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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Sporty dress- weekend casual

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Fashion For a Cause

As I said in my previous blog post, I’m SUPER excited about this one! Last week I got to cover the Fashion With Compassion event. This year the FWC event was held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Virginia.You may be asking what is Fashion with Compassion?? First off, let me just let you know that this is going to be a long post, so get prepared. Secondly, FWC is an event put on by F.A.I.T.H. (Foundation for appropriate and immediate temporary help) to raise money for survivors of domestic violence. How amazing is that? Here is a blurb from FAITH’s website with a description of what they are about.

“FAITH Social Services began at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, as an informal group of volunteers assisting those in need. In October 1999,  FAITH Social Services was formally established.For the past 15 years, FAITH has been able to uplift people from poverty and domestic abuse and put them on the path towards self-sufficiency. FAITH assists low-income people with emergency and temporary assistance needed to address the consequences of a traumatic event or time in their life. In addition, FAITH’s Self-Sufficiency Program offers individuals and families with case management, housing, assistance with processing applications for rent, medical expenses, transportation, food, utilities, education, childcare and other forms of assistance.FAITH also promotes stable families by providing victims of domestic violence with crisis counseling, safety planning, legal representation, court advocacy, translation services, financial assistance and support from the moment they leave an abuser to the point where they are settled in a new situation. FAITH considers the needs of every person in a client’s family and works to place each of them solidly on the path towards self-sufficiency.” To check out more and to see how you can help out go here.

I think this is an amazing organization and such a great cause, because domestic violence is still taboo to talk about and address in certain communities. So Fashion with compassion is not only a fashion show, but also a pop up shop event with vendors selling clothing, jewelry, scarfs, doing makeup etc. The show was hosted by Isra Chaker, a “social activist promoting change and fighting for the rights of those in need across the world”.  Isra is amazing, she is the Syrian American liaison to Congress and the United Nations and global ambassador for the UN refugees and works agency. To see what she is up to, follow her on IG or FB @israspeaks.

Before the show started, attendees walked around and shopped in the pop up shop, some got their make-up done by the makeup artist who was there. Light refreshments were served as well. After shopping and mingling, everyone entered the hall for the fashion show. The fashion show showed looks from Simply Zeena, B.Zarina, Dana Ramey, Roddiva Couture, Gulshaan, and Madeena. Oh and of course let me not forget, a couple of highlights of the show were the singer Abir and Sadiyah Bashir performed a spoken word poem about a survivor of domestic violence. A short video clip of Abir singing is posted below. Also below are pictures and videos from both the pop up shop and the fashion show. I’ll tell you the pop up shop had some great designers. Definitely check them out. I added links for most if not all their websites or social media accounts.

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Check out @teamglamva on Instagram

Check out @teamglamva on Instagram

Fashion Show:

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President of F.A.I.T.H. gave a talk about the FAITH organization and Fashion with compassion. https://faithus.org/

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One of my favs from the Dana Ramey collection.

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LOOOOOVED this, look at those sleeves!!

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http://www.bzarina.com And one of my fav models Nadia!

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Sadiyah Bashir who gave a WONDERFUL spoken work performance. Also known as @kinghijabpin on IG

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Two of the lovely models backstage before the show

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Singer Abir… AMAZING!

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