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.

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Ancient Agora- Goddess Aphrodite

Making our way to the Temple

Temple of Hephaestus

Kerameikos

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Ancient Agora

Appetizers

Dinner

Fresh juice in Monastiraki

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.

LuLaRoe

LulaRoe

“Where fashion meets comfort”

Good afternoon ladies! I am SO excited to finally share this post with all of you. This post is one of my most excited collaborations yet (and many more to come in the future). You read it right… LuLaRoe!

Pause. Stop. Did you really just ask yourself “LuLa what?!” PLEASE visit this website right now to hear their amazing story and journey that brought this talented company to LIFE world wide. http://www.lularoe.com

LuLaRoe’s collections start from leggings, to skirts, to shirts, to dresses you name it! With amazing mixtures of textiles and prints, unique designs, and a pop of lots of color ❤ ❤ ❤ “Each piece embarks on its own journey, complimenting the story of the beautiful person wearing it”. – LuLaRoe. These design sizes vary from XXS to 3XL, sizes for EVERYONE ladies (and gents).

LuLaRoe has tremendously overgrown their fashion “movement” by giving chances to ladies like you to be part of their “Fashion Consultant” movement. Luckily, one of my girls, Nadia has become part of their movement (yayyyyyy). She is quite new to this fashion movement, but boy has she become a pro! For LuLaRoe fashion consultation click on the link and show some love and support! (www.facebook.com/groups/LuLaRoewithNadiaChughtai)

What I am wearing here ladies, is known as the “Joy” lace cardigan. I mean the name honestly speaks my heart…its gorgeous! A very light-weight cardigan that fits every size, and it is available in a few light colors as such. I personally like oversized items, so the size I am wearing is an X-large. A perfect piece to either dress it up or dress it down, either way you can never go wrong with lace. Such an elegant touch to any outfit.

To balance the rest of my look, I paired the cardigan with a black top, khaki/nude skinny high-waisted pants, nude scarf, white block heels, and a white cross body purse. Voila! The location I wanted to use was for this shoot had to be fun and colorful, whats better than graffiti wall art? ❤

And there you have it ladies! My outfit details will be listed below, please feel free to leave any comments, and lastly go and shop some LuLaRoe goodies!

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

Outfit Details:

Black turtle neck: Papaya // High-waisted pants: H&M // Heels: Nine West // Purse: TopShop // Watch: MK // Rings: TopShop // Lip Color: NYX Vintage // Sunglasses: Dior //

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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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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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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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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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Coral & Lace

Hello Hello!

I don’t know if I should say “Happy Spring” or not because this weather is totally out of its control! We have had amazing, Spring days and then it goes right back into Winter…weird? I think so. But hey! I am not complaining at all ❤ The first day of Spring here…it was about less than 30 degrees, ahaha see my point?

But this weather won’t stop me from wearing nice Spring outfits, or atleast I have been trying to… 😦 So I had a huge issue of not finding my USB cord for my Canon (that’s what I am uploading this F.F.F late). And my laptop is a “vintage” MacBook… so it does not have that USB insert on the side like all you high-tech peeps :-/

So I had to use my sisters laptop, email ALL these pictures to myself, edit them and oh let’s not forget my crazy work schedule… now I am finally posting a week later…how exciting? Hey, better late than never right? The things I do for you all ❤

This is a very Spring inspire look, Coral and Lace will never go out of style (especially lace) I think this look is a very elegant combination. I hope you ladies find it the same as well ❤

Here is this (last weeks) F.F.F.

Fashion Finds:

Coral Flared Dress- ROSS. Original price $9.99. What can get better than that?

Lace Vest- ROSS. Original price $11.99. I love lace, I cannot express how much I do. So lets leave it at that. I get so many compliments wearing this light-weight vest, its that final “touch” to your outfit!

Lace Point Flats- Charlotte Russe. Orignal price $24.99, on sale for $5. So this AMAZING deal was buy one for 5$ and the other will be for $2.50. I bought this pair and a coral pair as well. VERY comfortable.

Pearl-Ring-Cuff- Nordstrom BP, orignal price $15 on sale for $3.

Pearl Necklace- Forever 21. Orignal price $24.80 on sale for $3. Again, another piece I get many compliments on.

Stud/Pearl Earring- A set from Charlotte Russe for $5.

Clear White and Gold Cross Body- ZARA. Original price $50.00 on sale for $19. This was love at first site ladies…pure love.

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