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Fashion. Food. Faith.

For the love of the Long Sleeved Jumpsuit

jumpsuit

jumpsuit

This post was necessary since the day I started my blog. Without debate, my absolute favorite article of clothing is a jumpsuit. A jumpsuit is one piece, from top to bottom usually with a uniform print. Long sleeved jumpsuits are my favorite because it is the easiest way to look put together. It would be a no brainer outfit because the outfit is already complete. I have a bunch of long sleeved jumpsuits, and I wear them any chance I get.

jumpsuit

jumpsuit

With jumpsuits, accessorizing is key, because the accessories would be the differentiating factor. This is why it can be worn classy or casual with jewelry/heels to dress it up and flats to dress it down. I bought this jumpsuit months ago and I’ve worn it a few times but never got a chance to make a post. This camouflage print is perfect for fall but since it is an artisitic camo print and due to the mustard yellow, it can be worn any season.

backview

backview

Buying a jumpsuit can be difficult. It has to fit you well and sometimes you have to purchase one size larger because it’s just one piece and there has to be enough room to allow you to easily move. There are mainly 2 different styles to a jumpsuit. My particular favorite style is when the entire top is loose with slightly dolman shaped arms with a belt to bring in the waist. The pants should be loose on the hips and thighs but taper down to a small leg opening. It gives for a great overall shape and I feel it is still modest. If you get the right size, it is actually slimming. The excess fabric makes you look smaller and the waist can be tightened or loosened to your likening.

waist up

here you can see the belt

The other jumpsuit style would be fitting on the arms and chest/waist with pants that are fitted on the upper hips and then go straight down like palazzo pants and are usually wide. I feel like this style does not flatter my body. This style of jumpsuit is usually more dressy. I’ve seen this style in a structured material which is a great office look to evening and I’ve also seen it in a clingy material like spandex and that looks like it’s from the disco era. Ha.

camo print

camo print

Outfit of the Day Details:

Silk Jumpsuit: Rachel Zoe

Crochet flats: Tory Burch

Head scarf: simple dark brown georgette

last one

jumpsuit

I bought a floral printed jumpsuit from Zara a few months ago and even though it is short sleeved it has this same shape like this camo print jumpsuit. With, my short sleeved jumpsuits, I pair them with a blazer or wear connecting sleeves or a top underneath.

here is the jumpsuit with heels and a turban hijab

here is the jumpsuit with heels and a turban hijab

I wore this same jumpsuit with a turban hijab and heels to a DIY turban night blogger event a few months back. Which look do you prefer? I prefer look one, because heels are uncomfortable for me! Thanks for reading. Xoxo

 

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September 16, 2014 Uncategorized

For the love of the 10 minute Dessert Dish

and it tastes better than it looks

and it tastes better than it looks!

The food part of my blog is always neglected and so this post is strictly food! This is the first recipe I am posting on my blog and it’s hardly a recipe. It’s the quickest way to put together a dessert dish if you are hosting a party or attending a party and are strapped for time. This kind of seems to be describing my life lately. (Believe it or not but I rarely cook). This recipe is a rendition of Paula Deen’s Banana Split Ice Cream recipe. I dislike bananas in dessert and so I excluded it from the recipe.

Ingredients:

1. 9×13 inch pan

2. 24 ice cream sandwiches

3. Sugar cones

4. Toffee bits

5. Caramel syrup

6. Chocolate syrup

7. Heavy Cream

8. Sugar

yum

yum

Directions:

1. Place ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of the pan. It takes about 11 and a half sandwiches to cover the bottom of the pan.

2. Crush the sugar cones on the top of the ice cream sandwiches. I crushed about 6 cones.

3. Sprinkle toffee bits on top of the crushed cones- I used Hershey’s Heath and you can buy it in the baking section. If you prefer to put bananas, strawberries etc you can add it in this layer.

4. Place second layer of ice cream sandwiches.

5. Whip heavy cream to make whipped cream. I love fresh whipped cream and so I whipped it myself. You can totally bypass this step by using Cool Whip if you would like. To make whipped cream, pour heavy cream in a blender. I use a cup whipped cream to about 2 tablespoons of sugar to make it sweet whipped cream and you can use more or less sugar to cater to your sweetness level. Turn on the blender until its thick and does not move. You don’t have to use a blender and can whip by hand. Place on top of the ice cream sandwiches

6. Drizzle caramel syrup and chocolate syrup on top of the whipped cream.

7. Sprinkle toffee bits on top.

8. Place in freezer until it is time to serve

Serves about 10-12

inside

inside

** Sorry for being missing in action for an embarrassingly long amount of time. I think when Ramadan came, I had no time to blog because I was super busy. And I feel like reality and life hit and it made me feel like I wasn’t prioritizing by blogging when so many important things are going on in the world. Life came at me fast and I had much to cater to. I have some posts lined up for the next few weeks/months. Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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September 8, 2014 food

For the love of the Boyfriend Jean

boyfriend jean

boyfriend jean

Boyfriend Jeans are loose and are cut parallel to men’s jeans. They are baggy around the hips/thighs and tend to taper slightly from the knees down. Often you can wear the jeans rolled up. With these jeans I unrolled the jeans so they fit me full length. Boyfriend jeans look great with sandals, flats, and super high heels/stilettos and pumps as well.

boyfriend jeans

boyfriend jean

Last weekend I bought my first pair of boyfriend jeans and I have lived in them the entire week so I knew I had to make a post on them. I purchased them from Gap and they were on sale for 40% off. A lot of boyfriend jeans have heavy rips in them and I steer clear of those. These don’t have any rips. I know H&M has boyfriend jeans that have rips but they are covered and so it doesn’t show skin. I want to buy those next!

bamboo in the back

bamboo in the back

This is a super laid back casual outfit. I’m wearing a high low top with it. To avoid looking exceptionally baggy, I tucked the shirt in at the front. Boyfriend jeans are great because they are so loose that I am able to wear my shorter shirts with them. To complete my super casual laidback look, I opted for no eyeliner and no lipstick; hope you were still able to recognize me! Ha. I wore a cotton headscarf to keep the material of each article of clothing consistent.

boyfriend jeans

boyfriend jeans

What is the best thing about boyfriend jeans?! No actual boyfriend is required. Ha. I felt this look was similar to looks from: ManRepeller.com. Below, I uploaded moving pictures. This is the first time I ever added them to my blog posts. What do you think of it? I feel like I’m awkwardly dancing in the second one.

DSC_0463-MOTION

 

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Boyfriend Jeans: Gap

High low top: David Lerner

Sandals: Aldo

Cotton head scarf: Kottonlove

Sunglasses: Miu Miu purchased from Century21

**These fab pictures were taken by my beyond fab younger sister- Saman H.

backview

I basically go all the way around in a circle but here you can see the view from the back as well

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June 9, 2014 fashion , , , , , , , , , , ,

For the love of the Boho Chic Top

boho top

boho top

As warmer weather rolls around, what better time to wear a light and airy boho chic top than now? I love cotton tops for spring and summer because it keeps you cool. Spring is finally peaking here in NYC and so it was the perfect time to do this post.

top details

top details

This top is from Avow Apparel. It’s a new company that launched their Spring collection this March. Their fall line will be at New York Fashion Week at Relief on the Runway this September. I had the pleasure of bumping into Christina of Avow Apparel completely random at the rental car service in California. When there is something that makes you noticeably a Muslim (hijab in my case) it causes others to say Salaam (greeting Muslims say to one another meaning peace be upon you) and vice versa. An extra smile, Salaam and head nod can start up a conversation and that’s exactly what happened in this encounter.

turban style hijab

turban style hijab

I can’t explain to you how unbelievably soft this top is. You totally feel like you are wearing nothing. It’s so light, breathable and soft but it’s double lined and it is not see through at all. The extra embroidery at the chest and the snap button details at  the arms make this top unique. The high low loose flow makes it a warm weather staple.

sitting

sitting

Christina told me her company was based upon a woman being spiritual, feminine and free. When she told me this, I politely smiled and nodded. When you hear what a company is supposed to be, sometimes you just smile and nod because you only half believe it and you have to actually see the clothes and wear them to believe it.  After putting on this top and doing my photoshoot with Antar of IAMSHOOTER I have to promise you I do believe what she said. I was at such ease while wearing this top and during the photoshoot. There was no worrying about if the dress flattered me from one side over the other or me wondering if it made me look fat or frumpy. I knew the top looked great at every angle and it’s loose enough that it hides any problem areas you may think you have. Also, I love the length of this top; it’s long enough to enable me to wear them with my (loose) skinny jeans.

tunnel

tunnel

This modest top made me feel so effortlessly boho chic. Not to mention the many compliments I got while wearing the top. This top is the Poet Maxi Top and I also have the Wandering Star Top which is extremely loose and flowy. The Bohemian Dreams Top didn’t fit quite right due to my exceptionally long torso. If you want a more fitted top you can try the Zahra top. The rest of them are very figure concealing but not in a plastic bag kind of way, but rather an effortlessly chic super feminine kind of way.

I need to stop with this pose, no really

I need to stop with this pose, no really

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Top: Avow Apparel. You can also follow them on instagram: @avowapparel. If anyone will be attending ICNA convention this Memorial Day weekend, Avow Apparel will be booth 440.

Jeans: Guess

Beaded necklace: CWonder

Booties: Taryn Rose

Cotton summer scarf worn as a turban: Gorjana

 

**These phenomenal pictures are thanks to Antar of Iamshooter, who happened to be in NYC. We had a photo shoot at Central Park Zoo with my husband and kids.  You can check out some of his work here and his Instagram account: @iamshooter

well the flowers matched so this was necessary

the flowers matched me so this pic was necessary

boho top

boho top

 

are we done yet? indeed we are. thanks for reading!

I seem to be thinking: are we done yet? Indeed we are. Thanks for reading!

Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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May 21, 2014 Uncategorized

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
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