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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

IMG_20150319_150105

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.

IMG_20150319_152253

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.

2015-03-15 09.47.03

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 :)

This is my Mom

Talented, inspiring, forgiving, loving, caring, warm, happy, incredible, extraordinary, intelligent, hilarious, silly, sassy, crazy, selfless, God-fearing, fashionable, you’re just so beautiful.

Through tears, heartbreaks and scraped knees,
joy, success and crazy schemes,

You’re all I ever aspired to be.

I love you.

IMG-20141230-WA0022

What I Wore This Week: OOTD to OOTN

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’m doing something a little different, inspired by Instagram. I usually find fashion inspiration on Pinterest (because it’s just the best) but recently, I’ve noticed a different hashtag on Instagram: #OOTN which means Outfit of the Night. (Its equivalent for daytime, as most people know is #OOTD which stands for Outfit of the Day.)

You know those days when you literally have fifteen minutes to get home from work/school/shopping/life, change and head to the club? This happens to me often because I’m such a busy body. In cases like those, the easiest way to style your outfit for that night, is to copy the similar style you wore during the day.

Here’s how I style OOTD’s and turn them into OOTN’s:

image

Event/Occasion: University (OOTD) and Classy Night Club (OOTN)
Lipstick: Sephora R02 Courtisane in dark red (OOTD) and Lasting Finish Matte #112 by Kate Moss (OOTN)

Outfit of the Day

image

It was a beautiful sunny day, the sky was blue and the birds were chirping (I think). So I rummaged through my summer clothes and decided to wear a loose cropped white t-shirt from H&M and a black high-waisted bodycon skirt from New Look. To finish off the casual sporty look, I wore my white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers (guys, they’re so comfortable!).

Right after classes, I had barely any time to change before I had to head to my friend Sarah’s place to have drinks and go clubbing. The venue was a new club called the Hype, and the dress code was ‘classy’. Normally, I would have just gone clubbing in sneakers, because c’mon guys, who can dance in stilettos, let alone walk?

Outfit of the Night

image

I had no time to style a new outfit, so I had to think of something similar to wear that same night. This is very useful, when you’re me and you take 3 hours to choose your outfit every single day. The key to transitioning an OOTD to an OOTN is to keep it simple, and concentrate on the accessories.

Minus the accessories, the entire outfit was borrowed from my friend Sarah. We opted for the same t-shirt/skirt outfit but in a more formal and fitted style. I decided to wear a black cropped t-shirt from Brandy Melville, to contrast with the white t-shirt I had worn during the day. Useful tip: when transitioning from your OOTD to OOTN, if you choose the same style, switch up the colors so you won’t feel boring. I did the same with the skirt, by choosing a longer knee-length grey high-waisted pencil skirt from American Apparel (contrasting with the black mini skirt from my OOTD).

Accessories are very important in an OOTN, especially if you’re going for a simple classy outfit. I decided to wear a gold bracelet (it looks like two bracelets, so double the coolness) from H&M. To add to the classiness of the outfit, I wore a pair of dangling silver and blue earrings from Village Market, a really cool vintage store here in Lyon. Finally, instead of my white sneakers from my OOTD, I wore my just-as-comfortable black wedges I’ve been obsessed with since Christmas (thanks Mom!) from Go Jane.

And so from sporty casual student to classy inspired clubber, I transformed my OOTD to an OOTN in less than 5 minutes!

To get my OOTD look, check these out:

White T-shirt: $9.95 at H&M
Pencil Skirt: $8.85 or €7.99 at Forever 21
Sneakers: $180.00 at Nike

To get my OOTN look, check these out:

Black Crop-Top: $12.00 at Asos
Grey Pencil Skirt: $14.00 at American Apparel
Wedge Heels: $36.20 at GoJane
Gold Bracelet: $5.95 at H&M
Earrings: $23.00 at Asos

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

What I Wore This Week: Chilling on a Lazy Day + How I Style my Outfits

Hey guys! Welcome to another post on WIWTW where I feature an outfit that I wore during the week. This week’s outfit was inspired by searching: “tomboy” on my Pinterest. (I love Pinterest. It’s the best thing that’s happened to the internet because it’s so time-consuming yet useful and inspiring.) But before I get started with the outfit details, I wanted to tell you guys how I style my outfits in the morning.

I have seven Pinterest boards for different parts of my life: Home Decor, Recipes, Fashion, Crafts, Hair, Beauty and Animals. Animals aren’t a part of my life, but honestly, have you seen some of the beautiful creatures that exist in this world of ours?

Screenshot_2015-02-19-11-11-52  Screenshot_2015-02-19-11-12-35

Basically, whenever I’m bored, I go on Pinterest and search keywords like “pencil skirt + sweater” and I get tons of outfit ideas, especially from Street Style boards. I usually end up re-pinning Swedish or Danish fashion blogs because they have an incredible sense of style.

Once I feel inspired by one of the many outfits I’ve pinned, I lay out my clothes on my bed like this:

IMG_20150218_133236

Event/Occasion: Chilling on a Lazy Afternoon
Lipstick: Grand Rouge in ‘Bright Red’ by Yves Rocher mixed with Sephora R02 Courtisane (dark red)

For this outfit, I was inspired by the tomboy trend that’s been happening amongst us women. So I grabbed my over-sized black blazer (men’s size) from Zara and paired it with a crisp white button up shirt from New Look. It’s pretty cold and pretty preppy out here in Lyon so I decided to dress it down with a plain grey sweater from H&M and dark blue jeans from Zara. If I had worn this with patent heels or leather booties, it probably would have made a nice date outfit. But because it was a lazy Wednesday, I wore my comfortable white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.

And voilà, chilling in classic attire is Zahra.

To get my look, check these out:

Black Blazer: $147.00 or 129.00 at Zara Men
White Shirt: $29.35 at Asos
Grey Sweater: $9.95 at H&M Basics
Jeans: $45.00 or 39.95 at Zara
Sneakers: $95.00 at Nike

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