Monday, August 10, 2015

Crossing the Line

Sale time is my favorite end to every season. Be it the Mid Season sale or End of Season Sale, it’s always nice to find a few pieces at a cheaper price. I obviously am a very picky shopper. I don’t buy occasion / smart dresses during  sale but I do stock up on basics like plain tees, leggings denims and casual dresses.  I also love stocking up on other basics like hair ties, clips, bobby pins and such. Don’t be afraid of buying basics in every color- they’ll all come in handy very often. I personally pick up basic tees and tanks in every color possible and if my favorite pair of continuity leggings are marked 30% down, I buy 2 to 3 pairs.
Moving on, as my hemlines get shorter in summer here, I’m soon going to change up my style a little along with my surroundings. Yep, I’m travelling to my homeland  this Thursday and I can’t wait to take you all on a virtual tour with me as I roam the streets, discover new places and of course BTS scenes from all my shoots. I’m also going on a huge shopping spree so you can stay connected with me via Instagram to feed back your thoughts .
Until the next post, which will go live from Kerala, much love.






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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Capers

 I have a thing for black and denim. On days when I'm not feeling color, I go back to this trusty combination.White works well too, but I couldn't resist this black cape top. Paired with a tan hand bag and gold strappy summer wedges, this look is one of my "go to's". It's simple,easy to recreate and a fool-proof look.
On another  note, I'm flying out this Thursday to Kerala and will take you though my trip via vlogs and all my social media platforms! The month of August has been a new start for me and I'm super excited. Cannot wait to share BTS of what i'm upto in India with you guys , so make sure you follow me on Snapchat as well (ashwathysk)






Top: BFH, Jeans & Bag: Mango, Shoes : River Island

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

High Tea at Noor Lounge

Bahrain being such a small place, it’s amazing when you find a place that’s been left untouched and un-hyped- almost like a hidden jewel that you’ve just discovered. 
Last week I had the chance to visit Noor Lounge at The Intercontinental Regency with my crew and it was a great experience, especially since you don’t really run into many people there and because it’s a great escape from the usual hangout spots- think Adliya, Seef etc.
With beautiful mirrored pillars around the lobby and a bespoke white piano in the center of the lounge, enjoy the ambiance and relax over a pot of your favorite tea or refreshing drinks accompanied by mini treats and pastries. We ordered cold coffee post our shoot on the rooftop and enjoyed the homely feel, sinking into the comfy couches and catching up on team talk.
If you’ve been keeping track of us, you’d already know that we love discovering new places to eat and love recommending them on the blog. Know that feeling you get when you’ve been to a place you love too much that you’ve begun to hate it? We don’t want that now, do we? So if it’s some quiet time for catching up with a bunch of close friends you’re looking for (and not really hungry but wouldn’t mind munching ), check out Noor lounge and call in for the High Tea where a tower* full of sandwiches, scones and macaroons come with a pot of tea.  We’ve got some more great places at The Intercontinental coming up for you guys, so stay tuned and follow us live on Snapchat (ashwathysk) for Behind the Scenes feed.
*One tower good for 2 people.






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Monday, August 3, 2015

Vintage Romance


 My love affair with off-shoulder tops and dresses hasn’t died out yet and neither has my fascination with vintage style. I love how sophisticated the era was - full of glamour, neat silhouettes and crisp tailoring. Replicating a look these days can be tough especially when all the high street retailers are all about trendy, street style looks, Which is why I resort to good vintage finds online.
I chanced upon this top while browsing through ASOS and immediately fell in love with it. It can be worn so many ways, which is why I decided to order it in the first place. I was iffy about how the quality would turn out, but luckily, it was just as I imagined it, or even better.
For my weekend look, I paired this delicate woven lace top with a midi full- circle skirt. Simple red peep toes and  a bright fuchsia lip  adds a pop of color and a wavy pony tail completes my retro look.








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Top: ASOS, Skirt: Chica, Shoes: Dune, Clutch :Pull and Bear
Shot at The Intercontinental Regency Bahrain

Monday, July 27, 2015

Enma Mall VIP Tour

 Last week, I got to be part of Bahrain’s first and biggest Influencer meet up at Enma mall Bahrain, where a selected group of bloggers and influencers were given a VIP tour of the Mall, located in Riffa.
The influencers , apart from myself , included Makeup artist/ blogger and fitness instructor Najla Bastaki, Ali Fareed- Food and Lifestyle blogger, Azhar Hubail – Makeup Artist and founder of makeup brand AH, Hamsa Sayeed- Lifestyle Coach, Mahmood Janahi – Winner of Chopped at Nino, Bahrain’s most loved baker and founder of Mahmood Janahi Cakes, Mohammed Saad - Sports Nutritionist, Mohammed Sadeq- Founder of WEDO Bahrain ,Khaled Janahi – comedian  , Omar Farooq - photographer, Ameera Al Kooheji –TV presenter and 96.5 FM’s  Imran Al Aradi- Comedian and RJ.
The tour started off with breakfast and a welcome note by Wafa Obaidat of Obai & Hill at Le Chocolat, where we dove into a delicious spread of traditional Arabic breakfast, complete with Mahiawa, Balateet and some amazing stuff (part of the new menu) which I can’t pronounce or spell. We got an insight to what Le chocolat offers, a taste of the new items on the menu and as always, excellent service.
Our first stop of the tour was Grands Medical, a tiny pharmacy that stocked mainly beauty- related products, including Bioderma’s micellar water, that made an appearance on my favorite’s video, Vichy, and a few new brands that I got to learn about- I tried the Vichy Dercos hair mask, a part of the goody bag from Grands and ended up loving it!
The second stop on the tour map was Bazelt Gallery and after swooning over a pair of amazing Fendi Glasses and making a mental note of the make(to pick it up later in the month), we visited Lifestyle Jewelry , that stocked some amazing watches and diamond jewelry. Obviously Najla and I were too attached to the diamonds to say goodbye, but hold on, we get more attached to another store.
Latif Shoes was next on the list- a local brand that stocks quality footwear, handbags and accessories. We got a quick update on the brand’s history, before moving on to value brand F&F and Twenty Four, where you don’t need to burn a hole in your wallet to stock on some on-trend pieces. The store offers trendy clothing for men, women and children- complete with accessories and footwear.
Here’s when there were some collective “oohs” and “aahs” from the ladies- our next stop was Grimas, professional makeup products and supplies. Grimas is a well known brand of stage make up , which is why their makeup is of top quality and lasts long. They even stock Halloween makeup supplies, everything you need to disguise you with a new nose or even some fake blood. Here’s where Najla and I got even more caught up. Especially Najla, because she was in her zone- swatching shadows and all!
All the walking around wore us out a little so we got to chill for a bit at Segafredo, pit stop for some quality and much- needed coffee! A quick group photo followed and we were headed to Moods, a Bahraini home wear brand that stocks some seriously creative stuff. The store was huge and the range they offer, even more. From oversized bean bags to cutlery and bed linen, this store has it all under one roof. I highly recommend a visit to Moods if you’re moving houses or simply redecorating.
Moving on, we also visited Baraka sports where along with a full range of sports gear, you also get to check out the different foosball tables for sale! Our final stop before moving on to food outlets was ‘My Little World’- a creative play space for toddlers where kids can play in the various areas designed to fit every child’s ambition.
With the tour almost to an end, we got to check out Shawaytnah and Dig’in Pizza before finally stopping at Mado. If you follow me on Snapchat, you guys would already know that I love the eatery. We feasted on delicious, freshly made kunafa and Turkish tea to end the tour.
So the next time you’re in Enma mall, make sure you visit a few of these places and don’t forget to pick up Vichy Dercos hair mask from Grands Medical and have a taste of the food at Mado, Which I personally love!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blueprint

 While I’ve not been enjoying the heat, I definitely have been enjoying  summer style. Ripped jeans, chiffon shirts, short skirts and slogan tees have been my go-to pieces for the past few weeks. If you follow me on all my social media platforms, you would know that I’ve been using my ripped denims and my white cropped jeans a lot . So I decided to give them a rest for the weekend and decided to break into this bright floral number I picked on sale. I didn’t shy away when accessorizing either, which is why I went for more color with my mini green satchel and caged pink heels. Paired with a denim vest, a simple up-do and minimal jewelry, my look this weekend was loud, but effortless.

On another note, I was recently invited to the first and biggest influencer meet-up on the island, where a selected group of bloggers were given a tour of one of the malls in Bahrain. We were well fed, spoiled rotten with gifts and were given a very educational tour of different shops in the mall. My snapchat story has expired, but I will be drafting a blog post with a few pictures and I cannot wait to share my experience with you guys!
Don’t forget to follow me on snapchat (ashwathysk), Instagram (@askthestylecouncil) and Facebook to stay updated with all my posts and stories!







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Dress: Quiz, Jacket: F21, Shoes: Spring, Bag and Chain: Acessorize

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jordan Almond

Style isn’t always about loud outfits, high heels and “look-at-me” prints. Sometimes it’s just a few comfortable basics paired together and pulled off with ease. Basics should never be ignored and they are the components that make a  wardrobe complete. While I do have 70% of my closet with more statement pieces, the other 30% is pure basics. From vests to solid colored blouses and the dream jean, they are a very important part of my daily looks.
If you follow me on instagram and snapchat, you guys know that I would love to live my days in ponte leggings and an oversized tee and as much as I love the usual fuss- free style, here’s my updated version of a relaxed look.
Ripped jeans are like what crop tops were to me last season, an obsession. I cannot get enough and although my mom asked me if I actually paid to buy torn clothes, I cannot resist the urge to spend on a well fitted pair of destroyed denim. They’re the epitome of cool at the moment and what I love about it is that you can pair anything with it and still get away looking like a lot of effort has been put into the look.
Try a simple crepe blouse in the day time or throw on a satin vest and a velvet blazer for the night and you’re good to go. In this look, I went for a blue on blue vibe, pastel against denim with accents of silver . Don’t let the heel of the sandals fool you, they’re surprisingly comfortable!








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Jeans: Quiz, Blouse and Bag: Mango, Necklace: Zara, Shoes: Pull&Bear, Bracelet: Pandora, Watch :Guess