Retail Therapy for Couch Potatoes

Fashion & Beauty

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. Just keep your body measurements on a note on your phone and refer back to it whenever you shop online. If you hover over the picture, Shein shows the body measurements of the model and the size she is wearing, so if your measurements are similar, you can just tell whether you need to get a small or a medium.

What bothers me though, is that Shein’s sizes only go up to a large and Boohoo’s go up to an extra large, and that too, depending on the item. I really hope they work on providing more clothing options to women of all shapes and sizes.

I highly suggest reading the reviews before purchasing anything. A lot of them don’t have reviews so it gets tough. The clothes look good regardless but sometimes the material isn’t exactly the best quality. It may even be see through when you’re in the sunlight so read the description carefully. You just have to go with your gut, but thankfully they have a good return policy.

Now, on to my shopping haul. I posted the online photo of what I bought alongside what they actually looked like once I got them.

  1. Stella Embroidered 3/4 Sleeve Shirt
    $22.00

 

I absolutely love this top. Everything about it was exactly what I had hoped for.

2. Tassel Tie Embroidered Yoke Panel Dress
         $27.00


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As much as I like the embroidery on this dress, it is translucent in the sunlight so I had to wear a cami and leggings under it which made the ensemble pretty hot. The material is comfortable but it is a bit cheap because of how thin it is. This is definitely a delicate piece.

3. Grid Mock Neck Tunic Dress
         $16.00

 

The windowpane look is trending right now and the quality of this dress is pretty solid. Definitely a dress to wear with tights and boots for the winter. I also do have a thing for mock neck dresses.

4. Ella Ruffle Tiered Blouse
         $23.00

 

The color of the picture I took is pretty off just because the lighting was bad. Overall, I’m happy with what I got. Black jeans paired with embroidered suede booties would complete this look. Top if off with a hat if you like.

4. Layla Pleat Back Long Sleeve Shirt
         $11.00

 

This top could have been so cute if it weren’t completely see-through. The color was perfect and the pleats were gorgeous. It’s literally tinted mesh at this point, but the description never mentioned this. Looks like this is going back to the store.

5. Tie Waist Culotte Pants
         $10.00

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The culottes looked great on the site and they looked good when I wore them, but I realized how cheap the material was if you look closely at it. The stitching on the elastic band was amateur but that’s actually my fault for not looking at the photo online closely. If you notice the grey version, the stitching is ratched on the online photo as well, so it’s not falsely advertised after all. Thank goodness for the tie around the elastic.

 

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Picnic Blankets and Pina Coladas

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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. I’ve recently been 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.

I recently received my first Shein package, and so far, every single item has been a perfect fit. I haven’t washed any of them yet so I’ll save the reviews for another post.

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This past Friday, I went to my sister’s birthday dinner where I ordered a virgin pina colada. I can honestly say it was a much needed refreshment after a long day at the county fair. I donned one of my Shein favorites, a cute bell-sleeved, gingham top adorned with floral embroidery paired with black skinny jeggings and silver oxfords. Yes, it’s an entire look with every trend listed above. I basically look like a picnic blanket placed on a bed of roses. If that’s the look you’re going for, here’s where you can get it.

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Shop my look

Gingham Top: Shein, $17

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Silver Oxfords: JustFab, $40 (first purchase is $10)

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Skinny Jeggings: H&M, $18

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Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Deep 34, $25

Foundation: Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation – Warm Nude 30, $10

Eyebrow Liner: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Ebony, $18

Lipstick: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick – Creeper, $6

Watch my last lookbook & check out my ColourPop Ultra Matte swatches here!

 

Minimalism: Less is more

Fashion & Beauty

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.

A Friday in Fall OOTD

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This week has been hectic. With a divisive election, nationwide protests, riots, and hatred pervading our communities, things aren’t looking too good. We must stand strong and hope for the best for our nation, because there isn’t much we can do beyond that. This is a democracy; rule of the people, by the people, for the people. If it weren’t for our whispers that meld into roars, America wouldn’t be as established and prosperous as it is today. Don’t ever feel like your voice doesn’t matter. Trust me, it does.

Today’s look is dominated by blue hues, but the photo’s vintage edits give it a somber, warm tone. The photographer was my good friend Laraib Hashmi.

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Shop my look

Top: Max, India

Jeans: H&M

Shoes: JustFab; Maile – Cognac

Nail Polish: Tuesday in Love – Yolo, $12.47

Scarf: Get it on AliExpress here

Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Medium 29, $24

Eyebrow Liner: Walmart; Salon Perfect Brow Pomade- Dark Brown, $5

Lipstick: Maybelline New York Superstay 14 Hour Lipstick – Wine and Forever, $6

Watch this tutorial to get my hijab look and check out ColourPop Ultra Matte swatches here! I swatched the ColourPop Metallic Lipsticks as well.

Make sure to request on my Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat/Facebook @rafafarihah any other OOTD ideas you want me to try!

Summer to Fall Transition Lookbook!

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Here it is! The back to school fall lookbook everyone has been waiting for. I spent forever filming this in the heat so I hope it was worth it. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Check back in a few hours and I should have all the outfit links in the description box. Please give it a thumbs up! Subscribe if you haven’t!

Aaron’s Animals: School Edition

Take a Chill Pill, Wellness

Well, back to school season is just around the corner. Some of us (admit it, ALL of us) are dreading going back to school. The only fun thing about it is the friends. Here is a little adorable video from our cat friend, Michael, about some of his school pet peeves (pun intended). The last one is way too real.

P.S. I am still trying to figure out if the cat is a robot or not.