Archive for August, 2010

August 31, 2010

EAST ESSENCE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

I received this email from East Essence today and wanted to share it with any of the younger women out there who are undergraduates. The deadline for the essay is September 4th. It sounds like a great opportunity! Info below.

LAST DATE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS IS 4TH SEPTEMBER.
Results will be declared on 12th September
EastEssence.com academic Scholarship program “Class of 2010”

EastEssence.com is very thankful to all our customers and our community for supporting us through the mission of promoting Modest clothing in our communities. We at EastEssence.com are supporting multiple charitable programs all over the world with all this support and help from everyone out there. We have now decided to take our mission a step further by promoting education in our community. With that in mind EastEssence.com is proud to announce a student scholarship program that will be awarded to a total of seven deserving students. The criteria for awarding the scholarships will include academic achievement, economic need, and the demonstration of character.

The scholarships provided will be upto $5000 (towards tuition fees) per student per year and will be provided to seven Undergraduate students majoring in any recognized educational field. The first EastEssence.com scholarships will be awarded in early September 2010.

To qualify for the scholarship we would like to receive a brief 3 paragraph note (limited to below 500 words) on why you feel you deserve this scholarship. Please remember you will need to display your economic need, highlight your academic achievements and also demonstrate strong character in your writeup. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by our screening committee that will include some prominent personalities from the community. All winners will be notified by the first week of September and the scholarships will be awarded immediately.

Please email all your writeups to:
scholarships@eastessence.com

Please do not call to ask for information. We will prefer to receive emails on this address for any questions you might have. We are starting this program for the first time to supplement EastEssence.com’s other philanthropic activities so please feel free to provide us any form of feedback for this program. For all feedback or questions please email:

shazia@eastessence.com

Please forward this email to all friends or relatives who you feel may be a good candidate for the scholarships.
We will soon be introducing some more exciting programs for the community so please stay tuned and watch out for our emails.

August 29, 2010

Video Clip: Rabia Z Hijab Style Tips

There is also an article and photo gallery to accompany the video. Hat tip to Mariam Sobh of Hijabtrendz for first alerting her readers to the initial article : ) If you want to stay on top of all things Rabia Z friend her on Facebook.

I’ve become a fan of the jersey hijab style lately. Although, I find because of my rounder face that I have to work to add a little bit of volume to the jersey hijab-as it tends to cling. When I wear jersey material as hijab I use a flower clip that I made myself after watching Hegab Rehab’s instructional video.

Which styles do you like, amigas?

August 26, 2010

Modest Find: Tie Dye Maxi Skirt

I adore this tie dye maxi skirt from Evans.

I think it would be great paired with a black tank, jean jacket, burgundy scarf for color, peep toe black wedges (love those!) and a flash of silver bangles. How would you style it?

August 25, 2010

Fall 2010 Inspiration I : Powerful Femininity

This Fall I’m inspired by powerful femininity- Soft textures within classic, bold structures. I’m crazy for florals, lace, deconstructed ruffles (like the ones in a Vela scarf) and the hint of toughness suggested by a military shirt dress.

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Index
1. Vela ruffle scarf 2. Vela scarf 3. Carmakoma Angel Shirt Dress 4. Old Navy Embellished Cardigan
5. Evans Floral Border Print Dress 6. Evans Khaki Military Shirt Dress 7. Dorothy Perkins Cream Border Lace Dress 8. Dorothy Perkins Teal Print Lace 9. Evans taupe pleat bag 10. Dorothy Perkins purple belted structured bag 11. Dorothy Perkins burgundy corsage necklace

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August 19, 2010

Let’s talk about Fat, girls (yes i said the f-word)

Ah when worlds collide!

This blog is actually a collision of many worlds-or we can call it a merging of affiliations. I am a Muslim. A lover of clothes. And a fat woman (more on this descriptor in a bit).

I mentioned in this previous post why I started this blog. I needed a space to talk about style (a particular Muslimah style-that of a hijabi) in a body affirming way.

When I say body-affirming, I mean specifically centering the body of larger women. Fat women.

I named this blog Modest Plus because, being aware of the extent of my digressive nature, I knew I would talk about “modest” clothing for Muslim women who cover but I also knew I would eventually venture off into other topics. The plus also gestures to the term plus-size often used to describe clothing for women who wear anything size 14 or above.

The funny thing is that I don’t personally or politically use the term plus-size to describe myself. I call myself fat. Yes, I do.

The interesting thing about being a person in the modern world is that you are exposed to multiple perspectives. Some of these perspectives can be useful to you and some you throw away. Since I was a teen one perspective that impressed itself on my tiny brain was that of size, or more narrowly, fat acceptance.

The radical idea that bodies come in all different shapes and sizes and the idea that this must be accepted without shaming any type of body.

This also includes not making assumptions about any bodies. Not thinking someone is anorexic because they are naturally thin. Not assuming that a fat person eats all day long and never exercises. Or that they’re going to keel over and die any second!

When I am not writing about maxi dresses and jewelry I read a lot of science articles and books specifically about weight. What I have found is that issues of weight, fat or weight loss are more complicated than Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers or The Biggest Loser would have you believe.

I have found that dieting does more harm to the body than good. Based on my research I have pledged a no-diet rule for my body and embraced the proven science of Health at Every Size (HAES). You might have noticed the book on my bookshelf but click here to see more about HAES.

The funny thing is that many of the fashion blogs that I read are loud and proud about their fat acceptance. Young, Fat and Fabulous, Musings of a Fatshionista, Fatshionista flickr, Fatshionable, Saks in the City are all up in your face with their love of their bodies.

The second funny thing is that I hesitated to claim the word fat on this blog. I didn’t want to scare the modest or Muslim girls away. Those who might claim themselves to be a little thicker or curvy or plus sized but would stab you in the heart if you ever called them fat.

Guess what, I understand that sentiment. When a term is used to demoralize or dehumanize a person-he or she will resist and resent it. And let’s be real- fat is a word used to make a woman feel ugly or worthless. Sigh.

So I didn’t throw the term fat out there because moving in Muslim circles for most of my life I know that wearing hijab or abaya or long sleeves does not make you immune to having serious body image issues. In fact, many Muslimahs I know are hyper critical of their looks, weight and, although sad to say, other Muslimahs’ weight, clothes and looks.

And this has got me thinking. Why keep something all to myself? I mean we are all grown women up in here (lol). I am a Muslimah and a bonafide size acceptance warrior. You can love it or shove it!

BUT there might be one woman or teenage girl out there reading this- Gorgeous yet emotionally devastated by the injustice that assumes she is ugly or lazy because she is fat.

Educate yourself. Accept yourself. Love yourself. Live your life. ❤

August 17, 2010

a belated greeting


(One of my favorite Ramadan images-of the decorated interior of a Muslim home. Simple and elegant)

Ramadan Mubarak (The blessings of Ramadan upon you)! I know that my greeting comes late -as we Muslims are, Insha’Allah, about to complete the first full week of fasting. Yet, I want to extend my heartfelt greeting to all of my sisters.

August 14, 2010

I’m So Excited!!!

About the fabulous My Hijab Plus and Hijabi and the City who are representing for us +plus+ Muslimahs!

These two Aussie sisters are beautiful (Masha’Allah) and showing us that all it takes is a lil’ courage and style to make it work!

I actually have read Houda’s blogs off and on for a few years; but, I was so happy to return to her site and see that she is now doing fashion blogging and inspiring us with some of her ootd (outfits of the day). Check her out styling a basic black maxi to make it suitable for Ramadan taraweeh prayers.


(Isn’t that pink bow necklace against her hijab simply gorgeous!)

Love this cropped mustard jacket

I also adore the sophisticated and bold looks of Edibe of Hijabi and the City

This girl can WORK a hijab!

These sisters are really giving soooo much fashion inspiration so check them out!