Thursday, 22 February 2018

Things i've learnt about myself

I am no stranger to those 20 things I’ve learnt in 20 years post but this one is definitely more focused on the last year to two years or so. I suppose once I finish uni, I will do a more in depth post about my experiences and a whole series on uni stuff but I really think this place has taught be a lot of valuable lessons about myself, ones that have completely changed my outlook on myself and life ahead of me.


1. University really isn’t for me – I feel like I have to explain myself on this because it’s not that I don’t love uni, the way my course is structured really doesn’t bode well with how I like to work. My deadlines fall at the end of the term so it means I do fuck all for like 3 months, do about 2 weeks of solid work and that’s it. As someone who loves to be busy, this, as you can imagine, leaves me many days to just sit in bed and watch the day pass by. Plus, the whole dynamic of university is odd. Think about it, living in a bubble of a bunch of same aged students and forced to make it work almost, life really isn’t like that and if uni is supposed to prepare you for real life, this couldn’t be further from the truth

2. I have a really good work ethic – I don’t know how much I have spoken about my internship in china but as the first 4 weeks of it showed me, if I am given a task, I will give it my all and I will work and work until no more can be done. That was also the case for my second internship and I was actually complimented on that in the end. I always feel that saying I have a good work ethic is something I write on my CV just to get hired, but its an actual fact, and I can prove that

3. Following on from that, I always deserve respect. Respect is a two-way street. You want respect, that has to be earned. You show me respect I will show you respect. Simple right. Funnily enough, people don’t seem to get that, and you should NEVER accept anything less that that. I got less that respect at my internship and it made me feel like shit and made me apologetic for absolutely nothing. Now that doesn’t me you go all cold hearted to get this entitled respect because if you deserve it, you will get it. Don’t force it. Always be kind and respectful and give everything your all.


4. I know what it means to be happy – this is probably just me, but I have always wondered what it means to actually be happy like what does that feel like. Without even realising, I know what that it. I feel it in my gut; when something feels good and when something feels wrong. With this, it means I have complete power over making myself happy and that is one of the most liberating feelings ever

5. I am an ambivert – I don’t know why it took me until now to figure this out but an ambivert is who I am. I am very much an introverted person, more of a homebody than a let’s go out and get drinks but when I do go out, that’s when that part of me is unlocked and released. And that’s because I have a balance of introvert and extrovert features in my personality. Although I have this balance, I think its more like 60/40 or 70/30, more being introverted but this has just explained why I am the way I am on so many nights out, dinners, etc.

Items worn
Jacket – ASOS
Hoodie – H&M
Jeans – DON’T BUY THESE THEY SUCK!
Scarf – zara sale recently check in store

So those are some of the most important lessons I have learnt about myself recently. I think every day, we learn something new about ourselves. Sometimes I think it can take a little while longer in our heads but hey, its taken me nearly 21 years to figure this out, what will I figure out in the next 21?


 stay woke folks x


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Friday, 16 February 2018

I took a week off from life | Amsterdam Diaries

Last week I packed my bags and went off to visit my friend who is studying in Amsterdam for the semester. Initially, I was only going to go for a long weekend as it was going to be her birthday. But as I toyed with the idea of staying for a whole week, I realised this was just what I needed. I have spoken about this before, but I really thrive on my own independence and being in new places and finding energy in new places. Sometimes we all need a break from life and this was mine, just before the real uni work was to begin.

As I was there for two days, I realised, this is exactly what I needed. Time away from everything, to figure out where I was heading, what I wanted to do with my final term and almost to come up with a strategy for my final months as a student. Alas, I took a week off but I didn’t stop checking my emails, searching for jobs etc. because lets be real, we cant completely stop everything for a week.

If you didn't know already, Amsterdam is fast becoming one of my favourites cities for a quick getaway. its very easy to get to, flights can be really cheap and its such a vibrant city; really multi cultural, great food, lots of quaint little places and great in the arts, culture and architecture department. Amsterdam also houses many historical and touristic spots such as the Anne Frank house, the van gogh museum, the Jewish quarters and the red light district. If you are looking for your next getaway, take a peek at Amsterdam. You wont be disappointed.

Places visited on all trips that i recommend: Anne Frank house, van gogh museum, red light districk, banksy exhibition, foam photography museum, jewish quarters, rijk museum, vondell park, a'dam lookout, foodhallen, flower market

Because I have been to Amsterdam twice before, I didn’t take as many pictures as this first two times but, I think this time I just used it as an opportunity to soak up every moment there. So here are a few pics from my trip and a video at the end. I hope you enjoy!




Stay woke folks x



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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

What do you want to do after university?


 Aside from my internet lifestyle, I work a lot with kids educating them about their options post 16 and 18. We run a variety of sessions and at 90% of the sessions, we have a Q&A section at the end. And someone always asks the dreaded question, “what do you want to do after university?”. Now, this is a valid question to ask but asking that to a current uni student, they are always reluctant to answer. We don’t mean it in a rude way, we just don’t want to think about leaving the safe haven of university.



I have always thrived off being busy. And although I have uni max three days a week, I will always find other things to do to keep me going. But as I am in the final term of my final year, I’ve realised that this is it. I will be stripped of my student identity and I will have to be an actual adult with actual responsibilities. I always knew that was coming, but a part of me thinks I wasn’t quite prepared for this day coming up. I think kids are always curious to see what we want to do with the rest of our lives, but my answer is always I don’t know, but that’s okay. I am only nearly 21 years old and I can’t know what the future holds.


Coat – check in store, was on sale!

Starting uni really changed my outlook on things; to never say no to free food or other freebie, to always apply because that way, at least you tried and to keep going. But most importantly, the possibilities are endless. Without me even realising, I could go into a job that doesn’t even exist yet. I have said yes to so many great opportunities and has made me reconsider so many different things. I don’t just have to stay in the UK, my degree is a valid career path (as a media student) and I really can do whatever I want (within reason)



So what am I going to do after uni? I’m going to hopefully get a job, move back to London, get a flat, continue creating and see where life takes me. All those things I just wrote, I was too scared to even think about only 2 years ago. To be honest, I am just bullshitting my way through life like I do my essays and its okay that I don’t know what’s next. My university journey is coming to an end but that doesn’t mean I don’t have another great one coming up.

Stay woke



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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Winter Warmers | Sweet potato & lentil curry recipe

Finally you guys know that I will be working with Coop for the foreseeable future, creating recipes that are student friendly. You guys know I love to experiment with my cooking and share affordable big batch recipes with you guys. So here is the first of many more to come.

Today’s theme is winter warmers and I decided to give you all the details on how I make my sweet potato and lentil curry. What I love about this is that you can make it in a big batch, its suitable for vegetarians and vegans and is completely customisable to your taste buds.



You will need:
1 onion or pre-chopped onions
1 garlic or 1 tsp of garlic granules
1 tsp of mild or hot curry powder
1 sweet potato
¾ of a tin of lentils
1 tin of chickpeas
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
500ml vegetable stock cube
Handful of spinach
Rice or wholegrain and quinoa rice
Salt and pepper to season
Olive oil or carotina oil

You want to star by combining your onions and garlic with some olive oil and once that has softened, add on teaspoon of curry powder and mix together

Then add 500ml of vegetable stock, the tin of chopped tomatoes and the chopped sweet potatoes and boil for 30mins until the sweet potatoes are soft.

After, add your tin of chickpeas, handful of spinach and lentils and then soften for another 5 to 10 mins.

Salt and pepper to taste and add your rice and you are done.

I have made a small video to accompany this post which you can see below. there will be many more to come so make sure you are following via bloglovin


Such a simple meal and can easily be done on a budget and completely customisable. I hope you guys enjoy cooking this and let me know if you happen to make it.







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Friday, 26 January 2018

Friday favourites #3

I haven’t done one of these ones in a while but every so often, its good to take a look back at the things you have been loving or testing out. I can never get my head around having different favourites every single month. I think that stresses me out more than it should. But this way, I have more flexibility in the amount of times I upload.

Favourite items

I am loving the new range that Maybelline have released. I never fall for the hype of new launches but when I was on the market, I stumbled upon the colour temptation range. Firstly, the mascara smells amazing coconutty and I hate coconuts. Its so much lighter on your lashes and really easy to take off. The brow definer is also great for carving out a shape for your brows and they don’t budge at all. Really great release and I am so impressed with those two products.
On the flip side, I have gotten into reading again. Shamefully, I have not read a book properly since English ALevel. It really put me off and I was buying books I felt I had to read and not ones I really wanted to. But I’ve found a book that I’m only 100 pgs in and I am hooked. Its called close to home all about a girl who has gone missing. A vague synopsis but I highly recommend it if you like crime/mystery books.

What I’m watching

Think everyone knows that friends is finally on Netflix and I have noticed that not all of the episodes are complete but I think that says a lot about me. Having started it on new year’s day, I think I am two far ahead for the average human and I am just glued to my ipad screen these days.
I also watched This is Us in like one day and I highly recommend it. Like such a coming of age story with lots of different layers woven into the narrative and such a beautiful story. So many times I had to pause it just to get my emotions in order.

Although not tv, I have loved watching crime/mystery videos on youtube. I have loved tv shows of this genre for as long as I could remember so this little part of youtube is great for me. I particularly love Danelle hallan, Bella fiori and Georgia marie. But so many people are doing them now

Let’s listen

Considering I recently got my spotify subscription back, I have really been enjoying music again. I love discovering new artists and you know, playing a song over and over again until I am sick of it. Right now, anything not3s and mabel is just my jam, I am loving Troye sivans new music and ansel elgorts song supernova. I love the song bad by steel bangles and the song empty room but the cabu remix. And isn’t finesses just the greatest song you have ever heard. Just what I needed. Music has such an uplifting quality about it that it just puts me in the best mood.

Fashion favourites

You guys know from my previous hauls and PLT review that I have been loving the sales section. In particular, I have been loving the outerwear section and have added two new coats to my wardrobe from ASOS and Zara. Two very different pieces and probably both unnecessary but they were just what I felt was missing from my wardrobe. The puffer more for now and a street style look and the longline coat will be great as we move into the warmer months and an allrounder occasion piece.
As I move more fashion items into my wardrobe, I am parting ways with other items on my depop account which I highly recommend you check out. TOO MUCH of the stuff I sell is never worn so if you like bags, oversized pieces, adidas or a plus size girl, I think I have something for you. My username is amirasw and it would mean soo much if you came and said hello.

Something to think about

“Always keep fighting because no matter what, you deserve to live the life you have”

This is a quote I conjured up, but it may also exist on other parts of the internet just expressed in various other ways. But I put this quote on my new years resolutions/bucket list. After all the crap that I dealt with last year, I felt like this was necessary to get me in the right head space for the new year. So far, so good.

Let me know some of your favourites below because I apparently love spending money I don’t have.


Stay woke folks x

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