May 29, 2014

Artizara Shoot

Dress: Artizara
Photography: Fatima S Photography

I had the pleasure of modeling this gorgeous Artizara dress while in San Diego. I instantly fell in love with this design when I saw it at the FFF show and I was really excited to model the piece! The green paired with black lace is a timeless combo and this dress would be great for any wedding or formal occasion. 

May 28, 2014

San Diego Adventures Part 1

San Diego Day 1! After FFF, my best friend and I headed to San Diego where she lives. We went to El Pescador to get fish sandwiches for lunch and went to eat it on La Jolla beach. These fish sandwiches were to die for!! I got the grilled tilapia and she got the grilled salmon- both in sandwiches. They both came with an amazing mystery sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado which was the perfect combo. Yum, yum, yum is all I can say! After that, we headed home to relax and drink some tea before we headed out for dessert for dinner as we were still full from the fish sandwiches we had for lunch! We went to Extraordinary Desserts in downtown San Diego, which was also to die for! There were so many options I had trouble narrowing down my pick but ended up with a strawberry pie which was amazing!! I definitely recommend both these places for anyone who will be in the area! I normally don't eat like this, but when in San Diego, you must splurge! (and still go to the gym!)

May 27, 2014

Fashion Fighting Famine 2014

 My good friend Nadia also came to the event. East Coasters unite!

 My little fashionista Yasamine!

 Favorite look #1 - Gown by Artizara
 Favorite Look #2 - Kaftan by Glimmer
 Favorite Look #3 - Sequins Gown by Yuna Zarai

 MonAmour Collection had the most adorable display!

My best friend Fati was photographing the event but we had to take pics together!

Dress: Laylee Moda // Hijab & Necklace: H&M // Heels: Zara

This past Saturday I attended the 7th Annual Fashion Fighting Famine fashion show in Anaheim, California. I was selected to be a red carpet correspondent which included interviewing designers, guests and panelists throughout the days' events. I have to start by commending the FFF team for including the #ChallengeBeauty series this year. The Challenge Beauty Series is a talk show featuring panelists of various backgrounds discussing topics related to women's empowerment. It aims to foster conversation around how beauty is constructed socially and commercially, and how various women relate to and experience these constructions in their daily lives. This portion of the event was very interesting and eye-opening to hear the stories of the panelists and how they challenge beauty every day in their lives. I had to write down some of my favorite quotes from this event to share with my readers. 

One of the panelists mentioned that her parents always told her if she pursued a certain type of career, that she would be un-marriageable. So the host posed the question, does pursuing your dreams make you un-marriageable? To which panelist, Ayesha Mattu (author of 'Love, Inshallah') responded, "Yes, to a certain type of man and family." This really hit home as a lot of people in our culture are always looking for the same cookie cutter woman or man and have certain expectations for their careers in order to be marriageable. This is something I think women are challenging every day as we are going into all types of careers now and if a man an his family can't accept your career choices, then he just isn't the one for you.

Another topic that came up in discussion was about men being intimidated by women who pursue their goals and dreams. Panelist, Maryam Amireibrahimi, responded "Men said they were intimidated by me and I said, Are you so insecure of yourself that you are intimidated by a woman who is sure of herself and who she is?" This was such a catching quote to me because I really think that it's a shame when men are intimidated by successful and powerful women. We are in 2014, we should really be encouraging each other to be the best in all aspects of life regardless of all else.

These were just a few of many great comments that came about during the FFF Challenge Beauty series, and I hope that the FFF program continues to include this segment for years to come because it really is a necessary dialogue. Through my interviews and conversations after this portion of the show, it was perceived very well by the audience and something that there is a need for.

Now the night wouldn't be complete without the Fashion Show of course, and I have included my top 3 favorite looks above! There were many gorgeous looks throughout the night, and the models did a great job working all the outfits! 

Sorry for the length of this post, but I could NOT narrow down the pictures of my outfit! I modeled this dress for LayleeModa in Dubai and fell in love instantly. I was so excited to wear it to FFF and it really was a hit! So many people complimented me on it, even though I couldn't take the credit for it! This shimmery silver tutu style dress is very comfortable which is what I love most about it. It's very easy to move around in and it really shows very well for any event. Last I heard there was only 2 left, so make sure you head over to LayleeModa and get your hand on one while you can, especially now as they're having a sale!