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Hi! I'm Shabana. I live in Bahrain. I'm a businesswoman by day and a fitness instructor by night. I believe that dressing up is the easiest way of loving yourself, and this blog is where I journal my outfits and my life. If you'd like to know more, click on the About Me tab on top. I hope you enjoy my blog!
                            
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Violets and the Cake Day Summary

Violets and the Cake Day Summary



Sometimes you just stumble across something in a shop that's so stunning and perfect for you and at such an unbelievable price, you can't frikkin' believe your luck. This dress was like that. I found it in H&M on a sale rack and I fell in love with the print. When I checked the price tag, it was only for BD 5 {$14} and when I tried it on, it fit me perfectly. Win!


I love a sultry black floral print, and this one with violets growing upwards is very minimalistic chic. The colours in the print are also very uncomplicated and chic, in shades of violet, yellow and green. The material is a polyester blend but soft and thick so the dress holds its shape well. My favourite thing about the dress is- you guessed it- the sleeves. I'm a huge fan of an exaggerated cuff. This one is long with a line of cloth buttons that makes it look so smart. The contrast between the width of the sleeve and the long and narrow cuff makes for a gorgeous dramatic feel, while the rest of the dress is simple with a straight body and a high round neckline. I love plain dresses that have one overly dramatic feature, making the design stand out but also look very elegant. Less is truly more.



I wore the dress with stockings as it was cold that day and also, stockings are great for making any dress look even more classy and work-appropriate. I accessorized with tassel earrings in purple that swing when you move and just look like so much fun. I got these from Parfois and have worn them so many times already. I wore a big ring with a purple stone, and a bracelet watch on the other hand. Since the dress has a high neckline and full sleeves, eye-catching earrings and statement ring are perfect accessories complementing the simplicity of the outfit. A slightly bigger and smart-looking watch always makes an ensemble look more professional. This cute, structured bag finished the look with the mint colour bringing out the green in the print. 





I added the bling factor to this look with glittery pumps. These are a big favourite as they're an ombre shade of gold and powder pink. The gold looks like silver in the sunlight, but it's a beautiful yellow gold shade. I love that the glitter is very fine and understated. On the black stockings, these heels stand out even more and bring out the bright accents in the dress's print. 


 

Dress: H&M, Stockings: Marks & Spencer, Earrings, Watch: Parfois, Ring: Gifted, Bag: from India, Shoes: New Look.

The Birthday Report


On another note, I believe this birthday has been the best ever yet. I have had such a great time with friends and family, at places I really like, and I have received gifts that I will treasure for a very long time. This almost never happens. I usually hate my birthday because it almost never goes as planned and I feel lousy and then feel lousier because I don't want to feel lousy on my birthday.

This year was different and the best ever because I stopped planning and just went with the flow. I let go of expectations from family and friends to make my birthday special. I told myself that if I feel special on my birthday, then I should just treat myself really well and enjoy my time instead of waiting for others to make me feel more special. I don't need anyone to celebrate me. I'll celebrate me. 


And because I wasn't expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised when everyone around me did so many incredible things to make this birthday unforgettable. {You can see some of the fun things I did on my Instagram.} So the main thing this cake day taught me is that I need to not expect too much from others and also, I need to get over myself. If I want to feel special, there's nothing stopping me from making myself feel special by doing things I love. And I plan on doing this the entire year. Loving myself more, not celebrating my birthday.

I talk more about loving yourself and how to find what you love doing in my book, Loving Yourself In Style, available online and in bookstores in Bahrain. 

Until next time,

xoxo
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Turquoise and Tan & Birthday Plans

Turquoise and Tan & Birthday Plans




Sweater dresses are so great because they look elegant, really comfortable, and you can wear layers under them. I got this knit dress last year when I had to travel to Europe for a holiday in March and it was freezing there. It was super useful there and I wore it multiple times as I could layer thermal wear under it, and also wear a big coat on top.


For the laughable cold temperatures of Bahrain winters, this dress can be worn with a thin shirt inside or just as a dress itself. I paired it with stockings and tall boots in this look. I've been wanting to wear this dress with these boots ever since I got it, but it's such a waste of space to take tall boots with you on holiday. Especially when you know you can't walk long distances in them. 

These are the only pair of boots I have now. The main reason I stopped buying boots or don't have others is that Bahrain's year-long summer hardly gives me a chance to wear them, no matter how much I love them. It's the same with my winter wear. It's pared down to very few sweaters, coats and scarves, and I don't buy new ones anymore unless I have to travel to a very cold place. I don't know if I'll ever get rid of these boots, though. They make me happy just looking at them standing in a corner of my room. They're a favourite because of their tan colour, the material, and of course, the 5-inch heels.


They're great to pair with dresses and I'm hoping I can do one more shoot with these babies paired with a pencil skirt before it becomes too hot to wear them again.


What I love the most about this sweater dress is that it's knitted with shiny threads, so it glitters. I'd never pick this dress out for myself, but my mother picked it out and insisted I try it on and once I did, I was in love. Other than the gorgeous turquoise colour and the shimmer, I love that it's a thick knit and it doesn't hug the body too closely. It has a straight fit similar to a pencil dress which looks so elegant. But what I'm really crazy about in this dress is the sleeves. My obsession with bishop sleeves and long cuffs is nothing new. Although this dress does not have a cuff, it's tight at the wrist going almost all the way up till the elbow, and it's a wide sleeve above that. The thick knit material gives these kinds of sleeves a different structure and look. 


I really wish I could wear more of this dress but I'm sure I won't be able to because 1), global warming means Bahrain's winters get shorter and shorter every year until finally one year it'll be just summer and we'll all roast and die, and 2), the knit gets snagged easily and bobbles turn up everywhere on the dress. With such dresses and other knitted clothes, you have to be very careful to not wear any jewellery or accessories that snag the fabric and cause a thread to pop out of the knit. 

Since the dress is of one colour but still has some shimmer, I chose big earrings and a big ring. I paired an envelope clutch in a matt silver metallic finish that brings out the shine in the dress.



My cousin got me these huge earrings from Rajasthan, India and I love them! I love the teardrop shape and that they have a jhumka and mirror in them. They're deceptively light and I love how massive they are.


I'm loving the trend of big statement earrings. I'm so old now that I remember when trends first came and went, and marvel at when they come a second time around. And of course, that's just me noticing that in my lifetime. Trends keep coming and going and then coming back again since forever. But I do love big, big earrings. As always, I resist a trend when it begins because usually, it begins with bizarre designs and styles. Then when more the trend looks like it's going to stay, all the fashion houses, high street chains and even the street shops start to get in on it. That's when you start to see more designs made with different materials. And that's when I actually start to like some pieces.

So maybe a year or more into the statement earring trend, I started loving it. I got myself lots of long and big earrings from India last year and I'm really enjoying incorporating them into my style quotient. I like that I don't have to worry about wearing a necklace with the outfit now. The annoying thing with the statement necklace trend was that I always had to find earrings that 1), matched the necklace, and 2), were of an appropriate size that would not compete with the necklace. 

Having said that, I'd definitely try wearing a big necklace with this sweater dress. It would break the solid colour and something in a rose gold finish would stand out beautifully against the deep turquoise colour. A longer mala-type necklace or a scarf would also look good on this dress. In winter, it's perfect to wrap a really long scarf twice or thrice around your neck and let the end falls all the way down the length of the dress for a clean, minimal look.


Dress: H&M, Earrings: Gifted, Ring: Gold Souq, Stockings: Marks & Spencer, Bag: from India, Boots, Sunnies: Aldo.

What are your favourite winter pieces? How do you like to style them? Leave me a comment after the post!

On a Personal Note


It's my birthday soon {tomorrow!} and like every year, I like to celebrate allllll month long. And when I say celebrate, I don't mean go to a birthday party every day, but that I treat myself with more gentleness, love and kindness that I usually do. Or at least, I try to. I hate the fact that February is the shortest month of the year. More days! More celebrations! More feeling special! 

I also do things such as set personal goals, dreams and wishes for myself. Yes, wishes. Because wishes are cuter forms of dreams. All these things are so much fun to do and even though it doesn't have quite the same feel, I DO try and do them the entire year long. 


Until next time

xoxo
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Abandoned Battle Scenes and Pretty Beachfronts

Abandoned Battle Scenes and Pretty Beachfronts




My visit to Dubai for the new year was so much fun. While I'm always visiting Dubai, it was a lot of fun this time because I explored a few new places that were so unique and visually striking. Here are a few photos from the places I visited and some info on them.

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A Post-Apocalyptic World


Last Exit, Jebel Ali North was highly entertaining with its post-apocalyptic setting, complete with monster trucks, abandoned cars, and chills-running-down-your-spine eerie feels.


I love the finesse that went into making the place look and feel like a post-war wasteland. All the way from the weaponized cars to even the bathrooms. So much detail! I half-expected to find zombies walking around. I loved how all the food trucks were also war trucks. And of course, there was some great food, too. 



It was just so much fun walking all over and marvelling at the scenes and things. Even though I was there for a couple of hours, I feel like I still didn't see everything. And there are so many other Last Exits with different themes that I want to check out! 

A Rustic and Colourful Beachfront


La Mer, the beachfront in Jumeirah, was beautiful with gorgeous colours of the sea, colourful and fun street art everywhere, the unique architecture of cafes and restaurants, rustic lights and just the lively atmosphere as people milled around. My friend and I sat in Murjan Cafe and enjoyed watching the sky with its changing colours as the sun set, and a Lotus and Kunafa Caramel Cheesecake that I think may just be the best cheesecake I've ever had. 


I also visited a Japanese cafe and bakery in Ibn Battuta Mall, which had beautifully presented cuisine and amazing Ramen noodles made fresh in-house. 


Since my visit was very short, {only 4 days}, I think I packed a lot into it by at least visiting two new places, as opposed to spending my entire time reading in the hotel room. Great food, amazing weather and stunning skies made this short trip a memorable one.





What are some of your favourite places to visit in Dubai? What places are unmissable when it comes to eating out in Dubai?

Until next time

xoxo
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15 Life Lessons I Learned in 2018

15 Life Lessons I Learned in 2018




I know that we're almost at the end of the first month of 2019, but I still wanted to share this as life lessons I learned from 2018. Because 2018 was such a big year of growth for me. I went through loss, achieved huge milestones at work, read a few life-changing books, made heaps of changes in my thinking patterns, and made new friends. And for the most part, all of this happened at the same time. So here are a few lessons 2018 taught me:

1. As you grow older and your life evolves, make friends with those who made the same life choices as you. They'll understand you like no one else does because their life followed the same path as yours and your future goals will be common, too.

2. Nothing will make you feel more powerful than being in command of your own body and health. So do whatever it takes to maintain a fit body and mind.

3. Becoming more mature means that success, intelligence and good looks stop being as attractive as kindness does. Your entire goal in life becomes to be kinder and to be around people who are kind.

4. Learn to say no. Even to the little things. When your friends are all going out and you don't want to, say no. Don't eat something you don't like just to finish it. Respect yourself so much that you start to say no to every little thing that doesn't make you happy.

5. Read books on personal growth. Read books on organizing. Read feel-good fiction that just makes you happy. But please, read. It's one of the best ways of discovering how other human minds function and makes you self-aware of how your mind does, too.

6. You are so much more resilient than you think. A tragic incident or a difficulty makes you face your biggest fears and when you come through it, you realize you're so much stronger than you thought.

7. Don't overthink things. Don't overanalyze. It's such a waste of your brain. Sometimes letting go of the need to control the outcome takes you to an even better result.

8. If someone doesn't like you or treats you badly, don't assume it's because of you. Most often people do things that serve only themselves, not because they want to deliberately hurt you.

9. One simple thing to look forward to can help you get through a tough time. The thing can be as simple as meeting a friend or going to your favourite cafe for your favourite chocolate cake or a cuddle with your pet. When things look bleak, think about the one good thing coming up or plan one.

10. Don't make yourself lesser out of a sense of guilt that you don't deserve to be this smart/ look this amazing/ be this successful. Or because it makes others uncomfortable. Shine with all the beauty and light you have.

11. Do whatever it takes to reduce stress.

12. Use happiness as the only yardstick to do everything in life and it will take you to amazing places.

13. Don't delay enjoyment. Wear party clothes every day. Open the champagne. Don't wait for an occasion. Every day is a celebration. 

14. Stop stopping yourself from feeling happiness fully. We usually fear that if we feel TOO happy, something bad will happen. This only stops you from living that happiness completely. You're an amazing person who deserves to be unashamedly, completely happy. Start believing that, fully. 

15. Rid your mind of the ridiculous notion that you have to work really hard and sacrifice a lot to achieve your goals. This will only make you feel that just because you got something easily, it's not amazing, and even if there's something that can be achieved very easily and with minimal effort, you will create complications and do too much work to attain it and then feel like your reward didn't live up to all that strenuous hard work. Also, you'll resent people who seemingly get the good things in life much easier than you do. Save yourself all that heartbreak and anguish and just throw the concept out that goals can be achieved only through arduous work and self-sacrifice.


There are probably a lot more lessons that last year taught me, but these are the ones that come to mind the most when I think about it. I always thought of 2018 as a really tough, crappy year, but once I started to focus on what I learned in this year, I realized it was a lot and that I probably didn't grow over the years as much as I grew in this one year alone. Here's to more lessons and more growth in 2019.

Now it's your turn. What are some of the most valuable lessons you took away from 2018? What would you add to this list? I would love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,
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2019 Fashion and Style Trend Predictions

2019 Fashion and Style Trend Predictions




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As the fictitious Carrie Bradshaw once said, every new runway season is our chance to leave our old and foolish choices behind, and discover new and hopefully improved trends for the following year. Although the character herself has made some questionable style choices of her own, there’s no denying that at least what she says rings true. Every year is like a clean slate that enables us to fix our past mistakes and adopt something new, perhaps even something outside our comfort zone. Of course, we will not be completely purging our wardrobes and become slaves to all the new trends. The key is balance – finding the new and trendy pieces that will mesh well with our current wardrobe and infuse a touch of trendiness into our already established style. To that end, after closely monitoring the runways, we come to you with the 2019 fashion forecast, so read on carefully and see which trends tickle your fancy the most.

The Markle effect



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Apparently, it’s runways and street style trends on one side, and the Markle effect on the other. Reportedly, everything the new Duchess wears, whether it’s high-end fashion, sustainable fashion or even showing support to smaller brands such as Rothy’s and Scanlan Theodore, turns to sold. Literally, whatever she is photographed in becomes sold out in just a matter of days, sometimes even hours, so to say that the Duchess is our new style guru would be an understatement. Given the current developments and the frenzy over her style, it’s safe to assume that she will have a major impact on what people will be wearing in the following year as well, so make sure to check the Meghan Markle Style File regularly and snag the pieces that catch your eye. You would be surprised how many of them are affordable.

Not a trend, but a lifestyle


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When asked whether the athleisure trend has staying power, NPD’s chief industry advisor-retail provided a simple and compelling argument: “When you have comfort and function combined with fashion, it’s difficult to go back to anything else on a regular basis.” Now, for all the romantic souls out there, who love their romantic frilly ensembles, poignant hues and feminine cuts, yoga pants, sweatshirts and puffer jackets may not seem as appealing. However, as we said, there is no need to up and change your style simply because one trend reigns supreme. There are always subtle ways to incorporate a trend and still leave your style persona uncompromised. Therefore, if you’re not a fan of the whole full-on athleisure vibe, you can simply opt for an amazing pair of sleek Adidas sneakers for instance, and rock them with your most romantic dress. Your style will be intact, yet infused with a whimsical twist.

Drama, drama, drama


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Ever since Marc Jacobs unleashed the ruffled beasts onto the runway in his Spring/Summer 2019 collection, the world has gone gaga over the overstated, larger than life ruffles. There is almost no doubt in our mind that red carpets during award season will be overflowing with extravagantly ruffled gowns as well as giant flower-like necklines and belts. We have to admit, it is definitely something new, and something that no other designer has done, at least not to this extent, this season. So, even if you don’t have a red carpet situation in the foreseeable future, you might want to grab something from the incredibly romantic and just a little over the top ruffled/floral department, and channel your ostentatious goddess vibes, even if it’s just someone’s wedding or a New Year’s party.

More romance


Photo by Makenna Entrikin on Unsplash
Judging by the number of puffy sleeves spotted in the street style sections in all the major fashion capitals, we can almost say with certainty, that the puff sleeves will be here with us throughout the entirety of 2019. Expect them on tops, dresses, sweaters, and even coats. Something truly feminine and just slightly extravagant is simply too good to let slip through our fingers, so we have a sneaking suspicion that fashionistas all over the world will fight to keep the puff alive and on point.

Never let me go


Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash
The fashionistas flocking to their favorite fashion shows who weren’t wearing a designer bag could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Everyone has returned to logomania, professing their brand loyalty and love once again. The logo was proclaimed dead, for about a New York minute there, but it seems that it was just taking a power nap and has now returned, larger and better than ever. Everyone was rocking their logo-filled bags, one of the most popular being the Dior saddle bag, although there was a heavy presence of Celine, Chanel and Gucci as well. When you invest in something of this variety and price point, there is no way you will be ready to give it back.
Finally, the one trend that is certain to dominate the streets, Instagram feeds, fashion blogs and virtually everything else is the animal print, so make sure you choose the print you feel most inclined to, because we’re in for another session of the concrete jungle – 2019 edition.

About Claire Hastings


Claire is an Australian designer and style writer with a passion for everything beautiful. She believes in the symbiosis of ethics and fashion and loves to write about it.
Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


I hope you enjoyed that guest post by Claire!

Until next time,

xoxo
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I'm Not Sari About 2018

I'm Not Sari About 2018





My mother received a sari as a gift from family friends in India. It was a black sari made from thick cotton, with a beautiful gold and red kanjeevaram border in a paisley design. Neither my mother nor I wear saris so we decided to make good use of this one to make clothes we do wear. And because a sari is a lot of cloth, we could make two items of clothing from it. So we showed it to my friend Sajida who owns Saji's Couture, and she suggested that we make a top for mom, and a maxi skirt for me with the border at the hem. I LOVED the idea. I knew that a maxi skirt from this material would have an amazing fall and flare.


But once stitched, I didn't know it would look this good. The heaviness of the thick cotton gives the skirt a beautiful "A" shape, and the lace border makes the hem defined and gives the whole skirt structure. Although it doesn't flow as much as a thinner fabric would, I love the fall and the skirt is stitched to look big and make a statement. It still moves with you as you walk, and feels very elegant. Even though the cotton creases easily, the shiny silk kanjeevaram lace border makes the whole skirt look glamorous. I'm sure this simple combination of black cotton with the golden border would look stunning when worn as a sari. 


I wore it with a mustard sweater and a green top inside, with the collar peeking through. The mustard shade contrasts against the black and goes with the gold in the border of the skirt. The green is a glimpse of bright colour in all the rich winter colours of black, deep red and mustard. 


The only way I could have worn a sweater with this skirt is because the waistband is adjustable. It's a metal hook with lots of loop pockets at different intervals so you can make the waistband lose or tight. Genius. My gripe with skirts in winter is that I can't tuck sweaters in. I've asked Sajida to make this type of waistband in all my skirts from Saji's Couture from now on. If I had one complaint, it would be that the skirt doesn't have pockets. And Sajida promised me she'll put pockets in all my future SC dresses, skirts and pants. 


I accessorized with pretty gold earrings with mustard and orange colours that were given to me by an aunt in India. A big ring and a golden watch completed my accessories. 




For my bag, I grabbed this coral tote, which is also the Pantone Colour of 2019. Obviously, my bag isn't the exact shade, but it IS coral and I lurrrrve it. The colour goes with the border shades and is a softer hue in all the bright and rich colours in the outfit. It's one of the bags I got from India and I love love love it as it has lots of pockets and loads of space. Not to mention the structured shape.



Top and Skirt: Saji's Couture, Sweater: H&M, Watch: Parfois, Earrings: Gifted, Bag: from India



On another note, this year has been stupendous. For me, it has been one of the worst years of my life mainly because our beloved older cat, Snarf, passed away in June. Other than that devastating incident, it has been a good eventful year. Like one of my colleagues said- it was a year where many, many bad things happened, but also many good things happened. And I know that sounds like every year in the history of years, but for it being a personal period for an individual, it's true. For me, usually, every year is good. This year so many things happened. It's been an emotional ride. I've had weeks that have felt three years long. Old routines fell away, leaving behind chaos and worry. New ways of thinking had to be adopted. I had to learn that not everything can be controlled and that sometimes, that's amazing. Because life can then give you a pleasant surprise. And I'd like to think the same way for the next year. 

What about you? How was this year for you?

Until next time

xoxo
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