This one is going to be a little bit different… but have you ever wondered what comes to the mind of those who meet you for the very first time? What happens in the first few seconds as someone who has never seen you before lay the their eyes on you? Obviously, being here in Seville, meeting and working with new people; these are the thoughts that crossed my mind. I’ve been here a month and I’m still familiarising myself to the city, the culture and the people. Have you ever considered that before you even speak to a human being, there is already an existing expectation or perception? Just think – these thoughts cross the mind’s of strangers… And they’re solely based on your appearance.

We are all guided by our vision, attracted or repulsed by what seems appealing to us. And there’s nothing wrong with that. So, how much does our image speak for ourselves? For example, changing my hair colour to this colour was something extremely new to me. Not to mention, I have tried far too long to get to this colour and after several attempts, the 2-day ordeal can only be narrowed down to one word: chaos. I won’t hide the fact that seeing myself in the mirror, makes me have a completely different approach to myself. It makes me want to dress differently, look at people differently, sometimes even act differently. So, this small change in my appearance, is indirectly leading me to become someone new and is also allowing me to make small changes through my words and actions. I think both our body and mind work together and serve each other.

You’re probably questioning what is the purpose of all this… I’ll let you in on a little secret – There isn’t one. It’s something that has been in my thoughts since arriving in Spain. The influence of my manager, Rosalia Zahino –  her flamboyant flamenco style and elaborate designs, definitely play a part in my perceptions. I often go to work and think “Am I a bit under dressed for this department” or “Does my style fit in to all this” – It baffles me. Don’t worry, I will introduce my working environment soon! Most of you may know that I’m very minimalistic in my style of clothing. So, can you imagine me in a flamenco dress? Yeah… Neither can I!

It’s not a bad idea to try something different, change your style or your appearance. Complementary cuts and folds define my style of clothing. I’m very meticulous in the way I dress and portray myself… This wrap-over shirt is one of my favourite items hung up in my wardrobe and I decided to style it with these cut-out ankle boots. I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

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Hola everyone! Happy Monday! After being cooped up indoors all weekend, I’m finally out of the house and currently at work. It’s my lunch hour so I thought I’d share this post with you all. Here in Spain, people have their lunch at 3pm. So you can literally imagine my hunger right now.

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Last week I went to the Festival des las Naciones held here in Seville where I wore this dress. This dress can be worn with anything – with leggings or without, with any pair of heels, flats or sneakers but I chose to style it out with my suede mules. And obviously, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” being in this country, I had to keep up with the Spanish culture and bring out the handheld fans. But personally, I would wear this in any season. Winter is near – throw on a long coat and some ankle boots.
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img_1353-2Unfortunately, the dress did not compliment the weather on this day but that’s probably due to the colour. On the other hand, the mules were very comfortable so I guess it still worked out well in the end. This dress was purchased from COS and my mules were bought from Topshop. I know what you’re thinking, “wow, a change from Zara”. Sadly, the dress isn’t available in stock any more but you can still purchase the suede mules in a sky blue colour.

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe

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SHOP THE LOOK: COS Dress | Topshop Mules | Ralph Lauren Sunglasses

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Hola amigos! Como estas? (I’m getting there, slowly)

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How convenient is this book to this post? It just happened to be a coincidence picking this book out from the shelf. For anyone who feels like shopping is a norm for them; I think this book should help you out! I should probably take my own advice. Anyone watched Confessions of a Shopaholic? Actress Isla Fisher (Rebecca Bloomwood) said “I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.” I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this feeling.

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Again, I am wearing head-to-toe Zara. I promise in the next post, I will switch it up a bit. I don’t usually wear that much colour but this skirt was just calling out for me. I also have the matching tunic to this skirt – One style of the print was not enough. Am I the only one that does this? If you already have both; don’t wear them together – it doesn’t go well! Unfortunately, ZARA does not have this skirt or these shoes in stock anymore but I’ve attached items down below if you want to buy or wear something similar.


 

 

 

These pictures were taken by my good friend, Safiyyah Sarah Nawaz. She’s amazing at taking photos. She knows all the best angles – so if you want someone to take professional photos of you, she’s the girl. Her Instagram is @capturedbysaf 

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Midi skirt (Similar here) | http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/skirts/view-all/printed-midi-skirt-c733908p3807562.html

Ankle boots (Similar here) | http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/shoes/view-all/contrast-high-heel-ankle-boots-c734142p3645059.html

 

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

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Hola amigos! So here goes my very first post!

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Wearing head-to-toe from Zara; have to admit they always make good-looking clothing for formal and/or casual ensembles. But it always strikes me that my over-obsession of blue garments are going to take over my wardrobe. Literally. As a result, I ended up choosing these chambray trousers which I purchased from ZARA, to style with this sleeveless top – Not your average pair of trousers but definitely a must have. Well it was for me – Shopping excuse? Let’s not go there! A pair of heels definitely make it happen but can be worn with flats or sneakers (or slip-ons if you prefer). I’m a firm believer that a pair of shoes can totally change the style of your outfits.

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P.s amigos – The weather here in Seville is guapa (the only Spanish I know – I’ll soon get there)! The city itself is incredible. You should consider visiting sometime; come and enjoy the tapas. Also click on over to the “Travels” tab to have a look at what I’ve explored so far!

Yours sincerely, Madiya’s Wardrobe.

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PLAZA DE ESPANA

An example of Moorish Revival style in Spanish architecture, built in 1928 for a World’s Fair. Towards the end of the park, the grandest mansions from the fair have been adapted to museums.

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