For the second day of Eid/Hari Raya, I wore this deep blue bisht – a traditional Arabic garment – from local brand Oushk (pronounced ooh-shk), which manufactures their designs in the U.A.E. I found it at The Grand Bazaar, an indoor market that was held towards the end of Ramadan. The bisht has a mix of different fabrics and textures. The sleeves and middle section are soft and solid, while the rest of it is translucent, with velvety floral motifs that add a touch of class and femininity to the piece.
I wore the bisht over a white inner long-sleeved maxi dress. What I love about the bisht is how versatile it is – I switched out the maxi dress for a white long-sleeved t-shirt and flared pants later in the evening when I wanted something more comfortable to go visiting in. It also felt incredibly regal to have it on. When I draped it over my shoulders and got accustomed to the way the fabric flowed and moved around me, it felt like I was wearing a cape!
My Hijab Look
I got more confident trying a new look after Day 1. I didn’t follow any tutorials for this look – I just draped yet another piece from Nushee Nurra over my head, fastened a couple of pins here and there and found a way for it to work for me. You can tell I was a lot more comfortable this time round!
Accessories & Shoes
I LOVE these earrings. I got them as a gift for my 24th birthday – a pair of bejewelled beauties from Lovisa. As for my footwear, I wore the silver sling back heels from Charles & Keith, like I did for Day 1. I made sure that I picked a colour that could match most of my looks, so these heels will be on heavy rotation over the next few weeks.
I had so much fun doing my makeup for this day! For my base, I used Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark, followed by some contouring using Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix in Truffle and highlighting using Match Stix in Rum. I created an easy smoky eye look using Glossier’s Lidstar in Herb. To pull the entire look together, I used Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint to create a statement red lip that would stand out against all that blue.
I must say, I am in love with how glowy my skin looks in that first image! I’ve been working hard switching up my skincare routine to get that glow for Eid. I’ll be sharing some of the products that have been working for me in my favourites post this month. Look out for it!
The first day of Eid/Hari Raya usually feels the most festive. Everyone celebrates after a month of fasting and don their festive wear, sometimes colour coordinated with the rest of the family. For this year, my family decided to go with purple as our colour for the first day. (It’s my favourite colour!) I found this outfit at my go-to mall for traditional wear. They sell the top and bottom batik print skirt separately, giving shoppers the freedom to mix and match different colours and prints how they like. I had lots of fun with that and settled on this bright pink and aqua blue floral design for the skirt which really stood out for me. It’s a great contrast against the purple top, which I liked because of the flared hem. Traditional kebayas have a more fitted look. The flared hem gave me a lot more freedom to eat as much as I wanted without feeling too self-conscious for the entire day!
My Hijab Look
I was a little nervous about trying a new hijab look. Past insecurities about my face and head shape made me question whether I was wearing it the right way. Right before I stepped out of the house for visiting, I told myself that as long as I felt comfortable and focused on what was most important for the day – spending time with family – everything was going to be alright. This was an easy hijab look that I pulled together with the help of this video, using a scarf by local modest fashion brand Nushee Nurra that I found at the annual Ramadan bazaar.
Accessories & Shoes
I wore a pair of earrings by sadhu, which I wrote about in this post. The rattan design of the earrings go really well with the batik printed skirt. I got my silver sling back heels from local brand Charles & Keith. They were the perfect Hari Raya heels, meaning that I could easily slip and out of them whenever I needed to entire/exit a family member’s home.
As for my makeup, I used Glossier’s Lidstar in Lily, Fenty Beauty’s Shimmer Match Stix in Unicorn, and Mattemoiselle in One Of The Boyz. They are all different shades of purple, and it felt like a fun beauty and outfit pairing to try out.
I’ll be posting about my second Eid look very soon. To everyone who’s still celebrating, have a great second week of Eid!
A while ago, I was catching up on Margaret Zhang’s recent work on her website when I stumbled upon something she wrote that resonated quite strongly with me. In this post, she writes, “…music taught me how to feel, and everything I touch creatively is driven by emotion – sometimes to an irrational degree.” I think it’s a statement that a lot of people can relate to. Music will always be my first love, and I spent many years learning to play the piano, singing, performing, and making music within the comfort of my bedroom walls. This later developed into an interest in dancing, which I do my best to nourish by attending open classes every now and then.
Music has the power to influence my mood in so many ways, it’s insane. These days, I’ve been staying connected to my favourite crooners and urban poets with a pair of Regent headphones from Swedish brand Sudio. They’ve kindly sent over a pair*, and I haven’t parted with them since. I love how classic they look – the white leather material complements the gold hardware so elegantly, and the marble caps add a subtle statement to the design. This is great because it means they’re versatile and I can match them with all of my outfits (the most important thing, lol!). I also appreciate that they’re Bluetooth headphones because my previous pair used to get tangled up in stuff a lot (yes, I can be quite clumsy). After using them for about 3 weeks, I notice that they last a really long time, and that’s coming from someone who tends to forget to charge anything that isn’t her phone or laptop. The website states that it’s built to last 24+ hours – I haven’t exactly put that to the test but I do notice that the battery life really does last quite a while!
In this look I styled them with my favourite denim jacket that I found at a flea market in Singapore. I love the acid wash finish and the statement graphic at the back – a nod to the Young Romance comic books that ran in the 50s and 60s. I also have on a pair of hand-crafted earrings from madebyhazymomo, and Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Disturbed on my lips.
Sudio has very kindly offered a 15% off for my readers with the code rougeandruche. They’re having their pre-summer promotion now, which means that you’ll get a complimentary tote bag with every purchase from their website from now till 30 June. International delivery is free, and purchases come with a one-year international warranty.
I’ll leave you with a couple of my favourite tunes at the moment. I hope they get you grooving along as much as they did for me!
*I was sent a free product in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.