HELLO 2018!

HELLO 2018

OKAY.LET.ME.SINK.IT.ALL.IN. MY LAST BLOG POST WAS IN JUNE?! And I KNOW, I was not consistent before that because of ALL wedding stress/mess I was going through because let me tell you ladies, planning a wedding is NOT.EASY. Anywho, with all that being said… HHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOO 222222222000000001111888888888!!!!! OH MY GOODNESS. NEW YEAR NEW ME HUH? I really, REALLY hope so because I need to get BACK on my game, and hit it HARD Inshallah (God Willing). Because there is SO much to be done and accomplished.

SO! How are all of you beautiful ladies doing?! Goodness, I REALLY missed writing. I really did. I am not going to be a grandma, and go back in time and mention all the reasons why I haven’t been up to date on my blog, but I am going to apologize. I know, I have been receiving emails, Instagram DMs, and FB messages and I HAVE replied to them (so you cannot hold me accountable for that!). So ladies, I do apologize for not being active here and my goal is to again get BACK on it ❤

Well, how is the New Year treating everyone so far? I hope Inshallah (God Willing) it is going GREAT for everyone, and I pray all of you achieve what your hearts desire within this year <3. How about me you ask? Well…not bad. Alhamdulilah (Thank God). Those who are actively active on my Instagram page see what I have been up to (and if you’re not get hip!). I am just trying to get some work related things together, balancing my  life out AND planning some good things for you all Inshallah (God Willing). So yup! I have been juggling looooooots of things, but I ain’t complaining.

As many of you know, I was not here for NYE. It’s been on my bucket list to go to Dubai for NYE, and thats where I was<3. I have been to the U.A.E. many times, but NYE was always that oooone thing I really wanted to experience. I was beyond anxious and impatient to see the fireworks live in front of the Burj-Khalifa and my face lighting up like a little kid with excitement ooohing and aaaahing. Unfortunetly, this year there were no fire works 😦 but instead (since its Dubai, and you’ll NEVER be disappointed) they had a light show, “Light Up 2018”. Which was VERY different, and VERY fun. There was live entertainment, fresh foods, drinks, teas, a open ground filled with people gathered around the Burj-Khalifa enjoying their night away.

Time flew by very quickly, we walked (my husband and I) in to the entrance of the Dubai Fountain at 7pm, found the perfect place and view to sit, and literally danced the night away! I wish I could speak into this post, because I had the time of my life Alhamdulilah (Thank God). So I am reallyyyy emphasizing in this post so you ladies can get a feel of how amazing this experience was to me. The Light UP show was SO loud, that the beat of each laser was hitting into my veins (like how fireworks give you that very strong thump feeling inside your body). Thats honestly the BEST way I can describe it to you all. At the same time, I was thinking about how all the years I would come with my family that I kept telling myself one day I will come with my spouse and experience our “first” NYE in Dubai, and Subhanallah (Glory be to God) it happened. So I was having lots of emotional moments here and there at the time, and kept thanking my husband for bringing me where I always wanted to come for NYE (I love you).

I would love to know how everyones New Years went? Anything special? Anything different? Please feel free to share with me ❤ Before I end this post, what I will be doing is posting the places to be visited while in Dubai, because my Instagram DM was filled with you all asking me about all the hot spots, etc. So yes, I will be sharing that with you all, not to worry! Sharing is caring, cannot get greedy now right? ❤

I love you all SO much, and thank you SO much for always supporting me in all of this ❤

Much love,

Nelo .A.

Fall Vibes

Fall Vibes

To all of my dearest followers, I apologize for such a late post and to my new followers, welcome!  How is everyone doing? I am most definite, everyone is GREAT and enjoying this gorgeous Fall weather (well, sorta). Honestly, this weather has been SO bipolar, “sweater weather” was probably like 3/4 days, other than that the weather has been between 75-80 degrees! But hey, I’m so over it, I still rock my boots and sweaters even if I am being stared at…

Speaking of this weather, I went exploring today in an old historic area we have near by! “Historic Occoquan”. I have never been, but I am so happy I did. My girls and I had a fun little Fall adventure, took advantage of the weather, stuffed our faces with food near the waterfront, and ofcourse…had them take pictures of me (Thanks Sidra/Hareem <3)

Okay ladies, this place was SO cute. I’m all about “old times” and “old is gold” moments, (thats why I always get called a grandma…). Up until now, they have a “Fall Festival” for the community, pumpkins, a real haunted mansion (no one wanted to go with me) cute little painting stop, a witch boutique, a fashion vintage boutique, a old time ice cream shop, a secret hidden garden cafe (which I have yet to try!) and so much more!

It is also a residential area, so the town homes are SO.FREAKING.ADORABLE.  The weather was again, beautiful and yes beautiful enough to wear a skirt and a hat ❤ And yes, my skirt is from my line L’Noor (visit my link for details). I have been wearing dark Fall lip colors, but for this adventure, I decided to tone it down a bit (still wearing a purple shade though…). You can see all of the Fall beauty in these photos, and the beauty of the place as well. Trees are still changing colors, which makes me even more happy because that means Fall isn’t ending anytime soon!

Take a look for yourself…

Outfit Details

// Skirt- L’Noor Matte Tulle Purple Skirt // Lace Vest- Forever 21 // Flats- Charlotte Russe // Hat-ROSS // Purse- Macys // Lipstick- Heroine MAC //

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Eid Al-Fitr Looks 2016

Eid Al-Fitr Looks 2016

Just like last year, (cannot believe it has been a year of blogging already!) I posted my looks on what I wore for Eid, and here I am again! I did begin my design in the beginning of Ramadan, thinking “Oh, I will finish it up the night of…” Ha. This year, with being a personal stylist/designer specialist at work I did not finish my Eid outfit *tear*. Thankfully I had back-up outfits from overseas, otherwise it would have been a biiiiiig blah.

I really hope everyone enjoyed Ramadan and Eid with their loved ones, even though it was a difficult one this year with all the mess around the globe, I pray you all safety and love ❤ Here are day 1 and 2 of my Eid looks! The third day I fell sick! I hope you all like them, feel free to leave feed back!

Outfit Details

// Both shalwar kameez from Pakistan // Shalwar Kameez 1- Trousers, Gown, Kameez // Hijab- Pearl Hijab from The Hijab Souq// Gold bangles // Bag-LV // Heels-Burlington // Pearl necklace- Forever21 // Lippie- Colourpop cosmetics // Shalwar Kameez 2- Flares, Kameez, Duppatta // Clutch- Pakistan // Heels-UK // Lippie-Colourpop cosmetics // Eid sweets table- all prepped by me (homemade rice crispy treats, kheer, jalebis, kajhoor and brownies)

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Eid Look #3

Eid Al-Fitr Look #3

Hello Ladies ❤

Thank you all so much for your patience in waiting for this post. Alhamdulilah (Thank God) I am feeling much better than before, appreciate the well wishes from all ❤ I also wanted to say, thank you ALL from across the GLOBE for the love and support with my “Eid Look Book”. It honestly gives me so much happiness ❤ ❤ ❤

I promise you it was worth the wait (I personally like this look out of the other 2). Eid Look #3 is my collaboration with the talented “The Hijab Souq”. This Hijab boutique, has a variety of Hijabs and by variety I mean VARIETY Mashallah. From fancy, to casual, to the color you love they have it all! The Hijab I am wearing here is from one of their most popular lines known as the “Royal Lace Hijab” in the color Black. And all of you alreadyyyy know my love with “black and gold”, this Hijab was love at first sight ❤

A very light-weight material, a little close to crinkle but not so much. Perfect for Spring, Summer and even Fall! The gold lace on the end of the Hijab is a good “over exaggerated” amount, I mean who doesn’t love lace?! This Hijab went P.E.R.F.E.C.T.L.Y. (and every other one)  with my “neutral” Eid Look Book this year (I am still surprised I did neutral tones…). The style I did with this hijab is a “hood” look. So you can see the beautiful lace.

The top I am wearing is a beautiful olive but not olive green shade (ladies, when I said I am doing colors I never do, its the truth). I have been eyeballing this top for a WHILE, so when I saw it on sale I grabbed it right away (why not?!) Plus this kind of work and style is from my culture, so thats another reason 😉

It also has a beautiful embroidered back, with florals. Very light-weight and very comfortable. Ofcourse, I paired it with a black under shirt and black tights, and did a nice nude heel to balance the colors out. For accessories (MY FAVORITE) I used the Embroidered Clutch from The Hijab Souq, another elegant piece (mentioned in my other collab with them), gold bangles, my MK watch and both rings are from my trip to the UAE. Lastly, I did a “pop” of red lips to complete the look!

Aaaaand there you have it ladies, the last and final Eid Look of this Look Book! Be sure to take advantage in these last (2-3) nights of Ramadan. May Allah accept all of our fasts and acts of worship Inshallah Ameen! I would love to hear feed back, whether its through email, DM, or comments you all know I always reply! Again, thank you all for the love and support ❤

Take care ladies, and Inshallah next post with be for Eid! And more collaborations to come from The Hijab Souq ❤

Smooches

Nelo .A.

http://www.thehijabsouq.com

Outfit Details ❤

Top- Zara

Black tights/undershirt- Forever 21

Hijab- The Hijab Souq

Clutch- The Hijab Souq

Watch- MK

Bangles– H&M (small) Gold (big)

Heels- Charlotte Russe

Lippie– Colourpop Cosmetics

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Eid Look #2

EID Al-Fitr 2016 Look #2

Happy Monday Ladies!

Hoping all of you enjoyed your lovely weekend! I defiantly did…with all of these amazing Iftar gatherings (plus the millions pounds I have added). Let’s hope I fit into my Eid clothes, which by the way I have not made yet…whoops! Thank you all for the love on my first Eid Look, so happy you all loved it ❤

Eid Look #2 is my collaboration with The Hijab Vault ❤ I honestly am OBSESSED with all of their Hijabs Mashallah. I think I have always expressed my love and appreciation for these Hijabs, because they really ARE that praise worthy ❤ The hijab I am wearing here is the “One-Edged Pearl & Chain”.  A very elegant and light weight Hijab, perfect for the Summer. This Hijab comes in beautiful summer shades such as purple, blush, blues, nudes, and pinks. This Hijab line is exclusively for Ramadan and Eid, so ladies be sure to get yours before they are sold out! And trust me…they are going fast.

Again, I am sticking to all neutral tones, so this Hijab was perfect for this look.  I did a simple, side drape for the one edge of the pearls to show. I am wearing a floral cape top (sadly, the wind was not cooperating with me, but the sleeves are of cape design). I paired it with black tights, and a nice pair of black Kitten Heels which are a life saver when you’re a oldie like myself (lol).

For the accessories, I felt the florals were already so much so I just did some bangles, one ring, and ofcourse my favorite Chanel bag ❤ ❤ ❤ And lastly, for my lip color I did a pop of pink! Well, what do you ladies think? I would love to hear feed back! Make sure you follow me on Instagram as well (@fashion.with.nelo) and my FB page (FashionWithNelo) ❤

Last and final Eid look will be up in a few days! Stay tuned mi amours!

http://www.thehijabvault.com

Much love,

Nelo .A.

Outfit Details-

Top- OverSeas

Black Tights/Undershirt- Forever 21

Hijab- The Hijab Vault

Bag- Chanel

Lippie- Mac Candy Yum Yum

Bangles- Charlotte Russe

Ring- I am.

Heels- Burlington

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Eid Look #1

EID Al-Fitr 2016 Look #1

Happy Weekend!

How are all of my ladies from around the globe doing? How is Ramadan going for all of you? I hope Ramadan is going well and has brought very good changes in the all of you (including me) Inshallah (God Willing). Can you believe we are already in the Last 10 days? Subhanallah (Glory be to God). A week before Ramadan I took out all of my Abayas, ironed them and hung them nicely for Tarawih Prayers. And now, we are at the end of the month.

May Allah accept all of our worship and fasts during the beautiful month and that we live to see the next Inshallah (God Willing) Ameen. It has been a year of my blogging life, and I am so overwhelmed with the love I have received from each and every single one of you. Not only from the States, but from across the world! Thank you all so much. If it wasn’t for the love, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today ❤

Last year I did the “Eid Look Book” and honestly I was kind of hesitant about my looks. Everyones style is different, so thought what the outcome would be. And Alhamdulilah (Thank God) it was very positive. All of my Eid looks were loved by all of you, and this time I am way more confident in sharing more inspirations with you all ❤

I have kept a color scheme for this Look Book. I have worked with all neutral tones. The reason I did so, was because neutrals can go with any skin color, and I have come to realize that. This Summer I pushed myself to wear more nudes/blush tones. And surprisingly, I kind of like it. So for those of you who are worried, don’t be! Trust me, you will look fabulous!

Many of you loved and I mean LOVED the sequins look I did last Eid. So thought why not do something similar but different this year. Again, all neutral tones but added a bit of sparkle to it ❤ I balanced the entire look with a Black Hijab (you can never go wrong with black) and a nice shade lippie. I mixed and matched gold and silver (which I never do) and thats that! What do you ladies think? Feel free to leave comments below! Stay tuned for another look in a few days!

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

Outfit Details:

Top- Forever 21

Tights/Undershirt- Forever 21

Necklace- Forever 21

Lips- MAC All Fired Up

Heels- DSW

Clutch- H&M

Bangles- Overseas

Ring- TopShop

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Ramadan 101 List

RAMADAN MUBARAK

Oh my goodness…how time flies? It honestly feels as if we JUST ended Ramadan 2015…and we are already in day 2 of Ramadan 2016. To all of my followers, this post is going to be a bit different, more personal lets say. For some reason the thought of writing this post came into my heart, and I just had to post it. It’s about 12:46AM here, many of us have returned from Tarawih prayer, probably going to sleep to wake up for Suhoor or probably even just up until Suhoor (Ah, the beauty of Ramadan Nights).

I welcomed Ramadan a little differently this year…with sweets! I am horrible at baking but oh my goodness to my surprise I am not that bad! I baked homemade “Berry Cream Cheese Puff Pastries” along with “Chocolate Puff Pastries” as well. And alhamdulilah, everyone at home enjoyed it today after their First Iftar ❤ And are still munching on them after Tarawih Prayer (#RamadanNights). Photos are on my Instagram (@fashion.with.nelo) but I will share them below as well.

I wanted to share a small “list” of “to-dos” for you all during this Ramadan. This is my own personal “list” which applies to everyday life as well, but especially during Ramadan. So I thought why not share it with everyone! MANY of these things are very basic, but we often forget. So a small reminder won’t hurt…Either you will gain something from it, or I will gain something from it. Please feel free to add your own “lists” in the comment box below, I would love to add it on to mine ❤

Ramadan 101 List

-Mentally and physically prepare yourself for your Fasts, Prayers, and Duas.

-Ramadan DIYS! Decorate your home, and welcome Ramadan! 

-Prepare your Ramadan wardrobe! Just because its Ramadan, it does not mean you have to look “sleep deprived” and “blah”. Look your best! Decent! It may be hard, but just do it!

-Prepare a sincere, loving message to all of your loved ones across the globe, or even next door. Send them this message, wishing them a Blessed Ramadan. Trust me, It will bring a huge smile on their faces and its plus points for you. DO NOT worry if they do not reply, you did your part!

-Prepare a list for your Duas, we are human and we may forget. And what is better than to ask in this Month of Mercy, Blessings and Forgivness.

-Make a list of positive changes you want to have accomplished during this month BUT carry it with you forever. For example: Learning the 99 names of Allah with its meaning. Or memorizing some Surahs, OR finishing the Quran with Tafseer. And applying all these into your every day lives ❤

-Always have Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah) on your lips. 

-Always say your Duas, you never know when they can be answered. One major thing for Duas…Make them very sincerely. Know that only He will answer them, and only He will help you in any situation you are in Inshallah. 

-Help your mother around the house. Please. It doesn’t matter if you have been at work all day etc. Come home, change, and prepare Iftar for the family. Ladies and gents both! You are not the only one fasting, everyone else is as well. Put in your share! Plus…you get ALOT of goodness out of it 😉

-Stay hydrated and Stay healthy! Do not over stuff yourself with food (this is from personal experience in the past). Ladies, I couldn’t go into Ruku during Tarawih Prayer…I was taking deep breaths and after that until this day I eat very…humbly lol. Another major thing to control.

-Stay organized! Don’t be lazy, have that room or house of your ALWAYS neat and tidy!

-Keep up with your prayers and reading the Quran. Ramadan is not only about Fasting but about your Prayers as well.

-Enjoy these Ramadan Nights, because you will dearly miss them. I promise you. 

-Take full advantage of ALL of these days, but ESPECIALLY the last 10 days. I cannot express, how important this is ❤

-Be humble, Be nice, Be generous. 

-Help the need in anyway that you can. Nothing ever goes unnoticed from Him.

-Host an Iftar! 

-Don’t forget to prepare for Eid! Yes ladies, with all of this add this as well. Prepare your Eid decor (my personal fav) outfits, your gathering, where you will go for Eid prayer. It is well deserved Inshallah!

-And lastly, be happy and thankful that you have made it to and through Ramadan 2016 with health and happiness. And ALWAYS pray you live to see the next with all of your loved ones. Ameen. 

See ladies, that wasn’t so complicated now was it? Like I said, very basic. I pray you all have a beautiful month of Ramadan. May Allah accept all of our fasts, duas, prayers and every act of worship in this month. And may we live to see the next with all of our loved ones with good health and happiness Inshallah, Ameen. Please remember me in your duas as well ❤ ❤ ❤

Love you all,

Nelo .A.

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The Hijab Souq- Desert Lace Panel Hijab <3

Hello my pretties! 

Hoping all of you ladies are in good health and happiness Inshallah (God Willing). For those of you who follow me on Instagram (fashion.with.nelo) you have already seen my little “peek” of my collaboration with the one and only “The Hijab Souq”. Many of you were and still are very eager to know when this collaboration would go live and…here it is!

The Hijab Souq is an online Hijab and accessories boutique based in New York City founded by my dear friend Fatema ❤ . This boutique ranges from different Hijab designs, to elegant ones, to even everyday casual designs! As well as matching accessories from Hijab Pins, to Hijab Cushion Pins, clutches, keychains and much much more!

They are very fashion forward, yet very modest ❤ Their Hijabs in which I have fallen in LOVE with are all breathable materials. You know how hectic it can get in the Summer my Hijabi sisters… :-/

The Hijab I am wearing in this post is known as the “Desert Panel Lace Hijab”. How elegant does the name of that just sound to you? ❤  It is made of a light-weight breathable cotton fabric, with a bit of natural wrinkle. The side panels of the Hijab is a elegant and soft lace in which is a good lengthy amount to drape anyway you desire.

I did a very simple Hijab look, because this Hijab itself has so much elegance to it. I pinned it regularly, and took one panel and draped it around my neck and let it just fall into place. Whereas I took the other panel and tucked it in towards the back of my shoulder ❤ I balanced the remaining of the look with a White Waterfall Cotton Cardigan, black tights, and a simple black undershirt. Then lastly, accessorized it with the famous “Embroidered Black and Gold Calligraphy Clutch” also by the Hijab Souq. Do you see my point on how fashion forward they are?!

I have much much more coming from this successful company, let’s just bare one post at a time now ladies ❤ I promise you the wait is worth it just like this one was!  What do you ladies think? I for one, am in love ❤ Until next time, take care my loves!

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

For further details on “The Hijab Souq” you can visit them at : http://www.thehijabsouq.com

Outfit Details:

// White Waterfall Cardigan- BP Nordstrom //  Black Shirt- Papaya // Black tights- Forever 21 // Watch- MK // Ring- TopShop // Mid Rings- Nordstrom // Shoes- Charlotte Russe // Hijab- The Hijab Souq // Clutch- The Hijab Souq // Lip Color- Colourpop Cosmetics // Shades- Ebay //

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The Hijab Vault- Embroidered Hijab

Jummah Mubarak Ladies

Let me begin this post with… ALHAMDULILAH (Thank God). We have had none stop rain, for the past 2 1/2 weeks now and the sun FINALLY came out today! I have nothing against rain, there are many countries that do not get a drop of rain. Rain is a blessing, it is the mercy of God upon us. Just seeing this beautiful sun after weeks, makes you really wonder about how powerful weather can be in general, and how amazing it is how He controls it ❤ Subhanallah (Glory be to God).

With that said! Do you ladies remember how I kept mentioning in my last few posts I have great collaborations coming up? Well, here is ONE of them 😉 I have collaborated with this Hijab company before, and thankful to be part of it once again… The Hijab Vault ❤

This Hijab here ladies, is known as the “Maroon Embroidered Hijab” this new Summer Collection comes in 3 rich colors- Maroon, Emerald Green & Navy. First off, I am OBSESSED with how elegant this Hijab is (totally my style), and second the material ❤ ❤ ❤ I for one, cannot deal with heavy weight Hijabs during the warm weather. It is a very light-weight cotton/linen breathable fabric, in which you do not have to worry about being “too hot” with the Summer approaching. And lastly the embroidery, the detail in so precious you literally just want to stare at it. This color combination is fit to style almost ANY and EVERY look (daytime or nighttime).

With this Hijab collection, this is your final “touch” to have a balanced outfit. Its not too much and not too less. Which is exactly how I styled my look with this Hijab. I was heading out to a Cafe this night, so I wore a simple Beige Maxi Dress, and had my Maroon Hijab draped around me and just accessorized the rest of the look! It made this very simple Maxi dress, a great outfit of the “night” and  can also be a outfit of the “day”. It all really depends how you put it together!

I had received tremendous amount of compliments on this Hijab and my outfit that night by BOTH Muslims and Non Muslims (heart melts from happiness). All my girls were snap-chatting me asking where this Hijab was from… and of course I flipped my Hijab and said “The Hijab Vault…” ❤

Outfit Details

Maxi Body Con Dress- Forever 21 // Hijab- The Hijab Vault // Purse- Louis Vuitton // Ring- Top Shop // Watch- MK // Ankle boots- Charlotte Russe // Belt- Forever 21 //

Order Details Visit:

http://www.thehijabvault.com

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Shades of Blush

Hello Ladies
I hope all of you had a wonderful week and now ready to enjoy the weekend! I literally only have 10 mins until 12am here, my laptop was NOT cooperating with me so I kept editing and losing my posts 😦 Please excuse this short little F.F.F, I am literally racing with time haha.
This F.F.F. is a little different, because it is L’NOOR design (yay!) I love this fabric pieces, only because it is black AND it has different shades of blush mixed into it. How beautiful?
If you ladies are interested in this design feel free to either email me or comment below! I also have a VERY exciting post I have been working on which will be posted in a day or two, I just need to finish editing some photos and it’ll be up ❤
Much love
Nelo .A.

Fashion Finds: 

Long Floral Knit Cardigan- L’Noor. This was a customized design I had made for a customer, and decided to make one for myself! I mean you can never get enough of long cardigans and that being floral.

White Cami- Forever 21. Original price $1.90. I think thats that.

Collar Choker Necklace- TopShop. Original price $48. On sale for $2. I mean do I really need to express how AMAZING this find was?!

High waisted Boyfriend Jeans- Papaya. Original price $24.99 on sale for $10. I have shared this before on my F.F.F. it looked nice with this look so I paired it up.

Tea Pink Wood Heel Lace up Ankle Boots- Charlotte Russe. Original price $38.99, on sale for $9.99. These shoes are SO comfortable, and so adorable.

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