Sunday, 14 December 2014

Product Review: Cherry Blossom Hijabs

Cherry Blossom Hijabs is a website based in the UK, selling affordable scarves, pins and other accessories. I was sent a few products including the Paradise Blue OmbreBlack Lace Ombre, Cream Fleur Pin Storage and some rose hijab pins to review.

The Paradise Blue Ombre scarf has three sections of navy, grey and cream which merge together. It measures about 110 x 180cm and is made of a lightweight viscose fabric. I like the ombre effect as the scarf will look slightly different depending on how you style it. It's a great colour combination for winter.

The black lace ombre scarf measures 90cm x 180cm and is made of a viscose/cotton mix. It also has a slight ombe effect with black, lace, cream then grey sections lengthwise. The fabric is soft and lightweight and is great for creating folds and volume.

Finally the cream fleur pin storage and the other tins on the website are perfect for travelling and storing your hijab pins safely, as the lid is quite secure. The grey and cream rose hijab pins are simple and great for everyday use, particularly with these 2 scarves. Overall the Cherry Blossom Hijabs website is a good place to check out if you're looking for simple, inexpensive plain or patterned scarves.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Product Review: Mirage by Numra

Mirage by Numra is a new website which provides clothing, scarves and jewellery. For me, the maxi skirts are what I love most about this brand. Most modest clothing brands in the past have focussed on plain jersey skirts which I personally find clingy and quickly start to look worn after a few washes. Finally, Mirage by Numra provide designs which are dressy yet wearable. I was recently contacted by Numra and asked to review the Black Silk Skirt and Grey Jersey Lace Scarf

Looking at the photos on the website, I expected the skirt to be stiff and structured, however it is actually very lightweight and flowing. The fabric has a beautiful embossed pattern with a slight sheen to it. The skirt has pleats at the front and an elasticated waistband at the back, and a full-length lining. I found it to be quite long even with heels, so would definitely need adjusting if you're on the shorter side. I also found that the range of sizes is pretty limited - for example a large is the equivalent of a UK size 12/14. Overall though I love the design of this and the other skirts on the Mirage website - they are perfect for evenings or a special occasion.

The Grey jersey lace scarf measures about 77cm x 188cm, and is made of a textured jersey with lace at either end. Whilst I love the colour of this scarf - it's a great neutral shade - I wasn't so keen on the fabric itself, which is quite heavy. It is however quite hardwearing and you can easily use pins in this without it snagging. The fabric also has a slight sheen to it, and is great for cooler weather.

You can purchase these are other items via the Mirage by Numra website.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

High Street Finds: Long Shirts

Long shirts are a versatile wardrobe staple for me, yet it takes some searching to find one at the right length that also has long sleeves. These are my high street picks for this season, and they're perfect for layering too:

Long Silk Shirt £129, Jigsaw; Sammy Silk Shirt £125, French Connection; Zipped tunic with side slits £59.99, Zara; Ivory longline slim shirt £69, Mint Velvet.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Smoky Not Smudgy 2014

It's that time of year again - Smoky not Smudgy is back for the 7th time! For those of you not familiar with this charity event, this is something a friend of mine started some years ago and I also got involved in organising. It has since grown exponentially - click here to read all about how it began. You can also see photos from the event in 2013 and 2012.

This year on 16th November there will be two fashion shows, a bazaar with a huge range of clothing, accessories, jewellery and art, food, talks, performances and more! Some of the companies taking part include Aab, Mirage by Numra, Abaya Collection and Hijab Candy. Check out the Smoky not Smudgy website for all the information and details of how to buy your fashion show tickets. See you all there!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Product Review: The Scarves Company

The Scarves Company are a company based in the  North West of England, and launched in June 2013. They have recently added new thicker scarves for Autumn/Winter, and sent me the Umniya Tye Dye Animal Orange Scarf, Raha Paisley Pink Black Scarf and Chevron Missoni Mocha Grey Scarf to review. The scarves came packaged in a lovely bright pink gift box with black ribbon:

The Umniya scarf is made of a viscose fabric and has a bold animal print in black, beige and orange. As with all the scarves, it is maxi sized and measures approximately 100 x 180cm. The pattern is really distinctive, and this is a great scarf for dressing up neutral blacks and beiges, though a little too loud for my taste:

The Raha Paisley scarf is also a maxi hijab, with a delicate, slightly faded black paisley pattern. It also has slightly frayed edges at both ends. I'm not sure though that I would describe it as 'pink' though as the background is more of light cream. The fabric is also viscose, however I felt this one was slightly rougher than the Umniya scarf. Both are great for creating styles with volume and are non-slip.

The Chevron scarf is a made of a really soft fabric which has a slight sheen to it, and is more opaque than the other two scarves. It measures 190cm x 70cm with short fringing at either end. Personally I think this works much better as a neck scarf or shawl than as a hijab. The fabric is not too thick, and the neutral grey and brown colours work well with other neutrals. This is my personal favourite of all the scarves.

Overall, I was impressed by the quick delivery and thoughtful packaging of the scarves. The Scarves Company website is easy to navigate, with reasonable quality photos. It's worth checking out if you're looking for new scarves this season.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

(Sunday) Styleflash

Here's a quick round up of the latest new collections and offers!

Modanisa is a website based in Turkey that has huge range of clothing and scarves from different Turkish brands. The are offering Hijab Style readers €15 off all orders over €75 with the code HSTSEP15, valid until the end of October 2014. Let me know what you think of their designs!

Haute Hijab have a new collection of scarves and wraps available on their website. I'm especially loving the Mocha Latte wrap!

Hijab Fashion Shop are offering free UK shipping on all orders until Sunday 19th October 2014.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

(Wednesday) Styleflash

New collections, discounts and offers, here's a quick round up from UK modest clothing companies!

Desert Rose Boutique
Desert Rose Boutique is a new online accessories boutique launching soon. Sign up on their website to get details of the launch and 10% off your first order. They're also having a giveaway over on their Facebook page to win four of their new hijabs.

Aab have a new range of luxe embroidered abayas just in time for Eid. You can get next day UK delivery on orders over £75 with the code FRUKSTAN - offer ends midnight tonight (1st October)!

Inayah have lots of new arrivals on their website, including everyday and evening abayas.

Nisaa Boutique
Nisaa Boutique are offering free shipping on all orders until October 2nd 2014, when you use the code FREE002 at the checkout.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Product Review: Serene Gems

Serene Gems is a new website which sells scarves, jewellery and accessories. As they've only recently launched, they have a relatively small selection, but I was sent the Watercolour scarf to review.

This scarf measures 160 x 48 cm and is made of a thin, delicate fabric which is quite see-through. The print is a large pink, grey, white and black flower print. The scarf is very soft and lightweight, so great for hotter weather. It is however quite narrow, so would maybe work better layered with other scarves if you prefer more coverage. I'd also recommend wearing it with an undercap.

Overall, Serene Gems had great customer service and speedy delivery. I like their range of pretty scarves and statement necklaces, though do make note of the sizes as a few of them are quite narrow. You can buy all the products via the Serene Gems website.


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