Bloglovin' x Nadia Aboulhosn

5/27/2015 | Best Blogger Tips
"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it." -Terry Pratchett

A few weeks ago, the lovely people at Bloglovin' came to my house and interviewed and photographed me for a feature. We originally got on skype together and discussed how we could collaborate with one another. I wanted to involve all of my followers because I always think about how I wouldn't be where I am today if you guys didn't support me. We came up with the idea of you guys basically conducting the interview so every question below was asked by one of you. Bloglovin' was actually one of the first platforms I used when I began blogging so it was pretty cool to team up with them. The interview had so many questions that we had to break it up in to two part. You can see the first part of it over at Bloglovin' HERE!

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Who do you look up to in the fashion world?
I like Kanye West. Cause you know what? He was the underdog at one point and he proved himself.

How do you feel about his latest collection?
I want all of everything from the collection. Kanye...call me. If you don’t have my number, email me and I’ll wear all of Yeezy season 1. *laughs*

Did you expect to become such an inspiration and basically start a “Nadia Revolution”?
I don’t really think it’s a “Nadia Revolution.” I really didn’t think I was going to be an inspiration; I just took pictures and hoped people would be inspired by my outfits. But then people started saying I was curvy and brave. I remember being like, “I’m just looking cute today!” I didn’t think I was brave or anything for being half naked and my size, which is normal for me. I’m from Florida! Everyone does the half naked thing there; it’s too hot.

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Do you give any past experiences credit for shaping you into who you are now?
Yes, there are huge turning points. When I was 15 and in school, I would get in a lot of fights, but I finally pulled myself out of my high school. I had one more fight before I got expelled and they were going to place me in one of those fake bad schools. I told my mom to take me out and put me in the community college so I can get my high school diploma there before I had no other option. I ended up graduating a year early. I had a friend who was shot and killed when I was 19, and that was the biggest turnaround. That’s when I started blogging. I had to switch it up and get a new lifestyle before it got worse for me.

Did you go college? What did you study? Yes, I went to college for two years; I got my Associate’s Degree at a community college. I applied to FIT to do fashion design and they denied me! I remember sitting in my room and I opened the letter, and I cried for two minutes. Then, I was like, “Fuck it. I’m going to make it in the fashion world another way.” And four years later, I didn't need FIT. I have two capsule collections coming out, and I’m not in $80,000 debt. You can never be over educated though. So if school is available to you and possible, take it.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Stop messing around. Get it together.

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What advice would you give to someone who struggles with self love and their weight?
I’d say don’t be bothered by other people’s opinions of who you are. I always say that what other people say about me is not my business because it’s really not. Because I don’t care--life goes on. I’m not going to know you five days from now. Focus on the positive things about yourself; focus on what you love about yourself rather than what you don’t like about yourself. I like my eyebrows so I stare at them a lot in the mirror, and I like my butt cheeks so I stare at those a lot also! Haha! I take good butt selfies that I don’t upload to social media because I don’t want to get in trouble...by my mom.

Do you appreciate getting questioned about your size and confidence or do you get annoyed that that aspect of your life is constantly defining the conversation?
I didn’t used to get annoyed before but now it’s just so frustrating. There are so many other good qualities about me, so many things about my personality and my career that the conversation shouldn’t be based around my size only. There’s so much more I offer. It’s like okay, is this the only thing we're gonna talk about? And for how long are we going to talk about this? People are confident because of their experiences and how they handle things.

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If you had two minutes to convince Drake to marry you, what would you say?
I feel like I don’t need to convince Drake of anything. He should already know. Haha! I don’t know, Drake you should already know that I don’t have to convince your ass.

You’ve mentioned that you didn’t always follow your parents’ lessons and examples growing up and that you’ve grown a lot since. As you continue to grow and change, what is one area of your life in your 20s that you hope to look back on and realize how far you’ve come?
Sometimes I’m really hard on myself because I feel like I wasted a lot of time in my teenage years. I didn’t listen to my parents, and I acted recklessly. I’m still in my 20s though, I’m mid 20s. To focus fully on myself and be selfish. I’ve always been so selfless. I do so much for everyone else that I don't take care of myself sometimes.

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If you had a 9-5 job what would it be? I can just see you starting this revolution and this ice cream truck comes and a bunch of females are twerking and the guys like, “I just want to sell some popsicles.”
He’ll probably sell more stuff! See, helping the ice cream man out. If I had a 9-5 job, that’s what I would want to be. An ice cream truck dancer. Haha!

Do you self identify as a feminist? If yes, how do you try to incorporate your feminist beliefs in your work?
I absolutely identity as a feminist. A feminist is just somebody who thinks that there should be equality for women, and I incorporate it in everything I do. When I dress half naked and you say a comment that I shouldn’t be wearing that because it makes me a slut, your ass is getting blocked and deleted. Slut shaming is just not okay, whether you’re a female or a male. Women everywhere should be able to dress how they want to without being ridiculed for it or slut shamed or cat called or raped. It’s ridiculous. I had one girl ask me how can I be a feminist and agree with Islamic women covering themselves. But that’s the whole point--you should be able to be a woman and wear whatever you want to wear, whether it’s little clothing or a lot of clothing and not be looked down for wearing it. It’s up to the woman to decide.

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How is having a big bum perceived in your ethnic community?
In the Middle East, everyone loves big asses. When I’m over here I’m so exotic like look at my eyebrows. I go to Lebanon and I’m a basic bitch. I’m like looking around, everyone looks good there. Especially the women. I’m just saying that big butts over there are popular. That’s probably where I got mine from. The other is butt shots. I’m just kidding! I had to make a joke because last year I saw an article that says I have butt shots so I had to throw that in there.

What’s your advice for women struggling with envy, comparison, and insecurity?
Just focus on yourself; you can’t be anyone but yourself.

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What do your tattoos mean, by the way?
It says Dax Benitez, it was the friend I was telling you about who got shot and killed when I was 19. So that was a wakeup call for me and that’s when I started blogging.

Thank you to the entire team at Bloglovin'. You guys are real life baby angels. Johan, you are the best interviewer ever. Brandon Osorio with his amazing photography for this feature. xx

Silk the Shocker

5/25/2015 | Best Blogger Tips
"Sometimes walking away has nothing to do with weakness, and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value, but because we finally realize our own." -Robert Tew

Last September I was in London and went to Evans fashion show. They had this stunning 2-piece satin set that blew me away. I'm pretty sure model Marquita Pring was wearing it and I'm also pretty sure I said out loud, "oooohhh ima need that." haha. Is it an issue that I went and got my nails done just for this outfit? That's how long I've been waiting for it to arrive at my front door. It's this gorgeous silver grey and the detail on the neck is so intricate you barely need any other jewelry. Giles Deacon is a genius for this. PS: I love you. The drop earrings I'm wearing are also from the jewelry edit I recently did with Daisy & Eve for Evans.

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Giles Deacon Silver Grey Embellished Blouse
Giles Deacon Silver Grey Wide Leg Trousers
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Evans back drop earring
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Double Slit Maxi

5/22/2015 | Best Blogger Tips
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” - Steve Jobs

It felt so good going home to Florida. I found this dress in my closet before I left. I got it from the thrift store in Florida before I even moved to NY 4 years ago. I've been looking at homes to buy. I've already spoke with the banks about mortgage loans. It's happening. I think my time in NY is up. My gut keeps telling me to go back home and make memories with my family. My career allows me to work mostly from home, thankfully. I figure I can travel when and where I need to and still invest my money into a home instead of throwing it all into rent each month. NY has definitely been good to me. My career picked up here, I fell in love here, I struggled and excelled here. I'm ready to go back to what's really home, which is where my family is. Career and work are extremely important to me but I don't want years to pass and regret consuming my 20s with nothing but work and it be too late to make memories with the people who truly matter. I'm excited to find my untouchable hustle again that got me here in th first place. I feel like I lost it while being in NY believe it or not. I'm inspired more by where I came from. It reminds me how much I've grown, how hard I had to work to get here, and allows me to not be so hard on myself because I sometimes feel like I'm not doing enough. All around NY has been amazing to me but I want to start owning and investing in myself. I'm excited for this new life move.

Wearing: Thrifted maxi dress, Macys strap heels, butter LONDON red nail polish, Sephora lovecraft matte lipstick, Swarovski studded earrings

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Edits with Evans

5/18/2015 | Best Blogger Tips
Last Summer I did a jewelry edit with Daisy & Eve for Evans to showcase my favorite pieces from their collection. I'm back at it again, this time with the amazing Lydia Hudgens who captured all these stunning pieces and looks. Last edit, the crew came from London and we shot around various locations in NYC. This time they came, we went to the Mondrian Hotel and shot. I could live inside that hotel for ever. My favorite pieces from their collection are the ear jackets and paper glitter rings. I posted the paper glitter ring on my Instagram not too long ago and kept being asked where it's from. I also got a call from my mom asking for one haha. I love Daisy & Eve because their pieces look so elegant but are still super affordable. The rings and bracelets are even available in larger sizes. I like that Daisy & Eve combines both gold and silver together in various pieces of jewelry. It always makes it easier to style an outfit that way.

Check out my entire Jewelry Edit over at Evans here! INSIDE_5 INSIDE_3 WHITE_6 WHITE_5 LACE_5 PANTS_4 PANTS_2 LUNCH_5 LUNCH_1 BLACK_5 BLACK_2 PINK_5 PINK_1

All photos captured by Lydia Hudgens

Boomin

5/13/2015 | Best Blogger Tips
“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that's why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that's why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.” ― Alysha Speer

I've been absent from actual blog posts for a while. These past 2 weeks I've been super busy. I shot with Lucky Magazine for a denim feature, then shot my Addition Elle Capsule Collection in NY the day before I left for Florida. I signed to a new agency. I opened up an actual business. Working heavy. Then I got to Florida and basked in the sun for 4 days straight like a sloth just laying around. I miss how slow Florida is, how relaxed I am over here. I can't deny that I miss a routine though. Since I've been here in the hot weather I haven't really worn anything else other than a robe with a swimsuit underneath, even wore it to the grocery store. No cares given. None.

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