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!
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! 💓
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!
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.
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!
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 :’)
Can we just take a second to digest the fact that we are already HALF WAY THROUGH Mahe Ramadhan?!?! I seriously can’t believe it! Time is flying by so fast! So happy early congratulations on the birth anniversary of the grandson of the Holy Prophet (SAWW), Imam Hassan (AS)! It really makes you think – am I really taking advantage of this Ramadhan. Inshallah, we can assess ourselves and see if we are doing what we wanted to do and changing in the way we wanted to improve ourselves. We still have 15 days to take advantage of this holy month of blessings – we got this 😉
Now that time is flying by so quickly, I don’t know about you, but I’m really thinking about Laylatul Qadr and Eid! Speaking of fancy events, I’m already hunting for the perfect outfits for these occasions! Yes, I said outfitS! I mean, there’s Eid Night, then Eid Morning Prayer, then Brunch at my cousins, and it goes on!
Hence, when I saw this gorgeous abaya from ModestWear, located in Modah, I knew it would be perfect for something Eid related! When it comes to abayas, I’m more of a simple person. I don’t like too much bling or too many colours, I like the embroidery/jewels to be black, or silver/gold, just my personal preference. This abaya has some gold detailing, but it also comes in silver! I’m also really into the batwing sleeves on abayas. They make the abaya so much comfier and flowier and I feel so light in it. And of course, this abaya is batwing sleeves :). It also has the same gold and black pattern from the neckline on the sleeves so the continuity is great.
But, what I love MOST about this abaya is that it has an asymmetrical hem line. The right side of it is all draped, so there are beautiful pleats and gathers that flow perfectly at the side. Especially with the super soft material, it just flowed so nicely. I honestly felt like royalty in this abaya! Not kidding – I might as well have been a princess from UAE because I was dressed for the part 😉
Well my name, Malikah, does mean Queen, so I guess it was meant to be?! I mean if the shoe fits, I’ll take it 😉
To finish off the look, I just wore a light brown hijab to complement the bronzy-gold on this abaya. I had to add the silver headband though hehe :$ I felt too royal not to LOL.
Don’t worry – I’m going to have an Eid guide coming to HijabiHeroes verrrrry soon inshallah! Look out for that – you’ll get Eid outfit ideas, Decor ideas, and gift ideas! So basically everything you need for Eid :))
Check out ModestWear @Modah too! They have a wide variety of abayas and kaftans! They’re all about those royal outfits eh 😉 ModestWear even hosts some of Louella‘s dresses :O I was so excited when I found out!
And of course, if you didn’t know, Modah is an islamic lifestyle store – or what I call, the all-in-one store! It’s like a department store as it houses many different islamic brands ranging from modest clothing, halal gummies and sweets, to artwork! They even have a new chai bar that I need to check out soon! 😉
Hope you like this look!
Thanks to the broski for the pictures :))
I hope you like this abaya as much I do! Can’t wait to wear it for the Laylatul Qadr/Eid nights! And of course, after Ramadhan to banquets and other fancy occasions!
Did you notice that my site is now just hijabiheroes.com! YES, I finally switched my domain! So if you followed my blog via email or wordpress, please re-follow on here! I would really appreciate it! I changed my host too and it’s a little complicated, so I would be grateful for your support. A huge shoutout to my friend who helped me do all of this and making HijabiHeroes a better site! 🙂
This past weekend I participated in the 2015 Umoja Games. Umoja Games is a muslim soccer tournament for North America focused on the key principles of unity and brotherhood. Not only was I playing in the Women’s division, I also was on the local organizing committee as the Games were held in Toronto this year!
We had a great time and despite all the hurdles, we made it! At the end of the hectic weekend, I hold on to some amazing memories! From working on the player badges at 3 am to running around the women’s soccer fields trying to get all the stats and update the social media accounts, it was all worth it. You could say it was all fun and games 😉 (GET IT LOL)
Like any other tournament, there was a closing ceremony after the finals game to culminate the entire weekend. All of the trophies were awarded and it was a very busy time! Of course, I have to share my outfit from the ceremony!
Being on the local organizing team, I had to set up for the closing and run around the area to get everything done. Hence, I wanted my outfit to be functional and comfortable so I could easily do work but something more fancy to match the event.
I really like palazzo pants and I think they look classy but are very effortless. They’re especially nice for the hotter climate because you aren’t restricted by tighter trousers but you’re not necessarily wearing a dress. And the fact that they are super loose/wide and give an illusion of being a maxi dress ensures that they are also very modest! Win win for both teams! (Aren’t you loving all of my soccer/sports references?!? haha!)
Also, can you believe these aren’t real palazzo pants?! WAIT, what?! These are actually the bottoms for an indian outfit of mine :$ But when I tried the outfit on, I just knew these pants would have a double purpose!
I paired these blush ones with a crisp white crop top from Forever 21. The ruffle at the bottom added a nice sophisticated touch. To tie the look together, I added a pink printed hijab with white and coral accents and a silver necklace to add a little sparkle. For some contrast, I wore cognac brown loafers as they are comfortable for a lot of walking and add some colour to the look!
I hope you like the look!
Thank you Aziza for being my photographer hehe and to Salwa and Fatima Jiwan for the creative input 😉
Hijab – Ardene
White top – Forever 21
Palazzo Pants – Part of an Indian outfit :$
Necklace – Costa Blanca
Purse – Aldo
Shoes – Aldo
I had so much fun with all of my friends, new and old and those who traveled from all around the US to attend the Games. It was nice seeing you all again! To my team, I know we didn’t win the tournament, but we played well and I’m thankful for this experience. To my friends who came to watch and support all of us, thank you so much! It was super sweet knowing that someone was cheering for us and having faith in our abilities. To my friends who I met at the closing, even if we just talked for 5 minutes or if we hung out more, I hope you are all doing well and I’m so glad we had a chance to meet up again and I hope we see each other very soon!
Thank you all for an awesome weekend 🙂
For those of you who had exams, I hope they went well inshallah!
I just finished my last and biggest exam yesterday! It was a practical exam for Nursing and we had to perform many different assessments on standardized patients. The most stressful part is that you have no idea what you’ll have to do until you enter the patient’s room!
Anyways, now that exams are over alhamdulilah and my first school year in university has come to an end, I thought I would pay tribute to my beautiful school, McMaster University.
Back in March, one of my best friends came to visit McMaster University as she had a day off. Of course, as she’s a photographer, we had to snap some shots 🙂
We tried to take pictures in front of some beautiful architecture and historic charm that makes McMaster the homey and warm campus it is. Unfortunately, it was still snowing back then, and seems to be close to it now (sad Canadian life), so we didn’t get as many shots. I hope you can still see some parts of McMaster!
McMaster, it’s been real. My first year in university has taught me a lot. Besides the two semesters of Health Science Anatomy and the many nursing skills I now possess, I learned a lot about myself. I learned to be more giving, more genuine, and more independent. I learned about my biases and my judgements and faced situations that were new, different, and sometimes made me uncomfortable. But at the end of it all, I learned to be me.
Inshallah, looking forward to the rest of my university career at McMaster!
For my outfit, since it was still colder then, I chose to wear my fur vest. Not that I really have to have an excuse to wear it, but still 😉
I paired it with a long sleeves crop top and simple black skirt. To add some colour to the monochrome outfit, I wore a navy floral hijab.
Hope you like it!
Hijab – Target
White top – Forever 21
Fur Vest – Target
Skirt – Urban Planet
Thanks for reading!
Look forward to a blogpost-filled summer inshallah!
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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!
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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How’s everything?! I hope everyone is having a great and relaxing long weekend so far! 🙂
At MIST back in the middle of March, I made some amazing friends from my competitions team. One of those friends was Aamina! We met at one of the meetings before MIST and we instantly clicked! She’s two years older than me and she goes to York University. Aamina has always loved photography and recently purchased a new camera and wanted to test it out. She wanted to get more practice taking pictures of people and of course, being the great friend I am, I offered to help her out 😉 Because it’s not like I looveeee getting pictures taken or anything LOL. Anyways, this week I went to visit her so we could have a little photoshoot and I LOVED the pictures!
For my outfit, I was inspired by my military green button down. I hadn’t worn it in a while and thought it would look really cool just open. I wanted to add a more feminine touch to the outfit so I wore a rose pink hijab and my black straight pants that I’ve actually been OBSESSED with since MIST awards ceremony/my ‘gooning’ outfit. Of course, I love my statement necklaces so I added a gold and black necklace from Aldo and finished the entire look with some more gold jewelry because…wait, do I even need a reason to accessorize?! 🙂
For some reason, this outfit reminds me of a safari look or something like that ahha! Let me know if you are catching my drift 😉
Hijab – Target
Military Green Top – Hollister
Tshirt – Target
Pants – Costa Blanca
Necklace and rings – Aldo
Shoes – Target
Purse – Coach
And that’s it! Aamina took over 130 pictures! It was hard to narrow it down but I found my favourites! I hope you liked them!
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