Blush Pink {OOTD}

Blush pink – 2 words that make me really happy. Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn to anything in this (or close to) this colour and so, I decided to dedicate this OOTD post, specifically to the shade that makes me smile.

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Event: Launch of The Hayaa Box | Photoshoot

If you’ve been active on Instagram lately, you are bound to have come across The Hayaa Box – if not, let me fill you in!

The Hayaa Box is South Africa’s first subscription box for Muslim women. Each month, you can expect a beautifully wrapped box containing one of THB’s signature maxi scarves (in a gorgeous colour, of course!), at least one sample-sized (international or local) makeup, skincare or lifestyle product and to top it all of, matching hijab accessories to complement the scarf of the month.

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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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The Ultimate Gift Guide For Her

It’s that time of the year, in which everyone is in the gift-giving mood. Whether it’s buying a gift to thank your bestie for being amazing or getting a gift for your kids teacher or even purchasing a little something for your mom, sister or cousin just to say ‘I’m glad we’re family!‘ whatever your reason may be, we all sometimes need a little help in the gift-giving department.

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So, I’ve come up with the perfect gift for the lucky lady that you’re purchasing for, depending on the category that she falls into:
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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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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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The 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Souk Shopping

I’m sure most of you already know of both the Souks that go down during Dec/Jan in in my hometown, Durban i.e. The Al-Ansaar and the Dubai Souk. And since I’ve been attending both of these Souks for the past couple of years, I thought that I’d share my general do’s and don’ts with those of you who don’t have much experience in shopping at these Souks, so let’s get to it.. shopping-bags

Do’s:
  1. Visit both Souks in the first few days and then on the last day, that way you can spot all of the new bargains on the last day that wasn’t there before.
  2. Buy all of the jelly sweets that you can get your hands on/your wallet can afford! It’s so hard to find genuinely Halaal jellies, so the Souk is always a perfect place to get your guaranteed Halaal stash!
  3. Stock up on those black, non-snag scarf pins. Unless, you’re totally okay with ruining your scarves with those awful safety pins.
  4. Lookout for this one particular stall that sells all kinds of snacks, from Brazil nuts and China Fruit to Dried Mango and the likes. I think the stall is named Mairoon’s, but I could be wrong. Just look for a stall with that name or similar, because the snacks from this stall are amazing!
  5. Try out the variety of ice-cream from Randeree’s Homemade Icecream and from Scoopmesmore. Both are totally worth it and not available at any supermarket or store.
  6. Keep your valuables close to you, last year at the Dubai Souk, lots of shoppers had their cellphones and wallets stolen. So,  just a cautionary warning – be wary of those around you and the whereabouts of your valuables.
  7. Carry your own water. No, seriously. Why would you want to pay R12 for a bottle of water that you can get for R3 at Spar? For me, a bottle of water in my bag, is a must-have as I get very thirsty and flustered when shopping at either of the Souks. It’s so busy and crowded and so I always find myself reaching for some water and by  carrying my own, I have more money for shopping! Yay for savveh me 😀
  8. If you find a burka and/or Islamic swimwear that catches your eyes, make sure you grab ’em quick. These sell like hot cakes and defo are an investment as you’ll always need and use both!
  9. If you are a fan of abayas, you can usually find some great bargains at either Souk – just be sure that there aren’t many of that same design available or you might just risk looking like a clone at the next function that you decide to wear that mass-produced abaya to.
  10. Remember to catch all of the live cooking demo’s, entertainment and hijab tutorials – it’s worth taking time out from shopping to grab a seat and watch these live on-stage bits!
Don’ts
  1. Don’t go crazy buying errthing on the first few days of the either souk. Always wait for the bargains on the last day. Last year I picked up maxi scarves for R12 each – yeah you can faint now.
  2. Don’t haggle over every item that you want. The stall owners need to (more than) break-even so you can’t expect their items to be as cheap as chips! If you can’t afford it or not willing to pay the price stated, walk away. However, haggling is allowed if you are interested in buying a large quantity of items from the said stall owner and want a bulk discount – just don’t push it.
  3. Don’t go on any of the rides. It’s ridiculously expensive and honestly isn’t worth it, trust me.
  4. Don’t get emo with food stall employees. They are probably working their butts off to get your food to you on time, but sometimes things can get crazy busy and the influx of orders can be overwhelming for them – so keep your cool and be patient, your food will arrive soon and until it does, I am almost certain that you won’t die of starvation.
  5. Don’t run people over/shove people with your child’s pram. Honestly, I hate people who do this. If you can’t control a pram in such a crowd, leave it at home. No one likes being attacked by a pram wheel, I repeat, NO ONE.
  6. Don’t let your children run wild. This is a souk aka a shopping experience. It isn’t a place for you to forget that you have kids, allowing them to run wildly through the densely packed aisles, bumping into anyone who is in their line of terror. It’s annoying. Hold their hand and keep them close to you, K?
  7. Don’t lose your children. This one ties in with the previous don’t. Every year a large number of kids find themselves at the the Information Centre/Booth in search of their parents who were probably so busy shopping that they didn’t realize their kid is missing. Parents, don’t be a statistic.
  8. Don’t litter. There are tons of bins provided all around the venue, so it shouldn’t take much for you to drop your trash into one of them. No one wants to pick up after you, especially in the food court area.
  9. Don’t mess the bathrooms. Enough said.
  10. Don’t hog the outdoor/food court chairs and tables. Yeah, I get that you got there first and that you need the break from all the shopping, but your shopping bags don’t need their own seat, do they? There’s probably someone who needs a place to sit to enjoy their meal, so it won’t hurt to place your bags on the floor.
  11. And this one is just an extra: Randomly stopping in the middle of an aisle to reconnect with long-lost/close family members should be banned. Others are trying to walk through the aisles to browse and shop and you’re just disrupting the shopping experience. If you want to really chat that much, I suggest moving over to the side or taking it outside – it’s a win-win.

And that’s it! The do’s and don’ts of Souk shopping all in one post, I may have forgotten a few BUT that just calls for another post next year, this time. Have a great time at the Souk! IMG_9118

Kaleidoscopic {OOTD}

I recently went away for a few nights, with my family, just to chill out and relax. And since I hadn’t compiled an OOTD post in ages, I thought that I’d use my time away, to go outside and snap up some pics for the post.

This is one of my very chilled looks – no jewellery, light makeup and a loosely tied hijab – and I kind off like it. I was planning on unbuttoning the dress and wearing a pair of jeans and a tee under the dress but I decided not to.

I eventually opted for a cool sun hat and an opaque,super comfy and lightweight pair of leggings from Legwear Safari which I wear under all my maxi dresses and skirts – it really feels like you aren’t wearing anything! And I finished off my look with a wrinkled scarf and mellow yellow scalloped flats!

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Dress: The Lookbook (previously Mirror Mirror)
Hat: Fashion Express
Leggings: Legwear Safari
Flats: Rage
Scarf: Dazzle