Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blueberry-Orange martini

 I'd forgotten how much I loved this cobalt blue circle skirt - I had previously paired it with black to be more safe, but this is a fresher take on the color going tone on tone. And yes, My obsession with crop tops isn't over and I think it's going to stay for a long, long time.

Moving On, the bright orange clutch adds a nice pop of color and is a great accessory for the current season.I cannot wait to pair this with a hot pink or maybe a rich emerald green.Remember- when color blocking,try not to exceed 3 colors else you'll just end up looking like crayola threw up on you.2 colors are safe and 3 are fresh and daring, if combined with thought.

On a more personal note, as mentioned in my previous post, last month has been terrible for me and it isn't getting any better. I guess I'll just have to stick it out and sit until we cross the dark tunnel right? Sigh.
My foul mood continues and it's only a matter of time before I explode.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Black Out

 Black is the one color that I turn to, on days where I'm just in no mood to wear bright hues. Yes, my style always reflects my mood and off late, I've been wearing too much black. While I do like to balance out the darkness of my outfit, I keep in mind to not add in loud pops of color, instead I work with prints or metallic hues. A nice necklace in a rich tone is all the color I need to my other wise plain outfit.Last month has been a roller coaster for me, a lot of downs and a few ups. It has been the most busiest and one of the most stressful months for me.I've learned a lot of lessons this last month and the 3 most important things I'd like to share with you all are:

1. Be careful of people that are EXTRA nice, OVER- friendly and a little too helpful, even when they needn't     be.*
2. Stepping out of your comfort zone is where all the magic happens.Never be afraid to take that chance.
3. Do your best and leave the rest to God.

That being said, this dreadful weather isn't helping either. I hate the sun and I hate summer. When will the clouds come out and create a nice layer, masking me from this ball of fire? Enough of my rants for today. Hopefully my foul mood will fade away in time for the next post.

*With a few exceptions of course.

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Blouse and Jeans: Mango, Shoes and Clutch: Pull and Bear, Necklace: Goodwill

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Planner for a Purse

Having a full time job and being a blogger is not a walk in the park. There are days and even weeks where my paid job requires 100 % of my time and attention and that's when my website freezes for a few days.
In such a situation, my planner comes to the rescue! Yes, smartphones are easier but they don't come in pretty colored leather.Moreover, hand written notes are so much more fun!

I plan, organize and schedule all my  meetings, events and notes into this gorgeous book and it makes my life so much more simpler! This planner was a gift from Purple Patchouli located in Aali mall at one of their fabulous events! Ever since, it has become my everything. For those of you who don't know, Purple Patchouli is a beautiful little salon and provide all kinds of beauty services, including the much talked about Oxygen and Hydra-facials!

Penning down on my planner...Appointment at Purple Patchouli this week!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


 If you guys follow me on my facebook page, you would know that I have started an E shop of Bridal wear, Cocktail gowns and accessories called The Bride Shop . TBS is a collection of superior quality, rich ,embellished party and bridal wear . All merchandise is 50 to 70 % off the actual retail and bulk buyers get an added discount. Because all products are 100 % original designer wear, you cannot expect dirt cheap prices. Elaborate bridal gowns start at 400 to 200, all marked down from 1500 BHD plus.So you see, it's quite a steal! All cocktail gowns are at 300- 200 and bridal accessories- earrings, shoes , cover-ups are at 50 BHD and less. I have yet to upload images of the cocktail dresses, shoes and accessories, but until then, stay tuned .

Moving on to my outfit, I paired this mini paisley print tube dress with a structured boyfriend blazer and pointed toe pumps to add a bit a class to this otherwise revealing summer dress. Showing skin in modesty is what I like and thus the ensemble.

On a different note, I'll be travelling to London for a few days so miss me until the next post. You can follow me on instagram @askthestylecouncil to keep up with my travel.

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Dress: Mango, Shoes and Coat: Zara, Clutch: Lancome, Jewelry : Monsoon

Monday, August 25, 2014

Airport Style Tips

Being a manager of a brand with stores spread across the Middle East, I travel quite often- short trips of course, but twice in a year I have the much dreaded 6 hour flight to London. I know 6 hours is nothing, but I’m petrified of travelling alone and 6 hours is the longest I’ve ever been in the aircraft.
Moving on to the main topic here, I always like to travel light. I hate having to carry more than 1 check in bag- my handbag. My airport style is quite casual and fuss free and I maintain a calm and composed look when I travel alone.  My looks depend on the place I’m flying to and hence I dress according to the occasion and the weather.I usually fly out in the morning and come back in the evening or sometimes spend a day in Dubai. These trips are rather quick and require me to dress appropriately for work.
  • Because Trousers crumple easily during the journey and blazers make me feel hot and icky when I’m getting around, I prefer wearing strong, Ponte leggings and an un-tucked georgette blouse or a sturdy pair of dark wash denims with a crisp light-colored shirt tucked in. I refrain from layering unless it’s winter, where I’ll wear a formal jumper over. I never wear heels when travelling, never.  I love my comfy leather ballet flats or a classy loafer. Heels, apart from being a strain during travel, can make you feel uncomfortable and slow you down. It’s better to stick to a comfortable shoe rather than paying a price to come across as stylish. I say this again; simply wearing heels does not make one stylish. Flats can do that too.
  • My hair is always left loose when I travel or tied up in a loose pony tail as taut knots and buns tend to give me a headache. I stick to something easy. It’s better to leave your lair loose so that you can put your head back and relax on the flight without shuffling in your seat.
  • Make up is simple on short trips and very minimal on longer ones. I stick to loose powder and blush with eyeliner and carry a moisturizing lip balm with me. Longer trips find me with only mascara and lipstick. The lipstick makes up for my otherwise pale and un-colored face. You don’t want to use too much cream or liquid based foundation when travelling, as the skin gets really dry while in the aircraft and the foundation is just going to crack and create creases all over your face. If you really must use them, I suggest using a concealer over imperfections and setting it with loose powder.  Touch up’s can be done every 3 hours.
  • I keep jewelry to a minimum as some airports will request that you take them all off before scanning and this can delay you.
  • You must own a travel handbag that is big enough and easy to carry all that you need. In my case I use an over-sized leather tote from Mango that is structured well and is my travel companion. I even use this bag for 2 day trips and it even holds a change of clothes along with my laptop and work files. It is an amazing bag and perfect for travel. I highly recommend these styles from Mango.

  • Hydrating yourself is very important before flying so make sure you drink lots of water and keep a travel sized moisturizer with you at all times.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Secrets to Layering

 Stepping out from an air conditioned home to the scorching heat outside and into a freezing office/ mall can scramble your thoughts about what you have to wear for the day. I personally love full sleeves and  3/4th sleeved tops or dresses but wearing them in the summer and especially summer in Bahrain, can be quite uncomfortable.
Here are a few ways you can beat the heat and keep temperatures normal in a cool place, while looking chic at the same time:
  • Wear a sleeveless blouse and carry a lightweight shawl or jacket along with you to throw on when you’re indoors.
  • Always make sure you have good, airy fabrics. Lightweight jackets and shawls are best in cotton for the season. If it’s a blend of poly cotton, make sure the cotton % is more than the polyester mix.
  •  Instead of wearing camisoles under opaque blouses, opt for boob tubes instead.
  •  Layering separates can be fun when you work with cotton so a light linen shirt thrown over a bright colored tank top can be quite cool.
  • Make Ponte leggings a wardrobe essential.
  • While wearing jackets/ blazers to work, choose to wear short sleeved or sleeveless blouses inside.
  •  Closed shoes are essential in a professional working environment so make sure you wear 10 denier socks suitable for your shoes to soak up some moisture. Wearing leather shoes without socks at this time can be very unhygienic.
  • Strappy, open toed and tie up sandals are great for weekends instead of closed shoes.
Stay true to these little tips and you’ll find a way to bear the heat. If all else fails, wear a dress, no layering, but where’s the fun in that?

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Blouse, Leggings and Bag: Mango, Jacket: Preen, Shoes: Miss Selfridge, Necklace: Gifted,

Monday, August 18, 2014


This Dobby blouse from  Mango is everything! It's sheer, lightweight, feminine and looks so rich. I love the style so much, I picked it up in four different colors- Blue, Red, Black and White.

I recently injured my neck and had to spend my weekend at home,so I decided to match my mood to my outfit- Blue.I absolutely hate the weather at the moment and try to wear "airy" garments. I hate the fact that everything sticks on to me in the humidity and , maxi skirts are great because you have enough room to walk around in something so modest and breathable for this treacherous summer.

On another note, it seems to be the year of weddings. Everyone I know is either getting married or pregnant! I'm so happy for all my friends who got hitched / gave birth to mini awesome humans this year! Special shootout to my darling Sarika, who tied the knot today in a very traditional ceremony at Guruvayoor!

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Blouse and Belt: Mango, Skirt: Origem, Bag: Accessorize, Shoes: Sister's Closet, Necklace: Gifted