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EID OUTFIT…#5

Last, but by no means least, this runner up outfit is the simplest of them all. Pretty straight forward. Dress, bag, shoes, the end! These are the types of dresses I live in as of recently. Comfort and style go hand in hand, and I do love a loose-fitting dress. Love the no shape look as you can choose to either cinch up or stay loose. All the dresses I own in this tiered style are loose and I usually like to buy them in medium to have extra room. Also, because my body shape changed with pregnancy, I feel sexier in dresses like this for some reason. Don’t want my hips to show too much because I don’t know how to deal with them lately. It isn’t that I am fatter, not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s that my bone structure changed because, obviously, I carried a child for 9 months, but I am still not comfortable with the extra hips I have. If you know what I mean.


Nonetheless, I try to dress up to stay happy and happy mommy equals a happy family. Plus, I try to be an inspiration to my daughter to love herself no matter what shape or size she is. We will all die in the end, so enjoy what God gave you!


I never wear green, ever! Especially in this tone. Very daring I must say. My types of green are usually dark, like forest green. So, it took lots of guts for me to add this dress into my wardrobe (again, from H&M), but I knew that it would be a staple in my summer wardrobe. And with the right accessories, it can quite easily transition into fall and winter too. A little excellent tip for you to follow. Always try to buy clothes that can transition from season to season to be eco-friendly and to save on spending.


Since this dress has boho vibes, I went for a boho style veil and I love how it came out. Added a little vintage bag I got as a gift from a friend. My daughter gets angry every time I use this bag because she wants it for herself. It’s so cute!! I can’t even handle how much she loves dressing up at only 22 months. Like how edible?? Anyway, the two-tone green look is actually cool. Plus, I added a kitty in the mix! Even more perfect!!!

Most probably will end up wearing this outfit because of how simple and straightforward it is. I love it! How do you guys feel about this one? Yay or nay?

On another note, I want to take the time to wish to all those celebrating the happiest of Eids. An Eid filled with love, peace of mind happiness, and lots of health. Although this year is different with COVID, you can still take the time to share the love and joy with your loved ones and neighbors in a different way. Spread happiness! Spread the joy!

Eid ubarak and happy Friday!

x

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Fashion

EID LOOK – #4

This Eid outfit option is more chill in terms of comfort and practicality. It’s perfect for moms on the go like me–but you’re still stylish. I had bought this satin skirt a few months ago when I found it on sale at Tristan (Quebec store) and I loved the color. So unique and special. The fabric is quite thick, so it doesn’t look like a piece of lingerie. I originally bought it to wear to my husband’s graduation ceremony due in October 2020. Prematurely! I was way too excited and still am and cannot wait for him to graduate as his success is mine and quite frankly, I’m fed up with him studying all the time. lol! But when COVID happened, I wasn’t quite sure there would be one, so I decided to wear her now. What better opportunity than to wear satin for Eid? Feminine, delectable, and fancy.

Satin isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and it can either look good or trashy. Depends on how you take the time to style it. I did satin this time around modestly without looking trashy. For this look, I went with color contrasting and blocking. Didn’t want to add too many prints. Simple, sweet and let the accessories do the talking. Besides pink and turquoise always look good together. Very summery and tropical. Reminds me of a Barbie girl look but way toned down.


Opted for flat sliders this time for comfort and ease to run around chasing my monster. Honestly, I don’t do heels often since the baby was born as I prefer to have the power to run after her, and lately, she’s an adventure fiend. Can’t let her out of my sight. Who else has a baby with so much will to get hurt just to explore??? I love these sliders from Zara because even though they’re not heels, they’re still pretty fancy with the beading.

I went with a slouchy bag option as it is big and fits everything including my kitchen sink. Slouchy bags are all the rave in the fashion world right now. So, I attempted that one with an old slouchy leather shoulder bag and it worked perfectly. To pull the look together, I added a printed veil to bring together all the colors I used in my outfit so it wouldn’t be out of context.

Voila for look #4, what do you like? What don’t you like? What would you change and how would you style this lovely skirt?

Happy Thursday!

x

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Runway looks for less; Take 2!

In another edition of what I love about SS 2020 trends, I am highlighting the fact that maximalist prints are still going strong. Seen or runway shows from Marc Jacobs to Dries Van Noten to Libertine. All the colors and all the clash are giving me butterflies in my tummy. I love me a good color clash, especially when prints are bold and colorful. I mean, how can you not be happy?? Fashion is a way to lift your mood up and this season, there is lots of inspiration that you can use daily to shift your gears and get out of a gloomy wardrobe. Power prints and puffed sleeves are back in a huge way this summer and giant florals, oversized polka dots and the bunch are all the rave. So be brave and creative; do not be afraid to try something new this summer.


I obviously am very happy that bold prints will forever be a thing and even though I don’t buy many trendy pieces, I know I own way too many prints to be out of style at some point. Plus, vintage is big on that! Look for 60s and 70s pieces to get that look. There is always something in the thrift shop with bold prints. Even 80s shirts and skirts have cool prints. Look around your local shop and you’re surely find something cute, well-made and inexpensive. Shameless plug: go to my shop to find some of these pieces.
The puff sleeves, on the other hand, are coming in subtly but gorgeously; Zimmerman hit that one on the head this season on the runway! The puff is either focused on the shoulders or is done gradually down the sleeves. But puffed sleeves, when done right, add a sense of femininity to an outfit and give you a romantic feel. I always opt for puffed sleeves whenever I want to feel girly and feminine.


Although I didn’t go crazy with the print clashing today, I did add a little bit of both elements in my outfit. I opted for some colors and puffed sleeves. I love this blouse so much and bought it a few weeks back to go with a turquoise satin skirt I have for an event and I love that it’s satin, floral and pink. I rarely go for pink but the print on this blouse makes me want to wear it daily. I love how it’s puffed at the top and get a little tighter at the bottom, the cuff adds a badass feel; which I am all about. I paired it with a checkered blazer I got from Tristan in the fall. A little on the expensive side, but as an investment, it’s a good purchase. I know I’ll have it for years and years to come. Adding the blue/purple pants pulled the outfit together. The shoes were my little sneaky print clash and that’s how it all came out!

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I love fashion and styling and again, I love the runway. So, here is another look into the spring/summer trends. A way for you to get inspired and do runway looks for less.
Hope you liked this edition and see you in the next one!!

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Fashion Inspiration

Runway look for less…

Have you guys seen the S/S 2020 fashion shows? I am an avid follower but only to rinse my eyes with beautiful things. Watching fashion shows, being transported into another dimension and parallel of the unimaginable– seeing pretty, sophisticated garments on the runway is quite the experience. I have been to a few fashion shows and love the thrill of it. What you see backstage and what you see on the runway is two completely different things and that’s what I love about fashion; the amount of work that goes into creating a collection, creating a piece of art is tremendous and the result is even more tremendous! The whole experience is exhilarating. Although fashion history repeats itself, this season was still quite exciting because big couture names bring out pieces that are special and unique; some worked interictally, some simply and some imaginatively. The show that spoke to me the most is the Armani Privé show because of the teal and blue hues, the beading, the details; everything about that show was beautiful. The one look that struck me the most is this one:

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I love the transparency and the details on the cape. There is something ethereal yet edgy about the whole look. I can definitely see myself wearing this to a party and make quite the dramatic entrance. I noticed that the element of transparency is still a big thing on the runway this season. I guess I get a lot more excited than the average person because I know the amount of work that goes into making a piece of clothing; especially ones that are filled with beads and embroidery and bedazzles. The hours that go into making something are rigorous.

In today’s post, I thought it would be interesting to take this look from the runway and recreate it for less with pieces that I own in my wardrobe. Again, it’s an inspiration to recreate the overall look and not to produce the exact thing. Teal is also big on the runway; it was present in many shows like Marni and Gucci. You’ll find something teal in stores for sure….especially at Zara if you are dying to do the runway for less.
Here is my attempt at recreating the Armani look for less:

I went with my Zara colorful, sequined sweater that I’ve had for ages. You can go with a beaded 80s jacket if you want and you’ll easily find them at any thrift shop. Obviously, I am overdressed but who cares! Overdressed is always better than underdressed. I already had some teal pants which I purchased also a while back from Zara. I haven’t been for a while, but I am sure that they still have some available. The runway look was finished up with blue heels, but I decided to go for a contrasting pair of shoes instead and went with my favorite of all-time wedding shoes. The burgundy picks up the tones in the top and finishes the look perfectly. And the embellishment of the shoe adds a little more class and makes it more special.

My attempt today with this look goes to show that you don’t really need to own expensive designer things. You can simply be inspired by what is on the runway and find pieces in your wardrobe that work. Besides, as I said, history repeats itself and so you’ll always find something in the vintage shops.

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Hope you enjoyed the look! If you’re an avid fashion show follower, which was your favorite show so far from the runway and why? Would like to hear your thoughts x

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Too much color? Or not enough color?

As the remains of winter keep dragging us down an endless dreary spiral, I am still seeking the help of color to keep myself motivated and energetic. Seems like the cold days are lingering a little bit more this year. Or I feel like maybe because I live in a hot country for a year, I almost forgot what spring feels like in Canada. I don’t mind the cold, it’s just the sun I am missing because the blues are starting to hit. This somehow pushed me to get a few new pieces into my wardrobe for the coming months. I am so excited to wear more colors and play with different layers and texture over the summer. I feel like right now, dressing up is the only motivation I’ve got, and I am not sorry at all because it keeps me happy and entertained. I am even playing dress-up with little monster, except she doesn’t have a choice but to go with what I dress her with and I am fully taking advantage of that because one day, shell have her own opinion when it comes to clothes and I won’t get a say. Babies are so darn cute even though they’re a lot of work.

Anyway, I felt compelled to wear an animal printed pleated skirt I got from Winners with a sequined sweater from Zara. When I paired them together, I was ecstatic; the outfit as a whole is me. What I like about it is the over-sized sweater covering a bit of the skirt, which made it seem like a dress with ruffles. I have been having a little bit of an issue with my body lately. Don’t know if its post-partum depression that is hitting me quite late or I am just not content with my shape. I was super okay with everything until someone pointed out how huge my hips have gotten—Kind of an asshole comment if you ask me, but I just pushed it aside until one of my pants ripped and now I am always self-conscious and want to hide my hips with anything over-sized without compromising style and color. This outfit gave the confidence boost I needed, and I can’t help but share it with pride.

WHAT I AM WEARING

SWEATER: Zara ● SKIRT: Imelda ● SHOES: Zara ● SUNNIES: Ray-Ban ● BAG: Vintage

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I know that a lot of us North Americans suffers from the blues and the struggles is real, especially when the sun is teasing us and only showing up for an hour or two. I hope that the weeks to come will be brighter and happier for all of us!

Happy Monday xx

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What’s the big deal anyway?! It’s just a headscarf!

With all the political drama that’s been happening around here in Quebec, I can’t help but feel sad for where humanity is headed. I mean, politicians are so darn smart; preoccupying people with matters like religious symbols and turning the state into a completely atheist place (which is fine by me-but why do they need to implement laws on banning religious symbols) rather than focusing on important matters such as infrastructure, health and education. I am a free woman despite what the law says. I have been brought up in a Muslim family and my dad may have strong opinions on culture and religion, but we were never oppressed at home. I mean, look at me and look at how I dress! Colorful, hippie queen right here!! Religion (Islam) does not force women to be completely void of voice and opinion and this misconception that some hold is driving me insane. Us, Muslims women, we’re not oppressed!!! And we don’t need the white man to free us! Or any man for that matter. We need to be respected for who we are and if we want to cover our hair, so be it. As long as we keep it to ourselves, then what’s the big problem?

I am so not enforcing my religion on anyone; I have friends from all over the world (mainly Christian) and we each have our views and ideas of how we want to deal with our beliefs. This does not however stop us from being the best to each other. I am talking about the veil because I am Muslim…but I feel very strongly about all religions. You do you! And as humans, we need to respect each other and that’s what matters. I am afraid that this is easier said than done because we are so headed in the wrong direction. I would imagine, if I ever was a politician, I would choose to unite my people and make them strong as a whole (i.e.: New Zealand), rather than pushing each group into a category and creating segregation and fear. It’s bloody sad how we choose to focus on how one decides to dress instead of spending time to know the person deep within. I am not saying all of us Muslims are amazing and perfect, no one is, but those of us who have real faith know that Islam is based on peace and tolerance. I choose to keep my religion in my heart and choose to practice it the way I see fit between myself and God. I don’t go around trying to sell anyone anything. But if anyone is interested to learn, I am open to questions. So, why is it that this politician feels the need to implement a law that will destroy the lives of many people? Muslim girls, Sikh men, Jewish men, Jewish women and Christian and Orthodox followers. You have your religion and I have mine—a verse from the Quran to clearly indicate to do whatever is it you see fit for YOU.

The problem with the general population these days (Arabs included) is that they are so focused on survival that they do not seem to take the time to learn about other people who are foreign to their own culture. And I get that, I really do. But for a city so big like Montreal, we can’t derail our attention from obvious problems to focus solely on religion symbols! Seriously??!! I grew up here and this my home and I, yet, still feel like my life can stop at any moment and politicians do not seem to think about that. What about those little girls who dream to be cops, RCMP officers or teachers one day? But can’t anymore because of some idiotic law who now forces them to pursue another career that they aren’t passionate about. I think about my smart, talented, little niece, who dreams to be an art teacher one day (she doesn’t have the veil now but maybe one day she will, who knows?!), but can’t be that anymore because of this said law….she then moves to a different country, but then that country will implement another law and another and we keep turning in circles. Vicious, deadly circle!

Alas humanity, we have failed you miserably! I feel so sorry for what’s to come and if I keep thinking about it, I might get sick; the true Montreal I know is a melting pot of amazing different races, religions and even sexuality. I believe that we are all free to live our lives the way we want (peacefully!!) and for politicians to take that away from us is a true shame. Montreal will forever be my home and I hope that it stays the way it is for my little girl to grow in and to also get to enjoy its true beauty. Being bi-cultural is nothing short of difficult, it is a blessing and a curse, but because so many of us (in Montreal) are in it together, then it makes the ride so much smoother and calmer. I really hope that it doesn’t change….

May your weekend be bright and beautiful x

 

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Vintage

Currently having a love affair with statement booties.

We all know that boots and booties are taking over the runways and shops for the past few seasons and the trend is still going strong. Statement booties specifically are having a major moment and I am super on board with that. Although some designer booties are to die for, I am still not convinced on dropping thousands of dollars to partake in said trend. Animal printed booties, colorful booties, color blocked cowboy boots, brocade style and even luscious velvet fabrics are all over the streets lately and I am loving how fun and east this trend is—you can experiment with different styles and you’d be able to pull it off seamlessly. No need to break your head because a simple outfit works wonders with statement, colorful booties…because you just let your boots do the talking!

I am an avid, obsessive, shoe-aholic girl and I am a collector of shoes and especially colorful, unique one. If I fall in love with a shoe, I don’t hesitate in investing in a good pair because I know I will keep it for years to come.  Besides, this is a trend that will stand the test of time, because you always need boots and if you are looking to spice up your outfit, then you can’t go wrong with statement boots. It’s a versatile and stylish trend. Plus, I feel like that booties are a transitional piece that you can take with you from season to season and you can easily dress them up or down! If you are into this trend currently and you’re not sure you will be in the future, then you can just go thrifting! That’s always a good option for you to find something cool without dropping big bucks for it. Since I love my shoes, I am more than willing to spend money because I know I will get my wear out of them and, I am very good at keep my shoes in tiptop shape! However, I love turning to vintage too because I always find something beautifully unique from previous times like the one I am wearing in this photo. These red croco skin booties are amazing!!! They’re a cross between cowboy boots and biker boots and what I love about them is the fit, so so comfy! it’s unreal! I bought them from a luxury thrift shop at the Point Claire village over last summer and have paid 90$ for them and I guess for real leather, that’s a pretty good price, id say! They’re made in Spain and although the brand name has been washed out, I cannot be more impressed with the quality. If I ever find a similar pair in a different color, I’d buy it without thinking twice.

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WHAT I AM WEARING

SHIRT: Winners ◊ PANTS: Gap (thrifted) ◊ BOOTS: Vintage ◊ Watch: Marc Jacobs ◊ BRACELETS: Alex and Ani

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A good place to start looking for booties on the high-street would be Zara if thrifting isn’t your thing! They always have amazing shoes and I would definitely put a seal of approval on the comfort front. They always do shoes right. Not clothes, but shoes are their forte.

Happy April and may your shoe game be as strong as your coffee!

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My 10-year-old niece dressed me: Take 2!

My niece has been super obsessed with dressing me for the day that now, once she gets back from school…she runs to come see me to choose my outfit of the day. She’s so adorable! She is getting a lot more into fashion and has been having fun playing with different styles herself and seeing that makes me feel like a proud aunt. So, without making this too long; here how’s the outfit came out:

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She wanted something a little more casual for me to wear as I have been wearing way too many trousers lately. She went for cropped jeans instead and added a little fun slogan sweater to finish it. To avoid the outfit being too too bland, she added interest by playing with layers, hence the shirt under the sweater. Although I felt a little self-conscious wearing this sweater again, I still made efforts to go for it with little niece’s decision. Troublemaker isn’t exactly what I am these days, all I want to do is sleep early and lounge on the couch. Adulthood’s brighter side! Anyway, back to the outfit, I found this beautiful coat at Vallue Village a while ago and couldn’t resist getting it. The color is so bloody cheerful and makes for an amazing spring coat. Perfect for transition period, plus the color is so unique and special–reminds me of a raspberry sorbet!

WHAT I AM WEARING

JACKET: Vintage ♥ SWEATER: Karsen ♥ PANTS: Calvin Klein ♥ SHIRT: Thrifted ♥ SHOES: New Balance ♥ BAG: Core Life ♥ EARRINGS: Forever 21

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I think I am liking having a personal stylist, haha! Makes for so much fun and you never know what you’ll end up wearing. Having not to think about clothes is quite nice for a change. I’m thinking the niece is on the good track with her attire selection/styling talent.

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Vintage

Women: so critical and hard on ourselves!

Why are we so wired to put ourselves down even though we are doing great jobs at life? Many of us women tend to put ourselves down and drag ourselves into low levels of confidence and with the amount of criticism we give ourselves (and sometimes each other) we end up going into downhill spiral of never-ending negativity. But why? I mean adulting is hard as it is, then why do we add more pressure to our plates? Like can we give ourselves a break? I met with my osteopath last week and I couldn’t help but think about the things she said to me. We are pressured to be a certain way and that mold that we all need to fit in, who created it? I feel like many of us women, not matter how much we put out, we still think were not good enough. I am just wondering, according to how though? Because no one is out there pushing us to be a certain way, yes society plays a big role into shaping us humans but who cares about it, really! I mean who cares how perfect you are, as long as you are yourself, because let’s face it, no one out there is ever perfect. I met this woman who I see daily, and she is constantly so hard on herself and she looks miserable!!!! Its is insane how sad she looks and sometimes all I want to do is reach out and hug her and tell her that she’s good the way she is. However, I can’t lie because most of the time, I am that way with myself. When is it that we gotta give ourselves a break and a pat on the back to see, YO, YOU’RE DOING WELL!!!! Do men suffer from the same feelings of remorse and self-judgment as much as us, or are we just living inside our own feelings and emotions that we keep missing our successes? I am sure that there are men out there who are as hard as we are on themselves, but I feel like they have to capacity to appreciate life’s little success a lot more than we do.

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WHAT I AM WEARING
SHIRT: Handmade • SKIRT: Vintage • BOOTS: Nine West • BAG: Core Life • BELT: Vintage

I know that women tend to be heroes, we tend to want to do it all and do it all perfectly at that. Just sucks that are missing out on a lot because we cannot stop that little voice inside our head and can’t get past our own expectations. I feel like I have come to an age where I no longer want to be perfect, I just want to be me and need to be at peace with who I am and what I can offer and share the best parts of myself with the people I care about. I no longer feel like I need to push myself to my extreme limits and to make myself mentally and physically sick because I want to be number one. The worst part is that most of us are constantly in competition with ourselves…it’s like the worst kind of competition, because you are always in your own thoughts and in your own head—it’s sickening.

I think what is most important for us women to know is that there is place for all of us in the world, because we are all different and we are all unique in our own way. We all have a gift to share with the world. We simply need to be true to ourselves, be kind to ourselves because when you treat yourself kindly and respect your uniqueness, that’s when you give the world an amazing gift. YOU! What you give it is what you will receive and perhaps if we give ourselves a break and say we’re prefect the way we are, then I am sure that everything will fall perfectly in place. Just like tessellation! I guess, that would be a step closer to happiness from within and a step forward to eliminating negativity, anxiety, anger and all sorts of bad feelings. I think we tend to do more damage to ourselves without even noticing because judging ourselves is a lot more hurtful. if hits is in a different way and on a deeper level.

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So, today, ladies, I give you permission and allow you to fully appreciate who you are and to be kind to yourself! Happy Monday x

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Cruella De Vil: a style icon!

I was thinking to myself the other day as to why we neglect the villains of Disney or in general. There’s two side to every story and we tend to always stand with the vigilantes of every story; again, because that’s human nature.  I mean, villains, too have a voice and a message to convey, so why not get inspired by them somehow. Take it and turn into a positive in your own way. I have been getting back into Disney and cartoons because I want my daughter to appreciate them as much as I do. I have been having such a dalmatians moment and enjoying Cruella, granted she was awful, but we can’t deny the fact that she was always so damn stylish. I mean I wouldn’t go as far as skinning poor little animals for the sake of fashion but finding inspiration isn’t bad either. She was so big on prints, especially black and white and although I have been sporting too many colors lately, today I felt like going monochrome and ain’t no better way to do it than à la Cruella De Vil way. Her outrageous accessories and hairdo make for an extravagant vogue spread and if she was real, I would hang out with her just to get infected with her confidence of rocking insane dresses. She is a true style icon; she has the ability to make any outfit seem so posh and fab! I mean, come on! Her green eye shadow was just bomb! The half white, half black hair was everything; she was already so advanced in her fashion game!

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Although I didn’t go as far as wearing an avant-garde dress to work, I ended up just sporting trousers and a shirt and I felt very profeshhh in a stylish way. I felt naked without color, really, but I still enjoyed the monochrome because sometimes you need a little break from your obsessions before you reach your limit to hating them.

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WHAT I AM WEARING

SHIRT: Topshop ● PANTS: House of Harlow ● BOOTS: Nine West ● BAG: Core Life

So, I guess, moral of this post is that no matter how evil or how old a person may be, you can still find inspiration in them (yes, I am using a Disney character to prove a point). Lately, I have been feeling all kinds of down because of humanity’s level of goodness degrading….but somehow I still maintain my positivity. I feel like it is in our hand to see the good in a person and, yes, some of us are too far down the evil pit, but there is always room for improvement.