28 October 2014


Happy Tuesday folks.

I have really exciting news for you guys!!!! 

I have been selected to be in the final round of The 4th Annual World Muslimah Awards 2014 that will be held in Jakarta & Yogyakarta, Indonesia on November 09-22, 2014.

With the theme “Reshaping The World in Harmony” WMA 2014 conveys a message of universality & the role of women in promoting peace, sisterhood gathering & community development. 

One of highlight of World Muslimah Awards program this year is The World Muslimah Forum (WMForum). It is an international platform looking at major social, culture and economic issues from Muslim woman’s perspectives. The Forum seeks to give voice to leading women to share the views & topics to bring more understanding how to redefining the key role model of women in Muslimah’s (Muslim women) perspective. 

WMForum highlight practical actions & projects that range from women’s social business entrepreneurship & youth movement through education, social culture, Islamic parenting & family affairs and better representation of Muslim women in the media.
In the conjunction of World Muslimah Award 2014, WMForum will be held for the first time on November 19th 2014 at Grand Ballroom East Parc Hotel Yogyakarta.

I am so excited. I cannot wait to be a part of this life changing experience and to share my amazing journey with you all!!!! Stay tuned..

Here are some important links you should check out:

25 Finalists World Muslimah Awards 2014 Announced.

View Profiles of the 25 Finalists.

Miss World Muslimah Award.

The winner of Special Online Category is determined by the number of voters in an online polling conducted during the auditions to the grand final. The award is given to the winner of The Most Inspiring Video  (already awarded) and The Most Favorite World Muslimah ( you have until 21st November, 2014 to vote :D).


If you're feeling generous and would like for me to be Favourite World Muslimah you can vote for me by click on the "heart" icon under my photo HERE.


26 October 2014


I've battled through lengthy assignments, examinations, those dreaded group assignments (urgh!) and finally the best part is here: GRADUATION! One of the most important and most memorable days of my life. Saturday October 25th, 2014 marked my official graduation day from The University of the West Indies. I'd be trollIng if I didn't say that there were definitely times when I wondered if this day would ever come.  But for the most part, this past year has flown by! Alhamdulilah I've done it. 

 I woke up early and got myself ready for the big day. Reaching to the top of my wall, I pulled down my saved-for-graduation-day blue gown, still tightly wrapped in the plastic. Putting on the stiff, starchy, and perfectly blue robe...wow...I felt so proud of myself. My graduation ceremony took place at the Sports and Physical Education Centre at the U.W.I. All in all, there were hundreds of students graduating on Saturday. The best part was that the ceremony wasn't as long as I though It'd be. Sometimes it's best to experience things for yourself rather than go with people's opinions. The weather was fantastic and despite a few minor hiccups ( you know they always pop up on those big special days...lordd why???), I loved everything about the day. Soon enough, we were entering the auditorium to the harmonious music of a live band...Kudos you guys were awesome!
 Of course all the important individuals presented on stage and sooner than I thought my name was  called, I stepped up onto the stage, (not shaking the hands of the Chancellor) but a bowing with respect and YESSSS receiving my diploma!
Alhamdulilah, I was able to have my family there to celebrate with me!  They have given me so much support this past year and it is very much appreciated.This entire experience wouldn’t have been the same without them. They pushed me to do my best and I truly appreciate everything they have done for me, as well as my friends, over the past years. I especially have to thank my husband for his unwavering support of me this past year. Whether he was nursing me back to health, encouraging me to keep up with the blog (and fulfilling my goal of writing almost every.single.week), or simply going out to the restaurant to buy me OK's Watermelon juice—my favourite drink ever—on those hot Belizean days. MEIN.

 The rest of the day involved spending the day at the movies and mall and promptly falling asleep on my bed as I got home. Funnily enough that simple act could probably sum up the past year in a nutshell—thrilling, but exhausting! Lastly, I want to thank you all for reading along and supporting me over the past year.  I have loved sharing this journey with you and can’t wait to share what’s ahead!

WHAT TO WEAR??? The dilemma many face... 
Graduation is of course a wonderful celebration. Not only does it mark an entirely new chapter of life, it’s a ceremony that recognizes your hard work and achievements throughout the years of university. It’s a special occasion, so it’s a good idea to put a little extra effort into your look. There’s always pre-graduation anxieties and nerves, the thought of walking on stage in front of a crowd, you will want to look your best. I thought it'd be a great idea to offer some tips to help all of you upcoming graduates put your best foot forward in front of your professors, classmates, family and friends. Here are a few things to keep in mind…

OUTFIT:You will of course want to look cute in photos with friends on the big day, but also keep in mind that graduation is a ceremony for people’s parents, grandparents, and professors. That said, don’t reach for the trendiest, tightest dress in your closet. Instead, opt for an elegant and conservative style that will look appropriate in front of friends and family alike. As a Muslim I'm always covered up so I choose to go for a light, cool fabric under my jacket. Those robes can get a little toasty, so fabric choice has to be sensible.

SHOES: Being comfortable on graduation day is a must. You will be walking, standing, sitting, posing and more! If you don’t want to go the flats route, I suggest finding a pair of wedges that is comfortable to walk in. They will give you support and make your look more dressed-up than flats. It’s also important to remember that when you’re wearing your gown, the only thing people will see are your shoes, making them equally as important (if not more!) as your graduation dress. Find a pair that is classy, cute and comfortable. I think wedges are the best as they’re a good balance between heels and flats. They are comfier than heels but still very flattering. I wore a thick-heeled pump shoe, I'm not a fan of those anorexic heels, they have a habit of betraying us sometimes...and can be uncomfortable although they are pretty. If you like flats fine, I wouldn't do flats on graduation though, I think heels are more flattering and it is a special day after all!

JEWELRY: I wouldn't say that your jewelry has to be simple to the extreme, but you also don’t want to overdo it. Stick to one staple bauble—whether that means rocking a statement necklace or having an arm party. Then keep the rest of your jewelry simple—a ladylike ring, pearl earrings. Try to avoid anything that jingles around as you will probably be shaking hands, waving, and giving hugs all day. 

MAKEUP: Go for a natural, fresh beauty look. You want your makeup to give you a natural glow so that you will look radiant. You don't want to pile it on an then feel as though you're melting. Keep it light and choose a feminine lip color. I went for a natural pink lip. 

I hope these tips have helped to prepare you for graduation day! As long as you dress to flatter your figure and channel your true personal style, I’m sure you will look great! Toodles... xoxo.

Standing out from the crowd..... :D

Waiting for my name to be called.....so exciting!!!

Bowing to the Chancellor....

Ahhhh.....finally :D

Hijabi power!!!!

My outfit...

My pre-school teacher and I...so amazing...I couldn't believe it!

I love love love these beautiful flowers <3

12 October 2014


Hola amigos,

Today I bring you these beautiful abayas from Z's Exclusive Designs. Z's Exclusive contacted me to model these wonderful abayas from her collection and I was quite delighted, although I am not so much of an abaya-wearing person. Generally speaking, I don't like wearing abayas...it's just not my style, but this collection of abayas from Dubai really made me rethink wearing abayas. I guess the cut of the abayas is what really made me fall in love with them, oh! and of course the material as well...very light weight, so much that it feels like an air condition unit. A couple years ago abayas were so mundane, these days there are endless innovative abaya designs. I'm so elated Islamic fashion and style has resurrected and I am so excited with the many different styles to choose from. I think I'd like to design my own abaya collection in the future. Amazing stuff.

Most people assume  that the abaya is just a plain black cloth. What a lot of people who have not been to the Gulf do not know is that it has a lot fashion incorporated in it. If someone looks closely no two abayas are alike. I personally own a few abayas and all are different styles and fabrics. Some are formal and some are just for in the house and others are for everyday wearing. I enjoy seeing all the women wearing many different designs. One of my favorite styles that I own is a bat style, the top of the abaya flows out while the bottom is sliming ( you'll see it below, with a metallic finish on the chest). 

Most Westerners find it hard to get their heads around the concept of modest fashion let alone a stylish abaya or how an abaya can possibly be fashionbale...like wth how does wearing a big black box-looking garment make you look fashionable??? In all honesty, I’m not its greatest fan either...BUT...it's absolutely possible. Believe it or not, there are actually some benefits to wearing an abaya that most of us could embrace. Here are 6 tongue in cheek ones... 

  1. Black is slimming, so we should all look like supermodels. Hmm, maybe not but at least it’s flowing cut covers a multitude of sins. No need to suck that tummy in any more, or worry about your love handles showing over your jeans. The abaya gives you a streamlined appearance no matter what your size.
  2.  You can wear your PJs down the street and nobody needs to know. Just slip on your abaya and presto! Exceptionally bold expat women brave the shops in just their underwear (with requisite abaya in place, nobody needs to know how unchaste you’re being).
  3. You NEVER have to worry what to wear. The Long Black Dress will take you anywhere – from trips out into the city or the market to shop, to 5 star restaurants and even weddings. Want to inject a bit of colour? Just add a bright scarf...Or, you  can most definitely find abayas in all colours and prints, so no worries there. And if you have a funeral to attend, you’re all set for mourning with a wardrobe full of black!
  4. Less risk of skin cancer. The temperatures  in the Caribbean can peak over 30C. Think of your abaya as an all over 100+SPF sunblock. No harmful cancer rays getting through there!
  5.  It’s easier to go incognito. If you want to blend into the crowd and avoid detection, just slip on a hijab and no one will know it’s you.
  6.  If you’ve had enough of black, you can always break out the gorgeously green abaya.
Honestly I love every one of the abayas from the collection. It also features animal print abayas for those of you who'd like to sport your love for prints whilst wearing an abaya. I absolutely love it ! Now that’s how you can follow the latest fashion being a Hijabi. Z's exclusive Designs is open Saturdays & Sundays. Feel free to give her a call: 680-8409/ 303-5725/ 653-0140 if you want to own some of these exquisite designs.

 Ciao my lovelies~