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WIW | Leather Jacket & Maxi Skirt

Happy Wednesday!

Wow, I feel like it’s been forever since I did a Wear it Wednesday post.  I have not been able to take many outfit snaps lately since it’s freezing outside, and when I usually do step out for leisure it’s after sunset and outfit snaps at night don’t come out as great as in natural lighting.  Anywho, January for our family marks the beginning of birthday season.  A few of our family members have birthday’s in January, then the husband and I in February and it goes on until middle of the year when it transitions into anniversary season.

hijabi purple and black outfit

My #ootn — I loved this faux leather jacket that I picked up from Target!

Last month, as soon as we returned from our vacay we celebrated Umair’s sister’s birthday at Alhambra Palace Restaurant here in Chicago.  The restaurant is known more for it’s entertainment rather than the food.  The entertainment includes everything from several belly dancers, sword, fire dancers, to singers and then later just an all around dance room.  It was a fun night out and we got to dress up and take some snazzy snaps.

Alhambra dancer chicago

One of the dancers at Alhambra

Alhambra dancer chicago

This guy was all over the place– he was part of several of the entertainment skits

To the party I wore my purple pleated maxi skirt, but this time paired it with a faux leather jacket that gave the look an edge.  I continued the edgy look with my bag with chain details and some spiked bracelets.  There are so many fabulous faux leather jacket options that it’s hard not to have several in your closet, and maxi skirts are a must for a hijabi’s closet.

Hijabi outfit black and purple

With my handsome husband, my love! Today is my best friend’s birthday. Happy Birthday hun! Love you beyond words!

Zara croc and chain bag hijabi outfit

I love this Zara bag–has such beautiful details! Completely recommend.


Hijab/Scarf – old (similar here) | Jacket – Target (similar here, and here) | Skirt – old  (similar here and splurge worthy here) | Bag- Zara | Shoes – old (similar here, splurge here) | Watch – Movado | Bracelet – exact here

With the beginning of the year, and with February being my birthday month it always inspires me to update my wardrobe by adding new staples that I can wear over and over again throughout the year.  Here are some pieces/styles that have been inspiring me lately.  Let’s see what I end up adding.

Thank you so much for visiting and have great day!

Umair’s Sweetheart,

Retro Bridal Shower

Hi all & happy Monday!!
housewife red teal love cake

Last month I was in Miami, and attended a dear friend’s bridal shower.  The theme was retro housewife with main colors being red and teal, which are also the bride’s wedding colors.  I loved everything about the shower, from the decor that was all done by various family and friends, to the fun games, dessert bar and food!  I became the unofficial “official” photographer of the shower, and it was perfect because I wanted to capture all the lovely moments of the shower and be able to give all the great snaps to my friend who I know will appreciate the snaps after the wedding.

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red teal dessert stationred teal dessert bar showerI love lucy tv diy showerred teal bridal shower retro bridal showerretro bridal shower photo propsI had a great time at the shower, and I hope these snaps give some inspiration to someone planning a bridal shower.  I truly thought the theme was so unique and so creatively put together to fit the bride’s aesthetics.  We were asked to bring an apron to wear during the party to go along with the housewife theme– my apron said “true love is a big deal.”


Scarf/Hijab – gifted (similar here) | Apron – H&M (similar here, and here) | Top – TJ Maxx (similar here, and here) | Pants – Target (similar here, and here) | Pearl necklace – H&M (similar here, and here)| Bow necklace – Forever 21 (similar here) | Bracelets – Alex & Ani, Swarovski

Have a wonderful Monday, and do let me know some creative themes for showers you have attended/hosted.

Umair’s Sweetheart,

HOOTD | Fall for Plaid

Hi all,

Zara blanket scarf 2014Plaid is quintessential during this time of year, however since I’m originally from Florida I never cared much for it until the pass two years when I would notice more and more people wearing plaid starting Fall.  Of course, that made me fall in love with plaid and while I’m still working my way toward buying more pieces for my wardrobe I thought I would start off with the ever-so-popular Zara plaid blanket scarf. Doesn’t this blanket scarf make a great accessory?

Grey maxi cardigan check scarfIn addition to the amazing plaid scarf, I’m pairing it with two other favorite items currently the maxi cardigan that I bought from Nordstrom during their anniversary sale, and the OTK boots by Franco Sarto which are dupes for the coveted 5050 boots.  This time around I knew Fall flies by in Chicago so I’ve been wearing these pieces, especially the scarf and cardigan, with several different outfits. The cardigan will definitely be staying in my closet now since it is way too cool in Chitown for any thin cardigan.

red grey outfit OTK bootIt was quite windy when we took these snaps so I’m not preggers! Maybe also bloated since it was after the halal food festival which I was disappointed in this year due to the lack of food stalls and more organization. So while I took some snaps there it isn’t enough for me to rave about, but if you would like to get an idea you can read about it in my last year’s post here.

Franco Sarto motor otk boot

We moved indoors for the rest of the snaps since the ones outside were hard to take with the crazy wind. Here I am admiring my boots– so comfy!

Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend!

|HOOTD deets|

Scarf/hijab – random old (similar here) | Plaid blanket scarf – Zara (similar here) | Maxi cardigan – Nordstrom (similar here) | OTK boots – Franco Sarto motor (splurge option) | Tunic – Target (similar here, and here) | Bag – Longchamp medium le pliage

Umair’s Sweetheart,

*All products purchased by me.

Wear it Wednesday | Fringe

Happy Wednesday!

Nordstrom Leith Fringe Cardigan Vest

It has been a really long time since I did any type of hijabi outfit of the day post so I thought I would share one of my favorite purchases for Fall — this beautiful fringe sweater vest.  As soon as I saw it in Nordstrom I knew it had to be mine! After having the in-store tailor alter the fringe length (gratis) to fit my height I took it home, and have worn it out several times already.  This fringe sweater vest has good weight to it, it’s actually quite affordable and completely on trend.

black sweater vest and maxi dress

Fringe is big for this season and for the upcoming seasons in outerwear, shoes, handbags, scarves, etc. Basically, everything you can imagine but it does seem a little daunting to me on a leather jacket so I think this sweater vest has the perfect amount of fringe without being overwhelming.  It is quite warm and cozy for Fall, and a lovely transition piece like I did here with my favorite Summer faux  wrap maxi dress.  Faux wrap maxi dresses is where it’s at! They are just so easy, comfortable, and make you look put together with just one piece.

faux wrap black and white maxi dressHave a wonderful day, and thank you for visiting!

|HOOTD deets|

Scarf/hijab – random old (similar here) | Faux wrap maxi dress – Hijab Habit (similar here, and here) |Fringe sweater vest – Nordstrom on sale! (alternative)  | Bag – Kate Spade (similar here, and here) | Accessories – Alex & Ani (exact here and here)

Umair’s Sweetheart,

*All products purchased by me.

Wear it Wednesday | Afternoon Wedding Style

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I’m back with a Wear it Wednesday post–after many weeks of hiatus. However, I wanted to share this sweet, yet no fuss wedding guest outfit. A few weeks ago the husband and I were invited to a Valimah, a wedding reception hosted by the groom, it was at a local Pakistani restaurant.


I apologize for the bad snaps, we forgot to take our dslr and thus had to take snaps from the iphone, and later the snaps we did take from the dslr were just in bad lighting. But how handsome does my date look?

It was a Pakistani hybrid wedding and I could have worn a traditional outfit, but I opted to wear a beautiful maxi skirt that I got from Ann Taylor several months ago and was dying to wear to a perfect occasion. This skirt was a major score since it was a off-season sale item, and thus I had to wait till Winter passed to enjoy it. It is a bit long on me, however with the heels and my fancy BCBG floral belt it works. What do you think? The rest of my ensemble is basics that I paired here, and pieces I find incorporating in other outfits pretty easy.

Maxi skirt modest outfitblue maxi skirt hijab fashionpink minaudiere and blue maxi skirtPerforated tan heels candy colored necklace clutch bracelets|HOOTD deets|

Scarf/Hijab – Haute Hijab (similar here, and here) | Striped Top – J Crew Factory (similar on sale option here) | Necklace – Ameera Noor x (cute Kate Spade version here) | Maxi Skirt – Ann Taylor (such a pretty version here) | Heels – JCPenny  (loving this version here) | Minaudiere – gift (love this one) | Flower Bracelet – NY&Company (similar here) | Stone Bangles – Gift from India (similar here and here) | Rings – Gifts (midi ring option here) | Belt – BCBG (exact one here)

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Umair’s Sweetheart,

Ramadan Kareem + Striped Maxi Skirt #HOOTD

Hi all,

haute hijab scarf and statement necklace

First off, Ramadan Kareem to all my Muslim readers! Alhamdulillah we have been blessed once again to enjoy the mercy of this month. May this month bring immense blessings and happiness upon you and your loved ones, and may all your fasts and prayers be accepted –ameen.

Rooh Afza, dates, pakoray, samosay, aloo cholay, and fruit chaat

{Bon Appetit} Rooh Afza, dates, pakoray, samosay, aloo cholay, and fruit chaat



The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan), he must fast that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not fast must be made up) from other days.

Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him” (2: 185).

Rose garden

|HOOTD| Scarf/Hijab - Haute Hijab | Faux Leather Jacket - Target | Statement Necklace - Ameera Noor x | Tee - Old Navy | Maxi Skirt - Ann Taylor Factory | Bag - Kate Spade Factory

ann taylor green navy maxi skirt

Scarf/Hijab – Haute Hijab (similar here) | Faux Leather Jacket – Target (similar here, and here) | Statement Necklace – Ameera Noor x (similar here, and here) | Tee – Old Navy (similar here) | Maxi Skirt – Ann Taylor Factory (love this one) | Bag – Kate Spade Factory (very similar here, and here)

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week!

Umair’s Sweetheart,

Blue Printed Maxi #HOOTD

Hi all!

maxi ootd

Hijab/Scarf – random old | Blazer – local boutique | Maxi dress – Macy’s INC | Bag – Kate Spade | Sunnies – Prada

I’m here with a quick outfit post, and some updates. I was obviously taking a pretty long break from blogging not for any particular reason I just got busy with my classes and then when I wasn’t in classes it was just nice to step away from the blog.  Anywho, there are several posts I need to get out so even though some of these are several weeks old, I still would like to share what I wore and did and such.

the bean and ootdSo as you can tell, I was at The Bean, again. But this time it was for a meet and greet with photographer Langston Hues of Modest Street Fashion, Annie Swift of The Style Menu, and Irene Sarah the youtuber/photographer. And of course, I went with Fatima of Lace, Pearls and Chocolates. It was a nice day out to catch up with fellow bloggers and fashionista’s of Chicago.

Fatima and AyeshaAyesha, Annie Swift, Ruelala, FatimaAyesha and Irene SarahFor more snaps of the meet and greet, you can check out Chicago Muslim Bloggers. Have a lovely day! Oh & Happy Summer!

Umair’s Sweetheart,

Pink, Pearls & Polka Dots #HOOTD

Happy Monday all!

floral top pink sole shoeFirst off, have you entered AnUblog’s latest giveaway? If not, hurry and enter here!

Aren’t these photo’s just O.M.G beautiful? That’s exactly how I felt when I first saw them. A few weeks ago, Noon Khan connected with me to collaborate on a photo shoot. I had seen some of Noon’s beautiful photograph through her Instagram and was excited to have her photograph me.

floral top, pink, polka dotLeg statue dot pant black and white polka dot pink clutch floral BW bird and dot fountain and ootd bw floral ootd pink floral pearl polka dotsThese photo’s speak for themselves– so if you are looking for phenomenal Chicago based photographer, who is quite talented then do follow Noon Khan through her social media pages. She is always posting great Chicago scenic snaps with a little twist.

floral top dot pants pearls ootd

Scarf/Hijab – random old | Floral top – Agaci | Pants – Asos | Clutch – Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes – Paris Hilton | Watch & bow bracelet – Brina Box | Charm Bracelet – Alex & Ani

Thank you for visiting and have a great week!

Umair’s Sweetheart,


Purple & Floral HOOTD + Giveaway

Purple maxi & floral top

Purple maxi & faux jacket |HOOTD|
Scarf/hijab – Pearldaisy hoojab | Faux leather jacket – Target | Floral top – find | Belt – BCBG MaxAzria | Maxi skirt – Piperline | Emerald ring – c/o of Rica Jewels California | Bag – Phillip Lim x Target | Shoes – H&M

Happy Monday everyone! This past weekend I spent the day with a few girls from my class to spend time away from books and do all things shopping. We rented a zipcar and drove to Premier Outlets of Chicago– we literally spent the whole day there. Frankly, I do shop regularly, therefore I did think wisely about the purchases I was making, and I didn’t want to get drawn into all the amazing deals. I always have a wishlist on my phone, and from there I focus on what I am truly looking for. My purchases will make an appearance on the blog– soon enough.  Emerald ringLook at that gorgeous statement emerald ring I’m wearing! It is today’s giveaway and such a stunner in person. I was even surprised at how much it sparkles due to the beautiful stones surrounding the emerald. It is set in sterling silver with some bronze, and it is about one inch in length. It can be worn by itself or paired with other rings. I was sent this ring by Rica Jewels California from Etsy, whose seller Daniela is sweet to work with and has lots of lovely pieces in her Etsy shop. The bonus to her shop is that a portion of the proceeds go to their Child Fund Sponsored child, Luz. Feel good by shopping away!

HOOTD and Chicago skylineAnd now for the giveaway! It is open worldwide (except Cananda), the winner will receive one emerald ring, just like the one I’m wearing below. You can tweet about the giveaway everyday till it ends for additional entries (remember to mark it on the widget) Read terms on the Rafflecopter widget below for more information, and how to enter. This will be AnUblog’s last giveaway for a while so don’t miss out!

Emerald ring

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I design with a lot of passion and hopefully, people can wear and feel my pieces and understand how life is truly a blessing. I believe every piece has a positive message on it.” -Daniela, Rica Jewels California

Good luck on the giveaway!

Umair’s Sweetheart,


*All opinions expressed are of Ayesha from AnUblog. The ring was provided for free for review & giveaway.

Macy’s Secret Garden Event

Happy Monday everyone,

A few weeks ago Macy’s was having their Spring time Secret Garden event, where they had a special garden beautifully set on one of the floors, and floral decor throughout the store. To celebrate the secret garden event they had several events planned, from cooking demos to art classes to fashion shows. I attended one of these events with my friend, Fatima, and it was hosted by local blogger Graham from Glossed and Found.
alt=It was a garden tea party themed event that was beautifully planned. They severed hot lavender tea, tea sandwiches, had a candy cart, models showing off Spring looks, make-up booths giving tips, a flower crown DIY station, and a beautiful backdrop made entirely of flowers where a professional photographer was snapping photos of the guests (I’m still waiting on receiving those snaps, as they were gorgeous and I didn’t take any personal ones). After the fun event we headed up to the actual garden to check out the amazing botanical display. Here are some snaps from the day.

mayc's modeled outfits spring 2014

How gorgeous is this?! Let's all take a moment to imagine us throwing a beautiful garden party with this decor!

How gorgeous is this?! Let’s all take a moment to imagine us throwing a beautiful garden party with this decor!

The detail and thought that went in to creating this table --simple breathtaking!

The detail and thought that went in to creating this table –simply breathtaking!

Garden pics

hijabi outfit blue and yellow|HOOTD|

Scarf/Hijab – random old | Yellow top – Joe Fresh x JCPenny | Pants – Loft | Shoes – H&M | Bag – Rebecca Minkoff MAB | Necklace – Charming Charlie | Chain link bracelet – Forever 21

Enter the latest jewelry giveaway here. Only one day left!

Spring is finally springin’ so go out and enjoy your day!

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