DATE NIGHT OUTFIT <3

It was date night tonight…supper time, perfect time to dress up fancy and cute and wear the highest heels I own. It’s hard for me to dress up (sometimes) these days as I still live in a luggage. Mixing and matching outfits isn’t an easy task at the moment but I still manage to come up with cute ones (once in a while). Today was exceptional because I was planning to wear this piece for the longest time and today was the perfect opportunity. Now I know it’s kinda on the expensive side (200$) and I don’t really give a hoot because it’s so gorgeous…I was super willing to splurge on this one. It’s simple, but very luxurious in a way…the fabric is to die for and the fit is fantastic. I feel like it was made for me. What made me fall in love with it even more is that it’s a jumpsuit!!! WHATTTT??? Who else feels me here? Jumpsuits are perfect for any occasion I find and when adding the right accessories, you can turn it into a killer outfit.

Here’s how I wore my Cynthia Rowley jumpsuit for a date night with the hubs…

 

What I love about this piece the most if the fact that it looks like a dress but then you walk and people are surprised it’s a jumpsuit. The pant width and length is perfect. The print is gorgeous and it gives you endless possibilities to mix and match it with any color. I find that print can get a little overwhelming on me as I am very petit, but this was just the right amount of print and the right size at that. I didn’t feel like it ate me up…

WHAT I WORE:

JUMPSUIT: Cynthia Rowley ♥ SANDALS: Topshop ♥ TOP: Thrifted ♥ SUNGLASSES: Guess ♥ CLUTCH BAG: Borrowed (sister in law)

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I opted not to cover up the jumpsuit with a jacket, so I wore a tight top underneath. I was pretty happy with the result…

I got this piece a year ago and this was the first time I was able to wear it out…but if you are interested in getting a similar piece…here are some option to consider:

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The Ramallah edit: OOTD!

Hubs and I went to the beautiful city of Ramallah in the West Bank today to do some shopping. We had a personal business affair to tend to and decided to spend the rest of the time shopping for the house. It’s kinda funny shopping with your partner, I find quite fascinating because we have opposite taste and despite me wanting to strangle him sometimes with his color blindness, we managed to compromise and find things we both love. I wanted to document my outfit today for many reasons and one of them is the fact that my kind, wonderful, loving hubs ironed my shirt, while I was getting ready with other things. I mean, what more could a girl ask for? And he did quite a bang up job at that. It is so cute because he doesn’t even iron his own and he took the time to do mine (I do his PS…always!). Relationships are based on trust, respect and mutual assistance; hence ironing each other’s things!!!

Ramallah is such a beautiful city, the air is fresh and the culture is super modern yet very traditional is some way. People are very driven there, it reminds me a little of Montreal with the sky scrapers and the beautiful homes and landscaping. Downtown Ramallah is insanely busy, it’s the hub of the West Bank….Most people go there to shop and dine and experience a modern busy life. The rest of Palestine is beautiful, but Ramallah is special for some reason. I always feel like a tourist when I go there, because I keep discovering new things!

So here’s what I wore today:

What I wore:

SHIRT: Topshop ◊ PANTS: Free People Denims ◊ SHOES: All Stars Converse ◊ BAG: Aldo ◊ SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade

 

I got this bag as a gift a few months back and this is the first time I wear it. I found that it suited the look I went for, which was super casual yet put together. It’s a cute backpack/shoulder bag from Aldo. What I love about this is that I can use it both ways and switch the straps to my liking. The pompoms add a touch of summer and that makes the look even cooler. The embroidery detailing adds a little bit of Palestine in my outfit; which is very fitting!

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The outfit was perfect for the weather, I did not feel hot at any point during the day. The shirt is flowy and airy and it’s perfect for the summer. The flowy sleeves add a little bit of 70s which I always like! It’s super lightweight and comfortable. What I love most about this is that it’s from Topshop, so I know the quality is there and it will last me ages and also, the detailing on the shirt…the embroidered flowers gives you a little oomph and you can totes dress this shirt up or down depending on the rest of your outfit.

As always comfort and style are not compromised. You can do both as long as you’re happy in your own skin!

 

That mustard shirt…

There is probably nothing that beats a beautiful sunny day…and I have been getting loads of sun lately with my move to Jericho…which btw has been awesome for my skin! No more dry patches and no more flakey skin…although I do still get that (once in a while) around my lips. So today I felt a little more upbeat and felt like dressing up for a little outing with my hubs’s nieces and nephews (yes the photos are taken by his 12 year old nephew). I spent most of the time chasing after those little rascals and giggling for the rest of it. Sometimes, it is important to remember to get the child inside us out a little for some fun. I am and always will be a child at heart; carefree and free-spirited, which is why I have been dressing the way I am dressing lately. A little bohemian charm never hurt anyone. I want to keep things airy and cool. A little loose and a little style!

So here’s how my outfit turned out and yes some vintage is involved…couldn’t leave that part of me behind in Canada of course. Vintage is really what I thrive for…finding that unique pieces and bringing it back to life…just ugh! Such a wonderful feeling!

WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: Unbranded 80s Vintage Δ PANTS: Zara culottes Δ SHOES: White Mountain Δ BELT: Ebay Δ SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade

I love these sandals ps…because you can wear them quite casually but still look super well put together…and they go with everything!!! From dresses to pants to skirts to jeans…..you name it!

Also pps…can we like admire this 80s silk mustard shirt together…okay so at first, I didn’t even care that it was a little way too big for me, because the color sold me on it. I bought this momma for like 5$ at the Nova boutique in Hudson while shopping with mum and it was everything. Since I bought it, I wore it about 50 times already and I will continue to wear it as long as it is in good shape. It’s so super light and comfortable. Plus, the color! OMGGG the color! I am slightly obsessed with mustard as you guys have noticed.

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I wanted to wear my 80s elephant leather belt I got along with this shirt…but it died 😦 soooo bummed!!! Super sucks, but I am working on finding a way to salvage it and bring it back to life…the hook of the belt broke as I pulled it out to undress myself…can we all say Miss Klutz!

I may look like a delicate flower and all, but man do I break things. I have come to terms that my talents include breaking things and walking into things…and this is certifiable!

 

 

 

 

Jericho update + OOTD

I have been feeling a little down these past few days…as I am getting home sick and I miss everyone and everything. I know it is a little rubbish of me to keep thinking of my life in Canada and that I should start to get used to Jericho…but I feel like I might not be able to assimilate with everything. Don’t get me wrong, people are super kind here and very welcoming and super wonderful….but sometimes they’re a little too aggressive, in the sense that they try to budge into the details of your life without you necessarily wanting to give all the details…Despite everything, I am super happy to be here, to be with my hubs, to be around so many beautiful, kind souls. Everyone has been an absolute dream to hang with…his family and friends… I guess I just hit a little low and needed a little rest…anyway, so to occupy myself a little bit, I decided to work as a little translator in a gift shop since have 5 languages in the bag, I met loads of wonderful people from all over the world…Malaysia, Italy, Mexico, France, Uganda, you name it! Tourists were kind and funny and witty…they all found it amazing that I spoke their language…so dressing up was required and this brings us to the main purpose of this blog…which is my outfit of the day! Comfort was necessary! An absolute must when standing all day. I kept things pretty simple but added a little pizzazz in the show department. I haven’t worn these babies in ages…but I am so glad I rediscovered them as they are too damn cute!

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The outfit was monochrome but the shoes just helped add a little more happy into my day.

WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Forever 21 ♠ PANTS: Zara culottes ♠ SHOES: Kate Spade for Keds

 

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It has been almost a month now for me since moving…I will say that overall, in the bigger picture, I have definitely adapted and I am surprisingly very cool, calm and collected about everything…these past 2 days have been a little difficult because I guess reality hit me right in the face. We sometimes perceive things one way and they end up in another. I wouldn’t say I have had a melt down just yet, but I definitely cried a little bit here and there but yesterday was quite “dramatic”, however, luckily I am blessed with such a  wonderful man that pushes me to stay true to myself and strong. I think it is necessary in life to find that one person that completes you and he totes does….he makes me such a better and calmer person; he’s the wind to my fire and for that I am grateful and blessed.

The tiger in me….

When it hits 34 ̊C, you know it’s time to really focus on dressing light; especially when it is humid. Luckily for me, Jericho is not humid and there’s a beautiful slight breeze to keep the air going. I had a small little rendezvous with the fiancé to finally have our invitations printed, so I figured I would dress a little but more “fancy” if you will…

Although my outfit was straightforward, it was still super fancy for a little outing in Jericho, but when has this ever stopped me from over dressing. I am currently in a touristy/visitor mode…haven’t settled in my new home just yet. The apartment we are renting is currently till under construction and I am going a million miles an hour trying to figure out the décor and design I want to go with. This is keeping me a little busy most of the time; hubs and I shopped furniture but we have yet to shop for the décor part of the house.

Anyway, back to the main part of this blog, which is my outfit…I was happy with the result and so here I am documenting it:

 

Can we all take a moment and admire how pretty my sandals are…they’re so Romy & Michele and that’s exactly the reason why I bought them.

What I wore:

SHIRT: Topshop ⊕ PANTS: Free People denim  ⊕ SANDALS: Topshop ⊕ SUNNIES: Kate Spade

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I know I mentioned it before but I really do love Topshop for lightweight tops, it’s the perfect place to get dressy and comfortable shirts. Style will never be compromised when shopping at Topshop…oh and quality! It’s definitely there!

OOTD: Jericho style…

Since moving countries, I have been a little down and dressing up wasn’t really on the table…I have been in the same old jeans and t-shirt…living off of a suit case isn’t that glamorous. It’s dreadful really…I was hit with a pretty severe allergy to add to the mix, which then caused me to be a little depressed and homesick. This morning, however, I woke up with a little bit of enthusiasm and felt like dressing up and today’s outfit was dressy yet sporty…a little comfort never hurt anyone. Jericho is a pretty hot place to be in at the moment, it is the lowest point on earth, right next to the Dead Sea…a little dry and very hot. We’re talking about a good 35-40 ̊C…and so dressing light is important. I went with culottes because they’re always a good idea. And this is how I paired it up and styled it:

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I needed a little bit of color in this outfit and coral felt like the best option:



What I wore:

TOP: Topshop ◊ PANTS: Zara Culottes ◊ SHOES: All Star Converse ◊ BAG: Coach ◊ SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade


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This outfit worked out great in keeping me cool in a hot climate. I was able to maintain my style and comfort all at once. I am definitely not dressing like the rest of the women out there, but I like the fact that I am still a little unique and in touch with my own style. I am totes recognizable, in the sense that people know automatically that I am not from here…which is a little scary but still awesome. I don’t like too much attention as it gives me loads of anxiety, but I always tell myself that I need to be strong. This is a definite challenge; a very big one, but a great beautiful one.

Always stay true to who you are!

A canuck in the Middle East…

This canuck has moved…to a little country called Palestine…Jericho to be more precise. It has been a little less than 2 weeks, but it feels like ages ago. Life has been so freaking hectic. My days were pretty much filled with mishaps, ups, downs, tantrums, excitements and all those joys called feelings. I moved for many reasons and one of them being to be with my better half. I have never envisioned living in a place like Jericho, mainly because it is a small town (about 30 000 ppl). I mean, there is nothing wrong with that, but I feel like I am so used to being a city girl (huge place like Montreal cannot really be compared to Jericho). I will not lie that at first I was super overwhelmed with everything. I mean, yes I am Arabic, but I am more Canadian than I am that. I spent my entire life in Montreal in a multi-cultural melting pot. It taught me so many beautiful things such as cultural difference and social acceptance. I try to apply that concept wherever I go because it is important to integrate and assimilate. Since I am a little gypsy at heart, I knew that it wouldn’t be such a big problem for me to eventually find myself. I am a child of diaspora since I was born and so, I am very used to moving and being in different places…but since Montreal was the largest part of my life, it was very hard for me to let go a little bit (even though in my heart I wanted to leave a few years ago).

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Planning a wedding on top of all that was a little stressful, but it makes me happy to kinda argue a little with my fiancé over little things like flowers and invitations. It makes me realize that being in a relationship is about compromise and work. Understanding the other’s person’s point of view without being judgemental…it is about accepting that person completely for being themselves and showing their true color. This and the fact that I have been uprooted make it a little hard for me not to be overly sensitive and tad bit dramatic. I mean, being stateless (for the moment) isn’t easy…especially the fact that I am Canadian but still cannot use my passport here for some political situations that are a little hard to explain. Nonetheless, despite all the challenges that I have faced so far in those 2 weeks, I am still very happy to be with the man I love.

I will blog more about Jericho in the next few weeks to show you guys how it truly is…I mean right now, I am looking at it with the point of view of a tourist and a local and this is a huge stepping stone for me. Taking risks has always been my forte, I was never able to sit quiet and be comfortable. I was always that girl that shied away from the easy roads; I always wanted a challenge to prove to myself that I am capable of surviving and of accomplishing.

What I went through these past couples of days had me thinking about how sad it is that in 2017, there still are people out there that have no identity and no status. It is sad to see that in some part of the world, there are barriers that cannot easily be broken. That in itself does not really stop me from pursuing my dreams. As Walt Disney said: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”. My dream is to leave my mark in this town, a positive one, to feel like I made a difference.