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    My Hijabi Inspirations

    Inspiration comes to us in many forms. There are so many inspirational hijabis in the world, and today I will only be sharing with you four of my personal ones, as part of my little blogging series for World Hijab Day. These wonderful women inspire me in different ways, so forgive me if my list appears to jump from one point of discussion to another.

    Now, in no particular order, my hijabi inspirations:

    1. Saufeeya Goodson

    I follow Saufeeya on Instagram and her feed is MAD. It is so carefully curated and her outfits are always so on point. I love how her confidence radiates through every photo that she publishes and how she treats her Instagram feed as a creative space rather than a platform to document everyday activities, which most of us use it for. Saufeeya inspires me to push myself creatively and explore social media spaces in different ways. Everytime I revisit her feed, I am reminded to think out of the box and be unafraid to express myself through my outfits and photography.

    2. Hana Tajima


    (Image credit: hanatajima.com)

    I first gained interest in hijab fashion when I came across photos of Hana Tajima on Tumblr many years ago. I was intrigued at her effortless sense of style – it was never flashy, but more relaxed and contemporary. Whenever I needed a dose of inspiration, I’d take a look at her photos. Even the way I style my hijab is influenced by her! Since then my sense of style has developed to include other influences but Hana Tajima will always remain the first hijab style icon to pique my interest in this art and inspire me to develop that interest into something more.

    3. Malala Yousafzai

    (Image credit: Malala Fund Facebook)

    Reading about Malala never fails to make me question my life choices, all at once. She has my utmost respect and admiration for her accomplishments and her determination to create change and fight for what she believes in. A lot of the times I make the mistake of taking things for granted and not realising how fortunate I am to have been born and raised in a society where education and safety aren’t out of reach. When I think of Malala and the ordeals she went through, I remember that I have so much to give thanks for and also so much that I can do affect positive change. Her strength and courage inspire me so much. I don’t really know how to put this into words… in the course of my years on Earth, I hope that I’d be able to create real, tangible change, the way Malala is doing right now. What a goal to strive for.

    4. Niloofar Rahmani

    (Image credit: Niloofar Rahmani’s Facebook Page)

    I learnt about Niloofar Rahmani through an article by Buzzfeed which listed her as one of the “Badass women you probably didn’t hear about in 2015″. Niloofar became Afghanistan’s first female fixed-wing military pilot since the fall of the Taliban. And at just 21 years old! Unfortunately, fast forward a few years later, death threats from members of the Taliban and even her own extended family has forced her and her immediate family to flee her home and, according to this article, she is currently in the US training to pilot a special plane. I think it is so admirable that she still has the determination to succeed and live her dream despite the terrifying amount of danger that it puts her in. Her story really inspires me to push myself  to achieve the things I want and serves as a reminder that we all have the capacity and the strength to succeed within us. All that’s left for us to decide is how much effort we are willing to put in to get there and how much we are willing to sacrifice to reach our goals.

    Do you find inspiration in any of these women as well? Share your thoughts with me!

     Explore other hijabi inspirations:

    My Hijabi Inspirations by Sadiya

    Hijabi Inspirations by Fads

    Hijabi Inspirations by Wallflower Hijabi

    Beauty, Personal

    Why I Wear the Hijab

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    Hello, my beautiful friends 🙂 How are all of you feeling today? I hope you’re well, cuz I’ve got quite the post for you! World Hijab Day is just ’round the corner on 1st Feb so I decided that it might be fun for a little blogging collaboration in celebration of this day. A lot of the times, the people I meet are curious about my hijab – why I decided to wear it, when I decided to put it on, etc. I’m sure many of you have had some of these questions in mind as well so today, as part of this collaboration, I will be sharing my story. At the end of this post I will also be linking you guys up to a few other bloggers who have been so kind in joining me in this little project. I hope that these different experiences will give you some insight into our relationship with our faith and how each of us personally found meaning through the act of donning the hijab.

    THE TRIGGER

    My decision to start wearing the hijab came rather unexpected. Before then, I always told myself that I’d wear it after I get married and settle down. The trigger to don the hijab came mid-2010, just a while after my late grandmother passed away. I’ve never experienced a loved one’s death before then, and that experience really shook me. My late grandmother took care of me when I was growing up and for me to lose someone who played such a huge role in my life… I don’t really have the words to describe it. I don’t think I’ve gotten over that loss, even up to this day.

    That experience made me lose my bearings a little… I was lost for a while and in the months after that, I came to the realisation that life is short and you can’t live any bit of it with regret. Not that I didn’t know that before, but these things took on a whole new meaning when the harshness of reality kicked in. I remember I was on a train home when the thought hit me out of nowhere and I told myself, right then, right there, “I am going to put on the hijab.” Perhaps it was my new life motto pushing me to take the plunge, but looking back, I think it was a way for me to deal with that loss. At that point of time, it was my way of shutting out the world and giving myself time to heal and grow, before I was ready to step out again.

    FINDING MYSELF

    At that time I was also grappling with lots of insecurity issues – I was very much aware of society’s standards of beauty and I felt like I couldn’t match up. I pegged my worth to that unachievable standard, which led to a really low level of self-esteem. I felt that donning the hijab was a way of rebelling against it, and in a way, that helped me to work on the other parts of me that I was neglecting up until that time. Quality of thought, social skills, creativity, leadership… I explored all these other facets to my identity which helped me to grow as a person and overcome a lot of my insecurities. It was a little while after that when I started experimenting with fashion and beauty again. I realised that I could create my own definition of beauty, and that in itself, was an act of empowerment that I’ve come to associate with the hijab.

    LOOKING BACK

    It’s been close to 6 years since I made that decision. Whenever somebody asks me the question, “Why do you wear the hijab?” I think that I will always recount the memory of losing my grandmother, because that really was the trigger point. But thinking about it right now, I think that the hijab has truly helped me to find myself. It was only after putting it on that I found the courage to dig deep and uncover all these little parts of me that were hidden and gave them opportunities to shine.

    The hijab empowers me and teaches me that there is so much I can offer the world, so much I can do to make it a better place.

    And for that, I am truly grateful.

     

    Explore other hijab stories:

    Why I Started Wearing the Hijab by Tiq

    Why I’m Wearing Hijab by Andina

    Why I Started Wearing the Hijab by Zubia

    Why I Started Wearing the Hijab by Veena

    Why I’m Wearing the Hijab by Fads (Updated 26 Jan)

    Why do I Wear the Hijab by Wallflower Hijabi (Updated 26 Jan)

    Why I Prefer to Wear Hijab by Kai (Updated 28 Jan)

    (more to be added to this list very soon!)

     

    Fashion, Outfits, Personal, Style

    Brunch-ready

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    Brunch is probably my favourite meal of the day. It works as a good excuse not to rise early on weekends and it cuts into lunch, which means more time to sit around and chat with friends! Here’s an outfit I shot a while back that identifies as my perfect brunch outfit – simple and breezy with the perfect statement bag to pull the whole outfit together.

    My favourite part of this look is definitely this Longchamp Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux Tote Bag. It was a gift from my mom and I have to say that I was having trouble finding ways to pair it with outfits as it’s a lot more… pastel than anything else I own in my collection. As it turned out, it became the perfect go-to bag when I needed a dressy tote to make a statement but not catch too much attention. The denim slacks are a recent addition to my wardrobe, being part of the LifeWear Collection by Hana Tajima in her collaboration with Uniqlo a few months back. They are unbelievably soft and breathable – perfect for the hot and humid climate that we have here in our island home. I completed the outfit with a white button-down and a pair of silver wedges that I picked up when I was travelling around Italy two years back.

    How’s everybody doing these days? I just plunged into my 5th week of school – finally back after a semester and a Summer away! To be honest, I haven’t fully gotten out of the holiday mood… hopefully a jolt in blogging activity will help me shake it off – I’m starting to feel the gears in my head turn a bit more quickly already!