Friday, November 27, 2009

EID MUBARAK!

As Salaamu Aalaykum and EID MUBARAK ALL!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hijab Life: Purple Love



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.




Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Swahili Fashion Week!

I was looking at Dubai Fashion Week and accidentally landed on a page promoting Swahili Fashion Week. I LOVE fashion and love to see how creative and innovative people from all over the globe can be. I am amazed. Most of the clothing shown technically is not hijabi friendly but they can still be used for inspiration. Here is the official statement for SFweek.

Unveil the newest window in to African Fashion as Tanzania launches its second Swahili Fashion Week!

An eclectic mix of Swahili culture ensconced with chic style; Swahili Fashion week is the dawn of a new era. Initiating a dynamic and promising platform for the fashion industry in Tanzania, the Swahili Fashion Week is a coming together of talented designers from across the country under one stand to showcase their unique and truly African creations. This is not only a potential point for existing designers but also an opportune moment for upcoming aspiring designers in the country.

What's more? This event be at par with globally acclaimed fashion weeks celebrating the spirit of the Swahili Fashion week truly unveiling what makes Africa beautiful.

Apparently the Kanga is the east African equivalent of a Kimono.

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Look at those colors! Subhanallah I want a couple of those dresses for myself. The first one in the front reminds me a little of a Spanish peasant look

Monday, November 09, 2009

Analysis Paralysis

yeah. that is what holds me back in nearly everything in life. I analyze it so much I never actually take action. I finished my application to FIT and submitted it already alhamdulillah. I am going to schedule a meeting with a financial aid counselor and an admissions counselor to further explore my options.

Today I intend to go to my old school and see what I can do about my degree. I honestly DO NOT want to go back to my old program. I am no longer interested in pursuing a medical career. Even though I am good at it and science and forensics have always fascinated me and are kind of a hobby. My life has changed since I was pursuing those goals and I don't have the drive anymore and I feel that if I pursue them I will just be punishing myself. I really want to pursue business now and in particular a career in fashion.

Its funny how I used to hate my mom's factory because I worked so much in it and now I want to take over. How life changes.