I had the pleasure of receiving this gorgeous dress in person by Fariba herself whilst in Dubai which automatically makes it more personable in being able to put a face to the brand so yay!

FARIBA is a recently launched modest fashion brand based in Dubai which caters to young women who are looking to find a balance between quality and affordability in modest fashionwear. Her collections are designed to be stylish and chic, yet affordable, without compromising on modesty.

Her mission is “to enhance self expression” and create thoughtful pieces which customers will treasure.

“We design with integrity, enabling women to express their identity with creativity whilst staying true to their values.”

This specific dress was a made to measure piece, and I absolutely adored everything about it; from the color, to the perfect neckline -not too constricted and not too low, lovely sleeve detailing and gorgeous pleating at the bottom, ugh, so so good!

I paired it with a printed turban and a pair of vintage inspired earrings which I thought added the right amount of glint to the look, and nude strappy heels! This could easily be worn during Eid or to a wedding or bridal shower; the addition of a glitzy clutch or necklace, or simply some mid-length finessy earrings. I personally wouldn’t add too much as I feel it would take away for the dress itself, but everyones style choice differs!

Be sure to have a look at their Instagram page (@faribastore) and if something tickles your fancy get in touch now in time for an Eid outfit!

Just got back from a few days in Amman with the W Hotel and wanted to share a bit of what we got up to!

I was actually in Jordan a few months ago and had written a bit of a rundown/helping hand here alongside me very first vlog (here) so go have a creep if you’re interested!

Last time around there were a few things I didn’t get a chance to do and wallah I never thought I would be back so soon let alone have the opportunity to a) work with the W and b) do/see the things I missed so alhamdulillah times a million yet again for the way everything works and falls into place xxx

The W Amman recently opened in Jordan and is lovely jubly! Friendly and helpful staff, beautiful views of the city, and honestly a great place to stay if you’re ever in town.

The hotel features its very own helipad (because why not?!) and our first morning had us working out/taking pictures on it lol – fyi, it was at this very moment when Saira realized she needed to get back on that whole running and exercising tip.

Myself and a couple others were shooting scenes and the like throughout the week with @wearematteblack which was a laugh and a half so stay tuned for the final video which is bound to look amazing inshallah (I made them promise to make me look cool lol fingers crossed)

Made our way to the Citadel which we never got a chance to go to last time; had seen some stunning photos of the view and the amphitheater in the distance, and it didn’t disappoint.

We visited Rainbow Street again, and I’m not too sure I’m in love with it very much lol last time around it was during the day and I gave it the benefit of the doubt; figured it was one of those places which comes alive in the evening lol but this time around it was evening, and yes definitely more alive, but meh.

Maybe I just haven’t wandered in and out the side streets to completely be in awe of what it is, but it was nice to just stroll and chat with everyone nonetheless. Saira also lost her charger and sunnies so yay go team!

Next we were headed on a bit of a road trip to Wadi Rum and Petra for some glamping and camels and 4×4’s which is right up my alley lol hadn’t seen Wadi before so was excited to do that and really just be in the desert again!

Spent the night with Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp and would definitely recommend them if you fancy a night in Wadi. Air conditioned tents with your own bathroom, hot shower included lol I was more than impressed!

Saira also lost her jacket which had some important documents and cards and cash inside and freaked out after realizing it was missing a day later lol smh but alhamdulillah it was found and everything was intact!

Petra was the next day and getting in took a little longer than usual because filming permits etc. had to be sorted. Some of you must have seen on my instastory that we drove into Petra from the back all the way to the Treasury bit – so blady amazing and a story I’m ready to tell anyone and everyone who’ll listen lol

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Last time I never got the chance to view the Treasury from up top and it’s something I really wanted to experience. Once you get to the Treasury bit, head towards the left of it and one of the locals will offer to take you up for a fee (we got him down to 6JD for two people); I don’t think you’re able to go up without one. It’s about a 10-15 minute climb (wear trainers or comfortable shoes – not flats) and once you get to the top you’ve got to give someone else some money to get to the actual mat bit where you can sit and take your photos for instagram and get a pretty cool view of what’s below!

After Petra we were headed back to Amman as most of us were flying out that evening. There were some extra shots the team wanted to get on the helipad back at the hotel so your girl headed up only to be greeted up close and personal by a real-life helicopter which I got to sit in and hover about in which was freaking amazing! ( I was well excited lol check out my highlights on instagram for clips!)

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And that’s that! Inshallah definitely want to take mama to Jordan at some point as I think she’d really enjoy it! I think I mentioned this in my last post as well but I’d recommend at least a week-and-a-half to two weeks just to cover some of the main sites Jordan has to offer. Also don’t forget about the Jordan Pass which covers your visa entry alongside access to Petra, Wadi Rum etc., and it’s also valid for 12 months after purchase so your girl felt chuffed using hers again at the airport haha

Still not finished that Nepal post from April, yikes, but its coming I promise!

love and light and hugs sent your way xoxo

Ramadan Kareem to you and yours from me and me! From the bottom of my heart I wish you all a super blessed month filled with lots of ease, peace, and prayer inshallah x

Quick rundown of Ramadan: the 9th month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims all over the world abstain from food and drink to commemorate the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad. It’s a time where friends and families gather in remembrance of God and goodness so as to come closer to the faith itself. As kids we were told we fast to feel what others in the world feel on the daily to remind ourselves how blessed we are so we can be grateful for everything which I think still stands; the gates of heaven are also open tenfold this month as shaytaan (satan) is kinda sorta locked up for the month so any good deeds you do are multiplied. I could go on lol but essentially a special month for us and one which most of us look forward to every year to gain as many blessings and goodness as we can and I suppose reflect on every conscious and subconscious thought and action; if shaytaan is locked up and I’ve still got bad thoughts and can’t blame him, that means its just me init?! dun dun dunn lol you get the gist yea?!

-Yesterday

Right after Maghrib your girl went to make dua #standard, and this wave of excitement came over me like the night before Christmas (joke, I don’t do Christmas lol) but just this Ramadan giddiness at the fact it was that time of year again and how blessed to be alive to witness and partake in it, and I suppose be granted another chance to revive my heart&soul. Ironed my abaya, ready to head to the masjid for the first tarawih of the month only to learn it was a false alarm and that we’ve got one more day haha so I’m taking it as a sign to sit down and reflect on things I might want to work on this month inshallah; thought I’d share some of them, not to contend for Muslim-of-the-year or any of that [in fact I think faith is a personal thing between you and God but let’s leave that be] but I enjoy reading and reflecting on other people’s [general] goals and visions and aspirations and at times they inspire me to keep that light at the end of the tunnel aglow or add them to my list of growth, and Ramadan is a month of sharing and reflecting so why not add to that realm of potential pintrest inspo lol

so, here are 5 of a few more things I’d personally like to work on or get better at this month and I hope they might resonate with some of you as well!x

  • Pray on time regardless of where I may be

I might be lame for this one, granted I’m currently living in a Muslim country and there are always places to stop and pray, but I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes if I’m out or at work and adhan goes, I’ll talk myself into making it up later when I get home (which I do alhamdulillah), but yea, no excuses this month inshallah! I know I can’t be the only one who does this lol and if I am, oops, but hopefully if it becomes routine it’ll naturally develop into a habit – the good kind!

  • Say or do something kind for someone everyday

I think I try to do this regularly, but when you train your mind to be conscious of what it’s saying or doing, it’s pretty amazing how you’re subconsciously keeping track of what it is you’ve set out to do. If that makes sense?! Whether it’s paying someone a compliment, holding the door open, or making dua in your heart for that persons wellbeing, the small things will hopefully add up and not only put a smile on the other person’s face but inshallah on me heart as well!

  • Don’t waste food

We all do this and its pretty shite. Most of us at least, especially in this month and its terrible. I know sometimes you end up cooking too much and there’s only so many days you can go eating the same thing, but share or pack, or don’t go OTT in the kitchen lol sort out a schedule with your mates so instead of 5 of you preparing munch individually, have 1host per night. Nothing fancy or an Instagram iftar, just a standard ‘let’s not waste food’ type of iftar lol also pack up leftovers and share them with coworkers the next day or distribute it to the homeless, or feed the cats outside your building, anything other than that tsk and muttering of ‘astagfirallah’ we give ourselves before chucking food into the trash. This’ll be my second Ramadan alone and coming from a big family it’s natural to just prepare futoor for 5+ people lol so definitely going to try and cut it to 2-3 people and have mates over and anything left will inshallah be packed for coworkers!

  • #nobadwords

Last year a friend and I had a swear jar where we kept tabs on what came out of each others mouths, and any profanity resulted in a certain amount being placed in the jar. At the end of the month we had accumulated quite a bit lol (oops) and gave it to one of the workers in our building which I suppose is kind of like turning your bad deeds into something good for someone else lol so I think that’s something I want to continue this year. Granted the point is to watch what actually comes out of me mouth and be conscious of particular word choices, but in the likely event something slips out, inshallah it’s for a good cause right?!

  • Consistently content

This sounds odd, and I know we all aspire to come out changed for the better and our faith strengthened a tad more than how we entered the month, but give it a week or so and all them old habits tend to make their way back into everyday life which kinda sorta sucks.

I think I want to get to this point inshallah where I’m just good and okay with everything, the bad and the good and the unexpected, and have my heart and soul content with knowing that everything happens for a reason; I know I’ve gotten better at this over the years alhamdulillah but just strengthening that faith and maybe learning some new duas that speak to tawakkul (concept of reliance on God aka ‘God’s Plan’ as Drake so eloquently put it lol) and having it be a consistent constant is something I’d like to work on! If you’ve got any duas or hadiths you love that speak to this, def send them my way please and thank you!x

And there you have it lol 5 of a few other goals this month but these hit more of the surface layer; might seem quite simple and easy peasy but they’re ones I want to get better at and which inshallah I think and hope are realistically attainable this month! If you’ve got a couple of your own that you’re willing to share, comment below or on instagram as I’d love to hear them!x As always, lots of love and light and prayers sent your way, even more so in this super special month xx

Our last day in Seoul was a free for all so I had made a list of a few places I wanted to see and kinda sorta challenged meself to get it all done in about 12 hours!

I convinced myself at the airport that I didn’t need a local sim, which in all honesty I really didn’t, BUT it would’ve come in handy here and there just because. During breakfast the morning of, I sat with my ickle pencil and notebook, googled station stops and directions, any hints from the online world really lol and off we went!

If you’re from Toronto, you already know how slightly lame our miskeen metro system is. It’s nothing compared to the likes of London or New York, and now Seoul lol a whole lot of colors and interchanges and English words on top of Korean symbols and super overwhelming to look at when you’re already a tad confused! On top of that no one appeared to be at the information booth underground and besides a map, 3 ticket machines and an entrance barrier, there wasn’t much third party assistance.

The machines themselves are helpful if you know where you want to go. They easily translate into English and sort your fare accordingly. I was hoping to grab a tourist pass or a day pass of some sort but obvs couldn’t ask anyone so not sure if one exists, but from my understanding you purchase one-way tickets to your stop or via your route which I’m aware is completely ridiculous for people who live there and there must be a system in place, but just in my experience I’ve got no clue! Your girl did the one-way one-way thing and it was fine; fares are also super cheap so #winwin ! Did mess up one time and barriers wouldn’t let me exit, but some nice elderly Korean men helped me jump over (their idea promise) and that was that!

First stop: Bukchon Hanok Village

  • Anguk Station (Subway line 3; dark orange line)

-take exit 2 and walk North (this is dumb I know but it might help; I hate when people use north/south/east/west because who blady uses that anymore) toward Bukchon-ro Street. Walk for about 10-20 minutes and you’ll begin to see traditional houses and tourist shops which also rent out traditional dresses for all your Instagram needs! (*rumor has it that if you dress up, you’re granted free entry into the palace..!)

The village itself isn’t really a ‘tourist’ attraction; it’s simply a residential area which houses hundreds of traditional houses called ‘hanoks’ that apparently date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The traditional essence and structure of the houses has been preserved whilst still current with signs of ‘the modern world’ lol and its quite interesting to see the contrast between the two; ie. a benzo pulling out of a hanok house or security cameras overlooking traditional doors etc. but it’s a beautiful area nonetheless! Also if someone is selling strawberries while you’re around, buy some lol the sweetest strawberries ever!

Next make your way to  Bukchon-ro 5-gil street; go back the way you entered and make a right onto Bukchon5 and walk straight on for a bit. Depending on the season, Jeongdok Public Library on your right is (was) a beautiful spot to catch the cherry blossoms if they’re in season. We were apparently in the last week of the season so a lot of them had already bloomed and fallen but it was still super beautiful to see and walk through.

Continue on Bukchon 5 after that; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is on your left if that tickles your fancy – I just admired it from the outside lol

Cross over at the lights and you’ve got both the National Folk Museum of Korea in front of you and the back entrance to Gyeoungbokgung Palace. The museum grounds are free to walk through (obvs your girl chose that option), which was lovely, and then I’d definitely recommend leaving and continuing [south] on Gallery Street until you come to the main gates of Gyeoungbokgung Palace. Again, the massive entrance grounds are free to tour and walk around [didn’t go in because we were on a time constraint], but the architecture of the palace and seeing people dressed in traditional wear is definitely something to experience!

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Palace over, head to the closest metro which would be Gyeoungbokgung station (Subway line 3; dark orange line) either towards Common Ground or Seoul Tower, whichever you fancy. I did Common Ground next only because we were staying closer to the tower so I figured I’d do that then head back to the hotel, but both are easily accessible once you’re on the metro!

Space: Common ground

  • Konkuk University Station [dark green line; line 2 or 7]

-take exit 6 and walk straight for 5-10 minutes and you’ll see it on your left

Common ground is one of Seoul’s first pop-up stores and has been built with about 200 vibrant blue shipping containers stacked and welded together to create the space. Definitely exudes a more hipster and urban vibe to the city and just a wicked spot to check out. Restaurants are on the 3rd floor with a terrace overlooking the grounds, café’s on the first, and food truck grub in the open area on the grounds; stores are lined up indoors and are def more urban/street brands.  Apparently there’s also a weekend market which takes place alongside various street performances and such.

Next up was Seoul Tower also known as Namsan Tower

  • Myeongdong Station (subway line 4; light blue line)

-Make your way to the opposite side of the street [exit 2-4] and wait for the number 5 bus at the bus stop; the stop is literally as it shows in the photo below

Seoul Tower is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in Seoul. Presumably its become a tourist attraction because of the view it provides overlooking the city. I had planned to take the cable car up top to get a view and take some photos but time wasn’t on my side so hung about near the foot of the tower and enjoyed the blossoms and whatever view I could manage from there which was still quite lovely!

Because Myeongdong was en route to the hotel, took the bus back from the tower [same route], got off at Myeongdong Station and walked through the street itself to get home. Myeongdong is synonymous with Seoul itself and is definitely a must if you’re ever in the city. Shopping galore and just this exciting bustle which I haven’t experienced elsewhere. There seemed to be a daily evening street food market we caught a couple times which had vendors selling a variety of items if you’re into trying new foods!

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Skin care is another one that kind of took over the street lol its quite overwhelming the first time around, especially if you’re like me and super fascinated by the skincare/cosmetic world lol so I’d recommend doing a bit of research online about certain brands and specific products you might want to try to eliminate a) wasting time looking at everything & b) spending money on things you probably don’t need! The street is also a great place to pick up any souvenirs or novelty Korean items for your peeps back home! ie. Hello Kitty socks, dancing PSY dolls, keychains etc.

And that was that my loves! Made me way back afterwards and headed to the airport to experience the most wonderful week of uncomfortable jetlag possible haha FYI, Incheon Airport isn’t the greatest; we all struggled finding a place to sit let alone something to munch, and the only place open at 11pm was Starbucks which wasn’t quite able to fill the hunger void lol

Anyways! Hope that’s provided somewhat of an itinerary for those who might have Seoul as an upcoming destination, and/or shown how realistic it is to maximize a short period of time wherever you might be! Keep an eye out for a Korean vlog also coming your way soon which will hopefully provide more of a visual to some of the aforementioned! xxx

Hiya! We’re finally back from a few new places which means lots to share with you all and I can’t wait! You probably know by now that mama and I have returned from a pretty epic 10 days in Nepal and India which was an experience I don’t think either of us is ever going to forget! Seeing the sunrise over the Himalayas and Everest, sky-diving over the Annapurna Valley, seeing the Taj Mahal together and just freaking enjoying each others company is something I’m so grateful alhamdulillah that we had the chance to do x check out the pre-pre to our adventure on youtube here!

We moved around quite a bit during this trip, checking into a new place every night which did get a tad tiring, so I think we were both super grateful for our stay at bloomrooms in New Delhi during the final 2 days of our adventure! Coming back to the same place and same room brought a sense of comfort and ease, especially right before heading back to Kuwait, something I’d definitely recommend just before you head home ie. staying put in one location during the final leg!

bloomrooms New Delhi is part of the larger Bloom Hotels Group which oversees a few different hotels throughout Asia. This includes hotels in Delhi, Bangalore, Gurgaon, and Goa [secretly stoked about this one!] They’ve also been featured in the lonely planet guide, Conde Nast Traveler, Cnn, GQ, and the New York Times just to name a few!

The number one priority @bloom hotels is to ensure guests get a good nights rest during their stay, resulting in a custom built cloudbed placed in each room which I think mama and I can both attest to being super comfortable! Showers and the bath area were also super lovely and spacious; after experiencing a couple drip-drippy showers the one at blooms was heavenly. Mama particularly loved the scent of their body wash & soaps so its got an official mum seal of approval lol

We stayed at the bloomrooms @ Link Road location which was awarded with the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for the fourth year running. At first we definitely found it hard to locate, partly due to the fact our tuk-tuk driver had no idea where he was going and didn’t have a phone or googlemaps and tried to scam us hard core (your girl had to pull out the teacher finger on mandem!), but once we were settled and were able to situate ourselves it was definitely a blessing! It’s quite central and located in a residential area which made us feel quite safe and secure (again especially since our blady driver took us through the backroad slums convincing us we should trust him and check in someplace else he knew of as this was a smelly and unsafe area. Fact: it wasn’t!)

The location itself sports the cutest garden ever, alongside a lounge and café on the grounds. The general atmosphere and vibe was up me alley as well; not too stuffy or too lax, but a balance between the two. Someplace you could def hang out with mates and have a laugh or potentially hold a meeting at; perfect for both leisure and business purposes I suppose! The caf stays open til quite late which I appreciated because mum and I ended up getting munchy at random times lol food is freshly cooked which was another plus and again, mum approved! Mamas the type who isn’t too keen to eat out very often, so when she does she’s quite particular about where she eats lol so the fact that she opted to head back to blooms on several occasions whilst we were out and preferred to eat there is quite telling lol

A 5-10 minute walk via an overpass bridge to Jangpura Metro Station allowed access to the whole of Delhi. A tourist day pass was 200 rupees ($3 CAD) per person which gave us access to all lines including towards the airport metro which was lovely (you know I love me public transport). The location also has a car on the property which I’m sure you can book if you need to get someplace, but be sure to do it in advance so they can coordinate with the driver. Mum and I were kindly dropped off to the metro our first day which def helped visualize our surroundings and mentally map out the route there and back!

I also love meself an old fashioned paper tourist map with sites and metro systems etc. and the one provided by blooms was super helpful, especially because our location was so accessible to everything. Accessibility is definitely something I look for when wanting to stay someplace ie. is it close to public transport, can I get to sites, town etc. without a taxi, can I walk etc etc etc. and so was grateful for where we were placed.

Staying at blooms allowed for a much needed wind down to our trip which I was grateful for. The fact that both mum and I were able to enjoy the space and that it met our different needs (comfort, access to technology, food, location etc.) was blessed. If you’re ever in the region or come across a blooms establishment (click here for a list), definitely give them a go as they’re guaranteed to meet your needs and then some!

Special thanks to bloomrooms@Link Road for hosting me for a night during my stay in Delhi. All opinions and views expressed are my own.