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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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.

 

 

 

Black Friday: the buy nothing day!

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I have been bombarded all weekend with email after email after email from stores about huge black Friday discount codes and saving coupons….then I couldn’t help but get a little frustrated with how much society has transitioned to focus on material goods to bring us happiness and stuffing consumerism down our throats like it’s no big deal. Turning a blind eye wasn’t an option here, I super wanted to discuss this on my blog and start a conversation to understand how and what others think about this subject.

 

Why do we shop so much…is it to fill a little void inside of us to make ourselves happy? I am not going to lie here and say that I’m innocent. There was a time in my life when I was a huge shopaholic and just bought to buy- not because I needed these things, but because I wanted to have them in my closet, even though I sometimes never wore what I bought. I was young, stupid and reckless. Do I regret it? Not really, because I have learned throughout the years how to shop smarter.

Getting into the fashion industry and working in it for a few years, you start to learn and understand the whole process of mass production and (now) fast fashion. And to be entirely honest, I found it sickening. To have collections come out 52 times a years, rather than 4 times a year (as it used to be sometimes before the huge boom of globalisation) is revolting and quite offensive to the environment and to the manpower that goes into the production process. I have learned the stories of the industry and I no longer shop for things I don’t need and better yet, I have turned to my primary love; vintage!

We do not realize how much crap we put onto this planet and how much damage we are causing. Social media is showing us that in order to stay cool and to be special, we have to have the newest gadget, or the newest pair of shoe or the newest style of jeans. But truthfully, we don’t need these things to make us happy. Minimalism is actually very interesting and liberating. You don’t feel restricted nor suffocated by everything that is in your home or your surrounding. We have become so focused on defining who we are through material objects. It’s like what we do no longer has meaning but rather what we own that makes a difference. It’s sad when you truly think about it.

I hear a lot of people talking about the 333 project and of capsule wardrobes and I find it quite fascinating. Since moving to Palestine, I have been forced to declutter my wardrobe and well…my entire life…and just focus on what I need and what I feel is important. I have donated a lot of my clothes to friends and family and sold quite a few. This process truly taught me a valuable lesson…and also, living here in a little city, where there are no malls and no big focus on purchasing the new “it” item has made me realize that I don’t love shopping all that much (as I thought I did). Having little clothes doesn’t mean you can’t be creative, on the contrary, it should be a challenge to be more creative with what you own and learning the tricks of mixing and matching pieces. I also have maintained that concept of minimalism in my home as well, I don’t have 10 types of cup collections nor do I have 99 plates. I have what I need and it feels light and it feels great!

I find this speech from President Jimmy Carter quite interesting and in fact, so on point:

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….and a little tad bit scary. Reminds me of all the hauls you see on Youtube..I mean it’s nice to see people succeed but honestly, like where do they put all the stuff they buy and how can they wear everything they own? Don’t they feel overwhelmed?

Oh! And! I have never been one to shop on boxing day, or wait in line when there are massive sales or go crazy on black Friday. But just for kicks, I tried it once with my sister to see what it was like and we told each other, never again! I don’t quite see the point. It’s not about quantity but about quality. So purging is healthy and when you stop being so attached to materials good, you then have the time and freedom to enjoy your life and tackle bigger dreams and working on turning them into a reality. Don’t know why, but Walking Away from Craig David is playing in my head right now (LOLZ).

I am not saying we shouldn’t shop at all, I am saying shop smarter. Sometimes, less is more…

What do you guys think?

No Denim challenge: Day 6 (OOTD)

There was a slight hiatus in my documentation of no denim outfit simply because I feel ill and had my birthday and Eid and we ended up going to Jordan for a while (a little break from life) and the sorts…oh and food poisoning (ugh! the worst thing ever!!). Soo, I took a  break from everything until I got fully better and here’s what I decided to wear. It was my birthday, which basically meant I could get away with pretty much anything…therefore, it was the perfect timing for me to get onto the PJ trend and sport it outside the limits of my bedroom and house. I bought this gorgeous PJ set from Victoria’s Secret a little while ago and fell in love with it purely for the print! It’s so freaking pretty and comfortable. Sooooo, I thought, why not give it a go and see how things turn out and I must admit it looks kinda badass and I liked it! Ok, I would maybe not repeat it any time soon, but I would wear it again some other time in this lifetime.

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and here’s how this no denim outfit turned out:

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I didn’t feel weird wearing PJs out…I mean I rarely go out with legging or anything remotely close to loungewear…but for some reason I didn’t feel like this particular set felt too homey. The print is happy and exciting and the fabric is silky and soft. Victoria’s Secret has the nicest pyjamas and lingerie, but I would never pay full price and when I saw this set on sale, I took advantage!

WHAT I WORE:

PJ Set: Victoria’s Secret ◊ SUNNIES: Aldo ◊ BAG: Aldo ◊ SHOES: Charles & Keith ◊ VEIL: Voile Chic ◊ MUSCLE TEE: Forever 21

I feel like so many companies are getting these PJ inspired pants and shirts out that I can get away with wearing these out more often separately (especially the pants…have you seen how freaking awesome the print is???).

I feel what made this look a little less prancy and out there is the fact that I added a printed tee under the shirt. It just made everything super laid back and chill but still super badass with the heels. Besides, adding a little 2pac is always a plus!

 

 

No Denim challenge: Day 2 (OOTD)

Okay so maybe I am cheating a little today…since it’s a party and there’s no way I would wear denim to a party…so I am logging this day in my challenge no denim week and showing you my outfit. It’s an outfit I am super proud of!!! Not only was it all on point, but my makeup too! I am really getting good at this highlighting and bronzing thing! I wanted to go all out this time, since it was a wedding shower and we were headed all the way to Bethlehem for a supper. I even wore gold jewellery, fancy, I know! I don’t usually like to accessories a lot but like I said, I just wanted to go ALL out.

Here’s how it came out!

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Thrifted  ♥ PANTS: Forever 21 ♥ SHOES: Topshop ♥ BAG: Aldo ♥ ACCESSORIES: Gold


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I am super happy I wore pants, I was sick and tired of wearing skirts and dresses and didn’t want to go with another too formal outfit…when I went through my crazy wardrobe, I found these!! I had only worn them twice before…so third time is a charm and this combination is my favorite yet!

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I felt very elegant and put together and these items were super affordable. Working in the fashion industry made me more conscious as to where I put my money and I certainly am not afraid to wear thrifted items or vintage items because I know I am doing good to the planet. Like this shirt for instance…it has to be one of my favorite shirts I own…like seriously! I wear it all the freaking time. I love it mostly for the fit and for the stripped print.

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I can always count on this thrifted shirt to give me style and poise. I can wear it with literally anything! Tucked in or loose,  it looks good either way.

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I got these pants from Forever 21 over the Christmas period for an office party. I love them because they’re not leggings and they fit like looser trousers. They don’t pinch or itch. They’re cropped and so using them for an event works perfect.

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Can we all take a moment and take in how beautiful this bag is. I am so thankful that my sissy got me this as a present. She remembered I fell in love with it while we were shopping at Aldo over the holidays and got me it. Thanks sissy ❤

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I have worn these in many previous blog posts and I still love them as much as when I first got them. They look tragically painful but they’re seriously awesome. I danced in the like a crazy person before and didn’t get hurt. Topshop always make things right, that’s why it’s my go to shop whenever I need good quality items for  fairly reasonable prices.

I am pretty stoked that my outfit came out just as I wanted it to: awesome! Day 2, no denim challenge is a success!

 

 

A garden summer party….Jericho style.

I know I’ve been gone for the longest time and I haven’t posted anything….I was too busy with prepping and setting my married life in order. Here I am 10 days after being married and it feel weird yet good. This life is definitely different than being alone and responsible only for yourself. There are loads of points where I tend to forget to include my husband in because I have been so independent…he kinda gets sad about it, but hey, I am trying here! It’s good life really!!! And no, I wasn’t forced to marry him or pressured in any way…It’s a true love story. I promise!

Anyway, we have been invited to a few events after our wedding and small honey-week….we’ve decided to save up a little money and have a real honey moon back home in Canada. We went to a little summer garden party for his cousin’s pre-wedding celebration and this is the outfit I decided to go in. Of course it had to be vintage! Um, hello!!! It’s coming with me wherever I go…

I spotted this dress at Nova while shopping with mum a few weeks back…she told me to try it and see what it looked like on. TBH, the color isn’t super inviting when it’s hanging on a little hanger in the corner of a small vintage/thrift shop, but when I tried it on, omg, it was a whole different story! It’s a true 1980s Laura Ashley dress! Like can it get any better than that???? It has the cutest details and pleats that add more oomph to the dress, makes me wanna twirl all the time. And!!!!! Super bonus!!! It has pockets!!! Anything with pockets gets me; the way to my little heart!

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Of course, credits go to my wonderful husband for snapping these and for making me look fab! Love you!

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So back to the outfit, I needed a cool kickass jacket to go with this dress, I was thinking something colourful and beaded and super crazy….but couldn’t really find anything I liked…until this gorgeous military jacket from Monsoon. I love Monsoon for the quality and uniqueness of its items. They always have the cutest party items ever…even for children. Gorgeous beaded dresses and all…(Side note: my whole outfit is actually from the UK; which I just realized!) I find that this jacket complements the dress so perfectly…it adds a little masculine to a completely feminine outfit, which I absolutely love!!

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WHAT I AM WEARING

DRESS: Vintage; Laura Ashley ♥ JACKET: Monson ♥ SUNGLASSES: Guess ♥ BAG: Vintage/Antique from Jerusalem ♥ SHOES: Charles & Keith

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I have been so immerged into cleaning and arranging my apartment that I have forgotten how awesome it is to dress up and look clean and feel pretty. I am so glad I finally took the time to get back on track and dress pretty. I think it is necessary to give ourselves the time for self-love and appreciation, because then life becomes much more enjoyable and you are then able to give love back to those around you.

So here’s to love and here’s to life!