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.

 

 

 

 

Orphans, charity, love, humanity and more…

I have had this project in mind for the past 2 years…I was perhaps a little to ambitious in my mind. I would have wanted to produce more items and give back as much as possible. As I decided to “retire” from the fashion industry and no longer create massive collections, I decided to venture into more of a humane/ethical world. I wanted to put myself to good use and make a positive impact in my community…which led me to think, why not use the fabrics/trims/buttons for a good cause. I wanted to create these items for the purpose of making children happy. I wanted to make 100 dresses (initially) for charity and give them to orphaned children in Jordan. I completely fell in love with the country and wanted to perhaps be able to leave a positive mark there. I searched high an low for the right place to invest my time in and with the help of some wonderful people, I was able to find the perfect place I will give my dresses to (will be keeping the name anonymous for the moment).

As I work on many  different project from running a business, to working full-time, to blogging, to planning a wedding…this project was on the back-burner. Truthfully, I was super disappointed with myself for not being able to complete the set amount. After some struggles and some squeezed time, I was able to complete 35 dresses. That doesn’t mean I will not set another goal, it just means that for the moment, this is what I have.

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These dresses are collectives of different fabrics I owned, however, some were donated to me by friends. I used up loads of my trims and buttons to embellish them. I didn’t want to make regular boring dresses, I wanted something cool, different and unique. I wanted to make different size dresses and different dresses. Each one unique to its kind; never the same. I wanted the orphans to feel like princess in the special coming times. Since it will be Ramadan soon for us Muslims, Eid will follow. Taking the time to make these dresses in time to make the children feel happy and joyful is super humbling. I wanted to be able to offer those little beautiful angels something special just like them. Eid is a time of celebration for us, it is the time to share your wealth with the needy to make them feel like your equals. It is the time to be happy and celebrate with your loved ones. As Muslims, we grow up with charity instilled in us, because it truly is the essence of religiousness. To be able to share your goods with the needy is a marvelous feeling. It is necessary for me to keep the concept of unlimited love and kindness alive ad going.

Although I didn’t spend much time working of them, I enjoyed every minute and sincerely gave it my all.

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PS: this is one is one of my favorite!! I mean look at how cute it looks!! So novelty ❤

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I did not just stop at making little girls’ dresses, I decided to go all the way to teens. I did dresses for starting at 2 yrs till about 25 yrs. Now I would have wished that I had the chance to stay at the orphanage for a while and volunteer a little bit all through the holy month of Ramadan…but unfortunately, like I said, sometimes life takes us to different paths…paths we never dreamed of being in.

All in all, these 35 dresses all have a story behind them and I hope that this will at least make the girls happy, even if it’s for a couple of hours. I want to be part of their lives as they are the future and to make them feel loved and wanted is a blessing.

Since I was a little teeny weeny girly, I always wanted to go to Africa and “save” the world. I want to give my time to charity and not have anything in return except gratitude, friendships and memories with real people. Now, I never had the chance to go to Africa (yet), but I decided to start somewhere…although small, I am hoping that it will leave a great and positive impact. Philanthropy is a part of me and I am hoping to continue to share my love of humanity with those around me. For those who are interested in getting involved, you can shoot me an email and I will gladly transfer your messages to those in charge. This is completely non-profit for me. These orphans could use help getting the basic necessities such as school supplies or toiletries.

As Ghandi said; be the change you want to see in the world…I always, since a was little, tried to keep this in mind!

 

Where my Cyndi Lauper fans at?!

It’s been a hot minute since I wrote a post, I have been super busy with life and a big change coming up soon…I have been lacking style and inspiration. All I wanted was to hide in a hole half the time and stay dressed in my PJs. Sometimes, life takes us in directions and way we never thought we’d end up in or see….and sometime that change is good but sometimes it isn’t but we just gotta deal with it…because we’re human and we survive. Okay, moving on for this little ramble, today I was quite inspired and felt like I needed to dress up and be cool again and bring back some color into my life. So what better era to be inspired by than the 80s! I am an 80s child and color, texture, patterns were all the craze. I felt like Cyndi Lauper-ing my outfit today and this is what I came up with:

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Now, it’s still a little cold in Montreal and the weather has been a little crazy…acting all schizo. So layers were much needed…and this is what I decided to wear all these crazy layers and colors and added texture and depth to my outfit; being a little generous never hurts! I am pretty such most of you already saw this dress before, as I wore it for a Valentines day blog…but this time around, I wore it as a shirt and added this freaking coolest killer 70s pleather belt ever!!! When I saw this belt in the vintage shop, sitting all alone in the corner shelf with layers of dust on it, I knew I needed to save it. I fell in love ❤ This is an absolute treasure and I have no idea why it was sitting there in the dust.

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WHAT I WORE:

JACKET: Danier Leather ♠ DRESS: Zara ♠ BELT: 70s vintage ♠ JEANS: Forever 21 ♠ SHOES: 70s vintage ♠ RINGS: Vintage (minus my wedding band) ♠ SUNGLASSES: Guess

Can we take a moment and all admire this delicate vintage Italian satin fuchsia kitten heel. Super adorable and super retro; it totes adds a little je ne sais quoi to every outfit. These Chanel inspired 70s heels were a purchase from the Nova boutique in Hudson and this is the first time I wear them out. It sincerely feels like I have nothing on my feet. These shoes were the perfect addition to my outfit to really bring out the inspiration I had when putting it together;  definitely Cyndi Lauper material with all the layers and the crazy colors.

So to all my girls who just want to have fun; don’t let anybody stop you for wearing whatever the heck you want. Cheers x

 

Out & about with the gals: OOTD

My friend and I hit town this weekend and I wanted to document my outfit, since I was super proud of it! I mean, it is very rare I make huge efforts dressing up for an event….but this time around; I put loads of thought into it. I also (usually) don’t go for turban styles, because I feel like it demands attention and requires presence and sometimes I feel self-conscious sporting it (I know…silly me). Today, I made huge efforts to put my doubts aside and went full out! Make-up is very rare for me to do…the most I’ll ever do is lipstick (that’s usually my thing). But when I say I went full out, I went FULL out, fake lashes and all!

The weekend is downtime for me when it comes to dressing up, I much prefer being in jeans and a simple tee or if I have to run errands, I’ll just go for yoga pants and a sweater. There wasn’t much choice today for me as I needed to show up looking all kinds of cool (as requested by my friends).

I was actually very happy how my outfit turned out:

Since the sun was out and it was a little bit warmer than usual, I went for sandals (Romy & Michele style) I spotted these back in December at Topshop and I needed them in my life! But to compensate for the little wind there was, I opted to wear my new trench coat, which I am super in love with. The fabric is incredibly soft and it’s super comfortable. A huge plus, it’s in a neutral beige color, which allows me to mix and match it with every outfit I wear. It’s super classy too! You can totes get away wearing this over a fancy dress!

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TBH, I wasn’t too too keen on the pants, I also got them on sale from Topshop a while ago and never had the chance to wear them until today. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I kinda had a “what was I thinking?!?!?” moment, but I feel like it made the whole outfit 10 times better and gave a little pizazz and jazziness. They’re simple in the shape and cut, but the color and texture make them fancy enough to wear to dinner.

WHAT I WORE:

TRENCH: Vero Moda ♠ TOP: Vero Moda ♠ PANTS: Topshop ♠ SHOES: Topshop sandals ♠ SUNGLASSES: Guess ♠ BAG: Guess ♠ EARRINGS: DCK

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The turban literally took me 2 second to wrap and what I love about it is that it’s asymmetrical. It actually came out super cool that way, plus I used zero pins! Yay for that! But can we all take a moment as appreciate the fact that my sunnies have a marble print/effect…omg!! It’s insane, so love them; they’re different from anything I have seen so far. When I spotted them, I knew they belonged to me.

All in all, tonight’s dining/outing was amazing and I would totes count this outfit as a win because I felt comfortable in it!