Work Wednesday 

Hello guys!

Today’s post should really be called “back to basics” I think. Today I just wore basic work wear. Solid pants, and blazer and sleeveless top. So recently I was in a Facebook group where there was a discussion about where to get modest clothes. One thing I suggested/advised was not to disregard clothes that are sleeveless or short because many times those items can be modified to make them hijab friendly. So for me, many of my office tops are sleeveless or short sleeves and I just add cardigans or Blazers. I also like separates for work because you can mix and match them and with just a couple of pieces, you have an entire word robe ! Happy hump day!

Pants are from here.

Top is old but it is a sleeveless top similar to this one.

Shoes clearance from DSW.

Hijab I won in an Instagram giveaway from @jilbabsrus or (www.jilbabsrus.com) 


  
  

Work Wednesday

Hello!

So I’m going to try something new and hopefully this will help me get into a regular blogging schedule. You may know already that I do something called Fashion Blogger Fridays where I share different fashion bloggers that I have come across and like. Now I’m adding Work Wednesdays. These posts will be work wear, and I’ll share links and ideas about different options to wear to work. Since the majority of my clothes are work wear I thought this may be kind of fun. Soo without further adieu, below are pictures of today’s outfit. Most of these pieces are old so the stores where I bought them probably do not have them anymore. They are basic pieces though that can be found anywhere. This is just a simple black top and pants that I jazzed up a bit with a stripe blazer and brightly colored bag. Very simple and comfortable, but office appropriate.325

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Blazer: From Target, however, it is from a year ago, similar blazers can be found here or for a more affordable version here.

The top: A sleeveless black blouse, similar ones can be found almost anywhere, I like this one from H&M.

Pants: Wide leg black pants form NY&Co that are like 8 years old. A good pair of pants are an investment! Similar pants can also be found anywhere, I also like these from H&M.

Lets not forget about the bag! What better way to add a pop of color than with a bag? This fuscia bag is from ShopTarb. I don’t think there are any like this one being sold right now, BUT there is the Illa Lane collection for sale now and they are Fabulous, so check it out!

Let’s jump for jumpsuits :)

Jumpsuits are so on trend this summer. I’ve always loved jumpsuits, but until recently I never wore them because they were never long enough for me, can you say HIGHWATERS! lol…Last summer I got my first jumpsuit from Long Tall Sally, and this year more sites have been selling them for us tall-ies! I love them. They are cool in the summer and allow for the breeze to help beat the heat. Below are some of the jumpsuits I have been wearing. I like them made from cotton or viscose. One is made from polyester and the material doesn’t breath as much on really hot days.

This jumpsuit is from Long Tall Sally. I got it last year sometime so there are no more just like this, however, they do have other jumpsuits on sale now here. This one is polyester, so doesn’t breath as well as the other jumpsuits featured. But I still like the designs on it, and most importantly, it FITS!

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The next two suits are from Alloy Apparel. This one, the Rachel wide leg jumpsuit can be found here. I absolutely love this one. The material is thin but not see through, and breathable so definitely good for hot weather. Best of all inseam is 37in! Long enough for me to wear with heels if I want! In fact in these pics I’m wearing 3in wedges. Don’t worry it also comes in regular length. I paired it with a thin cardigan (since it is sleeveless) from Target, perfect for layering in hot weather since it is thin material. I hate wearing thick cardigans when it’s hot out. I also love the tribal like design on this one. 037 041

Last but not least is yet another jumpsuit I got from Alloy Apparel. This one is also made from thin cottony material that catches the breeze nicely. I wanted a solid color as well as a pattern, so I chose this one because who doesn’t like an olive green? It’s a neutral so can go with pretty much anything, which is great for me since I have lots of colored and patterned cardigans that I wear to work. I have worn this jumpsuit to work with heels and a black cardigan, but in these pics I dressed more casual for the weekend with a peach cardigan from Old Navy. Old Navy and Target both sell seasonal cardigans- thinner in the summer and thicker for the fall/winter months. Added a peach lace scarf around my neck from Styled by Zubaidah for neck coverage. This particular jumpsuit is sold out, but a similar one can be found here.496 507 497

If you haven’t heard of ESHAKTI, you must read this!

So I’ve been waiting to do this blog post for awhile and I’m very excited about it. Eshakti is one of my absolute favorite places to get dresses. I mean I could basically be their poster child as much as I’ve been ordering from them and screaming from the rooftops how much I love them. I’ve been ordering from Eshakti for like 8 or 9 years now. In fact I found them randomly while searching for a website for tall maxi dresses. Because I’m 5’10” it is challenging to find maxi dresses that come to the floor (how I like them). So basically I have been ordering from them before everyone knew about them lol.  Anyway, why do I love this website so much???

  1. They sell sizes 0-36W!!! I mean seriously is that a range or what? Almost anyone can find their size, and if you can’t, that brings me to the second reason why I love Eshakti.
  2. Custom sizing!!! You can put in your measurements and they will make the garment to your measurements. You would think that would be super expensive, but NO, custom sizing is only an additional $7.50 to the price of the garment. And if it is your first time ordering custom is free.
  3. Custom styling options. Ok if the affordable custom sizing wasn’t a sell, this will be. Most garments have a custom style option, for example you can change the sleeves, or neckline or even length. I looooooove this because I can add sleeves to a sleeveless dress.
  4. Lastly, if use promotion code “faiscloset”  you can get an additional 10% off!!!! (Valid from 6/23/15-7/23/15)

If I didn’t say it already, you MUST check out Eshakti! Whether you are tall, or short, skinny or curvy, you can definitely find something on this website. Here are some of the dresses that I have ordered and had custom made. I also included the original picture of the dress so you can see the changes I got. I would say the only “con” if you call it a con, is that because every item is custom made you cannot get express or overnight delivery. I have found delivery takes anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on what it is I ordered. So if you have an event coming up you would need to plan ahead. They do send you a tracking number once your order has shipped and if you have an issue you can return the item. I also found customer service to be great. They quickly respond to emails. Oh and I must not forget to mention the quality of the materials used. I have a couple of dresses I ordered like 5 years ago and they are still in perfect condition as if I just ordered them. 

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This is a Cowl neck stripe knit maxi. I had sleeves added to this dress. The left is how the dress was on sale on the website. The right is how I wore it with sleeves. This dress is a cotton knit and feels very cool for the summer. This one isn’t lined, but it isn’t see through either. Unfortunately this dress is out of stock at the moment, but they frequently bring styles back.

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This is the Cowl neck hacci knit maxi dress. Again this dress was originally sleeveless and I opted for sleeves. Material is a stretchy knit so I didn’t custom size the arms because I figured with stretchy material it would fit and it did! This dress is very thin and cool for summer, however you need a slip because it is almost a bit see through depending on the lighting. Here is a link to this dress. http://www.eshakti.com/shop/Dresses/Cowl-neck-hacci-knit-maxi-dress-CL0035715

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Another view of this dress. I love how the dress color looks different in different lighting. Here I wore it with a cardigan for work. Oh and did I mention it has POCKETS?! Pockets are a custom styling option on most dresses too, so if you don’t like them you can opt to remove them, but who doesn’t love pockets?


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Sorry the pic on the left is blurry. Here is the Cowl neck abstract print jersey dress. Another sleeveless dress I got sleeves added to. This dress is lined so no need for layering and it has a bit of a stretch. I usually get length “full length with 3 in heels” to ensure the dress will be long enough for me. This one I could wear with flats if I wanted. It can be found here- http://www.eshakti.com/shop/Dress/Cowl-neck-abstract-print-jersey-maxi-dress-CL0035857


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Close-up of the details of the dress. This dress is also a stretchy knit. This one has lining so it is not see through. Bag is from http://www.shoptarb.com/ . Shoes are Steve Madden.


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It also has POCKETS! And cute belt detailing.

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The Leggy Luncheon

Last weekend was full of events. On Saturday I went to the first ever tall ladies brunch. It was hosted by The Jonesque and Tallook. I got to meet other bloggers such as, The Tall Muse, artists, and boutique owners..  We snacked on delicious food at the Cave Mezze, chatted about the challenges of being tall, and exchanged stories that only fellow tallistas would understand lol.  We also got swag bags with coupons from Long Tall Sally, Talltique, Shoes of Prey and Smash Shoes. Lastly, I got a wonderful digital print of a Giraffe that was provided by Tallook. I made some wonderful connections and cannot wait to see these beauties again!

   
         

That time I met Zubaidah …

Hi guys!!! If any of you follow me on instagram or facebook, then you have already seen that I got to model some of Styled by Zubaidah’s spring dresses. I met her at a convention not only did I get to wear a couple of her fabulous dresses, I also got a little impromptu interview. I was super excited because I have been following Styled by Zubaidah on Insta for awhile and I love her dresses. Here is my mini interview and pictures:

Who is Styled by Zubaidah? Do you know? Zubaidah originally started her company selling unique jewelry. Now she sells women’s fashion and specializes in selling sizes 12-22. How amazing is that? A company especially for us curvier women, because guess what, we want to look fashionable too!! Not only does Zubaidah run her company designing beautiful women’s fashion she is also a wife and mommy and has a full time job outside of running this business. A woman after my own heart! I asked her about her background and what made her want to start this company.

When asked about her clothing she said, she likes to make things that have some stretch to it. Stretchy material is great for curvier women,  she wants to make sure the clothes fit comfortably.

I asked her how does she build up clientele. Her response was mostly word of mouth and events. She has a quality product that people want to spend their money on, and its modest. For example, the cardigans I’m wearing in the pictures wasn’t sheer, so would not require much layering especially during the hot summer.  She does post on social media as well.

Lastly I asked her what is her biggest challenge-? Like a true designer, her answer was, redefining , staying relevant, having things that fit the curvier women that they will feel comfortable in. Doing this AND being a mother  (finding the time for it all). However, even with these challenges, she loves it and does it for the pleasure of her lord. Providing women with clothes that they can feel beautiful in, while still maintaining their modesty.

I am great full I got to meet Zubaidah and I look forward to meeting up with her again in the near future iA!

Now, how about these dresses and cardigans? They are all available here.

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Zubaidah and I in the elevator.

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Getting ready for the photo shoot.

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Slim fit coral zipper Aisha dress. New for spring.

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Black and Peach Daisy maxi cardigans. Look at the daisy cut outs. So cute.

Tropical tribe Layla dress, love those pockets!

Tropical tribe Layla dress, love those pockets!

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Carefree BMW

So this one is a late post… hmmm let’s see, back on March 29th I got to participate in a photo shoot for project carefree bmw. What is that you ask? A movement started by poet Sadiyah Bashir and photographer Soda Ahmed to embrace the culture, religion and beauty of the Black Muslim Woman.  To watch the full video click here.

What did I wear to this photo shoot you ask? Great question! I finally got to wear my Amanda Valentine Maxi color block dress!!! Ok who watches project runway? If you do, you’ll know who Amanda Valentine is. She went to fashion week in the finale and had two maxi dresses. I LOOOOOVED both of them, they are so bohemian chic. Anyhow I stalked her website until she put them for sale, and I got one. I love this dress. Quite honestly though, I was nervous about how this dress would look on me since I’m not a size 0 you know. A couple of my friends thought it would look like a sheet on me. Well I took a chance anyway because I loved it so much and I think it looks ok. What do you think? Oh and by the way, how fabulous is this necklace?? My friend got it for me as a gift and I LOVE it!

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The Amanda Valentine color block maxi. Original on the left and me on the right :).

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