Posts tagged Outfits
Currently Obsessed — Spring
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I started this post last Friday and I’m just getting around to posting it now… It’s been a crazy week to say the least. On top of catching up with work (as usual) I just finished teaching (my part-time job) on Thursday! I honestly didn’t think I would love teaching as much as I did, which is crazy! My poor students had to put up with my architecture ramblings (lol) but I’m hoping they all benefited. I definitely enjoyed meeting them all.

Spring is here, sort of, which means my lighter pieces move to the front of my rack. I love a good straw hat and white blouse, which can seem very “picnic” at times. But the real star of this post  are the bold, colorful, floral prints, which I know for Spring is nothing new, but how amazing these patterns on pants! — a little out of my comfort zone which only makes me want to wear them more.

Do I Adore Cafe Dior?
Simply Gharib Cafe Dior Miami
Simply Gharib - Cafe Dior Miami

Just when you thought the Miami Design District couldn’t get any ‘bougier’, it’s now upped itself with the addition of Café Dior. Which, as you can guess, is just as expensive as the name it bears. Dior has its signature cafe in Seoul and St. Tropez, so to open one up in Miami has made it the place to be - why? The cafe is Instagram-worthy as the perfect aesthetic for ‘haute’ coffee photos and photo backdrops.

I went to the cafe for my birthday with my husband and two friends. Of course, taking photos and posting them on my instagram story was easy, since the place itself is already cute. But listen up, because this is the part no one really talks about, the coffee and desserts are obscenely expensive. First of all, the coffee is $12 (+tax +tip +non-dairy milk) (there’s a reason they don’t advertise the menu online) and no, it is not worth it. I enjoy my cup of Nespresso and Starbucks more than the coffee they provided. A single macaron (pictured below) cost as much as the coffee. I thought Laduree was pricey, their macarons seem like a very reasonable $2.80/each.

So what’s the point? I had a very interesting conversation with a few friends on the power of social media for cafes and restaurants. It has the power to drive masses of people to these locations for the perfect photos. Even I’m guilty of this. I appreciate a beautifully designed space, I am an architect after all. My issue is there needs to be a balance between quality/price and Instagrammable design, otherwise these locations will gain fast momentum and die out just as fast. If it’s not already obvious - I would not recommend this cafe nor do I see myself going back. Yes, I can see the couture vibes beating a local corner Starbucks, but with places like OTL Miami right downstairs, Dr. Smood, Blue Bottle Coffee around the corner, etc… there is no need to choose Cafe Dior when there is an abundance of reasonably-priced, Instagrammable places right next door.

I did have a lot of fun, but this is true with any situation when you’re with the best people. This is all just my experience and opinion, maybe its a one-time-only kind of place or maybe there are those of you who think the ‘Dior’ powdered outline is worth every penny. All I’m saying is I’m not going to lie and say this is an amazing cafe just because the photos look amazing. There needs to be a little more transparency on social media when it comes to these things.

Dior, 162 NE 39th Street, Miami Design District

Dior, 162 NE 39th Street, Miami Design District

#OOTD Cairo Week of 03.01.19
Wearing:  F21   dress    |  Khan el Khalili Bazaar scarf (  similar   )

Wearing: F21 dress | Khan el Khalili Bazaar scarf (similar)

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Wearing:  Something Navy   top   | Something Navy   coat   | TopShop   pants

Wearing: Something Navy top | Something Navy coat | TopShop pants

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Wearing:  Charlotte Russe blazer ( similar ) | Kotn   top   | Frame  pants

Wearing: Charlotte Russe blazer (similar) | Kotn top | Frame pants

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Wearing:  Alexander Wang top (  similar  ) | H&M   pants

Wearing: Alexander Wang top (similar) | H&M pants

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Our most recent trip to Egypt was a bit spontaneous (we booked the flights 2 weeks in advanced), because I missed home. Which is strange to say since I was technically born and raised in the US, but my high school years in Cairo deeply impacted who I am today. It’s where I met my husband, my friends, where I bonded with my siblings and family - NY is always home, but Cairo is as well. I didn’t realize how much I needed that trip, as did my sister and Abd-Allah, we were happy. I found myself nostalgic for the good old days, the days where my biggest struggles in life were IB-related and getting back home before curfew (lol).

It’s safe to say I’ll definitely be planning a trip back soon. Traveling to new places is good for the soul, but returning home is an even better feeling.

NYFW [Day 3]
Wearing: F21  jumpsuit , F21  jacket , Valentino  handbag

Wearing: F21 jumpsuit, F21 jacket, Valentino handbag

[Day 3] was my last day of NYFW — reality awaits (aka work), but I’m thankful for the experience. A few things no one really posts during fashion week is 1. all the lines we wait in! I became friends with the front entrance security (lol) so they let me wait inside in the warmth, otherwise most people wait in the cold until doors open. 2. most of the shows started late, so everyone just kinda waits for it to start (this is when I’d randomly start chatting up with anyone). 3. I already covered the ‘standing’ tickets, but recap — not all those seated were given seats (myself included). ‘Standing’ tickets are for guests who still cover the show but are also seat fillers.

My 3rd and last day was definitely my favorite because I covered two shows for brands I absolutely love. Self Portrait, a brand I actually wear, and R13, a brand I should definitely start to wear.

 

Self Portrait:

I love self-portrait — designs are always on trend, but can still be worn for seasons to come. It can be pricey, but worth it, especially when finding a good piece on sale. This season was a new level of fun sophistication and colorful elegance .

 
Self Portrait Fall-Winter 2019

Self Portrait Fall-Winter 2019

Plaid dresses, whimsical patterns, lace, and stripes danced down the runway, all while maintaining the classic Self Portrait tailoring. 
 
Self-Portrait RTW Fall 2019

It's clear that Self Portrait is made for the modern woman. The clean black and white silhouettes, animated by layering, ankle-length slits, puffy-sleeves, and embellished seams. The layering ‘second skin’ turtleneck under the dresses was interesting, sort of like a covered-up-sexy look. My favorite pieces were the orange-and-blue checkered pattern, black-and-white floral pattern, and the mixture of patterns. The collection is versatile — I can see myself wearing these pieces to work, happy-hour, or Sunday brunch.

 

R13 Denim:

old is new and exciting again — R13 created layers and layers of chic grunge and cool patterns. The venue itself perfectly matched the show, as it was set in an old building on wall st (leave it to R13 to make an old building look cool). A change from the shows I had attended prior, I loved the experience: the show, the music, and the clothes.

 
R13 Denim Fall-Winter 2019

R13 Denim Fall-Winter 2019

I went to this amazing thrift shop with brooches and things from so many different decades. Just as an idea, [I thought] wouldn’t it be cool if we did a collection out of things only in this thrift shop?
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Grunge is back — according to R13 it’s “grandma grunge,” as the runway was filled with tweed, plaid, and rock ‘n’ roll vibes. The creativity of the fall show marked the mixture of high fashion meets grunge elements from different eras. I immediately imagined the cool young girls walking the halls of high school, just as they did before — only much chicer. I’m a huge fan of layering clothes, R13’s layering and seamless Earth-tone-patterns flowed together so easily, decorating the outfits with some beautiful pins and crystal brooches.