Jordan Part 2 – Petra 

Hey there!

Here is part 2 of the Jordan travel diary as promised! Petra was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and we really do wish we had another day there. We had 2 nights and one full day there but I felt it wasn’t enough for one of the wonders of the world.
The tour company I spoke about in my previous post had booked us a local guide to give us a three hour tour around Petra. We started at 7am because it was peak season and he recommended that we leave early if we wanted to see everything without a rush of other tourists. Despite this, there were still hundreds of people but when we left Petra there were THOUSANDS so we were so glad we left nice and early! The guide was great and explained all about the history behind Petra. It was just fascinating. He also pointed out the grave of Prophet Haroon AS which is also in Petra. We really wish we had done more research before we went out and organised to go and see the many places that are relevant to Islam. There is a lot of Islamic history in Jordan and I would love to go back to see some of these sites next time.

During the tour we saw many things including the Treasury; probably the most famous place in Petra! It was absolutely breathtaking.After the tour was over we decided to hike up to the top of one of the mountains to see the Treasury from above. This was one of the most difficult things we have ever done because it’s a LONG walk and I didn’t exactly choose the easiest outfit to trek up a mountain in. More on that later.

It was around a 2 hour return hike starting with very steep steps going upward to the top of the mountain. Beware: you will feel like they never end, but they do. At the top, there are great views of the Roman Theatre. We stopped at different parts of the hike just to sit and stare at the amazing views.FYI: there will be guys with mules constantly offering you a ride. It was bad enough walking up those steps using our own legs, I cannot imagine sitting on a MULE would make you feel very safe. The local guys also will say silly things to gain your attention. HEY LADY WANNA RIDE MY FERARRI being yelled at me as a parched looking mule looked on was probably one of the moments I struggled not to laugh. You know how Pakistani mums always say don’t laugh if men try and speak to you in Pakistan by trying to be funny in the markets and stuff? My mum would always say just ignore them and walk off with a serious face and then I would literally just laugh or snigger? I swear, I could never control myself and my mum would want to kill me. Well, I remembered her advice a lot in Petra and thought don’t laugh, these guys are just trying to be funny to get some cheap laughs so don’t give it to them. But, then I did. Atteeq didn’t even flinch. I wish I could control my laughter more. Anyway as you carry on walking, you reach a small abandoned building and then there’s a whole lot of climbing down rocks until you see a small shop (hut) run by some friendly guys drinking tea. We sat with them for a while and just enjoyed the view.We were sad that we didn’t get to see the Monastery; another must see in Petra. We were only there for one day and chose to do the hike to see the Treasury instead but I would really recommend going for more than one day!

Here’s what you need to know about Petra: There is a LOT of walking involved so take comfortable trainers. I did but took some other shoes to change into for these pictures. I was going to wear sensible hiking gear but then last minute decided that I wanted to wear something nice because this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I didn’t want to wear hideous leggings that one wears when climbing a mountain. Sure, the dress flounced around here and there but I just wore trainers under it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! If you’re not bothered about pictures like me then please be sensible.I really hope that these things that I do in order to impress my future grandchildren do actually pay off. I always think that I hope one day my grandchildren will read this blog and think MAN, WE HAD ONE COOL GRAN.I got this amazing dress from Asos and it’s in the sale now! Here’s the link:

http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6815012

On our final day we visited Mount Nebo and then relaxed at the Dead Sea which was also amazing but I’m in a bit of a rush so I better go now. I will post some pictures from there on Instagram over the new few days.

On a final note I just have one thing to say. If you get the chance, visit Jordan.

You won’t regret it.

Love,

Miss Mulberry

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Jordan Part 1 – Amman and Wadi Rum 

Believe it or not, Jordan has never been one of the places I have thought of as my ‘must go to’ places. I think this is probably the case for a lot of people because it’s not an in for your face all the time on social media kind of place is it? Last week I went there for a short break and I literally was blown away by the place. So, here I am writing about it and I can’t WAIT to tell you all about it!

This was actually our first proper holiday since our honeymoon in the Maldives in July 2015. Yikes! Time just flies in Dubai and although we have taken many trips around the UAE and have gone back home to the UK several times (weddings galore) we haven’t managed to venture out anywhere else. We decided on Jordan because we only had a limited number of holidays to take so the 3 hour flight was convenient. We did our research and decided that Jordan had lots to offer but it wasn’t the kind of place we could just turn up at and play it by ear like we normally would do in a European country. Hence, we decided to book with a tour company and it was honestly the best thing we ever did! I can’t recommend it enough. Lots of you asked about which tour company we booked with throughout my trip via Snapchat but I didn’t want to say until we were safely back home so I could give you an honest review of the experience that we had with them. Now that we are back I am happy to report that we went with Jordan Select Tours and they did the most amazing job planning our trip!

http://www.select.jo

Two separate groups of friends of mine had used them in the last year and recommended them so I went for them purely based on their recommendation. All Atteeq and I had to do was book our flight and the rest was all taken care of! They booked all of the hotels, sorted the entry tickets for the museums, organised local guides and included all of this in the total price we were quoted. Thus, other than tipping the odd person along the way and paying for food – we literally paid for nothing else whilst we were in Jordan. Hand on heart, the easiest holiday I have ever planned. That is way more than can be said for my summer plans which I am currently in the midst of finalising and it is the biggest logistical nightmare I have ever come across but more on that in another post I think!

So, back to Jordan Select Tours. I emailed them with the dates that we were intending to visit and they sent back a proposed itinerary with a price option for 3 & 4 star hotels or 4 & 5 stars. Couple of things to note here:

-The difference between the two options in terms of pricing really wasn’t much so we just decided to go with 4 and 5 star.

-The 4 and 5 star hotels of Jordan are not the 4 and 5 star hotels of Dubai. Do not go in there expecting flashy and overtly luxurious but all our hotels were conveniently located, clean and had everything that we needed. More on the hotels later!

We checked over the proposed itinerary and were happy with what had been suggested and then booked our flights. It was easy as that! We were told that we could pay beforehand or could pay when we got there at the airport which was handy.

Arrival in Amman

We landed at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman around midnight on Tuesday night. We got off the plane, walked through the terminal and were met by a team member of Jordan Select Tours who had my name on a bright orange piece of paper! No idea why I’m telling you the colour of the paper but just in case you wondered. From there, he told us that we would need to get a visa but as we had booked with a tour company it would be free. We went to a special counter with him which had no queue. He already had a document with him that the company had prepared to hand over to the visa officer and honestly it took less than two minutes to get us through the immigration. Made it so much easier having someone with us but to be honest even if you are on your own, it’s such a small airport that you would be absolutely fine. Next, we got our bags, paid for the trip and were introduced to our driver Ahmed who would be with us for the next few days taking us all around Jordan. He took us to the car which was modern, clean and even had wi-fi. Score! He told us about the plan for the next few days which we obviously already had an idea of from our itinerary and that we would start the trip nice and early the following morning.

He drove us to the Al Qasr Metropole in the centre of Amman which was about 30 minutes from the airport. The hotel was nice but to be perfectly honest, it was 1am by this point and all we wanted was a bed. We also knew we were only there for 1 night so it didn’t really matter what the hotel was like. My only qualm was that their plugs were the two pin plugs and we hadn’t taken any adapters. The other two hotels had three pin plugs so just something to remember if you are heading here. The other thing was that the bed was rock hard and I was kind of expecting to just plop in after a long day. Other than this, no issues!

 Amman Citadel and Roman Theatre

We woke up the next morning and went down for breakfast bright and breezy. Breakfast was included in all the hotels that were booked by Select Tours and by golly do you need breakfast on this trip! There is so much walking, you need to head out with some sustenance or you will nearly past out like I almost did on one of the days! The breakfast was actually really nice at the hotel because they had a live omelette bar so that was Atteeq made up for the rest of the morning.

After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and met our driver Ahmed to head to the Amman Citadel as our first stop for the day. Here we were met by a local guide who gave us a 30 minute tour of the Citadel and then left us to explore for ourselves.

Amman Citadel is the highest hill in Amman and although there’s plenty to see, the Citadel’s most striking sights are the Temple of Hercules and the Ummayad Palace. It’s a beautiful place and you could spend hours exploring! Tip: Wear sensible shoes here. It’s all cobbled paths on a hill that you have to climb. I’m sure you can imagine just how sensible I was on day 1 of the trip.The two giant standing pillars are the remains of the Roman Temple of Hercules. The only obvious remains are parts of the podium and the columns, which are visible from around town. There’s also a remnant of a stone-carved hand, because the guide told us that the rest of the statue had been stolen a few years back! You can walk around the Citadel for sweeping views of the downtown area. We spent about an hour and a half up here before heading back down to the driver to head to the Roman Theatre.The Roman Theatre was a short drive of about 7 minutes away from the Citadel and is a highlight for any tourists visiting Amman! The theatre is cut into a hill and has seating capacity of around 6000! The atmosphere here was absolutely electric with lots of school children on a trip showcasing an impromptu Dabke! I’ve heard that productions are put on here during July and August so something to think about if you are in Amman during the summer months!

After this we saw a little bit more of Amman, had the best Kanafeh the city has to offer and then started the long journey towards Wadi Rum. The drive was around 4 hours long and we stopped off for lunch along the way at a service stop. I changed out of my dress too and wore something more comfortable but I totally forgot to take out flip flops for the desert didn’t I! Thankfully the weather was absolutely perfect so although the sand was warm it was cool enough for me to walk on it bare feet when we needed to. My friend went during the summer last year and said she wished she had taken old trainers because her feet were burning as she walked on the sand in flip flops! 

Before I forget…outfit!

Dress – ASOS, Bag and shoes – Zara, Watch – Kenneth Watches, Sunglases and cuff H&M 

Wadi Rum 
After the long drive we finally started to see the Wadi. This part of the trip is something I can’t quite put into words. You need to feel it and see it for yourself but it was just absolutely breath-taking. It’s quite a bumpy ride when you get there and our driver stopped at a little petrol station where a Toyota jeep was waiting for us with another local guide who would take us on a safari through Wadi Rum for three hours. When he said three hours I thought to myself what on earth are we going to do in the desert for three hours exactly but the time flew in and it was just one of the best experiences of my life!Now, something to take note of here. Do not expect the jeep for the safari to be in great condition – we were warned by the tour company that the jeeps aren’t of great quality and since they don’t actually own them and just hire someone to take you on the tour at Wadi Rum it’s not really their responsibility. But, I think it made it all the more fun that we jumped on to the back of a small pickup truck which randomly had two sets of seats plonked into it. If you didn’t put enough weight on them they did slide around during the safari! It was so much fun! Be sure to take plenty of water with you and maybe something to wrap up with because although the weather was just perfect during the safari by sunset it did get a little windy and chilly!

The actual safari consists of being driven around the peaceful, blissful and mesmerising Wadi with stops every so often made by the driver to look at points of interest. Our favourite part was getting to climb a huge sand dune bare feet and seeing the most amazing view from the top.Wadi Rum was one of those places that it’s pretty difficult to describe exactly what it was like into words so I leave you with these photos in the hope that they will get you a little bit excited for part 2 of this post.Excited yet?

Love, 

Miss Mulberry 

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Asian High Tea, Shangri-La Hotel Dubai

Hello!

Right, so the weather is still rubbish in Dubai. I have forgotten what the sun and blue skies even look like. I know all of you people back home reading this will be thinking ‘OH JUST SHUT UP WITH YOUR WHINGING’ considering I have had three weeks of bad weather and get stunning sunshine the rest of the year. However, yeah, it is still nonsense weather out here and I really am running out of things to do at the weekends.

What’s the one thing that everyone does universally in every part of the world when the weather is not great?

EAT!

Bearing that in mind, I decided to go for afternoon tea with my lovely friends this afternoon. We had such a good time that I thought I would do a quick blog post for you ladies who may be looking for something to do while the days are dreich and dry in Dubai. All you non-Scots just search up ‘dreich’ – it’s a fabulous word I think.

Okay, so those of you who live in Dubai will know that afternoon teas are so common out here and everyone loves an afternoon tea when your guests are over. But, what made us try this one today was the fact that it is a little bit different!

Asian High Tea, Shangri-La Hotel

The high tea took place in the newly refurbished lobby lounge of the Shangri-La, which has been tastefully decorated, with all shades of navy and hues of gold. It’s all very opulent and opulence is what one expects when you head for afternoon tea I guess! What you may be interested to hear however, is that prices start from AED135 for this particular experience so you will not be emptying your pockets to pay for grandeur like some of the other popular afternoon teas in Dubai require you to do.

What was it like? I will let the pictures do the talking. Et voilà!What does the Asian High Tea include?

We were able to indulge in a selection of exotic teas but most of us ended up getting English Breakfast Tea! My friend Ruth had the Peppermint tea and nobody got coffee, although, that was an option too. Next, each of us were presented with our own High Tea stand which looked a little bit like the London eye! We ooh’ed and aah’ed for a good few minutes when the dry ice trick was presented and I’m sure you will love that part too!Our stands were filled with mouth-watering savoury dishes with not a sandwich in sight. I preferred this because I’m not a sandwich girl. The lobster spring roll was definitely my favourite and the chicken pastry proved popular amongst the rest of the girls!

I won’t name any names on the ground of friendship but those of you with eagle eyes may notice that the High Tea got so cosy that one of us decided to put her feet up! Always the sign of a good afternoon out!

We also had a variety of sweet delicacies within the stand and I have to say I couldn’t even try them all because I was so full. Of course, no High Tea is complete without scones so although this particular one had an Asian twist, we still had scones!I loved the fact that this was something different and that the High Tea was infused with Asian flavours. I thoroughly recommend this one if you’re looking for something new to try with friends on a rainy Saturday afternoon like us or if you’re wanting to show your visitors in Dubai a good time.For more information and for reservations, please visit:

http://www.shangri-la.com/dubai/shangrila/offers/details/dining/asian-high-tea/

Till next time!

Love,

Miss Mulberry

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Becoming a Dubai expat

It’s been a while everyone!

Today I am going to be writing about something which I have been promising to write about for well over a year. I know, I know. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get this one together but you kind of have to be in the right MOOD for this and today I am. This may be due to the fact that it has been dull and grey for the last 4 days in a row in Dubai and this NEVER happens. I have been struggling to find things to do other than watch Netflix, go out for lunch and nap for no reason. I’m one of those people that feels guilty when I am not doing something productive every day so here I am forcing myself to finally write this post.

I moved to Dubai with my husband on the 20th of August 2015 and today on the 14th of February 2017, I can safely say that it was the best decision we ever made. Happy Valentine’s Day by the way – think my husband and I are one of the few couples who don’t really believe in this day but I know lots of you love it so hope you were spoilt rotten nonetheless!

Ever since I got here, lots of you guys have asked for advice on how to make the move and whether we would recommend it so I’m going to try and give you my honest opinion and some general pointers.

Now, everyone wants to know the secret behind how we did it and how you too can get a job in Dubai and start a new life out here. Well, you’re not going to like this one but there is no secret I’m afraid. We literally did all our own research online, applied for endless jobs via the internet and hoped for the best. I will post the websites that you can search for jobs on at the end of this post.

People often ask why we moved out here and there are a number of reasons which applied to us personally but I am going to list some of the most common reasons which entice expats to the UAE.

  • Tax free salaries – more on this later!
  • Amazing weather all year round with literally a handful of days of no sunshine each year
  • A liberal Muslim country. Everything is halal and you have mosques at your doorsteps but the rest of your lifestyle will be pretty similar to the west
  • UAE is literally in the centre of the world so you can travel to different countries while you are here for cheaper than your home country
  • Great lifestyle – more family time, a great place for children
  • People from all over the world live here and everyone gets on nicely
  • Low crime rates and generally a very safe place to stay. Absolutely safe for single women to stay here on their own!
  • An exciting place to live where you can face new challenges and try new things

Okay, so these are probably the most common ones that I think most people who moved to Dubai thought about. What I have noticed from the emails and messages that I get is that some of you (just some, not all) haven’t really looked into moving abroad in great detail and simply like the idea of moving abroad. I know my pictures and Snapchats make it all seem super glamorous (which it is) but please think about what is right for you before you make the move. I highly recommend it and think it was the best thing we ever did but there are a few things that you should be aware of before you do.

Be realistic about working life in Dubai

People often think that a move to Dubai will mean less working hours, more money and less stress. There may be people who have experienced this but my personal experience is that don’t come to Dubai if you are looking for an easy ride work wise. Yes, your take home salary will be higher each month than your home country because there is no income tax but you will be expected to work hard. As you should be! Every single professional I know out here works extremely hard and the working life I would say is pretty much the same as it was in the UK. Every job comes with positives and stresses so just be aware that jobs aren’t any easier out here than they are in the UK for example. If you are ready to work hard then good, start applying! Just don’t think you will come to Dubai and be paid more to work less. However, I would definitely say I have more of a work-life balance out here and get more time to enjoy myself. I did have this vision of me hitting the beach after work every day when I moved to Dubai and I chuckle to myself as I type this. I think all Dubai ex-pats will agree with me that this rarely ever happens. We do hit the beach at the weekend and that is definitely a plus.

It is better to arrive here with a job secured

Come to Dubai with a job and employment package secured because once you get here it may be much more difficult to get a job. With my husband and me, we both started applying for jobs around 6 months before we got here. I managed to secure employment but he didn’t. We then had the difficult decision to make of whether we wanted to take that risk and move to a foreign country with just one of us working. In hindsight, we took a massive risk (one that paid off eventually) and this is not something which will appeal to everyone. Thankfully, my husband was extremely supportive and said that had he been the one to secure the job first I would have left my job in the UK for him so why couldn’t he do the same? It helped that we were given accommodation with my job so I guess that pushed us to just take the risk and see what would happen! Well, what happened wasn’t the most positive and I’m afraid you won’t like this next part. It took Atteeq 9 months to get the job that he wanted within his field. When we got out here, the market for jobs wasn’t great. Is it ever these days?! Atteeq’s background is in IT and we found that although there were lots of jobs within the IT field, they either all wanted 10+ years of experience or the jobs went to people from other countries who would do the same job for a fraction of the pay that someone from Britain would get. He went for endless interviews, applied consistently but after months still had nothing. I’m sure you can imagine how soul destroying this was for a very proud man who up until this point was working in a very good job. One of the things to note is that he was repeatedly told he didn’t have enough experience – when you are 26 the maximum experience you will have is 4 years out of university? So, I would say you have more chances of landing a good job and better package if you have 10+ years of xperience in your field. In addition, the process of gaining employment is much slower out here and it can take weeks before your first interview to actually signing a contract. Just be aware of this. Having said that – we know other people that came out here in a similar situation to us and managed to get a job within a couple of months! It literally is your luck but it helps if you know people out here who can put in a good word for you. We didn’t know anybody and so after a few months of searching and not having much luck, Atteeq took on a job which wasn’t within his field but kept him busy and got him out the house at least! Finally, 9 months after we first got here he found a job within his specialism and is now very happy. Alhumdulillah. I don’t want to put anyone off here and please don’t feel like that’s what I am trying to do. I just want to make you aware that you might have looked at me when I first moved to Dubai and thought that my life looked perfect and that you too wanted that life. I am only going to share the good part of my life on my social media because nobody wants to hear you moan eh? But, now I am telling you that for the first 9 months of our time here we went through a really tough and testing time. Of course we came out of it stronger and Atteeq’s patience and hard work paid off. He got a job in a foreign country without any one’s recommendation and purely on his merit. But, that took time and I know that not every person could wait that long. My biggest piece of advice to a couple who both work would be to try and secure jobs before you come out here and if you don’t be prepared for the whole process to take months. Don’t let that put you off but just please be aware of this. I think we were a little naïve in thinking it would take a maximum of three months for Atteeq to get a job but you live and learn eh!

Dubai is expensive

Once again, this is just me making you aware of this because of the somewhat idealistic emails I have been getting where some people are thinking you will come to Dubai and be rolling in it! Sadly, no. Don’t get me wrong, if you can secure accommodation in your package then you are on to a winner! You will find your monthly salary does look higher because of the no tax but just remember that Dubai is an expensive place and living costs are fairly high out here. Part of Dubai life is the socialising and that requires spending a fair amount. In general, we found everything to be more expensive when we first got here in comparison to the UK and it takes a while before you stop converting everything to pounds! Don’t expect to save anything for the first few months while you settle in and find your feet in a new country. Now, you can absolutely come out here as a single person or a young couple and save money whilst doing things at the weekend and taking nice holidays too. There’s no reason why that shouldn’t happen! I often do get emails from mums too who have children that would be coming out too and that is a different matter which I probably am not too much help with. School fees are pretty high over here so another thing to consider if you are a parent. However, I always say this to people and I will say it here. The lifestyle that children have out here is pretty amazing and I think Dubai is a great place for children to grow up in.

Dubai has its own rules and regulations which may be different to what you are used to

On the whole I find that my day to day life is pretty much the same as it was in the UK but there are certain things that are different. Every country has its own laws and rules and it does annoy me sometimes that people come out here without having done enough research on the place. Just research everything before you come out to stop you from getting on the wrong side of the law! Having said that, no matter how much you research online – there are still certain things you will only know about when you get here. One of the funniest stories I have from when we first got out here is Atteeq being out and about searching for jobs during week 1 while I was at work and sending me panicked messages that he had nearly been arrested. Did you know that the Dubai Metro has a Gold section where you have to buy a more expensive ticket to be seated in the more quiet and luxurious area? Well, poor Atteeq didn’t. On top of that he was chewing gum while sitting in the Gold section with his standard ticket. Another no no on the metro. Of course, nobody had told us about these two things so Atteeq got into a little bit of trouble but admitted his mistake and ended up having to only pay one fine instead of two for being honest and for co-operating! I always laugh when he retells this story because it is actually hilarious. But, my point is – you don’t move to a new country without first knowing about the big things that are different in it from what you have been used to in the country you have lived in your entire life. The little stuff? Well, you will just find that out as you go along. Tip: don’t chew gum on the metro.

Be prepared to feel homesick and even a little lonely!

I made friends straight away because I started working straight away but I do know other girls that came out here with no jobs whilst their husbands went out to work and they had a very different experience. Don’t panic – you WILL make friends! In fact, your friends become your family out here and everyone looks after one another. But, it may take some time. People often ask me what is missing from Dubai and I always say just one thing; family. Dubai is an amazing place to live – I say this from the bottom of my heart! But, your family is your family and they won’t come out here with you so be prepared to miss them and feel a little lonely sometimes. It’s just natural. Nevertheless, you will ALWAYS have visitors. One of the things about living in Dubai is, there’s always someone or the other visiting from home. Even people who would never make the effort to see you back home seem to get in touch to meet up but that’s okay, it’s just Dubai life.

I really hope this has helped some of you. I know some of this may be so obvious but I just wanted you all to know that if you want to come out here then do it! Do your research, apply online and what’s the worst that can happen?

Top websites to apply for jobs in the UAE:

https://www.gulftalent.com/

https://www.bayt.com/en/uae/

http://www.monstergulf.com/

https://www.naukrigulf.com/

LinkedIn – People always said to Atteeq to apply on LinkedIn and he took this with a pinch of salt but believe it or not he finally got the job he is currently in on there!

I would also look into some of the best companies in Dubai for your specific field, go on their website and send your CV to their HR department. Everything you would do in your own country to get the perfect job – just do the same to get a job out here. If you are coming to Dubai anyway for a holiday and are interested in making the move then why not set up some meetings just to get a feel of what it would be like to work out here?

To summarise, I love living in Dubai and cannot recommend it enough. As long as you don’t come out here with a fairy tale notion and know about some of the things I have mentioned above you will be absolutely fine! Good luck!

Please let me know in the comments section if you found this helpful and whether you are thinking about making the move too. I’m currently working on a piece about the best things to do in Dubai on holiday so let me know if there’s anything specific you want me to cover in that one. I know that’s one that has been highly requested!

Before I go, here’s some outfit inspiration for you guys in front of the Dubai skyline at the Dubai Creek Harbour this weekend!

Jacket – H&M

Jeans – Topshop

Shoes – Faith (Debenhams)

Necklace – Miss Selfridge Love,

Miss Mulberry 

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New year but still the same me…

Hey everyone! Wow, are we really in 2017? A very belated happy new year to you all!

It’s been a while eh? The last time I wrote anything on here was in November 2016. Which would now be called ‘last year’. Wow. 

Well, here’s a quick update on what I’ve been up to:

-I went back to the U.K. to stay with family and it was a great trip but I left Atteeq back in Dubai so it was great to be home actually. I actually felt like I was HOME when I got back to Dubai which was a nice feeling. I guess it’s true what they say. Home really is where your heart is. *cheese alert*

-I went to the Boxing Day sales and realised very quickly that they aren’t what they used to be.  £3 off a dress…WHY THANKS ZARA, GREAT SALE!

-I dropped my phone in the U.K., cracked the screen and then did something to something called a ‘motherboard’ resulting in me being without a properly functioning phone for about a week. 

-I had to buy a new phone this weekend. I now own an iPhone7+ and it’s literally the exact same as my last phone but no cracked screen.

-I spent 120AED (£20) on a glass screen protector thingy so my screen never cracks again.

-I’ve been feeling uninspired to write.

That’s it really, to be perfectly honest. There’s a lot I want to say but for once, it doesn’t come out the way it sounds in my head? We all go through these phases I guess. Those of us who write anyway. I hope to write more regularly, my aim is once a week but let’s not promise anything. I’m not one for New Years resolutions. I did have this big plan of doing a post about the year that was 2016 but then life happened and well my plan didn’t.

While I was in the U.K. I mainly stayed at home being cosy in front of the heater and didn’t really do that much but I did go out and shoot some new stuff with my wee brother. We had so much fun! Check out his Instagram page: @kidandthecamera 

Coat – Boohoo

Boots – Zara 

Bonnie Scotland eh? It never does fail to disappoint. Just to clarify, we went and shot these pictures around 1pm when all dogs were sleeping in their homes. I remember one time we went to this same woodland at prime dog walking time and thanks to my dog phobia I nearly ended up in a ditch running like a mad woman from a dog about 10 miles away. 

I think there is something so amazing about a sunny day in the height of winter. But, there is something so annoying about that little bit of faux fur that turned up in the wind and I only realised when I looked at the pictures on my camera a few hours later. 

You can’t have everything in life can you?

Love,

Miss Mulberry 💕

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Zaful Feature 

Today’s outfit is from last weekend so I am little late in posting but it has been one of those weeks! So many of you appreciated this one on Snapchat so bringing you all the details on here today.Dress and bag – Zaful

Shoes – Aldo

Sunglasses – ASOS 

Watch – Larson & Jennings 

I recently discovered Zaful while I was looking for full length dresses and loved the fact that they have lots of clothes which can be worn by women who choose to cover up. I’ve said it before and say it again. There is nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect skirt or dress only to then realise it has a slit up to the bum whilst you are standing at the checkout desk. How many times has this happened to you girls? Do not even get me started on the half lined dresses trend that just doesn’t seem to go away. It’s like, here’s a sheer maxi dress…oh, wait why don’t we act as though it were a mini – wouldn’t that be cool? No. 

Sadly, this is something us girls are fighting with all the time but like I said I did find some pretty good ‘hijab friendly’ contenders on Zaful. Everything is mega cheap as well so expect the quality to be around Primark standards. It’s not awful but it’s not absolutely amazing quality ether but you will find a million things on there that you will want to buy at insane prices so it all kind of balances out if you know what I mean?! This dress was around $18 so you can’t really complain. Swings and roundabouts eh? You can shop by clicking: http://www.zaful.com/?lkid=23260

The website is pretty easy to use and like I said you will find lots of bargains. I ordered a few outfits and they all came around 5 days after I ordered and they were sent via courier so there were no issues with delivery. They have a lot of items in the sale right now that look gorgeous. Even the dress I am wearing! 

Here is the direct link:

http://www.zaful.com/pink-round-neck-half-sleeve-maxi-dress-p_99922.html?lkid=23260

The second item I ordered for this outfit was this super quirky cassette shaped bag! How awesome?!

I still remember listening to my cassettes in my portable cassette player not that long ago so this little number was a cute trip down memory lane! 

The link for this one:

http://www.zaful.com/chains-cassette-shaped-evening-bag-p_207732.html?lkid=23260

I bought one more outfit but will save that for another blog post! I will also show you what other items are on my wish list in the next post. 

Their Instagram page is @zaful by the way if you want a wee nosey but check out the website first!

I know these pictures will annoy so many of you because there you are freezing your bums off in freezing temperatures and here’s me laying amongst flowers and wearing pretty pastels. Just realised I’ve said ‘bum/bums’ twice in one post. What am I like?! 

Till next time girlies! 

Love,

Miss Mulberry X

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NA-KD Feature

I absolutely love this outfit! It’s a little bit edgy for me so something a little different than my usual bright colours and floral prints. But I like changing it up and technically we are heading into winter/fall (not that you can really feel it in Dubai since the sun is still shining) so I’m trying to inject darker colours into my wardrobe again! I know a lot of bloggers and fashionistas always wear black and have like monochrome looking Instagram pages but you guys know a) I’m not even cool and b) I love bright colours too much. Having said that, it’s nice to do an all-black look once in a while so here’s how I put together this one!

Outfit – NA-KD

Shoes – Aldo

Sunglasses – Market Stall in Souk Naif, Deira

Bag – Zara

I loved this black sweater with white print on the chest. The straight fit meant I could wear it with almost any kind of trousers/jeans and it would work but I chose to glam up the casual look with high waisted zipper pants also from https://na-kd.com/

 The direct links to this outfit:

https://na-kd.com/fearless-sweater-black

https://na-kd.com/high-waist-front-zipper-pants-black

Luckily, I have teamed up with NA-KD and they have agreed to give my followers a 20% off discount voucher for the next few days to use on their website. Simply enter ‘sameera20’ at the checkout and you will receive a sweet discount off your overall total! They have some gorgeous, on trend pieces on their website and I love that they are offering free worldwide delivery. My package arrived to Dubai in 2 days via DHL so no matter where you are in the world you can order with peace of mind that your things will arrive without any fuss.

A little bit about NA-KD

An online global marketplace which sells clothing, footwear, accessories and lifestyle products which are unique and from around the world. What I loved about their website is that they stock over 100 international brands so you are sure to find something that nobody else in your wee hometown will be wearing! The website is user friendly and very easy to use. Be sure that if you’re not happy with anything the returns process is super easy.

My top 3 picks!

https://na-kd.com/side-slit-coat-dark-navyhttps://na-kd.com/open-sleeve-deep-neck-jumpsuit-black

https://na-kd.com/products/tops/shika-top-cognac 

Here’s some more pictures of my outfit around the artistic streets of City Walk, Dubai.

Happy shopping!

Love,

Miss Mulberry

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