I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Last week was a special week for me. My best friend came out here to visit us from Los Angeles for the first time. I must say it was one of those magical weekends that I will never forget. Some people are just meant to be in your life. No matter how long it has been since you haven’t seen them, you always pick up where you have left off. The best part is that I will see her again in a week back home, San Francisco, for thanksgiving. Continue Reading…
Happy Monday beautiful people! I hope you all are having a great first day of the week. About a week ago, we finally made it go to The Museum of Fine Arts Houston to see the Kusama exhibit and rest of the museum. I’m sure most of you guys already know from the Snapchat and Instagram posts. I highly recommend visiting the museum if you are living in Houston. We spent the Sunday visiting the museum and went back on the following Thursday to see the Kusama since it was sold out. So, if you really don’t want to miss seeing the exhibition, I would suggest getting your tickets online in advance.
Okay, enough of the museum story!
If you are down to know about what kind of shorts to invest this summer and more summers coming up, this blog is just for you. 🙂
Do you dream about having longer slimmer legs? If Yes,
We are in the same boat sister. Let’s be honest, most of us weren’t born with Miranda Kerr nice legs. I confess here that I don’t have the nicest long slim legs, but I learned how to play with different garments to give them more of a longer leg model illusion. By now, all you guys know I have a special respect for high-waist pants and skirts. As I said before, they transform your waist to its smallest version and make your legs look slimmer and taller. Even though they are great for all year around, I found my high-waist denim shorts and pants to be the hardest to wear in summer due to the high humidity in Houston. I know you are like me; we just hate having sticky legs in summer. Being said, high-waist flare shorts have been my favorite garment for the past two summers. The A-line shorts does the exact same job as the A-line skirt does. The waist is higher than usual high-waist shorts; it sits around your belly, which means smaller belly and higher waistline. Higher waistline automatically transforms your legs to be taller and slimmer even by wearing flat shoes or sandals. I honestly have people come up to me saying I look taller and trust me, I Love Love Love it.
Therefore dear friend, if you are not having a great relationship with your thighs at this moment and like to have longer legs, say hello to high-waist Wide-legged/Flare shorts this summer. People call these types of shorts all sorts of different names like, surfer shorts, A-line flare shorts or skirted shorts; so, be creative and call them whatever you like. 🙂 Anything to give the impression of an A-line with at least an inch of aperture required between thigh and hem would work. Also, extra bonus point if there is a high-waist because it helps to raise the hip that is dropped low.
The shorts I’m wearing here are almost 2 years old, so it might be little hard to find them, but if I do, I will post them down below for you guys. I honestly don’t remember how many times I wore these shorts since they are so comfortable and easy to style. Even though the fabric is the mix of wool and silk, I have worn them all year around. I know the color black is really hard to wear in summer since it absorbs all the heat, but I guess the flare in these shorts makes everything breezy and cool on the bottom half. So, don’t be so critical about the color especially if the fabric is made out of cotton or silk.
As far as the fabric goes, I suggest picking a mix of at least two textiles. What I mean is don’t go and buy %100 cotton or linen, because they will wrinkle up super fast especially when you are driving. What’s more annoying is having wrinkles all over the pleated layers. The shorts will end up looking like a hot mess after 15 minutes into wearing them and your money will swim its way down the drain.
For this outfit, I tried to maintain a casual daywear look. I paired the shorts with a plain white T-shirt and a pair of flat pink sandals just to have a bit of pop of color in the outfit. Since I was wearing a white canvas aka T-shirt on top, I wrapped my big necklace around my neck. After all, we were going to explore the museum; I needed to have my inner Greek goddess out before getting there. 🙂
I Was Wearing:
Alice and Olivia High-Waist Pleated Shorts, Older, Updated Version
Chanel Flat Sandals, Sold out
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As I’m sitting on the plane and writing this blog post, I keep thinking to myself that no matter how many years passes or how many times I get to go back home to visit my family, saying goodbye is always the hardest part of the trip. Nothing is more satisfying than chatting with your friends and family face to face than over face time. I understand that it has been my choice to live in a different state due to many personal reasons, but the feeling of getting choked and the watery eyes as I’m stepping out of my mom’s car every time I’m departing will never let me go…
These past two years, as soon as spring knocks on the door, I get excited to start wearing my silk print pants. The last thing we like specially in summer are sticky clothes hugging our body; so silk makes life easier and makes us enjoy our summer days even more without shaving. 🙂 They are super lightweight, soft, and since the color is light, they don’t absorb any heat. I like wearing these kind of pants with mute tops, regular silk tops to dress them up or crop tops for more of a casual vibe. Surprisingly they go with all different sorts of shoes. I will post some of my favorites from this season right below the post.
Some tips that will help your print pants shopping easier:
To my petite friends:
Since these types of pants could be overwhelming on You, look for the Ankle length tailored ones. That way it’s not too much pants for You. As far as the top goes, since the main focus is the pants, I like to recommend something mute/solid. This way you will look slimmer and slightly taller. From my personal experience with my clients, smaller the prints are better because the big prints can be overpowering sometimes. 🙂
To my tall friends:
You have the advantage of pulling off almost any prints, big or small and wearing looser pants as well as tailored. I would still recommend solid tops unless you like to mix prints, which it needs its own blog post. Also, waist length jackets are perfect to form distinction between your torso and lower half. They also add more proportion to a long torso and will help break up the line of your outfit for added interest. If the sleeves are short, don’t worry, just roll’em up for added style.
I absolutely love wearing leather and denim jackets with my silk pants in Fall Season.
For This Outfit,
I went with a casual weekend look. This casual look is great for Sunday brunch/lunch, shopping, or even a romantic picnic. I love pairing these pants with light grey and bluish purple tops. This time I chose a bluish purple crop top and wore a denim jacket over it. For finishing up the look, I wore a pair of ballet flat shoes with a touch of gold to spice up the look. Last but not least, instead I wearing a handbag I wore my wallet on a chain, which has been worn for over 4 years everyday.
I was wearing:
Equipment Silk Pants, Old
Urban Outfitters Denim Jacket, Sold Out
Chanel Ballet Flats , Sold Out
Here are some of the favorites from this season:
Leather Skirts are those things that you always enjoy to have in your closet. They are very easy to style and you can almost wear them all year around except summer times in most places. At least in my situation, wearing leather in Texas, in the summer, is equal to having two fried thighs with little red bumps all over it, which is very painful and unattractive. My apology to you Texan friends, I guess we might need to wait at least another four months to see leather skirts hugging our thighs again.
Being said, since I’m not able to wear leather skirts as much as I used to wear back in San Francisco due to current climate, I have an excuse of not splurging too much money on them. I must confess that I’ve become best friend with a repeated voice in my head, the famous quote, “ I’m not rich enough to buy cheap things” every time I go shopping. It really has helped me to starve my shopping addiction and finally killed it.
So, to me, investing in a good quality faux leather skirt is more beneficial than investing in the real ones because trust me the money I just save right there looks way better somewhere else in my life than around my legs.
To find a good quality faux leather skirt, I follow some personal tips that I would like to share with you:
Never Ever waste your money on low quality faux leather. Set a certain budget, but please don’t buy a skirt because it was very cheap on the clearance rack. Don’t forget quality is always over quantity. I honesty prefer not owning any leather skirt than putting on a low quality faux leather that people can spot the nylon/plastic texture from two miles away.
Always feel the texture before buying, choose the ones that are as soft as the real leather. Don’t choose the overly shiny ones because they tend to look more faux and to get pealed off sooner than the matt ones.
Closely examine the pores of the fabric. Real leather will have inconsistently placed pores while faux leather will have pores that are in consistent pattern. I generally prefer the faux leather with smaller pores because it supervises to look more real.
Always checkout the stitching for anything you buy. I would recommend just taking the skirt and pulled the fabrics apart and make sure the seam is not pulling apart with the fabric. In other words, the stitching should be very tight.
Last but not least, we all know faux leather wont smell like leather and sometimes they can smell very chemically, so smell the fabric before buying it and make sure it has no yucky scent to it.
Ok, lets talk about this look:
From my personal experiences, Zara is one of the great stores who makes affordable good quality faux leather garments. I love everything about this skirt. The color is perfect because you can wear it all year around. The little detailed front stitching and the Silver zipper on the back make the skirt more special. The fabric is very soft and the little slit on the back makes walking much easier since the length is just below the knee. The high waist is absolutely perfect for dressing up or down the skirt in different looks. Usually, my maximum budget for this type of skirts is $50, which in this case I ended up being lucky and bought it for less than $30. So, guess what! You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to look stylish.
One last Tip: Don’t buy clothes for yourself; buy them for your Closet.
It means when you go shopping for an item, make sure it goes with the other garments in your wardrobe. In other words, try to make different outfits out of the item you are purchasing. I honestly can say I have worn this skirt in eight different looks so far.
You don’t believe it?
Here are three looks that you can wear in different occasions.
I would recommend this look when you feel lazy and just want to be comfortable and stylish at the same time.
Great for Sunday Brunch.
Switch to pumps, Grab a clutch, and a shimmery Cardigan! Now You are ready to attend as many as Half Fancy Half Casual Family/friend gatherings later that day.
Now Imagine You still Have the energy To go to a lounge/bar later that night with your friends. Switch the T-Shirt to a Bodysuit or Crop Top; and if you don’t like to get your Favorite pumps ruined, wear any type of High Heels you desire.
Fanny pack, belt pack, or belly bag is a small fabric pouch usually locked with a zipper or button and worn by use of a strap around the hips or waist. We all remember these bags as the Tourist Bag because people consider them as one of the safest to carry when they travel. Believe it or not, I still spot quite of them at airports especially when I travel internationally. I guess 55 percent of our elementary school kids had them on around the school. Well, lets not forget, on field trips the 55 percent would jump to 90. Of course, I was in that 10 percent cool kid category because I always thought they were just ugly and slouchy plastic bags that were unnecessary to carry since all the kids would carry both backpack on their back and fanny pack around their waist.
the real story is, I lost my fanny pack when I was 6 years old at a park, where my kindergarten teacher used to take us, on the blue slide. The worst part, was that I had my favorite lipstick in the fanny pack, which I waited patiently for 6 months until it would be the right time for my mom to hand it down to me. By saying “ The right time”, I mean when the lipstick was almost finished.
there was no complain from my side! I was a happy girl who could enjoy the last 3 months of her very first Estee Lauder hot pink lipstick. Luckily, before we know it, by the time we graduated from middle school, the trend was almost over.
Now, everything has changed I’m in love with the evolution of fanny packs, belt bags. They are slimmer and smaller than fanny packs, but fancier. They come in different shapes and fabrics. A great thing about them is, that they have the actual belt straps, so you can wear them with almost anything in your closet. Tips: Wear them as a belt over jeans and shorts just like you would do with a belt. You can definitely wear them over a dressed shirt, T-shirt or dress.
I still feel like because of the weather craziness, the transitional season is not over yet and we all know, this time of the season can be expensive. So, instead of crying over that you can’t spend a dime on your wardrobe because of your summer vacation expenses; revisit your beloved closet and grab a favorite piece from the past seasons, make sure it is still wearable based on the climate, and wear it differently.
There are times that I get stock between 80s and 90s trends specially when I’m homesick and missing my mom. Since I’m in my mid twenties, all I can think of is what my mom used to wear in her twenties (In 1990s). Her wardrobe was filled with all 90s goodies, different bodysuits, high waist denim pants, crop tops and a little throwback of 80s, oversized blazers with shoulder pads.
I can say this look is the offspring of these two decades, but more on a settle side (No Neon Please). There is something cool about oversized blazers; I think they make you stand out from other women in public since most of women are into more of a tailored and slim fit ones or I should say more feminine styles. Believe it or not, they make me feel sexy, and they give a bit of Parisian vibe to the outfits. I preferably try to find the ones that are larger than my size (here the blazer is 8 size bigger) :), but if I decide to buy them from the boys department, I like the ones without or minimal sleeve buttons because rolling up the sleeves is way cooler than hiding our sexy arms and wrists underneath them. The length of these type of blazers is perfect, right below the butt, which complements a pair of high waist denim pants (related post), shorts, and skirt suitably. There shouldn’t be any special occasion to wear them; in fact you can wear them all the time in most seasons.
For this look, I wore the blazer with a pair of high-waist shorts that I basically live in since I bought them, and chose the red bodysuit to give the look a bit of color and make it not too dressed up. Guys! You can never go wrong with the strapped sandals. I promise you they go with everything in your closet. They are basically my to go shoes, and I’m sure you saw them many times in my blog posts. Last but not least, I thought Gold accessories would complement this look properly. Since it says 1990 on the body suit, I wore my favorite gold choker and layered it with a double gold necklace. Also, I couldn’t resist not having an arm party, so I grabbed my gold cuff and paired it with the necklaces.
Top Shop Blazer, Old, Similar
Bebe Gold Cuff, Old, Similar
Stuart Weitzman Sandals, Sold Out (Saks exclusive), Similar
Hello Friends and family! I hope you are having a happiest Friday! We still haven’t planned anything for this weekend, and by saying PLAN I mean we haven’t decided where to take pictures on Sunday. Since I came back from San Francisco, we’ve wanted to go to Austin for the shoot, but the weather has been playing with us for the past two weeks. Who knows we might make it happen this Sunday if my phone don’t lie because as of now, it says it will be mostly sunny. What are your plans for this weekend? anything exciting?
By now, you guys should have noticed how much I love to have a statement piece in my outfits. In this case, I went for a casual look, that could be used for any daily occasions.
- Plain black bodysuit
- Distressed denim pants in any color; I preferred dark grey because of the black body suit.
- Any kind of shoes, from tennis shoes (here) to flats, wedge sandals or booties. I chose to stay with my dark shades and wear my favorite chunky platform sandals.
- Last but not least => any type of Kimono or kaftan. 🙂
I have to thank the beautiful city of angels and my dear friend who made me want to buy all the Kimonos on the planet that I can’t afford! I was cleaning my messy closet and making it ready for summer, when noticed this beautiful kimono which my fabulous friend passed on to me and couldn’t resist not sharing it with you guys. I can honestly say I have worn it more than zillion times for the past year. It is such a special piece that every time I put on, all the gold detailing, flowers, color combination, and patterns remind me of my Middle Eastern roots LOL.
Okay, let’s go back to why I chose to stay with dark shades and mostly black. My main focus on this look was making sure that the kimono is standing out ( Of course I wanted to look skinnier too ). Also, the kimono itself has black color in it, so I tried to make the black parts blend in with the rest of my outfit and make the gold details, flowers, patterns, and all the cream, white, and red colors to shine out through the whole look. I went with all gold accessories to blend in with the kimono’s detail work, and stayed with black purse to make sure the focus is still on the statement piece.
One of the great things about kimonos is that you can wear them with almost anything and still look unique and stylish.
Examples=> midi skin tight dress, Pencil skirt, any denim pants or shorts, and over bathing suit.
I was wearing:
Bodysuit: American Apparel
Shoes: Zara, Old, Similar
Choker: Topshop, Similar
Body Chain: Forever21, Similar
I hope you enjoyed the post!
I was wearing:
Polo Ralph Lauren Leather Jacket, Old, Similar
Neiman Marcus Majestic cashmere top, Old, Similar
It doesn’t matter how old they get, when you lose a grandparent; it feels as if a part of your childhood is taken away! I grew up running around at my grandparent’s house. I spent every summer at their house, so when I lost my grandfather a few weeks ago, I felt like my heart was broken to a million pieces! I never experienced having all of my grandparents; so losing one feels like losing two. Some grandchildren are not really close to their grandparents, but if you are, you know how hard it is to lose them. It’s a tradition between my grandmother, my mom, and I to go through all the photos from the past every time I go to Iran. After my grandpa’s funeral, we decided to go through all the old photos together. I love all the black & white pictures; they have a special character in them. This time I paid more attention on the apparel, and I must say I was impressed by how my grandma was so trendy! She has always been telling me amazing stories about the past and how she lived her life. She would sketch the clothes she wanted and have the seamstress make it.
In 1950s-60s, the clothing styles in the streets of Iran were very comparable to that of Paris or London. Pearl necklaces around the neck and Peter Pan collar dresses were HUGE in 50s. Ribbons and bows achieved new importance with the disappearing waistline, which meant higher hemline. So the longer the leg, the lower the heel of the shoe. Their stockings often imitated the shade of the shoes.
Since she was a teacher, it required her to wear more suits, which she styled them fashionably with the velvet bow around the collar.
Didn’t we just see a similar dress from last year’s Alice and Olivia collection!! Now we know what other decades other than 70s inspired Stacey; 1950s. This picture is one of my favorite pictures of her. The Big 50s floral print wallpaper against her big patterned A-line puffy dress, and her pearl necklace.
Her Peter-Pan collar dress.
You can definitely find a similar dress to this one at Sandro Paris boutiques. I love all the ribbon works, buttons, and the bow.
I hope you enjoyed the little souvenir I brought back from Iran!
Do you have those days that you work 9 hours and you have to meet up with your friends at night, but you have no extra time in between to switch your outfit?
Yes! I have those days almost every week!
In this post, I’d like to share with you some alternative looks you can wear with one outfit. As a fashion design student, I admire lots of designers, but Stella McCartney has always been one of my favorites. Every time I walk in to one of her boutiques, I never want to leave!
Stella definitely knows how to design garments, and her style is full of surprises. She believes in Eco fashion and recycling. She likes to use organic cotton fabrics, no leather, fur or animal skin in any merchandise. All textiles are either recycled or reused. The offices of Stella McCartney in the UK are powered by solar or wind energy; so if she can run a multi million dollar business like that, we all can!
OK! Lets talk about this beautiful Stella skirt I was wearing for this look. I believe all her designs have uniqueness in them. I love the fabric of the skirt and all the green, red, and orange designs over it. Yes! It is a short skirt to wear at work or meetings, so I always wear it with stocking and a longer coat for more of a conservative look. The coat takes away all the attention from my legs, and the orange color makes the skirt’s design POP! For more casual look, I would recommend wearing it with black flats or loafers.
Imagine after a hectic day at work all you like to do is hang out with your friends at a bar, but you have no time or energy to go home and change. The only thing you would need to do is take off stockings and pair the outfit with a cute pair of sandal pumps. I chose red pumps because of the little red designs on the skirt and since my coat was a bright color too, I went with the black purse. I wore this amazing black backless body suit for a sexier look at night.
I was wearing:
Stella McCartney Skirt, Old, New Favorite
Akris Punto Coat, Old, Similar
Prada Shoes, Old, Similar