Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Snippets of my Eid

Eid Mubarak!! :)
Sunrise on Eid Morning
Salaam everyone! ! I wanted to share some moments I had on Eid. Alhamdulilah it was an amazing one and I hope everyone had a blessed day as well:) As I woke up to have something small to eat I looked outside my window and sA saw this beautiful scene. Best start to my morning.
Eid Salah
The best Eid Salah I've ever been too! mashAllah was the perfect day to have Eid Salah at the park. Not too sunny nor too gloomy. At least 500 people attending Eid Salah at West Windsor Park followed by some delicious cholein, halwa, poori (traditional breakfast at Eid Morning; chick peas, sweet and fried bread). To top off such a blessed day of Eid, two sisters mashAllah converted! They had been learning about Islam for a while and chose to convert on this beautiful day :)
During the Khutbah mashAllah the cutest little girl was giggling and laughing with her sisters and trying her mom's sandals on. Definitely felt like Eid :)
Lastly I made these candy goody bags for the little kiddies in my family for the Eid party at night. I first saw this at a masjid a few years ago and thought it was the cutest idea! Who doesn't like candy and gifts on Eid? 

Before I end this post, I'll share what I wore on Eid :)

 
I wore tradiational/Pakistani clothes all of Eid day. I also tried something new, the chain headpiece! You can find them on ebay and different websites but they are super expensive!! I actually made this myself for about 4 dollars! All you need are chains, jump rings and pliers from any arts and crafts store such as Michaels. I found this DIY tutorial and took me about 10 minutes! I chose not to add the charms but you can add whatever you want and make it your own :)

Blouse: Forever 21
Palazzo Pants: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Kohls
The day after Eid my friend had a Eid party as well. I was so excited because I didn't have to wear Pakistani clothes! Don't get me wrong, I love my cultural but its nice to dress up in American clothes as well :) 

inshAllah my next post is going to be Wo-mens wear ;) thanks for reading! 

until next time,
keep up the Ramadan spirit:)



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Eid Looks



salaam ladies!

Can't believe Eid is right around the corner!  Feels like yesterday I was trying to survive my first fast but alhamdulilah Ramadan went by so quickly. I love love love Eid because of course all the amazing food, family and friends and of course all the amazing outfits!  In the spirit of Eid, I wanted to share some ideas on what I would wear! I usually wear shalwar kameez but sometimes I'll wear wear 'American' to Eid Salah as well :)

1. Maxi/Jumper with Blazer

Jumpsuit: Maggy London
Blazer: Urban Outfitters
Clutch: Boutique
Scarf: H&M
Instead of the just wearing a maxi and blazer idea, she brilliantly pairs this chic jumpsuit with a white blazer and adds a splash of mustard. Jumpsuits are hard to pull off but if done right as pictured above can give a simple yet classy look--perfect for Eid! :) However, since jumpsuits are hard to find for everyones body type and their budget, one can easily replace the jumpsuit with a chiffon maxi!


2. Skirt with Blouse
Black and Pink                 Eid
Blouse & Pleated Skirt: Dor L' Dor  Boutique 

This is probably my favorite Eid Look! This also  is the easiest to put together out of all. Blouses like the one pictured above can be found in many stores especially Forever 21 in a variety of colors from Mint, Orange, Pink, Black, Green...and the list goes on! Skirts were easy to find in the summer but are getting a little harder as Fall approaches. If they do exist its the annoying sheer ones.  (pet peeve for most ladies these days!) Even if you have a simple black skirt you can add a bright colored blouse or scarf and spice it up with some accessories. This also covers everything and accentuates the waist giving a slimming and sophisticated look for Eid!

3. Desi Outfit




Lastly I wanted to share how I would wear/style a desi outfit. I wore this outfit on Eid-al-Adha last year. It's a little harder to style desi outfits because there's usually so much design and print on the outfit itself. This is why everything else should be plain. One thing that irks me is printed hijabs with shalwar kameez! If you wear a printed scarf with shalwar kameez, its most probably going to take away from the beauty of the outfit itself. So you wanna make sure you pick a plain color to make the outfit look nice. Most of the time the design will be on the top--which gets a little annoying considering the hijab is usually there. My brilliant cousin brought this idea to tuck in the scarf in the kameez (shirt)! It's pretty simple to do. (mini hijab tutorial) First is you need a smaller size scarf. I usually use chiffon or a very thin shawl so less bulky after you tuck it in. After you pin your scarf as you would like it, simply tuck in the right end and pin it to a tank/bra so it stays in place. And the other end that came around your head simple tuck in behind your kameez. This way you shouldn't have much bulk. If you guys would like a tutorial, iA I can do one before Eid:)

I hope this helps when you're putting together your outfit. I know its pretty basic but many people suggested this topic. On a side note, coincidentally Dina Toki-o also did a 'what to wear for Eid' post today so check that out as well. She's definitely one of my inspirations :)

Also, here are some places you could find a lot of these items:)

1) Maxi Dress/Jumpers
Black Jumper
Pleated Dress
Pleated Dress 2

2) Skirts
Maxi Pleated Skirt (my favorite!!)
Black Skirt

3) Blouses
Button back Blouse
Plain Blouse Forever 21
Plain Blouse H&M

I'm sure by now you've figured out what stores I love to shop at!! :) My next post will be on Eid or the day after. I'm not only going to post my outfit but little snippets of my Eid day:)

until then,
keep it classy

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hijab-bling

salaam ladies!

happy jummah! :) how are everyones fasts coming along? Alhamdulillah they're not as bad as I thought they would be and now only a week left! anyways one thing I know all us hijabis battle with is how to accessorize with hijab! We don't want to come off too flashy but at the same time what girl doesn't like her bling? inshAllah in this post i'm going to share how I like to accessorize with hijab and maybe help give some of you ideas:)

1) The Necklace
Left Necklace: Forever 21
Right Necklace: Kohls
The hardest part about wearing necklace with hijab is obviously covering your chest (it had to be said) but still being able to show the necklace. To wear a necklace with hijab, most of the time I tuck in my scarf in my top or wrap it around more times. I prefer to only wear necklaces when my top is loose and flowy (thus solving the chest issue). Another obstacle was finding long neckalces. Sometimes they're easy to find but most of the time I just like the design on the short ones better! So in the picture to the right I bought plain gold chains from Michaels and attached the chain to the necklace and voila! I have now a longer necklace. 

Necklaces
My new favorite necklace these days is the statement necklace! It can add so much character, color and bling to your outfit. I personally do not wear too much color..somehow black always makes it into my outfit.. so this is another way I like to add pops of color!

2) Arm Candy
Watch: Guess
Bracelets: H&M
Big watches! I absolutely love these mens style watches. I have this one above and one in black. I pan on purchasing a silver one in the near future. You don't need any more then these few colors and they match with everything. Style it up with some bracelets and bangles and you got yourself an arm party!

3) Rings
Part of my collection of rings
I saved my favorite for last. Before necklaces and arm candy I started accessorizing with rings. The easiest item to wear for a hijabi and the best part is they're cheap! I don't think I've left forever 21 without buying one. My latest favorite is stacking rings and mix and matching colors. Some rings are super fun like these: I really wanted the pacman one but unfortunately it is sold out! :(

(From etsy.com)                                                 (from etsy.com)                                   (storenvy.com)


I hope this helps all of you hijabis out there! I didn't do a section on earrings cause I personally do not wear them with hijab only cause I do not like how it looks with it. It does make me sad because there some pretty neat earrings out there. 

Anywhoo I hope the rest of everyones Ramadan goes well. My next post will be Eid outfits! Also, if you all have any suggestions or requests for post ideas..do tell! I'm open to anything :)

until next time,

keep it blingin'!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ramadan Looks


salaam ladies!!

When I started this blog this was one of the posts I was most excited for!! Ramadan is such a blessed month in which family and friends come together for worship, delicious food and some amazing company J. I personally look forward to all of it! Before I show you the outfits I have a little spiel—one thing I noticed in Ramadan and even during the year was that everyone was dressing up for the Iftar parties but when coming to Taraweeh they threw on some old, used ‘home abaya’ or home shalwar kameez and, recently, for the first time I even saw sweatpants =O! I understand Taraweeh is long and you want to be comfortable but there is nothing wrong with being a little fashionable too ;) I feel since it is such a joyous month we should also look presentable at the masjid more then anywhere else. Okay, anyways—now time for the main part! I have 4 options that I feel are trendy, modest and easy to wear! 

Option 1: Black Abaya
Floral Splash


I personally don’t own a black abaya myself but recently ordered one online! It is one of the easiest items to wear and very easy to style! I like wearing my black abayas with a printed scarf like the floral one above with a neutral or colored bag. I always wear comfy shoes so they're easy to slip on and off :)

Option 2: Maxi Dresses
     Look 1: Polka Dot
pictured: sobia masood :)
Dress: Old Navy
Belt: H&M
Cardigan: Cotton On
Hijab: Random but similar one at Target

One of the easiest items to wear to Taraweeh is of course a maxi dress! Not everyone owns many abayas but maxi dresses like these can be found in many stores for very reasonable prices such as Forever 21, Old Navy, Target, H&M and the list goes on! Not only is she dressed modestly but even incorporates one of the hottest summers trends—color blocking. This is one of my favorite outfits and I copied this look myself last week.

      Look 2: Stripes with a Splash
photo credit: my amazing husband:) 
Dress: & Hijab: Forever 21
Cardigan & Clutch: H&M
Sandals: Target
One of my favorite trends these days is stripes with a splash of color! I originally had a blazer on this outfit because I was going to the Iftar Party then Taraweeh prayers however it was a blazing 90 degrees so I opted for a cardigan! I personally do not like a lot of color but I also do not like all black. For me, this is the perfect way to balance the both. I sometimes pair this dress with a colored blazer and a black hijab as well. This is the new clutch I mentioned I bought from H&M. It’s one of my favorite pieces and I wear it on everything J
     Look 3: Neon Casual

Photo credit: Yumna Siddique
Hijab, Crop Top, Maxi, & Hijab: Forever 21
Bag: Charlotte Rouse

This is definitely my staple look of the summer: crop top and maxi dress! At first I did not know how I was going to handle the heat plus fasting until I discovered this look. For most nights of Taraweeh I wore this. I bought most if not all my crop tops and maxi dresses from Forever 21. I even added a little bit of the neon trend ;)

Option 3: Skirts
pictured: Hameda Ahmed
Top: H&m
Skirt: Forever 21
Belt: Target
A look I have yet to try! She takes a little risk here by wearing a long dress with a skirt. But as she says it is the easiest outfit to put together and comfortable as well. My favorite part about the outfit is the hint of tribal printed belt. I will definitely be trying this look soon! 

Option 4: Palazzo Pants

pictured: Sejuti Mahjabin
Palazzo Pants: JC Penney
Cardigan: Boutique
Hijab: Express

Lastly, for a dressier look for an iftar party are palazzo pants! My friend paired it with a Aztec printed cardi with a green hijab. This look is cute yet comfortable at the same time! J

I hope you enjoyed all these looks and try them out for the second half of Ramadan. Before I bid adieu I wanted to share where you could find some of these items!

1) Maxi Dresses:
Color Block Maxi
Black Maxi
Pink Maxi

2) Maxi Skirts:
Chiffon Maxi Skirt
Pleated Maxi Skirt
Zig Zag Maxi Skirt

3) Tops
Cardigan
Crop Top

4) Scarves
Solid Color Hijabs
Floral Hijab
More Solid Colors

thats it for today!!and remember..

keep it covered :)