Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FALLing in love

Hello my lovely readers! It has now been almost an entire month of autumn (which I think sounds so much prettier than fall...probably because of how it's spelled) and I hope it has been treating you all well. This was my first day of fall outfit; I felt like embracing this year's cold change with a positive attitude and full spirit. (That doesn't mean I hate being cold and the dark weather any less, though.)

Hijab (headscarf): taken from me mum's closet (British people get all the fun words!) // Top: my sister's // Jeans: H&M (try these) // Shoes: Call It Spring // Bangles: I've had these for about seven years, a gift from my mother // Chunky Beige Bracelet: purchased four years ago in Canada's Ardene // Sweater: my mum's again // Rings: Aldo

[All photos taken by my dear friend in the morning time, so excuse any tiredness.]
      I try to avoid the use of makeup, excessive or not. No promises there, but it does apply to these pictures. I find that massaging your bags teases them out and loosens them, making them as least noticeable as you can get them to be without artificial help. Basically all you do is stretch the bags, pulling them down with your thumb and index finger and releasing, repeating the motion. Unscented, moisturizing lotion (scented ones are more likely to irritate the skin with the extra chemicals and whatnot) freshens your face and makes you seem more put together while a dab of Vaseline petroleum jelly can take care of any chapped lips, which you might have seeing as you just woke up and haven't consumed too much water yet. 
     Chunky cardigans or loose sweaters are always a fall go to. I think with these slightly loose skinny jeans (buy one size up for a more loose take. the size difference probably won't even be enough for you to need a belt, unless you prefer to have less room for your stomach to breathe) created a pumpkin spice, knit grandmother type of look when paired together. I definitely like it more with the sweater than without; I think my jeans would have to be form fitting to wear with this particular shirt because the looseness of it over the jeans creates an I'm-borrowing-my-big-sister's-clothes look. Sometimes baggy on baggy works, and other times....well, we all know the answer to that.

     Have a good fall and do all the typical but totally awesome fall-esque activities! (I,e, buy tons of pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks and go apple picking with your family.) If you had to choose, what's your favorite thing about fall? Leave a comment below for me :)
Life (c'mon cold weather, you're included in this) is spontaneously splendid.
Aiman Ghani xx

[P.S! BIG NEWS! Look out for an interview with blogger and YouTuber Annika Victoria coming sometime this fall/winter, and hopefully more interviews with some of your favorite people! Have someone in mind? Leave a comment below or let me know through instagram or twitter and I'll try my best to get in touch with them!]

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bedtime Stories and Elementary Memories

"Well, it is my bedroom! Why ever wouldn't it resemble me?"

(Polaroid cameras, and all things vintage or old-fashioned, are a must.)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Selection by Kiera Cass

[Book Corner: A spider free and brightly lit corner for book lovers like me.]

I finished reading The Selection by Kiera Cass approximately two minutes ago. This is going to be one heck of a book talk. Warm up your drink of choice and get comfortable!

This is a book I'd recommend to someone who isn't a huge reader, although really I say never listen to negative book recommendations (can a recommendation be negative? Hmm) because people always think you won't like a certain book because i.e. you might not like that topic or that author but really each and every book is different and magical and important in its own way, and you can't categorize which one you'll be drawn to without giving it a chance. The reason I think people who don't read quite as much would particularly like this is because it's a really light read. It's about 300 pages and has more of what I'd call light content and simple elements (war issues, utopiac society fail, strange government systems/programs) found in most of the popular books going around in this day and age, including a bit of a love triangle. The writing isn't very advanced so you don't have to put in much effort comprehending the storyline, it's generally straightforward.

This was a really nice read in the way that the plot had a unique twist that kind of gets you addicted in it's fairytale-esque setting. I can't think of many other books pulling off this classic idea in modern light. It followed the dream I think almost all girls experience sometime in life: to be a princess. Or, in this context, the focus is on being the one out of the already selected 35 young ladies to marry the prince by having him choose you. (Okay. Clearly I can't summarize, but there are book jackets for that, no?)
The entire series is published so you won't have to wait for any of the books to come out, which is a HUGE perk minus all the potential spoilers (do not ever Google or ask around about any completed series!!). I don't think this made my favorite book list because for me personally it didn't change my life or alter my perspective as compared to some other books (The Hunger Games, The Book Thief, Life of Pi), but in of itself I had fun finding characters to root for and etc. Don't take a page out of my book, but I'd multitask between notetaking and reading this and it made class all the better. No beach reading needed, at least not down Illinois, but there's always those cold, dreary days coming up soon no?!

Seeing as this is only the first book, who knows! Maybe as the series progresses my entire review will change. For now I can say overall I don't regret reading The Selection at all and I can't wait to see what the next two books will bring.  I'll be sure to let you guys know (and get to that DIY henna paste post). Let me know what you want to see on my blog, if you're planning on reading this, what you think if you've already read this series, or anything else. I especially want to know books you want to see reviewed on my lil bloggie so don't hesitate to comment below or contact me through instagram or twitter (@/spontaneouslyxs for both)

Happiest autumn reading. You never know which book you'll enjoy because...
Life is spontaneously splendid.
Xo always,
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cool Colors

When my mother told my sister and I we were heading to the small mall ten minutes away from us a couple weeks back, I immediately thought it doesn't matter what I wear and grabbed some dingy old home clothes. But then I made a spur of the moment decision to dress nice, because after all the sun was shining and it was warm (this was the last week when it still felt like summer hehe). I really felt like wearing this old dress I had gotten from Old Navy a few years back and did some quick pairing and creative thinking to make it work together. I actually liked the cool colors combination so much that I wore this same outfit sometime later that week, too.

Dress: Old Navy (I tied it up on one side with a rubber band and tucked it in all around so it looked like a shirt) // Skinnies: Kohls // Bag: Gucci // Breathe Bracelet: Charming Charlie // Bangle: Ardene's, a shop in Canada (I covered the exterior with white nail polish) // Flats: Kohls

[If you have any requests for anything else I should blog about, feel free to comment down below. I'm open to any and all suggestions.]   

 Life is spontaneously splendid. Try to make something of the boring, routine trips or errands. 
Xo always,