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!

 

All black everything

Snap back to reality…after 3 wonderful weeks spent in the beautiful Canada, we are back here to Jericho. Weather is still warmish…I mean it’s still 30 degrees out there, but the air isn’t as dry and there’s a little more breeze. I would say it’s pretty comfortable for the moment. They call that fall…but me on the other hand, I am still holding on the summer. I had a meeting to go to today and decided to dress a little smart but didn’t feel like doing color.

So here I am dressed up in all black everything:

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Helly (Turkish Made) ♦ PANTS: Free People skinnies ♦ SHOES: Aldo Cauwiel velvet flat mules ♦ SUNNIES: From a local shop here in Jericho

Can we take a moment and admire my little velvet flat mules. I had my eyes on them for a while on the Aldo website…but couldn’t justify paying over 100$ for them…and so I waited and waited patiently until they went to sale. I bought them whilst in Montreal last month and haven’t taken them off since I got them. They’re super comfortable, honestly;  feels like wearing nothing at all!!!

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And…what I love even more about this outfit is the shirt. It’s a light knit sweater with a pleated chiffon insert..so it looks as though I have 2 shirts…love the effect it gives. Smart yet casual.

Last but certainly not least, these sunnies are the bomb, I got them for a local shop here in Jericho and they were the last pair…pretty sure it’s from China..it’s unbranded, but it really doesn’t matter to me…because they still look fab! They have a certain vintage-y feel to them, which is why I needed them in my life.

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So…meeting went fine, wasn’t the best…but the outcome is what matters. Sometimes, I find that I have struggles expressing myself in Arabic and so maybe the people I deal with aren’t as enthusiastic as I would like them to be.

Regardless, I enjoyed my outing and took advantage of the sun!

…and then Halifax!

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The last stop in our little honeymoon road trip was Halifax. We were a little sad..more like I was sad that it was our last stop, but I made sure I enjoyed every moment…I had pre-booked a guided tour with Mr. McNeil and damn it was worth every penny. We got a little lost on our way to the Pier to meet our group that morning we arrived…so we ran like hell to catch up and we got there like 10 minutes later than scheduled. I felt so annoyed and sad and was hoping not to miss the tour, but then when I lost all hope, my husband found Paul McNeil! Our tour guide was so freaking amazing, I found him on Tripadvisor and for anyone going to Halifax, I recommend you guys going on a tour with him because he’s super passionate and sincere. We stayed with him for like almost 6 hours and we only paid like 160$ for the both of us.

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Arriving to Halifax that day we were lucky to have a beautiful weather; 22 degrees and loads of sun. We started our tour around Halifax where Paul explained to us the history and the architecture in depth. He told us about the big explosion and took us to every place that was significant to this incident. That explosion happened in 1917 when a French willed with explosives and ship collided with a Norwegian ship and caused the biggest maritime disaster in Halifax history. It was super interesting to learn about this because I have never heard of it before and it just made it easier for us to understand the general history of Halifax and enjoy seeing and discovering everything.

We were able to visit the cemeteries where many victims of the explosion were buried. Paul also took us to the Halifax public Gardens and let us loose. We walked around for a good half hour and we enjoyed the view and took loads of pictures. We even had the time to socialize with the other couples in the van. Paul has a small Ford van and we were a total of 4 couples and so the tour was intimate and packed with juicy historical information.

After our walk we went back to our tour and visited the Citadel Hill where we were able to see and witness the ceremonial firing of the noon gun. It was quite interesting and entertaining and it’s super lovely that Halifax still maintains this tradition.

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We also learned that the Titanic had a big presence in the Halifax history and that many victims have been buried there and it was really cool to learn about the depth of these historical events and the truths behind the Titanic. It was honestly super interesting and seeing the tombstones with the victims’ names and sometimes only their description was left behind. It’s a little gloomy and weird to see that and going back in time, it’s almost like you’re living it…quite chilling.

We then headed off to Fisherman’s cove…a cute, small, little village where many shops were open selling a variety of food, pastries, cafés and souvenirs. This is where we met the lovely Lynnie…a wonderful baker and a beautiful soul. She was so cute and was mesmerized by hubs and I. She was so kind and welcoming and she makes the yummiest date cakes! Seastheday was her shop and I am so glad I went in, because I got a chance to meet her.

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We had another half hour at Fisherman’s cove and so hubs and I walked around and took loads of pictures and enjoyed the fresh smell of the sea in the air. That saltym fishy smell…ahhh!! Good times!

…Paul was then kind enough to take us on a last stop to see the view of the whole of Halifax from Dartmouth and the view was phenomenal. Paul, honestly and sincerely, did an epic job at showing us around the city…he made us fall in love with Halifax (a lot more than we thought we were). If he was advertising…we would have bought right then and there.

Out of all the cities we stopped at and visited…Halifax is by far our favorite and we are thinking that perhaps, one day, we would move there. Road tripping and honeymooning across Canada was a good option and I am so glad we waited and saved up to see more of Canada. I know that it is not a top hot spot honeymoon destination…but for me it meant the world. I got to see more of my home, meet new wonderful people and discover new corners. Visiting Atlantic Canada made me realize and see how much Canadians are truly proud of their heritage and that made me feel somewhat patriotic.

 

You had me at Saint John!

After our little trip to Fredericton…we drove and headed to Saint John (New Brunswick). I’ve always wanted to go there but never actually made it until today with my favorite person in the world; my husband. Saint John was just beyond words. Describing it and writing about is just not enough, you have to see it! It’s gorgeous. The weather was a little bit colder for us and it was a little windy but it was worth it. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. We ended up sleeping there in a little Motel…I stopped there to go to the loo but my husband was touched by the owner’s kind gesture of letting me in one of the rooms to use her washroom that he decided we should sleep there. Total win and no regrets! Hillcrest Motel is literally 1 minute drive from downtown Saint John. We didn’t struggle to find anything and the sleep was super comfortable…to use it was just a wonderful place to sleep in and the view was phenomenal. For the price, we were pretty content.

Our first stop there was the Irving Nature Park and it was beyond words…just acres and acres of beautiful land and colorful trees…600 to be exact and this park had the most beautiful view of the shore and we had a chance to snap picture of the trees and the water since the water levels were lower the time we arrived. The sand was magical…the ripple marks were like a mesmerizing painted canvas and I couldn’t help but snap photos of that too!

We then headed off to the Reversing Falls and that’s where my husband just went bananas! He couldn’t believe the view and was laughing his head off in admiration (of course) and awe. I swear, it’s like watching a baby take his first steps or something…it’s super freaking adorable and super touching ❤

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So basically…there are 3 different types of tides and a series of rapids that meet to create the reversing effect. The waters go through a narrow gorge before emptying into the Bay of Fundy and so the “falls” are created. It’s quite fascinating actually and a little bit scary…when you seriously think about it and wonder how the hell you would ever get out of there if you’d ever fall! After walking around a bit and going up the bridge and over…we decided to head on over to our next little stop before the sun set. We had enough time to drive over to see a little bit of that sunset over at Fort Howe National Historic Site. I know there wasn’t much to do but enjoy the view…but this exactly what we did. The view of Saint John was magical and the harbour was super impressive…especially with the massive boats and all the yachts. It’s definitely a view to remember.

The fort was built in 1777 by the British to protect Saint John from American raids. There was a little block house but unfortunately it was closed…so we couldn’t get inside. Nonetheless, we got to touch and see a little bit of history.

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We got a little hungry after walking around the city and decided to finish off our days in a little bit of a walk around downtown Saint John. The houses were so colorful, little and just overall cute. It made me want to live there! Just so I can own a pink house (haha!).

Walking around the port was very romantic and cold..but we finished off our night on a high note and we made plans to come back to Saint John because it has a little special place in our hearts.

Next stop…Fredericton

…..our second stop in our little honeymoon was Fredericton! The capital of New Brunswick. We were thrilled to have finally crossed the little border from Quebec to NB and we could’t wait to discover what’s out there. Fredericton was a new for both him and I. We slept in Fredericton and so we took more time to walk around and although I don’t have many pictures to show its beauty…we still had loads of fun. It wasn’t the highlight of our trip but we for sure are super grateful to have discovered it!

We went on a little bit of a hike in Odell Park, it was sunny and perfect. The air smelled like fall…you know that yummy leaves scent…ugh, I can’t get over it! There were loads of people hiking as well…so it wasn’t too Blair Witch-y. It’s obviously a huge park and so we wouldn’t have had the time to walk around it all, but we got it out of our system. It was a little weird for hubs at first, because he kept hearing the animal’s voices/sounds and so he kept asking what everything was..so cute! We then got a chance to see the Fredericton Botanic Garden. This garden was founded and created by the wonderful people of Fredericton as a community project and 50 years later it’s still going strong and it’s always open!

We then hopped in the car to get to downtown Fredericton the sightsee around the city and go see the lighthouse. Hubs was obviously excited because he saw the justice/court house (he’s a lawyer ps) and couldn’t help but take photos of everything related to his job around our trip.

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The lighthouse was super cute…the city was clean and the weather was amazing and so we enjoyed everything we saw. Canada is super filled with history and we both learned a lot during our visit to Fredericton. We can totes see how Canadians are very proud of their heritage.

We were on a schedule to get to Saint John and had spent too much time walking around town and checking out the mall a little…so we decided to hop to our last stop in Fredericton and get to our last stop there; the Mactaquac Dam. I know that there were loads of mixed reviews on Tripadvisor but I was super glad we took the time and detoured to see it. The sight is pretty scary and amazing all at once. I mean there’s only the dam that you can see but it was totes worth it. We got to sit for a little and enjoyed the view…then we headed to our next destination.

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I think Fredericton is beautiful and has nice spots to visit but…I mean you can skip it. I am glad we took the time to put it on our list nonetheless…it made the trip super exciting, because we got to compared cities and decide which one we loved most and which one we’d visit again.

So…thank you Fredericton for having us and for being nice to us!!!

 

A little visit to Quebec City

To start our tour of Atlantic Canada, we decided to hit up Quebec City first…one of the oldest cities in Canada, it’s 409 years old and it is filled with history. How can my husband come to Canada and not see Quebec. So, to start off our honeymoon, we passed a good 5ish hours strolling around the city and exploring the views.

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We started off our little Quebec journey at the Château Frontenac. This hotel was a former castle housing the British governors. It’s seriously massive and pictures don’t do it justice. It have 600 rooms and 18 floors! Can you believe it?!!! Annddd it’s an old building dating from 1893. So much history!

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We then walked along the boardwalk and enjoyed the view. The day we arrived, there were loads of tourists from all over the world. It was such an amazing sight to see…everyone was excited and curious to discover new things.

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After taking in the beautiful view of the Saint Lawrence River, we went about the old city and the views are magnificent…the building have been obviously maintained and reworked for the past years but the main design and division of the old city are both visible. Hubs fell in love with the history of the country and sitting on those little bench in the old city, you can almost feel its history and relive the past. It’s so fascinating to see how the city is modern but still maintains its heritage. Quebec city was founded by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain and you can definitely see the settlement regions everywhere. We unfortunately didn’t have too much time to see the Citadelle (fort and official military installation)….but we totes took the time to visit the Montmorency Falls and this is exactly what I wanted my husband to see..nature’s true beauty and force.

It got a little colder and gloomier getting to the falls but that didn’t stop us from walking around the park and going to the suspended bridge to see the falls up close….

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PS: I was super happy to catch this rainbow…look at how florescent it looks in the dark!

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Hubs was beyond touched and flabbergasted…he couldn’t have possibly imagine ever seeing something this magnificent in person. He always saw these things in picture and I guess he thought that he would never have the chance to see the “outside” world…past the borders of Palestine. But we he did finally arrive to this place, I could see how overwhelming it was for him and how touched he was to discover nature’s beauty. I was very proud at the moment to have take the time to show him these falls.

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I wish I could give a chance to every human out there to see what we see here everyday in Canada. Freedom is something I truly believe in and I wish that there weren’t boundaries for some people…because without freedom, there is no possibility of change.

And like the great Khalil Gibran said: “Life without freedom is like a body without a soul”. And it is so true..without it, you feel paralyzed. Seeing my husband’s eyes while discovering life is a truly touching experience because it taught me that I shouldn’t take anything I have for granted.

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.”