The Hijablog in Chilean Mujer + New Press Section

This is just a quick info post more than anything else, as I’m having some issues with the internet connection at home and had to stop working on the ootd post I was putting pictures together for (hopefully, that one should be up in the morning provided that the problem gets solved).

Here I’m just going to share two pages of a four page article on hijab fashion bloggers in the Chilean magazine Mujer. Sadly, the quality is pretty bad (does anybody have a good page for pdf to picture conversion?).

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In addition, if you are curious about the previous publications The Hijablog has been featured in but do not care to scroll through all my posts to find out, you can check out my brand new press page.

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Picnic by the Sea

Yesterday was spent with my mom and sister – a quite welcome thing as we’re usually all pretty busy, even when I’m in town. As the weather was acceptable and we live 3 minutes walking from the sea, we figured we’d take some food out to a small park in the newly extended (and really beautiful) harbor area.

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We spent some quality time in our hippie-ish ensembles enjoying a simple dinner of fattoush, baba ghannoug, and.. wait for it.. something really, really classy.. Turkey hot dogs, haha (haven’t had that in an eternity). The view, atmosphere, and fresh air merited a gold star in Oslo’s grade book for the day.

picnicbytheseaScarf: Forever21, neck scarf: Gina Tricot (Norway), long ethnic print vest: River Island, tiger print shirt: some Norwegian store, maxi skirt: Stradivarius, lizard clutch: Vintage (fetched from mom’s closet), sandals: New Look, accessories: Icing, River Island

 

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The Neon Kimono

There are few garments I love more than loose, full length open kimonos one can just throw over anything for an instantly modest look. Imagine my joy when I found this neon yellow, light material  robe below at H&M for a modest price. I suspect it is a swimwear coverup but hey, who cares what stuff originally is for as long as it serves the duty (as in getting more out of maxi dresses by wearing them folded as high-waist maxi skirts, for example, or using skinny studded belts as bracelets)?
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Why am I wearing my clutch on my face here? No, it is not an attempt at a fancy pose. I was trying to take some OOTD pictures when suddenly a guy popped out of nowhere with his cellphone cam. My reaction time was pretty good, and I managed to hide my face before he managed to get a shot. Needless to say, the pictures below were taken at a different location – around the corner after we bounced. But yeah, Oslo, what’s up with your people acting like they’ve never seen somebody in the process of taking pictures before?

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Jersey scarf (this has become such a favorite piece): Unique Hijabs, neon kimono: H&M, black dungarees: Boohoo, lizard clutch (poor thing): Vintage (my mom’s closet), flats: some local store, accessories: River Island, Icing

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Peek-A-Boo the Halal Way

Yesterday, everything on top was new and totally budget-friendly (and embarrassingly from the “same” place, excluding the earrings). Since my friend had pulled me around four locations of one store hunting for the perfect pair of jeans, I had plenty of time to scout out some affordable items on my way, including this $8 peek-a-boo oversize shirt (again, shopping in Europe > shopping in the US). Who said hijabis cannot wear cut-out or peek-a-boo items, by the way? Add plenty to an outfit by layering them over cool patterns or fresh block colors.

I love shopping the sale, by the way.. I don’t understand the purpose of paying more for what you can get for less, and I suppose I’m more of a quantity before quality type of gal sartorially. It is just no fun to wear the same piece too many times.

That’s in general though, considering my grad student budget. If somebody would bestow upon me an expensive quality garment, I’d gladly accept (of course!).

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Oh and while we’re comparing this place to the US, I paid two hours of a US minimum wage (about $15) for the train ride to a friend who lives 15 minutes outside the city that day. That is a pretty offensive price. I certainly missed my environmentally unfriendly US lifestyle of driving around in my compact SUV for a moment.

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Star print scarf: Bikbok (on sale, $8), open back shirt: Bikbok (also on sale, $8), tribal/ethnic pastel peplum top: Bikbok (not on sale, but still like $15), pants: Vero Moda, bag: Gina Tricot, holographic ballerina flats: Forever21, big colorful earrings: H&M (also on sale, yo!)

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Oslo Love (Sometimes)

May I start off by saying how much I love this girl seen in the picture below? Sarah used to be my best buddy before I started moving around the world, and I had sort of forgotten how awesomely gorgeous she is. I’m really happy I’ve already gotten to see her twice during my stay here.

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So today was one of those days when Norway was not that bad. In fact, I almost slightly loved Oslo at the end of it. Sunny weather, three ice creams, shopping (seriously, to me shopping in Europe beats shopping in the US any day, even up here in the north), chilling in the park, having a delicious (but tiny) portion of pad thai, and then later, the smell of lilacs as I stepped off the tram in the middle of the city, and an evening walk at sundown through the newly developed waterfront area (it got dark at 10-something PM – chill, right?), all contributed to me feeling a gush of affection for this city that I normally love to hate. Life’s good, hamdlelah.

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Scarf: H&M, studded denim vest: River Island, neon kimono: H&M, dip-back tribal tank: ASOS, acid wash dungarees worn as pants: River Island, bag: Gina Tricot (Norway), studded ankle boots: River Island, accessories: ASOS, Yemen, Ebay

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