Category: DIY

November 24, 2017 SanaSakinah 6 comments

If you’ve been tuning into my blog for some time now, there’s no question about me being an avid thrifter. Thrifting for me is totally therapeutic and I love the thrill of the hunt. It’s a total rush finding awesome things you love for great prices. Taking someone’s old belongings, putting a spin on them and reviving it back to life could easily be considered an art form (lol). I take great pride and joy in resurrecting old tossed out things that no longer serve a purpose for someone else and giving them new meaning and purpose for myself. Some people ask me about where to start thrifting. My advice would be to just START. Visit a few thrift stores here and there and I’m sure you’re bound to find one you like. Earlier this year I discovered a thrift store outlet with 25 and 50 cent days. So excitingly I thought, well this a first!! And it was a first for me to find a thrift store with such low prices, but I have to be honest about it not being the easiest place to find things. If you’re not a real thrifter it will definitely feel like a waste and too time consuming so I wouldn’t recommend it starting out if you’re a novice. However in the middle of what can seem like thrift store armageddon there can be light and a glimmer of promise (lol). Today is all about an outfit I built around my first pieces ever purchased at the outlet.

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So it should be no surprise that the headliner of my outfit are these cool harem pants I purchased for only 25 cents. Now I must say I’ve passed by a lot of these pants in the past because I’ve never been a big fan of droopy crotches (lol) but there was something about these that I instantly loved. First off they reminded me of the pants my mom always wore growing up. We kids used to jokingly call them hammer pants back in the 80s and 90s when Mc Hammer was really popular (lol). I liked these in particular because of the flattering panel at the waist and more methodically gathered pleats along the front. I love the easy and relaxed laid back vibes these pants exude. 

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I also picked up this vintage printed blouse/ shirt from the outlet for 25 cents. I really didn’t put this outfit together until I got home and realized how nicely the shirt picked up the celery color in my pants. I thought the beautifully printed shirt with mixes of browns, golds and greens went nicely with my plain harem pants.

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Now I had originally planned to wear a belt of some sort around my waist to cinch the shirt in slightly since it was so boxy. However, after purchasing this bomber jacket recently, I realized it both went perfectly with this outfit, and cinched the waistline just right at the same time totally eliminating a need for a belt. I thought the camel color of this jacket went beautifully with my outfit. It was the last essential piece I needed to really pull this look altogether!! 

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I chose my strappy Guess platform heels to wear with this outfit to complement my jacket. However,  I think I may have chosen a different pair of shoes with this outfit if I had digged into my closet a little deeper…Hmmmm. Don’t you just hate when that happens (lol)!?! Anyways, I still liked the way they paired with the rest of the outfit. .

I chose this simple chocolate satin and patent leather Roberto Coin jewelry holder I also purchased at the outlet for 25 cents as my clutch bag. It had all the the essential pockets and zippers like a wallet so I thought it worked just fine as a clutch.

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Last but not least I chose this chocolate jersey hijab and these brass colored leaf earrings I’ve owned for quite some time. I loved bringing out the brown in my shirt with my hijab and bag. I don’t know what it is about chocolate brown but it is one of my absolute go-tos in the cooler fall weather.

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Welp, that’s it for today you guys. Until next time, don’t forget to stay and slay on a budget!! *Waves*

Now Stop!! Ummi Time!!! Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh (lol)!!!!

 

What I Wore:

Harem pants: 25 cents @PAT Outlet
Vintage Blouse: 25 cents @PAT Outlet
Bomber jacket: $6 @PAT
Guess Heels: $6 @Goodwill
Roberto Coin bag: 25 cents @PAT Outlet

November 15, 2017 SanaSakinah 2 comments
If you were to ask a number of people what their favorite color is you would probably get a ton of different answers. But why do we sometimes gravitate towards certain colors moreso than others anyway…Hmmm?? Well, usually our favorite colors have to do with the way we think they make us look and feel. It’s also possible to be attracted to certain colors during certain circumstances depending on the occasion. You may be attracted to simplicity and the ethereal look of white on some days to brighten up your mood making you feel fresh, free and rejuvenated. And at other times you may be attracted to the mysterious and sleek look of black making you look slim, sophisticated and chic. I personally have no favorite color in particular. However, red gets mistaken as my favorite color a lot understandably because I tend to wear it quite often (lol). And while it is not my ultimate favorite it is indeed a color I gravitate towards at times. Red screams passion, love, energy, vitality, strength and excitement. I never feel more alive than when I have on the same color that pumps and flows through my veins (lol). Whatever colors you gravitate towards make sure they always make you both look and feel good too. Our clothes should be a reflection of what we both seek and wish to exude. That’s why I chose this outfit on the blog today.
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Of course my headliner for this look is this beautiful red maxi lattice dress by Urban Modesty. When I first found this dress online over a year ago I bought it on sale in the only 2 colors they had at the time. I love the deep cranberry red color of this dress. The pictures don’t do the color enough justice…Sorry. The shape of this dress is so sophisticated and elegant. I love the empire waistline with the A-line shape and full circle skirt. These 3 combinations are totally flattering on everyone…Trust me!!  I love how this dress just falls and moves with such grace and subtle charm. It is a tad bit long for my 5’3 frame but that doesn’t bother me much because I love a little drama in my garments anyway (lol). I love the silky soft material along with the slightest pleats down the front and the big side pockets. Side pockets on dresses are such a huge bonus in my book…love them!!
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For this cooler fall weather I chose to pair my dress with this faux leather bomber jacket I thrifted just days before. Let me just say this is one of my favorite fall finds so far!! I love the distressed look of the deep camel color along with all the pockets, buckles and zippers. I absolutely adore how edgy and cute this jacket is. It can be dressed up or down and paired in so many ways. I thought this jacket looked great with my dress mixing both style elements like sophisticated and edgy.
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I decided to wear my strappy Guess platform slingbacks with this outfit. I loved sticking with the neutral camel color and I thought these paired well with my jacket.
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I went with this oversized Jessica Simpson embossed handbag to pair with my outfit. I loved how all the colors in this bag played well into my outfit picking up the red and camel along with a beautiful chocolate brown pulling the outfit completely together.
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Last but not least I chose this chocolate brown jersey hijab and a pair of earrings I made that morning out of an old shoe strap. Notice I’m also wearing my chillier weather hijab style in this outfit with the built in scarf around my neck (lol). I just realized that’s my go to hijab style when it starts getting colder. Gotta love a twofer!!
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Welp, that’s it for today. I hope whatever colors you choose to wear they make you look and feel wonderful!! Until next time…don’t forget to stay and slay on a budget!! *Waves*

What I Wore:

Lattice dress: $30 @Urban Modesty
Better Be bomber jacket: $6 @PAT
Guess heels: $6 @Goodwill
Jessica Simpson hand bag: $5 @Goodwill
November 1, 2017 SanaSakinah No comments exist

Have you ever just looked around and been inspired by all the beauty naturally occurring in your surrounding environment?? Have you ever noticed the way seashells on a shoreline are formed into some of the most interesting and elegant pleated ruffles with intricate colors and patterns? Or maybe you’ve gazed at the way the sun begins to recede and sets yet still lights up the sky like the most striking of fireballs bursting and releasing the most extraordinary vision of pure energy and magnificence. I bet you’ve admired the leaves that start to turn from a radiant green in autumn into the most brilliant shades of reds, yellows, oranges, burgundies and golds falling down around a tree like sprinkles of confetti. Ahhhh nature surely has a way of outshining anything a man could ever make (lol). Everyday I am in awe by how beautifully and perfectly created our natural environment is and I am always inspired by it. If you need fashion inspiration the chances are it is already all around you…just open your eyes!! In honor of nature influencing fashion I chose this particular fall outfit..
I went with this H&M dress as my top for this outfit. I just love the colors and patterns on this dress!! The abstract prints of grey, rust and ivory sprinkled along it truly reminded me of a stone like a beautiful granite. I love the way all the colors cohesively translated into such a beautiful design. Besides the color I love the feminine and flirty shape of this dress with a full circle skirted bottom and slightly longer dips in the back and front. I just adore how the skirt of this dress blossoms with movement like a flower’s petals opening to face the sun.

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For my bottom I went with these hunter grey pants by Club Monaco. I love the easy and relaxed wide cropped leg on these pants. I’ve had these for quite some time now and I thought they paired well along with my top picking up the subtle hints of grey in my dress. I thought the stone color was a great complement to my granite inspired dress..

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I went with these rust colored peep toe booties for my shoes. These suede booties have the cutest stitch designs all over with a nice thick block heel and fringed laces that tie on the sides. I love how they looked along with my wide leg pants and picked up the rust in my dress as well.

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Of course I chose my beloved vintage handbag with this particular look (lol). This bag is obviously no stranger to me because I wear it pretty frequently. The color was a perfect fit with my outfit so it was only right that I wore it.

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Last but not least I chose this cappuccino colored jersey hijab along with my refashioned fringe earrings to complete my look. I wanted another neutral tone in my outfit so I thought this one worked well along with my other natural earth tone colors. Although it wasn’t intended I really felt like I blended in with all the natural stone around me (lol). 

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Welp, that’s it for today you guys. May nature continue to always be a great source of inspiration and fashionable light in all of our wardrobes!! Until next time, don’t forget to stay and slay on a budget!! *Waves* 

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What I Wore:

H&M Dress : $6 @Goodwill
Club Monaco Pants: $5 @Goodwill
Suede Booties : $30 @DSW
Vintage Handbag:  .25 @PAT

October 18, 2017 SanaSakinah 4 comments

Have you ever worn something and in hindsight thought to yourself, “I wish I would’ve done something differently”?? Well, the chances are we have all had those moments a time or two in our wardrobe histories where we second guessed our styling choices. Maybe you would’ve worn a different type of shoe, handbag or an accent color. Maybe you would’ve changed the jewelry up just a bit or deleted it altogether. Maybe you would’ve made some simple changes or slight adjustments pulling your outfit together to make an even stronger statement and more polished look. Today I chose to talk about an outfit worn some time ago that I had planned to blog about. However, I changed my mind at that particular time due to just this scenario lol. It’s funny how looking at actual pictures can really give you more clarity and insight on your outfit. Matter of fact, I would suggest taking pics when trying to decide how to style an outfit altogether beforehand. It really can help with deciding how to edit!! Hmmmm…I wonder if you could guess what I would change here???

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For this particular look I chose this cute turquoise and white chevron printed shirt dress by Everly. This is a very simple and chic mod like shift dress so it’s absolutely comfortable and very accommodating. I think this style works well with all body types, shapes and sizes. I love simple shapes with bold prints and patterns so I think the more vibrant chevron stripes works perfectly with the modest structure.

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Shift dresses are great for pairing with a bottom so I chose to pair this one with some red bootleg  Editor Express pants. First off, I absolutely love these pants!! I love the fit and flare in a pair of dress pants and these have to be my one of my favorite pair I own right now. The bright cherry red color along with the ease and drama of a wider leg makes these a classic staple. I thought the red color was a great complement with my chevron striped shirt dress.

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I chose to wear a royal blue cardigan to pair alongside my shirt dress. I really wanted to stick to a colorful theme so I thought royal blue worked nicely with my other colors and gave my outfit that extra pop of color that shakes the entire outfit up.

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For my shoes I went with these simple and classy suede Jessica Simpson heelss in turquoise. 

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Now as far as my bag goes, what had happened was…lol. Ok so I really do love this bag. It’s actually a makeup bag by Estée Lauder that I bought to wear as a handbag. I love the whimsical lunch box look of this hand bag along with the little briefcase like handle. I thought the two toned red patent leather look of the bag alongside the gold zipper and hardware was really chic. With all that being said, this is the one part I would’ve edited. I thought my outfit already had enough red in it and the bag especially being so big took away from it just a bit. In hindsight I would’ve went with a different pop of color altogether or maybe even a nice print.

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Last but not least I went with a cherry red jersey knit hijab and my beaded turquoise earrings to finish off my look. 

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Despite my one objection I actually liked the way my outfit came together and that’s why I decided to post about it anyway (lol). But if there’s one vital thing I learned with this outfit it was, “Don’t forget to edit!”. And taking pics beforehand can help enormously…Note to self!! Welp, until next time you guys…don’t forget to stay and slay on a budget!! *Waves*.

What I Wore:

Chevron Shirt Dress: $6 @Goodwill
Express Pants: $6 @Goodwill
Blue Cardigan: $5 @Goodwill
Jessica Simpson Pumps: $20 @BCF
Estée Lauder Bag: $3 @Goodwill

September 27, 2017 SanaSakinah 4 comments

Clothes come and go as seasons pass and fade away. Fashion trends evolve with the changing of times only to come back around in another decade or so.  Although there are some fashion trends we’d like to burn to complete utter ashes, lock away in a time capsule and sink into the darkest deepest abyss of the ocean where no one can rediscover (lol), there are some we absolutely adore no matter how much times goes by. These are the pieces of fashion that are absolutely timeless and will always be here to stay for eternity. They carry and preserve our history like old black and white photographs, evoke memories like old school songs and carry meaning like quotes from our favorite authors. These are the pieces that define us in some way, shape and especially fashion. 

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For this particular look I chose one of my oldest pieces of clothing I have in my closet to date which is a vintage Pomare Hawaiian dress. If you haven’t guessed by now after that entirely long monolgue that this dress is one of my most treasured and cherished pieces you have not been paying attention (lol). I bought this dress around 12 years ago on eBay and it has been a delight to wear throughout the years. 

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At first sight this dress isn’t very flattering being shaped very much like a Mu Mu and potato sack (lol). Nonetheless with a couple of simple adjustments I made it work  by tying the shoulder straps in the front around the neck like a halter top and then taking the two straps in the back and tying them around my waist. 

This simple fix totally transformed the dress making it more flattering by giving it more of an empire waistline. I love the simple cool cotton fabric of the dress along with the beautiful hibiscus flower pattern decorating it which screams caribbean vacation/ cruise ready. The long mermaid ruffle at the bottom is a nice little addition for that extra feminine flair and flow. The long floor length of this dress gives it that gliding on the ground as you walk sort of drama which I absolutely love lol.This dress has such a beautiful comfort and elegance about it and is always a summertime favorite of mine.

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For my cover up I chose this cropped khaki cargo jacket I thought complemented the brown dress with ivory flowers perfectly. I like that it is both simple and neutral in color with a little bit of an edge in it’s design. It’s also is a nice contrast alongside my more feminine dress.

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I chose these beautiful brown fringed sandals by Christian Siriano for my shoes. You guys won’t believe how much I paid for these!! (check down below) I absolutely love these sandals. They are surprisingly pretty comfortable and I love the fringe adorned on each of the three straps.  I think they paired very nicely with my look.

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I went with this simple woven tweed style handbag with braided/ woven leather round handles to stick with my natural/neutral color scheme. I thought the cool casual summertime feel of it worked well with my dress. 

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Last but not least I chose a beige jersey hijab and wore a pair of my refashioned earrings out of my old handbag. I thought they matched my outfit perfectly.

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Welp, that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post on one of my favorite pieces. Hmmmm…I wonder what treasured goodies you all have in your closets that you think are timeless too?? Until next time you guys…don’t forget to stay and slay on a budget!!! *Waves*

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What I Wore:

Pomare Hawaiian Dress:  $15 @eBay   
Beige Crop Jacket: $5 @Goodwill
Christian Siriano Fringe Sandals: $2 @PAT
Tweed Handbag: .50 @PAT

August 25, 2017 SanaSakinah No comments exist

So I’m stretched out reclining back and relaxing on a beach somewhere off the coast of Africa, or maybe on the deck of a yacht in the middle of the ocean catching all the warmth of the sun’s rays as the sprinkles of water gently caress and cool my face. The mix of cool refreshing mists along with the sun’s warm embrace while listening to the sounds of the ocean cradles me into the deepest and most peaceful of slumbers. Of course this is just me wishfully thinking and picturing it all in my head…Duh lol. But a girl can dream and it’s only right I’m cute and comfortable for the special occasion…right??

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Well this outfit is all about capturing that carefree resort wear kind of vibe where you leave all your worries behind and just enjoy the moments of pure tranquility. Nothing says carefree like a free flowing jumper that captures and releases the winds, moves with the grace and beauty of a dress but exudes all the confidence and flexibility of a pant. For this look I chose this fiery burnt orange number that was thrifted new with tags, might I add lol. I love this bold earth tone color because it contains both the warmth of a brown as well as the energy and spirit of a red.

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The jumper is very comfortable and strapless donning the most darling double ruffles along the top of it adding just a touch of quaint femininity. I love how simply relaxed and easy the fit is with just a high elastic waist and wide leg pants. The cotton gauze material from which it is constructed makes it extremely lightweight, breathable and absorbent making it a great staple piece for any summer wardrobe. 

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The pockets are also a nice touch and a great added bonus on this piece. Don’t you just love the presence of pockets sometimes? I mean, you may not use them for anything else other than your hands or freeing your hands up at times but Hey, that’s what we need them for!! My hands and I are always apppreciative for a garment with pockets lol!!

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I decided to pair the jumper with this African printed long batwing style cardigan I bought on clearance last summer. I love the contrast of the basic black and white color with the intricate mixed pattern designs to pair alongside the brighter jumper. I thought the roomy and relaxed batwing style worked well with my overall easy and free flowing resort wear look.

 

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For my shoes I went with these African style printed peep toe heels I bought from Payless…Yes, I said Payless lol!!! I bought these a couple of summers back also on clearance and I just absolutely fell in love with them the moment I saw them!! I simply adore the printed fabric along with the wooden cork heel and how extremely comfortable these are. I thought these were a perfect addition to my outfit also giving off that nice contrast against my jumper as well.

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I decided to pair my outfit with my thrifted vintage Lady Pride tote handbag just to add another nice pop of color. I thought the emerald green was just a nice touch alongside the burnt orange and it didn’t hurt that there was a pop of the exact same orange on the handle of the bag as well. I love the snakeskin print on the bag with this outfit because it adds even more depth to the overall look.

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Last but not least I paired the look with this mustard yellow jersey hijab. Why? Because it just worked OH soooo perfectly lol!!! No but really, can you think of another hijab color that would’ve pulled this outfit together any better?? I thought the mustard yellow looked amazing beside the burnt orange and further heightened the overall look. I added some touches of African jewelry like a cuff and earrings as well as some bangles I made out of kente fabric last year. I loved how everything came together in this outfit with the play on of prints and mix of colors. I would totally pack this look away for an exotic vacation or a caribbean cruise!!

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Welp, I hope you all enjoyed this fantasy resort/ vacation look of mine and I pray I can turn that fantasy into a reality soon lol. Until next time you guys…don’t forget to stay and slay on a budget!!! *waves*

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What I Wore:

Jumper: $6 @Park  Avenue Thrift
Cardigan: $3 @Shoppers World
Peep Toe heels: $12 @Payless
Vintage Tote Bag: $5 @Goodwill

July 17, 2017 SanaSakinah 2 comments

 

So if you follow my page on FB you probably already know that I celebrated  Eid Al-Fitr, the holiday following Ramadan, just a few weeks ago and told you all how thrifting played a big role in pulling my outfit altogether. Well…I didn’t want to leave you all hanging and not talk about the actual accessories I wore. So here are all the deets!!

 

So first off, let me just say that this was thankfully by far the easiest Eid outfit I was able to piece together due to already having purchased a dress on sale from the previous year. Therefore, I was already winning in that department. Then in recent months through thrifting I had also already purchased a cute little silver iridescent glitter envelope clutch bag for only a couple of bucks. So when I ran into a cute pair of silver iridescent glitter Enzo Angiolini peep toe pumps that matched the bag perfectly and were only fifty cents it was a wrap!! lol 

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I knew I wanted to make accessories that matched my shoes and bag. So, of course, in true thrifty hijabi fashion lol I looked into my closet first for things that could possibly be refashioned and luckily I found another old thrifted bag I hadn’t used in ages. The color and material were perfect for the neck piece I wanted to make.

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As beautiful as the material from my bag stood alone, I still wanted to match the bling and sparkle of my shoes and clutch. So first I thought maybe I could find some glitter fabric that matched. So I looked online and searched a few stores, but I had no luck finding a suitable fabric that had the same type of consistency quite like my other thrifted items. So I ended up buying a silver iridescent glitter sheet on vinyl backing which matched perfecly.  I didn’t quite know how I was going to make it work with it not being actual fabric, but I was determined to come up with something, and I think I managed to pull it off…


If you have read my last DIY refashioning post then you know I made one neck piece already. So after cutting out a sizeable piece of material from the gold handbag I used the same neck piece previously made as a pattern to trace and cut out the very same shape. That was pretty simple…right??

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Now what isn’t pictured is how I stripped the vinyl backing away from the glitter side. It was way too stiff and I needed the material to be more pliable for the piece I was making. So stripping it away was extremely essential in making it more moldable.

 

Ok….here comes the hard part lol. Now I had to decide how I would actually utilize the glitter sheet in my actual neck piece. So I played with it a little, and then decided to take the same previously made neck piece and cut out the same shape on the glitter sheet. 

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From there I traced and cut out shapes from the glitter piece using my gold piece as my guide. These are the shapes I came up with. I placed and stuck the individual glitter pieces on the one gold piece using rolled clear tape. I used tape beforehand so I would be able to structure the pieces first before actually gluing them in place with fabric glue..
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My earrings were a last minute decision…the easiest 5-10 minutes for sure!! So taking a piece of the glitter sheet I folded two corners over into triangles. I then glued each side down and cut them both out. 

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So to further decorate and give the earrings more support at the top, where I would be placing the hooks, I used a little of the gold material from the bag and glued it down on each side of the tip. Once adhered I placed on the o-rings and fish hooks.

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And there you have it…a completed jewelry set ready to sparkle, shine,and slay!!!

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What I Used:

Old Thrifted Handbag 
Glitter sheet
Fabric glue
Fish hooks
O-rings, Chains and Clasps

June 15, 2017 SanaSakinah 2 comments

Hey you guys!! *Waves* So I’m back with another awesome refashioning /upcycle DIY from another thrifted handbag. If you read and loved my first blog about the loads of jewelry I made out of a few of my old and thrifted handbags then I have another goodie in store for you!! I’m telling you I will never look at handbags the same way again lol. For this project I used only one handbag. It totally caught my eye while out thrifting recently due to all the beautiful embellishment and at a whopping 50 cents I Could Not pass up on this amazing little find. I knew I could put it to great use and that’s exactly what I did!!

 

So I loved the idea of using this gorgeous material from the handbag and putting it to use in some home decor. So I thought, “Why not make some decorative vases using glass bottles and the fabric?”.  For this project I used two different glass bottles and three old seltzer water bottles in all. The first bottle I used was a tall slender one. I first cut pieces of fabric for each of the bottles. I then simply used some E-6000 (industrial adhesive) and applied that directly to the glass and wrapped the material around the bottom of it. Pretty simple enough…Right?

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For the second type of bottle I used two altogether. These were shorter and more shapely so I didn’t use the same simple technique as the first bottle. For this particular one I once again applied the adhesive to the glass and then wrapped at a slight angle starting from the top. This one was definitely a little tricky because I could not simply wrap it down smoothly and evenly onto the actual form of the shapelier bottle. Therefore I did a little overlapping, draping and molding. As you can see I molded the bottom by pinching it into a  particular seashell-like shape and design.

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And there you have it…Voila!! A brand new  set of vases to decorate as you wish!! I chose to put flowers in the tall long slender one and keep the other two as complementary accompanying pieces. Check out the video below for an even closer look!!

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And of course I could not use this handbag for home decor alone when it just screams “Bling Bling”!! lol So it was only right to make a few jewelry pieces as well. The first thing I noticed on the bag was the side panels. The side panels had this Perfect soft V-shape and I immediately thought, “Statement Necklace Bib!!” So I simply cut out the shape from the bag and glued down all of the edges with fabric glue. After that I simply made holes on each side where I would connect the chain with the o-rings and clasp. And again…Voila!!

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Lastly I made a pair of earrings. Again very simple. I just cut out long pieces of the material and I begin to cut the ends into step-like blocks just to give them more of a design. After that I simply made my holes where I would connect my o-rings and fish hooks. And again…Easy Peasy!! I loved how these turned out looking like skyscrapers in the night. I call them my “upside down skyscrapers” earrings lol.

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Overall I really loved creating these pieces!!! They are so gorgeous and the material from the handbag did exactly what I thought it would do. Now I probably wouldn’t  normally wear both of the jewelry pieces together but for demonstration purposes I couldn’t resist being extra lol.

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I have one more piece of jewelry I may create with this last piece of material and I will probably post that one on my Instagram. What do you think it will be or what would you make…Hmmmm??

 

And to think I did all of this with a 50 cents bag?!? *Gasp* Never underestimate the value in something!! Welp…until next time folks!!! *Waves*

 

What I Used

Thrifted Handbag

Glass bottles

Fabric Glue

Industrial Strength Adhesive

Fish hooks

O-rings

Chain & Clasp

 

June 1, 2017 SanaSakinah 2 comments

So it’s sundress season, you love the look and feel of these lovely revealing dresses but you don’t want to necessarily show skin. So what’s a girl to do…Hmmmm??? Whether it’s because you want to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, prevent the heat from beaming directly onto your skin or you just don’t want to uncover those portions of your body there’s a quick and easy fix for that. I love maxi sundresses but as a muslimah and hijabi covering takes precedence so stylish and cute coverups are always a must for me in these warmer months. 

For this look I decided to go with this blue spaghetti strapped maxi dress by Spense made out of a soft viscose fabric. I love the airiness and organic flow of this particular fabric. The A-line shape gives it that beautiful and subtle flare that works great with everyone’s shape and moves so elegantly. I adored the large paneled ruffle at the hem adding just an extra touch of femininity and movement in the overall dress. Sometimes the simple details in a dress is what actually makes it eye catching. The shape, fabric and minor details in the hem are what especially grabbed my attention to this dress. Furthermore, I love simple pieces in solid colors because they are the easiest to mix and match in various outfits. This dress is definitely one of those pieces.

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I went with this cropped khaki jacket as a coverup. It was suited towards the casual look I was aiming towards. The neutral shade of tan in the jacket worked really well playing the background while ensuring the colors in my dress and hijab would truly stand out and pop. If you wear a jacket in the warmer months it’s important that it’s breathable, lightweight and unlined. Also the pieces you wear it over being armless or backless don’t hurt either…makes for great air ventilation lol!!

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My hijab was an essential ingredient to this entire outfit…the color is everything!!! I’m loving everything about this emerald green this season. This is by far the best fabric in my honest opinion for a hijab. It’s made out of a stretchy non cotton jersey fabric and the drape of it is outstanding. You really can’t go wrong with this fabric because it’s really gorgeous and feels absolutely luxurious. Can’t you just tell this is my favorite hijab right now!? lol Anyways, I wanted another standout and stand alone color in my outfit and I thought this color alongside my royal blue dress worked just perfectly!!.

I tied my bag, shoes and earrings altogether with the same cognac color scheme. I love this color as a more dramatic yet still neutral accent because it has those rich and earthy hints/ mixtures of browns, reds and oranges which can complement almost anything beautifully. This vintage leather handbag I recently purchased with the one strap briefcase-like handle is one of my favorite style of handbags and will definitely be a staple piece in my wardrobe for many moons to come. I love the simplicity and old school charm in this bag.

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I also paired the outfit with a pair of cork platform strapped heels by Gomax. I love the look of these heels but I found that the heel and back of my foot being enclosed along with the front strap being wide caused my toes to constantly slide forward. Cute shoes overall just a little annoying at times lol.

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And of course I can’t forget my new refashioned earrings…yet again lol. These are probably my favorite pair of earrings right now. I love the drama and lightness of them without the weight of wearing a substantially larger pair of earrings. You barely even notice they are on and were the perfect complement to my simple easy breezy look.

 

What I Wore:

$3 Royal Blue Maxi Dress @Park Avenue Thrift

$3 Khaki cropped jacket @Goodwill

$6 Platform sandals @Goodwill

50 cent Vintage leather handbag @Park Avenue Thrift!!! (sorry I had bag turned to back the whole entire time :-/ ) 

Fringe Earrings Refashioned by Muah!!

Total Outfit Thrifted For Less Than 13 Bucks!!

 

 

 

 

May 26, 2017 SanaSakinah No comments exist

Stepping a little outside of my comfort zone I decided to purchase a leopard printed blazer/ jacket some months ago. Now, I must confess I am no avid leopard, cheetah or any other animal print fan for that matter so this was a real reach for me lol. Sure, I’ve worn small accessories and such with these wild and feisty prints but that’s typically as far as it goes for me personally. Honestly, the thought of looking like a proud poacher who dragged her game back to her closet and skinned it’s entire hide for her latest “killer” outfit always mortified me lol. But fashion isn’t always about repeating what we’re comfortable with. Comfort creates complacency and fear leads us to stagnation and total boredom. And fashion should be annnything but boring. So I decided to muster up enough courage to walk out on a limb on a tree in the jungle somewhere lol and take a walk on the wild side!!! *Eartha Kitt Purr*

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In light of the  weather warming up I didn’t think I’d be able to wear this jacket till the fall so I immediately jumped at the chance to wear it when the temps suddenly took a dip a couple of days ago. The texture of the jacket being extremely soft and supple has a really luxurious feel to it. Aside from that it had the most elegant black leather- like trim/piping up and down the lapel and hem. The overall impeccable quality of the blazer is what actually set aside my doubts and sold me on purchasing it. 

 

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Now the  biggest part was figuring out what pop of color to wear with the blazer. I find that animal prints can be rather overpowering and while it is a statement piece I don’t want it to do all the talking. I think pairing this type of print with an equally bold yet beautiful color is what gives it an even nicer and more subtle strength. The emerald green blouse was a perfect color choice to go with this jacket. I thought they complemented each other extremely well without one totally overshadowing the other piece. 

 

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I  balanced the top of my outfit by toning it down with a pair of black wide leg Express pants. These are a really great staple item to have in your wardrobe and are absolutely classic and timeless. They work well with all shapes and can be styled in numerous ways. These pants may actually be the oldest living thing in my closet right now. I think I’ve owned these for almost 20 years. Thank goodness the waist is elastic!! lol 

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Again I infused the emerald green into my outfit with this vintage tote bag by Lady Bride. I loved the retro look and the versatility of how it can be worn long or folded in half. I thought it worked perfectly with my total ensemble.The orange on the handles was a really nice touch to add more pops of color into my overall look. And if you hadn’t noticed yet, there’s a snakeskin pattern on it as well which surprisingly just totally worked for me. Me, wearing two animal prints in one outfit, “Who would’ve thunk it!?”lol.

 

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I loved these camel colored Levity block heels which also brought out that same pop of orange color in my handbag with just a hint of it around the toe of the shoe. The thicker heels are great if you like the look and feel of heels without the balancing act that follows for some lol.

 

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Last but not least a simple black hijab seemed most befitting along with a pair of my new refashioned fringe earrings from of an old thrifted handbag. Check out my last post for more details on that particular DIY and more.

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Overall, I was very pleased with how this outfit came altogether. Sometimes in order to appreciate new things we have to step outside of our comfort zones and give them a try first. Fear and Fashion can not coexist!! Fear of trying something different will have you in a fashion rut quickly. It devours all sense of establishing our own creative voices and self. The goal should always be to challenge and not completely change who we essentially are.

What I Wore:

Leopard blazer: $12 bought NWT @Value Village
Wide leg Express pants: No clue…realy old?? 
Green Blouse: $2 @Park Avenue Thrift
 Levity heels: $6 @Goodwill
Lady’s Pride vintage tote handbag: $5 Goodwill
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