Monday, 29 August 2016

Refashioned Red Top + Gray and the End of Summer

Skirt: Urban Planet
Earrings: Forever21
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: Kate & Mel
Photos: Arif Feroze

I love a strong, passionate red top and what makes this one better is the wide, billowy blouson sleeves. This top used to be plain with a pussybow in front. I refashioned it by removing the pussybow and adding a delicate gem border on the neck and cuffs. I love the definition it gives to the blouse. Such a deep red looks great with a neutral hue so I paired it with a gray midi skirt. The clean lines of the skirt also help to add structure and balance the looseness of the top. Because the top makes such a statement, I kept the accessories to a minimum. I wore green quartz{ish} earrings, a ring and a thin strapped watch. I finished with my two-toned bag and ankle-strap heels. 

And I can't, can't BELIEVE we're at the end of August already. I do wish that someone would inform Mother Nature that, though. The temperatures coming down a bit would help. Although we've got a breeze and surprise, surprise, a few clouds, it's still humid as hell. And that's the worst kind of windy- when it's humid and breezy. Your hair flies off your face only to stick to your neck. Yuck.

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Instagram Ensembles

Here's a roundup of a few daily ensembles I shared on my instagram. Of course, I've worn many outfits other than these but the past few weeks have been so hectic that I haven't had the time to take a photo! If you follow my instagram then you know that I've been posting very few photos there as well. My brain just gets so tired with work and everything else that I don't want to think about what I'm going to post on instagram. Do you experience this?


I paired this baggy light blue blouse with a black midi skirt for a fast and simple work outfit. Round toed black pumps completed the look and I grabbed my magenta bag for a bright touch. 


A top and baggy jeans is my go-to for weekend casual, and these tie-up lace espadrilles from Asos are heavenly! My sunglasses are vintage Dior. They're my grandmother's frames which I got made to sunnies. 

I contrasted the deep navy of this silk button-down with the pale blush of the trousers in a colorful work chic look. Minimal gold accessories and metallic gold heels completed the look. With all the color in the clothes, only a neutral bag would do.


I love the colors in this skirt but decided to tone them down with a black top with 3/4 sleeves. A stacked necklace really pops against the black and adds interest. I finished with these Asos espadrilles for a cute, casual look.


This was a particularly hot day where I was rushing around and the easiest thing to throw on on such days is an LBD. I went classic by pairing it with statement pearl earrings and finished with a red handbag for color.


We were showing visiting family around Bahrain on a Friday and I paired my favorite floral skirt with a white top and a thin pink belt. There was a lot of walking involved so of course, only these espadrilles would do!

Looking back at these photos I realize I've worn these espadrilles a lot! But a note of caution though- I've bought a few pairs of shoes from Asos but the sizing and the look of the shoe from the website and in real life is not consistent. I've had to return a few pairs too. I got lucky with these espadrilles. I won't be getting any more footwear from Asos.com. Lesson learned.

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Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Perfect Sundress














Dress; Koton
Necklace, Watch: Gifted
Bracelet: Debenhams
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: Bershka
Photos: Nada Qamber

The perfect sundress should be light, airy and summery, and this one from Koton ticks all the right boxes. I love the sketchy floral print in shades of blush pink and gray, and the material is heavenly. The dress is lined on the inside and the lining is soft so it feels very comfortable. I'm not usually a fan of handkerchief hems as they tend to look as if someone's hacked the ends of the dress, but this one gets it right. The midi length makes it elegant and the dress has a lovely flow to it. It comes with a thin belt that adds to the delicacy of the dress. Seriously, this is one dress that I want to wear everyday! With the right jacket and heels, it can be worn to the workplace. I paired it with tan ankle-strap heels to match the belt, and a tear-drop pendant, statement watch and delicate bracelet complete the accessories. I wanted to bring out the pink tones of the dress so I grabbed my magenta handbag and wore pink lipstick. 

With the summer ending it will soon feel like the year's racing to a finish. Which always begs the question- did I do everything that I wanted to do this year? Did I achieve the goals I set out in the beginning of the year? Did I laugh enough? Did I love enough? Did I travel enough? 
Such annoying questions, don't you think?

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Gray + Pink and Priorities!







Earrings: Debenhams, Rings: Forever21

Rings: Ebay





Top: Gifted
Skirt: Own design
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: Bershka
Photos: Nada Qamber

This pink cotton material was crying out to be made into a skirt. And you know that my love of pink borders somewhere on obsession. I can never have enough pink clothes. Or A-line skirts for that mater. I love how they flatter the female form and make me feel like a little girl again. I love the combination of pink and gray for a toned-down, sober-but-still-colorful look. This gray top has pretty lace patchwork on the sleeves which add interest to the whole outfit. I kept the rest of the outfit simple with small gold earrings and midi rings on both hands, while tan ankle strap heels give it a little more flamboyance. A satchel bag completed the ensemble.

It's been a hectic last few weeks but I'm enjoying it. Work and family have kept me so busy I've almost got no time to do blog posts. Heck, I'm struggling to find time to post on my Instagram and Facebook everyday! But it's all good. You always tend to get more things done when you're at your busiest. Or at least you learn to prioritize! And I guess blogging gets pushed to the bottom of my loooooong list of priorities. But when you really want to do something badly, you find creative and innovative ways to do it, right? Let's see what I come up with...

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Singapore Bucket List- What To Do and See, Where To Eat


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Singapore is one of my favorite places in the world. It's a teeny tiny country but there's so much to see and do! It feels like every square inch of the place has something to offer. In the last ten years Singapore has added breathtaking buildings, monuments and tourist attractions. It's like Dubai on drugs. While there's loads and loads of things to see and do, here's what I recommend you don't miss:

Wonder Full - Light and Water Show at Marina Bay
With the stunning cityscape all around, Marina Bay in itself is an absolute must-visit when you come to Singapore, but don't miss the light and water show at night! Taking place every night, it's a 15 minute show with fountains, music, and colorful laser lights.

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Orchard Road
This is a loooong road flanked by giant shopping malls on each side. Orchard Road has it all- dining, entertainment and shopping. Walking down this road is a lot of fun as you pass stunning mall sculptures and attractions. My favorite malls were ION Orchard, 313@Somerset and Paragon.

ION Orchard Mall
ION Orchard Mall

Chinatown
One of the oldest towns in Singapore, Chinatown has a lot of historical and interesting sights. I loved the colorful buildings and Chinese architecture, and the mix of the bustling marketplace with high-rises in the distance. You can explore the Chinese stalls offering souvenirs, have deliciously authentic Singaporean and Chinese cuisine for cheap at any of the many restaurants and cafes, and visit old mosques and temples. Don't miss the beautiful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple of Singapore.




Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Interior of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple

Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa is an entertainment hub within Sentosa Island which offers everything you'd look for while on holiday. It houses Universal Studios, Aquariums, beaches, fun museums, casinos, shows, dances and events. Since there are waaaayy too many things to do and see, I'll tell you all about Sentosa in another post!


Singapore Flyer
I think this is my favorite tourist attraction of Singapore- the Singapore Flyer. The Singapore Flyer is a giant ferris wheel, the largest one in Asia in fact. It has pods which take you high up for 360 views of Singapore. I love how the different areas of Singapore are marked inside the pod, with information bites, so you know which town/city you're looking at when you're at the highest point.






Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay are huge sprawling gardens in the heart of Singapore. Within the Gardens are many attractions like the Supertree Grove, Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Sun Pavillion and lakes. I visited the Supertree Grove, which are a group of insanely tall man-made trees that have plants climbing all over. They light up at night with a light and sound show. You can go up on the OCBC Skyway if you want to walk from tree-to-tree, while looking down at the gardens and Marina Bay. Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are large greenhouses which house plants and trees from all over the world. Cloud Forest replicates mountains and hills and houses rare plants that grow in mountainous and hilly regions. Flower Dome has stunning flowers from all over the world. Tip: Carry a jacket when you visit as Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are very cold!


  

Waterfall inside Cloud Forest
Cherry blossom trees inside Flower Dome
Hill inside Cloud Forest

Inside Flower Dome

Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is a quay along the Singapore River. It's a large area with lots and lots of restaurants, bars and cafes, shopping malls and rides. I loved the liveliness and colors of Clarke Quay, and the festive atmosphere. It pulses with music coming from live singers inside the bars, and has some very pretty architecture. The views of the river from the quay are stunning.




ArtScience Museum
The ArtScience Museum is a museum within the Marina Bay area. It's a small museum, but absolutely incredible. It has exhibits of art, science, design, architecture and technology. Most of the exhibits are interactive, and bring together the latest, state-of-the-art technology to dazzle you. It's a great place for families as children can have fun and learn at the same time.





Where To Eat

As a traveller I'm always looking for places that are open late as I tend to explore into the night and forget about dinner, and most restaurants and malls close by ten. These two places are open late, and serve great food.

Lau Pa Sat
Lau Pa Sat in Telok Ayer is a huge food court that serves up authentic local food inside a Victorian-style building. It's situated within the financial district and is surrounded by modern high-rises and hotels. It feels great to be sitting in a historical place surrounded by modernism, enjoying local food and culture. One of my favorite places was Satay, where they grill fresh beef, chicken and prawn satays in front of you and serve them with peanut sauce. You can also order side dishes of rice and noodles from other stalls to accompany the satay.



Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is another area that has many restaurants and bars that are open until 2 am, which serve great food. Choose a restaurant that's along the water for a serene and relaxing dining experience. It's also lovely for a peaceful walk after dinner, along the river.


Most places are easily accessible by MRT {metros} and taxis. In addition to the sights and sounds above, there are many, many more to be seen. If I had the time, I would have definitely explored more of this beautiful island.

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Until next time, xoxo

Shabana


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