27 March 2015

Teacup Kitchen Manchester

Hi lovelies!

I've never written a blog post on a cafe or restaurant before, but I felt this place needed a mention. I went to Teacup Kitchen in Manchester (Northern Quarter) with a friend earlier this week as we wanted to try somewhere new, preferably an independent cafe. Teacup are more than just a cafe though, they serve food and drinks too, as well as some of the most delicious freshly baked cakes!

Their ambiance was great - vintage yet contemporary. Service was even better - all of the staff were so friendly and helpful! I hate places that have really rude staff - being kind and polite to your customers reflects well on the business. Teacup though, I can assure you are lovely. My friend and I took a ridiculous amount of time to decide what to get; there were so many choices and I'm indecisive! They were very patient though and actually helped haha :P 

By the way, I'm not being sponsored for this post if you think that's why I'm raving so much about them! Haha. I did genuinely like this place and I want to go back soon. I need to try their brunch and have some more heavenly mocha! Oh and maybe more cake.. *cough*

They had a little sand timer so we knew when the tea was ready!

Did those photos tempt you? Can you SEE the brightness of the rainbow cake?! My goodness, take me back please. I sound a little obsessed, but, I love to eat :P Not even ashamed! Have any of you been there? Do you know of any other nice places in Manchester that I should check out? But yeah, if you're ever in Manchester check them out! :D

Eat lots of yummy things and stay happy,
Ayesha xxx

P.s. good food is the key to my heart. Literally.

23 March 2015

Sharing positivity

Hi lovelies,

There are times in our lives and times in lives of people we love when things get really difficult. Sometimes it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But I promise you, the sun is always shining behind the grey clouds. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason - even what we may not like is for the best.. we just don't always know it.. 

I'm writing this post to share a quote I read today:

"You're going to go through tough times - that's life. But I say, 'Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.' See the positive in negative events." 
- Joel Osteen

A photo I took! Just because you only see one rose coloured pink, doesn't mean that the actual colour (and value) of the other roses is any less. Sometimes it is just a matter of perspective (I feel like a philosopher haha).

Obviously adhering to this quote's message is so much more easily said than done. But maybe if we try to be more optimistic and keep an open mind, things may seem easier and more bearable. We should allow life to take its course, and with due time we should hopefully realise that what negative happened before, has provided the opportunity for something more positive to come out of it.

That is all. Stay happy,
Ayesha xxx

7 March 2015

Flowers make me happy :)

Hey beauties!

Hope you are all doing well :) The weather is looking a little nicer recently, with the sun shining while it is still cold. Spring is.. coming! Maybe! Haha. You can't really trust British weather though..

For me, I love to have a vase full of flowers in my room - it just brightens up my mood and makes my room feel beautiful. It's so nice to just wake up in the morning and have pretty flowers to look at! And no, it's not necessary that someone buys you flowers - you can just buy some yourself when you do your regular shop at Tesco (or Sainsbury's/Morrisons/Asda.. haha). Buy them from anywhere you want, I'm just saying that it's not hard to find a good bunch of flowers :P

I do love all flowers pretty much. I think probably because I love nature. Currently I have some divine white roses on my desk. White roses have to be my favourite type of rose.. ah.. they are charismatic and yet so understated at the same time. I could go on more about them to be honest.. I really appreciate white roses way too much! But to sum up how they make me feel - they make me smile and feel happy!

If you love flowers as much as I do (or even if you don't), buy some! Try it :) You don't even need a big bouquet, just anything simple will do! I personally prefer simpler things (and flowers) rather than a lot of clutter. You never need too much to be able to express yourself. I think I am going to get some daffodils soon as I've seen them around, and they remind me of spring :)

You don't even need to invest in a vase if you don't want to - just use a glass :) Make sure you cut off the stems at the bottom diagonally and add plant food (but that normally comes with the bouquet) to make them last longer. Keep the water topped up throughout. Cut off any excess leaves as sometimes there can be loads! And be careful not to prick yourself on the sharp thorns that some roses have! I'm guilty of doing that (ouch!)

Lots of floral love,
Ayesha xxx

23 February 2015

Benefit Roller Lash mascara

Hey lovely people!

So I'm here with another mascara review! Benefit's newest mascara is 'Roller Lash' which promises to curl and lift lashes. I will be honest, when I took out the brush I was instantly disappointed. The brush to me looks like it would not work very well, and would be hard to use. I don't gravitate towards small plastic brushes. So, naturally I had low expectations. However, when I used it I was pleasantly surprised! It actually worked really well! I still don't particularly favour the brush, but it's not as difficult to use as I imagined.

Although, applying too much or too many coats does make it clump. The mascara curls and lifts lashes well, but it does not do a good job of separating lashes. It can also make lashes feel a little stiff too. I found this to be a little difficult to remove too, which can be irritating for the eyes. 

A good mascara is one of my makeup bag staples, and I find it difficult to find mascara's that give really great results. I would rate this 7.5/10.

Once again I haven't done anything to my lashes apart from put on the mascara.

Would I buy this again? Probably not. Why? Because my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is much much better than this (I would rate it 9/10). Roller Lash is really good, but I wouldn't choose it over BTS. Especially as they are priced similarly - Roller Lash is £19.50 for 8.5g (I have only got the travel size which is 3g). You can buy this here.

Have you used any of Benefit's mascara's? Is there any other mascara you would recommend? Let me know!

Stay happy!
Ayesha xxx

27 January 2015

That morning run!

Hello gorgeous people!

First of all.. Happy New Year! Sorry for being.. erm invisible.. I was.. you know.. studying for my (ridiculously difficult) Master's degree :P Exams are over so yay! But assignments are already there haha booo :(

I went for a morning run today, for the first time ever.. and it was awesome! I am actually still pumped with adrenaline and this is a very spontaneous post. Haha. It feels so good to get up early and get your heart racing.. releasing those endorphins making you feel stress free and happy. It was just the best wakeup call I needed as I've been pretty stressed lately.

As most people, one thing I want to do in 2015 is to be more healthy and fit. I'm not going to go to extreme lengths to do this, just simple adjustments. Like eating more healthy, reducing the amount of unhealthy food (not cutting it out completely though) and being more active!

I think being spontaneous can really help - I rang my friend randomly last night and told her we are going running in the morning at 8am. If I hadn't done that, I know for sure I would probably still be in bed being lazy. Now that we went and enjoyed it, it gave us a motivation boost and we have now planned to do this every week!

So if you feel like doing something, don't overthink it, just do it. Make plans and just go ahead. Just take each day as it comes, you don't always need to have a routine or order (although a routine is great). Sometimes you need a spontaneous moment to get you ready for a routine (like I did!)

This also allowed me to explore other parts of Manchester that I have never been to before. It was cold and tiring to get out of bed, but once we were out, it was great!

Stay happy and healthy!
Ayesha xxx

24 December 2014

Living up North

Hello beautiful people!

So as some of you may be aware, I am and always have been a Midlands girl. But recently, I have moved up North all alone to study for my Master's degree. It's actually quite a big change which I didn't expect! A great change though, I love it here and I still love the Midlands. It's just been a lot to get used to. Now that I have lived there for 3 months, I thought it was time to reflect upon my experience :)

For starters.. everyone (well, almost everyone..) has a different accent! Oh my goodness! This took a lot of realisation to start with, and everyone knew I wasn't from around the area as I didn't have the same accent. I'm well used to it now though, or so I think.. haha. The Northern accent is quite distinct and it's definitely a big change from the Midlands.

Some 'slang' terms/phrases that I use are not well acquainted here, and vice versa, I don't get some of the stuff they say. But that isn't THAT common of an experience, as I predominantly interact with students who are not all from here themselves. But even then, there is so much stuff that I don't get from them and people here don't get from me that I have to explain. For example, I recently learnt that 'having a brew' means having a cup of tea. Haha.

Weather wise - apparently it rains a lot here! It has rained quite a bit but not that much yet. I presume there is much more to come though.. especially as we are in Winter.. I hope it snows though, I loveeeeee snow so much! Seeing as I am only here for another 6 months (sad times), I want to see my Uni when it's snowed in!

As it's Christmas time, there were huge Christmas markets put around Manchester city centre. They were so beautiful, I absolutely loved them! I am a child when it comes to pretty lights and Christmas decorations. This is something that I adored and was so happy to see! Something they didn't have at my previous Uni, so that was definitely a good change.

Christmas Markets in Manchester
And as it's Christmas tomorrow, I hope you all have a fabulous day and take care of yourselves! If you don't celebrate Christmas, just have a good day anyway :D Eat lots and stay happy.

Lots of festive love,
Ayesha xxx

20 December 2014

Why I don't do 'follow for follow'

Hello beautiful people!

I never started this blog to gain a high level of followers (and make profit from it). I wanted this blog to be a space for me to share my views, thoughts and spread some mental health awareness amongst people. Of course I like love it when people follow, don't get me wrong, but that's not my goal. I am still a novice when it comes to blogging, and I'm always learning and trying out new things. 

The 'follow for follow' comments used to confuse me a little at the start. People comment stating that they 'love' my blog and if I want to 'follow each other' then to let them know on their blog... Erm.. Sorry, what? I would have thought that if you like somebody's blog that much you would follow it anyway.. Because you want to see what they post (not as a way to get more followers for yourself). Secondly, if I liked their blog back I would also follow it; I wouldn't need to ask or find the need to let them know. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I thought blogging was about. I never thought it was a sort of 'competition' or race. 

For me personally, I want someone to follow my blog if they like what I post and actually read what I post. That's what blogging is about, RIGHT? What's so fulfilling about having followers that don't read what you post anyway?

As I post about mental health/sensitive issues, it bothers me when someone clearly without reading the content will comment to purely advertise their blog/giveaway/ask for a follow. Leaving a link to your blog is great, I love that, but, the problem arises when that's the ONLY reason for a comment. I always check out and often comment back on my commenters blogs anyway, so you don't have to worry about that. And naturally, I'll follow if I like it.  

Sorry if I have offended anyone, I was sharing my personal view.

Lots of love,
Ayesha xxx