December 24, 2011

When daylight becomes shy and nights grow long, a strange occurrence spreads across the land. From the darkest depths of closets and drawers, men and women whip out their winter scarves, as swiftly as the frigid winds...

It's that wonderful time of year again when the differences between hijab and scarf are unwittingly blurred. Those of you who live in climates with drastic seasonal changes know just what I'm talking about. In the summer, only hijabis dare to bear the heat in layers of scarves, but when winter comes around, everyone's wearing a scarf to protect his or her ears and neck from cold weather chills.


As hijabis, I know some of us are wired to say our Salaams whenever we run into another woman in a scarf. As awkward as that is for some people, it's even more awkward when the scarf-wearing woman hears you, but is not Muslim. If that woman happens to know a little about Islam and Muslims, add 10 more points for awkwardness, because then you can't just play it off as something she misheard and leave it as an equal misunderstanding. Nope... if she knows that Muslim women wear hijab and that Salaam is a Muslim greeting, then it's more than obvious: the jokes on you :P

Embarrassing recollections aside, I'd love to know if any of you have had funny moments like this? Maybe it's just my nerdy eagerness to meet fellow Muslimahs, lol. Submit your answers in the poll below and share a story in the comments, if you'd like :)
The poll is now CLOSED; you can view the results via this link.
In other news, now is a great time to welcome lovely winter weather with a series of posts on modest winter fashions and tips for hijabis. That's something you can look forward to in upcoming weeks, inshaAllah :) Take care wasalaam, lovelies!
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December 21, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum Lovely Ladies!

Like Cookes & Milk :)
HFW exists to celebrate YOU, as part of a rapidly growing hijabi community...by now, that's no secret. When you participate in Hijabi Fashion Week, you bring your fresh perspectives on dressing modestly and expressing your identity as a Muslim Woman. Whenever I browse through the HFW archives, it's impossible not to feel a surge of pride in the super-diverse, super-stylish women that willingly wear hijab and openly represent themselves as part of the vast Muslim Ummah. Thanks to you all, we now have three spectacular seasons of HFW that anyone can browse through at any time, by visiting "The Vault", above. I can tell you from my experiences, there hasn't been a single time where I couldn't find inspiration after visiting "The Vault", thanks to all the participants.

So, as you can see, you're a vital part of making HFW what it is, and by sharing your perspectives, you're helping HFW get better, season after season. Below is a short form of 10 simple, but insightful questions that we'd like you to fill out and submit! Your answers help us improve HFW and continue organizing giveaways that you'll enjoy.



Don't forget to click "Submit", at the end of the form!

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December 19, 2011

Dear Sisters,

Asalaamu Alaykum! InshaAllah, you've all been well during this past week. As you may have noticed, LoveHFW.com has been on hold for a bit, but we're back now and we'd like to start by first telling you all something very important:


We've just completed another wonderful week of fashion, fun, and giveaways (which, by the way, will be arriving to their destinations soon, inshaAllah) and based on participation and the responses we've received, I think it's safe to say alhamdulillah for another successful Hijabi Fashion Week! Would you agree?

We're not just going to leave it at that, however! HFW has always been about sharing inspiration for dressing modestly and uniting in sisterhood and diversity. Accordingly, you can count on us serving up some unique ways to carry on with the fun of HFW in upcoming weeks. Without spilling too much, inshaAllah we're going to take the inspiration many of us have found, blog-hopping and checking out the looks posted on the LoveHFW.com Facebook, and put it to good use. You just wait, and see :)

There's much more I really must tell you all, but as with all good things, it's better in small doses ;) So, until next time, lovely ladies! Toodles :)
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December 4, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum Everyone,

Today, we have the pleasure of presenting you all with our extra end-of-HFW surprise: Day 8 - For the Love of Filasteen. We've added a Day 8 to encourage our sisters out there to submit creative and original work in support of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Palestine. Day 8 was inspired by a comment on the Pearl-Daisy Ltd. fanpage, about the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which was set for November 29th. When Amena brought this to our attention, we just knew we had to be a part of it. You can read about why we believe HFW is a perfect place to host a Solidarity with Palestine theme in our previous post.

A Little about Solidarity
The solidarity among sisters, brothers, and the Ummah as a whole is such a strong and vital part of our faith as Muslims. Our Ummah is our family, and our family is spread all over the world, across many different nations and cultures. When members of our Ummah experience good, we share it. When our brothers and sisters experience bad times, we do what we can to aid them. Supporting our brothers and sisters is a necessary act of faith, especially when they are faced with some form of oppression.

Our flyer for Day 8! Feel free to share, but please do not copy!
Day 8 - For the Love of Filasteen & Pearl-Daisy Giveaway
To Participate:
Create something inspired by Solidarity and Palestine. This can be an outfit idea, illustration, poem, flyer, video, anything. 
Any time from December 4th to December 10th, choose one of the following ways to submit your work :
  1. Add a link to it in the widget, below
  2. Leave it in a comment to this post, 
  3. Upload it on Facebook and add a tag to the LoveHFW Facebook page 

You can only enter the Pearl-Daisy giveaway, if you submit an original work for this theme!
You must ALSO:

The giveaway winner will be announced December 11th.
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Thank you all who have taken the time to create an outfit, a flyer, or poem to express your solidarity and raise awareness about Palestine! We truly appreciate you joining us in this event :)


All of the submissions were unique and creative, but we can only have one giveaway winner.
With Random.org's True Random Number Generator, we counted up all the qualifying entries and selected our Pearl Daisy Giveaway Winner. The winning submission was:
Congratulations to participant #4: "Love Always, Aisha"! You've won the HFW Bonus Day 8 Pearl-Daisy Giveaway!

To see her entry (including her impressive artwork), please visit Link #4, above! 

Thanks again to ALL entrants of our Bonus Day 8. May you be rewarded for your efforts to raise awareness, inshaAllah :)





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December 3, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum, Chicas!

If you've been following along Hijabi Fashion Week so far, you've had the opportunity to meet new bloggers, find inspiration for modest styles, and enter in a few fabulous giveaways. By our books, if it was fun and beneficial for you, in these respects, then we can say it's been another successful HFW, alhamdulillah. But, for all the fun and fashion from HFW, it is still (and always has been) about much more. At the base of Hijabi Fashion Week lies a celebration of the diverse sisterhood that exists among Muslims. Essentially, we are celebrating a solidarity that exists between Muslim women who openly represent their identities as such.

With this expression of solidarity at the very foundation of Hijabi Fashion Week, we simply couldn't resist adding one more theme day for HFWat the suggestion of HFW Featurette, Amena of the Amenakin Youtube Channel. It just so happens that International Palestine Solidarity Day had recently passed on November 29th. In respect of this day, we're adding Day 8 - For the Love of Filasteen, to continue raising awareness in support of our brothers and sisters in Palestine. And yes, there will be a giveaway too! Amena will be sponsoring Day 8 by offering one participant the choice of any single Pearl Daisy, Ltd. scarf for free!



How to get involved in the HFW Bonus Day:

  • Day 8 - "For the Love of Filasteen" begins December 4th, 2011.
  • To participate, simply submit a link to an outfit, illustration, poem, flyer, video, etc. -- any original work inspired by this theme.
  • You have until December 10th to submit your work/link. If you cannot add it to the link widget, you may leave your link or written work in a comment or on our Facebook.


To enter the final HFW - Nov 2011 Giveaway with Pearl Daisy:

  • The giveaway winner will be announced December 11th.
Hope you'll join us for this special occasion!
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Asalaamu Alaykum,

In step with today's theme of having fun and chilling out in your own way, we bring you our Day 7 giveaway! SixteenR, renown for their original designs and unique scarf selection, is offering our Hijabi Fashion Week audience a chance to get their own cool headphones scarf, which is part of their latest released collection! You can check out our reaction to their Supersonic scarves by visiting our 16R Walk the Line post. If you're just can't get enough of SixteenR's fashion-with-a-message style, check out our Sponsor Spotlight, featuring a video made just for HFW! Then, browse below for a peek at our giveaway item and the rules to entry.



To enter SixeenR's Supersonic Giveaway:
1. Register with LoveHFW.com, if you have not already
2. Like LoveHFW on Facebook
3. Like SixteenR on Facebook, Follow SixteenR on Twitter, & Subscribe to their Youtube Channel
4. Fill in the blank and leave your answer below: 
"Scarves + Me = ____________"


All steps are required to enter this giveaway!
Friday, December 9th, will be the last day to enter the SixteenR Giveaway!
Winners will be announced Saturday, Dec. 10th, inshaAllah...make sure your contact information is correct when you register!

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LoveHFW.com uses Random.org's True Random Number Generator to randomly selects a comment from those which qualify, below. We do not count any of our own comments, comments from sponsors, or comments which do not follow the rules. Are you ready to find out who won SixteenR's headphones scarf?

The winner of the Headphones Scarf, is commenter #3!
Her answer to SixteenR's fill-in-the-blank is:
Congratulations, Daya_Vera92! You've won the SixteenR Headphones Scarf! 
Rock it out with your cool hijabi style! :)

A thank-you to the participants who entered this giveaway. We hope you'll join us tomorrow, when we'll announce the BONUS GIVEAWAY WINNER for Hijabi Fashion Week's Week of Winners.
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Asalaamu Alaykum, Sisters!

Sisters...that's what we are, aren't we? We've spent a great week getting acquainted with different Hijabis through HFW--people we may never have known had the same taste in fashion, and some who have completely different styles that keep our interest. What's a better way to end off our 3rd ever Hijabi Fashion Week, then by celebrating friends, old and new? That's the theme behind Day 7 - Out with Friends!

Tell us, what are your favorite activities to do with friends? Do you prefer a casual, dress-down kind of hangout, or do you treat it as a time to finally get out of your everyday school/work style and jazz it up a bit? Em and I have pretty different tastes when it comes to hanging out. She prefers super casual, eat out at a restaurant kind of days, whereas I prefer organizing a complete girls' day to dress up for. Em's in jeans and a cute top, and I'm strictly in dresses for these rare occasions! :)

Technicolor Transitions
Fun fact, our HFW model is actually one of my closest friends. She's wearing a turquoise hijab with green stripes along the edge, a colorful tunic sweater, and cargo bootleg pants in olive. She adds some pep to her step with mustard yellow wedges, a necklace of irregular shell pieces, and a mini black backpack. In the photos, she's modeling the transition from student-mode to break-mode; she's so ready to get away from the books and finally chill out with her friends.

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December 2, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum!

Today's theme outfit featured a beautiful scarf and elegant maxi skirt from Zeena. If you've had a chance to visit their website already, you know that this well-rounded label offers more than just pieces for dressing up; they also have many options for more casual, dressed-down looks too. You can find out more about Zeena by visiting their Sponsor Spotlight, where you can watch a video made just for our Hijabi Fashion Week audience, by the founder herself! You can also check out our commentary on their Holiday line by visiting our Zeena Walk the Line post.

For Hijabi Fashion Week's Day 6 giveaway, we have Zeena's Liberty Stripe Shirt in Grey/Purple -- a comfortable cotton/jersey long top with just enough detail to keep this look interesting, without having to try! It features zippers and ruched pleating along the shoulders. 



To enter this Zeena Giveaway:
1. Register with LoveHFW.com, if you have not already
2. Like LoveHFW on Facebook
3. Join the Zeena mailing list (lowest right on homepage)
4. Leave a comment below telling us what you like MOSTabout this shirt!


Please NOTE: This giveaway is open to US and Canada, only! 


All steps are required to enter this giveaway!
Thursday, December 8th, will be the last day to enter the Zeena Giveaway!
Winners will be announced Friday, Dec. 9, inshaAllah...make sure your contact information is correct when you register!
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Zeena's HFW Giveaway Winner has finally been selected with Random.org's True Random Number Generator. LoveHFW.com randomly selects a comment from those which qualify, below. We do not count any of our own comments, comments from sponsors, or comments which do not follow the rules.

The winner of the Liberty Stripe Shirt, is commenter #6! She writes:

Congratulations, Kifah! The Zeena Liberty Stripe Shirt in Grey/Purple is all yours! 
We're curious how you'd rock this great piece :)

Thanks to all participants for entering in this giveaway. We have two more giveaways left, before our HFW Week of Winners comes to a close, so get a move on and enter in before they're over!
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Asalaamu Alaykum,

Contrary to popular belief, Muslims go on dates, too! Except, of course, a Muslim only goes on dates with the person she loves and has already made a life-long commitment with: her husband! Spending time with your husband is actually rewarded in Islam because it builds and strengthens the relationship. However, just because a hijabi is out with her hubs, doesn't mean she'll sacrifice her modest style and standards, right? 

In Hijabi Fashion Week's Day 6 theme, share with us how you like to dress when going out with your Mr. (or future Mr. if not married). Do you wear his favorite color? Do you wear a gifted accessory? Where do you like to go to spend some peaceful time together?

Feminine Elegance in the Great Outdoors
 Lake-front cabins make for a great location for weekend getaways and water-front picnics--perfect for dates with the hubby. Our HFW Model is enjoying the serenity and beauty of the forests and lake in an outfit that's elegant from head-to-toe. She's wearing a pink and maroon silk scarf with checkered detail, from Zeena, with a soft pink cardigan, and the gorgeous Pleated Dream Skirt in tan (also from Zeena). Her bronze-gold heels and gold bracelet watch echo the gold chain details on the scarf, without overpowering the look as a whole.
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December 1, 2011

Asalaamu Alaykum!

We're keeping the giveaways rolling with a chance to win one of three beautiful items from IslamicGems! That's right, we'll have 3 different winners, and what better theme than "formal-wear" to open the HFW giveaway for these gorgeous hijabi accessories!

Learn about how IslamicGems was started and how devoted they are to quality, by visiting our Sponsor Spotlight of this brand that only recently opened to the public! If you've read about them already, feast your eyes on these scrumptious pins and learn how to enter the giveaway, below!

1) Ith-nain V in Rose

2) Pearl Brooch III in Blue


3) Shimmery Red Stick Pin


Get in on this gem of a giveaway by completing the following:
1. Register with LoveHFW.com, if you have not already
2. Like LoveHFW on Facebook
3. Like IslamicGems on Facebook
4. Pick any item from the IslamicGems collection and describe what you would wear it with! You can find the collection on their website or Facebook Page photo albums.


All steps are required to enter this giveaway!
Wednesday, December 7th, will be the last day to enter the IslamicGems Giveaway!
Winners will be announced Thursday, Dec. 8, inshaAllah...make sure your contact information is correct when you register!

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The winners for this giveaway have finally been selected!
LoveHFW.com uses Random.org's True Random Number Generator to randomly select a comment from those which qualify, below. We do not count any of our own comments, comments from sponsors, or comments which do not follow the rules.

The winner of our first item, the Ith-nain V in Rose, is commenter #11, who writes:
Congratulations, Starmoongal! You've won an IslamicGems Ith-nain V Pin in Rose! 
We'd love to see this pin in action!


Our next winner is commenter #13, Ms. Hibaqaye, who writes:
Congratulations Hibaqaye! You've won the IslamicGems Pearl Brooch III in Blue !
It may not be the Ith-nain V, but we're sure you'll make good use of this pearly blue statement piece!


The third and final winner of HFW's IslamicGems Giveaway is commenter #20:
Congratulations SGHijabGirl! You've won the IslamicGems Shimmery Stick Pin in Red!
You've planned an outfit for the Ith-nain V so well, we can't wait to see how you'd dress up this gorgeous gem!


Thanks again to everyone who entered and participated in our HFW Giveaways. We're only half-way through with the giveaways, so enter and check back until the end of the week! Please make sure you follow the rules and register with a name we can find you by!
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Asalaamu Alaykum, Everyone!

Thanks for joining us for our fifth day of Hijabi Fashion Week! MashaAllah, it really has gone by so fast and we have yet so much left! We've still got some fabulous giveaways coming up, a bonus giveaway (more on that later), plus our follow-up week of winners & fan appreciation! So basically, the party is far from over...especially with today's HFW theme: Formal/Eid-wear!

One of the ways you can interpret this theme is by dressing for Eid, which all Muslims celebrate. There are two Eids, which are Eid Al-Fitr following Ramadan and Eid Al-Adha, a time to remember the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him). While these holidays hold incredibly great importance among Muslims for many reasons, they are also a great time for modest, Islamic fashion! It is truly beautiful to visit Muslim Eid Prayers during these times, especially in Muslim-minority countries, because you'll get a chance to peer into the diversity of cultures and people from all walks of life, that Islam welcomes! You'll see a bit of that in Today's theme.

The other way to share ideas and inspiration for today's theme is to show us how you dress modestly in formal situations! This can certainly be tough one for women these days because formal attire already has specific standards and rules, but add to that the Islamic standards for modesty, and you'll have a challenge worth thinking about! Some of Today's participants will share how they maintain their modesty & individual style when it comes to getting decked out for formal functions!


A Bit of This, and A Bit of That
This is the first time you'll see a glimpse of the LoveHFW sisters for this season's Hijabi Fashion Week! Usually for Eid or Formal cultural gatherings, we wear traditional South Asian Shalwar Kameez (baggy pants and long tunics that are often heavily embroidered). In the photos above, Em is on the furthest right wearing a green and maroon patterned Shalwar Kameez that has gold bordering. She adds structure to the loose tunic by wearing a tan blazer with a gold sheen. I prefer going classic with a simple abaya, but I've added some personal flair with my purple & gold hijab. Since celebration is about good times with friends and/or family, we thought it was only fair to allow a cameo by our lovely mum, younger brother, and one of our crazy cats!

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