Summer Trends 2016 FT. Verona Collection

Hello there!

I hope you are all doing well! I’m back again with another blogpost! It feels really good to sit and write more often now, alhamdulilah!

I was scrolling through Instagram and noticed a lot of trends are popping up EVERYWHERE for the Summer time! There are various fashion styles and items that are really popular nowadays. Now you know I don’t like to go too mainstream, but I wanted to share my take on 4 Summer trends and ideas on how to incorporate them into your outfits! I definitely do not think we should try to just wear the trends and ‘blend in’ with the conventional and current style, but I do promote trying new things and seeing how they work with your own look!
Also, just because something is a trend, doesn’t mean you have to wear it the way ‘everyone’ does or the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be worn. Recreate your own spin on things and let your personality shine through!

The trends I want to share are 1) White on White, 2) Mini Backpacks, 3) Maxi on Maxi, and 4) Baseball hats. I think these 4 trends are my favourite for the summer and also super easy to implement and incorporate into an outfit. I have 2 outfits, displaying 2 trends each! This shows the versatility of the trends and how you can mix and match and wear them together! You do not need to have one statement outfit with a ‘trend’, just work it with your own preferences.

Sneak Peek of Covered in Confidence Hijab Launch!

Hello everyone!

HALLELUJAH, I’M DONE EXAMS!! Alhamdulilah, I just finished my exams on Thursday and what a time to be alive! I feel amazing and so glad that my second year of university is over! Halfway there! 😱

What better way to celebrate than with a new blogpost of course?! And this one is especially special (lol) because my girl Kaniz from Covered in Confidence has just launched her own line of hijabs!! 👏🏽😍
I met Kaniz through the blogging sphere and we bonded over our Instagram accounts! Beyond that, we often talk on Whatsapp and I love how we can talk about everything and anything! Our chats are always great and it’s been so fun getting to know her! I love it when you can talk to someone about the randomest things but also about God and Islam. It just warms my heart 💗

She had told me about how she wanted to design her own hijabs and clothes, and her dream has now become a reality, alhamdulilah! I got a sneak peak of her line and it’ll be open to you all soon! So of course, I had to snap some pictures and share my outfit with you all! I will definitely update you all about when you can have one of your own but you should definitely follow Covered in Confidence on Instagram so you won’t miss the big launch!

Her hijabs are definitely more sophisticated and perfect to dress up an outfit or for evening/formal wear! I love the simple designs with a cute touch that distinguishes them from the rest. She has a variety of soft materials and jersey hijabs! I got a white jersey hijab with a zipper trim. Totally going to confess here, I’ve always always wanted a hijab with a zipper edge, so I was super excited for this one! The zippered trim is a small yet decorative touch and it’s great to spice up any outfit!
Now I normally don’t wear jersey hijabs, so it was definitely nice to try something new and different. I thought since I was wearing a new hijab, I’d try out a new style! So please let me know what you think!

OOTD – Baseball T’s and Flannels ✌🏽

Hi Hi!

I’m super stressed with exams this week (3 back to back 😰), but I needed a break from a long day of studying, so thought I’d whip up a quick blogpost 😋

Before I continue on with this post, I never announced it on here, so I wanted to tell you all!
*drum roll please*
The Hijab Souq launched a blog called Aspiring Muslimah and I’m one of the 11 aspiring muslimahs part of it! Hehe get it 😏 It’s a blog for fashion, lifestyle, design, and much more and I’m beyond excited and honoured to be involved! You can check out my first post here!

A while back, I realized my wardrobe was consisting more of a bit dressier items, and I never really had anything to wear for casual days. I couldn’t just throw on a t-shirt, because I didn’t really own any LOL (excluding the t-shirts I use as PJs obviously hehe)! I was on the hunt for long sleeve, long, loose fitting t-shirts at the mall, and that was predestined to be an unsuccessful mission. The 3 L’s. Long Sleeves, Long Length, and Loose Fitting. I might as well have been looking for thick chunky sweaters in the middle of Summer in the Bahamas!! Alas, at the store I least expected to satisfy my needs, I found these super cute long baseball tees from VS Pink! I was so excited, and they were on sale too! 🙊

OOTD – Malikah in Mint FT. eShakti

Hey everyone!

I hope you are all doing well!
Yay, School is almost done!! My last day of class is tomorrow and I’m beyond excited. Just 4 exams separate me from summer vacation! And this snowy weather 😭

This past weekend I went to a wedding, and it was the first one I attended for the 2016 wedding season! #FatsWedsDats doesn’t count, because it was 2015-2016 hehe! 😋 But speaking of #FatsWedsDats, it was her brother’s wedding, so I definitely reminisced on my #DoneDoneLondon trip! 🇬🇧

Now knowing me, you know I like to do things a little differently! The mendhi, or henna ceremony, was the first official wedding ceremony for #BilalandSamiha. As it was in the afternoon, instead of wearing an indian outfit, which is the common attire, I decided to wear this beautiful Mint/Teal dress from eShakti!

Dara Boutique GRAND Opening!

Heyyyy!

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! 💕

MIST Toronto 2016 #MISTinthe6ix

Hello hello!

I hope you are all doing well!
I’m currently sitting on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, with a tissue box and plastic bag next to me 😷 So heads up in case this post is messy/grammatically incorrect/or all over the place. I knew if I didn’t post this tonight, my whole schedule will get messed up. So here’s a new post #HHSunday!

I’m here with my MIST 2016 blogpost!
This year, I was the Competitions Co-Manager for MIST Toronto. Last year I was a coordinator, so this year, I stepped up to the manager position. The competitions team is in charge of finding judges for the competitions, preparing all of the competition materials, ensuring the competitions run smoothly on the days of, and more. We are one of the largest teams on the overall Dream Team and we have a lot of work to do, before the weekend and during the tournament days.
I had a great team this year and an awesome Co-Manager, so thank you all for dealing with my stress and craziness!

Now, as the Dream Team,we have to dress professionally. But as HH, I have to dress stylish 😉
I went back and forth between many outfits and finally decided on these three.
Totally unintentionally, well partially, but I had a Pink and Black theme for all three days of MIST! 💕😎 I actually picked my outfit for Day 1 first, and then Day 3 – Awards next. I realized that both were Pink and Black, so I thought, if I could, I’d make the second day outfit pink and black as well. I actually ordered something, that wasn’t pink and black haha, because I ordered it before I realized this colour scheme, but it didn’t come in time. So I ended up wearing pink and black for Day 2 as well so I guess it all worked out!

Without further ado, here goes!

#HijabiHeroes – MIST Toronto 2016 Edition

Hello Hello!

I hope you are all doing well!
So I know I didn’t have a blogpost up for #HHSunday, but I told you I’d make up for it, and here I am.
This past weekend was MIST Toronto 2016!!

Last year, I did a whole post about MIST and this year, I’m back at it again 😉
Now, in this post, you might be wondering where my outfits are?! Don’t worry, they’re coming.
But, I wanted to do my #HijabiHeroes post first! A lot of the ladies featured in this post have made a significant impact on me, whether it’s mentoring me on my new position, laughing at my jokes, or just competing in MIST and making it the awesome organization it is. I really would not have had the experience I did if it weren’t for you all. So thank you.
As the whole #HijabiHeroes series is about giving back to all those who support me, it was only fitting for this post to precede my own.

Alright, I can go on forever about why I love MIST and how amazing it is and how I just want to rewind back to Saturday morning, but I don’t want to cry….again…and again.

Quick disclaimers
1) I want to apologize if I didn’t include you in this post! I had planned to take a bunch of pictures, but I underestimated how busy I would be! If you ever want to be included in one of my #HH posts, please let me know!
2) Not all of the pictures are mine – Huge shoutout to the photographers behind IFS MIST, I know there are a lot of people who contributed to the MIST albums, so thank you all for these pictures! Also thanks to @beardedbengali, a fellow MIST Dream team member for the pictures!

OOTD – Maroon Maxi and Simple Slits

Hey hey!

I hope you are all doing well!

Mega apologies for not having a blogpost up this weekend! MIST Toronto is this weekend and I’m GOING CRAZY haha! There is so much to prep and as I am Competitions Co-Manager, I have a lot to finish up before the tournament days!
So heads up – blogposts will be delayed next week too, but there may be two to make up for it 😉

Before I begin, I just wanted to say Happy International Women’s Day! 💓

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I wanted to share a quick OOTD with you all!
With the weather fluctuating so much, I haven’t been able to start transitioning my wardrobe into Spring wear. It’s all a big tease – one day I think it’s Spring, the next day there’s a huge snow storm and classes get cancelled!

As you all know, one of my favourite pieces to wear are maxi dresses! Unfortunately, when the winds are blowing at 9706454 km an hour, or if there are layers of snow and ice on the ground, they’re not always practical! But I just couldn’t take all the bundling anymore! I mean layering is really fun and a hijabi’s dream, but I really miss the warm weather! So for my MIST meeting this past Sunday, I decided to compromise with this high slit maxi t-shirt dress from Zara!

How to Transform your Outfit from DAY to NIGHT – FT. Zisanzo Watches

Hello there!

Another week, another blogpost! For this week, I decided to do something a little different, but hopefully helpful for those busy days!

I thought it’d be cool to write about how to transform an outfit from day to night!  We all know that casual attire is more suited for the day time, and we tend to wear darker colours or dress up a bit for evening events. Hence, I wanted to take one basic outfit and show you how you can change it to work for both day and night!

So, my BIGGEST Style Tip for this is – it all depends on the ACCESSORIES!

It is ALL about the accessories! All you need is your core items and you can manipulate your accessories to make your outfit appropriate for any time of day.

Let’s break it down:

OOTD – Winter Greys – #AZPhotoDesignxHHxMotives

Hey Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well!

This collaboration has been a long time coming and I’m finally glad its here!
#AZPhotoDesignxHHxMotives

As you probably already know by now, considering she’s been in a couple of my blogposts, Azra from AZ Photography and Design is a really close friend of mine! She’s one of my best frans.
We have been talking about collabing for a while and we finally had a chance to pick a time that worked for our busy schedules for a fun winter photoshoot!
Kulsoom, aka What’s Your Motive, joined in as well, of course. She helped out with a very special part 😁

We shot in a park and near the Living Arts centre. It was freezing cold that day, but Azra was an absolute trooper! Not only was she willing to shoot in any location of my choice, she was also so understanding and never complained about the weather conditions or anything! Her flexible nature was definitely appreciated, because we all know HH is quite particular! 😉
She was well prepared for shooting in both locations and knew what poses would work well.  Everything was so perfect and every photo came out stunning!

She definitely knows what she is doing and has shot a variety of events in different settings. From weddings, portrait sessions, family shoots, or indoor, outdoor, snow, sunshine, you name it, Azra can capture it! And do a phenomenal job at it! I would highly recommend her for any occasion!