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✨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 Gets a Haircut✂️

✨I’m someone who has always been very attached to her hair. For as long as I can remember my hair has been down my back to my hips. My mom would cut my hair at home, spreading newspapers down and cutting it straight across never more than an inch. 

✨She was the one who oiled it regularly, braided it and never allowed me to open my hair except for special occasions.

✨It’s no wonder the first time I went to the hairdresser myself I was almost in tears when I saw my hair piling on the floor as the hairdresser snipped away with vigor despite my repeated just admonishing of “no more than an inch please”.

✨Even today, dozens of haircuts later, when I hear the rrrr of the scissors as they weave in and out of my hair I can feel panick setting in. 

✨However over the years it has become harder and harder to maintain the length of my hair. Since I am an avid fan of highlights I find my hair texture has changed dramatically. It is prone to being dry and frizzy particularly at the ends and no matter how much I condition or treat it eventually I find myself cutting it to maintain the health of my hair.

✨Today was one of those days when fed up with the dried, frizzy mess I decided to head on to the hairdresser. 

✨My go to hairstyle for the last few years had been side bangs with long layers. I am totally low maintaince when it comes to my hair I don’t even own a hairdryer. Which I is why I opt for this particular style, it’s no fuss and looks good straight out of the shower.

✨That being said bangs if cut incorrectly can end up being a disaster and layers done wrong can look like someone just took a hack saw to your hair and went on a chopping spree 😱

✨Since this was a new hairdresser I was more nervous than usual. As always I showed her the picture on my phone (pictures are always more effective than trying to exhaust your vocabulary😓).

✨Plus ever since I moved to the UAE I have had horrible luck with hairdressers apparently side bangs are a foreign concept to them 🙄.

✨45 mins⏱ and a whole lot of hair on the floor later she handed me a mirror and asked me to turn around to take a look at the final result. ✨While it was a whole lot shorter than I had anticipated, she got the bangs somewhat close to what I had asked for. 

✨What do you guys think of this look? Let me know in the comments 😘 plus what is your go to hairstyle? 

Shopaholic Rant: Hello My Name is : I Feel Fat

  
Let’s face it whether you are a tall, skinny supermodel or just a regular, girl next door. We all have days when we feel fat and unattractive, for some it’s a once in a lifetime occurrence for others every now and then.✨Sometimes these feelings are triggered by actual body/metabolic changes like pre or post menstrual symptoms, water retention, lack or total abstinence of workouts or post holiday or breakup eating marathons.😳 

✨But say your lifestyle and eating habits are text book perfect and you are still seeing a fat wildebeest in the mirror. Well according to experts there could be two explanations. 

✨1- You could be experiencing a phenomenon known as “Phantom Fat“.

✨2-You are suffering from every shrinks favorite “self esteem” issues.

“Phantom Fat” syndrome is a close relative of the low esteem clan. The only difference being that while even skinnylish people can have low self esteem or “fat days” now and then. “Phantom Fat” usually torments those poor souls who were once fat but even after loosing all or most of their weight are haunted by their former fat self image.  

 ✨These are people who were overweight for a large part of their life before loosing weight, people who are stuck with loose skin, stretch marks post weightloss or who even after loosing copious amounts of weight and killing themselves in the gym. Still look no where close to the sports illustrated bikini model body they were hankering after.

✨For skinny people or people who have never been morbidly overweight, “feeling fat” is related to a shift in their self image rather than actual body changes.

✨Nowadays for almost everyone appearance is huge part of who we are as people, and any deviation from the ideal image of ourself can cause discomfort and even depression. 

✨Changes in self image can be a result of various factors, events in your personal or professional life on a day to day basis can affect the way you view yourself. 

  ✨Sometimes you just wake up “feeling fat” and you cannot pinpoint what made you feel that way. The fact is once your mind is in the “negative” mode, it takes more than piling on makeup, trying and discarding multiple outfits, going on an eating binge or collapsing on the couch in a fit of tears.(guilty 😳). 

 ✨For some people “fat days” are just something they need to wait out, like a bad cold that won’t go away regardless of how many bottles of NyQuil you down.

✨Others take a more realistic and grown up approach and fight the negativity by changing their mental outlook.

✨Recognizing that feeling fat and unattractive has nothing to do with your actual body and more with your perception of your body is the first step. (Difficult I know but a good shrink or some tough love from your bffs help 😉).

✨Next is diverting the focus of your brain cells towards positive parts of your body. Your hair, your toned arms, those one pack abs you managed to chisel against all odds. You get the idea. With these techniques whether you are suffering from “phantom fat” or just skinny person fat , you will be able to turn a fat day into a skinny one.

How do you deal with “fat days“? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time xoxo💋!

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Liebster Award Nominations!! ✨🎉

Hello lovely people! 💖

Thanks to the wonderful Cinderzena😘 I have received my 2nd nomination for the Liebster award🎊!

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You would think Carolina Herrera or Oscar de larenta would have sent over a free gown 👗 by now 😉!

Anyways thanks a bunch💐 to Cinderzena

a modern day 👑 , Jaffa cake loving Cinderella ✨! Check out her awesome blog and as well those of the nominees below that I have picked out .

But before that here are my answers to the questions asked to me by Cinderzena 🖋

How did you come up with your blog name and how hard was it to figure it out?

👑It was easy peasy actually i adore 💖shopping so it had to be something around that .

What inspires you to keep going?

👑I like making people laugh or atleast enjoy themselves and everytime I see a positive comment it’s like a surge of adrenaline. I mean let’s face it majority of us starting out don’t make any money or fame from blogging so it’s just the love💖 of writing and having your work appreciated that keeps us all going . 💋

Whats the craziest activity you have done in the past three years?

👑I’ve done a lot of crazy stuff in the last three years which I cannot reveal here at the risk of being prosecuted 😇

Country or city life, and why?

👑I’m a city girl born and raised , I can’t stand country life I get bored out of mind if all I have for company is the birds and the bees 😳

Reading or listening to music, and why?

👑I only listen to music when I’m working out or doing something equally boring 🎧. Like washing dishes ☹️. I loved to read , but since Harry Potter I haven’t really found anything that I can be addicted to again 😢📚

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One thing you believed as a kid, but now think it is totally dumb of you to think of.

👑I was a total believer in fairytale romance💖 all through my teenage years and beyond but after being badly burned I now realize that true love and happily ever after doesn’t exist. 💔

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✨Whats the best part about blogging?

👑I can reach out to so many people and make friends ✨💞.I used to and still do at times feel incredibly lonely at times 😢😞 blogging helps overcome that.

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✨ Would you chose swimming in a sea with the possiblity of a shark encounter or bungee jumping?

👑hmm I have a fear of heights so I guess I’ll attempt a showdown with a shark 😲

✨Favorite novel of all time?

👑All Harry Potter books I’m sorry I’m not much of a classics fan 😳

What has been a post in your blog that took the longest to write?

👑Its a post that’s still in the draft stages that I am struggling with for two weeks now 😡 It’s just not funny enough and if it can’t make me laugh then it’s not good enough for anyone else either cause I’m not easily tickled ☹ p.s I’m my own Guinea pig 🐷

Advice to first time bloggers?

👑Don’t get caught up in the number game that I must have 200 followers or whatever. Write with passion and people will fall in love with your work and hit that follow button without you even trying.

❣I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know a teeny bit more about me ☺️ And now here are the rules for the Liebster Award Nominees ✨

1- Thank the person who nominated you , in this case since its me 👑 I would like a poem dripping with gratitude and it must rhyme 🎼😁! Kidding guys ✨

2- Choose your own 11 victims😲 I mean nominees👑 and notify them by posting on their blog 🖋.

3- Come up with your own 11 questions that you will ask your nominees .

And here are the lucky nominees:✨ Check out their amazing blogs covering beauty , fashion, makeup, food and everything in between😍!

themakeupbutterfly

whatkatieroseloves

withallmyaffection

beautifybrooke

fadilahenry

theteekaytake

whathannahsdoing

onlinebeautyfinds

thehappypeachblog

hawthornhazel

ayrgalaxy

Here are the questions for the nominees🎉!

✨what do you think is the most effective form of social media to promote your blog?

✨How long did it take you to hit the 100+ follower/likes mark? And what tips would you give to other bloggers to get there?

✨Your biggest setback in blogging and how you overcame it?

✨One travel tip you live by.

✨Reblog one of your all time favorite blog post here and why you like it 💞

✨The best place for scoring shopping bargains you frequent ❓

✨How do you come with ideas for blog posts?

✨Your favorite makeup brand and why?

✨Have you ever left a mean comment on a video or a blog? What would you say to people who do?

✨If you are only allowed to use two makeup products what would you use? And why?

✨The best present to get you would be?

Have fun answering these questions peeps! 💖

Until next time xoxo💋!

What not to do on Facebook 🚫

Ok here’s some news you haven’t heard before : Facebook is the epicenter of almost everyone’s lives today. At any given time 1.038 billion of us are using Facebook ! Let’s face of it majority of us won’t consider our day as officially underway unless we have logged onto Facebook and gone over our news feed with a magnifying glass 🔎.
There’s no denying it Facebook has a plethora of advantages for its users . It’s a way to connect with loved 💞ones, to share fun ✨memories , get interesting information🤓, have a laugh😅 , learn something 🤔new , get your daily news , catch up on gossip🤐 , stalk👀 your ex, stalk👁 a friend/ enemy you secretly admire 💙 but outwardly hate 💚and the list goes on…
But as with all things good. People tend abuse and overuse Facebook to the point that it becomes quiet frankly an annoying pain in the a** to everyone on their friends list.

Disclaimer: – This article is meant to amuse 😆, so if you are someone who is easily offended, instantly incensed, are looking for a reason to vent , or have no sense of humor😠 . Move on. 🏃🏾

Otherwise keep on reading because you are about to find out just what not to do on Facebook.😉

1- Dont be an obnoxious relationship flaunter,

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I swear if I have to read yet another “#Best hubby ever ! So blessed to have you in my life! Xoxo!” status update I will end up in jail on account of attempted man slaughter.
For the last time ! No one wants to hear your sappy, over the top proclamations of undying love for your husband/boyfriend/ partner.
Instead of logging onto Facebook every time your heart starts overflowing with undeclared love. Do us all a favor, jolt your snoring love machine from his stupor, and enlighten him. I assure you, the 500+ people on your friends list will thank you for this small favor. 😒

2- Keep your food fetish in the kitchen where it belongs,
Unless you intend to send everyone one your list a food package this instant , or invite them all over for dinner, or you happen to be a food blogger . No one gives a shit about what you cooked today. So put down the camera and let us eat in peace you pyscho.

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Still not convinced you have a compulsive obsessive food disorder? Mental health experts have linked taking/ sharing too many pictures of food to mental illness. Time to check into the looney bin pal.

3- The birthday, anniversary , childbirth ranter,
So it’s your spouse’s , boyfriend’s, children’s birthday, anniversary or their kindergarten graduation. That’s just fabulous, so unless your husband is a soldier deployed in Africa, or your first born is in boarding school in Alaska you can very well wish them in person.

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And unless you intend to auction off that birthday cake and all of their/ your gifts, the used gift wrap and all the candles you own and lit just for taking those pictures. There is no need to broadcast them along with an over the top nauseating status update on Facebook , we really don’t care!

4- The accidental supermodel/ selfie queen👑

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Ok here’s are the facts: You are no Kate moss or Gigi Hadid and the paparazzi won’t chase you if you paid them💰. So quit posting pics of yourself casually strolling along fully kitted up and act like someone just happened to snap a few hundred shots of you in monochrome no less and put them up as your profile pic .

Same goes for looking over the shoulder or staring out in the distance accidental on purpose selfies . We are sick of them, spare us, stop fishing for likes and get a life . Or hire a photographer and get over your self obsession once and for all.

5- The over zealous parent ,👶🏽
Yes we know your children are the center of your lives as they are for most parents . Let’s just keep it that way. No one but your family and closest, loyal and obligated friends will want to see and comment on endless pics of your little ones in their rompers, dresses, awake , asleep, on their own , being forced to pose next to stuffed toys, holiday props ,your sleeping husband … You get the idea.

6- The compliment inventor ,😳
So the supermarket, grocery store, gas station clerk couldn’t believe you hadn’t even graduated from first grade and you were the mother of two? Maybe you should stop shopping at stores that:
(A) don’t offer vision insurance to the staff- the guy has cataracts.
(B) don’t mind their staff coming in drunk to work or
(C) encourage the staff to lie through their teeth in order to get tips .

7- Thy mother is thy life,💖

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We have no doubt that your mother is your backbone, your rock , your entire world. We are also 100% sure she would love it if you were to tell her all this in person or over the phone instead of posting it on Facebook along with grainy pics from your unrecognizable past .
Happy Mother’s Day indeed 🎉.

8- The desperado,
yes you know who you are. The attention craving poster of statuses that range from “I’m so alone” , “my life is over”, “I’m pissed”, “feeling so sick🤒” , ” the best day ever!” and “Las Vegas here I come!”.
The fact is. Your cunningly crafted, narcissistic, sympathy seeking, envy invoking attempt is not only glaringly transparent. It is profoundly annoying to the vast majority of people on your list who have zero interest but will nevertheless be subjected to the rants of a raving lunatic.

9- The overly devoted, husband,💞
Re read no-1 on the list then come back here. This guy won’t be able to digest his meal unless he brags about it first on Facebook. “My darling wife made me a smashing meal today!” followed by several pictures of the aforementioned meal probably taken under duress.
Thanks a lot dude! As if the half a dozen pictures your wife posted minutes before, to convince us that your home is an underground 5 Michelin star 🌟Zagat rated restaurant we would never have known . Now why don’t you go wash the dishes and belch out Justin Bieber’s “baby” 🎼to your Martha Stewart while you are at it.

10- The rambling ranter 🗣,
This person has ranting down to a science, politics, sports , religion , social causes. Whatever the hot topic of the moment you can expect an endless stream of opinionated, obnoxious and awkward witticisms.
With an invitation to engage in a ferocious,often venomous discourse in an attempt to shove their righteous beliefs down everyone’s throats.
Hate to break it to you pal , but no one is going to experience an epiphany✨ just by reading your one of your posts.

There you have it people the top 10 things not to do 🚫on Facebook. What are some of your Facebook peeves😡 Let me know !

Until next time xoxo💋!

Shopaholic beats the Sunday blues 🌚

So here’s the thing, everyone of us,with the exception of Mr Rogers 🌞 has our “down days”. Days when we feel
despondent, melancholy or just plain blue 🌚 when everything seems to go downhill and the only thing you want to do is curl up on the couch , channel surfing 📺and eating your weights worth in junk food.🍟🌭🍕🍔🍰🍦🍫🍩🍪🌮
Generally, my all around cheerful, upbeat outward demeanor has people wondering “is she on crack?”. But let me tell you during my bad 🌧 ☹️ days I can give Eeyore and Charlie Brown both a run for their money💰.

Today was just one of those days. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that it was Sunday. 

Sunday,I’ve noticed for most people is usually a pretty crappy ❌day probably because it’s the predecessor to Monday. There is no actual school📚 or work 💻 on Sunday, but because it means the eventual and unavoidable start of both those things the following day, it has a pretty bad rep. 👎🏼

Usually I would have just bundled up on the couch ( it was pretty chilly 🌬❄️) and moped about till bedtime. But that usually just ends up with me going to bed 💤 all cross and bothered 😡. So this time around I decided to woman up and kick those blues🌚 to the curb.

There is no better way to turn a blue mood bright and yellow🌒🌓🌖🌕! Than some good ole retail therapy💸! 

The flashing sale signs 🤑, the bright lights💡and the hum of eager shoppers mingled with the smell of coffee ☕️is enough to amp up any mood☺️! 

That being said any shopping even window shopping is not complete without a sugar rush -read double chocolate muffin 🍫and a cup of steaming hot ☕️latte! Yum ! 

So there you have it ladies , the sweet🍬 recipe for curing those Sunday blues 😰.

So next time you’re feeling majorly bummed try heading out even if it’s for a few minutes. Add your favorite hot toddy and bite into some sugary goodness 🍩to super charge those happy endorphins!

I guarantee you’ll feel like a queen 👑!

That’s a shopaholic’s promise 💖

Share your feel better tips with me right here !

 Until next time ladies xoxo!💋

Shopaholic tells a lie 😳

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We live in an ageist society . It’s been said before and I am saying it again. Maybe forever 21 came up with their slogan on a whim but today it’s the widespread norm.
There was a time when the formula youth = success was limited to the Fashion and entertainment industry. The ordinary, everyday people took aging as a natural phenomenon and went about their daily lives and jobs unaffected.
Neither was older than 20 something need not apply was a box that needed to be ticked on a job application .
However in the recent years this obsession with youth has trickled down and become mainstream in our society and culture. Every where you go , you are bombarded with the latest in anti aging innovations , ranging from high tech skin care, makeup, supplements , gadgets , surgical procedures and the last I checked anti aging water and even drinkable collagen !😕
It doesn’t matter where in the world you live or which ethnicity you belong to. Once you cross the 20 something threshold you are guilty of committing a grievous sin.
Owing to circumstances beyond my control it was well into my late twenties that I had the opportunity to start crossing items off my dated and yellowing bucket list.
Little did I know I was ineligible for over half the things on my list since I no longer fit the 15-20 age bracket anymore.
I remember signing up for dancing lessons and considering penciling in the 25-30 age box myself in exasperation.
For me at 16, finishing homework and passing exams was the limit to my ambitious thinking. What I learned that day while attempting to blend in with the other 18 year old somethings , was that life goals today are not only planned out but close to being achieved when you hit the 20 something age mark.
As I stood there , I realized that I had completely missed “The young and The successful” boat ages ago. I remembered the time when our mothers would lie about their ages out of sheer vanity and getting older meant becoming wiser , smarter and more graceful.
As I crossed out the 18-20 age box and handed over the form grudgingly I realized lying about my age was going to be more out of necessity than of vanity.