Monday, April 21, 2014

 Simply Zeena is a company that carries a wide range of clothes. 
You can find, tops, bottoms, dresses, and even an athletic line. 
They carry a wide variety of scarves and wraps. 
Most come in a polyester blend, which I'm not a huge fan of, especially living in a country like Malaysia where it's tropical climate leaves you hot and sticky. 
But of course that doesn't stop me from buying them ;) 
I'm a sucker for a cute print.
I loved this Navy feather scarf, unfortunately it's now sold out. 
No worries!
they have plenty more beautiful prints to choose from! 

Top:Zara (old) 
Wide leg pants: Local bazaar
Thursday, April 17, 2014

 My dear girl Annah Hariri is the sweetest angel. 
She has an exquisite eye for design and her kindness knows no bounds.
This Coral Dream dress is so flattering while remaining beautifully modest.
Do yourself a favor and check out all her other designs on and follow her on Instagram.

You can see the fluid skirt here.
Excuse the quality of the pics, taken with my iphone courtesy of my son.
Friday, April 4, 2014
I want you to know that this is for you as much as it is for me.
 I hope that you will understand how important it is that you take this to heart. 
Let this help you. 

Should you not gain your wants, my soul, then be not grieved;
But hasten to that banquet which your Lord’s bequeathed.
And when a thing for which you ask is slow to come,
Then know that often through delay are gifts received.
Find solace in privation and respect its due,
For only by contentment is the heart relieved.
And know that when the trials of life have rendered you
Despairing of all hope, and of all joy bereaved,
Then shake yourself and rouse yourself from heedlessness,
And make pure hope a meadow that you never leave.
Your Maker’s gifts take subtle and uncounted forms.
How fine the fabric of the world His hands have weaved.
The journey done, they came to the water of life,
And all the caravan drank deep, their thirst relieved.
Far be it from the host to leave them thirsty there,
His spring pours forth all generosity received.
My Lord, my trust in all Your purposes is strong,
That trust is now my shield; I’m safe, and undeceived.
All those who hope for grace from You will feel Your rain;
Too generous are You to leave my branch unleaved.
May blessings rest upon the loved one, Muhammad,
Who’s been my means to high degrees since I believed.
He is my fortress and my handhold, so my soul,
Hold fast, and travel to a joy still unconceived.
~ Shaykh Ali bin Husayn al-Habshi

{Be Good}

Thursday, March 27, 2014

{Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?}

Have you ever experienced something that has dragged you down into the depths of despair and uncertainty? We've all faced challenges in life that have tested us on some scale or another. 
Test, blessing, however you choose to look at a misfortunate event in your life, it is what it is. 

Let me tell you what I was taught growing up...
I was told that God is with the patient. 
I was told that God does not burden you with more than you can handle. 
I was told that keep your prayers and God will not leave your side. 
I was told call on Him in your time of need and he will respond. 
If we're going to talk real life, we all know these things are easier said than done. 
We know these things, yet it's so hard to implement them into our lives at times. 
Why is that? 
If we know something to be true, why is it so hard to believe it? 
It's not that we don't want to believe it, cause seriously, we really, really do. 
What is it that holds us back?...this my friends, is what I've asked myself often these past few years. 
And you know what!? 
I stopped trying to figure it out, I let things fall to the floor and I stopped picking them up. 
It was just too hard for me to keep picking up the pieces and just having them fall again. 
It was disheartening.
This is what I didn't do. 
I didn't stop my prayers, although robotic at times, I didn't stop. 
I did not stop. 
This is the key for me. 
The line with God was still there, it was thin, but not severed. 
I began paying closer attention to my heart. 
My heart... oh yes, that glorious piece of flesh that serves us so richly. 
My mind was being an a** and I decided to stop paying attention to its useless banter. 
So, I turned to my heart. It was weak from years of it calling on me. 
Silly me, I ignored it for so long, it began to lose its voice. 
It was so dim that I could no longer hear it. 
Until one day I met a friend, 
this friend gave me a proper electrical shock that set my heart into motion. 
 Get your dancing shoes on, that puppy was pumping and grooving to a new beat.  
It was deafening, I could no longer ignore it calling me to the dance floor, per se ;) 
And that is where I encountered something I hadn't felt, like really felt, in a long time. 
God's mercy. 
Oh baby! 
It feels so good. 
It's a drug I tell you, that mercy. 
And you just want more and more of it. 
So I polished up my dancing shoes and I re-remembered the moves. 
I'm still practicing. I can see a difference though. I can feel a change. 
When I try hard enough I can see on the horizon something fresh and bright. 
And what I was taught as lil' girl is reinforced in me. 
God is always there guiding us. 
Trust in His plan.
{He is so Merciful, so, so Merciful}
(View from our home in Washington)

Thursday, March 13, 2014
I was immediately drawn to this top for it's embroidery. It reminded me very much of traditional Palestinian cross stitching. So...I obviously snatched that baby up! 
Top by Khaadi
Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Early one morning
With time to kill...
...The horse, he kept running
The rider was dead"

 "I set off running
To wake from the dream...
That's where they found me
My head in my hands..."

"The sheriff he asked me
Why had I run
And then it came to me
Just what I had done..."

"...I felt the power
Of death over life
I orphaned his children
I widowed his wife
I begged their forgiveness
I prayed for god's mercy"

I hung my head
Friday, February 21, 2014
Have you ever gone through an experience that had you questioning what you really stood for. 
All those years you knew exactly what you wanted, who you were as a person, and then you suddenly don't. Like your world has been flipped upside down and you're 
frantically searching for a solid grasp on things. 
Life is weird like that, don't you think? 
Or is it just part of growing pains?  
I believe that God has the upper hand and everything happens for a reason. 
Of course it's not always easy to accept why some things happen the way they do. As humans we are a curious bunch, we want answers, we constantly ask 'why', we want to be able to reason everything. Learning to let go of things that are not in our control or that we can't change is quite literally one of the most freeing feelings. 
Focusing on the good isn't always easy when you're in the thick of it. But choose one thing each day that you're grateful for, focus on it, breathe it in, have it help you rise above the storm. 
Each day do this, until one day your outlook on life changes, you start to see through the clouds and can see your old self again. 
And guess what, it might very well not be your old self that you find, 
it can be a new and improved you! A wiser you! A better you! 
How cool is that! 
I will tell you it's not easy. 
Some days are worse than others, but keep the faith yo!
 It gets better. It's painful, but in the end...
I promise it'll be beautiful. 

Fashion, Faith, Food. Sarcasm too. Mama to 3. Currently living in Kuala Lumpur.



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