Fashion #OOTD | Something Blue, Something French & Pink Hot Chocolate!

If you follow me on my Instagram Loves, you would know I went with my blogging gal EsraElif.com shooting again. We had so much fun! We went to a cute café in Utrecht, the Netherlands, called Frenchie Café. The place is so Instagram worthy! Marble tables, golden cutlery and a long pink sofa, I loved every bit of it! And the food…! Loves, I was in heaven. Pink hot chocolate and American pancakes with fruits and maple syrup. Just yum!

While I was at it, I also took pictures for my photography account on Instagram. I love the architecture of the buildings and the houses in Utrecht. They are so burgundian and picturesque. I felt like I was wandering in another century. I took pictures of the Domtoren and the Pandhof garden. It was so very nice to see! Keep my Instagram on your mind Loves, I will upload those pictures very soon. Pinky promise!

I don’t wear a lot of dresses and when I saw the photos while uploading on my laptop, I thought by myself that I should wear them more often! First, I love the blue color, all shades of blue by the way. Second, the dress feels so soft that it falls like a feather over my body. It is very light weighted that it doesn’t bother me while walking or sitting. Very comfortable! I combined it with a knee long coat. I prefer that length or longer when I wear a long dress.

I can be so happy when it comes to boots. Because of the block heels are the boots made for walking. However, they are new, I wore them for the first time during the shooting. Ouch! What we bloggers do for our blog. I like that it looks like it falls from my legs, it makes the boots edgy and it suit perfectly under a dress or skirt.

It was a very long time since I wore long earrings. For years I wore just stud earrings because it accentuates my jawline. Same goes for wearing dresses, I should wear long earrings more! If you know me Loves, I have a bag addiction. When I saw the bag, I was hooked. I love the suede color and that its big enough to put my laptop in for college. It does not have the same color as my boots, but hey…Not everything needs to be perfect. Especially with an outfit!

 

 

 

Long coat: H&M Dress: H&M Boots: H&M Bag: SuperTrash Earrings: Vintage.

 

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Beauty | My Currently Favorite Makeup Products.

I just love when I buy makeup products that I truly use and not letting collecting dust on my shelves or vanity. I have been looking through my makeup collection and I noticed that I either use one brand the whole time. I even buy a new one if I almost finish it, while I have the same product just in another brand laying right next to it! It is quite a waste of money and we all have to know that some makeup products won’t last forever. When the expiration date is over, we need to accept it’s over! I know, it can be hard. We all have been to that point in our lives and I’m not only talking about makeup, if you know what I mean *kuch…kuch…that denim jeans we fitted before those extra pounds…kuch*, so time to step back, reflect and make better choices!

So, instead of running to Douglas to buy goodies that I already have, I went shopping into my own makeup collection. Since I saw the best Essence Cosmetics mascara budget mascara on Reddit, I’m hooked too! It does what it says, you feel like princess with your long eyelashes. I had my Bobbi Brown BB Cream in shade medium for a long time hiding in my makeup drawers. I did not think about it, until I caught myself buying the same BB Cream I use for ages. Time for a change! I’m so liking the Bobbi Brown BB Cream, it has such a good coverage for a BB Cream. I don’t even have to use a concealer to blemish my impurities. How great is that!

Dior, one of my favorite high-end brands. The quality is so good that you don’t need to use a lot for a perfect look. The lip balm moisturizes my lips very well and it leaves a sweet pinkish glow behind. Just Perfect! If I could let you smell Miss Dior perfume, I would Loves. It has a sweet yet wooden smell. A feminine scent with the good of two worlds, sweet and strong!

Makeup brushes, also a thing that I buy when I see one. It’s crazy how many I have. The only good thing about it, is having it back hand when I need to wash my brushes. Even though I have a lot they work very well. The ones from Primark is such a budget goodie! So why change a winning team, right Loves?

I have been looking for ages for the right peachy blush. It was quite a journey, I wanted the right shade. Whenever I thought I had it, I end up with a too orange pigment! Looking like an Oom-pah Loompa is not my intention to be. Glad I found it with the Coral Spectrum blush palette from Zoeva. It has a good pigment, a soft formula and not a chemical smell. The right things I need in makeup. Also, such a holy grail: Huda Beauty 3D highlight palette. I have the Pink Sands shades, the glow it gives is just amazing! To finish it off Loves, MAC Prep + Prime in Rose scented fix pray is such a good product that does what it needs to do: securing makeup all day long!

It was nice sharing with you my currently favs Loves, I’m curious about yours!

 

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Different City & Blogger Meeting!

The reason why I like to blog is the interaction you get from different people all over the world. It feels like getting candy for the hard work I put in my blogging game. So, I am definitely open for meeting other bloggers and explore other cities! When it comes to shooting for outfits, I depend on my sister. She is not all the time available that’s why it is a pleasure to meet another blogging gal! Especially when you have a lot in common, the conversations we head felt natural. Like I know her for quite a while! Esra Elif if your reading this, it was a pleasure to meet you! Thank you for spending time with me and bringing me to the cutest café of Amersfoort. Next time it is definitely on me!

For this day I’m wearing a combination of edgy and chic. The army green colored jeans have side pockets on my tights. With it I wore a black sweater and black pointed nose ankle boots. I am without a doubt an ankle boots girl, I am obsessed with them! In my humble shoe collection, you can find different colors ankle boots. Talking about obsession, bags. Yes, bag-o-holic writing this. A black bag is always a good thing and what the fun part of the bag is, it is a square bag. Now I have something different than most bags.

Don’t let the sun fool you! It was a cold sunny day; a day that makes you think you don’t need a coat and when you go outside you instantly feel the cold wind greeting you. My grey shawl was a pleasure to have, even though it got blown away like my hair. The trench coat kept me warm enough. It is a coat that is perfect for autumn days but to cold for winter days. Don’t you just love the diversity in fashion!

 

 

 

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Trench Coat: Elegance Sweater: H&M Jeans: Primark Shoes: Blue Box Shawl: H&M Bag: Pauls Boutique

COLLAB |Daniel Wellington ~ Use my code SaidaChahid for 15% off!

I am a lover of classic, never out of style items. These watches and bracelet from Daniel Wellington are those items. The many styles are minimalistic and refined, I love how you can change the design just by the interchangeable straps. Because of it, it just never goes out of style because you can wear it at any occasion or even daily. The perfect piece to match your outfit of the day!

I have the Dusty Rose of the classic bracelet. I am lately into rose gold goodies. That’s why I chose the rose gold mash strap watch with the brown leather strap giftset. It looks so good together!

Same goes with the black and silver strap. You never can go wrong with black and in this case, with silver too. I always was a fan of Daniel Wellington watches, even before they approach me. Now they added the classic bracelet into their product range, I like Daniel even more!

With Christmas right around the corner, I don’t celebrate it, but I understand it is a time to share with loved ones, are the giftset perfect to give. It will look so chic under the Christmas tree! Talking about the giving spirit Loves: you can use my code SaidaChahid for 15% off on the whole collection!

Sharing is definitely caring. So, I hope you like it! Even it is a gift for yourself, selfcare is important too!

 

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Beauty | Oil My Hair Softly.

I have been on vacay to Morocco and I wouldn’t be from Moroccan origin if I don’t bring back oils. They can be used for anything, face, body and hair. Every Moroccan beauty queen swears by argan oil, the Moroccan liquid gold. Black seed oil for getting strong hair, rose oil for moisturizing your face and applying a drop on your hair for that sweet rose scented smell. Two birds in one stone!

As long as I can remember, oil belongs into my haircare routine. After I shower and let my hair dry for a bit, the first thing I do is use argan oil or blackseed oil on my hair. I have written a blogpost about argan oil and its benefits. I still swear by it because it is a truly holy grail when it comes to my hair.  Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair. Due to its ability to tame frizz and give hair shine, argan oil is also commonly used as a styling agent. It makes hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hair style. This is an ideal step to add to my daily routine after blow-drying or shower. I rub a few drops of argan oil over my palms and then comb my fingers through my hair.

Black seed oil is such a powerful oil, it truly does its wonders. It’s well known for its purifying benefits to clear acne prone skin. It nourishes the skin and within weeks your skin gets clearer! It smells like wet wood in a forest, at first its heavy and then its only leaving his nature vibe. A drop is more than enough, add it with your favourite conditioner for a quick hair mask boost or in your favourite facial creme for that natural healthy glow.

I use rose oil after I style my hair to get it shinier. It also gives my hair that perfect rose scented smell, like perfume. You also can use it as a bath oil to nourish you skin. It’s makes your body feel so soft! I sometimes use it on my hands and feet’s when I go to bed. It makes my skin softer and my cuticles are because of it, easier to manicure.

I cannot live without my oils! It’s truly rooted in my hair and facial routine. I remember when I was a child, that during my holiday in Morocco my aunts and niece comb my hair and use argan oil for my hair. Back home in the Netherlands my lovely mother would do the same. As a grown up I continue to do so and even pass it on my daughter!

 

 

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Stripes At Home.

This is my first outfit I posted on my blog…This year. The last couple of months I have been so busy with my studies and my home life, that I forgot about myself. I have been since I can remember an emotional eater. I gain weight when I’m feeling stressed, even at some moments during my days, I don’t realise I have been eating a lot during the day. Eating snacks or sandwiches late at night while I’m watching a good movie or show on Netflix has been rooted in my routine. It was the perfect way to escape my daily routines and thoughts.

Since my semester from college is over I have been hitting the gym three times a week and I feel much better than before. If you follow me on Instagram you will notice my gym journey. I feel more energetic and confident in my own body, especially when I lost a couple of kilos. I am still not where I want to be, but I’m still motivated to work on it. Even during my vacay in Morocco.

My mother took these pictures in our home in Oujda, Morocco. I love how the tiles on the wall adds flair into my ootd. Most of the houses in Morocco look like this, a lot of tiles and 1001 nights Moroccan décor. It is so colourful, it matches perfectly with the green and stripes of my outfit. Flared trousers make you look skinnier and vertical stripes makes your legs appear longer. The perfect combination for a shorty like me!

Looking at these pictures made me realise I literally look like a Moroccan flag! The green top and red ring bag are the perfect shades for it. I am so obsessed with the golden details of the bag, red and gold is such a chic combination. It also has the right size for a crossbody bag. I prefer wearing flared trousers with heels. I chose to wear a black block heel sandals with ankle straps. The heel is the right centimetres, it lifts the ends of my trouser just right off the ground.

It feels like it has been forever since I posted my last ootd. I appreciate your thoughts about it! Share with me if I have to post more outfits on my blog.

 

 

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Top: Primark Flared trousers: Primark Ring bag: Primark Sandals: H&M Watch: Pulsar

Note To Loves | I’m On Vaycay, See You Soon! XO S.

It has been two years since I’ve been on a vacation, that sounds crazy! I missed everything about my roots: the culture, architecture, mosaics and the colourful souks. The natural beauty products and their traditional fashionable clothing. Gosh, I missed my great grandmother and her feminist stories with a touch of humour! Her laughs and her wise life lessons, I missed her a lot. I missed the farm of my grandfather and the sound of his voice when he calls me or my little brothers from far. As a born and raised Moroccan girl in the Netherlands, is the Moroccan vibe we have here not the same as in Morocco. Surely, versatile Morocco.

I’m going to Morocco by car, driven by my hero of a dad. We go through Belgium, France and Spain before we take the ferry to Tangiers. It’s going to be a long trip, but definitely one with joy and a touch of annoyance, because of sleepyheads that drops on your shoulders.

The first thing that I do is settle in our home. I have the habit to go through every room and corner to visually remind myself of memories that I have experienced in our home. Then I visit my room and make it my own and homey as soon as possible! Only then I’m able to rest and enjoy my vacay. Loves, are you excited as I am? Follow my journey during my trip on my Instagram and see a glimpse of Morocco and get inspired!

During my vacay I hope to work on my time management. I really want to learn it, because I’m juggling between my studies, blog work and chores. It’s like that 24 hours isn’t enough! I worked with planners and to do lists, it’s not working for me. If you have any tips Loves, share them with me! I’m happy to try them out.

Back to my vacay: you can read my excitement, yay! Have you been to Morocco or another Islamic country? I’m curious about your experience, if you blogged about it feel free to share your links.

 

 

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Lifestyle | With MAHI On A Holiday.

My summer holiday from college officially started, until September am I a free elf! This summer am I going to work on myself, my blog and my studies. These are my top priority on my to do list during my summer. However, summer wouldn’t be summer if you don’t put your to do list aside. My yearly visitation to my roots in Morocco is off the table, this little setback doesn’t hold me to enjoy this year my second roots country: the Netherlands. I’m going to be a tourist in my own country by taking small holidays to see what the Netherlands should offer me besides my backyard. How better to do this together with a MAHI?

I was instantly obsessed with it as soon I put it on my wish list. Since I got it, I mostly use it for college but it is also perfect useable as a hand luggage. Since minimal and simple belongs to my sense of style, I chose this The Classic Tote bag and I love it! Leather is well known for its long shelf life and that’s what I love about leather bags. For a personal touch, you can get it embroidered, I chose my first name and last name first initials in the colour black. To me it gives that bit extra.

At this moment, I’m planning for a little getaway, I think it’s going to be somewhere in Europe. It is not official yet, but I’m already thinking what I’m going to put in my MAHI. Naturally I’m taking my notebook with me to write down my thoughts and blog related work. I will also take with me a travel size fashion magazine just for a bit of beauty related inspiration for my blog. And most of all the travel size is perfect for a holiday so I don’t have to carry a normal size fashion magazine with me. I also take with me my favourite sunny at the moment, Ray Ban sunglasses in my floral glasses case. When I’m on a holiday I don’t think a lot about my makeup. My currently lovie Chanel lippie is more than enough. However, my hair is quite important to me. So, I’m taking my hairbrush with me and of course it is travel size. Perfume is a must take for me, deodorant is also perfect but I feel that the scent doesn’t stay longer like perfume. So, for a quick fresh up I take a perfume with me that has a woody citrus scent like GUESS Seductive.

The last two items that I wouldn’t miss to take is my phone and camera. My phone for accessibility and my digital camera because of the size, my other camera would only be in the way of shooting memories!

Since it is quite a big bag, I will take clean underwear with me and other toiletry. The rest of the space is reserved for goodies I couldn’t resist to buy under the guise of ‘’cultural references’’!

 

 

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Fashion #OOTD | In The City.

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My first #OOTD of 2017 is a fact and I started it with pink and comfy! I was photographed last Sunday and it was a typical lazy easy going day. The Sundays we all know, I even did not think about this outfit a lot and sometimes it feels amazing.

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When it comes to comfy my mind says; oversized clothing straight away! The bigger the better but I don’t want to look like a hobo so adding statement accessories gives your outfit that extra flair. I chose one of my favourite bags, which is of course a black one. I love the golden details and the fringe strings. Because of the two bag handles, one for taking (read: dragging it with you everywhere you go) it by hand and one by your shoulders makes it handy to switch whenever your hands or shoulders get tired. Handy, right Loves?

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Practical yet stylish those two words is to me common for a comfy look. I swear by ankle boots with a good ‘’walking heel.’’ Perfect when you must run some errands in the city. Since I’m writing you loves about accessories, I kept the rest simple. I wore my daily silver rings and kept my makeup subtle.

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Don’t let the brightness of the day fool you, it was so cold that I took my thickest scarf that I had and wrapped it around my neck to keep me warm. No questions asked! The weather changes so quickly here in the Netherlands that every day is a surprise. Even some weather apps aren’t a great way to found out not to be surprised. I always have an umbrella and gloves with me during the winter season because without them, you’ll get a cold that gets you straight to bed.

 

 

 

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Coat: Bershka Top: H&M Skinny Jean: Primark Bag: H&M Shoes: H&M Rings: Lucardi Scarf: Pieces

Fashion | Crossbody Bags & Clutches.

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When it comes to diversity in fashion, style comes in different items and sizes. You will always find something that truly belongs to your style, to me that is the beauty of fashion. I define my style as “not perfect”. This means to me that my style comes in many names, from minimal to edgy to bohemian. I like oversized, layering and neat. I like, chic, casual and girly. When you could look into my closet you would see what I mean when I write that fashion can be a Walhalla for mixing and matching and I love it!

Today I’m showing you Loves not my all cross body and clutches collection. I promise you would love it especially when you have “fashion is more than clothing” in the back of your beautiful minds.

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I don’t stick to one colour when it comes to my bags. I believe that bags are just like shoes you can match them with many styles. I do stick with chic, minimal and bohemian designs because they come close to my own style. I wanted to add a bright colour into my collection with a chic yet edgy touch. When I saw the pink one at Primark I liked it instantly! This is the clutch that I had in mind. Normally I keep my taste save but I had ‘’why not?’’ moment when I saw the beads cross body bag. I hold it in my hand with this ootd because the sound of the beads was a bit overwhelming while walking. Holding it in my hand the sound was slightly less.

The bleu Guess bag was my first designer bag I bought. I remembered the day that I bought it, I was with two of my best friends and just got my first pay check. I was so excited! I have it for years now and even if it contains traces that it is worn a lot, it is still dear to me that I don’t want to throw it away. I think that this is what they mean when they say you cannot forget your first love hihi..

Imagine yourself in colourful Morocco with many colours around you, Moroccan architecture, their traditional clothing and the souks with little mountains of spices. Are you imagining it already Loves? This vibe I’m still having when I look at my orange leather bag from Morocco. I fell in love with the beauty of the colour orange and the details on it.

Which one do you like?

 

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Fashion #OOTD | Moroccan Style.

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As you all know Loves I’m in Morocco, my place to be when I’m going on a holiday. Morocco is rich in architecture, art, culture and of course clothing. In my event report about Twiza Festival I already gave you a glimpse of what Moroccan culture is about. When it comes to clothing, Moroccan dresses are made to impress. Even when you are choosing which fabric you want to use before you bring it to the tailor, it will take you hours or even days to find the one you really want. Moroccan attire is just precision work.

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It is all about the details but, Moroccan style has also simplicity. The dress I’m wearing I bought it in the Netherlands in a Moroccan Islamic store. This dress is called djellaba (pronounce: zalaba). Every djellaba is a loose- fitting robe with long sleeves and is manly worn in North Africa along with other Arabic-speaking countries. The robe is unisex and can be adjust in any way that you like.

I like to wear djellaba in feminine colours and fitted. Traditionally, djellabas are made of wool and comes in different shapes and colours, although nowadays lightweight cotton djellabas have become more and more popular!

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As much I like simplicity, I also prefer details. The loafers I’m wearing is a perfect example! Just like the djellaba it comes with different colours and styles. These loafers, called balgha is yet again for both sexes. Wearing it with a simple djellaba is just the perfect combination! I’m going to make a fashion confession: the other reason why I like this robe is that it’s so comfortable to wear. You could wear your unicorn pj under and nobody would notice it. Great right? Hihi…

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The beauty of fashion is that every style has its own unique way. It is timeless and has a major culture bound, it represents who you are.

Loves, show me your traditional clothing!

 

Djellaba: The Netherlands Balgha: Morocco

Note To Loves. | Escaping Routines} Moroccan Love.

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I am in Morocco! I’m saying this with such a relieve, from the moment I put my feet on Moroccan soil and the heat greeted me the fatigue of my daily routines in the Netherlands burned with the heat. I feel blessed to visit my country again and I’m glad to give you Loves an inside snoop!

Of course I travelled in pink….and black. I wanted to travel light weighted so a suitcase and a valise is more than enough besides I wish I could take my whole wardrobe with me.

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I flew with Air Arabia and to be honest it is a good airline and the stewards did their job well but, ordering food and drinks took so long that we almost landed and when I ordered the cold drinks were warm and some warm drink like cappuccino they didn’t have it. Slightly disappointing. I’m not the hardest person but these small things are a welcome card for an airline and if it isn’t complete you just going to feel like mwah.

Confession: I don’t like to fly. As the plane rises I say a little prayer same goes when the plane is going to land. If we have turbulence my belt is closed tightly and I’m not even moving out of my chair. So the three hours I stayed in the sky I squeezed my eyes 267 times, said a prayer 154 times and hold on tight on my belt like it is going to save me when we going to crash! Hahaha…What a mess! Through land, seas and the sky traveling to any country that you have your mind on is a great experience to have.

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I’m wishing you all Loves if you are also on a holiday in a country that you love to enjoy! My journey in Morocco is just getting started follow me on my social media for more inside scoops!

 

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Travel | Versatile Morocco.

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I’m not a travel blogger Loves, but these vacay pictures I really want to share with you. Delusion with me through cultural, historical, beautiful Morocco.

Oujda.

Oujda is my city that I go every Summer too. This city is a city in north-eastern Morocco, the eighth largest city in the country. The city is located about fifteen kilometres west of the Algerian border and about sixty kilometres south of the Mediterranean coast.
I truly find my peace when I go home. This city has not only beautiful architecture but the nature has clean air to breathe. The parks are full of flowers and greens that make you happy just by watching them. Most of all my lovely family are around me.
Whenever you go to Morocco, I recommend not staying in only one place. Make your own adventure!

Rabat.

Rabat is the capitol of Morocco.

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Al Hoceima.

The beautiful port of Morocco.

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There are many places I’ve been too in Morocco. Tangier, Asilah, Tetouan, Chefchaouan, Al Hoceima, Nador and more. It would be a travel book and not a fashion blog!

For someone who lives in two cultures (Dutch & Moroccan), lives with both worlds. As much I enjoy visiting my country I have a life in the Netherlands simply because I’m born and raised here. Morocco will always be a place to my heart.

Which city would you like to visit in Morocco?

Beauty Review | My Hair Secrets.

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I’ve been taking more care of my hair. I swear by Argan oil. This is truly my golden elixir! I use it daily, when I finish with showering and I apply it after I style my hair.

I did a blogpost before about Argan oil. It has many benefits that will help to protect your hair, to make it healthier and give that natural shine back. It should be in your daily routine to see the difference.

Moroccan women are well known for using natural beauty goodies. Remember my blogpost about rosewater? I use it for my facial routine. Same goes for rosewater, it has many benefits!

Why not mix these goodies together? I used this mix when I went to the beach in Morocco. I wanted to protect my hair from the salty water and the sun. I was so positive about it that I decided to use it more often. As you all know, water and oil does not mix. In this case it doesn’t matter because even though it didn’t truly mix together, the Argan oil was not so oily anymore which makes it perfect for daily use for the ones who don’t prefer oil at all in their hair. Besides a small drop of Argan oil only does not make your hair look like too oily! I use this mix mainly on the ends of my hair to keep it moisturized.

I see and feel that my hair is getting healthier. That I never dyed my hair has to do something with it too. I do style my hair a lot so I’m going to keep using these goodies!

What are your hair secrets?

Fashion #OOTD | Ocean Blue & Sparkling Silver.

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Going to a Moroccan wedding is a perfect moment to take the time to dress and make-up. You can take your beautiful dress out of the closet and feel like Cinderella for a night. Everything is possible, except let the pumpkin carriage to the bride and the groom. You don’t want to exaggerate. After all, it is their moment.

Like any wedding it is a family and friends gathering. Music plays, people on the dancefloor and food in abundance. If you follow me on Instagram and snapchat (SaidaSnaps) you would catch a glimpse of the wedding day. You’ll love it!

As you all know me Loves, blue and silver! The decision was easy to make so I said yes to the dress.

Moroccan dresses are well known for their rich clothing fabrics. The ocean blue fabric is a sari and has hand-sewn rhinestones on it with sequins. The belt is handwoven.

When I’m wearing a Moroccan dress I prefer simple accessories with it. The dress is already an eye catcher so I don’t want to over dress. Same goes for my hair. I did a low bun, to keep it chic. Even though it is simple, it suits perfectly with a Moroccan dress. If you would like to know how I did my make-up that day, let me know and I will redo the make-up look!

I had such a great time! I really love to attend one. Imagine when I’m going to get married….

Would you wear a Moroccan dress?

Note To Loves | These Are My Confessions.

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We all have those days that you look at yourself in the mirror to self-reflect. To think about the choices you have made it the past and going to make in the future. There will be a time that you’ll say to yourself ‘’enough is enough, you need to change.’’ Or you would say ‘’I am proud at where I am, I need to continue.’’

Everything happens for a reason, as well as with my blog. I don’t want to make excuses because it would not bring back the lost time. This is me, explaining why it was quiet for a while. As you all know I went on a holiday to Morocco, my country. I was full of energy about it and believe me when I say I enjoyed every bit of it. There were slightly troubles with having an internet connection whereby I could not blog for couple of days. When the problem was fixed I blogged and felt very happy about it because I had a lot of inspiration! Then the problem came back and it could not get fixed! I was so upset about it! Eventually I’ve accepted because I must.

The silence gave me time to think about myself. To self-reflect. I don’t know about you Loves but vacay to me is relaxing and detoxing! Not only on health but also mentally and spiritually. And I have noticed that blogging wasn’t my first priority. I had mixed feelings about it and quit blogging crossed my mind. I felt so sad….

I also noticed that I’m a bad planner. Believe me when I say: I have many planners that I write on but yet it always seems that something comes between my plans and it is so frustrating that I feel that nothing comes to an end or I’m wasting my time!

Bear with me Loves; I’m changing myself to be better at planning and blogging. I hope you’ll have the patience because I’m coming back!

Beauty Review | Cairuo.

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If you have read my previous posts you would know I prefer lightly make-up or no make-up at all. I’m still in my summer vibe; minty OOTD and a strobing make-up look. A nude colour on my nails belongs also in this summer essentials list.

I bought this goodie in Morocco; I’m not familiar with this brand. I searched Cairuo online but it didn’t help me much. That’s too bad because it is a good nail polish!

It covers my nails pretty well. I used it on my hand nails and toe nails and I must say; it doesn’t chip easily, which is good! You will shower a lot in Morocco because of the heat and removing your nail polish everyday should not be an activity to do during your vacay, right?

Event tough I’m not familiar with Cairuo, there is always first and getting to know a brand is not so bad at all when they deliver pretty goodies!

I like this nude nail polish! I even did a nude make-up look. I’m only looking for the perfect nude high heels! Then is my list complete.

Do you like the nude look too?

Fashion #OOTD | White Tee & Denim Wash.

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Dressing simple can be so satisfying. I would parade around in just a tee and denim jean every second of the year.

As you all know Loves, I’m on holiday to Morocco and if you ever visited this beautiful country you would know how the weather feels. As much I adore Summer and would stay outside for the whole day, it is just not possible with this kind off heat in Morocco. Sometimes it is 45 degrees outside! I’m not even able to open my eyes because of the sun that shines so bright.

Then came white tees! They are perfect for this kind off heat. Because it’s white and the fabric is cotton you won’t ‘’absorb’’ the sunbeams. I wore with it a high waist denim jean. You either love or hate this kind of jeans, especially because it is denim washed. Normally I won’t wear this kind of denim but this time I said to myself why not?

The first time I wore these slippers I felt a bit manly, to be honest. I would not buy them in the first place if I didn’t know I would walk in them like I’m walking barefoot. Because of the shape of the sole you can walk on paths that are not from tarmac. Perfect for long walks in Morocco!

To finish my OOTD, I kept my accessories simple too. I love the edginess of my clutch, the classiness of my watch and the details of my glasses!

What do you think about it Loves?

P.s. I’m snapping during my vacay! SaidaSnaps

Tee: Hema Denim Jean: H&M Clutch: FVH Watch: Guess Glasses: Ray Ban Ring: Lucardi

DRINKS | Moroccan Tea.

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“You are not Moroccan if you don’t know how to make Moroccan tea.’’

Well, that is a strong opinion; then I have to confess: I can make Moroccan tea but there was a time I did not drink it! What you hear about Moroccan tea: too sweet! It’s true. That was the reason I did not drink it. I know what you think: don’t drink it sweet? Believe me when I say I do now but drinking Moroccan tea happens mostly during family gatherings and has a special way to make it. And it is kind of rude to ask only for you tea without sugar. But let me say; if they knew it before they will make it to your wishes.

So, the ones you see everywhere: a cup of mint tea with still the mint leaves in it is just a quick way to make it.

Ingredients:

  • Mint Leaves.
  • Dried Green Tea.
  • Sugar (or not).
  • Water.

Directions:

Boil water until you get bubbles. Pour one tablespoon of dried green tea in the pot. A Moroccan pot is perfect for it. It’s cultural, curvy and beautiful! If you don’t have one, don’t worry a normal teapot works fine. Pour a little bit of the boiled water in the pot swish or swirl it around and pour the water in a cup. Do not throw this away! We are going to use this later. Pour again a little bit of boiled water in the pot, swirl around pour it again in a cup. This time throw the cup away. We do this because the first cup still contains the core of the flavour the second cup is brighter as you can see whenever you make it and is basically not useful. So you are not wasting anything.

Add mint leaves in the pot; use a large amount of the leaves for that extra delicious mint flavour. Then add sugar, as much as you like. Pour the cup you left behind back in the pot and add more boiling water into the pot. Place the pot on the stove and boil it again until you see small foam bubbles. We do this to caramelize the sugar and this gives the Moroccan tea that special flavour!

Before serving pour the tea in a cup pour it back in the tea pot to mix all the ingredients. Pour then the tea high above the cup to get that special foam.

So many steps for that perfect Moroccan tea, enjoy it until the last drop!

Fashion #OOTD | Colourful Oujda.

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I’m in my hometown! In fact these pictures are taken in front of my home. I live in Oujda (pronounce: wousda). The place to be every Summer!

I must say I felt a little bit uncomfortable while shooting for this OOTD. Not only was the lens of the camera focused on me but also a lot of eyes. And because of it I had many uncomfortable looking pictures and a lot of tripping; but hea, all for the perfect shot!

I’m wearing a loose fit pants. It’s such a dream come true wearing one during Summer, especially in Morocco. When I wore them I felt like princess Jasmine from Aladdin. Ok, I’m exaggerating but you know what I mean hihi…

I’m lately combining colours with other colours. I’ve noticed that I’m crawling out of my shell; normally you won’t see me in colourful pieces. To still keep the tone down I wore a navy blue top to accentuate the pink. To me it would be a mix match of colours if I combine bright colours with bright colours.

The ones who know me, knows that I pledge for good accessories. When I saw these cobalt blue plateau shoes I had to have it! The colour is just beautiful and because of the plateau soles they walk terrific!

I finished it off with arm candy and a clutch. What can I say about them? Except they make my OOTD complete!

What do you think Loves?

P.s. did you follow me on Snapchat? @SaidaSnaps

Top: Primark Loose Fit Pants: Vero Moda Shoes: Primark Clutch: Primark Beads Bracelet: Primark Pink Bracelet: H&M

Note To Loves | #SaidaHoliday

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I’m on holiday! Yay! Whenever you read this I’m probably already on the road; destination: Morocco!

I’m very excited and nervous at the same time. Even though I visit my country every year, it is always a responsibility. During my trip I go through Belgium, France and Spain. This means a long trip! But this equals enjoying my views and picnicking during my stops.

As much I like visiting my country, I have to let you down. Without Wi-Fi I cannot post until I’m in a hotel. So I have to be patient! Like last year I’ll keep you informed. There will be ootd’s shooting, new make-up looks and hotel reviews. My holiday is going to be very inspirational! I already feel it! I have so many ideas to share with you Loves.

Can’t wait like I do? Feel free to use #SaidaHoliday to see what I’m doing. Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @SaidaChahid for more updates and snap me your holiday pictures on SaidaSnaps. Would be amazing if we can keep this trending!

For the ones who are on the road too, I wish you a safe trip! And the Loves who are already lying on the beach enjoy!

I see you on my social media!

Lifestyle | My Playlist.

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          ‘’DJ play my favourite song, play it all night long!’’

Are your feet already tip toeing on the floor? Mine is! It is confirmed; music can make you feel good.

I want to share with you Loves my playlist. I’m still having a crush on the music from the 90’s until mid-2000. In particular to R&B, Rap, Hip Hop Arabic and Raï.

I’m not listening to music just because it is music. I know the lyrics from 2Pac – Changes out of my head. Same goes for Dear Mama. Day dreaming to slow jams is also typical me. Who doesn’t know the love songs from Usher, Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole.

Raï music is very popular in Morocco and Algeria. Many Raï lovers find themselves with the lyrics. From social problems to politics to love; they sing about everything. Same goes with Arabic music.

These are my all-time favourites; enjoy Loves!

Carole Samaha – Khalik Bhehalek.
Keisha White – Weakness In Me.
Keyshia Cole – I Remember.
Cheb Khaled – Didi & Aisha.
2Pac – Changes & Dear Mama.
Usher – Burn.

Which one do you like and what is your playlist?

P.S. did you know I’m on Snapchat? SaidaSnaps.

Fashion #OOTD | Summer Mint.

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Lately I have an obsession with the colour mint. I even slowly turn my room décor in that colour! It is so sophisticated with a pop of the colours silver and white.

I’m still having my vacay vibe and I hope I stay in it, so why not turning it up with this Summer OOTD!

I like the top I’m wearing, you can say; it is one of my favourites. I like loose fit tops because it swings nicely! The off-white colour makes it feminine yet chic. You can wear this kind of top on a skinny; like I did or a boot cut jeans for a casual day.

In the past you’ll never find me in jeans that are not black or blue. I always thought it’s too bright. I thought wrong, it is perfectly fine! Especially during Summer.

You cannot see it; the peep toe shoes I’m wearing are wedges. I don’t know who invented those heels but THANK YOU on behalf of all the ladies around the world! We can wear heels now longer whoop!

It is all about the details! I love the faux snake print on my bag. The bag was a bargain and the print makes it still chic. The cute bows on my peep toes and arm candy makes to me my ootd complete.

What would you wear during Summer?

P.s. i’m on Snapchat! Wihaa! Add me on SaidaSnaps I’d love to interact with you all Loves!

Top: H&M Skinny: Wonder Woman Bag: Action Rings: Lucardi Watch: Kruidvat Peep Toe: Primark Earring: Bijou Brigitte 

 

Lifestyle | My Summer Essentials.

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It has been a while since you have heard from me Loves, I’m so sorry! The reason behind it is I don’t have the energy because I’m more focussing on Ramadan and my vacation. Who doesn’t know those days when you’re planning things and leave the things you love the most behind? Well, I’m guilty of that…

Nevertheless should it mean not to blog for almost two weeks! It’s all about planning and gosh I suck at it! (Any tips? They are truly welcome!)

Let’s get right into it!

I almost finished packing my suitcase. Although it was easy to take my whole closet with me, I had in the back of my mind the question: is it useful? As a fashion blogger you want to pile up your suitcase with ootd’s to shoot, no need to talk about the accessories!

When you are on the road (read: driving two days) you still want to look fresh, you don’t want to worry about your odour so a cute make-up bag comes in handy! Skip taking full sized products and stick with the travel ones. As in make-up taking mascara, BB-cream, blush and your favourite lip gloss or lipstick is more than enough. Besides you always can take more and put it your suitcase and in ‘’a worst case scenario’’ you can buy them during your holiday under the guise of exploring the country! Hihi…

You don’t want to get bored during your trip. It would be the perfect chance to read the book you had in mind or just to flip through a magazine. And what about writing your thoughts about your adventures?

I feel more excited now! Do you?

Beauty Review | Moroccan Beauty Goodies!

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Not only is Argan Oil the liquid gold from Morocco, there is a lot more Moroccan beauty goodies to find! From left to right let me introduce you to Henna, Rose Water and Ghassoul Clay.

Most of you all know what Henna is. But what does it really do?

Applying on your hair makes you hair healthier. It grows your hair faster and gives you your shine back from heat damage and many hair colouring. Just like Argan oil Henna should also be used pure natural. Read the package or go to your local Moroccan/Islamic store to buy the real deal.
Are you worried that your hair will turn in orange? Don’t! It depends on your hair colour how it turns out. How darker you hair colour how darker it would be. How lighter your hair colour how lighter it would be.

Not only is Henna a goodie for your hair, who doesn’t know about the body henna tattoos? If you want that darker orange colour to stay on your body part, sleep a day with it on your body part and that’s it!

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Rose Water is a flavoured water made by steeping rose petals in water. It can be used as perfume and as skin care. The benefits of Rose water are a blessing. You can use Rose water for puffy eyes, to soften dry skin, a make-up remover, apply it after you shave, it reduces the wrinkles progress, apply it when you have sunburns to ease the pain, as aromatherapy, use two cups of Rose Water to your bathwater to moisturize your skin and it tightens pores! It also can be used to freshen your face throughout the day as a spray mist. Perfect for the upcoming Spring and Summer!

Rose Water is filled with ant-oxidants and various vitamins. I use it every night before I go to sleep to nourish my skin. It is anti-bacterial, perfect for my oily skin! And yes, it really does smell like roses!

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Ghassoul Clay a Moroccan beauty goodie I recommend to everyone! Ghassoul Clay can only be find at the Atlas Mountains in the North Eastern of Morocco. This natural organic clay has many benefits like the other Moroccan beauty goodies.

Ghassoul is well known for absorbing impurities from skin and hair. It gives the skin and hair a highly minerals shot! For more than fourteen centuries it is used by Moroccan people. It is indispensable in many Moroccan Hammams and homes.

Ghassoul improves skin texture, reduces dryness, reduces flakiness, improves skin elasticity and improves skin clarity. Very impressive! Wait to know what it does for your hair.
Ghassoul can be used as natural shampoo and hair masker. It enhances the hair texture and volume, softens the hair and eliminates dandruff.

Ghassoul to me is a great stress reliever! I apply warm water with it and stir it up until it is a thick paste and use it as a face mask. I leave it like that for 20 to 30 minutes and when I rinse it off my skin has the glow of an instant boost! It removes the redness of skin which is amazing for acne. It removes dead skin cells, removes surface oil and oil from inside and around comedons/pores. A gem right?

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Dear readers/followers, use these products naturally/organic. Using it with chemicals has no use at the benefits of these Moroccan beauty goodies!

Which goodie would you use or you already use?

 

Lifestyle | 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me!

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I was thinking that I get a lot of sweet comments on my posts. Thank you a lot! It’s shows to me that i’m doing a good thing as a blogger. Wich again makes me happy!

So this post is for all my followers on Instagram, Twitter and WordPress! I apperciate it a lot! ❤

25# You don’t know about me! Here we go…!

1) I’m born and raised in the Netherlands but I have Moroccan roots. My mum is Moroccan and my dad is Algerian.
2) I have three brothers and one sister.
3) I am a proud aunty! Mostly because I am the only aunt that my little niece has! (daughter of my sister.)
4) I study a social cultural education. With creativity we are trying to bring people together.
5) I acted in many theatre plays. I acted as: a singing wanderer, a girlfriend of an hooligan, grandmother and a wife of an abusive husband. I love being on stage!

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6) I don’t have my driving-licence….Yes, I feel horrible about it!
7) I NEVER smoked or drink alcohol. Proud of myself!
8) I like bunnies! We had one as a pet, Noir was his name. It means black in French. He died from an old age. 😦
9) I don’t drink coffee!
10) Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I can eat them everyday!

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11) I really like the color blue. Silver comes second.
12) I am an shoe and bags addict. Guess what? Most bags I have are blue!
13) I tried sushi once…NEVER AGAIN! Ugh…It is so overrated!
14) I am an 9gager! I got ”obsessed” with it four years ago. I really like the memes!
15) I play playstation! I always make time to play together with my youngst brother. I am an major Tomb raider fan! I played all the games. God of war, Uncharted, Hitman are some of the games I played and I loved every bit of it. Yes! I have a ”geek” in me.
16) I have small feet 6,5 inch or size 37 and hands. I fitt in children gloves…Hihihi :-p
17) I have an perfume collection. From low budget to expensive.

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18) My great grand mother is 102 years old! AMAZING!
19) I can move my nostrils! I think that’s why I like bunnies…
20) I like to dance! I listen mostly to r&b, hiphop, pop, dancehall, Arabic, reggeda and rai! The last two are Moroccan music genre.
21) I have natural brown hair. I never dyed my hair.
22) My hair is curly. I style it a lot but in the other hand I take care a lot of my hair!
23) I have a box with all things I get from friends, family, parents etc. I like to keep them in memory, even the bad ones!
24) I can cook! I love making Moroccan food!
25) My favorite candy is liquorice yum!

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This is it! I hope you all know me a little bit more. I want to get to know you all to! Comment below your social media, I surely follow back.

P.s. Oh…I love to paint! 26!

 

 

Beauty | Argan Oil The Truth!

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Beauty lovers out there! You all have heared about Argan Oil right?

DON’T believe in the products that say it contains Argan Oil. Most of the products don’t have it! This is because the Argan Tree (Argania Spinosa) grows only on the South side of Morocco, it is very protected because of the effect that Argan oil has. Because of that many cosmetics companies are trying to get it in a other way or trying to reproduce it.

If you don’t use it pure don’t bother at all. In Morocco they call it liquid Moroccan Gold for a reason. So what does Argan oil exactly do?

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Skin:

Argan oil is most commonly used as a skin moisturiser to hydrate and soften skin. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is the ideal product to give skin a natural boost. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturiser. It is easy to use all over the body, including the face and neck. Simply smooth a few drops into your skin using gentle rubbing motions, as you would any face and body lotion.

It sounds crazy but if you have acne Argan oil is a very good remedy! Apply twice a week a little bit on your face and leave it like that during your day and shower afterwards or cleanse it of you feel instantly a soft skin! If you keep doing this for a long time your skin get healthier. This include for acne scars, stretch marks, dry skin, anti – aging and many more!

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Hair:

Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair. Due to its ability to tame frizz and give hair shine, argan oil is also commonly used as a styling agent. It makes hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hair style. This is an ideal step to add to your daily routine after blow-drying. Rub a few drops of argan oil over your palms and then comb your fingers through your hair to apply.

I use it ALWAYS for my hair! After I shower I use little drops just to have the benefits listed above. Having problems with hair loss? Argan oil!

Foot, hand & nail treatment:

Argan oil’s softening properties are ideal for brittle nails, dry hands and cracked, hard skin on feet. It both moisturises and softens skin, leaving hands and feet supple and soft and nails strong and healthy. Try massaging a few drops of argan oil into cuticles, hands and feet before bed each night.

Lip Moisturiser:

Especially in cold or dry weather, lips can easily become sore, dry and cracked. Argan oil is the ideal product to ensure lips stay plump, soft and supple. Rub a drop or two into dry lips as a balm – but be sure to wipe off any excess.

I recommend Argan oil to everyone! All girls should have a bottle in there bathrooms! This is just of a glimpse of many benefits from Argan oil. Imagine what it could do if you use it in your food!

Do you want to purchase Argan oil, please go to your local Moroccan, Islamic food/convenience store. This is the only way to make yourself sure that you have the real deal. If you want to buy it online look for label that says 100% Argan oil. There is NO preservative products in pure Argan oil, if you read it on a label it’s not real. This also goes if it’s mixed with other cosmetic products. Argan oil is long maintainable.

 

I hope you like it loves!

 

 

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