Wednesday, 22 April 2015

'Dress'ed for summer



Dress: H&M, Scarf: Gifted, Bangle: from Thailand, Boots: Oxygene, Bag: Aldo.
Photos: Arif Feroze

It's gone from Spring to Summer very, very quickly. Of course, technically, here in Bahrain we have no Spring but I like to make myself happy thinking we do. Although I'm relieved there's a cool breeze, the sun is beating down hard. To put it simply: IT'S HOT! And a skater dress is sooo light and comfy in this weather. Since this dress is one color all over, I added interest with this gorgeous butterfly and floral print scarf that I got for my birthday from a mother and daughter that attend my classes. I added more color with these orange booties and my red handbag. I kept the accessories very minimal, with just one bangle and pearl studs. This outfit is perfect for running errands on the weekends or meeting friends for coffee. Which I did.

What's your favorite summery outfit?

xoxo

Shabana


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

How I made my dream come true



Many significant things happened last year, the biggest of which was me quitting my high-paying job as a marketing manager. At that time I believed I was done with marketing, but I clearly wasn't, as now I'm a freelance marketing and social media consultant. And I'm incandescently, ecstatically happy doing it. But it wasn't easy getting there.

After I resigned, I took some time off, relaxed and cleared my mind. Then the big question started hounding me- what can I do? I knew what I didn't want to do {a job} but I had no clue what business I would start. As more time went by and my eureka! moment still hadn't struck, I started doubting myself- Did I just make a huge mistake by resigning? Maybe I'm just not cut out to be a business owner. Maybe I was stupid and naive to think I can do this. 

It came to a point where I believed all my doubts and started looking for a job. I interviewed for a few jobs but nothing clicked. I started to get really worried now. It was during this time that a friend told me about a friend who needed help in marketing. I told her that I could help her out. I did, she was happy with my work, and referred me to someone else. And that's how it all started. 

Today my business is growing at a great pace, I'm enjoying being my own boss, being able to do fitness classes any time of day, and taking naps whenever I want to. And of course, I'm doing what I love. 

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I think more and more people should pursue their dreams. But I know it's not easy. One thing will always stand in your way- You. 

Never, ever, EVER, doubt yourself. You have everything it takes to fulfill your dreams. Sometimes you get scared. That's ok. Everyone does. But just keep doing what you're doing in spite of the fear. In the end, you'll make it happen.


xoxo

Shabana


Monday, 13 April 2015

Red Chiffon Wrap


Wrap: Est by Thelna, Top: Zara, Jeans: Salsa, Ring: Debenhams, Earrings & Watch: Gifted, Shoes: Steve Madden. Photos: Arif Feroze

No, I didn't take these photos today. If I did, they would be pictures of me flying in the air or maybe stuck somewhere in a tree. That's probably where I'd be if I tried taking outfit pictures with these really strong winds blowing today,

I bought this beautiful red wrap from Thelna, the fashion designer behind Est by Thelna, in December. I waited.. and waited.. and waited.. and waited for the winter to go away so I could finally wear it. And a few days ago when the weather was behaving itself, I did. As soon as I had seen this piece I was in love with it. It's chiffon, it's unique, and it's RED! Because it's tied around the neck and the waist, you can change the length of it. And of course, I love the fact that Thelna is a Bahrain-based designer. Just makes the piece all that more special.

You can wear it over anything and the way it swishes around you makes you feel like a queen. I wanted to really show the piece properly in this outfit so I wore it with a black top and dark wash jeans. I kept my accessories minimal so that all the attention would be on the wrap. Now I can't wait to experiment with it and style it in other ways!

How have you been? What new pieces have you bought recently?

xoxo

Shabana


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Spring has sprung



Top and Rings: H&M, Skirt: Own Design, Necklace & Bangles: Gifted, Bag: Jane Norman, Shoes: New Look. Photos: Arif Feroze.

What better way to welcome spring than with a gorgeous floral print? I love that this print has so much... spring.. in it. It's slightly unusual as it's a green background, but it's got all the basic colors so it can easily be teamed with anything else. Today I paired it with a powder blue top. I brought out the dark pink in the skirt with these pink sandals, and matched the green with the bangles. A simple silver necklace and silver knuckle rings completed my accessories, and I added a bright orange bag to break away from all the matchy- matchy-ness.

And also because it's spring and I wanted to put all the colors I possibly could put on my body. So, we've got blue, green, orange and pink. I should have added red and yellow in somewhere too. Maybe with a red and yellow scarf...

 Help. I'm out of control.


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The latest make up goodies- reviews




Wow by Wojooh launches the new Chunky Funky Lips in 6 pretty shades. This pocket-sized lipstick crayon delivers intense color and has an extra creamy formula that contains emollients, Vitamin E and shea butter –  perfect for soft and smooth lips. 




 Rimmel's new Lasting Finish 25HR Powder is an ultra-light dual finish wet and dry powder foundation. It applies like a powder but covers like a liquid allowing you to build your desired coverage. Apply dry for a light to medium finish, or wet for a full professional look. The powder is water resistant and lasts up to 25 hours.

Rimmel’s 9-in-1 Skin Awakening Super Makeup BB Radiance Cream has 9 benefits that make this product your morning essential. It primes, smooths, conceals, moisturizes, minimizes the appearance of pores, awakens and brightens skin, whilst creating natural coverage and a radiant finish. With nourishing shea butter, and a specific  Vitamin C complex, the light weight formula blends perfectly with your skin to provide a 'no makeup' look. Bonus: It comes with SPF 20.



Get the London look with Rimmel London's new Keep Calm Lip Balm, a moisturizing balm with a subtle hint of colour. Ultra-nourishing, this long-wearing formula enriched with moisturizing oils softens and protects lips whist helping to seal in moisture. 

Rimmel's Wonder’full Wake Me Up Mascara With Vitamins & Cucumber  delivers clump-free lash volume, amazing lift and length. Eyes look revitalised and energised. Its exclusive formula with vitamins and cucumber extract  conditions the lashes. The Precision Brush wraps each and every lash with defined, clump-free volume, lifting and stretching them all the way up for an eye awakening effect.



Sally Hansen 18K Gold Nail Care duo instantly treats and beautifies nails and cuticles in just one step. 

 18K Gold Hardener combines real 18-karat gold with peptides and amino acids, creating a shatter-proof shield that protects nails. 18K Gold Hardener can be worn under and over nail color for a hint of sparkle, or on its own for strength and shine. 

18K Gold Cuticle Eraser helps reduce and improve the appearance of rough cuticles. The gel contains real gold with natural humectants to trap moisture and nourish cuticles, while quartz particles help whisk away excess skin and polish nails. The product features an applicator tip with a nibbed exfoliator and built-in cuticle pusher. 



Tuesday, 31 March 2015

25 Things You Don’t Have To Justify To Anyone




1. Your job. Yes, even if you’re working something that other people condescendingly term “not a real job,” such as retail or service. If you have a job of any kind in this economy, you’ve already won.

2. Whether or not you have debt. If you managed to get out of your education debt-free, that doesn’t mean that your life is a financial walk in the park that you constantly have to be apologizing for. If you are in debt, it doesn’t mean you got a “worthless” degree and now deserve to be shamed for struggling to find work after you were convinced by your school that you were making a good decision.

3. The kind of food you enjoy eating, or why you enjoy eating. (No matter how “uncultured” or “boring” or “gross” someone else might deem your favorite food.)

4. Your decision to have children, or not have them, or to not be sure if you even want them.

5. Your dislike for marriage as an institution — and even if this one day changes, you don’t have to justify having grown as a person and moved into a new point of view. No one should be telling you “I told you so” over something as enormous as your decision to commit for life to another person.

6. Your sexuality, or your desire to experiment with it. You are allowed to have “phases” or “try things out” or be “confused,” and can take as much time as you want figuring it out.

7. Your gender presentation.

8. Your income level, and what you can and cannot afford. If you are having trouble keeping up with friends because you are not able to spend as much as them, there is no reason to risk financial ruin to try and keep up appearances.

9. Your body. The only person whom you need to talk to about with it is your doctor; everyone else can else can go kick rocks.

10. Whether or not you want to go out on a weekend night, or ten weekend nights in a row. The amount of time you spend in a bar or at a club does not directly correlate with how cool or worthy a person you are.

11. Your relationship status. If you’re single and happy, that’s great. If you’re in a relationship and happy, that’s great. If you’re either of those and not happy, you are more than allowed to be, and it’s no one’s business how you should “fix” it unless you ask them for their advice.

12. How many friends you have. One is enough. A hundred is enough. And there is no need to falsely upgrade acquaintances to “friend” status in your mind simply to fill out the ranks. A true friend is rare, and we don’t need to make it a competition for who has the most.

13. How much you drink when you go out, or if you drink at all, or why you choose not to drink if you do.

14. What kind of music you enjoy listening to.

15. What kind of an education you have or don’t have, or if you intend to go back and finish what you’ve started. If continuing your studies is something you want to do, good, but don’t be forced into saying that you want it just because it’s what people expect of you.

16. What you happen to be turned on by. If you like slash fiction, you like slash fiction. If you like people recording videos of themselves popping balloons, that’s awesome for you. It’s all good, and as long as you’re not hurting anyone, have at it.

17. Whether or not you know to cook, even if you’re a woman who “should” know how to do those things.

18. If you stay at home to raise your children, or if you hire someone to help you do so because you have a full-time career. Neither of those choices are more or less feminist, no matter what Elizabeth Wurtzel tells you.

19. How many people you have had sex with.

20. Whether or not you are a virgin, and whether or not you want to wait for marriage to lose said virginity.

21. Whether or not you believe in God, and what you think God actually is. (As long as you’re not imposing any of your beliefs on others, in which case we’d have a bit of a problem. But I trust that you’re cool and wouldn't do that.)

22. Who you voted for and why. If you want to talk about it, you’re free to. But no one should ever make you feel like you have to tell them.

23. If you have sex on a first date, if you kiss on a first date, or if you won’t even hold hands on a first date. You’re allowed to do whatever you like when you've just met a new potential suitor.

24. Whether or not you choose to use dating websites.

25. Not knowing exactly what you want to be when you grow up, even if many people would already put you in the category of “grown up.” If you are considering going back to school, or changing careers, or moving, or starting a family, or doing charity work — it’s all good. And none of it has to be followed up with a longwinded explanation about why it’s a good idea and they should believe in you. If you need to justify what makes you happy to someone in your life, perhaps you should ask yourself why you even care about their opinion in the first place.


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?


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