A Tribute to a Legendary Egyptian Actress

More than three weeks ago, Mariam Fakhr El dine passed away. A 50s and 60s legendary actress and one of the most graceful beauties of all times. Reason why I’m dedicating this post for her not only in her honor her but also to give you a brief hint about the history of the Egyptian cinema. Mariam is not the only classically regal actress, but there were many others who were equally charming actresses and actors and who have had some influential roles in the Egyptian Cinema. However, this princess-like actress is the one who passed away most recently and I’ll consider her unfortunate death fortune to me because I get to report her history. Truth is, it is such an honor to have a post exclusively dedicated to such an allegorical icon.

Here, I prepared a couple of photos of Mariam Fakhr El dine, just as a moderate tribute and to give you a glimpse of her history.


Mariam Fakhr El dine was born on January 8, 1933 in Faiyum, Egypt as Mariam Mohamed Fakhr El Din


She was an actress, known for Rudda kalbi (1958), Nour el lail (1959) and Souq al-harim (1970)


Her father was an Egyptian born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and her mother from Hungary.


She was the sister of Youssef Fakhr El dine. Another highly known actor at that time, who as she confessed, chose the acting career because of her.

Her first husband was Egyptian actor and film director Mahmoud Zulfikar with whom she had a child.

Her first husband was Egyptian actor and famous film director Mahmoud Zulfikar with whom she had a child.


After divorcing, she married the Syrian singer Fahd Ballan who began his acting career after marrying the late actress.



Fakhr El dine studied at DSB, Die Deutsche Schule der Borromäerinnen in Kairo, the oldest German school in Cairo

she spoke Speaks fluent Arabic, Hungarian, German, English, French and Italian.

she spoke fluent Arabic, Hungarian, German, English, French and Italian.


After earning German education she began her career as actress purely by chance as her beauty drew the attention of many before later demonstrating her talent.


After winning the title of “the most beautiful face” for her European features and appearing in the French magazine ‘Images’, Mariam started to dedicate her life to acting.

Her first film was the 1951 ‘A Night of Love’ which, like most of her movies, was of the romantic genres of the fifties and sixties.

Her first film was the 1951 ‘A Night of Love’ which, like most of her movies, was of the romantic genres of the fifties and sixties.


She was name The Princess of Romance

She was named The Princess of Romance



Mariam Fakhr El dine with the renowned Abdel Halim Hafez in Hekayet Hob (Love Story)


She was commonly know for her extreme delicacy and charming attitude.

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Fakhr El dine in Ranet Kholhal (Ringing of Anklet)

Plenty of the well-know acors at that time wanted to marry her, including the "Don Juan" Rogdy Abaza.

Plenty of the well-know actors at that time wanted to marry her, including the “Don Juan” Rogdy Abaza.


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In 1961


Although Mariam might seem liberal to many, she had always respected the social, religious and traditional limits for her as a woman.



She acted over 40 movies


Mariam Fakhr El Dine passed away She on November 3, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt.

Mariam Fakhr El Dine passed away in November 3, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt, leaving behind a collection of movies, images and memories of her grace.


10 Reasons Why You Should Wear Poncho This Winter

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Designers never fail to surprise yet impress us with their exotic designs; whether they’re inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, Wimbledon or even Dancing with the Wolves. Just like this trend right here that I believe will be a statement this winter.
If you’re still not impressed enough by the creative scene of ponchos on the runway, scroll down to see 10 reason why should wear ponchos this winter.


1) Since it has been officially announced that the weather will be pretty cold this season, dressing up in some Roberto Cavalli or Burberry Prorsum Poncho doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.

2) Because maxi skirts and boyfriend jeans were quite of a big hit in the past season,  so why not sport some other flaccid piece this season?

3) Whether you are up to piecing it with some tight leather leggings,  ripped high-waisted pants or a distressed boyfriend jeans,  it will never let you down.

4) It will be your perfect camouflaged cover-up in your oh-not-so-slim days.

5) It will be your bodycon and tight skirt’s best friend for some stylish and sexy day-to-night look.

6) Wearing it will allow you to remain comfortable yet stay in vogue so finally you won’t have to compromise comfort for fashion.

7) Just looking at them will remind you of Taylor Lautner in the twilight Saga.

8)  They will literally match everything you will wear underneath.

9)Just throwing it on will instantly give the impression of I-know-how-to-dress-well even in your busiest and laziest days.

10) They simply harmonize with the banal image of the cozy and warm feelings in the all so cold days.

Every once in a while designers endow us with some restful and in velvet trend that keeps us in style without stepping out of our comfort zone,  so why the hell not take advantage of such an opportunity?

More than 30 onepiece swimsuits worth buying

Still the beach season is on fire and I’m not satisfied with the number of posts I posted regarding beachwear. That’s why I wrote down a number of to-post posts apropos of the beach season. The reason why I chose to write this post concerning swimsuits is not only because they’ve been hitting almost all the runways for over two seasons nor because they’re out in the stores in a variety of tempting collections either but because I personally started to appreciate the presence of onepieces even though I used to despise it before. For me, trying on a onepiece was more of a fashion risk and I knew deep inside that I might fall in love with it and chose it over any other bikini. However, when I finally decided to take “the risk” and purchase a couple of swimsuits, I started to realize the difference and actually fall into the expected scenario.

In this post, I rounded up a variety of swimsuits that should be your next beach’s staples. Either you long for retro, want to make a statement with animal prints or you want to show some skin with a cutout, I prepared 9 different styles with over 30 pieces that will certainly match your taste, body shape and will become a staple in your summer wardrobe.


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Prints and florals

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Animal prints

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Which one is your favorite?


7 looks for 7 days of pastels

In the last post, I was complaining about the postponement of it. But, if I were to be mad, I should be mad because of the postponement of this post actually. That’s because I had this post ready even before the previous one, but I couldn’t publish it because I had to publish the What To Wear On The World Cup first. I’ve been trying to figure out why I became too detached from the blogging world recently and I found no better reason than the fact that I’m back to the basic 8 to 5 work. It smoothly abstracted me from this part of the world. That’s why (and I won’t tell you much about it but I’ll just give you a hint) my next post is dedicated to all of you who are stuck in the city during the summer because of work commitments. SO STAY TUNED!

As for this post, its dedicated to only one palette. The soft and balmy; the pastel palette. Pastel colors were highly trending last spring and there are still many different ways to wear them this summer, that’s why I styled 7 looks to inspire you for a week filled with dashes of pastels.


pastel look 1

This one right here is my all time favorite. I would personally wear it to a cocktail or if I want to make an alluring statement at a fair, exhibition, a special party or even for a bolder impression at a gala. As much as this ensemble is quite simple, it is incredibly engaging.

pastel look 5You can also remain chic with this look. The colors beautifully harmonize together and the accessories make the look more interesting and appealing. You can wear it to casual occasions, coffee or any other morning outing.


pastel look 4

This attire proves that pastels can also accompany you to work. Here, I love how the entire look is formed out of only one shade, yet it looks far from boring. This look is noted for its simplicity, delicacy and chicness. Not only does the color show femininity but also the silk material and jewelery contribute to the effeminacy of the whole ensemble.


pastel look 2This ensemble is so different from the past and coming looks because its inspired by the Western countryside. If you’re paying a visit to the village and you want to keep it simple but remain in your style-zone, go for this look! However, this look is completely city-friendly but I just suggest saving it for no-heels days.


pastel look 7Got another cocktail this weekend? Well, pastels won’t fail you! A simple mint chiffon dress pieced with silver accessories is a guaranteed look. Bonus: match your nail polish with your accessories for a one up.


pastel look 6 This look does not only welcome the pastel color back, but also welcomes the the skinny jeans that has even been disengaged from my blog lately. I haven’t involved much of accessories and jewelery in order to let this Nars Satin Lip Pencil do the job. Also, kept it simple with this Monogram Quilted Saint Laurent Shoulder Bag to leave the liveliness to the feet with these Saint Laurent pumps.


pastel look 3This look just confirms my belief that pastel colors under one shade look perfect together. You know? It also gives me a break from all the multicolored and layered attires. It just feels great to take a break from fashion yet remain in fashion. And that’s because this look allows you to take a break only from certain trends. Yet again, I didn’t want to leave it all plain, so I played with the shoes and chose the Leopard Pony Hair Slip-ons from Forever21. Finally, I suggest finishing off the whole look by giving your lips a swipe of this Satin Lip Pencil from Nars so you’d be ready to hit the road!



What to wear on The World Cup

A couple of weeks ago, the time when I took my life seriously and followed my tight schedule accurately was also the time when the world cup was on the verge of starting. By then, I had great ideas crossing my mind and several ongoing projects to accomplish, but I just found it impossible to neglect The World Cup and not to dedicate a fashion post for it. The first day I took a firm decision to work on this post was the first day of The World Cup and even though I thought it was too late to start working on my post, I manged to finish it in a matter of 48 hours or less. However, (and I’m not sure whether I should blame it on my Geminial mood swings, my tight schedule or the fact that I consider this blog a spot where I express and share my lifestyle and fashion ideas and that I’m not depending on it as my main job) after all the rush, I became so lazy to open my blog again and press “POST”. Days passed, weeks followed and most of the teams I included in my post got eliminated and still my hands didn’t get the guts to press “POST”. Eventually, I decided to cut the apathy and do the job myself. I mean, it just feels ridiculous to work so hard and pressure yourself under a very tight schedule and then once its already time, you pretend as if nothing has happened. And truth be told, I really love these looks and I just can’t imagine keeping them away from your sight.

Note: Since some countries got eliminated, play it smart by changing the Ts according to your team but pay attention to the style and mood of each team.

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I had to start with the host and one of the best soccer teams of all times; BRAZIL. Since I don’t like doing incomplete jobs, I take my time to thoroughly think about my fashion posts and visualize all the elements that add to my looks. In this post, each country occupies 50% of my outline while the other 50% lies in fashion and my styling. Consequently, keeping an eye on each element in order to combine both together and form the perfect looks is what took time the most.

Concerning Brazil, the audience and the people of Brazil were what mainly inspired me. So I found a stalky bodycon pieced with a ripped denim jacket and gladiator sandals the kind of combination that blends convenience and sexiness together… Guess that’s what every Brazilian lady would want while watching the game.


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One other very important feature that I bore in mind while preparing this post was convenience. If you take a look at my previous posts, you’ll find that convenience is one feature that I frequently took in consideration. I mean, in these hectic and busy days, nothing feels better than being comfortably in vogue. As for The World Cup, its one occasion that loudly calls for convenience and there’s actually nothing easier than slipping into your team’s jersey and a pair of cutoffs, but for me, I find it obligatory to combine convenience with heavy dozes of style. As a matter of fact, I find the challenges this post offered me quite pleasurable.

As for this look, the wedges and wide shorts successfully put it under the convenience’s list, not only this, but also it ranks it under the fashionable’s list.


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More convenience and style? This ensemble is another look the offers both qualities and will keep you waving the English flag with complete pride. Or..Well… I mean would’ve. Oh  PS, I switched the regular jersey with this Historical Emblem Crewneck Fleece to break the standardized jersey style and boost the sense of honor and pride.


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A jersey is the main thing you’ll automatically pack when heading to The World Cup and of course a couple of denim and shorts and you’re ready to go. With this ensemble, you won’t change much about your packing list except for choosing a boyfriend jeans over the old pair of skinny jeans and a block heels over any other.


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Being passionate about fashion doesn’t mean filling your closet with stilettos and skipping the sports alley when going shopping. In this ensemble, I find the bright colors heartening enough to encourage you to cheer up your favorite team with complete brag and enthusiasm. As for the shorts, they’re irresistibly stylish, specially when combined with these modish sneakers by Stella McCartney for Adidas. Finally, the Michael Kors tote is big enough to host all your accessories and belongings and sleek enough to add a twist of contrast to the whole ensemble.


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France, the country of the most elegant people and one of the strongest soccer teams. Ah, well, combination is settled already. Thus, to follow both aspects, I wanted to assemble both styles together; chic and athletic. To simply end up with sportchic. So, for every French lady who’s heading or “was” heading to Brazil to attend The World Cup, don’t worry about leaving your midi skirts behind because you’ll actually pack them this year. However, there’s no need for the pointed toe. Instead, switch the high heels with your favorite sneakers for complete convenience and comfort. On the other hand, let your bucket bag accompany you to make your round stylishly easier.


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High-waisted cutoffs and cropped top are a World Cup’s must wear. However, piecing this ensemble with the wrong shoes will ruin the whole picture. Thankfully, with these Jeweled Camouflage Leather Wedge Sneakers by Giuseppe Zanotti, you can never go wrong.


world cup spain

Let’s start with the skirt and sandals. They look identical don’t they? At the first sight, I immediately thought they were by the same designer but a couple seconds later I was able to spot the distinct differences. Anyways, what confused me the most while contriving this one is whether I should couple these sandals with the skirt or not. Then, I found myself quite determined to piece the whole ensemble with this kind of sandals and there was simply no better alternative than these Givenchy floral leather sandals. The whole look is just a favorite and will make the movement quite easy at the stadium.


world cup germany

A white T-shirt would be such a great piece for a monochrome ensemble wouldn’t it? Who can argue over black and white anyways? Choosing a white T-shirt for The World Cup just sounded so right with black leather or athletic shorts. And I have to be honest, I still can’t get over the fact that I’m a former squash champion and sometimes I find the challenge of styling without hampering the former athlete inside of me quite enjoyable. That’s why styling ensembles for The World Cup was such a special job and I find that this look satisfies all parties.


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High-waisted jeans paired with ankle sneakers sounds just right for watching the game! Again, this look is quite comfortable, simple and swanky. Just slip into your favorite high-waisted jeans, tuck your T in, sneakers on and you’re ready to go!


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Want a piece of Greece in Brazil? This looks serves you the deed! The pants and the bustier are a masterpiece of art. However, I would’ve never suggested wearing them together without this layer of fabric that calls for Greece… This light piece of fabric just balances things out…. Want to involve some DIY to it? Instead of tucking the top in, simply cut it to the length you prefer and don’t tailor it afterwards. You can also cut out the sides to show a better part of the bustier. To complete the look, opt for metallic block-heeled sandals!


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Again, with the variety of pants available in the market, I found it easy to style snazzy looks for The World Cup. Flare pants also top my list and I just love them with jerseys. However, the selection of heels took me hours to decide on the right ones. As for the rings, they’re simple accessories that don’t look overstated yet leave an apparent impression.

Inspirtations for a WEEKEND GETAWAY

Although summer usually represents the season of vacation and fun, many of us don’t get to fully enjoy staying in the sun according to our works and other duties. That’s why a weekend getaway may mean the world to us, in such a way, we opt to make the best out of it, along with our favorite beachwear.

So for all of you weekend getawayers out there, I prepared these two looks to inspire you with either a swank or offbeat time that both guarantee an impassive and relaxed weekend.




If you’ve been having a hectic week and you’re looking forward to a completely laid-back weekend, I recommend going retro, just like the first look right here. The bandeau swimsuit by Odabash is very vintage-like and sexy- although it covers enough skin. As for the coverup, wedges and hat; each of these pieces completes the other and creates such a perfect easygoing and relaxed look. To turn the luxury up a notch, I suggest accessorizing with a beaming piece of jewelry like these Lane earrings I chose. And to finish the look with complete perfection, I considered any flaws that your legs might be having and the fact that you might’ve not had enough time to tan, that’s why I picked This works serum to work wonders on your legs and leave them evenly toned. Finally, if you want to give some nice time to your brain to chill out as well, I suggest you reading The light between oceans by M.L Stedman.


If you weren’t tempted enough by the beauty of the previous beach look, I prepared a completely opposite style for you. A style that is more sporty and offbeat. I was personally tempted by this watermelon strappy back bikini set from Topshop; as much as it doesn’t have any detailing and embroidery as much as I find its color, strappy back and simple design attractive enough. By the time I was trying to match it with a coverup, I didn’t find a better option than this mesh tee, also from Topshop. To keep the whole look equivalent and connected, I recommend wearing these Miista Patti sandals from Nasty Gal and matching them with some cool zebra wayfarers and a swag-ish cap like this Black OMG metal trim flat one from Newlook. For some unknown reason, I thought that if you’re into this look you’ll probably be using your smart phone and listening to some music instead of reading a book, that’s why I picked this Trip Kit from Nasty Gal, trust me, it’s truly a life saver.

You can also get more inspirations from Your Ultimate Beachwear Guide From Your Favorite Stores- my last post, or from the upcoming beachwear and summer looks.

Summer is on the verge of starting and my summer posts are just heatin up, so stay tuned because it will get sexier and way hotter.