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Monday, April 27, 2009

Salaams! Today I received a bunch of cool stuff in the mail,alhamdullilah! My order from starscarves arrived and they are officially my favorite place to order from! Its free shipping and its so fast,I ordered some scarves thursday evening and I received them this afternoon. I ordered 5 new hijabs! A yellow,red,turquoise, and grey pashmina and and a super cute navy,white,grey, and turquoise square hijab. I also order so colored push pens, they are so cute. Also, I received my Mastering Arabic book with 2 audio cd's. Alhadullilah! The book looks so cool and it teaches you everything and you use it with the cd's. The cool thing is it teaches you how to speak and write arabic,so I plan on getting through this book thoroughly and before ramadan begins in august..seems soon right?? So I really like the look of the pashmina scarf, they are both cute and stylish and functional and I have mastered the oblong shayla which is by far my favorite style but sometimes the scarfs I love only come in square and I cant wear this style right for some reason. I mean I can physically wear it but I dont really like how it looks on me. I have a few really cool scarves but they are square hijabs and 100% and I hate the way it lays around my face. First off, I am a little self conscious with hijab all together because I feel like I have a fat face( yes and I had'nt noticed till I wore hijab.. I suppose its been fat.LOL ) So on top of having a fat, face and being rather fair-skinned sometimes I feel like my face looks like a fat marshmallow. This may be a bit dramatic but thats why I like my scarf tied secure around my face. However,with these fancy shmancy polyester hijabs I end up looking ridiculus and I wanted to find a picture of a hijabi that looks like it,but ridiculing others isnt my style. So you just have to use your imagine. No matter how many pins I use I cant get the darn thing to lay right but I am a perfectionist so I will keep at it and let you know how it turns out. In the meantime, any tips are well appreciated!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My weekend

Salaams everyone and I hope everyone had a good weekend.I had a very nice one masha'Allah.Friday I went to my parents and spent the night.yesterday I went to get a trim and deep condition and I got a manicure and pedicure with my mom.We later (myself ,parents, sister and godson) went to this shopping area that has a lot of restaurants and things to do.we went to the bookstore,got gelato,went to anne taylor loft and went to the cheesecake factory. Btw Anne Taylor loft has some super cute spring and summer items and it's both affordable and hijabi friendly for a lot of the was a nice day. Today we cooked out because it was 85 and just enjoyed the weather.I was on another sisters blog and I learned of a channel called the islam channel,I am not sure who get it's,maybe London (lucky!!!) but anyhow they have a show called city sisters.the awesome thing is most of them are on you tube so if you don't get this network which I don't you can enjoy them on you's so awesome!! Sorry if there are many typos since i'm posting this via a text message on my iPhone.which is sooo near by the way! I had a good weekend and I hope you all did as well.I will post some episodes of city sisters and some cut stuff from Anne Taylor later.salaams :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Salaams sisters. Summer is approaching and although I converted to islam last july and it was still hot then, I had yet to wear hijab properly. Now that I do wear my hijab everyday the right way, I am so nervous about the upcoming summer season. I love clothes soo much but I love Allah more so I know I will do the right thing insha'allah but Im still nervous and on top of that I feel like I no longer have a fabulous wardrobe! It has been relatively easy to convert my late winter/early spring wardrobe into a hijabi wardrobe but there is no hope for my summer wardrobe. I have so many cute tanks and capris and dresses and I dont know what to do about them. I can wear cute cardigans with some stuff and now the search is on. I have to buy every cute little sweater I can find. I feel like I seriously need a little a thousand to get on the right track and I plan on investing a lot into my new wardrobe. I dont think I should have to give up feeling cute and comfortable just because Iam wearing hijab. I plan on going to the gap or express and buying a lot of cute long sleeve cotton shirts, and 3/4 sleeve tops. I have also seen some super cute long dresses that will be perfect with a cute cardigan. At least Iam cool in the shoe department. LOL. But I need to buy a ton more scarves, accesories,and hijabs. I really like starscarves because they are cute and affordable and get this...I am actually in the process of buying a..drumroll..ABAYA!!! Alhamdullilah for how far I have come and I have all my sisters to thank for giving me inspiration and letting me know I can do it. Blogging has been the best thing ever for me and I so glad I stumbled upon beautiful muslimah a year ago because blogging has really made my conversion to islam a lot easier. Well thats all for now. :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Salaams and juma mubarak! yesterday I went to juma for the very first time alhamdullilah! However, I didnt leave feeling rejuvenated like I had expected too. I wasnt that comfortable sitting in a crowded room on the floor listening to the imam through speakers(The tv wasnt on for some reason). I found it hard to concentrate when I couldnt see the speaker. Secondly, there were children and they were talking and crying and crawling around and I found the whole thing chaotic. I use to attend church regularly and I came to rely on that spiritual rejuvenation at the end of the week. I want the same thing with islam except I didn't find it at juma at this particular masjid. Another thing was the vibe was not as friendly as I had hoped or expected. I asked this one sister where the sisters go to pray and she looked at me frustrated and said "what do you mean?" which obvious she knew what I meant. I said "can you show me where the sisters pray" and she says who sent you? I am like "no one sent me" and I walked away and found it myself. When it came time to pray I was praying and someone's toddler was LITERALLY playing with my toes which was distracting and I looked around like is someone going to get their child?? Then after the prayer this sister comes up to me and says "I noticed you looking around during the prayer and your not suppose to. Your suppose to look at the spot on the floor where you place your head." Im like" ok, Im a new muslim and I new to the masjid, thanks". She is like" oh Iam so happy for you alhamdullilah!!" and hugs me and turned out to be a nice sister but still Iam iffy on my whole experience.

Another thing I felt out of place maybe a bit is I felt too glamourous and I was just being myself but compared to all the other sisters in there I looked like I was going for a photo shoot and they looked like they were running errands. Everyone literally had on all types of stuff, scarves that didn't match ect. This is fine, Iam not judging them. Im saying because I was so different and all dressed up with bracelets, and 2 scarves wrapped in a new style I learned and my trench coat with 3/4 sleeves, and so fourth, I felt not overdressed but I definitely stood out. I guess because I blog so much and Im not around sisters very often, I had thought I was going to see a bunch of hijab fashionistas ( like the ones I see on my my muslimah blogs) and I didn't. I was the only one, so I felt awkward. I expected to see women looking all the polyvore sets we all create on our blogs. That was naive I suppose. I dont mean literally that glamorous but more than what I saw. It leads me to another point. Just because you have to wear a scarf doesnt mean you dont have to care about what you look like. I still take a lot of time coordinating my outfits and scarves and accessories everyday so that I feel pretty and confident when I go out and I think a lot of sisters who maybe have a lot going on like families and such give up on this . Lastly, I just thought of why the lady asked me who sent me. Maybe I looked like I had a scarf on but that I was doing journalist or someone there to observe for like a school project or something. I totally think thats what she thought!!!! LIGHTBULB!!!! ( remember how I said i stood out like a sore thumb)..HAHA THAT IS FUNNY! I will not give up on juma, I will just try another masjid next friday. :) salaams

Friday, April 17, 2009

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Since putting on my hijab a month or so ago, I have noticed such a difference in my life, the way I feel, the way I walk and carry myself, and the others treat me. I want to talk about all of my experiences on my blog and I have tons to share with you guys in my little month as a hijabi which by the alhamdullilah! I am feeling so comfortable and confident! The first part of my post will start with the sudden interest in my nationality.

Part 1: What I have noticed since wearing a hijab, regarding race and ethnicity

Salaams. Did you all notice when you started to wear hijab that people took more of an interest in you? Maybe its me but I am bombared with all kinda questions regarding my religion, race, and ethnicity. The funny thing it normally starts with someone asking me what country Im from and then I say guess. DO you know what the most responses are...drumroll please.....PALESTINIAN! LOL. this is followed by indian or just arabic. LoL. People are soo interested in my country. where you are from, when did you come to america. Keep in mind I do not have a accent of any sort. The funny thing is Iam black,irish, and native. No one ever guesses that.My mom is black and irish and looks more irish with her red hair and face full of freckles.I have some too and sandy brown hair. Before I wore hijab people always ask my sis and I are we mixed and usually they think spanish. Now with my hijab everyone thinks I middle eastern. My skin complexion looks like this muslimah, maybe a little lighter.

Ok the part that is annoying about the whole things is and maybe this is a stretch but people are utterly shocked when I tell them Iam black and irish. You can almost hear then wanting to say you dont act or talk black. Example, I helped this older couple the other day at the pharmacy and they were very sweet.

Customer: "honey are you are so sweet, we have been coming here for over 20 years and no one has ever went out of there way to help me and my wife like this."

Me: "its my pleasure, anytime".

Customer: "honey what country are you from?"

Me:" America,sir." (keep in mind I know what he's getting at)

Customer's wife: " No sweety he means originally?"

Me: " I was born and raised here, as well as my parents"

Them: "Well you are absolutely beautiful, soo pretty and so is your scarf."

Me: "Thanks thats so nice."

Them: "Whats your nationality or ethnicity?"

Me: "Im black and irish"

Them: (Utterly surprised) " Really I would have never guessed!! Well your still beautiful"

Me: Thanks?

My point is they were very sweet people and I appreciated the comments, I just feel like people are so surprised at what I really am and I wonder does it go beyond the skin complexion because black people can be light skinned too. LOL. I think its a combination of my features and mannerisms. I have always been called white girl by other black people due to the way I talk and my features. ( I have always hated this because what these ignorant people were saying in essence, is because I am polite and courteous and speak properly,I am white?) My point isnt to get into a racial debate here. My family is extremely mixed, I have many white aunts and uncles and first cousins that look completely caucasian.
My point is normally some one is asking me where Iam from and telling me how pretty I am, and let me tell you now that I wear hijab the compliments roll in daily!!! Its soo crazy to me! I think I get more attention now and the complements are just wonderful ( I know, so vain) Seriously people are like you are soo pretty! Iam like thanks, a couple people told me I look like a princess or goddess. Yes really. LOL. My point isnt to brag about how good looking I am. The point is that I have noticed more compliments now than before and that everyone thinks I am middle eastern and when I say black and irish, its kinda like well your still really pretty. Its like if your really pretty you have to have some exotic background or story...I just think its interesting. Indian people always ask me am I indian or arabic. White people dont guess as much they just say where are you from and black people always say what are you mixed with?? They are all shocked at my answers and for different reason I suspect but I just want to know exactly the logic behind it. My new indian coworker, I asked her why she thought I was arabic and she said I dont know, you look and act arabian so. hmmm.....I dont know what that means...but I wanna get to the bottom of it. LOL

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I will be going shopping this weekend and I plan to wear a outfit very similar to this one. I absolutely love the way she wears that hijab and I want to try to see if I can pull it off. I have to first figure out how many scarves she is wearing.

Isnt that top so amazing and perfect for a hijabi. I mean its sooo stylish and yet still loose and long enough to cover you waist and butt properly in jeans. I would totally wear everything above. I absolutely adore pink and anything girly like that scarf and top. SOOO cute to me!!! I could even wear this outfit to juma this friday, I would just add my trench coat and I would be all set!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hijabi for almost a month!

As salaamu alaiykum sisters, today I had a nice day alhamdullilah. I went out to the cheesecake factory and shopping with my parents and sister, my first outing as a hijabi with my family, alhamdullilah! It went really well, my family is super supportive and things are going really well. I have been my hijab for almost 1 month and I am soo happy and proud of myself. Like I said before, I had worn hijab previously before but never full time every day all day. I have been wearing it full time and I have not left the house without it. My coworkers,classmates,and family have all been great about it. Yesterday I wore my favorite scarf,which is a rich blend of reds,oranges,green, and gold. Its a very beautiful scarf,masha'allah. I received so many compliments on it and Im feeling much more confident in my hijab these days. I just pray to Allah that it last. I hope I have crossed that hump for the last time. Im wearing hijab and praying regularly and increasing my deen insha'allah. I currently reading great women of islam and its soo amazing, I cant wait to finish and do a post about it. Thats all for now, salaams, but keep me in your duas sisters, so that I may be as strong as you!


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