The pink of the ball…

Is wedding season already?? Can’t believe we’re spring and it’s like almost April?? Where does the time go? Been a little bit absent from blogging these past few days; I was busy with life and prepping for my upcoming trip to Montreal and trying to spend as much time as possible with LE HUBS. So wedding season isn’t really a season here in Jericho, I mean there’s like wedding around my house almost every weekend and it’s so amusing to see what people do and what great lengths they go through to have the biggest wedding ever. To be honest, I was a total sucker for weddings and wanted to attend as many as I could, but lately, I’m just turned off by the crazy amount of money that people willingly spend on one day. I am not judging, my husband forced into having a big wedding myself, but like we could use that money for traveling and exploring the world. Anyway, I haven’t properly gone out for a while or at least hadn’t dressed up like a decent human for a couple of weeks. I am super casual these days and sometimes super sporty, tracksuits are my current best friend. So, of course I had to jump at the opportunity to go to a wedding and dress up and wear heels and makeup and all…

Since many of my current dresses don’t fit my belly well and make me uncomfortable, I decided to go with this:

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As funny as it sounds, I felt super chic with my little belly, for the first time since I started this whole pregnancy adventure. There were many days, I’m not gonna lie, where I felt like a total shlump, but since passing the 16 weeks mark, I have regained a bit more energy and feel like I can conquer the world again. This pushed me to finally get out there, spruce up, dress up and have fun. I couldn’t be any happier with the result. I obviously went for a minimal makeup and had the main focus be the pink of my lips and my sweater; this color always make me seem more tanned than I actually am, which is always a plus!

I bought this sweater for the sole purpose of being comfortable with my pregnancy when I was in Jordan a couple of weeks ago. And no, I did not get that one from the maternity section. There’s this huge department/chain store (across the Middle East) called Max that has a ton of clothes for women, men and children…a little bit like Forever 21. Since moving to Palestine, I haven’t shopped for a long long time and I figured, since I am growing a belly here, I needed a few pieces that will carry me throughout the pregnancy and perhaps even after the pregnancy. I didn’t want anything too expensive, nor too cheap. I figure this store was a good start. I bought a couple of items and I want instantly happy with them because I knew I would keep using them after the baby is born. This pink sweater in particular caught my attention mainly for the color but also for the bright contrast embroidered on the sleeves. I rarely wear pink, so I thought this could be a very good re-introduction. I bought this from the regular department but got it in a size UK16. It would just be an oversized sweater once I pop the baby and I could just imagine this with a midi leather skirt or high waisted denims and sky high heels.

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The skirt is also a Max purchase. It’s a very simple maxi black jersey skirt…perfect till the end of my pregnancy…it stretches and stretches and stretches for days and it would be perfect for the summer Montreal heat. Very light and airy. Always a win!

WHAT I WORE

TOP: Max ◊ SKIRT: Max ◊ SHOES: Charles & Keith ◊ BELT: Vintage ◊ CLUTCH: Max

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Since I didn’t want to be completely shapeless, I cinched up my waist with my favorite, which you have seen a million times already, vintage elephant belt. This piece is a define collectible, a keeper and perhaps even a family heirloom…will pass it down to my daughter and she will pass it to her daughter…To me, this is the epitome of timeless elegance; this belt always adds a je ne sais quoi to every outfit I wear. It’s super bam in your face but it doesn’t overpower the look. I found the perfect dupe for it and it’s another vintage belt and I wish I could buy it, but I can’t justify paying 576.51$ for it…even though it’s a CARTIER!!!!! I could just die!! But nope, I am very content with my 10$ vintage unbranded find.

As for the clutch, well this stole my heart the minute I saw it at the store. I knew immediately that I wanted to pair it with this sweater. The detailing on this little bad boy just makes my fingers happy…all that texture in one little clutch!!!! The colors are bomb. The shape is perfectly small to fit into your hand. The design is to die for. What more could a girl ask for???

All in all, I truly felt like a stylish lady at the wedding. Yes, I probably wasn’t the most overdressed (if you’re Arabic, you know how much glitter and shine you gotta for), but I was very pleased and very comfortable in my own skin.


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Jewellery: my current favorites.

I have to say I am not the biggest jewellery wearer, but when the occasion does rise, I do like to pimp my outfit with the help of accessories. Lately, I have been into fine, delicate gold jewellery. Being as Arab, it is sort of a must for girls to wear opulent gold jewellery, mostly after being married; it’s sort of like a rite of passage. To be dangled in big 24kt gold chains and bracelets, it’s kindda of an inky feeling to me. I can’t even fathom wearing that much jewellery, but hey, if you like it, then go for it. My parents have been buying us gold jewellery for as long as I can remember and we have kept the into our safety boxes in hope to give them to our own children, kind of like a family heirloom. Anyway, I was the most difficult child to shop for when it came to jewellery (in general, really, but mostly jewellery). It was either too gold, or too big, or too out there. Over the years, my mom finally got me and started shopping for delicate, dainty (almost non-existent to visible eye) pieces for me.
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Being recently married, part of a cultural and religious ceremony, my husband gave me a dowry and gold, which I honestly never cared for. But because it was given to me, I had to wear it on special occasion and since some of the things he got me were a little too, how shall I put it without hurting his feeling???, tacky? Granny-like? I had to find a solution somehow to love what I wore. I then got the brilliant idea, thanks to my sissy, to sell some of the pieces I didn’t like and buy other ones I loved. So I’m my recent trip to Jordan and with the blessing of my husband, I ended up visiting Damas. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s basically a super amazing jewellery retailer that has over 300 stores across the Middle East. Anyway, not to make this blog way too long, I am sharing with you my current favourite and most worn jewellery pieces and why I love them so much.

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The lucky clover bracelet isn’t from my recent exchange expedition. This one is very special and dear to my heart and I have had it on for a few months now and I haven’t taken it off yet…don’t think I will, maybe just for delivery. This is a bracelet my mom bought me from Morocco a little over 5 years ago and I love it because it’s simple, delicate, feminine and just timeless. I feel like you can never go wrong with mother of pearl or with a clove design and the both of them together just marry to make an amazing statement without being too over powering. Now I know she got it for me from a local Moroccan shop and I don’t know how I’ll ever trace it, but I am linking a few ones I like down below. On the other hand, the charm bracelet is one from Damas. I liked it because it could pass as a set with the rings I got. Even the salesperson was excited that I was matching my rings and bracelets together, I felt so proud. This charm bracelet is perfect for whenever I wear an all-black outfit.

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These “triangle” shape detail ring and the 2 layer stacked ring are both from my recent exchange at Damas. They were the 2 rings that immediately grabbed my attention, mainly because they’re statement enough without being too overbearing. I don’t usually wear too many rings together but I find these 2 can get a pass especially if I wear them in the middle finger next to my wedding rings. They both just pop beautifully. Unfortunately, these rings are super hard to find online, but below are similar items that I think would be just as elegant on.

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Last but certainly not least, my Swarovski flower ring, which I stole from mom’s collection is a current favourite, I think I wore this one the most of the three mentioned. This particular ring is super special because, obviously, it belongs to mom and since we’re not living close, I wear it to remind me of her and just looking at it brings joy to my heart.

Here you have it; these are the jewellery pieces that I am loving at the moment and using to finishing up and polish my outfits.

 


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A day at the Dead Sea

This weekend, we decided to go out in nature and spend the day soaking up the sun! We ended up just going for breakfast (more like brunch) at the Dead Sea. Since there’s still a little bit of wind and cold air, we couldn’t really swim. I mean there are those who do, but I didn’t want to get sick on top of being nauseous. So anyway, for those who don’t know what the Dead Sea is, here’s a little bit of an intro…basically it is a hyper-salty lake that is located between Jordan, West Bank and Israel and is the lowest place on earth. Due to its high concentration of salt, there are no living organisms or aquatic life present, hence the name! Don’t go in there with cuts or wounds, because it’s going to burn like hell!!! And try not to get the water in your eyes! It’s so salty it’s blinding. However, even though it sometimes stings, it is beneficial and therapeutic to swim in the Dead Sea because of its high level of mineral concentration; I can attest to that! After a few swims, my eczema healed! By swimming, I mean just sitting there and enjoying the view, because you basically just float. The high levels of salt make it close to impossible for your drown in the Dead Sea because the water is denser than the human body.

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Not to get into too much political ramble, or any for that matter! Although the sea borders the West Bank, there isn’t really a place/resort available for Palestinians, it is all owned by Israelis and so we ended up going to the Neve Midbar Beach to spend the day (it is usually where we always end up going). It’s a nice little place and it has a restaurant, pools, shopping and souvenir area and a large seating area for families. You can even BBQ and shisha there. It’s a nice family friendly spot, but to be completely honest, I very much prefer the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea. I find it cleaner and the water much nicer. Nonetheless, you end up having heaps of fun at both sides! We ended up just having hummus dip with pita bread and fruits. We stayed there for a good 4 hours and we spend the most of our time walking around and enjoying the sun.

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Because I knew we weren’t going to swim of walk around in the sand, I wanted to dress a little fancier than a normal beach day outfit. Went for the smart look but still made sure I was comfortable. So here’s what I wore and I am sure you guys have seen this shirt a million times on my blog. But it is sincerely a very good spring/summer shirt. It’s light, it’s colourful and it’s stylish…and extra bonus, it’s vintage!

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WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: Vintage (unbranded) ♠ PANTS: WDG (gifted) ♠ SHOES: Charles & Keith ♠ TIE: Vintage (unbranded) ♠ SUNGLASSES: Forever 21

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I don’t like wearing this shirt without a belt, I like to further accentuate the peplum part, however, because my belly is growing slowly, belts now bother me and I can’t stand them so much. I decided to take one of my husband’s ties and put it around my waist and I really like the effect and color combo. It was a random selection, but I think it worked to my advantage. It was super easy for me to play around with it and tighten or loosen it to my own liking.

For being 14 weeks pregnant, I am quite lucky to still fit into my old clothes. I am not planning on buying any maternity wear and so I am super milking it! Or until the belly decided to properly pop. Right now, I am at that awkward phase where it just looks like I had too many burritos. But I think I might just add extensions to my pants and bottoms, rather than buying maternity wear.

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I was happy I got to spend a good day with the hubs. I will be delivering in Canada…well going back there for a long while until he joins me. Although it will be very difficult for us to separate again (it took us 2 years to finally be together), but I know that what we’re doing is for the best. So having less than 3 months with him, I have to decided to enjoy every moment and argue less and just love him till he can’t deal with me anymore. We do have our moments and difficulties (marriage is not a breeze), but we are very happy together; we joke a lot, we laugh at each other a lot and we share everything together. Lucky and blessed are not big enough words to describe my relationship with my husband, but I guess they will be enough for now until I find the right descriptive words.


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Steal her look: Selena Gomez

I have been spending too much time reading celebrity blogs or watching ET and I have been so into the celebrity style for less lately…don’t know why, perhaps I’ve got too much time on my hands. Anyway, I thought it would be super fun to do a little blog-series called Steal her Style…where each Friday, I choose a celebrity and try to recreate their style from a particular look and adding my on little touch to it. So to start this series today, I decided to go with Selena Gomez, not for any particular reason other than I fell in love with her jeans in this particular look…the jeans remind me of a pair I owned in high school and they were my favourite pair. My dad had bought them for me one summer when he was away and they made look slim (I always thought because I had curvy hips…that I was fat, I know, silly!).

*PS: I will always put links at the end of the blog so you can shop the look for less*

The look is quite simple, but I fell in love with it the minute I saw it; I think because it’s pretty yet simple and effortless chic. And here’s my interpretation….

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WHAT I WORE

CARDIGAN: Unbranded (gifted) ‡ TOP: Polo tee ‡ JEANS: Thrifted-Buffalo ‡ SHOES: Topshop ‡ SUNGLASSES: Forever 21

Selena, in the picture, is wearing a coat, but since it’s way too hot for me to wear one, I decided to go with this taupe cardigan instead. It’s lightweight, airy and I feel like a super-heroine in it (every time the wind blows). I decided to go with my regular light wash cropped denim because they still fit me. Instead of wearing a blouse, I went with a white polo tee and it felt casual for the outing I was going to, didn’t want to be way overdressed with a blouse. Instead of doing simple black sandals like Selena, I went with my favourite hot pink sandals because I wanted to tie my outfit all together. Having chosen to go with a colourful scarf, I wanted my shoes to end the outfit beautiful and I am super happy with my decision because color is always the best option.

For my first “Steal Her Style” blog, I am really happy with the outcome; although the outfit I chose is simple, I am happy with the result and cannot wait to find more inspiration for my future posts. I will try different celebrities with various different styles just to get out of my comfort zone and I cannot wait to see the results.

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Hope you guys liked this one and if you have any celebrity suggestions, please leave me a comment!

 


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The transforming moisturizer!

Pregnancy hasn’t been all that bad, I mean, yes I felt sick and weak for the most part, but I am starting to see the light. Pregnancy has given me amazing hair, nails and skin and I am totes enjoying while I can, because I know it might go downhill after birth. My skin is pretty much very clear since I got pregnant, I do get the occasional hormonal breakout, but it’s not bad at all. The only thing I have noticed is that I am very very dry, even more so than I was pre-pregnancy. My skin is sensitive and dehydrated and it is super easy for me to react to environmental changes and products I use. I suffer from eczema and contact dermatitis, so it is very necessary for me to keep my skin hydrate at all costs. I know that with pregnancy, there are many products that you cannot use due to ingredients, but I have had this particular cream with me for a good while and I absolutely love using for days when my skin is super parched…which has been for a couple of weeks now. Vomiting doesn’t help either! For the first trimester, I found it super hard for me to even digest water, drink it, smell it and all the jazz. I forced myself to drink water by adding lemon slices to it, but I still didn’t consume enough of it. Right now, I am very thirsty, so I am capable of downing 2 liters, no problem; which I am completely happy about it, because it helps with dehydration.

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I haven’t been worried so much about my skin; I am just trying to keep the eczema at bay, because it’s painful as hell. I get it around my eyes and lips mostly, but it can be around my nose and the rest of my body if I am not careful. I have done multiple allergy tests and just turns out I have contact dermatitis and can easily have eczema and the worst part is that cortisone cream doesn’t work all that well with me. Total suckage!

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So to come back to original part of this post, my face has been extremely dry especially around the lips and nose and this cream saves me every time! I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream last May to prep my skin for the wedding. I have always had dry skin and tried a couple of different creams, but nothing really kept me happy…it was either too thick it broke me out, or too blah and did nothing for me. I had read a lot about the magic cream before buying it, because this damn this is freaking expensive! It literally is a pay check on its own. It cost me about 200$ to get the 50ml size. Damn import charges. I hate those, because they kill! But honestly, from my experience, it was worth every penny spent. Will I repurchase, probably!

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The cream itself is like a facial on its own. The consistency is thick and rich, but not greasy. It feels luxurious on the skin and sinks in right away. It doesn’t leave any oily film or weird layer on the skin; it literally just disappears into the skin the minute you put it on. The skin is instantly subtle and I know it sounds way out there, but it’s true! I have felt a difference whenever I use this. PS: I also love to take it down to my neck. Sometimes, I stop using it and my skin screams for it, then when I go back, my skin is happy again. I mostly use it at night because I want to keep it as long as I can and so when I wake up in the morning, I see brighter, healthier, happier skin. I might even add glowy! It truly is a magic cream, for me anyway. It smells a little bit rosy, which is delightful; it’s light and not overbearing whatsoever because the minute you apply the product, the smell dissipates.

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For those who are looking for instant, luxurious, amazing hydration…look no further, this is literally magic!

A date with nature <3

We were spontaneous! Actually hubs was; for the first time in a long time and it was delightful. I was a little bored from spending too much time at home lately and so this past weekend, hubs decided to take me on a little dinner date to Ramallah. Nothing fancy, just a quick trip/walk around the city. It was relaxing and actually super fun. We stopped a few places to look at the horizon and appreciate nature a little; the weather is usually super nice once you leave Jericho and the minute we started going up the hills, the breeze was to die for. Since we weren’t doing anything fancy, I dressed up super casual but with a little bit of sparkle, obviously, because why not? And also, I feel like dressing up lately has given me more energy than usual. Putting a little more makeup than usual too has given me more energy and a boost of confidence I have been lacking lately.

Anyhow, this is the outfit I chose to wear:

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I have had this silver sweater in my closet for 2 years now; I had bought it to wear to any event, and never actually got around to doing it. Instead, I kept it there, sitting and waiting for the right moment to take it out for a ride. Today was the day; it’s actually super comfortable and soft despite the fact that it looks a little bit stiff. It was quite expensive at the time when I bought it while on vacation in Saudi Arabia. Since I knew we were eating heart, heavy food, I knew I needed to wear looser fit pants, well because the belly is growing and tight pants and food/baby belly doesn’t go hand in hand. I got these maternity cargo pants donated to me by my sister in law and I thought it would be the perfect time to test them out. So glad they’re simple and just go with everything. The belly band is re-sizable and it’s prefect because I can wear them all the way to the end of my pregnancy.

Got these espadrille flats while on a little vacation in Jordan with the hubs a few weeks ago and the weather was just too prefect not to wear them. I am so scared to go up a shoe size, I so love my 6.5 feet and cannot imagine being a 7.5. I got used to having all the shoes available in my size at the stores and also, they’re small and they’re my favourite body part. Haha! Not a foot fetishist here, just love my petite frame.

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We walked around Ramallah city for about an hour and then ended up heading home, because the weather got a bit colder…good thing I carried my favourite trench with me in case. It came in very handy!

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My favorite part of this whole outfit, obviously, was to finally be able to hang out with husband without being sick or looking grim or feeling nauseous. We were able to enjoy each and giggle and laugh, walk around and just be completely content for a few hours. My other favorite part, was to soak up nature, which is something I miss doing. My sisters and I used to always make time, back home, to enjoy nature and connect with it. These are the moments that I truly miss. Spending time with my family, away from technology…arguing, fighting, then getting back to being friends again; these moments are irreplaceable and today brought me to that and I am forever grateful.

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To me, today was exceptional! We didn’t dress fancy, or have fancy food, we were simply unorganized and spontaneous and that make me happier than anything else in the world. To top it off, we were one with nature, we couldn’t have asked for anything better!

My husband dressed me: take 2!

We went for dinner and I was totally uninspired today and so I asked my husband, for the second time, to dig into my closet and to dress me for the day, because I was a lazy hot mess. He enjoys doing so because he’s so opinionated when it comes to fashion…especially when he sees me wear questionable items. He’s always got something to say..good or bad, there’s always something.

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Since the weather is starting to become milder and less windy here in Jericho, I can go about without a coat or jacket, so instead, my hubs opted out for a cardigan. I was so into them when I was in college and wore them much that now, I just can’t even look at them. I have 2 in my closet, just in case, but I never reach for them, because I feel like they make me look older for some reason. Hubs like them on me, so he pushed me to wear it over my shirt.

Mr. opted for a very fancy and smart outfit, his main focus for this one are the pants. Much so like last time, his love for pants on me is kindda interesting. He, for some reason, loves these white textured pants I have from Forever 21. I guess he appreciated the detailing.

I have had them for a good 4 years now and they’re still going strong. Since going to fashion school and working in the industry, I no longer spend so much money of trendy pieces because I know they come and go and the effects of fast fashion are quite painful. I now shop smarter and buy things that I know will last me a long time, just like these pants. White trousers are always a thing and besides, you can make any piece a thing if you want to…it all depends on you.

WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: Splash ♠ CARDIGAN: Cleo ♠ PANTS: Forever 21 ♠ SHOES: Badgley Mischka ♠ BAG: Aldo ♠ SUNGLASSES: Rayban aviators

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Since I was wearing a pretty colorful, printed veil, I went for my wedding burgundy heels. So happy I am getting wear out of them because they were damn expensive and I am so glad I still have them. Some asshole stole my wedding dress and I still haven’t recovered from it. I am so incredibly upset and sad and every time I think about it, I cry. So, all that to say, I am very glad I still have my wedding heels and I will wear them to death. I also have been obsessing with my embroidered Aldo bag since my sister gifted it to me last summer. I cannot seem to use anything else and it has been my go-to purse to a lot of events and outings. If I had to choose one item that fully represents me in my entire wardrobe, it would be this bag. It’s black yet colorful, detailed, textured, sleek and super stylish.
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As for my makeup, I went very minimal and my hubs loves it that way anyway. We both think I look cross-eyed when I have a heavy smoky eye. Haha! Besides, one of the good things about pregnancy is that it’s been kind to my skin and I haven’t broken out too too much (expect for when I vomit a lot). It’s a little on the dry side, but it’s still fresh and glowy.

What do you guys think? I am very proud that for the second time around, my husband knocked my outfit out of the park, wouldn’t have changed a thing. Is this outfit a yay or a nay?!


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