Life: Oat And Date Cookies

Hello everyone! The other day I was really in the mood to do some baking and so I raided my cupboards to see what I had.. not a lot was the answer. However, I did notice that I had the ingredients to make some oat and date cookies! These are absolutely perfect for any one who doesn't like rich flavours such as chocholate of caramel, but still wants something sweet. These barely took any time at all and went down an absolute treat with my family.

You will need:
250 ml (1 cup) vegetable oil
170g (1 cup) brown sugar
2 medium eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
140g (1 cup) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
280g (2 cups) plain oats
1 cup of dates (sliced to your size preference)

Preheat oven to 175 degrees C and line baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Use a large bowl and combine vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar until well blended.

In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, thee gradually add to the original bowl and stir well.

Finally add in the oats and the dates last.

After this use a table spoon to evenly space the mixure on the tray. Bake for around 25 minutes, however do check them in between, and remember to take them out while they're still a little bit gooey so they don't go too hard.

Leave to cool for a while and then enjoy!

I decided to enjoy mine with a nice cup of tea, perfect for an afternoon snack! These are so simple to make and just so delicious. Let me know if you try these out or if there are any other recipes you think I should try next!
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Fashion: Why Harem Pants Are The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Hello everyone! 
Today I wanted to talk about one of my favourite summer fashion staples, harem pants. These light, airy and baggy trousers are perfect for the warmer weather as an alternative for shorts if you don't fancy getting your legs out. They are also a great excuse to wear different prints, patterns and colours that you might other wise not feel confident enough to. There is such a range of different ones that you can buy! I got mine when I was in Turkey a couple of years ago and I love the bright and intricate prints. It makes it quote special as I know not many other people will have it! In my outfit I decided to pair my pants with a black cropped bardot top and some slip on silver shoes. I love this outfit because it's super summery and would be perfect for many occasions; picnics, bbqs, gatherings with friends. I also love wearing these when I travel because they are so comfortable and light which is exactly what you need when you're spending a lot of time on your feet.  

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Do you own a pair of harem pants? What are your summer staples? Don't forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin'!
Love, Yasmin xx

Life: Favourite Books I've Read In The Past Year

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. 
Today I wanted to talk about books. I have loved reading ever since I was a child, and unlike many of the kids in my primary school class, I always looked forward to reading sessions and getting my nose stuck into a new book. Now, as an almost- 20 - year old. I am still very much the same (although the likes of Jacqueline Wilson is no longer at the forefront of all my reading haha). Reading is my happy place and books are an adventure to me, there are not many activities I like more than curling under my duvet after a long day with a cup of tea and getting completely lost in the world of a book. In this post I am going to share with you some of my favourites that I have read in the past year. Whether you're a book nerd like me or you are wanting to get more into reading, I hope that this list will have something for you.

1) An Abundance Of Katherine's by John Green
I'm going to start the list with a nice and easy read. With the season of summer holidays and laying by the pool with a good read well and truly here, and this is definitely one you should read. It follows the story of a former child prodigy, who wants nothing more in life than to be remembered for doing something amazing. He tries to explain his relationships with a theorem. His adventures over the summer teach him valuable lessons about life and love with lots of funny and emotional twists along the way. I love how this one is relatable as it's about teenagers in high school who want different things from life, yet how they can still be friends. John Green is a pro at pulling at the old heart strings (The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns anyone?) and this one is no different at all.

2) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
If you want to get completely lost in a world unlike the one you live in, this is the book for you. Everything about this book is absolutely gorgeous. It follows the stories of two children who are trained in magic and a mysterious night circus which is beyond the imagination of anyone. This book, set in the 1800's is perfect for escapism, keeping you interested with switching of setting and the characters it follows so as a reader you can piece the puzzle together and feel a part of the story.I loved this book so much and it is one that I would probably read again. 

3) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
If you want a more thought provoking, and intellectual story, I would highly recommend this book. Originally I was asked to read this for my English Literature A Level coursework, which immediately made me think that it would be extremely... dull. Oh how wrong I was, I absolutely adored this story for many reasons (which definitely shows as I got an A* in that piece of coursework). This is a feminist novel set in the future, exploring a dystopian world where women are property of men and treated miserably in many different ways. Offred, the main character is a handmaid to a rich family and follows how she copes with this lifestyle. This book is amazing at making you think, because as you get further into the book, you realise that this dystopia life is actually a reality for some women in the world, and really makes you realise how lucky many of us women have it in developed society. It is a strong reminder that feminism IS needed desperately in the 21st century. 

4) Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
I finished reading this book a couple of months before the film came out. If you haven't seen the film yet I would strongly recommed reading this first as it is such a wonderfully written story. It tells the tale of a young women who becomes a carer for a disabled man. It isn't your typical girly novel although it does certainly have elements of it, but it is more a book to help you see positively and see the good things in life in spite of the bad things that may have happened. I am very excited to read the sequel as soon as I can.

Thank you so much for reading! Have you read any of these books? What recommendations do you have that I read next?
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Love, Yasmin xxx

Beauty: My Every Day Makeup Routine 2016

Hello everyone! About a year ago I posted about my everyday makeup products and decided it was time to update it, as I realised that pretty much all of the products I use now are quite new. I love reading about people's every day makeup routines as it always gives me insporation and also lets me have a snoop as to how everyone else looks so nice. 

So my absolute favourite brushes to use are my Real Techniques ones for an every day look. Everyone knows how these brushes are a staple in any girls make up collection and how reliable and and decently priced they are. I use the small angled one to do my brows as I find it's really easy to get a natural shape with this brush. I use the lighter eyeshaddow brush to sweep my base colour over my eyelid whilst using the more dense eyeshaddow brush to blend a darker colour into the crease. For foundation i use their expert face brush as I find it really works foundation into the skin so I don;t get any of those awful lines around the edge of my face. I actually use the angled foundation for my contour as I find it is really good for precision and getting a really strong cheek bone. 
So first on my face, I make sure I have washed my face and moisturised so that I have a really have a nice base in which to put my foundation on to. My current foundation of choice is a rediscovery for me: Maybelline's Dream Satin Liquid. It's a medium to high coverage foundation which I find is good for when I'm on the go so that I don't end up having to re apply loads throughout the day. I then cover up any dark circles or blemishes with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. I love this concealer as it really is brightening and good coverage. My contour kit of choice is the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit, which I have loved for quite a while now and you can read my full review of it here. Long story short though, I absolutely love it. I don't wear blush everyday as I'm quite naturally rosy, but if I decide to I like to use this NYX one in chiffon. It's such a gorgeous dusky pink colour which is just my favourite for a blush. I also love how it's got a lovely subtle shimmer in it as well, which great for the summer months.

One of the products which hasn't actually changed since last year is my Sleek Brow Kit. I love this one. The thing which I first noticed about this brow kit is how it is in pretty much exactly the same format as the Benefit one, which I always used to use, however this one is just a fraction of the price,and in my opinion is just as good. With brows, I don't really like to experiment with brows and I definitely feel comfortable with this one. My eyeshaddow pallette of choice is the NYX 'Love in Paris' pallete which has just the classic nudes and browns you need for everyday. I like to switch up which colours I use in this pallette, but since it's summer at the moment I am currently loving the lighter colours. I also use the collection fast stroke eyeliner for a small cat flick and then the maybelline lash sensational mascara. My lipgloss is lovely pink colour from Benefit.

So there we are, my everyday makeup routine! I hope that you enjoyed reading this post!
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Love, Yasmin xx

Fashion: #OOTD

Hello everyone!
Happy Sunday, I'm back today with another outfit of the day post. I don't know about you but I absolutely love reading these. Getting to see what others wear in their day to day lives and get inspo for what I could wear is just fab. I am absolutely loving the fact that we are getting a bit of summer now here in the UK. I am lapping it up and making sure I make the most of getting my arms and legs out before we're back to rain and clouds again (which will inevitably happen soon). 

So for this outfit I decided to wear one of my favourite items in my wardrobe, my button up denim skirt from Miss Selfridge. I have been obsessed with these ever since they made a reappearance again from the nineties. They seem so girly and cute and a lovely alternative to wearing shorts all summer long. This one I picked up was an absolute STEAL from the sale last month at just £10 ( I was espescially happy because my sister paid full price for around £30 not long before, SCORE!)

Tucked into the skirt is such a simple but staple top in my wardrobe from boohoo. It is high necked and plain white, and goes with pretty much anything. I like the way that this style of top fits my body as it's comfortable and not too revealing whilst still accentuating my shape. It can be worn with skirts, shorts and jeans and be dressed up or down for any occasion - what more does any one need? I also feel that opting for a white top at this time of year instead of black or grey (my other staple colours) just makes the outfit so much more light and summery. 

Now for the main part of the outfit that I am absolutely obsessesed with - a khaki sleeveless blazer. Now first of all I'm going to make a bold statement: Khaki is my favourite colour for summer this year. Yep. Not pink, blue, yellow or any of the more bright colours you might associate with summer, but khaki. Firstly, it suits any skin tone, and will compliment you to make you look more glowy and tanned and summery (yay). Second of all, it just adds a bit of class and sophisitation to any outfit, and is a great pair with white or gold, which on holiday can be a gorgeous 'goddess' style look. This blazer in particular I think adds something extra and makes the outfit that more interesting. I topped off the outfit with my all time favourite chelsea boots that I've talked about a million times.

Thank you so much for reading guys, I hope that you enjoyed this post! Don't forget to let me know what you think and follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin'

Love, Yasmin xxx

Fashion: Your guide to Prom!

Hello everyone!
 I am so excited to write today's post. As I am sure many of you know, prom season is coming up and for some people well and truly underway. I absolutely love this time of year and have myself been to two proms, and I am so sad that I've left school and wont have that again :(. However a great compromise for me is writing a blog post in order to inspire and guide some of you who have no idea what they want to wear or how they want to style it. This post is in collaboration with Sherry London, an awesome website that sells evening dresses and has lots of choice and up to date styles. The have such a range from long evening dresses to plus size evening dresses. I thought in this post I would show some of the different styles of prom dresses out there and who they would suit. without further ado, lets jump right into the post! Here are some photos of myself and my second prom in Year 13 last year!

Now personally when I came to looking for a prom dress, I knew that I wanted an evening maxi dress because this is completely different to anything that I wear usually and I wanted how I looked on prom night to stand out from any other night. I absolutely love this sleeveless halter neck dress as it's such a classic style and is just so classy. This dress is amazing if you want something a little more figure hugging without having to show off cleavage. I think this dress would look amazing with simple down hairstyle like the model or with a more creative up do, this dress is perfect to dress up or down as you wish!

If you wanted to go for something a bit more daring and different, have a look at some evening dresses uk. I am absolutely in love with this dress! The sheer top paired with the slit full skirt is so unique without being too 'out there' you'll have so many people asking about this dress and really stand out from the crowd!

Looking for something a bit more grown up and sexy? Black evening dresses will be right up your street. This halter neck screams elegance with a diamante strap and a plain long dress, such a gorgeous gown that will suit any body! This also allows for some more 'out there accessories' such as a diamante clutch or shoes, which, lets face it, if we can't wear the for prom,when can we wear them?

If you wanted a pop of colour added to your prom outfit and make sure all eyes are on you, go for a red evening dress. This 3/4 length sleeve dress is perfect for those of you who want something a bit different and quirky with such gorgeous details and a sheer material is absolutely to die for! With this dress you will definitely capture red carpet glam and really unleash your inner Taylor Swift... now who doesn't want that?

So those are my top picks for prom dresses this season! I am so jealous of any one who has a prom to prepare for and would love to hear which style is your favourite, let me know in the comments! If it's you're prom this year and you're finding yourself to stress out. seriously just have fun with it, wear a dress that you are comfortable in and that shows your personality, and rememeber that it's all about having fun with your friends and celebrating the end of exams together, and that what you look like is just a small (albeit fun) part of it. Party hard and have the time of your life!
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Love, Yasmin xxx

Life: My first year at university - a round up

Hello everyone! 
I cannot believe that we are already in the month of June, how crazy is that?! What's even crazier is that I have already finished my first year at university, and my God what a whirlwind my life has been since September. Today  thought I would talk about my experiences and how I got on for those of you who are off to uni, thinking of applying or are in the same boat. I have to say that I have enjoyed it so much and I am so glad that I decided to go, however I know that university is not for a lot of people, so take what I'm saying with a pinch of salt and make sure you do your research if you're thinking of applying.

So I am studying communication and media at Bournemouth University. I first visited Bournemouth almost two years ago whilst I was studying for my A levels on an open day - these are a great way to experience the university and what life will be like there! Strangely enough, this was the very first university I had visited and in all honesty I expected to just get an idea of what university was all about. However, in a strange twist (of fate?) I absolutely fell in love with the area and am to this day still so happy that I picked it. Bournemouth for those of you that don't know is a coastal town in the south west of england. One of the main things that attracted me to this town was the gorgeous beaches which were within walking distance, as I absolutely love being by the sea. The town also has a great night life as well as lots of different places to eat and music venues and shops to keep us entertained, so I knew i could settle in here great!

 The Course
I have always loved media studies since I first took it in year ten and I knew that I wanted to carry it on at university and make a career out of it one day. So far I have found the course really great. I have come out with 2:1's in the majority of my assignments and I am really engaging with the content. We have covered topics such as Journalism, Film and advertising which I just find so interesting and I think that helps so much when completing my assignment, I have also made some really good friends on my course which is great as we support and help each other with assignments and exams. It was a bit more difficult to adjust to the independent learning style of university compared to A Levels, however I feel that it has been important in helping me to stand on my own two feet more, 

I have been so lucky with where I was staying during first years. When I think of halls of residence I generally think of dingy old rooms that are dated and worn out.. however mine were nothing like this at all. Dorchester House, where I was staying, was built in 2012, so it was only 3 years old when I moved in. It was modern and clean and well looked after. I also had an enuite bathroom and a double bed! Along with this I was sharing my flat with 3 other girls who have become some of my best friends (9 months in and there has still been no arguments, fabulous!). 

Overall my first year of university has been a blast and I would highly reccommend that anyone who is thinking about it should definitely look into it more and maybe even give it a go. I have learnt so many life, social and academic skills and I honestly can't wait for what is to come. Let me know in the comments your experiences of university, and feel free to ask me any questions :)

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Hope you all have a lovely rest of your day!
Love, Yasmin xxx