Printed Hijab – Business Casual

I paired the same printed hijab with a white collared blouse and a black
blazer for an edgy sophisticated look.Printed Hijab - Business Casual
Printed Hijab – Business Casual  featuring harem pants

Mango shirt
mango.com

Lanvin wool blazer
$2,770 – brownsfashion.com

Bardot harem pants
$73 – bardot.com.au

H M ballet flat
$23 – hm.com

Chanel watch
$2,795 – farfetch.com

Ben Amun gold necklace
couturecandy.com

Printed Hijab – Night Out

Who said you can’t get creative and mix and match your outfits while wearing
hijab?! Here’s a quick post to show how you can wear this printed leopard scarf
two different ways, while still maintaining a modest look:

Printed Hijab - Night Out

Printed Hijab – Night Out 

Warehouse
$88 – warehouse.co.uk

Ichi
$68 – nelly.com

Chanel bag
my-wardrobe.com
 I paired a red blazer with a long black sleek dress to bring out the
leopard scarf and heels for a girls night out.

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Q & A

Interview with graduate student, Lisa Jaradat. 

Q: What inspired you to start wearing hijab?

 A: My friend Sherry inspired me. One day she sat me down and told me that I was a good person and that I was doing a lot of good deeds but many were going to waste because I was like a candle that provides light for  others but burns itself. She told me to just try it for one day and I did. I never took it off since, I love it.
Islam advises its followers to have higher morals and values as compared to the degenerate levels of morality found in society today. As generations pass, it seems like our society is growing backwards. Cave men were barely clothed and strived to cover themselves with leaves. Now, civil humans are striving to be naked. So this is backwards. People who say hijab is something that is backwards or from the stone age or medieval, are wrong; it is an advancement for women and society. Modesty is progressive.
What inspired me to take this decision was to follow the Wajib. The simple question was why not ? Do I love my lord more than my hair? No. Why risk upsetting my lord and go against the Islamic teaching to simply fit in a society who truly will never accept me for who I am because women are objectified and characterized by looks. How could I advocate for Islam if I didn’t fit the description– being a hijabi, people know me for who I actually am; it’s empowering.
Q: How would you identify what hijab means to you?

A: Its my shield; this shield only reveals my heart & makes it visible to humans eyes.The hijab is my blessing and it’s the answer to my prayers.

Q: Was the transition difficult for you, especially because you started wearing it at an older age?

A: Of course it was difficult, it’s my hair.  I love my hair. Hair is the best accessory a lady has. I started wearing the hijab at 22 and I am 26 now. Had I waited longer, I probably would have never worn it. I got attached to my reflection in the mirror with my hair out. It may sound silly but I had to let go of the idea of my hair making me beautiful because it’s me who is beautiful. So, regardless of what I am wearing, my inner beauty always shines and is radiant because my glow comes from deep with in.

Casual

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My very first outfit post!

This is usually how I dress on a daily basis: jeans, shirt/blouse, jacket, boots, and ,of course, a hijab. I don’t often wear my hijab like that unless I’m just throwing it on like a shawl (my lazy days). I actually got this navy blue Chanel hijab as a gift from Egypt, and I fell in love with the material! It’s super soft, but I can’t figure out the exact material of it because it’s written in scripted Arabic (I can read Arabic, but the writing is super small and I can’t exactly see what is says). I think it feels kind of like rayon material.

So, I looked all over the internet to try and find what I’m wearing here, and I couldn’t find the exact items but found very similar styles:

1- Jessica Simpson trench coat; it’s really light and good for Spring.

2- Navy blue Matelot skinny jeans.

3- Slip-on mid-calf beige boot.

4- Bow Blouse.

 

Everyday Hijabi

This piece of cloth on my head always attracts people’s attention. It’s always noticed in the crowd. So, I try to dress in a fashionable manner. I don’t often wear printed hijabs because I like wearing my scarf plain and simple. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t try to incorporate everyday style with it.

I wear different colored hijabs. In the summer, I usually wear brighter colors, and in the winter, I often wear neutral colors.

Neutral Hijabs :

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Bright Hijabs:yoyo and iIMG_0489

My hijab doesn’t prevent me or limit me from doing things I want to do. We are still able to go on cruises, jet-ski, sky dive, and parasail. 34184_10150208939240254_865090253_13608547_3601729_nIMG_0521parasail

Does this look like oppression to you?

Reasons and Reactions

I’ve always wondered what people’s initial reactions are when they see a hijabi. I wonder how it would feel as an outsider looking at a hijabi, especially if I wasn’t sure why she covers the most beautiful and exotic part of her beauty. So, my curiosity got the best of me. I went and asked a few non-Muslims what their reactions are when they see a covered girl. Here’s one girl’s perspective: “I see it as mark because it identifies a girl as a Muslim. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to wear it. There’s so many pressures and stereotypes that can come with wearing it. We’ve become so sensitized to the media’s portrayal of Muslims that we don’t realize that we’re prejudiced against them until you see them in front of you.”

And then I thought about it. The same way I see other people cover for religious purposes, like the Sikhs, is probably the same way people see me. But, maybe because the Muslims are more targeted in the media, it makes all the wonders more evident.

Every girl has her reason to wearing hijab. Not everyone thinks it’s okay to practice your belief; islamaphobics still exist.

But not everyone is judgmental. Not everyone is going to treat you any different for wearing hijab. I was curious to ask a male of what he thought. He said, “I didn’t think anything of your hijab. I wondered why you wore it and I wondered if it was your choice or if it was your family’s. I wondered what you were hiding and why you wore it the way you did. At some point, I thought most religious women who practice their faith more than most wouldn’t speak to a guy.”

I’m not here to speak on behalf of every hijabi, because no two people are alike, and just because we practice the same religion, it doesn’t mean that every one of us are the same. So, for me, I speak to men as I would to anyone, with sincerity and respect, because that’s what I’m hoping to receive from them.  I don’t want to come off as an intimidating person who makes people feel like I can’t be approached because I can. And I hope that I can always communicate this to everyone who I interact with.

A Hijabi’s Podcast

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