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Fajr Muhammad

Swoon Worthy: Dean Morris Cards

By March 8, 2011 Art School, Personal Interests
Dean-Morris

I love kitsch. Kitsch and vulgar British humor. So when I happened upon Dean Morris Cards at Philly boutique Smak Parlour I was smitten. Dean Morris is a greeting card company with kick! Using cheesy retro images from the 60s and 70s, Dean Morris adds hilarious taglines that would make Hallmark blush. These are not your grandmother’s birthday cards.

I’ve never been into overly sentimental gifts, so these spunky and tongue in cheek  cards are perfect for the friend who appreciates a little fun! Dean Morris also has compacts, luggage tags and houses a line of “Keep Calm & Carry On” cards.

Aren’t these cards flipping great?!?

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Real Girls Aren’t Perfect

By March 7, 2011 Extras

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What I Wore: Mosaic Jungle

By March 6, 2011 What I Wore
What I Wore Sat 7

What Fajr Wore

When life feels like a jungle of deadlines, finish lines and one-liners, the only thing left to do is take it to the streets! Once we step from behind our computer screens there’s so much beauty to behold, whether it be in the laugh of a great girlfriend, the glance of a stranger or colored glass and stone forever meshed together.

The Deets:

Rodarte X Target Leopard Dress
Vintage Blazer & Clutch
Betsey Johnson Opaques
Steve Madden Platforms
Urban Outfitters Mini Hat
BCBG Ruffled Wrist Cuffs

Fajr Muhammad

South Street Mosaic

South Street Mosaic

Fajr Muhammad

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Suggested Reading: 3.4.11

By March 4, 2011 Suggested Reading

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{In love with Jeffrey Campbell’s Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook via Fly Girls}

Beautiful and honest quote from our President

“Sometimes, when we’re lying together, I look at her and I feel dizzy with the realization that here is another distinct person from me, who has memories, origins, thoughts, feelings that are different from my own. That tension between familiarity and mystery meshes something strong between us. Even if one builds a life together based on trust, attentiveness and mutual support, I think that it’s important that a partner continues to surprise.” –Barack Obama via Alkeemi

For your Viewing Pleasure

{Self-published millionaire Amanda Hocking! What an amazing story!!!}

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On the Clock: Time Tips for Time Wasters

By March 2, 2011 Advice, How-To, Life Advice
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I’m convinced that I have ADD. My mind goes a mile a minute, I’m easily distracted by shiny objects and the constant barrage of information from the Internet has seized my brain and made me a digital slave. With a multitude of distractions; Twitter, Real Housewives, THIS CAT it seems that the old adage “time flies when you’re fucking off” still rings true.


In our information overloaded society, its easy to get distracted by the bells and whistles of life. Getting caught in the distraction danger zone is a slippery slope that can kill your productivity and leave you with a to-do list that’s no closer to being done.

One of my goals this year has been to make better use of my time and increase my productivity. While it’s easier said than done, there are cut and dry ways to take back your time and make the best of it. It will take a bit of willpower to put down the Crack-berry, but carving out free time and finishing projects will be the handsome reward.

Unplug the Boob Tube

Ask any productive person, what the number one time leech is and they will resoundingly say, “Television”! While I do indulge in a Nene-athon from time to time, limiting your tv watching is a perfect starting point to capturing lost time and regaining sanity. They don’t call it the “boob tube” for nothing and excessive television watching has been linked to obesity, increased aggression and depression. How wretched!

Social Networking = Social Distraction

Hi, my name is Fajr and I’m a Twitter junkie! I’m a fiend for the next status update, Twitpic and retweet. While a large part of blogging involves social tools, it’s also an immense time drain and distraction. Dedicate a certain time each day to “Social Happy Hour” and tweet, facebook and comment in that hour only! Limit your intake and don’t overindulge lest you end up with a “Nothing Accomplished” hangover.

Single Task Trumps Multi-Task

Whoever invented multitasking should be shot! While the ability to multitask is a prized one in our society, it’s not always the best method to completing tasks. Having 10 tabs open on your Firefox browser when you really should be typing a Word doc is not conducive to finishing. Shut down all extraneous windows (that includes logging off Gmail) and focus on the task at hand.

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Over Simplify

The way to get more done is to do less. No I haven’t been taking the “Charlie Sheen” hear me out. If you have a list of 10 things and only an hour to do them, of course you’ll never be done. Cut that list done to only items that you can reasonably accomplish and work on them. When you’re done, make the next list  and so on and so forth. Sure this a dirty mind trick, but completing a list of 2 is much better than drowning in a list of 20. WINNING!

Take One Step at a Time

Facebook wasn’t built in a day (or was it). So getting overwhelmed with your ever-growing to-do list is another form of wasting time. When we focus on all the things that have to get done, we’re simply borrowing time from actually doing them. Life moves at a frentic pace and assignments are due when they are due. Instead of worrying about how you’ll do it, just take one step and the how will take care of itself.

More Resources (read only if your work is done!)

  • Hey, got a second? How to Stop being an Interruption Magnet- Dumb Little Man
  • How to be more Productive: Advice from a Type A Virgo- Yes and Yes
  • Serfs, Smoking Breaks & Solitude: Th ABC’s of Electrified Efficiency- Unicorns for Socialism

How are you taking back your time?

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Art School: Marc Chagall and his Circle

By March 1, 2011 Art School, Arts, Personal Interests
Fernand Leger

Recently I had the pleasure to attend a press preview for the Marc Chagall exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Philadelphia Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the US and it happens to be one of my favorite places in the city. With over 225,000 works of art on display you can get lost for hours wandering the exhibition halls.

The Marc Chagall exhibit, titled “Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and his Circle” kicked off the upcoming Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and highlighted Chagall’s work as well as the work of his peers and influencers during his time living in Paris.

The exhibit includes more than 70 paintings, sculptures and works from the early twentieth century. The curator Michael Taylor walked us through the exhibit giving valuable information on Chagall’s inspiration and life.

Marc Chagall {Paris Through the Window~ Marc Chagall}

Fernand Leger {Contrast of Forms ~ Fernand Leger}

Ballet Russe- Marc Chagall


{Chagall, originally from Russia, worked with and was influenced by the beauty, art and costumes of the Ballet Russe}

{I loved the vibrancy and cartoonish depiction is this piece. It was by far my favorite of the exhibit}

Robert Delaunay {Three Part Window ~ Robert Delaunay}

Paris through the Window: Marc Chagall and his circle opens today and runs until July 1.

Tickets and more information of the exhibit

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Suggested Reading: 2.25.11

By February 25, 2011 Suggested Reading

{Fashion Gone Rogue}

“To love yourself as you are is a miracle, and to seek yourself is to have found yourself, for now. And now is all we have, and love is who we are.” – Anne Lamott

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SWTC: Who’s Your Woman of the Decade

By February 24, 2011 Empowerment, Life

With Women’s History Month right around the corner, it’s only right we kickoff by highlight the amazing women who have made the past decade phenomenal, have transformed  the world and inspired us to strive for our dreams.

Levi’s and VOGUE are celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and want  your help to celebrate! Tell the Shape What’s to Come community who you think is the most iconic woman of the decade. Tweet your phenomenal woman and use the hashtag #SWTC.

You could win a trip to the Levi’s® and Vogue’s International Women’s Day party in New York City on March 8th!

My Iconic Woman of the Past Decade:

@stylishthought: Arianna Huffington changed the way we view the media. She is iconic on a global scale. Who’s your iconic woman of the decade? #SWTC

Who is the most iconic woman of the past decade to you?

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