Month: Mar 2015

Natural Woman

At times, the heart has a yearning for the natural, the subtle, the barely there.  Today was one of those moments which translated into a more muted palette. Mind, muted but not in the least bit wallflower-boring. All eye colours were taken from the Pony Shine Easy Glam 2 palette from Meme Box, specifically Shine Beige, Shine Rose, Shine Peach (I used this on the cheeks too) and Glam Choco.  Clearly this is a treat for glimmer aficionados such as myself. Lids were then lined with Kat Von D’s Pumpkin Eye Liner Pencil. And finally, to balance everything, I used Ritual from Kat Von D. I really really like this look. A lot. It’s not so out there that I would look back and cringe, and it has enough depth to warrant a second look, or three. What did you think? Love, Sheela p/s with thanks to Twice Lucky Resale Houston for that rock chic distressed denim vest, it is so loved!!!

An Actual #OOTD Post

When it comes to putting together an outfit post, in the absence of Eureka moments, here’s my default sequence of events:- > lay in bed the night before, mentally visualing outfits and trying to decide which accessories go with which, and generally working myself up to insomnia state > after a few fitful hours of sleep, I am up around 5am, and I go reheat the coffee my man brewed for me last night,  sip it slowly while trying to remember the set of outfits I’d finally settled on (between 3 to 4 looks, these last for a week until the next weekend shoot) > put on my Klorane Eye Patches to look as unpuffy as possible > lay down on the couch and wait for my photographer to wake up, our shoots usually start around 10.45am or thereabouts > put on an SK-II Mask around 9.30 to prep the face > paint my face put on my make-up > start shooting Note that during this entire process, it’s very likely everything I’d planned flies …

Quinoa-Crusted Egg White Veggie Bake

In my quest to start eating clean food, I wanted to cook something that would make use of leftover egg whites (made Cinnamon French Toast as breakfast for Eve earlier in the day) while incorporating as much veggies as possible. After hunting around the internet for ideas, I finally settled on these Quinoa-Crusted Egg White Veggie Bake thingies.   INGREDIENTS 3 Egg Whites (organic, free range, lightly beaten) 2 Cups Sauteed Greens (I used Spanish Onions, Celery, Carrots, Cremini Mushrooms, Tomatoes) Quinoa (uncooked) Coconut Oil (extra virgin, organic) Spices to taste (I used gluten free organic Tamari and pepper) Chopped Chives (garnish)   DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush insides of ramekins with Coconut Oil. Using a small teaspoon at a time, drizzle a generous layer of the uncooked Quinoa. This becomes your crust. Set aside. Sauté the chopped onions for about a minute then add everything else. Season with a touch of Tamari sauce. Continue sautéing until cooked. Divide portions equally into the ramekins (I managed to fill 4 small, 1 large). Pour …

Underage Uproar

Kat Von D is no stranger to infamy. This time, the spotlight shines on Underage Red, a shade from her line of Studded Kiss Lipsticks.   I’m perplexed. I saw the shade, I read the name, and that was that. Nothing to provoke me into thinking beyond that it was a nice colour. This sort of topic is something I typically avoid talking about on the blog because of how controversial it can be. However, I think the entire debacle is such poppycock that I had to share my opinion. What sort of mind instantly thinks of underage sex and statutory rape when it sees the word “underage”, and on a lipstick? When I think “underage”, I imagine my frustration at being denied so many things when I was younger, simply because I wasn’t 18 yet. I recall being defiant and rebellious and adventurous, with a devil-may-care attitude. I remember having the time of my life. Never once have I associated the word “underage” with pedophiles or any Lolita syndrome. So again, I ask you, …

Gone To My Happy Place

Peer recognition evokes an emotion that is rather indescribable. Words that come closest include elation, pride, joy.   Yes, my article on sheet masks taking over the world has been featured in the IFB weekly round-up and I am over the moon 🙂 Links à la Mode: March 26 Adorned in Armor: Capital Fashion Al-Balsam Life: Beauty Tips That Make You Look Younger A Handful of Stories: Outfit of the Day: Layered Skirts Attire Club: 35 Essential Dressing Tips for Men Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans: Beauty Board: Brilliantly Basic Couture Crush: Korean Berrisom ‘My Lip Tint Pack’ Review Fashion Moriarty: What to Wear to Meet Anna Wintour Funky Jungle: 5 Tips for Surviving a Shopping Break Hey Mishka: DIY Jeweled Spring Hat Kremb de la Kremb: The Bag With the Worst Wrap Les Assorties: C.J. Bakhos X Piece & Co. Moda Addicted: 10 Closet Essentials You Should Splurge On My Fashion Slash Life: Glamorous Nigerian Aso-Ebi Wedding Style Purushu Arie: Shades of Grey Sheela Writes: Sheet Masks Are Taking Over Storybook Apothecary: How to …

Marvellous Marsala

Bold. Sensual. Decadent. Glamorous. Daring. Inviting. Carefree. Fun. Is Marsala truly all that?   Yes, and more. For me, it evokes a sensation of utter sensuality and femininity tempered with a hint of playfulness. The perfect hue of sexy. Throw in the the fact that finding a perfect maxi skirt is an ever daunting task for those of us who are somewhat vertically challenged. Therefore, when this piece loomed into my vision, I jumped. Added to cart and paid for it in under 20 seconds flat. There’s so much versatility in this piece, even if it’s Faux Leather, typically reserved for colder days. At the time these pictures were taken, it was still Winter and pairing that luscious waterfall of Marsala Leather Panels with a Knit Top from Kissue TX was serendipitous. With Spring finally here, I’m all for crisp shirts with oversized collars, or crop tops with a harness. Aaaah, Marsala, you’re so fine, you blow my mind. Have you indulged in the colour Marsala yet? Love, Sheela p/s all photos by Eve.

Sheet Masks Are Taking Over

Fright Night, it might appear at first glance, but in truth, a sheet mask is possibly your face’s latest (perhaps bestest) BFF.   Glorious contraptions of every permutation and formula, designed to offer immense treats for the face, in the name of hydrating, brightening, tightening, lifting, nourishing, purifying, and everything in between. No matter the skin condition, there’s certainly a sheet mask poised to address it. Does that signal the death of the beauty salon industry? No, I doubt it but I do foresee a decline in the popularity stakes as many women, such as myself, grow increasingly appreciative of the benefits of applying sheet masks at home. Comfort. Privacy. Convenience. Practical. Picture this. Experience spa quality treatment in between writing a blog post, in the quiet sanctuary of my space. Over and done with in half an hour, max. Not all of us are at ease stripping off make-up in the presence of others (read: me) nor can we invest vast amounts of time in pamper-me-time, on a regular basis. We’re all busy, busy, …

The Fab 40s In Marsala & Denim

Project Sister Act has opened my eyes to so many things, not the least being to meet scores of fierce, independent women in their 40s.   When I started Project Sister Act, little did I know how many epic bloggers in their 40s were out there. Sharing their thoughts. Expressing their style. Having a blast making strides in the blogosphere. It’s quite evident how much the entire landscape has shifted and embraced an entire generation of women who don’t fall into the PYT category. Certainly, it makes sense. For sure, we have wrinkles, and more responsibilities, and bits which no longer defy gravity but typically, women in their 40s are comfortable in their own skins, calmer about the challenges they face. We are more confident, more aware of ourselves and what we will not put up with. Of course, we still don’t understand it all, but there is now an acceptance of how this whole life thing works. We are quicker to appreciate the most minute of things. Slower to linger in negative spaces, and …

SXSW

SXSW, huh. You know, I’ve never been to a music or film festival, ever? I’ve been wanting to from the time I arrived in the States five years ago. Since Austin is but a mere 2 hours away from Houston, one would expect the trip to have been made years ago. But no not yet. Perhaps 2016. I dug in as deep as I could to find whatever semblances of Kate Moss as well as Nicole Richie vibes within me that existed. Tossed some Stevie Nicks into the mix. And I’m festival ready. Have you been to SWSX? How was it?? Tell tell tell!!!! Love, Sheela p/s photo credits to Eve, all the clothes and jewellery are hers. Shoes and KRZA headwrap? Mine. Linking up with Fashion Friday, Friday’s Fab Favourites and The Fashion Canvas.

Happiness

There really isn’t very much else in the world that beats the exhilaration of scoring media ink. Mine’s in red.  I wrote about blogging frequently, and how that can oh so easily be perceived as must-delete-now spam. Tell me how your thoughts on the topic. How often do you blog? Links à la Mode: March 19 Alysa Lovely: Etsy Gift Guide: Bridesmaids Anami Blog: Spring in My Apartment Between the Pearls: 10 Steps for Contouring and Highlighting Endear: 4 Things to Consider Before Going Blond Everyday Starlet: Tinted Brow Gel Review for Blonds FemmeViolet: Shopping on a Student Budget Flip Flops and Furs: Keith Mitchell: Football Player Turned Yogi Kremb de la Kremb: Short Hair Bloggers Roundup Ms. Fabulous: Behind the Scenes at the Bryan Lars Fall 2015 Lookbook Shoot MsYolee: The Size Issue Purushu Arie: Trend Report: Stitch Detail on Seam Riva La Dive: DIY Marc Jacobs Bow Cape Sheela Writes: How Often Should You Post? Storybook Apothecary: My Spring Bucket List Style Bizarre: How to Take Your Blog to the Next Level Thareni …