September 28, 2011

Wafa is pretty much always on Twitter or Facebook, hence the name (clever, right?). On this particular occasion, she fell across interesting advice from scarf-styling gurus, sixteenR:
The issue of hair care is easily overlooked, even among women who wear hijab. To avoid spending time on maintaining hair, some people will say they are too busy, too lazy, or every other reason possible. The truth is, if we're given the ability to take care of ourselves, then it becomes a responsibility to keep our hair clean, strong, and healthy, even if we do not show our hair in public. Not only is this important for our overall health and cleanliness, but regularly maintaining a clean and fresh appearance, even if we're not in public, can help increase self-confidence and decrease likelihood of depression :)

Many of you ladies know that cleanliness from head-to-toe is also a sunnah of The Prophet(sws), and something that we should follow. The Prophet(sws) stated that cleanliness is part of our Iman (faith) and that our body has a right over us. Not only does this mean that our bodies need rest and relaxation in moderation, but it is clear that we also owe ourselves the right to be healthy and well-maintained, from head-to-toe.

So after seeing sixteenR's tweet, we started to wonder how many of you wear your hair in a bun or braid and what advice you would share about keeping your hair well in each style. Check out our Facebook poll to see which style is preferred. Wafa was surprised with the results, but I'm not because it's the same way I usually keep my hair all under my hijab.

We also received some lovely tips on how best to minimize hair breakage and split ends, and to keep everything neat and tidy. Check out a few of our favorites:

I also found a great video w/advice specifically for taking care of your hair while wearing hijab:

This video has some good advice for anyone on keeping hair healthy:

Below are some of the tips from the videos above that I felt were especially important. Check them out and if you've got more, add it in the comments below!
  • Trim your hair every 2 - 3 months
  • Deep condition every 2 weeks
  • Drink lots of water!
  • Be wary of the material of your scarf
  • Wear an under cap to prevent friction

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September 24, 2011

Assalaamu Alaykum Loves!

In case you haven't been keeping up with hijabi fashion news, many up and coming designers and brands have been revealing their fall lines lately. These include Haute Hijab, SixteenR, and inshaAllah Simply Zeena this Sunday!

We were given a sneak preview of Haute Hijab's Fall line and wanted to share with all our sisters at LoveHFW, when a great idea hit us. Why don't we let you in on the conversations we have when devouring these scrumptious looks?! You know Wafa and I are sisters, so naturally, we're going to talk lol--and since YOU are our sisters as well, we would LOVE for you to join in too!

Consider this our walk-through of your favorite brands' fashion lines, hosted by your's truly: Em and Wafa :)

So without further ado, we invite you to "Walk the Line" with us, and inshaAllah let us know if you agree, disagree, or have anything else to say by joining our conversation in the comments below! Enjoy:

Haute Hijab is a clothing line that provides modest yet fashionable clothing catered toward Muslim women. Our philosophy lies in the Quranic tradition of wearing the head cover (hijab) and dressing modestly in order to be recognized as women of faith and to uphold modesty. While we do not promote ostentation we do believe in an individual’s personal expression of faith and modesty through dress. We aim to ease the process of finding modest clothing by providing a site where every piece of clothing sold is hijab-friendly. We hope you will join us in our effort to embrace the beauty in modesty. 
via Haute Hijab's Facebook Page

Jade Tulip Skirt

Em: So I saw this and I immediately thought The Little Mermaid!

Wafa: Oh, I see it now! Ya, it's like a modern version of a Disney princess classic. I'd love to see this paired with a leather biker jacket. I love that powerful-feminine look.

Em: You mean you like the contrast of that silky flowyness against a structured jacket.

Wafa: Ya, but I'm also referring to the idea of something delicate and special paired with something more rough and "everyday".

Grand Ball Floral Skirt

Wafa: Grand Ball Floral Skirt, i love this! it's like that lady from, um...oh, The Sound of Music! as if it the ballroom was on that hill.

Em: What, you don't make sense at all. It's more like Beauty and the Beast with the yellow tones and the florals. Reminds me of that scene when Belle is dancing with the Beast and she's wearing that gold ballroom dress.

Wafa: I... don't see that at all. This is totally from the sound of music. I t's like this is exactly the skirt I would wear if I was singing and twirling on a hill.

Em: Lol, well its twirlability also gives it a Princess feel...that's all I'm saying.

Working Girl Skirt

Em: The working girl skirt is for when you want something a bit subdued, but it would be cool to pair with bright colors because it's so neutral it would go with anything!

Wafa: Actually, I think soft, romantic colors would work best. Bright colors would make it look washed out. I'm thinking peaches and light pinks.

Em: Pastels?

Wafa: Yes!

Em: So last year.

Wafa: :'(

Polished Peplum Skirt

Wafa: What's peplum? Is that the material?

Em: No, it's actually the shillouhette, the way it flares out at the top. You'd have to pair it with something toned down to balance out the drama of the skirt.

Wafa: So none of my crazy prints and bright colors, hah.

Em: Ehh.... no.

Demure Pleated Essential Top

Wafa: I like it. I honestly believe a sleeveless button down is perfect for any working girl. If it's long enough, it's the easiest way to add a little modesty to your work wear.

Em: I agree. The pleating is the perfect touch to take a plain white shirt to the next level.

Retro Lady Shirtdress

Wafa: Haute Hijab is definately going to make a name for itself as the go-to for dramatic statement pieces.

Em: That bright cobalt blue definately stands out on this silhouette.

Wafa: Well yeah bold colors, but also because of the fuller shapes and dramatic pleats.

Refined Oxford Blouse

Em: The detailing at the collar, how unexpected! You know, subtle drama often leads to a more sophisticated look. Even if you wear this shirt with a simple pair of pants or a plain skirt, you'll still be able to make an impact the moment you walk into a room...without being too "loud".

WafaDrama. I called it, didn't I? It's wonderful to be able to identify a brand instantly by their clothes. That's what's called a fresh perspective in fashion, especially these days when everything's been seen before.

Regal High Collar Leotard

Wafa: Whoa! The previous blouse has nothing on this one!

Em: You think it's more dramatic than the peplum skirt?

Wafa: It's definately unique while the peplum skirt is more of a familiar shape. So I think that itself makes it more dramatic.

Em: Honestly, I like this collar, and the idea of a leotard shirt.

Wafa: Actually, the leotard feature can totally work for me because most skirts are short by a few inches on me and with this I could wear them lower without putting coverage at risk...

Em: Like a dropped-waist? I love that trend.

Wafa: No, not really. I just can't ever find long enough skirts.

Thanks for joining our conversation! Tell us what came to your mind when you saw these looks or heard what Wafa and I were thinking. Leave a comment below, send us your thoughts on Twitter, or give us a shout out on Facebook :)

Take Care!
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September 21, 2011

Alright then! Asalaamu Alaykum ya Ukhtee :D

I guess we'll get down to the official introductions here. I'm Wafa, Em's younger sister--and now, official member of the Team. I'm a recent college grad gearing up for real-world, "adult" status by viciously job-hunting, drinking coffee for breakfast, and reading newspapers! Okay, we'll that's not entirely true...I personally prefer chai and newsfeeds, but same difference (ha!).

I'm here to contribute another perspective, make a name for myself, and most importantly: help take LoveHFW to the oh-so-many places it can go! Trust me on this one, I'm kinda-sorta-almost an expert ;D (well, inshaAllah). Em and I definitely complement each other's thinking, but that's of course after we...ahem, iron out the wrinkles. What this means for you is that LoveHFW will be experiencing a few apparent and not-so-apparent changes as a part of not only Hijabi Fashion Week, but the website as a whole. We hope you'll like them!

Check out my previous post for an idea of some of the other changes!

Now that you know a little more about me, say hi! Leave a comment below, give me a shout out on Twitter (@LoveHFW or @Vvafa), or..oooh, how 'bout leaving me a video message on Facebook? That would be super-sweet! (Don't worry, I'll definitely reply back!)

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September 20, 2011

We're Back!

After a short hiatus, we're finally returning to a regular posting schedule so that you'll have more looks, more events, more fashion, fun, and friendship here at Here's the rundown of what's changed:

1. We've got a new look! We wanted to be more about you and the fashions and topics that you're interested in, so we worked hard to find and customize a layout that was more content-focused and easier to browse. How do you like it?

2. Rather than clicking through all the posts in the Archives below, you can now easily find our most popular posts and events above, by clicking on "The Vault". It's right next to the search bar.

3. is now not only the official headquarter of Hijabi Fashion Week, but also host to more engaging posts and news that reflect the ideas that HFW has always stood for: Modesty, Diversity, and Sisterhood. To learn more about how Hijabi Fashion Week was started and how it's evolved since, make sure to read our upcoming posts for this week!

4. One more thing we thought you'd like to know: the team is now Em and her sister, Wafa (that's me!). I'll tell you more about me tomorrow, but first we'd like to thank Asma of the fabulous Haute Muslimah blog for helping out during the May 2011 HFW. If you'd like to keep up with Asma (we'd recommend it!) make sure to add her blog to your bookmarks/favorites!

That's all for now. 4 changes that we hope you'll like! Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for a first taste of all the changes in action!

And don't forget to leave a comment below and tell us what you think, what you're expecting, or if you have any other changes you'd like to see!
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