Striped Frilled Shirt

You may have heard me use this line before, but the shoot for this Zara Frilled Shirt is one of my all-time favorites, and it’s not only because I absolutely adore this outfit. I’ve been stung by the wanderlust bug again and that’s what inspired this lookbook. While dreaming up what I’d like to pack on a trip to Tuscany, I knew it would involve stripes, a straw hat and of course a pair of strappy gold sandals. My off-shoulder obsession has already begun in full-fledged mode and this frilled shirt has an extra cute flounce to it.

Zara Frilled Top

While shopping at Zara recently, I noticed it was stripes and off-shoulder central, which made me wonder how many similar tops and dresses I can buy before it gets to be too many. I came to the conclusion that it’s probably all I’ll be wearing these days and I’m not going to fight it. This is certainly the hottest trend this spring/summer, and since we’ve all invested in so many of these cute shirts, it’ll hopefully stick around for another few years.

Summer StyleKate Spade Cedar StreetDubai Street Style Frilled Top

Whenever I wear this soft blue shade it reminds me of our honeymoon in Santorini, the color of the clear sky connected with the ocean and the tops of the little churches in Oia. As you can see, I’ve got it bad and I’m itching to go somewhere soon. Luckily I haven’t booked any trips yet, thus giving me plenty of time to build the perfect wardrobe for when I do finally jet off, my trusty hats in tow. What have you been dreaming of lately, my darling?

xo Rania

Straw HatFrilled ShirtFrill Top Travel Style

Frilled Shirt: Zara | Jeans: Forever21 | Sandals: Steve Madden | Bag: Kate Spade | Hat: H&M

Photography by Natelee Cocks.

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Spring Tweed Jackets

I still remember the first time I saw tweed pieces during Spring and the sheer excitement I felt over a mint pencil skirt and the creamy tweed jackets. While we’re still clinging to remnants of a breeze here in Dubai, I thought I’d remind you to put your pretty tweed jackets to good use, without the need to overdress. Tweed is such a beautiful and elegant texture (thank you Ms. Coco Chanel) and I love finding the pieces with a little shine in the threading. I debated over how I wanted to style this jacket since I usually tend to reach for dresses and skirts, but I thought it carried its own weight pretty well and was confident it would turn a simple look into a chic ensemble. Since this blazer is in my favorite shade of cream I was not about to shy away from pulling out all my soft pastel accessories, but I would definitely keep my eyes peeled for all the dark and smoky tweed jackets out in the market right now.

Spring Style Inspiration

Tweed Jacket and Jeans

Spring Outfits

I adore my simple and meaningful jewelry but I knew I had to add a bit of sparkle to complete my ‘Sunday brunch on the upper westside’ vibe, and this necklace from J. Crew was just the right amount of gloss I needed. When it comes to investment pieces, tweed jackets go a long way in the eternal style department. You’ll see them make an appearance during the fall and last all through winter and spring.  You can pair them with a simple shift dress, over a pleated skirt and even tailored shorts and channel your inner effortlessly stylish parisian. Let me know what you think!

xo Rania

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Tweed Blazer

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Tweed Jackets

Blush Pink Satchel

Tweed Jackets: Asos, Nordstrom| Skinny Jeans: Topshop | Heels: Aldo | Satchel: Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise | Necklace: J. Crew | Ring: Baublebar.

Photography by Natelee Cocks.

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Printed Pencil Skirt

Have you ever spotted something and immediately knew it’s exactly what you’ve been searching for? That’s what this printed pencil skirt was for me. I love wearing these midi skirts, especially for spring and finding the right print that is bold without being too colorful was a must for me. The best part about a printed pencil skirt is it does all the work for you, just add a simple top and fun accessories and you’re good to go. I’m quite infamous for my whites and pastels, but it feel so good to wear an outfit that’s a little edgier than my usual looks. This look is super feminine and ladylike and can be worn for work, a dinner party or an evening out. These printed pencil skirts work great with bold lipstick and bright earrings as well, because that’s what spring is all about. A lot of ladies worry about the fit of a midi pencil skirt, but I assure you with the right heels they’re extremely sexy, flattering and are perfect if you don’t feel like showing too much legs. You’ll never know until you try, so be a little adventurous this spring and wear something you haven’t thought you’d like before. What is your number one must have for this season, and have you found it yet?

xo Rania

P.S. It feels so good to be back, ladies. 😉

Printed Midi Skirt

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Street Style Dubai

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Printed Pencil Skirt

Black Lace Blouse

Printed Pencil Skirt

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Bold Pencil Skirt

Topshop Lace Blouse

Outfit Details:

Printed Pencil Skirt: River Island. Black Lace Blouse: Topshop. Sandals: Express. Lipstick: Nars – Fanny.

Photography by Natelee Cocks.

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Printed Blazer

I pulled out this printed blazer recently since I haven’t worn one in a while, and I pretty much fell in love with it all over again. I’m always trying to make it a point to try on new colors and add variety to my wardrobe, but there’s something about a black/neutral combo that gets me every time. I kept everything else simple and monochromatic so the printed blazer would stand out, and I couldn’t resist a floppy hat and cozy flat boots. Since I needed a pop of color I opted for a bright lip in my favorite shade of pink.

Printed Blazer

Black And White

Street Style

I’m currently in snowy Michigan and soaking in every moment with family and friends. It took me longer than usual to recover from jet lag and adjust to the time difference, but I used this as an opportunity to relax and spend my free time to cozy up on the couch and read. I’ve realized how wound up and stressed I’ve been lately and it’s nice to step back from life and get some perspective, so I can get back into things with a clear head and a fresh eye. I feel light and free these days and I’m really looking forward to being a better version of myself for my loved ones and for my business. I’ll be working hard to continue churning out the best content possible, and although the temperature is extremely low and the chilly air stings my face I’m excited to put together pretty outfits. I’d love to know what more you’d like to see on The Blush Diaries and how you would style your favorite printed blazer.

Floppy Hat

Printed Blazer

Printed Blazer

Monochromatic

Black Clutch

Street Style

Outfit Details:

Printed Blazer: BCBG Maxazria, similar here | Wrap Blouse: Mango, similar from Ann Taylor | Moto Jeans: Topshop.

Photography by Natelee Cocks

Winter White

I don’t shy away from a little winter white and love adding neutral tones to the look, keeping it soft and clean. This cable knit Chicwish sweater is one of my favorites because of the bubbled sleeves, and since it’s slightly cropped I can pair it with both pants and skirts. Instead of going super girly, I decided to make this an everyday casual outfit that is both cozy and stylish – which in my opinion is the best outcome on a cold winter day. Instead of the usual pointy toe heels, I wanted to bring out my taupe booties for comfort and ease.When it comes to style, I really don’t think you should over think it and just wear what you’re in the mood for. When you feel good in your outfit and especially when it turns out like you imagined, it shows.

Winter White

Winter White

The weather is just starting to get chilly over here in Dubai, so I can finally wear my semi-chunky knits and light-weight jackets like this Boohoo shawl collar coat which is super soft and on sale by the way! I have to keep the layers light and breezy because as much as I love winter style, it’s never cold enough for an actual wool coat. The good thing is, I don’t have to worry about getting my bright outfit dirty in the rain or snow. Nothing says winter white like some gold tone accessories and simple rosy makeup to complete the outfit and keep the palette clean. What have you been in the mood for lately, and is winter white one of your favorites too?

xo Rania

Winter Whites

Winter White

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Outfit Details: Coat: Boohoo | Sweater: Chicwish, love this one from Free People as well | Booties: Express, similar from JC Penny | Saddle Bag: Aldo.

Photography: Enchante Portrait Couture.

Holiday Party Outfits

I hope you all had a great week and are ready to slow down and enjoy this weekend with your loved ones. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas or not, the end of the year is always filled with festive events which is why I like to have an abundance of holiday party outfits. Dresses are certainly my go-to for any party but I like a beautiful skirt that can be styled many different ways. I’ve had this River Island skirt for a while now and it is one of my favorite pieces. I love the glossy champagne color and I find the midi length very flattering. Instead of opting for my usual lace tops and a pretty red dress, I decided to go for some holiday glamour that is less whimsy and more sexy. Simplicity is key for holiday party outfits, so that you may accessorize with sparkly jewelry and bold lipstick. If it’s cold where you are living, a faux-fur trimmed jacket or coat is a great winter holiday piece.

Holiday Party Outfits

Holiday Outfits

I’ve had a pretty eventful year and I’m really looking forward to a quiet and cozy evening with my family this Christmas enjoying each other’s company over a delicious meal and lots of christmas carols. I hope this is a time of happiness, peace and forgiveness for everyone and I pray for health, warmth and safety for those less fortunate. Sometimes we lose sight of what this holiday is all about and it’s important to remind ourselves that this day is about gratitude, love and most importantly thinking of others. Forget your worries for now and hold you loved ones closely. I wish you all a wonderful holiday and I thank you for all the kindness and support. Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

xo Rania

Christmas Party

River Island Midi Skirt

 

Photography by Enchante Portrait Couture.

Winter Pastels

I absolutely love my winter pastels and was waiting impatiently to pull out my favorite blush coat. I wasn’t always into wearing soft shades in the winter and for a while was actually infamous for always wearing black! Dark shades are flattering, slimming and abundant during the winter, but after so many charcoal grey, deep burgundy and chocolate brown outfits I started to hate winter fashion altogether. Thankfully we’ve been graced with coats and sweaters in the most beautiful tones, and no one can judge you for wearing all the winter white your heart (and mine) desires.

Blush Coat

Lace Mini Skirt

There’s a beauty in the simplicity of winter pastels, and that’s the ease of pairing them with almost anything. They add femininity, elegance and a soft burst of color when the sky is fifty shades of grey (no pun intended). I love wearing pink over stripes for some parisian chic vibes, and the touch of lace on the skirt was my favorite detail from this outfit. If the temps are too low, you can always wear a pair of sheer tights so you can stay warm and still wear your favorite mini. You can also pair pastels with jeans for a more casual look and keep that girly touch intact. What’s your favorite shade of winter pastels and how do you plan on styling it this year?

xo Rania

Mini Skirt

Blush Coat

Winter Pastels

Coat: Old, Love this from Calvin Klein | Sweater: Koton| Skirt: Topshop| Heels: Aldo (c/o)

Photography by Enchante Portrait Couture.

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Cozy Sweater

There’s one really important point to keep in mind when choosing a sweater, and that’s texture. I’ve taken ones home thinking they would be the perfect ‘cozy sweater’ only to notice they get itchy and uncomfortable after having them on for about 20 minutes. It should be soft and comfortable, but also have a little bit of structure and that is why I fell in love with this one from Mango. When it gets really cold outside I like to layer tanks underneath my sweater to keep my stomach warm and if the sweater is too light you can just see right through the fabric.

Cozy Chic

Cozy Outfit

Fall Inspiration

Another thing to think about is character. It can oversized, but not so big that you’re floating inside it. I like to go with soft warm tones that flatter my complexion, but I’ll occasionally reach for a deep navy or cool grey. While some sweaters are beautiful in their simplicity, the most thing that catches my eye is the pattern. The herringbone pattern is one of my favorites and with the high neck on this one I knew this would be my favorite cozy sweater. I immediately knew I would pair it with white distressed jeans, nude lace up flats  and gold jewelry for this neutral winter inspired palette.

xo Rania

Winter White

Fall Style

Outfit Details: Sweater: Mango | Jeans: Old similar from Bloomingdale’s | Flats: Aldo | Mug: Etsy.

Photography by Enchante Portrait Couture.

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Grey Turtleneck Sweater

I’ll be completely honest with you, I haven’t worn a turtleneck in over 4 years. I remember when they were really in and I loved them so much I’d get a whole bunch in different colors. Then one year I thought: 1. They make me look chunky, 2. They’re so unflattering and 3. I hate layering them. That’s the beauty of a trend that comes back in style, it evolves into something better.

I wanted this grey turtleneck instantly when I saw it. I loved the cutout shoulders and the loosely knit stitching. The best part is it’s so soft and light-weight that I can wear it during our cooler days in Dubai and not feel like I’m suffocating. How do you feel about turtlenecks and how would you style them this year?

xo Rania

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Mini Satchel

Cutout Turtleneck Sweater

Grey Turtleneck Sweater

Ear Jackets

Skinny Jeans, Oversized Sweater

Skinny Moto JeansOutfit Details: Grey Turtleneck: Shopmaccs | Jeans: Topshop | Nude Pumps: Aldo | Earrings: Aldo (c/o) | Satchel: Topshop (Namshi)

Photography by Mrunmayi Pandit.

Checked Cape

I knew that I needed to invest in a great cape this year, but with all the options out there it was so hard to pick just one. I finally chose this checked cape from Morning Lavender because it’s stylish, cozy and really versatile.

Capes can be worn over dresses, skirts or shorts, and even with jeans on a long flight. Since it has an oversized fit, I wanted to make sure I balance the outfit with a v-neck tank and my favorite pleated skirt. The caged heels are to add a touch of dressiness to the whole look. I am also really obsessed with my new reversible bag from Nordstrom, the cognac colors goes with pretty much anything and it’s so spacious that you can toss pretty much anything into it and just go.

Have you got yourself a cape this fall, and if so how are you planning on styling it this season?

xo Rania

Checked Cape

Checkered Cape

Checked Cape

Checked Cape

Checked Cape

Checkered Cape

Checkered Cape

Outfit Details: Cape: Morning Lavender | Skirt: Old from Zara, Similar from Tahari | Heels: BCBG, similar Vince Camuto | Reversible Bag: Nordstrom.

Photography by Mrunmayi Pandit.