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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 outfit

We are celebrating Eid in a week and I cannot wait for it as we only get two big celebrations in Islam. We get Eid after Ramadan and Eid after the pilgrimage in Mecca. It was always a time we looked forward to as kids and still do now actually. Eid is about giving back and celebrating with your loved ones the true meanings of Islam. You celebrate love, respect, and peace. Peace of mind and peace of soul. It is important to share that with others by being charitable and compassionate, wherever you are in the world. It is about being kind and hopeful, about being righteous and loving and I hope to instill those principles in my daughter. Along with those beautiful feelings you feel, you also get money as gift and sometimes you get gifts as well. Bonus! You get new clothes to show off and treats and spend the entire day hopping from house to house visiting all your uncles and aunts to collect your money. Alas, growing up here without the rest of the family around, we miss on doing that. So instead, we do it with my siblings and parents and celebrate with our non-Muslim friends, which is still pretty cool.


I decided to share with you what outfits I would wear to celebrate Eid as it is three days afterall! I will give you two extra looks as a bonus too! Perhaps, I can inspire you a little to get out of your comfort zones and experiment with what you already have in your wardrobes. With COVID, we aren’t going to be house hopping but we will gather for a little brunch on the first day as we always do. I decided this time around to give you a week’s worth of outfits. I am actually super excited because my daughter is a little more conscious of what’s going on and I want to build amazing memories with her in celebrating proper Eid. Also, for some reason, she’s super into dressing up even though she’s only 22 months. She always fights with me to pick which dress to wear. It’s annoying but still so freaking cute. Fashion mama proud!


Without further ado…here is outfit #1

So, let me break down the outfit…This is certainly not a skirt. It’s a dress! And I am certain you guys have seen it before on my blog. It is a vintage Laura Ashley number that I have had for ages and I figured why not used it differently this time around. I felt like this floral blouse suited it and it was super appropriate to match with the dress and because I didn’t want to look to be awkward with the shirt just hanging there, I pulled the look together with a vintage leather belt (which I will posting for sale soon).

It was just a whim and I love love love the result. I absolutely would wear this look in a heartbeat anywhere. Even grocery shopping! What I love about this dress is that you can easily dress it up or down. You can wear it with a cardigan for a feminine look or turn it into a skirt as I did here. Or even maybe with a leather jacket for a badass babe look. Vintage is cool that way, you can make it your own and that’s special. And good news! This dress is up for sale, although I loved it to death, I am cleaning up my closet and I am sure it will find a forever loving home. You can shop here.

Finally, I pulled the look together by adding a straw bag that was a birthday gift last year and never got to wearing it until now. What I love about this outfit is that I used things I already owned and created a new look. A look I didn’t wear before. There is always a mixing and matching possibility in every closet. So before you go out to shop for new outfits, try to shop in your own closet and try to create new looks like I did. It is good for the pocket as well as the environment.

So here is look #1, what do you guys think? Do you like it? Would you wear it this way? If not, how would you style it? Please share your thoughts!

Happy Monday 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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How to style a satin slip dress modestly

This is another one of those trendy things that has been big for the past year…wearing lingerie out on the streets has become such a normality. When does a slip dress become appropriate to wear publicly and how do you not make it look skimpy…I am have been feeling very experimental lately and I figured now’s the time to try out the satin slip dress and see how I make it work out in the real world. I didn’t want to have anything too out there nor did I want anything floral-y or lace-y. I wanted something I can work with as a start and build an outfit around it. This mustard dress from Zara was the perfect middle for a slip dress and mustard is one of my favourite colors anyway. So here’s how I attempted this trend!

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The dress to be quite honest was not such a great quality and for the price, especially at Zara, you want to have something well made….but then again, their production system is so quick that quality is no longer the main concern. I wore this dress with a few different ideas in mind but this was one of my favourite because I still maintained my modesty. Adding heels was an option that I kept open but I felt like I was too exposed to the world and so, putting on boots seemed quite fitting and appropriate and the result was interesting.

I also got the argyle sweater from Zara and although it’s very thick and well-made, I didn’t appreciate how cropped it is. Why is everything so cropped lately? I mean, not because I am Muslim or anything, but no one needs to be wearing a cropped sweater in -14C ̊weather. I combined it with the dress because the colors went so well together and having the dress under it meant more warmth.

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Along with sweaters and all things winter, boots are my thing and I wish I could wear boots all year long (not that anyone is stopping me) but it would be just too much!

Although I had fun styling this dress, it just wasn’t me and I ended up returning it because it makes no sense just having it there hanging in my wardrobe. How do you guys feel about the slip dress?! Is it a yay or a nay?!


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Welcome to the 60s

When I saw this dress a few months ago on sale on the Zara website, I fell in love with it because it gave me 60s mod vibes all over. I loved how it was bold and yet so wearable. The color combination was quite brilliant and the cut was super flattering and I couldn’t wait to wear and so I did this weekend. It is not everyone’s taste but I was definitely mine. I find it to be a cross between Pierre Cardin’s space age design and Emilio Pucci’s wild geometric design. 60s fashion was bold, creative and innovative; those years shifted and put the emphasis on the youth and their ability to do their own thing. They were put forward and fashion followed suit in the streets rather than in the big couture houses. There was a little bit of a carefree in the whole mod fashion as everything started to shift with the baby boomers were coming of age. Color played a big role in defining the 60s; where the muted and pastel palette of 1950s fashions gave way to bright, bold colors which were often presented in geometric patterns.

And with that, here’s today’s 60s inspired look:

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I love how the dress has super long raw edged sleeves that you can bunch up to help create volume; I find it much nicer than having sticks for arms. It adds interest and definition. The velvet is quite nice and it isn’t too thick, so I feel like my shape still looks sleek and not too overkill.

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Going with the whole velvet theme, I wanted to maintain that onto my feet and wore my velvet burgundy shoes to tie the whole look together. I felt like boots would be too much and I would look more witchy than elegant. I feel like the burgundy/gold matched perfectly with the dress color pattern.

The turban also helped in accentuating the whole “do your own thing” vibe that the 60s so focused on and it gave room for me to wear my current favourite vintage earrings. The photos don’t do them justice. Also, this is the first time I wear a dress post-partum and although I still do have a belly and haven’t gone back to working out (as I am taking things slow and enjoying little one), I feel like I am happy with my body despite it all. But to add a little more definition to my waist area, I added a cute vintage gold belt that added a bit more attitude to the look and I love it!

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Even though the dress is quite statement, my look was still minimalistic and that’s what I like about it all as I don’t have too much going on. I feel like this dress will stay in my wardrobe for a long time because it is me in a nutshell.

 


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On Wednesdays we wear pink!

As you all know, I have a deep fascination with sweaters and so expanding my collection is crucial and since my sister knows I have an incurable obsession…she bought me this wonderful sweater dress from H&M in bubble-gum pink and immediately I though ouuuu Mean Girls! I have done pink on pink multiple times when i was in high school, it was almost a uniform of mine back in the day…but for some reason, I left that stage and never looked back and although I still do love pink, I rarely wear it these days. Since coming back to Canada in June, I feel like pink has made a huge comeback in stores and it’s like basically everywhere and so I couldn’t help but fall back in love with it. To pay tribute to the good all days, I decided to do a monochrome all pink outfit, because why not!

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I was debating over and over whether I wanted to wear heels or sneakers but I made an effort and went for the heels instead. Seems like, for the last bit of pregnancy and a little bit now, wearing sneakers and flats is almost the right thing to do, even though heels is my biggest weakness. Hopefully, I’ll get back into the swing of things. And since the outfit was a little flat, I added more colour to it by putting touches of blue and gold and these Aldo heels were the perfect fit.

WHAT I WORE

SWEATER DRESS: H&M • JEANS: Calvin Klein • BAG: Aldo • SUNNIES: Aldo • EARRINGS: Vintage • BELT: Zara • SHOES: Aldo

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I think those are pretty much basics and see myself hanging on to them for years to come. It is important to shop smarter and I feel like over the years and with experience, I have learned to shop less but invest in pieces I truly love and know will wear. Besides, pink is always a good color to have in your wardrobe to lighten up your days and your mood!

 


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Jimmi Hendrix meets Freddie Mercury; the pirate edit!

This outfit has got me feeling all kinds of pirate! It’s very Jimi Hendrix meets Freddie Mercury meets Jack Sparrow all in one. I feel so vivacious and alive and honestly I felt like I can conquer the world even though the whole outfit was pretty simply. Again, these featured pants are from a recent haul from Zara and they felt super comfortable when I first tried them on. The pants were so inspiring and what drew me to them was definitely the fact that they were striped and not just any stripes….the pants are shiny with lurex thread all over. The stripes are happy and colourful in a very subtle way, so it is easy to mix and match them with any top; the choices are vast, ahoy! I felt very rock and roll in this particular outfit and it sincerely lift my mood up, since I have been feeling quite bloated recently..haha! Beach whale on the loose! Freddie Mercury will always be my forever crush! He was always so handsome and so on point with all his outfits and I won’t like that I may use him as an inspiration from time to time; he was so bold and so creative with his stage looks and that’s what made his performances even more catchy. He truly was a style icon, a legend, a Queen and a force to be reckoned with but mostly importantly he unapologetically expressed himself through fashion and that is everything! Jimi Hendrix was bold in his own righteous way; he was vibrant, colourful and flamboyant and always mixed colors and patterns so effortlessly. He was a true trendsetter and I feel like I would have been great friends with him! Haha! I mean colors and patterns are my things too!

So clearly I was inspired today to be a rock & roll legend too, as if! But here’s my edit on the famous striped pant:

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I decided to add some vintage items to the look just to feel like I belong in their era. It’s so interesting how one can connect with older generations just by looking at photos and documentaries. I felt like an old soul!

WHAT I WORE

JACKET: Monsoon ♠ SHIRT: Como Black ♠ PANTS: Zara ♠ SHOES: Kenneth Cole Reaction ♠ BAG: Vintage (available on sale on my ETSY shop) ♠ SUNNIES: Brigitte Bardot (Vintage) ♠ NECKLACE: Vintage

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The little Jack Sparrow in me was happy today because I let the rock & roll pirate out. Fashion is so amazing because you can easily transform yourself with clothes into anything you want; you just have to be daring to try new things!


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Two piece outfit: the co-ords edit!

Finally! I got myself to wear a co-ord, been wanting to do that for a while and Zara came to the rescue yet again. Well sort of! There’s nothing more satisfying than a matching set and it is easy to feel fabulous in them. The matching sets have been storming the fashion world recently and I love that you can create endless combos with just 2 pieces of clothing and you can either go pattern crazy with our bold prints or go with simple colors; either way you’ll for sure turn heads. What I love about cro-ord sets is that they are more versatile than the tailored office dress, more functional than jumpsuits and less corporate than a trouser suit.

Here’s my issue with Zara lately, I find that their prints are fantastic and the next collection seems bomb but I hate shopping there; it’s so confusing to walk through their stores and search through the endless piles of clothes thrown everywhere; so disturbing how much clothes are produced and how many new styles drop in stores on the daily! But sometimes, I fancy something new and when I do, I go to Zara…but lately, I much prefer to shop there online, it’s much easier. Also, can we all talk about how much their size range sucks!!!! It’s so not inclusive, which sucks, because some of us start to feel self-conscious; like I no longer fit in small at Zara and I know that it’s just a number and it’s not a big deal but honestly, what’s with the fashion industry?

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Anyway, since I am pregnant, I ended up buying the co-ord set in a size large and it fit just right and actually the pants were a little snug…so I was contemplating whether I should keep the whole thing or not. Styling these sets is pretty easy because you just wear the pieces together and voila, you’re all set.

WHAT I WORE

TOP: Zara ♣ PANTS: Zara ♣ SHOES: Charles & Keith ♣ EARRINGS: H&M ♣ SUNNIES: Brigitte Bardot Vintage ♣ PURSE: Vintage

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I would have loved to wear heels with this one, but since I am wobbly, I decided to just pair the outfit with these old oxfords I had in my closet and they were just fitting.

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My sister got this vintage 1940s purse from a garage sale a few weeks ago and it was just the perfect finishing touch to wear with this outfit. I felt so lady-like; I figured why not complete it and be a Kennedy!


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A little bit of Schiaparelli in my step…

I don’t know why but I feel like this shirt I recently purchased from Zara really reminds me of Elsa Schiaparelli’s designs. Something about it just takes me back in time and I feel like she too was big on stripes and the fact that they are asymmetrical is even more synonymous with her work. Elsa was a true fashion pioneer; she created the most gorgeous (in a shocking way) designs with ground-breaking textiles and exaggerated silhouettes. Was made Elsa stand out with her works amongst her peers is that fact that she always regarded couture as art…never as a profession; so she was always free to create whatever she wanted and she never restricted herself to the rules that applied. Her influences came from the Islamic and Arabic world was apparent in her work…due to her father being a scholar and her uncle being an astronomer.

In fashion school, fashion history was my favourite class, so much so that I got a 99 final grade! My teacher always told me that I was meant to be in fashion and that I should forever fight to follow my dreams, she was a great push that I needed when I was told I was too veiled to be in the industry. I guess, although the comments made me cry, I kept going and I am still going, because even though the fashion world is shallow (ultimately), it is still accepting of things that are weird and it is a refuge for many bizarre children like me. When we spoke about Schiaparelli in history class, I was so fascinated by her story that I wanted to learn more and more. Her designs, for her time, were quite controversial as she was told (and believed it herself) that she was ugly. This is how I decided that I wanted to simply follow my guts and designs things I loved and for the collections I put out, I didn’t follow any trend but my heart and perhaps there were mixed reviews, but I wouldn’t change anything because at the end of the day, we only live once!

Back to the outfit! I can get so carried away sometimes, it’s so funny, but I feel like fashion truly is my passion (CHEESSYYY)! So this shirt inspired me today to let in inner Schiaparelli out and dress happy. Here’s how the outfit came out:

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Technically speaking, this is a dress and not a shirt, but I don’t mind wearing it either way and so this time around I wore it a shirt, but I am sure that when the baby belly is gone, cinching it up with a wide belt and adding knee-high boots, this will look bomb! It’s in a size medium and currently it fits just perfect.

Wearing heels is a little challenging to be honest, but a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do to get her pictures done! Unfortunately I am super struggling to fit in my current shoes and I am so gutted and I hope that my shoe size doesn’t change and comes back to normal because I am not quite ready to part with my collection. The struggle is real people!!! And the cankles are even more real!!!

WHAT I WORE:

DRESS: Zara ◊ PANTS: H&M Maternity ◊ SHOES: Jessica Simpson ◊ SUNNIES: Kate Spade ◊ BAG: Vintage (unbranded) ◊ EARRINGS: Vintage ◊ NECKLACE: DCK Collection

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This vintage purse belongs to my sister and I stole it because it made sense with this whole look. It’s like ugly but pretty at the same time. I feel like this is a piece you either love or hate…maybe because the shape is odd, or maybe because it’s too beaded; don’t know, but I find it adorable with this whole look.


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A melting pot of colors and patterns

Today, I got inspired by this vintage silk striped shirt that belonged to my dad ages ago; it’s a shirt that I have only probably seen him wear in photos. It’s so unique in color and yes, I know it’s a men’s shirt but ain’t no one stopping me from wearing it…besides, I find men’s clothing sometimes much more appealing than women’s…especially in the accessories and the watches department. The blue and black tones are vibrant despite it being a dark shirt; it seriously inspired me to mix and match it with other colors and textures. Although this shirt was given to my brother in law, I ended up acquiring it and will keep it in my wardrobe for the future and plus it’s lined!!!! Extra points! I can just see how easily you can tuck it in a pencil skirt and look super smart or just loose with jeans and a tee…super badass rocker mom!

Here’s how I decided to style it today:

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I felt like the perfect way to style this shirt is to mix it with an even bolder print and it’s nice to be creative and take risks once in a while. Although the shirt was a little too snug, I liked how it came out together. I fell in love with these pants the minute I saw them on the Zara website; the pants come in a co-ord set with a matching top…which they were out of stock and it sucks because I could totes do them together. The pants are currently on sale for 20$ CAD and so, if you like them, I suggest you get them now because stock is running low!

To pull the outfit as a whole, I added the earrings and the red bag. Orange and blue is just so hype and chic…I love these colors together. I don’t always mix colors this way, but I figured taking a little risk won’t hurt.

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Mixing vintage with newer items from your wardrobe in a modern way is always a good idea; it gives you a chance to explore bigger fashion grounds and expand your creativity. But also, you’ll always stand out from the crowd because vintage is not repetitive-unique and one of a kind pieces.


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