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Hi! I'm Shabana. I live in Bahrain. I'm a businesswoman by day and a fitness instructor by night. I believe that dressing up is the easiest way of loving yourself, and this blog is where I journal my outfits and my life. If you'd like to know more, click on the About Me tab on top. I hope you enjoy my blog!
                            
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My Mother's Secret Hair Oil Recipe

My Mother's Secret Hair Oil Recipe



Everyone knows the benefit of hair oil and a hot oil massage, but what's in the oil matters. If you could add vitamins, nutrients and all sorts of good stuff into your hair oil which results in your hair becoming stronger and healthier, then why not? My mother has been making this herbal hair oil for a long time now, but I've only just recently started using it regularly and I'm seeing the difference it has made to my hair.

I have wavy hair, that tends to get oily very quickly. I used to straighten and heat style my hair every single day for ages, but I got tired of that and I wasn't doing my hair any favors. I decided to just let my tresses be and accept them in all their unique glory. Now my hair-care routine consists of washing my hair every night, semi-drying it with a good hair dryer on low for a few minutes while using my fingers to comb through. But what I have been doing religiously before washing it every night is applying my mother's secret hair oil to my scalp. And that has made ALL the difference. My hair's healthier and stronger, and even though I'm washing it every night {this humidity and me doing classes every evening means I have to wash it every night}, my hair isn't dry and frizzy. It looks shinier, has more bounce and volume, and it's growing super fast. The recipe in itself is quite simple, and the ingredients are widely available. You can use this oil on colored and /or treated hair too {my hair is highlighted}.

The Hair Oil Recipe

500 ml coconut oil {not extra virgin}
200 ml olive oil {not extra virgin}
2 tsp fenugreek seeds, coarsely ground
One small handful of dried curry leaves. You can buy fresh curry leaves and dry them.
100 g dried hibiscus flower petals. These are sold everywhere as loose tea, you can use the same.





Combine both oils together in a vessel and cook them on a slow flame. Add the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Let it heat on slow for 8-10 mins. Switch the heat off, add the hibiscus petals and let cool. Once cool the oil is ready to use. The oil will look a bit murky and dirty. That's okay. All the goodness of the herbs has seeped into it. My mother doesn't strain the oil, preferring to leave the leaves and seeds in it so they keep releasing their essence. They'll settle at the bottom of the jar.

Store the oil in a wide-mouthed jar, so you can easily dip your fingers into it. This is also handy when the oil solidifies in winter or in the air-conditioning. If you want to apply it hot, microwave it for 15-20 seconds. I don't mind if it's hot or cold, even if it solidifies I take a bit in my fingers, rub it thoroughly between my palms to melt it, and apply.

 How To Use For Shiny, Stronger Hair

Apply the oil onto a dry scalp using your fingers. I know that a few people suggest applying oil using cotton but I don't recommend that as the cotton will absorb the oil. Using your hands means your body warmth warms the oil, and you give yourself a good head massage in the process. So massage it in nice and deep, covering the top, sides and back of your head. There's no need to apply it to the hair that's hanging down below your ears. When you wash it out it will condition all of your hair. Try and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. If I don't have the time to wait, I still apply the oil right before I shower. P.S- You CAN apply and sleep overnight, just make sure you have a separate pillowcase as you'll wake up in the morning to an oil-stained pillow.

When washing your hair, shampoo twice, and shampoo well. The heaviness of the coconut and olive oil means that if not washed well, a residue might remain. I like to use a lot of shampoo in the first time and wash all the way from my scalp to the ends of my hair, and then use just a little bit in the next round to make sure all the oil has been washed off. You can use a conditioner after the shampoo, but I don't use one as I find that my hair is super-shiny and bouncy because of the conditioning of the oil. You can apply the oil every time before you shower. Do this regularly for at least 16 weeks to see a difference in your hair.


Benefits of the Ingredients:

Coconut Oil, Olive Oil:
  • Hydrates and moisturizes the hair shaft and scalp.
  • Prevents dandruff.
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal.
  • Reduces hair loss.
  • Lauric acid in coconut oil strengthens and conditions.
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in olive oil nourish hair follicles.
Fenugreek Seeds:
  • Contains protein, which prevents hair loss and baldness.
  • Makes hair shiny.
  • Fights dandruff.
  • Potassium and iron prevents premature greying.
  • Nicotinic acid and lecithin promotes hair growth.
Curry leaves:
  • Anti-oxidants reduce hair fall.
  • Amino acids stimulate hair growth.
  • Contain beta-carotene and proteins which prevent premature greying and make hair stronger.
Hibiscus Flowers:
  • Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy Acids {AHA}.
  • Makes hair stronger from the roots.
  • Amino acids nourish and strengthen hair.
  • Conditions hair preventing dryness, frizz and breakage.
  • Drives away itchiness and dryness.

Please make sure you do a patch test on your arm beforehand to make sure you don't have a reaction to the oil. And remember that consistency is key. The more regularly you use the oil, the more your hair gets used to it, and you'll start to see results. Enjoy your lustrous, shiny, bouncy hair!

xoxo

Shabana
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White + Pink Floral and Plans for The Long Eid Weekend

White + Pink Floral and Plans for The Long Eid Weekend







There's something so refreshing about a white blouse. Or a white anything in that case. I've always been a big fan of pussybows and this blouse with a formal collar, button-down and soft blouson sleeves nails the formal-yet-feminine feel. It's the perfect piece to contrast with the skirt since the milky white breaks the busyness of the floral print of the skirt, and the soft texture of the blouse contrasts with the stiffness of the skirt. The soft pink and cheerful floral print of the material had me hooked straightaway, and I knew I'd be making a midi skirt from it. It's a pure cotton, so the material is a bit stiff making it great for an A-line skirt. I added a little more girliness with these nude peep-toe heels with a knot design at the front, and finished with a big statement bag.

Ramadan is almost over and the long weekend is here. It'll be a break from formal work clothes for me! As usual, I'm looking forward to lots of family time, meeting friends, and of course, staying home with the kitten and reading.

Top: Koton, Skirt: Own design, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: New Look
Photos: Nada Qamber

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana
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Red + Gray and My Desperate Wait For Eid

Red + Gray and My Desperate Wait For Eid










I can't believe Ramadan is half over already. I can't wait for it to be over completely. My sleep cycle is a disaster at best, and I feel like I'm not able to get any work done at all. For a workaholic that's super frustrating. I often dream about going away for a month long vacation during Ramadan but we all know that's not going to happen because a) a month's holiday is too long and b) I'd miss my cats too much. So here I am, desperately waiting for Eid to come and for life to go back to normal.

This red top is one of my favorite pieces designed by my mother and me. I love it because of it's big billowing sleeves and of course, because it's the perfect shade of red. The beaded lace {from our latest venture Lace Love} adds a pretty touch and breaks up the plainness of the color. I paired the top with gray high-waist wide leg pants from ASOS. The material is a cool linen mix. Even though the top and pants are both loose, the pairing works. The flow of the top is balanced out with the structure from the pants, especially the high waist and pleat details. I had done a similar red and gray look with the same top some time back, but I paired it with a gunmetal gray skirt instead of dove gray pants. If you'd like to check it out, click HERE.

I finished with lacey metallic baby blue heels from the same place. I kept the accessories to a bare minimum- oval zircon stud earrings and a ring to match, since the lace already adds a bit of bling. This is a simple look for the office but pretty and feminine at the same time. It would transition well for a night out with an envelope clutch instead of a big statement bag.

Top: Own Design, Pants, Shoes: ASOS, Bag: Parfois

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana
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Dark Green Lace, Coral and Palazzos

Dark Green Lace, Coral and Palazzos


 

 

A light jacket is great for when you know you're going to be visiting air-conditioned offices or if your office frowns upon sleeveless tops but you still want to wear them. And what's lighter than lace? My mother made this pretty little lace jacket out of a dark green floral lace material she had lying around. Since I'm still obsessed with cropped jackets, she kept it short. Great for wearing over high-waist pants and skirts. I love how the dark green color contrasts with the coral of the shirt and how the lace adds a bit of interest and a beautifully delicate, feminine touch to the outfit. Because this lace is dainty, it looks great layered on top of the blouse when seen from the side.

Since my top half has two colors, the black of the pants adds a neutral shade and structure to the look. These palazzo pants are great for adding a bit of drama and flair to your work style and I love how they move while walking. I accessorized with a set of necklace, earrings and ring, all with a pretty little bow on them, and matched metallic silver pumps to the jewelry. This is a perfect outfit for work, but most importantly, perfect for summer. Palazzo pants + sleeveless blouse + light top = summer comfort heaven!

Top, Pants: Koton, Jacket: Own design, Jewelry: Forever21, Bag: Parfois, Shoes: c/o Dune London.

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana

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How to Pull Off Spring’s 4 Biggest Fashion Trends

How to Pull Off Spring’s 4 Biggest Fashion Trends



By Sophia Smith

Spring has finally arrived, and this means that it’s about time you made some changes and upgraded your wardrobe for this season. If you would like to know what’s going to be hot this spring, make sure to stay with us – here are four biggest fashion trends and some useful tips and tricks on how to pull them off. Enjoy!

A Flashdance shoulder as the ultimate fashion statement

If you think that the off-the-shoulder Bardot trend was one of the prettiest last year, you’ll be absolutely smitten with Flashdance cuts! These are basically the upgraded version of the original Bardot trend which shows a bit more skin, but in a sensual and attractive way. 

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Everyone’s aware of the fact that the 80’s are making a huge comeback, and it seems that fashionistas from all over the globe simply adore this decade. So, if you’re up for some peekaboo shoulder action, you may definitely want to give Flashdance cuts a try! Exposed shoulder a la Jennifer Beals can be worn in literally any combo – from casual to glamorous ones. You can always match it with a pair of good skinny jeans and sky-high heels, or with a midi pencil skirt and strappy sandals. The truth is that you can’t really go wrong with it!

You’re never too old to wear a cool graphic tee

Everyone’s raving about graphic tees these days and for a good reason, since these pieces are pretty much staples any fashion-forward gal should own no matter what. The fact is that you’re never too old to wear a fabulous graphic tee – particularly if the message it carries is strong. Apart from being stylish and trendy, such shirts can help you speak your mind in an extremely fashionable way. 

What’s great about this piece is its versatility, simply because it can be worn in so many possible combos. You can always wear it to break down the seriousness of a classic black blazer, or to transform even the dullest combo into an extraordinary one. Needless to say, graphic tees are a great choice for any day-to-night outfit, so make sure you have them in your wardrobe!

Just slip into your favorite slip dress

Slip dresses had a huge role in 90’s grunge, and guess what? These are back now, and they immediately became one of the fashion bloggers’ favorite fashion pieces. When it comes to fabrics, we have to say that plush, silk, and satin are probably among the most popular ones, which makes these dresses really elegant.

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However, you can always add a twist even to the most sophisticated outfit, by adding some unexpected pieces and creating the most fabulous combo ever. Such dresses usually have really thin straps, so you can wear a cool graphic tee underneath them – especially for a chilly spring evening. A denim jacket is also a good idea, as well as a trendy bomber jacket. Just make sure to get some gorgeous slip dresses online, and you’ll be able to pull off this amazing trend like a pro!

A nice denim skirt is always a good idea

If denim is your thing, you’ll be completely thrilled to find out that denim skirts are once again a huge hit in the fashion industry.  These were one of the main staples during the 70’s, and we’re sure that you’re going to love them now. Every fashion blogger owns at least one denim skirt in her wardrobe, which says a lot about this trend – it’s beyond dominant, and no one can deny it! The choice of shape and length is totally up to you – mini, midi, and pencil are probably the most famous ones.

Match them up with a cool sweatshirt and a pair of beautiful white sneakers for a more casual combo, or with a romantic shirt and nice ballet flats for a more elegant outfit, and you definitely won’t make a mistake!

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Each one of these four trends is beyond gorgeous, which makes them extremely popular among beauty bloggers and other fashionistas from all across the globe. All we have to say is that you simply need to try them out as soon as possible – trust us, you won’t regret it!

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She could be described as a beauty addict and life lover. She writes mostly on fashion and beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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Making Tropical Floral Pants Work for Work

Making Tropical Floral Pants Work for Work













I love the vibe of tropical prints. They just seem so... happy. These pants combine my love of tropical prints and wide leg in one piece, which is why they're getting a lot of love {and wear} from me. The material is a slightly thick cotton, and the waist is elasticated. I 'formalized' these fun pants for work by wearing them with a serious black t-shirt, and added a structured navy jacket. I added some color on top with a multicolored necklace, and a bright ring. My big formal bag, a statement watch and classic pointed pumps shoes sharpen the look more. 

We've just entered Ramadan {day 2 today} and I'm struggling to get my sleep cycle adjusted. I think I have a love-hate relationship with Ramadan. I love the late nights and the festivities and the night owl in me gets all excited, but I hate that I don't get enough sleep since I don't have time to snooze in the mornings/ afternoons. Ah, well. Sleep has always played hard-to-get with me. 

What about you? What's your favorite part about Ramadan? Is there something you don't like about it?

Jacket: c/o New Look, Top: C&A, Pants: Koton, Necklace, Ring: Gifted, Watch: Fossil, Bag: Parfois, Shoes: Bettye Muller

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana
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