Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hijabis at Home: How to Look Pretty in Private!

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So, you can look just as cute at home or at a private event as you do when you go outside.



The same effort or more should be made so that you don't let yourself go, even when you think you will not be "seen", because YOU still have to see yourself and feel good about what you see.

Many of the things that have been written about on this blog such as skinny jeans, leggings, tights, fitted items such as sweater dresses, minidresses, cocktail dresses or gowns etc that are not hijabi-appropriate can be worn by hijabis at home or at private events...

Also, if it is cold outside like now, you can bust out those warm weather items like lightweight dresses, tees, skirts and wear them inside where it is warm and cozy.

Now, let's explore the options!

Coverup Options:
Wanna cover up a little bit if you don't want to show that much skin and/or goodies or just in case you get cold? Try throwing on one of these pieces:
Cropped cardigan, Bolero jacket, Hip length cardigan, Shrug,Shawl/Scarf,Long sleeves



*Add one of these cover-ups to any of these pieces/ensembles mentioned below based on your comfort level:

TANK TOPS
Tank tops or bustier (corset tops) tops are super cute for inside and can be worn with a great fitted pair of jeans or a skirt.



T-SHIRTS/TEES
No no, not those oversized tees that swallow you up or are stained and falling apart. We are talking about cute tshirts like graphic tees or plain fitted tees. Wear a tee with jeans or a skirt.



PEASANT SKIRTS
Peasant skirts are comfortable and light for inside. Wear them, long or knee length, with a cute tank top or tee.



PENCIL SKIRTS
Pencil skirts are hot little skirts that are fitted, high waisted at times and fall just below or just above the knee. They look classy and cute especially paired with tops tucked into them with/without a thin belt.



MAXI DRESSES
Maxi dresses are very comfortable for inside or private events because they can be very casual or very glamorous with some jewelry and a great hairstyle and come in such a variety of styles and colors.




SHORT DRESSES
All of those short dresses like minidresses,cocktail dresses,tshirt dresses etc can be worn inside with a pair of skinny jeans, tights or leggings.



GOWNS
Yes, gowns. At private formal events and for special evenings at home, bust out a gown- it can be one of those fitted, flirty (but tasteful) ones if u want and rock a fabulous hairstyle to boot.



CAFTANS
Caftans are a super-comfortable option that come in many different fabrics and styles from various different cultures. Rock a caftan if you are just lounging around the house or for a private party.
Caftans, belted or not belted with statement earrings and stacked bangles is a fabulous look. *Missoni caftans and Moroccan style caftans are lovely choices.



SKINNY JEANS:
Now is the time to wear those skinny jeans with tees, tanks or short dresses in the ways mentioned HERE on the EBC blog in the post on skinny jeans.



Not into skinny jeans? Wear your bootcut, straight leg or wide leg jeans/pants or some walking shorts (shorts that come to just below the knee).

CUTE SWEATSUITS
Now, I usually say No to sweatsuits being worn other than for the purpose of doing physical exercise. However, if it is a cute sweatsuit like the fitted J-Lo or Juicy Couture ones in a great color (even the ones with the sayings on them like "Hottie" lol) then you can wear it in the house or to a sleepover (not at a ladies cocktail party) to be comfy, especially if you're bloaty and/or pregnant.
BUT don't get used to it and wear it everyday... promise? Please.



HOUSE SHOES
No, not that ratty pair of slippers. Buy a pair of cute shoes/ dainty slippers be it heels or flats, that are made out of a relatively soft material as not to mess up your floor or carpet that are ONLY to be worn in the house.
(That means no, don't run to the car or outside garbage bin in these shoes)
If you are not going to wear a pair of house shoes, then please, please, have your toes nicely manicured (not necessarily french manicure,but filed, cut and not dry).
It is so not cute to walk around with claws for toenails and ashy sandpaper for feet.



JEWELRY
A little jewelry goes a long way. Bust out those statement short necklaces, long shiny necklaces, glamorous post earrings, hoop earrings, chunky bangles,skinny stacked bangles, dainty bracelets,gorgeous cocktail rings, even toe rings and ankle bracelets.
A piece or two or three of jewelry will beautifully step up your outfit, so try it!



MAKEUP
A little lip gloss and eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara,maybe some lipstick or a full face if you feel like it- makeup can be an elegant enhancement of your natural beauty and complete your look.



Not a makeup person? Then just make sure your skin is clean,moisturized and glowing.

HAIR
Do your hair ladies. It doesn't have to be much. Maybe a cute ponytail, a french braid, hair down with a cute headband, even a scarf in a bun with sidebangs if you don't have a lot of time.
Whatever you choose, just make sure you do it. Bedhead isn't cute after you're up.



LINGERIE
Should I go here? I think I need to.
Whether you have a significant other or not, cute undergarments like feminine bras, panties, slips and robes are necessary.
We're females so we should look like females, and there's something about knowing that you have cute undergarments on under your clothes that gives you that extra pep in your step and good feeling about yourself :)




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Get gorgeous at home and at private events with these business' pieces!

Maeda's Collection
Be comfy and covered with these pretty 2 piece prayer garments (top and skirt) that come tucked inside handy little pouches!




Bangle Emporium www.bangleemporium.com
Glam up your ensembles with these beautiful bangles in an array of colors and styles!



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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside: What to Wear in the Winter

Winter has rolled around and it's snowy, icy and bitter cold outside.

What do you wear?...the warmest flyest things you can find of course!

Here's a few key pieces and wardrobe elements that you can use to keep yourself looking cute in the cold!

Warm Fabrics
Choosing pieces with thicker warmer fabrics is a good way to stay toasty.
Fabrics such as denim, velvet, fleece, cashmere, flannel, corduroy, wool, tweed and furs are all great.
Be sure to test the fabrics on your skin to make sure that they will not irritate it.
*SteinMart.com is having a sale thru tommorow at 5pm for ladies cashmere sweaters- buy one get one 50% off.




Long Skirts
Long skirts (ankle length or longer) are going to be great for winter because the extra length goes a long way.
Try out different shapes like mermaid, straight, A-line, trumpet etc.
Rock a long skirt with a top tucked into it.
Hijabis, if the skirt isn't loose at the top and you want to wear a tucked top, wear a jacket over to keep the goodies covered or just wear the top untucked.
Also, put on a great pair of leggings/tights and boots under your long skirts for extra warmth.

American Apparel, Ralph Lauren,Eddie Bauer, J Jill etc and lots of other mainstream stores have long skirts out this season because they are on-trend.
Online long skirt retailers:LOSVE.com, Al-Anika.com, Artizara etc




Sweaters and Cardigans
Sweaters and cardigans are going to be your best choices for tops in the winter months.
Fabulous pieces like thin sweaters and sweater vests,grandfather cardigans and wrapping cardigans are especially good if you like to dress in layers.
Layer your turtlenecks and graphic tees under these pieces.
Hijabis, rock long cardigans with pants and short ones with skirts and dresses.
Also, sweater dresses as mentioned here in the Fall Trends post, paired with boots (loose sweater dresses and pants and boots for hijabis) work well too.

For classic cardigans in different colors, check out Hollister, Plato's Closet,New York and Company and Target.




Turtlenecks
Tnecks are a great winter wardrobe staple because they are warm and oh so stylish.
Rock a turtleneck in many different colors and/or textures.
They are especially good for layering; you can wear a low cut top and throw on a tneck under it to keep yourself warm and covered.
You can still wear your statement necklaces with tnecks, just make sure that the jewelry does not get caught on the fabric.
Hijabis, tnecks are great for hijab styles that need neck coverage as well.

For turtlenecks in many styles for under $20, try Target and Old Navy.




Leggings and Tights
Leggings, as previously mentioned here on the EBC blog,and tights are an awesome easy way to keep your legs warm during the winter.
These thin pieces are handy for wearing under most garments such as pants, jeans, long skirts and dresses for extra insulation.
You can also wear your leggings and tights with shorter dresses and skirts paired with boots for warmth and look very cute.
Hijabis, rock your leggings and tights at home or at private events in these ways.

For fun leggings and tights, try Forever 21 and check out other accessories depts.




Coats
Coats, as previously mentioned here on the EBC blog,come in numerous styles of winter coats out there.
Whether it's a puffer, trench-style, fur or peacoat, pick one that fits your lifestyle and flatters your body and personal style.
Also, you can choose a cool color like royal blue or a fun pattern like plaid.
*Coats with belts are very flattering for all shapes.

Find great coats at Burlington Coat Factory, Nordstrom and Old Navy.




Gloves
Gloves are a must to keep the fingers from freezing in the winter.
Having more than one pair is a good idea so that you can have options depending on what you are doing that day.
There are many styles of gloves to choose from but some of the most popular styles are leather gloves with insulation inside.
If you are going sledding, skiiing or playing in the snow, you may want to skip the fancy leather gloves and go for non-leather thermal gloves.
Also, if you are going to a fancy event, you can rock some fabulous satin gloves to step up your outfit as previously mentioned here.




Scarves
Scarves in fabrics like pashmina and fleece are going to be very warm.
Throw a scarf around your neck or across your face to keep the cold out this winter. Looking for a great style for your scarf/hijab?- Check the EBC blog posts on Scarf Styling here and here for a refresher!




Boots
Boots, also mentioned here in detail on the EBC blog post about Fall 2010 Trends, are key in the winter.
In the snow, rain and ice, warm rubber soled boots are important to have.
Can you have the function with the fabulousness? Of course. Just find a good pair.
Thigh high and knee high boots with insulation are going to be the best options.

If you are going out in wet weather, it may not be a good idea to wear your heeled boots that do not have rubber soles because you might slip and fall.
However, if you have platform/heeled boots with rubber soles, rock those!
If it is just bitter cold but pretty dry outside, go for the regular boots.

Great stores for boots this season: DSW, Target, Rack Room Shoes and Charlotte Russe.



Hats
Believe it or not, hats are not just for bad hair days.
Hats, also mentioned in detail here on the EBC blog, can actually keep your head warm and look super stylish, especially when they match your coat or jacket.
For winter, go for hats like berets,cloches, newsboy caps and skull-cap type hats etc in knits and wools for warmth.

Dots has a great selection of hats under $10:


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Stay toasty and look tight this winter with pieces from this clothing business and designer:


Faid Clothing
Faid Clothing offers modest yet fashionable clothing in different styles at affordable prices.
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Crochet Accessories
Who knew crochet could be so stylish?
Look cute with these handmade crochet accessories including hooded and non-hooded crossover cowls, fingerless gloves and more by Savera!
Contact Savera at artsavvy@gmail.com to place an order.



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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Spotlight on Style: The Real Housewives!



One of the popular reality shows on TV today are The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

When these lavish ladies attend elite events, splurge on shopping sprees and host elaborate house parties, they do it in style.

Let's explore the personal styles of the Southern belles of Atlanta and the Cali queens of Beverly Hills.

NeNe
NeNe Leakes, the soon to be divorced socialite's style is what I call a
"Style Chameleon"
She likes to try different styles- edgy-rocker one day and classic cool the next.

Get her style with: leather leggings, graphic tees, minidresses, one shoulder fitted cocktail dresses, long loose dresses, skinny jeans, hoop and stud earrings etc.



Hijabi Style: darkwash straight leg/wide leg jeans or long straight skirt with long graphic tees, cocktail dress with midlength jacket or cardigan if fitted, long A-line wrap dress plus hoop and stud earrings etc.




Cynthia
Cynthia Bailey, the soon to be married model is also a
"Style Chameleon"
She will rock a bohemian chic ensemble one day and then a simple sleek look the next.

Get her style with: long loose dresses, tailored blazers and pantsuits, skinny jeans, short dresses with belts, fedoras, neckscarves, plain tees, hoop earrings etc.



Hijabi Style: maxi dresses with long sleeve shirts or cropped cardigans, pantsuit (with long blazer), Neckscarves with tucked or bun headscarf, darkwash straight leg jeans, loose short dress with belts and straight leg/wide leg pants plus hoop earrings, etc.




Sheree
Sheree Whitfield, the divorced actress in training's style is
Sleek and Sophisticated.
She likes to wear simple yet fabulous items with great tailored shapes and minimal jewelry.

Get her style with: fitted minidresses or cocktail dresses, long gowns, well-fitting straight leg or skinny jeans, elegant tops with details,statement earrings and hot heels.



Hijabi Style: mini dresses or cocktail dresses with cardigans or boyfriend blazers,long dresses with long sleeve shirts, bolero jackets or blazers, straight leg or wide leg jeans, elegant long tops with minimal details- the shorter tops with skirts, statement earrings or other jewelry and hot heels.




Kandi
Kandi Burruss, the single artist/producer's style is Edgy and Urban.
She likes to wear hip hop inspired ensembles as well as a little rocker edge.

Get her style with :graphic tees,darkwash skinny jeans,leather jackets and leggings, knee or thigh high boots with jeans tucked inside, studded accessories, large hoop earrings, black, minidresses with edgy and feminine mixes.



Hijabi Style: Long graphic tees with wide leg/straight leg darkwash jeans,leather jackets, knee or thigh high boots, studded belts,cuffs, large hoop earrings, black, minidresses with edgy and feminine mixes paired with cardigans or long sleeve shirts for the loose ones.



Phaedra
Phaedra Parks, the new mother and entertainment lawyer's style is
Classic and Glamorous.
She likes to wear classic pieces with glamorous accessories.

Get her style with: fur,cocktail dresses, button down A line shirts,trench coats, wrap dresses, pearls,shirtdresses stud earrings, cocktail rings,pumps, satchel purses.



Hijabi Style:Fur,Cocktail dresses with midlength jackets or cardigans over them if they are fitted, button down shirts with straight long skirts, trench coats, straight leg or wide leg pants with simple shirtdresses, pearl earrings or necklace, cocktail rings,satchel purses etc.



Kim
Kim Zolciak, the single pop singer's style is
Feminine and Flirty
She likes to wear pieces with feminine details like ruffles,lace, flowers and frills with other flirty details like tight fits, short lengths and deep necklines.

Get her style with: Ruffled shirts and dresses, poofy minidresses, straight leg jeans, tailored blazers, bell sleeves, v neck tees, fitted cocktail dresses, chandelier earrings, hoop earrings, hot heels, cute flats.



Hijabi Style:Ruffled shirts with straight skirts, poofy minidresses with long sleeve shirts and straight leg/wide leg pants, cocktail dresses with cardigans or jackets over if fitted,straight leg jeans, tailored blazers with skirts or tailored long blazer with wide leg pants, bell sleeves, long earrings, hoop earrings, hot heels, cute flats.




Now that we've seen how they do it Down South, let's head across the country and see how they work it on the West Coast...

Kim
Kim Richards, the single former child star's style is
Sleek and Sophisticated She likes to wear simple yet fabulous items with great flattering shapes and minimal jewelry.

Get her style with: fitted minidresses or cocktail dresses, long gowns, well-fitting straight leg or skinny jeans, elegant tops with minimal details,statement earrings and hot heels.



Hijabi Style: mini dresses or cocktail dresses with cardigans or boyfriend blazers,long dresses with long sleeve shirts, bolero jackets or blazers, straight leg or wide leg jeans, elegant long tops with minimal details- the shorter tops with skirts, statement earrings or other jewelry and hot heels.



Adrienne
Adrienne Maloof, the Lebanese businesswoman's style is
Elegant and Glamorous.
She likes to wear elegant pieces with rich colors and shine accessorized with some blingy jewelry.

Get her style with: fur,long gowns, metallic gold and silver accessories, sequined pieces, straight leg or skinny jeans, one shoulder minidresses or cocktail dresses, empire waisted and A-line tops, hot heels.



Hijabi Style: Fur,long gowns with arm coverage like long sleeve shirts, boleros etc, metallic gold and silver accessories, sequined or shiny headscarves,tops, dresses,darkwash straight leg or wide jeans, one shoulder minidresses or cocktail dresses with long sleeves or cardigans and jackets if fitted, empire waisted and A line tops, hot heels.



Kyle
Kyle Richards, the married former child star's style is
Bohemian and Romantic She likes to wear relaxed silhouettes with flowing fabrics and romantic elements like frills, ruffles, bell sleeves.

Get her style with: Ruffled shirts and dresses, maxi dresses, caftans,empire waisted tops and dresses, tunic tops and dresses, scarves, bangles, long earrings, cute flats, hot heels.



Hijabi Style:
Ruffled shirts with skirts, ruffled long dresses, maxi dresses, caftans,empire waisted tops and dresses, long tunics and tunic dresses,scarves worn around neck along with headscarf, bangles, long earrings, cute flats, hot heels.



Taylor
Taylor Armstrong, the Oklahoma-born housewife's style is
Romantic and SophisticatedShe likes to wear pieces with romantic elements like frills, ruffles,lace and flowers as well as sophisticated pieces with clean lines and tailored shapes.

Get her style with: Ruffled tops and dresses, tailored blazers, empire waisted tops and dresses, dresses with pick-ups,skinny and straight leg jeans, plain tees,stud and hoop earrings, pearls, cute flats, hot heels.



Hijabi Style: Ruffled tops with straight skirts and ruffled long dresses,ruffled short dresses with wide leg pants, tailored blazers with pants or skirts depending on length, empire waisted tops and dresses, straight leg and wide leg jeans and pants, plain long tees, stud and hoop earrings, pearls, cute flats, hot heels.



Lisa
Lisa Vanderpump, the British-born restauranteur's style is
Classic and Feminine.
She likes to wear classic pieces with feminine details like bows, lace and flowers.

Get her style with: cocktail dresses, one shoulder dresses, lace, blush pinks and ivory, trench coats, tights, satchel and clutch purses, straight leg pants, plain tees, wrap dresses, shirtdresses, pumps, pearls, hot heels, statement necklaces, stud earrings, chandelier earrings.



Hijabi Style: Cocktail dresses with cardigans and jackets if they are fitted, one shoulder dresses and tops and long sleeves, lace, blush pinks and ivory, trench coats, satchel and clutch purses, straight leg pants and jeans, plain long tees, wrap dresses and shirtdresses with wide leg or straight leg pants, pumps, pearls, hot heels, statement necklaces,stud earrings, chandelier earrings.




Do you have the same personal style as any of these housewives? Which one(s)?
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Get the high end luxurious looks of the housewives of Atlanta and Beverly Hills for less with these fabulous businesses:

Hessa www.hessa.com
Hessa offers elegant tunics and gorgette scarves as well as quality non-silk ties.
Try out a tunic and scarf ensemble for regal elegance.




Haute Hijab www.hautehijab.com
Haute Hijab is a new business that offers stylish modest clothing options.
Their premiere products are their high quality vintage scarves at affordable prices.
Try out their gorgeous scarves in the numerous styles mentioned in the EBC blog posts on "Scarf Styling".



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