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.

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!


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