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!

Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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For the love of DC

I came to DC with some friends to attend the ISNA convention. ISNA stands for Islamic Society North America and the ISNA convention is a convention held annually which brings speakers from all across America to enlighten us with some great lectures and workshops. There is also a bazaar which has clothes, paintings, furniture, jewelry etc from all over. It’s great to hang out with friends from near and far because these conventions bring tons of people together from all over.

outside the convention center

outside the convention center

I finally met Farrah of Greater Lenghts!

I finally met Farrah of Greater Lenghts!

I finally got to meet some people I have been networking with. One of them is Farrah of go to Greater Lengths . She’s awesome and I love her blog! You can read all about it here. She did a great section on ISNA as well entitled Modest Marvel and highlighted girls who she thought were dressed fashionably and modest and it is definitely worth checking! I spent a good amount of time at the bazaar because of the great hijab shopping. I bought hijabs from KottonLove and Zeena. I also bought hijabs from Zeena when I went to Fashion Fighting Famine in California. I love their unique prints! I bought a headscarf with chains on it. I am loving chains as a print and wearing chunky chains as well. It’s definitely a trend this season.

 

a handful of the ladies from Saturdays dinner

a handful of the lovely ladies from Saturdays dinner at Busboys and Poets

 

NURA!

NURA!

Nura is a complete sweetheart. Check out her youtube channel here and you can follow her on instagram @nuralailalov.

 

not the best of pics, but the only solo shot I have in this dress

not the best of pics, but the only solo shot I have in this dress

Here is my Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Pleated Dress: W118 by Walter Baker purchased on gilt.com

Turtleneck: H&M

Statement necklace: C Wonder

Jersey hijab wrapped as a turban: Hijabista

 

grabbed dessert with these ladies

then I came back to Busboys and Poets and grabbed dessert with these ladies

With none other than Aaisha Shaikh of Bakingparttime.com

Monday we did tons of sightseeing with the kiddies. We went to the Smithsonian Institute- National Air and Space museum and there was no admission fee! And I was surprised it was actually open because it was labor day (in NYC everything is closed). It’s so great to see different cities and how they each function uniquely. We also did touristy stuff and went to the National monument, Reflection Pool and Lincoln’s Memorial.

from the National Air and Space Museum

from the National Air and Space Museum

Here is my Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details: (I needed a makeup free day after the fun filled weekend so Monday was #nomakeupmonday)

Jumpsuit: Jealous Tomato from KaRa (at Roosevelt Field Mall)

Blazer: Zara

Crossbody bag: Vince Camuto

Sandals: Tory Burch

Necklace: White House Black Market

from the National Air and Space Museum

from the National Air and Space Museum

To read about all of my delish eats during my DC trip make sure you read my previous post by scrolling down or clicking here.

**I will be attending a show during New York Fashion Week, NYFW, as I was invited by a designer- Ashley of AP for Women. Her latest collection is Mod Lux. You can see a preview of what she will be showcasing in NYFW by clicking here. I love how she mixes modesty and fashion. Sound familiar? I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the runway. There are some outstanding pieces!

 

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For the love of Washington D.C. – Food Edition

I travelled to DC for Labor day weekend with friends and family. The post was getting so long that I had to split it up. Here is the food edition of my DC trip. It’s a detailed description of the restaurants I went to. (some of these restaurants are actually not in DC but 10-25 mins away)

Busboys and Poets: very trendy laidback “community gathering place”. The chicken is halal and the meat is kosher. There are tons of vegetarian options, dessert, drinks and coffee. A major added plus is it’s completely inexpensive. I had the chicken Panini and some of my friends had the steak and asparagus salad which was a mere $13. It had 3 pieces of steak, salad with asparagus, dressing and gorgonzola cheese. It was so fresh. The dessert was great as well. I had iced mocha (twice) and shared desserts with friends. I loved their cheesecake. Link here. I cant emphasize how much I loved this place, probably one of the reasons I came here 3 times during my stay!

at Busboys with my iced mocha

at Busboys with my iced mocha

picstitch of Busboys

picstitch of Busboys

 

RJ cafe: this restaurant is nothing fancy but the food is outstanding. It’s a mom and pop type of restaurant with minimal décor. It could be described as All American and soul food. Their signature dishes include melt in your mouth ribs, BBQ wings, and chicken fried steak. For appetizers, we had the wings which are exceptionally large and are dripping in this BBQ sauce that is perfection. The crunch under the sauce was still there.  Whenever I see halal steak available, it’s hard for me to resist and so that is what I ordered. Unfortunately it was too dry for my liking. The chef saw me and asked how everything was and I said the ribs were exceptional (I had some from my friend) but I mentioned that in my meal, the steak was a little dry. He insisted on bringing another one. We came with such a large party that there was so much food I was actually almost full due to the appetizers. I thought that would serve as a mutual agreement to not bring out any more dishes. Within minutes there was a full plate with ribs (and sides) in front of me. Exceptional service. The ribs were melt in your mouth delish and the meat just pulled off the ribs with such ease. (Restaurant is actually in Maryland about 25 mins from DC). Link here.

BBQ wings

 

ribs at RJs

ribs at RJs

 

Burger 7: If you know anything about me, my all time favorite food is a burger. We have some good options in NYC but nothing that I am fully 100% head over heels in love with. Well, I just had one of my best burgers EVER in DC. Yes in DC. If you ever had Elevation Burger, I would say Burger 7 would be similar to it but substantially better. I felt like the meat was juicier and the B7 sauce added an extra kick of flavor with just the right amount of spice but not overpowering. The meat is 100% organic (free range grass fed) and it definitely adds to the taste. The burger is not too large. I ate one within minutes and ordered another one. You  can add toppings to your liking, which is probably another reason why I love it so (Restaurant is actually in Arlington but that’s only 10-15 minutes from DC). Link here.

(I think I am still looking for a burger spot that is preferably not a chain because I feel like that would be more authentic. Do you know of any? What’s your favorite halal burger spot?)

burger7

burger7

burger7

burger7

posing outide of burger7

posing outide of burger7

 

 

Ravi Kabob: I needed to get my traditional Pakistani/Indian meal fix on the last day of the trip so we picked up Ravi Kabob before heading back to NYC. They don’t carry biryani on Mondays so we had to order plain white rice and bread (naan). The bread was great even after we got back to the hotel room. They did have the chicken karahi which is a dry chicken in curry with tons of spice. It was bursting with all exotic flavors. It was so tasty that I couldn’t stop eating it. The entire order was devoured in a few minutes (restaurant is actually in Arlington but that’s only about 10-15 mins from DC). Link here.

So that was a summary of what I ate in DC. With food options this unique and delicious, I am definitely coming back to DC very soon!

Next post will be on my outfits and pics with friends and some fabulous ladies.

**Next week I will be attending a show at New York Fashion Week, NYFW, as I was invited by a designer- Ashley of AP for Women. Her latest collection is Mod Lux. You can see a preview of what she will be showcasing in NYFW by clicking here. I love how she mixes modesty and fashion. Sound familiar? I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the runway. There are some outstanding pieces!

 

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For the love of Sunglasses and my NY Daily News Article

NY Daily News Article

NY Daily News Article

This post hardly has anything to do with sunglasses except I was wearing a neon yellow pair of Michael Kors aviators when I bought my copy of the NY Daily News earlier today. There was an article on me on the 24th page and it was titled: They’re ‘Cover’ Girls for Faithful Fashion. You can read all about it here. It’s a profile on me, my hijab story and my blog and I would love for you to read it!

I know I have not put up a post in over 3 weeks, but there has been so much going on that I’ve had my hands quite full. My apologies. I’ve dealt with a lot of obstacles the past few weeks and I’m grateful for the support of my loved ones. Thank you. Also, since my last post, I was featured in an article on Womensenews.com. Here, I explain my thoughts on a solid black hijab and there is a video along with the article. I have attached the link to that as well. In the video I’m at minute 1:55.

I will be travelling to Washington DC this weekend to attend the ISNA convention. Will you be attending? I would love to see you there! I will be keeping a photo diary on my instagram account, make sure you are following me! A blog post should be up upon my return.

 

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-Sana

 

For the love of an Iftar Party

husband and I

husband and I

Iftar is the meal eaten at sunset by Muslims. At the end of your long day of fasting, it’s such a blessing to break your fast with loved ones. Iftar parties are the festive and fun part of Ramadan. When people break their fast by food you provide, the host or sponsor gets loads of blessings. This is a major incentive to hold an iftar and it is encouraged to do so. Iftar parties are great because religion is the main focus of the get together.

before we left for the iftar. full outfit details at the bottom

before we left for the iftar. full outfit details at the bottom

2 weeks ago, I held a small iftar party at my in laws house for about 15 girls (not including the 9 kiddies!). It was a great girls only party and we were all able to enjoy the pool for a few hours before breaking our fast. The weather didn’t comply and even through the rain everyone still enjoyed themselves. My mother in law cooked up tons of eats and many of my friends brought food and specialty drinks as well. It was great to see my closest friends. Also, my husband was out of town. He was actually in Makkah because he went to perform Umrah and it was a lonely 8 days without him so it was great to meet up with my girls.

full outfit details at the bottom

full outfit details at the bottom

One of my cousins held an iftar this weekend. I was speaking to his wife who is having her first Ramadan in America this year. She married my cousin in Pakistan in December (you can read about my Pakistan trip here). She mentioned that she enjoyed Ramadan more in America than in Pakistan. That struck me as so odd. Pakistan is predominately a Muslim country so how could it possibly be more enjoyable in America? She went on to say that Ramadan is made a bigger deal in America because you get to see so many different groups of friends in different atmospheres. Iftars are held at local colleges, community centers, masjids, house parties and parties at restaurants as well. Also you go to different masjids for tarawih. In Pakistan, it’s like daily life there but in America, it brings people together and you feel a sense of community. That I would definitely have to agree with.

 

my friend Mehvash and I. I died over her pleated skirt from JCREW collection

my friend Mehvash and I. I was in love with her pleated skirt from JCREW collection

This past weekend one of my friends had an iftar party at her house as well. The food was a full American menu, with BBQ chicken, asparagus, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken pasta, bread, garlic knots and stuffed mushrooms. The party was held outdoors and the decor was phenomenal. I loved the lights and the Ramadan Mubarak signs. It is great to encourage the festive Ramadan feel especially to the young generation who need to love their holidays. It was perfect outdoor weather for an outdoor iftar. Maghrib was prayed in congregation in the backyard as well.

Ramadan Mubarak and lights

Ramadan Mubarak and lights

outdoor setup

outdoor setup

My friend who hosted the iftar also had a small bday party for their daughter who was turning 2 the following day. She shares a birthday with my son. They were both born on the same day in the same hospital. Fun times! A delicious birthday cake was ordered and they bought a cake for my sons’ birthday as well. I loved all the decorations indoors for the cake and the goody bags that were labeled Ramadan Mubarak. Aaisha Shaikh of BakingPartTime also made 2 tarts for the party which were devoured within minutes! (check out her blog for more tasty treats!)

Aaisha and her tarts!

Aaisha and her tarts!

 

 

loving this red turban style hijab

loving this red turban style hijab

 

before we left for the iftar. do you see the jungle growing behind me? the works of my father in laws green thumb

before we left for the iftar. do you see the jungle growing behind me? the works of my father in laws green thumb

 

My Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Cutout top- purchased at Kara. I love this top because its longer in length and the cut out details is a fun twist to a plain tunic. Added bonus, you can wear it without the shirt underneath for a ladies only party and that’s exactly what I did when I attended my friends ladies only bridal shower.

Black turtleneck- H&M. this was worn under the cutout top

White jeans- C Wonder

Belt- Cole Haan purchased at Bloomingdales

Sandals- Boutique 9

**(I was a little under the weather this weekend. Also, this is me in my own skin. This is me with no makeup as I have not worn any makeup during Ramadan.)**

 

The last ten nights are still amongst us. Make the most of it. And have an enjoyable Eid!

 

cheeeese! this would be me in my most natural state!

cheeeese! this would be me in my most natural and normal state! Ha

 

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For the love of the Big Apple Circus

 

circus

circus

About a month ago, I attended the Big Apple Circus when it was in town. I went with my husband and both our sons. It was held at Cunningham park in Queens. Very many years ago when I was in Junior High School, I remember going to the circus on a Friday night with some of my girlfriends and it was nostalgic to be back at the same place well over a decade later.

The acts were unique to the Big Apple and they incorporated parts of NYC life into the circus acts. For example the dog show was set to take place in central park because back in the day that was the weekend activity- walking dogs in the park and the tightrope walk act was shown to be walking over the Verrazano bridge.

circus

circus

 

The Big Apple Circus is such a lovely family tradition. It’s smaller scale than a larger circus like the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus which is usually held at a much larger venue. I attended this circus in my childhood and I remember that it was my first time ever going to Madison Square Garden which was very exciting. The Big Apple Circus gives off a neighborhood vibe by being held at the park. The circus is complete with typical circus food which was available for purchase consisting of popcorn, soda, hot dogs, cotton candy etc. adding to the laidback feel. The kids loved it and it was quite enjoyable by all. (There are no pics of the show itself because photography was not allowed inside.)

concession stand

concession stand

circus

circus

My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Coral blazer with nazy blue trim- CWonder

Printed pants- CWonder

High low top- H&M . Not pictured well but the shirt is high low and was longer in the back. I also wore it here.

Patent wedge sandals- JCrew

Necklace- JCrew

with one of the trailers

with one of the trailers

circus

circus

 

simple makeup look

simple makeup look

Here was my very simple makeup look. Thanks for reading! Xoxo

 

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For the love of a Mom’s Struggle During Ramadan

prayer mats

prayer mats- momma and child

In the past 4 years, the first 3 I haven’t been fasting due to 2 pregnancies and nursing. Last year I was still nursing my son who turned 1 during Ramadan but I did decide to fast. I missed it so much. Without fasting, Ramadan is not the same. It was by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life. And it taught me so much self control and humility.

Due to the fact that I was still nursing I kept all 30 fasts with no break. It was complete and utter dedication and I had not experienced a Ramadan like that before. As a female, it’s rare to fast the entire month uninterrupted. Last year was the first year I could not eat but had to provide food for my kids and spouse. It was the first year I actually worked and fasted. I worked some extremely long 13-14 hour shifts and some days back to back. It was the first year I fasted the true summer fasts in the scorching heat. It was the first year and probably the only time I would be nursing and fasting. And even with all of this it still truly was a beautiful Ramadan.

Obviously you could imagine the toll it had on my body. I lost a lot of weight. I simply did not have enough time to eat and I was in a constant state of exhaustion. But I did not miss a single prayer and I carried that habit on for months even after Ramadan.

One large aspect that I missed out on and I know many mothers also miss out on is tarawih prayer. I hated the fact that I could not perform tarawih but it was impossible with my 1 and 3 year old. I did attend tahajjud prayer a few times because, well that’s the only time I had to myself. The kids were asleep and my husband was home in case they woke up. These tahajjud prayers brought me to tears. After kids I feel like there is a constant struggle with kids and quality prayer time. This is definitely a reason why my Umrah trip a few months prior holds so dear to my heart. I was able to completely indulge in worship without having to worry about the kids because I knew they were in good hands.

Why is it that women love attending tarawih prayer even though we get the same reward while praying at home? Personally, I have better concentration at the masjid and I don’t have to worry about the kids running around (my kids sleep late) and when you are at the masjid your time is devoted to staying there to finish tarawih. It forces you to set aside time for prayer. At home, I tend to remember a million things that need taking care of instead of praying. Also, by the time my husband and I are done putting the kids to bed, I’m beat. In regards to attending tarawih prayer, I am aware that it is your personal time with God and that is why I never asked anyone to watch the kids and I always allow my husband to go without debate because that’s his duty.

Yesterday my friends watched my kids and I actually attended tarawih prayer last night. This was the first time in 4 years, the last time being back in 2009 during my first pregnancy. Could you imagine not having prayed a tarawih prayer at the masjid in 4 entire years?! Try to wrap your head around that. If you are on your break or for whatever reason will not be attending tarawih prayer, I strongly encourage you to volunteer to look after one of your friends’ babies/kids and allow her to pray tarawih at the masjid. There will be plentiful rewards for you both. May Allah accept our fasts, prayers, duas and struggles and make the most of this blessed month. Ameen

(Read all about my Umrah trip here.)

 

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For the love of The Halal Food Tour

halal food tour

halal food tour

This past sunday was the Halal Food Tour presented by Sameer of Sameer’s Eats and his team including Saad Malik and Faraz Khan. If you don’t know who Sameer is, he is a halal foodie. He checks outs halal food spots around the country. The Halal Food tour was held at the Teaneck armory in New Jersey. This was the first ever tour with the second stop being in New Jersey. The first stop was in Irvine, California a few months prior. (Last year they had a halal food festival in New Jersey).

posing with a tank- it was held at the teaneck armory

If you want to act hard, pose in front of a tank with shades on

There were many food vendors all around the field including Chal Chilli, Chinese Mirch, Kabab Paradise, Kasra Restaurant, Especially For-U-Cakes, Zaika BBQ &Grill, Pizza Time, Lal Qila to name a few. There was a kids large inflatable bouncy house and a few clothing stalls as well. The stage was set up in the front.

burger flipping action at Kebab paradise

Chef Fahim Saleh- burger flipping action at Kabab Paradise

For my late lunch I had burgers from Kabab Paradise because burgers are my all time favorite food.

burgers and wings- essentials

burgers and wings- essentials

The burger was surprisingly delicious. Often, outdoor food tends to taste generic and not as flavorful. But the burger was grilled to perfection and the meat patty was seasoned and of a generous portion. The toppings were the perfect finishing touch to the burger and I was quite content.

There was a break for Asr prayer. Soon after was the Iron chef competition which was one of the main events of the program. Earlier in the day, Yvonne Maffei of Myhalalkitchen.com gave a chicken parmesan demonstration but I missed that. For the Iron chef competition there was 4 spots/teams and one spot opened up last minute and a last minute contestant joined with her sister. The first dish was chicken strips sponsored by crescent foods and there was 20 mins allotted to finish. The secret ingredient was apricots and it had to be incorporated into the meal. The 2nd half was dessert and each team had 10 minutes to prepare the dish. They were given cake and biscuits as a base.

during the competition

during the competition

The judges were the mayor of Teaneck- Mohammad Hameeduddin, Sameer Sarmast and Ibtihaj Muhammad who is a member of the United States fencing team. She is the first muslim women to represent the United States in international competition. The judges are on stage overlooking the contestants wearing the white chef hats and Aman Ali was moderating the competition. Faraz Khan was very busy with capturing all of the days events on camera and film.

Fatima- the winner of the Iron Chef competition

Fatima- the winner of the Iron Chef competition

The winner was Fatima and her sister who joined last minute.

 

Ibtihaj and I

Ibtihaj and I

Ibtihaj and I are mutual instagram followers so it was great that I was finally able to meet her in person. Growing up, I was in gymnastics for years and I loved it. It was my passion. I thought I was going to the Olympics. Ha. When I started attending meets and competitions my parents abruptly said I couldn’t go anymore because I had to wear leotards to the meets and competitions. I was heartbroken beyond belief. I was angry for days, weeks, months and then eventually I got over it. I was so young, only in the 5th grade or so. It makes me extremely happy to see Ibtihaj able to be on the fencing team and able to do so while still being dressed modestly and wearing the head covering. Also, I think I was in awe at how she exudes such grace and class Mashallah. What a stunner and an amazing role model and a true inspiration. You can check out her facebook page here.

Ibtihaj and I

Ibtihaj and I

 

Aman Ali- comedian and moderator

Aman Ali- comedian and moderator

Aman Ali is a comedian. You can follow him on facebook. He has some of the best statuses ever!

Sameer and Saad

Sameer and Saad of Sameer’s Eats

You can follow Sameer on facebook here and you can check his website at: sameerseats.com

necessary awkward distance pic

Sameer and I- necessary awkward distance pic

Mo Sabri- Lyricist

Mo Sabri- Emcee and Lyricist

 

girls and I

girls and I

My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Silk tunic top: Hale Bob purchased at ruelala.com. I wore a simple tunic top to stay cool in the warm weather and it was great for an outdoor event. I especially like this top because of its longer length and loose fit. It also has crystals and bead work along the neckline for an extra flair to a plain tunic.

Mustard pants: Esprit, which I wear all the time. These are the perfect color for spring, summer and fall. They are so soft and comfortable and have a slim leg without being tight. I also wore them in a prior post, you can read about it here.

Wide T strap sandals: Boutique 9. These shoes have studs and crystals on the wide T Strap. I also wore them in a prior post, you can read about it here.

 

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For the love of the July 4th Weekend

Maliha and Saqib from their Gaye Holud

Maliha and Saqib from their Gaye Holud

July 4th weekend is when America celebrates Independence Day and for most it is filled with family, friends, BBQ, pool parties, the beach and fireworks. This hardly ever holds true for me because there is always something a lot more important going on- there is always weddings July 4th weekend. Fittingly so, my husband and I got married the same weekend many (many) years ago. Ha. This year one of my friends got married and her wedding events dominated the weekend.

bride and I- 2 days before the wedding

bride and I- 2 days before the wedding

On July 4th, we had a pre wedding party to attend- the Gaye Holud (pronounced guy). This is a Bangladeshi term for a pre wedding party. A Gaye Holud is a fun festive non formal party before the wedding to get everyone in the mood. It’s filled with dancing, henna, music, food, décor and gifts. During a Gaye Holud, usually wedding clothes, jewelry and gifts are presented beautifully and exchanged. Holud itself is actually turmeric powder- that is a yellow spice. It is said to make the skin glow and at some Gaye Holuds, all the guests put the holud on the brides skin to give her a glow. The bride wore a sari in typical holud/mehndhi colors. Holud/mehndhi colors are usually yellow, green, orange and red. The bride also was adorned with artificial decorative floral jewelry to add to the festive feel. Many brides wear real flowers as well.

sister of the bride and I

sister of the bride and I

I wore a typical Pakistani mehndhi outfit consisting of bright colors. I wore a silk outfit with wide leg pants. The pink dupatta I used to cover my hair. The chiffon crinkle material was perfect to give a little extra volume. I bought it from Pakistan when I went on my first ever trip this past December. Yes you read correct, my first ever trip. I made a post on it, be sure to read about it here.

ladies only!

ladies only! look at all the vibrant colors!

The mehdnhi was separated the second half of the evening and the guys were asked to leave. This enabled all the girls to join in the dancing festivities by not having to cover up and being able to dance and perform the organized dances. I actually had to leave early and could not stay for the remainder of the Holud because I had work for 13 hours the next day.

bridal poses

bridal poses

Saturday was the wedding. The bride wore a beautiful forest green gown perfectly coordinated with cream. She didn’t wear typical red because she wore that color on her nikkah (religious wedding ceremony) about 8 months prior. The bride wore a Paksitani style outfit. The gown had a train and was heavily adorned with crystals in large motifs all throughout. Her dress sparkled from every direction and could be easily seen from every single corner of the hall. So stunning, Mashallah!

my hubby and I with the newlyweds

my hubby and I with the newlyweds

I wore a gown which I also got from my Pakistan trip. The gown I wore was one of my favorites. I loved it because the gown had all these extra details that made it so unique. It has horizontal pleats on the chest, ruching on the wrists, vertical pleats on the bottom hem, a jeweled neckline and large crystals embellishments in many different colors. The dark colors- black and gray which made it perfect for a nighttime wedding. The front was all embroidered with threadwork and crystals and faux pearls. There was so much work on the outfit, I didn’t wear any jewelry except one Swarovski cocktail ring.

in love with fariquas sari

in love with fariquas sari

This gown is actually just like an abaya/jilbab but heavily adorned. I enjoyed wearing it so much and I will definitely wear it to some of my friends’ weddings that are coming up! I actually had to wear my gown with flats but it worked out perfectly because my feet didn’t hurt and I was able to hold my kids with no difficulties (wearing heels and holding kids takes serious balancing skills- a skill that I have not mastered as of yet)

girls girls girls

girls girls girls

 

Groom and his buds

Groom and his buds

mandatory husband and wife pic

mandatory husband and wife pic

To end the July 4th weekend, I attended the Halal Food Tour the following day in New Jersey. You can read about that here.

And Ramadan Mubarak to all who are observing! Whether you started Tuesday or Wednesday try to benefit from all of the blessings of this month.

gown

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gown

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-Sana Rashid

 

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For the love of the Trouser Pant

Martha's and I

Martha’s and I

One of my friends came back home for a short trip because her younger sister was getting married. After all the wedding festivities settled down, I caught up with her and a few friends. It was very last minute and we got some Chinese food followed by dessert at Martha’s Country Bakery. Fatimas Halal Kitchen is in Astoria and they have good Chinese food and it’s not expensive at all. It’s a laid back restaurant and we all enjoyed ourselves. I ordered my usual which is General Tsaos chicken and beef fried rice. I attached a picture of dinner.

dinner at Fatimas Halal Kitchen

dinner at Fatimas Halal Kitchen

 

After dinner we went to Martha’s Country Bakery which was very close by. They close at 11 pm and we got their right before closing. I ordered tres leches and it was good but maybe a tad bit too sweet. One of their more popular dessert is the very berry napoleon but im not a huge fan. It’s good but I just don’t find it amazing. But everyone I know is obsessed with it. Their frozen coffee drinks are my favorite but it was too late to order one because drinking coffee very late keeps me up.  Service was prompt and everyone was accommodating.

Hmm, what should I order?

Hmm, what should I order?

Tres Leches

Tres Leches

about to dig in to dessert!

about to dig in to dessert!

 

I wore trouser pants in a bright coral/orange hue. I love these pants because they have a great fit and are very long. Trouser pants tend to be a little looser and are generally worn more dressy because of the wide leg opening. They are great pants to be worn to work and can be worn casually paired with flats and a tee shirt. I love the fit of this pant and I have it in a green shade as well. The length of these trouser pants required me to wear them with heels and I wore them with patent leather wedge sandals. I paired the pants with a silk top and I added a gold belt with Swarovski crystal detailing. I wore a silk rectangle hijab (head scarf) which matched the texture of the shirt and the color of the pants. Not pictured well, but my outfit was complemented with a purple Chanel handbag that has a brushed gold chain.

sister and I

sister and I

My outfit of the night details (OOTN):

Trouser pants: CWonder

Silk top: JCREW

Rectangle scarf: Century21

Patent leather wedge sandals: JCREW

Gold Swarovski belt: Judith Leiber. Also worn in one of my previous posts, check it out here.

Handbag: Chanel

 

cakes on cakes on cakes

cakes on cakes on cakes

especially if its dark chocolate!

especially if its dark chocolate!

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