Sunday, March 31, 2013

Curly Hair Care

My fellow curly hair girls of the world know that having and maintaining curly hair is a real feat - it's why we all, for so long, envy your girls who have naturally straight hair. Problems include frizz, dryness, and overall, your hair having a mind of its own. Every curly haired gal has her own curly hair method because few curls are created equal.

It took me years to embrace my curly hair (I used to straighten it everyday) and more years still to perfect my method. Since I often get compliments on my hair and people sometimes ask me how I manage it and what products I use, I thought it might be fun to make this into a blog post. I'm also going to add some general tips since, as I said, my method might not be the same as everyone else's. So, here we go, from one curly haired Arab girl to the world!
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1. Get a hairdresser that understands your hair. When I was younger, I used to go to Super Cuts and mall salons just like other kids. It wasn't until I entered the workforce (told you guys, late bloomer!) that I really needed to have a hairdresser who was specialized in my kind of hair. When I found my hairdresser, he did wonders for me. So my number one tip is really, find a hairdresser who knows what they're doing.

2. Get to know your hair. Is your curly hair fine or thick? Do you have a lot of it or is your hair thin? Are your curls kinky or not so much? Answers to these questions are going to help you find the right products for you.

3. Shampoo twice weekly. Some people say once and some people say up to three times is okay. Curly hair is naturally dryer than straight hair and actually needs that oil that people with straight hair have to wash out everyday. My personal recommendation is twice a week.

4. Condition daily. Conditioner, on the other hand, should be used quite liberally. I use it everyday to help soften and moisturize my hair. It also kind of helps wash out the products I use everyday. If you don't have time to condition  daily in the morning, I say do it at night a few hours before bed and then sleep on your wet hair (with a towel on your pillow). For me, my hair usually is dry and looks great by morning.

5. Sulfate and Paraben free. I went through tons and tons of curly hair shampoos and conditions, switching brands every so often because I was never quite so happy with the results. Honestly, I found that the best thing for curly hair is anything that's sulfate and paraben free, and if it's organic, even better. Do you know what sulfate is? If you dye your hair or have some other process done to your hair, you have to get a shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate and paraben free because these stripe your hair of the products. So you can imagine what it does your hair even without the dye. Did I mention that sulfate is also carcinogenic? Stay away.

6. Curl definer and hair spray. Ahh, the product portion everyone is always so interested in. Listen, every curly haired girl needs a curl definer and some sort of product that holds (a lot of people use gel, but I like hairspray). Personally, I use Motions Oil Moisturizer as a definer and Aussie Sprunch Spray to hold. My curly hair type is kinky curly, thick strand, and thick hair. Basically, those fancy $20 bottles don't work on me as they are meant for more Caucasian curly hair. Motions can be found in the "ethnic" section of some drugs stores and it only costs $3 or so...and it works great. I prefer Aussie Sprunch Spray to gel because it gives my hair some flexibility.

Anyway, when I get out of the shower, I put about a nickel sized squirt of Motions in my palm and rub it throughout my hair. I flip my head and bring it back up to help get some volume going, and I hand curl any curls that got messed up in this process simply by twirling them around my finger and then spraying them with Aussie. I then spray my whole hair lightly with Aussie Sprunch Spray. As mentioned early, I sleep on it after a few hours (so hair is damp) with a towel on my pillow.

7. Morning. When I wake up, I spray anything that got loose over night with more Aussie Sprunch Spray, and again, hand curl any curls that got messed up by twirling them around my finger and then spraying them.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

085: Party Time

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Skirt - H&M, Blazer - Lovemarks, Belt - Vintage, Sunglasses - Chloe "2145", Tank - Forever 21, Heels - Target

We had another work party and I decided to wear my new blazer. It makes such a statement and I am completely in love with its beautiful pattern. Also, looking at this I think it's very much time for a haircut! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What I'd Like to Be Wearing: Stripes on Stripes

Stripes on Stripes

Band of Outsiders striped shirt, $91 / Opening Ceremony leather mini skirt / Zara black and white pumps / Quilted shoulder bag / Michael Kors / Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses / Giorgio Armani

Stripes on stripes on striiiiipes

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Marc by Marc Jacobs A/W 2013

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Marc by Marc Jacobs may have been my favorite collection of New York Fashion Week...maybe even all of fashion month (but as I keep writing about these, I may say that again, so don't hold me to it!). While I loved the stuff coming from luxury fashion houses, Marc by Marc Jacobs was extremely beautiful and wearable. The look? 80s factory glamour girl. The collection featured high waist cropped trousers, turtlenecks, smart pattern mixing, flowy shirt-dresses, big 80s hair, and deep red lips. Also, I adore the color combination in the last image.

084: The Day I Wore a Bustier To Work

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Bustier - American Rag, Button-Up and earrings - Vintage, Jacket - Ann Taylor, Pants - Arden B., Tote - Ted Baker, Sunglasses - Chloe "2145", Shoes - Franco Sarto

It was on this day that I was possessed to wear a bustier over a shirt to work. Makes sense right? This oh-so-current peplum bow bustier is actually by American Rag, which is a brand sold in Macy's juniors section. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, so when it went on sale, I snagged it. I always get tons of compliments on it when I wear it, but unfortunately it's a few years old so it isn't sold anymore.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Music Monday: Flower

I am a fan of this song and was shocked when I found out that it's by Moby. I thought I didn't like Moby because Eminem made me think he was lame (sarcasm people...but also slightly true). Anyway, this also happens to be the intro song to the movie Gone in 60 Seconds, which is pretty much a car porn movie. What was I saying again? Ah yes, listen to this song, because I think you might like it.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Christian Dior A/W 2013

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Normally, there is no source better for runway photos than But for Christian Dior A/3, the Sartorialist really got the best photos this time around. Why? The focus on these photos in on fine, fine details - the subtle fold in a garment, the not-so-subtle ruffles on a knit strapless dress. Best seen in motion (as these photos almost are), the photos from did this amazing collection no justice. And if I may, I'd also like to add that those clutches are simply amazing. I mean a clutch with a shoe on it? A brilliant detail that would have been lost in the usual runway photos.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Prada A/W 2013

This might be the world's latest fashion month reporting, but to me, now that the shows are done, I can sit back and think about which collections I really like. Today, I am starting this off with Prada A/W 2013, mostly for the styling tips I stole rather than the pieces themselves. I'll be back with more.
I love the way the skirt suit, with the top off the shoulder, looks chic and disheveled at the same time  
Wear a henley under a ladylike dress for an equally chic-meets-cool look  
I love how this almost matronly skirt suit set got some attitude thanks to a modern gold belt  
Lately, I am obsessed with the exagerrated shape that's created when you wear a full skirt, or in this case, a coat with a full bottom half. The thin sliver belt is a fun accent  
Red leather skirt? FOR THE WIN!
Images via Obsessee

Friday, March 22, 2013


While I was in New York in February, I got to shoot a model named Jordan who just has the best freckles and the cutest nose. I'm still editing the photos, but I thought I'd share a preview with you guys. You can see more on my photography blog and more of my work in my portfolio.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

083: Houndstooth Part 2

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Blazer - Zara, Skirt - H&M, Leopard socks and turtleneck - Target, Tote - Ted Baker, Houndstooth stockings - Asos, Sunnies - Chloe "2145"

Did you know that when I bought these awesome stockings from Asos, they were referred to as "dogstooth?" I wonder if that's the British way of saying "Houndstooth." In other news, when I wore this outfit I got like five compliments on it at Trader Joe's as my boss and I prepped for a party. One dude even gave me a high five and said "werk" to me.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What I'd Like to Be Wearing: Black and Brown

3 Ways to Wear a Belt

Tee shirt dress, $30 / rag & bone v neck cardigan / Monki , $10 / n.d.c. stacked heel / Alexander Wang black bag / Genuine leather belt / Ray-Ban Clubmaster Acetate Sunglasses, $190 / Giorgio Armani / Juicy Couture couture perfume, $53

I'm not afraid of mixing black and brown, and I'm certainly not afraid to mix my patterns. Here's a little outfit I made that I simply love for a blog post on my work blog. Love how cheap the dress is!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Music Monday: Home

You guys, it was really hard for me to wait until Monday to post this gorgeous song by Gabrielle Aplin. It's breathtakingly beautiful and completely heartwarming at the same time - oh my gosh, Gabrielle has the voice of an absolute angel. Seriously guys. It starts out slow but keep with is worth it.

Friday, March 15, 2013

In Between Days

Turtleneck - Target, Plaid skirt and necklace - vintage, leather skirt - H&M, Boots - Ugg
Plaid shirt and suede pants - vintage, Sunglasses - Chloe "2145" - Striped shirt - American Apparel, Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell

Fact: I wear a lot of things that don't go on this blog. Sometimes I am lazy, but sometimes I think my outfits are cute but not cute enough for here, or maybe I just have too many outfits so I only photograph the ones I like the most. So here are some "reject" outfits I have liked lately. Lookie me! I finally got a pair of Jeffrey Campbell-somethings. More of this stuff if ya follow me on Instagram, ya know?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

082: Houndstooth Part 1

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Dress - Ralph Lauren, Skirt - H&M, Sunglasses - Kate Spade "Angelique", Boots - Ugg "Sofia", Tote - Ted Baker, Tights - Asos, Lipstick - NARS "Carthage"

Remember how long I wanted these sunnies? Well, here's me finally wearing my pair! This was an outfit I wore in New York in February. Fortunately for me, the material of this dress is nice and warm. It's such a lovely shape and fit, but I wore my skirt under it and left it open in order to create an even more exaggerated feminine, Dior-like shape.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What I'd Like to Be Wearing: Gold, Blue, and Black

blue and black

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania peplum blouse / Boutique highwaisted pants / Pied a Terre classic black pumps, $50 / Juicy Couture genuine leather handbag / Ray-Ban purple sunglasses

So this is what I wish I were wearing today :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Music Monday: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

I'm trying to get some new music on my iPod these days. I used to be the friend in my group of friends that would always tell people about new stuff to listen to, but in the last two years I lost my iPod so music has been a pretty desolate place for me. Now that I have a new iPod, I want to see what else is out there. That said, I love this song by Father John is so beautiful! Any recommendations from you for a girl who likes indie rock?

Friday, March 8, 2013

New York

I love the way the latest Club Monaco. The photography and styling is so on point, and they are so New York. Via Fashion Gone Rogue.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What I'd Like to Be Wearing: Palm Trees

palm trees

MICHAEL Michael Kors jersey tee / J Brand j brand / rag & bone . / Rupert Sanderson shoes / ASOS, $53 / Bobbi Brown Cosmetics red nail polish

It's starting to feel a lot like spring!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Instagram Lately: February

1. Spring, flowers, mid-day walks, and my Chanel shoes - these are a few of my favorite things 2. Enjoying San Francisco on a beautiful day 3. After my trip to New York, I came home with a new appreciation for California. 4. Chilly Central Park. 5. I truly miss my morning walks in the upper west side of Manhattan. 6. The view of snowy central park from above. 7. Watching little Ria whine about the lipstick she couldn't find - "Wine Not" hahah. Miss her so much! 8. The windows of my beautiful upper west side apartment (for ten days). I do miss it. 9. Freshly cut. My hairdresser, Fred, is really the man. 10. Good morning 11. A fortune that was truly fated to meet me.  12. new Kate Spade sunnies. I had been craving them for way to long. 

 The last month or so of my life according to Instagram. Follow me!