I’ve had these striped flowy pants for the longest time, hidden away with the intention of altering them but of course, I never got around to that. So when a family occasion called for something a little dressier than my usual get-up, I pulled them out from the abyss and thought, “hey, why not?” Seeing a few iterations of baggy pants pop up during past fashion week street style snaps gave me enough confidence to wear them out. Once you get past the problem of having the hems drag against the floor from time to time, it felt pretty cool looking down and seeing them flounce around my feet. Past Liyana would have paired these with a pair of heels, but I’ve thrown in the towel with uncomfortable footwear. I threw on these Nike sneakers instead, bagged at a great deal during a recent trip to Johor Bahru.
I pulled the entire outfit together with a few swipes of Griselda by Fenty Beauty. This shade has won me so many compliments, it’s insane! I love a strong red lip. Plus, they make an even stronger statement when I match them to my scarves 😉
Hello my friends, how have you been? I hope you are well. As you might have noticed, I took some time off blogging the past few months. I decided to dedicate my full time and attention to my final year project of university. Now that everything is over, I’m moving into the next stage of my life after school, and it is all a bit daunting… As much as I am excited, I’m also very nervous. Almost 16 years of formal education over! Some of you have reached out to me via Twitter and shared your experiences. Thank you for that, good advice is always welcomed 🙂
The past few weeks have been a good breather during this period of transition. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been too kind – we’re currently experiencing an intense heatwave in our little red dot. Thankfully I’ve got this piece tucked away in my closet that I never quite knew how to style until now. I found this asymmetrical maxi cardigan at a flea market that my friend organised. It’s a piece from the H&M x Maison Martin Margiela collection from a couple of years back! Amazing, huh? And at a fraction of the price it was probably sold for, too. (I’m waiting patiently for pieces from the H&M x Balmain collection to show up at the flea markets!) I love that it’s made of a soft, silky smooth material that’s light and breathable, making it perfect for everyday wear in Singapore.
I also love that there are several ways to style it. There’s a pair of ribbons on each edge of the piece that allow it to drape over the body like a wrap-around top and a pair of clasp buttons to seal the look. For this getup, I chose to tie this ribbon behind me rather than in front, and fasten the clasp at the front so it creates a more open, laid-back feel. This maxi piece could also be worn with its ribbons and clasps undone. I finished the look with a chunky metallic necklace, a pair of grey slacks and my new everyday sandals from Kenneth Cole Reaction.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!