A visit to Temptation Mountain in heels!

This is my last post of 2017! Can’t believe it’s over already! It’s been quite an emotional ride; filled with great and not so great moments, but I know that I am coming stronger out of this one and I cannot wait to take on 208 by the horns. 2017 brought me closer to the love of my life but tore me a little bit away from home. Emotional I tell ya! Anyway, what a better way to end the year than with a huge outfit bang! This is a little bit of a tiny DIY, a very simple one; a super simple one that you can easily do with anything bling-y you have! I was simply too tired of wearing my black culottes all the time, and I didn’t want to buy new ones, so I just pimped them up real good. I had a few knicks and knacks around and so I used them to turn my plain old black culottes into a cultural piece.

Hubbs has been telling me about Temptation Mountain for a while and has been wanting to take me there for a little walk around, but we never got a chance until today. Temptation Mountain is like 5km out of Jericho and it is said to be the mountain where Jesus resided while the devil tempted him during his 40-day fast. There’s a beautiful monastery there and there’s loads of pilgrims from all over the world that pass by this monastery during their prayer and redemption journey. I met a few and it is quite interesting to see them so dedicate to renew their faith. The church is high and isolated and I am sure it is the perfect place to be in when you are in search of finding yourself and in search of inner peace. So, what better way to end the year than in a place of solitude and reflection to get the chance to reflect on your past actions and work on the future to better yourself as a citizen of the world.

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This outfit I wore seems so fitting to the fact that it bring culture and history all together. I know I am wearing heels and all, but it really wasn’t bad to walk in them!

I decided to bedazzle my culottes with Palestinian embroidered pieces I had lying around and add some gold coins for extra oomph.

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Zara (thrifted) ♥ Pants: Zara ♥ SUNNIES: Claire’s ♥ SHOES: Charles & Keith Sandals ♥ JACKET: Vero Moda Trench ♥ EARRINGS: Aldo

 

I wanted to take time to wish you all the happiest of holidays and to have a wonderful new year!!! May 2018 be filled with amazing opportunities, endless happy memories and loads of peace and love!

Wardrobe: My most worn items!

In today’s post, I am sharing with you my most loved and most worn items at the moment. These are the items in my closet that I reach for the most lately and here’s why I love them so much:

I got this bag a few months ago while visiting dad in Jordan. There’s a little boutique I always shop at whenever I am there, because I know that their products are quality and I know that their work ethic is there. The shop owners always partner with women’s shelters to have their embroidery and sewing done, and this is something I respect very much. These unprivileged women get the chance to showcase their talents in many ways and they get paid for it! So, knowing that the money you spend goes to the right place is gratifying and rewarding. This is a bag that I will cherish forever! I wear it almost daily and if I change, I end up going back to it. First of all, it’s handmade; second of all, it is very big and fits everything, including your kitchen sink! I pair it with everything and in almost every outfit; I use it as a statement piece.

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Ever since my mom handed me those jeans, I have been entrapped into an endless love affair. I cannot seem to go back to my skinnies and I feel the jealousy in the air! These Buffalo thrifted jeans are my world currently and I love them too damn much; I am sure you have noticed how much I wear them. They’re a current staple in my wardrobe and I wear them almost daily. The straight leg cut make them much more comfortable than my skinnies and they give me room to sit, move and dance freely.

Now I have a huge love-hate relationship with this particular item, purely because I cannot understand the wideness of the collar. I got this Adidas sweater 3 years ago and I loved it then…then I put it in the deepest corner of my wardrobe because I hated it. Then recently, I changed my mind, and now we’re back on track. I love it! I love the shape of it and I appreciate the asymmetrical design that Adidas went with. It’s enigmatic and I love how everyone thinks I’m wearing it all wrong…and everyone thinks it has Campbell soup cans print all over!! LOLZ! Except the print reads: “rundmc”; a 80s American hip-hop group from Queens. Adidas has always been and always will be my favourite sportswear brand. This has been my go-to sweater for the past 2 months.

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I have spoken about them in a previous post, so I won’t go into too much detail here, but these Adidas trainers has been with me everywhere lately. I wore them so much, that I can see the wear in them. They’re the perfect stylish, lazy girl shoe and they’re versatile and go with everything from dresses to smart pants. I am trying to preserve them as much as I can and keep them alive as much as I can…so I washed them out and now they’re currently hiding in my closet just for a seasonal break. I am sure they will be back full force once spring is back!

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This necklace is the one I reach for the most from my jewellery collection’ maybe for sentimental reasons, however, it seriously does give any outfit life. This antique sterling silver necklace was a gift from my sister’s father-in-law for my wedding and I am touched that he even thought of me. It’s precious and I will forever treasure it in my heart and on my neck! I wear it will almost everything!

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This faux leather jacket I got from a sample sale at Dynamite has been the only jacket I have been wearing for the past 2 months to the point where it started shedding. No joke! I like that it’s edgy and that it’s fitted but not too much where you can’t breathe. It gives shape with a touch of badass attitude and the color is feminine and classy. Besides, I went on and on about the merits and importance of a leather jacket in many previous posts. Leather jackets are a great versatile piece that can do from day to night and they even can be eloquent enough to wear to soirees.

 

For the moment, these are the items I have been reaching for…for the past couple of weeks and I’m sure they’ll continue to be staples in my day to day wardrobe.

 


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Styling the oldest piece I own in my closet!

Today’s outfit features the oldest item I own in my wardrobe (er, one of the oldest). This piece is one I purchased in my college days back in 2004 from a Canadian brand store called Dynamite. That summer, bohemian style was big and I knew I needed to add a piece in my wardrobe that screamed just that! I’m a gypsy for life! I always had a penchant for anything bohemian; flowy peasant blouses, wide leg pants, layered maxi skirts and all the beautiful colors that come with these things. This blue color block skirt was my best friend that summer; I wanted to wear it everywhere and boy I did! Back at 16, this was a huge investment for me, paying it full price (I think it was probably around the 50$ mark) was a stepping stone, heck it was a rite of passage! I had a measly job back then and could only afford college and books…so shopping was a little forbidden for me back then, but I couldn’t resist. So for today’s outfit, I thought it would be interesting to wear this skirt again and style it differently, way differently from back then. I went a little rogue today and was carless in terms of fit and proportions. I wanted to experiment with the oversized style that I see so much of on Instagram, which I totally love by the way!

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I have been a little too obsessed with anything gray at the moment, so much so that I even bought gray pillows for our living room. Yikes! This was the perfect opportunity for me to put gray into the mix and wear this oversized sweater I stole from my husband’s closet. No I am not giving it back if that’s what you’re asking. I wore it to death since I stole it from him!!!!

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I wanted to add color somewhere and I didn’t want it to be too subtle nor too out there and mixing orange the palette was a good option; I find that it compliments blue so well. Since my neckline felt so bare, I added this antique necklace to go with the gray/blue theme going, but for some reason I still felt bare and so I figured why not also add a vintage colourful scarf to make things even crazier?

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To be completely honest, when I was going through this outfit in my mind, it looked absolutely ridiculous, but seeing it live makes me happy; I actually like the end result. It’s chic in a super laid back way.

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WHAT I WORE:

NECK SCARF: Stefano Guidi (vintage) ♥ NECKLACE: Antique (gift) ♥ SWEATER: Unbranded ♥ SKIRT: Dynamite ♥ SUNNIES: Rayban ♥ BAG: Danier leather

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I find that having more free time, lately, is giving me a little bit more game and freedom to piece together the weirdest things. It is a new side of me that I like; scary is good.


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I let my husband dress me for the day!

I thought it would be interesting to have my husband choose my outfit today since he seems to have an opinion about everything I wear; I though why the heck not let him dress me for the day! I didn’t help him or guide him or tell him anything about what I like and what I don’t like. I gave him full liberty to go through my closet and choose the whole outfit; from head to toe! He didn’t seem to mind, in fact, I think he pretty much enjoyed it. I love seeing him so interested in fashion; save me the job to teach him it. He, himself, has an excellent wardrobe selection when it comes to work wear; he dressed in smart and tailored suits all week and he looks damn good (the perks of marrying a lawyer)! He suffers however from a rut on the weekend and dressed kindda meh, if you know what I mean. He doesn’t even invest in weekend wear, which sucks, but I don’t fuss much as I like to leave him to his own comfort (sweats from head toe for him all weekend). Therefore, I thought it would be really cool to see what my husband would see me in today and this is what he came up with:

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I was actually quite impressed with the fact that he mixed and matched pieces from my wardrobe so confidently and so efficiently. He told me that these tartan pants were the main focus of this look because he loves them so much on me and he finds that I don’t wear them much and it would be a perfect opportunity to wear them today. He automatically wanted to lighten up the pants by paring it with a white shirt…but since the outfit was boring he did not hesitate to add this Monsoon statement jacket overtop even though the pants are patterned. He maintained the gold theme going in the outfit by also accessorising with a gold veil, clutch and necklace. He kept insisting that the white shirt showing through the middle is too much of a blank canvas and that we needed to tone the color down with a necklace and so I showed him what I have and this is what he chose. He’s so freaking edible!

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What I loved most is how he went missing in search of the perfect shoe to go with this outfit and then came back with a big sparkling smile…that smile that says success.

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WHAT I WORE:

JACKET: Monsoon ◊ BLOUSE: Topshop ◊ PANTS: WDG (gift from a while ago) ◊ SHOES: Expression ◊ NECKLACE: Gold (from a local shop in Palestine) ◊ BAG: Aldo ◊ SUNNIES: Forever 21

He said and I quote: “I know how to give an unloved piece some attention and make it special again”. He’s so adorbs with his savant attitude about fashion. I love that he was not afraid to mix and match patterns and texture and I can appreciate the outcome of this outfit very much. I would even say that he styled these pants much better than I did! I never want to wear these pants because I guess I always get a little blocked on styling ideas to go with the purple color in the print. It’s interesting that he combined both feminine and masculine pieces to make this outfit work for me. It gave me pirate vibes all over and I love how he told me to make my white shirt pop through the sleeves; his attention to detail is staggering. I knew I married his for a reason! Haha!

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***On a total random side note…scenery isn’t the biggest oomph in Palestine and so, I decided from now on, not to keep looking for the perfect spot to do my photographs, but rather to embrace what Palestine truly is at the moment and what you see is what you get. Besides, the contrast between the not so beautiful scenery with the eloquent fashion make a great statement. ***

 

Side note aside, this was a super successful experiment and I cannot wait to try it again! Perhaps with evening attire??? What do you guys think?

 



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Shades of gray

I wanted to dress fancy today and for no reason other than to make myself happy. I sometimes overdress and overdo it and it seems to bother some, but I don’t really care much for what people think. So, I went monochrome (ish), I went all shades of gray or so. I am currently obsessing over this color. I maybe be overdoing it, but who cares, just dress how you feel, right?! I am wearing all over vintage; items I have purchased back in October from the Nova shop in Hudson. I know I talk about this shop all the freaking time, but they sincerely do have awesome finds. If you happen to pass by that area, go check it out, you won’t regret it! I found a beautiful silk shirt and I have been wanting to wear it for a while but I was afraid to ruin it. You know when you buy something precious and you want to wear it, but don’t at the same time, because it’s too precious and you do want to use it because you want to keep it forever? Yeah, I always have those guilt feelings about new items I purchase. Today, I decided to take it out to see the light and what perfect way to pair it with another vintage grey skirt, also from Nova. It’s a silk skirt too and it’s soooo hard to iron sometimes as it easily wrinkles, so I tend to only keep it for special occasion, well up until today. I paired the two items together and was happy with the result, but since it was a little toooo gray, I added a little bit of gold for some royal oomph. Because why not Kate Middleton my way through the day!!!

I really do love this skirt, but I feel like it’s giving me puffy Michelin man vibes; there are loads of pleats around the waist and I feel like maybe I’m overly voluptuous. I think that this particular skirt would look amazing on a taller person because then the weights and proportions work.

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PS: I kinda like the contrast between my chic outfit and the graffiti wall, isn’t is so artistic?

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To tone down the insane amounts of gray, I added a pop of burgundy in there with the shoes; my engagement shoes! I have had them for close to 5 years now and they’re holding strong. I think I paid a hefty amount of 50$ for them at The Bay store. They’re super comfy and super fashionable; I mean come on, velvet!

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Bogies Thai Silk (vintage) ♠ SKIRT: New York Jones (vintage) ♠ SHOES: Expression ♠ BAG: Nine West Clutch ♠ BELT: Zara ♠ SUNNIES: Unbranded from a Jeircho local shop

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I know I have worn this clutch bag already in the previous outfit post, but I don’t give a hoot because it’s a gift from my sister and I love it so much. I guess it could be considered newer vintage, since I have already had it for a good 10 years and it still looks pretty new.

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I’m quite content with this look. I would wear it to parties or on a regular day (like today!) and I feel like you can never go wrong with gray, it complements every skin tone perfectly. It’s a neutral color, so it goes with everything. I know that that I will get a lot of wear out of this shirt, because it’s smart, so you can easily dress it up or down and make it work to any event you are going to attend. And for 10$ I say I pretty much got a great deal. Worth every buck!


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Wine Stock; burgundy love!

Been going nude for a little while now, on the nails that is (I mean duh! What were you guys thinking?!). I wasn’t really inspired lately to do any nail art/color for a while. Last time I had any lacquer on was on my wedding day (July) and this is the color I have been obsessing over for the past month. I have had it on and off on my nails and I love it; it’s such a fall/winter/Christmas-y color. I love burgundy in general, hence the theme to my wedding. I find burgundy to be such a luxurious color, whether in veils, dresses, skirt or even nails. There’s just something about it that captivates my heart. I mean it’s like a hybrid between a red and a purple, but it has a life of its own and it’s proud and awesome. I chose a couple of different tones of burgundy while wedding shopping a few months ago…one from Essie, one from Nails Inc and one from Ciaté, but the one I fell in love with was this one from Sally Hansen. I found that it was more red toned and that’s exactly what I was looking for; didn’t really want the purple undertone as my nails needed to match my shoes!

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line is basically the next best thing to a salon gel manicure. I am always afraid to get those and ruin my nail beds forever. So without taking a risk, you can easily just use this range and be sure to get the salon results in the comfort of your home. Also, there’s no light needed, just two simple steps; first apply the colour and then stroke a little of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat over the top. The color I chose from this range is Wine stock; it’s wonderful on the nails, one coat is more than enough and the shine is there. This color is subtle yet festive, if you know what I mean. I know that it’s a two-step process, however, I just went in with my Seche Vite after that and it’s all good in the hood and I still get the gel effect without the heaping salon price. Also, on a little side not, I usually don’t use gloves to do my house chores and so, having my hand in the bleach and the water doesn’t change the longevity of the nail polish so much. I will have a few chips by day 10, but for the most part, the color is still there and my nails still look good.

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I have been a Sally Hansen fan since my college days, and I like the brand very much, especially the nail vitamins they have; they really do work! They have over 40 nail care products offering solutions for every nail care problem. I know that Essie is somewhat comparable, however, I find that Essie colors don’t last on my nails as much as the Sally ones do and it’s weird… maybe it’s just me?!

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So, why pay big bucks if you can get beautiful quality lacquers at the drugstore for an affordable price.

What are you favourite nail colors? I would like to know in a comment down below!!!

Happiness chaser!

Seven months later, I can almost safely say that I am settling into my new life away from home. It has been a drastic change and I have had my ups and downs. Right now, at this moment, I am good; I feel like I finally have reached a comfortable middle. I have had a lot of anxiety issues with this move and sometimes it’s difficult for me to even leave the house, but that’s another story. Today, however, I wanted to share with you the three things that have been making me happy.

1- Drake & Christmas carols

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Yes, I said it; Drake has been making me ecstatic this month. I have been obsessing over his latest Views album; it has been keeping me company in the kitchen, in the car, in the shower, anywhere, really. He’s got a few songs that just hit it home…not to mention that he’s my homie! Hello Canada! Haha! His cover to Jackson Browne’s These Days is epic! It seriously just gives me life. It’s so poetic and wonderful and listening to acoustic Drake makes him sound so vulnerable and relatable. I have been digging this kinda Drake. I mean I always thought he was bomb, but now, he’s on a whole other level of amazing. I have always turned to music for therapy. I feel like certain songs and lyrics help me get out of any funk state I am in. apart from Coldplay and Ellie Goulding, I wouldn’t say I am an avid musical group lover; I just love music in general. I listen to music depending on my mood. Some days I will listen to an hour long trip hop mix and other days I will listen to Erik Satie….just depends on how I feel. I remember, when I had my mid-life crisis at 25, I was constantly listening to Eminem and I feel like he got me out of a very deep dark phase I was in…that and faith. Anyhow, at the moment, I have also been very much enjoying the Christmas carols. Yes, I know I am Muslim, but that doesn’t change anything, we each have our religions and beliefs, but I grew up in Canada and I grew up in a multicultural and multi-religious environment and I really do appreciate Christmas time. Can you tell I miss the snow and Canada? I mean, its’ December here in Jericho too, but where the heck is the snow people. Where the heck is the 40cm snow storm and electricity shortage…can someone take me there asap!

2- Cooking

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Um, I have been experimenting a lot in the kitchen and making things works and other things not so much. The overall process of cooking is truly enjoyable. I never thought in a million years that I would say that. I hated being in the kitchen and I hated making anything other than sandwiches and salads. However, at this moment, I am happy cooking. Experimenting has been my thing, I most of the time do not follow recipes; I just go with my gut and wait to see how it comes out. I also have been making loads of cakes and I think I have found a way to make the best chocolate cake ever! And from scratch! EEEEEeekkKK! Happy dance! I bought a bunch of spices and my spice rack is sort of super epic right now, but it’s perfect, because then I know what works with what. The whole culinary experience is very therapeutic, even the shopping bit too. Finding your ingredients and preparing the meal in your head, it’s exciting and frightening and just emotionally fulfilling. I am not Jamie Oliver by any means, but I manage things pretty well in the kitchen area.

3- Children

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No, I am not pregnant and I am not planning on it anytime soon. I just love to hang out with children at the moment. They have this perspective about life that make you fall in love with it all over again. We adults tend to forget the importance of living due to many responsibilities we have on our plates. If we take the time to see the brighter side of things, life becomes brighter and happier. My husband’s nieces and nephews have been hanging out with me loads lately and they’re adorable (sometimes annoying) and just full of excitement. Despite the hardships that many Palestinians live on a daily basis, I find that they find the time to make themselves happy…especially children. I feel like they’re very mature for their age and they tend to be too philosophical sometimes and it’s touching. These little monsters have been showing me the key to life and I am humble and amazed to be a part of their journey. It makes me nostalgic to hang out with them, because I miss my nieces and nephews a whole damn lot, but I always keep them with me in my heart. They truly helped me a lot this month in finding myself again and in highlighting what’s important in life. They have challenged me again and again to keep going and to be happy for that I am forever grateful.

 

So there you have it, these are some of the important things that have been keeping me chipper this month.

To my readers, wherever you are in your life, may you find happiness, always!