Saturday, 30 June 2012

Lots of new things!

My parents just got back from a trip to India and they got me a lot of cool stuff! Me so happy! 
Lots and lots and LOTS of bangles and other jewelery! Remember there is no such thing as too many bangles. Or earrings. Or necklaces. He he.
Tops in candy colours... I designed these and my mom got them stitched in Bombay. Aren't they yummy? 
A gorgeous maxi skirt. This was totally unexpected. I love it and can't wait to style it! Although it's a bit short so I have to wait for my mom to add another white panel at the end to make it longer. 
And of course, my Mills & Boons romance novels. Addicted to these since I was a teenager!
 Hope you're having a great weekend. 
Happy Saturday!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

My feature in Grazia's June issue

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Lessons from Winnie The Pooh

The things that make me different are the things that make me.

Pay attention to where you are going because without meaning you might get nowhere.

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

“Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.

“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh.
 "There there," said Piglet. "I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.” 

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Move away from negativity

Shirt: Jeanswest, Shorts and  Earrings: H&M, Belt and Purse: Mango, Shoes: New Look, Watch and Necklace: Gifted, Bracelets: Various. 
I always tend to wear clothes that reflect my mood. And the last few days I've been surrounded by a lot of negativity. So I wore all white today to feel better and pure. There's just something about white that makes you feel clean, plus it's a great colour for summer.
When you're surrounded by negativity, whether it's toxic people, bad memories or an unpleasant incident, the best thing is to just distance yourself from them. If it's a toxic person, remember that you have no obligation to keep in touch anymore. Don't think and care about what they will think. If they hurt you, or are bullying you, or are just plain giving you bad vibes, stop talking to them. There are people who love you and value you for who you are. Surround yourself with these lovely people. These are the same people who will help you forget a bad memory or an unpleasant incident. But only if you let them know that you're in a bad place. The bottomline is, do something to move away from a negative place to a better, more positive one. And of course, dress up! It's the cheapest and easiest way to feel better!

P.S: I bought these heels from New Look for BD 19.5. In 3 weeks, they were on sale for BD 14. In another week, they're now for BD 9.5. What a rip-off! Buyers beware!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Lately I have...

Had yummy chaat {Indian savoury snacks}.
Put up pictures of us three kids.
My older brother Moayyed
My younger brother Arif
Found his new hiding place.
Had the yummiest burger from Blaze Burgers.
Caught a {very boring} shoe exhibition.
Went through my mom's huge lace collection.
And took a photo of my cute heel and purse charm that I got from Pisa.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Boyfriend Blazer and Ruffled Skirt

Rings: Left: Gold Souk, Right: Gifted, Chain: Accessorize  
Blazer and Skirt: Zara, Top: Camaieu, Heels: New Look.
It's burning up and this ruffled skirt is lovely for the heat. I paired it with a blue sleeveless top and added my boyfriend blazer. A great blazer will always pull your separates together. A few delicate accessories and my nude heels complete the look. Everything I'm wearing today is cotton so I was nice and cool. I've recently gotten addicted to this bronze eyeshadow. I love how well it enhances my brown eyes. And as for my hair, I decided to braid it to the side to add a sweet edge to the look. If you're braiding your hair, remember that it shouldn't be too neat. Messy is sexy!

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Today's to-do list: Try to burn the house down.

Top: Old, Jeans: Dorothy Perkins, Shoes: Dune, Ring: Oasis, Handbag: Jane Norman, Watch: Swatch, Sunnies: Armani.

My parents went on vacation yesterday and since my younger brother was out the whole day, I had the house to myself. I thought this was the best time to watch The Wedding Planner. I was supposed to cook chicken for dinner so I put it on the stove and we sat down to watch the movie on my brother's huge screen in his room. After the movie I opened the door and was greeted by thick white smoke and a horrible smell of burning. The chicken! I ran to the kitchen and yep, there they were, two birds, VERY well-done. I turned the stove off and threw open the doors and windows. I reassured my (very alarmed) neighbours that the smoke was indeed coming from our apartment and everything was fine. Now the mess is all cleaned up. What I learnt from this?

1. Since I still smell of carbonized chicken, fragrance manufacturers should look into using it in perfumes (Eau de Dead Bird, anyone?)
2. Jennifer Lopez has an annoyingly thin schoolgirl voice when she talks.
3. My mom should hire a chef.

On a style note, I'm wearing everything old today. I bought this top while in college in India, but it's still good as new. I love the print. These dark wash jeans are my favourite and best-fitting ones. They're getting worn out but I'm not ready to give them up yet. And the heels are one of the first high heels I bought in Bahrain. They're only 4 inches high. Shame on me.

Happy Thursday! xxx

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Classic Books I Love

I was watching Charlie and The Chocolate Factory the other night with a friend . He told me that he had watched Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, but not this version with Johnny Depp. I asked him if he had read the book. He said no. I was appalled. Really?! Roald Dahl? Charlie and The Chocolate Factory? You haven't read it? I've read both the parts! (Yes, there's a second part. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator). I understand if teenagers and kids nowadays don't know these books, but us 90s generation have read and know these books for crying out loud! So anyway I thought I'd tell you about four classics I love.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

If you haven't watched any of the movies, the story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. Warning: You cannot read this book without heaps of chocolate and candy around.

“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.”

Mr. Wonka: "Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted."
Charlie Bucket: "What happened?"
Mr. Wonka: "He lived happily ever after.”

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The name usually shortened to Alice in Wonderland, this is a story of a young girl's adventures after she falls down a rabbit hole. (If you didn't already know that, the world says hi to you from outside your cave.) This has got to be one of the funniest children's books. I luuuurve this book! The fantasy! The nonsense and utter madness! The poems and songs and the crazy characters- the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar. Oh and there's a second book too- Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. (I've read this too, it's as good or even better than the first.)

“You used to be much more..."muchier." You've lost your muchness.”

“I don't think..." then you shouldn't talk, said the Hatter.” 

"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."

Little Women
{Yeeeeeees, this is the same book Rachel in F.R.I.E.N.D.S makes Joey read.} Based in the 19th century, the story follows the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March and how they grow from 'little' women to mature ladies seeking out their own path in life. It's a tale of relationships, careers, family and true love. You'll fall in love with and relate to every character. Sibling rivalry, deep friendships, flirtations, jealousy, grief, romance. It's all captured in this one tiny novel.

"I'll try and be what he loves to call me, 'a little woman,' and not be rough and wild; but do my duty here instead of wanting to be somewhere else."

"Money is a needful and precious thing,--and, when well used, a noble thing,--but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I'd rather see you poor men's wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace." 

"The best of us have a spice of perversity in us, especially when we are young and in love."

The Alchemist

I must have read this book over fifteen times! This is the story of Santiago the shepherd boy towards his treasure. This book is an epitome about following your heart and chasing your dreams. It's written in the simplest language but you have to read a sentence over and over just to let the meaning sink in. Every time I read it, a different part of it resonates with whatever I'm going through. If you haven't read this yet, go and buy a copy of it NOW. You'll want to kiss me later, trust me.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

“There is only one way to learn. It's through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”

While writing this post I realized I don't have the first three books with me anymore. So I'm ordering them. I'm going to spend the summer reading old children's classics. {Nerd alert!}

Happy Wednesday! xxx

P.S: I was editing posts last night and somehow one from almost a year back got published as a new one. Which is why you can see me with a different hairstyle in the post older to this one. I don't know how to fix it or even if it can be fixed!