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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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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!

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

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

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

WHAT I AM WEARING

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

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

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Women: so critical and hard on ourselves!

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

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

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

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

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

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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.