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Wishing all of you a blessed, happy, healthy, loving Eid with your family & friends..

& haj maqbool to those who performed one of the sacred pillars; may Allah accept your haj and deeds. 🙂


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  WOW it’s been a year already!! It’s that time of year and the 2nd edition to the successful event that is held in Riyadh.  Riyadh Fashion Days is a major fashion event hosting fashion shows every day for 5 days and showcasing the brand new Autumn/winter collection exclusive to Maison BO-M.  RFD focuses on promoting local talent. Participating at this event will be 25 designers from the region.  Follow the hash tag #RFD12 for updates.

It has been a crazy couple of weeks trying to get stuff together and organized work wise for my label ‘Mara’ and mother & baby label ‘Baby m’.  I am so behind on my blogposts, which is why you’re getting this one more than 2 weeks after the launch at the beginining of this month.  Better late than never eh! It was an early start of the day to be lining up for a fashion event but it’s always so much fun that it’s always worth it.  I honestly went just to get a few shots for the blog not desperately wanting anything.  While we waited outside for the doors to open a lady came out handing us all baskets.  I took one for the sake of it and fell for the marketing sales gimmick.  I ended up filling the bag to the brim while taking pictures at the same time.  Once the mayhem died down you could find girls in all corners of the shop on the floor going through their stash of goodies and narrowing items down.  Well thats what we all did while we socialized at the same time with friends and bloggers. Women are such multi-taskers! Enjoy the pics of the event and again sorry for the delay ..

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If you’re one of those people who rush around like a headless chicken right before the wee hours of Eid trying to prepare everything, then chances are you haven’t gotten your abaya yet!  Hessa Al Felasi Boutique have launched their Eid collection with some lovely elegant and modern designs.  So if you’re one of those that have left things last minute, don’t fret,now you know all you need to do is just head to HF Boutique and check out their latest collection.


Facebook: HF Boutique
Twitter: @_HF boutique
Instagram: HF boutique


I’ve never quite understood what the whole fuss was/is with the Evian water spray.  I have bought it a few times and never knew really what to do with it besides giving  yourself a little cooling down spritz on hot a day.  It’s just water in a spritzer.. or is it?

Well honestly that’s what I thought until I was recommended to try it again and was told of it’s benefits.  We can all agree that it isn’t just any o’l water.. it’s Evian compressed in a can and when sprayed produces a really fine mist.  I actually love this product and am using it everyday and figured there are many of you out there just like me who never knew what to really do with it.

Here are some of the benefits:

* the obvious- the spray hydrates and cools your skin on hot days/temps. Pop it in the fridge for a lovely cooling effect on a hot day.  Spray on neck, hair, face.

* use after you have cleansed, toned, applied serums and moisteriser; then spray your face a few times to seal in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated (this is what I do)

*after applying makeup a couple of spritzes of Evian will help make your makeup look more natural and give it a dewy appearance.

*if you find after applying makeup, your makeup looks too thick or needs toning down, a couple of spritzes does the job

*”If your skin has a tendency to dry up during the latter part of the day (this can happen a lot if you’re in a cold office), you can spritz a bit of Evian to literally water your skin. The humectants in your moisturizer and/or makeup will seal in the moisture from the water.”

* the Evian spray is a great substitute for the MAC Fix + and sets make up.

* spritzing your face prior to applying moisturizers help improve the effectiveness of the cream and seal in moisture.  Spray your face and wait for it to dry before applying the creams.

* the canister is sealed and sterilized so no worry of spills or leaks.  Tap water often contains chlorine, fluoride and other harsh substances which can cause senstivity and dryness.  Evian water is soft and contains minerals that the skin will benefit from and be easily absorbed.

* if you use a lot of powder based makeup and find that you look a little powdery and chalky; spritz a bit of Evian and it will create a more natural look.

*Evian’s mist rehydrates skin suffering from overheated, dry office air and skin exposed to heaters. Evian Spray also revives your makeup throughout the day, and keeps you looking fresh by replenishing much needed moisture.

*It’s a great cleansing mist of that removes perspiration, harmful salt or chlorine, and instantly soothes and rehydrates sun-burned or wind chapped skin.

 Basma K is an owner of an online Hijab store called Basma K Collection.   I came across Basma on instagram and love her style! Not only is she beautiful mashallah but she is a perfect style inspiration for hijabistas (Hijab wearers and fashion lovers).  She makes me want to own 1000 maxi skirts! Check out Basma’s Hijab store by clicking here.  You can follow Basma on instagram too (basma_k).

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 I get my daily dose of WHOWHATWEAR like most fashion lovers and this one I had to share.  This trend report image is from their site; just click on the image to be directed to the article.  It’s lovely to see modest fashion being highlighted, with floor length maxi skirts and dresses.  It’s all very feminine and ‘romantic’; very ladylike.  I am loving Rachel Roy and Kasia Smutniak’s ensembles. Have you come across any fashion looks that are on the modest track? Share it with the rest of us and email me on

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