Autumn Vibes at Queen Elizabeth Park

I love when I’m strolling through somewhere on my lunch break and I find something memorable. This a pretty spot my sister showed me recently which is close to my office, and makes for a lovely place to sit and enjoy the view. Not to mention the huge slide and swing which is about 10 feet away from this, which doesn’t hurt!

I’ll miss the pretty colours when the leaves all drop off (as they are already starting to!) but it will be exciting to see the night lights and seasonal decor around London!

City Sunsets in Canary Wharf

I’ve been a busy bunny these days, so it feels like I hardly get time to blog. It’s frustrating as heck because I have a few blog posts to write and a few book/food/cupcake/city reviews to write and I keep getting caught up with domesticity!

I’ll do my best to post this weekend, but in the meantime, here’s a beautiful sunset hubby and I caught last week while dining in Canary Wharf. I feel like I don’t see enough of these (either the day is too long or the sky is too grey!), so this was a special one for me – first sunset picture in ages!

Happy weekendings all, I’ll be posting soon!

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Sushi in Three Stages

I love trying new food, but sushi is still a new one for me, I’ve had it a few times and I’m still getting used to it. I love Chinese and Thai, but Japanese food took me a little longer, mainly because the first time I tried sushi (a good few years ago!) it was just too weird for me and I never tried it again.

Recently my sister-in-law convinced me to try it again, and it’s still a little strange but I’m getting used to it – not to mention I’ve tasted more cuisines so I feel more open to new tastes! I loved the other dishes I tried though, katsu is a new favourite for me along with the crispy pumpkin and buttersquash dish, something I didn’t know I’d like!

So here’s a shot of my dinner, doesn’t it look lovely and colourful?

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Orange Petals

We’ve been getting sunny spells lately, and it’s nice to be able to walk around in the warm afternoons where the sun is setting later and later, and the flowers, trees and plant-pots are all blossoming. I’m making the most of it while I can (I still half-expect a random heavy shower in the middle of the day), enjoying cool breezes with blue skies.

Here’s something my mum bought for her garden recently, she also bought a few other colours but I love the vividness of this one, it’s sharp and eye-catching and a perfect symbol for summer.

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Weekend Pretty…Ring Bling and Orange

I’ve been enjoying the sunshine tremendously this weekend, and making the most of it by sitting in the grass in my back garden, camera in hand. This is a picture I took today on my DSLR (while also jumping around in the grass and making my neighbours pretend they can’t see me. Oops.) I think it’s a perfect way to show how summer is coming, even if it’s still a little chilly, the sun (and the sound of the ice cream vans) makes it all better.

On another note, it’s International Women’s Day, which makes it an even better day, especially when seeing all the contributions online from all over the world in celebration of women and equality. The official colour for this day is purple, but I’ll add a little pink and orange in too to give a funky combination!

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A little post for a little sunset

I haven’t been posting for a few days, because I’ve been very, very busy lately with some personal things (which I’ll post about soon!) I’ve also felt like I’ve been in a bit of a rut, blogging-wise because I’ve been looking for new things to blog about, rather than the same old things that I feel have been repeated before. I’ve had plenty of ideas, articles, stories and silly jokes that I’ve wanted to post, but I’ve never managed to post a lot of these because I haven’t finished some of these stories, or because I’ve lost the momentum for some of these articles.

Lately, I’ve been wanting to go back to my first love, writing stories of different types, whether they’re fairy tales and folk stories, or if they’re serious stories, or even whether I write weird horror shorts. I haven’t gotten very far with this, as I’ve always managed to start then started to slow down and question my writing and my ideas. I still have a few ideas, and don’t worry, I’m not ready to give up yet! But I think that having read so many amazing (and terrible!) books and the fact that I’m always reading has made me more hesitant to put my own proverbial pen to paper (to fingers to keyboard).

Once of my close friends who reads my blog (she’s a secret lurker!) commented a few days ago that she still loves my blog, but that it’s always full of pictures. I love photography, and I forget that not everyone wants to see pictures all the time – it’s certainly true that a thought-provoking article, blog post or story will certainly stay with me just as a long as a good picture can. If anything, I feel that with the rise of social media and image-sharing, photography has become slightly over-rated, and some people may appreciate it’s beauty less. This has led me to think that I’ want to post more about what I love, and what I’ve been thinking, even if it’s silliness. I’ve always found writing therapeutic, although it’s not always easy to write about the more personal side of life.

So if I disappear for a few days here and there, just assume that I’m re-charging my brain’s engines so that I can post something more interesting, or that I’m taking another baby step towards that epic-saga I’ve always wanted to write!

In the meantime, here’s a picture of a sunset that caught my eye a while ago, that reminded me slightly of some murder-mysteries I’ve been reading – particularly the parts about lonely, winding roads and late evenings full of hazy memories. Or something like that. Sometimes street life isn’t always what you see every day, but it’s nice to catch those little moments when no-one’s looking : )

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Treasure Boxes

I love sparkly things like any other girl, so naturally these pretty boxes caught my eye and I snapped them up. I’ve been collected pretty jewellery boxes and small embellished pill jars for a while, but these are my favourite ones so far.

I know this style of design is not new – I’ve had plenty of notebooks, pens, compact mirrors and pill-boxes with this same mirror design since I was a child –  but there’s something very appealing about these boxes which reminded me of the presents I used to get as a child from family in Pakistan or friends who have been on holidays.

So here they are, pretty mirrored boxes I use to hold my treasures (which are mainly my pennies and my blingy rings). I’m pretty sure I’ll have a new addition to my collection, but for these now, I’ll enjoy these sparklies!

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Elmo & Moustache Birthday Cupcakes!

These were some scrumptious and bright orange and red beauties created by my baking genius sister, who made these pretties for my birthday. Not sure which ones were my favourite (there were also cupcakes with my face printed on them, which I LOVED), but we all ooh-ed and ahh-ed over them before we stuffed them down our greedy mouths. They tasted good too, chocolate flavour, in case you wondered.

A very good day was had by all : )

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