I hope you’ve all been doing well! I know it’s been a while since my last post and so much has changed in the world since then. Seasons are changing, semesters ending (THANK GOODNESS), but don’t worry, the weather in Toronto still isn’t quite Spring-ready yet. So, I guess I’m not too behind.
Speaking of behind, since I’ve been gone, I thought I’d try to work forward and try to get ahead this time! So I’m swinging straight into Ramadhan/Eid/Wedding outfit ideas! And my first post of this kind is featuring this gorgeous navy and silver kaftan from ModestWear!
Okay, this time, this longggggg break that felt like eternity wasn’t completely my fault! Yes, Ramadhan got super busy, but then I had some issues with the website and hence the downtime! But inshallah everything is back up and running! So, I’m sorry if you were trying to visit the blog but couldn’t 🙁
With that being said, I’m so behind on blogposts! I had a really funny Buzzfeed style post ready, but since I couldn’t post it, I’m gonna post it now, even though it’s super late 🙈
It’s the thought that counts, right?! 😅
I hope you are all doing well and the fasts are also going well! I know they’re long with these hot summer days, but inshallah we can do it! 🙌🏽💪🏽
As we are still in the beginning days of this blessed month, and to fully maximize on its benefit and greatness, I wanted to create some goals for myself. These are aside from deeds such as giving charity, reading and understanding the Holy Qur’an, and getting closer to God. These goals go beyond that to focus on my inner self and how to become a better person, inshallah!
I urge you to also introspect and find areas you wish to improve and better yourself! There is no better time to do so and we all know the reward will be even greater, so it’s really a win-win situation 😉
(Belated) Eid Mubarak to you all! I trust you all had a wonderful Eid inshallah and may we be alive next year once again witness the holy and blessed month of Ramadhan, ameen.
Alhamdulilah, Eid was on a weekend this year, which was totally convenient for everyone! Eid became a 3 day Eid weekend celebration and I enjoyed every minute of it!
I thought I’d share some of my outfits from this busy weekend! I hope you like them 🙂
Eid Night – Friday Ethnic Wear
As we celebrated Eid on Saturday, our Eid night/chand raat was on Friday. We went to the mosque for iftaar like always. After iftaar, we had some supplications and a prayer to recite before Eid. It was so nice to recite these duas as a community. For an entire month, you spend every night with the same people, so it only made sense to pray on Eid with them too!
Also, for Eid, as I am on the youth committee, I made Eid Grams for people to gift others with. An Eid gram is basically a box of chocolates that you can purchase to give to someone else in the mosque and then we can deliver to that person on Eid night. It was such a huge success, with around 250 orders! We got special “Eid Mubarak” stickers custom printed and we put one on all four faces of the box and then hand filled them with an assortment of yummy chocolates. People even ordered them to take to work, give to their neighbours, and even to gift to the places they volunteer at!
For my outfit, I wore a pakistani suit. This one is very colourful – with pink, purple, orange, and white! I love the colour combination of this outfit, as the colours are bright and fun, but also look classy! The bottoms are palazzo pants, which are definitely a plus because they’re super comfortable and fashionable as well! You could even rock this outfit without the dupatta/shawl. This outfit has a silk shawl that has a different pattern than the outfit, giving it a unique look.
I would tell you the outfit details from this look, but I got this outfit at a bazaar a while ago and I don’t even remember the name of the person/business :$ Whoops :$
Saturday – Eid Morning Formal Maxi Dress
For Eid morning, we woke up bright and early (and I mean like 6 am :$) to get ready and get to mosque early for Eid salaat. We got to the mosque 30 minutes early and all the parking was already gone! So yeah, it’s pretty crazy! The mosque is always jaaaam packed, but it’s such a nice feeling to recite the Eid takbirs with everyone!
After Eid Salaat, at around 10:30-11:00ish, we went to my uncle’s house for an Eid brunch. Every year, there’s always brunch at this uncle’s house and we all gather together. I love breakfast and breakfast foods, so brunch is always yummy. We had some African/Indian dishes as well as some different breakfast cuisine. To highlight a few things, we had barazi (pinto beans in a coconut based curry), mandazi (african sweet bread), Lentil and vegetable bake (a new dish this year lol – it was lentils with vegetables with a light general flavour with eggs baked on top – I’m not describing it too well but it was soooooo good), fresh fruit salad, and lots and lots of sweets (indian mithai to nutella frosted brownies)! We go big, or go home 😉
For my outfit, I didn’t want to wear anything super heavy because it was the morning time. Of course, I still wanted to be formal, but something more light. It’s good to wear new clothes on Eid, as per a saying from the Holy Prophet, so I decided to head over to my favourite store, Modah, and pick up a lace long sleeve maxi dress! I mean, how could I not follow the Holy Prophet’s saying 😉
I got a navy lace maxi dress from HijabiMama and wore a silver and blue statement necklace to add a little bit of sparkle. I actually wore this dress in my Eid Guide – Decor, Outfits, and Gift Ideas blog post, but I wore it with a belt. Although I love this dress with a belt, I thought I wouldn’t wear one for the morning to keep the flowy and airy nature of the dress. Also I knew I was going to have a nice hearty brunch, so didn’t want to accentuate any bad parts if you know what I’m saying 😉
I just wore a floral hijab to add some colour and my favourite nude heels!
Had a little mini photo sesh right at the end of my uncle’s street lol!
Dress – HijabiMama
Hijab, Shoes, Necklace – Aldo
(I actually have a problem LOL – didn’t even realize it was all Aldo until now whoops :’) #sorrynotsorry)
Purse – Coach
Saturday – Eid Dinner Maxi Skirt
After the brunch, everyone was really exhausted! We all only got a couple hours of sleep the night before and had a very hectic morning/afternoon. We came home and rested for a bit and changed as well. We then went to the cemetery in Toronto where my grandfather and grandmother are buried and went to pay a visit to all the departed souls. (Please recite a Surah Fateha for all our deceased loved ones)
After, we drove around for a bit and then headed to dinner. Ever since we came back from our trip to Iran, I’ve loved Persian food! You would’ve thought I’d be sick of it by now, but I miss it so much! Well mostly their kebabs hehe! So we decided to have some yummy iranian food for Eid dinner.
One of my friends gifted me this gorgeous scarf for Eid. It’s so different – it’s cream, with periwinkle and a creamsicle orange squiggles almost. I decided to wear it because she gave it to me with so much love and she was excited to see a HH outfit with it 😉 I based my entire outfit around this hijab!
I tried on a couple different looks with a cream skirt and a light blue top, but I didn’t really love them. But then, I remembered that I ordered this beautiful pleated periwinkle skirt from London! I actually wore it on Eid-ul-Adha to an Eid festival/carnival! Turns out, it matched perfectly! I wore an off-white blouse (my go to crop top blouse basically) and I loved the way the entire outfit turned out!
And my mom totally rocked my Daya Couture midi dress! It look so nice on her! :))
And yes, my mom and I totally share clothes! And shoes, and jewelry, and purses, and everything else LOL! Normally I end up taking all of her stuff and she wears my hijabs hehe! I’m pretty sure she’s already planning to take this hijab I wore and convert it into her square style! What can I say, scheming runs in the family 😉 LOL
Hijab – Gift
White blouse – Forever 21
Skirt – Dorothy Perkins (UK)
Necklace and Shoes – Aldo (Yeah, it’s really an obsession LOL)
Purse – Coach
And there you have it, my Eid weekend in a nutshell! I hope you all also had a wonderful Eid as well! I’d love to see what you wore on Eid too! Hashtag #hijabiheroes or just tag me so I can take a look 🙂
Wanna see more pictures and outfits?! Check HH out on Instagram and Facebook! You should also subscribe to my mailing list to get new HH posts straight to your email inbox! It would be a great Eid gift from you to me :’)
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!
I hope you are all doing well and that Mahe Ramadhan is going well so far! Can’t believe we’ve already done 5 fasts!
First of all, just wanted to say thank you for the overwhelming comments, texts, snapchats (you name it) after my Ramadhan and Smoothie recipe post! I’m so glad you all loved the smoothie concoction and it’s so amazing to see that people are actually reading and liking my posts so much! You are all so sweet so I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the support!! <3
I love Ramadhan so much! I love going to the mosque and meeting all my family and friends or going to iftaars and hanging out with people that I haven’t seen in a while. The community spirit of Ramadhan is on a whole other level and the Holy Month really unifies everyone together.
Speaking of going to mosque and other places, we obviously need outfits to wear! Coming up with different combinations of outfits can be slightly daunting. But of course, I love it 🙂 But that’s why I’m here because I have the perfect Ramadhan top/dress that works for any occasion – going to the mosque, to an iftar, suhoor party, anywhere!
This long sleeve midi dress is from Daya Couture and I’m in love! If you saw my Formal Wear Outfit Guide, I wore the mustard coloured one. Now, I’m wearing the light pink one and I can’t decide which is my favourite! This dress has a great fit, with a very loose and modest design throughout the body of the dress, with batwing sleeves that taper to the end. The jersey material is lightweight and flowy, which contributes to the modest fitting. The dress just sits so well, so there’s no fussing or worrying about your outfit. Just wear it and go!
I paired my midi dress with white leggings and a pink, black, and white hijab. I love the black and white with the light pink – a very soft and classy combination. This outfit was a hit at my family iftar at my cousin’s house. Everyone was asking me where it was from!
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may become righteous” – Holy Qur’an (2:183)
I hope you are all doing well!
Ramadhan Mubarak to you all! Inshallah this month is a blessed one – filled with many good deeds, spiritual fulfillment, and unity!
Ramadhan is one of my most favourite and anxious times of the year – wait.. what?! Of course, we all love Ramadhan. The spirit cannot be compared to any other month. The masjids are jam packed and the nights are lively, filled with the essence of community love. Ramadhan provides us with an opportunity to have a spiritual high, where we can refuel and reassess our lives and status with the Almighty. It’s a time for reformation and to truly recognize all of our ugly habits, especially as there is no Shaytaan to blame for our bad deeds! There’s no feeling like breaking bread with your friends and fellow Muslims at the mosque after the Maghrib prayers in congregation. In these moments, it doesn’t matter who you are or if I know you at all, all we see is another fasting muslim and servant to God. I love this <3
But, in anticipation of Mahe Ramadhan, I always feel a bit anxious. I’m not worried about the fasting – but of course, I end of watching baking videos on YouTube all day!
I’m anxious that I won’t take full advantage of this spiritual time! I mean, who knows if we will be alive to witness another Mahe Ramadhan. Inshallah this Ramadhan will be the best one yet!
In Ramadhan, it’s easy to get caught up in our hunger that we over prep for iftar, making numerous scrumptious dishes so we can eat to our heart’s content! Unfortunately, we don’t think of our stomach’s contents! I’m sure we are all victim to this – and especially now that our fasts are super long in the summer, there’s barely enough time to eat iftaar and then suhoor! Once I’ve digested one meal, it’s already time to have suhoor for the next fast!
It’s important to have a balance and live in moderation. Hence, I wanted to share a yummy and healthy recipe that is great for a post-iftaar sweet treat or for suhoor!
I present to you.. a Smoothie Bowl!
Smoothie bowls are basically a thicker version of the drinkable smoothie. They’re a bit more fun ahha and to me, give the illusion of ice cream/frozen yogurt, so they definitely satisfy your sweet tooth as well!
The great thing about smoothies in general are that you can make so many variations! The possibilities are endless as you can combine many different fruits to create a delicious snack. I’m going to share a Mixed Berry smoothie bowl recipe with you all – one that I enjoy in a normal smoothie form too!
– Bananas – can be frozen or fresh
– Frozen Mixed berries – can be frozen or fresh
– Milk – Cow, Almond, Coconut – whatever you prefer!
– Splash of Orange juice
– Any other fruits you like – I added mango this time
– Nuts to garnish
– Add honey or another natural sweetener if needed (I didn’t need to add anything!)
(Unfortunately, I don’t have exact measurements as this really depends on preference. For the thicker consistency in this recipe, I would suggest limited liquids. Just add enough for the fruit to blend together)
Bananas are a great base in any smoothie and using frozen berries really helped give this a thicker texture and a more ice cream like consistency versus a liquidy drink.
In Ramadhan, I would suggest using almond or coconut milk in this. The plus side for this are many. I personally prefer coconut milk over almond milk and even though nothing beats normal cow milk in my opinion, you really can’t taste the difference when it’s all blended up! In specifics, Coconut milk has many health benefits, one major one being soothing of the digestive system, which is ideal for Ramadhan!
Also, I like to add a splash of orange juice because it gives the smoothie a tang and almost a punch – something to add an additional dimension to the recipe and break the sweet taste. (I feel like a Food Network chef saying that LOL! But seriously, I like a little tartness so adding a little bit of orange juice does the trick!)
All you have to do is add all of your ingredients to a blender and whiz it up! The ice helps thicken the smoothie up and really contributes to the frozen yogurt taste! Honestly, this is really yummy and healthy as well!
Lastly, after pouring my smoothie in a bowl, I top it with some chopped cashews. Adding any nut is a great option because not only does it add a little crunch to your smoothie, nuts are a healthy fat, so they’ll keep you full for a longer period of time! Healthy fats release energy slowly, so you’ll be more satisfied throughout the day!
I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you try out this smoothie bowl too!
Wishing you a blessed Ramadhan <3
By the way – if you’re looking to get into the Ramadhan spirit – check out 30 Nights of Ramadan! It’s a great space to share your poetry or other Ramadhan-themed writing! Check it daily for new pieces submitted by people all across the globe! They also have a Facebook page!
Please keep me in your prayers and inshallah I will do the same!