Athens, Greece Pt.2

Honeymoon Series:

Athens, Greece Pt.2

Locations Visited: 

Monastiraki, Roman Agora, Ancient Agora, Temple of Hephaestus, Kerameikos

Weather: Extremely hot, scorching sun, had to stay hydrated. Evening became bearable. 

I am absolutely overwhelmed with everyone’s messages on this mini series, seriously! Isn’t Athens BEAUTIFUL? I highly, highly recommend planning a trip here because pictures can’t show the vibes of the city, I mean if pictures are this beautiful imagine how it would be in reality?! WELL, day 1 was clearly adventurous, but it didn’t end there because day 2 was even more action packed! We felt a little more familiar around the area we were staying, it was Jummah so we found a local Masjid to pray at, I don’t know if I mentioned this in my last post but Mashallah a good amount of Muslims! There wasn’t a area for women to pray, so I just waited outside.

Instead of sitting in Taxi’s we used Uber, it was the safest to use in Athens (we were told by locals to do so) so our Uber arrived and we headed towards our destination. Our drive was really nice (a good 20 mins), we saw more of the city which was extremely busy, we passed by a lot of familiar stores which honestly I wasn’t expecting (hey I’m new here). We arrived at “Monastiraki”, which is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Athens. It’s known for its narrow streets filled with lots of stores, street food and fresh fruits basically an open bazaar. Also (which I found SO interesting) in 1759 a Masjid was built, and is now used as a Museum and a Church. The flea market/bazaar has been held here since 1910 and runs until this day.

My husband is a TRUE fruit lover, so we stopped by some shops to pick up some fresh fruits, which he very much enjoyed (I am not a fruit person). We explored around, shopped a little and then made our way towards “Roman Agora”, which was walking distance as I mentioned in my previous posts that all the main places to be visited were planned around each other so we didn’t waste anytime. As we were approaching Roman Agora, the narrow streets were so beautiful of Monastiraki with so much history and richness, such a beautiful memory.

The timing we planned on arriving to Roman Agora worked out perfectly because it was not crowded at ALL. We literally had the place to ourselves, so reading about its history, taking photos and just enjoying the scene was very calm, except the sun we couldn’t leave our eyes open LOL. The Agora used to be the social and political center of the city, such as law courts, temples and stores. The remains here are of different times of History from the Romans to the Byzantines and Turkish. In which there were churches, workshops, and a Masjid (how interesting!). Everything was so beautiful, each column, pathway, entryway, even the arch of each ruin.

After exploring Roman Agora, we walked through Monastiraki, another side of it and that was another beautiful walk itself. We then made our way to “Ancient Agora”. This place used to be the main gathering place in the city. People here used to go to school, socialize with one another, do businesses, have entertainment, attend courts, and politics. The sun was a bit bare able by now, so we went ahead and explored the ruins read up about the history and ofcourse had a photo session 🙂

There was also a museum within the location, so we went and saw old ancient artifacts, how they made their pottery, how old statues were all in a line of their Gods and Goddesses (which I found so cool). We spent quite sometime there, also because there was AC soooooo yeah. After we were done with Ancient Agora, we made our way to the “Temple of Hephaestus”. The temple was located in Ancient Agora so our walk was a hill way up, and we made it! The Temple of Hephaestus, is the first temple to be made out of complete marble, from research it is mentioned that no one really knew which God was worshipped here. But within time of exploring the Temple, archeologists came across a discovery that the temple may have been to honor the dieties Athena Ergane (Goddess of Pottery)  and Hephaestus (Goddess of Volcanoes) because their statues were found. A very beautiful structure.

After we finished here, we made our way down back to  Monastiraki and then headed towards our final site- “Kerameikos”. By this time, the sun was not really “setting” but it was less sunny so we felt very good at this point. Our goal was to see every ruin before sunset and thankfully that was a succsess over all Alhamdulilah (Thank God). This location was not very big. I personally think because of how the sun was beginning to set, the location looked even more lovely. At this point my poor husband was so relieved we finished everything and this was our last stop LOL. Kerameikos, was once a potters headquaters of Athens. There is an ancient burial ground, two of the cities largest gates stood here, animal structures to represent the deceased and much more art all around.

The surroundings we were exploring was really interesting because, where the ruins we were exploring at had a dusty/sandy floor but at the same time there was green grass in other spots of the location. We walked around, saw the burial ground, we went inside and around some of the ruins, climbed up where the animals were structure for the deceased (majorly Lions). Our last stop was a very quick one because, the location was not as big compared to the other places we saw. We then sat down, looked around one more time, and took it all in, gave eachother high-fives on achieving our most tiring travel ❤ Once we were done, the sun was beginning to set, and we made our way back to the alleys of Monastiraki and came across a huge food strip of beautiful outdoor restaurants and live music (Oh God I miss the vibe).

We found a place to eat (Thank you Google for reviews) ordered some pasta, the famous stuffed vegetables, and a fresh Greek salad (it was a must for me with every meal). We watched the sun set across from us, enjoyed live music and had a very delicious meal. We then came back to where we started our day, Monastiraki sat there and enjoyed Athens night life, had some smoothies, ice cream, basically a junk food night :-). After all that, we headed back to our place to get ready and pack for our next destination in Greece…any guesses?

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

Monastiraki, dome shape is the old Masjid.

Roman Agora Ruins

 

Ancient Agora- Goddess Aphrodite

Making our way to the Temple

Temple of Hephaestus

Kerameikos

Kerameikos

Ancient Agora

Appetizers

Dinner

Fresh juice in Monastiraki

Honeymoon Series

 

Honeymoon Series

Its Summer time, and ALL of us are defintily in the mood for…
traveling! What I decided to do for you ladies is to put together a
blog series of my Honeymoon around Europe! I know…I know…”oh my
godness! Really?!” Yeah, REALLY. After our wedding we had a good three
months break, overcoming all the wedding madness and then having
Ramadan literally a week after. We (lets be real, me) decided on which locations to visit, cafes, restaurants, famous sight areas, safety cautions, weather conditions,  you name it!
I am very OCD when it comes to planning, I like to be very organized
and do my research way ahead of time so that way no problems occur
(even if they do) I can handle it.

Our Honeymoon consisted of 4 beautiful European countries, in
which we both have never been to (except London) Germany, Greece, Rome
and London. What we decided to do is “country hop” which consisted of 2 days in
each location (arriving in the early AM, having that entire day plus
the next then leaving early in the AM to the next location vice
versa). A little more adventuours for us since we had a good break after our wedding.

Just some quick tips on what I personally did and found very useful to traveling to a new country. Please do your FULL research on the following:

Weather conditions

Society norms

Culture

Currency rates

Dress codes

Weather related outfits

Shoes

Distance

Famous sight-seeing locations

Timings of each location

 Itinerary guide for each location

Special cultural foods

Here are some quick tips on what to pack, my husband was making fun of me and mentioning how “we’re not going to the end of the world, I’m sure such and such will be there”. I definitely did not listen, and I’m glad I did not because it all came in handy :-). Note to all husbands- we always got this.

Camera, chargers, and portable chargers (it’ll make your life so much easier)

Your basic hygiene essentials

Your basic makeup materials.

Medicines, ALL kind you need just incase of an emergency. 

Sun screen, sun screen and sun screen! 

Comfortable shoes, I cannot express how important that is because I made a mistake there 😦 

Plan each outfit (and TRUST ME on this one) depending on the weather. Especially if you’re traveling to VERY hot countries, please pack breathable fabrics, try not to under layer.

Travel as LIGHT as you can, we had one suitcase and 2 backpacks. It was the BEST decision we made. Less hassle at the airport, and quickly getting through security. 

Passport holder-this was the most convenient decision ever. Everything was placed organized in one pocket, that way we did not have to panic losing anything important. 

Download a currency app

I really hope this helps all of you in planning a good trip with any loved one or even
just by yourself! I personally went through SO MUCH research, and I
appreciate those who had listed so much great information about each
country which led me to my own personal experiences. Especially as a Hijabi, I was very worried about how things would go, so I thought to myself I should do this to make it easier as all this information is coming from a Hijabi to all you Hijabis (and non-Hijabis). With that said, let’s begin!

Frankfurt, Germany

Honeymoon Series:

Frankfurt, Germany

Locations Visited: 

Iron Bridge, Romerburg, St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, St. Pauls Church, My Zeil, Palmengarten, Old Opera House

Weather: very nice and breezy, a little warm at points but over all for July it was good. 

And so the adventure begins with our first stop…Frankfurt! Mind you all, I was on a plane after a good 5 years so during the 7 hour flight, I was a little nervous. But Alhamdulilah (Thank God) I kept myself together. We arrived to our hotel early in the day time, (it was probably 9am) luckily we were allowed to check-in early. The both of us were so excited to get this trip stared, we freshened up (no nap, no rest, NOTHING) and headed out to explore a new place we both have never been to. We made our way to AmMain, which is basically Central Frankfurt. I had printed and made itineraries for each of our destinations, planned out our days, and locations to eat yeah I’m OCD like that.

The first place on our list to visit was, “Romerburg”. Which is also known as Frankfurt’s “Old Town” and means “Roman Mountain” in German. Back in the day it used to hold trade fairs for the German people, and of course traders. Today, the surrounding is so beautiful due to its architecture, people from all over come to see it. I personally found it straight out of a vintage magazine or a Christmas card! Yeah! That’s how adorable this place was, not too big so we were done pretty quickly. Our next stop on the list was the “Iron Bridge”. The way I had planned the itineraries were how far/close was each place, that way if something was too far, I would replace it with something that was closer and vice versa (major tip ladies saves you a lot of time).

The Iron Bridge was not far at all (it was a 3 minute walk) thanks to Google Maps. So we both decided to sit down and take a little break by a Art museum that we missed (but its okay!). Now this is where my husband, fell asleep while sitting and speaking to me it was the most hilarious moment ever because we were sooooo jet-lagged. We then made our way to the Iron Bridge, and it was a very relaxing view. This bridge was damaged during WW2 but was rebuilt. From what I read, about 10,000 pedestrians cross this bridge daily, and around sunset lovebirds come and add locks to the sides of the bridge or write their names. Now we didn’t add a lock, but we definitely wrote our names <3.

It was about midday and we both were starting to get hungry (of course) now for Frankfurt I didn’t really make a “where to eat” list because when I was researching, it was mentioned how Romerburg had many markets and local cafes in the area, which there were so we went ahead and made our best judgement. We found a halal Vapiano’s (hell yeah). Grubbed away there, and then we wanted some German ice cream and crepes! Our first choice was a fail, we decided to get their famous “Spaghetti Ice-Cream” which was so horrible for the both of us. Not literally spaghetti but the flavor was made in that shape. After that we were a bit hesitant to try the crepes but the cafe looked so busy so we were like eh why not?!

THOSE.CREPES.WERE.SO.DELICIOUS. I wish I had taken note of the cafes name, but there wasn’t one! It was an entire strip in Romerburg of cafes, and each one was so busy! I loved the vibe. After filling in our tummies, my husband wanted to take a nap…I told him there is no way we are going back to the hotel. He was like “no…I’ll nap here”. And that’s exactly what WE did. I let him sleep for 30mins, that’s when my eyes were starting to shut, so I had to quickly wake him up before I passed out LOL. YEAH IT WAS THAT BAD. NOTE: ALWAYS HAVE SOME REST BEFORE RUNNING OUT. After a very good nap, we made our way to “St. Paul’s Church”. It was a very quick stop (I took no pictures because there really wasn’t much to take pictures of). There was a lot of reading about the history of the church etc. So we kinda zoomed out of there and head towards “St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral”.

This Cathedral is considered Frankfurt’s largest cathedral. The architecture was all Gothic inspired and thats my personal favorite! High sharp ceilings, beautiful interior and very detailed sculptures. Unfortunately we did not get a chance to go up to the dome, because of construction work, but besides that this cathedral was so beautiful. Next on the list was…some shopping! I mean come on, traveling so far…and not shopping? Psht!

“MyZeil” was where it was at, literally. This place was a HUGE, I mean HUGE shopping strip in the heart of Frankfurt. There were street shows, dances, live music, cafes, restaurants, you name it! This was the largest shopping strip in the country. There was also a 8 story shopping mall, which was built in 2009, all designed to have natural light come through all its windows. It was so unique! We chilled there for a bit, and about a 10 minute walk out of there, we hit an alley of Turkish restaurants and cafes! That night, we had Turkish food for the first time, and I wish we could go back and have it again, THATS how delicious it was.

Day two consisted of more of a relaxing day, we weren’t rushing into anything because we only had 2 major places to visit. We had breakfast in a very cute corner cafe, again something we just walked into. We then made our way, by walking to “Palemengarten” one of the largest botanical gardens in Germany. Trust me, they weren’t kidding about it being the largest…we were there for quite sometime! The botanical garden, was so serene. That when we both entered, we stood there and just took it all in, thats how beautiful it was. A very high, indoor Palm house that had a waterfall, exotic plants, benches where you could sit and just enjoy your view. I’m pretty sure there are many more botanical gardens around the globe, but this was so lovely. There were a few garden houses, we went into all of them because why not! Cute vintage little cottages surrounded by acres of flowers. We even spotted a little wedding, it was adorable! As I mentioned before, we were there for a while, because there was so much to see and learn about.

Our last stop of the day was the “Old Opera House”, in which we didn’t make it on time to see (because the garden was SO huge most of our time was spent there and we were unaware of the timing). But it was all good! We had a good look from the outside, then sat down near a fountain and just admired the building. We then headed back towards our hotel, packed up and got ready for our morning flight to our next destination!

My overall experience in Frankfurt was very good, I think it was a good city to explore. Would I decide to go again? I would definitely go to another city in Germany, probably Berlin. I hope this was very useful for you all, feel free to comment and tell me your experience if you’ve been to Frankfurt, I would love to hear!

Much Love ❤

Nelo .A.

Lee & Zee Apparel- Eid Collaboration

Lee & Zee Apparel- Eid-Al-Fitr 2018 Collaboration

First and foremost, Ramadan Mubarakladies! I pray and hope this Ramadan is going well for everyone, with positivity and happiness Inshallah (God Willing). And we all know what we prepare for after Ramadan right…Eid! Ramadan always flies by extremely fast, and next thing we know its time to prepare for Eid ❤ What’s more exciting than preparing your Eid oufit right? #girlthings.

This time, I had the honor and collaborated with a new Modest clothing boutique named “Lee & Zee Apparel”. From Abayas, to long-sleeved non-see-through shirts (every Hijabis dream), chic dresses, AND magnetic Hijab pins (yes you read that right!) they’ve got it all! Every collection on their website is VERY Hijab friendly and some pieces that are beyond elegant such as their most famous, the “Open Lace Abaya” in two of my favorite colors “Black”and “Mauve”.

The Abaya is made out of soft fabric, that drapes so elegantly once worn. Ladies, the best part of this Abaya is you can style and wear it with literally ANYTHING. How I styled this look, is with a simple black turtle neck and black tights, and pop of nude with my jersey Hijab-Turban and heels. I personally felt, these tones balanced the look very elegantly, not too much and not too less for an Eid look. The lace design on the Abaya is so intricate, that to keep a simple under garment is very important, otherwise ladies…you’ll be in trouble :-).

The other look I had in mind was a long black maxi until my ankles, a nude Hijab and heels. And lastly, this Abaya can be worn openly like a long gown, and have an “all white” look would definitely make a statement as well. Have your pick! But hey, if you want to be extra… go for it 😉 Nothing wrong with being a teeeenie bit extra on Eid.

I already know you ladies are oohing and aahing over all this information, so for further details and information please head on over to their website, http://www.leeandzeeapparel.com and follow their Instagram page @LeeAndZeeApparel. 

Lastly, 15% of their profit goes to Palestine during this beautiful month of Ramadan ❤ We all must support one another, help each other grow in our dreams and goals, and not let each other down.

Here’s how I styled this beautiful Abaya, do let me know what you ladies think! Happy-Eid-Shopping lovelies!

Much love,

Nelo .A.

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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.

The Styling Project <3

                    Ladies ladies ladies!!!

Goodness…I know all of you have been waiting anxiously for this post and i have been saying it’ll be up “soon”. For some odd reason the website wasn’t functioning (it still isn’t either) so I am typing all this from my phone! The things I do for you all…jk jk. So…HOW IS EVERYONE?! I’ve missed you all SO much (honestly). I don’t know how many times I’ve apologized in my last posts, but again I apologize for barely posting. No more excuses Nelo! 

I have replied to your emails and DMs on Instagram (@fashion.with.nelo) so you gotta give me that! Has this been a long winter or what?! I am def. not complaining because I love the cold and it’s fashion, but it’s been very long. And again today, the temperature has dropped (not surprised). Anywho! 

I am so happy, blessed and thankful to share this very important post with all of you❤️ it’s something a bit different. I am a designer specialist Alhamdulilah (Thank God). Which I will explain in detail in my next post Inshallah (God Willing). So I was assigned a project to style different looks using the designs of an Italian designer brand named Fabiana Filippi.

If you all are not familiar with these designs I really recommend you do your research and learn about it. I was given the instructions to pull 3 different looks with the new Resort ’16 collection to take part in a contest. I was told 2 days before the deadline, yeah I was freaking out (I’m a crazy perfectionist). Before pulling the looks, I contacted my dear friend asking if she was available because these looks had her pop in my head. 

Thankfully she was available (love you Sarah). Ahhhhhh! Just remembering the hassle is hurting my stomach hahaha. I pulled out looks, jewelry, shoes, and hand bags to accessorize it well. My girl came in, and luckily the weather was so warm that day (it was after the blizzard so you’ll see lots of snow). 

Without further ado! Here are the looks I pulled together, I would love to hear any feed back❤️ 

Much love, 

Nelo .A.

                    DESIGNER APPAREL-

                        FABIANA FILIPPI

                             SHOES-

          JIMMY CHOO/ DIOR/VALENTINO

                    CLUTCH/CROSSBODY- 

             JIMMY CHOO/VALENTINO/MK

                          PHOTOGRAPHY- 

                               By Moi❤️

  
    
    
    
   
 
   

  

  

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 HAPPY NOVEMBER! 

How are all of my lovely ladies doing? I missed all of you loads!  I know, I know I have been missing for a awhile and I apologize from the bottom of my heart! I have been crazy busy with other things (yes us bloggers have a life too) so keeping a balance can get a bit difficult but it’s all good! I’m back now 😉

How was the month of October for everyone? I had a very busy one (pretty obvious). Well now that November is here (time is going by WAY too fast) I thought why not welcome this month with a fun DIY! I had posted this on my Instagram (@fashion.with.nelo) a while back, and many of you were interested.

So for those who are in love with fashion, this is a very fun DIY for you. And for those who are not into fashion but love interior design and always changing up their rooms, this is a DIY for you also<3

In my room, I have set up a “mini” L’Noor studio. For a while now, I have been searching for some good designer books to read and to decorate my work area a bit. I have found a few, and boy aren’t they expensive?! I don’t mind spending, but ehhh for a book I probably might read ONCE, and never touch again $60-$100…I don’t think so.

So I thought, “hey! Do it yourself girl”. And I did. This was the most easiest, and fastest DIY’s I have ever done, and you will love it as well. I spent under 5$/10$, YES you read it right. My “books” are a bit big, I just love exaggerated things but you can choose a thinner shape it’s totally up to you!

So lets get started shall we?

Materials:

2/3 card boxes (Michaels 3-4$, used coupon 50% off)

White gift wrap (Dollar Tree)

Tape (Dollar Tree)

Scissors

Alphabetical stickers ($2.99 Michaels, used coupon 50% off)

A brain (just kidding)

Instructions: 

Step 1: Gather all of your materials

Step 2: place one box over the white gift wrap and cut to the size of the box.

Step3: Tuck in the folds for a good clean finish, and tape down as you go along.

Step 4: When you come to the corner of the box(at the top) cut diagonally to the corner of the gift wrap, half way.

Step 5/6/7: That cut will allow you to fold the remaining gift wrap easily, remember to tape down!

Step 8/9/10/11/12 : Follow the images carefully, I have shown you how to fold and tuck in the gift wrap for a nice a clean look (it will look like a white book once completed).

Step 13/14: You are now ready to place the Alphabetical stickers on the side of your “book”. Choose whatever you please, examples maybe : YSL, CHANEL, VOGUE, PRADA.

Step 15: You are done! See how quick and easy that was?! You can place your designer books anywhere in your room! I just place them on my desk, with a fall scented candle. 

SECOND OPTION:

The other option you may do is, get a book you already have at home and do the same exact technique I just listed.

What did you ladies think of this DIY? I would love to hear your feed back. If there are any other DIYs you ladies would like for me to share or do, please comment below! Have a wonderful week mi amores ❤

Much love,

Nelo .A.