I hope you are all doing well! I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since the blessed month of Ramadhan has started! I hope everyone’s in their routine and is at ease with the long summer fasts, and I also pray that our fasts and efforts are accepted inshallah!
So I’m starting a new series on HH, surprise surprise 😅 A friend of mine, Siddiqah, asked me to do a whole post on where I get my hijabs. She was thinking online stores, but I thought I’d extend it to places in the GTA in case my fellow Torontonians wanted to just pick them up instead of ordering online. I actually get this question a lot, it’s one of the most commonly asked. I also frequently get asked where I get my skirts and maxi dresses from, so I thought, why not make a whole series on it!
This past weekend has been a busy one! Among the many things going on, it was my good friend Shumaila’s bridal shower! Shumaila, better known as @shumidee from Instagram and Youtube, is getting married in August inshallah and her amazing bridesmaids and family threw her an awesome bridal shower on Sunday! You’ve seen her in my many #HijabiHeroes blogposts, so of course, I had to write a blogpost about her bridal shower! And you bet you’ll get a whole wedding week post when August rolls around 😅
Everyone was requested to wear black semi formal attire and the theme was black with pink and floral accents. Of course, Miss Shumaila wore all white, just like a bride! Her bridesmaids did an amazing job with the decorations, with a black wall and beautiful flowers, and there was also a sequins wall for a photobooth accompanied with some funny props. There was perfect seating and a gorgeous cake and desserts table! From the door to the decor (haha, bars), everything was so well thought out! There was decorations at the front door and pictures of Shumaila and her fiancé all over the walls, and even hanging from the ceiling!
I hope you are all doing well and I hope my fellow Canadians enjoyed their long weekend!
This past weekend was also the annual Halal Food Fest in Toronto and it was amazing, as always of course!
For those of you who do not know, or have never been, Halal Foodie, a halal food magazine, hosts an annual food festival with all halal foods! It’s a two-day affair and it’s always jam packed. It’s been recorded that around 30,000 people have attended over the two days!
There’s a couple of different sections at Halal Food Fest. First there’s Sample City, which has most of the restaurant booths where you can sample different foods from the various stalls using the HFF tokens. Each booth has a mini version of their dishes so you can try out a little bit of everything. Then there are the stalls of various businesses where you can shop for clothes, hijabs, jewelry, t-shirts, you name it! There’s also the Main Stage, where they have performances from groups such as Mustaqeem and also cooking demonstrations! It’s really cool because it’s a live cooking show! Baker Amanda Saab was one of the guests this year! And lastly, on the outdoor grounds is the Street Fest, which features BBQ and many food vendors grilling up some yummy food! Many well known restaurants have their booths outside where you can have some of their famous dishes. There’s also a Kid Zone inside with inflatables and other games to keep the kids entertained!
What’s that?! A hat?! Crazy funky chunky hat?!
Nahhh, it’s just another HH blogpost!
(I really need to work on my intros 😅)
Thank you all for your messages – I am feeling better alhamdulilah and slowly regaining my strength. It’s so funny how one runny nose and cough can knock me off my balance. After not being sick for such a long time (alhamdulilah alhamdulilah), feeling like this has been less than ideal.
I went up and down with how I was feeling, but in between, on Saturday morning, I was feeling better.
So to take advantage of the Sun (not warm weather, just Sun 😢), I went to Dara Boutique’s Grand Opening of their Flagship Store!!
Yes, how exciting! Dara Boutique opened her own store and it is BEYOND ADORABLE. LIKE WAY TOO PRETTY. Mashallah! 💕
This past weekend was a crazy one! On Saturday, I volunteered at the Who is Hussain Toronto Gala Dinner and on Sunday, I participated in the 4th Annual Wali ul Asr Interfaith Hussain Day Play! Both events went really well alhamdulillah!
Who is Hussain is a global initiative established to spread the message of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the last Prophet of Islam – our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). Imam Hussain and his family sacrificed their lives for justice, truth, and integrity. He stood up against the tyrannic political leader of the time and thus saved Islam as we have it today. His compassion and trust in God’s will is astounding and he is a role model for all of humanity. Who is Hussain just launched a sector in the city of Toronto, and hence, the main representatives hosted a Gala Dinner as their first introductory event. They invited some amazing speakers such as Sheikh Usama Al-Atar and Sr. Nicole Correri and the eloquent poets Br. Ali Fadhil and Br. Nouri Sardar!
The event was well organized with a 4-course meal and all of the speakers were so insightful and inspiring! I know I definitely left motivated and encouraged to spread the message of Imam Hussain with others and further his mission for social justice!
Of course, this was a formal event, so you know I dressed up in a pretty dress 😉 As always, I had to share it with you all, as well as some of my friend’s outfits! Everyone was so well dressed and there were many #HijabiHeroes! But unfortunately, I didn’t get everyones pictures! 🙁 So sorry if I didn’t get yours 🙁
I did get a couple though so I definitely wanted to share!
For my outfit, I knew I was volunteering so I wanted to wear a maxi dress instead of a blouse and skirt because I figured looking after one piece of clothing would be easier than two lol 🙂 Also, I know it would be easier to run around trying to get everything together and I wouldn’t have to worry about my outfit messing up.
I wore my blush lace gown from Inayah Collection! I’ve done a blogpost on this dress before when I wore it to my high school graduation but I didn’t really have great pictures in that post. This time, my amazing and talented friend Azra Jessa from AZ Photography & Design took some pictures of my outfit! She was one of the photographers for the event and her pictures are so good! You can tell she is great at what she does!
With my lace gown, I knew I didn’t really need to add much to my look! It’s a classy and sophisticated piece and definitely speaks for itself. The elegant lace and modest flow of the dress is so gorgeous. It’s fully lined from head to toe, so you know you’re covered 😉
I just added a statement necklace for some sparkle (and really, I always wear statement necklaces :’) ). I wore a Dara Boutique black hijab with blush and beige flowers to tie the outfit together as it matched both the tones in the necklace with the floral lace of the dress.