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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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Dressy in Beige + Embroidery, and Searching For Breath

Dressy in Beige + Embroidery, and Searching For Breath










In case you haven't noticed, I haven't blogged in a while. That's because I haven't had time to breathe since my last blog post. Why, you ask? Well, you know that saying- in life, either nothing happens at all, or everything happens all at once? Well, I have been experiencing the second. EVERYTHING is happening ALL AT ONCE! Work is busy busy busy, with an average of 3 meetings in a day {at three different locations!}, we're moving house, both my oldest best friends are visiting Bahrain so MUST socialize with them before they leave, my secret project is speeding up and there's a lot of work to be done so it can be launched soon, {watch this space!}, I need to learn the latest choreography for BodyCombat and BodyBalance for the relaunch next week, plus my regular classes are going on as normal. Whew! And the blasted heat and humidity doesn't help! $@%#&!!

I never imagined my summer to be this busy. It feels as if my attention is being pulled in a thousand different directions. Sometimes I find myself wishing that human cloning were normal and accepted so I could clone four of me to get all the work done and be in four different places at the same time. Although all this busyness is good, and yes, I do enjoy it because some weird flaw in my DNA makes me like being busy and productive, I do wish I could get a time out. I haven't had a lazy Friday since before Ramadan! It has been one workweek seguing into the next, feeling like I've never seen a weekend. Fingers crossed that I can rest and relax once we move house, which will probably be by next week. 

The thing is, moving house takes priority over everything else. No point in trying to get anything else done when you need to sort out hearth and home. Thankfully, we found a gorgeous place to move into which ticks all the right boxes and we can't wait to settle in it. That's definitely something I'm looking forward to. Another exciting event in the very near future is the launch of my secret project, which is underway now and scheduled for the big reveal by end of August, and a big launch in September. There's a lot of things planned for it, lots of planning still to be done, but it's all super duper exciting. And yes I know it's frustrating for you to still not know what it is, but trust me, it's more frustrating for me to not be able to reveal it when I'm this excited. But all in good time. Patience is a virtue. 

Talking about today's outfit, a good friend of my mother's gave her this delicate beige embroidered material, as a gift to give to me, a few years back. It was only recently that my mother showed it to me and said it's for you, and I was like whaaaaaaa? Why did you kept this beautiful piece of gorgeousness hidden from me for so long?! So we designed it fastly and gave it to the tailor fastly. The embroidery on it is so stunning, we decided to keep the shape of the top simple so the embellishment gets all the attention. I love the muted colors of pink and green in the needlework, the beautiful vertical pattern and the intricately ornate motifs. The work being at the bottom of the cloth makes it unique, as most embroidery is usually focused near the neck and yoke, like in this white blouse in my last post

I absolutely adore a fancy blouse because it's great for those occasions when you need to dress up but you don't necessarily want to wear a dress. And when you know that you'll be comfortable only in pants and not a skirt, for occasions where you're going to be sitting on the ground or playing with pets/ children and you don't want to inadvertently flash your knickers. You can pair the blouse with a nice pair of trousers for a dinner date or office party, or with skinny jeans for a night out with the girls. A pretty pair of heels will make it look even more sophisticated. 

In this look I paired this dressy blouse with simple, straight black pants, and as I was aiming for a full-on occasion-worthy outfit, I accessorized with metallic gold accessories and pumps. The bejewelled cluctch added the finishing touch to this evening wear outfit. Good look for a housewarming party, wouldn't you say? ;) 

Top: Own Design, Pants: Zara, Earrings, Clutch, Cuff, Watch: Gifted, Shoes: ASOS
Photos: Arif Feroze

Until next time,

xoxo
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Heat Exhaustion- How To Prevent It, How To Treat It + Herbal Remedies For Heat

Heat Exhaustion- How To Prevent It, How To Treat It + Herbal Remedies For Heat



The heat and humidity we're having this summer is INSANE. I can't remember it ever being this hot and humid! In this kind of weather, it's so easy to get dehydrated, heat exhaustion, or worse, heat stroke. My father almost completely collapsed from heat exhaustion a day back. We had to call the ambulance and everything. Being certified in First Aid, I recognized his symptoms and knew what to do until the ambulance came. You may not. Thus I'm writing this article to tell you how to prevent heat exhaustion, and what to do if you or a family member gets it. Please remember, heat exhaustion if untreated, can lead to heat stroke, which can be FATAL. Which means that you can DIE from your body being overheated.

What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion happens when your body overheats. Heat exhaustion can begin suddenly, usually after working or playing in the heat, perspiring heavily or being dehydrated. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heat stroke being the most severe.
Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures, particularly when combined with high humidity, and strenuous physical activity. 
Symptoms of heat exhaustion:
  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Heavy sweating often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Pale or flushed face
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache
  • Weakness or fatigue
What to do if you see someone that has heat exhaustion:

Untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is a life-threatening condition. If you suspect heat exhaustion, take these steps immediately:

  • Move the person out of the heat and into a shady or air-conditioned place.
  • Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly.
  • Remove tight or heavy clothing.
  • Have the person drink cool water or other non-alcoholic beverage without caffeine.
  • Cool the person by spraying or sponging with cool water and fanning.
  • Monitor the person carefully.
Call 999 or your local emergency number if the person's condition deteriorates, especially if he or she experiences:
  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Fever of 104 F (40 C) or greater
What is heat stroke?

Heat stroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heat stroke can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher.
Heat stroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heat stroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
  • High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher is the main sign of heat stroke.
  • Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heat stroke.
  • Alteration in sweating. In heat stroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heat stroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel moist.
  • Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
  • Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
  • Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
  • Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
  • Headache. Your head may throb.
What to do if you see someone that has heat stroke:
If you think a person may be experiencing heat stroke, seek immediate medical help. Call 999 or your local emergency services number. Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency treatment.
  • Get the person into shade or indoors.
  • Remove excess clothing.
  • Cool the person with whatever means available — put in a cool tub of water or a cool shower, spray with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, or place ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person's head, neck, armpits and groin.
Source: Mayo Clinic

How to prevent heat exhaustion in the first place


          These are a few of my tips to always stay hydrated and prevent heat exhaustion:

    ·         Be mindful of your water intake. Always think about how much water you've been drinking in the day. If you have been driving around in the sun or spent some time outside sweating because of the humidity, be aware of it and replenish the water your body must have lost {sip slowly, don't guzzle}. 

    ·         Carry water with you EVERYWHERE. Keep 3 bottles of water in your car. Have small bottles of water filled and kept ready on your shoe stand or near your door to grab on your way out. Always keep a bottle of water in your handbag. NEVER be without water. It's almost like you're gluing a bottle of water to your hand. Sip on it all day.
    ·         Water goals. Keep a big bottle of water on your work table and aim to finish it only during the day. Have more at night.

    ·         Other fluids. Drink unsweetened fruit juice, make smoothies at home, infuse water with fruit and herbs, and eat more water-rich foods like cucumbers and watermelon. 

    ·         Keep Oral Rehydration Solution {ORS} in your fridge. You can get it at any pharmacy. Have it when you're feeling super-drained. Give it to anyone suffering from heat exhaustion.

    ·         Keep drinks like Pocari Sweat and other restorative drinks in you fridge. Drink them after you've done a strenuous workout or after you've been in the sun for long. Avoid sugar-laden drinks like soft drinks, Gatorade and Red Bull. 

    Herbal remedies for heat exhaustion

These herbal remedies are great for heat exhaustion, as a post-workout drink, or just to cool down and feel refreshed:

·         Coriander water:  One tsp of coriander water boiled in 1 cup of water, cooled and stored. Lasts for 1 day. Helps to cool the body.

·         Pomegranate juice: Buy it from a cafe or make it at home. It's a coolant and is packed with great nutrients.

·         Coconut water: Restores electrolytes in the body. Try to get fresh coconut water if possible.

·         Honey lemon water: 1 cup of water, 1 tsp of honey and 2-3 drops of lemon. Add 2 pinches of cumin powder. Honey brings energy back to the body, lemon juice has antioxidants, and cumin is a cooling herb.

·         Herbal ORS: Pinch of salt, small piece of jaggery, 1/4 tsp cumin powder. Mix in 2 cups of water.

·         Green tea:  Let it cool and have without sugar.

That's it! Keep these points in mind and avoid getting heat exhaustion and prevent your family and loved ones from getting it. Stay in the shade, stay in the air-con, drink a lot of water and fluids, and be safe this summer!

Until next time

xoxo
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A Fashionista’s Guide for Summer Vacation Packing

A Fashionista’s Guide for Summer Vacation Packing


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Our love for fashion is directly proportional to the hate we have for packing; yes, that’s right – we hate packing and we’re not afraid to say it. Unfortunately, if you are traveling a lot (or you, generally, like to travel whenever the opportunity presents itself but don’t travel often), you have to get those suitcases ready or you’ll end up looking like a circus. It’s all good, we’ve got you covered. We, ourselves, are fashionista gals and we absolutely understand the need to look perfect when you are going away and the horror of packing everything up so it doesn’t fail your fashion vision. So, with that in mind, we’ve put together a little tutorial that will help you get all of your essentials in one place and help you look your best!


Without further ado, here we go:

Nowhere without dresses


Summer should be all about breathable but luxurious fabrics (and cuts!) that emphasize your gorgeous curves but still let them breathe. We love the idea of rich maxi dresses that ooze chill but still give your look a note of lavishness and comfort. Depending on the occasion, you can wear them in various colors, patterns and cuts and cause intrigue each time you show up. Dressed up and down with the right accessories, your dresses will easily look like catwalk material. When in doubt, combine your beautiful copper jewelry with your ankle-length dress for a jaw-dropping effect and add a little whimsy with floral, fringe or lace cardigans.
For a little leg action, choose dresses up to the knee; shorter may work if you are aiming for I-look-too-hot-to-care look. And the materials? Lace, see-through/sheer options, cotton and silk. 

Accessories for life

 Even if you show up wearing just your bathing suit and accessorize it with some awesome jewelry, you’ll still grab the looks of everyone present! With that in mind, make sure you pack up your most favorite chunky jewelry (it’s summer after all), sparkly stuff and attention-grabbing items. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings – pack your favorite pieces that always, no matter what, make you feel gorgeous! We love the idea of a wide choker paired with a silk dress and heels or a diamond ring paired with diamond bud-earrings and a bodycon. There’s plenty of options to go with and we’ve got no doubt you’ll make it count.

Shoes cause drama


Depending on the number of days you’re vacationing for, make sure the shoes you pack serve their purpose. Although, we’re always pro flats, we’d advise you bring a pair or two (no more) of heels for special occasions (like a yacht party). Other than that, gladiator sandals in golden, silver or sand color will work perfectly. Plus, they pair beautifully with any item of clothes you pick – whether they are casual shorts and a T or a lux gown for the night. As for the heels, they do make a statement on their own – just make sure you wear them appropriately. Going to a beach party – no matter how lux – isn’t one of those heel-occasions, now, is it?


Your makeup and hygiene kit, above all else





When you are going on summer vacation, makeup is almost obsolete. After all, with the tan on and that beautiful summer glow, makeup plays a very tiny role and it’s there only to emphasize what’s already gorgeous. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t travel without your makeup kit by your side. Speaking from experience, your must-makeup kit should contain:
- skin-tone cream

- bronzer

- eyebrow gel

- mascara

- lipgloss/lipstick

- highlighter
And, that pretty much sums it up. There’s really no need to torture your skin with various makeup products – it’s too hot for that!

As for the hygiene kit, make sure you’ve got
- Coconut oil

- SPF 50 (or less, depending on your skin type) sunscreen

- Body spray

- Body cream

- Body wash

- Wet wipes (keep them close at all times; getting sweaty isn’t attractive in any form, really)
- Pads/tampons
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
- Vaseline (perfect for sunburns, makeup foundation, body lotion and moisturizer replacement)
- Shaving supplies
- Hair products (nowhere without your hair conditioner!)


That would be it. It is time to forget about all the worries and have a sweet escape from your everyday life. Make it dreamy, exciting and fashionable!

Author Bio:

Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.

Find her on: Facebook  Twitter

I hope you enjoyed that helpful and useful post by Claire! Happy vacationing!

Until next time

xoxo
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Baby Blue and Pink in a Soft Feminine Look + Life/ Blogging Update

Baby Blue and Pink in a Soft Feminine Look + Life/ Blogging Update














When I was typing the credits for my outfit today I realized everything other than my bag and shoes has been gifted. Haha. I didn't realize it when I was putting the outfit together! Summer is well and truly here and all my dressing is dictated by one and one factor only- to keep cool. Unless I know that I'm going to be going to an indoor place that's freezing because of the air-con, of course. My work usually involves a lot of meetings outside which means having to drive around in this punishing heat. So I dress to keep cool.

This top is a soft cotton blend and feels lovely against the skin. So even though it's high-necked and long-sleeved. I was nice and cool in it. And it protected my arms from getting sun burnt. Of course, the heat also dictates the colors I choose to wear. I find myself reaching for light pastels almost always {I do that in the winter as well so maybe it's just me and not the weather}, and reaching for white a LOT. The creamy white of this top is lovely and soothing, and I love the little sprinkling of flowers in embroidery at the yoke. The ruffles at the neck and sleeves add more interest to the top. Baby blue and baby pink are huge favorites of mine and white with baby blue is a combination I've been meaning to do for some time. So elegant, so Santorini-esque! {I'm loving the Santorini feel of these photos! It was purely a coincidence that I match the background. Haha}. I just wasn't able to get my hands on baby blue clothes. Which is why I was ecstatic when I got these pants. They're very wide at the leg as you can see, and have an elasticated waist. The pleats in the front of the trousers give it a lovely formal touch so I feel comfortable wearing them to work meetings. 

I accessorized with silver crystal tear drop earrings and a floral ring to match the embroidery on the blouse, and finished with a hot pink bag and heels to bring out the pink on the top. So this is a pretty coordinated look in pink, blue and white, with the pants, bag and shoes bringing out the colors in the embroidery on the blouse. With baby blue, pink, and flowers, it can't get more feminine than this!

The long Eid holidays are over and life has gotten back to normal from this week onwards. For most people July and August are travel months, but not for me, as I have travel plans for the end of the year, and more importantly, me and my family have to move house soon. Arrgggh! After spending the entirety of Ramadan looking at houses, we finally settled on one and now we face the big task of moving.{Ramadan was a big blur of work, looking at houses, late night classes, and being too tired to sleep. I can't think of a time when I was that exhausted}. While it's fun to organize and decorate a new home once you've moved in, it's not so much fun to pack up all your things and do the physical moving, that too in this blazing heat. {Anyone who thinks global warming is a hoax, please, come to Bahrain in July and August.} And another annoying thing about having to move is... I can't shop! It makes no sense to go shopping when I know I have to pack up and move all my stuff. I'm craving for some new shoes but I don't want to buy them and risk them getting damaged in the moving. And It doesn't help that all the shops are on sale now. Grrr... Still, that hasn't stopped me from getting a few things from the ASOS sale. Hehe. There's only so much a girl can resist.

P.S- If you're wondering why this post has been so long, well that's my mid-year resolution- to write longer posts! I realize my previous posts have been too short and uninteresting, and so I'm going to force myself to write longer posts, even if that means only one post a week. 

Clothes, Watch, Jewelry: Gifted, Bag: Call It Spring, Shoes: Miss Selfridge
Photos: Nada Qamber 

Until next time,

xoxo
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My Mother's Secret Hair Oil Recipe

My Mother's Secret Hair Oil Recipe




Everyone knows the benefit of hair oil and a hot oil massage, but what's in the oil matters. If you could add vitamins, nutrients and all sorts of good stuff into your hair oil which results in your hair becoming stronger and healthier, then why not? My mother has been making this herbal hair oil for a long time now, but I've only just recently started using it regularly and I'm seeing the difference it has made to my hair.


I have wavy hair, that tends to get oily very quickly. I used to straighten and heat style my hair every single day for ages, but I got tired of that and I wasn't doing my hair any favors. I decided to just let my tresses be and accept them in all their unique glory. Now my hair-care routine consists of washing my hair every night, semi-drying it with a good hair dryer on low for a few minutes while using my fingers to comb through. But what I have been doing religiously before washing it every night is applying my mother's secret hair oil to my scalp. And that has made ALL the difference. My hair's healthier and stronger, and even though I'm washing it every night {this humidity and me doing classes every evening means I have to wash it every night}, my hair isn't dry and frizzy. It looks shinier, has more bounce and volume, and it's growing super fast. The recipe in itself is quite simple, and the ingredients are widely available. You can use this oil on colored and /or treated hair too {my hair is highlighted}.

The Hair Oil Recipe

500 ml coconut oil {not extra virgin}
200 ml olive oil {not extra virgin}
2 tsp fenugreek seeds, coarsely ground
One small handful of dried curry leaves. You can buy fresh curry leaves and dry them.
100 g dried hibiscus flower petals. These are sold everywhere as loose tea, you can use the same.




Combine both oils together in a vessel and cook them on a slow flame. Add the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Let it heat on slow for 8-10 mins. Switch the heat off, add the hibiscus petals and let cool. Once cool the oil is ready to use. The oil will look a bit murky and dirty. That's okay. All the goodness of the herbs has seeped into it. My mother doesn't strain the oil, preferring to leave the leaves and seeds in it so they keep releasing their essence. They'll settle at the bottom of the jar.

Store the oil in a wide-mouthed jar, so you can easily dip your fingers into it. This is also handy when the oil solidifies in winter or in the air-conditioning. If you want to apply it hot, microwave it for 15-20 seconds. I don't mind if it's hot or cold, even if it solidifies I take a bit in my fingers, rub it thoroughly between my palms to melt it, and apply.

 How To Use For Shiny, Stronger Hair

Apply the oil onto a dry scalp using your fingers. I know that a few people suggest applying oil using cotton but I don't recommend that as the cotton will absorb the oil. Using your hands means your body warmth warms the oil, and you give yourself a good head massage in the process. So massage it in nice and deep, covering the top, sides and back of your head. There's no need to apply it to the hair that's hanging down below your ears. When you wash it out it will condition all of your hair. Try and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. If I don't have the time to wait, I still apply the oil right before I shower. P.S- You CAN apply and sleep overnight, just make sure you have a separate pillowcase as you'll wake up in the morning to an oil-stained pillow.

When washing your hair, shampoo twice, and shampoo well. The heaviness of the coconut and olive oil means that if not washed well, a residue might remain. I like to use a lot of shampoo in the first time and wash all the way from my scalp to the ends of my hair, and then use just a little bit in the next round to make sure all the oil has been washed off. You can use a conditioner after the shampoo, but I don't use one as I find that my hair is super-shiny and bouncy because of the conditioning of the oil. You can apply the oil every time before you shower. Do this regularly for at least 16 weeks to see a difference in your hair.


Benefits of the Ingredients:

Coconut Oil, Olive Oil:
  • Hydrates and moisturizes the hair shaft and scalp.
  • Prevents dandruff.
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal.
  • Reduces hair loss.
  • Lauric acid in coconut oil strengthens and conditions.
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in olive oil nourish hair follicles.
Fenugreek Seeds:
  • Contains protein, which prevents hair loss and baldness.
  • Makes hair shiny.
  • Fights dandruff.
  • Potassium and iron prevents premature greying.
  • Nicotinic acid and lecithin promotes hair growth.
Curry leaves:
  • Anti-oxidants reduce hair fall.
  • Amino acids stimulate hair growth.
  • Contain beta-carotene and proteins which prevent premature greying and make hair stronger.
Hibiscus Flowers:
  • Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy Acids {AHA}.
  • Makes hair stronger from the roots.
  • Amino acids nourish and strengthen hair.
  • Conditions hair preventing dryness, frizz and breakage.
  • Drives away itchiness and dryness.

Please make sure you do a patch test on your arm beforehand to make sure you don't have a reaction to the oil. And remember that consistency is key. The more regularly you use the oil, the more your hair gets used to it, and you'll start to see results. Enjoy your lustrous, shiny, bouncy hair!

xoxo
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White + Pink Floral and Plans for The Long Eid Weekend

White + Pink Floral and Plans for The Long Eid Weekend







There's something so refreshing about a white blouse. Or a white anything in that case. I've always been a big fan of pussybows and this blouse with a formal collar, button-down and soft blouson sleeves nails the formal-yet-feminine feel. It's the perfect piece to contrast with the skirt since the milky white breaks the busyness of the floral print of the skirt, and the soft texture of the blouse contrasts with the stiffness of the skirt. The soft pink and cheerful floral print of the material had me hooked straightaway, and I knew I'd be making a midi skirt from it. It's a pure cotton, so the material is a bit stiff making it great for an A-line skirt. I added a little more girliness with these nude peep-toe heels with a knot design at the front, and finished with a big statement bag.

Ramadan is almost over and the long weekend is here. It'll be a break from formal work clothes for me! As usual, I'm looking forward to lots of family time, meeting friends, and of course, staying home with the kitten and reading.

Top: Koton, Skirt: Own design, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: New Look
Photos: Nada Qamber

Until next time,

xoxo
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