For the love of Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

This blog post is going to be short and sweet. I have been so busy the last few weeks due to my Umrah trip and my mini girls getaway that I didn’t have enough time to come up with this post in proper chronological order. (You can read about both of my trips here: For the love of Umrah, and For the love of a Jersey Getaway). These pics are from a small birthday party my husband and I hosted for my closest family and friends for my birthday. (Read about For the love of Turning 30 here). My youngest sister @sepiacrayons took these amazing pics and I simply had to put them up. Also, I could not deprive you guys of all the fabulousness that was displayed at my party. The party was held at Mint Restaurant and Lounge in Long Island. The food was Indo-Asian cuisine and was splendid. Through mingling and socializing, I later realized no pictures of the food were taken, but the food was cooked to perfection. Spicy but still flavorful. These are my fashion forward friends who arrived in their modest fashionable attire. The delicious birthday cake was a complete surprise and my husband ordered it from: http://cmnycakes.com/

 

my bengali beauties

my bengali beauties

Ladies outfit details from left to right:

Natasha: top- Bar III from Macys

Sarah: blue blazer- Forever21, shirt and colored pants from Zara

Faheema: top- Allen B purchased at JC Penney, pants- Zara

Me (outfit details in the following pic)

Fariqua: blue top- Forever21, pants- Joe Fresh, belt- Zara, shoes- Jessican Simpson

Sadaaf: full sleeved jumpsuit- Zara, black belt- H&M, earrings- Aldo

 

my sister and I

my sister and I

My sister and I

Maryam (on the left): full length sequin dress- BCBGmaxazria, cardigan- Banana Republic

My Outfit Details:

Dress- Pleated full sleeved dress with built in belt detailing- Kay Unger purchased on Ruelala.com

Silk head scarf- Oscar de la Renta purchased at Century21

Necklace (shown in the following pic)- Cara purchased on Gilt.com

 

husband and I

husband and I

boys brought their fashion swag

boys brought their fashion swag

 

more ladies

more ladies

From left to right:

Fariqua: blue top- Forever21, pants- Joe Fresh, belt- Zara, shoes- Jessican Simpson

Zohal: top- Pins and Needles purchased at Urban Outfitters, wedge shoes- Steve Madden

Anika: top-H&M, pants- New York & Company, patent shoes and jewelry- Forever21

Me (outfit details listed above, after the third pic)

Saman: dress- Cache, pants- Celebrity Pink purchased at Macys, shoes- caparros, headband- purchased from http://www.hijab-ista.com/

Maryam: (outfit details listed above, after the third pic)

Zohra: top- Zara, wide leg pants- Leifsdottir purchased at Anthropologie, pearl jewelry from Macys

 

look at these beauties

look at these beauties

Ladies looking modest and fashionable. (too many to describe each outfit, my apologies)

family

family

 

 

goofing around- three oh

goofing around- three oh

 

 

more fashionistas

more fashionistas

Ladies outfit details from left to right, top row first

Zohal: top- Pins and Needles purchased at Urban Outfitters, wedge shoes- Steve Madden

Anika: top-H&M, pants- New York & Company, patent shoes and jewelry- Forever21

Aneeba: blazer- Forever21, striped pants- Forever21, red suede pumps- Jessica Simpson purchased at Zappos.com

Zohra: top- Zara, wide leg pants- Leifsdottir purchased at Anthropologie, pearl jewelry from Macys

Sitting row-

Hira: colored pants- Express, top- Zara, shoes- Nine West, hijab- Armine

Me (outfit details listed on the third pic)

Gule: top- Banana Republic, pants- Zara, shoes- Calvin Klein, hijab- Nicole Miller

us with the cake

us with the cake

me posing with my birthday cake

me posing with my birthday cake

 

I will be travelling to California to attend the Fashion Fighting Famine fashion show at the end of the week so there will be a small delay in my next post and it will be up soon after my return. You can follow my Cali trip on instagram@sanahrashid as I will be keeping a photo diary. Read all about Fashion Fighting Famine here.

 

 

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For the love of a Jersey Getaway

me at Revel

As a New Yorker, I am slightly hesitant on the title of this post but my mini Jersey getaway was so relaxing and enjoyable that this post was necessary (haha)! I met up with a bunch of fabulous girls this past weekend for our 2nd annual girls getaway (last year we went to Miami). No boys and no babies/kids. This large group of girls consists of housewives, doctors, dentists, social workers, teachers, mommies and everything in between. This was a mini getaway because it was actually just one night but our itinerary was fully packed with activities. We arrived at Revel for brunch followed by a relaxing afternoon at the Bask Spa. I have never been to a spa before so this was an enjoyable experience for me.

After feeling rejuvenated, all the girls got dressed up for our dinner reservations at Cuba Libre. The food at Cuba Libre did not disappoint. The appetizers were so diverse and were served family style. It consisted of bread and spiced mango butter, shrimps and scallops, yuca frita (kind of like french fries), frituras de malanga (similar to pakoras and these were my favorite), and plantain and malanga chips served with 3 different dips- black bean hummus, cuba libre salsa, and smoked marlin salad. These appetizers were delicious and seemed never ending! The staff was very accommodating to our large party of 20+ girls and gave us vegetarian selections and made sure everything was alcohol free. We also ordered fruity mocktails like mango mint mojito and pina coladas which were fresh and delish. Dinner was surprisingly outstanding. I ordered mahi mahi which melted in your mouth with flavor. I was upset I could not finish my meal but it’s probably because I could not stop eating those appetizers! Included is my outfit of the night (OOTN) and some pics of these fabulously fashionable girls.

 

girls saturday night

girls saturday night

Girls listed from left to right:

Shua- black jumpsuit and nude blazer with black labels- Forever21, shoes- Vince Camuto, sequined clutch from H&M

Erum- black wrap dress- Michael Kors, bronze pumps- Enzo Angiolini purchased at Macys, statement necklace from H&M. Erum does beautiful Islamic calligraphy on paintings. Check out her work on her facebook page and Like it! www.facebook.com/mod.paintings

Afsheen- black high waisted skirt with train- Banana Republic heritage collection, white shirt- Theory purchased at Marshalls

Noreen- black asymmetrical dress from BCBGmaxazria, pink pumps- Vince Camuto, polka dot hijab- H&M, necklace-Forever21

Maryam- blazer with sequined arms- Anthropologie, black patent leather clutch Rachel Zoe, necklace- R.J. Graziano purchased on Gilt.com

green pants

me in green pants

me in green pants

me in green pants

 

My outfit of the night (OOTN) details:

Pink blazer- BCBGmaxazria. I also wore this Blazer in my first post, check it out.

Green pants- Joe Fresh

Forest green turtleneck- H&M

Printed silk scarf- Century21.

Spiked shoes- Jeffrey Campbell. Also worn here, loving spikes.

saba and husna

saba and husna

Saba (on the left)- black high low dress- Forever21, blazer from H&M, gold belt- Urban Outfitters, jewelry from Zaina- contemporary jewelry http://www.facebook.com/Zaina-Contemporaryjewelry#!/pages/Zaina-Contemporary-Jewelry/151650778250361?fref=ts , hijab from Nordstrom

Husna (on the right) blazer- Banana Republic, green pants- NY&CO, blue suede heels- Jessica Simpson, hijab- NY&Co, clutch-limited, bracelet-Banana Republic. Husna bakes cakes and delicious sweets for all your party event needs. Check out her facebook page and like it! http://www.facebook.com/petitesweetsbyhusnasheriff

 

hajera and aqsa

hajera and aqsa

Hajera (on the left)- blazer, shirt and printed pants from H&M, flats- Tory Burch, necklace- Francescas, hijab- NY&CO, black clutch- Century21. Hajera is expecting and she is carrying herself beautifully! (mA)

Aqsa (on the right)- black top from Loft, colored pants from Loft, patent wedges from Cole Haan, Bag- Louis Vuitton, necklace by francescas, hijab from Century 21

green pants stairs

Me in green pants

Karaoke topped off the evening. We rented a room at the same hotel as Cuba Libre and when you put 20+ girls in one room, absolute silliness and singing passions emerged. The following day we had breakfast at the Alcove at Revel and requested a late check out. The wonderful hotel staff accommodated this for all of us. We hung out, and enjoyed the hotel which is a lot more classy and sophisticated then some of the other atlantic city hotels.

me inside Revel

me inside Revel

 

me at Revel

me at Revel

My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Fur vest- Michael Kors. Check out my post dedicated to fur vests here.

Black pants- Gap. These pants are also mentioned in full detailed description here.

Suede Booties- Taryn Rose purchased on Ruelala.com

Asymmetrical long dress- BCBGmaxazria

Silk scarf- Oscar de la Renta purchased at Century21

Belt- H&M (I wore this over the fur vest because a fur vest can come off as bulky at times.)

modest fashionable beauties

modest fashionable beauties

From left to right:

Hafeza- colored pants from gap, blazer jacket- Mine purchased from TJ Maxx, belt- burberry, bag- Louis Vuitton

Saba- printed pants and top- Forever 21, Blazer- H&M, mint clutch- Francescas

Erum- blue long top- Forever21, Head scarf (hijab)- Calvin Klein, nude/light pink bag- Marc Jacobs. Erum does beautiful Islamic calligraphy on paintings. Check out her work on her facebook page and Like it! www.facebook.com/mod.paintings

Sana Rashid (my full outfit details are on the previous pic)

Maryam- black and white striped shirt- BCBG, pink pants- Loft, black shoes- Sigerson Morrison, blue studded bag- Michael Kors

Zarina- brown riding boots and belt- Tory Burch, Dress shirt- Charlotte Rousse

Sana S. – dress from Forever21, statement necklace by Monet purchased at JC Penney, black pants- Macys

Shua- coral pants from Cynthia Rowley, Floral Blazer and Tshirt from Forever21

 

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sana

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For the love of Umrah

The Holy Kabah

The Holy Kabaa

I was given the opportunity to perform Umrah with my husband and just returned back home on Saturday. We did Hajj back in 2008 before my sons were born and this is the first year where I was not pregnant or nursing so I was yearning to go back. We went to Madina first and then Makkah. Madina is where Prophet Muahmmad’s (saw) Masjid is. When we went for Hajj, I don’t believe I realized just how stunning Madina was but I think that has something to do with the fact that during Hajj we went to Makkah first. After the emotional and spiritual high that was felt the first time I ever laid my eyes upon the Holy Kabaa, nothing else could compare. But for Umrah, we went to Madina first and we spent a few relaxing days here and this time I did fall in love with the city of Madina. It’s so serene and calm and you feel so safe. You can walk to Masjid Al Nabawi (Prophets Masjid) anytime you want. Masjid Al Nabawi is immense, it’s so large and opulent. It’s striking in the daytime as well as the nighttime. In the daytime there are these massive umbrella like structures that open and provide shade.

Masjid Al Nabawi at maghrib time

Masjid Al Nabawi at maghrib time

Inside Masjid Al Nabawi. The never ending arches.

Inside Masjid Al Nabawi. The neverending arches.

Masjid Al Nabawi has the green dome and under it is Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) grave. This is also where Riadhul Jannah is. It is said this is the place where a garden is similar to the gardens of paradise and it is signified by the green carpet. It is recommended to pray 2 rakat here. It was extremely hard to do because Madina was so packed when we went and women have allotted times to go but Alhamdulilah I was able to do it. Every single time you are in Masjid Al Nabawi for prayer, the recitation echoes through the masjid, through the courtyard, through the streets and through your soul. The recitation resonates through your body and my heartbeat was racing a million miles a minute. I’m getting chills down my back just thinking of it. Subhanallah.

Green Dome

Green Dome

Last prayer in Madina. Outside of Masjid Al Nabawi for Zuhr prayer

Last prayer in Madina. Outside of Masjid Al Nabawi for Zuhr prayer

While we were traveling from Madina to Makkah, we had a small tour. We visited a few historical sites in and around Madina including Masjid Quba. If you perform 2 rakat prayers here after doing ablution at home, it is said that you have performed one Umrah and of course we took advantage of this and did exactly that. Makkah is the city where Masjid Al Haram is and this is built around the Holy Kabaa.

Sign outside of Masjid Quba

Outside of Masjid Quba

Masjid Al Haram in the day time

Masjid Al Haram in the day time

As soon as we got to Masjid Al Haram we performed Umrah. For Umrah, first you must make intention at the meeqat (designated area outside of Makkah where men put on their Ihram- 2 white unstitched pieces of cloth). We did this on our way to Makkah. Upon arrival in Makkah you must complete one tawaf (7 counter clockwise circuits around the Holy Kabaa) and do Sa’ai which is when you go back and forth between the mountains of Safa and Marwa. Going back and forth between Safa and Marwa shows how much trust Hajjra (Prophet Ibrahim’s wife) had with Allah that she left her son there while going back and forth trying to look for water for her dehydrated and dying son Ismael. She went back and forth between Safa and Marwa seven times and then Zam Zam water sprouted. Zam Zam water has been promised by Allah to have healing properties and is unlimited. After this is completed it is recommended that men shave or trim their hair and women trim their hair by 1 inch. After all of this is complete, you have performed your Umrah.

This was taken outside of Masjid Al Haram after maghrib

This was taken outside of Masjid Al Haram after maghrib

After Umrah was complete we ate burger king (this is an extremely big deal considering America does not have zabihah halal burger king!) and we went back to Masjid Al Haram to do tawaf. Nothing in the world compares to doing tawaf around the Holy Kabaa in Makkah and this is why Makkah is my favorite. For me, Masjid Al Haram is undoubtedly the most gorgeous place in the entire world. There is nowhere in the world that can possibly put my soul at so much ease than here. There are not enough words to describe all the emotions felt while in Makkah. Doing tawaf around the Kabaa is something I pray I will be able to do every single year Inshallah . Such an immense feeling of love, humility and peace. When you are performing tawaf you can smell the ithar (fragrance) on the Kiswah (black silk cloth embroidered in gold which is draped over the Holy Kabaa) as you get near to the golden doors of the Kabaa. While looking at the Kabaa during tawaf, I was in awe but it was impossible to stare at the Kabaa for more than a few seconds. I found it hard to gaze at the Kabaa for more than a few seconds because you are filled with so much humility and are taken aback by the amount of sheer beauty that the Kabaa can hold over you. If there can possibly be a place on earth that can capture your heart, Makkah is it for me.

As I am rereading and editing this post I am getting teary eyed. I know this is an extremely long post but I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Xoxo
-Sana Rashid

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