Shine On!

If I was a part of Greek mythology, I'm sure I would have been part magpie because I absolutely adore sparkly, shiny things. 

And for the past two years I've been obsessed with gold, if you're familiar with Pakistani culture you know our brides are decked out head to hand (fun fact: in my family, women do not wear gold anklets - hence no toes); our baby girls are gifted gold jewelry; and if it ain't 24 karat, it ain't the real deal. So my infatuation with bling (much like Ryan Gosling's infatuation with his new baby) was inevitable...

...but I am a very irresponsible person and despite my best efforts to be careful, I tend to lose jewelry left and right. Last year I lost a pair of diamond earrings my husband had gifted me along with an Hermés bracelet (I am sure they were stolen because everything else is exactly where I packed it) while I was in the UK for a family wedding. I have also misplaced my original engagement ring (fun fact: my mother-in-law actually gave me huge gold earrings as an engagement present when my wedding date was fixed in lieu of a ring - my husband actually gave me my ring along with my wedding band at my wedding!), and I have also misplaced the replacement ring.

So basically, I am not great with jewelry. My need for shiny, sparkly things is therefore satiated in my clothes and since it's not always an appropriate outfit choice, I save it for my birthday.

And what's a birthday without a couple of outfit changes?

Outfit Deets:

Dress: Badgley Mischka
Tights: H&M
Shoes: ZARA

Outfit Deets:
Dress: Topshop
Leggings: H&M
Clutch: ZARA
Watch: Marc Jacobs

I think I prefer myself in silver over gold, but since I've steadily built up a gold embellished wardrobe, I'm hesitant to switch metals - and I am very adverse to mixing metals. I hate mixing gold with rose gold, or gold with silver - the only exception is my wedding ring and (new) replacement engagement ring. 

I think it will take a while for me to cross over, but I'm determined to document it via my blog when I do. 

Super Duper Woman

I felt more like a folksy, free spirit on her journey to becoming one with Gaia than sophisticated, Caped-crusader in this monochrome, striped cape from H&M. I styled it with a cropped orange button down and wet-look leggings. Fringed-suede boots and a shopper bag with tasseled zips also from H&M,  completed the look. 

On another note, my birthday is coming up in a couple of days and it hit me how I'm not as excited as I usually am. I like to think this is a sign of maturity but I'm afraid that I've literally just become that lazy. I have no idea what I want (as a gift), what I want to do, or even what I want to wear. 

In the last year, I have changed in many ways - I have become more outspoken about my personal beliefs; I have become actively involved in standing up against ideas I find repulsive; I am 89% certain I am a Sufi; I have way more empathy and am patient with others'. In fact, my ability to overlook things that usually incense me has increased exponentially.

And believe me, LOTS of things incense me. 

For example: people who wear stockings with open-toed shoes. I hate it. It offends me visually. 

But with time, and slightly eclectic taste, I've come to understand that at least, style is extremely personal and cannot truly be defined by any rules.

So if you're one of those people who wears stockings with open-toed shoes, wear on, my friend! Wear on!

Outfit Deets:
Cape, Button Down, Leggings, Bag: H&M
Jewelry: Marc Jacobs Watch; Hermes Bracelet, Gold Jewelry (Own Collection)

The Pitfalls of Fall.

I absolutely adore jumpsuits, they are both masculine yet elegantly feminine when worn right. However, at a less than ideal height (I couldn't even be a catalog model!) and a curvier body than is fashionable, jumpsuits are a risk for me. But I just can't help myself. 

And with dreaded Fall upon us, this beautiful color kept me less blue (ha!).

Honestly I totally don't understand how people adore this season. I do not understand the fascination with pumpkin spiced latte, orange tree leaves, and the constant chill in the air.  I despise the dry atmosphere, the cold that seeps into your bones, yet leaves you warm if you layer too much. Fall is too moody for me. A constant dusk on the horizon.

The saving grace is 3/4 of my family, including myself have birthdays this season, and Halloween is one of my favorite seasons. I also adore Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to hosting it this year. But it's still not enough to make me truly appreciate the's only a little better than winter.

I want Spring/Summer all year around. Maybe I need to move.

Ha! I don't want to talk about moving for a while.

I've been busy moving into my new house, and as tired as I am, I am enjoying designing and setting things up and I'm looking forward to sharing it all on the blog. 

Outfit Deets:
Jumpsuit : H&M (Available now).
Necklace : H&M
Watch : Marc Jacobs
Shoes : Jimmy Choo

I want to break free.

Summer is flying by and I am in slight panic mode, because I am running out of time! This summer after the birth of our son (which was scheduled for July 9) we were going to leave Chicago and return to England, but you know what they say about the best laid plans of men (and women)...

On May 13, as we were driving back from my first Third-trimester visit with my doctor, Queen's "I Want to Break Free" came on, I turned to my husband; "This is the baby's song!"

And the next day I was in the hospital because my water broke at 32 weeks! Generally considered a fairly risk-free time, it was nevertheless troublesome. I was admitted, poked, and prodded and on bed rest for the next 10 (and then another 4 postpartum) days. Then came more complications and I had to undergo an emergency C-Section! On May 24th we were joined by the newest and incredibly precious member of our little family. He was born premature but as healthy as can be at 33 weeks and 3 days, he stayed in the NICU for seven days after I was discharged...incredibly trying both physically and emotionally. Alhamdulillah. To read more about Preemies visit the March of Dimes.

This set in motion a completely alternative chain of events and so we've decided to stay in America another year.

Which means unpacking, unboxing, and resettling not to mention buying (and buying back) a lot of stuff. Am I overwhelmed? No...but I am nervous. This is the first time I'm not going to be working in 8 years! Taking care of Baby is time consuming but I am incredibly restless! I already miss work (I obviously haven't returned and don't think I want to), I miss creating and executing ideas and projects, I miss talking to people - which is crazy because I am generally pretty antisocial. 

On the plus side, I'm actually loving the shopping and upcycling.  

Here's an outfit I put together for a fun, summer, "business" look. Summer and Spring (which, let's be real is non-existent in Illinois) are my favorite time of year. I love wearing bright colors but pairing the pops of color with neutrals (black because, baby weight does not melt off and I can't work out until August - Boo C-Section!) to keep the looks "clean".

Outfit Deets:
Blue Collarless Blazer : Forever 21
Black Tanktop and Tights: H&M
Necklace: JCrew
Watch: Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Valentino

ZARA Céline, ZARA Do.

ZARA arguably has a faster turnaround from runway to store than any other High Street brand. And while all High Street brands "take inspiration" from designers, ZARA take only six weeks to "re-imagine" the looks at a friendlier price point.

I'm more inclined to spend big bucks on handbags or shoes because they will last, retain somewhat of their value, and may even be passed down. I balk at spending the same amount on an outfit simply because trends change so fast. While a handbag can be labelled a classic, seldom do articles of clothing do the same. And so, when I see a runway look at a mere fraction of the cost, I'm on that like Nutella on a Malaysian Paratha (Have you tried this? Please do. Run to your local Indian Grocery Store immediately.Do it for your taste buds!)

Céline however, does not find the flattery by way of imitation by ZARA as fantastic as I do. In fact, they had even banned editors and buyers from releasing any images of their recent Resort 2014 collection. This could be because Céline is all about being difficult to attain - rather it could be an attempt to prevent ZARA from gathering inspiration.

Either way, I'm happy saving money, so thanks ZARA.

 And thanks, Céline for your sheer brilliance and absolutely gorgeous aesthetic. 

(Yes, that is my Céline Luggage Tote. Ha! )

Inspector Jacques Clouseau

Stop browbeating her! Can't you see she is sexy? 

Outfit Deets:
Top: H&M 
Head Jewelry: Etsy 
Bracelet: Cartier
Sandals: Forever 21
Bag: Primark

No Justice, No Peace.

I'm not one to impose my personal views or beliefs on anyone. I  am very protective of my opinions - I only form them because I know them to be true with the core of my being - and I know that Israel is an apartheid, terrorist state that is intent upon the genocide of the Palestinian people. With irrefutable proof from eyewitness accounts via Twitter, footage of the operation on YouTube, and countless images available on Instagram, and Facebook,  social media is actively combating the lies told by media outlets. Online activists are organizing protests, raising aid, and petitioning their governments to act. And while this may seem like a small step, it is a step. Silence is compliance. Silence is letting the apartheid nation of Israel feel that its genocide of Palestinians is acceptable.

I would like to stress that I stand with Palestine not just because I am Muslim, but for the undeniable proof I have read and seen of Israel's oppression, of Israel's crimes against humanity. I stand with Palestine because no human life is collateral damage. I stand with Palestine because I stand against oppression. I stand with Palestine because I stand for justice, peace, and the pursuit of certain inalienable rights.

The media may regurgitate the same spiel about Hamas' extremism, and it may seem like it is a Holy War - but I  believe this is it not merely about race or religion - it's about politics. It's about drama.

War is hot - shocking, gory, deadly headlines sell papers. They catch the viewers eye. This sense of dread - the impending sense of doom - the fear of inevitable death and the end of the world - that's what sells.

Human Suffering On Channel 4.

With that said, these media moguls have the godly ability to show you and me anything and make it become "The cold hard truth".

But who decides what truth to show us?  Which human suffering should we condemn and which humans should we condemn to living in an open-air prison?

This cannot continue. The information age must destroy the power of the false journalism.

As  the sixth day of Israel's Operation Protective Edge dawns, the Palestinian death toll reaches 162. As Israel prepares to launch a ground operation, Palestinians cower in fear, because they do not have the same protection afforded to Israelis. There is no Iron Dome to intercept missiles, no shelters to run to for protection, and no sirens to warn of danger. Palestinians are sitting ducks for the IDF's offense. This is not war, it is genocide. No live rockets have landed in Tele Aviv and no injuries have resulted directly by why is Israel collectively punishing the people of Gaza? An act strictly prohibited in the 4th Geneva Convention and the Hague Regulation.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated places in the world - by launching missiles into these civilian areas, Israel is sentencing these innocent people to certain death. Women, children, the elderly are all live targets. Israel is destroying homes, and when they attack Hamas (the democratically elected government), they can attack any building including but not limited to schools and hospitals. If you still believe that the people of Gaza are human shields, remember that it is not Hamas but Israel who is forcing them into two choices - surrender or resist.

And would you rather die on your feet or, in this case, die on your knees? There is very little room for contemplation.

The oppression and colonization of the apartheid nation of Israel needs to come to an end. Israel must retreat, cease fire, and return the illegal settlements. Israel must be held accountable in the International Courts for its crimes against humanity.

Many people may not be in agreement with my sentiments, and if I was to stoop to their level,  I'd say:
"Please shut up, you are stupid and blindsided by the corrupt Media. Also, I have seen a TV program on NatGeoWild about how chimps have scary killer tendencies and you bare an uncanny resemblance to them. Good day."

My condolences to the people of Palestine.