Olinda - Exploring Melbourne

Thursday, April 24, 2014

As I get older I find myself getting more and more anxious. Little things that never used to bug me are now starting to cause anxiety. Every mother can agree with me when I say our patience are tested a lot more then any other person on this earth but it is probably wise to figure out a constructive way to wind down and find some time to reconnect with ourselves. Aside from prayer I also like to surround myself with the natural physical world and disconnect with the phantom virtual reality. 
I have always been deeply attracted to nature, in particular forestry. I love the way the mountains smell and the way the colour green instantly leeches out all my anger and frustration. There is something so romantic and lovely about the woods, especially in the cooler months. As I look at the trees and smell the fresh crisp air I can't help marvel at Allah s.w.t's creations. 
I recently went on a trip to one of my favourite places in Melbourne's Dandenong ranges. It is a teeny tiny town called Olinda which is nestled next to Sassafras with a population of around 1600 (according to the 2006 census). Olinda is rich with history being around since the 1800's. I love heading there for some excellent coffee and food as well as perusing its antique stores. 

Here are some pictures of my day spent in the beautiful suburb of Olinda, if you are a Melbournian like myself you must go visit, even if it is just to drive through. 
I will start with what I wore that day as I know that is probably what interests most people. I wore a new Asos dress which I LOVE. It has dolman sleeves and is cut in the shift dress style. I paired it with my Zara jeans, boohoo shoes, and Seduce long wool coat.

Drinking tea at the park. And yes that is a jar. And no I do not consider myself a hipster I just forgot to bring mugs so the spare jar came in handy.

I think an Akubra hat looks spot on with hijab. Don't you? ;)

Hijab Revival for Brew & Skittles

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I recieved an email last year from a company called Brew & Skittles which intrigued me. I was asked if I would like to collaborate with the brand by submitting a few designs. I was pretty stoked they asked me as 1) I have no design experience and 2) They liked my blog so much they chose to ask me, yes little old me to collaborate with!
Anyway, so I started to sketch a few pictures that resembled something a grade 2 child might draw, complete with scribbled notes next to each picture. Needless to say I was totally embarrassed to show anyone but I put aside me pride and sent them the pictures. 
They chose 2 designs from my rough sketches and turned them into B&S pieces. The pieces are not exactly how I imagined them but they are still so pretty and demand attention. 
I am styling the Green Batik Long Top which is a beautiful emerald green shade with a batik top half. Keep reading this post for more outfit details. 

The necklace and ring are from Wandering Nomad - go check them out for ethnic style jewellery.

Brew & Skittles specialise in using Batik fabric in nearly all their designs. These fabrics are hand picked by the company and incorporated into their funky style. 

The batik top half has a multitude of colours so it is easy to match a hijab to it if you do not like wearing black. 

The Green Batik Long Top is more like a kimono style jacket/dress that can be worn buttoned up or open.

The vibrant colours are simply stunning and look so special paired with all black. 

I love the way the emerald green is peeking out from under the leather jacket. Such a stark slash of colour.

I layered up for this look with black peg-legs, a black longline shirt, the B&S long batik too and a tough looking leather jacket. I love mixing girly with more serious pieces. 

Note: the pieces are designed by me but every other aspect about the pieces were chosen by B&S such as fabric, sizing and button accessories. 

The new old me.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Salams everyone,
Recently I have been receiving lots of comments and emails regarding my blogging style of late. The comments were not rude, rather very valuable constructive criticism. I know my blogging style has changed dramatically since the beginning and it was a conscious change. Over a year ago I was seriously (and I mean seriously) considering shutting down HR. I was going through some things and I just didn't have the energy to maintain this blog. I was so disheartened and demotivated that I had to enlist the help of my mini me double (my special secret model). Many never realised that my model had  to pose for review and ootd posts in place of me (and sometimes she still does :D)
Only recently have I started to feel a bit more comfortable and I am beginning to enjoy blogging again. I know I have drained you all with review posts, that I apologise for dearly and have decided to cut down on reviews or at least space them out a bit with more personal style posts I'm between each review post inshallah. If you haven't noticed I have enlisted the help of other bloggers and blog enthusiasts as guest bloggers  to jazz things up (if interested please contact me).
If there is anything you would like me to blog about please let me know. I have been doing this for so long I have serious writers block!
Before I go I wanted to remind you to follow me via Instagram (@hijabrevivalofficial) so that you can keep up to date with my daily happenings and also to view regular ootd's. 
So keeping this a short n sweet kinda thing, I just wanted to say a special thankyou to all my long time readers for sticking around and showing me love and support, also a big thankyou and welcome to all my new readers! 
Here are a mish mash of pictures to keep you entertained and inshallah inspired (in a good way!)

Black Orchids

Monday, March 31, 2014

If you have been following me for a while you know I love a good quality classic abaya. In my opinion they can be the epitome of modest chic. When I was contacted by Black Orchids to choose an abaya for review, I was instantly struck by the elegance and practicality of the Oriental Flare abaya. It's cut is loose and drapes from the shoulder down. Its practicality comes from its thick fabric and button down front so it is a dream come true for nursing mums.

I chose the brown tone for the upcoming Aussie Autumn. It's beautiful muted shade and antique looking silver buttons are made for the cooler season but can also be worn in the Spring.
The Oriental Flare features a fully functional mandarin collar and gorgeous piping that matches well with its antique silver buttons.


As you can see the way this abaya drapes is very flattering. 

Wearing a fully faux fur black clutch from Sammydress.com (full review to come soon inshallah)

Love the unique detail on the sleeve of the abaya! B for Black Orchids :)

The piping at the waist ads definition without compromising on modesty. It creates an illusion of a waistline but is actually very loose and not at all cinched in.

Make sure you visit Black Orchids for more beautiful abayas and accessories! Black Orchids also sell  jilbabs/Abayas including maternity wear, unique hijabs, hand crafted hijab clips made from real stones, specially designed breastfeeding aprons, pure silver jewellery, ponchos for extra coverage and much more!
Click on the picture below (or any of the links above) to visit their website. You can also keep up to date with their beautiful stock by liking their FB page and their Instagram.

Here is another Black Orchids review on youtube that you might be interested to watch! Enjoy! Xx 
(Can't seem to embed it here so I will post the link instead) 



Friday, March 21, 2014

Every time I use the abbreviation HOOTD on Instagram I seriously giggle. I mean come on the word 'hooted' is so darn cute.. Of course if you do not know what it represents it means 'Hijabi Outfit of the Day.'
Well here is my recent 'hooted'..
Pants - Asos
Shirt - Zara
Long wool cardigan - Feathers Boutique 
Necklace - Lovisa
Bag - Malaysia
Hijab - Malaysia

This shirt was brought to my attention by the lovely Iman whilst casually shopping in KL Malaysia. The wave detail was too cute to resist. (Instagram @imansalam) 

Recently(ish) purchased these fold over peg leg pants from Asos and I am in love. What drew me in were the clever little fold over drapes at the front to cover your front (so no unfortunate appearance of the camel sort..)