Sunday, 1 November 2015


Hellooooo everyone! Welcome back! I hope you’re all good and had a good week of holidays if you’re in school or college and if you’re in university like myself, I hope you all are working hard through reading week and catching up on all your lectures! For those who are working at a full time job, I hope you all are smiling and successful :)

I wanted to initially film an autumnal makeup look for all of you for Sunday as you all would’ve figured it out from my Instagram that I loveeeeee autumn! However, I’ve had an awful sore throat and still literally sat with a box of tissues for my runny nose with peppermint tea to make me feel better. Hope the British weather isn’t making you all ill like it is to me!

Today I am going to discuss wardrobe staples every woman should have or need in their wardrobes! Now we’ve all been in that situation where we wake up in the morning and we look into our wardrobes and think ‘I have nothing to wear’. These wardrobe staples will save you from that situation! So get your cups of tea ready because this is gon' be a long read! 

I’m going to split this post in five sections – 1) Tops 2) Outerwear 3) Jeans/Trousers 4) Accessories 5) Shoes

If I talk about every single section today, you guys will get bored of reading this so I'm going to discuss the other 4 sections weekly! Hopefully by next Sunday, my throat is functioning well and you all will see an autumnal makeup look!

Created by Madiha Karim (If you click on the image, it will be more clearer) 

For tops, I have put together all the necessities every wardrobe needs! These necessities are perfect for girls who are in high school to a full time working woman. They can style you from a casual lunch date to a evening dinner date!

Starting from the top left, a grey tee is extremely important. Over the years, grey has definitely become the new black in our lives as people love wearing it just as much as they love black. It's chic! You know them days, when you really just want to put something on and go out because you're having a 'cant be bothered' day? You can wear this grey tee with the tartan top (on the top right) wrapped around your waist and it'll come across as you've made a huge effort when you really haven't. 

The crisp white shirt and the denim shirt in the top middle are for those who don't like dressing in tee's all the time! These shirts with black jeans and boots are a great match! They look great for brunch meetings or even when you girls are off to university for a mid day lecture and want to grab lunch later! The two shirts are perfect to even go for dinner because you can just dress the look more with a statement necklace and you're good to go! 

Moving on to the bottom four - it starts with a sweatshirt! A sweatshirt is an essential that everyone needs because it can make you look completely effortless and it is so comfy! Dress it up with plain black or blue jeans and knee high boots and you're on point! The sweatshirts that have a little saying on the front make it up for the part where you've not just walked out of bed but you've not taken hours getting ready either! When it's 7am in the morning, you don't want to struggle wearing something you're not comfortable in when you have a busy day planned ahead. The sweatshirt will make you look somehow 'put together' and it will also keep you relaxed throughout the day! 

On the second row below, a black peplum top is for an evening look where you can wear this with a statement necklace and your hair in a bun! As this peplum top actually has sheer detailing, it amps the evening look more! This is definitely a staple because it can be worn in different ways! You can style it with a leather jacket, a blazer, burgundy jeans or even in all black and pointed heels! 

Khaki has also happened to be a colour that has become the new black this year because it is such a lovely autumnal colour and in Britain, we have the cold weather almost throughout the year! Khaki is such a versatile colour because you can wear it all the time and it's not even boring! This khaki top can be worn in a day to night look where you can wear it with black jeans and wear flats in the day. For the night, add some accessories and a bold lip! 

For the last staple, it has to be a camisole! A cami is something that will make you feel relaxed! When you're on a date night, you want to dress up really well but you don't want to look overdressed so the cami sums it up right as it is completely simple and it saves you from feeling nervous! It comes across bold and confident and that is important for a date night as the first impression is the last impression. 

If you all would like to purchase these staples, click on the links below - 

Grey tee -

White crisp shirt -

Denim shirt -

Tartan shirt -

Sweatshirt -

Peplum top -

Khaki tank top -

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That's all for now! I'll be back next Sunday hopefully with the autumnal makeup look depending on my throat and if not, there will definitely be a post about the second section of the wardrobe staples! Hope this post was really useful! If it did, leave me a sweet comment and share it! 

Till then, take care of yourself and have a lovely day or night xx


Thursday, 10 September 2015


Hi guys! Welcome back to my blog my lovelies.  As I mentioned on my Instagram, today I’m going to discuss all the details of the bridal tea/shower that I threw for my sister before we flew out to Canada for her Nikah

I’m going to split the deets in three parts - the theme, the tea and the entertainment

The theme of the bridal tea was of florals and pastels which was lead by the backdrop I formed for my sister by bright pink and white fans and grey pom poms. I had to add grey pom poms to lighten out the bright pink fans and to ensure it was blending in with the theme. My sister likes very minimal and simple themes which is why I didn’t want to go with something too bold. I bought the pom poms and the fans from Etsy and they were honestly not expensive at all. I bought a lot of them and stuck them to the wall in an assorted pattern in the room I had laid the table for the tea. 

Funny story guys (more of a disaster) - I woke up in the morning after a whole nights handwork on the backdrop and all the adornments were on the floor! Honestly felt like cancelling everything but “man’ned” up and stuck it all back! 

The reason why I chose this theme was because i felt as the Tiffany’s Bridal Shower theme became very common and I didn’t see such a theme. My sister is a floral fanatic which lead to the addition of florals with pastels. All the girls wore pastel pinks and nudes which made it look as we all actually went shopping together and picked the outfits but in all honesty, it was all a coincidence that everyone picked nudes and pinks as their pastel colour. I didn’t want the floral part of the theme to be overpowering which is why I incorporated it through the flower crowns. All the girls including myself wore flower crowns and it didn’t drown the theme of pastels. 

Being the maid of honour, I wore the sash ‘Maid of honour’ and I had a customised one for my sister which states ‘Future Mrs Shabaz’. As I told the bridesmaids to wear floral headbands with pastel colours, I wore a pastel lilac shirt from ASOS which had sequin work. I bought this top ages ago and just didn’t wear it anywhere.I paired the complete outfit with my nude/brown new look barely there heels. I would tell you guys about what my sister wore but she’ll be doing a blog post soon about it on her blog so I don’t want to ruin her post by giving away too much. 

The invites were produced by Etsy. Etsy is honestly an amazing online website as it has everything from vintage to trending products. They had various types of invites on their website but this one really caught my eye with the slight show of flowers and the detailed focus of the bridal tea invite. 

Moving on towards the tea (my fave part duhh) So to accompany my vintage tea, the crockery was vintage china crockery. I wanted everything to settle in with the theme which is why i made sure that the crockery was vintage. In my eyes. i believe that vintage china crockery gives a very sophisticated feel and the floral detail on the crockery related back to the floral sector of the theme. The table was set with tea pink napkins and name placement! 

The tea was accompanied by afternoon tea platters which had sandwiches, wraps, cheese and onion mini muffins, mature cheddar and onion rolls, macaroons and cheesecake bites. I ordered everything from the Marks and Spencer party food section and it was all ready in two days. 


The favours I gave were candles and photo frames which i bought from Ikea. The original idea was to engrave ‘ShabazandMaria’ in the candles but because of time, I wasn’t able to. The photo frames had silver vintage detailing and had a picture of my sister and the friend, the favour was going to. 

The present I gave my sister was a necklace from Tiffanys! 

For the entertainment, I planned two games. The first one was ‘The newly wed game’ where I asked my sisters husband, the answers to a few questions and my sister had to guess what he would have said to the question asked. If my sister got them wrong, she had to keep a macaroon in her mouth and couldn’t chew till she got the right answer. The second game was ‘Guess the love story’ where everyone had to guess how my sister and her perfect man met and how things fell into place between them two! Honestly the stories were hilarious! 

I set us props for everyone to use whilst taking the pictures which included a frame stating ‘Maria’s Bridal Shower’ and a banner ‘Miss to Mrs’. I didn’t want to overdo the complete theme so i kept the props completely minimal. 

The evening ended with my sister cutting a cake. The cake was made by Slattery’s. I took inspiration from the cake from cakes on Pinterest and further improvised with the help of the people at Slattery’s. Honestly everything at their bakery is to die for! I didn’t want to leave once i got there. The cake was a crisp gold cake with feathers and edible pink flowers. It was extremely detailed like a tower of gold. I set the table with pink candles and flowers for my sister to cut her cake within them. I wanted my sister to have everything she loves which is why i mainly put flowers and candles! 

Alhumdullilah my sister is now happily married. Thank you for reading! I hope you guys liked it! Stay tuned for more posts xx

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