I hope you’re doing well! It’s been a while since I last wrote a fashion related post just for kicks. Seriously, it’s been ages since I’ve been on here to really share what I’M truly passionate about, other than the Zanzibar post of course! I’ve been feeling a little lost with what I want to really achieve with this space and I’m starting to recover what this blog is all about. With that being said, look forward to some new content coming your way inshallah! And as always, you can catch me on YouTube (I actually have some lookbooks up there!!!) and on Instagram (I post on the daily, you already know) *shameless self promo* hehe.
ALRIGHT, class in session. The NUMBER 1 QUESTION I get asked, and I am not exaggerating in the slightest is: How do I always have new outfits or How do I always create new outfit combinations? People think I have 896,042,135,785 articles of clothing that I sift through to come up with outfits for events and shoots. Now, as much as I wish that was true, or slightly true, it is most definitely not! I don’t go shopping 24/7. I’ve actually barely gone shopping this year, after my primark excursion in May because, well, PRIMARK. It’s actually come to a point where my Mom is *pleading* with me to buy new clothes! I know, who would have thought that day would come.
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.
Did you notice that my site is now just hijabiheroes.com! YES, I finally switched my domain! So if you followed my blog via email or wordpress, please re-follow on here! I would really appreciate it! I changed my host too and it’s a little complicated, so I would be grateful for your support. A huge shoutout to my friend who helped me do all of this and making HijabiHeroes a better site! 🙂
This past weekend I participated in the 2015 Umoja Games. Umoja Games is a muslim soccer tournament for North America focused on the key principles of unity and brotherhood. Not only was I playing in the Women’s division, I also was on the local organizing committee as the Games were held in Toronto this year!
We had a great time and despite all the hurdles, we made it! At the end of the hectic weekend, I hold on to some amazing memories! From working on the player badges at 3 am to running around the women’s soccer fields trying to get all the stats and update the social media accounts, it was all worth it. You could say it was all fun and games 😉 (GET IT LOL)
Like any other tournament, there was a closing ceremony after the finals game to culminate the entire weekend. All of the trophies were awarded and it was a very busy time! Of course, I have to share my outfit from the ceremony!
Being on the local organizing team, I had to set up for the closing and run around the area to get everything done. Hence, I wanted my outfit to be functional and comfortable so I could easily do work but something more fancy to match the event.
I really like palazzo pants and I think they look classy but are very effortless. They’re especially nice for the hotter climate because you aren’t restricted by tighter trousers but you’re not necessarily wearing a dress. And the fact that they are super loose/wide and give an illusion of being a maxi dress ensures that they are also very modest! Win win for both teams! (Aren’t you loving all of my soccer/sports references?!? haha!)
Also, can you believe these aren’t real palazzo pants?! WAIT, what?! These are actually the bottoms for an indian outfit of mine :$ But when I tried the outfit on, I just knew these pants would have a double purpose!
I paired these blush ones with a crisp white crop top from Forever 21. The ruffle at the bottom added a nice sophisticated touch. To tie the look together, I added a pink printed hijab with white and coral accents and a silver necklace to add a little sparkle. For some contrast, I wore cognac brown loafers as they are comfortable for a lot of walking and add some colour to the look!
I hope you like the look!
Thank you Aziza for being my photographer hehe and to Salwa and Fatima Jiwan for the creative input 😉
Hijab – Ardene
White top – Forever 21
Palazzo Pants – Part of an Indian outfit :$
Necklace – Costa Blanca
Purse – Aldo
Shoes – Aldo
I had so much fun with all of my friends, new and old and those who traveled from all around the US to attend the Games. It was nice seeing you all again! To my team, I know we didn’t win the tournament, but we played well and I’m thankful for this experience. To my friends who came to watch and support all of us, thank you so much! It was super sweet knowing that someone was cheering for us and having faith in our abilities. To my friends who I met at the closing, even if we just talked for 5 minutes or if we hung out more, I hope you are all doing well and I’m so glad we had a chance to meet up again and I hope we see each other very soon!
Thank you all for an awesome weekend 🙂