Top 10: favorite lipsticks of all time!

In today’s post, I wanted to share with you my go-to, most used, most cherished, most loved lipsticks in my collection (for all of eternity). These are lipsticks I have collected over the years and continue to use all the time, all year round. I may be a lipstick hoarder. I mean it’s justifiable, since I am not a foundation, blusher, eye shadow kinda gal. I sometimes go out bare-faced, but end up so rocking a bold lip, like a really sexy orangey-red. I remember there was one season where I would not stop using Cruella (obviously it’s on this list, duh!)…and I had to buy another one because I had used it all up. Anyway, not to make this intro too too long, here are my 10 favourite lipstick of all time and why I love them so much……

 

1- Bobbi Brown: Brownie

This is my go-to every day color. I use this on a daily basis whenever I am going for a natural bare nude lip. It’s a very beautiful nude, your lips but better, color and it is suitable for daily use. It’s got a pinkish brown undertone and I find that it matches skin tone perfectly. What I like about this one in particular is that it has a slight sheen to it. It doesn’t dry matte or anything, it’s just got a very juicy, plumpy, yummy finish to it and this one is always in my bag. I received it in a sample bag from a Sephora purchase a few months ago and I have been using it like crazy and I still have loads left. Plus!!! The lips stay hydrated the whole time you have it on (hello Vitamin C & E). This is definitely a brand to look into and to invest into. Bobbi brown has got it all down when it comes to natural makeup.

2- Kat Von D: Cathedral

Much like the Bobbie Brown color, this is a brown based nude. It is similar in color, however, the finish is different and Cathedral dries down completely matte which emphasizes the brown a lot more and this is exactly what I love about this lipstick. The brown is not a yucky 1990s brown but rather a very complementing one; it works with my skin tone and it gives me a natural yet dressed up look (if you know what I mean). It is absolutely freaking gorgeous and the neutral base in this lipstick helps it match with any eye color you wish to do. It’s kind of a bold color but in a subtle way. It’s very long lasting and honestly, I don’t think about replying it all that much. And hello, can we also talk about how freaking cool the packaging is?? I like how she matched to the product name; studded! I remember being addicted to Kat Von D since spotting her on that TV show; LA Ink, gosh, she was always so badass yet gracious in her work…so I’m super glad she got into makeup because she’s doing it well!

3- Marc Jacobs: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

 

This one is an oldie (in my collection) but a goodie. I remember wanting to invest in a good quality pinky, nude lip a little over 2 years ago and then came across this one at Sephora. I was so excited that I had found Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It’s the perfect pink based nude, unlike the two previous lipsticks. I remember misplacing it and going crazy, so I repurchased another one, so now I have 2 (found it..haha)! It dries matte but it is very comfortable on the lips, it’s not drying and it doesn’t settles into the dry lines. It applies very smoothly and glides with perfection; very much like the name says, it’s creamy. The packaging is to die for, it’s sleek and heavy; super luxurious. I feel like a bond girl, whenever I get it out in public to reapply..hahahahaha! March Jacobs will forever be my #1 when it comes to luxury makeup, because I know that I will get my buck’s worth.

4- ELF: Hot Commodity

This is one of the most affordable lipsticks in the bunch and I’m super happy that I can count this as one of my faves. The color payoff is fantastic and the longevity is great. I was looking for a coral lipstick last summer to go well with my blue liner and my olive tan…then I stumbled onto this lipstick from ELF at the drugstore. I can almost compare it the Marc Jacobs lipsticks in application. It dries down semi-matte, it has a slight sheen to it and it doesn’t leave your lips parched and dry. The only negative thing I would say about this color is that it will emphasize the dry patches on your lips if they’re not properly hydrated and exfoliated beforehand. However, tbh, this always happens to me whenever I use light coloured lipstick…I find that soooo weird. Usually, people have patchy issues with darker ones, but I get that with lighter colors. I wear Hot Commodity mostly in the summer because I find that coral suits my tanned skin more than my regular days. Plus, for 7$ you can’t really go wrong! So if you’re looking to purchase lipstick but no break the budget, I definitely suggest your looking into ELF.

5- Bite Beauty: Honeycomb

I know that beige nude is a little scary to wear, but this one from Bite Beauty is amazing, I usually pat it onto my lips rather than gliding it, I find that the color payoff is much better and exactly how I want it to be. This beige nude is just basically my lips but with a little bit of an oomph. There’s a slight sheen to it and I keep this very close to me and sometimes, I just use is a lip balm because it’s not too too out there in color. Plus, I am super proud that Bite Beauty is not only Canadian, but they make their products from food-grade ingredients. The Amuse Bouche lipsticks are super hydrating and they feel like nothing on the lips! Super worth the investment!!!

PS: Another plus side to this, it smells amazing, super citrusy, unlike those super high end lipsticks that smell like my grannie’s antique perfume.

6- Charlotte Tilbury: Electric Poppy

This is my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase and I am glad I invested in one of her lipsticks. I was on the hunt for a bright, almost fuchsia, pink lipstick to go with my golden summer tan and after endless hours of research, I took a chance on this one. Worth it! I was afraid that this color would make me look darker than I already am, but on the contrary, it brightens my face in the most feminine, delicate way possible. The color payoff is rich and the longevity is great. You only need to apply one and honestly, this is one of the few lipsticks that doesn’t end up in my teeth (this is a huge problem for me…all my lipsticks end up on my teeth). It dries matte but still keeps your lips hydrated and plump. It’s rich, it’s luxurious and it’s fantastic. It works! Plus the packaging is the bomb (yes, I am a sucker like that).

7- Milk: Name Drop

This one a new addition to the lipstick fam I own. I always thought orange-red lipstick was killer on others and I never dared to try it. However, recently, I figured I ain’t losing nothing if I try one for kicks. I went off to the Sephora website and looked in every brand out there, then this one from Milk caught my eye. Yes, I did! I bought a color online, based on the photo and I do not regret it as the color came out even better than I expected. This color suits me so well and the orange pigment is bright enough to notice but not too much that it will make me look gloomy and dark. Very much like the Marc Jacobs lipsticks, this glides on with perfect, it’s creamy, hydrating, and comfortable…and yet still dries down demi-matte. I have a thing with matte lipsticks. I don’t like the sheeny ones unless it’s a nude sheen like the Bobbi Brown color above. It’s also infused with mazing ingredients such as Shea butter and Coconut oil ❤  What I love about this Milk lipstick is that it comes in crayon form, so it’s easy to apply and you don’t need a liner. Sometimes, applying a bold color without liner comes out catastrophic, however, this is applies perfectly. I am glad I got  ahold of this bad boy…it gives me Rihanna sort of vibes and I love it!

8- Nars: Cruella

This Nars lipstick doesn’t need much introduction as it is a cult favourite amongst many Youtubers and Bloggers. This is basically a universal red that pretty much works with everyone; I feel like it suits every skin tone. This pencil is obviously super easy to apply and it gives incredible pigments, rich and infused with Vitamin E. The finish is velvety matte but the color stays vivid and deep and this is what I love about this lipstick, the color is long-lasting and it doesn’t budge and it stays on my lips-not on my teeth. I went through a whole one and I am going on my second pencil now and I think this will be my staple, go-to red color for a long time. Unlike other red lipsticks, this doesn’t emphasize the dryness of my lips or the creases, so yay to Cruella!

9- The Face Shop: Moroccan Rose

I bought this two years ago and it is still going strong. I got it to wear to my engagement but ended up going with the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang instead. This Face Shop lipstick is beyond anything I have used and I have used and tried plenty of lipsticks. This one in particular is infused with anti-aging ingredients and gives the lip the boost they need to stay plump and young. Moroccan Rose is the prefect shy girl pink, you can build the color up to the intensity you want. I sometimes just dap it lightly in the center of my lips to get the fresh bitten look, or glide it on my lips to get the deep mauvey-pink color. I even use this particular lipstick as blusher sometimes and it works perfectly. It has a light sheen and when you warm it in your hands and apply it to your skin, it gives you the most beautiful, natural flush ever. This is my lazy go-to all around lipstick and I am so sad that I am almost running out of it. I feel like the Face Shop brand doesn’t get loads of hype, but the products are super worth looking into! Annndd, they’re not super expensive either! So win-win.

10- Colourpop: Poppin’

Last but not least, this color has got me feeling all sexy! Whenever I feel like I need a boost to slay, this is the color I choose to put on. Give me superpowers to conquer the world! I love anything Colourpop because everything they do is quality yet super freaking affordable. The matte-X formula is my favourite because it not just matte, it’s ultra-matte and it works perfectly for vibrant colours such as this one. It’s the perfect summer fuchsia pink and I love it, it’s a tad bit richer in pink pigment than the Charlotte Tilbury one. This lip color is so va va voom; filled with attitude and pizzazz. It’s surprisingly comfortable to wear even though it’s extremely matte and it doesn’t settle into the lines very much. I sometimes just add a little bit of lip balm before putting this color because I want it to last longer and it does; it doesn’t transfer and it doesn’t budge. I also love that it reapplies well, whenever you need a touch up. For those looking into crazy colourful, yet affordable lipsticks, I suggest looking into the Colourpop ones!

So there you have it, my top 10, ride or die, rock my sock lipsticks and I feel like they range from affordable to expensive (ish); there are suggestions for everyone and some are even budgets friendly.

From workaholic to housewife

For those who know me, they know how hard it is for me to be boxed in or tamed (not that will ever happen—just saying). There were days when I was much younger, when I was really really sick, I would stay home and still work like a trooper and take on projects no matter what. I never wanted to waste a minute of my life. I always wanted to be productive, proactive and use up my time for good. It has been exactly seven months that I moved to Palestine and decided to dedicate my entire life (for the time being) to my husband and work on our relationship. If my younger self would see my now, she’d say WHATT???? I never in a million years ever wanted to get married (True story). Or iron someone else’s shirt, let alone a man’s shirt. I was always that ambitious kid with lists of things to do and projects to conquer. I always told my momma that my job was my husband and that I was fully happy—I truly was fully happy! Working, being independent, having the freedom to whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted–for me that was gold and I never wanted to change that. Well, 2 years ago, my life changed completely; I would not say for the worst or for the better, it simply just changed. Now that I look back, I say that there were times when I felt that something was missing, but I never really took the time to think about what it was.

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I am now 5 months into my new position (housewife); and it’s not all that bad, or at least not as bad as I thought it would be. Marriage is still hard work, maybe even harder than anything I have tried in my entire life. It has taught me a lot about myself and about my husband. There are times when I want to give up, throw the towel and just run and other times, I feel proud to be there for him at the end of the day. I was never the gal who took the time to be in the kitchen to cook a super-giant meal…I mean hello avocado sandwiches and tuna dips, but I can proudly say that now I can put a decent meal on the table.

The first two months of marriage, I was a little crazy, maybe even psychotic, I felt like I wanted to strangle someone, I felt like my life had no meaning. My life was just mediocre. I kept telling myself that getting married was a mistake and that I threw away my life and future. My career was always number one and in those two months, I felt empty, lost and confused. There was a big hole inside of me that I couldn’t fill no matter what. I mean, what was my purpose now? I never wanted to be just another number, I wanted to leave my mark in the world and change history. I needed and wanted to be somebody. In those two months, I literally would pick at little things just to fight with the hubs; I wanted to make him feel shitty for no reason. I wanted to hurt him because I was hurting. Luckily, the man I have is patient and super understanding that this big change was a little hard on me. Coming from a working life (70 to 80 hours/week) to suddenly nothing was a big shock.

I was fighting my demons, trying to figure out the direction I needed to head to. I was constantly crying to let the frustration and anger out because I could never admit to my husband that I felt empty and useless. I could never admit to him that I thought that he was a mistake, because I know that this would literally end him. Sometimes, when we think we have things figured out, we realize we really don’t and then we have to start the work all over again to arrive to the point where we are finally comfortable with what we have and with what we are.

After endless self-inflicted battles and a little honeymoon break, I re-energized and re-centered my focus on the important aspects of my life and in that; having a man that cared for me so much was a blessing. Yes, for the longest time, I didn’t need one (or thought I didn’t), but it honestly depends on how you look at things. Even though my husband is fully Eastern with his thinking, he allows me to develop and better myself all the time. He pushes me to get out of my comfort zone and to try new things, even though they scare me. Sometimes he is overprotective, which is normal I think, but he trusts me enough to go off on my own to figure out what I want. And that I truly appreciate.

Five months in, I settled into the new job and figured that housewife-ing wasn’t so bad after all. I learned a lot about myself… I learned that I too can be a procrastinator, I learned that I was surprisingly pretty amazing at cooking and I that was the queen of my castle. My husband never pushes me to always clean the house and always cook…there are times when he comes in from work to find the house in complete mess, but he forgives me because he’s amazing like that. PS: he sometimes helps me clean it!!! I like playing housewife, it’s kindda liberating actually (in some sort), because you still get to do what you want on your own terms, but in some way, you have someone that depends on you and you depend on. I now manage my time a lot better than I did and work on projects that I care for, along with my other housewife duties. The time I have for myself allows me to differentiate the good, the bad and the ugly. I am much more patient, much happier and surprisingly complete. Hubs always tells me how proud he is of me to be a strong woman and a true born leader.

Sometimes, life throws us some curve balls and we have to sort through them. I figured, I could either continue to be depressed and feel sorry for myself, or just simply live life day by day and enjoy it. I now let my wild side free and I don’t try to suppress it anymore and whatever happens happens because I know that I have the perfect person by my side that will forever keep me grounded. So, after five beautifully emotional months of marriage and housewife-ing duties, I kinda excited about cooking and cleaning—at this point, it’s therapeutic for me.

So here’s to all the housewives out there that keep their cool and calm even in windy storms! I salute you all for the patience and the passion you have to keeping everything in your house in order. Trying it, I know how hard it is and I sure do understand all the responsibilities that come along with this job. Can’t wait to have kids (haha!).

 

Top 6: Favorite items in my shoe wardrobe!

When I was younger I had a massive shoe obsession and I might even have considered going to Anonyms Groups to get rid of that addiction. I remember when I was in university, I would always make time to venture into Holt Renfrew to go up to the third floor and simply look at the beautiful designer shoes on display. I may have purchased a few back then. Any regrets you say? No, because I got to try it all! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Holt, well then, get acquainted, because it is the mecca for luxury retail. I don’t really shop there anymore, but I still like to have a look-see once in a while, because browsing is free! Anyway, I am now much better in terms of buying and collecting shoes, I am more responsible and I also take into consideration (very much so) the comfort element.

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If I were to live with only 6 pairs of shoes; they would be it and I will tell you why!

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#1 The Passe-PartoutIMG_9936

These white leather Chuck Taylor Converse shoes are the epitome of street fashion. They pretty much go with anything from dresses to skirts to jeans to dress smart pants. I love how versatile they are and the white make them even more cool. I know that black usually goes with everything, but I have managed to were these babies out with many outfits. They’re a little difficult to keep clean, but there’s nothing a magic eraser can’t fix! I have had his for a little bit less than a year but to be honest, I took them everywhere with me from Jordan to Canada to Palestine. Super comfortable and super worth the investment. It’s like the perfect badass girl item that gives you a little bit of attitude with a little bit of sass.

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I, for the life of me, cannot explain the weird fascination I have with wooden heel mules. Since I was little, I have always wanted to own them…and I remember at 8 years old arguing with my mum as to why she didn’t want to buy me a pair. She was exasperated and probably wished I was a boy. LOLZ. She kept telling me that little girls don’t wear wooden heels for unexplained reasons. Still puzzled here. Well, now, I did my younger self a huge favor and bought these Jessica Simpson mules and have had them in my wardrobe for about 2 years. I know that people usually buy them as trend pieces, but for me they’re timeless because, well, I don’t really care much about following trends. Just freaking dress the way you want ladies! Period! I couldn’t possibly live without these in my shoe wardrobe and I got a lot of wear out of them…even to fancy dinners and with dresses! The fact that they’re black also helps to mix them and match them to every outfit I own. To buy a similar one, find it here.

#3 The Special Occasion Heel IMG_9939

Whenever I need to wear heels to a special occasion, I always get these ones out. Purely because they’ve definitely got that wow factor and they add oomph to any outfit you end up wearing. I know that pink is a touchy colour when it comes to special evenings/outings and can pass off a little too Paris Hilton, but it seriously adds a risqué, avant-garde element to your outfit. I am so glad I got them for Topshop, they’re comfortable and affordable. You can find a similar pair here and here. Why wear boring black heels, when you can wear hot pink ones!

#4 The Go-To TrainersIMG_9941

Much like the Converse trainers, these Adidas ones are pretty much my best friend when it comes to comfort and style. You can just see how knackered they are! I got them well over 4 years ago and if I had to track my cost per wear, I would say I pretty much got my money’s worth and then some. Versatile is not even a word, they look cool with every-freaking-thing you wear. They’re not like the Stan Smith ones that are a little too rigid on the feet, these ones are like air! Literally! I have been trying to find them in another color, but couldn’t, for the life of me, find them anywhere! And it kindddda sucks! Le booo!

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It is quite sad to say that my favorite Charles & Keith oxblood oxford shoes are almost coming to an end. They don’t look that bad in the photo (hello lighting and editing), but they’re completely beat! I don’t even think oxblood is happening anymore. Haha! Whenever I want to wear a classic, flat, smart shoe with a smart outfit, I always reach for these one, hence the signs of wear. I bought these a little over 2 years ago and will continue to wear them till they’re literally dead. I feel like the narrow, pointy front of the shoe make them even more classy and dressy. They’re not just boring, old oxfords, they’ve got pizzazz and swag. They’re a little reflective, which means in some lights, it can pass as a black shoe, but when you look closely, it isn’t. Ha! Got you fooled! I feel like they’re a must in my shoe collection, because they’re the perfect alternative to smart high heels. Find similar ones here.

6- The Quintessential BootieIMG_9945
I would say that 85% of my shoe collection has round toe caps and 60% of that same collection has block heels. This is how I’ve always liked my heels to be. I feel seriously funny whenever I wear one of those skinny heels, I feel like I’m a can-can dancer or something. Bock heels never die (in my opinion of course), and they’re sturdy.  I absolutely can marathon in these bad boys right here. Although they are a new addition to my wardrobe, I have worn them a ton already and I am truly honest when I say, it feel like wearing nothing. I know that these booties will last me a wile, because they go with everything from skirts to jeans to dresses, plus they’re black, so here are some extra points. There are days where I just need to wear high heels to feel like I own the world and with these I definitely feel that. The give me the confidence to strut and feel contagiously happy. if ever I find them in an outrageous color, I would invest in them as a statement finishing piece. Black booties are a classic and you can’t go wrong wearing them. So if there’s a type of shoe you should invest in, I would say go for a black bootie. Find similar one with a small twist here.

 

 

 

My top 5 favorite perfumes

As an avid fragrance addict, I love how certain smells and perfumes take us back to old memories. They makes us travel back in time and somewhat relive the good memories. I may or may not be a perfume hoarder, but that’s only because each scent holds a special place in my heart. I generally, whenever I travel, like to purchase a new perfume, because it forever keeps reminding me of that particular place I went to. I  have this weird thing, where whenever I finish a perfume, I cannot ruse it…bizarre I know, but that’s just me. However, over the past few months and years, I have collected the ones I know that I will surely come back to as they truly do represent me as a person…a little bit of a badass princess.

Here are my top 5 favorite fragrances:

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1- Now this is probably on my most loved perfume out of this bunch, because it takes me way back to Morocco; it reminds me of the morning walking in the souks and the beautiful, colorful spice racks that were on display and the warm, welcoming people of Morocco.  There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about it that really makes me travel back in time to relive my greatest moments of  solitude and self-discovery. This perfume is very sexy, woody and intoxicating in the best way possible. I tend to gravitate towards musky fragrances rather than floral-y or fruity ones and so I feel like this compliments my personality so much. The notes of Oakwood and Vanilla create a lovely, magical balance which wraps you in a warm, leather-y aroma. I find that the Elizabeth & James fragrances are all unique and for the price, they’re worth it because the scent is there and the staying power too.

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2- I have talked about this perfume already in a previous post. This fragrance really does live up to its name; it is the most decadent, rich, luxurious, feminine and sultry scent you can ever possibly come across. I have gone through a lot of perfumes in my life time, from CK One, to Dior’s Miss Cherie…but this Marc Jacobs fragrance is a definite keeper for me…It’s floral-y but in a warm way; with hints of amber. Marc nailed in on the head with this one! I feel like I am (literally) unstoppable with this one, it lasts all day and you can smell it on yourself and when I do, I feel like a surge of energy hits me and then I just keep going (if that makes sense). If I were a super badass, super vigilante, heroine, I would imagine myself always smelling like this.

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3-As the name suggests, the main, key player note in this fragrance is Oud. This particular scent has always been associated with Arabic culture, it is to an extent the definition of royalty, strength and power. Coming from a little of a Saudi Arabian background, I have always smelled this around me and I feel this perfume in particular takes me back to my childhood. I am very fickle when it comes to Oud, because it can sometimes be too over-powering to the point where it gives me migraines. However, Roberto Cavalli made this one work in the most delicate way; it’s an absolutely rich fragrance but it’s not overbearing. I love wearing this one of special occasions (mainly because it’s a gift from my sissy), because it’s not a daily fragrance. But whenever I do choose to wear it, I always get complimented on it! It honestly smells amazing and even though the main ingredient is Oud; its undernotes are sweet and floral.

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4-Yes, I am slightly obsessed with the Elizabeth & James perfumes, but what can I say, they always get it right! This is quite a new addition to my little collection of perfumes (I only have 8 and some were gifts). I know it sounds a little stupid, but when I saw it launch on the Sephora website, I knew I would love it, purely by its name….yes, I bought a perfume only based on its name! Amethyst; it sounds so luxury to me! With notes like Tobacco and Cedar, this perfumes give me rebel vibes. It’s feminine yet masculine. It has a slight resemblance to the Bourbon perfume but it’s a lot more special. It has an edge and perhaps it’s the Tobacco in there that gives it a little bit more kick. This too is very sexy but in a subtle way.

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5- Last, but definitely not least, this one is a little bit of a funny story. I was out looking to buy my husband a new perfume as a birthday gift, but ended up loving it so much, that I got it for myself (insert the See-No-Evil monkey emoji here…you know the one covering its eyes). LOLZ! But since I am not a greedy person, I also ended up sharing it with the hubs. Yes, I do realize that the Armani Code is a masculine scent, but hey, works for me! It literally smells like a hot man! It’s seductive and opulent and elegant and the list goes on. My husbands sprays it on himself before going to work and he still smells yummy after 12 hours of wear. It literally lasts for forever and a little bit goes a long way. It too has notes of amber in it (QUELLE SURPRISE!), but by now, I guess you all figured out what I like in my fragrances.

 

**PS: I am now putting up 3 blog posts a week at 11 am EST**

Date night: What I wore

Friday night is date night. The only day my husband gets off work and the time I properly get to enjoy him and annoy him all at once. I mean what’s the beauty of marriage if we don’t constantly argue and get one each other’s last nerves. That gives us a chance to kiss and makeup and go on dates. We’re not much partiers, hubs and I, but we do go the occasional date, you know here and there. We are rather old souls and much prefer spending time at home watching a documentary or playing on the PS3. However, when we get in the mood, we like to go out in style and enjoy our outing to the max. We don’t like to go to crammed places; but we choose quiet locations to be able to talk without having to scream at each other across the table or having to use the tin can telephone to communicate. We usually like to sit beside each other and talk about our hopes and dreams and even reminisce about the good old days of our childhoods.

We went to the chicest restaurant in Jericho…I kindda wish I had taken pictures of it. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed to breeze and the smell of the fresh air away from the city. We almost always go there, because it quiet and peaceful and plus the prices aren’t that expensive. For a once a month outing, we do pretty good! Since we were sitting outside for the night, I opted to wear a sweater to avoid getting too cold and, boy oh boy did I make the right decision. The air here is not that strong and not that crispy cold, but because of the dry desert setting, it does get into the bones, if you know what I mean.

For date night, I would say I kept it pretty casual and sported jeans…because ain’t got no time for dresses or fancy pants:

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I felt like wearing delicate colors however-but the only delicate I own is this. I bought this sweater a little over a year ago from Forever 21 and I thoroughly enjoy wearing it. It’s comfortable, it’s stylish and super feminine, plus I love that it has a tiny bit of a turtle neck going- ya know girl’s gotta stay warm! And since this was there to protect my neck, I figured a little turban doesn’t hurt anyone because I so wanted to wear my colorful Aldo earrings I got on our honeymoon trip.

*I only purchased 3 items of this trip and the earrings were on of them *

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They remind me of a very beautiful and colorful Mexican Aztec painting. I dig that and I am sure to get a lot of wear out of them. I am just trying to find the right excuses to sport them on the daily. I wouldn’t even mind having them on at home, that’s how much I love them. But, at the same time, I feel like they’re so precious I don’t want to wear them that often to keep them intact for as long as possible. You know that feeling I am talking about???? Do you guys ever feel that with new items??

WHAT I WORE:

SWEATER: Forever 21 ◊ JEANS: Buffalo (thrifted) ◊ BELT: Calvin Klein ◊ EARRINGS: Aldo ◊ BAG: Coach ◊ SHOES: Call it Spring.

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I, of course, needed to wear my current favorite pair of jeans. They’re straight leg jeans and you have seen them over and over for the past few weeks in my blog. No shame here, at all. I love the fit, the straight, but not boyfriend nor mum, cut makes this pair perfect enough to wear on a date or even for a smart evening (depending of the choice of top you go for).

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I am super very picky when it comes to finding the perfect pair of jeans and I was searching high and low for a straight leg jean for months now. I got a bit sick of the sprayed on skinny jean look. I was looking for comfort, but didn’t want to spend too much money. Then this guy happened and my mom got it for me, she just knows me so well! I won’t even be able to tell you where to buy a pair of these denims as they are thrifted and I just pimped them up to my own liking. But I can tell you that these Moto Straigth Leg Raw Hem Jeans from Topshop kinda have the same feel, if anyone is interested.


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Humanity where you at?!

I was having doubts posting this. I kept saying perhaps it isn’t right and it would cause too much drama. But, it just keeps haunting me! An argument I had with some acquaintances a little while ago…I feel like I need to let it out and my only outlet here is writing. This blog is my journal and honestly, writing keeps me sane and keeps my creative juices flowing. So, as I was saying, this argument was quite drastic and I couldn’t help but feel alone in this. I mean is humanity really dying or are we just too preoccupied to be successful that we fail to see what’s important? Moving to Palestine has definitely not been easy for me- it’s a big change and I was okay with it because I wanted to be with the man I love. However, living in a little city of 30-some thousand people is a little bit stressful. Seems like everyone knows what you do even if you don’t intentionally do it or even if you’re not full on putting it out there in the public. It’s like being watched closely 24/7. Anyway, I was always one to not care what anyone thought of me….but for some reason, here, some things are getting under my skin.

So not to steer away from the main point of this blog, we were talking about how cleaning jobs defined you as a person. I was simply stating that being a janitor/cleaner/maid or whatever you want to call it was just a job (like every other job out there) and that earning your living that way was much better than staying at home and being a beggar. There’s nothing wrong with being that as long as you earn your living with nobility and hard work. I kept insisting that having a title didn’t matter because at the end of it all, ultimately, we are all  human and that when we die and we get put in the grave…those titles won’t serve us much (or at all even). For some reason, what I was stating was too controversial, unreasonable and unrealistic because that couldn’t possibly pass as a real job for people of a certain class. I mean I get it, but that doesn’t mean that if I decided to take that up as a living, that made me less of a human. Then they kept arguing with me that because I am an educated woman, I would be disrespectful and I would be putting myself down and people would look at me with a bad light. I mean, correct me if I am wrong here…I want to read your opinions!!! They were telling me that if a cleaning person came to ask their daughter’s hand in marriage they would say no even if he was good hearted. WTF???? Like, help me someone! That’s when I truly started to question my marriage….yes, I did get to that point, because my husband was sitting with me quietly observing the situation and saying nothing. I couldn’t help but wonder if he thought the same.

I grew up in a humble home. Yes we were very fortunate, I wouldn’t say we were high class, but we were on a good middle class front. We lived a decent life and never missed anything- our parents made sure we got everything we needed (not wanted) to be who we are today. Our parents taught us to earn our own money and to make sure that we stayed humble and courteous with everyone around us. But to have arrived where they did, my parents sacrificed so much themselves, to make sure we were brought up right and for that, I am forever thankful. I remember being a little pest in high school and probably too over-confident (for no particular reason) and my mom always told me to never put my nose up too high to the sky because I’ll stumble and I’ll end up falling and breaking my neck. Which, at the end of the day, meant that I should always remain humble and treat others with respect no matter their situation. We were taught to help others and to always work hard. However, moving here, made me see humanity on a different level. My mom always pushed me to work, even as a cleaning lady, yes she did that, she told me accurately: “there is nothing wrong with it, as long as you are making your own money and not wasting your time doing nothing”.

This argument just made me realize what type of people I was hanging out with and just made me sad. Are they that shallow? I mean am I being too over-dramatic here? Or am I over-analyzing things? Or is my compassion for my fellow humans blinding me from reality? I have always been one to see the best in people. My sister would always tell me to get down from la la land and that I should take my precautions because not everyone has pure intentions. However, for some reason, I can’t seem to find the exit door to that world…and maybe perhaps, I don’t even want to leave. I would much rather live in my own poetic world than live in a superficial one where values are put aside to reach a certain status or obtain a certain title. I like eating chips in a pita bread, I like walking barefoot in the street if my heels hurt and I don’t mind snorting in public whenever my sisters tell a joke.

I don’t want to diss anyone, sincerely,  I respect their opinions…to each his own, but I just needed to vent and see other people’s point of view. Is humanity compromised or am I just not seeing things right?

Black Friday: the buy nothing day!

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I have been bombarded all weekend with email after email after email from stores about huge black Friday discount codes and saving coupons….then I couldn’t help but get a little frustrated with how much society has transitioned to focus on material goods to bring us happiness and stuffing consumerism down our throats like it’s no big deal. Turning a blind eye wasn’t an option here, I super wanted to discuss this on my blog and start a conversation to understand how and what others think about this subject.

 

Why do we shop so much…is it to fill a little void inside of us to make ourselves happy? I am not going to lie here and say that I’m innocent. There was a time in my life when I was a huge shopaholic and just bought to buy- not because I needed these things, but because I wanted to have them in my closet, even though I sometimes never wore what I bought. I was young, stupid and reckless. Do I regret it? Not really, because I have learned throughout the years how to shop smarter.

Getting into the fashion industry and working in it for a few years, you start to learn and understand the whole process of mass production and (now) fast fashion. And to be entirely honest, I found it sickening. To have collections come out 52 times a years, rather than 4 times a year (as it used to be sometimes before the huge boom of globalisation) is revolting and quite offensive to the environment and to the manpower that goes into the production process. I have learned the stories of the industry and I no longer shop for things I don’t need and better yet, I have turned to my primary love; vintage!

We do not realize how much crap we put onto this planet and how much damage we are causing. Social media is showing us that in order to stay cool and to be special, we have to have the newest gadget, or the newest pair of shoe or the newest style of jeans. But truthfully, we don’t need these things to make us happy. Minimalism is actually very interesting and liberating. You don’t feel restricted nor suffocated by everything that is in your home or your surrounding. We have become so focused on defining who we are through material objects. It’s like what we do no longer has meaning but rather what we own that makes a difference. It’s sad when you truly think about it.

I hear a lot of people talking about the 333 project and of capsule wardrobes and I find it quite fascinating. Since moving to Palestine, I have been forced to declutter my wardrobe and well…my entire life…and just focus on what I need and what I feel is important. I have donated a lot of my clothes to friends and family and sold quite a few. This process truly taught me a valuable lesson…and also, living here in a little city, where there are no malls and no big focus on purchasing the new “it” item has made me realize that I don’t love shopping all that much (as I thought I did). Having little clothes doesn’t mean you can’t be creative, on the contrary, it should be a challenge to be more creative with what you own and learning the tricks of mixing and matching pieces. I also have maintained that concept of minimalism in my home as well, I don’t have 10 types of cup collections nor do I have 99 plates. I have what I need and it feels light and it feels great!

I find this speech from President Jimmy Carter quite interesting and in fact, so on point:

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….and a little tad bit scary. Reminds me of all the hauls you see on Youtube..I mean it’s nice to see people succeed but honestly, like where do they put all the stuff they buy and how can they wear everything they own? Don’t they feel overwhelmed?

Oh! And! I have never been one to shop on boxing day, or wait in line when there are massive sales or go crazy on black Friday. But just for kicks, I tried it once with my sister to see what it was like and we told each other, never again! I don’t quite see the point. It’s not about quantity but about quality. So purging is healthy and when you stop being so attached to materials good, you then have the time and freedom to enjoy your life and tackle bigger dreams and working on turning them into a reality. Don’t know why, but Walking Away from Craig David is playing in my head right now (LOLZ).

I am not saying we shouldn’t shop at all, I am saying shop smarter. Sometimes, less is more…

What do you guys think?