Monday, 31 March 2014

Touch of Luxury

There are some key wardrobe pieces which are worth investing a little more in as they are so versatile. What's even better is putting them all together for a easy, classy go-to outfit. I've paired a long cream coloured tunic with polka-dot navy trousers, layered with a long taupe cardigan. Add some tan boots and a belt and a beautiful silk scarf to finish off!

Viyella Longline Merino Cardigan£99, John Lewis; Winser Long Silky Tunic Top £165, John Lewis; Polka Dot Chino Trousers £85, Jigsaw; Thalia Bracelet £19, Coast; Crocodile Embossed Leather Belt £29.95, Massimo Dutti; Ted Baker Cubist Floral Print Long Silk Scarf £69, House of Fraser; Diagonal Side Zip Ankle Boot £95, Dune.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

High Street Finds: Pastel Pinks

Right now I'm loving pastel pinks layered with neutral shades for a clean, modern look. Whether a delicate blouse or structured jacket, here are some of my favourite picks from the high street:

Roselin longline blazer coat £150, French Connection; Blush Mesh Pleated Maxi £26, Dorothy Perkins; Frances Oversized Silk Shirt £85, Phase Eight; Satin blouse £14.99, H&M; Damsel in a dress Canvas Silk Shirt £89, John Lewis.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Style Notes: Jenny Packham

Spring 2014 RTW

Jenny Packham's collection for Spring 2014 includes some gorgeous hijab-friendly designs; from sleek full length gowns to billowing maxi skirts. I love the fresh, bright colour combinations. My favourite piece has to be the pink maxi skirt, which works well teamed with stronger colours like red and cobalt blue. Which is your favourite look?



Sunday, 9 February 2014

Product Review: Jumana Couture

Jumana Couture is a UK-based company who operate mainly through Facebook. It was set up by two sisters to bring to the UK market a range of trends initially from the Middle East that are difficult to get hold of here. The first range they are launching is Kashkha scarves from Dubai. They sent me the Black Lacey Pleats and the Luxury Embellished scarf to review.

The Black Lacey Pleats scarf measures 192cm x 56cm and consists of black chiffon fabric with pleats going down both borders, and a lace overlay down the middle. I love the chic design of this scarf as it makes use of different textures to add interest, as plain black scarves tend to be pretty mediocre! The scarf is really easy to wear and is perfect for teaming with patterned dresses and tops. Although the lace is delicate, you can still use straight pins through the pleats to secure it in place.

The Luxury Embellished scarf measures 184cm x 58cm and is made of black jersey fabric with blue and black embellishments across one side. It also has the word 'Kashka' embellished in rhinestones on one corner. The scarf is pretty heavy but the fabric is great quality and super-soft. I did find though that it takes some time to work out how to style it as the embellished length can be a little stiff. This is a real statement scarf and perfect for evenings and special occasions. It is also available with gold embellishments.

Overall I was impressed by these scarves from Jumana Couture. The designs are unique and certainly stand out from the majority of scarves available on the market. You can see the other scarves and clothing available over on the Jumana Couture Facebook page.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

January Styleflash

Hijab Style is back for 2014! Work has been hectic over the past couple of months, and it's definitely time to catch up with what's new for modest fashion in 2014! Here's a round up of some great finds and new collections from on-line companies:

Haute Hijab have lots of new scarves and wraps available, but I'm absolutely loving their new Glamorous Satin Skirt which comes in three pretty colours! I predict this one will be a best-seller!

Zeena have released their Winter 2014 collection, which includes gorgeous long sleeved tunics and dresses! I'm especially liking the aptly-named Audrey shirt:

Aab have lots of new arrivals for 2014, as well as a 50% off sale on their previous collections!

Hijab Jewels have just launched their new website and a beautiful new clothing range, perfect for any special events you have coming up!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Product Review: Lush Alcohol-Free Winter Range

Anyone who knows me well, knows that my first hobby was skincare and cosmetics, long before I became interested in fashion. From crushing rose petals to make my own 'natural' scented moisturiser at the age of 10, to selling handmade soaps and lip balm for charity at school events. I loved the science and the experimentation involved, as well as being able to make things for myself! Although Hijab Style is of course mainly a fashion blog, some readers have expressed an interested in beauty-related posts, so I felt a few here and there wouldn't go amiss!

Lush are a cosmetics company who recently got in touch with me to review some of their new Winter range. Wondering what the link was; they explained that they developed alcohol-free versions of some of their limited edition products for sale in Middle Eastern stores, and are now introducing them to the UK market.
I found it very interesting that a mainstream company are now specifically marketing products to the UK's Muslim population by actively reaching out to Muslim bloggers.

The products I was sent are the Ponche shower gelGolden Wonder bath ballistic, Ocean Salt scrub and Buche de Noel cleanser. They are all of course packaged in trademark Lush packaging; not particularly elegant but then again fits in well with the brand's premise of 'handmade' and 'fresh' cosmetics.

First off is the Ponche shower gel. Although I am usually not a fan of orange based products, I absolutely love the smell of this. It has a warm, fruity scent that is quite different from the artificial scent of most commercial shower gels. The consistency is a little runny, but it does produce a good lather thanks to the sodium laureth sulfate, which may not be suitable if you have particularly dry or sensitive skin.

The Golden Wonder bath ballistic is huge, and it's more of fun product than a relaxing and pampering one! I was too curious to see what was inside, so I broke mine in two and was surprised to find a hollow blue inner layer with multicoloured fizzy pieces inside. It smells lovely and thankfully the glitter rinses away easily.

Ocean Salt is a scrub containing lime juice which gives it a really fresh, clean scent, and avocado butter and coconut oil to soften the skin. Although the scrub is marketed as a face and body scrub, I personally would not recommend it for use on the face at all. The grains are very abrasive and far too harsh for delicate skin, and aggravating for problem skin. Even just using it on my hand resulted in some redness. It does have a really nice, smooth consistency, and leaves the skin feeling soft so is quite effective for use on the body where skin is thicker.

My favourite product is definitely the Buche de Noel cleanser (which is also preservative free). It is made of a base of ground almonds, kaolin and cocoa butter, and is wrapped in seaweed. To use this product, you need to take a small piece and mix with a litter water before rubbing into skin. Given those ingredients, I would also recommend that you leave this on your skin as a mask to derive the maximum benefit, rather than washing off straight away. I personally stopped using foaming cleansers as they left my skin feeling tight and dry. The ingredients in this cleanser however are particularly gentle and nourishing and it would be great for dry or sensitive skin. As a bonus, it smells just like marzipan!

Overall, my favourites are the Buche de Noel cleanser and Ponche shower gel. I also feel that although Lush do use a large amount of natural ingredients, the use of sodium laureth sulfate, parabens and artificial fragrance may not appeal to those looking for truly 'clean' products. I also haven't used the original versions of these products so don't know how they compare. The alcohol-free range is available online until January 2014.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Saverah Fashion Weekend Photos

The first ever Saverah Fashion Weekend took place on 23rd/24th November. A total of six shows were held, though I only managed to make it to one! Here are a few photos from the day; my camera packed up halfway through, but luckily I managed to get a few shots of two of my favourite participants; Sri Munawwarah from Malaysia and Jeny Tjahyawati from Indonesia.

Sri Munawwarah

Sri Munawarrah

Dato Tuan Hasnah and Haslina Ali from Sri Munawwarah

Jeny Tjahyawati

Jeny Tjahyawati

Jeny Tjahyawati

Jeny Tjahyawati

Jeny Tjahyawati

Jeny Tjahyawati

Jeny Tjahyawati

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Product Review: Hijabi Box

The concept of monthly subscription boxes for hijabis is catching on! Hijabi Box is a US-based company who recently sent me a package to review. When you sign up for your subscription, you are asked to fill in a short survey which helps tailor the box to your tastes.

For my first month's subscription, I was sent the Shimmer Shimmer scarf, purple headband, pin wheel and a sample of Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree Bar.

Shimmer Shimmer is one of the signature scarves which are handmade and unique to Hijabi Box. I was quite happy to be sent this scarf and the fact that the company paid attention to the style survey I filled out. The scarf measures 215cm x 72cm, and is very lightweight. It is made from really beautiful shimmering blue/purple fabric. The size I think is just right, and is enough to wrap around twice without being bulky and uncomfortable. The only thing I was not keen on was the hemming of the edge with a bright purple thread. However this can be easily hidden by folding the edge of the scarf over.

This month's box also included a purple headband. I've not used this style before; it would be ideal to use in warmer weather, though with a scarf which is as thin as this one, I feel like a full undercap would be more practical for keeping the scarf in place.

The pin wheel is a simple set of straight pins with a bright head. I was a little bit disappointed with these, as they are something which you can find easily and cheaply, and don't add much value to the box. However, I guess they're included in the first box because they are an essential for most hijabis, and the next months' subscriptions will include something a bit more special.

Lastly, the Ghirardelli chocolate was a lovely addition. At first I wasn't convinced by the combination of sea salt and almonds, but it was surprisingly delicious!

Overall, I really liked the scarf and the sample chocolate, but look forward to more interesting accessories in the next subscription from Hijabi Box.


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