It’s been almost a week since I returned from Tel Aviv, Israel and it’s been work, work, work [ cue Rihanna song ] the moment I stepped off the plane. My suitcase is half unpacked, a pile of laundry still to be done, my apartment is still how I left it. A mess of clothes scattered here and here [mostly winter clothes stored in the suitcases when not use] but somehow I expected the flat to be spotless when I opened the door. Its been a little crazy and what’s keeping me sane and calm is finish reading Americanah– the book I bought for the flight. I even haven’t had the time to open my laptop until now. This is unusual for me as sorting out images for blog content is the second thing I do after any trip. The first: a huge cup of tea. Earl Grey to be precise- thought I’d share this important info with you.
Instead, I have taken to scrolling through my iPhone for photos to try to re-live the some of the amazing moments and things I did whilst out there. Wish I still had this for breakfast every morning. It turns out I took enough #OOTD style pictures on the phone to create a full blog post. Since I have a backlog of chores and other adulting-life-things that needs my attention before I resume to my blog routine, I thought a round up outfit post seems like a great way to start [ yes, I have so much to share with you about ISRAEL ] considering how quiet I have been on the blogosphere lately. Some of you may have seen snippets of these outfits on my instagram [@yaalia_fashionsense] but it doesn’t hurt to officially blog about them.
Outfit One – London to Tel Aviv – Airport Style :
I wanted something casual and smart for the flight and still weather appropriate. I’m never the one to wear leggings for flights. I always believe one has to travel in style and make an effort to look well presented whether traveling economy [coach ], business or first class. I work in this industry and have seen so many inappropriate attire people wear to board planes. If it were up to me, I think there should be some etiquette around this.
The slogan T-shirt was a gift from the lovely Ivy, who is also a blogger and recently launched her own clothing label. I love how its thicker and yet breathable, loved the rolled up sleeves which stayed in place all day.
Day One – Outfit on Repeat : My suitcase didn’t arrive with me [ again ] so I had to wear this outfit again for day 2. We came here for a wedding so I packed the outfit with me in my carry on bag. [ Strongly advise you to pack extra clothes in your carry on always ]. We took a red eye flight so I was back in these clothes after I freshened up when we checked in at our hotel. I went for breakfast, visited the beach and explored our neighbourhood. One local stopped me to ask for a picture as he loved my outfit and thought I looked super cool.
Shop This Outfit:
T-Shirt : Ivy Ekong Fashion | Skirt: (ME) Tokyo Boutique | Sandals : Carvela by Kurt Geiger | Boater Hat: Oalney at John Lewis [ Men’s ] |
Day Two – Shopping/Sarona Market: I was a little upset when my bag didn’t arrive because this was the outfit I was looking forward to wearing most. I immediately thought of this look as soon as I saw this gingham dress online. I stalked the website until my size became available.
I haven’t had a chance to really wear these bow mules from ZARA and thought this dress would b perfect together. The kitten heel was comfortable to walk in and Tel Aviv cobble street friendly . I love how easy this dress is easy to wear, button looks fun and feminine with the frills and the spaghetti straps. I would suggest one size small if your not curvy around the hip area. I went a size up to accommodate this but the straps were annoying as the kept falling down.
Shop This Look:
Boater Hat : Oalney at John Lewis | Gingham Sun Dress: H&M | Bow Velvet Mules : ZARA [old ] | Bag: ZARA | Sunglasses: Ray Ban ‘Clubmaster’
Outfit Two – Jewish Wedding Guest
Firstly, excuse the mess on my head. It was my fault entirely. I decided to let my hair down and forgot the venue of the wedding was literally by sea and after sunset. As soon as I arrived at the venue, the strong breeze did not like my style and took over my hair and restyled it. It also tried with the dress but thankfully, the embellished beads weighed it down which meant, I was spared from repeating Marilyn Monroe’s famous flying skirt pose. Can you imagine! Looking at my dress, you probably thinking how could I have worn this to a Jewish wedding? Note I didn’t state “orthodox” before Jewish. The wedding I attended and Tel Aviv as a city were both liberal. Basically anything goes in Tel Aviv and there were other Israeli women whose outfit were more revealing than mine.
I have a love and hate relationship with this dress. I mean its pretty and very different and will definitely turned heads with the see through bodice and pleated skirt alone. The peach slip dress was annoying too as it kept riding up all the time even when standing. I prefer the playsuit version with this dress. I’m thinking of swapping for a longer black slip dress next time although I like the bright colour of the peach which made the dress look more fun, feminine and summery.
I’ll be doing a detailed post on this dress so fear not, more pictures are coming.
Day Three – Outfit One- Beach Day:
All that dancing and eating from the night before took its toll. Life is a Beach. Plans for day three was breakfast, beach, lunch, beach, eat all the ice cream in the world before they melt, read a new novel [ loving Chimamanda’s work lately ]whilst topping up the tan before we head back to the hotel to get ready for dinner with newlyweds and their family. The wedding reception continues. Basically round two of last nights event, but more intimate this time. For a casual day at the beach, I’m wearing a blue and white tiered dress [ two sizes up ] with these cute red bow sliders. The back of the dress also came with three bow ties to fasten. This was so easy to throw and take off and roomy enough for my giant bow bathing suit and denim shorts.
Tiered Dress: Primark | Bow Sliders: H&M | Hat: Primark | White Straw Bag: Primark | Sungalsses: Quay Australia ‘My Girl’ | Wacth: JORD
Outfit Two- Dinner
Now this picture was taken couple of days ago here in London at a friend’s wedding reception. The pictures I took at the dinner party with the phone were too dark and not deemed ‘blog worthy’. But this was the exact outfit I wore to the dinner in Tel Aviv. Guilty as charged. Notoriously known for repeating outfits. I absolutely adore this pink pleated tiered dress. It’s very fun to wear and everyone loved it and I felt like a senorita ready to break into salsa/flamingo dance but was sacred my platform sandals will betray me and I’ll end up flat on my arse instead.
I was forced to walk 30mins in these en route to dinner as taxis were scarce on Shabbat/Sabbath. We waited and waited, walked a little further to the next taxi rank and after more waiting around, we gave in and walked the whole way to the venue. Mind you, I never knew these sandals were that comfy were totally made for walking. I still wouldn’t attempt any vigorous dance moves in them.
Outfit Details: Dress and Sandals : H&M
Day Four- Day Tour To Jerusalem & Dead Sea
I read about the strict rules on women’s attire for Jerusalem when I booked the tour to visit the Old City and the Holy Sites. I was also aware of the high temperatures [ up to 40degrees ] so I needed a modest outfit and still light enough for the weather without too much skin on show. I thought of this bright yellow number with the self bow-tie sleeves. No it didn’t come with the blue smiley sticker. That was so I don’t get lost or mixed up with the wrong tour group. So the rules for women’s attire for visiting Jerusalem was shoulders, knees, midriff to be covered. I packed a shawl in my new straw bag for a quick cover up when ever required. The straw bag was a wedding favour gift and I love the multi colour tassels. So pretty. I almost bought a similar one from ASOS before the trip.
Outfit Details: Cotton Dress and Sandals: H&M | Straw Bag: Gift
Day Five- Night Out- Not Pictured
For night out and casual drinks, I wore the black skirt from day one and a white embroidered top from Isabel Marant wih the Tan block heel sandals. A bit modest for clubbing but I didn’t pack any clubbing attire.
Day Six- Tel Aviv to London – Airport Style
It was all said and done and time to pack up and go home. For our last full day in the city, we headed out to breakfast at the same spot when we first arrived. I chose to wear my African print dress that I also received a gift from the motherland. It’s so flowy and breezy and has beaded straps. I wore my orange mules to make the outfit more colourful as we Africans love colour and speak colours with our outfits loud and clear. I also wore one of my own designed t-shirts on top as a cover up.
Outfit Details: Dress and T-Shirt – customer made | Bag: Gifted – similar here
Do let me know which outfit is your favourite.
Verse of The Day:-
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
– James 1:5-6 ESV [ English Standard Version ]