Sunday, 22 October 2017

Adulting: Life Is What We Make It

A picture of the sun setting over the ocean in Antalya, Turkey

There will come two stages in life that you will cherish: leaving behind people/energy/environments that bring you down +
appreciating the good people/things/opportunities you receive.

I'm currently going through a stage of clearance. Clearance of people, things & situations that no longer benefit me in any way shape or form. That's where my head is at right now.
Last time I wrote an adulting post it was about 'The Real World' but that ship has sailed and now I'm living the true reality of being an adult & focusing on clearing out the old that weighs me down & holds me back from being the greater version of me or just from having space.

Like how I don't really need 7 bomber jackets, a load of trainers & a library supply of books that I never use when there are people who could use/benefit from them more than me and I could sell some & spend that money on better experiences in life. Or how I don't have to be around people that make me feel worst than I feel better and create more downs in my life than ups. Or just simply how I don't have to do anything my heart doesn't desire to do.

I've had to do some self reflection in the last year on who I am & what I want from this life. To be happy is the answer. It's funny because when that becomes your spectrum/goal you start to realise how many things/people don't fit within that vision. What doesn't make me happy is getting up for a job I no longer like, to see people that don't uplift my spirit & waste 5 days of my life a week that I'll never get back...on repeat. Time can't be refunded it simply comes with no receipt to get it back when you don't use it wisely.  

So I've started having a huge clearout of clothes, which you will find on my Depop page : tiaao19 or my eBay page: taliyah19 and the rest will go to the clothing bank for someone who needs it more, I have way too much for one person and my style is forever changing so it's time to let go! I have also taken a huge step towards my happiness & future by deciding to actually leave my current job and not keep saying I will. I've never felt so strongly about something in my life but I have so much faith that God has my back & I will get more opportunities from doing this. Lastly people come & go and that is fine because negative energy is not what I need, I have the most amazing selection of good friends that I can actually fit on one hand as cliché as that sounds but it's true. I'm also going to keep up the travelling, when this goes live I will have just come back from a week in an amazing 5 star resort in Turkey which was the break I really needed and next month I will go to Amsterdam making that my 4th trip of the year!

I can only hope that things will look up for me , my positive mindset will be restored & that God and the Universe sends me great things in return! New opportunities, new great people & new experiences. After all, life is what we make it so it's worth making sure it's a good one!
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Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Martin Luther King Jr

Saturday, 16 September 2017

ZAFUL - Try On x Review



A couple months back I was kindly contacted by Zaful asking if I'd like to review some of their clothing, with the choice to choose what I wanted within a budget. If you know me I love a good bargain when it comes to clothing so I was more than happy to get involved. When I ordered the items I must admit it was more summer time but nonetheless I still want to share my choices because London does have a hot day here and there. I picked a blue print dress & a stripe ruffle dress as I'm getting into wearing dresses more now & thought that would be a safe option for my first purchase. The items took just under 2 weeks to arrive but both items I chose were in the priority despatch filter so delivery could vary.


I loved the cut of this dress. Nothing better than a cute little dress to pair with converse when you feel like dressing up your day outfit. The quality was surprisingly very good for what people assume clothing from China would be like. The website lists it as cotton & the embroidery detail is done very well. When ordering in Asian sizes I usually go for the biggest size just to be sure which was a Large and this fit me very well, I can't wait for it to be a bit warmer again so I can wear this out.



The second dress was a bit 50/50 for me. I love the stripes with the ruffle detail however it came to a awkward length on me which was too short as a dress but a bit longer than I'd like as a top. This would probably be better suited for someone of shorter height than me but could probably be easily paired with a pair of skinny white jeans or a cropped trouser. The material is also a polyester which would have stopped me choosing it had I noticed but nonetheless the quality of polyester wasn't the cheap stretchy type so I'm not too fussed about that.

As this was my first time shopping Zaful on a budget I wasn't sure what to get and had to narrow down my decisions however I would happily shop on there again with my own money as the choices are endless and I have watched many a good haul. I am going away next month so may have a cheeky shop before I go.The prices are really good & shipping via priority despatch only took two weeks which is standard for anything coming from China. Also the imagery was very good and the items came just as described & shown online which I was very happy with.

 T I P S
- Always check materials of items before you buy to be sure how it will fit.
- Read the Size Guide, sizes vary on different items so a large for one may not be the same large as another
- Expect at least a two week timescale for delivery to the UK minimum. Different items have different dispatch times. 

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Marrakech, Morocco | Travel Photo Diary

Picture of Marrakech Menara Airport
Paul, Croissant, Food
Picture of Riad Sofia, Marrakech
Picture of Riad Sofia
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech

Three whole months later. The Morocco post. Before I went away I was on a consistent roll with my blog, a post a month. Then I went away and massive thanks to BA & their technology issues I had to stay longer which added stress & after that just never found time, or should I say motivation, to finish this post. So here it is. My first proper holiday in 10+ years as opposed to Paris which was just a city break. My first time in Africa & Morocco. This trip was a real experience, to say the least.

Staying at Riad Sofia, a short walk from the Koutoubia Mosque & Jemaa El-Fnaa, we had the loveliest host called Ibrahim who was very welcoming to any needs we had, including helping us order takeaway food late in the evening & hanging out with us for a chat whilst we waited. Riads have a much more traditional feel to them, like a Moroccan house with an inner courtyard, so we opted to stay in one for the full experience. Our first day was spent settling in, after arrival we had a long nap & then went to the square to get something to eat. It was such a beautiful scene with all the lights and market/square still vibrant after dark.

Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Yves Saint Laurent Memorial, Marrakech
Picture of Yves Saint Laurent Memorial, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Restaurant, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Restaurant, Marrakech

Have you really been to Marrakech if you haven't visited El Jardin Marjorelle. Words can not describe the beauty of this garden in person. Photos I'd seen online did no justice to what this place really looks like. From the boldness of the Marjorelle blue to the greenery of all the different plants & cacti. This is where Yves Saint Laurent's memorial is & what a place to be remembered in. I have to say Marrakech has such beautiful sights, some of the roads & architecture there is so beautiful. After spending a fair amount of time in here taking in the sights, getting some photos & embracing the moment, we headed to El Jardin restaurant located in the Souks, they usually have turtles walking around but sadly we didn't see any, for dinner.

Now I have to mention that on the way back from the restaurant we experienced quite an uncomfortable situation with some younger men in the area after losing sense of direction. This trip brought to my attention that some men were not very respectful of women from outside their country and could be very intimidating as well as consistent in harassing you even though we declined any need for help. After being followed & harassed by one, the decision made between me & my friend to follow a group of Asian women & knock on their Riad for help found us a lovely man, the Riad owner, who walked us all the way back to the square, giving us advice on how to read people & stay safe when out.
God bless him!

Picture of Palm Grove, Marrakech
                                                                                                                                                                                
The next day we had planned to go on the excursion I had most highly anticipated, quad biking & camel riding. Now I had done both things before but not in this way. On my year 6 trip we rode quad bikes round a tiny track & ever since I've wanted a quad bike & to go on one again. That experience was amazing, driving though Palm Grove with the wind attacking me but I would 100% do it again. We stopped off at a Berber village for Moroccan mint tea, or whisky as they call it, and a light snack then set off back to the Quad drop off point. Tip for anyone doing this excursion. Future - Mask off is perfect for this however white converse are not. After this our transfer dropped us to the camel place where we rode around on camels, this is so painful for your inner thighs but the last time I went on a camel it was in the chairs at the side so I wanted to experience this at least once.

Our last couple days were very relaxed and spent going back to the square to do some souvenir shopping, I bought several bracelets, argan oil and a lovely royal blue top with amazing detailing that had cream pants to match. The square had been such a new experience, seeing all the interesting things people were selling, the music and busy crowds & having them shout out any female celebrity they could think of to get your attention. I opted for an all white outfit this day, that didn't last long, by the time we got back to the Riad it was stained with watermelon juice.
Well done Tia!
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Ryanair Wing

Lowe & behold the trip came to an end, or so we thought. BA system crashes & a cancelled flight later we end up spending an extra two days in a luxury hotel not far from the airport, Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel. The staff here were very accommodating to us & we got to enjoy lunch & dinner here. It's funny because we actually got to experience the traditional & the luxury side of Morocco in one trip, partially paid for by BA however having to fork out for another flight home, which may I add me & my friend had to get on two separate flights, was not part of the plan and believe me those last two days were stressful.

I can only say that this trip was one hell of an experience in itself, some good moments some bad. The sights of Marrakech are definitely worth seeing, there is so much beauty in this city. However I'd say that if you are a woman I'd say to be wary of your surroundings at night, don't be naïve to random men inviting you places & also to be aware of how you are dressing. The best thing about life is learning & I have to say this trip taught me a lot.
I don't know why this took me so long to post.
But here it is, 7 days in Marrakech, 3 months later!

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"People don't take trips - trips take people"
- John Steinbeck