For the love of Vegas

me in Vegas

me in Vegas

For the love of Vegas. May I assume your initial reaction? A little hesitant. Maybe some confusion and maybe some agreement. Some of you are probably thinking what is a girl like me doing in a place like Vegas where alcohol, gambling and clubbing/partying is rampant especially since I don’t partake in any of those activities. And this can be one of the reasons why I haven’t been to Vegas before. But there is so much more to Vegas than what I listed above. There are tons of shows, kid friendly activities, shopping galore and amazing dining options! Whats not to love?!

me with a turban style hijab

Me with a turban style hijab. My face is very oily as per usual, my apologies. This was from dinner at AquaKnox

This past Memorial Day weekend my husband and I went to Las Vegas with my kids and my brother in law. We met up with a few friends who were staying for the weekend with their families as well. Saturday night was the first time I wore my hijab turban style inspired by the gorgeous Nura of @nuralailalov. I loved it. This turban style is so fun and different. Saturday night dinner was at AquaKnox which is in the Venetian where we were staying for our trip. I had the crab stuffed maine lobster. And that was easily the best lobster I’ve ever had. The dining options in Vegas are out of this world. So many fine dining options. NYC definitely still has the best restaurants, but Las Vegas has a lot of them as well like: Mesa Grill, Serendipity3, Sushi Samba, Tao, Nobu, Grand Lux just to name a few. After dinner, we went to catch a cirque du soleil show- Mystere.

(This is a very long post. I attached outfit of the day details to each day.)

from Saturday night

from Saturday night after the show

Saturday Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Jersey hijab: hijab-ista

Black turtle neck shirt: h&m

Blazer: BCBGmaxazria also worn in my first ever post which you can check out here. I also wore this blazer to my mini Jersey getaway and you can read that post here.

Pants: Gap- true straight pants. These are just like my favorite black pants except in a different color. For detailed review check out my post here.

Printed neck scarf: White House Black Market

Spiked shoes: Vince Camuto and these heels are beyond comfortable. Purchased on sale at Last Call by Neiman Marcus for over 70% off. I now own 3 pairs of this shoe in 3 different colors. Ha!

Handbag: Chanel

my delish lobster

my delish crab stuffed lobster from AquaKnox

On Sunday morning we got breakfast buffet at Caesars Palace and it was better than our previous mornings breakfast buffet from Wynn. Caesars Palace had slightly more halal food options. It seemed never ending. After that we went to Mandalay Bay because they had an aquarium. The kids enjoyed it so much. It’s not large but it has tons of sharks and a stingray petting section. The aquarium was set up beautifully with all the details and statues. It reminded me of the aquariums at Atlantis but much smaller scale. Below are pictures from the aquarium and my simple daytime no makeup look.

sunday daytime at the aquarium

sunday daytime at the aquarium

sunday daytime at the aquarium

sunday daytime at the aquarium

 

kids in awe by the sea creatures

kids in awe by the sea creatures

my eldest son and I goofing around in the gift shop. shark biting love!

my eldest son and I goofing around in the gift shop. shark biting love!

Sunday night was our second show and we watched Le Reve. It was amazing. Probably one of the best shows I’ve watched. It had less stunts but it had a story line and it was fully entertaining. I love these shows by cirque du soleil because I feel like they are a circus and broadway combined. In the evening I wore the same outfit, but I just put on makeup and I wore matching wrist cuff bracelets.

by the gondolas

by the gondolas

Sunday Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Silk shirt: Hale Bob purchased at ruelala.com for $40. I love this shirt. I love the rust orange color, the loose fit and the long length of the shirt. I wore it high low style by tucking it in, in the front. I often tuck shirts in if the pants have pleats in the front. It emphasizes the shape of the pant and allows you to see the front pleats. This top also comes with a neck tie and goldtone hardware closure.

Paisley printed pleated pants: Loft

Shoes: Boutique 9 purchased at Bloomingdale’s

Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff purchased at Bloomingdale’s

Matching wrist cuff bracelets: Arden B

Monday morning was checkout and that’s when we drove to the Grand Canyon. It was a long drive, about 4 hours each way but it was worth it. The Grand Canyon is breathtaking. I wish our trip wasn’t so short so we could have spent a longer time at the Grand Canyon but we had to leave to catch our midnight flight back to NYC. Attached are OOTD pics from the Grand Canyon.

Welcomed to the Grand Canyon

Welcome to the Grand Canyon!

what a view!

what a view!

 

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

 

 

me

me

 

Monday Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Long cotton printed top: Derek Lam for Kohls

Pants: Gap- True straight

Belt: Cole Haan

Shoes: Boutique 9 purchased at Bloomingdale’s

Handbag: Kate Spade purchased at Katespade.com during their surprise sale for an outstanding price. If you are not signed up for Kate Spade’s emailing list you MUST do it ASAP because they notify you of their surprise sale which has the items for drastically reduced prices. I’m in love with this green color- and it’s the It color of the season.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

 

more grand canyon

more grand canyon

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Sorry for the major delay in this post. Some fun posts are on the way and I will be putting up a hijab tutorial within a week or so because I have gotten so many requests, so stay tuned! Feel free to share and comment below! Thanks! Xoxo

It's Grand alright!

It’s Grand to say the least!

 

For the love of The Bronx Zoo

Bronx zoo

Bronx zoo

Sunday is family fun day in my household and we always try to see family and friends and take the kids to fun activities if possible. Sunday started with a brunch hosted by one of my friends. Brunch was one dish style and people brought all sorts of various and delicious treats. I made a ginormous omelet and Aaisha of baking part time made delish chocolate chip Belgian waffles from scratch with homemade whipped cream and succulent strawberry toppings. You can check out her blog for yummy recipes.

colorful omelet

colorful omelet

After the immense eating fest, the best way to digest it all would be a great walk at the zoo and that’s exactly what we did! If you haven’t been to The Bronx zoo, you have to go. And if you think its small you are totally wrong. The Bronx zoo is huge and its actually impossible to see all of the exhibits in one day. We have a season pass and we go numerous times in the year. My kids are obsessed, they love it. When you are at the Bronx zoo, you would never realize you are actually in NYC, the tress, greenery and waterfalls totally throw you off. It’s so serene. You don’t need kids to enjoy it, it’s so scenic and natures beauty is truly captured here.

The kids love the tiger mountain and different exhibits like world of reptiles, congo (which has the gorillas and baboons) and Madagascar. They have a 4D theater and currently its displaying a short ice age movie. The kids usually love the 4D theater but the dinosaurs caused my youngest son to actually be a little scared. He didn’t sit through the entire movie. Their butterfly garden is one of my favorites because the butterflies are flying everywhere and its very hands on. There is a petting zoo for the kids as well and the kids can feed the goats, sheep etc. The Bronx Zoo also has the Bengali Express Monorail which is a relaxing monorail ride where you can see some of the larger animals like elephants. In the summer they have camel rides for the kids and face painting and all sorts of additional fun activities.

Here is my causal, laid back outfit of the day (OOTD) at The Bronx zoo.

Bronx zoo

Bronx zoo- (you can notice how I used pink elastic bands around my ankles to prevent the extra long pants from dragging on the ground)

Bronx zoo- here you can see the ruching on the shoulders of the cardigan

Bronx zoo- here you can see the ruching on the shoulders of the cardigan

 

My Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Black cardigan with ruching at the shoulders-Ann Taylor

Purple tank- J Crew

Graphic printed pants- BCBGmaxazria (the pants are too long without heels so I put pink elastic bands over the ankle which prevented them from dragging on the floor!)

Shoes- Taryn Rose purchased on Ruelala.com

Georgette scarf- purchased at the fabric store and I got the edges hemmed

Sunglasses- Valentino purchased on smartbargains.com

 

polar bear

polar bear

 

Bronx zoo

Bronx zoo

 

with the totem pole

with the totem pole

Were you digging my graphic pants? I actually wore them in my first ever blog post. I definitely don’t shun from the fact that I repeat articles of clothing and outfits because it is necessary. In that post, I wore the same pants with a blazer and heels for a much more dressy look. Check it out here.

Bronx zoo

Bronx zoo

In my last post, about chunky watches I wanted to add a few words to it. While coming home from work last week, the cabs’ tv informed me that Michael Kors has a watch hunger stop campaign. With the purchase of their specific watch, they will donate to WFP- United Nations World Food Programme and that is enough for 100 meals! 1 watch= 1oo meals. That’s phenomenal, and I love when designers give back and make products where proceeds go to a great cause. The watch is $295 and comes in 4 different styles/sizes. The mid size is 38mm and the oversized is 45mm and it comes in both silver and gold. Fitting with my blog post, yes it is a chunky watch and that’s a win-win situation! Read my previous post on chunky watches here. I have included the link to purchase the watch here.

 

GORILLA!

GORILLA!

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For the love of Fashion Fighting Famine

 

just arrived at the show

just arrived at the show

This past weekend I attended the Fashion Fighting Famine fashion show in California. It was a completely last minute trip as I booked my trip a few days before I flew out. Fashion Fighting Famine is one of the primary fashion shows that brings Muslim designers from across the world. This years fashion show had designers from Australia, London, Dubai, Pakistan, Paris and America. About 1000 people attended and a portion of the proceeds went to charity. The charity was New Star Family Center which is based in California.

The fashion show was Sunday evening and it was held at the Hyatt hotel in Irvine California. There was such a buzz of excitement leading up to the fashion show which flowed perfectly. I have never been to a fashion show before but this is exactly how I would have imagined it to be. There was the red carpet, backdrops, detailing, photographers, videographers the bazaar with all the designers and decor etc.  I wish I had more pics from the runway show itself, but only cell phone pics were allowed and because of all the lights and the models’ fast paced walking, the pics unfortunately did not come out recognizable. If you go to the website: fashionfightingfamine.com, you can see some pics from the runway show. Everyone was dressed to impress. The guests as well as the bloggers, designers etc were decked out head to toe in fashion fabulousness. The bazaar was open before, during and after the show. Prior to the fashion show I went in to the bazaar and I met all of the designers.

The runway show showcased 9 designers: Abaya Addict, INAYAH, Hijab House, Madamme BK, Mohajababes, Needlez, Nisaa Boutique, RAYAN, SixteenR. These designers had clothing, hijabs, accessories and even swimwear. I loved the swimwear collection because the material was perfect and light for the water and there was so much variety. You could mix and match the pieces in case you wanted to wear tights or pants or show the neck or not etc. Perfectly fit for everyones’ personal style and taste. U.S. brand Zeena was also featured in the presentation. At the bazaar, I purchased 2 hijabs from Zeena and my sister did as well. I loved their prints on their hijabs and the different varieties they had. The bazaar included more designers besides for the 9 from the runway including Hijab-ista. (I have previously purchased hijabs and accessories from Hijabista and I was pleased with the prompt service and products)

with the musically talented Yuna Zarai

with the musically talented Yuna Zarai

During the runway show, the first designer was Nisaa boutique. This set the pedestal very high for the remaining designers and they did not disappoint. Nisaa boutique had gorgeous kaftans and it ended with a bridal kaftan. At the mid point of the fashion show, there was a live musical performance by Yuna Zarai. Her style can be described as alternative, pop and acoustic. She plays the guitar and ukulele and her voice is gentle and soft. She performed a handful of songs and her voice sounds just as wonderful live if not better! She is world known and has such talent. Check out her website here.

Included are pics from the fashion show of some of the amazing ladies I met and got to spend time with during my fun filled weekend.

with the stunning Yasmin of YaztheSpaz.com

with the stunning Yasemin of YaztheSpaz.com

Here is a picture of the gorgeous Yasemin of YaztheSpaz.com and I. She is truly artistic in expressing herself in so many different ways. Her style is stunning and her artistic side can be noted in her baking skills, her makeup tutorials and hijab tutorials. I love how she has truly inspired thousands of women to stay confident and maintain style. You can follow her on instagram @yazthespaz89. Our hotel rooms were adjacent and it led to a weekend filled with fun and random hangouts going in to the wee hours of the morning.

Nura and I. This was at the end of the night

Nura and I. This was at the end of the night

Make sure you visit Nura’s youtube channel. I love everything about this girl. She has serious talent and is a true makeup artist. She actually helped me with my eye makeup on Sunday for the fashion show. Such a helpful and sweet girl. Her tutorials are easy to follow and I love how her feisty personality shines right through her videos as well! She brought her daughter with her on her Cali trip and I respect and can relate to her so much. Great inspiration for fellow moms like yours truly. Check out her youtube channel here and you can follow her on instagram @nuralailalov.

ladies

ladies

Also, the fabulous Imaan Ali of Thehijablog was a guest at the fashion show. Read all about her and check out her urban trendy style here. She also includes a hijab tutorial for her turban style hijab three different ways which she rocks perfectly. I need more confidence to rock that style one day! Follow her on instagram @thehijablog

I also met Winnie Detwa. She is a v/b- logger (video and blogging). She is genuine, hilarious and has a unique style. Check her on instagram @winniedetwa and you can check her blog here.

at fashion fighting famine

at fashion fighting famine

My outfit details:

Pleated Dress- BCBGmaxazria

Black top- H&M

Scarf- I bought stretch silk at the fabric store and got the edges hemmed, which I also mentioned in one of my previous posts and you can read about it here.

Spiked Shoes- Vince Camuto and they are so unbelievably comfortable

Statement necklace- Ann Taylor

That was all the info from the fashion show. I have included some pics from the rest of my trip to California. Here are some of my outfits including outfit details.

 

we just got off the plane. here we are at newport beach

we just got off the plane. here we are at newport beach

 

with the beauty Aysuna and I

with the beauty Aysun and I

Aysun (instagram @aysunkanar ) and I

at newport beach

at newport beach

My outfit details:

Top with shoulder detailing- Zara. this top is similar to the spiked shoulder top I wore in my: For the Love of Spikes post, you can check it out here.

Pants- Esprit

Silk Scarf- purchased at Century 21. I actually wore this scarf in one of my previous posts as well, check it out here.

saturday night

saturday night

saturday night

saturday night

My outfit details:

Full sleeved jumpsuit- Halston Heritage purchased on ruelala.com

Silk scarf- purchased at Century21

Spiked Shoes- Vince Camuto

oh yeah, I bumped into this lady- Amena!

oh yeah, I bumped into this lady- Amena!

Amena of Pearl Daisy has an entire collection of clothing, hijabs and accessories. She has youtube videos and makeup tutorials as well. She is a true sweetheart and it was so nice to meet her! Check it all out here.

 

saturday night before we went out

saturday night before we went out

 

 

The day after the fashion show, my sister and I did some sightseeing. We went to rodeo drive and to the hollywood walk of fame. Here are some pics of my outfit of the day.

apparently this car is a big deal. I could care less, i just like how my pants match!

apparently this car is a big deal. I could care less, I just like how my pants match so well!

 

at rodeo drive

at rodeo drive

at rodeo drive

at rodeo drive

My outfit details:

High low top- H&M

Pants- Esprit

Shoes- Vince Camuto

Jacket with leather detailing- BCBGmaxazria

Georgette printed head scarf

 

at rodeo drive

at rodeo drive

 

 

so happy I finally found Muhammad Ali's star. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!

so happy I finally found Muhammad Ali’s star. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!

Muhammad Ali’s star is the only hollywood star that is not on the ground as per his request. He said he is named after our prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and he would never want the name Muhammad to be stepped on. Inspirational.

with Johnny Depp!

Johnny Depp!

tired at the end of our touristy escapades. chilling with Mickey Mouse (why does my neck look like that?!)

tired at the end of our touristy escapades. chilling with Mickey Mouse (why does my neck look like that?!)

 

This post is extremely long and I could not upload all of the pics but I have included more pics on my instagram account @sanahrashid.

All of these pictures were captured by my talented photographer and sister- Saman.

 

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For the love of Turning 30

Normally my birthday is not a big deal at all. It comes and it goes. But this year, as I am turning 30, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on my life- what I have done and what I still hope to achieve. Some people may shy away from this milestone birthday, but I for one, am embracing 30 because I truly feel blessed and grateful and upon reflection I am deeply humbled.

For a small family dinner, we went for dinner at Le Bernardin in the city. My older sister, Maryam, and I have birthdays one day apart (she is 364 days older than me) so this was a collaboration birthday dinner for the both of us. It was a prix fixe menu which included appetizers and then the 4 course meal, the last course being dessert. The food was spectacular. I included pics from almost all of the entrees. The service was prompt and the waiters were unbelievably polite and responsive. My dinner entree was not as delicious as the previous entrees but I didn’t say anything. The waiter came up to me on his own and insisted on bringing me something else. They sent me a new dish which perfected the whole experience. The food was positively flavorful and filling. Dessert completed the whole meal and was out of this world. So much robust flavor and texture. A sweet ending to the meal accompanied with iced cappuccino.

appetizer

appetizer

 

course 1

course 1- tuna

 

course 2

course 2- lobster lasagna

last course- chocolate passion fruit

last course- chocolate passion fruit

 

Here is my Outfit of the night- OOTN

dinner outfit of the night

dinner outfit of the night

Outfit details:

Pants- My absolute favorite black pants from Gap- true straight (which I also gave a full description on in this previous post)

Dress- L.K. Bennett purchased at Bloomingdales

Silk Scarf- Oscar de la Renta from Century 21

Necklace- Sparkling Sage purchased on Gilt.com

both of my sisters in their saturday dinner outfits

both of my sisters in their saturday dinner outfits

Here are my sisters’ outfit details:

Saman (on the left)

Pants- Celebrity Pink purchased at Macy’s

Dress- Macy’s

Shoes- Steve Madden

Headband- Forever21

Ring- BCBGmaxazria

 

Maryam (on the right)

Pants- Lord & Taylor

Draped Cardigan- Tart

Black Blouse- Loft

Shoes- BCBGmaxazria

Belt- Banana Republic

 

sister and I

sister and I

 

Alhamdulilah, time flies when you are having fun! I am a firm believer that 30 is the new 20! Xoxo

 

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For the love of Spikes

sans spikes edgy

sana spikes edgy

My obsession with spikes started a few seasons ago when Burberry introduced their trench coats with spike detailing. I was in love. Spikes have become more mainstream now and it can be worn both edgy and high fashion as well. When implementing spikes, its important to keep only one item with spikes. But you can add as much spiked jewelry as you prefer. You don’t want to overdo the spike look because that can come off as tacky. Jeffrey Campbell has affordable edgy shoes with spikes. Aldo, Steve Madden and Zara all have incorporated spikes in their shoes as well. If you want high fashion, nothing beats Christian Louboutins Spikes shoes. They come in many varieties from metal to metallic to colored spikes. Valentino has gorgeous spiked bags and shoes from their rockstud collection.Zara has spike detailing in their clothes as well. I bought this top from Zara and it has such a perfect modest fit. It comes in 2 styles and of course I bought them both. It’s slightly longer in length and has a loose fit. The sleeves can also be worn rolled up and buttoned in place. It’s casual and edgy. Perfectly worn with heels or flats. Asos, H&M and Forever 21 all sell clothes with spike detailing. If you are following me on Instagram@sanahrashid you probably noticed my spiky nails that I was sporting last week. So edgy and so much fun! In the fashion of loving all things spikes, it only makes sense for me to have spiky nails as well! Below is how I incorporated spikes with a top and a pair of shoes and came up with 2 different looks- one more casual/edgy and one more dressy. I have worn the Jeffrey Campbell spiketini shoes in a previous post, you can view my outfit of the day here. Also, I have worn spiked jewelry in one of my previous posts as well, which you can see here.
sana spikes edgy

sana spikes edgy

Outfit details:

Spiked top- Zara

Jeans- CWonder

Head Scarf- Hijab-ista purchased at http://www.hijab-ista.com/

Shoes- BCBG

Headband- Saks

sana spikes edgy

sana spikes edgy

 

sana spikes edgy

sana spikes edgy

sana spikes edgy

sana spikes edgy

sana spikes dressy

sana spikes dressy

Outfit Details:

Top- Gap

Pants- Bar III from Macys

Belt- Judith Leiber

Spiked shoes- Jeffrey Campbell purchased at nastygal.com

Head Scarf- purchased at Century21

Spiked necklace- Sparkling Sage purchased at Gilt.com

sana spikes dressy

sana spikes dressy

 

sana spikes dressy

sana spikes dressy

 

All of these pictures were taken by the multi talented Aaisha Shaikh of BakingPartTime.com

 

sana spikes dressy

sana spikes dressy

 

 

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For the love of Blazers.

I have very recently started incorporating blazers into my everyday wardrobe and I love them. They are my current go to look and they go with every look. They can be paired with jeans, trousers, long tops, blouses and dresses. Blazers’ versatility and the fact that they come in long and short lengths make them a current wardrobe staple. They can dress up an outfit, or they can tone it down. Zara is still having their sale and their blazers have expert fit and detailing to die for. I recently bought a blazer from Zara with ruching and poof sleeves (proper terminology?) which make your waist look slimmer by giving you a broad shoulder look. I also recently purchased a gorgeous short length blazer from BCBGmaxazria from bloomingdales. It was over 50% off and it’s fuschia pink which is the perfect pop of color for the winter cold, and it can easily be transitioned into the spring and summer months. I like BCBGmaxazria because of their wide range of sizes. They have XXS which most brands don’t have. H&M also has extremely affordable blazers for great prices and their sizes fit XXS to plus. I have attached pics of both of my blazers.
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These pics along with the header pic were taken by the extremely talented Saman H. Follow her on Instagram @sepiacrayons

yes, these pics were taken in the snow!

yes, these pics were taken in the snow!

outfit details:

Blazer- BCBGmaxazria (purchased on sale at bloomingdales for 50% off)

Pants- BCBGmaxazria (purchased on sale at bcbgmaxazria.com for 70% off on black friday)

Shoes- Chanel (purchased on sale at bergdorf goodman for 30% off)

 

 

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Outfit details:

Blazer- Zara

Scarf- Oscar de la Renta 100% silk scarf, purchased at Century 21 for $20

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