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Hammer Time

After some detours through Helsinki, Finland to the east, Chicago, Illinois to the West, and secondary inspections at the US immigration (do I look that scary? This is the second time it happens! They didn’t hold me for too long this time around, however – I think the countries I visited this time around couldn’t justify making me miss my connection¬† for a longer interview) I finally made it back to Michigan. Now even though I’m not the biggest fan of small town Midwest, it is always good to come home to my own bed, my wardrobe (living out of a suitcase is far from an ideal situation for someone who does not normally wear the same outfit twice), and – after the two weeks in Spain – some real morning food! What a luxury a simple breakfast of quality black tea, zait we zaatar, labneh, and boiled eggs with sumac and cumin feels like after having lived on plastic wrapped croissants and fake la vache qui rit cheese for 14 days!


Having my entire wardrobe to my disposal again felt quite liberating, and so I celebrated by putting together something edgy; a vintage gold brocade blazer with a velvet collar on top of a tribal print embellished top and a serious case of hammer pants. And so my day filled with errands and attempts at catching up became much easier to deal with. I’m a staunch believer in dressing to feel good.

Which reminds me, on a somewhat unrelated note, of something I thought about earlier today; how convenient it is – when dressing like I do – not having to take into consideration opinions about my sartorial choices from a better half. Most of the time when I look myself in the mirror wearing what I deem a successful outfit, my thoughts usually go along the lines of “daaaym, I look eccentric/fly. I also look quite intimidating and unattractive to straight guys. Sort of like a Muslim man repeller.” And that’s how I like it.


Scarf: H&M, neck scarf: Gina Tricot (Norway), brocade and velvet boyfriend blazer: vintage, tribal embellished top: River Island, linen harem pants: Spain, bag: Gina Tricot (Norway), golden gladiator sandals: H&M, accessories: Icing, Ebay

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Midwest Mood

My apologies for the lack of posts the last few days: I was celebrating the end of the semester with a long weekend in another Midwest middle-of-nowhere city, Columbus, Ohio, where I did typical Midwestern things such as hitting the local malls, eating ice cream, barbecuing (or rather hash w nash; after all, a Palestinian was responsible for it), and otherwise bumming around and spending time with some of my dearest friends from my undergrad days (you know, back when I had time to be social). We also did less all-American things such as dabkeh, group karaoke to North African hits sans mic, and dropping birthday cakes on the floor (love you guys; you never fail to entertain me) .

The weather was quite acceptable, but has since then cooled quite a bit and so I could wear medium light clothes without being too cold. Loose, baggy, and comfy outfits were king as I enjoyed a couple of lazy days to the max. Things shall definitely sharpen up in time for New York.


Raiding the local Forever21 (and H&M) is a must when one is stuck in smaller cities in the Midwest without European chains such as Zara, but why is it always burning hot inside? Guess which pieces I ended up with?


(What I’m wearing: Head scarf: Mohajababes, neck scarf: Gina Tricot (Norway), leather jacket: Pitaya, tribal fringe top: River Island, pleated jersey maxi skirt: Unique Hijabs, bag: Forever21, spiked peep toe heels: River Island, accessories: Icing, ASOS, River Island, Ebay)


(What I’m wearing: Hijab: Unique Hijabs, neon kimono: H&M, washed out graphic tank: H&M, acid wash dungarees worn as jeans: River Island, bag: Forever21, holographic flats: Forever21, accessories: Icing)

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