Saturday, 25 February 2017

Mommy and Mini : Lips and Lashes

Hi beauties,
Happy Weekend!!!

It's been more than a month since I last blogged and it's been crazy I tell you. Besides the norm work being hectic my husband was in a car accident that resulted in our car being written off, it's been hectic with one car but that's minor we all just happy that he's fine Alhamdulilaah. My three year old went to creche for the first time in January and cried for two weeks everyday (so relieved she's past that now and happy to go in the mornings), so we all good, alive and living.

My last blog post was a similar one, a "Mummy & Mini' kind of post" if you haven't seen it have a look here. Both that photoshoot and this one were taken by Capturing Concepts Photography, and as you can see we had loads of fun, reading, riding bike, colouring, and cuddling. I'm sure professional photographers have learned through their experiences with young ones to have that special amount of patience.

I love taking pictures of my daughter and are always being told by friends and fam how they love my pictures I post on Facebook & Insta but guys it's not easy, there's a huge amount of patience that's needed to take pics of my busy little girl. Anyone with a baby or young child can say how difficult it is to get them to smile or even stand still for pics. It's not just one picture and Oooh its perfect, no way, how I wish it was like that. It's a couple of tries before you get it right. In-between the tries and getting it right it's "Shazia smile", "Shazia look this way", "no don't pull your face like that" to "I will buy you chippies and sweeties". This time for this photoshoot it went as far as I wil take you on the boat, yes you read right, I had to take her on a boat. It all started when she saw the canal boat at Intaka Island leaving with people while doing the photoshoot and cried to go on it, and me being me, told her it's fine I'll take you on there when we done.


About the look:
This look was once again inspired by my three year old daughter Shazia, she was the one that had the Lips and Lashes T-shirt first.
I then started seeing the adult version of the t-shirt all over instagram but everytime I tried to order it it was sold out, till my last attempt I got lucky.
I don't believe in just buying name brands, I buy what ever I see is cute whether from a china store or a naarjie store what ever I can afford. The whole outfit she's wearing was so affordable, she's wearing a Jet T-shirt and Sandals, tutu skirt from China Town, Lovisa Chocker and her cute lil headband she got as a gift from my friend Fadwah (go check out her Insta page @ Tiny Totz Accessories). Obviously with kids it's so easy to play dressup because they can just wear anything and still look so cute.
Okay so I copied her look but made it more modest and comfy for myself, a longer lenght skirt and for a more playfull look I added the pom-pom scarf styled in a turban, black tassle earings to go with the top and skirt.


These last few pictures sums up Shazia in a nutshell, she's been loving her scooter and bike, building puzzles and colouring in, counting and watching you-tube nursery rhymes and singing along.

Here we had a moment, Shazia was just so tired already and didn't feel like taking any more pictures, like i mentioned before that this was our second shoot for the day and it can be really tiring especially in the hot Cape Summer sun. So instead of getting mad at her like I usually do for not listening and doing the opposite, I took her in my arms and hugged her and that's when they took the opportunity to take this picture.
To see the outcome of the pics, the love shared between mother and daughter brings joy and warmth to my heart and makes the running after her and begging all worthwhile.

Thank you for reading and always keep Shining
Nadia & Shazia

Monday, 9 January 2017

Mommy and mini entitled Clean Page

Hi all you beautiful people,

This is my first blogpost for the year and I don't know if it's ok to still say Happy New Year, I mean we in the second week of January already but some people say you can still say so till the end January :) So Happy New Year, Hehehe.

Most of you probably returning back to work today(I guess you dreaded this day), I'm back at work since last week Wednesday and was envying you guys that was still on holiday enjoying yourself on the beach somewhere while I was trying to find my feet here. Last week was really difficult I couldn't concentrate. I felt I really needed to get back into the swing of things, but this is a new week and I'm so ready for it.

Guys I'm excited for this new year, I haven't jotted down any new years resolutions like other times because its all in my mind. I know exactly what I want to achieve this year, be it short term or long term and it will stay in my mind till I achieve it #goals, hehehe spirit hey. I wish you all well for this new year with what ever it is you want to do, live more healthier, study, try something new or just be more awesome at what ever you are doing right now. We all got another chance to start on a clean page, we got another chance to see a new year and each day we get a change to open our eyes to see a new day, Alhamdulilaah (praise be to Allah) so make the best of it.

This photoshoot was done by Capturing Concepts Photography. It was a scorching hot day in the mother city when we did the photoshoot and you know how kids can get in the heat if they not in water. I tried to make it fun and playful for Shazia, check me running and making funny moves to make her laugh.

For a parent the holidays can be very tiring, if not for you but for me. A three year old can be very demanding and nags alot if you don't keep them entertained. And that was what I did or rather tried to do this holiday. As a parent you try your best to make your kid/kids happy but don't always know if you succeeding but yet still try right.
Myself and Shazia had some great bonding time this holiday as Daddy was working, pssst she's a Daddy's girl. I really needed loads of patience, she made me mad all the time because she doesn't listen and catch on her own things, I know they say it's #exploring right. I needed to talk alot, felt like I was constantly on repeat. Nonetheless I felt we had a great time even though so short, we made some good memories and became the best of friends :)

About the look
This look is all about me and my mini-me Shazia. Most of the time we wear matchy clothes or colours but have never really done a photoshoot or blogpost about it, I just always share pictres on my socialmedia. I created this cute look for her starting from the lacercut t-shirt, then added the matching shorts and choker, the shoes and hat came afterwards. I then created my look to match with hers, not quite so cute but I tried to match, obviosly going for a longer pants and covering my arms for a more modest look. Our lace henna tattoos are from Skh_sa , I had a lot of ladies asking me where it's from so there's a link to her Instagram page.

Shazia's outfit details:
Edgars T-shirt & sunglasses / Jet shorts & shoes/ Lovisa chocker 

I'm wearing:
Designer Wearhouse lace kaftan/ Legit lacercut top/ MRP Jeans & sunglasses/ Lovisa earings/ Skh lace tattoo/ Edgars sandals & bracelets/ Forever New watch

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post.

Xoxo Nadia SS

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Lookpost: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Good morning beautiful people 
I trust the holidays are treating you well :)

For most or all bloggers this time of the year means no blogging and only holidaying but for me on the other hand it's blogging because I have a bit of free time on my hands to do a blogpost. 
This is however my last blogpost for the year and I would like to thank each of you, whether a follow, a comment, a like, reading my blog, what ever you did that somehow contributed to my blog, a heartfelt Thank You.
The blogging world has been good in terms of growth, I met some really inspiring people, attended some awesome events, had some interesting times on Voice of the Cape radio this year, talking about modesty and exercise to Echi from Halaalife and on the show Covermode I spoke to Roshan Isaacs about my blog and a recent one about summer trends. Lastly a change I've also seen is my blog stats that have grown tremendously compared to a year ago.

On a more personal level I feel I am more confident woman than what I was at the beginning of the year. In terms of work the year started of a bit rocky but I have learned, grown and gained so much experience in my field and I'm so grateful for that. As a mother to my three year old daughter, Oooh, I still feel I need all the patience in the world, that topic needs a blogpost on its own but she's our blessing and I shukr Allah everyday for that. As a wife I don't have any complaints except the house chores and cooking never ends, ongoing cycle hey hehehe. Will you believe me when I say we celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary last week, feels like only yesterday when we tied the knot but each year our bond and love for each other grows stronger, Alhamdulilaah❤

Lets talk about this look I wore to a event themed Breakfast at Tiffany's, and that's why I choose this title for the blogpost.
This look was inspired by the iconic style icon Audrey Hepburn, to think what she wore more than half a century ago is still in style. I went with a monochrome look, so her right? The skirt is perfect for a sophisticated look and can be dressed down with sandals for a more casual look aswell. Audrey loved midi skirts, I styled mine with a black bell sleeve lacer cut top. I think they went perfect together creating the contrast between black and white. For shoes I wore black laceup heels, also with a bit of lacer cut matching the outfit. I usually love over accessorizing but for this look I had to keep myself to a minimum because the outfit already gave that edge. I wore my favourite white tassle earings and for final touches I added the black hat.
 It's the first time I wore a scarf under my hat, I felt it really secured my hat and I didn't have to worry about it falling off or blowing away and best of all my hair was covered. The cute black bag I saw the night before the event, I could not resist it and had to have it. For a true Audrey look I did not forget the bold lip, cat eye and filled eyebrows.

I really enjoyed doing this photoshoot with Capturing Concepts Photography  at Claremont Gardens. The event I attended was held in Claremont so we thought it would be great to meet there.
They captured everything so perfectly from the details of the bag, tying my heels laces, checking if my hat is still intact and even some moments while on the phone with my husband.

Outfit details:
Woolworths hat/ Lovisa Tassle earings/ YDE top, skirt and sunglasses/ River Island Laceup heels/ Aldo bag

It's the last day of the year and we officially saying goodbye to 2016, whether it's been a good or bad year for you or a mixture of the two we say fairwell and hello to new beginnings. Good luck and Happy New Year!

Thank you for reading my blog and always remember to keep Shining!

Xoxo Nadia SS