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.

IMG_9947

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

⊕ ⊕ ⊕

#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.

#2 The Fashion Forward MuleIMG_9938
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.

#3 The Special Occasion Heel IMG_9939

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!

#4 The Go-To TrainersIMG_9941

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!

#5 The Smart ShoeIMG_9942
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.

6- The Quintessential BootieIMG_9945
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.

 

 

 

Date night: What I wore

Friday night is date night. The only day my husband gets off work and the time I properly get to enjoy him and annoy him all at once. I mean what’s the beauty of marriage if we don’t constantly argue and get one each other’s last nerves. That gives us a chance to kiss and makeup and go on dates. We’re not much partiers, hubs and I, but we do go the occasional date, you know here and there. We are rather old souls and much prefer spending time at home watching a documentary or playing on the PS3. However, when we get in the mood, we like to go out in style and enjoy our outing to the max. We don’t like to go to crammed places; but we choose quiet locations to be able to talk without having to scream at each other across the table or having to use the tin can telephone to communicate. We usually like to sit beside each other and talk about our hopes and dreams and even reminisce about the good old days of our childhoods.

We went to the chicest restaurant in Jericho…I kindda wish I had taken pictures of it. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed to breeze and the smell of the fresh air away from the city. We almost always go there, because it quiet and peaceful and plus the prices aren’t that expensive. For a once a month outing, we do pretty good! Since we were sitting outside for the night, I opted to wear a sweater to avoid getting too cold and, boy oh boy did I make the right decision. The air here is not that strong and not that crispy cold, but because of the dry desert setting, it does get into the bones, if you know what I mean.

For date night, I would say I kept it pretty casual and sported jeans…because ain’t got no time for dresses or fancy pants:

IMG_9880

I felt like wearing delicate colors however-but the only delicate I own is this. I bought this sweater a little over a year ago from Forever 21 and I thoroughly enjoy wearing it. It’s comfortable, it’s stylish and super feminine, plus I love that it has a tiny bit of a turtle neck going- ya know girl’s gotta stay warm! And since this was there to protect my neck, I figured a little turban doesn’t hurt anyone because I so wanted to wear my colorful Aldo earrings I got on our honeymoon trip.

*I only purchased 3 items of this trip and the earrings were on of them *

IMG_9906

They remind me of a very beautiful and colorful Mexican Aztec painting. I dig that and I am sure to get a lot of wear out of them. I am just trying to find the right excuses to sport them on the daily. I wouldn’t even mind having them on at home, that’s how much I love them. But, at the same time, I feel like they’re so precious I don’t want to wear them that often to keep them intact for as long as possible. You know that feeling I am talking about???? Do you guys ever feel that with new items??

WHAT I WORE:

SWEATER: Forever 21 ◊ JEANS: Buffalo (thrifted) ◊ BELT: Calvin Klein ◊ EARRINGS: Aldo ◊ BAG: Coach ◊ SHOES: Call it Spring.

IMG_9887

I, of course, needed to wear my current favorite pair of jeans. They’re straight leg jeans and you have seen them over and over for the past few weeks in my blog. No shame here, at all. I love the fit, the straight, but not boyfriend nor mum, cut makes this pair perfect enough to wear on a date or even for a smart evening (depending of the choice of top you go for).

IMG_9903
I am super very picky when it comes to finding the perfect pair of jeans and I was searching high and low for a straight leg jean for months now. I got a bit sick of the sprayed on skinny jean look. I was looking for comfort, but didn’t want to spend too much money. Then this guy happened and my mom got it for me, she just knows me so well! I won’t even be able to tell you where to buy a pair of these denims as they are thrifted and I just pimped them up to my own liking. But I can tell you that these Moto Straigth Leg Raw Hem Jeans from Topshop kinda have the same feel, if anyone is interested.


SHOP THIS LOOK

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That floral vintage dress…

For today’s post, I am sharing with you my outfit I wore to a family lunch. This dress I am wearing is just beyond anything I have seen!! I got it from that Hudson thrift shop that I keep talking about. They always have the nicest clothes and everyone working there is a volunteer and all the proceeds go to charity, which is super awesome. That’s what I call shopping for a good cause! Price are decent, staff is wonderful and items are special! I mean it’s a no-brainer and shopping there just makes sense.

So, whilst shopping I spotted a 90s April Cornell‘s dress….I mean you know an April dress without even looking at the tag. Her work and style is so distinctive and this is what attracted me to the brand since a young age. There were a lot of April Cornell shops around Montreal a few years ago and I remember going into them with my sister and wanting to buy everything…but alas I was super broke then and didn’t have a job…but when I got older…then I found out that loads of stores shut down and it was a big heartbreak for me. Her dresses and accessories are so colorful, detailed and ethnically inspired, which is something right up my alley. I don’t really get people that get offended if a designer gets inspired by a certain culture. I mean I am a designer and I get inspired by other people’s cultures all the time. I find it to be the perfect way for me to learn about others and also the perfect way to honour them. Anyway….to get on with my blog, this is jus a cute piece and it’s super flattering on me!

IMG_9799

It’s simple, it’s feminine, it’s delicate, it’s just overall the perfect summer/fall dress that you can wear even in the winter…paired with pretty booties and cute coat.

WHAT I WORE:

JACKET: Dynamite ♥ DRESS: April Cornell ♥ SHOES: Coach ♥ BAG: Jordan (handmade) ♥ SUNNIES: Aldo

IMG_9826
I decided to wear a contrasting bag…just for kicks and I felt like this one made the whole look so much better. I got this bag whilst shopping in Jordan a few months ago for a small shop…where they sell handmade items by underprivileged women and I am so proud to wear it.

Also, ps,  I cannot wait to wear this dress a lot more and I have a few more outfit ideas for it. I was looking for a florally dress for a while now…one that wasn’t overwhelming to wear, since I am petite, and when I stumbled onto this, I was like..yes!!! Momma’s super happy now!

 

All black everything

Snap back to reality…after 3 wonderful weeks spent in the beautiful Canada, we are back here to Jericho. Weather is still warmish…I mean it’s still 30 degrees out there, but the air isn’t as dry and there’s a little more breeze. I would say it’s pretty comfortable for the moment. They call that fall…but me on the other hand, I am still holding on the summer. I had a meeting to go to today and decided to dress a little smart but didn’t feel like doing color.

So here I am dressed up in all black everything:

IMG_9752

WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Helly (Turkish Made) ♦ PANTS: Free People skinnies ♦ SHOES: Aldo Cauwiel velvet flat mules ♦ SUNNIES: From a local shop here in Jericho

Can we take a moment and admire my little velvet flat mules. I had my eyes on them for a while on the Aldo website…but couldn’t justify paying over 100$ for them…and so I waited and waited patiently until they went to sale. I bought them whilst in Montreal last month and haven’t taken them off since I got them. They’re super comfortable, honestly;  feels like wearing nothing at all!!!

IMG_9788

And…what I love even more about this outfit is the shirt. It’s a light knit sweater with a pleated chiffon insert..so it looks as though I have 2 shirts…love the effect it gives. Smart yet casual.

Last but certainly not least, these sunnies are the bomb, I got them for a local shop here in Jericho and they were the last pair…pretty sure it’s from China..it’s unbranded, but it really doesn’t matter to me…because they still look fab! They have a certain vintage-y feel to them, which is why I needed them in my life.

IMG_9783

So…meeting went fine, wasn’t the best…but the outcome is what matters. Sometimes, I find that I have struggles expressing myself in Arabic and so maybe the people I deal with aren’t as enthusiastic as I would like them to be.

Regardless, I enjoyed my outing and took advantage of the sun!

That green angora sweater <3

I have had this 80s agora  mix sweater for ages…I never had the guts to wear it because, well, it’s green. I just don’t really know it this color suits me all that much. Green, yellow and purple are colors I never usually gravitates towards because I feel like they make my complexion even darker than it already is. But today, I put my big girl pants on and got some courage to wear it. It’s so freaking soft too!!!

Hubs and I were walking around town and just went for a small stroll into the woods before we hung out with family. The weather was beautiful and it was good enough for me to just get away with wearing a  sweater without a jacket. October has been a good month so far and we’ve been super lucky. Hubs has enjoyed every moment he got here so far because it wasn’t too too cold (as it usually is in October).

So here’s how my outfit turned out…I guess you can say I kept it pretty simple because the green was a little overwhelming for me.

WHAT I WORE:

SWEATER: Vintage (80s) Rino Rossi  (posted for sale on ETSY)♦ JEANS: Buffalo (thrifted) ♦ BOOTS: Aldo ♦ SUNNGLASSES: Forver 21 ♦ BELT: Calvin Klein

In person, I guess I felt a little awkward wearing such a powerful color…but looking at myself through these photographs, I realize that I may be a little too harsh on myself and that green actually suits me and that my complexion is fine. We sometimes just put limitations and boundaries from ourselves to ourselves (if ya gys know what I mean). We need to be kind to ourselves once in a while…we tend to forget we’re human.

IMG_9638

Wearing green actually made me happy as I fit in with nature and mt surroundings…or whatever green left there is in my surrounding. Taking some time off these past few weeks has made me realize that life needs to be enjoyed fully…make every moment worth it and last. Sometimes, we run to catch up with life and then we forget about the true core values of our lives such as family and health. It is necessary to taste what’s around us with our senses and our hearts.

♥♥♥

As mother Teresa said: “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough, Each moment is all we need, not more.”

 

 

Not just another blazer….

My husband’s been enjoying his discovering journey to Canada and has been loving every moment of it. Seeing him discover my home and see the world I come from is so adorable and touching! He’s so cute and I can just put him in my pocket!!!

IMG_9112

So…while on this discovery journey…how can I not take my husband to go apple picking?? I mean this is the ultimate Canadian tradition and he must follow in those foot steps. So we went on a little road trip to Saint-Eustache to a cute little farm called Verger Lacroix. We spent a few hours picking apples, walking around the farm and visiting the animals.

IMG_9106

Although it was raining that day, we had loads of fun and went with the family…it was one of the best days we spent so far in Montreal.

I decided, even though it wasn’t the most appropriate place, to dress up kinda fancy…but in a casual relaxed way. I decided to incorporate some vintage in there and some thrifted items. Here’s how it came out.

This blazer is on of the blazer that my momma got me while I was away..it’s such a cute piece. It’s an 80s Parisian satin blazer. It’s very comfortable and adorable to wear over anything. I can imagine wearing it over a fancy red dress!!! OOOoouuu, that would be so freaking cute!

PS: for those interested..I am putting this blazer up for sale on my Etsy store. A percentage of each sale goes to random acts of kindness!! *wink*wink*

IMG_9068

WHAT I WORE

BLAZER: 80s vintage ♥ JEANS: Thrifted ♥ SHOES: Converse ♥ BAG: Kate Spade ♥ NECKLACE: Vintage (from the 70s…my mom’s!) ♥ BELT: Calvin Klein

IMG_9139

IMG_9140

IMG_9155

IMG_9168

IMG_9147

IMG_9104

 

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures that day..I am not a photographer by any means but I love exploring and experimenting with different mediums and I enjoyed taking all the colors in and different textures. Nature is a beautiful creative space and I love that we are free to see and discover here at home.

IMG_9138

IMG_9123

IMG_9113

Unfortunately, there are some places in the world where there are bridges and borders and some people are not as blessed as we are here in Canada to travel. This land is filled with amazing opportunities and I am truly blessed to be a part of it!  And I am very proud to show my husband around so he can also see what I see. Canada is a great place to live in!

 

A trip to Haskell

My husband has been nagging over and over (for months!) on me to go to Stanstead (Quebec) so we can see the Haskell library as part of our honeymoon. We took the time to do so today! I was super glad to see my husband exploring and discovering the little town and the library. This library was founded in 1901 and is located on the US/Canadian border. So technically you’re like both in the US and in Canada at the same time. There’s loads of visitors that come in the library from both sides of the border. It’s quite fascinating. What I find so wonderful is that it’s like traveling to a different country but without really having to cross the border. We met an American family that never left the US, took a plane or traveled except to come see the Haskell library. They drove 6 hours to be able to just take 1 simple picture. People’s enthusiasm to discover this little jewel is adorable!

Inside the library, there’s a black tape on the floor to show the border’s division and we ended up abusing it and we snapped endless pictures in every angle possible.

We then spent the time to walk around and discover Stanstead a little better. It was pretty much an empty spot…we didn’t see many humans walking around..so we took loads of picture and we looked a little crazy.

IMG_8980

IMG_8979

IMG_9005

IMG_9007

We also visited the Stanstead Stone Circle , it’s basically a sanctuary and a place of reflection. All you can hear is the clear sound of nature helping you find inner peace. This place is special for in many ways and it was designed to honor many things…such as the Equinox, the close and peaceful relationships between Canada and the USA, and the English  and French cultures that together share and live in this unusual and symbolic community.

IMG_8997

IMG_9040

So….how can I not document this day?! My husband’s been dreaming about this day for ages! So I took the advantage to also document my outfit as I was feeling it (so much).

IMG_8940

WHAT I WORE:

JACKET: Danier leather ♥ TOP: Zara (thrifted) ♥ PANTS: Free People ♥ BOOTS: Aldo ♥ Turban: Silk scarf from Turkey ♥ BAG: Diesel ♥ EARRINGS: Vintage

IMG_8958

Can you tell I’m obsessing over this Danier leather jacket?!!!

IMG_8965

IMG_8936

The outfit was super not over thought…I just threw on some jeans and my favorite jacket….I have been getting a lot of wear out of this jacket and I can’t get enough…Also, I am super proud to be back to my vintage/thrifting affair. Everything is always much more interesting when you get unique items.

If you guys are ever around the Derby or Stanstead  region, this library is a must see. Trust me, you won’t regret it!