Zeina Alkhalaf is a Muslim American. She's lived in the United States since she was 9 years old, and has been involved in both the non-profit world as well as public health. She started a non-profit organization when she was 16 years old called Raising Smiles that brought 5 children from Iraq that were hurt in the war to the United States to receive prosthetics and treatment. After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome at the age of 23, she decided to then start a blog about health education and how to live positively through a diagnosis such as PCOS. She shares all things health related from safe products to use, health recipes as well as toxic items to stay away from. She is currently getting her Masters in Public Health at George Mason University and shares all the important information she's learning through her blog “Confessions of an Organic Mama”.
It's almost that time of year again ladies! We are happy to announce the date of our 4th Annual PFH Trunk Show on August 13, 2017 in Laguna Hills, California! We are blessed to have become the LARGEST modest fashion gala in all of California where Muslim women gather from various backgrounds to showcase their latest projects, brands, companies, and ideas over a fun day spent shopping the latest modest fashions. This is female Muslim entrepreneurship at its finest! We will have vendors from local, national, and international brands. We have plenty of great surprises in store for you this year so be sure to stay up to date on all the details as we release them!
I’ve been waiting to share an unforgettable and very meaningful collaboration I did with a fellow fashion blogger named Jessica Moore from the Missmoorestyle.com blog. A few weeks ago Jessica reached out to me bothered by the highly Islamophobic political climate which led her to realize that she did not know anyone who was Muslim. Religious, racial, and social injustices toward minority groups is something she does not tolerate so she wanted to do something about it. Not only was she looking to get to know a Muslim, she wanted to learn more about the headscarf and why Muslim women wear it. We also thought it would be a good idea to not just get to know each other but to also demonstrate how a Muslim and Christian woman would style the same item: overalls.
I was elated when I saw the announcement of Nike releasing a Pro Hijab line for Muslim athletes. This is definitely going to be a game changer not just for elite Muslim athletes but for average Muslim women wanting to be comfortable and chic at the gym, and maybe even for women of other faiths that adhere to head coverings such as Jewish women. It’s also a testament to how intersectional Muslim life is with sports, fashions, food, etc. Although we can’t neglect that there are definitely consumerist agendas behind the line, that doesn’t undercut the fact that Nike is catering to a niche market (modest fashion) within a niche market (modest sportswear) creating positive representation and inclusivity of minority groups. I don’t think I’d want that swoosh logo on my head but this is definitely a step forward in the right direction. I especially appreciate the fact that Nike included in their campaign ad the actual Muslim athletes that inspired the line (Zahra Lari, Manal Rostom, Amna Al Haddad) who were also part of the controversial ad Nike released last month called "What will they say about you?" Those are the women that need to be championed for breaking boundaries by showing that being modest does not and should not set you back in achieving your goals.
I cannot get this image out of my head. Justice is a very popular tween Fashion brand formerly known as Limited Too. They recently released a campaign ad featuring a young Muslim hijabi girl in a bright blue scarf, an image that literally brought me to tears. Growing up Limited Too was the IT brand for young girls, all my friends shopped there. To see that they've included a young Hijabi girl speaks volumes in terms of what the modest fashion revolution has done in shaping the lives of Muslim women and girls in America. How many times have you heard a Muslim woman recall their childhood and resent the fact that they never saw themselves represented in mainstream ads, movies, campaigns, fashions etc? It created identity complexes and humiliation for so many Muslim girls, especially for founder of Muslimgirl.com Amani Al Khatahtbeh.
I just had to share this outfit. I'm wearing this victorian vintage looking knit floral lace turtleneck maxi dress that sways so beautifully when you walk and is in the most beautiful color. It's in this rich magenta shade that is to-die-for; such a statement dress! I topped it with this blush duster that has side slits so you get glimpses of the rich magenta color fusing with the blush - it's a beautiful site to see. I pulled the dress out from the wrist area and pulled the duster sleeve up so that the magenta color could pop. I've been doing that lately with a lot of my looks to get that multi-color effect and been loving it.
It outwardly shows my lifelong commitment I’ve made to God. Hijab is a tool used to suppress one’s human desire to gain praise from people about your appearance and leaves you to only want to please God in that regard; it leaves you to realize that the only love you must seek is His. I have been wearing hijab since I was eleven years of age and by the grace of God, I’m still going strong. I believe the reason I still have it on is only because God has been strengthening me to keep it on when now it isn’t perceived as just a spiritual statement or commitment to God but a political one. I thoroughly believe that when you trust in God, renew your intentions solely for him in anything you do, do your part, and have faith that he will be your sustainer and strength; you have nothing to worry about. Everyone that covers or not has a journey to God and that’s why we’re here on this Earth - wearing hijab is an integral part of my journey to him.
Ok so its no surprise that Stuart Weitzman is responsible for the boot of the season with his iconic line of over-the-knee silhouette boots in rich stretch suede fabric. I particularly fell in love with the "Tieland" style that has the block heel. Now, these boots come with a hefty price tag of over $800. They're gorgeous don't get me wrong, but I did not want to spend that much on a pair of boots. I came across these similar ones by Catherine Malandrino, and ordered them just to see if they were any good. To my surprise they were PERFECT. They fit even better than the Stuart Weitzman ones. The SW boot comes in a very tight stretch suede fabric that is almost too tight because when wearing them with a pair of jeans it creates a bulge at the thigh area sometimes depending on the size of the leg.
For this post, I'm playing on those blush hues. I mean you really can never go wrong with this color. I paired a blush sweater with these wine-colored coated jeans and please, can we just talk about these for a second? They are absolutely gorgeous. They're in such a luxurious color and they add an instant edge to any outfit. I must admit that I broke my #nonewclotheschallenge for these puppies, I just had to (but I'm back on track now). They're likely one of my favorite pairs of pant and now you can enjoy them too :)
Abbake Omeira was born and raised in Southern California and currently lives in Mansfield, Texas. She wears many hats: wife, mother of three beautiful children, student (working towards becoming a Physician's Assistant), sister, daughter, friend and so much more! She loves running, reading and is obsessed with Restoration Hardware furniture (her favorite is the sectional she is sitting on in the featured picture :-)). In her own small way she tries to be an active member of her community by being involved in her children’s schools, volunteering locally and lending a helping hand when needed. She believes that our purpose on this earth is to do what we can to make this world a better place to live in, and she tries to live every day with that purpose in mind! Here's what she had to say about Hijab:
Love is in the air, and God knows I've fallen in love with this fun and funky sweater. This one has got to be my favorite - that all around fringe detailing though! I've had a lot of luck with this brand English Factory - they have really unique pieces. You definitely have to be careful with this type of sweater though because it can be very unflattering sometimes if not paired with the proper pants. I usually don't like sweaters that are mid-length because they make me appear heavier than I really am, but the trick is to make sure you wear the most flattering pants for your figure. For this look, I particularly like a pant-like straight leg cut. Can we talk about these one-of-a-kind tuxedo point flats though? I love the two-tone edgy feel to them. You can wear it with sheer black stockings too for more coverage.
Sooooo the story of this top is similar to my post about Grey Hues Galore post: It was another random, but very lucky buy from the Zara sale back in December and it happens to be literally one of my favorite shirts that I will probably ever own. It comes in the color that I've been loving as you guys already know, the infamous light grey. This elegant top is made out of knit and has this gorgeous eyelash lace detailing that gives me extra coverage around the hip and bum area. It's flawless.
Wearing hijab is a sign of strength and freedom to live and express myself in my own way while still holding onto my beliefs and values. Not one time, have I felt that my hijab is holding me back from something I would like to pursue. Freedom is all in the heart and mind and not on the body. We are not tied down by hijab, but by people's conception of how a hijabi should look and act like. I have travelled to many parts of the world and I have always been amazed by how beauty can be so diverse taking every shape and form. And muslim girls are no different. Every hijabi has a message to tell the world that she sends through the way she wears it. So let every girl write her message with her own unique brush!
You all are in for a treat! Have you been wanting to start your own blog and don't know where to start? I partnered up with my dear friend and blogger Ascia Frotan from IAMASCIA to provide you with some tips on how to make it happen. We answered all your questions about our backgrounds, to how we met, our different journeys, and where we are at now. Watch Part 1 on Youtube and the hilarious trailer that shows the struggles of filming these videos with two little kiddos around haha. Be sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and COMMENT; let us know what you think and if you have any other questions for us we'd be glad to answer!
Happy World Hijab Day! if you're not familiar with this concept, it was created back in 2013 as a way of inviting non-Muslims and Muslims to experience life in Hijab. It's intended to encourage and support women who choose to wear hijab. For me, hijab is a daily reminder of who I aspire to be. It keeps me in moral and mental check. It's a visible declaration of my devotion and love for God. Above all, it empowers me to rise above my nafs (self), and allows for what really matters to shine through.
What inspires me to keep wearing my hijab is the possibility of changing people's perspective one what a hijabi women is "supposed to be." I hope that when people meet me and talk to me they will be able to look past the hijab and see that I am just a typical American like them.
I’m so excited to share this next outfit with you, but I say that a lot, don’t I? That’s just a testament to how much I always have you all in mind! With this outfit I had a lot of luck with holiday sales. When I was in Virginia, I was lucky enough to put my hands on this Zara top I’m wearing. It is seriously to die for and such a great buy. You know when you’re not looking for anything in particular, but then all of a sudden your eyes happen to fall on the perfect statement piece that ends up being one of the nicest and coolest tops you've ever owned? Ya, that's what happened here. I love the two-tone grey on white. It makes it appear as though I’m wearing two different layers, but it’s really just one top, AND I love love LOVE the cowl neck. You can’t tell, but there’s a zipper detailing on the side that allows me to adjust it making it tighter or wider. It’s spectacular.
Ive been dying to share this outfit with you all. Im trying out a new style that I haven't warn before and now im hooked. I was inspired by a lot of the crop tops I saw being warn over long sleeve tops not just by hijabi bloggers but non-Muslim mainstream bloggers as well. What made me do it was seeing this gorgeous over-the-shoulder lace scalloped top and not wanting to wait to wear it only for girl parties (if you're wandering, I purchased it months ago - in keeping with the #nonewclothes challenge ;0)
Excited to share this Butternut Squash, Zucchini, and Spinach Lasagna! After a few attempts experimenting with this combination, I’ve finally come up with a recipe that fits the bill! What a combo right? I bought squash and zucchini and wanted to make separate dishes out of them until it dawned on me that they would go perfectly together. I’m sure you’re going to love it, and the video of it makes it so easy to visualize how it all comes together.
To me, hijab means a sense of belonging, an identity. I hear many talk about it like it's something dangerous to wear now because it's too much of an obvious notation of my Muslim identity but that's exactly why I love it. Having worn it for over 20 years now, it's become a part of me. It's a connection to my faith, a feminist expression of my freedom of choice.
I have been waiting to wear these leather (pleather really) jeggings since I first laid my eyes on them. I absolutely adore them and I gotta say my favorite thing about them is that they are two-toned. They have a stretch fabric on the back and leather fabric on the front. I mean that’s the epitome of perfection, right? I’ve been trying to find a pair that are not too form-fitting and that are also flattering, since leather fabric can sometimes make legs appear larger than what they actually are. So believe me when I say I was beyooond overjoyed when I found these gems.
ok you already know by now that I dream in PFH dresses so when I tell you I’m in LOVE with a dress then you know that I mean it. This stunning multi-printed-colored dress is a win on every level. First off, it’s not every day that you find a gorgeous fall/winter printed long sleeve maxi dress. I feel like it’s always more easy to find Spring/summer printed maxis. This print is a beautiful mix of white and burnt orange stripes with rattle snake strides – stunning combo! Secondly, the I love fit. It has a tie waist that’s detachable. I’m wearing a size small but wished I got a size medium so that I could have a little more room in case I gain wait. Thirdly, that fabric is rich and beautiful. Lastly, ITS ON SALE!! This puppy is only $89.99!! Get yours before it’s gone! Trust me, it will be one of your favorite pieces. I added a fur collar as a shoulder accessory to make it even more of a statement piece.
The positive encounters and experiences I have had while wearing the hijab are what truly inspire me to continue wearing it with confidence. I truly believe that if it wasn't for my hijab I would not have had the same success all throughout college and my professional career. In the past, so many of my co-workers, supervisors, and students have come up to me and told me they think that I am a beautiful person inside and out or that they love my hijab. I have a deep appreciation for my hijab because it makes me feel unique and that I am one of a kind person, especially at work.
On that note, I am officially starting a new series on the blog called #NoNewClothes where I am challenging myself to not buy any new clothes or shoes through to the Spring. I think it's safe to say that I have way more clothes and shoes than I need and they just don't get warn enough, so I want to use this opportunity to maximize everything that I already own. So every outfit post you will see going forward are of items I already own prior to today's date; some pieces I've had but I've never warn so they may look new. Do you think I'll make it till the Spring? I hope so! I'll be sharing lots of tips on how I'm able to re-wear and re-work a lot of my stuff. Join me in this challenge buy tagging your pics with #getPFH and #nonewclothes. We can share tips together! It's a great way to maximize your closet, save money, and overcome the need to always have the latest and greatest.
|| r e f l e c t i o n s || Just got back from my trip to D.C. and wanted to share with you a brief encounter I had on my flight ✈️ Two hours into the flight an older man sitting on the seat to my left abruptly asked me, "why do you wear that thing on your head?" I could tell he didn't know how to approach the topic but was genuinely curious so his question didn’t bother me. My response was “I’m a Muslim and this is a headscarf that I wear just like the mother of Jesus did as a form of modesty that keeps my morality in check." His response was “that’s wonderful.”
Somayyah Ghariani is an Arab American of Egyptian and Libyan descent. She has a background in Psychology & Communications and is committed to making a difference through social justice and international development. Here's what she had to say about hijab:
I'm so happy we're finally experiencing the Fall season here in California and to start it off, I'm wearing a cape that I am absolutely in LOVE with. I adore the split sides and those buttons that trail down my arms are a major plus. I'm playing off my favorite color of the year that I have been incorporating in many of my outfits as you may have already seen. Those light grey and blue hues have me in awe. mmmhmm.
I have to tell you all about a to-die-for kaftan! This white kaftan with gold and crystal embroidery at the neck and shoulders is guaranteed to be a show-stopper. It’s by a brand called COVEREDBLISS. It has the flow of a queen and falls so nicely on the body. Best of all it is NOT sheer and has full lining so you don’t have to worry about any improper exposure. It also has a tie at the waist to adjust the fitting according to your comfort. It’s a one size fits all.
Wearing Hijab was a gradual process for me. Like running, I started slowly by first running 5k’s, 10k’s,half marathons, finally FULL marathons…I built myself up to marathon potential or “full time hijabi” status as I like to call it, gradually. My father approached the whole “wear your hijab process" slowly by first informing me to wear it to school, then to the masjid,after that weekend islamic school, then eventually I just kept it on! In hindsight, this was a genius approach as I was a very fashion forward (not so much now after 3 kids Lol) and such a girly girly. I became slowly acclimated to it!
Ready for my favorite poncho of the season? This gem is so elegant and an absolute must-have item! It's in my favorite color of the year too (grey/light blue). It has a detachable faux fur collar, which makes this piece so versatile. If you’re looking for a more subdued look then you can remove the collar or you can opt to leave it for a dressier ensemble. The best part about being able to remove the collar is that you have the option of adding it to other items in your wardrobe that need that final UMPH.