Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Look Post | Track Pants and Ruby Woo

Salaam my beauties! I hope that you all had a wonderful long weekend In sha Allah! It's been a perfect time to unwind and spend time with the family. Time goes by so quickly that these days spent with the ones you love should be taken full advantage of. Granted, that it's not good for productivity... but somehow I feel like Allah has granted some people some much needed time off. 

I look at my kids and think how quickly they have grown. No longer is my little boy the giggling baby, and sooner or later I'll be able to say the same for my little L. I shot this look post on the way taking them out. I feel is necessary for them to develop a love for life and an appreceation for our Creator by immercing them in the beauty that we live in. This world that we have been given by the Almighty, hence my look post in the mountain. I donned my track pants and then decide to slap on some heels to glam up that track. As you can tell I'm totally in love with pants that are wide and taper at the end. It's perfect for the hijabi that still wants to wear pants as it reveals no shape, provided you have a slightly longer top as you can tell in my previous look posts.





A simply way to add a touch of glam to your otherwise boring outfit by wearing the perfect heel with some awesome lipstick. This is my official Ruby Woo debut! Something about matte anything really gets me. Matte photos, matte screen covers, matter paper, matte lipstick... and to be completely honest I always wanted to try this shade of lipstick but never thought it would suit me. I went ahead to get a consult at mac. I tried the lipstick and didn't think it too bad and then I realised I'm a so called fashion blogger so no matter what, I must push my own boundaries in terms of fashion.
Ruby Woo has grown on me. 

What do you guys think?

Until next time loves! Keep it you and keep it modest

Much Love
memrsme

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Interview | Asoomijay You tuber


Salaam everyone. I hope you are all well. I had the pleasure of interviewing and befriending You Tuber AsoomiJay. She has been struggling lately with illness and has been out of action. I am however not sure if this is the reason she has taken a hiatus from social media. I thought though that I'd post her interview and ask you all to make dua for this beautiful soul. 

Lets get started!

Could you start off by telling us a bit about yourself?Originally Tunisian & Libyan, I’m Canadian born and have been raised most of my life in Canada. But what you see with me is not what you would typically get.Although I am ethnically Arab, I am culturally Canadian so there is a bit of a culture clash which makes people to perceive me as a rebel, but I like of think of myself as I’m just a free spirit. How long have you been a vloggerI have been on YouTube for about 2 years and a half. What inspired you to start vlogging? And why do you continue to do it?When I was 15 my parents moved us to Dubai to learn about the culture, and I ended up coming back 6 years later. I was shocked to find many of my friends leaveIslam and remove the hijab. And so I began making YouTube videos hoping to inspire other girls through my experiences and struggles that Islam is beautiful and Allah is merciful and reminding them that we all go through tests.I also made hijab and outfit tutorials for the purpose of showing girls they can hold on to their faith and still feel confident and beautiful in their hijab.I have debated many times to leave YouTube for privacy reasons as I wanted to live away from the eyes of an audience but I began to see what a difference I have made in the lives of girls around the world. I have had girls who have removed the hijab tell me they began wearing the hijab again because I encouraged them to feel confident. Girls who have been abused make the right and safe choices as I helped “open their eyes”. Young girls who have no one to listen to or look up to say I have encouraged them to follow their dreams. And to me, even if I was able to make one person smile, then that makes me happy. Then, what would you say are the positive effects on blogging?You get to meet many new people and make friends around the world.You get to learn new things you never knew before through someone else’s experience first hand. And you get to spread a message (like the “Smiles for Syria” video) How has blogging affected your life?I have young girls looking up to me around the world, it’s not something that I ever thought would happen. Whether it be 5 girls or 500 girls or 5000 girls, it’s stressful sometimes because you have to be aware of what you say or do that might influence them. What is your favorite quote and why?I have always lived by the quote “Love the heart that hurts you, but don’t hurt the heart that loves you.” I guess it’s because it reminds me of the ways of our prophet Muhammad (pbuh), who always taught us to be the better person and forgive, to love even those who harm us and to treat them well. What affects you, creatively, spiritually or emotionally?First and foremost, Allah and our prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I have been through so much in life and if it weren’t for my faith in Allah and reminders that Allah tests those he loves, I don’t know how I would have been able to pass my struggles.And emotionally, I always try to look at how our prophet (pbuh) would have reacted, and humans are not perfect, no one will ever be as perfect as our prophet (pbuh), but he is my role model. And creatively, I would have to say the people around me. The kind of people I spend time with and my viewers. Who or what inspires your fashion sense?The 80’sVictorian era,And other hijabis.



How would you describe your fashion sense?My fashion sense is all over the place at times.Some days I feel mysterious in red lipstick, black eyeliner and vintage clothing.Some days I feel so bubbly and dress in retro and bright colours. Who is your favorite fashion designer?I would have to say Betsy Johnson for her edgy and retro fashion designs andElie Saab for his “modest” luxury long sleeved evening gowns. What are you absolutely passionate about?Activism and trying to make a better change in the world, as well as fashion because it’s a creative outlet for me. 
What’s is the best advice you have received and why?“This life is just a test, it’s the Akhira that matters. Work for that.”This has been the best advice that I have received because sometimes I think we take life too seriously, or focus on the wrong things in life. We hold on to materialistic things or make problems out of nothing, and forget that everything we do in life should be aimed at doing good to be rewarded good. Not the amount of money you have, or how famous you are. The only currency you have on the Day of Judgment is your good deeds. What is the worst advice?“You have to care what people think.”As long as you do not anger Allah, you do not hurt yourself or others, do what makes you happy. If you live to please people, you will never be happy. Not everyone will be pleased anyways, and people will judge and talk regardless, and it is Allah who you should be thinking about. What motto do you live by?“Don’t take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.”Again, this refers to al akhira is what matters.  What has been your defining moment thus far and how has it changed you andyour course in life?My defining moment? I think it is when a viewer got in touch with me after watching me for a whole year. My story inspired her to make better choices for her life that ended up saving her life in the end. That’s awesome! What about Islam do you love the most?It has taught me to become a better person than I was yesterday. Please tell us more about your collaboration with Anas Marwah?Anas Marwah is a youtuber in my hometown that I discovered through Vines.I got in touch with him (as there are not many other youtubers close by) and we wanted to collaborate as a hobby and to use the fact that we have an audience to spread a message (as we did with “Smiles for Syria”, raising awareness about what is happening in Syria and collecting donations and even donating all profits we make off the video). Yes, You have been doing a lot of work regarding the plight of the Syrians. Pleasetell us more about this and how memrsme readers can assist?I have been trying to get involved and give back to the community whether it be our ummah or just in my hometown, and part of that was the Smiles for Syria and Keep Us Warm campaign in which we raised and donated over 12,000$ to the people of Syria. Readers can head over to our channels AsoomiiJay and AnasHMarwah and share the video Smiles for Syria to help raise awareness and all profit made of views are being donated to charity as well. Readers can also follow us on Facebook to keep updated on future campaigns and projects that we will be having. 

On Hijab



 
When did you start wearing Hijab and what made you start?When I was 9 years old, I went up to my mother and told her “My friend from school wears the hijab because she said she loves Allah and wants to please him. I love Allah too and want to please him so I want to wear the hijab.” And since that day, I have been wearing the hijab.


 How did wearing hijab affect you and people’s reaction to you?Surprisingly, it has affected me a lot and I never understood what my choice in clothing or a scarf on my head had to do with anyone else’s business.I don’t fit in the stereotypes of a western Canadian girl nor an Arab Muslim girl, so it’s kind of confusing for people once they get to know me. Some accept it, some judge as me being ignorant due to what they see about Muslims on the news, and others see me as a rebel against my own faith because of my choice in thinking or dressing. But in the end of the day, I don’t let their reactions bother me. What would you say are the benefits of wearing hijab?You do gain respect to a certain point. Many respect you for wearing hijab in this day and age because it’s not easy to find girls who are so confident to dress so modestly and covered up with everything we see in the media and around us.   What advise can you give women on starting and sticking to wearing the Hijab?Wearing hijab is not going to be easy. We are going to be tempted to want to do our hair and dress like how everyone else around us dresses, we might get reacted to differently, but think of the gold at the end of the rainbow. Some argue that in this day and age, the hijab has merely become an accessory but I believe it’s a form of Jihad, or struggle, within one’s self. If you get thoughts to take it off and resist, you get rewarded. Prophet (pbuh) said if you think to do something good and you do it, you get rewarded, if you think to do something good and don’t do it; you get rewarded for the intention. And if you think of doing something bad, and don’t do it, you get rewarded for the good intention. Lastly, What do you want to be remembered by?I want to be remembered for being a good person and making a better change.







 

I feel so lucky to have interviewed Asma, she is truly a free spirit and an inspiration. Through the personal trials she has had to endure she continues to show that we should put our trust in Allah swt alone! Alghamdulillah there are so many young women out there pioneering for hijab, for good, for Islam and for change! 

Asoomijay is also part of the CHARITY WATER FUNDRAISING PARTY on MAY 16TH IN NYC! She will be joining YazTheSpaz89BabylailalovThe HijabiBengaliSistersAnas MarwahNye Armstrong, Lisa Vogl-Hamid PhotographyKhalil Ismail and Naeem from Native Deen in raising money for clean drinking water for Rwanda! It will be a great night for a VERY amazing cause!!! If you would like to assist purchase your ticket for the sake of Allah and let's all join together to solve the water crisis even if you can't make it. 100% OF PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY Tickets: https://charitywaterparty.eventbrite.com/

You can find Asoomijay at the following links

Youtube Channel


Facebook Page

Twitter

Until next post loves! Keep it you and keep it modest!

Much lovememrsme


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Look Post | Oversized Jersey with Volume Hijab and Citra Style aftermath


Salaam Everyone! I have been dealing with the so called aftermath of not having made it in the Citra Style competition. With the amount of effort many of the contestants including myself put into getting votes, not having even made it in the top 7 should have left me feeling defeated. On the contrary the competition left me feeling truly supported and immensely grateful. 

Many people rallied to vote and campaigned for me, the support was truly overwhelming! It left me feeling and knowing that Allah has a better plan. 

Just to give you some sort of an update...

In my campaign to get votes I attempted to vote for each and everyone one of the contestants and ask for their vote in return. Now understand,  that there were over 200 contestants and it would obviously take some time. On day one I only got through the first half of the first page. I continued the next day. On the third day the order of the names changed. This confused me and I ended up abandoning the process. I however connected with some amazing women through this process Alghamdulilah :). 

Then, Citra Style started eliminating contestants that had fraudulent votes. Some of the friends I made were knocked out of the competition and I truly feel bad for them. The truth is that some people are capable of orchestrating fraudulent votes but what about the women who wouldn't? They maybe should have considered eliminating the soured votes instead of disqualifying and see how the contestants lay in the running with only their legitimate votes. 

In the end though what was never meant to be won't be. When the competition waned to an end, I was number 14. Not bad I say, not bad at all.  Also, Alghamdullilah, I may have been missing out on some great opportunities at home if I had gone to Dubai! Allah alone knows best.  


In my look I'm wearing this really cool leopard print oversized jersey. I have been looking for ages for one. An oversized jersey in the right proportions can be any Hijabi's best friend. They do an excellent job in covering up and this one is so soft and super comfortable. It was bought at Wing Girl. 
To complete the look, I made my hijab with some volume and added my black Mary Jane type platforms from HQ, which also has a leopard print detail at the back. I've decided that if I feel the look I'll just shoot wherever I am, so that I don't stagnate my blog. 




I have been trying to upload my hijab tutorial to youtube, with some failed attempts. As soon as it is up I will also post it here and I have a great interview coming up in the next post and a possible Husband post. So until then my loves, keep it you and keep it modest!

memrsme

Monday, 7 April 2014

Look Post | Denim on Denim and voting giveaway!



Salaam my lovely Ducks! If you haven't heard this phrase before its something that came naturally to me that I have fondly called my babies! It seemed apt to address my readers as such today. 

It has been what seems like ages since I last blogged! I have, all thanks to the Almighty, been very busy Alghamdulillah!. I literally squeezed this post into the weekend and as a result I am back on the saddle and it really does feel good! 

I have done the denim on denim trend quite a few times but just never photographed it for a look post. I decided to do it sunday when I found myself wearing the trend to a breakfast with the ladies. 

On a side note, I had never been to Alhambra before and it was quite a pleasant surprise! What I truly like about it is that it's pretty enough, the food was good and I'm like 2 minutes away from it! So, when I get my kiddo's to sleep, I'm thinking for hubby and I to pop in there for some couple time. In case you didn't already know, Alhambra is the restaurant that forms part of the Academia and Masjid of Islamia college. 

As you all may know, I have entered the Citra Style Model Casting Contest. I did a post where I asked you guys what photo I should submit, which you can read here. It is now the last week to vote and I am seriously behind. Although, to be quite honest, not too bad considering I'm number 28th or so in a 246th or so entrant competition. I cannot begin to express how amazing it would be to win this! I would get to go to Dubai, be the second face of Citra Style, Model along side Yazthespaz and shoot with one of my inspirations, Lisa Vogl. Not to mention how cool won't it be for a South African Blogger to be on such a platform?

I have received some amazing support so far, that I am truly humbled by! Thank you all so much!!



If you have not voted already, please vote for me and ask as many people as you know to vote for me too! One very lucky voter will receive a Rebel Funk goodie bag! So please help me and get voting for me here








In this look I paired a light denim from Mr P with my light denim shirt from china town. My jewellery that exude punk rock are from my sisters brand, that I often help with; Rebel Funk. I decided to keep it simple, with what I call my trusty's. These nude babies are my go-to-shoe, they are comfortable and look good, in my opinion, with anything. I am sure all women have a pair of trusty's somewhere in your shoe closet, if you are so inclined to own one.  My cheap-cheap, scarf is from a little shop in Imam Haron road, called Covered Pearls.  My key item here, is my rich black Hyde and Seek envelope bag, that I was so lucky to have been gifted! 

I hope you enjoyed my short and sweet post! Please get voting and sharing, Your support is highly appreciated! Until the next post sweet peas!

Much Love
memrsme