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Random Cairo

This is the last collective OOTD post from Egypt, with snippets and/or complete outfits from the days after Eid but before my vacation, and the last two days in curfew-ridden Cairo. Many of the pictures are low in quality as they are taken in the night or at sunset, so please bear with it.

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(What I’m wearing: Headscarf: Stradivarius, neck scarf: Stradivarius, chiffon shirt: Vero Moda, long jungle print tunic: H&M, leopard-patterned pants: Vero Moda, harness belt: Urban Outfitters)

This first outfit was an emergency OOTD, only really worn in the taxi to my friend’s house and back. She had her henna party that day, and so my actual, non-hijab appropriate outfit is hiding in my bag.

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(What I wore: Scarf: Forever21, college style oversized shirt: River Island, chiffon longline kimono-cardigan: Stradivarius, tribal print colorful pants: Vero Moda)

My third and final visit to Rab3a to check the situation took place – like the other two – right before massive violence. The first time I visited the day before the fagr prayer shootings, the second time I actually had to leave the place as the police had started shooting teargas and bullets in Nasr street starting the second big incident, and this time it preceded the clearing of the area (and even greater casualties, with total numbers still unclear). The paint guy (or tan Tamer Hosny lookalike, according to my friend) above insisted that we take a picture, and we got photo bombed, as you can tell.

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(What I wore: Headscarf: Stradivarius, neck scarf: Gina Tricot, sequin blazer jacket: Mango, baggy tank top: H&M, floral chiffon maxi skirt: New Look, most adorable kitten in the world: pet store, haha)

Getting back to Cairo following my El Gouna trip, I was just not prepared to stay in. Curfews and Imaan don’t mix, and additionally I had been craving sushi throughout Ramadan. My room mate (the owner of the above adorable Persian kitten) had tried to call places around Zamalek with no luck. Luckily, Sheikh Google came to the rescue, and with its assistance I was able to identify Makany as a place with owners who care as much about the curfew as I do. My roomie and her fiance was easily convinced to join me rebelling against the idiotic rule, and thus I finally got myself a long-awaited sushi meal (after crossing empty streets and some civilian checkpoints).

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I woke up relatively early the last day in Cairo to go have lunch with one of my favorite people from college and our new, awesome friend. Left Bank on the Nile is perfect for breakfast and lunch both food and atmosphere wise, and so we had a great time (until they closed for the curfew, boo hoo). Farewell, my beloved Cairo. May we meet again soon.

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(What I wore: pashmina scarf: Ebay, palm tree patterned cardigan: River Island, neon top: Bershka, flowy maxi skirt: Zara, lace tiered maxi skirt: Urban Outfitters, bag: Guess, accessories: Zara, ASOS, H&M, River Island, Icing)

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Glitter and Lights

A very, very belated Eid saeed to all my lovely readers out there who do not follow me on Instagram or Facebook (I’ve already wished you a happy feast there). Since I failed to wake up super-duper early to manage to catch the Eid prayers in any masgid in Cairo (they’re at 5-or-so AM there which means way after fagr and way before it is healthy to get up and out of the house, as opposed to America’s comparatively comfy 9AM prayers), I tried to dress up a little to still get that Eid feel.

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My outfit was not the most convenient choice for the activities of the day. Although we started relatively light, hanging out at a coffee shop in decent El Maadi, things would soon take a turn for way dustier areas. Again, being the addicts of cheap, dirty kebda (liver) and sogo2 (spicy sausage) sandwiches we are (another reference to this addiction is to be found in the previous post), we just had to get food from an infamous place at share3 Muezz (a historical street by the El Husein or Khan el Khalily district). Taking the sandwiches to-go, we sat in a cafe in el husein eating them with some delish mint tea, to the sound of oud music. Not bad at all. Upon leaving and walking the narrow alleys back to the car, we found a couple of camels and horses for the residents’ kids to ride on (which I of course had to pose with).

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(Upper left: one of the slim streets off of share3 Muezz in decked out in all its sha3by charm, upper right: posing with some flowers prior to going out, lower left: My friend Bahaa is not only a computer genius; he also has one of the coolest hair styles in Cairo, lower right: one of the awesome, decorated camels of share3 Muezz)

We then went to Masr el gededa for some fresh juice (kiwi, yay!), after which we ended the evening in another sandwich store in another dusty area, Ramsis. My previously off-white maxi skirt had definitely done its duty sweeping the streets of Cairo that day.

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Square zebra print scarf: H&M, sequin blazer jacket: Mango, chiffon shirt: Vero Moda, zebra print belt: River Island, off-white maxi skirt: Zara, clutch: vintage, accessories: H&M

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Catching Up Big Time

I’m back in the US with a pretty stable internet connection, which means you will be seeing a lot of posts from my last weeks in Egypt (I know, I’ve been really bad with updates as I’ve been without internet on my computer for a while – check out my Instagram for more timely material). I’ll start with five outfits representing what I wore for the last days of Ramadan, with details posted below each picture. As I’ve noted in previous posts, Ramadan in Cairo is full of social activities and fun, and these last days were no different. As I spent the last part of my stay in Zamalek there were a lot of outings by the Nile, whether an after-iftar farewell party on a feluka on the river with some of the awesome start-up people there, or more calmer, good-quality dining on its banks. I also managed to get some really sha3by activities down, going to the famous El Brins in the populous district of Imbaba for an unforgettable meal (really, I never knew something as simple as rice could taste that good) as well as conducting some late night kebda (liver) and sogo2 (spicy oriental sausage) sandwich hunting close to Tahrir square. How I miss you already, ya Masr.

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Crinkled head scarf: H&M, neck scarf: Egypt, baggy geometric print maxi dress: Stradivarius, fringed bag: ASOS, ethnic embroidered belt: Urban Outfitters, shades: Urban Outfitters, shoes: Club Aldo (Egypt).

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Multicolor printed scarf: Zara, crinkled neck scarf: H&M, chiffon shirt: Vero Moda, neon shirt: Bershka, polka dot palazzo pants: Forever21, accessories: River Island

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Headscarf: Vida Hijabs, denim shirt: Ebay, sleeveless mixed animal-floral print shirt: Vero Moda, gladiator belt: ASOS, maxi skirt: Stradivarius, clutch: vintage, accessories: Ebay, Icing

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Peach scarf: Ebay, neck scarf: H&M, sleeveless pastel python print blouse: Mango, pastel python print pants: Mango, necklace: H&M

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Scarf: Norway, floral dramatic sleeve blouse: Boohoo, denim wrap belt: taken from denim Vero Moda harem pants, maxi skirt: Zara

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Ramadan Around C-town

One of many reasons why I love Ramadan in Cairo is the many social events – iftar with friends and friends’ families, dish party networking iftars, and and after-iftar/sohoor events (as I’ve mentioned earlier, there’s no place like Cairo by night). Especially the startup/entrepreneurship community are good at these latter ones and so I’ve made it to quite a few of those, meeting some of Egypt’s bright, young minds. Among other cool community iftars, a vegan/vegetarian one at Bikya book cafe in el Maadi was very different affair as Cairo is probably not the easiest place for people avoiding meat.

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(What I’m wearing: pleated scarf: H&M, neck scarf: Forever21, chiffon shirt: H&M, embroidered/beaded tank top: Pull & Bear, lace tiered maxi skirt: Urban Outfitters, belt: ASOS)

What I also appreciate is the sense of community across the society this one month, evident in the free juice, candy, and dates handed out along the streets as the call for maghreb gets close. Even in the poorer, slum-like areas, people would graciously hand you small plastic bags of tamr hindi to break fasr on, something that came in handy while on the autostrad running late on my way to one of the above mentioned  events (see the below; we actually had a 5-minute stop in this run-down area)

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Lastly, but even more importantly, I love the late night tahajjud prayer, and I’m so happy I have friends who are able to convince me to tag along sometimes. Few things are more beautiful than worship with a Nile view. It is my hope that you all get to enjoy your last weeks of Ramadan, and make the very best of its awesomeness. I certainly will.

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(Picking out a quick sohoor before tahajjud with a dear friend in Metro market, Zamalek)

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Bright Outfit, Dark Day

I apologize in advance as it is not possible for me to write a post at this moment while avoiding talking about what is happening in Egypt. Today and yesterday were black days here in Cairo; I did not take outfit pictures either day as there were honestly much more pressing issues on the table. Much like everybody else I was stuck to news outlets and social media during the day, only to go out  later in the evening. Although I identify as a liberal politically, having been quite vocal in my opposition to the Brotherhood, there was no way I would feel at peace going down to party in Etihadeya or Tahrir given the implications of answering the military’s call. The place I truly wanted to be in – Medan Sphinx (or “the Third Square”) – is anti-ikhwan, anti-felool, and anti-military rule, but as it is across town and many roads were blocked I did not get to go. Instead I thought I’d go and observe in Rab3a, wanting to see what was really happening first-hand (this is the second time I went, and both preceded a night/dawn massacre – seems I’m bad luck) .

Again, I was well treated, although the security was tough, likely because I look (dress) so different from the majority of female protesters there (as opposed to the other sites mentioned where I wouldn’t stand out remarkably). I drank tea, visited the media room, the backstage area, and the general area in front of the stage. Things were fairly peaceful, although I saw the occasional poster calling for al-Sisi or ElBaradei’s execution (and the discourse is often far from democratic). I stayed for some time with a friend from college, who graciously showed me around this night as was the case previously, until word got out around 11:30-11:45 that the army/police had started using teargas (and possibly bullets) toward the protesters at one side of the protest area. I was then encouraged to leave through the other side (towards Abbas el Aqqad St) or optionally stay within the mosque area without my friend as he got busy following the news. Sadly, I chose to leave. I had not anticipated such a massive massacre, nor the discourse of denial following it. I wish I had stayed. I wish I had watched. I wish I could have claimed to know the truth.

Instead I wandered through an unlit side street until I reached Abbas el Aqqad and turned onto the unblocked part of el Nasr St, where it was completely impossible to find a cab. I kept walking until I reached an area of service and called a friend who picked me up hours later, only to come home to reports of the massacre in making. It is indeed a dark day for Egypt.

My outfit is unrelated to the story as these pictures were taken some days ago. They are really misplaced here as the moment of capture was a happy one, having just seen a dear friend of mine who I haven’t met for months. Nevertheless, this is a style blog first and foremost, and so I gotta give you some of that too.

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Zebra print scarf: H&M, ombré scarf: Gina Tricot (Norway), palm print cardigan with neon details: River Island, pleated maxi dress used as a peplum skirt: Forever21, accessories: Zara, River Island, ASOS.

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