I hope you are all doing well, and if you are amidst exam season, I hope those are going well! My first exam is Friday and I finish exams next week! Sorry for the delay with this blogpost, it’s just been super busy these past couple of days.
If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know about my How to Style series! You might also know that HTS posts are actually one of my favourite blogposts to write! I find them helpful to myself, so I really enjoy it! As my style is transitioning to more basic pieces, I really wanted to show how I style my wardrobe essentials. So an off-shooting from the How To Style series is the Back to Basics stream! Back to Basics will feature my wardrobe staples, including a simple black maxi dress in this post! I’m so excited for upcoming posts inshallah 🙉
Ahh the Little Black Dress! Known to be a staple in a woman’s wardrobe. In this case, it’s a Little Black (Maxi) Dress! They’re super easy and essential in my opinion, and can be dressed up or down to fit the occasion. Maxi dresses in general are very convenient to just throw on, and black ones especially are pretty awesome. I’m wearing a simple straight cut black maxi from H&M in all of the pictures!
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!
Thank you all for the positive feedback and comments from Part 1 of the #DoneDoneLondon blogposts! Everyone seemed to love seeing all the details from the wedding! I’m so glad you all liked it! Part 2 will be up next week inshallah!
Today I had a meeting in Downtown Toronto for MIST Toronto, so I wanted to share my outfit from that! The dress code was Business Casual and we had to incorporate the colour navy into our outfits for our Team pictures. Since I really don’t show much ‘professional’ wear on here, I thought it’d be nice to share my outfit from today! And please let me know if you’d like more posts regarding outfits for work or professional settings!
Since I had to wear navy, I decided to first pick out my navy pants and Voile Chic navy viscose hijab. I thought it’d be easier to have the ‘required’ pieces out of the way and focus the rest of the outfit around that. In London, I bought this gorgeous blush pink ‘coatigan’ from Primark, aka the best store ever :’) It’s called a coatigan because it’s structured like a coat, but it’s in a cardigan/sweater material!
I also wanted to wear this cream and black windowpane scarf around my neck to add some more dimension, so I just picked a cream blouse to match. I find adding a scarf is a good way to accessorize and creates a polished, put-together look.
I just wanted to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to all of you! Our HijabiHeroes Instagram hit 3,000 followers! I’m going to say my usual ‘numbers don’t count’ because they really don’t, but it’s just insane to think that over 3,000 people believe in the message of modesty and style going hand in hand. These thousands of people also think the outfits I post on my account are nice and fashionable and hence they support the message. So thank you, thank you, thank youuuuu!
Today I wanted to share some pictures from a photoshoot I did with MY Voice back in May. If you don’t know what MY Voice is, it’s a Muslim student/youth run magazine in Toronto. From the articles, to the designing, and production – it’s all run by talented students! They release a new issue quarterly and have their new upcoming issue in September. The articles vary in their topics, from a unique perspective, to reviews, to entertainment, to talking about events and things happening in Toronto. It’s a really cool initiative and it’s so inspiring to see so much talent and hard work from high-schoolers and university students.
One of their photographers, Sahar, is my friend Kulsoom’s friend. She reached out to me asking if I would be interested in being in a photoshoot that would be used for promotional purposes. MY Voice is currently selling T-shirts as a means to fundraise and finance their magazine. The designs were all made by a high-school student and there are 3 shirts in 3 colours each – light blue, purple, and grey. She wanted me to wear them and style them so the photos could be used for advertising.
So Sahar, Kulsoom and her sisters, myself met up at Square One to take some cool shots. Square One is located in the Downtown part of Mississauga so there are some cool buildings and areas in the neighbourhood. Asad, my friend and fellow colleague from MIST was also there as Sahar recruited him to be the male model.
To style the shirts, I chose 3 different ways to wear them. This is almost like a little HOW TO STYLE: Graphic Tshirts segment hehe! (Which BTW, if you’d like that post, let me know in the comments!)
1. With a Maxi Skirt
– Casual yet put-together look
2. Over jeans and a Kimono on top – This Kimono was my DIY 2-second NO Sew Kimono – Casual look
3. Blazer and Maxi Skirt
– More sophisticated look
The shirts are about to go on sale soon!
For more information about the shirts, and to see all the cool things MY Voice does, check out their website and Like their Facebook page! They also recently opened an Instagram account so follow them on there too!
The pictures look really great and Kulsoom even took some behind-the-scenes pictures for you all. I hope you enjoy!
And there you are! Please please do support MY Voice. Even if you can’t purchase a shirt, at least like their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram and see what they’re all about! Want to join MY Voice as a designer or want to write an article for them?! You can do both! Check out their website for more details and submit your article for their next issue (which would be December).
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I hope you are doing well and enjoying some warmer weather 🙂
A little while back, I had the opportunity to have a mini shoot with StreetStyles of Toronto! If you don’t know, StreetStyles of Toronto is an instagram account (@streetstylesoftoronto) and features styles, from the streets of Toronto lol 🙂 But actually, you can find a lot of fashion inspiration on their account and they showcase the various art and styles of different Torontonians. It’s a great depiction of how culturally diverse and rich our city is and makes you appreciate Toronto a little bit more 🙂
I had a free choice on my outfit so I thought I’d go for something relatively simple, but experiment with different fabrics, textures, and cuts. Keep in mind, this was a few months ago, so it was still cold in Canada.
I started off my outfit with one of my favourite and most essential pieces in my closet – my black jeans! Honestly, in the winter, I think I wore my black jeans 99% of the time. Black jeans/pants are so versatile and can give a casual outfit a hint of sophistication, versus a blue jean. I didn’t want to have to wear a jacket during the shoot but I didn’t want to be too cold either (#CanadianProblems LOL), so I decided that layering would be the best way to go. I paired my jeans with a white crochet blouse and added a denim shirt over top, leaving it un-buttoned. To add some warmth, and because I love this piece, I wore my white faux fur vest as my last layer. I wanted to keep the hijab simple, and I’m really liking plain hijabs at the moment, so I wore a navy hijab. This hijab has a little bit of sequins on it, of course, my favourite! They add a little bit of sparkle to the look and tie in with the big silver and blue statement necklace.
I know, there’s a lot going on with this outfit, but since all of the pieces are not overly colourful or patterned, I think the entire look works. When you work with different textures and layers, you really want to keep them within a couple colours that work really well together. This will reduce the overall “too much going on” appearance because the outfit will flow nicely. Black and white are a classic combination and the blue from the denim is a subtle colour, not too bright and not too muted, hence, it compliments everything. And there you go folks, my style tip for this post!
Hijab – Target
Black Jeans – H&M
White blouse – Dynamite
Denim Shirt – Calvin Klein
Fur Vest – Target
Necklace – Aldo
Shoes – Target
Have fun experimenting with new styles! It’s always great to try something new and then adding your own unique and personal twist to it. Always remember, be YOU! There’s no one better 🙂
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