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Sep 022014
 

It was quite an adventure.

We decided to drive from Chicago to Detroit to attend the 51st annual ISNA convention.

With our two kids we hopped in the car and what was supposed to be a 4.5 hour drive turned into a 7 hour delay with detours and construction.

Exhaustion aside, it was great to see so many familiar faces and meet new people as well.

It inspired us to keep working hard with Hijabtrendz and focus on the connections we can make with like-minded folks.

The one thing I personally noticed, was that it was a much smaller crowd this year.

The kids attended the ISNA carnival which took place in the bazaar area and had a blast!

Which is what I want to discuss next… the bazaar.

I felt quite honestly, it was lacking in something.

I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, and then it hit me!

It was extremely cluttered, because it seemed as though every single booth was selling hijabs or some kind of material being hawked as “hijab”.

There were so many colors and styles, that I felt I was in a massive fabric warehouse and couldn’t even bring myself to look through most of them.

Here are my overall thoughts:

  • Major lack in what I would call “customer service”. Ignoring the fact that I’m asking for sizing help and instead taking selfies with your friends, is not the best way to go about making a sale.
  • Putting a mish mash of scarves that are not related in any way and piling them on a table is not attractive to any customer. Particularly when many hands come through touching them and feeling the fabric.
  • Not having anyone at the booth. I wanted to buy something, but where is the person I’m supposed to pay?
  • Selling pure junk you found in your basement and trying to pass it off as something else. Is this a flea market?

My recommendations for vendors or would be vendors:

  • Know your product. If someone is asking for sizing information, be on top of things.
  • Presentation is everything. If you don’t put effort, believe me I’m not going to put effort either toward a purchase.
  • Be unique. It’s highly likely that most people are selling different variations of the same thing, or they all ordered the same shipment from China. You can still make it work if you know your competition and scout out who else has the same thing and for what price. Maybe you can offer an even better deal.
  • Make sure you market yourself well. The numbers weren’t visible on booths this year. So it was hard to find businesses I was specifically seeking out.

On the flip side, I had exceptional service from the woman behind Fetoun. She took the time and measured me for a hijab and really put in a lot of effort to show me how it works. More on that soon when I review the “hijat” invention.

I also enjoyed stopping by the Elegant Cloth style block. Elegant Cloth is an up and coming high end fashion publication and they reserved a massive portion of the bazaar alongside some of your favorite online personalities:

elegant cloth flier

It’s funny because initially I was a little hesitant to stop by the style block. I imagined tons of screaming teeny boppers.

Instead I was met with warm and genuine people who my girls wanted to keep coming around to see. We got our pictures taken by both the folks behind Elegant Cloth and RidzDesign.

The setup was professional and a welcome change from the chaos throughout the rest of the place.

Overall though, it appeared that many of the big name vendors that have been convention regulars were not there this year including Shukr, unless somehow I missed their booth.

I don’t want to sound too negative, and I understand bazaars are meant to be a little crazy and chaotic. But for some reason the vibe was off this year.

If you went, what are your thoughts? Am I being way too harsh?

Aug 292014
 

hijabtrendz review

I recently took my youngest to the dermatologist, because she had developed a small rash around her mouth.

The rash comes and goes and I figured it was some kind of allergy.

The dermatologist recommended some creams and said we may want to try a steroid cream.

I decided to look up some natural alternatives, because I know that steroid creams, particularly on the face can make things a lot worse when they are stopped.

I’m still of the belief that she’s having some kind of allergic reaction, possibly due to the really high pollen and mold we’ve had this season. Or maybe it’s something she’s eating.

That being said, I did some research and found that fluoride and sodium laurel sulfates are common allergens that can cause the symptoms I’ve seen.

Immediately I went and bought soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion etc. that didn’t have these ingredients in them.

I’ll share the items with you throughout the next few weeks.

My first focus, is on the toothpaste:

healthy toothpaste natural

Even though I bought it for the kids, I’m also using it now. I have no complaints and after a recent dental visit, all seems to be good!

The toothpaste advertises the following:

No Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates
No Preservatives
No Artificial Colors
No Artificial Sweeteners
No Saccharin
No Propylene Glycol
No Gluten

What I found interesting, is that most toothpastes have a ton of chemicals, including one that makes the paste that gleaming white color.

I’m trying my best to do small changes to live a healthier lifestyle, and this is just one way I can do it.

What kind of toothpaste do you use? Do you think it’s important to find healthier and more natural ingredients?

Aug 282014
 

It’s not every day that you happen upon the famous workout guru behind the Tae Bo fitness video series that was extremely popular in the 90s.

Apparently he is on a workout tour and we wish we had signed up for it, because after watching it for a bit we felt it was not cool to stand around.

Bottom line…it’s time to get serious about exercise again!

How about you? Are you lacking motivation like us?

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Mr. Tae Bo did give a motivational speech after they finished sweating it up.

What we learned is basically:

  • Working out is not for weight loss.
  • You can get in shape from working out, but bottom line it’s the food we eat.
  • Working out is more for your body to feel good.

Sounds reasonable enough… time to get back on track, thanks Billy!

 

I’m usually a pants and shirt girl when it comes to work.

I think it’s a habit I developed over the years, because as a reporter, I never know when I’m out on assignment if I’ll have to chase someone down for comment.

And let me tell you, if you’re in heels and decked out to the nines, you’re not going to get that scoop.

But, every now and then I let go of that worry that I’ll be running down the city streets tripping over myself, and bust out a skirt.

I realized as I put my outfit together, it was a bit too much black and of course I didn’t pay attention to the weather and the fact that the heat was going to be nearing 100 degrees. But, I love heat, so it’s not that big of a deal to me. However, I wanted to add some color so the outfit would have a bit of my personality added to it.

coral top and black skirt

Nevermind the blurriness of the photo above.. I’m attributing it to the fact it was really humid out and fogging up the lens.

coral4

Trying my best to be casual cool.. not sure if that’s working here.

I decided I should show you the flats I was wearing, because the skirt is so long it cover them.

 

coral2

My favorite part about this top is that it’s what they call “business in the front and party in the back”. I’m all for unique and interesting pieces.
Of course now that I’ve gotten used to this top and figuring out how to hijabify the sleeveless part… I noticed this style is now being made with long sleeves.. go figure!

Outfit details:

Hijab: from my personal jersey collection which you can purchase here.

Sleeveless top:  Kenneth Cole

Long sleeve black Tshirt: Target or as some like to say “Tarjaaaay”

Skirt: Some brand I randomly found at JC Penney

Wallet: Calvin Klein

Nailpolish: Essie

Shoes: Cole Haan.

Aug 262014
 

***This sample sale is by invite only, click here to receive my personal invite to the site!***

My Habit has become our new go to place to find some pretty decent deals.

We love the recent selection of dresses from Thakoon.

They’d pair nicely with some pants or legging… or if you’re hanging out at home, just keep it styled as a short dress.

Here is the embroidered poplin shirt dress in white:

Thakoon dress

And how gorgeous is this draped cardigan by Rick Owen?

 

Rick Owen draped cardigan

We think we might start getting obsessed with Rick Owen, here’s another draped piece that looks ultra comfy:

Rick Owen Athena Jacket

 

The sale ends this coming Wednesday August 27th, 2014 at 9am PT/11am CT

But, they have plenty of other items including some lovely looking Australian boots.

Want to join My Habit? Click here and you’ll be invited!

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