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ShopaholicBlogs: ☔️Rainy Days☔️

It’s Raining💦😍I know a lot of people will be rolling their eyes because when did rain ever inspire such joy🤩But when you live in a desert 🌵with the sun shining☀️ year round then occasional rain is a welcome sight 💕Also did I mention that to most Desi’s rain is a delightful treat ☔️As a child and a teen we (a gaggle of cousins & our youngest uncle) spent our summer vacations scanning the skies at our Nani’s(maternal grandma’s house)for any signs of dark clouds and would sniff the air for the unmistakable scent of damp earth which would signal that rain was on the way. (Monsoon ⛈season was between July & August when schools were blissfully off)In those days we had serious downpours ⛈that would last for hours🤩. And inspire hours of fun where we would be splashing around every puddle in sight in and around the house, spraying each other down with the additional water hose (despite our Nani’s admonishing that we would use up all the water in the tank 💦) Sliding down at super speeds down our slide and landing in puddles of dirt at the bottom, all the while eating piping hot pakoras with cups of chai (there is nothing like drinking steaming hot chai while trying to avoid the rain drops from falling in your cup ☕️😋)which the cook would be churning out of the kitchen in celebration of the wondrous weather ☔️So it’s not wonder that even today the sight of rain🌧gets me super excited and makes me want to go outside and start jumping around splashing in puddles and getting drenched 💦Here is to today’s glorious weather ☔️ a truly rare occurrence in Dubai🇦🇪.

✂️ShopaholicBlogs : Hair Stories ✂️

💇🏻‍♀️I have always had long hair for as long as I can remember and as such I have become very protective of my locks 💝.

💇🏻‍♀️From the time when I was a toddler and till my late teens my mom was in charge of my hair’s care and maintenance : from pinning me down with one leg and piling on coconut🥥olive and safflower oils, to tying it in the tightest of braids. Even haircuts consisted of me standing on a pile of old 🗞newspapers and my mom trimming a few centimeters at the bottom with a pair of kitchen scissors ✂️. Salons and hairdressers according to my mom and Nani(her mom) were the wicked conspirators who would chop✂️ off all my hair to sell in the black market and send me home looking like a ganji kabootri (bald pigeon🐦) God only knows where Desi moms and grandma’s come up with such analogies and stories 😓.

💇🏻‍♀️If all that wasn’t extreme enough mom would also carefully wash and condition and detangle my hair announcing beforehand that I was too phoohar (both inept & incapable) that I would never be able to wash the oil out 😓. And also that I would use up all the water in the tank in the process😳.

💇🏻‍♀️Eventually I took over the washing and conditioning part once I turned 13 stressing that I needed privacy despite her protests of (mujh se kya chupa rahi ho maine tumhe 10 saal tak nilhaya hai💧) = I’ve bathed you till you were 10 there is nothing there I haven’t seen already 😳.

💇🏻‍♀️The only time after that I remember my mom washing my hair when I was older was when I was 14.

💇🏻‍♀️Ok so backstory : I was at school and for some reason had my head stuck out our classroom window to look at god knows what down below, when the glass pane from the window one floor above me fell out and smashed on my head 😱. And when I say smashed I mean smashed like into teeny tiny smithereens. So there I was with these hundreds of micro shards of glass in my hair feeling like a character from the Tiny Toons cartoon after they have been hit on the head with an anvil 😳. Anyways this was Karachi in the 90’s so the class teacher simply told me I was perfectly fine, not to make a fuss and since I wasn’t visibly bleeding that I should go home (the last class of the day had ended during this fiasco).

💇🏻‍♀️Once home I told my mom about the incident, where after the initial aye haye (oh no!) tujhe kya zarroorat thee khirki se poora sar bahar niklane ki? Kahin kaanch ne baal tu nahi kaat diye??( what possessed you to stick your whole head out the window? Don’t tell me the glass damaged the hair!!😒

I was then promptly marched over to the bathroom and since I refused to take off my clothes in front of her I had to sit in my uniform in the bathtub 🛁while she meticulously removed every piece of glass from hair and washed it. 💞

💇🏻‍♀️Given my mom’s obsession with long hair. It’s no wonder then that even as an adult I was very attached to my hair and when I finally ventured on my own for a haircut. I was the very epitome of the pain in the ass, badgering, edgy customer who would constantly remind the hair dresser to cut as little as possible of her precious hair and then demand proof that she had not tricked me and hacked off all my hair 🤨 (Mujhe dekhain kitna kaat rahi hain) = show me how much you are cutting off 😜

💇🏻‍♀️I remember the first time I had bangs cut 😳the sight of the hair dresser cleanly slicing off a a foot long, thick lock of hair had me clutching the arms of the salon chair so firmly my knuckles had turned white causing the lady to stop in alarm and checking to see if I was having some of seizure 😖🙃. I remember regretting getting my hair cut the moment I got back home and ordering all sorts of hair vitamins off of amazon and measuring my hair diligently every week.

💇🏻‍♀️Back to the present I have managed to get over my hair related nerves finally 😋 and I actually look forward to getting my hair styled and colored every now and then a little differently each time. Pictures below 😬⬇️💇🏻‍♀️Luckily I have always done my research and I have always found myself in good hands so no major hair disaster stories. Except for the time when I got my hair highlighted in Karachi and I ended up with a giant white blonde streak reminiscent of a Skunk’s tail smack in the center of my head 😱. But a tantrum in the salon and a little toner helped fix that problem so whew😬

💇🏻‍♀️I honesty feel a haircut and color is the easiest and quickest way to freshen up your look and feel good about the way you look. So here is my very current hair cut and yes it looked so good I had to indulge in a little selfie while I was still the car 😜

Tell me your hair stories good or bad I would love to hear them 😘

Shopaholic✨Reviews : Erzulie Cosmetics 🍃

Hola companeros blogueros❣️➡️Hello fellow bloggers 😘

Lol😀 Incase you were wondering what’s going onI’ve recently started learning Spanish so I’m trying to practice it every chance I get 😇. Anyways back to today’s blog post Today I’ll be reviewing another Etsy brand : Erzuliecosmetics🍃

So let’s start by talking a little about the brand first. Erzulie products are all handmade in small batches, are cruelty free🐰 and vegan and are non comedogenic. The brand includes skincare as well as mineral makeup made from all natural, organic ingredients. They are however not USDA certified. The products very reasonably priced and shipping was timely. You can purchase them from their Etsy store Or from their website Erzulie.

Ok let’s move on to the review. I purchased the following products from them:

🍃The hydrating quench booster I bought this thinking it was a tinted moisturizer which it is stated as. However it I found it to be more of a regular face moisturizer since it offered literally no coverage whatsoever 🙁. It is a very good moisturizer though it’s light, non greasy and is made with skin loving ingredients like: Shea oil, Glycerin, almond oil, lecithin and grape seed oil. Would I buy it again as a moisturizer maybe as a tinted moisturizer no😕.

🍃The mineral corrector so I bought this for the sole purpose of covering up my dark under eye circles. While I like the consistency it’s moisturizing and blends easily the color is not as pigmented as I would have liked. It’s more of a peach color then a darker orange/pink which works better with my skin tone. However it is made of all natural ingredients🍃like Shea butter, jojoba oil, squalene . Would I repurchase itI’m thinking maybe…😳  🍃The gel eyeliner Ok so I love eyeliner I feel it defines and enhances your eyes so I have been looking for an organic, all natural liner for a long time. This one while it doesn’t flake or dry out it’s not the richest black. However I do like the ease of application and the fact that it’s made from natural ingredients. Will I be repurchasing Maybe 🤔

So guys that was my review of @Erzuliecosmetics🍃. I hope you found it helpful Let me know in the comments if you have tried this brand and what are your favorite products from them 😘

Until next time 💋xoxo❣️

For those of you who prefer visuals here is a video review 🎬

Tips for staying healthy🍎 & fit💪🏼 in Ramadan 🌙

🌙Hola Loves❣️

🌙How is everyone doing❓ First I want to wish a very happy & blessed Ramadan to everyone ✨💕 and second getting on with today’s blog post how to stay fit and healthy during this month. Now to those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of Ramadan let me explain briefly here: Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims all over the world in which they abstain from eating and drinking from dawn⛅️ till dusk🌜. That’s sunrise and sunset in layman terms 😋. Depending upon where you reside in the world that could mean anywhere from 15-19 hours of not eating and drinking 😳. So it’s very important that you focus on your diet and lifestyle during this month to ensure you stay healthy. Most of us tend to look at fasting either as a way to diet or an excuse to over eat and neither approach is correct.

🌙Instead a balanced approach to diet and exercise ( yes you read it correct the first time exercise during fasting) will make the period of fasting easier on your body. So let’s start with the tips you need to know to make fasting a better and healthier experience for you:

🌙1- Eat a balanced 🍎🍞🍳diet- Fasting is not a free pass to eat like a glutton. Instead of loading your system with greasy🍔, fried🍟, sugary 🍩foods just because you abstained from eating all day will only make you a) take in excessive amounts of fat and calories. b) make you feel tired and inadvertently gain weight instead of loosing.

🌙Here is what you can do instead :

  1. At suhoor ( beginning of the fast ⛅️) Eat foods are that are high in energy and low in saturated fats. Start off your fast with fresh juices or fruit, dates, complex carbs like oats, whole meal bread, proteins -eggs so that you have lasting energy to get you through the day. At iftaar ( breaking your fast) try to eat less of the fried foods ( I know eliminating them completely might be a death ☠️ sentence for most people ). A pakora ( fried batter dumpling) or two and a samosa ( fried dough dumpling) or two should be enough, try not to make a meal out of it though. Instead eat a well rounded meal consisting of whole grain carbs, veggies and lean proteins (your digestive system will thank ✨you)❗️
  2. Stay hydrated 💧. Between the hours of suhoor and iftaar try and get between 4-6 glasses of water. I know some people say 3 liters of water but those people are crazy 😵. You know what happens after you force yourself to try and drink that much water after fasting for 15+ hours and then eating ❓ 🤮 that’s what happens either that or your stomach balloons up to resemble that of a pregnant lady completely with water sloshing around 🙄. So be sensible ✨Don’t let yourself get dehydrated but don’t go crazy overboard either.
  3. Lastly try incorporating a workout routine. I know it sounds nuts but trust me fasting is a great time to burn some fat. Since you are not eating your body had to rely on it’s stored fat for energy. You have to be very careful though that you don’t over exhaust yourself or get dehydrated. Workout in a well ventilated cool place, wear loose comfortable clothing, keep cardio limited and focus more on strength and toning🏋🏼‍♂️ workouts. Pace yourself during the workout and take breaks as needed. Pick a time that suits you for some people it’s right before iftaar, for me it’s somewhere during the morning around 9-10 is when I have energy to spare.

🌙 Well guys those were my tips for staying healthy and fit during Ramadan ✨. I hope you guys find them useful and do let me know in the comments what are some tips and tricks you use❓

Until next time loves 💕❣️

Black & White OOTD✨

✨Hola loves❣️✨Today on the blog I took the classic combination of black & white and styled it for a super casual day. I love this combination simply because you can never go wrong with it and it works for every occasion. For this look I paired a breezy, eyelet top with my black skinnies and check out theses adorable furry sandals 💕that complete the look❣️I personally like pairing fitted with something loose and flowy I feel like it is a more flattering look on almost anybody type. So here is today’s summer OOTD in black and white✨ Let me know how you guys would style this color combination 😘❣️Outfit Deets✨✨Top: LoftJeans : LoftShoes : Charles & Keith

Casual Sunday OOTD✨

🌞Hola Love bunnies🐰❣️

🌞Today’s post is all about my favorite the OOTD✨. It’s getting hotter🔥 here in Dubai which means outfits have to be loose and comfortable. Even though I love prints being petite means I have to pair them with solids to avoid looking like a walking wallpaper sample. 😋 In terms of wearing black in the 🌞summer I don’t mind it provided I pair it with something colored to breakup the darkness of the look. So here is today’s OOTD, luckily there was a lovely breeze about so it honestly didn’t feel like summer at all 😊

Outfit deets:

Top & Pants : Loft

Shoes: Toms

Accessories: Tiffany , Fabula Jewels

🌞Hope you guys enjoyed this OOTD❣️ Until next time loves 💕❣️

Spring Showers OOTD ☔️

Hola Love Bunnies 🐰❣️

It’s that time of the year again when the clouds open up for a fraction of a second here in Dubai and we get two drops worth of rain 😒☔️. Regardless, I love the cloudy weather that accompanies the ahem “rain” here. So much so that this is the time when I will plan beach trips, camp out on my patio and take leisurely walks out in the open and carelessly abandon 😱my usual shadow hopping avoiding the sun style of walking 😳. If you are a desi you will totally be able to relate to this ☺️.

So that is brings us to today’s OOTD which is totally inspired by the rain 🎉 or lack of 😒💧. So here we go peeps after a very long time indeed the shopaholic style spring shower OOTD 😘Outfit deets

☔️Top : Loft ( I think the black goes perfectly with the grey skies 😉, then again when does black not work?)

☔️Jeans: Loft petites

☔️Bag: Tory Burch ( I finally got myself a quilted style I liked 😇)

☔️Shoes: Toms ( I actually hiked on a mountain in these so there 😌)

That’s it love I’ll keep it short💕 and sweet for now cause I want to enjoy the rest of this gorgeous cloudy day 🌥 while I can😇.

Hope you guys are having a fabulous day as well and Happy Holi ✨to all those celebrating 🎉❣️

Until next time loves 💋!