Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fire Engine Red and Coral Sunset

Top: Unknown // Mom Jeans: Thrifted (is there any other place to get them from?) // Cardigan: Gap // Hijab: Unknown (Target?)  //  Boots: Steve Madden // Rings: Aldo // Bag: Dynamite

The cold never bothered me, anyways!
Haha, just kidding. It bothers me plenty (note: I am a summer soul) but who has time to worry about trivial things like your body temperature and the risk of catching something like pneumonia when you get amazing photographs of your outfit, am I right? Anyways, hey FouseyTube! You put on a good show on your all ages "Be Yourself Tour". Also: I can pretty much relate to every one of the jokes you made, and it was wicked cool how you pulled so many audience member on stage. Greetings from Chicago! :)
I hope everyone's drinking plenty of hot chocolate and snuggling up in their onesies because I know Illinois isn't the only one that's been hit with another cold spell. How's the weather in your town/state/country? I love hearing about things from around the world directly from someone who lives there. It excites me to think someone 10,000 miles away could be reading my words, to picture someone in Pakistan or Europe or Spain being impacted by something I said. Sincerely hoping your new years treating you well. If not, make it good! You'll be surprised because-
life is spontaneously splendid.
ox Aiman

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (sequel to Stargirl by the same author; technically you could read this without having read the first and still understand the story.)

I love this book.
I really, truly, utterly do.
It's realtively short (feels like much less than 274 pages, believe me), made even shorter by its quick story. It's about a girl named Stargirl who has a soul eccentric like rubies. We join her on her path to leaving behind loneliness in a homeschooled, small-town life. Living in a new town she fashions "the world's longest letter" to Leo (her fellow 11th grader who tells the story of Book 1 in his POV) through journal entries. As she encounters new inidividuals in her town she begins to realize something funny about happiness: if you can't find it within yourself it might be because it's hiding in someone else [-a.u.g] 

Although the tone and the setting is different in the sequel, the down-to-earth nature stays the same. I love small town settings and neighborhoods where people know each other by name. The way I see it, small towns are like extended families[-a.u.g]. And though I'm lucky to live in a small town myself, sometimes it's still too big. Many aspects of this book are things I find pretty, things that are realy nice to read about, like Stargirl's happy wagon. This book places value on the important things in life and even though it's breezy. once you search the cracks for the fallen glitter you'll see what I mean. And for a change, it's nice to read something almost...happy. Plain and simple. The world could do with more of that and less of the bad. Why can't we share good things? Why are we more interested in bad?

So no, this sequel isn't part of a dystopian trilogy, and it isn't any million dollar hit, and it isn't something everyone will like (in fact most people miss the best parts because it's hard for us to find magic; we want it glittering and in our faces, but hey, we're all human here), but its worth isn't any less. Try them: Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (in that order) and let me know what you think in the comments down below. I'd really, really love to hear.

There's something special about loving a book most people don't, isn't there? Almost like you're the author's chosen one and only you and they hold this special bond connected by the string of a million typed words.
Happiest of reading. Try a book you think you'll hate and see how it turns out. Never be too hasty in disapproving of something. You may be surprised because-
Life is Spontaneously Splendid. All the love in the world,
Aiman x

Sunday, February 1, 2015

World Hijab Day + Meeting An USA Olympic Medalist!

On Me: Top: JCPenney // Cardigan: Kohls // Skirt: Forever 21 // Flats: Kohls // Hijab: Saudi Arabia // Purse: Charming Charlie
[My close friend Sidra pictured above to the left of me; photos of us courtesy of Elegant Cloth. 29 year old Ibtihaj Muhammad, first hijab-dawning woman to represent USA in the Games + 3-time bronze medalist (2011, 2012, 2013) and 2014 Kazan gold medalist awarded for Olympic sabre fencing, featured in the fourth image.] 

Happy World Hijab Day!
"It is not the cloth that oppresses women, it is the illiterate mind" -anononymous

Hijab is the headscarf Muslim women wear, signalling much more than just cloth. It symbolizes a step in the path of modesty. A Muslim is a follower of Islam, and I am beyond proud to be one. As I've said numerous times before, wearing a hijab has given me confidence and inspired me so much physically, spiritually, and fashionably. If you're a non-hijab wearer (Muslim or not!), you can support this day by wearing a hijab for a day today or tomorrow or anytime this week (hey, it's the thought that counts, right?) or by posting about it with the hashtag #WorldHijabDay2015 or #WorldHijabDay. I met Ibtihaj Muhammad at a convention where she spoke about healthy living; afterwards I had the honor to give her a hug and tell her how cool she is to have the courage to deal with so many tough situations but never give up on wearing the hijab! Phew. What an inspiration to us women. 

With that being said, whether you're celebrating World Hijab Day or not, I hope your first day of February has been wonderful and you're ready for a good month. Don't give up on the weather yet because- 
Life is Spontaneously Splendid.
Aiman xxx

[If you're reading this right now leave a comment down below saying what's your favourite thing to do on snowy/cold days. I put a lot of effort in every post I make so it'd mean a lot to me to know that people actually read what I have to say! Xo :)]