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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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Vintage

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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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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Inspiration Style

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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Style

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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Style

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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Style Vintage

An ode to the women in my life!

In honors of women’s day (not that it matters, because women, men and children…and animals should be celebrated every day!), I wanted to take the time to thank all the great heroines in my life that push me daily to become a better human. I am forever grateful and thankful for having a bunch of amazingly brilliant women and I feel like this can never be replaced. I am a feminist yes, but I do believe that women and men have different levels of being and we cannot get to their level and they cannot get to ours. This is simply how we are made, but one thing I know for sure is that women are much stronger emotionally and can take up a beating (metaphorically speaking) and still go forward. We have the power to fight for what we want and make dreams happen.

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My mom, despite having a hard time fending for herself (especially with dad)…she was still able to fight for us, to make things happen for us and to teach us to push ourselves past our comfort zones (most of the time). She is and forever will be my hero because despite the hardships in her life, she still helped shape us into the brilliant women we are today (I can see my sister’s cynicisms shine through at this one). I feel like despite everything, we are inspiring with our perseverance to stay positive and kind despite today’s harsh and cruel world. And that’s where mom comes in, she always pushed us to stay kind to others no matter what happened because it was always about kindness instead of aggressiveness. Granted, we all grew into different characters with different perceptions of what life truly is, but at our core we are all the same. And so, to my wonderful gorgeous sisters, I can never put into words how much they mean to me…yes most of the time we want to kill each other but to kill for each other we would all the time. We are together through tick and thin. We are never shy to be honest and brutal with each other because that’s how we care. We care so much, it’s kinda sickening! Haha! At the end of the day, even though we all grew into a million different directions, our roots are together, and they are grounded. Miles apart, we are still connected by the heart…cheesy but super true.

But I guess womanhood and sisterhood doesn’t stop at family and friends are equally as valuable. I don’t have many friends, but my girlfriends are freaking insane. They are loud and crazy and a mouthful, but they are humble and beautiful both inside and out. I feel like even though we are in the age of women empowerment, there are still loads of female citizens that make sure to bring you down rather than lift you up and I have such a hard time connecting with women because of that. Not everyone is the same, I know, but I find it hard to find a small group of strong women that can tell you how it is. The best kind of friendships are fierce lady friendships. My sisters from other misters aggressively believe in me and they are there when I need them. Even though we are not constantly talking, we know we got each other’s backs. There is no competing, there is no comparing, there is no hating; just pure empowerment, empowerment at its finest.

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This is why I wanted to take the time of day to celebrate the women in my life, because they all have shaped me in ways they will never know. Each woman played a role in making me strong, in making me feminine and in making me a warrior and I in return want to teach my daughter to do the same; be a magical wild thing! So to the women in my life and to all the women out there (including myself), cheers to you for always fighting and for always making place for future generations. You’re all that and a pair of Louboutin’s ♥