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!

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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

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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!

 

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.

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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.

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

 

 

That 80s sweater….

We visited Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue today and it was the perfect weather to walk along the river…it wasn’t too cold nor too hot. Hubs and I walked around the city and enjoyed the local market area where there was a bazaar supporting local farmers and small businesses . We ate some handmade gelato and it was amazing! The sun was bright and shining and the bees and butterflies were out to play.

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The foliage was remarkable and there still loads of green left in the scenery. The air smelt nice and the breeze was just super yummy! There were loads of people walking around and enjoying family time. There were even people taking advantage of the mild weather to ride their boats (perhaps) one last time before winter.

Hubs and I also took the time to go to Nova (the vintage/thrift shop) in Sainte-Anne…and I ended up buying a few items and I cannot wait to share them soon..EEEKK!!!

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Can’t make this post without also sharing my outfit of the day…and I wore vintage! I got this sweater a few winters ago..it’s a beautiful hand knit sweater made in Hong Kong. It’s honestly very heavy and you can see that it is worked meticulously. It’s a rare and wonderful piece to own. I have posted it for sale for the moment on my Etsy page (for those interested).

WHAT I WORE:

TOP: Vintage Nannell sweater ♦ PANTS: Thrifted Buffolo (straight leg cut) ♦ BELT: Calvin Klein ♦ SHOES: Converse ♦ BAG: Cole Haan ♦ SUNGLASSES: Forever 21

I’ve been enjoying wearing straight leg jeans/looser jeans…they’re much more comfortable and I feel like I have abused the skinnies a little bit too much. The ones I am wearing in this blog are thrifted…and they were longer and so I cut them and let the bottom hem frayed. DIYing is a super easy way to give the illusion of having loads of items in your closet…but you’re just really pimping what you got. I have been into this at the moment..I haven’t really actually shopped in real store or malls in a while..I would say a good 5 months. Thrifting has been taking a lot of my time lately and revamping my clothes even more. Why not make your things unique and leave your own touch. It really doesn’t cost much.

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I will share some of my DIY items that I worked on lately in up coming posts…right now I am loving documenting about our travels and discoveries.

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I have been pimping loads of my denim items and some items I have had for ages…so I figured why not make them new again. You’ll see them soon!!!

No Denim challenge: Day 7 (OOTD)

As the final day of the no denim challenge hits, momma decided to hit full throttle and go full out and dress as though she going to dinner with Tom Hanks (hints of exaggeration right here…but that’s pretty fancy for where I was going). I wanted to have my last outfit be cool and chic and complex yet simple. So, I thought about layering in volumes; airy and breezy. I also wanted the whole look to be monochrome (sorta) but with a pop of red on my lips. I haven’t worn red lips in a while and was in the mood for them. Red lips, for some reason, always give me an extra added power and confidence.

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WHAT I WORE:

TOP: Ipekzade (from Turkey) ♠ PANTS: Zara ♠ SHOES: Aldo ♠ BELT: Vintage ♠ BAG: Nine West ♠ EARRINGS: Etsy


I love how the top when cinched in with the bet created a similar kind of waves as the pants and this is exactly how I envisioned the outfit to be. I didn’t want to stray off too far away from the colors I was wearing and so I added this faux snake leather clutch from Nine West. I could potentially consider this as a vintage piece because I own it since 2005. My sister got it for me as a gift when I was in university and looking for special pieces to build my “adult/party” wardrobe with. Love you sissy! She always knows what I love and gets me the coolest pieces.

Although this challenge was pretty awesome and wearing no denim forced me to be completely creative and a little out of my lazy comfort zone, it feels great to end it as well. I miss my jeans and I am ready to go back to them for a little bit now.

Dressing up always adds a little something special in my day..it gives me confidence and a boost to face the world and follow my dreams.

No Denim challenge: Day 5 (OOTD)

For today’s no denim outfit…I wanted to hit me some boho chic vibes; a little bit of texture, a little bit attitude and a lot of color. I was able to add a lot of my personality into this outfit. I think it’s the outfit the describes me the most this week; full of energy, full of life and color…free-spirited and just overall wild. I felt very in my zone today…no real, hard efforts and deep thought went into today’s outfit…it just came to me naturally. I am a natural born flower child…a nomad and a gypsy. So, with the help of my wonderful husband, I was able to document today’s cool outfit. He definitely knows how to take some good snaps without me looking.


WHAT I WORE:
TOP: Dynamite (turtleneck) ¦KIMONO: Forever 21 ¦ PANTS: Pink Woman (Jordan) ¦ SHOES: Jessica Simpson ¦ BAG: My own design ¦ SUNGLASSES: Brigitte Bardot (vintage) ¦ EARRING: Crystal Couture


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I have had these silky peachy trousers for a good 3 years now and only wore them once…I feel like it’s such a hard color to wear sometimes, just like white, because it gets dirty pretty fast. I am a little clumsy when it comes to not spilling things around. This is why I don’t trust myself wearing these beautiful pants so often. Since I am on this denim ban, it was the perfect timing to get these pants out of the darkness and into the light. Best decision ever, because I forgot how beautiful they are and how comfortable and soft they feel. I paired them with a floral kimono for Forever 21..which I got in a sale a couple of season ago..I like to keep my clothes, I have this thing where I try not to throw out the things I love…I still have things from high school! Like a cool denim jacket dad bought me as a present…anyway, so this kimono has been in my closet for a while and I wore it a ton and will continue to wear it.

I didn’t want to be overly draped in fabric and so this is why I decided to wear my veil as a turban today…and since I felt naked in the ear/neck area, I decided to accessorise a little and wear chandelier earring I bought on the Crystal Couture website  few month ago. They’re perfect for me to wear whenever I have some sort of event or whenever my ears feel too naked like today.

This clutch holds a special place in my heart as it’s my design and it has my name written on it in Arabic. I have had these made with the help of wonderful women in Jordan for a collection I launched a few season ago in Vancouver. I sold most of them but kept this one because it was a gift to myself as a stepping stone into the wonderful world of fashion.

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Out of all the no denim outfits so far, I would say this one is my favorite as it truly does represents me; colourful and joyful!

 

 

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.