Wardrobe basics: 10 things you need!

I know that it seems quite confusing sometimes when it comes to buying clothes these days with the fast fashion moving at a scary rate; new collections keep dropping on a daily! Buying trendy, cheaply made pieces seems to make sense nowadays but I believe that they aren’t necessary in your wardrobe unless you know you will get your wear out of them. Buying just to buy is pointless and not only makes a dent in your wallet but also a dent on our planet. It is quite important to invest in good quality pieces that will always be necessary to have around in your wardrobe and those are the basics; the building blocks and foundation of a good solid wardrobe. Basically, that’s where your big money should go! We women tend to fall for adverts quite easily and feel like we need to own a lot of shit, but truly we don’t…when you have the basics down, you can easily mix and match whatever you want with them…plus you will be at a point where you no longer have to stress about what to wear. Here are the staples I think every woman should have in her wardrobe:

 

* Leather Jacket *

A leather jacket is the epitome of badass when it comes to fashion; it adds a certain edge to an outfit without being too out there or too in your face and what I love about a leather jacket is that you can take it from day to night and still look like a million dollars. Investing in good quality leather will ensure that you keep this piece in your wardrobe for years and years…and what’s awesome about leather is that the more you wear it the more it will be amazing as it takes your shape and you’re individuality; you basically become the jacket and the jacket becomes you. Make sure to pick something that is classic but still has a something something to describe you and make you stand out. I would say go with black because you can easily mix and match it with any other item in your wardrobe, but if you feel like you can do another color easily, then go for it! Don’t let anyone stop you!

* Crisp White Shirt *

Whatever your work field is, you will always need a basic white shirt. A good quality classic white button-down shirt will always save you when it comes to meetings or dates or any other important outing. A basic white shirt can take your outfit ten notches up and will make you go from drab to fab in no time. You will look crisp, clean and ready to take on the world! This basic will always be in trend and will always be necessary, so make sure to invest in a good cotton shirt or even silk, whatever your preference, but just make sure that the fit is right and the buttons stay closed! You can never go wrong with having a button down shirt in your wardrobe. If you are in a field that requires you to wear shirts on a daily, then go crazy with the colors and give yourself plenty of options.

* Black Dress *

The little black dress is basically a no brainer and every woman should own at least one LBD in her wardrobe for emergencies. This is a basic piece that you can take from day to night easily without fuss or hassle; just make sure to accessories accordingly and you’re set! Make sure to buy a dress that you’re really in love with and that suits your body type; like that you know that it’ll stay in your wardrobe for a long time. Black dresses are super versatile so don’t be afraid to drop a little more coin into buying one.

Tailored Blazer

This is must even if you don’t work in an office on a daily because it takes any outfit to a whole new level of professionalism. I honestly always feel like I can take on anything when I wear a good tailored blazer; it makes such a difference in the way you hold yourself and the way you present yourself to the world. Making sure that the fit is snug and just right is crucial to owning a blazer. Owning a blazer in a basic color is always a good idea as it can be a versatile piece to wear even over evening dresses to add a little je ne sais quoi element to your look. If you feel like owning two or three in different patterns or colors, go for it because you can never go wrong with them.

* Pumps: Black, Nude & Red (or any pop of color you choose) *

You definitely need a good pair of basic black pump in your wardrobe…but I feel like you also need a good nude pump and a good red pump…maybe not necessarily red, but a good pop of color is needed because you can add this to a boring outfit and make it ten times better and more interesting. Owning black pumps is a must for any woman! Neutral, goes with anything, perfect for work and special outings! Basically a good quality made pump is the be all end all to any outfit! It is the finishing touch to your whole look and making sure that your shoes are right will make you look amazing and then some!

* Dark wash denim *

Dark wash denim is genius to own in your wardrobe; especially when it is tailored and good quality. Don’t pay for jeans that don’t fit you snugly in the right places and certainly don’t pay for jeans that stretch so much that become super baggy when worn. Choose a cut that you are comfortable in but make sure it is dark wash because it’s more versatile and can even work for the office when worn with smart pieces such as a beautiful button down shirt. Dark wash jeans fit a bunch of different scenarios and so don’t shy away from spending a little more on a good pair. Plus dark wash is a lot more flattering than light wash.

* Trousers (Black or whichever color you feel comfortable in) *

We all need a good pair of tailored trousers; this is pretty much a no brainer. Trousers are essentials to own because they smarten your look whenever you need. They’re like a trusted friend that will never do you wrong! Always there and always by your side to make you look elegant, feminine and put together. Trousers will get you through the week; it’s a Monday through Sunday piece; you can easily wear it to work or even to brunch…just make sure to buy a pair that fits you right and accentuates all your good parts. A black pair would be a must-have but if you want to own other colors, it wouldn’t be wrong. Trousers are smart and they’re a great investment!

* Plain White Tee *

No closet is complete without a plain white tee; however, there are different types of qualities…a million cut and a million styles. No piece is more versatile than this item; it is pretty much your holy grail! Always make sure to have a white tee on hand because you can dress it up or down, wear it to work or on a night out. You can style it in many different ways and make it your own. Tucking it into pants, skirts, jeans, you can choose to put it with whatever item you own and you will look amazing for sure.

* Ballet Flats *

Pretty much like the pumps, ballet flats are a must because they’re smart but can be casual too depending on how you style them. Let’s not forget that they are also very comfortable. They can add a little pizazz to your outfit depending on the style you decide to go with. Pointy toe, sling-backs, Mary-Janes…you choose what best suits your lifestyle and you’re all set.

* Evening Dress, Fancy Skirt or Jumpsuit *

Depending on your lifestyle and your own liking, you should have something fancy to wear to special events. Choose a piece to make your own that helps sets you apart from others; something elegant, something feminine and well-made. I would personally go with a jumpsuit because you can never go wrong with jumpsuits. Buying a jumpsuit in a plain color can be very versatile for an evening out…you just have to style it with the right accessories. Not many people would go with a jumpsuit and this is why it would be a great investment because you will have something special to be in. Evening pieces don’t necessarily have to be bedazzled from head to toes; having interesting details in those garments such as cut and stitching can make a whole difference. Choosing a dress or a skirt can be easier as they are available pretty much everywhere you go, just make sure that the cut suits your body type and with that you’ll be set.

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Day to day dressing becomes easier when you have the foundations of a basic wardrobe. Having these essentials available to you at all times help you build a wardrobe that you are proud of and that you can easily dress out of…when you have those essentials, you simply build around it so that you can easily mix and match other pieces to have many different looks. You don’t need a big closet to dress pretty and nice, you just need good quality items that will see you through and will be your best friend for a long time. Investing in those pieces is important so that you don’t change them too often or throw them away. Be sure to have items that please you and make you feel extra special.

 

Fruit trend: yay or nay?!

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I guess we all had to be ready this summer for an extra dose of vitamins with all the fruity fashion stocked up in stores…my sister and I were walking around a couple of shops these past weeks and we have noticed how large the fruit fashion trend has gone up. I, for one, ain’t against it…I think it’s cute and it livens up an outfit so effortlessly but then again, it isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea. The fashion industry repeats itself when it comes back again and again to relive a certain trend. The fruit and vegetable trend has woken up a few years back when Dolce & Gabbana launched their 2012 summer collection; it had the most colourful veggie inspired pieces anyone could ever dream of. PS: D&G always kill it when it comes to design. Then we were invaded by the whole pineapple trend around 2014 and then it kept rolling from there when watermelons and lemons and limes started making way into stores little by little right after the lemon D&G collection dropped in 2017. What do you guys think of all these prints? Do you like them or you can’t stand them?? Has the fashion industry taken it too far with these prints and should they take a rest? Would love to hear your thoughts on that one!

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I know I am kindda into it. I always loved big bold prints….not too many floral make me happy but a good odd print is always nice. I remember I had a huge obsession with anything bird print at one point; it was all the rage I tell ya. I once spotted lemon printed pants at Zara and wanted to buy them but didn’t have the guts because they were too bold for me at the time and now I kindda regret not buying them because I am sure I would have worn them loads…but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. Lemons and cherries have always kept me intrigued and owning a good pair of cherry printed tops would be ideal at the moment to make any bland outfit more interesting. Or having a cherry-centric necklace would be soooo Romy and Michele.

 

Don’t think this trend is going anywhere anytime soon, so get your fruity prints on and enjoy looking like a fruit salad while you can!!!

 

The Cami Handkerchief Jumpsuit edit!

I am here again with another pregnancy outfit; I have been quite inspired lately and dressing up has been the only thing cheering up my mood. I have been quite sad, missing le hubs, and so, being creative is my only outlet. Along with the few other purchases I have made recently for my pregnancy, this jumpsuit was one of them. It isn’t a pregnancy item in particular, but it works well for now as it will fro after the pregnancy and this is exactly why I bought it. I got it from EBay a few weeks ago and received it just in time to be able to wear it for the remainder of my pregnancy. I ended up buying it in black and red and I absolutely love how comfy and lightweight it is. I ended up getting it in an XL, for some reason, I thought I would be huge in my third trimester, but it ended up being a little too big, but nothing crazy though; I like how loose it is and what I would be after the baby is just cinch it up with a huge belt and I am sure it would look bomb. I guess I could do that now, but the looser the item the better, I don’t feel restricted or tight.

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To top it off, I added a little bit of drama with this upcycled jacket. A jacket I have had for a while but not worn ever…until today, I felt like it made the outfit a little less boring, a little less fat beach whale and a lot more fashionable.

WHAT I WORE

JACKET: @ledressingdemoon ♠ JUMPSUIT: Ebay ♠ SHOES: Urban Outfitters ♠ SUNNIES: Kate Spade ♠ EARRINGS: H&M

I got these slip-on mules a few months back because I knew I would have such a hard time in my third trimester get in and out of shoes; the struggle is real people!!! It is real! Bending is nearly impossible…for someone as flexible as me, I feel like I took it for granted, haha!

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To add a little bit more jazz in the outfit, I add these gorgeous yellow earrings from H&M a while back, because I knew they would be the perfect outfit finisher. You just add them to any outfit you like for a pop of color and voila, the trick is done. You instantly look put together.


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“Pregnancy” jumpsuit

Today’s outfit is pretty straight forward…nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary. Feeling like a beach whale is now a common theme and I want to be as comfortable as possible in my last trimester. Struggling to put shoes on is something I never had to endure before being pregnant; seems like I lost my agility and my flexibility to bend or twirl and I find that so so so hilarious.

Although a little unpractical for bathroom loving/visting preggo ladies as I has not only a bodysuit but also a jumpsuit. I love love love this jumpsuit, it’s so lightweight and so comfortable, it’s unreal! Perfect for those hot summer days. I got it online from a random shop and it was one of the best pregnancy purchases I have made and what’s awesome is that I can wear this even after the pregnancy with cute tops and colourful belts and shoes.

Here’s how my outfit turned out:

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I bought these 70s Ferragamo leather heels in a garage sale and they’re super adorable and versatile and just go with everything. I have posted them for sale on my online shop and let me tell you that you can run a marathon in them! I love how Chanel inspired they are with the two tones leather colors.

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WHAT I WORE

TOP: Zara ♠ JUMPSUIT: Online-Ebay ♠ SHOES: Ferragamo (vintage) ♠ BAG: Uggs (thrifted) ♠ SUNNIES: Rayban

I got this Uggs bag from a thrift shop, I figured it would be big and perfect enough to wear once the baby comes…a baby approved bag is always necessary especially when nappies and milk bottles need space. I like that it’s black but has gold hardware so it makes it look more glamorous.

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So here ya have it, just simple, easy and works for a 28 weeks preggo woman; an outfit that makes me feel put together without trying too too hard.

 

Bright in Pink; The Eid Edit

After a little bit of a much needed break, here I am back with another blog post and this time I am sharing my Eid outfit. I was quite happy with the outcome of it, so I obviously needed to document it! I am now in my last trimester and feeling big is quite of an understatement; I in fact feeling like a beach whale and I k now I will grow some more; not complaining, just stating the obvious. DUH! Anyway, Eid Al-Fitr usually comes after Ramadan; where you usually “sacrifice” a lamb or veal to feed the poor and feast with your friends and family. It is also mandatory to give a Zakat; which is a sum of money that you give to the poor so that they too can celebrate Eid with their loved ones. Ramadan and Eid are usually my favourite part of being Muslim, because they help keep you grounded and be content with what you have and share it with those in need.

So without further ado, here’s my outfit:

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I finally took the plunge and bought a pink suit, I have been wanting either a pink, an orange or an all yellow power suit…but couldn’t find one I liked. I even didn’t mind it being vintage…I searched high and low and finally found a bright pink one at Zara. I cannot really fit in it at the moment, but I still wore the blazer and it felt pretty damn good to finally wear something structured. The fabric is so beautiful and sturdy and I cannot wait to wear the whole things once baby comes out and my body gets slightly back to normal.

WHAT I WORE

BLAZER: Zara ◊ SHIRT: Thrifted ◊ JEANS: Thyme Maternity ◊ SUNGLASSES: Raybans ◊ BAG: Aldo ◊ SCARF: Handmade from Turkey ◊ SHOES: Kenneth Cole Reaction

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I wanted to wear heels, but unfortunately, I am super wobbly and can’t hold my balance too well. I find it so funny how we “lose” a lot of ourselves and our habits while being pregnant. And I say lose very generally because it’s not as important as I thought it would be…because honestly, being pregnant as hard as it can be…is a little bit awesome too, especially when baby starts kicking. It’s insane how a human body can expand to be able to contain another human being. I didn’t want to be overly pink and so I ended up putting some blue into my outfit; I am wearing a maternity pair of jeans, yes, I caved in and needed to buy a pair of jeans. Putting an extension was fine for the first 5 months, but the last trimester was going to be dreary and hard if I didn’t get these pants. I only got one pair and that’s the only thing I need. To bring the whole look together, I wore a Turkish silk scarf (they’re a total bitch to keep in place…but totes worth it) and I felt like it amped up the look times 1000.

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So here you have it folks, my Eid look and I couldn’t be happier with the end result…I totally felt pretty for the first time in a long time. I think, being pregnant, sort of took away my enthusiasm for dressing well…not that it’s the baby’s fault or anything, I just felt quite awkward in anything I wore. I think it is important to enjoy the process and try to keep an open mind…so even if you feel like a beach whale like me, well make an effort and find an outfit that makes you feel like a million dollars.


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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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Top 6: Favorite items in my shoe wardrobe!

When I was younger I had a massive shoe obsession and I might even have considered going to Anonyms Groups to get rid of that addiction. I remember when I was in university, I would always make time to venture into Holt Renfrew to go up to the third floor and simply look at the beautiful designer shoes on display. I may have purchased a few back then. Any regrets you say? No, because I got to try it all! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Holt, well then, get acquainted, because it is the mecca for luxury retail. I don’t really shop there anymore, but I still like to have a look-see once in a while, because browsing is free! Anyway, I am now much better in terms of buying and collecting shoes, I am more responsible and I also take into consideration (very much so) the comfort element.

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If I were to live with only 6 pairs of shoes; they would be it and I will tell you why!

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#1 The Passe-PartoutIMG_9936

These white leather Chuck Taylor Converse shoes are the epitome of street fashion. They pretty much go with anything from dresses to skirts to jeans to dress smart pants. I love how versatile they are and the white make them even more cool. I know that black usually goes with everything, but I have managed to were these babies out with many outfits. They’re a little difficult to keep clean, but there’s nothing a magic eraser can’t fix! I have had his for a little bit less than a year but to be honest, I took them everywhere with me from Jordan to Canada to Palestine. Super comfortable and super worth the investment. It’s like the perfect badass girl item that gives you a little bit of attitude with a little bit of sass.

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I, for the life of me, cannot explain the weird fascination I have with wooden heel mules. Since I was little, I have always wanted to own them…and I remember at 8 years old arguing with my mum as to why she didn’t want to buy me a pair. She was exasperated and probably wished I was a boy. LOLZ. She kept telling me that little girls don’t wear wooden heels for unexplained reasons. Still puzzled here. Well, now, I did my younger self a huge favor and bought these Jessica Simpson mules and have had them in my wardrobe for about 2 years. I know that people usually buy them as trend pieces, but for me they’re timeless because, well, I don’t really care much about following trends. Just freaking dress the way you want ladies! Period! I couldn’t possibly live without these in my shoe wardrobe and I got a lot of wear out of them…even to fancy dinners and with dresses! The fact that they’re black also helps to mix them and match them to every outfit I own. To buy a similar one, find it here.

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Whenever I need to wear heels to a special occasion, I always get these ones out. Purely because they’ve definitely got that wow factor and they add oomph to any outfit you end up wearing. I know that pink is a touchy colour when it comes to special evenings/outings and can pass off a little too Paris Hilton, but it seriously adds a risqué, avant-garde element to your outfit. I am so glad I got them for Topshop, they’re comfortable and affordable. You can find a similar pair here and here. Why wear boring black heels, when you can wear hot pink ones!

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Much like the Converse trainers, these Adidas ones are pretty much my best friend when it comes to comfort and style. You can just see how knackered they are! I got them well over 4 years ago and if I had to track my cost per wear, I would say I pretty much got my money’s worth and then some. Versatile is not even a word, they look cool with every-freaking-thing you wear. They’re not like the Stan Smith ones that are a little too rigid on the feet, these ones are like air! Literally! I have been trying to find them in another color, but couldn’t, for the life of me, find them anywhere! And it kindddda sucks! Le booo!

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It is quite sad to say that my favorite Charles & Keith oxblood oxford shoes are almost coming to an end. They don’t look that bad in the photo (hello lighting and editing), but they’re completely beat! I don’t even think oxblood is happening anymore. Haha! Whenever I want to wear a classic, flat, smart shoe with a smart outfit, I always reach for these one, hence the signs of wear. I bought these a little over 2 years ago and will continue to wear them till they’re literally dead. I feel like the narrow, pointy front of the shoe make them even more classy and dressy. They’re not just boring, old oxfords, they’ve got pizzazz and swag. They’re a little reflective, which means in some lights, it can pass as a black shoe, but when you look closely, it isn’t. Ha! Got you fooled! I feel like they’re a must in my shoe collection, because they’re the perfect alternative to smart high heels. Find similar ones here.

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I would say that 85% of my shoe collection has round toe caps and 60% of that same collection has block heels. This is how I’ve always liked my heels to be. I feel seriously funny whenever I wear one of those skinny heels, I feel like I’m a can-can dancer or something. Bock heels never die (in my opinion of course), and they’re sturdy.  I absolutely can marathon in these bad boys right here. Although they are a new addition to my wardrobe, I have worn them a ton already and I am truly honest when I say, it feel like wearing nothing. I know that these booties will last me a wile, because they go with everything from skirts to jeans to dresses, plus they’re black, so here are some extra points. There are days where I just need to wear high heels to feel like I own the world and with these I definitely feel that. The give me the confidence to strut and feel contagiously happy. if ever I find them in an outrageous color, I would invest in them as a statement finishing piece. Black booties are a classic and you can’t go wrong wearing them. So if there’s a type of shoe you should invest in, I would say go for a black bootie. Find similar one with a small twist here.