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💋Shopaholic’s 15 Fun Facts About Me 💋

💋Hey Lovelies ,

 Today’s post is going to bring you up close and personal with your favorite blogger : Me! 😘 haha 😂 ok so maybe I’m not on your top 10 favorite people list yet but maybe this fun fact sheet will change that and get me into the top 💯?

Let’s get started already!

💋1- I don’t wear makeup unless it’s a special occasion. Everyday I’m barefaced and yes that includes most OOTD posts unless I specifically state I’m wearing makeup. Even then it’s limited to tinted moisturizer, lipstick, kohl and blush.

💋2-I love acting would love to make a career out of it someday lol wishful thinking 😋.

💋3- I love buying clothes I mean if I could wear a new outfit everyday that would be the perfect world 🌎 for me 😇

💋4- I hate working out 🏋🏻 but I do it anyway because my body attracts fat like a magnet 😳.

💋5- I wish I had the power to travel back in time and redo some of the things that I messed up 😔.

💋6-I have always wanted to do a cartwheel and a handstand.

💋7- I wish junk food and desserts weren’t fattening. 😋

💋8- I have always dreamed of waking up looking perfectly made up like in the 🎥 movies or in Instagram selfies 💋.Usually when I wake up I look like I’ve been wrestling wild cats all night😾😺.

💋9-I don’t believe in ghosts….except when I’m by myself at night and I’ve watched a horror flick 😳

💋10- I hate wearing heels 👠 if could wear my Tom’s everywhere I totally would 😊.

💋11- I color match my lingerie 😳 it drives me crazy if they aren’t the same color 😖.

💋12- I hate airplane food ✈️whenever I can I always buy myself a sandwich and a muffin( Costa, Paul or Starbucks 😋)to eat on board. (Doesn’t work out so well for long haul flights though 😡).

💋13- I love 💕rose scented anything (perfumes, cosmetics, skincare products 🌹). I recently tested ( more like sprayed it all over myself till the sales person raised her eyebrows) the rose 🌹 scented Oud (Arabic fragrance) from Loccitane and totally loved it 😍. (Hey it was a tester 😳)

💋14- I used to love reading 📖 but I haven’t been enthralled by a book since Harry Potter 😢. (Any recommendations?)

💋15– I am so sick and tired of people going on racist rants and spreading hate and violence just because they think they are entitled on the basis of their skin color which FYI is determined by your genes and not something that makes you superior or that you can change. ( Unless you happen to be Michael Jackson😎).

💋So there it is guys a little bit more about myself. Hope you guys enjoyed reading do let me know in the comments 😘.

Shopaholic Reviews : 🍃Organic Press 🍍🍌

Hi Guys! 

🍊So I’m sure we are all aware of the well worn adage “you are what you eat “. And as of late I was realizing that my diet was far from healthy. I was consuming way too many processed foods and loading up on sugar since I was always feeling lethargic. I have never been a fan of greens or fruits and I always thought I could make up for my diet deficiencies by loading up on supplements. But despite popping pills regularly I could see my skin, hair and nails steadily detoriating. My skin was looking lack luster, my hair was falling out and my nails were getting brittle to the point I had to cut them all the way back to the quick to avoid them snagging on clothing and breaking. 😭

🍎Now again im not one for making drastic changes so I knew I had to ease into the realm of healthier eating gradually. Amongst other things one change I made was incorporating fresh, raw fruits into my diet. Now since I don’t like eating fruit ( yes I’m an alien 👽my mom’s told me that like a million times now 😖). I decided juicing was a viable alternative . However finding fresh, raw unpasteurized juice without added sugars or preservatives turned out to be quiet a challenge. I mean despite grocery stores being filled with juices of all kinds even the organic variety. They were all full of sugar, preservatives and were pasteurized. Which is basically cooking the juice at high 🌡temperatures to ensure it doesn’t rot. Of course this equals to all the vitamins and minerals in the juice being dead 💀. So basically you are just consuming a non carbonated sugary beverage. 

🍓After much research I came upon Organic Press🍍. They are a Dubai based company that produces fresh juices, smoothies and dairy free 🥜 nut based milks. Since they use a hydraulic press all their juices are raw and unpasteurized and contain no added sugars. I tried their raspberry smoothie, almond cacao milk , almond milk, pineapple and mint juice and coconut water. All the products were delivered chilled in clear plastic bottles (500 ml) with the ingredients and calorie counts clearly labeled.

🍍So far I have enjoyed everything I have ordered. My favorite is the Almond/Cacao smoothie which tastes just like a chocolate milkshake without the zillion calories 🍫.🍓The juices and smoothies taste fresh, aren’t sugary sweet and best of all the bottles are clear so I can see through to the very last drop what’s going into my mouth. I don’t know about you. But ever since I saw people posting pics of nasty ☠️bacteria at the bottom of their cardboard container juices/milks I have started avoiding cardboard beverages altogether. If i can’t see 🔬what’s in it it’s not going into my body simple. 

🍊The company offers several juice detox combos as well as giving you the option to customize your own package. Delivery is free on orders above 200aed. So go ahead and try them out you will love it 💕. Shopaholic’s promise 😘.

🍒If you have tried Organic Press let me know what’s your favorite juice/ smoothie flavor? 

A random act of kindness💕

So this is a completely unplanned post but given the rarity of the event I felt I had to share it with you guys .

To be honest given the no of times I have encountered rude, irresponsible and downright , unfathombly vicious and intorelable behavior either directed towards me or some other unfortunate soul. I go out everyday expecting to be confronted by some form of unpleasantness or the other. So today when I made the incredibly amateurish mistake of visiting the mall during lunch hours I was convinced of being at the receiving end  of some parking lot rage. 😟 

As I circled around the first floor lot ( I hate parking on the higher floors I don’t know why. Technically I know that horizontally it’s the exact same distance to the mall you just need to take an escalator down 😖). Anyways so there I was driving around trying to find an empty spot. One of my pet peeves about parking lots is the parking sensors that refuse to register tiny cars. I mean there you are getting all excited at the prospect of finding not one but three unoccupied parking space during rush hours. Only to find that there is either a Mini Cooper or some other tiny car happily sitting beneath the green indicator light😡.

So long story short as I made my way around the lot after being hoodwinked by not two not three but four!mini cars 🚗 hogging the so called empty spaces. I saw a guy waiting by the side of the lot in sweltering heat trying to get to the other side hoping one of the drivers would halt and let him cross. Now I’ll be honest given my mood at the time I wanted to drive past the guy and continue my search for a genuinely vacant parking spot before someone else beat me to it. But I decided nevertheless to stop and gestured him to cross. In return he gave me grateful wave and went on his way while I found myself stuck behind a car flashing its indicator lights having scored a soon to be vacant parking space 😖aagh!! That could have been me! 

I sighed resignedly, muttered to myself about my sudden bout of chivalry and waited a good 5 mins before resuming my search. I had barely driven a few yards when I saw the same guy walking alongside my car. Upon recognizing me he waved at me to roll down my window. Puzzled I obliged whereupon he mouthed if I was looking for a parking and when I nodded, motioned me to follow him to his spot. A couple of parking spaces down, he motioned for me to wait, got into his car and galantly backed out waving at me to the now empty spot that I happily eased my car into not forgetting to give him a grateful  wave in return. Ignoring the line of parking spot stalker hopefuls that had by now formed behind me. ( It takes me a couple of tries to park 🙄 don’t judge me 😣). 

So there it was peeps my very own first hand experience of an act of kindness being repaid in an instant. ✨ Have you ever had a good deed come back to you like that? Share your story with me 😘

✨Shopaholic’s Dream Dressing Room ✨

✨What girl doesn’t want her very own dream space to store her ever increasing hoard of shoes, clothes , makeup , handbags, accessories and whatever else we fancy going on a shopping spree for?😍

✨Unfortunately 😭 for most of us our dream dressing room is limited to wishful doodles on our notebooks or an ever growing collection of virtual boards on pin interest. 

✨For most of us the celebrity dressing spaces that we swoon over are bigger than our entire living spaces. Nevertheless that doesn’t have to stop one from dreaming. For me personally given my obsession with organization having my own personal room where I can have a place for everything and everything in its place is the ultimate dream come true. 

✨Normally Iike most people I’m short of storage space so my clothes are fighting for space inside my closet along with my shoes and my poor handbags find themselves stashed on a shelf somewhere.

✨My usual getting ready routine involves a trip to my closet for clothes, another to the dresser for undies, a third to the bathroom for toiletries and makeup and yet another one to the dresser again where I have a mirror with enough lighting to ensure I’m not walking around with lipstick on my teeth. 

✨So my must have dressing room simply has to be a space that contains all of my getting ready essentials in one place. Here’s a look at what items would be a must have for my dream dressing room.

✨Lighting for example is so important. I personally hate white light I feel it washes me out and makes all my imperfections glaringly obvious. A well lit room with warm light in my choice of light fixtures : I personally love chandeliers they become a focal point in the room and illuminate the space. I love this open chandelier from Arhaus it not only adds visual interest but provides ample light. 

✨You can add additional lighting by means of floor lamps or in my case I prefer sconces esp around the vanity to provide light and add a decorative touch. 

✨Speaking of vanities I have always wanted a dedicated space where I can sit and do my hair and makeup. ✨This vanity table is sleek enough to fit into tight spaces and the tufted chair is supremely comfortable for long makeover sessions add a mirror and you are all set for  your very own makeover party 😘

✨Moving on to the most important part of a dressing space the storage. I am not a huge fan of bulky closets which I why I prefer this closet rack on wheels.✨It’s spacious, airy and offers storage on the bottom as well. You can have multiple of these lining both sides of the room. If you are still short on space consider adding shelves to the walls to make use of the all the vertical space. 

✨Moving on to additional seating, every girl needs a place for trying on shoes. I love leather and this ottoman is the perfect size for a smaller space. 

✨You can add warmth and color to any space by adding a rug. Blue is my favorite color and it’s soft underfoot.
✨Finally a full length mirror is a must in any dressing space. ✨ I love the simple wooden frame on this mirror which makes it work with a lot of different design aesthetics. 

✨I hope you enjoyed the mini tour of my imaginary dream dressing room 😘 Hopefully it’s inspired you to design your own dream space. Just remember even a small space can be multifunctional if you make smart design choices so how do you design your dream dressing space let me know in the comments below.

Until next time xoxo 💋!

Image credits : 

Arhaus

PotteryBarn

West Elm

💔Shopaholic Rant: Unfriending people on Facebook 💔

💔Genuine relationships require a great deal of time, energy,commitment and emotional investment.

💔For this reason I have always been utterly bemused by the sheer no of friends people claim to have these days, esp since the widespread usage of social media. Almost every person’s profile I have clicked on in the last few months has a had friend count of over 500 😳.

💔With an average school having between 400-500 students thats like being friends with every single person in school !😱

💔 I mean even at weddings the maximum guests you have if you are Caucasian 👱🏼‍♀️is 50-250, or if you are brown 🙎🏻is between 200-400 and that includes the entire odd assortment of relatives and colleagues, friends of your parents, their extended families etc. So where exactly are these 500+ “friends” ? I’ve personally never seen anyone at one time hanging out with 500 close friends have you? I mean even in the cult favorite show “Friends” there were only 5.

💔Have we redefined friendship to include any person with a social media account to have free access to our personal life? Or has the numbers game taken over relationships as well in this day and age?

💔I personally find the idea of someone I barely know, have access to all my social media just plain odd and awkward. I’ll give you an example, recently  I stumbled upon a middle school classmate after almost 10+ years through a common friend. Even though we were never more than polite acquaintances back in school immediately she requested to befriend me on social media. Since she had already whipped her phone out and was looking at me expectantly, it seemed rude not to comply. A couple of weeks later however since I didn’t hear a single peep from her, I ceremoniously unfriended her off all my social media accounts. 😕.

💔Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a mean, hateful person ( well not all the time 😋) and I love the idea of making new friends. But here’s what I don’t get: befriending someone on social media only to ignore them in real life? Picture this I went to the movies 🎬with a “friend” and the entire time we were there she was busy liking pics on Instagram and commenting on Facebook. 😡 The whole point of going to the movies with friends is to laugh together and comment on the funny and interesting bits. I honestly was pissed off and left wondering why she had bothered to come at all.

💔Secondly why would you want divulge all your life details to someone you just met( let’s face facts people from what we are eating and drinking, to what we are wearing to who we are with and where we put in all on social media). 

💔Finally why would you want to have someone who you have zero interest in past the intial friend request, have all of their crap show up on your newsfeed? I mean it’s frustrating enough to have to deal with insufferable people in real life,  but to have them irritate you online as well? I’ve frankly got no tolerance for the selfie queens, attention seeking status posters, repeated game request senders,or people who just want to add and forget you…😒.

💔Why not just unfollow them you ask? Well I’ve done that but that still lets them look at my stuff whenever they choose to and I’m not in the habit of putting up a zillion different privacy settings everytime I post. Plus everytime I happen to look over my friends list and see a name that i haven’t had any sort of contact with in ages it makes me wonder what on earth are they still doing on my friends list?🤔

💔I mean the last time I checked Facebook wasn’t a dupe for the yellow pages 📒.

💔To be honest I feel much better after I spring cleaned my social media contact list. It may have dwindled my friend count but atleast the ones left are the ones that matter. How do you clean up your social media let me know here 😘

Until next time loves xoxo💋

🎁Shopaholic’s Birthday❣️ 🎁

🎉It’s my Birthday!🎉 

🎁I know some people might find it incredibly childish that I still get so ridiculously excited about my birthday but I do😍😁!

🎁I love getting surprised on my birthday and you can bet I want everyone around me to make a huge fuss about it too ✨🎉

🎁When I was younger my mom used to throw these huge birthday parties for me and my sisters and invite the entire family and extended relatives. I would be dressed up in something lacy, frilly or tutuish which I would usually ruin by the end of the night ( our parties were usually lavish catered affairs 🍸).

🎁The last big birthday bash I remember was my 16th 🎉after that we would usually keep the birthdays low key and as time went on it would just be my sisters, parents and my bff’s celebrating with a cake and gifts. Regardless of the scale of the celebration, I love feeling special on this particular day. Maybe it’s the cake that has your name on it or the cupcake with a single candle just for you or the brightly wrapped presents or having people taking the time out from their busy lives to wish you( I admit most wishes these days are via Facebook or whatsapp 😒) .

🎁So this birthday even though I had already dragged my family over to the Tory Burch store and gotten myself an early birthday 🎁present.🎁( I start getting excited about my birthday from the first of October 😳. Even when I was a kid I used to open my presents before my birthday party and would pantomime the whole surprised affair later for the benefit of the guests 😁).

🎁This year the family decided the birthday surprise reaction had to be real so they went ahead and hid my other presents and when it was time for the big reveal they were ready with the cameras to catch my real reactions 😍🎁Can you tell I’m excited!😍 Excuse my rumpled appearance I had no idea they were planning all this or I would have striked my usual OOTD pose 😉.

🎁Stay tuned for the birthday gifts to be showcased in a special Shopaholic Birthday OOTD post coming soon 😘

🎁How do you guys celebrate your birthdays? Let me know right here 😘

🎁Shopaholic’s Birthday OOTD🎁

Hello Loves !

🎁So after the wonderful birthday surprise this morning I was totally in the mood to get all dolled up and have a funtastic day 🎉 Annoyingly enough it was one of those suddenly hot🔥 in the middle of fall🍂 days 😒. Aah the joys of living in the desert 🌵

🎁So heat notwithstanding here is a short and sweet birthday OOTD hope you enjoy 😘🎁OOTD details

Top : Loft

✨Pants : Max Studio

✨Shoes : Aerosoft

✨Accesories : Tory Burch, Kate Spade 

🎁Hope you guys enjoyed this mini OOTD 😘 Let me know what you think I would love to chat with you 💞