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?

 

 

All Laced Up :: WashedandFound x Playingwithfashion

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Nothing shows femininity more than Lace. This delicate material is the perfect combination of elegance and sex appeal that allows any woman to feel like she is on top of the world. For my second vintage inspired look ,this Maje dress is everything you want from a cocktail dress. It can be dressed up and down and would be the dress that could be worn for multiple occasions.

 

Don’t forget to check mu previous post: Vintage Sailor Girl

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What I Wore:

Dress + Sunglasses : both can be found on the Washed and Found website.

On my lips : Sephora Matte Lip Stains in #1

Location: L’Appartement in Ashrafieh, Beirut 

Photos by Lara Karam

You can check Washed and Found’s website to check all the amazing pieces they have (direct link here) and follow them on Instagram (@washedandfound) to be up to date with all their newest arrivals and how to style them.

90’s for the Summer

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You know those days when you look into your closet and decide that nothing you have reflects the fashion spirit you want to embrace this season? It happens to the best of us, trust me. I don’t know if this is part of growing up or me getting older (and wiser 😛 ) but most of the things I wore last year or even the year before do not speak to me in the same way it did. So, I have decided to listen closely to what my inner fashionable sense is trying to tell me and just change the things a little bit. I still love my floral skirts and my blouses, but going more casual and chill from time to time is a pretty good thing to do and healthy,too.

For the change of  style I headed to Jennyfer, to their newest branch in Beirut Souks, since I know this French brand carries a wide variety of styles and fashionable pieces that would surely satisfy my needs. From the first glance, once I entered the store, the denim dungarees caught my attention and I knew we were match made in heaven ❤ . The combination of the washed, 90’s inspired, denim to the modern boyfriend fit cut, these pair of dungarees are going to be a huge staple in my closet this Summer, and I think they are exactly what I lacked in my style. I already can imagine them being paired up or down for parties and brunches and even for just chilling around the house.  And to continue with the 90’s trend, a white crop top is the best solution paired with a black chocker .

And if you are living Lebanon and free this Saturday and Sunday (7th and 8th of May) please come and join us at the official opening party of Jennyfer’s newest store in Beirut Souks. There’s gonna be a lot of surprises and music, so come and chit chat with me and other Lebanese bloggers and discover more about Jennyfer’s Summer collection.
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As always, you know that I am the biggest fan of Daniel Wellington watches, so I am happy to announce that I have collaborated with them again for the whole month of May, where you can get your own watch from their official website (www.danielwellington.com) and get an instant 15% off of the total purchase when using the promocode PWF15 (code valid till the end of May).

The model I am wearing is the newest Dapper 34mm in Silver with the vintage brown leather strap (shop here )

 

What I Wore:

Top + Dungarees + Sandals: Jennyfer | Bag: Charles & Keith | Watch: Dapper 34 mm Daniel Wellington | Chocker: Subdued | Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana

Photos by Sleiman from @Kframelb 

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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We all have those days or even weeks, when we just want to go out with our girlfriends and just have a little bit of fun. You forget about your work and your responsibilities, put on the most outrageous pink coat (because why not? ) and hit the dance floors with your girls.

You live once, so why not live it to the fullest ???

What I Wore:

Dress + Faux Fur: GS Stores | Necklace: Marella

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.

90s Are Back !!

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As a continuation to my previous outfit post (if you missed it, here is the link), here is another example of 90s inspiration in fashion, but this time it is the guys’ version. From the Denim Jacket featured in my post, to this denim on denim version in the hubby’s look. The Denim shirt is perfect for layering during the transitional period, where it is still too hot to wear a jacket during the day, but a little chilly to just wear a tshirt. Combine your favorite denim shirt, whether it is a dark or a light denim, with grey jeans and add a pop of color with the shoes.

This look is a very easy, casual and perfect for the summer-strolls, where you just want to spend most of your days outside enjoying the perfect sunny weather. Get inspired by the 90’s for that simple but grunge look, that is so in right now.

What He Wore:

All Look Springfield ( and no it is not a sponsored look, he just loves their stuff) 😛