The Post-Exams Post

*credits to Milla for giving me this title*

Guess what, guys?!

My exams are over! Finitooooo (didn’t I say that in my exam post last year? I’m sure I did)

Anywaaays I’m super free now and I have more free time than I can handle because even the teachers have given up on teaching so we have no homework or anything. It’s actually quite boring tbh.

So now all I do is practice my guitar and learn new songs which is interesting until it gets to the point where I realise that all my favourite songs have super unknown chords like B minor or something like that. Some chords that literally aren’t humanly possible.

On the bright side I also have so much more time to have fun and hangout with my friends. Summer vacation starts in two weeks which is sooo exciting except for the fact that the weather in Dubai is already burning hot and it’s only going to get worse. I can’t wait to do some traveling too because I LOVE to travel!!

Have a great day 🙂

XO Hreem

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The Art of Procrastination

P.S. Sorry about the super-duper long wait; my computer crashed and I had to give it in to get it repaired so I couldn’t write! (if I write it from my iPad the format is terrible)

Raise your hand if you are a certified procrastinator

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Admit it, if you’re reading my blog you are probably only reading it to get away from something else you really don’t want to do. So, welcome to the Procrastinators Club! Collect your nametag at the front desk, thank you 🙂

Our end-of-year exams are coming in approximately two weeks (!!!) so I am kind of already drowning in all the revision and I probably shouldn’t be doing much writing because of that so consider this the last post you see until around June 14! I sound very excited but trust me I am NOT. I am dreading these exams, they were literally the worst things last year.

Anyways, because of this, our teachers were telling us about how to manage our studying time well and how to not procrastinate.

It’s only when you’re doing homework or revising that you realise you just have to do a Buzzfeed quiz to see if you can identify the celebrity by their foreheads (seriously why do they even have these kinds of quizzes?) I mean sure I would want my math homework to be done – in the past tense. I don’t actually want to do the homework.

Here are some top tips that have helped a master procrastinator like me:

  • study for 30 mins and then take a 10 min break in between. After you’ve studied for 30 mins twice, take a longer break that is about 15-20 minutes long. It’s a teeny bit confusing but it makes sense.
  • when you’re taking a break don’t do anything that gives you new information (such as checking the news, social media, watching tv shows) instead do something else like practice playing an instrument, do your nails, write in a journal.
  • do your work in a place where other people can see what you’re doing and can warn you when you’re going off task.
  • reward yourself for staying on task by getting something delicious to eat such as ice cream, or something healthy if you want to be healthy.

That’s not a lot but it’s all I have time for sorryyyyyy!

You’ll get much more interesting posts in the summer break so stay tuned for that ❤

xo Hreem

related: exams over! and how to survive them when they return

Homemade Eggless Gnocchi

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I haven’t done a recipe post in a while and I recently came across this one which is reaaallly fab so I thought why not share it with you guys?

I really love food and cooking and pasta (and I’m a vegetarian btw), so this recipe is perfect for amateur cooks like me who like to make food. Another thing, many people assume that if gnocchi doesn’t have egg it tastes extremely weird but some of my friends have tasted it and according to them it tastes the same. and you don’t mess with the experts.

Serves: 4 | Time to make: 30 mins | Difficulty: simple-dimple

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 medium-sized potatoes
  • water

How To Make It:

  1. Firstly, boil the potatoes (in boiling water, duh) until they are soft enough to mash and grate.
  2. Then wait until they are a little less hot and peel off the skin.
  3. Little by little, start adding in some flour and mix it until it is fully incorporated into the potatoes. Here’s the thing: I have no clue how much flour to add! This is becasue it depends on how soft you like your gnocchi. Basically, keep adding flour until it isn’t as sticky as before (but it will still be a bit sticky, don’t overdo the flour).
  4. So then, sprinkle flour onto the counter where you will shape the gnocchi pieces. Take a chunk of dough and roll it into a long strand as thick as you’d like. Cut the strand into little pieces.
  5. Put a pot of water on the stove and let it boil. When it starts to bubble, drop one or two pieces of the gnocchi as a test run. When the pieces float to the top you can remove them. Now taste to see if you need to add more of anything and then do the rest of the batch!
  6. Finally, make the sauce of your choice (arabbiata, alfredo, pesto, whatever) and mix it in with the gnocchi. Then eat and enjoy!

P.S. If you have extra gnocchi left over just store it in the fridge 😉

Hope you try this recipe out; if you do, make sure to comment and tell me how it went!

What was your worst cooking disaster?

XO Hreem

 

BTS of Feb and March

Hello everybody!

So, usually whenever anything happens I think about writing a blog post about it #thestruggleofcomingupwithpostideas

That’s quite a lot hashtag, hope it doesn’t catch on.

Anyway, I usually don’t have much to say about whatever event happened and I don’t like writing super short blog posts so I just decide to forget about it. But I really want to share a few things that happened these past 2 months so get ready for some unseen pictures and short descriptions!

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In Dubai, every year we have something called RedFest, which is a two-day show with singers like Demi Lovato and The Chainsmokers. This year on the day that I went there was Jax Jones, Macklemore and Camila Cabello! I went mostly for Camila because I love all of her songs 😉 Me and my friends had loads of fun dressing up and screaming at the top of our lungs.

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We had international day in school and me and two of my friends were dancing so we had to look similar and yeah, this is what we looked like! I think I cut my hair like, one day before this so it looks really nice all blowdried ♥️

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We also had spirit week in school at the beginning of March. My favourite days were Twin Tuesday (where you wear the same clothes as a friend) and Throwback Thursday (dressing up as the 70s, 80s and 90s). My friends and I dressed up as the Spice Girls and I was Baby Spice 😋 We were aware that double denim is a crime but IT LOOKED FINE.

What was the best part of your March?

Hreem XO

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

Girl Power Playlist

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

I remember writing this same post last year super last minute because I realised I hadn’t written any posts (classic Hreem)

I don’t want to write about the same things I wrote last year which was some of the women that inspire me, and I was TRyInG to think of something kinda original. So I came up with something that includes one of my interests and is just useful to some people (I guess…?!) So I present to you a girl power playlist!

These are a bunch of songs that (I think) are kinda girl power-y. Use this at sleepovers for the crazy (but trying to be quiet) 2 am dance partyyy.

♥️ Girl Power Playlist ♥️

    • BO$$ by Fifth Harmony
    • Run The World (Girls) by Beyoncé
    • Ain’t Your Mama by Jennifer Lopez (I ain’t your mama NoOoOooOOOO)
    • Who Do You Think You Are by the Spice Girls
    • Power by Little Mix
    • That’s My Girl by Fifth Harmony (yes, another one)
    • Who Says by Selena Gomez
    • Girl Power by the Cheetah Girls (hehe)
    • Salute by Little Mix (what can I say, girl groups really spread the message)

 

sooooo that should keep you occupied for about 25 minutes I think. I know I’ve missed a ton of the best ones but if you make a playlist like this, add them. Or just tell me the ones I forgot down below.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing these girl groups are? I have like *goes back to count* 6/9 of these songs are by groups. Cool.

Make sure to comment some of your fave girl power songs!!

‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Review | Book Club

Heyyy everyone!

The last time I did a book review was like, last year. And I really wanted to do another one but I didn’t find any new reads that I felt like sharing with you guys.

So as all of you probably know, near the end of 2018 a movie called ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ released on Netflix. It’s based on the book by Jenny Han. Almost everyone went crazy over the movie and I honestly quite liked it but I think it was super overhyped and that set the expectations pretty high for me.

This book is quite related to Valentine’s Day, which is today, sooooo that’s pretty cool!

SPOILER ALERT : There will be spoilers in this review so if you don’t want to know all the details just skip to the last paragraph.

In my opinion the book is much better than the movie but I really like to read anyway so that might just be me. The book is about a shy teenage girl named Lara-Jean who has one older and younger sister and no mom. Everytime she gets over a crush she writes a letter pouring out her feelings and addresses them to each of the five boys.

Suddenly one day the letters are sent to each of the 5 boys and all her feelings are exposed. Even though they were sent to five guys (lol, like the restaurant), two of them were more important; Josh (her older sister’s boyfriend) and Peter (the most popular boy in school).

Then she starts fake dating Peter because he wants to make his ex-girlfriend jealous, and to make Josh jealous. Then a few events happen and they start to realise they actually like eachother for real and find out who sent the letters…

I think this book is very intriguing and has a great plot/storyline. It is very different to any book I’ve ever read. I love that it isn’t just focused on one thing (romance) it also has elements of friendship and family, as her little sister Kitty brings a lot of humour. The only thing I don’t like is that it sometimes has a few plot holes, like, why would you address the letters if you never meant to send them? But overall I definitely reccommend this book.

My Rating: 9.5/10

Have you watched the movie and/or the book? Thoughts?

Trip to Gstaad

Me in the snowww

Hey everyone!

This post is long overdue but I forgot that I had already written it and I didn’t post it!

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know that I like to travel a lot and last year I really got to explore the world more than I used to and that is amazing. So, on the 17th of December (ages ago) me and my family left to Switzerland and took a few trains which took altogether 3 HOURS! But I had a new book to read so it was all good 👍🏼 The view on the train was beautiful and when we got there there was a fair amount of snow; not too much but just enough.

On the second day (I think) we went skiing and it really started to snow a lot and the whole town looked be-YOO-tiful. But of course every day after that there was rain so it just washed away all the snow and it was gross and muddy and EURGHK.

View from Glacier 3000
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One of the highlights was going up a mountain called Glacier 3000 which had the softest, most powdery snow I’ve ever touched ❄️ Except it was really, really, really cold and my toes actually went numb. Having hot chocolate after that was amazing.

On the second-last day I got to meet my bestie, Noelle who some of you may have read about in my first few posts. All we really did was walk around the town and chat but the weather was nice and beautiful (except for the tiny bit of drizzle which turned into a lot of rain).

On the last day (the 24th!) we had a bit of time before our flight so my family decided to walk around Geneva and do a bit of shopping since there weren’t many shops in Gstaad. I got a nice, pinkish-purple, knitted top which is sooo pretty. You might see it in a future blog post 😉 After that, we had to go back to the airport and go back home.

What place in the world do you really want to visit?

XO Hreem

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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?