Cool for the Summer

Fashion

It’s summer in Atlanta, but somehow I always manage to get cold during the evenings. What better way to complement your look than with a chic varsity jacket and a pair of white sneaks? My go-to statement pieces are always longline bomber or varsity jackets with a pop of color, which is why I’m obsessed with the red and blue accents on the sleeves and collar. Even better, this jacket is on sale at Forever 21!

For my bottoms, I decided to go for softer olive green jeans, and matched them with an aloe green crinkle scarf. But you could just as easily pair the jacket with adidas joggers and a navy blue satin baseball hat.

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My favorite things about this varsity jacket are the longline fit and the pop of color.

JACKET: Longline Varsity Jacket from Forever 21

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White converse were the perfect choice, since they matched the sleeves and collar.

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These are by far, my favorite pair of jeans. The suede finish makes them extra comfy and soft.

PANTS: a.n.a Skinny Denim Jeans from JCPenney

Similar Here: a.n.a Skinny Denim Ankle Crop Jeans from JCPenney

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The jacket is warm enough, but the inner polyester lining keeps it super lightweight.

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The only scarves I will ever wear are my favorite viscose crinkle scarves that keep me cool and aired out during the scorching hot Houston summers.

SCARF: Viscose Crinkle Hijabs from Ali Express

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Palazzos + Sunnies

Fashion

Finally, the weather is hot in Houston, as it should be in the springtime. I went on a lunch date with a blogger friend at Jinya Ramen Bar and we ended up taking a stroll around the River Oaks District after. It was sweltering hot, but I still wanted to dress cute for our date, so I’ve put together a look that’s lightweight and super stylish. I’m obsessed with these floral pants from the Rainbow Shop, which has now become my go-to for palazzos.

To all my women traveling in the summer, these light and airy pants are perfect for you! Not to mention, they would look great for a day at the beach.

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Olive has just become my new favorite color. The gorgeous earthy color goes perfectly with the floral theme, not to mention you can pair it with all neutral colored pants.

TOP: Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater from H&M

SCARF: Viscose Crinkle Hijabs from Ali Express

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I’m obsessed with this ring bracelet from Charlotte Russe. It gives this outfit the extra flare it needs, and goes so well with my golden sunnies.

BRACELET: Grand Gestures from JustFab

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SHADES: BSX Eyewear from Giordano

Similar Here: Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses from Forever 21

Similar Here: Tinted Aviator Sunglasses from Forever 21

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Champagne satin pumps were the elegant touch this outfit needed. Since I wore pinks and greens, I decided to go with nude pumps to tie it all together.

PANTS: Floral Split Leg Palazzo Pants from Rainbow Shops

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HEELS: Champagne Crystal Satin Pumps from Nina Shoes

Similar Here: Contesa Champagne Satin Pumps from Nina Shoes

Similar Here: Felyce Satin Pumps from Nina Shoes

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Kylie Jenner Lip Kit Dupes

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In case you don’t know, I am kind of obsessed with Kylie Jenner’s lip kits. I have been trying to get my hands on them for a while now, but the moment I was about to hit “Checkout,” they were sold out. The colors are gorgeous and perfect for daily wear, parties, a night out with bae, clubbing, you name it. Her Metal Matte Lipsticks are to die for. If you can pull them off, hats off to you.

We all know these lip kits sell out in a flash and if you haven’t been able to snap one of them before they broke Google (unless you want to pay extra to buy these sold out and already overpriced lip products from Amazon or eBay), don’t worry. Here are some affordable spot-on similar dupes for every single lip kit to made do with till they are in stock again. Since pretty much everything looks good on Kylie Jenner, I tried to use photos of normal women of different skin tones to give you an idea of whether each shade looks good on you.

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Candy K

This shade is light pink with a few hints of brown, kind of like a rosy nude. Perfect for daily wear if you want an effortless look.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi, $9

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena, $20

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin, $21

Dolce K

This is light brown color, like the color of hot cocoa or coffee.

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Chi , $6

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow , $20

True Brown

Exactly what it’s called: true brown. Basically, a rich chocolate color. If you are going for a bold look, this color is perfect for the fall.

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MAC Lipstick in Antique Velvet, $17

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Dominatrix, $18

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Limbo , $6

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Brooklyn, $20

Lime Crime Velvetine in Salem, $20

Posie K

A darker pink, with hints of light violet.

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 Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Marvelous Mauve, $14

 Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac, $20

 Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Mother, $20

Mary Jo K

Your classic red lipstick. Perfect for any occasion and it makes your teeth look as white as pearls.

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NYX Liquid Suede Lip Cream in Kitten Heels, $7

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw, $20

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red, $14

Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Reddest Red, $20

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Creeper, $6

Koko K

This light pink shade is a cute summer color for daily wear. I personally don’t think I can rock this one.

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Midi, $6

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in I’m Nude, $18

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in TBT, $20

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Milkshake, $20

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This is the perfect orangey-red lipstick to add a pop of color to your look in the summer or spring. This one looks good on almost every skin tone.

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips in Succulent, $6

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco, $7

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Persimmon, $20

Kourt K

This deep-purple shade is perfect for all skin tones and is great to wear in the winter or fall. It gives a vampy and sexy look.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania, $6

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl, $20

Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Jinx, $20

Exposed

This is a lighter version of Kylie’s Dolce K. It is more of a beige color. I personally cannot pull this one off on my skin tone.

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Kae , $6

King K

Gold. Gold. Gold. Very bold and in-your-face, but oh-so gorgeous.

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 CoverGirl Colorlicious Lip Lava Lipgloss in Lava Glow, $8

Reign

This is a sparkly chocolate brown with undertones of pink and orange. This shade looks amazing on everyone and is perfect for parties.

 Milani Amore Mattallics in Materialistic, $9

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This is a lighter copper shade, and my second favorite after Reign.

Milani Amore Mattallics in Chromattic Addict, $9

Majesty

This is obviously the boldest color on the list. A metallic black with dark blue undertones.

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Baby Bat Beauty Metallic Lip Cream in Midnight, $12

Like Gloss

This one is basically a gloss version of Dolce K.

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Covergirl Colorlicious Lip Gloss in Melted Toffee, $6.60

Literally Gloss

This is a beautiful caramel colored lipgloss.

NYX Xtreme Glossy Lipcream in Skin Tone, $6

So Cute Gloss

This is basically the gloss version of Kylie’s Exposed.

Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in Nude Eclipse, $5.49

 

For more matte liquid lipstick swatches, check out my swatch video:

Flaunt Your Florals

Fashion

We’re three weeks into the spring season, yet somehow the weather just keeps getting colder, even in Texas. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress cute while keeping warm. If you love florals, then you’re in luck. They are huge for this spring season! I like florals, but just subtle hints of floral embroidery here and there, or even floral lace patterns. After all, I am all about the minimalist approach.

Here’s a look you can achieve with a simple black/white collared top with floral design, and palazzos or high-waisted wide-leg pants with richer, warm springtime colors. I left the last few buttons of the top open for extra flare, and wore a black basic tee under it, which I tucked in.

If it’s cold enough where you live, you can even pair it with a floor length duster jacket, or a black trench coat.

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TOP: Stella Embroidered 3/4 Sleeve Shirt from Boohoo

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CHOKER: Faux Suede Choker from Forever 21

Similar Here: Faux Leather Choker from Forever 21

EARRINGS: Hoop Earring Set from Forever 21

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PANTS: Tie Front Palazzo Pants from Rainbow Shops

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HEELS: Brash Suede Block Heels from Payless

Similar Here: Faux Croc Caged Heels from Forever 21

If you end up buying something similar, make sure to tag me in your pictures! I’d love to see how you style them.

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):

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BXX74NLYYF

BXMS6H3DMD

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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:

 

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.