Feb 212015
 

boutique

Click here to read a recent article on a boutique that features hijab fashion

The twist? Two men are designing it.

We think it’s great, and that anyone can design. But, the only issue is from the photos, the styles are not our taste at all. Not sure if it’s because they’re men lol, or maybe that’s the taste overseas?

Share your thoughts below!

Feb 202015
 

hijabtrendz review

We recently discovered this chocolate while browsing at Whole Foods.

Let us just say… WOW… there are really no words.

Here is the thing, we love sweets, and we love chocolate, especially milk chocolate. So we thought, hmm we’ll give this dark chocolate a try. It’s the Sea Salt and Nibs flavor by Madecasse.

There is something about this bar that really hit the spot. We enjoyed half a bar of it with coffee one evening after dinner. Slowly savoring it and crunching the cocoa nibs, and it was so satisfying!

chocolate nibs from Madagascar

The smooth texture that glides across your tongue and melts with buttery goodness.

Ok, yeah you have to try it… we really can’t describe it any better than that! lol.

You can find it online through Amazon, we’ve seen some pretty good deals. It’s also currently on sale at our local Whole Foods 2 bars for $7.00. That seems pricey, but when you taste this and realize that it’s more satisfying than a waxy Kit Kat bar… it’s worth every penny!

If you want to see the other flavors and learn more about the company click here. and you can watch their story below:

Feb 192015
 

We love to dig back in the archives on Thursday’s, and this week we take a look at a hijab fashion company we interviewed back in 2009, when the concept was still pretty new.

Maraboo is no longer around, but it’s great to read the article for some context and history about some of the early brands.

Read the post here.

Feb 182015
 

the Savvy Hijabi

These are our top 4 picks for where you can find some great deals on items that will work well for your hijab fashion wardrobe.

  1. Ahfif is a members only site, but membership is free, all you have to do is register. And new members get 10% off their first order.
  2. Do you like designer pieces but don’t want to spend too much? Then check out our favorite site MyHabit and get an exclusive invite from us by clicking here.
  3. Ideel is the former site “ideeli” and is now owned by Groupon. They have a great variety of things, and often target some deals to your area. Here is a personal invite if you’re interested in saving some $$ :)
  4. You’re probably wondering, what’s with all the personal invites? Well we’ve shopped all these sites so we’re vouching for them. That’s why! lol. Rue La La is one of the sites that started it all, and we would say they probably have most of the best stuff. Check it out here.

We hope you enjoy these sites and are able to get great deals like we have!

Feb 172015
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

Well, it’s officially over. The year long course I took in musical improvisation.

If you’ve kept up with me, you may already know that I have been studying improvisation and sketch comedy for a few years.

Part of the reason I did that, was as a way to get over nerves when speaking or singing in front of people, as well as to help learn techniques for acting, and being better at spontaneity during auditions etc.

It was a great program, and I enjoyed learning new things, because I never had any background whatsoever in musical theater.

The one thing though, that I feel bad about, is that I didn’t really get to be myself during the program.

I feel like I would let my guard down and give it my all when we’d act and “improvise” (which basically means you make up a scene on the spot based on some kind of suggestion from the audience) and then there were times when I felt self conscious.

It’s something that many performers go through, and part of the point of improv is to let go and just accept the moment. For the most part, I was ok. But I often doubted myself. My classmates were all accomplished and had theater backgrounds or music backgrounds… and I’m more of a self taught kind of gal. Plus I was working full time and having 2 kids it was tough to dedicate the time I really wanted to, in order to immerse myself in the experience. And at one point I was facing a lot of stress from a previous job that I almost quit the program.

Despite all that, I still enjoyed it.

But, when the last half of the program rolled around and we had to start writing our own material and making up characters and casting our classmates in our writing… that’s when I started to feel really self conscious.

I know that I’m overly sensitive, and sometimes when I’m in that zone, I may take things personally that weren’t meant to be that way.

It’s something I learned I’m not alone in.

When I did a feature story for Public Radio on the lack of diversity in the improv world, I remember talking to a performer who told me she had to face all this baggage when she first started. And she said it’s because we (diverse actors) tend to project what we assume people are thinking about us. It comes from years of discrimination, stereotyping and other negative things we may have experienced, and we start to believe that’s what others see us as.

Back to the writing… what I feared most was that people would not cast me in their material, because now it wasn’t about improv anymore. It was about memorizing lines and a scripted show. Basically at the end of the program whatever our director liked of our written material would end up in a 45 minute show that we would perform every Sunday for 8 weeks.

Well, if I wear the hijab, how can people see me as other than a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf? How can I play Mrs. Smith or Jane the ditzy cheerleader? That’s what I kept thinking everyone else must be thinking.

Suffice it to say, I have no idea whether those thoughts played in other people’s minds.

Because I was worrying so much it prevented me from really showing my acting skills and what I have to offer. And it became a vicious cycle, because I didn’t feel included…I began to withdraw a little more.

Then I finally snapped out of it and decided I would keep writing as much material as I could and make sure that I did something that would include everyone at some point.

It’s hard when you’re the only Muslim woman in hijab that’s doing these things. There is this added pressure that you have to be a good example for the Muslim community because you want others to see you as “normal” in case they have skewed images of what a Muslim woman is like. And I say that because there are slim to none that are visibly Muslim in the improv world, so I feel like somehow it’s falling on my shoulders to dispel all the stereotypes out there-even though I’d rather just be playing Jane the ditzy cheerleader.

I can’t tell you how many random things I’ve heard over the years including my pet peeve “Your husband is ok with you doing this”? I get that from Muslims and non Muslims alike lol.

So, basically I’m just trying to digest out loud what I experienced so far.

I know that I’ve learned a lot and I’ve added to my skill set.

If it wasn’t for improv, I most certainly would not be where I am today.

Overall, I would say that I definitely had to confront uncomfortable feelings, and challenge my negative thinking.

Improv is something I would highly recommend to anyone looking to get out of their comfort zone. And because of it, I plan to continue pushing myself outside my comfort zone and continuing to try new things :)

Have you ever experienced that feeling where you aren’t sure if you fit in or if people accept you as you are? Do you think it’s harder when you’re the only person of your background? What have you done to get out of your comfort zone?