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

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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.

The “Stranger Things” Spin-off Show

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This show just gets better and better. If you haven’t started watching Netflix’s original hit series, Stranger Things, then you must begin binge watching ASAP. I am no fan of sci-fi and even I loved the show. The children are absolutely adorable, making this show all the more interesting to watch.

I hope everyone has a great week. Look forward to this Wednesday’s YouTube video. I filmed ColourPop Ultra Metal Lipstick swatches!

Last night’s Presidential Debate was quite an entertainment show. His disagreement with his running mate expressed by the statement “He and I haven’t spoken, and I disagree,” his vague political proposals, and his claim to put Clinton in jail, made the headlines. Trump won this debate. Looking forward to the next debate on October 19.

What Is Your Life Story?

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I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I feel a little down when I think of my future career and competing with myself to get better at what I do. I strive to become a successful scarf-wearing news anchor on national television and a well-known YouTuber. I want to improve my speaking/interviewing skills and be able to influence the way in which the news is portrayed. I don’t want it to seem like I am biased in any way just because I openly represent my faith through the way I dress. I want to make it easier for those Muslim women who think they can’t get a job because of their religion and the way they dress. I want to be the best reporter I can be and improve on my filming skills. Those are my career goals. It is up to you guys, my lovely followers to view my videos, help me improve my content by commenting on what you did/didn’t like, subscribe, and share my link to your friends. I truly love every one of you who has supported me in this way 😘.
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Throughout the years, I have been changing my mind regarding what I want to do with my life, and identifying who I really am. The change is never going to end, but I have gotten a pretty good sense of my responses to those two questions. When I feel like I am stagnant and not moving forward, I like to watch motivational videos from successful people so I can understand the struggles they went through. It cheers me up and convinces me that hard work will always pay off if you don’t give up easily. There will be crises along the way, but you have to remain unstoppable on this winding journey.

Check out this “Draw My Life” video by famous YouTuber Lilly Singh, aka Superwoman. She has nearly 10 million subscribers and she has literally been all over the world, chilling with her best friend celebrities and politicians worldwide. If she can reach the stars, so can we. I hope this video helps out at least one person.

What is your life story? Comment down below, and maybe I will do a “Draw My Life” too.

Airport OOTD

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Hey guys! As you all know, I went on a trip to Canada recently for Eid and had a wonderful time exploring. I went sight seeing, food hunting, shopping, and more. You can follow me on Instagram @rafafarihah to watch all the cool videos I posted while there. I even brought back Canadian candy and made a YouTube video of it! I put so much work into my videos so I would really appreciate if you all Subscribed 😘

Anyways, on with my OOTD at the airport:

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Normally I look like a bum at the airport, but this year, I reinvented myself and started dressing up more often. I was going for a laid back and comfortable look, which is why I chose the joggers (basically cute sweatpants) and a light knit shirt with long slits. I have to admit, add a touch of leather to any boring outfit, and it becomes street chic. If you buy anything from my look, do invest in a quality faux leather jacket and pointed faux leather flats (which are about $10 sometimes if on sale). These two items will make any ordinary outfit go from “Okay” to “Wow!” And sometimes…we all need a little “Wow!” in our lives.

Shop my look

Top: JCPenney

Navy Faux Leather Jacket: Forever 21

Joggers: Charlotte Russe

Pointed Faux Leather Flats: Forever 21

Scarf: Get it on AliExpress here

Faux Leather Purse: Commercial Street, Bangalore, India

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

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

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

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

Watch this tutorial to get my hijab look and check out ColourPop swatches here!

Make sure to request on my Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat/Facebook any other makeup swatches/tutorials you want to see or other OOTD ideas you want me to try!

3 Day Quote Challenge!

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Here are the rules:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • Nominate 3 nominees each day
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

I would like to thank Aka MaKenzye for nominating me to do this challenge! In case quotes aren’t enough to cheer you up, watch this hilarious video and Subscribe 🙂

Quotes 

So here are today’s quotes. I absolutely love these so much.

  • “You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “A life worth living, is a life full of mistakes, amendments and wild memories. Money is not one of the qualifications.” – Rafa Farihah

  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou

The 3 nominees for today are….. *drumroll*

Natalie , Red Rose Style, and Bellezabyvalentina !

 

 

Chew-Ha Ha Ha

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Dallas-area mom,Candace Payne, just wanted to show her few hundred Facebook friends her new toy. She went into Kohl’s last Thursday, looking for a pair of yoga pants, but somehow reached the toy section and found the adorable growling Chewbacca mask she ended up buying. Unable to contain her enthusiasm, Payne decided to video herself unpacking the toy in her car and broke the internet with her hysterically animated laugh. Her Facebook video went viral overnight, gaining more than 100 million views and hundreds of thousands of new Facebook followers. Payne even broke the record of Buzzfeed’s watermelon video!  Currently, the video has more than a shocking 2 billion views. Catch her on Good Morning America as she tells her story and wins several other Star Wars toys. Stay happy and find joy in the little things. They add up, I promise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3yRv5Jg5TI