Monday, 25 April 2016

Bag Styles to Suit Your Body Shape

 By Sophia Smith

Spring is almost here, which means you’re probably shopping for the new season. If a new handbag is on your list, you are definitely at the right place. Find the perfect one for you by following these simple guidelines that take into account your body type, too, and find out more about the connection between bags and different body shapes.


Tall and curvy ladies, who are often referred to as plus-sized, should always choose a big bag that is structured in order to strike a balance with their gorgeous curves. Boxy bags are also a great choice, as well as prints – just stick to larger prints and steer clear from tiny patterns that will not look good on your body shape. Of course, bags that are too small will definitely make you look larger, so it would be best to avoid them.

Besides that, girls with larger busts may want to avoid shoulder bags which will emphasize their chests even more. Tote bags are perfect for them.

Tall and Thin

Tall and thin girls require bags that won’t make them look even taller, which is why they should avoid shoulder bags with a short strap. The perfect bag for them is the hobo – a crescent-shaped bag which is often very soft and slouchy.  It is also a good idea for tall girls to opt for bags that are wider than they are tall. A clutch would be one of the best possible choices here.

Petite and Curvy

An hourglass body shape, similar to Kim Kardashian’s, is very popular today amongst petite girls who gladly embrace their figure as it is. Even though some people claim that oversized bags are not meant for small women, Kim proved all of them wrong and introduced a large rectangular clutch bag that is perfect for this shape.

A classic Hermes style, embodied by the Kelly bag, is also very desirable with this body type. It is a large, structured handbag with distinctive hardware closures, loved by many women all over the globe today.

Short and Tiny

Girls who are short and tiny should always choose handbags that are proportionate to their body type, because smaller ones will make them look taller. Larger bags will overwhelm their frame, which is why short ladies tend to look even tinier when their look is accompanied with a huge tote.

Besides that, shoulder bags with a long strap should also be avoided by short girls since these will weigh them down and basically make them look smaller than they actually are. Since the shape of a handbag should be the opposite of your body type, short women should choose long rectangular handbags.

General Handbag Tips

Don’t forget that your bag should be practical – besides the fact that it represents one of the easiest ways to make a fashion statement; you are carrying your personal items in it. So make sure that it has enough compartments that will suit your needs. Its size, material and colours are also important and fashion-forward girls know that timeless handmade leather goods are always a good choice for numerous reasons.

Every woman, as well as man, simply has to own one timeless piece in classic color, such as black, brown, or beige, which can be worn at numerous occasions. Such a piece will keep its shape over many years, because leather is one of the finest materials that can be used in its production. You will never make a mistake with it.

 A good bag can emphasize the most beautiful features of your body in the same way clothes can, which is why you should pay attention to its shape and style. A well-structured bag that is appropriate for your body shape can largely contribute to your overall look, so make sure that everything is balanced in the best possible way.

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is an Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She can be described as a beauty addict and life lover. She writes mostly on fashion and beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is a regular contributor at High Style Life.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

A Bright Outfit To Run Around Schools In


Jacket, Bag: Gifted
Top: Koton
Jeans: c/o Pull & Bear
Photos: Nada Qamber


This has been one busy, busy, BUSY week. Every single day I've been running around schools and ministries trying to get my school certificates attested, all to get my business registered. Such a lengthy process! Argh! I drove around so much this week that I finished a full tank of petrol in just 3 days! Today's the only day I haven't done the 'school run' {ha ha}, and tomorrow again I go back to the ministry, to collect all my attested certs. Finally!{Although I must say it was fun to visit my old school and see a few familiar faces. Most of the teachers who taught me have left now but I did run into my second grade teacher.}.

It was on one of these days that I was running around that I wore this outfit. It had to be comfortable and I wanted to look professional for meeting ministry officials. And nothing looks smarter than a good blazer. This white one is very light and the material is thin, so you don't feel {too} hot in it. This emerald green top is a recent buy and since the color is bright, the white blazer was great to tone it down. For the comfort level it had to be jeans, and so I chose my stretchiest, comfiest ones. Plus I love how an outfit looks streamlined with skinny jeans. I added some pops of pink with this necklace and my favorite fuchsia pumps, and finished with my baby pink handbag. 

Until next time,

Stay sane!



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Sunday, 10 April 2016

How To Dress Up Slowwwwly And Make Yourself Feel Great


Top: Own design
Skirt: Coast
Necklace: Forever21
Bracelets, Watch, Clutch: Gifted
Ring: Damas
Shoes: Steve Madden
Photos: Arif Feroze

You've probably heard about waking up slowly. If you haven't, it's about taking your time to get out of bed in the morning instead of springing up like a slice of bread from a toaster. It's about feeling the sleep leave your eyes, sitting up, letting your heart rate get back to normal, stretching as you get out of bed, adjusting to your surroundings and then going about your morning routine. This allows you start the day at a good pace, instead of rushing around like a mad person.

I have a similar concept for you- dressing up slowly. Dressing up is such a lovely part of the day. You're making yourself look good before you face the day, so why not take your own sweet time and enjoy it? Put your favorite music on. If you like picking out what you're wearing the night before, put it on, if not, take the time to choose what you want to wear, try it on, admire your outfit in the mirror and feel great about it. Take your time on choosing your accessories, trying them on and doing another check in the mirror. Lastly {or maybe some of you do this first. I like doing it last} take the time to put your make up on. Curl your eyelashes, apply mascara and eyeliner with care, smile big as you apply your blush; enjoying how the color goes on your face, how it enhances your best features and makes you even prettier. Lastly, pick out your bag and shoes and check your awesome-ass-kicking-self out in the mirror. Feel confident knowing you look your absolute BEST to face the world and that you're going to have an amazing day because of it. 

Of course, all this can't be done in 5 minutes so make sure you have enough time. Time yourself to find out how long it takes you to get dressed slowly. Then set the alarm to make sure you wake up that much earlier, and enjoy getting dressed.

What do you think? Do you like the idea of taking the time to gussy up? What do you like to do when getting dressed to make it your own little ritual?

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

What I Never Forget To Take On A Flight

Yes, you've got to carry your passport and your tickets, whether on your phone or as printouts (I prefer both. No room for risks.), but what about all the other stuff you need when you're on a flight? I travel quite a bit and on long flights, and these are the things I NEVER leave behind:

1. A backpack.
Thank god backpacks are back. And there are stylish, girly ones available too. The smartest travel essential I bought earlier this year is my Parfois backpack. Carrying a backpack means your hands are free and you don't one achy shoulder from an overstuffed handbag.

2. Fuzzy socks.
If your feet are warm, your whole body is warm. Thick, fuzzy socks are perfect for when the flight gets too cold and your feet are freezing.

3. Headphones.
You've got to have headphones for noisy airports and noisy airplanes. You can buy bigger ones that cancel out noise better, but I like my Samsung headphones just fine.

4. Business cards.
You never know who you meet on a flight or at an airport. On one long flight I was sitting next to the Assistant Professor of Marketing of Nottingham University in the UK. {I'm a Marketing Consultant so having her on a 7 hour flight to chat with, was great.} I'm glad I had my business cards on me when she asked for one.

5. Power bank.
I can't leave home without a fully charged power bank. It's even more essential when you're travelling and your phone/ tablet is about to die on you.

6. Bottle of water.
It's so important to stay hydrated when you're flying. But many people forget to take a bottle of water with them when they go to the airport. I always take a half-filled bottle from home. Almost all airports have drinking water fountains and I top up my bottle there. And yes, some airports may take your bottle at security screenings, but that's okay with me. At least I had it up to that point. Also, most airports will let you take an empty bottle through. Just drink all the water before your security screening and fill it up again once through and you'll have your bottle of water with you on the flight. I can't sit through a flight without a bottle of water!

7. Charger.
Essential if you need to plug in and recharge your phone/ tablet/ power bank when you have access to plug points/ charging stations at airports.

8. Books on your phone.
I stopped buying physical books a long time back. I simply don't have the space anymore at home to store them. All my books are on my phone which doubles as my book reader. Before travelling I make sure I have plenty of books on my phone.

9. Long scarf.
A long scarf is so, so important when you're flying. Airports around the world are cold, cold, cold and a long scarf can be used in many ways, not just to keep you warm. It can keep your neck warm, you can wrap it around your shoulders, drape it over your legs when sitting, or scrunch it up and use it as a pillow. The one in the picture was gifted to me but any big cotton scarf will do.

10. Home-made trail mix.
I never leave home without a trail mix when I travel. Hunger can strike at any time while you're flying and a home-made trail mix of roasted nuts will keep the hunger away until your next meal. I roast raw nuts at home and carry a mix of them in a Ziploc bag or any plastic bag. Just note, don't mix raisins with roasted nuts as the nuts will become soft.

11. Mints.
Because who likes airplane breath.

12. Lip balm.
My lips tend to dry out super-quick in the cold air-conditioning of airports and flights which is why I always keep a lip balm handy. I love my Lucas Papaw Ointment and use it as a lip balm, among other things.

13. Moisturizer.
The cold air in flights dries out skin and a cold cream is essential to restore moisture. I prefer carrying just one simple face moisturizer that can double up as a hand moisturizer if needed.

14. Make up wipes.
Perfect for removing your make up when you're ready to sleep on the flight. I don't leave home without my Travel Make Up Wipes by Inglot.

Those are my flight essentials. Of course, I haven't mentioned a few such as glasses, contact lens case and lens solution, but those are more specific to me as I wear contact lenses. But what about you? What are the flight/ travel essentials you can't leave home without? What would you add to my list?Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,



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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Cool Colors and Blacker Than Black Skinnies



Top: Aritzia
Jeans: Zara
Belt: c/o Massimo Dutti
Necklace: Gifted
Sunglasses, Ring: Vintage
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: Gifted + vintage earrings clipped on top
Photos: Nada Qamber

I think I'm a bit addicted to this shirt. How could I not be? The color is soothing and so great for summers here, and the material is buttery soft making it such a delight to wear. {You can see how I styled it here with a pencil skirt}. I love it so much that recently I went to the textile market to look for the same material and make similar shirts in different colors. But I got distracted by some other beautiful cloth in a shop and ended up buying seven different pieces instead. But that's another story.

I love the combination of soft peach and coral with colors like seafoam and mint, and I love how this peach necklace is set off perfectly against the shirt with the pearls adding a touch of elegance. {The necklace also has a really long tie at the back, making it possible to wear over a buttoned-up shirt}. These black skinnies are a recent buy from Zara, and they are so frikkin' amazing. The material is thick, but it still has a lot of stretch and give. I could do yoga in it! I like my black skinnies like some people like their coffee- really, really black. And these are perfect. I wore them with this shirt for a deep contrast. A cognac belt smartens up the look and pulls it together {no pun intended}. I finished with a few pops of color by the way of a red bag and cobalt blue pumps, livened up with clip-on earrings. Which are actually painted on with nail polish. {Tutorial HERE}. Talk about DIY on DIY! Haha!

Until next time, 

Stay happy!



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Black Wrap-Around And Russet Jeans


Top: Bershka
Jeans: Zara
Jewellery: Set borrowed from mom, ring from Gold Souk.
Watch: Gifted
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Aldo
Photos: Nada Qamber

Aren't wrap-around clothes just the best things ever? They look so elegant. Which is why I'm loving the trend of the wrap-around top. I'm seeing them EVERYWHERE in different colors and materials. I got myself this baby in black and I love it! I paired it today with russet jeans and ankle boots, and accessorized with elegant tear-drop jewellery. I grabbed my big statement bag to complete the look.

These shirts are so versatile and can be worn with pants or tucked into a skirt. They're great for work and I love how this one has a collar on it, giving it a more formal edge. {Which I just realized you can't see because my hair is covering it.}  I'll show it to you the next time I wear it. I did get a few stitches put through the centre overlap of the shirt to not let it open. You can simply use a safety pin if you'd like. I'm thinking about getting the same shirt in white, but tailored, as I want it to be longer in the front. This one sits a bit short on me.

The weather was so great when I took these pictures. The sky was overcast and and it was raining on and off. It was all I could do to not dance around during the shoot.

Until next time, 

Stay happy!



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