band-aid.

Home, Thoughts

Band-aids are meant to make everything better, to keep the wound safe until it heals. Band-aids are great for physical damage like a cut or a scrape but what about emotional damage. People are emotionally wounded everyday and there is no simple solution like a band-aid to make to make them feel better.

A cut can heal in a matter of days but how long does it take for someone to overcome the loss of a loved one. The world seems to treat physical health as a more serious matter than mental health. As humans we shame those who have mental health issues and hide our own out of fear of judgement. To be healthy, one must take care of their body and mind and we should be treating both these situations as equals.

Kimonos and Henna for Eid Al-Fitr 2017

Fashion, Home

This Eid my outfit was put together in quite the last minute fashion. I got all my clothes and my henna done the day before. Thankfully Zara was having quite the sale and I was able to create quite the outfit and find my new favorite pair of jeans. IMG_8099img_8103.jpgIMG_8101IMG_8105

I picked up the kimono and jeans from Zara. The kimono adds a nice bit of brightness and color to the outfit while also providing a change to my usual style. The kimono has quite the variety of blues and peach tones and a very unique floral patten. It is quite a fresh twist on a classic and makes the perfect statement piece. The jeans are made of a light blue denim material with added metal accents at bottom of and around the belt loops. The shirt I wore underneath was a simple black blouse from J Crew, that can be thrown on under any jacket. My shoes are the Krista in black leather from Steve Madden. The platform starts with a cork like material to a white cleated sole. They have a 2.5 inch heel and a 1 inch platform. Lastly, my hijab is from Shop the Souq. It is a very light material (perfect for the summer time, and still provides the larger hijab look I love.

This outfit was perfect for its occasion because it was comfortable while also stylish as hell. The shoes provide the perfect amount of height to give anyone that extra oomph and the kimono and accents on the jeans truly could truly make anyone stand out.

Fasting.

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I have been fasting the month of Ramadan since I was about 5 years old. Fasting has taught me perseverance, patience, sharing, how to get through all of life’s situations without food or water, etc. I can barely remember the years when I did not fast and looking back on the times when I was a little kid mad at my parents for making me fast and begging them to break it, I am able to reflect on why my parents started me so early in the first place. Fasting from a young age instilled some very important values in me that I thank my parents for everyday. Also, if I would have started fasting later in my life, I would have had such a hard time adjusting to it. Fasting is all about abstaining from our humanly desires from sunrise to sunset to prove to ourselves that we can live without all of our extra accommodations. We consider these accommodations, necessities during any other time of the year. As Ramadan is coming to an end, I decided to write about my love for the month and what I have learned after all these years.

Thanks for reading!

Much Love,

Asma Elgouz

 

Photo Credit: Google

Starbucks Ombré Pink Drink

Food, Home

Like the rest of America, I love Starbucks. Every time a new cool-looking drink is added to their menu, I make plans with my sister (my SB fanatic partner in crime) to try it. Last summer, the pink drink was all rage and since it was on the secret menu, everyone and their mother was ordering it. This year the drink was added onto the actual menu and Starbucks created an ombré version.

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This drink for me was a bit disappointing. I was expecting a fruity explosion but ended up with the familiar taste of the toothpaste my dentist uses to clean my teeth. While it was not the worst thing I have ever tried on the planet, I would still probably never order it again. However, other people seem to be really enjoying it so maybe it is not for everyone. I would love to know what everyone else thought of it as well!

Thanks for reading!

Much Love,

Asma Elgouz

Eye Look of the Month: June 2017

Beauty, Home

I have decided to create an eye look for every month that in a way captures the essence of the time of year. The looks can range from neutrals to completely avant-garde and unwearable. They can also represent my general thoughts, emotions, and overall state of mind during the month.

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This look captures all the June vibes with graduation and prom being its most prominent events for students. The darkness on the outer corner adds a bit of dimension to the eyes while also allowing the gorgeous pigment at the the front half of the eye have its moment. This look is perfect for any event or simply to just go out. (Please excuse the lopsidedness of my eyes, my head was slightly tilted.)

Products Used: 

Crease:

Modern Renaissance Anastasia Beverly Hills: Raw Sienna, Warm Taupe, and Realgar (outer corner crease)

Lid: 

Bellapier Loose Pigment: Celebration (Front half into crease)

Naked 3 Urban Decay: Liar, Mugshot, Darkside (Second half/outer corner)

Lower Lash Line: 

Naked Urban Decay: Smug

Vice 3 Urban Decay: Lucky, Alchemy (outer corner), Alien (outer corner)

Inner Corner: Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit: Glo Getter, Kitty Kat, Forever Lit

Driving at Night

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Driving at night, where am I going?

Despite the looming darkness, I am surrounded by lights.

The headlights of the cars flying past me.

The streetlights that brighten the seemingly endless road ahead of me.

The lights of the scenic New York City skyline bring me in.

I am at peace.

Then I wonder, where does everyone else go when they need comfort.

When they have that incessant feeling in their stomach that they need to get out.

That they need to take charge of their lives and what the world has to offer.

I drive at night, but what does everyone else do?

STUFFED COOKIES

Food, Home

I came across these glorious cookies on Instagram and realized that my life would not be fulfilled without trying them. They are made in THE CUTEST little bakeshop in New City, New York called Caked Up. The bakery is known for its cupcakes and recently came out with their stuffed cookies. I also just need to say that the service was amazing, everyone there was so nice and probably the sweetest people I have ever come across.

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I got the one all the way in the back with the chocolate on the sides while my two sisters got the others. Mine was filled with cookie dough, which was an actual out of body experience for me because this cookie was just too good. The one with the sprinkles was filled with with buttercream and the one with the Oreo crumbs had an Oreo filling. I would recommend these cookies to anyone with a sweet tooth who loves cookies. Caked Up also offers a variety of treats including cupcakes and beautifully decorated cakes. These cookies were absolutely amazing and anyone who loves chocolate chip cookies needs to try these

Thanks for reading!

Much Love,

Asma Elgouz

Spirituality.

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What is spirituality?

Is it a destination?

A feeling?

Or simply a state of mind?

Spirituality to me is a calm. It’s a stable feeling of peace that can come from being in a specific place or by doing something you love. Your entire being just feels at rest like everything else in the world does not matter; just that moment.

Everyone has their own journey to spirituality. By sharing our separate journeys we can further understand one another and eliminate discrimination and hate.

Spirituality is the key to remaining sane throughout our outrageous lives. No matter what you face, just take some time and reach your spiritual height, you will be able to overcome anything.

Thanks for reading!

Much Love,

Asma Elgouz