Thursday, 31 July 2014

Merry Eid!

Eid Mubarak, m'lovelies!

Apologies for the late post but I've been swamped with work and plans for my blog and fashion line!

I hope you all had a blessed Eid, hopefully with your families and friends! I spent Eid doing work and running down my street to my Aunt's house for grub.

I didn't have much time to purchase an 3abaya (cloak) for the day so I decided to wear one I've previously worn. On the morning of Eid, however, I was forced to wear a different one. This one, I've seen in EVERY local 3abaya store, imported from the UAE, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. It's black (probably comes in a range of colours), printed with metallic Arabic writing. The style varies from bags to scarves to kaftans and styled 3abayas.

Basically, I looked like a giant potato in the one I was given, so I took cotton to pin and ran thread like a marathon! My creation was a shorter dress draped longer on one side, paired with black skinny pants and kick-ass boots.

You can do this to any 3abaya or kaftan. It makes for a super chic top-dress, especially if the item's upper body and sleeves are styled (batwings, one tight sleeve etc - you girls know what I'm talkin'bout!)

Here's what to do:

1) Pin the 3abaya on one side along the side-stitching as high as you'd like, with the bottom pinned to the inside of the dress. Mine was pinned to reach below my waist but you can alter it as you feel you want to!

2) Stitch along the side (in the right color cotton!). If you know how to rouche or make pleats, go cray!

3) Put your dang pants on! (lol :))

4) Slip the dress on, tucking in a little bit of the shorter, stitched side into your pants. This will give it a little edge.

5) Be awesome.

Eid Mubarak!

- xxx
Zaahira Y'elena

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

OOTD Fee Falasteen

This OOTD has been inspired by my love for Palestine, and the constant onslaught that the beautiful land and people experience.

My heart is with the refugees, my sisters who don the kufiyyeh, throwing stones that are returned by live ammunition, and with the orphaned child, the childless parents, and the prisoners who's names the world doesn't even know.


Jersey dress: (Red leather shoulder-patched) OBR Identity

Tights: Edgars

Boots: Rage

Kufiyyeh: Vintage - my beautiful grandfather's

Bag: Vintage red snake skin - my grandmother's

Sunglasses: Vintage Ray Ban (yeah, check the bands!)

Read my next post for a report on the #Sandton4Gaza protest.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Mintage Vintage

I recently raided my mother's cupboard and claimed all her "old clothes." Well, I call them vintage, my siblings call them old. And hell, are they vintage class. 

At my meeting at Constitution Hill today, which arguably has the MOST amazing photographic landscapes and backgrounds, I couldn't resist an OOTD.

Today's outfit of the day:

Jersey: Soviet

Pants: TYTE

Jacket: Vintage (being recreated for a line that I'm designing so let me know what you guys think!)

Boots: Soviet

Head scarf: Palestinian kufiyyeh

Neck scarf: Unknown 

Again, let me know what you guys think!

- Zaahira Y'elena

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Castoration - The Eyelash Experiment

Hi guys!

So unlike many, and like many, I have SUPER short eyelashes. This irks me because I think long eyelashes are adorable, and I don't like using mascara often. Mascara tends to make my eyelashes fall out - I notice this when I'm cleansing my face or if I mistakenly rub my eyes.

Over the past few months, I've heard and read about using natural oils for hair growth.


I obviously did a ton of research and I've seen that coconut, almond and castor oil are somewhat miracle oils. I've never used anything but Bio-Oil (for soccer scars, burns, and other hyper-pigmentation-causing marks on my body), so I'm not fully confident that this will be worthwhile. However, the fact that it's natural is great, and I'd rather be trying it out than spending hundreds of dollars on one of the scam products I've seen online.

Oily hair is NASTY but I think I'll survive with a little on my eyelashes! Castor oil is apparently super good for such, so I've decided to apply and monitor. Some people noticed results in a matter of days, and others in a few weeks. Motivation to try it out? Haha!

If you're thinking of doing the same, make sure you purchase a sensitive product because harmful oils can obviously cause some blurring to your sight as well as burning in some cases, with more damage over time if used repeatedly. There are several flavours available but I've stuck with an original oil since my eyes cannot possibly taste berry-flavoured castor oil. Apply oil with an ear bud or q-tip (or even cotton wool or your finger) onto your top and bottom lashes before you sleep. Try to coat your lash roots, but be careful not to allow any oil into your eye.

To the long-eyelashed girls out there: Meh. I love your eyelashes. Gimme summa dat.

To the short-eyelashes girls out there:
Day 1 starts today, I'll check in with you guys as soon as I notice a change!

Zaahira Y'elena