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Jewellery: my current favorites.

I have to say I am not the biggest jewellery wearer, but when the occasion does rise, I do like to pimp my outfit with the help of accessories. Lately, I have been into fine, delicate gold jewellery. Being as Arab, it is sort of a must for girls to wear opulent gold jewellery, mostly after being married; it’s sort of like a rite of passage. To be dangled in big 24kt gold chains and bracelets, it’s kindda of an inky feeling to me. I can’t even fathom wearing that much jewellery, but hey, if you like it, then go for it. My parents have been buying us gold jewellery for as long as I can remember and we have kept the into our safety boxes in hope to give them to our own children, kind of like a family heirloom. Anyway, I was the most difficult child to shop for when it came to jewellery (in general, really, but mostly jewellery). It was either too gold, or too big, or too out there. Over the years, my mom finally got me and started shopping for delicate, dainty (almost non-existent to visible eye) pieces for me.
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Being recently married, part of a cultural and religious ceremony, my husband gave me a dowry and gold, which I honestly never cared for. But because it was given to me, I had to wear it on special occasion and since some of the things he got me were a little too, how shall I put it without hurting his feeling???, tacky? Granny-like? I had to find a solution somehow to love what I wore. I then got the brilliant idea, thanks to my sissy, to sell some of the pieces I didn’t like and buy other ones I loved. So I’m my recent trip to Jordan and with the blessing of my husband, I ended up visiting Damas. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s basically a super amazing jewellery retailer that has over 300 stores across the Middle East. Anyway, not to make this blog way too long, I am sharing with you my current favourite and most worn jewellery pieces and why I love them so much.

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The lucky clover bracelet isn’t from my recent exchange expedition. This one is very special and dear to my heart and I have had it on for a few months now and I haven’t taken it off yet…don’t think I will, maybe just for delivery. This is a bracelet my mom bought me from Morocco a little over 5 years ago and I love it because it’s simple, delicate, feminine and just timeless. I feel like you can never go wrong with mother of pearl or with a clove design and the both of them together just marry to make an amazing statement without being too over powering. Now I know she got it for me from a local Moroccan shop and I don’t know how I’ll ever trace it, but I am linking a few ones I like down below. On the other hand, the charm bracelet is one from Damas. I liked it because it could pass as a set with the rings I got. Even the salesperson was excited that I was matching my rings and bracelets together, I felt so proud. This charm bracelet is perfect for whenever I wear an all-black outfit.

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These “triangle” shape detail ring and the 2 layer stacked ring are both from my recent exchange at Damas. They were the 2 rings that immediately grabbed my attention, mainly because they’re statement enough without being too overbearing. I don’t usually wear too many rings together but I find these 2 can get a pass especially if I wear them in the middle finger next to my wedding rings. They both just pop beautifully. Unfortunately, these rings are super hard to find online, but below are similar items that I think would be just as elegant on.

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Last but certainly not least, my Swarovski flower ring, which I stole from mom’s collection is a current favourite, I think I wore this one the most of the three mentioned. This particular ring is super special because, obviously, it belongs to mom and since we’re not living close, I wear it to remind me of her and just looking at it brings joy to my heart.

Here you have it; these are the jewellery pieces that I am loving at the moment and using to finishing up and polish my outfits.

 


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Fashion

Crystal Couture: the perfect wedding earring!

This is another addition to the wedding mini-series I started a few days ago…today we’ll be discussing earrings. I am Muslim…and you see me with a veil…so you’re probably thinking why does she need earrings anyway? Well, my wedding will be half mixed and half not mixed. What is that you say….well, it just means that the first part of the wedding will be an all girls’ party…with me and my hubby only at the centre of it all. The second part will consist of all the men of his family and mine with the rest of us girls. Here’s a brief history behind the veil and why I chose to wear it. Basically, in Islam you wear the head veil to cover up from men (outside the immediate family circle) that could potentially wed you. The hair is considered the crown of the woman and it could be very provocative along with the rest of the body. Modesty in important in Islam for both women and men! This is a big misconception and loads of people are uninformed and think women are submissive…wrong! Anyway, not to get into too many political/religious debates here, I choose to wear it because I feel powerful and pretty in it. So this is why I decided to go ahead and invest in a cute pair of earrings to complete my look, since I will not do a necklace or a bracelet. By invest, I mean a whooping $18!

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I was sure I wanted to go a chandelier style earring, because it always looks more luxurious. I have been shopping around in store and online and I found everything too expensive, until I stumbled on Crystal Couture. An online store that offers everything wedding…from jewelry to headpieces, to cake decor, at an affordable price! The earring I bought is perfect and works so well with my wedding dress. It’s a mix of pearls and crystals in a classic way. It’s looks kinda vintage-y, which is why I was attracted to it in the first place. I find chandelier earrings so breathtaking, especially with an up-do .

Even if it’s not your wedding, but you’re in the market for beautiful earrings, then you should definitely go check the site out! The sale section is awesome!

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Fashion Style

Marsala queen…

This dress caught my eye the minute I saw it on the rack. The usual color was super attractive. I never go for Marsala because I feel like maybe sometimes it doesn’t suit me (for some weird reason). But when I tried it on, I just fell in love with the richness of the color. It reminds me of earth’s sophisticated roots. Also, the cut! It’s so Romy & Michele! Anyway, This is how I decided to style my dress and I hope you like this look, because I do <3

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To complete my look, I wore the heaviest necklace I own. I bought this baby when I went shopping in Jerusalem in a small antique shop. It’s beautiful but so omg heavy!!! I literally hurts the neck after wearing it for a long time. (I couldn’t last the day and ended up taking it off ^^).

I also wore my new adorable Coach purse, which is not only super sweet but super versatile and spacious for its small size. To be able to last the whole day, I wore my favorite Charles & Keith pointed oxfords for a preppy look.

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What I wore: 
-Pink Rose marsala colored a-line knit dress.
-Coach burgundy small purse.
-Charles & Keith oxfords.
-Aldo sunglasses.

I love this dress so much, I will try to get my hands on different colors.

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Design Inspiration

Etsy: Home of the Ingenious…

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

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

 

Sara Amrhein
Florence, Italy

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

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

 

Divamp
Barcelona, Spain

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

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

 

NoonOnTheMoon
Stratford, Canada

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

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