Tagged: kurdistan


What Being Kurdish Means to Me

Lifestyle | September 23, 2017

sazan, referendum, makeup, art, style, kurdistan, family, story, culture, independence, peshmerga, sayran barzani, jon volk, photography, cultural, history, personal, lifestyle, blog, los angeles, masoud barzani, inspiration, baby hendrix

Note: Before you read this post, I kindly ask that you refrain from political comments about the referendum. This is my personal blog where I can openly share my most intimate thoughts and experiences with my readers. What you choose to take away from this article is at your discretion but please respect that we all come from different walks of life that we should not judge or discriminate upon. Thank you xo! – Sazan

I remember in 2nd grade a kid asked me, “Where are you from?” I said, “Kurdistan but I was born here in America.” She …

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A Personal Note – Kurdistan, I’ve Got Your Back

Lifestyle Travel | August 7, 2014

Hey guys. All fashion and beauty aside today, I’m sharing a very personal note that I was debating in my mind on whether or not I should publically address. This is partly due to the fact that this is a personal fashion blog and not a political forum. I hope this post does not offend anyone. In my career working in digital, I have witnessed the power of the internet and how something can go viral overnight and help spread awareness for a cause. So here I go. (Please note these words are my own. I am simply expressing my …

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Casual Funk

Lifestyle Style Travel | July 28, 2014


– Shop/Outfit Details –
Top: Mango (old, shop similar) // Jeans: Zara (shop similar here, here + here) // Shoes: Just Fab (N/A, shop similar) // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Bag: Zara (shop similar here)

Happy Monday from Kurdistan! I’m so sad to say that today is my last day here before heading back to the states tomorrow. I’ll be sharing the remainder of my outfits I wore here throughout the week as well as a full trip recap/travel diary next week! Can’t wait to reflect back and share my experience!!

This outfit you see …

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How-to: Middle Eastern Inspired Eyes (Youtube)

Beauty How-to Tutorials Lifestyle Makeup Travel | July 24, 2014

– Shop Products –
Primer: Too Faced // Eye-liner: Stila // Palette: Lorac // Mascara: Loreal

Hey friends! Today I’m sharing an exotic eyes tutorial that I created for you on my Youtube channel! Since being here in Kurdistan, I have been so inspired by all of the beautiful things around me – from the nature to the yummy food and pretty women of all shapes and sizes. One thing I’ve noticed is the women out here loveeee their bold eye makeup! I’m not one to rock this look everyday but it’s definitely one that I don’t mind playing with. …

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Printed Jumpsuit

Lifestyle Style Travel | July 22, 2014

Shop Nordstrom: Jumpsuit, Belt, Earrings   // Bangles: Kurdistan purchase // Shoes: Shoedazzle

Finally. A printed jumpsuit that fits my tiny 5’2” frame. I recently spotted this at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale and the color and print instantly caught my eye. I don’t have many jumpsuits because I can never find a style that fits right. Does anyone else have that problem? However, I love love love them so much that I’m always hoping and praying it fits when I try one on in the fitting room. I totally hit the jackpot with this one and the fact that it …

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Part 1

Lifestyle Style Travel | July 18, 2014

– Outfit Details –
Shop at Nordstrom: Shirt, Skirt, Heels, Watch

Today I’m celebrating the launch of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale with you which is so major you don’t want to brush this sale off your shoulders! For those who aren’t familiar, Nordstrom does this AMAZING annual sale where tons of their brands release their fall collections at hugely discounted prices. Basically you can get next season’s hottest trends at such an affordable cost. The sad part? It’s for a limited time only. #poop!

Although I’m in Kurdistan, I was lucky enough to grab some goodies from their …

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White on White

Lifestyle Style Travel | July 17, 2014

– My Outfit Details –
Shirt: Cotton On (shop similar)
Jeans: GUESS (old, shop similar here, here + ripped version here)
Shoes: Just Fab (n/a, shop similar here + here)
Eyewear: Celine (on sale)
Bag: Zara (similar $32 bag here)
Belt: Nordstrom (shop similar) // Watch: Michael Kors
I can’t believe tomorrow will mark one week that I’ve been here in the Middle East! I  got to explore Kurdistan more over the past few days and I’m enjoying the beauty and soaking up as much of it as I can! I hope you all …

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Hello From Kurdistan!

Lifestyle Style Travel | July 15, 2014

– My Outfit Details –
Blazer: Kardashian Kollection (shop similar here, vest version)
Pants: Zara (old, shop similar here + here)
Top: Zara
Shoes: Shoedazzle
Sunglasses: Celine (on sale)
Bag: Zara (shop similar)

Good afternoon from the Middle East! I am so happy to be here in Kurdistan with my family! To update you, I traveled about 16 hours to get here and the time difference is 10 hours in front of Los Angeles time. So crazy! I’ve been taking it easy the past few days trying to adjust to the time because it’s been very …

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I’m Going to the Middle East!

Lifestyle Style Travel | June 17, 2014

-Shop the Look-
Dress: H&M it’s a beach cover-up! (Shop similar here, here + here) // Gold Clutch: H&M (shop similar here) // Heels: Zara (shop similar here + $40 similar pair here) // Headpiece: Topshop // Gold Tattoos: Jacquie Aiche

Surprise, surprise! For the past month I’ve been teasing my upcoming international trip and finally TODAY I’m revealing my next #SazanTravels vacation! In less than one month I’m heading to the homeland! It has been 8 YEARS since I last visited Kurdistan (in Northern Iraq) so I’m very excited to re-connect with family, friends, THE …

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