For the love of the Poncho Sweater

poncho

poncho

When you hear poncho, do you think of a rain cover that is sold at sporting events or theme parks during the rain? Or the woolen garment that is typically worn is South America that has a slit to slip your head through? These thoughts initially would come to my mind first but this poncho is so much more wearable than those. A poncho is a very loose top with or without sleeves that has a small opening at the neck. If you twirl in a circle, the top would resemble a flower from above because it’s so loose and flowy.

gold buttons on the sleeves

gold buttons on the sleeves

This particular poncho has sleeves and it is a turtleneck and that’s why this is ideal for fall. In addition it has gold buttons on the arms to add a little detail. I love that you can wear this poncho with jeans, or even front pleated casual pants.  It would look great with harem pants as well. A poncho is usually worn casual/ casual chic. I wore mine with heels because the heels worked well with the outfit. The one downside is that it’s very hard to wear a jacket with this because of the dolman like sleeves. A poncho can be worn with another poncho jacket, a very loose jacket with dolman sleeves or a capelike jacket.

poncho

poncho

I realize you have probably never seen a poncho worn with another shirt underneath but this poncho was simply too short for me to wear separately and be comfortable with it. So I wore this poncho with a longer cotton shirt underneath to keep the casual materials in sync. I also wore a crushed georgette hijab to complement the casual look. You always have to wear what you are comfortable with; it doesn’t always have to stick with the norms because at times you wont be comfortable with the norms.

black and white full

black and white full

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Poncho sweater: Alfani purchased at Macy’s on sale for $47

Booties: Michael Kors

Jeans: Guess

Hijab: www.al-mujalbaba.com

poncho sweater

poncho sweater

After this photoshoot, I had an interview with Arte TV about Muslim Fashionistas and my blog. I will link the clip to my In The News section when it airs. (That is why I chose this touristy location- Long Island City, per their request). All of these pics were taken by: Ismail. You can catch him at: www.calligrafist.com

poncho sweater

poncho sweater

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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 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 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 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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