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!
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.
I have a confession to make. A lot of people I know love wearing their new clothes at the earliest chance they get. I, on the other hand, have a habit of keeping my new clothes in my closet for as long as I can, until there’s an occasion that calls for some fresh threads. This printed shirt that I got from Harajuku in Tokyo has been hanging in my wardrobe for the past one and a half years, waiting patiently to be worn. That opportunity came around recently and it felt so good to have it on!
I love the llama print and it felt right to pair it with an equally fun make-up look. I have Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle in One Of The Boyz on my lips, and Match Stix in Unicorn across my cheekbones. I’m also wearing a pair of Alta earrings in Ultraviolet by madebyhazymomo, lovingly crafted by my friend Haz. You can check out her other designs over on her Instagram if you’d like. Happy browsing!