Cleaning Out with Swapdom

“Growth only comes from adversity and from challenge—from stepping away from what's comfortable and familiar and stepping out into the unknown.” — Ben Saunders

I've found Swapdom and I'm in love. Over the years, I have accumulated so many clothes and shoes that I never know what to do with myself. When I first moved to New York, I packed my entire car with nothing but my wardrobe and have pieces I have yet to ever still wear to this day. So far, I have done two events where I sell some of my clothes and get to meet my followers at the same time. Since then, I've bought even more stuff to the point where I have bins underneath my bed because I ran out of closet space. I even had an etsy account where I'd sell my vintage items I no longer had use for.

After a year or so of having my etsy, I stopped selling items just because I got so busy. Now I'm finally settled back into a new apartment and decided to open a Swapdom account. Swapdom is great if you have clothes that you no longer want or need. You can easily swap it for something else you like without having to bargain. Posting items were easier than I imagined which is great because I really don't have the extra time. You guys can check out my Nadia Aboulhosn Swapdom profile where I listed a few items and will continue to add more with time. Incase you want to see how Swapdom works, check out the flow chart below!

This post is sponsored by Swapdom. All thoughts are my own.

Floral Watercolors

“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” -Tony Robbins

Wearing: Foxcroft watercolor floral pants, creme Joules blouse, Michael Antonio orange heels

Striped Dresses for Spring

"That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment." -Doris Goodwin

I love print, especially stripes. Experimenting with stripes has always been fun for me. Like when I wore Addition Elle's striped pants or shot with American Apparel and wore their stripe co-ordinate look. This Addition Elle dress is just one of my many striped dresses. I picked out my top 5 dresses for Spring below!

Wearing: Addition Elle stripe dress, Jessica Simpson Cayna heels, Vintage Dooney & Bourke satchel (similar)

Most Kings

"Inspired by Basquiat, my chariot's on fire. Everybody took shots, hit my body up I'm tired. Build me up, break me down to build me up again, they like "Hov we need you back so we can kill your ass again" -Jay Z

I'm not sure how I even came across City of Savages, but I'm so happy I did. The quote on the shirt is one of the closest quotes to me, especially one I can relate to so I'll briefly write on how I came about this quote. I wanted to learn something that educators were too afraid to write in our text books throughout elementary, middle, and high school so when I was in college back in 2009, I took numerous African American history and humanities courses. During the humanities course, one of the last artists my teacher taught us about was Jean-Michel Basquiat. My teacher showed us Basquiat's work, described it, showed us his frustrations, how he was vulnerable but also blunt, my obsession for Basquiat started. Not to mention, he wore designer suits while he painted, not caring if he destroyed them in the process. Being into fashion, that always sparked my interest. One of my favorite pieces he made was the Most Young Kings Get Their Head Cut Off. He'd circle and cross out words to make you pay attention more. I've always been drawn to mysterious people. I always want to know more than what people show because I'm one of those people myself. There's more to me than what I give out. His work was incredibly thought provoking. When Jay-Z came out with Most Kingz in 2010, I related even more, not only because I'm a Jay fan, but because I had just started my blog and there was a lot of criticizing. I put myself on this platform as a way to express myself, not for people to tell me what I should and should not be doing. I still never think it's okay to judge someone for who they are but understand that it is a part of being in the so called "spotlight", which is something I don't aim for. I'm here to express myself, not to be famous and not to be judged. My favorite Jay line from that song was "People look at you strange, say you changed. Like you worked that hard to stay the same." Success has changed people around me more than it has actually changed me. Life is about growth and change, so absolutely, I have changed over time. I'm only getting older, learning more, not making the same mistakes twice, so change is inevitable. If you're not changing, you're not growing. Also, I've noticed many people have this idea that being well known or famous will make them happy. Being famous is the emptiest dream you could reach for. You might get a little bit of shine but will soon realize being noticed by people isn't rewarding. Doing it for fame is dissatisfying. You constantly are judged by people who you don't even know in person and most people who know you in person want to see you succeed but not more than them. Everybody wants to be king till shots ring.

Wearing: City of Savages hoodie, ASOS white shorts, Dorothy Perkins black coat, F21 (similar) white heels

Forest Green Coat

"Every major achievement is almost always preceded by years of toil, hard work, failure, stress, tests of character, determination, sleepless nights... All of which help form the network of roots that can then support real accomplishments." -Prakah Iyer

Wearing: SimplyBe forest green coat, ASOS bodycon dress, Nine West forest green heels, Sephora Orange Rocks lipstick

Tiny Vessels of Insomnia

"Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you."

I'll be heading to Los Angeles March 3rd for a week or so. I'm excited to be getting away from the cold for a week. Is it sad that I'm really just happy to take blog pictures in warm weather? I'm pretty sure the L.A. weather is going to fully convince me to move there. We'll see.

Wearing: FrontRowShop panel dress (similar), white ankle strap heels, gold and white belt, gold collar necklace, Orange Rocks Sephora lipstick

Gunmetal

"Every successful person has conditioned their mind to think that they are going to exceed in anything they do. Success is often a result of not being afraid to accomplish anything you want because anything is possible. A lot of people disregard it and say to themselves that successful people are there because they were lucky or product of good circumstance but you are your own driving engine and you are your own brake. You are the only one who can determine your own fate."

Wearing:Moi Lijn Gunmetal dress, black ankle strap sandals, Layla Gunmetal Nail Polish

StyleLikeU Second Skin

“Whomever you truly are... honor that person. No dream was ever realized by disappearing into the shadows of self-deceit and doubt.” ― Jaeda DeWalt

So last year, StyleLikeU contacted me to do a video with them called Second Skin which involved myself and another girl switching clothes for a day. I had no idea who she was, she had no idea who I was, but we walked in each other's shoes (literally) for a day. I was actually inspired by Amy Cakes look and instantly bought a new pair of creepers as soon as we finished shooting. I admire her because most people would think she's crazy dressing how she does but she is just like me. A girl who is sure of herself, knows what she does and doesn't like and doesn't want to play the victim. She doesn't dress up to put on a show, she does it for herself. When we were taking the final shots for the video, a police officer drove by and asked her if she missed Halloween. I didn't fully understand what he was saying, I wish I had so I could have sarcastically been a bitch to him. I put so much emphasis on the fact that fashion and style are all about expressing your individual self. It's actually the core reason I started my blog to begin with. I never dress the way I do to impress people or to make a statement. I believe I've gotten so far in this industry because I have been true to myself and THAT'S what has made me popular. I wear what makes me feel good, I wear what ever emotion I feel that day. That's why it IS so difficult for me to wear someone else's clothes because it's not reflecting my personal self. My message through my blog has always been to be yourself unapologetically. I love experimenting, but on my own terms. After I did this video, I spoke to Melo-X, a good friend of mine who is a Multimedia artist and featured in the video. He roughly said to me something along the lines of, this isn't you, people don't understand that when you dress, it's not just about putting clothes on, it's a lifestyle for you. He couldn't have said it any better. I look forward to years of expressing myself as myself.

Thank you to the women at StyleLikeU and Amy Cakes!