Hope you are all doing well and hope all those who are currently in exam szn are surviving! Inshallah all of your exams go well 🙂
With the end of the year (I was going to say holiday season but I guess end of the year is more encompassing), I find myself having to go to a lot of events. Parties, banquets, birthdays, and yes, weddings are back. With all of these occasions, I definitely need to add some more dresses to my wardrobe. You know, I’m totally here for mixing up and recreating outfits with pieces I already own, but something new here and there doesn’t hurt 😉
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.
I trust you had a fabulous and relaxing weekend! I’m sorry I’m getting to the blogpost so late, but to be honest, I don’t even ‘worry’ about my blogposts anymore. I know that every Sunday night, words will just pour out as I wait every week to click on “Add New Post” hehe 🙂
Today’s post is another instalment in my How to Style series and I’ll be talking about Varsity Jackets! Varsity Jackets are super cute for the Fall and they have a unique sporty yet casual vibe. Speaking of Varsity Jackets, I’m totally remembering my high school days! Which was just two years ago, so I’m not sure why I’m acting so old LOL.
Varsity Jackets are great to wear when it’s chilly, but not super cold. Alhamdulilah, the weather in Toronto was actually so nice, until today of course… :’) I felt like we had an actual season of Fall, like two whole months!! (Alhamdulilah, always, of course!)
Normally, I show a couple of ways on how to style a certain piece. This time, I designed some outfits online and then I have some of my own pictures! Also, I totally stole my brother’s varsity jacket for this post LOL, but I like the way his fits on me, even though it’s oversized. And I totally picked it out for him, so it’s basically mine, right?!?!?!
I hope you are all doing well! Midterms are done for the most part and I’m back! Sorry, I really wanted to upload this post a bit earlier, but things just got a little busy trying to catch up with all my other classes! If I’m not posting on here, I’m almost always active on my Instagram and I regularly upload OOTD’s there!
But, I did this DIY a couple weeks ago to test it out and loved how it turned out! I even featured it on a couple pictures on my Instagram! Ripped jeans have been very ‘on trend’ lately, but the ones in the stores can be super distressed and ripped, which I am personally not a huge fan of. I love the ripped jeans look, just not too much aha! Also, they start to look a bit weird if they have a lot of cutouts and you’re wearing leggings underneath for modesty!
I thought, since I’m not going to find exactly what I like in the stores, might as well make my own! Also, my mom didn’t think buying a pair of ‘defective’ or ripped jeans was a good way to spend her money LOL. I had this pair of jeans that I’ve literally had since middle school and I NEVER wear them, so I thought why not use this as my test pair. If it works, hallelujah, if not, no biggie. I found a couple methods online and used a little bit from each to come up with a technique. I loved the way they turned out, although I think they could use a little bit more distressing.
Now, I wear my jeans with leggings underneath, and because the jeans I chose to DIY are a straight fit, they have some space for the extra layer. If you want do this DIY on a skinnier fit, you can just take some fabric and attach it from the inside to cover up the rips. And don’t worry, I actually like the way my jeans look with black leggings underneath! There’s always a way to make something modest, and still stylish! :’)
Here’s the DIY and some ways I styled my jeans!
– Ofcourse, your pair of jeans!
– Scissors (Fabric scissors help, but they are not necessary)
Now, you could go ahead and wing it, but I suggest making some markings or lines where you would like to make your holes/rips, so you have a general idea for what your finished product will look like.
The best way to do this is to wear the jeans, and then draw a line where you want to make your cut. This way, you know exactly where the rips will be on your legs. Especially if you want to make a rip in the knee, wearing the jeans really helps!
Once you have all the markings, you will need to start making some cuts! You can take the jeans off of course hehe 🙂
For the rips, you can cut on the lines you have drawn, but you will also need to make a second cut, around 1.5 inches above or below the initial cut. If you want a relatively thin rip/cut, then you can decrease the distance between the two cuts. If you would like the rip to be at the exact location of the line, then make two cuts around an inch above and below, so you know the rip will be in the right place.
Be careful to only cut the top layer of the fabric, unless you want some cutouts on the back of your jeans too LOL!
Now that you have two cuts, you have one piece of fabric in between them. The key to getting the rips is to pull on the vertical blue threads, which will expose the white threads of the jeans. Using the tweezers, you can pull out the blue threads that have been cut when you made your slit. At first, it’s a little hard, but once you get going, you can see them really easily and keep going. I’d suggest starting in the middle so you can see exactly what you’re doing!
You can refer to the pictures because it’s easier to understand 🙂
Once you finish removing all of the vertical threads, you will end up with something like this:
There will be some naturally occurring distressing around the cuts, but if you want a very natural “store-bought” look, just pop them in the wash. After going in the dryer, they should have the frayed edges around the rips! Funny how the ‘natural’ look is the ‘store bought’ HAHA.
I ended up making 4 total cuts in my jeans, just to keep it simple, yet edgy!
I hope this DIY was helpful and clear! If you have any questions, just drop a comment and hopefully I can help you out!
Here’s how I styled them!
Sweater – Hollister
Jeans – DIY (Original pair from Target)
Hijab – Dara Boutique
Boots – The Bay
Green Shirt – Hollister
Black Tshirt – Target
Jeans – DIY (Original Pair from Target)
Hijab – London, UK
Shoes – Aldo
Purse – Kate Spade
And there you have it! I hope this post was helpful and I hope you recreate your own DIY pair of ripped jeans! You can always tag me on Instagram or Facebook so I can see your outfits! 🙂
Speak to you soon! I have a really cool, and different, blogpost coming up next inshallah!
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A few weeks ago, my friend Fatima and I were talking and mutually agreed that we needed some adventure in our lives. We both recognized that our city of Toronto has so many cool places to offer and we have to start our journey somewhere to uncover the hidden beauty of the #6ix. So a couple days ago, we started this mission of exploring Toronto with our first stop – Distillery District!
Distillery District is located a couple blocks from King station in Downtown Toronto. The main intersection is King and Trinity and you can take the 504 streetcar towards Broadsview to get there! Make sure to travel in the right direction though 😉
Distillery District is a historic area, filled with shops, eateries, and many sights to see and is a mix of an old little town with a big flashy city. I tried to capture this essence in a couple photographs below! The District is bursting with culture and heritage, with unique art in galleries and on the street! There are many exclusive finds and something to learn with every turn of a corner. I’m really glad we had a chance to visit and venture around the District! It was nice to see some vintage charm in Downtown Toronto 🙂
It was an off-on rainy day so I decided to go ultra comfy and cozy with the outfit, in case of a downpour! Also, with the humidity in the air, I wanted to be in something oversized and airy to help the air ventilate. I decided to keep my outfit pretty casual and work with the colours of my clothing to create a unique look.
I wore a mix of neutral basic colours for the main components of my outfit – nude hijab, grey sweater, black pants and loafers, and a cream bag. Then, to add a pop of colour, I wore a yellow-green-and-mint floral hijab draped around my neck for added coziness! I swear I know it’s not winter LOL but I couldn’t resist! I actually felt really comfortable throughout the day so it worked out 🙂 This was a perfect outfit for being out-and-about and walking all day long!
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.
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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 🙂