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Saints and Scholars

Friday, 19 January 2018

When it comes to travelling, I believe that the best way to enjoy it is to work hard for a few months and take a few days to explore a new city/country. These will create long lasting memories for you and your loved ones. Also, it's always best to enjoy a new place with a tour guide, who has lived there for a long time and they can show you the best of what that place has to offer.

For example, I have been working at Lovisa for the past 4 months and although the team that I am working day in and day out with are amazing people, I needed some time relax, catch up with old friends and go an adventure. So I booked a short trip to Dublin, Ireland for a few days to catch up with an old friend, who I graduated with at Esmod Dubai. This trip was a well desereved, well needed trip to help rejovinate me to work hard.

It was great to be in a new city and explore some new spaces with my friend, who have not seen in 4 years and enjoy some time with her. She showed me the "typical" touristy places such as; The Liffey River, Temple Bar....etc , as well as underated places such as; Glendalough, Killkenny and Powerscourt, which were on the outskirts of Dublin and were completly breathtaking to see.

As a whole, Dublin was great place for someone, who is an avid booklover, due to the fact that they have so many small and unique bookshops, where you can find some incredible books ( old and new) , after all, the country has the title of " The island of the saints and scholars.".

But enough of my rant on how incredible my trip to Ireland was.

Here ais my digital lookbook of what I wore on my trip.

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If you like this album, then you might like this book....

Sunday, 3 December 2017

I recently discovered this reading list, which uses the type of albums people listen to and compares it to a novel that you may like.

This is a genius idea and breaks creative barriers and I believe more people should be doing the same with art. Mixing different art forms to invent a new/unique way of creativity.

To see the full list, check out this link: http://bit.ly/2BFsVS8
Make sure you follow @keyairruh and @bookgirlmagic 

For more book recommendations and other info check out @keyairruh and @bookgirlmagic 

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Embrace And Celebrate The Real You!

Monday, 30 October 2017

"For as long as I could remember,
I knew I was different but I didn’t know why.
Was it because of the color of my skin?
Was it because of my likes and dislikes?
Was it because of my religious beliefs?
Was it because of quiet/awkward personality?
With all these pounding questions left circling in my mind,
I began to keep the real me inside and showcase an “alternative”
version to the people I surrounded myself with just to be accepted.
It wasn’t until I moved to another location.
A location where people celebrate and embrace each other’s uniqueness.
Being around those type of people allowed me to embrace the real me.
The awkward/goofy/unique me
The positive/kind soul me
The Afro loving me.
The young/creative/black/muslim girl that I am.
I would watch shows such as Insecure.
It made things easier for me to see myself in each of the characters.
One showing my awkwardness in certain situations. (Issa)
Another showing my fearless power of success and pursuing my goals. (Molly)
As I would watch the episodes, week by week, I would gain inspiration and motivation on discovering who I really am and begin to embrace myself more and more.
Yet, I would still use my “alternative” as a cover because I wasnt ready to accept myself.
Although It has taken its time, I can now let go of all the negativity that once clouded my mind and immerse  myself into accepting myself, with no judgments and hiding behind a cover.
The advice I leave you with is …….
The real you is much greater than your “alternative”.
Our “alternatives” may help us for a short while.
But it is just a mask we use to bury our inner self and it may allow us to get lost in this persona and even, forget the real us.
But the real us is found deep within ourselves.
We just need to find them, embrace and celebrate them with no judgment from the other people that may allow us to doubt who we really are.
So join me in saying …
“ This is me.
This is who I really I am and I will not shy away from any longer.
I will embrace and celebrate it with others around me, who appreciate me.
If some people don’t like it, then they are missing out on an exceptional person.”

Happy Black History Month !!

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

I want to show love to my friend Elijah and his interesting views on the fashion industry and what makes someone a fashion leader.

As far as I can tell from his piece, I am neither a fashion leader or a fashion seeker. I am just a creative, who is multi disciplinary in the arts and values the work of others around me.

Link : http://www.psychologyoffashion.co.uk/research/what-makes-someone-a-fashion-leader

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Gallery Addict at the Tate Modern

Thursday, 20 July 2017

During my most recent trip to London, I had the privilege of visiting the Tate Modern Gallery, not once but twice in one week.

One day for visiting the gallery and seeing what it had to offer and the other time for visiting an exhibition called "Soul Of A Nation: Art  In The Age Of Black Power." 

For this exhibition, I was lucky enough to meet the curator one my first visit to the Tate and he gave me complimentary tickets and for that I am so grateful!

Tate Modern Experience

Inside the gallery, they had free exhibitions such as;

(More info : http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/display/media-networks )

Soul Of A Nation Exhibition

    For More information
    Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/soul-nation-art-age-black-power

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