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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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Green, Cream and Back From Holiday

Green, Cream and Back From Holiday








I'm a little tired of blazers with the classic folded lapels, and I'm always looking for work jackets or blazers that have a different collar or lapels. I love the high collar in this blazer. High collars always look classy and sassy. The clean lines of the break in the front make the jacket look sharp. The lines extend down in tails in the front but the back is shorter, hitting just above the waist. The material is soft and breathable, with 5% stretch and a satin lining inside. A well-structured blazer like this is everything because it pulls an entire outfit together. 

I wore the blazer with a cream coloured satin blouse. The blouse has short sleeves, so it's great to pair with full-sleeved jackets. I love the contrast in both the colours and the texture. The jacket is a soft cotton-like polyester, and the shine of the satin blouse complements it. The deep forest green of the jacket adds substance to the light cream top. These wide-leg pants are my favourite formal black trousers {I have quite a few black pants}. The material is stretchy, crepe-like, but super-soft, making the pants flow as you walk. Even though they're high-waist, they don't feel restrictive at all. I'm so glad that wide-leg pants are trending this year. I hope to see more of them in shops and in different designs. They're comfy, they look elegant and they flatter most body types. It's high-time they trended!

Having talked about the wide-leg trend, another trend I'm completely in love with are embroidered shoes. I've already got two pairs of them- one flat and one pair of heels, {seen here}, and I love them! Embroidery was always a big love of mine. I'm loving the strategically placed embroidery trend of a bit on sleeves/ collars/ yoke of shirts or tumbling asymmetrically down one shoulder {like this shirt with embroidery on just the sleeves}. But on footwear it looks especially gorgeous, adding that much more detail and soooo much more prettiness.

That's why when I saw these nude shoes with embroidery in pinks depicting Chinese trees and birds, I fell in love. Thankfully they had them in my size. They were perfect for this outfit as I'm wearing solid colours.The embroidered shoes add detail and interest. I matched tiered earrings in pink to the shoes and finished with a cut-out bag. The hue of the maroon matches the deep hue of the jacket. 

I wore this outfit on a work day when the weather was like it is now- hot in the morning and coller at night. So when it gets warm or you're inside a stuffy office, you can remove the jacket and still look smart in a simple blouse, pants and embroidered shoes outfit. I should have taken a photo without the jacket so you could have seen how it looks. Oh well. You live. You learn. 

You can see more about layering and putting together summer and winter outfits in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. The book is available online as well as in Jashanmal and Words Book Stores in Bahrain. {Get in touch with me if you'd like a signed copy.}.

Jacket: ASOS, Top: Own Design, Pants: Koton, Earrings, Bag: Gifted, Shoes: New Look

It's been one week since I've been back from my short and sweet trip to Kerala with my brother, to attend a friend's wedding. {I've been sharing photos of it on my Instagram. Still am.}. We hung around a few days after that and explored the place. I'll be doing a detailed blog post on where we went, what we saw, what we ate, and how you can do it too, soon. Hopefully this weekend I'll get the chance to sit down and transfer the thousands of photos of the backwaters, lakes and forests. Since I've been back I've been rushed off my feet with classes and work. I've literally had no time for myself. I'm finally feeling the dust settle this week and I'm so looking forward to a relaxing weekend.

Until next time

xoxo
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How To Get Over A Cold In 3 Days (With No Antibiotics)

How To Get Over A Cold In 3 Days (With No Antibiotics)



I was sick with a cold a few days back. It was horrible. I felt weak, my whole body hurt, my nose wouldn't stop running, my throat itched, my left and right ears took turns to hurt, and my nose felt all buzzy as if germs were jumping up and down inside it, having a party. So yeah, it was bad. But after three, yes, only THREE days of feeling like this, my cold was over. I felt fit and fine, and I was back to giving back-to-back classes. And other than the slight sniffles right now, I'm feeling completely fine. And just like you, I was completely astonished at how quickly I recovered.

I can put it all down to the constant herbal remedies I had during those three days. My mother kept making me hot herbal teas and medicines from the kitchen, and I myself kept making and having hot teas and drinks one after another. And since I amazed myself by becoming hale and hearty after this horrible, horrible cold so fast, I wanted to share what I ate and drank so you too can do the same when you get a cold.

Here's a list of what I had. You're going to see a few herbs and spices in almost everything, such as black pepper, ginger and turmeric. These spices are superheroes which is why I put them in everything when I catch a cold. But below you'll see how I took them so you're not having the same one drink again and again and wanting to throw up.


  • Each morning I have a tall mug of hot honey lemon water. When I was sick, to this, I added lots of ground black pepper. It opens up your sinuses when they're blocked, especially when you wake up in the morning when you have a cold and feel so sick as if you're going to die.
  • Turmeric milk: If you don't know what an incredible spice turmeric is, you've been living under a rock. Turmeric is an antiseptic and antibiotic spice that kills infection and makes your immune system stronger. Turmeric milk is gaining popularity so much nowadays that Starbucks has started a Turmeric Latte. Screw you, Starbucks. I've been drinking 'turmeric lattes' since I was born. Here's how to make it:
    • 1 cup milk/ coconut milk/ almond milk
    • 1 tsp turmeric powder
    • Heat milk on low on the stove. Add the turmeric. Stir. Take off the stove. Add 1 tsp of ginger powder and a few sprinkles of black pepper. 
    • P.S: Turmeric milk is frikkin' amazing. Have it every day. Make it for your family daily and force it down their throats. 
  • My Extremely Potent Herbal Cold Killer Drink: This drink is so amazing that I dedicated an entire blog post to this. Click HERE to read the post and to know how to make it.
  • Home-made popcorn: Popcorn makes a sore throat feel SO much better. It's low in calories so you can have lots. And it's good for you. Buy a popcorn machine so you can make healthy popcorn at home. Add extra virgin olive oil and salt. I always make and have lots of popcorn when I'm sick and I'm too weak to do nothing but lie in bed watching Netflix or reading. 

  • Soup: With every meal, I was having home-made vegetable soup or mutton soup. You can make your own veg/ chicken/ mutton soup, just add lots of black pepper and onion.
  • Boiled egg: Eggs are full of goodness and good protein that keeps you full for longer. When you have a cold you don't feel like eating anything so boiled eggs are great. And yes, put lots of black pepper on them.
  • Mung Dal Khichdi: This is a typical Indian rice and lentils dish that is easy to eat when you're feeling super sick and even have a fever. It's filled with herbs, spices and has lots of excellent nutrition. It's soft and tasty, and when eaten hot, it feels blissful on a painful, sore throat. How to make:
    • 3/4th cup {any} rice, 1/4th cup split green lentils {mung}. Wash and soak at least for an hour in water. 
    • Add 3 cups of water. Cook uncovered on high heat. Add 1/4th tsp turmeric, and salt to taste. After it boils, cover and reduce heat and cook for 12-15 minutes. The consistency should be soft and creamy like a risotto.
    • In another saucepan/ frying pan, heat 1 tsp ghee, add a pinch of cumin seeds, 2 cloves chopped garlic, and a handful of curry leaves. Add to the rice and lentils mix. Enjoy with soup.
When you're sick with a nasty cold, you just want to feel good. Which is why you should be having comfort food like khichdi and popcorn which soothes you. You can have all the above even when you don't have a cold. None of it has any side effects but is great for your health and immune system.

As a result of all the herbs and spices generating heat in my throat and sinuses, my nose was constantly flowing. This is a good thing as you don't want phlegm to be blocked in your chest, throat and even in your face, giving you that horrible sinus headache and facial pain. And then you have to blow your nose when all the icky phlegm accumulates. Eww. Better to have a runny nose and let all of it flow out. As Hagrid wisely said, "Better out than in".
















In addition to the above, I ate extremely healthy food during mealtimes and as snacks. Being a fitness freak instructor, I eat clean and healthy all the time, but I monitored what I was putting into my body even more during these three days as I wanted to recover quickly. So lots of fresh fruit and veg, and home-made smoothies and juices. 

Here are a few more things you can do to recover quickly from a cold:
  • Avoid sugar.
  • Avoid eating food from outside.
  • Rest up. All 3 days I didn't do classes, and I worked from my bed. As much as I could, anyway.
As a result of my barrage of herbal remedies and clean eating, not only was I able to be up and running in three days but also none of my family members caught my cold, which usually happens. I hope this helps if you or a family member have a cold or want to avoid one.

Until next time,

xoxo and happy new year!
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Instagram Outfits Round Up

Instagram Outfits Round Up


So it's that time again when I round up my outfit photos from my Instagram @TheSilverKickDiaries. As I get busier and busier I find less and less time to take blog photos. Which is why I love sharing these quick ensemble photos that I post on my IG. But I'm still doing my proper blog shoots and photos too, don't you worry. I'll admit here that because it's colder, I'm A) Too lazy to take blog photos and B) too cold to stand in the cold and take them. The last few days have been slightly warmer though. Which is why I rushed out in the middle of work today and got my poor mom to take some photos. You'll see them later, but for now, moving on to these.

I love these chinos for weekends. They're quickly becoming my favourite replacement for jeans. This was in the summer where I paired these khaki chinos with one of my favourite pink shirts. I finished with a big bag and burgundy sneakers.

A soft feminine look with a white embroidered top which you saw before in this post. This time I wore it with blush pink pants. Yes, those are the same pants from the blog post, but in pink. I have these pants in several colours because they are freakin' comfortable. 

I'm in LOVE with these bright pants which you saw in the previous blog post. I especially love the combination of white with this gorgeous fuchsia, and as I look at this photo I wonder why I didn't take more photos to do a blog post on this outfit.

A simple workwear look with a black cotton button-down worn over skinny blush pink pants. I rolled up the sleeves, not because I wanted to look 'cool', but because I had a shitload of work that day and I was feeling hot. I wore my staple statement watch, a ring and finished with embroidered grey heels to add some interest to an otherwise simple look.

You've seen this dress before in this post. I wore it here with a short cropped jacket and I love how that one addition changes up the look to make it look smarter, formal and less girly. Baby pink heels completed the look.

If you've been following me a long time, you'll remember this dress from this blog post from a few years ago. I updated the dress by adding one more layer of lace to the hem. It makes it feel grander, and I wanted the dress to be slightly longer. Plus I love this baby blue lace and I can't get enough of it. I co-own Lace Love with my mother, where we sell laces like these and even match and stitch them on to your clothes for you. So give us a shout on our Instagram or Facebook page if you want some lace for yourself.
 
A work outfit with a snug ribbed top, a cropped navy jacket and floral pants from this post. I wore sneakers as I had walked around in high heels the whole of that week and I needed to give my feet a rest. A few long layered necklaces and a pink bag completed the look.

It had just begun to get cold and this thin fuchsia pullover is perfect for a thin layer of warmth. I wore it with a navy blue silk button-down, and stone trousers to tone the brightness down. Check out Snarf looking over his kingdom in the back.

A girly lunch on a cold weekend at The Avenues meant jeans and sneakers for comfort, and my big black wrap coat to stay warm. P.S: It wasn't warm enough. That area is COLD. And funnily, the mall is colder inside. You need more layers and more winter wear when you come here! The floral t-shirt I wore was too summery but I love the print and the fit.

That's all for now. Catch you soon on my next blog post. Follow me on Instagram @TheSilverKickDiaries to keep up!

xoxo
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Polka Dots and Fuchsia + How New Years Irritate Me

Polka Dots and Fuchsia + How New Years Irritate Me
















































I'm not a fan of polka dots usually. They look too in-your-face-60s-tacky. But I liked this top because the dots on this are tiny, neat and discreet. And navy is always an elegant colour. The material is polyester but has a soft chiffon-like feel to it. I love love LOVE the sleeves. They're three-quarter in length, and the flare is subtle, making them look chic. Flare sleeves can look quite dramatic but when done like this, they can look super-elegant. The high-neck and the gathering there lend it a formal, sophisticated edge. This just may be the perfect pretty summer work blouse. 

These pants were love-at-first-sight. You know me and my love of pink. I love bright pants as they look good on my long legs. Please don't mistake this for me flattering myself, I'm only pointing out a quirk of my weirdly-proportioned body. Red and pink look great with my colouring, especially hot pink. I love the energy of this bright and happy colour. I can't seem to get enough. I have loads of items in it- a long coat, top, a sweater, dresses, bags, and a sports top. I love how it pops against neutral shades of grey, tan, beige and stone. Which is why I finished the outfit with nude heels and a taupe bag. I talk more about styling with colour in my book Loving Yourself In Style. The book is available online on Amazon and Kobo, and in Jashanmal stores in Bahrain.

I took these photos when it was warmer. Now it feels like it's become cold overnight. The next photos you'll be seeing will be me swathed in jackets and scarves. If I ever summon the courage to take outfit photos in the cold, that is. I don't know how other bloggers living in colder countries do it. Wearing pencil skirts in the snow, no less! Brr! I can only think of wearing pants while cursing and complaining about the lack of warm pants in Bahrain. 

Work has started to become chaotic again as the year comes to a close. I have a bit of travel to look forward to towards the end of the year. So hurray for that! What I am NOT looking forward to, is the usual end-of-2017 stuff. The silly lists of the inane things that happened during the year. Yes I know that so-and-so happened in 2017, I was alive! I'm not much of one to look back over a year. I'm too focused and excited about what's ahead. And the 'New Year' doesn't excite me. It's a change of date, ho-hum. What's there to party about. {This is the introvert me talking. If you love to ring in the new year with massive celebrations, then more power to you!}. But I'll tell you what I do like about a new year. The new year stationery! New calendars, planners, etc. I haven't gotten around to getting myself anything yet though since I'm swamped with work and classes. But soon I'll find some time and purchase some pretty-pretty floral calendars and planners online.

What about you? What excites you about a new year? 

Top: H&M, Pants: Zara, Shoes: New Look, Bag, Watch, Earrings: Gifted

Until next time

xoxo
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18 More Tips To Lose Weight Faster

18 More Tips To Lose Weight Faster



Photo: Arif Feroze
Two years back I had posted 23 Tips On How To Lose Weight FasterUnfortunately, I haven't posted much on health and fitness recently, so here are some more tips that will help you get rid of that irritating excess flab. 
  1. Drink a lot of water before going to the supermarket. Literally, fill your stomach with water. You won't feel like buying candy bars/ chips and other junk when you're shopping.
  2. Replace sugar with jaggery and date syrup in your tea, coffee and desserts.
  3. Do a fitness class instead of on the gym floor. You'll  push yourself more during the class and you'll be more motivated to attend regularly.
  4. Reward a fitness milestone with anything but food. Earrings, lipstick, a new dress, flowers. Not cake.
  5. Take all the high energy, processed junk food from your house to your office or workplace. Keep it in the pantry there. You can't eat bad food if it's not there. {And don't eat it in the office!}
  6. When choosing ice cream go for the kiddie scoop.
  7. Increase lean protein in your meals. Lean protein means any meat like chicken, turkey, beef, mutton, which has the skin and fat stripped away from it. 
  8. Have one cheat item every week if you really crave it, so you don't binge later.
  9. Go from white to brown - replace white sugar, white rice and white bread with brown sugar, brown rice and brown bread.
  10. Eat protein with every single meal and snack. Some examples of protein: unsalted nuts, trans fat-less peanut butter, lean meats, plain yoghurt, fish, eggs, beans.
  11. Switch to dark chocolate - anything that has over 50% chocolate content.
  12. Read labels to look out for hidden sugars. Glucose, fructose, dextrose, aspartame, maltitol, sorbitol are all sugar.
  13. Avoid the low-fat, 'diet' foods. These foods usually have extra sugar or fat to make up for the taste.
  14. When in doubt, go for the full fat, rich dessert. Enjoy it and burn twice as many calories the next day in your workout. It's better than eating something low fat but calorie-laden and thinking you got off scot-free.
  15. Choose HIIT. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. It has been proven to be more effective at burning calories and fat. BodyCombat, one of the programs I teach, is HIIT.
  16. If it feels heavy on the tongue, it's probably high in calories and fat.
  17. Drink orange juice every time you feel like eating something sweet. 
  18. Replace cream with labneh. 
I'm a certified fitness instructor teaching Les Mills BodyCombat and BodyBalance classes in Fitness First, Oasis Centre, Riffa and Revolt Gym, Riyadat Mall. BodyCombat is a high-intensity cardio program in which you kick and punch your way to fitness, and BodyBalance is a mix of Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates, that leaves you feeling calm, centred, long and strong. 

Until next time,

xoxo
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Black Double Ruffles, Self-Striped Skirt + My Paradox of Relaxing

Black Double Ruffles, Self-Striped Skirt + My Paradox of Relaxing




 

 


Woohoo! Winter is finally here! These photos were taken when it was hotter, obviously, but I'm so happy the climate is cooler now! I'm such a big scaredy-cat when it comes to colder weather though. The day the temperature dropped, I got all my winter clothes out of storage. I don't like feeling cold. It's horrible. It's uncomfortable. All you can focus on is how cold you are. Or at least, that's me. But yes, I am enjoying the cool breeze, the clouds, the occasional drizzle and the crispness in the air that's there right now.

I saw this skirt when I was on the way out of Primark during my holiday earlier this year in Amsterdam. I was in a rush and I remember spotting it on the way down on the escalator and I ran to grab it in my size and took it to the counter without even trying it on, which is my golden rule for shopping- every piece shall be trieth on. As soon as I was back in my hotel room I tried it on, of course. I had been looking for a midi skirt in baby blue, which is why I was so excited when I spotted it. Plus it's not just a plain skirt. It has fun alternating see-through stripes with a shorter lining inside.

I paired it with a black double-ruffle sleeved top from ASOS which makes the blue of the skirt stand out. I'm still obsessed with ruffle sleeves, or bell sleeves as we used to call them when I was in college and they were a massive trend back then too. I love how they make a top look feminine, delicate and add that flair. I wore a tan belt to cinch in the waist more. I accessorized with a bronze chain necklace with pretty colourful stones that pop on the black, bangles in the same bronze shade and a leather strap watch. An oversized bag and black ankle boots completed the look. I love the combination of ankle boots with a skirt because of the way the boots fierce up the skirt. This is a good look for coffee with friends or for the weekend. For work, you can swap the boots for pumps or ballet flats.

Today has been really funny though. My evening plans got cancelled, which consisted of my Balance class and a meeting after the class. Suddenly I have nothing to do. I've been so busy the last few days that my mind's having a tough time accepting that I have free time. I keep thinking I'm missing something. I can't shake off the sense of urgency. Sigh. It's not a nice affliction, I tell you. In any case, trying to relax has always been a difficult task for me. I'm so neurotic that when I want to relax I have to have everything just right {getting the bed and my snacks ready for reading, or getting the popcorn, blankets, room temperature, etc ready for watching a movie in my room} that I end up spending more time setting up my relaxation than I do relax! Which is why I love my classes so much. They force me out of the chaos of my work, I get to meet my lovely students and once I finish the class, I'm so tired that my brain can't help but shut down. It's a sweet scam.

Top: ASOS, Skirt: Primark, Belt: Massimo Dutti, Accessories: Gifted, Shoes: New Look

Until next time

xoxo
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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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