For the love of The Fall

fall

For the love of The Fall. This is the most unoriginal title ever. What better time to make a new post than during my favorite season. As seasons transition, I believe it mirrors my life and is the perfect title for a post after a 10 month hiatus. And so, ode to Fall.

fall

dress

Long sleeve dresses are such a rarity that when I do come across one, I can’t seem to pass it by. This dress is slightly longer in the back than the front. There is so much fabric to this dress that it gives it an effortless flowy fall. It fits true to size. I styled it with a belt but it was not needed. One slight issue that you can notice in the previous picture is that the back is only closed by buttons and I had to wear a tank top under. The dress is not sheer but it is partially lined to maintain the flowy, super bohemian shape.

fall

 

dress

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Long sleeved dress: Free People. This exact print is sold out I believe. It can also be found at Macy’s.

Gold chain leather belt: Tory Burch

Suede booties: Zara

* I know I have been MIA forever but I was on the Pix11 news a few months back and it was definitely one of the highlights of my year. You can see the clip that aired on TV along with the article by clicking here.

** Thanks to Saman H for being my most favorite photographer ever. Many more posts on the way. Stay tuned!

fall

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For the love of the Blazer Cape

 

blazer cape

blazer cape

Capes are such a major trend right now. Capes usually come in outerwear like jackets, sweaters and blazers. I know this is my third post on a blazer but it just shows how much I love them. When you take a blazer and combine it with a cape, it easily becomes one of my most favorite pieces. Since it is a blazer, it can be worn casual with jeans or you can dress it up with slacks and heels. This long length makes it so versatile. It can be worn with a simple cotton shirt or even a button up shirt. The shirt underneath should not be the same color as the cape because then it just looks messy and you actually look like you have 4 arms. Ha.

blazer cape cobblestone

blazer cape cobblestone

This specific cape is inspired by a blazer because it has a notched collar, 2 button closure and front pockets. It can be worn closed but the beauty of this cape is that it should be worn open. This is extra long in length which is great for when you are wearing more fitted pants or when you tuck your shirt in like how I did.

blazer cape

blazer cape

blazer cape strides

blazer cape strides

The elegant way a cape falls exudes laid back effortless style.  This cape has shoulder pads like a proper blazer and at times I felt like it wasn’t fully sitting on my shoulders, but it just takes some getting used to. Some cape jackets are extra flowy and some are a little more straight. Being a blazer, this is a little more straight.

Arabic Love shirt

Arabic Love shirt

kick game

kick game

blazer cape

blazer cape

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Blazer cape: Vince Camuto purchased at Macy’s. TheLimited is also selling tons of capes under their Scandal line.

Leather pants: Helmut Lang (also worn here.)

Arabic Love shirt: Graffiti & Gold . This is a size Medium and has a standard feminine cut. I prefer loose tees, and so this medium is fine paired with the blazer over it.

Crystal cap toe sneakers: Miu Miu

cape intersection

cape intersection

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last one

last one

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For the love of the Bomber Jacket

bomber jacket

bomber jacket

Experimenting with firsts is always refreshing, and I have been thinking of going out of my comfort zone of  jackets with longer lengths and trench coats for a while. In wanting to take the plunge for a jacket of a shorter length, what better than a bomber jacket? I feel like I never found one I loved because it is too bulky on the top and way too short to match my style. I came across this bomber jacket and liked how it is slightly longer in length than standard bomber jackets. Also, it’s not super bulky which is a major plus. (This jacket is unisex).

closed the zipper

closed the zipper

I purchased this bomber jacket a few months ago and it is one of my favorite jackets for fall. This olive color is everywhere this season. The patches are sewn in and are so unique and add character to this jacket. I love that it even has zips on each hip to zip open if desired. This jacket is made of lightweight nylon and polyester and it hardly wrinkles. There are also quilted patches of the same material and color on the elbows and right shoulder. This would probably be necessary if you were carrying heavy items on your shoulder as it is a bomber jacket but I would like to say it is extra reinforcement for my handbags!

awkward pose

awkward pose

Aren’t there particular items of clothing that you receive compliments on every single time you wear them? Well, this bomber jacket is definitely one of those for me. This is how I knew this jacket needed to be highlighted in my next post. As winter is approaching, I see myself grabbing this jacket more often as I know when it gets colder I will have to store it away till next year. Dare I say this bomber jacket is too damn cool even for myself? Perhaps. Ha.

bomber jacket

bomber jacket

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) Details:

Jacket: Profound Aesthetic

Fingerless leather gloves: Profound Aesthetic

Oxford shoes: Cole Haan. This cognac color is perfect for fall. (these are my favorite that I have had for years and they are so scuffed and it doesn’t bother me in the least. Cole Haan has great oxfords and they are super comfy. I just purchased my second pair of oxfords from them)

Jeans: Cwonder

Hijab: Printed georgette scarf. I kept it georgette to match the casual look

Lips: LimeCrime in Salem

hands in pockets

hands in pockets

backview

back view

Even though it may not seem like it from the pics, I had tons of fun during this shoot with my absolute favorite photographer ever- Saman H who also happens to be my sister. Lucky me!

bomber jacket

bomber jacket

 

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For the love of the Poncho Sweater

poncho

poncho

When you hear poncho, do you think of a rain cover that is sold at sporting events or theme parks during the rain? Or the woolen garment that is typically worn is South America that has a slit to slip your head through? These thoughts initially would come to my mind first but this poncho is so much more wearable than those. A poncho is a very loose top with or without sleeves that has a small opening at the neck. If you twirl in a circle, the top would resemble a flower from above because it’s so loose and flowy.

gold buttons on the sleeves

gold buttons on the sleeves

This particular poncho has sleeves and it is a turtleneck and that’s why this is ideal for fall. In addition it has gold buttons on the arms to add a little detail. I love that you can wear this poncho with jeans, or even front pleated casual pants.  It would look great with harem pants as well. A poncho is usually worn casual/ casual chic. I wore mine with heels because the heels worked well with the outfit. The one downside is that it’s very hard to wear a jacket with this because of the dolman like sleeves. A poncho can be worn with another poncho jacket, a very loose jacket with dolman sleeves or a capelike jacket.

poncho

poncho

I realize you have probably never seen a poncho worn with another shirt underneath but this poncho was simply too short for me to wear separately and be comfortable with it. So I wore this poncho with a longer cotton shirt underneath to keep the casual materials in sync. I also wore a crushed georgette hijab to complement the casual look. You always have to wear what you are comfortable with; it doesn’t always have to stick with the norms because at times you wont be comfortable with the norms.

black and white full

black and white full

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Poncho sweater: Alfani purchased at Macy’s on sale for $47

Booties: Michael Kors

Jeans: Guess

Hijab: www.al-mujalbaba.com

poncho sweater

poncho sweater

After this photoshoot, I had an interview with Arte TV about Muslim Fashionistas and my blog. I will link the clip to my In The News section when it airs. (That is why I chose this touristy location- Long Island City, per their request). All of these pics were taken by: Ismail. You can catch him at: www.calligrafist.com

poncho sweater

poncho sweater

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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.

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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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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?

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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

 

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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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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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For the love of New York Fashion Week

 

#NYFW

#NYFW

Last week I attended my first ever fashion show during New York Fashion Week. The show had 4 designers and it was sponsored by FUSE and was held at Alvin Ailey studios. The designer I came for was Ashley Peciola- AP for Women. I love how the outfits were so unbelievably modest. It consisted of pieces I would easily wear like blazers, trousers pants, long sleeved tops, skirts and long dresses. One of my favorites was this emerald green jumpsuit. It had a deep cut down the back but can be easily accommodated by wearing a shirt under. It came with a detailed belt. It was such a standout piece (I do have a slight preference towards jumpsuits, especially long sleeved ones).

designer list and description

designer list and description

green jumpsuit

my fav piece- green jumpsuit from AP for Women

yellow skirt

yellow skirt from AP for Women. I loved that the skirt had pockets!

 

Ashley with all of her models

Ashley with all of her models

Ashley, 2 of her models and I

Ashley, 2 of her models and I

 

Sir Algernon and his models

Sir Algernon and his models

 

with Amani

with Amani

I met Amani of MuslimGirl.net !

cobalt blue

cobalt blue matching

 

outdoors after the show

outdoors after the show

My Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:
Leather pants: Helmut Lang. These are my first time wearing leather pants. It was an Eid gift to myself and I was so excited to finally be able to wear them! I love how it’s two colors dark teal in the front and black in the back. I love the front pleats and the sash in the front. It’s such supple leather. It can be paired perfectly with a simple cotton top and it would look great with booties as well.
Silk top: Jeunesse purchased on ruelala.com
Cotton hijab wrapped like a turban: kottonlove.com . This hijab is cotton and makes for the perfect turban because it gives slight volume and a great shape as compared to a jersey scarf which clings more to the head.
Flats with studs in black and rugged silver: Luxury Rebel

After the fashion show, my friend and I met up with Langston for a photo shoot. He is an extremely talented photographer from Detroit and he was in NYC working on an exciting project to be released next year. You can follow him on instagram @langstonhues

after the photo shoot with Lansgston

after the photo shoot with Langston

 

** I will be attending HijabFest this Sunday in New Jersey and will be giving a tutorial on Hijab Essentials and Everyday Looks. Will you be attending? Make sure you buy your tickets as soon as possible because it’s almost a sold out event! Place the code: MODHIJABI at checkout to save $5 on registration. You can purchase tickets here. Hope to see you there!

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