I know it’s been ages since I jumped on here, sorry! The summer holidays have were so long and now that the kids are back in school I wanted to get back on it.
I recently got contacted by Ted Baker to style some outfits for their Autumn/Winter collection which I was really excited about. Mainly because I’ve always loved this brand but also knew that it would be a little challenging to put an outfit together that was modest fashion ‘friendly’ or hijab fashion ‘friendly’ with their collection.
For those of you that don’t know Ted Baker is a British luxury fashion brand for men and women with some gorgeous dresses and accessories amongst many other things and some really smart/casual menswear. The kind of outfits you’d wear to a British summer wedding or holiday season get togethers by a log fire.
So amidst all the cocktail dresses and knee length skirts I came acroos a floral jumpsiut with a design that was perfect in disguising any defined body curves (not too slim fitting) yet looked feminine and structured at the same time.
There was one major problem though – It was short sleeved, meaning I had to cover up those arms! So I picked a cardigian that was fully knitted along the sleeves and appliqued all over at the front panels This meant that the floral design at the front was not entirely covered up and peeped through the open pattern.
I wore it together with some suede Karen Millen stapped sandals and a plain sugar pink colured silk headscaf to complete the look.
These brilliant shots were taken by Hannah Lunt-Bell (@hannahluntbell) in the side streets of Muharraq in Bahrain.
May 13-!4 2016 was Istanbul Modest Fashion Week organised by Modanisa in Turkey. It was a fantastic two days filled with inspirational designs and collections from designers all over the world. It included a variety of pop up stalls and vendors and one of my favourite design houses was that of Safiye Ekiz’s.
Elagantly designed tunics, trousers and trench coat style pieces were all very appealing to me, and this hot pink tunic was just calling out my name! Light, floaty and modestly designed, paired with a pair of slim fit white trousers and a pair of statement heels it made for a classy yet comfortable ensemble.
This particular tunic has a front panel which can be styled in 3 different ways,
Look 1 (As is)
I used a hair clip to clip the front panel together.
I collaborated with one of my favourite fashion brands Karen Millen and The Domain Hotel in Bahrain a couple of months ago for a sky high fashion shoot on the 36th floor at The Vie lounge.
Choosing the outfit was left to me and I wanted to create a different look that was suitable for modest fashion and yet looked smart and good enough as an ‘occasional’ outfit.
The jumpsuit was a halter neck so I chose a short blazer to smarten up the look and picked a pop of colour for my scarf.
The fabric was a gorgeous floaty silk and the bottom half of the jumpsuit was wide leg that was gathered at the waist, it fell down like a skirt not showing any shape or form so that short blazer worked a treat!
I wanted to share this recent outfit of the day post with you all where I styled a floral waistcoat I got from Istanbul.
It’s nice to sometimes layer lose and comfy pieces with a semi-structured piece. In this case I put this look together with a pair of wide leg trousers and a long tunic shirt with my long waistcoat. I wore a pair of nude brown suede heels and a soft pink plain coloured hijab.
Hi guys! It’s been a while i know. I’ve been so busy with my family and being away at Christmas, on top of that I’ve just gotten over a nasty cold.
But enough of all that!
The weather in Bahrain has been quite cool lately so out came my fully covered shoes, boots and light weight jackets.
My scarf was from Vakko in Istanbul which I bought a few years back. They still have these types of long scarves in every store and there are many different colours to choose from.
My jacket was from Zara that i picked up in the winter sales on Boxing Day in London and fell in love with the jacquard two tone print. It’s a little puffy, kind of like a bomber jaclet but with a tailored look to it.
I wore this jacket with a pair of slim fit ‘leather look’ denim jeans from H&M and a long shirt from Zara..
Kept in with the dark grey hues I wore a pair of grey suede ankle boots from Dune.
Today was the third day of Eid here in Bahrain, and after a very busy first two days it was a little more relaxed.
So I chose to wear a cream coloured dress which I bought from Sile, a small seaside town on the outskirsts of Istanbul in Turkey. This is where my mother’s from and it’s very well known for it’s Sile Bezi or Sile Cloth. A natural fabric that’s woven like a type of muslin and is treated in the local sea with the salty water and then air dried.
It’s beautifully light and is used for a whole variety of things from dresses to blouses to table cloths and napkins. Traditionally it’s hand embroidered in colourful floral and symetric designs.
My dress has a thick lace edging at the hem and neckline, plain, not so traditional maybe but none the less extremely comfortable. I added an old rope typr designed belt for a more boho look.
Shots were taken by Hina MIrza. (@onemorehina on Instagram)
Hey guys! Here is a look that was shot a while back by my uber talented friend Hina Mirza (IG name below) but just didn’t have the time to post. It’s a late one I know but I thought it might give you inspiration to create your own version of this look. When we shot it it was seriously hot and we were fasting too so excuse any weird facial expressions!
It’s basically a two piece outfit comprising of a jumpsuit and long tasseled cover up/ top.
The tassels are pretty long whereas the actual cut of the top finished quite short so the tassels allowed for covering up of any necessary areas It’s not always easy to find long tops like this so when I saw this one I grabbed it immediately.
Black on black was my colour choice teamed with a pair of black Gucci gladiator (isn) style shoes and a deep pink plain coloured scarf.