Friday, December 2, 2016

The Girl with the Green Hair

I've been dreaming about crazy colored hair for a while, particularly a long teal or green ombre look. Every time that I'd see a picture of a girl with such hair on Pinterest or Instagram my heart would do some weird things in my chest. With that said, I am someone who is too terrified to dye her hair, even if it's a normal "natural" color, the thought of bleaching and having crazy chemicals applied to my hair terrifies the bejesus out of me. I have very fine hair and on top of that, not many follicles live on top of my head and I have no intention of evicting any of them... which is how I came to venture into the world of "faking it".  Over the years I've tried many things to get the hair which I feel like I should have (long and purrttyy) from tap-in to clip-on extensions, I've tried it all except for playing around with weaves. In my latest quest for long and purttyyy hair, I somehow ended up with that long teal ombre which I'd been craving. I've had this hair for over a week now and I love it more and more as each day goes by (I imagine this is how love-struck people in relationships feel or how mothers feel about their babies). I've had long hair before, but none of my previous hairstyles have made people do a double-take as I walk past them. I'm getting used to the stares but I've surprisingly found it difficult to get dressed in the morning. As someone who has a wardrobe filled with black clothing, I thought that I'd be fine, but apparently the things that I reach for on a day-to-day basis are colorful and "clash" with my hair. This is something that I've never had to deal with as a brunette, it's an odd feeling but I'm adapting. I've also found myself making slight adjustments to my makeup routine, opting for softer lip shades instead of my signature "crazy" purple shades. With these slight "inconveniences" aside, I have no complaints about the hair, I love it very much and it has even inspired me to try other new colors in the future. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

After All This Time?.... Always!

After all this time?

This famous Harry Potter quote doesn't just describe Severus Snape's love for Lily James, but also my love and obsession with the Harry Potter world. It has been around 16 years since I picked up my first Harry Potter book, which was the Chamber of Secrets for some reason, but it feels just like yesterday. Since everyone and their mother's cat is aware that I love me some HP, every time a friend sees anything related to the Wizarding world I'm sent a picture of said thing. My friend Sarah Lee (yes, like Sara Lee desserts) picked up this "After all this time? Always" shirt for me while abroad and from the moment that I laid my eyes on it, I knew that I had to share on my blog. Today's the perfect day because it happens to be the day that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is released in cinemas across the world. I was lucky enough to win tickets to the premiere of the movie (Thank you Anis, read his review here), so I got to watch it with Maya before the rest of the muggles or no-mags (side note, it will ALWAYS be muggles to me... pfff Americans). I won't spoil the movie, but I will say that I really enjoyed it. It's visually stunning, it has some creepy moments but it's also hilarious. You don't have to be a Harry Potter lover to enjoy it, and not having watched the HP franchise shouldn't deter you from watching Fantastic Beasts. I'm most likely going to watch the movie again this weekend as well!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Halfway There #20to25Challenge

I don't know how to start this post without screaming "Guys! I lost 10 kgs!"... so eff it, that's how we're gonna start this thing. GUYS I LOST TEN KILOGRAMS. *regains composure*
I had my monthly nutritionist visit late last week and I was nervous. I hadn't been following my "diet" properly, but I had been hitting the gym pretty consistently. I had a feeling that I hadn't lost weight, possibly due muscle gain, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got on that scale and saw the number staring up at me. My nutritionist had to reassure me that there was no error and that I had in fact lost weight. I was so happy. As I've mentioned before, I've chosen the "slow and steady wins the race" path for losing weight because I know that I can't survive on one of those "3 peanuts, 5 lettuce leaves, a bite of chicken and 3 breathes of Oxygen" diets. I love food. I love going out to eat. I love to drink (responsibly, of course). A big portion of my social life revolves around eating and drinking so never eating out and only having sparkling water every time isn't really a longterm feasible option... and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I'm just trying to find a balance that allows me to be healthy without sacrificing outings that make happy. This is more important to me than being a size X.
Anyway, 10 down means I'm half way there. I still have 3 months to shed the next 10 and I'm very pumped for it. Now that I've reached this milestone, I'm actually able to see results and this has motivated me to cheat less and to make healthier decisions. Even on shitty days when I would normally reach for food, I've been able to shut those urges down and focus my energy on something else. Is it too narcissistic of me to say that I'm very proud of myself? Oh well! I'm happy and I just wanted to share the news with you guys because you have been very supportive. I really appreciate it ^_^ 

Ps. I have another rant coming your way soon, as well as a beauty review!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Story of My Leather Jacket

Since I started this blog about a billion and three years ago, I've bombarded my dear readers with the fact that I needed a leather jacket in my life. Posts that go back to 2010 or 2011 can attest to the fact that I've been talking about leather jackets for ages. For the past six-ish years, I've been trying to find the PERFECT leather jacket (biker style, black, with pockets, makes you look like a total bad-ass... you know the kind), and in the past six-ish years, I could not find one that I liked and that fit me right. I don't know if I was looking in the wrong places or if the universe just did not want me to be happy, my money's on the first part. Anyway, long story short, I found it. GUYS, I FOUND IT. Now, I know you're going to point out the fact that "uh, Aline, habibi, are you blind? You said black, that's clearly grey. Is this another blue dress or gold dress thing?" and yes, you're absolutely right it is in fact grey but it's perfect. If anything happens to my closet (estakhfarallah) and I can only salvage one piece, it would be this jacket. How did this jacket come into my life? Grab a coffee, let me tell you. Actually, the story is not that long, but have a coffee anyway...

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