Ola! So everything’s been on a temporary hold for the last little bit; life, the blog, life lol and thanks to those of you asking where it went because I presume that to mean you missed postings..?! yay!x Couple posts to share in the next few days so stay tuned inshallah! A turban tying tutorial of some sort also finally made its debut on instagram a few weeks ago, so let me know if you’d like to see it posted here! Hope everyone’s Ramadan is going well and you’re happy, healthy, and so in love with life inshallah! xoxo

If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably noticed that this skirt has made more than its fair share of debuts on my page alongside a number of other bloggers/instagrammers sporting the metallic trend (is it still trending?!) so I thought it might be helpful to share some potential styling ideas for those who wanted to give it a go and make it a little less daunting of an experience! (because lets be honest its a tad intimidating wearing something so shiny!)

I had been on the hunt for a metallic, particularly silver, mid-length skirt, with pleats of course, but it fared super difficult to find one the perfect length for me tall self that wasn’t too short and I didn’t want a maxi. I had picked up this gold pleated material from the souk last year with plans of making it into something but never got around to it; finally got a chance to see a tailor this year, figured lets skirt it, and voila! the perfect length and a cute skirt was achieved alhamdulillah!

  1. Solid knit/jumper

If you’re opting for a low-key, testing the waters kinda look, pairing your skirt with a complimentary solid knit gets the job done. Either a cropped knit or a super oversized one which can hang below your waist line (not recommended if you’re shorter). If you’ve got a mid length knit, tuck one side into your waist band and fluff the rest out to achieve this effortless ‘oh my jumper accidentally got tucked into me pants’ look which I kinda sorta love! I’ve paired mine with a light knit from American Eagle (Don’t Ask Why collection) and a pair of Keds on me feet to keep it casual!

2. Jacket

A leather or bomber jacket paired over a solid tee would also work with this look. I opted for a camo just because I liked how the print contrasted with the gold and silver and wanted a bit of a grungy look if you will! Jacket is Topshop and trainers are Zara.

3. Metallic on Metallic

er can you say overkill! but I’m so in love with it! We had our winter concert at school last week and I was ‘Mister Sun’ in one of the acts; I clearly chose the more glam side to sun dearest but I would totally wear this look again to an event or night out perhaps. Maybe I just think it works because it’s the holidays and anything (most things) obnoxiously shiny and glittery can work this time of year if you pair them correctly, but I definitely recommend you give it a go! (tag me if you do!!) The jumper and earrings are from H&M, and flats are by Vincci.

[4. Mix&Match]

I feel like this could be counted as that question at the end of an exam which you don’t have to do, but you get bonus marks if you do…yea that one! I fell in love with this jumper as soon as I saw it partly because of its odd-ness and as a challenge to put together a super cool look using it. Happened to come across a silver skirt whilst we were in Istanbul and kinda sorta knew the two were meant to be! If you’re up for mixing and matching prints and textures, play around with some colors and see what looks good or contrasts/compliments nicely and you may be pleasantly surprised! xo.

Merhaba!

A long weekend was randomly gifted to us a few weeks ago so Miss Iman and I ventured to Istanbul where we met up with her mama dearest. I’ve been to Istanbul a couple times before so wasn’t too stressy about itineraries and cramming a whole lot into 3days, but it was such a lovely getaway and the weather was beautiful, that perfect chill where its not too hot and not too cold but a blanket scarf provides the right amount of cozy warmth lol that kind! Being able to just stroll around and have a change of scenery was super refreshing alongside the endless amount of food consumed haha baklava (Hafiz Mustafa is the one!) and Turkish delights and chocolate mushrooms and tea and mmmmmm so so good lol

We initially almost missed our flight thanks to my sleeping in and Iman literally barging into my flat thinking I had died lol (sorry love x ) and then got scammed by a taxi driver upon arrival which wasn’t very fun, but alhamdulillah not too many incidents after that! Stayed in the most ideal location, a 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia which made my ickle heart super warm and fuzzy and content with life, especially when hearing the adhan at prayer times. The Blue Mosque is one of those places which leaves you in awe no matter how many times you see it and being in such close proximity to it was beautiful. I decided to be adventurous one morning and head out for Fajr prayers but chickened out last minute because I didn’t want to get kidnapped lawl. but I made it for jumah which was such an experience! I’ve written about my love for jumah in other countries and masjids etc etc etc lol so I won’t get into it again, but one of those heartwarming happy chappy soul feelings which was beautiful x if you know me you also know about my obsession with taking photos and looking for particular angles and such lol but I also love taking photos of  old people and children and went a bit stalkerish both at jumah and during the trip in general but I think it resulted in some beautiful photos which I’m super proud of! does anyone else ever take a really cool photo and think it should be framed in a cafe or someones living room?! (its probably just me but still!)

We munched at this place (I’ll have to get the name from Iman), that do only about 3-4 items on the menu because a) it’s their speciality and b) they’re that good, but dang son. so worth it! In Sultanahmet, I want to say right across the Aksaray metro stop..?!! (I’ll find out and stick it in someplace lol it’ll be a lot easier!)

Also did a Bosphorus cruise which I’d recommend; gives you some beautiful views of the bridge and the Galata tower and the city from a distance! There are a number of boats parked by the water who offer tours and trips so super easy to find and do! Spend a lovely evening in Taksim where we witnessed Tunis beat Libya (go Tunis go!) Taksim at night is a beauty on its own full of people chilling out over a shisha or walking and just essentially having a good time, so definitely worth experiencing if you’re ever in town. The Grand Bazaar was epic! I absolutely love souks and bazaars and anything of the sort which allows you to haggle; I just think it’s proper form and generally expected in such an environment lol but found some lovely pieces of jewellery and earrings so yay! Someone had asked on instagram about what/if there was anything particular I purchase from each country and yes I do! always a magnet and a piece of jewellery (specifically a pair of earrings or a necklace!) I love love love ethnic bohemian jewellery that’s slightly representative of each country and the whole rustic look and vibe they give/add to me collection and wearings so that’s always a must! I’ve also started to pick up either a postcard or a print (painting or a picture) as well which then go on my wall or fridge!

Tourism has generally died down quite a bit in Istanbul compared to what it was due to recent attacks which I presume left people a bit frightened and hesitant to make the trip, but anything can happen anywhere in the world at any point and it’s just one of those things that’s truly out of your control and you’ve got to make a decision as to what extent you’re willing to risk your safety or travel plans etc. We never felt unsafe or uneasy walking about on our own and people were generally nice and helpful so teshakular Istanbul and I’m sure I’ll be back at some point in me life inshallah!

I truly hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do and as much as I loved taking them haha I’m really chuffed with meself in case you hadn’t gathered! Headed home in a few weeks inshallah so yay for seeing mama! Hope all is well wherever you may be and you’re spreading smiles and love and holiday cheer to the world! xoxo

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I’m sure most of you are familiar with INAYAH, a modest clothing brand which feature some beautiful occasion pieces alongside your every casuals, all the while ensuring you’re ‘covered’ but still look fab! (if you haven’t, check them out here!)

I picked out the Charcoal Tailored Maxi Dress as I’ve been on the hunt for a dark grey maxi and love the quality and style of this piece. The sizing options for almost all their items are so diverse, and this was the first time something’s been longer than me! (I’m quite tall for some of you that weren’t aware!) I usually opt for the longest length because it’s still never long enough, but pleasantly surprised when I tried it on and could actually even have done with it a tad shorter! Regardless of, this dress could totally be dressed up or down and will definitely become one of the staples in me closet!

Be sure to check them out on instagram and online and they also ship worldwide! yay! xo.

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