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Monday, January 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Natsiria!

Every so often, we muslim girls like to get together to celebrate. Friday evening, we celebrated beautiful Natsiria's birthday. It was a fun-filled evening with delicious Italian food, amazing friends, and fabulous conversation.

Natsiria made her way to the party fashionably late. Always simple. Always elegant. Masha'Allah.



Ofcourse the always fabulous Mary joined us as well.



No party is complete without our resident Queen of entertainment, Nicole!



And finally, to top off a lovely evening, beautifully delicious CUPCAKES! YUMMM-O!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Jumaah Mubarak!

Hope all of you have a wonderful Friday. In the spirit of this blessed day, we wanted to share one of our favorite music videos. Thank you all for following HijabiTopia. We all pray and hope that we will meet face to face in the hereafter, in PARADISE. INSHALLAH!
Sending you all hugs and kisses from the HijabiTopia Team.

XOXO

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Been there, heard that!

All of us, Hijabis, at one time or another, heard these comments. The list could go on and on, but here is a funny video we wanted to share with you.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Silence of the lambs

Brrrr... The cold and harsh winter is here. Aren't you all freezing? Well, actually, those of you in the south, are probably having a light winter, but it is so cold here in New York. Last weekend we were in Penssylvania, skiing, and the weather was in the lower teens, and single digits at night. I literally froze! Okay, okay, I didn't, but the water bottle I forgot in the car overnight did! :-) We even left a small tub of icecream in the trunk of our car. Heheheh.

You all are probably wondering what I'm trying to get to, and what the title has to do with any of my blabbering but listen up cause it's confession time! :-) Remember when UGG's first became popular? I can not even remember what year that was, but all I remember was, I thought that UGGs were short for uggly. LOL! Eventhough, I'm all in to fashion, I am not one of those people to jump on the trend bandwagon as soon as it's out. I'd rather be the trend setter and not the follower. Other than the UGGs being awfully ugly and miss shaped, for the life of me, I never understood why in the heat of Dallas, girls would wear them day in and day out. When I saw someone wearing them in the mall, with their VS sweats, the designer in me screamed for air. Didn't their feet choke in those boots? What was the reason that people obsessed about UGGs and paid hundreds of dollars to look ugly in non orthopedic shoes. Well, it beat me. Until, I moved to NYC and then realized that there was more to it than the eye could see.

Fast forward to October of 2009, my first winter in NYC, becoming an Urban hijabi and having to walk in the streets, I could feel that my feet were getting cold. I first went and bought myself a nice pair of riding boots. They were comfortable, yet stylish. Because they came up right below my knees, they also protected my legs from the cold. (Or so, I thought!)

As the temperatures dropped, I realized that my leather boots were not so warm, and they felt more like trouser socks that just soaked up the cold. So I decided to head in to a well known shoe store in Manhattan. I looked at their selection of boots. Since this was going to be my first winter, I didn't know what to expect. I knew that it would snow a lot in winter, and would rain, but the question was I wanted to purchase only one pair of boots that could keep my feet warm and still bear the weather. As I walked around the store, I started chatting with a few of the local ladies to ask them for advice. They said I would need something waterproof for sure. Something that wouldn't slip on snow and ice, and could uphold well when all the snow melted in to slush. All of a sudden, I found myself standing next to UGGs. I knew the plain suede ones would soak, but there was one that was completely water proof and had an orthopedic sole. I tried it on and absolutely loved the feel of it. The look was okay. It was no 5" pencil heel bootie, but for what I needed, it would do the job for sure.

Looking back, my waterproof UGGs were one of the best purchases I made. They are so soft on the inside and so warm that my feet are calm and happy. Because they are waterproof, I actually use them as my snow boots. I've worn them over and over, when we go skiing, they don't slip or slide. Eventhough I should probably get myself a new pair, I'm so content with my old ones that if they still make them, I suggest anyone looking for warm boots living in cold climates should get them.

There are ofcourse many other brands that might provide some of the similar qualities. My older daughter enjoyed wearing her northface boots as well. She said they were very nice and warm, and waterproof as well. Although she always argued that they were never as comfortable and cozy as her first pair of suede UGGs, and begged me to get her another pair for the last 2 years. Since they are not waterproof and orthopedic, I will wait till they make some like mine in her size before we purchase a pair for her.

So there you go! Silence of the lambs on my feet, a smile on my face, I'm ready to face another ice cold winter. :-)

If you are also on the look out for some nice warm, waterproof boots, here are a few of our favorites from nordstrom.com.

UGG Adriron Dack II

UGG Bridgeport Boot
Northface Nuptse Fur IV Boot
Northface Shellista Boot
Merell Encore Apex Boot
Merell Natalya Waterproof Boot
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Elenany Jewelry

We have wonderful news to share with all of you Elenany fans. Sarah Elenany recently launched her laser cut jewelry line. We have a sneak peek in to some of the items that will soon be available. We will let you know of the date. Untill then, check out her funky jewelry.

We love knuckle rings and can not wait to get our hands on this one! :-)

Black Testify Knuckle Ring
Photo: Elenany


Wooden Peace Earrings
Photo: Elenany
To see more of this funky collection please visit Elenany's website CLICK

To read our exclusive interview with Sarah Elenany CLICK

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nautical Stripe Scarf Mania!

Ahoy hijabistas!

I love it when I find beautiful scarves that are not only the perfect size square(36" to be exact) to fit my head, but also are in sync with the trends of today.  Without any further adieu, I bring you the nautical hijab, by one of my favorite designers, Kate Spade!







If you'd like buying info on any of these, please click here.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Behind the scenes with Ala Magazine

Remember Ala Life Style and Fashion Magazine? Here is a backstage video of their photoshoots for the upcoming February issue.


Âlâ Dergi Sayı 7 (Şubat) Tema Çekimlerinden from Âlâ Dergi on Vimeo.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Backstage with designer Fatma Sevildi of Zumrut Fashion House

Fatma Sevildi is a fashion designer based out of Istanbul,Turkey. She couture designs and hand makes all her clothes on special order. Her designs have been feautured in Ala magazine. Here is an exclusive sneak peek in to her fashion world. :-)





















From the photo shoots of Ala Fashion & Life Style Magazine


Modeled by Hulya Aslan
Photographed by Ismail Kolat


You can follow Fatma Sevildi on her facebook page Zumrut Fashion House

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

United Colors of Dervishes


Most of you have probably heard of the Sufi Whirling Dervishes. The whirling ceremony of the dervishes have many details and their each move and step throughout the ceremony represents a transition in their spirituality. Because it is such a long and interesting subject we can not explain their every step but have included small footnotes for those who are curious.

The ceremony is usually performed by men only. However, in the city of Bursa, women are also trained in whirling and have gone to the extent in which they have brightened up the usual black and white dervish attire. I wanted to share these wonderful images of female whirling dervishes of different ages who performed to music played by a female sufi band in front of a female audience.

I am absolutely mesmerized by the whole idea of this spiritual performance and hope to be trained in it one day. Untill then, if you see these clothes on the next Marc Jacobs runway, you know where he got them from. :-)

We present to you the United Colors of Whirling Dervishes:

The dervishes enter the semahane, or whirling room, led by the semazenbashi, the dance master, and slowly, with heads bowed, line up on one side of the hall.



The musicians are at the opposite end of the hall on a raised platform, facing the sheikh.

The tennure, or long white skirt, represents the shroud, and the khirqa, or black cloak with long, large sleeves, symbolized the tomb. Beneath the cloak the turner wears a dasta gul, literally a bouquet of roses and a white jacket, the right side of which is tied down, the left hangs open. Around his waist is fastened the alif-lam-and, or girdle of cloth.

The dervishes, now seated on their knees, listen to the piercing sound of a single reed flute, or ney which plays the music prelude. The dervishes slap the floor with their hands indicating the day of the Last Judgment and the bridge Sirat that is crossed to get from this world to Paradise. It is said that this bridge is as thin as a hair and as sharp as a razor.



All the dervishes unfold and whirl as the musicians play and the chorus chants. The turners extend their arms, the right palm faces up and the left down. The energy from above enters through the right palm, passes through the body which is a visible channel, and, as this grace is universal, it passes through the left palm into the earth. With extended arms, the dervish embraces God.





They turn counterclockwise, repeating their inaudible zikr, "Allah, Allah."









"Go sweep out the chamber of your heart. Make it ready to be the dwelling place of the Beloved. When you depart out, He will enter it. In you, void of yourself, will He display His beauties."




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Monday, January 2, 2012

Cape-able Style

I love designing and wearing capes. I think they look extremely elegant, stylish and modest. This is one of my favorite capes. I like it because of the Camel color with the black leather trim. Whenever I wear something in camel, I always combine it with solid black so that it has more of a pop out effect. In the below look, I kept it very simple. I wore a black turtleneck with black slim trousers. I also wore my black Sam Edelman platform front boots with 5 inch pencil heels to add a touch of femininity.

I also added a touch of attitude by completing my look with my KAVAKCI COUTURE Cowgirl Hijab. It made the Texan in me very happy. :-)



Yeehawww! :-)

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