Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Lookpost: Purely Shaded

Hi Beauties,
It's been a while I know, I'm not even gonna go into detail about where and what I've been up to that's keeping me away from blogging because overall life's busy for everyone right?
 I promise not to be long because it's that time of the year when work needs to get done and don't even talk about that end of year hustle and bustle. I think the pictures that Quanita from Quanita E Photography took goes perfectly with that hustle and bustle saying hey?
So jumping straight to the point, I've had the opportunity to do a collab with Roesqah from the brand Purely Shaded .
On the pictures you'll see two looks using the same top but different skirts. I've styled it in a formal and semi formal way but these looks can really be worn formal or casual there's no right or wrong, I can easily see it being styled differently with sandals or sneakers for a more casual look. I'm mostly a formal person and that's why I styled it that way but if you would like me to show casual looks as well give me a shout.
Lastly, I really like the cut of the top, covering the arms and also the chest and neck area and the fact that it's longer at the back is a plus!


 Purely Shaded top & red and black skirt
Aldo bag
Mrp earings
Ray-ban sunglasses
Rae scarves

Pictures by Quanita E photography

Xoxo love Nadia SS

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Fashion: Glam up your look with a kimono

Can you believe we already saying farewell to this beautiful month of Ramadaan. It's totally unbelievable how the month just flew by and this is the time when most people are running around for their last Eid shopping, my thoughts and duas are with my sister in-law in Namibia while they preparing to say their final goodbyes to their beloved father. Two weeks ago my husband also lost a very close friend, for the first two weeks of Ramadaan every night after taraweeg he visited him at the hospital and it was a very sad day of his janazaah, leaving behind his wife and four beautiful kids. This month has once again opened my eyes to what's really important in life and that we are only on this dunya (earth) for a very short time.

 I haven't been posting much on social media because I told myself before the start of Ramadaan that I will limit myself and not spend too much time online. The Eid inspo looks and collab photoshoots I was approached to do, a Tv interview and a pop-up launch of an international brand I was invited to, with everything that happened this past month this all never happened, Allah knows best. Seeing that I never got around posting this lookpost even though this photoshoot was done more than two months ago I thought why not share it now it may just be some inspiration to someone. 

I won this kimono last year October at an event and I loved it from the moment it was handed over to me on stage, I was reminded that it's one of a kind and reason being it's from the first collection of kimono's ever made by @Europa_ede. Many clients wanted to purchase it that day and I do see why. This kimono is the center of attraction I won't forget the day I did this photoshoot while roaming around Rhodes Memorial from the one spot to the next I received so many stares and compliments from people that day, but those good stares you know.
I love the flowiness, the beautiful print and the pop of vibrance it brings to the outfit. You really don't have to do much to make it stand out because the kimono speaks for itself and that's where I incorporated the perfect maxi dress, matching scarf and block heel which complimented the kimono perfectly. This kimono can be styled differently for all occasions, I even think this look can easily work for Eid.

Maxi dress : Diyana
Kimono: Europa
Scarf : Rana Scarves
Block heel & cuff : Yde
Earings : Khaos Jewels

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid In Sha Allah. Ameen

xoxo Nadia SS 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Fashion Collaboration feat Diyana Khaki Jacket

Hi Beauties,

Happy Friday!

 I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Diyana_rtwc, they sent me this beautiful khaki jacket that's part of their autumn winter range and I'll be sharing three ways to style it. The jacket is available at Workshopmodesty in Claremont.

Look 1

So the first look is more of a casual chic look, I mixed colours like khaki, tan and beige. I wore a comfortable tan block heel and matching bag, khaki scarf styled in a turban to go with the jacket and added some bulky accessories.

Look 2

The second look is a formal one, I wore all black and completed the look with the khaki jacket. I love that it's light weight and perfect for layering on the cooler days. You will see with this look I tied the belt to the back.


The first two looks was photographed by my blogger friend Namreen, she was happy to help me out with some pics which ended up being a whole lot of them, lol. Right before she sent them she reminded me that she's no pro but I really love how they came out, you got some great photography skills Namreen.

Look 3

Comfort is key right? I wore this casual look today styled with a white T shirt, khaki boot, mom jeans and  accessorizing with gold hoop earrings. I must say I really love the long lenght of this jacket covering up all the right places and you can dress it up and down. I can already see this jacket being my favourite item this season and the colour is so on trend.

Let me know which style you liked more.
Shukran to both Namreen and Diyana because without you this post would not have come to life.

Love Nadia SS

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Living in the moment

So lately I've been living life in the moment or at least trying to. Yes, I know I'm the last one to be talking about living in the moment because I always have a phone in my hand ready to capture every last detail of what's happening. I'm the one that starts the day off by updating my insta-stories posting about my lovely morning coffee to the crazy meeting or deadline, what I'm wearing or what's for supper but for the past two weeks I have slowed down and went from posting whole day everyday to once or twice a week. I have decided instead of capturing the amazing or even not so amazing moment I'll enjoy, embrace and appreciate it without distractions. I didn't have to get that perfect angle and let the actual moment slip by without realising it, that is exactly whats happening because we focus too much on getting the perfect picture but miss out on the actual moment. 
I love taking pictures so I won't stop capturing them but I feel some moments shouldn't be wasted with the interruptions and will be remembered as a beautiful memory, they don't have to be shared with everyone. And I'm not saying that I'm not going to post as much anymore but sometimes I get those up and down times when I feel like deleting my blog with all my social media accounts and then there's times I feel like going crazy and posting a lot of pics non stop. 

Life gets so busy and at times it's good to slow down and take a break and focus on what's important.
I'm glad I started slowing down now because we like two weeks away from Ramadaan, a time where I would rather much spend my time doing other things and not live online. So in a way I'm prepping I guess.

Can we just chat about the great photography done by a lovely lady by the name of Zeenat Banderker pursuing.pictorialism
Not only is she very talented but also very fashionable, the day I met her you would have thought that she's the one going for a photoshoot all dressed up in heels and looking good. When I asked her she replied and said that she feels very comfortable working that way, while doing the shoot I saw that she really was super comfy she ran in heels when I forgot my sunglasses at a particular spot and literally lied on the floor to take a picture of my shoes. She's just amazing, guides you through the shoot and tells you what works and what doesn't. We ended up having cappuccino's and long chats that day as if we knew each other for a long time. If you would like to check out more of her work head over to her Instagram page Pursuing.pictorialism also see my previous post here

About this look:
I really enjoyed creating this look, it all started the day I saw this beautiful top with embroidery detail on the Instagram page of Akusesari . The rest of the pieces was added, Crushed scarf in cornflower blue from my fav Rana Scarves , Lovisa tassel earings and jeans and wedges.

 Hope you enjoyed the post and that you'll be back for more.

Pictures by Zeenat @Pursuing.pictorialism

Xoxo Nadia SS 

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Collaboration blogpost by NAN : Time to unwind

Hi there,

 Does the title of this blogpost make you think of the baby formula NAN, if so then I know you're a mom, soon to be mom, aunt or something in that line, lol. Well in this case NAN is not a formula but stands for

Nadia - Abieda - Namreen

We're all wife's and most importantly mothers, whether of one or three, big or small, kids have their way of making us mad and even though we love them so so much we need to try and keep our sanity for our own and their sake, right? 
So we did this collab blogpost to share what we do to unwind after a crazy day or week of work, managing kids and everything else.

Meet the bloggers I did the collab with Abieda and Namreen 

Abieda Siers 
Mom of pretty twin girls and the cutest baby boy of 6months.
Go read on crazymomjournal
how she keeps her sanity.

Namreen Sonday 
from namusnarritives . Mom of three beautiful kids. Go have a read on Namreen's blog what she does to unwind.

And then there's me, mom of a busy little four year old girl that keeps me on my feet. Please read further to find out what I do to de-stress :)

 So the number one thing I look forward to from the moment I open my eyes in the morning is a cup of coffee, no matter what time of the day or night, that one cup of pure bliss is what gives me life! Yes, yes I'm one of those 24/7 kind of coffee moms.
I enjoy it even more if shared with a friend or two but that only happens once in a while.

Soothing smells
A massage, mmm that would be perfect if a person could receive everyday but let's stick to what's realistic in this busy life. To me when having a warm shower (obviously a quick one, lol) the Youghazi body wash in Orange Blossom Amber Accord Ylang Ylang definitely makes me feel like I'm in a massage room for a bit, the soothing smell calms me and gives me that instant relaxation.

 The most expensive thing to de-stress you'll think. But strange enough the cheapest most simple thing I get myself will make me happy and I can feel those stress hormones disappearing.

Even after a long stressful day sometimes typing my heart out (in other words blogging), makes me feel at ease somehow and it's a way of destressing. It's like releasing whatever has been pilling up on the insides. 

And I'm not even going to lie I cant remember when last I read a book and I love reading however I read alot of articles and blogs online these days because that's where we live, most of the time Online.

Being optimistic 
They say being optimistic helps reduce the negative toll stress hormones take on your bodySo no mater what the situation I always try to stay positive.

I don't stay too far away from work but that 20 minute ride to and from work everyday I really enjoy. It's my alone time before I pick up miss chatterbox. I put on my favourite music and there I go singing along and hitting those false notes, not only does it release that work stress but that happy feeling comes along, puts me in a good mood for sure. 

 I know this one's on almost everyone's list of de-stress things and yes it should be so I'm not even gonna try to give excuses but I do enjoy walking. I know I'm lazy but atleast it's something and I enjoy doing it, different views and some fresh air.

Last but definitely not least whether taking a hike or just sitting and admiring the beauty of nature truly makes me happy. I can sit for hours and watch how the clouds move or the sun set. They say exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing.

Thanks for reading and do let me know what you do to unwind.

Xoxo Nadia SS

Always keep Shining!