May 152015
 

I realize this is a little late to get out, but it has been quite crazy on my end. I literally had no energy to post anything.

And then I thought about it. Why was I feeling so low energy? Because this week was a really bad week for me in terms of staying on track.

I binged on junk food, was all around lazy about getting any fitness in, and  boy did it take a toll on me.

I’m a firm believer that food and fitness are the key to success and overall well being both physically and mentally. And the last few days proved to me that when I veer off my healthy habits, I pay for it with lack of energy.

I’m back to starting up again today, because it’s never too late to recharge.

And wow I feel great. Eating my fruits and veggies, walking out and about in the sun. Times like these I wish I could go back and shake myself and say “drop the cookies..one is OK but no the whole package!”

I’m also a social eater. If I’m with people and having a great time, junk food seems to make it all better. Well, at least temporarily.

The bloating I feel afterward and the mental fog, so not worth it!

 

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In any case, this is the final check in.

I feel a little embarrassed that I can’t say specifically that I hit any kind of goal. But then again, this was more about getting ourselves moving, right?

Small steps and getting back up is probably the lesson to be learned here lol. At least I can say I didn’t gain any weight, which is what I expected after the bad week I had.

How was your final week? What are your plans to stay on track? Do you think Ramadan will help or hinder your efforts?

Thanks to all of you who have been participating. I plan to announce the winner this coming Friday Inshallah (God willing) and I can’t wait to mail the prizes!

May 142015
 

I think blue must be one of my favorite colors, and denim one of my favorite fabrics.

This is my casual not at work look. And I like to wear stuff that’s comfortable.

I’m also trying to not wear sweatpants 24/7 so this is a lot more put together than my usual running out of the house at the last minute look haha.

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modest denim fashion

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Where is everything from?

Well…I’m all about finding great stuff regardless of brand name or store…lol I’m basically priming you for this because, guess where I got the jeans? Meijer!

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically like a mix between a Walmart and Target. I find the best dress pants and jeans there.. don’t ask me why this is the only place I can find them baggy enough in the legs and and waist… but it is what it is.

The shirt I’ve had for ages from Banana Republic, I found it on sale at the outlet.

I love the floral scarf, it’s from Haute Hijab.

And of course, you can see I’m wearing the navy Converse shoes I mentioned in the last post!

Are you a fan of layering the same colors or fabrics?

May 132015
 

I’m all about comfortable shoes. If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you already know that hehe.

But, one brand of shoes I never thought to try… Converse!

We were at the outlet mall several weeks ago, and somehow ended up in there. A great sale was going on (as outlet malls always seem to have) and we purchased some for the whole family.

I bought two pairs. And what I noticed is that they are a great alternative when I go to work, over the flats I normally wear.

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First of all, they keep your foot covered so they work in any kind of weather. And second they are chic enough to blend in, even with dress pants and a jacket.

The only downside? I do have some bunions (gross sounding I know) and they are irritated if the shoe is too tight. So I make sure to keep the laces loose. Once you break them in, they are super comfy.

Do you ever wear shoes like these? What’s your favorite comfy shoe?

May 122015
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

I’m at a cross road.

That’s what I keep thinking.

I feel like I’m at a place in my life where I have to decide what I really want to do with my time.

It’s hard to balance and juggle things between work, and kids and family and just the random stuff that happens… like getting sick last week.

When I was laying in bed in agony, I felt like I just wanted to be home with my family. I didn’t want to do anything else or go anywhere. But, that was probably my fever talking lol.

After recovering finally (can’t believe it took nearly a week!) I feel more like myself. But, I’m still looking for something and I can’t put my finger on it.

It’s as though I want to go on some amazing life changing adventure. I feel this urge to do something with my life that has a positive impact. I can either sit by passively and do nothing but the same routine day in and day out. Or, I could do something that helps someone else, that brings relief to those who are less fortunate.

As my children get older, I want to instill in them values that give them a sense of responsibility to work toward the greater good. I look back at my college days, and wonder… what happened to that girl? I was so passionate about things, I spoke my mind, I protested events, I was fearless and I wasn’t afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.

I want to go back to being that energized and excited young woman that I once was, ready to take on the world!

So, I’ve been thinking, that for now, I will do that by continuing to work on publicizing the narrative of Muslim women. To give a voice to Muslim women who are doing amazing things, and to showcase via this website, that Muslim women are not exotic “others”. We are a part of society and we contribute a great deal and.. **drumroll please**….we are NORMAL.

With that being said, I plan to debut the brand new podcast I’ve been working on very soon. I’m just editing it and tweaking some things. The first two episodes are done and I can’t wait to share it, because it’s something different. And I hope it’s something that sheds light on what day to day life is like as an American Muslim woman.

May 112015
 
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Linen shirt dress from Gap

I’m starting to get really into the idea of long and loose.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always wear tight stuff lol, but it can be hard to find tops that cover the behind and make you feel confident.

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Floral shirt dress from Gap

Here is what I’ve noticed so far:

Longer tops give me less to worry about.

Think of it this way. If you have to tug your pants up every 5 minutes, something ain’t right. And I know firsthand how distracting it can be when you’re thinking about your outfit and whether it’s going to fall apart, instead of enjoying the moment at hand.

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Belted crepe dress from Target

Don’t even get me started about prayer time. How annoying is it if you start to feel a breeze blowing up your back because the shirt looked long enough until you had to bend over? LOL.

I say this as I laugh at myself for having put quite a few obstacles in my way, all because of what I was wearing.

In light of all that, I wanted to share some of the tops that I’ve been looking at purchasing lately. Because they make me forget that I’m trying to be toned and in shape and give me a little extra breathing room ha ha!

Long doesn’t have to mean frumpy though. With these tops I’m going to probably have to hem them a little so I don’t look like I’m drowning in fabric.

Are you into the long shirt look? 

May 082015
 

I hope you’ve all had a great week so far. As you may have noticed from my previous post, it was a rough one for me.

What happened is that I went to bed Monday night with a hint of a sore throat, almost as though I needed to drink water. I didn’t think much of it. When I woke up, it was still there. So I kept drinking water and my entire neck started to feel bruised and tender. It was that dreaded feeling.. uh oh.. strep? I’ve had it only 2 times before, but I know that funky feeling.

Before I got off work, I told my boss I wasn’t sure I’d make it in the next day. Sure enough I was in so much pain by the time I got home. I took some pain killers, called the doc, got some antibiotics and went to sleep.

Each day the pain has lessened, but it definitely wasn’t helpful that I thought I could fight it and took a one hour walk for exercise. My head was throbbing and I probably delayed the healing process.

The good news is I found my fitbit fitness tracker, so I was able to see just how many steps I wasn’t getting in lol.

OK, with that out of my system, how was your week so far? I’m guessing with the weather looking nice in more places, it was a great time to go outdoors? Feel free to share pics if you’d like! :) And don’t forget to comment below!

Here is another peek at a prize in the package… this is my favorite gum because it’s naturally sweetened, and it has a flavor that lasts a long time and keeps breath fresh!

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And the other piece to this post… I would like to ask for your honest opinions.

I’m getting ready to do a bit of site renovation, and humbly ask if you can give me some feedback.

What do you like about the site? What do you not like?

Is there anything that’s hard to navigate?

Also, would you like to see more items being offered for sale? And finally, what topics do you like, and is there anything you can’t stand?

Thank you again and I look forward to reading your comments! :)

 

May 072015
 

This week I’ve been battling a really bad sore throat. Strep throat that is.

I’ve been so tired and out of it that I really couldn’t post much.

Thankfully I’m getting better, so will get back to regularly scheduled posts inshallah.

Thanks for being patient! :)