Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I LOVE IT!!

In the name of Allah, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Peace be with you السلام عليكم

This outfit is almost hijabi PERFECT. It is from Missoni and I have NO idea from what season it is let alone what year. All I know is that I stumbled upon it as I was looking for layered scarf look and did a double take. I think it can easily be imitated but am not so sure if I could pull it off but I can dream right?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Fashioning Islam In America

In the name of Allah, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Peace be with you السلام عليكم

I found this video thanks to Modest Justice (jazakAllah khayr sister!) and it is very inspirational since I am trying to have my one fashion powerhouse and am currently working on a niqab line. Enjoy!




Tuesday, December 15, 2009

SubhanAllah Sartorialist

The sartorialist just featured a sister on his site. MashaAllah. He was selected as TIME Magazine Top 100 Design Influencers. Check it out HERE! I follow his blog because I find his photographs stunning mashaAllah and today was definitely a treat. What do you think?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Launch of Niqab Life (inshaAllah)

In the name of Allah, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Peace be with you السلام عليكم

As Salaamu Aalaykum!

As a niqabi myself I am currently working on a Niqab product line and would love to hear feedback from sisters who either wear the niqab or are thinking about it.

I have asked 3 questions you can answer them on this blog or CLICK HERE!

  1. What are your favorite niqab styles? if you have any website or image please share.
  2. What are you looking for in a niqab?
  3. What are your favorite niqab colors?

For those who believe that we are not allowed to beautify ourselves PLEASE provide hadiths. For those who believe that colors aren't allowed again provide proof. Don't make what is halal haram just based on your opinion. That being said thank you in advanced for your polite input. wa salaam





Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Cool Niqabs and Muses

In the name of Allah, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Peace be with you السلام عليكم

So far as I am designing my niqabs I have searched for 'muses' and I found some super cool ones! So far the Bedouin women have the most colorful ones, most intricate and most unique ones. MashaAllah. So I am going to share the muses. (Not all of them are Bedouins but you will see which one are ;))
by mnadi
yeah I know it is a strange niqab but I liked the look.


Photographer Unknown

I couldn't find who to give credit. SORRY.





by notbad12345
maybe not so colorful.




I have more to share later but for now these are my muses. What do you think? Aren't these sister adventurous? Which one would you wear?

Monday, December 07, 2009

Bikini or Niqab?

Disclaimer: I am a happy niqabi who occasionally wears a mini skirt underneath my abaya, but don't tell anyone ;).

Bikini or Niqab? Burqa or miniskirt? dunking donuts or starbucks? That seems to the question women are commonly asked. As a woman I don't think they should be questions at all. Why make an option so polarizing? It doesn't need to be most of us already now what constitutes hijab and the rulings behind it. NO need to bash someone in the head nor limit their choice.
I think most people ARE trying to guide people to proper hijab but we forget that there is free will and we aren't meant to be a haraam police. I think writing about proper hijab is ok. What I don't think is ok is to bash sisters in person or online or to use their pictures to demonstrate 'good' hijab versus 'bad' hijab. I know we are supposed to enjoin the good and forbid the evil but we need to do it with understanding and kindness.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Bad Hijab Transformation

This outfit although cute is not very hijab friendly and should really only be worn inside the house. There are two ways I can think of hijabifying this outfit via abaya or a wrap skirt and still wear it outside.

Wrap skirts can help you hide nearly everything not too hijab friendly. :) If you are not sure what a wrap skirt is, it's basically a long rectangle with strings at the end that you wrap around your waist and use the strings to tie it in place. The following is a simple example.

Here is how I would hide the skinny jeans



This is the easy way out and I just added an abaya to hide it.

What do you think?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Hijab Life Work Outfit

This is for a working hijabi but the trousers will need to be a little bigger.

What do you think?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hijab Life: Peace Love

This is what I would wear on a rainy day. :)

Doesn't it just perk you up?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Awesome Dress

This is a Gerard Darel dress and I think it would make an awesome abaya. I think it is a very versatile and can be used as a maternity dress without looking frumpy or too old. Most of the ideas for my clothing line actually include dresses like this one and I even modified one so that it can be used by nursing mothers with ease and without velcro.
I edited out the face and background.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shaolin Hijabi Inspiration

I was watching a documentary not too long ago about the Shaolin fighting monks and I LOVED their outfits and their fighting skills. I think the garb itself is religious and supposedly the orange is only worn by Buddhist monks but I am no expert. Either way I thought the outfit was super cool PLUS it was so baggy it was hijabi friendly. The cool looking boots although awesome looking, would probably expose too much of the shape.
I found the above image in a forum but I modified it to remove the background and the face seeing as I only wanted the outfit as inspiration.
What do you think?
Was it successful?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Closet of the Working Hijabi

This is for the working Hijabi. I chose dark and neutral colors so you could mix and match them and add spunk to your outfit by adding colorful accessories or by your hijab. This would be my base for a my work clothes outfit.

You could have at least 2 trousers that are suitable for work. I prefer dark colors personally so but you could have livelier colors.

I think skirts should also be part of o hijabi's work wardrobe. I was going to pick

I chose dark colors again.


Cardigan

EXAMPLE

Just make sure all the items are loose and you are comfortable wearing them. Also depending on how long you will be standing use shoes that wont hurt you.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Winter Trends 2009/2010

I was going through some sites about winter trends 2009/2010 and some of the looks were very hijabi friendly and some looked like hijab gone wrong. Tell me what you guys think?

COVENTRY

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RALPH LAUREN
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MISSONI
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VALENTINO
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RUFFIAN
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Would you rock this look?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

HijabLife Maria Felix

I LOVE looking back and seeing the style of yesterdays when fashion was fashion and modesty was priced. ah memories or at the very least images that I google and get melancholic and fawn over. I grew up hearing about La Doña aka Maria Felix. I think she was incredibly beautiful, talented and for the most part had a very stylish and modest way of dressing.

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circa 1951
You know the funny thing about this dress is that I have seen it before and I though how UGLY and so little house on the prairie style. But I actually like it on her. I think it can be hijabified beautifully minus the waist cinching belt though.

I think she looks great in this abaya.

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1945

If you look at the collar of this outfit I LOVE it. I think I would make tunics and abayas similarly. I think it would be a nice touch.

1947
I love black and white photography and she is beautiful captured here. I LOVE the hijabi look on her albeit not full hijab. Growing up in El Salvador I saw A LOT of women dressed like this and it was during the mid 80's till early 90's. When I went back in 2005 I saw less of them but they still had the grace I remember.


what do you think?

Flower Prints to cheer me up

I am upset right now and I can't help how I feel. I have been following some blogs and just the content that they have brings me down. I am going to stop following them because it is negatively affecting me. Anyway, I am getting closer to my goal to attend FIT so Alhamdulillah. I still would love it if you guys made duah for me. Duas are ALWAYS welcomed. I have NO idea how I am going to make it but I am NOT lying. Although I live a stones throw from Manhattan I don't qualify for instate tuition which means I have to pay 5x the going rate for tuition. Originally I was going to get one of my family members to let me use their address so I can save money but wouldn't that be lying?

Being a patternmaker and starting my own clothing are very important for me why start by lying? That being said the tuition will now be unaffordable and that's where YOU come in. Make dua that Allah swt finds me away to go back to school without debt, without needing to lie and without interest (usury, riba).
What do you guys think of this flowery print?

Friday, November 13, 2009

When Pants Look Like Skirts

I like this look and I LOVE those pants. They may be a tad too big around the legs but I'll take that over skinny jeans any day.


LOOK at that bag. MashaAllah if I could afford it that would be in my collection. SubhanaAllah. SubhanaAllah.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Respect and Advice

I have seen a lot of blogs about hijab fashion and what constitutes hijab and what is a hijab no no. I also noticed that in order to prove a point a picture of a sister who is not dress properly is used. I think that is disrespectful and we shouldn't do that. Personally I would be so devastated if I were to see one of my pictures from when I took my shahada out there for display. We should encourage sisters to dress properly but not with ridicule.

We use sites like polyvore to make hijabi sets but why can't we use them to create the 'look' that is a no no? we should also add a note to it though otherwise ppl might think its ok.

Like skinny jean phenomena happening you could use a set above instead of using an ACTUAL hijabi and as a result humiliating the sister. After all what is the purpose of your post in the end? t o educate sister to proper hijab or to be fodder for backbiting?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Freaky Glasses

This is actually an old picture that I found and I don't like them. I was about to ask 'how does she see out of them?' but then I remember that people are always asking that about burqabis. I would LOVE to try them on though just because I am sooo curious to see how much it affects your vision.

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What do you think? Would you rock them?

Pakistan Fashion Week

For some reason I can't find enough samples of the designs presented last week in Pakistan 's first ever Fashion week. This is the best I could do or at least pieces I found that were hijabi friendly. I am kinda disappointed that there weren't a lot of modest clothing to go around. I hope it is because there aren't enough pictures for us to pour over. Because I feel that they had an opportunity to be unique I hope they didn't go down the same road as other fashion shows. I guess maybe next year they will have more variety to choose from or more photographers. InshaAllah.