Wadha Al-Jaber

A 22 year old Business Administration graduate, blogging enthusiast, amateur photographer, books embracer and an art admirer.

Travel Diary: London’s Museums Edition

 

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Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated with visuals. I would find great comfort in looking at paintings, sculptures, photographs, and films more than reading books. Don’t get me wrong, reading is incredibly therapeutic as well, but I personally found visuals more intriguing.

Whenever I visit art museums and exhibitions, I always leave with more questions than answers, and more confusion than certainty. After all, art is supposed to provoke us. But when art provoked me, I learnt to look for inspiration rather than anger, and within inspiration I found extreme calmness.

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Travel Diary: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is definitely one of the most underrated European city I have visited, and I have no idea why! Everyone seems to romanticise Paris, but Brussels, in my humble opinion, is definitely more charming and exciting. Besides Brussels amazing chocolate and street waffle (nothing beats that to be honest), the city’s architecture is so captivating!

  
  
  
 

Breakfast With A View

Lavarenne French Brasserie, Doha, Qatar.

Model Off Duty: Rosie Huntington Whiteley 

The ex Victoria Secret Angel, Balmain’s muse, and Model Rosie Hungington Whiteley, once mentioned in a interview that she actually didn’t aspire to become a top model at all, instead she wanted to work in the fashion industry. However, when she signed up for a model agency, her agency told her she was better working in front of the camera than behind.

The reason I’m telling this story is because I was always inspired by RHW’s street style, she was one of rare models who knew how to dress herself. Rosie always looked versatile yet herself , and that proves that she truly has an eye for fashion.

Rosie has a couple of signature pieces that are noticeable in almost all her looks, she likes to wear hats, big sunglasses and carry big purses.

                            

Travel Diary: Amsterdam, Netherlands

After The Hague, Amsterdam was our next destination, and I expected Amsterdam to be relatively the same as The Hague, since both cities are near each other, however, I was wrong. (That was the first and the last time I was wrong in my life).

Amsterdam was so beautiful from the small cozy restaurants and cafes next to the canals, the incredibly underrated architecture, and of course the delicious Dutch street stroopwafles.


Still, I faced one problem with Amsterdam, which was the bicycles. Bicycles were everywhere and people who were on bikes had the first priority to cross the street, so you had to be careful not to be hit by one. Even in the park, where bikes are allowed, I couldn’t roam around freely and that was a bit annoying.

Also, as expected, Amsterdam was a very crowded and busy city filled with tourists, so that what mainly differed Amsterdam from The Hague, the busyness.

I visited most of the places I planned to visit, however, I didn’t have the chance to visit Anne Frank’s house, as time wasn’t in my favor.

In the 5 days I spent in Ansterdam I visited Stedelijk museum, Madame Tussauds, Rijksmuseum, and excersiced or shopped (whichever you prefer) in Dam sqauare and P.C. Hooftstraat. 

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Travel Diary: The Hague, Netherlands

This summer I was SO excited to visit the Netherlands for the first time. Actually whenever I mention that fact in front of my mom, she always corrects me by saying and I quote “Your second time, you have been there when you were one, don’t you remember?”. Yes mom, I remember that like it was yesterday…

Anyways, The Hague was beyond my expectations. Literally. Everything was utter perfection, from the location of our hotel (which was in front of the beach, how cool is that!), to the wide range of restaurants, and of course the museums.

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      If you are planning to visit Amsterdam, try to fit in The Hague in your schedule as well, it’s a MUST visit, and is only 40 minutes (car ride) away from the capital city.

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Well, this summer was extremely busy that I did not have the time to read plenty of books. In the past 3 months I had a summer course, followed by an internship, and a family vacation to Europe. I, however, had the time to read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, which was highly recommended to me a couple of times, but I did not have the time or the enthusiasm to read it, not until this summer.

It has been almost three years since I’ve read a romantic novel, and I thought Eleanor & Park is going to be a cliché book about a cheesy love story between two teenagers, written by a middled age author who does not remember how was it like to be a teenager. Except for the fact that I was dead wrong.

The plot was SO captivating that I finished the book within a span of 5 hours. I don’t usually finish a book written in English within hours, as English is my second language, and I’m slower at reading books written in English than Arabic, but I managed to finish Eleanor & Parks relatively fast, as the storyline was so exciting and eventful that I wanted to know the ending.

READ the book if you want to be reminded how beautiful it is to be in love.

Inspiration of The Week: Edie Sedgwick

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I have always been fascinated by the swinging sixties and how the fashion industry tremendously evolved during that decade. Audrey Hepburn, Jane Birkin, Twiggy and Brigitte Bardot were few of the 60’s most famous fashion icons who a lot of people look up to, including me. Recently, however, Edie Sedgwick who was Andy Warhol’s favourite muse, is the one who captured my attention and inspired me with her effortless bleached hair style, thick eyebrows, long earrings and captivating smile.

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Nighttime Beauty Routine

For a long time I’v been using so many products on my face that my skin could not take it anymore and started to breakout. I have to say, the beginning of this year was hell for my face. I had pimples like I have never had in my entire teenage years, and I was freaking out on what to use in order to stop them from popping.

I went to many dermatologist asking for accutane, but they  refused telling me that my acne was not that severe for accutane, and prescribed me a punch of face washes and creams that did not work for me. So, I kept trying many products and used the ones that my skin positively cooperated with.

It took me so long to find out what makes my skin happy, because whatever I applied kept irritating my skin (I have a combination skin of oily T-Zone and dry cheeks). But I finally found the perfect regimen, so lets get started!

Firstly, I remove my make-up using either Sensai cleaning balm or Bioderma sensible H2O, both work really good with my skin and it does not itches or irritate my skin in any way. Plus, I found both products to be more effective in removing my make-up than the makeup wipes.

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Secondly, I wash my face using The Body Shop Tea Tree oil facial wash. The face wash does not perfectly dry out my oily T-Zone. Therefore, I also apply the Tea Tree Scrub to from The Body Shop as well to exfoliate my skin, and I must admit it works like magic! Finally, I apply the 100% concentrated tea tree oil only on the pimples or the scars and it actually dries the pimples out. I could not find a 100% concentrated tea tree oil in The Body Shop, however, you will be able to find it in any regular pharmacy.

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Thirdly, I apply GLAMGLOW mud mask on my face once or twice a week, it is very effective and keeps my skin not only dry, but also taut.

Finally, since I use many products to dry my face, I apply The Body Shop Vitamin E aqua boost sorbet cream to moisturize my face, but I only apply the it on my cheeks, because my nose and forehead become super oily whenever I apply the moisturizer on them.

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Victoria Beckham; The Fashion Designer

I have always admired and adored Victoria Beckham as a wife, mother, fashion designer and most importantly as a business woman.

Victoria Beckham had a big transition from being a Posh Spice Girl and a pop icon to where she is today, which not only required a good vision, but hard work and strong determination in order to understand how to earn respect and recognition in the competitive fashion industry.

The main reason I have admiration and respect for Mrs. Beckham is because she never let her ego ruin her business. Despite being a famous pop icon before making her debut as a fashion designer, she never really made a “huge jump” to the fashion world by opening retail stores all around the globe, in fact she did quite the opposite. She started with small fashion presentations and evolved from that. Also, she launched her E-commerce almost two year ago and just opened her first retail store in London in 2014 (after being in the fashion industry for almost 6 years.) So, starting big is not always the wisest decision to make, even though she had the talent, fame and the money to do so.

Moreover I admire her for the reason that Victoria acknowledges the fact that she is still learning the business and that she is not where she is today because she “made it alone”. During most of her talks, Victoria always mentions and gives credit to her team for helping her understand the business better in order to make the best business decisions she can to protect her brand equity.

In today’s crazy, fast and competitive fashion industry, Victoria Beckham has earned her spot and her brand marked its presence in the fashion world for being simple and sophisticated yet most importantly wearable.

Here’s a video of Victoria Beckham’s being interviewed by The New York Times in her studio.

My Love For Cheon Song-yi’s Closet

I have been a fan of Korean dramas for almost three years now. One of the many reasons I like to watch K-Drama instead of American tv shows beside the storyline of course, is the actresses’ sense of fashion. I truly believe that Koreans have great style and are being underrated or perhaps under shadowed by the Parisian, Londoners, Milanese and New Yorkers.

My Love From the Star, the name of the K-drama that I recently watched was a huge success not only in South Korea, but in China, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines as well. Everything from the clothes, shoes, jewelry and even the lipstick Jun Ji-hyun (the main actress) or Cheon Song-yi (the role she played) wore in the TV show was instantly sold out in all Korea. Also, I read that big fashion labels such as Chanel, Givenchy, Celine, Valentino and many more used to send their products to the set hoping the stylist would pick an outfit from their brand for the actress to wear on the TV show.

Be prepared because this post will tear your heart out and you’ll wish you had Cheon Song-yi’s closet.

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I mean don’t we all wish we had her closet?

Book Review: Outliers; The Story of Success

“Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.”

Two years ago, a friend of mine recommended me to buy a book by Malcolm Gladwell called Outliers. So I did, but I always managed to postpone reading it thinking a psychology genre book will simply be boring and full of scientific terms that I will not understand (how stereotypical of me lol).

I, however, was blown away by the book, and I honestly have never been so in love with a book this much before. Malcolm Gladwell’s story telling is what I call the “3 E’s”: Entertaining, Enlightening and Educational. Furthermore, I learned so much from Outliers, Gladwell presented the theories and hypothesizes in a straightforward and clear language.

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

Outliers will make you feel good about your self and that success is not only contributed to factors like being a genius, talented and hard worker, but also to factors such as cultural legacies, opportunities and 10,000 hours of practice.

“Ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert in anything.”

If I can recommend one book for the rest of my life it would be Outliers. Highly, highly recommended!

A Dose of Inspiration

I have been always inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s designs, but I have never seen one of his interviews not until today, and boy I was amazed by his charming and fun personality. In addition, Mr. de la Renta gave so many good advices during his New York Times interview, that I couldn’t not share with you all. Enjoy! x

“I’ve seen that there are different type of designers: there are survivors like me, and then there are designers who so strongly marked a period of fashion that they could never get out of it. And I have seen that in fashion, the most important thing to do is to move on.”


“I do not think about mistakes, every mistake is an experience; I mean it is not a mistake it is whatever you felt at that time and you learn from it.”

Diane Von Furstenberg is truly one strong, fierce and independent woman. She never disappoints with her designs and her interviews are always so inspiring. I always learn from her wise words, not just in terms of fashion, but life in general as well. This watch is highly recommended!

“Once you have clarity, then you have strategy and when you have strategy, you have success.”

September is the January of Fashion

So fashion month is over and I was honestly so inspired and amazed by all the artistic pieces I’ve seen on the runway this season. I looked at almost all the collections from New York Fashion Week to Paris Fashion Week, and god that was tiring yet fun! Very enjoyable I must admit.

I was disappointed with big fashion names like Christian Dior, Valentino and Louis Vuitton, their collections did not impress me at all. Other big names, on the contrary, such as Fendi, Carolina Herrara and Oscar de La Renta amazed me!
My favorite collections in no particular order are:

Monique Lhuillier, NYFW

Monique Lhuillier never fails to fascinate me! Her dresses are always so elegant and dreamy. I bet if Disney princesses were real, they would definitely wear one of Monique Lhuillier’s dresses.

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Oscar de La Renta, NYFW

Oscar de La Renta dresses are always on point and everyone from teens to grandmas can gracefully wear one of ODLR dresses.

 

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Carolina Herrera, NYFW

Oh the lovely Carolina Herrera, I just love her class and I truly aspire to look like her when I am in my 70s. Her newest collection was inspired by the East Asian culture and you can witness that from the hair of the models to the outfit they were wearing. Moreover, the dresses looked like oil paintings which blew my mind away. I must admit, Carolina Herrera was my absolute favourite collection during New York Fashion Week.

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Versace, MFW

I loved the bold colours and the glitter dresses in Versace newest collection. The models looked incredibly attractive on the runway( which is unusual) with their soft slick back hair and natural make-up.

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Fendi, MFW

Karl Lagerfeld is a genius and we all know it. Whether Mr. Lagerfeld is designing for Chanel or Fendi his creations always leave me in awe! I liked this collection in particular for so many reasons. I liked the simplicity of the hair, the make-up was edgy yet wearable, the details on the purses and the feather dresses of course. Everything was a complete, utter perfection. Bravo!

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Nina Richie, PFW

Nina Richie designs are always so simple, elegant and classy but never boring! A lot of designers fail to design simple dresses yet interesting ones, and that is one of the reasons why I disliked Christian Dior newest collection. Raf Simons, the creative director of CD designed absolutely boring dresses, they were wearable, but very boring and repetitive. Being in the crazy and highly competitive fashion industry, one doesn’t simply design boring clothes.

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I will end this post with a quote I strongly believe in by Anna Wintour:

Create your own individual style. I’m not interested in the girl who walks into my office in a head-to-toe label look that’s straight off the runway. I’m interested in the girl who puts herself together in an original, independent way.

All Time Favorites

I was planning to write a post about my all time favorite for so long and never got the time or the effort to do so. I am being a bad blogger, I know. :p

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I have noticed that most of my favourite products are pink. Coincidence? I don’t think so LOL!

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1- Forever 21 Bunny Make-Up Bag: I fell in love with this makeup bag right when I saw it on the shelf! It is so cute and really practical. To add more, it has so much space and I can fit my entire make up and brushes inside it. Really.

2- One moment by One Direction: I know, I know, One Direction seriously? The lotion smells so good though! I am addicted to the smell. I can sniff my hands all day if I applied the lotion on. (Weird, but true)

3- Dior So Real Sunglasses: Believe it or not, the Dior sunglasses was an impulse purchase, and it was the best decision I’ve made in a while. I get compliments on my glasses wherever I go, which is very exciting!

4- Cherry Blossom Body Spray by The Body Shop: I absolutely love all Cherry Blossom products by the body shop and I have been buying this particular body spray for three years now.

5- Posietint Lip and Cheek Stain by Benefit: If you don’t know about this product by Benefit, you probably have been living under a rock! This lip and check stain is AMAZING! I use it as a lipstick most of the time, as it leaves a natural color on my lips.

6- Bioderma Moisturizer: Since I have a sensitive skin, almost all the moisturizers I apply irritate and breakout my skin, however, my skin seems to like Bioderma for some reason! Bioderma leaves my skin pimple-free and most importantly hydrated.

7- H&M Ear Cuff Earrings: This is one of the most stylish and edgy earrings I own. I usually like small and classic earrings, like pearls, but I just couldn’t resist not buying this piece of art.

8- Victoria Secret Blush: I was sad to know that Victoria Secret will no longer offer their make-up line, so I bought a bunch of their blush, because it is the absolute best. Makes my pink cheeks look super natural!

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