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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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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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And on the sneakers trend bandwagon we go…

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me!!!! And I am feeling good! Okay so, today is really special as I received some really good news, which is giving me hope to a better and happier future for little monster. Although, she’s quite the fussy one these days and I am frustrated and tired, I am still the happiest human on earth. I wouldn’t have thought that a little human could leave such an impact on me…no matter how low or sad I feel, a little smile from her makes me forget about all the bad things that come our way. This is why, I take it upon myself to work hard every day to make her happy and content and to protect her and help her become a strong woman. Besides that point that I just made, I wanted to share my weekend outfit, something I felt quite comfortable in, very girl but still so casual and works for the mom life. I have turned into a sneaker/trainer lover. Since giving birth, I can’t take them off my feet and my high heels are left on the shelves sad and dusty. Trainers can be very tricky sometimes to dress up but I find myself easily adding them into my outfits and so I did and here’s how it came out…

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I am sure you guys remember this dress, something I had in my wardrobe for a while now and I decided to wear it as a skirt because there’s no need to constantly buy new things or even used things…buying doesn’t need to happen every months. I see all these people posting online about how much stuff they buy and, although sometimes I feel the urge to do so, I stop myself because I feel guilty about how much we consume as humans. We have no idea how much shit we put our planet through. Anyway, don’t want to this blog into a big rant but just wanted to clear out the air.

Had these running shoes for a while now and I wear a lot more often than I should, even if the outfit doesn’t require it…but finding myself turning to comfort more these days, I decided to integrate in a way that I won’t completely have zero style. Meaning leggings and sweatshirts…..No thank you, next!

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What do you guys think of this booming sneakers/trainers trend? Is it a yay or a nay? I actually very much do love this look, it’s very friendly and mommy approved, you can run around doing your errands and still have style. It’s a win-win for me.

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Fashion

How to style a satin slip dress modestly

This is another one of those trendy things that has been big for the past year…wearing lingerie out on the streets has become such a normality. When does a slip dress become appropriate to wear publicly and how do you not make it look skimpy…I am have been feeling very experimental lately and I figured now’s the time to try out the satin slip dress and see how I make it work out in the real world. I didn’t want to have anything too out there nor did I want anything floral-y or lace-y. I wanted something I can work with as a start and build an outfit around it. This mustard dress from Zara was the perfect middle for a slip dress and mustard is one of my favourite colors anyway. So here’s how I attempted this trend!

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The dress to be quite honest was not such a great quality and for the price, especially at Zara, you want to have something well made….but then again, their production system is so quick that quality is no longer the main concern. I wore this dress with a few different ideas in mind but this was one of my favourite because I still maintained my modesty. Adding heels was an option that I kept open but I felt like I was too exposed to the world and so, putting on boots seemed quite fitting and appropriate and the result was interesting.

I also got the argyle sweater from Zara and although it’s very thick and well-made, I didn’t appreciate how cropped it is. Why is everything so cropped lately? I mean, not because I am Muslim or anything, but no one needs to be wearing a cropped sweater in -14C ̊weather. I combined it with the dress because the colors went so well together and having the dress under it meant more warmth.

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Along with sweaters and all things winter, boots are my thing and I wish I could wear boots all year long (not that anyone is stopping me) but it would be just too much!

Although I had fun styling this dress, it just wasn’t me and I ended up returning it because it makes no sense just having it there hanging in my wardrobe. How do you guys feel about the slip dress?! Is it a yay or a nay?!


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Welcome to the 60s

When I saw this dress a few months ago on sale on the Zara website, I fell in love with it because it gave me 60s mod vibes all over. I loved how it was bold and yet so wearable. The color combination was quite brilliant and the cut was super flattering and I couldn’t wait to wear and so I did this weekend. It is not everyone’s taste but I was definitely mine. I find it to be a cross between Pierre Cardin’s space age design and Emilio Pucci’s wild geometric design. 60s fashion was bold, creative and innovative; those years shifted and put the emphasis on the youth and their ability to do their own thing. They were put forward and fashion followed suit in the streets rather than in the big couture houses. There was a little bit of a carefree in the whole mod fashion as everything started to shift with the baby boomers were coming of age. Color played a big role in defining the 60s; where the muted and pastel palette of 1950s fashions gave way to bright, bold colors which were often presented in geometric patterns.

And with that, here’s today’s 60s inspired look:

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I love how the dress has super long raw edged sleeves that you can bunch up to help create volume; I find it much nicer than having sticks for arms. It adds interest and definition. The velvet is quite nice and it isn’t too thick, so I feel like my shape still looks sleek and not too overkill.

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Going with the whole velvet theme, I wanted to maintain that onto my feet and wore my velvet burgundy shoes to tie the whole look together. I felt like boots would be too much and I would look more witchy than elegant. I feel like the burgundy/gold matched perfectly with the dress color pattern.

The turban also helped in accentuating the whole “do your own thing” vibe that the 60s so focused on and it gave room for me to wear my current favourite vintage earrings. The photos don’t do them justice. Also, this is the first time I wear a dress post-partum and although I still do have a belly and haven’t gone back to working out (as I am taking things slow and enjoying little one), I feel like I am happy with my body despite it all. But to add a little more definition to my waist area, I added a cute vintage gold belt that added a bit more attitude to the look and I love it!

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Even though the dress is quite statement, my look was still minimalistic and that’s what I like about it all as I don’t have too much going on. I feel like this dress will stay in my wardrobe for a long time because it is me in a nutshell.

 


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Two piece outfit: the co-ords edit!

Finally! I got myself to wear a co-ord, been wanting to do that for a while and Zara came to the rescue yet again. Well sort of! There’s nothing more satisfying than a matching set and it is easy to feel fabulous in them. The matching sets have been storming the fashion world recently and I love that you can create endless combos with just 2 pieces of clothing and you can either go pattern crazy with our bold prints or go with simple colors; either way you’ll for sure turn heads. What I love about cro-ord sets is that they are more versatile than the tailored office dress, more functional than jumpsuits and less corporate than a trouser suit.

Here’s my issue with Zara lately, I find that their prints are fantastic and the next collection seems bomb but I hate shopping there; it’s so confusing to walk through their stores and search through the endless piles of clothes thrown everywhere; so disturbing how much clothes are produced and how many new styles drop in stores on the daily! But sometimes, I fancy something new and when I do, I go to Zara…but lately, I much prefer to shop there online, it’s much easier. Also, can we all talk about how much their size range sucks!!!! It’s so not inclusive, which sucks, because some of us start to feel self-conscious; like I no longer fit in small at Zara and I know that it’s just a number and it’s not a big deal but honestly, what’s with the fashion industry?

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Anyway, since I am pregnant, I ended up buying the co-ord set in a size large and it fit just right and actually the pants were a little snug…so I was contemplating whether I should keep the whole thing or not. Styling these sets is pretty easy because you just wear the pieces together and voila, you’re all set.

WHAT I WORE

TOP: Zara ♣ PANTS: Zara ♣ SHOES: Charles & Keith ♣ EARRINGS: H&M ♣ SUNNIES: Brigitte Bardot Vintage ♣ PURSE: Vintage

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I would have loved to wear heels with this one, but since I am wobbly, I decided to just pair the outfit with these old oxfords I had in my closet and they were just fitting.

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My sister got this vintage 1940s purse from a garage sale a few weeks ago and it was just the perfect finishing touch to wear with this outfit. I felt so lady-like; I figured why not complete it and be a Kennedy!


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A melting pot of colors and patterns

Today, I got inspired by this vintage silk striped shirt that belonged to my dad ages ago; it’s a shirt that I have only probably seen him wear in photos. It’s so unique in color and yes, I know it’s a men’s shirt but ain’t no one stopping me from wearing it…besides, I find men’s clothing sometimes much more appealing than women’s…especially in the accessories and the watches department. The blue and black tones are vibrant despite it being a dark shirt; it seriously inspired me to mix and match it with other colors and textures. Although this shirt was given to my brother in law, I ended up acquiring it and will keep it in my wardrobe for the future and plus it’s lined!!!! Extra points! I can just see how easily you can tuck it in a pencil skirt and look super smart or just loose with jeans and a tee…super badass rocker mom!

Here’s how I decided to style it today:

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I felt like the perfect way to style this shirt is to mix it with an even bolder print and it’s nice to be creative and take risks once in a while. Although the shirt was a little too snug, I liked how it came out together. I fell in love with these pants the minute I saw them on the Zara website; the pants come in a co-ord set with a matching top…which they were out of stock and it sucks because I could totes do them together. The pants are currently on sale for 20$ CAD and so, if you like them, I suggest you get them now because stock is running low!

To pull the outfit as a whole, I added the earrings and the red bag. Orange and blue is just so hype and chic…I love these colors together. I don’t always mix colors this way, but I figured taking a little risk won’t hurt.

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Mixing vintage with newer items from your wardrobe in a modern way is always a good idea; it gives you a chance to explore bigger fashion grounds and expand your creativity. But also, you’ll always stand out from the crowd because vintage is not repetitive-unique and one of a kind pieces.


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1970s: Back to Nature!

Obviously I am still on that train; predictable, maybe but I feel like the 1970s just lift my spirits in the best way possible. I have been quite sad these days, being away from Le hubs and going to doctor appointments on my way has taken a little toll on me…and the worst is all the doctors asking where he is and then realizing that his reason for being away is a little stupid. Anyway, nonetheless, I have decided to seek into fashion to stay inspired and happy despite all the circumstances I am going through. The rebellious vibes, the magic and the spirit of the 70s always put a smile on my face. Yay Woodstock! I am pretty sure I was just born in the wrong time. So today’s outfit is also inspired by the 70s: “BACK TO NATURE” which was a popularized slogan at the time which renewed the ideology of fashion. Inspiration from other cultures became a huge part of the industry and India and Morocco became the number one spots to vacation amongst wealthy hippies. I wish I could just go back for that part…it is a huge dream of mine to go to India and roam along the endless yards of colourful fabrics and touch all the textures and beadings…ugh!!! So gutted! The fashion in the 70s became a way for many to escape the Western way of life and connect with nature on a deeper level.

Here’s how I got inspired and connected with nature on a deeper level. It has been my refuge lately and walking along the trees has renewed my hope a little. Sounds dramatic I know, but sometimes, hormones kick in and I get really emotional…haha! The perks of being a preggo! I went with yet another floral item which I really fell in love with the minute I saw it hanging there at Winners; it was in the larger section, but that didn’t stop me. I still took a chance and got it and even though it will be a little too big once the baby is out, it’s still a pretty piece.

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Since the shirt was pretty out there, I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple, although in the back depth of my mind, I wanted to go full floral from head to toe…but I know that would have been blinding. I got these pants as a gift from my sissy in law back in Jericho and didn’t wear them much because I felt like they didn’t go with much…but the jersey material and cut of them made me instantly think 70s. Since there are quite long on me, wearing heels was the prefect opportunity. I am 8 months now and walking in heels for a long period of time is not only exhausting but dangerous; never thought in a million years that balance would be an issue in pregnancy. Clog heels are super 70s and I am so glad I own a pair and for today’s outfit they were super fitting.

For another pop of color, I decided to add these H&M blue earrings which I have had for ages and I still love them deeply; they’re the prefect finishing touch to a lot of my outfits and if I would find another pair in a different color, I would get them in a heartbeat.

WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: JACHS Girlfriend ♠ PANTS: AGI Dynamic ♠ SHOES: Jessica Simpson ♠ SUNNIES: Kate Spade ♠ EARRINGS: H&M ♠ BAG: Ebay

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So, this is today’s look…probs one of my favourite. The “peasant” feel and the ethnic vibes have always been focal points from which I got inspired both in my designs and in the way I dress. I find that drawing inspiration from different cultures brings us closer to each as humans and there is nothing wrong with that.

 


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The Cami Handkerchief Jumpsuit edit!

I am here again with another pregnancy outfit; I have been quite inspired lately and dressing up has been the only thing cheering up my mood. I have been quite sad, missing le hubs, and so, being creative is my only outlet. Along with the few other purchases I have made recently for my pregnancy, this jumpsuit was one of them. It isn’t a pregnancy item in particular, but it works well for now as it will fro after the pregnancy and this is exactly why I bought it. I got it from EBay a few weeks ago and received it just in time to be able to wear it for the remainder of my pregnancy. I ended up buying it in black and red and I absolutely love how comfy and lightweight it is. I ended up getting it in an XL, for some reason, I thought I would be huge in my third trimester, but it ended up being a little too big, but nothing crazy though; I like how loose it is and what I would be after the baby is just cinch it up with a huge belt and I am sure it would look bomb. I guess I could do that now, but the looser the item the better, I don’t feel restricted or tight.

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To top it off, I added a little bit of drama with this upcycled jacket. A jacket I have had for a while but not worn ever…until today, I felt like it made the outfit a little less boring, a little less fat beach whale and a lot more fashionable.

WHAT I WORE

JACKET: @ledressingdemoon ♠ JUMPSUIT: Ebay ♠ SHOES: Urban Outfitters ♠ SUNNIES: Kate Spade ♠ EARRINGS: H&M

I got these slip-on mules a few months back because I knew I would have such a hard time in my third trimester get in and out of shoes; the struggle is real people!!! It is real! Bending is nearly impossible…for someone as flexible as me, I feel like I took it for granted, haha!

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To add a little bit more jazz in the outfit, I add these gorgeous yellow earrings from H&M a while back, because I knew they would be the perfect outfit finisher. You just add them to any outfit you like for a pop of color and voila, the trick is done. You instantly look put together.


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How to mix different prints: pregnancy edit!

Needed to play with some textures and patterns on this one and I love the way my outfit came out. So effortless! I feel like when I spend so much time working out and planning an outfit, it turns out just meh but when I am spontaneous, my outfit is va va voom. I haven’t worn this skirt in a while and I missed it, so I made an effort today to put it together in a somewhat of a decent outfit. Since the skirt doesn’t zip up all the way anymore, I needed to wear a longer shirt to cover up that up and what perfect way to pair it with a black and white striped shirt. You guys have this shirt a million and one times on my blog, it’s a staple piece for me and as long as it’s still in good condition, I will keep it and wear it proudly. When you love your pieces in your wardrobe, you feel so much more confident and that how I feel when I wear this shirt.

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Since the outfit was a little loose all over, I knew I needed to cinch up my waist somehow to bring back some shape into my life. Then I remembered I have this vintage belt that’s super comfortable and adjusts to whatever width or length you want it to be, which is prefect for my belly! I need all the space to breathe!

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Since I was still all out with my prints and patterns, I figured I could just go all the way and finish up my outfit with leopard print shoes and massive colourful earring. Because why not!?! I know that it make seem like a lot of print in one outfit, but I actually really loved how it came out and it really does feel effortless.

 WHAT I WORE

SHIRT: Mango ◊ SKIRT: Zara ◊ BELT: Unbranded (vintage) ◊ SHOES: Lord & Taylor ◊ EARRINGS: Aldo ◊ BAG: Aldo ◊ SUNGLASSES: Kate Spade

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We were going out to a coffee shop for drinks and so it’s a dressy yet casual outfit and it was perfect for patio seating. The outfit gave me room to wiggle and be completely comfortable. It’s breathable and airy. What more could a pregnant lady ask for?

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We have a couple of wedding to go to the next couple of weeks and so I feel like I could sport this look to one of these events. Perhaps change up the bag and go for a simple clutch or even the shoes to add even more length. That’s the beauty of fashion and dressing up; you can take the same clothes and recreate multiple different outfits depending on your mood!

So basically, you shouldn’t be afraid to mix different patterns together, as long as you are liking the end result! My look is a little bit more subtle because the patterns are in the same hues and tones, but I like the idea and would like to mix some more prints in the near future.

 


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