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 Umrah

The Holy Kabah

The Holy Kabaa

I was given the opportunity to perform Umrah with my husband and just returned back home on Saturday. We did Hajj back in 2008 before my sons were born and this is the first year where I was not pregnant or nursing so I was yearning to go back. We went to Madina first and then Makkah. Madina is where Prophet Muahmmad’s (saw) Masjid is. When we went for Hajj, I don’t believe I realized just how stunning Madina was but I think that has something to do with the fact that during Hajj we went to Makkah first. After the emotional and spiritual high that was felt the first time I ever laid my eyes upon the Holy Kabaa, nothing else could compare. But for Umrah, we went to Madina first and we spent a few relaxing days here and this time I did fall in love with the city of Madina. It’s so serene and calm and you feel so safe. You can walk to Masjid Al Nabawi (Prophets Masjid) anytime you want. Masjid Al Nabawi is immense, it’s so large and opulent. It’s striking in the daytime as well as the nighttime. In the daytime there are these massive umbrella like structures that open and provide shade.

Masjid Al Nabawi at maghrib time

Masjid Al Nabawi at maghrib time

Inside Masjid Al Nabawi. The never ending arches.

Inside Masjid Al Nabawi. The neverending arches.

Masjid Al Nabawi has the green dome and under it is Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) grave. This is also where Riadhul Jannah is. It is said this is the place where a garden is similar to the gardens of paradise and it is signified by the green carpet. It is recommended to pray 2 rakat here. It was extremely hard to do because Madina was so packed when we went and women have allotted times to go but Alhamdulilah I was able to do it. Every single time you are in Masjid Al Nabawi for prayer, the recitation echoes through the masjid, through the courtyard, through the streets and through your soul. The recitation resonates through your body and my heartbeat was racing a million miles a minute. I’m getting chills down my back just thinking of it. Subhanallah.

Green Dome

Green Dome

Last prayer in Madina. Outside of Masjid Al Nabawi for Zuhr prayer

Last prayer in Madina. Outside of Masjid Al Nabawi for Zuhr prayer

While we were traveling from Madina to Makkah, we had a small tour. We visited a few historical sites in and around Madina including Masjid Quba. If you perform 2 rakat prayers here after doing ablution at home, it is said that you have performed one Umrah and of course we took advantage of this and did exactly that. Makkah is the city where Masjid Al Haram is and this is built around the Holy Kabaa.

Sign outside of Masjid Quba

Outside of Masjid Quba

Masjid Al Haram in the day time

Masjid Al Haram in the day time

As soon as we got to Masjid Al Haram we performed Umrah. For Umrah, first you must make intention at the meeqat (designated area outside of Makkah where men put on their Ihram- 2 white unstitched pieces of cloth). We did this on our way to Makkah. Upon arrival in Makkah you must complete one tawaf (7 counter clockwise circuits around the Holy Kabaa) and do Sa’ai which is when you go back and forth between the mountains of Safa and Marwa. Going back and forth between Safa and Marwa shows how much trust Hajjra (Prophet Ibrahim’s wife) had with Allah that she left her son there while going back and forth trying to look for water for her dehydrated and dying son Ismael. She went back and forth between Safa and Marwa seven times and then Zam Zam water sprouted. Zam Zam water has been promised by Allah to have healing properties and is unlimited. After this is completed it is recommended that men shave or trim their hair and women trim their hair by 1 inch. After all of this is complete, you have performed your Umrah.

This was taken outside of Masjid Al Haram after maghrib

This was taken outside of Masjid Al Haram after maghrib

After Umrah was complete we ate burger king (this is an extremely big deal considering America does not have zabihah halal burger king!) and we went back to Masjid Al Haram to do tawaf. Nothing in the world compares to doing tawaf around the Holy Kabaa in Makkah and this is why Makkah is my favorite. For me, Masjid Al Haram is undoubtedly the most gorgeous place in the entire world. There is nowhere in the world that can possibly put my soul at so much ease than here. There are not enough words to describe all the emotions felt while in Makkah. Doing tawaf around the Kabaa is something I pray I will be able to do every single year Inshallah . Such an immense feeling of love, humility and peace. When you are performing tawaf you can smell the ithar (fragrance) on the Kiswah (black silk cloth embroidered in gold which is draped over the Holy Kabaa) as you get near to the golden doors of the Kabaa. While looking at the Kabaa during tawaf, I was in awe but it was impossible to stare at the Kabaa for more than a few seconds. I found it hard to gaze at the Kabaa for more than a few seconds because you are filled with so much humility and are taken aback by the amount of sheer beauty that the Kabaa can hold over you. If there can possibly be a place on earth that can capture your heart, Makkah is it for me.

As I am rereading and editing this post I am getting teary eyed. I know this is an extremely long post but I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Xoxo
-Sana Rashid

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