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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!

My Big Secret Revealed

Blouse: Zara, Skirt: Max, Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, Earrings and Cuff: from India, Ring: New Look, Watch: Swatch
Ok... today, I've made a big decision. Which is to reveal what my secret project is. No, I haven't yet finished it. So why today? Because I'm getting tired of all this secrecy and my posts are getting more and more vague as I try to think about what to write other than the most important thing on my mind.

So here it is: I'm moving out of my family home into my own apartment. It's a cosy little studio apartment in a nice part of town, and I'll move by next week. It's very very exciting, very very scary, and a huge learning curve. Some of you may be shocked, (especially if you're friends and family) some of you may be like- so what's the big deal in that? Why all the secrecy?

All the secrecy because it's so NOT commonplace for children to move out of their parent's homes in Bahrain. I'm Bahraini, but originally Indian. And in both Bahraini and Indian cultures children don't move out of their parents' homes. ESPECIALLY girls. The girls are married off at a very young age, and usually, until they get married, they live with their parents. I completely don't agree with that concept.

Why would I want to be a burden on my parents just because I haven't found a guy, or worse, my parents haven't found one for me? (Yes, arranged marriages are the norm.) I've got a great job, I'm independent, I have my own car. (VERY imp. to be mobile in Bahrain) So why not take the next step and get my own place?

My parents are dead against the idea. They fear for my safety and are afraid someone will murder me in my sleep. (I have the Herculean task of convincing them that this won't happen). My mom cannot get her head around why I'd want to live alone when I can live with my family, come home to her, talk, etc. Well, I've always enjoyed solitude. As long as you don't get addicted to it, solitude is lovely. I've had a taste of living alone when I was studying in Pune, India, and I LOVED it. I love the idea of coming home to an empty flat. (I can't really write a lot about this as my mom reads my blog and she's in a very delicate emotional state right now and WILL assume all the wrong things. Haha! I love you Mom!)

So NOW you know what I was talking about in all my earlier posts. Bring on the questions and free advice!

On a style note, I lurve this blouse. I'd never thought I'd wear anything like it but a friend had forced me to try it and now it's one of my fave tops. It's nice and baggy, and the thinnest cotton which is lovely for summer.

Style tip: When wearing a narrow skirt, a baggy puffed out top balances it and looks chic. (I know I just called myself chic, but I need loads of self-love in this nail-biting time, ok?)
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