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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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Healthy Eating in Ramadan

Healthy Eating in Ramadan


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Ramadan can seem like a month long feast. There's always so much food on the table with loaded plates coming from your neighbors, uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws and family friends. And then there are the ghabgas and iftar get-togethers. Almost all the dishes are deep-fried and carb-loaded, with an array of special Ramadan desserts and of course, never-ending glasses of Vimto. It's no wonder that many people put on weight in this month. To stop yourself putting on those extra pounds, here's a list of Ramadan dishes to avoid, as well as what to eat in suhoor and futoor.

Foods to avoid:

Legemat
Samosa
Kibbeh
Spring rolls
White rice dishes like machboos and biryani
Mahalabiya
Baklawa
Cream caramel
Custard
Khumfarush
Kunafa
Jelly
Pound cake
Vimto
Tang
Koshery

Foods to have:

Arayes made with less oil
Fatteh
Warq anab
Ful Medammes
Humus 
Tabbouleh
Plain white and black chickpeas 
Harees with more chicken/ meat
Fattoush with toasted bread instead of fried
Clear soups
Plain laban
Plain yoghurt
Fruit salad without sugar or cream

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What to eat in Suhoor:

Suhoor is the first meal of the day, so treat it like breakfast. You want to have a good mix of proteins and complex carbs so you feel full until long. Avoid eating foods that will make you feel thirsty, such as white bread and toast, and grilled meats. Try and have foods that are water-rich such as fresh vegetables and fruits. Just like breakfast, don't skip suhoor, and have a big meal with a variety of different foods.

Here are some ideas for what you can eat in suhoor:

Eggs
Oats/ porridge
Muesli
Fruit
Soaked figs
Yoghurt with cardamom {cardamom prevents you from feeling thirsty}
Boiled chickpeas with salt and extra virgin olive oil
Hummus with veggie sticks {crudites}
Harees
Ful {fava beans/ broad beans} with salt and extra virgin olive oil
Laban
Baked potato kebabs

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What to eat in Futoor:

One of the hardest things to resist when breaking your fast is overeating. Since the body has been deprived of food for many hours, and you're probably feeling tired, you'll be tempted to reach for sugary, fried and unhealthy dishes. So breaking your fast with something that is healthy is very important as that will set the tone for what you eat next. 

Make it a habit to break your fast with a big mug {one that holds at least 2 cups of water} of warm honey-lemon water with cinnamon powder added to it. Have a few dates with the water. Dates are packed with nutrients and energy and will stop you from bingeing on unhealthy food after you break your fast. 

Here are some more foods you can have for Iftar:

Fruit salad 
Yoghurt
Brown bread with labneh and zaatar
Falafel but shallow fried/ baked
Grilled chicken/ fish
Steamed veggies with extra virgin olive oil
Karkadia {hibiscus/ roselle} tea or juice with a little bit of sugar or no sugar

All the above information is in an infographic below. Save it to your phone or on your Pinterest, and refer to it when you get tempted by all the Ramadan goodies.



Having said all that, don't forget to treat yourself once in a while. Ramadan specialties are only made in Ramadan after all, and if you know you're going to burn the calories the next day in gym, go ahead and indulge. But don't go crazy. 

Have a fantastic Ramadan!

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana
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Mint + Plum Cocktail

Mint + Plum Cocktail




 

 I had actually chosen this simple floral top for my mother from Romwe, but once it arrived, we realized it's too short for her taste, so I kept it. I'm a sucker for floral anyway and mint colors are always welcome in my wardrobe. I paired it with my deep plum skirt to bring out similar shades in the print. With words like mint and plum being used to describe colors and clothes, I feel like a recipe. Haha. 

Because this outfit is a simple top with a no-fuss skirt, I added a bit of flair with all-pearl accessories of a necklace and earring set, and a pearl ring. For a little more drama I finished with ankle strap pumps in tan and a statement bag matching my heels. With the beiges and tans in this outfit, I can't help but think that it would look so great with a classic beige trench coat worn over it. I haven't found the perfect trench for me yet, but this article on how to style a trench coat is tempting me to start my search in earnest again.

Top: Romwe, Skirt: Urban Planet, All jewelry, Watch: Gifted, Bag: Parfois, Shoes: Bershka
Photos: Nada Qamber

Last week I found a tiny kitten on the road near where I live, covered in filth and mud. I brought her back home, we cleaned her up and decided to keep her. We decided to call her Mili. She has been taking up almost all of my time lately, and I'm happy to give it to her. {She's playing in my lap and on my desk as I type this}. Follow me on Instagram to see her adventures and to get spammed by photos and videos of her.


Ramadan is coming up and it's time to get some pretty clothes made for the ghabgas and other parties during the month, and of course, for Eid. If you haven't checked out our latest Ramadan and Eid collection of Lace Love, do it quick! We've got some gorgeous lace for Ramadan jalabeyas and other occasion wear for Eid, as well as some beautiful lace material that you can make complete dresses out of. {Mom and I are already doing the same}. Don't forget, we offer stitching as well. Check out our collection on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana
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My New Big Black Blazer + Ramadan

My New Big Black Blazer + Ramadan













I've had a love-hate relationship with black blazers. After wearing them for years and years, I finally got sick of them and removed them from my closet. I went without a black blazer or a black formal jacket for ages, until finally I started craving one again. I realized it made a big gap in my wardrobe, because sometimes all you need is a black blazer to pull your outfit together. You could be wearing something as simple as a jeans and t-shirt and throw a black blazer over it and transform it into an effortlessly chic and cool outfit. I found this one in H&M in Amsterdam, and fell in lurve. It's big, it's inky black, and it's sharp. What else do you need from a black blazer? The material is thick but has a cotton feel to it, making it great for Bahrain and its crazy heat and humidity.

In this look I went for a classic three-piece suit outfit- button-down shirt + trousers + blazer, but I let my love for pastels shine through with a dusty rose pant and a baby blue shirt. The black of the blazer, the skinny belt and pumps add more structure and substance to an otherwise soft and feminine look. 

In other news, Bahrain is gearing up for Ramadan and everyone {including me} is in a rush to get things done before it starts, because as everyone knows, the country goes into sweet slumber during the month. I'm looking forward to all the little specialties of the month, the lights, the special foods, the parties which I won't go to, the ghabgas and maybe, just maybe, a little peace and quiet for myself. But we all know that's probably not going to happen. One can only dream.

P.S: I'll be doing a post on healthy eating or Ramadan suhoor and iftar soon, watch out for that!

Do you have a favorite jacket or blazer? What color is it and why do you love it? Are you happily anticipating Ramadan or are you dreading it?

Shirt: Koton, Pants: ASOS, Blazer: H&M, Belt: Forever21, Earrings, Ring: Gifted, Shoes: from Canada

Until next time,

xoxo

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Instagram Outfits Round-Up

Instagram Outfits Round-Up


Our lives revolve around our social media so much nowadays that if we want to look back on what we've been up to, our Instagram and Facebook tell us a pretty decent story. Not the absolutely real story of how we're feeling of course, but still, a generally accurate timeline of stuff we've been up to. My Instagram account @TheSilverKickDiaries reflects a wonderful trip to Amsterdam and then the normal routine of work, classes, a few blog events, and socializing with friends. So here are just the outfits I've shared recently on my Instagram:

The temperatures had started climbing at the tail end of my trip, and I could FINALLY wear something other than the huge black coat that hid five layers underneath. I celebrated the warmth by wearing a white poncho top with ruffled sleeves, a blue full-sleeved top underneath, skinny jeans and ankle boots. 

I wore this outfit to a concert of the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. I paired a wine colored maxi skirt with the same top as the first image {capsule holiday wardrobe!}, an embroidered shawl which is wool so it kept me warm, and added a touch of glam with a golden statement necklace.

Back in Bahrain, I paired a baby pink blouse with a baby blue blazer and then structured black, white and gray all around the two pastels with a gray skirt, black and white handbag, black pumps and a black chandelier pendant.

An elegant look for a night out, with a pleated maxi skirt in cobalt blue, paired with a satin blouse in cream, and minimal accessories.

A simple workwear look with a red and white print top paired with a black skirt, with the details in the sleeves {not seen in this photo}. These pointed wedge heels are becoming a firm favorite of mine because they're comfortable and don't make me feel too short.


Here I paired all neutrals of gray, white and black, and added pops of color with my handbag and shoes. The textures of the shirt, blazer and pants are all different to add more interest and structure to the look.

I paired one of my favorite pink tops with skinny jeans and tie-up flats for a casual weekend outfit that was super comfortable to walk endlessly around malls in.

A no-fuss ensemble of a peach-colored button-down paired with wide leg black pants and pointed flats, with my hair thrown into a side bun for a long day at work.

One of my favorite silk blouses worn with a gray skirt, delicate gold accessories and black peep-toe pumps for a minimalist work look.

Navy again with a soft t-shirt worn with khaki chinos, a white waterfall jacket, and a colorful necklace. Navy pumps match the top while the bag adds more color.

Some days you just need a hit of red and a big, bold print. I paired these pants with a cropped white top that has just the right amount of bling for a work day, and finished the outfit with one of the most comfy pair of heels I own.

Those are all the latest looks from my Instagram. I find it fascinating that looking back on your outfits you also tend to notice what colors and clothes have been on repeat, and how they were a reflection of your mood. {Note to self: maybe a little less of the blues, blacks and grays this month}.

What does your Instagram reflect?

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana
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Rose, White and Delicate Florals

Rose, White and Delicate Florals





Bahrain's iconic summer is creeping up on us day by day and it's time to bring out the whites, skirts, and light clothes. This skirt is all of them which is why I probably love it so much. It's made from a light polyester material so it falls beautifully and moves with you. I'm in love with the delicate embroidery on the hem with flowers in complimentary green and pinks. Perfect summer florals. 

Lately I've been obsessed with cropped/ waist length jackets. They're perfect to wear over skirts, and they make your waist look smaller when worn with pants. This rose pink jacket from ASOS is a linen-viscose mix, so it's quite comfortable and great for layering in summer. I paired the jacket with the skirt to bring out the pinks in the skirt's hems, and I wore a deep russet t-shirt inside to give the look some substance and not look too delicate. {Although I'm sure I'm going to do a very girly, delicately pretty baby pink and white combo one of these days}. Pearl jewelry, nude peep-toe heels and a maroon bag completed the outfit.

Top: Koton, Jacket: ASOS, Skirt: Own design, Jewelry: Vintage/ gifted, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: New Look

What are your summer go-to's? Which colors do you reach for when the weather gets hot?

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana
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Violet and Laser Cutouts, and so long April

Violet and Laser Cutouts, and so long April









 






Okay though seriously, you get some GREAT finds at a few select fashion stores at Dragon City in Diyar Al Muharraq. Take this skirt for example. It's from a tiny Korean fashion store called Vishine next to Gate 8. It's made from a scuba-like spongy material, with laser cutouts in the shape of flowers at the hem. The thickness of the material means that it flares out beautifully, and feels all soft and lovely against the skin. It was available in black, forest green and burgundy. I picked the green as I haven't had this color in a skirt before, and it's such a gorgeous inky, deep green. 

Summer was making it's presence known so I put together a simple, summery outfit by pairing the skirt with a pale violet short-sleeve t-shirt and strappy sandals. Since both my top and bottom are plain, solid colors, I added detail with a stacked necklace. My father gifted me this pretty piece {I always love his taste in jewelry}. I love the intricate work on each leaf pod and that the necklace is stacked, which gives it that glam factor. A simple cuff and a statement watch completed the accessories, and I finished with my tan satchel bag.

We're at the end of April and sometimes I can't believe it. Not because time is going past quickly, but just how LONG this month has felt! {Give me a shout if you feel me. And yes, the pun in the headline is intended}. I feel like I've done SO much this month, in terms of work, classes, socializing, everything! But although it has felt draining at times, I've never felt happier. I guess when you're busy doing the things you love, you're happy even when it exhausts you.


Top: Koton, Skirt: Vishine at Dragon City, Necklace, Watch: Gifted, Cuff: Forever21, Shoes: Steve Madden
Photos: Nada Qamber

Until next time, 

xoxo

Shabana
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