Black Friday Deals and Steals

Fashion

Thanksgiving is coming up and as much as I’m looking forward to cooking up a feast for my family, I’m especially excited about the Black Friday shopping. There are so many trends I’ve been eying at Zara, Forever 21, and more. Although many stores mark up their items before adding on a “holiday discount,” some sales are just too good to pass up.

Boohoo

 As if their clothes aren’t cheap enough, Boohoo is offering 60% off its entire store on Black Friday. You can get most of the tops, dresses, and jackets for $10 or less. Definitely a steal!

Shein

Shein is one of my favorite online stores. Starting Thanksgiving Day, Shein is offering 60% off its entire store, along with a BOGO 99% off deal for some items. Make sure to snag their tops and sweaters for $5-$10!

10% off if you order using a new email

$10 off orders $79+ (USE CODE LIS10)

$15 off orders $105+ (USE CODE LIS15)

$30 off orders $200+ (USE CODE LIS30)

Zara

I’ve always considered Zara to be the store that blends with my sense of style but it can be a little pricy when it comes to their long sleeve tops and dresses. If you’re like me, now is the chance to snag your favorite items!

Ruffles, sequins, trumpet sleeves, and beaded sweaters are definitely in right now. Although Zara has STILL not yet officially announced their Black Friday Deals this year, the store has historically been known to have 20-30% off the entire store. It’s safe to assume that will be the case this year too.

BH Cosmetics

If you haven’t bought yourself their 120 Shade Eyeshadow Palette, you need to get on that now. Super pigmented, these crazy colors in the Second Edition palette give me life. The entire store has sales up to 75% off so now you can get the palette for as low as $10.

ColourPop

If you’re looking to color your life, look no further. Colourpop Cosmetics is offering 20% off everything in its lineup. The flash sale starts Thursday at 10 am PST and goes on for 48 hours.

On Black Friday, it’s launching “Take Me Home,” an exclusive palette for Sephora at only $12! ColourPop is also offering BOGO on all Liquid Lippies on November 23 and November 24. Or you can hold out until Cyber Monday when the entire site is 20% off.

$5 off with email sign-up

Nyx Professional Makeup

From November 24 to November 25, take 30% off your entire purchase both in stores and online. Go get yourself Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks! The In Your Element Shadow Palette consisting of three-element palettes is pretty neat too.

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Your favorite drugstore brand is offering a whole 50% off online from November 24th through November 28th. Half. Off. Everything!

Payless

50% off the entire site and store. Payless stores are closed Thanksgiving Day. No coupons accepted on 11/23

BOGO 50% off (USE CODE DRESS20)

A’Gaci

Up to 70% off storewide. Their over-the-knee boots are way better priced and of much better quality than I have seen elsewhere. Go get yourself a pair!

30% off (USE CODE BFRIDAY30) Expires 11/28

20% off (USE CODE FRIENDSGIVE20)

20% off with email sign-up

15% student discount

Forever 21

Extra 50% off (USE CODE EXTRA50) online only on 11/23

10% off with email sign-up

10% off first order (USE CODE BXX526PMXH)

 

Here’s a list of codes you can try on online orders (I can’t promise they’ll work):

BXN0Q49771

BXX74NLYYF

BXMS6H3DMD

BXVHG1MS5M

100LF19SF5

10HDVVX6KL

BXT7YHMFP0

BXMQQRDGFJ

This is a collab with Rasmin from The Lipstick Pantry. Go check out her blog for the other half of the list of Black Friday deals!

 

Watch my lookbook and shopping haul from last year’s Black Friday shopping :

 

 

 

Culottes + Metallics

Fashion

Hello friends! As the holidays approach quickly, the year is coming to a close end, but I am in no way prepared for a brand new year. Sometimes I wish the holidays would never end. I love the pretty lights and decorations everywhere, and let’s not forget the sales. There are so many new trends this fall and I am definitely splurging this Black Friday to snag myself some statement pieces. This fall, we have vintage looking fur coats, knee length boots, metallics, velvet, belted coats, and the color red trending.

Since metallics are my absolute favorite, I’ve come up with your next go-to look.

Metallics

Matte colors are so basic. In order to create that little pop in your outfit, you need something that stands out, and that’s exactly why I love metallics. You can tuck in this long sleeve metallic shirt with palazzo pants, bell bottoms, slacks, jeans, you name it. Don’t confuse metallics for glitter. Glittery tops can look cheap and tacky. The metallics I suggest investing in, are the tops with metallic threads so you won’t leave a trail of glitter behind you. Metallic leather purses are so gorgeous. It’s the statement piece everyone needs.

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Top: Metallic Top from H&M

Similar: Michael Kors Metallic Crew-Neck Top at Macy’s

Blazer: Longline Open-Front Blazer at Forever 21

Culottes

Culottes are basically palazzo flare/fancy pants that end at your ankles. Just the right coverage if you’re into modest fashion, and it doesn’t have you tripping all over it while you’re climbing stairs. And now, you can actually show off your pretty shoes. Culottes are all over the runways during NYFW. Pair them with metallic oxfords, grey oxfords, or even strappy heels like I did.

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Bottom: Culottes from Shein

Purse: Mini Borough Crossbody from Coach

Shoes: Ankle Strap Heels from H&M (in stores only)

Similar: Faux Suede Ankle Strap Heels from Forever 21

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If you haven’t caught up with my latest video:

 

Post Halloween Health Hacks

Lifestyle

So Halloween happened, and I’m sure we all went a little crazy with our candy consumption. Or was that just me?

New York had me overeating and trying all sorts of local foods, but anyone who knows me knows I always watch what I eat because I’m a health freak. I came back to Houston about three months later, and had ten pounds added to my body. Sure, that sounds normal, but you have to know that I have been the same weight for about four years now. To see that three months changed all of that, really made me reevaluate my eating and fitness habits.

I haven’t kept up with a set workout schedule since my senior year of high school. That needed to change. College happened, a part-time internship on top of that, along with a two hour daily commute. You can see how my day flies by. If I’ve learned anything over the last few years being a workaholic, it’s that health is wealth. There have been times during finals week where I’d get so bogged down that I’d barely eat one hearty meal that day.

No matter how busy you get, always make time to eat healthy and workout at least twice a week. 

So here is my declaration of leading a new lifestyle and I’m going to show you what I’m doing. If you guys have any tips or suggestions to any improvements I can make, let me know in the comments!

1. Have hearty breakfasts and light dinners. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Since dinner is the last thing we eat, it’s better not to fill yourself up with fatty or oily foods since you don’t have much physical movement after that.

2. Eating in moderation is key, but I took it a step further and started guesstimating my calorie intake so it’s about 1900 calories per day. If you eat that Kit Kat, you’re going to have to compensate somewhere else in your diet. I try drinking an entire 0.5 liter water bottle before each meal so I don’t overeat. A lot of times, our body thinks it’s hungry, but it just needs water.

3. Green tea is my best friend. I used to keep it in a thermos and drink it after every meal, but lately I just drink it after dinner so it increases metabolism.

4. Take a quick walk after every meal. My goal is 300 steps. It’s a random number, but it seems to prevent food coma.

5. Eat and sleep at normal times and stick to your schedule. Once those two systems are in whack, it just ruins your skin and you tend to feel more groggy and grumpy overall. If you have that much work to do, wake up extra early since that’s when your mind is freshly woken up.

6. I do a few stretches and jumping jacks to wake myself up. You can add a caffeinated herbal or black tea to your routine if that helps. I used to be a crazy coffeeholic but I can’t consume it without like six packets of sugar, and we all know that’s inviting so many future health problems.

7. You just have to make time to work out. I can’t always make it to the gym, so I spend 10 minutes every morning doing intense moves inspired by my favorite fitness guru, Cassie Ho. She posts all her ‘Blogilates’ videos on YouTube and each one targets a different part of the body. Just 3-5 minutes long each, her short videos are just what you need to quickly squeeze in some exercise in your day. Trust me, it works because you will be sore after five minutes. These morning workouts will definitely get you pumped up for the rest of the day.

I know that’s a lot of information, but this is what works for me. If any of these tips interest you, I suggest taking it one step at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself.

And now, onto my fall retro-inspired look!

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Shop my look

Bell Sleeve Dress: JustFab

Lipstick: Sephora Collection Cream Stain Liquid Lipstick – Coral Sunset, $14

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Thong Sandals: Wet Seal

Patterned Bell-Bottoms: Rue 21

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In case you missed my 2 minute Halloween comedy sketch, here it is!

Retail Therapy for Couch Potatoes

Fashion

Hello friends! So I mentioned my love for online stores Shein and Boohoo in last week’s post. Now it’s time for a review. And no, this post is not sponsored.

Honestly, I was pleased with every item I purchased. The material was comfortable and the designs came out as pictured on the site. The sizing was surprisingly accurate as well.

Picnic Blankets and Pina Coladas

Fashion

Fall is in the air and new styles are trending. Shopping for chic but modest outfits that don’t break that bank is like searching for a needle in a haystack. It’s vexing to scour heaps of clothes only to find one embroidered long sleeve top that ends up costing $50.

So I have resorted to online shopping and I don’t mean on the sites of mainstream retail stores. My friend Merziya  introduced to Boohoo and Shein which, to be honest, I was a little skeptical about. Online stores don’t give me the option of returning clothes at the physical store and quickly picking out an alternative.

Minimalism: Less is more

Fashion

It’s officially the first day of fall but this Houston heat hasn’t backed down even a smidge. It might even be mid to late October till we get a cool breeze around here during the daytime. My wardrobe sure as hell won’t be waiting around for that (trust me, we’d be waiting till January for a decent drop in temperature).

It’s a new season, and I’ve got a new fashion approach I’m willing to take on. It’s trending, it’s in, and it’s what all the broke college kids are talking about these days — minimalism. You mean like minimal body coverage? Ummm, no. It doesn’t mean minimal effort either. Minimalism is about living with fewer material possessions and making the most of what you have so you can focus on what’s really important in life. This can mean redecorating your home in the simplest way possible, reducing clutter, and donating things you really don’t need.

New York Bound and Newly Found

Self

First thing’s first, let’s talk about how fast this summer has swung by. Life took over and the next thing I knew, I hadn’t blogged in months. College has me back in the rhythm of things and this fall weather is looking oh, so good. Hold your horses. It’s not boot season yet, folks.

So what have I been up to lately? Don’t worry, I wasn’t just lazing around all summer long on my couch binge watching Grey’s, as tempting as that sounds. I wouldn’t be putting this baby on the backburner if it wasn’t something big. If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Snapchat (@rafafarihah), then you should know that I was spending my time as a news video intern at BuzzFeed New York. That’s right. New York City. You know, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of?

Summer Lookbook

Fashion

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer! This summer has kicked off to a great start, with Ramadan already half way through and a looming internship in the big apple. I know it’s been a while since I posted here so I promise I am going to get back into it.

Filming this lookbook took a great deal of work, but boy was it worth it. I really do hope you enjoy it and maybe even end up buying some of the statement pieces. The looks were meant to be as diverse as possible, with different styles and color schemes.

RAMA-WHAT?

Thoughts

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered a Holy month by Muslims across the globe. Muslims endure a month of daily fasting in order to honor the first time the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him), according to Islamic belief. This month lasts 29–30 days based on the sightings of the crescent moon.

This year, Ramadan begins on June 6 and lasts until July 5. We celebrate the end of Ramadan with the religious holiday Eid al-Fitr (or just Eid).

I Felt Numb After Watching 13 Reasons Why

Thoughts

For those of you who have been living under a rock with Patrick Star, Selena Gomez has produced a Netflix original series — an adaptation of the Jay Asher novel, 13 Reasons Why. The entire plot revolves around suicide. If you are sensitive to this issue, consider this a trigger warning, in which case, please do not read on. Also *SPOILER ALERT* if you haven’t seen/completed the show.

This post is a response to this article written by a psychotherapist.