Sunday, July 27, 2014

Eid Inspiration // Last Minute Looks

So for my last minute friends, I decided to put a post together that would help you come up with an outfit if you haven't had time in Ramadan. You can easily put some cute looks together with items already in your closet!! I wasn't able to shoot a new outfit for you but here are some of my previous outfits that are so perfect for Eid!!

1) Statement Look

This is definitely a easy last minute look to put together. I actually am wearing something similar to this but instead with palazzo pants. If your desi, you know these kurtas are the best and all you need is a statement necklace. Forever 21, H&M and Zara have some really cute ones that you can buy even today. For my non desi folk, forever and zara have some similar long shirts. Also if you have those famous long sleeve dresses from Forever last year, this would be a perfect time to wear them!!

Statement Necklace: H&M, Zara

2) Black and White Ensemble 

If you really aren't a color person and want it keep it neutral, then this is the look for you! I know you have a black skirt in your closet and a white top. You can pair it with any color hijab of your choice and a statement clutch to go. With this look, wear some cute shoes and bright lipstick and it'll really make the outfit pop for Eid :)
Similar skirt
Similar shirt: Forever 

3) Summer Lace

Here's a an easy outfit for my casual laid back folks. I know we've collected some colorful skirts over the years. Pair it with a fun lace top and a tan belt. The key to this outfit is to accessorize: watch, rings, the belt and lastly the bag. The bag really makes this look pop. Although my family goes all out for Eid, most people like to keep it simple. If so, this is perfect for you! 
Similar skirt
Similar:  Forever and H&M 

hope you enjoyed and hope it helped! 
Eid Mubarak :)

with love,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eid Inspiration // Look 2

Tulle Skirt: Delicate Hijabi's // Dress Shirt: H&M // Scarf: H&M 
Here is my second look for Eid. I have been on the hunt for a tulle skirt for a few months now. I found a bunch but none were actually in my price range. I finally found the perfect one at ICNA this year from a small muslim store called Delicate Hijabi's. They had this tulle skirt in so many different colors. I fell in love with this white one! The best thing is they will mail it to you in 1-3 days so you can get it in time for Eid!! They have tulle skirts, some other beautiful skirts, dresses and palazzo pants.

I decided to pair the skirt with a casual floral top and black hijab. Lastly, I added a dainty headpiece. This outfit is especially perfect for the day time during Eid. If I didn't have to wear desi clothes, I would without a doubt wear this for Eid :)
Good luck Eid shopping, I'll have one last look this weekend for you guys!

with love,

Friday, July 18, 2014

Eid Inspiration // Look 1

Palazzos: Zara // Top & Belt: Windsor // Scarf: H&M

I cannot believe that Eid is NEXT week! SubhanAllah this Ramadan flew by. Been a pretty tough one for me but alhamdulilah I'm home this and next weekend and totally loving it! So I decided instead of compiling so many looks for one post, I give you Eid inspirations one by one. So here is my first look for Eid and probably my favorite. By now, you should have a pair of palazzo pants in your closet. If you dont, get them now! Many stores have them but my favorites are of course at zara. They are reasonable priced and of pretty good quality. I been wanting to do a peplum with skirt/palazzo pants look and finally got the change to do it. But I didn't want it to look out of shape so I added a gold plated belt to give it some structure.

Since this outfit is simple, try adding a headpiece to give it some pizzazz for Eid. I love headpieces and think they look so royal. It adds so much to a simpler look. You can wear it inside or on top of your hijab, whatever suits you best. For makeup, I went for a smokey eye and nude/pink lips. 

Hope you enjoyed the first look. InshAllah I'll be doing two more before the end of Ramadan. May Allah accept all our fasts and help us take advantage of the immense baraqah! 
with love,

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My Minimalist Apartment: The Bedroom

String Lights: Target // Headboard: DIY // Lamp: IKEA
I'm so excited to share with you how I decorated my apartment. As much as I love styling outfits, I get the same excitement with styling my apartment. So for this series, the first part will be my bedroom. 

Make it personal. It's all about adding a personal touch. I always dreamt of a wooden plank headboard. However, I wanted a specific color which was really hard to find. The ones I did find weren't cheaper then 1000 bucks! That was something we could not afford. So instead, I did a little research and figured out it actually wasn't too hard to build your own headboard. My amazing husband and his friend helped make my dream come true! He bought 6, 7 feet plain wood planks from Lowe's . He first stained it with Wood Stain in Kona by Rust Oleum and let it dry for a few days. I wanted a vintage distressed look. He then painted it white flat paint by Valspar but quickly rubbed it in with a rag to give it a layered effect. Here is the video we used for inspiration. He did that a few times cause I wanted it to be more gray tone then that Kona brown color. After a few days he sprayed it with Polyurethane in satin by Rust Oleum just to seal it all up. I clearly do not know much about painting but this was a super easy project. He then put all the planks together with a frame in the back. This is the part where I really knew nothing about! We then got a Iron bed frame from Macys in gray which put it all together. So instead of $1000, we made this bed for a total of $349 (70 for headboard + 279 for frame). And I absolutely LOVE it. 

Mirror, Lamps, Night-stands, Curtain Rods : IKEA // Curtains: Shoppers World
The Mirror. A huge mirror can do wonders in a small room. My room is fairly small so we kept the furniture to a minimum. However, a key tip to make a room look bigger is a huge mirror. This was on the pricier end but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it at Ikea for $129!

Dresser: IKEA // Nightstands: IKEA

Simplicity. I wanted the headboard to be my focus so I kept all the other furniture simple. I chose white because just like the mirror it makes a room look more open and spacious. Since my husband and I were on a tight budget, we opted to get most of our furniture from Ikea. It was cheap but functional as well. 

Headboard: DIY // Lamps, Nighstands: IKEA // Throw: Shoppers World
Decor.  This definitely is still a work in progress. For now I've added a few things. Most of the room is whites and grays and I wanted to add some color. I chose shades of purple and pink. It's definitely difficult especially when married to keep it neutral and not to girly. I added a purple pillow and a dusty pink throw. This plush throw I bought from Shoppers World (more of a local store) for only $5! I plan to get some more pillows and decor frames since the walls are a little barren right now. Lastly, I got these super cute string lights from Target just to add some pizzaz! My husband wasn't the biggest fan, but he grew to like them ;) Lastly, I chose white curtains to ensure sunlight into the room. You can't see it but we have those paper blinds behind them so you can't see from the outside.

That concludes my bedroom! InshAllah stay tuned for my Kitchen/Dining Room, Living Room and my favorite, the Balcony!

with love,
sania <3