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Fashion. Food. Faith.

For the love of the High Waisted Palazzo Pant

high waisted palazzo pants

high waisted palazzo pants

I bought my first pair of high waisted palazzo pants and they are so effortlessly chic and super modest. I have pants that are mid to almost high waist but this is the first pair of pants that I own that are truly high waisted and actually sit on your natural waist. I wore it with a simple cotton top which was too long. I shortened the top to more properly show the full shape of the high waist and the loose flow. The easiest way to shorten a top is by tying a knot on the side and that’s exactly what I did. It did make me reminiscent of the 80′s when girls wore loose tie dyed tops and tied a knot or used a small clip to make the knot. I believe when I wore it for this shoot, it didn’t look quite like the 80′s, or did it? ha.

lake

crossed legs lake

By tying the knot on the side, it created a ruched effect which is great at minimizing the waist and hiding a belly (my stomach has more so become my problem area after pregnancies and it’s OK with me). I also love the slight bell shape of the sleeves. This totally enhances and goes with the look of the pants and adds a great voluminous overall shape. I realize the shirt could have still been a couple of inches shorter but this was the length I was comfortable at wearing it.

 

I match the tree bark

I match the tree bark

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

High waisted palazzo pant: Rachel Zoe. Rachel Zoe is a celebrity stylist for the stars and I love her style. It’s super effortless, modest and classy. (I wasn’t such a huge fan when she was going through her whole boho stage) I am kind of in love with her. I met her at a book signing when I was in California last month. After I met her I knew I wanted to do a post on these pants as soon as possible. I was just waiting for the weather to get a little warmer even though I bought the pants about 2 months prior. These pants are 100% silk and that makes the fall of the pants perfection. Added benefit: these pants hardly wrinkle. At the end of the post, I am attaching the pic I have with Rachel Zoe in case you missed it when I uploaded it to my instagram account @sanahrashid.

Simple cotton top: Gap.

Studded platform pumps: Brian Atwood. Well, of course you must pair Rachel Zoe with Brian Atwood. Is this being obnoxious? Perhaps, but I would like to think I styled these pants well.

Fringe bib necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane purchased on sale at ruelala.com

Georgette headscarf in beige

 

palazzo pants

palazzo pants

this pic is awkward but i still like it

this pic is awkward but i still like it

*** All of these pics were taken and edited by the super talented Sameet and you can follow him @autoxposure. 

bench. do you spot my baby loves running in the background? they accompanied me on this shoot :)

bench. do you spot my baby loves running in the background? they accompanied me on this shoot :)

 

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with Rachel Zoe

with Rachel Zoe

I am not embarrassed to admit I had a total fan girl moment when I met Rachel Zoe. I get so much fashion inspiration from her. Here I am with Rachel Zoe and some of my awesome gal pals: Nura and Ibtihaj from our trip to California last month.

April 23, 2014 Uncategorized , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

For the love of the Long Sleeve Long Dress

 

long sleeve long dress swinging

long sleeve long dress swinging

I realize this title is super general but I chose it because a long sleeve long dress is perfection. It’s a one piece go to. It can be easily accessorized with a belt, blazer, cardigan, vest etc. This post is also dedicated to my love for the long sleeve long dress and my own gradual transformation of adding it to my wardrobe and my acceptance of it. I have to admit I have never ever been a fan of dresses. I kind of sit obnoxiously at times, with my feet up and it’s very hard to do when you are wearing a dress/skirt. Also, a lot of long dresses don’t flatter me in the least. They are either way too loose or way too fitted. I could never find modest fitted dresses and so I steered clear of them for the longest time.

 

long sleeve long dress swings

long sleeve long dress swings- grilling my photographer ha

 

So what changed and why do I wear more dresses/skirts? It is simply because dresses are now so much more trendy with gorgeous detailing and flattering fits mixed with beautiful prints. Also, the look you get with pants and a top can’t compare to the flow of wearing a one piece dress. I think this has a huge thing to do with the impact of modest fashion in the fashion industry. I could have never imagined it would be so easy to find a long sleeve long dress at the shopping malls, regular retail stores and online. Essentially this dress is almost like an abaya/jilbab right? I purchased this dress recently and was so excited to wear this dress and do this post/shoot especially because I wanted to share my own transformation of wearing more dresses with you all. (Outfit of the day details below)

long sleeve long dress

long sleeve long dress

 

long sleeve long dress

long sleeve long dress

Outfit of the day details (OOTD)

Cotton long sleeve long dress: Rachel Pally. I love this dress because it has a tie waist and the Aztec/Tribal print makes it super trendy. The soft colors with the hint of coral makes it wearable in the spring and summer as well. This NYC cold allowed me to perfectly pair it with a fur vest.

Fur vest: Michael Kors. I also wore this vest here and this entire post was dedicated to it. (Obviously I wore this with a vest because why would you hide the beauty of the fact that this dress is long sleeved by covering it up with a blazer or cardigan.)

Linen scarf: Sachi

All pics were taken by my extremely talented younger sis- Saman H.

tie wasit

tie waist

 

long sleeve long dress

long sleeve long dress

 

smiles

smiles

Often my last picture on most of my posts is of me smiling, because I am happy I’m finally done with my post! haha. But more so because this smile captures me best. Love to my readers, thanks for reading- you guys are the best! Xoxo

 

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March 19, 2014 Uncategorized

For the love of the ICNYU Gala

program for the evening

program for the evening

On Sunday February 23rd, The Islamic Center at New York University (ICNYU) held a fundraiser gala to mark 35 years. I attended with one of my friends. Living in NYC my whole life I bumped into many friends and familiar faces that evening. It was a black tie event and everyone looked fab!

Sadia, Amira and I

Sadia, Amira and I

I graduated 6 years of pharmacy school back in 2007 from St Johns University and directly after was distracted by huge milestones in my life including licensing exams, starting a job,  hajj, pregnancy, birth of my first son, pregnancy and birth of my second son etc. During this time, I felt disconnected with my Islamic community mostly because I didn’t have enough time to attend events and my university- St Johns University rarely held events or I would not get notifications of these events.

ICNYU holds tons of events and I always knew when they were having events due to emails, facebook and word of mouth. I have attended lots of different events in the past. I have been familiar with ICNYU for over a decade, since back when I was in college and because my elder sister attended NYU. More recently I started coming to events at NYU and I never ever felt out of place. The Muslim community at NYU is so diverse and welcoming and it truly depicts Muslims across America. This is one reason why I wanted to attend this fundraiser. The IC at NYU caters to the Muslim population in NYC and it caters to it well.

Laila and Bari

Laila and Bari- the founding members of the IC at NYU. They were both presented with an award

Below are pictures of highlights from the event also including pics of my friends and I and unnecessary solo shots of myself. My apologies in advance.

 

Preacher Moss and I

Preacher Moss and I

Preacher Moss provided laughs towards the end of the evening.

The man of the hour- Khalid Latif- and he's looking exceptionally tall

The man of the hour- Khalid Latif- and he’s looking exceptionally tall

oh, it makes sense now

oh, it makes sense now :)

 

cool cats- Ismail and Khalid. Ismail took the previous 2 pictures

Ismail and Khalid. Ismail took the previous 2 pictures

With Sumaiyah, one of the organizers of the event

With Sumaiyah, one of the organizers of the event

**Up to date, they raised $130,000 from the fundraiser Mashallah. If you were not able to attend and still want to donate, you can donate to the IC at NYU here.

kaftan

kaftan

 

I wore a kaftan which I just purchased from my recent trip to Dubai. I blogged about my trip and you can read all about it here. This beaded and jeweled kaftan was only $40! I thought this gala would be the perfect opportunity to wear it. This Kaftan has light shoulder pads which enhances the shape and flow of the dress. It’s very loose but it has an inside tie belt which practically makes it one size fits all.

 kaftan

kaftan

I paired the kaftan with a turban hijab. This turban hijab was unique because I used 2 cloths. The green cloth on the turban is perfectly matching my kaftan because it was the extra pieces that I had to get hemmed from the bottom of the kaftan because it was extremely long. The 2 inch extra cloth was perfectly wrapped in the gold turban hijab and made both the turban and kaftan complement each other. The heavy detailed neckline required no necklace because that would be excessive.

Ayesha and I

Ayesha looking stunning in silver!

Nabila, Fariqua and I looking black tie event ready

Nabila, Fariqua and I looking black tie event ready

 

my date for the evening

my date for the evening

 

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last one, I promise

last one, I promise

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February 25, 2014 religious , , , , , , , , , ,

For the love of a Desert Safari

keeping warm with the fire

keeping warm by the fire

I just got back from a short trip to Dubai which was a pit stop on the way to Madinah and Makkah to perform Umrah. I traveled with my husband and 2 of our friends. We stayed in Dubai for 3 nights but it was a very short trip because we arrived Friday night and left Monday morning. In Dubai, our itinerary was jam packed with things to do because, well there’s so much to do! Dubai is such a new city. Everything is extra beautiful, extra over the top and extra lux. But my favorite parts of Dubai was the old city of Dubai- Dubai City of Gold also called the Gold Souq.

Dubai City of Gold

Dubai City of Gold

 

The old city of Dubai reminded me of Pakistan and the walled inner city by the Wazir Khan Mosque (I blogged about my trip to Pakistan and you can read all about it here) but a cleaner and safer version of it. It was 1 dirham (about 27 cents) to get there by boat and it was so enjoyable that we did it twice. The Gold Souq was a great place to buy souvenirs, clothes, and small odds and ends. Being a New Yorker, the feeling of safety you felt in Dubai was unparalleled; Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world.

couple selfie inside one of the shops at the Gold Souq

couple selfie inside one of the shops at the Gold Souq

 

The absolute highlight of my trip was the desert safari hands down. We booked it in advance through: beyondthedunes.com and it was a private tour. The rest of the tours are in groups. We thought it would be a great experience for just the 4 of us and the guide and it definitely was. We were picked up by Ahid himself. He was in charge of everything and he’s a one man show. The desert safari included everything. He does everything from picking us up, to sand dune bashing, sand boarding, to setting up the tents, and preparing the meals and setting up the fire.

ATVing- my first time

ATVing- my first time

Our first stop was the ATVing, then we did sand dune bashing with Ahid in control of driving and after that we did sand boarding. I posted a ridiculously funny video of me sand boarding and it is up on instagram. While sand dune bashing we saw Arabian Oryx which is a rarity. These animals were almost extinct and now there are only about 1100 living in the wild. We saw about 10 in the desert that day.

Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx

cartwheels in the sand are always necesary

cartwheels in the sand are always necessary

 

 

tents set up in the middle of the desert

tents set up in the middle of the desert

Ahid setting everything up

Ahid setting everything up

 

candlelight dinner

candlelight dinner

The dinner was perfection. There was spicy wings, chicken kebabs and lamp chops accompanied with humus and different sauces, salads, and bread. We devoured the whole meal which was so fresh and delicious.

all of use huddled by the fire

all of us huddled by the fire

It was slightly cold but being seated on the cushions by the fire, you could hardly feel the cold. I even took a nap under the stars in the night sky in the desert. It was so peaceful. If you are ever going to Dubai I can’t recommend this desert safari tour enough. Our entire trip was a hectic rush because we wanted to make ample use of our time and during the desert safari we were finally able to fully relax and enjoy the true beauty of Dubai and experience the desert as it should be enjoyed.

 

about to do a cartwheel, or just posing awkwardly

about to do a cartwheel, or just posing awkwardly

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Khaki style pants in neon orange: Gap purchased on sale for $8

Jeweled velour hoodie: Express

Summer scarf: Loft

Shoes: Crocs, perfect for the sand because the shoes are completely washable

 

(All pics were taken with my Iphone so it’s not the best of quality but we didn’t want to be burdened with an actual camera in the desert. Also, I wish I took more pics but we were enjoying ourselves and the serenity of the desert that even these few pics I had to remind myself or someone else to take it.)

Thanks so much for reading. I’m so embarrassed that I have not blogged in almost 2 months but work and life has taken over the last few months. I’ve been extremely busy and I’m so sorry for the lack of posts. Last month marked my one year blog anniversary! I don’t believe its been an entire year. I really wanted to do a post on my reflections of the past year but this trip and work consumed my life the last few weeks and I truly just did not have time. My apologies.

 

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just me

just me

 

** Upon returning from my trip I saw that I hit over 3500 followers on instagram and I wanted to thank everyone for following, It really means so much to me. What a pleasant surprise that was. Xoxo

** I will be attending the IC NYU Gala this Sunday February 23rd. I hope you already purchased your tickets because there will be no sale of tickets at the door. You can donate here. I hope to see you there!

February 20, 2014 trips , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

For the love of the Boxy Blazer

boxy blazer

boxy blazer

Currently blazers are in heavy rotation in my wardrobe. Now that the weather is colder, blazers are a chic and modest way to layer if you want to stay away from sweaters. I love how they can dress up an outfit and complete a look. They are great for work, for casual and for going out. Blazers come in various lengths, styles, colors and details and I can’t seem to get enough.

boxy blazer

fence

fence

fence

I usually purchase a blazer with the same style- generally fitted on the waist with shoulder pads. I like long and short lengths. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and purchase a boxy blazer; this one happens to be shorter in length. A boxy blazer does not cinch at the waist and can tend to make you look, well, boxy of course. The boxy fit makes it extra modest. To avoid looking shapeless you can wear a boxy blazer with more fitted pants and heels to elongate your look and balance out the boxiness of the top. It looks great with front pleated pants or harem pants. This blazer has metallic panel accents on the shoulders which wrap to the back as well. It’s collarless and has a layered look at the front completing its laid back sophisticated feel.

here you can see the metallic panel accents on the shoulders

here you can see the metallic panel accents on the shoulders

blazer over shoulder

blazer over shoulder

boxy blazer

boxy blazer

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Boxy Blazer: Rachel Roy purchased on ruelala.com for $95. Also, my first ever post on my blog was dedicated to blazers. You can check out that post here.

Leather pants: Helmut Lang also worn in one of my previous posts. I explained the pants in more detail and you can see how I wore the pants with a similar color scheme but a totally different look. Check out that post here.

Headscarf: purchased at Century21

Black silk shirt: Go silk purchased at ruelala.com. I wore it high low style by tucking it in the front. The shirt has to be tucked in the front because you don’t want to cover the front pleats of the pants and because of the tie belt. I left the top longer in the back. I actually wore this same exact top in my last post. Check out the post here.

 

blazer over shoulder

blazer over shoulder

At the end of the photo shoot we were starving and grabbed yummy food which requires minimum wait- halal street food!

**All photos were taken by my talented photographer and sister: Saman H.

candid food

halal street food is sometimes necessary.

caught stuffing my face

caught stuffing my face

 

**This Wednesday, 12/25 I will be attending The Concert Against Cancer at Club SANM in Astoria Queens from 12-4pm. The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the V Foundation- ESPN’s charity for cancer research. The Concert Against Cancer will be featuring Bengali Idol and Bengali Mom Top Chef. Hope to see you there!

If you won’t be able to attend this event but would still like to donate, you can donate directly to the V Foundation by clicking here.

 

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December 22, 2013 Uncategorized

For the love of a Health Fair

 

giving a blood pressue screening followed by counselling

giving a blood pressure screening followed by counselling

 

supplies

supplies and pamphlets

This past Sunday I volunteered at a Health Fair at Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. It was sponsored by BAPA- Bangladeshi American Pharmacists Association. It was organized by younger members of BAPA who are pharmacists as well. These young organizers brought a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the fair. It was catered to the elderly and those who can’t afford or don’t have health insurance and people who have language barriers. These barriers may hinder them from receiving proper care and/or compliance in taking their medication.

the organizers from left to right- Suhayr, Mohammed and Tasmiya

I spoke to the organizers and asked them why they had set up this fair and they stated that being in the health care field you always want to be able to give back in the best way you know how. They continued on to explain that there are lots of misunderstandings with the elderly in regards to nutrition and how to control certain disease states. Due to lack of communication because of language barriers, sometimes these very simple aspects are neglected. One of the main goals of this fair was to provide simple lifestyle changes that can have a large impact in improvement of symptoms and control disease states like hypertension and diabetes.

patients receiving counselling on health, medication and nutrition

patients receiving counselling on health, medication and nutrition

The remarkable thing was that there were so many volunteers and the patients were able to be seen right away. The volunteers consisted of not just fellow pharmacists but also physicians, counselors, ophthalmologists, psychologists and people who wanted to dedicate their time to help out. It was actually more of a free health clinic because all sorts of services were offered like: blood pressure testing, blood glucose testing, eye exams, medication counselling and immunization counselling. There was mental health and nutrition booths providing counselling services and of course physicians were giving exams and catering to the patients’ questions and concerns as well. There was tons of free stuff like first aid kits, pill boxes, pamphlets etc. Healthy refreshments were also served- quinoa which is a grain and a great substitute for rice for diabetic patients, salad and fruit along with coffee, croissants and donuts.

Nazia and Sadia with their mental health booth

Nazia and Sadia with their mental health booth

I was talking to Sadia who is a psychologist and Nazia who is a counselor and they were saying that mental health counselling and attending therapy sessions in certain communities is taboo. It is looked down upon and this is why many people will not admit that they or a loved one need therapy. This was one of the main reasons why Sadia and Nazia said they wanted to have a booth- to encourage people to seek help and to dispel the misconceptions that mental health and therapy is taboo. For more information on Dr, Sadia Chaudhury’s practice, or to refer someone for therapy, please click on the link for her website- www.drsadia.com. She has 2 locations where she practices.

medication counselling

medication counselling provided by pharmacists

 

mini break with quinoa samples

mini break with quinoa samples

This is my only full outfit pic so my outfit of the day details are below. This was my simple outfit for work- including slacks, a long, loose high low button up top and closed toe comfortable shoes.

OOTD details:

Pants- Gap true straight pants

Top- Gosilk purchased on ruelala.com

Silk headscarf- Versace purchased at Century21

Patent flats- Tory Burch

wirh almost all of the volunteers

with most of the volunteers

It was great to be able to help out and provide a needed service to the community especially during the extended holiday weekend (thanksgiving was celebrated in America a few days prior). How did you and how do you plan on giving back in the upcoming months?

Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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December 3, 2013 fashion, food, health

For the love of Attending an NFL Game

team

Giants- offense. During the game, we had great seats!

Football is my favorite sport for many reasons. The number one reason is because each of the 16 games count towards the playoffs. I also love how the entire game is exciting from start to finish. I believe a big reason for this is because each touchdown is worth so many points. You have to follow every play because each team can score at any given moment due to fumbles, interceptions, kickoff returns, punt returns, passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns etc.

photo (5)

hubby and I before the game started

As a New Yorker you can obviously assume my favorite team. If you guessed the NY Giants you are correct! I attended a football game with my husband this past weekend. We usually try to attend at least one game together each season. This was the first game of the season that we attended and the Giants beat the Oakland Raiders, improving their record to 3-6. Do they still have a chance to make it to the playoffs? If the rest of the teams in their division keep losing, they definitely have a chance. It would be phenomenal if they can make it to the Superbowl because the Superbowl will actually be held at MetLife stadium (where both the Giants and Jets play) in February 2014.

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

photo (9)

chilling with snoopy before the game started

My outfit was very simple: I wore a customized NY giants hoodie sweatshirt purchased on nflshop.com. I wore it with a long t shirt, a turtleneck and a turban style hijab. I fully coordinated the team colors of red and blue and topped it off with some RiRi Woo lipstick from MAC. I can’t get enough of a red lipstick. I wore comfortable warm boots and of course I brought my warmest coat- a North Face and luckily so because it started raining at the end of the first quarter.

 

manning 10. pre game fun

Manning 10. pre game fun

When we attend games solo we hardly tailgate, because it’s usually more enjoyable with a large crowd. After the game, we were pretty hungry and wanted to catch some food quick before heading back home. The Giants play at MetLife stadium in New Jersey and after the game my husband and I went to Pizza Time which was less than 15 minutes away. It was time for the sunset prayer and they provided us a room for prayer which was so convenient. My husband and I each had a burger, and we split an order of hot wings and fries. Fast prompt service paired with tasty food and we were out of there within 30 minutes (including prayer) which was great because we wanted to beat Sunday night traffic back to the city.

at pizza time

at pizza time

** all pics were taken with the iPhone because I didn’t want to be burdened by carrying the larger camera. Thanks for reading. Xoxo

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November 15, 2013 food, sports

For the love of Pumpkin Picking

 

pumpkin picking

pumpkin picking

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and it actually lasts until December 21st which marks the first official day of winter. Even so, I do believe fall is at its peak in October/early November. This is when the leaves start to change color and fall from the trees and the weather is still somewhat tolerable. The crisp weather, the leaves changing color and all things pumpkin spice are a few of my favorite things! As a huge pumpkin lover it is only fitting that this post be dedicated to pumpkin picking. Oddly enough, this was actually my first time going pumpkin picking. It’s a perfect fall activity to do along with apple picking, hay rides/corn maze, haunted houses, etc. Oh and we gain an extra hour of sleep due to daylight savings time as well :)

 

pumpkin picking windy

pumpkin picking windy

 

pumpkin picking

pumpkin picking

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Hooded wrap cardigan: Forever21. I know this is cheating but this hooded wrap cardigan was purchased about 5-6 years ago from Forever21 and I can’t seem to let go of it. To dress it up, you can attach a brooch/pin to hold it in place. You can google it and tons of stores carry similar products.

Boots: Tory Burch

Messenger bag: Michael Kors

Jeans: Guess

pumpkin

pumpkin

 

 

pumpkin picking posing

pumpkin picking posing

 

Make sure you read my previous post: For the love of Harem Pants and don’t forget to read the first comment. (Comments can be found at the bottom of the post where it says replies or click on the gray circle with the number inside next to the title or the date of the post) I usually don’t approve malicious comments that are put for the sole purpose of attacking someone but it was too hard for me to simply ignore such stupidity when it is constantly coming from the same source. Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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October 31, 2013 fashion , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

For the love of Harem Pants

harem pants

harem pants

Harem pants are super trendy and modest but it has always been difficult for me to find the perfect pair with an ideal fit. A few weeks ago Mode Clothier sent me a package and lo and behold enclosed was the perfect pair of harem pants. The color was a light gray and the light color allows you to clearly see the beautiful drapes which is what makes harem pants so unique. Harem pants differ in where the drapes are located (some drapes are by the hips and some are by the ankles and some have both) and they also differ in how low the crotch of the pants fall. I never thought I would like a pair with such a low crotch but the drapes are perfection. The crotch in these pants actually fall till past my knees. When I wore these pants for the photo shoot, I pinned up the middle but as I was looking through the pictures I saw that it wasn’t properly depicted in the photoshoot pictures. I attached pictures on the bottom of the post to give you a better idea of the frontal view of the pants worn both ways- as is and with the middle pinned up.

 

harem pants sitting

harem pants sitting

I wore these same pants to an interview with Sweet Modesty earlier today and I did not pin up the middle. The interview should be up next week so you can see how I styled these same pants for a different look. Both times I wore them with heels for a more dressy style but they can easily be worn with ballet flats and a simple cotton top or even super casual with a graphic tee tucked in at the front (you don’t want to cover the tie sash because it would be too bulky if the shirt was not tucked in)

here you can see the draping on the hips

here you can see the draping on the hips

I realize it has been a month since my last post and I was totally missing blogging! I was very preoccupied due to the holiday and my laptop actually died. I attempted to get it fixed but to no avail. It was too expensive and so I decided to purchase another one. I hope you guys had a great holiday! My next post will be fitting for fall and will be titled: For the love of Pumpkin Picking and a very laid back casual outfit will be attached. You may have gotten a preview of it if you have been following me on my instagram account @sanahrashid. Hope you enjoyed this photo shoot. These pictures were taken by: @sameetaahmed. Follow him on instagram to see some of his work!

harem pants

harem pants

My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Harem pants: MODE clothier
**MODE clothier is offering my readers 10% off on purchases until November 1st- just enter the code: MODHIJABI at checkout. **

White washed silk button up top: GOSilk purchased on ruelala.com. I love GOSilk because they have very modest fitting tops.

Spiked heels: Vince Camuto ( I can’t seem to get enough of these heels, I wear them all the time and I have 3 pairs of them)

Silk scarf: simplyzeena. I love this scarf because I love animal prints and the added touch is the gorgeous chunky gold link print. It’s so lux. This was purchased at the ISNA convention which you can read about here

 

here you can see the drapes on the bottom

here you can see the drapes on the bottom

here are the harem pants with the middle pinned up

here are the harem pants with the middle pinned up

 

harem pants

harem pants

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October 24, 2013 fashion , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

For the love of HijabFest

(This post should be properly titled: For the love of HijabFest and Getting Over My Fear Of Public Speaking but I decided due to the longevity I wouldn’t use that as my title. But that’s exactly what this post is)

Hijabfest

Hijabfest

New Brunswick Islamic Center (NBIC) hosted its first ever HijabFest in New Jersey this past Sunday. I was invited to give a small presentation on modest fashion. I agreed. I thought it would be more of a workshop on the side and I didn’t realize I would be on stage front and center. One of my greatest fears is public speaking. I despise it. I get nervous, start sweating, stammering, shaking etc. It’s not a pleasant sight to see and it’s quite embarrassing actually. Some people are scared of heights, bugs, spiders, whatever it may be and public speaking is it for me. Friends and classmates can attest to this fact and they all say it’s the strangest thing because it doesn’t fit my personality at all. For whatever reason, it is what it is. I decided not to cancel after realizing I would be front and center because I had already given my word. I debated taking drugs to calm my nerves but I don’t like taking prescription drugs unless it’s very necessary and so I decided against it. (OTC drugs are a different story. If you have a minor ache, pain or fever take a Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Or take two. You will feel great afterwards)

Upon arrival, Hijabfest was a sold out event (it sold out a few days before the event) and the entire area was buzzing. It was a smaller venue so it was pretty full to capacity. There was a great fashion show from some of the designers there. Each designer showcased 3 looks. I captured a few of them but it was hard to because I was running in and out because I had to make arrangements for my presentation. Some of the designers at the event included: Kotton Love, May Ade Designs, True Faith Apparel, Bulbul, Laila’s Collection, Unique Hijabs, and Amirah Couture. I especially loved the jilbabs from Bulbul, the scarves from kottonlove and I loved the variety and affordability of the hijabs at Al-Mujalbaba.

There was some enlightening speeches which were great everyday reminders. It was a well thought out, well organized event and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

 

Uniquehijabs and their models

Uniquehijabs and their models

 

designer and her models

designer and her models

 

Kottonlove and her models

Kottonlove and her models

My presentation was scheduled for 3:45 and at about 2:30 I met backstage with my models, one of them being my sister. I was going to present 4 outfits and 2 hijab tutorials. I got all the girls dressed in coordinating outfits and hijabs from my personal collection. Then it was showtime. I was shaking, my heart was beating through my chest and I couldn’t even stand. I took a seat behind stage while I was being introduced. My sister and all the models were so supportive and told me to relax and calm down and breathe slowly. That helped a bit. I wanted to turn around and run (just kidding?) but obviously I knew I couldn’t. So there was no turning back, indeed it was showtime.

Prior to HijabFest, I went over what I wanted to say a few times and I went over it with a friend the night before. I didn’t write anything out because that tends to make me more nervous. So I just winged it. No papers, no index cards, no cellphone and I just did it. I was nervous and my voice did stammer at times and when it was done I realized my presentation was 20 minutes long! It was so much easier than in school because this wasn’t a report and I wasn’t getting a grade on it. Also, I was doing something I take pleasure in so that must have made it easier. I was thoroughly impressed with myself. Alhamdulilah. I may have overcome one of my fears in doing something I enjoy. How wonderful! :)

I met some great girls from NYC and NJ. I added some backstage pics with my models and some pics during the presentation on my instagram account @sanahrashid. You can check that out here.

 

here you can see the beautiful flow of the dress

here you can see the beautiful flow of the dress

My Outfit Of The Day (OOTD) details:

Maxi Dress: Loft. I bought it on sale for $28. It has a flowy fall and a black braided rope tie as a belt.

Turtleneck: H&M

Jersey Hijab wrapped like a turban: purchased at ISNA convention

Summer scarf: Loft

Beaded matching brace cuffs: Arden B

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff with rosegold tone hardware and spike details

*This is one of the first times I have experimented with mixing 2 different prints. If they are of similar colors you can totally do it. I think it perfected the outfit by giving it a casual trendy look. What are your thoughts on mixing prints?

hijabfest

hijabfest

 

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September 24, 2013 fashion, religious, trips , , , , , , , , , , ,
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