Life Unplugged - October.

31 October Ayesha Farhad 50 Comments

It has been a month since I have been back to the UK from Pakistan and I can not be happier. There is something just so serene about settling in your own routine and just doing your own thing without bothering about anyone or anything. There is a bit of chaos in the daily routine of a Pakistani. Everybody is just rushing to complete chores and work. Whilst over here, there is this sudden peace even while doing chores. There is a certain independence over here. Anyway, I know y'all are kinda bored now with my independency rant all the time haha.

Autumn is in full swing and the weather here in London has been quiet bi-polar. I mean we literally had to leave our coats and jackets home the other day while walking to the park and today it was absolutely freezing. There are a few boys outside right now, who are having a mini firework competition with each other and it is just driving me crazy. I mean sure, I love fireworks but just don't it on my front porch while I am trying to put my son to sleep.  Also, I have finally recovered from a 3-week flu that just wouldn't show any signs of going away while my son is still recovering. And I have gained a few kilos which I am trying to lose as fast as I can. Hopefully, I will stick to clean eating this time and not get carried away. Ugh.

Anyway, I got these perfumes in the mail a few weeks back and I was not at all expecting them to be this amazing! I love shopping in Monsoon and Accessorize but I am not a fan of their perfumes. I love strong and heavy scents whilst theirs are really sweet. But imagine my surprise when I smelled them. 


The Rose Gold perfume from Monsoon is my top favourite. When I tested it out, the scent literally lingered for a good two days. It has a very warm yet musky scent with a top note of sparkling lemon which, to be honest, I never knew that it could smell so yummy. It is one of those scents that when you smell it on someone, you need to stop them and ask them which perfume they are wearing! You can find the Rose gold perfume here for £28.50.

Lovelily from Accessorize is that kinda perfume that my early 20's self would wear. Although I am not a major fan of fruity scents and keeping in mind that Lovelily has juicy top notes of raspberry and orange combined with a zesty accord of bergamot but layered with jasmine and muguet, it isn't as sickeningly sweet as I suspected. You can find the Lovelily perfume here for £18.50 which in my opinion is an affordable scent and great as a stocking filler keeping in mind Christmas is literally right around the corner. 

Keeping on the scents trend, I love me a good room mist. The first thing that I do after cleaning my bedroom, I spray a room mist all over. And I love a mist that has a scent that lingers all day. Malee Online, sent me their African inspired room mist which is nearly empty now (reminds me to top up). I spray it all over my carpets and curtains. You can even spray it on your bedding but since I am such a scent addict, I have a separate one for that. The bottle gives such a luxurious feeling and unlike other mists that I have tried, it doesn't leak from the spray nozzle. I hate it when that happens.

Also along with their room mist they sent me their limited edition Polyanthes soybean candle. Okay. Honest to God. My first time using a candle which is also a moisturiser. I didn't even know it was also a moisturiser after I read reviews a few days later. WHAAAT kind of sorcery is this?! The scent takes me back to my mother's room when I was a child and it just makes me miss her even more. Since the moisturising wax is a little bit thick, I love applying it around my neck and collarbone area after taking a shower and the scent lingers on me for ages. It's just magical. 

Moving onto food, over the past few days, I have watched way too many spicy ramen noodle challenges and to top that, I watched them after midnight. God knows why. SO obviously the craving heightened and your girl ordered 2 times spicy (the highest spice level) 5 pack off eBay. One advice y'all: NEVER eat spice before a workout session. The heartburn is disgusting! But seriously man, being a Pakistani, no amount of spice can ever faze me. It does have a little bit of kick when you have the first bite but then the spice settles down. But if you are looking for something adventurous with food, you have got to try it!

50 comments:

  1. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Pakistan. Want these noodles right now. :'(

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  2. Such a nice long post packed with great information! I don't usually do in sweet smells either so I sometimes find it difficult to find an affordable perfume on the high street. Thank you for your review - it gives me an idea of where to look next :)

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  3. I understand how it feels there and then discovering independence and peace after returning. I love room mists and candles as they’re lovely to freshen up a room.

    Fatima

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  4. I am not a big fan of heavy perfumes as well as they give me headaches so quickly... I am usually sticking to Body Sprays but that rose gold scent sounds lovely. Thanks for your recommendations!

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  5. My husband is Pakistani and ever since whenever I get flu I'll take this joshanda with chai. It will go in a week for me. I'm a fan of Korean spicy noodles! I was surprised to see it at the end of your article. Also, Monsoon and Accessorize is also here in UAE. I might go and check this stuffs as well. Nice blending of diff. stories here!

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  6. This is a really inspiring an informative post. I like how you combine different topics in a smooth way - just like life itself ;-)

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  7. Heyyy! I am Indian and can I just say... Spicy according to the rest of the world is just breakfast for us. I mean, spicy Mango pickles and Biryani anyone? Haha. The perfume looks very pretty by the way.

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  8. Dont post such pics. I ll blame u for extra shopping :p

    Its such a joy to be back at home in our own pace na? I love going to india or travelling but back in the space i call my domain is the best! Evetything the way i like it!

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  9. It is great that you embrace your preferences and uniqueness. That is so helpful when making your place feel the most comfortable.

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  10. i love spicy ramen...be a pakistani aur indian love for spices remain same.also i like the perfume u tried ,fragrance is very good.

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  11. loved reading it, hope you had an amazing trip to pakistan, loved the top ramen indeed can't elave spices being Indian too..

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  12. The weather, argh! Its so hard to know how to dress at the moment, isn't it? Don't tell anyone but in the house I've been wearing my dressing gown on over my clothes haha. Its also time for the fluffy socks. I am glad you've managed to find your routine and pace, thats important. I love the look of the monsoon fragrances, I never thought to check them out for that! I can't tell what noodles they are but have you ever had Nong shim noodles? They are insanely hot but SO good!

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  13. I love that purple plaid top on you! It is so pretty with your skin tone!

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  14. Bipolar weather is the bane of my existence. So I know exactly what you mean. I am glad you had a wonderful trip to Pakistan. But nothing suffices for independence :)

    I like sweet smells during summer and strong warm smells during fall. I will check these out.

    ❥ tanvii.com

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  15. Spicy ramen is one of my favorite meals. I have yet to perfect it, though. Our weather here in Florida is rarely what most people would consider fall, but it's cooling off enough the natives are dressing for it. Love that top you are wearing.

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  16. I have not come across these perfumes before! I have a lavender room mist and love spraying it on my bedding before hitting the hay!

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  17. Ok so I want that Rose Gold perfume just because of the name. lol I guess I should want it because it smells amazing.

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  18. I love spicy food but think 2X spice would be to much for me. I will have to order some for my Son. He is standing here telling me he could eat it no problem. Challenge excepted lol.

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  19. It is always a relief to get back home after a trip abroad, even if it is to see family. I know when I would travel to Jakarta, even thought family was around me all the time, it was nice to get back to the US and to my version of normal.

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  20. I know what you mean about finally being home. I feel that way no matter where I travel to. I like musky perfumes, so that first one has caught my attention! And oh, those noodles sound good right now... though I'm dieting and its late...

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  21. Hello from across the border. We Indians too get up to a mad rush to get things done everyday. Love your perspectives. Buying this online, hope my wife loves it!

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  22. Love this!! Thanks for sharing all of this with us!

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  23. Haha California'a weather can be bipolar too during the winter. Love the packaging of the scents. They'll make great gifts and stocking stuffers.

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  24. I hope you enjoy your trip and the spicy noodles because both activities I consider exciting. Also, you're lucky to receive those gifts - I have tried Monsoon perfume and its really good.

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  25. I love spicy noodles as well. Eventhough it is spicy, it is delicious. The perfume looks cute as well. Thanks for writing this blog. i guess you have had a great October

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  26. I would love to try the monsoon perfume. Those noodles look so delicious. Yummy!

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  27. I would love to try this! It sounds great and those noodles look beyond yummy!

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  28. Those spicy noodles challenge have been all over my feed for quite a while and I am getting interested in it!

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  29. So pretty! you got some gorgeous accessories! I'd love to try the perfume. Looks so fun!

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  30. Haha! Definitely trying the 2 times spicy ramen!! I love spicy food, too!!

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  31. I have never heard of a candle that is also a moisturizer. That is so cool!

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  32. Oh you look so beautiful girl, and I'm love your outfit. This Rose Gold perfume is calling my name, I would love to try this.

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  33. It is funny you said that about the weather because here in Saudi Arabia we are having the same issue. Happy November! I just have to say that your boots are fire!!! Where did you get them? And a candle that is lotion is something I'm going to need to check out. Cheers on the beautiful post!

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  34. Glad you had a great time back in Pakistan. Also, spicy noodles are great but too spicy LOLOL!

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  35. You had me at spicy food and great smelling perfume. So much fun. I love a great noodle dish, for sure!!!

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  36. I've heard of Malee brand before but haven't really tried their scented candles yet. It awesome to get so many samples to try.
    Spicy ramen is my favorite, they taste so good. Can't wait to have this.

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  37. Love your outfit! I havent tried this fragrance but would love to try it.

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  38. These perfumes looks so good. However, I personally don't like heavy scents and perfumes. But still, I'll choose rose gold perfume over the fruit smell perfumes because of the presence of sparkling lemon (my favorite one). I used to have ittar instead. Candle with moisturizer is something new for me.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  39. I'm sure you had a great experience visiting Pakista.. I haven't been there but the place seems so intriguing to me that I want to explore it someday
    Wow, I just tried the Spicy noodle challenge with my sister few days ago and I failed haha. I think I only managed to get three bites and calm myself with a bunch of milk lols

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  40. Angela Ricardo Bethea3 November 2017 at 17:17

    You looks so beautiful in your outfit. and you really have an awesome collection of perfume. I think I need to check that. So interesting.

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  41. Rose Gold perfume and spicy Ramen, two of my favorite things! I also think our weather is bipolar but that's nothing new

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  42. Lucky you, you visited Pakistan! These are all great memories you are sharing, nice photos! :)

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  43. Ha, I've been seeing the noodles' challenges too. It always feels good to back home to what you're used to, though I'm sure you enjoyed Pakistan.

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  44. I totally relate to the feeling of coming back to your routine. I just came back from a 2 week vacation

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  45. The rose gold scent sounds really good! I agree with eating spicy food before a workout. Not fun at all!

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  46. I hope you did enjoy your trip. I have always wanted to visit Pakistan too.

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  47. Thanks for sharing! First, I love the look and I am sure those scented smells more amazing that the look. I have always been a fan of perfumes.

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  48. I am not a huge fan of heavy perfumes but this room mist spray catch my attention. It seems that you really like the smell of this room mist spray. By the way, you looks so beautiful in your checkered blouse.

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  49. I am not a big fan of heavy perfumes but I love yo read your post and thinking about new fragrance to try.

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  50. Great post. It was nice to read and it's obvious that you spent a great amount of time on it. Thank you for sharing.

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