Current love-of-my-life bag (we're already in a deep, committed relationship). It came my way this week from Shein, you can get it for yourself here. This weekend, I'll be meeting up with Shehla and Faraz who're back from their mini vacation, sort out some stuff at home and finish the book I'm reading. I'm hardcore channeling my introvert mode these days so I'm hoping no one tries to talk to me, lulz. 

(A tiny note about this jade blue bag above: the last time I posted something from Shein, it sold out immediately, so if you want this one, please get it now. It's a low price point so it sells fast; some of you were disappointed the last time, so I'm giving a headsup). 

Restocked some makeup supplies this week: Urban Decay's All-nighter makeup setting spray that I use primarily on my eyes so my eyeliner doesn't move (for days that I know I'll be out for long) and oxygen-level essential, the beauty blender

Color for the weekend/until-it-comes-off-on-its-own: Bourjois 1 Seconde in 09 Lavande.

Made small sort-of DIY gifts that I'll be handing out this weekend. After re-falling in love pretty hard with my clay mask, I wanted to share it with some friends so I bought a couple of packs, split them up in these jars from Daiso, added small notes (that I wrote after taking the picture), and finished with one of my life's favorite crafting supplies: twine.

A US House Of Representatives pin from my brother-in-law that instantly became a fave. I love pins in general and this one gets some extra space in my heart.

If anything brightened your week or there's something you're looking forward to for the weekend, I'd love to know. Have a great weekend, you guys.

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+ Buy the jade blue fringe hem bag in the top image here.

+ + Check out the clay mask I'm gifting my friends right here.

Lipcolor Talk: A Gorgeous Deep Red

I'm not too much into makeup but I do love some lipstick and I do love some nailpolish. So I was shaken to my core (mild dramatics, no big deal) to realise I've never given much importance to either on the blog. So to fix my mistakes, I've decided to do posts a couple of times a month around showing one color I'm wearing in either of these two categories.

I feel like I've never made a better decision in my life.

I'm starting with this stunning red color I bought on my US trip (I'm not sure when I can stop referring to it). It's such a gorgeous red, you guys. It's perfection (hi Chandler).

Lipcolor: Colourpop x Hello Kitty in Ribbon (never thought I'd see the day where I'd be sporting something Hello Kitty)

Type: Liquid lipstick
Finish: Matte
Pigmentation: Intense. One swipe, lots of color.
Application: I don't use lip liners (no reason, just lazy) but it would apply beautifully and with much precision if you use a matching lipliner with it.

- It's not drying like some Colourpop lipsticks. I can easily wear it without adding any lip balm (which I usually do for some other Colourpop shades I have)
- It's one color that would work for each and every skintone in my opinion
- I love it and would repurchase if it wasn't Limited Edition

Where did I buy it? From the Colourpop website. This is Limited Edition but they've been restocking off and on. Currently, it appears to be sold out on their website but you can get it in this package thing they have. They ship worldwide.

For Pakistan, you can shop here. Also found this link on Ebay.

Note: The color is exactly the same on my PC as it is in real but naturally monitor differences may exist and you may be seeing a slight difference in color (disclaimer type thing to avoid rotten tamatar in my face one day)

Do you guys want to see more? Let me know. And for these very important discussions, tell me what else would you like to hear about the lipcolor so I can include that next time, if you're interested in seeing more.

Until next time.

Resharing An Old One About 'Marriage'

I reshared an old post today on Facebook and Insta and I'm plugging it here as well because a lot of people ask me about this, particularly on Snapchat, and I want them to be able to find it easily. Here's the post.
Why I'm resharing this? I get a lot of emails, nearly every week about the same thing: Single girl crossing over into her 30s, confused/upset about not having a partner, wondering if she'll ever find the one and annoyed with the world for wondering about the same. I have/always had extremely clear points of view on marriage/life-time partnership. It can be an aspiration but not a mandatory life goal; one that doesn't control your contentment a...nd the lack of which should not paralyse the potential good things you could be doing with, honestly, the best years of your life. I wouldn't have married anyone, regardless of what my age was, if I hadn't found someone like my husband. Absolutely, a 100% clear on that. You cannot change what people say about your relationship status, but you can calm your soul down and not let yourself hijack your own intellectual capacity for something that will only happen when it will happen. Your strongest relationship may be the one you have with your pizza delivery guy but it's always going to be a solid winner over a lousy marriage any day. Live for yourself, not something so artificial as an expectation.

You can read the post right here.

Gift Basket For My Baby Niece

I hadn't really thought about posting this but I got so many questions on it when I put it up on Snapchat back in February, I thought, let's do this.

So basically, I prepped a tiny gift basket for my baby niece when I was in the US and it had some stuff for a bit of memory-making and some for my sister to use with her. A few of these things I had already planned ahead for and some that I thought of randomly during my trip. My sister loved everything too much which made it a very, very special gift basket for me and now I love it too much, too.

By the way, while I loved everything in the basket, the presentation was not my style. I didn't really have access to stuff and no time as well, so I pulled everything together super randomly. No big deal, it's the inside that counts (which is also a life lesson on a macro level, bros).

Anyway, I'll be listing down everything in the basket one by one. Hope you enjoy it, boys.

Note: Since people were asking me for the purchase links on Snap, I do want to mention that nearly all items here are from stores in the US, naturally because I was there. But if you can't get them delivered to you, you can let these be inspiration points, to get the same for yourself from wherever you are based.

UAE folks, you simply need to search for all of these items on Desertcart and I'm sure you can find them. I'll add the links later, Desertcart is not working at the moment somehow.

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1. Baby Book: Let's start with the 'Lucy Darling Baby's First Year' memory book that I picked out for her. I've already blogged in detail about this so I'm just going to let you check that out here. All I'm going to say is I love this book and I think it will serve baby-humanity greatly.

Where did I buy it: Amazon, buy here. Also available here (ships to quite a few countries).
Baby boy alternatives are in the detailed post that I linked above.

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2. Backdrop/Swaddle Blanket: Possibly my most favorite item in the basket. I LOVED this blanket as soon as I saw it and ordered it instantly. It's basically a swaddle blanket that you can also use as a background to capture images of your baby. It's got a floral wreath pattern on it and honestly, I wouldn't use it for swaddling at all - it doesn't do justice to the gorgeous design. I got this so my sister could use it as a photo backdrop for my niece's monthly photos. (My niece's adorable face has an adorable heart on it because it's my sister's baby (I'm trying to convince her she's also mine) and I don't want her picture in the internet world forever. I posted her picture when she was born for a few hours so you guys could say hi and after that you can now see her when she posts her selfies on her own sometime around 2029).

Where did I buy it: Etsy, buy here.
Other design alternatives I liked from the same Etsy store: Boho wreath, Horn wreath.

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3. Milestone cards: These are for her big milestones during the first year of her life (typing that makes me emotional, lulz). I got a floral pattern on the cards to go with her floral photo backdrop. The stack has monthly milestones as well as things like 'today I crawled for the first time', 'said my first word', etc.
Where did I buy it? Etsy, buy here.

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4. Hello Baby Album: This was just something I thought of once the baby had arrived and we all came back from the hospital. I'm a hard core picture-taker, so I had taken pictures of the entire hospital experience very randomly. When we were home and I was looking at all the images on my camera I realized I could do a picture story of the baby's first day in the world and her coming home. I had pictures of my sister excitedly waiting in the hospital for the baby to come, some very special moments like when she held my niece for the first time, and lots of other special, personal stuff. I picked out the best ones and got them printed quickly and also shopped a 4x6 photo album online to give to the parents as a memory. They LOVED it. I didn't expect it to turn out so special because it was so random but even I feel like it was the best gift I could've given for its super emotional value. (The album doesn't have any design inside and  has space for 40 photos)

Where did I buy it?
Photo album, buy here.
Pictures for the album, I got them printed on Shutterfly. I simply went to the 4x6 prints section, uploaded images that I wanted and that's it. And get this, ALL the images were for free because Shutterfly has some crazy ass promotions going on all the time. I only had to pay a $2 shipping. (They even let you put tiny captions at the back of the photos so I added stuff for my niece to read when she's older, like 'mom waiting for me to arrive' etc.)

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5. Dr McCutie Onesie: It's way down there in the basket, you can't see it. But my sister's a doctor so I felt it was mandatory that I get this for her child. There's a girl version too but I wanted to get Dr McCutie (that's what it says on the pocket). I DIY-ed her headband myself from a t-shirt scrap.

Where did I buy it? Nordstrom, buy here. Girl version, buy here.

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6. Baby Khussas:  Extremely randomly, I picked these up while I was buying Afghani jewelry for myself in Sharjah. I saw these, I bought these. I accidentally left them out of the basket when I took the picture (my life was chaotic, high-five) so you can't see them.

Where did I buy it? Random afghani jewelery shop in the Blue Souk in Sharjah
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7. Wrapped Gifts: These were just two pieces of jewelery I gave, one to my sister and one to my niece (I did give something to my brother-in-law too but it's not in the basket and I don't want to share what it was, some people were asking on Snap so I'm mentioning here). I wouldn't have shared the wrapped gifts too but I forgot to take them out of the basket before I took the picture so I'm letting you know briefly, lulz. 

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That's it, bros. Until next time.

Timeout: 10 Organization Habits You Need Before You're 30. And More.

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5. What to do if you're stumped during an interview. Good tips.

Have a great week.