Saturday, 22 January 2011

Hijab Styling | Golden Arabia

Salaam all,

Here is a hijab style I came up with today, modelled by little sister (=

I hope you guys like it!

This style has been created with two scarves a brooch and a chandelier hijab pin. It's a perfect look for a wedding or party.

I just had to buy this brooch, its too cute and can be worn in so many different ways.

To buy this chandelier hijab pin go to the islam factory store, but hurry because there is only one piece!


Thursday, 20 January 2011

Review | Pardah Collections

Assalaamu alaikum all,

Recently I have been in contact with a few new Islamic companies, fashion labels, online stores etc, today's review is on a new fashion label called 'Pardah collections'. The owner of pardah collections has sent me a few products to review so here goes...!

Pardah collections is a brand new fashion label based in Glasgow, UK. It is owned by sister Shama. They sell a full range of stunning brooches, bracelets, rings, headbands, swarovski crystal products(abaya and headbands) bridal abaya, everyday abayas, and the girls night out abaya! They are currently the only stockist for the Lawung designer range in Scotland.

A bespoke tailoring service is also available, the item you like can be altered to suit you. If you want something that is not available on the website you can get in contact with pardah collections and they will be more than willing to try and get it for you.

Pardah collections has a range of beautiful wedding abayas. The abaya's are middle eastern styles with an infusion of western trends. The ideal outfit for a bride or bridesmaids. Elegantly modest.
 There are various styles of superb quality middle eastern abayas straight off the catwalk. Pardah collections doesn't follow a trend it sets the trends.

One thing I absolutely love about pardah collections is their gorgeous range of brooches, rings and bracelets!

I was sent the third brooch in this picture above and it is even more beautiful in real life! The quality is top notch, it's mega cute and can be worn with your hijab to add a little bit of pretty bling to an everyday outfit.

Here are ideas of how to wear the brooch with a hijab...

I also received a bracelet in its own special gift box, I love those little deatails such as gift boxes, always makes it that much more special....here are a few images of the bracelets being sold by pardah collections, each one has its own gift box or organza pouch.

My fav bracelet has got to be the one at the end, for some reason it reminds me of that kenneth jay swarovski ring featured in the 'classic black' blog post. Would definitely go really well with that ring.

here are a few more images of the products pardah collection sells

Pardah collections delivers worldwide, parcels are shipped out on same day as order if placed before 4pm UK time.

Another amazing thing about this company is its charitable work here's what the owner Shama had to tell me about their charity work....

"We have teamed up with a local charity called the well foundation http://www.wellfoundation.org.uk/

This charity does fantastic work mA!The Well Foundation primarily aims to raise money to build wells, install hand pumps and establish health and sanitation programme's to provide accessible clean water to the stricken regions of the world.

The Well Foundation will seek to undertake a number of key projects which we hope will compliment people’s lives.

If you want to get involved or wish to place a charity fund-raising tin at your premise then please go to the "Get Involved" page on the website for further details or e-mail them at info@wellfoundation.

aH we are in process of linking our site with this charity to offer our customers the chance to donate!
iA by doing this we will raise lots of much needed money for those in need of clean water."

The customer service with this company was mostly very good, bearing in mind they haven't finished setting everything up the best way to get in touch with them is through facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pardah-Collections/136631753050060

The website is yet to be completed, however you can buy items from their lawung range and some of their jewellery, but again the best way to view their products and contact them is through the facebook page. http://www.pardah.co.uk/  

All in all my fav section of the fashion label is their jewellery, the abayas are very nice but I'm very much looking forward to the website being up and running fully (hopefully 13th Feb iA).  So go and have a look at some of the jewellery and the lawung section for now, but make sure to check the site again when its up and running.

***Give away time!.....=D Pardah collections are giving away one of their best selling scarves and one of their exclusive shimmer headband....to enter send your name and contact details to ihijabi@gmail.com [please note you must be over 18 to enter] invite as many people as you can to the iHijabi facebook page because once we have received 400 fans the winner will be announced iA***

JazakAllahu khairan sis shama for the products and I wish this fashion label success inshaAllah.

Waslaam xxx

Pardah Collections will be at the awaz fm wedding exhibition at the thistle hotel in Glasgow, they will be selling some of their abayas so if your in the area make sure you head down there iA!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Interview | My Trendy Hijab

Sister Abir- Hijab stylist and owner of 'My trendy hijab'

I recently interviewed an up and coming bespoke hijab stylist, with the latest hijabs, accessories, and styles from the heart of the United Arab Emirates.In this post I have uploaded the interview as well as some easy, elegant, trendy yet modest hijab styles.

I asked sister Abir a hijab stylist from the UAE and owner of 'My trendy hijab' about the company, how and why she started it up.

"My Trendy Hijab was established in November 2010. The business is located in the United States, Columbus city in the state of Ohio.I always loved to wear fashionable clothes. When I first started wearing my hijabs in the year 1997, I was residing in the US at that time. I had a hard time finding hijabs to begin with and let alone finding fashionable hijabs. So the idea had stuck in my head since then.

After I moved to the United Arab Emirates, it was so much easier to find fashionable hijabs.  I then decided to start my business and establish a store in the U.S so I can bring to my family, friends and my Muslim sisters in the west some of the latest fashionable styles and ideas of hijabs.  I started styling because I wanted to help all my Muslim sisters with ways to wear their hijabs and also bring to the world's attention how we can be modest yet fashionable at the same time."

How difficult is it being a wife, mother and business woman and how do you deal with it?

"For sure being a wife, mother and a business woman is not an easy thing to do, finding that perfect balance between work and family life is one of motherhoods toughest tasks. The best way to balance between work and family life is not to let either over run the other.  When I am working I try to focus on my job and trust that my children are being taken care of.

Balancing work and home life can be done and people do it every day. It's not always going to be easy and it will take some discipline, but if you stick to your guns and refuse to let one over run the other you will find the balance comes together perfectly. My Husband is a big support for me as well as my family and without their support I would not have gone through starting My Trendy Hijab Business."

What was your biggest challenge?

"The biggest challenge that I had is creating my own web site and trying to advertise for this Business."
What are your ambitions for the future?

"My ambitions for the future is to get my Business expanded all over the world so I can provide my Muslim sister all over the world to find the right Muslim Clothes and get what they have been looking for.  I will continue doing tutorials of new Hijab Designs to assure that Muslim Sisters find exactly what they are looking for. Someday I would love to start designing my own Hijabs and accessories like Rabia Z J."
What advice would you give to other young sisters aspiring to start a business of their own?

I encourage all Muslim Sisters to run after their dreams.  No matter how long it will take, if you're the right person with a solid plan, starting a small business of your own can be the most satisfying, exhilarating experience of your life.

And finally what kind of products do you sell on your website and can you give us some sneak peaks into future products?

"My store has various types of hijabs and also accessories (this includes hand sleeves, head bandanas, 2-piece sets and flower clips). We have Satin, Silk, Cotton, Viscose and other materials. Some are handmade as well. My next shipment to the U.S will include Abayas as many sisters have requested."

JazakAllahu khairan Sister Abir for answering my questions (=

Here are a few pictures of sister Abir modelling some of her hijab styles.

I love this design probably because of the colours. This is one shaded scarf, which makes it look like she combined two. Clever huh?

In this style the flower is actually one end of the scarf. Looks complicated but actually very simple to do.

 Styled with two scarves, which you can adapt to give you some neck coverage if you're not wearing a top with a high neck.

Add accessories to give it a finishing touch.
 A perfect style if you're going for a trendy yet smart/casual look.
Flower power! no need to add a flower accessory when you can make a flower with the scarf you're wearing.

My favourite style by far! That may be because I wear an abaya/jilbab. If you've ever wanted to know how the women in the UAE style their hijab then you have to watch this khaleeji style wrap, so simple and so elegant.
 Layering two scarves, with neck coverage.

A beautiful style for special occasions. Who said hijabis can't look glamorous?

Here is a video tutorial for that khaleeji wrap that I absolutely love.


To contact Sister Abir for any enquiries on the outfits she's wearing or products you want to see on her website email: customercare@mytrendyhijab.com
Make sure you check out her website: www.mytrendyhijab.com