The one with the changing bag

Any self respecting blogger with young progeny is bound to pen one of these posts. The one where they share their fine looking, perfectly packed nappy/ changing bag. I too have done one of these, about two odd years (maybe three?) ago. I am embarrassed to go back and read it, therefore I’m not going to link it here.

I used to think that children are so high maintenance. This was when I had a baby that never (really NEVER) spit up, did not take a dummy/ pacifier, hardly every pooed on the go, and of course did not take a bottle. Still, I carted around a decent sized changing bag with spare clothes, blankets, diapers, even a pacifier (?). The clothes sometimes were replaced weeks later, when she outgrew them. The diapers? I still have a size 2 diaper that I recently found in one of my old nappy bags from 2015. Yeah, so.

So, this time I thought I might downsize things a bit. My older one is three and needs almost nothing (except water every 15 mins) when we go out. She was potty trained (by herself, not by me of course!) eons ago and she is good with telling us exactly when she wants to go, and can even ‘hold’ things for a while if needed. On rare occasions, we have some water or gravy spill, that is about it. I assumed the new one would be the same as his sister.

I assumed wrong. Duh!

This one loves to poop (hallelujah!), and spits up like a pro. Dribbles like it’s nobody’s business and is mildly addicted to his dummy. Basically he is a boy 🙂 If my daughter left me not really knowing how to change a nappy outside the house, my son has given me enough practice that I can now do it one handed, in a jam- packed car, at a traffic stop. I now only have to master the art of doing it whilst he is in his car seat, without removing the straps. We’l get there.

I am therefore, forced to lug around a fair amount of “stuff” even for short trips out.

The bag is one I have spoken about before. I ordered it directly from the website. The shipping charges were about the same as the taxes, they negated each other as I did not have to pay taxes (Storksak is a UK base brand, and I am buying it from outside the UK). The bag is as great as expected (better be, for the price) and if I were forced to find a downside, it would be the lack of outside bottle pockets. Also, I wish I got a deeper camel colour. The leather color can be lighter or darker depending on how it responds to the treatment. If I’d bought it from a physical store, I would have picked a darker shade of tan.

Okay, so let’s get to it.

My pictures are going to be raw, unfiltered. I have not cleaned out my bag before doing this. We have Lil Z ‘helping’ us and Mr A is staring at us from his playmat.

Disclaimer- Most days, the bag is packed better than this. I like to have it restocked and ready to go after every trip, because we do end up using a lot of things at every outing. But we have not had the time to repack it after the last time we went out.

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The Storksak Elizabeth in color Tan

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The newer models do not need separate stroller clips like before
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View from the top. Looks like a sturdy handbag, or a stylish weekend bag
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Eeks! Hope it ain’t too messy inside. The chevron and pink one is a ring sling that we used during our trip to the park.
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The huge pack of wipes was thrown in at the last moment when we leaving, as we had run out of the travel sized ones.
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I swear, it’s usually better packed
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Spares for the  kiddos
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Wipe central! Honestly we NEED all of the above.
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The mommy pouch that comes with the bag is useful to cart around bits and bobs like these. Recommend carrying paracetamol and saline drops. Breast pads if breast feeding.
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An inside look – well lined and plush. Tick.
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My little man needs a lot of spares, bless him! Recommend the bamboo swaddle-  literally use it as/for everything.
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Really enjoy the changing pad that comes with bag. 
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Is large enough, padded enough. Comes with in built compartments which I do use. So, if I need to change The A Man, I have everything I need in this handy little thing.
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A refill for the nappy bag dispenser (blue hangy thing on the side of the bag). The A Man has just reached that stage where he has started noticing the world around him. SO flickering screens, oddly noised rattles and these crinkly books are his dope currently. Of course, The Sister filches them away at the first opportunity and then they disappear for ever somehow!
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Though it looks unencumbered, the bag can seriously hold a lot of stuff.
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My trusty ring- sling (from Cookiie Pie) is a tad tired looking and faded, but still going strong.
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The bag comes with an insulated bottle holder, which currently doesn’t see much use. Special thanks to the desperate to assist assistant who demonstrated the extent to which it opens.

We do carry dummies/ pacifiers with us, did not have any clean ones in the bag then. Lil Z carries her own bag with a towel, water and snacks. Miss independent.

We have disposable changing mats, and toilet seat covers in the car which we rarely use.

What else would I suggest to a first time mum?? Early on, and for long trips it would be wise to carry a change of shirt/ top for yourself and your husband. By now I’m cool with walking around with spit up and milk stains so I can’t be bothered.

Yeah, so that’s about it I guess. I remember finding these sort of posts/ videos fun and informative when I had Lil Z. I hope this too helps someone, or at least helps someone fill 10 mins of their time whilst nursing at 3 AM.

Storksak bags are marketed as luxury changing bags. They are definitely sturdy, well made and stylish- but they do have their cons. This one is heavy (I knew that before purchasing) and does not have useable outside pockets. I usually carry a small cross body bag on me to carry my essentials. The husband and I have to often split up when we are out, the buggy is usually with them and therefore the bag too. Carrying my stuff (phone, wallet yada yada) on me is therefore wiser.

Till next time.

Dr J

 

P.S. If I ever felt like using a backpack changing bag, this would be it.

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The last laps and my survival kit.

There is no way around it folks, the next few weeks, nay months, will be all about baby. I cannot help it. It is such an all consuming life event. I once thought that nothing could be more consuming than taking the post- training exams. Boy! this is waaaay bigger.

Anyhoo, I digress (like always).

So, like the previous instance, this time too I have the feeling that things might progress earlier than expected. My poor babies, just cannot take it anymore at the end. Limited space in the tiny torso, too much movement, limited rest and haphazard nutrition I guess 🙂 So, they decide to take matters in their own hands and decide to “get outta there”!

Or will there be a final twist in the tale?


Everything involves a bit of gymnastics these days. Getting into my car (a car that is even otherwise too big for me and a 4X4 no less) involves holding onto the steering wheel and literally heaving myself into the seat. Making sure my midget legs are close enough to brake effectively while maintaining a safe distance between the tum and the steering wheel (and possibly the airbag in the unfortunate event of even a minor collision) is another conundrum. And waddling through the hospital corridors (albeit in  my apparently ‘small for 34 weeks’ tummy) makes me feel like a very conspicuous hippopotamus.

Pregnancy clumsiness, toddler carry- requests and the nature of my work means that I constantly have to bend toward the floor.

Of course I cannot bend over straight. Thankfully,  I have mastered the Bharatnatyam squat ..

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There are things though, STUFF- that get me through my days. Sometimes very long days. ’28- hour -days’.

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I have these everywhere. Literally.

Bedside, couch- side.

Car, husband’s car.

Work bag, out- bag.

Every clinic table I have sat at in the past few months…

The boys at work have in fact started popping them in their mouths like mints these days because they find them randomly lying around.


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A couple of months ago, on a particularly long theatre day, one of the nurses noticed (they “SEE” everything!) that I was contastly flexing my toes and was restlessly hopping from one leg onto another. She kindly cut up some small sized Tubigrip and asked me to put them on. Nurses are brilliant at these sort of hacks, so I asked no further questions. She even helped me put them on.

The gentle compression made a huge difference. Why did I never think of that?

Then off I went – in search of size X- small knee length compression stockings (which are surprisingly hard to find in Doha – even at the hospital)

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Calf soreness, restless leg syndrome and terrible leg cramps at night have been a constant with both my pregnancies. Only  this time, it has gotten worse. On a 24 hour call, by around the 12 hour mark, I can barely take my mind off the pain. The compression stocking/ Tubigrip on call days- really help.


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I have cartons of mini- sized bottled water in my trunk. My acidity/ reflux is worsened by consuming water with meals, and I cannot seem to remember to stay hydrated in between meals. So I try to always keep one of these mini bottles in my lab- coat pocket at all times.


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The weird c- shaped maternity pillows don’t work as well as these generic ones, at least for me. My fancy, pink maternity pillow lay forlornly forsaken at the corner of the bed, while I tuck these humble, generic ones at every crook, crevice and contour of myself.


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Another surprising hit. I am never good with taking supplements. I used to forget to take them about 5 days a week, until I bought a cheap, gimmicky (as per Mr H), uncool looking pill- box. I have no logical explanation, but at the end of the week, I find it therapeutic to fill up the darned, little compartments. My motivation to take the pills is the emptying of the boxes so that I can fill them up at the end of the week. Does that make any sense at all?


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I am not sure why I waited as long as I did before ordering these. I wore XL sized, boxy, ugly, humungous scrubs at the hospital when my own ones stopped fitting me. The arm holes on those are the size of gunny bags and they were very, very unflattering in general.

As, a second time mum, things start “showing” much earlier but I refused to invest in maternity scrubs.

Some time after week 20, I gave in and ordered them over amazon (the US site, hence paying a ridiculous amount for international shipping). But they are worth every penny I say.

I bought the Cherokee ones, the exact top in the picture. The sizes seem to run large, but I don’t mind. The side panels are a soft, stretchy material and the bump- elastic on the corresponding pants (which you have to order seperately) are really soft, and doesn’t dig in (all the folks who have ever worn maternity clothes at some point would know what that means).

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I wish the pants were less flared though. I was never a fan of the boot- cut trend even when it was cool (sometime in the 90’s when I was in school).


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I don’t care if this actually works, they make things less dry and itchy. I slathered it on the last time, and I continue to do so this time as well. For equality’s sake!


Till next time.

J.

Stuff that changed my ‘getting ready’ game!

There are times when you meet someone or use something for the first time, and you are blown away. You hear bells ringing in the far background and you hear a choir hitting a high note. You think to yourself “where the hell was this all my life?!!”

Here are a few products that I have been religiously using for the past few months and now I cannot imagine how I managed without them all these years.


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This is my third bottle of this truly “extraordinary” magical potion. The Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil  claims to be a beautifying oil for coloured hair. With UV filters too apparently.

My hair is coloured, and I’m not too sure about the efficacy of the UV filters but this light, non- greasy oil (which isn’t the least bit oily), makes my hair soft and less frizz prone. It imparts a subtle shine without it ever appearing or feeling greasy. I use it prior to and post drying/ styling my hair.

At over 50 QAR, it’s isn’t cheap but the bottle does last a while. And honestly, I have used far more expensive hair products with far less impressive results.

*I have often caught sight of Mr H snicking a couple of squirts of this in the morning to set his “this- isn’t- styled- I- was- born- this-way” hair.


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This innocuous appearing, humble little tool has completely revolutionised my hair game (along with he Elvive EO). I am now a blow dry/ dry styler convert.


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These ridiculously priced, glorified make-up sponges have been a rage for a while now (The world has in fact moved on to even more ridiculously priced, weird oval- shaped toothbrush like  make-up applicators.) Never thought I needed them. I also did not want the extra hassle of washing and drying them. Finger-tips will do thank you very much!

I was wrong. Some foundations of mine have been languishing on my dresser, unused, for a while now. They just never look good on me. The shade matches, but the finish just doesn’t cut it. But these Beauty Blenders (the less pricey Real Techniques ones aren’t bad either) have literally made every single unuseable foundation useable. And the foundations that I already liked, I like them even more now!

The finish (best when used damp) is unparalleled in my opinion. And it definitely makes heavy- duty, full -coverage foundation look less cakey, especially when you use them damp.


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Fix + , the name connotes that this is a fixing or setting spray of some sort. Maybe it helps the make- up stay longer?

I use it for a different purpose though.

I hate appearing powdery and dull- matte. It usually happens to me with my ill- cared for skin and full- on foundations. Three spritzes of this, and everything sinks in, coalesces and the whole look appears more polished.

Seriously, no exaggerations. And thankfully, even if I go overboard with it, I don’t appear shiny or oily (which would defeat the purpose entirely).


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Use this as a color corrector, prior to applying concealer. No more dark circles, thank you.

No wonder my concealers always  appeared ashy on before *facepalm*.

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Insanely expensive, but the best eye- liner thinggy I have ever used. Period.

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Has two ends- thin and thinner. For that extra- precise flick.


P.S. These are not just my favourites, these are stuff that I would repurchase till they go out of stock/ production.

 

Till next time,

Dr J.

The one that stayed on.

This is going to be a lazy post. I am post- call and should ideally be sleeping. But the nursery run is in about an hour, and trying to get some shut eye now would be an utterly worthless exercise. I therefore decided to log on to the virtual world and say hello to the part of humanity that I have not had contact with for a while now.

How are you folks doing? The heat killed anyone yet?

Personally, I am not a fan of the dull, muggy weather that is doing business outside right now. I saw daylight today after a more than 24 hours, and this is not the weather I wished for. The natural light is inconsistent and therefore I shall use that as an excuse to not get my bottom off the couch and get some decent pictures of the stuff that I’m going to talk about today.

Here’s the deal people, I just got off a 30 hour shift and honestly cannot be bothered about impressing you folks with my virtually non- existent photography skills. So I shall be a lazy bum and use stock images. Deal.

Yesterday morning, on a whim, I decided to test something.


The longevity and performance of my current favourite foundation.*

* under extreme conditions


 

I would not use a heavy- duty foundation on a call day usually, but this was an experiment. So, I went ahead and piled on the stuff with a damp Beauty Blender at 0525 hours yesterday. This is the war- paint am referring to-

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I hate that it doesn’t come with a pump and I have to bother with the extra step of washing the back of my hand everyday. But apart from that grouse, I love this foundation for all the lovely things it brings to the table. The coverage, the finish, the sheer ability to not budge from where it was applied to…

I went about my call- day as usual. Running around, rounds, seeing new cases, admitting some, discharging many, going to the OR, post- op rounds, taking power naps whenever I could. I wore a mask for several hours too. But there was negligible transfer, almost zero shine (till about 0200 hours this morning) after almost 18 hours and the darned thing stayed put till the end. Dare I say, I’m mighty impressed.

It might sound gross when I say I wore this for over 24 hours (even slept!), but kindly give me some credit for the research spirit please.

I finally could not take the icky feeling anymore and washed it all off and went barefaced at around 0630 hrs this morning. 25 hours after I put it on, it was still almost 90% effective. It truly is “stay-in-place” make-up. Bravo!

The shade range that this comes in is worthy of praise, and compared to some other “high-end” foundations that I own, this isn’t that heavy on the pockets. The finish (in my opinion) is best when the foundation is applied with a barely damp Beauty Blender (versus fingers, brushes and dry sponges). It kind of sets/ sticks onto your face in a couple of minutes after you put it on and then does not budge. The downside to this, is the slightly “clogged” feeling that I cannot quite describe in words. The foundation looks great in person, but you definitely “feel” it on your skin. If piled on, or not blended properly, it can definitely look cakey.

In short, despite it’s shortcomings, I now understand why this one is a bestseller. Someday soon I shall do a post on all the fancy foundations I own/ use but for now I can tell you that this one ranks right up there. For sure.

What are your war- paints of choice ladies?

Till next time,

Dr J.

 

P.S. I should ideally be putting up before and after pictures of my visage for such a post- but let’s just say I’m camera shy shall we 🙂

Ambre Imperial.

Sultry.

Warm.

Intriguing.

Androgynous.

Quietly confident, subtly sexy.

There, but not quite.

Like the softest, most fluffy cashmere sweater.

Like an autumn evening in the smoky woods.

A woman who is supremely herself, and makes no excuses for it.

A man who doesn’t fit into pre- requisite boxes, yet knows his way around the world and daresay revels in it.

Starts off peppery and spicy, almost oriental. Settles down into a warm, powdery borderline edible character. As the hours roll on, turns into it’s true dark, woody self.

Here’s presenting my current fragrance obsession, and probably signature scent-Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection Extraordinaire, ‘Ambre Impérial’


 

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This is a master creation by talented perfumer Quentin Bisch. His version of the Amber Scent.


 

 

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Amber perfumes, mostly smell the same to me. Or they may all start off differently but end up with the same classic “amber” scent. Not this one. As an amber connoisseur, I can truly say that THIS one is different. Softer, yet edgier. Unique. And I love smelling dark and unique.

If one is generally a fan of sickly sweet, feminine, floral scents; this wouldn’t be up their alley. This is more unisex, and may even smell entirely masculine to some. I love  this on me, and I love this on my man- it is very, very rare for a fragrance to be able to achieve that!

At the pricier end of even the most expensive “high-end” designer perfumes, everything about the perfume- it’s bottle, packaging symbolises understated luxury.


 

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My only grouse with it- I was sure it would last longer. Don’t get me wrong folks, it will and does last a normal work-day aka 8 hours but it sure doesn’t stand up to my 30 hour on call day test. Now, now don’t shake your head in disbelief folks, there really are fragrances that stay that long on me (case in point- Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue).

It smells best on bare skin and even better in hair. It is definitely a warm, winter fragrance but I’m going to unapologetically wear it al through the year. It’s rich and indulgent but not sickly overpowering. It’s a thin line between the two, and Ambre Imperial does not cross it, but resides confidently on the line.

Do give this one a whiff the next time you are around a Van Clef & Arpels boutique, you too may turn into an amber convert!

Also, me thinks it makes for a fancy gift, for any cool couples that you may know- weddings or anniversaries perhaps?

But then, it’s also a fragrance that is not for the conventional hearted…

Till next time.

Dr J.

The ladies lounge- New love.

I love mascaras. The good ones of course. And though some of the Maybelline ones are good and I’d been repurchasing them for years, I felt it was time to move on.

For a couple of years now, I have been on the hunt for a new “go-to” mascara. I tried several top rated, blogger favourites and magazine recommendations, none really stood out.

Then one day, a lady at an Estee Lauder counter somehow randomly caught hold of me and sold me a tube of this

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This is the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, and it truly does stand up to it’s name. A single coat makes a difference and one does not need more than two coats (in my opinion) of this during the day.

I love the big, slightly chubby wand. I am not of the fan of the weird- shaped, gimmicky wands.

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I like the simplistic gold tube and the normal looking wand.The formula isn’t too runny or clumpy, nor is it too dry.

And most importantly, it stays on for over 12 hours with no transfer; but at the same time is easy to get off without needing heavy, oil based removers.

Only con in my book- transfer prone in the first few minutes after application. But then every mascara does that.

On here, I really only mention things that I really like (or really detest!) so go on ladies, if you are looking for a decent (albeit slightly pricey) day-time mascara, this is one to try.

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I obviously purchased 01 Extreme Black.

Till next time.

Dr J.

On- call grooming essentials.

Looking groomed and well- kept is never a bad thing. Looking great and feeling great may not always be related but I assure you there is a statistically significant relation between them!

Being away from home (and therefore away from YOUR bathroom and YOUR bed) for anything more than 16 hours is bound to make you like Shrek on his bad day. But your poor patient doesn’t know that.

He expects to be seen by a smart and spiffy doctor/ surgeon. One who knows for sure (utterly and absolutely) what she is doing. He wants you to look confident and professional. Someone who is knowledgeable and in charge of the situation. Not someone who has been dragged out of bed and hasn’t seen a comb or toothbrush in days.

He has no idea that you have been at the hospital for over 24 hours and have not had a chance to shower or change. You might argue that he is least interested in your make-up or grooming skills and is more concerned about your dexterity with a blade and needles. Valid point.

Personal experience has taught me otherwise though. Patient care encompasses much more than just medical knowledge and surgical skills. Presentation, the art of communication, portraying a air of empathy and understanding and confidence- these probably matter more than how quickly you can sew them up.

And honestly, irrespective of how “shallow” it may sound, I feel good and am therefore less morose/ moody and more sociable and confident when I know I am well presented.

In short, a small stash of beauty/ grooming items are staples in my everyday work- bag.


 

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The baby- wipes come in handy mostly when we are out and about as a family but they are are also great to get eyeliner or runny mascara off.

At about the 36 hour mark, almost all mascaras die and then they need to be gotten rid off ASAP- these are great for that (as long as they are not of the waterproof variety).


 

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Hair ties and bobby pins are priceless. The more you have lying around the better.

Couple in your pocket, a few loose in the bag, some in your make-up bag. And it wouldn’t be a bad idea to throw in a few in your car as well!

Trust me, they are THAT important.


 

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By policy, clinical staff are discouraged from wearing strong scents. But a light whiff of something subtle and nice wouldn’t hurt anybody, right?

Bombshell smells unlike any perfume I own. It’s all sweet and girly- not my usual scene. But every time I wear this, the nurses shower compliments. It must be working for me then.


 

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This one is utterly unique and is my preferred “on-call scent”.

It smells like fresh, green lemons. Nothing else. A consultant I was once rounding with told me at the end of a three hour round that he has picked up the smell of lemons from some patient’s room and can’t rid himself of it since then. I did not mention then, that the “box of lemons” was walking beside him the whole time!

For those interested, I picked it up at Sephora in Villagio (in the Isle of Doom at the check- out!)


 

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This smells unisex, and therefore I’m not concerned about smelling too “pretty” or girly. Mostly for theatre days.

I did not think I had all three in my bag, it was not intended and things sometimes tend to accrue over time. I’m not that vain 🙂


 

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The on-call rooms and theatres are both arcticly cold. And dry. Moisturisers are therefore mandatory.

The Cussons lotion is a travel size one I once got in a baby care kit on a plane and the Boots lip balm is a random, generic one. I usually have a tiny tub of hand cream in my scrub pants. Dry hands and lips make me irritable.

Worse case, one can always find some sort of lubricant/ barrier creams, both in the wards and in the OR.


 

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Provides a fresh, pink flush to the cheeks.

A nice pick- me- up on long, bleak days. Look at the poor thing though, looks positively abused. I have lost count of the number of times I have repurchased this. I switch it up with Benefit’s  Benetint sometimes, both work similarly but Benetint lasts longer.


 

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This is MAC’s Twig.  And as you can see, she has been swiped a few hundred times.

Twig is the perfect nude for me. It is matte (my favourite lip products are matte)  and the shade never appears made- up and looks good even if I don’t have anything else on my face. Evens out pigmented lips and wears away evenly. I sometimes carry it around in my pocket, that is how much I like this one.

This is my second tube, and the third one is on my vanity at home.

Note to self- Need to stock up on another as well. God forbid they run out stock or discontinue the shade.

I usually have other lip products lying around loose in my bag, an average of two or three that I tend to accumulate over the week. I usually drop the product that I’m wearing on the day in my bag as I leave in the morning. So by Thursday I might have around 4 or 5 lip products in my bag.


 

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My brows, my brows.

I have issues with my brows, and I am not a fan of them. Very few products works for them. This genius product is a recent find. I love how travel friendly and easy to use it is. I still prefer my Brow Zings when I am getting ready for the day, but this a godsend during emergencies and for on-the-go days.


 

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A sample tube. Not the greatest mascara I have ever used, but they aren’t horrible either. Will not repurchase though.

I still have not found a good “high-end” mascara. The search continues.


 

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Not my favourite. Generally I’m not a powder girl. And the colour isn’t a match, but I intend to finish it up one way or the other.


 

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Handy little mirror, to rule out bleeding mascara and flaky lips.


 

I guess that is about it for MY grooming essentials. I know ladies who carry their concealers with them at all times- to each their own. DO whatever makes you be the best you can be.

What are YOUR favourite handbag/ work beauty essentials? Come on ladies, spill it..

Till next time.

Dr J.

 

The ladies lounge- Summer scent recommendations.

For the longest time, I was an utter bore when it came to scents. I had a signature scent, which I wore all year- day and night. I wore it till it made me nauseous; at which point I would seek out another “signature scent”. I then wore THAT ad nauseam.

I like fresh, aqua scents. And deep musky/ amber ones. I could not stand the overly sweet, floral scents that my peers swore by. I also liked (and still do like) men’s cologne, and wear it without regard for propriety.

Recently though, I sense some subtle changes in my scent selection and tolerance. I am more open to wearing and appreciating things that are out of my comfort zone. Beyond my “safe choices”. I also have stopped the “signature scent” habit and reach out for different bottles on different days. I sometimes like ’em light and fresh and at others I prefer the dark and mysterious.

Anyhow, to cut things short here are my top picks for this summer. They might not all be new or fancy, but I assure you they are as diverse as you can possibly get.

 

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white musk libertine

 

black opium

 

bombshell

 

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Till next time.

Dr J.

The 3 min 40 sec skincare routine.

Yes folks, I spend about 4 minutes or so on skincare everyday. Considering the fact that I can allot only about four hours to sleep and rest, I think 4 minutes on skincare is borderline luxurious.

Here goes…

  1. Getting the war- paint  off.

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  2. For the non- squeaky clean finish.

    FullSizeRenderIn the summer, my skin can handle the cleansers that give the “squeaky clean” feel. Not in these dry months though. I have really been liking this particular cleanser.

    I bought it because, I have been seeing it in the female on-call bathrooms for a while now. And over the last month someone has been quickly getting through the bottle. Therefore I surmised that someone really likes this cleanser, and I know first hand that Bioderma is a fairly “gentle” brand. It hasn’t disappointed me and I’m thankful to the faceless/ nameless doctor that has unwittingly recommended this to me.

  3. For the night-time.

    FullSizeRenderI finally finished up every last drop of my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and then headed off the very next day (as I had promised myself about 10 months ago) to pick up this pretty brown bottle.

    This is all I use on my face at night- two drops is more than sufficient. Will let you ladies know what I think of it soon..

  4. An old work- horse.

    FullSizeRenderYou guys must be bored of seeing this on this blog. Apologies.

    I use it on chapped lips, cracked heels, flaky elbows; basically my SOS cream.

  5. Trying to use- up.

    FullSizeRenderNot really worth the hype IMO. Maybe it doesn’t suit my skin/ situation. Or I might not be using it right. In short, will not repurchase.

    7. You little beauty!

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    It might sound far too simple- minded, but this flat, tub of glycerine is all I use for dry skin. No fancy body butters, and no fragrant body lotions.

    So pray tell me ladies, what are you folks using this winter??

    Till next time.

    Dr J.

Weekend Doha Diaries- Steals, deals, trinkets and finds.


LET’S START WITH SHAWARMA! 

And so I have found another shawarma jaunt folks, a charcoal grilled shawarma place no less. It has been a few months since it opened, and with other “quickie- food” outlets in its immediate vicinity, this Woqod Station just became my favorite fast-food station fuel station ever!

Fuel for The German Beast and The Crazy One!
Fuel for The German Beast and The Crazy One at one place!

Where? 

Shawarma Booteela, Woqod Petrol Station, Nuaija 41, Al Hilal

What?

My favorite is the classic- Chicken Shawarma Plate

How much?

25 QAR

The Shawarma plate (apart from bread and chicken) comes with a side of fries, pickles, cabbage salad, and garlic dipping sauce. If you are a shawarma fiend like I am, then do give this a taste.

Source- Shawarma Boteela Facebook
Source- Shawarma Boteela Facebook

REVAMPED FAMILY BEACH

What?

Finally! Shaded play and picnic areas.

Where?

Family Beach, Al Wakra

Big change since the last time.
Big change since the last time.

About time I say!

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FOR THE STATIONERY JUNKIES!

Everybody who is a parent with kids in school (and therefore needs school supplies every week) and anybody who drools over a mere writing instrument or a patterned post-it (aka “stationery junkie”) will know what and where RAWNAQ is/ was.

The good news – the place has been given a face-lift and the stocks spruced.

The not so good news- the store now has an almost inappropriate/ weird name.

Utterly weird name for a stationery store, don't ya think?
Utterly weird name for a stationery store, don’t ya think?

 

Seriously though, why “New Remedy”? And “international services”? Am I missing something here?

i could live here, sampled nibs and paper. Damn! Shortie forgot her portable step-stool at home it looks like!
Damn! Shortie forgot her portable step-stool at home it looks like!

 

I could live here, sampling nibs and paper for eternity. Or perhaps open and shut boxes forever!

Their specialty seem to be these boxes.
Their specialty seem to be these boxes.

 


MOBILE ACCESSORIES HAVEN.

I have been looking for a case/ cover for my old iPad 4 for a while now. It’s spotless, and now that the little one has become it’s primary user, a cover seems warranted. What I did not take into account was how difficult it is to get an esthetic, functional, reasonably priced one in Doha.

Jarir, LuLu, Virgin, Sharaf DG; all had the mundane, bulky, overpriced meh stuff.

The Belkins, Capdases and Apple Cases- I have used them all and they are mostly  sub- par to say the least. Just when I had given up..

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What?

Mobile and tablet accessories.

Where?

Al Watan Shopping Centre, Airport Road (Near “Sword” Signal)

How much?

45 QAR for the iPad cases (versus 100-120 QAR for the tacky ones at malls).

This place reminds of me similar get- anything- computer-mobile-tab-related-centers back home (Sweet BLR!) 🙂


 

AND IF YOU LIKED THOSE BAGS..

that I spoke of in my previous posts, yes… the Ted Baker makeup bags. Head to Ted Baker, some were on promotion the other day.

Maybe not the exact one,  but there are others at the store, on sale too!
Maybe not the exact one, but there are others at the store, on sale too!

What?

New Ted Baker store in town.

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Where?

Lagoona Mall, West Bay.

How much?

The prices on some items are lower than marked on the products. Request staff to check prices on the system.


 

Hope you have a lovely weekend folks!

Till next time.

Dr J.