Friday, December 22, 2017

SHADOW + LIGHT

A stream of consciousness. We take so many aspects of our life for granted. It may be as major as a family, health, food, or education. It may be as minor as the singing of the birds outside our windows. However, we should not fail to recognize that the daily challenges we face and the tribulations we experience eventually come to an end; and if we really look closely, we will even find the beauty within them. As human beings, we are constantly evolving both in our character and spirit, and our outlook on hardships and blessings directly impact who we are. In the end, seeing the good and being mindful of both the positive and negative experiences we have, are what causes us to grow physically, spiritually, and intellectually. 

Below is a series of photos that I hope capture this sense of hardship and ease through shadow and light, of course while appreciating the texture or movement of fabric. Perhaps being an art student is the reason I find inspiration in what may be considered strange or ugly. However, I know for a fact that it is faith that provides a light for which to see amongst the darkness. God gifted every human being spiritual eyes to be able to witness and appreciate His signs. For example, I find dead grass to withhold a beauty of its own. It creates a textured golden landscape that compliments the clear blue of the sky. The burs and seeds that make up this landscape are often considered weeds that grow in unwanted places, yet they are a source of nourishment for the deer and birds. We should constantly remind ourselves of the wonders that surround us, and we can begin to do so simply by thanking and praising the One who created it all. 

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things. {24:35}


فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا 
إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا

"For indeed, with hardship will be ease. Indeed, with hardship will be ease." {94:5-6}

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

R A W

Ever since I was eleven years old I've been designing and occasionally sewing clothes from some patterns, but it was only until two years ago when I began bringing my sketches to life. I realized that I have never once included my own pieces on the blog, so I hope to bring out more of my own designs in future posts. I think it would be appropriate to celebrate the first post by wearing the first product of my sketches that became physically wearable (this doesn't include simple garments like skirts or pieces I've made with patterns). 

This reconstructed denim piece was created from recycled jeans gathered from local thrift shops. Since entering the fashion industry, I have grown to realize that its fast-moving market and aim for mass production is not appealing to me at all. Essentially, my goal is to cultivate unique, handcrafted pieces that articulate my artistic ideas, sociopolitical views, and overall aesthetic while fulfilling environmental responsibilities. 

This oversized jacket intends to bring attention to small details that are easily overlooked, but are crucial to the piece overall. From the raw edges on the sleeves to the copper rivets to the hints of color in labels or even to the placement of a seam, it would tell completely different story if these minor details had been left out.

glasses: vintage frames {sold out}
earrings: nordstrom
boots: public desire

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PRIMARY INSTINCTS

Lately I've been really into styling primary colors. There's just something so visually appealing about these foundational hues, I can't stop thinking of ways to wear them. This is one of my favorite looks involving the primaries, featuring this pair of distressed flare jeans from Mango that has been a staple in my closet since I got my hands on them. This asymmetrical mustard knit is such an appropriate piece for the fall/thanksgiving time, and black and gold details compliment it so satisfyingly well.
jeans: mango
sweater: asos {sold out} similar here and here
boots: public desire
bag: forever21

Thursday, October 6, 2016

ROSE DETAILS

I'm currently taking complete advantage of these last few weeks of warm weather! Neutrals and muted pastels have been a go-to style for me lately, because they create such simple yet cohesive outfits. Since the school year started, I recently got a new phone, obviously requiring me to find a new case. Being a marble addict, I wanted to find something with an edge of my personality. I found that Madotta has the best cases for my style. They're not just great quality, but they stay clean and don't wear out like all of my cases in the past. Not to mention how such an insignificant object can bring interest to a look, especially this grey one. The details are so interesting and I'm super into the color palette!
top: amazon fashion
jeans: zara
sandals: zara
bag: primark
phone case: madotta

Sunday, August 28, 2016

BLUES + BLOOMS

Whenever I go to the city I want to dress in a way that is both comfortable and simple. My go-to city look is basic casual layers, and this time I went for an easy denim on denim with some minimalistic stripes to add variety to the blue tones. I absolutely love the farmer's market in the city, and there are always the most beautiful pop-up flower shops scattered around! My mom and I are drawn to dahlias like magnets! They're so gorgeous, I'm in love with their vibrant colors aaaaah!
jacket: gap
dress: primark similar here
jeans: asos
sneaks: nike 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

B L U S H I N G

This summer I've really been expanding my horizons {color wise} and I have to admit that I'm pretty proud of myself for actually wearing colors other than black :). Neutral or pastel color schemes are what I found myself drawing towards, and I've been having some fun playing around with monochromatic looks. Also, can we just have a moment of silence because I think this blush/pink color is really growing on me.... Who knows, maybe one day I'll wear a certified actual pink article of clothing one day haha!

dress: forever21 {sold out} similar here + here + here
bag: primark
sandals: zara
bracelet: tiffany+co.
rings: mango + forever21
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