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March on Women | Date Night HOOTD + Giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone!

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Today AnUblog is hosting their first giveaway to celebrate Women’s History Month, thus the title “March on Women” being used throughout the month. Stay tuned for more details on the giveaway below.

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Friday night and at times Saturday is date night. Date nights are hardly planned ahead of time and mostly we go with whatever is the mood that day. The plan was to check out Sarah Jessica Parker’s appearance at Nordstrom, however that quickly changed once realizing there was madness at Nordstrom due to the appearance. We decided to check out the Beauty event at Nordstrom that was happening later in the night, and then headed over to Bandera for dinner–surprisingly good!

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HOOTD || Hijab – random (old) | Top – Nordstrom rack (old) | Pants & Shoes – Asos | Coat- Ann Taylor | Statement necklace – Charming Charlie | Henna-inspired necklace – c/o Eternal Girl Shop on Etsy | Bracelet – Forever 21

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Isn’t this such a lovely necklace with the personalized A&U? It was sent by Eternal Girl shop on Etsy. Julia Toussaint, is the designer behind this piece, and her specialty is henna inspired hand drawn jewelry and greeting cards. The necklace featured on this post has an antique gold/vintage feel, it’s delicate, but very well made that looks even better up close. We’re excited to promote Eternal Girl shop and this giveaway, as she is a female entrepreneur and this month is about empowering women to succeed in their endeavors.

Julia is giving away one gift card to her shop so that you can choose a piece from her shop or have one custom made! In order to enter the giveaway just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below (everyone gets at least one easy entry, and chance for additional). Good luck!

Prize: 1 – $10 gift card to Eternal Girl shop on Etsy
Giveaway ends 3.23.14 open worldwide (except Canada)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can find more on Julia and her beautiful henna inspired pieces on her blog. And also follow her on social media fan pages Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Have a wonderful week! Stay empowered!

Wear it Wednesday | Boyfriend Jeans at Halal Food Festival

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

A foodies heaven at Chicago’s 1st ever Halal Food Festival. Burgers, hot dogs, falooda, gyro’s, sweets, even music, henna booth, and snazzy Islamic clothing.

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As soon as we entered the indoor festival, the aroma, the full-house, the many booths was overwhelming so we took a quick tour to see everything before settling on this yummy Mediterranean lunch from Taza Café.
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Few minutes later we really wanted to try Mr. Broast so the husband quickly grabbed a few zinger burger’s from the booth because they were selling out like hot cakes burgers.IMG_1403IMG_1380
I had to take a picture of Max’s Chicago because they are my favorite for Chicago style hot dog’s. I’ve tried several items from their menu but their halal hot dog made me a hot dog aficionado.
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For dessert we settled for delicious pistachio kulfi for the husband and I from MMM’s Gourmet Ice Cream.
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Now to the main dish, my hijabi outfit of the day. I knew dressing comfortably would be key for this weekend event. I wore my new favorite boyfriend jeans that were perfect for the festival. Not only are they super comfy and non-restricting, but should definitely be a staple in a modest dressing fashionista’s closet. I’d been looking for a perfect pair of boyfriend jeans for several weeks now, and a lot of them were “fashionably” ripped – making them not modest or were not flattering for my body type or weren’t the type of wash I was looking for. Luckily I stopped at Old Navy, I haven’t shopped there for a long time since it’s usually a hit or miss type of store for me, and I found a vintage wash, fashionably-scuffed-up-but-not-ripped pair that fit me how I imagined boyfriend jeans should fit. I also found my “shine bright” statement tee from Old Navy plus a few other hit finds.
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Aside from the food booths, My Halal Kitchen was present with her recipe book, I wanted to take a picture with her but unfortunately she was quite busy when I stopped at her booth. IMG_1393
Lastly, the husband and I bought some Islamic Swag statement shirts. His is “I’m fly coz my imaan is high” and mine say’s “Islam – all the cool kids are doing it.” We love supporting Muslim business’ and who could resist awesome Islamic wear? Check this local Chicago store out online and as they say “Wear your imaan on your sleeve.”IMG_1409IMG_1412

After the halal food festival, we took a detour and hung out with MJ!

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Boyfriend jeans are great and I will keep my eye’s peeled for different styles and washes as I fade out the skinny jeans from my closet.

Have you found a great pair of boyfriend jean’s? or visited any fun events lately? I would love to know.

|HOOTD deets|

Hijab/Scarf- H&M | Trench- Express | Boyfriend Jeans & Shine Bright Shirt- Old Navy | Bag- Zara | Shoes- Prabal Gurung x Target

Remember- shine bright!

Until next time, have a great day!!!

Wear it Wednesday | A little Leopard at the Art Institute of Chicago

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Happy Wednesday!

The husband and I visited The Art Institute of Chicago last week by taking advantage of the free admission on Thursday’s for Illinois residents. It was the first time we were visiting and weren’t aware of the massiveness of the museum. The free admission hours are from 5-8 pm, and since we arrived after 6pm we scanned around the galleries mostly. But I plan to visit their new exhibit on Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity. Enjoy our day in pictures!

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Hijabi outfit of the day consisted of black, red, gold details and a little leopard. I have worn these pieces separately several times but I’m always a little hesitant to wear this leopard bag because I think it’s too much animal print. But I love animal print, and do consider it a neutral so will have to incorporate more leopard in my outfits.

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Of course, being silly with one of the paintings. I didn’t notice at the time but the lady in the painting is wearing red and black headscarf too!

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I was loved the fact that there were ipad’s in some of the galleries that gave detailed pictures and information about the pieces. In the bottom picture, I was amazed at how high the jousting stick really was. It was even hard to capture it in the full picture.IMG_1152IMG_1155IMG_1158 
This gallery featuring armory was probably the husband’s favorite area since he said the pieces were “real” as apposed to the paintings. IMG_1161IMG_1166IMG_1170
I was in awe after seeing Claude Monet’s self-portrait as his paintings have been my favorite for many years. Especially the water lily paintings in the next few pictures.IMG_1175                   
Seeing the paintings up-close in person is so different than seeing it online or in a picture, you truly see the detail’s and admire the work even more. IMG_1182IMG_1184IMG_1188IMG_1190IMG_1206IMG_1216IMG_1221IMG_1228
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There are a lot of beautiful paintings and galleries with every type of art imaginable at the museum, and spending a whole day to admire everything The Art Institute of Chicago has to offer will be well worth the time especially if you appreciate art.IMG_1245

|HOOTD deets|

Hijab/Scarf- unbranded | Blazer- Alcala’s boutique (local) | Top- Nordstrom rack | Jeans- The Limited | Bag- Maxx New York (old from QVC) | Necklace & bracelet – H&M | Shoes- Sole Society

I hope you enjoyed our day in photograph’s and remember leopard is a neutral so do try it out!

Have a great Wednesday!

August Favorites

Hello everyone!

Here is our monthly favorite from August. I know it’s a little late but at least it’s only the beginning of September, and I enjoyed creating a favorite list last month so had to continue.

Favorite Hijab/Scarf– A simple black unbranded scarf that I dressed up and down throughout the month. See more pics of the hijab here, here, and here.
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Netflix TV Binge– Orange is the New Black. We finished watching season one and can’t wait for next season to premier.
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Favorite Movie– The Wolverine & Elysium both movies were thumbs up for us. Especially Elysium which had a very futuristic yet, original concept.

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Flowers of the Month – Fresh flowers from Whole Foods they were so aromatic that even the husband noticed.

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And these beautiful beauties the husband surprised me with (local florists).

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Makeup Beauty Product- MAC lickable lipstick & Benefit Watt’s Up. The lipstick is such a fun color that I layer with mahogany lip liner from Mac and usually a light brown matte/semi matte shade.
The Watt’s Up highlighter I’ve been using for a couple of months and can’t get over how perfectly it works.
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Favorite Food– Catered food from Usmania restaurant and local cook at the family Eid party we attended. You can check out pics from the party here.

Favorite Dessert– Chocolate chip cookie pizza from Lou Malnati’s. We’ve had this dessert a few times before and it’s always a favorite.

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Favorite Hijabi Outfit Of the Day– Check out outfit post here.
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Favorite Couple Shot– Taken during the family Eid party. See more fun pics here.
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Favorite Couple Moment– Going to Navy Pier on the cta to Cirque Shanghai, the husband turns around and tells me “you dazzle me.” I thought it was cute and told him I’m making a mental note to use that sometime.

Shopping Haul Favorite Find for the Month– Clear clutch from Forever 21

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Wishlist Item Haul– DSLR Camera the Canon EOS Rebel SL. We finally took the plunge and joined the DSLR bandwagon. We couldn’t be happier with our new baby!

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Thank you for visiting and please share some of your favorites for last month.

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

Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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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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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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