While I’d been planning to go to London for the events in my planner, I’d found out about this event just a week before it happened – which was on last Sunday. It was all because a (famous) friend of mine in Malaysia posted about it on her Instagram, and mentioned that she was coming over to represent a certain brand.
This was also few days before my cousins had surprised me with an announcement that they’re too coming over for a holiday in the UK. Oh yes, I had an eventful weekend and I loved it.
This event was actually called London Muslim Lifestyle Show and was held in Olympia London, an exhibition centre in Kensington. I left the cousins at Waterloo station as they had planned with their friend for a meet up that day, and I continued my journey by tube and arrived at Olympia (Kensington) station at around 12:30. The building was right across the station, so it was quite easy to get to the place.
As I got into the building, I messaged my friend telling her about my arrival. She replied back saying that she was on her way. There were three levels, if I’m not wrong. I only went to the second and third level. The second level had lots of booths selling books, cosmetics, perfumes, foods and other stuff.
I found the foods section first of all, and of course, I had to try some of their chicken tikka. It was so niceee, I had the urge to get another cup (I need to check if my local supermarkets have some Haloodies in stock). But then, I found some breaded chicken fillets to be tasted, and also battered chicken bites – in which tasted exactly like the ones Mum bought from the Pakistani supermarket and still, I acted like they were really good just so I could have few more sticks. Uh, foods are the best thing on earth.
I walked around the second level for a bit, and then moved to the third level as the clock on my phone screen shown 13:30. I had bought ticket for a fashion show at 14:00 because I saw one of my favourite Malaysian brands, By Fatin Suhana was on the schedule.
I got a good seat, despite not being on the front row.
Few designs by Liyana Ghaus.
Two of the designs by Pillar London.
I didn’t get as many good shots and I failed to get a perfect shot of my favourite outfit, but I absolutely love the latest collection by Fatin Suhana. They’re simple, yet eye-catching enough. I think my outfit for Eid this year is now sorted. Only the hardest part is getting someone in Malaysia to buy it and send it over to me…
Rina Salleh has some gorgeous designs too.
My friend then messaged me as soon as the fashion show is over, and she said she’d be doing a talk and asked me to come over. So, I searched for an auditorium and there were two halls and I wasn’t sure which one she would be in but I just followed my instinct, and thankfully, I got into the right one.
As I tried to find a seat, a guy subtly greeted me from his seat, and I realised who he was – my friend’s husband. They just got married last month, and that was the first time I met him; but I’d seen his pictures from my friend’s Instagram, of course. I took a seat next to him and we got talking; he said she was nervous. Blessed her.
There she was in the middle, Farahanim Razak (I called her Anim) talking about how she got famous and how her followers had built up to 431k (and counting). She was originally a model, then she became a TV host in Malaysia. She often got offered by clothing brands asking her to promote the brands and of course, she’d get paid. Lucky her.
After everything ended, we finally met and hugged. She’d delivered her talk well, so I’d told her.
With the designer, Fatin Suhana. I’d followed her ever since back in the days when she was still a blogger, and it was so nice to finally get to meet her in person. She’s even lovelier than I thought she’d be.
Next to me was Fatin Suhana’s mother who was if possible, even more friendlier. Bless her family members were all there supporting her.
With some of the Muslims influencers.
Top left; with a cutie from Malaysia, Liyana Bakarudin.
Top right; with Fatin Suhana and her sister, Che Wan Farah – a young and talented MUA.
Below top right; with bubblegumhijab – a Youtuber/blogger based in London.
Bottom; with Alexandra Golovkova – a Russian blogger and designer. I literally had to stop her for a picture because I think she’s beautiful. (The truth is though, I’ve been stalking her on Instagram for quite a while now. She doesn’t need to know that.)
The brand that my friend is currently representing is called Aidijuma.
Anim had also recently produced her own beauty brand called Faraa and her first product was an antioxidant lip butter. The packaging is so cute! I’ll be doing a review on it soon.
Selfies with her always needs a folder of their own.
My OOTD; Black dress from H&M, Cardigan from Primark, Shoes from Primark, Bag from Michael Kors and satin scarf from Malaysia.
It was so nice to see her again.
All in all, I had a great time at the event. Even though I didn’t get to buy a lot of stuff from any of the booths because I thought about carrying them back home would be a hassle, but I had a nice time just socialising with people. I might have felt a little insecure though, because everyone were so pretty and dressed up beautifully that day.
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May you have happy thoughts always,