7 January 2018

Birthday Girl

Hi everybody! I hope you're well and had a great start to the New Year. It's been a while since my Halloween blog post, which was the last time I posted here. I'm thrilled to be sharing a new outfit with you finally, after braving the cold temperatures to capture these images today. It was my birthday three days ago, and I put together this look to mark the occasion. 

My actual birthday was a working day, which I was glad about, because I love to be in the library where I work. As my weekday routine is normally quite hectic and I travel for a minimum of two hours each day, I was glad to spend the evening at home, and didn't have big plans to go out for my birthday. I distributed some fancy chocolates at work, which is the trend whenever it's somebody's birthday, and received some lovely greetings from friends and family, and a card from my colleagues which had lots of messages inside. They even burst into a rendition of Happy Birthday when presenting me with the card, which was very unexpected, but lovely.

Rather than material goods, my family kindly gave me money to choose whatever I wanted for my birthday, as they know I'm quite selective with the things I like. On Saturday evening, I prepared the things I needed for my photo session the next day, as I wanted to leave the house early and make the most of the daylight. These days, we only get daylight for eight hours, so it's important to move quickly when planning a photo session. I like to have my things in place and all my camera gear checked and ready to go, as well as preparing my clothes. 

I wasn't prepared for the cold though, and it took me by surprise! It was sunny, but the wind chill factor was treacherous. Taking pictures was proving quite hard, so I'm glad I was able to capture these images. I got the last few detail shots at home. I hope you like this post and the outfit images!

For this look, I decided to don a sweet flower crown with red paper roses, which I got from Claire's Accessories, my black fit and flare coat with metallic clasps on the front, and my silver and marcasite fairy brooch, which looks like it's from the art nouveau era. As the outfit was mostly unseen and I was wearing dark jeans, I thought the accessories would add a touch of elegance to an otherwise understated look.  

Overall it was a positive birthday week. My birthday celebration was low-key like me, but lovely. 

Please let me know what you think of my birthday look in the comments below! Thanks so much for dropping by. Take care and hope to see you very soon! Lots of love Saba xx

Coat - similar
Jeans - similar
Flower crown - Claire's Accessories (exact)
Swallow stud earrings - similar
Fairy brooch - similar
Bag - Debenhams (exact)

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31 October 2017


Happy Halloween everybody! I took these pictures on the morning of Halloween, before I went to my job. I got ready very early so I would be able to drive to the location, and capture the images before work. It was quite a tight squeeze timing-wise, but luckily it all worked out in the end! I adore these floral lace cat ears, as they're very different to any other cat headbands I've seen. I bought them weeks before Halloween from Claire's, as I always look forward to Halloween and was thinking ahead to the kind of look I wanted to create for the blog. Wearing them with my black furry coat seemed very fitting, and made the outfit a little more cat-like. I added my Celtic trinity knot stud earrings, for a slightly mystical feel.

I also have a new burgundy cross body bag, which I'm wearing on the shoulder here. I work in a library with books and move around a lot each day, and I always find I need items from my main handbag while I'm working. So I got this smaller bag to transfer my essentials into. Now I can keep my hands free while handling books, and have a little survival kit on hand, containing my tissues, lip balm, a compact mirror, my work ID and keys, etc. 

My other exciting news is that I just got my hair coloured for the first time in my life, at the Glasshouse Salon in London's East End. It was all done using one hundred per cent organic hair dye, which they're known for. I had a softening treatment beforehand, then the colour was applied, and the stylist finished with a blow-dry which gave my hair lots of body. I bought the chemical-free shampoo and conditioner from the salon, along with the all-natural treatment product which was used by the stylist. My hair was ultra-soft by the end of this visit, and given my naturally unruly hair texture, I was amazed that was even possible! My hair is one shade darker now, and I love it. I thought the darkness was particularly well-suited to a Halloween-themed look. 

I wasn't able to attend any Halloween parties. However, I got into the Halloween spirit by watching The Simpsons' Halloween special, which I loved, and other Halloween-themed episodes of my favourite shows.

I hope you like my Halloween look! Please comment below and let me know. Did you don a costume for Halloween, or opt for a low-key look? Did you do anything special to mark the day? I would love to hear about it!

Thanks for dropping by and see you soon. Lots of love Saba xx
Get the Look

Floral lace cat ears headband - Claire's Accessories
Black faux fur coat - Oasis
Jeans - similar
Trainers - similar
Celtic stud earrings - Amazon (exact)
Bag - Debenhams

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15 October 2017

A Chain of Flowers

I took these pictures at the end of summer, to capture an outfit I was wearing a lot during this phase. I love the leopard print top, as it feels familiar and always comfortable. I wore dark jeans, and my New Look embroidered jacket with contrast sleeves in a silver tone. It was an unexpected decision to add the flower crown, as I thought the pink tones in the roses would coordinate nicely with the embroidery on the jacket, making the look a little more bohemian with a romantic feel. It was my first time wearing these accessories all together, and I was really happy with the end result. 

Looking at these pictures reminds me of that day, and also makes me think of one of my favourite (and in my view underrated) songs by The Cure, A Chain of Flowers. The lyrics and the atmospheric mood of the song seem perfectly suited to that day, especially since I was wearing a flower crown.

During the summer, I often felt as though things were at a standstill in my personal and work life. I couldn't see a way to move forward, and sometimes it seemed like my efforts were in vain. Then all of a sudden, things started to happen quickly and gain momentum. Since then, I've had a few positive developments in my personal and work life which came as a surprise, and for which I'm thankful. I hope to share these developments with you in proper detail soon.

In the meantime, I hope you love this look. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. I've also included a link to the song A Chain of Flowers, which I hope you'll listen to and adore as much as I do. 

Thanks for dropping by, and I hope to see you again very soon. Lots of love Saba xx
♫ All I want is summerStories from before... ♫
Get the Look
Leopard print top - similar
Jeans - Principles Petite by Ben De Lisi (similar)
Jacket - similar
Trainers - Lonsdale (similar)
Flower Crown - Claire's Accessories (exact)
Owl stud earrings - similar
Watch - T.K Maxx (similar)

30 September 2017

Savile Row Swallow Print Shirt and Embellished Denim

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great weekend so far. For this outfit post, I decided to create a slightly different look to my signature style, by wearing a smart shirt in an unconventional way. The shirt I'm wearing is from the Savile Row ladies' collection. Savile Row are famous for their impeccable tailoring and high standards, and this particular shirt was surprisingly affordable and accessible, retailing at T.K Maxx for just £16.99. As you can see in the detail shots below, this classic white shirt features a whimsical swallow print, giving a fresh twist to a work wear staple and making it unexpectedly playful. I teamed the shirt with my indigo jeans which have little gemstone embellishments, and my everyday watch with a white dial and grey strap. I completed the look with a decorative hair slide with red crystal petals, to coordinate with the small red gemstones on my jeans. I tied my shirt at the waist to avoid covering up the embroidery on the jeans. I haven't tied my shirt that way since I was a youngster! I don't think I'll be wearing it that way again though, as it wouldn't stay put. I had straightened my hair beforehand, but after getting caught in the rain, it became unruly again and I ended up with tendrils (as I like to call them).

If you like this outfit and you're looking for a similar shirt, you can visit the Savile Row website to see their range of classically tailored shirts with quirky prints for women. 

Overall I liked this outfit, even though the smart shirt was a departure from my signature style. What do you think of this look? Please let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you very soon. Lots of love Saba xx
I can never resist a pine cone photo opp!
Shirt - Savile Row
Trainers - similar
Watch - T.K Maxx (similar)
Bow stud earrings - similar

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