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    Hello my friends, how have you been? I hope you are well. As you might have noticed, I took some time off blogging the past few months. I decided to dedicate my full time and attention to my final year project of university. Now that everything is over, I’m moving into the next stage of my life after school, and it is all a bit daunting… As much as I am excited, I’m also very nervous. Almost 16 years of formal education over! Some of you have reached out to me via Twitter and shared your experiences. Thank you for that, good advice is always welcomed 🙂

    The past few weeks have been a good breather during this period of transition. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been too kind – we’re currently experiencing an intense heatwave in our little red dot. Thankfully I’ve got this piece tucked away in my closet that I never quite knew how to style until now. I found this asymmetrical maxi cardigan at a flea market that my friend organised. It’s a piece from the H&M x Maison Martin Margiela collection from a couple of years back! Amazing, huh? And at a fraction of the price it was probably sold for, too. (I’m waiting patiently for pieces from the H&M x Balmain collection to show up at the flea markets!) I love that it’s made of a soft, silky smooth material that’s light and breathable, making it perfect for everyday wear in Singapore.

    I also love that there are several ways to style it. There’s a pair of ribbons on each edge of the piece that allow it to drape over the body like a wrap-around top and a pair of clasp buttons to seal the look. For this getup, I chose to tie this ribbon behind me rather than in front, and fasten the clasp at the front so it creates a more open, laid-back feel. This maxi piece could also be worn with its ribbons and clasps undone. I finished the look with a chunky metallic necklace, a pair of grey slacks and my new everyday sandals from Kenneth Cole Reaction.

    How would you style this piece? 

    Beauty

    January Hits & Misses

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    Is it really February already? Oh, how time flies! This year I thought I’d introduce a little series onto my blog and share with you my monthly hits and misses so I’d get a chance to talk more about the products I use on a day-to-day basis. I love trying new products and a lot of the times, I end up really liking them and repurchasing them later on. But of course, I’ve had my fair share of heartbreaks… so I thought I’d spare you the pain with these little reviews!

    HITS

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    The Tasmanian Soap Company Goats Milk Bar Soap in No.6 Refreshing (not pictured) – I’m not usually a fan of bar soaps but I came across this company when I was in Hobart, Tasmania last June and I really wanted to try their products. No. 6 is lemongrass and lime-scented, which smells super refreshing! I loved it that the bar soap had lots of exfoliating beads that felt so good on the skin. My only issue with this soap is that it left my skin feeling a little bit dry after showers, which I read is a problem with bar soaps in general. Nothing a little bit of body butter won’t solve.

    Yves Rocher Cherry Bloom Shower Gel – I got a bottle of this at a really great price on Sephora.sg and I was so glad that I liked it! Buying scented products online can be risky because you never really know how it will turn out until you receive your package in the mail. This shower gel smells wonderfully sweet, yet not overpowering. It doesn’t lather as much but feels lovely on the skin. Unfortunately, the smell doesn’t linger long, and I have to admit I prefer my Bath & Body Works shower gels over Yves Rocher ones. This was a hit for January, but I don’t think I will be repurchasing it anytime soon.

    Urban Decay Naked Concealer in Medium – Behold, my new favourite concealer!! I’ll be doing a more in depth review of this later on but for now, I’d just like to profess my love for this goodness in a tube. It feels so comfortable on my skin and provides just the right amount of coverage. Definitely the biggest hit of the month!

    MISSES

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    Yves Rocher Ecolabel Radiance Shampoo – I wanted to like this one so much, especially so since it’s eco-friendly. But alas, this one’s such a big miss in my books. To be fair, it does what it’s supposed to do as shampoo, which is, well, cleaning my hair. But it leaves my hair feeling dry and lifeless, which is not something I’ve experienced with shampoo before. I’d very much want to explore more eco-friendly products, but I think I’ll do a lot more research before I make my next purchase.

    Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whisky – Ah, what a waste! I’ve heard so much about this product but it disappointed me on one aspect: it smudges. The one thing I thought it wouldn’t do, but it did. I have to admit, I LOVE how this looks on my eyelids – it gives my eyes just the right amount of smokyness for my daytime looks. But this will not last in the humidity in Singapore and smudges all over my eyelids. I’m running out of hope. When will I find my perfect pencil eyeliner?

    Do you have any recommendations for February? Share them with me in the comments below!

    Beauty, Personal

    What World Hijab Day Means to Me

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    Happy #WorldHijabDay, my friends! Today marks the third World Hijab Day, during which we celebrate the beauty of the hijab, as well as the acceptance of this choice Muslim sisters all over the world have made to celebrate their faith not only in their private lives, but in public as well. Wearing the hijab does not come easy for a lot of people, especially so for our sisters who currently reside in societies where they can be persecuted or bullied because of the way they look. I am blessed to be surrounded by a wonderfully supportive and accepting community, though over the years I’ve realised that not everybody has it that easy.

    PROGRESS OVER THE YEARS

    I think that it’s amazing how far the hijabi community has come in addressing misconceptions about oppression by the hijab. Social media movements, viral videos, street art… these women are so admirable and they’ve done so much in creating conversation about the hijab in society. World Hijab Day brings this one step ahead by inviting women all over the world to don the hijab for a day to experience how it’s like to wear the headscarf out in public. It brings so much warmth to my heart when I read stories about people who do so, and share positive stories about their experiences.

    In my opinion, education is the key to overcoming hijab stereotypes. Conversation leads to awareness, which eventually leads to change in the form of security and positive attitudes towards hijabis. I was very heartened to experience so much positivity this past week when I shared my hijab story as well as my personal hijabi inspirations. I hope that you have learnt something new from reading the posts in my World Hijab Day blogging collaboration, and continue to pass on the stories to friends who might be curious about the hijab.

    REMINDERS

    As much as advocating for the hijab is important, I believe that it is a choice and nobody should ever be forced to put it on. Sometimes I see very disturbing messages or posts being shared on social media that degrade women who don’t cover up… I find that absolutely disgusting and that it perpetuates harmful behaviours towards women that could have been prevented through exposure to more positive messages about modesty. I think that we should respect women’s decisions and rights to don the hijab, as much as we should respect their decisions not to, and lend them our support when their hearts start to point in that direction.

    LOOKING FORWARD

    It’s only the third World Hijab Day, and look how far we have come! I do believe that this movement will continue to grow through the years, and I hope that it will cultivate a healthy, positive community of Muslim women who engage in meaningful conversation surrounding the hijab not only among ourselves, but with non-Muslims as well. We can make the world a better place, a safer place, together ♥︎

    Have you discovered something new about the hijab this past week? Share it with me in the comments below!

    Celebrate World Hijab Day with other bloggers:

    What World Hijab Day Means to Me by Tiq

    World Hijab Day | What it Means to Me by Sadiya

    What World Hijab Day Means to Me by Kanra

    World Hijab Day by Fads (Updated 2 Feb)

    World Hijab Day & What it Means to Me by Zahra (Updated 2 Feb)

    What World Hijab Day Means to Me by Wallflower Hijabi (Updated 2 Feb)