Tuesday, 30 September 2008

One Year On

Firstly, Eid Mubarak to everyone! I hope you had/have a wonderful day!

A few days ago, Hijab Style turned one year old! I started this blog primarily to be a resource for UK Muslimahs, from finding Islamic clothing stores, or hijab-friendly high street clothing, to guides to different hijab wraps. I also aimed to inspire and inform, and I hope that I've acheived that. Taking a look at the archives from September and October 2007, I'd like to think the blog has improved, though I'll let the readers decide! I've tried to move away from the 'oohh here's a pretty random picture' type posts which I see occuring a lot, because I'd rather post a useful and resourceful post once a week, than once every day with little real content. I've found that it's quality over quantity that most readers value. You'll also notice that on the right-hand side bar I've added a 'Latest Finds' element. You can click on the picture to buy the item online - this is because with the academic year about to kick in, I won't always have time to put together whole outfits.

Another thing I also think about carefully, is the clothing I post in my outfit sets. There's little point in posting out-of-stock items or items from foreign shops which we can't get our hands on. And a lot of the time, these are items I've actually tried on myself, so I know how they fit and what they work with, and believe me there's few people who have more trouble finding well-fitting clothes than I do! This is because I don't want to loose the true purpose of the blog - which was to help find stylish yet hijab-appropriate clothes for the average hijabi. I find nothing creative about skinny jeans and corset tops layered over long-sleeve tees, rather what truly takes imagination is finding clothes that look good and still fulfill requirements of hijab to the best of our understanding.

One of the highlights of the past year was definitely being interviewed for the Guardian newspaper, and if you missed it the first time round you can read the article here. And keep an eye out for another little surprise in a few weeks time! This week, I've got lots of Autumn outfit ideas, whether you are an abaya, maxi dress, skirt or tunic girl, so stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

Eid mobarak and congratulations on turning one year old!!

Anonymous said...

eid mubarak !, u 've hit the nail on the head there, most of these hijab blogs seem to feature hijab fashion whihc is totally out of a normal persons price bracket plus its only available in certain parts of the world and lastly thank u for saying skinny leg is not hijab fashion!!! same goes for tying a great big belt around a dress to emphasise the waist, its atotal hijab no-no!

english rose said...

Eid murbarak sister....I totally love your blog...to me its the best blog online as you hav a great mix of styles and cater to most peoples tastes...me i love you abayah/jilbab posts....keep up the good work an thanks...

Anonymous said...

TOTALLY agree with modestdivas and Jana - i'd be too way too embarassed to wear skinny jeans with my headscarf, unless my tunic was reallly long! I cringe when I see a 'muhajjaba' wearing them

Anonymous said...

Eid Mubarak Sister!

Happy 1st Birthday for a wonderful resource. While our taste isn't always the same (how boring would that be) our approach is, and I really enjoy reading your blog. Here's to another fabulous year.

Anonymous said...

Salam 3alaykom Jana,

I discovered your blog just one or two months ago. This blog is just exceptional, unique...I hope you will keep sending such interesting articles.
Thank you very much for your great work and Koul 3am wa anti bikhayr..

A muslimah from France

Kholod said...


U know what u are doing and what U want and U are doing it so right! Hats off for U sweet Jana!


Anonymous said...

Eid Mubarak! Congratulations on your blog hitting this milestone; I think I have been reading it for almost a year as well. Your blog is an inspiration, especially since I just started wearing the hijab again a few weeks ago and Insh'Allah, will continue with it this time.

Anonymous said...

Jazakallah Kaur for your webpage


Souvenirs and Scars said...

Eid Mubarak and Happy bday!!

I've been following your blog for quite some time, and actually taggen you as someone I wonder about ;)
BUT.. I'm currently in Syria, were blogspot is very much blocked and accessing it is nothing short of pure luck!! Thanks for the amazing posts and ideas, though, and I'd definitely say you're blog is getting better by the post!!

JazakAllah Khair, for all your time and effort into helping the mutihajibas out there - if I were still in Canada I'd order online just to get my hands on some of your outfits!! Currently though, I'm sticking with some slight modifications that have a similar overall effect. I've yet to try a maxi dress though!!!

Thanks again,


azzahra said...

ur blog is doing great
keep it up!

yes and i totally agree about the skinny jeans or even worse just tights! paired with a hijab

and how cool is it that ur a med where do u study btw? are u on facebook or friendster?

iium med student from malaysia (",)


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