HOW TO STYLE: Florals – FT. Tatuis

Hello Everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well!

I can’t believe it’s already August!! There’s only a couple weeks til school starts again! How crazy is that! Being off from school since the end of April has been pretty nice and I’ve totally forgotten what it’s like to actually have class! I’m starting my 2nd year of university and I’m definitely a bit nervous, inshallah everything goes well.

Since there’s not that much time until summer bids us farewell and we once again meet the dreaded Canadian winter, I thought I should maximize this hot weather and write a blogpost about how to wear florals! I think I’ve mentioned this in like every blogpost since Ramadhan lol but florals in the summertime just make me so happy! So why not wear them, and know how to style them, for the rest of summer!

I decided to break this post into three sections of florals – small print, medium-sized florals, and then your big floral patterns. I thought that this would be a good approach to take since floral designs can differ so much and how you’d wear one style wouldn’t necessarily be how you would wear another. Also, for each size of floral, I have made a general ‘rule of thumb’ to help as a guide. This is just something I came up with to help give an idea of why I chose to style the floral the way I did.

For the small and medium sized floral design outfits, I’ll be wearing hijabs from Tatuis! They have some really nice hijabs and they are a great cotton material. Many other bloggers have worn their hijabs such as Hijabs by Hanan, Nourka92, and AModernHijabi!

I hope this post is beneficial to you all! Let’s get started 🙂

Small Florals

Rule: 1 colour from the design, the rest Neutrals

Small Floral designs are probably the easiest and most common floral out there. They aren’t too overpowering and not too bold either. They’re a safe pattern and hence, there’s not much thought that goes into wearing a small floral print.

For such prints, a good outfit idea would include one colour that’s included in the floral-printed article of clothing and then the rest of the outfit can include neutral colours. This is a really easy way to go because it always works out to make a great look. For example, if you have floral printed pants, you can just wear a white or black top and then a coloured hijab (using a colour from the floral print in the pants) and you’re set! A cute outfit is ready with no thought or effort whatsoever!

For my outfit, I wore this navy floral printed hijab from Tatuis with a blouse and palazzo pants. Palazzo pants are great for the summertime as they are really breezy and comfortable but also modest. They prevent you from feeling too hot as the wide leg pant does not stick to you. Tucking a blouse into palazzo pants is also a staple outfit idea – always sure to please!

Since the hijab had coral-pink flowers in it, I wore an orangey-pink blouse and black palazzo pants. This follows the rule of 1 colour from in and the rest neutrals.

This hijab is really nice! It is slightly on the smaller side in terms of the width, but it still draped really easily and I really liked how it looked! Normally, with a new hijab I tend to fuss with it for a bit and have to wrap it a couple times before I achieve the desired look, but with this hijab, I just did my normal style and it looked great right away!

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This hijab just flows so beautifully!

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Outfit Details:
Blouse – Costa Blanca
Palazzo Pants – Costa Blanca
Hijab – Tatuis

Medium Florals

Rule: All Neutrals

For medium-sized florals, my suggestion is to pair them with all neutrals. Now I don’t know if this is just me, but to be honest, I hardly ever find a medium floral print. When I thought about it, I realized, I only ever see small or big floral designs.

Medium Florals look great with neutral colours because it allows the floral print and the colours from that piece to stand out and become the focal point of the outfit. Adding in other colours to such a design may overpower the outfit as medium sized prints in general are the odd ones out.

Hence, I paired my yellow floral printed Tatuis hijab with gray, navy and black. Adding in the navy compliments the colours in the hijab and doesn’t make this a ‘boring’ outfit as it’s mostly plain colours. I decided to wear a gray loose tshirt dress and pair with an opened denim shirt. Chambray shirts are a great alternative to jean jackets, especially as they work when you want something a bit longer because jean jackets just don’t make the cut. (Hehe you get it, they don’t make the cut because they’re too short :’) Wow, LOL) I finished the look with my favourite black pants and summer sandals.

The cool thing about this hijab is that there’s already a slot/opening for your head! Say whaaaaaat!
Yes, this hijab is already set with a ‘short’ and ‘long’ side and then a space for your head to slide right in! How neat! I just slipped this hijab over my undercap and did my hijab style like normal! It was honestly so much easier because I didn’t have to worry about adjusting the two sides and making sure one isn’t too short or too long! And, the end of the long side has this really cool ruffle effect which adds a nice touch and some dimension to your hijab look :’)

This is actually a new look for me and a totally last minute random put together, but I really liked how the entire outfit came together!

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You can really see the Ruffles here!

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Outfit Details:
Denim Shirt – Cotton On
Gray Tshirt Dress – Forever 21
Black pants – H&M
Hijab – Tatuis
Sandals – Aldo
Purse – Kate Spade

Big Florals

Rule: Anything and Everything

Okay, hear me out. I know ‘anything and everything’ is a bit shocking, considering I just mentioned at the beginning of the Medium florals section that you don’t want to make an outfit too overpowering, but if you’re already wearing a big print, might as well embrace it! Because, why not?! 🙂

Honestly though, with a bold pattern, you can really do anything with it. You can wear all colours, as long as the colours are in the floral design, or you could wear all neutrals, or both! You’ve already made a statement by rocking a bigger pattern, so there’s no need to shy away.

For this outfit from my Eid Guide post, I chose to wear some of the colours that were already in the bold floral printed ball gown skirt. The colours aren’t too bright and they add a nice contrast to the look, which ensures the outfit isn’t too overpowering. Also, it’s important to remember that the colours you choose to wear would also depend on the event or occasion the outfit is for. If the outfit is just for a regular casual day, you probably wouldn’t choose such a look.

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Outfit Details:
Top – Forever 21
Skirt – HijabiMama (Available at Modah)
Hijab – Ardene
Clutch – Beaudefy (Available at Modah)

Extra Outfit Ideas:

I thought I would include some more outfit pictures of small, medium, and big florals and how these outfits work with their respective rule of thumb 🙂

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Small Florals 1 Colour (Navy) + Neutrals (White)
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Small Florals 1 Colour (Mustard) + Neutrals (Cream)
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Medium Florals All Neutral (Navy Dress)
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Medium Florals All Neutral (Gray shirt, Black pants, Cream hijab and purse)
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Big Florals All Colour (Cobalt blue hijab)!

I hope this post was helpful to you all!

Thank you so much for the support and special thank you to Tatuis for the beautiful hijabs!

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Lots of love!

Malikah

~Where Style and Modesty Save the Day!~

WHAT TO WEAR: Formal Occasions – Outfit Ideas + Where to buy Formal Clothing! FT. Salam Shop

Hello Hello everyone!

I hope you are doing well!

Believe it or not, one of most common questions I get from family, friends and messages on Facebook (lol) are what to wear for fancy events and where to get such clothing from. Whether it’s for long sleeve maxi dresses, lace looks, or even a great maxi skirt, I’m always trying to help my fellow muslimahs find modest formal attire. Hence, I thought I’d make a little handy guide for some outfit ideas, my personal tips, and places to get classy formal outfits! These looks are perfect for the many formal events in our lives – weddings, graduations, proms, banquets, parties, and anything and everything in between! The best part of this post – I partnered up with Salam Shop and had a great morning of playing dress-up in their adorable store! Most of the pieces from my outfit ideas are all from Salam Shop so you have easy access to all the gorgeous items! 😉
Check them out – http://salamshop.ca / @mysalamshop

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I just had to add a picture of this pretty scarf display! Spring has arrived at Salam Shop!

A big thank you to Salam Shop and my dear friend Kulsoom for coming along and taking all of these wonderful pictures!

OUTFIT IDEAS

Outfit ideas for more formal occasions can be tricky! You don’t want to be overdressed but you don’t want to be too simple either. You’re never sure if you should wear cultural clothing, or stick to a for-everybody look. Also, depending on the time and season of the event, you have to modify your clothing choices and selection. So basically, dressing up may be fun but can be pretty hectic to coordinate!

Here are some basics, right off the bat:
– Plain hijabs are always a safe and pretty option – Go with neutrals or soft tones like nude, mauve, or dusty pink
– Don’t overdo with the prints – Keep it classy! Depending on the event, such as a wedding, you don’t want to be the centre of attention! One simple print in a small accent to an outfit is a great amount!
– Wear what makes you comfortable! – Chances are, your event may be a long one so you want something you are physically comfortable in and something that makes you feel great!
– Think of the entire outfit! – Think about each individual piece and if it’s a practical choice for your event. Those 6-inch heels may be gorgeous, but it won’t be pretty when you fall on your face 😛

Let’s jump into some outfit ideas!

Look 1: Maxi Skirt

This definitely should’ve been expected from me haha! Maxi skirts are super versatile and can be transitioned from casual to fancy with the addition of a few pieces such as jewelry, a pretty clutch, and neutral colours. But, sometimes, you want to have a statement piece that’s a little bigger than normal! This maxi skirt look is traditional in the sense that it’s super simple in it’s components. All you do is tuck a blouse into a skirt and add a neutral hijab and you’re done! However, it’s this sequinned beauty that adds the perfect pop and glam to this outfit! This gold maxi skirt is from Hayah Collection and it’s actually super comfortable! The fabric is pretty stretchy and isn’t tight so you can walk easily in it. It has a concealed zipper in the back and is very easy to zip. ALSO, did I mention this skirt is on sale right now?! YES! Make sure you grab it before it’s all gone!
Now, picking the perfect hijab wasn’t easy, I’ll have to admit! I was looking around to find a hijab that would balance out the skirt without being too distracting and making the outfit goddy. I opted for this stunning beige/nude hijab from The Fashion Caravan and it has these small pearls around the rim of the hijab – the perfect touch to tie in the entire outfit and add a last bit of glam to the look!

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My favourite picture from the entire shoot!
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Surprising, this bedazzled skirt isn’t too too flashy and is perfect for a formal occasion!

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Style Tip: Since there is already a heavy skirt and a contrast with light and dark from the colours of the blouse and skirt, strike a balance with your choice of hijab. Let the pieces themselves do the talking and don’t turn any one article against the other.


Look 2: Maxi Dresses


Surprise Surprise! Malikah’s 2nd favourite thing after maxi skirts – maxi dresses! What can I say, I have an obsession! But you really can’t blame me! Maxi dresses are so ambidextrous, and when you score a long sleeved one, I think you’re allowed to throw a party just for that 😉 (and then you can wear it at the party because you’ll need a formal outfit LOL)
Long sleeve maxi dresses are so elegant and having one-piece that flows from top to bottom is a classy and chic outfit option. It’s also very effortless because you can just slip on one article of clothing and basically be ready! This emerald green dress is from Daya Couture, another brand from Salam Shop! This dress is an Infinite Abaya, and let me tell you, there was a lot of fabric in this dress! So of course, I was very excited to twirl in this dress and strike my signature pose! I think I’m getting pretty predictable haha! 🙂
To make the outfit more light and Spring-y, and also great for occasions in the day time or evening, I decided to wear a pink and green printed floral hijab. What I love about this hijab is that the floral pattern is housed by a neutral cream base, which still keeps the hijab elegant. Again, this one’s from The Fashion Caravan. To complete the look, I added the “Sunshine” pink necklace from Silk of Paradise, which really helped to bring all of the colours together while also adding some sparkle!

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Starting off with the signature pose!
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And then a classic twirl :’)
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Just casually reading a book haha! The page I was on was about the method of sending Salutations on the Holy Prophet (SAWW) and mentioned to ask Allah (SWT) to send His blessings on Prophet Muhammad and his family, the Ahlulbayt <3
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Had to get a shot with the gorgeous fresh flowers available at Salam Shop, all from Zuhoor Designs!

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Style Tip: Add in some pops of colours as accents and use accessories to tie them back into the original look. This is especially great for lighter and day-time events because you can play with prints a little more freely hah 🙂

If you can’t find a long sleeve maxi dress, you can always go for a ‘regular’ sleeveless fancy dress. Now, unfortunately, with Summer around the corner, many of the dresses available right now are either sheer, have slits, or both. But, of course, looking at the glass half full and the beauty in every situation, you can always work around these “haram” parts LOL. For this maxi dress, there is a sheer bottom half with two long slits. To halal-ify this outfit, I wore a matching pink long sleeve tshirt underneath the dress and actually wore a….pleated skirt underneath the dress! WHAT?! Yes, you got that right! Many people dislike layering and I agree, it can get heavy and very hot. But with this dress, since the bottom skirt part is all sheer anyway, it is so lightweight that wearing a skirt underneath isn’t really a big deal at all. This skirt matches really well with the dress and just hides behind with no one noticing. Because the outfit was quite plain as it was all one colour, I added a lace printed hijab that also had neutrals and pink to finish the outfit.

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Look 3: Midi Dress with Leggings

A dress with leggings – the classic look for our preteen selves LOL. Wearing a dress with leggings can actually work really nicely and make for an elegant and sophisticated outfit. The key for this is to find the perfect top/dress that not only maintains modesty, but is also super cute yet classy! This long sleeve midi dress is from Daya Couture once again. It’s very flowy and oversized with fitted sleeves that equalize the baggy nature of the ensemble. Plus, the mustard colour is perfect for the Spring time and isn’t too bright for a fancy event. With the hijab, I opted for a small floral print hijab from The Fashion Caravan, that again, is based off a neutral colour, to add some more spice to the outfit. Instead of wearing a heavy statement necklace, I felt the looser nature of the top only deserved a long and sleek necklace to add the finishing bit of excitement. This necklace is from Silk of Paradise and the gem/natural stone jewelry is very in right now.

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Of course I had to pose with the candy! That was the only thing that was on my mind haha!
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This turquoise ring is also available at Salam Shop
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Some pretty Silk of Paradise sparkly bracelets!
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Behind the scenes! Owner Sudduf taking a picture for Salam Shop! Thanks for letting me pose with the pretty flowers 😉

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Style Tip: Your hijab doesn’t always have to be a perfect match, just like the first outfit. This hijab doesn’t exactly have yellow in it but the white matches the leggings and the other colours complement the dress so it doesn’t look out of place. The purple gem stone necklace helps to draw in the colours from the hijab.

Look 4: Pants

Yes, pants. If you’re going to a less formal event but still need to look dressed up, then wearing a nice trouser is a perfect option. A classic black trouser in your favourite fit really is a staple in one’s wardrobe and can be worn with blazers, maxi cardigans, sweaters, and can always be accessorized to spice them up.
This outfit is from the MIST Award Ceremony. Even though I was a volunteer and not a participant in the actual ceremony, I still wanted to look presentable lol as I am on the MIST dream team! I wore these black straight pants with a peplum top and a lace maxi cardigan. Because the lace and sequinned patterns are already in the outfit, I wore a coloured plain hijab to add some colour in a monochrome look.

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For more details on this outfit, check out my MIST weekend outfits post!

SHOPPING GUIDE FOR FORMAL WEAR

Yay, you’ve made it to the shopping portion! This is one of the hardest struggles for Muslimahs – Finding modest and fashionable evening wear that will dazzle the crowds without breaking the bank.

Hayah Collection
Hayah Collection sells the beautiful golden maxi skirt along with lace maxi cardigans, which are also another great piece for formal occasions! You can check them out at Salam Shop!
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/HAYAHcollection?ref=l2-shopheader-name
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Daya Couture
Daya Couture has a wide selection of abayas, long sleeve maxi dresses, midi dresses, cardigans, and much more! They have it all and you can have it all at Salam Shop!
http://www.dayacouturestore.com
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The Fashion Caravan is your one stop shop for every hijab you’ll ever need – from printed, to plain, to lace, to accordion! The Fashion Caravan also shares tip on dressing modestly in the workplace, how awesome! You can see all their great hijabs at Salam Shop!
http://www.fashioncaravan.ca
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Oh, Silk of Paradise http://www.silkofparadise.com

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USA – Kabayare Fashion
If you’re in the States, Kabayare Fashion is a great place to find some modest formal wear! They have a variety of dresses from casual to very formal and even have (lace) maxi cardigans and lace and pleated skirts! So basically, a hijabi’s dream LOL!
(KF does ship to Canada but it may get a little pricey with shipping and duties)
http://www.kabayarefashion.com

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UK – Inayah Collection
And if you’re in my favourite England, then you definitely have to check out Inayah Collection! Their clothing epitomizes perfection in the balance of style and modesty! Honestly, I’m in love with everything they have! I have the Blush Lace Gown from there and it fits like a glove (a modest one don’t worry haha!) and the overall dress is very high quality.
http://www.inayahcollection.com
Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 7.15.31 PM Dara Boutique
Dara Boutique is one of my favourite places to get hijabs, I’m sure you all know by now! They have a stunning collection of plain hijabs and they even have a glittered collection, which are plain viscose maxi hijabs with speckles of sparkle throughout. These hijabs are absolutely perfect for formal occasions because you can stick to a plain colour but have a little extra touch with the sparkle! Dara Boutique is available at Kaamilah Boutique in Scarborough and does free drop-off services in the GTA for online orders! You may even find a familiar face in their “Lookbook” Section 😉
http://daraboutique.com

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HijabiMama
HijabiMama also has a great variety of kaftans, maxi skirts (tulle, ball gown, printed), maxi dresses, jewelry, head pieces, and hijabs! So basically, many options for formal wear! You can shop HijabiMama at Modah in Mississauga!
https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMama/timeline

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Modesty Collections sell Abayas, modest dresses, modest trousers, palazzo pants, cardigans, skirts, blouses, and hijabs. Their products range from everyday wear to formal wear. Also, their products are their own handmade designs which makes it all more personal and you know the quality will be great! You can also find their clothing at Modah in Mississauga.
https://www.modestycollections.com
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US – Urban Modesty
Urban Modesty is a US brand based on similar principals as HH – you don’t need to sacrifice fashion or modesty for the other! They have maxi skirts, maxi dresses, maxi cardigans (basically everything maxi!).
http://www.urbanmodesty.com

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Last but not least, we have The Hijab Souq! They have so so so many hijabs! They have plain, ombré, printed, sparkly, and tasseled hijabs. They even have calligraphy purses and sparkly jewellery. I especially think the ‘Special Occasion’ section is perfect because you get their expert view on some great choices for formal wear! They even have pictures of their hijabs styled by many muslimahs and give you outfit ideas styled with their hijabs.
http://www.thehijabsouq.com/index.htmls967502343300315222_p182_i4_w2223

I hope you enjoyed this post and I sincerely do hope that all the tips and ideas were actually helpful inshallah.

Another big thank you to Salam Shop, I honestly had a wonderful time and to Kulsoom for being there with me the entire day!

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Thank you always for the support!

Malikah!

~Where Style and Modesty Save the Day!~

DIY No-Sew Kimono Vest

Hello everyone!

I’m back again! I know, shocking! Before I go back into exam study mode, I thought I’d squeeze another blogpost in 😉

Today I have a DIY! I was going through my website and I realized how I haven’t recently posted in neither the DIY and Health & Beauty sections, so therefore, I wanted to have something a little different today!

I’ve wore my DIY kimono from last year recently and someone thought it was store bought! She was amazed that I made it, and that it’s was once a regular hijab that I bought at the mall! I’ve been wanting to make more kimonos so I can wear them, especially as the weather is getting warmer as summer is approaching (and hopefully, it actually reaches Canada!). Unfortunately, I just haven’t had the time to do so because of school, exams, and just my busy life! Hence, I wanted to share this really quick, less than 1-minute way you can achieve the kimono look with no damage done to your wallet or any piece of fabric/hijab!

This kimono style is like a vest as it doesn’t have the flowy sleeves like the DIY sewn kimono does, but it still has the flow throughout! The best part is, you can literally have an unlimited amount of these kimonos, well as many as you have hijabs!
So all you will need is a hijab! That’s it 🙂
You know me, I always need an excuse to buy more hijabs! Because, hey, not only would I be wearing it as a hijab, I could also wear it around my neck (and if you want to know how to style a hijab around your neck, check out my HOW TO STYLE: Neck Scarves post 😉 lol) and as a clothing piece! Sounds good to me!!

Here are the simple steps:
1) Fold your hijab in half width ways, or otherwise known as a “hamburger” fold lol.
2) Tie one of the folded edges with one of the open edges together into a small knot.
3) Viola! You’re done! You just spread the fabric apart from where the knot is located and you get two sides with two open spaces that are the arm holes!

Here is a simple video I made demonstrating how to do it! I wanted to write it out and have a visual aid 🙂

With it this easy, you can make kimonos out of every hijab you own! And after you’re done rocking your look, you can just simply untie the knot and fold up your hijab like nothing ever happened 😉

This is really perfect for the spring and summer time! They’re so light, airy, and effortless and you can always have a unique and different look!

Here’s how I styled mine from today! I decided to wear denim on denim, as it’s one of the Spring Trends I mentioned in my Gaya Magazine article!

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So flowy 🙂
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Of course, I HAVE to do the signature HH pose 🙂

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Outfit Details:
Hijab for Kimono – Hollister
White Hijab – Dara Boutique
Denim Shirt – Cotton On
Jeans – Targe
Shoes – Aldo

I hope you like it and find it super easy and helpful!

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Talk to you soon!

Malikah

~Where Style and Modesty Save the Day!~