Archive for February, 2010

February 27, 2010

Carma Koma!

Yes! They’ve done it. Structured pieces. Feminine, yet strong silhouettes.

Ladies, I do believe that Carma Koma is a part of the future of plus size fashion. They have avoided all the cliches of what designers think plus size women should be wearing & have plunged us headlong into a world of sophistication & fun.

I am loving the long tops and tunics. And what they do to black is simply A-MAZING!
See for yourself.

I L-O-V-E this grey tube scarf. Put a full underscarf underneath and yup- that’s some stylish hijab!

The Pant

Bold color and feminine softness.

February 26, 2010

What about Prom, MP?

Using major department stores & some of my favorite online boutiques, I compiled a video of my favorite Prom 2010 looks for the modest chica of every size. Remember that sleeveless or strapless gowns can always be covered up by adding boleros or elegantly beaded cardis.

Hijabis also have the option of arranging your scarf to make sure that you have proper neck and chest coverage.

ALSO these looks can easily be translated into a chic night time, evening affair or wedding look. Enjoy the vid!

February 26, 2010

Why Modest PLUS??? My Mission & Tyra’s TOO : )

Indonesian fashion designer Hannie Hananto (rt)

I started this blog for a number of reasons. As an outlet from my day to day work. As a way to talk about the styles and fashions that I love. But to also go beyond modesty as a mode of dress in order to emphasize it as a way of being a contemporary woman.

As a larger women negotiating in a society that beats us over the head with thinness in the disguise of health I wanted an outlet to be unabashedly POSITIVE about body image. Although I love most of the fashion and style blogs (modest/non-modest and Muslim/non-Muslim) that I read I find that many times people are writing from perspectives that centralize certain body types and marginalizes others. I also find myself bristling at body negative comments that undermine women in various posts and within commments.

In addition the visual imagery that some bloggers use often normalizes excessively thin bodies. For instance, I find that many fashion and style bloggers may feature plus size clothing items but they do not make sure to actually show plus size models or non-thin bodies. What makes this more interesting is that the majority of women-outside of the fashion industry-are actually the size of what constitutes a plus size model in the fashion world. So in actuality we are feeding ourselves myths of beauty that negate our reality.

I have made the conscious decision to show a variety of body types and skin colors on this blog-thin, curvy, plus-size, short, tall, disabled and able-bodied. I will show thin models but I will also show larger models. I will make sure that my images are ethnically diverse. I don’t think it is healthy to segregate people based on arbitrary distinctions.

I am committed to spreading positivity through this blog. I will not say negative things about women’s bodies. While I will promote healthy living I will not concentrate on fitting into any cookie cutter mold but on healthy eating and movement.

Beauty comes in all different sizes, shapes and colors. It is time that we stop saying this as simple rhetoric and start living it as a reality. Our daughters and little sisters need to believe this because they will face a harsh world and they need the strength and backbone to stare the naysayers’ hatred down.

February 25, 2010

This Just In! Something Special For the cUrVy Ladies & the brown girls

You are finally getting the attention you deserve! Upon perusing some of my favorite plus-size fashion bloggers I found out that Vogue Italy is now dedicating an entire section of their site to the curvy girl and to the brown girls!

Check out Vogue Curvy for curvy style icons, fashion and awesome tips. Check out all things noir at Vogue Black. I’ve already bookmarked both sites and I’m sure you will too!

February 20, 2010

Check it Out! MP Fit Coach

Hey yall!

Just wanted to let you know to check out the MP Fit Coach page where I am writing a diary of fitness and motivational tips : )

*I’ll also, I’A, be putting up some healthy recipes and snack ideas this week. I post tips throughout the week so continue to check in with me!*


February 20, 2010

Fashion Forward Hijab

The Hegab Rehab Shop features fashion forward and unique hijabs. Here are my favorites:

Simply beautiful pink butterflies:

Pink Bubbles:

Lilac and black ruffles:

Teal crochet:

Blue medallion:

February 18, 2010

Flower Power: Inspired by Lady Day

Billy Holiday rocked a flower in her hair like nobody’s business:

(One of my favorite photos in which I imagine her dress as a blinged-out abaya! )

Etsy shops Enchantedly Yours and Autumn Oaks Designs are sure to bring romance and softness to your wardrobe with their handmade flower accessories.

Enchantedly Yours’ flower hair clips and headbands are perfectly adaptable for hair or scarf:

Pink & Lime Green:

Open rose with pearl center:

Slip this satin handband over a fave black hijab for a nighttime look.

I’m in love with this oversized rust orange flower

This Autumn Oaks Designs’ grey flower brooch is perfect for work or play

February 16, 2010

Style Remix: Double Scarfing

Fashion blogger and online boutique owner Ange of Hegab Rehab posted about using a double scarf look to brighten up a plain outfit. Well- I decided to double scarf for another reason. I was torn between wearing two hijabs.

The dress I chose for the day was anything but plain (deep purple- velour- empire waist) but I was torn between going all matchy-matchy with my purple Bint Qamar scarf or wearing my new fave-a crinkly floral Target find.

I opted for both-using the purple for my hijab and the floral for an accent. See below.
(Um, -perdoname for the strange glow-I took the picture on my cheap-o cell. A sista’s waiting for that upgrade. ; )

February 14, 2010

Monday Morning Class

Two looks to get your day on the right track.

Black and white floral with a pop of bright pink.

A Bohemian look with bold print.

February 13, 2010

This Just In!!! Walmart’s Pretty Spring HiJaBs

Ran to Walmart to get a new bathroom scale and stumbled upon these super pretty spring hijabs. What I love about them: The awesome color and crochet lines that decorate the ends & middle of the fabric. And yeah, they’re only five dollars!