November 30, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum!

An easy-to-wear maxi dress is a great wardrobe staple and a must-pack for vacations, at least we think so! What's cool about mE Moda's long-sleeve maxi dresses, besides the soft material they're made of (98% cotton!), is that they're available in Tall and Short sizes! Score!

You can find more about the people behind mE Moda in our mE Moda Sponsor Spotlight. Visit the Maxi Dress album on their Facebook page for more photos of our giveaway dress, available in Blue or Black! While you're there, make sure to "Like" the page because that's one of the few easy steps to entering today's maxi dress giveaway!


How to enter mE Moda's HFW - Nov 2011 Giveaway:
1. Register with LoveHFW.com (if you have not, already)
2. Like LoveHFW on Facebook
3. Like mE Moda on Facebook
4. Leave a comment for this post telling us:

            a. Where/How you would wear this dress?
            b. What other design from mE Moda do you like?

All steps are required to enter :)
Tuesday, December 6th, will be the last day to enter the mE Moda Giveaway!
Winners will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 7, inshaAllah...make sure your contact information is correct when you register!

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The giveaway winner for this awesome dress has been selected!
LoveHFW.com uses Random.org's True Random Number Generator to randomly select a comment from those below. We do not count any of our own comments, sponsor's comments, or repeated comments.
[LoveHFW.com could not reach the original winner, so we picked a new winner]

So, without further ado, the (new) winner of the mE Moda HFW Giveaway is
:::drumroll:::
 
Comment #3, Fatima Ibrahim! What are her thoughts on the dress?


Congratulations Fatima Ibrahim! You've now won the mE Moda Maxi Dress, in your choice of Blue or Black!
We'd love to see your sophisticated style tackle this great wardrobe basic!

Thanks to everyone, for participating! We still have a few giveaways left throughout our Hijabi Fashion Week "Week of Winners", so check back to see who's won! It could be you!
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Asalaamu Alaykum, Loves!

Yes, yes, it's the middle of the week and whether your a mother, professional, student, or something in-between, chances are: you're ready for a break! Take Hijabi Fashion Week's Day 4 as your ticket to anywhere in the world for a vacation or ideal destination that you'd love to be in, right now! In this HFW theme, share with us where you would like to go and what the perfect hijabi outfit would be for your favorite destination!

From Tokyo High-Rises to Bamboo Forests...
...from city streets to nature trails, the HFW crew knows the importance of being comfortable and stylish, while on vacation. That's why our HFW Model is wearing a mE Moda Jersey Maxi dress that drapes like a dream! We give our versatile black dress glam-appeal with a pale gold hijab and metallic-detailed shawl. Our model maintains her city-chic with blinged-out jewelry and slick shades, but keeps it comfy with ruched, flat boots. You've got a chance to make this essential long sleeve dress (also in Blue) yours, by entering today's mE Moda Giveaway!







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November 29, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum!

First giveaway of the season, and we're starting with Chicago-based company, Veil Vision. You'll find out more about the vision behind  Veil Vision in our Sponsor Spotlight from last week. We've also hooked up a couple of bloggers as reviewers for scarves from Veil Vision. You can find their opinions and scarf styling of these vintage scarves at All You Need Is Luff and Hijaab Couture.

Now, let's cut to the chase! Up for grabs on this beautiful Day 3 of Hijabi Fashion Week is an indispensable Gold Chain Vintage Scarf and a chic Herringbone & Paisley Print (Blue & Green) Scarf! Check them out below and read on for info on what you need to do for chance to get these vintage scarves in your closet, stat!

We've featured the Herringbone & Paisley Print on our Model for today's theme: Break the Rules -- make sure you check out how we step up a basic outfit with a touch of vintage print!

Gold Chain Scarf

Herringbone & Paisley Print
 To enter in Veil Vision's HFW - Nov 2011 Giveaway, simply:
1. Register with LoveHFW.com (if you have not, already)
2. Like LoveHFW on Facebook
3. Like Veil Vision on Facebook
4. Leave a comment for this post describing how these scarves can step up an outfit from your wardrobe :)

All steps are required to enter :) 
Monday, December 5th, will be the last day to enter the Veil Vision Giveaway!
Winners will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 6, inshaAllah...make sure your contact information is correct when you register!
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Time's up! The winners for this giveaway have been selected!
LoveHFW.com wants to give everyone a fair chance. We use Random.org's True Random Number Generator to randomly select a comment from those below. We do not count any of our own comments.
[Please note, LoveHFW.com has randomly selected a new winner for the Gold Chain Scarf. The changes are reflected in this post]

Our first winner is commenter #7, the lovely Hareem, who wrote:

Congratulations, Hareem! You've won the Veil Vision Gold Chain scarf! 
What winter-style will you try out for this chic scarf?

Our next winner is commenter #17, Ms. Atia M. She wrote:
Congratulations Atia! You've won the Veil Vision Herringbone & Paisley Scarf!
We hope you show us how you rock that awesome Turkish style with this vintage scarf!

Thank you ALL, for participating! Visit us during the rest of the week to see who wins the rest of our Hijabi Fashion Week Giveaways!
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Asalaamu Alaykum All!

Never wear socks with sandals.
Cultural clothes are for cultural functions.
Fanny-packs are never coming back. That's what the style gurus tell us, but when it really comes down to it, only you can be the expert of your own style! For HFW's Day 3 theme, we're celebrating individuality and the challenge of breaking away from what's expected!

What fashion rules do you currently follow or set for yourself? How would you break these rules to create a whole different look, while still maintaining modesty? What styles are new to you? There's no better time than now to try something outside of your comfort zone! :)

Bringing Chic Back To The Fanny-Pack
Model's look for Day 3 adds a twist to the classic black and white by pairing baggy black harem pants with strappy stilletos and a button down under a cropped cardigan. We kick it up another notch by re-fashioning a patterned vintage scarf from Veil Vision into a chic fanny-pack. Oh yes, we're bringing it back, and you can too, thanks to today's giveaway! :)

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November 28, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum, Ladies!

Today's Hijabi Fashion Week theme is about girls who know how to have fun! :) Sure, free time is rare these days, but when you do find it, how do you spend it? Whether you prefer to use your free time to unwind with something relaxing or get re-energized with something challenging, share with us a look that shows how you stay modest and stylish in every way! :)

A Taste for Food and Fashion!
Our Lovely HFW Model enjoys spending her free time trying out food from different cultures.
While enjoying Japanese sushi in this suave setting, she's wearing a colorful crinkle hijab, 
an olive corduroy jacket over a bold purple cardigan, and wide leg jeans. She rounds out the outfit with simple accessories and nude heels.


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November 26, 2011


Salaams, Hello, and Welcome to Hijabi Fashion Week (HFW)!

As part of our third season of Hijabi Fashion Week, we'll have more fashion, fun, and giveaways to look forward to! Plus, we'll be joined by this season's featured guest, Amena of the Amenakin Youtube Channel

Join us for the next seven days, to show others (and see for yourself) the many different ways that Hijab and fashion combine! Throughout HFW, you're guaranteed to find inspiration, unique and diverse styles, and most importantly: the beautiful solidarity of sisterhood across the world!

On Day 3, we'll kick it up a notch by kicking-off HFW giveaways from our amazing sponsors:
SixteenR      Zeena     IslamicGems     mE Moda     Veil Vision

Below is our Link Widget, where participants will share links to their individual looks for each day (make sure to link to each day's post and not to your whole website). Browse through them to find other sisters online who love expressing their style through hijab! You'll also find wonderful inspiration from our sisters who tag Love HFW on Facebook for each theme day! 

So what are you waiting for? Make new friends, discover new (and old) blogs, and above all, get inspired!

Teachers Take Charge and Guide Leaders of the Future
Our HFW - Nov 2011 Model is wearing a cobalt blue hijab, 
a grey shirt over a white button-down, and a gracefully pleated skirt with black shooties


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Asalaamu Alaykum Sisters!

It has been an interesting week of learning more about each sponsor, their individual stories, and what drives them. The insightful details, exclusive to HFW, aren't over just yet, though! A new fashion label by Marwa Eid is making its way to the hearts and closets of professional hijabis of all ages. This up-and-coming modest-oriented designer is certainly one to watch out for, so, without further ado, we present our final Sponsor Spotlight for mE Moda. Read below to find out what you've been missing thus far!

Who's behind mE Moda? 
mE Moda was founded by Marwa Eid. Marwa was influenced by her mother’s sewing when she was a young girl as well as her grandmother in Lebanon who was a seamstress and a very sophisticated and fashionable woman. Although Marwa loves designing wedding and special occasion dresses, she really wanted to dedicate her work to helping the community. She wanted to ease the difficulties that young modest women have had to face in finding clothes that suit their fashion sense and lifestyle. 
mE garments are not just about fashion but they are also very much about functionality, comfort, and quality. Being a wife, mother of two, a professional, and an active community member, Marwa knows firsthand how important it is for a garment to meet your needs and suite your lifestyle—as well as be fashionable. Sisters Mona, Heba, Feda, and Neda help Marwa decide which designs, colors, and fabrics work best to for their line. These five sisters, each with their own unique personalities and unique fashion senses come together to create the perfect balance. Mona is the eldest sister who wears mainly jilbabs (long dress garments) and full coverage hijab. Next is Marwa whose style is a mix of the classic and modern fashions with a fun flair. Then comes Heba--the hijabified raver that loves neon and rainbow. Feda is the flower child, free spirit girl and last but not least is the very sophisticated lawyer-to-be, Neda. All these combined, bring you the concepts and looks behind mE Moda.

According to your website, you've wanted to design clothes since you were a little girl. How does it feel to achieve this dream? What advice do you have for other women, especially Muslimas, who're also working to become fashion designers? 



Working in costume design was really a dream for me and a wonderful experience that gave me the confidence and drive to go back to school (after already receiving a B.S. in Computer Science in 2003) to study at Massachusetts College of Art and Design to learn the professional techniques of fashion design. I loved working on projects and participating in fashion shows but I really had an urge to do something to help the community as well. In the last year of school, I had a chance to speak to several teaches about an idea I had and was encouraged to go forward with mE Moda. Every step in establishing mE Moda was a great burst of excitement but with every step I also found that things are never as easy as they seem. Although the achievement thus far is indeed a dream come true, I still have a lot more ideas and designs I’m planning to put out in the future—an array of garments from professional suits to swim wear to special occasion clothes. 

What was the inspiration behind mE Moda's current offerings? 
The latest design released at mE Moda is the Maxi Dress with Sleeves. Living in Grenada (in the Caribbean for 9 months) and not being able to wear layers at all first inspired me to think of designing a maxi dress with sleeves. Later moving to Brooklyn, NY and seeing so many young Muslim girls wearing long black abayas while walking to school inspired me to create a dress that could be considered a modern twist to the jilbab. Having sleeves, a cute look, and comfort (98% cotton) are the best features of this dress. Additionally, the fullness of the skirt section is designed to prevent the natural clinginess that often occurs with cotton/jersey maxi dresses and the fullness of the sleeves provides for almost any width upper arm. In Tall and Short (average) sizes to accommodate more women and the simplicity of the dress allows for each individual woman to accessorize the look and express her own personality in them. It’s really an all year round dress. The possibilities of how to wear this dress are endless and range from a career wear look to special occasion, depending on how you accessorize it.

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November 24, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum, Lovely Ladies!

Today's Sponsor Spotlight will be featuring another returning sponsor who has been consistently supportive of Hijabi Fashion Week and its celebration sisterhood, diversity, and modesty. SixteenR is a hip and happening fashion label for scarves with unique designs you won't find anywhere else. Our number one reason for crushing on  SixteenR's products is because of their visible talent for mixing colors, concepts, and materials into exquisite pieces that really do bring home the empowerment of being a hijabi. You can see our reflections on their latest line in our "Walk the Line" post. 






Below is a video and transcript for a brief, yet insightful Q&A with SixteenR founder, Nancy Hoque, where we asked a few to get our readers better acquainted with this hijab-friendly scarf/shawl label :) View it and tells us what you think!


Transcript
Asalaamu Alaykum, I'm Nancy Hoque and I created SixteenR.com. "Love Hijabi Fashion Week", also known as LoveHFW.com, sent me a few questions to answer on behalf of SixteenR, so here they are.

The first question is, why do we believe the scarf is a tool of empowerment? Well, one is we believe that when you wear a scarf as a headscarf, it takes a lot of courage to wear it as a headscarf, especially if you live in a society where it's not the norm. For instance, I grew up in Southern California, and everyone doesn't walk around wearing scarves and identifying themselves as Muslim women, or hijabis. 

Also, it takes a lot of confidence to wear a headscarf and keep it on everyday. We believe inthis whole process of defining a new sense of beauty and being comfortable in your own skin. You know, not worry about how other perceive you is a very empowering process, a growing process.

The second question is, what inspires our designs. A lot of things inspire us: books, stories, our travels. And we try to make sure that each of our scarves mean something--either [through] the people who make them, where we bring our scarves from, the type of fabric they are, or the images that we print, that we collect from our travels. 

We try to create images like our headphones scarves, that are a little bit different, that make you think twice. You know, we view the headscarf as an art piece and want to give it a different edge. 

When we design our scarves, we keep in mind how it will looks as a headscarf--even though it can be worn as a neck scarf or shawl, [as well]. A lot of people don't take that consideration when they design scarves, but that's something we do at  SixteenR

The third question is, what should everyone expect from  SixteenR in the future? Well, more scarves..we'll be playing with color much more, more graphics, more unusual prints. Thank-you to everyone who fills out our surveys and gives us their feedback. We really value your opinions and we take them into consideration for our designs. 

Stay tuned and check out  SixteenR.com. Thank you LoveHFW.com for this interview. We appreciate everyone's support!
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November 23, 2011


Asalaamu Alaykum, Everyone!

We've watched them start strong and grow rapidly into a reasonably-priced, go-to for contemporary, modest fashions. We've had you join us on a virtual shopping trip when we posted a walk-through of their Holiday Collection. Who are we talking about? Well, quite simply, we're talking about ZeenaZeena had sponsored a giveaway last year and they're back this HFW season to continue showing their support for modest Fashionistas from all over the world!



We like Zeena because they keep up with the modern woman through their timing and collections. Since its launch in the Spring of 2011, Zeena has been consistent in pumping out staples and must-haves to keep us interested and our wardrobes well-stocked. On their SimplyZeena.com website, they share what made them start this up-and-coming fashion label:
in all our years of shopping (and shopping), we never quite found a dependable designer of the sort of clothing we were looking for. Demure. Elegant. Modern. Modest. Zeena aims to be that dependable designer.

Bayan, founder and designer of Zeena, made this video just for LoveHFW.com Readers! We've also written up a transcript, so you don't miss a thing! Click below to watch :)

  
Transcript
Hello, Lovely Ladies. I'm Bayan from Zeena. We launched our first line this past spring, and to say it's been a whirlwind, is an understatement. We've been blessed with amazing fans and devoted customers that have allowed us to do what we love, season after season, which has already been three seasons! We continue to gain popularity because we have been able to provide a new line of clothing every season, making us reliable and affordable. 

Some of our favorite items, this season, have been the Boyfriend Shrug--which I live in, the Silky Ruffle Top, and the Black Beauty Skirt

My day-to-day fashion is pretty laid-back. I love wearing the Boyfriend Shrug, with an oversized scarf and really nice boots. When I dress up, I like to wear one bold piece, work my outfit around it, and then just run with it. 

Our team, here at Zeena, really attempts to cover a woman from her most casual days to her special occasions. Designing for Zeena is my favorite part, and I love my job. I'm inspired by different textures and different colors. I consider myself a contemporary Muslim woman and Zeena works to provide fashion that I, myself am dieing to wear. I wait season-after-season [to get these looks].


[At Zeena,] You can always look forward to great, new designs that keep you modest, fashionable, and wanting more. 

Thanks!
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November 21, 2011


Asalaamu Alaykum Ladies,

Today, we're spotlighting a Hijabi Fashion Week Sponsor that specializes in not just vintage scarves, but also in establishing eco-conscious standards in the sale of these vintage goodies. Veil Vision is based in Chicago, IL (USA), and has been establishing a sound impact on the vintage hijab scene since 2010. As you'll see next week (HFW!!!), Veil Vision is a keen supporter of creative expression. They explain,

What started with a simple vision has grown into the true steps of a movement. At  Veil Vision, we strive to establish a new definition of couture. An original meaning, in which self-expression stems from the elegance and grace of yesterday, while keeping up with the modernity and style of today.

1. Who is behind Veil Vision? Please tell us a little about who he/she is.
Veil Vision is driven by the vision of sustainble eco-friendly fashion and the love for vintage scarves and recognizing their true worth. This is what sets us apart from any other company that may be selling related items. We truly believe in out Vision and work hard to bring only the best pieces to our collection and maintain our eco-conscious standards in all aspects of our brand. This collaboration came together in order to provide both collectors and aspiring fashionistas an outlet to express their style creativity with endless possibilities that are one-of-a-kind.

2. Why vintage? What, for you, is appealing about vintage scarves?
Vintage allows for personality, proof of long lasting quality, a story behind every item which in the end means ultimate uniqueness for the wearer. Also, vintage doesn't always have to mean used. A majority of Veil Vision scarves are "new old stock," which is vintage stock that has never been used after production, for various reasons by the original designers/company that ordered its production. 

At Veil Vision, we pride ourselves on being the only vintage scarf company that restores and refinishes scarves through purely eco-friendly methods, and this is what sets us apart in the vintage scarf niche. This allows us the gently bring life back to our scarves, making them more than suitable for wear for many more decades. Vintage definitely doesn't mean compromising wear-ability, quality, or how long they will last.

Veil Vision vintage scarves are definitely superior in quality, as things in this day and age just aren't made the way that they used to be made, during the time period that our scarves were produced. This is evident by the simple fact that they have lasted for so many decades before becoming vintage. On average some of our scarves are 50 years old. At this point the wearer knows that they really do have something special that won't show up everywhere, and that is always a plus in fashion! We do not restock the same scarf as we don't have doubles of any scarf, adding to their rarity and exclusiveness. When a buyer purchases the scarf they can be sure that their scarf is one-of-a-kind and they will not see the same scarf put up again for sale, because there is only one. This is the greatest appeal as well as satisfaction that comes from our vintage scarves.


3. What can we expect to find at Veil Vision, in upcoming seasons?
In Winter 2011/Spring 2012, you can expect to find the unexpected! This includes a majority of high end designer pieces such as Oscar de la Renta, Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Vera, Versace, Cartier, Burberry, at unbeatable prices. Unexpected prints in rich quality fabrics, with most scarves made in Italy, France, and London. Basic ensemble foundations to ground a look as well as scarves that can take the place of jewels, literally. Rich abstract hues as well as light and fresh prints for both the modern trendsetter and the classical vintage lover for the upcoming collections. Our upcoming collections do challenge the creativity of a scarf wearer to show that there is no wrong way to make a scarf your own!

Below, is an HFW-exclusive sneak-peek at some of our favorites from Veil Vision's upcoming collection of not-yet released scarves. Check them out and leave a comment about the ones you like best! 

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Asalaamu Alaykum Ladies,

As promised, throughout this last week before Hijabi Fashion Week officially starts, we're sharing with you exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into our sponsors: who they are and what you can expect from them! This is a new part of HFW that we're so very excited about because this is not only a chance for you to become even better fans of these fabulous sponsors, but also a great way to find out just how much support the Hijabi community has from these growing names in fashion and style!

For our first ever Sponsor Spotlight, we'll get to know about the person behind IslamicGems. But first, a little about the company. IslamicGems was founded in 2008 by self-taught hijab jewelry designer, Nida Mirza. While pursuing her dual-degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Nida realized the lack of choices among hijab-friendly accessories and began creating them herself. IslamicGems claims that they are:


...the only source available [to provide] unique and high quality functional hijab jewelry. We listened to the American Muslimah and have put much time and effort into designing pins which [are] practical...We are currently the only company in the USA, and possibly the world, whose hijab jewelry embodies the practical needs of the Muslimah without compromising style.




And now, our much-awaited feature, we present you with a personal narrative about the journey of developing IslamicGems into what it is today, from founder, Nida Mirza, herself:


Background
I am a 26 year old born and raised in NYC, fashion capital of the world. I married my high school sweet heart right out of college and was blessed with a beautiful baby girl 11 months ago. My husband has been my biggest supporter and my daughter, my biggest motivation. Being a Muslim wife and mother while managing my own business has really driven me, and it absolutely contributes to my design aesthetic. I need fuss-free hijab accessories that I can quickly throw on, but clearly look like a whole lot of effort was put in. I know how busy the soccer mom, working woman, and even a college students’ life can be. They want to look like they put effort into their looks, but don’t always have that kind of time. That is what I work to create for my customers: effortless, high-fashion hijab jewelry.


I studied design at the Fashion Institute of Technology where my love for fashion was nurtured and honed. Walking the halls of a fashion school was like being part of a street runway. Everyone was always so put-together and distinctively dressed. Being a covering woman I always struggled with putting together trendy modest outfits. Ten years ago, there weren’t options available for modest fashion. I always ended up layering and finding unique dresses and skirts to be stylish, but one thing I always struggled with and was never able to find a solution for was tasteful hijab jewelry. My friends and myself could not find any hijab accessories worth purchasing, and the few that were available were just too common for our taste. The quality was not even worth considering. We wanted something distinctive, chic, and possibly even couture, so we decided to create our own.


Starting Out
My first pieces were stick pins and since I was making these myself, my priorities were design and quality. I made sure what I created would be dependable. These pins were such a hit that in 2003 I started selling them on EBay giving birth to ISLAMICGEMS. I quickly had buyers from all over the world, Muslims and non-Muslims, which was a surprise to me. All races and religions were appreciating my designs. Over the years I altered and played around with the stick pin creating ISLAMICGEMS exclusive charm pins. In 2008 my husband motivated me to open up an e-store. www.ISLAMICGEMS.com


The following year, I hosted my first hijab jewelry show at the ICNA-MAS Convention. My booth was a crowd pleaser and my customers were so excited to see my designs. Over the years at my annual shows I received feedback from these customers that led me to create the brooches, and later on, the Ith-nains. My research and experience has helped me improve my designs from when I first began. 


Distinction by Design
All of ISLAMICGEMS collections are now lightweight, and therefore, do not depress the fabric around where the pin is secured. The brooch latches can be easily closed with the push of a finger; there is no need to fumble in the mirror trying to figure out which direction it locks. The stick pins are sturdy, snag-free and prick-free. The charm sets make it easy to alternate pins throughout the day without having to restyle your hijab, wile the Ith-nain pins provide double the support, preventing the Muslimah from having to choose between a head full of pins or a shifting hijab. ISLAMICGEMS is currently the only company in the USA, and possibly the world, whose hijab jewelry embodies the practical needs of the Muslimah without compromising style.


That is exactly why I believe my pins were so welcomed. I began to get a surplus of orders, which was just too much for me to be able to handle on my own. I just couldn’t continue making them by myself and finally got in touch with manufacturers. My main concern when finding a manufacturer was would they be able to maintain the high quality I so strive to provide. I now work very closely with my manufacturers to confirm each crystal is exactly where it is supposed to be and each chain is the appropriate length to give that extra support without looking tasteless. Nowadays I am busy working on a new line to be unveiled in May of 2011, for my brides! Keep a lookout for the new lines progress which I'll be updating on my Facebook page and Twitter.

Inspiration
I find inspiration in everyday life; from the amazing fans I meet, to the fall colors currently surrounding me. I recently visited the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. It is an awe-inspiring 15 galleries. The intricate details on the Goa stone and gold case particularly grabbed my attention. You’ll be seeing similar details in one of my new pieces, to come.


Nida's Pick:
My personal favorite piece from ISLAMICGEMS is from the Ith-nain Collection: The Ith-nain V Hematite Hijab Pin. I just love how it goes so well with any hijab and is so quick to put on, yet looks elegant. It’s also multi-functional, like all my other pieces, in that it can add a little sparkle to my handbags and shoes. It’s a must-have piece for everyone’s jewelry collection.


You'll see more of IslamicGems during Hijabi Fashion Week, and you'll have the chance to win an item from her collection! But, don't let that stop you from getting your hands on these beautiful accessories right now. Visit her website or Facebook to see what else she's got in store.
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November 20, 2011

Here we go, ladies! The official sponsors of Hijabi Fashion Week - Nov 2011!
Are you excited to know which awesome fashion designers and online stores are working with us?
Well, the wait's over because here are our 5 fabulous HFW sponsors:
Returning Sponsors from last season: 

New Sponsors for this season:
Islamic Gems - www.islamicgems.com
Veil Vision - www.veilvision.com 

Check out their websites, Facebook pages, and more!
Throughout this upcoming week, we'll spotlight each of these wonderful sponsors
through exclusive interviews, photos, and videos released JUST FOR LoveHFW.com READERS!
You'll get to know the people behind each of these rapidly growing names, feast your eyes on upcoming lines, or glimpse behind-the-scenes clips and/or footage for each of our sponsors.

Tell us your thoughts on these sponsors, below, and let us know which of our sponsors' giveaways you're most looking forward to! You'll find out what each have chosen to give away to HFW readers, next week inshaAllah (during HFW)!


PS: Make sure to follow us on FACEBOOK to find out who our Featured Guest is for this month's HFW!
Most of you know of her, some of you may not, but you're all going to love having her join us this season
inshaAllah :)
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November 19, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum, Girls!

We hope you've enjoyed learning more about a few of our participants for Hijabi Fashion Week - Nov 2011. There are soo many more participants mashaAllah, so you'll have to wait till HFW to really get an idea of just how diverse is each and every young woman's style!


Today we're presenting you with just one more interview of a totally awesome chica, Kelly of Hijaab Couture. Kelly may be another 1st timer of Hijabi Fashion Week, but HFW is nothing new to her. As you'll hear in the interview, she's been eager to participate ever since she heard about it last May, during our previous HFW. We're glad Kelly will be able to join us this season and we look forward to seeing what she's got for us for each theme!



Fast Facts:
Name: Kelly Arbella
Blog: Hijaab Couture
Role: Aspiring Fashion Designer
Most Looking Forward To: Day 5: Eid/Formal

Check out her blog and leave your Salaams below :)
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November 18, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum Lovely Ladies!

Do you know what this is? This very post that you are reading is our 100th post on LoveHFW.com!
Happy 100th, girls :D. We could'nt have picked a better topic for our 100th post, but to highlight yet another beautiful participant of Hijabi Fashion Week - November 2011. Participant Spotlights are essentially snapshots into the diverse community of hijabis that support the creativity and independent styles that are presented through Hijabi Fashion Week.



Today's Participant Spotlight is on Fatima of Lace, Pearls, and Chocolate. She will be joining HFW for the first time this November, and we're eager to see how she takes on each day's theme! We can tell you what her style is like and what the idea was behind her blog's name, or she can tell you herself in the interview below! Check it out: 
*by the way, the video sound is on the high side, so you may want to turn your volume down a bit, at first*



Fast Facts:
Name: Fatima Ibrahim
BlogLace, Pearls, and Chocolate
Role: Senior at University of Chicago
Most Looking Forward To: Day 5: Eid/Formal

Visit her blog to learn more about her undertakings and check back during
Hijabi Fashion Week to see how she applies her style to each theme.
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November 17, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum Ya'll :)

Hijabi Fashion Week is a great way to meet other Muslimas and explore new styles, but you knew that already. Many of you have found your own reasons to join and we can tell because, at this very moment, we have close to 50 participants already registered mashaAllah :) Now, that's a lot of sisters, so we're going to give you a jump-start on getting to know a few of them by running a short series introducing registered participants, whether HFW first-timers, or sisters returning for more fun, friends, and fashion!



Below is an interview spotlighting one of our favorite participants from past HFW's, who will be returning as a participant this November, inshaAllah ! This sister has been a part of HFW from the the very beginning, which is why it is our sincerest pleasure to present to you Stephanie Luff of Luff is All You Need:



Fast Facts:
Name: Stephanie Luff
Blog: Luff Is All You Need
Role: Grad Student
Most Looking Forward To: Day 3: Break the Rules

Check out her blog, Youtube videos, and visit HFW-May 2011 to see her looks from last season!
Don't forget to leave your Salaams for Stephanie, by commenting below! :)

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November 15, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum Ladies!

We hope you're all doing well and that you're having fun planning outfits for Hijabi Fashion Week (now two weeks away). Each week we get busier, but that can't stop us from making cool, creative, posts for our lovely readers! Our latest creation is this video below. Be kind, that's us reading the presentation!

Leave a comment and share it with your friends! Don't forget to tell us which of the reasons you like best or if you have one that we didn't mention!




Come back later this week, when we'll be posting interviews of other bloggers who are joining us in HFW and more videos, inshaAllah! Next week, we'll finally reveal our Giveaway Sponsors, and after that it's Hijabi Fashion Week! YESS...I get more and more excited every week, lol.

Don't forget to REGISTER, and read up on our themes, if you haven't already!
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November 12, 2011

Our new mascot? lol

Asalaamu Alaykum Ladies!

We're half-way through November, which means we're getting closer and closer to Hijabi Fashion Week! :D
As promised, we're allowing early registration and posting up the participation guidelines for you!

Registration:
Hijabi Fashion Week participants and anyone interested in a giveaway must complete the registration form, below. This is to keep you updated and contact winners quicker! You only need to register ONCE, even if you enter in more than one giveaway. Specific entry terms will vary per giveaway and will be available on the day of the giveaway. Don't forget to click SUBMIT at the end!



Participation:
Everything you need to know about how Hijabi Fashion Week works and how to participate can be found in the Participate Link, above (next to the search bar).

Visit The Vault to view past Hijabi Fashion Weeks and get an idea of what theme posts will look like. You'll see the widget in May 2011's HFW posts.

We're very excited because this year, our Facebook fans only need to tag Love HFW in a photo to share it during Hijabi Fashion Week! Talk about easy ;D
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November 8, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum Sisters!
We pray your Eid days went very well inshaAllah!

We're getting so excited for Hijabi Fashion Week, which is coming up in just a couple more weeks! We invited sent out our invite last week, but we've made a small change in the themes, since then. We've made DAY 3 our "Break the Rules" day! Here's the description:


Day 3 -- Break the RulesA stylish hijabi can look good in anything, even when she's breaking the rules! Pick a fashion/style rule you always follow, and show us how you'd break it in style! (Any style rule may be broken, except the Islamic criteria for hijab).


So, what does it mean to break the rules? Well think of it this way: there are always rules in fashion and the way we dress, whether we follow the latest trends or create our own independent styles. For example, one of my personal style rules is to never wear khakis with white shirts, outside of work/school. During HFW's Day 3, I might try wearing a khaki-white outfit, but with a dash of color so that it still shows my personality. Other common fashion or personal rules to break include: never wear socks with sandals, avoid wearing too many prints at one time, etc. Do you usually wear neutral colors? This time, throw on a splash of bright color! Hate punk style? Show us how YOU would make it work! You see, Break the Rules day is about challenging yourself to maintain your unique style personality and modesty, no matter what style you wear. Go outside your comfort zone and take us with you!


Here are a few examples of rules being broken in super-style'n ways:
Thought brown and black were a no-no? Think again!
Avoiding Denim on Denim? Tell us how you'd break this rule and make it your own!

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In other news: InshaAllah, we'll be publishing our HFW Registration Form and Rules for Participation, soon! We announce updates via Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you're following along! It'll be Hijabi Fashion Week in no time! :D




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November 2, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum Ladies!
It's almost Hijabi Fashion Week, and we want YOU to join us!

 Hijabi Fashion Week is a Semi-annual (twice a year) event, for sisters
to share style inspiration all in one place!
Mark your calenders for this event, whether you want to participate or just watch!
To participate, all you have to do is create an outfit for the theme of the day (see below) and either post it on your blog/tumblr and link it to each day's post, OR tag us in a Facebook Album!

We also have many wonderful giveaways throughout the week. 
Giveaway Sponsors will be announced  November 21st!

Here are the Themes for each day, so start snapping those pictures:
Day 1 -- Leaders in Hijab: what leadership roles do you have or want to try? (President, teacher, mother, Volunteer Leader, CEO etc.). 
Day 2 -- Hobby/Recreation: What do you do when you have free time? (hike, sail, write, paint, etc.)
Day 3 -- Break the Rules: A stylish hijabi can look good in anything, even when she's breaking the rules! Pick a fashion/style rule you always follow, and show us how you'd break it in style! (Any style rule may be broken, except the Islamic criteria for hijab).
Day 4 -- Vacation/Destination: Where would you go, if you could go anywhere in the world? What outfits would you wear?
Day 5 -- Eid & Formal: It's Friday! Dress up! What did you wear for Eid? What do you wear to formal events/parties?
Day 6 -- Date Night: Yesterday you dressed up for you, today dress up for your man! What do you wear when going out with your (future) husband?
Day 7 -- Out with Friends: Finish off the week by hanging out with friends! Where do you usually go? What do you usually do?

Specific instructions on how to participate in HFW and the giveaways can be found here:
Don't forget to register here:

Make sure to join us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter, to stay up-to-date about HFW and our blog!

Go ahead and download these invites! Send them to your friends or post them up on your blog & Facebook! Or, make your own and show us your creativity! :)
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