The time I dressed like a Mackintosh’s box…

I’ve always wanted to own a Tartan print dress. I was looking for ages to find the perfect one. I looked into vintage stores online and all around. I couldn’t seem to find the one And when you can’t find the one, well you never get over it. Anyway as I was about to give up my search to the ultimate tartan print dress, I stumbled on this one on the ESTY website. I was so excited! The color, the shape and the model I wanted. I mean, I could have made it myself, but I couldn’t even find the fabric to make my own dress. What I love the most about my tartan dress is the fact that it was made with love by another fellow designer in Ukraine. She was so kind to make it patiently and passionately for me. The only downside is that I got it later than I thought…shipping took forever to get. Regardless, I am still happy with the product and I got so many compliments on this little baby! Some one even told me I look like a Mackintosh Caramel box..haha! True!!

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I was so happy with the outcome of my look, that I decided to share it with you! Here it is. Not only did I look like tasty caramels, I also look like Santa’s wife! HAHAHAH! With the tartan dress and green vintage coat.

Here’s the look and you can totes judge for yourselves…

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This gotta be hands down my favorite outfit yet! I love how feminine I feel in this…super chic and fashion forward. The mix of handmade and vintage was the perfect opportunity for me to share what I love. And I absolutely adore that it’s not too tight and it’s midi length. Perfect all around. This is a piece that I can always count on, because I can wear it to any party. It’s a classic! Like Citizen Kane.

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What I wore in details:

-Playfashion dress.
-My friend’s vintage coat.
-Vince Camuto booties (yet again..haha! I basically wore them all month long!).
-Vince Camuto leather studded belt.

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I love supporting artists because I know how hard it is to make ends meet. If I like what I see, then I get super stoked to share people’s work because it helps them get more exposure. So yay to handmade clothing and an even bigger yay to vintage.

Until next time!!! Cheers x

 

 

 

 

 

Captivating

This is my second ever Tarte purchase. I used their Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara for a little while until I switched to my favorite Marc Jacobs one. It was a really nice mascara, I’m think to go back to it for a little while…

Anyway, I decided to invest in one of their blushes (it’s like 35$ CAD a pop!), because apparently they’re super amazing with pigmentation and color choices. So I took the plunge and got myself Captivating (based on some color swatches on the Sephora website). It was a bit of a risk to purchase a color not knowing if it would suit my skin tone or not…However, once I received it, I quickly swatched it on my hand.

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The blush is so buttery and very pigmented! I just need to gently tap my brush into the pan and apply it using a stippling motion because it allows me to control how much blush I put on. Because they are so pigmented, a little goes a long way! Captivating is a peachy bright blush, which I find nice for both day and night, depending on how much you put on. I have a light hand when it comes to blush because I don’t want it to look crazy (I have been guilty of looking clownish :S).

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I have an olive skin-tone and sometimes I find that peach doesn’t look that great on me. But this color is soooo beautiful on. My skin tone loves this baby! I’m super happy that I took the plunge and I would definitely purchase more from that range. What I also love about the blush is that there is no shimmer in it, so it looks more natural on the skin.

I can confidently say that Tarte Amazonian clay blushes are definitely SUPERIOR in terms of texture, pigmentation, and staying power. I am sure to invest in more colors!

 

 

 

Channeling the 50s

The 50s has to be hands-down my favorite fashion era! The 50s were such good times; the fashion reflected a peculiar mix of conservatism and glamour. The fashion was fresh yet super feminine. I find the  conservative aspect of the 1950s, surprisingly, so elegant! The silhouette did women so much justice. The concept “less is more” is so correct in every sense of the word. It consisted of hourglass figure with a cinched-in waistline and accentuated hips and bust. The style was a decidedly mature one. Every Dior design from the 1950s was to die for! I would wear everything, ugh ❤ my heart! It was such an opulent and glamours area..EEEKKK!!!

So today I decided to channel my inner 50s spirit by adding my own touch. I have this beautiful brocade lurex thread pleated skirt in my closet and don’t wear it much because I love it. It’s such a precious piece and I am afraid to ruin it with my clumsy behavior. I had the balls to take out again today, for probably the third time, and wear it to the office. Since it was a little cold this morning, I didn’t have the guts to wear a delicate feminine blouse,. I instead decided to opt for a sweater that I tucked in the skirt. And I was pretty happy with the result, so here I am sharing with you my outfit for the day…

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What I wore in details:

-C’est la Vie sweater from Ruche
-Brocade pleated skirt Pois
-Vince Camuto booties

I’ve always had a weak spot in my little heart for vintage, so any chance I get to integrate that into my daily looks, I get hyperactive!

Don’t mind if I do.

Youth to the people <3

As y’all know by now..it’s winter out there :p DAH! And it’s that dreaded time again of dry dry parched skin. Hello fish scaley skin…goodbye beautiful glow. Wah wah! But wait, you don’t need to suffer if you find the perfect moisturizer to salvage your skin from its unruly behavior. I was searching for weeks for that perfect remedy to soothe my painfully dry skin…until I stumbled onto this little baby on the Sephora website. I read loads of reviews before I took the plunge. I mean, I did not want to invest into something not knowing if it would give me results.

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Well, The Youth To The People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Moisture Cream is the BOMBBBB. That’s a mouthful!  It seriously made a huge difference on the texture I had on my skin. The reason why I was ready to invest in this is purely for the story behind the brand! Youth to the People is a family owned company that formulates, makes, and packages its products in California. The veggies extracts are cold pressed and sourced in the US. What really really sold me on this is the fact that their products are free of added color and fragrance, they’re 100 percent vegan and they never test on animals. Yay!!! The cousin duo has got it all down. Oh oh!! And their packing is made from recycled materials! Bonus and bonus!

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This is a multifunction, lightweight face cream loaded with superfoods—kale, spinach, and green tea—and hyaluronic acid to moisturize skin. This is the answer and the solution to dryness, to fine lines and wrinkles and to replenish loss of firmness and elasticity.

This 2.0 oz pot runs for 48$ CAD but it is totes worth it. It is packed with green leafy superfoods which help restore, rejuvenate, and condition the skin. What I love about this is that it’s lightwieght. It feels like a bit like a gel; its whipped texture is quick absorbing. All the potent nutrients inside this little pot deliver antioxidants and phytonutrients to protect against free radicals, environmental stresses, and redness. The hyaluronic acid hydrates and locks in your skin’s natural moisture. The refreshing, subtle scent is naturally derived from the extracts. It’s not heavy…so all you sensitive nosed people out there, don’t you worry, this smell fascinating.

 

The perfect daily SPF

I never was a SPF girl because I always thought it wasn’t necessary as long as I do not hang too much in the sun. But that has been quite impossible these past few months since I have been traveling a lot to the Middle East. My skin texture was affected way too much by the unprotected sun exposure. So I figured, it is really time to invest in a good SPF that will not break me out or leave a white cast on my face. A couple of weeks ago, I went into Sephora looking for that perfect SPF cream. There was a wonderful beauty adviser that showed me a couple, but ended up suggesting this one:

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Clarins’ Multi-Protection Tinted Sunscreen is exactly what I have been looking for. I give me SPF 40 protection and a little tint without being too heavy or without making me look like I am wearing makeup.

It’s a super lightweight formula! It’s the perfect year-round, oil-free SPF 40 anti-pollution sunscreen. What I love about this is that it shields the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, pollution, and free radicals ANDDD it lightly covers the skin.

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I got this at a local Sephora and unfortunately cannot find it online. The Sephora online website has the regular Clarins SPF (not tinted).  But it would be available here for those who are interested. You pay 42$ for 1.7oz. A little goes a long way and so, for the price, you get quite a bit of product. I have been using it for about 2 months now on a daily basis and still have loads left!

I recommend this product if you’re looking for a powerful sunscreen formula that acts as an slightly tinted shield. It will definitely help protect the skin from the appearance of dark spots and future aging. It delivers broad-spectrum protection and antioxidant defense. This formula is formulated without parabens and it is dermatologist tested! It is also oil-free which is perfect for those with oily and combination skin. It leaves you matte without too much shine.
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The only small thing that I hate about this is that when my face is really dry, it shows too much on my cracked skin. So for those who suffer from dry skin need to moisturize deeply before applying this. Other than that, this is a great product to add in your skin regimen.

 

So if any of you are in the market for a new SPF, I recommend this little baby! You will not regret it!

 

Street Style with a twist

It’s been a hot minute since I did a turban style with success. I usually have to struggle to get it right. But, since I have been practicing, I’m getting the hang of it and it’s actually turning out cooler than I expected. I am super happy that it stays in place and I don’t have to keep pulling at it to make it work. Today’s outfit consisted of that…a turban hijab!!!

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I have had this “keffiyeh” for a few years now. My papa gave it to me when I was younger. As Palestinians, we have pride wearing it as it represents revolution, nationalism and peace.

Nowadays, it’s more of a fashionable statement. You find this scarf anywhere and everywhere.  Anyhow, I came across my scarf as I was doing a major closet cleaning and was super inspired to wear it as a turban scarf and style it in a cool, street-chic kinda way. This is how it turned out!

I wore my favorite jeans ever! Combined them with a burgundy Zara top and acid washed Gap denim jacket. I added my favorite H&M earrings of all time! Of alllll time!! I am so not an earring kinda gal, but for these!!!  I am a convert.

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What I wore in details:

-Gap acid wash denim jacket
-Zara turtle neck top
-Rachel Zoe black jeans
-Aldo boots
-H&M earrings
-Forever 21 sunglasses

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This has got to be my favorite street style look so far and I would for sure wear it again!

I feel like it’s the perfect combination of feminine and masculine. This is how I love my outfits to be. Fashion and style shouldn’t have limits and I am so blessed to be able to explore all the possibilities!

 

Mixing patterns without regret!

Okay, so there’s no real formula that you can use to make an outfit perfect. I sincerely get super angry when people tell me…but this doesn’t match! WHATT?? Who says things have to match? Things just have to go, they have to compliment each other and have to help each other stand out on their own and together. No rule out there says that you have to wear everything beige and everything black…I mean you can if you want. However, if you decide to want to make patterns and colors, then by all means do it! You do not owe anyone anything, especially when it comes to fashion. I always tell those who ask me my fashion advice to always dress for themselves first. Once that is covered, then who cares about what others think? People will always have something to say, despite what outfit you  have on! So what the hell, screw that and you do you!

This is exactly what I did today! I wore wanted I wanted because I just wanted to. And also because my original outfit was a fail…damn static :s I so wanted my inner Carrie Bradshaw out. Her fierce sense of style and love for mixing patterns, textures and prints are just on point! I have always loved to take risks with my outfits…sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Today, however, I was super proud of my outfit and it super made me happy. I felt feminine, stylish and super myself. It was a total risk but from the comments I received..I guess it was a success.

Here’s the result:

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What I wore in details:

-Kate Spade sunglasses
-Thrifted black cardigan
-Thrifted leopard print shirt
-Sioni red/black skirt
-Nine West leather boots

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Just like Carrie, I am a true believer than we are each entitled to express ourselves through fashion, through style and through clothes. This is the only world where we are truly ourselves without boundaries; the only world we can break all the rules and make our own!