Salaams and Hello PHKIer's,
So here's another preggo OOTD for you courtesy of Date Night with the hubby. Today, I decided to go the extra mile and paint both my toes and feet...man was that a mistake. I have a whole new appreciation for completing the simplest of tasks sans pregnancy.
Trying to paint toes while playing tug of war with a gut full of sixth month fetus is not for the faint of heart! Let's just say my nails looked like a 4 year old nail technician did it the first time and I needed lots of polish remover plus cotton balls to get her done!
In addition to partaking in the nail painting Olympics, I had to put together something nice to wear which I had difficulty doing because I felt big in EVERYTHING, lol. I am pretty sure I am temporarily suffering from body dysmorphic disorder considering the large gaining of weight in such a short span of time, so when I read these words right before getting dress, it couldn't have been more timely:
"Repeat after me: I am not fat, I am growing a baby. After a lifetime of watching your weight, it can be unnerving (and sometimes depressing) to watch it go up, up, up. Whenever you feel bummed about your expanding girth (and your expanding bum), remind yourself that there's a beautiful reason your body is changing."
Yep, just what I needed to get back on track! So I beat my face, twisted and pinned my scarf, threw on my 5inch open toes, and headed out the door! Your mind allows you to see only what you want to see. So if you want to see a whale when looking into the mirror, that will be what's reflected.
Before heading out the door I took one final peek in the mirror, this time thinking "I am a beautiful 6 month preggo momma of three, ain't nobody fly'er than me." Lol! Silly, yes, but it worked! The hubby (who always does this by the way) telling me I looked amazing also helped.
So enough dramatics, here's what I wore tonight to P.F. Chang's! Outfit details below:
Dress: Vintage "Etsy"
Blazer: Arden B.
P.S. Words of Wisdom:
If you're expecting, if you've gained weight recently or even a lot heavier than you used to be, own it! Get out of your head and relax, YOU are beautiful just the way you are, flaws and all.
Also...I'm super hype, 14 more weeks to go before the arrival of baby Cicero!!
Are you also struggling with accepting your expectant figure? What are some ways you deal with it?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Designer: Tasha Madinah Styles
Salaams and Hello PHKIer's,
So I told you here
a few days ago that I would be doing a blog on the International Modesty and Runway Show during Philly Fashion Week
and here it is in all its glory!
First, it was great to be able to sit with other members of the press and experience the camaraderie and laughter that came so naturally though we were all complete strangers. The few seconds of down time between each set of designers went by so quickly because of our jovial interactions and the constant presence of Shea (COO of Muslimah Conventions) who wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time and things were running smoothly.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at this event because it didn't drag on forever as some Fashion Shows are known to do, it was very well organized, and finally, because the showcases all seemed to go off without a hitch! In addition, the bazaar area was very well organized and I immediately found myself spending money on another JannahNaima
The first designer Yummy Cute Clothing Line showcased fashions for the pint sized fashionistas. Some of my favorite looks are featured below.
I'm counting down the days until I become a full time mommy of a newborn for the fourth time!
In the meantime, I am enjoying dressing up the baby bump in maternity clothing that are not only stylish but also very modest!
I recently ordered a gorgeous Annah Hariri gown that I will be wearing to IMFW as well as a few staple pieces from Asos.com. I look forward to sharing with you a few more OOTD's before I take a hiatus to welcome Baby Cicero into the world. The above look was for Philadelphia Fashion Week's - International Modesty and Runway Show
. Outfit Details
Hijab: Haute Hijab Commander in Chief Wrap
Shoes: Shoe Republic
Bride: Iman Photo Credit: Keziah R.
For many Muslim women who choose to cover, the wedding day is already stressful and is made even more so by the agonizing decision of foregoing hijab for the big day.
Yet, beauty is beauty, whether one chooses to wear a scarf for modesty purposes or not! Unfortunately, some believe they are most beautiful when their face is crowned by a head full of beautiful curls or other elaborately arranged coifs for their wedding!
It shouldn't have to be this way though! With the explosion of hijab and modest fashion, it's now more easier than ever for women to adhere to wearing hijab on their wedding day and still be fabulous if they so choose.
In addition to there being tons of elegant hijab designs that come in many colors, there are also a plethora of styles that your hijab can be manipulated into which will add pizzazz to your big day!
I've had the pleasure of attending four weddings over the past few months and all four brides who observed hijab made the decision to remain covered! They were no less stunning because they chose to be married in hijab, in fact, I feel the extra bling atop their crown set against a white back drop made them even more beautiful than they already were!
Below I've listed a few tips to help you not only decide to keep it covered on the big day, but to also do it in style! The pictures that I've taken of the below brides are used to illustrate each tip and were styled/created by the bride. All other photos are clickable and will take you to the original sources.
The up-styled hijab seems to be the go to style of most hijabi brides and can be very glamorous. However, since it's not the most covering, the below tips will help ensure that the neck and other exposed areas are protected on the big day.
Tip 1: A turtleneck leotard.
Bride: Iman Photo Credit: Keziah R.
Bride: Iman Photo Credit: Keziah R.
In our blog post Upcoming Events Spotlight: DC Fashion Week's Haute & Modesty Fashion Show
, we talked about the return of Modest Designers to the District of Columbia runways!
The first showcase held in 2013 during DC Fashion Week was a great success with many non-Muslim women for the first time being exposed to the wonderful world of Modest Fashion! This year, the Haute & Modesty Show hopes to wow once again.
Check out the press release in full below!
A cool sketch photo of all 4 kiddies!
Busy mom's know that learning how to multitask in order to make it through the week is essential! Despite the fact that both my husband and I lead busy lives, it's still very important that we schedule family time.
With the recent snow storms which has left many of us snowed in, as well as me recently starting a Microeconomics course, family time had been relegated to the back burner. Finally, this past weekend, we decided to take a much needed trip to the Franklin Institute! However, 100's of other families had the same idea and we were confronted with lines that snaked towards the door. Thankfully, the line for members went pretty fast and we were through and exhibit watching in no time.
For once, we caught a 3-D film about the Ice Age which was very cool, even for me. We tried to ignore the over anxious girls from another family screaming every time a new animal appeared on the screen. Honestly, I was just happy it wasn't my kids for once being over excited, Ha!
To help fight prevalent stereotypes about Muslimah’s around the world and in particular Philadelphia, PHKI wants to promote Muslim women doing positive things in their chosen career or business. Today we highlight the importance of being fit in our interview with Sabia Hussain of Train With Sabia!
PHKI: Assalaamu Alaikum Sabia! Firstly, I’d like to thank you for agreeing to an interview with PHKI.
Your work to empower and inspire other Muslim women to become fit is very much needed. Statistics continually show that many Muslim women struggle with high obesity rates and do not have access to training facilities. In addition, many are limited to the sorts of exercises they can do in public because of their adherence to modesty guidelines within the religion. I was very much looking forward to interviewing you considering that you’ve been able to overcome the above obstacles on a quest to “Get Fit or Die Trying”. What was your motivation to begin your fitness journey?Sabia Hussain: Before starting my journey, I noticed how out of breath I became while completing simple exercises such as walking up a flight of stairs or being able to run around with my nieces and nephews when I spent time with them. I developed anxiety about developing diabetes or worse, a heart disease due to the extra weight I carried around. I knew then that I had to do something about my weight. PHKI: Interesting! So what do you feel were factors in you identifying as overweight? Sabia Hussaain: I've been considerably overweight most of my adult life due to a severely under active thyroid. In fact, I always managed to console myself by using my illness as the reason I couldn't lose the weight. I’d tell myself, “It’s not my fault I can’t lose the weight and it didn't really matter because I still looked good.” Furthermore, my motivations to get fit were not aesthetic because I was actually confident being a full figured woman. Even now, I have no desire to ever be “skinny”. I just wanted to feel more in control of my body as I could feel myself not being able to even pray comfortably. The constant, standing up and bending down, sitting and then standing every rakat felt like a small victory for me. I personally feel I let myself go with my body image when I first started wearing hijab. I guess I felt it was easier to cover up what I didn't want anyone else to see with loose clothing. My very roomy jilbabs actually started to fit me more snuggly in a very short space of time with the embracing of my new Islamic wardrobe. My social circles had changed with my new religious reality and many of the sisters I spent time with also led sedentary lifestyles. We loved to eat and did it together a whole lot! PHKI: I identify with living a somewhat sedentary lifestyle as teaching may at times lead to sitting often! So after deciding that you were going to follow through with getting healthy, what were some of the first steps you took to accomplish that goal?
Sabia Hussain: I gave myself a month (December 2012) the holiday season to pretty much come to terms mentally with the fact that I was going to commit to this new lifestyle change. This really was a period of introspection for me as I had to be real with myself about how and why I had piled on the pounds. Whenever I had a particularly stressful episode in my life or any kind of transition this usually translated into weight gain for me. More than boredom, I ate out of anxiety and this was painful to accept; I was dealing with my emotions through food. What helped me identify these triggers for me was keeping a food diary where I also wrote down my mood with each meal. Keeping a food and mood diary really helped me establish accountability and regain control of my relationship with food. This method is definitely something I recommend to anyone thinking of making lifestyle changes. Growing up in a British Pakistani household my mother cooks authentic punjabi food from the motherland, so I had to start cooking for myself which was something I had never done before. Cooking for myself took some getting use to especially after a long day in the office. It was so much easier to just get a takeout or stick a meal for one in the microwave but surely enough in time I got the hang of meal preparing. I also began freezing back up meals for days I came from the office late. Next I became more active by doing 10 minutes of brisk exercise to raise my breathing rate as well as walking and running up and down my stairs at home until I felt confident enough to step foot in the gym.
PHKI was invited to attend the upcoming Second Annual Haute & Modesty Show by Areej Fashions on February 21, 2014!
The first showcase held in 2013 during DC Fashion Week was a great success with many non-Muslim women for the first time being exposed to the wonderful world of Modest Fashion!
Truly, Fashion is a tool for universality that helps bridge the gaps that may be created by Culture, Religion, Race, or Class. This event is for all women united in the appreciation of gorgeous fashions suited for the Modest Women of society!
I look forward to seeing you there! To purchase tickets, click the link
To keep up-to-date on the latest news about the Haute and Modesty Show, see their facebook page located here
We here at PHKI love to celebrate women in general; regardless of their religious affiliation! There are varying degrees of modesty and no one has a monopoly on it! Some of the biggest supporters of our blog are non-Muslim women and one such person is Rachel Raé!
A few weeks ago, we shared with you some of our recommendations for pussy bow shirt
alternatives since Asos was out of the ones that I featured in my OOTD! Rachel Raé and I both fell in love with one of the options, an awesome black high-lo with a bow sold on ebay!
She snapped it right on up and and styled it with a pair of geometrical tights, black thigh boots, and a black and white fur vest! We weren't surprised since the fellow GHS alum, teacher, and MUA knows her way around a stylish OOTD! To get outfit deets and read Rachel's outlook on being a fashionable curvy girl, click below!