Where do I shop for modest clothing in Qatar?

If I’ve had a riyal for every time someone asked me this question, I’d be a millionaire. Literally. I actually shop from different places depending on my mood, location, and mood. (yes, mood). and I also shop from where you shop from as well 🙂

So, I thought I’d share with you the three high street shops I buy my clothes from the most. They are Riva, Zara, and Mango (easy, right?)

RIVA

I fell in love with this shop when I came to Qatar. I always struggled finding modest hijabi clothing and this was a jackpot. I love their clothes, style, and fabric. I am a petite girl and some of their clothing could be a taaaad larger than life for me but with smart choices and good tailoring everything can be fixed. Here are some inspirations:

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Shop Riva http://www.rivafashion.com & at Mall of Qatar, DFC, Ezdan Mall, and Lagoona Mall

 

ZARA

I’m not sure if I’m the only one here but hasn’t Zara improved their aesthetic? I love their new vibe and style. More modest, classy, and wider selections. I used to buy just a piece out of the whole store. Now I walk out with a huge shopping bags; sometimes more. Below are some inspirations:

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Shop Zara at http://www.zara.com./qa and almost all malls across Qatar

 

MANGO

Honestly speaking, I used to hate shopping at this place. Their clothes were tacky made of horrible materials. The section I used to shop at was their accessories. However, I’ve been loving their collections since late last year. The fabrics are no longer cheap and their clothing styles have become more feminine. My favorites are below:

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Shop Mango at shop.mango.com/QA-en and almost all malls across Qatar

Think Positive!

I’ve been struggling with positivity for a while now and while people perceive me as an extremely happy and positive person, I could be a little harsh on myself.

Yes, silent competitiveness & the struggle for perfection are two of my bitter-sweet traits and that could lead to negative thoughts. Therefore, I decided that I would live a year of utter positivity commencing May 9 (which happens to be my birthday but that is not my point here).

For 365 days I will:

1- Appreciate everything that will happen and is already going on in my life

2- Be thankful for every single person currently in my life. They are all here for a either a lesson or a blessing and both are appreciable

3- Turn any negative thought into a positive one. No matter what. (because come on, I am human not a robot so negative thoughts are going to come through)

4- Read happy & positive books and articles

5- Help others see the positive side of any downside

6- Avoid negative connotations

7- Dream big. Why not?

Next year, specifically in May 2018, I will share the result of this plan and the impact of utter positivity!

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Love,

Zee

What happens before I sleep? (It could inspire you too..)

So lately, I’ve been suffering from writers’ block (shall we call it bloggers’ block?).

So much drama happened in the past couple of months and right now all I can think about is sleep. I’ve been sitting here for the past hour not feeling excited about blogging on the topics I have prepared in my notebook. I yawn sleepily and suddenly realize why don’t I blog on my favorite current pastime, SLEEPING. Even better, what happens before I sleep! The content below is actually my health/beauty routine so if you’re a male feel free to skip ahead 🙂

Here we go

  1. No dinner: Yes, I don’t eat anything past 6 pm. I just drink lots and lots of water.
  2. Yoga: Just started this and it really helped me with insomnia and anxiety so far. I even sleep better.
  3. Remove makeup: I bought this amazing product in Sephora on a whim and it is definitely one of my best beauty decisions: The Original MakeUp Eraser. It is absolutely wonderful for just a towel. Removes makeup completely without irritating the skin.s1702950-main-Lhero
  4. Cleanse: I use the FOREO for this step. This is another winner product. My skin never felt so smooth! I use it with a drop of facewash for twice the effect. s1816081-main-Lhero
  5. Moisturize: I use two products for this step. The first is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. My face is now more radiant and refreshing thanks to this product. It is apparently the number one repair serum! I use circular motion to really blend it into my skin. The second step is the actual moisturizer. It is a Filipino brand but works really well on my skin! The Myra Vitasmooth Hydrating Facial Moisturizer. It is loaded with vitamin E which really helps with my complexion.
  6. Eye Treatment: Hands down. The best eye cream I’ve tried so far. My dark circles have been reduced thanks to this baby! s1632181-main-Lhero
  7. Body breather: Moisturizing my body is very important to me. I suffer from dry skin due to Qatar’s extreme weather so I use the Creme 21 Body Lotion for Ultra Dry Skin. Now, my skin is not THAT dry but I like to treat it as such for smoother skin.13424-01
  8. Spray that bed: yes, let that bed smell cozy and fresh as I sleep! I usually use lavender based fragrances

Now, it’s time for me to go through what I just listed and head to bed!

Goodnight ❤

The week I happily gained weight!

Every year, and for the past 8 years, a very exciting event occurs at the end of the “Winter Season”. Qatar International Food Festival. What I love about this event is that it gets better every year. This year was cozy, unique, & delicious!

Since every. single. blogger, and, influence, and photographer, and food lover have been there eating, enjoying the fresh air, and capturing absolutely breathtaking photos , I decided to join the tide and give you all my side of the story 🙂

What to Eat??

Silly question, right 🙂 What I loved about this year’s edition is that it catered to everyone. There were hotels, chains, and most importantly, local businesses.

Of hotels I enjoyed: W Hotel, La Cigale, & Retaj. My favorite yummilicious chains were Ocean Basket, Shake Shack, Nandos, & Jollibee! The local businesses I tried so far are Yummy Delicious, Burger 3altayer (pronounced Altayer), Violette Chocoletier, Churros Spot, Pistacolate, Arnag, and Minis-Doha. Now you know how I gained weight!

The local businesses are what impressed me the most. Here are few recommendations:

  • Yummy Delicious: Lotus Dolce Cake. Bonus: A dreamy booth! Very photogenic
  • Arnag: YUMM!!! Chicken wings! I also heard their burgers are delicious. The long queues says it all.
  • Burger 3altayer: Signature burger. Homemade. ’nuff said.
  • Minis-Doha: Ask for their Samoy fries. I’ll keep it a surprise.
  • Churros Spot: Nutella Churros.

What to Do?

  • Sit on the hill and enjoy the view
  • High Tea (Sheraton). 90 QR only for a generous selection
  • Evergreen Organics. The hut is too adorable to ignore
  • Fireworks. 8 pm everyday! Hurry! April 8th is the last day
  • Selfies. Splash fountain, QIFF Logo, and QIFF wall of plates.
  • Dinner in the Sky. 500 QR
  • Eat. Duh

Pictures to encourage you to visit ( or go back again)

Ps. I am not a professional photographer nor am I trying to be one 🙂

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Last day is April 8th so hurry up!!!

Enjoy!

A unicorn’s road to success.. What is yours?

Well, as I’m starting off this blog post, it has no title. The reason is, I don’t want to sound like a motivational speaker. I am sharing what I think my road to success looks like to inspire whoever’s reading this blog post to come up with their own road to where ever they want to go!

We all want be something, reach somewhere, achieve happiness, reach euphoria, and make our lives worth it.

For me, I want to create something that inspires others and makes them smile and be happy. That’s my goal.

To get there, here is what I think I should be (or am!) doing.

  1. Believe: I know this sounds cliche but it is true. I truly think that believing (really really believing without any doubt), we will achieve what I want. I’ve tried it and it always works. The key here is to erase any sort of doubt, insecurity, or mockery of self.
  2. Help others: By doing that, I receive two positive results in return: One, good karma – nuff said – and two, the ability to pay it forward. This chain doesn’t end; trust me.
  3. It is okay to fail: Okay, I added this part to accentuate the fact that there is no such thing as failure. Sure, roadblocks will always be there but failure? No way! It is perfectly fine to cry and whine and feel insecure but after that, I have some cake (or any other comfort food) and move on.
  4. Learn and Read: I Learn from my mistakes and from others. In the past, it was hard for me to learn from my own mistakes but when I say how others looked like while going through the same mistakes I went through, that put my head together. That is good advise. Write that down 🙂
  5. Compare yourself to others: I mean, why not? I know all books and speakers always say do not compare yourself to others but I disagree. We are humans so we will always keep comparing ourselves to other’s successes and achievements. Always. Personally, I do it all the time but in a positive way. The only exception here is the physical comparison. I avoid it at all costs because I am a unicorn obsessed with dream catchers; that’s why 🙂 🙂

So here you go. This is how my road looks like. What does your look like?

Magical Festival Village

For the second in a row the Magical Festival Village is back!

It’s been going on for a while but I finally got a chance to blog about it today. They are currently operational until the end of this month.

What I loved about this year’s event is how rich it is compared to last year. The decoration is very inspirational, the design and organization are impeccable (last year was a mess), and the food and retail shops are much more interesting (& delicious!)

Additionally, this year, there are rides for children, young adults, and crazy adults (like myself) to enjoy. There is also a live shows; check out their website http://www.magicalfestivalvillage.com

The major addition this year is the castle!!!! Last year’s castle was hilariously disappointing. It was made of carton? and it was only built for pictures-taking. This year, there is actually a cafe inside: The Alice Cafe. I haven’t tried it yet due to personal issues but it is on my list before they close for business!!!!

Below are some pictures to encourage you to visit the venue before time runs out!!!!  And again, I am not trying to prove myself as a photographer 🙂

Enjoy!

 

Here are some photos from their official Instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/magical_festival_village/

Sabah w Masa : A Man’ooshe sized portal to Lebanon

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I struggled for a long time looking for a place that served authentic Lebanese food on the go in a clean and fresh way. Yes, it is a struggle for us. We love our food! I am still looking for that perfect Lebanese Knefe that we have for breakfast! Yes, breakfast 🙂

A while ago, I discovered this place called Sabah W Masa. They serve Lebanese food with several varieties. Now, whenever I crave mana’eesh, I order from there. The options range from the traditional zaatar and cheese to vegetable options. One of my highly recommended ones is the Falafel! OMG! You can order it flat and enjoy it as a pizza.

A while ago I had breakfast there and ordered some of their other varieties such as the Batata Harra, Kafta w Jebne, Falafel, and Fatteh bil Laban.

Batata Harra

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At our household, we usually prepare it with Coriander. I guess they either ran out of it or forgot to add that ingredient…. Either way, it was okay but very oily. I don’t mind the oil as long as there’s coriander to alter the taste! Please don’t forget that next time!

Kafta w Jebne

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I absolutely love this! It’s prepared with Kebab mixed with cheese, slices of tomatoes and drizzled with Mayo. Absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.

Falafel

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Served with Tarator sauce, their falafel is juicy and perfectly seasoned. Not dry at all! Really enjoyed it!

Fatteh Bil Labban

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For those who are not familiar with this dish, it is made of yogurt, chickpeas, toasted bread, garlic, and butter. Then it is drizzled with fried pine seeds, cumin, and peprika. I am not a fan of this dish but my friend loved it very much. If you are a fan of yogurt, this is go-to dish for sure!

They are located in AL-Muthanna Complex opposite Jarir Bookstore and in The Pearl. Check them out in Zomato!

Cheers!