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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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Wintery Instagram Outfits

Wintery Instagram Outfits



These outfits are from my Instagram, @thesilverkickdiaries. The weather has fluctuated so much this winter, that it's been confusing deciding what to wear. Just when you think you have to retire your winter stuff, it becomes cold again. Big coats, small coats, leather jackets, I pulled them all out of hiding. It got so cold at one point that I had to go shopping for a few layer-easy jumpers and sweaters too.

 A classic jeans and leather jacket look for a lunch date with the family. I wore a full-sleeved t-shirt in a nude color, to contrast with the black jacket, and accessorized with a glass necklace and a tan bag.

 This is one of my favorite blouses from Koton because it's comfortable, chic, and baby blue. It's a crossover blouse, with a collar {hidden by my hair} and a bow on one side {hidden by my arm}. I wore it with skinny black pants and bright peep-toe pumps. 

Another crossover blouse, in black this time. I wore it with wide leg pants in beige and added a bright bag for color.

 A colorful look with green and pink, and a statement necklace in pink to pop against the green. I toned it down with gray pants and finished with black booties.

 I wore a mustard top with a plum skirt in this look, and finished with a big wrap coat and stockings to keep me warm, I added a white statement necklace to stand out against the yellow and match with the bag.

When you're in a rush, there's nothing simpler than a smart button-down paired with skinny jeans. I love the deep burgundy of this men's shirt from Koton. A few gold accessories and black round-toe pumps complete the look.

 This was a cold, cold day that called for three-piece layering. I went for a black and pink look with a pink button-down, a black and white geometric pattern sweater, wide leg pants in blush and my trusty black wrap coat on top. The bag added the last bit of pink.

I'm in love with this chevron print skirt and you'll definitely see it again in a blog post. I wore it here with a red top, a statement watch and ring, and ankle booties.

Bright colors always make me happy on dull winter days. Here I wore a bright pink sweater over a gray satin button-down, and paired them with forest green wide leg pants. With so much color, it had to be nude pumps to complete the look.

Until next time,

Shabana
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14 Ways To Increase Your Energy

14 Ways To Increase Your Energy



I  run a busy business during the day, teach power-packed fitness classes in the evenings and write this blog. The question I get asked the most is, "How do you have so much energy?". So I decided to answer this question in this post, with a list of everything that helps me stay as energetic as I am. I'm not going to mention that you should be getting enough sleep each night, because that's obvious. Apart from that, here are all my energy-enhancing secrets:





1. Start your day with a good breakfast
Don't even THINK about skipping breakfast. Don't. Even. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You need fuel in your body at the beginning of the day to feel energetic throughout the day. And not just any fuel. Good fuel. Opt for eggs, whole wheat bread, smoothies, and other such foods that release energy slowly, and wake you up slowly. Eat within an hour of waking up.
NB: NO SUGARY CEREALS. THEY ARE THE SAME AS EATING CANDY.

2. Exercise.
We tend to think that we need to HAVE energy to exercise. Which is not true. Exercising increases your energy levels. So even when you get home tired after work, get your butt off that couch and go exercise! You'll feel more energetic the next day and the next. Your energy levels will steadily go up as you keep working out and building stamina and endurance. If you're very tired, try doing 30 minutes of exercise. Or even 15 minutes everyday.


3. Eat many times a day
Flagging energy levels can be quickly perked up by eating the right foods throughout the day. Your body needs sustenance to keep going. Your brain needs fuel to keep going. But this sustenance and fuel should be in the form of good food. Don't starve yourself until your next meal. Have a mid-morning snack, a mid-afternoon snack, and maybe one before dinner as well. No, you won't get fat. Not unless you're snacking on sugary biscuits and fried chips.  Raw nuts, a small bowl of fruit, a cup of yogurt, one banana, etc., are good examples of healthy snacks. 

4. Go potty
Carrying toxic waste inside you makes you feel tired and sluggish. You can even get massive headaches from being constipated. You should be going to the bathroom at least once a day to empty your stomach. Try and notice how you feel much lighter and peppier after you've done so. Do whatever it takes to make sure you go at least once a day- eat more fibrous foods, drink honey-lemon water when you wake up, and drink lots of water throughout the day.


5. Eat fresh, natural foods that are cooked right
Food that is closest to its source, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, will give you more energy than food that is processed and sitting on a shelf for months and months. Avoid canned, processed and packaged food. Frozen food is okay as the nutrients are retained. Make sure you cook your food in such a way that the nutrients are not lost. Don't overcook and deep-fry your food. Reduce eating in restaurants and cafes that use frozen foods that have been sitting in a container on a ship for god knows how long. 

6. Reduce red meat
Notice how you feel heavy and lethargic after eating red meat like mutton and beef. This is because red meat is harder to digest. Stick to white meat like chicken, turkey and fish which is easier to digest and has less fat. If you really can't live without your steak or burger, try and reduce it to just once a week.

7. Be around happy, optimistic people
Negative, high-strung people will bring your energy levels down. You're not going to feel exuberant with energy when someone has been whining and complaining to you about the world and all their problems all the time. Be around happy, kind people who make you laugh and you'll have more energy to attack your tasks.



8. Find out what your adaptogens are and keep them around 
An adaptogen is anything that helps your body resist stress. Imagine you've had a long, hard day. You find a kitten on the side of the road and you play with it for a bit. Suddenly you realize that you don't even feel that tired anymore. The kitten acted like an adaptogen that changed your mood and uplifted your spirits. Find out what your personal adaptogens are and keep them close. 

9. Drink up!
A major reason for your tiredness and fatigue could be because you're not drinking enough water. Drinking water not only helps your body properly, but it keeps your mind awake and fresh. Keep a big bottle of water on your table and aim to finish it before you leave for home. Ignore the funny looks from your coworkers when you make several trips to the bathroom. You're the one who's getting more work done and feeling more energetic while you're at it.


10. Do a brain dump
Most of the time {or even ALL of the time} our thoughts weigh us down and rob us of energy. Take a piece of paper or a notebook and write down EVERYTHING that's on your mind right that second. Don't worry about proper sentences and grammar, just write. Dump your brain on that paper. It'll help you feel much better and more energetic. 

11. Chew your food properly
It's so important to sit down at the dining table and have a relaxed meal. Shoveling food in as if eating is a race does your body no good. In addition to making you put on weight, it also leads to indigestion, gas, and a general feeling of heaviness and discomfort. Enjoying a meal and chewing food slowly helps to release energy steadily.


12. Take a nap BEFORE you're tired
There's a lot of research showing the benefits of naps to recharge the body, but I believe it's better to take a nap or relax BEFORE you get too tired. When you're super-tired, it's harder to relax, and even harder to sleep. Also, when your brain is buzzing with a thousand things on your mind, you can't relax. So take a nap when you feel even slightly tired or sleepy. A 30 min to 1 hour nap after lunch is great to feel rejuvenated for the rest of the day. If work doesn't allow you to take a nap during the day, try and have a siesta once you get home.


13. Have smoothie bowls and raw juices
Whenever I have a nice big glass of green juice or a yummy big smoothie bowl, my energy levels lift. A smoothie bowl is simply a smoothie served in a bowl. You can top it with fruits and nuts, and because of its thick consistency, it's easier to eat it with a spoon than drink it from a glass. Raw juices are any juices made from raw fruits and vegetables. I prefer making these at home rather than buying packaged smoothies and juices because I can be creative with the ingredients. There are many smoothie/ juice recipes available online but you can blend your favorite fruit and veg with ice water or fresh coconut water. Have them for breakfast or post-workout, but just make sure you don't add sugar as sugar will make your energy levels crash after some time.



14. PLAY!
Children have so much more energy than us because they fill their days with play. You could play a game of cards alone, play simple board games with a friend or family member, blow bubbles even if it's in your own kitchen, build a blanket fort in your living room, do some drawing and coloring, or make paper boats and planes. The list is endless! {You already feel like doing one of those things right now, don't you?}. Find out how you can incorporate play into your day, even for a short burst of time and watch your energy levels shoot up.

That's it! Those look like a lot of things, but trust me, once you incorporate these tips into your lifestyle and make a habit out of them, it becomes easy. And SO worth it because you'll have more energy to do the things you love to do.

Until next time,

Shabana
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I like BIG skirts and I cannot lie

I like BIG skirts and I cannot lie









 



There's just something so happy about a twirly skirt. I've been crazy about big skirts and frocks since I was a child. I loved wearing them and watching the skirt fan out in an arc as I twirled. This skirt is no different. When I'm wearing it I can't stop grabbing it and swishing it around, {as is obvious from the photos}. Pleated skirts are a firm favorite with me. They look tres glam, and can be worn with almost any top for a elegant night out look. The only reason I don't have more pleated maxi skirts is that I like skirts with big circumferences and I usually find ones that fall straight to the ground. Ugh. Boring. I bought this maxi skirt from Romwe, where I saw it and instantly fell in love with its color and sheer volume. I'm not a big one for metallic clothes, but I don't mind the sheen on this skirt as the soft blush pink tones it down. It has a lovely, big circumference and it moves enigmatically with you when you walk. Although it IS very long. I had to wear my highest heels so the hem wouldn't touch the floor. If you're petite, you'd definitely have to alter it to fit you better. 

The only thing I don't like about this skirt that it doesn't have a lining. I've noticed this is the case with most of the clothes I got from Romwe, which is why I stopped buying from them. A note of caution- be very careful with the sizes when purchasing from them. Each piece of clothing has a different size, so measure yourself first, and match your measurements very carefully with the item before you buy. In this look I paired the skirt with this simple black top. The color makes for a nice contrast, while the ruffle sleeves match the skirt's elegance. I didn't want to take any attention away from the skirt with chunky accessories so I wore long and thin tribal-esque earrings, wide, filigreed rings and finished with nude heels.

 Top: Koton, Skirt: Romwe, Earrings: Promod, Rings: Gifted, Shoes: New Look.
Photos: Arif Feroze

Until next time, 

Shabana
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Oatmeal and Floral for a Rainy Day

Oatmeal and Floral for a Rainy Day






  







We've had a week of rain in Bahrain and I LOVED it. I took these photos on a day when it was drizzling, there were big fluffy white clouds in the sky, and to top it off, I saw a rainbow. But with the rain everything seems to look a bit gray, so I decided to inject some color into my outfit with these floral pants. They're elasticated at the waist and are made from a light, cotton material, making them VERY comfortable, and the peg leg {fashion speak for pants that are tapered just above the ankle} means that they're really practical for wet weather. 

This oatmeal sweater is a recent purchase and I love the loose sleeves and the elegant fall. It's not too warm, just right for a cool day, and I reckon I'll get some use out of it in the summer months too when the air-conditioning makes it seem like winter. Because the sweater is loose, I wore it with peg leg trousers to add some structure and not make the entire silhouette too baggy. I added a bit of color to the sweater with a blown glass leaf necklace that my brother got me from Serbia. I love how it matches the print of the pants. On my hands I wore a statement watch and a statement ring with black stones to match the dark colors in the pants. Nude pumps and a red envelope clutch matched all the other bits and complete the look. This is a cheery, elegant look for the office, or for coffee with friends. Or maybe to walk around in on a rainy day.

Sweater: Zara, Pants: Debenhams, Necklace, Watch, Ring, Earrings: Gifted, Clutch: Aldo, Shoes: Next

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana
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Preppy Olive Green + Russet

Preppy Olive Green + Russet














As I was mentioning in this last post, layering in winter is so much fun. And the most classic layering is a shirt + pullover combo, with the collar of your button-down peeking through the jumper. It's a very preppy, androgynous look that looks chic and screams professional. It's one of my favorite winter looks for the office for sure. Here I chose to stick to warm winter shades like olive green and russet. I love the combination of these two colors. It's a warmer, muted variation of green and pink. I wore a white shirt under as white is a nice bright shade that pops with both the green and russet. This pullover is a slightly chunky knit so it feels fluffy and warm. A pretty floral necklace adds a girly touch, and a stacked ring and a menswear watch complete the accessories. Since these booties are low-cut, I turned up the cuffs of my jeans to show them off some more. 

It's been raining non-stop for the last week and I'm loving it. I'm not loving the mud and puddles everywhere, obviously, but the rain, the clouds and the sky are pretty damn beautiful. We get this type of weather for such a short period of time that I can't help but enjoy it. It's the perfect weather for staying snug indoors with a hot drink and a book, and watching the rain through your window.

Pullover: Koton, Shirt: Gifted, Jeans: Zara, Necklace: Jane Norman, Ring: Debenhams, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: New Look.

Until next time, xoxo

Shabana 
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