Friday, April 26, 2013

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I'm obsessed with my new T/F bag, which I got at LuckyFABB. The pin is my addition. 
Eating healthy. I'm on a big healthy kick right now as I prep for swim season, haha. I love salad with almonds and ginger dressing...yum! 
Picking flowers. Seriously, this is my new hobby now that spring's come around.  
My new Yosi Samra comfortable, and another spoil from LuckyFABB.  
Pumpkin pancakes, because I have to reward myself for being so healthy every so often!  
My Puppy, always.
Sorry updates have been so slow around here lately. I've been doing a lot of shoots and travel, but have also been suffering from some body image issues and lack of wardrobe inspiration. A closet refresh is definitely in order soon! Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram though!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Music Monday: Sittin' Up In My Room

Right now I'm in a 90s hip hop/R&B throwback phase. Enjoy this hit by young Brandy :)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I Want to Live Here

The older I get, the more I consider home decor alongside bodily decor (clothes, I mean!). As of right now I live in a five bedroom Victorian house with four other people, and I just don't have the budget to decorate, especially in such a large space. But that doesn't mean that I don't dream...and pin.

Years ago my pins consisted of airy white, black and gold spaces, which we all know is very in vogue these days, but the funny thing is my actual decor has always been vintage-inspired, colorful and warm. Those all white spaces, while they look pretty, don't just look impractical, but also just look so cold! These days, I'm shifting towards a mix of vintage and boho home spaces, and the era of my vintage inspiration is shifting from over-the-top French inspired furniture (I am Egyptian, after all) to smaller, sleeker shapes from the 60s. Hopefully one day I'll have the space, time, and money to take this vision and make it a reality. In the meantime, let's all just enjoy this pinspiration.

The only room I have been able to dedicate some time and money to in my house is my own room, of course. I really only decorated half of it before I ran out of steam and money. Really, it's a work in progress. I am very particular about what I bring into it, and much of it is vintage,  purchased via Craigs List, garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores. Naturally, it's been a slow process. I'll take some photos and show you guys sometimes :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What I'd Like to Be Wearing: Badass Boardroom


Forever 21 crop top / Paule Ka tuxedo jacket, $710 / Helmut by Helmut Lang maxi skirt / Alexander Wang strappy heels / Alexander Wang , $1,180 / Yellow gold jewelry / Kate Spade red lip stick / Nail polish

Today I feel like a badass bitch, ready for anything...or the boardroom.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Music Monday: Lealy Nahary

Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Arabic music because it's great fun to exercise to. Amr Diab is the most famous living Arabic singer, and his reign has now lasted over 20 years. Cray! Anyway, here's one of his songs that I love dancing to!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hair and Beauty Inspo

Images via Pinterest 

 I've always had one makeup look. It's a simple cat-eye created with liquid liner, slightly rosy cheeks, and on occasion a red lip. Even the blush and red lip are slightly newer additions to my face.

So I have to admit that I don't entirely feel like myself as I experiment with makeup looks similar to some of the above, but I like them and it's all about experimenting, right? I love Alexa's 60's inspired look, and the fresh faced Snow White look on the model in the second photo. I'm also interested in dabbling in eyeshadow, ideally in a sparkly but earthy tone, like in the second to last photo. What's yout "look" like?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What I'd Like to Be Wearing: Three Days of Coachella

Coachella - Rocker Girl

H&M crop top, $20 / Studded shorts / Leather shoes, $135 / Leather handbag / Marc by Marc Jacobs marc and marc jacob / Bobbi Brown Cosmetics matte red lipstick
Coachella - Boho Girl

Quiksilver cutout dress / Low heels / Leather handbag / Vintage jewelry / NARS Cosmetics , $33
Coachella - Easy Tee

French Connection western t shirt / Hot short shorts, $35 / L'Autre Chose shoes / Shoulder bag / Silver bracelet / Dorothy Perkins bead jewelry / Ray-Ban ray ban eyewear / Sunday Riley coral lipstick / OPI nailpolish, $27

A few outfits I made at/for work today featuring the three outfits I'd wear to Coachella if I were going/wore short things. The first one is my favorite.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

086: Weekend-Wear

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Shirt - Vintage, Jeans - Forever 21, Shoes - Converse, Bag - Nine West, Sunglasses - Ray-Ban, Earrings - Egypt

I wasn't sure if I should post this look, but since I ran out of time to photograph last weekend, the decision was made :P. This is a pretty typical weekend outfit for me. My weekends are generally pretty relaxed and lazy so I wear a lot of jeans and (cute...I hope) sneaks. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Music Monday: Soft Rock Star

There are two Metric songs floating around the internet called "Soft Rock Star." I'm not sure why that is, but in any case, this is the better one. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My Top 4 Favorite Instagram Accounts

I read an article a few weeks ago about how Facebook is losing its cool, at least for teenagers and other young folk. Being 27, I don't know if I get to fall into the "young folk" category, but one thing is fore sure - I much prefer Twitter and Instagram to  Facebook, and a lot of my friends do to. Facebook is practically impossible to live without, but for most of my online social interactions, I prefer something more intimate.

I la-la-la-love Instagram. It's such a great way to get a little look into someone's life and to keep up with friends on the daily. Feel free to follow me, but if not, here are four accounts I just love having pop up on my feed everyday.

1. @zamaaan. My favorite Instagram account, this user just posts old images from the Middle East. As an Egyptian-American with a strong connection to my heritage, I simply love these beautiful black and white photos. However, you don't need to be of Egyptian descent to appreciate history and find these photos fascinating.
 2. @flashesofstyle. On the fashion side, I love Bonnie's dreamy world that she so beautifully documents on the daily via Instagram. I'm sure her life isn't all roses, but she sure makes you feel like it is.
 3. @arekenny. So Ryan Kenny is like this awesome photography genius who also happens to be 20 or something ridiculous. Follow his Instagram to get a glimpse into his life, which is full of babely girls doing silly things and late night 7-11 runs (maybe).

4. @jarolson. Jenny is a friend of mine, the marketing manager over at Club Monaco, and the heiress to a cookie kingdom. Seriously - all of these statements are true. Besides all this, however, she also happens to take fantastic photos. I love seeing gorgeous New York scenes via her iPhone, and sometimes she travels outside of NYC...but never lets us know where she is.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Music Monday: Barton Hollow

This video by the Civil Wars, who happen to fall under the genre of "country", was sent to me by a prospective photography client a few months ago. I was watching it for the imagery and was surprised when I realized that I liked not just the (amazing and moving) video, but also the song. It's just a fine line away from the White Stripes, who used to be my favorite band. Anyway, watch and listen!