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New drops – Etsy update!

Happy Monday everyone!

Just wanted to share with you new items I have been adding the last few days over on my Etsy store. Things have been selling quite fast these days. So I am sharing the updates here as well, so you can all get a chance to look at the items. There is a mix of items from tops to bottoms – pants, skirts, shirts and the works. I haven’t had the chance to shop for new, special and cool items as things are slow to open up with Covid. Nonetheless, I have had the chance to clear up some of the things that were sitting there for posting.

I will be adding more in the next couple of days…so please do come back for a visit.

Cheers!

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Vintage

Eid outfit – Take 2

This one is probably my favorite! As it is a mixture of culture, fashion, and color. I love South Asian attire; I have always been obsessed. If I would not look completely stupid and overdressed, I would sport beautiful Sarees and Salwars everywhere I’d go. There so much charm and mystery that goes into their wear and I am absolutely mesmerized. If I could collect cultural, ethnic pieces from all around the world, I totally would without hesitation. I think it is important for us to be open to learning about others and their cultures. Fashion, just like traveling can give you an insight as to how a community lives and operates. This is why I love doing what I do. Collecting rare vintage pieces that were made in the past celebrate different parts of the world without discrimination. I feel like these days we have arrived at a time where everything offends everyone. Cultural appropriation is such a big deal. Like I understand the concept, but I would try not to be offended—I guess just take the time to educate those who need to be educated.


Side note, I have been on the hunt for a beautiful traditional Afghan dress for a while and I am dying to have one but can’t seem to find any…preferably vintage! I mean look at how incredible the workmanship is. The vibrant colors, the embroidery, just everything about the Afghan dress is immaculate.


Anyway, so when I was vintage shopping last year, I found a beautiful orange Indian set that looks immaculate and I knew I needed to have it. Because I don’t normally wear orange, I decided to break it down with something else. Since I didn’t want to lose the Indian aspect of the look, I decided to pair the gorgeous top with wide-leg ruffled Flamenco pants that I have had in my wardrobe for ages. I keep it for those days I want to look extra fly. This Eid is a perfect occasion to get the pants out for a spin. What I love most about the top is how feminine is looks. The way it cinches in at the waist then comes out with layered fabric add a little sexiness to it without being too out there. You get curves while still looking modest and that’s always a plus. I also love the puffed shoulder sleeves. It’s done just right and not in a reject 80s video kinda way. I hate big shoulders when they are tacky. This..this is just spot on!


So this is look two for Eid week. Pretty cool isn’t it? With this outfit, I would definitely always do heels as there are a lot of layers and I am short, so I don’t want to look like a piece of fabric walking around town.

I didn’t want to accessorize much with this outfit as the main piece is the top and I don’t want to take the spotlight away from it. I know that is a piece I will keep in my wardrobe forever and perhaps pass it on to my daughter so that she could appreciate it as much as I do now. Sadly, there aren’t any labels on it, perhaps it was handmade, but I would have loved to get a background story on it. That would have made the piece extra special. Bonus! This outfit is done with pieces already in my closet and I didn’t need to buy anything new. From the top to the shoes. Plus I used vintage items which is always a treat. If you guys fancy to recreate this look, I would highly suggest you guys check out Etsy as there are plenty of cool shops that offer amazing, ethnic and colorful pieces to the audience.

What do you guys think about this look? Is it a yay or nay? Would you guys style it the same way or differently?

Happy Tuesday x

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Vintage

Eid outfit

We are celebrating Eid in a week and I cannot wait for it as we only get two big celebrations in Islam. We get Eid after Ramadan and Eid after the pilgrimage in Mecca. It was always a time we looked forward to as kids and still do now actually. Eid is about giving back and celebrating with your loved ones the true meanings of Islam. You celebrate love, respect, and peace. Peace of mind and peace of soul. It is important to share that with others by being charitable and compassionate, wherever you are in the world. It is about being kind and hopeful, about being righteous and loving and I hope to instill those principles in my daughter. Along with those beautiful feelings you feel, you also get money as gift and sometimes you get gifts as well. Bonus! You get new clothes to show off and treats and spend the entire day hopping from house to house visiting all your uncles and aunts to collect your money. Alas, growing up here without the rest of the family around, we miss on doing that. So instead, we do it with my siblings and parents and celebrate with our non-Muslim friends, which is still pretty cool.


I decided to share with you what outfits I would wear to celebrate Eid as it is three days afterall! I will give you two extra looks as a bonus too! Perhaps, I can inspire you a little to get out of your comfort zones and experiment with what you already have in your wardrobes. With COVID, we aren’t going to be house hopping but we will gather for a little brunch on the first day as we always do. I decided this time around to give you a week’s worth of outfits. I am actually super excited because my daughter is a little more conscious of what’s going on and I want to build amazing memories with her in celebrating proper Eid. Also, for some reason, she’s super into dressing up even though she’s only 22 months. She always fights with me to pick which dress to wear. It’s annoying but still so freaking cute. Fashion mama proud!


Without further ado…here is outfit #1

So, let me break down the outfit…This is certainly not a skirt. It’s a dress! And I am certain you guys have seen it before on my blog. It is a vintage Laura Ashley number that I have had for ages and I figured why not used it differently this time around. I felt like this floral blouse suited it and it was super appropriate to match with the dress and because I didn’t want to look to be awkward with the shirt just hanging there, I pulled the look together with a vintage leather belt (which I will posting for sale soon).

It was just a whim and I love love love the result. I absolutely would wear this look in a heartbeat anywhere. Even grocery shopping! What I love about this dress is that you can easily dress it up or down. You can wear it with a cardigan for a feminine look or turn it into a skirt as I did here. Or even maybe with a leather jacket for a badass babe look. Vintage is cool that way, you can make it your own and that’s special. And good news! This dress is up for sale, although I loved it to death, I am cleaning up my closet and I am sure it will find a forever loving home. You can shop here.

Finally, I pulled the look together by adding a straw bag that was a birthday gift last year and never got to wearing it until now. What I love about this outfit is that I used things I already owned and created a new look. A look I didn’t wear before. There is always a mixing and matching possibility in every closet. So before you go out to shop for new outfits, try to shop in your own closet and try to create new looks like I did. It is good for the pocket as well as the environment.

So here is look #1, what do you guys think? Do you like it? Would you wear it this way? If not, how would you style it? Please share your thoughts!

Happy Monday x

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Vintage

New in…

So excited to finally have some new accessories added into my Etsy shop. There’s a lot more to add online, but I simply haven’t had the time, but I was able to sit down this weekend to add some of the gems I have been collecting over the past few weeks. There’s a lot of wonderful new clothes to add as well and I cannot wait to share them with you. For the moment, you can get a little sneak peek at what will be in store. I am also prepping for a spring pop-up shop in Ottawa and I will be holding a sale soon to get things rolling.

 

Some wonderful earrings from the 80s….

And some bracelets will be available like this beautiful cloisonné number:

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So, don’t be shy and go on ahead and check out the new products here.

 

Happy Monday x

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Vintage

Quantity VS Quality

Do you boycott shopping altogether or do you simply buy less and smarter? As time goes on and generations educate themselves on the true impact of fast fashion, they are becoming more aware of their spending and where their money goes. There is still a lot of people who aren’t on the bandwagon of sustainability. I mean I am not 100% sustainable, because it is impossible to be unless you live under a rock. However, I make conscious decisions about what I put out into the world. I have always been an environmentalist since I was a kid, and I cared about reusing and recycling. I fell off track when I went down the rabbit hole of the fashion industry. I was brainwashed and I thought I needed it all and that if I didn’t follow, I wouldn’t fit in. As I got older, I realized, there’s no need for me to buy everything in stores and that it is never about the quantity but about the quality of the things I owned.

Once the documentary “The True Cost” came out, that’s when more and more people started to understand the impact that the fashion industry has on our planet and on the laborers; the gruesome reality of what we do to ourselves and others.

After I entered the vintage realm, I realized that there’s a big market and that a lot more people are interested in making conscious efforts to buy less and buy smarter. Again, it’s never about the number of items you own but about their quality and how long they will serve you. Since the fast fashion movement happened, quality is not necessarily a priority, and this is why shopping vintage is a good option to look at. Clothing, back then, was made intricately with topnotch fabrics and craftsmanship. Finding vintage pieces that are in mint condition is totally possible if you look in the right places. Therefore, spending a little more on quality pieces that you will use for a long time is a better option. Not only for the planet but for you and for your pocket. Investing in key pieces is a good way to start and if you feel like buying trendy items, then thrift shops are the way to go.

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In today’s outfit of the day, I am showing you that vintage investment pieces do exist. They are out there; you just need patience and a good eye. This Parisian made blazer, that I bought from my favorite thrift shop Nova is so beyond amazing. The quality of the wool is impeccable and it’s as if it was never used. I know that this is a classic blazer and it will be excellent to keep in my wardrobe for a long long time. It’s lightweight, comfortable and the fit is just right and what I like about it is that it’s on the longer side and that it covers the butt area. Always a plus when you wear it with skirts or dresses, it’s so chic! Even when belted at the waist. YUM!

Today, however, I wore it with a 70s flare. I wore it my favorite striped knit trousers and a Virgo tee. More of a relaxed look and definitely doing the clashing pattern.  I don’t know why, but there’s a Freddy Mercury feel to this outfit and that’s why I liked the combo so much. Freddy did fashion so perfectly. His pieces were simple but the way he carried himself made every outfit smashing. Even his classic high-top Adidas were perfection.

So, ultimately, I guess it’s smart to always have in mind that obvious questions…”Do I really need this?” before buying anything and if you are tempted to buy, then go on ahead and try your local thrift or charity shop, you’ll be surprised how many amazing gems are hidden like this blazer right here.

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Fashion Vintage

Valentine’s Day Outfits Ideas

So the big v-day is coming. And it’s coming fast. So I thought it would be interesting to share with you some outfits that are a little atypical… no floral-y or girly girl.  These look definitely do tell about my style evolution and just how I would do the good old v-day date (today). Maybe because practicality is in mind for me these days; it’s more about comfort and feeling sexy without wearing skimpy clothes. I get that little dresses and satin slips are the thing to sport on v-day, but I went a different route. A little outside of the box I guess.
So without further ado, here are the outfits I would wear on Valentine’s Day
Look # 1

This is my personal favorite and the one I will probably wear this Friday for a date with le hubby. I like it because it’s sexy, it’s badass but still quite feminine. This look can easily be recreated. The leather pants are very sexy, I find, and depending on what top you choose to wear, you can too make this look v-day appropriate. I opted for a feminine, flowy, pink blouse to add a little hint of love and girliness to the look and paired it off with the highest Topshop heels I own. To finish it off, I went for my good old trusted DKNY purse. Again, you can choose to accessories differently, but the main focus of this look is the pants. What’s great about leather pants is that they come in an array of different colors and you can find them everywhere from thrift shops to Zara, to Asos, you name it. Wear the pants to your liking but, most importantly, wear them to flatter your body shape.
Look #2

The second look isn’t so valentine’s typical but I love it, mainly because it screams color. Who said you can’t be playful and youthful on Valentine’s. You just add the right accessories to make your look a lot more date ready. Perhaps more jewels or bedazzled heels…For this look, I went with simple red trousers that fit like perfection and added a rainbow sweater to pull the look together. I let the bag do the talking. This heart-shaped Kate Spade bag is one that is dear to my heart as it was one of my first designer purchases. Although I don’t wear it much, it is very practical and, yes, it does fit my phone! This look would be one I’d wear for when I don’t feel like wearing dresses but still make an effort to be cute. I would change up the shoes to pumps as well, but, here, I went with my favorite yellow L’intervalle booties. They’re so freaking comfortable!
Look #3

The third look is very much spot on Valentine’s day in an outfit. The shirt says it all; it’s pink (neon, might I add) and it’s heart-printed, which is super adorable. This shirt can easily be paired with a cute little black, navy or even pink mini skirt and booties, but I went for a more practical choice and used the same red trouser as the second look. Red trousers are a good item to own as they are versatile and make any outfit choice extra cool. They always add a little something-something, if you know what I mean. Textured trousers are even better!

Look #4

Last but certainly not least!!! This one is what I would probably opt for if I wanted to do a dress and be a girly girl. I love to be unconventional (as we all have figured it out by now, only for the pure joy of being unique). I never liked doing something like others, I liked to break the rules and think outside the box. As for wearing a dress, I would go for something with color (obviously), but not necessarily super sexy (ie: slip dress or bodycon mini or something of the sort). This dress from Zara is super cool for the print and the cut (straight). I love to wear it unbelted usually but for the sake of adding shape to my body on Valentine’s, I added a vintage leather belt to be all snatched! I, of course, went for the yellow booties again, to bring the yellow flowers even more forward. I would go for a clutch for a classy look and slinky sandals but I wanted to keep the look functional and that’s why I paired it with my DKNY purse.

At the end of the day, ladies, you gotta wear what makes you comfortable and always remember the golden rule–that less is more. The less body you show, the sexier you will look. You want to attract the right vibes and so keep the girls tucked and focusing on accentuating your body with accessories. That’ll be the way to go!

Hope y’all found these outfits inspiring to create your signature looks and to be uniquely and unapologetically yourselves and may v-day bring you nothing but love and happiness.
x
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Vintage

The cardis are back!

So, turns out cardigans are back in style people! It was a big trend back in 2007-2008 and I was so into it back then. I had cardigans in every colorway possible. I remember buying mine from Zara for the whooping of 19.99$. I wore cardigans so much that after a while, I got over them. But now, not only are they back but they are back in a granny chic way. Towards the end of 2019, the runways were filled with granny cardis…from Gucci to Miu Miu to Molly Goddard—the trend is huge! Different colors and patterns and looks. It’s amazing. In fashion, anyway, history repeats itself and if you invest in key pieces and keep them in your closet for the future, you will make use of them again and again. Tbh, I am not mad at it, because that’s when thrifting and vintage come in to play. I assure you, that if you take the time to look in your local thrift shop, you will find an amazing cardigan sitting there waiting to be loved. I have a couple that I adore and cannot part ways with. I also know that I can raid my mom’s closet at any time and make any look granny chic. This brings me to my next point; granny chic is a thing!!! And I adore and applaud the major fashion houses for adopting this idea. Because oversized doesn’t mean not sexy. It’s almost like freedom from the tight, short clothes that we are all accustomed to seeing. Oversized can be sexy! I promise. You just have to learn to style it and make it for work for your body shape. So, it turns out I am already nailing this trend. I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately, but I am into the granny look, but obviously, I like to make it fashion. My current fashion icon is the pigeon lady from Home Alone 2. She’s got the oversized, color-blocked looked down! I love her!

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I am known to color clash quite a lot and today was no different. I opted for a vintage Parisian cardigan my mom had bought for herself in a thrift shop (duh! I stole it!) and I love this look. I can wear this over and over. anyone who sees this cardigan wants it, but I feel like selling it would be such a loss…I don’t think I would overcome it. So, I keep it neatly tucked away into my wardrobe and bring it out occasionally to satisfy my little vintage soul.

And look goes like this:

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I love the mixture of the Parisian art deco of the cardi with the floral of the skirt. I feel like the patterns marry perfectly together. But then again, that’s just me. I know that color clashing and print clashing can be crazy at times but the colors in this go well together that it’s not overly out there.

Time and time again, I say that vintage/thrifting is a good way to find pieces that will nourish your trend following needs. Especially if you’re an avid trend follower. There’s no need to splurge on pieces that you might never wear again unless you are certain to make use of said items in the future. Or you can always opt to buy second-hand designer items.

You can nail the granny look by adding a cardigan over your outfit as I did here, or you can accessories with pearls and jewels. You can wear cute cocktail dresses or sport vintage top handle bags (which is quite in too). There are a million and one ways to make the granny look work for you; it can make it playful, fun and sexy. Know your body and know how to make things work for you. Or you can always do like me and follow pigeon lady!

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40% OFF EVERYTHING IN STORE!!!

It’s been such a while since I came here to write. Life has been quite hectic and I miss blogging. Living with a little 10 month old monster is such a ride! I’m taking all the extra time I can find to spend it with little one. I shall be back shortly….but in the meantime, please go on ahead to my Etsy store and enjoy 40% off everything!

Summer sale just started and will end in 2 weeks. Free shipping across Canada & USA. Have fun, enjoy the sun as much as you can and be safe xxx

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Too much color? Or not enough color?

As the remains of winter keep dragging us down an endless dreary spiral, I am still seeking the help of color to keep myself motivated and energetic. Seems like the cold days are lingering a little bit more this year. Or I feel like maybe because I live in a hot country for a year, I almost forgot what spring feels like in Canada. I don’t mind the cold, it’s just the sun I am missing because the blues are starting to hit. This somehow pushed me to get a few new pieces into my wardrobe for the coming months. I am so excited to wear more colors and play with different layers and texture over the summer. I feel like right now, dressing up is the only motivation I’ve got, and I am not sorry at all because it keeps me happy and entertained. I am even playing dress-up with little monster, except she doesn’t have a choice but to go with what I dress her with and I am fully taking advantage of that because one day, shell have her own opinion when it comes to clothes and I won’t get a say. Babies are so darn cute even though they’re a lot of work.

Anyway, I felt compelled to wear an animal printed pleated skirt I got from Winners with a sequined sweater from Zara. When I paired them together, I was ecstatic; the outfit as a whole is me. What I like about it is the over-sized sweater covering a bit of the skirt, which made it seem like a dress with ruffles. I have been having a little bit of an issue with my body lately. Don’t know if its post-partum depression that is hitting me quite late or I am just not content with my shape. I was super okay with everything until someone pointed out how huge my hips have gotten—Kind of an asshole comment if you ask me, but I just pushed it aside until one of my pants ripped and now I am always self-conscious and want to hide my hips with anything over-sized without compromising style and color. This outfit gave the confidence boost I needed, and I can’t help but share it with pride.

WHAT I AM WEARING

SWEATER: Zara ● SKIRT: Imelda ● SHOES: Zara ● SUNNIES: Ray-Ban ● BAG: Vintage

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I know that a lot of us North Americans suffers from the blues and the struggles is real, especially when the sun is teasing us and only showing up for an hour or two. I hope that the weeks to come will be brighter and happier for all of us!

Happy Monday xx

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Currently having a love affair with statement booties.

We all know that boots and booties are taking over the runways and shops for the past few seasons and the trend is still going strong. Statement booties specifically are having a major moment and I am super on board with that. Although some designer booties are to die for, I am still not convinced on dropping thousands of dollars to partake in said trend. Animal printed booties, colorful booties, color blocked cowboy boots, brocade style and even luscious velvet fabrics are all over the streets lately and I am loving how fun and east this trend is—you can experiment with different styles and you’d be able to pull it off seamlessly. No need to break your head because a simple outfit works wonders with statement, colorful booties…because you just let your boots do the talking!

I am an avid, obsessive, shoe-aholic girl and I am a collector of shoes and especially colorful, unique one. If I fall in love with a shoe, I don’t hesitate in investing in a good pair because I know I will keep it for years to come.  Besides, this is a trend that will stand the test of time, because you always need boots and if you are looking to spice up your outfit, then you can’t go wrong with statement boots. It’s a versatile and stylish trend. Plus, I feel like that booties are a transitional piece that you can take with you from season to season and you can easily dress them up or down! If you are into this trend currently and you’re not sure you will be in the future, then you can just go thrifting! That’s always a good option for you to find something cool without dropping big bucks for it. Since I love my shoes, I am more than willing to spend money because I know I will get my wear out of them and, I am very good at keep my shoes in tiptop shape! However, I love turning to vintage too because I always find something beautifully unique from previous times like the one I am wearing in this photo. These red croco skin booties are amazing!!! They’re a cross between cowboy boots and biker boots and what I love about them is the fit, so so comfy! it’s unreal! I bought them from a luxury thrift shop at the Point Claire village over last summer and have paid 90$ for them and I guess for real leather, that’s a pretty good price, id say! They’re made in Spain and although the brand name has been washed out, I cannot be more impressed with the quality. If I ever find a similar pair in a different color, I’d buy it without thinking twice.

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WHAT I AM WEARING

SHIRT: Winners ◊ PANTS: Gap (thrifted) ◊ BOOTS: Vintage ◊ Watch: Marc Jacobs ◊ BRACELETS: Alex and Ani

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A good place to start looking for booties on the high-street would be Zara if thrifting isn’t your thing! They always have amazing shoes and I would definitely put a seal of approval on the comfort front. They always do shoes right. Not clothes, but shoes are their forte.

Happy April and may your shoe game be as strong as your coffee!