Friday, July 18, 2014

The Inevitable Changes of Life (And How to Accept Them)

Today's post is going to be a little different than to what you're used to reading on my blog. The past few months have been a heck of a whirlwind for me - hell, 2014 has been a heck of a whirlwind for me. I've had ecstatic highs - where I'd wake up really early without an alarm clock, eat my favorite breakfast and re-watch Eat, Pray, Love for the nth time - and horrible, melancholic lows; where I'd just sit in my sweatpants for days and eat Pringles and cry until I felt better.




What I've realized from the bigger picture is that (analogically) life is the sun. A huge force of energy, and an even bigger source of light. It is up to us, of course, to decide whether to resent the heat emitted from the sun or allow its light to guide us unto our rightful paths. These paths (the sunrises and sunsets) are unique, on-going, and ever-changing. If you've ever stared at the night sky, or were trapped in a metaphorical darkness per-se, the sun eventually comes up. Not immediately, but eventually. And that, my friends, is life.

You may feel like the changes happening in your life right now are permanent, but they are not. The only constant thing in life is change itself. This paradox may seem quite frightening but it is in fact one of the most beautiful blessings about living. Nothing wonderful is permanent, and so we learn to appreciate its wonder, with all of its joviality and euphoria and ever-changing levels of light (like a sunset). Likewise, nothing horrible is permanent, and so we learn patience and understanding, and to grow fond of the emotion or lesson and understand it,  rather than resent the experience (like wondering in the darkness).




Once you learn to bask in the sun and enjoy the night sky, once you smile at the first trickle of sweat from your forehead and laugh at the noises you hear during a midnight stroll - that is when you finally learn to accept the changes of life; that nothing is always what it seems, nor will it ever be. The unknown is a beautiful and exciting thing, and nothing it holds is ever positive or negative except through judgement or perception. Obviously, optimism through any given situation is the divine key to acceptance, because it makes the process easier, and helps you understand and appreciate the bumps along the way, rather than kicking at them senselessly.

The last force I would like to bring attention to (because it deserves it, and is called overrated so much that it is, in reality, vastly underrated and forgotten about) is Love. Love is the universal force of Life, and without it, the journey is bound to be a tough one. This definitely does not mean grabbing the nearest person and forcing yourself to feel for them - not at all. Love is the simplest emotion that lies within the most complex being on the planet - You. Once you accept that change is constant, you begin to live life with a lot more Love. For yourself, for the planet, for the sun, moon and stars; for the people around you and for the thoughts within you. Once you begin to live with love, the inevitable changes become a journey of enlightenment. Life becomes a miracle (using Lexigrams, you can see that the world "miracle" says "I'm Clear." Miracles aren't hidden between the lines. They are hidden in plain sight - in the most simple emotion hiding in the most complex beings.

Are You Beginning to Understand?


Zayn Al-Qahtani

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Met Ball 2014 Best Dressed List

Hello lovely!

I'm cringing as I stuff my face with sweet popcorn right now, cuddled up in a Matthew Williamson throw and vigorously typing into my laptop - the reason for this being my one month MIA stunt regarding my blog. To be quite honest, it's been a holiday month of frolicking at the beach, late night outings to hookah cafes and non-stop adventure - I've been loving it so far. May has brought me back on track though - I've bunched all of my ideas into my blog-book (my notebook where I write cool stuff to post on Musings of a Moonchild) and I'm so excited to announce that there are a TON of new posts headed your way!

Enough blabbering though - occurring yesterday was one of the biggest events of the fashion calendar - The Met Ball. This year's theme was a far cry from the punk feel of 2013. As the museum itself was celebrating the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the legendary couturier Charles James, so was the theme: ball gowns, drapes, sequins, minuscule details that even Anna Wintour herself would not be able to appreciate enough. Without further a do, I present to you the best dressed celebrities of the 2014 Met Ball!


THE MET BALL 2014 BEST DRESSED LIST


Adriana Lima in Givenchy Haute Couture



Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere




Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney




Chanel Iman in Bespoke by Topshop





Florence Welch in Valentino Couture



Gisele Bundchen in Balenciaga




Joan Smalls in Vera Wang



Katie Holmes in Marchesa



Lea Michele in Altuzarra




Leighton Meester in Emilio Pucci




Nicole Richie in Donna Karan Atelier



Rihanna in Stella McCartney



And there you have it! My personal favorite looks from the 2014 Met Ball. A lot of you might be surprised that I didn't include Beyonce, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian or Karolina Kurkova - to be blunt, I thought their outfits were off the spot completely. I'm also really disappointed in Chanel - the way they dressed Anna Wintour, Chloe Moretz and Kristen Stewart was just distasteful, grandma-esque and  just hard to look at overall. Speaking of Kristen Stewart, who in the world made her the face of Chanel?! I don't know if it's just me and my personal vendetta against Kristen Stewart and her painful-to-witness acting, but I am mega bummed about the news.


Who do you think had the best and the worst outfits at The Met Ball? Leave your comments down below!

Until next time,
XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani


Sunday, March 30, 2014

UNICEF Tap Project: Provide Water For Children In Need

Hey guys!

Today's post is a little off-topic than any beauty, fashion or food related post I usually publish, but it is just as important to read, and even more important to participate in. One lovely user on ask.fm sent me the link to the UNICEF Tap Project and asked me to do it, and so I did.

The aim of the challenge is to basically go without touching your phone, something most of us consider "an item we can't live without", to help people in need get what they really can't live without, but are - clean water. For every ten minutes that you go without using your phone, you provide one person with clean water for an entire day. My best has been 40 minutes, meaning I've helped provide people with four days of clean water; and that means more to me than any text message or silly Instagram post.

GET STARTED!



After watching the video above, make sure to log on to uniceftapproject.org to get started, and do not touch your phone (for at least 10 minutes)! Go out, take a walk, paint a mural, learn a recipe, play a sport - there are so many productive things you can achieve while also helping a movement achieve a greater good for our world.

Thank you so much to you guys that took the time to read this post, and mention below in the comments if you're going to try this out! And if you did, what was your best time?

Until next time!
XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What To Wear: Formula 1 Outfit Ideas 2014

Hey lovely!

When sports, fashion, business and entertainment mesh together at one ginormous social event, you can pretty much bet that it's going to be the biggest event of the season (or maybe even the year)! The Formula 1 Race Days have been rattling the social stratosphere of Bahrain since 2004, and since then it has been a must-go in everyone's agenda. Whether you go for the actual race, or you're more into the people spotting or concerts (Avicii and The Scorpions are set to perform live this year - eep!), there's always bound to be something interesting going on.

Now, the immediate question that comes into the mind of one who is addicted to fashion as a drug mule is to meth - "What do I WEAR?!" Have no fear! Last year, my What To Wear: Formula 1 blog post was an absolute hit (and is still one of my most viewed posts of all time). So I decided to turn it up a notch and give you guys a post for ideas on what to wear, all updated to suit 2014 - here we go!


FORMULA 1 OUTFIT IDEAS 2014


The soft grunge 90s Chick

Style Equation: Cropped Plain Top + Boyfriend Jeans + Chunky Ankle Boots + Hologram Bag


Melbourne Casual




The Biker with a Bag Collection
Style Equation: Colorful Sweater + Zippered/Leather Skinnies + Timberlands


Moto Woman



The Beach Babe

Style Equation: Floaty Sweater + Printed Shorts + Fluoro Bag + Gladiator Sandals


Beach Babe





The Goth Gal

Style Equation: Black Lace Top + Black Mini + Black Buckled Sandals + Transparent Clutch



Goth Gal




"I'm only here for the concert"

Style Equation: Jersey Mini + Sequin Tank + Over-sized Cardigan +Smokey Eyes



Party Gal




The Girly Athlete

Style Equation: Varsity Top + High Ponytail + Nikes + Sparkly Accessories


Sporty



The girl who wants to get featured in Grazia

Style Equation: Graphic Top + Hologram Slip Ons + Gold Watch + Over-sized Sunglasses


Classy lassy




The Life of the Party

Style Equation: Sequin Dress + Destroyed Denim Jacket + Platform Sandals + Dark Lipstick

Stay The Night





The girl who's a little too cool for you to understand

Style Equation: Sparkly Crop Top + Printed Skirt + Novelty Sunglasses + Plated Trainers


The Eccentric





"I'll be at the Paddock, or at the VIP section!"

Style Equation: Bright body-con miniskirt + Plain Blouse + Platform Heels + Floral Headband



Posh Totty





And that's it for the looks! I decided to give each one a theme so that people could relate to the equations easier, depending on what they believe suits them. I personally am a little bit of all of these! Of course, don't take the sets too literally - explore and break a little guideline! I hope this post helped you guys figure out what you're going to where to the Formula 1, and make sure to tell me which outfit equation is your favorite in the comments section below!

See you at the races!
XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani

Monday, March 10, 2014

Harry Potter Recipe: Home-Made Butter Beer!

Hey beautiful!

I kneel on both knees and beg with all my heart that you guys forgive me for not posting almost at ALL last month! I broke my nose which resulted in me deviating my septum, and I was admitted to surgery a week later. Three weeks after recovery and I'm back- healthy, happy, and ready to give you guys some wonderful posts!

Yum!


 Many of you have been requesting this as eagerly as I've been wanting to write it, so here it is: The Butterbeer Recipe! This is dedicated to all you Potter-heads out there who'd like to experience a taste (pun intended) of the Harry Potter world but can't seem to manage a ticket to Orlando, Florida right now. Without a further a do, here's my take on Harry Potter's infamous Butterbeer - enjoy!


BUTTERBEER RECIPE


Ingredients needed: 1 can of Cream Soda / 2 tablespoons of brown sugar / 2 tablespoons of butter / 1 cup of milk / 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract / Whipped Cream / Cinnamon Powder

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan.

Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the mix, and stir until well-combined ~

Next, measure out one teaspoon of vanilla, and add to the mixture and keep stirring.

Measure out one cup of milk, and (you guessed it) add it and stir!

Keep stirring and blending the mixture until it comes to a boil. (This should take 2-3 minutes)

While waiting for the mixture to boil, pour out Cream Soda into two serving glasses until they're both half full.

This is how the mixture should look boiled! Turn the stove off and let it cool for 1-2 minutes.

Pour the mixture into the Cream Soda until it hits 1/2 cm off the brink of the cup.

Begin stirring the whole thing together. This is the base of the Butterbeer. It will seem overly frothy in the beginning, but will calm down after stirring for a while.

This is how your final result should look - next, add some whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon, and voila! 

Home-made Butterbeer! Hope you guys enjoy it!


I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it (and mm, devouring two cups of Butterbeer all by my lonesome). Let me know what you think of the recipe in the comments below, and whether you're going to try it or not (but obviously you really, really should).

Until next time!
XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The New School Competition 2014: Zayn Al-Qahtani

Hey fabulous!

As most of you guys know, I've been pursuing the route of fashion and design ever since I was little. Now, the time has finally come to dust off those dreams and stick 'em in a reality machine. I entered this competition where I'd have the chance to win a full or partial scholarship to enter Parsons The New School for Design; and I really need your help - take a look at my entry below!



Please like the video if you guys enjoyed it, and it's also VERY crucial to comment (I'd rather a comment than a like) because Parsons has stated that it may increase my chances of winning. Designing is my absolute pursuit and to do it in a place like The New School is absolutely crazy! I appreciate you taking the time to read this post and watch the video - you guys are amazing!

Until next time beautiful!
XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Winterlicious TAG!

Hey fabulous!

It's been a relatively relaxing Wednesday - I skipped school to have a little extra time working on my art portfolio (Piece 3 complete!) and I'm currently sipping some Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (which you can learn how to make here) and listening to the Arctic Monkeys. Today, I decided to do the Winterlicious tag you guys have been asking me to do! I'm a little behind on it, so I decided to tweak some of the questions to past tense since it's already past holiday season. Without further a do, here's my take on it - enjoy!

WINTERLICIOUS TAG



1. Favorite winter nail polish?
I love pairing black nail polish with my H&M Matte Top Coat - I've done it twice this winter!

2. Favorite winter lip product?
My Favorite lip product this winter has got to be Hollywood Red by Maybelline - I always whip it out this season.

3. Most worn winter clothing piece?
A pair of black leggings with leather knee patches from H&M - love them to death!

4. Favorite winter beverage?
The toffee-nut latte at Starbucks, and my home made Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

5. All time favorite Holiday movie?
New Year's Eve, definitely!

6. Favorite Christmas/Holiday song?
Don't necessarily have a favorite, I love all the classics (no Mariah Carey though, please!)

7. Favorite Holiday food/treat?
Gingerbread men and Apple Strudel!

8. Most worn winter accessory?
I've been wearing my black tattoo choker all the time.

9. What is your favorite Christmas decoration this year?
I impulsively got a pack of Willy Wonka Candy Canes and hung 'em all over the tree, so probably those!

10. Favorite gift recieved as a child?
I got a Rubik's cube on Christmas once, and a snowman onesie! Those were the bomb.

11. What did you get for Christmas this year?
I got everything I could ever ask for this Christmas (hehe).

12. What were your plans for the holidays this year?
I went to France in the beginning, and spent Christmas and New Year with my closest friends- it was literally so much fun!



Well that's it guys! Winter is honestly one of the funnest times of the year because of the holidays, and I really hope you guys had as much fun during the holidays as I did! Being a time for family, friends, sparkly lights and good food, there's really absolutely nothing that could possibly go wrong.

Until next time!
XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani