Spring is officially here this week, (at least that’s what the calendar says but it’s still chilly). This is often a great time to take a peek at some of the home projects that we’ve let slip during the cold winter months. I usually like to tackle one, maybe two major things so that I don’t get overwhelmed. I have to add it to the calendar to make sure I get it done and then we commit to it. It’s usually pollen season in the south so it’s a perfect time to wash those drapes, wipe down the vents and make sure they’ve been changed. I get the kids involved by emptying out their closets and making donation bags. Now is a good time to get a deep clean of the carpets. Of course, now is the time to freshen up the garden and clean out the weeds and start planting. Here’s a helpful chart to help organize your spring projects.
What are some of your spring cleaning projects that you are planning? Leave your comments below, happy cleaning!
If you want to try some of Spring’s 2018 trends but don’t want to spend a ton of money, take a look at Target. Lavender has been declared Pantone’s color of the year. This cute handbag is the right shade and perfect for spring.
Pink is always a color to add to any spring wardrobe. I saw these heels and couldn’t resist the color and cute ruffle details on them.
Mules are also trending this season. I had purchased these on sale and looks like they’re all sold out but you can still find them on EBay and Poshmark, they are the matilda shoes from WhoWhatWear.
This dress was the perfect yellow shade and can brighten up anyone’s day. It’s long sleeved and doesn’t wrinkle easily
Hope you are inspired to try some of these trends and can add some fashion to your target runs. Let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions to try from target!
I have been feeling anguish since last week’s shooting in Florida. How is this happening again and again? I’ve been riveted and can’t comprehend how people are calling out the children, the innocent children who have lost their classmates and friends, for being manipulative? Have politicians lost absolutely all shame? Things that were unthinkable in my youth are commonplace now. We are desensitized to it all. All hope for change is being placed on the shoulders of the youth. I hope they can carry the burdens that we have placed on them.
We all know that there is a self acceptance and appreciation movement going on which is quite exciting. We saw the addition of diverse body types at NYFW this week (Hello Christian Siriano!) Growing up in the 90’s with the waif figure as the model ideal, this is a healthy change in the right direction. There is the movement to post unedited, raw photos that haven’t been heavily photoshopped. I hope this momentum continues. What can we do as everyday moms? What we can do is explain that these are not real images, that even the model cannot live up to the photo. That they have fat rolls and wrinkles and stretch marks. That’s it’s all a ploy to make us feel bad about ourselves and buy their product to make us attempt to look like them. That we can take an honest look in the mirror and be happy and grateful with what we see. That we live a balanced lifestyle our children can model that includes working out and eating right and pushing to be the best version of ourselves. That at the end of the day, we practice self love and acceptance.
There are some great jackets on sale for the kiddos right now! Make sure to size up so it will fit them by next winter.
This jacket is so cute and has a faux trim and comes in multiple colors.
This one looks stylish and warm at the same time!
Little ones will love this one and parents will love the price!
This one is such a great deal and such a cheerful color!
This jacket looks sturdy enough to withstand all the sledding and snowball fights of the season.
This one’s such a beautiful blue and has an extra warm lining.
There are some really amazing sales out there, hope this helped narrow some of the options. Happy shopping!
I am always looking for a good deal and January/ February is the best time to find some good deals on your coats for next year. I love puffer jackets for how warm and comfortable they are. Here are some of my picks from this years sales. (This is not a sponsored post nor have I personally tried the items.)
This coat is such a great deal and bonus is that it comes in petite sizes. These are selling out fast!
This one has a cute faux trim for the hood.
This parka has a fur trim lining throughout and looks extra cozy.
For anyone looking for a more luxurious coat, this one is a good deal.
This Asos jacket is on sale for $55.50, can’t beat the price!
There are a lot of good deals on puffer coats out there at all different price points! Let me know if you scored a great deal below!
It has been extremely cold in North America the past few weeks. Staying inside your warm house means more time for online shopping right? The fuzzy jacket trend will keep you nice and toasty in this frigid weather for those times you must venture out that won’t break the bank.
Happy shopping and stay warm!
I never thought that over the knee boots were for me. Hovering at around 5’1″, I always felt that the boots would overwhelm my short legs. I loved how other bloggers were wearing them and decided to try them out and I’m glad I did! They’re super warm and can elevate any outfit. Some things to look for in a boot for petites is about a 22.75 shaft height, and I recommend a simpler style. You can also try matching your pants to your boots for an elongated look or a simple pair of skinny jeans tucked in. I would also recommend a bit of a heel. Keep the rest of the outfit simple as the boots will be the first thing noticed in the outfit.
Here are some great options to try out, there are a lot of great sales going on now so it’s the perfect time to buy!
The Stuart Weitzman boots is the classic boot that flatters any woman and comes in several beautiful shades.
These boots from Gianni Bina have a great classic look to them.
Leave a comment below or tag us in your IG pic to show off your own OTK boot look. Happy shopping!
Blogging has opened my eyes to a lot of the beautiful Muslimahs from all over the world that are chic and stylish in their own ways. A lot of women have achieved a certain level of fame and success that would have been impossible even just 10 years ago thanks to the quick rise of social media sites such as Instagram and YouTube. I figured by 2017, we as a Muslim community would be able to recognize that depth and diversity of Muslim talent. That’s why I was a little confused with various photos coming in from Dubai Modest Fashion Week and it seemed like the same type of tall, thin, light skinned bloggers were featured in all the photos. I figured maybe they all knew each other and were hanging out together and didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until Manal, known as Chinutay, published her criticism of the event and being one of the few WOC invited to the event that my eyes were opened. Opened to how racism has always been a part of the Muslim community in the past and how it was still at play even in this day and age of social media. I hope her letter had an impact in opening the event coordinators’ eyes and will be more inclusive next year. Here are a few beautiful and successful WOC that you can follow.
If you don’t know Ibtihaj Muhammad and her story, you need to. She is shattering barrier after barrier in the sport and fashion worlds.
IG: basma_k Basma has her own line of hijabs and has a strong style game. Think lovely dresses and high end trench coats.
IG: chinutay, Love Manal’s smile and vibe!
IG: hodan.ysf, Hodan is an amazing makeup artist and can pull off pretty much any hijab color and look.
IG: _enimasay, she rocks lots of cute and sassy looks
IG: lifeofbilqis, Bilqis rocks a lot of different colored hijabs and makeup looks. She is not afraid to be bold
IG: talesandturbans, Aicha is a sweet mommy with tons of style!
I hope we can open our eyes to this problem within our own community and learn to embrace each other and unite our hearts in faith in Allah.
We went on a very quick tour to Bangladesh to show our children where their grandparents grew up. We literally were there for five days but packed in a whole lot of stuff! My personal favorite was our stay at Dusai. It is a small resort near the famous tea gardens. I wore a kimono that was very similar to the sold out Zara one.
Here is the link:
Hijab: Voile chic
Use code NewShades for a discount!
Bangladesh has a lot of beautiful natural sites and greenery. Everyone should try to take in the sites if possible. Here is the link for the resort. The resort had a spa, tea garden, small lake, tennis courts and much more. Food was really yummy too.
We did a very quick stop to Doha, Qatar. We stayed in the souq waqif boutique hotels. It was right in the middle of the souq. The hotel smells heavenly! I was impressed by how courteous the people were. Doha has so much to see and do. We were impressed by the lively atmosphere. It was very international with all sorts of nationalities represented. I definitely need to go back and take in more of the sights of Doha. Here is a link for the hotel.
Do you have any travel suggestions for our next adventure?
Are you a true hipster at heart? Is your dream party outdoors under twinkling lights full of vintage touches? I admit, I’m a Pinterest mom when it comes to party ideas. My daughter recently turned 13 and I wanted to make it special since she doesn’t want a sweet sixteen. I absolutely love how it turned out and most importantly, she loved it too. I started the prep about two months ahead so I was able to gather the goods and make things without rushing last minute. It also gives plenty of time to look for sales and deals.
I saw a similar photo on Pinterest but it didn’t have a how to link. I had to wing it and figure it out and love how it came out. I ordered the name from Studio Noel, who was super helpful throughout the process. Here’s the link to her store.
You can customize the font, size and colors and she is very prompt. The wood board was from Home Depot and I actually used wallpaper from Target to give it the plank look.
The vines go on sale at Hobby Lobby every other week and I hot glue gunned them on.
This pic served as an inspiration for something similar I made for my daughter. It came with instructions on how to make and was pretty simple to do but time consuming.
My friend was able to make a “naked” cake to fit the theme even though she had never made one before. It came together beautifully. I bought the wood platters from Hobby Lobby. They were cheaper when you use the 40% off coupon than at TJ Maxx. They also had the small wooden holders that I placed tealights on. TJ Maxx did have the cutest candle holders in stock now. We had mini succulents as the party favor. The link is here
I also did a DIY string lights for the floor set up. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of it that I can post but I will post the link I used for the instructions. The cement is heavy so this is a two person project. I also added some vines from Hobby Lobby ( look for that 50% off sale!) to decorate the poles.
Everything turned out as beautifully as I had imagined it. A big thank you to all of our amazing friends that helped make it happen!