Life

Best Friends Forever

Best Friends

I am spending the day with my best friend Rizi. We haven’t met in over four months and we don’t talk over the phone much either but right now we are talking non-stop and it feels like no time has passed between the last time I met her and today. You need friends like that in your life. People who don’t make you feel like friendship is an obligation. Though I do get annoyed because four months without seeing her face is an awful lot of time. I am lecturing her about it currently. I will go off before she starts taking it lightly. 😛

PS. Major food consuming session happening. #TeamFoodie

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Thoughts & Reflections

Positive Vibes Only

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Start this year on a positive note. Let go of all negativity within you. That’s the best way to attract positivity in life. Happiness comes from within. You have to work hard on yourself inside out to achieve it. Let’s join hands and pledge to be our most positive self this year and encourage others to be positive too.

Love,

~F x

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Life

Happy New Year!!

HAPPY 2016, GUYS!! 😀

I hope everyone had a great start to the new year. I was in bed from 9 PM completing Maktub by Paulo Coelho so I could complete my Goodreads challenge in time. So glad I did or I would have gone bonkers.

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This was me at 12 AM and I regret nothing. 😛

I spent today with my family. We had Nehari (Pakistani dish) for lunch. My mum is an awesome cook. I have not inherited any of her cooking skills sadly. After lunch we all watched Dilwale. It’s a Bollywood movie starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. It was alright. I thought I was over SRK but he looked really cute throughout the movie. Kajol looked pretty. Also, one can never go wrong with their pairing.

After the movie, I came to my room and started sorting, organizing and filing my paperwork. It was long overdue. I have got no further plans for the evening so I am sat here writing this post. I will probably go do more routine things now and maybe bake a cake to have after dinner with family. I hope you all have far more exciting plans for the evening and are having tremendous fun. :)I am really looking forward to how this year is going to be blogging wise. I want it to be awesome.

I am really looking forward to how this year is going to be especially blogging wise. I haven’t made a to-achieve list yet and I will probably make it along the year. I want  2016 to be awesome – for you lot as well. Let’s give it all we have to offer and nail it.

See you guys soon in my next post. 🙂

Lots of love,

~F x

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Life

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Thoughts & Reflections

The Anti-Bucket List

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As my last post for this year, I thought to give The Anti-Bucket List a go. This idea was shared by one of my most favorite bloggers Emma from Girl Lost in the City who picked it up from an article by Lauren Laverne in Glamour Magazine. The idea is that instead of writing a long list of things you want to do next year, take a moment and reflect upon everything you achieved in the current year. Now these don’t have to be super high achievements. Anything that sparked happiness in you or made you proud of yourself over the year can be included.

I believe this is a brilliant idea. I have been blogging for about two years and more now and at the end of the first year (2013) I posted a blog about the main things I did that year. The second year (2014) I posted a bucket list/note to self for 2015. To be very honest, I look upon ‘what I did in 2013’ post more often than the bucket list of 2015. I can’t even seem to remember what all I wrote in that list even after reading it several times. I won’t say it was pointless as I would often read it and check with myself if I followed, at least, some of it. I am also not going to say there won’t be a bucket/note to the self list for 2016 because my love for lists is very strong but for now, let me share what I achieved this year. 🙂

1- I worked full time for six months in an electrical engineering company. How mad is that? I never thought I would ever get a full-time job let alone in an engineering company so this was quite an achievement for me. I had a good experience and I learnt so much. Heck, I even wrote a series on it on the blog – The Office Series – a beginner’s guide. It sounds so funny now. Anyway, this whole experience gave me a very good idea about what it takes to be an actual working woman in the real/practical world and if I really want to continue or get back to it in the future.

2- I got over my fear of talking to people on the phone in a professional/business sense. Previously I wouldn’t even call someone to ask for their email address so I could forward them my CV or inquire about university stuff, etc. This year I did it so much that I feel it’s not that big of a deal and I can get better at it with time.

3- I have been blogging for two years and more now but it was always on and off. This year I tried to be a little more regular and even though the schedule kept changing, I am glad I kept writing.

4- I purchased my blog url famtaq.com 🙂

5- I ate out a lot this year. I tried so many new restaurants, food, desserts and drinks that now I pretty much have a good idea what I like and what I don’t.

6- I have never been a very good shopper but this year I made quite smart purchases and would think before I buy/splurge on stuff.

7- I spent on things I really like. Books, mugs, sweaters, sportswear, bags, shoes and yoga mat. 😀

8- I have somewhat spent a lot this year but the thing I am proud of is that most of it was from my own hard earned money. Before this I would buy stuff by saving up my pocket money or my family would get me thing but this was a totally new and exhilarating experience.

9- I saw Ed Sheeran perform live in Muscat. ❤

10- I had a severe muscle injury but I didn’t give up on wanting and trying staying fit and healthy. This want only makes me look forward to every workout I do and effort I put in to getting back to my normal shape.

11- I didn’t waste time on reading books I was not interested in. Also happy that I tried reading more books that I would normally not and totally fall in love with them. The Miniaturist and Girl with the Pearl Earring are two of them.

12- I avoided watching movies and series I wasn’t interested in.

13- I realized that people who have stuck with you from the very beginning and know you for who you are for real are the ones that matter the most. This does mean I realized the quality of friends is more important than quantity of it. A few awesome ones are all you need in life.

14- After completely giving up and not really wanting to work, I tried to get a part time job and succeed at it. All thanks to one of my very best friends.

15- I spoke about domestic violence awareness amongst the people I know in real life over my personal Instagram account. I feel very strongly about this cause.

16- In the last few months, I gave in to the idea of meeting new people again or people in general. I used to be very social then I don’t know what happened and I stopped and with time I turned into a complete introvert. I am still not very thrilled about the whole concept but seeing how I have met some new people and like a few of them, it makes me feel proud that I am putting myself out there.

17- I read more blogs and followed some amazing new people.

18- I started all-about-books Instagram. Follow me, @BigBooksTinyHeart, if you’re interested and want to be bookish pals. 🙂

19- I got over the idea that just because I have gained weight and am fat now I shouldn’t click pictures of myself anymore.

20- I started saving money. It might not be a lot but it’s a start and I am happy about it.

21- I finally cut my hair short. YAASS!!!!

22- I live in Oman. We hardly get good weather here but when it’s good, it’s awesome with fluffy clouds and rain. Last year I was stuck at work while it was pouring and if you know me in real life you would know how mad I am about rain. I was so very sad and kind of prayed to be able to experience Muscat’s good weather the next time. It happened!! I am so happy about it that I can’t explain it in words. Waking up to fluffy clouds and Forks (Twilight reference) like the weather is my absolute dream. And now it has come true.

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This was my list. Let me know if you write yours too. I would love to give it a read. 🙂

~F x

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Thoughts & Reflections

2015 Favorites~

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It’s time for yearly favorites *yay* I don’t do monthly favorites so I had almost forgotten about this year’s favorite post too. So glad I read it over at some other blogs and realized I have enough time to squeeze in a post before 2015 is over.

I believe 2015 went by in a blur and I didn’t get a chance to try out much stuff but when I started looking back at old posts to gather my favorites I was amazed. Damn there was a lot. Without further delay let’s get started.

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2015 Beauty Favs

~Beauty~

I realize beauty wise I got around to using quite a bunch of stuff. I got to use two different foundations, different eyeliners, lips, mascaras and what not. Below are my favorites.

Liner – I am still stuck on my Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in 01 Darkest Black. I’ve had it since 2014 and it’s still going strong for me.

Mascara – Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl has got to be the one for me. Perfect effect without crisping the eyelashes, what else does one want?

Foundation – Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hr Nude Finish Foundation because it saved me through the horrendous summer we had this year. Thank you, Rimmel, I am forever in debt.

Lip Liner – MAC Beet

Lipstick – MAC Ruby Woo

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2015 Skincare Fav

~Skincare~

I’ve been very bad with the whole skincare department this year. I am just glad I picked up The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment as it had helped a lot with blemishes.

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~Fragrance~

Spritz wise Victoria’s Secret – Secret Escape Body Mist has been my bae this year and I doubt I will be falling out of love with this one anytime soon.

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2015 Books Fav

~Book~

I’ve been failing miserably at completing my goodreads challenge this year but I’ve got a few days in my hand and I hoping I’ll get it done in time. This year there has been just one book that I’ve wanted to reach out again and time again – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I loved it so much. I am linking my review of it so you can read me cry more about it in a detailed post. (CLICK HERE!!) My second favorite was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, but I haven’t done a review yet so I was thinking to save it for 2016. Oh well. I am highly recommending these two to everyone I know that includes you too.

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That’s about it, guys. I will see you in my next post very soon! 🙂

Much Love,

~F x

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Life

My 2-Steps Destress Routine

The blog was very quiet a few weeks back. If you’re following me on Twitter (username: @famtaqblog) you might have an idea why. And if you’re not then let me just tell you myself. I had actually exhausted myself beyond repair. This is nothing uncommon for me. I do that often.

I have a fascination span of a three year old which means anything new and exciting attracts me instantly, and that’s how I end up getting into doing way many things that humanly possible. The problem is my attention span is that of a gold fish. I get bored very easily with a task and once I am bored with something I cannot complete it unless my interest in it sparks again. This is how I start losing focus and get behind my deadlines and my stress levels shoot up. Let me just add here that I SUCK at handling stress. I would have a complete melt down or in some rare cases I would become superwoman somehow and rescue myself.

I had a dozen of deadlines to complete in November. I did finish them all – in the nick of time – and such superb time management left me burnt out. I couldn’t do anything after that and I knew it was time to take a break from everything and just relax for a while.

I was looking for some stress free options to rejuvenate my system but trust me with me nothing is stress free, not even reading a book, which I came to realize is the only hobby I have, and so I didn’t know where to turn to. I tried to look for a thing that interested me in the past and that’s when two things happened.

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Clear Out

I am one of the most cluttered people I know in every category. Be it my room, my bookshelf, my computer or phone, you will always find a multitude of items. From a few years I have got into the habit of letting go of things that serve me no purpose and I must confess – I love a good ol’ clear out.

I am doing pretty well at it right now but I am also doing a good job at accumulating more stuff. It’s all under control for now but somehow I am still not satisfied. I feel like clearing out is something that needs to happen on a regular basis and for someone who collects a lot, I don’t do it that often. Anyhow, the one in November gave me some peace of mind so thumbs up to the process. It always helps.

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Headspace

While I was doing my earlier mentioned clear out on the phone I came across an app I download a while back that I liked a lot. I don’t know how many of you know about Headspace but if you don’t, give me the pleasure of introducing it to you.

Headspace is a guided meditating app. It’s available on Play Store and App Store for free but once you’re done with the first ten sessions, you have to pay for the rest. The free sessions are of 10 minutes each where the voiceover ‘Andy’ guides you throughout. I find his voice very calming and hypnotic too lol.

Once done with the free 10 sessions, you are introduced to their subscription which are quite inexpensive and give you access to a variety of categories; Foundation, Health, Relationships, Performance and Headspace Pro. I am linking the website for you to check out. I personally will suggest you to download the app on your mobile and give it a go. Even if you don’t want to subscribe to them you can always make use of those free sessions anytime you want so that’s a plus.

This app has been a superb help in calming my stress levels. It has also made me aware of my breathing in a whole different light. Highly recommending!

Link: Headspace Website

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That’s my 2 cents in dealing with stress when you burn yourself out. Tell me in the comments below how do you work your way through stress and let’s get some ideas rollin’ in here. 😀

Much love xx

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Life

Last Night~ <3

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It rained here last night, the first of the season. I was and still am beyond happy about it. The weather was amazing since morning yesterday. It was windy all day and the sky was filled with heavy clouds. I wasn’t really expecting it to rain and I guess that surprise factor added more to my joy. I don’t remember the last time we had such amazing weather.

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For me, rain is my weakness. When I heard it raining I grabbed a long scarf because pajama party all day all night #LivingTheJoblessLife and made a dash for the garage. It felt so good, aah! ❤ I love rain; I love being in it, I love the sound of it, I love the smell of wet earth afterwards, I love everything about rain. Some people might say what’s the big deal but seriously when you live in the desert, rain is your miracle.

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You know what; such weather always reminds me of Twilight, the movie and the book. To be honest, I was watching Twilight when it started raining. I had, okay who am I kidding, still have this tiny little dream of living in Forks one day, ha, because rain lol. I was in fact checking out their Twilight related festival info after last night. Maybe one day I’ll go there for it and experience Forks for myself. It would be like a dream come true. I hope the Cullen house is real and is there only as I loved that house.

I don’t really know if this amazing weather is going to stay or we will have more rain in the coming weeks but I so hope we do. Our summer comes very early and stays for forever. Nice weather and rain doesn’t come our way much often so I am really keeping my fingers crossed for it to stay a while.

It is cloudy today as well and a little windy and I am working facing the window, ha. Hope you guys are having amazing weather wherever you are. It’s the small things that make this life so beautiful. ❤

Much love,

Fam x

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Hair Care

The Deed Has Been Done

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I GOT MY HAIR CUT YESSSSS!!!!!!

I am a massive short hair fan. There is just something so very attractive about a short bob, boy and pixie cut that attracts me so very much. In February I blogged about how I am going to try take care of my hair so I can cut them short and dye them blue (Click here to read it). Well the taking care part didn’t happen much and my hair fall didn’t stop too. So two weeks ago I was in one of my ‘fuck it’ mood and that’s when I decided I’m cutting my hair short. ‘Fuck it’ is my favorite approach for making ‘rational decisions’.

If you follow me on Instagram (Click here if you’re not!), I posted a picture and you can see they were pretty medium to long length. I never really had long hair while growing up and that’s why I suck at managing them when they grow below my shoulders. Anyway, when I told my hairdresser, who is one hell of a meanie, that I wanted a short bob, I received a look that said ‘NOT HAPPENING’. It took me fifteen minutes of nonstop talking (I don’t do that shit) to convince (read beg) that I really do need it. After a lot of exasperated scowls and tantrums, we came to an agreement that the cut will be short but with a bit of oomph effect to them. This is the end result and I am over the moon right now!! 😀 Short bob with a mix of layers and steps is exactly what I had in mind when I would picture myself. It’s so perfect!!

What do you guys think?

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Entertainment

Downton Abbey ~ Season Finale

*some spoilers included*

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I don’t know if any of you watch Downton Abbey but I do and I absolutely love it. I have seen a few period dramas but nothing has compared to Dowton’s class and tasteful delivery. I have been following it from season one and now that we are done with the finale season I am feeling rather sad. I hate endings, I hate goodbyes. I will miss Downton Abbey so very much I can’t even put it to words.

Sunday’s episode was quite a handful. There was so much going on. Mary was on her full on bitch mode. Edith was on self pity mode. The elders were busy hoping things turn out good for both the girls and Branson, oh sweet Tom Branson, was ever so helpful in trying to maintain the peace of the house. I also love how he played cupid for Mary and Henry.

I thought we wouldn’t see Dowager Countess and miss her wits in the episode but Branson was such a clever man to write to her and ask her to come immediately to the rescue of her ‘heartbroken granddaughters’. Her conversation with Mary will always be a memorable scene. Mary is perhaps the only character who can cry one second and be super strong the next. I idolize her. My most favorite part however was seeing Edith in her office. She looked so happy and at peace. She deserves the best for how much she has suffered.

Downstairs, Barrows was being such a cutie in bed reading a book and his hair covering his forehead. He is just so beautiful. His friendship with Master George is goals. ❤ I also find Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes very adorable. The way she kissed him on the cheek was too cute!!

I went a little crazy last week when I watched the seventh episode of season six and was going impatient because one week is a long time for a new episode!! I wanted more of Downton Abbey and decided to rewatch season one and two. And I did. Ah, I loved seeing all the different changes the show has gone through over the years. The house had a massive staff in the start and I realized how much they have downsized. I had almost forgotten the constant rivalry between Mary and Edith. The first season was full of it. It was such a treat to see Lady Cybil. I think of her every time I see Tom. But the center of attention was of course Mathew. Boy was it amazing to see his gorgeous face again and the love story between Mary and him. It made me miss him a lot.

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In Sunday’s episode Mary visits Mathew’s grave. It was such an emotional scene.

‘I don’t have to tell you why I am here. Either you know everything or you’re not hearing me now. The truth is… I love him! I believe we are right together. But I so very much want to feel that you’re happier for me… (sobs) as I’d be happy for you, my darling. Remember however much I love him I will always love you.’

-Mary Crawley

I cried so much. I think some love stories remain with us forever. For me both of Mary’s will.

Now all I want is Mr. Mosley and Baxter to get married – It’s about time really – and for Anna and Mr. Bates to have their baby all healthy and be happy. This Christmas Special better be the bomb. As much as I am dreading the final goodbye, I am also looking forward to the episode.

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