Sunday, 30 March 2014

March Favourites!

I have seen so many people do this as a video so I thought I’d give it a go but in a blog post. I’ve been so excited to do it as I can’t wait to share what things I’ve been loving this month. March has been so good, I’ve started writing for a magazine, found lots of cool new music and most importantly spring has finally come. I can’t wait to see what April will bring!

Food & drink favourites:

Robinsons summer fruits flavoured drink:  I’ve never tried this drink before but I wish I had. It tastes delicious and reminds me of summer. I pretty much have it all the time now and the best part is that it’s a bright pretty pink colour which is so nice and makes me want it even more.

Oreo biscuits: Okay I just love these biscuits so much! I’ve liked them before however I’ve been craving them a lot more this past month and I probably will in April too. If you have never tried these then you need to because you’re seriously missing out.

Frosties cereal: I’ve always liked Frosties however I did go through a phase where I didn’t like them that much but for the past month this is all I’ve been having for breakfast. I know they’re not healthy at all and are full of sugar but they are just too good not to eat. Despite this I’ll try to eat healthier cereals in April because it’s really not good for me.

Favourite songs of the month:

Two Worlds Away – Nina Nesbitt: I fell in love with this song when I first heard it because it’s so sweet and pleasant to listen to. I’ve been really into Nina’s album for the past month but this one really stuck out for me as it’s so relevant to my life right now.

Live or Die – Lana Del Rey: I love this song so much! It puts me in such a good mood and just makes me want to dance. It reminds me of her other song Off to the Races which is also really good. I’ve been listening to it non stop.

Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts: My friend told me to check out this song and I’m really glad that I did. It’s got a really nice sweet tune and the group have amazing voices. You guys should definitely check it out.

Vampire’s Kiss – John Gold: I discovered this song after listening to the soundtrack to my favourite film The First Time. I’ve been completely obsessed with it; definitely my favourite song from the soundtrack.

Lauren Aquilina’s Liars EP: This EP is beyond perfect. The songs are so fresh, relatable and beautiful that I’ve not stopped listening to it. I’m really happy and proud for Lauren for producing such amazing and meaningful songs. I’ve loved her EP in the last month especially the songs Square One and Broke so I recommend you check out her music.

Random favourites:

Maybelline cream gloss: I’ve had this lip gloss for quite a few years now and I’ve only just found it again and I honestly wish I had found it earlier. The colour is not too dark yet not too light. It’s a beautiful pink colour and it feels so smooth and nice on your lips. What I really love about this lip gloss is that even when the glossy look goes the colour is still on your lips so you don’t have to always keep reapplying it. I’ve been wearing it all the time especially because it’s suitable for school.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S TV show: I used to hear so many good things about this show however I never really checked it out until now. This was partly because I’m not into American comedy shows however I really like it. Joey is by far my favourite character and I love how they play it back to back all the time on Comedy Central.

Favourite jewellery piece: My friend got me this beautiful necklace for Christmas and it has been my go-to necklace ever since! It’s so pretty and goes with everything I wear. The colours are so nice and the dice looks so cool. I love it so much so a huge thank you to my friend for getting me such a lovely present.

This is my first ever monthly favourites blog post so I really hope you liked it. I will hopefully be doing a lot more of these for the following months to come so let me know if you would like to see that. Please leave your blogs in the comment section and I will be sure to check them out. Thanks once again and I’ll talk to you all very soon!

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A Day Out In Town

Last weekend I went to town with my friend to go study at the huge central library. It’s the first time I’ve been there so it was really exciting since I love books so much and I spend quite a lot of my time in libraries. It was honestly like Hogwarts but filled with shelves upon shelves of books! There were lit up escalators and lots of cool features. We wanted to check out the Shakespeare room which is right at the top floor however we couldn’t sadly because there was an expedition going on so hopefully we’ll get to explore that side of it next time. There was also a beautiful balcony near the top which overlooks the area. They had chairs set up facing the wonderful view for people who wanted to relax, read a book and look out at the lovely view. So me and my friend got our work done (after searching for any unoccupied chairs as it was so busy) and got a very productive morning out of it. I managed to revise for Maths and History which was very crucial for me to get done so I was really happy with that.

After we had had enough of revision we went into town to grab some lunch. I got a baguette, fries and a cold drink which was lovely! Once we had finished we went for a wander around town. I didn’t take much money with me because I didn’t think I’d be buying anything.

I did however find a really pretty dark green flowing skirt that I really wanted from H&M. It was on a sale as well which is always a bonus but when I got to the till I changed my mind for some weird reason and now I really regret not buying it. I doubt it’s still there anymore so I’m really gutted and annoyed at myself about that. However I felt much better because afterwards I bought the most beautiful ring from Forever 21 for only £3.90. I have a huge obsession with rings so I was over the moon with this purchase.

All in all it was a really fun day out and it was nice to get out of the house and revise somewhere more quiet and different from my room. It was also really nice to spend time with my friend who I haven’t been able to catch up with for quite a while since exams are coming up and everyone is super busy.

Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it and I would be so grateful if you could share my blog around with your friends and family as that would be a huge help! Be sure to leave your blogs in the comment section, I would love to check them out. Look forward to sharing more cool stuff with you guys very soon.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Star Awards 2014

I was extremely honoured to be invited to The Star Awards last Friday (21st March) and to be given a great opportunity to meet new people. I was offered this because, as some of you may not know, I write for an online magazine called Voice 21 and one of the other writers was nominated for an award. So I was delighted when I was asked if I wanted to go and support him and represent Voice 21. It was the last one as it has been going for 7 years so I’m so glad I managed to go as I wouldn’t have gotten another chance to.

The Star Awards is a celebratory event put in place for the community in which I live in to commemorate the inspiring youth of today and all their fantastic achievements. Upon arriving I met with my leader and he walked us in. Bearing in mind I have never been invited to a formal event like this so I was quite nervous aha but thankfully my brother came with me. We were given these really cool key rings as a welcoming gift and were told to sign in and sit down at the assigned table. The mayor and other important Councillors
were there which made it all very exciting and it was nice to see our youth’s voices being heard, understood and attended to.

Dinner was given which was lovely and a nice way to start the evening. The awards were given out afterwards and lots of performances took place in between such as singing, acting and dancing which was so much fun and made the atmosphere very exciting and pleasant. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming which made me feel much more comfortable and allowed me to be myself.

After watching so many young people achieving these great awards for courage and perseverance really inspired me and made me think about my own life and how I can achieve so much if I work hard and keep trying. It built up my confidence and influenced me to try new things.

I met lots of cool people and realised that there’s so much more I want to do with my life. I also met a broadcast journalist who gave a beautiful speech and really enlightened my thoughts. It was a really good way to get myself noticed as a journalist and writer so I’m really grateful to have been given this opportunity and I hope there will be more events like this coming up. Already Voice 21 has given me so many new things to look forward to and I can’t wait to see what else is in store.

Overall it was such a memorable night filled with smiles and celebration. I had great fun getting inspired and feeling like I finally belonged somewhere. Every single one of these people is so ambitious and intelligent and I am grateful to be surrounded with good people. This award show was an incredible way to end my week and I’m honestly so happy that I was invited to such a fascinating event.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post. Talk to you all very soon!

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Monday, 24 March 2014

An Inspector Calls – JB Priestly (Theatre Production)

So I know it has been a while since I’ve updated my blog but things have got crazily busy that I just don’t have any spare time to just sit down and write so I wanted to apologise for that. I went to the theatre to watch An Inspector Calls not last Sunday but the Sunday before that (16th March) and I had the most amazing time so I thought I’d share my experience with you guys.

So I haven’t been to the theatre in years so when my English teacher recommended An Inspector Calls I really wanted to go. Plus we are studying it in school for my GCSE exam so it would be perfect to see how each character is played compared to the written play. I went with my friend and her mom and the tickets cost around £15 which was pretty reasonable.

The play is about the Birling family who all have a role to play in the life of a young pregnant girl called Eva Smith who commits suicide by drinking a strong disinfectant. An inspector comes along and ruins their pleasant evening in the attempt to teach them about collective responsibility and using various ways to get them to admit they were partly to blame for her death and to believe in socialism.

We hadn’t finished reading the play at this point so the ending was a real surprise. It was such an excellently performed play with a great message and moving storyline. From reading the play I didn’t really like Mr Birling who I thought was very close minded and irritating however after seeing him being played by an extremely talented actor I fell in love with the character. He put such enthusiasm and energy into the words and actions; it was really mesmerizing. From watching the play I started to dislike Mrs Birling who appeared to be very cold hearted and stuck up. I also started to dislike Gerald who just simply got annoying. I loved Eric and Sheila who were the only two characters who had some sense and actually understood the inspector’s point of view. It was amazing to see how an actor can change your perception of a character which I always think is a great thing to be able to do. The whole supernatural element was great to see and how Eva Smith was actually a metaphor for the thousands of others who were working class women who died in the same way in that era.

The message at the end really shocked me and got me thinking. I personally love political plays as I always love exploring in depth what they really mean. The inspector is a socialist who believes in equality and the way he tries to explain this in a clever way really was beautiful to see. From this I have now got the film version so I’m so excited to watch that.

Please do go see the play if you can and read the book because it’s honestly so good. People don’t seem to like the books we study in school however I love them. I’m hoping to go to the theatre again really soon because my experience was very pleasant and it gives you a different feeling than just watching it at the cinema. I’m definitely looking forward to studying this in more depth for my exam as it’s so interesting.

If you want to check out the cast they are:
Arthur Birling: Stewart Snape
Sybil Birling: Joanne Hill
Sheila Birling: Eleanor O’Brien
Eric Birling: Scott Richards
Edna: Coralle Paxton
Gerald Croft: Damien Dickens
Inspector Goole: Dave Hill

Once again I have written way too much than I should so I hope I haven’t bored you. Hopefully I’ve encouraged you to check out this fantastic play if you haven’t already. Thank you so much for reading; I’ll talk to you in my next post.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Upcoming Albums To Look Forward To

There are a few albums that are coming up from some of my favourite artists that I wanted to share with you. Firstly Lana Del Rey has recently announced that a second album is on its way very soon. She said it will possibly be released on May 1st 2014 however this isn’t certain but be sure to keep an eye out for it. To be honest I judged Lana’s talent way too soon which was very wrong of me as I’ve now come to realise how great and beautiful her voice really is. Not only her singing voice but her speaking voice is very elegant and puts you in a trance because of how mesmerizing it is and her personality in general shows how genuine and interesting she is. I went along with the stereotypes and kept saying she’s too depressing however after hearing her song ‘Young & Beautiful’ for the film The Great Gatsby and her song Dark Paradise I ended up getting her album and loving almost every song! I’m so glad I gave her a chance because now she’s one of my favourite artists and I wouldn’t even mind seeing her live. I’m buzzing for her new album and can’t wait to hear what else she has to offer.

Click the link if you want to check out Lana Del Rey on ITunes:

The second album I’m really looking forward to is from the extremely lovely and talented Ed Sheeran. I got his debut album quite a long time ago and I honestly fell in love with every single song. I am particularly eager for this album because he’s a very unique artist and doesn’t follow the crowd. There’s something refreshing about his voice that makes you want to keep listening. I can tell a lot of effort has gone into this album to make it a high quality product and a good standard for his fans. My favourite song from his first album is Autumn Leaves; it’s such a graceful song full of meaning and life. So when I found out he was releasing a second album you can imagine how excited I was! It’s released on 17th February 2014 on his birthday so be sure to check it out. 

Same with Ed if you want to check out his other music on ITunes click this link:

The last album I want to talk about is from a much smaller artist called Lauren Aquilina. I was first introduced to this singer by my brother and she is now one of my favourites. She’s only 18 and she has already gone on tour (I went last year and also got the chance to meet her) and she has released three EPs that have been very successful and has gained her a huge following. What I really admire is that she has worked hard and earned everything instead of getting it handed on a plate to her like lots of singers nowadays. She has only just released her last EP of the trilogy so it will be a very long time till her album is out but I’m sure it’ll be worth it. I honestly can’t pick a favourite song but I have to say Square One and Broke are my favourites from the new EP and her cover of Sex by The 1975 is beyond perfect. Her voice is so unique and powerful and she’s so real and down to earth which makes us all very close friends with her rather than fans.

If you haven’t heard of her stuff then I highly recommend you check her out on all her social media sites:

I feel like I’ve rambled on way too much in this post so I do apologise. Nevertheless I hope you enjoyed it and you have found new music to listen to. Thanks for reading; I shall talk to you in my next post.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Looking for Alaska by John Green (Short Book Review)

I’ve just recently finished reading Looking for Alaska by John Green so I thought I’d do a quick review on what I thought about it. It’s based on three characters that consist of Miles, Chip and of course Alaska Young who all go to Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama and soon become great friends. Miles left his home town of Florida in search of a greater perhaps and to try to have a better and more exciting life for himself. He begins to fall hopelessly in love with the daring, beautiful and enigmatic Alaska who has drawn him into her reckless world of drinking and screwed up thoughts.  

To be quite honest I had high expectations for it since I’ve heard lots of people saying how moving and great it is. Plus I know everyone loves his other best selling book The Fault in our Stars so I thought yeah why not. My brother bought it for me for my birthday last November so I was buzzing to start reading it.

The first half of the book was good but I got bored very quickly as nothing exciting or thrilling was happening. It was just about 4 or 5 friends playing pranks, smoking and doing what every teenager does at a boarding school. It put me off a little because it just wasn’t going anywhere. Despite this I continued to read on because I thought there must be a reason why it’s loved so much. It did get better in the latter half of the book as something big happened which I won’t tell you about because I don’t want to give any spoilers. John Green left everything to the last few pages which really annoyed me and even then I feel like the ending didn’t give any answers to the thousand questions I had.

All in all it is a good book and I did enjoy it towards the end. I liked how it’s very relatable and perfect for teenagers of today who are going through the same struggles as Alaska. However I think it’s extremely overrated and I didn’t really enjoy John’s style of writing. He overcomplicated things and put things in that weren’t really necessary. So taking all this into consideration I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

The next book I’m reading is The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I am willing to give him another chance as this book has also received lots of positive feedback and high ratings. Plus my brother has read it already and it’s now his favourite book so I’ll give it a chance.

Here are some links to all of John Green’s social websites that you might want to check out:

Hope you enjoyed reading my review on Looking for Alaska and I hope I haven’t put you off reading it aha. Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you all very soon.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Time Is Of The Essence…

I feel like time is such a funny thing. When we don’t have any we complain about how we can’t do the things that we want; the things that make us happy. However when we do have time we abuse it. We just sleep or watch a pointless film that won’t change anything or improve our flaws because that’s what we should be doing isn’t it?

We should really try to utilise our time and be more effective with what we do with it. If you think about it, there are 24 hours in the day. That is more than enough time to be doing something healthy and productive to make us better people or to simply enhance our knowledge. We could learn something new perhaps and you never know you might enjoy it and could even take it up as a new hobby. Keeping yourself busy is extremely good for your body and mind and you will be able to experience new things.  I was thinking about this and it’s so fascinating how the hours you spend lounging around doing absolutely nothing, you never actually get back. Yes you can have days where you just doss and not do anything because your body needs rest but not all the time because I know that’s what a lot of you do including me. Life is too short to be wasting time on things that won’t matter in a year’s time.

Tips on making more use of your time:
1.       Write out a to-do list/schedule for the day so you know exactly what you want to get done. I’ve found this to be really motivating because it makes me feel like I have to get it all done before I can relax.
2.       If you find yourself feeling bored then just pick up a book. You don’t have to read a huge textbook to learn something. It can just be any book and I promise you you will gain so much knowledge, your speaking skills will improve and so will your English in general.
3.       Next time you have some free time try cleaning your room. I know people see this as a chore but like they say a clear room is a clear mind. Put your music on in the background and actually enjoy it. You will feel so much better afterwards and you will have done something productive.
4.       Make sure you’re staying healthy! Those spares hours that you have now and then you could be going for a walk or trying a new workout. It can be hard for some people but you will feel so fresh and it’s better than just sleeping or watching TV.
5.       Lastly don’t over-commit. You will end up ruining the fun by piling on too much that you won’t be able to do. Your free time should be enjoyable and it should make you feel happy. It shouldn’t be stressful and pressurizing.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and hopefully it has encouraged you to use your time wisely and to its full potential. Thanks for reading, see you in my next post.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

New Years Resolution - 2014

Before you think I’m crazy I am fully aware that it’s March now but I didn’t create this blog until after 2014 started but I still feel like sharing my new years resolution all the same. At first I thought it was quite weird but now I think it makes sense, well to me anyway.

I love hearing other people’s resolutions but I’ve never understood when people keep resolutions that they know for a fact that they just can’t keep as it’s so unrealistic. Plus, I don’t like the plain boring ones like “I want to stop eating chocolate” because that just won’t happen and it feels like people just say it every year for the sake of it. It’s just so unoriginal in my opinion.

So my new year’s resolution is to take more photos throughout the year. This came about because I remember looking back over 2013 and barely having any photos of the great memories I had. This really got to me because I know when I’m older I’m going to regret not taking any so I’ve decided to do this more. I really want to capture the good moments and be able to look back at them and see how much things have changed. I’m also going to take photos of the sad parts of my year because I feel like those are important to remember too simply because they happened and that was a big part of my life at the time. Nothing should be forgotten whether it’s good or bad.

I just really hope I can properly give this a go and stick to it. I’ve taken quite a lot so far so I will try hard to keep this up. Hopefully this has encouraged you to take more photos because you don’t want to end up like me who doesn’t take any and regrets it aha.

Thanks for reading, talk to you all very soon.

Hugs & kisses,

Nabeela x

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Quick Update – 1st March 2014

A lot of new things have been happening in my life recently and lots of things have changed so I just wanted to give a quick update on what I’ve been up to and some of the exciting things that have been keeping me busy and occupied.

Firstly, I’ve been so busy revising and learning tonnes of exam techniques since I’m about to do my GCSE exams starting in May. This has been extremely stressful as this is so important for me and I don’t want these past 5 years to go to waste. I also have a timetable where I have all the revision classes at lunchtimes and after school that I have to attend which will give me guidance and extra time to ask for my teacher’s advice and to finish coursework. It’s been very hectic and at times I have been procrastinating and a little unmotivated but nevertheless I’m going to try to keep working hard and get through this period. I am so excited to finish high school on the 13th June as that is the day I have my last exam so I’m definitely looking forward to relaxing and just chilling out as the long hard stretch of exams will be finally over.

Another thing is that I have started to write articles for an online magazine called Voice 21 that is written by teenagers who want to voice their opinions on various topics such as health, education and disorders along with fun things like film and book reviews. There are so many opportunities that can come about with this and I am just so excited to persue in this as writing is a strong passion of mine and it will also help with my future career. They have drop in sessions every Monday after school to work on articles. I have only been to one so far but I can’t wait to go again as everyone was so friendly and I get to do what I love.

Here is the website if you want to check it out:

The last thing I wanted to share is that I’m starting to tutor my little sister, who’s in primary school, on various subjects including Maths and English. Personally I feel like education isn’t given as much thought as it should and the teaching is getting worse day by day. So I want to help her achieve the best she can and give her a head start for later life. I’ve decided to take an hour out of my time every day and maybe 2 hours on the weekend to tutor her and teach her what the schools aren’t bothering to teach. My mom has also said that she will pay me at the end of the week for helping her as an incentive so I’m really excited to start tutoring her as I really want her to come out of primary school having performed to the best of her ability.
Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x