A Book That Will Mess Your Mind – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I started and finished the book in one day – that’s how awesome it is. It was recommended to me by my husband who read it a little while ago and was really impressed.

I won’t reveal too much of the plot but the book begins with an idyllic scene – Jason Dessen is preparing dinner for his wife and their teenage son. They seem happy, however, Jason knows that at the same time his old college friend is in a nearby bar celebrating. Celebrating winning an award for his work, celebrating further funding, celebrating all the things Jason thought were in his future before his wife got unexpectedly pregnant after a few months of dating.

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My Net-A-Porter Sale Picks

I recently reduced my wardrobe significantly – I moved from Dubai to Mexico with just a handful of suitcases which really forced me to evaluate my approach to buying things. One of my goals for 2020 is to start building a capsule wardrobe which will reduce even further the number of items of clothing I have. The goal is to buy fewer but more functional things. To spend more per item and to get more wear out of each piece.

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Am I being selfish?

I was taught from a very young age that it is wrong to be selfish. Selfish people are bad people – they only care about themselves, disregard others’ needs and are spoilt. Simply put – be whatever you want to be, but do not be selfish.

This fear of being (or being seen as) selfish has been growing untamed over the past 30 years and only recently I realised how much it has affected me and my relationships with others. I have accepted bad friendships out of fear that demanding more from my friends would make me seem selfish. I have accepted poor treatment at work because demanding fair pay and fair workload would make me seem selfish. I have put people’s needs before mine, even when these people have been utterly unfair, abusive and selfish themselves. All out of fear of being selfish. All out of fear or feeling like a bad person in situations where any sane observer would have told me I was not in the wrong.

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Good but not great – Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual

I have been a fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s make up ever since it came out a few years ago – I think the lipsticks and the original mascara are stand out products. While I have not tried much of the skincare line (I think (!) I tried the magic cream a few years back and remember thinking it was nice enough), I was very excited about the launch of the cleansing duo last December. I was also finishing up the cleanser I was using at the time (Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple) which worked well with my ‘one out, one in’ mentality when it comes to skincare & make up.

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Coursera – my experience and thoughts

I was going to do a post on things to do when you are bored and include completing a Coursera course as one of them but actually the topic really deserves an entry of its own.

If you are unfamiliar with Coursera (or EDx which is also a very similar concept), the website hosts hundreds of courses on a wide range of topics – from data science to political science to personal development courses. The courses are sourced from Universities around the world and usually consist of video content, recommended readings and assignments.

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Ready for the next step

Long time no blog… I started this blog after my trip from Japan when I was still so wonderfully jetlagged and needed something to do at 4am in the morning. And then the jetlag went away and reality of day-to-day life sunk in.

So what’s happened since? I moved jobs multiple times. Then moved from London to Dubai. Then 2 weeks ago quit my job to pursue a Masters course in International Relations and am working off my 3 month notice. No one can say this has been an uneventful few years!

With my new found freedom and flexibility (once my notice period is over), I want to resurrect this blog and share my experiences of studying again, life in the Middle East and trying to figure out my next steps.

Secret Style of a City Girl 2.0 is on!