Athens, Greece Pt.1

Honeymoon Series:

Athens, Greece

Locations Visited: 

Acropolis, Parthenon, Theater of Dionysos, Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Zeus, Plaka

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

First off, I am so flattered how many of you are appreciating this mini series! I’m just trying to do my best in giving pointers to traveling to different countries without panicking (that’s literally the best way I can describe it). Ladies, I cannot express how EXCITED I was to traveling to Greece…here’s a little background information about me. I was always very fond of World History growing up. I was an Art student in College, studied alot about the “Ancient” times, and LOVED my Art History classes. To me, this location was a dream come true…out of the books! The amount of excitement I had traveling to Athens (and Rome) were just out of this world. You know, when your growing up and learn about these places you dream of visiting one day (not knowing if you really ever will) but when you do, it’s a feeling of thankfulness of how God can make things work in mysterious ways Alhamdulilah (Thank God). My mysterious way was/is  my husband ❤ thank you for making my dreams come true, not just here but always.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh… ATHENS! Oh my goodness, this place was AH-MAZING. Like I said earlier, I read and dreamt of coming here and I did, I knew all the history of every single place, literally. I definitely made an itinerary for 2 days in Athens, because one day would NOT have worked. Well, we arrived a little later than our actual arrival time because our flight was delayed 3 times in Bulgaria due to weather conditions. So it was probably around 10-11pm that we arrived to our AirBNB, settled-in, we were starving so went out and found a cute corner cafe “Repeat Canteen”, and must I say…HIGHLY recommended if you go. We had a fresh oven-baked pizza and some yummy pastries. We then headed back, had a good nights sleep and next morning it was adventure time! This is when our honeymoon became “action packed adventure”. Breakfast was again at, Repeat Canteen, I finally had a delicious espresso (I hate coffee) but this was something else…I had 2 of them. Yup. That was my go-to drink in Greece…”Freddo Espresso”. I have asked Starbucks here and they look at me like “huh” so if any of you know the name or what I can get similar here PLEASE share.

We were then off to our first location of the day: “Acropolis”. Majority of the historical locations were here.Also related to as the “High City”, a huge hill looking over the city this is also the home of the famous “Parthenon”. The Acropolis is the authentic symbol of Greek Civilization (going back to the Neolithic Period) with its most important main structures: The Parthenon, The Propylaea, The Erechtheum and The Temple of Athena. Standing at the top of this high hill, you can see almost all of Athens, and remaining sites of Greek mythology. I was overly excited to get this day started, so we walked up through the “Beule Gate” (we did have to purchase tickets to enter) and then there was more walking towards the top of the Acropolis. Today was the day that we officially became sun burnt…we forgot to apply sunscreen when leaving and now it was just too late. In the photos you can see how near the sun was, literally in our faces. We both dressed accordingly to what I read about the weather, HOT. But hey, it was ALL worth it.

We took our time getting to the top, because we were both so fascinated by the architecture and this is where we came across the “Theater of Dionysos” also known as the birth place of European theater (how cool). The Greeks would hold rituals for the God Dionysos but now unfortunately the theater has become very old, so it has limited performances, while we were there they were preparing for an orchestra. It was beautiful to see. As we began to make our way to the top of the Acropolis, it was peak time of “tourist traffic”. I think this was the most difficult place to take pictures, it took us plenty of tries to get a few good shots ( P.S. this is when my husband started getting annoyed of me LOL). Now since this is a very old location, there were some handles made to hold on to and ramps on top of cracks and holes for the safety of the tourists it was still a little dangerous but the security did a great job of monitoring everyone so two thumbs up there!

And finally we were at the top of the Acropolis and like a kid in a candy store I stood there, looked around and spotted my eye candy…the Parthenon. My smile, if it could stretch off of my face in that moment I’m sure it would have, yeah THAT’S how happy I was. It was so beautiful, so historic, so real. This was the worlds most ancient surviving structure of Ancient Greece, let that sink in. Built for the Goddess Athena, this structure has gone through many places of worship- a fortress, a mosque and a church. I had a final on this image, and I remembered every little detail I had written on my 5 page essay (known by heart) on this piece. And I was there, standing right in front of it, knowing every details of the columns, representation, and so much more. Ladies, I’m literally pouring my heart out here haha.

My husband was standing next to me, and saw all those expressions on my face and was like “wow, this meant THAT much to you?” Yeah husband, it did. I think the entire time we were up there, I kept turning around to him and saying “thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing me here” and just smiled back and said “I’ve learned so much from you, you have so much knowledge of all these places”. Now that was the cherry on top <3. I promise ladies, I am trying to make this post VERY to the point because if I sit here and go into details, trust me it’ll end up being a book. We then explored around, took our time reading, took many photos, bumped into so many different kinds of people from around the world. Acropolis was done and checked off the list, and we began to head towards “Hadrian’s Arch” and the “Temple of Zeus” they were literally right next to eachother.

Hadrian’s Arch was a quick stop because it was a huge Arch on the road way, which basically divided “Old Athens” and “New Athens”. With that checked off, we made our way to the temple. Now this was the largest temple in Ancient Greece, bigger than the Parthenon. The temple used to have statues inside, but due to time they became ruined. One huge pillar is on the floor, it was mentioned of an earthquake had ruined the temple. By this time, the crowd had become less and we just sat down and took a break watching the sun getting ready to set and have its rays on the temple. The weather had become a liiiiiittttllleeee bit cooler than what we were going through. After a good half and hour of relaxing, we made our way to find some food and that was towards “Plaka”. 

Plaka, as I read would be one the most “enchanting places in Athens” and you know what? It lived up to that sentence. This was a village within a city. Narrow streets filled with beautiful homes turned into strips of cafes, restaurants, live entertainment and loads of shops for shopping. It was extremely busy, but I loved the vibe. Each restaurant/cafe had their menu listed outside, we read through them and noticed majority of the menus were the same so we just picked a romantic restaurant and sat outside. The vibes of this place was so beautiful, we had a live violinist, candle lit dinner, delicious foods (we tried the Greek speciality which were stuffed tomatoes) and drinks. I must say, everyone was SO welcoming and kind, positive vibes everywhere that I felt like a true honored guest ❤

After having a beautiful dinner experience, we just explored around Plaka. Of course I had to get myself some souvenirs, so we shopped around.  As we were walking around, I saw so many people with this interesting looking ice cream and those who know me know I LOVE ice cream. We then came across a long line, and guess what it was? The cool looking ice cream! I forgot the flavor I got, but oh my goodness it was SO delicious. I obviously didn’t want to share so made my husband get me my own :-). The remaining of the night we just enjoyed in Plaka, the weather became lovely and Athens was extremely lit at night. And that ladies, concludes part 1 in Greece. Stay tuned for my next post because it’ll take your BREATH away! Trust me ❤

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

Looking at the Acropolis. 

Theater of Dionysos

Theater of Dionysos

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

 

Temple of Zeus

Temple of Zeus

“DaVinci” Ice Cream at Plaka.

Plaka 

Top view zoomed in from the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus on the left.

At the Top of Acropolis. 

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 #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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Floral Kimono

Thank God It’s Friday! 

How are all of my lovely ladies doing? I hope all of you are enjoying this gorgeous weather we have been having ❤ Todays post I just want to share something a little personal, or should I say advice. This is a reply to emails I have been receiving from many of you across the globe, so thank you for giving time to read my posts and acknowledge them really means a lot ❤

Ladies, you do not have to purchase high-end brands to look or feel good. I always get stopped and asked “what brand?” “who makes that?” and my replies are “Ross…Burlington..H&M…” and they look at me like “whaaaa?!” Its honestly all about how YOU put an outfit together, and that makes it a STYLE. Style is something personal, that shows who YOU are, and YOU’RE starting a trend not following one. I mean hey, theres nothing wrong with purchasing designer brands, we all love it. I never believed in being a “follower”, I love being my own person. Some people will not like that, but hey thats the difference between me and them. Be you. Be unique. But also, shop smart, one of my MAJOR advices to all of my followers. Whether is $2 or $2000, it all depends on how you style it ❤

Fashion Finds

Kimono- H&M. Original price $34.99 on sale for $5. There is one thing I absolutely dislike when it comes to warm wearer, layering (hijabi problems). I try to avoid any under layer with full sleeves (because everything is either see-through during the summer) its just too much for me to handle and I have found a solution…KIMONOS. If the fabric is breathable, long sleeved, then all you need is a light cam underneath. You can enjoy a nice breeze from your Kimono sleeves. I have done 2 posts with Kimonos as well, but those are VERY light weight and adding a under layer is totally bare able.

Black tights with gold high-zips- ROSS. Original price $3.99. And guess what? I bought 2 pairs because why the HECK not?! These tights are SO comfortable, and they are high waisted. The zippers on the sides of your legs can be opened up all the way (which is a no no) or you can zip them open like how I have demonstrated. Plus, anything black and gold its my weakness (pretty obvious huh?)

Gold Spiked Beaded Choker Necklace- Forever 21. Orignal price $9.99.

Black & Gold Clutch- Forever 21. Original price $24.99 on sale for $4.99. This clutch is SO spacious (especially for someone like myself, because I have to carry everything with me). It can be used both as a hand clutch or over the shoulder bag.

Black shiny pointed flats- Charlotte Russe. Orignal price $34.99 on sale for $5.99. When I say CR shoes are comfortable they are VERY comfortable. Almost all of my F.F.F. posts have a CR shoe. So if you do not own a pair…I say you get one now!

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Say What?!

TGIF!

Happy Friday mi amores! How are all of my ladies doing today? Hoping all of you are in good health Inshallah (God Willing). From the looks of it…I think we might be finally getting into Spring weather ❤ I have SOOOO much to share with you all in the next few posts…so stay tuned 🙂

This new F.F.F. post is going to be styled a bit different, I personally like it and hope you ladies will too! I added a bit of an Eastern touch, which is also my design inspiration. This is a very street chic look, which is always my fav combination! Lets not waste anymore time, here you are ladies!

Fashion Finds

White Collar Button Down Shirt- H&M. Original price $34.99 on sale for $7. Okay, I know I have emphasized this a lot that I do NOT wear white…but with this look I couldn’t pair it with anything better. There. I said it.

High waisted Boyfriend Jeans- Papaya. Original price $24.99 on sale for $10. I have been searching for the perfect fit, for a while now. And I finally found them! Absolutely comfortable! Out of allllll the places.

Say What Flats- Call it Spring. Original price $34.99 on sale for $17. The only reason I bought these shoes was obviously because of the “Say What”. Other than that, they are not comfortable to wear (being totally honest ladies).

Hand-beaded bangles- Gifted from Pakistan. I absolutely LOVE these handmade bangles, this is something I stylized the outfit with to pop some color.

Overly exaggerated Black circle earrings- Designed and made by moi.

Well, what did you ladies think? If you ladies are interested on how I made the earrings, I can teach you how to make them! Just comment below. Enjoy your weekend, until next time.

Much Love

Nelo .A.

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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.