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When do we have till to have life figured out?


When do we have till to have life figured out?

I am writing this undercover at work and I realistically shouldn't be, but I’ve come across some inspiration to write and I NEED to pour it out before I lose my stream of thought. This post could be a hit or a miss. I really can’t tell yet.

Growing up I’ve always found myself leaning into the creative world, I loved to dance and act (saying that makes me cringe too I promise) That also sounded like the hobby list you would include in a C.V, but the point of what I am saying is; I always wanted to be someone and achieve greatness -whatever illusive meaning that word actually beholds- so then why at 23 years of age do I still feel relatively behind even though I do have my life sort of together?
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*PAUSE & take a moment to think if you also agree*

I strongly hope you can relate to me at some point, if you don't then props to you, you are winning in life!

The answer to my question is down to a few things for me personally: my internal struggle of being a realist vs./and a dreamer, the problematic habit of comparison, and the desire to reach my mother’s success.
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Ideally, those 3 factors have made me who I am today which I am proud of (YES it is all about self-love and confidence, don’t mistake that for narcissism), but they are also the reason I am stressed AF.
I crave to live a passionate undull life everyday, I crave to use my brain and creativity everyday. I crave to feel that I, Maysoon make a difference everyday and not only some days, simply put. I crave to succeed. That is my ultimate goal in life.

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BLOGGING
I feel like I should be putting in a minimum of 2 hours per day towards working on my blog but I am by far NOT doing. But HOW can I when I have got a 9-6 some days for 1 job, a 10-8 for my other job, the necessity to produce news story proposals for my 3rd freelance job and schedule IG posts all whilst attempting to stay in contact & go out with my friends on weekends (which I work sometimes) and also stick to my promise of trying to ditch junk food & cook healthier meals in between? If you have a way to juggle all things life-related then be a star and drop me a line!

My life the last 14 days
BTW I am not complaining. I am just venting. I am truly blessed thank God. I know I work very hard but sometimes I find myself saying well maybe I’m not since.. Here it comes..! my worst enemy:
I only gained 6 followers today” and “oh but blogger X and Y managed to quit their job and blog full time in 5 months, why haven’t I?”.
Comparison is a creative individual’s deathbed. Actually cross that, not only a creative person; it's EVERYONE’S deathbed. Do not fall into that trap because your path & destiny is different to others and there is only one of you in this world, embrace that. Now enough with the spiritual mantra.

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So why blogging out all of things then?

I love being in front of a camera and literally everyone knows that. I love makeup and all of it’s glory. I can’t stress how much I love intricately planning each new outfit and going out to hunt it. I love discussing life and the struggles we all encounter whilst trying to discover ourselves and most of all, I love talking to people about all of this. So WHY NOT just do it in front of a camera lens to a bunch of randoms and maybe, just maybe I actually help someone find a perfect outfit for a date let’s say or even better; I actually comfort someone who has been struggling with life by writing a post like this. If I stopped pursuing what I wanted because I heard "but everyone is doing it now Mays!" then I would be a very very sad girl right now.. but I didn't listen so I am not, I'm actually the opposite 😊
I want my voice to be heard and I want my writing to be read. Period.
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NEXT----

Food for thought

Get to the point Mays, I know.
Find a passion and pursue it like a monster, whatever the hell that passion might be. Do not settle for a 9-5 to make ends meat, that is not living my friend. Thought of something? Great, now plan it and start it straightaway, get over any obstacle of shyness or fear of failing and just.do.it. What’s the worst than can happen? It doesn’t work out the way you want? Fine, but trust me when I say you don’t want to get to a stage in your life and wonder ‘what if’. What if I actually started that food blog? What if I actually started that design course? What if I actually pursued football professionally back when I could have?

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Things take time.
It is okay to not become a one-night wonder regardless of what you are pursuing.
It is okay to be achieving whatever you want slowly.
It is okay to not know what you next move is.
It is okay to not have life that figured out, do not fall into the trap of believing those who show their life as ‘perfect and glitzy glam all-year-round’ No mate sorry but this is one of bitter realities that social media has brought our way.


Do you know what is NOT okay though? To settle. To settle living a life you are not happy in. Have faith in yourself and your dreams. I know it is easier said than done but humour me and try it out. Carve your journey out the way you desire it to be.
To set things within context and to give a definite answer to the question I started off this post with - I say till forever.

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Photographer: @Jason_cheu
Love you and leave you for now my lovelies -
As per usual, let me know your thoughts
Maysoon xo

A timeless lifestyle with Jord

For as long as I can remember, going back to being 8 years old and snooping through
my mother's wardrobe, my eyes filled (and still do) with absolute content whenever I
see a timeless piece at art that we all know as a watch.


To me, an outfit -regardless of its nature- casual or dressy is never complete without
that added touch a watch can bring. Once you've fully immersed yourself in the beauty of wearing of a watch, your wrist will consequently feel utterly naked without it. This is exactly how I felt when I first took off my Jord watch after a few days of consistently wearing it. To me, I feel there is a kind of lifestyle that is brought about with a Jord watch; one of subtle luxury and timeless elegance. I sense this whenever I take a look at their collections, but I especially felt this when I first saw the dark sandalwood and smoke piece from the Frankie series which is why I knew I had to have it.
I personally believe that if you instantly feel a sort of connection with a type of product and can imagine yourself wearing it on more than one occasion, then it is highly likely that purchasing it is a very good investment. I never opt for items that I can only style once, because what is the point of that really; if it can only be enjoyed once?

Why did I choose a Jord watch?
I'm going to break it down for you in a few simple points as to the reasons I opted for a Jord watch a few months ago.
1. Unique: the wooden design gives it such a different, vintage feel and I personally haven't seen it saturated in the market. The reason this is ever so important for me is that I like some of my items and accessories to be unique from every 'Sally and Sarah' walking on the street.
2. Durability & Quality: They mention on their website a sentence that has really stuck with me and has been imprinted in my mind since; "The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed". What I gather from that is if investing in a Jord watch, you are guaranteed preserved quality in the heart of your watch. To me that is what makes every penny worth it. It is so crucial when buying an item from a brand to rest assure and have doubts or question marks in the back of your mind of whether or not your purchase will break down in the next 2 months. I am positive that all of you reading this will also share that same thought.


First impressions:
When I first heard the delivery man knock on my door, I was so excited to open the intricately packaged box. When you first hold it, you can feel the soft grainy texture with a warm dark brown tone. Even though it is made of East African Sandalwood, I have tested it by wearing it for continuous days and it is still as comfortable as it was the first day.
The straps sit very nicely on my wrist and cause 0 discomfort.

I usually love asking my friends and those around of their opinions on my latest purchases and I received such positive feedback on the watch. Something I also loved about the brand is that they asked for my wrist size in order to send my watch accordingly. I think this is such an amazing selling point for the brand as I believe watches especially need to fit perfectly since by default one uses their arms and hands for EVERYTHING!

Dark Sandalwood & Smoke

Here's the link to the watch I chose👇🏽
https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie/dark-sandalwood-and-smoke

Here are the links to have a look at some other styles!
Women: https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/#maysbastoni

Men:  https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/#maysbastoni
The one below is my favourite pick from the mens section. This would be a perfect gift for a father, partner or brother. Make sure to check out their Instagram for more inspiration HERE.



 I hope you enjoyed reading the post. As always, let me know your thoughts!
 Love & light,
Maysoon xo


Comfortable in my own skin // how to treat wax burns

Disclaimer: photos in this post may not be eye-pleasing and some may find disturbing. 

This is a very different kind of blog post to my usual. I normally post photos and blog posts that are all about how glamorous life and fashion can be. Sadly, that's not always the case and I am very proud of myself for sharing this post to the whole world when initially I had only been able to show photos of the incident to the people very close to me. I started blogging not only because I liked taking pretty pictures of my outfit and uploading to Instagram but also because I wanted to share my genuine experiences in life that may not all be 'pretty' and show that there is more to my Instagram and Instagram in general than just fashion. With Instagram, people have become their own worst enemy, body shaming themselves and never really happy with how they are because they think they should look a certain way. This is heartbreaking. With that being said, I want to break this cycle and show you photos of myself that are NOT attractive or Instagram worthy and it's okay because the most important thing in this doomful technological age I think is self confidence and NEVER letting anyone or any platform put you down.

A while back I was complaining about breakouts on my face and wanted a quick solution. I started using 'ACNELYSE' which is a Turkish brand for treating acne that a doctor recommended. I was warned that my skin would become extremly sensitive and thin due to the cream that would cause my skin to peel, but this fact completely slipped my mind when I had arrived at my upper lip waxing appointment.
The term 'SKIN LIFTING' up until that point had been foreign to me, and instead of finding out what it meant by googling it or watching youtubers talk about it like I do with everything else, I learnt the term the very hard way; by painfully going through it first hand. Lifting is when wax pulls off both live and dead skin. When the therapist pulled off the wax strips I did not feel anything different, it was the usual slight pain that a lip wax would be like. But when I looked into the mirror I knew something had gone terribly wrong... You could see the whole upper layer of my lips was gone. Because I was so terrified that something was wrong, I left the shop immediately and being the person I am I casually walked into Primark acting like nothing was wrong. It was 1 minute after this fake shopping stroll that I tried to open my mouth slightly for some reason and I felt the most excruciating pain, it was as if someone had ripped my lips off. I immediately started crying and frantically trying to facetime my mum for help but she wasn't answering (as usual!). I literally sprinted to Boots pharmacy and the only thing the pharmacist said was to use an anti septic cream called 'Savlon' and that is all I could really do....... I was NOT having that. She pissed me off as she was utterly useless in trying to calm me down even though she saw how distressed and panicky I was.
I know some people may read this and think I am a drama queen, and frankly I may be that exactly. But to be completely honest, I don't mind people thinking that, as from a very young age, my mum had always taught me the importance of looking after my face. As with old age, our hair falls out and our bodies change inevitably. Yet my mum had always taught me, you can never tell a person's age if they have good skin and that is so true. Skincare is so underrated. After becoming a bit obsessed with having perfect skin like my mum and other beauty bloggers (something which I am yet to attain but will update you on that If I ever do manage to get it ha😓). The reason I became SO worried and manic (understatement honestly) about this incident is my fear of developing marks and scars on my face which are results of wax burns. If this happened, my dream of perfect skin would actually be flushed down the toilet.

 Photo of my upper post a few hours ↴


1st STEP IN TREATING A BURN -----> Savlon anti septic cream. (Purchase HERE)
This is SO important so the wound does not get infected.
2nd STEP -----> A soothing and calming cream: Aqueous Calamine Cream (Purchase HERE)

Photo of when it started to scab ↴


3rd product----> I used Acriflex skin cooling gel which helped decrease the burning heat sensation I was experiencing. (Purchase HERE.)

4th & 5th products: now these are THE HOLY GRAIL products that I swear by and that helped heal my wound within  5 days no joke. I would apply Guinot 'Longue Vie Cellulaire' which is a skin renewing treatment and around an hour after I would use Fucidin (this is prescription only, but you can click here to start a consultation). I would perform these steps once a day and once a night, which rapidly helped my skin heal.


Throughout this process, I cannot stress enough how important it is to NEVER expose the wound to the sun as this is what causes marks and scarring. That's why I would apply a very high SPF sunblock (Guinot Newhite Brightening UV shield SPF 50) that would turn into a concealing cream when rubbed in (INSANE I KNOW, purchase HERE.) I literally walked around London for 5 days with this mask on my face and I did it so confidently you would think I'm an absolute nutter. (P.s Although at some times, I would feel a bit broken and down.)
I had people stare at me like a weirdo and even a bus driver say madam and point to my lips when I first had a thick layer of anti septic on. I've learnt from this, that I will never ever stare at a person if they have some deformity or some kind of scar on their face because some people might not be able to be as strong and brush the stares off their shoulder like I did.

Day 5: Final stages of healing ↴


All the creams for reference ↴


Photo: Jersey Beauty Company

Now it's been over 3 weeks and I have NO MARKS OR SCARS. Thank God, I am so blessed to be able to say that and I pray for anyone who has suffered from worse conditions such as acid attacks. 
It took a lot of guts to post these images but I am always trying to grow and hope to at least help one person out there that might be going though the same thing or even similar. 

How to prevent skin lifting:
1. Do not wax or thread the face if you are on ANY acne medication/ creams like Roaccutane or similar products.
2. Make sure to always wax or thread one small part, leave for a few minutes and check how your skin has reacted before moving on to another area.
3. Do not wax or thread if you have any kind of burn from the sun or any other cause. 
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Leave me a comment below if you have any suggestions of other creams or techniques that are also helpful or if you have experienced this horrible process too!

                                                                                                      Love you & leave you for now,
                                                                                                                                            Maysoon xo

BREAKING: CHECKERED POWER SUITS

TRENDING: This year the runway didn't stop at just plain power suits. No, designers played with cut, shape and length, from cropped length to wide legged suits and even bringing back padded shoulders. Not to mention, the return of the checkered pattern combined in these power suits CANNOT go unnoticed and so I knew I had to dedicate a blog post to it.

SHOP THE BLAZER HERE.  



BENEATH THE FASHION: It's safe to say that designers' message this year is obvious; the border line between men's and women's fashion is almost obsolete now. There are no rules when it comes to dressing in whatever makes you feel your absolute best. If that means walking around in a tiny crop top or covering up in a long modest dress, then go ahead as everyone is free to do as they please. Let this be a sort of lesson to those who judge others based on their lifestyle and dress sense rather than personality and mind.


MAKEUP: writing about my favourite part, FINALLY. It is not a shock that I rarely wear nude or pink toned lipsticks and always opt for dark red or burgundy toned colours on my lips as this is more of my signature. Although I do aim to change it up a bit once I am more tanned (which will suit my heritage more than my British pale skin at the moment). The lipstick I used in this shoot is my current favourite liquid lipstick as it's matte but still leaves your lips moist rather than chapped & dry which I found when using other matte liquid lipsticks.
P.S the lipstick is only £6!!!
LIPSTICK SHADE: SHOP COPENHAGEN HERE.


 If you are looking to splurge over a pair of high end designer heels then these are the ones for you. They are actually so comfortable which I didn't expect at all as they do not have a platform. But, I managed to wear these to a wedding last summer where I was standing nearly the whole night and dancing for a minimum of 3.5 hours to be exact & after that I was still ok! These will always be a timeless classic and there is absolutely nothing in the world that they don't go with as the metallic studs can go with BOTH silver and gold hardware, which is VERY rare to find. Shop my Valentino Rockstuds HERE.


TIP 1: Bored of your usual blazer? Easy enough. BELT IT UP. 
TIP 2: NEW SUNGLASSES HOLDER? YES, THE BELT.


I hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog post as much as I enjoyed writing it!
                        As usual, leave me a comment below of any thoughts or opinions -

Photographer: Zoe Griffin, make sure to check out her IG page HERE.
                                                                                                                        Love & light
                                                                                                                                   Maysoon xo

How far can a leather jacker really go?

 Coachella season is now over. But then again Instagram won't let us scroll an inch without finding a post related to it. Now, the countless number of cute outfits I put together in my head for it is quite sad because I didn't actually go. But I'm slyly okay with that, because to be fair & 100% honest, on nights out here in London I always end up thinking about my next fun snack/food that I'm going to munch on after rather than actually focus on the music I'm supposedly "dancing" to. Also, some of you girls will totally get me when I say that 40% (actually like 70%) of why some of us girls get SO hyped to go out is that whole thrill of imagining an outfit and being able to bring it to life while also contouring as if you're about to cut a diamond. (shoutout to my friend Mon for that life-changing comment on one of my instas). 

This is where Derya and I introduce to you all @chictimetraveler, an up and coming fashion business that started 3 years ago in a small store on Portobello Road. The name comes from selling both vintage and modern items, and I personally don't know a lot of other brands that can bring both these segments into one sole brand together. The photo above is a piece from their collection and you can clearly see why I love it. Fashion is about giving a message. With that being said, I will leave you to interpret what message you believe the jacket above is sending^. 


Check out Derya's IG and blog (@heyderya), I'm so happy to have met her! I feel that we are very in sync in terms of what we like to rant and post about. Having said that, it's quite hard to meet people in the blogging industry who are genuinely supportive and want to help you, I don't know why. For instance, I see some influencers on IG who are incredibly stuck up when they have barely accomplished anything in life (with that I've decided to unfollow them). On the other hand, I follow others that are so genuinely nice and humble with their followers even though they've built a kind of empire. (@hudabeauty) is only one example here. Do any of you relate to this? 


                 Going back to fashion now, I mean who doesn't love a plain white tee and a laid back pair of mom jeans?
It's a tad weird not to!
Then again, the idea of this outfit does seem a bit too plain and laid back if you take away all the extra bits and bobs of accessories. But what if you added this custom design @chictimetraveler hand painted pink leather jacket..?


        For me, there is 1 rule that I always follow whenever I plan an outfit and it is sacred. I make ONE piece stand out in my outfit. So for a night out, you could wear a sexy LBD that is the highlight of your outfit, and I would go for a simple black strap stiletto rather than a pair of busy embellished heels let's say. You want to give that dress it's justice and not take away from it's glory. The reason for that is understated and sophisticated outfits always 'do more' and go that extra mile for me. 



So, as this gorgeous jacket is hand painted giving off a wet embellished/embroidered kind of look (which is VERY in style at the moment) I paired it with a basic tee and pair of mom jeans in order not to divert any attention away from the jacket.


So if you feel like you need a staple piece in your wardrobe that stands out and speaks for itself then @chictimetraveler is your go-to brand. As I said before it can honestly get a bit dead/ repetitive  shopping from the same high street stores and I tend to get bored easily and that's why investing your money in a few unique vintage pieces is a must every now and then. 


                                         
                                                Take a look at some of the other pieces that I loved:

                                              

Alternatively, don't take my word for it and have a look at their website & IG to see for yourself!   www.chictimetraveler.co.uk // IG: @chictimetraveler

***P.S As I am always pro #honest blogging and use this hashtag underneath my IG posts, thus I must mention that this is part of a sponsored collaboration with @chictimetraveler, but I am in no way obliged to post pictures or write a blog post about it. I personally chose to feature this jacket and write a blog post as I felt it was true to my style and personal sense of fashion.
Leave a comment down below if you have any feedback or comments!

                            I hope you guys enjoyed this post.
                                       For now I love you & leave you,
                                                           Maysoon xo 

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