My Fashion “Anti-Haul”: Trendy Items I am not Willing to Invest In

So, before we start this post I want to clarify what is a ” Fashion Anti-Haul”. Basically, it’s the things that I am not interested in buying for several reasons. I found this concept on YouTube and I felt like I really need to blog about this since it’s a new intake on trends and shopping in general.

We are constantly being bombarded with trends and items that we feel the need to buy, but sometimes its good to step back and realize that we don’t need to buy all these items to feel happy and content. I also intended on writing about this since bloggers are technically perceived as a sales agents for everything related to the fashion/beauty industry, and this raises a huge question mark on what items should we buy or not. Are all trends worth the investment? 

Below are a few items/trends that I am simply not buying. I learned my lessons over the years, I will not easily fall in the same trap! Whether I am paying a large or a small amount of money, I really don’t need it all!

1- Pearl Jeans

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It looks like pearls on everything is the newest trend. Wherever I go, I find pearls on shoes, bags, sunglasses, clothes, etc.. I’ve been also particularly eyeing jeans with pearls on them and it seems like everyone has these pants now (Thanks Zara). I really don’t find it necessary to purchase those jeans or any item with pearls on it simply because it will become useless next year and I would have paid a lot of money on them. The jeans for example are above $50 so I’d rather invest in a pair that I can regularly wear for a long time.

2- One Piece Swimsuits

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If I can give summer ’17 a theme it would be ” One Piece Swimsuits & Flamingo Inflatables”. I am sure you’ve noticed how wide spread the one-piece swim suit trend is. However, this is also an item that I am not willing to purchase seeing that I usually like to stick to timeless pieces that I can wear for more than 2 summers. Moreover, I usually don’t have the flexibility to go regularly to the beach so I end up wearing my swim suits a maximum of 2 times each. That’s why, I will not be adding one-piece swim suits to my collection any time soon.

3- Bags

I love bags! I will always spend money on bags with no regret, but sometimes when you’re throwing a serious amount on certain bags you need to do a lot of researching

  • GUCCI:

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Gucci has been releasing a lot of models lately and I really don’t see them as timeless trendy pieces that can be worn for many years. I can’t afford a Gucci bag at the moment, but even if I did, I would never invest in such pieces that I could only wear for one season.

  • Basket Bags

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So, “The Little Red Riding Hood”  basket bag is a thing right now. I don’t mean to be rude, but I really don’t see the logic behind carrying a basket bag. Sure, they’re cute and everything, but they look super impractical and they are quite expensive. This is also an item that is here to stay for one season so I am surely not interested to buy a bag that can only be useful for a Sunday picnic.

4- Shoes

  • Les Tropeziennes Sandals

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This was one item I bought a few years ago because I fell under the internet spell. I saw everyone wearing them and I thought to myself why not invest in a pair of sandals that will last a long time and are supposedly good quality sandals. Man I was wrong! I remember purchasing these sandals for approximately $85 thinking that they will last me a lifetime, only to learn one summer after that they’re my biggest purchase disappointment. After wearing them for a few times, they became seriously slippery and they looked super disgusting like I’ve worn them for 6 years (Keeping in mind that I extra good care of all my shoes, clothes, and bags). I don’t think I will ever buy expensive shoes ever again after this experience.

  • Swimming/Training Slides

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For the past year or so I’ve also been seeing a lot of those Adidas and Nike slides that look weird and are also ridiculously expensive. Actually I still don’t understand why would I want to wear athlete slippers in public, they’re not casual in the sense that they could be thrown with a pair of genes and a t-shirt. They would still make me look like a lazy person or an athlete wannabee so no thanks.

  • Fenty Fur Slides

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I really don’t want to go on and on and waste time and energy on those hideous shoes. Simply I will never think of buying those shoes and neither should you.

So here you have it, my “Fashion Anti-Haul”! I really hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it made you think a bit about some items that you regret buying and your future buying habits. As I mentioned before, you really don’t need to follow and spend on every trend out there. Next time you go shopping think a bit about the item that you’re about to buy and how much use can you get out of it.

What are the items that will fall under your fashion anti-haul?

Lara xx

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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

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

Dress Up December: Holiday Style Selection

Hello everyone! With the holidays being just around the corner, I thought of preparing a post not just for inspiration, but for actual garments that you can find now in a wide selection of stores all around the world to make your shopping experience more efficient.

I have already shared some personal style posts before for inspiration, and I will show you what I will actually wear for Christmas and NYE!

As a general tip, go for unique pieces because it’s the perfect time of the year to look and feel your absolute best! As I have stated before, you can choose simple outfits that you already have but pump them up with statement jewelry, headpieces, shoes, or even your makeup. You can also rely on the outfit itself as a statement if you go for sequined/embellished outfits.

Below you have my picks! Happy Shopping xx

Both pieces are from Zara, I love glitters and headpieces during this time of the year!

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This dress is from Kate Spade, I love the royal blue color and the stunning back of that dress

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This long and simple dress is from Bershka, you can add a statement necklace for a perfect Holiday look 

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I loved this Charles & Keith clutch from the minute I saw it because of that radiant and statement color!

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Here you see a beautiful jumpsuit and a sequined suit both from Lovers + Friends the perfect items for this season

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The best way to complete an outfit is through a statement clutch and this Micheal Kors clutch can finish up your look perfectly! 

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Happy Holidays!

Lara xx

Leather & Denim

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This outfit has 3 of my favorite items: leather, denim, and of course the hat! One of my favorite things about winter is that you can match so many items together, and play on your outfit with some layering. Here I tried to pump up the outfit with a hat and my statement necklace, and my leather skirt also had a statement effect since it’s flowy!

This week we have been fortunate in Lebanon with a beautiful weather, almost felt like spring, so I felt the need to shoot an outfit photo since I haven’t been sharing any for a long time.

Starting today, I want to share with you that I will be posting photos under the hashtag #dressupdecember where I will be sharing some outfit ideas for Christmas and New Year’s Eve! Stay tuned 🙂

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I was wearing:

Skirt: Zara (au/w 14-15)

Necklace + Bag: Zara (s/s 14)

Denim Shirt: Stradivarius (au/w 14-15)

Hat: Bershka (old)

Thank you Ahmad for the pictures! Have a great weekend everyone!!

Lara xx