Per Aquum Desert Palm

Horse why you so sad?

I've been a bad blogger this week and missed Sunday's post. Shame on me. In my defence I had a work event on Sunday and there was some last minute organising to be done on Saturday night so I kind of half-forgot, half-just-wanted-to-lie-down.

Anyway, last week me and the boyf stayed at Per Aquum Desert Palm, a hotel in Dubai. After a LONG hour and half taxi ride, we arrived and went pretty much straight to dinner at one of the hotel's restaurants, Rare. I find that whilst a lot of restaurants in Dubai don't cater particularly well for vegetarians, they are often open to making something off menu for me, which is much appreciated. I had a waldorf salad for starter, mushroom risotto for main and trio of creme brulee for dessert. It was a nice meal, but I'm not going to lie, and this sounds horribly first world problems, but I'm not a massive fan of haute cuisine or whatever if's called when you get a smear of tomato reduction and a blob of cheese foam. Sometimes I just want pie and some mash or something. I did like that they made me a bespoke cocktail though, it was a Cosmopolitan but with a twist - it had an amaretto tasting ingredient that made it delicious.

We stayed on a weekday which was a bit of a shame as we had work the next day so pretty much had breakfast and then went (delicious hash browns). I would have liked to have stayed and sunbathed, as the infinity pool looked amazing!

Faye x

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Thanks in advance :) 


OOTD // Green Day

Dress Ted Baker
Sandals New Look

These pics were taken at the Per Aquum Desert Spa here in Dubai where we stayed for a night recently - more about the hotel in Wednesday post (aren't you right on the edge of your seat?!) I've worn this dress on the blog before, but it really is a beaut, and as previously mentioned I'm deffo running out of OOTD options - I haven't bought any new clothes in AGES (I'm inadvertently doing the spend no money challenge or whatever it's called). I got up extra early to take these pics before breakfast (*waits for good blogger pat on the head*) and as I was smizing in front of the fountain, the staff were milling about getting ready for the day, probably thinking who the heck is this div? Re: these sandals, they really are on their last legs; one of the buckles is broken and as you can see from the pic they're all coming apart at the seams but I just can't let go. They're so comfortable and I love that they're just simple gladiators with no frills - quite difficult to find these days, I think. 

In SUPER EXCITING news, I've been nominated for a #BloggersBlogAward, the blogger awards created by the wonderful Hayley from Tea Party Beauty. If you could vote for me in the International blogger category here, I would love you forever. Plus, all your dreams will come true. (Name that film reference). Thanks so much in advance, and a huge huge thanks to the bloggers who nominated me - you da best!

Lots of love,

Faye x


Lately #7

  1. I took a pic of these pretty houses in Notting Hill when I was last in London...I miss it.
  2. The reflection in the lake I walk past every day on my way to work. At this point I'm usually gasping for breath from the heat. 
  3. I'll definitely miss having a swimming pool on tap at the weekend! 
  4. This popcorn was red velvet flavoured. It tasted so good and I don't even want to think about how much sugar was in each piece!

  1. Me and my boyf went to coldstone creamery and the ice-cream was massive. It was birthday cake and mint flavour and it defeated me. 
  2. Some weekend nail art.
  3. We had a car one weekend so went to the desert to take some ootd pics, however it was a complete failure as it was too windy :(
  4. Outfit of the evening - I wore this to a friend's house party a couple of weekends ago.

  1. We went to a surprise birthday party and I couldn't resist the lift floor.
  2. Model's Own Chrome Rose is such a pretty shade...especially when photographed with a swimming pool in the background.
  3. I broke this nail and I was VERY annoyed. 
  4. Wore this to a ladies night at La Residence, which is in downtown Dubai. They serve these little cheese souffle balls as an appetiser and they are beyond delicious. I could eat a plateful. 
Thanks for reading!

Faye x


OOTD // Ladies Night

Boo for short nails :(

Top Primark
Skirt H&M
Shoes Primark
Bag New Look 

The chic kitchen background is back, complete with bin accessory. I feel like I look a bit like a Flamenco dancer in this outfit, but hey ho whoever said they weren't total style icons. I ventured out of the house this week to go to a Ladies Night - they have these nights in Dubai on Tuesdays where ladies drink for free - what an excellent idea I say. I didn't get very drunk but much fun was had, and I've just remember that I did the limbo. When in Mahiki... 

Faye x


Inspiration #9 Bronde/Balayage Hair

Pics from Pinterest 

Boring person alert - I've never dyed my hair. I dabbled with ombre a few years ago but never went the whole hog. It's always been for one main reason - I know I wouldn't have bothered with upkeep, but would have slowly let the dye grow out until I looked even more homeless dishevelled than I do now. I mean, my hair is lucky if it sees a brush most days, much to the annoyance of my mum. 

However, since becoming acquainted with the concepts of bronde and balayage,  I have found the answer to all my boring hair woes. According to Google, bronde is 'a colour technique that fuses brown and blonde, to create a flattering, sun-kissed colour result' and balayage is 'allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour ... with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines'. So you see, even as 
it grows out, it looks like it's all part of the plan - genius! Plus, added bonus, as you can see from the collage above, it will make me look identical to Lily Aldridge. It's the ultimate lazy hair person's solution. Now I just need to find somewhere that will make all my hair dreams come true - anyone know any good salons is Bristol?

Faye x


OOTD // Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit H&M
T-shirt Costco
Shoes Topshop
Necklace New Look 

The yellow wall is back. I wore this outfit on the weekend and I'll give you a tip - don't wear any sort of layers when it's pushing 40 degrees. It gets VERY WARM.  I'm not gonna lie I'm really scraping the bottom of the barrel for new OOTDs these days - I'm trying to find different ways to wear my 'capsule' (miniscule) wardrobe and I don't want to buy anything new because a) really trying to save and b) I'm going back to the UK! I've lived in Dubai for a year now and although I've had some really good times, it's definitely not the place for me. I'll be coming back at the beginning of September and I'm so exciteddddddd! 

Faye x

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5 books I love (and 3 I really hate!)

I was having a lovely discussion with my colleague and friend Janine last week about books - our favourite authors, books we love, ones we hate, and then she reminded me that it was Book Lover's Day on August 9th. In the year since I moved to Dubai, I've read a lot more books than usual - lying on a sun lounger every weekend gets boring if you've not got something to read, and I've rekindled my love of books. To celebrate Book Lover's Day today, I thought it would be nice to share 5 of my favourite books and also 3 I hate. I love a good debate so if you agree or disagree please do let me know in the comments!

5 books I love

1. One Day by David Nicholls

This is my favourite book. I read it whilst I was travelling in 2010 and feeling all the emotions and it just spoke to me! The book focuses on a simple premise - a man and a woman meet at uni and each chapter documents their lives on the same day over a 20 year period. I really love Emma (the main female character) and identified with her a lot, which I think is why the book is so close to my heart. It's also the second book ever to make me cry (the first was Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson) and I just love the way it's written. The film on the other hand...WELL I think we'll all agree the less said about that the better.

2. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This is a good old fashioned adventure story about an Indian boy who survives a ship wreck that's really gripping and unique. I love books that make you think for a long time after you've read them and make you want to discuss with someone else, and that's definitely how I felt after finishing this book. I don't think this is a spoiler, but it's got a really interested theory at the end which I definitely didn't see coming. 

3. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

I read that as part of my English degree at university and it's a book I would never normally pick up. It's the story of a guy who works on Wall Street in the 1980s, and let's just say he's a little unhinged. Or is he!?? Very dark, scary at times (full of graphic violent scenes which I sometimes had to skim read because I am a big old scaredy cat) but it's also really funny and really engrossing. Warning - it makes you paranoid. I read it during a summer break at uni and was convinced every one was out to get me - haha! 

4. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield 

You probably know who Chris Hadfield is, but if not he is = an astronaut who became famous when he recorded a version of David Bowie's Space Odyssey whilst in space and put it on YouTube. This book is basically an autobiographical version of his career and it's so interesting. For someone who knows nothing about space travel, it's a fascinating insight into how it all works, told from a really easy to understand and likeable perspective. 

5. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

This book is just so lovely! It's basically about an old man who goes on a long walk, which sounds super boring but it's really not, it has the sweetest characters and it just makes me feel a warm feeling in my heart. I defy anyone who reads it not to feel the same! 

3 books I hate! (Warning - spoiler alerts!)

1. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

This is another book I read whilst travelling, and it's the (looooooong) story of a guy's adventures since escaping from prison. The main problem I had with this book was that it was basically one long 'inspirational' quote, which makes me shiver with cringe. The main character is insufferably annoying and incredibly embarassing, yet he seems to think he is a deep philosopher who is solving all of life's mysteries and charming everyone he meets, to the point where it's unintentionally funny. I wish I could remember more of the reasons why I hate this book but it's been a long time! Just awful and embarassing. 

2. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Basically, this is the story of a man called Henry who can travel through time randomly and the love story between him and a girl called Clare. My main problem with this book was the characters - they appear to have no redeeming qualities, in fact they're both pretty horrible in my opinion. The repeated mentions of Henry wearing a band t-shirt and being so totally rock and roll got on my last nerve. Big chunks of the story were pointless and didn't serve to push the plot along or add any kind of interest, for example when Henry time travels he always ends up naked and there were many, MANY instances of him trying to find some clothes - who cares?!?  To sum up, it was just a load of old waffle about the lives of two boring, unlikeable characters. I just didn't care what happened to them. 

All images from Goodreads

3. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

I realise that this will probably be quite an unpopular opinion, but man this book was annoying. It's not because it's made for young adults - I certainly still enjoy a bit of Judy Blume, but it's just so pretentious. Similarly to Shantaram, I feel like it's just a collection of 'inspirational' quotes designed to be photoshopped onto a picture the galaxy and put on tumblr to reinforce how deep and meaningful they are. How can anyone like Augustus - a character who puts a cigarette into his mouth and then doesn't smoke it because he wants to 'be in control of the thing that can kill you'? It's like the author looked up the word metaphor and thought, ooh I'd better include one of those I'll look well smart. I just found the whole thing so contrived and hyper-aware that it lost all sense of emotion - it was trying so hard to make me cry it just left me cold. It also annoyed me no end when they kiss in the Anne Frank museum, it's like are we supposed to think their teenage love is so important that they are above respecting one of the most hideous events in modern history?!? I have no more words. 

What are your favourite/worst books of all time? 

Faye x

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