Back to Basics in Jeans + Blouse

In life, as in wardrobe, it is always important to get back to basics.

When social media takes its toll on your self-esteem for example, you have to remember to take account all that you are blessed with. When your closet is bursting at the seams with clothes but you can’t pick one thing to wear – just remember the outfit formula will always look chic and timeless on you. For me, that is a blouse, jeans, and flats.

This blouse by Thacker NYC is a new favorite of mine, it is long enough to look great worn over skinny jeans, but I love the look of it tucked in to my high waist straight leg jeans too. If you are a regular around here you know I’ve collaborated with Thacker NYC before and I love the line – see previously styled looks here and here.

Also my anniversary present is making an appearance today – I may or may not have hinted at it by sending an email to Tom with ‘dream bag’ as the subject line. Thats just what happens after 7 years of marriage, you know? I have friends who might get taken to a boutique and told to pick something out, which is obviously much more romantic, but basically the same thing. I’ve been looking for a great clutch bag, and I love the Dionysus clasp style. This one is just small enough to hold a couple of credit cards, keys, and a lipstick. I’d wear this as a clutch for a date night or cross body for day.

Ramadan and Eid has come and gone, and for me it was a little bit different this year.

Since I am still nursing Sophia I didn’t fast. At first I was kind of relieved at the thought because I was thinking of the long hot summer days ahead that would make it extra hard. Then I realized I also didn’t get to go through the phases of fasting, from the initial caffeine withdrawal headaches and hunger, to the ego humbling and soul beautifying that the practice enables. I always come out of it with a feeling of confidence and strength and more of a peaceful and loving spiritual mindset. I realize how little food I actually need to survive, and also how many other addictions can be controlled by mental discipline. In the end you are left with a better understanding of what is essential in life.

We celebrated Eid yesterday and it was a fun day spent with friends, family, and food. My girlfriends and I were talking about how hard it is for us first generation Muslim Americans to create our own traditions for Eid, and how easy it is to do nothing at all. Especially for those of us without family nearby. I am determined not to let that happen in my own family, so we took Adam to the arcade after prayers for several hours of gaming, and the celebrations continue today with more family time, and lots more food. I’m happy we are able to create fun memories for Adam to celebrate Eid like I did when I was a kid.

Getting back to basics is always a good thing in my opinion. Do you agree?

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Summer Obsession: Flat Mule Slides

Lately I’ve been living in my flats, and one particular style favorite of mine is the flat mule slide. Easy to slip on and off, the pointed toe does for legs what a 4 inch stiletto might. Also bonus – no matter how hot it gets, I don’t have to worry about my feet expanding and my shoes digging in to the back of my heel. Most recently added to my closet are these suede Schutz pair, with a great bow detail that add a lot of interest. (They also come in a cool printed style but for some reason this summer I’ve been veering towards lots of black)

Scroll down for links to what I’m wearing and a few other pairs of flat mules that I’m loving right now.

Also, I was recently interviewed by DC Asra about my style tips and Eid outfit ideas, check out the post here!

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Plan Your Best Life with Erin Condren

erin-condren-lifeplannerHaving kids and working from home means I’m working around the clock, and being organized is something I have to do in order to maintain my sanity.

I spend most of my days trying to balance blog projects with play dates, doctors appointments, baseball practice, and most recently, nursing and pumping for baby Sophia, among many other things. I manage everything by keeping myself as organized as possible, and using my LifePlanner™ is key.

So naturally I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to work with Erin Condren, showcasing the customizable planners, journals, and calendars that are perfect or organizing a busy life. I’m obsessed with great design and the Lifeplanner™ is not only beautiful, but also full of special features like laminated pages for dry erase notes, pockets for loose papers and receipts, and extra pages for notes (or doodling while talking on the phone).  It is also a great gift idea – I’m already planning to give one to Adam’s teacher as a teacher appreciation gift too.

No matter how technologically advanced society gets, there is even science to back up the importance of writing things too.

Almost every life coach or motivational speaker promotes writing down your goals to better achieve them.  So while I still use my google calendar on my mobile devices, I also believe writing down and looking at  my month is the best way to keep my life on track. Tom even knows to check my calendar if he wants to see if we have anything going on – because most likely I won’t remember it otherwise!

 I also like to keep an ongoing list in the margins of the calendar, that way I know what my goals and projects are for the current month. Anything I don’t complete, I add to the following month, and at the end of the year I can flip through and appreciate all that I’ve accomplished. It helps me to prioritize the things that I need to get done right now, while keeping in mind things I want to accomplish in the near future.  Also, seeing how much I have already scheduled makes it easier for me to say no to a project that I don’t have enough time for, or even just plan ahead for some me time.

There are so many choices for planner designs, ranging from the fun floral style I have, to luxe leather like styles that would be great for work or school. I customized mine with my name (you can also do initials), and also went for a rose gold coil binding. I love the cute stickers and sticky notes that actually turn the mundane task of planning into something creative and really fun. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to put stickers on my wall calendar and color in special event days – this is basically the same thing, just the grown up version!

Check out the website to see more products and learn more about Erin Condren. Also get 15% off your order by using code: GETSOCIAL15!

Thank you for visiting as always! xx

Note: This is a sponsored post, all thoughts expressed are my own. 
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