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For today’s fashion blogger Friday feature, meet Liz from downtowndemure. Being fashionable while maintaining tenants of faith is not limited to just Muslim women. I have found while blogging that there are so many women who want to explore fashion while maintaining their values. These women are from many walks of life and many faiths, but all have share similarities. Trying to maintain modesty and be fashionable is just one. Whether or not you agree with her belief system isn’t the point. I think if we focus on our similarities the world would be a less hateful place and be filled with more love and acceptance. Who knew that fashion could connect women from across faiths, time zones, and anything else??? Downtowndemure’s blog is greaaaat! And of course she’s gorg too ūüėć. Check out her fashion blog.

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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.

Pop Up Shop:

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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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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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ūüíēWork Wednesdayūüíē

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 

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)