No Denim challenge: Day 3 (OOTD)

So today I am sharing with you my outfit…day 3 in the no denim challenge…this is honestly harder than I thought. I always reach out for my denim and then I remember I’m on a one week denim ban. Today’s outfit is pretty chill, as we were invited  to the in laws for dinner…so I didn’t want to be too restricted in what I was wearing because I would obviously help set and clear the table. Therefore, I did not want something super fancy or too dressed-up…and this is what I ended up wearing.

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WHAT I AM WEARING:

SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade ⊕ SHIRT: Vintage ⊕ BELT: Vintage ⊕ PANTS: House of Harlow ⊕ SHOES: Jessica Simpson


I got these House of Harlow pants in a sample sale once. That was the beauty in working in the fashion industry, you get to be invited to many sample sales and you get to buy clothes for a cheap as 1 or 2$ a piece. Like this is insane! And then you find them in stores  for like 75% more than the actual production price…consumerism, ahh!! Such a touchy subject. Anyway, back to the blog, I bought them because they’re so freaking light! Like seriously, I wish y’all can feel how light and soft they feel. It almost feels like wearing nothing. It was perfect for the hot weather.

I decided to pair it with my favorite mustard vintage shirt I bought a while ago from the Nova thrift shop in Hudson. I added a vintage black leather belt I also got from Nova to add a little but of dimension in the outfit as I didn’t want it to be completely bluh and bland. I love this belt  because it’s just soft leather and you can easily make it either wide or thin by rushing it and tightening it around the buckle. And, also, it’s black, so it’s a great piece to have in your wardrobe as it can easily be mixed and matched with other outfits.

I then wore my Jessica Simpson clog sandals that I got last summer…they’re still going strong. They’re leather, so I know they will last me a very long time if I continue to take care of them…for me, items like this are considered investment pieces because I know I can wear them with anything and over a long period of time.

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I added the red for a pop of color…these I love these colors combined together. They make me very happy. Mustard is a pretty weird color to fall in love with, but I am a mustard girl!

For day 3, my no denim challenge game is pretty awesome. Chill outfits make me happy and being stylish and comfortable all at once is always a home run!

 

 

Figuring out life…and a little OOTD

Moving to Jericho wasn’t exactly one of my greatest hits as I still trying to sort things out. And whilst being on this never ending new self-discovery journey, I have hit a few low moments and this week wasn’t the best one. It is absolutely a culture shock for me…funny you say? Well, I know that I am Arabic and all and my roots are forever Middle Eastern but I was raised in Canada and it’s totes not the same mind set. Don’t get me wrong, I mean this is a wonderful place but I feel like is so not as fast paced as I would like it to be. I mean I know I just have to sit down with myself and figure out exactly what it is  I truly want. It was always clear to me in Montreal…being a business owner was my calling and even though it still is….I just need to re-work my grounds and figure out how to being. Fashion has always been my true home. The colors, the texture, the beautiful and endless lines and structures and just everything about it keeps me alive inside. I know that this is where I need to be…fixing garments, curating vintage and styling outfits..now that is my calling! There are still a few gapped spaces that I need to fill out as it comes to fashion here in Palestine. Some things are not as “fashionable” as I “thought” they were. I mean, I will never follow rules, ever! Because that’s just who I am…but it turns out apparently that if you go to a public and social outing, you’re not to repeat the outfit you wore there any where else….because people already saw you in it. I am one who recycle outfits quite a lot…especially if I truly love the pieces I have. And I love pretty much everything I own. Oh and apparently, vintage isn’t a thing either…..who knew?!

Anyway…I know I am super ramble-y but I just needed to vent out a bit and writing does help me set things into perspective and help me see the bigger picture. I always had a diary that I wore in religiously…up until my sister found it and put her nose in it…le boo! As I was stuck in a big funk, I wasn’t super inspired to dress up in anyway or blog either. Today, I woke up and found my strength again. I find the human mind so fascinating and even though the will and power does come from us, sometimes I can’t help but feel so hopeless and helpless. So today, instead of sitting here and whining and feeling sorry for myself…I decided to get dressed so casually and go out for a little chill time with the sissy in law and her kids. She’s always so positive and I love her for keeping me that way too.

Along with my little chit chatty ramble…I wanted to share with you my little outfit..as it was super perfect for a hot hot 40 degree summer day…without further ado, here it is:

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WHAT I WORE:
SHIRT: Thrifted ◊ SKIRT: Stradivarius ◊ SUNNIES: Aldo ◊ SHOES: Charles & Keith

This skirt is super light and airy and feels so comfy on a hot day and shoes too!! I mean did you see the the holes in the shoes. Look how happy I look;

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All in all I would say this was a pretty chill and relaxing day. A happy one and hopefully this is the start to a new high where I find myself again and enjoy life’s precious moments.

So my dear internet friends, if you are in a funk or hitting rock bottom, fear not as you are not lone. We all have those moments and take your time to feel every feeling that come through you…but the most important thing that you must keep in mind is to keep going and to keep fighting for yourself and for your dreams. It is not about the fame or the money to the final destination, it is about those little moments and those little challenges you pick up along the way of your journey. Savor them and enjoy them as they are but faint memories that only you can remember.

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!

 

That mustard shirt…

There is probably nothing that beats a beautiful sunny day…and I have been getting loads of sun lately with my move to Jericho…which btw has been awesome for my skin! No more dry patches and no more flakey skin…although I do still get that (once in a while) around my lips. So today I felt a little more upbeat and felt like dressing up for a little outing with my hubs’s nieces and nephews (yes the photos are taken by his 12 year old nephew). I spent most of the time chasing after those little rascals and giggling for the rest of it. Sometimes, it is important to remember to get the child inside us out a little for some fun. I am and always will be a child at heart; carefree and free-spirited, which is why I have been dressing the way I am dressing lately. A little bohemian charm never hurt anyone. I want to keep things airy and cool. A little loose and a little style!

So here’s how my outfit turned out and yes some vintage is involved…couldn’t leave that part of me behind in Canada of course. Vintage is really what I thrive for…finding that unique pieces and bringing it back to life…just ugh! Such a wonderful feeling!

WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: Unbranded 80s Vintage Δ PANTS: Zara culottes Δ SHOES: White Mountain Δ BELT: Ebay Δ SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade

I love these sandals ps…because you can wear them quite casually but still look super well put together…and they go with everything!!! From dresses to pants to skirts to jeans…..you name it!

Also pps…can we like admire this 80s silk mustard shirt together…okay so at first, I didn’t even care that it was a little way too big for me, because the color sold me on it. I bought this momma for like 5$ at the Nova boutique in Hudson while shopping with mum and it was everything. Since I bought it, I wore it about 50 times already and I will continue to wear it as long as it is in good shape. It’s so super light and comfortable. Plus, the color! OMGGG the color! I am slightly obsessed with mustard as you guys have noticed.

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I wanted to wear my 80s elephant leather belt I got along with this shirt…but it died 😦 soooo bummed!!! Super sucks, but I am working on finding a way to salvage it and bring it back to life…the hook of the belt broke as I pulled it out to undress myself…can we all say Miss Klutz!

I may look like a delicate flower and all, but man do I break things. I have come to terms that my talents include breaking things and walking into things…and this is certifiable!

 

 

 

 

Where my Cyndi Lauper fans at?!

It’s been a hot minute since I wrote a post, I have been super busy with life and a big change coming up soon…I have been lacking style and inspiration. All I wanted was to hide in a hole half the time and stay dressed in my PJs. Sometimes, life takes us in directions and way we never thought we’d end up in or see….and sometime that change is good but sometimes it isn’t but we just gotta deal with it…because we’re human and we survive. Okay, moving on for this little ramble, today I was quite inspired and felt like I needed to dress up and be cool again and bring back some color into my life. So what better era to be inspired by than the 80s! I am an 80s child and color, texture, patterns were all the craze. I felt like Cyndi Lauper-ing my outfit today and this is what I came up with:

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Now, it’s still a little cold in Montreal and the weather has been a little crazy…acting all schizo. So layers were much needed…and this is what I decided to wear all these crazy layers and colors and added texture and depth to my outfit; being a little generous never hurts! I am pretty such most of you already saw this dress before, as I wore it for a Valentines day blog…but this time around, I wore it as a shirt and added this freaking coolest killer 70s pleather belt ever!!! When I saw this belt in the vintage shop, sitting all alone in the corner shelf with layers of dust on it, I knew I needed to save it. I fell in love ❤ This is an absolute treasure and I have no idea why it was sitting there in the dust.

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WHAT I WORE:

JACKET: Danier Leather ♠ DRESS: Zara ♠ BELT: 70s vintage ♠ JEANS: Forever 21 ♠ SHOES: 70s vintage ♠ RINGS: Vintage (minus my wedding band) ♠ SUNGLASSES: Guess

Can we take a moment and all admire this delicate vintage Italian satin fuchsia kitten heel. Super adorable and super retro; it totes adds a little je ne sais quoi to every outfit. These Chanel inspired 70s heels were a purchase from the Nova boutique in Hudson and this is the first time I wear them out. It sincerely feels like I have nothing on my feet. These shoes were the perfect addition to my outfit to really bring out the inspiration I had when putting it together;  definitely Cyndi Lauper material with all the layers and the crazy colors.

So to all my girls who just want to have fun; don’t let anybody stop you for wearing whatever the heck you want. Cheers x

 

Roaring twenties: OOTD

As I am going through some major changes in my life…in a particular closing chapter, I have turned to fashion to make my days brighter and happier. It doesn’t really mean I’m unhappy, it just means I’m feeling quite nostalgic and emotional. I sought after color, texture and style to remind me of how beautiful life is and how this next big chapter in my life will be filled with amazingly ‘notorious’ adventures with the person I love and cherish. Fashion consoles me in difficult time and I needed a break from all the chaos. So today, I went for the happier times in modern fashion…the roaring twenties; the times of perfectly joyous, avant-garde, jazzy days, where nothing else but happiness mattered. The times of women decided to break through the Victorian era and rebel against the corsets and uptight clothes. The flapper women are a little bit like heroes for wanting to free themselves from certain rules and for expressing themselves through fashion.

As I was inspired by their strength, I went all out with my outfit…like I mean all out. Perhaps it is a little bit too much for certain people, but I can strongly say that this particular outfit uplifted my spirits and gave me energy and strength to keep fighting. It may sound super funny, but clothes really do change your perspective on life and how you see things.

Without going on too much on feeling my feelings…here’s what my outfit came out:

Can we just take a moment and look how awesome these pants are! They’re super jazzy and cool! And when you walk and the wind just hits them….ugh, the hems just go flying and dancing into the breeze, making beautiful poetic fashionable waves!

WHAT I WORE:

NECK TIE: Vintage ♦ SHIRT: Thrifted ♦ PANTS: Zara ♦ SHOES: Topshop (y’all have seen them like a million times) ♦ EARRINGS: H&M ♦ SUNGLASSES: Vintage

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I tired up my scarf in a way to recall the bob cut and the gorgeous hats…I was pretty impressed on how it came out…although sometimes I felt a little bit like a pirate. Haha!

Nonetheless, I can truly and safely say that today was a good day. I totes needed this and the 1920s were just the right amount of inspiration to keep me going!!!

The little rebel I am

Sometimes I feel super blessed to be bi-cultural because of how much horizon I can see and cover. I feel like I can understand other cultures so much better. But most of the time, I find it difficult and hard to deal with, especially with the fact that I cannot seem to find a true place in which I fit in. I mean, in my heart I am African, in my dreams I am Mexican, I speak Spanish and Italian, I am an avid German fan and I die for Chinese food…I feel like the whole world is my home (except when I am with my hubby, then that truly is home). The point of this post is that today I woke up feeling quite rebellious (a huge trait I have), and felt like my Canadian, North American side needed to come out. My inner Louise was itching to come out. And so, this is how I decided to dress this morning…a mix of Louise, with a little bit of badass, a little bit of attitude, and a little bit of hate for love.

This is how my look/style turned out….featuring my new favorite vintage BB sunglasses from mum:

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What I wore:

SHRUG: Lucky Brand ♣ TOP: Girl Boss tee from Simmons ♣ JEANS: High rise Gap denim ♣ SHOES: Topshop ♣ SUNGLASSES: Vintage ♣ RINGS: Vintage

I haven’t been able to wear any other shoe lately, I love these ones too damn much…and although my shoe wardrobe is quite big, this Topshop heel is the one i reach out for the most.  I find that those shoes add more va va voom to any outfit because the heel is quite high and it’s velvet.

These rings were purchased by mum…from a cute little antique shop in Montréal. They’re amazing and they add the perfect gypsy/bohemian to any outfit.

I was feeling very me in this outfit. I will most of the time prefer jeans over anything else…although sometimes I itch to dress ‘decent’ and ‘appropriate’ or ‘lady-like’ if you will….but today was one of those days where I gave no importance to anything else but comfort and freedom. I know it might sound weird, but dressing up to your own liking is liberating and freeing as you can easily express yourself without too much effort. This is why fashion and style is so important to me, because I speak way too  many languages, I get lost and can’t find my words…I just choose to dress a certain way and voila the trick is done!