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Stripes on Mind| Zara Striped Top

March 7, 2017
All about striped top

How Parmsi Style the Zara Striped Top?

There is no doubt after sharing this post today that I am more than ready for spring to arrive. Ladies, we all know that the striped revolution has begun since 2013 and we are not over it yet.

When I’m on-the-go comfort is always key but I like feeling sexy at the same time. I’m ditching the good ol’ striped top for this Zara Striped Asymmetric top to make a statement!

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Fashion, Trend

Must Have Leather Jacket | By Parmida Hamzeh

March 2, 2017

Must Have Leather Jacket

Happy 2nd day of March loves!

It was one of those March days when it is Summer in the Light, and Winter in the Shade. – Charles Dickens

When mother nature is still trying to make up her mind, a good multifaceted jacket becomes a mandatory part of my wardrobe. Having the right jacket that is easy to remove when it gets warm, but is also able to keep me warm when the wind picks up. Continue Reading…

Fashion, Lifestyle

Stepping Into 2017…

December 31, 2016

Now that another year has come to an end, it really has me thinking about things that I want to work on or things that I want to learn this upcoming 2017. With all the craziness that had happened in 2016, I must say it has been one of the most thoughtful and interesting years so far. It really opened up my eyes to see the truth in people and life overall. I started out the year with soul searching and finding a great purpose in my life. Continue Reading…

Fashion, Shopping, Trend

How To Wear Your Summer Culottes This Fall

November 8, 2016
I have to confess these hot days in Houston are just not my cup of tea.  You have no idea how much I was looking forward to this fall for not shaving my legs! Oh, common we all know sometimes you forget to shave them too! I’m one of those people who would rather be a slick steal than anything else. Plus I hate when you feel like your legs are the “medium- duty”, the yellow and green, dish scrub sponge ready to scrub the bottom of the pan. Well, I know pants can get hot especially the skinny ones, so I found a solution for it. I mostly wear the loosey-goosey ones this time of the year. Continue Reading…

Fashion, Lifestyle, Shopping, Trend

How to be Fall Look Appropriate: Beautiful Neutrals

October 5, 2016

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

It has been a while since last time we talked. Unfortunately, about 3 months ago, Matt got into an accident that caused 35 percent burnt on his body and seven surgeries in 40 days. Our home was room 824 at the burn center for a while, 48 days to be exact, so with that non-chosen lifestyle, writing a blog was impossible especially when my photographer was lying in bed. Thankfully those days are over and we are doing great. I found a new part-time job that I like a lot, and the hours work perfectly with my blog and school schedule. I must say life has been great since we are out of the hospital and super thankful for all those little things we used to take for granted.

Okay enough of him and I, Let’s talk about what we always love to talk about.

neutral color fall look

fall 2016 neutral outfit

The first week of October is the hardest time of the season. We have to go through our wardrobe every day for hours to find the right outfit to wear. The sad part is that we are in the fall spirit, but our clothes are still too heavy to wear. Also, we like to minimize wearing very bright colors since it’s not Spring/ Summer anymore. I would say having some neutral colors in your wardrobe would go a long way with you. Go to your closet, separate the neutral colors from the bright ones, and start making different outfits with the basics you have on the neutral side.

  • NEUTRALS:

They include different shades of brown, Black, White, and gray. Neutral colors can blend in with other colors or match with all colors and color combinations. Therefore,you will find it easier to create several different outfits with them without extra thinking. If you are on a tight budget, I would suggest investing most of the money towards collecting good neutral garments. They tend to last longer in your closet and with current trends.

I have always admired fall. It really is a second spring with all the colorful leaves falling on the ground. They both are the revolutionary season; spring is a new beginning and autumn is a new start or last chance to be reformed. If you looking for a great fall vacation destination, I would recommend going to Colorado in October. It’s just magically beautiful. All you see is mountains full with different color trees. Well, now you know where I got my inspiration from for this look. I have become a big fan of this russet orange/ mustard orange color since last fall. It reminds me of maple leaves in fall. Mustard Orange is a very rich color with a strong foundation, so I prefer to stay with the neutral family and mix it with nude shoes and bag.

I like showing my midriff when I’m wearing high-waist pants or skirts, so if you are like me try to invest in some good quality neutral crop tops. I promise it will be one of those pieces that you always have something to wear with.

I have worn this A.L.C crop top all year around with all sort of pants and skirts. The same story with these pants, you name any kind of tops and I paired it with. Therefore, I wrapped up the look by layering some of my gold accessories.

I hope you enjoyed this look.

Rusty orange/ copper fall outfit

afordable fal look appropriate

nude chloe clutch

Christian Dior nude pumps

Outfit Details:
A.L.C Crop Top , Sold Out, Similar, Similar 
Zara Pants, Old, Similar 
Cristian Dior Spring 2016, Sold Out
Chloe Clutch, Sold Out, Similar  
Until Then, 
Xo Parmsi 
Fashion, Lifestyle, Trend

A Minute Stroll Through The Years of Swimsuit History

July 5, 2016

Hey July,

I’m not ready for you yet. I mean my body definitely needs at least a month of going to the gym before you knock on my door. Can you please go home and come back in a month? can we all pretend we are still in June? As I’m fighting with July in my head, I’m skimming through different articles about swimsuit history on the internet. It goes back to a month ago when I was visiting my family in San Francisco. On my fifth day there, we decided to go to Capitola Beach. On our way coming back from the beach, A small billboard caught our eyes in the parking lot. The billboard was showing a picture from early 1900s, five women wearing gowns on the beach. Automatically, the very first thing crossing my mind was, why are they wearing gowns to the beach?! So, That Image in Capitola Beach inspired me to learn more about swimsuit history and share it with you guys.
  • Swimsuit History: 

A Parisian engineer, Louis Reard, invented the bikini in 1946. He designed the bikini while working at his mother’s lingerie shop. He named it after the cite of the atomic bomb testing that year; because he thought the public reaction would be like the Atomic Bomb explosion. And, he was Right! His design was based on exposing the belly button for the first time. The bikini was so scandalous that no French models accepted putting it on, so he ended up hiring a stripper to model his bikini.
Before the bikini, most women wore one-piece swimsuits, and if they were having a two-piece on, it would be still very modest and expose a little midriff. Also, they always kept the belly button covered and away from sun.Before that, women wore these bathing costumes, which covered every part of their body, and they used this thing called “ Bathing Machine”. Bathing Machine was a 6x6x6 wooden box or basically a cabana on wheels. The woman would get inside the bathing machine in her regular clothes, and then change into her bathing costume. Horses or sometimes people would drag the bathing machine to the shoreline where the woman would get straight in to the water from the cabana, so that no one would see her in her bathing costume.

We Have Certainly come a long Way since then!

We go to the beach today and you see almost everyone wearing all sorts of different bikinis, which wasn’t an instant hit for the USA back in 50s. In 1957, Modern Girl magazine said, “It is hardly necessary to waste words over the so-called bikini since it is inconceivable that any girl with tact and decency would ever wear such a thing.” Plus, One more writer described bikini as a two-piece bathing suit that revealed everything about a girl except for her mother’s maiden name. So, we can say there was a law of wearing swimsuits on public beaches. Guards at the beach would measure women’s baiting suits, and women wearing bikinis were sure to get kicked off of the beach.
With the 1960s however, it came with the sexual revolution, women’s movement, and rising popularity of the bikini. Soon no one was afraid to wear one, and show her belly button some sunshine. In 1965, a woman told Time Magazine that it almost “Square” to not wear bikini.In 2012, annual spending on the bikini was 8 billion dollars, and the fame of bikini has been tribute to the “ Power of Women” and not “ the power of fashion.”

Ok now, if you are as curious as I am about how we went from beach gowns to up our butts, join me in a minute stroll through the years of swimsuit history.

  • 1893

bathing machine 1900s

1893 bathing machine and bathing suit history

OMG! Let’s jump fast in to the water before anyone sees me.

  • 1940s

swim suit history 1950

1940s bathing suit

We don”t need to show too much skin to be sexy. ( Ignore the next Picture)

  • 1946

first bikini revolution french

The very first revolutionary bikini by Louis Reard. I love my portable bikini design. You can fit it into a match box. ( great for traveling 🙂 )

  • 1950s

1950 swimsuit history

1950s bathing suit history

We love to be as Modest as possible and fight against the revolutionary bikini.

  • 1960s

1960 bikini

After all, it doesn’t feel bad showing off my belly button to the sun. 🙂

  • 1970s

1970s swim suit history

bikinis are too boring! Let’s take a swimsuit to a whole new level. ( not sure if they were able to swim in it. )

  • 1980s

1980 swim suit history

1980s bikini

Higher the waist line, taller the legs.

  • 1990s

1990 swim suit

1990 swim suit history

I love everything high-waisted including my bikini bottom and my one-piece swimsuit.

I hope You enjoyed it, 

Until Then, 

Xoxo 

Parmsi 

Fashion, Shopping

How to Buy Faux Leather Easier?

June 7, 2016
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.

 

Lazy Days

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. 

 

Prada Wallet and Puma classic sneakers

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.

zara leather tube skirt

Zara Skirt and red bottoms

 

Swarovski Christian Loubutin shoes

Cardigan and Clutch, Old, Christian Louboutin Swarovski Pumps, Only Available in some stores, Similar 

Christian Louboutin shoes

Zara and Red Bottoms

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.

Black mesh bodysuit

 

Until Then,  

Xoxo 

Parmsi :* 

Fashion, Trend

90s Fanny Pack | 2016 Belt Bag

May 26, 2016

Remember the 90s favorite accessory, Fanny pack? 

Sex and the City Fanny pack

 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.

uhhhm,

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.

Heck No,

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. TipsWear 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. 

Prada - Runway - Milan Fashion Week FW16

Chanel belt bag

Gucci belt bag 2016

Fendi belt bag

Chloe belt bag

Balenciaga belt bag 2016

Fendi belt bag 2016

Belt bag 2016

Until Then, 

Xoxo 

Parmsi

Fashion, Lifestyle

His Tuxedo Shirt|Her mini Skirt

May 18, 2016
We all heard about how sharing is caring in any situation, so nothing is better than having a good relationship that the male partner is generous enough to share his closet with us. Ladies, is your wardrobe getting boring? Don’t worry, hop to his closet and see what potential items he has, that would work for you. In my case, I love his button up shirts and jackets. Yes, I go shopping for him quite often, and every time I grab an item, I think of it as an investment for both of us Lol. I mean there is a sayings for it too, “ kill 2 birds with 1 stone”.

You know the interesting thing about fashion, well I should probably say Style, is when you put your favorite clothes on, you feel like yourself, the style is very you, and it basically energizes you and your entire day!

Tuxedo Shirt

For this look, I chose one of his tuxedo shirts over a regular white shirt because first, it’s a slim fit, which means less fabric to tuck in the skirt and make me look less boxy than the regular dress shirt. Second, I am absolutely obsessed with cufflinks. I’ll never forget the little jealousy fire burning inside of me every time I saw a man with cufflinks on. I would think to myself, why do they get the privilege of wearing cufflinks and not us, women. Seriously though, I’ve never seen a women tuxedo shirt anywhere, but if you have, please let me know because I’m so buying it the next minute. Third, the Collar is slimmer and the buttons are hidden, which make the look seem cleaner than it is.
As you know, I love mixing different fabrics together. For the bottom of this outfit, I decided to go with a different fabric mini skirt (seen before). I absolutely love everything about this skirt, and I can say it was one of my best investments. What makes it more special besides all the cotton detail works and zippers on the outside is the fabulous lining inside. You know I really Appreciate good quality clothes. It can be from flea market or the Chanel boutique. The mix of silk and viscous (Tree Fiber) makes the lining super light, soft, and comfortable vs. some other nylon linings.
Do you guys remember the post we talked about embracing and highlighting the best part of our body (previous post)?
In my case, this skirt is perfect for highlighting my mid thighs since I think they are the best part of my legs. The back is longer than the front, so the sides are the shortest lengthwise, which means hiding the thicker parts of the thighs and showing off the skinniest part.
I paired the look with a pair of gorgeous velvet lace up pumps from Top Shop. As soon as, I eyed these beauties on the sale rack, I came to realization that love at the first sight does exist. The velvet fabric makes the outfit looks cooler, the thick heels and the lace give the look more of a feminine and edgy vibes.

His shirt with Rag and bone skirt

How to style mini skirt

Rag and Bone Skirt and white shirt

Tuxedo shirt and mini skirt

Rag and Bone mini Skirt

Top shop Black heels

tuxedo shirt and mini skirt

I was wearing:
Zara Men Tuxedo Shirt, Old, Similar
Rag and Bone Skirt
Top Shop Shoes, Old, Similar

 

Fashion, Lifestyle

New Uniform | The Zara Romper

May 16, 2016
Living in Houston has made me rely way more on the weather app than before. OMG! Can this weather get more ugly and unpredictable than it is? YES, I know we need the rain and dah dah dah, but these gloomy days are making me crazy. With unpredictable weather arranging a perfect time for photo shoots are harder. I have no other choice by trusting Google and iPhone weather app to manage a perfect time to take pictures. For example, I knew we had to be done with pictures for this look before 1:00 PM, and thankfully it started to rain around 1:30 PM.
Yesterday was our errands day, so instead of dressing up this pretty Romper from Zara, I dressed it down with my favorite Puma sneakers and a motorcycle denim jacket (seen here). As soon as I saw this peplum romper, I wanted to save it for my trip to SF and style it with my Strapped heel sandals (seen here) or Chunky platform sandals (seen here), but I couldn’t resist not wearing it! Since I can remember, lack of patience in wearing new clothes being a big part of my DNA. I never forget my shoe shopping days. As soon as my mom would buy me a pair of shoes, I would exchange my old one with the new before leaving the store. I would wipe the bottoms off before entering the house that way I could wear them all day long until the bedtime. (That was the daily routine for the next seven days)

Zara jumpsuit 2016

I absolutely adore everything about this romper. The color combination is great for spring/summer, and I love how tiny the straps are. They automatically make the shoulders be the highlight of the look. The peplum part is very appealing and great for hiding any extra muffins. What makes this romper unique is having both short and skirt moment at the same minute. I exactly don’t know what they are called, but to me they are skirt shorts that take me back to when I was 8 years old. I had this little cute lime green outfit, white tank top with green skirt shorts, which I kept refusing to toss away after wearing and tearing them for many years. Uhhm, Yeah, at some point the shorts were real short and the flap over the shorts wouldn’t reach the button to close. ☺                                                                Now you know what will happen to this Romper.Welcome home uniform/Soldier!:)

Zara Romper

Parmida Hamzeh, Zara romper

Denim jacket and puma

Denim Jacket from Urban outfitters, Similar

Zara jumpsuit and romper

Puma Sneakers

Street Style

Have a Monday full of Sunshine Beautiful Readers!

Parmsi :*