For the love of the Big Apple Circus

 

circus

circus

About a month ago, I attended the Big Apple Circus when it was in town. I went with my husband and both our sons. It was held at Cunningham park in Queens. Very many years ago when I was in Junior High School, I remember going to the circus on a Friday night with some of my girlfriends and it was nostalgic to be back at the same place well over a decade later.

The acts were unique to the Big Apple and they incorporated parts of NYC life into the circus acts. For example the dog show was set to take place in central park because back in the day that was the weekend activity- walking dogs in the park and the tightrope walk act was shown to be walking over the Verrazano bridge.

circus

circus

 

The Big Apple Circus is such a lovely family tradition. It’s smaller scale than a larger circus like the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus which is usually held at a much larger venue. I attended this circus in my childhood and I remember that it was my first time ever going to Madison Square Garden which was very exciting. The Big Apple Circus gives off a neighborhood vibe by being held at the park. The circus is complete with typical circus food which was available for purchase consisting of popcorn, soda, hot dogs, cotton candy etc. adding to the laidback feel. The kids loved it and it was quite enjoyable by all. (There are no pics of the show itself because photography was not allowed inside.)

concession stand

concession stand

circus

circus

My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Coral blazer with nazy blue trim- CWonder

Printed pants- CWonder

High low top- H&M . Not pictured well but the shirt is high low and was longer in the back. I also wore it here.

Patent wedge sandals- JCrew

Necklace- JCrew

with one of the trailers

with one of the trailers

circus

circus

 

simple makeup look

simple makeup look

Here was my very simple makeup look. Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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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 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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