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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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September Fashion Favorites

This is a first favorites post for me and since I haven’t done one of these before, I feel quite thrilled to share it with you guys. I will not have a long long list of endless favorites items. I just wanted to share my top 5 favorite fashion items of this month. Items I have been loving to death and have been wearing endlessly. Without making this intro too too long..here are the 5 items I couldn’t live without for the month of September.

1) My huge ass heavy necklace from my recent trip to Palestine:

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This is one heavy baby!!! I couldn’t for the life of me keep it on all day. It’s beautiful but fantastically heavy. I bought this baby in a recent trip to Jerusalem while shopping some antiques shops.  It’s a great accessory because it helps finish any outfit to perfection. It adds a Je ne sais quoi to any outfit and make something simple seem so exquisite. It’s unique, it’s special and it’s super poetic in a visually artistic kinda way.  If you’re looking for something similar and along those line, you can find it here.

2) My favorite favorite marsala colored light knit dress:

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I cannnnnottt ever stop wanting to wear this dress. I got it on a whim thinking it would be a great transitional piece from summer to fall, because of the color and because it’s light. I was scared that this color in particular would made me look like a great ole’ pumpkin, but seriously though, this is the most beautiful dress I own. I found it in Winners for about 24$. The fit, the comfort, the length, the color…everything about it is perfection. It’s stylish and so me on so many levels. You can find something similar to this here.

3) My ultimate favorite flat oxfords.

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I have has these bad boys for about 2 years now and they’re still going strong. I find that these shoes offer timeless style. They’re perfect in every way possible. They’re cut out oxfords from Charles & Keith. I had bought these when I was on vacation in the Middle East and they were discounted for about 60$. I bought them knowing I would keep them for a long time because they sincerely offer fashion and style. They’re definitely a statement piece but in a good way (they’re not too out there). They’re comfortable and they can be worn with dresses, jeans, skirts..you name it! With and without socks and stocking. I wore them almost daily this month and they still look brand new! (I’m pretty sure y’all noticed them in my blogs X) If you’re looking for similar oxfords, then you’ll find your match right here.

4) My Coach clutch/mini bag.

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A recent new addition to my wardrobe. I got this with a gift card I receive for my birthday and I so do not regret splurging on it. This is the perfect size clutch bag. It offers style, space and versatility. The color is super unique and the design is damn awesome. It’s subtle not to so much that it’s muted. I wear this bag with anything and everything. It’s pricey but well worth the money, really! Coach always has cool little things here and there and I took a chance getting this one and I do not regret it 🙂 You can look at more of its details on their website.

5) Last but not least my favorite ring ever!

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Okay so I bought this ring when I participated in an even recently and this cute little designer was exposing her work. I when to her kiosk. She’s talented and if I could have bought all her pieces, I totes would have!!! Like no joke! Everything she had on the table was to die for. Her pieces are well worked and invested in. You can super see that she loves what she does and has a huge passion for it. I got this ring for 85$ CAD and she was nice enough to give a 10% discount. I love the color contrast between the materials. The copper and the sterling silver is a perfect combination. Her pieces are minimalist yet very geometric, which I absolutely adore!!!! I haven’t taken this ring off since I got it. You should check out her work right here and maybe you’ll get a little something for yourself.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please feel free to let me know what your fashion favorites have been this month in a little comments below.

Until next time xx

OH!! PS: here’s an extra picture to show you all of my pieces at work 🙂 (Check my previous post for more details on my outfit).

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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!’’