Over Christmas, whilst I was staying with my mum in London, we went for a walk in Highgate Woods. The weather was as perfect as a winter day can be; frost on the ground but also warm sunlight bathing the park, making the atmosphere more than pleasant.

Highgate Woods has wild woodland on the outskirts but also a large open green space in the middle. So it's perfect for both walks as well as just lazing around, there's also enough space for sports. There's also a cafe within the woods that has both inside and outside seating, which I've visited previously. 

It's also great for Pokémon. Highgate Woods has really, really good Pokémon. The park has some great touches, for example craved trees and carvings of wooden animals, which double as unique Pokéstops. 

Amani x

Highgate Woods

12 Feb 2017

Health, fitness and nutritional expert Lucy Locket has released the Mindset Workbook; an 18 page ebook guide that helps you figure out what your health/fitness/other goals are, and gets you in the right mindset in order to reach them 

The guide includes elements such as tips on how to maintain a sustainable healthy lifestyle, the key principles that help with nutrition and fat loss, and mental exercises to help with motivation. 

The guide also contains exercises to be completed and filled in, including exercises helping you to practise positive thinking and to work towards improvement. There is also a segment dedicated to helping you set goals and teaching you how to break them up to make them easier to reach. 

This ebook is really helpful for those of us who want to improve our health and fitness but don't know where to start. Also for those who are in need of a bit of a helping hand along the way. If you're anything like me then you've vowed to be fitter and healthier this year (like, for real this time), and this is a great way to help achieve that goal! The guide can also be used for better mental health, and even to work on non-health related goals, such as career. 

Lucy Locket's Mindset Workbook is currently available at the very reduced price of £4.99. All you need to do to get your discounted copy is follow this link, click 'Make Payment Online', fill in the details and type in 'amanilyrical' in the notes section before checking out.


Amani x 

Mindset Workbook | Review

5 Feb 2017

As a student with high rent it seems like I rarely buy anything for myself these days other than essentials (and the odd treat). But when the essentials are cute they also become blog worthy. So here are a few things I've bought recently. 

I needed a new water bottle, having recently lost mine. Luckily I found this cute, baby pink one online. Unlike some it's really easy to open and close, and it also matches my homeware. 

I've had my eye on Demeter fragrances for a while, as they have a huge selection of really cool scents, from 'Wet Garden' to 'Moonbeam.' For my first purchase I bought their 'First Love' scent. I went for the cheaper and smaller roll-on option, as to make sure I liked it. Turns out I do, so I shall be purchasing again. The scent smells floral with a touch of candy (perhaps Love Hearts!).

This 'Nope' t-shirt from Redbubble was one of those things that I 'needed' as soon as I saw it on a sponsored post on Facebook. The rest is history. 

I've heard great things about Beauty Blenders for ages and have only now finally gotten round to purchasing one. I haven't used it yet but I'm looking forward to trying it out!

For ages I've wanted to buy some creaseless hair ties, as I hate always having dents in my hair after putting it up. I finally bought this pack of peach and grey coloured creaseless hair ties from Ebay.

What's your favourite purchase that you've made recently?

Amani x 

Recently Bought Favourites

23 Jan 2017

Here's what my Autumn of 2016 looked like:

My birthday is only a few days after the start of Autumn, here are some birthday drinks 

And I travelled back home to celebrate with family on the day.

(And had a look at some wands at the Platform 9 3/4 store at Kings Cross).

My birthday cake from Patisserie Valerie!

Back in Nottingham . .

I got some pretty new postcards for my wall.

And took selfies, of course.

Autumn is my favourite season, and I made sure to stop and appreciate it this year.

One of my favourite things about Halloween time is the treats.

Autumn vibes all around.

Elderflower cocktails were had.

I tried and failed to sit down and film some Youtube videos, hopefully I'll get there eventually!

The first signs of Christmas started to show.

Amani x

Autumn '16 In Pictures

6 Jan 2017

Christmas 2016 is finally upon us, and as I was kindly tagged by Joanna from JoannaVictoria.co.uk to answer a few Questions, I thought it the perfect time and opportunity to write about my favourite things about Christmas.

What’s your favourite Christmas Movie? Not a Christmas film per say, but I'm going to go with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I remember there being a period when I was younger where I would watch this every Christmas. Some of the film is of course set at Christmas time, and the beautiful images of Hogwarts in the winter make this film have the perfect Christmas feel.

Have you ever had a white Christmas? I don't remember ever having a white Christmas, but a quick Google search tells me there was one in England 2009! Not sure if it was the case in London or not though!

What is your favourite Christmas song? This is a really difficult one. But 'I wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' has been stuck in my head for the last few days, so I shall go with that one.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? Yes. Me and my Mum have a tradition to open our Christmas presents for each other on Christmas eve, and the rest of the family's/friends we save for the actual day. Though this year I've suggested opening them after midnight, so it will technically be on the 25th!

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? I mean, probably not. But let's try. Prancer, Dancer, Blitzen, Rudolph, Dasher. Yep, that's all I can do!

Is your Christmas tree real or fake? We unfortunately don't have a Christmas tree this year. But we usually change it up, sometimes we have real ones and sometimes we use a fake tree. 

What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet? When it comes to the Christmas meal itself my favourite part is 100% the roast potatoes. Treat wise I like Gingerbread men/cookies.

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better? I think now that I'm an adult and I am able to buy things I want for myself throughout the year I actually look forward to giving presents more than receiving (though of course receiving is also great!). 

What is the best Christmas present you’ve ever received? I'm very lucky to have had things like iPhones bought for me as presents in the past. Also concert tickets!

What would be your dream place to visit during the holiday season? I've heard New York is a great place to be at Christmas time, so maybe there. 

Are you a Pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably? I like to think I'm okay! I'm pretty happy with this box of presents I wrapped and arranged for my Mum. Though I feel like when I'm no longer a student I'll probably get more extravagant when it comes to wrapping and the like!

Most memorable Christmas moment? I remember spending one Christmas in Spain when I was younger. It was memorable because it was a bit different to the usual set up of having Christmas in London! 

What made you realise the truth about Santa? I remember once finding the same wrapping paper that Santa had used stored in my mum's room. That was one of my first hints!

What makes the holidays special for you? The fact that the atmosphere is completely different around Christmas time. People are happier and there are pretty lights everywhere! Also getting to spend quality time with family.

Thank you Joanna for the tag, I now tag Eden at edenmarkl.com, Sarah at thissideofme.co.uk and Helen at mummytothemax.co.uk to also answer these questions (also anyone else who happens to be reading)!

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to these Christmasy questions. What are your favourite things about Christmas?

Amani x 

Christmas 2016 (Tag)

23 Dec 2016

I'm a huge fan of film, and my taste is very versatile. I can love anything from a low budget indie flick to a Hollywood blockbuster, so long as the film is captivating and has substance. The films I've listed below are my favourite 'epic' films - that is films that have beautiful cinematography, scores, and enthralling twists and turns, and that keep you fully immersed from start to finish.

Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon Levitt, Inception is a thrilling film with beautiful cinematography, gripping twists and phenomenal acting. This innovative and thought provoking film truly enamoured me the first time I saw it, and it remains one of my favourite films of all time.

The Dark Knight
Okay, so I really like Christopher Nolan movies. This classic Batman film is another all-time favourite of mine. Like the majority of the films on this list, I saw this film many times in the cinema. Everything from the pivotal acting scenes to the intense action sequences make for an irresistible cinematic experience.

Les Misérables
Movies don't get more epic than this. Based on the world famous stage production about pre-revolution France, 'Les Mis' takes the play's beautiful songs and tragic story-lines and accompanies them with beautiful visual scenes of 19th Century France. Making - in my opinion - one of the most amazing films of all time.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Here's one film that I would say is rather underrated. This unique short-story adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett tells an epic love story featuring a man who ages backwards. Truly beautiful cinematography and a poignant, emotional story-line combine and make this film one of my favourites.

Sweeney Todd 
As already evident by Les Mis' place on this list, dark musicals are sort of my thing. Sweeney Todd is a Gothic tragedy with both beautiful music and imagery. The Gothic visuals are perfection, even the blood in the film (there is a lot of it) is creatively stylised to be a unique shade of red. Sweeney Todd remains my favourite Tim Burton film.

I was able to enjoy all these films in the cinema (often multiple times). But now thanks to current day technology, having a great movie experience doesn't have to end when a film has stopped playing in cinemas. You can now get that epic movie experience at home with the Ultra HD 4K TV Panasonic. These TVs play films (and more) in spectacular, never before seen high-definition, and are an amazing way to bring great movies to life. They feature professional cinema display and were even tuned by Hollywood filmmakers.

I personally hope to watch all the movies on this list on this TV!

Amani x

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My Favourite Epic Movies

30 Nov 2016

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