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I’m Still Learning | Pop Of Mustard Yellow
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I'm Still Learning

You know when you were a kid you couldn’t wait until your next birthday because you were guaranteed presents and attention. Now we’re in our 20s and every year seems like a realization that we are not where we pictured ourselves to be in all aspects of life whether that is relationships, career, or personal goals. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I remember being 13 swimming in my friend's pool as her 23 year-old sister hung out with her friends on the deck. I watched from a distance, honestly thinking they were all so grown-up living that adult life. Only for me to reach the age of 23 and not know wtf is going on most of the time. It’s good to have those goals, and sometimes we (meaning ourselves) are our worst critic. Things never go as planned, but they also may not be as far off as we think. 

Some days you may feel like “F**k, I do not have my sh*t together.”

Some days your mood may be: “Just trying to get to the next day”

Nonetheless, we all need comfort and positivity sometimes. There are some things I've been learning and coming to realize over the years. 

On Love:

When you have found the one, hold on to him/her. Cherish that connection because that partnership is everlasting. I met my husband back when I was 16 years-old, and contrary to how things worked out, I actually did not plan or envision myself getting married (especially so young). To some that may be a goal, to me it was a life blessing to meet him without even planning it. With your partner, you should feel like your best self, its not always easy but you'll know if its worth it. Let’s remember that we are all about growth and many of us are in that “figuring out phase”, hold onto the one who supports you. pushes you. comforts you. sees your vision at times when you don’t. Don’t get caught up in the “togetherness” of it all, it is okay to have a vision that is separate from theirs, it is also okay to be in a relationship with yourself. 

On Career:

The worst thing they can say is no, right? I have a problem hearing "no", but what I've realized is its better to hear a response than nothing at all, so I keep pushing for an answer. Why? Because I believe in myself, even at times when I feel like it'll never work out. Apply for that job that you are totally not qualified for! Because again, the worst thing they can say is no. Most of us are still trying to navigate through and there will be moments where you are saying to yourself “What the hell?!” Trust yourself and stay consistent and persistent. It is going to happen for you, one day you'll look back at these moments wondering why you were so stressed. 

On You:

To realize the value of you, ask my mom. Whenever I'd dread my birthday, she'd pray to see her next one. Learn to value those friendships. They are everlasting. You don’t have to have it all figured out. You may never really be fully prepared, but this is life and it is our biggest teacher. Have your priorities together and never settle. Have fun. Be vulnerable. Be spontaneous. Don't be afraid to be open and love. Surround yourself with like minded people. People are who they attract, so if you don’t like someone in your circle look at what was it that drew them to you and take it from there. Don’t get caught up in the social media hole. We are a generation that craves instant gratification. Sometimes we miss the little things in life…we are only in our 20s once. May not always seem like it, but you're doing great. 

Wearing:  Tory Burch  Top  | Banana Republic  Shorts  | Gucci  Loafers

Wearing: Tory Burch Top | Banana Republic Shorts | Gucci Loafers

I have my ups & downs with color in my wardrobe, but I do love a good mustard yellow. My recent trip to Montreal was fun but cloudy and gloomy, bold statements and pops of color is one way to stand out. 

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Pajama Errands
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Wearing : J.O.A   top   

Wearing: J.O.A top 

Running errands or going to work in pajamas is probably frowned upon, but a silk pajama esqué top is an exception. Lately with Ramadan its been difficult finding the energy to do things. So here are little ideas to get you out of bed and help your mood:

  • get some sunshine
  • opening the curtains
  • eat a good meal, if you can
  • don’t stay up until 3am
  • go out for a walk
  • get off social media if it’s unhealthy
  • take a relaxing shower
  • don’t stay in bed the whole day
  • plan out your day
  • listen to music
  • change your clothes
  • set yourself small goals
  • say yes to fun events
  • plan a dinner out
  • talk to a close friend
  • drink a cup of tea/coffee, if you can

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#OOTD Puerto Rico Trip
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Wearing: J.O.A Top | F21 Pants | Nasty Gal Shoes

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Wearing: Bar III Dress | Cult Gaia Bag

Wearing:  Nasty Gal  Dress  | Stella McCartney Heals  Similar

Wearing: Nasty Gal Dress | Stella McCartney Heals Similar

I've been too busy lately to focus on writing. Part of that busy schedule included a fun getaway to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Guys - as I've said before "busy" should also include something you want to do. Block out everything else and plan something for yourself. My little trip was full of colorful walls, amazing company, polka dots and flowy dresses. 

Utility Skirt
Simply Gharib
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Fangirl Yourself

...like you would Queen Bey.

I have been rattling my brain with writer's block all week. Writing is still very new, but it's been 3 months so there's an accomplishment. I may not have a Bey-army, but I have the most amazing group of people in my life who share comments, repost, and show support. But my biggest all-time fan was always my mom. And I think the reason I haven't been able to write is because, I haven't been able to tell her anything. My mom was THE person I called for my (sometimes silly) accomplishments. Like when I got my curtains on sale or finished reading my latest book; she cheered for me no matter what. It wasn't about validation or approval, it was simply telling my mom made it feel real. No matter how strange or small it was, it was an accomplishment, but only she could make it feel important and real. Knowing my mom she'd say "if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to believe in you?" That is something I need to learn, and I don't think I'll ever stop learning from her. I am my mother's daughter, when I celebrate myself, she celebrates with me.

We all need to learn to take the time to reflect and give ourselves credit where it is due. Even if it is for something small. Whether it is going to the gym for a week straight. Something random like starting a YouTube channel (I see you Youssef Twins), or finding curtains at an amazing price, you are accomplishing something! Not everyone may see it, but as long as you’re giving yourself credit, it won't matter. It is always important to celebrate your accomplishments aka: fangirl yourself.

I am an impatient perfectionist, God bless my family for putting up with it, but I know I'm not the only one. Truth is, if success could be achieved overnight, we would all be rich and famous (or at least employed at our dream jobs). You may not like where you are right now in life, but you need to trust the process and know that your time is coming. In the meantime, enjoy the journey and feel proud of everything you have accomplished so far.

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Wearing: Top Shop Skirt | AFRM Sweater 

I've never really been into skirts, but I've found a way to tap into my feminine side in an edgier way with the utility skirt. I would suggest pairing them with t-shirts and oversized sweaters if you’re like me and love to be comfortable. Shop below: