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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Congratulations Mary!


We have great news to share with you.  We just heard the pitter-patter of little feet!  Yes, that's right, our dear friend Mary is now a MOMMY!!!



We'd like to extend a huge CONGRATS to Mary, who just had her first baby boy yesterday.  Weighing in at a healthy 7 pounds 7 ounces, Mary and her husband welcomed their first child, Daanish, into the world yesterday.  May Allah (swt) bless her baby and her family, insha'Allah.  Ameen.

Here's your exclusive first look at the adorable baby.  What a CUTIE!  Everyone please say: "Masha'Allah."



Welcome to motherhood Mary.  We know you'll be an amazing mother.  May your lives be filled with happiness with this new addition. :-)


 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Crazy about Forever21!

You may remember our last post about spikey accessories at Forever 21.  Well, we just wanted to make you aware of a free shipping opportunity, in case you wanted to get in on these awesome trends.   According to Forever21's website, spend just $21, and get free shipping.  Let me tell you, this beats rummaging through the accessories at the store.

Here are additional cute finds that we recently purchased.

Quirky Girl Necklace
Robot Ballerina Necklace
 Click on the captions, which will link you to them directly at Forever21.com.  There is no code for this free shipping deal.  But act fast, because the free shipping ends tomorrow, 9/28/11.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Spike-tastic!

Remember our post on Spikey Accessories?

Well, sometimes it's hard to picture what these accessories actually look like when you wear them.  Here's how we rocked this awesome trend.




We love how these accessories are really bold and add spunk to your everyday outfit.  Head to your local Forever 21 now to add these to your collection.  Or snag them online.  Here's the bracelet.  Unfortunately, the ring seems to be unavailable online.  So you may have to check your local store for availability on that one. 

Happy accessorizing! :-)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A HijabiTopia Reunion!

Time sure does fly!  It's been one year since we've started this blog.  We hope you all enjoy it as much as we love producing it.  Recently, we had our annual HijabiTopia Eid luncheon at where else?  Yup! You guessed it!  NOODLEWAVE!  It's safe to say that HijabiTopia is definitely not complete without Noodlewave! :-)


Beautifully set tables await everyone
The silver gift bags are courtesy of KAVAKCI COUTURE
At our luncheon, we loved seeing old faces, meeting new faces, and enjoying our time together.  Thank you to everyone that came out.  I think we all had a blast! 




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HijabiTopia trio: Nicole, Elif(wearing a KavakciCouture original hooded tunic and Comfijab), Nazreen
 

Beautiful ladies, celebrating friendship and sisterhood :-)


NICOLE, NATSIRIA, NAZREEN, NOUR (HOW COME ALL THE N'S LINED UP:-)
ZEIN, ELIF
RADWA AND SANA


Nazreen Hassan for HijabiTopia

Monday, September 12, 2011

A year @ HijabiTopia!!!

Over the last year, you witnessed our launch,






You saw our style,

http://hijabitopia.blogspot.com/2011/01/project-hijabitopia.html



You saw our designs,


http://hijabitopia.blogspot.com/2011/05/bbc-photo-shoot-pictures-part-i.html

You visited our work,




http://hijabitopia.blogspot.com/2010/12/are-you-in-mood.html


You saw our shoots,




You met our Super Hijabi friends,


http://hijabitopia.blogspot.com/2011/03/super-hijabi-mahinur-ozdemir.html


You read our love stories,

http://hijabitopia.blogspot.com/2011/02/happily-ever-after.html


You jumped with us for joy,


http://hijabitopia.blogspot.com/2011/02/islamify-your-life.html


And you shared our hugs and friendship!




As another year of wonderful posts begins, you will notice a few changes in our lives. A couple of us are celebrating the beginning of our kids start to kindergarten. And the other two is celebrating something much more exciting.


           {Stay tuned to find out what the HijabiTopia girls are up to!}

Thank you for following us! WE are so happy to have you at HijabiTopia and look forward to many more posts together!!! XOXO

You can also follow us on facebook:

FB NICOLE       FB ELIF


AND ON TWITTER:

@HijabiTopia    @queensofislam       @zsquared2

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hijab has become her

One year ago, today, I had shared with you my tears of joy post when my daughter had decided to wear hijab on the first day of school. I wanted to do an anniversary post or rather an update since so many of you wonderful readers made comments and shared in my joy.


If you haven't read my daughter Janna's story, you can read it here.


Janna rocking the Navy Comfijab
On the first day of school on September 7, 2010, my daughter Janna committed to wearing hijab full time. I had emailed her principal and her teacher to let them know that she will be attending the school in her Islamic attire. I wanted to notify the school ahead of time for 2 reasons.

1. She would be the first student ever, in the history of the school, out of 500 students to wear hijab!
2. Her friends from last year all knew her as a non-hijabi and might have different reactions to it.


I wanted the school to be aware and ready to act incase Janna faced cruel remarks, or insults. I didn't think it would happen, but based on her first year as a non hijabi, I remember how one of her classmates had consistently made fun of Janna's thick eyebrows which resulted in a painstaking ordeal.


The principal and the teacher couldn't be more welcoming. They congratulated us and Janna on her mature decision to practice her beliefs, and to take a stand. As most of you who live in the U.S. know, this country is "the land of the free". Since I grew up in the U.S. and we migrated here in 1988 from a Muslim country where we were banned from wearing hijab, I know!
Janna performing at a school musical wearing her White Comfijab
Janna's first few days wearing hijab were a bit chaotic. Even though we had planned her closet and hijabified everything in her wardrobe, she insisted on wearing long wrap scarves that had to be draped and pinned and pinned.   You know the story. After a few days of struggling to put on her hijab and make it to school on time, she decided that there was nothing better to wear then her Comfijabs. This ofcourse made me very proud. Now my little girl, was not only wearing hijab, but she was wearing my own couture design hijabs.


Alhamdulillah, other then a few curious questions coming from friends over time, everyone accepted her for who she was.


Janna and her classmates at the Warriors book signing
{Rocking the black Comfijab}
She has had a great last year, as long as we were in the U.S. However, during our trip to Turkey this summer, she faced ugly comments, insults, and questions coming from the so called secular Turks. She saw things she never saw before, and heard things she would never hear before. It was ugly!


I was of course by her side, and more than half the time, the comments were being made to me as if I was torturing my child by letting her practice Islam at the age of 10. I will not enclose the details of the ugliness we faced, but it left my child scared and timid to be alone in Turkey, a Muslim country. Her experiences probably left her with an ache in her heart. The heart where she couldn't fit her love and admiration for her mother's land.


On a happier note, today, September 7, 2011 is her anniversary of wearing hijab, in the land of the free. She has grown so much, and hijab has become such a complete part of her. I hope this year brings her another year of joy as she goes on to 5th grade and is more active and outspoken among her peers. I hope the ugliness she has experienced allows her to stand rooted to her foundation and her Islamic boundaries.


Janna and her sister and her sister's bff at Build-a-bear
{Rocking the white Comfijab}

Janna's hijab is now a part of who she is. Nothing else in her life changed, and she has never felt that she can't do something because she wears hijab. This is what it's all about. She still ice-skates, plays the guitar, acts, sings, and likes spending time with her friends.
Janna playing guitar with her teacher at the music school
{My baby girl loves the white Comfijab}

Hijab has become her, and again I am so proud!


Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Eid-ul-Fitr 2011

I have so much to be thankful for, Alhamdulillah! We had one of the best Eid's as a family. As most of you know, I have 2 older sisters. Growing up with sisters has been a blessing. As we got older, our lives got busier. We all got married and had our own families. We've lived in different parts of the world, but have always kept in touch. We would always call each other when we needed to confide, ask for advice or share news of joy.

With our busy lifestyles spending Eid together wasn't a possibility. However, recently Allah made it happen. We had the memory of a life time. All 3 of us flew in to Dallas to our parent's home along with our husbands and daughters. We spent last few days of Ramadan and the first day of Eid all together, the whole family.

GIRLS RULE!!!

When it was time to cook, all of us took part in the preparations. Someone would set the table, the other one would make the salad, so on and so forth. When we sat down for iftar all 13 of us broke our fasts together. We enjoyed our food and talked and laughed. The joy on our table was as bountiful as the food. Then we all rushed to our prayer room to pray maghrib. After chatting only for a few minutes it was time to go to taraweeh as a family.

At the suhoor table, we often discussed fiqh subjects. As most of you know, my father is a well known scholar. In every discussion we learned the beauty in the details of Islam. The moments we spent together were absolutely priceless!

On Eid day, we all went to Eid prayers. I got to meet with friends I hadn't seen in years. We hugged and greeted each other with so much love. Within minutes we tried to catch up on each other's lives.

I feel very blessed and loved to be in such an amazing family, amongst righteous friends, and in one of the best Islamic communities in the world!

Sending you all best wishes,

 
Elif, Nazreen and Nicole at Eid prayer, Dallas Convention Center   


I'm wearing the Comfijab in Navy
To see details of my KAVAKCI COUTURE outfit CLICK


Thursday, September 1, 2011

OUR BBC WORLD INTERVIEW IS AIRING SEPT 2,3,4!!!


We were just informed that our BBC interview will air on BBC World channels all around the globe September 2,3,4.

You can click on the link below to find out the exact times for your country. Hope you can catch the show!

To preview behind the scenes with BBC you can read our earlier posts. http://hijabitopia.blogspot.com/search/label/BBC


BBC World TV documentary: American Muslim - Faith, Fear and Freedom in the USA is out on BBC World TV on the following times and dates:

UK: Sep 3rd 03:10 & 16:10(Newschannel)



US Eastern: Sep 2nd: 22:10 -Sep 3rd: 11:10 -Sep 4th: 05:10 & 17:10


US Pacific: Sep 2nd: 1910 - Sep 3rd: 08:10 - Sep 4th: 02:10 & 14:10


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-12957298


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-12957298