What season is it?

Helloooo guys!

Happy Sunday, so this will probably be the last blog post of 2015, I do not think I’ll have time to sqeeze another one in this coming week. Can you believe 2015 is almost over?! I can’t! Anyhow, hopefully in 2016 I can devote more time to blogging and I would like to relaunch my website and make it much better than it is now.

Anyhow, Let’s get started shall we? So the weather here has been CRAZY! It’s been so warm like 60s-70s. So for this blog post I wore my Denim Chambray top from Eshakti. Perfect top for this unseasonably warm weather. It is lightweight and fits perfectly because I got it custom made to my measurements. If you haven’t heard about Eshakti, read my other blog post about them, they are an amazing company!. Since today was a casual day at the park just enjoying the weather, I wore denim on denim and my favorite tan boots. These boots are so old, but for a similar pair, try DSW or Justfab.

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Can a dress be sporty?

Hello dears and happy Tuesday!

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far. This week I’m taking a little break from Work Wednesday with this post (so I won’t be posting tomorrow )  also with it being so close to the end of the year, I’m thinking of ways to revamp or change up my blog… Stay tuned..  Anyhow, let’s get to it shall we? So my title is, can a dress be sporty? What do you guys think? I found this sport dress from Diamonds in the Rough (DIR) Fashion. The pictures on the website were cute, the dress looked like it would be extremely comfortable especially as like a weekend casual look. So I couldn’t decide if I wanted the navy or gray or both! I decided to go with navy first since it is winter. Plus I thought the dark color would possibly be a little slimming, and I wasn’t at all sure if I was going to fit this dress.

If you have followed my blog, then you know part of my challenge in finding dresses is that I’m quite tall. Mostly when I look at the sizing on many of the Muslim online shops, the length is 58in standard. I usually need 61in, though I will settle for a 60in. The other challenge I have is I have gained some weight recently and I’m Definitely on the chunky side at the moment, and again many of these sites do NOT have plus size dresses. Sooo imagine my surprise to see that the size was XL AND the length was 60in??? I figured I would give this dress a try. PLUS it is VERY affordable!

So here are some pics of the sport dress. It was a bit tight, however, it was also very comfortable. I’m big on material- I don’t really like some of the really cheap polyesters/rayons because they garments do not last as long sometimes. The material of this dress is a bit stretchy and feels very soft like a pair of sweats. If they had a larger size, I would go up one more size so the dress could be a bit looser on top around my chest and arms. Another super cute thing about this dress is that it has a hood. So it is like a hoodie and a dress all in one.

I wore this dress two different ways. The first, I tried to dress it up a bit with heels and the second look is with sneakers and has a more casual look. I would say overall I’m happy with this dress and happy that DIR Fashion sells larger and longer clothing items! I will definitely be ordering from them again.

OOh AAAND I have to apologize about these pictures, the lighting is horrible! Trying to take pictures in these cloudy winter days is a challenge to say the least!

 

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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) 


  
  

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

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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