Day To Play | Affordable Lookbook

Day To Play Lookbook

You know those days when you have a ton of things you have to do and not enough time to do them? Running from work to dinner with friends or parties. The older I get the more it seems like my days are filling up with bridal showers, baby shower, any shower really. It’s hard to always look put together when running from one place to the other, so I decided to put together a few of my favourite “day to play” looks. Outfits that can easily transition from day to night so you can cut your prep time in half, relax and enjoy your day. This is kind of a new style video for me, I’ve never really done anything like this before so I really hope you guys enjoy it and if you would like to see more videos like this in the future, let me know!

Items listed in this video (some are older items that are no longer in stock, so i tried to find similar pieces)

Dynamite – Kate High Rise Pants

H&M Flounded Top

H&M Fitted Blazer

H&M Biker Jacket

Old Navy Sueded Pointy Ballet Flats

Old Navy Sueded Block Heel Booties

H&M Cotton Blouse

Old Navy Mid Rise Pixie Ankle Pants “Pixie Pants”

H&M Short Velvet Skirt

Aldo Ankle Boots

Forever 21 Accordion Pleated Skirt

Forever 21 Ribbed Trumpet Sleeved Top


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Capsule Wardrobe 101

You know that meme that says everybody has a chair in their room that all their clothes get thrown onto? That’s basically my whole bedroom, the other day I was looking around and I felt so overwhelmed with the amount of clothing piled on top of each other. I honestly feel like a cluttered house causes a cluttered mind, it also feels gross not having everything put in its place. Then and there, I decided it was time for a major clothing overhaul. I had always heard of capsule wardrobes, but the idea of condensing my wardrobe down to a few pieces was terrifying to me! How on each was I going to pick my favourite pieces to wear for three months!? It actually turned out to be a lot easier than I thought because, although I have piles of clothing, I only really wear a few pieces on a daily basis. I know, I know first world problems, and I feel silly even complaining about it but trust me when I say that putting together a capsule wardrobe was probably the best decision I ever made. Although this video is only four minutes long, the process took ALL DAY! I found clothing I forgot I had, pants that haven’t fit me in years and things that I would probably never wear again. I was able to donate sooo many item’s that were still in perfect condition and put together a minimalist wardrobe featuring some of my favourite items. What better way to kick off the fall season!?



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July (Holy crap its already August) Favorites

How is it already August? Where did the summer go? John always makes fun of me because I crave fall/christmas time in the summer but once it comes around im longing for the summer sun again – basically I’m never happy. I haven’t done a favourites video in awhile, maybe its cause i’m a creature of habit and I always stick to the same brands and products that I know and love, but this past month, I rounded up some of my favourite items to bring you a July favourites video. I tried to include a little bit of everything from makeup to fashion and even some food. I hope you guys enjoy this video!


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Summer Wardrobe Staples

It’s been awhile since I’ve done anything fashion related and, not gonna lie, it feels good to be back. When I first started my blog, it was strictly a fashion blog, I would talk about trends, my favourite pieces and anything fashion related, it was my comfort zone. Which is exactly why I switched it up for the past year. I wanted to branch out and take more risks with my blog, which is why I started a YouTube channel. I had always been good at broadcast when I studied journalism, I couldn’t find a job in that field, so I decided to continue practicing my craft on my own, on YouTube. The only problem was, I didn’t know how to take my love of fashion and translate it into video, so instead I dove head first into the beauty world. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love makeup and all that stuff, but I had been itching to get back into the fashion posts, so I though I would create this summer wardrobe staples video. Essentially, I’m showing you guys all the items which I think are crucial to have in any summer wardrobe – why I love them, where I bought them and how they can be worn. I really hope you guys enjoy this video cause I had a lot of fun creating it and am looking forward to making more fashion-related stuff for my channel. As always, please hit that subscribe button and join my little YouTube family!!

Make A Statement This Season

Make A Statement This Season

Coming from a Middle Eastern background, I’ve always been drawn to rich, chunky jewelry. There is something to be said about a good 15673267_1382441041800673_2099900304_n
statement piece that can pull an outfit together yet still stand out on its own. I feel like all the most classic ensambles in history were remembered not because of the style, colour or person wearing them, but because of the statement they made. Maybe I feel that way because I grew up admiring my mothers and grandmothers Jewelry collections. I would try all the pieces on and feel like a princess – all the rich tones, chunky metals and intricate details stuck out in my mind and made me a bit of a jewelry junky.15645614_1382441035134007_563264216_n


Thats why, when I discovered T&C Indian Jewelry on Etsy, I instantly fell in love. Looking through their shop, I was instantly taken back to the days of sorting through those Jewelry boxes and hoping to one day be able to wear such gorgeous pieces. Not only does T&C Indian Jewelry have amazingly stunning pieces,  but they’re handmade and one-of-a-kind. Just take a look at this silver navajo bracelet, not only does it go fabulously wit15644638_1382440988467345_117916400_nh big chunky knits, but it can also be worn all throughout my holiday get togethers and celebrations.

The mark of a good piece of Jewelry is versatility

I’ve honestly been wearing it every single day and have gotten so many compliments. It’s definitely a conversation piece!

You guys know by know that I’m horrible at secrets, so when I find a brand I really like, there is no way I’m keeping it to myself. Especially since these pieces make wonderful gifts for loved ones for any occasion. If there are any dudes reading this, trust me when I say your girl, mother, grandmother and/or sister will LOVE any of the pieces from T&C Indian Jewelry. Check them out on Etsy at tcindianjewelry or on instagram I hope you guys love them as much as I do!15666396_1382441051800672_670628881_n



Spring/Summer Look Book part 2

Spring/Summer Look Book part 2

Every summer I start channeling my inner flower child, all my outfits get a little more flowy, earthy and boho-esq.  The last look book I put together was filled with florals and featured an ultra-femme vibe, one that definitely screams spring but isn’t a look that really screams “Layan”. For this look book, I went a little more casual, a little more me. I put together some of my favourite new pieces – coincidentally they were both in the same colour palate which worked out perfectly. I chose one casual, relaxed outfit and the other a little on the dressier side but still had that lazy summer day vibe. So I present to you – in no particular order – the sequel to my spring/summer look book.






Spring/Summer Look Book

Spring/Summer Look Book

well helllllloooo Spring!!! It’s nice to see you’ve finally arrived. Ok well not really, but a girl can dream right? It’s already March first so it’s safe to say winter is on its way out! A couple of weeks ago, I got together with my friend Rachel of Lively Creative Co to put together a mini Spring look book. With this look, I decided to incorporate all of my favourite Spring trends into one, fresh, fun outfit. That way I can explain each trend and why I love it! I had soooo much fun creating this for you guys, so I hope you enjoy the photos!!

  1. Florals/Contrasts – one thought came to mind when I put this together…
    but for real though, nothing says spring like some vibrant florals, which is why I knew I definitely wanted to incorporate them in this look. I bought this ensemble a couple of years ago from Forever 21. It was an end of season clearance sale and an impulse buy, but still one of my favourite things in my closet. I’ve only really worn it once before because I wanted to save it for “something special” and well, sharing it with you guys turned out to be that special occasion. What I really love about it is the contrast of light and dark colours. The plum and mint green compliment each other so nicely. Although spring is all about being fresh and vibrant, I think it’s the perfect time to mix your bright, seasonal colours with dark, richer hues. It’s a transitional season therefore you need a transitional wardrobe. For example, pastel pants with a denim top of a dark sweater. The contrast of the shades allow your eyes to isolate each colour and appreciate each piece individually.
  2. Grays – grays are usually associated with winter, the weather is gray, the mood is gray and the wardrobe is gray, but this neutral colour really works in all seasons. I decided to throw this gray jacket over my shoulders to complete the look. I feel like it gives an element of classic romance to an otherwise modern ensemble.
  3. Statement Necklaces – Theres nothing I love more than a good, statement necklace. When Rachel first noticed the necklace I was wearing, I think her exact words were “whoa, that necklace is intense!”. Honestly, when it comes to spring style, you don’t need much other than a good, statement piece. Something to tie the whole outfit together in a pretty little bow. A nice cuff or a bold necklace can bring your outfit to a whole new level.
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  4. Accessories – I bought this Kate Spade bag last year and it hasn’t left my side since. I bought it in the early spring as a birthday present to myself thinking it would be fantastic for the summer (which it was) but figured out how to transition it through all seasons. It matched with all my lighter outfits in the warmer months and served as a pop of colour for the winter months. I love this bag so much and I knew I wanted it to be part of the shoot
  5. Shoes – I debated going with a bright pop of colour for my shoes, but instead I went with a basic black pump. I felt like the darkness of the pump would match the dark aspects of the floral pattern without taking away too much from the outfit.
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  6. Makeup – this was the fun part. I let my friend Caroleena do my makeup for the shoot. At first I thought I wanted something sparkly on the lid with a light, airy feel, but once we started playing with the colours, we created this phenomenal look. Using the colours in the floral pattern as inspiration, we went with a plum halo using Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in the shade Metallic Violet. This stuff is pigmented as heck. I was playing around with the palates and swatched the Metallic Mermaid Green shade which ended up getting all over the place (not the makeups fault, I’m the clumsiest person ever). for the lid we used Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow in the shade iridescent mint. If you follow me on instagram you know how OBSESSED I am with the new buxom shadows. They come with a built in primer, so each shade is insanely pigmented. Do yourself a favour next time you’re in Sephora and swatch the shade Metallic Silver, it’s insane.
    For the lips, I went with Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in the shade deepest plum. I felt like it would almost be expected to do a nude or pink lip for spring, which is why I wanted to break away from the norm.