HijabFest!

Hello!

Ok so I’m super excited about the next couple of blog posts. On September 13th I went to Hijabfest in New Jersey. But what is Hijabfest you may be asking?? So that I do not misquote things, here is an excerpt from the Hijabfest website. “HijabFest is a celebration of one of the largest markers of faith, the head-covering Muslim women wear in obedience to their Lord. It was launched in 2013 by the New Brunswick Islamic Center community, and is not entering its third year. HijabFest is an annual event held in New Brunswick and a Facebook page that shares uplifting stories about women in hijab.” This year the theme was unlocking the potential within. There were speakers discussing body image- which I loved because many of us struggle with body image. And at the end new hijabis were brought up to the stage and crowned. So sweet!

This celebration includes fashion shows that showcase modest designers collections, a bazaar, lunch, contests, cook-off and more. I was super excited because I wanted to go last year but couldn’t due to a scheduling conflict. So this year, I not only attended, I also was able to model, and cover the event for my blog. it was sooooo fun…

So let’s start off giving an overview of the event. The Fest started off with the opening of the Hijab salon and the #OOTD contest (which went on until later in the afternoon). Here is the winner! Gorg right?

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I must say that I missed the beginning of the show as I was back stage getting makeup done and getting ready to be in the fashion show… omg so exciting aaaak!  Ok ok, so apparently I missed a presentation by Suzy Ismail and Sara Zayed about the potential within us. I was in the very first show modeling for one of my favs Styled by Zubaidah. If you have been following my blog for a while you’ll know I’ve posted about her before. She makes designes specializing in sizes 12-22 and I think recently has branched out to smaller size 10. Her dresses are so pretty. Here is a pic of me on the runway! And pics of Zubaidah and models.

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Since I only modeled in the first show, I got to cover the rest of the event and it was great! Other designers that showed in the fashion show were Aabideen, B.Zarina, Graffiti and Gold, Amelia Designs, Beaute Cache, Guzel, Bulbul clothing, Paradise Fashion and Urban Modesty. Click on the names and they link to the websites (if they have a website). You should definitely check all of the designers out! Here are some videos of the runway and of the designs so you can judge for yourself.

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So in addition to the fashion show, blogger Sobi Masood Gave a presentation on how to work trends into your wardrobe. Here are a few clips of that. Also go check out Sobi on IG at sobi1canobi. Also sorry if the videos are out of order… editing this was kind of craaaazy lol.

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Lastly I got to meet one of the faces behind Woahjabi project- see their facebook page for more details, aaaand I got to see the beautiful Abrar who is a hijabi that won best dressed at her public high school aaaaand Mariana from The Demurist aaaaand Saniyyah from Curiostyling aaaaand Jannah from Jannahnaimacollection! ok Clearly you can tell I was excited correct? LOL, see the pics and links to social media/websites for the bloggers, designers, stylists below. HijabFest was a blast and I cannot wait until next year! Thank you organizers for giving me access!

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One of my absolute favs!! I FINALLY got to meet “The Demurist” in person. You must check her out! @thedemurist on IG

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Met the fabulous stylist “Curiostyling”, must check her out on IG! @curiostyling

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Blogger takeover times 2! Sobi Masood @sobi1canobi and Yusra from @thatgirlyusra and of course Abrar Shahin

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Can you say blogger takeover? @thatgirlyusra and @anisah.gc on IG

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It is always a pleasure to see Jannah.. She sells beautiful clutches among other things.. check out http://www.jannahnaima.com

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Another beautiful Blogger @covered_and_fab

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Noura from Woahjabi, Yusra and Sobi

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Pre show, backstage with the models

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Designer Umiyan from Guzel preparing for the show,

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💕Work Wednesday💕

Good afternoon! Today’s a big day, the pilgrims are on Arafat, the Pope is in town, and it’s Yom Kippur! Lots of stuff happening, unfortunately for me it’s just another humdrum work day. Oh yea also it’s the first day of Autumn! Sooooo for today’s work Wednesday I wore autumn colors and also pulled these items waaaaay out the back of my closet lol. And now that I’m looking, it totally has a 70s vibe. This nice flowy top is from H&M, the blazer is oooooold from Lane Bryant and the pants are from Long Tall Sally.

Eid Mubarak!

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Fashion Blogger Friday: Interview with Leena

Hello guys!!! So as you know it’s been Fashion week in New York City, so for today’s fashion blogger Friday, I’m going to post my interview with the lovely Leena who attended NYFW! Leena was so nice to take time from her busy schedule to answer a few questions for me. If you haven’t heard of Leena, check out her blog here. So let’s get started!

Me: I know you have been blogging for awhile now, is this your first time going to a fashion week?
Leena: Yes, this is my first time!
Me: How did you go about attending NYFW? And which shows did you attend?
Leena: I was given the opportunity to attend this year after being invited by Betsey Johnson, Desigual, Mara Hoffman, and Noon by Noor!
Me: Did you get to decide which shows you attended?
Leena: It was invitation only so I was not able to decide!
Me: Were you able to meet designers and other bloggers? If so, how were you received?
Leena: I did meet other influencers and they really respected my modest dress and received me really well! I got a lot of compliments on my outfits and everyone was super nice!
Me: Were there any other Hijabis there?
Leena: Yes there were other hijabi bloggers there, I was really proud that we were there to represent!
Me: How would you describe your overall experience? Which was your favorite show/designer?
Leena: My overall experience was exciting and fun! I would love to go again!
Me: If you could attend any fashion show, which one would it be?
Leena: I would have loved to attend Tadashi Shoji! So many modest evening gown inspirations!
Me: Were there any designers that you found particularly inspiring for your own aesthetic ?
Leena: I loved the femininity and grace of the Noon by Noor show!
Me:Do you feel that mainstream fashion designers are becoming more receptive to making modest pieces/collections  that would target a population of consumers that adhere to certain dress requirements? (Not just Muslims of course but also Jewish, Christians and others as well.)
Leena: On the runway there was nothing that was 100% hijabi friendly, but there were definitely pieces that we could incorporate into our wardrobe!!
Me:Do you plan to go back to NYFW or to attend other fashion weeks even possibly internationally ?
Leena: Yes I would love to if I have the opportunity!
 Leena’s outfits were absolutely elegant and chic. Below are some pictures of what she wore, and to see more, visit her blog! Lastly, in a previous conversation I asked Leena for advice for beginner bloggers. I thought this was great advice, so if any of you are thinking of starting a blog, check out the tips she gave me, which I found to be valuable advice!
” My advice would be to have clear pictures, stick to your personal style always, be unique, make sure you are absolutely in love with everything you post, hashtag on instagram so that you can be seen more often, do collabs with other bloggers to get your name out there, and be patient because it takes time to build a following and establish yourself. Good luck and lots of love!!”
Leena definitely has her own sense of personal style! I hope you enjoyed this interview, and talk to ya soon! Stay tuned, DC Fashion week is coming up, more to come….
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Fashion Blogger Friday!

Happy Friday guys! So normally I do #FBF fashion blogger Fridays because I LOVE to share people/companies/items that I find with you guys, including bloggers. Today however, I’m sharing a business with you, maybe this can be called fashion business Friday? lol… anyhow Today I’m sharing Layla’s shoes with you.

Laylah J is a business enthusiast. She has a MBA and an undergraduate degree in Business. Business and Shoes (fashion) are her passion. She has been operating several small business ventures over the years and has now decided to design her long awaited shoe line. The shoes are hand -crafted in Italy and are an exclusive design! She will only produce 25 pairs, of these dope unisex sneakers. You can pre-order this shoe until September 24, 2015! Check out her website HERE Below are some pictures of the sneaker… Check it out!! How cool would it be to have hand crafted sneakers??


  

Work Wednesday !

Hi guys!

I meant to post this last night but wasn’t able to. Time just goes by so fast doesn’t it? Well this is my 2nd work Wednesday blog. Today I made one of my weekend casual looks work appropriate. The pants are jogger pants and I usually wear them on the weekend with some sandals. For work I just added a blazer and heels. Adding a blazer and heels can transform most outfits from being super casual to either work appropriate or for going out for a night on the town.

Here is the look when I wear it on the weekend.


And here it is when I added the blazer and heels for work.

Blazer is from target but a cuter one can be found here.

Bag is Ann Klein, here it is in yellow.

Pants are Eshakti and this was my first time getting pants from them. I love them, perfect for summer because the material is cool and breathes. They don’t have anymore in this design, but here is a similar pair.



  
  

💕FASHION BLOGGER FRIDAY💕

Ok guys squeezing this one in before the day is done! #fbf 💕FASHION BLOGGER FRIDAY💕 Today I’m featuring @thetallmuse! Her blog is dedicated to sharing fashionable clothing for us #tallgirls. Because I’m also tall, I love checking out the different sites that she shares to find things that are long enough for me. Aside from being a fashion muse to me, and absolutely beautiful, I had the pleasure of meeting her and she’s lovely inside and out ! Check out @thetallmuse and her blog and even if ur not tall , don’t worry, u can get inspiration as well! 😘😘

  

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!