Sep 092014
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

I’ve been debating this for months and I couldn’t decided whether to include the two little ones or not.

However, the older one has been telling me she really wants to start a blog, so I figured maybe we’ll give it a try.

Let me introduce you to Hijabtrendz Junior and Hijabtrendz Mini:

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They would love to share with you their fashion tips, favorite things, reviews and ideas on life.

We’ll give this a whirl and see how it goes… this is a test run :)

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We think this is one special way we can celebrate the 7 year anniversary of Hijabtrendz…by introducing something new.

It’s going to be a fun little family project, and if you’ve got kiddos… we promise to keep them entertained hehe.

What do you think? Would you like to see some kid friendly stuff posted on here too?

 

Sep 052014
 

Today we remember the life of an extraordinary individual who strove for the accurate representation of Muslim women, Tayyibah Taylor. Ms. Taylor inspired people from all walks of life, leaving her legacy with the award-winning publication,Azizah Magazine. She was a trailblazer and shining example, committed to a better, more informed world.

You can read more on the passing of Tayyibah Taylor,  here on altmuslimah.

image: cnn screenshot

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We had the opportunity to meet Tayyibah back in 2010 at none other than the ISNA bazaar.

She was kind and gracious and very supportive of Hijabtrendz.

Here is the brief video clip we made:

Please keep Tayyibah and her family in your prayers.

 

Sep 042014
 

I can’t believe it has been 7 years since Hijabtrendz first debuted online.

And, while I’ve let that fact slip by pretty quietly this year, I thought that maybe I should take this time to say thank you.

I’m eternally grateful for the readership and people who continue to check this blog on a regular basis.

Thank you to those who have joined me on other social media outlets including the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

Without you guys, this blog wouldn’t be where it is today.

And thank you to all the companies who purchase ad space, especially those in the early years who believed in me and what I set out to do.

As the years have gone by, and things in the media landscape change, it has been quite a fun experience learning and adapting along the way.

Even though I’m 7 years older and wiser when it comes to working online, I still value your thoughts and opinions.

If you ever have a topic idea, or something that you think I should look into, feel free to drop me a line.

To celebrate 7 years of hijabtrendz….

I’m going to give away 7 jersey hijabs from my stash!

All you have to do is share this site with as many people as you can and leave a comment below on what your favorite color would be should you win! :)

You can get a bonus entry by sharing this on your social media channels.

Good luck!

Enjoy the evidence below regarding my obsession… jersey hijabs are pretty much all I wear!

Trying to be nonchalant that I am about to eat fast food meal.

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Checking my facebook and reading all those crazy comments… well I’m happy about the nice ones :)

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Doing a quick tutorial and getting caught in the action.

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And my serious pose showcasing the actor in me.

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Remember the more you share the post… the more entries you’ll get! 

Deadline for entries is Friday September 19th.

We’ll announce winner on Monday September 22nd.

Sep 032014
 

We’re excited to bring you an exclusive interview with Maryland native and sports broadcaster: Imani Bashir!

Hijabtrendz Exclusive

You have a very dynamic Instagram page that showcases both your unique hijab style and your broadcasting dreams.
Can you tell us a little bit more on how this all started?  

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I started in Sports Broadcasting 3 years ago. I was out of school, working at a restaurant and my uncle calls me and says “I need you to come on the road”. Prior to that, the only experience I had was shadowing Pam Oliver for FOX Sports. The company that I work for my uncle created to give Historically Black Colleges and Universities national exposure, and since he started it 7 years ago, it’s truly grown. Long story short my first time on the road ended up taking me to 3 cities in 7 days, so I had to learn very quickly. People think that because it’s my uncles company that it’s a piece of cake. However, he’s had decades in the broadcast industry so his name holds weight and I had more pressure on me than anyone.

Where are you based out of and where do you go to school?

I currently live in Delaware and I have recently gotten back in school. I am from Bowie, Maryland. I did not finish my Bachelors and am currently completing it at Delaware State University, where I began my collegiate career in 2004. Insha’Allah (God willing) I will graduate in December of this year.

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Have you found it hard to be a Muslim woman wearing hijab and pursuing the broadcast world?

Being a Muslim hijabi woman in the broadcast industry has actually been opposite of what I thought. Naturally, I had slight insecurities about interacting with people. I had the idea in my head that people would perceive me a certain way or that they wouldn’t respect me but my experience has been to the contrary. I believe that people see my confidence and respect that I have a job to do and that I will not allow anyone to deter me from doing that job. People respect people that respect themselves and I stand proudly as a hijabi and I believe I am treated accordingly.

Sports in particular has had a history of not giving female reporters access to interviews, have you faced any of that?

I have experienced a few times where people have tried to deny me interviews. I have had times when coaches even tell me that they will not speak to me. One of the best things that I learned from Pam Oliver (FOX Sports) is that as a woman you have to be more aggressive and don’t take no for an answer. I learned that being passive or giving up interviews hinders the broadcasts and is a reflection of my team and the company I work for.

So, I do not take no for an answer. If I can’t get through the front door, then I’ll go through the back door, the side door, the roof, etc.

I have a story to get across to the nation and for that reason I cannot take no for an answer and traditionally have gotten my way. I always tell the people that deny me access that they are only hurting the student athletes and their institution because our broadcasts help provide free marketing to the schools, exposure for the athletes, and a bigger platform for people to tune in if they cannot make the game.

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What would you say your dream job is?

My dream job would be to work for a major broadcast company such as FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL Network, TNT, etc. I love Sports broadcasting and would love to do what I do on a bigger level. I would also like to do a daytime TV show like “The View or co-host on “Good Morning America”.

Have you faced any negativity or criticism for your career goals in the Muslim or non Muslim community?

I have not received any negative criticisms from the Muslim or Non-Muslim communities as of yet.

Who would you say is your inspiration?

My mother is always my inspiration. As a mother you naturally sacrifice a lot of your dreams to ensure your children can chase theirs. Through her strength, her love and her example as a Muslimah I am truly the woman I am today.

And finally, any words of advice for Muslim girls who feel that they want to pursue a career where they’re more visible, but aren’t sure they can handle the possible negativity they could face?

My advice to any Muslim girls wanting to pursue a career where they may encounter negativity is to look at the examples of our prophets (May God be pleased with them). All of them had a job to do and within that job they had to encounter disbelief, naysayers, and back biters but were able to persevere. Never forget what the mission is, what your goal is and never lose sight of your beliefs chasing a dream! As long as God is the center of everything you do, how can you go wrong!

Anything else you’d like to add?

I would like to add that it’s important that Muslim women begin to be in the foreground in this country. We do not have to compromise our beliefs because we are a vital voice and face and should be represented in the public.

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:

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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?