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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The festive “pregnancy” dress edit!

This is the last wedding I attended before finally heading home to Montreal for the next couple of months and I am so glad it was the last because I started running out of clothes that fit me. I know that I can buy, but my plan of no buying maternity wear has gone pretty well and I am so proud that I haven’t had to spend crazy amounts of money to look fabulous. I was able to scavenge my way through mom’s closet and also through the clothes I own. I got this dress during my engagement period from my travels to Jordan and I absolutely fell in love with how detailed it is. Therefore, technically speaking, this dress isn’t maternity at all and I am so glad it still fit me perfectly even with the bump in the way. From the embroiderey to the colors to the Swarovski stones…everything about this dress makes me so happy. It’s so festive without being too much. I wore it to a little party my sisters threw me before leaving Montreal last year and haven’t worn it after that, this event was prefect for an encore.

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Since the dress is very colourful and out there, I kept the styling pretty simple; by adding plain black heels and clutch. I felt like a total princess in it; flowy, airy and just prefect in every way.

I also kept my makeup pretty simple since I didn’t want to look to clowny. Glowy and highlighted skin was pretty much was I went for.

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I am finally starting to get the hang of pregnancy. Going in my second week of my sixth month of pregnancy, it finally hit me that I am carrying a little soul inside. My belly has been super prominent unless I ate something that made me bloat. But, today, my belly is pretty much out there. However, in this dress, I didn’t feel as fat as I usually do…and it isn’t bad, but it’s just different.

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Nonetheless, so glad this is the last big event and yet so sad to leave my hubs behind.

 

 

 

Jungle Fever

Weather’s been crazy these days, either chilly, either too hot…and it’s a bit confusing on what to wear in Jericho. There were a few rainy days and they were awesome, feels nice to see something else than sun; makes me kinda miss living in a 4 seasons (almost) country. We had a few errands to run and a little visit to hubs’ uncle today and since it was blooming hot, I figured a dress would be perfect; airy, comfortable and light. Since I have had this little number for a good 3ish years now, I figured it was time to wear it (I think I probably only wore it once). I know it ain’t everyone’s cuppa tea, but I love it! The main reason why I bought this dress is for the fact that obviously it is striped! Yes you got it! But also because it’s so unique with the embroidery on it!! I got it on a little visit in Egypt for a little tiny nameless boutique that my mates took me to. I knew that I wanted to have this piece in my wardrobe because of its one of a kind element. In fact, it was the only piece in the shop and it was a size medium, it might be slightly too big for me, but I am okay with it and I bought it anyway. A collector’s item, I would say! Besides, I find that it works well with my 21 weeks growing belly. How time flies! I remember only yesterday puking my life away at only 6 weeks.

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I honestly get mixed reviews when wearing it and I know it’s a love/hate piece. You either love it or hate it and I am okay with that, because you only dress to impress yourself. I have had a few questionable looks, but I really didn’t care, because this dress makes me feel all kinds of special. It’s bohemian, it’s rebellious, it’s glorious, and it’s girly. No need to say more!

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WHAT I WORE

Since this dress is overwhelmingly detailed (for some), I didn’t need to accessorize much, I just went for a simple black clog heel and a red veil to tie the whole look together. I wanted to sport a turban, but I felt too lazy to spend the time to wrap it up nice.

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These are the kinds of pieces I like to invest in and keep for a long time because they are so special. Even though it’s very colourful, I find that it works for a lot of different occasion! Besides, this is all me in a dress! Crazy, spirited and colourful.


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How to mix different prints: pregnancy edit!

Needed to play with some textures and patterns on this one and I love the way my outfit came out. So effortless! I feel like when I spend so much time working out and planning an outfit, it turns out just meh but when I am spontaneous, my outfit is va va voom. I haven’t worn this skirt in a while and I missed it, so I made an effort today to put it together in a somewhat of a decent outfit. Since the skirt doesn’t zip up all the way anymore, I needed to wear a longer shirt to cover up that up and what perfect way to pair it with a black and white striped shirt. You guys have this shirt a million and one times on my blog, it’s a staple piece for me and as long as it’s still in good condition, I will keep it and wear it proudly. When you love your pieces in your wardrobe, you feel so much more confident and that how I feel when I wear this shirt.

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Since the outfit was a little loose all over, I knew I needed to cinch up my waist somehow to bring back some shape into my life. Then I remembered I have this vintage belt that’s super comfortable and adjusts to whatever width or length you want it to be, which is prefect for my belly! I need all the space to breathe!

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Since I was still all out with my prints and patterns, I figured I could just go all the way and finish up my outfit with leopard print shoes and massive colourful earring. Because why not!?! I know that it make seem like a lot of print in one outfit, but I actually really loved how it came out and it really does feel effortless.

 WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: Mango ◊ SKIRT: Zara ◊ BELT: Unbranded (vintage) ◊ SHOES: Lord & Taylor ◊ EARRINGS: Aldo ◊ BAG: Aldo ◊ SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade

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We were going out to a coffee shop for drinks and so it’s a dressy yet casual outfit and it was perfect for patio seating. The outfit gave me room to wiggle and be completely comfortable. It’s breathable and airy. What more could a pregnant lady ask for?

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We have a couple of wedding to go to the next couple of weeks and so I feel like I could sport this look to one of these events. Perhaps change up the bag and go for a simple clutch or even the shoes to add even more length. That’s the beauty of fashion and dressing up; you can take the same clothes and recreate multiple different outfits depending on your mood!

So basically, you shouldn’t be afraid to mix different patterns together, as long as you are liking the end result! My look is a little bit more subtle because the patterns are in the same hues and tones, but I like the idea and would like to mix some more prints in the near future.

 


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A little bit of stripes…

Today was our anomaly baby scan and I was pretty nervous. We had to go all the way to Ramallah to make it happen as there aren’t any doctors available to do so in Jericho. I am not gonna lie but I was iffy all day and kindda unsure about everything and I needed to get the scan done and over with. I needed to know that my little baby is healthy and safe. Although we cannot control destiny, all you can do is pray and hope for the best. Hubs took the day off work so we can spend time together and then go to the doctor. We had a few walks and drinks and ended up having a quick lunch and I couldn’t have been happier than to spend the day with baby daddy. Ramallah was nice, warm and sunny and so we enjoyed walking and driving around the city. Although it is much busier than Jericho, it is nice to be stuck in traffic once in a while; it gives me Montreal vibes and I miss it quite a lot these days.

Today’s outfit was pretty simple. I opted for something light and fluid to make sure I didn’t get too heated…getting halfway through onto my pregnancy, my body temperature has been spiking and the heat waves are a real struggle. Not looking forward to menopause. Since I knew we were walking around, I opted for flats and here’s how the look came out:

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WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: Como Black ♠ PANTS: From a local shop in Jericho ♣ SHOES: From a local shop in Jericho ♥ BAG: Aldo ♦ SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade

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The main reason why I bought these pants is because of the stripes! Obviously! For those who know me and have been following me for a while know that my obsession with stripes is unreal. I want to buy anything in stripes!

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our doctor appointment passed successfully and now I can semi rest because I know that our little baby girl is going to be okay. Thank God!


 

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A little bit orange!

We had a birthday party to go to and I felt like dressing light and colourful because the sun is shining and beaming. I don’t spend much time outside because I don’t want to end up with hyperpigmentation spots on my face but the days the I do go out in full sun, I take advantage of. Today is one of those days. The party was set to be outside and so, I wanted to work on my tan a little better and didn’t want any awkward lines on my face, with the veil and all, so what I ended up doing is wearing my veil in a turban style. Second trimester has been treating me well so far and i am taking full full advantage of dressing up and looking cute…I know that soon, that might change depending on the swelling and the size of my bump.

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It’s already quite hot here in Jericho 29 degrees and so layering was not on the table. I ended up opting for a colourful button down shirt which gave me huge summer vibes and made me happy.

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I got these slide sandals from a local shop here in Jericho. It was the last pair on the shelf and it was my size so I figured that it was a sign for me to “indulge” and by indulge I mean spend a whooping price of 18$. Such a splurge I tell ya! I haven’t shopped much recently, so it felt good to buy something new for the first time in a long while. I bought it not only because it’s cute but for the pure practicality of it. Being pregnant and having a bump is harder than I thought it would be when trying to tie your shoes. I have had to ask my husband’s help a couple of times to strap me in my shoes. God bless his little heart! So having slides during the summer time is super useful and fundamental really to easy dressing. Plus, they’re a good alternative to ugly flip-flips. Never wearing those in public!

WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: Topshop ◊ PANTS: Buffalo (thrifted) ◊ SHOES: From a local shop in Jericho ◊ SUNGLASSES: From a local shop in Jericho ◊ EARRINGS: H&M

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Sadly, and for obvious reasons, my regular jeans and pants no longer fit, however, I have managed to make them work by adding hair elastics to give them a little bit more extension. Not the greatest look, but it works and when you have a long top on, no one will ever notice. It’s a super subtle and effective way to wear your regular clothes during pregnancy.

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Dressing up has always brought joy to me, but sometimes, I am demotivated easily by my surroundings and discouragements. Therefore, I am doing my best these days to have a different outfit every day and make it count; because I know that when baby comes, I won’t have too much time to pamper myself at first. Although, I am going to try and do my best to give both baby and I the time we deserve.

 


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Pregnancy edit: best purchases I’ve made!

I have shown you over the past couple of weeks some items I had added into my wardrobe to fit my newly growing body; especially in the pants department. I don’t really have a huge issue with my tops because I always tend to buy them one or two sizes bigger. I have been in love with the oversized look for a couple of year now! I tend to fitted clothes only on special occasion and only when I feel like my body is at its best. As for my pants on the other hand, I like them to fit me just right and I don’t like them too be too big because they give a really bad crotch area or ripples around the tights, which is a look you should always try to avoid.

Most of the items I ended up adding to my wardrobe were from Jordan…from the shop called MAX. They weren’t expensive and I know that I will wear them even after pregnancy because I didn’t shop for them at the maternity section. I truly think it’s quite the rip off to buy maternity jeans for 300$, I just can’t wrap my head around that. Insane! I bought that beautiful pink sweater that is going to get me through winter next year! That black maxi skirt which is super versatile and quite easy to wear. And these pants! Jersey I think is the best way to go when it comes to comfort in pregnancy; it’s loose, airy, comfortable and hugs you in all the right places!

I got these pants also from Max and got them in a size 12UK. I usually either wear 8 or 10 in UK sizing. SO got them bigger so that it accommodated my growing belly and so far so good. They are a little big but I pull them over my belly, so they stay in place! What I like is that they’re not boring at all and you can style them in many different creative ways.

Here’s how I styled them for a little brunch at the in laws:

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WHAT I WORE

DENIM SHIRT: Pink Woman ∴ TEE: Forever 21 Tupac and Biggie Smalls ∴ PANTS: Max ∴ SHOES: Badgley Mischka

Since they are a little too long for me and I didn’t feel like cutting them or tailor them; I wore heels! And yes, the same ones! Can you tell they’re my current obsession even though I have other heels that need some lovin’.

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I wanted to keep it casual with a little bit of effortless chic, hence the high heels and the printed tee. I have had this graphic muscle tee for about 3 years now and it is still going strong! This look gives me a little bit of Rihanna vibes…she likes to wear super casual leggings or sweatpants with heels all the time.

If you guys are looking for similar items, as always, here are some pictures with links below!


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