For the love of Pumpkin Picking

 

pumpkin picking

pumpkin picking

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and it actually lasts until December 21st which marks the first official day of winter. Even so, I do believe fall is at its peak in October/early November. This is when the leaves start to change color and fall from the trees and the weather is still somewhat tolerable. The crisp weather, the leaves changing color and all things pumpkin spice are a few of my favorite things! As a huge pumpkin lover it is only fitting that this post be dedicated to pumpkin picking. Oddly enough, this was actually my first time going pumpkin picking. It’s a perfect fall activity to do along with apple picking, hay rides/corn maze, haunted houses, etc. Oh and we gain an extra hour of sleep due to daylight savings time as well :)

 

pumpkin picking windy

pumpkin picking windy

 

pumpkin picking

pumpkin picking

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Hooded wrap cardigan: Forever21. I know this is cheating but this hooded wrap cardigan was purchased about 5-6 years ago from Forever21 and I can’t seem to let go of it. To dress it up, you can attach a brooch/pin to hold it in place. You can google it and tons of stores carry similar products.

Boots: Tory Burch

Messenger bag: Michael Kors

Jeans: Guess

pumpkin

pumpkin

 

 

pumpkin picking posing

pumpkin picking posing

 

Make sure you read my previous post: For the love of Harem Pants and don’t forget to read the first comment. (Comments can be found at the bottom of the post where it says replies or click on the gray circle with the number inside next to the title or the date of the post) I usually don’t approve malicious comments that are put for the sole purpose of attacking someone but it was too hard for me to simply ignore such stupidity when it is constantly coming from the same source. Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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For the love of an Iftar Party

husband and I

husband and I

Iftar is the meal eaten at sunset by Muslims. At the end of your long day of fasting, it’s such a blessing to break your fast with loved ones. Iftar parties are the festive and fun part of Ramadan. When people break their fast by food you provide, the host or sponsor gets loads of blessings. This is a major incentive to hold an iftar and it is encouraged to do so. Iftar parties are great because religion is the main focus of the get together.

before we left for the iftar. full outfit details at the bottom

before we left for the iftar. full outfit details at the bottom

2 weeks ago, I held a small iftar party at my in laws house for about 15 girls (not including the 9 kiddies!). It was a great girls only party and we were all able to enjoy the pool for a few hours before breaking our fast. The weather didn’t comply and even through the rain everyone still enjoyed themselves. My mother in law cooked up tons of eats and many of my friends brought food and specialty drinks as well. It was great to see my closest friends. Also, my husband was out of town. He was actually in Makkah because he went to perform Umrah and it was a lonely 8 days without him so it was great to meet up with my girls.

full outfit details at the bottom

full outfit details at the bottom

One of my cousins held an iftar this weekend. I was speaking to his wife who is having her first Ramadan in America this year. She married my cousin in Pakistan in December (you can read about my Pakistan trip here). She mentioned that she enjoyed Ramadan more in America than in Pakistan. That struck me as so odd. Pakistan is predominately a Muslim country so how could it possibly be more enjoyable in America? She went on to say that Ramadan is made a bigger deal in America because you get to see so many different groups of friends in different atmospheres. Iftars are held at local colleges, community centers, masjids, house parties and parties at restaurants as well. Also you go to different masjids for tarawih. In Pakistan, it’s like daily life there but in America, it brings people together and you feel a sense of community. That I would definitely have to agree with.

 

my friend Mehvash and I. I died over her pleated skirt from JCREW collection

my friend Mehvash and I. I was in love with her pleated skirt from JCREW collection

This past weekend one of my friends had an iftar party at her house as well. The food was a full American menu, with BBQ chicken, asparagus, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken pasta, bread, garlic knots and stuffed mushrooms. The party was held outdoors and the decor was phenomenal. I loved the lights and the Ramadan Mubarak signs. It is great to encourage the festive Ramadan feel especially to the young generation who need to love their holidays. It was perfect outdoor weather for an outdoor iftar. Maghrib was prayed in congregation in the backyard as well.

Ramadan Mubarak and lights

Ramadan Mubarak and lights

outdoor setup

outdoor setup

My friend who hosted the iftar also had a small bday party for their daughter who was turning 2 the following day. She shares a birthday with my son. They were both born on the same day in the same hospital. Fun times! A delicious birthday cake was ordered and they bought a cake for my sons’ birthday as well. I loved all the decorations indoors for the cake and the goody bags that were labeled Ramadan Mubarak. Aaisha Shaikh of BakingPartTime also made 2 tarts for the party which were devoured within minutes! (check out her blog for more tasty treats!)

Aaisha and her tarts!

Aaisha and her tarts!

 

 

loving this red turban style hijab

loving this red turban style hijab

 

before we left for the iftar. do you see the jungle growing behind me? the works of my father in laws green thumb

before we left for the iftar. do you see the jungle growing behind me? the works of my father in laws green thumb

 

My Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Cutout top- purchased at Kara. I love this top because its longer in length and the cut out details is a fun twist to a plain tunic. Added bonus, you can wear it without the shirt underneath for a ladies only party and that’s exactly what I did when I attended my friends ladies only bridal shower.

Black turtleneck- H&M. this was worn under the cutout top

White jeans- C Wonder

Belt- Cole Haan purchased at Bloomingdales

Sandals- Boutique 9

**(I was a little under the weather this weekend. Also, this is me in my own skin. This is me with no makeup as I have not worn any makeup during Ramadan.)**

 

The last ten nights are still amongst us. Make the most of it. And have an enjoyable Eid!

 

cheeeese! this would be me in my most natural state!

cheeeese! this would be me in my most natural and normal state! Ha

 

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For the love of the Trouser Pant

Martha's and I

Martha’s and I

One of my friends came back home for a short trip because her younger sister was getting married. After all the wedding festivities settled down, I caught up with her and a few friends. It was very last minute and we got some Chinese food followed by dessert at Martha’s Country Bakery. Fatimas Halal Kitchen is in Astoria and they have good Chinese food and it’s not expensive at all. It’s a laid back restaurant and we all enjoyed ourselves. I ordered my usual which is General Tsaos chicken and beef fried rice. I attached a picture of dinner.

dinner at Fatimas Halal Kitchen

dinner at Fatimas Halal Kitchen

 

After dinner we went to Martha’s Country Bakery which was very close by. They close at 11 pm and we got their right before closing. I ordered tres leches and it was good but maybe a tad bit too sweet. One of their more popular dessert is the very berry napoleon but im not a huge fan. It’s good but I just don’t find it amazing. But everyone I know is obsessed with it. Their frozen coffee drinks are my favorite but it was too late to order one because drinking coffee very late keeps me up.  Service was prompt and everyone was accommodating.

Hmm, what should I order?

Hmm, what should I order?

Tres Leches

Tres Leches

about to dig in to dessert!

about to dig in to dessert!

 

I wore trouser pants in a bright coral/orange hue. I love these pants because they have a great fit and are very long. Trouser pants tend to be a little looser and are generally worn more dressy because of the wide leg opening. They are great pants to be worn to work and can be worn casually paired with flats and a tee shirt. I love the fit of this pant and I have it in a green shade as well. The length of these trouser pants required me to wear them with heels and I wore them with patent leather wedge sandals. I paired the pants with a silk top and I added a gold belt with Swarovski crystal detailing. I wore a silk rectangle hijab (head scarf) which matched the texture of the shirt and the color of the pants. Not pictured well, but my outfit was complemented with a purple Chanel handbag that has a brushed gold chain.

sister and I

sister and I

My outfit of the night details (OOTN):

Trouser pants: CWonder

Silk top: JCREW

Rectangle scarf: Century21

Patent leather wedge sandals: JCREW

Gold Swarovski belt: Judith Leiber. Also worn in one of my previous posts, check it out here.

Handbag: Chanel

 

cakes on cakes on cakes

cakes on cakes on cakes

especially if its dark chocolate!

especially if its dark chocolate!

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For the love of Houndstooth

houndstooth

houndstooth

If you are unaware, houndstooth is described as a checked pattern with broken/notched corners. Classic houndstooth is black and white but there are also different variations like brown paired with cream and blue paired with white. Houndstooth can be considered a standard print alongside with: leopard, zebra, chevron, stripes etc. I actually didn’t own anything with a houndstooth print until Embellished Wraps sent me this beautiful hijab/wrap/headscarf.

more houndstooth

more houndstooth

When I opened the package from Embellished Wraps, I slightly gasped because the colors, textures and material are top of the line. It’s so lush and lux. The simple blush pink color paired with the houndstooth and rosettes at the end is stunningly coordinated. It’s quite gorgeous and this hijab is such an easy way to add extra flair to an otherwise ordinary outfit. I was so excited to put together this post but had to delay it because of my demanding work schedule due to the fact that I just went away on a mini vacation last week. You can read all about my fun family trip to Vegas here and that was my first time I wore my hijab turban style.

here you can the detailing on the hijab, including the beautiful rosettes

here you can see the detailing on the hijab, including the beautiful rosettes

full outfit of the day details below

full outfit of the day details below

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Black dress top: Zara

White jeans: CWonder

Hijab/Headwrap/Scarf: Embellished Wraps

Detailed thong sandal: Bandolino purchased at Marshalls

Crystal embellished peach and silver bangle: JCrew

Black and white crystal bangle: Smartbargains.com

Belt: Cole Haan

Sunglasses: Miu Miu purchased at Century21

 

this is my photographers fav pic. swag

Upon my photographers’ request, I’m including this picture because it’s her favorite

Thanks to @aneekers for taking my pics!

I’m sold on houndstooth print and I’ve got my eye on purchasing more houndstooth articles of clothing! What’s your favorite print?

 

the end

the end

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For the love of the Chunky Watch

gold watch

gold watch

The chunky watch, boyfriend watch, oversized watch- whatever you may call it, it is a major trend right now. Chunky watches are the perfect functional accessory to every outfit from rugged to classy. A chunky watch is a watch that is about 40mm in diameter. Chunky watches come adorned with crystals, diamonds, mother of pearl, bling, various straps etc. all with one common feature: a large dial. Rachel Zoe, fashion icon and fashion stylist was asked if she could only wear one piece of jewelry for the rest of her life (besides for her engagement ring), what would it be. And she replied: “Honestly, a watch, a really chunky watch.”  And I would have to agree.

rose gold watch

rose gold watch

I recently purchased a rose gold tone chunky watch from smartbargains.com. I scored an amazing deal. It was on sale for $200 and then smart bargains gave a no brainer code (it’s when they drastically reduce the price but you must buy that specific item within one hour) and it brought it down to $100 with free shipping and it shipped tax free as well! I love smart bargains because it’s a website for designer brands for less and I have purchased some amazing items from them in the past. I love the rose gold because the color is great for the spring, summer and into the fall as well. The watch I bought has rose gold strap,dial and face which I like. Some watches have contrasting face or dial or strap but the type I prefer is when the entire watch is in the same color scheme. I feel like this ideally complements an outfit. Attached below is my rose gold watch perfectly coordinated with one of my bags that have rose gold hardware.

rose gold watch and bag

rose gold watch and bag

High end designer brands sometimes don’t carry the chunky watch but each high end designer company do have unisex watches at about 40mm and that would fall in to the same category as a chunky watch. Rolex and Breitling have womens’ watches usually up to 25-30mm which is too small. This is usually because high end is an investment timepiece and oftentimes high end doesn’t follow current trends as much. But if you buy a high end unisex watch you get the best of both worlds.

this is my friends Michael kors watch

this is my friends Michael kors watch

Michael Kors is one of the current go to brands for the chunky watch and it also has some watches with the diameter going all the way up to 45mm. Their styles are very diverse including dressy and trendy. 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- National 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. Yes that is a chunky watch and that’s a win-win situation! I have included the link to purchase the watch here.

The Movado bold has a great face because it’s clean cut with a sharp edge and still classic. This one goes up to 43.5 mm on the large. Most of the chunky watches have a large round dial but some also come in rectangle. Michele is hands down the staple for the rectangle head. I love my Michele watch because it has a gold face, and dial with a gold interchangeable strap. The Michele watch is slightly smaller than the 40mm because it comes at about 35mm but the rectangular shape and elegance of the watch allows me to wear it everyday and even to weddings, which I have done in the past.

Michele watch

Michele watch

When I style my chunky watch into my outfit, I usually wear the watch solo, with no other arm candy on the left hand. On my right hand I load up on the arm candy. Most chunky watches need no extra accessories and I feel like extra accessories collide and take away from the watch itself. Wearing the watch on the left hand is a functional fashion statement all on its own and needs no added detail.

Like the 2 outfits up above? For full outfit details click on the full posts. For the full post from the first pic, click here. For the full post from the last pic, click here.

 

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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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