HFW May 2012: Day 3 - Time Travel

The theme for day three of Hijabi Fashion Week is Time Travel! Bringing back something from the past and combining it with a recent item or trend. This is a tricky one as I regularly empty out my wardrobe of clothes that I don't wear anymore, so I don't actually own anything from the past =/ I do remember that while I was in secondary school, there was a trend of wearing the tiered maxi skirts (aka gypsy skirts), usually a neutral colour, and they were paired with bright coloured tops and accessories. So, I created a Polyvore set to represent this theme, using the tiered maxi skirt as the item from the past, and pairing it with the more recent trend of batwing sleeves. Accessorised with flat sandals, a simple hijab and purple friendship bracelets (playing on the school memories here). The overall look? Loose, flowy and 100% hijab friendly =)

Hijabi Fashion Week: Day 3 - Time Travel

Check out the rest of HFW Day 3 entries here =)


HFW May 2012: Day 2 - Favourite Hijab

So the theme for Hijabi Fashion Week Day 2 is to create an outfit inspired by your favourite hijab.

Now, my favourite hijab has to be this one. The Pearl Daisy Princess Rafi hijab. I love the colours and the paisley floral design, not to mention that pretty much goes with most (if not all) of my abaya's and outfits. It's the essential black hijab that's just a little different. This hijab can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion/event. The size is perfect, not to wide or narrow, nor too long/short. And it's not too stiff or heavy, which makes it great for wearing during Spring time (and possibly during Summer, especially if it's a typically British one!). This hijab has been worn so many times that there are little holes where I have continuously pinned the hijab down in the same place (it's one of the signs of a favourite hijab!).

And here's a quick outfit that was put together this morning =)

[photo credit to my sister]

Princess Rafi Hijab: Pearl Daisy
Purple Stripe Abaya: Green Street
Rings: H&M
Lace Ballet Flats: Deichmann
Sunglasses: Primark

Check out the rest of the outfits from HFW participants here and check back tomorrow for Day 3 =)


HFW May 2012: Day 1 - Leaders in Hijab

Hijabi Fashion Week May 2012 has officially started and the theme for today is Leaders in Hijab!
So, what leadership roles do I have, and how do I dress for them? Well, you may know that I'm planning on becoming a teacher i'A, and as a way of preparing myself I'm currently a volunteer at a local primary school. As a volunteer, I don't have the authority and power of the teacher (or the headteacher), but I still have a significant role in the classroom to be a good role model. Obviously, working with younger children, it's a lot more appropriate to incorporate colour and prints into an outfit as this makes you more approachable (and less official looking, I think).

And here's my outfit to represent the theme =)

[photo credit to my sister]

Hijab: H&M
Lace band: Green Street
Blazer: H&M
Abaya: Queen's Market, Green Street
Satin Ballet Flats: Debenhams
Spotty...Mini Brooch Pin (on right side lapel, but can't be seen): Dramafree
Sunglasses: Primark

You can check out outfits from more HFW participants here =)


Project 10 Pan: Take II #5 and #6

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Finally I have finished using not one but two of my (many) lipbalms! The fifth product to have been used up is the Nivea Hydro Care lipbalm, which is pretty much your standard lipbalm packaged in a handy twist up tube. I like that it has that classic Nivea smell, nothing too strong or complicated. The lip balm itself is moisturising, but not overly so making it great for those days when your lips are dry (but not in need of extreme moisturising). I think I have another one of these lying around somewhere (which hasn't been used yet), so I'm not sad to see this one end.

The sixth product to have been used up is my trusted Classic Carmex tub, which is my saviour when I'm suffering with extremely dry, chapped lips. I'm not too keen on the tub packaging, so will be repurchasing in the tube, either the cherry or strawberry version. I also want to try out the Carmex Moisture Plus lip balms, although that will probably be after I've finished a few more lipbalms.

Hopefully I'll be using up more of my lipbalms soon, so I can also finally open the new (or not so new) EOS lip balm spheres that have been gathering dust for quite a few months now! =)

What's your favourite lipbalm?


Hijabi Fashion Week May 2012

HFW is back again! Starting on May 28th through to June 3rd 2012, I'll be taking part (even though I have my final few exams during the first few days of HFW). HFW is a bi-annual event where each of the 7 days has a different theme and participants have to share an outfit that represents the theme of the day. InshaAllah this time around I'll be taking inspiration from fellow Muslimah's, such as Muslimah in Reverie and Hidden in Style who took part in HFW Nov 2011 and hid their face from view pre-capture (before taking the picture) which means there is no need for blurring out faces. To see my blog posts from HFW November 2011, click HERE. And to register for HFW May 2012, click HERE.

For this season, the themes are:
Day 1 [May 28] : Leader's in Hijab - What leadership roles do you have & how do you dress for them as a hijabi?
Day 2 [May 29] : Favorite Hijab -  Create an outfit inspired by your favorite Hijab!
Day 3 [May 30] : Time Travel - Bring something back from the past and combine it with a recent item or trend!
Day 4 [May 31] : Destinations - If you could go anywhere for fun, where would you go & what would you wear?
Day 5 [June 01] : Special Occasions: Eid, formal etc. -  how do you stay modest when you need to get decked out?
Day 6 [June 02] : Date Night - What would be the perfect date with the (future) hubby?
Day 7 [June 03] : Style Crush - Choose an HFW participant's style to try out with your own clothes! Show us which participants inspired you, or mirror a style that you might never have tried before!

There are a few themes which were present (or similar) in HFW Nov 2011, although as it is now Spring/Summer time, the outfits will be different yet still modest and fabulous!

Who else will be taking part in HFW May 2012?


TBS Chocomania Lip Butter [review]

I had a voucher for £3 off any Body Shop product and thought I should put it to good use. Combined with the Love Your Body card discount, this lip butter only cost me 90p! The Chocomania lip butter from The Body Shop's Chocomania range (and the product seems to have disappeared from the website). I love the smell of this lip butter as it reminds Terry's chocolate orange. It's similar to the chocolate and orange lip butter that TBS used to do (ages ago).

yes it has been used a fair bit! =)

The lip butter has a smooth, creamy texture and easily spreads over the lips without a sticky or greasy feeling. It does moisturise the lips, but this doesn't last very long on me and does need to be reapplied. I wouldn't recommend using this over a lipstick as the lip butter does apply in a cream colour which would mute the colour of the lipstick, but it does disappear once rubbed in. The Chocomania lip butter contains quite a few community fair trade ingredients, including cocoa butter and organic beeswax. I use this lip butter when I'm in need of some chocolate (but there's none to eat in the house). It's all the chocolate with none of the calories (it doesn't taste of chocolate). The lip butter retails at £4 for a 10ml tub, or can be bought as part of the Chocomania gift set.

Has anyone else tried something from the Chocomania range? What were your thoughts?


UnderMyAbaya: Casual Stripes

In case you don't know, I live in casual and comfy clothes =)

UnderMyAbaya: Casual Stripes

Easy. Simple. Casual. Perfect.

An under abaya outfit that is casual yet still stylish (with an overload of stripes!) consisting of a striped t-shirt dress paired with straight leg jeans. Add some more stripes with silk bangles and a stripy pair of ballet flats. A plain grey scarf with a lace edge to add a girly twist and to balance out the colourful stripy-ness (is that even a word?) of the outfit. This outfit can be easily adapted depending on the weather by adding a long sleeve basic top underneath, or a cardigan over the top (preferably without stripes!) =)

What do you think? Too many stripes?


LUSH Creamy Candy Bubble Bar

My favourite Lush bubble bar has to be Creamy Candy. I'm forever repurchasing this particular one because it smells amazing and I love that it contains little nuggets of solid bath oil. The cute flower decoration on the top also makes it more appealing as it reminds me of cake decorations. I'm more of a shower person myself, and I use Lush bubble bars in a similar way to how most people use body scrubs.

First of all, I cut up the bubble bar into a few sections (usually 6, which is enough for 6 showers) so that it can be used more than once. Once you add a little water and crush the bubble bar portion in your hands (rub your hands together so the bubble bar is more like a paste), it has a grainy texture which acts as an exfoliant to remove dead skin.

cutting up the bubble bar (no idea why I used scissors instead of a knife) =S

Alternatively, you could use it in the traditional way and dissolve the bubble bar into your bath tub and have a very sweet, pink bath! =)

Anyone else use products in a different way than they are supposed to be used?


Project 10 Pan: Take II #4

The fourth product to have been used up is The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash. This is one product that I used quite a lot in the past, but after having not used it in ages, I don't think it works for me as well anymore. Mostly because my skin has become drier over the past few weeks and patches of eczema have started to flare up again. The exfoliating wash is mild enough to use at least once every two days, however it doesn't contain enough crushed apricot stones for it to be as exfoliating as I want it to be. It has a creamy consistency and isn't too thick (which is why it's called a wash rather than a mask or a scrub). The tea tree is scent is particularly strong, which I do like as it's really refreshing (especially when used in the morning).

Anyone else tried the tea tree blackhead exfoliating wash? What did you think?