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    Pillow talk

    coffee-1284041_1920Today I was supposed to get my hair cut, but my hairdresser quit. I was also gonna pop by Apple and see if they can fix my apple tv. Alas it’s almost 11am and I am still in bed so I guess that won’t be happening.  If you’re waiting for my 2016 Halloween costume, you can keep on waiting. Cause it ain’t gonna happen. After spending weeks playing with my newly purchased glue gun, and channeling my inner child pulling out long lost paper mache skills, I didnt end up going out. The antlers felt a little too fancy for my sweatpants, Lempsip and sleep session. So now I have a pair of spare antlers with some furry ears kicking about if anybody wants an original Yasmine costume. It’s been 3 weeks of this random cold/flu thingy that just doesn’t seem to want to break out 100% or just F*** off.  I had all these grand plans for the end of October, all these blog post to shoot and share with you. As you can probably tell that didn’t happen either.

    I dont know about you but I can feel a trend happening here….

    I feel like your life gets put on hold when you’re ill, and it takes forever to play catchup when you’re well.

    Hashtag not a fan.

    I also have like 3000+ pictures on my camera I need to go through as well… FML

    Here’s to hoping November will be better!

     

     

     

     

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    Things to do in London in October

     

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    As the weather is changing and it’s getting colder I figured it was time to share with you some of the things that are happening in London in the colder months of the year. Starting with the month of October! I don’t know if you have heard, but I LOVE this time of year. Seriously come September 1st I’m all like, ‘when can I layer?’, ‘when can I pull out my chunky knits?’, ‘is it too hot for wooly scarfs?’. I refuse to believe I am not alone, there is so much to look forward to this side of the year. Although I like to think I turn into a little hermit this time of year, this is probably my most social season. I get all tingly just thinking about snuggling up under a blanket on the sofa binging Netflix knowing its cold and dark outside but then there is all the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas related events. The struggle is real.

    For those of you who do go into hermit mode, purely because you are unaware of what the glorious Autumn season has to offer, I have compiled a list. London is ALWAYS booming with stuff to do. Plus it’s been a while since I have done one of these posts. This October you should most certainly check

    Silent Disco at the shard

    Always wanted to out a silent disco? Why not do it at The Shard, 1,000 ft above London in the tallest building in Western Europe with the best views. You pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away! For more info and tickets check out the Shard website here


    Urban Food Fest

    There is always somewhere to eat in London, and there is always a food market to check out. This October its worth checking out  Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch in the Euro Car Parks that has been transformed into an international food party. Dishes are served from food stalls and trucks, offering vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, and pulled pork in brioche buns, just to name a few. There is a fully stocked bar to cater to everybody. Entry is food but the food, of course, is not. Open from noon to midnight, you have 12 hours to eat your heart out. Sometimes even with free cocktails. Check out their website here for more info


    Homemade at Kew

    Ok, Im not gonna lie, I have a little soft spot for Kew Gardens, it might be because I now live locally but they always have fun things on. Right now they have an installation called Homemade at Kew. A craft and design from over 200 exhibitors. Carefully chosen designer present ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, paper, furniture, sculptures and more in the pavilion next to Kew Palace. You can pick up tickets here, which also gives you access to the whole of Kew Gardens!


    London Cocktail Week

    This is one of the tings that makes London great. Every year London celebrates cocktails. For just £10, you get a wristband that entitles you to £5 cocktails in many of the best bars in London.  You can find a new festival hub in Soho, the World Class House, offers retro and futuristic drinking experiences, while Old Spitalfields Market will be LCW party central. So of the festival events include classic cocktails made with vintage booze (1970s negroni, please) at Peg + Patriot, an LA takeover at White Lyan, rooftop gin masterclasses from Fever-Tree and a Patron Cocktail Lab with masterclasses from internationally renowned bartenders. Those are worth planning for! You can find more info about the festival here


    Watch the deer rut in Richmond Park

    Richmond Park  is an ancient deer park, still home to around 300 red deer and 250 fallow deer and apparently marks annual deer rut. The huge red stage and fallow bucks roar, clashing antlers to fight off their rivals to attract females. If you had to the park around dawn and dusk you might be able to observe this display, one of London’s most majestic natural phenomena.

     

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    Another weekend another camping trip

    Guys, when did it get so cold? I swear I was in a t-shirt and shorts this weekend, and today, today all I have been thinking about is my wooly scarf. Granted it’s a very nice wooly scarf but like its a bit early no? I mean we aren’t even in October yet! And while we are on the subject of early, what is with all the Christmas stuff?! PEOPLE ITS STILL SEPTEMBER… I dont need to see this shit yet, I still got Halloween and thanksgiving to get through before I even start to think about how I am gonna decorate the pad for xmas and what I am gonna replace last years fudge with…Ok rant over.  back when it was still summer and you know, actually warm… The Boyf and I decided to pack up our stuff and drive down to coast for a little R&R and fresh air.  I realized though that I haven’t shared the few pictures I took with you guys and ya’ll know how I love to share! Since you probably can’t tell where this is, the pictures are taken in Rye and Hastings, where I got sunburned. Yes its true, I got sunburned, in England. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. England is a beautiful country, the coast especially. As we walked along the beach, it was hard to imagine why anybody would want to spend their summers abroad.

    This is also my way of masking the fact that Im feeling blubby (that means fat) AF and don’t wanna take any outfit pics, and that I am waiting for new backdrops to arrive for my product photography so just bare with me ok!?! PLEEEEEEEASE…. Thanks babes!

    Anywho – enjoy the pics and hopefully they remind you of your summer in the sun 🙂

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    Tuesday tips: 10 ways to save money between jobs

    Hey guys!

    Yasmine here, from life of the rich and famous! Oh wait, Im not rich nor am I famous. Lets try that again.

    Hey guys!

    Yasmine here, but you already probably knew that. Anyway, life of unemployment going grand here. Actually, come to think of it, I wish I had a grand!
    Speaking of money or lack thereof … I thought I would share my top 10 tips on ways to save money, especially when you are in between jobs. Since now I am basically an expert at it. This was gonna be part of my Tuesday tip series but I have a feeling this is gonna be published on Wednesday. Sorry guys!

    1. Make yourself an excel list over all your regular outgoings like your bills. The key to saving money is really understanding what you have to work with.
    2. Call your phone company and see if there is a chance you can change your phone contract to reduce monthly costs.
    3. Do you have any ‘luxuries’? Time to cut out that Starbucks coffee or your PT trainer… (I’m looking at you Yasmine!) or maybe both…
    4.  Why not try to earn a little extra money by selling stuff you don’t need?Like you know those two bin bags you have in the living room filled with unused clothes? Time to declutter your closet and refill your wallet.  (I certainly don’t have two bags of unused clothes in the living room annoying the shit out of the boyf…no siree…)
    5. Apparently, not shopping is a great way to save money so avoid all malls.
    6. Tightening your food budget is also a winner. Make a food plan for the week, do one food shopping for the week, and stick to it. A little insider tip, diet coke is cheaper in bulk but then again tap water is free.
    7. Porridge is a super cheap and healthy breakfast, and lunch and dinner. Morrisons do a HUGE bag of porridge oats for 16p.
    8. Also – if you’re shopping at Waitrose or M&S its time to swap to Lidl, Aldi or Morrisons. Reality check, you don’t need to pay £10 for 800grams of chicken. Apps like MySuperMarket are a great way to keep track on what stores are doing what deals.
    9. Look babes, lets get real here. If you are giving any part of your money away to support 3 eyed puppies that are born backwards its time to stop. You’re poor now, you’re the charity case not them.
    10. All joking aside – trying to save money does not mean giving up your social life. Instead of going out for dinner, invite your friends over games night or a movie night. You’re actually doing them a favour too by saving them money. What a good friend you are 😉

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    10 things that run through your mind before you quit your job

    IMG_95913 weeks in and Im still riding my ‘strong independent woman’ wave so I figured I would share my empowerment! Come, grasp the moment and seize the day! Carpe Diem and all that jazz! I now feel like I made the craziest decision of my life, and you know I’m totes quite the rebellion and probably super stupid… anywho, if any of you feel inspired by my recent life choices of suddenly quitting my job, these are 10 of the tings that will run through your mind

    1. OMG I HAVE NO OTHER JOB LINED UP

      What will I do with all my time? Will anybody ever hire me? Will I never have another job again?

    2.  Wait – How am I gonna pay my bills?

      Hold on, does money grow on trees? Can I poop it? Will Kanye and Kim Kardashian adopt me?

    3. Is this actually going to make me happy?

      Or will I end up sitting around in my sweatpants crying while eating fried and chilled food from oversized paper tubs?

    4. What if nobody will hire me?

      What if I will never be employed again? What if it turns out I’m unemployable?

    5. Am I strong enough to do this?

      Or am I silently going to go mad with all this ‘me’ time?

    6. Am I shooting my career in the foot?

      That’s it, I can no longer do what I have been doing for the rest of my life. Because that was working out so well, seeing as I want to leave. Great opportunity for that career change! (Hello blogging!)

    7. How can I save a lot of money in a very short amount of time

      Goodbye Costa coffee and fresh flowers. And life.

    8. Do I have enough savings?

      Probably not.

    9. Are my parents going to think I am mad?

      Probably yes

    10. Am I making the right decision?

      Change is good. Make the jump, it will make you stronger 🙂

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    Real Greek cookbook Giveaway

    This giveaway is sponsored by Blink Publishing and The Real greek.

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    Guys, I have GREAT news. No, seriously they are really really great! I have totally won the lottery! Jokes, I wish though! No so the news it is actually that the aaaamazing people at Blink Publishing have given me a copy of the Real Greek cookbook, to give to one of you guys! How cool is that?! Oh and just in case you didn’t know this, this is actually my first giveaway so it’s KINDA a big freaking deal to me!

    Before you even stop to think if this is even worth entering I want you to take a moment and look at the pictures in this blog post right here. Now tell me you aren’t drooling. If you do, you are lying.

    I mean look at these deeeeeelish fried aubergines I made from the book. Yum YumIMG_8699 IMG_8726

    And then there was the peach and halloumi Salad.  Say whaaaaaat?
    Let me say that again, PEACH AND HALLOUMI SALAD!!

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    and not to be forgotten, the delish roast pepper and feta dip that was so good it didn’t even make it into the photography stage. Rest in peace you beautiful thing. You tasted like heaven.

    So basically, you want this book. Hell, if you are a foodie, or just a person who you know, eats food, you need this book and its super simple. Since greek food is all about eating together all you gotta do is

    1. Tag two friends you would like to eat a greek meal with on Instagram

      or

    2. Share this post on facebook here

    To double your chances, do both! Voila and you’re entered!

    Giveaway ends Monday 29th 🙂

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    Thanks again to Blink Publishing and The Real Greek for gifting this book and sponsoring this post!

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    9 Things to do in London this summer

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    Ladies and Gentleman, it is July and when you look out the window you would think its September? What ever happened to summer? I have sandals I want to wear, Pimms I want to drink and tanning I want to do but alas not. When it comes to summer, I have a tenancy to dream of long strolls along the Saines, drinking prosecco by the eiffel tower and people watching at beautiful french bistro while stuffing my face with all the bread. I dont know why though because every time I go to Paris all I do is complain about the urin smell and also because Bergen is without a doubt my favorite place. Not Paris. There is no place like Bergen during the summer. I try to spend most of my summers there but this year London is the place to be. It’s not so bad though London has a certain je ne sais quoi to it when the sun is shining and is always packed with thing to do come rain come shine. So I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things to do in London During the summer

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    Bloggers Hangout 3rd birthday

    Happy Sunday beauties! Hope you’ve had a great weekend. I know I have!
    It’s been such a busy week, blogging unfortunately has taken a bit of a back seat in my life. I know I know, I’m always about the excuses! If you saw last week, I posted an outfit post. I suggest you check it out here, because the dress is just bae. Anyway I actually wore that to my first – ever – blog event! iiikk scary! I attended the Blogger Hangout 3rd birthday party, in a little gallery just of the Strand. Besides the fact that it was so hot out I was sweating like a pig, I had a fantastic time! It was such a good opportunity to meet lots of other bloggers, as well as getting to know some awesome brands like Sass & Bell  – which is my new obsession for anything home, Regenerate (more on those guys later), HomeBrewtique – an adorable home brew kit for Craft beer, Faust’s Potions – My new hangover saviour, Pink Parcel and many many more! Not gonna lie it was slightly overwhelming being surrounded by so many bloggers but I actually managed to took A LOT of pictures. Most of them not so great haha. I’m so glad I went though and I can’t wait for the next one!

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    6 Things to do in London this weekend – May Edition

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    The great thing about London is that there always something to do. Unless you accept the fact that you cant do everything, you’re gonna get a bad case of FOMO. After living in London for almost 5 years, I still find it hard to keep up with the city that is forever changing. Like, as an example, in all my time here I have only been able to find one independent restaurant that I absolutely love. Sadly its gone bust and I was only able to go there 4 times. I have yet to find a Lebanese restaurant quite like it and trust me I have tried a lot of Lebanese restaurants. There is however, some things I do know about London. These below are a great way to spend your weekend!

    1. Club de Fromage on Ice!

       

      Who doesn’t love cheesy pop music and ice skating? The ice rink disco is a  coming-of-age rite of passage and luckily Club de Fromage are allowing us grown-ups to revisit it. The pop music will be present and correct – everything from Abba to Taylor Swift – and there is bar too. Fancy dress is welcome but not obligatory and there’ll be games and prize giveaways while you’re on the ice. You can bring your own skates, or rent some!

    2. Wander Walthemstow Marshes

      Walthemstow Marshes is home to a wide array of wildlife and is a site of special scientific interest. Its the home of rare plant creeping marshwort and bird such as reed bunting, sedge warbler and willow warbler.

    3. Learn the history of Parliament at the Jewel Tower

      The Jewel Tower, in Westminster, was built around 1365 and is one of only a handful of parts of the original medieval Royal Palace of Westminster. Today it’s open to the public, and hosts a permanent exhibition charting the history of the Houses of Parliament from medieval times to present day.

    4. Visit the Design Museum

      Founded in 1989 in an hold banana warehouse besides the Thames the Design museum claims to be the first museum of modern design. It has around 200.000 visitors each year and is internationally recognised centre offering a brilliant insight into what is happening in the world of design

    5. Take the Marx and Engels pub crawl

      Given that Marxism had such an impact on global politics, its easy to forget that these two men were quite ordinary. Their pub crawls are legendary, starting for the British Museum, to the Museum Tavern and then dropping by 18 pubs down Tottenham Court Road. Though there are fewer today, its still a trip worth attempting, and the Museum Tavern is a great place to start!

    6. Take a tour by black cabs

      If you’re feeling like P Diddy, why not treat yourself to a black cab tour? London has more than 20.000 licensed black cabbies. These guys have to prove they have ‘the knowledge’ of London before they can get their license. They are basically the perfect tour guide, and will be able to show you around to the nooks and crannies which most Londoners have never seen. If you ask nicely that is!

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    5 things to do in London this weekend – The April edition

    Afternoon peeps! I thought I would start something new on the blog. Tips on what to do in London! What do you think? Is that something you would be interested in? They say if you are tired of London, you’re tired of life. The thing is, in London there is always something to do, if you’re not careful you can get a serious case of FOMO (Fear of missing out). So I thought I would share with you some of my favorite things to do in London. Some of these are even free! If you’re new to London I recommend checking out my previous post on top tips on surviving in London here. Happy reading! Or shall I say, Happy exploring!

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    Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at the Victoria and Albert Museum

    Ooo la la la and sacré bleu! The Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting this revealing exhibition about the changing roles and practicalities of underwear through the centuries. You can see more than 200 men and women’s garments and accessories, as well as photographs and films. You can even catch items worn by Queen Victoria’s mother and Kate Moss!

    Visit Europe’s first Thai Temple

    The Buddhapadipa temple, in Wimbledon was the first Thai temple ever built in Europe. How cool is that?! Actually it was setup in Richmond in 1965 but moved in 1976. The grounds and its training center is open to visitors as long as they observe the rules.

    Eat at London’s oldest indian restaurant

    Veeraswamy is the UK’s oldest surviving Indian restaurant. It was established in Regents Street in 1926 (and its still there!) Customers have included Charlie Chaplin, King Hussein of Jordan and Marlon Brando!

    Buy Swedish at Totally Swedish

    The Totally Swedish shop, in Crawford Street, combines the flavor of Sweden. A calling for all those swedes that call London home! Swedish food, children’s products and handicrafts. Its like IKEA in central London!

    Drink in a Victorian Gin Palace

    The Princess Louise, in Holborn built in 1872 is one the finest remaining examples of a Victorian Gin Palace, with a fantastic decor dating back to the 19th century, its also has victorian toilets! (ok a little ew)

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