girls in the hills

girls in the hills

The perfect fall outfit.

This outfit could be worn to an event, dinner with friends, or on a fun day trip. It can easily be dressed up with jewelry or dressed down with a simpler makeup look. I love these pop-of-color shoes, the flowy dress, and the classy look the shirt underneath gives.

I found this dress at Target and the undershirt and shoes at Marshalls!

 

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ophelia

ophelia

When I first saw this dress, I was at Target with my headphones in listening to the song Ophelia by the Lumineers. I knew I had to have this piece. Dresses like this are absolutely lovely because they are divine – beautiful but also modest. All of these photos are raw and unedited.

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flowers and tassels

flowers and tassels

Today I was feeling bold with my outfit. I have had these two items just sitting in my closet waiting to be worn, and today was finally the day I put them on! Together! This dress is a little out of my comfort zone, but I bought it on a whim from H&M because it was on sale, and who doesn’t like a good deal!! This fifty dollar dress was only fifteen dollars! It has a V-neck in the front, so I turned it around and wore it backwards. This is something that I LOVE doing because it makes it so much easier to style a hijab without worrying about any chest area showing. The statement necklace that I’m wearing a beautiful tassel one from Francesca’s. Right when I saw this necklace I knew I wanted to have it!! However, I had some difficulty trying to style it. The necklace is a little longer, which I usually like, but it wasn’t laying right on my chest. My mom gave me really good advice, and that was to double the chain around my neck twice, kind of like a choker. It made the necklace move up higher and it was comfortable to wear too! Mixing patterns isn’t something that I always do, but I thought the color of the tassels really complimented the dress’s flower, and decided to put them together. Everything else I wore was really neutral, with navy shoes, dark jeans, and a white cardigan. I think this helped even out my outfit so that it wasn’t too overpowering. Even though it’s a little different, I felt comfortable the entire day.

 

Why?

As a Muslim woman living in a western society, there are many elements and sources that help shape who I am. Obviously the first thing is that I am a woman. As a woman, I have been passed down honor from my mother, my grandmother, and generations before me to give birth to the next generation. It is an amazing feeling knowing that one day I will raise amazing human beings who will one day change the world. My features passed down to by hard-working middle eastern women before me. My eyes, hips, nose, and hair all a symbol of where I come from. The next, is where I live. No one chooses where they live. At some point, yes, you can pick up your stuff and move, but that still isn’t really your choice. I did not choose to be born in Wisconsin, but it happened. I grew up going to a local neighborhood elementary school, and an Islamic Sunday school on the weekends. I was on swim and dive team, and I would spend my Saturday mornings at swim meets laughing, buying snacks, and having a good time. Lastly, what shapes me is my religion. Growing up I knew I was Muslim. I never really realized I was different though. I remember when 9/11 happened. I was at my friends house and my mom came and picked me up. However, I didn’t really understand anything about it. I didn’t get bullied in school, or if I did, I don’t remember it. I was just a normal kid, I stayed on the swim team and had sleepovers. My family and I moved to Charlotte when I was going into fifth grade. That is when I realized that I was different. I didn’t really understand religion back then either. I just thought my mom was strict because she didn’t let me wear shorts. My features really stood out. I went to a predominantly white school and my curly brown hair definitely caught people’s attention. I remember the moment I really felt different is when people started bringing Christmas presents to school for their friends, and it was something that I could never really be a part of. Religion is different for everyone. Everyone goes through journeys in their lives, which essentially is what leads them or turns them away from religion. I had my ups and downs, but I have come to terms with what I believe, and I am content. I love Islam, and I love learning about it. It is truly a beautiful religion. The way the media exploits my deen is very frustrating. The way people talk about Muslims is disgusting, and should not be tolerated. When you are proud of something, you want to show it off. For example, when you get married, you wear a ring to display that you are now married. For me, that is what wearing the hijab is. It shows people that I’m Muslim, and that I’m really just like them. I’m an average girl who grew up in Wisconsin listening to Hey There Delilah and walking to the pool. As some of you may know, I’ve taken up the hobby of making my own hijabs. The hijab is a symbol of modesty. But no one said modesty doesn’t have to look good? The hijab does not define me, it helps me be who I am. It gives me confidence and strength, and it guides me through my life. Modesty is about your actions. It is about how you interact with people, how you speak, and what decisions you make. It is not about if one strand of my hair shows, or if I decide that I want to wear makeup. The hijab, to me, is something that adds to who I am. It protects the body that was passed down to me by generations of woman, and it will protect the body of the generations of woman to come. Modesty comes in all different forms, shapes, and colors. Modesty is not dictated by whether you wear the hijab even. It is about how you live your life. That is why I am so interested in fashion, in making hijabs, and having a blog. I am an American, Palestinian, Muslim woman which makes me part of a very small minority group and I have so much to offer, I know that I do. This is just the beginning of an adventure, and I hope that you all will come along with me.

Monochromatic

Monochromatic

Dressing monochromatic means wearing the same color, in different shades and textures. Kanye West is famous for dressing monochromatic, and he portrays this specific way of dressing in his yeezy collection. The outfit that I am wearing focuses on the color of brown – some lighter browns that look more nude, and some darker browns. If you are in a rush dressing monochromatic is very convenient, because it is so easy and so stylish! Especially if your closet is color coded!

Easy Fall Styles

Easy Fall Styles

Outfit #1 –

SHIRT: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=dress&ProductID=2000237162&VariantID=
CARDIGAN:http://www.boohoo.com/coats+jackets/jessica-sleeveless-tab-duster/invt/dzz77609
LEGGINGS:http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=&Category=bottoms_leggings&ProductID=2000214536&VariantID=
SHOES: https://www.timberland.com/shop/mens-6-inch-basic-waterproof-boots-w-padded-collar-black-19039001 
PURSE:http://www.michaelkors.com/mercer-medium-bonded-leather-crossbody/_/R-US_30F6GM9M2L?No=9&color=0606
WATCH:http://www.michaelkors.com/audrina-tortoise-acetate-and-rose-gold-tone-watch/_/R-US_MK6199?No=6&color=0622

Outfit #2-

DRESS:http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=dress&ProductID=2000197083&VariantID=
CARDIGAN:http://www.boohoo.com/new-in/alice-sleeveless-duster/invt/dzz77993
LEGGINGS:http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=&Category=bottoms_leggings&ProductID=2000214536&VariantID=
SHOES:http://www.michaelkors.com/fawn-suede-ankle-boot/_/R-US_40F6FAME5S?No=16&color=0001
PURSE:http://www.michaelkors.com/mercer-large-bonded-leather-satchel/_/R-US_30H6GM9S3L?No=8&color=0606
WATCH:http://www.michaelkors.com/blair-rose-gold-tone-stainless-steel-chronograph-watch/_/R-US_MK5263?No=2&color=0622

Outfit #3-

SHIRT:http://www.hm.com/us/product/30028?article=30028-I
TRENCH:http://www.boohoo.com/new-in/lola-longline-trench/invt/dzz78468
LEGGINGS:http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=&Category=bottoms_leggings&ProductID=2000214536&VariantID=
PURSE:http://www.michaelkors.com/mercer-large-bonded-leather-satchel/_/R-US_30F6GM9T3L?color=0321SHOES:
SHOES:https://www.timberland.com/shop/mens-6-inch-basic-waterproof-boots-w-padded-collar-black-19039001
WATCH:http://www.michaelkors.com/audrina-tortoise-acetate-and-rose-gold-tone-watch/_/R-US_MK6199?No=6&color=0622