Sunday, 23 November 2014

Interesting Reads



I've recently been addicted to bloglovin'. {Seriously, WHERE has this site been all my life? The app is great, too!} I've just been reading sooo many different blogs on so many interesting topics, thoroughly enjoying myself. And since I loved the last few blog posts I read, I thought I'd share them with you-



Ever stopped and thought why we buy so much, and how to stop?


Sometimes you have to just let go.


Happy reading! But wait! Don't forget to follow ME on bloglovin'



P.S: Don't forget to enter my Wow by Wojooh make-up set giveaway! xxx



Friday, 21 November 2014

Little Reasons To Smile


Because this is my 600th post {600! Whoa!} I thought I'd write about happiness. Specifically, the little things in life that make me smile.

Photo: Arif Feroze

So here are my little reasons to smile-


  • Naps that feel like you've been sleeping for years.
  • Sitting in the balcony reading.
  • Smelling flowers.

  • Wearing new lipstick.
  • The rush after you finish a great workout.

  • Taking a hot shower when it's cold out.
  • Fuzzy, fluffy socks.

  • Watching movies with a friend.
  • The scent of a candle filling the room.
  • Waking up, having breakfast and going back to bed.

  • Conversations that you don't want to end.
  • Purring cats.
  • Finally finding your signature perfume.


  • Discovering a gorgeous new cafe.
  • Wearing boots in winter.
  • Buying art supplies.



  • Hitting the sack after a loooong day.
  • Soft sweaters.


  • The smell of old books.
  • Going shopping and finding exactly what you wanted. 
  • Discovering a new song that you fall in love with.

  • Clouds in the sky.
  • Getting into a sun-warmed car in winter.

  • Pink nail polish.
  • Ticking things off of your to-do list.
  • Changing into your pajamas after being out all day.
  • Receiving mail.
  • Downloading lots of books from your favorite author.
  • Buying new tea.


  • Rearranging your bedroom.
  • Unexpected hugs.

What would you add to this list? xoxox

P.S: Only a week left for this make-up set giveaway


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review: Neutrogena Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub.





Did you know that stress is believed by the majority of women to be the 3rd leading cause of spots? And the irony is that when you get stressed, you get spots, which stresses you out even more! And who can blame us for getting even more stressed out during this time of year when we're running around getting gifts, making travel plans, cooking, etc.? And just when you need your skin to look its best, too! Argh!

So of course, taking extra-care of your skin during this season {or around the year!} is a must, starting with a really great cleanser. I'm in love with the new Neutrogena Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control Daily ScrubIt has a unique formula clinically proven to help treat and prevent spots before they appear, so you have one less stress to deal with. The microbeads in its formula gently exfoliate the skin, and its Microclear® technology helps break through oil and dirt to unclog pores, allowing the formula to penetrate deep down and help clear spots. Frequent use of the Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub has been clinically proven to reduce the occurrence of spots by 88% in the future as well. Now that's music to my ears!

I've been using it for a few days and the difference is remarkable! My skin is clearer and smooth, with an improved complexion and texture. I've actually been looking at my face in the mirror and smiling because my skin looks so great! It's a joy to use it as well as the microbeads are very soft and non-abrasive, perfect for daily use, it has a gorgeous soothing cucumber scent and you feel the coolness of the formula on your face which lingers even after washing off. So this is one product definitely recommended by me for reducing your stress over your skin!


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Hard things in life by Pema Chodron



Monday, 17 November 2014

Massimo Dutti reopens with a warmer, more luxurious feel


Massimo Dutti has reopened the doors of its Seef Mall branch with a redesigned interior. The stores have always exuded a sense of exclusivity, and now they've taken the boutique concept one step further with this redesign. The ambiance of the entire store has been changed to feel warmer and more luxurious. Walnut wood, brass, leather and dark marble have been used in the new design which blends modern lines and classic details, a signature of the brand.

The change also encompasses lighting and furniture, which have been strategically redesigned by the in-house interior design team in Spain, to ease movement and enhance your experience. The layout of the store has been carefully redesigned so you can can effortlessly browse through the merchandise. Take a look!



And what gorgeous merchandise! The Autumn Winter collection for both men and women is here, which is all about colours like beige, taupe soft grey, ochre, indigo or burgundy, mixed with  prints like camouflage or the gales check. And, of course, you find only the best quality at Massimo Dutti, which is SO essential in winter fabrics like wool flannel, cashmere or leather. I've got my eye on a few drool-worthy pieces, let's see if my wallet allows me to get them!

Until next time, xoxo

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Classically Casual


Cuff, Key Necklace, Ring: Forever21, Round Pendant Necklace: Parfois, Watch, Bag: Vintage.
Top: Reiss, Jeans: Dorothy Perkins, Belt: c/o Massimo Dutti, Boots: New Look.
Photos: Anceeta Martis.

Know why I'm smiling so much? Cuz 1., I finally have a white tee, and 2., I finally have a white tee! That's right, folks, this is the FIRST time I bought myself a plain white tee. {The clothing item, not a member of the band. That'd be cool too, though.} I KNOW how important it is to have a plain white t-shirt in your wardrobe, but you know me and my finickiness when it comes to clothes- I never found one I liked enough. They were always too.. errr... plain. I love how this one is a bit unique- it has leather black piping on the neckline, it's a V-neck, and I lurrrve the detail on the sleeves. And of course, the material is butter-soft but excellent quality. I hate soft tees that become scratchy in a few washes.

I've been waaaaaaiiting to wear it ever since I got it. Yesterday I decided to wear it today and I've been racking my brains as to how I should style it for its debut. After all, this is a white t-shirt. It can be worn with a simple maxi skirt, a black pencil skirt, a floral print skirt, under a black blazer with blue jeans, with denim shorts... The possibilities are endless. In the end I decided on wearing it the most classic way- with dark wash jeans. This way I get to show it off in all its glory and I get to do one of the most basic casual looks.

To make the look 'me', I added some long necklaces, a tan belt, a pleated cuff, and for shoes I chose these gorgeous booties. My battered vintage tan satchel, wore slung across, finished the look.

How about you? How do you like styling your white t-shirt?

P.S: Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win this gorgeous Wow by Wojooh Make-up set. Remember, you don't have to be female to enter, just human. 


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Wow by Wojooh Make Up Set Giveaway!


I told you I'd be doing another giveaway soon, and here it is! This time it's a gorgeous make up set by Wow by Wojooh. All you have to do is enter and one lucky winner gets the set!




Wow is the latest make up line by Wojooh {previously Faces}, Middle East's leading beauty retailer. 

The set contains:
Lash It All Volume, Length, Curl Mascara
Lipstuck Extreme Wear Lip Lacquer in 620 Velvet Pink
Chunky Funky Khol- Waterproof Jumbo Khol in 990 Black Coal
Blush Up Sheer Blush Powder in 620 Happy Candy
Master Brow Eyebrow Creation Kit
Color Ritual Breathe-in Nail Polish in 645 Turquoise Tango

To enter the giveaway, like my facebook page, add me on Google+, and then comment with your name {the same one on either Facebook or Google+} on this post. The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 30th. 

The giveaway is open to readers and Bahrain, and if you can come down and pick it up, to readers in KSA too. Good luck!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Beauty Serving Sizes!



Thursday, 13 November 2014

Boots for the office and greenery at the seaside


Top: Own design, Skirt: Zara, Handbag: Aldo, Earrings: Gifted, Cuff: from Thailand, Ring: Debenhams, Boots: Payless. Photos: Arif Feroze.

The weather's becoming cooler. So yes, the boots are out! If you'd like to wear boots to the office but want to keep the look professional, wear them with a pencil skirt. Knee-length boots worn with a pencil skirt look very classy, very Victoria Beckham. Just make sure the boots are narrow and without too many embellishments. {I wish mine were narrower and completely plain. But I've still not found those boots in my size. *sob*} What I love about long boots is that they bring instant warmth since your feet and legs are snug. And you can wear fluffy socks with funky colorful stars on them and no one has to know.

In this look I went for color with a periwinkle blue flowy blouse which I tucked into a red pencil skirt. I like how the black of the boots tones all the color down. I wore chunky silver jewelry and finished the look with a cute little colored bag.

After this shoot Arif took photos of the beautiful scenery around. You can see all the photos on his blog, but I managed to get a few to show you-




What do you think of the photos? Gorgeous, right?


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Winner of my blog anniversary giveaway!


It's my blog's 4th anniversary! Yaaaaay! As promised, I'd announce the winner of the giveaway today! Here we are!

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Masooma Ali, get in touch with me on shabana{dot}feroze{at}gmail{dot}com. Congratulations!

Everyone else, fret not! I'm bringing another giveaway your way very, very soon! 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Lady in Red




Dress: C/O New Look, Bangle: from Thailand, Watch: Swatch, Clutch: Aldo, Shoes: Miss Selfridge. Photos: Arif Feroze.

The last time I wore this dress was last year at my Blog Anniversary party. Today since I had to attend an event at Massimo Dutti, I thought this dress would be perfect. And also I feel like I didn't do justice to this beautiful dress without doing a proper shoot for it. So here it is. Today I paired it with nude bow heels that add that much more to the 'pretty' factor of the look, and grabbed my red envelope clutch. I love the simplicity and clean lines of this dress, as well as the subtle pleats on the neck and sleeves. I kept the accessories simple and minimal because the dress and its color is just such an eye-catcher.

Speaking of my Blog Anniversary party, this year, as you know, I'm doing a giveaway instead. And since tomorrow is my blog's birthday, I'll be announcing the winner. So wait and watch! xxx


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