For the love of a Jersey Getaway

me at Revel

As a New Yorker, I am slightly hesitant on the title of this post but my mini Jersey getaway was so relaxing and enjoyable that this post was necessary (haha)! I met up with a bunch of fabulous girls this past weekend for our 2nd annual girls getaway (last year we went to Miami). No boys and no babies/kids. This large group of girls consists of housewives, doctors, dentists, social workers, teachers, mommies and everything in between. This was a mini getaway because it was actually just one night but our itinerary was fully packed with activities. We arrived at Revel for brunch followed by a relaxing afternoon at the Bask Spa. I have never been to a spa before so this was an enjoyable experience for me.

After feeling rejuvenated, all the girls got dressed up for our dinner reservations at Cuba Libre. The food at Cuba Libre did not disappoint. The appetizers were so diverse and were served family style. It consisted of bread and spiced mango butter, shrimps and scallops, yuca frita (kind of like french fries), frituras de malanga (similar to pakoras and these were my favorite), and plantain and malanga chips served with 3 different dips- black bean hummus, cuba libre salsa, and smoked marlin salad. These appetizers were delicious and seemed never ending! The staff was very accommodating to our large party of 20+ girls and gave us vegetarian selections and made sure everything was alcohol free. We also ordered fruity mocktails like mango mint mojito and pina coladas which were fresh and delish. Dinner was surprisingly outstanding. I ordered mahi mahi which melted in your mouth with flavor. I was upset I could not finish my meal but it’s probably because I could not stop eating those appetizers! Included is my outfit of the night (OOTN) and some pics of these fabulously fashionable girls.

 

girls saturday night

girls saturday night

Girls listed from left to right:

Shua- black jumpsuit and nude blazer with black labels- Forever21, shoes- Vince Camuto, sequined clutch from H&M

Erum- black wrap dress- Michael Kors, bronze pumps- Enzo Angiolini purchased at Macys, statement necklace from H&M. Erum does beautiful Islamic calligraphy on paintings. Check out her work on her facebook page and Like it! www.facebook.com/mod.paintings

Afsheen- black high waisted skirt with train- Banana Republic heritage collection, white shirt- Theory purchased at Marshalls

Noreen- black asymmetrical dress from BCBGmaxazria, pink pumps- Vince Camuto, polka dot hijab- H&M, necklace-Forever21

Maryam- blazer with sequined arms- Anthropologie, black patent leather clutch Rachel Zoe, necklace- R.J. Graziano purchased on Gilt.com

green pants

me in green pants

me in green pants

me in green pants

 

My outfit of the night (OOTN) details:

Pink blazer- BCBGmaxazria. I also wore this Blazer in my first post, check it out.

Green pants- Joe Fresh

Forest green turtleneck- H&M

Printed silk scarf- Century21.

Spiked shoes- Jeffrey Campbell. Also worn here, loving spikes.

saba and husna

saba and husna

Saba (on the left)- black high low dress- Forever21, blazer from H&M, gold belt- Urban Outfitters, jewelry from Zaina- contemporary jewelry http://www.facebook.com/Zaina-Contemporaryjewelry#!/pages/Zaina-Contemporary-Jewelry/151650778250361?fref=ts , hijab from Nordstrom

Husna (on the right) blazer- Banana Republic, green pants- NY&CO, blue suede heels- Jessica Simpson, hijab- NY&Co, clutch-limited, bracelet-Banana Republic. Husna bakes cakes and delicious sweets for all your party event needs. Check out her facebook page and like it! http://www.facebook.com/petitesweetsbyhusnasheriff

 

hajera and aqsa

hajera and aqsa

Hajera (on the left)- blazer, shirt and printed pants from H&M, flats- Tory Burch, necklace- Francescas, hijab- NY&CO, black clutch- Century21. Hajera is expecting and she is carrying herself beautifully! (mA)

Aqsa (on the right)- black top from Loft, colored pants from Loft, patent wedges from Cole Haan, Bag- Louis Vuitton, necklace by francescas, hijab from Century 21

green pants stairs

Me in green pants

Karaoke topped off the evening. We rented a room at the same hotel as Cuba Libre and when you put 20+ girls in one room, absolute silliness and singing passions emerged. The following day we had breakfast at the Alcove at Revel and requested a late check out. The wonderful hotel staff accommodated this for all of us. We hung out, and enjoyed the hotel which is a lot more classy and sophisticated then some of the other atlantic city hotels.

me inside Revel

me inside Revel

 

me at Revel

me at Revel

My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Fur vest- Michael Kors. Check out my post dedicated to fur vests here.

Black pants- Gap. These pants are also mentioned in full detailed description here.

Suede Booties- Taryn Rose purchased on Ruelala.com

Asymmetrical long dress- BCBGmaxazria

Silk scarf- Oscar de la Renta purchased at Century21

Belt- H&M (I wore this over the fur vest because a fur vest can come off as bulky at times.)

modest fashionable beauties

modest fashionable beauties

From left to right:

Hafeza- colored pants from gap, blazer jacket- Mine purchased from TJ Maxx, belt- burberry, bag- Louis Vuitton

Saba- printed pants and top- Forever 21, Blazer- H&M, mint clutch- Francescas

Erum- blue long top- Forever21, Head scarf (hijab)- Calvin Klein, nude/light pink bag- Marc Jacobs. Erum does beautiful Islamic calligraphy on paintings. Check out her work on her facebook page and Like it! www.facebook.com/mod.paintings

Sana Rashid (my full outfit details are on the previous pic)

Maryam- black and white striped shirt- BCBG, pink pants- Loft, black shoes- Sigerson Morrison, blue studded bag- Michael Kors

Zarina- brown riding boots and belt- Tory Burch, Dress shirt- Charlotte Rousse

Sana S. – dress from Forever21, statement necklace by Monet purchased at JC Penney, black pants- Macys

Shua- coral pants from Cynthia Rowley, Floral Blazer and Tshirt from Forever21

 

sana

sana

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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 Fur vests

For the love of the Fur vest

For the love of Fur vests

If you want to add a little bit of luxe and serious texture to your wardrobe, a fur vest is just the piece to do this. It is versatile because it can be worn both dressy and casual with just a hint of high fashion. Whenever I am wearing one, I feel super trendy and chic. Real fur vests can get pricey but luckily there are plenty of faux fur options that are completely affordable. (I’m not taking a stance on if you should go with real fur or faux fur). Most faux fur looks real from far away but to the touch you may be able to feel a difference. If you are looking to sport an extremely trendy look, it maybe be easier to find it in faux fur as opposed to real fur. The winter cold months are almost over but a fur vest can still be worn in springtime during the evening if you have one in a light color. A solid black fur vest can be worn as well in the evening for a more dressy occasion. Here is my fur vest worn three ways. (This blog post is long so you may have to click on continue reading to view the entire post depending on which webpage you are on)

 

Look 1

fur vest accessories

fur vest accessories

Accessories details:

Arm candy-Michael Kors link toggle bracelet, Cwonder spiked bangle, Juicy Couture crystal spiked bracelet

Watch- Michele

Ring (not shown)- Bounkit

fur vest

fur vest

Outfit details:

Fur vest- Michael Kors

Jeans- Cwonder

Silk scarf- Anne Klein purchased at Century21. Read all about my love for vibrant printed scarves here.

Long shirt- Esprit

 

fur vest

fur vest

 

Look 2

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Outfit of the day (OOTD) pics from the Blog Launch Photo Shoot

These are OOTD (outfit of the day) pics from the header photo shoot day. My corduroy blazer is from Zara and it’s actually a few years old. I never wore it before and I cut off the tags right before I took these pics! I don’t believe it fit me at one point (probably some time in between pregnancies) and that’s probably when I forgot all about it. You can read all about my love for blazers here. The jeans are from a fairly new store which I absolutely love- Cwonder. The owner is Tory Burch’s ex-husband. I refer to Cwonder as the more affordable version of Tory Burch. The jeans were 75% off, only $20! I like Cwonder jeans because they are mid rise and not low rise jeans. My scarf was purchased at Century 21, for only $20 as well. It’s made of 100% silk from Anne Klein.

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These pics were taken by the extremely talented Saman H. Follow her on instagram @sepiacrayons

 

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Outfit details:

Corduroy Blazer- Zara from a few seasons ago for $30 (read about my love for blazers here)

Shirt- Esprit

Jeans- Cwonder for $20

Shoes- Jeffrey Campbell purchased on nastygal.com

Hijab- Anne Klein purchased from Century21 for $20. Read all about my love for vibrant printed scarves here.

 

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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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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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