Eid Gift Guide (Collab with "Los Angeles Hijabi")

It's almost Eid and like every year I'm usually that person a day before Eid running around looking for gifts but this year insha'Allah I thought i'd be super organised and get my gifts earlier (By earlier I mean two days before Eid rather than my typical 1hour before the shops close the night before). Los Angeles hijabi (aka the lovely Umm Leila) and I, decided to show you some gift Ideas. In my post I'll be showing you gift ideas for the male species in your family and the lovely Umm Leila will be showing you what to buy the fabulous girls. So without further adieu lets get started shall we:
  • The Man Bag: I personally feel every grown adult needs a bag to carry their things in and that includes men too. Yes, yes I know stuffing everything in your back pocket is very liberating but however extremely unsafe. When it comes to men (Like I know anything about them) they don't seem to change bag very often like us girlies so perhaps buying a leather bag is the best option because it's likely to be kept for years and years.

  • Coffee Cup. I feel like a coffee cup is one of the most practical gifts. Umm Leila and I were talking and she said that she often bought her husband coffee and snacks for eid, this inspired me. Maybe if coffee was often given how about a stylish coffee cup.

  • A new Notebook: Keeping up with the hipster theme I thought a notebook would be the perfect thing to put in his new bag. If he is studying then then this is such a nice gift because notebooks are super practical. I'm loving Moleskine notebooks they're so classic and professional. 

  • Attar. This gift idea was actually widely recommended by some of you lovelies on Instagram and I certainly agree. Attar (or perfume) is such a nice gift idea because it's something that they can practically use.

  • Islamic themed T-shirts. This was another recommended gift idea from all you girlies. I can actually say that last year I bought my brother an islamic themed T-shirt and I think he might have liked it (Or pretended to like it...who knows). There are a lot of places you can buy these from in London such as your local islamic store. However your best bet would be online. 

  • Kindle/ Ipad. Whenever i'm on the train or the bus I always see both men and women using kindles and it's got me thinking. I must probably be the only person who still likes using paper books to read. So for it's sheer popularity kindle you have been added to my gift guide.

This guide was more geared toward your teenage and adult family members however when it comes to young boys you can easily buy them games (Can I personally recommend the classic Battleship game) How about you all join us in this collab and  leave a comment below letting Umm Leila and I know what gift you would give to your young child?

You can shop some of my recommend gifts here:
Check out Umm Leila's Girl Eid Guide by clicking the link hereI hope you're gonna love it Insha'Allah. I'll see you sisters in the next post insha'Allah. 
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Staying happy on social media

Ahh social media, I often struggle to get the hang of you but deep deep down I know we are friends. When we all start off our journey online it can be both really exciting and scary at the same time. We often get a little worried about the things we post and whether we might have just posted "too much". So here's my guide to staying positive on social media whether that be Blogging, Instagram, Twitter, you name it.

1) Stop looking at numbers. I'm kinda fed up of going on blogs and finding posts like "How to get more followers" or "How to increase your traffic" because it steals the joy out of posting online and makes it into a industry and a profession rather than a hobby and that's what social media is about it's about enjoying yourself. It doesn't matter about comments or likes as long as you enjoy documenting your occasions because at the end of the day we actually post for ourselves. 

2) Comparing your life leads to misery. I'm probably so guilty of this. Often we find ourselves following people and in someways comparing their lifestyle over ours. I kinda cover this a little in my post here, but often we are inspired to be like people because of their appearances or their looks. But behind the screen things often seem different.  

3) Post when you like, what you like. Ok so this goes back to the first post but we often find ourselves posting things to get followers but this often destroys all the fun out of social media because we're creating an artificial persona to impress people. If we perhaps post things we like then maybe your followers might unfollow you but at least you made a choice for yourself rather than for someone else.

That's all the tips I can think of right now, I hope this post help some of you and I'll see you in the next post.
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The flowers and the hobbit.

Loads of people have been visiting my mummy, so I thought I could seek this as an opportunity to use some of her flowers as props for this outfit post (hehe thanks mummy). I haven't really done  many outfit posts and funny enough when I started my blog, I had the intention of making this a "Fashion Blog" but there's been so many things i've loved writing other than just just showing my personal style. Have any other bloggers had that problem? Another "problem" I have is posing, I can never seem to find the right pose and I always feel a little self conscious of passers-by who i'm sure consider me a little narcissistic for randomly posing in the middle of the street. Whenever my brother happens to take my pictures he makes an effort to get me to silly poses and i'm sure he secretly hopes i'll post them (I can assure you he never reads my blog anyway).

For some reason whenever I take outfit pictures I look incredibly short... I don't know if I classify as short because i'm only 5"2 (going on 5"3...I hope). My brother and I joked that we should re-name the blog "hijabi hobbit" and surprisingly I think that's quite a cute name, what do you think. Anyway I bought this abaya in Whitechapel Market. Initially I felt a bit unsure about this abaya and I quickly regretted this purchase because I'm kinda a jersey hater and this abaya is made completely from jersey. After wearing it the first time I fell deeply in love with it and I can say that this is probably one of my favourite abayas. I paired this abaya with my go to black denim jacket and this cute ruffled hijab I bought for a mere 50p in a sale box in the market. Now that the weather is getting so much better I can wear more of my abayas without a hundred layers. 

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I hope you liked this post, i'll try and do more outfit posts and  I'll see you!
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A day of rowing and old friends

This weekend three friends and I decided to attempt the quintessentially British past time of rowing and I must say that it is a lot harder than it looks. It was incredibly nice to see my old college friends, not only did it take my mind away from this term's extra stressful hospital placement, I actually got to laugh so much. The funniest part is one of my friends is extremely frightened of the ducks and since I kept feeding them they kept coming close to the boat. This meant my friend would often move to the other side of the boat causing the boat to jerk rapidly...it was funny at the time but now thinking about it I doubt falling into the water would have kept us laughing, thankfully we stayed dry. 

I even managed to convince my friends to take my outfit pictures and after a lot of bullying  I mean persuasion I got a few snaps (Thanks Shazia for being patient with me). Unfortunately as adamant as I am to get some pictures of my outfits the wind however did not agree with me at all, hence the wind blown dress through out. 

What i'm wearing: Dress: Sapphire London/ Shoes & Coat: H&M/ Bag:Diamond Hijabz/Hijab: Whitechapel Market.

I bought this beautiful dress from Sapphire London in a local summer fete for the bargain price of a tenner, however I have to say that for some reason the arms of the dress don't fit me entirely I find it a bit tight. None the less it's a beautiful dress. Also in the same summer fete my mummy bought me this beautiful red bag in the Diamond Hijabz stall and it's reminiscent of the Saint Laurent bag that i've been eyeing for so long but for a fraction of the price. I'm trying so hard this summer to wear as little black as possible but I know with Ramadan coming (or already here if your reading this later) I'm going to go back to black. 

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Thanks for reading and i'll see you in the next post. Let me know in the comments below if you've ever tried rowing and how you found it.
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How to Effectively Blog whilst Being a Student or Working

When I have exams round the corner, i'm usually inspired to become a really good blogger (though I suspect i'm probably more of an expert in procrastination). However I usually hear from bloggers, myself included that I can't study for my exams or work my nine to five job and keep my blog running effectively. but this may not be always the case, sometimes we just get too overwhelmed by so many different tasks at once!

1) Schedule your posts. Don't feel the need to post everyday but schedule your posts, not only so your readers can look forward to your posts but so that they feel the regularity of receiving a post from you.

2) Do all your posts in bulk. If you have a day free, use that day to take all the pictures for your posts, whether that be outfits or DIYs etc... Not only will you have lots of posts for your to schedule but it will make blogging less of a burdan. 

3) Don't Stress. Don't over think your posts, it doesn't have to be the longest written post, remember quality over quantity.

4) Use your blog as a reward. This can be very effective if done correctly. Whenever you complete a task, whether that be revision or research you can reward yourself by writing a post! (Because blogging is a hobby and not a profession...well for me anyway)

5) It's ok to take a break. Once blogging starts to feel like a chore or a burden, take a break and let your readers know. When I had my end of year exams I took a break and let you all know in this post here.

Well those are all the tips I can think of right now, If you have anymore tips leave them in the comments below!
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Styling your Black Abaya (collab with "The Twisted Moth")

Hey Sisters, so today I thought I'd do  different kind of post. The Twisted Moth (Aka. Tyta) from the oh so sunny Indonesia and I decided to do a style challenge, so in this post we are both going to style this basic black abaya in an outfit for our own climates. Firstly let me introduce Tyta, she's just started blogging so for all my Indonesian readers please check her out as her post are typically in Bahasa. She's such a sweetie and she reached out to me so that we could do this awesome fun collab. So without further adieu here's my outfit:

(What i'm wearing: Hijab: Inayah Collection*/ Abaya: Whitechapel Market/ Shoes: George/ Bracelets: Primark)

So the best way for a plain Jane like moi to style a black abaya…with black and white of course. I always feel that a monochrome outfit gives out a bold statement whilst also staying completely understated. I recently bought this beautiful Ethnic print hijab and the print is so beautiful yet so bold. Which is why I decided to center the outfit around it, keeping my jewelry at a minimum with only simple gold bracelets. Don’t you love my cute cat bag, so a few years ago (Maybe only one) I saw this bag being constantly featured on mainstream blogs and I knew I needed it, so I bought it. I wore it for such a long time only for it to be tucked away at the back of my wardrobe months later. Rediscovering it was like rediscovering a jewel.

It feels so different to wear my coat on my shoulders, despite the impracticality of it, I almost feel like I’ve browed my brother’s blazer on a windy day. However I love the whole “high” fashion feel of it just resting on my shoulders, it feels like very…I can’t seem to find an adjective for it, but you’ll know the feeling once you try it.

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Check out Tyta's Oufit by clicking the link hereI know you're gonna love it Insha'Allah. I'll see you sisters in the next post insha'Allah. 
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