Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Shorts, Stockings and High-Heeled Booties



Top, Shoes: New Look
Shorts: H&M
Necklace: ?
Stockings: Marks & Spencers
Clutch: DIY
Photos: Arif Feroze

Today I decided to wear my very comfortable denim shorts with stockings underneath. I paired them with a simple full-sleeved purple shirt and high-heeled black booties. Since I wanted to up the formal factor a bit more, I added a statement necklace, my black leather strap watch and a clutch. 

Wearing stockings under shorts is the perfect thing when you don't want to show a lot of leg but you still want to wear your shorts. {Make sure the stockings are opaque.} I also like how it makes a pair of shorts go from casual to dressy. The best part is this combination is very comfortable and easy to move around in. Black stockings are always slimming, and paired with black booties it gives an illusion of longer legs. Bonus!

Until next time, stay stylish!

xoxo

Shabana

Monday, 29 June 2015

Soft summer colors for work



Top: H&M
Skirt: Zara
Earrings: c/o Stradivarius
Anklet, Bracelet: c/o I Am
Necklace, Watch: Vintage
Cuff: Forever21
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: New Look
Photos: Arif Feroze

In today's outfit I paired this soft pink tee-shirt with a white pencil skirt for a semi-formal-but-still-work-appropriate look. Because the top is a light cotton t-shirt and I'm wearing light colors, this is a great work outfit for summer. You could throw a blazer on this to stay warm if you're working in a cold office. I wore royal blue pumps to add a pop of color, and accessorized with a long beaded necklace, a cuff, and a thin bracelet with my watch. I wore a delicate anklet just for fun, and finished the look with my neutral colored statement bag. Remember, you can bring your work outfits to life by wearing formal clothes in different colors. It doesn't just have to be the blacks, grays and navy blues. 

Until next time, stay stylish.

xoxo

Shabana

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Getting the best of nutrition and workouts in Ramadan



Photo: Arif Feroze

By Elouise Kellerman

The Optimal Ramadan Strategy: 

There are two types of people during this blessed month of Ramadan; those who gain weight, and those who lose weight. This mainly depends on appetite, although the more common outcome of a short eating window and stomach-shrinking is that people tend to over or under eat and get run-down as a result.

It’s all about maximizing nutrient uptake, maintaining proper hydration, and modifying key fat burning/muscle building hormones in your favor during this month. And of course PREPARATION—if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!

Plus, how can you truly maximize this month spiritually if your body is sick, tired, and your mind isn’t sharp?

Nutrition:

Aim for more calorie-dense foods and avoid foods that might normally bloat you up, e.g. overdoing the oats or dairy.

However, if you’re the type that can tend to overeat: begin your suhur with lean protein and fibrous vegetables to curb appetite before moving on to the direct carbohydrate sources.

Protein Goal and Calorie Goal: 

Don’t aim for specific macros during this month: eat your protein first, aiming for 2g/kg bodyweight daily and a calorie goal (maintenance) made up from any combination of carbs and fats.

You may find that you naturally eat a deficit from the restricted eating window, but this is not the time to try to force it. Remember, portions can be misleading when eating a day’s worth of food over a short period.

Stay hydrated at night. Aim for at least 2.5 liters of water or even coconut water, which is a great source of electrolytes. Try to spread your liquid consumption out throughout the evening, so you don’t flush it all and end up thirsty the next day.

You won’t ‘go catabolic’ during the fast if you follow the above guidelines. While fasting is technically a catabolic process, you’ll offset any muscle loss by eating sufficient calories and signalling your body to retain muscle with the training program.

Great Smart Smoothie to begin suhur with:

·         1 Banana
·         1 cup of Frozen Summer Berries
·         1 tbsp. Chai Seeds
·         1 tbsp. Goji-Berries
·         1 tbsp. Almond or Peanut Butter
·         1 Scoop of Protein or Yogurt
·         100ml Coconut Water
·         100ml Lactose Free Milk or Almond Milk



Workout:

The best time to do a weight training workout is not while fasting. Training while in a state of dehydration can decrease strength significantly which can create muscle breakdown, which can actually be more detrimental than beneficial.

The best time to weight train during Ramadan is after Taraweh prayers at night. This will ensure that you will have had several meals and plenty of water in your system before going to the gym. This will also allow you to consume your all-important post workout meal or shake which is essential for muscle growth and even fat loss. If this is too late then the next best time to weight train is about 1 hour after Iftar. You could do a short but intense 30 minute workout.

As for cardio workouts, the best time for maximum fat loss is before suhur. Of course, most people I know will not want to get up at around 3:00 am and do cardio! If you CAN pull this off then the best thing to do is get up and drink plenty of water with a cup of coffee or green tea, wait 30 minutes and perform 30-45 minutes of moderate intensity cardio work like a brisk walk on a treadmill.

Short, high intensity cardio like sprinting is actually GREAT TO DO DURING RAMADAN. It takes less than 10 minutes and provides maximum benefit in terms of fat burning and lean muscle preservation! This isn’t “driving miss Daisy” cardio—it’s very intensive. E.g. sprint for 20-30 seconds at full speed (like a dog is chasing you!) and walk for 1 minute. Do 4-5 cycles like that and you’re good! Start slow of course and work your way up.



Elouise Kellerman is an Advanced Personal Trainer & Nutritionist, an IFBB Fitness Bikini Competitor, and a sports model. She specializes in Life & Wellness Coaching, Weight Loss & Toning, Rehab & Core Stability, Resistance & Strength Training, and Sport Specific & Plyometric Training.  Hailing from South Africa and based in Bahrain, she’s completely addicted to bananas, so much so that she’s almost 100% sure she was a monkey in a previous life.

Connect with her:
Instagram: @fitness_el 







Monday, 22 June 2015

Power dressing inspired by Suits



  Dress: Debenhams
Earrings and Necklace set, Watch: Gifted
Ring: Silver Souk
Bag and Shoes: Aldo
Photos: Arif Feroze

I have to admit that this entire outfit was inspired by the show Suits. It's one of my current favorites and apart from drooling over Gabriel Macht, another big reason I love watching it is the styling of the cast. It's all about power dressing- sharp suits for the men and perfectly tailored pencil dresses for the ladies. So when I stumbled across this fuchsia pink dress by Jasper Conran, my mind screamed 'SUITS!'. And I knew I had to wear it with these heels, and only a statement bag could be carried with it. Delicate jewelry and a statement watch complete this uber-formal look.

 I can't wait for the next season of Suits to start on Wednesday. Although the only problem will be that my Suits-inspired-style craving will increase.

Note: You can wear formal clothes in bright colors. Just because it's pink doesn't mean it's less powerful!

Until next time, 

xoxo

Shabana


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Ramadan Suhoor Menu at Houseboat Restaurant


I was recently invited to sample the new Ramadan Suhoor menu at  Houseboat Restaurant, an Asian inspired dining restaurant, at their Adliya branch.  

Wearing H&M dress, Mango belt, Zara clutch and New Look shoes.  

The restaurant has created a selection of foods within the set menu for two that everyone can enjoy. There are 3 beverages to choose from, including the very Ramadan-popular Vimto, and the food is served in traditional Bahraini trays to add a traditional touch. 



Photos: Arif Feroze

The dishes presented were carefully crafted with meticulous attention to details by the restaurant’s chefs, offering guests an exquisite Ramadan themed dining experience. 

The Suhoor Set Menu will be offered at both Houseboat Restaurant’s branches in Amwaj and Adliya, along with a daily Futoor buffet for BD 8++ per person. 

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Teal, blue, fuchsia, orange and white.



Top, Rings, Bangles: Gifted
Earrings: c/o Stradivarius
Necklace: Thrifted
Belt: ?
Skirt: Koton
Watch: Vintage
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: Steve Madden
Photos: Arif Feroze

You know when sometimes you put an outfit together and you just go YEEEAAH BABY! Well, this was one of them. When I was dressing up it was one of those rare times when you find just the exact matching things you need in your closet and you're so pleased that your wardrobe has EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE. 

I love this look because of the colors. When you break it down it's just a simple mix and match of the same hues- fuchsia, teal, orange and navy blue. I love the soft teal of the top, and I was looking for something bright pink that would contrast against it. {I love the combination of teal and fuchsia.} This orange and fuchsia woven necklace did the job nicely. I added a wide navy blue belt to cinch my waist. Cute heart-shaped blue and white striped earrings from Stradivarius matched the belt and skirt, and I added a blue ring. These pink and orange peep-toe heels went perfectly with the necklace {almost as if they came together!}. I wore a pink bangle set to match the necklace and heels, and a teal ring to go with the top. With all these colors only a neutral tone bag would do. And since I was running around all day, my hair was in a messy side bun.

So if I haven't confused you with all that, may I suggest you try a little bit of color mixing yourself? If only for the fact that with such pretty colors on your bod, you can't help but feel happy.

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana


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