Archive for ‘Vintage’

June 9, 2010

I like to Dingle-Dangle

I’m realizing now that that when it comes to accessories I have been inspired by two main people for most of my life.

Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink

and my grandmother. It makes perfect sense. Remember in Pretty in Pink when Blaine takes Andy to that terrible party and some chic makes fun of Andy’s pearls? The point is that Andy showed up to that boring-bland party kind of grandmotherly in pearls. Andy’s accessory sense was indeed older lady funky.


Um, it’s definitely not Posh-Spice. But since I was a kid I loved the way older women accessorize. Everytime I visited my grandmother’s house during the summers I would raid her closets- coming back with big necklaces, crocheted hats and oversized handbags.

As a hijabi I find that I resist the cookie cutter aspects of Muslimah style through my accessories and their homage to ❤ Grandma Daisy ❤ and Molly. So you can usually find my hijab accompanied by a little dingle-dangle

A little silver:

A green bead and gold wire thrift store find:

The best part- you don’t need a ton of money to find great signature necklaces : )

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

August 30, 2009

Stately in Pearls

girl with the pearl earring

 Whether as an accent on your wrist, a final touch on a scarf or a delicate touch on the earlobes- pearls are a go-to accessory.

In the Islamic-Judeo-Christian tradition they are used to evoke images of the beauty of the hereafter. For instance in the Qur’an:

22:23 God will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds, to Gardens beneath which rivers flow: they shall be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls; and their garments there will be of silk.

In the New Testament:

Matthew 13: 45-46. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Many of us knew about Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting ” Girl With a Pearl Earring” even before Scarlett Jo tied her hair in a bonnet and got all pale  for the 2003 film.

Post-80s fashion- pearls don’t have to just be matched with your Sunday best.  You can wear them when dressing up or down-their unique appeal always comes through.

Blue nile pearl bracelt with silver

Blue Nile Pearl Bracelet with silver


Green brooch ( Bow brooch (