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.

hijab fashion in Chicago Blackhawks city

Hijab fashion next to Blackhawks sign


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?

Jul 072015

This Ramadan has been going by so fast, that I can’t believe we are in the last 10 day stretch.
I started the month off with a bang, feeling on top of the world. My Quran reading went up, my spiritual focus felt amazingly clear…and then that time of the month happened. 

I definitely felt better than previous “times of the month”. But it seemed to last forever…and it kind of killed my motivation. 

It has always been hard for me to not fast and then jump back to fasting. So this time around, I didn’t indulge in my days off from fasting/praying so that getting back on track wouldn’t be too hard.

But, there is something about missing a chunk of Ramadan that kind of kills the feeling. You almost feel left out of everything.

It’s funny in a way, because I’ve heard people say things like “Men wish they had a period so they could skip a few days of fasting”. And I think they don’t realize, while we may have a few days off, it does take a lot of effort to get back on the horse so to speak. And not to mention the need to make up the days later. 

I’m trying to tell myself not to let this last week go by without putting in any effort. 

And I’m hopeful I can make the best of what’s left without dwelling on the days I missed.

In other news, the positive part of Ramadan is connecting with friends and sharing Iftar. There is something so cozy about getting together for a meal after having waited all day!

I don’t have family in the area and Ramadan can feel lonely when I remember our family gatherings, but good friends make up for it. :)

The pic above is a cookie cake I brought to one Iftar.  My husband and I started a yearly tradition with the kids that when we get invited we have a cookie cake made saying something about Ramadan. This just happened to be on the 4th of July, hence the dose of patriotism lol.

How has Ramadan been for you so far?

Jul 032015

It’s Friday… which means another episode of Headscarf Above Water.

This time it’s all about how I’ve been handling Ramadan.

Jul 032015

Hana Tajima has pretty much done something unique… she has designed a hijab fashion line for a mainstream clothing company.

If you don’t know who she is, well then you’ll love this interview we did with her several years ago click here to read it!

Uniqlo is now offering her designs for clothing stores in Muslim majority countries, but it’s only a matter of time before we see them here in the U.S.

Here is a snapshot from the website:

hana tajima uniqlo collection

Plus, with Chicago getting its own Uniqlo store this fall, we can’t wait to see what they’ll offer!

Check out the video below behind the scenes…

What do you ladies think? Are you as excited as we are?

Jul 022015

I’ve always loved Turkish hijabs, and I’ve been saying for years that Turkish women are some of the most stylish hijabis around.

They wear hijab the closest (in my opinion) to what the guidelines are. Although what are the guidelines really? We see so much variation these days lol.

From what I’ve seen with Turkish hijab, there aren’t any wild turbans or short sleeves mixed with hijab.

It’s always put together so nicely and elegantly.

Turkish hijab from Fandri

When I was a kid I remember seeing my first “hijab fashion show” and it was a video my mom’s friend brought back from Turkey.

I was in awe. This was in the very early 90’s. Back when Muslim women didn’t really have much creativity when it came to fashion and style. Of course other parts of the community and the world for that matter, had their take on hijab fashion. But with these women, I believe it was more of them trying to “make lemonade out of lemons”. Muslim women wearing hijab were facing discrimination in Turkey, and they found a way to blend both their religious beliefs and modern dress into one.

In any case, instead of rambling, I wanted to gush about Fandri.

I bought a few hijabs from them awhile back, and I’ve recently started to wear them more often. It’s nice to have some floral patterns and colorful prints to brighten up my wardrobe for summer.

Turkish hijab fandri

I almost forgot how light and airy they are. You can feel the breeze outside and you don’t feel like you’re getting hot and sweaty.

Carrying off the look is very hard, but I’m trying!

Fandri hijab 2015

The outfit I’m wearing is a loose and long look to keep cool. Linen wide leg pants are from JC Penney, Long top from Gap is a little bit too big, but I guess it’s better than tight? lol, and under the top is a tank top from The Limited. Birkenstock Giza sandals. And of course the hijab is from Fandri.

Are you digging the old school look? I think I’m going to get back into wearing the square hijabs (folded into a triangle). 

Jun 302015

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

I’ve written quite a few posts about my health and my attempts at trying to find ways to bring up my energy and fitness etc.

Well, here is basically the gist of what has been going on.

After I had my second daughter, I felt great… but I noticed that once I stopped nursing, my monthly cycle was never right. And by that I mean it was not on the right schedule each month, it began to change.

It would be a week early or a week late and everything in between.

I also noticed my emotions were always on edge. I could cry at the drop of a hat. I also felt like my anxiety was through the roof. I  was always worried and that’s when I started to see a therapist.

Honestly, the therapy felt great in the beginning. Venting and unloading my stress. But it didn’t solve anything at the end of the day.

I still felt miserable and like I wasn’t my usual happy self.

One doctor gave me a hormone cream, he claimed my estrogen was too high, another one said my progesterone was too high.. and against my gut feeling, I started to take birth control pills.

Those solved nothing. My skin still broke out, I was extremely moody. And I felt like I  was constantly chasing time…

I’m sure part of the stress is the fact that my life changed after I had kids. I worry more about my girls than myself. I want them to be happy, I want to keep them from getting hurt, and I stay awake at night worrying what would happen to them, if something happened to me!

I’ve known deep inside there was something up with my hormones, but doctors would play it off as “that’s what happens when you have kids” etc.

After a year of taking the pill…

I decided to do things my own way. I stopped taking birth control and started to get back into my supplements and juice cleanse.

Things felt better, but it’s only until very recently that it all fell into place.

Nearly 8 months of trying to be as patient as possible with myself. My cycle is back to normal. And this Ramadan Alhumdulilah I have felt better than ever.

In addition to doing my best to stay away from taking hormones, fasting and reading Quran has brought a new sense of calm to my life.

As I reflect back on the past 3 years of feeling not quite right, I have come to this conclusion as to what happened to me:

A. I was eating poorly and not treating my body well.
B. I was distancing myself too much from spirituality.
C. I was getting caught up in the stress of a previous job and didn’t stand up for myself.

This might sound like some crazy ramblings, but I believe spirituality and living a clean and healthy lifestyle can make a world of difference, as well as learning when to say no and walk away from situations that are only causing more harm than good.

There are tons of articles that will go into the benefits of meditation or having some kind of spiritual belief system… and I totally believe it. And there are many studies that show the benefits of healthy eating. Indulging in rich foods is fine once in awhile, but when you’re like me and you’re eating sugar like you would drink water… then it’s a problem.

I am sharing this story, because I know there are many women who feel depressed or stressed out and think there is no hope.

How can they get their life back on track, when doctors are telling them “there’s nothing wrong with you, just take take these hormones.”?

You have to be your own advocate, and take matters into your own hands.

Of course you should seek help from a medical professional, and if you are able to, get information from experts who can help guide you to the right natural sources for nutrients that can help you heal.

It took some trial and error for me, because I didn’t listen to what I knew deep in my heart. It was all about getting my system back on its original track. And masking symptoms for temporary relief doesn’t do anyone any good.

Have you felt like your body is changing and you’re not in control? I think sometimes these experiences prep us for the future ahead, and I hope that menopause is not going to be as rough as what I went through after childbirth lol!

Jun 292015

We happened to come across this dress on Modcloth called “I Do What I Canvas”, and thought it was super cute.

What a great pattern to usher in the brighter warmer days ahead.

You can easily wear a shrug on top, or put on one of these tops from Halftee underneath.

If you’re not going to wear it to a girls party, and don’t want to hijabify it, you’re in luck.

Check out the new Dahlia Maxi Dress in the Watercolor print from Haute hijab!

haute hijab and mod cloth dresses

Which look would you choose? What occasion would you wear it for?