So a lot of you guys have been asking me about the signature that I have recently started uploading on my Instagram pictures. I got my signature done from a website called Photologo – https://photologo.co/. So they claim that every signature is individually drawn by hand by professional calligraphy artists. They charge $39.99 Per Handcrafted Boutique Designfor desktop and mobile applying will be included.
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LISBON – Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. Rephrase:Portugal’s hilly Gorgeous and absolutely mesmerizing capital city!
Portugal was our last stop in our Europe tour last summer & I can easily say that Lisbon was my most favorite capital city. I am most certain that I would definitely go back to this beautiful city, In Sha Allah! So after Amsterdam, it was time for us to head toward Lisbon, Portugal. So we touched down in Lisbon. Supremely excited. Waited for our luggage. Made some friends while we waited for our luggage. Said our Hi’s and goodbye’s to our newly acquired friends. Hopped on to a bus which took us right outside our hotel in Saldanha.
We were staying at the Evolution Lisboa – a hotel with modern decor, Rooms with lights & curtains that could be controlled through the hotel’s own smartphone app, open-plan bathrooms, super friendly staff & Rated 9/10 by bookings.com.
Pictures from Bookings.com
Fayu was really impressed by the friendly staff and the quirkiness of the hotel that he wanted to go back to Doha and write a review about the hotel – For those of you who dont know Fayu, he is my husband and he would never write a review about anything in this whole wide world. So for him to even think of writing a review is something I consider to be MAJOR. Moving on, we were extremely hungry and could easy eat an elephant so after we dropped our bags we decided to take the metro & head towards Restauradores square.
Lisbon is hilly city as I mentioned earlier, we took a tram-like lift that carried us from the Restauradores square all the way up to São Pedro de Alcântara Belvedere. From there, you can go into the quirky and charming neighborhood – Bairro Alto.
BAIRO ALTO – This neighborhood of Lisbon has character. You get to see a lot of diversity here, restaurants, Fado houses, bars, pubs and Cafés as well as stores to shop are all around the streets, lanes and alleys. The most interesting fact of this place is that during the day this place looks really busy with a lot of locals and few tourists. In the night, everything changes – Restaurants, Bars and shops, that stay open until late at night, are full of tourists and people of all ages. Bairro Alto promises an enjoyable night to its visitors. In Portugal streets are known as Rua, some of the main streets in Bairro Alto are Rua da Rosa & Rua do Norte.
Our next stop was Alfama – this neighborhood has a gorgeous view of the city also the St George castle is located here. The best way to discover this gorgeous part of the city is by foot but then, Alfama remains incomplete without a ride on Tram 28. The Alfama portion of the tram ride stops at important sites such as the Castle of St. George, The Cathedral, and Church of St. Antonio as well as viewpoints such as Miraduoro das Portas do Sol and Miraduoro de Santa
Our next stop was Castelo de Sao Jorge, an ancient Moorish castle that stands above central Lisbon overlooking River Tagus and city of Lisbon. This castle dates over 400 years and is one of the major tourist spots.
After lingering around in Alfama we then decided to head back to our hotel but, not before trying the famous ‘pastel de nata’ also known as Pastel de Belém or queijadas de nata (depends on where you’re buying the pastel from) – a Portugueseegg tartpastry dessert. These tarts are absolutely delicious thin and flaky on the outside and warm custard like on the inside.
So that’s it from me for today folks! Part 2 of this post will be up sooon!
I know I have been MIA, but I’m back! And this time I wanna share some of my fashion inspirations that I think might interest you & lead you to incorporate it in your wardrobe. Now that the wedding season is coming up and the stress about ‘what to wear’ is building up I think its time we start planning on this UTMOST SERIOUS PROJECT!
The fashion trend in western clothes this season is bell sleeves, off shoulders, layered sleeves, ruffles (this has been there for a while), asymmetrical tops! I think we can incorporate these into our ethnic Sarees/ Salwar Kameez really well!
Here are some of my Sleeve Inspirations, we could use these sleeves for our Salwar Kameez or Saree blouses!
That’s it from me this time! Let me know if you love or hate this post!
P.S: I have no rights over the above pictures, I had to use them because they are so damn pretty!
I know I have been MIA for a few days and I have a very good reason for it too. I have been watching this Turkish TV Series called – Ask Laftan Anlamaz (Love is not understood by words).
The leading pair in this series are like drop dead gorgeous. I just can’t get enough of them. I mean Just look at them they are so good looking it’s frustrating & it’s NOT fair.
So this series is Light, funny, fresh & Romantic. Hayat Uzun originally from a small Province called Giserun and comes to Istanbul and starts working for Murat. They begin to fall in love but there are mysteries that Hayat holds – Honestly I don’t wanna say anything more & ruin the plot for you guys! This series has 31 episodes, the beginning was real fun but the like any other series this one also began to get a little draggy by the end. They could have shortened the series (but i think this show kept running for the fans) Draggy or not if you are a Romantic Buff like me do not miss out on this series.
I watched it online with English subtitles. Do watch it and let me know if you like it too?
A lot of you beautiful ladies have been asking me about where I buy my scarves – I’ve bought them mostly from stores in Doha or Dubai. But if you are residing in India then you do not need to worry because there are so many excellent stores in India that sell scarves. One store I came across on instagram was Sulz Gallery. I was very Impressed by the variety of prints and kinds of scarves they had to offer. I was sent two scarves from this outlet – Thank you again Sulz Gallery for the Love!
The first one I tried was this beautiful printed cotton viscose scarf. I love the colors here and how it feels on me – very soft! This scarf has contrasting colors and looks great when you wear it! Its very light weight and perfect for Indian weather. The length of this scarf is 180 cm & the width is 90cm. Pretty good!
The fabric in this scarf is more cotton like and I love the Lace detailing of this pretty scarf & they come in a wide range of colors. The length of this scarf is 180 cm & the width is 75cm. Personally I prefer wider scarves hence this one was not my favorite. Then again that is what I prefer.
Review? I think these are great cotton viscose scarves as they are light and airy- Making it Perfect for Indian weather (especially for summers), comes in beautiful prints and they are very affordable too! ALSO, they deliver all over India, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar & Saudi Arabia!!
Check out there Instagram Page – sulz_hijab_scarves
When I was in my teens a very smart woman gave me a very good advice that I wish to share with you today.
She told me‘Shahla an advice I want to give you in life is to never take success for granted and do not lose hope because of failures’ This was the best advice I could get as I was growing up. Yes Success is great but, not letting it get to your head is the most important thing. If your successful be kind be humble. On the other hand failure is greater because it is a great teacher, it teaches you to stand up again when you fall. Failure is not the end but an opportunity to learn.
Don’t worry guys! I’ve not turned into a philosopher YET, I just wanted to share this with you. Also I would appreciate if you guys could share some of the advice you got in life. Drop your comments down below or on my Instagram messages (Instagram : Shelo_27)
Day 2 – The weather in Amsterdam was excellent, we biked our way through the beautiful streets of Amsterdam, enjoying the amazing weather. Point to mention – The locals here were so damn good looking. Blue eyes blond hair and all that. Not only were they good looking but to my surprise they were extremely friendly and smiley! No Wonder why Netherlands is considered to be one among the most ‘happiest’ countries in the world. Also they speak English fluently hence there was no communication problem. So Day 2 was like the best day for me in the entire trip but I’m afraid I cant say the same thing for Fayu. It was the best day for me because I SHOPPED till I DROPPED (ok not exactly dropped, but till Fayu dragged me out of the store). More on ‘shopping with me in Amsterdam’ in another post.
So what did we do on Day 2?
We went to The Centre – This is where you will find all the entertainment of Amsterdam, you’ll find nightclubs, concert venues, casinos, some dodgy coffee shops with dodgy stuff, movie theaters, shops in this neighborhood.
The Nine Little Streets, as the name suggests this is a set of nine streets that run between the Prinsengracht and Singel canals and have a lot to offer in terms of shopping. Gazzillion H&M stores, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Kiko, Stradivarius etc
And when you get tired of shopping you eat Crepe’s & Waffles 😀
Next stop Vondelpark – This is a gorgeous English style park with ponds, lawns, footbridges and winding footpaths. You will see a lot of tourists, cyclists, fitness enthusiasts, lovers enjoying their time in park. Although the Vondelpark receives over 10 million visitors per year, it never feels too crowded to enjoy.
After cycling for a long time we got hungry again got ourselves Stroopwafels from Lanskroon. Stroopwafels is a popular dutch waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel filling in the middle. They are absolutely delicious and a must try when in Amsterdam!
We went to Leidseplein – a crowded area with many restaurants & cafes. If you do not like crowded ares then you should avoid this place altogether. We went there to have authentic Dutch Cuisine. We Chose to go to De Blauwe Hollander, a decent place to get some dinner.
Other things to do in Amsterdam is visit some of its Museums. Amsterdam has great Museums but we dint go to Museums as we dint have the time, Hopefully we would do that the next time! A common misconception about this gorgeous city is that it only hasDrugs & Sex to offer, which is not true at all & there are many other things you could do here to enjoy this place. It has rich history and has many beautiful places to see.We were very impressed by the dutch hospitality and would say that it is an interesting city you will fall in love with..
This is going to be a short and quick review on the HnM Bronzer palette. I do not know where to begin with honestly. So I picked this palette just to try it – I had not heard or read of any reviews of this palette. This Palette costs around QAR 45 which is around $12.36 or INR 809. The palette consists of two shades of highlighter (Gold undertone & bronze undertone) and two shades of bronzer (Creamish brownish & dark brown). Packaging is pretty cute and simple although it would be great if the packaging would be more sturdy & not made up of cardboard. Also I wouldn’t mind a mirror (Asking for too much am I?)
So how is this Palette?
I know this product looks very average, but boy oh boy it has a great highlighter! Especially the gold highlighter is to die for. This is one product that I had no expectations from & it has pleasantly surprised me. The highlighter with the bronze undertone is more subtle.
Now for the bronzer –
The product has a smooth and a very fine texture. Its powdery & the pigmentation is good, buildable too. Gives you a good contoured look as well.
My Rating for this Product : 3.8/5
Also, if you want to really Highlight & Contour without making a hole in your pockets then this product is the one for you! A great value for money too!
I know I was supposed to write this post a few days back but as the saying goes ‘better late than never’ , I’ve been procrastinating this post for the longest time now. If you have read my previous blog posts you would know that me & my husband enjoyed our stay in Paris & it was time for us to move on to our next destination – Amsterdam
We took a train from Paris to Amsterdam – almost a 3 and a half hour journey. Our journey was great as we booked our tickets with Thalys:
Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands, home to many canals and bridges. This place is also nicknamed as the ‘Venice of north’ (although I’ve never been to Venice so I’m not sure how true that is). The city has some great museums, parks and places to SHOP, yeah that had to be bold, underlined & in Italic form as that was the most important part of this trip, Right? Yes, shopping was important but then the city itself was so damn gorgeous that I could not help but fall in love – it was love at first sight for me, I don’t know if Amsterdam felt the same way towards me.
Important note: Anyone reading this blog from Amsterdam, if you are interested in adopting an adult female please contact me. I have some supreme talents that I don’t usually boast about, some of my talents include – doing laundry, cooking food which may or may not be inedible, I can sing to entertain you (my friends call it screeching). If you do not want to adopt me then all I can say to you is “Your loss, huh” & “adopt me please, pleaaaasssseeeeee”?
Ok, so as soon as we reached Amsterdam we took a cab and headed towards our very cool hostel – CityHub a hostel with a concept. Basically you book yourself a hub at this hostel, so hub is the name given by them for their capsule like rooms. Each hub has WiFi, air ventilation,air conditioning, a very comfortable bed and you can also change the lighting inside your hub into many colors. The bathrooms and shower for men and women are seperate and pretty neat.
Now for the best part – Wait for it – They give you a freaking portable Wifi which you can take with you and use around the city. So damn considerate! Yep! But you obviously gotta return it when your stay is over.
So after we dropped our bags it was time to explore the beautiful city. Biking is a way of life here. Its how the locals commute around the city – shop, go to work or meet a friend all you need to do is rent a bike.
We rented our bikes and headed towards Dam Square – a square that has food stalls, restaurants and branded stores. This place is very popular and crowded. Whatever the weather, there is always something going on here so expect lots of entertainment:
Things to do and see in Dam Square:
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) is a gothic building that holds Royal coronations and weddings, as well as art exhibitions
National Monument was erected in 1956 to memorialize the victims of World War II. Visitors often sit all around the monument.
Madame Tussauds the famous wax museum
Eat at the restaurants
Go to the coffee shops (These are not just your regular coffee shops, they sell hashish, marijuana and related stuff I think)
We chilled near the Dam square till the night & the next thing we know is we somehow magically and for unknown reasons were in the middle of The Red Light area, we really dint know how that happened. Ok fine, we walked towards the Red light area willfully. So in the Red Light area there are these beautiful women and trans women (who look more woman than real women, if you know what I mean) skimpily dressed in their window parlors trying to lure men. Photographing these women is strictly banned, if caught taking pictures one would face consequences. So obviously I dint take pictures. Honestly the place looked quite dodgy and we got out from there quickly cos I was being a chicken.
We ended the night by grabbing a quick bite as we wanted to do a lot of things the next day, also I’m gonna end the post here for today & stop boring you as always. Part 2 will follow soon.
My brother’s wedding was one of the biggest things this year for me (also for him I guess. Shouldn’t it be the biggest thing for him and not for me? No what am I saying? It should be equally big for me & him! But I’m not the one who’s getting married, he’s the one getting married. Ok wait! *thinks a lot & comes to a conclusion* – Nevermind Shahla, don’t stress your brain over it’s capacity)
Moving on, this post is my attempt to show off what I wore at my brother’s wedding.(Don’t use terms like show off! It comes off as rude & boastful which you are most of the times but don’t show your true colors to your readers just yet) Oh right! So this post is to show you guys what I wore for brother’s wedding.
Outfit for Nikah (The name given for a Muslim marriage):
I got the off white cloth fabric from India (Courtesy my lovely Mother In Law) & the pearl lace on my waist also from India. The fabric used for the gown is a soft net with floral embroidery on it. Got this dress stitched from a tailor in Qatar.
Outfit for Mehendi:
I wore a all royal blue cape top & a pleated skirt for the Mehendi with a turban (Turban tutorial coming next week on the blog – I Promise!). I bought the fabric for the top & skirt from Doha. The top is again a soft net with embroidery & pearls on it and the fabric of the skirt is raw silk. Got this outfit tailor made in Doha.
Outfit for Kerala Reception:
I got a soft net fabric AGAIN. This time I bought a red soft net and decided to make a Sari out of it.
If you read my previous blog – March Goals, you will know that I was the unofficial event manager of my brother’s wedding. Hence, NO SINGLE PICTURES FROM THIS DAY (Sniff, Sniff)
Outfit for Mumbai reception:
So for this day I bought a ready made beautiful gold salwar kameez and bought a mirror work lace. I added this lace to enhance the already beautiful dress.
Well Well! That’s it for today! Let me know if you want me to blog anything in particular? (Turban and scarf tutorial coming up next week).