Why you should journal

4/5 of my journals 🙂

hey everyboddyyyyy

this is my first proper blog post of the new year and it is about something that I think you should start doing.

JOURNALING.

(this post is gonna be kinda long but KEEP READING, it’s worth it, honestly)

No, not like a bullet journal. a book where you write all your life secrets, to put it plainly.

Ok so I’m 99% every single person has started a journal / diary (lol I really hate calling it a diary and I don’t know why but it physically hurts me) as a kid and then either quit in a few weeks or continued writing forever. I think I’m the only person I know who continued writing 😔BUT it was so worth it.

My story with journaling is that when I was like 9-10 I used to read Dork Diaries a lot and decided that I wanted to write one too so I wrote random entries about absolutely nothing in this pink notebook. I cringe reading it now because at the start I used to write and sign off just like the girl in the book did and that’s so grosss because that isn’t how I write and thinkkkkkk. Anyways, at first my main motivation to write was Dork Diaries but eventually I genuinely started enjoying writing so yeah I’ve been doing it for 5 years ✌🏽

You’re probably thinking why should you start a journal when it’s so boring and you’re just writing about your life. I have a few good reasons for that which I can tell you from personal experience. First of all, you can write anything in the world in there; literally the most random thing that makes no sense and is so pointless or something that is the most important thing to you because nobody else is gonna read it. There’s some things you think about that you just wouldn’t tell people cause you have no reason to and instead of forgetting that thought you can write it down. Dude I’ve literally rambled on for pages talking about me and my friends hanging out and about songs I like. Yeah I actually wrote 3 pages about an album. It was a great experience though. There’s no rules for how to write or what you should/shouldn’t write about, you just do things how you want to.

Secondly, you can get stuff out that is bothering you. This is like the first point but also not. You can write down what your feeling to understand it better and it doesn’t even matter if it makes any sense because you just want to get it out of your system. Then when you’re done and feeling fine you can just rip out those pages and throw them away and pretend it never happened.

And finally (probably the best part?? maybe?? not really but kinda) it’s so fun to read back on those entries in a couple of years. Like for me I find it so funny to see what things were the most important to me when I was 11 and how I used to think at the time. Plus I’ve written down so many small things that meant a lot to me that I would have otherwise forgotten. Reading your old journals is the weirdest but most interesting experience ever.

Maybe those three main points inspired you? Hopefully they did. If not here are some more ideas that make journaling more fun:

  • you can make it a whole special thing. like just set aside a special time where you can write about little things that made you happy in the day and light some candles and drink some tea…
  • listen to your favourite music while writing! or listen to anything you want honestly. sometimes I like to listen to this fireplace crackling thingy because it sounds so cozy and gets me more relaxed.
  • incorporate your favourite things into the journal. if you’re into art, make some random collages and doodles. if you like music, every entry you can talk about a song you’ve been loving lately and what’s so special about it. if you like photography, stick in pictures everywhere. I could go on listing things but I think you got the idea 😂

Ifff you made it this far, you first deserve a round of applause *cue the applause*, and you most likely might be into the idea..? a bit? YES. YOU ARE. That’s good, I’m really proud of you.

The worst thing is you might like journaling but have no clue what to write about so here are a couple little prompts to ✨spark the inspiration✨(they aren’t very good I’m sorry, I don’t ever really use prompts)

  • small things that make you happy
  • things you love about yourself
  • your favourite songs and why
  • your biggest dreams and goals
  • something that hurt you that you want to forget about
  • letter to your future/ past
  • letter to somebody that you won’t actually send them

aaand that’s all I have but I really hope you try keeping a journal!

If you read this to the end I appreciate you very much. Talk to me if you have a journal or your considering starting one, I love reading your comments ❤️

Love, Hreem xx

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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hey guys!

I hope everything is going okay and that you are, staying home.

I know it’s really boring being at home but it’s better to be bored than get the virus, I’m sure. Plus there are so many people working on the frontline who are doing so much that it’s rude of us to go out and risk everything.

Since you have so much time at home here is a really great, eggless recipe for chocolate cookies that I really love and you probably will too. It’s really not that hard so try it!!

Serves: at least 12 (depending on the size) || Time: 50 mins || Difficulty: Medium

You’ll Need:

  • 1 and 1/8 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

How To Make It:

  1. Firstly, make sure to preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl and then keep the bowl to the side.
  3. Beat your butter, vanilla extract and sugar in a smaller bowl. Once it is much softer, add in the milk and mix until softened.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix them together until they form a dough. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. To make sure the dough isn’t very soft, leave it in the fridge for about 20 mins.
  6. Once the dough is cool, make small balls out of the dough and place them on the baking tray, slightly pressed down with enough space between each cookie.
  7. Bake the cookies for around 10-15 minutes but not too long or else they’ll be too crunchy.
  8. Eat them whenever you want! But obviously not as soon as they come out of the oven because that’ll burn.

I hope you try out this recipe because it tastes really great and it’s not too difficult. If you do try it, please let me know how it went ☺️

Love, Hreem xx

(p.s. it would mean a lot if you checked out my covers)

 

 

Traits of a Libra

hey everybodyyyy

I hope you are all doing well and are free from corona virus. Our school is closed for a month while they clean it thoroughly so I can write a bunch of more blog posts.

The second two weeks we’re going to have to do online school but like still.

Basically, my zodiac sign is a libra as I was born on October 5th and libras are from Sep 23 – Oct 22 I’m pretty sure. So in this post I’m going to list some libra traits (and stereotypes?) that apply to me haha. I was going to just list the traits in general and see which apply to me and which don’t but basically every trait applies because I’m an extremely stereotypical libra girl so that’s very fun.

If any of you readers are libras too please comment which ones are also true for you! (that rhymes? kinda??)

Super indecisive
I think this is like the first trait that really comes to mind when you think of a libra. Although it doesn’t apply to everyone it definitely applies to me 😊 I’m one of the most indecisive people I know. You have no idea how stressful it was for me when I had braces and had to choose a new rubber band colour on the spot…

Overthink a lot
VERY TRUE (for me). I must think about a situation like ten times before it actually happens and over analyse every little thing a person says or does. If you don’t give me an answer I’ll make one up and that’s just how it is.

Never say what they really feel
This is half true and half not, pour moi. Because sometimes I will straight out tell a person about something that is bothering me if the person I am telling is a part of the reason because they can do something about it. But otherwise I wouldn’t tell because telling them wouldn’t really benefit either of us.

Always want things to be balanced and fair 
Actually, most of the libras that I know are peacekeepers who want things to be fair and equal. People get really annoyed about this at times but oh well, haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate

Image result for taylor swift haters gonna hate

Way too nice & people pleasers
Not sure this is for everybody but yeah that’s me. I’m too nice to people so my friends tell me to stop being a people pleaser. Such supportive friends am I right?

Cares too much about what others think 
That’s meheeheeeeeeee. I care way way way too much about what other people think of me which is funn *smiles the fakest and most distressed smile ever that eventually gets kinda creepy* But you know what? I’m trying to care less and that’s all that matters.

Sooooo if there are any other libras out there, let me know if any of these traits are true for you!
And other zodiacs please comment what traits of your sign show for you ❤

Love, Hreem xx

Be Happy & Make Others Happy!

hello everyone!

I hope everything is going great for you.

Today’s post is basically about being happy so PLEASE DON’T STOP READING. I think this is pretty important you can leave right after reading this but I do want you to read until the end.

Everyday you should do atleast one thing that makes you happy and talk to one person that makes you smile. For example play your favourite instrument or your favourite sport, use your brand new paints and paint something even though it may not end up looking perfect, wear the clothes that you usually save for special occassions or literally just put your favourite artist on shuffle and dance around your room. Do something everyday that is just for you and isn’t to please anybody else; you can be a little bit selfish for your own happiness. Then talk to your best friend, your parents, your sibling, your boyfriend/girlfriend or even your crush honestly. Anyone who makes you smile and laugh.

Secondly, forgive yourself for making mistakes. It isn’t possible for every single day to be perfect and every thing you do go well so don’t stress out over minor details! If you did bad-ish on a test, you spent your whole day just in bed, you said the wrong thing, you ate too much chocolate or you are just unable to do something for whatever reason. Tomorrow will be better and one or two little accidents are not the end of the world. Trust me, I know from experience.

*Kind of related, kind of not but still super important: Don’t let anyone, anyone, ANYONE make you feel bad about feeling. You have the right to get super excited about something even if it’s just something small. You have the right to be mad at somebody for breaking your trust or talking trash about you even if it wasn’t the worst insult ever. And if something hurt you enough to make you cry, you can cry as much as you want. Just because it didn’t upset them as much as it did to you it doesn’t mean that you are a “crybaby” or something.

The last thing I want you to remember is to make other people feel good about themselves too. That one day when you called somebody stupid or annoying, they could have been struggling with their own problems and just needed someone to be kind to them. Isn’t it so much more fun to make someone you like and care about laugh or smile and know that it’s because of something you did? Because I honestly think that’s one of the best feelings and it makes me happy too.I don’t know why you would get enjoyment out of making fun of someone or making them feel small. If you do feel that way, try making someone laugh or smile and I’m pretty sure it’s a much nicer feeling.

I know this was a pretty long post but I hope you liked it ❤

Love, Hreem xx

New Skincare Products I’m Loving

hey everyone!

The weather in Dubai is sooo unpredictable! Like, one second it’s nice and sunny and then the next it’s randomly windy, dusty and a LOT of rain. 5 minutes later it’s normal and sunny again. What?! MAKE UP YOUR MIND. Stay rainy plss, I know other countries are hoping for sun but I want the opposite Oops.

so

Not-so-recently I found a new skincare brand I really love. The products only use natural ingredients so there shouldn’t be any chemicals that affect the skin. I’m quite sure this brand is only available in India but I think if you order it, it can probably be shipped to wherever (woop).

I bought 3 products and they are: The Sugared Rose Petal Lip Balm,  Eladi Teenage Day Cream and Hasayan Facial Tonic Mist Rosewater. I didn’t buy a cleanser because I already have one from The Face Shop.

Starting off with the lip balm, I love this lip balm SO MUCH! It smells like a rose, it’s super light, moisturizing and also the packaging is beautiful. The only thing I wish is that it would be bigger! Whenever I have chapped lips this lipbalm is the perfect remedy, totally reccommend it 🙂

Next is the Eladi Teenage Day Cream. Now, I’m not completely sure what eladi actually is. I mean, I tried to do a little bit of research but I don’t really get it! The cream is made specifically for teens (as you can probably tell) and it has SPF 30. It is designed to regulate sebum production, balance and hydrate it, while protecting it from environmental damage. I can’t exactly tell if this works or not because I need to be using it for quite some time to figure that out, but I do think it’s not very harsh on the skin.

Finally, the Hasayan Facial Tonic Mist Rosewater. I bought a small size in a spray bottle just to test it out and see if I like it. The mist is so refreshing and soothing and also smells quite good. AL the scents are quite flowery because flowers are (usually) the main ingredient. I know that rose water is supposed to be good for your skin, which is why I got this.

Hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to maybe get something for yourself.

What skincare brands or products do you reccommend?

XO Hreem

How I Use Pinterest On a Daily Basis

I’m sure all of us, every single blogger has and uses Pinterest.

Even if it was just once!

I must say, I absolutely ADORE Pinterest because there is so much inspiration for literally anything. For example, I use pinterest for: my blog (duh), photography ideas/tips, style inspo, Friends jokes and stuff, and many other things which I do not care to remember.

Blog Post Inspo

This one we all saw coming. Sometimes I have no ideas for what to write so I check out some ideas and then make my own blog posts from the inspiration. This was especially useful in Blogmas (cringe) because I was a newbie and had no idea about this whole blogging world.

Photography Tips/Ideas

The pictures on Pinterest are just so beautiful and literally GOALS! Of course I don’t copy any of the pictures, I just get an idea for good blog props, themes and styles. Howeverrr I do copy some pictures (not for my blog) when my friends come over and we have a fun photoshoot.

Style Inspiration

These days I love finding a nice outfit in my cupboard when I pair some random clothes together. Pinterest helps me find some clothes and I’ll be like “oh yeah this would look so great if I put it together”. And it’s just fun to look at the clothes.

Thousands of Recipes

If you search up any kind of recipe, I guarantee you that it will be there. You can also find some fantastic baking or cooking tips to make sure you don’t mess up!

Honestly if I went on I’d go on forever so I’m cutting it short for you, be thankful 🌺

Do you use pinterest? If yes, what for?

1 Year Blog-iversary!

So today I got a little WordPress notification saying ‘Happy 1 Year Chic Life Thru My Lens!’ and I was like whaaat??

I didn’t even realize that one whole year has passed by since I started this blog! It’s grown so much and has gone through a few different themes and I’ve tried a bunch of different posts (I’ve deleted the worst ones). It feels like ages ago that I started this blog but at the same time it feels like just yesterday I wrote my post ‘Hello World‘.

BTW take a look at me in the picture holding the ‘1’ ballon from my ’13’ balloons from my birthday. And me wearing my Blog Queen sweater!

SO in honor of this special day I’m going to let you read that post and then…yeah. Let’s just see how this goes haha.

Hello World!

Or just as many people that read this I guess…

My name is Hreem, buuuut you can call me… yeah, Hreem will be fine. I’m just your average school-girl who loves food and messsing up at makeup.

I think blogging is going to be soooo exciting, like a diary I can share with the world, but I’ll have fewer details because this isn’t anonymous, as you probably realized by now.

I love taking pictures too, partly the reason why I started this blog. The other reason is that I love writing and reading, they’re pretty much a part of me, though I have a LOT of hobbies. Or maybe they’re less, who knows? But in my case I think the hobbies I have are enough, take a peek and tell me what you think

Yeah, so that’s basically why I started this blog. Wait, lemme do a little storytime. When I started my blog I originally liked to write stories and books and I just made a blog so that I could work on my writing skills and post pictures I take. But then later I started getting followers and comments and realised how much I loved this little blogging world we have and that’s how Chic Life Thru My Lens came to be.

Thank you, thank you thank you all for following me and reading my posts.

Tell me about how you started your blog!

Hreem XO

It’s November!

heeey everyone!

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in ages but there’s a lot going on and the past two weeks were devoted to tests and assessments and it was studying & studying & studying every. single. day.

Somew it’s November already. Is it just me or did OCTOBER PASS BY SO FAST? My birthday month is the shortest month of the year 🙄 But the good thing is that I did so many things in October and that is why I’m doing this roundup again; haven’t done one in a while.

Firstly was my birthday…yay! Yep I’m eating cake in the second picture, ’cause why not?

 

Then was my mom’s birthday a few days after mine. We had a pretty fun week ♥️

Mom's Birthday

Another few days later I went shopping with one of my best friends – Yana – because that was one of her birthday gifts to me. It was amaaazing!

Shopping with Yana

And finally, the one we all saw coming…. HALLOWEEN! This year I dressed up as Red Riding Hood and tried to make it look like the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ scratched me on my eye. I think it looks pretty good! For me, now, the spirit of Halloween isn’t really eating up the candy, it’s more about running from house to house and accidentally bumping into people from your school. OOoh also the big trade at the end to get the candy you want, but then I only eat half of it so…

 

What was the best part of your month?

Hreem XO

 

Clothes Pieces I Want in my Wardrobe

heyyyyy guys!

Btw don’t let the intro fool you,

I’m kinda aargh right now because my school started on Sunday, part of the squad?

But enough of that (I’m sure I’ve said that in every post) let me just talk about what you came here to see; some clothing pieces that I really wish I had. This is I think the first time I’ve ever done a fashion-y post so let’s get to it.

Firstly, I just want a BASIC. DENIM. SKIRT. I can honestly say I’ve only owned one denim skirt to this day. But I always drool over them when I see them around; I’ve got serious issues…

Image result for denim skirt

Also, I want one of that kind of open-knit sweater thingies without the pattern on it for fall and winter. I never bought it because it wouldn’t be available in Dubai since the weather is hothotHOT. Every day I cycle to and from school (fit girl right here) and it’s a very dumb decision because when I’m returning home my bike feels like it’s been inside a microwave and the weather makes me feel like I’m in the microwave along with it. Okay, storytime over.

Mango Open-Knit Sweater - Light/Pastel Grey Xxs-Xs

And finalllllyyyyyyyy….. an overalls dress. I’m sorry I have no idea what these are called but they’re like overalls and instead of shorts it’s a skirt; get what I mean? They’re just super cute and the perfect go-to outfit when you’re too lazy to pick one (join the club 🙋🏼).

Image result for overalls dress

Just adding this in since it kind of matches with the post: honestly my favourite style inspo is Rachel from ‘Friends’ because her outfits look so well put together and casual at the same time. TBH all the three Friends girls have such cute, individual styles from the 90’s and I’m in looove!

Image result for rachel green best outfitsRachel Green / Friends / Fashion / Ross Geller / Monica Geller / Chandler Bing / Joey Tribbiani / Phoebe Buffay / Jennifer AnistonResultado de imagem para monica friends outfitImage result for rachel green tartan skirt

Who/what is your style inspiration?

Hreem XO