsula)

It's name could either come from the Spanish word for pomegranate (a very abundant fruit) or from it's Moorish name 'Gharnatah'

*do you see why I love Spanish history so much??? it's so interesting and there is so much religious overlap which you can still see the impacts of today.*

I would definitely recommend just walking through the city, the hills and small intertwining streets of Albaicin are so nice to walk around and the views from the top are worth it. Of course I would tell you to visit the Alhambra because it's rife with history and is simply just beautiful to walk through and the views again, it looks like a post card! You can definitely see the Islamic influences first-hand with a variety of Mudejar architecture, the arches, Quran verses carved into wood and intricate tiling. I'm pretty sure they filmed some scenes of Game of Thrones there too. If When I go back, I'll definitely go to the Parque Federico Garcia Lorca, a place created in memory of him after he was shot  in the city by Franco's nationalist forces. There is so much to get through! The University is so lovely too and the same style of architecture can be found, it is also said to be one of the best in Spain although I'm not too clued up on their league tables or equivalent.

happy scrolling ;)


















view from the hotel room 

I wish I had actually written down what we did each day because I can't remember the specifics at all. I also wish I took some better photos, it's safe to say that my photography two years ago definitely wasn't the most impressive ;) thankfully it's impossible to take a bad photo in such an amazing city.

Andalusia is so overlooked when it comes to Spain (as well as the Basque Country in the North) as people mostly focus on the major cities of Barcelona and Madrid and the coastal cities in the South for the typical brits abroad getaway but I'm urging you to give this crazy historic region a visit- it's cheaper than above said cities and travel between the cities is surprisingly quick and cheap.

Have you ever visited Andalusia (or even Granada)? Does it seem like a place you'd like?
Dalal