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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**These fab photos were taken by Mariana. Thanks babe!

last one

last one

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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 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 Vegas

me in Vegas

me in Vegas

For the love of Vegas. May I assume your initial reaction? A little hesitant. Maybe some confusion and maybe some agreement. Some of you are probably thinking what is a girl like me doing in a place like Vegas where alcohol, gambling and clubbing/partying is rampant especially since I don’t partake in any of those activities. And this can be one of the reasons why I haven’t been to Vegas before. But there is so much more to Vegas than what I listed above. There are tons of shows, kid friendly activities, shopping galore and amazing dining options! Whats not to love?!

me with a turban style hijab

Me with a turban style hijab. My face is very oily as per usual, my apologies. This was from dinner at AquaKnox

This past Memorial Day weekend my husband and I went to Las Vegas with my kids and my brother in law. We met up with a few friends who were staying for the weekend with their families as well. Saturday night was the first time I wore my hijab turban style inspired by the gorgeous Nura of @nuralailalov. I loved it. This turban style is so fun and different. Saturday night dinner was at AquaKnox which is in the Venetian where we were staying for our trip. I had the crab stuffed maine lobster. And that was easily the best lobster I’ve ever had. The dining options in Vegas are out of this world. So many fine dining options. NYC definitely still has the best restaurants, but Las Vegas has a lot of them as well like: Mesa Grill, Serendipity3, Sushi Samba, Tao, Nobu, Grand Lux just to name a few. After dinner, we went to catch a cirque du soleil show- Mystere.

(This is a very long post. I attached outfit of the day details to each day.)

from Saturday night

from Saturday night after the show

Saturday Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Jersey hijab: hijab-ista

Black turtle neck shirt: h&m

Blazer: BCBGmaxazria also worn in my first ever post which you can check out here. I also wore this blazer to my mini Jersey getaway and you can read that post here.

Pants: Gap- true straight pants. These are just like my favorite black pants except in a different color. For detailed review check out my post here.

Printed neck scarf: White House Black Market

Spiked shoes: Vince Camuto and these heels are beyond comfortable. Purchased on sale at Last Call by Neiman Marcus for over 70% off. I now own 3 pairs of this shoe in 3 different colors. Ha!

Handbag: Chanel

my delish lobster

my delish crab stuffed lobster from AquaKnox

On Sunday morning we got breakfast buffet at Caesars Palace and it was better than our previous mornings breakfast buffet from Wynn. Caesars Palace had slightly more halal food options. It seemed never ending. After that we went to Mandalay Bay because they had an aquarium. The kids enjoyed it so much. It’s not large but it has tons of sharks and a stingray petting section. The aquarium was set up beautifully with all the details and statues. It reminded me of the aquariums at Atlantis but much smaller scale. Below are pictures from the aquarium and my simple daytime no makeup look.

sunday daytime at the aquarium

sunday daytime at the aquarium

sunday daytime at the aquarium

sunday daytime at the aquarium

 

kids in awe by the sea creatures

kids in awe by the sea creatures

my eldest son and I goofing around in the gift shop. shark biting love!

my eldest son and I goofing around in the gift shop. shark biting love!

Sunday night was our second show and we watched Le Reve. It was amazing. Probably one of the best shows I’ve watched. It had less stunts but it had a story line and it was fully entertaining. I love these shows by cirque du soleil because I feel like they are a circus and broadway combined. In the evening I wore the same outfit, but I just put on makeup and I wore matching wrist cuff bracelets.

by the gondolas

by the gondolas

Sunday Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Silk shirt: Hale Bob purchased at ruelala.com for $40. I love this shirt. I love the rust orange color, the loose fit and the long length of the shirt. I wore it high low style by tucking it in, in the front. I often tuck shirts in if the pants have pleats in the front. It emphasizes the shape of the pant and allows you to see the front pleats. This top also comes with a neck tie and goldtone hardware closure.

Paisley printed pleated pants: Loft

Shoes: Boutique 9 purchased at Bloomingdale’s

Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff purchased at Bloomingdale’s

Matching wrist cuff bracelets: Arden B

Monday morning was checkout and that’s when we drove to the Grand Canyon. It was a long drive, about 4 hours each way but it was worth it. The Grand Canyon is breathtaking. I wish our trip wasn’t so short so we could have spent a longer time at the Grand Canyon but we had to leave to catch our midnight flight back to NYC. Attached are OOTD pics from the Grand Canyon.

Welcomed to the Grand Canyon

Welcome to the Grand Canyon!

what a view!

what a view!

 

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

 

 

me

me

 

Monday Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Long cotton printed top: Derek Lam for Kohls

Pants: Gap- True straight

Belt: Cole Haan

Shoes: Boutique 9 purchased at Bloomingdale’s

Handbag: Kate Spade purchased at Katespade.com during their surprise sale for an outstanding price. If you are not signed up for Kate Spade’s emailing list you MUST do it ASAP because they notify you of their surprise sale which has the items for drastically reduced prices. I’m in love with this green color- and it’s the It color of the season.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

 

more grand canyon

more grand canyon

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Sorry for the major delay in this post. Some fun posts are on the way and I will be putting up a hijab tutorial within a week or so because I have gotten so many requests, so stay tuned! Feel free to share and comment below! Thanks! Xoxo

It's Grand alright!

It’s Grand to say the least!

 

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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Outfit of the day (OOTD) pics from the Blog Launch Photo Shoot

These are OOTD (outfit of the day) pics from the header photo shoot day. My corduroy blazer is from Zara and it’s actually a few years old. I never wore it before and I cut off the tags right before I took these pics! I don’t believe it fit me at one point (probably some time in between pregnancies) and that’s probably when I forgot all about it. You can read all about my love for blazers here. The jeans are from a fairly new store which I absolutely love- Cwonder. The owner is Tory Burch’s ex-husband. I refer to Cwonder as the more affordable version of Tory Burch. The jeans were 75% off, only $20! I like Cwonder jeans because they are mid rise and not low rise jeans. My scarf was purchased at Century 21, for only $20 as well. It’s made of 100% silk from Anne Klein.

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These pics were taken by the extremely talented Saman H. Follow her on instagram @sepiacrayons

 

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Outfit details:

Corduroy Blazer- Zara from a few seasons ago for $30 (read about my love for blazers here)

Shirt- Esprit

Jeans- Cwonder for $20

Shoes- Jeffrey Campbell purchased on nastygal.com

Hijab- Anne Klein purchased from Century21 for $20. Read all about my love for vibrant printed scarves here.

 

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For the love of Blazers.

I have very recently started incorporating blazers into my everyday wardrobe and I love them. They are my current go to look and they go with every look. They can be paired with jeans, trousers, long tops, blouses and dresses. Blazers’ versatility and the fact that they come in long and short lengths make them a current wardrobe staple. They can dress up an outfit, or they can tone it down. Zara is still having their sale and their blazers have expert fit and detailing to die for. I recently bought a blazer from Zara with ruching and poof sleeves (proper terminology?) which make your waist look slimmer by giving you a broad shoulder look. I also recently purchased a gorgeous short length blazer from BCBGmaxazria from bloomingdales. It was over 50% off and it’s fuschia pink which is the perfect pop of color for the winter cold, and it can easily be transitioned into the spring and summer months. I like BCBGmaxazria because of their wide range of sizes. They have XXS which most brands don’t have. H&M also has extremely affordable blazers for great prices and their sizes fit XXS to plus. I have attached pics of both of my blazers.
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These pics along with the header pic were taken by the extremely talented Saman H. Follow her on Instagram @sepiacrayons

yes, these pics were taken in the snow!

yes, these pics were taken in the snow!

outfit details:

Blazer- BCBGmaxazria (purchased on sale at bloomingdales for 50% off)

Pants- BCBGmaxazria (purchased on sale at bcbgmaxazria.com for 70% off on black friday)

Shoes- Chanel (purchased on sale at bergdorf goodman for 30% off)

 

 

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Outfit details:

Blazer- Zara

Scarf- Oscar de la Renta 100% silk scarf, purchased at Century 21 for $20

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