Words: Honor Killings

What Honor is there in Killing?
            The growing rise in “honor killings” is unreal & heartbreaking. Honor killings not only occur in parts of the Middle East but also in Europe & the U.S. From frontpagemag.com a Palestinian 27 year old woman who was a mother of three was viciously murdered by her husband. Nancy Zaboun, the victim, allegedly was looking for an early exit of her marriage due to the 10 years of the repeating beatings she was suffering. Unfortunately for Zaboun her attempt was fatal and unsuccessful. Also since Zaboun’s attempt to flee caused such a stain to her husband’s family honor he repeatedly stabbed her several times. Zaboun is not the only woman to fall under the category of
honor killings.  A report from the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights stated that 25 women have been subjected to honor killings, with 13 women murdered in 2011 and 12 women slain in 2012. These statistics are not only tragic but deeply distressing. More victims includes 17 year old Rofayda Qaoud whose mother placed a plastic bag over her head and slashed her wrists after she was raped and impregnated by her brothers; 27-year-old Fadia Najjar, a divorced mother of five, beaten to death by her father because she owned a cell phone that he thought she was using to call a man outside of the family; and 20-year-old Aya Baradiya, tied up and thrown down a well to die by her uncle because he disapproved of her engagement. To believe that the Islamic culture believes this is right, is plain wrong. The Qur’ran does not state anything that proves that honor killings is a religious right, it is simply cultural. A study done by the Gaza-based Palestinian Women’s Information and Media Center found that “67 percent of Palestinian women reported being subjected to verbal violence on a regular basis, 71 percent to psychological violence, 52 percent to physical violence and 14 percent to sexual violence.” The sad part of this is that although there are laws that state honor killings are not supported, the government does not have enough power to show their authority over the people. In a quote by Israeli- Arab lecturer Yusuf Jabareen stated that, “Part of our [Palestinian] identity is to attack women… to beat women… – we must acknowledge it…Palestinian identity has its charms, but there are things that we have adopted from Arab culture for centuries that harm the individual and the woman…That’s part of our identity.” Unfortunately, the Palestinian misogyny may have that Arabic taste, Islam gives her, her full flavor where men often don’t treat women better than livestock. In order to solve this problem it’s going to take a lot more than just a cultural revolution to change what many countries believe is right.

Style: Fall Fashion [Vogue vs Teen Vogue]

Fall: vogue vs. teen vogue


Outfit: Preppy and Fringe


                            collared shirt: Forever 21
                            patterned shorts: Forever 21
                            wedges: Forever 21
                            hat: Forever 21
                            cardigan: V.S.

Style: 4 Coachella Looks

Coachella Ready.


                                sweater: vintage
                                collar shirt: Forever 21
                                jeans: Pacsun
                                shoulder bag: Target
                                shoes: H&M


Brights are back !

Aubin Wills collared shirt, £90
Vero Moda pink skinny jeans, €35
Heel boots, 449 SEK
Oxford ballet flat, $89
Giuseppe Zanotti genuine leather handbag, $995
Owl earrings, $13
Wet Seal plastic bangle, $8.50
Sabre Vision sunglasses, $140
                                 forever be a KID .

Outfit: Hippie Comfort

                       sweater: vintage-handed down from grandmother
                       headband: Forever 21
                       shoes: Forever 21
                       maxi skirt: Forever 21
                       handbag: handed down from sister
                                 nature's beauty .


                           stay true .
                                       beautiful San Diego .


glasses: Nordstrom
white collar shirt: Forever 21
necklace: Forever 21
striped blazer: Forever 21
leggings: handed down
booties: H&M


                                    Dream Forever .
                              you are your only obstacle .


                          one by one stars die & new ones are born .
                                Dance for a reason .
How To: style a bright skirt

platforms: Forever 21
leggings: handed down
skirt: Target
long sleeve: handed down
ring: Forever 21
pattern collar shirt: Aeropostale


working with maxi skirts .

A L C long sleeve sweater, $166
Knit shirt, £35
Agent Ninetynine long tank, $30
Supertrash tiered skirt, $140
Miss Selfridge long pleated skirt, £20
Heel booties, 449 SEK
Kate Spade high heel sandals, $325
Drawstring handbag, $170
Miss Selfridge green handbag, £32
Locket jewelry, $122
Friis Company feather jewelry, €16
Alice Hannah hair accessory, £8
Lancome Cosmetics and Skin Care Official Site: Make up, Skincare,..., $29
stila cosmetics - forever your curl mascara
"let the fire burn till the day it shall go out"

The prep

MTWTFSS Weekday yellow blouse, €40
Uniqlo cotton cardigan, £30
T by Alexander Wang long sleeve blouse, €225
Prabal Gurung polka dot skirt, $925
Citizens of Humanity distressed jeans, £225
Gucci floral print skinny jeans, €598
Miu miu shoes, $645
Steve madden booties, $100
Jessica Simpson platform heels, $110
Tory burch handbag, £275
Moschino Cheap Chic shoulder handbag, £193
Patent leather clutch, $895
polka dot blazer: H&M
leopard cat eye glasses: Target