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 Denim Jacket

denim jacket

denim jacket

bench

bench

 

I have not worn a denim jacket for years; the last time I wore one was probably junior high school, maybe even elementary school. I have been looking for the perfect denim jacket but I never found one I fully liked. There’s always too many contributing factors involved like fit, length and color and I could never find the perfect combination of all three. When I was at the mall a few weeks ago, the spiked detailing on this denim jacket caught my eye. Reluctantly, I tried it on and when I did, I could not put it down. I liked this jacket because it’s cropped and fitted. It also has a reverse high low style which looks great when worn open as well as closed. I like how it has a sleek shape without bulky buttons. The zipper closure and zipper on the sleeves add to the sleek fit. This light color denim is perfect for the spring and summer because it contrasts well with bright and bold colors. This denim jacket is a much more updated look than the classic denim jacket. Full outfit details in the middle of the post.

here you can see the spiked detailing on the back

here you can see the spiked detailing on the back

zoom in spiked detailing

zoom in spiked detailing

zoom out detailing

zoom out detailing

This denim jacket has spiked detailing on the shoulders and across the back which are shown in the pics above. Yes, I’m still obsessing over this spike trend! Read my post on spike loving here. I feel like denim jackets can get tricky because it should be properly paired with denim jeans of the same shade. A fashion no no is pairing it with dark denim jeans or vice versa. It looks too busy, messy and unkempt. This light color denim can go great with white pants/jeans and linen. You can also pair it with certain black pants as well. If you do not have jeans of the same shade, you can always wear it with dresses and skirts. Denim jackets look great with printed dresses, and printed skirts as well. The contrast of different prints like floral, graphic, stripes etc pair exceptionally well with denim. I will include a future OOTD with this jacket and a dress. Full outfit details for this post is attached a few pictures below.

denim

denim

being very filmy and posing with a tree

being very filmy and posing with a tree

My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:
Denim jacket with spiked detailing: Guess
Yellow sleeveless high low top- Joseph A. purchased at Macy’s
Denim jeans: Guess
Flats: Tory Burch
Sunglasses with crystal embellishment on the edges of the lenses: Miu Miu purchased at Century 21
Head scarf (hijab): Oscar de la Renta purchased at Century 21

denim jacket

denim jacket

me

me

 

bridge

bridge

Info on my first giveaway on my next post.

back

back

denim crossing

denim crossing

 

I realize I uploaded tons of pics but there were too many ones I loved thanks to my lovely photographer and sister- Saman

 

Xoxo

Xoxo

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thanks for reading! Xoxo

thanks for reading! Xoxo

Of course when I saw the XOXO tic tac toe I knew I had to take a pic with it. Thanks for reading! Xoxo

-Sana Rashid

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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