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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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Floral Print Pencil Dress

Floral Print Pencil Dress






I had almost given up on pencil dresses when this one came along. Even though it hits above the knees, I love the shape and how it flatters my straight and rectangular body shape. The material is thick and has just the right amount of stretch. I've noticed that a few pencil dresses I wore earlier had too much elasticity in the fabric and because of that the dress sticks to your body. I don't like that kind of look. Plus you're not comfortable in it. You need to keep some room for dessert, know what I mean?

Of course, the print of the dress is what drew me to it. I love how the floral design is only on the edges as if it was just sprinkled for a pretty touch, and the centre is plain white, making it look and feel fresh. I usually avoid this sleeve length but on this dress it looks good, and the neck is one of my favorites- the boat neck. It has a long zipper in the back and a small slit on the bottom at the back. The fit of this dress and the ease with which I can move, stand and sit in it, makes me want to pick up a few more of these types of dresses. {And I will, soon}. I accessorized with silver tear-drop earrings and a statement watch, while picking out colors in the print with a blue stone cuff, an emerald green bag {which is all hard edges to add some strong lines to an otherwise feminine look}, and red pumps. If you're workplace is conservative, black opaque or translucent stockings with this dress would make you feel more comfortable.

On another note, work has just been madness with a lot going on, but I guess that's expected this time of year as there are so many events happening. The weather is FINALLY cooling down and I could even wear a scarf {!} around my neck the other day. I'm really looking forward to a bit of rain before it gets cold. I think this is Bahrain's autumn where the leaves don't change color, but the temperatures drop to 30s and high 20s, there's a cool breeze and we can finally see some clouds in the sky. But what I hate is that the sun goes down so fast! I love my sunlight!

Dress: Romwe, Earrings, Cuff, Bag: Gifted, Shoes: Steve Madden

Until next time, 

xoxo
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How to Channel the Impeccable Milan Fashion Week Street Style

How to Channel the Impeccable Milan Fashion Week Street Style


Photo by Pete Bellis on Unsplash
By Claire Hastings

The Fashion Month is in full swing, the season where we are given the gift of clairvoyance of sorts. Months ahead of spring, designers unveil their lines and show us what will be hot and what will be left behind. From actresses, models, performers and other celebrities, everyone flocks to the fashion capitals to see and to be seen. Of course, they make sure to put on their fashion week best, and we are here watching them and snagging some of the best street style moments. Of course, what is one to do after that but make an attempt to channel the amazing styles? And now it’s Milan’s turn. There were some truly iconic moments happening in Milan, the Versace show being just one of them, but the streets are where all the action happens, so let’s just jump right in so you can start channeling your Milan-inspired fashionista vibe.

The sweet festival life

After seeing an abundance of menswear-inspired fashion moments during NYFW, the styles rocked in Milan were truly refreshing. The ladies attending the show embraced different varieties of feminine looks, while still maintaining a bit of edge. One of the most noticeable trends was definitely the festival-loving, bohemian-Americana vibe. Dakota Johnson and model Kirin Dejonckheere did it best. The actress was spotted at the Gucci show rocking her ‘woke up like this’ festival hair with the attire to match. The gentle pink floor-length floral dress paired up with a faded denim jacket with cowboy-inspired details was definitely what festival dreams are made of. The look isn’t even difficult to pull off, just find a funky jacket with a few metal embellishments, a flowy romantic pastel dress, little to no makeup and you’re ready to go. Of course, if floor-length isn’t really your style, you can take a cue from the likes of stylist Georgia Tal and rock a playsuit. You can find an abundance of bohemian playsuits in Australia, the country of playfulness. 

Mix and match 

It’s safe to say that we’ll all be needing some practice this season in order to gain some of those mad matching skills. A large number of style icons were spotted with impeccable layers on the streets of Milan. French model and actress Lou Doillon was by far the one who pulled it off best. Although she was dressed in Gucci from head to toe, the model definitely showed incredible layering skills. In order to rock this trend, you need to know the following: pick colors and patterns that are contrasting but mesh well together – like burgundy, grey and yellow. Keep all the patterns conspicuous enough that they are distinguishable but subtle enough so that they don’t overpower each other. Finally, put on plenty of confidence because different layers can’t be rocked without serious swag.

The safe approach

Of course, some things never change, and so the love of black remains in all shapes and forms. You could go for a supermodel vibe and get the clean and sleek all-black-everything look, which definitely has its perks. It oozes power, confidence and not a lot of effort is necessary to put it together. All you need is a black skater dress, a well-tailored broad-shoulder jacket, pumps and a solid tote. Of course, you could go for a more laid-back approach, the one that has definitely been a staple in Milan. Play with casual black dresses, twist the belt for a bit of relaxed flair and make sure your hair isn’t overdone…or done at all.


An unexpected comeback

Yes, army jackets are back and all the it-girls of today aren’t rocking them for just any outing, but being photographed after fashion shows. The best possible way to pull this look off is to not take it too seriously. Keep it a bit grungy, in the spirit of 90s, by matching it with black or faded jeans, and depending on your mood, you can either go with a simple crop or tee, or play with patterns and contrast it all the way with a romantic floral blouse, although this might be a bit of a risky move.

Supersize it

Again, in the spirit of a laid-back street style, Milan’s signature, oversized sweaters, trench coats and virtually every possible garment was supersized. Oversized geometric print sweaters are definitely a statement piece, and once you have that on, you don’t really require much effort to make an impact, so this is undoubtedly the best way to achieve the look with minimum input. 

Claire is an Australian based writer, designer and regular contributor to several fashion magazines. She has been writing as long as she can remember and she is very passionate about aesthetic aspect of things. Follow her on Twitter.

I hope you enjoyed that guide on how to get the best from Milan's fashion week street style and learned a few things about the latest trends!

Until next time,

xoxo
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Navy + Delicate Florals & The Year Slipping By

Navy + Delicate Florals & The Year Slipping By



 



This top from ASOS has lots going on but the first impression you get is that it looks fierce. The puffy gathered shoulders, small neckline, and the rich navy blue of the material add a certain fierceness to it. The origami knot at the side adds a bit of sweetness to it, balancing out the strong shoulders. Navy is always a great color to have in your work wardrobe as it's easily one of the most professional and elegant colors, and it goes with almost everything. The material of the blouse is a thick polyester, so it doesn't wrinkle easily. The tailoring is good, with a long zipper at the back, ensuring a good fit. One of my favorite things about this top is how structured it looks. It nips in slightly at the waist and sits perfectly. I'm wearing a UK size 10, and as usual, the top is true to size. That's one of the best things I like about ASOS. I know what my size is and they don't go wrong with it. The blue one I'm wearing is out of stock but it's available in white.

I paired the blouse with these floral print boot-cut pants from H&M. I fell in love with the delicate floral print, which I'm finding is becoming more and more rare these days as most brands embrace large floral prints some of which look like they should have been left in the 80s. The white of the pants looks and feels fresh, and because the print has lots of colors, it's easy to pair different colored tops with the pants. {This is how I always shop. I think about how the item will go with the rest of the clothes in my wardrobe}. I actually dressed from the bottom up, deciding to wear these pants and then choosing the top to go with it. I matched the blue of the blouse to the navy flowers in the pants. The material of the trousers has just the perfect amount of stretch to it, and feels almost denim-like. I finished with fuchsia shoes and a matching handbag, to add a burst of cheerful color. As mentioned in my last post, this is definitely the last you'll see of my platform pumps. This is a great look for when you want to look professional but also want to add a bit of fun and color.

On another note, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S NOVEMBER? A few days ago while closing my company's accounts and finances for October, it suddenly hit me that it's November already. And that after one month more we'll be done with 2017. I know everyone says it and they say it for every year, but this year really did feel like it whizzed by. Or at least it did for me. Although my vacation to Amsterdam in March feels like it was an eternity away. Maybe it's just because I got so busy in the last quarter of the year, with moving house and then the book launch, that the year felt like it was moving along at a steady pace but the last few months whizzed by in a blur. I really don't care about celebrating New Year's, but I do think a year is a good period of time to measure how far you've come and reflect on everything you've done. I'm already setting goals for 2018, and working on another secret project {no, it's not another book}. But the best part about a new year looming ahead? Travel plans!

Top: ASOS, Pants: H&M, Earrings: Forever21, Ring: Gifted, Bag: Parfois, Shoes: Miss Selfridge. Photos: Arif Feroze
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Big Crisp Collars and Throwing Out The Old

Big Crisp Collars and Throwing Out The Old









This shirt is one of my new favorites. Not because of the blouson sleeves or the blooming roses embroidered on them, but because of one thing- the collar. After seeing Meghan Markle's character Rachel Zane in Suits repeat one same gorgeous white shirt which has this big, crisp collar, I've been searching for one ever since.

I don't think the shirt I'm wearing has a collar as big as the one she wears on the show, but you have to make do with what you get. I fell in love with this shirt because of the embroidery on the sleeves, and the collar was a nice surprise I discovered only after I wore it. Most white shirts that I've come across usually have soft, floppy collars which is why this came as a pleasant surprise. You already know that I'm a huge fan of crisp white shirts. They go with everything, and they look fresh no matter the season.

I paired the shirt with high-waist wide leg pants for a simple but sleek work wear look. I accessorized with a simple crystal pendant, a floral ring and a thin leather strap watch. I wore purple pumps for another burst of color. This is one of the very last times you'll be seeing me in round toed platform pumps as I gave away all these kind of heels recently. I've been obsessed with pointed courts for the past couple of years now, and my round toe platform heels had just been sitting in my shoe shelves, unloved and unworn. I'm a big one to talk about decluttering your wardrobe and getting rid of the stuff you don't wear, but I found it really hard when it came to my heels. There were quite a few reasons I was reluctant to get rid of them, the main ones being that it's so hard to find heels {or any shoes for that matter} in my impossibly huge foot size and of course, because they're so prettttttttttyyyy. I wasn't wearing them, but I loved looking at them. Haven't we all been there and done that? So I finally bit the bullet and swept them all into huge bags and donated them alllll.

Now one shoe shelf is completely bare but it feels good to look at it, knowing that there aren't any heels on it gathering dust, and that I can fill it up with the kind of heels I like now. Or maybe even chuck the shelf out of my room altogether to make some more space. I've come a long way from wanting hundreds and hundreds of pretty heels. A notion deeply embedded in my head because growing up I had to wear ugly flat sandals which were the only footwear my mom could find that fit my annoying man feet. Also, last weekend I found three pairs of heels I like and that are keeping with my current style and lifestyle. So there. Getting rid of what you don't need magically attracts what you do need and love and want. I also talk about this magical concept in my book, Loving Yourself In Style, which is available in Bahrain in Jashanmal Book Stores in Seef Mall and Bahrain City Centre, as well as in Words Book Store & Cafe in Budaiya.

Coming back to the outfit, I finished the look with a structured handbag in deep emerald that matches the green in the shirt's embroidery. Even though I took these pictures a while back, I still remember feeling like a million bucks in this outfit. All powerful and businesslike. That's what a white shirt with a big crisp collar will do to you, I guess.

In other news, life is going back to normal after all the preparations and organization for the book launches, and I think I've gotten over all the exhaustion that entailed. Now we're gearing up and preparing for the launch of the ebook and trying to get the printed version into different markets. Still so much work to do! But the best part has been that I've been getting wonderful reviews from all of you that have either read it or are reading it, with lots of you having told me that it made you feel really positive. Which was one of my main intentions when writing the book. And that makes all the planning and the stress worth it.

Shirt, Bag, Ring: Gifted, Pants: Koton, Necklace: Forever21, Shoes: Steve Madden. Photos: Arif Feroze
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 My First Book: Loving Yourself In Style

My First Book: Loving Yourself In Style


Me with some of my lovely gym class students and a co-instructor at the private book launch

On 5th October and 7th October, I launched my book, Loving Yourself In Style. This is the 'secret project' I have been talking about in my previous posts and on my social media. It took me three years to write, edit and illustrate {it's filled with watercolor illustrations done by me}. Me and Nada, {my editor, publisher, and all-round hand-holder}, and I kept the book under wraps as it was my first book to write {and hers to publish} and we didn't know whether it would even see the light of day. So until it was actually published, we didn't want to announce it.

The book touches on many topics such as passion, education, career, fashion and style, health and fitness, {even my battle with anorexia which I have often found difficult to talk about}, and is filled with advice, suggestions, tips and tricks, and life lessons that I have learned over the years through the diverse things I do in life. Being a blogger, entrepreneur, and fitness instructor, I've had lots of experiences with different situations, and I've learned lots of life lessons by making stupid mistakes. {I still do!}. And being someone who actively chases her passions, I have seen my self-esteem and self-confidence grow by following my heart. All this has only been possible because of one thing- because of loving myself. And that's what this book {and this blog!} is all about.

Loving yourself is such a difficult thing to do today. Everyone else's social media makes you feel like such a loser. Even when you feel good about something you do, you don't feel free to feel happy because there are so many others who are unhappy and who find your happiness irritating or mistake it for showing off. Being 'dead inside' has become cool, and being happy and satisfied with your life is frowned upon. It's as if we're becoming allergic to happiness. But no matter how nonchalant we act, we all want to be happy. And I have realized that the best kind of happiness comes with loving yourself. This book talks about how I wasn't someone who loved herself, and how I realized that loving yourself starts with getting to know yourself, discovering your passions, and how being on that journey helps you to discover the Authentic You that you are. 

The book is mainly aimed for women, but apart from the Fashion & Style chapter, the rest of the information is generic. Which means, yes, guys, you can read it too. 

Here are a few photos of the two launches- the official launch at Jashanmal Book Stores which was attended by blog fans and members of the press, and a private launch for family, friends and my gym students, hosted by and at Revolt Fitness Studios

Photo credits: Arif Feroze, and Amr Rizk from Layalina magazine.

Jashanmal Book Launch, 5.10.17

The setup. Notice the pretty little pink buntings on the shelves? Those were made by us too. :D
Nada and I
The obligatory family photo
Signing books!





Young readers who all bought a book each!



The Private Launch

Reading a passage from the book
It's not a celebration without cake!






A few quotes and illustrations from the book



The book is available at all Jashanmal book shops, and Words Book Store. The ebook and Amazon editions are coming very soon, so watch this space! 
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