Do you ever see a piece of clothing and start going I WANT I WANT I WANT? No? It's just me? Well that's how I feel about this cloak that has me in raptures! I want one! All dramatics aside, I think it's a beautiful work of art. I love the color - grey is one of my favorite colors, I adore the way it wraps and folds and the gathered full length sleeves are perfection. I WANT I WANT I WANT I WANT! If you haven't yet, go check out Puput Utami's blog for more modest hijab fashions.
I love flowers. Flowers of all kinds, all colours and textures, they just make me smile. That's why I enjoy editorial photo shoots with floral crowns or pictures taken on a bed of flowers. I enjoy the drama, the grandeur and the fairy tale quality they provide. That's why I chose this Dian Pelangi look, as the look of the day. How do you feel about flowers? Would you wear them with your hijab? Would you wear it to work or only on special occasions? Check out the rest of the look here.
If you're looking for an instagram account to follow, you should start following www.instagram.com/AngellaFransisca for the most beautiful, modest and hijab friendly looks. I love how she wraps her hijab; layers and layers of fabric cascading perfectly and functionally.
She's got so many amazing pictures that it was difficult choosing just one as the look of the day. I settled on this outfit because it put a smile on my face. The colours are delicious and complement each other perfectly. It's sophisticated yet very girly And did you get a look at that skirt or dress?!
Imagine my shock when I saw Valentino's 2014 Couture line and it was really modest. In fact, some of the dresses look like futuristic abayas - they're so minimalist that they look like anorexic versions of Dubai Abayas with their ever intricate embroidery and sparkly swarovski crystals. These are the type of clothes that Muslim designers would make if they weren't scared no one would buy a plain abaya. Somehow when Valentino makes it, everyone craves it. It's the Valentino effect, hopefully more Muslim designers will start to adopt these sleek minimalist styles that are more about the fabric, cut and sewmanship rather than anything else.
What do you think? Would you wear these Valentino creations? Or do you prefer a little sparkle to your abayas? To view more pictures of the collection go to pinterest till next time, have a happy Monday!
ps: here are some of my faves >>
pps: aren't skirtpants the coolest?
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by wearing green? I love this outfit by Haneefah Adam of Muslimah Hanie it's so au natural after all what could be more earthy than green grass and red tomatoes or red apples? Her blog is full of lovely delicious treats that're sure to make earth day a lot more fun.
Over the years I've had different discussions with friends about Earth Hour which is taking place today from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM local time. The idea is that for a whole hour everyone turns off all their electricity and this is supposed to save energy and be greener for the environment. Needless to say a lot of people disagree with this idea and think of it as nothing more than a social experiment conducted on a large scale to see if people care enough about the environment to do something - anything.
I think it's cool to see the whole world come together for a common goal, and it looks pretty dramatic when major cities turn off their lights and subsist on candles for an hour, but what about those candles? those flashlights? What impact are they making?
As an African I must say it's a fun thing to experience. Because when all the lights go out people congregate to one place. As a child I secretly loved it when the lights went out because everyone would stop what they were doing and assemble in one place. If it was really hot and the mosquitoes were not out in full force yet, we would go out to the courtyard in the middle of the house, or we would sit in front of the house and someone would start telling stories; my grandmother, an uncle, a cousin, someone would start and after they were done someone else would continue. So in that regard, Earth Hour would be fun, but for us Africans who've been experiencing power loss on a regular basis for most - if not all of our lives, the idea that we would willingly shut down electricity for 1 whole hour when NEPA (or PHCN) had so graciously decided to allow us a few hours of electricity seems frivolous and unimaginable.
So today as the rest of the world shuts of their lights and unites in honor of Earth Hour, they will be in our thoughts, but we hope that the rest of the year, they will remember us in their thoughts because Earth Hour is something we endure, day in day out, with no warning or schedule and has become a part of life.
If you can, make Earth Day meaningful, plant a tree, water a flower, buy organic, support your local farmers and do your part to make the earth a better place for us all.
I've seen different people wear the Royal Iman dress another beautiful creation from Love to Dress but the way R Nadia Sabrina styles this is one of my favorites. The dress does most of the work with the color, the cut and the embellished waist. But pairing it with a peach hijab, nude shoes and that purse with the gold chain links is what makes the outfit stand out and that's all Sabrina.
Outfits like this make the work week less daunting and more exciting. It's sleek, professional and absolutely fabulous. There's a reason black and white are classic because this outfit would look good on practically everyone. See the rest of the look at Asma' Nasaruddeen's blog. What's your favorite black and white ensemble?
I'm not sure what I like best about this look. Is it the golden skirt or the impeccably crafted blouse? Asma' Nasaruddin the designer of Love to Dress proves she's got style with this simple yet incredibly chic outfit.
Here's a splash of Emerald green to brighten up your week. R Nadia Sabrina is one of the best dressed Hijabi's on the net. I love her understated elegance. Her outfits are always modest, usually fun and with the coolest details. Check out her blog for the rest of the outfit.
Not everyone is brave enough to wear pastels and sometimes the people who are brave enough to wear them, have no idea how to wear them right! They end up looking like really bright messes. Which is why I'm super excited to share this pastel hijab ensemble worn by Dian Pelangi. Now here's the million dollar question, what is she wearing with those pastels?! Is that a pinafore? A coverall? Or a skirt with a little extra on one side? Hmm... Any ideas?