Dec 182014
 

amiraandsam

If you want to read a hilarious take on the indy film we posted about yesterday… check out Laila Alawa’s site “Coming of Faith” where she breaks it down with gifs!

Okay. So here’s the thing. My friends know me to be a person who shouts at an ad if it just isn’t making sense, or provide running commentary for movies that everyone in the room knows to be a joke. It was only natural, then, for me to be unable to control my reactions when I saw the trailer for Amira & Sam, an independent film in select theaters on January 30th.

…Read the entire piece here.

Dec 172014
 

A friend of ours shared this Youtube clip.. and we were pleasantly surprised to see a movie role that features a character wearing hijab.

It’s not like we’ve never seen hijab in a film before. If any of you remember, there was a really good indy film several years ago called “Arranged”.

We haven’t seen the whole film, so we can’t comment exactly on the content, but the video is posted below for you to share your thoughts on.

note: there are some slightly intimate scenes in this preview.

Our personal thought is that it seems they didn’t consult with anyone about the hijabi wardrobe.

We’re not saying it has to be a perfect head to toe hijab friendly outfit, just that if you think of an immigrant from Iraq coming to the U.S. and she wears hijab, she will not be pairing it with a mini skirt and short sleeves.

But from personal experience, on some film sets, we realize that a lot of stylists have no clue, and one time we were given a short sleeve shirt, to which we had to mention that a hijabi would not dress like that lol.

What are your overall thoughts? Would you see this film once it’s released?

Dec 162014
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

I love the online world. And I’m all about embracing new forms of technology.

But, there is one platform that I just can’t seem to get comfortable with, and that’s the Instagram app.

If you don’t use it or haven’t really understood what the rage has been the last few years… well it’s a photo sharing app you use on your smart phone. All you can do is post pictures or a short 15 second video. There is no content whatsoever. People LOVE to use it for selfies, and posting pictures they can put special effects on.

You can follow people, and they can follow you.

When I first used it under my own name, there weren’t many people on there and I’d occasionally post pictures of food or places I went. Then I decided to create a Hijabtrendz account, and I wasn’t very good at updating it.

instagram

The icon that represents Instagran

I thought last year that I would really put some time in and use it as a way to get people engaged who may not know about the actual Hijabtrendz website.

The thing with instant updates on any social media app, is that you have to keep at it, or you risk losing your audience. And with the fleeting attention span we have these days, it’s hard to keep people engaged.

I stooped to the level of selfies y’all.

While I don’t mind doing them occasionally, it became quite apparent that all my pictures were becoming more and more about me. It was easier than trying to get a unique image… in a time crunch? Snap a photo of myself smiling in the car, or in the gym or at a restaurant lol.

It’s quite embarrassing when I look at them.. I cringe inside!

But, that’s not the worst part. What made me feel really bad about myself, was when I’d scroll through pictures and see hijabis decked out from head to toe, for a simple “errand”. I get that a lot of these are staged and it takes hours to look like that, but it also made me feel like I wasn’t good enough.

I started to hate having my picture taken. My husband can attest to this. I never think I look good enough to post anything lol.

And that’s when I had a little reality check with myself.

I thought back to how I felt BEFORE Instagram. I was happy and blissfully unaware of that hyper competitive world of imagery. AFTER I was so consumed with my looks and whether I looked fat on camera.

Things I never would have imagined I’d get sucked into! (I’ve written plenty of posts and published articles on the whole idea that hijab fashion can often create the very same mainstream fashion body image issues we claim hijab can help combat).

So what did I do? I deleted the app. And I felt relief. I don’t feel the urge to look at my phone when I’m bored and scroll through endless photos of perfection. I also did the same with FB, although I still log in from time to time. But there is just so much negativity and the constant link sharing… it’s overwhelming at times!

Of course moderation is key. And perhaps after I’ve taken a break, I can reassess how I want to use these social media options and not let them use me.

Dec 152014
 

While strolling through Whole Foods the other day, I did my routine of scouring the body care section.

Always on a hunt for new skin care products that are natural, I was pleasantly surprised to come across mango butter.

I’ve tried cocoa butter, coconut butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, etc. for my skin. So, I thought I’d give this stuff a try.

mango butter expeller pressed

What I can say is that it’s very rich and light at the same time.

I  was using it on my face, and I felt like I did over do it because I felt like some spots on my face got a little greasy lol.

But it’s great for an all over body moisturizer, especially with the dry winter weather.

What’s your favorite moisturizer?

Dec 112014
 

Hard to believe, but we’re breaking some records over here at Hijabtrendz.

broken-record

 

We’ve just hit the 2000th post!

It’s surreal to think we’ve written that much content over the years, and if you’re curious, feel free to go back and read past articles.

Don’t know where to start?

Here are a few fun ones:

Searching for the one (a short story that was published in installments every week)

3 trusty tips for hijabis

5 hijabi hair care tips

We hope you enjoy the site, and continue to enjoy it as the years go by :) We certainly enjoy writing stuff!