Sunday, June 12, 2016

5 Different Abayas for Ramadan

Ramadan is here and I have the perfect--well 5 perfect abayas for you! Ramadan is really about focusing on yourself and your connection with God. So needless to say you don't really have time to dress up and think about what to wear. I have found 5 amazing abayas and dresses that combine comfort and style and are both wearable and durable. They are all catered to a different type of women of all styles and ages! I personally love all of them. 

1. Inayah's Side Split
Dress: Inayah // Scarf: Inayah // Jeans: Forever 21 // Bag: Forever 21 // Shoes: Nine West // 
This is by far my favorite! There is not one article of clothing from Inayah I do not like. If I could, I would buy out the whole website! This dress above with slits is comfortable and really light. With Ramadan in the summer, lightweight material is on the top of my list. Inayah also has more stylish abayas if you have any events you need to attend. 

Some of my other favorites:


2. Sootarra's Flowy Elegance
Top & Hijab: Sootarra // Sandals: TJ Maxx / Bag: Zara 
Hi Lo Top
This dress is definitely carries more style then anything else, however, it is perfect for those Ramadan iftars! Definitely throw this on for an iftar party at a friends house and it can easily transition for tarawih at the masjid. It is a statement piece by itself that you don't need to add much to it. Check out more of their amazing pieces. Andddd it has pockets!
Another favorite: Maxi Dress


3. BulBul's Traditional Abayah
We all need a traditional black abaya. I've had this one for years from BulBul Clothing. This is more of a local gem in NJ owned by my dear friend Khadijah. If you're even in the area, definitely check out her charming store in Somerset, NJ! This is my go to abayah on those super lazy nights. The site is currently under construction but will be back shortly!

4. Ahfif's Chic Cover Up
Cover Up
I just bought this beautiful abaya cover up from Ahfif but haven't got a chance to wear it. You'll definitely be seeing this on my insta soon! Sometimes when going to the masjid, I like being simple and covering those dressy desi clothes. This is the perfect cover up instead having to throw a close abaya on top.


5. Aabideen's Pocketed Classic

This last abaya is modern yet functional! It actually has pockets. I usually hate bringing my purse to tarawih so this is ideal for my phone and keys. It's really comfortable and nursing friendly too! They don't have this print anymore but they have many in similar styles! Check them out.


Hope you liked my picks!
What are some of your favorites?

<3 Sania



Monday, May 23, 2016

Midi Obsession

Dress: H&M // Jeans & Bag: Forever 21 // Shoes: Zara // Scarf: Aldo // Jacket: She Inside // Watch: Daniel Wellington
One item you'll definitely see me wearing this spring and summer is the midi dress! They're really comfortable and most importantly very modest. After the baby, it's been hard adjusting and losing weight so this dress is my go to piece. They can be styled really easily too. I usually wear this with boyfriend jeans or tights. When it is a little chilly I like to throw on a leather jacket or even a duster coat. I love layering with a trench or duster coat cause it gives an illusion of looking taller too--which is key for my short 5'2 self, lol. Here are some of my other looks with my midi obsession!

Dress: Zara // Jeans: Forever 21 // Scarf: Zara

Dress & Shoes: Target // Bag: Zara // Bag: Boohoo

Dress & Bag & Shoes: Zara // Jeans: Forever 21 
with love,
sania

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Safa's Arabic Alphabet Aqeeqah



This past weekend we hosted my daughters aqeeqah party. Usually it is done immediately after the birth of the baby but we chose to hold off and do it when she was about 3 months. Alhamd it was a beautiful event. I wanted to share with you all the details of the party and how I decorated on a low budget! It actually was really easy but of course took a lot of my time mainly because I have a newborn at home. This really could be done in a weeks time. The theme I chose was an Arabic Alphabet theme that I came up with after seeing "monogram" theme parties on pinterest. I was really excited when I came up with it since it really wasn't don't before. 

 Backdrop

So for the backdrop I kept it pretty simple since the desserts would be the main show. I bought his frame from IKEA in white and painted it gold. I painted Safa's name myself in Arabic by copying a picture I found online. I then used table covers and taped them to the wall for the background. I then used IKEA curtains to finish it off. To add some color, we added flowers to tie back the curtains and balloons on the sides. 

Backdrop Cost: $70
 24.99 (IKEA Frame) + 8.99 (Costco Table Covers) + 19.99 (4 IKEA Curtains) + 15 (Paint & Other Accessories) 


Dessert Table

I chose to go with a pink, white and gold theme with a hint of polka dots. So first the actual desserts. I got the cake made from a friend. Cupcakes and cake pops were from Sweet Escape Cakes. Cookies were from Top That Cookie (they finished in seconds!) I also made extra cupcakes with my sister in law to fill the table. We also made chocolate covered pretzels. Lastly, I added some jars of candy. Most of the plates, jars and cake holder my mom already had at home (somehow moms have everything, yay!). We made the cake pop holders with styrofoam and gold wrapping paper. The desserts were definitely the items I splurged on--only because with a newborn I wouldn't be able to make everything myself. 

Dessert Table Cost: $500
400 (Desserts) + Plates & Containers (50) + Other Accessories (50)




 

Centerpieces 

Last but not least and the most fun to do were the centerpieces! We had 25 tables so the Arabic Alphabet was perfect! I painted each vase with an Arabic letter and polka dots. I saved some money by buying these plant holders from IKEA vs. actual vases that would of been way more expensive. The mason jars I used elmers glue and glitter on the inside instead of the outside. I liked it better inside as there was less of a mess everywhere! I bought fake flowers from Michaels. Normally each flower bunch is 6.99 but I waited for the sale when they were 40% off and used coupons buying only a few at a time. Yes, sounds painful but definitely saved a lot! I also got table runners from Pakistan for really cheap as it was just fabric cut into pieces. In each frame I found a word with each letter and matched a hadith or Ayah with it. For above, I did Saad is for Safa. "Indeed As-Safa and Al-Marwa are among the signs of Allah (2:158)".

Centerpieces Cost: $335 ($13.5 per table)
70 (IKEA Plant Vases) + $20 (Mason Jars) + 33 (Frames) + 75 (Michaels Flowers) + 7- Table Covers + 65 (Table Runners)

 


Hope you liked it :)

Sania 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

5 Spring Somethings Already in your Closet

Spring is finally around the corner! I'm definitely really excited for this weeks warmer weather. I love living on the east coast with four seasons but it's definitely difficult to keep transitioning every few months. Also..not wanting to give in to all the latest trends! I'm definitely trying to shop less and use what I have from season to season by just adding some staple pieces. We definitely have been consumed by fast fashion by just wanting to buy buy and buy! After watching the runway and this years spring collections, I put together 5 things that are trending this spring but are already in your closet! And if they're not, they are good basics to have for the future. 

1. Sneakers
Dress: H&M // Coat: Boohoo // Scarf & Shoes: Zara // Bag: H&M
You've probably seen this trending everywhere. We all had a white pair of converse, kids or adidas in our closet somewhere. I did buy these during the winter. I usually wait a season or so to see if trends are here to stay and sneakers definitely are! You can invest in good ones such as adidas or nike but if you don't have the budget for it then definitely get these from Zara. H&M also have similar ones. They're comfy and my favorite part--super versatile. You can wear them on joggers, jeans and even dresses like I did here. 

2. Denim Love
Top & Shoes: Target // Coat: Boohoo // Purse: Zara
I know you have a denim or chambray top in your closet. This is a spring staple that comes back every year. This year I was able to get in a much longer form. I prefer not to wear short tops so you know I was really excited when I found this at Target. Again, this dress is also really versatile.

3. Romantic Feels
Dress & Jeans: Forever 21 // Scarf & Bag: Zara // Shoes: Steve Madden
My go-to piece for spring summer is a maxi dress. And the fact how easy it is to find long sleeve maxi dresses is quite amazing. Do you remember the days we wore sleeveless maxi dresses with cardigans? Wow--I do not want to look at those pictures! This spring, its all about the romantic-victorian feels. Maxi dresses, lace, bell sleeves and so on. If you don't want to buy, just pull out last seasons flow maxi dresses!

4. White Out
Top: Forever 21 // Jeans & Bag: H&M // Shoes: Zara // Necklace: Aldo
White Button ups, tunics, long shirts were a common scene on the runway. We all definitely have some form of a white top. Pair it with some cute accessories and prints and you're ready to go!

5. 90s Sporty
Skirt & Bag & Shoes: Zara // Bomber Jacket: H&M
Lastly, the sporty look was everywhere! The tomboy inside of me is beyond ecstatic. This is one of my few purchases for this season. Short or long bomber jackets are everywhere and easy to find. I personally love long ones so it covers the behind ;) Mine is from H&M!



Sunday, January 31, 2016

#MomLife

 

Athleisure


Midi Dress, Shoes & Bag: Zara // Scarf & Jeans: Forever 21

Sweats and sneakers for all occasions? Yes, please! This is probably what I'll be wearing most days. Let me say, now with a baby, it really is all about staying comfortable. Growing up, I was a major tomboy so you can imagine how excited I am for this trend. It came out last year and is definitely sticking around for a while--and I'm definitely going to take advanage! For this look I decided to wear it with a loose maxi and ankle jeans on a day out with my family. Can I say how tough it is to find jeans that actually aren't 10 inches long on me?! These jeans are perfect for Forever 21 and the only reason they fit is because they're meant to be ankle jeans, lol! During the week, I'd definitely wear this sneakers with sweats and the leather jacket. I got these super comfy sneakers from Zara for only 40 bucks. I also have my Nike Fly Knits that I wear when I'm going to the mall or grocery shopping. If you are going to pair a dress with sneakers, make sure the dress hits around the ankle  or else you may just look a little funny! I love a fitted dress with sneakers but obviously with Hijab that isn't possible but a maxi or midi dress can still look just as good! 

 Zara Dress
Ankle Jeans




Long Button Downs
Button Down: Forever 21 // Pants: Zara // Coat: Boohoo // Shoes: TJ Maxx
These button downs are clutch especially for us moms who breastfeed. Sometimes, well most of the time, babies get hungry--specifically when you least want them to. I also am not where I want to be in terms of my weight and body so I love these long button ups with tights. As you can see, I'm again wearing comfy flats. I realized I'll have to save my heels for special events. It is not easy wearing heels while carrying a car seat! I love layering items so I chose to add a long beige coat.

Similar Top
Similar Coat, Coat 2
Similar Shoes, Shoes 2


Statement Shawl
Trench: Forever 21 // Scarf & Shawl: Zara // Shoes: TJ Maxx // Bag: Skip Hop Chelsea Bag
An easy way to make a bum outfit look good, is to add a statement shawl. Underneath, I'm just wearing a black shirt with black tights. This shawl really makes the outfit and adds the perfect pop. Another added bonus, its the perfect nursing shawl if you need to nurse in pubic. As you can see, the common theme--#momlife!

Similar TrenchTrench 2
Similar Shawl herehere
Similar Shoes


hope this gave you all some good ideas!
with love,
sania :)

Friday, January 22, 2016

5 Shades of Gray

Dress & Scarf: Inayah // Pants and Shoes: Zara
I find the winter the most difficult season to dress up-- mainly cause we're on the east coast and its freezing! After this post, I'm sure we'll all go into hibernation until the weather gets warmer. For me, all I want to wear are big coats, fur items and blanket scarves. I don't know about you but I tend to gravitate towards gloomy colors like black and gray. Here are five different gray outfits for five different occasions for this gloomy season with minimal effort!

Date Night
Suede Tights: Forever 21 // Sweater Dress & Bag: Zara // Shoes: Forever 21
If you're going out for dinner with friends or someone special, then this is the outfit to wear! It's comfy and it keeps you warm, win-win. Suede tights are the latest trend and easy to find. I got these from Forever 21 and saw similar ones at Target, H&M and Zara. 

Sweater Dress
Suede Tights

Lazy Days
Sweater: Joyce Leslie // Jeans & Bag: H&M 
Okay, this is definitely my favorite! Who doesn't love a big comfy sweater cape! This I found, surprisingly, at Joyce Leslie. I wore this a lot during pregnancy and definitely will continue to wear it.  It's perfect for a day out of errands or just one of those lazy days. 

Minimalist Dress
Dress: Zara // Scarf: H&M 
I'm not going to lie, I had to wear spanx for this dress. This sweater maxi dress is from Zara and is amazingly comfy! I wore it to my cousins baby shower. I added this pink scarf for just the right amount of color. This outfit is perfect for a day event such as a baby or bridal shower!


Sweater Maxi Dress
Scarf

Brunchin'
Shoes: Forever 21 // Sweater: Zara // Cape: Forever 21
You're probably thinking wow this girl loves her capes! And well you're right. I paired a gray turtleneck sweater with this color block shawl..just enough color for winter. I rarely do turban but I just love how it looks with turtlenecks sweaters! You could wear this outfit for brunch or just out with friends. 


Shawl Cape

Special Occasion
Dress & Scarf: Inayah // Pants and Shoes: Zara
Last, but not least, is this beautiful Inayah Dress. I would wear this on a special occasion like my birthday or anniversary. I love the ruffles on the bottom as I feel like a little girl again! It's on sale now too--so grab it while you can!


Dress here

hope you enjoyed :)
with love,
sania

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

My 5 Newborn Favorites

I see a lot of posts about what you need for the baby and honestly for every baby, it is pretty much the same! So I won't do that generic post. But I will tell you 5 of my favorite newborn items! I feel like besides the usual basic items, I wouldn't have survived without these!

1. Sleep 'n Play Zip Up Onesies

These zip up onesies are my favorite! My daughter would especially wake up crying after she pooped and would be extremely hungry. I didn't have time to close 10 buttons and that is why I love these zip one ones. I got most of mine from Target but you can really find them anywhere such as Walmart or Babies R Us. My daughter was small so she just barely fit into newborn. Now that she is 1 month old, newborn is getting small on her. I definitely recommend these especially in the beginning. 
Carter at Target
Circo at Target


2. Swaddle Blankets

Oh, swaddling. I do not have time or patience for it. Yes, some people get really good at it but who has the time or energy..especially as a new mom! My friend told me to get these ready to swaddle blankets that have velcro on them. They are a total game changer! I love the ones by Summer Infant from Target or Swaddle Me. These really helped Safa sleep at night and keep her all warm! Also, who has time to learn how to swaddle amongst 10 other things I'm trying to learn! 


3. Cotton Hats
This one seems odd but no hats fit Safa when she was first born. Most brands make hats that are 0-3 or 0-6..which does not make any sense! My baby was smaller and every hat was super loose. The only hats that fit her, I had happened to order a week before she came, are H&M hats. H&M is one of the few companies that make sizes that are 0-1, 1-2, 2-4, etc. They are the new arrival hats and come in a lot of different colors. They do go in an out of stock but I ordered a bunch! The 0-1 still fits her but is now getting tight. 

H&M Organic Cotton Hats

4. Mini Bassinet
During the day, when I was at my apartment I would put her down in her regular bassinet. But then I realized I was paranoid to see if she was crying or it was getting annoying to bring the bassinet to the living room, even though it is just a 2 bedroom apartment. I ordered this side sleeper from amazon a few days after she was born and it is the best! We actually stayed with my mom for a few weeks and this was really helpful to have around the house. You can even bring it when you to other peoples houses and not leave the baby in the car sear. It is also much safer and keeps her on a similar flat surface like the bassinet. I can easily have it in the living room or even on the floor while I'm doing house work. Only thing I did not like about this is that it doesn't fold to be portable so I would say maybe get one that folds to take easily on the go. Also, it says it is for co-sleeping I only use it during the day and night put her in the bassinet. 

Swaddle Me Side Sleeper

5. Stuffed Animal

Okay this last one isn't really a necessity but it is definitely something to have for a newborn. I think it's memorable to have and also cute to see how they grow next to this stuffed animal. I took this above picture just a few days after she was born and plan to take one monthly. My cousin actually gave me this and usually I'm not a fan of stuffed animals but just loved this one!

Hope you enjoyed. My next post will be Survival Tips for New Mommies and then a Fashion brand Feature!

with love,
sania