Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Instagram recently + Weekend Trip To Dubai

November went by in a flash don't you think? The last few months of the year always seem to go by quickly. As if they're sliding downhill and picking up momentum as they go along. I've had a lovely November, with a short weekend trip to Dubai with my brother, to catch a performance by one of my favorite comedians and to meet some friends. Here are a few outfit pics from my instagram @TheSilverKickDiaries to start off. 

I had a long, tiring day when I took this photo so please excuse the expression on my face. I paired a plain purple top with a baby blue blazer and my oldest dark wash skinnies for a business casual ensemble.

This polka-dotted top is fairly simple so I added a statement necklace for some glam. Don't I match well with all the green?

A burgundy top with mint trousers, and a sharp-shouldered blazer to pull it all together.

I'm loving these red pants from ASOS.com. I paired them with a gray-blue satin button-down and a navy collarless blazer for a streamlined work outfit.

Dubai Weekend Trip
I didn't take a whole lot of pictures while I was there, as I was focused on having fun and relaxing. But here are a few.

My travel wear- a printed silk top paired with russet jeans, and a gray cardigan which I recently bought from ASOS.com. 

View from my hotel room- concrete and nature criss-crossing all over.

 Real fossil of a dinosaur in the Dubai Mall.

How could I not make a stop at The Cheesecake Factory?

View of the sun making a grand appearance, from my friend's apartment on the 19th floor.

Colors and lights at the Dubai Marina.

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Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Pink and Black, and My Love-Hate Relationship With This Weather











Top: Own design
Pants: Koton
Necklace: Ebay
 Watch, Ring: Gifted
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: Next
Photos: Arif Feroze

It's amazing the things you find on Ebay. Like this necklace for example. I love buying statement necklaces from Ebay. There's a huge variety, and you find ones that are being sold in high street shops for a fraction of the cost. I went for a simple workwear look here with a pink button-down paired with these wide-leg pants. I love a pretty statement necklace peeking out from a masculine collar, so I wore this striking blue one and matched a blue ring with it. I finished with a statement watch, nude heels and a statement bag in taupe. I love simple, classic looks for the office {or anywhere, for that matter}. A button-down and trousers is classic, but wide-leg pants add a flair {pun intended} to the entire outfit. 

In other news, I can't make up my mind about this rainy weather we're having. I love rain, but I hate the puddles and flooded streets. I love clouds in the sky but I hate how sluggish and lazy the weather makes me feel. I love the clean, shiny look of the city but I hate that I can't take blog photos anywhere. You feel me? 

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

DIY Black Tulle Skirt And Feeling Festive











Top: Gifted
Skirt: DIY
Clutch: c/o Charles & Keith
Shoes: Steve Madden
Photos: Nada Qamber

It's true. I'm feeling festive already. Like I mentioned in my last post, I love this time of year. There's just so much happening - exhibitions, fairs, concerts, ballet, people out and about, enjoying the weather. And of course, I'm looking forward to December when it gets really festive with Bahrain's National Day lighting up the town in red and white lights, and Christmas and New Year right after. And even though I don't celebrate any of them, it's impossible to not get caught up in the cheerful atmosphere. 

But to be really, really honest, feeling festive is just an excuse I made up to wear this skirt and top. Haha. I had this skirt as a full maxi version, {you might remember it from this post}. I wore it a few times and got tired of it's cumbersome fullness and layers. So I chopped off half of it and ta-da! Pretty, pretty tulle midi skirt. I dressed up this dressy skirt even more in this outfit by wearing it with a sequinned crop top, and finished with red pumps for an end-of-year-happy-vibe. Maybe the next time I'll try to dress it down with a casual top, but who am I kidding- I'm always going to choose glam and girliness.

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

White, fuchsia and gray and it's that time of year












Top: Zara
Jacket: Mendocino
Necklace: Gifted
Pants: ASOS
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: Kate & Mel
Photos: Nada Qamber

I've seriously become a huge fan of ASOS trousers. It has usually been very difficult for me to find formal trousers that fit me perfectly. At one point I even gave up and just stopped wearing trousers altogether. But ASOS changed all that with their perfect, perfect pants. I think I've purchased five so far! Their trousers fit true to size, the material is just perfect- not too thick so I can wear them in Bahrain's sweltering summers, and there's a large variety of different styles apart from the usual skinny and/or high-waisted ones I tend to come across everywhere. I like my pants to be a bit loose so they're comfortable and make for easy movement, as well sit just below the belly button. 

These cigarette gray ones come with a belt, and are a textured linen blend so they feel quite light and comfy. I love the turn-up at the hem and that they're not too short. Since the color is a very basic shade of gray, I paired it with a bright pink tee and wore a white jacket on top to pull the look together. I love how white adds instant elegance to any look. A floral necklace, statement watch, and vintage ring make up the accessories. Since the pants stop just short of the ankle, they're great to wear ankle-strap heels with. This black, white and pink bag almost looks like it was made for this outfit, it matches so well. Haha.

In other news I am absolutely, completely enjoying the transition of summer to winter with clouds and bluer skies making a reappearance. The only problem is that with such gorgeous weather I find it very hard to focus on anything other than staring out my window all day. It's a miracle that I get any work done at all! 

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Vintage style and individuality

By Claire Hastings
Vintage style is probably the most versatile style of them all. For me, a girl who is a design student with a very tight schedule, this is very important. When you’re trying to fit classes, projects, fashion shows and internship job interviews, your style needs to be appropriate for every single occasion. Not to mention that I also often have to be at all kinds of meetings at the magazine for which I write editorials for, and when I finish with all that stuff, I need some mental relaxation so I go and spend some time with my friends after a long day. My point is that I always have to think of new combinations that are adjustable for any situation – from job interviews, to college classes, all the way to a night at the movies with my bestie. I can’t allow myself to look informal for a job interview, and at the same time, to be overdressed for the movies. You see my problem here? Now, after many, many different options I realized that vintage style is the style that has it all. Here’s some advice to always find the perfect outfit, and also some of my most favorite combinations that bring that special type of glamour in a busy everyday life. Enjoy.
Vintage closet essentials
Girls who are new to this style need to know what are some of the must-haves. Here is my list.
A – line skirts
These skirts are perfect for all figures because they fit your hips and then gradually extend to look like a letter A. They appeared in the middle of the 20th century and were very popular during the 40s. You can find them in any length, from minis to mid-length, all the way to the ones that touch the ground
Denim capris
They are versatile just like any other long denim jeans, but in the same time really give you that 60s feel.
Lightweight knits
Cardigans, long sleeved sweaters, short sleeved sweaters, ponchos, it doesn’t matter – they are so fabulous and probably the best garments for layering. Definitely one of the most important vintage essentials. Half of my closet is taken by the lightweight knits and I’m not ashamed to admit – I am a knitaholic.

Gloves
OH my god, my favorite accessory of them all. I love them so much, they made winter my favorite season because I can’t wear them when it’s warm. Especially the long ones in red or brown tones. Hurry up winter!
Playsuits 
 Formal playsuits are the essentials of layering


Let me just tell you that I have absolutely no idea how many of these do I have. The reason is that playsuits are the essential layering garments. You can wear these fun and cute pieces during the day with a knit item over it during your classes, and with a simple top replacement (adding a blazer instead of knit piece) you turn them into fabulous formal playsuits.  
Pencil skirts
Not only do they hug your curves and represent the best office garment of all times – they are also extremely popular lately. Many designers decided to bring them back, which is great because you can now find them in all sizes and designs. I have 9 of these.
Shirtwaist dresses
Hello 1930s. In vintage world, THIS is the black dress of your closet. It is such a simple garment that goes with everything and makes you look cute with zero effort.
My secret to combinations
As I said, vintage style has literally saved me. Once you get the idea, you will be able to make simple outfits that you can wear to any occasion and they will be appropriate. Feel free to do any combination you want. Combine your long blazer with a white T-shirt, statement skirt and panty hose. Combine a fancy shirt dress with monochrome sneakers and a cute hat. Wear pearls with your monochrome knitwear and add a patterned A skirt to all that. Match your capris with a basic shirt and a long jacket and pointed toe heels. Freedom is the key.
I hope I helped you and that you understood that the most important thing of all is to have fun. Don’t let yourself be nervous because you don’t know what to wear tomorrow. Relax, enjoy and, once again, HAVE FUN!


Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She has been writing as long as she can remember. She is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.






Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Turquoise Maxi Dress & An Introduction To A New Venture- Lace Love


 



 






 Dress: Own design
Earrings, Watch: Gifted
Bangles: from Thailand
Clutch: c/o Charles & Keith
Shoes: ASOS
Photos: Nada Qamber

 I love maxi dresses, especially because they're light and easy to wear. I love the silkiness and shine of this material and knew it would look great in an A-line maxi dress. It's super comfortable but satin like this is super sensitive to stains, so I have to be very careful. Even water leaves a mark! One time I wore this dress to go out for dinner, and when putting make up on I leaned too close to the dressing table and stained the dress with some spilled makeup remover on the table. Argh! This time I made sure to put makeup on before I wore it. When the dress was ready I thought I'd wear it plain, but my mom suggested lace near the hem would look amazing. So we added this multicolored crochet lace and I love how it looks. I paired it with these gorgeous vintage-y tear-drop earrings, which have a pretty flower engraved on the tear-drop stone. I love how they add a classic feel. Keeping with a gold theme, I wore colorful enamel gold bangles, a golden statement watch, and gold heels, and finished with this cute box clutch from Charles & Keith that has a gold handle.

Speaking of lace, as I've mentioned in the last post and the previous one, I'll be bringing you something to do with lace, and here it is. My mother and I have started a business together, selling lace. Me and my mom have been lace lovers since ages {I fell in love with lace because of her}, and we know a lot of women who wanted the kind of lace we get for ourselves from all over the world. So we decided to make it available, at least for the ladies in Bahrain. Here are a few photos of the types of laces we have:








 I've always loved how lace can make a too-short skirt longer and more elegant, or hide a neck that's too deep, or just add a bit of interest to something plain. Which is why we also take orders for sewing lace onto clothes, and we help you match the right lace for the right clothes. 

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Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 

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