A night in Cuba

​​​Hey guys, today I’ve decided to share a few pictures from my uncles surprise Cuban themed party this past Saturday. It was a super fun night. 

​ some decor from the entrance 

Ready to go

Group pictures/selfies:







Food glorious food 


It was really fun to dress up, celebrate and dance til late with my family. xox Suraya 

Green Tea Exfoliator 

Hey guys!!

I’m constantly in search of the perfect exfoliator, I could never find one that worked for me. One day while I was scrolling through Pinterest {my Pinterest is tagged in the sidebar} I came across this fabulous green tea exfoliator. I’ve only used it for about 2 months and I’m already in love with it, I’ve tweeked the recipe to make it my own, so here it is… 

Ingredients

* 1 TB dried green tea leaves (2-4 tea bags, depending on size of tea bag)

* 1 cup white or brown sugar (the sugar should be soft, not large granules)

* 1/2 cup olive oil (100% olive oil, not an oil “blend”)

* 2 TB raw honey

* (optional) skin-friendly essential oil 

Instructions

1. In a medium-size bowl, combine all the ingredients. Store the exfoliator in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place (the linen closet or medicine cabinet).


To Use: Apply a tablespoon of exfoliator at a time to your hands. Gently massage the skin (face and/or body) with the exfoliator for 30 seconds. Rinse the exfoliator from the skin with water and a washcloth.

This exfoliator works wonders, it’s definitely one of my best Pinterest finds. I hope that some of you try it and share your opinions about it with me, also feel free to share your favourite exfoliators with me xox Suraya 

Highlights of 2016 

Hey guys, as the year is coming to close I’ve decided to re-cap on a few of my highlights of this year. 2016 has been a pretty eventful year for me I mean I, restarted/launched my blog, basically finished high school & visited the country my father grew up, just to name a few things. Let’s get straight to my favourite moments. 

1. Prom with my friends 
I mean it was amazing to get to dress up & see my friends transform. We laughed, danced, made noise during speeches. I mean we were basically the highlight of Prom. 

2. Freaky Friday 

Freaky Friday is a tradition at my school, it marks the end of the form 5s ( seniors ) life as students at our school. It’s basically your last moment of fun before the month of exams. Basically the “seniors” can do anything they want to the other students and sometimes even the teachers. 

3. Visiting Sudan 
If you saw my last post { https://thepyramidjournal.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/travel-post-sudanethiopia/ } you’ll know all about this trip, but to sum it up it was an amazing experience to see the country that my dad grew up in & the country I’m from. I’m definitely going back soon. 

4. Relaunching my blog and my business deals 
I got the pleasure of collaborating with a watch brand that I’ve admired for years, Barbas & Zacari. My code is still valid until the 31st of December. Use the code “SURAYADEREIGE” to get 15% off and free shipping, head to barbasandzacari.com

5. Family time 

I guess this one speaks for itself, 2016 was filled with amazing family moments. 

Those are my top 5 highlights of 2016, here’s to an amazing and eventful 2017. Happy New Year everyone xox Suraya 

Travel post: Sudan/Ethiopia 

Hey guys!!! I know I’ve been quiet for a while, that was because I was busy traveling but I’m back and have a line up of things to share with you guys. 
Today I’ve decided to do a travel post ( since I’ve been traveling ). This year I visited my Sudan, where my father grew up, it was definitely an amazing experience… so let’s get to the post. ​​

Passport CHECK & we’re off
Suraya always has to have the window seat

​just before we started our descent into Addis Ababa. shoutout to Ethopian Airlines for the great service and hospitality on all 4 of my flights during this trip. 

Sunrise at Addis Ababa international airport
A quick picture at sunset in my grandparents backyard after a long day out at the market
​Sunset view from my bedroom balcony at my grandparents home on the Blue Nile. 


​​Sunset view from the beach in front of our house 

The following pictures were taken during an afternoon drive along the Nile and through Ombdurman 

Outfit details:

Abaya: Christmas Market in Cape Town 

Scarf: Woolworths

Here is an image taken in a workshop that makes clay pots which are used to store water and keep it cool.
Minarets at sunset

Outfit details: 

Dress: a Market in Sudan

Sheer shirt: Foschini

Scarf: Woolworths

Family selfie at the National Museum with Nubian hieroglyphics


Photos of Sudanese weddings thanks to the museum. Unfortunately I didn’t get to attend a Sudanese wedding as I left 2 days before one was going to take place. 

Family selfie while waiting for the dervishes to start

​The dervishes, in the zone!! This is by far the most chilled version of Islam ​that I’ve ever seen. 

Pictures taken at our farm

Henna done on my last day in Sudan

VI hope that you guys found this post interesting, if you have any questions about my trip feel free to ask away in the comments. Sudan & Ethiopia are such magical places I’m definitely going back soon. I’m going to do many more travel posts in the new year as I will be traveling a lot. See you all in my next post, don’t forget to checkout my social media (tagged in sidebar) xox Suraya 

Prom 2016 

Hey guys so today I’m not going to write much, I’ve decided to share some pictures from my from this past Friday. So enjoy. 

  1. The look



I designed my dress myself, it was brought to life by a good friend/ fashion designer Mothusi Lesolle from @izauracreations.  My goal was to look and feel like an African queen, which I did & judging from the response on my social media it was achieved. 


My gold sandals were by Kelso

     2. Pictures 


Here’s a picture with my best friend. 

Instagram : @dead_pixxie


Here’s a picture with my girl. 

Instagram: @kaya.panchalingam




Our squad pictures both candid & when we were paying attention were lit, everybody looked amazing and that’s all I wanted. 

Thank you for viewing this post of an unforgettable night. I will be doing more event post in the future, be sure to follow me on all of my social media {tagged in the sidebar} so that you don’t miss a second of my actions. xox Suraya 

My top reads

Hi guys so today I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite books with you since the holidays are approaching and many of us will be traveling, so if you need some new books to read, or not sure if you should buy a book or if you just need something to keep you entertained (besides your phone) during an upcoming trip, this post is for you. 

1. Fashion books 

i) style

These books are related to style and have fun little illustrations of ideas and fashion dos & don’ts. The 2 I’m sharing today are related to Paris since that is one of the most classic and timeless places when it comes to fashion. 

• Parisian Chic by Sophie Gachet

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The illustrations are hilarious but get the message across

•Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas & Frédérique Veysset

This book is full of images and illustrations of some of Paris’ best street style which can inspire many outfits


ii) fashion biographies 

These books are about personal style stories of one of the biggest fashionistas of the past and one of the biggest fashionistas of our time, as well as one of my favourite fashion designers. 

• IT by Alexa Chung

You can just see how used and loved this book is by how dirty the cover is…
This book is full of images of Alexa’s style and those who inspired it as well as her cute illustrations.



• Diane Vreeland – Empress of Fashion by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart


 For those of you who don’t know Diane Vreeland is, she was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion. She worked for the fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and as a special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1964. So the title Empress of fashion is very appropriate. 

The book is full of images of Diane’s style and this fashionable lady at work. The book goes through her life story and how she developed her style and got to where she was.



• The woman I wanted to be by Diane von Furstenberg 


Diane von Furstenberg is one of the greatest fashion designers of our time, her work is so elegant and timeless. This book shows us how Diane got to become the woman she is today.


2. Drama/romance 

• If I stay by Gayle Forman

This book is an emotional roller coaster it leaves you on the edge of your seat as we wait to see what Mia’s decision will be.


3. Comedy

• Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison

My mom actually lent me this book as a joke because my dad always thinks that I’ll end up like one of these girls. This is a funny story of 5 women that are all addicted to shopping and shoes { it’s very similar to the movie Confession of a shop-a-holic}, it is an extremely funny book.



4. John Green 

• Looking for Alaska by none other than John Green

This book is an emotional roller coaster, it is honestly my favourite book I have read it over and over again.

All of these books can be ordered from your local bookstore. I ordered all of mine from Exclusive Books

Thanks for checking out my book post, I hope you all invest in a good book for your travels this holiday. xox Suraya 

My watch Promo 💘⌚️🎉

Hey guys so recently I collaborated with an Australian company barbasandzacari. They’re an Aus based company that gives back to the community by donating $5 from every sale to Cancer Research! 

I set up a promo code with them which gives you 15% off your watch & free shipping. The code is SURAYADEREIGE. I happily agreed to do this promotion because the money is going to a good cause and could end up coming up with a cure that could one change your life or a loved ones life.  

Most of the watch straps are leather, while a few are metal mesh. The metal mesh straps are changeable as the come with a leather strap in the box. 

The code is valid for the rest of the year, so hurry over to barbasandzacari.com and spoil yourself or a loved one this Christmas 💘



Thanks for reading, if you have any questions about this promotion or want to know how I got it, I’m open to answering any questions so feel free to leave a comment. Also be sure to follow all of my social media {tagged in the sidebar} xox Suraya