Jul 282015
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

I have to say, this summer I have no issues with hijab. Perhaps my prayers have been answered! :)

It used to be that I would have my ups and downs, and then when summer rolled around I wished I could just flaunt my hair and bask in the sun.

But, this time around, I feel comfortable in my own skin.

I’m happy and I think there are a few reasons.

1. I’m older and wiser (hehe I don’t care as much about what people think).

2. The clothing I’m choosing to wear is much more hijab friendly. (I have a theory as to how a lot of girls end up taking off their hijab, and it has to do with the way “psuedo-hijab fashion” has been headed for awhile, a lot of focus on the outward, but that’s a post for another day).

3. The scarves I wear are much lighter than what used to be available.

4. I’m not as immersed in the entertainment world as I previously was, so I’m not putting myself down for not being able to get acting roles because of hijab.

5. I really prayed on this and while there will often be struggles here and there, it’s getting so much easier Alhumdulilah.

Overall, I think in the summer, it can be hard for hijabis.

Sure we probably get hot, just like everyone else. But there is also a lot of scrutiny from people who aren’t Muslim. The never ending questions of “aren’t you hot” can get tiresome.

Also, there are days we all probably wish we could jump in the pool, but it’s hard to find a private spot where there aren’t a million people around.

If you’re struggling this summer, you’re not alone. Know that plenty of us have been in your shoes. I truly believe hijab is something that can go up and down.

Some days you can feel really great about it, and other days you can feel like you wish you didn’t wear it. Don’t let that get you depressed, just know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  :)

In other news..

It’s nearly the 8 year anniversary for Hijabtrendz! I’m always amazed when I get emails or run into people who’ve been reading the website for years. Thank you so much for keeping up with it! I think it’s about time I do a redesign and fix up the site, so hopefully by the end of the year we’ll have that taken care of.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to try different features to see what you guys like, and get rid of things that y’all aren’t having any part of hehe.

How has your summer been so far? I love reading comments, so please post some! :)

Jul 272015
 

I may be on a roll these days with the hot weather hijab fashion.

There are so many options these days that I often don’t know where to start!

It seems like more and more companies are creating pieces of clothing that can easily be mixed and matched.

If this outfit is familiar, that’s because it’s the same look I wore over here.

This time I switched up the shoes and purse, added sunglasses… and it gives the outfit a different look!

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Outfit details:

Hijab: Hijabtrendz jersey scarf

Denim shirt dress: Gap

Jeggings: Gap

Shoes: Converse

Handbag: Calvin Klein

Being minimalist is so much fun. It’s time to let go of the social stigma that comes with wearing or posting things more than once!

Jul 252015
 

I’m a huge fan of tank tops.

Why?

Because they are so versatile! You can wear them with a jacket and leave it open, and even though it’s hot outside, you stay nice and cool.

They are also great if you have top that’s low cut and you want extra coverage…but without the bulk of a long sleeve shirt.

My latest obsession though, is finding the right kind of tank top. A tank top that is long and loose and almost tunic length.

I think it looks so chic and you can wear a flowy light jacket on top and it’s super cute and comfortable.

Here are a few things that I’ve come across in my search…

Haute Hijab has a great crisp looking sleeveless tunic

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There is the black tuxedo tank from Zeena

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Soft Surroundings has this unique sleeveless tunic

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And Top Shop has this really pretty textured sleeveless tunic.

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I’m planning to incorporate more of these kinds of shirts into my wardrobe.

They are comfortable and modest and you can do so many different things with them.

It looks like I need to make a shopping trip soon, or maybe some online ordering ;).

Jul 242015
 

First of all, I hope you didn’t miss my posts too much 😉

I enjoyed a much needed few days off from the life of the internet world and work and big city hustle and bustle.

It was so nice to spend time with my family and enjoy nature and take the kids out and about.

What I noticed is that it’s such a huge lifestyle change going from the big city of Chicago a little south to Urbana where my family is.

Life there is that of a typical University town. In the summer it’s empty and laid back. Also, there is so much more to do, or at least it feels that way because everything is so close by, you are not tired of driving from point A to point B. Here in Chicago… after going to one place 45 min away with traffic… you can barely get up enough energy to see friends and socialize because you spent all day in the car.

You’re probably thinking right now…. where is this cardigan you mentioned in headline?

Here it is in one of my other favorite colors…maroon (I know I’m usually in blue from head to toe).

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I have to say initially I was absolutely in love with this cardigan. It’s extremely light and breathable.

However, upon looking at the photos later, I realized it’s also a fabric that causes the dreaded “bumpy lumpy” look.

If you have anything of any sort of shape or texture underneath, it will show. So for example, my scarf being a little bit tucked underneath in the back, kind of gives me a slight hunchback. Of course maybe I’m the only one that noticed it, and now I just made you notice haha.

The funny story about the outfit.. well as I mentioned up top… I went to my parents for Eid weekend. And then decided to stay an extra few days.

I only packed my Eid outfit, some pajamas and these jeans with a tank top and light jacket and two hijabs.

I honestly didn’t think I was staying long. I headed to the local Meijer down the street to get some groceries (one of those big grocery store chains that sells clothes and everything else) and I spotted this top. I got one in black too. Presto change-o… I was able to expand my wardrobe instantly!

Now, because I have these, I’ll have to find new ways to wear them as I try my best to stick to a frugal clothing budget and eliminate all unnecessary items I never wear.

Also, the only other mishap is carrying this HUGE tote everywhere. That thing almost knocked people over. I wanted to use it for travel mostly, and I should have brought a smaller purse along for day to day. But, as I said earlier.. I didn’t plan to stay all those extra days. I guess I was having too much fun! :)

And one more thing… the tank top I’m wearing shrunk to half its original length after I washed and dried it at my parent’s place. Their drier literally seems to cook the clothes… I was bummed because I thought I’d actually found a nice long tank top! lol.

Hijab: Black Hijabtrendz jersey scarf
Tank top: Calvin Klein
Pants: Target Denizen
Shoes: Cole Haan
Cardigan: Falls Creek
Tote: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarer

Are you a fan of these open cardigans? I sometimes pin them closed if I feel like they flap open too much.

Jul 142015
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

It has been a crazy whirlwind these last few days.

First of all we had a bit of drama with some minor flooding from our neighbors apartment into our living room. We are also renovating our place a bit, and I got called in to work an overnight shift…plus my girls have had early ice skating lessons…add that all up and I am one sleep deprived woman!

There is also the fact that Ramadan is ending and we have to figure out where we are going or what we are doing for

Phew!

How have you all been? It seems pretty quiet around here lately. :) I’m sure you guys are all making those last minute preparations too and I know a lot of folks really dedicate themselves to praying and reding Quran and staying away from the internet during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

In any case, I wanted to check in with you all and hope everything is going well…and let you know I’ll probably not post much until after Eid. So enjoy your time with family and friends and I’m going to sign off from tech for a few days so I can spend time with mine :).

Have a wonderful Eid Al Fitr 2015!

Jul 102015
 

I was going to post another episode of Headscarf Above Water this week, but because it is close to Eid, and I’m in the midst of trying to renovate the apartment.. plus we are having some water leak issues from the neighbor.. I thought I’d take a brief hiatus.

This also gives me a chance to ask you for your feedback.

Do you enjoy this podcast? What would you like to hear more of? Less of?

You can listen to Episode 1 here, Episode 2 here, and Episode 3 here.

Of course it’s only 3 episodes in, and I was using Ramadan as a sort of test phase for it… so there may not be much to analyze about it.

Just to clarify for anyone who isn’t sure what it’s all about. It’s basically my version of a reality show. A term I like to call “reality radio”. A glimpse into my life and what goes on behind the scenes… and the experiences I have, the people I meet etc. Of course it’s a bit tough to get people to agree to be recorded. So it takes time, and I also have to go through hours of tape to come up with a short segment.

I plant to be taping and compiling more material, and will bring more episodes soon inshallah.

But, it would definitely be much appreciated if you have any feedback you’d like to share! :)

Jul 092015
 

I think I’ve come to realize I love the color blue. But I’m sure I’ve said that before lol.

Maybe because it’s calming and a reminder of the ocean and water and the bright blue sky on a sunny day…whatever it is.. I love it!

The other thing that I’m enjoying, is trying to be more minimalist when it comes to fashion and dressing up.

That means little to no makeup (my general go-to look lol), very little jewelry, and using the same key pieces in my wardrobe in different ways.

I’ve pretty much dressed like that most of my life, but now it’s trendy to give it a title right? “Minimalist” haha.

If you recall, I previously wore this dress shirt as a light long jacket with a Turkish hijab style and white wide legged linen pants with sandals.

This time I paired that same top with some heels and a bright purse and buttoned the top all the way down.  This gave the shirt a completely different look.

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Hijab fashion next to Blackhawks sign

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Now, I understand there is a bit of drama surrounding the idea of “jeggings” or “skinny jeans”.

For my personal preference, I like to wear them with super long and baggy tops.

These are a version of jeggings I picked up at the Gap awhile back. I ordered a size larger than what I wear.

It’s almost a modern twist on the “shalwar kameez” that a lot of South East Asian cultures wear. Which is basically a long top with tapered pants underneath.

I’m really getting into more of these baggy looks. I think they are classy and elegant, and depending on how you style them, they don’t have to look like something out of the frumpy potato sack category.

What’s interesting, is that if you look at how this outfit paired with the wide linen pants in my previous post, it gave me a completely different silhouette. In the other outfit, I looked fuller and rounder. In this one, because I paired a very large baggy top with slightly fitted pants, it created a longer leaner look.

I’m fascinated with just how much change you can create with very simple tweaks.

Next time, I’ll show you this look with a more casual vibe… I have to bust out my all time favorite Converse sneakers for that one!

Outfit details:

Shoes: Studded heels
Pants: Gap
Shirt dress: Gap
Hijab: Hijabtrendz jersey hijab
Purse: Calvin Klein

What are your thoughts on recycling your outfit and wearing it with different shoes, scarves etc. to change it up?