Friday, April 25, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Inglot has recently come up with a new line of nail polish that they promote as being "breathable". There has been a plethora of discussion about whether Islamically it is permissible to use wudu-friendly nail products.
We have mostly stayed away from this discussion on purpose, because 1.) we are not a blog that promotes cosmetics 2.) we do not believe that there is any way a product can be 100% wudu-friendly. 3.)We follow the Prophet's advice of "leaving what is doubtful" and would not use this product and make wudhu over it.
But we still think that it is quite interesting, and kind of cool that mainstream brands are designing products to help serve Muslim women's needs.
It is a fact that nail polish damages the well being of a woman's nails by blocking oxygen. Through this new collection, maybe manufacturers were able to invent a nail polish that gives some breath-ability to the nails, which is wonderful to hear.
OR, this could also be another marketing strategy for a brand to expand their target and make a bigger profit. What do you think about this new product? Would you use it and take it off, or make wudhu over it?
How do you feel about hijabi role models promoting halal nailpolish in social media?
Farah A. for HijabiTopia
Posted by Farah A. at Friday, April 18, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
We are a fan of designer Jill Zachman's artistic creations. Here is some detailed information for those of you who are interested in unique pieces for your homes. She will begin excepting online orders through her email address in June 2014. We got a special preview for you before their launch date. Enjoy!
Posted by HijabiTopia at Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Indonesian fashion designer Windri Widiesta Dhari debuted her autumn/winter collection at Tokyo Fashion Week last month, which was appropriately titled "Layers of Fidelity". Her collection presented to its audience how simple it is to turn the modest hijab into a sophisticated fashion statement.
The designer, wanted her label to put forth and prove that the hijab could still take on playful elements while still being modest in the process. Her designs were unique and one of a kind, which were made in a traditional Japanese tie-dye technique called shibori, while also incorporating Indonesian influences. Dhari definitely put her name on the map, especially in the Asian fashion world.
"The modest hijab is not actually a restriction" in fashion, Dhari told reporters after her stylish designs hit the catwalk. "It's how you cover yourself and look more elegant in a way that has a loose fit."
We completely agree with Dhari! Wearing a hijab absolutely does not mean that you need to sacrifice religion for fashion or vice versa. There are many ways to dress up your hijab, and we hope this post inspired some of you lovely hijabi's out there :)
Farah A. for HijabiTopia
Posted by Farah A. at Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Sweatshop labor in the fashion industry is an ongoing dilemma. As consumers we promote businesses that abuse their sweatshop workers. We contribute to the vicious cycle by blindly purchasing their clothes, thus raising their profits. Did you ever think about who made the clothes you are wearing? How many brands do you know that use sweat shop labor? The Hall of Shame includes, Wal-Mart, Nike, GAP, Victorias Secret, Gymboree, Forever 21, H&M, Zara and many more.
What can we do as consumers to put a stop to this?
Here is what one concerned citizen is doing. Tom Kavanaugh is trying to raise funds for a documentary he wants to make which was inspired by his trip to Bangladesh. The documentary, titled No Sweat, is set to trace popular clothing items back to the people that made them, tell their stories, and show real world solutions to the problems of sweatshops. He wants each person to think about where their clothes came from, who were they made by and was that person treated fairly in the process.
Kanvanaugh made headlines last week when he made an appearance in Jeopardy. When asked about his documentary, Kavanaugh gave a brief statement about the film then followed by accusing the host, Mr. Alex Trebek, of wearing a suit made by “8-year-old sweatshop child slaves”. Here is the clip of that episode:
It was very clear that Kavanaugh is extremely passionate about the subject. In the documentary, he wants to discuss popular myths and misconceptions about how to confront the problem of sweat shop labor and show how these either do nothing or even add to the problem. For example, many people think simply boycotting a store will help solve the problem, but what they don’t know is that the workers are the ones that get penalized for the lost revenue. The documentary has two clear goals of achieving: to personalize the problem by taking popular products and tracing them back to their source and to show real world solutions to the problem by dispelling myths and showing what is already being done.
If you would like to contribute in the making of this documentary to help raise awareness to this growing issue, you can donate here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/no-sweat-the-story-of-our-clothes-and-the-people-who-make-them
Farah A. for Hijabitopia
Posted by Farah A. at Wednesday, April 09, 2014