Insta-update - My latest looks on Instagram

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Here is another hijabi OOTD Instagram update for all you chickas who don't have an Instagram account. (My Instagram name is @hijabrevivalofficial or just click on the Instagram link on the sidebar --->)

Btw filmed a summer night out in Melbourne vlog for my YouTube account (you didn't know I have a YouTube account? Well yes I do! Link to my channel on the sidebar -> or alternatively you can click on the tab above that says 'YouTube')
I am editing that as we speak! Xxx

Layering it - Guest Post by Nadia

Friday, January 9, 2015

Assalam aleikum! My name is Nadia. I hope this finds you in good health and iman inshaAllah. I don’t have any experience in blogging but voluntered to do a guestblog to write about, how I approach the whole ”dressing modestly but yet individual”. My involvement in social media is basically limited to instagram (@nadia.mellouli) where I (almost) daily post things I experience.


You might know the feeling…
You imagine this perfect outfit in your head. But only to find when you start to put it on, you find the pants too tight, so you change them. Your dress too short, so you pick a longer one, and oh your blouse is see-through so you wear something underneath or top it up with a cardigan. As you stare in the mirror memoirs of Darth Vader in Star Wars come to you and look nothing like you had imagined.
Raise your hand if this has been a disturbing issue for you?

This situation used to be more of an everyday encounter, than a once in a while mishap. I would go out of my way to make a certain item work for me, and end up not using it. Maybe from a startingpoint of necessity, I began to experiment with different patterns, lenghts and layering in order to create a style that represented me but still didin’t go against what I believe. I changed a few things in this realization.

- The first thing I did was a realization of what I would wear. I stopped buying things that I knew I wouldn’t wear, meaning to accept that tight jeans and t-shirts just aren’t made for me to wear outdoor and realizing that I am not going to wear very feminine clothes with flower patterns outside either (the latter to big disapointment to my beloved mother). Having a lot of things you are not going to wear only adds confusion.

- Another thing is, no matter how cheap an item is, I stopped buying it unless I would still think it was nice if full-priced. To be honest I never was one to get excited about shopping excessively, just annoyed if I have something I never used. I reason a lot before buying things, hence also the reason why I usually shop alone (because my sister has given up on me: and no one else has the patience to go out with me).

- Thirdly if I don’t use an item within the days it is refundable, I return it to the store. Odds are that I won’t be using it much then. So as you can imagine I don’t have a great amount of items in my closet that I don’t use, so quality is important to me.
I am very concious about what I wish to cover, and the lenght of my skirts, dresses etc, so when I layer my clothes it is always with this in mind and it becomes the ”basis” of every outfit. Basis meaning it covers what I want. When wearing a maxiskirt, I love to put on shirts and top it up with a knit leaving all layers showing. I wear my jacket or oversize coat, sometimes over shoulder.

This fall/winter, being a resident in the colder part of Europe, I have really been enjoying oversized turtleneck knits. When wearing pants I only wear boyfriend jeans or loose fitted pants, I top this with a long shirt/dress to the knee, a shirt and knit, and an oversized coat. I have this tendency to roll up the sleeves of my coat leaving layers of clothes showing.

So to sum it up, I have a standard style, which I always do the same way, and then I create variation by opting for different colours and patterns. By having the same foundation, stylewise, I simplify the process of having to decide what and how to wear my outfits. Having felt what an amazing relief it is not have to “reinvent the wheel” every morning, I have gradually taking it one step by further, making it even more time (and energy) saving, by putting aside two hours every Sunday, to plan, iron and pick out my clothes for the following week. Having limited my ‘possibilities’ and avoiding clutter in my closet, getting dressed and ready in the morning has become less of Darth Vader experience
Last personal advice is always to ORGANIZE the wardrobe. I colorcoordinate all my clothes and my shoes are left in shoeboxes with polaroidpictures outside each box, so that I know exactly what I have and makes dressing alot easier. Every other week iron all my scarfs so they are ready to put on. In doing this I save alot of time and leaves me focusing on other, more important things.
What I’ve said isn’t groundbreaking, (which is why I will leave blogging to someone else), but just a few pointers that have really helped me find a style that I personally like and feel good about. 
Any thoughts?

Orange HOOTD

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sorry there are no NYE news here, New Years has always been a quiet affair for my family (quiet = we have never acknowledged it as anything special) rather we spend it at home with our families. I stayed in and watched The Hobbit 2 in preparation for The Hobbit 3. 

What I do have for you is another HOOTD featuring this delicious orange maxi hijab from Heart Hijab as well as my favourite black abaya. If you follow me on Instagram then you would have already seen a picture of me wearing this hijab. It falls under the plain thick hijabs made for winter but still in the maxi style. It is literally perfection and I'm not just saying that. Colour and fabric are majorly on POINT. 

If you haven't heard of Heart Hijab then click here and please read my previous blogpost about them. You won't be disappointed!

Barakah Women - Modern | Sophisticated | Modest

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Baraka - an Australia designed and owned company catering to both hijabi and non hijabi women who appreciate modesty AND classic style. It's minimalist style ethos really translates well for the contemporary modest woman as it allows for style "wiggle room". Whether you want to keep things simple and sleek or add your little touches of jewellery and layering here and there, Baraka clothing gives you the opportunity to make up your own mind.

Here I am wearing the double breasted linen jacket which is designed to be oversized so you can button it up and wear it as a tunic or leave it open. It's gorgeous tone really does appeal to my recent obsession with neautrals and the fact that it's 100% linen gives it a 5 star rating. 

If you are like me and love oversized tops then you will definitely love this jacket. Just make sure your bottoms are slim and not obnoxiously elaborate. 

You can buy this jacket and many more stunning pieces from the Baraka website. Go directly to the DB Linen Jacket, visit their Instagram page and visit their FB.

Heart Hijab - Cheapest Hijab Prices Online

Friday, December 12, 2014

Salam and hello,
I have a super special feature for you today. Why super special? Well once you see the prices of these hijabs you will immediately understand. 
I was recently sent a huge package of hijabs by the generous company Heart Hijab. They stock a massive range of scarves in a multitude of colours (over 40 to choose from), fabrics and finishes. When I was in the process of choosing the hijabs for review purposes I was literally on their website for two days trying to decide.

Heart Hijab prices are very low, possibly the lowest I have seen so far. Maxi hijabs start from £2.90 (that's around $5.50 AU or $4.60 US) and the more luxurious hijabs costs around £5.50 which is still an absolute bargain. 

Heart hijab shipping rates are also very affordable. Here is a list of all shipping options depending on the country you live in:

UK (Next Day*) 1 day Aim Flat Rate. ONLY £1.50UK 
FREE UK DELIVERY ON ORDERS OVER £15 3-5 working days
WITHIN EUROPE 5-7 working days ONLY £3.50 - FLAT RATE 
WITHIN EUROPE (FREE) 5-7 working days FREE Delivery over £50
Canada & USA 5-7 working days ONLY £4.99 - FLAT RATE
Canada & USA (FREE) 5-7 working days Free Delivery over £80 (approx $130)
REST OF THE WORLD 5-7 working daysONLY £4.99 - FLAT RATE

As I was sent so many hijabs it became very difficult to capture them in a photoshoot all in one day, so I set myself a challenge to wear one Heart Hijab hijab daily and then shoot an OOTD with the hijab. This was a much easier and achievable goal as I not only loved the everything they sent me I also chose colours that I knew I would wear and suited my clothing. 

Here is the first of many blogposts (and possibly hijab tutorial on my YouTube channel - link tab above) featuring a Heart Hijab product. Inshallah you enjoy!

Here I am wearing the Heart Hijab Sky blue  plain maxi hijab. The colour is delectable and will suit all skin types. LOVE.

This is my go-to hijab style of late. So effortless and easy to achieve within minutes! 

I styled the hijab with my wide leg jumpsuit, a black maxi jacket and plain strappy heels. I think this look is perfect for work or even out lunch with friends. 

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