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Clothes

A hijab girl/lady/woman can only have so many basics. After that she would want to have something a bit more dressy. And it seems to me that more and more online shops are not providing these. Sure, I could go to a hijab approved store but sometimes I wish that certain stores have a particular top with longer sleeves, a little more detail and such.

It's frustrating.

Oct. 20th, 2008

What I actually wanted to do was my whole week lineup of clothes but I got sidetracked at work and home life just passes by with hari raya visitings and many other social things in my life.

But I did buy a few more tops last week. A shirt and a tshirt from MNG and a top from Zara. I am loving the Zara top (a long sleeved peasant like top) and the shirt from MNG which I'm wearing today. A deep purple shirt with a bit of shirring at the sides. I took the M size which looks a little big on my frame but I think it gives enough coverage.

What I do need are more colourful scarfs and I am loving those from Turkey. If I'd known then, I'd snap up a whole lot of them when I was in Turkey 2-3 years back ! Oh well. But I do also need to know more on how to style this unwieldy pashmina shawls of mine. The excess cloths are killing me !

Hopefully, in time to come, I can amass up enough collections of scarves and hijab approved clothes that I can be proud of. Slowly. One shawl at a time !

Monday !

Back to work after a long one week leave, I am certainly dragging my feet. But first up, Selamat Hari Raya to All ! Hope that you had a great Aidilfitri !

Today I had little imagination for work clothes. Plus, was too tired from yesterday's outing to think up something a little bit  more fashionable. So it's just basic black with a spot of colour for the top. Here's a rough guide of what I wore to work:


I did went shopping yesterday and am happy with my purchases ! A top from Zara and 2 from MNG ! But can't spend too much as I need to save up for the Hatyai Road Trip ! Hope everything will go well !

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Classics

I've been looking at bags later, browsing around at various websites thinking on what to get. My rule, especially on expensive designer bags (anything that is SGD$1000 and above) is to get it brand new. Reason being is that I want to be the first hand owner of it and any scars on the bag are mine and comes with its own memories. I am tempted to get second hand bags but I've been trying to hold myself off a little longer.

After much perusing, stalking and taking notes, I've decided to compile a list of items that I would like to get. Mainly classics that can last me through time. In fact, I have plans to pass on these items to my daughters / daughter-in-laws / granddaughters. Classics that can stand through the test of time.

Some may not be obvious vintage pieces but I'm sure that in time, the design will remain evergreen.



1. Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in Damier Ebene and a 6-prong diamond ring in platinum

Two items which are already in my posession. All thanks to my generous husband.

2. Miu Miu Matelasse Coffer in Nero with Gold Hardware and a Tiffany Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet

I hope to purchase these two items when I get my bonus next year.

3. A Balenciaga City in Blue (colour of blue yet to be decided).

I might have to wait a little bit longer for this one. S/S 2009 colours does not include blue so I might have to wait as long as 2010. We'll have to wait and see. Else, I will just get it in a different colour: Grey or Purple.

4. Louis Vuitton Epi Petit Noe in either Red, Black or White with an equally matching bandeau.


Initially I wanted to get a second hand Epi Noe in either Blue or Yellow but I decide to get a new one instead as this is a classic design from LV. And the bandeau adds a touch of whimsical-ity to it.

5. A Hermes Narrow/Wide Enamel Bracelet in gold plated - Black (for wide) and Orange (for narrow)

Unable to afford a Hermes Birkin or Kelly, the next best thing for me would be the enamel bracelet. Simple, understated and able to match a myriad of clothing options.

6. Chanel Classic Flap Bag (Medium) in Caviar

This ia must buy bag. An evergreen classic that will never go out of style. Currently, this is a top in my wish list but as it is rather expensive, I will have to wait quite a while.

Now some classic items are not inside. Where is the Fendi Baguette, Dior Gaucho and the Chloe Paddington you shout ! Well, I have either (a) yet to see the appeal in them or (b) not yet decided on the colour, design and/or material. Even now, I can't think of an iconic Prada or Gucci. Some brands just have seasonal pieces and that is not what I am looking for.

Currently, items are in the positions that I would buy it in (next to be purchased is Miu Miu bag and Tiffany bracelet) but even then, there might be restructuring now and then. Removing and adding in of new products. We'll never know. In fact, since I won't be working in 2 years' time (family planning...), I really do not know how I am going to afford some of the items. The plan is to get one item per year so hopefully that will give me some time to save up and get all of 'em.

Wish me luck !

Paisley Baby

Hubby and me finally went to GL today after much relentless begging from me. He just hates the place since it gets super-crowded and one gets pushed and shoved when the crowd is at its peak.

But today, being a Monday and all, there was not much people when we were there at about 8pm. We went round but nothing really seems to catch any of our fancies. It was getting frustrating and I just decided that why not that we get a new one for Hubby since I still have loads of leftover ones from last year's celebrations.

We, or rather I, got a few scarves, money envelops and some other miscellaneous stuff. And I got a paisley skirt ! Hubby helped to choose the colour. But it seems that I am still lacking a matching top. That is, until I opened my wardrobe and decided to wear my turquoise top. Apparently, it matched my skirt as it has some turquoise colours in it. Topped with a matching scarf and I'm all set and ready to go.

I couldn't find the exact skirt online but here is an idea for you:




Polyvore

Might as well jump on the bandwagon ! Plus, I'm bored anyway.
 



 
 

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Clothes

I do not have enough sqaure hijabs and I am panicking quite a bit. Sure the shawls are pretty but I am already sick and tired of them. Help !

Plus, I have yet to find a shawl for my Eid celebration outfit. I don't know how to wear said shawl and I do not have any nice hijab pins.

Hubby refuses to step into Geylang and I do not have the time to go elsewhere. Going Geylang by myself is out of the question since the bazaar is only open at night and how else am I going to get home ?

How ? Sigh.
 

Starting Out

For those anonymous readers out there (hullo !) who are thinking of putting on the hijab, here are some tips and thoughts from me.

Advantages of a hijab:

a. I do not have to worry about my unruly hair. Ever. Every single Hari Raya, my mom would complain about my hair: "Can't you do something about it ?!"

b. I get discounts from Muslim store owners. Sometimes only though. Like today when I bought lunch and requested for lesser noodles. The stall owner charged me lesser and said that it was halal from him. How nice.

c. People say 'Assalamualaikum' to you instead of saying 'Hello' thus recognizing you as a Muslim first and a lady second.

d. Strangers tend to trust you more. Again not always with every stranger you meet. The other day, I was in this cab on the way home. I had to pick up a broken chair from my place to the shop back and the taxi driver was willing to just let me go without asking me to pay for the cab fare yet.

e. Other Muslim women tend to smile at you more and willing to help you in times of need.

Tips for First Timers:

a. Get the basics: Black, white, grey, brown for long sleeve tops and hijabs (doesn't matter what style)

b. When buying clothes, make sure you get the one that looks the best. With hijab, it's easy to look what we Malays call, 'selekeh', or the English equivalent, 'unkempt'

c. Accessorise ! This can prevent your outfit from looking boring. Accessories doesn't always mean necklaces and bangles. Your hijab itself is an accessory and those forget those hijab pins ! Oh, this reminds me to get more accessories.

d. Play with colour. After settling the basics, choose something a little more colourful. Don't be afraid of it not matching your wardrobe. It will. Eventually.

e. Build up your collection slowly. I am guilty of trying to get everything at one go. Just not possible so slowly does it.

f. Play around with different styles of hijab. Initially I liked the pashmina shawls. Afterwards, I preferred the square shawls. It will take time to figure out the best style for you and most importantly, the most comfortable.

g. Either invest in a good hairdryer or do not wet you hair before wearing the hijab. I realise that it always gives me a headache when my hair is wet and I put on a hijab. Nowadays, I will tend to not wash my hair in mornings but in the evenings instead.

h. Eyeliner is your best friend. Especially true if you do not wet your hair in the mornings as your face will not look as 'fresh'. Use your eyeliner sparingly to brighten up those eyes.

i. Search the internet for ideas. Sometimes we need another perspective to bring out the combinations sitting in the closet.

j. When choosing clothes, remember your style and comfort level. Looking at Polyvore for ideas is great but sometimes, it's just not feasible for your lifestyle. Sure, those long flowy abayas and dresses looks way chic but think about wearing them while you're in your work environment. If they're not suitable, skip it or consider it for special occasions only.

That's all that I have right now and I hope to add in more when the ideas strike me.

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Sports and Hijab

As some of you might know, sports and hijab are a pretty weird combination. But Roqaya Al-Gassra has done it during the Olympics Beijing 2008 and so have I.

My company had a paintball event last Friday and so I had to do quite a bit of running. I kept thinking of ways on how to avoid my hijab from flying about and giving me a disadvantage. I could wear the underscarf only but that didn't provide enough coverage at my neck area.

I've decided to spend a bit of money and get the Buff (first featured on Survivor) as a sort of underscarf and neck protection. In addition, I wore my motorcycle raincoat jacket and zipped it up to my neck. This achieves 2 things: protecting my body from those painful pellets (I got 2 bruises still though!) and also giving adequate hijab coverage.

All in all, it was a great event and I didn't feel left out once. In fact, the Buff kept my hair outta my way when the sweat starts to drip.

Go Buff !