Back To Basics [Stripes]

Hi Everyone!

This will be the last post from my ‘Back To Basics’ series.

Here are my previous posts:

Back To Basics [Khaki]

Back To Basics [Black & Grey]

Back To Basics [Polka Dot]

STRIPES

Some people hate them and others love them. I definitely love them! I do not know if the whole rumor about horizontal stripes making you look wider is true but that does not bother me.I generally choose an outfit in the order of whether it is 1) comfortable, 2) stylish and 3) flattering.

image1Both of the skirts in this post are pleated which are so flattering and I love the flowy effect. The navy skirt was my mothers and as soon as I saw it I fell in love. There is nothing wrong with looking through your mum’s wardrobe, you will be surprised at what you would find especially if they have kept their old outfits and vintage pieces.

image2I paired the second outfit with a bright ombre scarf. This breaks up the monochrome effect in the outfit. Tan coloured shoes and bags go with EVERYTHING! Like stated in the previous post, this bag is from H&M for ONLY $5. Also, these shoes are from Rubi Shoes for about $10.
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If you have any suggestions for upcoming posts, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments.

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Back To Basics [Polka Dot]

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If you have been up to date with my posts, you will know that I am currently doing a ‘Back To Basics’ series with the clothing from my wardrobe.

Here are my previous posts:

Back To Basics [Khaki]

Back To Basics [Black & Grey]

I tried to pick outfits that include polka dots and may be casual as well as formal by simply switching certain things such as the bag or shoes. I think that both of these outfits can be dressed up or dressed down which is always a plus!

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This pleated polka dot skirt is one of my favorite things in my wardrobe.

If it were up to me I would wear it everyday.

If I have difficultly picking an outfit, this skirt is a definite pick-me-up.  The first outfit looks and feels a bit monochrome, a little too matchy-matchy but you an just change the hijab or shoes to a solid colour such as blue or purple.   I would say that out of the two outfits this would be considered the  ‘casual’ outfit.

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Can we all just acknowledge the amazing colour of this polka dot top?

I am a sucker for anything with the colour mustard.

The skirt and top are both from the Op Shop. I love how you can find exquisite pieces that are a possible a one-off and you wont run into anyone wearing the same thing. A good wash and these items are good as new. You can switch the cardigan for a blazer and bag for a clutch and it will become a perfect formal outfit. I would definitely wear the second outfit to a wedding or birthday dinner.

I know that some people have difficulty styling clothes with patterns. I usually go with one patterned item per outfit but on the odd occasion I may mix two of the same pattern or completely different ones. When you have a system in mind, this makes it easier to style the item.

This is how I do it but you can do what best suits you and your style.

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I have a few more ‘Back To Basics’ posts coming up.

If you have any suggestions for upcoming posts, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments.

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Back To Basics [Khaki]

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Firstly, I want to apologize for the inconsistency with my blog posts and for having a 12 day gap between this post and my last one.It is almost time to go back to university and there are so many things happening at once. I am planning on dedicating one day next week just to my blog, taking the photos and writing up captions, ready to post when life gets a little hard to handle.

If there are any particular blog posts you would like to see, please leave it in the comments below.

This is a continuation of my previous post about ‘Back To Basics [Black & Grey]’.

Today’s colour is one that I love just as much as BLACK. Yes that right,

I ❤ Khaki!

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These Khaki chinos were very stylish and fashionable last year. I don’t know if they are still in style but I just love them. They are so comfortable and versatile during summer and winter.

If you are interested in my bag, I bought it from H&M a few days ago from the SALE for only $5! What a bargain!

 These outfits are really minimal but I think that they are so comfortable and stylish at the same time. FotorCreatedn

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Back To Basics [Black & Grey]

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I hope that you are all having a lovely week ❤

As I was walking to work on Saturday, I was thinking about upcoming blog posts to create. I was wearing the outfit with the grey top and black pants, and I thought about doing a “Back To Basics” series of posts. I was loving how my outfit was so simple yet classy. Likewise, I am going through a phase where I am not wearing as much pattern or floral as I did before. I call it a phase because as soon as I think of an outfit involving patterns or floral I will just throw it on.

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What do you think of when someone talks about basics or essentials in their wardrobe?

I definitely think of a pair of black slacks/pants. These may be slim fit, high waisted or boyfriend style which are a loose fit.

I also think of a simple black skirt. This can be high waisted or pencil. And that may be knee-length or maxi. It just depends on personal preference.

Everyone MUST have a black, white or grey simple top that can go with everything. They are amazing to have around especially during winter.

Finally, a pair of black shoes that are comfortable whether they are flats, wedges or heels.

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I will match these outfits with a blazer for formal occasions or a cardigan for casual times.

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I would usually wear the outfit with the pants during the day to work, shopping or  lunch. On the other hand, I will wear the skirt to evening events such as a wedding. I will just change the simple top for a shirt and switch the bag for a clutch/purse. 22

I realised that body chains are so in right now! I wish I had a body chain to go with this outfit. They are so affordable but every time I go shopping I forget to get one. DSC_00431

Similarly, can we just talk about how amazing STATEMENT NECKLACES are these days, especially the Ottoman themed necklaces!  They are just to die for! I think that this piece of jewellery will take this outfit to a whole new level.

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World Hijab Day – My Story

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Today I am going to be discussing a topic which is extremely close to my heart.

Hijab

For those of you who are not familiar with this term or significance of World Hijab Day, I will try my best to explain it.

What is Hijab?

One of the most visible symbols of Islam is the dress of a Muslim women. The word describing the head scarf is the Hijab which literally means veil or barrier. Hijab is religiously mandated and is part of the Islamic tradition of dressing modestly. It is important to note that the practice of modest dress and behaviour applies to Muslim men as well. The Hijab is worn by Muslim women in front of men who are not close family members. Hijab’s purpose is to shift the focus away from a women’s physical appearance towards her character as an individual. For more information click here .

World Hijab Day (1st of February) is a day of awareness and recognition for the “millions of Muslim women who wear a Hijab and live a life of modesty.” (This is a direct quote from the World Hijab Day Website, you can find out more from this link. )

10650024_719471188129025_102293603573255198_nLiving as a Muslim in Australia has definitely had its extreme highs and lows. I am proud to say that I live in a country which is known for its Multiculturalism, where most people are accepting of others’ religions and cultures. I have had the privilege to go to school here and continue my studies in university with my Hijab on. Most people who I have encountered over the past 5 years were so encouraging and interested to find out more about me and my Hijab. There were also the minority of people who chose to be rude and ignorant about my choice of Hijab. I have come across people who would have a disgusted facial expression when looking at you, those who yell out from their car window rude insults about me and my religion and on one occasion someone moving their hand bag away from me because they thought I was going to steal it at the airport.

This is a photo of the first day that I put on my Hijab about 5 years ago. I was so nervous about how was I going to look, if I going to fit in and most importantly what people were going to say.

(21/05/2010)

CIMG0341A lot of people were pre deceived into thinking that I was forced to wear the Hijab and that my parents had forced me into putting it on. These people would quietly whisper into my ear saying: “Were you forced’? or “Did your parents force you?” I was extremely angered by this response and would just simply say: “If you really think that I was forced to wear a Hijab don’t you think my older sister would be covered before me?”. Then they would have absolutely nothing to say in response to that.

This photo was taken one month later. I was slowly discovering the styles of hijab that best suit me. 

(04/06/2010)

CIMG0386My parents were supportive with every decision that I made. They sat me down and explained that they were there to guide me through the way. One thing that they asked that I will never forget was whether I was ready. I am so thankful that my parents asked me this question. Without second guessing myself I responded in an assertive manner with a big YES! I understand why my parents asked this question. They wanted to make sure that I was 100% confident with my decision so I would not regret it later on in life and end up taking my Hijab off.

I was experimenting with different scarf materials and styles. 

(28/09/2010)

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I usually get questions about my transition from not wearing a Hijab to wearing it. Let’s just say that it was the easiest changeover! I never used to like styling my hair nor did I wear revealing clothes. I went to a school where it was compulsory to wear a Hijab as it was part of the uniform and my mother also wears a Hijab. It was in my surroundings so it was quite an easy development for me. tumblr_lvrk2pzUHL1r32v1xo1_400

Finally, many people think that the Hijab is ONLY a cloth on your head to cover ones hair. No! Absolutely not! When we are wearing the Hijab we are not only representing who we are as a person but also a representation of our WHOLE RELIGION.  We must not only cover our hair but also preserve our modesty with our appearance,actions and behaviour.

I have never looked back since I started wearing a Hijab.

This Hijab is part of my identity!

This Is My Story.

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