For the love of the Belt Bag

 

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The belt bag is the more updated version of the fanny pack which all of us 80’s babies have bad memories of. When you make a belt bag leather with an adjustable belt and include brushed gunmetal hardware you come across the perfect mix of edgy and convenient. I always need my hands free and I wear this belt bag all the time. The belt can add shape to any loose fitted top as it did with this outfit. If you are following my Snapchat and Insta stories, I’m sure you can attest to the fact that I snapped this bag every single day for a week.

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I took a huge break from putting up new posts and I explained why in my last post. You can read it here. Xoxo

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Outfit of the day details:

Belt Bag: Michael Kors and it is on sale right now

Pleather zipper biker pants: Zara (last season) but you can find similar here

Silk top: Aritzia

Leather boots: Via Spiga from a few seasons ago

Star stamp tattoo: Milk. Also worn here.

Black lipstick: Limecrime

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For the love of the Oversized Sweatshirt

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It has been over a year since my last post. In this last year, I have debated many times to get rid of my blog completely because I have been very inactive in my blog posts. I never got around to cancelling it because I simply could not. As it may provide you with inspiration, it provides me with some level of stability.

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Where have I been this past year? This past year has been one of my most felt years in as long as I can remember. I can easily say this has been one of my best years of life but it is directly following one of my worst years of life. I was at a very low point in my life and I finally took that first step and got help. I gave myself a huge break from things that took away from me focusing on myself and that’s when this blog took a back seat. I didn’t want to feel forced or pressured to make a post when I knew I wasn’t in a good place. Even still, I was busy organizing and participating in other projects that I felt were deserving of my time.

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Typing up this post is a lot harder than I thought; it is quite difficult to make public something that has been left private. But in healing, I believe this needs to be done. Also, I am sharing this because I want to encourage you to get help and support if you are going through a tough time. There is light at the end of the tunnel. How you work on fixing yourself and the situation that is troubling you will bring you to the light more quickly than if you remained stagnant.

img_0491I wish I could better explain why I have been MIA but I can’t. What I can say is that I spent a lot of time trying to figure everything out and after a long time I had this very sudden urge to make a blog post. This life is too short for you to not do what you love. Make sure you do whatever it is that you desire and do it with a passion. Even with all the upsets that came this year, it is still one of the most important years in my personal growth. Initially, I wasn’t going to mention any of this, but that would be me being dishonest to myself and in addition, being unfair to all of you.

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Going forward, my new posts are going to focus more on what I wear every day. Previously, I felt like I would get dressed up for a photoshoot and then feel uncomfortable the rest of the day. Now my posts will be well repeated outfits- tried and true. I also gave the blog a simple update which makes it easier to maneuver. I already have another post set up to follow this one. It should be up next week but because of the Holiday it may be the following week.

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Outfit of the Day details:

Oversized sweatshirt: Zara. The white poplin shirt under is attached. It is easy to fold the white layer under the sweatshirt if you want to hide it.

Black Jeans: Zara

Trainers: Chanel

Tattoo Star Stamp: Milk. If you follow me on snapchat, I’m sure you have seen these star stamps plenty because I basically live in them. Ha

img_0480These pics were taken by Nafida: @Neffertiti81

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For the love of The Fall

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For the love of The Fall. This is the most unoriginal title ever. What better time to make a new post than during my favorite season. As seasons transition, I believe it mirrors my life and is the perfect title for a post after a 10 month hiatus. And so, ode to Fall.

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Long sleeve dresses are such a rarity that when I do come across one, I can’t seem to pass it by. This dress is slightly longer in the back than the front. There is so much fabric to this dress that it gives it an effortless flowy fall. It fits true to size. I styled it with a belt but it was not needed. One slight issue that you can notice in the previous picture is that the back is only closed by buttons and I had to wear a tank top under. The dress is not sheer but it is partially lined to maintain the flowy, super bohemian shape.

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Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Long sleeved dress: Free People. This exact print is sold out I believe. It can also be found at Macy’s.

Gold chain leather belt: Tory Burch

Suede booties: Zara

* I know I have been MIA forever but I was on the Pix11 news a few months back and it was definitely one of the highlights of my year. You can see the clip that aired on TV along with the article by clicking here.

** Thanks to Saman H for being my most favorite photographer ever. Many more posts on the way. Stay tuned!

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For the love of the Blazer Cape

 

blazer cape

blazer cape

Capes are such a major trend right now. Capes usually come in outerwear like jackets, sweaters and blazers. I know this is my third post on a blazer but it just shows how much I love them. When you take a blazer and combine it with a cape, it easily becomes one of my most favorite pieces. Since it is a blazer, it can be worn casual with jeans or you can dress it up with slacks and heels. This long length makes it so versatile. It can be worn with a simple cotton shirt or even a button up shirt. The shirt underneath should not be the same color as the cape because then it just looks messy and you actually look like you have 4 arms. Ha.

blazer cape cobblestone

blazer cape cobblestone

This specific cape is inspired by a blazer because it has a notched collar, 2 button closure and front pockets. It can be worn closed but the beauty of this cape is that it should be worn open. This is extra long in length which is great for when you are wearing more fitted pants or when you tuck your shirt in like how I did.

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blazer cape

blazer cape strides

blazer cape strides

The elegant way a cape falls exudes laid back effortless style.  This cape has shoulder pads like a proper blazer and at times I felt like it wasn’t fully sitting on my shoulders, but it just takes some getting used to. Some cape jackets are extra flowy and some are a little more straight. Being a blazer, this is a little more straight.

Arabic Love shirt

Arabic Love shirt

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kick game

blazer cape

blazer cape

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Blazer cape: Vince Camuto purchased at Macy’s. TheLimited is also selling tons of capes under their Scandal line.

Leather pants: Helmut Lang (also worn here.)

Arabic Love shirt: Graffiti & Gold . This is a size Medium and has a standard feminine cut. I prefer loose tees, and so this medium is fine paired with the blazer over it.

Crystal cap toe sneakers: Miu Miu

cape intersection

cape intersection

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last one

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For the love of the Bomber Jacket

bomber jacket

bomber jacket

Experimenting with firsts is always refreshing, and I have been thinking of going out of my comfort zone of  jackets with longer lengths and trench coats for a while. In wanting to take the plunge for a jacket of a shorter length, what better than a bomber jacket? I feel like I never found one I loved because it is too bulky on the top and way too short to match my style. I came across this bomber jacket and liked how it is slightly longer in length than standard bomber jackets. Also, it’s not super bulky which is a major plus. (This jacket is unisex).

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closed the zipper

I purchased this bomber jacket a few months ago and it is one of my favorite jackets for fall. This olive color is everywhere this season. The patches are sewn in and are so unique and add character to this jacket. I love that it even has zips on each hip to zip open if desired. This jacket is made of lightweight nylon and polyester and it hardly wrinkles. There are also quilted patches of the same material and color on the elbows and right shoulder. This would probably be necessary if you were carrying heavy items on your shoulder as it is a bomber jacket but I would like to say it is extra reinforcement for my handbags!

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awkward pose

Aren’t there particular items of clothing that you receive compliments on every single time you wear them? Well, this bomber jacket is definitely one of those for me. This is how I knew this jacket needed to be highlighted in my next post. As winter is approaching, I see myself grabbing this jacket more often as I know when it gets colder I will have to store it away till next year. Dare I say this bomber jacket is too damn cool even for myself? Perhaps. Ha.

bomber jacket

bomber jacket

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) Details:

Jacket: Profound Aesthetic

Fingerless leather gloves: Profound Aesthetic

Oxford shoes: Cole Haan. This cognac color is perfect for fall. (these are my favorite that I have had for years and they are so scuffed and it doesn’t bother me in the least. Cole Haan has great oxfords and they are super comfy. I just purchased my second pair of oxfords from them)

Jeans: Cwonder

Hijab: Printed georgette scarf. I kept it georgette to match the casual look

Lips: LimeCrime in Salem

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hands in pockets

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back view

Even though it may not seem like it from the pics, I had tons of fun during this shoot with my absolute favorite photographer ever- Saman H who also happens to be my sister. Lucky me!

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bomber jacket

 

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For the love of the Poncho Sweater

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poncho

When you hear poncho, do you think of a rain cover that is sold at sporting events or theme parks during the rain? Or the woolen garment that is typically worn is South America that has a slit to slip your head through? These thoughts initially would come to my mind first but this poncho is so much more wearable than those. A poncho is a very loose top with or without sleeves that has a small opening at the neck. If you twirl in a circle, the top would resemble a flower from above because it’s so loose and flowy.

gold buttons on the sleeves

gold buttons on the sleeves

This particular poncho has sleeves and it is a turtleneck and that’s why this is ideal for fall. In addition it has gold buttons on the arms to add a little detail. I love that you can wear this poncho with jeans, or even front pleated casual pants.  It would look great with harem pants as well. A poncho is usually worn casual/ casual chic. I wore mine with heels because the heels worked well with the outfit. The one downside is that it’s very hard to wear a jacket with this because of the dolman like sleeves. A poncho can be worn with another poncho jacket, a very loose jacket with dolman sleeves or a capelike jacket.

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poncho

I realize you have probably never seen a poncho worn with another shirt underneath but this poncho was simply too short for me to wear separately and be comfortable with it. So I wore this poncho with a longer cotton shirt underneath to keep the casual materials in sync. I also wore a crushed georgette hijab to complement the casual look. You always have to wear what you are comfortable with; it doesn’t always have to stick with the norms because at times you wont be comfortable with the norms.

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black and white full

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Poncho sweater: Alfani purchased at Macy’s on sale for $47

Booties: Michael Kors

Jeans: Guess

Hijab: www.al-mujalbaba.com

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poncho sweater

After this photoshoot, I had an interview with Arte TV about Muslim Fashionistas and my blog. I will link the clip to my In The News section when it airs. (That is why I chose this touristy location- Long Island City, per their request). All of these pics were taken by: Ismail. You can catch him at: www.calligrafist.com

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poncho sweater

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For the love of the Long Sleeved Jumpsuit

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jumpsuit

This post was necessary since the day I started my blog. Without debate, my absolute favorite article of clothing is a jumpsuit. A jumpsuit is one piece, from top to bottom usually with a uniform print. Long sleeved jumpsuits are my favorite because it is the easiest way to look put together. It would be a no brainer outfit because the outfit is already complete. I have a bunch of long sleeved jumpsuits, and I wear them any chance I get.

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jumpsuit

With jumpsuits, accessorizing is key, because the accessories would be the differentiating factor. This is why it can be worn classy or casual with jewelry/heels to dress it up and flats to dress it down. I bought this jumpsuit months ago and I’ve worn it a few times but never got a chance to make a post. This camouflage print is perfect for fall but since it is an artisitic camo print and due to the mustard yellow, it can be worn any season.

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backview

Buying a jumpsuit can be difficult. It has to fit you well and sometimes you have to purchase one size larger because it’s just one piece and there has to be enough room to allow you to easily move. There are mainly 2 different styles to a jumpsuit. My particular favorite style is when the entire top is loose with slightly dolman shaped arms with a belt to bring in the waist. The pants should be loose on the hips and thighs but taper down to a small leg opening. It gives for a great overall shape and I feel it is still modest. If you get the right size, it is actually slimming. The excess fabric makes you look smaller and the waist can be tightened or loosened to your likening.

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here you can see the belt

The other jumpsuit style would be fitting on the arms and chest/waist with pants that are fitted on the upper hips and then go straight down like palazzo pants and are usually wide. I feel like this style does not flatter my body. This style of jumpsuit is usually more dressy. I’ve seen this style in a structured material which is a great office look to evening and I’ve also seen it in a clingy material like spandex and that looks like it’s from the disco era. Ha.

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camo print

Outfit of the Day Details:

Silk Jumpsuit: Rachel Zoe

Crochet flats: Tory Burch

Head scarf: simple dark brown georgette

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I bought a floral printed jumpsuit from Zara a few months ago and even though it is short sleeved it has this same shape like this camo print jumpsuit. With, my short sleeved jumpsuits, I pair them with a blazer or wear connecting sleeves or a top underneath.

here is the jumpsuit with heels and a turban hijab

here is the jumpsuit with heels and a turban hijab

I wore this same jumpsuit with a turban hijab and heels to a DIY turban night blogger event a few months back. Which look do you prefer? I prefer look one, because heels are uncomfortable for me! Thanks for reading. Xoxo

 

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For the love of the 10 minute Dessert Dish

and it tastes better than it looks

and it tastes better than it looks!

The food part of my blog is always neglected and so this post is strictly food! This is the first recipe I am posting on my blog and it’s hardly a recipe. It’s the quickest way to put together a dessert dish if you are hosting a party or attending a party and are strapped for time. This kind of seems to be describing my life lately. (Believe it or not but I rarely cook). This recipe is a rendition of Paula Deen’s Banana Split Ice Cream recipe. I dislike bananas in dessert and so I excluded it from the recipe.

Ingredients:

1. 9×13 inch pan

2. 24 ice cream sandwiches

3. Sugar cones

4. Toffee bits

5. Caramel syrup

6. Chocolate syrup

7. Heavy Cream

8. Sugar

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Directions:

1. Place ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of the pan. It takes about 11 and a half sandwiches to cover the bottom of the pan.

2. Crush the sugar cones on the top of the ice cream sandwiches. I crushed about 6 cones.

3. Sprinkle toffee bits on top of the crushed cones- I used Hershey’s Heath and you can buy it in the baking section. If you prefer to put bananas, strawberries etc you can add it in this layer.

4. Place second layer of ice cream sandwiches.

5. Whip heavy cream to make whipped cream. I love fresh whipped cream and so I whipped it myself. You can totally bypass this step by using Cool Whip if you would like. To make whipped cream, pour heavy cream in a blender. I use a cup whipped cream to about 2 tablespoons of sugar to make it sweet whipped cream and you can use more or less sugar to cater to your sweetness level. Turn on the blender until its thick and does not move. You don’t have to use a blender and can whip by hand. Place on top of the ice cream sandwiches

6. Drizzle caramel syrup and chocolate syrup on top of the whipped cream.

7. Sprinkle toffee bits on top.

8. Place in freezer until it is time to serve

Serves about 10-12

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** Sorry for being missing in action for an embarrassingly long amount of time. I think when Ramadan came, I had no time to blog because I was super busy. And I feel like reality and life hit and it made me feel like I wasn’t prioritizing by blogging when so many important things are going on in the world. Life came at me fast and I had much to cater to. I have some posts lined up for the next few weeks/months. Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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For the love of the Boyfriend Jean

boyfriend jean

boyfriend jean

Boyfriend Jeans are loose and are cut parallel to men’s jeans. They are baggy around the hips/thighs and tend to taper slightly from the knees down. Often you can wear the jeans rolled up. With these jeans I unrolled the jeans so they fit me full length. Boyfriend jeans look great with sandals, flats, and super high heels/stilettos and pumps as well.

boyfriend jeans

boyfriend jean

Last weekend I bought my first pair of boyfriend jeans and I have lived in them the entire week so I knew I had to make a post on them. I purchased them from Gap and they were on sale for 40% off. A lot of boyfriend jeans have heavy rips in them and I steer clear of those. These don’t have any rips. I know H&M has boyfriend jeans that have rips but they are covered and so it doesn’t show skin. I want to buy those next!

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bamboo in the back

This is a super laid back casual outfit. I’m wearing a high low top with it. To avoid looking exceptionally baggy, I tucked the shirt in at the front. Boyfriend jeans are great because they are so loose that I am able to wear my shorter shirts with them. To complete my super casual laidback look, I opted for no eyeliner and no lipstick; hope you were still able to recognize me! Ha. I wore a cotton headscarf to keep the material of each article of clothing consistent.

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boyfriend jeans

What is the best thing about boyfriend jeans?! No actual boyfriend is required. Ha. I felt this look was similar to looks from: ManRepeller.com. Below, I uploaded moving pictures. This is the first time I ever added them to my blog posts. What do you think of it? I feel like I’m awkwardly dancing in the second one.

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Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Boyfriend Jeans: Gap

High low top: David Lerner

Sandals: Aldo

Cotton head scarf: Kottonlove

Sunglasses: Miu Miu purchased from Century21

**These fab pictures were taken by my beyond fab younger sister- Saman H.

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I basically go all the way around in a circle but here you can see the view from the back as well

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For the love of the Boho Chic Top

boho top

boho top

As warmer weather rolls around, what better time to wear a light and airy boho chic top than now? I love cotton tops for spring and summer because it keeps you cool. Spring is finally peaking here in NYC and so it was the perfect time to do this post.

top details

top details

This top is from Avow Apparel. It’s a new company that launched their Spring collection this March. Their fall line will be at New York Fashion Week at Relief on the Runway this September. I had the pleasure of bumping into Christina of Avow Apparel completely random at the rental car service in California. When there is something that makes you noticeably a Muslim (hijab in my case) it causes others to say Salaam (greeting Muslims say to one another meaning peace be upon you) and vice versa. An extra smile, Salaam and head nod can start up a conversation and that’s exactly what happened in this encounter.

turban style hijab

turban style hijab

I can’t explain to you how unbelievably soft this top is. You totally feel like you are wearing nothing. It’s so light, breathable and soft but it’s double lined and it is not see through at all. The extra embroidery at the chest and the snap button details at  the arms make this top unique. The high low loose flow makes it a warm weather staple.

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sitting

Christina told me her company was based upon a woman being spiritual, feminine and free. When she told me this, I politely smiled and nodded. When you hear what a company is supposed to be, sometimes you just smile and nod because you only half believe it and you have to actually see the clothes and wear them to believe it.  After putting on this top and doing my photoshoot with Antar of IAMSHOOTER I have to promise you I do believe what she said. I was at such ease while wearing this top and during the photoshoot. There was no worrying about if the dress flattered me from one side over the other or me wondering if it made me look fat or frumpy. I knew the top looked great at every angle and it’s loose enough that it hides any problem areas you may think you have. Also, I love the length of this top; it’s long enough to enable me to wear them with my (loose) skinny jeans.

tunnel

tunnel

This modest top made me feel so effortlessly boho chic. Not to mention the many compliments I got while wearing the top. This top is the Poet Maxi Top and I also have the Wandering Star Top which is extremely loose and flowy. The Bohemian Dreams Top didn’t fit quite right due to my exceptionally long torso. If you want a more fitted top you can try the Zahra top. The rest of them are very figure concealing but not in a plastic bag kind of way, but rather an effortlessly chic super feminine kind of way.

I need to stop with this pose, no really

I need to stop with this pose, no really

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Top: Avow Apparel. You can also follow them on instagram: @avowapparel. If anyone will be attending ICNA convention this Memorial Day weekend, Avow Apparel will be booth 440.

Jeans: Guess

Beaded necklace: CWonder

Booties: Taryn Rose

Cotton summer scarf worn as a turban: Gorjana

 

**These phenomenal pictures are thanks to Antar of Iamshooter, who happened to be in NYC. We had a photo shoot at Central Park Zoo with my husband and kids.  You can check out some of his work here and his Instagram account: @iamshooter

well the flowers matched so this was necessary

the flowers matched me so this pic was necessary

boho top

boho top

 

are we done yet? indeed we are. thanks for reading!

I seem to be thinking: are we done yet? Indeed we are. Thanks for reading!

Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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