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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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How To Do My Everyday Makeup- A Step-by-step Guide

How To Do My Everyday Makeup- A Step-by-step Guide

Many of you have asked me how I'm doing my makeup, especially my eyeliner. So I thought I'd do a full makeup tutorial showing the products I'm using, with a step-by-step guide to how I do my make up. Before I begin, let me start by saying that I like to keep my makeup as simple as possible. I'm not into heavy eyebrows or lots of blended eye shadow. And I like my beauty sleep! Which is why you're seeing very few products in the picture above. I like my makeup routine to take the least amount of time possible but result in a look that's defined, without looking over the top.

Also, I don't wear foundation. I have good skin, and I like to let it show. I find foundation too heavy for my oily skin. I hate the way it makes you look older and defines your lines and wrinkles. Plus, in Bahrain's heat and humidity, it just feels too heavy on the skin. This is just my personal opinion. If you like foundation, go ahead and wear it. Just add it to this makeup routine. 

The products in the image above are placed in the order of use, from left to right. 

Let's begin.

A step-by-step guide to my basic/ everyday makeup 

Step 1: Primer
After I've moisturized and put on sunscreen on my face {if you want to know which sunscreen I use and why it's essential for every day, read this post}, I start my makeup routine by applying Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch as a primer. I apply it underneath my eyes, in the corners, to the area next to my nose that has open pores, as well as on my nose. I love how it smoothens the skin and makes it ready for concealer. 

Step 2: Corrector
After the primer, I apply an orange corrector underneath my eyes. I have dark shadows underneath my eyes, as well as some darkness in the inner corners. Before I put on concealer, the orange corrector helps to even out the darkness and take away the purpleness of the shadows. I use L.A Girl Pro Conceal Corrector in orange. 

The trick here is to use very, very little. Or you'll end up with orange eyes. After getting it wrong many, many times, I have learned to use just a dot under my eyes. I put on a dot under my eyes directly from the corrector tube. I spread this all over the dark undereye area using a soft concealer brush. You can use your fingers as well. Just make sure you don't spread it out on your normal skin. Keep it within the area that's dark because that's where the corrector is needed. You know you've spread and blended it correctly when your undereyes look as if they're the same colour as the rest of your face, not orange. 

Step 3: Concealer + Powder
After the corrector, I put on concealer over the corrector. I use L.A Girl Pro Concealer in Pure Beige. Using the tube directly, I apply it in downward strokes, making a triangle under my eye, next to the nose. I blend it out using a concealer brush. It's not important whether you use dots or strokes or whatever shape to put concealer on, just make sure you don't keep it only within the area of your undereye. Extend it downwards to the top of your cheek area next to your nose, so it looks well-blended.

I also apply concealer to my eyelids {whatever's left on the brush after I've applied it under my eye as I don't want too much on my eyelid} and to the inside corners of my eyes. Then I apply it to the bulb of my nose where I have open pores and blackheads, and I blend it in using round strokes with the brush, so it really settles in. I use a damp beauty blender to press the concealer in even more. All over my eyelid, under my eyes, the top of my cheeks, and my nose.

I set the concealer by applying two setting powders. On the eye area, I apply Australis Banana Powder. This product is a recent discovery after Mask Line sent it to me. I fell in love with it and it has become a part of my daily makeup routine. The yellowness of the powder really hides and offsets the darkness under my eyes. It lasts the entire day. I've received a lot of compliments since I've started wearing it! On my forehead and chin, I use Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder as the Banana Powder makes my face look unnaturally white if I apply it on my forehead and chin. 

Watch this video to see the concealer technique I use.

Step 4: Eyeliner
My favourite eyeliner at the moment is Schwing, by the Balm cosmetics. It has a fine felt tip, making it easy to apply a defined line. It stays put the entire day, even on my oily skin.

Many of you have asked me how I do my eyeliner. I have round, downturned eyes, so I do my best to turn them up at the ends and to make them look less round. After watching and practising from many, many YouTube makeup videos and makeup posts for round eyes, I settled on this eyeliner technique. This feline flick makes my eyes look lifted up and cat-like. The best part about this eyeliner is that it can be customized. You can adjust the angle, thickness and the length of the liner to suit you and your unique eye shape.

Here's how to do my sexy feline flick:

1. From the centre of your top lash line, draw a straight, almost horizontal, line out to the outer corner of your eye. The line can be angled up high if you want a more dramatic cat-like flick. You can choose to extend it out as far as you want but don't extend it outside your eyebrow. Remember that the higher you lift the line, the thicker your liner will eventually be.

2. Join the end of the line back to the point at the end of your lashline, creating a triangle. Fill this triangle in with your liner. 

3. You can now adjust the liner by extending it on the inside to join your lash line, so it looks softer. You can also extend the point of the flick to look more pronounced, or you can lift it up higher for more drama. 

And that's it! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! It does take some time to get it right, so practice, practice, practice! If you have round eyes like mine, don't take the liner all the way into the inner corner or make it thick on the highest arch. Otherwise, the roundness of your eye will look even rounder. The triangular flick at the end is what makes a round eye look cat-like. If you have almond-shaped eyes, you can line your eyes all the way in. 

Step 5: Mascara
Once your liner dries {and this liner dries very quickly}, curl your eyelashes using an eyelash curler. I like to lift the curler up and count to 30 to get a good curl. After my lashes are curled, I apply a thin coat of Flormar Ultimate Eyes Primer Mascara along three-quarters of the top of my lashes. This white mascara is a primer that makes my lashes look thicker for when I apply black mascara. Once this is dry, I apply Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara on top of it. Apply this all the way from the base of the lashes to the top, making sure you cover all the white. 

I like to apply several coats. To be honest, I'm not very happy with this mascara. I'm not finding the length and volume I used to. I'm itching to try one of L'Oreal's carbon fibre mascaras. Maybe I'll still use this mascara as the base and apply the carbon fibre mascara on top, as the waterproof-ness holds the lashes up. 

Step 6: Eyebrows
I usually do my eyebrows when the mascara is drying. I love the Elf Eyebrow Kit. I use the light brown shade in it and lightly fill in my eyebrows using an angled brush. I already have naturally thick and dark brows and I don't like making them bigger and darker. Which is why this kit and the shades in it are great for a more natural looking brow where I can just fill in my eyebrows with a bit of colour. Once filled in, I apply a brow mascara to keep the hair in place. 

Step 7: Highlighting the Eyes
This step can also be done when waiting for the mascara to dry. I take a bright goldish-beige eye shadow and put this in the inner corners of my eyes. This makes my eyes look wide awake and the whole face look brighter. 

The last step for my eye makeup- I put a nude beige liner in the lower waterline of my eyes, to make the eyes look more open. I like NYX Wonder Pencil in Medium

And that's it! My eye makeup is done!

Here's the step-by-step guide in pictures for you to pin on Pinterest.

Step 8: Lippie
Once my eye makeup is done, I apply whatever lipstick that suits my fancy Usually, when I wear lipstick I apply lip liner all over my lips so the lipstick stays in place. If I'm wearing a long-stay matte lip colour, I skip the lip liner. 

Step 9: Blush
I always apply blush after my lipstick because then I know what colour blush I have to apply. I always choose a shade of blush that's different from my lippie. So if I'm wearing pink lippie, I wear a rosy brownish blush, if I'm wearing maroon lipstick, I put on a pink blush. I do this just so my face doesn't look like it has the same colour all over. I apply it with a soft blush brush, in an upward swooping motion from my cheekbone to my temple. 

I haven't taken any pictures of lipsticks and blush. I have so many and depending on what I'm wearing and how I'm feeling that day, I choose the colour for my lips and cheeks. Plus they come in so many different types. I have lipsticks, lip pencils, chubby lip pencils, matte lipsticks, matte liquid lip colours and lip glosses. The same goes for blush. There's powder blushes, cream blushes, cheek stains, ad nauseam. Sometimes I use a bronzer as a blush. Sometimes I mix two colours. So experiment and have fun!  

That's it! My makeup is done! This makeup takes about 20- 30 minutes to do. If I remember, I spray my face with a setting spray. 

The products listed above are just the ones that I like and choose to use. Feel free to substitute them with whatever brand of product that you like. 

A few more tips

During the day when my face gets oily, I use oil wipes to absorb the oil and keep me looking fresh. I also carry a small spray bottle of rose water to spray on my face when my face feels icky and dry. Because my skin tends to flake a bit, even though it's oily, I carry moisturizer with me everywhere. It's in my car, it's in my handbag, it's in my gym bag, it's everywhere!

I hope you found this makeup tutorial helpful. If you have any more questions, or if you want me to do a skincare tutorial, let me know in the comments below!

Read more about fashion and style, and other topics such as career, education, passion, health and fitness, in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. It's available in Bahrain in Jashanmal and Words bookstores. You can also buy it online on Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords.

The pink lace rose print tablecloth used in these photos is from our family business, Tayebali Bahrain.

Until next time,

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Shabana Feroze
Shrug-ging Away The Conventional

Shrug-ging Away The Conventional

 As I mentioned in the last post, I made a pact with myself to wear more of the pretty, flamboyant and quirky stuff in my wardrobe. They're all the things that I wasn't wearing because I got into a rut of typical business wear. It was convenient for me as I go to a lot of meetings every day. I meet with clients. I meet with suppliers. I meet with government agencies.

My dressing sense was safe.

But not safe for my mind because at the same time I was frustrated that I wasn't wearing so many other pieces. Plus you get tired of wearing the same few pieces again and again and you fool yourself into thinking you need more of the same type of clothes because you're tired of wearing the ones you have. You feel me?

So I told myself I'm going to wear my pretty things. Don't get me wrong. I'm not going to suddenly throw all my beautiful workwear out. This is not about going from elegant business wear to goth or rock chic or some other wildly opposite look. Heaven knows how much I love formal business attire. Sharp blazers, fitted blouses and structured pants. So elegant, so classy. I still want to look professional. But I'm just going to look stylishly, professionally, me. No matter what basic genre of style you like, it can be personalized to you. We all have our unique style and we gotta let it show. And that's what this blog is all about.

I talk in detail about finding your own style in the chapter Fashion & Style in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. Get a copy from Jashanmal or Words Book Stores, or if you're not in Bahrain, get it online.

Style Speak

Top: Koton, Shrug: H&M, Skirt: Dragon City, All jewellery and bag: Gifted, Shoes: New Look

The Jacket

This fur shrug was a lucky find in the H&M winter sale. {Which I'm pretty sure is still going on. When I asked them until when it would last, they said until stocks finish. And boy, did they have a lot of stock!} I've always wanted a fur shrug, but I wasn't able to find one that wasn't either a) so warm that my internal organs would start to cook or b) wouldn't break my bank. This one is very light, and at BD 7 it was easy on the wallet.

What amazes me is how comfortable it is. It literally feels like you're wearing soft feathers, even from the inside. I had to resist hugging myself, it feels that soft and cosy from the outside. It has plenty of space for my big biceps {a problem I face with most jackets. The sleeves don't have space for my biceps. Stop laughing} and the lining of the jacket is a stretchy material making it all the comfier. Let's not forget how cool and rich it looks. All I need now as an accessory is a Ferrari. I swear to Prada, I'm going to be wearing this baby in summer, too. That's how much I've fallen in love with it.

The Skirt

I got this skirt from Dragon City. You can find some conventional and elegant work-appropriate stuff there if you look hard enough. The material of the skirt is neoprene, or scuba diving material. You know it's neoprene when the fabric is spongy to the touch. Most times it's not hemmed at the bottom, such as in this piece.

Because of the material's thickness, the skirt holds its flared structure beautifully. I think this is a great material for items like A-line skirts and skater dresses, where you want the flare to stick out more. The best part is that because it's so thick, it's completely opaque. You don't risk visible panty lines. And of course, it's soft and incredibly comfortable. It has a zipper on the side but because the fabric is thick and slightly stretchy, I can pull the skirt on without having to open the zipper.

I have another skirt in this material, with flower-shaped laser cutouts near the hem. See the full post with the above skirt here. I get compliments every single time I wear that skirt! I feel like such a doll wearing these two skirts because they swing about you. Like hooped skirts of ye olden days. The thickness of neoprene also means that large prints look gorgeous because it holds patterns well. Since the Chevron print became a trend a few years back, I've wanted at least one item with the pattern. This skirt uses it very well, with lines in grey and blush.

I love how the Chevron makes the skirt look wider at the bottom. Since both colours in the pattern are neutrals, I always try to wear this skirt with a coloured top. I've worn it before with bright red, fuchsia, and royal blue. I've had this skirt for more than a year now but didn't take blog photos wearing it until now. Hence the frustration referred to in the opening paragraphs of this post.

I paired the skirt with a baby pink top {which I've also had for a while now. *sheepish smile*} in a light synthetic fabric, with roll-up sleeves. This top is easily one of my favourites because it's so light, the cut is basic, it goes with everything, and, hey, it's pink!

You know that I've always loved the juxtaposition of light, light pink with inky, inky black. This outfit works great even without the shrug. The rolled-up sleeves look effortlessly chic, and the softness of the material means that it sits well on the waistband of the skirt. I hate blouses that just don't sit well when tucked in. They pop out like a bubble near the waistband or spill over too much. Ugh.

The Accessories

I accessorized with a pearl necklace which fits the length of the V-neck. I matched pearl stud earrings to it. A black leather strap watch and a thin, dainty bracelet on my hands complete the bling. When the clothes make so much of a statement, {and I'm wearing two - the fur shrug and the big printed doll-like skirt} you have to keep accessories to the minimum. Which is why I finished with rose pink heels that match the blouse as well as add to the softness of the overall look. Another one of my fave colour combos is pink and green, hence the green bag to complete the outfit.

My shrug, blouse, skirt and shoes have not been worn on the blog ever before. And given my new promise to myself to take blog pictures wearing blog-unseen pieces, this outfit makes me very, very happy.

Until next time,

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White Floral Maxi Dress + Becoming Who I Told You Not To Be

White Floral Maxi Dress + Becoming Who I Told You Not To Be

Style Speak

I find it so hard to find a maxi dress that's not sleeveless or doesn't have a deep neck. Don't get me wrong. I think those look great, too, and I do have one that's got a halter-neck. But those kind of maxi dresses aren't all-day-anywhere friendly. Which is why when I see a maxi dress that has a higher neck and sleeves, I can't wait to try it on. 

I love the simplicity of this maxi dress from Koton. The print is a simple floral outline in navy, which looks almost like a porcelain print, but in darker blue. The sleeves are blouson, with elasticated cuffs for more of that elegant feel. The waist is elasticated as well. Usually, I avoid such kind of waists as they tend to ride up making my torso look short. But since the skirt is so full in this dress, the heaviness of it makes the waist stay in place.

Dress: Koton, Earrings: Forever21, Ring: Accessorize, Bag: Gifted, Shoes: Marks & Spencer. Photos: Nada Qamber. Location: Attic

I love the little details on the dress - the little ruffles on the sleeves and the waist and an extra tier at the hem to give the skirt more flare and give the dress more flair. {I'm not sorry.} The little pleats on the neckline give it a formal touch. {In this last post I'm wearing the same kind of neckline. Told you I'm becoming partial to it!}

The material is a thin, slightly textured polyester and has a stretchy lining inside, down to almost the whole length of the dress. The lightness of the material and the lining means that the dress moves with you and doesn't feel heavy on the body at all. It's super comfortable to wear. The looseness of the top and skirt mean that you could easily wear thermals under it during winter and maybe add a scarf on top for added warmth.

Since the dress is in neutral shades of white and navy, I accessorized with big teardrop earrings with gemstones in pastels to add colour to the dress. I found a pretty colourful floral ring to match the hues in the earrings. Both pieces are quite old from my jewellery collection.

Since the dress is so flowy, a boxy, structured bag looks great with it. It also tones down the girliness of all those cute little ruffles. The deep emerald adds some more colour to the outfit. I finished with black pumps that have a lace edge {not seen}. But you could easily wear this dress with ballet flats/ loafers or block heels.

This is a great look for tea with the girls on a lazy weekend afternoon. The dress has lots of space for cake. ;) 

What I love about a maxi dress like this one is that it can be styled in lots of different ways. I'd love to try this with a leather jacket over it for a feminine-yet-fierce look. Or switch it up with different accessories like a big colourful statement necklace. Or a tan leather belt. A colourful scarf would work nicely too if you prefer a bohemian look.

Knowing Bahrain's unique workwear trends, this dress can easily be customized for office wear by switching the statement earrings for subtler earrings, wearing a round neck or collared blazer and by carrying a bigger and boxier bag. 

Who have I become?!

I've recently realized something very disturbing. I realized I became the person I kept telling you not to be. The type of person who keeps buying new clothes and doesn't wear them. The type of person who saves their pretty outfits for an occasion or some later date. The type of person who buys something that makes them look and feel incredible but doesn't feel confident enough to wear it on an everyday basis. 

Yes, I became that person. I fell into a rut with my outfits. But what I didn't know was that how deep the problem ran. When I examined why I was repeating the same kind of looks/ outfits over and over, I realized it was because I didn't think I was worthy enough to wear my other more flamboyant things. I was well and truly inside my comfort zone and boy, I got comfortable. 

But I had a cold-glass-of-water-in-the-face wake-you-up-moment when I made a list of all the clothes I hadn't yet worn on the blog. That list went on for four pages. FOUR. I hadn't worn many of the items from that list even once! And I've had some for more than a year now! 

Seeing the long list of items in writing really surprised me. I decided, enough-is-enough, I need to get my butt moving. 

So I decided I'm going to wear the clothes in my wardrobe. 

These beautiful, gorgeous clothes that fit me.

That make me look and feel good.

I'm going to wear them, dammit.

Starting with this dress. It's so far out of my comfort zone of button-up shirts and formal trousers that I've become accustomed to. And you know what? I wore this dress on a workday. Just to shock my system and get myself well and truly out of my comfort zone. 

What's more, I kept my commitment this last week. I wore more of my new clothes. I wore big lacey dresses. I wore quirky tops. Each time, I took photos for the blog while wearing them. 

And I promised myself to post more of these outfit posts. Even if no one reads them. Because it makes me happy to write the posts. It makes me happy to wear the clothes and take the pictures. 

And this is what I talk about in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. How to break out of your style comfort zone, find your own look and stand out from the crowd. {I just didn't think I'd need to take my own advice, but there you go.} 

The book is available in Jashanmal and Words Book Stores in Bahrain and online everywhere. You can always drop me a line if you want a signed copy. 

What do you think? Are you caught up in a similar clothes situation? Are you wearing 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time? What do you need to do to break the rut? Tell me in the comments below!

Until next time,

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Fashion Inspo: Pantone Colours You Need to Keep an Eye On

Fashion Inspo: Pantone Colours You Need to Keep an Eye On

By Sophia Smith

For those who are not ‘in the know’ yet, Pantone is a colour institute that each year creates what is known as the Fashion Colour Trend Report, amongst other things. The report provides insight into the dominant colours for a given season, and it’s a kind of a forecast of what hues and shades will be featured by designers in the upcoming collections. This prediction or forecast holds great significance in the fashion world, and we could all stand to pay attention to it. When Pantone speaks, we listen, and by doing so, we draw major fashion inspiration and ensure we have a sort of guiding star when it comes to picking new clothing items to bring into our lives and wardrobes.

So, make sure you stay tuned, as this year’s choice of colours is beyond stunning, and you'll be more than tempted to welcome them into your life.

The classics

Before we go any further, there's one more thing you need to know. When creating the colour report, the institute divides it into two categories. The first one includes twelve colours meant to be implemented in your wardrobe in order to make it give it a sense of playfulness and innovation. The second category features classic picks, those your basic and core items should revolve around. As we believe the basics are the most important items to build one’s style on, we’ll kick things off on that note and later address that ‘pop of colour’ section.

Some of the most captivating shades and hues that have certainly caught our eye are Harbor Mist – a mid-tone dove grey. This hue is definitely here for a good reason as it’s so neutral yet poignant at the same time. This makes it the perfect candidate for both basic pieces as well as timeless classics, like the ones innovative brands such as Sir The Label offer in their collection. Everything from breezy floor-length dresses to cute daywear basics is elevated with the use of this hue, so make sure you keep an eye on it. 

A second hue not to be left out is Almost Mauve. It's an undefined shade that borders between grey and pink, creating something so magical that you’ll be drawn to it immediately. Flowy skirts and sundresses are virtually calling out to this hue, so make sure spring doesn’t catch you short of something in this arena. Finally, Warm Sand is definitely worth mentioning as this is one of those timeless shades that will be with you season after season, and our recommendation is that you put it to use through an equally timeless trench coat.

A popping spring

Before diving into the world of spring colours, you should know that they are bold, brave and full of life, so be ready to embrace them. First in line is the ultimate attention getter – Lime Punch. There is absolutely no way of going unnoticed when wearing something in this shade, and if drawing attention to yourself excites rather than frightens you, take a cue from Tom Ford and embrace it in the form of an ultra-glamorous body-hugging dress (sequins optional). If your tastes lean towards something a touch more subdued, Meadowlark makes for a perfect alternative. Less ‘out there’ but equally stunning. Broad shoulder double-breasted blazers were simply meant for this shade.

Different shades of red were an element of Spring Fashion Month that definitely didn’t go unnoticed. However, if you feel that too much red would be overly ‘statement making’ Pantone’s vibrant pick – Cherry Tomato will go wonderfully on a new pair of trousers or an amazing pencil skirt. 

Palace Blue is also something we don’t want to leave in the corner. Highly reminiscent of the blues dominating the ‘80s fashion, this colour is full of life, and it will bring forth your eclectic side. Whether you go with Palace Blue patent leather pumps, a gorgeous dress or even a spring cape, you are bound to look chic and noticeable. Blooming Dahlia is a hue that will make you weep, that is how elusively gorgeous it is. The hue is powerful but romantic and gentle at the same time, and pleated midi skirts and summer dresses plus this hue is a match made in heaven. 

For bringing forth a contemporary-retro vibe, Ash Rose and Nile Green are the colours for the job. These grounded muted pinks are the perfect choice for both trousers and tops, not to mention retro A-line dresses that will rein again this summer. Nile Green, on the other hand, serves as a great base to layer more ‘popping’ shades on as it’s interesting enough to be a part of an outfit, but not conspicuous enough to steal focus.

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 a regular contributor to High Style Life.

Find her on Facebook  Twitter  Google + 

I hope you enjoyed that informative and interesting post from one of my favourite guest bloggers and fashion-in-the-know ladies, Sophia Smith.

Until next time,

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Shabana Feroze
Winter Colours And A Sharp White Jacket + Business Busyness

Winter Colours And A Sharp White Jacket + Business Busyness

This has got to be one of the oldest jackets I own. It must be 10 years old, at least. I still love it, and it hasn't lost its shape or structure. Yay, Zara! The material is 100% cotton, but it's a thick weave meaning the jacket is a bit on the heavier side. That's probably why I don't wear it so often. Because Bahrain is hot and humid the whole year round. Having said that, it's still one of my favourite jackets. The straight lines of the cut and the structure make it timeless. From the pointy front tails to the collar, this jacket screams sharpness and power. The thickness of the material means that a defined cut really stands out. I love the zip detailing on it the sleeves and on the pockets. It has pockets! Like most jackets I own and love, the tails are longer in the front but the jacket is waist height at the back. Great for a tall and straight frame like mine.

I used the jacket as the neutral piece in this outfit of mustard and forest green. Since the top and pants are flowy and a loose fit, the sharpness of the jacket pull the ensemble together. What's interesting is though all three pieces are more or less made of cotton, the texture of each piece is different, adding to the look. The mustard blouse is a thinner, light material. The blouse has full sleeves, a high neck and a few gathers at the neck. I'm finding that I've suddenly become partial to these kinds of necklines. 

The pants are a thicker material with a buttery crepe-like feel to them. This makes them flow beautifully around you as you walk. Both the blouse and pants are in rich winter shades, perfect for the pseudo-winter we're having. I wore this on a windy day when a full-sleeved blouse worn with a heavy jacket was enough. The advantage of wide leg pants is that you can easily wear thermal pants under them. I haven't got them on in this look, but I did wear them with other outfits with wide leg pants when it was colder.

With so much going on in the neck area with the high-neck, the pleats and the sharp collar of the jacket, I wore small but shiny studs on my ears. I added an intricate bangle and a ring on my hands and finished with a maroon statement bag.

I'm absolutely loving the trend of block heels that's popped up in all sorts of shoes. Pencil heels look great, but block heels are a heaven-sent in terms of comfort. For those times when you need to be on your feet the whole day but you also need to look sharp, and flats just won't do, block heels are great. I've taken to ordering my shoes online as I find it so hard to get my enormous shoe size here in Bahrain. I'm really happy with this pair. The grey looks formal, serious and so elegant. And of course, being a neutral colour, they go with everything. 

Find out more about how to pick the best accessories, bags and shoes, in the chapter of Fashion and Style, in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. It's available in Bahrain in Jashanmal and Words Book Store, and everywhere online. 

A few of you have asked me about my skincare and makeup routine. I've been meaning to do a tutorial for both, but finding the time just to do an outfit post is so difficult nowadays. But I promise I'll do the tutorials, and show you what products I'm using, soon. The biggest problem in running your own business is that you're working 24/7. Because I'm running two businesses {Lace Love and The Silver Kick Company. Sneaky and shameless plugs, I know}, trying to promote my book, teaching fitness classes and maintaining this blog, it just seems that there's never any time for myself. Unfortunately, I'm the kind of person who never feels satisfied unless I'm doing a million things. Which is why I've learned to make sure that those things are all those I love, not just those I can do. That's the key. Do a lot of things, but make sure you love each of them. A lot.

Jacket: Zara, Top and Pants: Koton, Bag, Bangle: Gifted, Shoes: bought online

Until next time

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Shabana Feroze
[name=Shabana Feroze] [img=] [description=Shabana Feroze is the owner of advertising agency The Silver Kick Company, and co-owner of Lace Love, a lace business that she started with her mother. She is a Les Mills fitness instructor, teaching BodyCombat and BodyBalance classes. She is also a published author with her first book Loving Yourself In Style. She enjoys dressing up, chasing her passions, traveling the world, staying fit and encouraging people to do the same. She lives in Bahrain with her family of humans and cats.] (facebook= (instagram= (twitter= (bloglovin= (pinterest=

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