I'm wearing: ASOS culotte jumpsuit & top | Birkenstock sandals
July 29, 2014
I'm wearing: ASOS culotte jumpsuit & top | Birkenstock sandals
July 26, 2014
Wearing my uniform of all black and these leopard slip-ons. Not much else to say about this outfit other than that! Simple is always a winner in my book. And our new neighbours also seemed to like it:
Apparently we now have llamas living next door, as well as wallabies (haven't spotted those yet though). Now tell me life on the countryside isn't exciting...!
(Kidding, of course. If I have to live here for much longer, my tomb will read 'death by boredom')
I'm wearing: ASOS top & slip-ons | vintage leather skirt
July 23, 2014
What I'm wearing right now (or any other day this week): flowy trousers, bikini, Birkenstock sandals and every redhead's summer essentials: a hat and SPF50. Added bonus: a good book (currently reading Jack Kerouac's On the Road, a classic!) See ya!
July 19, 2014
The verdict: it's nice to have a little breeze in the boob area for a change, but I prefer my shirts buttoned with a little (if any...) cleavage. Next!
Also, must remember to pull up jeans before taking pictures. Underwear on display is so 2000s...
I'm wearing: GAP shirt (thrifted) | H&M jeans (very old - children's size! & DIY'ed by me) | Daisy Street heels
July 16, 2014
First of all, why is there a need for 'muslim fashion'? Why can't aspiring muslim fashionistas shop on the high street and then just cover up with a headscarf? Yes, many women shop at H&M, Topshop & Zara (my Moroccan friend Loubna knows the Zara collections by heart) but still they struggle to find a way to stay fashionable yet modest. Low necklines, tight jeans or sleeveless tops don't really fit in with the muslim dresscode. Layering is also an option, but you don' want to be wearing multiple layers in a 35 degree heat! Fortunately, some designers have been able to fill this hole in the market by creating a collection suitable for muslim women.
As much as I love the idea of designers who exclusively cater to a muslim public (or women who just like to dress modestly - think about conservative jews or mormons), the problem is that these collections are only availabe to the higher class who can afford high quality designer items. I would love to see that high street brands dedicate a line from their collection to muslim women - I've noticed that Zara in Amman has more maxi skirts and basic long-sleeved t-shirts than the stores I've visited in Europe, but the options are still quite limited. Muslim women are equally interested in fashion and trends as non-muslim women, so why should they have to resort to wearing plain blouses and shapeless maxi skirts?
Personally, I love Barjis Chohan's latest collection (two photos above), I wouldn't mind wearing most of her pieces myself! The Middle East, and especially Dubai is slowly establishing itself as a fashion center - if even Karl Lagerfeld chose Dubai to show his latest Chanel collection! Hopefully more and more high street stores will take note and bring out a collection suitable for muslim fashionistas.
More interesting reading about muslim fashion:
DKNY's Ramadan Collection
The rise and rise of the muslim fashion industry
Images: DKNY & Barjis
July 14, 2014
As usual, I've prepared some blog content that will get to you through the magic of scheduled posts, but don't forget to check on the blog every couple of days because I won't be spamming you on facebook and instagram as I usually do: There is little to no internet connection in Cuba. Two weeks to go cold turkey from technology and socal media will do me good. And I won't be making you too jealous with pictures of me on the beach.
See you in two weeks! XO
July 12, 2014
This is the outfit I wore on a dinner party two weeks ago, to celebrate my homecoming - why yes, I like to be the center of attention.
I'm wearing: Everything from ZARA (whoops)
July 10, 2014
Last week Hanna invited me over to finally visit her hometown Hasselt - we had been talking about this date for two years so it was about time! She took me to all of her favourite hotspots, including Titi + the German Kid, Paplou and my favourite of all: OUI, aka interior design heaven. I decided on two ceramic jars as an early birthday present to myself and vowed I would be back for more very soon - or at least, when I have my own place (inshallah...) My stash of homeware, cooking and interior stuff has gotten a bit out of hand over the few years, right to the point where I could throw a tea party for the entire street without having to reuse a single cup.
Hasselt doesn't really come to mind when you think of Belgian fashion cities, but with its own fashion museum and a bunch of independent designers I think it's quite worthy of that name. Shame it's so far away though... 3-hour train rides are not my best friend.
July 8, 2014
I'm off to enjoy one of my favourite Belgian dishes: it's called "witloofrolletjes" (haha) and it consists of chicory or Belgian endive wrapped in ham with a cheesy bechamel sauce, like this. I haven't eaten it in more than a year because it's usually a winter dish, but I'm writing this wearing a wool cardigan so I'll just pretend it's winter. Food coma to be expected. See ya!
ASOS jeans & slip-ons | thrifted shirt | New Look leather jacket
July 6, 2014
Remember that scene in SATC where Miranda gets tired of the other girls always talking about men? She says "How did it happen that four such smart women have nothing to talk about but boyfriends? It's like seventh grade with bank accounts." That is exactly the way I've been feeling about fashion lately. Let me explain - and a little warning, I've been watching a lot of SATC lately so I may get very "wonderous" as Carrie likes to do.
As a student with parents who couldn't care less about trends (love you mum) and as an aspiring fashion blogger, it gets harder and harder to dress these days. Trends come and go faster than ever, and can you imagine a fashion blogger still wearing Isabel Marant wedge sneakers, or ? Nope, that trend is over so we can all throw away those shoes and clothes that cost us a fortune (for the ones who can afford the real deal... for others, it's Asos, Zara & Co.) and buy new stuff that will be "out" in a couple of years... no sorry, months! Buy, throw away, repeat. That how fashion seems to be going now, and I don't know if I still want to be part of all this. Yes, I love reading blogs, browsing for inspiration and shopping for something new, but why would I spend my tiny student budget on something I can wear a few times before its expiration date? I try to justify following trends by using the excuse "but it's cheap" but that doesn't make any difference. Cheap clothes are mostly made by Asian women or children who work day and night in horrible work conditions.
After writing this post about conscious shopping and making an effort to think about where our clothes come from, I only managed to hold onto those thoughts for a while. It's so easy to get envious of other people wo seem to have it all. Instagram has become a parade of designer outfits, Chanel Boy bags and tropical holidays. Is that all there is? Do these bloggers actually talk about anything besides Céline's AW Collection, what colour of Birkenstocks to get and how they missed their flight from NY to Paris Fashion Week? #firstworldproblems indeed, and while I'm not one to shy away from the occasional #firstworldproblems complaint, spending a year abroad in a region that hasn't seen peace in almost a century has been a wake up call. Our so-called problems vanish into thin air compared to daily struggles as not being able to leave the house by yourself as a woman, or facing civil war or being homeless and struggling to survive. It wouldn't kill you to look up from your Vogue or computer screen every once in a while and actually realize there is something outside this cocoon.
So what now? Will I stop blogging? Definitely not. I still enjoy getting dressed, picking out unique outfits and sharing them with you. Or scrolling through pinterest for inspiration. But from time to time, the outfits will have to make room for something different. I'm starting my Master's degree in September, so surely I must have more to tell you than what I wore this particular day. Surely. (yup, that sounds convincing...) If I want to pursue a career in the field of journalism or women's right activism, I better start writing my ass off! I hope you will enjoy the occasional break from fashion, and I promise it won't always be as long as this post...
July 4, 2014
July 1, 2014
Trying to get the most out of our Belgian summer has resulted in these slightly oversaturated pictures, sorry! I apologize for blinding you with the whiteness that are my legs - they haven't seen the sun in ages and you know I never get a tan EVER, so that's that.
On another note: the Middle Eastern diet has left me with a few extra kilos, and the last two weeks included a lot of catching up on European food - think cheese, bread, wine and potatoes - so I figured it's time for a cleanse. I'm not going cold turkey (I wouldn't last a day...) but for breakfast and lunch I'm having a green smoothie or juice and for dinner something light and healthy. So far I'm still alive, although I'm craving some Belgian chocolate - my parents left me some Easter chocolate for when I got back and now it's just staring at me. Must be strong!
I'm wearing: ASOS skirt & slides | H&M crop top