Archive for ‘Lifestyle’

March 3, 2010

A Girl’s Got To Eat! Wednesdays

Nothing can be more relaxing or enjoyable than cooking up a great meal for yourself and/or family & friends. With the plethora of cooking shows & competitions as well as diets fads and crazes, the simple joy of cooking and eating has been displaced by too many don’ts and not enough yums : (

Many cooking novices fear the kitchen because they see it as a space of exact science rather than fun and experimentation. Just like modest style- a great meal usually boast a layering of simple items that create a fabulous whole.

On a given Wednesday- I will highlight something tested and tried in my kitchen-because a girl’s got to eat! For future reference all recipes can be found in the MP Fit page underneath Recipes & Snacks.

This month I give you roasted eggplant & whole wheat penne. This delicious dish was a breeze to make. +PLUS+ it had the hubby and me doing the happy dance with its robust flavor. I served it with a side of steamed vegetable medley.


1 box of whole wheat penne
2 tablespoons of olive oil
cooking spray
1 medium size eggplant (thinly sliced into rounds)
1 small onion finely chopped
Chopped clove of garlic
2 cans of diced tomatoes
Coarse black pepper, Sea Salt, Basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, grated Romano parmesan, chopped parsley for garnish.

1.Preheat oven to 375
2. Spray a cookies sheet with non-stick spray and arrange eggplant slices. Lightly salt and pepper the slices. Roast in oven until eggplant browns and has softened. Set aside.
3. Prepare penne pasta according to package instructions and set aside. *Remember to cook your pasta al dente.
4. Over medium heat-in a large pan- sauté the onions and garlic in heated olive oil until the onions start to brown. Season with black pepper and salt.
5.Add the eggplant and then the two cans of tomatoes.
6. Season your sauce to your liking with Basil, Oregano & red pepper. Bring to a light simmer.
7.Toss in the penne making sure to thoroughly integrate the sauce into the pasta. Allow to heat together for about two minutes.
8.Garnish with parmesan romano & parsley.
9. Serve with steamed veggies or a salad.

Bon Appetit!

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 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 7, 2010

WE Love African Print

Three African-print infused outfits styled for the woman on the go.

This first one is perfect to wear to class or to run errands. A mini dress, jeans and a cropped cardi.

This second look includes maxi-dress, jean jacket and flats- perfect for Sunday brunch or window shopping.

With funky tights and peep-toe shoes this look is fun for checking out the new exhibit at the art museum.

February 6, 2010

Leather and Floral for a Girls’ Night Out