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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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Instagram Outfits: Before & After the House Move

Instagram Outfits: Before & After the House Move


It's been AGES since I did an Instagram outfit round-up. Which explains why there are so many outfits in this post. These posts are from before the house move to after the house move, which explains the change in the background and scenery, haha. The new apartment is surrounded by leafy trees giving the impression that we live in a tree house in a forest somewhere, and honestly I like to think of it that way as well. You can't escape Bahrain's heat so you may as well daydream being in an Amazon rainforest instead, right? Getting back to it, here's what I've been wearing!

A lavender dress that you may have seen before in this post. We added some lace at the hem from Lace Love {Click Lace Love to follow or lace business on Instagram} to make the dress slightly longer as well as add a bit of girlie charm to a plain dress. I accessorized the dress with a floral statement necklace, a statement watch and finished with black peep-toes.

A shopping trip at the mall on the weekend calls for comfy wide leg pants and a soft tee. A big statement necklace adds a bit of interest to the polka dotted top. Pants from Canada and top from Pull & Bear.

Out for meetings on a busy {and hot!} work day means comfortable pants and a sleeveless top are a great option. I paired this collared top from Koton with floral peg leg pants from Warehouse. A pretty opal and turquoise stone pendant matches the pants and a mauve bag and pointed black strappy flats complete the look.

Weekending in a soft white button-down shirt worn over printed pajama pants and my favorite flat sandals. A cutesie heart pendant and other delicate accessories complete the look. 

I dressed up these black and white paisley pants with a deep turquoise blouse. I love the Bohemian feel of the pants so I added a tribal coin necklace and bangles to go with that feel, and finished with navy pumps to keep it looking elegant.

One of my favorite menwsear-inspired go-to business look - a button-down shirt and pants. The deep purple contrasts with the khaki of the chinos and a tan belt adds interest. I love the structure and clean lines of both the shirt and the pants. When you really want to dress to impress, go for structured everything. Shirt from Koton and pants from H&M.

I paired one of my favorite tops, this navy button-down silk blouse {which I'm sure you've seen before if you've been following me for a while} with one of my newer pieces, a white A-line skirt with embroidery at the hem. Fun fact: this skirt used to belong to my mom, who used to wear it as a traditional Indian full length lehenga. After she was bored of wearing it we decided to renovate it as a midi skirt for me. 

This is a simple look pairing a neutral color contrasted against a deep hue. The light gray of the top really brings out the richness of the burgundy of the pants. I matched black pumps to the black leather detail cuff.

A baby blue button-down is a wardrobe essential and it's a good idea to have them in different textures. I paired my cotton one with a plum midi skirt for a preppy outfit.

I'm usually not a fan of peplum tops but this one doesn't have the peplum hem standing out too much. I fell in love with the print, the material and the feminine ruffle sleeves {which can't be seen here but I'll do a full outfit post with this top}. I wore it with skinny black pants, and finished with gold accessories and metallic gold pumps. And added Mili as an accessory. 

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @TheSilverKickDiaries and keep up with my style, travel and fitness posts! {Not to mention being spammed by Insta stories of Mili's antics.}

Until the next post,

xoxo
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Stepping Out of the Style Comfort Zone + Newness In Life

Stepping Out of the Style Comfort Zone + Newness In Life


 


 




 

This outfit is out of my comfort zone in so many ways. Firstly, the colours. I usually don't pair blue with green. My mind automatically thinks of pairing a bright or deep color with white or pink. Secondly, I usually don't pair a loose top with a loose bottom, and lastly, I never wear crop tops like these that are short and loose. I'm much more accustomed to wearing tops that are longer so they can be tucked into pants/ skirts. But I decided to take a chance and break away from my usual combos and try something a bit different. Hey, it's good to get out of your comfort zone some times. And overall, I'm happy with the result. 

The soft, powder blue goes well with the deep, forest green of the pants. The volume of the ruffle sleeves balances out the wide palazzo legs of the pants so the silhouette doesn't look disproportioned. Both the top and pants are very different textures so there's a contrast to the look. The top is a thick, stretchy material, while the pants are a softer, more natural crepe-like material. I'm in love with this top because of the color as well as the big ruffle sleeves. It's super comfy to move around in and makes you feel glamorous and girly with those big sleeves jutting out but falling softly. The pants are quite wide in the leg, giving them a flair of their own and again making for a very comfortable wear. 

With a cropped top like this, make sure you wear high-waist pants so you're not flashing your stomach at the office. The high waist also adds structure to the look as the pants go up and under the top. I accessorized with a chandelier pendant necklace{I love chandeliers. If it were up to me I'd have a chandelier hanging in every room of the house but I'll settle for a necklace instead} that stands out very obviously on the light blue of the top. I matched dainty sapphire and diamond studs to the pendant. With short sleeves like these, arms can look very bare so I wore chunky arm candy to balance the volume of the sleeves and to fill up the empty space. An oxidized silver bangle set and a statement watch did the job nicely and look feminine and smart at the same time. This deep green bag was a recent gift and I'm completely in love with its structure, deep jewel tone and its gold and emerald accents. The bag is from Charles & Keith, if you'd like to get it for yourself. 

In other news, I went for a quick weekend break to Dubai with mom. I attended the new Les Mills BodyBalance masterclass, and spent time with old friends. It was a quick trip but fun and refreshing. Now that both the Eids are over, it's time to put my nose to the grindstone and work, work, work! But work is always fun so I don't mind! :) New projects and collaborations make my work so much more interesting. I think that's just what's needed to keep looking forward to each new day and not let the drudgery get you down. I'm my own boss but that doesn't mean I have no stress. Any kind of work comes with its own stresses and troubles and the thing that keeps you going is newness. New ideas, new projects, new ventures, meeting new people ... or something as simple as a new top to wear to work the next day. Don't you agree?


“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.” ― Sophie KinsellaConfessions of a Shopaholic

Top, Bangles, Watch, Bag: Gifted, Pants: Koton, Earrings: borrowed from mom, Necklace: from Thailand, Shoes: from Canada. Photos: Arif Feroze

Until next time, 

xoxo
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Blue 50s Dress & Dressing for YOUR Body

Blue 50s Dress & Dressing for YOUR Body





































I can't believe that today is the last day of August. This month has felt like it was a decade long. It just yawned on and on and on. And now the temperatures have fallen ever so slightly, yet surprisingly, you can feel a difference. I can actually go a few hours without the air-con. It feels like summer is almost coming to an end {or is it?}. And as usual, every year, by the end of August, I feel a desperate need to wear all my cute and light sun dresses and sleeveless tops and light skirts before the weather becomes chilly and I'll be ensconced in layers. But maybe I'll still be wearing sun dresses and summer wear long into the next few months because, hello global warming! Our winters are now almost non-existent and even though I'm not a big fan of the cold, I find myself looking at bloggers in other parts of the world wearing cute fall and winter stuff and I find myself yearning to wear my pretty coats, fluffy sweaters and scarves. 

Coming back to this summer and the present, this dress is a lovely light material, and I fell instantly in love with it because of its 50s shape. My body is straight and A-line dresses flatter my shape by giving an illusion of curves. But more than that, I've always been in love with dresses and skirts that flare out, and I love the classic shape and clean lines of 50s dresses such as this one. The really simple boat neck and the sleeveless cut make it look and feel so elegant. And of course, the gorgeously soothing seafoam color {blue? blue green?} and the large floral print sealed the deal for me. I love it so much I have the same dress in white too. You must have noticed it in this post. If you didn't, shame on you. 

The few drawbacks of this dress are that it has no lining inside, and there are no loops for the belt. I'm wearing cycling shorts under the dress, and I'm going to get my mom to stitch two simple thread loops on the sides of the waist to hold the belt in place. I wore this dress on the weekend on a night out with the cousins. {Which explains the glasses. I take a break from my contact lenses on the weekends}. I matched these vintage-y looking earrings with emerald and ruby colored stones to the greens and reds in the dress, and a blue cuff with the blue {seafoam?} of the dress. An emerald green handbag and navy pumps kept the outfit looking coordinated and colorful, while also 'grounding' the entire look.

It's important to know what your body type is like, and then dress in the clothes that flatter it the most. I don't really care for the apple, pear, banana shapes stylists keep talking about. I just think you need to know what are the best things about your body, what you don't like about it, and then find ways to show off your good parts while minimizing the ones you don't like. And if that sounds too complicated, then just reach for whatever you think looks good, try it on, see if it makes you look good, repeat the same with lots of different shapes and cuts, and then keep in mind the ones that made you go WOW. I wouldn't worry so much about what doesn't look good on you. Over time your body shape may change, your personality may evolve, and what didn't look good then would make you look like a thousand bucks now. Or simply, a clothing item from one store will look absolutely rubbish on you, but the same cut may look great on you from another store. Really small things like where the pockets are placed, the stiffness of a collar, or just the texture of a material can change the way YOU look in it. So try loads of stuff on. Find what looks good on you. Stick to it, enjoy it, but also, never stop experimenting. Because dressing up is one of the most fun things about life and it should stay that way.

P.S: Eid is here. Which means... THE LONG WEEKEND. YEEEESSSSSS!

P.P.S: Eid Mubarak!

Dress: Romwe, Cuff, Watch, Earrings, Bah: Gifted, Shoes: Primark

Until next time,

xoxo
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The Ultimate Wardrobe Detox Guide

The Ultimate Wardrobe Detox Guide



There are several reasons due to which the minimalism movement is gaining momentum, and not just in fashion, but life in general. The core idea of minimalism, contrary to popular belief, doesn’t revolve around classic and timeless garments in neutral and non-colors, although it’s a part of it. No, minimalism is about simplicity and things that add true value to your life, whether it’s time management, unnecessary and toxic relationships, as well as redundant items cluttering your space – clothes included.


Now, for many people, the idea of a wardrobe detox is as terrifying as it is appealing. They’re tempted to clean and clear, but are also reluctant to let go. There are items in your wardrobe that you spent good money on, items that have a sentimental value and things you may wear again someday. Well, it’s time to get rid of those fears and jump on the detox train. Once you get started you’ll become instantly aware of the benefits (and the fun of it).
A wardrobe detox will not only help you declutter, but will give you the gift of time. Because once you’ve cleansed, you’ll be surprised by the sense of liberation. Not to mention that your outfit creating process will become incomparably easier. The best part though, is the fact that it will give you the opportunity to define and refine your sense of style, and once you have a clear vision of your fashion persona, that’s where the real fun begins. So, let’s see how to go about it, and trust us, it’s way simpler than you imagine it.

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The general rule when kicking off the detox process is that everything that you haven’t worn for a year must go. No, you won’t wear it again, and you know it, so it goes. Second in line is the ‘sentimental pile’. Although these pieces remind you of a happy occasion – you know they’re outdated and you’ll never wear them again. Your memories are etched in your mind, and you don’t need a garment in order to remember them.

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 Clothes that give you a headache definitely need to be parted from. You always have a difficult time combining them and they were probably an impulse purchase that you regretted immediately. Now, the toughest category is the ‘pricey’ one. You feel most reluctant to part from these items because you spent a great deal of money on them. You just need to make peace with the fact that the money is already gone, and keeping what you won’t be using is only wasting your space now. Give them away, sell them, but make the tough choice and send them away.

Starting over

Once you’ve bared your closet, it’s time to see what made the cut. The first items you need to look for are your essentials. Essentials are items that truly reflect your style, are highly versatile and easy to combine, have a timeless quality to them, are well-tailored, made from quality fabrics, and most importantly, fit perfectly. These should include a pair of classic black trousers, a trench coat in a neutral hue, a coat, a leather jacket, timeless dresses and skirts, classic watches and shoes.


If you see that your wardrobe is lacking in the essentials department, go shopping and bear this list in mind.

Making a statement

If you’ve ever seen the fashion guru Tim Gunn in action in his What Not to Wear show, you are familiar with the fact that once he’s done editing someone’s wardrobe, he takes them shopping for essentials and then rewards them with one item he usually refers to as ‘the indulgent item’. More often than not, this is a tad extravagant statement dress. When shopping for statement pieces, it’s paramount to look for amazingly tailored dresses that will leave everyone in awe; the wow effect is what a statement piece is all about. These dresses, as well as a few statement tops and skirts, should be stunning and make you ready to go as soon as you put them on – no accessories required.

One thing to always keep in mind is that you shouldn’t purchase too many of them. They’re to be worn for special occasions, so you need to be guided by the ‘quality over quantity’ mantra.

Last but not least

Your wardrobe detox can’t possibly be complete without a good number of basics. These include, but are not limited to, regular T-shirts in several (highly combinable) colors, a few great pairs of jeans for your body type, two to three pairs of flats, one or two blazers, a white shirt, and a few great sweaters.

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That’s it, you’re done. Now, no one says you should limit yourself to these pieces and never make another purchase. The point is to create a wardrobe that will represent a base on which you will build up when necessary, keeping in mind what you own and how a potential new garment fits into the picture.  


Author BIO:

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

Find her on: Facebook  Twitter  Google +


I hope you found that article by Sophia on wardrobe detoxing useful! Fall and winter are coming soon so it's the perfect time to clear out the junk! Keep only the clothes you absolutely love and you won't be in a 'What should I wear' situation any day! 

Until next time,

xoxo
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Blue Floral Pants and Building a Wardrobe Of Comfortable Style

Blue Floral Pants and Building a Wardrobe Of Comfortable Style











Floral pants. I could stock my entire wardrobe with them. I have long legs so printed pants look good on me, and I try to get them whenever I can. And of course, floral is my favorite kind of print. Flowers splashed all over a drab item like trousers make them look feminine and cheerful, and add an exuberant touch to your work wardrobe. These pants from Oasis are a thick polyester mix, with a tapered leg, and they have my two favorite features- an elasticated waist at the back and pockets. {Which girl doesn't love pockets?!} The elasticated waist and tapered leg mean that they're very comfortable to move around in, while subtle pleats near in the front give them a formal look. I love the boldness of the floral print and the fact that it's in different shades of blue as it's a great neutral color that goes with most other colors. 

I picked out the red in the pants and matched this red top from Koton with it. I'm finding that this top is soon becoming my favorite because one, it's the perfect shade of red, and two, it looks so elegant because of the lace accents. I used to have a red top similar to this one and after wearing it a zillion times I gave it away. Ever since I've been looking for the same kind of top again and I found this one which is not only the exact same cut and color, but has lace. Woohoo! The lace accents give it a beautiful luxurious feel even though the cut is simple. The material is a soft cotton mix making it feel cool and light on the skin. I finished with metallic blue pumps and a few accessories of crystal tear drop earrings and a statement watch. This is a great outfit to run around doing meetings in, as it's cool and comfy. You can throw on a blazer or a smart jacket if you're sitting in a freezing office.

My good friend Nada's last blog post on wearing what you're comfortable in inspired me to write my next bit in this post. In her post Nada talks about having 'meh' days and just wanting to wear what you're comfortable on in those days. And it got me thinking about my wardrobe, and I realized I don't have anything that I'm not uncomfortable in! Yup! ALL my clothes are super duper comfy! If you've been following my posts for a while, {and reading what I write instead of just looking at the pictures, haha}, you'll notice that almost always I describe my clothes as a linen mix/ cotton mix, cool, comfy and easy to move around in. That's because I believe very strongly that first and foremost, your clothes should be comfortable. There's no need to sacrifice comfort for style. Once you know your style and what you like, look for the most comfortable variation/ cut/ material of those clothing items. Buy clothes according to your lifestyle {which means where you work, what your day involves, whether or not you have babies or young children to tend to which may mean having to wash your clothes frequently or having to get dressed in a hurry every morning, and other factors like that}, as well as the weather of the place you live in {no point in buying heavy and expensive winter wear if you live in Bahrain!}.

Same goes for shoes. If you like high heels, get them in your size or a size bigger so they don't hurt your feet. Some of my high heels are more comfortable than flats! If you prefer flats, make sure they don't rub against the corners of your feet and cause pain. There are many types of socks available which you can wear to protect your feet from painful friction in any kind of shoes. Yes I know that WHY CAN'T SHOE MAKERS JUST MAKE COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE SHOES but... c'est la vie. You can buy socks that cover the bottom and sides of your feet so they can't be seen, but they'll stop those painful angry red marks on the corners of your feet from rubbing against the shoe. I use these liner socks from New Look. They're cheap and they do the job nicely. I wear them with both flats and heels. And lastly, the same goes for accessories. Don't buy costume jewelry if it makes your skin itch. Or heavy jewelry when you know you'll get tired of wearing it all day. Buy bags and sunglasses that complement your lifestyle and your style.

There's always an area where your style and comfort intersect and that's the area you want to build a house on and live in forever. The MAIN reason you're going to do this, is because you'll be in a good mood when your clothes aren't causing you discomfort. Life is too short to be wearing uncomfortable things!

Once you have determined what kind of clothes, shoes and accessories go perfectly with your style AND are comfortable, fill up your wardrobe with them! And yes, that also means getting rid of anything and everything that feels horrible! Get rid of those too-tight shoes, that itchy dress, and that jacket that pulls across your back. Imagine having a closet full of things that are not only your style, but also super comfy and pleasant to wear. Each item should feel so good you wanna wear it all day, every day. So even on those days when you're not in the mood to get dressed and just want to wear what you're most comfortable in, you'll still end up looking great! 

Top: Koton, Pants: Oasis, Shoes: ASOS. Photos: Nada Qamber

Until next time

xoxo
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Pink, White and Floral, And My Exciting Weekend Plans

Pink, White and Floral, And My Exciting Weekend Plans




Sometimes the simplest outfit of trousers paired with a button-down shirt and a scarf can go a long way. But what sets a simple look apart are the colors and the way it's coordinated. I'll always be a lover of pastels and always a lover of pink. These dusty rose pants are a gorgeous linen material and aren't too tight a fit on the legs. I paired them with a white cotton button-down from Koton. I love the material and the fit of the button-downs from Koton so much that I have them in 4 colors. Button-downs are practical and smart work-wear basics, so it's a good idea to get them in various colors. Find one that's of good quality and that fits well, and then stock up! They're perfect to grab and wear on those days when you hit the snooze button one too many times and have to rush out the door for the office. And of course, button-downs go with everything. 

Coming back to the outfit, I usually like to tuck my in shirts but since I wanted to wear this long scarf around my neck, I left the shirt untucked so the scarf looked good hanging against it. This scarf is quite long, which is so great if you're tall like me, and has a lovely large floral print. I chose this scarf because the pink in it matches the pants, making for a professional, coordinated look, and the blue adds some more color to the whole ensemble. I tied a simple knot in the scarf to let it drape down and add some interest to the plainness of the white shirt.

I usually reserve my scarves for when the weather gets cooler as they're perfect for fall style. I can't imagine wearing a scarf in this blistering heat, but since everything I'm wearing is natural fiber; including the scarf; I wasn't hot in the least. The material is a thin, soft cotton, and you barely feel the weight of it. I finished with nude round-toe pumps that are one of the most comfy pair of heels I own. I was running around having meetings during peak sunny hours on this day, which is why I made sure my outfit was all cotton and comfortable. You have to dress for comfort when you know it's going to be a long day!

This last week has been exhausting what with the moving, the relaunch of the new BodyCombat and BodyBalance releases, {which meant extra classes and lots of working out trying to learn the new choreography}, running around for my Secret Project and completing one major part of it, while managing both my businesses as usual. I haven't had much sleep and I'm really looking forward to catching up on snoozes this week/ weekend. If you were wondering why my posts have been few and far in-between, it's because of all the above! On days when I had time to post, I was too bone tired to do it. Hopefully I get the time to take blog photos this weekend or next week, and have some new outfits to post. 

Thankfully, we're done moving house and now comes the long and arduous task of arranging the house to look like a home. I reckon it will take us a month at least to get everything in place. Although I enjoy organizing stuff, and doing up a house is fun, it's arduous because I Have. No. Time! I'm busy during the week with work and classes, and too exhausted to arrange furniture and knick knacks at night. I'm desperately waiting for the weekend so I can dedicate it to staying home and getting my room sorted. Exciting weekend plans, right? 

Shirt: Koton, Pants: ASOS, Scarf: c/o Massimo Dutti, Earrings, Ring: Gifted, Shoes: Next
Photos: Nada Qamber

Until next time,

xoxo
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