It’s the time of year when fashion shows are at an all time high around the world and specifically, it is fashion season in Pakistan. This year’s PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week kicked off with designers such as HSY, Sania Maskatiya, Asifa & Nabeel and Karma Red.
This year, I am loving the peaches and the mint greens. I also (still!) can’t get enough of the flowy gowns – I am totally drooling over the dresses by Asifa & Nabeel. Alot of designers are also incorporating flowers into their outfits and while I do love them, I find that too many designers are using them all at once.
The one thing I can’t seem to wrap my head around is all the cleavage that popped up in this week. I think this may have been the first time I have come across so much of it on a Pakistani runway show.
Overall, day 1 was a feast for the eyes. I’m in fashion heaven!
HSY and Sania Maskatiya (top right)
Asifa & Nabeel
Asifa & Nabeel
Asifa & Nabeel
Images via ebuzztoday.com
What did you think of Day 1?
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
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?
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!
I don’t know about you but I am SO ready for spring/summer! We’ve had a very cold and long winter and I cannot wait until I can walk outside the house without a jacket.
Spring brings colour and fun into our wardrobes – all of a sudden, our clothes are bursting with neon pinks and bright yellows. While I am a girl that loves colours, I cannot help but also fall in love with a softer palette this season. Nudes and beige are all the hype in 2014.
Whether you are a bride-to-be or a fashionista, you need some nudes in your closet this year! If you are getting married, the pictures below are inspiration for you jahez/bari. These gorgeous pieces are from designers Fahad Hussayn and Nida Azwer’s collections from Fashion Pakistan Week 2014. Both designers displayed variations of beige and their clothes were perfect.
The best part about a nude colour is that you can add your own flair to outfits by adding colourful accent pieces – statement necklaces, a funky shoe or a trendy handbag!
Photography by Dragonfly
One trend that has really blossomed last year and will continue to do so this summer, is accessorizing your hair. Teeka’s and jhoomar have long been a staple in the desi bride’s accessory closet. Now, hair accessories are fast becoming the must-have statement pieces in many South Asian girl’s closets. It is the perfect way to accessory your look for a desi wedding.
I am totally loving this fashion – what’s not to love when you add a little more sparkle to your look, right? Below is a collection of pictures that can inspire your next look!
Carlton SooHoo Photography
Shot by Shahed
Shot by Shahed
Will you be accessorizing your hair with some bling this summer?
Gaciel Santana Photography
Goka Love Makeup & Hair
Carlton SooHoo Photography
Salma Jammal Photography
Shot by Shahed
Bertrand Thomas Photography
Paul West Photography
Most of us have hectic lives that have us running around from one place to the next. This video will help you transform your day look into a night look without doing too much!
Products by: Rimmel, MAC, Lancome, Sephora and Korres
I don’t know about you guys, but I am totally loving shopping these days. Instead of hitting the stores on boxing day, I went on an online shopping spree and bought lots of things at bargain prices. Check out my YouTube video featuring most of the items I bought/received in January. I bought a bunch of accessories as well but you can watch out for those in my video/photoshoots.
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