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?
— Chris Leba
 
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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.

NYFW [Day 2]
Wearing: Theory  blazer , Zara  pants (   similar   )

Wearing: Theory blazer, Zara pants (similar)

[Day 2] of my first New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was low-key. I spent most of the day hanging out with my best friend in Soho. Aside from a quick presentation for BLDWN, the day was NYFW-free. I dressed more casual — can’t go wrong with a plain white tee and high-waisted mom jeans, which can easily be dressed it up with a blazer and boots.

 

BLDWN:

Absolutely beautiful presentation (my first ever) that had all the laid-back yet put-together outfits I wish I owned more of. BLDWN approaches getting dressed with cool & effortless sophistication. Of all the pieces I saw, the orange outfit was my favorite (as most of my followers agreed).

 
BLDWN F/W 2019 - Simply Gharib NYFW
The whole idea is the late Sixties, early Seventies way of high-low... Artists and poets [were] creating this bohemian glamour that was also aristocratic.
— Shayla Guy
 
BLDWN RTW Fall 2019

The biggest takeaway of the collection was cool modernity with an artful connection to the late 60s, yet customized for today’s generation. Classic and timeless the collection included — contrasting colored sleeves with checkered pants, soft blazer contrasted with leather skirt. The orange sweater and pant set was my favorite, as was the ability to talk to the models (an experience you don’t get on the runway). The clothes feel feminine but not girly, and strong but not masculine: casual, yet composed. 

NYFW [Day 1]
Wearing: H&M  sweater , H&M   pants  , H&M   blazer

Wearing: H&M sweater, H&M pants, H&M blazer

[Day 1] of my first New York Fashion Week (NYFW) ever! When I first started receiving invites, I thought to give them away like I did last season. I wasn’t about to hop on a flight to attend. It wasn’t until some convincing from others that I decided to experience it all — and I was nervous (to say the least). The minute I landed, I regretted the decision because I didn’t know what to expect, whether it was worth taking off work, or anything. This season I attended: Noon by Noor, Laurence & Chico, Pamella Roland, BLDWN, Self-Portrait, and R13 Denim — and no they were not all seated invites. Three of those invites were ‘standing’, meaning I was asked to fill in empty seats (hence how I got to sit second row most of the time), but any invite was a way into the experience!

Noon by Noor was the first show, since I didn’t really know anyone I just started making conversation with anyone around me. In doing so, I met some pretty amazing women. The show was spectacular (honestly). After waiting in line to: scan the invites, get in the elevator, be told where to sit (there was a lot of line waiting), once the music started, those 8 minutes of runway show were worth it. Little by little, the anxiety of trying something new went away, and I was just plain excited for the next shows.

 

Noon by Noor:

I started Day 1 with Noon by Noor’s F/W 2019 collection — being Arab from my father’s side I was low-key proud to attend the elegant & minimal women's line by Bahraini cousins Noor Rashid & Haya Mohammed Al-Khalifa.

 
Noon by Noor Fall-Winter 2019

Noon by Noor Fall-Winter 2019

True to their modern and effortless aesthetic. The block colors, silky dresses, and draping fabrics showcased a dynamic collection.
 
Noon by Noor F/W 2019 NYFW

Noon by Noor is known for their laidback yet elegant looks, this F/W 2019 collection included bold colored slip dresses and neutral relaxed co-ords pieces. The classic camel coats were a few of my favorite pieces as the ultimate sophisticated look with a twist of chic structure. The silk pleated blouses and dresses were a mixture of forest green, yellow, and black — all stylish, edgy, and subtle yet gorgeous as the models flowed down the runway.

 

Laurence & Chico:

One of the first brands to ever reach out with an invite, Laurence & Chico was not a show I could miss. Their thailand influenced runway and flight attendant whimsical humor reflected the brand’s true identity.

 
Laurence & Chico Fall-Winter 2019

Laurence & Chico Fall-Winter 2019

Bold colors, intricate beading, and embroidery. Laurence & Chico never disappoints in the realm of whimsical and fun.
 
LAURENCE AND CHICO

Laurence & Chico’s Fall/Winter 2019 is inspired by the designer duo’s recent trip to Thailand. Starting the show was a ‘flight attendant’ taking us through the air in their beautiful collection. The show was as dynamic as the collection was. Thai culture and cuisine are reflected in the collection through the use of bold colors, intricate beading and embroidery. The beautiful floral & leaves patterned outfits were my favorites, I loved the color mixture of green, pink, and navy. Silhouettes reflecting traditional Thai garments are reinterpreted with the Laurence & Chico touch of humor and whimsy.

 

Pamella Roland:

Of everything I posted from day 1, most commented on the dresses from the Pamella Roland show! And with good reason, at one point i put my phone down and just stood up during the show to look at each phenomenal design.

 
Pamella Roland Fall-Winter 2019

Pamella Roland Fall-Winter 2019

Tiffany glass and intricate stained-glass windows are the inspiration for this season’s collection, blending shades of bold and muted colors.
 
PAMELLA ROLAND

All overall WOW for the Pamella Roland collection F/W 2019 collection. Especially the dresses that were sparkling, glittering, and feathery— Pamella Roland did not disappoint with this collection. A strong sense of femininity and elegance, each dress made me think of wedding season in the Middle East, where gowns and cocktail dresses are made for the red carpet. The intricacy of the designs reflect the inspiration of Tiffany stained-glass windows — throughout the cocktail dresses and formal gowns, the collection is filled with elaborate detailing in texture and embroidery.

Valentine's Day - Give Me Experiences Part II
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Can’t believe it’s already been a year since my last Valentine’s Day post — the message still remains the same: Give me experiences. While I love gifts, as most of us do, I also love and have grown to appreciate experiences. Forget the chocolates and the roses. Keep the necklaces and bracelets aside for now. Give me your hand to hold as we fly to visit new countries. Give me conversation. Give me your time. Give me experiences. Give me you. This is a concept I’ve tried to implement not just on special days, but most days in my relationship. Whether that’s a relationship with a partner, family, friends, or yourself, it’s important to realize the best things in life are memories and experiences. It is the simplest, yet most luxurious gift anyone could wrap up and offer me. 

So with Valentine's Day approaching, here are some ideas to make the day (or upcoming weekend) unique and special. Spice things up and be spontaneous! (whether you're a couple or single showing yourself some self-love with your friends). 

1. Go on a staycation

You don't need to go anywhere to be spontaneous and travel. To experience the feeling of a home away from home, book into a romantic hotel. Take off work, don't make any plans and then get creative together for your day of relaxation.

2.Go Dancing.

Real dancing - You can take a class together or hit a salsa club.

3. Ice skating.

There's a reason why couples are always hitting the rink in our favorite rom-coms. Go with your girlfriends or your significant other. Ice skating is always a fun idea. 

4. A scavenger hunt.

You can make up your own, complete with creative challenges, photo missions, and sexy prizes or look for a local public event like the Amazing Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt in New York City.

5. A wine & Tapas crawl.

Skip the prix-fixe Valentine's Dinner restaurant - Hop from place-to-place (you can always check Opentable for ideas), grab seats at the bar, and order different kinds of wine and tapas all along the way. Way more interesting experience than a sit-down dinner.

6. Be a tourist in your own town. 

Especially in Miami or NYC, there is so much to do that we sometimes don't take advantage. Put everything else on hold for the day and do all the activities you have on your list but haven't made time for. 

7. Watch old romantic movies. 

If you want to stay in but need a change from Netflix shows - stream classics like Casablanca and Roman Holiday or timeless favorites like Say Anything and The Bodyguard

8. Cook Together

There's no reason to drop a fortune at a fancy dinner when you can make a meal yourself. Can't cook (like me…)? Meal delivery services like Plated have made it easier than ever to refine those culinary skills.

9. Go to an Event

Tickets to a local jazz club, a musical, sports game or museum tour? Either idea will be fun and outgoing. Dress up and splurge on fancy cocktails to make the outing extra special.

10. HAVE A SPA DAY

The only thing you really need to create your own at-home spa is some candles and oils.

11. DO A PUZZLE

Working with others on a puzzle will keep you entertained for hours without requiring too much energy.

12. SIT BY A FIRE

The most romantic Valentine's Day activity can be something as simple as keeping warm by the fire, with some hot cocoa for those currently freezing.

13. GRAB A COFFEE

A dimly lit coffee house can be just as romantic as a candle-lit restaurant. We did this for our wedding anniversary! And it was a night of fun & laughter while wearing some fancy outfits.

14. SHARE A MILKSHAKE

If coffee/tea isn’t romantic enough, then go old-fashioned by ordering one milkshake and two straws. You can add a modern twist by seeking out a place that serves boozy shakes or crazy toppings like the ones at Black Tap NYC.

Wearing:  Forever 21   Dress

Wearing: Forever 21 Dress

Ladies, if you’re like me and love to wear red on Valentine’s Day (or any occasion), this red satin dress is cute & affordable from Forever 21. So dress up and have some fun… but I get it, who doesn't love flowers and some jewelry, or Valentine’s Day chocolates and fancy dinners. There's no reason you can't do it all, if you can't think of a gift to get, last year’s Valentine’s Day post has some ideas. Point is whatever you chose to do/wear/gift, appreciate the time you spend with the people in your life. Don't stress over gifts or getting the best photo to share on Instagram - live in the moment and enjoy. 

Unpaid post - literally just a hobby run amok.