OOTD – Ombré Attire

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well!

Okay, I know, I’m a terrible person 🙊 I am SO off my game! My posting schedule is basically nonexistent because #HHSundays aren’t even a thing anymore! I’m really sorry! I started summer school last week so things have just been really busy with assignments and projects! But, to make up for it, I’m doing 2 blogposts this week. The much awaited #HH Spring post is coming, sooner rather than later inshallah! So definitely stay tuned!

Before I begin, Congratulations to you all on the Birth Anniversary of the Grandson of the Holy Prophet, Imam Hussain (AS), and the son of Imam Ali, Hazrat Abbas (AS), and then the son of Imam Hussain, Imam Zainul Abideen (AS)! I cannot believe it’s already Shabaan and these 3 holy nights are upon us!
In celebration of these blessed events, I thought I’d just share a quick outfit with you all!

I actually ordered this outfit online from Falak-E-Noor Boutique! I found them on Instagram, and unfortunately their account is down for some reason, but I was pleasantly surprised with the great service! The outfit arrived exactly how it appeared in the picture and the stitching was also really great. It fit perfectly!

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! 🙊

HOW TO STYLE: Little Black (Maxi) Dress (Back to Basics) FT. ModeSTyles

Hiiiii guys (Dina Tokio voice LOL)!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Winter Style Tips!

Hello everyone!

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!

Alright, let’s begin!

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!

WHAT TO WEAR: Back to School Outfits! FT. Luluwaah

Hey hey everyone!

I hope you are all doing well and getting into the routine life now that school has started! I know, it’s a bummer, especially after having a 4 month summer vacation!

But before I get into more details about school, I just wanted to apologize for not posting for about 2 weeks!! It’s unacceptable and I’m so SORRY! 🙁
I’ve just been really busy preparing for school and also helping organize the Al-Wahda Sports Festival held in Toronto. Also, last week our school begun but we already had about 4 chapters of reading to do before the first day of class! And we only found out two days before, which was on the Labour Day weekend! So the stress level is already elevated :’)

Anyway! I’m in my second year of University, studying Nursing! I’m taking 7 classes (usual full course load is 5…) only because that’s how intense and jam-packed the nursing program is! My classes for this term include Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Social Determinants of Health, Anatomy of Medical Terminology, and then my Clinical Placement course, my Service learning placement course, and the Problem-Based Learning course where we analzye different care scenarios and get a more rounded approach to Nursing.

As you can tell, I’m already exhausted and I’m JUST starting my FIRST full week of school. It’s going to be a looooong semester! I figured some of you may be in the same boat, so I thought I’d share some Back-to-School Outfit ideas with you all to ease the load of getting out of bed and dressed in the morning! I think I’m going to be wearing all of these outfits this week… LOL

These outfits are suitable for the Summer-Fall transition but can definitely be adjusted to fit the climate needs of a particular day!

With all of these outfits, I am wearing a hijab from Luluwaah! Luluwaah is a proud Canadian company that prides itself in providing affordable yet quality products to its consumer. I have known the owner of Luluwaah for a very long time and she is one of the most sincere and beautiful people I have ever met! Luluwaah also donates a portion of their sales to a village in Tanzania! I love that they’re a socially responsible company as well!
Luluwaah hijabs are really nice because they’re a great material! I’m pretty sure all hijabis know the struggle of finding the perfect material for a hijab. These hijabs are a great balance between super soft, but stiff enough so they don’t fall off and stay in place all day. They don’t fuss around, which is ideal for school, because you know you’ll be good all day long!

They also have a great variety and selection of printed and solid coloured hijabs with cute accents such as tassels and lace. These frills add a little something extra to a solid hijab which are awesome to enhance a plain outfit. Luluwaah also has the most unique ombre hijabs with the prettiest colour combinations!

From the packaging of the hijabs, their website, the quality of the hijabs, and much more – I was so impressed by the attention to detail from Luluwaah. Their packaging was very elegant and made me feel so excited and honoured to be opening a package! Their website is easy to navigate and their “Blog” section gives some ideas on how to style their scarves!

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AHH THIS IS SO SO SO PRETTY!
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That gold wrapping though :))
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A personalized note! Loving it!

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The main point is to be comfortable and modest, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear sweatpants all the time! These outfits are all very casual, but yet put-together. I am a strong believer of the notion that the way you dress influences your mood and productivity. Even if I’m just at home but I feel as if I have a lot of work to complete – I change out of my pajamas (I know, it’s sad) and change into a shirt and jeans. This way, I’m mentally prepared for the day and getting ready helps with my efficiency.

I hope you enjoy! Check out Luluwaah on their website, follow them on Instagram, and like them Facebook!
A big thank you to my best friend Kulsoom for taking all of these cool pictures 🙂

Outfit 1: A little bit of Everything
Just a little Tassel – Bubblegum hijab

This outfit plays off of various ‘basic’ elements to create a complex look. You have the black and white stripes, black and white print on the cropped cardigan, light wash jeans, and contrast solid hijab.
I love mixing neutrals and basic pieces together because 1) it’s super easy to do, and 2) the final product will basically always look good!

This summer, I’ve totally been loving black and white stripes so I had to include this t-shirt in the outfit. The light wash jeans are super comfortable due to their relaxed fit, so they feel a bit like sweats! And then coral is an amazing summer colour so I had to add it in this outfit as well. The strong contrast and having the black in the outfit makes the look perfect for transitioning seasons. To be honest, I was SO totally tempted to wear my jean jacket instead, but by swapping one piece of the outfit, you can create a different look suitable for another season!

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Outfit Details:
Striped t-shirt – Urban Outfitters
Cropped Cardigan – Gift
Jeans – Target
Hijab – Luluwaah (Just a little Tassel – Bubblegum)
Shoes – Target
Bag – H&M

Outfit 2: I swear it was Summer yesterday?!
Lacey Affair – Azure hijab

This outfit is my salute to Summer. It says “I’m in denial that school is over”, but more importantly “Why does school have to start”. And lastly, it also says “I’m dressing as if I was on vacation (basically how I dressed all Summer)” :’)

But honestly, pants like these that are tapered but also flowy are so perfect for summer and long days! They’re lightweight and comfortable but they also make you look put together. These are my next favourite after palazzo pants but less maintenance, so they’re perfect for long school days!

I paired the printed pants with a simple black blouse (a no-brainer) and a blue lace hijab to complement the hues of blue in the pants. The lace adds a nice touch to a casual and super easy outfit!

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This hijab was so unbelievably soft, I just can’t <3 <3

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Outfit Details:
Blouse – Target
Printed Pants – Urban Planet
Hijab – Luluwaah (Lacey Affair – Azure)
Shoes – Aldo
Bag – H&M


Outfit 3: Blanket in an Outfit
Glittered Ombre – Earth hijab

This outfit was especially designed for the days that you wish you could bring your blanket to school! Oversized sweaters are the way to go. Anything oversized is to be honest. There’s nothing else to say. This oversized olive cardigan/sweater screams “cozy” to me! It looks like it is made out of a light material, but it is actually pretty warm! This way, you can be snuggled up all day and if you squint and try really hard, you could pretend you’re still in bed :’)

BUT, can we just talk about how beautiful and wonderful this hijab is?!?!?!
It’s an ombre hijab with light grey, cream, brown, and burgundy! 4 total fall colours in one hijab and a little glitter to top it all off! This hijab is probably my favourite! I totally adore the other two, but this one is just SO unique and gives off a really nice vibe once layered and styled.
The slight sparkle and complexity of the hijab balances the oversized nature of the sweater and adds a hint of sophistication to the look.

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LOVE <3

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Outfit Details:
Oversized Sweater – Macys
Black Pants – H&M
Hijab – Luluwaah (Glittered Ombre – Earth)
Shoes – Aldo
Bag – H&M

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Thank you all for the support, and my apologies once again for not posting for a bit! Inshallah I have some great blogposts lined up for the rest of September 🙂

Speak to you soon!

Malikah

~Where Style and Modesty Save the Day!~