Sunday, December 14, 2014

4 (Annoying) Things Girls with No High Cheekbones Face Every Time

1. Gain a little weight and people call you fat.

You're not exactly that chubby, you're an average size UK6 (S) girl that just gained a couple of kilos over the last month, or are currently bloated from your monthly cycle. The first comments you get when you meet people "OMG you put on weight!" combined with their faces of terror/forced smile and burst into a weak laugh. You're not sure whether to laugh along, or cry. You know how some girls complain that when they put on a little bit of weight, it'll show on the face first? Yeah, girls with no cheekbones (and busty girls) gets it. 

size UK 6 me (above) vs size UK 8 me (below)

2. Never knowing how to properly contour the blusher.

Is it supposed to be on the apples? or the sides? Do i create a fake shadow? Where does my contour line ends?

3. Forever looking like a kid.

It can be a compliment, but sometimes when you're all dressed up especially with the whole vintage, pin-up look the last thing you'd want is to look like a jailbait.

I was looking for a photo to explain this situation, but I figured it'll be bit much for some people to comprehend lol

4. Photo angles makes no difference.

No matter which angle you choose, there's still not much difference. You end up clenching your jaw to create the 'illusion' of an oval, structured face wishing some evidence of cheek bones would show. Most of the time you end up not smiling and looking like a sourpuss just so you don't blow up your cheek balloons.

End rant. 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

New Faces of H&M Chinese New Year 2015

Renowned Chinese actress Zhou Xun and Hollywood actor Archie Kao are the faces for H&M’s Chinese New Year 2015 campaign, available from 29th January 2015 in the latest and second H&M Chinese New Year collection. These items will be available in four Asian markets - China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. 

Since they've announced their marriage on stage at a charity event last July, the newly-weds surprised their fans and became the talk of the town. Being noted for her strong fashion sense and her prominent achievement in the film industry, Zhou Xun is one of the most influential fashion icons in China. Loved by fans for his bright appearance and killer smile, Hollywood actor Archie Kao is best known for his role in the cast of the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 

Here's a first look behind the scenes of their shoot for this campaign. Lock your calendar dates on 29th January 2015 for your only CNY shopping destination next year! 

Monday, December 01, 2014

Quick Fix - Lemon Tabasco Air-Fried Wings

This is my ultimate favourite chicken recipe, especially for air-fried chicken wings. The flavours are tangy and slightly spicy but not overwhelming to the tastebuds. It's a perfect pair with oven roasted sweet potatoes or any grilled vegetables sprinkled with parmesan, salt & pepper. My favourite would be zucchini and bell peppers. It's easy to make and the measurements depend on your preference. Go slow with the lemon juice as it is strong and add on more tabasco or cayenne pepper powder if you like it spicier. The Lea & Perrins will balance the sour and tangy flavour with it's sweetness and you may add a little bit of sweet soy sauce if you want it slightly sweeter. It's my favourite TV meal, and definitely a hit for the potluck parties. If you don't have an air fryer, just pop it in the oven or the BBQ grill until the skin is crispy and golden. I usually leave it a little longer as I like it charred and crispy. It works well with other parts of the chicken and tastes better if you marinade them longer. Leave the mix in a sealed bag overnight in the fridge before you cook it for intense flavour. 


1. Freshly squeezed lemon
2. Tabasco
3. Lea & Perrins® - The Original Worcestershire Sauce
4. Garlic powder
5. Salt & Pepper
6. Sprinkle of Cayenne powder
7. Rosemary (Fresh or dried)
8. Dried Oregano
9. Half tablespoon of olive oil or none if you prefer.

Tag me @haniehidayah on instagram if you've tried any of my recipes, I'd like to see them! 

Bon Appétit

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett for H&M Magical Holidays

Year end is approaching and Thanksgiving weekend is over. The shopping trend worldwide is now gravitating towards Christmas and what better to hype your holiday season this year with this new tune as H&M is celebrating with a spectacular campaign and festive collection starring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, performing “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” from their #1 album Cheek To Cheek. Put this on your playlist and feel the spirit of the holiday as you shop in their stores nationwide. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Quick Fix: Chicken Breast Stuffed with Sundried Tomatoes & Basil Pesto

This might not look very appetising but I swear it was one of the nicest things I've had in a while. It's not exactly a quick meal to whip up but it definitely isn't difficult either. I'd recommend this dish to impress that date, or even as a staple for cafe owners to consider on their menu - the stuffing can be made in big batches and kept for a couple of days. 

Please experiment with it to understand how much stuffing and lemon juice needed for flavouring as I went a little bit too much on the lemon (I only used half a fruit juice for two chicken breasts and it was a little too sour). The recipe also calls for bacon so I substituted it with beef bacon to make it pork-free. 

Feel free to add any side dishes you prefer than the bell peppers - portobello mushrooms, beans, broccoli etc. 


120g dried tomatoes in oil
4 tbspn chopped fresh basil
3 tbspn grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbspn toasted pine nuts
3 tbspn olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
2 large red bell peppers
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 tbspn lemon juice
8 slices of bacon

How to:

1. Drain the tomatoes from the oil and finely chop them. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celcius.
2. Make a pesto out of the basil, parmesan, pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil by blending them in a food processor. Season with salt & pepper if needed. 
3. Cut peppers into quarters, place skin side up in an overproof dish (lightly greased). Brush it with a little oil. You can add any other hard vegetables if preferred.
4. Make a horizontal cut along each chicken breast to form a pocket. Rub each breast with lemon juice, salt & pepper. Fill up the pockets with pesto and chopped dried tomatoes. 
5. Wrap each chicken breast with two strips of bacon ( or just enough to hold the fillings in) and put it in the baking dish with the veggies.
6. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until tender and cooked through. 

Tag me @haniehidayah on instagram if you've tried any of my recipes, I'd like to see them! 

Bon Appétit!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Weekend with Leica x Vario

Recently I was able to get my hands on the beautiful Leica x Vario camera for a weekend. I was stoked and planned my days out to test the camera but I ended up mostly indoors due to last minute work that came in. However, I shot some stuff during my meetings and at home just to test the unit out and I love what I shot. These photos were taken randomly over a weekend in my life and edited with VSCO. I've got the Leica T unit for my Japan trip too so I'll post some photos up soon! 


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Updates, updates, updates!

Good, Lord! I've been absent from my blog for almost over a month! A lot has happened since then and I barely have had time to reply my emails let alone sit down for a day and blog. If I could film my day-to-day activities I would, just so that it gives people an insight of the tiring and uncertain life of a freelancer. I've been busy with production work, my travel website and also juggling a personal life. I'm not sure how super busy people do it, but at the end of the day we just gotta. 

Anyhow, if you've been following me on instagram you will notice that I've been traveling lately and yes, I'm the new co-host for Mad Markets season 3 with Elfira Loy! We're in the midst of filming but you can follow our journey on our instagram account or just click on the hashtag #MadMarkets or #MadMarketsSeason3. 

It's been a whirlwind of living from my suitcase, and making the best of the time I have at home with my family and friends so excuse my absence on the blog for a while, yea? I'm still trying to update weekly on Whatever There Was.