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La La Land!

I finally took the time to watch La La Land this weekend. Thought I’d finally see what all the hype was about back when it came out and I must admit that I feel back into classical and jazz music all over again and all I want to do now is learn how to play the piano. The story line isn’t so innovative but my love for Emma Stone is past the crush stage and has evolved to deep deep love! She is such a breeze and her character is exciting and inspiring and overall moving. Ryan Gosling is also quite adorable and his passion for jazz is very infectious and it makes you see and enjoy music in such a different way. You actually take the time to listen to each note and you get to enjoy it profoundly. I am having such a moment right now listen to the soundtrack on repeat, especially the epilogue. I think I may have broken the reply button. Every time I listen to the soundtrack, I just feel like prancing around and dancing my away to work rather than just walking.

It’s not a life changing movie, quite honestly, but it has somewhat made me feel like I need to take piano classes and dance classes and just be happy overall. I like the fact that they both finally pursued their dreams and even though the ending was nothing short than a typical Hollywood happy one, I still enjoyed it. What I loved mostly about this movie is how hard Gosling pushed Stone to pursue her dream even though the response might be negative. He helped her get out of the rut she was stuck in and pushed her to follow her dreams. That’s kind of man I like, the one that pushes his woman to go hard and to hustle rather than pulling her down. Very inspiring indeed.

I know I am a little late to catch the bandwagon but I wasn’t interested to go to the cinema to watch it but when I found it on Netflix, I finally took the time. Overall, this movie gives feelings of nostalgia and melancholy but in a good way. If that makes sense. I think if you didn’t take the time to see, you should, it very touching and endearing and will definitely make you fall in love with music in the best way possible.

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Beauty Inspiration

Four things that cheered me up this month

Since I was feeling down since the beginning of the New Year and felt a bit out of the loop on living life cheerfully and lightly. I am usually a pretty cheerful and positive person but being physically sick ain’t that exciting and I feel like it affects my mental state very much. Since feeling much better physically, I have been on a journey of self-care and I make sure to stay jolly. Every month that passes, I focus on finding little things to keep my spirits high and my mood chappy. Here’s a little list of those things.

Praying (also meditating)

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Being a Muslim, I mean it is required for us to pray 5 times a week…but since moving to Jericho, I have become a little bit more negative than my usual self and i don’t like that side of me because that never was me! I am always the girl that lives in a “delusional” world, where everything is perfect no matter what happens and that when you fall, you can easily get up and move forward. Anyway, to break this ugly and disastrous self-sabotage cycle of loathing, I have turned to mediating and praying. I would do yoga whenever I can but praying has also helped me find inner peace. This isn’t to really push anything down anyone’s throat but I do feel more Zen nowadays. I never took to praying so deeply until passing through some hardship and now I know that it is there for a reason; it keeps us light-hearted and relaxed. I would describe it as doing yoga, really, it’s a 5 minute process that I do 5 times a day and it helps me re-energize and re-center. You sort of disconnected for your troubles and worries and just work on rebuilding your trust in God, in life and in the good things that come your ways.

Florence Welch (& the Machine)

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I have fallen back in love with her music. There’s so much to listen to these days, but I stumbled onto the Dog Days and just remembered how good it was. I listen to other music obviously, but this month I have had Florence and the Machine on repeat and it has been giving me life! I like to blast the music high when hubs isn’t home to dance around a little bit while making dinner. Music can easily and quickly lighten my mood. I don’t usually go for a favourite band (except maybe for Coldplay), but I like to listen to meaningful lyrics and that goes for any genre of music. This month in particular, music has been a good way to keep me active too. So it’s always a win with music.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

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It was a while since I even opened the TV, even if I am home alone, I rarely open it. I don’t feel motivated to sit there and watch it all by myself. I get a little more excited watching with someone else…but going on to Netflix recently, I was curious as to what I could watch…something not too dark and not too serious. I stumbled onto RuPaul’s drag race and that’s where the love started. I binge watched by way up to season 7. It’s so freaking amazing! I am totes in love with this show. The first episode of each season is always my favourite because then you get to see the transformations of each contestant and their reactions to each other. I love how talented some of these queens are; I mean I wish I could do my eye shadow half as decent as they do. I also love how some of them are so talented in sewing and just make beautiful costumes out of nothing. So inspiring! Their will to succeed is touching and exciting to see.

Skincare/Makeup

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Although I don’t usually go ham with it but I love playing with it nowadays. I have mentioned it in my previous post, but skincare/makeup have been keeping me quite content these days. I now find the time to really cleanse my skin and exxfolitate properly and even get some masks done. A little R&R never hurts! Also, there’s something just so satisfying about adding a pop of color on a bland canvas (my face at the moment); seeing the little changes that happen is awesome. Sometimes, I take the time to put some makeup even if I’m at home, just for fun. Because why the hell not?!