My Hijab Story – Part 1

I have been wanting to put this out for a long time but I don’t know if I can articulate all my thoughts properly. This is my attempt at talking about my Hijab story. Check out my video for a detailed account of my story but first, a quick summary!

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  • My journey to wearing the Hijab started not because I wanted to wear it but because I wanted more knowledge about Islam. I entered my mid-teens and my curiosity about my religion was at an all time high – I wanted to understand the religion I followed
  • As I researched and learned, Hijab was one of the many topics that I researched on. I was unknowingly obtaining knowledge through which my love for Islam grew. I became convinced that Hijab was the right decision for me.
  • I took the Hijab once I knew I was ready to make the commitment to it and when I knew I was making a decision for Allah and not influenced by other people
  • Just like everyone else, my faith fluctuates. Sometimes I am a strong Muslim and sometimes I am not. I have periods where I am practicing Islam alot and at other times I am doing just the bare minimum. This is a struggle that everyone goes through – no matter how religious you are.
  • Alhamdulilah, I have not regretted my decision to take the Hijab. InshAllah, I never do.

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Everyday Hijiab Tutorial

Many of you have asked me to do hijab/turban tutorials so this one is for all of you!

When I wake up in the morning, I give myself exactly 20 minutes to get ready – use the washroom, figure out my outfit, put on some makeup and make both of our breakfasts to go. Naturally, I do things very quickly and I’m always looking at ways to shorten my routine (every second of sleep counts!).

This hijab tutorial is quick, easy and totally put together. It is perfect for those who work or go to school. Another great thing about it is that it requires no pins. Yup, none! Although this does depend on the fabric and how active your day will be.

If the hijab style looks familiar, it’s because this video is from my Kimono photoshoot.

p.s. Over the weekend, I will be recording a “My Hijab Story” video so leave your comments and questions below. I will try to incorporate them in the video!

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Modest Fashion For the Summer Heat

In a city as diverse as Toronto, people don’t normally think twice when they see a woman wearing a Hijab. However, the one thing that does arise alot of interest is the summer heat. For someone who loves the summer heat as much as I do, the sweltering temperatures are no big deal. Generally, the hotter it is, the happier I am.

Having said that, I do like to dress according to the weather. Nobody wants to be layering when it’s 30 degrees outside, right? By far, my favourite summer fashion is maxi dresses. I love how feminine and flowy they look! For this video, I styled two dresses – details on the different looks are below and the full outfits can be seen on the video.

Look # 1 – The Turbanator
On super hot days, I like to wear my maxi dresses with a Turban. It can sometimes be a challenge because most maxi dresses are either strapless or have low necks – meaning that I’d be exposing way too much neck than I’m comfortable with. A great way to combat this problem is to use a scarf around your neck. For this look, I paired my dress and turban with another scarf around my neck – this is a great way to give you as much (or as little) coverage as you want.

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Look # 2 – Bursts of Colour
This look is pretty standard. I wore a bold dress (helloooo candy cane!) and paired it with a neutral sweater. I wanted to add more depth to the look by adding another colour -  I did that with my hijab. Who would’ve thought dark green and coral pink go together so well?

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To view the full outfits, check out the video below. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel ya’ll!

What’s your favourite summer style?

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Fashion Love: Printed Patterns

My favourite season, summer, is finally here! In Toronto, our summer lasts all but 4 months but I definitely have more clothes for this season than any other. Crazy, right?

I am totally loving the trend of crazy prints and patterns. Floral, aztec and geometric patterns are amongst the top trends of this gorgeous season.

Check out the video for three looks:

  • Walk in the Wild
    Here, I paired a blush pink blouse (Forever 21) with an animal print skirt and a delicate long necklace. This look is perfect for those who want to look feminine and dressed up in a maxi skirtIMAG5793a
  • Printed Pants
    If you dare to wear printed pants, this outfit is for you. I added a solid yellow shirt (ZARA) to my printed pants (Forever 21) so that I could balance the bold print while adding some colour

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  • Floral Fun
    Remember the grey outfit I posted last summer? This summer, I styled it with floral tights (Forever 21 – you may remember them from this post) and a turban and it made such a big difference to the overall look!

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Check out the video below!

What’s your favourite look?

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Sisters in Stilettos 2014

Over the weekend, Blossom and Bean and Hijabi Mama hosted an annual fashion event – Sisters in Stilettos (SIS). This fashion event is designed to cater to the modern Muslimah; featuring products, clothing and accessories for the modest fashionistas.

By the time I heard of the event last year, it was a couple of months too late for me to attend. One of my goals this year is to push myself out of my comfort zone so when the opportunity to model for SIS came infront of me, I jumped at the chance. Okay, maybe I didn’t JUMP – a few people had to practically shove me.

The event showcased some of Toronto’s leading Muslimah designers and the guest of honour was Yasemin from YaztheSpaz. She was SO down to earth and humble – I am glad I had the chance to meet her. Confession: I had a total fan girl moment and I got really shy. I was also really tired from doing 5 back-to-back runway shows.

I also met many designers and they were all so amazing! I loved every outfit I wore. The designers I walked for:

  • Peplum Fashion Shop
    I met Suduf, the owner, for the first time a couple of months ago. When I met her, neither of us felt like it was our first meeting. She is such a genuine girl that I felt completely at ease with her. Her collection is AHMAZING (check out the gorgeous clutches she has!) and so afordable. Added bonus: purchases made from the Peplum Fashion Shop support the Because I Am A Girl Foundation.
  • Hijabi Mama
    Hijabi Mama specializes in Kaftans – casual, party wear and pretty much for all occasions. I wasn’t a big fan of Kaftans until I saw the ones that Hijabi Mama has – oh em gee. The fabric and the designs are gorgeous. Perfect for summer weddings for ladies who like to stand out.
  • Citra Style
    I have to say, I was probably the most excited to meet Habiba from Citra Style. She flew in all the way from Dubai to attend SIS so ofcourse I was excited. Aside from the fact that I LOVE her collection, I also could not get over how sweet Habiba was. She asked all the models if they were comfortable in what they were wearing and she took our input. Loved that about her.
  • Beaudefy
    If you love flowy, feminine clothes, then this brand is for you. Nafiza of Beaudefy has perfected the feminine look – I love the cuts and the flowyness of all of her outfits. I would love to live in her collection all summer long!
  • Modesty Collections
    All of the pieces by Modesty Collections are handmade in Canada – how awesome is that?! Stylish, chic and oh-so-comfortable, this line is perfect for those who want to look effortlessly chic.

I had alot of fun and I was also totally exhausted. The entire backstage crew was amazing: the stage manager, the stylists, the makeup team and the helpful volunteers! Check out the pictures below – apologies for the low quality, that’s all I have for now!

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Kaftan by Hijabimama

Left to Right: Green Skirt and Cardigan by Modesty Collections, Pink dress and Kimono by Peplum Shop and the Harem pants and purple coat by Citra Style

Left to Right: Green Skirt and Cardigan by Modesty Collections, Pink dress and Kimono by Peplum Shop and the Harem pants and purple coat by Citra Style

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Beaudefy

Makeup by Maheen Hasni
Hijab Styling by Fareena

Aren’t all the collections beautiful?! I want EVERYTHING.
Tell me, what’s your favourite look from above?

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Imtiaz & Arozo

While waiting in Istanbul during my long layover, I stumbled across the beautiful wedding of Imtiaz and Arozo by Unique Films.

This wedding exudes a sense of cool and beauty that is hard to find. From the decor (LOVE the floral arrangements) to the venue to the outfits (I think the bridesmaids were my favourite!), everything was beautifully put together.

I wish the video was longer so I could ogle over how lovely everything was.

Imtiaz & Arozo • The Royal Exchange • London Wedding Cinematography from Unique Films on Vimeo.

 

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Fashion Love: Must Have Cover Up – The Kimono

If you have stepped foot in any mall in the last two months, you will not have missed this gorgeous fashion trend. Definitely a favourite look of mine for this season – the Kimono.

I love, love, love everything about Kimono’s. They are light weight (perfect for covering on a hot summer’s day), totally affordable and oh-so-chic. The best thing about Kimono cover ups are their versatility. Paired with the right accessories, it can suit any look; boho-chic, contemporary, vintage, elegant – anything, really!

Kimono’s can be worn with almost anything – jeans, tights, skirt (both a mini and a maxi) and even shorts!

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In this video, I am wearing a basic black tank top and jeans with a green, yellow and purple kimono. I accessorized with a purple hijab and bracelet and a chunky green necklace. A very basic outfit but all of a sudden, the kimono adds glam to the look.

As a side note, I had wanted to do this videoshoot outdoors but it was raining really hard. Did you know that apparently photography is not allowed at most malls? A security guard approached us and told us to stop. The first thing I thought, what about all the selfies?!

Outfit Details
Kimono – Sirens
Jeans – Forever 21
Shoes – Aldo
Bracelet – Mexx

Tell me, are you loving this trend too?!

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Fashion Love: Full Sleeve Saree

The one aspect of weddings that most brides look forward to is the formal wear they get to splurge on. This is the one time in your life where your family will shower you with clothes and you will not feel guilty about buying a whole new wardrobe.  Seriously, how amazing is that?

Many of you come onto my blog for inspiration on modest and/or hijab fashion. Well, this post is for you ladies! The one type of traditional clothing I was most excited to wear after our wedding was sarees. I had never worn a saree prior to getting married (yup, old school) so I was looking forward to seeing how I would look.

As a Hijabi, I knew I wanted to make sure I was covered fully in a saree – no midriff or arms showing. I’ve blogged about sarees before (here and also here) but today, I am sharing tips on how to cover:

  • Extra Fabric: When you buy your saree blouse, ask the store for extra fabric so you can make it fully cover you. Sometimes, especially with pre-cut fabrics, this is not possible. In these cases, try the below tips
  • Focus on the Sleeve: If you don’t have enough matching fabric, focus on getting the length you want on your sleeve. The sleeve is the most visible part of the blouse therefore it should match perfectly. Since the bottom part of your blouse will not be visible, you can get away with it not matching perfectly. Obviously, try to match it as closely as possible to the rest of your blouse.
  • Tank Top: If you have a dark saree that has 3/4 or full sleeves, you can easily put a tank top under your blouse to cover your midriff. Nobody will even know the difference if the saree is made from a thicker fabric. Last year, I wore a blouse that was exposing approximately two inches of my tummy. Under my dark green blouse, I wore a black tank top and it did not show at all!
  • High Waisted Petticoat: When all else fails, wear your petticoat (the skirt worn under your saree) as high as you can!

If you love sarees, leave a comment with tips on how you rock them!

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