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lovepeaceandgratitude  ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒ #jeddah #saudiarabia

๐Ÿ“Caffe Bene, Emaar, Jeddah

I am so happy that one of my favorite coffee shops has a new branch in Jeddah!

This is pretty much the perfect place to get work done (charging stations almost everywhere!), meet up with a friend for coffee, or... (my favorite) host a book club meet! ๐Ÿ˜โœจ #alhamdulillah #itsthelittlethings

๐Ÿ“Caffe Bene, Emaar, Jeddah

This beautiful place is a whole mood ๐Ÿ˜โœจ #caffebene_ar

๐Ÿ“Koreana Restaurant, Jeddah

Delicious bibimbap ๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŒ„ Why I (re)started my Instagram account:

There are so many ways I've been dreaming of to explain this, and so many reasons as to why @lovepeaceandgratitude is active on a completely different profile. Maybe, some day I will have the right words to share the whole story. But I guess at the end of the day, it came down to me wanting to share things I enjoy and love, with the people I enjoy with and have love for, in a fun and (hopefully) creative way that fulfills my hobby to experience the joy in the little things that life has to offer (amidst all the craziness and ups + downs of it that we experience!). This quote, in a way, captures my story and serves as a beautiful reminder to just *do* things.

Even if I'm totally not the best at it, or will ever be.

I thought I wanted to be a blogger (in the "professional" sense of the word)... but it turns out- I don't ๐Ÿ˜…. What began as a fun hobby somehow, down the line, became a source of overthinking things (to the point of never actually doing them), hitting numbers, and trying to emulate a certain image that I'd somehow conjured up in my mind that the "successful" accounts on Instagram "had to be". Yeah, that happened.

When I looked back at the oldest posts on my blog, I had a sad realization. I'd completely lost the initial joy with which I'd started the project to begin with. I felt guilty and mad at myself for getting caught up in superficial reasons to keep the account going. For not having shared so many of the things I've wanted to, for the fear of not being good enough.

Bi ithnillah, that changes now.

Why am I starting over instead of continuing on my previous account? There are quite a few reasons, one of them being that it just feels right starting afresh. Sort of like the feeling + positivity of infinite possibilities you have when starting a new notebook! #wheremyplannerloversat โœจ

I still love discovering amazing new people through this platform and building new friendships. InshaAllah that will continue to be the case here on this new profile.

If you have a blog or account you'd like for me to check out, please tag yourself in the comments so we can celebrate our joys together!

#thankyou๐Ÿ’

๐Ÿ“Virgin Megastore, Al Salaam Mall, Jeddah

I totally cried a little bit on the inside when I first saw this. I knew it was coming soon, so the excitement was already there but actually *seeing* it happen made me insanely happy all over again! #alhamdulillah #ilovesalaammall

This particular branch has a good selection of a little bit of everything- home decor, planner and stationery, little knick knacks that are great for gifting, electronics, stuff for kids, and of course... BOOKS!

It's a smaller branch compared to the other two locations in Jeddah already (I think!). But to me personally, I think they did a great job of stocking a good little selection of various things rather than just concentrating on a few particular items more than some others. Is this making any sense? ๐Ÿ˜… As in, electronics over stationery or home decor over books etc. It's all very well balanced me thinks (for now, at least hahahahaa ๐Ÿ’)

๐Ÿ“Virgin Megastore, Al Salaam Mall, Jeddah

This signage thoooo ๐Ÿ˜ #cantgetoverit

๐Ÿ“Virgin Megastore, Al Salaam Mall, Jeddah

This is totally a thing now ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’• #ripwallet #takemymoney #ilovesalaammall ๐Ÿ’Œ #sidenote Some of y'all awesome people have found this little account of mine ๐Ÿ˜… I was personally still preparing to make an "official" announcement on my other account @notjustaesthetics ... guess I'll need to hurry up on that now, especially considering this whole situation here may seem a taaaddd bit confusing ๐Ÿ˜‚

Nonetheless, thank YOU so much for following on here as well, I *truly, truly, truly* appreciate it more than words can express ๐Ÿ’ #thankyou

๐Ÿ“Buffalo Wild Wings, Jeddah @bwwingsksa

Been here twice so far and absolutely in love with the food + service + vibes! Such a cool concept with their interior ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ“Agave Restaurant and Cafe @agave.sa

๐Ÿ“Agave Restaurant and Cafe @agave.sa

๐Ÿ“Agave Restaurant and Cafe @agave.sa

I took so many photos here! Because, well, I loved the setup hahah โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜… #totallydreamy

๐ŸŒ… #throwback To this neat and cozy prayer space @agave.sa!

It was lovely mashaAllah tabarakAllah! Good customer service, neat washrooms (this is so important to me ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜…), and this prayer area made me a fan!

My sister and I were at the top most floor- we were the only ones there at the time for a long while until other customers came. Can I just confess that I loved it so much ๐Ÿ˜ญ I'm personally not a fan of crowds so understandably I was super excited to experience this ๐Ÿ˜‚

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