wool and cashmere

wool and cashmere

 wool and cashmere by saamstaa featuring a cable knit beanie

this look is perfect for walking around in the cold, with a slight breeze and the smell of coffee in the air. the look consists of a wool and cashmere gray and blue cape, black full sleeve top and some ripped skinny jeans. gray accessories are added which include, heeled boots, a satchel, a beanie with a pompom, knitted gloves, and a watch. #winter2017 #Winter #warm

 

Zimmermann long sleeve turtleneck
520 CAD – zimmermannwear.com

Burberry poncho cape
370 CAD – monnierfreres.com

Closed torn jeans
farfetch.com

Prada grey ankle booties
650 CAD – neimanmarcus.com

Faux leather purse
31 CAD – yoins.com

ROSEFIELD watch
simons.ca

Rella cable knit beanie
45 CAD – lordandtaylor.com

Vince Camuto grey glove
13 CAD – bluefly.com

Linea Venus wall stickers
27 CAD – houseoffraser.co.uk

 

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journaling

I haven’t picked up a pen and properly written about my day or my thoughts or my dreams or what I have seen in so long. I used to keep a diary. and to be honest I still do. I am proud to say that I have come up to at least eight so far. however, the past few years I haven’t been able to write in them. I always pick up a new blank notebook that is ready to be filled by memories, however I always forget. or I always get distracted by a certain point in my life.

last year, as in twenty-sixteen, I wrote in my diary for the last few months. as well as in the summer. I was able to express myself through my words and sketches and doodles of random people and things everywhere and all around. I am so proud of that. but, here I am. the entirety of this past year has been filled with many memories and little moments that I wish I properly captured. I wish I could have written them in detail. word by word. letter by letter. just to show my future self the wonderful and not so wonderful moments of my life.

I will say that a huge reason for the lack of writing and expressing myself in my diary or journal would be due to the amount of time I may have in a day left over. my day usually consists of school, homework, work around the house, do some art, homework, sleep, homework, repeat. on top of that I must be able to spend time with my family, with my friends and with myself. the time I have to myself usually is filled with doodles and videos of homey vlogs and conan gray.

however, I have been able to keep some of my memories. through old receipts of ice capps from timmies or the amount of art supplies we managed to buy in one. tickets and scraps of doodles on napkins are also added to this overgrowing collection of memories.

through little presents and tiny messages written throughout our notes, which classmates would find and question our sanity. though hundreds of pictures and short videos of the random times we spend talking about deep meaningful and pretentious-ish, to the hilarious and dramatic slow motion videos we made of our time.

one way that I have been keeping a proper account of whatever we do, is writing every event into a calendar that is within my bullet journal. and along with everyday tasks, I write small notes of important and big events or even the little moments that I wish to keep away for the future.

I have planned that this year, that no matter what, I am going to take all the stuff that I have with me that is recorded of my many memories and start compiling them back into my journals and diaries. along with it, I will start a new journal. one of my memories and thoughts for this coming year.

this is my new goal. to always and I mean everyday, take out sometime for myself to journal about my day and express myself even when nothing comes out. it’s going to take a while to record and put everything into a small book, but this is a goal. and I am going to accomplish this. by the end of the summer, I hope that all my new and old memories are recorded and kept for safe keeping in the drawer under my bed.

samsta<3

inspiration: where I keep my secrets | sosonia’s journal flip through

memories of twenty-seventeen

dear reader,

this past year has definitely been a roller coaster of emotions and memories. i have had many ups and many downs this year. many heartbreaks, many headaches and many memories made through all this. many goals were set. a few broke halfway through due to circumstances and some actually made it through to the other side.

my life in general has been kind of rough this past month due to personal matters that I’ve tried to deal with but gave up half way through. the heartache has been enough to last me a while. my year however, was filled with laughs and cries due to a few chapters in my life ending, and new ones beginning. memories were still made day in and day out. the people by my side have stayed the same, and some faces have reappeared in my life that i am so grateful to have again. i have missed them for many years and i can’t ever begin to explain how much i cherish them being back in my life. one of them would be my best friend, who i haven’t seen in years. along with a cousin who i haven’t seen in more than a decade who decided to surprise us in the middle of day and has come to stay. oh how I’ve missed these moments.

as I’ve said I’ve made many many memories with the people i love throughout this past year with marshmallows toasting upon a fire in the middle of the night, to exploring new places in the big city, to running around an open field with the sunset behind us… as well as a very weird and tall bicycle… I’ve also completed many personal goals. a few i will state include reading more books, watching more shows, spending more time with my family, reuniting with the friends who i have lost in touch with and so much more.

one big goal i started to have early this year, was to do more for this blog. this blog has officially been running for three years now. at the beginning of the year, i had about 50 followers. once i started posting more on this blog, created a twitter account and partaked in actually engaging with other bloggers online, i started to gain a better following and found out how many other amazing people are out there trying to get their voice out. whether it was to encourage others, to speak out on issues that they believed, or wanted to be recognized for all the wonderful work they put into what they love, i honestly couldn’t have done it without all of them. they continue to inspire and make me have the desire to actually put a step forward. this blog has been moving quiet slowly if you would compare it to others who have started blogging this year and already have gained hundreds to thousands of followers. i honestly feel blessed to how my blog has progressed. i have been able to find my style and find the voice, and find what i love to put forward into the world. this year was big for me as i gained so much, and finally reached a goal of surpassing a hundred followers! i’m still in shock that this actually occurred!

this post is dedicated to everyone who has made this year one hell of a ride for me. from my friends to my family, who have helped me through this tough year and who have created all these amazing memories with. from all the bloggers and followers who have helped to encourage me to keep pursuing what i want without knowing. and to everyone who i haven’t met yet. thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating such a wonderful year. i wish you all a time full of happiness, and laughter, and tears and everything that will make you, you!

dear reader, here’s to the new year! ❤

samsta<3

art adventures

on december nineteen, twenty-seventeen, my friend and I went downtown and had a day filled of art and fun. we laughed, we talked, and we drew. literally. this day was a day dedicated for us to catch up after a few months and to explore the arts we could find in downtown.

our first and only stop (or so we thought) was going to the Royal Ontario Museum, or the ROM. we only went their to explore and look around. oh, we also brought our sketchbooks with us. we drew everything we found interesting and beautiful and we went through the entire building while having our sketchbooks in our hands, backpacks on our back, and looking wide-eyed at everything around us. we went everyone, well, everywhere we were allowed to go. their were two exhibits that we weren’t able to go to as we had to pay an extra amount. one of them was Christian Dior’s collection. I was disappointed to say the least. at least I got to see one of them, which was a little red number. absolutely breathtaking! we mainly spent time on the second floor with all the animals and spent almost an hour or more just in that section. our trip to ROM and sketching was definitely a success!

we spent about three-ish hours there, and then proceeded to go to the tim hortons to have a little lunch. I obviously had an ice-capp even though it was freezing outside, with a croissant. we stayed at the place for about an hour-ish while finishing up our lunch, and talking about what we were doing in our time out of university. also, I may have looked through her entire sketchbook. honestly, my friends are so talented! you all should check her out on Instagram! her name is @nagayamaaa .

after we were done, we did a quick stop at starbucks, and then proceeded to walk for twenty minutes. we randomly decided during lunch to head to some art stores we love. we just didn’t know that it would take so long! we ended up going to curry’s and above the ground! I will say that I may have spent a little more than I should have while we were there. we can’t help it though! everything is there! and it’s so beautiful! and it’s art supplies! you wouldn’t be able to resist them either!

the whole day in general was amazing! and I really have to thank my friend for inviting me on this art adventure! we did so much in just a few hours. we spent time at a museum and got through almost everything. we had lunch together. we spent a little too long in some art shops looking at pens and sketchbooks! we drew everything that we came across. we chatted and caught up about our crazy and hectic new life we have been living. we spent time together that I appreciate so much. so, thank you to you. you have been an amazing friend, and this day was honestly a day filled with laughter, deep talks, new revelations, art, and so much more. here’s to many more!

samsta<3

#polypresents: party dresses – satin in the new year

#polypresents: party dresses - satin in the new year

 #polypresents: party dresses – satin in the new year by saamstaa featuring typography wall art

this look is perfect for the new year and formal parties. the look consists of a silver dress with a glitter belt, and simple gray heeled boots. accessories include a glitter satchel, ring, crown and a watch. this look is simple, and with the accessories added makes it much more formal and perfect for formal events. #Winter #newyear #PolyPresents  #contestentry

 

Halston Heritage shiny dress
495 CAD – stylebop.com

Gianvito Rossi gray ankle boots
570 CAD – net-a-porter.com

Sole Society sequin handbag
35 CAD – solesociety.com

Tiffany Co preowned ring
3,475 CAD – 1stdibs.com

CLUSE white strap watch
150 CAD – trouva.com

Bling Jewelry bridal flower crown
32 CAD – bluefly.com

Glitter belt
38 CAD – gap.com

Umbra typography wall art
42 CAD – coggles.com

 

Dubai Modest Fashion Week (2017) – Part 2

Dear Reader,

Here is the final mini-collection of my favourite designs that were showcased at Dubai Fashion Week from December 8th to December 9th. I would say that this fashion week was definitely a success with the amount of designers and influences that attended to support the show. Not only that, but it once again helped to show that being modest can also mean being fashionable. I thank and appreciate all these Muslim designers and Muslim fashion lovers greatly for showing the world who we are and that as Muslims we also love fashion.

Once again, as it is a mini-collection, the list of designers and their links are added before the collection is seen. If you click on a picture, the designers name should show up. The pictures were collected from the official website and Instagram.

The website I used to look up designers, their designs, was called Dubai Modest Fashion Week. Continue reading

Dubai Modest Fashion Week (2017) – Part 1

Dear Reader,

Here is a mini-collection of my favourite designs that were showcased at Dubai Fashion Week from December 8th to December 9th. As it is a mini-collection, the list of designers and their links are added before the collection is seen. If you click on a picture, the designers name should show up. The pictures were collected from the official website and Instagram.

The website I used to look up designers, their designs, was called Dubai Modest Fashion Week. Continue reading

Dubai Modest Fashion Week (2017)

Dear Reader,

Dubai Modest Fashion Week took place from December 8th to December 9th. This fashion week is under a collection of five that happen worldwide under Modanisa Fashion Week. It was an eventful two days, filled with fashion shows, talk shows and so much more. Many Muslim influencers and bloggers attended and showed us what was happening behind the scenes, and what they thought of the looks. Continue reading

Winter 2017

Dear Reader,
This past week, I have posted outfits for the Winter 2017 Collection which consists of some of the trends seen this past year and season which I love. Not only that, but these are some main styles that I have been loving for a while now.
As you can see, this collection has a very specific theme surrounding the main colours of Winter. If you have been following my blog, you will have seen that I post monthly mood boards. This month is basically a combination of blues, whites and silver to represent what I feel this season is like. The colour palette is basically inspired from my December Mood Board and what I personally am into lately.
I am absolutely in love with all these looks. I enjoyed creating these sets, and I hope you all enjoy looking through them. 🙂

Dear Reader, enjoy this winter season!

samsta<3