Catching up

Following the previous post with a short story about the past two month here are photos I collected on my iPhone throughout this period of time.

random1. As my mom and I first arrived we often went to two shopping malls. In one of them I saw this Cinderella shoe inside a cinema. It’s so cute, isn’t it?
2. Great pastry from a great, but a little too expensive supermarket.
3. Our dining experience. I think my dad will love that meat mince in a pocket that looks like a steak.
4. Valentine’s Day spent with my love of my life, my mom. We got “Love is…” gums in a stationary boutique as complimentary gifts
samovarSamovar. Russian traditional boiler with hot water for tea. Took this pic at a dining place above (pic 3)
neighbourhoodMy local neighbourhood. It was snowing last week, so beautiful in the morning. For better views watch the two videos below:
Mountain Views
Snowfall
from homeI went home twice over this period of time. The first time at the end of February, and the second time I think two weeks later (somewhere around March 8)
1. Our dear Ficus tree, who’s name is Finik.
2. Second flight home.
3, 4. Before my flight back to Almaty my mom has arrived from Abu Dhabi. These are the litlle gifts from her and my sister. Love you!!!
streetlightsOn the way to the airport with my dad. I meant to take a pic of the city, but the focus thought otherwise, and here is a beautiful photo of melted snow on a car window.
crispy snowCrispy snow at home. I think I still can’t get enough of little winter wonders.
make upMy everyday make-up essentials. Everything I need for a natural looking make-up. Not much has changed since I posted my routine, I only added Giorgio Armani corrector.
dining1. Perfect healthy food: black rice, salmon and broccoli
2. Some vegetables and Russian-style sandwiches
3. Business lunch. In my homecountry it means a lunch comprising of a soup, salad, main dish and sometimes a dessert coming in an inexpensive price. I went to a place near my office, and really loved it. Although I must admit that this business lunch costs more than an average one.
4. My usual Saturday lunch now (?) Every weekend I go groceries shopping, so I get myself a cake or two as well.

Love,

Ainur

Gifts from overseas

As I said in the previous post my mom is home now, and she brought some amazing gifts from her and my sister for us all. Big-big thanks to both of them!

Apart from visiting Abu Dhabi they also traveled to Seoul for one day. No visas required for us now to travel there, and my loves say I will fall in love with the city just as much as they already did :)
SweetsSweets from Abu Dhabi and Seoul and the gingerbread from Paris
Paris mugTraditional Starbucks mugs and a magnet from Paris as well
Cosmetics1. Korean and Japanese under-eye patches, gloves and socks to moisturize and nourish the skin.

2. THE BODY SHOP Moisture White Shiso Foaming Facial Wash,
LANCOME Mousse Eclat Express Clarifying Self-Foaming Cleanser (I think it’s from Paris, too),
LANCOME Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner for Dry skin (from Abu Dhabi Duty Free),
KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Toner (from Seoul Duty Free),
TANGLE TEEZER Hairbrush (from Manchester),
THE BODY SHOP Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 (from Seoul),
Dr. Organic Tea Tree Lip Balm SPF 15
and some Japanese cotton pads.

3. SHISEIDO Aqualabel Facial Wash (from Japan),
LANCOME Genifique Yeux Eye Cream (from Abu Dhabi Duty Free),
KIEHL’S Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado,
LANCOME Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream for dry skin (from Abu Dhabi Duty Free),
ARGANTUS Pure Argan Oil,
HAND CHEMISTRY Hyaluronic Concentrate for hands and body,
NIVEA Creme from Japan

4. UNIQLO warm innerwear for winter

Love,

Ainur

Summer travels

This post is going to be semi-themed because I didn’t post in a while and I want to catch up on everything major that was going on back in July. Also, unfortunately, my phone is broken these past few days, and I missed on taking photos of such amazing places that I want to go back once I get the chance.

The main event that took place almost a month ago was my sister’s travel back home. We were all so excited to have her with us in our apartment that feels so empty when she’s abroad. She brought a suitcase full of gifts for everyone and majorly lightened up the whole mood and atmosphere of home. My sister spent a week in our hometown and then my mom and her left for Abu Dhabi once again. Gifts I’m especially in love with these Swiss souvenirs! Swiss souvenirs La Cure Gourmande Tendresse de caramel La Cure Gourmande Tendresse de caramel Starbucks mugs Belgium Starbucks mug Nagoya Starbucks mug Burberry sun protection umbrellas from Japan (UV 100)UV 100 Burberry umbrellas One of the lunches spent together (my dad brought everything from a store) Salads and cakes I left for Abu Dhabi one day earlier because of the confusion with prices for the two airlines. But it’s all right, I love travelling with my favorite one. Very often, if you’re lucky, you can sit all by yourself and feel comfortable in economy class seat. Plus, this airline has the best plane food! I’ve already mentioned this company before in Fast Packing and Going Far Away posts.Up in the air Plane dinner All by myself Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Corniche Right now we are still in Abu Dhabi. Sometimes we travel to explore Dubai, and that’s where I need to go back with a camera once I get the chance.

Love,
Ainur

A part of our shopping haul

My parents and I spent in Abu Dhabi almost a month, so it’s quite natural that we came back home with our suitcases stuffed with new things. Some of them I am going to show in this post. Also, here are some of the many presents my sister brought from her travels to Chengdu (oh Uniqlo!) and Paris.

Our little collection of Starbucks mugs have grown, now also featuring Chengdu mug set and a notebook :) Starbucks mugs and notebookConfiture from Paris. I took this pic a week ago, before we finished the apricot one ;D Confiture Some cosmetics that we needed in order to refill our stock: 1. THE BODY SHOP Moisture White Shiso Foaming Facial Wash instead of The Body Shop Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash (in this post) because they don’t have it stores; THE BODY SHOP Shea Butter & Sesame Oil Body Balm for hands (because one jar will be gone in a day if I use it for body); Argan Oil (we randomly chose these ones, but haven’t tried them yet); LANCASTER Sun For Kids UV50 and CHANEL Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 72 Rose Initial. CosmeticsNew cases: blue ones are from Women’s Secret and the hot pink one is from H&M. The dark blue one with stripes is great for keeping underwear and accessories when traveling. Light blue beauty case is so adorable and with stars, so I had to have it! In addition, it’s not expensive at all, and it was sold with a discount. The other one is a small everyday beauty case for having it with me in a bag. Travel casesMy new DELSEY suitcase in medium size from their Flaneur line. My previous one (which was only eight month old at that time) is damaged so I needed a new one. I think it got damaged in the city where we’ve been transiting a lot in the past year because before that we had no problems with our luggage at all. My mom’s suitcase is also damaged, so it’s not a one time instance. The good thing is that my all-time favorite airline compensated me almost the whole cost of the suitcase! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Choosing a new one we had a look at Samsonite (we like it, but prices are too high and we got two suitcases damaged, so No, thank you!), American Tourister (as much as we adore our cabin size ones, big ones seem to be a little weak), and finally chose DELSEY. We know the brand very well since we have two soft suitcases from 2010. At that time we did a little research and found it trustworthy. Not to mention that they offer discounts for their products ;D

And finally, inside of the suitcase are folded IKEA boxes, HEYS clothes packing bag, shoe cases from DAISO Japan, Accessories coin purse and FOREVER 21 Travel Size Lint Roller. Suitcase

Love,

Ainur