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February 11, 2017

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Decor Inspo: Blue, Gray & Gold

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People are so surprised when I say that I love gray, but I do! Charcoal and slate gray most of all – they’re such beautiful colors. I recently moved into a new place, so I have a renewed interest in home decor. Well, I’m always interested in it, but now, with a different space I’m feeling all sorts of new ideas and possibilities. Right now I’m really feeling the combination of Dark Blue, Gray, and Gold. For me, those are neutral (ish) colors that still allow for fun accents – in complementary colors like orange, pink or purple.

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Clockwise from top left: 1. Ikea // 2. Ikea // 3. CB2 // 4. Anthropologie // 5. West Elm // 6. Ikea

Of the pieces above I own the rug – one of the first “me” pieces I bought when I moved to New York in 2014. As I slowly build up my new living room, the rest of the pieces are on my wish list! So far in my bedroom I have pink curtains and an oatmeal duvet cover… I’m definitely going to have to figure out an alternative color combination there.

January 22, 2017

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What a Hijabi CoverGirl Means for Representation in Beauty

Custom illustration for the Fashion Studies Journal by Kelly Abeln

 

“In the world of economics, they say “a rising tide lifts all boats.” I believe the same is true in beauty – especially in matters of representation. I don’t necessarily need to see myself in everything as long as I can see different groups represented. Instead of sameness, I want to see all the ways we are different. Which is why, although I’m not Muslim, I was excited and pleased to see a hijabi woman, Nura Afia, as a CoverGirl Ambassador.”

If you follow me on Instagram you may know that in addition to this blog, I work with an amazing group of women on the Fashion Studies Journal. The above is a snippet from a piece I recently wrote, “Why A Hijabi CoverGirl Matters To Me“.

Take a read and let me know what you think!

January 3, 2017

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{#printgamestrong} J.Crew’s Little Sister is Catching Up…

my favorite prints and patterns at J Crew and Madewell.

One of the reasons I love J.Crew – and wear it often – is that they do such a great job with beautiful prints and patterns. Madewell (J.Crew’s “little sister”) generally isn’t on my radar for prints and patterns, but it looks like they’re catching up!

J.Crew excels in creating beautiful prints each season (or even more frequently) and offering each one in multiple SKUs. For example, this bow print comes in a sweater, sleeveless top, scarf, umbrelladatebook, and pouch; and this colorful houndstooth pattern comes in a sweater, skirt, shoes, and bag.

 

Meanwhile, over at Madewell, I LOVE this painted floral print which comes in a blouse, a maxi dress, and a shorter dress. Sadly the top is sold out, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it gets restocked. Or who knows – maybe Madewell will issue more SKUs in that print! (a girl can dream.) I’m also quite taken with this constellation print, which comes in a scarf and a pouch.

#PrintGameStrong! If Madewell keeps this up I will have another brand to add to my go-to list for discovering new prints. Do you have a favorite place for prints?

November 6, 2016

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A Pant-a-Palooza at Everlane and AYR

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I am not a pants person.

Well, I wasn’t. But I think that’s changing now.

For a while I was really into dresses. In terms of putting together an outfit, it’s one (item) and done! But a dress has to fit everywhere, and that can be a lot to ask from one garment. Skirts are nice because they automatically dress everything up, and they’re often more flattering than pants. So I used to be a huge proponent of dresses/skirts + tights/leggings… But lately those combinations feel like more of a production than I want to go through in the morning. It’s one thing to be in graduate school and not get dressed every day (days I just sat at home writing papers). Now that I have a legit job, it’s a whole other thing to both have to wear clothes AND look presentable every single day. That’s not something I’ve had to do since, oh, early 2014. Even when I did do it, I lived in San Francisco and not New York, so it was just a whole different ball game.

While I love trying on tops, dresses, skirts, jackets, shoes, jewelry and make-up, I enjoy trying on pants about as much as I do bathing suits. So like, not at all! Since as of 2 weeks ago I only had two pairs of both presentable AND flattering pants (jeans from AYR, black pants from J.Crew), I decided to tackle this hole in my wardrobe so I don’t have to think about it again for a while. I really respect Everlane and Ayr as brands, so that’s where I went first. Bonus: they both have studios in NYC where you can actually try stuff on.

AYR

AYR studio

AYR studio

AYR studio

AYR studio

Ayr Studio

I had a great time trying on clothes at the AYR studio. I got the good kind of one-on-one attention and I didn’t feel pressure to buy. I only came for pants but it was fun to try a few other things too. The Flex Tech denim is amazing. It doesn’t look or feel like denim AT ALL. The Ponte Pant made my legs look amazing. I mean, my legs are definitely one of my best assets, but this was next level. And omg, if I paired those pants with these shoes I would be on fire. The Arrow Pant is made from the same fabric that equestrian pants are made from, the fabric, as the song goes, moves when you move (just like that). I loved how the pants felt, but they were too short. I also tried on a couple of really expensive jackets (1, 2). I looked up the prices later and my jaw hit the floor. You’ll know that I’ve hit it big if you see me in one of them! I didn’t buy anything immediately, but I did go back for the Flex Tech and the Ponte Pant.

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Everlane studio

Everlane Studio

Everlane Studio

Don’t I look super legit in those clothes?! This is head-to-toe Everlane. I looooove their Track Pant in Wool Flannel and GoWeave, the latter of which I’m wearing above. The GoWeave is such a cool textile. It’s wool, but made with longer fibers so it feels lighter and less scratchy. The saleslady gave me the shoes to try on so I could assess the length of the pant/the amount of ankle showing, and then she suggested I try on the shirt. It doesn’t have a lot of hanger appeal. But DAMN. I felt next-level in that outfit. I didn’t buy anything yet, but I do want to go back to the studio to try new pants they just released. This whole look isn’t my normal aesthetic, but I really dig it.

I’m also really intrigued by The Girlfriend Collective and Good American. I’ve been wearing my Girlfriend Collective leggings all day, and I love them way more than any other leggings I’ve ever worn. I’m curious about Good American. As soon as my bank account replenishes (helloooo regular paycheck!) I’ll probably order a pair. What’s your favorite brand for pants?

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