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.

That burgundy dress…

I have had this dress for a little while now, I wanted to wear it on the wedding day to change things up a bit….but the things is, the wedding was so beautiful that I did not even have time to get off the dance floor and this dress took a little bit of rest…until this very moment. We were invited to my hubby’s cousin’s wedding and I needed something to wear and this was just the perfect dress. I know I have a slight obsession with burgundy but it’s just such a pretty majestic color!!!

I was so happy that hubbs decided to match with me…I was proud, eeekk!

…and this is how I decided to style the dress….

I got this dress from a little boutique on St-Hubert Street in Montreal called Anais Designs. They’ve got loads of beautiful evening dresses for reasonable prices. Although I wanted to spend this time and make my own dresses…I unfortunately did not have it…time was just missing. So when I saw this dress, I knew it would be the prefect dress to wear to an important event…being long sleeves and all makes everything so much better and easier for me to style. I was loved the most about this dress is the detailing and the beading; it’s feminine and super delicate. I truly felt like a princess with the cut and flow-iness of this dress…makes me never want to take it off!

The shoes I got from Browns and they are Browns Couture exclusive. The perfect silver shade to complement my choice of turban/veil.

What I wore:

DRESS: Anais Designs ∞ SHOES: Browns Couture ∞ SUNGLASSES: Aldo ∞ EARRINGS: Crystal Couture Bridal

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If you’re in the Montreal area and looking for an evening dress, I suggest you hit up Anais Designs because they’ve got beautiful dresses for loads of shapes and sizes.

You’re for sure going to find something awesome for yourself and it will totes be perfect to dance in!

 

 

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!

 

DATE NIGHT OUTFIT <3

It was date night tonight…supper time, perfect time to dress up fancy and cute and wear the highest heels I own. It’s hard for me to dress up (sometimes) these days as I still live in a luggage. Mixing and matching outfits isn’t an easy task at the moment but I still manage to come up with cute ones (once in a while). Today was exceptional because I was planning to wear this piece for the longest time and today was the perfect opportunity. Now I know it’s kinda on the expensive side (200$) and I don’t really give a hoot because it’s so gorgeous…I was super willing to splurge on this one. It’s simple, but very luxurious in a way…the fabric is to die for and the fit is fantastic. I feel like it was made for me. What made me fall in love with it even more is that it’s a jumpsuit!!! WHATTTT??? Who else feels me here? Jumpsuits are perfect for any occasion I find and when adding the right accessories, you can turn it into a killer outfit.

Here’s how I wore my Cynthia Rowley jumpsuit for a date night with the hubs…

 

What I love about this piece the most if the fact that it looks like a dress but then you walk and people are surprised it’s a jumpsuit. The pant width and length is perfect. The print is gorgeous and it gives you endless possibilities to mix and match it with any color. I find that print can get a little overwhelming on me as I am very petit, but this was just the right amount of print and the right size at that. I didn’t feel like it ate me up…

WHAT I WORE:

JUMPSUIT: Cynthia Rowley ♥ SANDALS: Topshop ♥ TOP: Thrifted ♥ SUNGLASSES: Guess ♥ CLUTCH BAG: Borrowed (sister in law)

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I opted not to cover up the jumpsuit with a jacket, so I wore a tight top underneath. I was pretty happy with the result…

I got this piece a year ago and this was the first time I was able to wear it out…but if you are interested in getting a similar piece…here are some option to consider:

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The Ramallah edit: OOTD!

Hubs and I went to the beautiful city of Ramallah in the West Bank today to do some shopping. We had a personal business affair to tend to and decided to spend the rest of the time shopping for the house. It’s kinda funny shopping with your partner, I find quite fascinating because we have opposite taste and despite me wanting to strangle him sometimes with his color blindness, we managed to compromise and find things we both love. I wanted to document my outfit today for many reasons and one of them is the fact that my kind, wonderful, loving hubs ironed my shirt, while I was getting ready with other things. I mean, what more could a girl ask for? And he did quite a bang up job at that. It is so cute because he doesn’t even iron his own and he took the time to do mine (I do his PS…always!). Relationships are based on trust, respect and mutual assistance; hence ironing each other’s things!!!

Ramallah is such a beautiful city, the air is fresh and the culture is super modern yet very traditional is some way. People are very driven there, it reminds me a little of Montreal with the sky scrapers and the beautiful homes and landscaping. Downtown Ramallah is insanely busy, it’s the hub of the West Bank….Most people go there to shop and dine and experience a modern busy life. The rest of Palestine is beautiful, but Ramallah is special for some reason. I always feel like a tourist when I go there, because I keep discovering new things!

So here’s what I wore today:

What I wore:

SHIRT: Topshop ◊ PANTS: Free People Denims ◊ SHOES: All Stars Converse ◊ BAG: Aldo ◊ SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade

 

I got this bag as a gift a few months back and this is the first time I wear it. I found that it suited the look I went for, which was super casual yet put together. It’s a cute backpack/shoulder bag from Aldo. What I love about this is that I can use it both ways and switch the straps to my liking. The pompoms add a touch of summer and that makes the look even cooler. The embroidery detailing adds a little bit of Palestine in my outfit; which is very fitting!

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The outfit was perfect for the weather, I did not feel hot at any point during the day. The shirt is flowy and airy and it’s perfect for the summer. The flowy sleeves add a little bit of 70s which I always like! It’s super lightweight and comfortable. What I love most about this is that it’s from Topshop, so I know the quality is there and it will last me ages and also, the detailing on the shirt…the embroidered flowers gives you a little oomph and you can totes dress this shirt up or down depending on the rest of your outfit.

As always comfort and style are not compromised. You can do both as long as you’re happy in your own skin!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Jericho update + OOTD

I have been feeling a little down these past few days…as I am getting home sick and I miss everyone and everything. I know it is a little rubbish of me to keep thinking of my life in Canada and that I should start to get used to Jericho…but I feel like I might not be able to assimilate with everything. Don’t get me wrong, people are super kind here and very welcoming and super wonderful….but sometimes they’re a little too aggressive, in the sense that they try to budge into the details of your life without you necessarily wanting to give all the details…Despite everything, I am super happy to be here, to be with my hubs, to be around so many beautiful, kind souls. Everyone has been an absolute dream to hang with…his family and friends… I guess I just hit a little low and needed a little rest…anyway, so to occupy myself a little bit, I decided to work as a little translator in a gift shop since have 5 languages in the bag, I met loads of wonderful people from all over the world…Malaysia, Italy, Mexico, France, Uganda, you name it! Tourists were kind and funny and witty…they all found it amazing that I spoke their language…so dressing up was required and this brings us to the main purpose of this blog…which is my outfit of the day! Comfort was necessary! An absolute must when standing all day. I kept things pretty simple but added a little pizzazz in the show department. I haven’t worn these babies in ages…but I am so glad I rediscovered them as they are too damn cute!

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The outfit was monochrome but the shoes just helped add a little more happy into my day.

WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Forever 21 ♠ PANTS: Zara culottes ♠ SHOES: Kate Spade for Keds

 

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It has been almost a month now for me since moving…I will say that overall, in the bigger picture, I have definitely adapted and I am surprisingly very cool, calm and collected about everything…these past 2 days have been a little difficult because I guess reality hit me right in the face. We sometimes perceive things one way and they end up in another. I wouldn’t say I have had a melt down just yet, but I definitely cried a little bit here and there but yesterday was quite “dramatic”, however, luckily I am blessed with such a  wonderful man that pushes me to stay true to myself and strong. I think it is necessary in life to find that one person that completes you and he totes does….he makes me such a better and calmer person; he’s the wind to my fire and for that I am grateful and blessed.