Crystal Couture: the perfect wedding earring!

This is another addition to the wedding mini-series I started a few days ago…today we’ll be discussing earrings. I am Muslim…and you see me with a veil…so you’re probably thinking why does she need earrings anyway? Well, my wedding will be half mixed and half not mixed. What is that you say….well, it just means that the first part of the wedding will be an all girls’ party…with me and my hubby only at the centre of it all. The second part will consist of all the men of his family and mine with the rest of us girls. Here’s a brief history behind the veil and why I chose to wear it. Basically, in Islam you wear the head veil to cover up from men (outside the immediate family circle) that could potentially wed you. The hair is considered the crown of the woman and it could be very provocative along with the rest of the body. Modesty in important in Islam for both women and men! This is a big misconception and loads of people are uninformed and think women are submissive…wrong! Anyway, not to get into too many political/religious debates here, I choose to wear it because I feel powerful and pretty in it. So this is why I decided to go ahead and invest in a cute pair of earrings to complete my look, since I will not do a necklace or a bracelet. By invest, I mean a whooping $18!

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I was sure I wanted to go a chandelier style earring, because it always looks more luxurious. I have been shopping around in store and online and I found everything too expensive, until I stumbled on Crystal Couture. An online store that offers everything wedding…from jewelry to headpieces, to cake decor, at an affordable price! The earring I bought is perfect and works so well with my wedding dress. It’s a mix of pearls and crystals in a classic way. It’s looks kinda vintage-y, which is why I was attracted to it in the first place. I find chandelier earrings so breathtaking, especially with an up-do .

Even if it’s not your wedding, but you’re in the market for beautiful earrings, then you should definitely go check the site out! The sale section is awesome!

The jean embellishment DIY

I’ve seen these gorgeous embellished jeans everywhere from the runway to the red carpet. Adorned in pearls, crystals and lace appliqués; the embellished jean trend is hitting up the stores like a storm. But I feel like the prices are a little too ridiculous, especially for a pair of trend denim that will end up going out of style (for those who care to follow trend). I find that you should never pay big bucks and invest in trend items because there’s always a constant shift.

Some of these jeans run for 500$ a pair and I am not willing to spend any money actually for these things but I still want to own a pair…but luckily since I am a crafty little monster, I have all the items I need to embellish a pair of old jeans I own. So today I am DIY-ing and showing you how I turned a bland pair of jeans into a must-have item.  That’s when thrifting comes in handy as well…if you know the basic of sewing; you can turn any old item into a new hip steal!

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I have had these random Forever 21 thrifted jeans for a year now, I wear them…but not too too often, so I wanted to use them for this particular project because they fit exactly the style I wanted to go for. Since I am a designer and seamstress, I have loads of beads and fabric and items I can use without breaking the bank. I knew I wanted texture, because this is what I usually love. I wanted to add some pearls too….

…and here’s how it came out:

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I was super happy with how they came out. I felt super proud showing them off and I had loads of compliments. Everyone loved them! They even thought they were luxurious and expensive…but they’re like not more than 50$ tops!

What I wore

LONG CARDIGAN: Winners ₪ STRIPED SHIRT: Centerpoint ₪ PANTS: Thrifted Forever 21 (Embellished by moi) ₪ SHOES: Topshop

 

I hope this post inspires you to be more daring and adventurous in your fashion choices and take a risk to make/create something original!  It doesn’t need a huge budget or a big talent…just a needle and a thread!

 

The wedding shoe edit

Since I am on a roll and started talking weddings, I wanted to share with you today the shoe I decided to go for. So, I know it’s a summer wedding, but I decided to go for ivory/burgundy scheme (since burgundy is my all time favorite color). I will share bit by bit with you guys the accessories I went for and alternatives to finding them for your wedding, or maybe a friend’s wedding. I had a hard time looking for gorgeous inexpensive things…but with perseverance, I managed to find the perfect items for a reasonable price.

Now, here’s the thing, I am a little bit of a shoe whore. I love my shoes and I am willing to drop the dollars as long as they are comfortable. It is very rare nowadays that I do so…since budget doesn’t permit it and since it isn’t too necessary for me to collect anymore. Priorities change I guess.

I had decided that for my wedding, I was going to splurge on the shoes and save on the dress…which was kinda dumb now that I think about it. I bought my wedding shoes month before the wedding because I had my eyes on them for a while. I figured, if I bought my shoes for an X amount of money…I can take that off the dress budget and save a little. But since I initially wanted to make my own dress (as I had mentioned before in a previous post), I knew that shoes could be a little on the expensive side.

As most of you know, Badgley Mischka shoes are the wedding shoes to go for! They offer style and comfort and they come in all different heights! I got mine off of the Nordstrom website a few months ago and they no longer carry them. But some other websites do…for those interested.

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I have always wanted to own satin heels, but I can sometimes be a huge clumsy kid and I didn’t want to invest in something I could easily ruin. But since it’s my wedding and I already went down the rabbit hole, I bought this baby. Now this is something I will never regret. I know I will get use of out these shoes multiple times because they aren’t white.

But for those that are on a budget and are looking for fabulous comfortable heels, here are a few suggestions:

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I didn’t want to be an ivory cone, so having colored shoes was the perfect decision for me. Plus, I wanted something to use a few times more after my wedding. I find that scouring the internet to find unique wedding accessories exciting because I get a kick out of it. It has always been a forte of mine, to look, to search and to investigate…So I find that exciting, but knowing that it’s my own wedding and that there are big bucks involved, it can be a little stressful. All in all, I am very grateful that I have a good paying job that helps me pay for these little things.

I think it is important to take the time to feel special on your big day, but to also always remember not to get carried away with wasting money on unnecessary objects. Being smart and efficient whilst wedding shopping is key!

The ‘Yes to the dress’ edit!

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So, I am getting married! Well, technically I am married, on paper that is…but we never had the chance to do the actual wedding ceremony. Not that I am interested in doing so…I would pretty much prefer eloping because it’s loads of money wasted into thin air. It’s somewhat wasted on fantasies, ideals and ideologies. I would rather use the money to travel and explore a new country. Or even better yet, donate some money to charity.  However, my dear handsome hubby…much prefers to do a huge ceremony, which delays us being together…so not venting here!! Anyway, since it’s a huge ceremony and I am Middle Eastern, it is almost obligatory for me to be dressed to the nines…adorned in gold and crystals and all things bling. Anyway, since I am a pretty simple gal, but still love my sequins (on occasion), I decided to compromise a little and give the people what they want to see but on my own terms. During the shopping process, I have come to realize, wow, the wedding industry is a killer. Some people spend so much money on silly things, it make me want to gag. We humans sometimes are blinded by consumerism and we fail to see the important things in life. I realized that at the end of it, it all came down to choice; we make choices in life that make an impact, either in a good way or a bad way.

Since this was kinda set and decided, I went dress shopping…MAN!!!! Can this industry seriously be any more expensive? I am so broke! I initially wanted to make and design my own dress, but it was too much of a hassle (because working full-time doesn’t help either). So, I went to a couple of boutiques in Montreal (which I will not name), but I felt uneasy and pressured into buying a dress I wasn’t in love with. I wasn’t even looking to fall in love with a dress; I just wanted to be comfortable and happy with what I bought. The price tag of most of these boutiques I went to, if not most, was insanely high. Prices ranged between 2500$ to 25 000$+. I was a little depressed to be honest and wanted to give up, until I went to Bella Di Sera; a little adorable boutique on Blvd. Saint-Laurent in Montreal. First of all, I was alone with my sisters and the saleswomen in the whole boutique! The joy! They gave me all their time and helped me in finding the perfect dress. I was eyeing a super simple satin mermaid dress that was just beyond gorgeous; my sisters thought it was too simple for an Arabic wedding. So, instead I tried other dresses that were a little more worked with beading and embroidery. I do admit that trying on various dresses is a little too addicting and enjoyable; you ultimately feel special and I guess most of all, it all sinks in and it hits you hard….reality is there, you really are getting hitched! So I put on the last selected dress and my sisters immediately both agreed that that was the one. Although, I am not going to lie, I love it, but I did not have that feeling that every girl describes…you know, the crying when you know it’s the one. I didn’t have that feeling, but I was in love regardless.

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Maria and Silvana were amazingly charming and kind. They made efforts to help me beyond their power and even called the owner of the boutique to ask her if they could give me a little extra discount. I ended up paying within my budget for my dress minus the alterations (done at a seamstress). Do I regret it? No, I am happy and I know that my husband and everyone else will be happy too.

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If ever you’re in the Montreal region and need a beautiful wedding gown, this is your spot! Make sure to take an appointment with Maria and Silvana, because they’re angels.

 

So, here’s a little peek at my dress….

That was a bit of a rant-y post, I know, but I feel like sometimes, we humans, don’t always have our priorities straight. Is it necessary to spend on a dress you get to wear only 1 time?! Do we do it for ourselves or to please others?! I want this to post to be a discussion board and would absolutely to hear your thoughts on this.

Just a little sparkle…

So, this skirt might be a little too much for the office…but nothing stopped me from wearing it gracefully and apologetically. It’s a vintage skirt I bought along with the shoes I hauled at the beginning of the week. A beautiful 80s sequin skirt with fringes at the bottom that spin around so artistically and so beautifully when you twirl. So gorgeous and poetic! I love sequins and beads and sometimes I might over do it, but this time around, I was able to tone it down in the sparkle department. I just let the skirt be the focal point of the whole outfit. This Coldwater Creek skirt is thick enough to wear in the cold weather without compromising warmth. It’s in a thicker cotton/mesh material and it’s fully lined. What attracted me to this piece is the fringe part at the bottom of the skirt; the mesh is cut into thicker pieces, while the sequins are just loose in thinner pieces.

This is how I styled this killer skirt:

Since mother decided to go a little heavy on the snow (hence the mountain behind me) front and it was a little cold, I needed to dress up heavier than usual. This skirt was perfect for that. I ended up going monochrome with a hint of red. I always love me a red lip, but you guys knew that already!

What I wore

COAT: Thrifter ∞ SHIRT: Vero Moda ∞ SKIRT: Coldwater Creek ∞ BOOTS: Nine West ∞ VEIL: Voile Chic  ∞ BROCHE: Stolen/Borrowed from my sister

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This skirt is one of the many beautiful finds I bought recently. I get super excited vintage hunting, and sometimes a little way too carried away. But when I find something unique, I know I have to get it and make place for it in my closet. This skirt in articular is a gorgeous piece that would work perfectly for special outings and I cannot wait to get the use out of it.

I cannot say it enough! Vintage gets me pumped! I full on get inspired and creative. It’s a good outlet for me to fashion lets me express my daily feelings without having to speak.

 

 

Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser

I found this cleanser on a whim…I was really annoyed having tight skin every time I washed my face. I was looking for something gentle yet efficient and stumbled upon this baby; been using it for 5 months now and I can honestly say that this is MY cleanser…I ain’t using anything else, ever!

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The Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is absolutely wonderful. Why??? Because of its low pH for one and it has tea tree oil for two. Tea tree oil is an amazing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic product; it helps tremendously with acne-prone skin as it heels wounds and cuts. So, this cleanser has a particular smell but it’s not invasive, because it smells like tea tree but ever so slightly. This cleanser’s natural ingredients are gentle but super effective. What I like about this cleanser in particular is that the low pH of 5.0-6.0 is optimal for the skin because it restores its balance and helps to reduce irritations. It’s so gentle you barley notice it deeply cleansing your skin! It gently removes build-up of sebum and dead skin cells. I know it is to be used in the AM only, as it is written on the bottle, but that doesn’t stop me for using it in the PM as well. And, what’s even more awesome is that it’s pretty affordable (12.38$ on Amazon). This cleanser is bomb, seriously.

I have used COSRX products before and never have been disappointed. I am super happy with the fact that it doesn’t leave my sensitive skin tight or dry. I use it hand in hand with my FOREO brush and this is what I will be using for a while. I am very very satisfied and will not change it.

If you have sensitive acne-prone skin, then this is your guy!

Super mini vintage shoes haul

So I was out and about in the city with my sister and mom…we were out vintage hunting. This is an activity we like to do once in a while. We like go crazy bargain hunting and I love it because it’s quality time I pass with my family (part of it). We get super excited about everything and we always ask each other for opinions and comments. So today, I was able to go to Nova in Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue and in Hudson. I love love love shopping there, because they always have awesome and cheap finds. Super vintage and super cool. But the biggest reason of why I love shopping there is that the sales’ proceeds are donated to nurses. The Nova stores do not receive government funding, so everyone who works there is a volunteer and every dollar either goes to help nurses or help cover its operating expenses. It’s super important to enjoy shopping, I agree, but it is also necessary to give back to your community. Shopping for a cause…because why not?

I was able to find the most beautiful items…and today I want to share with you a part of it…because the rest is going to be washed. Here I am showing you 3 little precious shoes I got for only 5$ a piece. WHAATT?? That’s insane, but awesome.

I know that they’re almost similar in style. But I bought them for the colors! Omg!! I mean can you look at them! They’re super bright, super cute, super stylish, super 70s (probably my second favorite era after the 50s). They’re calling for spring and I cannot wait to wear them and I have a million outfit in mind for each and everyone of them! Especially the orange Pegabo satin slingback.

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They’re super delicate on the feet, super feminine and just, over-all, good vintage finds. The purple one, I would say, is a more recent shoe, but is vintage-inspired. Nonetheless, they will all go in my killer vintage collection/closet. The pink one is almost a Chanel inspired shoe…but in a cute hot pink satin. EEEE, exciting!!!

Go away snow and cold……..because these babies need to be taken out for a spin!