Twentyone0six

Hellooooooooooo guys!!!

It has been MONTHS since we last “spoke”…. life has its way of derailing whatever plans you may have sometimes… anyway hopefully I can FINALLY blog on a more regular basis.  While I haven’t blogged in a while, I have been to some fashion events and I have a phone and camera full of content and I will be sharing some of that with you… so let’s get to it!

So what is Twentyone0six? “Twentyone0six is a ministry committed to developing artist in a modest fashion.  They are dedicated promoters for modesty and promise to incorporate it into any interested individuals career; from runway modeling, print modeling, music production, and everything in between.”  Last month I went to the La Modestie fashion show that was produced by Twentone0six. As you know I blog mostly about modest fashion, up until now most modest fashion events that I have gone to were Muslim or Islamic modest fashion. This was my first non-Islamic modest fashion event and it was very interesting to me.  My idea of what is modest comes from an Islamic context, and while I understand modesty can be fairly subjective depending on the individuals point of view and their own value system, it was interesting to see what modesty means to others who are not Muslim.

To find out more about Twentyone0six, visit their website here. The show started with the host asking what modesty meant to members of the audience. Answers ranged from modesty being a personality trait, like being humble, to it being how a person carries themselves and if they are dressed appropriately for certain situations.This was quite fascinating to me, one because many people think of how one is dressed when they think of “modesty” and not about a personality trait of being humble. It was also eye opening because I saw that others (not just Muslims) think of modesty as more than JUST a way of dressing but also embodies how one speaks, acts, etc.

Here are some of the videos from the show: In case the links do not show up under the videos, here are the designers/stylists… HakeemahCMB did a multi-designer showcase, Tasnuva is the designer of ModestLily, and Jon Marc Collection was also shown. Unfortunately my battery died and I didn’t get to video the entire show (I know worst blogger ever!)



  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

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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Denim on Denim

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Rocksbox

Hellooooo guys!

Have you all heard of Rocksbox? It’s actually a cool idea. So basically you join (pay a monthly fee) and pick jewelry and add to your wish list. Then the Rockbox stylists put together some items and send to you. It’s a surprise as you never know exactly which pieces you will get. You can wear the items and if you like, keep them and your account will be charged for them. If you don’t want to keep them just send them back in the prepaid packaging. It’s so easy and a cool way to always have different jewelry. Also, if you do decide to keep the pieces, you get them at a discounted price. Here are some pieces I got in my second box. I love the pieces that I’ve gotten so far. The necklace is Kendra Scott , if you are familiar with her pieces then you already  know how nice they are. Lastly, check out the rocksbox site, and use my code FAIZABFF2 or fifihijabistaxoxo and get your first month FREE!! Try it out, and if you don’t like it, cancel. you can’t beat FREE right??

Close-up of Kendra Scott Rayne Silver Necklace in Black

  

Slate Maya Necklace in Silver

Close-up of Nakamol Dark blue silver wrap bracelet




  

Umbrellas aren’t just for rain…

Heeeeeeey guys!

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far! Today’s post is about this wonderful Umbrella tunic from one of my favs, StyledbyZubaidah.  Right now this tunic only comes in white, and I’m hoping that soon it will come in other colors because I’m totally in love with it. It is a hi-low top with a cowl-neck and pleats around the neckline. I like the pleating because it gives the tunic some personality and it’s not just a plain white top. The material is nice and flowey (yes I sometimes make up my own words) and I think will feel cool and breezy during the summer. I love the way the top moves! (I tried to catch a motion picture for you so you can see how it looks).  The material is similar to my Mimumaxi smock dress which is a rayon twill. I can’t tell if it is the exact same material, but it is similar. Both this tunic and the smock dress fall nicely over my body and have a flowey fit.

I do have long arms and the sleeves are a bit short (not to my wrist), which for me isn’t really a problem, but for those who want full coverage to the wrist, if you have super long arms like me, you may need to wear a shirt under it.  For those who really like over-sized, modest clothing, this tunic is versatile. I think it would look nice with a skirt or pants. Today, I wore mine with a gray turtle neck since it is almost winter and getting chilly. Added some semi-skinny jeans and boots and voila!  I also tried a different scarf style, I’m still undecided about that hahaha. Oh, one other thing, I’m always worried that over-sized clothing will make me look preggo -since I’m full-figured and some of my weight is in my midsection. I have to say that this umbrella tunic exceeded my expectations. I hope StyledbyZubaidah adds more colors, especially for the Spring/Summer!

 

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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