Jun 232015
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

Ramadan is flying by!

Maybe not for everyone, but I’m certainly feeling that way.

I was a little apprehensive that I wasn’t prepared enough, but then I decided to be conscious about getting up for sahoor (pre dawn meal) every day. It definitely makes a difference!

One thing I’ve noticed though about this year, is that so many people are speaking up about a variety of topics related to Ramadan. It seems like my news feed is cluttered with so many click-bait type articles.

*Lonely iftar (breaking the fast) for converts
*Websites touting “top 10 Ramadan meals to keep you hydrated”
*Articles about places that will have Muslims fasting for more than 20 hours a day.
*Special Ramadan only deals
*Articles about how Ramadan is not about feeling what those less fortunate go through.

And on and on it goes.

I think it’s great more people are finding platforms to voice their thoughts and opinions, but at the same time, I feel like it’s becoming more and more noise and less and less substance.

I don’t mind the venting and the awareness to certain issues these articles can bring. But for some reason this year, I feel like I have seen more complaining than gratitude.

And I say this with the best of intentions. This probably comes off as though I’m complaining too now! lol

But really, I think that at least for myself, I want this Ramadan to be about connecting back with my spirituality.

I’m doing my best to read Quran every day. I can’t remember the last time I picked it up and really dedicated myself to reading it. I’m trying to get all my prayers in on time and not to miss any. I used to beat myself up so much if I was late, and then end up missing the entire prayer and forget to make it up. It was a vicious cycle.

Now, I’m focused on not letting other things get in the way of my journey to become closer to God.

Ramadan is a great month to reflect on myself and my goals and where I need to be in my life.

It’s a time to reset our spiritual batteries and get back on track. God is forgiving and merciful and I think we tend to forget that. We end up wrapped in negativity and pointing out everyone’s faults and “why aren’t people nicer to me” or “why didn’t they include me in that event” etc.

I speak from experience here haha!

I was definitely feeling a little down before Ramadan, because it is lonely for me. Before I got married, I went to iftar dinners all the time with friends and family. We had people over and we’d go to their houses. Then I moved to Chicago and it was full of cliques and groups that didn’t think to invite the new couple in town. It was hard too, because a lot of people here have grown up in the area and have tons of extended family. For me, it’s just my husband and I and our two kids.

Not to mention, there is a trend here where people don’t always do personal invites (which in my opinion are more meaningful to connecting with one another and checking in on each other). Instead I remember one year being invited somewhere and thinking “This is nice, we’ll get to know the family better”. When we arrived, I was shocked that there were literally about 150 people there. It was loud and noisy and I couldn’t find a place to sit and almost missed breaking my fast because the line was so long to get dates lol.

But, that is neither here nor there. I’m using the example just to illustrate some of the experiences that have opened my eyes to the fact that I want to make my Ramadan a personal one. I’ve tried to let go of expectations and disappointments this year.

However, I do want to touch on the fact that there are lots of people who feel exceptionally lonely during this time of year. Single people, converts, those who are new to a city. And I urge you to invite them for iftar, don’t let them eat alone. Let them know you care. Believe me it makes a difference. And if you go to a huge group iftar, notice the people sitting alone and go make conversation. There are people who are too shy to reach out and say they are feeling the way they are (myself included hehe).

I pray you have a wonderful Ramadan and I hope that this post was of some benefit! :)

What is your experience like during this month? 

Jun 192015
 

It’s finally here.. the first episode of our brand new podcast series.

We’re working on getting it up in iTunes, but for now you can enjoy it below via SoundCloud.

A little about the series… well here is the basic summary:

Mariam Sobh is one of the first “visibly Muslim” women to work on-air in mainstream U.S. media.

From founding the first ever lifestyle blog for Muslim women, to becoming the first “hijabi” to graduate from the Second City Training Center’s Conservatory and Music Programs she’s broken barriers she didn’t think existed.

All because of a piece of cloth on her head.

This podcast is a glimpse into her personal life as she struggles to stay afloat in a world that is more judgmental than understanding.

Jun 172015
 

This Abaya was sent to us by Al-Shams luxury abayas.

We received a navy blue color, and this beige color.

The one that I’m wearing in the picture is called Dhakirah and the color is “creamed butterscotch”.

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The hijab was also provided by Al-Shams.

The sizing for the abaya is very generous so you’ll most likely have to alter it if you’re on the shorter side like me (I’m about 5’3).

You can also wear a some heels to offset the length if you prefer.

I love the detailing of the sleeves and the matching belt

The item arrived packed in the most beautiful box and tissue paper.

You can tell the company spends time on putting the items out for delivery.

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We did offer our honest feedback that the price point was a little bit high initially.

In response, the designer mentioned they were listening to multiple recommendations that they take the price down a bit.

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With that in mind the abaya is now priced at $225 and if you sign up for the email list you can get an extra 20% off and free shipping. AND the bonus? 30% off for you dear readers! Just enter the code: HIJABTRENDZ

So you’re getting a great deal!

To find out more about them, make sure to check out their website by clicking here.

Jun 162015
 

Mariam Sobh Hijab Fashion and Hijab Style Blog

I know I mentioned I was going to announce something I’ve been working on… well it’s finally coming your way!

I’ve been putting together a podcast and I have a few episodes that will air this Ramadan.

If you are new to this blog, you may not know that I started doing podcasts years ago… you can listen to some old ones here.

But, this time it’s totally different. And I’m excited to share it with you all.

It’s just a way for me to test how it goes and whether you guys want me to produce more.

It will be published online every Friday, starting this week.

I don’t want to explain it too much, because I would rather you experience it and then give me feedback.

The place you can hear it is right here on the website, I will embed the file.

I’ll also do my best to figure out how to get it up and running in the itunes store and other formats.

Can’t wait for you guys to listen!

In other news.. wow Ramadan is nearly here! Seriously?!

I’m not as prepared as I had hoped. I kept thinking it was some time next week. But, as far as preparation, who am I kidding.. am I every prepared?

All you can really do is just go with the flow and soak up the month as best as you can.

Are you ready to fast? Will you be doing anything differently, like not watching TV or going to taraweeh prayers? I feel so depressed when I think about how I haven’t really gone to taraweeh since before I got married.

Once I got married I got sucked into work life and then having kids and time literally flew by and I look back and wonder what happened to that person.

I used to be so involved and so concerned with spirituality, and now I’ve kind of let it go.

I keep thinking “tomorrow” I’ll grab it back and fit it into my life.

I’m praying that Ramadan will give me the boost I need to at least maintain better habits.

How about you? Are you excited? Nervous? Indifferent?

Jun 152015
 

We were recently contacted by a new company called Purple Impression that is focused on providing ethical fashion that gives back to women in need.

After speaking with the founder, Drakshan Khan, on the phone and hearing more about her passion and vision, we thought it would be great to let Hijabtrendz readers know more about about them and how they are working to make the world a better place.

What is purple impression and what does the name mean or come from?

Purple Impression is an online ethical apparel brand founded by two sisters. Purple is an inclusive color that does not relate to a particular group. It also stands for Royal signifying the craft of hand embroidery which was exclusively done for the Mughals in the past. Impression, to us is the impact ethical choices can make on the people making our clothes. So when people wear our clothes they leave a royal impression by supporting fairness and giving back.

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Can you explain what the goal of your businesses is and what made you start it?

The goal of our brand is to bring a positive change in the lives of the people making our clothes. With the Ethical Stitch Line specifically we are working with women who are either spinsters, widows or just battling the hardships of living under poverty. In many cases they are the sole earners of the family. It is our firm belief that employment and fair wage can give these women the financial independence needed to pull themselves out of these hardships. We don’t see ourselves as simply selling clothes but the ideas and values behind those clothes.

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Jun 132015
 

We love this great Ramadan challenge from modest fashion designer Zahiyya.

She sent us information on a DIY maxi skirt tutorial she’s doing.

DIY maxi skirt challenge

Every Friday a new video will be posted with details on how to take on the next steps in making the skirt.

And by Eid, you’ll have your new skirt ready to wear!

Find out more information by heading over here to her website.

In other news…

Ramadan is literally next week.. and we’re not sure we’re ready for it!

For some reason it seemed so far away, but alas it’ll be here before we know it.

I’m definitely excited and can’t wait to be more disciplined.

With the schedule of fasting and breaking the fast etc. I’m usually better able to manage my time.

I want to focus on putting more time into things that actually have meaning.

So, for example… doing more with family and community and spirituality.

I’m also hoping to have some unique features for you to enjoy this month.. I’ll announce more details in the Behind the Screen post on Tuesday inshallah :)

Do you have any special Ramadan plans?

Jun 122015
 

Hijabtrendz Exclusive

We’ve all probably seen viral posts talking about MANGO’s Ramadan 2015 collection.

Well we went straight to the source to get the full scoop, and here is our exclusive unedited interview with the Spain based company.  

They also provided us with exclusive photos to showcase the Ramadan 2015 collection.

The MANGO Ramadan collection has been going viral on the Internet, can you tell us what inspired it?

The inspiration comes from different sources always being focus on modern urban woman, following the latest trends with its own quality designs at an affordable price. Whenever we design the collection we think about those special nights when the stylish outfits are also casual, sophisticated and detailed. Thus, for this collection we have created tops with precious stone details, palazzo trousers in all their versions and a major commitment to dungarees, the key silhouette of the season. The collection also offers delicate and elegant long dresses that are full of details.

Where can people find the items?

All items are available on selected MANGO stores and on our website www.mango.com

Have you ever hosted a Ramadan collection before?

Yes, we have. We have been working on what we call special collections for more than 10 years.

A lot of Muslim women wear long sleeves and long skirts or pants (a more conservative look) do you have plans to design clothes that these consumers are interested in? These consumers are generally women with a lot of disposable income both in the Middle East and in the West, are you considering offering more options outside of the Ramadan collection?

The collection is oriented to cover all need of the Arabic woman in all her daily activities. The collection is formed by more than 350 color models, which include capsule collection to cover all the most important commemorations of these markets as the ADHA and RAMADÁN. The collection also includes casual and suit ambients, along with more conservative silhouettes for more traditional countries like Saudi Arabia, where lies the most important weight of our turnover.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Arabic fashion is witnessing a revolution without precedent. It is a demanding target in terms of quality fabrics and they really value the worked items.

Scroll down for the exclusive photos provided to Hijabtrendz by MANGO.

Keep in mind their target audience for the Ramadan collection is in the Middle East where they have lots of big events during Ramadan and Eid.

We love the variety of outfits that are perfect for women’s only iftar gatherings and Eid parties, as well as some more covered options for going out.

Which look is your favorite?

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Mango launches Ramadan 2015 collection

Ramadan 2015 from MANGO