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Thursday, 27 July 2017

How I've Been Feeling Lately... - Zeena Xena

How I've Been Feeling Lately... - Zeena Xena
Thursday, 27 July 2017
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I'm sure you all know by now, I like to keep my blog/socials very raw and honest with you guys and to be fair, it's the only way I know how to be. Blogs for some I remember were almost like online journals, where you could jot down feelings and use the platform as an outlet. Letting go of any hurt, anger, frustration or upset. A lot has changed over the years, but every now and again I like to really connect with you guys by letting you know how I feel.

Blogs and instagram pages these days are just way too polished. Aside from the beauty posts, fun events and "OMG LOOL" comments, there's a whole other world that lies beneath... I'm here to let you in on mine. Some of you may have realised that I haven't been posting as much on social media, my blog etc and the reason for this was that my nan had just passed away just days before my 25th.

*Get it together Zaineb* 

It's so hard for me not to cry when writing about her because I believe in this life of mine, she was my actual soulmate. From a young age I always looked forward to visiting my nan each weekend, and even ended up non-intentionally living with her for a year after being sent to hers for a week haha.

Me and my nan were close, real close and to even believe that she is no longer here is just so difficult for me. I always try to put on a brave face but lately I've just been feeling truly hurt and sad. I have some amazing people around me, but nothing can take away the fact that I've lost my soulmate. She was the one that I spoke to on the phone most out of EVERYONE in my phone-book, no one could ever come close to the way I felt and still feel about her. My nan died so suddenly, she didn't deserve to go and she loved life so much it's sad to see it taken from her.

But yeah, I just wanted to let you guys know how I've been feeling. My nan's passing has really affected my work ethic especially in June. I forced myself to work, but I just really wasn't doing a great job at all. I've put Blogging Gals on hold at the minute because I felt like a large proportion of the bloggersphere were depending on something that I'd created. I didn't even have the mental strength to manage a small team let alone a whole community.

To top this off, my birthday was fast approaching... The big 25 I was dreading it. Friends kept on saying I should "celebrate" but we hadn't even have the funeral yet, it didn't feel right and I wasn't happy. My nan is buried now. She had a beautiful send off and I guess this is it really, she's at peace.

I'm in a better place though, after talking to several friends and giving myself a pep talk, I'm truly motivated to make myself and nan proud. I aim to finish this year on a high note (God willing), and really flourish in everything that I'm doing/want to do.

A big thanks to those of you that read my blog and support me on my social medias, I truly appreciate you all. I'll be back with some of my Blogging Tips posts that you guys love.

Top & Trousers - Pretty Little Thing

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P.S. If there's anything you can take from my post please make it be how important family is. Spend as much time with loved ones because you never know when it'll be their last day. 
Friday, 23 June 2017

Colourful Summer Staples - Zeena Xena

Colourful Summer Staples - Zeena Xena
Friday, 23 June 2017
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You guys have seen that lately I've been travelling a lot, and if there's one thing you know about me, it's that I love colour. I'm really not afraid to experiment when it comes to colour and prints and wanted to talk about my favourite Colourful Summer Staples on the blog today.

This post is in collaboration with New Look, one of my favourite/affordable high-street brands! I promise you this look is not Rihanna Wild Thoughts inspired haha, I actually had this outfit planned way before Rihanna's video came out. 😉

Before this Summer, I never ever considered wearing a pair of culottes before if I'm honest. I just didn't feel very feminine or sexy in them so never went out of my way to purchase a pair. Now it's all about comfort as well as style for me especially in the heat, so I now own a few pairs and can happily say I'll be living in culottes throughout the Summer! This pair from New Look are not only comfortable, but look great paired with almost any colour and keep you super cool which in the hot weather. 

I got these New Look Culottes in a size 10. Purchase here

The Off The Shoulder Top
So for me last year it was ALL about the vest top, now it's all ALL about the bardot top. I seriously want bardot tops in every single pattern/colour because they literally look good with everything. I've always loved pink, and love the shade of pink pictured above in particular! 

I got this New Look Bardot top in a size 8 - Purchase here

Shoes - Public Desire
Sunglasses - Quay Australia 

From the above, I'm pretty much sure you can see my obsession with florals right? I love flowers in general and love them even more when printed on clothes. I think flowers and bright colours personally make me feel quite positive and happy... Wearing florals and bright colours is a great way to start the day for sure! 

Did you know New Look have a dedicated section on their website that lists all of their florals? No? Shop all the floral goodness by clicking here

What colours/prints are you loving this Summer? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Until next time xx 

Monday, 19 June 2017

Visiting Mykonos, Greece // Zeena Xena

Visiting Mykonos, Greece // Zeena Xena
Monday, 19 June 2017
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Hey guys! It's been a while since I last posted on my blog I know, and if you follow me on social media I'm sure you know the reason why. It's been a month since my last post but I'm sure you can appreciate why it has taken me so long. I have so many blog posts pending that I'm just itching to get on the blog and I promise I will very very soon.

I visited Greece, Mykonos last month and I must say I had the most wonderful time. If I'm honest, I have never seen a town so beautiful and clean... Like incredibly clean. I just want to be back already!

We stayed at the Mykonos Theoxenia Hotel which was only a 10 minute ride from the airport (how convenient?). The staff had arranged for our transfers to and from the airport with a lovely driver who was easy to find. Once we entered the hotel, we were welcomed by the loveliest staff who spoke really good English (always a plus when you're travelling somewhere new).

Zeena Xena Reviews Mykonos Theoxenia Hotel in Greece

Mykonos Theoexenia is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Mykonos offering a number of facilities. You will find everything you'd expect at this hotel with more of a intimate feel as it is a boutique hotel. As mentioned above, staff are lovely, polite, coordinated and will cater to your every need. The hotel is in the most idyllic location with the famous windmills across the road from the complex, a beautiful sea view (Little Venice) and the town being a short walking distance away.



In our room we had a large double bed & a single sofa bed to fit three people. From what I remember, the bed was super comfortable and the pillows being extra fluffy... We had the best nights sleep aha. The room was complete with a beauty table + drawers, sliding wardrobe, TV, fridge, other storage and a relaxing chair. My favourite aspect of the room was the balcony area, a nice place to just chill when you wake up and just before heading to bed. 

Each day we indulged in a fresh breakfast which was included with our stay. I looked forward to breakfast each morning as we'd sit outside dining with the amazing sea view in the background.

On the day we arrived we also had some light lunch by the pool. As we'd been travelling since around 4 am, I was starving so wanted something a bit heavy (all the carbs). I went for mozzerella. tomatoes, pesto and balsamic vinegar on a baguette which wasn't on the menu, however, the chef was more than happy to prepare this.

Hotel Grounds...

During our stay at the hotel we had the chef prepare us dinner. From my knowledge, I had mushrooms with breaded fish (can't remember which fish this was sorry), in a vinaigrette sauce with mashed potatoes. Usually I wouldn't go near a mushroom but these were cooked to absolute perfection. Overall, the meal was lovely in a great location overlooking the sea and sunset, we even had the chef come out to greet us which was lovely of him!

The sunset during and after dinner...

As I'd just come back from Turkey two days prior to this trip, I wanted this trip to be more relaxed as my other was just so fast paced. We decided to just take each day in it's stride, relax, stroll and explore which was good with me. Here's a little photo diary...

D'angelo Restaurant... 
How typical of me to want Italian food in Greece right? To be fair, I wasn't excited by food choices in Greece but this restaurant's food was so good we dined there twice! If this restaurant was in London, I'd be dining here on a monthly basis. You can make a reservation at D'angelo's by calling here... 

Mozerella x Tomatoes on seeded bread
Arrabiata Pasta x Shrimp 
Pizza of course...🕺

I booked my flights with Easy Jet costing me approx £130 via Skyscanner. I always go on about this company to you guys as I book my flights with them all the time. In terms of hotels, as we approach the more Summer months, hotels can be considerably higher in price. I'd suggest looking into air bnb's as other alternatives or even packaged holidays. 

A photo diary of me...

Top - Alero Jasmine
Jeans - Miss Pap
Shoes - Ego
Top - Alero Jasmine
Skirt - Primark

Dress - H&M

I enjoyed my Trip to Mykonos so much, I honestly would drop everything to just go again. The streets are so beautiful/clean and generally people are really friendly out there. If you're yet to make travel plans go to Mykonos! 
Many thanks to Theoxenia Hotel for our complimentary stay, we are forever grateful!