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Arrive In Style, What To Wear When Travelling

By Mona Ismaeil

Arrive In Style, What To Wear When Travelling

Don’t you just envy those women who have been on the same ten hour flight as yours but look like they just stepped out of their homes? I do! If I did before and after shots of myself while travelling to the homeland, you would think I had walked all that distance from how disastrous I look when I disembark at my destination airport!

Let me paint you a picture of what I usually look like: my hijab is a total mess, wrinkled clothing, a blotchy face… and … I’m sure you can imagine the rest. On my last trip to Egypt I decided I had to find a way to leave home and arrive there looking somewhat decent. I hated feeling like I had to put on makeup and fix my hijab in the last 20 minutes of the last flight and if luck really wasn’t on my side there would be a huge line up for the lavatory and I’d have to get to the first bathroom before clearing customs. As if travelling with a kid isn’t stressful enough!

Here are some tips that I learned on my trips to make your next long haul trip an easy breezy one, insha Allah.

Keep colors simple

Since accidents happen while travelling, try to stick with darker colors; black, grey, navy, forest green, maroon, etc.  Patterns also help detour the eye from the juice your daughter spilled on you.

Comfort over style

I tend to travel in jeans and a solid long sleeve top. Sounds boring? Add a cardigan and a hijab/scarf and your outfit is complete. I’ve also travelled in yoga pants and an athletic jacket. These are great because they dry quickly in case of spills.

For shoes, I wear boots, flats or some cute sneakers. No need to do a heel!

Keep Makeup Basic

Unless you have a very short flight, it is not the time to play around with exciting shadow colors and liners. Keep your make-up as basic as possible. Wearing too much can start to look quite bad when it starts to wear off. Instead stick to a base product, a light-weight foundation or tinted moisturiser, maybe a bit of blush and your favourite lip product.

Easy Breezy Hijab

All those tutorial videos you have been watching should not put into play during travel. Keep your hijab style as simple and ways as possible. That way, if you have to adjust it or redo it in the lavatory, it’ll be quick. You won’t be spending forever trying to re-create it while frantically searching for your pins because the seat belt sign just came back on.

If you want a super simple option, you can do a one or two piece Amira hijab. These are perfect slip-on and go hijabs. They are comfortable and look great! If you are more of a Shayla kind of girl, try a nice cotton jersey hijab. These are very easy to wrap and most often do not need pins.

Jewelry?

Nothing is more embarrassing than beeping your way through security because you piled on those bangles. Aside from perhaps your wedding band, keep your jewelry to a minimum. I sometimes slip on a cuff or bracelet but I like to do wood or plastic beads. Also, you don’t want your favourite necklace to get caught on something in the travel chaos and lose/damage it forever.

These tips are not just applicable to airport travel. This would be the same for car or train trips as well. Keep travelling and keep looking fabulous while doing it!

About the author:

Mona Ismaeil, the associate editor at MuslimMoms.ca is a teacher turned blogger and writer. She’s the owner of Modern Hejab and stay-at-home mom to a sweet little girl. She loves to travel and see all the world has to offer with her family.

 

What tips do you have for looking great while travelling?

What To Wear This Spring

By Aaisha Zafar Islam

What to wear this spring

Snow’s melted and barring the occasional cold alert, it does seem that Spring is slowly marking its arrival in Canada, the #TrueNorth.

We all know why we get excited for this glorious weather, it’s time to head outdoors, enjoy nature in its full, verdant glory and finally shed all those bulky layers of clothing that see us through the winters!

Are you looking for some fresh Spring inspirations, deciding on what to keep and throw from your closet? Or taking out your wallet for a much needed trip to the mall? We have you covered, read on and learn what you need this season to stay on top of trends!

70’s are back

The 1970’s are back and with flares! Whether it is flared jeans and pants, fringed apparel or accessories, this Spring is seeing a major influence drawn from the bohemian vibe of the era.

Some of the notable trends that have made it to the high streets straight off the ramps include baggy fits instead of more tailored/skinnier ones, suede in its many variations and bucket bags, preferably fringed.

Spring trends: Flared Jeans

For the modest fashionista, this is great news as we can always look at loose fitting shift dresses and modify them as tops work with flared bottoms.

For the denim loving moms, jeans are back in favour! Stock up on them in different hues and washes, pair them with some bold patterned tunics and you are set for the school run!

Pattern Play

We think Miranda Priestly summed it up perfectly!

Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking

~ Miranda Priestly in Devil Wears Prada

Do you really want to meld with the background when you head outdoors? Instead of going the most obvious route, experiment with other patterns, abstracts, monochromes, gingham, polka dots, animal prints, even plaid would look better than flowers across your skirt!

That being said, if you have to do floral, looks for prints that are more pastel based. And of course pleated maxi skirts never go out of style in a modest wardrobe.

Spring Trends: Pattern Play

Top Up

The easiest way to turn any ‘pret’ purchase into modest wear is layering. We recommend that you invest in a well-tailored blazer or two in neutral colours for a more polished look. For times when you want to affect a more casual but put-together vibe, it’s hard to go wrong with a printed blazer. Again, there are numerous options and many mass retailers have embraced this trend. You can find blazers in many colours, designs and patterns everywhere. Just make sure that its fits well.

An added advantage of blazers is that they can double up as outerwear when it gets a bit chilly!

Spring Trends: Blazers

Kit up in a kimono

True 70’s spirit, kimonos are a flowy option that can take you from Spring to Summer and ‘modestify’ any top! We like the ease of throwing on a kimono atop whatever tee we have on, pairing it with a pair of flared jeans (of course) and heading out.

We know cardigans are a must-have for many Muslim moms, but try to step slightly out of your comfort zone and try on some kimono? You can also head out to a fabric store and attempt a DIY yourself!

Spring Trends: Kimono

So Suede

Shoes, bags and clothes too, faux and true, suede is back. If an all-out suede look is too much, accessorize. Try on suede footwear, or handbags.

Spring Trends: Suede footwear

Fringe benefits

Again, a hark back to the 70’s, fringe is in. It can be on your handbags, an accent on your booties, or a hemming on your favourite top/kimono. Fringe ups your fashion savvy!

Spring Trends: Fringe Benefits

Marsala – Pantone Colour of the Year

We can finally get to wearing colour. This year Marsala was announced as the Pantone Colour for 2015. It is a muddy red/wine colour, hard to describe in words but translates well into our daily wear.

Berry lips are also going to be a big trend this season and you can put on a swipe of lipstick, gloss, stain or balm in Marsala hue as a subtle nod to the colour. Don’t be afraid, you don’t have to apply it in its full intensity, a sheer finish looks equally flattering on most skin tones.

Marsala Pantone Colour Of The Year 2015

In terms of makeup, Marsala as a colour on the cheeks and eyes is more suited to night outs than daytime wear. Experiment a bit till you find what works for you.

Perhaps makeup is not your area, then accessorize (we can’t say this enough!) watches, sunglasses, jewelry, even a handbag. You don’t have to HAVE something in Marsala, but it’d be nice, that’s all we say!

Remember, it’s more about being comfortable and confident at the end of the day. Make trends work for you instead of working trends! Have fun, enjoy Spring and stay fabulous!

About the author:

Aaisha Zafar Islam is the Executive Editor of MuslimMoms.ca, she likes to stay on top of trends, but you won’t find her decked to the nines. Her best accessories are her kids; they are one hard to miss style statement!

Red And Pink, Make Them Work!

By Mona Ismaeil

Red And Pink, Make Them Work!

Any average fashionista worth her heels knows that wearing red and pink at the same time is a major taboo! We are not average and we do things differently!  There are many creative ways to make these two beautiful colours pair together in perfect harmony. It’s like two soul mates divided by the restraints of boring fashion rules.

Be BOLD

Not every fashionista will be brave enough to try this but why not? Give it a go, even if it’s just for Valentine’s Day date night. This exciting look is about paring bright and bold pieces together like a red patterned top with a bright fushia skirt. A great addition is a lovely  and simple statement necklace in a complimentary colour.

Subtle Beauty

If you are nervous about making too bold of a statement, try a subtle version of one of the colours paired with a bold version of the other colour. Like a baby or blush pink with a ruby red skirt.

Accessorize

For beginners to the art of red and pink combos, try your outift in either red or pink and choose your accessories in the alternate colour. Try a necklace, cuff, scarf or belt. You can even layer the accessories. This is and nice way to give a but of a creating flare to a your favourite look.

Hijab

For our Mohajaba sisters, there are a number if ways to incorporate pink and red into your outfit:

  • Choose a patterned hijab which includes both colours
  • Mix and match the hijab and underscarf.
  • Add an accessory in one of the two colours.  Try a brooch, chain pin or headband.

Red And Pink, Make Them Work!

Rock the One Piece

Another bold look is finding a dress or skirt  that already has both colours in it and consider your work done for you. All you have to do is add a nude, white or metallic shoe and accessories.

Red And Pink, Make Them Work!

About the author:

Mona Ismaeil is the Associate Editor at MuslimMoms.ca and the proud owner of Modern Hejab, an Edmonton based online hijabs store. She is a new stay-at-home mom of a sweet little girl. Mona is also a former elementary school teacher turned blogger and writer.

Images: Pinterest

Easy, Breezy, Hijab Friendly Summers

 By Mona Ismaeil

Created on polyvore

Created on polyvore

 

Summer is not really a Mohajaba’s season. Admit it, we all prefer autumn or winter, where we can layer our clothes and not feel like we are going to pass out from heat exhaustion. It’s time to change that! Summer can be the best time for a Mohajaba. All you need are these essential wardrobe pieces and you will be ready to beat the heat!

Ninja Underscarves

These are a MUST HAVE for any Mohajaba! They are so comfortable and easy to wear! They are great for many reasons but the most important is that they provide full head and neck coverage, giving you the freedom to style your hijab as you like. You can slip on these cotton underscarves, and loosely throw on your favorite hijab or tie your hijab back behind your head in the Spanish style without worrying about covering your neck.  A friend of mine went on vacation to Mexico last winter and she was wearing her ninja without a hijab over it! You can find these in many different colors at many hijab stores  as well as online.

Cotton solid tops

You know these are essentials for your wardrobe all year round. Solid tops can be hard to find but when you do find one you like, buy it in all colors! They are great for layering under a dress, a cute tank top and they also look great on their own with the right accessories.

Arm Covers

Summer time brings so many fabulous tops with flowing sleeves and often ¾ length sleeves. In the heat you do not want to be wearing ANOTHER long sleeve shirt underneath it. This why you need an arm cover! Again, all hijab stores and modest fashion e-tailers carry these in an array of colours. Put together your own collection to solve all your sleeve issues!

Maxi skirts and dresses

Summers are made for maxi dresses and skirt. There’s something to be said about modest clothing that is also breezy! These are totally in style this year which is a bonus for us. A mohajaba that wears something the right way, can make it seem on point with trends! Go Hijabistas!

Maxi Skirts

Maxi Skirts are so versatile as they come in so many different colors and styles. They are a great alternative to pants in the heat and if you do not want to wear a dress they can be a great choice.

Personally, I have not yet mastered this but my pairing a maxi skirt, casual or fancy with a solid cotton top is a great look!

Maxi dresses and skirts are easier to find, most women’s clothing stores carry them. If you are looking for something more tailored towards the Mohajabas try looking up for some really nice options online.

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are a basic in a mohajaba’s wardrobe. Every hijabista should have a couple of great maxi dresses for all occasions. She should have: a casual solid dress in a bright and fun color, a simple patterned dress for a lunch out, a garden party, etc. and finally a great maxi dress for a night out or a formal event like a wedding.

There are many ways to wear a maxi dress. The most common way is to wear a sleeveless dress with a long sleeve top under it. Other options include adding a lovely cardigan in a complimentary color or even better, a great blazer depending on the occasion.

If you are really lucky, you can find a fabulous maxi dress with sleeves that’ll be a huge asset to your wardrobe! Modest clothing industry is a burgeoning one and again, there are many options you can browse through on various e-tailers websites.

Button-up Top

I am seeing more and more of these tops this season. I personally love a chiffon button up blouse because they do not need to be layered with anything! Many people are afraid of pattern but a great patterned top in the summer is just beautiful!

One look I really love this year is the blouse, with the Turkish hijab style and a short collar necklace. It just looks so smart and sophisticated.  Blouses are historically a very feminine article of clothing and I think we should really accentuate our femininity and celebrate it.

On the other hand, a most masculine button up top with a great pair of pants can look amazing too when paired with some fantastic accessories. This look will ride a fine line between strong and soft, what’s not to love!

Accessories

These days, I am really loving mixing and matching accessories.  My favorite accessories are bracelets and rings.  The latest ring trend I came across and have decided to give a try is “Ring Stacking”. Basically, you buy rings that come in a bundle, perfectly matched and you wear more than one at once. They usually come in a stack of 5 but can be mixed and matched in different combinations.

The idea of mixing accessories with different styles and textures is really in. There are no rules anymore to what can we worn with what.  No longer do we have to choose between gold and silver.  As Stacey and Clinton from TLC’s What Not To Wear Say: “It doesn’t have to match, just has to go”. As long as your accessories have a common style, then you can wear them together.

Creativity and Personality

Your clothes should show who YOU are not who you think you should look like. It’s easy to play dress up and buy the whole outfit as it was displayed on the mannequin but you won’t be doing yourself any justice.

Fashion is about finding your own style, pairing it with your personality and letting the world see it.  Be open to playing with colors and patterns. Do some research and get some ideas from the trends out there but do not become a slave to one specific style. Break free! Be a feminine girlie-girl today then rock a classic shirt and pants combo tomorrow.

Everything you put on should make you feel amazing! Dress for you, dress on purpose. Above all remember: “Allah is beautiful and he loves beauty”.

 

About the author:

Mona Ismaeil is mother to a sweet little toddler, owner at Modern Hejab  and a blogger.

Looking for modest fashion and styling inspirations? Head over to the Muslim Moms of Canada forums and discuss ideas on putting together your own summer wardrobe. 

On Trend With Radiant Orchid

By Aaisha Zafar Islam

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2014

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2014

Every year, since 2000 Pantone has been coming up with a colour of the year to embody the global zeitgeist. The company has country representatives from around the world meet in secret twice every year, to decide on a colour for the coming year. The colours that have been named as Pantone Colour of the Year so far have been varied, encompassing shades of blues, reds and yellows.