For the love of the Boxy Blazer

boxy blazer

boxy blazer

Currently blazers are in heavy rotation in my wardrobe. Now that the weather is colder, blazers are a chic and modest way to layer if you want to stay away from sweaters. I love how they can dress up an outfit and complete a look. They are great for work, for casual and for going out. Blazers come in various lengths, styles, colors and details and I can’t seem to get enough.

boxy blazer

fence

fence

fence

I usually purchase a blazer with the same style- generally fitted on the waist with shoulder pads. I like long and short lengths. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and purchase a boxy blazer; this one happens to be shorter in length. A boxy blazer does not cinch at the waist and can tend to make you look, well, boxy of course. The boxy fit makes it extra modest. To avoid looking shapeless you can wear a boxy blazer with more fitted pants and heels to elongate your look and balance out the boxiness of the top. It looks great with front pleated pants or harem pants. This blazer has metallic panel accents on the shoulders which wrap to the back as well. It’s collarless and has a layered look at the front completing its laid back sophisticated feel.

here you can see the metallic panel accents on the shoulders

here you can see the metallic panel accents on the shoulders

blazer over shoulder

blazer over shoulder

boxy blazer

boxy blazer

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Boxy Blazer: Rachel Roy purchased on ruelala.com for $95. Also, my first ever post on my blog was dedicated to blazers. You can check out that post here.

Leather pants: Helmut Lang also worn in one of my previous posts. I explained the pants in more detail and you can see how I wore the pants with a similar color scheme but a totally different look. Check out that post here.

Headscarf: purchased at Century21

Black silk shirt: Go silk purchased at ruelala.com. I wore it high low style by tucking it in the front. The shirt has to be tucked in the front because you don’t want to cover the front pleats of the pants and because of the tie belt. I left the top longer in the back. I actually wore this same exact top in my last post. Check out the post here.

 

blazer over shoulder

blazer over shoulder

At the end of the photo shoot we were starving and grabbed yummy food which requires minimum wait- halal street food!

**All photos were taken by my talented photographer and sister: Saman H.

candid food

halal street food is sometimes necessary.

caught stuffing my face

caught stuffing my face

 

**This Wednesday, 12/25 I will be attending The Concert Against Cancer at Club SANM in Astoria Queens from 12-4pm. The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the V Foundation- ESPN’s charity for cancer research. The Concert Against Cancer will be featuring Bengali Idol and Bengali Mom Top Chef. Hope to see you there!

If you won’t be able to attend this event but would still like to donate, you can donate directly to the V Foundation by clicking here.

 

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For the love of a Health Fair

 

giving a blood pressue screening followed by counselling

giving a blood pressure screening followed by counselling

 

supplies

supplies and pamphlets

This past Sunday I volunteered at a Health Fair at Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. It was sponsored by BAPA- Bangladeshi American Pharmacists Association. It was organized by younger members of BAPA who are pharmacists as well. These young organizers brought a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the fair. It was catered to the elderly and those who can’t afford or don’t have health insurance and people who have language barriers. These barriers may hinder them from receiving proper care and/or compliance in taking their medication.

the organizers from left to right- Suhayr, Mohammed and Tasmiya

I spoke to the organizers and asked them why they had set up this fair and they stated that being in the health care field you always want to be able to give back in the best way you know how. They continued on to explain that there are lots of misunderstandings with the elderly in regards to nutrition and how to control certain disease states. Due to lack of communication because of language barriers, sometimes these very simple aspects are neglected. One of the main goals of this fair was to provide simple lifestyle changes that can have a large impact in improvement of symptoms and control disease states like hypertension and diabetes.

patients receiving counselling on health, medication and nutrition

patients receiving counselling on health, medication and nutrition

The remarkable thing was that there were so many volunteers and the patients were able to be seen right away. The volunteers consisted of not just fellow pharmacists but also physicians, counselors, ophthalmologists, psychologists and people who wanted to dedicate their time to help out. It was actually more of a free health clinic because all sorts of services were offered like: blood pressure testing, blood glucose testing, eye exams, medication counselling and immunization counselling. There was mental health and nutrition booths providing counselling services and of course physicians were giving exams and catering to the patients’ questions and concerns as well. There was tons of free stuff like first aid kits, pill boxes, pamphlets etc. Healthy refreshments were also served- quinoa which is a grain and a great substitute for rice for diabetic patients, salad and fruit along with coffee, croissants and donuts.

Nazia and Sadia with their mental health booth

Nazia and Sadia with their mental health booth

I was talking to Sadia who is a psychologist and Nazia who is a counselor and they were saying that mental health counselling and attending therapy sessions in certain communities is taboo. It is looked down upon and this is why many people will not admit that they or a loved one need therapy. This was one of the main reasons why Sadia and Nazia said they wanted to have a booth- to encourage people to seek help and to dispel the misconceptions that mental health and therapy is taboo. For more information on Dr, Sadia Chaudhury’s practice, or to refer someone for therapy, please click on the link for her website- www.drsadia.com. She has 2 locations where she practices.

medication counselling

medication counselling provided by pharmacists

 

mini break with quinoa samples

mini break with quinoa samples

This is my only full outfit pic so my outfit of the day details are below. This was my simple outfit for work- including slacks, a long, loose high low button up top and closed toe comfortable shoes.

OOTD details:

Pants- Gap true straight pants

Top- Gosilk purchased on ruelala.com

Silk headscarf- Versace purchased at Century21

Patent flats- Tory Burch

wirh almost all of the volunteers

with most of the volunteers

It was great to be able to help out and provide a needed service to the community especially during the extended holiday weekend (thanksgiving was celebrated in America a few days prior). How did you and how do you plan on giving back in the upcoming months?

Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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