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.

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Appetizers

Dinner

Fresh juice in Monastiraki

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.

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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Radiant Pearls

My oh, my! How are my beautiful ladies doing? I hope all of you are well and in good health Inshallah (God Willing). I also hope everyone had an amazing Eid-Al-Adha, and whoever went for Hajj (Holy Pilgrimage) returned safely home to their loved ones Inshallah (God Willing). And lastly…HAPPY FALL.

I know I have been a busy bee for a while, but that’s not an excuse! I am actually so thrilled to share this post with you because it has been QUITE an adventure with this blog post (ladies, you have no idea). BUT! Being the crazy perfectionist that I am, and the insane wind I was dealing with (and rain)..I DID IT.

I believe we have officially entered “Fall” today. That fall crisp air, smell of fresh wood, and that chilly breeze was all there (minus the rain). All I am waiting for is for the trees to finally change colors, because that beauty always strikes me Subhanallah (Glory be to God). With that said, I am honored (again) to say that here is another Collaboration with the most talented HIjab companies ever, The Hijab Souq (Keep it up Fatima).

Here ladies, the Hijab that I am wearing is from the “Radiant Pearls” Collection, in the color “Dark Red”. This piece, has pearls not only on one edge, but all around with a tiny chain detail. The Hijab is VERY wide (which is so helpful to keep a good coverage) and you can literally do any style without being concerned if your back/neck/hair is showing.

I did a simple draped Hijab, but had the pearls hang down my right shoulder so you ladies can see how beautifully it is made. And before you ladies ask me…”what about dark lips?!” I actually decided on a nice neutral tone, to balance it with the Hijab. Otherwise, Fall and Dark lips? Yes please.

I kept my outfit “All Black” ofcourse, because again I did not want to take any attention away from the Hijab. The Hijab is of linen & cotton blend, so totally breathable and comfortable for any season and occasion. This piece also comes in a variety of colors such as nude, yellow, blue, gray, beige, and black! To place your order visit http://www.thehijabsouq.com

Aaaaaand there you have it ladies of another wonderful collaboration, feel free to comment below I would love to hear your feed back as always! Much more to come soon Inshallah (God Willing).

Outfit Details

// Sheer Top-By me // Undershirt/Tights- Forever 21 // Purse- Forever 21 // Heels- Forever 21 // Watch- MK // Lip color- ColourPop // Ring- Burlington

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

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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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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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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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