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?!
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!
If you’ve been following me on YouTube or Instagram, you might have figured out that I am slightly obsessed with accessories right now. In this video, I reviewed products from Adorn Shoppe and Silk of Paradise. Both of these businesses are based out of Toronto and have gorgeous accessories.
Adorn Shoppe reached out to me a few months ago and sent me some lovely pieces of jewellery. After falling in love with a statement necklace from Silk of Paradise, I decided to purchase a few items. What I loved about both Adorn Shoppe and Silk of Paradise is that the quality of their products is ah-mazing! Also, their price is so, so, so reasonable. You know that I love a good deal and both of these businesses offer great products and great prices.
What are your favourite places to do online shopping from? Let me know below!
Have you ever wondered why I didn’t write a review on my wedding decorators? I had a horrible experience with them. I decided not to publicly disclose their name because I do not want to bring any attention to them – whether its good or bad. Yes, my decor turned out gorgeous but I got what I paid for. Their incredibly poor people skills and their lack of professionalism stands out to me far more than the decor.
It was no brainer then that when my sister was getting married, we knew we had to find a new decorator. My sister and I both came across Lemon Truffle Designs Inc separately and we both fell in love. My sister met with Amna from Lemon Truffle Designs and starting from day one, she could not stop raving about her. Amna understood my sister’s vision immediately and together, they were able to bring my sister’s vision to life.
A few words from Amna herself:
- Tell us about yourself – what inspired you to start in the wedding industry?
I had always loved design, it might sound cliché but since I was a little girl it was my dream to go to design school and so I did and graduated with a degree in textile design. I had no interest
in business or science! All I wanted to do was create pretty things. I became an entrepreneur after my son was born. I gave it a shot by trying out gift baskets but slowly realized that it wasn’t satisfying my creative personality. I moved onto wedding favours which peeked my interest into weddings but I never got the guts to go in full force. My first event was a corporate one and then its history. You do one then you do another. I loved weddings the most as I got to do a bit of everything I loved. There were fabrics, accessories, flowers to work with! What else did I need
- What do you love the most about your line of work?
I am a very chatty and outgoing person. I love meeting new people and get excited every time I meet a newly engaged couple. Working with flowers, pretty accessories, fabrics and creating something unique each time is what I love most!
- What can a bride/groom expect from a meeting with you?
An initial meeting is normally for the couple to get to know me, my way of working, my style and also for me to get a sense of who they are and what their vision is for their wedding. We look at my past work, new ideas, magazines for me to get a sense of what we can put together for them and depending on what they decide we move forward.
- Your ideas are so unique, how do you stay creative in such a competitive industry?
I think you should stay true to who you are and your style. Once you realize what your style is you tend to attract couples who share the same taste. To stay creative, I usually try and think outside the box and different than what everyone else is doing. Fashion, nature and our surroundings are my best inspiration and of course a little bit of pinterest never hurts!
The colours are just fabulous, don’t you think?
Totally love the feel of this one – LOVE the books, pearls and lace!
Great Gatsby Inspired
For the modern bride
My sister’s mehndi
My sister and I both loved Amna’s professionalism along with her creativity. My sister was a happy bride and to this day, she always raves about Lemon Truffle Designs Inc!
Between an appointment with a mortgage broker, running errands and a lunch, I managed to make this short video.
Spring is finally in the air and this post was inspired for all the things I am loving this season. I previously blogged about a gorgeous beaded jacket that I purchased and I could not wait to style it. In this video, you will see two outfits – one suitable for the day and one for a night out.
Day Time Look:This look is all about fun and colour while also keeping up with my new found love for neutrals.
Night Time Look:
I kept my blouse and blazer the same but changed my pants, hijab and accessories. You know I love colour, so I had to add a few splashes of colour to my outfit.
In terms of makeup, the only thing I changed between the two looks was my lip colour. Makes such a big difference in the overall look, right?
Collarless blazers, neutral colours and statement necklaces are some of the top trends this season. Which styles are you excited to try?