Kimono Wrap Abaya {OOTD}

Abayas are not really my forte. I don’t wear them often nor do I own many but the Kimono Wrap Abaya from Damasq has definitely made me rethink abayas.

Effortless, modest, fashionable and beautiful is how I would define the Kimono Wrap Abaya. It’s so simple and yet so elegant and you’re literally cannot go wrong with it.
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Hijab Tutorial: 5 Effortless Ways to wear an Infinity Scarf 

Hey guys!

I recently received an awesome package from Damasq (find them here) containing a few pieces from their stunning range of Instant Scarves, which are available in an array of colours and patterns and are so easy to wear! All of the instant scarves are sewn together at the point which sits under your chin, so you don’t require a pin!
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Mouza {OOTD}

I know what you’re thinking. It has been ages since I’ve uploaded an OOTD post (or any post for that matter) but in my defence whenever I attempted to do a shoot, either the weather, the lighting or the location just didn’t work for me. Also, I’ve been experiencing some MAJOR technical difficulties so even when I did capture the most perfect images, I was unable to upload! But fear not, all is okay now, so you can look forward to many more OOTD posts!

I recently realized that finding an item that is easy to wear, doesn’t require a lot of effort and that can be worn in many different ways is difficult but not impossible.
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Grayscale {OOTD}

Hello there, my beautiful & fantastic readers!

I know I’ve been totally MIA for a while, but I’ve just been ridiculously busy and well, haven’t found the time to snap pics/write up new posts for the blog – I sincerely apologize!
Well, I’m now back into the blogging scene albeit not back into the daily blogging scene as I most probably will be posting just 3 or 4 times a week, God willing!

So, to start of the new blogging month of August (I know we’re half way through August, but whatevs), I thought I’d share this OOTD which features a gorgeous gray instant sheyla from Damasq ( currently sold out, but contact Damasq for more details)!

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Need some inspiration for your Eid outfit?

Okay, I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking that we aren’t even in Ramadan yet but I’m already talking about Eid? Well, this year I’m trying to steer away from my very delayed shopping habits and decided to be more proactive when it comes to my eid shopping.
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Summer Swirls {OOTD}

About 2 weeks ago, I featured the very simple & elegant Chinese collared abaya from Damasq and this week I’m featuring one of Hijabi’s (Damasq’s sister store) maxi hijabs, which I’ll tell you more about further below!

This look is basically what I would wear to go shopping or for ice-cream at the beach. It features two of my favourite colours, coral and mint, and two of my favourite pieces of clothing – a denim shirt and a maxi skirt! So you could say that this is one of my favourite looks ever! Okay, maybe not ever, but you get what I’m saying!
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Damasq {OOTD}

A few weeks ago, I reviewed a Chinese collared abaya and a few scarves and accessories that I received from the very sweet Yasina, the mastermind behind Damasq and Hijabi. So, I thought why not feature these wonderful products in an OOTD post instead of just telling you guys about it! I’m starting off the features with the very simple yet beautiful Chinese collared abaya.IMG_4110

Unfortunately, in this post you can’t see the actual Chinese collar because of how my scarf is styled – but I do have an image of it here, if you’d like to see.
Even though, it does have such a collar, it doesn’t suffocate you at all. I’m one of those people who hate polo necks because of how claustrophobic it makes me feel, so I really was quite surprised that the Chinese collar still allowed me to breathe –really!!

I decided to pair this abaya with neutral colours, so I stuck to gold, beige and a few shades of brown. And because it’s black, it’s quite versatile in the sense that you can pair it with any colour and it will look fab.IMG_4109
I see the abaya as more of a maxi dress than an abaya as it’s flexible in terms of styling it. Most abayas are already kitted out with some bling or flowy sleeves so there isn’t much room to play around with when it comes to styling it.
With this abaya, you can literally just throw it on along with a scarf and a pair of shoes and be on your way – or you can belt it and accessorize it if you want a more structured and thought-out look.

 

 

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I paired my abaya with a skinny gold belt, gold D’Orsay pumps, a gold triangle necklace, a printed envelope clutch and a pashmina worn as a head scarf. But you can always pair it with some heels, a turban and a shopper bag – if that’s your go-to style. As I said, it’s quite flexible so anything goes!IMG_4102

Scarf: Pashmina
Abaya: Damasq
Belt: Forever New
Shoes: Gino Paoli
Bag: ModaScapa
Necklace: Legit

If you are into maxi dresses or abayas, I really would suggest you get yourself one of these -you can even pair it with a biker jacket or a maxi cardigan if you’d like to see it transition into a Winter piece. You can find it here for just R299!
Btw, look out for my next OOTD post that will feature the Summer Swirls maxi scarf from Hijabi, which you can find here.

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Review on goodies from Damasq and Hijabi

You know what’s more exciting than an online store? An online store that stocks all of your hijab accessories, modest wardrobe needs and some Islamic goodies too. And where can you shop for all of these, you ask? Well, at no other than Damasq and Hijabi! And even more excitingly, I was recently sent a neat package from Yasina, the mastermind behind Damasq and Hijabi, filled with wonderful products that are currently available for purchasing online. So, I thought why not share my views and reviews on all of the loveliness that I have received?!

 

The Volumizing Scrunchie
I think it was YaztheSpaz that made this not-so-little accessory famous, though I could be wrong. Anyway, this scrunchie was made to rival the ever so famous flowerclip/camel-hump clip, that most know and love. As I have mentioned before, I’m not a fan of the camel-hump hijab style, it’s just not who I am or what I’d wear. The most volume that I’ve ever had at the back of my head, was produced by the nifty little donut ring (which you can find here), so I wasn’t too keen on this scrunchie. However, I was quite pleased with the results!jan 1203

I found that the scrunchie gave me the perfect amount of volume and my head looked quite normal too – no alien-like resemblances, I swear. I also loved that even after wearing it for over 8hours, I experienced no headaches and my hair stayed intact – there was no need for tying and retying my hair. I used the scrunchie as a bun reinforcer, so I basically styled my hair into a bun and secured the bun with a hair-tie and then reinforced the bun with the scrunchie which I tied twice over my bun.

The scrunchie does feel sort of weird as its texture is quite velvety, which makes me squirm when I touch it but I guess the velvet fabric is what makes it stay on your hair. To be honest, it’s definitely a product you should look in to if you’re in need of some volume for your hijab or if you have issues with having your hair coming loose or your bun getting undone. You can find it here for just R70!

 

The Peach Ring Hijab by Shejab
This snood/infinity/loop scarf is from the famous hijab/modest wear design house, Shejab. It’s made from a high quality cerutti chiffon that isn’t scratchy or annoying and has a super cute mint velcro ring that covers the join in the scarf (coral+mint are my fav colour combos!). jan 1209

Now you’re meant to wear this scarf as a ‘hood’ with an underscarf for more coverage, like how the model is wearing it in the image below. But if you’re a turban fan, you can always double loop the scarf around your neck and pair it with a bold and funky turban. It’s also great for the colder months, when your neck is craving some extra warmth. jan 1240I recently wore mine with a hijab cap underneath and simply pinned it, from the inside, below my chin in order to cover my neck- so you can see it’s quite versatile when it comes to styling it. I love that it is easy throw on and effortless too. When I wear it, I honestly feel like I’m not wearing a scarf due to how light and airy it is. It’s perfect for our hot Summer months. If you’re interested in purchasing this gorg coral+mint ring hijab, you can find it here and here.

 

Summer Swirls Maxi Hijab
I love maxi hijabs! They’re easy to drape, style and they enable you to create the folds that you desire. They also offer plenty of coverage for both your hair and neck area, so it’s easy to see why they’re becoming more and more popular as the days go by. This particular one, is almost double the width of regular hijabs which makes the desirable folds totally possible. It’s also very soft and is 100% viscose which makes draping and styling that much simpler. jan 1207jan 1245

The colours on this one is really pretty too, there’s a ton of coral with strips of lemon and sky-blue thrown into the mix. I’m always a fan of scarves that have a few colours incorporated into the design as it makes creating an outfit along with accessories so much easier because your mind will draw inspiration from the colours used to create the scarf. If you love this scarf and simply must have it, you can find it here.

 

The Chinese Collar Stretch Abaya
Let me start off by saying, I don’t wear abayas. I don’t find them appealing at all and always feel so restrained whenever I do wear one. I haven’t worn an abaya for the past 2 years and I’m quite okay with that.

However, during December, I visited both Souks in search for a plain black abaya – why? Because every single black maxi dress that I did find was too tight or too short or just not what I wanted. Unfortunately, my search was fruitless, so all of that walking and keeping my eyes peeled was for nothing.

After a few days of sulking and major emoness, I hopped on over to Damasq’s FB page and saw this beauty of an abaya and the lovely Yasina was kind enough to send it over to me! Now as I said just now, it’s been like 2 years since I’ve worn an abaya so I was expecting myself to have mixed feelings on how the abaya looked on me – but I’m quite happy to admit that I was, well, happy with the result. jan 1242

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I honestly feel it’s more like a dress than an abaya as it fits much better than an abaya usually would. The cut is quite a slim one, so there isn’t any bulkiness but neither is there any hugging of curves (not that I have any, but #justsaying). So, it’s still as modest as an abaya would be but a tad more flattering.

The fabric is also very cool and lightweight and doesn’t stick to your body which is much appreciated. It’s wonderful for days that are hot and sticky and even for those functions that are hosted in venues without AC’s, you know those ones in which you feel like you are about to collapse if a cool breeze doesn’t present itself? Yeah, it’s perfect for those.

The abaya is also easy to style, you can choose to wear it plain, or slap on a studded waistbelt for a glam look or you can pair it with a structured blazer and a skinny waistbelt for a more put together look. Black is just an easy colour to style and play with, so just have fun with it! I honestly wish I wore turbans, that way I’d get to show off the cute Chinese collar but I guess as long as I know it’s there, that should suffice! If you’re keen on this abaya or have been looking for a plain black abaya/maxi dress, this one is perfect for you. And at only R299, it’s a steal. You can find it here.

 

Oh yes, Damasq is having a sale on a few of their items, so you may want to check that out. And also, I’ll be featuring all of the above items in upcoming OOTD posts that way you can see why I love every item! But, in the mean time, happy shopping 😊.

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2 Hijab Accessories that I can’t live without

During the past few weeks, I received a sweet little package from Yasina, over at Glitter Dust and Damasq, and in it contained 2 items that have changed my scarf-wearing life forever – seriously!

So before these 2 accessories made their way into my life, I really was content. I was quite happy and figured that the only things that I require for my scarf to look great was a few straight pins, a scarf pin, a hairband and a headband – and boy was I wrong!

When I first ripped open the package, the first thing I noticed – besides the little note from Yasina – was this black balaclava-type of underscarf. After trying it on, and of course after managing to calm myself down from laughing hysterically due to how weird and criminal-like I looked, I realised how amazing this product really is!

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As you can see from the image above, the Complete Coverup or the Ninja Underscarf provides full coverage for your neck, ears and forehead! You obvi can determine how much of your forehead you want to be covered, by pulling the underscarf back or bringing it forward.

But what I like most about the underscarf, is that fact that it doesn’t squash my ears or give me that ‘tight’ feeling around my head. The fabric that the underscarf is made from is rather soft, allowing your head and ears to ‘breathe’ whilst wearing it. What’s also great is that there is enough fabric at the back of the underscarf which ensures that the back of your head and neck is always covered, whether your hair is in high pony, low or high bun or in a donut-bun!
These underscarves are particularly great if you a wearing a snood/infinity scarf. Usually with those scarves, the neck area is always left uncovered, but with this little amazing invention you can now ensure that it’s always covered! Plus, they are available in over 20 colours which means you can buy one to match every one of your scarves!

Okay, so like enough about the Complete Coverup, let me tell you about the Hair Donut!

The Hair Donut has been on the market for about a year or so now, but I never ever thought to wear it under my scarf! My hair is really long so it’s always in a bun and I never thought that the Donut will even fit my hair due to it’s length. But after playing around with the Donut for a while, and totally ignoring the instructions that it came with, I found a way to use it, that didn’t take much time but still secured my hair for the whole day.
Here’s what I did:
1) tied my hair into a pony;
2) slid the Donut through my pony;
3) next I folded my hair over the Donut;
4) secured it with a hairband and then; 5) wrapped the remainder hair around the base of the Donut and secured with a bobby pin!

That’s it! Uber simple 🙂

What I love about the Hair Donut, is the adequate volume and smooth look it gives my scarf. I will never wear those camel-hump flower clips under my scarf, as they are just too big and make me look as if I’ve got a growth at the back of my head, so the Hair Donut is a great substitute as it does look more natural and normal :).

I’ve been using the Complete Coverup (which has to be washed after 2 uses, you don’t want a build-up of bacteria, now do you?) and the Hair Donut everyday to campus and ever since, I’ve never had to to endure the awkwardness and frustration of removing my scarf to retie my hair or my scarf! My average day on campus is about 6 hours, so that’s how long it holds for. I’ve never tried using it for more than 6 hours though, so perhaps it might even hold longer! I simply love these 2 accessories and when used together they create some kind of magic – seriously!

If you’d like to purchase these amazing little dinge, you can find the Complete Coverup (R60) here and here and the Large Donut (R20) here.

Here’s to fully covered necks and naturally-smooth hairbuns!
Raeesa