EID OUTFIT LOOK BOOK FT. THOUQI

Hi loves! I hope you are all having a great Ramadan by this time of the month. With Eid right around the corner, I partnered with Thouqi to bring to you guys 3 Eid look ideas! I absolutely love all three of these selections, because I feel that they have just the right amount of oriental style blended with contemporary dressing. I'll definitely be wearing these looks for upcoming Ramadan iftar (dinner) parties, and to Eid friend & family visits! You can also dress these pieces enough for perhaps a wedding or other ceremony. 

If you haven't watched the look book video, click here! Shop the looks below: 

Outfit #1:

Bisht: Thouqi

Pants: H&M

Shoes: Senso

Bag: Karl Laggerfield

Scarf: H&M

Watch: Kate Spade

 

Outfit #2

Dress: Thouqi

Bag: Gucci

Shoes: Topshop

Scarf: Austere Attire

Jewelry: Marc Jacobs & The Limited

 

Outfit #3:

Vest: Thouqi

Scarf: Austere Attire

Shoes: Express 

Top: Poplook

Pants: Banana Republic

Bag: Gucci

Sunnies: Miu Miu

Much love,

THE SLIP DRESS OF THE SEASON | FT. SPLENDID

I'm back from an amazing week in Miami, and have really been into this laid-back, chill vibe. Today, I'm sharing how I styled one of the IT-dressed of the season from SPLENDID: the slip dress.

We've seen this dress styled numerous ways. Whether it be adding a brown belt and oversized denim jacket, or a striped tee underneath and a red bandana, its safe to say that this dress is SUPER versatile. I decided to pair it with matching black culottes and a white bell sleeve top, topped with a black belt and minimalist slides. It also comes in other colors like red, navy & green- you can browse them here!  

Lastly, if you haven't entered yet on Instagram, be sure to check out the giveaway I'm sharing in partnership with Splendid! By following both @SplendidLA & @SummerAlbarcha on Instagram, and tagging a friend in the comments, you'll be entered to win a $500 SPLENDID gift card + this exact slip dress! I highly suggest letting your friends know about this super easy giveaway before it ends next week-- it could be you!

Much love,

TRENDING NOW: PATCHED DENIM VIA 7 FOR ALL MANKIND

I'm out & about in NYC in my amazing 7 For All Mankind side striped denim! As you've probably noticed on Instagram, I'm kind of loving the patched denim trend. Its really easy to style patched pieces for a casual street style look, or dress up for something more classic. From written statements, to fun emojis, we can probably all agree that patches add more character to your outfit (and mood!). It's a quite simple trend to take part in whether you choose to buy ready made, vintage or DIY denim you already own!

In this look, I paired the jeans with a simple white button down and a long coat. To top it off, I added a pop of maroon through the patent glossy boots. For makeup, I went with a heavier eye and a simpler lip (you could also do a maroon lip if you like to be matchy-matchy!). 

Shop below my top patched denim picks & matching pieces for this season! And yes- some of these pieces are from the mens section (which I totally shop in for oversized items). Enjoy!

Much love,

ONE TEE, THREE WAYS

Today I'm sharing how I styled this graphic Coca Cola tee in three different ways. As you may know, I love mix and matching my wardrobe, so this post will be all about getting the most utility from your pieces.

For this first look, I went with a more street styled, sophisticated outfit. I paired it with a belt to add more dimension to the look, in contrast with the wide leg pants. Because the plaid blazer has hints of red, I thought I'd bring it out with the bright red tee. Lastly, the sunglasses add even more color since the bulk of the look is brown and black. I would wear this to a business meeting, a lunch appointment, or something casual yet cosmopolitan. 

For the second look, I paired the bright red tee with a pink coat and denim. I feel like this look screams spring, which is exactly what I was going for with the pastel tones. All day errrday in a coat! 

For this last look, I thought I'd throw some print by pairing this tee with a leopard print jacket. To balance the prints and color, I accessorized with all black, white and nude tones. I wore this on a flight, in NYC and even in the Caribbean, so this look is super flexible regardless of the event and situation. 

Much love,

COLOR CODED HUES

Photographed by Laurel Creative.

I'm out and about in NYC in this 3 piece look paired together by color coordinating my wardrobe! I wore these trousers in sunny Grenada, and again in snowy NYC, so they are super versatile. Best of all, they are under $16 and are amazing quality for the price. I'd recommend checking out the other color waves of the trousers!

Shop this look below!

 Much love,

THE WARDROBE ESSENTIALS YOU NEED FOR WINTER '16 & '17 FT. INAYAH

Fall and Winter trends are all about layering. When I discovered that Inayah sold winter coats and scarves in a range of colors, I knew that I would find quality, classic pieces. Today, I'm sharing my favorite finds from Inayah for this season! As you may know, they recently opened their U.S site, making shopping and shipping for modesty, stylish finds, super easy and quick for all of us here!   

First off, I'm sharing how I styled three coats from Inayah: gray, maroon and camel. These three tones are honestly my go-to outfit style. If you scroll through my IG feed, I'm almost ALWAYS in these coats! Whether you pair them with a skirt or skinny jeans, coats are great pieces for adding dimension to your outfit (and keeping warm, duh!). I'm wearing the Tan Belted Midi Coat, the Charcoal Wool Classic Belted Coat, and Plum Jersey Blazer. Click here to browse more coat colors and styles!

Second, Inayah is an amazing site to find high quality, comfortable and gorgeous toned scarves. I chose to style their blush modal scarf & feather grey modal scarf. I absolutely love these two scarves because they have a little bit of shine in them, making them versatile for casual or fancy outfits.  Click here to browse a full selection of colors and materials.

Overall, I'm all about investing in classic, versatile pieces, and as you can tell, I'm ALWAYS styling my Inayah pieces on the go. I've been able to create so many looks with one coat (check out how many are in the charcoal woal midi coat!), and I'd love to see what looks you're able to come up with as well :)

 What are your favorites from Inayah? Let me know in the comments!

IG: @Inayahc

Website:

Much love,

MY TOP THREE PICKS FROM RIVA FASHION: FALL 2016

Happy Sunday loves! Today, I'm going to share three looks I styled from RIVA Fashion over the fall season. From fancy co-ord sets, to frilly sleeved blouses, RIVA has so many amazing finds for every fashion taste. I decided to style these three different trends: pleats, co-ords and long coats. Let's start! 

My first outfit from RIVA features this gorgeous red frilly sleeved blouse and wide leg pleated culottes (nope, not a skirt!). I topped it off with a light pink scarf and black accessories, that way the red is the focus of the outfit. Shop their blouses here and trousers here!

This second look featured this gorgeous pink floral co-ord set from RIVA Fashion. I thought I'd go out of my comfort zone and style a super bright and printed outfit-- I absolutely loved it though! This outfit would be perfect for a fancy dinner out, or a professional meeting. You can probably tell by now that I love how easy and fashionable co-ords are, since the matching is already done for you. You can shop this look here and here!

My third look consists of a pleated black maxi coat. I decided to style it more casually, pairing it with white sneakers and my fave Marc by Marc Jacobs color-block handbag. I'd dress this piece up by wearing cream straight trousers and nude heels underneath! For the love of layering in me, I can never get enough of long coats. I'd highly recommend browsing their collection of coats here!

What are you fave picks from Riva Fashion? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great Sunday!

Much love,

"I'M RUNNIN' LATE!": MY THREE GO-TO OUTFIT FORMULAS

Hi loves! So, I often get asked how I'm able to get ready so quickly for the day and still look (I suppose) decent! Today, I'm sharing the formulas. 

#1. The Tunic. 

This is one of the easiest and simplest outfit go-to's. Whether it be for a full day at school or running some errands, you can always catch me in a plain tunic + neutral accessories + skinnies! I listed some of my fave tunics ATM below! 

#2. The White Button-Down + Jacket

For this look, I paired my fave white button-down tunic with the jacket of my choice. I'm loving the added details from the patches on this anorak coat. Checkout some of my fave white button downs below!

 

#3. The Vest + Tucked-In Blouse 

Lastly, I love having versatile long vests in my wardrobe. They're perfect to pair as a final touch to an outfit! Here, I paired a bell sleeve blouse with pleated culottes and a long black vest to add more black detail (to match the shoes and bag). Checkout my top vest picks below!

I hope you found these 3 outfit formulas useful! Let me know what your GO-TO outfit formula is and what you'd like to see next on SA.com. Have a great week! 

Much love,

HOW I STYLED THREE LOOKS FROM SHOP BOP

Happy Wednesday loves! Today, I rounded up three ways I styled pieces from SHOP BOP this New York Fashion Week! From elegant wide leg trousers to stunning blazers, SHOP BOP might just be your go-to site for your fashion cravings this Fall.

What's amazing about their site is that they carry both contemporary and designer brands. As you may know, I absolutely love being able to have a versatile wardrobe with "layer-able" pieces. This often means having a larger wardrobe with a few high end pieces, and several trending affordable pieces.

SHOP BOP has a Trend Boutique, featuring ready made trends for your shopping convenience. If you're feeling ladylike, you might check out their Volume Up Boutique with bell sleeve tops and off the shoulder dresses. If you're wanting more of a street style, edgy look, you might want to browse their Street Smart Boutique, featuring studded handbags and sporty sweaters. My favorite is the Twinkle Twinkle Boutique-- metallics craze! 

For my first look, I went for something very simple and comfortable (and trendy!). I'm wearing MILLY navy wide leg trousers with a half tucked Enza Costa white blouse from SHOP BOP. This outfit was SUPER relaxing to wear during FW. I'm also carrying beautiful roses delivered by this gorgeous flower shop called Give Landeau in NYC!   

For my second look, I went for something business-chic by pairing a navy jumpsuit with this gorgeous DVF striped blazer from SHOP BOP. I topped the look with metallic pointed block heels from SENSO. I'm really liking the orange and navy combo!

Lastly, I styled this bright bell sleeved blouse from Edition 10 via SHOP BOP by pairing it with a longer pink button down and color block Marc by Marc Jacob's bag via Nordstrom. I finished the look off with white Axel Arigato sneakers and rounded Miu Miu black sunnies. I'm loving the amount of color in this look and I ended up wearing it to the Alice & Olivia Spring/Summer 2017 presentation! 

Let me know if you liked the three looks I styled from SHOP BOP and take a look at their Trend Boutique for more styling tips! 

Instagram: ShopBopShopBopME

Love,

Street Stylin'. Ft. Light & Bright

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

Who doesn't love a fitted blazer? I'm wearing this stunning navy jacket from Light & Bright in South Korea! Light & Bright is a brand new modest fashion company founded by a young sweet designer. Check out more of her designs here!

 Paired with white sneakers and a maroon briefcase bag, this blazer completes any on-the-go street style look. I'm especially in love with the maroon cuffs. 

Shop Outfit:

Blazer- Light & Bright 

Sneakers- Axel Arigato

Bag- Loeffler Randall

Top- Shop Publik

Scarf- Nordstrom

Sunnies- Rayban

Denim- H&M

 

Much love,

Pops of Color ft. Jolly Chic

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

Hi ladies! I thought I'd try a pop of orange in this gorgeous vest from Jolly Chic. I paired it with nude toned accessories and boyfriend jeans to keep the focus on the color. My summer-tan also flows well with beige and orange tones. Vests just make outfit pairing so effortless and elegant.

XOXO,  

Lime Tones ft. Tatuna Nikolaishvili via More Is Love

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

I'm wearing this beautiful coat by Georgian designer Tatuna Nikolaishvili via More Is Love. I hardly ever wear this lime tone but I love how much it compliments the navy. Trench coats in general add such a classic touch to any outfit. You could also style this coat with a fitted cream maxi dress or jeans and a navy blouse. 

Here are some of my top coat picks!

Much love,

Camel.

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

I paired several camel toned pieces from my wardrobe for this super comfy look. I was going for all black but the coat lover in me had to add an extra layer. I'm used to mix & matching opposite colors but it's actually easy and eye catching to just wear one color tone head to toe too!

 

Let me know what one-palette toned outfits you'd like to see styled! 

                                Shop outfit: 

pants: Zara / coat: 2020 Ave / shoes: Tory Burch / bag: Chloe / sunnies: Aldo's / top & scarf: H&M 

Welcoming Spring.

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

This outfit features a few basic monochromatic pieces for a professional look (I went to visit the Bissinger Chocolate Factory that day based here in Saint Louis!). I just love trench-coat season.  Most of these pieces were purchased a few years back, so I linked some awesome similar basic pieces below. Happy Spring! 

P.S I gave this grid printed scarf a try and I am liking the change! It is from the one and only, Austere Attire. Use the code "summerlove" for 10% off at checkout! 

 

Shop this Outfit:

Reflective ft. Choie's

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

I thought I'd mix up purple and turquoise (I was inspired by these shades I purchased for $5 from a booth in SOHO, NY). I'm wearing a split dress/tunic underneath, along with black tights + black wedge booties. I topped it off with this super cool colored duster coat from www.choies.com. Enjoy! 

Outfit:

Leenaz Designs

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

I'm wearing an elegant abaya custom designed by Leenaz Designs in Bahrain. I'm loving the tribal lux -vibes in this abaya. It's super easy to wear with all neutrals underneath (or as a cover up for a dress!). Will definitely be wearing this in Ramadan! 

Also, I'm wearing an Austere Attire hijab. This pink color is my fave from their collection. Use the code "summerlove" for 10% off any purchase of scarves off their site! 

Suede Moto ft. Número 102 Scarves

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

I'm wearing the Celine Suede Eyelet Scarf by Numero 102 Scarves. I decided to change my scarf style up a bit today and I am loving it. This scarf adds the perfect extra detail to any black & white themed outfit.The quality is amazing too. I highly recommend! :) 

This faux suede moto jacket is THE comfiest thing you can have in your closet this season. I always find myself leaning towards jackets + coats to add an extra texture and cut to any outfit. Underneath is a plain white button down, which I linked several below from Forever 21. They're so versatile and also a must have for this season (underneath sweaters, jackets, or plain). Stay warm yall! 
 


Outfit:

Fur & Furla

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

I thought I'd change things up with a mix of yellow and purple. I love this mini Furla bag I found last year at an outlet! Its perfect for that pop of color (considering I always lean towards neautrals). I linked a super similar one below! The coat is from Express last year, but I also linked similar ones below :) 

Outfit: