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A little bit of Moroccan Flare!

Here’s another self promoting post…so shameless! I have had these done a little over 3 years ago when I launched my first collection inspired by Morocco. I went there in early 2013 at the young age of 25. I had a huge ‘mid-life’ crisis and needed to cope. I need to find myself and find my purpose. Morocco was exactly what I needed and when I came back home, I needed to create and make a collection in honor of/thank the country that helped shape me.

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With that collection, I was able to reinvent myself and reinvent the way I see fashion. I sold most of that collection but still kept 4 or 5 pieces as a little souvenir…just because it was my first and I feel like such a proud mama. One of the few pieces I kept is this lovely handmade belt with satin threads and Swarovski crystals. I obviously had the help of wonderful craftsmen to make this baby but embellished it later on to my own liking.

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Since corsets are now a thing…and this belt is a corset-ish looking thing…I figured I’d take it out from the dark depths of my closet and bring it into the light. This is how I decided to wear it….

I decided to go for a feminine/masculine look….kinda warrior-ish; a little bit of Xena and a little bit of Quintana from Mortal Combat. I wanted to feel and look pretty but not make the effort to wear heels. So I turned this look into a more dressy/casual one. I wanted to keep things simple and clean to make the belt shine.

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What I wore: 

DRESS: Turkish design dress purchased from Palestine ♣ BELT: Handmade ♣ BOOTIES: Aldo shoes ♣ SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade

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These belts are meant to be worn with caftans in Morocco but I feel like they’re appropriate and badass enough to wear and combine them with modern clothes. I will attempt another look with this belt later on this week…it’s kinda exciting and a little challenging!

Will keep you guys posted!

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Fashion

Wedding hair things…

To sort of complete the first part of my mini wedding series…today, I am sharing with you my hair cover and hair accessories. I am not a wedding veil kindda girl, I don’t know why but I feel a little restricted in it for some reason. And since I need to cover up my hair for the first half of the wedding, I wanted something that I can easily but on and off. So I decided to go for a turban style cover…but since time is of the essence, I went for an already made turban that you can just wear as a hat. Plus it has a cute little flower/wrap style. The only thing I would add is probably some beading and a small little birdcage veil piece at the front to make it more wedding appropriate. Add a little 50s, you know!

So I search everywhere but couldn’t find anything I liked…until I decided to hit up Etsy. I found a few I liked, but when I saw this one…I knew it was the one!

This turban was available in white, but Rona from RonaHandmadeTurbans was kind enough to find/make me an ivory version to match my wedding dress. Now, I know I took a risk buying this online, not knowing if the tone of ivory was the same as my dress, but when it arrived, I was baffled, it was perfect! I just need to tweak it because I am a freak and need everything to come out as I envision.

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Since I was already on this Etsy journey, I figured why not look for my hair pins there and see what I’ll find. I knew I wanted to have burgundy accessories in my hair to tie in the shoes with the rest of the look. Then I found MetallyFlowers; a store owned by the cutest artist from Ukraine. Daria was super helpful and agreed to work on my flowers in the color I wanted. I sent her a photo of my shoes and we went from there. A couple of week later, she sent me a photo of the final product and I was super impressed. She’s a true artist; works with polymer clay to make the most beautiful flowers ever! They sometimes look so reallllll, it’s sick! She made me 4 flower pins with silver detailing. I mean they’re exactly what I wanted.

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I felt like there was something missing, so I ended up searching for a little something extra. I found another polymer clay flower artist also based in Ukraine. Irina from MakiraFlowers also helped remake some of her flowers for me in burgundy tones…a little ivory, a little bit of beads and a little bit of burgundy.

I want to go for a messy up-do with little braids here and there and with the flowers I got, everything will look nice.

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Now that I am complete with all my wedding necessities, I feel a little relieved. The only this I have missing is my dress, which is currently at the seamstress. I cannot wait to see everything come together!

 

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Design Fashion Style

Handmade: Tuesday outfit

At the risk of sounding pompous..I am self-promoting today! I am finally wearing something I made; an item that is very dear to my heart because of its background story. Not to make this intro too long, I launched a collection inspired by my heritage and I truly wanted to share that with my audience and followers. I wanted to make a collection that represented who I am. A bicultural girl! A little Arabic and a little Canadian. I wanted people to see what I was made of; a little traditional, a little eccentric and a little modest! With a lot of heart and ambition <3 Let’s not forget about that!

What was most exciting about this particular collection (entitled Eastern Pearl) is the fact that the embroidery on my pieces was done with the gracious and wonderful help of amazing individuals; underprivileged women in Jordan that stay in a refugee camp. They’re basically in a shelter that promotes gender equality and that stands up for women to stay strong, powerful and be heard. These women work hard to earn an honest living and that to me was extremely humbling and inspiring. Because I had 20 pieces or so..I couldn’t do the work all by myself, so I mainly focused on pattern making and sewing and left the rest to the genius embroidery fairies. The work was obviously a little more expensive, but knowing that the money  went to a good cause made me feel proud.

I sold a big part of this collection but kept some pieces because they were too beautiful to let go. This one in particular was the first one made and I needed to kept it for memory. And this is how I styled my favorite handmade embroidered jacket…

It’s a long straight cut jacket that is loose enough but fitted enough to be worn as an A-line dress too (if you close the zipper all the way up). It’s super pretty over dresses and even worn with jeans and killer heels. For today, I decided to wear it over a black jumpsuit. This outfit is definitely dressy, elegant and feminine. If styled with glamorous pieces, you can most definitely wear this out for a special event!

I added a little belt to cinch it up and put the emphasis on my waist. And finished the whole look up with my favorite clutch ever. This is another long story…but it’s a piece I bought in a little antique shop in Jerusalem. So many beautiful memories come with this precious piece. Ugh, screw you nostalgia!

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What I wore in details:

-Forever 21 jumpsuit.
-Palestinian embroidered jacket handmade by moi!
-Thrifted belt.
-Vince Camuto booties.
-Antique clutch.
-Michael Kors sunnies.

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I was never able to wear something I made, because I always felt like I was maybe showing off…but as I got older, I realized that it wasn’t true, it was just an idea I had put in my head because I wasn’t confident enough in myself. But now I know that we are all different and we all have something to offer. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better or it’s worse, it just means we all have something to put out there that will somehow make a difference in someone’s life. So if you take the time to make a garment or make an accessory or make a piece of art, don’t be shy to show it off, because it’s worth it! It’s worth it to show the world what you’re made of!

Always be true to who you are!

 

 

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The time I dressed like a Mackintosh’s box…

I’ve always wanted to own a Tartan print dress. I was looking for ages to find the perfect one. I looked into vintage stores online and all around. I couldn’t seem to find the one And when you can’t find the one, well you never get over it. Anyway as I was about to give up my search to the ultimate tartan print dress, I stumbled on this one on the ESTY website. I was so excited! The color, the shape and the model I wanted. I mean, I could have made it myself, but I couldn’t even find the fabric to make my own dress. What I love the most about my tartan dress is the fact that it was made with love by another fellow designer in Ukraine. She was so kind to make it patiently and passionately for me. The only downside is that I got it later than I thought…shipping took forever to get. Regardless, I am still happy with the product and I got so many compliments on this little baby! Some one even told me I look like a Mackintosh Caramel box..haha! True!!

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I was so happy with the outcome of my look, that I decided to share it with you! Here it is. Not only did I look like tasty caramels, I also look like Santa’s wife! HAHAHAH! With the tartan dress and green vintage coat.

Here’s the look and you can totes judge for yourselves…

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This gotta be hands down my favorite outfit yet! I love how feminine I feel in this…super chic and fashion forward. The mix of handmade and vintage was the perfect opportunity for me to share what I love. And I absolutely adore that it’s not too tight and it’s midi length. Perfect all around. This is a piece that I can always count on, because I can wear it to any party. It’s a classic! Like Citizen Kane.

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What I wore in details:

-Playfashion dress.
-My friend’s vintage coat.
-Vince Camuto booties (yet again..haha! I basically wore them all month long!).
-Vince Camuto leather studded belt.

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I love supporting artists because I know how hard it is to make ends meet. If I like what I see, then I get super stoked to share people’s work because it helps them get more exposure. So yay to handmade clothing and an even bigger yay to vintage.

Until next time!!! Cheers x

 

 

 

 

 

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Design Inspiration

Etsy: Home of the Ingenious…

So as you all know by now, I am an Esty shop owner for about a year now. After being on the catwalk for 3 years, I realized I was part of the fast fashion industry and I didn’t want to contribute to more pollution to our planet. Long story short, being an Etsy shop owner made me discover loads of other shops that I absolutely fell in love with. Talented shop owner beyond anything I have seen…literally! And what I love about Etsy is that it’s a platform for handmade experts to expose their work and shine. Some of these shop owners use recycled materials and come up with the most genius products ever. This is a great way for recycling and up-cycling…a great way to be green, efficient and helpful to the environment. I sell on Etsy but I also like to shop because I know I will find some unique items that cannot be replicated anywhere else.

I came across 3 stores that I just couldn’t get over and I wanted to share them with you.

 

Sara Amrhein
Florence, Italy

Sara is an American artist that moved to Italy to pursue her career in jewelry making. What I absolutely fell in love with from her store is obviously her work…but more importantly the way she describes the items, the way she presents her work and the way she introduces herself and her work. I can clearly feel her passion and that is something I connected with even though I never met her in person. Her work is beautiful and I suggest you take a moment to check it out. If you are on the hunt for a new statement piece, I suggest you invest in one of her pieces. She works with polymer clay and the results are quite astonishing.

‘‘I love the way I am able to mix colors like tubes of paint and form it into any shape or design imaginable. It’s my way of creating miniature sculptures or works of art that can be worn and become part of our everyday lives.’’

 

Divamp
Barcelona, Spain

Boyd is a true artist, in every sense of the word. He’s super talented and I am super impressed with his ability to work with different materials and turn them from nothing to magnificent futuristic costumes. He’s just…ahh!! Perfection! Boyd doesn’t have to write or say anything, his passion shows through his work. If I could rock one of his pieces one day, I so would! Take a look at his shop, you will not be disappointed.

 ‘‘This Divamp shop is what I really like to make and where I truly can put all my efforts love, devotion and creativeness into, this is what I enjoy most’’

 

NoonOnTheMoon
Stratford, Canada

Felicite is a self taught artist and a dreamer. Those are the types of people I love to hang with. Having a dream and just going for it; success becomes much for delicious and your will becomes stronger. Felicite creates beautiful head pieces and jewels for weddings and special occasions. I came across her store while looking for a floral belt for a party I have this summer. She was willing to help me turn a head piece into a belt and I was super thankful for her cooperation. Although I did not purchase anything at the end, because I ended up changing my outfit, I will not hesitate to wear one of her special pieces to my own wedding. From what I can read up on her store, I feel her humbleness and kindness through her words. I urge you to go take a look at her store and if you have a special event coming up, don’t be afraid to invest in her pieces because they’re super adorbs!

‘‘Three years have now gone by since I started Noon on the Moon. Back then I had little more than a dream, but I used it to guide me. I had no education in art, or fashion, or photography, so I taught myself. I struggled with frustration and disappointment, (and still do), but it has been worth it. My bridal accessories have been worn by thousands of brides from over 35 countries. I sometimes have a hard time believing it!’’