WIWTW: Little Black Dress

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

This week has been beautiful, sunny and full of passion (which usually doesn’t describe exam week, but for me, it totally does). Today, I went on a mini picnic date with an inspiring young man you will soon get to meet (we’re starting a brand new project together very soon, so stay tuned!). For the occasion, I wore this:

Event/Occasion: Picnic Date
Lipstick: L’Oreal Paris Color Riche by Freida #01

Here’s the thing about me: I have my own taste when it comes to fashion but street styles have always inspired me. I love looking at people’s outfits when I’m out, wondering how they style their outfits and where they’re going. Yesterday, I was taking the subway to the mall when I saw a woman wearing a plain grey t-shirt dress with sneakers. I immediately thought: “That’s what my spring/summer wardrobe is missing.” (Btw, I have about seven Little Black Dresses for any occasion, this was just an excuse for me to buy something new.)

So I got this simple black t-shirt dress from H&M and decided that I’d wear my low top navy blue Converse sneakers to make it casual. Luckily, my fashionable date had an extra button-up shirt with him (why not?) so I tied it around my waist to finish off the casual look. What I love about this men’s shirt from New Look is that it has a grandad collar, perfect for a casual yet classy spring outfit.

Finally, I finished off the look with my favorite gold triangle earrings from Forever 21 because minimal jewelry is the bomb these days.

To get my look, check these out:

LBD: $12.95 at H&M
Grandad collar shirt: $30.33 or £19.99 at New Look
Low top sneakers: $50.00 at Converse
Earrings: $2.90 at Forever 21

Stay tuned for new outfits featured in What I Wore This Week by checking the Fashion section on my blog weekly :)

WIWTW: Alsace & Flannel

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

I took a two-week break from WIWTW because I got to spend time with my BFF in Alsace (North-East France) and Bâle in Switzerland. The weather was lovely, so right before I left, I put away my coats and scarves. This week’s theme is Alsace & Flannel, because transitioning to spring doesn’t just mean trading in our winter coats for cardigans. Spring is when the styling begins, when trends are born and when people are allowed to wear awkward things.

Event/Occasion: River side, in Alsace
Lipstick: Sephora R02 Courtisane in dark red

After spending hours on Pinterest, I decided that a 90’s look is the way to happiness. So my first choice was a dark green flannel shirt over a black crop top from H&M. To complete the 90’s look and to match the lovely swans behind me, I wore my high-rise Hollister light blue jeans.

I love simple black bags, so when I spotted this black leather backpack at H&M, I immediately felt the need to buy it. It’s very useful (though I do think there are a few inside pockets missing) and light weight. It made me feel like I was going back to high school as a more stylish version of myself. (Because let’s face it, most people thought I was being sarcastic when I came to school dressed as anything.)

To get my look, check these out:

Flannel shirt: $50.00 at Brandy Melville
Tank top: $23.00  at Brandy Melville
High-rise jeans: $25.00 at Hollister
Sneakers: $180.00 at Nike
Backpack: $32.00 at Brandy Melville

Stay tuned for new outfits featured in What I Wore This Week by checking the Fashion section on my blog weekly :)

Strong

Hey guys! This morning I woke up with a song in my heart and decided to record it. Valerie June is one of my favorite singers ever because she’s so talented and has an incredible voice (and amount of hair).

When I sing “Strong” by Valerie June, I feel like I’m singing the words out of my diary because it’s exactly how I felt at certain points in my life.

I hope you enjoy this, and if you do, please make sure to like my page on Facebook: Zahra L-J.

WIWTW: Camel and Black

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

This week, I interned at a bilingual primary school where I got to witness malicious kindergarteners be evil. As always, I had my favorites of course (usually the biracial kids, the troublemakers and the stylish ones) but I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot and will not ever teach a kindergarten class. I can’t because they’re crazy, and I cannot unsee what I have seen.

On a happier note, I got a beautiful camel coat from my friends last weekend for my birthday so I’m really excited to show you how I wore it this week!

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Event/Occasion: University
Lipstick: L’Oreal Paris Color Riche by Freida #019

These two colors are my absolute favorite this season because they go so well together and make the whole outfit chic.

I paired this black short-sleeved crop top from Brandy Melville with printed black leggings from New Look because I was going for a monochrome, minimalist look. You’ve probably noticed that I love crop tops, but I mostly wear them with high-rise bottoms because I don’t like to show off too much of my tummy. However, because of my incredibly long legs (for which I can never find a pair of pants that fit), I cannot get away with any old crop top and high-waisted pants. I have to choose the colors carefully so I don’t look like a cartoon flamingo. Black is always beautiful, and it’s the safest color to wear when you’re wearing a statement coat or a completely different color.

I chose to wear my camel coat from Zara because the tan color is the first thing you see in my ensemble. I did this on purpose, because I wanted to draw attention to my coat (I styled the rest of my outfit around it). Without the coat, sure I look like a ninja, but I added a pair of leather black boots from Andre and I was ready to walk around campus!

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To get my look, check these out:

Camel coat: $119.21 or €109.58 at Asos
Black crop top: $21.00 at Brandy Melville
Leggings: $16.69 or £10.99 at Select
Booties: $119.00 at Zara

Stay tuned for new outfits featured in What I Wore This Week by checking the Fashion section on my blog weekly :)

22 Happy Days

Two days ago I turned 22 years old, and I felt different. Not because I turned 22 but because I felt so grateful for all the wonderful people in my life.

January was a hard month for me and for a while, I didn’t know if when I would be happy again. February was full of ups and downs. March was the best month of my life because I got to make new friends, see new places, date new people, travel and live freely.

So in honor of my 22nd birthday, I decided to document 22 Happy Days that I spent from March 1st until March 22nd (one day before my birthday). I hope you enjoy the result of my happy days, and I encourage you to do the same. You’d be surprised at how much you can be grateful for in your life.

Side Note: Most of this is food. I love food. Food makes me so happy for life.

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WIWTW: Florida Suede

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

This week, I had the greatest time EVER visiting my family in the United States. My parents bought me a ticket to Las Vegas and then to Florida to spend some time with my family. I got to hang out with my sister Safiya and be an American college kid for a weekend which was so much fun.

More about that later, because this WIWTW’s theme is Florida Suede.

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Event/Occasion: Chilling in West Palm Beach, Florida
Lipstick: Lasting Finish Matte #112 by Kate Moss

I got this beautiful suede kimono from my stylish Aunty for my birthday. I have no idea why she never wore it, but I saw it, I liked it, I got to wear it and now it’s my go-to statement cover up for anything. It’s light weight so it’s perfect for Florida weather, but it’s real suede, so it’s warm enough for the horrible mall air-conditioning Americans are obsessed with. Because it was new, I was able to trace the kimono back to Suzanne Somers (Dancing with the Stars)’s collection a few years ago.

It’s hot in Florida, so you best believe I packed my high-rise jean shorts from H&M and black short-sleeved black bodysuit from Forever 21. Body suits are super comfortable and plus I feel like a ballerina when I wear them so when I pair mine with shorts and flip-flops from Aldo, I feel so free. I don’t even know how to explain to you how free I feel when I wear a body suit and shorts, so imagine wearing a suede kimono on top of it. It’s paradise guys. And that’s why, I think you should totally buy the same thing.

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To get my look, check these out:

Suede Kimono: $45.99 at Haute Pink Boutique
Bodysuit: $7.80 at Forever 21
High-rise jean shorts: $74.00 or 68.00 at Abercrombie & Fitch
Flip-flops: $45.00 at Asos

Stay tuned for new outfits featured in What I Wore This Week by checking the Fashion section on my blog weekly :)

WIWTW: Wax Print featuring Safiya L-J

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

This weekend, I surprised my sister Safiya in Tampa, Florida so I had to wait a bit longer for this week’s WIWTW post. I was really excited for this, because my sister looks like she could be my twin and we have the same taste in fashion (also cause I love her most abundantly).

So this week’s outfits of the day feature my lovely sister Safiya who loves wax print clothing (African prints) just as much as I do.

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Event/Occasion: Weekend Getaway in Tampa, Florida
Lipstick: Sephora R02 Courtisane in dark red (both)

My outfit:

It was 28°C (83°F) yesterday so I made sure to pack my favorite summer pieces. I opted for a blue/yellow wax print crop top that I bought at Forever 21. I didn’t want to show too much skin, so I highlighted my legs with a pair of light blue high-waisted jeans from Hollister. I usually hate wearing flip-flops, but it’s Florida and we were going to jump in the pool at any minute, so I decided to wear white beaded sandals from Aldo.

Safiya’s outfit:

If I had to desribe Safiya’s wardrobe in three words: long-board, comfy, stylish. We were both in the mood to represent West Africa, so fortunately my sister had this really cool t-shirt with a wax print pocket to match her wax print scarf. She had bought the plain grey t-shirt at H&M but my talented mom added a pocket with some Burkinabe fabric and made a headscarf out of the same fabric. Because Safiya likes to be comfortable, she opted for black leggings from Zara and black leather low-top Converse sneakers.

Special thanks to Olivia O’Reilly for taking these beautiful pictures of us!

To get my look, check out:

Wax print crop top: $16.50 at Asos
High-rise jeans: $25.00 at Hollister
Flip-flops: $45.00 at Asos

To get Safiya’s look, check out:

Wax print pocketed t-shirt: $32.00 at Serengetee (Their proceeds go to charity!)
Leggings: $27.94 or €25.95 at Zara
Converse: $65.00 at Converse

Stay tuned for new outfits featured in What I Wore This Week by checking the Fashion section on my blog weekly :)