Defining My Style + How I Curate My Dream Wardrobe

hermes-birkin-lgsTrue self-love comes from within, but a pair of Chanel cap-toe pumps can get me feelin’ myself too ~

 My style changes with my mood, sometimes androgynous, sometimes ultra glam, and sometimes feminine and polished. Sometimes I’m just ‘over it’, and those days call for yoga pants. All are equal bits and pieces of me.

The word ‘defining’ is too limiting, so why don’t we call it ‘expressing’ instead.

I love to express myself through my clothing. The way I see it, people judge others on what they see on the outside anyway, so I might as well tell my story how I want it. The right bag can have me exert a confident presence I only wish I really had – (I’m working on that). The right dress can make me look like I’m just floating on a high living my best life all day long. True self-love comes from within, but a pair of Chanel cap-toe pumps can get me feelin’ myself too ~

This past weekend I visited the Luxury Garage Sale pop-up shop at the adorable Aloha Bangtel. In case you aren’t familiar a Bangtel is a new hospitality concept that provides inspirational spaces to stay, play or party.

So of course, I had to play dress up with some pieces from Luxury Garage Sale. I love shopping at Luxury Garage Sale because they have such a great selection of designer clothes and accessories and really great pricing.

 What I do to curate my dream closet is make a note of pieces I’m obsessed with. Sometimes I’ll see something in a magazine or on a fashion blogger, and I’ll save the image on my phone. It may actually take me a while before I buy it, but by that time I’ve saved up and I know I really want it. That way I slowly build up my wardrobe to be full of gorgeous things that bring me joy – Mari Kondo herself would be proud.

Scroll down to see me model some of my favorite pieces from Luxury Garage sale, and see which one I bought! All pictures taken at the Aloha Bangtel.

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Hermes Bag, Red Valentino Dress, Valentino Rockstud Slingbacks, Roksanda Bag, Chanel Pumps, available at Luxury Garage Sale.

Self-Portrait Dress (black) – In my closest!

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  • #bts shooting something cool with @abayaaddict! Even cleaned up the closet for this - let’s see how long it stays that way! 🎥 @sobound #chicagoblogger #styleblogger #shoecloset
  • Fact: My favorite color is leopard. 
Two things I missed most while being away from home are also the things I often complain about: 1) cooking my own food and 2) watching children’s programming -- I seriously bawled watching Coco today and it was my 574763 time watching it 😂 (but for real if you haven’t seen it you should it’s SO good) #ootd #leopard #summerstyle
  • The ‘hurry up and take the picture so I can eat’ face 😂. Also - a fly may or may not have landed on one of these babies (sitting outside probs) and I may or may not have still eaten it 🙈🤷🏾‍♀️ #sorrynotsorry #sashimi #noms
  • Feels like yesterday I was bawling my eyes out after dropping him off to Kindergarten and now I’m counting down the days for school to start! Just kidding – kind of ;) This year, I’m partnering with @Staples – the back to school specialists! Staples has everything you need for school in one place, and they have in-store specialists that are ready to make shopping easy and fun, because this is basically like the holiday season for them. Did you know @Staples also has a long history of supporting teachers and students to ensure they are set up for success in the classroom? A new blog post is up with all the details!  #BackToSchoolSpecialists #ad
  • At my dad’s store! 🙌🏾 If you know, you know...😂 #brownpeopleproblems #apu #simpsons
  • Our trip is almost over so that means eating all kinds of weird combinations of food we bought because I HATE leaving anything behind. I take it as a personal cooking challenge - am I just a freak or anyone else do it too? 🙈🤷🏾‍♀️#beachbabes #mommyandme #vacaystyle
  • My entire makeup bag fell into the toilet thanks to a little help from curious Sophia... 😫🤢 but I’m still smiling because: funnel cakes. Also what is your favorite brand of makeup brush? I will be replacing...linked to a similar cover up to the one I’m wearing on my ‘shop’ page ~ #summerstyle #ootd #momblogger
  • Last night’s look for seafood dinner overlooking the marsh - everything is  so picture perfect around here! Swipe to see our view 😍 outfit details on the ‘shop’ page of the blog 💕 #ootd #vacaystyle #momblogger
  • I’m so honored to be featured on @yahoostylebeauty today talking about modest fashion from the Muslim perspective - along with some major boss ladies I truly admire! I feel like as Muslim women we are constantly trying to prove to the world that we are not a stereotype or monolith, we are individuals - with nuances, we have different ways of expressing our faith and modesty. This article does a great job of showcasing our diversity. Check it out - link in my bio! #muslimwomen #modestfashion #chicagoblogger 📸 @jamieberg

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