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 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 a Jersey Getaway

me at Revel

As a New Yorker, I am slightly hesitant on the title of this post but my mini Jersey getaway was so relaxing and enjoyable that this post was necessary (haha)! I met up with a bunch of fabulous girls this past weekend for our 2nd annual girls getaway (last year we went to Miami). No boys and no babies/kids. This large group of girls consists of housewives, doctors, dentists, social workers, teachers, mommies and everything in between. This was a mini getaway because it was actually just one night but our itinerary was fully packed with activities. We arrived at Revel for brunch followed by a relaxing afternoon at the Bask Spa. I have never been to a spa before so this was an enjoyable experience for me.

After feeling rejuvenated, all the girls got dressed up for our dinner reservations at Cuba Libre. The food at Cuba Libre did not disappoint. The appetizers were so diverse and were served family style. It consisted of bread and spiced mango butter, shrimps and scallops, yuca frita (kind of like french fries), frituras de malanga (similar to pakoras and these were my favorite), and plantain and malanga chips served with 3 different dips- black bean hummus, cuba libre salsa, and smoked marlin salad. These appetizers were delicious and seemed never ending! The staff was very accommodating to our large party of 20+ girls and gave us vegetarian selections and made sure everything was alcohol free. We also ordered fruity mocktails like mango mint mojito and pina coladas which were fresh and delish. Dinner was surprisingly outstanding. I ordered mahi mahi which melted in your mouth with flavor. I was upset I could not finish my meal but it’s probably because I could not stop eating those appetizers! Included is my outfit of the night (OOTN) and some pics of these fabulously fashionable girls.

 

girls saturday night

girls saturday night

Girls listed from left to right:

Shua- black jumpsuit and nude blazer with black labels- Forever21, shoes- Vince Camuto, sequined clutch from H&M

Erum- black wrap dress- Michael Kors, bronze pumps- Enzo Angiolini purchased at Macys, statement necklace from H&M. Erum does beautiful Islamic calligraphy on paintings. Check out her work on her facebook page and Like it! www.facebook.com/mod.paintings

Afsheen- black high waisted skirt with train- Banana Republic heritage collection, white shirt- Theory purchased at Marshalls

Noreen- black asymmetrical dress from BCBGmaxazria, pink pumps- Vince Camuto, polka dot hijab- H&M, necklace-Forever21

Maryam- blazer with sequined arms- Anthropologie, black patent leather clutch Rachel Zoe, necklace- R.J. Graziano purchased on Gilt.com

green pants

me in green pants

me in green pants

me in green pants

 

My outfit of the night (OOTN) details:

Pink blazer- BCBGmaxazria. I also wore this Blazer in my first post, check it out.

Green pants- Joe Fresh

Forest green turtleneck- H&M

Printed silk scarf- Century21.

Spiked shoes- Jeffrey Campbell. Also worn here, loving spikes.

saba and husna

saba and husna

Saba (on the left)- black high low dress- Forever21, blazer from H&M, gold belt- Urban Outfitters, jewelry from Zaina- contemporary jewelry http://www.facebook.com/Zaina-Contemporaryjewelry#!/pages/Zaina-Contemporary-Jewelry/151650778250361?fref=ts , hijab from Nordstrom

Husna (on the right) blazer- Banana Republic, green pants- NY&CO, blue suede heels- Jessica Simpson, hijab- NY&Co, clutch-limited, bracelet-Banana Republic. Husna bakes cakes and delicious sweets for all your party event needs. Check out her facebook page and like it! http://www.facebook.com/petitesweetsbyhusnasheriff

 

hajera and aqsa

hajera and aqsa

Hajera (on the left)- blazer, shirt and printed pants from H&M, flats- Tory Burch, necklace- Francescas, hijab- NY&CO, black clutch- Century21. Hajera is expecting and she is carrying herself beautifully! (mA)

Aqsa (on the right)- black top from Loft, colored pants from Loft, patent wedges from Cole Haan, Bag- Louis Vuitton, necklace by francescas, hijab from Century 21

green pants stairs

Me in green pants

Karaoke topped off the evening. We rented a room at the same hotel as Cuba Libre and when you put 20+ girls in one room, absolute silliness and singing passions emerged. The following day we had breakfast at the Alcove at Revel and requested a late check out. The wonderful hotel staff accommodated this for all of us. We hung out, and enjoyed the hotel which is a lot more classy and sophisticated then some of the other atlantic city hotels.

me inside Revel

me inside Revel

 

me at Revel

me at Revel

My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

Fur vest- Michael Kors. Check out my post dedicated to fur vests here.

Black pants- Gap. These pants are also mentioned in full detailed description here.

Suede Booties- Taryn Rose purchased on Ruelala.com

Asymmetrical long dress- BCBGmaxazria

Silk scarf- Oscar de la Renta purchased at Century21

Belt- H&M (I wore this over the fur vest because a fur vest can come off as bulky at times.)

modest fashionable beauties

modest fashionable beauties

From left to right:

Hafeza- colored pants from gap, blazer jacket- Mine purchased from TJ Maxx, belt- burberry, bag- Louis Vuitton

Saba- printed pants and top- Forever 21, Blazer- H&M, mint clutch- Francescas

Erum- blue long top- Forever21, Head scarf (hijab)- Calvin Klein, nude/light pink bag- Marc Jacobs. Erum does beautiful Islamic calligraphy on paintings. Check out her work on her facebook page and Like it! www.facebook.com/mod.paintings

Sana Rashid (my full outfit details are on the previous pic)

Maryam- black and white striped shirt- BCBG, pink pants- Loft, black shoes- Sigerson Morrison, blue studded bag- Michael Kors

Zarina- brown riding boots and belt- Tory Burch, Dress shirt- Charlotte Rousse

Sana S. – dress from Forever21, statement necklace by Monet purchased at JC Penney, black pants- Macys

Shua- coral pants from Cynthia Rowley, Floral Blazer and Tshirt from Forever21

 

sana

sana

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