distant horizon.

“Your willingness to be truthful about who you really are opens up enormous possibilities” -Oprah

Here are some more of my American Apparel outtakes from my trip to Los Angeles. I love California's landscape. The warm weather reminds me of Florida, but the mountains remind me of West Virginia. We would travel there when I was younger because West Virginia is my mom's home state. Since I've been living in Florida most of my life, I don't think I'll ever fully get use to the sight of mountains and how breathtaking they are. When I was little, my mom said the first time I went to West Virginia and saw mountains I asked, "What are those big round bumps with trees on top?" haha. I was the cutest baby ever. On another note, it's weird seeing me in flats right? haha It's weird for me to even see myself in them because I'm ALWAYS in heels. I think now people will be able to tell I'm only 5'3" instead of thinking I'm way taller!


crimson lace.

"Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered" -Giorgio Armani

Since Valentine's Day falls on Tuesday, exactly three weeks from now, I figured I'd go ahead and do the perfect Valentine's Day look for you guys and host a giveaway while I was at it! The corset I'm wearing is called Viveka and it is from Vedette.com. I love corsets because they always have this amazing ability to accentuate my curves more. This corset from Vedette laces in the back, but snaps in the front, and is SUPER stretchy so it's actually wearable, meaning I can move and breathe in it unlike most corsets I usually wear haha. This outfit would be perfect for a Valentine's date! Speaking of Valentine's Day, I'll be in New York and attending fashion week for it! If I did have a date, then I'd be wearing this! haha! My giveaway is with Vedette Shapewear again! Everyone tell me what their plans are for Valentine's day and be sure to leave your email! I'll choose the winner and announce in a few days! Good Luck!


dimmed lights.

"I believe that fashion is not about what you wear but how you wear it. It’s more than putting together outfits and creating different looks but a form of expression of one’s identity, creating a new outer layer of skin"

Here are some American Apparel outtakes from my four days of shooting with them. This is only one outfit and one round of pictures. I'm going to post the different outfits and shots in various posts because there is a pretty good amount of outtakes. They edited the pictures themselves. I love how they decided to make these pictures black and white. It really makes the pattern on the coat stand out.


second best is never enough.

"Fashion is not frivolous. I am a businesswoman, a very serious business person" -Donatella Versace

As you guys know, color blocking is my favorite thing to do in fashion...so here you go. Color blocking to the extreme. The teal bra, which is from Leading Lady, compliments my blue heels. The yellow shorts I'm wearing, compliment the 80's vintage blazer. Speaking of vintage, I've linked up with Esther Woo's Vintage to host a giveaway for $50.00 to spend at her store! Everyone entering the giveaway be sure to leave your email and what you hope to see me wearing during February fashion week in a comment below. I finally received one of my hats in the mail today for fashion week! Can't wait! I also answered some interview questions by Jessica from LovePins. Everyone check it out HERE!


enter galactic.

"Life is about growth and change, when you are no longer doing that, that is your whisper to find out what else the world has to offer you" -Oprah

Hot pink jumper with Cosmic Litas? I really felt like going bold this time. I love the colors in my bag and how it picks up the colors in the Jeffrey Campbells. I've come to the conclusion that I just need to pick up and move to New York. I'm always trying to top myself and lately I've been feeling stuck in sort of an unaccomplished feeling, which to most of you may sound insane considering I just shot with Seventeen Mag and American Apparel. But, to me, I don't like comparing myself to other people, I compare myself to myself. So trying to outdo what I've previously done is a big deal for me. I also get bored very easily, that's probably why I love fashion so much, because it's constantly evolving. I think I'll be going to fashion week and end up staying there. Sometimes you just have to go after things and get them dome. So if anyone knows any solid fashion jobs available or inexpensive studios/living, be sure to let me know!!


center of my own world.

"I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented, where I excel is ridiculous,sickening work ethic. While the other guy is sleeping, I’m working. While the other guy is eating, I’m working” -Will Smith

I'm a huge fan of color blocking. Anyone who has been following my blog for some time definitely knows that. I was in a 1980's mood when I picked out this outfit. I'm finally starting to part ways with a lot of my things in my closet and putting them up for sale on my store. This color block sweater I have on is for sale HERE! I don't know why I'm such a fashion hoarder. I've finally hit over 500,000 page views! I instantly thought about when I first began fashion blogging. I never, back then atleast, would have imagined having that many views. It's pretty nuts. Can't wait to hit a million!


dream with open eyes.

"Ambitious girl, you just want to win. You'd rather chase your dreams, then to try to chase these men" -Wale

After what seemed like forever, nadiaaboulhosn.com is finally mine! At first, someone else had ownership of it. Long after a bunch of emails and procedures, $300 later it officially became mine. For now, I have my blog directly connected to it. Eventually when I come out with my fashion line, I'll have a full webpage for it, but for now, my blog will do. Domain names usually don't cost nearly as much as what I paid. Unfortunately for me, the man who owned it wanted money for it. I thought about all the heels I could buy with $300, but I figured the investment in the domain name was worth it in the long run. I found this tribal dress at a thrift store in Jersey months ago. I made it shorter to make it more flattering. My heels are BCBG and my oversized clutch and matching belt are vintage.


can't be labeled.

"Personality begins where comparison ends" -Karl Lagerfeld

Yes, this just happened. You are looking at me with this amazing wig on. I love drastic necklines. Everything I'm wearing is vintage except my heels which are Jessica Simpson's. Being back home feels so relieving. I'm finally settled in until Fashion Week in February. Lately, I've been thinking about signing on to an agency and considering modeling professionally. People have always asked why I haven't gotten into it before. There's so many answers to why I haven't. One reason being, my interest and goals are in fashion design and the energy I'd be using toward modeling would take away from my designing. I've been thinking that the modeling also will help fund most of my fashion line. Then again, I'm drawn back with another reason why I've held it off, being that I don't like labeling myself. I'd obviously be titled a plus size model, but then again, even if I was a size 6, I'd still be considered "plus size" in this industry. I hate how fashion companies view sizes. I despise labels, it's just a way to separate/divide people. I don't want to be labeled in any category, I want to be in my own bracket. I'm too complex for any category. Either way, one day, you guys will understand why I don't label myself. We'll see what I decide. No big decisions until after fashion week!


monumental moments.

"Project an image you believe in" -Nicki Minaj

Just landed back in Florida after taking a red eye trip back from Los Angeles. I still haven't been to sleep yet! I wanted to get this post up because it feels like forever since I've done one. I had so much fun while I was there! I loved working with AA! Taghrid, who was my photographer, is extremely talented. I finally got to meet and work with the super sweet Heather. I love them both! I'm anxious to see the final product. I was able to see a few pictures and they are gorgeous! I can't wait until you guys get to see them too! I also shot a little video with them in their vintage sunglass warehouse. In my free time, I was able to visit family, which was fun! Before I left to Los Angeles, I picked a few of my favorite, end of the season sale items from Navabi. You guys can check out my favorite picks HERE! Well, here are a few behind the scene pictures of the 2nd shoot day. I love the vivid blue dress with the red flats. I'm a fan of color blocking!