f2017 has been something of a revolution for me. They say there are some years that ask questions and some years that answer them. I feel like almost my whole life has consisted of years that ask questions, an endless whirlwind of who what why. 2017 felt very much like one in which I began to answer some of those questions, and to understand that actually part of the excitement in the journey is to figure out the rest along the way.
I'm a big believer in that the most important thing in life is growth and, as one of my best friends put it: I'm very much on this "self-improvement ting". On both a personal and a work front, I feel like I've increasingly begun living with what feels like far more purpose and confidence, and I feel like such a different person ending the year than I did entering it. But in a: "I never change, I simply become more myself" kind of way. I feel super grateful to be an adult and able to see where the lessons are instead of just thinking it's the end of the world each time when it invariably isn't.
Being selfie ready has never been a more sought after state. What is an “Instagram Face”? Chances are you already had an image in your head before you finished reading the question. Look-a-likes of Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian; thoughtfully constructed eyebrows, faces heavily contoured and highlighted, lips matte and plump.
Social media has long been hailed for championing diversity, a welcome refuge from the often homogeneous mass media. But these days, people, in particular young girls, are increasingly striving to look the same — on the platform and in real life. I looked into this in a piece for The New York Post.
This month has been a weird one because I've basically been locked away with my laptop for the duration working on something SUPER FUCKING EXCITING that I literally just cannot wait to bring to life. In this day and age it's so normal to just push things out on social media and onto the internet almost immediately and it's been a real challenge to keep my mouth shut about what it is I'm working on but fingers crossed all will be announced sooooon! In the meantime, highlights of November (the bits I can talk about!) including attending the Chain of Hope charity gala below...
I'm kind of obsessed with food and eating out, and I've been rounding up my favourite restaurants in cities all over the world, including Ibiza, Los Angeles and Amsterdam for a while now, but haven't done one of my favourite restaurants in London. Admittedly it's a lot harder to do because I actually live here and so am constantly trying out new places but there are definitely some restaurants that I love love love and probably go to at least once a month. Is it just me or do you find that there's something specific you crave? I have a few things at each restaurant that I order without fail basically every single time. When OpenTable, the leading provider of free, real-time online reservations for diners asked me to round up some of my London faves, it was easier than I thought it would be. These are five of my fail-safe cravings...
Last month, the Do It For The Dick Challenge hashtag went viral on social media. In what was potentially the scariest piece I've written so far (which just goes to show the extent to which women police themselves let alone each other!), I penned my thoughts in my first piece for Grazia UK's print magazine. As an Egyptian woman in particular, but even as a woman in general, there are so many double standards when it comes to what we're allowed to want and our subsequent behaviour. It's kind of boring now, don't you think?
This month, I attended some incredible shows, exhibitions and events, including the launch of Google's new Pixel phone. OBVIOUSLY Halloween ranked highly and I loved dressing up on not one but TWO occasions, including Maya Jama's super fun private party at Albert's in South Kensington. The best bits of October, below...
I like to do things in extremes. Like, either I'll be addicted to the gym and train *all* the damn time, or I will roll around in piles of chocolate and Haribo Tangfastics and Pizza Hut (stuffed crust, obviously).
The last few months have seen me hitting the gym again preeetty damn hard and I don't know what I was doing before, tbh. One way of summing it up is: "'I really regret that workout' said no one ever." And it's sooo true. If only we could bottle our endorphins so we could remember just how awesome it feels to be going to the gym on a regular. Because the thing is it's far more than just our bodies which improve in the process (although that's for suuure a bonus) but our minds and our moods, too.