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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!

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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!

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Eid OUTFIT – Take #3

Okay…okay this one is a little out of my comfort zone, but I had to try it. The chapeau and hijab combo look is a little intimidating I have to say but I kind of felt like Rose DeWitt Bukater Sawson Calvert from Titanic. I must say I felt extra fancy, but I couldn’t do it for too too long. Felt silly and out of context, LOL, prancing around the house, while my neighbor looked at me puzzled as to why I was dressed like I was going on a cruise. 

I recently went away to Val Des Monts (Québec) for a little vacation with the little one as she loves the water and because I had an Oxygen facial done and couldn’t stay in the sun directly, I decided to buy this lovely hat to put on while we were out on the lake. So, I couldn’t put it aside for the next time we took a vacation without taking it out for one more spin before summer ended, so I decided why not wear it for Eid? Besides, there are lots of girls who wear hats with their hijabs and look insanely cool. So here is my attempt at looking cool—not! Haha! I was quite surprised that it gave me a little oomph and a little va va voom feel. It is super true when they say that clothes do change your perception of yourself. It can either be positively or negatively. Wearing the hat gave me a push where I felt extra feminine and extra fancy. It almost made me want to stand super tall and walk with purpose. Saying that coz I always hinge my back. Bad posture, I know! Definitely need to work on it. 

This look isn’t vintage, by all means, and I had bought it specifically for Eid as a little gift to myself for not shopping for months. Since lockdown started, I saved so much money and was super ecofriendly, recycling, and reusing. The last thing I bought was a beautiful orange – terracotta suit from Mango, which I haven’t worn much since we’re all stuck at home. I have been into wearing maxi dresses a lot lately, even at home, I find that I am more productive when I look and feel cute. Maxi, long sleeves dresses are easy in the summer as you don’t need to layer a ton. You just put your hijab and shoes and voila, you’re done and fabulous! I have a few from Zara that I wear all the time, but I needed something a little more special for Eid. When the mall opened last month, I decided to have a peek at H&M. I initially went there to buy headbands for my daughter as I couldn’t find I was looking for on Etsy and I try as much as possible not to shop in big chain stores anymore. But I had to do what I had to do. However, when I walked past the sales section, this dress caught my eye and I wanted to have it in my wardrobe. Again, staple, will keep it for a long time. Love that it is long sleeves, modest and has a silk – satin feel. Plus, the print is extra cool, and it is a special color, a little minty but a little teal. Funky and fun! 

I ended it up pairing the dress with my trusted DKNY leather bag and Zara leather heels which I’ve had for ages too. And that’s how I completed look #3. 

How do you guys like this one? Please do let me know!

Happy Humpday!

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Eid outfit – Take 2

This one is probably my favorite! As it is a mixture of culture, fashion, and color. I love South Asian attire; I have always been obsessed. If I would not look completely stupid and overdressed, I would sport beautiful Sarees and Salwars everywhere I’d go. There so much charm and mystery that goes into their wear and I am absolutely mesmerized. If I could collect cultural, ethnic pieces from all around the world, I totally would without hesitation. I think it is important for us to be open to learning about others and their cultures. Fashion, just like traveling can give you an insight as to how a community lives and operates. This is why I love doing what I do. Collecting rare vintage pieces that were made in the past celebrate different parts of the world without discrimination. I feel like these days we have arrived at a time where everything offends everyone. Cultural appropriation is such a big deal. Like I understand the concept, but I would try not to be offended—I guess just take the time to educate those who need to be educated.


Side note, I have been on the hunt for a beautiful traditional Afghan dress for a while and I am dying to have one but can’t seem to find any…preferably vintage! I mean look at how incredible the workmanship is. The vibrant colors, the embroidery, just everything about the Afghan dress is immaculate.


Anyway, so when I was vintage shopping last year, I found a beautiful orange Indian set that looks immaculate and I knew I needed to have it. Because I don’t normally wear orange, I decided to break it down with something else. Since I didn’t want to lose the Indian aspect of the look, I decided to pair the gorgeous top with wide-leg ruffled Flamenco pants that I have had in my wardrobe for ages. I keep it for those days I want to look extra fly. This Eid is a perfect occasion to get the pants out for a spin. What I love most about the top is how feminine is looks. The way it cinches in at the waist then comes out with layered fabric add a little sexiness to it without being too out there. You get curves while still looking modest and that’s always a plus. I also love the puffed shoulder sleeves. It’s done just right and not in a reject 80s video kinda way. I hate big shoulders when they are tacky. This..this is just spot on!


So this is look two for Eid week. Pretty cool isn’t it? With this outfit, I would definitely always do heels as there are a lot of layers and I am short, so I don’t want to look like a piece of fabric walking around town.

I didn’t want to accessorize much with this outfit as the main piece is the top and I don’t want to take the spotlight away from it. I know that is a piece I will keep in my wardrobe forever and perhaps pass it on to my daughter so that she could appreciate it as much as I do now. Sadly, there aren’t any labels on it, perhaps it was handmade, but I would have loved to get a background story on it. That would have made the piece extra special. Bonus! This outfit is done with pieces already in my closet and I didn’t need to buy anything new. From the top to the shoes. Plus I used vintage items which is always a treat. If you guys fancy to recreate this look, I would highly suggest you guys check out Etsy as there are plenty of cool shops that offer amazing, ethnic and colorful pieces to the audience.

What do you guys think about this look? Is it a yay or nay? Would you guys style it the same way or differently?

Happy Tuesday 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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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.

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I let my niece dress me for the day and here’s what happened…

I thought it would be interesting for me to ask my 10-year-old niece to dress since she has been so into fashion lately. She’s an artistic child and I feel like I need to push her to follow her dreams a little more and nieces always go their aunts for support (for some reason). Since I am the artistic aunt of the bunch, she tends to follow my lead when it comes to fashion and beauty—which is quite endearing. Today, I gave her total freedom to raid my closet and choose what I’d wear to work, and the outfit was quite interesting, and I feel like she tried to emulate my personality into it without trying too hard…kids are so cute, especially little girls, they pay so much attention to details without you knowing.

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WHAT I’M WEARING

SWEATER DRESS: H&M ◊ PANTS: Simons ◊ SHOES: Reebok ◊ BAG: Aldo ◊ NECKLACE: DCM

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I also took the time to ask her what her thought process when it came to choosing my outfit and her response is beyond adorable, makes me want to hug her and never let her go. She decided to go with this ensemble because it’s different while still being pretty and comfortable. She also said that she like the yellow and how it flashes against the pink (her words exactly!! It killed me!!!). The fact that she is also choosing her words wisely makes me feel all kinds of proud. She even went as far as saying that people with confident will pull this look off. Like this kid thinks I have confidence! She’s so amazing and I do hope that I am at least rubbing it off on her. Even though I am not at a good stage with my confidence level lately, I feel like if she sees me in that light, then I must be doing something right. I would much rather fake it till I make it for the sole purpose that I am being analyzed and admired by my nieces. Although I feel like I don’t have much to offer sometimes, she sees something and that is bloody touching! She summed it up by saying that vibrant colors describe my personality, like guys, if this kid isn’t amazing, then I don’t know!!!!! She even knows that I love vibrant colors. I am speechless and beyond words and she makes me feel special and I am so so proud to call her my niece. She was so excited to do this little exercise that she came back to me at the end of it to ask me to do it again. I guess she has it in her now; styling and putting outfits together. So genius! It makes me excited to see how my daughter will be at her age!

I would absolutely wear this outfit again and I even love how practical she made it by adding running shoes to the mix. This little experiment made me connect with my niece on another level and having her take charge shows me just how much she is open to learn as well. Through this, I have learned that children as innocent as they are, still have a voice and still have opinions and it is important to take the time to listen to them. Even though she looks up to me, I look up to her too in a way because she has courage to put herself out there and she too has confidence and I hope nothing takes that away from her.

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Orange you glad it’s Friday

See what I did there!!! Yup, play on words, because today is finally Friday and I am wearing orange. Because orange is the color of life at the moment. Never even considered it, until I decided to get that H&M sweater months ago. I am very peculiar with what I decide to add to my wardrobe, but when I ponder deep and have more pros than cons, then I go for it. These days I am not big on shopping—everything is become a bore, repeat on repeat on repeat. There is nothing that is really catching my attention. Perhaps this is why vintage is my main squeeze, gets me excited to wear something preciously old because it has a story to tell. You can simply imagine the person previous to you wearing it and wonder if they walked in the same path as you and did the things you are doing in life. Or is that just me? Not a creep, just deep interest for the past.

Now, I don’t know if this is truly the image I give off, but I honestly wear color for myself and to feel motivated to get out of bed. But sometimes, people take it as me wanting attention but I SOOO don’t, I am super happy to disappear into the crowd; because it is not as much as attention-seeking as it is fulfilling my love for fashion. And anyway, I am very much known to be a dry person when I first meet someone new…I am always in my own bubble hiding behind my walls….I guess my choice of clothing project a totally different image than what I am. I am very selective when it comes to adding new people to my circle of friends because I guess I have come to a point where I no longer want to explain who I am to anyone. Less people, less trouble. Maybe it is a wrong ideology to have, but this is one I am very comfortable with. I try my hardest to be sociable, approachable and welcoming to everyone I meet, but I don’t necessarily allow them to come into my everyday life. What I’m trying to say is the way I dress is purely out of creativity and happiness and it is not to get a pat on the back for making efforts to put some color into my life.

Today is no different than any other day, I choose color and just because. No explanation needed. I have been dying to wear colored/checkered tartan pants for the longest time and so I did! Felt very proud of my outfit…sometimes I feel icky…but today was total win in my books! Plus, adding the leopard was a must to make the clashing prints tradition live on.

WHAT I WORE

SWEATER: H&M ● PANTS: Simons ● SHOES: Lord & Taylor ● BAG: Core Life

Are you like me? Do you use fashion as medium to express your creativity? Or is it simply a way to cover yourself and be presentable in society?? I would love to hear your thought on this!

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Friday attire!

Getting back into the swing of thing finally and I am feeling a little more energetic and a little less lethargic. Sometimes I ask myself if I can get a little vacation from being a mom, but then decide that I don’t need said vacation because I love baby too freaking much. She is growing and is turning into an amazing child, I can already tell that she will the conquer the world with her infectious smile. She truly is an angel; sometimes a monster and sometimes a pest, but an angle nonetheless. I recently took over a temporary contract to be able to get out there in the real world, with real people and have been using the public transport a lot more and although I can’t always be in heels. I try as much as possible to make it happen as I have too many shoes that are dear to my heart. Today I decided, you know what, gotta make a sacrifice and suffer a little to look a bit more polished and put together. I wore colors and happy ones at that, since the winter seems to be dragging a little bit. Freezing rain isn’t really helping much, but we can’t stop living. Right?!
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A little bit of foliage in this dreary weather…

I know that this time of year, many of us have the desire to throw out all our clothes and renew our wardrobes for the new seasons. Sales are calling our names through the computer screens and through the store front windows. However, being conscious of our spending and of our consuming is much cooler than getting that new in trend piece. I do love revisiting my wardrobe and adding a few new pieces isn’t wrong but when you already have a lot, then why not try to be more imaginative and creative in reworking the pieces you already have to make new outfits. The possibilities are endless! I promise! Even when you think that certain pieces don’t match, it doesn’t matter, give it a try and you’ll see that things only need to go together.

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Today, I revisited my clothes, as they were tucked away in a box because I couldn’t wear them during the pregnancy and this weekend, I was able to get some of it out and I had so much fun creating new outfits and mixing and matching vintage too. As I have a few events coming up…pop-up shops and all, I want to be able to the most of my wardrobe. Even though, I quickly put together my outfit today, I was happy with how it turned out. It’s very 70s business chic but in the most colourful way. As the winter blues continue to kick in, I find it necessary for me to play with color a lot more to feel energized and inspired to take on life. Lacking sleep doesn’t help either… so when I need to adult and get on with my day, I like to dress up!

I got this blazer from chequered blazer from an old friend. She’s 90 years old and she was kind enough to give me a lot of her clothes when she was younger because she knows just how much I appreciate vintage. I instantly thought about clashing prints even though the color palette is the same; the chequered with the leafy print came out quite bold and is certainly statement but it’s still muted.

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WHAT I AM WEARING

BLAZER: Vintage • SHIRT: Walmart • PANTS: Zara • BELT: Vintage • SUNNIES: Ray-Ban • BAG: Gift from le hubs • SHOES: Charles & Keith

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This belt, vintage, is one I am very much obsessed with and I have worn it non-stop since getting it. I feel like belts add a bit more attitude to any outfit. It adds shape, femininity and grace. This one in particular is very opulent with the gold detailing and worked seamlessly to bring everything together.

For a mom on the go, this outfit might need a little bit more effort than a simple sweater and jeans but it is one that makes me feel very good about myself. A little boost in confidence these days is very much needed. Whoever said girls are easier to raise than boys is a liar and a half, but nonetheless, they’re adorable!


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