Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Golden Snitch and Crop Tops




In the middle of the chaotic state of Lebanon, I found the time to take outfit shots. What is wrong with me? I have no idea. This is a bit of a special outfit that I'm sharing with you for a couple of reasons, the first one being that it has a Harry Potter theme, the second reason is that it required me to get out of my comfort zone. Let's get the easy part out of the way first before we delve into my comfort zone and all the insecurities that come with that bucket of fun. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I'm a big Potter head. I spotted this shirt while randomly walking about Macy's while in Los Angeles, I didn't even try it on, I just went through the pile, found an L and made my way to the cashier. It wasn't until I was back in Lebanon and unpacking that I finally decided to put it on, thankfully it fit. This is where the second part of the story comes in. The top fit, but it was a bit on the crop top-y side. Again, if you've been reading my blog for a while, you'd know that I do not do crop tops. I do not like my tummy area and I certainly do not like to flaunt it. I found myself in a pickle, I reallyyy wanted to prance around with an HP Golden Snitch shirt, but I couldn't bring myself to go out in PUBLIC (specifically in Lebanon) in a crop top. This is where two awesome items from Target came in to save the day: the denim vest and the awesome aztec-inspired skirt. Who knew that wearing a skirt (another thing that I try to stay away from- even though I practically live in dresses), would save the situation. I think the trick to wearing a crop top if you're on the #curvy side (OH hello instagram -_-) is to find the right length/cut that you're comfortable with, and to pair it with a high waisted bottom -whether it's a skirt, shorts, or pants. Since I'm also not comfortable with anything tight around my tummy area, I went for a relatively loose A-line skirt that balanced things out. The final addition to the outfit were my nude Sam Edelman sandals which I LOVE... and that's pretty much it folks! I have some exciting news that I'll be sharing with you soon, once things are finalized. In the mean time, I'll try my best to update this thing at least once a week :)









Top: Macy's | Vest & Skirt: Target Style | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Handbag: Zara | Sunglasses: Aldo | Nails: Essie Licorice (hands) + Pret A Surfer (feet) | Bracelets: gifts from Turkey and Greece (lol the irony) | Lipstick: Maybelline "Atomic Pink"



What's your take on crop tops? 

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Friday, July 17, 2015

The Last Iftar



For a couple of years now there has been a trend of clashing prints and straying away from the normal "this goes with this" rule that people used to mainly follow. I've been a fan of the rules and the broken rules because both have lead to the creation of inspiring looks, I just hadn't ventured too much into the world of broken rules. When I put on this dress and looked in the mirror, I felt like it has a bit too safe and it needed a little "je ne sais quoi" to spice it up a bit. I took out every statement necklace I own from their boxes and tried on almost every single one, although some of them looked good with the dress, it was still generally a boring safe lookand I was in a particularly experimental mood. I went through all the new items that I had bought to see if I could find something to salvage it and this striped blazer stood out to me. At first I was hesitant because of the different stripe patterns and color scheme, but I threw it on for the heck of it and fell in love with the final look. It might have been %70 due to the fact that I had fallen in love with the blazer the first time I put it on in the changing room at Target, and %30 due to actually looking not so bad. The final touch were the shoes, I went for a classic style and color as to not deter away from the top part of the outfit, and also because OMG they so comfyyyy and I'm allll about the comfyyy now. My feet do not need to suffer for fashion, you hear me pretty blue flats from Betsey Johnson which have been sitting in my closet for years until I can find a way to make you comfortable enough to wear to my parking lot- but that's another story on its own. 






Dress & Blazer: Target | Shoes: Soda | Handbag: Vero Moda | Ring: H&M | Nails: Essie Chilatto| Sunglasses: Quay Australia | Lipstick: MAC Syrup

I wore this outfit to the #YallaBye Iftar hosted by the Social Media Awards (which is totally happening early next year in Beirut) at Ahwak Dbayeh in honor of HMA Tom Fletcher, the British Ambassador who will be leaving Lebanon. As far as politicians and ambassadors go, I haven't met a ton of them, but they all seem a little too full of themselves (judging their personality and not their work/ideologies). Mr. Fletcher on the other hand is just so casual and nice, you feel like you can chill and have a beer with him while watching a game. Lebanon will definitely miss him, I know I will :)



Do you like mixing up patterns or do you like to play it safe?

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Selfie with HMA Tom Fletcher and Shahine :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What I Wore: NYC Edition


Last week was one of the best weeks of my life. After years and years of dreaming about visiting New York City, I finally got the chance to go there with my cousin for six days. It was AWESOME. I don't even know where to begin. There was a lot of walking involved and I ended up getting pains throughout my leg in corners that I never knew could hurt before, but I would get all the blisters in the world to be able to go back again right now. It definitely is a must see city! I'm currently editing the New York City vlog, so keep an eye on my YouTube channel as it should be up by the end of next week. In the mean time, I thought it would be cute to share the outfits that I wore on the trip. The main objective of my clothing was comfort since there was a lot of distance to be covered by foot and subway, also the weather was ridiculously humid and hot! I picked a pretty black based color palette for my outfits, with a pop of color here and there... by "pop of color" I just mean blue and a bit of green here and there. Excuse the quality of the pictures, as mentioned earlier my main camera is currently in the hospital so I had to take pictures with my phone.  On another note, I'm currently in LA doing some serious shopping. I've picked up some pieces that are way way wayyyy out of my comfort zone (can you say CROP TOP!?) and I'm SO excited to share the pieces with you on the blog as soon as I'm back to Lebanon!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

USA Beauty Wishlist



One simply cannot travel to the USA without making a long list of things to buy, my list usually consists of beauty and fashion related items. The selection of great products available at every price point is freaking amazing, and I just love spending some quality time in CVS, Sephora and MAC. My list consists of items that are mainly not available in Lebanon that I've heard great things about, along with items that might be available in Lebanon but at a fraction of the price- MAC I'm looking at you. It isn't as big of a list this time since my parents were recently in LA and got some things, but obviously I want to try new things. I seriously can't wait for my vacation to start so that I can relax and start the shopping. I'll most probably diverge from this list and pick up other new things that catch my eye as well, because that's just who I am obviously. My camera is currently still being prepared and unfortunately won't be fixed before my departure, so I don't know if I'll be able to post timely updates on my blog, but you can keep up with everything on SNAPCHAT (Shoelady123), Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Also, if you have any suggestions for products that I MUST try, do drop me a comment and let me know :D

  • Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: one of the best concealers I've ever tried. Runs out pretty fast though!
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge: the highest coverage concealer that is a staple in my collection.
  • Milani Luminoso: Nikki Tutorials keeps talking about this blush, I've tried other shades but I'm very curious about this one. 
  • The Balm's Mary Lou-Minizer: this highlighter needs no introduction. It's available in Lebanon at the balm stand on Bliss Street, but I always keep forgetting to pass by!
  • Stila Stay On All Day Liquid Liner: I think this will up my liner game... hopefully.
  • L'Oreal Infallible Foundation: this is also available in Lebanon, but the L'Oreal stands here are so unappealing that I never feel like picking it up!
  • Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation: I want to get a dark shade and play around with the concept of cream contouring. 
  • MAC Soar lipliner: LilyPebbles told me so.
  • MAC Lipsticks: Ruby Woo, Smoked Purple, and Mehr. There's a MAC in Lebanon, but a lipsticks costs 53,000 LL ($ 35.33), in the states it's around the $16 mark!!! RIP OFF LEBANON RIP OFF
  • John Frieda Sea Salt Spray: a new release that I want to try. I've been experimenting with not straightening my hair every day and maybe this product can help with that?
  • Simple Cleansing Miscellar Water: my Byphass bottle finally finished so I need to get a new cleansing water, I've heard some good things about this product from FleurDeForce and I do as Fleur says. 



Travelling anywhere this summer? 
What's on your wishlist??


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