Gorgeous weather this long weekend along with some down time means that I can finally put together a post on my outfit from IMFDF.
For those of you who don’t know, International Muslim Fashion and Design Festival (IMFDF) took place August 23rd & 24th. IMFDF’s goal is to create a platform that helps promote the modest fashion industry and help unite Muslim female led businesses.
I was invited to be on a panel of bloggers that would be speaking about how we started blogging, the challenges we face, how we deal with negativity, etc. I was so so so excited as I would be sharing the panel with Dina Torokia (aka Dina Tokio), Nurlailalov, Saman’s Makeup & Hijabs, Miss Balde and Basma K. It was a pleasure meeting all of them – I felt like a total fan girl and still can’t believe that I met them!
That weekend was a really busy weekend for me and unfortunately I could not attend IMFDF for long (I had two weddings to attend – and you know desi weddings, it’s not just a one day affair). I was able to take a very quick tour of the vendors and there was a great selection of clothes, accessories, makeup, etc. All the fashion shows that I did see were amazing and I wish I had chance to see more.
A big shoutout to Julianna for taking pictures for me that day!
Anyway, back to my outfit. I decided my outfit really last minute – the morning of the event! I wanted to wear something summery as it was supposed to be a bright and sunny day. I had recently purchased a skirt from Beaudefy (you may remember I wore a piece from Beaudefy at SIS) and decided that I wanted to wear it because it was flowy and feminine. I paired my skirt with a pink top and braided my Hijab to give my look an extra oomph.
Pink Blouse: ZARA
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!
- 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.
Are you or have you struggled with the idea of Hijab? Tell me about your experience below!
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!
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.
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?
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?
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 skirt
- 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
- 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!
Check out the video below!
What’s your favourite look?
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.
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!
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
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?
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.
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!
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?!
Kimono – Sirens
Jeans – Forever 21
Shoes – Aldo
Bracelet – Mexx
Tell me, are you loving this trend too?!