Saturday, 28 April 2012

Let's make a list of pets we're gonna have

Top and Jeans: Zara, Flats: Payless, Bracelets: Gifted, Necklace: Vintage, Watch: Swatch
This is what I wore yesterday. It was a casual Friday spent with a friend and my younger brother. It ended in dinner by the seaside in gorgeous weather and a conversation about what animals we'd adopt (in the near future for the sole purpose of being able to cuddle with them and sleep. Yeah, we're verrrry normal.). The list went something like this: Tigers, tiger cubs, lions, lion cubs, {"No bob cats. Or panthers. They look evil."}, Siberian huskies, {cue collective oohing}, baby elephants, giraffes, polar bear cubs, horses, penguins, koalas, kangaroos, parakeets, zebras, foxes, wolves, snakes {followed by "ewww...NO reptiles!" from my friend and me} and the list went on. So now you know what to get me from a pet shop. Or Africa.  

Hope you're having a great weekend! xxx

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Normality: You’re doing it wrong.


1] Anything that makes us forget our true identity and our dreams and makes us only work to produce and reproduce.
2] Making rules for a war (the Geneva Convention).
3] Spending years at university and then not being able to find a job.
4] Working from nine in the morning to five in the afternoon at something that does not give us the least pleasure, so that we can retire after 30 years.
5] Retiring only to discover that we have no more energy to enjoy life, and then dying of boredom after a few years.
6] Using Botox.
7] Trying to be financially successful instead of seeking happiness.
8] Ridiculing those who seek happiness instead of money by calling them “people with no ambition”.
9] Comparing objects like cars, houses and clothes, and defining life according to these comparisons instead of really trying to find out the true reason for being alive.
10] Not talking to strangers. Saying nasty things about our neighbors.
11] Thinking that parents are always right.
12] Getting married, having children and staying together even though the love has gone, claiming that it’s for the sake of the children (who do not seem to be listening to the constant arguments).
13] Criticizing everybody who tries to be different.
14] Waking up with a hysterical alarm-clock at the bedside.
15] Believing in everything that is printed.
16] Wearing a piece of colored cloth wrapped around the neck, known by the pompous name “necktie”.
17] Never asking direct questions, even though the other person understands what you want to know.
18] Keeping a smile on your face when you really want to cry. And feeling sorry for those who show their own feelings.
19] Thinking that art is worth a fortune, or that it is worth absolutely nothing.
20] Always despising what was easily gained, because the “necessary sacrifice” – and therefore also the required qualities – are missing.
21] Following fashion, even though it all looks ridiculous and uncomfortable.
22] Being convinced that all the famous people have tons of money.
23] Investing a lot in exterior beauty and paying little attention to interior beauty.
24] Using all possible means to show that even though you are a normal person, you are infinitely superior to other human beings.
25] In any kind of public transport, never looking straight into the eyes of the other passengers, as this may be taken for attempting to seduce them.
26] When in an elevator, looking straight at the door and pretending you are the only person inside, however crowded it may be.
27] Never laughing out loud in a restaurant, no matter how funny the story is.
28] In the Northern hemisphere, always wearing the clothes that match the season of the year: short sleeves in springtime (however cold it may be) and a woolen jacket in the fall (no matter how warm it is).
29] In the Southern hemisphere, decorating the Christmas tree with cotton wool, even though winter has nothing to do with the birth of Christ.
30] As you grow older, thinking you are the wisest man in the world, even though not always do you have enough life experience to know what is wrong.
31] Going to a charity event and thinking that it is enough to put an end to all the social inequalities in the world.
32] Eating three times a day, even when not hungry.
33] Believing that the others are always better at everything: they are better-looking, more resourceful, richer and more intelligent. Since it’s very risky to venture beyond your own limits, it’s better to do nothing.
34] Using the car as a way to feel powerful and in control of the world.
35] Using foul language in traffic.
36] Thinking that everything your child does wrong is the fault of the company he or she is keeping.
37] Marrying the first person who offers a position in society. Love can wait.
38] Always saying “I tried”, even though you haven’t tried at all.
39] Putting off doing the most interesting things in life until you no longer have the strength to do them.
40] Avoiding depression with massive daily doses of television programs.
41] Believing that it is possible to be sure of everything you have won.
42] Thinking that women don’t like football and that men don’t like interior decoration.
43] Blaming the government for everything bad that happens.
44] Being convinced that being a good, decent and respectful person means that the others will find you weak, vulnerable and easy to manipulate.
45] Being convinced that aggressiveness and discourtesy in treating others are signs of a powerful personality.
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list compiled by Igor, the main character of The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

6 Ways of Wearing A Little Red Blazer


It's all about colour this season, from pastels to brights to deep jewel tones. And a blazer need not just be a neutral colour anymore. Which is why I heart my bright red H&M blazer and thought I'd show you six different ways I've worn it:

Colour blocking with a contrasting blue top, worn with light jeans to keep the focus on the top half. 

Keeping it girly and feminine by wearing it over a pale pink camisole top.

Worn with my navy blue dress. Very sailorish!

Paired with a long pink top, formal black trousers and blue heels. I love red and pink together.

Here I kept the rest of the outfit monochrome and used the blazer for a nice pop of colour. And turned the lapels up to give it an edge.

Worn with a black dress and chunky black heels to bring out the contrast. 

So if you thought a black blazer is versatile, try one in a bright colour to jazz up your outfits. Next on my wishlist is a mint green blazer. And a candy pink one. And canary yellow. Oh never mind.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Jewel tones on my nails...

...make me happy!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Little Delights Tuesday

 
 
Dress: Zara, Blazer: H&M, Shoes: Miss Selfridge, Jewelery: from India, Watch: Swatch

  • A lady's pet dog licking my hand in an elevator.
  • After my flight to Bahrain, my younger brother picked me from the airport. On the way I filled him in about how stressed I've been recently. After he dropped me home and left, he called ten minutes later saying he forgot to give me something. As I ran down to meet him he handed me a ginormous ice cream and brownie sundae and said- "Chill." 
  • Grazia magazine asking me to do a reshoot for a style feature next month. It's always a pleasure meeting and shooting with the Grazia Bahrain team.
  • A heavenly back massage. After ayyyyyges. 
  • The loveliest soul-touching, eye-opening, heartsickness-relieving, heart-to-heart with mom. Home is where mom is! 
  • Being offered a lift on the airport buggy to my gate.
  • A long phone conversation with my cousin in Canada.
  • And of course, today's shoot and tea with Margot!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Teal top and white shorts

Top: New Look, Shorts and Cuff: H&M, Necklace: ?, Watch: Vintage, Boots: Piazza Italia

Today has been a wonderfully girly day. I'm actually listening to five girls giggling away asking me to hurry up and join in their giggle-fest as I type this. I've been out shopping with two of them earlier today (with them doing the shopping and me eating my heart out because I promised myself I won't shop until I get my first pay when I get a job... it's torture! Why do all the shops have to have amazing clothes when I can't buy them?! Sigh.) So these shorts and teal top were perfect for the day. They're super-comfortable for walking and lounging around. I accessorized with my bead-bling necklace, a black cuff and finished it with  my stiletto tan boots. Hope you had a great day! xxx

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Clarins lotions and creams- a review long overdue.

I had posted about all my new stuff from Clarins in December and I had promised to tell you about the results of these skincare items after a few weeks when I saw results. Well it's been a few months, but I've been religiously using these products which means I can tell you that much more about them.  
Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correcting Lotion
Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream
Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correcting Lotion and the Multi-Active Night Cream.  Trying very hard not to sound like a commercial, my skin feels tighter, smoother and softer. I have combination skin which means my T-zone is oilier than Saudi Arabia while my cheeks are dry. So I was glad when I realized these creams are very light and non-greasy. The SPF in the Day Cream is enough for me to not catch a tan, and I felt that both products do help in reducing fine lines. 



Clarins HydraQuench Cooling Cream-gel 

The HydraQuench Cooling Cream-gel: this cream does exactly what it says- quenches parched skin.  The air-conditioning tends to make my skin flake and a little bit of this goes a long way in moisturizing it. And like the Multi-Active creams, it's very light and non-greasy. I've even put it on my mom's face when the skin on her cheeks was super-dry. Problem instantly solved. A great buy if you have normal to combination skin.
Clarins White Plus HP All Spots Whitening Corrector
Now this product is magic. It's a serum that has Sea Lily and Meadowsweet extract to help fade away blemishes and dark spots. It works. And fast! I've done away with a lot of acne because of this baby. You can see  results in a few days. Blemishes and dark spots visibly lighten and then completely fade away.

The best part about all these products is that a little really goes a long way. My pots are almost over, but the Multi-Active Day Lotion and the Corrector still have some way to go. So, overall I'm pretty impressed with these products and can't wait to try some of the newly launched creams and lotions. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Little Delights Tuesday





Watch: Swatch, Top ring: Posh, Bangles: Various, Bottom ring: from India
Top: Mango, Skirt: Koton, Shoes: Payless

This is what happens when I decide to catch a movie with a friend at the last minute, get dressed and rush outta the house- I end up taking my outfit pictures at a spot like this. But it gets better. Friend and I ruuuun through the mall, reach the cinemas, get to the counter, breathlessly ask for the tickets, aware that we've missed the first 10 minutes of the movie, only to be laughed at by the ticket-counter-guy who proceeds to tell us the movie stopped playing last week. Argh! Anyhow, here are my little delights for today!
  • The cutest little black kitten coming to me and nuzzling against my hand in an outdoor cafe.
  • Sleeping with my head in my mom's lap.
  • Wearing these shoes.
  • I fell asleep with my palm facing up. My parents and older brother were around. I felt something wet in my hand. I woke up to see my brother spitting orange seeds into my palm. EWWWWW. That was not the little delight. The delight was seeing my folks laughing. No, this family doesn't believe in growing up and that's how I like it.
  • Nail polish that matches my phone's pink.
Hope you had a great day! xxx

Monday, 9 April 2012

When I was out singing beneath the stars.

 

Maxi Dress and Earrings: H&M, Cuff: from Goa, Ring: Posh, Watch: Swatch, Sunnies: Armani, Flats: from Rome.

I caught the happy virus last night 
When I was out singing beneath the stars. 
It is remarkably contagious -
So kiss me. 
― Hafez

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Pink and Red

Top, Blazer and Necklaces: H&M, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, Cuff: Gifted, Watch: Swatch

I'm back in Dubai! And if you've been wondering why I haven't blogged the last few days, it's because I've been very busy with last-minute packing and I was sick yesterday. But after a few stressful crazy days, I had one of the best days ever today! I met with a gorgeous lady whose style I adored, (I so wished I'd taken my camera to take a picture to show you) and had a great conversation with her. It's so nice to meet and talk with someone who shares the same values and enthusiasm as you do.
On a style note, since I wasn't feeling so great, I wore my favourite colours today- red and pink. I love the combination. Somehow I feel the energy from the colours makes me energized. I added the long necklaces to fill up the blankness of the top and the cuff keeps the look smart. I added another pop of colour with the shoes to keep things interesting.
And oh, we also had a surprise summer shower today! Such a great day!

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