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Royal Boheme

This trip came to an end where it started – in front of the green door of my mother’s apartment’s building. I spent my one day layover in Oslo running errands and spending some quality time with my mom and sister, before heading west. I will not be apart from the Old World for too long, however. Can you guess my next destination?


Also.. A lot of you asked about this skirt which is technically not a skirt, but a maxi dress worn as one. I tend to use this fashion hack a lot, especially now that maxi skirts are harder to come by since they are not as on-trend as previous summers. So should you 😉 It works with any tube, halter, or spaghetti strap maxi dress; simply fold the top down inside the “skirt” part and wear a belt in your waist to make it stay put.


Scarf: My mom’s closet, studded shirt: H&M, bohemian maxi dress worn as skirt: Promod, leather bag: Spain, sandals: Norway, accessories: Icing, vintage

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The ’80s Glasses

This may or may not be the last post I write from Oslo this time around. I’m leaving Norway behind Sunday as I head to Granada, Spain, for what I anticipate to be a quite enriching scholarly program,  Dialogo Global’s Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival. The two-week trip shall be wrapped up with a weekend in Barcelona, insha’ Allah.


This is just going to be some gushing over finally getting to wear these insanely cool vintage ’80s sunglasses I snagged from my mother’s closet of treasures at the beginning of my stay. I felt cool. They would have been even better with a turban style, though, so I need to make sure that happens in Spain sometime. Otherwise my outfit is really chill: I was visiting a dear friend of mine outside the city and I needed something to lounge around in while still looking presentable. Jersey is the thing for such a purpose, and if you want to be just as comfortable as I was, you should head to H&M asap and grab this cheap baggy skirt with pockets. I’m loving it.


Aztec print scarf: Bikbok (Norway), pleated back chiffon shirt: Urban Outfitters, tribal print mash-up peplum top: Bikbok (Norway), jersey maxi skirt (H&M), bag: Guess, studded gladiator sandals: River Island, accessories: vintage from mom’s closet, Yemen.

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A Cultured Kinda Day

To me, Norway is all about family time and catching up with old friends, usually. Yesterday was a mix of that with some culture added. I started my day with a meeting with journalist, author, and documentary director Walid Al-Kubaisi, discussing Islam, Muslims, the traditionally rich diversity of thought and practices within the religion, and problematic issues in the present time over a cup of coffee (I’m a coffee drinker who hates coffee but drinks it anyway). It is always great to have solid exchanges of thoughts, and this session did not disappoint.


(Upper left: Sneaky selfie in front of Munch’s The Scream, upper right: during my meeting with Walid Al-Kubaisi, lower left: Me with my ticket prior to entering the exhibition, lower right: my friends and I waiting to see our Sarah work that catwalk)

After such a refreshing start, I thought I’d check out an exhibition of the paintings of Norway’s perhaps most well-known painter, Edward Munch, with my grandma (here’s where the family time comes in). The paintings were a combination of famous classics and some privately-owned less-known pieces. All in all, the National Gallery here has done an excellent job juxtaposing works and creating atmosphere with rooms painted in different colors. If you’re in town, you should definitely pay the exhibition a visit.

Later in the day, my friend Sarah (who you’ve surely seen in some previous posts from Oslo) called me up as she was walking for some new-to-Norway t-shirt brands later that evening. I went to see her, of course, as I’ve lived abroad for her entire modeling career. She looked and did amazing, we had a great time (akeed), and as a bonus, I got myself two male size XL Hous and Emperor’s New Clothes t-shirts to rock as tunics later on.


Tribal print scarf: Urban Outfitters, neon eternity scarf: Vero Moda, studded denim vest: River Island, statement sequined sweater: River Island, skirt: Ebay (angel-secret), clutch: vintage from mom’s closet, accessories: ASOS, Boohoo, Ebay, H&M

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Walking Away

Know what is great about Oslo, Cairo, and other normal cities as opposed to the ones in the Midwest? You can actually walk around. And in the former, with its fresh air and lack of harassment, it is an enjoyable activity, even for the anti-work out human being that is me. Below are two veeeery casual outfits put together with not much else in mind than taking a walk (gotta take advantage of this unique opportunity to walk fast with layers in the middle of the summer without melting). Best thing about my new-found sportiness? I can eat even more Norwegian chocolate (and drink the awesome-looking but pretty bad-tasting Coke below).


Scarf: Egypt, Neck scarf: Norway, camo print utility vest: H&M, grey denim shirt: Vero Moda, washed-out jeans: H&M, bag: Gina Tricot (Norway), ankle boots: River Island, accessories: Icing, ASOS


Isn’t this Coke the coolest? I’ve never bought a bottle myself before (I generally dislike soda – excluding Schweppes Tangerine and Gold in Egypt which taste heavenly – and I really really dislike Coke), but they got my money with this ‘habiby’ label.


Oslo can be quite idyllic at times in the summer when the weather is acceptable.


Scarf: Egypt, neck scarf: H&M, fringed suede vest: River Island, dungarees: River Island, aquarium print clutch/laptop bag: ASOS, flats: Ebay, accessories: H&M

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Picnic by the Sea

Yesterday was spent with my mom and sister – a quite welcome thing as we’re usually all pretty busy, even when I’m in town. As the weather was acceptable and we live 3 minutes walking from the sea, we figured we’d take some food out to a small park in the newly extended (and really beautiful) harbor area.


We spent some quality time in our hippie-ish ensembles enjoying a simple dinner of fattoush, baba ghannoug, and.. wait for it.. something really, really classy.. Turkey hot dogs, haha (haven’t had that in an eternity). The view, atmosphere, and fresh air merited a gold star in Oslo’s grade book for the day.

picnicbytheseaScarf: Forever21, neck scarf: Gina Tricot (Norway), long ethnic print vest: River Island, tiger print shirt: some Norwegian store, maxi skirt: Stradivarius, lizard clutch: Vintage (fetched from mom’s closet), sandals: New Look, accessories: Icing, River Island


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