Be Cozy

One of my favorite things to do in the winter is get cozy. There is nothing like wearing mis-matched socks and cuddling with my teddy (Rosette) under an over-sized blanket. Nothing like sitting near my fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. Okay no, I do not have a fireplace and I think chocolate hot in a cup is gross but typing that just made me feel all fuzzy and whatnot.

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This season always feels like a drag to me. I literally wake up every morning being cold and it’s the worst feeling ever. There are plenty of cases where I wish I could go to work wearing what I did to sleep. Yes, my pajamas; straight up like an I-don’t-care-how-l-look-I-just-want-to-be-comfortable, person.

Seriously, who wants to wake up a little early just to iron out a dress? Hell no, not me. I do not even want to make an effort and “looking cute” just isn’t in my vocabulary when it’s freezing. However, to avoid looking like a total mess and for the sake of being taken seriously, I learned that the best thing to do in such cases is wear loose and warm fabrics aka sweaters. I promise you, it can make you feel some type of way.

Below are a few like pieces to show you what I’m on about.

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H&M Turtle Neck and Long Sweatshirt

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Ralph Lauren Boots and Urban Outfitters Scarf

And of course for my brotha’s; you too can look nice effortlessly by rockin’ whats below:

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Urban Outfitter Hooded Sweatshirt and Zara Men’s Sweater

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Justin Boots and Urban Outfitters Scarf

Enjoy, stay warm and look good!

PIA Fashionistas

Check out what Pakistan International Airline (PIA) hostesses were rockin’ in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s:

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I’m totally feelin’ the (what seems to be) beige on beige outfits and these vests are just beyond cute.  

What Is Really Good With Your Ads..?

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Above is a picture of an ad The Gap has included in their 2013 holiday campaign. One quick glance and I thought, “Nice. Good for the Sikh community”. Right?

Well, not right for many Sikhs who still found the ad to be “offensive”.  After reading comments on why some Sikh’s disapproved, I started to think if there were ads that featured visibly Muslim men or women. Did I ever get frustrated or annoyed?

I started to google.

Right before that Gap ad, I remember seeing this all over the internet:

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I’m sure you or someone you know had comments about that one.

Oh and do you remember this?

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Rolling my eyes.

I also came across these that showed up in my search of “offensive ads”.

 

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Ask yourself, when exactly is it considered “offensive”? How far is going “too far”? Or, when are “minorities” going to feel accepted without there being a clichéd depiction of their “type” of people?

The first thing I said to myself with the two Muslim ads shown above wasn’t, “That’s offensive”, but “Why are they BOTH in a burqa”? (Please refrain from your political views/comments. I am aware the first picture has nothing to do with fashion, but it gained just as much popularity as the Diesel ad, hence why I used it)

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I may not have full knowledge of marketing strategies but common sense would be branding your product wisely. Whatever you’re trying to sell or show should deliver your message clearly, it should motivate the buyer/viewer and most importantly, it should create a connection.

In regards to the last two ads, (one was in a French Vogue magazine while the other was in a DKNY ad that was meant to show “diversity” by shooting in Haiti). Painting a Caucasian a darker color or vice versa does not create a connection. To me that just shows lack of creativity, an unnecessary controversial discussion and a cheap way to seek attention.

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Now, I cannot speak behalf of the Sikhs and explain why the Gap ad had its flaws. Perhaps it’s because I do not see any, but as a young Muslim I do have a bone to pick with you and your ads that “include” us: Enough with the pictures of Muslim women in burqas. It’s getting basic and beyond wack.

Yes, we want to be featured in your ads. We just want to be shown how we see us because that is who we are. Our women are wearing the same tops or bottoms as the girl who doesn’t follow our religion, she just chooses to wear it differently.

Our men with the long beards do own the same suits as the white males on your online catalog and they too purchase your funky bowties. Not all of them are in their long white thobes wearing keffiyahs around their neck. We blame you for constantly adding those typical pieces of cultural (sometimes religious) attire to our faces and bodies. Stop it.  

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Perhaps not enough Muslims are in marketing and that is why you’re sending out the same “message” over and over. I’m going to give the excuse that you do not know better. However, try not to repeat the same mistake in the future and hire us to work with you.

This has nothing to do with our rights as Muslims living in America and I am not trying to pull the “Muslims are always a victim” card. Trust that we are not as annoyed as we are bored. We are helping you realize that being basic is typical and being typical makes us look the other way. We are asking that you allow us to work with you and build a connection the appropriate way.

Little things like being featured on your site or magazine mean everything when it’s done right. (y) 

Hey, guy.

Today’s post is dedicated to men. When shopping or choosing an outfit, keep two words in mind; be appropriate.

The key to looking put together is to dress your age. This applies to both males and females. I often come across grown women wearing tops that were meant for teens and grown men wearing jeans that just keep getting tighter and tighter. I do not know if it’s because they have this phobia of aging or if they really think it can be pulled off; whatever it is, #justno

Here you go, fella…

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*Important note: If you’re younger than twenty-one you have a free pass to look ridiculous and get away with whatever “style” you have going for you. Go on and be that “swagged out” “lookin’ supa fly” dude you think you are, just do not let it last*

The DO’s

  1. Buying clothes that fit properly. Buying clothes that fit properly. Buying clothes that fit properly. I intentionally wrote that out three times to emphasize on buying clothes that fit properly. I just did it again. If your pants are too baggy and the sleeves on your button down pass your wrist, you’re wearing it all wrong.
  2. Wear belts that match your shoes. I actually do not know if majority of men even wear belts (you should) but a totally different color than your shoes is a big no-no.
  3. Wear a beard. There has been a recent beard-growing epidemic and I think it’s pretty cool. I am a big accessory girl, so wearing a beard is probably the most G accessory a man can have. #noshavenovember #doit

The DO-NOT’s

  1. Do not confuse the word fit with tight. Fitted clothes are proper and appropriate not uncomfortable and awkward. Nobody wants to see the “muscles” you claim to have popping out of your shirt. When looking for the perfect fit, try buying items that are European cut.
  2. Chill with the white loafers. They’re beyond ugly to me and I never understood them. The only ones excused to wear them are the rico suave men living in Miami (that too is questionable). Buy yourself a pair of dark or light brown ones; you can wear them with almost anything.
  3. Ed-Hardy like tee’s. Whoa, I gagged just saying that. I remember when Ed-Hardy was “in style”. I am actually trying to figure out why it ever was in style being that it was the gaudiest clothing line for men. I do not get why I see people wearing it or clothes like it, today. STOP. Leave the bedazzled embellishments for the little girlies.
  4. Do not dress like an oversized kid. I get that you want to look cool but wearing the same clothes as the high-schoolers you see on the train? You look like you’re going through a mid-life crisis. Yikes.

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I can go on and on but these are my biggest pet peeves/important pointers. I am hoping to share all of this without bombarding you or having you ask yourself “who the hell is she?” I’m actually just an observer.

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Cultural Fashion

The weather is getting nippy and people are bundling up, making it even more difficult to breathe in this packed bus. Every two minutes there is a lady who finds the need to shout how uncomfortable she is and the dude next to me is constantly apologizing because he keeps stepping on my new boots. Basically, we’re all aggravated so early in the morning.  

To avoid getting in the way of others, I stand in one spot and stare out the window minding my own business. I always try to not listen into people’s conversations because it can be rude but if I turned my volume any louder, I was going to be adding on to the commotion that already was.

I casually look below me to follow where I hear voices and notice two girls. One was a hijabi while the other had her hair in a cute French braid. (Both seemed to be of South Asian descent) I’m hearing them talk about a girl and her outfit. Puzzled because I barely understood what they were saying, I just so happened to turn left and saw another hijabi in shalwar kameez. I started to wonder if the girl they were talking about was the same one I just saw and it was.

Just mind your damn business I thought. Keep starring outside and focus so you do not miss your stop.  Of course though, I was not able to. In a bus full of people and a million sounds, I felt like all I kept hearing was “I could never wear shalwar kameez to school”, “I only like those really fancy ones”, or “my brother’s wedding…” over and over again.

These girls and their comments were really annoying me. Perhaps it was the tight environment I was in, I do not know. Regardless, two high-school girls are sitting on a bus, talking about another girl who is two feet away because of her dress. I was just not feelin’ it. What’s bizarre is, I’m almost certain they too have worn a similar outfit around family if not in public. What was the difference if this girl decided to rock it to school? Let her be.

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My blog’s headline is “fashion filled fun” which clearly means that the purpose of this blog is to share with you my interest in fashion. Of course I have political views that may be different than yours and there are other issues I would love to discuss but that is not what this blog is for.

I mentioned in my first post that I was going to write about some do’s/don’ts. For clarification, those are based on opinion and for you to have an idea of the type of trends I like or can relate to. Yes, I often say “what the hell is that?” when I see a shirt that seems unflattering but I would never question why anyone is wearing what they’re wearing or make a mockery when it comes to a person’s cultural attire.  That’s just plain rude.

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I come from a Pakistani/Kashmiri family and I love shalwar kameez. I love wearing it and I love looking at it. My love for clothes itself first came to be because of the traditional outfits my mother sewed for me.I’m not going to knock the girl who wears it outside her home (I sometimes do too) nor should have the two girls on the bus this morning because it was her personal preference. She’s embracing her culture and showing others more than a simple henna design on the hand that most of us do.

There is a fine line between having an opinion and being insulting, try not to cross it. Most importantly, that is not what I intend to do when I share with you my thoughts in this blog so keep that in mind as you continue to read my posts.

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*Peep my Kashmir-like shoes with the colored pom poms. I love these and cannot wait for summer to come so I can wear them every day.

Dress Up Like Hipsters

Hipsters. Many find them weird but I personally find hipsters to be unique. They’re carefree without being violent, fashionable without being typical and witty without being rude or corny. Hipsters are effortlessly cool people and that is why I often claim to be one.

If you want to be a hipster, do the following; Brew some tea, pour it in a mason jar, drink it and follow what’s written here. If you do not want to be a hipster, you’re probably a boring and basic person. Yawn.

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There is a new style trending and it’s called hipster fashion. Hipster fashion to me is being able to put pieces together without trying too hard. Everything thrown on is casually done without giving much thought. If you’re able to do that, you’re doing it right. If not, keep trying.

Hipster Fashion Do’s

1.      Glasses. Thick frame ones to be exact. (Wear colored ones if you want to be super cool). I’ve always wanted glasses. #dontjudge I actually even tried to fake that I wasn’t able to read letters on a board in elementary school so I would get a letter sent home saying I needed a pair. What’s crazy is I still got no letter. Perhaps the instructor who tested me saw right through my attempt. Whatever though, no lens specs it is.

2.      Floral prints. Beyond hipster cute and very vintage-like. There is nothing I love more than floral pants, tops or scarves. For men, floral button downs are cute too; just try to keep the print small as opposed to something large. Those large prints are reserved for women only. (Also for women only are the floral pants. I see you men trying to pull it off but, ahh no).

3.      Cardigans. Oversized ones for the ladies and fitted ones for the guys. It’s just hipster.

4.      Plaid shirts. Looks hipster and can be worn by both genders.

Hipster Fashion Do-Not’s

1.      Hipsters do not buy clothes just because of its label. In fact, they shy away from high-end names because being mainstream is just lame.

2.      People are constantly confusing hipsters with hippies. Please bathe yourselves. Being unsanitary is never an attractive thing. Shower and wear your deodorant. It’s the real hipster way.

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If you cannot go full hipster, it’s all good. I too am a wannabe or a part-time hipster and I have no shame in saying it. Being one err’day is going to make you like every other person (which you know now goes against being a hipster) Hijabi’s today are abusing the word and style, you do not want to be a victim of that.

Plus, I haven’t gotten used to going all out organic and I do not have an apartment in Coble Hill. One day though.

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