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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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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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!

 

💕Work Wednesday💕 Fall Maxi Dress

Bonus post tonight! This is my post that SHOULD have gone up on Wednesday, buuuuut of course I’m late LOL. Anyhow for work Wednesday I wore a fall maxi dress. Actually I wear this dress all times of the year, but I love it for fall because of the colors. The browns and orange remind me of leaves changing colors. I absolutely love the geometric lines as well, it makes me look longer and leaner than I am and helps hide my fluffy midsection. So, to make this all season maxi work appropriate, I added a blazer. To top off the fall feel, I’m also wearing some brown boots.

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If you want to know where these items came from, that is challenging because all of these items are OLD! haha.. when you find a good quality piece, hold onto it. Espcially since maxis seem to never go out of style!  Ok the dress is from Long Tall Sally, but again from years ago. Buuuut look at this maxi dress they have for sale this season! Talk about a fall maxi, I love it!

Blazer is from Target, and the boots are Etienne Aigner that were gifted to me a couple of years ago. Some similar boots are found here.

Talk to ya soon!

xoxo

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

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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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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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