Orphans, charity, love, humanity and more…

I have had this project in mind for the past 2 years…I was perhaps a little to ambitious in my mind. I would have wanted to produce more items and give back as much as possible. As I decided to “retire” from the fashion industry and no longer create massive collections, I decided to venture into more of a humane/ethical world. I wanted to put myself to good use and make a positive impact in my community…which led me to think, why not use the fabrics/trims/buttons for a good cause. I wanted to create these items for the purpose of making children happy. I wanted to make 100 dresses (initially) for charity and give them to orphaned children in Jordan. I completely fell in love with the country and wanted to perhaps be able to leave a positive mark there. I searched high an low for the right place to invest my time in and with the help of some wonderful people, I was able to find the perfect place I will give my dresses to (will be keeping the name anonymous for the moment).

As I work on many  different project from running a business, to working full-time, to blogging, to planning a wedding…this project was on the back-burner. Truthfully, I was super disappointed with myself for not being able to complete the set amount. After some struggles and some squeezed time, I was able to complete 35 dresses. That doesn’t mean I will not set another goal, it just means that for the moment, this is what I have.

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These dresses are collectives of different fabrics I owned, however, some were donated to me by friends. I used up loads of my trims and buttons to embellish them. I didn’t want to make regular boring dresses, I wanted something cool, different and unique. I wanted to make different size dresses and different dresses. Each one unique to its kind; never the same. I wanted the orphans to feel like princess in the special coming times. Since it will be Ramadan soon for us Muslims, Eid will follow. Taking the time to make these dresses in time to make the children feel happy and joyful is super humbling. I wanted to be able to offer those little beautiful angels something special just like them. Eid is a time of celebration for us, it is the time to share your wealth with the needy to make them feel like your equals. It is the time to be happy and celebrate with your loved ones. As Muslims, we grow up with charity instilled in us, because it truly is the essence of religiousness. To be able to share your goods with the needy is a marvelous feeling. It is necessary for me to keep the concept of unlimited love and kindness alive ad going.

Although I didn’t spend much time working of them, I enjoyed every minute and sincerely gave it my all.

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PS: this is one is one of my favorite!! I mean look at how cute it looks!! So novelty ❤

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I did not just stop at making little girls’ dresses, I decided to go all the way to teens. I did dresses for starting at 2 yrs till about 25 yrs. Now I would have wished that I had the chance to stay at the orphanage for a while and volunteer a little bit all through the holy month of Ramadan…but unfortunately, like I said, sometimes life takes us to different paths…paths we never dreamed of being in.

All in all, these 35 dresses all have a story behind them and I hope that this will at least make the girls happy, even if it’s for a couple of hours. I want to be part of their lives as they are the future and to make them feel loved and wanted is a blessing.

Since I was a little teeny weeny girly, I always wanted to go to Africa and “save” the world. I want to give my time to charity and not have anything in return except gratitude, friendships and memories with real people. Now, I never had the chance to go to Africa (yet), but I decided to start somewhere…although small, I am hoping that it will leave a great and positive impact. Philanthropy is a part of me and I am hoping to continue to share my love of humanity with those around me. For those who are interested in getting involved, you can shoot me an email and I will gladly transfer your messages to those in charge. This is completely non-profit for me. These orphans could use help getting the basic necessities such as school supplies or toiletries.

As Ghandi said; be the change you want to see in the world…I always, since a was little, tried to keep this in mind!

 

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

 

Out & about with the gals: OOTD

My friend and I hit town this weekend and I wanted to document my outfit, since I was super proud of it! I mean, it is very rare I make huge efforts dressing up for an event….but this time around; I put loads of thought into it. I also (usually) don’t go for turban styles, because I feel like it demands attention and requires presence and sometimes I feel self-conscious sporting it (I know…silly me). Today, I made huge efforts to put my doubts aside and went full out! Make-up is very rare for me to do…the most I’ll ever do is lipstick (that’s usually my thing). But when I say I went full out, I went FULL out, fake lashes and all!

The weekend is downtime for me when it comes to dressing up, I much prefer being in jeans and a simple tee or if I have to run errands, I’ll just go for yoga pants and a sweater. There wasn’t much choice today for me as I needed to show up looking all kinds of cool (as requested by my friends).

I was actually very happy how my outfit turned out:

Since the sun was out and it was a little bit warmer than usual, I went for sandals (Romy & Michele style) I spotted these back in December at Topshop and I needed them in my life! But to compensate for the little wind there was, I opted to wear my new trench coat, which I am super in love with. The fabric is incredibly soft and it’s super comfortable. A huge plus, it’s in a neutral beige color, which allows me to mix and match it with every outfit I wear. It’s super classy too! You can totes get away wearing this over a fancy dress!

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TBH, I wasn’t too too keen on the pants, I also got them on sale from Topshop a while ago and never had the chance to wear them until today. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I kinda had a “what was I thinking?!?!?” moment, but I feel like it made the whole outfit 10 times better and gave a little pizazz and jazziness. They’re simple in the shape and cut, but the color and texture make them fancy enough to wear to dinner.

WHAT I WORE:

TRENCH: Vero Moda ♠ TOP: Vero Moda ♠ PANTS: Topshop ♠ SHOES: Topshop sandals ♠ SUNGLASSES: Guess ♠ BAG: Guess ♠ EARRINGS: DCK

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The turban literally took me 2 second to wrap and what I love about it is that it’s asymmetrical. It actually came out super cool that way, plus I used zero pins! Yay for that! But can we all take a moment as appreciate the fact that my sunnies have a marble print/effect…omg!! It’s insane, so love them; they’re different from anything I have seen so far. When I spotted them, I knew they belonged to me.

All in all, tonight’s dining/outing was amazing and I would totes count this outfit as a win because I felt comfortable in it!

 

 

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!

The all white-r edit!

I wanted to wear these white trousers forever…but the weather has been a letdown for the past few days…seems to always rain here in Montreal. So, when I saw the sun peek through the blinds today, I knew this was the right time to wear these babies out. I bought these from the Nova stores a couple of weeks ago for a whooping 5$…what?!?! Such a bargain, especially for a beautiful vintage find! What I loved about these Studio trousers is that they are fully lined with a thin non-static satin fabric, which is super perfect for whenever you don’t want your underwear to show through the white pants. TBH, they fit like a gloves, which is amazing, I don’t even need to hem them! They’re totes a keep in my closet!

Since it was all sunny out, I went with an all white outfit…but then felt like I look like a nurse, then I decided to add a big belt to make it work and I was quite pleased with the result. Some told me I looked like a ninja, others said I look like I am going to karate class and others said I took a risk…then I said F*K it! I feel great!

I actually feel like I am pulling off a Jackie Kennedy right there with the all white ensemble… but hey, to each his own. Whatever makes YOU happy, do it!

Without further ado, here’s what I wore:

I told you guys I was giong to abuse this white COMO BLACK shirt until it wears out. I am totes in love with everything about it; the shape, the cut and the length.

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Como black ♠ PANTS: Studio trousers ( 80s vintage) ♠ BELT: Handmade by yours truly ♠ SHOES: Topshop ♠ VEIL: Voilechic

So like I said, I didn’t want this look to be one dimensional, so I added this corset belt and to recall the details of the belt, I finished up the whole look with a mustard chiffon veil. This has to be one of my favorite veils I own…I’m guessing you guys figured that too…I am almost in it in every post! Haha!

I have said it before in multiple posts and will do so for the rest of my life…I think it is absolutely crucial and necessary to dress to make yourself happy first and what everyone else thinks is not that important. I mean you can take notes and take people’s feedback…but what’s important is for yourself to do you.

 

 

PS: I just wanted to share that I am super proud of myself for wearing this all white ensemble without dirtying it! This is a total win for me, considering that I am a clutz and all. Sooo, I would add this in my success book!

Back to the 60s

Today, I’m going all the way back to the 60s. I sort of wish I was born in the 30s….I mean, in terms of style, the 50s all the way through to the 80s are years filled with great fashion mementos. The prints, the cuts, the fit, the colors, the detailing….everything was beautiful; even the quality! I would do the 50s for the Dior style; all those full skirts have me swooning. The 60s would be awesome to relive for the amazing wide variety of prints; houndstooth, gingham, stripes, and the list goes on. Oh! And!!! Those cute short dresses that Twiggy endlessly sported!! The 70s would be amazing to relive for the flared everything…sleeves, pants, tops, you name it. And the psychedelic prints. The 80s, well, the 80s are the years of crazy neon colors, the layering, the big denims and the crazy hair. It’s a notorious year; the year where you can one day get away with wearing skin tight miniskirts to large MC Hammer pants. Alas, here I am in the modern times where fortunately, history repeats itself! And so this is why I allowed myself to go back to the 60s, it’s not vintage per say, but it is a 60s inspired look.

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I had a meeting, so I couldn’t do denims for sure, and I wasn`t going to do a skirt either. So I went for something professional but with flare, obviously, because we’re talking about me. I would almost never settle for boring; I need detail in every outfit. So without further ado, here’s what I wore:

I opted for velvet pants, I know it’s spring, but it’s still kinda chilly out here in
Montreal with all the rain we’ve been getting. I paired them pants with a cute high low gingham shirt. I kept it pretty monochrome in the color department and let the shoes do the talking (they’ve gotta be my favorite pair ).

What I wore:

TOP: Topshop tie sleeve top ◊ PANTS: Zara ◊ SHOES: Topshop

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I obviously would have loved to use vintage items today, but I don’t own anything (yet) from that era. I would need to go do a little of bit of sniffing around the thrift shops to find ideal items I can add to my insanely growing collection. But for the moment, this will do.