For the love of the Bomber Jacket

bomber jacket

bomber jacket

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

closed the zipper

closed the zipper

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

awkward pose

awkward pose

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

bomber jacket

bomber jacket

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) Details:

Jacket: Profound Aesthetic

Fingerless leather gloves: Profound Aesthetic

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

Jeans: Cwonder

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

Lips: LimeCrime in Salem

hands in pockets

hands in pockets

backview

back view

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

bomber jacket

bomber jacket

 

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For the love of the Poncho Sweater

poncho

poncho

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

gold buttons on the sleeves

gold buttons on the sleeves

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

poncho

poncho

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

black and white full

black and white full

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

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

Booties: Michael Kors

Jeans: Guess

Hijab: www.al-mujalbaba.com

poncho sweater

poncho sweater

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

poncho sweater

poncho sweater

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For the love of Pumpkin Picking

 

pumpkin picking

pumpkin picking

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and it actually lasts until December 21st which marks the first official day of winter. Even so, I do believe fall is at its peak in October/early November. This is when the leaves start to change color and fall from the trees and the weather is still somewhat tolerable. The crisp weather, the leaves changing color and all things pumpkin spice are a few of my favorite things! As a huge pumpkin lover it is only fitting that this post be dedicated to pumpkin picking. Oddly enough, this was actually my first time going pumpkin picking. It’s a perfect fall activity to do along with apple picking, hay rides/corn maze, haunted houses, etc. Oh and we gain an extra hour of sleep due to daylight savings time as well :)

 

pumpkin picking windy

pumpkin picking windy

 

pumpkin picking

pumpkin picking

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Hooded wrap cardigan: Forever21. I know this is cheating but this hooded wrap cardigan was purchased about 5-6 years ago from Forever21 and I can’t seem to let go of it. To dress it up, you can attach a brooch/pin to hold it in place. You can google it and tons of stores carry similar products.

Boots: Tory Burch

Messenger bag: Michael Kors

Jeans: Guess

pumpkin

pumpkin

 

 

pumpkin picking posing

pumpkin picking posing

 

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For the love of 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!

 

For the love of the Denim Jacket

denim jacket

denim jacket

bench

bench

 

I have not worn a denim jacket for years; the last time I wore one was probably junior high school, maybe even elementary school. I have been looking for the perfect denim jacket but I never found one I fully liked. There’s always too many contributing factors involved like fit, length and color and I could never find the perfect combination of all three. When I was at the mall a few weeks ago, the spiked detailing on this denim jacket caught my eye. Reluctantly, I tried it on and when I did, I could not put it down. I liked this jacket because it’s cropped and fitted. It also has a reverse high low style which looks great when worn open as well as closed. I like how it has a sleek shape without bulky buttons. The zipper closure and zipper on the sleeves add to the sleek fit. This light color denim is perfect for the spring and summer because it contrasts well with bright and bold colors. This denim jacket is a much more updated look than the classic denim jacket. Full outfit details in the middle of the post.

here you can see the spiked detailing on the back

here you can see the spiked detailing on the back

zoom in spiked detailing

zoom in spiked detailing

zoom out detailing

zoom out detailing

This denim jacket has spiked detailing on the shoulders and across the back which are shown in the pics above. Yes, I’m still obsessing over this spike trend! Read my post on spike loving here. I feel like denim jackets can get tricky because it should be properly paired with denim jeans of the same shade. A fashion no no is pairing it with dark denim jeans or vice versa. It looks too busy, messy and unkempt. This light color denim can go great with white pants/jeans and linen. You can also pair it with certain black pants as well. If you do not have jeans of the same shade, you can always wear it with dresses and skirts. Denim jackets look great with printed dresses, and printed skirts as well. The contrast of different prints like floral, graphic, stripes etc pair exceptionally well with denim. I will include a future OOTD with this jacket and a dress. Full outfit details for this post is attached a few pictures below.

denim

denim

being very filmy and posing with a tree

being very filmy and posing with a tree

My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:
Denim jacket with spiked detailing: Guess
Yellow sleeveless high low top- Joseph A. purchased at Macy’s
Denim jeans: Guess
Flats: Tory Burch
Sunglasses with crystal embellishment on the edges of the lenses: Miu Miu purchased at Century 21
Head scarf (hijab): Oscar de la Renta purchased at Century 21

denim jacket

denim jacket

me

me

 

bridge

bridge

Info on my first giveaway on my next post.

back

back

denim crossing

denim crossing

 

I realize I uploaded tons of pics but there were too many ones I loved thanks to my lovely photographer and sister- Saman

 

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Of course when I saw the XOXO tic tac toe I knew I had to take a pic with it. Thanks for reading! Xoxo

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For the love of The Bronx Zoo

Bronx zoo

Bronx zoo

Sunday is family fun day in my household and we always try to see family and friends and take the kids to fun activities if possible. Sunday started with a brunch hosted by one of my friends. Brunch was one dish style and people brought all sorts of various and delicious treats. I made a ginormous omelet and Aaisha of baking part time made delish chocolate chip Belgian waffles from scratch with homemade whipped cream and succulent strawberry toppings. You can check out her blog for yummy recipes.

colorful omelet

colorful omelet

After the immense eating fest, the best way to digest it all would be a great walk at the zoo and that’s exactly what we did! If you haven’t been to The Bronx zoo, you have to go. And if you think its small you are totally wrong. The Bronx zoo is huge and its actually impossible to see all of the exhibits in one day. We have a season pass and we go numerous times in the year. My kids are obsessed, they love it. When you are at the Bronx zoo, you would never realize you are actually in NYC, the tress, greenery and waterfalls totally throw you off. It’s so serene. You don’t need kids to enjoy it, it’s so scenic and natures beauty is truly captured here.

The kids love the tiger mountain and different exhibits like world of reptiles, congo (which has the gorillas and baboons) and Madagascar. They have a 4D theater and currently its displaying a short ice age movie. The kids usually love the 4D theater but the dinosaurs caused my youngest son to actually be a little scared. He didn’t sit through the entire movie. Their butterfly garden is one of my favorites because the butterflies are flying everywhere and its very hands on. There is a petting zoo for the kids as well and the kids can feed the goats, sheep etc. The Bronx Zoo also has the Bengali Express Monorail which is a relaxing monorail ride where you can see some of the larger animals like elephants. In the summer they have camel rides for the kids and face painting and all sorts of additional fun activities.

Here is my causal, laid back outfit of the day (OOTD) at The Bronx zoo.

Bronx zoo

Bronx zoo- (you can notice how I used pink elastic bands around my ankles to prevent the extra long pants from dragging on the ground)

Bronx zoo- here you can see the ruching on the shoulders of the cardigan

Bronx zoo- here you can see the ruching on the shoulders of the cardigan

 

My Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Black cardigan with ruching at the shoulders-Ann Taylor

Purple tank- J Crew

Graphic printed pants- BCBGmaxazria (the pants are too long without heels so I put pink elastic bands over the ankle which prevented them from dragging on the floor!)

Shoes- Taryn Rose purchased on Ruelala.com

Georgette scarf- purchased at the fabric store and I got the edges hemmed

Sunglasses- Valentino purchased on smartbargains.com

 

polar bear

polar bear

 

Bronx zoo

Bronx zoo

 

with the totem pole

with the totem pole

Were you digging my graphic pants? I actually wore them in my first ever blog post. I definitely don’t shun from the fact that I repeat articles of clothing and outfits because it is necessary. In that post, I wore the same pants with a blazer and heels for a much more dressy look. Check it out here.

Bronx zoo

Bronx zoo

In my last post, about chunky watches I wanted to add a few words to it. While coming home from work last week, the cabs’ tv informed me that Michael Kors has a watch hunger stop campaign. With the purchase of their specific watch, they will donate to WFP- United Nations World Food Programme and that is enough for 100 meals! 1 watch= 1oo meals. That’s phenomenal, and I love when designers give back and make products where proceeds go to a great cause. The watch is $295 and comes in 4 different styles/sizes. The mid size is 38mm and the oversized is 45mm and it comes in both silver and gold. Fitting with my blog post, yes it is a chunky watch and that’s a win-win situation! Read my previous post on chunky watches here. I have included the link to purchase the watch here.

 

GORILLA!

GORILLA!

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For the love of the Chunky Watch

gold watch

gold watch

The chunky watch, boyfriend watch, oversized watch- whatever you may call it, it is a major trend right now. Chunky watches are the perfect functional accessory to every outfit from rugged to classy. A chunky watch is a watch that is about 40mm in diameter. Chunky watches come adorned with crystals, diamonds, mother of pearl, bling, various straps etc. all with one common feature: a large dial. Rachel Zoe, fashion icon and fashion stylist was asked if she could only wear one piece of jewelry for the rest of her life (besides for her engagement ring), what would it be. And she replied: “Honestly, a watch, a really chunky watch.”  And I would have to agree.

rose gold watch

rose gold watch

I recently purchased a rose gold tone chunky watch from smartbargains.com. I scored an amazing deal. It was on sale for $200 and then smart bargains gave a no brainer code (it’s when they drastically reduce the price but you must buy that specific item within one hour) and it brought it down to $100 with free shipping and it shipped tax free as well! I love smart bargains because it’s a website for designer brands for less and I have purchased some amazing items from them in the past. I love the rose gold because the color is great for the spring, summer and into the fall as well. The watch I bought has rose gold strap,dial and face which I like. Some watches have contrasting face or dial or strap but the type I prefer is when the entire watch is in the same color scheme. I feel like this ideally complements an outfit. Attached below is my rose gold watch perfectly coordinated with one of my bags that have rose gold hardware.

rose gold watch and bag

rose gold watch and bag

High end designer brands sometimes don’t carry the chunky watch but each high end designer company do have unisex watches at about 40mm and that would fall in to the same category as a chunky watch. Rolex and Breitling have womens’ watches usually up to 25-30mm which is too small. This is usually because high end is an investment timepiece and oftentimes high end doesn’t follow current trends as much. But if you buy a high end unisex watch you get the best of both worlds.

this is my friends Michael kors watch

this is my friends Michael kors watch

Michael Kors is one of the current go to brands for the chunky watch and it also has some watches with the diameter going all the way up to 45mm. Their styles are very diverse including dressy and trendy. While coming home from work last week, the cabs’ tv informed me that Michael Kors has a watch hunger stop campaign. With the purchase of their specific watch, they will donate to WFP- National World Food Programme and that is enough for 100 meals! 1 watch= 1oo meals. That’s phenomenal, and I love when designers give back and make products where proceeds go to a great cause. The watch is $295 and comes in 4 different styles/sizes. The mid size is 38mm and the oversized is 45mm and it comes in both silver and gold. Yes that is a chunky watch and that’s a win-win situation! I have included the link to purchase the watch here.

The Movado bold has a great face because it’s clean cut with a sharp edge and still classic. This one goes up to 43.5 mm on the large. Most of the chunky watches have a large round dial but some also come in rectangle. Michele is hands down the staple for the rectangle head. I love my Michele watch because it has a gold face, and dial with a gold interchangeable strap. The Michele watch is slightly smaller than the 40mm because it comes at about 35mm but the rectangular shape and elegance of the watch allows me to wear it everyday and even to weddings, which I have done in the past.

Michele watch

Michele watch

When I style my chunky watch into my outfit, I usually wear the watch solo, with no other arm candy on the left hand. On my right hand I load up on the arm candy. Most chunky watches need no extra accessories and I feel like extra accessories collide and take away from the watch itself. Wearing the watch on the left hand is a functional fashion statement all on its own and needs no added detail.

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For the love of Fashion Fighting Famine

 

just arrived at the show

just arrived at the show

This past weekend I attended the Fashion Fighting Famine fashion show in California. It was a completely last minute trip as I booked my trip a few days before I flew out. Fashion Fighting Famine is one of the primary fashion shows that brings Muslim designers from across the world. This years fashion show had designers from Australia, London, Dubai, Pakistan, Paris and America. About 1000 people attended and a portion of the proceeds went to charity. The charity was New Star Family Center which is based in California.

The fashion show was Sunday evening and it was held at the Hyatt hotel in Irvine California. There was such a buzz of excitement leading up to the fashion show which flowed perfectly. I have never been to a fashion show before but this is exactly how I would have imagined it to be. There was the red carpet, backdrops, detailing, photographers, videographers the bazaar with all the designers and decor etc.  I wish I had more pics from the runway show itself, but only cell phone pics were allowed and because of all the lights and the models’ fast paced walking, the pics unfortunately did not come out recognizable. If you go to the website: fashionfightingfamine.com, you can see some pics from the runway show. Everyone was dressed to impress. The guests as well as the bloggers, designers etc were decked out head to toe in fashion fabulousness. The bazaar was open before, during and after the show. Prior to the fashion show I went in to the bazaar and I met all of the designers.

The runway show showcased 9 designers: Abaya Addict, INAYAH, Hijab House, Madamme BK, Mohajababes, Needlez, Nisaa Boutique, RAYAN, SixteenR. These designers had clothing, hijabs, accessories and even swimwear. I loved the swimwear collection because the material was perfect and light for the water and there was so much variety. You could mix and match the pieces in case you wanted to wear tights or pants or show the neck or not etc. Perfectly fit for everyones’ personal style and taste. U.S. brand Zeena was also featured in the presentation. At the bazaar, I purchased 2 hijabs from Zeena and my sister did as well. I loved their prints on their hijabs and the different varieties they had. The bazaar included more designers besides for the 9 from the runway including Hijab-ista. (I have previously purchased hijabs and accessories from Hijabista and I was pleased with the prompt service and products)

with the musically talented Yuna Zarai

with the musically talented Yuna Zarai

During the runway show, the first designer was Nisaa boutique. This set the pedestal very high for the remaining designers and they did not disappoint. Nisaa boutique had gorgeous kaftans and it ended with a bridal kaftan. At the mid point of the fashion show, there was a live musical performance by Yuna Zarai. Her style can be described as alternative, pop and acoustic. She plays the guitar and ukulele and her voice is gentle and soft. She performed a handful of songs and her voice sounds just as wonderful live if not better! She is world known and has such talent. Check out her website here.

Included are pics from the fashion show of some of the amazing ladies I met and got to spend time with during my fun filled weekend.

with the stunning Yasmin of YaztheSpaz.com

with the stunning Yasemin of YaztheSpaz.com

Here is a picture of the gorgeous Yasemin of YaztheSpaz.com and I. She is truly artistic in expressing herself in so many different ways. Her style is stunning and her artistic side can be noted in her baking skills, her makeup tutorials and hijab tutorials. I love how she has truly inspired thousands of women to stay confident and maintain style. You can follow her on instagram @yazthespaz89. Our hotel rooms were adjacent and it led to a weekend filled with fun and random hangouts going in to the wee hours of the morning.

Nura and I. This was at the end of the night

Nura and I. This was at the end of the night

Make sure you visit Nura’s youtube channel. I love everything about this girl. She has serious talent and is a true makeup artist. She actually helped me with my eye makeup on Sunday for the fashion show. Such a helpful and sweet girl. Her tutorials are easy to follow and I love how her feisty personality shines right through her videos as well! She brought her daughter with her on her Cali trip and I respect and can relate to her so much. Great inspiration for fellow moms like yours truly. Check out her youtube channel here and you can follow her on instagram @nuralailalov.

ladies

ladies

Also, the fabulous Imaan Ali of Thehijablog was a guest at the fashion show. Read all about her and check out her urban trendy style here. She also includes a hijab tutorial for her turban style hijab three different ways which she rocks perfectly. I need more confidence to rock that style one day! Follow her on instagram @thehijablog

I also met Winnie Detwa. She is a v/b- logger (video and blogging). She is genuine, hilarious and has a unique style. Check her on instagram @winniedetwa and you can check her blog here.

at fashion fighting famine

at fashion fighting famine

My outfit details:

Pleated Dress- BCBGmaxazria

Black top- H&M

Scarf- I bought stretch silk at the fabric store and got the edges hemmed, which I also mentioned in one of my previous posts and you can read about it here.

Spiked Shoes- Vince Camuto and they are so unbelievably comfortable

Statement necklace- Ann Taylor

That was all the info from the fashion show. I have included some pics from the rest of my trip to California. Here are some of my outfits including outfit details.

 

we just got off the plane. here we are at newport beach

we just got off the plane. here we are at newport beach

 

with the beauty Aysuna and I

with the beauty Aysun and I

Aysun (instagram @aysunkanar ) and I

at newport beach

at newport beach

My outfit details:

Top with shoulder detailing- Zara. this top is similar to the spiked shoulder top I wore in my: For the Love of Spikes post, you can check it out here.

Pants- Esprit

Silk Scarf- purchased at Century 21. I actually wore this scarf in one of my previous posts as well, check it out here.

saturday night

saturday night

saturday night

saturday night

My outfit details:

Full sleeved jumpsuit- Halston Heritage purchased on ruelala.com

Silk scarf- purchased at Century21

Spiked Shoes- Vince Camuto

oh yeah, I bumped into this lady- Amena!

oh yeah, I bumped into this lady- Amena!

Amena of Pearl Daisy has an entire collection of clothing, hijabs and accessories. She has youtube videos and makeup tutorials as well. She is a true sweetheart and it was so nice to meet her! Check it all out here.

 

saturday night before we went out

saturday night before we went out

 

 

The day after the fashion show, my sister and I did some sightseeing. We went to rodeo drive and to the hollywood walk of fame. Here are some pics of my outfit of the day.

apparently this car is a big deal. I could care less, i just like how my pants match!

apparently this car is a big deal. I could care less, I just like how my pants match so well!

 

at rodeo drive

at rodeo drive

at rodeo drive

at rodeo drive

My outfit details:

High low top- H&M

Pants- Esprit

Shoes- Vince Camuto

Jacket with leather detailing- BCBGmaxazria

Georgette printed head scarf

 

at rodeo drive

at rodeo drive

 

 

so happy I finally found Muhammad Ali's star. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!

so happy I finally found Muhammad Ali’s star. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!

Muhammad Ali’s star is the only hollywood star that is not on the ground as per his request. He said he is named after our prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and he would never want the name Muhammad to be stepped on. Inspirational.

with Johnny Depp!

Johnny Depp!

tired at the end of our touristy escapades. chilling with Mickey Mouse (why does my neck look like that?!)

tired at the end of our touristy escapades. chilling with Mickey Mouse (why does my neck look like that?!)

 

This post is extremely long and I could not upload all of the pics but I have included more pics on my instagram account @sanahrashid.

All of these pictures were captured by my talented photographer and sister- Saman.

 

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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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