Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Rose and Mint Formals


 







Shirt: Own design
Pants: ASOS
Earrings: Forever21
Watch: Vintage
Ring: Gifted
Shoes: Steve Madden
Photos: Arif Feroze

I admit, I've become a bit of an ASOS addict and these pants were love at first sight. It's so boring to wear neutral colored trousers all the time, and I love the soft mint hue of these. The fit is true to size and since they're not skinny, they're very comfortable to move around in. The material is soft and light, perfect for Bahrain's heat and humidity, and the bow at the waist makes it more feminine.

When I have something in green I can't help but pair it with pink so obviously, this rose pink shirt was my first choice. These two colors work really well together and I love the overall soft, pastel-y, romantic feel to the ensemble. I wore big teardrop earrings that have colored stones in green and pink to match the clothes, and wore a simple ring and watch on my hands. I finished with black round-toed pumps to add substance to the look.

This week has felt like it was 15 days long, and yet, it feels like I didn't get much done. Maybe what I need is a break and some travel to set my head right again. Living in a small place like Bahrain can feel claustrophobic after some time and you desperately need to get out, even for a few days. Do you agree?

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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Friday, 16 September 2016

What To Do and See at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore


Resorts World Singapore is on the island of Sentosa in Singapore. It's a massive place with lots of attractions, and things to do and see. There's Universal Studios, S.E.A Aquarium, Dolphin Island, Merlion, Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom and cable car rides. It can get a bit confusing about what you should see, as there are so many attractions, and each cost tickets. I bought the 2 Day FUN Pass, with which you can spend 1 day at Universal Studios and the next day visiting upto 20 attractions of your choice. This pass gives you great value for money as it includes most of the attractions at Sentosa and it makes it a whole lot easier for you to choose what you want to see.

Here are a few things that I did and visited, and what I recommend.

Universal Studios
Universal Studios in Sentosa is an entertainment park, with rides, shows and attractions based on movies by the production house. The entire park is shaped like a ring, so you enter, go through all the attractions and come out without missing any. This is a great place for families with children but for me it was a bit of a bore. The rides and shows are very tame, mostly for young children. There are a few exciting ones like the rollercoaster rides and the Transformers virtual simulation ride, but there was a 3 hour waiting period for these. After I had spent 3 hours waiting in the serpentine qeueu for the Transformers ride, I didn't have the patience to wait that long for any other ride. The park is quite big, which is why you can't visit any other attraction in Sentosa on the 2 Day FUN Pass. Universal Studios will take up your entire day!





Merlion Sentosa
The Merlion is a national symbol of Singapore, with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, depicting protection and prosperity. Although there are many Merlion statues in Singapore, the one in Sentosa is the tallest, standing at a height of 37 metres. You can go inside this huge structure, all the way into the mouth of the lion, as well as to the top- the crown. There are many attractions along the way. You start your trail with a short video telling you about the legend and history of this icon, move on to finding your own treasure with the Prosperity Coin, then get to ring the Prosperity Bell while making a wish, as you move up to the mouth of the statue. And then of course, there's the amazing views of Singapore from the mouth and higher up, from the crown. This entire experience was very interesting and lots of fun.



The Prosperity Coin
The Prosperity Bell
View from the mouth of the lion

Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds, the famous wax museum, has a small branch in Sentosa. Having been to the iconic and huge museum in London, this was a disappointment. It's very small and most of the statues look nothing like the celebrity/ famous person. You can skip this attraction and go spend some more time at another more interesting one.


Tiger Sky Tower
The Tiger Sky Tower is Asia's tallest free standing observation tower at 131 m above sea level. The best part about this tower is that the viewing gallery gently revolves as it takes you all the way to the top, so you don't miss any of the breathtaking views of Sentosa and Singapore. There's a continuous commentary telling you what you're looking at as well as snippets of history and interesting facts. If you're not afraid of heights, this is a great experience.

The tower as seen from the crown of the Merlion


Skyline Luge
Whatever you do, DO NOT MISS THIS! This was the first time in my life I did luging, and it's so. much. fun! A luge is like a snow sled, but with wheels and a handlebar. It's very, very simple to ride. Even little kids can do it. All it needs is a sloping track and you can go as fast as you want or just cruise along. The luge track in Sentosa is beautiful, surrounded by greenery on all sides. You can choose to do this as many times as you like. I did it only once as I didn't want to miss out on the other attractions but now I wish I'd done more. I don't have any photos of me doing it, as obviously, you can't carry your phone or camera with you. It's just you, the sled, and the road.

Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
I love butterflies so to be amongst SO many butterflies of different colors, shapes and sizes was a dream come true! The Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom at Sentosa is divided into two parts- the Butterfly Park, which is a small garden-like area that has lots of different butterflies flitting about. You can get really close to them and see them on flowers, bunches of them on the net walls, and if you're lucky one might land on you. The Insect Kingdom is an indoor museum with live and preserved insects. If like me, you're not a fan of the creepy crawlies, just walk through quickly or choose to skip this part altogether.


Sentosa Cable Cars
Sentosa has many closed cable car lines running above it, and you can ride these within Sentosa Island, or to the mainland of Singapore and back. The tickets for the cable car rides are not included in the FUN Pass, but there are many packages available for great value. I bought a package that let me ride as many times as I wanted, to all the stations. I'm a heights junkie so I made a lot of trips.
Tip: Take a cable car ride to Singapore HarbourFront Station at sunset for stunning views.





S.E.A Aquarium
S.E.A Aquarium or South East Asia Aquarium in Sentosa is one of the largest aquariums in the world. It houses 100,000 marine animals of 800 species from 49 different habitats. This is a fascinating, large aquarium, so make sure you have at least 1-2 hours to walk through and look at all the beautiful marine creatures.

How mornings make me feel
These were all the attractions I managed to visit in the space of a day. There are many more things to do and see such as Dolphin Island, Crane Dance, Fort Siloso and more, but these were the ones I found the most interesting and unique, barring Madame Tussauds. The entire resort is gorgeous to walk around, with lots of foliage and pretty statues along the way. I even came across a few peacocks strutting about looking for scraps! Altogether an enjoyable and highly entertaining experience, not to be missed when you visit Singapore.


Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

ASOS Pencil Dress and plans for Eid holidays













Dress: ASOS
All jewelry: Gifted
Bag: Aldo
Photos: Nada Qamber

It's incredible how the perfect pencil dress just makes your work day that much better. When you're wearing something that fits well, is comfortable, and looks professional to boot, you feel great! This nude/ blush pink dress from ASOS {on 60% discount now!} has become one of my favorite pencil dresses. It has just the perfect amount of stretch, and not too many details to make it look fussy. I love the crossover lapels that give it that much more of a formal tuxedo-ish look. 

I kept it simple in this look by pairing delicate jewelry with the dress- stud earrings, a stud pendant and a pretty little bracelet. I wore a menswear watch and grabbed my red bag for some color, and finished with black courts. Only pointed heels can be worn with a dress like this!

Eid holidays are just around the corner and I'm looking forward to some quiet time with me, myself and I. The last few weeks have been chaotic and I'm looking forward to staying at home in my pj's, catching up with episodes of a few TV shows, and reading. Lots and lots and lots of reading. 

What about you? What do you have planned for the long weekend?

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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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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