Anything but basic

The black maxi dress.

With this pregnancy I find myself reaching for easy to wear, needs no ironing, can withstand a messy toddler, kind of clothes. If there’s one such item in my closet it has got to be this sleeveless maxi dress I bought during my first pregnancy. It’s not designed as maternity wear but because of the stretchy fabric and cut, it literally grows with you during pregnancy. Plus I bought it in a size bigger than I was at the time. I’ve mostly worn it with loose cardigans but it looks just as good with a long sleeve t-shirt underneath. Add the right accessories and this dress goes from casual to evening ready.


IMG_2444(1)Outfit consists of:

Dress: The Bay

Cardigan: Thyme Maternity

Scarf: H&M

Here’s how I styled it for a wedding during my first pregnancy:

maxidress4And here it is with a t-shirt worn under:



Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak everyone! Taqqaballahu minna wa minkum! May Allah accept from me and you.
I hope you had an enjoyable Eid. It was a great Eid weekend for us Alhamdulillah. As usual, lots of food and lots of family visits. I managed to only get a quick snap of one of my Eid outfits. As it’s summer I went with something semi casual, colourful and lightweight.



Outfit details:
Hijab: Vela Scarves
Dress: Zara
Lace Cardigan: Hayah Collection

Black on white, white on black

It takes me forever to get dressed now…partly due to the ‘selecting the outfit’ phase!  I’ve attributed this to a few factors:

  • weight gain due to pregnancy
    • I’ve lost half of my pregnancy weight and haven’t really bought any new clothes aside from the occasional cardigan and blouse. As a result, my wardrobe seems very limited (and snug!).
  • breastfeeding
    • the limited clothing choices I have is reduced even more to those items that I can  comfortably nurse in.

And to make matters more trying are the multiple weddings we’ve attended in the past couple weeks.  I refuse to buy or sew new outfits for every event so I’ve had to come up with creative ways to wear pieces that I already own. The dress below was first worn to my graduation and then later to a family event.  Both times I wore it with a shirt under for a semi-casual look but for a wedding I wanted something more formal so I wore a black blazer over. I added a few bling pieces for some sparkle as well.


IMG_7532Outfit consists of:

Dress: Jessica Simpson

Scarf: Vela

Blazer: Gifted

Ring: Guess

This is how I wore it to my graduation a couple years ago:


Which look do you prefer?