Happy Anniversary to Me!

I guess I’m officially an old lady now. This month I passed a huge milestone… five years of marriage. I can’t believe so many years have passed by since we got married! It’s almost scary how fast time flies. I feel like I’m going to blink and I’ll be standing with a couple of kids celebrating my fifteenth anniversary!

For our fifth year anniversary, we wanted to do something special. I’ve been wanting to get professional pictures done for years but it’s pretty expensive so I’ve always put off getting them done because of the price. Since moving to Korea, I got more interested in getting our pictures taken because couple pictures are extremely popular here and very affordable! As luck would have it, I found a coupon on TMON (kind of like South Korea’s Groupon) for a package at a studio for only 48,000₩. I made my coteacher buy it for me and we were set!

inayah collection rose evening gown 3

I was so shocked to see the price so low. It was really simple. The package included one dress and tuxedo rental, and we chose ten pictures to keep. Our best photo was printed out as an 8×10 and framed. Korean sizes don’t really fit me, so I brought my own dress. Speaking of that dress! Oh, that dress.

My beautiful dress is from Inayah Collection. I’ve had a huge crush on Inayah Collection for quite some time now but I’ve held off purchasing since it is a UK company and shipping is expensive. When I knew I was getting my pictures taken, I decided to take the plunge and purchased their Rose Evening Gown.

inayah collection rose evening gown 1

I had looked around for awhile to see my options and I have to say… I’m so disappointed with the selection of modest formalwear. There is practically nothing! I can’t be happier with my purchase from Inayah though. I fell in love with it immediately.

The dress is gorgeous and fit me perfectly. It was very flattering on a more *ahem* rounder figure. The material is very soft and I got so many compliments that day. Money well spent!

inayah collection rose evening gown 2

What do you think of our photo memory? We were laughing through the entire process because our photographer didn’t speak English and we couldn’t help but laugh when we had to stare into each others eyes and stuff. So many laughs!

Q: What is your favorite photo?

Six Dresses for a Fabulous Eid!

It’s hard to believe that Eid is right around the corner. After almost a month of fasting, I feel blessed to have made it this far. I think we all get caught up in life and start to lose sight of what is important at times. Ramadan is a great time for us to reflect, establish better character and reconnect with our creator. There are only benefits!

For my non-Muslim friends out there, Ramadan is a month where Muslims abstain from food, drink, sexual relations and bad behavior in an effort to become closer to God and refocus our priorities. We spend the month increasing our worship and charitable actions. Eid signifies the end of our fast – one of the biggest celebrations of the year. We are grateful to live to see another year where we have the chance to increase our worship. :)

Must-Have Dresses for Eid 2013

Top L-R: Jardin des Rêves Organza Lace Baju Kurung – Lilac | Glitzy Lady

Bottom L-R: Mint Green Pleated Dress | Studded Shoulder Baju Kurung – Mustard | Royal Navy

I think one of the most exciting things about Eid is picking out what to wear. There aren’t a lot of events where we can really dress up, but Eid is the perfect time to bust out your favorite outfit to celebrate!  It is sunnah (tradition of the Prophet Mohammed ﷺ) to dress in clean and nice clothes, so we should treat ourselves and take advantage of this easy task. Plus, it’s really nice seeing everyone coming together dressed to the nines. The atmosphere is so happy and bright. ;)

There are so many stylish brands geared towards Muslim women now that the choices and styles are limitless. I follow so many designers on Facebook and I’m constantly amazed at the beautiful designs that they come up with. It was really hard, but I narrowed my top choices for this Eid 2013 to just six dresses. It was sooo hard you guys!

While it’s nice to dress up and celebrate, we shouldn’t forget our spiritual goals until our next Ramadan. I hope we all benefit this upcoming year!

Q: What do you think of my dress choices for this upcoming Eid?

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New Arrivals from Inayah Collection, Summer 2013

It’s about time for another Inayah Collection post, isn’t it? Inayah Collection is a popular brand, and it isn’t hard to see why. Their clothing is visually appealing. In fact, my posts on Inayah Collection account for the most viewed posts on my blog! I think we can conclude that this brand is a fan favorite for sure.

For this summer, Inayah has released quite a few basics with their usual attention to pattern and color. There are a lot of floral patterns coming out for the summer, and I’m loving every minute of it! Florals and pastels are my best friends. ;)

Inayah Collection Summer 2013

Left: Dusty Rose Pleated Skirt, Charcoal Soft Georgette Hijab

Right: Denim Classic Abaya, Blush Meadow Hijab

They had me at dusty rose. Inayah rolled out a few skirts this summer in a variety of shades and patterns. One of my favorites has to be this Dusty Rose Pleated Skirt. I’m in love with pleats as well so this is a wardrobe basic for me! Their new hijabs are a mixture of solids and pastels with some florals thrown in. It really puts you into the summer mood!

Inayah Collection Summer 2013

Left: Black Cowl Neck Abaya, Black Maxi Jersey Hijab

 

Right: Modish Abaya, Black Soft Georgette Hijab

I have a love/hate relationship with jersey fabric. It’s super comfortable, but can also be clingy. I’m loving Inayah’s Black Cowl Neck Abaya, because the pattern sort of distracts your attention from the body shape. The Modish Abaya has a looser fit, but uses a similar pattern. It’s really pleasing to the eye and is an attention getter!

Vintage Pleated Skirt, Navy Maxi Jersey Hijab and Mink Jersey Hijab Cap INayah Collection


Vintage Pleated Skirt, Navy Maxi Jersey Hijab and Mink Jersey Hijab Cap

I. Need. This. Skirt. It’s stunning and totally up my alley! There are just some items that you see and you just automatically know… it speaks to you. This skirt is definitely speaking to me! It’s such a great piece of clothing to brighten up a plain t-shirt. Plus, I love the color combination of greys and pinks.

Inayah Collection Summer 2013

Left: Light Flint Crepe Hijab, Floral Kaftan, Grey Gathered Trousers

Right: Vanilla Silk Chiffon Hijab and Rose Tint Abaya

You can’t have a summer collection without a kaftan, right? To get us in the summer mood, Inayah brought out this beautiful floral kaftan. Paired with their Grey Gathered Trousers, they are holding true to their color palette for their new lineup. I tend to gravitate towards these easy pieces that require no layering and can literally just be thrown on. During the summer, I’m almost intolerant towards layering because of the heat! Some days I just don’t want to have to think about what I’m going to wear for the day. Having pieces like this one that make you look a million bucks without effort are a lifesaver.

Inayah Collection Summer 2013

Zahra Evening Gown

I haven’t seen Inayah do many formal pieces lately, so I was really happy to see their new Zahra Evening Gown. My favorite option is the teal, although the pastel pink version is equally gorgeous. I’m a sucker for jewel tones though, and teal is one of those colors that just stand out. You would shine at any event wearing this gown. Makes me wish I had more events to go to so I could wear dresses like this out all of the time!

As usual, all of Inayah Collection’s clothing is super versatile and can stay in your closet even after the season has passed.

Q: What are your favorites from Inayah’s new collection for the summer?

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