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Rules of Happiness: Spend Out

image1Dear Wonderful Reader,

In her book “The Happiness Project”, Gretchen Rubin advises her readers to “Spend Out”. When I first read the header of the chapter, I thought she will talk about money and how we should spend more money in order to be happy.

Thankfully, her advise was much more accessible, and simpler than that. Ms. Rubin is advising against hoarding (guilty!!) or basically saving our “good” bra for only when we’re going out somewhere fancy. Or in my case marking my fancy perfume as a “special occasions ” perfume. How many of us are guilty of saving our “nice” things to events where we see fit, which may never come. Why not just enjoy them now  and put them to work and get our money and hard work’s worth. At the end of the day, they’re just things and they’re irreplaceable. Emotionally, it makes a lot of sense to suck as much happiness from what we got now rather than assigning them to a future they may never see (lol). Economically, it makes even more sense because you’re using all your resources (which may go bad or out of style if you keep hoarding).

So SPEND OUT and don’t hoard things. Wear red lipstick even if you’re only going grocery shopping. Break out the fine China for a simple event (or none at all). Wear your sexy bra even if you’re only running errands. Adore Me is encouraging women to wear their “good” bras AT ALL TIMES, check out their Instagram page for more inspiration. And I HIGHLY RECOMMEND “The Happiness Project”.

And yes, that’s a dog’s bed in the photo.

6 Before 26

Ok so I turn 26 on July 29th, so I feel like I am super late into this challenge. But Better.Late_.Than_.Never_

Okaaaay Here I go:

  1. Go to the gym 7 consecutive days.
  2. Clean and reinvent my room to look minimal (by removing stuff from it and not buying more).
  3. Downsize my closet, at least by 3o pieces.
  4. Create a photo album.
  5. Read 1 book in a day (not audio book).
  6. Pray and read the bible for 7 consecutive days.


Alright here’s my “simple” list. If I do finish it before my birthday, I’ll come up with a new one and hopefully I could reach 26 before 26.

Plus Size Macy’s $5.59 Winter/Fall Clothing Haul

Dear Wonderful Reader,

Here’s part 2 of my Macy’s haul. I made my mom my model. I hope you enjoy the selection and hopefully this reaches you in time so you could take advantage of this sale.


I initially bought this for myself but it looked terrible on me because of the fit (see the post before this one), however its great quality and great price ($9 from $99) made it hard for me to give it up. That’s why I was glad when my mom decided to keep it for herself.thumb_DSC_0063_1024thumb_DSC_0061_1024thumb_DSC_0076_1024thumb_DSC_0085_1024


I also bought those two shirts for my brothers cause I wanted them to be “twinsies”. They refused to model them for me :(.thumb_DSC_0088_1024



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Huge Macy’s $10 Fall/Winter Clothes Haul

Dear Wonderful Reader,

I was inclined to make a huge purchase from Macy’s website because I saw that a lot of great pieces of clothing was marked more or less in the $10 range, all of which are Winter clothes which are usually pretty pricey due to their thick material. Please go ahead and take advantage of this sale if you need to.

Now on to the clothes. Since I bought those online I expected that a few of them will be “hits” and most will be “misses”. I experimented with different colors and sizes knowing that I am not going to keep everything and I’ll just return the “misses” to my local Macy’s which is conveniently located near my house. As long as I return them before I pay my credit card statement, I should be safe and happily enjoy the few bargain pieces I collected. I am very confused as to which pieces to keep. I modeled all the pieces for you to help me decide (and their different sizes/colors). The less number of pieces I keep, the happier my wallet is, so please refrain from saying “that everything looks great” and comments from this variety. I am also going to include my order’s invoice for price reference.



(If you scroll down you will see their names, should you need to point them out)




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Shout out to my cousin Jackie for gifting with this beautiful grey tank top that I used as an under shirt in this shoot. Love you cuz ❤



Day 11: My 10 (14) Pet Peeves


  1. Nail Clippings: Anything nail clippings’ related. When people clip their nails/toes with clippers that don’t have catchers and the clipping go flying across the room in a mysterious area and shall never be found except months later when you’re picking up that chip that just fell off, on the floor… I’m exaggerating of course but yes nails clippings.
  2. When my dentist tries to carry a conversation with me while operating on me.
  3. When family members drive my car or sit in the passenger side and leave change in the cup compartment. I’m not opposed to leaving change in cars cause you never know when you’re going to need it but I prefer to leave in a little drawer on the far left of the steering wheel.
  4. When I worked really hard to organize (and categorize) an area and then people (my sister) borrow something and doesn’t put it back the proper way/where it belongs and just shoves it somewhere.
  5. People who never apologize, even when they acknowledge that they’re wrong. I’m not being difficult but if you did something that you know is wrong towards me then just apologize and let’s move on. How else would I know that you’re aware that what you did was wrong and (hopefully) won’t do it again. Also, those who don’t say thank you.
  6. When people lick their fingers in public after eating. Or when they lick all their 10 fingers instead of washing their hands…:(
  7. When people crack weird joints in public, like their neck or back… (I don’t find it gross or anything but it makes squeamish). Also, when people mess with belly buttons (makes me squeamish as hell).
  8. When people have a million icon/file on their computer’s desktop on random places and when their trash isn’t empty (computer recycle bin….why is it called “recycle” bin..?!)
  9. When colleagues talk about how they went #2, or going to, or almost did (for people who are from outside The States, that means when people defecate). NO ONE needs to know this about you or is dying to find out.
  10. Again about work/school, when colleagues or classmates bring lunch or food that makes the entire room stink.
  11. Super over the top baby talk; the talk that breaks out when people are talking to babies, animals, or their significant other… Maybe I’m just a hater cause I’m not comfortable doing that but I find that annoying.
  12. When people say “like” 79579497663838757959 times in a sentence.
  13. When people on social media, especially the beauty community say dumb comments about make up/clothes like and are not exclusive to: “This is life”, “I’m living for this”, “This (insert materialist item) changed my life” *rolls eyes.
  14. Last but not least, Its hard to explain but when girls are eating and after they’re done eating they put their tongue behind their upper lip then out and it produces a sound similar to a lip smack. Does that make sense….

Day 9: Ten People that Have Influenced me


  1. Jesus Christ: I can’t really say enough or say anything.
  2. St. Paul: One of the greatest minds in history.
  3. St. Peter: I relate to Peter and I love his transformation pre and post resurrection. I love how this transformation is right in the Bible for all of us to see. It shows that people of great faith were just like us in the beginning.
  4. Chris McCandless: This guy abandons society, give his entire savings account to charity, and camps out in Alaska. To learn more, please watch Into the Wild. I can’t begin to describe how inspired I am by this guy. His courage to follow his heart and pursue what he feels is right, despite how people thought he was crazy/stupid , is my biggest motivation.
  5. My mother: I have never seen anybody love me like she does.
  6. My father: The best father in the world!
  7. My sister Mariam: inspires to LIVE more by her ambition and thirst for life.
  8. My brother Peter: inspires to have fun and take it easy.
  9. My grandmother: One of the kindest people I have ever met, whose death still haunts me and I wish I had spend more time with her.
  10. My uncle Emad: One of the kindest people I have ever met, whose death still haunts me and I wish I had spend more time with him.
  11. My uncle Hany: One of the kindest people I have ever met, whose death still haunts me and I wish I had spend more time with him.p168385_p_v8_aa