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Vintage

The cardis are back!

So, turns out cardigans are back in style people! It was a big trend back in 2007-2008 and I was so into it back then. I had cardigans in every colorway possible. I remember buying mine from Zara for the whooping of 19.99$. I wore cardigans so much that after a while, I got over them. But now, not only are they back but they are back in a granny chic way. Towards the end of 2019, the runways were filled with granny cardis…from Gucci to Miu Miu to Molly Goddard—the trend is huge! Different colors and patterns and looks. It’s amazing. In fashion, anyway, history repeats itself and if you invest in key pieces and keep them in your closet for the future, you will make use of them again and again. Tbh, I am not mad at it, because that’s when thrifting and vintage come in to play. I assure you, that if you take the time to look in your local thrift shop, you will find an amazing cardigan sitting there waiting to be loved. I have a couple that I adore and cannot part ways with. I also know that I can raid my mom’s closet at any time and make any look granny chic. This brings me to my next point; granny chic is a thing!!! And I adore and applaud the major fashion houses for adopting this idea. Because oversized doesn’t mean not sexy. It’s almost like freedom from the tight, short clothes that we are all accustomed to seeing. Oversized can be sexy! I promise. You just have to learn to style it and make it for work for your body shape. So, it turns out I am already nailing this trend. I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately, but I am into the granny look, but obviously, I like to make it fashion. My current fashion icon is the pigeon lady from Home Alone 2. She’s got the oversized, color-blocked looked down! I love her!

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I am known to color clash quite a lot and today was no different. I opted for a vintage Parisian cardigan my mom had bought for herself in a thrift shop (duh! I stole it!) and I love this look. I can wear this over and over. anyone who sees this cardigan wants it, but I feel like selling it would be such a loss…I don’t think I would overcome it. So, I keep it neatly tucked away into my wardrobe and bring it out occasionally to satisfy my little vintage soul.

And look goes like this:

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I love the mixture of the Parisian art deco of the cardi with the floral of the skirt. I feel like the patterns marry perfectly together. But then again, that’s just me. I know that color clashing and print clashing can be crazy at times but the colors in this go well together that it’s not overly out there.

Time and time again, I say that vintage/thrifting is a good way to find pieces that will nourish your trend following needs. Especially if you’re an avid trend follower. There’s no need to splurge on pieces that you might never wear again unless you are certain to make use of said items in the future. Or you can always opt to buy second-hand designer items.

You can nail the granny look by adding a cardigan over your outfit as I did here, or you can accessories with pearls and jewels. You can wear cute cocktail dresses or sport vintage top handle bags (which is quite in too). There are a million and one ways to make the granny look work for you; it can make it playful, fun and sexy. Know your body and know how to make things work for you. Or you can always do like me and follow pigeon lady!

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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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Vintage

Oh so Coco…Coco Chanel!

This outfit, I am particularly very excited about! I cannot get enough of this suit. My brother in law spotted it when we were thrift shopping at Nova a couple of weeks ago and thought it was so me and when he showed me it, I died and a half. I can’t even! It’s so boujee! It made me automatically think of that Chanel suit Marge Simpson bought at a discount shop and wore to a Springfield Country Club, and become so obsessed with fitting in with the rich and famous. I think that was my favourite episode of all time. Seeing how worried she was about changing her clothes constantly to be accepted…I don’t know, there’s something quite sad in this matter—the need for us to constantly spend to desperately fit in into certain social groups. With that, this suit made me feel like I belong in the 1960s where suits became more popularized due to Coco and other wonderful designers. The suit gives me 1950s elegance and this why I felt the need to wrap my head scarf in an Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly kind of way. The head scarf, unlike today, was very popular back then and was donned by leading fashion models where they draped them across their heads and either tied just under the chin or wrapped around the neck for more coverage and security. Even in the 1960s, the fashion of the head scarf continued where young women wore them simply wrapped or even tied in a bow. Jackie Kennedy was known for her head scarf style as well as Sophia Loren who brought back the exotic look with her signature head scarves.

I couldn’t help but add white boots to this look. I feel like it just brought it all together and with the way I tied my scarf…just perfection! Would I wear this out shopping or doing errands you say??? Perhaps, I don’t feel particularly self-conscious in it…meaning I don’t feel over-dressed…I just feel like I came out of a black and white telenovela ready to take on the future.

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WHAT I WORE

SUIT: Thomas Haier • BOOTS: Zara • BAG: Aldo • SUNNIES: Aldo • SWEATER: Thrifted

What do you think of this beaut?! Should I sell it or should I keep it?!


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Style

Did motherhood change my style?

I know I haven’t gone out loads lately but on the days I do, I keep asking myself, would I wear this? Would I wear that again? So I couldn’t help but wonder, did motherhood change my style? I mean, yes, I have a daughter to take of, but there’s me too. Clothes, fashion, colors, textures…that’s what truly made me happy, so why haven’t I been indulging and digging into the depth of my wardrobe to dress up and spruce up and feel pretty? Many days, I am not going to lie, I felt pretty shitty about myself, not feeling pretty anymore or lacking the enthusiasm to actually look half decent. I smelled like milk for the first few weeks and had spit-up milk all over and whenever I had the chance to finally shower, the process started all over again and I felt like I might never recover or get back to the old me. I mean do you really go back to the old you after having a baby? Sofia has been nothing but a blessing in my life and smelling like milk didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. As long as baby was happy, I was happy? But that didn’t mean that I should neglect myself and not make efforts to look and feel pretty. It was vital and important for me to get back into the swing of things because I didn’t want my daughter growing up and seeing me that way. I want my daughter to look at me and be like, yes; momma took care of me but took care of herself too.

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Today I was able to go out with baby monster for a friend visit and I felt a little more confident in my new role as a mum. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed and don’t know how to take care of things, mainly because anxiety takes over but the more I let the negativity go, the more I feel like I am in control and feel like motherhood isn’t as scary as we all think. Dressing up plays a big part in my confidence and when I feel pretty, I feel like I can conquer the world. Today I opted for an effortless casual look. Since it’s getting colder out, I wore wool pants that I thrifted a while back and the fact that they’re high waisted, so I feel a little more comfortable with the remains of my stretched little mushy tummy. I added more pink, who am I?? I guess having a girl has given me the love of pink back, although she’s always in grey. LOL! I couldn’t go about town without my Gazelle trainers; they’re the most practical, most comfortable most badass shoe I own at the moment! I having been wearing them a ton lately and I don’t see myself wearing anything else. I feel like such a cool mom with them!

WHAT I WORE

JACKET: Zara • SWEATER: Centerpoint (Jordan) • PANTS: Zara (trhifted) • SHOES: Adidas (Gazelle) • BAG: Gift from Le hubby • SUNNIES: Aldo

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So, I guess, although motherhood somewhat changed my style in terms of practicality, I still do feel like I can get away with wearing a short skirt and knee-high boots if I wanted to! I still do love color and my experimenting game with different patterns and textures is still going strong. I don’t think we should use motherhood as an excuse to stop looking after ourselves and dress pretty or sexy or hot because we are the reflection of our daughters’ future and we have to give them something positive to look forward to. The most important thing is that you should always dress up for yourself first and then to impress others.


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Style Travel

A visit to Temptation Mountain in heels!

This is my last post of 2017! Can’t believe it’s over already! It’s been quite an emotional ride; filled with great and not so great moments, but I know that I am coming stronger out of this one and I cannot wait to take on 208 by the horns. 2017 brought me closer to the love of my life but tore me a little bit away from home. Emotional I tell ya! Anyway, what a better way to end the year than with a huge outfit bang! This is a little bit of a tiny DIY, a very simple one; a super simple one that you can easily do with anything bling-y you have! I was simply too tired of wearing my black culottes all the time, and I didn’t want to buy new ones, so I just pimped them up real good. I had a few knicks and knacks around and so I used them to turn my plain old black culottes into a cultural piece.

Hubbs has been telling me about Temptation Mountain for a while and has been wanting to take me there for a little walk around, but we never got a chance until today. Temptation Mountain is like 5km out of Jericho and it is said to be the mountain where Jesus resided while the devil tempted him during his 40-day fast. There’s a beautiful monastery there and there’s loads of pilgrims from all over the world that pass by this monastery during their prayer and redemption journey. I met a few and it is quite interesting to see them so dedicate to renew their faith. The church is high and isolated and I am sure it is the perfect place to be in when you are in search of finding yourself and in search of inner peace. So, what better way to end the year than in a place of solitude and reflection to get the chance to reflect on your past actions and work on the future to better yourself as a citizen of the world.

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This outfit I wore seems so fitting to the fact that it bring culture and history all together. I know I am wearing heels and all, but it really wasn’t bad to walk in them!

I decided to bedazzle my culottes with Palestinian embroidered pieces I had lying around and add some gold coins for extra oomph.

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Zara (thrifted) ♥ Pants: Zara ♥ SUNNIES: Claire’s ♥ SHOES: Charles & Keith Sandals ♥ JACKET: Vero Moda Trench ♥ EARRINGS: Aldo

 

I wanted to take time to wish you all the happiest of holidays and to have a wonderful new year!!! May 2018 be filled with amazing opportunities, endless happy memories and loads of peace and love!

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That green angora sweater <3

I have had this 80s agora  mix sweater for ages…I never had the guts to wear it because, well, it’s green. I just don’t really know it this color suits me all that much. Green, yellow and purple are colors I never usually gravitates towards because I feel like they make my complexion even darker than it already is. But today, I put my big girl pants on and got some courage to wear it. It’s so freaking soft too!!!

Hubs and I were walking around town and just went for a small stroll into the woods before we hung out with family. The weather was beautiful and it was good enough for me to just get away with wearing a  sweater without a jacket. October has been a good month so far and we’ve been super lucky. Hubs has enjoyed every moment he got here so far because it wasn’t too too cold (as it usually is in October).

So here’s how my outfit turned out…I guess you can say I kept it pretty simple because the green was a little overwhelming for me.

WHAT I WORE:

SWEATER: Vintage (80s) Rino Rossi  (posted for sale on ETSY)♦ JEANS: Buffalo (thrifted) ♦ BOOTS: Aldo ♦ SUNNGLASSES: Forver 21 ♦ BELT: Calvin Klein

In person, I guess I felt a little awkward wearing such a powerful color…but looking at myself through these photographs, I realize that I may be a little too harsh on myself and that green actually suits me and that my complexion is fine. We sometimes just put limitations and boundaries from ourselves to ourselves (if ya gys know what I mean). We need to be kind to ourselves once in a while…we tend to forget we’re human.

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Wearing green actually made me happy as I fit in with nature and mt surroundings…or whatever green left there is in my surrounding. Taking some time off these past few weeks has made me realize that life needs to be enjoyed fully…make every moment worth it and last. Sometimes, we run to catch up with life and then we forget about the true core values of our lives such as family and health. It is necessary to taste what’s around us with our senses and our hearts.

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As mother Teresa said: “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough, Each moment is all we need, not more.”

 

 

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A trip to Haskell

My husband has been nagging over and over (for months!) on me to go to Stanstead (Quebec) so we can see the Haskell library as part of our honeymoon. We took the time to do so today! I was super glad to see my husband exploring and discovering the little town and the library. This library was founded in 1901 and is located on the US/Canadian border. So technically you’re like both in the US and in Canada at the same time. There’s loads of visitors that come in the library from both sides of the border. It’s quite fascinating. What I find so wonderful is that it’s like traveling to a different country but without really having to cross the border. We met an American family that never left the US, took a plane or traveled except to come see the Haskell library. They drove 6 hours to be able to just take 1 simple picture. People’s enthusiasm to discover this little jewel is adorable!

Inside the library, there’s a black tape on the floor to show the border’s division and we ended up abusing it and we snapped endless pictures in every angle possible.

We then spent the time to walk around and discover Stanstead a little better. It was pretty much an empty spot…we didn’t see many humans walking around..so we took loads of picture and we looked a little crazy.

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We also visited the Stanstead Stone Circle , it’s basically a sanctuary and a place of reflection. All you can hear is the clear sound of nature helping you find inner peace. This place is special for in many ways and it was designed to honor many things…such as the Equinox, the close and peaceful relationships between Canada and the USA, and the English  and French cultures that together share and live in this unusual and symbolic community.

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So….how can I not document this day?! My husband’s been dreaming about this day for ages! So I took the advantage to also document my outfit as I was feeling it (so much).

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WHAT I WORE:

JACKET: Danier leather ♥ TOP: Zara (thrifted) ♥ PANTS: Free People ♥ BOOTS: Aldo ♥ Turban: Silk scarf from Turkey ♥ BAG: Diesel ♥ EARRINGS: Vintage

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Can you tell I’m obsessing over this Danier leather jacket?!!!

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The outfit was super not over thought…I just threw on some jeans and my favorite jacket….I have been getting a lot of wear out of this jacket and I can’t get enough…Also, I am super proud to be back to my vintage/thrifting affair. Everything is always much more interesting when you get unique items.

If you guys are ever around the Derby or Stanstead  region, this library is a must see. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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Puffy and fluffy in Gatineau

We had the chance to go to Gatineau this weekend to see Mosaicanada…unfortunately it was the last weekend to see the most beautiful and spectacular horticultural celebration. It was in honor and a tribute to the art of mosaic culture and to Canada’s 150th anniversary. My husband and I fell in love with it. Spectacular doesn’t even begin to cover it…the fact that so many wonderful people worked hard to put this together is just so amazing. The exhibit was memorable and exciting. We then spent the time to explore Ottawa and my husband loved it. He’s so cute when he crosses something new and discovers a new things…I just want to protect him and keep him in my pocket. He’s super adorable

It was a little chiller for us that day and so we dressed a little bit warmer than usual and this is how my outfit came out…

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WHAT I WORE:

JACKET: Danier ♠ TOP: Fluffy sweater for a local Jordan shop ♠ PANTS: Free People skinnies ♠ SHOES: Converse ♠ SUNGLASSES: Prada ♠ NECKLACE: Antique from Jerusalem ♠ BAG: Diesel

I know I am obsessing over this Danier jacket…but I have missed it so much as I left it behind here in Canada and wasn’t able to wear it over the summer either. So, I am a little bit abusive and I am wearing it as much as I can so I can get it out of my system.

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It was the cutest trip, although sometimes the hubs got me a little frustrated (as I did him), but all in all, it was a great one and it made me happy to see hubs excited. When you see the happiness in your lover’s eye, nothing else matters. It’s only you and him/her and the moment you spend together!

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No Denim challenge: Day 2 (OOTD)

Okay so maybe I am cheating a little today…since it’s a party and there’s no way I would wear denim to a party…so I am logging this day in my challenge no denim week and showing you my outfit. It’s an outfit I am super proud of!!! Not only was it all on point, but my makeup too! I am really getting good at this highlighting and bronzing thing! I wanted to go all out this time, since it was a wedding shower and we were headed all the way to Bethlehem for a supper. I even wore gold jewellery, fancy, I know! I don’t usually like to accessories a lot but like I said, I just wanted to go ALL out.

Here’s how it came out!

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Thrifted  ♥ PANTS: Forever 21 ♥ SHOES: Topshop ♥ BAG: Aldo ♥ ACCESSORIES: Gold


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I am super happy I wore pants, I was sick and tired of wearing skirts and dresses and didn’t want to go with another too formal outfit…when I went through my crazy wardrobe, I found these!! I had only worn them twice before…so third time is a charm and this combination is my favorite yet!

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I felt very elegant and put together and these items were super affordable. Working in the fashion industry made me more conscious as to where I put my money and I certainly am not afraid to wear thrifted items or vintage items because I know I am doing good to the planet. Like this shirt for instance…it has to be one of my favorite shirts I own…like seriously! I wear it all the freaking time. I love it mostly for the fit and for the stripped print.

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I can always count on this thrifted shirt to give me style and poise. I can wear it with literally anything! Tucked in or loose,  it looks good either way.

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I got these pants from Forever 21 over the Christmas period for an office party. I love them because they’re not leggings and they fit like looser trousers. They don’t pinch or itch. They’re cropped and so using them for an event works perfect.

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Can we all take a moment and take in how beautiful this bag is. I am so thankful that my sissy got me this as a present. She remembered I fell in love with it while we were shopping at Aldo over the holidays and got me it. Thanks sissy <3

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I have worn these in many previous blog posts and I still love them as much as when I first got them. They look tragically painful but they’re seriously awesome. I danced in the like a crazy person before and didn’t get hurt. Topshop always make things right, that’s why it’s my go to shop whenever I need good quality items for  fairly reasonable prices.

I am pretty stoked that my outfit came out just as I wanted it to: awesome! Day 2, no denim challenge is a success!

 

 

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Figuring out life…and a little OOTD

Moving to Jericho wasn’t exactly one of my greatest hits as I still trying to sort things out. And whilst being on this never ending new self-discovery journey, I have hit a few low moments and this week wasn’t the best one. It is absolutely a culture shock for me…funny you say? Well, I know that I am Arabic and all and my roots are forever Middle Eastern but I was raised in Canada and it’s totes not the same mind set. Don’t get me wrong, I mean this is a wonderful place but I feel like is so not as fast paced as I would like it to be. I mean I know I just have to sit down with myself and figure out exactly what it is  I truly want. It was always clear to me in Montreal…being a business owner was my calling and even though it still is….I just need to re-work my grounds and figure out how to being. Fashion has always been my true home. The colors, the texture, the beautiful and endless lines and structures and just everything about it keeps me alive inside. I know that this is where I need to be…fixing garments, curating vintage and styling outfits..now that is my calling! There are still a few gapped spaces that I need to fill out as it comes to fashion here in Palestine. Some things are not as “fashionable” as I “thought” they were. I mean, I will never follow rules, ever! Because that’s just who I am…but it turns out apparently that if you go to a public and social outing, you’re not to repeat the outfit you wore there any where else….because people already saw you in it. I am one who recycle outfits quite a lot…especially if I truly love the pieces I have. And I love pretty much everything I own. Oh and apparently, vintage isn’t a thing either…..who knew?!

Anyway…I know I am super ramble-y but I just needed to vent out a bit and writing does help me set things into perspective and help me see the bigger picture. I always had a diary that I wore in religiously…up until my sister found it and put her nose in it…le boo! As I was stuck in a big funk, I wasn’t super inspired to dress up in anyway or blog either. Today, I woke up and found my strength again. I find the human mind so fascinating and even though the will and power does come from us, sometimes I can’t help but feel so hopeless and helpless. So today, instead of sitting here and whining and feeling sorry for myself…I decided to get dressed so casually and go out for a little chill time with the sissy in law and her kids. She’s always so positive and I love her for keeping me that way too.

Along with my little chit chatty ramble…I wanted to share with you my little outfit..as it was super perfect for a hot hot 40 degree summer day…without further ado, here it is:

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WHAT I WORE:
SHIRT: Thrifted ◊ SKIRT: Stradivarius ◊ SUNNIES: Aldo ◊ SHOES: Charles & Keith

This skirt is super light and airy and feels so comfy on a hot day and shoes too!! I mean did you see the the holes in the shoes. Look how happy I look;

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All in all I would say this was a pretty chill and relaxing day. A happy one and hopefully this is the start to a new high where I find myself again and enjoy life’s precious moments.

So my dear internet friends, if you are in a funk or hitting rock bottom, fear not as you are not lone. We all have those moments and take your time to feel every feeling that come through you…but the most important thing that you must keep in mind is to keep going and to keep fighting for yourself and for your dreams. It is not about the fame or the money to the final destination, it is about those little moments and those little challenges you pick up along the way of your journey. Savor them and enjoy them as they are but faint memories that only you can remember.