2 Jan 2019
14 Dec 2018
Over the past few months I have been on the hunt for a brand-new mattress since mine is no longer doing my back any justice. I have had my mattress for many years and I never really had any complaints until I started travelling often and as a result slept on many different beds and noticed what I do and don't like.
My parents have always had this super, super expensive foam mattress and whenever they go away, I find myself sleeping on their bed. So naturally when it was time to say goodbye to my mattress I googled 'Foam Mattress'... I spent a good four to five hours sifting through results and reading reviews. there was one brand which came out on top every time but the selling point for me was the companies ethics which I will discuss a little further bellow.
This company has the most beautiful, heartwarming testimonials on their website.
The company is Leesa. Leesa operate exclusively online and offer a 100-night risk-free trial period which had me sold for the second time. This means that if you find the mattress isn't working out for you at any point in the first 100 nights of receiving the mattress, all you have to do is get in touch with them and they arrange for the mattress to be collected and donated through a charitable organisation. For every ten mattresses that are sold one is donated to the community.
'The mattress is an innovative design of 3 foam layers, that adjust to your body to offer optimum support and comfort and get rid of the drawbacks of traditional memory foam mattresses such as overheating at night and leaving long-lasting dips that are difficult to roll out of.'
Another issue I had was storage and getting rid of my old mattress first - and in between travelling, working and living I knew this could take a while. The last thing I wanted was to have two full sized mattresses taking up space in my room, THEN I found out that Leesa's mattresses arrive in compact form, rolled in a small box and expand to their full size when you're ready to unbox it and use it.
So in little to no time I found myself ready to place my order.
Look at what was delivered to my door...
I'm still shocked that my new mattress is inside this compact box. Bedtime comfort is so so close,
I'm going to give it at least one month of sleeping on 3 layers of heaven before I let you know my honest thoughts.
0800 011 9500 | www.leesa.co.uk
22 Aug 2018
Some goodies all the way from Malaysia from one of my favourite brands DUCK. If you don't already know the brand then all you need to know is that they do the BEST hijabs and accessories.
Every product comes beautifully packaged, dare I say; sometimes far too beautifully to gift even... Wow i said it... okay.
This year i got their Duck calendar which sits beautifully at my desk with a rose gold easel, every page of the calendar in adorned in beautiful modest illustrations. I also got a small but mighty chrome Duck pen which I adore and carry in my handbag with me everywhere.
My hijab of choice is the Duck Georgette hijab which I adore. The green colour isn't usually one I would go for but its summertime and I'm feeling adventurous. Every hijab comes tissue paper packaged with a tutorial card with many different ways you can style you hijab - such a cute touch.
3 Jul 2018
Finally a pen which suits my humble, luxurious, office environment. Something which I can carry around in its own pouch and whip out whenever anybody says "Does anybody have a pen to hand?"...
A few of you enquired where I got this beauty from so here are the deets : The Jewel Hut . They come in many different styles, colours and finishes. I of course went for the regal colour - Blue however I have love for the chrome finish, the Mint Green and also the Gold - super stylish and make the perfect gift for any budding writers.
9 Nov 2017
“Our research shows that people look to increase their immunity and self-defence against illness during the winter months"
- Natasha Bowes, CEO and founder of Bio-tiful Dairy
WHAT IS KEFIR? The chances are if you've been to Eastern European or Arab countries you've probably already tasted Kefir (pronounced similar to the Arabic world "Kathir" - meaning plentiful). I used to drink it all the time oblivious to the health benefits whenever abroad, and never considered its lack of availability in the UK.
You may also know it was Laban, Labneh its a cultured milk drink, made by fermenting milk with 2000-year-old kefir ‘grains’ (cultures) that are a natural symbiosis of a large number (40+) of beneficial bacteria strains and several types of beneficial yeasts. As a result of the process, Kefir contains billions of live gut-friendly bacteria and therefore has unparalleled probiotic properties and is naturally low in lactose - making it suitable for lactose intolerant consumers.
When the Boss tells you to Plank and punch - you best plank and punch. Planking is one of the exercises I find the most difficult - it uses all of my weakest muscles - upper body - haha. It was nice to train in a group and I actually find it much more motivational and fun, although I actually thoroughly enjoy the gym and classes in general to be honest but I felt so pumped for this session!
After our intense workout we all went over to Grind enjoy our hard earned breakfasts! I honestly kid you not when I say ALL of our arms and legs felt like JELLY after this session and it comes as no surprise because our trainer put us through one of the most testing works outs to kick start our winter metabolisms! We had a fiesta of warm beverages, oats, granola, warm bread, avocado and Kefir of course! These kinds of spreads are what I live for.
x6 Pad Punches
x6 High Knees On Pad.
x6 High Kicks On Pad.
WHATS IN KEFIR?
Biotiful Kefir is naturally packed with essential vitamins and minerals (including B12 and B2), is high in protein and calcium and free from artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It’s a similar consistency to yoghurt however a lot more powerful than as it contains over 40 strains of gut-friendly bacteria (while yoghurt typically has only 4).
WHY IS KEFIR AN IMPORTANT EDITION TO MY DIET?
Due to the colder weather and impending over-indulgence across the festive season (WE'RE ALL GUILTY),according to Biotiful's research 47% of us say we fall ill more often, and almost half (49%) of us put on weight in the Winter months. In attempts to prevent this, Bio-tiful Dairy’s study found that although one in four of us tries to lose weight in November, pre-toxing is a popular theme as Winter descends however 82% of the people surveyed admit they don’t do enough to support their overall gut health.
HOW DO I ENJOY MY KEFIR?
When I was younger I would enjoy Kefir on its own, Biotiful have created flavoured versions which make them all the more yummier to have on its own. However I mostly love to have my Kefir in the morning as part of my regular diet. I've been enjoying it for almost a week now and love the original and cherry flavour the most! There are so many delicious recipes on the Biotiful website : Here.
MY MORNING BOWL : Soaked Oats, Blueberries, Strawberries, Granola, and CO-Q10 milled nuts from the Linwood - this is your daily minimum of nuts and and I put a table spoon of this milled powder in everything, smoothies, porridge, on toast etc, it doesn't really have a taste but its SO good for you. Then I pour Kefir all over and mix it all up and enjoy! Kefir is the perfect replacement for my usual bowl full of milk (which isn't all that good for you anyway).
I usually have a shot of lemon, Ginger, Honey to accompany my breakfast (also great for keeping illnesses at bay).
The good news is Biotiful have just launched in Tesco and Sainsburys this week. They have been available at Harrods and Selfridges for about a year, however the Natasha's (the founder) reasons for beginning the business were firstly accessibility, and so Natasha worked hard to make sure Kefir is available to ALL.
Lastly I'll leave you with some top tips which I found very useful from Lucy Jones, an award-winning Dietitian and Broadcaster who joined us at breakfast:
1. Eat a range of colourful, vitamin rich foods with every meal to ensure you’re giving your body what it needs. Vitamins A and C can be found in a brightly coloured diet, including a range of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin E has anti-oxidant properties, and can be added to meals by using nuts, seeds, and olive and rapeseed oils.
2. Zinc supports immunity and can help in fighting colds, and reducing how long you are ill. It can be taken as a supplement, or easily incorporated into diets by eating lean meat, fish and seafood, nuts, seeds and beans.
3. Friendly bacteria, found in fermented foods and supplements, can support the body’s defences against viruses and how long they last. Kefir contains high levels of these bacteria and different strains, as well as being high in protein and vitamins.
4. Make sure you’re getting sufficient calories when following a healthy diet, and getting a range of different foods, which will all supply different nutrients. This is crucial for energy and mental performance.
5. Adequate sleep, to complement a good diet, helps support the immune system and maintain necessary energy levels. Although many people can function well enough on little sleep, research suggests a minimum of seven hours is needed to keep you functioning at your best.
6. Keeping active, alongside a healthy diet, can boost your immune system. However, extreme exercise can put increased pressure on your body and reduce immunity temporarily, making you more prone to illness. Make sure to adjust your diet according to your activity regime.
7. Many foods are especially helpful in promoting good health, rather than there being any singular ‘superfood’. Oranges, for example, are a great source of Vitamin C, and garlic has antimicrobial and immunomodulatory properties, again thought to help our natural defences against poor health.
Nutrition should be a top priority for us all, but its sadly often the last thing we think about due to our hectic lifestyles. I've recently made the switch to strictly organic produce myself. We owe it to ourselves to give our bodies the fighting chance they deserve - our bodies are our one chance vessels in this life.
Give your Gut a fighting chance this winter and roll with the punches!
Website : www.biotifuldairy.com
30 Oct 2017
I was recently invited to the launch of Siti Khadijah in the UK. Siti Khadijah are a modest wear brand which caters to the Muslim prayer wear sector. There nothing more frustrating than needing pray when you're wearing clothing which isn't suitable.
Lets not beat around the bush, we've all been there - we need to pray, but you've just been chilling at home in shorts... we take that leap of faith and grab the nearest thing (weather it be a blanket, your dads jacket, your brothers jubbah, your sisters open abaya), so, okay, it covers you (only JUST) and you begin to pray wearing a mountain unpracticality and a collapsing mass which falls apart exposing a knee by the second Rakhaa. May God forgive us all for the flashes of exposed flesh as we bow down to Him. Ameen.
Haha but really, there ARE better ways. Siti Khadijah designed one of the BEST two piece prayer sets on the Malay high-street. The designer actually designed the sets through her own experiences and struggles of finding something premium which met all of her needs.
One of the main issues Siti Khadijah founder faced was the fact that the ties on most of the prayer sets were sewn to the front of the hijab piece so then they were pulled back hair was exposed. The other issues were that the skirts in these sets were see through and often too short - they've overcome this by making he skirts SUPER long, so they can be worn as a bandeau over bust to not only to double coverage but to also to suit taller users and work for ALL. I could talk all day about the brilliant design of these prayer pieces but I'll leave you with the website to try them for yourself.
MY personal favourites:
This beauty comes with embroidery that gives the Telekung (prayer outfit) an elegant touch to you everyday. I really love the scalloped edges on the bottom in particular.
This is the one I love and have, it's perfect because of the coverage it allows and also the top is long enough to cover even if I am just wearing wide trousers underneath.
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Thank you so much Siti Khadijah for such a wonderful day, great company, perfect lunch menu, and amazing products ready to change peoples lives!
15 Oct 2017
The thing I love and adore the most about Light Up skincare is their wholesome focus on delivering FRESH, Organic and more importantly natural skincare.
I grew up with my parents telling me that if I do not recognise the ingredients in what I purchase, I definitely should not be putting it onto my body and skin. Up to 90% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream and thus into your organs - be mindful of what you use ladies.
Let's face it, autumn isn't too friendly to our skin, dry lips, rough hands and cracked heels are only just some of the things we have to deal with, - well no more! Because Light Up have designed the perfect survival kit to help you with this season of transition.
Light Up Skincares fantastic 5 are made up of products containing butter and oil as their base elements - this pairing is key to delivering longer lasting moisture and protection against the elements that is perfctly catered to the Autumnal season.
The Autumn kit includes:
Lip balm (2 ml) | Heel balm (30 ml)| Patchouli Hand Lotion (30 ml)| One Sugar scrub cube | One mini lotion bar
This balm is made with shea butter and helps to get rid of those uncomfortable cracked heels! It can also be used on dry elbows and hands - which make frequent appearances in this chilliness. The essential oils (sweet orange and peppermint) provide great healing for dry skin.I can 100% vouch for this! I really struggle with retaining moisture in my heels. Try using this and putting socks on over night - it works an absolute treat!
Patchouli Hand Lotion & mini lotion bar
This patchouli hand lotion is made with jojob oil and shea butter is ultra - moisturising and nourishing compared to water based lotions, so a little goes a long way!I kid you not when I tell you I carry this in my handbag at all times, and when my friends struggle to find their hand creams they're always asking me where this is from!Ingredients include:Jojoba oil, Mango butter, Beeswax, Shea butter, Vitamin E oil.
This ultra moisturising lotion bar is made with and rich butters to leave your skin feeling smooth and nourished. This is ideal for dry and sensitive skin. Can be used for those suffering with eczema also. Ingredients:Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Cacao Butter, Vitamin E Oil, Energizing Essential Oils: Lavender Oil, Ylang Ylang and Geranium.
If you just need a small day-to-day pamper, I highly recommend incorperating Light Up Skincare. Everything is made with ingredients you can find in your kitchen cupboards.
The autuminal kid comes with everything you need to battle the up and coming winter blues.
You can also get 15% off by quoting ZAHRA15 at their checkout!
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