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The Parachute-Look Maxi

You know when there’s a sale on one of your favorite sites and you spot that unusual garment you’d never buy for its original price but impulse-buy now that it is within reach? This maxi dress was such a buy. I was overexcited to snatch the very last one from ASOS a year and a half ago or so, but then when it appeared in the mail it was just meeh. I figured it looked like a parachute (it certainly feels like such in terms of texture), clown apparel, or maybe a Pride graduation gown. I hid it in the deepest depths of my closet and sort of overlooked it, sort of forgot all about it. Until today. In the mood for colors, I poked my head into my maxi dress, abaya, and jumpsuit closet to check for an easy solution. And lo and behold; there was the parachute dress beaming with its signal block colors between otherwise somber palettes. I figured I would give it a chance.

Because I had tried and rejected the look of a normal under-the-chin hijab style in a matching color at the time I received the dress (it sort of looked like my head was stitched to the dress that way with all the color blocking going on), I decided that I needed to break the blocking with a neutral color neck scarf to keep the Spanish-wrapped headscarf in the main color of the dress. Accessories were kept at a minimum as the dress is a little too much in itself. Success. The clownish dress looked decidedly less ridiculous and I actually felt good about it.

Style tip of the day: We all have rejects in our closet (especially these sale-induced impulse buys) that weren’t as cool/flattering as we initially imagined them to be. Take them out and try again sometime, as tastes, creativity levels, and complementary pieces in our wardrobe change over time.


Headscarf: Egypt, leopard print infinity scarf: H&M, parachute-look color block maxi dress: ASOS, lizard textured waist belt: H&M, bag: Guess, studded gladiator sandals: River Island

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Hijab Fest!

Shoes and purses are nice enough, but it is difficult for a hijabi to ever have too many scarves. Obviously then, when the girls behind Imaan & Beauty offered me to try out some new scarves for the spring, I was really excited to do so. Picking out a few from their many bold hijabs was not an easy thing; there are just too many fun prints to choose from. I ended up selecting the Sweet Mulan, Aztec Tassel, Safari Spring, and Baroque Red; all of them maxi scarves. I was also sent some cute bracelets and really smart magnetic hijab pins – Pinjabs – that don’t mess up your scarves when you use them. I hope to feature them in another review soon.


The above picture illustrates how the colors look like in daylight. They’re just really pretty, and the materials are breezy and easy to work with. Maxi scarves are also perfect if you want a more voluminized look. Below you’ll find pictures and direct links to all four. Although I loved them all, Sweet Mulan and Safari Spring are my favorites.


Sweet Mulan is my ultimate favorite among the four scarves. The gorgeous oriental floral print and silky smooth texture is right on point for the spring. Get the Imaan & Beauty Sweet Mulan scarf here.


The best part about this tribal print scarf are the four tassels on each end. Super cute! Get the Imaan & Beauty Aztec Tassel scarf here


This lightweight, huge scarf is perfect for volume. The print is superb, although I find it a little hard to incorporate in an outfit. Get the Imaan & Beauty Baroque Red scarf here


Another favorite of mine, this scarf is big, bold, and beautiful. I love the playful look the different prints and colors create. Get the Imaan & Beauty Safari Spring scarf here

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More Than Just a Scarf

See the scarf on my head on the pictures below? That rag – and it is truly a rag, yellowed by time and wear as it is, torn from two corners, and roughened in its texture by one too many washes – is one of my most valuable belongings. That rag has traveled with me across continents, worn on my person in protests from Oslo, to Cairo, and to Ohio. That rag has been photographed in a Norwegian newspaper as one of my five favorite scarves. It has been stowed away in my closet at times, but I always end up remembering its awesomeness after a while, again attempting to incorporate it in my daily outfits. Why am I gushing over this particular old scarf? It represents my political coming of age.

The last half of 2001 was truly a time of personal upheaval. The very days and weeks immediately succeeding the fall of the Twin Towers and the declaration of a war on terror would shake my previously mostly apolitical world (I mean apolitical relatively; I had grown up with the TV tuned to news more frequently than cartoons, political discussions constantly over my head, and the peace prize event following the Oslo Accords sticking to my mind as one of my first political memories). It prompted me to question – to inquire about the conditions under which such a horrifying incident could occur – which led to the unleashing of a torrent of information, thanks to the then new, exciting, and uncritically utilized internet. I was shocked, overwhelmed, and fascinated by this previously unknown world of intrigue, injustice, and cynicism. Too much to handle at once, it brought about the phenomenon of the newly initiated, the zealous but ignorant; I flirted halfheartedly with political extremism in thought and rhetoric, something that would gradually be brought back to the equilibrium of moderation as I gained deeper knowledge and developed a mind to understand it all.

The lasting, positive implications of this time are many, however. A passion for politics and for understanding the world around me was lit, making political science the natural choice for both college and graduate studies (when I was little I used to dream about becoming a scientist – I guess a political scientist is a happy compromise). Perhaps as important and formative; I was introduced to activism. The previously mentioned scarf that I’m wearing on my head on the pictures below was gifted to me around this time by a teacher who used to wear it in street protests when he was younger, and who knew how much the cause meant to me. Aside from this awesome gesture, his tales of protest and thoughts on justice, action, and voice greatly inspired my nascent activist spirit.

Because so much of what I do today and what I aspire to do in the future was born out of the tumultuous time during which I received this scarf, it has a very special place in my heart. Add that to its inherent symbolism and its history before I took it over, and it becomes almost invaluable. While my leftist teacher may have forgotten me and his gift a long time ago, his scarf will continue to be worn around my head or neck till it falls apart, and his lessons will stay with me forever.



Hatta: vintage, faux fur: mom’s closet, studded leopard cardigan: Urban Outfitters, graphic tank: River Island, metallic jeans: Urban Outfitters, bag: Gina Tricot (Norway), metallic sneakers: ASOS, accessories: Ebay, ASOS, Urban Outfitters.

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Mom’s Bag

The weather across the Midwest has been really brutal for the last couple of days; today it was somewhat more normal. Thus, I could actually leave the house not looking like the Michelin Man. Layering has its limits, you know.


I started this outfit by picking out my shoes. They have a lot going on in terms of pattern, colors, and texture, and are difficult to add to a look as a last step. Unfortunately, the bad lighting in the photos does not give them justice. My bag is yet another messy-patterned fab that I don’t get to wear too often – it is a vintage Dior raided from my mom’s closet a summer ago.


Scarf: Ebay, faux fur: Boohoo, camel colored cape: Boohoo, top: River Island, metallic baroque print pants: ASOS, bag: Dior (vintage), shoes: Forever21, accessories: H&M, Charlotte Russe, ASOS, Ebay

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Oriental Leopard

Just a quick outfit of theĀ  day post. My current obsession with metallic jacquard pants is quite obvious, I think. In any case, here’s some slight print mismatching of leopard and oriental floral patterns. I find animal prints the easiest to do this with. How do you mix prints?

Scarf: Ebay, neck scarf: H&M, leopard kimono top/cardigan: Urban Outfitters, oriental flower jacquard pants: ASOS, clutch: Egypt, flatforms: H&M, accessories: Egypt, ASOS, Ebay

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