My Birthday Brunch

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I haven’t done a proper birthday celebration in years, so this year I thought why not?!

It was a beautiful warm Sunday morning at Garden State where I invited some of my closest and dearest for brunch to celebrate turning 24! For this occasion, I decided to wear one of my favorite pieces that I bought a few months ago from Zara. The moment I spotted this unique piece, I knew I had to have it. I saw myself wearing it for at least the next 5 years, and that justified the splurge, as it was one of those expensive items at Zara.

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Below this embroidered piece, I wore a sports bra from Victoria’s Secret. Yes you read that right, a sports bra! I didn’t own any black cropped top, so I said to myself why not wear a sports bra instead. I was lucky with the weather, so I wasn’t feeling cold at all with this combination

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This birthday was really special, I was surrounded with amazing people who took really good care of me for the past week. I also want to dedicate a special thank you to my dearest school friends and my partner for being there for at least the past decade, you are the best!

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What do you think of this birthday outfit? How would you pair it?

Photos by: Zahra Basma

I was wearing:

Embroidered Cover: Zara (F/W 16-17)

Sports Bra: Victoria’s Secret

Leggings: American Apparel

Sunglasses: Rayban Round Metal Classics from Sunglass Hut

My Favorite Fall/Winter 2017 Trends

I feel like this season has arrived with lots of new trends to keep up with. Luckily, I am absolutely in love with almost everything I am seeing in stores, so shopping has never been better (Even my mom is being understanding)! In today’s post I will be briefly listing my top 5 favorite trends for this season in case you started shopping for the winter season

METALLICS

This is one of my absolute favorite trends for this season! I really love metallic pieces if worn properly and subtly. For the festive season, you will really need to invest in metallic piece, I already got some pieces that you will hopefully see soon on the blog (or my Instagram page @laraajouzz)

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VELVET 

This is most definitely my favorite trend for 2017! I can still clearly remember my mom in the late 90s-early 2000’s wearing velvet dresses and shirts, and saying Whoah I want to wear that when I am older. YAY me, the trend is back and I can even wear my mom’s vintage pieces 🙂

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EMBROIDERED 

This is also one of my favorite trends for the season. I really love how artistic and unique a piece looks when embroidered, it can be kept for a really long time if well taken care of. I recently invested in an embroidered piece from Zara, and to justify the price, I had convince my mom that I will pass on this piece to future generations haha!

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BAND T-SHIRTS 

I just love seeing 90’s bands on t-shirts and I guess that’s enough! I guess Zara & Forever 21 have some cool band t-shirts now in case you were searching

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OVER-SIZED 

Sadly this trend doesn’t really work for my body type, but I LOVE seeing it on friends and models. However, I did manage to buy a few over-sized items like t-shirts and a blazer

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What are your favorite trends for 2017?

Lara xx

 

Brand Closeup: RIWAYA-Stories Worn

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RIWAYA-Stories Worn is the result of two passionate sisters Ginan and Salma (@sunsetdeamor). I’ve known for a long time that both of them are massive ring collectors; wherever they travel, they have to bring back home a ring or more. When I heard that Salma and Ginan are starting their own jewelry line I wasn’t surprised at all, I could see all their creativity and passion pouring into their own brand, a brand all about stories and memories that you collect from all around the world.

The first item that drew me quickly to the collection was the map ring, I mean how gorgeous is this piece!! I had to immediately make an order because I knew this was going to be a sell-out piece!

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So far I am really impressed with the quality of the rings, both of them are pure silver and they match my set of everyday rings perfectly. The collection varies between silver and gold pieces, so you can choose your preference

Modern Nomad is the the name of this collection, and it pays tribute to the traveler in every one of us, living life without a fixed address, urging home to be everywhere. You could clearly sense the wanderlust feeling in this collection with all its statement pieces

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Rest assured, you will definitely be reading more about this brand on the blog 🙂

Stay updated on RIWAYA’s latest news @storiesworn on Instagram

Lara xx

My Most Worn Pieces

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I was doing this photo shoot at the office last week (Thanks Mimi for the photos) when I realized that I was actually wearing the pieces that I wear the most

Starting with the jacket: I got this Olive color jacket from Zara last winter not knowing how much I will be wearing it for casual and dressy days. It is so versatile and easy to style to the extend that I find myself wearing it almost everyday in the colder weather.

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The shorts: I found those shorts this Summer at Stradivarius. What I love the most about them is their suitable length since I was struggling in finding the perfect shorts that won’t show my butt cheeks, and they were extremely affordable ($32). I also love the cut-out detail! I think I wore those shorts every other day (if not every single day) for straight 2 months!

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The t-shirt: I received this t-shirt as a gift at the Adidas Originals store opening in Beirut Souks. It is seriously one of the comfiest shirts I have, it’s so soft and perfectly over-sized, and that’s why you can find me wearing it at least once a week either to the office or to the yoga class.

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Accessories: If you know me, you know very well that I wear chokers approximately on a daily basis. The one I am wearing in this photo shoot is from Zara. I do admit they have the best selection of stylish chokers. The rings are my new obsession designed by  my blogger friends Salma and Ginan. They both have a passion for collecting rings, and now they started their own line Riwaya. I will be dedicating a full post for my most-worn jewelry items, so stay tuned for that!

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Stay tuned for a new post tomorrow! If you don’t know yet, I challenged myself to blog everyday during the week for the month of November, so expect a variety of new posts coming your way this month!

Lara xx

Best Places to Find Unique Chokers

I know, I’ve been an extremely bad blogger lately! To be honest, I won’t use my busy work schedule as an excuse, I’ve just been out of ideas and uninspired for the past couple of months. BUT, today I am coming back with a topic that I thoroughly enjoy!

For the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with chokers. I rarely style anything without throwing a choker, and after that moment, I feel my outfit is complete. It all started with that 90’s tattoo choker, and after that I started buying more and more designs

In today’s post, I will be listing a few of my favorite places where you can find unique and cool chokers because let’s face it, this trend is not going away anytime soon!

1- Zara

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Zara is my hands down favorite place to find chokers. Every time I go there, I discover that they released a new pack of chokers, and I get this urge to buy more. They just have the coolest designs for fair prices, and they usually have 2-3 chokers per pack which makes it a good deal

2- Vanina

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Vanina is a Lebanese jewelry brand with lots of super cool designs. If you’re looking for a choker with an edge for a special occasion, then Vanina is your place to go. I am not sure about their exact prices, but I am guessing you pay for what you get in terms of design and attention to details

3- Trichellas

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Trichellas is one of the Lebanese brands that I discovered on Instagram. I fell in love with all their simple yet edgy chokers to the extend that I instantly ordered 3 pieces! The chokers that you find on this Instagram page are the ones that you can wear on a daily basis (layered or single), and the best part is that they are budget friendly with superb quality. Instagram: @trichellas

4- HRH Collection

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If you’re looking for dainty layered chokers then HRH is the brand for you! I started noticing this international brand on YouTube since many YouTubers were given part of the brand’s collection as a gift. I couldn’t help but love the layering of the necklaces, it adds so much elegance to your overall look, yet keeping the edgy factor

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at laraspeaksstyle@gmail.com

Lara xx

 

GardenState of Mind

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Last month, I had the opportunity to take part in a super cool photo shoot with a fresh and exciting concept. I was shooting alongside some awesome bloggers for Garden State’s summer season.

For those of you who don’t know, Garden State is a nightlife venue located in the middle of a garden. You can’t help but feel like you’re in a secret garden in the middle of the bustling city. For more information about the venue, you can check their Facebook page here

A big thank you to Andco, Vanina, The Goodlife, and the photographer Tony Elieyeh for making this project a great experience 🙂

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Hope you liked the photos 🙂

Lara xx

Twirl

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Those photos were taken on a random day at work, where I felt like twirling and twirling in my skirt!

The coming week is going to be really tough at work, so those photos are a reminder that a positive attitude is always key when dealing with work pressure.

On a separate note, I am glad that this outfit was consisted of very basic items in my closet like the (faux) leather jacket and the white t-shirt, but the hat made all the difference, and that’s why I am obsessed with hats:D

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I feel this month is going to be a good one, how about you?

Lara xx