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.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Nahara 2014 Scarf Collection

Nahara is a company I first posted about a year ago, when I interviewed the director, Sonya Ahmed (click here to read the full interview). Since then Nahara has come in leaps and bounds, featuring in various fashion shows including the Urban Muslim Woman Show and Eid in the Square. And they have just released a 2014 collection of six silk scarves featuring abstract Arabic calligraphy designs, in collaboration with artist Samir Malik.

Peace in Orange in Pink

Graffiti Love
Sonya was kind enough to send me the Peaches and Light scarf. The design of this is based on a painting called Noor (Light).  It came beautifully packaged in a Nahara gift box and tissue paper. The scarf itself is very generously sized (68cm x 195cm), and can easily by wrapped around twice. The silk fabric itself has a nice sheen to it, and the colours are bold and vibrant, making this a real statement scarf. I'm definitely a fan of the unique prints and love the fact that there is a real creative process behind the designs.



All the scarves are available to buy via the Nahara website.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Eid Mubarak


Eid Mubarak to everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful day. I have been on a break from posting due to a combination of going on holiday to Lebanon (photos coming soon), my PC breaking down and of course fasting during long working hours! Keep an eye out for interviews, reviews and more coming up!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Product Review: Hanger Management

Storing scarves neatly whilst being easily accessible is a challenge, and Hanger Management is one company which provides a solution. They sell scarf hangers consisting of eight rungs in a soft velvet finish, and sent me four of those hangers and a mini-hook to test out.

Mini hook attachment

The hangers are available in pink, teal, black and purple. There is a demonstration video on their website showing the easiest way to use the hangers so the scarves sit neatly, and it works very well. Below is my list of pros and cons of these hangers:

Teal scarf hanger

Pros:

1. The hangers are very lightweight and as I happen to be packing my suitcase at the moment, it occurred to me they would also be useful for travel and hanging your scarves whilst away from home.

2. The velvet finish means they really are non-slip and the scarves stay put.

3. They are a great space-saver especially when you hang two together using the mini-hook.

4. They provide a good way of displaying your scarves individually, and would also work well for ties, belts or even jewellery.

Teal and black scarf hangers with the mini hook

Cons:

1. Each rung is quite small measuring 13.5cm, which means the majority of hijabs (which tend to measure 50cm and more) will need to be folded over two or three times before they can be hung neatly, which can create creases in certain fabrics.

2. Although great at saving space, I would not attach more than two hangers together (as the product website also mentions) to avoid overloading them, as they are not as hard-wearing as I had expected. Be careful not to bend or pull excessively!

3. For the above two reasons, I personally preferred to use the hangers for thinner, smaller scarves.

You can purchase the hangers via the Hanger Management website and selected retailers.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Summer Cover Ups: Kimonos

Kimono-style jackets have made a comeback this summer, and are a great way to incorporate prints into your outfit. Try wearing it over a plain maxi dress like these ones from Oasis and H&M, or layer over a tunic and jeans. Here a four of my favourite high street picks:


Top left to bottom right:

Cream Lily Print Soft Jacket £35, Wallis; Short kimono £14.99, H&M; Digital rose kimono £40, Oasis; Oriental Kimono Jacket £65, Warehouse.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Summer Skirts

If you're basking in the glorious sunshine here in the UK, here's an equally sunny outfit to match. I love the colour of this beautiful maxi skirt from Ghost. Pair with a white shirt, floral hijab and flat sandals for comfortable but chic summer style, or add heels and a silk blouse for a pretty evening look.


Ghost Kayla Maxi Skirt £95, John Lewis; Cotton shirt £14.99, H&M; Patterned scarf £4.99, H&M; Stud crossover sandals £22, Warehouse; Manzano clutch £45, Aldo; Vintage teardrop jewel necklace £12, Warehouse.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

High Street Finds: Maxi Skirts

Although the midi skirt is the length of the season, there are still a few maxi skirts to be found on the high street, if you know where to look! Take your pick from pastel shades to bright corals and cobalt blues. Pair with a simple white shirt or dress up with a tailored blazer. Which is your favourite?


Coral Pleat Front Maxi £18, Dorothy Perkins; Satin maxi skirt £24.99, H&M; Crinkle satin maxi skirt £55, Esprit; Peach Georgette Maxi Skirt £69, Mint Velvet; Iona Silk Maxi Skirt £89, Phase Eight.

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.

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