28 February 2014

It’s too important to me

"I want to draw something that means something to someone. You know, I want to draw blind faith or a fading summer or just a moment of clarity. It’s like when you go and you see a really great band live for the first time, you know, and nobody’s saying it but everybody’s thinking it: “We have something to believe in again.” I want to draw that feeling. But I can’t. And if I can’t be great at it then I don’t want to ruin it. It’s too important to me."

Peyton Sawyer -
One Tree Hill

15 January 2014

Grey to Match The English Skies

This is a typical outfit of mine slightly boring but I'm not the most exciting of dressers.

 I quickly slipped into this to go and run errands around the city. With the never ending wind here in England, yes my headdress did require one or two more pins than usual. 

(I don't know why exactly I look so lifeless here but do go along with it.)

This long leather gilet is something i've been reaching for nonstop.
I might  be starting to live in it but I love it.
 Headscarf: Unknown
Gold Chocker: SheInside
Black T shirt: Topshop
Grey Checkered Blazer: River Island 
Leather Gilet: Boohoo
Belt/Necklece (Around the waist): H&M
Grey Maxi Skirt: Boohoo
Alexander Wang Inspired Rocco Bag: Ebay
Army Styled Boots: Primark

Enjoy the rest of your week. 


18 December 2013

Jeans In These Legs....

I think I have managed (just about) to full myself together after Beyonce released the surprise Self-Titled "Visual Album". It's been such terribly gloomy couple of days here and It's brightened up by the voice of the queen.

Here's a quick OOTD. I never and I repeat never wear trousers....any type. These are the only pair of jeans I own and I can not for the life of me remember when I last wore them. Clearing out my closet I found these and they fit loosely so I slipped into them feeling brave and slightly uncomfortable.

You've seen the jacket before and I can't get enough of it. I walked around in complete contrast to the mood of the city today.

(Apologies for the quality of the photos, terrible cloudy weather means terrible lighting.)

Headdress - Unknown
White Tee - H&M Men
Coat - http://www.sheinside.com
Silver pickled belt - Charity shop
Jeans - Unknown
Shoes - http://www.shoebou.com

Have a lovely week.



15 December 2013

The Sweater Weather Tag:

I've read a lot of peoples versions of this tag & watched a lot of videos and I had an urge to do it so here it is. 

1. Favourite candle scent? 
Last year I was with burning candles left right and centre, this year not so much. If I had to choose one I'd have to say: Yankee Candle Cinnamon Stick. It's my favourite and it still has a place in my room even in warmer times. 

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? 
Coffee all the way and sometimes tea. 

3. What's the best fall memory you have? time!
Er, this is tricky. Most recent would have to be walking through the rain (not the best) and finally getting a hot drink...that feeling, need I say more?.

4. Which make up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? 
This is tricky. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a fan of both eyeliner and dark lips. If I had to choose it'll have to be dark lips it's certainly  easier than winged liner. 

5. Best fragrance for fall?
I have been loving Zara Amber during the day and YSL Parisienne for the night. 

6. What is the weather like where you live? 
I live in the south of England so it's windy, rainy and cold. 

7. Most worn jumper? 
I rarely wear jumpers and if I do its usually on days where I'm at home and just lounging. My most worn would have to be this oversized musky blue men's jumper from New Look. 

8. Must-have nail polish this fall?
Wow, where do I start? I change my polish on a weekly basis and the colour I keep coming back to is Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in Burgendy Kiss (357).

9. Skinny jeans or leggings? 

10. Combat boots or Uggs? 
I have never owned a pair of uggs so it'll have to be boots, definitely.

11. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? 
Last year I was obsessed and so was I this year for the first couple of times and it became a little bit sickly. Definitely worth a try but not worth the hype. 

12. Favourite fall TV show? 
I can't this of a specific show but I'd have to say the Christmas/New Year specials in all the soaps. 

13. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? 
No song in particular but everyone needs to download the BEYONCE album, definitely worth a buy. 

14. Do you switch up your make up routine for the season?
My lips get darker and deeper as well as my contour getting heavier. 

15. Hats or scarves? 
Scarves, I was not made for hats.

Have a lovely week. 

30 November 2013

Beauty DIY: Greek Yogurt and Egg White face mask

One of my favorite things to do is face masks especially when they are home made. 

I'm going to share one of my favorite with you today: Greek Yogurt and Egg White face mask. It's perfect for the winter season as the skin can appear dull and lifeless. 

You only require two ingredients and they are both easy to find what more can you ask for?

What You Need: 
               - Spoon                                                                               - Fork 

               - Brush                                                                               - One Egg White 

               - Three tbs of Greek Yogurt                                                 - Light Entertainment

How To:

- Beat the egg white until light and fluffy.

- Add the yogurt and the egg whites together.

- On freshly cleaned face, using the brush apply the mixture directly onto the face (avoid eyes).

- Wait 15-20 minutes for the face mask to dry. 


Greek Yogurt:
- Contains lactose enzymes which dissolves dirt and nourishes the skin. 

- Brightens dull looking skin by removing dead skin cells.

- The lactic acid within the yogurt helps exfoliate and smooth out skin.

Egg White:
- Contains proteins which is useful in repairing damaged tissues and effective in treating acne.

- Acts as a natural toner for the skin.

-  The Vitamin B3 in egg white helps to perk up the blood circulation of the body, this further helps in opening clogged pores.

After the face mask is dry on the skin, gently wash off with warm water and pat the skin dry. Apply moisturiser and you're done. 



23 November 2013

Daily Routine

Us eyeliner lovers understand the struggle we go through on a daily basis to get your liner looking some what similar.

I came across this photo and it just narrates my battle with my eyeliner.
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.....But ladies remember just like your eyebrows your eyes are brother and sister NOT twins.

Have a lovely weekend.



20 November 2013


So a month ago today I turned the lovely age of twenty. Yes no longer a teen although I do like the idea of "twenteen" so lets make it a thing.

Turning twenty was extremely dawning. When you're younger time tends to seem as if it's going slow but as you begin to get older birthdays tend to come around quicker and quicker and quicker.
So let me let you in on what I've learnt since turning twenty:

1. Days become extremely busier.

This has not been something I've been enjoying what so ever. Yes I do love having things to do and places to but I do also love being alone with nothing cluttering my mind like university assignments and projects.

2. Staying healthy is a challenge.

Yes this is a challenge. Always being on the go and out all the time means I'm hardly at home to cook for myself.  When I do I have the time to cook for myself I'm way too tried from the day anyway so I either 
crash or order a takeaway. I spend a fortune on eating out and this must change!

3. Never ever ever lose your inner child.

I can not stress this enough. Getting older and having responsibilities and being and adult can all just tend to suck the life out of you. Spend time with good friends and family who remind you to live a little and enjoy yourself most importantly be a little bit childish from time to time.

4. I'm always going to stress over small things.

I am and most likely will remain someone who stresses over the smallest things. I can't control it, it just happens and my skin know one way to behave...to treat me as if I'm fifteenth and not twenty.

5. Patience.

The importance of patience is something I've slowly accepted. I'm someone who does something and expects instant results but I do now understand the importance of working at something and the importance of perfecting it before you settle for something just so you can have instant gratification. 
I do automatically say I'm eighteen when asked how old I am forgetting two years have past I've been but twenty so far has been good to me.

I hope you're all well.



12 November 2013

Fresh In Mint Green

Hello I hope you're doing well.I'm really sucking at my attempt to be consistent with my blog aren't I? Anyway I had sometime on Monday morning to take photos of what I ended up wearing to University. I have been so obsessed with this mint green coat I purchased from SheInside.com. I have been wearing it whenever the weather tells me to and I love looking like a mint advertisement. One of my tasks this year (set by myself of course) is to experiment and wear as much colour as I can even if the British weather tells me otherwise.   

Headscarf - Market 
White T-Shirt - H&M Men
Helen Jersey Maxi Skirt - http://www.boohoo.com/
Chunky Necklace -  Aboard
Ring 1 - Primark 
Ring 2 - H&M 
Ring 3 - Vintage
Enjoy the rest of your week



18 October 2013

Tartaned Out

I really really have been neglecting this blog for the past couple of months, I've now said to myself that forgetting my personal blog is something of the past. I plan on being highly consistent with my posts and being an active user. Now that I've updated my layout and understand how to use the site (not perfectly) I'm more motivated to actually post and enjoy it. 

Maxi Dress - boohoo.com
Monochrome Stripe Cardigan - George
Tribal Printed Headdress - Hand Down
Triple Buckle Ankle Boot - Mataland 
Black Cardigan - H&M
Tartan Scarf - H&M

I do apologies for the poor quality of the photos. It was taken indoors with 20 minutes before my bus was due to leave, I'll get better I pinky promise.

Have a lovely weekend
Hamdi xo 

6 October 2013

Lets Rewind and Reminisce in the 80's

Club To Catwalk: V&A revives the 1980s fashion and celebrates the decade in an exhibition.
Lets take a step in time to an era which is best knows as the pay-off from the punk era; the 80's. This was time when DIY spirits prevailed and proved to be powerful. The V&A celebrates by taking us all back to the core of the clubbing and fashion scene in The Club To Catwalk exhibition.

A reminder of the crazed and exaggerated levels of experimentation is showcased through the 85 outfits on display. All celebrating iconic styles such as High Camp, New Romantic , Body Conscious. The reinvention of fashion is highlighted in the exhibition as the exploration of the creative relationship between Catwalk and club is shown. Outfits worn by Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery are on display to remind us of the true value of the 1980s. Fashion produced a new clique of creative designers such as Betty Jackson, John Galliano, Wendy Dagworthy and more. Theatricality of British designers was enhanced through opportunities to dress up rather than dressing down in clubs like Blitz and Taboo.

“ The club scene fed me...Being with other creative people like Boy George was crucial experience for me” - John Galliano.
The exhibition is divided into two floors. The first floor the “Catwalk” offers a focused and informative look at the creativity and individuality of designers who came to live during the decade. Immediately drawn to the Blitz Denim collection a crowd of University students made their way to learn more about the collection. Blitz magazine requested an eccentric mix of British designers to customise a denim jacket each, which were all provided by Levi Strauss&Co. All the Jackets were auctioned in aid of the Prince's Truest in 1986. Next to the collection is a wall with the Fashion Aid show projected onto it. It shows the jackets being modelled by actors, dancers, musicians. This included Tina Chow, Marie Helvin, Boy Gorge and more.
I was proud of my jacket, I like to take traditional things and push them into the future” - Vivian Westwood
The Knitwear window felt extremely current which shows how the decade continues to lives on . The trend has been reused and renewed many many times. What sets then and now apart apart is the need and the desire for vintage-inspired hand-knits in the 80's.

Whilst heading upstairs; “Would you let you in?” is printed on a small mirror. Which is a reminder of the dress code which was strongly enforced at the clubs. Nothing was too extreme and this was part of what inspired the level of creativity and the production of innovative ideas.
"No one would give a toss about who anyone was, you didn't care if it was Mick Jagger, it really didn't matter.” - Jeffrey Hinton (DJ/Film-maker)

The second floor the “Club” is divided into themes such as Goth, Fetish, Rave. The atmosphere is captured with the smart lighting and soundtrack which features many classics. Vivian Westwood, Body Map, Pam Hogg are some of the designers on display. The upstairs also features a small enclosed room showing a five minute film of footages from clubs with Philip Salon and Leigh Bowery featured. A creative play on the showing of the film emphasises how the originality and creativity of the era lives on.

Take a walk around London and the influence the era has had of the generation of today is undeniable; acid washed and ripped denim to Dr Martins and beanie hats are reinvented today but will always remain as a blast from the past among many.

                      Punk had no rule book and if it did it was used as a way to stop the table wobbling.

Catwalk and Club came together and created a new and post-modern style. Getting the historical and pushing it to now and in that fearlessly individual looks were born and soon everyone was mixing and matching. Punk challenged fashion along with music and ideas of gender roles. Not long after many designer looked to subculture to obtain inspiration.
“Each group of people, whether they were fashion designers, musicians or dancers, film-makers, living together and going out together all has a passion for creating something new that was almost infectious.” - Stevie Stewart (Body Map)
i-D, The Face and Blitz magazine began to feature non professional models from the streets and the clubs which lead to the redefining idea of beauty and what is considered as fashionable.
In the 1980s style magazines introduced the idea that fashion was there to enable you to express yourself.” - Stephan Jones
In conclusion the exhibition challenges identity and comments on fashion as a theatre and performance and as a way of creating a spectacle . Each past decades can be defined by it's own iconic trends. The 40s witnessed wartime simplicity, the 70s saw flares and 80s will be remembered by the power of dressing up and not dressing down, it will be remembered as the time when British fashion began to create a stir, internationally.
Open until 16th February.