Friday, October 31, 2008

Her Closet Order

I love Malay clothes, although what I mostly bought while I was over there was hijabs. I needed these casual square cotton 'tudung' but I don't wear them that much now, I tend to wear shayla. 
I do however really love my blouses that I got in Brunei for SGD $25, however they are both bright turquoise and green with lots of embroidery so a bit too much for formal workwear. They are called Blaus Muslimah in the Malay language and are always at least butt covering length so about 30" long. You have to be careful though cos Malays are more petite than White or Black sisters so check they fit before you buy.
There are a wide range of Blaus Muslimah styles- formal business shirts, kurti styles, t-shirt, Western inspired like faux layered shirts, based on the traditional Malay dress the baju, coats, shirt dresses, salwar kemis, kimono, there are even some in galabia length with and without splits. Just to be really cool you can get Busana Muslim which is a matching set for your husband and tiny version for your kids,  Malays are into the matching outfits.
They usually sell for around USD$25 but Her Closet is selling them for $10, so yeah I jumped on them. I've got all the items above plus a cream blaus and I may get a grey blaus or the pink hoodie depending on what they have. What with shipping and Western Union fees they cost USD $14 but such good value! I will be wearing them all the time to work now I wear hijab there and I burnt two of my work shirts with the iron. I felt guilty for wasting them but I can only wear them with skirts, coats and long hijabs cos they are tight and short which is a pain. Now I have the hoodies I can wear them more, there's a great example of that here on Her Closet

She so classy and cute, I'd definitly wear that to work  and I doesn't scream, "look I'm wearing a hoodie!"

Monday, October 6, 2008

"Kreuzberger girlies" - Streetsyle Five


Here's the final kreuzberger girlies 1 look, this time a magenta and purple eşarp with a purple dress over white wide trousers. Again there isn't an exact scarf to the one pictured so I have done three options with three differnt purple scarves. The first look is a dress over a white trouser, shorter shirt over white tee and white skirt and a more modest bolero over a maxi dress. I've picked up colours form the eşarp in the footwear and handbags. I personally love the maxi dress look, so pretty and classy.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Chain stores - Spring Just Jeans Blue

It's fantastic that maxi dresses are in fashion this New Zealand Spring season, I walked down the main shopping street here and thought - I want that, and that and that! So I've done this look all on Just Jeans clothing and accessories. I'm not sure if the scarf would be wide enough for a hijab but you could wear a navy al-amira with the scarf round the neck as shown. I'm not the biggest fan of all these items, the maxi dress is my key piece but I wanted to show that you can indeed buy a whole outfit of hijab from one shop. When I grew up in a small town there were only about four shops that sold 'cool' clothes and one was Just Jeans so its great to know that even sisters in small towns can get hijab clothes.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Rayyan's Twenty First Outfit - Hijab

In this look Rayyan wears a pale blue and off-green almost beige striped shayla over an olive underscarf. I really like how the off-green sections match the beige shirt without being matchy matchy. Here are my hijab options:

Hijab World Green Shimmer Striped Shayla for £6.99

Hijab World's Rectangular Rainbow Silk Blue Striped Shayla £19.99

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I Heart Hijab In All Its Colours

Blogging is an interesting experience, however it can be a very demotivating one. When you don't recieve many comments, your hits drop, other bloggers get media coverage that you do you can end up not blogging because you feel negative about it. I thought that was the problem with my blogging and why I find it hard to blog sometimes. But I think, really it is that I have put too many limits on my blogging.

hy should I restrict my inspiration? Why should I have to seperate my love for Rayyan's clothes from my love of Egyptian and Turkish outfits? Surely there must be other people who like them all too. Why should I care if other bloggers do things similar? A community is full of similar people who interact with each other and I shouldn't pretend that a New Zealand Muslims blogger can be niche. I don't think there is another one so I'm niche enough already.

So apologies for dumping a whole lot of posts and the eventual rationalising of my many blogs into fewer blogs. I hope you don't get lost and that you still keep reading. Please forgive me if I do anything that annoys or upsets your blog reading experience. I will tidy it all up in time inshallah.

So Hijab Chique will still be the blog name, as I like it, however it will be a blog not exclusively deveoted to LMOTP's Rayyane. I find it hard to endlelessly blog her outfits as like me she wears a lot of the same clothes again and again. Tesettur Hijab will eventually be shut down but the posts and new posts on tesettur will live here. I will also feature abaya when I like them, Egyptian hijab and even some New Zealand / Australian based outfits with items from stores we have here. So hopefully more posts, more motivation and more diversity :)