January 2012 ~ style whimsical
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January 28, 2012

January 28, 2012

Covered is the new Couture

Muslim Influence to High Fashion

New York City as one of the world's hubs of high fashion, now far more embracing the Muslim Fashion to their industry.

A startup event, held by RARE by F.S. Charlie teaming up with a Muslim female, New York-based fashion designer, Nailah Lymus, will make history by launching UNDERWRAPS, the first global agency representing Muslim female fashion models, during this year New York Fashion Week.

It is also a proof that Muslim fashion is making its way into the international world of fashion.

Underwraps's roster will debut in a fashion showcase presented by Amirah Creations on February 11th, 2012.

Known for breaking barriers as a Muslim female fashion designer behind Amirah Creations, Nailah Lymus said:
"As a Muslim woman who has also worked in the fashion industry, I observe a heavy Muslim influence in all areas of fashion. Designers, photography, editorials all displaying inspirations from Muslim fashion.

I feel there is a need to shine the light on Muslim women who have been some of the originators of trend setting modest fashion for years. I'm bringing Muslims to mainstream-- covered is the new couture.

Muslim Fashion has had a strong influence in the fashion industry for years - with stylings gracing such coveted magazine covers as Vogue as well as providing inspiration for noteworthy collections including Victoria Beckham's Fall/Winter 2011 line. Islamic models have also brought diversity to the catwalk including the recent model stars Hanaa Ben Abdesslem (Tunisian) and Hindi Sahlial (Moroccan).

UNDERWRAPS is creating a fusion of inclusion - marrying the best of both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds."

VOGUE's covers showcasing covered styles:

Not only Victoria Beckham's Fall line got inspired by Muslim fashion, some high fashion's designs, such as my favorite Chanel Pre Fall, from 2009 collection to 2012 collection, have been showing interests in covered-style fashion..

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Back to the RARE's event, if you interested to "eye-wit" this event, come to RARE by F.S. Charlie, 317 Church Street in Tribeca, New York city, on February 11th beginning at 6:30 pm. The Amirah Creations fashion show will be featuring the models from Underwraps.

To view the official invite, visit: www.underwraps.eventbrite.com

Below are some pictures via Underwraps by Nailah Lymus:

(Images: RARE press release, Underwraps' site, and Style.com)

Here is the official press release from RARE NYC:

Nailah Lymus, a clothing and accessory designer since 2004 has nourished
her deep hunger for all things fashion at the youthful age of seven using
her God given talent to accentuate the natural allure of the woman. Being
a self taught designer equipped Ms. Lymus with all of the poise needed to
showcase her gift amongst more seasoned designers. Recently showing at NYC
Fashion Week 2011 and featured in Couture Fashion Week 2011 Lymus has
established her name in the Fashion industry. Now combining both of her
passions (modesty and fashion) Lymus is launching the FIRST Muslim Female
Model Agency merging the best of both worlds.

UNDERWRAPS is the FIRST global agency representing the Muslim Female
Fashion Model. A seasoned roster, each model brings a modest, genuine,
smart, savvy, professional attitude, combined with an ethical sensibility
that makes "it work". Influencing the fashion industry for years, Muslim
fashion has graced the covers of coveted magazines such as Vogue and has
been providing inspiration for noteworthy designers from early on.
UNDERWRAPS is creating a fusion of Inclusion—creating the best of both
worlds. For more information, visit

Originally founded in 2003 by celebrity stylist Ruth Roche, RARE is one of
New York City’s premiere salons, catering to clients who dare to be bold.
Today, the torch has been passed on to principal stylist, make-up artist
and new owner Fatima Sheikh, who recently merged her FS Charlie brand
with RARE. Located in the heart of Tribeca, RARE offers and extensive menu
of hair and beauty services. In addition to their array of services, RARE
works closely with the city’s creative community to produce distinct
projects with fashion, music and lifestyle driven brands. For more
information about RARE, visit http://www.rarenyc.com. You can follow Rare
via Twitter: @RareNYC and Facebook at: /RareSalonNYC as well.

My hope is that they will be showcasing modest, covered-style high fashion at that upcoming event, not just Muslim females as models.

So, if you live in New York city, are you interested to come?

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January 26, 2012

January 26, 2012

Handbags Store (part 1): Dowa

A couple months ago, my aunties came to my city to visit us. Then, during their visit in the city, they asked us to show some handbags stores which sell beautiful designed, unique, high-quality handbags, and better if they also sell batik-ed, ethnic, or other handcrafted bags.

This January, my aunty is going to visit her son and his family in the USA, so at that time, she wanted to bring them some handbags she bought here as souvenirs. She said that she knew they will love those handbags made in Indonesia.. :)

I knew some of the stores which sell those kind of handbags. Perhaps there are many more bags' stores with that specification that I did not know yet. You can share with me if you know other good quality bags' stores, particularly which based in Yogyakarta.

First store we visited was Dowa. They sell beautiful designs of handbags with rich of beautiful color blocking. They also sell knitted bags and clutches, and also pouches.

I love all those colors!

The upfront door of the store with pretty, delicate, ethnic design:

(Photos: Courtesy of Rania, FashioningFaith Blog)

Other handbags stores we visited will be in my next post. So, stick around! ;)

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January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012

Fashion Newsflash and Hijab Tutorial

I have been so busy lately and have no time to write... As a mom of two boys and a wife, and working on a bit of small entrepreneurial things I'm trying to work out.. are already consuming almost all of my time! I only had a very little time for my "me time".

During this "little me time", I usually fill it out with blogging and reading. I love reading since I was a kid. And blogging.. I love it since I knew it several years ago.. :) These activities make me feel fun and fresh with new knowledge, info, inspirations, entertainment, and sometimes humor I got from them.

But, when it comes to blogging, I got distracted easily.. you know, with so many news and exciting info, I can help it but read them all one by one, and.. when I realized, ohh, my "me time" has run out and I haven't share a thing yet with you guys! :p

(Update: I read in one book that there's a site named ReadItLaterList.com that is useful to save and make a list of what we want to read later. I surely need to check this out.).

Or, I have been too tired to blog after I finished up my "duty" as a mother and a homemaker :)

Sounds cliche? But I definitely sure that many of you, especially Mothers, feel this way.

Many self-development books also have taught us how to be an effective person, how to manage your time effectively, how to be a very good multitasker, how to not get distracted easily when you are working (in my case, blogging) and so on. But still I feel that I am not as effective as I want to be.

So, I have to mind myself to keep learning on this my best.

Okay then, here is today's newsflash for you:

Today, the countdown begins for the launch of new Karl Lagerfeld collection:

KARL COLLECTION RELEASED TOMORROW – The countdown to launch begins! With less than 24 hours until the release date of Karl Lagerfeld's latest collection, Karl's Kult members are taking to the streets of Paris. Excited fans have 
been congregating around a mysterious cube in Place Saint-Germain des Prés, eager to catch a glimpse of the new line as unnamed sources claim that King Karl himself will make an appearance. Tune in to NEWFLASH for the latest news and views from fashion's front line. WATCH FULL REPORT NOW
Click the picture to read more about it.

New modest fashion lines come from:

Saby H, a New York based designer coined the word Shehjaab for their fabulous scarves. It is a blend of two words, Shehzaadi, which means princess in Urdu and the word Hijab. Here are some of their scarves I love:


New Style on Muslim Fashion:

Amirah Fashion 2012 collection:

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Layla teal jersey style jilbab

SHUKR Spring Collection also just arrived:

New Arrivals! Spring 2012

House of Sakti - Handcrafted Jewelries with healing-quality gemstones, has just launched their new elements collection. For that, they would like to kick off a Giveaway Contest. They will be giving away one of these necklaces:
The Fire element corresponds with the spiritual aspects of life and symbolizes transformation. It is said to pass through the fire is symbolic of transcending the human condition. Fire inspires creativity, spontaneity, and courage.
The Water element corresponds to the emotional side of our natures and symbolizes the infinite realm of possibilities. Water is passive, receptive, and patient.
Click here to read the contest details.

A new inspiring website for women has just launched:
Founded by Amanda Millay-Lanier, The New Noble Women can be your source to find artsy things, style, inspiration, and the noble values behind the things we experience in life.

They also are giving away a Lilla Rose Flexi Clip for their first 500 subscribers. Check the site to know more about it.

At last, my latest favorite hijab wrap:
This past week, I have been admiring this style. Created by Siti Juwariyah of Saturday, an Indonesian blogger and one of Hijabers Community committee, the hijab style looks beautiful and girly with its flowy look.

Watch her tutorials below:

And, in this tutorial, she collaborated with her two style-blogger friends, Restu and Puput, for another fabulous looks:
(Videos: Courtesy of Siti Juwariyah, via her youtube channel)

Okay, Lovelies. Hope you get inspired and live a fabulous day today! :)

See you on the next blog post.

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January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012

Latest Design on Scarves: Scarf-Necklaces

Scarf-Necklaces by House of Sakti

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A new, unique, scarf-necklaces from House of Sakti is a scarf united with handcrafted healing jewelry (a necklace composed of healing-quality gemstones).

This fabulous long scarf, along with the necklaces, has a circular/infinitive shape. Here, in my city, we used to call this kind of scarf: a tubular scarf.

The scarf is made of 100% cotton.. the fabric is so lightweight, thin, and available in 10 colors.

Purity Of Purpose Scarf Necklace
With their unique, infinitive circular-shape with a necklace, these scarves can be worn in many possible ways. You can wrap it, twist it, just keep playing around with it until you find the style you love.

You can place the necklaces on the front, at the back, or style it up as a headband; Or, wrap the scarf as a bolero.. It is up to you to get creative and be inspired.

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to the backnecklace style

Mariam Sobh of HijabTrendz has made a tutorial on how she wrapped her scarf-necklaces. And, she really love to share this tutorial with you all..

So.. Enjoy! :)

You can buy this scarf on House of Sakti's website: here.

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January 15, 2012

January 15, 2012

Chanel Pre Fall 2012 - Indian Inspired

Style Note from the Runway

Interesting! ... is the first word that crossed my mind when I saw this CHANEL Pre Fall 2012 collection, themed: Paris - Bombay.

Inspired by Indian accessories, this collection can be your inspiration to accessorize your hijab look. Enjoy!

Paris and Bombay blended beautifully in pearl-swagged tweeds, in a raw silk tunic over leggings (they were actually sinuously bootlike, so we should probably call them beggings or loots), in sheer paisleys, or side-draped asymmetry in ivory silk.
(Tim Blanks's review - Style.com)

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Details of the Jewelries, Handbags, and Shoes:

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(Photos: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com, via Style.com)

See the complete collection of Chanel Pre Fall 2012 here.

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