sandals, shades and a satchel

These were my three staple items for my three day trip to London!

I’ve also been obsessing over a pink over coat these days, you’ve probably gathered if you’ve visited my instagram feed recently! Some refer to it as a ‘Kimono’ …

  1. a long, loose traditional Japanese robe with wide sleeves, tied with a sash.
    • a garment similar to a kimono worn elsewhere as a dressing gown.

…but I don’t see a traditional Japanese robe and I don’t see a sash either! so shall we just stick to overcoat? / duster coat?

anyway, here are my three London looks:

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I am far from an all black e’erythang type of girl, so when the suns out I take it as a perfect opportunity to wear as much colour as possible! It was sooo hot that day so the looser the clothes the better.

Culottes- Tesco

Batwing top- Matalan

Overcoat- TK Maxx

For my accessories I went all out, that’s one thing I love about London, you can dress as cray as you please. The funny thing is that they all happen to by birthday gifts both recent and old…and I love every single one of them 🙂

Sunglasses- Nicole Farhi

Necklace- River Island

Satchel- Zatchels

Watch- Swatch

Sandals- ASOS

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Isn’t Westfield Shepherds Bush just the best place to shop…and eat!????

I think the outfit would have looked more summery if I wore a pair of cropped trousers or cigarette pants instead of black tights but thats all I had packed :/

Denim Pinafore- Dorothy Perkins

Printed sandals- Primark

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On the last day I wore the same culottes and overcoat as the day before and matched a printed top with it! The top is supposed to be cropped but its UK size 20 and considering I am a size 10 I guess it didn’t look so cropped on me!

I also wore a choker that day but then it broke :(. Basically I sneezed and it snapped!!!!! SO funny, no idea I had such a hench neck/ strong neck muscles until now! So that’s why in the photos below I’m doing that weird arm pose as I’m trying to hold the choker together! p.s how tanned is my fod!!!!

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Hope you liked my looks!

More to come! M. x

@supermisha651

Fatwa on fasting in Ramadan during the UK summer

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Bismillah.

1. A number of people have asked me since last year about the excessive length of fasting during UK summer months.

2. This has included those new to the practice of fasting, elderly and middle-aged people, who wish to fast but simply cannot manage the very long days. Since last year, I’ve heard reports of such people in hospital, as well as of children falling seriously ill, due to fasting more than 18 hours per day.

3. The day length in London during a midsummer Ramadan is almost 17 hours *sunrise-sunset*. Since there is no agreed beginning of dawn, the dawn-sunset timings vary from 19 to 20.5 hours.

4. The day length increases as we go further north, especially in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

a) E.g. I visited Dublin in June 2000: sunset prayers at the Dublin Islamic Centre (Clonskeagh Mosque) were held at 10.30pm, followed by night prayers at…

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4 countries 1 city- my FOODfilled weekend!

*STRETTTTCHHH* ah my legs are so achey after the fun weekend I had in London! But my fingers are ready to tip tap away and share what I got up to ate!


London in the summer = HOLIDAY MODE ON.

I love how it gets super hot, you’re there with your shades on looking cool/drooling over fineeeeeee londoners on the tube ANDD overhearing conversations in French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Swahili. Pretty much every language under the sun.

No wonder its known as THE cosmopolitan city- with a great selection of places to eat.


We stayed at a serviced apartment down the road from Holborn and Covent Garden. It was so convenient, though the apartment got quite hot at night, the location was the best.

I prefer a serviced apartment to a hotel, especially in London, it’s more value for money, gives you that extra bit of space to put your feet up after a long day and you get to make a cup of tea just the way you like it.

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The living, dining, kitchen area!


In the evening we were craving some good desi/ pakistani food, so we decided to go to Lahore Kebab House in Whitechapel, we actually wanted to go to Tayyabs but it was fully booked.

Oh my god, it was AWFUL.

We ordered lamb nihari, daal and chicken karahi. The daal was so salty, I really couldn’t go for a second helping, it dried my mouth out! The chicken karahi, don’t even know what that was, it was bits of rubber smothered in some tomato sauce, ugh what a nightmare. The lamb nihari was OKAY, just a weird selection of bones in the dish. hmmm :-\ .

The waiters were running around like headless chickens and it was SO loud. No sound proofing done at all so we had to shout across the table to be able to hear each other!!! zero. ambience. We’d been before and it wasn’t this bad but now we’ve established desi food is so much better up North than in London.

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looks good on the surface, but really a salty slush garnished with coriander


In contrast to yesterdays food flop, today was a food fab day

(how are my alliteration skillz?!).

For lunch we had FatBurger, an American burger chain here in Camden, London!

I had a beef burger with all the essentials (gherkins, lettuce and cheeeeese) and onion rings 😛 it was great but the highlight was when the whole FatBurger team repeat your order! (easily amused, can you guess?).

After a spot of shopping at Westfields Shepherds Bush we had dinner at Penang!, at the Southern Terrace for some delightful Malaysian food!

The chicken skewers (Ayam Satay) went down a treat. One thing I love about Malaysian food is the peanut sauce, that nutty flavour with charcoal chicken was such a good combination!!!

We also tried the Mango salad (I used to have this for my dinner when I lived in Singapore)! Its soooo good! The mangos are slightly raw and sour so go really well with the lime dressing and of course…roasted PEANUTS!

The food at Penang! had that authentic taste we wanted so if you love to experiment or like me, you love Malaysian food, Penang! is the place to go.

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Food at Penang! (yikes not the best pic!)

I was clearly loving life a bit tooooo much so I didn’t take many photos! (surprising for me!!).


After a wander around Knightsbridge and Sloane Square the following day (Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far apparently!), I was desperate for a cold drink and a light snack!

So much for a light snack we went to Comptoir Lebanais (sounds so posh) OOO LAAA DEE DAAAA.

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How funky are the menus?! (and slightly greasy, yikes :/)

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Brow game strong

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Fattet Lamb Kibbeh

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I had the ‘Sirine Salad’ a glorified Caesar salad but with an Arab twist of spiced chicken, feta cheese, walnuts and pomegranate seeds…yeah so not anything like a Caesar salad (bad comparison, oops). But it wassss exactly what I needed on this hot hot day.

We also tried the ‘Fattet Lamb Kibbeh’; minced lamb parcels with pine nuts, warm tahini yoghurt, garnished with crispy pita & fried onions. Warm yoghurt?! I hear you say?….i know i was a bit unsure about ‘warm yoghurt’ too but it turned out to be really tasty and went well with the soft lamb and sweet fried onions.

So thats my FOOD-filled weekend in London and that’s how I experienced four countries in one city!

I’ll definitely be back in London again to try more international delights!!!! (and better Pakistani food!)

More to come,

M. x

@supermisha651

Theatre trip turned a w k w a r d

So my dad booked tickets to see Blackadder II at the Gaiety Theatre.

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Super excited to be here, the decor was stunning!

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[insert angelic music here] isn’t it stunning!?

After telling him earlier on in the week that ‘yeahh Blackadder, we used to watch some of that in History at school’ my dad thought it would be fit for a family evening out. NOTTTTTT so many cringeworthy moments, honestly it was unbearable after an hour and we decided to leave 😮 !!!! It was a little too slapstick and crude for us to watch as a family and we could tell my dad was feeling SO uncomfortable. After much deliberation we decided to leave at the interval, sadly it just got worse and worse so we scurried out even earlier during a scene change!

HAHAHA so now that’s something we’re going to remember forever! the time we left a play early and my dad repeating ‘Mischa said she used to watch this in school!?’ [sorry Baba!!!!]

After an unexpectedly stressful trip to the theatre we needed a bit of R&R or should i say PERI-PERI.

Here on the island there’s something similar to a ‘cheeky Nandos’ called Victoria Peri-Peri Grill. As a lover of flame-grilled chicken I have to admit, it’s ALL about a ‘cheeky Victoria grill’, hmm doesn’t quite have the same ring to it but I assure you its REALLY REALLY tasty.


Awkward theatre trip and cheeky chicken aside, here are my outfit details:

I went for vintage glam in a silver grey dress bought from a vintage shop in London. My favourite part of this dress is all that sparkle at the front ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ so I kept my jewellery to a minimum (with the same accessories I wore earlier that day).

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Pointed shoesssss from ASOS. I’m a size 3/4 so it’s always nice to add a little bit of length to my tiny feet.

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Hope you liked my look!!

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More to come. M. x

Chokers and Afternoon Tea?!

Last Saturday I had some delicious Afternoon Tea with my family at Milntown, a historic estate on the Isle of Man. It’s a gorgeous building with a small cafe that overlooks beautiful manicured gardens. My siblings came over from Manchester so it was a nice place to catch up with them after nearly a month!

Here are my outfit details:

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It doesn’t look like it in the photos but it was a beautiful sunny afternoon and a pleated midi dress fit perfectly for this occasion.

This one I got from Singapore during my study abroad for something like $15SGD (£7!). But, I found something similar on ASOS, Miss Selfridge and Topshop. They’re not as cheap as £7 but I think they’re a good summer investment…or you could just wait for the sales… 😛

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Jewellery: I kept it pretty simple wearing a pastel coloured bangle I got from a market in Barcelona and a gorgeous choker from Miss Selfridge. I didn’t think i’d suit a choker and thought it was a jewellery item I’d left in 2004 but here it is making a comeback. I like this one because of its intricate design, gorgeous lilac colour and also how 2D it is if that makes any sense?! Like its just flat and stuck to my neck (yeah mischa that’s what a choker is..). Ok I think i’ll stop going on about the choker now.

p.s. Channelling my inner Kate Middleton here! I got a curly blow dry done earlier that day and it was one of the best I’ve ever had!

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I got this cropped jacket from Jack Wills a while back. It’s so useful and smartens up a casual outfit instantly. I found some more i’m tempted to buy on ASOS.

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Shoes: I have a thing for funky shoes and these are one of them, a Primarni special ❤

More to come soon

M. x

Cropped pants, wide trousers, cropped trousers, wide pants

culotte (kylɔt  feminine noun

  1. (= sous-vêtement) [de femme, enfant] pants pl (Brit), knickers pl (Brit), panties pl (US)

After discovering what culottes translate to in French, I’m not so keen on using the term to describe my trousers!

So I’ve been thinking what word to use instead…cropped pants? wide trousers? cropped trousers? wide pants? and back round again…still not decided.

Anyway, I adore these wide trousers and I’m so glad they’re back on trend for Autumn 2015, they’re loose, they’re cropped and they’re perfect for any occasion.

They say only certain people can pull of this look, but I’m one to try everything so oh well if I look like a hobbit in oversized pants, I’m still digging these thangss!

I got a couple from the high street and here’s how I brought runway looks home:

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Nope, that’s not me on the left, thats Valentino!! (ha ha)

I paired a high neck batwing top to go with my culottes (£7 from tk maxx!!), they’re a light flowy material and match the top perfectly. I liked how the runway look paired the loose outfit with a sharp shiny pair of boots so I tried something similar!

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The boxy look from Opening Cermony (right) inspired my second look. The thick material of the culottes and the quilted top (both from Dorothy Perkins) added to the stiff and boxy look I wanted. I wore my new long lace up boots with this outfit which makes it perfect for Autumn or a dull May day.

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My favourite look is inspired by my love for C O L O U R and all shades of pink and orange! I tucked in an oversized camisole into my Tesco (yes Tesco) culottes, these are a scuba-like material so go with the flow but are also quite thick so maintain its shape. I wore this outfit for a little luncheon and chic-d it up with pink heeled sandals and a traditional jacket I got from Thailand back when I studied there. I bought the jacket from a local shop supporting the Hmong hill tribe in Northern Thailand, you can find similar things on all sorts of ebay/etsy websites. They maybe a little more expensive than what I got them for but I promise you won’t be disappointed. Hmong embroidery is stunning and if you love bright colours like me this is right up your street as they use pinks, reds, greens to produce stunning jackets, bags, dresses and even household items.

I hope you liked my looks! I wanted to take a lot more photos and produce a much more detailed post. But as always, everything comes at once and I didn’t have enough time! Next time, I guess!

Much Love

Mish X

Tarka Dal- quick, easy and super yummy recipe in 6 simple steps!

Tarka DaalRed Lentils are the quickest type of lentils to cook, so if you’re short of time or want something quick to eat this is the dal you need!

If you’ve got a handful of red lentils, an onion, a tomato and a few spices you’re pretty much ready to go!

This recipe serves 2 super hungry individuals (i.e. me and my dad) so maybe 4 semi-hungry people. If you need to serve a little more than that just double up the ingredients.

Ingredients

For the Dal:

100g Red Lentils

1/2 tsp Tumeric

For the Tarka:

1tbsp Olive oil

1 tbsp Butter (butter and dal make a fab combination, but its not essential)

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

1/2 tsp Chilli powder

1/2-1 tsp Salt (to taste, remember add less to begin with, you can always add more later)

1 Onion, diced

2 Tomatos, chopped

2-3 Garlic Cloves (you can add more or less to taste, my dad hates garlic so I had to compromise 😦 )

1 Green Chilli, chopped (optional i.e. if you’re feeling hot hot hot 😎 )

To garnish:

Handful of chopped coriander

1-2 tbsp of fried onions (I bought mine from the shops!)

Method

1. Put the lentils into a medium- sized pan and add water (just enough to cover the lentils), bring the lentils to boil on a medium-high heat. You’ll notice some ‘froth’/gross bubbles of stuff creating a layer at the top, just skim that off and add the turmeric. Then leave to simmer whilst you make the tarka.

2. In a frying pan or small saucepan heat the oil, butter and then add the cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds darken add the onion. The onion will go soft and brown on the edges, thats when you can add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute or until the garlic cloves soften. Add the tomatoes, chilli powder and salt.

3. Let the tarka cook for another 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes soften and the contents form a paste/ masala. You’ll notice that the oil separates from the rest of the ingredients within the pan.

4. Now back to the lentils. If you find the lentils have formed a thick mush, just add more water and keep simmering until the lentils are thick or as watery as you like. Tarka dal should generally be in between.

5. Add the tarka to the lentils and cook for another 5-10 minutes, until the tarka and lentils have mixed well together. Here you can add the green chilli as well.

6. Adjust the seasoning to your taste. Once you’ve put the tarka dal into your serving dish, garnish with fried onions and coriander.

DONE! 

You can eat tarka dal with naan, roti, pitta bread, basmati rice or on its own!

Cucumber raita is also a good accompaniment: 5-6 tbsp yoghurt, splash of milk, 1/4-1/2 tsp salt, 1/4-1/2 tsp chilli powder mix together and then add diced or grated cucumber, give it a good mix and serve!