My 2017 Fashion Story

I know I am way past the regular deadline of 2017 roundup but regardless, I still want to share this post with you. I will be highlighting three 2017 fashion stories.

First, I will start with my favorite outfit pictures of 2017. Then, I will be highlighting the unique and different styles that I wore during 2017. Lastly, I will be sharing my most lovable outfits of 2017.

PICTURE PERFECT 2017

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This is hands down my favorite picture someone took of me, ever! I mean, this is postcard material! From Turkey, with love.

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I loved this because, it’s a happy one. It wasn’t a fake laugh but a genuine one. The story behind it is that I was trying to take a serious pose but one of my friends made a sarcastic remark thus creating this random one.

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I intentionally took a picture next to one of Sugar & Spice’s doors because they are so picturesque. And the result? now everyone knows how short I am 🙂

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This is also a photo that was among many other burst shots. I wonder what I was thinking about at that particular second? And no, I wasn’t trying to showoff an engagement ring as some thought. Disclaimer: This girl is in a relationship with her business (to share later).

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I mean, oh happy picture?
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Not sure if this is a good photo or a really funny one. Still, a 2017 favorite.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT 2017

This is to share the styles that I thought I would not wear or the styles that others found it interesting:

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Two words: Unicorn scarf 🙂

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Those bright shoes! I remember I once wore those to work and I received compliments from not only my co workers, also from students and the director himself.

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I am not a fan of fur but I felt stylish this day in particular. I remember only wearing it one other time during the whole year. Well, the weather doesn’t help either right?

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Maxi dresses. I wore a lot of them during 2017 and I shall continue to do so in 2018. Just because they are easy to wear and comfortable.

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Turbans. No, I will not be discussing why I chose to wear them. I have a whole blog post draft prepared for that which I am not ready to share yet.

FAVORITE OUTFITS 2017

I will let the photo speak for themselves 🙂

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Have a happy 2018 everyone 🙂

Love,

Zee

 

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My Battle with the Sun

Living in the middle of the desert can be challenging. Well, it is challenging. I’ve grown to fall in love with Qatar and its lifestyle. However, the only thing that I never got adjusted to was the heat and its drastic effects on my skin. Currently, I have three skin tones: The real one, the tan that won’t go away, & the permanent hand tan. Nope. Not funny.

To rectify the damage, I follow several skin care preventive measures:

1- Vitamins: Vitamin E pills to be specific. I use a brand from back home in the Philippines that works for me.

2- Sunscreens and lotions: on face, on hands, on feet, on everything! I also recently bought a lotion that serves as a sunscreen and a skin tone neutralizer by Vaseline. It was recommended by an Arab influencer whose opinion I trust. I’ve been using it for a month now, and yes, it has helped in reviving my original skin tone in some areas.

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3- Water: Lots and lots of water. I don’t drink sodas nor juices but I do binge on water.

4- Staying Indoors: I am always hanging out in malls during the scorching heat (as if I have any other choice!) Good for the skin; bad – very bad – for the pocket.

5- Moisturizing: Morning and night. I made a of habit of moisturizing my face and body every morning and every night before heading to bed. I use products also from the Philippines which I’ve found to be very compatible with my skin.

A Bonne Milk Powder Lotion

Myra E Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

6-  Makeup with SPF: During the summer days, I make sure to use foundations with SPF  30 and above. The one I’m currently using is Dior’s Forever. It is recommended for oily skin.

Dior’s Forever Foundation

Do YOU have any tips for surviving the cruel sun rays? Let me know in the comments below!

Love,

Zee

Blogging Hiatus

So, for the past few months, I haven’t been blogging much. I had plans to draft many, many posts during the summer break since I wasn’t travelling; however, I did none of that. The first reason behind it was because May & June were extremely stressful months for me. My brain was literally fried. I had a hard time making decisions, thinking straight, and even remembering names!

I needed a break. A break from reading. A break from thinking. A break from planning. Basically anything that required effort. I know, I know, blogging should be easy because it’s my passion… but, come on, it DOES require effort 🙂

The second reason was that I had a hard time even brainstorming. I usually blog from home sitting in bed; now I’m thinking to make it habit of doing it somewhere else. At a cafe or something. So! I need YOUR help! If you have any ideas of how to find my “Zen” space for blogging let me know in the comments below 🙂

Nevertheless, if you feel like taking a break from writing/blogging (or from anything else in your life) then why not? Don’t think too much, it is not worth it.

Cheers 🙂 !

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New Foodie Favorites: 2 Desserts & a crust!

So, I AM BACK. To blogging that is, of course. I’ve been away for two reasons: Ramadan & I was also going through a hardcore blogger’s block. I had no ideas and no strength to even write.

Of course, my first topic since my short hiatus is about food 🙂 Come on, are you even surprised? I bet you’re not!

During my time off I discovered 3 favorites: a cake, a crust, and a new restaurant that serves my favorite Arabic/Turkish dessert.

CAKE (Paul’s Bakery & Restaurant)

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Last week, we celebrated Father’s Day and I wanted to purchase a cake from somewhere closer to our house since I was too lazy to drive elsewhere and Paul was the best idea.

I  honestly cannot remember what this cake’s called and I am not going to pretend I do! Anyway, this cake is made from my three favorites: Brownie, light cream, and berries! Chocolate and berries have always been one my favorites blended flavors. This cake will definitely be one of my favorites from now on!

THE CRUST (Biella Restaurant) 

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My family loves pizza and to be honest, we got tired of all those giant fast food restaurants. Why? Because the crust was always an issue! One Ramadan night, we were supposed to have Iftar at 800 Degrees; however, since I forgot to make a reservation, we decided to opt for Biella instead. It was our first time and we absolutely loved their crust. Soft AND Crunchy! Just a side note to Biella’s management: please add more toppings 🙂

KNEFE (Al Bisana Restaurant)

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I specifically decided to head to this restaurant for one reason: Their Knefe. & I was not disappointed. Crispy where it should be crispy and cheesy where it should be cheesy. Definitely coming back to try their soft Knefe.

Bonus: Shawarma is also good but there are better options closer to where I live.

That is the end. Hope you enjoyed my new favorites. Trying more new restaurants in July so hopefully I’ll find more favorites!

 

Smile 🙂

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!

Damasca One – Souq Waqif: Take me back to Syria!

I love this restaurant for one reason. Well, there are other ones as well but for the most part it reminds me of Syria. I remember when I used to visit Syria just to have lunch or dinner. During my high school days, it was an annual event to visit Syria for a weekend or just for a quick Suhoor during Ramadan.

I’ve been wanting to visit Damasca One for a long time and I finally did. The whole ambiance truly felt like I was back in those old and dusty but amazingly historic alleyways. They even sell food in mini trucks alongside the restaurant with the seller yelling out words that just felt like being in Syria for a moment.

Their food is also very delicious. Syrians are well known for their food quality and the tendency for the homemade vibe. Damasca One definitely served that well.

The Hummus with meat was well done. I’ve had better but come one, just the idea of hummus is making me hungry right now.

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The Grilled Boneless Chicken was absolutely delicious. The best I’ve had so far in Doha. The chicken was juicy, tender, and perfectly seasoned.  I think I’ll keep going  back just to order it again. One downside is that it is overly priced compared to other restaurants (108 QR).

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Damasca One Mixed grill was also impressive. It consisted of lamb skewer, shish tawook, meat kebab, and chicken. They were all tender, juicy and cooked just the right way. Although it was overpriced, I did not regret ordering it.

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Oh, and their Shisha is really really really goooood!!!!

Cheers 🙂

 

Glam Glow Mud Masks Review

all-mudI’ve been using those 3 products for a while now & I must say, despite all the negative vs positive hype, I’m loving them. They all leave my skin glowing and smooth. I have combination skin but more on the oily side so those products comes in very handy mid week when I’m stressed and my face feels like it hasn’t showered for days. Yes, showered not washed. Trying to explain what it feels like for an oily-faced girl to be stressed. This brand has been around for a while now but it looks like it hasn’t caught that much attention in Qatar. What really impressed me is that it is actually made of MUD.

Now let me explain what each product is all about:

Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Youth mud.jpgGood for normal, oily, combination, and dry skin. IT IS NOT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN. If you suffer from wrinkles and/or uneven texture then this is your product.

The purpose of this product is to brighten and soften your facial skin in as little as 10 minutes. It moisturizes and exfoliates at the same time. This product also tingles like hell. If you’re very susceptible to pain then you can either toughen up or just forget about purchasing this one. I remember the first time I tried this on my face I started dancing like a crazy person because it hurt!! Anyway, it was worth it. My skin was left soooo soft, smooth, and tight. Yes, tight. Like I’m 10 years younger again 🙂 well, at least for the next 24 hours.

Recommend using this during the weekend to clear your skin from a whole week of stress and accumulated dirt.

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Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment
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What I really love about this is the extreme moisture. I mean, wow did my face just drink water! Once the mask is off, it feels like my face is breathing on its own. That sweet barely there tingly feeling like you just spent the day at the spa. It also leaves the skin as smooth as baby. This one does not exfoliate; therefore, it can be used 2-3 times a week. One downside, the smell was not so….accepting to say the least.

Recommend using it during the week. Twice if you feel like it.

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Supermud Clearing Treatment

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Good for normal, oily, & combination. THIS IS NOT FOR SENSITIVE AND DRY SKIN.

This product is designed to clear the complexion such as acne, pores, blemishes and oiliness. I suffer from pores and oiliness so it worked perfectly for me. Whenever I used it, my skin felt clear, clean, and renewed. You can also only use it for the T-Zone and extend just above the eyebrows. It can also be used as a daily moisturizer or just apply it over the troubled areas overnight and you could wake up to magic. Trust me.

Recommended for every other day use in rotation with the Thirstymud explained above.

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They are all available in Sephora and cost the same; around 300 QR (70$) A little pricey but worth the try. Just choose wisely.

Visit their website www.glamglow.com

Enjoy 🙂