My Top 5 Wardrobe Essentials

As a girl in love with Fashion, it’s safe to assume my closets are the modern day equivalent of Narnia: filled to the brim with all sorts of tops, jackets, and pants, it sometimes gets hard to find what I need.

However, putting all that aside, I decided to chalk up my top 5 wardrobe essentials. Though this was as hard as could be, here they are:

1.A good fitting pair of Jeans

Your jeans are the one pair of clothing that will take you anywhere from the moon to a slumber party. They can be your go-to when you’re lazy or your holy grail when everything else is dirty – either way, your wardrobe is incomplete without one pair of these!

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2. All Black or All White Sneakers

These are classics – all black or all white sneakers can pair well with your t-shirt and jeans but also with your little black dress! They complement every outfit and are quite a comfortable alternative to heels = win-win!

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3. Wide-Legged/Loose pants

On days where the sun may be boiling or you simply don’t feel like wrestling in your skinnies, these pants are your savior! I always have one pair of chic yet comfortable pants that I can throw on whenever, be it to a formal event or to the movies. Trust me on this one, you’ll thank me later!

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4. Leather Jacket

Around since James Dean, the leather jacket is never going out of style incase you were thinking that so it’s time to get on the bandwagon and get yourself one. Your leather jacket could be paired with any outfit and automatically make you look more put together and attractive.

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5. Black Stilettos

In black stilettos, there’s nothing you can’t do. Every girl needs to feel like she can take over the world at some point and these shoes are the perfect boost!

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I’ve kept this short and to the point but by all means, please don’t feel obliged to do the same! I’d love to hear about your wardrobe essentials and the backstories behind them!

Dubai Modest Fashion Week 2017

Modest Fashion Week is that one big event that’s super important and is as good as NYFW to Modest Bloggers etc.

Naturally, with it being brought to Dubz. I was thrilled. Coincidentally or not, a lot was happening the same weekend – SOLEDXB, VIDXB, and lord knows what else.

Initially, I was conflicted between where to go and couldn’t seem to make up my mind but last minute, on quite a whim actually, I chose to go to MFW.

So here’s a quick run through and breakdown of how it went:

DAY 1

Funnily enough, after spending a whole lot of time on my makeup – While I was walking to Burj Park, it started pouring and I couldn’t have been more annoyed!! As much as I love the rain, it chose the wrong day to visit us. All the fashion shows for the day were canceled, leaving us with just talk shows for the day. The schedule was a bit haphazard with some talk shows being an hour late but some being an hour early. Due to that – I missed the talk show I actually attended for which was From Nike to The Cover of Vogue – Why Representation Matters, featuring two people I was dying to see: Dina Tokio and Halima Aden.

As you can imagine, I was quite bummed since I didn’t get to see the talk show I came for or attend any fashion shows & thus, I felt like my day was a bit of a waste. But! It feels so surreal even talking about it; I got to meet Dina one on one and have a conversation on a personal level with her! It was super nice and she was extremely sweet. We had a chat a few times with our last conversation running for a good ten minutes or so. She was listening intently, was actually interested in the conversation and didn’t try to cut it short. She met loads of people and was probably the only celebrity guest/influencer that took her own time out to meet people. So turns out my day wasn’t a waste at all and I’m so glad I stuck around and didn’t bail early.

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what i wore on day 1.

I did however, leave debating on whether or not I wanted to attend the next day. Truth be told, a major part of the reason why I attended MFW was Dina, and now that I had met her, I didn’t feel like I was going to miss out on a lot. But I realized, it’s not like I had anything better to do, so I decided to attend later in the day and go for a while.

 

 

DAY 2

Day 2 didn’t go nearly as well as I hoped.

So I got here at probably around 4ish if I recall correctly as I was trying to make it in time for this one talk show I was extremely keen on listening to: Investor Pitching for Your Fashion Brand. Not going to lie though, aside from just wanting to learn about it, I also wanted to get to see Habiba Da Silva. Unfortunately, she was a no-show I’m not sure why & I was super bummed!

Not long after, I made my way towards the fashion shows to attend a fashion show that was happening, only to be held back by security because there was no place. I was using the influencers & media entrance where a lot of us were held back resulting in some pretty mad bloggers and buyers. The security was super uncooperative and didn’t want to budge.

My friends, who used the general admission entrance had got in long before me and assured me there was space to get in. I made my way to the General Admission entrance only to be met by another feisty and rude security guard who only let me in because he was frustrated. After getting in, I saw quite a few front row seats empty and thought I might as well ask who they were for. Upon seeing I was an influencer, the management requested me to go have a seat and enjoy the show. I’m not really sure why the rightful entrance and designated security didn’t allow anyone in because after being seated, I spotted a good 10-15 empty seats on the opposite side of the ramp, where the influencer and media entrance was.

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my outfit for day 2.

However, I shrugged it off and enjoyed my fashion show. Buuuuut, not long after, guess what didn’t happen. The massive meet and greet that was supposed to. I wasn’t disappointed that the meet and greet was canceled but moreso that there was zero information being relayed to the general public.

There wasn’t any sort of announcement or update given to us as to why Habiba didn’t show. There was no announcement as to why the meet and greet was canceled. And there were no updates on the timings of the talk shows changing.

Naturally, as you may expect by now, I wasn’t in the best of moods and even put up a little rant on my insta-stories. I hoped for so much more and had really high expectations. And whilst I do understand that such a large scale event is hard to handle and execute, some things like updates and courteous staff is a given and should’ve been the norm.

What I will however, thank MFW for is the beautiful people I met. It was definitely one of the few events that I walked into and everyone was nice, social and friendly. I made quite a few friends on a whim and I was genuinely super happy with that.

I’m hoping the next MFW will be an improvement to this, but nonetheless, I cannot wait for it!

The Perfect Christmas Gift 🎁

It’s the most festive time of the year & I couldn’t be happier.

Granted we don’t have snow or Santa here, but I’ll make do!

I absolutely love Christmas and there will be more on that in my next post but for now, let’s stay on track.

Each year, it gets harder and harder to shop for the people in your life. The things that they don’t have keep decreasing and it’s hard to live up to their expectations sometimes. And hey, if not their expectations, it’s hard to live up to your own!

I know I set the most ridiculously sky-high expectations for myself and I intend to perfect every single gift I buy. So take my word for it that you can’t go wrong with this gift.

If you know someone who loves watches, look no further. Artisan and Monkey are a minimalistic, elegant watch brand in Dubai that deliver nothing short of the best!

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They have a wide range of watches and straps and you can even customize your watch from the case to the face!

But here’s the best part, use the code “XMAS” and you save 25% off and get a free Christmas themed strap!

If you decide to buy your watch later on and skip out on the Christmas offer, you can still use my code “SHAIKHACHIC” and save 15% on your order!

What’re you waiting for? Don’t waste any more time! ⌚️

my top tv show recommendations!

as a 17 year old girl as you may guess, binge watching netflix is quite high up there on my to do list. i love finding shows i can connect to and i actually feel rather distraught when I’ve nothing to watch; speaking of which, after reading this piece, you’ll get a good idea of what genre and what kind of tv shows i indulge in – and so, if you have any recommendations on shows i could watch, please send them my way!

i figured since im always looking for someone that has similar taste in me to tell me about more shows maybe someones looking for the same & i could be of some help!! so i figured id write a blog post on my favorite tv shows and why i love them so much!

so getting right to it; my top 8 favorite TV shows in no specific order (since i can’t decide which i love more!):

1. one tree hill – one tree hill for me, was one of those shows where it hits home. and no, i wasn’t in a love triangle, nor did i know anyone who was a bastard – it was just one of those shows that makes you feel. i watched OTH atleast 2 years ago and it is still probably the only show i will forever call my #1.  this is one show i will forever be attached to and hold close to my heart, i mean, when i was done watching i had convinced myself id get a tattoo saying “there’s only one tree hill” thank god i never went through with it. there was so much about this show that i loved, the development of brooke’s character into a strong, empowered young woman, the transition of nathan going from a young, careless boy to a loving, responsible, family-man. And most of all, OTH wasn’t one of those shows that just ended once high school was over for the characters, no it actually takes you years down the line to see what kind of people and adults and parents these kids grow up to me; and to me that was some sort of closure, i can never be entirely satisfied when a show ends, ill always want more – but OTH gave its fans everything they needed to know before they ended. p.s – biggest heart eyes for nathan scott!

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2. jane the virgin – i cannot sing its praises enough! jane the virgin is one of the most cutest, funniest and most lighthearted (mind you, doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of plot twists) shows i’ve ever watched. this show is one of the few on this list that is still on air and that makes me so happy because i literally spend my days waiting for a new episode. jane the virgin is a show that talks about mistakes, broken marriages, pregnancy, abortions, immigrants, education and so much more. for once, the main character isn’t a shopaholic or if she’s smart, she isn’t a geek – she’s a beautiful, young, latina woman that loves writing and teaching and i love that. because its about time we portray smart young woman as a norm. it also doesn’t hurt that rafael is an absolute BABE and rogelio is the funniest man alive!!  p.s – justin baldoni is a gem of a human irl – i have never seen an individual so down to earth and loving. pls check him out!

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3. the bold type – this show hasn’t been out very long but its already found its way to my heart. the bold type is a show that i love so so much and with time i will only grow to love it more. it focuses on the lives of 3 young, super talented women working for a magazine in new york. (side note: my absolute dream) but what i seem to love most over here – is the CEO of the magazine – jacqueline. for the first time since as long as i can remember, the CEO is not someone who treats her employees like trash or is stone hearted and a real witch – but instead, she empowers her writers, she trusts her employees and she understands them. im the kind of girl that loves chick flick nights and this show is literally the best chick flick ever – except you get another dose every week!! i absolutely love it and id be lying if i said it didn’t leave me feeling empowered after almost EVERY episode.

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4. skam – im not one to watch foreign shows and i could never understand how people did because reading subtitles is hardly equivalent to understanding what they said, but not only did i end up watching slam – i freaking loved it. skam talks about what its like to be a closeted gay, a visible head-scarf wearing muslim and what its like to deal with a mental illness such as being bipolar. skam was such a beautiful, beautiful show that showed the true essence of friendship – girls sticking up for each other and guys understanding and being there for each other. one thing that was super different and amazing about skam was the take they took on it and how real they made it out to be. the episode were uploaded in parts in real time so you would think everything is happening literally right at that moment. and every character even had their own instagram account where they would post quite often – almost as if those characters were real humans. skam would even upload screenshots of text messages between characters on their website between/during/after episodes!! everything about this show was so new and different yet so great and moving. this was the show i didn’t even know i needed in my life!

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5. gossip girl – ahhh this show. gossip girl is forever my guilty pleasure. if im ever out of shows, or im having a night in by myself with some ice cream, or im feeling low, this is the show im going to turn on and watch in bed. starting with the obvious – GG is set in new york and who doesn’t love new york!? infect, i think i fell inlove with new york because of this very show. sure GG was ridiculous in its own ways and if you read into it a little too much some stuff may have been uncalled for and wrong – but i think the drama kept the show interesting. and i think we all need to admit – dorota was the best part of this show, officially taking applications for my own dorota!! okay jokes aside though, everything about this show all led up to it being so great. the fashion was to die for, the friendships were heart warming, the love lifes – surprising more often than not and new york; breath taking as always. GG is just aways going to be one of those OG shows that you can never let go of and you’ll probably even tell your kids about (or they’ll find out about it when they catch you binge-watching it 20 years from now) but either way, all the craziness helped take your mind off things for a while and just allowed you to immerse yourself into the world of the upper east side.

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6. this is us – the newest show on the block but oh so full of emotions. this is us is a show following a love story that evolves into a family that evolves into many separate families and new storylines. i don’t know quite what it was about the show, maybe it was jack’s love for rebecca or the wholesomeness of the family, or the bond between siblings, or the reality of it all – but this show is so. warm. thats all i can say. i know I’ve used the word heart warming far too much by now but i truly feel this show makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. it makes you want to relish in love and appreciate your life. it makes you want to call your family and tell them you love them. it makes you want to live life being more grateful everyday. this show is still in its early stages but it seems to be so promising and so great and i honestly cannot wait to see it progress and blossom.

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7. the fosters – the fosters is the only show i have ever watched in my whole life that religiously talks and depicts modern day issues. racism, sexual assault, rape, sexism, adoption, foster care, school shootings, drug abuse, illegal immigration – the list goes on forever. every single time there is an issue at hand in our world, the fosters takes it upon themselves to shed some light on it. this show has all my respect and gratitude for just that. aside from the fact that it is an absolutely heartening show, it gives a voice to minorities. it shows solidarity with the people when the system is wrong. it empowers and encourages people to take a stand and fight for what is right. fight for OUR rights. not to mention, the super mature relationship stef and lena have with not only each other but with their children is so amazing to see – the fact that they validate their children’s feelings and allow them to make their own decisions shows that at some point in life you need to treat your kids as adults. on the whole this show is so so great in so many ways and is definitely worth the watch.

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8. the vampire diaries – tvd is that one show – that once you start watching you can’t stop!! i remember binge watching this for days at a stretch just to catch up once i found out about it. honestly id be lying if i said i remembered what it was about it that i loved so much but i think when everything came into play, it was just a super interesting show to watch. the romance between elena and the salvatore brothers, her friendship with caroline and bonnie, her bond with jeremy – this show was so cute yet always had some element of surprise in it. something was always bound to happen that would keep you at the edge of your seat. tvd, at a point in time was definitely my favorite show however, this is the only show on this list that i did not watch till the end because i felt it got quite boring in season 7. up until then though, it was super interesting and amazing.

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now with all that being said, i don’t have much more to say because I’ve written far too much already. however here’s a list of ALL the tv shows I’ve watched so if you’d like to recommend any that aren’t already on this list, please by all means enlighten me, ill be waiting!!

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  1. skam
  2. one tree hill
  3. jane the virgin
  4. gossip girl
  5. famous in love
  6. limitless
  7. scorpion
  8. 13 reasons why
  9. designated survivor
  10. touch
  11. drop dead diva
  12. the oc
  13. switched at birth
  14. the bold type
  15. this is us
  16. 24
  17. the fosters
  18. the vampire diaries
  19. big little lies
  20. 90210
  21. hart of dixie
  22. teen wolf
  23. glee

travel 101

im quite the oxymoron. i hate traveling but i love traveling!?

let me explain myself – i hate flying and being around unknown people and being far from home and being out of my comfort zone but i love trying new things and taking instagram worthy pictures and shopping in a new country and learning more about different cultures

to my luck i have friends and family that push me to travel whenever i get the chance and help me through the bits that i worry or get anxious over!

i decided id write a segmented post on things that could help any of you whilst you’re traveling!

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the different things ill be talking about are:

  1. travel tips
  2. what to pack (necessities, while on board/in your purse, etc)
  3. how to get the most out of your trip / make your trip easier

TRAVEL TIPS

1. make pouches!

this is my number 1 rule – ALWAYS make labelled pouches. it helps so much! i usually make a separate pouch for the following: accessories, cables, toiletries, makeup, hair ties and medicines. its always much easier to find what you need on vacation when they’re in separate pouches as opposed to all in one! it’ll save your time and the headache 🙂

2. put your clothes in sets! bonus: if you can, slip them into transparent clothes packing plastics so that you don’t get them mixed up while taking them out!

this makes choosing an outfit so much easier. you don’t have to pair a top with the same pair of jeans you’ve been wearing for the past 3 days because you don’t know what else matches, neither do you have to struggle with wondering if you left anything behind while packing and it just saves a plentiful amount of time.

3. sometimes sets don’t work because you may need to use an article of clothing in multiple outfits – that’s ok! the next best thing is rolling!

roll your clothes instead of folding them so that they take up much less space and you don’t have to haul around an extra suitcase! (trust me, a week ago i got off a 16 hour flight only to be welcomed by 2 massive suitcases because i didn’t manage my space right!) apparently, rolling also reduces the chances of wrinkles as well!

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4. ALWAYS carry a portable charger!

and if you don’t have one, buy one! i can’t stress on this enough. you will always need a portable charger, no matter where you’re going; island hopping in bali, disneyland in california, a safari in africa or even a tour of the eiffel tower – all of these very memorable and exciting activities are usually long hauled and if you’re like me and like to capture all of it, it often drains quite a bit of your battery; a portable charger will save your life (and your memories!)

5. make a checklist!

this is so satisfying and calming, atleast to me!! i feel like if I’ve written it down i don’t have to stress about forgetting it or keeping things at the back of my head 24/7. it just makes your trip so much more hassle free and relaxing 🙂

6. take a few empty plastic bags! fold them and tuck them away into your suitcase!

these will come in handy more than you know. you could use them for dirty clothes, shoes, etc etc! also: take a few gift bags! if you’ve bought gifts from back home for anyone you’re visiting, you’ll need something to give it to them in! often times, we carry gifts but forget bags! so slipping a few in won’t take too much of your space & will make you seem quite prepared and thoughtful.

WHAT TO PACK ON BOARD

honestly id say take whatever you think you need, but more often than not i do see a few constants in my purse every single time! so i figured dropping them here might just help anyone who feels like they’re forgetting something!

1. chewing gum – to help with ear pressure in the cabin!

2. a glasses case/lenses case (if you wear either) – during a long hauled flight, you’re gonna wanna get some shut eye. so get something to keep your eye aid safe!

3. travel size body spray – sometimes after a flight, you might wanna refresh yourself and just prep before getting out of the airport. plus, a travel size barely carries any weight so whether you use it or not, it won’t make as much of a difference!

4. sanitizer – to de-germify before meals!

5. headphones – although most airplanes do provide them – those dont fit into your phone and sometimes you may just need to listen to your own music while you relax.

 

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6. wipes/face spray – both do a great job at refreshing you and are especially useful on long flights so you can feel revitalized!

7. snacks – its always important to have something you can eat incase you get hungry in between meals or don’t necessarily like the food being served on flight. its always good to keep something on you to avoid staying hungry and possibly feeling ill!

8. a book (if you like reading) – it’s a good solution to passing time and serves as a good break from watching movies.

9. a charging cord/portable charger – most airplanes have sockets to plug your cord in, so if yours does, use that instead of your portable chargers so you don’t drain your charger out! charging your phone on your flight means you can use it for the whole flight and still have a full bar of battery once you’re off the plane!

10. i personally like to carry my laptop so i have my personal favorite movies and tv shows on me & also to get work + writing done. but for those of you that don’t need to get anything in specific done and aren’t picky with what you watch, you can pass on this one 🙂

TIPS TO MAKE YOUR TRIP EASIER!

1. download your dedicated airline app to access your e-tickets, check in early, get flight updates, etc!

2. tie a colored ribbon on the handles of your suitcases so you can easily identify them at baggage claim and make sure you’ve got the right one!

 

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3. look up phone + internet packages before you leave, either with your local subscriber or the ones in the country you’re visiting. it’ll help you get back in touch with the world as soon as you land.

4. use travel websites such as kayak, time out and more to find out the hot spots of your destination! bonus: ask your Uber driver for recommendations! you might find some hidden gems that you knew nothing about.

apps that you can download!

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  1. download the (free) XE currency app for hands-on currency conversion so you don’t have to spend hours calculating in your head at the counter before you purchase something!
  2. this is gonna be a life saver – download flushd on the app store for free to find the nearest washrooms around you no matter where in the world you are!
  3. geosure is an app for paranoid people like me! geosure is a free app that tells you how safe the environment you’re in is. it takes into account: recent crimes in the area, environmental threats, any recent uprisings/protests etc.

although this post was super long, id like to think that if even one of these tips has helped anyone reading this, it was well worth it! if you’ve got any travel advice of your own, shoot me a message or drop a comment! i’d love to hear them 🙂

 

lastly, here are some printables to help with the process!

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My travel trip checklist