2 ways to spice up a simple button down 

Hey guys, 

Today I decided to play around with this simple black button down shirt from Woolworths and try to create some different looks based on what I’ve seen on Instagram. 

Let’s get to it… 

1. Backwards one shoulder look

This look is real simple to achieve ( honestly they both are ). Start off by putting on the shirt -backwards off course- and don’t forget to leave one shoulder out. Once you’ve adjusted the collar and it’s lying properly, button the shirt up ( a little help wouldn’t hurt ). Take the other sleeve and wrap it around your waist and pin with a safety pin ( you could use a pretty brooch ) 

2. Strapless, sweetheart neckline 

Button the shirt up until you’ve achieved the sweetheart neckline and everything sits tight. Take the sleeves and tie them around your waist. & voila simple as that. 

Styled with: striped jeans from Primark

Like I said these looks are simple and different. They make a statement and are easy to take a look from the office to cocktail ( or whatever 😉 ) I hope you guys found this post interesting. Keep up with me on my social media ( tagged in the sidebar ). 

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First they were 2 now they are 1

Hey guys, 

Yesterday I attended my cousins engagement ( do I have to say anymore, you all know what this post will be about )  Let’s dive straight to the pictures. 

“All because he POPPED the question” The cute little gifts we got ( caramel & chocolate popcorn )

What I wore: 


Peep the matching shoes 👀


Dress: Izaura| Shoes: Studio W | Hoops: Colettes | Shrug: Foschini | Clutch: a gift

Pics from the event: 







I feel like such an idiot for not taking any pictures of the food and the amazing dessert 😦   But trust me it was to die for. 


They are such a beautiful couple, I wish them all the best and I can’t wait for the wedding. 

 Overall it was a great night, these two are obviously smitten and that is beautiful. Don’t forget to follow me on my other social media ( tagged in the sidebar ) 

Eid Mubarak

Hey and Eid Mubarak to all of my Muslim followers x. Today I have decided to share my Eid outfit with all of you 🙂 





I decided to rock a more casual look this year because I’m not doing anything fancy this year :). 

Head scarf: Woolworths ( tutorial will be in my next post )

Sunglasses: Cottonon ( also available at Zara ) 

Earrings: Colette

Peasant shirt: H&M ( snatched from my mums closet ) 

Vest: Foschini

Jeans: River Island

Boots: Forever21

I hope that you all have an amazing day and week, stay blessed 

My winter favourites 

Hey guys, my favourite season is around the corner so I decided to share a few of my favourite pieces with you all 🙂 

1. A bomber jacket I mean no one can go wrong with a good bomber jacket, this one is super padded and warm plus I love the flower details on the sleeves ( major trend ). This beautiful cropped bomber jacket is from Cottonon

2. Leather mini skirt
I think that this is just a cute piece for a night out ( paired with tights of course ). I tend to wear a lot of dark colours in winter, so this piece just adds some colour to my outfits. This skirt is from Zara

    3. An oversized denim jacket Everyone needs a denim jacket, that’s all that I’m going to say. This jacket is snatched from my mums closet 🙂 
    4. Ankle boots Ankle boots are just so cute and are comfortable. These bad boys are from Forever 21
    5. A leather jacket Every girl should have a leather/ faux leather jacket in their closet, they make an outfit look more polished and adds a little edge to your look. This one is from Zara

    Thanks for checking out this post, obviously I have way more winter favourites ( the list goes on ) but I just decided to share a few. Don’t forget to check out my social media ( tagged in the sidebar ). see you later 

    A night in Cuba

    ​​​Hey guys, today I’ve decided to share a few pictures from my uncles surprise Cuban themed party this past Saturday. It was a super fun night. 

    ​ some decor from the entrance 

    Ready to go

    Group pictures/selfies:







    Food glorious food 


    It was really fun to dress up, celebrate and dance til late with my family. xox Suraya 

    Travel post: Sudan/Ethiopia 

    Hey guys!!! I know I’ve been quiet for a while, that was because I was busy traveling but I’m back and have a line up of things to share with you guys. 
    Today I’ve decided to do a travel post ( since I’ve been traveling ). This year I visited my Sudan, where my father grew up, it was definitely an amazing experience… so let’s get to the post. ​​

    Passport CHECK & we’re off
    Suraya always has to have the window seat

    ​just before we started our descent into Addis Ababa. shoutout to Ethopian Airlines for the great service and hospitality on all 4 of my flights during this trip. 

    Sunrise at Addis Ababa international airport
    A quick picture at sunset in my grandparents backyard after a long day out at the market
    ​Sunset view from my bedroom balcony at my grandparents home on the Blue Nile. 


    ​​Sunset view from the beach in front of our house 

    The following pictures were taken during an afternoon drive along the Nile and through Ombdurman 

    Outfit details:

    Abaya: Christmas Market in Cape Town 

    Scarf: Woolworths

    Here is an image taken in a workshop that makes clay pots which are used to store water and keep it cool.
    Minarets at sunset

    Outfit details: 

    Dress: a Market in Sudan

    Sheer shirt: Foschini

    Scarf: Woolworths

    Family selfie at the National Museum with Nubian hieroglyphics


    Photos of Sudanese weddings thanks to the museum. Unfortunately I didn’t get to attend a Sudanese wedding as I left 2 days before one was going to take place. 

    Family selfie while waiting for the dervishes to start

    ​The dervishes, in the zone!! This is by far the most chilled version of Islam ​that I’ve ever seen. 

    Pictures taken at our farm

    Henna done on my last day in Sudan

    VI hope that you guys found this post interesting, if you have any questions about my trip feel free to ask away in the comments. Sudan & Ethiopia are such magical places I’m definitely going back soon. I’m going to do many more travel posts in the new year as I will be traveling a lot. See you all in my next post, don’t forget to checkout my social media (tagged in sidebar) xox Suraya 

    My top reads

    Hi guys so today I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite books with you since the holidays are approaching and many of us will be traveling, so if you need some new books to read, or not sure if you should buy a book or if you just need something to keep you entertained (besides your phone) during an upcoming trip, this post is for you. 

    1. Fashion books 

    i) style

    These books are related to style and have fun little illustrations of ideas and fashion dos & don’ts. The 2 I’m sharing today are related to Paris since that is one of the most classic and timeless places when it comes to fashion. 

    • Parisian Chic by Sophie Gachet

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    The illustrations are hilarious but get the message across

    •Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas & Frédérique Veysset

    This book is full of images and illustrations of some of Paris’ best street style which can inspire many outfits


    ii) fashion biographies 

    These books are about personal style stories of one of the biggest fashionistas of the past and one of the biggest fashionistas of our time, as well as one of my favourite fashion designers. 

    • IT by Alexa Chung

    You can just see how used and loved this book is by how dirty the cover is…
    This book is full of images of Alexa’s style and those who inspired it as well as her cute illustrations.



    • Diane Vreeland – Empress of Fashion by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart


     For those of you who don’t know Diane Vreeland is, she was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion. She worked for the fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and as a special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1964. So the title Empress of fashion is very appropriate. 

    The book is full of images of Diane’s style and this fashionable lady at work. The book goes through her life story and how she developed her style and got to where she was.



    • The woman I wanted to be by Diane von Furstenberg 


    Diane von Furstenberg is one of the greatest fashion designers of our time, her work is so elegant and timeless. This book shows us how Diane got to become the woman she is today.


    2. Drama/romance 

    • If I stay by Gayle Forman

    This book is an emotional roller coaster it leaves you on the edge of your seat as we wait to see what Mia’s decision will be.


    3. Comedy

    • Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison

    My mom actually lent me this book as a joke because my dad always thinks that I’ll end up like one of these girls. This is a funny story of 5 women that are all addicted to shopping and shoes { it’s very similar to the movie Confession of a shop-a-holic}, it is an extremely funny book.



    4. John Green 

    • Looking for Alaska by none other than John Green

    This book is an emotional roller coaster, it is honestly my favourite book I have read it over and over again.

    All of these books can be ordered from your local bookstore. I ordered all of mine from Exclusive Books

    Thanks for checking out my book post, I hope you all invest in a good book for your travels this holiday. xox Suraya