Nov 092014
 

Hijabtrendz Junior and Hijabtrendz Mini have been loving the latest winter fashions to hit store shelves.

It’s all about gray and black. And while they typically seem like they are adult colors.

Sometimes it’s fun to give kids the chance to feel a little grown up.

fashion from Target for little rebels

fashion from Target for little rebels

fashion from Target for little rebels

fashion from Target for little rebels

The gray weather outside and the gray walls seemed to give these pictures a gloomy filter… but no worries, we’re all in good spirits despite the lack of Vitamin D!

Outfit details…..

Hijabtrendz Junior:

Shirt and pants from Target.

Boots: Michael Kors

Hijabtrendz Mini:

Shirt from J.C. Penny

Pants from Target

Boots from Target

As you can see we love Target. Or at least I do. Whenever I am shopping for groceries (yes our Target has a huge grocery section). I also happen to stop by the clothing section to see what’s new. And more often than not I find some inspiration lol.

Are you as obsessed as I am? I find style inspiration from dressing my girls, so I’m probably going to look for some black boots and sparkly pants hehe.

Nov 082014
 

I’m all about trying to cook in new ways and limit things like gluten, because it seems a lot of people are sensitive to it these days.

I also thought it would come in handy to learn recipes I can make in case I have guests who are allergic to Gluten. One of my daughters has a few classmates that can’t eat it, so this might be something I could share with her class.

I came across the recipe on the back of this oat flour when I was shopping at Whole Foods. And while I was there I decided to get the rest of the ingredients.

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The amount sounded a little small to me, so I doubled the recipe and placed it in a bigger pan.

The only thing I substituted was the sugar. I put half xylitol and half sugar because I’m experimenting with other kinds of sweeteners. Next time I’ll probably use the full amount of sugar because it wasn’t very sweet. Although I could have added ice cream on the side and that would have taken care of it hehe.

gluten free raspberry bars

Recipe from back of bag in case you can’t read it:

You’ll need an 8×8 pan that’s buttered or sprayed with non stick spray.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

1 cup of melted butter or earth balance if you want it dairy free.

1 tsp vanilla extract divided

1 cup gluten free oat flour

1 cup gluten free rolled oats

1/2 cup sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons xantham gum

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2/3 cup of Raspberry jam

Melt the butter and mix in the oat flour, rolled oats, sugar, anthem gum, baking powder, lemon zest and salt, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Spread half the mixture on bottom of pan firmly. Take the raspberry preserves and mix in the other 1/2 teaspoon of vanillay. Spread the raspberry preserve on top of the oat mixture. Then take the remaining oat mixture and crumble it on top and then press it down.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until top is lightly browned and firm. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Let me know if you make it and whether you’ve added your own twist. :)

Do you have any favorite oatmeal bar recipes?

Nov 062014
 

hijabtrendz review

We recently received some hair care products from Sahfee Care.

It’s a company based in the Netherlands and they make hair care products that are vegan and halal certified.

They also claim not to contain any alcohols, parabens or animal extracts.

Now, to be honest I’ve never really taken the time to analyze whether I need special shampoo or conditioner because I “cover” my hair.

However, I thought I’d give these items a try.

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I only tried the pink bottles so far, because they sent a lot of stuff, so it will take me time to go through them lol.

When I poured the shampoo in my hand I was surprised at its bright pink color, I guess it’s an acquired thing. I’m used to only clear shampoos for the most part. Also, because I’m in the US it does a lot of international items take time to get used to. It doesn’t smell like almond, which is what I was expecting because it has almond oil in it. It has a perfume like smell but I can’t place it or figure out what exactly I can compare it to.

There may be some “lost in translation” because the products are marketed as preventing hair loss, and I think that’s a very steep claim to make. Most hair loss is due to genetics, diet, or using lots of heating tools on your hair etc.

Overall, it’s great to see a company that is marketing to Muslim women and those who wear hijab, because it’s not often we get to be in the spotlight as a consumer.

You can find more information on the Sahfee Care website.

Have you ever seen hair care products marketed toward hijabis outside of Muslim majority countries?

Nov 032014
 

Those of you who’ve been with Hijabtrendz for awhile probably know that I’m all about comfortable clothing.

Behold this extremely soft shirt dress from Gap that I came across a few weeks ago.

It came in two colors, and I picked the dusty rose shade, because it’s perfect for fall.

I find that it’s a somewhat universally flattering fit for anyone. Although I did try my best to not post any photo where my bust looks as though it’s “busting” out, because I didn’t want to traumatize anyone, let alone get nasty comments.

However, I must say that when you have kids, it’s par for the course and there is only so much “hiding” you can do lol.

And if you didn’t notice, well now you probably will because I obviously have drawn your attention to it. oops! haha

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I had to do the signature looking down at my feet pose. I notice lots of fashionistas try to pose this way. Maybe it makes them look more intellectual?

I’m just wondering whether I can get this ink stain off my shoe. I usually wear tennis shoes when I go to work, and one day I put my flats in my bag and there happened to be a pen… it left a mark.

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I happen to like this photo, it’s a little blurry, but gives my skin a nice airbrushed look. It’s all natural, no filters, just a shaky camera perhaps.

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Ladies, my advice is never to be too serious.. speaking of which I seriously love this dress turned into a shirt.

The best part of all about this top? Pockets!!! Who needs a purse?

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Outfit details:

Top: Lived in sweatshirt dress from Gap

Pants: 1969 jeans from Gap

Shoes: Cole Haan

Hijab: Hijabtrendz jersey scarf

And for a bonus, if you recognized this outfit (I’ve worn it so many days in a row you may wonder if I have any other clothes) you may notice I tucked the shirt up when I tried on these leather pants. I guess the top really is very versatile!

Oct 282014
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

I’ve always been a fan of supplements. Taking vitamins on and off for years, particularly when I was pregnant.

But, with how hectic life can be, I often forget.

In the last two years though, I noticed that I have felt more sluggish than usual. Tired and stressed and frustrated that I couldn’t do anything about it.

That’s how life is in general for most people these days though. We can’t seem to keep up with all the demands being placed on us from all corners! Whether it’s family or friends or work or children’s school functions, etc. and the list goes on.

I’m the type of person that is quite hard on myself. It’s part of my nature I suppose. I try to focus on more positive things, but when I get hit with a ton of stress, I turn into one big ball of negativity.

What I’ve known all along, is that I need to get adequate sleep and nutrition or else I don’t respond well to stress.

My body shuts down and I get sick a lot easier when I’m not on my A game.

So what is one to do?

My goal is to take things one step at a time. Instead of dwelling on the future and “what ifs” I focus on the now.

That means, I ask myself… what am I doing today this moment that I need to get done? Once I get that out of the way, I move on to the next thing.

It’s not always easy, but it’s a start.

Another things I’m working on is building up my nutrition.

I recommend you speak with a health professional before embarking on anything, so please do not do anything without expert advice.

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So here are the 3 ways I’ve been working to counter negativity and stress in my life:

  1.  I have started taking additional supplements to my daily multi-vitamin/Vitamin D/Omega’s to help put my body in balance. Magnesium, Calcium and B Complex vitamins have been added to my list. It could be the placebo effect, or perhaps they are working. Because I certainly do feel more refreshed and focused.
  2. The other thing I’ve found that also helps besides eating right, sleeping right and getting enough water and exercise, is finding something you love to do. I think that’s something we all search for subconsciously. I don’t know if there is a perfectly happy life out there, but I do believe we can get pretty close to it.
  3. The final thing I’ve done to decrease negativity in my life is stopped going on Facebook as much as I used to, and limiting that has enabled me to be more focused on real life human interaction. Social media is a great tool, but it can also take a toll.

What do you do to relieve stress?