Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Black Floral and White Jeans + The Rush Before Ramadan!

















Top: Own design
Jeans: Bershka
Necklace: Forever21
Bangles: old
Watch: Gifted
Photos: Nada Qamber

Me and my love for floral prints. When I saw this material in the shop I couldn't buy it fast enough. The print of small pink roses against a black background is so, so classy. I had to stop myself from buying more of it and making furniture covers and curtains with it. I decided to make a simple, boat-neck top with 3/4 sleeves, to really let the print speak for itself. I had a pink satin ribbon attached to the sleeve end to accentuate it. The material is a cool cotton and I have a feeling I'll be wearing this all summer long. In this look I paired it with skinny white jeans. There's just something about the weather getting hotter which makes you feel like breaking out the white jeans. It just looks so cool and soothing to the eye. I accessorized with a long necklace, a few bangles and a big watch, and finished the look with a big clutch and six inch Mary Janes. 

On a personal note, I can't believe how many events are happening right now! I'm being invited to one every day! I guess everyone's in a hurry to do their events before Ramadan begins. And the same goes for me. I'm trying to finish all my major projects and work before the holy month starts. As everyone knows, not much work gets done in Ramadan, what with the shortened working hours in Bahrain and the general festive atmosphere. So it's all rush rush rush for now!

Until next time

xoxo

Shabana

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Choose Power Suits over Party Dresses



                                                                     By Sophia Smith



As a woman, you have a tough task before you: to look professional, feminine, and powerful at the same time. The easiest thing is to choose a formal dress that looks good on you, and to make it your signature look. However, if you are willing to go a step further, you can choose to wear a power suit as your suit of armour, and take up the role of a fearless leader.


The Beginnings

We simply cannot talk about power suits without mentioning where they came from: men with power, of course. There is simply something hypnotizing in confident men in well-tailored custom suits: there is the aura of power around them that simply cannot be missed. This is one of the reasons why so much emphasis is put on uniforms: they should we well-fitting and impeccably maintained.



Women have different body shapes, however, and there is simply no need to look masculine in your suit or uniform. Once you put your stylish power suit on and stand straight-backed before everyone, you will appear more powerful and in control, and have much more confidence.


Historic Women’s Power Suits

When super-hot Bianca Jagger married rock icon Mick Jagger back in 1971, she completely ignored the customs and chose to wear a power suit instead of a wedding dress. It was the amazing Yves Saint Laurent who created the white Le Smoking jacket, a matching (very) narrow long skirt, and a wide-brimmed hat with a veil attached. To emphasize her femininity even further, her cleavage was showing because she wore nothing underneath the jacket.

Madonna welcomed the nineties wearing a masculine pinstriped suit and a conical corset. The shocking combination of masculinity and femininity, she showed sticks to this day, with women choosing to wear lacy camisoles with their power suits.


Soften the Look for the Office

It is still important to find middle ground when wearing suits to the office, and to know what to show and what to hide. A tailored pantsuit, a well-fitting white shirt, stylish heels and a statement piece of jewellery will make you look powerful and professional but will not hide your femininity.



You can add a colourful scarf instead of a formal tie, even choose to wear it tied in a complicated knot or casually thrown over your shoulder. If the atmosphere in the office allows you, pair a floral print jacket with a white shirt and jeans; this look is more casual but still professional.


Know Your Shape

The traditional jacket-and-skirt suit is perfect for many body types: a wider top is great if you are looking for a discreet way to hide your belly and arms. On the other hand, while a tight pencil skirt will accentuate our curves, an A-line one will hide them. For women with curvy figures a well-cut jacket that is close (but not too close) to the body combined with a straight skirt will be flattering. Full figured women can always choose a streamlined suit with jacket that reaches the hips. Pants that are straight-cut and fall to the bottom of your heels will not fail you.



Of course, this does not mean that you should forget about wearing a dress altogether; after all, it is important that you feel good no matter what you choose to wear. Power suits or power dresses, it is your ability and confidence that makes you who you are, and as long as you believe in yourself, your clothes can only make you feel better.




Author BIO:

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

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Deep Wine and Blush Pink Can be Formal Too!














Shirt: Koton
Pants: Zara
Earrings, Ring: Manama Souq
Bracelet: Gifted
Necklace: Forever21
Bag: Aldo
Shoes: Kate & Mel
Photos: Nada Qamber

Recently whenever I went to dress up from my wardrobe, I realized I had lots of dark tops but very few light jeans to wear them with. I hate wearing blue shirts with blue jeans, so I wanted something I could wear my blue tops with as well. On my quest to find a light-colored pair of jeans, I came across these blush pink colored pants. Blush pink has always been a favorite of mine and I love the fit and {appropriately} stretchy material of these trousers. I don't mind that they're not jeans, since pants tend to be of a cooler material. So much more comfortable in Bahrain's heat. And I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been gradually shifting my personal style to more formal and work chic, so I really don't mind the addition of formal pants.

In this look I wore them with a button-down in a deep wine color. I love the combo of purple and pink but since both the shades are toned down versions of the colors, it's not too in-your-face-girly-candy-shades. The shirt is slim-fit, in cotton, perfect for work and for the heat. I felt that the pairing of a collared button-down and trousers can be a bit on the masculine side, which is why I went slightly heavier on the accessories than usual. I wore a double stacked necklace and added drop earrings. Usually I stay away from hanging earrings if I'm wearing an interesting necklace but I wanted more jewelry to feminize the look. On my hands I wore a statement watch, a ring and a delicate bracelet. A sharp and formal look like this can only be completed with pointy heels, so I finished with these black ones with the ankle strap. The ankle length of the pants means that the straps are shown, adding a girly touch. A baby blue handbag adds a pop of bright, and finished this clean and formal ensemble. 

What about you? Would you pair these two colors? What's your favorite spring/summer clothing item? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S: If you're following me on instagram you know I was recently in Singapore and Bali, so watch out for travel reviews and posts soon! Follow me on instagram @TheSilverKickDiaries to see all my travel photos, and don't forget to follow me on  to never miss a post!

xoxo

Shabana


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

This Chikan Top and Why I Blame This Mercury Retrograde













Top: from India
Camisole, Jeans: Zara
Earrings: Gold Souq
Bracelet, Watch: Gifted
Clutch: Aldo
Shoes: c/o New Look
Photos: Nada Qamber

I discovered this beautiful top hiding away in my mother's closet a few months back when I did a closet overhaul for her. She had had it for some time, and apparently had bought it for me a few years back but I didn't want it then {I know, what the hell was wrong with me then!}. NOW I'm absolutely in raptures about it. I love the soft pink, the gorgeous chikan embroidery, and the lovely, light cotton material. The high-collared neckline gives it a formal touch and the bell sleeves add a feminine flair. The sheerness of the material means I have to wear a camisole inside. I'm wearing a white one here but I think I'll try a pink one with it, too.

In this look I paired it with black skinnies for a sharp contrast. I love these black skinnies from Zara! They're so inky black they almost pass off as leggings. The material is stretchy without looking trashy, which also means they're super comfortable. I've raved about them in this post earlier as well. {See ALL my outfit posts as a gallery here.} For jewelry I wore a statement gold watch, pearl drop earrings, and a chunky blue bracelet to add a pop of color. On my feet I wore taupe pumps with gold accents to set off the gold jewelry. I finished with a seafoam envelope clutch. I love the combination of green and pink, as I'm sure you already know.

In other news, {yes I know this post is becoming long but I haven't posted in some time and I have so much to tell you!} I have been super crazy busy with work. Almost every day I've been waking up early, going out for meetings/ ministry visits/ immigration work, etc. and ending the day with teaching a class. I don't even have the time to take a nap! {A nap is really essential for me since it helps me recharge before going and teaching a power-packed class at the gym.} And I have even more classes now in the week so it's madness! This month in particular has been very frustrating. I've been running around all day trying to get a zillion things done, and it feels like I'm getting nothing done! A few things have come so close to within my reach and then got snatched away. Arrrrrgh! I blame the Mercury retrograde.

Enough from me. How have you been? Has the Mercury retrograde affected you as much? Are you busy or is life moving along at a good pace? I'd love to know, so leave me a comment below!


Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana


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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

9 Things To Do To Stop Feeling Frantic NOW!

We've all had those days. When something goes wrong and needs to be fixed immediately, or when there are just waaaaaay too many demands on your time. Your mind feels like it's racing at full speed and your hands aren't moving fast enough trying to keep up with your head. And that if you stop thinking, even for one second, the world will stop spinning. Sound familiar?

The worst part about feeling frantic like this is that you always tend to do something wrong, which leads you to getting even more nervous which leads to yet more mistakes. It's a vicious circle. Plus all that stress can't be good for your immune system and overall health. So what do you do in such situations when you're going crazy and need to calm yourself down immediately? Here are a few things that I like to do:

Eat dark chocolate 
Pure dark chocolate is great for relieving stress. Chocolate reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and compounds within dark chocolate help to improve your mood. I always have a stash of dark chocolate in my desk drawer and when I'm going nuts, I pop a piece in my mouth and let it melt. Bliss!


Call a friend
Even a 2 minute phone conversation with a good friend will put you in a better mood and take your mind off the chaos. And of course, a really good friend will be able to understand your situation and help you find calm.

Single-tasking
The main problem with feeling frantic is that you try to 3,762 things all at once. And not one of them gets done properly. So stop the multi-tasking and try your best to single-task. Focus all your attention on one task before moving on to the next one. This will help you slow down your racing thoughts and you'll be able to make sense from the chaos.

Listen to music 
Put on your favorite music or some slow, calming tunes to put you in a better frame of mind. Take a break and listen to the music for some time, or let the music play in the back as you work.


Breathe in for 4 breathe out for 8
Breathing techniques ALWAYS help to calm down, and the most common advice is 'take deep breaths.' But I love the 'breathe in for 4 breathe out for 8' technique. It's where you inhale through the nose for 4 counts, and exhale through the nose for 8 counts. I find that this helps to calm me down instantly. If you feel like 4 counts is too much, try 2 and 4. To calm down even further, if you have the lung capacity, try inhaling for 8 counts and releasing the breath for 16 counts. Aaahhh. Zen.

Drink herbal tea
Sipping slowly on a hot herbal tea will help you refocus. There are many herbs such as chamomile, mint and ginseng that are known to relieve stress. All these are available in tea forms. If you can't find these, any other herbal tea or even black or green tea will do. It's the act of sipping on a hot beverage that makes you feel calmer. But not coffee! It will make you more jittery!


Declutter 
Cleaning and decluttering any horizontal spaces such as tables and consoles will help in relaxing your thoughts. When you're going nuts, stop whatever you're doing, and take 5 minutes to put your papers, files and stationery in order. You'll be able to think clearly again.

Meditate
If you know how to, meditate, even if it is for 5 minutes. Meditation is the best medicine for calming down as it slows down your brain waves, in turn slowing down your thoughts.

Write down your main worries and concerns
Grab a pen and any paper and write down what's bothering you the most or what steps you need to take to solve the problem. Seeing it written down on paper you'll be able to see the problem for what it is, instead of what your frantic mind is making it out to be.


So the next time you're going nuts, try one of these tips, or a combination of a few, or if things are really crazy, all of the above! 

If you have any other tricks you use to instantly calm yourself down, I'd love to hear them. Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,

xoxo

Shabana


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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.




 Plus-Size

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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