My Love/Hate Relationship with ZARA

We all love ZARA, there is no point in questioning that. It has become an obvious choice to head over to one of their stores and pick something new. 90% of the times, you leave the store with at least one item from their never-ending selection. ZARA comes to the rescue, whenever you need a new basic t-shirt or the latest fashion forward printed culottes. Whatever you need, you will find it there. ZARA makes life easier, and no wonder they have built an empire by making us want to buy more and more and more. And how can we not want buy anything new, when they magically display new pieces every single time you enter their store.

I cannot recall how many times has ZARA saved me during my rush to find the perfect dress to a specific occasion, and I am really thankful for it’s existence, but it has become too much. To make this story short, I am in the middle of packing for my very late Summer vacation (better late than never, as they say) and was looking through my stuff while picking the things I am taking with me. And it HIT me: more than 50% of my closet consists of ZARA items. I was shocked, I knew I shopped in ZARA very frequently, but to actually own that many of their stuff, genuinely scared me. Have I become too lazy to shop anywhere else?

I have always praised myself, that I am capable of finding hidden gems around different stores, but now all I have to do is head to my nearest ZARA, and VIOLA, they are all in front of me, without any effort or sweat. I don’t need to go around town looking for that perfect interpretation of the runway skirt, I know I will find it at ZARA. But, maybe I can find t somewhere else? and maybe in a better quality and for a better price? That is exactly what I miss, the excitement of finding that amazing single piece from a not-so-famous store, and running to this blog to write about how remarkable my find was. I miss sharing my fashion finds here, with my readers. I don’t feel I have to mention any ZARA pieces, since all people already head there, so why bother?

In the end, I will always love ZARA, and would pop into their stores once in a while, but no more building a ZARA shrine in my closet… I would be thinking twice before buying anything …

What are your thoughts on ZARA?

 

 

#GoingVintage with Washed and Found

 

As I have promised earlier this week, I have a couple of amazing collaborations coming up on my blog, and here is the preview of what awaits.

Stay tuned for next week for a lot of fashion posts and beautiful vintage inspirations. In addition, I am going to introduce you to the website under the name “Washed and Found” ❤

For now enjoy this short video.

A Glimpse of a Getaway

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We all have those days, when nothing is going as planned and you feel tired. In this case, a vacation is the first that comes to my mind, since all I want to do is forget my daily routine and simply relax. But you cannot take a vacation whenever you are feeling down ( unless you can, lucky you ), instead I treat myself to a weekend getaway around Lebanon, and believe me when I say there are a lot of amazing and beautiful places all around our beloved country. Whether you are a sea lover or a nature explorer, Lebanon offers something for you, too.

So, for my birthday last month we decided to head to Amchit and celebrate there, and it was actually the best decision ever. I loved the private pool area, the surrounding blue water and the fresh air and came back home more energized and totally relaxed.

I hope you are enjoying your Summer and stay tuned for a lot of posts to come ❤

 

What I am Wearing:

Jumpsuit + Sandals: ZARA | Sunglasses: D&G

Photos: Hamza Shamas 

Location: Camping Les Colombes Amchit

Going a different direction …

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What I like most about fashion is the limitless options you have when dressing up. You can be who ever you want to be in any particular day, simple because you can. Although we all get stuck in the routine of wearing the same outfit or even style, we don’t want to be labeled under a certain category, at least I don’t want to. I know that I mostly stick to a particular style in my wardrobe, and that is a good thing, since I am familiar with what works for me and what looks great and I plan accordingly, but there are days when I simply want to be different and surprise others and myself with something so unfamiliar and odd that it actually works.

This outfit is built from everything anti-typical-Maya, that it even took me a while to get used to these photos, but now I love them. It is sometimes for the best to get out of your comfort zone and be someone else … LOOK2 (1) LOOK2 (2) LOOK2 (4) LOOK2 (5)

 

What I Wore:

Top: GS stores | Jeans: Sprigfield | Boots: Mango

Photography: Betty from BetKet Photography (follow on Instagram @betketphoto)

Location: Thank you Hilton Beirut for allowing us to shoot in your beautiful room, you really gave these photos the atmosphere we were looking for.

❤︎ LOVE is in the details ❤︎

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With the beginning of February, people start forgetting the Christmas madness and focus on the other big celebration and obsession, that is the Valentine’s Day. During this time, people are usually divided into two different categories, the ones who are totally into this holiday and the others that simply wish this date never existed. I however consider myself not belonging to any of the above, since I treat this day as somewhere in between a celebration and a date night.

Before Sleiman, who is my husband if you haven’t known already, I have never properly celebrated Valentine’s Day and even considered myself a total anti-anything-heart-shaped person. But with him by my side, he showed me that this a day that is somehow special, not in the material and extravagant way, but in a more emotional and loving way.

We all spend our days running around, doing a million things in one time, thus not allowing ourselves to simply breathe and live in the moment. We are taking our love for granted and and forget to remind ourselves that we should stop and show the other person that you still love him as much as you did the first day and even more. The gifts that you receive on Valentine’s Day are the gifts that stay with you the longest, because they hold in them the true meaning of love and devotion. These gifts, wether they are a piece of jewelry, a perfume or dress become a vessel that carries your love over the years.

Whenever I am feeling down or just having one of those not so pleasant days, I pick up one of Sleiman’s gifts and for a moment I am back in time celebrating our first Valentine’s day together and everything feels at peace again.
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When I am selecting a gift for him, I try to make it as personal as possible and as useful as I can make it. I want him to be able to enjoy it and use it every single day ( if possible ❤ ) and to make him carry a piece of my heart with him wherever he goes. Personalised gifts are my favorite, whether it’s a written note or a monogramed shirt, these small details are the things that really matter. It’s the extra thought that actually counts .

I hope you would enjoy this day and remember to spend it with the ones that truly matter, because love is what makes us feel alive and what makes us smile… HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY ♥︎_MG_0174_MG_0165_MG_0191_MG_0195_MG_0199_MG_0202_MG_0207_MG_0212_MG_0214

 

Whats We Are Wearing:

Maya: Dress ( a gift from thailand) | Earrings: ALDO | Rings: Zogheib, Vintage | Perfume: My Burberry

Sleiman: Shirt: HENRI MILLER (shop here) | Blazer + Pants: ZARA | Belt: Ted Baker | Watch: Apple | Sunglasses: Tomford

 

Henri Miller is a place you should visit if you are like me and suffer from not finding Comfortable and Modern Shirts for a reasonable price. They carry all your basics and cover all your needs, from the casual to the boyfriend fit, they have it all for both Men and Women.

For the upcoming Valentine’s Day they are offering a free monogram service, free of charge, to make the gift you choose even more perfect and personalised, plus the second day delivery is a huge bonus (in Lebanon).

Check their website here: www. henrimiller.com and get to know this amazing Lebanese brand and be wowed by their products.