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Tunic & Pants x 3

As a freshly covered girl, cardigans, thigh-long tunics, and jeans were pretty much my uniform. Everything I owned came in the the same cut (normal solid color cardis, medium wash wide-legged denim, and your typical Forever 21 satin/chiffon patterned empire waist mini dresses) with a slight variation in color, and I saw little possibility for mixing things up while staying modest. Not surprisingly then, when I started reinventing my style, the tunics and were the first to go. It would take long before I’d be completely comfortable with them again (and then never with jeans and cardigans).

Having said that, tunics are pretty easy to work with for veiled women, and typically less dramatic than either maxi skirts or flowy dresses, and thus perfect for school/college (although those who know me know that I myself am as likely to wear those as tutus to class or teaching :P). Below are three completely different looking outfits I’ve worn lately, each featuring long tops and pants (oh, and as I discovered after juxtaposing them, the very same faux fur piece).

The girly one: with a lightly pleated “skirt” and crochet collar, this Delicate Hijabi top is sugary by itself. Add some fur, silky pants, and a cute clutch, and the outfit could hardly get more girly.


Scarf: Ebay, faux fur: H&M, dramatic dip-back shirt worn as cardigan: ASOS, crochet collar tunic: Delicate Hijabi, printed satin “pj” pants: H&M, heart-shaped lace clutch: Forever21, front zipper peep toe ankle boots: Aldo

The saturated one: Burgundy and burnt orange can be risky, but work well if done right (you can’t get more fall-like colors than these). Combine velvet and plaid for a bold look.


Scarf: Ebay, faux fur piece: H&M, velvet blazer: vintage, long tunic: H&M, plaid pants: ASOS, leather bag: souvenir shop in Spain, faux fur top flat boots: Aldo

The wild one: With crazy-pattern pants like these, who’d want to tone it down? Continue the playfulness with a basic print-clash staple: leopard/cheetah print.


Silk scarf: Egypt, faux fur piece: H&M, leopard print kimono: Stradivarius, jewel print pants: ASOS, bag: Accessorize, tribal patternet brogue shoes: Forever21.

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Corn Maze Time

This Saturday I finally got to do what I’ve been trying to since I moved to Michigan: partaking in some true Midwestern fall activities, i.e. successfully navigating a corn maze, picking apples, and having freshly fried donuts and pure cider (nom). While finding the exit proved to be slightly more time-consuming than I had thought (the maze was huge) the time wandering among walls of corn was made more entertaining by new people encountered both in and outside the labyrinth. I mean, who would have thought I’d go to the middle-of-nowhere Midwest and get to practice Norwegian again? That was accomplished with the Turkish-Swedish post-doc one of my friends brought along – small world indeed. After bumping into a certain group of people one too many times, we decided to join forces with them at the end of the maze, and thus I met a neighbor and fellow grad student previously unknown to me as well.


Obviously, I wanted to dress the part, and so my outfit is really “country”, with plaid flannel, a suede fringed vest, and high, flat boots. I couldn’t do American blue jeans to this all, however, as I needed some sort of personal touch. Hence the tapestry print pants.


The best donuts and apple cider 30 minutes in a line in the Midwest country side and some $ can buy.



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Burnt Orange

This is just a quick OOTD post as things are crazy hectic at the moment. I’ve been meeting with the local TEDx coordinator (sign up here if you want to see me share my idea live October 19th), settling details for event appearances/speaking engagements (keep your eyes on the blog the coming days for more announcements), and otherwise trying to keep my head above water when it comes to all the university work. I should be more verbose over the weekend, iA.

Other than that, I’m enjoying fall, the only time the US Midwest is truly beautiful in my opinion. The nature is clothed in yellows, oranges, reds, and burgundies in a show of colors more spectacular than anywhere else. Also, I can wear my layers without melting away. Yay!


Scarf: Egypt, faux fur: H&M, ethnic patterned wrap around kimono: Forever 21, studded jersey-chiffon mix shirt: H&M, wide legged pants: ASOS, leather bag: vintage (taken from mom’s closet), boots: Aldo

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Fall means it is the time for layers again, and I sure welcome the complexity added to my daily outfits. Summer is sort of boring as one tries hard to wear the least while still being covered, but spring and this season we’re in are when one can play around with jackets, vests, ponchos, and the likes, (mis)matching rich colors and textures. So yay for that, although I keep having to turn on the heat once my apartment temperature creeps below 27 Celsius – I’m obviously still in Egypt mode (and how I miss it – somebody abduct me to Cairo, please). The weather is not the only thing I haven’t adjusted to yet – I obviously miss the people and the craziness, but more than anything I miss the dirt cheap, dirt-y street food from the carts on street corners. I’m here mainly referring to spicy kebda and sogo2 sandwiches, and if you don’t know what that deliciousness is I can assure you you’re missing out on a whole lot.

Some things are pretty ok here in the Midwest, however. I’m very happy about being back in the classroom teaching again, and I absolutely love the energy and curiosity of my students this semester.  Their questions and critical thinking makes teaching the Arab-Israeli conflict even more interesting (and fun) than it already is. Also, that CNN with Anthony Bourdain’s recent Parts Unknown first episode of the season showed Palestinians in quite a normal way – no stereotypical angry brown men or wailing brown women but just people in their daily lives – contributes to my thinking there’s hope for a more balanced, more reflective way of thinking about the conflict even here in the US. There’s really no solution without mutual understanding and acknowledgement of the other.

Nuff said; as one commenter chastising me for not having devoted more space to the massacre/clampdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters did recognize, this is indeed not a political blog (although naturally, as a person who’ve chosen political science as a career, I could talk/write for days about these things). Here you have to suffice with my OOTDs, (mostly apolitical) everyday accounts, and the much rarer long posts now and then.


Scarf: Egypt, faux leather bomber jacket: H&M, embellished colorful tribal sweatshirt: Zara, gold and black lace maxi skirt: River Island, fringed camo colored canvas bag: Urban Outfitters, studded leather trim sneakers: Aldo

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Late summer, early fall

Mkay, it’s still summer.. I think I have been too obsessed with all the fab fun fall fashion to even notice. But this top requires a little summer. Chic and cheap from forever 21, and sooo right for this summer. The many colors makes this top very versatile, you can match it with anything. I think we should call this a late summer/early fall outfit. Use some scarves with colors from the top and create a messy hijab 🙂

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