I’m back in UK! Now, I could tell you about the 10000 very British things I’m obsessing about being reunited with in March (Tetley’s tea, my boyfriend and Asda being my main loves <3), but that’s all a bit predictable. I’ll be sharing the highlights of my final month in Dubai soon, so be sure to subscribe to get new posts straight to your inbox to make sure you never miss one.
Here are a few of the things that have made my month; including an addictive read, some new skincare potions and a goodbye present from my Dubai girls that you’re going to die over.
When you live abroad, your friends function as your family. This was proved to me when I was surprised with some gorgeous and super thoughtful goodbye gifts during my last month in Dubai. I’d wanted my name in Arabic on a necklace since I moved there at the start of 2015, so I was near tears when I opened this beautiful rose gold necklace. My friends had it made for me at the Gold Park in Dubai and gave it to me at a farewell dinner. Yes, I struggled to hold back tears.
I couldn’t control the tears when I was given a Fatima’s eye Thomas Sabo ring from my friend Hayleye, along with one of the most moving letters I’ve ever read. I love Thomas Sabo – I bought myself a ‘bravery’ ring at the jewellers in Newcastle Airport when I was waiting to depart for Dubai last year. My new ring is such a lovely reminder of the year I had and of one of the first friends I made in Dubai. Hayeleye is one of those rare humans who lights up any room she enters, and I miss her and the rest of my Dubai family so much already!
Behind Closed Doors
I was after an unputdownable book to kill some time during my short week of unemployment between my last day of Emirates and leaving Dubai, and found this on my flatmate’s iPad. Oh my god, I read it in one sitting, helped along by a pot of coffee and more bread than any girl needs in her life. The plot is utterly compelling and the tale of a controlling husband is all too recognisable. It’s not quite Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, but if you liked those books, you’ll enjoy this.
How To Get Away With Murder
No, not Making A Murderer, that other Netflix sensation everyone was obsessed with for about a week a while back. I couldn’t get in to that. This show, on the other hand, has me hooked. Tom and I watched the first season before I moved to Dubai and when the second season was released, we promised we wouldn’t watch without each other so it was sitting on my Netflix home screen teasing me for a full year. Now that I’m back, we dived in and devoured episode after drama-filled episode in bed. There are so many different plot lines going on at once, the cast is unreal and it’s produced by the fabulous Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind Grey’s Anatomy. I haven’t actually watched Grey’s but HTGAWM is making me feel like I should?
I arrived back in UK to find a goodie box waiting for me on the kitchen table, full of products from pure potions. I’ve made no secret of the fact that my skin freaked for the entire time I was in Dubai and I felt so guilty about all the harsh anti-acne products I’ve been piling on it. Thankfully, my breakouts have finally calmed down so it’s good to get back to basics with these natural products. I really like the moisturisers for mornings because they absorb so quickly, and I’ve been forcing Tom to use the hand cream for his working man’s hands. If you have the kind of skin that flares up at the slightest whiff of a chemical, you should give this a go.
March style picks
I’m super unemployed right now so please leave your recommendations for great reads and amazing TV shows in the comments, I have a lot of time to kill and it’s fantastic.
Some of the links in this post are affiliates, which means I earn a few pennies if you click and buy anything.