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 the High Waisted Palazzo Pant

high waisted palazzo pants

high waisted palazzo pants

I bought my first pair of high waisted palazzo pants and they are so effortlessly chic and super modest. I have pants that are mid to almost high waist but this is the first pair of pants that I own that are truly high waisted and actually sit on your natural waist. I wore it with a simple cotton top which was too long. I shortened the top to more properly show the full shape of the high waist and the loose flow. The easiest way to shorten a top is by tying a knot on the side and that’s exactly what I did. It did make me reminiscent of the 80’s when girls wore loose tie dyed tops and tied a knot or used a small clip to make the knot. I believe when I wore it for this shoot, it didn’t look quite like the 80’s, or did it? ha.

lake

crossed legs lake

By tying the knot on the side, it created a ruched effect which is great at minimizing the waist and hiding a belly (my stomach has more so become my problem area after pregnancies and it’s OK with me). I also love the slight bell shape of the sleeves. This totally enhances and goes with the look of the pants and adds a great voluminous overall shape. I realize the shirt could have still been a couple of inches shorter but this was the length I was comfortable at wearing it.

 

I match the tree bark

I match the tree bark

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

High waisted palazzo pant: Rachel Zoe. Rachel Zoe is a celebrity stylist for the stars and I love her style. It’s super effortless, modest and classy. (I wasn’t such a huge fan when she was going through her whole boho stage) I am kind of in love with her. I met her at a book signing when I was in California last month. After I met her I knew I wanted to do a post on these pants as soon as possible. I was just waiting for the weather to get a little warmer even though I bought the pants about 2 months prior. These pants are 100% silk and that makes the fall of the pants perfection. Added benefit: these pants hardly wrinkle. At the end of the post, I am attaching the pic I have with Rachel Zoe in case you missed it when I uploaded it to my instagram account @sanahrashid.

Simple cotton top: Gap.

Studded platform pumps: Brian Atwood. Well, of course you must pair Rachel Zoe with Brian Atwood. Is this being obnoxious? Perhaps, but I would like to think I styled these pants well.

Fringe bib necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane purchased on sale at ruelala.com

Georgette headscarf in beige

 

palazzo pants

palazzo pants

this pic is awkward but i still like it

this pic is awkward but i still like it

*** All of these pics were taken and edited by the super talented Sameet and you can follow him @autoxposure. 

bench. do you spot my baby loves running in the background? they accompanied me on this shoot :)

bench. do you spot my baby loves running in the background? they accompanied me on this shoot :)

 

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with Rachel Zoe

with Rachel Zoe

I am not embarrassed to admit I had a total fan girl moment when I met Rachel Zoe. I get so much fashion inspiration from her. Here I am with Rachel Zoe and some of my awesome gal pals: Nura and Ibtihaj from our trip to California last month.

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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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 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 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

take 1

gown

take 2

 

take 2

take 3

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For the love of Houndstooth

houndstooth

houndstooth

If you are unaware, houndstooth is described as a checked pattern with broken/notched corners. Classic houndstooth is black and white but there are also different variations like brown paired with cream and blue paired with white. Houndstooth can be considered a standard print alongside with: leopard, zebra, chevron, stripes etc. I actually didn’t own anything with a houndstooth print until Embellished Wraps sent me this beautiful hijab/wrap/headscarf.

more houndstooth

more houndstooth

When I opened the package from Embellished Wraps, I slightly gasped because the colors, textures and material are top of the line. It’s so lush and lux. The simple blush pink color paired with the houndstooth and rosettes at the end is stunningly coordinated. It’s quite gorgeous and this hijab is such an easy way to add extra flair to an otherwise ordinary outfit. I was so excited to put together this post but had to delay it because of my demanding work schedule due to the fact that I just went away on a mini vacation last week. You can read all about my fun family trip to Vegas here and that was my first time I wore my hijab turban style.

here you can the detailing on the hijab, including the beautiful rosettes

here you can see the detailing on the hijab, including the beautiful rosettes

full outfit of the day details below

full outfit of the day details below

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Black dress top: Zara

White jeans: CWonder

Hijab/Headwrap/Scarf: Embellished Wraps

Detailed thong sandal: Bandolino purchased at Marshalls

Crystal embellished peach and silver bangle: JCrew

Black and white crystal bangle: Smartbargains.com

Belt: Cole Haan

Sunglasses: Miu Miu purchased at Century21

 

this is my photographers fav pic. swag

Upon my photographers’ request, I’m including this picture because it’s her favorite

Thanks to @aneekers for taking my pics!

I’m sold on houndstooth print and I’ve got my eye on purchasing more houndstooth articles of clothing! What’s your favorite print?

 

the end

the end

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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!