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Turkish fashion at its best – Part 1

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Hey ladies,

As a continuation of my previous post ( check it out here ) I wanted to share with you more ideas how to look fabulous, modest and modern in the same time. As I wrote in other occasions, my opinion is that Turkish fashion for women has developed so much that helps women keep being delicate, feminine and modern, that’s why I love this style sooo much. I hope it will be helpful and you will enjoy the outfits.

Don’t feel shy to tell me your opinion….Enjoy!

Until next time XoXo.

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Modern fashion for hijabis- Inspirational photos

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Hey girls,

Nowadays we have so many ways to look modest and fashionable in the same time.Today I wanna show you some inspirational photos to give you some ideas how to mix and match in order to look gorgeous.

Enjoy and tell me your opinion about them.

XoX0

Henna/mehendi tattoos

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Henna is a flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool. The name is also used for dye preparations derived from the plant, and for the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes.

Henna powder

For skin dyeing, a paste of ground henna (either prepared from a dried powder or from fresh ground leaves) is placed in contact with the skin from a few hours to overnight. Henna stains can last a few days to a month depending on the quality of the paste, individual skin type, and how long the paste is allowed to stay on the skin.

Henna kit

The Night of the Henna was celebrated by most groups in the areas where henna grew naturally: Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Zoroastrians, among others, all celebrated marriages by adorning the bride, and often the groom, with henna. It was also used for celebrations as birthdays, circumcision or religious one such as: Eid, Diwali or others. When there was joy, there was henna.

Henna was regarded as having “Barakah”  blessings, and was applied for luck as well as joy and beauty. Brides typically had the most henna, and the most complex patterns, to support their greatest joy, and wishes for luck. The fashion of  “Bridal Mehendi-Henna tattooing”  in Pakistan, Northern Libya and in North Indian Diasporas is currently growing in complexity and elaboration, with new innovations in glitter, gilding, and fine-line work.

Bridal henna designs

Henna patterns

2011 favorites !!!

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As the story of this chapter in our lives is coming to an end, as the backwards counting and the moment when we shall stand at the crossroads of the years is approaching, I thought that it will be a good idea to share with you what were my favorite  things this year; stuff that made 2011 a little bit sweeter for me, either if it was a movie, a product or a quote.

So here we go as it follows:

-most watched series: GREY’S ANATOMY

-most frequent meal: GRILLED SALMON with RICE and WHITE SAUCE

-favorite restaurant: IKEA and ARZ LEBANON

-favorite clothes and accessories store: MAX and FOREVER 21

-best place to go out: HERITAGE VILLAGE and CREEK PARK (photos here )

-most used body products: FENNEL SHEA BODY BUTTER, FENNEL COCONUT BODY SCRUB and OLIVE OIL

-most loved face products:

-ARGAN OIL  products

-BIOTEN products

-CHANTELLE DEAD SEA MINERAL MUD and AVON PLANET SPA MOISTURIZING MASK

-favorite make-up products:

-mascara and eyeliner:RIMMEL LONDON VOLUME FLASH MASCARA and WET N WILD brown eyeliner

-foundation: NIVEA ENERGY FLASH

-most used nail polishes

-best natural miracle: MARIGOLD cream

-most worn dress

-favorite brooch

-favorite ring

-favorite hijabs

-favorite aromatherapy scents: OCEAN, SPRING, WATERLILLY( CRIN), ALPIN

-most motivating quote:

“YOU DIDN’T LOSE IF YOU WERE DOWN, YOU LOSE IF YOU WON’T GET UP”

What were your favorites that made 2011 better for you?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Palestinian culture: The THOB

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Nowadays what Palestinian women wear is determined by their religious believes, though it wasn’t always like this.Women in Palestine used to wear a Thob; a full length flare dress, that is loosely-fitted to allow a lot of movement.

Until the 1940s, traditional Palestinian costumes reflected a woman’s economic status, whether married or single, and the town or district of origin as well. A knowledgeable observer could collect such information from the fabric, colors, cut, and embroidery motives in a given woman’s apparel.

Approximately 100 years ago, Palestinian women from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, El Khalil (Hebron), Ramallah, Majdal and Gaza as well as the nomadic Bedouin of the southern desert region developed their own embroidery designs borrowing from architectural motifs, local plants, and spiritual symbols. The style of embroidered panels, types of fabrics, set them apart from one another to such a degree that their region of origin could be identified from a distance.

Thob from Bethlehem

Thob from Hebron

Thob from Ramallah

Embroidery was used on everyday dresses as well as wedding and special occasions dresses. Women were as distinctive working in the fields as they were visiting their husband’s family. These dresses were part of their identity. Work done by their own hands demonstrated their skill and imagination

Headdresses indicated whether women were married or unmarried. An unmarried woman would have very few coins, if any, on her headdress, whereas a married woman would display and carry her wealth on her head.

War in the Middle East has destroyed the unity of many cultures, especially the Palestinians. Palestinian women refugees have formed embroidery cooperatives in other countries as a mean of supporting themselves and their families. Using traditional patterns, these modern embroiderers produce contemporary items carrying ancient symbols of identity and pride to Palestinians expats.

Moroccan caftan

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The caftan, or kaftan, is the traditional dress of Moroccan women. In the era of the Sultans, the caftan was worn by both men and women.When the caftan came to Morocco from Turkey, it became primarily an article of women’s clothing.

                                                      Old Turkish Caftan

Caftan is  loose-fitting, but is usually more elaborate than other Moroccan traditional garments like the jalabia, because it is worn more often for special occasions.It is a long dress in the style of a robe. Caftans are made of either cotton or silk. They are ankle-length and can be fastened up the front with buttons. A sash around the waist completes the outfit. Some caftans are designed with elaborate colors and patterns, and other styles are much simpler.

The traditional wedding dress in Morocco is caftan,although some women prefer Western wedding dresses to be more modern.Caftans designed for weddings can be very elaborate, with brightly embroidered floral patterns in a variety of colors, including green, red, dark brown and white. The sleeves are full and very wide.