I hope you are all doing well! Hope you enjoyed your long weekend and Family Day (if Canadian) or President’s Day (if American), or regular old Monday (if from anywhere else LOL)!
Sorry my post is late, but had a fun family dinner last night so didn’t get around to posting!
But, HAPPY FAMILY DAY to you all! Thank you all for being my HH family and the best supporters ever 💕💕
Now I know in the Winter, it can be really tough to wear a cute outfit when all you can think about is not freezing in the -20 ºC weather (may fluctuate with windchill 😪). Or you may have a nice outfit, but it’s buried under your huge winter jacket and cannot be appreciated. Then, we end up being lazy with our style and just live in a hoodie and sweatpants (am I right) 🙋
Often in my regular blogposts, I incorporate Style Tips, which are a general rule of thumb that can be applied to everyday dressing. Hence, I thought I’d make a blogpost just for Style Tips I follow in the winter season! This blogpost idea was suggested by my girl Zahra Maryam, so thank you once again!
Like I’ve mentioned before, if you have any blogpost ideas you’d like to see on HH, please shoot me a message or leave me a comment and I will definitely try to make a blogpost about it inshallah!
This collaboration has been a long time coming and I’m finally glad its here!
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!
A 5-letter word that holds so much depth and Beauty. The quintessence of modesty. It is a divine command, which exemplifies elegance and grace. It allows us to follow in the footsteps of our blessed role models of the Holy Household. The strong beautiful women who are the epitome humility and resilience.
This is Hijab.
And this is what it means to me.
Hijab is more than just a daily habit. It serves as a reminder of our beliefs, as we wave the flag of our religion ever so proudly. We are prevented from partaking in activities we would otherwise frown upon. No doubt that it is a full time job, that requires determination and a keen interest to continue treading down its path. But, it provides love to those who follow.
This is Hijab.
And this is what it means to me.
Modesty is a constant evolution, which cannot be accomplished overnight. Whomsoever chooses to represent such ideals will soon find that they receive respect and serenity. Regardless of if they are told they are oppressed, their unequivocal values and will cause them to represent this message with even more pride. For the lion does not lose sleep over the opinion of the sheep.
This is Hijab.
And this is what it means to me.
Hijab is all-encompassing of a person, a holistic nature. And it is applicable to everyone, not just as conventionally thought for the women. Lowering one’s gaze and having modesty is a universal concept and should be equally emphasized.
This is hijab.
And this is what it means to me.
Personally, I feel that hijab empowers woman to strive to be great and kindles a new perception, beyond one’s physical beauty and outer appearance. It’s not about the cloth wrapped around one’s head, concealing one’s hair and beauty, but it’s a mindset. An outlook that guides one to never accept anything at face value. It challenges the norm, and causes one to look deeper to uncover the genuine nature that lies within. It is understanding that ‘struggling’ for a greater reason, larger than life, is what keeps you going. And that’s what it means to be a true hero.
This is hijab.
And this is what it means to me.
Happy World Hijab day to everyone!
Proud to wear hijab, today, and always.
How fast a week has just flown by! It feels like just yesterday I was sitting here writing a blogpost! But to be honest, I think I just wait all week for my Sunday night blogpost time so I can sit and write 😁
It is finally time for #HijabiHeroes – WINTER edition!
I just wanted to thank you all for such positive feedback on the #HijabiHeroes – FALL post, and for your support in general! Everyone loved it so much and so many people wanted to be featured it the upcoming posts! You’ll see some familiar faces, but most of the lovely #HijabiHeroes featured are new to HH. Of course, if you’d like to be featured in a #HijabiHeroes post, please DO NOT HESITATE to ask me! I’m really nice, I promise 😁 Seriously, I’d love to have you all on HH! ☺️💕
Once again, thank you to all the beauties in this post for supporting me! Every person featured in this post has a special reason they are here and they have all contributed to HH in one way or another – whether it’s taking my pictures, talking to me about HH, speaking kind words about HH, commenting on my Instagram pictures (you know its real when 😉), and even trusting me for advice on fashion. I am truly grateful for everything!
Alright, enough of the sappiness! Here is #HijabiHeroes, winter edition!
I hope you are all doing well! It’s been a busy week and weekend, and next week will be the same! The assignments are loading up and midterms are approaching. I swear we JUST got back to school 😭 I’m ready for another vacation, to be honest 😅
Today, I have an exciting blogpost, as always of course!
I’ve always seen girls rocking chiffon hijabs and I wish I could do the same! Every time I tried, I found them too slippery and I was so self-conscious about how they looked. I think my constant fussing and ‘fixing’ of my hijab actually messed up the style even more!
When I found out that Voile Chic has extra smooth chiffon hijabs, I mustered up some courage to order some! They have the most stunning colours, so it was so hard to say no. I took a leap of faith and I’m so glad I did! I really loved the two hijabs I ordered! They’re so classy and I was pleasantly surprised with how easy they are to style. And of course, the quality is amazing as well!
Voile Chic is a Canadian hijab company which sells a variety of hijabs and the related essentials! They have a variety of fabrics, but I would definitely say they are known for their Chiffon and Jersey hijabs! Their hijabs are so classy, and the colours are pretty and sophisticated. And the owner is really kind, which makes a huge impact on the customers!!
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 hope everyone had a nice holiday season and winter break!
I’M BAAAACK! I just got back from London a couple days ago, and started school again yesterday, and that’s why this blogpost is late from my Sunday upload :$ It’s definitely sad to be back to reality and routine life, but alhamdulilah, always, because I had an amazing trip! It was so much fun to spend time with my family during the wedding and all of the other random activities we did! I miss it so much :'(
Of course, now that I’m back, I definitely have to share all my London adventures! I’ll be blogging my London trip in two parts – this blogpost contains all the details surrounding my cousin’s wedding, and another blogpost for the other sightseeing and fun!
The wedding consisted of 4 events – the Mendhi, the Friend’s Party, the Nikkah and Reception, and the Walima (a community dinner). I didn’t get any pics from the Walima, unfortunately 🙁
Before I begin the breakdown of the events, I had to share Zahra’s outfit from one of the family lunches. I loved her oversized and long forest green blazer! It’s so classy and modest. I loved how she kept the rest of her outfit quite neutral and added a necklace to tie it all together!
I hope you are all doing well and had a great and relaxing weekend!
Before I begin, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR 5,000 INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS! HOW CRAZY!! I really appreciate all the support, and as we hit these major milestones as the #HHSqaud, I like to renew my intentions and purpose of starting this blog in the first place! (Also, can #HHSquad be a thing, I’m really digging it!)
Last week, I mentioned that I had a cool post planned for this week, and I’m really excited about this!
Recently, I’ve been trying to find a new hijab style because I thought I needed a change. Also, I don’t necessarily think my current style suits my face shape very well. I tried out some styles and actually switched over to a new style for a bit. Btw, Love how I’m talking about this as if I physically made a modification to my life LOL. Anyways, I wore it for a week or so, off and on, and decided that it didn’t make the cut haha. I went back to my original style with a little tweak.
But, when I wore the new hijab style, which was a Dina Tokio inspired style, for my super long Thursdays (I have class from 8:30 am – 10 pm), I found all of these thoughts running through my mind! Thought it would make for a hilarious blogpost and maybe some of you can relate as well! Definitely was going for a Buzzfeed-style post, so I hope it’s funny as well!
Without further ado, I present the stages of wearing a new hijab style!
We all know, the entire process related to wearing the hijab is quite extensive in general. First of all, you must have a style or way of wearing it that you actually like. Then, there’s all the specifics about the hijab itself – the material, size, shape, etc etc. Then, it has to match with your outfit and you have to make the crucial decision – PRINTED OR PLAIN?!? And then if you pick plain, are we going with just a good ole solid, or a lace border, tassels, pearls, the list is endless! And even if you’ve managed to be successful thus far, with a stellar style and a gorgeous hijab, you could always end up with a bad hijab day!
Now, I’m just going to start off with one of basic, yet essential events. Almost an intervention to the whole process. WEARING A NEW HIJAB STYLE.
It all starts off with recognizing the need for change. After you’ve gone through the denial phase, you can finally admit that you need something different. Or maybe you just feel like having a new look!
So you go on your computer and open your pal, YouTube. Oh trusty YouTube, thank you for being my saviour once again. If it’s for watching Crash Course videos on Transcription or Translation (Biology tings) or watching a little kid open his toys (it’s a real thing you know), YouTube is always there for anything your heart desires.
You search for every and any hijab tutorial out there. From DinaTokio, to YaztheSpaz89, Amenakin, the whole lot. Yep, I went to the depths of YouTube and came out with barely anything…
Once you find something that seems like it could work, you pull out a trusty hijab and start going at it. You take a deep breath and hope this hijab won’t fail you.
Once you adjust it, this is what you think:
“GURL YOU KILLING IT”
“YASS YOU GOT THIS”
“YOU KNOW THIS”
“YOU OWN THIS”
Later on, one brave day, you remember that hijab style you tried out. You’re feeling confident so you take a chance and decide to wear it!
As you’re getting ready, your mind starts to slip about the exact details of this new chosen style.
Was it 2 pleats or 3?! How long is the short side and long side? Do you fold it 1 inch or 2?! This is all so hectic!
After ending up with a big mess, you realize that it wouldn’t really hurt to re-watch that video. Just a refresher, ya know :’)
After spending WAAAAAAAY too much time trying to adjust your hijab, flipping this side over, tucking this end under, and perfecting the pleats (Perfect the pleats I like it), you are finally (somewhat) content with the end product.
“Alright, this could work, I can deal with this”
As you go on about your busy day, you totally forget that you are wearing a new hijab style. You’re accepting this new look, the new YOU. You think about all the wonders this hijab can do for you – new confidence, new outlook on life, and new Instagram pictures. Ya know, the usual.
You tough it through and delay any bathroom visits or mirror checking. Once you’re hundo p sure it’s falling off, you go to fix it.
The minute you glance into the mirror – this is all you can think:
“ITS A TOTAL MESS”
“WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO.”
“This is so hectic.”
“I can’t believe I walked around for all day with this mess!”
“I ain’t about this”
Once you take it all off and do it over again, and you think you’ve salvaged all that’s left of your dignity, you continue your day and pray that this episode never happens again. We ain’t about the rerun life.
You may check it one or two more times, and thankfully, it’s holding up.
Once the day is over, you realize that it wasn’t so bad after all. Maybe you and this new hijab style have a real future together. I mean, it’s not too bad right?! I could see it working out!
I like you…enough.
And as you think about it for a couple seconds more, you throw in the towel.
Who needs change.
I looked fabulous before, and I’ll look fabulous now.
And there you have it:)
Just a disclaimer – this post is totally light-hearted, but I’m sure you can relate to some of my exaggerated points! I really hope you enjoyed this!
I’ll be back with a fashion related post next week inshallah!
In the mean time, make sure to keep in touch! You can follow me on Instagram and Like HH On Facebook. You can even sign up for my mailing list to get a new blogpost straight to your email! How convenient 🙂
Hope you have an amazing week and speak to you soon inshallah!
HAHAH, sorry, just had to!!
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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I hope you are all doing well! Eid-e-Ghadeer Mubarak! Today marks the anniversary of the event of Ghadeer. On this day, after the completion of the Holy Prophet’s last Hajj, he declared to the people that his cousin and son-in-law, Imam Ali would be the successor after him. This is a monumental day in Islam and a day worth celebrating!
Unfortunately, I have night class today and instead of celebrating with family and friends at mosque, I’ll be partying it up in my Roots of Medical Terminology 3 hour lecture, ayy D:
Today I have a very special post! It just started getting cold here (and I mean like 8º C, we go 0 to 100 real quick) so this is my first official Fall post! It’s an ideal time for this post so everyone’s good to go with their outfits for the season 😉 In addition, I’m collaborating with one of my favourites for this post – The Hijab Souq! I’m so excited to feature their hijabs in my outfits! All of these outfits actually turned out so well! This may just be one of my favourite posts 😀
The Hijab Souq is a USA based business and sells hijabs and accessories that are great for all aspects of your wardrobe! Literally, they have the biggest selection of solid coloured hijabs I HAVE EVER SEEN. It’s so perfect! They also have a variety of printed hijabs and special occasion ones as well. They even have these really cute calligraphy clutches and statement necklaces! This is right up my alley!
On their website, you can find plenty of style inspiration and outfit ideas on how to style their scarves! You can also see lots of pictures of happy customers styling the scarves in their own unique way 🙂
They even offer Free Shipping to the US AND Canada for orders over $50! Yes, I did just say that it includes Canada! I know, monumental :’)
Check out The Hijab Souq on their website, Instagram, and Facebook! They always have sales going on so you definitely want to be updated with their social media accounts!
For this post, I decided to choose the 4 types of sweaters that I wear most and show how I like to wear them. These are: Thick/Chunky sweaters, Thin sweaters, Maxi Cardigans, Cropped sweaters (jumpers). I also feel these are the most practical for the cold weather and most popular right now.
I hope you enjoy this post!
Sweater 1: Thick Sweaters
Alright, let’s be real. Thick sweaters just make us all sad because it enforces the reality of cold weather LOL. Might as well make them look cuter so we can feel better about ourselves! But honestly, we all have to wear these types of sweaters one day or another. With these sweaters, you can really do anything. I love to play with colours when it comes to these types of sweaters because you already have a unique texture from the fabric itself, so you can either play with patterns or mix up the colours.
For this outfit, I wore a black and white sweater with stripes on the back. Hence, I chose not to incorporate any more prints into the outfit. It is long and flattering, and has two zippers on the sides that can be opened to create some slits. I paired it with the Royal Lace hijab in the Tan colour. This hijab has to be one of the SOFTEST hijabs I have ever seen/own/worn! The lace is on both edges of the hijab, and I even changed my hijab style to show it off! You know a hijab is pretty amazing if it makes me change my hijab style :’)
I decided to wear some standard fall colours with this outfit – olive green, tan, and cognac brown! This outfit turned out really well and it’s perfect for everyday use. I wore this for running errands and I can easily see how this outfit will become a go-to for school.
I LOVE this outfit! It’s so casual yet perfect. Thin sweaters are great for those in-between days where it’s chilly, but not super cold. They’re also great for layering because you can add more pieces and have the option of removing some if it gets warmer. Hence, I decided to style the Hijab Souq scarf around my neck, instead of as my hijab! I know, sneaky! But with thin sweaters, scarves around your neck look super cute and are a great to add some extra warmth without the bulk. I even have a post on HOW TO STYLE: Neck Scarves, so you can have plenty of ideas on how to wear them with your thin sweater :’)
I wore this plum purple sweater and some distressed jeans! I actually DIY-ed this pair, so I plan on doing a post on this soon inshallah! For some reason, when I envisioned this outfit, I just felt like it needed some hole-y jeans. I just thought it made the look. So I made some and I’m so glad I did 🙂 Of course, I wore leggings underneath for modesty purposes hehe. I wore the Candy Fiesta hijab around my neck. I love the fun, unique print – it is versatile for year-round wear. The tassels on the edges made this hijab even more ideal for being around my neck! I just finished the outfit with a solid brown hijab that matched a shade from the hijab. Overall, I’m really pleased with this look!
Is it okay to also ABSOLUTELY ADORE this outfit as well?!
This is by far one of the biggest trends recently in the (hijabi) fashion community. Maxi cardigans are perfect because they’re super long and look great over anything and everything. They’re very handy in that way and hence I wanted to share a different way to style them!
They’re definitely great for wearing something shorter underneath because you know you’re still modest and covered. But, I also really like wearing them with a longer top underneath! The maxi on maxi (more like midi on midi) look is really chic in my opinion! It’s almost a bit redundant and unnecessary – I mean, I’m wearing a super long cardigan for a reason! Take it for what it is, but the two long pieces really compliment each other and have a sophisticated look. This is a new way that I love wearing my maxi cardigans so I had to share it in this post 🙂
I wore this gray speckled maxi cardigan with this Pink long sleeve Midi Dress from Daya Couture! So again, maxi cardigans are awesome for layering and keeping you warm yet stylish. I paired these two with the Tri-Coloured Hue hijab. Honestly, the second I saw this hijab, I envisioned this outfit. It was just meant to be 🙂 I’m really into Ombre hijabs these days and I love how this one has 3 colours – beige, pink, and charcoal gray. The hues on this hijab are on point! The combination is just so classy and matched exactly with this outfit. The texture of the sweater and colours from the hijab mesh well together. These pieces were made for each other!
Cropped sweaters have definitely become a fall/winter wardrobe staple for me! I just got into them last winter and I wish I discovered them earlier! They’re quite easy to style and my favourite way to wear them is to layer them with longer blouses underneath! Sometimes, if you have a sleeveless blouse, it’s hard to wear them with a short cardigan or a long sleeve tshirt underneath. So for added warmth, you can easily throw a cropped sweater on top! I also wear these sweaters with maxi skirts, they’re the perfect length and are a great way to hang on to your skirts for a little longer 😉
For this outfit, I wanted to go for a black and white look and then spice it up with the hijab. Starting from the sweater, I wore a light gray, almost silver-like) sweater, a black and white grid print blouse, white jeans, and black heels. The blouse has two slits on the sides, which adds to the modern feel of the his outfit. Although unintentional, I liked how the white-black-white-black pairing worked out! I wore the Tri-Coloured hue hijab once again, because it’s pretty modern and works well with the pieces in the outfit.
And there you have it! I sincerely hope you enjoyed this post! I know I loved coming up with all of the outfits – because now I have 4 great outfits on my go-to list hehe! If you have any feedback, please let me know!
Remember to check out The Hijab Souq on their website, Instagram, and Facebook! Remember, you get FREE shipping if your order is over $50!
You can also check HH out on Instagram and Facebook to see more outfits and the random shenanigans of my life :’)