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Wear it Wednesday | Basics in the City

Happy Wednesday!

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Skyscrapers, the city, wayfaring, Chicago dance festival and yummy food all in a day’s worth of fun.

IMG_0365The husband and I explored the city on an architecture tour together this past weekend. I had heard so much about the architecture tour since moving to Chicago that it had been on my to-do list since last Summer.

IMG_0384It was a beautiful day for the tour, to walk around the city, and soak in the last bit of Summer.

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Once on the boat, we snapped away the cityscapes and took advantage of our new camera’s capability resulting in these amazing shots–or we’re just pro’s like that.

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A graphic white tee (also seen here), white blazer, dark washed skinny’s and a polka dot hijab/scarf made my hijabi outfit of the day. Following my love for simple casual’s, on trend black & white theme, and comfort resulted in this weekend’s outfit. The fun pattern on the scarf, the funky necklace, and white blazer elevate this weekend outfit of the day. Blazer’s in all colors are a must for a modest fashionista, and a white blazer (also seen here & here) just look’s so chic!

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After the boat tour, we strolled and window shopped on Magnificent mile, and then headed to Grant Park where we sat picnic style at Jay Pritzker Pavilion to enjoy the Chicago dance festival while munching on scrumptious macaroon’s from Argo Tea.

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We ended the night at Rosebud Prime, where we enjoyed a yummy non-steak dinner, and called it a night!

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|HOOTD deets|

Hijab/Scarf- Target | Blazer- Alcala’s boutique (local) | Graphic tee and Jeans- Forever 21 | Necklace- Nordstrom | Shoes- Prabal Gurung x Target | Bag- Lucky Brand | Sunnies- Loft

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Vogue September Issue Brunch at Nellcote

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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This past weekend I caught up on fashion, and fancy brunching at Nellcote. I attended the event with Fatima from Lace, Pearls and Chocolate, whom I’ve been planning to meet for the past couple of months but couldn’t due to being out of town, Ramadan and Eid. The event was covered by Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome, where she captured the event in her signature street style photography.

Nellcote brunch invite

We flipped through the pages of gratis Vogue September issue, while we noshed, talked fashion and watched the fashion documentary The September issue.

House Granola

House Granola

Sunny side-up organic pizza and Lobster Hash

Sunny side-up organic pizza and Lobster Hash

I’m excited for Fall fashion, and these September issue’s are completely enabling the shopper in me. I have been able to browse through the 902 pages of the Vogue issue, and out of all the amazing fashion ad’s I was most ecstatic to see a 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target lookbook inside. Now you all know where I will be September 15.

The massive issue!

The massive issue!

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|HOOTD deets|

Hijab/Scarf- gift | Dress- Express | Blazer- Alcala’s boutique (local) | Bracelet’s- random old and gifted

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Date Night at Geja’s Cafe

Hello everyone!

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It’s Monday again and I have lots to share in this week’s upcoming posts.
First off, the husband and I had a romantic dinner date on Friday. We headed out to Geja’s cafe in Lincoln Park. The restaurant is essentially a fondue spot similar to The Melting Pot. Geja’s cafe is more of the locally known and loved spot for fondue. We checked out the place especially since we had a great Groupon deal for the restaurant. The restaurant is nice and we would recommend it, however having been to The Melting Pot also we don’t think it’s better. What we don’t enjoy about these fondue places is when you order an entree of meat/fish/veggies/tofu you are basically spending time cooking your own food. We definitely prefer having only cheese and chocolate fondues at these types of restaurant’s.

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Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures in Geja’s cafe and even if we were allowed I doubt they would be stellar since it’s one of those intimate setting restaurants with very dim lighting.

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Nonetheless, it was a nice evening where we ordered the specialty dinners which came with a house salad, cheese fondue, main course veggie & tofu, dessert was chocolate fondue, and we ordered a latte to finish our meal.
After dinner we strolled a bit around the Lincoln Park zoo area but had to cut the date short once the husband was called into work. Thus, the lack of more detailed snaps of the day. These pics were mostly taken by the park.

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|HOOTD deets|
Hijab/Scarf- random gift | Top, Skirt, Clutch- Forever 21

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Food for Thought Thursday | Be With Allah and Allah Will Be With You

Happy Thursday everyone!

A humble reminder to myself. Alhamdulillah.

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Don’t let fear disable you when Allah is the best guide. With every hardship comes great ease and immense blessings.

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I don’t take credit for these graphics.

Have a blessed day.

Wear it Wednesday | Graphic Tee & Maxi Skirt

Hello everyone!

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Today I have a quick post showing off my new favorite graphic tee featuring the Superman logo. I was never a big fan of Superman until I watched Man of Steel (you can read our movie review here) this year. I loved how the story was explained so well in the movie that I finally understood why so many people are obsessed with Superman (I know I’m a little late), including the husband.

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I’ve worn this maxi skirt several times this Summer, but mostly paired it with a more dressier tops (as seen here). I’m definitely enjoying this juxtaposition of the edgy/rugged graphic tee paired with something more feminine like a maxi skirt. I plan to incorporate this look more into my outfits, as it’s a great casual everyday look.

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|HOOTD deets|

Scarf/Hijab- gift | Graphic tee – Target (men’s section) | Skirt- Wet Seal

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Weekend Eid Party

Hello everyone and happy Monday!

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My DIY’d head jewelry from a gold necklace and smokey makeup look for the night

Monday’s are always a drag because it’s sad to know the weekend is over and the work week start’s the daily routine and work grind. But hopefully this week passes quickly and we can enjoy the weekend again.

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The husband and I in front of the Eid Mubarak banner the SIL created

This past weekend the husband and I were invited to a family Eid party. On Thursday night we arrived at my sister-in-law’s house because we wanted to help her with decorating for the party which was held at a hall that is part of a masajid.

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Kid’s activity table with crayon’s, coloring/activity pages, and craft supplies

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The prize table with the beautiful balloon arch the husband created

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My sister-in-law was planning for the party for over a month for about 160 guests (including kids). The planning included party games for kids & adults along with prizes, yummy catered food, theme/decoration for the party, and much more. By the time we arrived she already had most of the supplies for decorating. Friday afternoon we helped decorate most of the party hall, except for the balloon creations and centerpieces which had to be tackled day of the party.

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Balloon poof created by the husband

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The husband hard at work

The husband is quite the expert with balloon decorations! While in college he worked at Celebration Balloon and created all sorts of fun balloon centerpieces and decorations. His expertise came in handy at this Eid event because the balloons definitely added more life and festivity to the room decor. If you haven’t seen these balloon creations you should definitely check out Celebration Balloon.

MashahAllah and Alhamdulillah all of the hard work payed off because all the guest’s raved about the fun interactive nature of the party, the food and decorations. It definitely was one of the best Eid parties I have attended.

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All the balloons used for the centerpieces

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Overview of the decorated hall

As for my outfit of the day, it was an outfit I custom ordered from Pakistan and have worn once before in Florida. I changed up the look by creating a new hijab style, DIY’d a gold necklace into head jewelry/tikka, tried a smokey eye makeup look, and carried a trendy clear clutch (which I’m in love with).

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Close up of the head jewelry

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My new clear clutch and details of jewelry

This Eid party also gave the husband and I an excuse to test drive our new dslr camera, Canon EOS Rebel SL1. We are still learning the functions, but so far we love the results–let us know your thoughts since all the pictures on today’s post were taken with the new camera.

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Husband and I in front of the balloon arch

|HOOTD deets|

My Outfit- custom ordered from Pakistan | Clear Clutch- Forever 21 | Shoes- Pelle Moda from DSW | Gold Tikka/head jewelry- gift | Gold Bangles- Jewelry store in Florida | Rings- Swarovski, from India, and wedding + engagement ring | Makeup- Urban Decay eye shadows, MAC lipstick in lickable, lip liner in mahogany and eyelashes, Nars foundation, Chanel blush | Nails- Orly rage, Butter London slapper, and random gold glitter

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Wear it Wednesday | Maxi Scarf as a Cardigan

Hello everyone!!

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“Who’s That Girl”?! Of course I had to take some silly snaps once I spotted these awesome records on sale this past weekend

Hope you all are having a wonderful week thus far. I’m excited to run a few errands today, but believe it or not the temperature is already dropping to 60’s! I feel like Summer just started and now we are fast approaching Fall. The season’s in Chicago have been quite strange this year since Spring almost skipped over and now Summer was hardly 3 months!

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Back view of the heart & leopard print maxi scarf I DIY’d to a cardigan

Today I’m featuring a maxi scarf that I have been in love with even before I bought it (mainly because of the print). How is that possible? Well the print of the scarf is quite popular since it was part of Louis Vuitton’s collection several seasons ago and I was in love then but not so much with the price tag. But with all pretty high end designer items they eventually trickle down to high street shops, and voila I found mine at A’gaci several months back (but can still be found on ebay).

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Side view to determine the coverage you get with this DIY cardigan

For this look you can take any maxi scarf you own and tie two knots, one from right side and one left side, to the middle of the longest side of the scarf. The scarf then will then look like it has arm holes and you can simply wear it as a cardigan. Quite easy! If you want to learn more ways to wrap your scarf in creative ways there are several YouTube videos showing the process.

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Do you spot the fresh henna? This was taken before the other pics

My Wear it Wednesday look features basics with straight leg denim, a stripped top, and black scarf for hijab. This is as basic as it gets, but by using a printed scarf you can spruce up the look without it being complicated.

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Another silly snap this time with Bette Midler

|HOOTD deets|

Scarf for Hijab- was a gift | DIY Cardigan Maxi Scarf- A’gaci | Top- Forever 21 | Denim- Banana Republic | Bag- Rebecca Minkoff MAB | Shoes- DSW

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Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr 1434 H

Happy Monday everyone!

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and all my Muslim family & friends a great Eid weekend.

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The husband and I headed over to Suburbs on Wednesday night since Eid had not been declared and we figured it would be best to be ready for either Thursday or Friday Eid.

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At 10:45 p.m. Wednesday night Chicago Hilal committee announced Eid to be on Friday based on no moon being sighted and then literally 30 minutes later they retracted the statement saying moon was sighted in some areas and therefore Eid-ul-Fitr will be on Thursday! Alhamdulillah the joys of moon sighting. We were reminded in the Eid khutbah (sermon) that we are constantly being tested and it is only Allah(swt) who decides what is best, and in this case what day was best to celebrate Eid this year.

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It was a beautiful sunny day, and we spent most of the day eating and catching up with family and friends.

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|HOOTD deets|

Our outfits were both from Pakistan including most of the accessories except some jewelry which were given to me as gifts.
Ayesha’s shoes- Pelle Moda from DSW

What did you do this past weekend?

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Wear it Wednesday | Maxi Dress & a Blouse

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Alhamdulillah it’s the middle of the week but more exciting it’s almost Eid! I say “almost” because we still don’t know if we are celebrating on Thursday or Friday, regardless we will be celebrating with family in Chicago.

In this Wear it Wednesday post I’m wearing a maxi dress I bought last year from Target and styled with a blouse for a more dressed-up-running-errands-or-sightseeing outfit. This blouse trick can easily be achieved with any maxi dress in your closet, and a button down blouse or re-style that chambray shirt for this look.

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The way to achieve this look is to button up halfway and then grab the two sides of the unbuttoned shirt to make a quick knot or two, then simply tuck inward the knots and back of the shirt and belt it. This outfit looks quite feminine, is very hijabi friendly and not to mention non-restricting.

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|HOOTD deets|

Hijab/scarf- from Pakistan | Blouse- TJ Maxx | Maxi dress- Target | Bag- Coach | Belt- BCBG Max Azria | Bracelet- from Hawaii | Rings- c/o the husband

Eid always brings back memories of my childhood and how my mom always made it so special by getting us new Eid clothes, matching accessories and shoes, decorating the house for family breakfast/dinner parties, eating yummy pakistani food, receiving eidi/presents from parents & relatives, and just spending the day carefree. I miss those days or more so miss my mom (May Allah [swt] grant her the highest place in paradise Ameen.)

May you all have a wonderful day & those celebrating (Thursday or Friday) Eid may it be a joyous day spent with your loved ones, with lots of yummy food and carefree relaxing fun!

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HOOTD | Scarf Print Dress

Happy Monday everyone!

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Did you all check out the Nordstrom Anniversary sale?

Over the weekend I wore this beautiful scarf print dress that I recently purchased from Zara. I have been looking for a pretty printed dress with length that is passed my knees. I ordered it online and loved it as soon as I put it on. The fabric is silky and even has side pocket detail.

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Beautiful fountain and view of the dress from the back

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Full view of dress outside at night…sorry for the bad lighting.

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Close up of dress and details

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Coach cross-body bag

On the same day I had a mini Mac appointment to test out their new pressed pigments. Here is my finished look. My iPhone isn’t picking up on the beautiful color of the moth pressed pigment which was applied all over my lid. Moth had a beautiful shimmer to it which showed through when layered with embark eyeshadow on the crease and plumage on the inner corner.

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Mac moth pressed pigment all over lid, embark eye shadow on crease and plumage eye shadow on inner corner of lid.

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Mac embark, Mac plumage, and Mac pressed pigment in moth

There are 12 shades that are part of Mac’s pressed pigment Fall 2013 collection. I think any one who loves shimmer and glitter will love adding these to their makeup arsenal. The shades moth, pink pepper and damson stood out to me and I would recommend.

Since it was date night the husband and I picked a new place to dine, Siena Tavern. From the reviews we read it sounded like a great restaurant to check out, however while I did take pictures of the food we ordered at the restaurant (and in pictures the food looks delicious) I will not be posting those on the blog because the husband and I were quite disappointed with what we ordered. I had heard the tiramisu was heavenly, while it was good we didn’t consider it great. The presentation was nice so here is a snap of the dessert.

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Tiramisu presentation at Siena Tavern

We will not be recommending this restaurant to halal foodies or vegetarians as the menu was quite limited and not worth the expensive price tag. However, if you are looking for a nice place to hangout with friends and aren’t a halal foodie you will enjoy this restaurant.

After dinner we strolled back home and enjoyed the weather and beautiful street art.

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Mosaic street art

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Picasso sculpture at Daley Plaza, and little me!

| HOOTD deets |

Hijab/Scarf- gift | Scarf print dress- Zara | Pants & Long sleeve tee- Forever 21 | Bag- Coach | Shoes- Prabal Gurung x Target | Earrings- vintage from India | Bangle- gift

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