Aug 212015
 

We love cute totes and thought… hmm we haven’t done a giveaway in a long time!

Plus, it’s the anniversary of Hijabtrendz this month, so what better way to celebrate?

So, here we have a beautiful small Longchamp tote in mint green.

It’s brand new and we bought it especially to give to a lucky reader…

longchamp green tote

longchamp green tote

The only thing you have to do is… figure out what year we’re celebrating for the anniversary.

Leave your answer below and we’ll take all the people with the right answer and draw one lucky winner!

And for extra chances to enter, all you have to do is sign up for the Hijabtrendz newsletter here.

Deadline to enter is Friday August 28th, 2015 at midnight.

Good luck everyone :)

Aug 182015
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

A friend of mine posted this video on Facebook and it’s the kid who one the Awakening talent competition a few years ago.

You can see his audition video here, very talented mashallah!

He’s all grown up now and it looks like he’s had an image makeover.

I showed the video to my girls and they were a little too interested lol… which shows Awakening is very successful in putting out that pop star persona.

I love that there are more options for Muslims growing up, but I worry about the idolization that follows.

The pining, that let’s be honest, lots of tweens are going to feel for this young man can be a tricky thing.

Will we see these girls throwing themselves at him when he performs? Probably.

I’ve seen it before… particularly with Maher Zain.

And the funny part is when they perform at Islamic conventions, the folks running the event act shocked and try to hold the girls back.

It’s like… really? You didn’t think this would happen?

Since this is a somewhat new phenomenon for Muslims in the West… it’s probably still an area that’s being navigated. Places like Malaysia and Indonesia have had “Muslim pop stars” for decades (and I know other Muslim majority countries as well) but these places actually have hijabis and it’s not taboo!

That aside though, I am happy to see a young male role model out there making positive music and looking cool doing it.

The only thing that continues to bug me is there are no Muslim women singers from the West that are promoted through these Muslim music labels.

Whenever I bring that up, people say “look there’s Yuna”. Well yes, she is out there. But let’s give credit where it’s due. She rose to fame in Malaysia and was then discovered by a label in the U.S. and it’s not a Muslim label. She did everything on her own.

I know there are differences of opinion, but again I look toward South East Asia where it’s commonplace for hijabis to perform in acting and singing.

In fact, I started looking up female Malaysian singers who wear hijab for my girls to watch. I want them to see strong Muslim women reflected on screen and see that it’s not always men in the public eye.

To be fair, the Awakening contest did have some Muslim women that made it to the top 32 finalists, but we’re still waiting to see one of them be put out there and promoted.

Maybe one day…

Am I alone in my gripe? And what are your thoughts of Muslim performers emulating Western pop stars?

Aug 132015
 

When you’re pressed for time, there is nothing more fabulous than the crock pot for making a meal!

It’s great in the sense that you don’t have to stand over the stove and wait to make sure everything is cooked.

All you have to do is throw the ingredients on, turn the crock pot on and leave it to slowly cook for several hours.

One of my new favorite things to do is make green beans with tomatoes and onions.

It’s a twist on a Lebanese dish my grandmother taught me.

Here is how to do it step by step:

1. Spray the crock pot with non stick spray to make it easier to clean up.

2. Put it on the high heat setting and let it get warmed up.

3. Prep a pound or so of fresh green beans, you can cut them in half if they are really long, and place them in the pot.

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4. Take half of a yellow onion and dice it. You can use more if you really like onion lol.

5. Dice two medium tomatoes. Or you can use a can of diced tomatoes.

6. Add salt, pepper, and cinnamon to taste. Drizzle olive oil and close the lid. (Optional: you can squeeze some lemon on top).

Leave it for 1 hour on high and then turn the heat down to low for another 2-3 hours. The longer you leave it, the more tender the green beans.

Also, if you’d like to add meat, you will have layer it in the bottom before adding the green beans on top.

Most important step of all… eat it and enjoy!

You can eat this dish with a fork, or use bread to scoop it up, or put it on top of rice. It’s versatile!

Aug 112015
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

 

I’ve been doing a lot of “spring cleaning” lately.

Only it’s more like the great summer purge.

Living in an apartment, there is no room for extra stuff. You either shove it in the closet hoping it doesn’t pop out when guests are over, or you have to let it go and donate it or toss it out.

While cleaning out my drawers I found that I’ve held onto things for years…from college…from high school. Why was I holding on? Because they brought back memories when I’d look at them.

And memories are great, but they can also turn you into a hoarder.

I noticed when cleaning out my closet, I had so many pairs of jeans. All kinds of styles… boot cut, wide leg, legging. And two of them still had the price tags on!

What was this all about? Well they were on sale so I couldn’t NOT get them. But then they’d been sitting in my closet for 3 years presumable for that day when I’d miraculously be able to fit into them.

It’s crazy when I look at it from the outside and try to be as objective as possible. That’s because “things” can tend to make you feel emotionally connected and getting rid of them can feel a bit sad.

But, I’ve put that all behind me. I work with a mission to have everything out that is not necessary. I even worked on the kids room and found so many broken toys that were just taking up space.

Wow what a relief to have everything in order!

That’s why I want to live my life more simple.

When you cut down on the clutter and get rid of holding on to things for “one day… maybe..” or “I want to remember the good times..” you end up not living in the moment, but in the past or the future.

Being more present to me, is about letting all that go. Of course there are times to reminisce about the old days or planning ahead for what you want your future to be like. But, it’s not good to always be in those two places all the time.

I’m not saying that’s how I am, but when I look around and assess the things I’ve accumulated, it may reflect a little bit of that.

So, I have been ridding myself of things that I know I haven’t used or worn in ages. And I’m keeping my closet light. If I can see everything, then I know what I have and things don’t go to waste.

I’m also not going to worry about wearing a new outfit every day. Perhaps it’s part of aging… but I honestly don’t care if I wear the same two things and alternate them each day.

Life is so much more fulfilling to me this way. I’m free from the burden of becoming consumed by the superficial.

Every now and then, sure, I’ll indulge myself and dress up.

But for now, it’s time to clean out the junk and kick it to the curb!

And on another note… one of my dreams is to live on a piece of land in a tiny home. Anyone else think that would be ideal? Am I alone in wanting a simpler life? Come on ladies comment! I am hearing crickets lately.. where is everyone? I know you’re reading the posts LOL.

 

Aug 102015
 

We love adding unexpected color, particularly when it’s bold and bright.

Red is one of those colors that can seem intimidating, but sometimes it adds just the right amount of spice to an otherwise ordinary day.

hijab fashion for muslim women

A nice breeze that floats through on a hot and sunny day is welcome anytime you’re trying to get a good shot of the outfit you’re wearing. We don’t mind that it doesn’t create the “perfect” look, but it gives a more natural feel… because well.. we’re not professional models lol.

And just a note, we don’t wear any sort of volumizer under our hijab, that’s not our style.

This is simply a jersey hijab, nothing more…. nothing less.

modest fashion summer 2015

Of course when you spend more than $10 on a pair of sunglasses, they must be utilized in many photos lol.

If you’ve noticed… yes the last few posts we’ve had up here showcase these blue sunglasses.

We’re all about re-using accessories and other things, because it’s not about wearing a different outfit every day. It’s about using what you have in a creative manner and wearing it multiple ways. If anyone notices you’re repeating things, that’s their issue. Because, who really keeps tabs on things like that?

jersey hijab and long pants Outfit details

Scarf: Hijabtrendz jersey
Long sleeve tee: Old Navy
Sleeveless shirt: Kenneth Cole
Pants: Tommy Hilfiger
Wedge/platform sandals: Gap
Handbag: Calvin Klein
Sunglasses: Rayban

Aug 052015
 

We love long tops and dusters and anything that can give you great coverage.

But, it’s hard to find things that don’t leave you feeling … bumpy lumpy.

That’s why we absolutely detest jersey fabric when it comes to wearing it as a dress or top. That stuff clings like nobody’s business no matter what you think!

But, that’s a story for another day, eh? 😉

Back to the business of long tops… as summer winds down and fall starts to get underway, we need to think about thicker fabrics, or at least fabrics that can easily transition from cooler temperatures to below freezing.

Here are some pieces to help give you some inspiration… and while some are a bit pricey, only buy it if you think you’ll keep it around for a long time, and make sure it’s qua

long and modest cardigan for fall 2015
Acne Studios Raya Long Cardigan $425

 

long and loose cardigan from Nordstrom

Nordstrom Silk Blend long cardigan on sale 50% off at $98.00

 

 

MANGO modest fashion 2015
MANGO  cardigan 50% off 39.00 (comes in white and black).

 

 

modest fashion cardigan 2015
Pure color long cardigan from Chic Nova (comes in gray and what appears to be navy or black). $36.00

 

Hopefully these help inspire you to keep an eye out for a nice long top.

They are so cute and comfortable, and they suit everyone and give modest fashion a touch of elegance!

Aug 042015
 

Behind the Screen

Lately I have been inundated with requests from girls to give them a shot at modeling.

They say they can showcase my products, or work with my company and do a great job. I’m afraid they aren’t reading the website clearly. This is not a company that has any brands for sale, well other than the occasional jersey hijabs I have up.

At first, I thought it was spam, and then I realized they are commenting on a post from a few years ago.

And the ironic thing is the post is from last year when Citra Style was holding a modeling competition for their clothing line.

It makes me wonder if I should start a modeling agency and have a group of girls ready to work that catwalk and shine their smiles in a photo shoot for a modest fashion brand?

But it also makes me think… is that even a viable career option?  Who are we kidding? Hijab fashion is just the new “trend” and pretty soon, once the market gets saturated it will die down. But, I could be wrong. With more and more focus on the viability of the Muslim market and consumers ready to pounce on the next hot item, perhaps this could be an interesting path to choose.

I just wonder if Muslim companies would pay these girls a decent salary?

On a side note though, I’ve tried many times over the years, to encourage girls who contact me looking for an opportunity, to send their photos and a brief write up about themselves, where they live, what they do.. why they wear hijab etc. so that we can post it online.

It’s important for young Muslim women to see people like themselves reflected online. And not just the over glitzed and glammed hijabi-barbie dolls lol. But real life every day girls. Girls who play soccer, or are studying nursing, maybe they’re raising children or getting ready to go on a humanitarian mission? Those are really interesting and unique stories that I think would be a great way to showcase the diversity of the Muslim woman, but also women who wear hijab and are doing amazing things.

And in light of that, I would like to extend the offer to anyone reading this. Please feel free to share your positive feelings about hijab with us (or even your struggles), send us photos, let us know what makes you.. you! I think it’s great to hear from other women around the world and to know that we’re not alone.

I also like taking away the superficiality that can come with the idea of “modeling”. I think often young girls think it will bring fame and fortune and the reality is that very few people get to that point.

So that’s my little “schpeel” (is that a word?) for this week. Behind the screen will be back again next Tuesday… see ya! :)