Believe in your beauty

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Happy Monday everyone! What did you all get up to over the weekend? I went to a wedding on Saturday and it was simply beautiful. I was truly happy for the couple because it had been a long journey to finding each other, but God blessed them greatly.


Today’s quote:

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”

When a woman is physically attractive it cannot be denied. But have you ever seen a beautiful woman who only speaks filth, nonsense or negativity when she opens her mouth? I believe that ruins everything—I can no longer see how flawless her skin is or notice her perfectly chiseled jawline because for me, beauty isn’t just about how attractive you are on the outside, but who you are on the inside and your attitude.

Of course, if said woman is gorgeous and a sweetheart, then she is well and truly blessed, but back to my point about your internal beauty.

You may not be drop-dead gorgeous, but as long as you believe in your beauty through your own eyes, and don’t base it on how other people see you, then you will exude beauty in the form of self-confidence. You will walk with your head held high and won’t care what beauty is according to the media, magazines and trends. You are one of a kind. And you are beautiful, but you have to believe it. Attitude is everything.

Have a wonderful day.

Mich x

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Vapiano

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Vapiano is what I like to call the Italian fast food restaurant. You get a card on the way in, choose your seat and your meal, and take it to the chefs at the counters to fix it up fresh for you.

I had forgotten I had been here before a while ago. This time I came with my husband and brother and sister-in-law last week on Bank Holiday Monday. After my meal, it was clear why I couldn’t remember my first visit.

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I ordered the Ravioli Con Carne with chilli and garlic, in a tomato sauce. When the chef took the ravioli out of the freezer, the first thought that came into my head was: “Is that all?” I tried to play it down with the fact that I was seemingly satisfied afterwards, but truthfully, I wanted more.

It was, however, cooked in a delicious tomato sauce and the garlic added flavour.

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My husband chose the Pollo Piccante. What disappointed me was the ratio of chicken to pasta. The chef took a portion as small as three fingers and cut it up whilst frying it. Even I felt bad for my hubby because he loves his chicken.

Like my dish, his meal was very flavourful—so much so, that he couldn’t finish it because it became a bit sickening towards the end. That was a shame.

To be honest, I left the restaurant very unsatisfied. I had wanted a lemon sorbet to curb my appetite, but they were all out—at 1.30pm on a bank holiday!

I guess it’s okay if you’re popping in for lunch during working hours, but I was looking forward to having an enjoyable and hearty meal on a bank holiday with family. Wrong choice for the wrong day? Possibly, but I don’t think I’ll be going back.

Have you ever been to Vapiano? What did you think?

Mich x

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*P.S This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

The purpose of life’s challenges

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Happy Monday all! How was your weekend?

Today’s happy quote is:

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyse you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.

There are some problems that we face in life where their sole purpose is only to show us who we are. Sometimes we think we are something that we are not—that we are strong and ready to overcome the world, when in reality we could crumble at the next hurdle. It’s a hard truth to face, but it’s a good thing. It enables you to fix up and really become who you need to be.

I have had to deal with this recently. Looking in the mirror was difficult because I saw who I really was. And I’ve been working on myself ever since. Even though this problem is hard to swallow, one thing I can admit is that it has made me stronger. But that’s me choosing to see it in a positive light.

You will never be free of problems. Life just isn’t like that, so the least you can do is face it head on full of determination and positivity. And become a better you in the process.

All the best.

Mich x

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Hana

Hana

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Hana is a Japanese sushi restaurant based in Finsbury Park. It is easy to pass by, but don’t be fooled by its simple exterior. The limited space, dark ambience and small wooden tables give it an oriental feel that is hard to deny. But the food is all that really matters.

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For starters, I had the Prawn Gyoza—deep fried prawn dumplings served with a vinegary soy sauce. The Gyoza was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside—the perfect combination of textures. The sauce added a sour and tangy touch to a satisfying starter.

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First of all, kudos to Hana on bringing out my starters and main roughly at the same time. But this Chicken Ramen was one heck of a dish. Look at the size of it! I just about finished it all, and you can bet that I was duly gorged by the end of it. I just wanted to sleep afterwards.

Ramen is a Japanese specialty—the balanced mixture of noodles, vegetables, soup and chicken was more than enough. I even ate the seaweed!

The developing queue outside of the restaurant was a testament to its popularity. It is most likely the reason why our food arrived so quickly, because of how busy they get.

With very affordable prices, I would definitely make another trip to this little piece of oriental food heaven.

Hana has various opening times, so make sure to get there as soon as, or a little after they open to guarantee your seat. See their website for times.

Mich x

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P.S. This is not a sponsored post; I’m just a certified foodie.

Time is precious

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Another late #MotivationalMonday post, seeing as yesterday was a bank holiday here in the UK. I spent it with my husband, and brother and sister-in-law. We went to Vapiano (review will be out soon) and to the cinema to watch a film I had been so looking forward, but ended up being very disappointed with.

Today’s post is a short one, as the quote from my Happy Jar is straight to the point.

“Every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you will never get back.”

Time is precious. Don’t waste it. No matter how down you feel, it will be much more worth it getting out of your slump and moving on with your life, or doing something to solve your problems.

You can never get back how much time you’ve spent upset.

Enjoy your day and keep smiling. 🙂

Mich x

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Shades of lilac

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Dress: ASOS

Sandals: Shoebou

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This is the dress I wore to my friend’s wedding in Portugal. Lilac is one of my favourite colours, but I don’t wear it often. The dress code for the wedding was elegant so, I thought I would take a chance with this cold-shoulder dress.

The material is light so, it was easy to keep cool in the Portuguese heat.

I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to have my picture taken underneath this wisteria tree, which I initially thought was lavender. Shows how much I know about flowers! It matched my dress so, that was all that mattered.

The wedding was stunning! It was my first one abroad and one of the best ones I have ever been to. It was the first time I travelled without my husband and although I thoroughly enjoyed the wedding, I would have loved for him to be there too.

I hope this won’t be my last wedding abroad.

Have you ever been to a wedding in another country?

Thank you for reading.

Mich x

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Believe

Believe
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Good morning everyone and happy Monday.

I’ve had some pretty jam-packed Sunday’s these past two weeks, which is the reason why there was no Motivational Monday post last week. But I didn’t want to leave you all without some motivation for today, and even for myself, so here goes.

This quote is not from my Happy Jar, but something I found on Pinterest.

Belief is a powerful thing. I looked up different words for it and these are examples of what I found:

Faith; hope; confidence etc.

‘Faith’ appeals more to me. Before any goal becomes reality, you have to believe that you can make it come to life. If you don’t, you might as well give up on it there and then.

Belief in your dream and most importantly, yourself, is the first step to making anything happen. Without faith in your ability, you won’t take any actions to get to where you want to be. You’ll be doubting yourself and putting yourself down, giving yourself a ‘no’ before you have received it… if you even do.

If things have not been happening for you, analyse if you really believe in your potential. Are there doubts that have been plaguing your mind and stopping you from taking the action that will bring your breakthrough?

I have had to do this for myself. I haven’t moved forward at times because I have been scared or not confident in my capacity. But once I decided to turn my back on those negative thoughts and focus extremely hard about the positive in me and have faith in myself, I was able to take a step forwards.

Try doing that this week. You’ll definitely get further than you have done without belief.

Have a great day.

Mich x

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