Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Honeymooning in Alanya

A week after my wedding we went on a well deserved holiday to Alanya in Turkey. My husband arranged for us to spend a week at a 5 star hotel, all inclusive, with a spectacular view, blue sea and golden sand.

It was scary, my first time abroad without my parents, however I was super excited, it felt like a proper adventure!

I had been to Turkey before (Istanbul with my family), so I knew how amazing Turkey was, the people the environment was all amazing in my first trip which made me even more excited to go and see another part of Turkey.

We got to the hotel (Gold city) in the middle of the night, totally exhausted after a 2 hour drive from the nearest airport (Antalya), that night was spent trying to sort out problems with the hotel and their terrible customer service. Next morning we were up taking in the view...and eating (I discovered my husband is an eataholic) -__-

Over the next couple of days we went down to the hotel's beach and went para-sailing, it was so much fun and such an amazing feeling being so high up in the sky.

I remember sitting on the beach and telling my husband, I can't take in all this beauty imagine how much more beautiful Jannah will be.

One day we missed the bus and ended up watching the sunset and writing our siblings names in the sand as we waited for the next bus.

SubhanAllah the beauty in Allah's creation

I wore my Aquani burkini (search for a review for it on the blog), good thing about it was that it was made of proper swimsuit material and very comfortable to wear, bad thing about it was that when I was dragged into the sea by my husband the trousers kept going up and I had to pull it down as I came out of the water or as the wave went back. The strong waves also pulled the hijab/hood back as well. Not sure how good it'll be for actually swimming.

A few days later we went on a quad safari in Camlibel. We were quad biking in the mountains! It was kinda scary but so cool at the same time. After that the instructor took us on a Jeep ride back to the hotel.

The spectacular beauty before the storm.
On our last day we played mini golf at the hotel, after half an hour we realised it was waaaay too hot to carry on and went back up to relax.

Look at the view behind me SubhanAllah!

Turkey is such an amazing country and I would go back time and time again! I actually really miss this beautiful country, its rich culture and it's diverse and friendly people.

So that was our holiday in the sun, would definitely recommend Alanya, but not so much the hotel. The customer service was absolutely dreadful, most of the people staying there were non-Muslim Russians and Germans (lots of immodest people). Whilst on our quad safari we met another Muslim family from the UK, they were staying at the Bera hotel, which is a Muslim family friendly hotel, so if I do go back to Alanya I would definitely like to check that out.

I will never forget this trip with my husband, we had so much fun exploring a new country and experiencing a new culture.

Thank you Alanya and thank you Turkey.....next trip Hajj inshaAllah...please make du'a!

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Friday, 10 October 2014

I Got Married!

Here's the big revelation (which is not quite a revelation if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram)...... The reason I've not posted in so long is because a lot has happened since April and to be honest it all happened so fast I just went along with the buzz until it came to a point where there was so much I wanted to tell you all I didn't know where to begin so I just left it until now.
So 7 months on and... I got engaged, got married, moved houses, went on holiday to Turkey, went back to uni, was made full time permanent at my job.... and have just been so busy trying to juggle everything that my brain hasn't stopped to just let it all sink in, still feels a bit surreal.

I guess the beginning of my fairytale started thousands of years before the sky met the sea, the man I now call my husband was written in my fate for me, I pray that this story will transcend time and space and will carry on for eternity in Jannah.

It was such an emotional, fun filled, joyous and indescribable roller-coaster of a time, there were many ups and downs as with all weddings. They say along with moving houses, a wedding is the most stressful time of your life, I got married and moved houses so I was definitely doubly stressed.

I couldn't possibly tell you everything that happened during my wedding period as there is so much I wanted to share with you, so I decided to just share a few pictures of the occasions.

The Mehndi

I always wanted bright vibrant colours for my mehndi so we went for all the bright colours I could think of, green, pink, blue, orange, yellow....such beauty in our culture I had to incorporate it into my day.

My hijab was styled by 'headgirluk' on both occasions, such a talented lady mA, couldn't have asked for anything more.

With my beautiful bridesmaids mashaAllah!

Beautiful, exquisite cake made by 'Rohimas cakes' looked stunning!

One of the highlights of my mehndi was the sweet table and chocolate fountains provided by 'Simply Sweet Cart', the feature was loved by all the guests, young and old (=

The Wedding

26th of August 2014- A day to remember

My pen friend Samira (aka Ummah of Nour), came all the way from Austria. I first met Samira through my blog, we did an international swap together and became really good friends. I'm so glad that she came and celebrated this massive part of my life with me alhamdulillah, she's left an impression with everyone that she met and inshaAllah we will meet again.

My hijab styling was once again done by the ever so talented Humaira from Head girl UK, and my make up by 'Make up by Milfa' these two ladies made me feel a million dollars, I felt like a proper princess!

My beautiful bridesmaids

The lovely Humaira's masterpiece...have no idea how she did this, but I got to wear my hijab and all my jewellery!

HeadGirl UK

The beauty lies in the details

And there he is...le Husband.

Will never forget the words he said as he put the rings on my finger.... 'forever inshaAllah' by the will of Allah indeed.
I feel truly blessed to have such an amazing supportive family, I've not lost mine but gained another and that feeling is so precious Alhamdulillah.

I thank Allah for everything that has happened in my life so far, the good and the things I perceived as bad for everything brought me to where I am today and made me the person I have become. I ask for His forgiveness for all the wrong I have done to others and to myself. I pray that He guides the both of us and now that we have completed half our Deen puts us on the straight path to complete the other half.

I ask for you all to make du'a for me, for my husband, for my family.

So much has changed, it's been so overwhelming at times that it's brought me to tears, but by the will of Allah everything changes as we move through the journey of  life.

And that is life, a journey and we are just travellers with a story to tell.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Review | Wardrobe of style fashionista

Salaam salaam

Another review post today. So the name of the company is a bit of a mouthful but it sums up the lady behind it all. One of my readers messaged me via my Facebook page recently telling me about her idea for a new hijabi clothing business. I checked out her page (which also doubles as a blog) and loved her modest and colourful style. The sister then asked if I would review one of her dresses and how could I refuse? I said yes straight away and gave the measurements she required. A couple of weeks later I received a beautiful green tissue paper wrapped parcel (=

Of course I had to rip it open and try it on!

First thing I noticed was the luxurious feel of the fabric, it was silky and had a good lining which meant it didn't become static and stick to your body, I uploaded some sneak previews of the dress on Instagram (@iHijabi_blog)…

Dressed up with some gold jewellery
I tried it on in the kitchen on top of my PJ's as soon I opened it hehehe

I was supposed to wear it to a party on Saturday and upload the pictures for you guys but unfortunately the party got cancelled so these are just pictures of the dress worn at home (they really don't do the dress justice).

I love the cut of the dress, it is longer at the sides and shorter at the front and back which looks really nice with leggings, skinny jeans or Indian churidaar trousers. The colour is absolutely stunning and would be great to wear to a party, you can dress it up with more jewellery or fancy shoes or keep it quite simple and elegant.

The fit is very modest and comes with a tie so you can tie it around your waist if you wish to.

I would recommend Wardrobe of style fashionista to anyone looking for a custom made dress that's modest and made to a high quality with a personal touch.

Check out all of the links below to see more of wardrobe of style fashionista's work as well as to stay up to date with what she's up to!

Thank you to the lovely lady behind Wardrobe of style fashionista for giving me the opportunity to work with you and review such a beautiful dress…. goes perfectly with a new nail polish I got too (=

Brings out my inner mermaid =D

What do you guys think of the dress?

Friday, 14 March 2014

OOTD | Maleka Abayaz

Salaam salaam!

I have so many blog posts I have been meaning to publish but it's a little difficult finding time to take pictures for them and actually sit down and type. Yesterday I went to an evening wedding and found it was the perfect opportunity to wear one of the dress I have recently had made. There are a series of posts coming up introducing you to some amazing talented ladies each who have started their own tailoring/dressmaking/Muslimah clothing company. First of these is Maleka Abayaz.

I first came across Maleka Abayaz at an Islamic fashion event for charity and after seeing her designs on the catwalk I couldn't stop raving about her. Since then I have had the opportunity to wear not one but 2 of her beautiful creations. (Images of the first one can be found on my Instagram page (ihijabi_blog) as well as Maleka Abayaz Instagram page).

Anyway here is how I wore the Opulent pleated velvet dress in Royal blue.

The dress is absolutely stunning mashaAllah and I feel like a proper princess in it. Comfy, high quality, perfect fit, what more can I say?

I totally recommend Maleka Abayaz to everyone, she's an amazing designer mashaAllah.

The shade of blue is extremely regal and I had a lot of fun doing my make-up to match the colours.

Make-up products used:

Collection 2000 concealer
MAC 'Studio fix fluid' foundation in NC40
Urban Decay 'Primer potion' eyeshadow primer
AOM contour and highlight sticks
MAC 'Plum Foolery' blusher
MUA bronzer
Urban Decay 'Naked 3' palette
Beauty B 120 palette
Rimmel London liquid eyeliner
Urban Decay '24/7 glide on' eye pencil
Maybelline 'False lash effect' mascara
MAC 'half red' lip liner
MAC 'Spirit' lipstick
The Body Shop 'all in one face base' compact powder

I finished off with a sparkly pair of heels which I like to call my 'Cinderella' shoes =D they don't quite go with all the gold in my outfit but I just needed an excuse to finally wear them, they were also just the right height to keep my dress off the ground yet still floor length. 

I seriously have not one bad word to say about Nadia Safeer (owner of Maleka Abayaz), she's an extremely talented lady who prides herself on good quality and great customer service. Will definitely be buying more things from this lovely lady!

Maleka Abayaz website: www.malekaabayaz.com

As I don't update my blog as often as I'd like, please follow my Instagram page for more pictures/sneak previews of blog posts/mini reviews and lots of random things I get up to

Until my next post, toodeloo!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Review | Jumana Couture

Assalaamu alaikum girls.

Today I shall be finally sharing with you my review for a new company called Jumana Couture.

Jumana Couture was set up by two sisters, both of whom love fashion but found that in the UK it was difficult to get hold of high end quality and elegant varieties that are available else where.  As they frequent the Middle East they relish the opportunities to fill their wardrobes with amazing designs and styles that take a while to trend here. 

This is how Jumana Couture began, the two sisters
 started sourcing some of their favourite brands and picked things they liked wearing and felt others would love too.  Jumana Couture's first collection is of Kashkha scarves.  'Kashkha' is a well known brand in Middle East and in some far East areas.  Their scarves and Kaftans are on trend in Dubai and are of fabulous quality.

The samples I was sent are both Jersey, right now there is an influx of jersey items both Hijabs and abayas in the market.  However, they are pretty much standard and these are quite versatile and stand out amongst the rest.  The are finished very well and a lot of the time you do not necessarily have to wear an under scarf or need lots of pins to hold it in place. 

The designs are very wearable for the professional working woman as well as  some young fashionistas who want something easy and trendy to go with their outfits.

Price wise, whilst trying to remain competitive the first collection speaks for itself in terms of the quality and design.  Many of the embellished scarves have had handwork involved.  

The grey Jersey scarf  is priced at £10 and as you can see the pearl work has been quite carefully embedded to prevent them from becoming loose.  

This scarf is really unique and like nothing I have seen before, it will be great for the coming spring as it is best worn loosely. The beads will most definitely not come off as they are not sewn or stuck on but rather embedded in the scarf like studs.

This is a statement scarf that will make a plain outfit truly unique.

The black stonework scarf is priced at £12 and again is finished off nicely to give it an outstanding look.

This hijab adds a little glitz to the plain black jersey hijab. Another unique design from Jumana Couture, this hijab is elegant and classy. When worn with a very simple black abaya it looks effortlessly chic. Sometimes less is more and the simplicity of this hijab makes it stand out.

Jumana Couture charge a standard £3.50 for shipping, you can pay via paypal and bank transfer for the time being and they are more than happy to ship internationally.

To see more of their designs please check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jumanacouture

Instagram: http://instagram.com/jumanacouture

And to place an order just contact them via the links above or email them directly:

Wishing this company all the success in the future and looking forward to some more new and innovative designs.