Tuesday, 24 November 2015

15 Life Lessons Learnt by The End of 2015

2015 is almost at an end. I've had a few brilliant successes, a few dismal failures, traveled to all the usual nearby places, chased the sun across the Atlantic on a trip to Canada, lost a few friends, and made some amazing new ones. As I reflect back on the year that was, these are the life lessons I want to remember. 

1. Stop beating yourself up so much.
2. Learn to slow down and enjoy life at leisure.
3. Some people only invite you into their life to show off.
4. Don't abuse your body. While too little physical activity isn't healthy, overexercising isn't good for you either.
5. If you want to be something, just start doing what it takes to become it. If you want to be an artist, paint. If you want to be a writer, write. Halfway down the road you'll find yourself becoming the person you wanted to be when you reached your destination.

6. Forgive yourself for choosing the wrong friends. They were there to teach you something about yourself.
7. Let it go- small grievances, overthinking, over-analyzing. Just let. it. go.
8. The best memories are made when you make other people happy.
9. A kick in the derriere is sometimes just what you need to get you to break out of a rut and be motivated to do your best.
10. Ignore the people that rile you up. You don't need to know what they're doing. Put mental  blinders on and focus only on your own life and your progress.

Photos: Arif Feroze

11. Let people love you. Don't feel like you don't deserve it. There's a reason they're doing so much for you, and that reason is probably that you're a good person who's worth loving.
12. Travel, not just to appreciate new lands and cultures, but to appreciate your own home.
13. People are not against you, they're for themselves.
14. When you're finding it too hard to keep up with everything in your life, it's okay to let go of some things. Even though they're great for you and/or you're really good at doing them.
15. Don't let desperation trick you into believing you don't have everything you need. You do.

What are some of the things you learned through this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Stay happy.



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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Celebrating being healthy, in seafoam by the sea


Top: Aritzia
Skirt: Coast
Necklace: Forever21
Rings: Damas
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: Kate & Mel
Photos: Arif Feroze

Excuse the messy hair. It was a really windy day. On top of that I was standing on a bridge overlooking the sea, which made it windier. But it was so much fun! I got to watch the dhows leave their docks and sail out serenely into the wild blue yonder. It was also great to be there because a few days back I was holed up at home with the most terrible cold. I'm talking about sneezing, coughing, sore throat, hurting ears, body pain, headache, the works! I still had a cold when I took these pictures but at least the symptoms were suppressed enough that I could go out. All thanks to the herbal medicines I had been taking one after the other while at home. 

On a style note, I paired a seafoam button-down top with a royal blue pencil skirt for a formal outfit that's bright and happy. The material of the blouse is extremely soft, which makes it a treat to wear. I find the color so soothing and my fingers automatically reached for it when I opened my closet. I wore a delicate necklace and gold rings to accessorize, and for shoes I chose ankle-strap pointy pumps. They add interest to the look and since the skirt hits just above the knee the ankle strap doesn't shorten my legs. I finished off with my burgundy filigree bag.

This week I'm much better and ready to rumble. It looks like a busy week ahead, which I love. Here's hoping you have a great week, and please, don't catch a cold!



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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Instagram lately

I know I haven't posted an outfit post in some time now. That's because I have a terrible cold and it doesn't make me want to go out and take pictures. But soon, I promise. Until then, here are a few recent pictures from my Instagram.

BodyCombat class. Before I got the cold, of course.

My meeting essentials.

Dug out a few of my favorite old pieces to put this outfit together.

We had rain! Hurray!

Outfit all ready to go. I love pink with turquoise.

Warrior 1 with a baby back bend, in BodyBalance class.

Beautiful sky and sea in this view from up high.

Back to doing meetings after a day's rest at home. A good white blazer is such a great asset in any closet.

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Stay healthy!



Wednesday, 11 November 2015

5 Year Blog Anniversary and an Update on My Life

Photo: Arif Feroze

It's my blog's anniversary today. I started this blog 5 years ago today. {It's been FIVE years! Whew!} To celebrate it this year I'm doing nothing but reflecting on how far this blog has come and the way I want it to go in the future.

The intention of starting this blog was to help women with fashion advice by showing them what I'm wearing and breaking down the thought process on how I put an outfit together. It's also a place where I chronicle my journey, my thoughts, and the life lessons I learn. Over the past few weeks {or months} I've realized that I've just been doing one outfit post after another, and no other posts about life/style/beauty/tips and tricks, etc. I realize this was because I recently have a lot of new things in my closet and whenever I get new clothes/accessories, I feel like they lose their magic if I don't wear them on the blog. Haha!

And that, really, is not what my blog's about. It's about helping you mix and match and get the most out of everything you have in your closet. I shudder at the thought of becoming one of those bloggers who makes their readers feel like they're showing off their new clothes/jewelry constantly. And I know it can get boring for you, Gorgeous Reader, to see one outfit post after another. So I've decided to slow it down, and mix up my outfit posts with other interesting posts. You'll be seeing those, soon.

Getting caught up in just doing outfit posts and talking about the clothes and shoes yada yada yada, I realized I haven't spoken about my life or what's happening in it. So here's an update. My business of marketing consultancy is going beautifully. It has been almost a year since I started and I've learned soooo many things so far and met a lot of great people. I work with a lovely team made up of friends and family, I love meeting clients, working from home, and of course, being able to work on the go. I'm also giving fitness classes in a couple of gyms in town. Taking a class full of people to their fitness peak is such a high. Lastly, I'm also working on a very exciting project which you'll get to know about next year.

So that's that. 5 years of this blog, and an update on my life!

I'd love to hear from you- what you like the most about the blog and what kind of posts you'd like to see more of in the future. Let me know in the comments below, or drop me a line on shabana{dot}feroze{at}gmail{dot}com.

Until next time,



Sunday, 8 November 2015

Blush in boots

Jacket: Mendocino
Top: Dynamite
Earrings, Bangles: Gifted
Jeans: Bershka
Boots, Bag: Aldo
Photos: Arif Feroze

Temperatures have dropped even more in Bahrain {we're finally under 30 C! Hurray!} and we even have clouds in the desert sky now! This is easily my favorite part of the year. And so, the layering has begun and boots are out! But it's still warm so I've kept the layers thin, as you can see. 

This blush pink top from Dynamite is simple and light, and because it's sleeveless, it's easy to wear a thin jacket on top of it. White and pink is one of my favorite combinations and blush pink and white make for a very soft, feminine allure. To add contrast I wore black skinny jeans and finished with tan suede boots. If you're running around all day, remember that the best heels to go for are stacked heels like the ones on the boots. Don't forget to wear thin socks{or thick, depending on how warm you want to be}, inside the boots to make it even more comfortable. 

Keeping with the feminine look, I wore pearl earrings and put my hair up in a ponytail. There's already a lot going on in the outfit with the neckline of the top, the draped lapels of the jacket and the boots, so I kept jewelry to a minimum. In addition to earrings I wore a sparkly bangle on each hand. Lastly, I grabbed my powder blue bag and I was all set. This is a good look for the office, if your workplace allows you to wear boots. Otherwise just swap the boots for heels or flats.

Until next time,



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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Pink, plum and a Mirina necklace

Skirt: Urban Planet
Ring: Silver Souk
Watch: Swatch
Clutch: Aldo
Photos: Arif Feroze

My Mirina Collections necklace arrived recently and I couldn't be happier! I'm absolutely loving the detail and finesse with which it's made, and the amazing quality. I had a hard time choosing which necklace to get from their website, because they're all so beautiful! Finally I decided to pick this piece, which is called Erin. The best part is that it's a stackable necklace, which means I can wear other necklaces on top of this one for an even bigger statement. 

Today I wore a simple pink top and a plum skirt, keeping the clothes simple to really make a statement with the necklace. I finished the ensemble with a mint clutch and black pumps. This is a great look for going out with friends, or for a date. It's feminine and elegant. And I can't get over how soft the material of the skirt is. With a blazer or a smart jacket aded on top, you can wear this to the office.

 The happy news is that I have a special discount code that you, Gorgeous Reader, that you can use to get 20% on all items on the website. Just use the code silverkick and your item will be discounted. With over 300 products that include jewelry, swim wear, a bohemian line, accessories, women's apparel and their famous statement necklaces ranging in price from $7-199, I'm sure you'll love shopping from Mirina!

Happy shopping!



Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Instagram lately- on stage, cake and greenery

Mic on, boxing wraps on, feeling strong! Ready on stage for my BodyCombat class.

I love how the sun is setting right in the middle of this beautiful tree-lined road. 

Cake and tea for lunch. Just because.

Small details like the white beaded lace on this blouse, make me happy. 

On stage for my BodyBalance class. Not completely happy with this pose, but I'm getting there.

Gorgeous orange blooms of a Gulmohar tree where I was doing a photoshoot. Beauty's where you find it.

That's all for this week! For more, follow me on Instagram @TheSilverKickDiaries and on Bloglovin': The Silver Kick Diaries to never miss a post. 

Until next time, stay happy!