Winter blues

Winter blues

Hey guys!

I don’t know about you guys but I usually dread winter. The fact that it gets dark early and t’s really cold, makes me bummed out. I tend to lose motivation during these winter months. The lack of sunshine discourages me from going out and taking charge of the day. Most people I know are similar to me in this sense so, I thought I would share some tips to overcome the winter blues. 

  1. Sunshine: Take advantage of the little sunshine we get. Try to go out and do something so you at least get up, get out, and get moving.
  2. Self-care: This is the perfect time to indulge in some self-care activities. Whether it’s shopping, working out, or having a spa day, do things that make you happy. 
  3. Socialize: Isolating when you’re feeling bummed out just reinforces those negative emotions so try to socialize and reach out to friends. Seeing friends and catching up will get you out of your low mood.
  4. Lighten up: Although nothing beats natural sunshine, studies show that being in a well lit environment can help improve your mood. I completely agree with this tip! I love going to Target since it’s so bright in there, more reason to love Target right? 

I have lived in Minnesota for most of my life, and winters here can feel like a lifetime. That’s why it’s important to learn ways to overcome the winter blues. I hope these tips were helpful. Let me know how you combat the winter blues in the comment section! 

Golden💛

Golden💛

Hi guys!

How gorgeous is this gold hijab?!? I recently collaborated with a hijab company called Lady K Boutique that’s based in Minnesota. They have a great selection of hijabs. I’m wearing the “bella chiffon hijab” in gold, (y’all know my love for chiffon hijabs). Anyway, check out this new hijab company and use my discount code (STE10) to get some cash off! 

ladykboutique.com 

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My first year of motherhood

My first year of motherhood

When you have a child, people tell you that the first year of your child’s life goes by fast, but I did not think it would fly by this fast. This past year has been incredible, filled with so much adventure. It has been amazing to watch the development of this little human that I birthed (I still can’t believe it). In honor of my daughter turning 1, here a list of some of the things I’ve learned in my first year of motherhood: 

  1. Babies grow fast…crazy fast
  2. Birth/labor is different for everyone; from my experience it was not as bad as they make it seem in movies
  3. Formula feeding your baby is okay, anyone who shames you for it does not deserve to be in your life
  4. Nap time is the best time 
  5. You’ll miss the days before they could walk 
  6. Baby nails grow super-fast 
  7. Shopping for my daughter is much more fun than shopping for myself 
  8. People will give you unwanted advice on how to parent, ignore them 
  9. Kamilah would rather play with the door than all the toys she had
  10. Teething is the worst 
  11. Newborns are tiny, you forget how small they are
  12. Take tons of pictures and videos, they grow so fast
  13. Whenever my daughter wraps her little arms around my neck and gives me a baby hug, my heart melts
  14. It’s okay to take some “me” time
  15. The first day back to work after your maternity leave is over is the worst day ever
  16. Anything and everything Kamilah does is the coolest/greatest thing ever 
  17. Baby food stains are super to clean 
  18. I don’t know when it’ll sink in that I’m a parent 
  19. The world is a much scarier place once you’ve had a child
  20. SIDS is terrifying 
  21. Baby feet are so incredibly adorable
  22. Mothers are the strongest people walking this earth 
  23. There is no love like the love a mother has for her child, nothing compares to it 

 

College Tips

College Tips

Hi guys!

In the spirit of back to school season approaching us, I thought it might be helpful if I interviewed my sister, a recent college grad, about any advice she had for you college students. Being the first to go to college in my family I wish I had someone to guide me and tell me helpful hints about college. I learned a lot of great things that I was able to pass down to my sister. If any of you have questions regarding college and what it’s like, feel free to contact me or my sister. I will leave my sister, Nasro’s,  social media handles below if you would like to get in contact with her.


 

What was your major and why did you pick that major? 

While I was ultimately “pre-law,” I majored in English and minored in philosophy. My path to my major of English wasn’t exactly direct, but overall I think it’s the most “me.” I’ve always been a voracious reader and I’ve always just been enamored with words and the power of language. I basically grew up within the pages of one book or another, so really, I picked this major because I wanted to study what I love.  

What do you plan to do with your degree?

Here’s where the pre-law part comes in. My overall career goal is to become a civil rights or human rights lawyer, inshallah. I hope to use the skills and knowledge that my degree has allowed me to develop to ultimately get into a dope law school and then really just work to create a more equitable world.

That’s really neat that you studied something you love and plan to use it to help people. Do you have advice for others on how to pick a major? 

After the lovely existential crisis I had during my freshman year due to my being in the absolute wrong major, I feel so strongly about the importance of studying what you love! I mean it, do not commit to a major you’re not passionate about, that you have no drive for, simply because it will lead to money/success/parental approval. Study what you love — this is not to say don’t be unrealistic, of course. You can’t be naïve, so if your passion may not exactly lead to a feasible career option, you gotta get creative and find a way for it to work for you. So even if you have to think outside the box, I think it’s so important to pursue a major that makes you excited because it’s ultimately your life and it’s you who will be working in whatever field you choose, day in and day out. Also, majoring in something you’re not interested in is not fun. 0/10. Would not recommend, kids. So really, find your passion, and if you don’t have one, that’s okay, take some interesting classes and experiment for a bit until you find something that excites you. That’s what college is for.

From your personal experience what are some tips you have for individuals that will be attending college? 

Okay, first, this is really nerdy but whatever, take advantage of the really cool guest speakers and lecturers that the campus often brings. Sometimes attending a random guest speaker on a Tuesday evening can totally transform your thinking. Plus, you can connect with cool people. Second, and I firmly believe that this is important even outside of college, always attend any event with free food. Finding campus events with free food will quickly become an advantageous skill. Third, buy your books online from places like Slugbooks or Thriftbooks and avoid the school bookstore. There are few scams in this world more devastating than the school bookstore scam. And lastly, befriend your professors. A lot of them are highkey cool as hell, but it also helps to develop a rapport with people who will be grading your work, ya know.

 I second all of the tips above, take advantage of all that your campus has to offer! Moving on, can you tell us about some difficulties you faced in college and how you overcame them? 

Being the child of immigrants who did not have access to higher education isn’t the easiest because they often don’t have the same frame of reference for this experience, so it can be tough for them to understand what you’re going through. Additionally, there are a lot of things that you have to navigate on your own that students with parents who’ve attended college may not necessarily face. Luckily, I have older siblings who were able to lead the way for me and offer assistance.

What life lessons have you learned during your time in college? 

Man, I feel like this is a loaded question. Personally, I feel like I really did a lot of growing up in college. I came in as an anxious 18-year-old and left as an arguably less anxious 20-year-old. Truthfully though, I think I really did develop a better understanding of both myself and the world in those three years, and I learned quite a few lessons. I learned the importance of speaking out and being confidant in my own ideas. I also learned that not everyone you meet will always see the world in the same way that you do and have the same values, and that that’s okay.

How is post-grad life? What are your plans? 

It feels super surreal to even think the term “post-grad” applies to me. I still refuse to accept my admission to adulthood. For now, I’m living a bit like a college student as I’m back home for the summer. But unlike the last three years, after the summer is over, instead of heading back to college, I’ll be heading to another country. Starting in September, I will be serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco, inshallah. For 27 months, I’ll be volunteering and living in Africa trying to make the world a little bit better. I am both ecstatic and petrified, depending on what day you catch me.

Any last-minute things you would like to add? 

I think college campuses are absolutely incredible, I really do. College is a genuinely unique experience because for four years of your life your greatest responsibility is to simply learn. You get to be totally immersed in an environment where knowledge is everywhere and you get to learn all the time, in classes, in different clubs and organizations, with guest speakers, and by meeting interesting people. There is so much to learn and explore so don’t stress too much and try to enjoy the experience for what it is.


There you have it folks! Nasro’s contact information is below if you have any questions for her, or would just like to wish her a safe journey as she enters an exciting chapter in her life.

Twitter: @nazzM5

Snapchat: @nasroM5

OOTD-ALL WHITE

OOTD-ALL WHITE

Hi guys!!

Here is an all white OOTD. Finding an all white modest outfit is so hard, but here is a look I put together. The details are all below, comment what you think! 

(p.s. I surprisingly didn’t get anything on my white outfit, so yay me!) 


Jumpsuit: Bell sleeve jumpsuit from Boohoo

Sleeveless duster: Boohoo

Heels: Boohoo

Hijab: random Somali shop (always find great hijabs at a great price)

Choker: Forever21

 

Eyebrows on fleek?

Eyebrows on fleek?

Hi guys! 

I had some requests to share what products I use for my eyebrows, so I wanted to let you guys know. What I like to do with my eyebrows is to conceal any imperfections, because I’m too much of a wimp to get my eyebrows plucked, waxed, or threaded.

                                                          Here are the products I use:

L.A Girl Pro Concealer in the shade warm honey

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in the shade ebony 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the shade ebony 

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Step 1: Use the Brow Wiz to define the shape of your eyebrows.

Step 2: Use the Brow Definer to fill in any areas where the hair is sparse, and use the spooley to blend out the products. I like to not use a lot of product on the front of my eyebrows to help get the fade effect (see picture below)

Step 3: Apply a small amount of concealer on an angled brow brush and clean under the brow. If necessary apply some concealer above the brow to help define the shape and hide any imperfections. 

There you have it folks! Here is the finished product.  

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If you have any questions, comments, or requests feel free to let me know in the comment section below or contact me on my social media accounts!

OOTD-Eid

OOTD-Eid

Hey guys! 

Here is my Eid OOTD. For those of you who don’t know what Eid is, it’s a Muslim holiday.  This is was the first Eid where I didn’t already know what I was wearing, I was too busy putting together baby girl’s outfit. Anyways, the details are posted below. Let me know what you think!

Dress: Forever21

Denim Jacket: Forever21

Hijab: Random Somali shop

Shoes: Lola Shoetique 

 

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