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The Fab 40s In Pink & Red

The Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela Writes

Pink is the colour of candy floss

And red is the colour of my beating heart


Things have certainly changed around here.  Mousing through the archives, I realise that I’ve gone from wearing almost exclusively dark shades and black to, well, look at me now.

The Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela Writes

Wearing Red. 

And mixing it all up with Pink.

And posing like I’ve been doing it my entire life.

Indeed, this blog has come a long way since  I started it in November 2012, went on a hiatus (somewhat sporadically yet frequently, if that makes any sense) until November 2015 when I decided there were a few things I wanted to accomplish before turning 50.  I know it sounds truly peculiar but one of the key things on my list was to find a tribe of my own.  Yes, a tribe.  A gathering of like-minded souls, gender notwithstanding.  A circle of people able to discuss and dissect any topic under the bright blue sky, without fear of judgement, and who feels equally comfortable with the sound of silence.

The Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela WritesThe Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela Writes

The Fab 40s has been a wonderful stepping stone for me to venture into creating my tribe.  I am closer to some than others, I will not lie, but that’s how the world works.  There will be some whose thoughts and vibes simply resonate with the comfort of ease and instant familiarity (I’m talking about you, Annie), and there are others who put the spark in your day, the pep in your step, with their frequent visits to your side of the world (I love you, Debbie, I love you, Sam, I love you, Jess).

The Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela WritesThe Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela Writes

The most beautiful thing about a tribe is how dynamic it is.


It grows and it expands to make room for more.  It has no limit as to how many people are allowed to thrive and bond therein.  That’s how I’ve come to view The Fab 40s.  As my tribe.  My wee inner circle.  I confess, I wish we were all closer from a geographical perspective so that we could actually congregate in the real world too but that’d be quite the massive undertaking since we’re spread across several continents.

The Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela WritesThe Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela Writes

For the time being, I’ll take what I can get.  And that essentially means WhatsApp, emails, social media plaforms and, yes, our monthly joint venture otherwise known as The Fab 40s.  You’ll note that the circle has a few fresh faces this time around.  New faces, new blood, new styles.  All in the pursuit of sisterhood and sartorial satisfaction.

The Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela Writes

And if you guessed that this instalment was all about pink and red, you were right, and how much do I adore everyone’s look!!!

Kremb de la Kremb

Let me start with Ann’s outfit.  I love everything from her retro sunnies to the frills adorning her tunic to her sequiny-shiny pumps and slicked back hair.  But do you see that wall behind her???

Fashion Should Be Fun

Dawn Lucy oscillates from boho to old world glam in a blink of an eye, and with panache too.  Everything looks effortlessly thrown together.  And we know I feel about those heels of hers.

Fashion On The 4th Floor

Diane is a breath of fresh air.  The coolest kid on the block who doesn’t realise how cool she is, and by virtue of that, becomes even more cool.  I want to be her when I grow up.  Like seriously.

A Pocketful Of Polka Dots

Jennie, sweet Jennie.  We share a common love for polka dots and bond as only two (very) petite ladies can.  What I love most about her outfit is how she appears ten feet tall.  Look at those legs.

Curly Byrdie Chirps

Mary is no stranger to colour nor to print.  She loves them and wears them all, and looks so damn good in practically everything.  Just look at this outfit.  Practically every piece is covetable.

Fake Fabulous

We all know and love Samantha who’s no stranger to my blog.  She’s a little like the Colour Whisperer to me, and I continue to be enthralled and inspired by her deft use of print and hue.

Conny Doll Lifestyle

Let me the very first to proclaim an implicit and undying love for Conny of Conny Doll Lifestyle.  How could you not adore someone whose sense of style is this enviable?  Who makes the most mundane and run-of-the-mill garments look as though they’ve just stepped off the runway into real life?  I’ve been stalking following her for the longest time on Instagram and seen so many different (and all epic) outfits from her, it’s positively insane.  In a good way.  There’s always an unexpected twist in her ensemble and her pink/red number is no different #athleisure

Then there’s me.  The once-afraid-of-bright-colour-but-is-afraid-no-more Sheela.

The Fab 40s In Pink & Red | Sheela Writes

Vintage Ungaro Knit Jacket (Etsy) | Black White Red Sweater (Forever 21) | Black & Red Jersey Capris (Herban Devi) | Wristlet (Rebecca Minkoff) | Laced-Up Heels (JustFAB)

Basking in the bright rays of the evening sun.  They don’t call it the golden hour for naught 🙂


Love, Sheela

p/s photos by Sofia Touassa

I link up here.


  1. Sheela, the light in your photographs is beautiful and you are glowing in pink and red. They are a match made in heaven!
    You know my feeling on your accessorising skills…..and those SHOES….sigh…they kill me!!


    • I do believe I’ve met my shutterbug soulmate in my new photographer, Samantha. That isn’t to say Eve didn’t do a brilliant job in the past, she was amazing and incredible by any standard, but there are certain tricks which only someone of the trade would know, and Sofia brings that to the table. Lucky me 🙂

      We stumbled upon this little stairwell, literally. And had just enough time to take these shots before the workmen completely tarred the lane which, had we dallied any longer, would’ve meant us being trapped. Stuck. For real GRIN it was quite the adventure xoxo


  2. Dear Sheela, it’s sooo good that you not more scary of wearing colours. You look so gorgeous with them and the wonderful light make the pictures perfect. I also love this beautiful lip coulour. And I want to say thank you for a place between this wonderful blogger ladies and for your kind words. If you could see me now. I sit here with a big smile in my face. Thank you for all. Have a nice day, evening… TIME xoxo – Conny


    • I confess that I’ve always wanted to invite you, Conny, but I wasn’t certain if you’d say yes, and I admit it was really stupid of me to let that stop my emailing you SO I am doubly glad Anne took matters into her hands and asked!!! We’re both huge fans of your style, Conny 🙂 and now with the translator tool finally working, I can also safely say that I am a huge fan of your writing. I loved the post you wrote to go with this red and pink theme, it is SO apt. So true.

      There’s so much that’s fake and plastic in the social media world, in the blogosphere, that it’s impossible to tell good from genuine anymore. And I’m so glad that some of us (read: we) have found some truly warm, honest and good souls we get along with. Thank you again for being a part of The Fab 40s, I hope it won’t be the last time we work together, that our bond/friendship extends way beyond a collaboration xoxo


    • Hey Kirsten, this combo is new to me, I confess, but I am completely head over heels in love with. Implicitly. It is most definitely a wonderful thing, allowing colour into my world. In fact, it’s rather exhilarating xoxo


  3. Props to your amazing photographer! You really shine in these photos.

    I think that you have discovered that colour was meant for you.

    Everyone looks fab mixing pink and red. I remember way back when, when mixing red with pink was considered taboo. We’ve come a long way baby!



    • I do believe you’re right, Suzanne, colour and I? We’re starting to bond and I have a feeling the relationship is for the long run 🙂 xoxo

      p/s OMG yes, I remember!! Mixing pink + red was such a no no hahahahaha!!!


  4. asallows says

    Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when you find a group of people who just meld perfectly with you? You’re all different and unique, but when you’re together things just fit. It’s amazing! I love your red and pink outfit. The colours are bold and beautiful together.


    • Oh my gosh, absolutely. It’s an amazingly heartwarming sensation. The differences amongst us creates the excitement of newness and learning things we’ve never even thought of learning. The similarities … ahhh, the comfort of the familiar 🙂

      Thank you so much, Alecz. Colour is something relatively new to me and I’m really enjoying this getting-to-know-you phase xoxo


  5. Sheela, may I say your siren song is calling me… Oh, how your words have captured and delight my soul! I am happy to be a part of your tribe, my friend. Also, you look Marvelous!


  6. Such lovely looks I am so thankful to be featured with such fabulous ladies! Looking forward to next month!



    • And I’m so happy you agreed to join us, Mary, you bring such a different vibe to the group. Uber feminine, sweet yet sassy xoxo


    • Thank you so much, Shauna. I’m beginning to be rather partial of red and pink individually, and very fond of them paired together 🙂


    • It’s true what they say, blogging can indeed be a very lonely world and having a tribe to connect and bond with makes all the difference xoxo


  7. You look adorable as ever! I wish we could meet as I’m sure you would fit inside my top pocket – I mean that in the nicest way possible. You look petite, über cute and so beautiful in this colour combo. Finding your tribe is vital to your mental well being and social standing. We all need a strong tribe behind us to relate to. Well done on yours x
    Anna’s Island style


    • Hahahahaha!!! No offense taken, Anna, I’ve been called “fun size” several times ever since I arrived in the States 🙂 instead, thank you for your very very kind words. You know how I feel about your style, your deft hand with colour and print, and thus, how much your words mean to me.

      Yes, a tribe is vital for so many reasons. Staying sane is one of the top reasons. This blogging gig, whilst exciting and titillating for the most part, is also a very isolated one and can be emotionally draining. I’m so blessed to have found mine 🙂 xoxo


    • Thank you SO much, Vivian. I scored big on that vintage Ungaro jacket and at one point, I almost sold it. Can you believe that??? I’m really glad I came to my senses and decided to keep it. Where would my outfit be today without it, yes 🙂

      p/s did you know that as a child, I was often told my lips were far too fat and plump and ugly, sigh, perks of growing up in a conservative Asian family #narrowminded


    • Thank you very very much, Siffat, I really appreciate hearing that. When it comes to fashion and style, I’ve always lived by one word and one word alone, and that is “unapologetic” xoxo


    • Thank you so much, Rebecca, but let’s talk about you. I hope to god I look even half as good as you do!!! xoxo


  8. How good you discovered finally colours for you and you look especially in pink-red simply fantastic! You really will get 50? Wow, I’m impressed, you look much younger! And thank you further for sharing so many amazing inspirations of so many wonderful women ❤
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


    • Thank you so much, Rena, such kind words. And yes, I am closer to 50 than I would like but it is what it is 🙂 xoxo


    • Neither did I, Shaunacey, but I can’t take credit for that!! It’s the brainchild of Anne from Kremb de la Kremb 🙂


  9. Absolutely loving the warm and cheerful combination of red and pink! You look fabulous and so do the other bloggers you’ve featured!


    • Thank you so much, Laura, for both your kind words as well as making the time to come by. I really appreciate it 🙂


    • Thank you so much, Prudence, for saying that!! You know, you’re right. Pink and red are indeed two of the loveliest shades a woman could ever wear, and I thank you for making me see that xoxo


  10. No Fear of Fashion says

    I am glad to be a (small) part of your tribe. Women tribes… the best there are. And I agree, it is sad that the connection we make cannot become deeper because of geografical reasons. Mind you, whereever we go across the world, there will be a blogger near to visit and have fun with. Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb talked about a tribe as well. She got to meet several fellow bloggers at a blogger convention. One that I could have been attending too, had I known. Only a hop away by plane. Rats!
    And you my darling, you look lovely in black and in full colour. You are unique in your style and I admire tou so much.


    • I know!!! I posted mine and then she posted hers and I thought to myself, great minds et al GRIN you are definitely a very important part of my tribe, Greetje. Your words make a lot of sense and you write with your heart. And I thank you for what you said about me, in black and in colour. It might seem trivial to some but colour is indeed something incredibly intimidating for me. Overwhelming, even. And I’ve worked very hard to overcome that 🙂

      p/s I love you, Greetje 😀


    • Don’t they, Michelle? I admit, I was sceptical at first but when I put this outfit together, it was a eureka moment 🙂


    • Right??? So blessed and fortunate and honoured to know the women I do, to be in their company is such a delight. Thank you so much, Erica xo


  11. Fab 40s indeed! All of you look absolutely stunning!! I just love the bright colors! They make me happy, and I love seeing the confidence in you all! This is what fashion is all about! Wear it with confidence and passion! You never cease to amaze me! I haven’t even met you but you seem strong, confident and just lovely! So glad we connected!
    Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!!

    xoxo, Vanessa


    • Thank you so much, Vanessa, for saying such nice things 🙂 you’re someone I admire greatly, not only because you dress so stylishly but more so because you’re a dedicated working mother. Very very happy we connected xoxo


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