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Monday, January 31, 2011

Mirror mirror on the wall...

Who is the most righteous of them all?


I've done a couple of posts about friendship already, which means you know my take on friendship. CLICK

I strongly believe that our close friends are like invisible compasses that navigate our lives.

If your closest friends are not an exact mirror image of you, and I mean exact, then I strongly urge you to rethink your friendships.

It's that simple!

If you are having concerns about your hijab, or your daily Islamic lifestyle, just analyze your environment. If your friends don't have the same goal, or the same kind of outlook on life and they are affecting your Islamic lifestyle, I say it is time to make a huge change!

Having said that, you know this blog is about beautiful friendships. Alhamdulillah, I've been blessed with lots of wonderful mirror images of myself. I'm proud to see myself in my friends.

One of my good friends whom I'm very proud of is Nicole.

We've already told you Nicole's path into Islam (CLICK).
As a close friend of Nicole's I've heard her story over and over and over again. And each time I hear it, read it, or watch it, I learn something new and always think WOW!

It really takes a well guided person to take their life from one extreme and turn it around to another good extreme and in the process let go of everyone and everything that she was once close to.

Nicole always says when she first learned about Islam, to her it was so simple because it was like Black and White. Once she made her decision, then she started cleansing her whole life, and purifying it.
Her moto was "all things in the name of God". She made new friends who were on the same righteous path as herself. She redefined her photography business to now fit within the lens of Islam.

Nicole's story is always so inspirational. Her life, and her conversion into Islam is written in detail on her new site.

What I also love about Nicole's story is the Islamic Fairytale romance! She fell in love and got married and is living a hijabi fairytale.

You can read her story at http://nicolequeen.com/about/.

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Nazreen's J.Crew Style

Hear Ye, Hear Ye...

The tux boy tunics @ J.Crew are now on sale for $9.99!!! Can't beat that!

This special is only at the stores and final sale.

So if I were you I'd stop reading this post and hurry on over to the closest J.Crew location...

Oh Wait!!! Before you go, we don't just tell you to go get stuff and figure out how to wear it, we show you our HijabiTopian style.

Here is the tux boy tunic Hijabified,





I topped off my tunic with my boyfriend blazer, completed it with my jeans, threw on my riding boots, and added a bracelet and a lady like kate spade purse for a touch of feminity. Voila!

Now whatcha looking at? Throw on your riding boots and giddy up to J.CREW!!!

Nazreen Hassan for HijabiTopia

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

J.Crew Alert!!!

I was at J.Crew the other day, and ran into these beautiful, long, Islamic tops. These are the Tux Boy Tunics. Some of them are on sale (from $49.99 to $25 final sale). You might want to swing by your local store to see what they have. The shirts are very nice quality, and there are lots of colors to pick from. They also have several choices in their new spring collection.

Here are a few pictures courtesy of my iphone (gotta give credits :-)










Here is what it looks like on the model


These shirts are a great piece to add to the "essentials" category of your closet. They are definitely longer than your basic white shirt.

Nazreen Hassan for HijabiTopia

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Single from Kareem Salama

Kareem Salama just released his new single!!!

Here is the video...



To read our exclusive interview with the star CLICK

Friday, January 21, 2011

Who Am I???

Meet Shabnam Amini

She's a junior in high school studying communications/broadcasting.


Shabnam decided to make a video about being an American Muslim for her class project. After completion, she sent her video to CNN iReport and guess what? It recently made the front page!!!




Here is what Shabnam says about her video,

"My 30-second video is about how people judge other people just by how they look, skin color, race, or religion. People don't really get to know a person before judging them. In this world we live by stereotypes and I am trying to get the message out that stereotypes are usually wrong. I based it on my own point of view, because I am an American Muslim and people judge me when they look at me because I wear a scarf on my head, and they automatically come to conclusions. I want to show people, us girls with scarves on our head, are just like everyone else."

Well Done Shabnam!!!





To see any of Shabnam's other projects you can visit her youtube page
http://www.youtube.com/shabnamamini

You can also follow her on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/ShabnamAmini

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why Cover?

Today we'd like to share with you a beautiful poem written by one of our friends, Alia Salem.


Why Cover?


For more inspirational Hijab Stories: CLICK

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hijabi Ski Look

Ms. Blizzard decided to hit the slopes for a weekend of fun and excitement.

She can be active in sports and still look glamorous.

She's going to throw on her skiis and jump on the lift.

Glide down those hills smooth as ice.

Then she'll grab her snow board and go back up for some major down-hill action!

She'll surf the waves of snow at high speed.

Watch out! This Diva will blow you away!!!



We realize that she has a skateboard instead of a snowboard. We had to work with what we've got.
You get the idea :-)
Note: The models were dressed in a computer program where hijab options are limited. Unfortunately, this program does not carry our designer comfijab. We realize some of her hair and neck is showing. Please don't think that we are trying to make everyone show their neck, or dress in a certain way. Make your own decisions wisely!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Comfijab Video from YazTheSpaz

YazTheSpaz just posted a video wearing our signature Comfijabs. To read our earlier post about the Comfijab CLICK. To order you can email info@kavakcicouture.com

Here is the video








You can follow YazTheSpaz89 here 
 http://www.youtube.com/user/YazTheSpaz89

and on her Facebook Fan Page here
http://www.youtube.com/user/YazTheSpaz89

and on her blog here
http://yazthespaz89.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hijabified LANVIN?! OOH LA LA!!!

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite looks from LANVIN Prefall 2010 and Prefall 2011.

This is another example of how Hijabi Fashion impacts main stream fashion.

I rest my case!














































Are you thinking what I'm thinking?!

This photoshoot was either taken during an earthquake, or the poor models were suffering from a tummy ache.

JUST SAYING :-)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Modest Fashion Virtual Chat

How would you like to participate in a Modest Fashion Virtual Chat taking place this Wednesday & Thursday?

We have received an exclusive invitation to participate in the conversation and would like to extend this invitation to all our readers.

This chat is organized by the Modest Fashion Team in the UK. One of the members of the team is Dr. Emma Tarlo, who is the author of Visibly Muslim.
We are a huge fan of Dr. Tarlo's work, if you need to refresh your memory you can read our earlier post  CLICK.

Hope to chat with some of you there!

If you join us, next to your name write hijabitopia so I recognize you!
(Elif Kavakci - HijabiTopia)


Here is the information:


This is a 24 hour online discussion about modest fashion.

The site will go live at 7pm GMT on Wednesday 12th January 2011 and won't close until 7pm GMT on Thursday 13th January 2011. The project team (Jane Cameron, Reina Lewis, and Emma Tarlo) will be staying up late to make sure that everyone has a convenient time to participate wherever they are in the world.

To join the discussion simply follow this link and sign in on the day: 
http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/modest-fashion/

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Movie About The Hijab Ban in Turkey



Today I would like to share with you a short film that was filmed by Zumrut Cavusoglu. Zumrut is a graduate of Bogazici University. She studied Sociology & British Literature, with a minor in Film Studies.


While at University, Zumrut happened to become friends with a girl who was wearing hijab.  After meeting her, she became aware of the affects of the hijab ban on individuals. She heard about Cennet Dogan, a Turkish young girl who was prevented from attending school in Belgium, due to her hijab. To protest the ban, Cennet shaved her head and went to school!

Zumrut was very touched by Cennet's story. Her story, along with her new friend Merve, a student at Bogazici University, led her to an idea to do a short film about the hijab ban.

With the help of a few contacts in the media sector, Zumrut was able to write and direct a very professional short film.

Her film WET (ISLAK) is now competing for the Women's Voices Film Award.

If you click on this link
http://womensvoicesnow.org/watchfilm/islak/
you can vote for Zumrut's movie and leave comments for her.

I thank Zumrut for trying to make a difference in the world and fighting for women's rights to an education, no matter who they are or what they wear.

A few notes about the movie:

1.) The movie was filmed in Turkish, with English subtitles.

2.) The 3 girls in the movie are the same 3 girls whom Zumrut was friends with while at University.



3.) The main character Merve, is the same youngirl who had to fight for her right to wear hijab. She agreed to do the movie under the condition that she wears a wig. So please keep in mind, that she does not show her hair, or take off her hijab. She is wearing a wig!



4.) The young man in the movie is Merve's husband!

5.) At the end of the movie, Merve's protest is fiction.


Wet


“Islak” is the story of a young woman in Turkey, who is forbidden to enter the University because she wears a headscarf. The film questions the concept of “openness” and “closedness” and asks what is really is “closed/covered”, Merve or the gates that are closed in her face?




Islak from Women's Voices Now on Vimeo.

The main reason I wanted to post this movie is to share with my readers what girls do to fight for hijab. You already know my take on hijab, if you're new to the blog, you can read it here CLICK

The fact of the matter is, those of us who live in the US really have the most freedom. Women all over the world, die (literally) for their right to wear hijab! If you are debating wearing it because someone might make a tiny remark about your outfit, or that your friends will no longer be your friends, you really need to think again!

That which doesn't kill you can only make you stronger!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Style Tips from The Designer

For someone who may have just started wearing hijab, or someone that would like tips on their hijab style here are some key points that may be very helpful.


1. Stick to solid colors! They are easier to work into your current wardrobe. They will go with your current shoes and bags and accessories. You can change the look easily by changing your accessories and don’t have to spend a fortune every season. It will not be outdated quickly. This rule also applies to scarves.


2. Choose clothes that are your actual size! Alot of times women think bigger and looser is more islamic, where as it may make them look bigger then they actually are. Longer and looser doesn’t necessarily mean more conservative.


3. Don’t mix prints! If you really like a print work it in to your outfit by combining it with solids only.


4. Make an effort to look beautiful! Women living in the states often choose comfort over style. So be a little less comfortable but look more stylish. Women are beautiful and should make an effort to look beautiful. Remember: No Pain, No Gain.


5. Choose your trends wisely! Just because it’s a trend and everbody has it on, doesn’t mean it necessarily looks good on you. If it’s a trend that will work with your body then use it to bring out your best feauture. If it’s not, then don’t!


6. When in doubt, go with BLACK! If you have ever watched a fashion show, 99% of the time, when the designer comes out at the end, he or she will be wearing solid colors, most often black. If designers do it why shouldn’t you?

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Monday, January 3, 2011

PROJECT HIJABITOPIA

MISSION: Put a stylish look together with the given items

ITEMS: Sunglasses,Leather studded cuff, Little black dress, Faux Fur Polka-Dot Vest, MJ watch, Black Combat Boots, Knuckle Ring, Black Pashmina.

ORDER: Mix it up. Hijabify it. Add height. Spice it up. Combat it with attitude. Make it lady like. Celebritize it. MAKE IT WORK!

ITEMS IN THE LOOK


FOREVER21 FAUX-FUR POLKA-DOT VEST, NORDSTROM LEATHER STUDDED CUFF, MJ WATCH, METROPARK KNUCKLE RING

THE LOOK

BLACK PASHMINA, KAVAKCI COUTURE BLACK DRESS, BCBG GENERATION HIGH HEEL COMBAT BOOTS


THROW IT ON MS.EK



MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

 


To achieve this look, here are a few suggestions. Since it's winter season, most stores have long dresses, or long skirts that you can combine with a turtleneck. Many stores also carry faux fur vests. It doesn't have to be anything expensive. Just make sure to try it on. It's important that it is the right fit.

Also the key to achieving this look and making your vest pop out is to apply the same color theme as above- dark dress & lighter colored vest, or dark top and skirt with lighter colored vest.

Some stores I would suggest visiting are FOREVER 21, ZARA, H&M, MNG.

Ready to Combat this style?