Wednesday, 25 March 2015

I need to get one more black pencil skirt...

Top: Own design, Skirt: Zara, Cuff and Bag: Gifted, Earrings: Red Ruby Silver, Shoes: Dorothy Perkins. Photos: Arif Feroze

.., in case something happens to this one. When I put on this skirt I was thinking to myself that I wish I had gone back to Zara and bought a few more of these. Now I can only hope to get one that's such a great fit and as comfy as this one. And of course, hope that this one doesn't fall to pieces anytime soon.

The black pencil skirt is such a versatile item. It goes with every top and it beats pants any day. I wore this outfit yesterday. I dressed formally as I was a panelist at a university to talk to business students about what it takes to start and run their own business. Such a great feeling to be able to talk to and help students. I wish I could do more of it.

Baby pink and black make for a great combination, and I added a pop of color with the blue pumps. I've worn this blouse before, in this post, where I paired it with jeans for a casual look. I'll say it again- you don't need a vast wardrobe to create different looks, but a few basic pieces that you can mix and match and create lots of outfit combinations with. And of course, accessories complete a look, as with this one- an intricate cuff with pink gems, and dangly silver earrings with white gems. And the last few power pieces- a statement watch and a statement bag.

So how's your week going?


Monday, 23 March 2015

Chandelier necklace and the vagaries of this weather

 
Top: Zara, Skirt: Own Design, Necklace: from Thailand, Ring: Gifted, Shoes: Bershka.
Photos: Arif Feroze
 
The day I wore this outfit I was invited to be a panelist for a PR agency's annual meeting. I wanted a look that was casual, but also smart. So I paired my white silk shirt with this A-line full red skirt, and added tan ankle-strap heels. A tan belt matched the heels. For jewelry, I wore this gorgeous chandelier pendant that I bought from Koh Samui. I'm crazy about chandeliers, and couldn't believe it when I found a pendant that is a chandelier! I snapped it up right away. I love the intricate details on it! A multicolored gems ring and tiny earrings finished the look.

A trick to remember when wearing a loose blouse tucked into an A-line skirt, is to not let the shirt's material hang out too much over the top of the skirt's waistband. So after putting on the skirt, pull the shirt's tails or ends down from underneath the skirt, so it's a neat tuck. Or you'll look too baggy.

I'm enjoying the vagaries of the weather this week, even if it means I can't take photos or when I finally do, the wind ruins them. Times like these when the wind distorts the shape of my skirt {me holding my skirt in the third photo from top isn't to strike a pose, it's to show you what the skirt actually looks like!} or makes my shirt look puffier than it it, I wish I could take the photos at home. But no, mustn't complain. Since last week we've had gorgeous duck-egg blue skies with thick, fluffy clouds, cool breezes, and soft drizzling rain. What's a few missed photoshoots when I get to enjoy the weather this much?


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

20 Things I Learned in My 20s




I turned 30 this year. As I look back on the last ten years, it was a rollercoaster ride of emotions, epiphanies, changing jobs, changing countries, changing mindsets, and so much more. These are the lessons I learned from this last decade:
  1. People will come. People will go. Say goodbye with dignity. Say hello with hope.
  2. It's okay to feel lost. Unless you don't feel lost, you're not going to find yourself. 
  3. If you open yourself up to love, it will come. And I don't just mean romantic love.
  4. Don't be afraid of change. Jobs, countries, boyfriends, feelings, and you, will change. If you stay in the same place with the same people, you're not growing.
  5. As long as you know you have everything within you to make the best of whatever life has to offer, you're unstoppable.
  6. When you're single, make the most out of being single. Enjoy every moment so when you're in a relationship you never regret the things you didn't do when you were single. Don't waste your single years pining for a partner. 
  7. Taking care of your body and health will be the best investment you'll ever make. 
  8. You don't have to justify your life choices to anyone. 
  9. Confront your fears. Do a bit of soul-searching, find out what you're afraid of, and then actively confront it. You'll become unbelievably stronger.
  10. Get away from negativity. Whether it's a negative person or situation, do whatever you can to distance yourself from it.
  11. STOP comparing yourself to anyone else. Just. Stop.
  12. Desperation is a repellent. It drives away good people and opportunities.
  13. The more grateful you are for what you have, the more you get of it. This includes money.
  14. Forgive people, but don't forget what they did. Don't make the same mistake twice.
  15. Try new things. Meet new people, go to new places. Break out of your comfort zone. You might have a good experience, or a bad one. But for sure you'll learn something new and forge new paths for yourself.
  16. Do what makes YOU happy, even if society and your peers laugh at it.
  17. Stop self-sabotage. We often stand in our own path. Find out the ways you're destroying your own happiness and put an end to it.
  18. Never lose your child-like wonder. Lose the people that make you feel like you should grow up, but always keep that wonder.
  19. Be on a never-ending search for things you love doing, things that make you happy. Then explore those things and get lost in them.
  20. Make it a priority to love yourself. If I could drive home just one point from this list, it would be this.
These are the lessons life taught me so far. As I look back, I only feel happiness and gratitude for all the things I've done and seen. And excitement for things yet to come. 

What about you? Would you add anything to this list? 


Monday, 16 March 2015

These gorgeous birds


We were out on a photoshoot when we saw these beautiful guinea fowls in a ground. Just, you know, frolicking about, exploring the area like they owned it...


And then they flew together to the roof of where they lived.


  
I'm so glad my brother Arif was with me to capture these beautiful birds!

xoxo
-Shabana


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Fountains at Dubai Mall


 
 
 
 

Oh how I love these!


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Do your own thing



Top and Pants: Own design, All jewelry, Watch and Bag: Gifted, Shoes: Steve Madden.
Photos: Arif Feroze. Location courtesy Caffe Bellezza.

You know I've said before not to wear a loose top over loose bottoms, but here I am, doing exactly that. And it works. It's probably because this top isn't that wide, and the fall of the material makes it look narrow. So it looks good over the wide pants. And the slouchiness of the top adds to the overall relaxed-casual look. But most importantly, my point is this- break the rules. You'll hear fashion magazines, style experts, even me saying don't do this, don't do that, blah blah. But take a chance. Try it out. Something that everyone says is a fashion no-no might look great on you, or you could have the build or just the personality to carry it off.

What works for one person might not for you, and vice versa. And again, as I always say, the first rule of fashion is that there are no rules. Don't let anyone convince you that something absolutely can't be worn or make you feel like an idiot for wearing it. Of course, if YOU feel like an idiot wearing it, by all means, take it off. Wear what you feel comfortable in, and what makes you feel great. If you think it looks right, it does. And of course, the same lesson applies for life. Don't let anyone convince you that you shouldn't be doing something just because that's a rule/notion/mindset they've made up for their own life. Just do your own thing. No matter who shakes their head with disdain at you.


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Reviews: Wow by Wojooh and Sally Hansen nail colors, Rimmel Provocalips Lip Color



I received a bunch of make up last week, to review. Nail polishes from Sally Hansen and Wow by Wojooh, and Rimmel lip colors.


Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear
This is the first time I tried Sally Hansen nail colors. And I have to say, I love them. The formula of the nail polish is great and they're latest line, Xtreme Wear® has a gorgeous range of pastel shades like nude, periwinkle, mauve, glitter, teal, peach and of course, pink—both hot and blush. Shades shown above are 185 Giant Peach and 450 Jam Packed. The best part? The price won't break the bank.

Price: BD 1.9
Available at Boots.


Wow by Wojooh Color Ritual Breathe-In Nail Polish
I've tried one of these on before, and I reviewed it in this post. The formula is fantastic and goes on super-smooth. The uniqueness of these nail polishes is that it's a porous, chip-resistant formula that has a UV filter to prevent yellow nails. Basically, these nail polishes let your nails breathe. The line is not tested on animals and contain no animal-derived ingredients, and are available in a huge range- 30 beautiful shades! I absolutely love the colors of the ones I received and can't wait to try them on. Shades shown above are 465 Velvet Ruby, 592 Clay Rose and 642 Purple Pasha.

Price: BD 5.5
Available exclusively at Wojooh.


Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour
Ah yes. These gorgeous babies. I'm a sucker for long-stay lipsticks, and these do the job brilliantly. You know I always test out a product completely before recommending it to you, and so I did the same, with these. The lip color claims to stay on for 16 hours. And it did. I wore it in the morning of a busy, busy day. And it stayed on until dinner-time, where I had pizza. You know how that will take your lipstick off, ladies, but this one didn't budge! So, two thumbs up! One end of the pack contains the intense lip color and the other end contains a clear lip gloss. Apply the lip color, wait for it to dry. Then apply the gloss. And done! The gloss can be reapplied throughout the day. But remember, because it's kiss-proof, food-proof and transfer-proof, you have to use an oil-based or waterproof make-up remover to take it off. Shades shown above are 550 Play With Fire and 750 Heart Breaker.

Price: BD 4.7
Available at leading make up stores.

Which ones do you like best from above? What shades look the most delectable to you? 

Enjoy the weekend! xoxo

-Shabana


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Of crop tops, natural highs and passion



Top: H&M, Skirt: Own design, Booties: New Look, Earrings: Accessorize, Necklace and Handbag: Gifted, Ring: Koton. Photos: Arif Feroze

I've just finished teaching two classes this afternoon and it's amazing how uplifted I feel after. Taking a packed class through a workout and seeing the members push through it while enjoying themselves just gives you such a natural high!

Anyhoo. On to outfit talk. A crop top is a great way to cover up and feel warm when you're tired of coats and sweaters. Me having a short torso means I can't wear a crop top with jeans, but I CAN wear it over skirts and dresses. {Hurrah!} Here I layered it over a three-quarter sleeved black T-shirt, which is tucked into the skirt. The grayness of the top against the  punchy red of the skirt contrasts well. My necklace, earrings and ring are from different brands but all look like they're part of a set. {I like matching my jewelry!} Black booties and my giant handbag complete the look. 

The neck of the T-shirt is visible but it looks like a part of the crop top's neck. If you don't want the neck to be seen or if it doesn't look good, you can always cover it up with a scarf. And of course, warmth aside, layering a crop top over an outfit or dress helps you switch up the look and get more out of your dresses and skirts, which is what every girl wants!


Side note: Yes, I know my last outfit also had punchy red in it. What can I say? I'm feeling passionate and strong! Haha!

Until next time, stay happy. xoxo

-Shabana


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