My husband and I usually go out once a week just to spend time together and change up our routine a little. These pictures are from when we went to a Japenese restaurant and took advantage of the beautiful weather! We lean more towards lunch, since we try to sleep in late on Saturdays and then jump right into lunch. How do you spend time together with your spouse?
Scarf: La Moda Boutique
Watch: Michael Kors
Skirt: “Borrowed” from mom
Recently, I watched a video called “Jiya” with Priyanka Chopra looking super seductive with a neutral and earthy look. Bollywood star and newest addition as a model to the Guess family, she rocks this video! I decided to recreate this look for a Friday night get together. Here’s how it turned out:
This Valentine’s day was our fourth one celebrated together. As haraam (forbidden) or halal (permissible) as it might be, I’m just a sucker for consumerism.
To be honest, I’m a big supporter of celebrating any event or giving into the Hallmark money-making scheme. I’m guilty of it. I admit. It’s a great way to spice up your mundane life. However, the purpose of it is not to shake the foundation of any religion, so that conspiracy theory is kind of rubbish.
This year, however, I was a little less of a perfectionist and more laid back. After four years of being together, you realize that as great as it is to make a big deal about Valentine’s day it kind of starts to feel constricting. There is immense amount of pressure to meet the ideal standard of being a significant other in accordance with social media. So we decided to keep it simple and exchange a few words reminding each other how much we really value and love each other. We were, however, still cliche with the card-chocolate-flowers trio.
C’mon, it’s a free pass to eating chocolate. How could anyone resist?
And you know what, it actually felt kind of nice. It felt warm and fuzzy and not fake at all.
As far as it being haraam to celebrate Valentine’s day goes, I don’t think I personally agree. It is suggested that the whole basis of Valentine’s day is corrupt, and to participate in it is only encouraging immoral behavior. But then, wouldn’t Mother’s day, Father’s day and birthdays all be placed under the same category? Are those holidays not just all about showing affection and how much you care? I think majority of the people don’t even consider the real reason behind why any of these holidays came to be in the first place. In fact, most of the time they just want a day out of the month to look forward to and be able to have an easy day at work or enjoy at home with family and friends.
In my opinion, if you look at it that way — it’s actually far more beneficial, if done in moderation, in leading a healthy life. What’s your take?
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to speak about my experiences as a hijabi reporter in front of a room filled with journalists. I spoke at the 2013 Religion Newswriters Conference about the ups and downs of wearing a scarf and how it affects my career. Telling my story liberated me in many ways that I couldn’t even explain, because someone was out there to listen and understand how real the struggle is. (Well that, and the fact that I got to be on the same panel as Shahed Amanullah and Mohamed Elibiary.)
Fortunately, with great family support, I have also been blessed to find a friend in my mentor and cheerleader, Eileen Flynn DeLao. I fell in love with journalism all over again in my last semester when I took her Journalism and Religions class. There’s just something about seeing a woman so passionate about what she does that you can’t help but admire her.
Ever since that class, not only did it change my opinion about the different religions we studied, but it made me more compassionate and open-minded. Isn’t that what the entire college experience is about? In fact, I could go as far as to say that I would be the happiest person to cover religion stories because they somehow make you have faith in humanity all over again (no pun intended).
I had the opportunity to celebrate my birthday twice this year since I was going to be in New York on the actual day.
Here a few snaps from the day I celebrated with my friends in Tejas! I’ll post pictures soon from the day I celebrated my birthday in NYC!
Pink blouse: Forever 21
Jeans: American Eagle
Watch: Michael Kors
I took a few snaps before heading out to MAC. As you can tell, we have to wear all black.
Also, how often can you find a long length dress with full sleeves and a complete slip attached for under $20? This was definitely a STEAL!
Today, I decided to experiment with nude lipstick and see if it washes me out. I think the verdict is still out on the look. Opinions are welcomed!
Scarf: Random store (or borrowed it from my aunt and never returned it)
Watch: Michael Kors
Would you believe me if I told you this top was $35? I absolutely love the combo of the two blue colors. (Also, I realize that I look angelic because of the absurd lighting around my hijab area. Please excuse it.)
What do you think of the outfit and do you think it was worth the money?
Top: Sammy K (designer)
Tights: Old Navy
Scarf: Random hijab store
Necklace: Charming Charlie’s
Watch: Michael Kors
this week’s topic is: The Struggles I’ve Faced and Overcome with Hijab.
So far, Ive had my good days as well as tearful, stressful ones, but I’ve found ways to make myself feel better, boost my self esteem, and overcome minor obstacles since I started wearing a head scarf! I’ll just talk about one of my biggest struggles this time. I hope you can relate and benefit from my advice
What on earth do I wear to the gym? Even before I started wearing hijab, this question haunted me and made me sick to my stomach. I love to exercise! I go to a lot of group classes at the gym where I have gotten to know my teachers and the regulars. I had nightmares of myself in a cardio class with my hijab flying across the room and my long sleeves dripping a puddle of sweat on the wood floor beneath me.
I already wore yoga pants to my classes so I started by wearing long sleeves to the gym (in the 100 degree summer weather I might add.) Even without a head scarf people made comments. “Aren’t you hot?” I blew it off and told them I liked to sweat. What else was I going to say? “No I’m actually quite chilly, thanks :)”???
After I felt comfortable wearing long sleeves and pants to the gym, Ramadan was around the corner and I was determined to wear hijab. I was just going to have to make it work and stop making excuses. The first time, I threw a scarf around my head, and walked inside the gym until I got to the room where the classes are held. As I was setting up my equipment I casually undraped my hijab and we began the class. I just wanted people to see it and not be shocked when I actually did start wearing it for good. I was nervous and didn’t know what to do. However I would not recommend doing that! taking off your hijab in public even if you really aren’t wearing it yet confuses people and they don’t understand what you’re doing.
Ramadan started and there was no turning back for me. Everything was going wonderful except for my struggle to find modest gym clothes. I tried wearing just an under scarf and pinning it so it covered all my hair, showing a little bit of my neck with a high cut shirt. It was so slippery that I was pulling it forward the entire class! It was beyond embarrassing! At that point I didn’t even want to go back to the gym. But that made me feel fat and even more self conscious! So I spent an entire day figuring out a hijab style I could wear to work out. I finally found one that worked! I even ran laps around my house to test it out so I didn’t embarrass myself again
This is what I do: I take a cotton hijab bonnet with the ties in the back and covers half your hair? Does anyone know what I’m talking about? If not, comment and I’ll post a picture
Then I take a cotton/viscose hijab (any other material will most likely slip) fold it in half and tie it around my hair like a bandana. I’ve found neutral colors suit me better and don’t shock people as much. (We have to be gentle with the uncultured people who live around here hehe.) Also, I’ve found really cute and fashionable long sleeve workout shirts that are super thin material and made for runners. I found some at Athleta, Target and LuluLemon. They make many that zip up high enough to cover a little of your neck, so its perfect! Alhamdulillah, Allah has made hijab easy for me
Hope that’s helped!
I also want to share an outfit of the day with you! I’m wearing lilac jeans from Ann Taylor, a chunky sweater from H&M and a bubble necklace I ordered on Ebay, my shoes are steve madden and my hijab is from Hijab House online! (my new obsession)