August’s Obessions

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I thought I’d try something new this month and continue it if I like it! August ended a few days ago, and I thought I’d share some of the new things that made my month that much better.

Steal Like An Artist was actually something I actually stumbled on whilst browsing Amazon for books, its clever and full of quotes from artists of all kinds about unblocking your creativity and using things you love as influences for your work. I think its a must read for anyone who’s been feeling restless and uncreative.

I started to take French this year, in hopes that when I visit France that I would speak fluently and like a native. Unfortunately for me, I read about how most high school language classes only teach you the lingual skills of a third grader. Then a few days later people were raving on about Duolingo, which I would use everyday in place of French class everyday.

One of my friends loves crafting as much as I do, and we had a crafting day where she created these gorgeous barettes for me.  She realized that I often pin my hair back in the same style and said “if you insist on using that hairstyle so often, you might as well does it with something cuter than bobby pins.” As you can tell, my friends are lovely, thoughtful people.

I love red lipstick more than I love most things. And when my sister gave me a tube of the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in shade 01. Its incredibly matte, easy to apply, and stays on all the day. It also puts fear into the hearts of people, which is always a goal.

My sister was recently on a trip to New York (unfortunately it was all work and no play for her) and picked up a few souvenirs. For me she got sticky notes of the Andy Warhol print of Marilyn Monroe and pencils from The Costume Institute. Both are so pretty that I don’t have the heart to use them.

Two of the few things I like about school are planners and my dance team jacket. One involves color coding and the other involves dance, both of which are two of my favorite things. I love love love my planner but I think I’d like this one better, maybe next year. As for my dance jacket I just want to style it the way one would have in the 90’s.

What were you obsessed with in August? Let me know below!

-Shifa

Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones, But School May Actually Kill Me

 

So yesterday was the first day of high school, the four worst years of my life (until college that is!) I never  dress up for the first day of school too much, because I like to save my more flamboyant outfits for when I need them most.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m hopeless with directions, I still have no idea how to get from my house to my school.  Freshmen at our school have classes that are usually in one area, everyone I know has five or six classes there.  I happen to have only two classes in the freshman center, the rest I only managed to get to by running and looking like I was about to bawl until someone guided me in the direction of my next class.

Other than that I guess it went well? I mean I caught some evil eye looks from sophmores who thought they were better than me, but 90% of them are my height anyways and dress similarly and I AM NOT INTIMIDATED BY PEOPLE WHO MATCH ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Maybe my lipstick was a little too jarring? I held off and put away my red lipstick and cat eyes for another day (actually I wore it today, I can’t hold off for THAT long) and instead opted for a hot pink lip and simple eyeliner ( I felt a little basic now that I think about it) but it felt right, and I think I instilled fear into the hearts of the people, which is always the ideal aesthetic.  I actually kinda like how my hair got progressively messier. I think it balanced out the lipstick and the little black bow that blends in my hair.

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(Shirt ; Zara Trafaluc  Collection, Pants ; Forever 21 , Shoes ; Express )

Does anyone have any actual first day horror stories or has my entire life been a lie?

-Shifa

 

 

Closet Cleanse

For the last couple of years I’ve been more mindful of what goes in my closet, but that didn’t change the fact that my closet was in need of a serious purging. To psych myself up for it I made a playlist full of She & Him and Haim and watched the video below several times.

The actual process of cleaning my closet wasn’t as much fun as Carrie and her friends made it out to be, but for me it was quick and painless for the most part. All I had to do were adhere to the rules I’ve set for cleaning my closet.

1. If it doesn’t fit properly and you’ve had it for more than a year, donate it. If you really cared about it then you would have already altered it.

2. If you’ve never worn it and can’t think of an upcoming occasion to which you could wear it, get rid of it, no excuses.

3. If an article of clothing is well loved but doesn’t fit with your style anymore, think long and hard about keeping it.

4. While cleaning out your closet, try to keep around someone who will tell you the truth about your wardrobe.

5. If its beautiful, but doesn’t make you happy anymore, make it disappear.

6. If its in bad condition, don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ll invest the time and money. Like I said above if you really cared about it then you would have fixed it already.

7. Unless the article of clothing is extremely special, you should be able to style it various ways.

8. Don’t beat yourself up if you break the rules a few times. Sometimes you can’t bear to get rid of something. In that case, give yourself a day to make s decision,

There are definitely several exceptions to these rules, but so far they’ve definitely helped me. It gets easier the more you adhere to these. If by the end you’re unsatisfied with how much you still haven’t gotten rid of, do it all over again.

-Shifa

Zara’s Sale Is The Most Important Thing To Happen To You This Summer

One of the unfortunate things about being fourteen is that a year can feel like an eternity. Clearly my body thinks that way as well since my summer clothes from last are now far too short to be considered clothes. Zara’s sale is offering up plenty of summer and fall clothes at a fraction of the price they originally were so I picked out a few pieces that made me weak in the knees. Click on each picture for additional information and let me know below what you liked from the sale.

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-Shifa

If I Get An Actual Summer Call The Authorities Please, There’s Obviously Something Wrong

So in the midst of extra credit classes, I somehow decided that this poor, neglected blog would be fine and somewhat (read: completely) ignored it.  And then once my extra  credit classes finished, I was burned out beyond belief. I needed to have time to analyze Vampire Weekend lyrics and play Kim Kardashian: Hollywood (which is a VERY underrated game). After an incredibly long time I’ve finally gotten a break, Actually I haven’t even gotten a break, until today I was still taking classes which started three days after school ended ( I should feel a huge wave of sympathy roll its way towards me right about now). I look forward to making the most of the next four weeks I have left before I’m forced to return to school and return to the land of textbooks and school supplies.

In my plan to make the most of the next four weeks, I have a series of goals I intend to meet before school starts:

1. During the next four weeks, post TEN blog posts.

2. Do interesting, stimulating things as often as you can, which leads to number three.

3. Reduce the amount of filler blog posts, by doing interesting, stimulating things

4. Remember that your friends don’t just exist on your phone and go do the aforementioned interesting, stimulating things with them.

5. Uproot your closet and invest in more FUN pieces. This is the exact opposite of what most bloggers swear to do, they promise to invest in more basic, wearable pieces. Unlike them, I have enough basics to last me a lifetime,

6.  Insert more color into my wardrobe. I won’t swear off black as that’s impossible for me, but I definitely need for color and more fun pieces in my wardrobe.

What do you plan to do with the rest of your summer? As always, let me know in the comments!

-Shifa

Back to Black

I tried, I really did. I really, really did. The truth is I love black, I told myself I’d limit the amount of black I wore here, but I can’t help it. Black is my power color. So I may or may not be wearing head to toe black in all of these.  Whatever I’m wearing red lipstick, does that count?

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(Leotard ; Capezio,  Pants; old, Purse; no longer available at Fossil but available here, here, and here., Shoes; Express)

Summer has officially started but I haven’t even bothered shaving my legs. I’m stuck in prep classes all day so there’s  no point in bothering. It is frustrating to be stuck inside all the time and have no time to craft or read or obsessively click through Style.com. Sooner or later I will pull out my denim shorts because even I can’t swelter in Texas for too long, but for now I’m enjoying the eyerolls I get every time I grace pedestrians with my presence. Actually I’m kidding, Texas summers go up to 105 °F and a black leotard doesn’t react well to your skin in the summer.  I guess I’ll have to bid my hairy legs good bye

A big thank you to Farzeen Rajwani for lending her camera skills to this post

 

 

-Shifa

P.S. Since summer has officially started I thought I would let you in on the fact that the Net-a-Porter sale has gone from up to 50% off to up to 70% off.  Maybe getting a pair of great shorts will convince me to finally shave my legs

What Time Is It? Summer Time

Yes. I used a High SchooL Musical reference. Judge me, I dare you. Let’s catch up.

1. #YesAllWomen

After the horrifying shooting in Santa Barbara by Eliott Rodger, #YesAllWomen is trending. You’re probably familiar with the story, but if not I’ll summarize it. A former student at UCSB was upset that every woman that he’d made a sexual advance towards had turned him down, he went on a murdering rampage that ended with him dead as well. Since then #YesAllWomen is speaking out against misogyny. Its horrifying to hear of women’s experiences with sexual harassment, but at the same time so encouraging, and it makes my heart swell seeing people find the strength to speak out against it (oh look at that I actually have feelings.) It upsets me that it took a tragedy like this for many women to speak out, but the outcome is amazing

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2. Laverne Cox is the first transgender person to cover Time Magazine

I LOVE Laverne Cox and I guess Time Magazine agrees with me because she’s on the cover of this month’s issue. There isn’t really much for me to say on the subject except that the second I buy an issue I’m framing it.

 

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3. RIP Maya Angelou

On Wednesday morning Maya Angelou died, I’m not an expert on her, but I wish I was as she was an extremely inspirational women. She will be sorely missed, The Guardian rounded up some great quotes of hers that I encourage you glance at, if you have any extra time GoodReads has an excellent selection of her quotes as well.

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4. Memorial Day Sales

I unfortunately didn’t get Memorial Day off, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get to eye up some of the sales online. I rarely buy things online, as I often have to alter things to fit me, but that didn’t keep me from checking online. I rounded up all the sales that might be of interest,  most of these still cost a fortune, but are the tiniest bit more affordable now.

 

 

 ASOS: 20% of everything with the code: WEBEGRILLIN 

Barney’s Warehouse: An additional 30% off the entire site and free shipping

Neiman Marcus: An 30% off sale + 30% off select regular items

 Nordstrom: up to 40% off

Saks: up to 40% off

Bergdorf Goodman: up to 40% off

 Shopbop: Up to 70% off

 J.Crew: Extra 30% off sale

 SSENSE: Up to 50% off

Matches Fashion: Up to 50% off with free shipping and returns to the U.S. and pick-up service in the U.K.

Moda Operandi: Up to 50% off

Intermix: Additional 40% off of sale products

Yoox: Up to 40% off spring sale + extra 10% off  with code: SUMMERNOW

 

I think that’s it as far as important sales. If there are any others, let me know. I have three exams left and I’m free to actually post outfit pictures and Netflix all day and shut myself in my room to be a teenage cliché, All of these are clearly important things that busy people do. God, I can’t wait to have no life again.

-Shifa

Daisy Buchanan Has Nothing On Me

I swear I meant to post this TWO WEEKS AGO.  So essentially I suck. But I’ve had this is my drafts for a while and MEANT to, things just happened… Shame on me and whatnot… But two weeks ago was our eighth grade dance and we took lots of strange (read: ugly) pictures.  Our theme was Gatsby and was not tacky at all. There were no ugly cardboard cutouts and they set up little Blackjack and Poker tables and I’m not very eloquent right now but it was pretty and wonderful and really really nice and the one time I will LIKE 90% of my school’s population

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(Dress; Robert Rodriguez for Neiman Marcus + Target, find it herehere, and here. Shoes; similar. Clutch; similar)

I look awkward in these pictures, but we didn’t really work on taking them. I’m not very photogenic, and I end up looking like I want to kill everyone (I swear I’m not going to murder anyone until I’m 32 and have hopefully achieved everything that I really need to achieve).

These last few weeks have been really hectic, but I’ve been ACHIEVING things which makes me feel a little less terrible about neglecting this.  I like lists so I thought I’d end up summarizing my last few weeks in one.

1.  We finished our yearbook and  had really good reviews, but at the same time it kills me to go through it because I can’t help but think of ways it could have been better. Oh well, there’s always next year.

2.  I have been using my Tumblr a lot. I’m not sure if this counts as achieving things as Tumblr  is usually used as a means of procrastinating, but I’ve had mine for a little under three months and I feel like its pretty well done for a newbie. I keep telling myself that to feel better about neglecting this and reblogging pretty pictures. Whatever. No shame. Actually there’s lots of shame, but I won’t admit it to it.

3. My sister came home from college and has been really good at distracting me. Like really good. Its to the point where I don’t understand how I finish my homework at a decent time.

4. We’ve been preparing for our choir Pop Show for a while and though I don’t approve of the musical choices necessarily, its still a lot more fun than choir competitions where we have to sing ancient songs about being in love (It isn’t even a good ancient, most of them are folk songs from the mid 1800s. Gag me.) We also hired a choreographer who saw my ugly ballet feet and choreographed a solo for me and another dancer to perform during a piece.

5.  So I took the ONLY standardized math test I will ever have to take to graduate high school and I powered through it , even though I wanted to curl into the fetal position and scream. I’m kind of terrified because my judgement during the test is probably not to be trusted.

So the point of this is I am a busy person with lots of things to do. Actually no I am not, but I do have dance team tryouts for the high school and a dance clinic so I don’t think I can post this week. Not that you would believe me even if I said I would.

-Shifa

 

 

April showers let me wear this sweater

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sweater; old, pants; H&M clearance rack, shoes; Express

I swear these were originally really good (minus my permanently annoyed look) but I edited them when I SHOULD HAVE LET THEM BE (this is why I don’t trust myself with Photoshop in yearbook). I was experimenting with places to shoot in my house and I don’t think I’ll be doing any more stair shots, I dislike the lighting. I thought about retaking them but was too lazy (oops)

Let’s catch up with Shifa’s vastly disinteresting life (that could be more interesting if she blogged more). These last couple of weeks have been so busy for me, and have been plagued with a lot of stress. Which means my hair starts falling out and I started shedding my hair EVERYWHERE. And with that comes more stress, and my very first zit (I’ve been blessed with my skin until this point) and a series of falling sick and attempting to hide it from my parents because I have SO MUCH TO DO.

Luckily, my last standardized test was today which means I (hopefully) have more time to blog and post pictures of me looking annoyed (I swear this is just my natural face, I don’t hate everything) and just as proof of my commitment I should have another post up by Sunday if not sooner (But maybe you shouldn’t hold me to that…)

-Shifa

Which kind of idiot wears a maxi skirt to school when she has a bottom locker?

The above was a question a friend of mine asked me after today’s outfit. I was having camera trouble so didn’t update for a month (oops) anyways. I turned 14 as of almost three weeks ago (exciting!) But today I felt like dressing for spring (although it felt more like summer since it was 72° outside) It was a pain bending down and sitting and getting stuff out of my locker. I can’t recall how many times I was getting something out my locker and someone else tripped over my skirt. Not fun at all. On the bright side, I got some really interesting comments like “I think this is the first time all year that you haven’t been wearing a stitch of black!” or “Wow Shifa you look goddess-y  instead of angry girl who only wears black.” Sorry about the squinting, it was ridiculously sunny.

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(necklace; skirt; old, top;old)

-Shifa