Out & About in Halifax, NS

Out & About in Halifax, NS

Trying to temporarily adjust to how things work in Halifax while I’m back visiting for a few weeks, I discovered today that waving down buses isn’t necessary. I’m so used to doing it in Madrid that I carry the habit with me everywhere I go. It’s difficult to keep up with the complexities of an ever-changing, every growing metropolitan city like Halifax because it’s been just shy of two decades since I lived here. Also I can’t remember how everything works here.

Something else I discovered today was some beautiful shops along one of the streets in downtown Halifax. Pretty flowers adorn the outside. Some of them consignments shops, and others are cafe and restaurants, one of which is Turkish called Lemon Tree. I’ll be visiting there soon. Yum yum Red Lentil soup. Thank you Istanbul for opening my eyes to that utmost tasty dish.


Another pleasant place I visited was the Public Gardens where I had a nice “coffee” lunch at 12:30pm. I don’t have lunch till 2pm in Spain so I’m not used to eating early here. The ducks were hanging out at the pond, prepared to give them food, which I didn’t. They’d all flock towards me if I had.

Signing off-

Shamim Sobhani


A fun and interactive Saturday in Madrid

A fun and interactive Saturday in Madrid

Living in Madrid certainly is no boring city. There’s always something cool to do any day of the week.

Today, I had the privilege of being invited to my stylist and makeup artist, Shimada’s launch party. He was promoting his new eyelashes straight from Tokyo, Japan. And he also promoted his new Shine Frizz Control Color Protection Argan Oil hair serum. It contains macadamia extract so it smells (and perhaps tastes?) divine, mmm! If you’re interested in the lashes or serum, I’m sure Shimada would love it if you got in touch with him!

If you’ve read my post about being the model of the month, or modelo del mes, then these pictures will look familiar to you.

The one and only: Shimada! This photo was taken before I was asked to have some lashes put on my face, as well as makeup.

Shimada’s friend and makeup artist gracefully added some eyelashes and makeup on my face and made me look brand new! She used some M.A.C. products. Can you guess what by looking at the photo below?

Can you tell I’m wearing fake eyelashes?

The balayage in my hair was done by Shimada back in January, so well over 3 months ago. The Spanish sun can do a number on it in terms of brightening it up.


I couldn’t leave the party without taking a picture with the beautiful makeup artist herself. I didn’t even intend on being worked on when I went to the party. It just happened. If there’s one thing I learned about being a model for a makeup artist, it’s that when they ask me what I want done, “natural?” or “go all out?”, my answer is, “whatever you want”, because it certainly made this one happy! She let free and did her thang. She tousled my hair up and made it look like she did more to it because I looked way different than when I walked into the studio.

Last but not least, I went ahead and bought Shimada’s Macadamia Argan oil hair serum.

That’s my thumb.

None of these photos, taken with my iPhone SE, have filters. So au natural baby.

Did you like looking at the photos? If yes, what was the most interesting thing about them?

Signing off-

Shamim Sobhani

Featured image credit: @sethdoylee

Modelling! – uhh, who, me? (a short and fun read)

Modelling! – uhh, who, me? (a short and fun read)

I was recently asked to model for a terrific artist, who’s name I’ll disclose in a minute. I was a bit shocked, truth be told, because I’ve never considered myself a model. Anyone seen Sex and the City where Carrie Bradshaw was asked to model on a catwalk, but she did it as a writer and not an actual professional runway model? Well, that’s me, except I’m not a professional writer, but I’m no runway model either. What I’m trying to say is that anyone can be considered a model, in terms of who you are inside and out. I’m not the so-called appropriate height to be a runway model, and as for the rest of me, well, judge for yourself in the photos below. I was named “model of the month” and the photos were put up for display in the window of a hair salon, which is in one of the hippest and happening neighbourhoods in Madrid, during the month of December in 2016. A copy of one of the photos sits on the wall in that very salon. Who is this mysterious person artist who put on my makeup, styled my hair, made me look like a fabulous Christmas ornament, and finally, snapped pictures of me all day? His name is Shimada Kemp, and he’s the owner of his hair salon, Shimada Kemp. All I’m going to say for now is that he’s the most professional hair stylist and makeup artist I’ve ever met and he does a darn good job of everything involved in his work.

I’ll be signing off now but this won’t be the end of hearing about Shimada, as I’ll be writing more posts about him in the near future. For now, indulge your eyes in his glamorous artwork he did on me. There’s also a video on the “making of” which you can watch and an interesting article written by Traneka René, who interviewed me. Traneka founded a unique and amazing group called Melanin Madrid (click on the group name to follow the link).

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To watch the “making of” video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsnMA4QotLM#action=share.

To read the interview about being model of the month, go to https://lamodelodelmes.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/making-of-la-modelo-del-mes-december-2016/.

There’s also a translation of the interview in Spanish.

Signing off –

Shamim Sobhani