December 12, 2010

sorry for the delay >_< here we go ~


You Asked:

"Hi Em I am very curious about you guys in Islamic to have fashion! Does it not restrict your religion?"

Islam doesn't prevent one from being fashionable. It only requires one to dress modestly through the implementation of a certain dress code.  One can be modest and fashionable at the same time as long as it does not go against the dress code :]


"Great outfits indeed! What I find really interesting is that I often see a combination of clothes meant to be sexy (open-toe high heels, short-ish dresses/tunics, skinny jeans) with clothes meant to be modest (hijab, long-sleeved shirt, floor-length skirt). I'm all for it (I'm not a total modesty advocate), but how does that work together for keeping with the modest mindset?  Just curious..." Some really wonderful points were brought up in this comment which I hope to address more fully in a later post.  But to answer this question, I came across a lovely hijabi fashionista who said "what someone may use to reveal...you can use to cover".  For many Muslimahs, as well as for anyone who wishes to dress modestly,  it tends be rather difficult to find clothes that are meant to be modest but still fashionable as many of the more fashionable items that are readily available do not meet the dress code 100%.  We don't want to sacrifice modesty for fashion so we make it work, mostly through the use of layering which allows us to be fully covered and stylish.  I really believe it's all about perspective and intention.  For example, one may see a no-sleeved, knee length dress as sexy and revealing but I see it as a wonderful and versatile addition to my wardrobe b/c when paired with the right items (long-sleeve cardi, hijab, and jeans) this dress can easily be used as a longer length top (which many have difficulties finding as many tops don't come in this length >_< ) that covers everything that needs to be covered and can be used throughout the year.  In this way, I believe I'm keeping with the modest mindset. Please keep in mind though, that this is simply the opinion of one Muslimah (me) and does not represent the opinions of all Muslimahs as they may disagree or see it in a different light and that's totally fine by me!  hmm I think I went a little off topic in the response, but I hope my point has come across.


"Thanks 4 this... I am wondering, why are the open toe shoes ok?"  
The use of open toe shoes and sandals is a somewhat grey area.  Some say that feet are not considered to be an intimate part of the body and therefore are not required to be covered, while others believe the opposite.  It's really up to each individual and their beliefs on this matter. 

"Also, I wanted to know how you decided which bloggers were going to be participants. Did you choose them? Did they contact you?" 

Many of the participants here were bloggers that I've been following pre-HFW.  Since my blog was rather small at the time I was putting this event together I didn't think putting up a flyer on my own blog to look for participants would been enough.  So I ended up contacting quite a few of these ladies personally.  However, when the flyer was posted and HFW was made public I got many more requests to participate and then participants were chosen on a "first come, first serve" basis until spaces were filled up.


"Will this be an annual thing? or seasonally?"  
HFW will be held twice a year in May and Nov.  This way, we cover all seasons!


"there are some classifications of the participants I don't agree with"
That's totally fine :] please keep in mind though that they aren't really classifications, simply my opinions on what I feel these ladies do best and many of them are really awesome at more than one thing!


"i'm not to sure what the purpose of this event is"
The main purpose of HFW is to provide inspiration on hijab friendly fashionable attire for any occasion.  Also to strengthen the Muslimah community on the blogosphere :]


For the next HFW, I've taken all your comments into consideration and you can definitely expect some major changes!  Inshallah it will be bigger, better, and funner!  Expect more details on this as we get closer to the next HFW though :]


Also, I do read each and every one of your lovely comments.  I especially love it when you ladies share your experiences with me like Yoshi, and Meredith have done.  Thanks for that <3!


@ Fatima from the NE, I think there areee a ton of us who live in the northeast out there, it's just a matter of bringing them out of hiding *stares @ them* perhaps friendly stare might do the trick o.o"

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November 22, 2010

HAYYY READERS :]

I've got a few questions for you regarding Hijabi Fashion Week.  As this was the first evarrrr HFW, I'm sure there are tons of things that need to be improved upon.  To make the next one even more successful, your input is crucial!  Plus, I'd just LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE to hear your thoughts on it.

So, answer these question ok?  please.

[Photo Credit]

Please spare 5 minutes to answer the 5 questions below.  Be honest, all opinions are welcome.  Answer in the comments below or send me an email (modestytheory@gmail.com), whatever you like!
  1. What was your overall reaction to HFW?
  2. What are your thoughts on how HFW was presented (layout / all pics on one blog)?
  3. About how many HFW participants did you subscribe to / follow by the end of the HFW?
  4. About how many participants' blogs did you feel the need to visit daily after viewing their looks on Modesty Theory?
  5. Is there anything that you absolutely did not like or agree with about HFW? (categories, linking, anything applies here) Is there anything that you absolutely loved about HFW?  
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR THE INPUT!

oh and helloooo new subscribers <3 thanks for subscribing! I hope to get to know you all in the coming months! Let's get the ball rolling, why not say hello down below?
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November 20, 2010

it's true, the fun does not stop here!  I've learned so much from these ladies during the course of HFW and I intend to keep up with them for year round inspiration :]  You can as well by following them on their social media pages (if they have any) down below or by subscribing to their blogs / adding them to your Google Reader!

And here are some things I've learned about each about them *0*

3f's, Daily Fashion Muslimah, Tea Love Coffee, The Fashion Project, and Vintage Muslimah all have an easy going low maintenance sense of style that I love.


All You Need is Luff is great at mixing prints, seriously.  


Coco's Pearls, Haute Muslimah, Hijab Style Guide, and Zinah all have a rather sophisticated style that I think would look great on anybody.
Haute Muslimah - Facebook   Twitter
Zinah - Bloglovin   Facebook   Twitter


Fashion by Fatima and Fiminin Islamic Fashion have achieved the impossibly cool and effortless vibe in their style of clothing that I wish I had.
Fiminin - Facebook   Twitter


Bows and a Rose, E.S.A., Geek Love Rainbow, Farah Liyana, and Maria Elena is Greek Helen sure do provide for great color inspiration, I love the color combos they've used this week!
Farah Liyana - Formspring   Twitter


Fatin Liyana, Style and Scarves, and Sweet Escape wear their hijabs/scarves in fun and unique ways that I plan to try...someday.... 
Sweet Escape - Twitter


Hijab Revival, Salt and Sugar, and Stylish Hijab World create great silhouettes with their clothing.
Stylish Hijab World - Facebook


Hijabi provides for great inspiration on abaya style and how dress it up & down!


Under Urooba's Umbrella knows how to add sparkle and how to bling up any outfit for any occasion. 



Hentak Belipat and Mademoiselle M are rather contemporary in their stylings and it's awesome. 
Hentak Belipat - She sells shawls!   Twitter


My Amythest and Jezmine Blossom have amazing shoes that go perfectly with each of their looks.



Thank you all for joining us in the first ever (but not the last) Hijabi Fashion Week!  It's been a ton of fun and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.  I feel like we've all definitely bonded over this <3 
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We were so busy looking fabulous this week, we didn't find time to run our errands.  Day 7 of HFW is all about what to wear when you're out and about doing things you have to, but don't really want to (like grocery shopping)!

HFW Day 7
The Cup of Life
Running Errands


3f's

All You Need is Luff

 Bows and a Rose

Coco's Pearls

Daily Fashion Muslimah

E.S.A.

Farah Liyana
Fatin Liyana

Fiminin Islamic Fashion

Geek in the Rainbow

Haute Muslimah

Hentak Belipat

Hijab Revival


Hijab Style Guide

Hijabi
 
Jezmine Blossom

Mademoiselle M

Maria Elena is Greek Helen

Modesty Theory

My Amethyst

Salt & Sugar

Style and Scarves

Stylish Hijab World

Sweet Escape

Tea Love Coffee

The Fashion Project

Under Urooba's Umbrella

Vintage Muslimah

Zinah

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