Wednesday, 3 February 2016

How to Avoid Falling Sick

If you're wondering why I haven't put up a post in some time, it's because I've been down with a nasty, nasty cold. It's been more than a week now and finally the symptoms have subsided enough for me to function normally again. I can't believe that this was my second cold in a span of 2 months. Usually I get zero colds per year. The reason why I caught a cold is that I was stressed. Stress is a huge contributing factor to catching a cold and being prone to other diseases. Which made me think about all the other reasons we fall sick, and how to avoid them.




Don't overexercise
Exercise is great, but overexercising is not. When you overexercise, you make your immune system weaker instead of stronger, making you susceptible to infections and viruses. {I'm guilty of doing this time and again. I've noticed that I catch a cold when I give too many combat classes in a week.}

Don't stress

When you stress out, you kill your immune system. Your body can't fight off bacteria and viruses and you fall sick. The next time you start worrying or stressing out, remember that it will make you sick and proactively do things that relax you.

Eat fresh fruits and veggies
Fruits and vegetables have a plethora of nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants that help keep your immune system strong. Include more in your daily diet if you feel like you fall sick too often. A brilliant way of consuming more fruit and veg is to have them in the form of raw juices and smoothies.



Include turmeric in your food
Turmeric is a very powerful anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory spice. It will kill the bad guys in your body, and keep you healthy. Try adding more of it to the food you cook or even take a spoonful of turmeric powder with water daily.

Have hot water with lemon honey every morning
There are many, many benefits of this drink, but because it aids in digestion and helps to get rid of toxins from your body, it's what you need to drink regularly to not fall sick. To make it simply add honey and a few drops of lemon juice to hot or warm water. Adjust the honey and lemon quantities according to your taste, and drink this every morning as soon as you wake up. It's advisable to wait half an hour before you have breakfast.



Take the time to relax
Relaxing and doing things purely for leisure resets your mind and body. Stress levels go down and immune cells become stronger. So meet friends, watch a movie, read a book, get a massage or simply take a nap. Do whatever it takes to help you unwind and relax.

Do something you love
It's simple- when you're doing something you love, you're happy. And your health is strongest when you're happy.



Sleep
Getting enough sleep has a positive effect on your heart, weight and mind. Your body repairs and rejuvenates itself when you get a good night's sleep. Research has shown a link between insufficient sleep and serious illnesses such as heart diseaseheart attacksdiabetes, and obesityTry to get at least 6-8 hours of good quality sleep every night.

Reduce sugar intake
Sugar destroys your immune system. It makes you lethargic, fatigued and prone to a host of health problems. If you find yourself catching a cold frequently or falling sick often, reduce sugar from your diet or remove it altogether. Don't forget to look for hidden sugars in processed foods such as ketchup, sauces, and even breads.

Eat more natural Vitamin C
Research has found that Vitamin C helps to avoid many diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, cancer and more. It also helps in combating free radicals that lead to the damage of cells and tissues in the body. And of course, it helps to keep the common cold away and reduces the symptoms. I like taking Vitamin C in its natural form through fruits and vegetables. This way I get more benefits and also fibre, which is essential for a healthy digestive system. Include more citrus fruits, bell peppers, dark leafy greenskiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, peas, and papaya in your daily diet



In addition to these points, don't forget to wash your hands often to avoid transferring germs to your mouth and nose, and drink plenty of water every day. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating well, exercising often, and resting enough.

Until next time, stay healthy.

xoxo

Shabana

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Monday, 25 January 2016

Gray, Burgundy and Mint, and January.


Jacket, Top: H&M
Skirt: Urban Planet
Clutch, Pearls, Watch: Gifted
Photos: Arif Feroze

Midi skirts are so great. They look flattering and feminine, and they go with so many tops. Today I paired this gunmetal gray skirt with a burgundy top, and wore a jacket on top in mint, a color which contrasts beautifully with burgundy. I accessorized with a set of delicate pearls- earrings, necklace and bracelet. Pearls go with absolutely anything but with a round neck jacket and a midi skirt, they just complete the 50s retro look. I finished with chunky Mary Jane heels and a box clutch. A great ensemble for the office, as well as a night out. 

In between classes, work and everything else, it's been a crazy month. I've heard from at least two people that this has been a sucky month and not a great start to the year. It hasn't been the best for me either. Maybe because it's winter, or maybe just because. Too many things have been up in the air and just out of reach. It's frustrating when you can't get things organized. Argh. But hopefully, it gets better. 

What about you? How's 2016 treating you so far?

Until next time, stay happy!

xoxo

Shabana

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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Scarf + Coat + Jeans + Boots = Warm





Coat, Top, Jeans: Zara
Scarf, Ring: Gifted
Earrings: Forever21
Booties: New Look
Photos: Arif Feroze

Russet is a lovely color for jeans. Somewhere between red and orange, it's earthy, warm and soothing. I was happy to find this pair of russet skinnies recently in Zara. I always like adding colored jeans to my wardrobe. They're versatile and so much more interesting than boring blue jeans. 

Today I paired these russet skinnies with a long-sleeved gray top, and wore a long scarf and my favorite black coat on top. I received this scarf as a gift and I love the paisley print, the rich colors and the sheer volume of it. It's big! Being tall I'm a sucker for long scarves. They keep me warm and they look elegant. I added a few simple accessories to the outfit and finished with ankle booties. My main aim for dressing up today was to be warm, as it was a cold, cold day, and there's nothing like a combination of scarf, coat, jeans and boots to do just that!

How do you like layering clothes to stay warm? 

Until next time, stay cozy!

xoxo

Shabana

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Monday, 11 January 2016

How to Keep The Winter Blues Away



It's winter. It's cold and gloomy. The days are shorter and the nights are long. Most days you don't feel like getting out of your warm, cozy bed. And you feel sad for no reason. Don't worry, you just have the winter blues. Here are some things you can do to make you feel all happy and fuzzy inside again.

  • Dress up! Yes I know it's cold and you have to layer up, but you can still wear your favorite clothes and accessories. 
  • Wear your favorite perfume. A good fragrance uplifts the mood, and better yet, it's on you!
  • Exercise! Long walks in the crisp air are especially refreshing. Plus the endorphin rush from exercise will make you happy.
  • Socialize. It's the season of events and activities. Do something with friends or even with just one friend if you're anti-social like me.
  • Snuggle up with hot chocolate and a book.
  • Watch your favorite movies with hot home-made popcorn.
  • Light up holiday scented candles in the house.
  • Write out a long list of everything you achieved last year. No matter how small.
  • Put up fairy lights inside your house or your room. P.S. I have fairy lights inside my closet.
  • Dance. At a club or a dance class, or in the privacy of your own room. You can't feel sad if you're dancing. It's science.
  • Reorganize your space. Rearrange your desk, the furniture in your room, or just the knick-knacks on your shelves. The newness of changing things around you will make you feel good.
  • Play your favorite music.
  • Bake! Bread, cakes, cookies, biscuits. Anything that you like that fills the house with delicious, warm aromas.
  • Do something nice and unexpected for someone you love.
  • Drink herbal tea. There's just something about sipping on a hot mug of tea that makes you feel all good inside.
  • And the last one- think about spring being around the corner!

Until next time

Stay happy

xoxo

Shabana

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Cheerful colors and an uncanny match

Top: H&M
All jewellery: Gifted
Jeans: c/o Salsa
Boots: c/o New Look
Bag: Aldo
Photos: Arif Feroze

It's 10th Jan already, can you believe it? The year still feels new and fresh, and I still feel like I have so much to do and accomplish this year. A lot of new things are in motion already- new clients, new classes and even new classes at a new gym. How did so many things happen in such a short span of time?! But I'm happily excited with it all and raring to go, eager to see what this year brings next.

On a style note, I'm wearing one of my new favorites- this colorful waterfall cardigan from House Of Aleya 1961. It's warm, it's soft, it's cheerful and it goes with everything. What more could a girl want? I just realized I'm wearing the same top and jeans from this recent post where I'm wearing my long waterfall cardigan. Funny how my mind followed the same pattern of thought while choosing clothes for this ensemble too! It's uncanny how this necklace matches the cardigan so perfectly. It's as if I bought them together! And now I have to stop myself from wearing this necklace every time I wear this jacket. Ah, first world problems.

Until next time

Stay silly

xoxo

Shabana 

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

My 2016 Birthday Wishlist

My birthday is around the corner {yay!} and that makes me very happy. It's the one day out of 365 which I can call my own and I feel special and glowy and elated all day long. Another thing that makes me happy is making a birthday wishlist. It's just so much fun! Gathering all the photos, finding out where items can be purchased from, browsing through all the other stuff on Amazon, Etsy, etc., heck, even just looking at the photos of things I want makes me feel good. And it doesn't matter if I don't get everything on my wishlist, {I'll probably end up buying most things myself. Hehe} it's just a fun thing to do before your birthday.

So here's what I want {and need!} this year:




This sneaky and clever Laptop Book Cover







This awesome purse organizer



These cool and useful speech bubble cork boards



The Midway Weekender Travel Bag



This super-cute Louboutin high heels bookmark. I want a thousand of these!


What's on your birthday wishlist this year?

Until next time, stay happy.

xoxo

Shabana

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Olive + Cognac-a match made in heaven. And why don't humans hibernate?



Cape Jacket, Bracelets: Gifted
Top: H&M
Jeans: Bershka
Necklace, Earrings: Forever21
Boots: Aldo
Photos: Arif Feroze

Helloooo 2016! The new year is upon us and I feel like there's just sooo many things to do! The annoying thing is, this weather doesn't make me want to do anything! It's cold and rainy. All I feel like doing is snuggling under warm blankets all day and reading. It's always at this time of the year when I seriously wonder why humans don't hibernate. 

On a positive note, at least it's cold enough for me to wear my olive cape. Yay! I received this as a gift a few months back and have been waiting for it to get cold so I can wear it. The material is synthetic, but it's soft and warm. I love the color and knew I was going to pair it with soft pink and cognac. I love the combination of green and pink. They're made for each other. But olive and cognac... ahh.. warm winter colors that go beautifully together. So a pink top, the olive cape, black skinnies to add a neutral element, and cognac boots to go with the cape. I added a long necklace with a statement pendant and simple earrings, and finished with several thin bracelets on one wrist and a statement watch on the other. Now all I need to do is get cracking on all the work, as well as all my new year resolutions! 

What are you excited about this year? What are you not looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, stay happy.

xoxo

Shabana


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