April 2011 ~ style whimsical
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April 30, 2011

April 30, 2011

Like a Fairytale: Catherine Middleton's Wedding Dress

British Royal Wedding, April 29th, 2011
Prince William and Ms. Catherine Middleton

Vogue Daily — Catherine Middleton

Vogue Daily — Catherine Middleton

Vogue Daily — Catherine Middleton and her sister, Pippa Middleton

Stunning dress! Simply elegantly beautiful, regal. Love the dress so much... If only I had a chance to wear such beautiful dress like that.. ;) Of course, with a necessary modification to suit the Islamic modesty..

The dress was made by a personal collaboration between the bride and her designer, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

From the official press release:
“The lace applique for the bodice and skirt was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, with individual flowers hand-cut from lace (in shapes of roses, thistle, daffodils and shamrocks). The dress is made of ivory and white satin gazar with a skirt in the shape of an opening flower. The satin bodice, narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips in a McQueen signature, is based on Victorian corsetry. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons.

The veil, made of ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, is held in place by a 1936 Cartier tiara, lent to Ms. Middleton by the Queen. (It was bought for her mother by the Duke of York and presented to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday.) Ms. Middleton’s earrings—shaped like oak leaves with a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center—are by Robinson Pelham. The shoes are also by McQueen.”

On  her head, Catherine wore a Cartier Halo Tiara lent by the Queen. It carried the nuance of simplicity, regalia, and family meaning.

The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly, and each flower in the bouquet carried a meaning. The flowers' meanings are:
Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness
Sweet William: Gallantry
Hyacinth: Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

Prince William and Princess Catherine

Hope they will live happily ever after..

A bit flashback to the time before the wedding, back in December 2010, some Designers sketched their suggestions for Chaterine Middleton's wedding dress:

Rebecca Taylor
Karl Lagerfeld

Alberta Ferretti
Frida Giannini, Gucci

Jason Wu

Lela Rose

Angela Missoni

Monique Lhuillier

Nanette Lepore

Peter Copping, Nina Ricci
Rachel Roy

Prabal Gurung

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino

Vera Wang

Christian Lacroix

Now, we finally find out which designer Princess Chaterine has chosen to collaborate with for her wedding dress... :)

Click here to see more Designers Sketches for Catherine's wedding dress.

Source: "Vogue on Catherine Middleton's Wedding Dress" [Vogue], RedCarpet-FashionAwards, and WWD.

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April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011

Hijab Tutorial and May Giveaway!

Three pashmina for three lucky winners!

Before we go into a giveaway time, as I promised, I will share one more Hijab Styling Tutorial from Scarf SweetHoney. Here's the hot mama style:

(Photo: Courtesy of Scarf SweetHoney)

About Scarf SweetHoney:

It's an online Hijab and Shawl shop based in Malaysia. Founded by Nadia and Bieyha, they sell various hijabs, shawls, scarves, and underscarves.

Their latest collection are Hijab Denim AZRA, Hijab Denim ALEYA, and The Crumple ANYA.

Not only sell Hijabs, they also provide some tutorials of Hijab Wrapping on their site. Go look around their site, see Scarf SweetHoney's gorgeous products, and don't forget to check out their Hijab Tutorial on the site... because they have many refreshing hijab styles to share.

Here's their site: ScarfSweetHoney.com 

Now it's time for the giveaway!

The lovely Nadia and Bieyha, the owners of Scarf SweetHoney, are kindly giving away three gorgeous PASHMINA CRUMPLE ANYA from their latest collection.

So, there will be THREE winners! Yeyy! :)

To have a valid entry in this competition, you must do these three things:

1. Follow Scarf SweetHoney on Twitter (@ScarfSweethoney)
2. Re-tweet this message on Twitter:

RT @fashioningfaith Win a gorgeous crumple ANYA pashmina! 3 pashmina for 3 lucky winners! http://bit.ly/jgOlGo  #fashioningfaithsshgiveaway

    (Just copy and paste the message above, then tweet it to your followers)

3. Visit Scarf SweetHoney site: click here, and then send in an email telling which your favorite hijab from Scarf SweetHoney's site, along with your full namecity (where you live), and your Twitter ID to fashioningfaith@gmail.com with "May Giveaway" on the subject line.

Please note that if any of this information is missing, you will not be entered into the competition.

The deadline for entries is midnight GMT on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011, and the giveaway is open to entrants from all countries!

I will determine the winner by giving each entry a number and use random.org to select the winning number (on Monday, May 23rd, 2011). The winner will be contacted via email, and will have 24 hours to respond to my email. If not, a new winner will be chosen and contacted.

Okay, I look forward to your entries, and don't forget to tell all your families and friends about this giveaway! ^_^

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April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011

Muslimah Bridal Fashion Show

by the Students of 'Rias dan Busana', Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (UNY)
at Yogyakarta Fashion Lunch, April 23rd, 2011; Royal Garden Resto, Yogyakarta

Last week, I attended a Fashion Lunch held in Yogyakarta in regard to Kartini's Day, and watched the Fashion Show. The show was divided into two session. First the 'Kebaya' (traditional women clothing in Indonesia) Fashion Show by several designers in Yogyakarta, then continued by Muslimah Bridal Fashion Show by the students of UNY.

Here are some pictures of Bridal Fashion Show I took from the show. The make-up, clothing, headdresses styles, and hijab accessories/jewelries were influenced by Middle East and Javanese Traditional Brides.

Most of the models were modelling 'kebaya', too.

The Headdresses, Jewelries, and 'Kebaya':

View from the back:

'Middle East' Style:

Not allowed to Copy and Paste any of these pictures.
Photos: Courtesy of Rania, fashioningfaith.blogspot.com

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April 24, 2011

April 24, 2011

Fashion Lunch Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Kezia B. in Yogyakarta for winning our Fashion Lunch Giveaway. We are appreciating your presence on the Fashion Lunch in regard to Kartini's Day, April 23rd, 2011, at Royal Garden Resto, Yogyakarta.

Your gift will be making its way to you shortly! :)

The next giveaway is coming up soon, so keep an eye out for it!

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April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011

For Jogjakarta Readers: Fashion Lunch and Giveaway! [CLOSED]

Already have a plan where to go this Saturday, April 23rd, 2011?
If you haven't and live in Jogjakarta, let's come enjoying this interesting event?

In regard to Kartini's Day, APPI (Asosiasi Perempuan Profesi Indonesia) will hold a FASHION LUNCH,
showcasing clothing lines, especially 'Kebaya' (Indonesian women tradisional clothing), from several well-known designers in Jogjakarta, and a Muslimah Bridal Fashion Show by the Arts and Design's students of Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (UNY).

R.A. Kartini, wearing 'kebaya', and her husband in 19th century.

Not only Fashion shows, there will be also a motivation talk on Entrepreneurship, Bazaar, plus...  heaps of random giveaways during the event! From scarves, 'Batik' cloth, shawls, beauty class voucher, laundry vouchers to chocolates! :)

Venue: Royal Garden Resto, Jl. Pekapalan no.7, Yogyakarta
           (at the North of Alun-Alun Utara Keraton Yogyakarta)
Time: 11.00 am - finish

Interested to attend? Buy the ticket/invitation card (IDR 50.000,-/person); this includes lunch and coffee break. Note: The ticket/invitation card MUST BE brought up to this event!

The tickets/invitation cards are available at:
  • Griya Rasu'an, Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar 68 A
  • DENTES Klinik Gigi, Jl. Monjali
  • BC. SOPHIE MARTIN, Jl. Diponegoro
  • COKELAT ROSO, Jl. Sultan Agung 46
  • YAM Models, Jl. Mangkuyudan

Or, the tickets box at Royal Garden Resto, Jl. Pekapalan 7, just before the event starts.


To show my appreciation for you, Lovely Readers, who have willing to spare your time to attend this event, I have a special gift for one lucky winner, which I'll choose randomly.

Here is the gift:

One beautiful scarf and two little 'kendil's (clay pot) full of chocolates from Cokelat Roso, one of the sponsors of this event.

The Roso Chocolates are available in mango flavor, apple flavor, sugar-and-tamarind flavor, 'jamu' (traditional herbal drink) flavor, etc., even chili flavor.

How to enter this giveaway competition:

Attending this event and fill out the Guest Book on the frontdesk during the event (there will be 2 guest books, so fill out the one that specialized for Fashioning Faith's Readers) with:

1. Your name
2. Email address ( I need your email only for contacting you if you win)
3. Following Fashioning Faith's Updates via .......... (Fill in the blank with: Facebook/Twitter/Email Subscription/RSS/BlogLovin')

I will announce the winner on Sunday, April 24th, 2011.

Sooo... Dress up and have fun, Lovelies!  ^_^

April 18, 2011

April 18, 2011

Hijab Styling Tutorials by Scarf SweetHoney

Readers' Contribution

The beautiful Nadia and Bieyha of Scarf SweetHoney would like to share their Hijab Styling with all lovely Fashioning Faith's readers.

I absolutely love these hijab styles. They are awesome and so refreshing!

Many thanks to Nadia and Bieyha for sharing! :)

(Images: Courtesy of Nadia and Bieyha of Scarf SweetHoney)

Wait for their Hot Mama Style next week and... (pssst... here's a sneak peek) a great Giveaway Competition supported by their Hijab Shop, Scarf SweetHoney. There will be THREE lucky winners!

So, stay tuned Lovelies! :)

[UPDATE: The giveaway competition has been CLOSED]

More on hijab tutorials? Pick them here.

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April 14, 2011

April 14, 2011

Sneakers with Heels

I quite like sneakers.. I love heels but not really on wedges..

What about...

Kitten Heel Sneakers??

Even it be in denim..


Ash Flirt Kitten Heel Sneakers

High Heel Sneakers?

Wedge Sneakers?

Ash Gin 3 Buckle Wedge Sneakers
Ash Gin 3 Buckle Wedge Sneakers

What do you think, fab Ladies.. Love it or leave it?

(Ash Sneakers. Click here to buy.)

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My Latest Buy: Claro Headdress

The first time I heard about Claro Headdress was from Dessy's blog, Living Daisy.

Claro Headdress is a kind of inner/under scarf or bonnet, which covers the hair, ears, neck, and upper bosom.

Only during the past few weeks, I knew that some people call this kind of headdresses, 'Inner Ninja'. It must be because of their looks that look like ninja's mask.. :)

After I read about it in Living Daisy, I got interested in but I didn't straightly try to find it because of my busy work (as a Mom... ^_^) at that time.

Then about few weeks ago, some photos of stylish Muslimahs remind me about it.

According to Dessy, I tried to find it through Facebook search. And I found Claroshop Claro. I continued to look at their albums. They have gorgeous range of products, such as the headdress, for sure, which came with its veil in many colours, 'Chenille': a dress with a hood plus free headdress, and the jewelled headbands.

Why do I really want to buy this kind of headdress:

I love to wrap my hijab in many styles and try new hijab styles..
Sometimes the style I tried could not covered all 'that must be covered (hair, ears, neck, and upper bosom)'.

Or, it needs lots of pins, just to make sure that the hijab/headscarf has covered all 'that must be covered'.

In other cases, the top I'm wearing has a very low neckline, so if I'm wearing it, I will have to stick to a hijab-wrap that can cover that 'open skin', or I have to wear a 'manset'/turtle neck t-shirt or a neck-extension underneath to stay covered.

So I thought this kind of headdress or inner ninja will be very useful as an 'inner scarf'. It covers your hair, ears, neck, and upper bosom very neatly.

By wearing it inside your hijab/headscarf will let you easily doing almost all hijab wrapping without worried that you will left some spots uncovered. Even you can wear your headscarf in Turban styles..

I bought this headdress online from Claroshop. Love it! It meets my expectation. The material was made from cotton (some people like to call this kind of material 'bahan kaos', in Bahasa Indonesia). It's breathable, light-weight, and cool.. so it's really comfort to wear.

It has a strap at the back of neck, and a hole at the back of head, so you can adjust your hair easily (or perhaps it was made for some air circulation for your head??... ^_^).

Look from the back

I bought it in colour Black, because I think I can match it with almost all my wardrobe pieces. Really in love with it!

Now, Claro headdress in other colors are going to my wishlist... :)
I also suggested Claroshop to design headdress without hole at the back, so it can be 'outer' hijab, too.. :)

Other trusted online shops on Facebook which I found have this kind of headdress or inner ninja are Nably Covered and Such!by Suchi Utami. They all are based in Indonesia.

(Photos: Courtesy of Rania, Fashioning Faith)

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