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The Mujahada in Prada

Saturday, March 13, 2010

~I Am In Mourning~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

I am in mourning.  I am trudging through the waters of despair, and clinging onto hope that I may reach the other side of my sadness in one piece.

Okay, so I am exaggerating (a little) but honestly I have lost something near and dear to me forever, and it seems I may never find another to replace it.

I am, of course, referring to my Matisse "Emmy" clogs. 

They were beautiful!  My sisters- they matched anything, always looked fashionable while providing the utmost comfort to my tootsies, and I received compliments and admiring glances everywhere I wore them.

But, alas, they were viciously and violently gnawed to death by my Aunt and Uncle's dogs. (*sob!*)

The funny thing is- this is not the first item of mine that my Aunt and Uncle's dogs have murdered.  No, when I was about 8 years old they ate Chuck and Chiquita-my beautiful blue and yellow Budgies.  Believe me, I love animals, but I don't think I was as sad about losing those birds as I am about losing my clogs.  (I would think they were out for me, but these are a completely different set of dogs, so I'm not sure what the deal is with them eating things closest to me...could it be jealousy? hmmm... better watch out for my daughter!)

I love my Aunt and Uncle, and their dogs are adorable, funny, and sweet, but I don't know how quickly I will be able to get over this loss ladies.  I know you are probably thinking "Get real- they're just a pair of clogs." But I know for a fact that at least ONE of my readers out there (and you know who you are!) can sympathize with my plight.

I have composed and sent off a letter to the manufacturer of these magnificent mules begging for their assistance, and here it is:

Matisse Emmy Clog
Saturday, March 13, 2010 12:28 AM

From: (The Mujahada in Prada)

To Whom It May Concern;
I purchased a pair of Matisse "Emmy" clogs in the white color (with turquoise detailing) about a year ago and they were my ALL TIME favorite pair of shoes. (and I honestly own about 50 pairs of shoes)

I wore them constantly, and got sooo many compliments on them. Two days ago while visiting my Aunt and Uncle they were savagely gnawed to death by their dogs. I honestly feel like I am mourning the passing of a dear friend.

I have searched the internet high and low trying to find another pair and cannot find them anywhere.

Please, is there anywhere there might be another pair of these beautiful clogs?? I honestly am a shoe fanatic, I blog about fashion ( and on there have talked about my Emmy clogs and how I looooved them. I not only would remain a loyal fan of your company, but would sing your praises on my blog for as long as necessary if you could PLEASE find me another pair of these shoes. I believe mine were a size 9 (they were beyond repair and I could not bear to throw them away so my mom did before I could check out the size) but an 8.5 would probably work as well.

Thank you so much in advance for your reply. I truly appreciate you even taking the time out to read my email.

The Mujahada in Prada

So ladies...insh'Allah I will hear back from them.  I will be sure to update you if and when I do.  In the meantime if any sisters out there are able to come across a pair of these incredible clogs in white, please let me know.

Ma'Salaama and Sweet Dreams!

Fashionably Yours,
 The (desperate and devastated) Mujahada in Prada

Friday, March 12, 2010

~Pucker Up!~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

As per a special request by one of my fabulous followers I want to chat a little bit about lip plumpers.  Whether lip plumping is permissible as part of a muslimah's beauty regime, or whether it's considered a haraam way of enhancing our beauty is debatable.  I, for one, have used a couple of lip glosses that had natural lip-plumping ingredients, but don't use it regularly (honestly mostly because I didn't see much result from them).  However you feel about the subject, full, pouty lips are the envy of many women, and there are many different treatments available to achieve them. 

 Women may have thin, or thinning, lips for a variety of reasons.  Some women have naturally thin lips throughout their life because it is hereditary in their family.  Many women experience thinning of their lips as they get older, as a natural part of the aging process. Regardless of the reason behind it, most women who desire to have more luscious lips, tend to choose between either cosmetic surgery, or topical treatments.
I am not going to discuss plastic surgery because, in my opinion, Muslimahs should not be turning to these superficial, and many times dangerous, procedures to achieve what society has determined to be true beauty.  This, of course, is just my personal opinion and I'm not one to judge any sister who believes otherwise.  Allahu Ahlem. So, instead of delving into the subject of plastic surgery, I'm going to share with you some of the best topical lip plumping products available, and discuss a little bit about how these treatments actually work.
Lip plumpers usually contain ingredients that stimulate the natural production of collagen, and regenerate skin cells more quickly than normal, in order to give the lips a smoother, fuller look.  More intense (and usually more expensive) products also use a mild stimulant that creates a tingling sensation, which causes instant plumping and increased coloration.
Some ingredients to look for in topical lip plumpers include Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Peptides, Cinnamon, Pepper Extracts, and Benzyl Nicotinate.  Hyaluronic Acid is used in the medical community to stimulate the natural healing process, and when used in topical lip plumping treatments encourages the production of new skin cells.  Peptides also do this, as well as encourage collagen production.  Cinnamon, Pepper Extracts, and Benzyl Nicotinate are all ingredients that are effective in producing instant plumping and increasing natural color.  It is also important to make sure that whatever product you use also has moisturizers like Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E so that lips stay soft and hydrated.
According to, there are several topical lip plumping treatments that are both effective, and safe.  Although some of them are kind of expensive, they are all much cheaper, safer, and less invasive than cosmetic surgery, or even botox treatments.  Here are their top five picks, and why:
#1:  MaxoLip
Available at, this product recieved a 5 out of 5 in the categories of Potential To Promote Plumper Looking Lips Instantly, Potential To Diminish Appearance Of Fine Lines Around Lips, and Quality Of Ingredients; and recieved a 4 out of 5 in Potential To Enhance Appearance Of Lips (Long-Term).
#2:  LipFusion XL
Available at, this one got a 5 out of 5 in Potential To Promote Plumper Looking Lips Instantly, and Quality Of Ingredients.  It recieved a 4 out of 5 in Potential To Enhance Appearance Of Lips (Long-Term), and Potential To Diminish Appearance Of Fine Lines Around Lips.
#3: Perricone MD Lip Plumper
Available at his treatment has the same ratings as the LipFusion XL, but with about five times more ingredients.  It is supposed to have been developed by a doctor, but when checking around the internet I have found mixed reviews about this one.

#4: Freeze 24/7 Plump Lips

Available at, this item received a 5 out of 5 in Potential To Promote Plumper Looking Lips Instantly, and a 4 out of 5 in the other categories of Potential To Enhance Appearance Of  Lips (Long-Term),  Potential To Diminish Appearance Of Fine Lines Around Lips, and Quality Of Ingredients.  This item is not recommended for use under lipstick or lipgloss, which may be something you want to take into consideration.

#5: Lips To Die For
This item by Peter Thomas Roth is available at  It received identical reviews as the previous treatment, but you apply this one more like a cream, than a lip gloss.  There is no applicator, so if you would prefer not to use your fingertips to apply, this may not be the item for you.
There are ten more topical lip plumping treatments reviewed on, but I didn't feel it was necessary to talk about any more of them (and it's past my bed-time LOL)  If you are looking for the best value for the price, I would suggest taking a look at one of the five we chatted about.

So, for those sisters who are considering getting any plastic surgery or Botox treatments to achieve those (admittedly GORGEOUS) Angelina Jolie-type smackers, why don't you try out one of these items before taking the plunge?  Even if they don't work to the extent you want them to, you won't be out more than around $50.00, and better yet: you may just realize that you are perfectly beautiful the way you are.
If you want to read some more advice about how to achieve fuller looking lips you can check out this article at

For now, I am off to bed to insh'Allah catch my 8 hours before what I'm sure will be a long day tomorrow of shopping, eating, and spending time surrounded by my wonderful family and fabulous friends as we draw closer to the end of our travels. 

Ma'Salaama and Happy Plumping!!

Fashionably Yours,
The (Angelina Jolie-loving) Mujahada in Prada

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

~Cocktail Rings (Without The Cocktails)~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

Insh'Allah your week has started out productively.  I am still traveling westward, visiting good friends and family on the way.  Alhamdulillah my daughter and I are enjoying ourselves tremendously, and I'm loving the chance to experience all of the beautiful inspirations surrounding us here in the SouthWest.  Art runs in my family's veins, and many of my family members are artists of one form or another.  Insh'Allah once I have reached my destination I will share with you amazing Muslimahs some pictures of my uncle's gorgeous hand-made jewelry.

Speaking of jewelry, I wanted to chat a little bit about one of my favorite pieces of jewelry to wear.  It's only fitting that I blog about this, as at this moment I am sitting and sipping a 100% non-alcoholic Pina Colada. (yum!)  The chic little accessory I am talking about is the Cocktail Ring.

Personally I looooove oversized, slightly gaudy, and always fun cocktail rings.  Whether I am wearing jeans and a tunic, or a formal gown, a chunky cocktail ring adds just the bling that completes any outfit.

Cocktail rings don't have to actually BE expensive to look extravagant.  You can often find these oversized ornaments in a variety of metals, gems, and designs anywhere from the fashion jewelry store in your local mall, to .

Here are a few of my favorites:

  This beautiful bauble is available at

This bit of bling is available at (it's almost sold out!)

 This ornate vintage ring is available at

For sisters who prefer a more modern style, this gorgeous Pop Culture ring is a available at

Believe it or not, this fabulous filigree ring is from

For those sisters who can afford it, here is a fanciful little frog ring from  They also have a flying pig, and fish cocktail rings that are adorable.

Before I started to wear hijab I loved to wear funky, chunky necklaces, but with a scarf usually covering them I have gotten absolutely addicted to cocktail rings.  Whether fun and oversized, or sophisticated and chic, they are the perfect accessory to add pizazz to any outfit.  Personally, I love the juxtaposition of my favorite pair of casual jeans with a flowing top, and a huge, slightly obnoxious, piece of bling.  Available anywhere from $5.00 to $500.00, any sister can use these bold baubles as a statement piece.

Ma'Salaama and Happy Blinging!

Fashionably Yours,

The (Jewelry Junky) Mujahada in Prada

Monday, March 8, 2010

~Makeup At Any Age~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

I decided it was high time for me to do an entry about makeup.  I have hesitated to blog much about makeup before now for a couple of reasons. 
#1) As Muslimahs it is recommended we don't wear makeup much outside of the home and
#2) I don't have as much experience in Makeup as I do in other aspects of fashion.

Don't get me wrong, I have a great admiration for makeup and for those ladies who are true artists of this medium.  I used to wear a fair amount of makeup, and especially had a passion for all of the amazing colors that MAC eyeshadows come in, but in more recent years have chosen to slowly cut back on using makeup, until now I wear only a bit of concealor, and khol and mascara. (if any)  On special occasions I do enjoy getting dolled up for my husband, though, and I feel that makeup can be a wonderful tool for ladies when worn appropriately.  Sometimes makeup can be true art, like in the amazing ads that always grace the MAC makeup counters of Nordstrom, or window ads in their stores.

One way makeup must be worn appropriately is according to your age.  I can think of few worse fashion faux pas than a forty or fifty-something year old woman wearing bright blue eyeshadow and fuschia lipstick.  (except maybe a forty or fifty-something year old woman wearing a leopard print miniskirt)

When choosing to wear makeup one of the first things you must consider is choosing the appropriate colors for your skin tone, your hair and eye color, and your personal style.  I am not a big fan of the whole "Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter" color wheel, and instead believe that there are many different types of colors that look good on a woman, as long as they are worn appropriately and moderately. 

I came across a really helpful video on YouTube about color theory and how to choose the best makeup colors according to your natural pigmentation.  Some of it is pretty basic, but I think having a good understanding of colors in general and how they blend, is an important first step to choosing the most flattering colors of makeup.

Once you have chosen the colors you feel best suit your skin tone, eye and hair color, and personal style, you must also consider your age and lifestyle when deciding upon the most appropriate makeup for you.  Here are some good, age-appropriate suggestions:

At this age, oily skin and breakouts lingering from adolescence may be your primary skin concerns. So opting for a foundation or concealer with salicylic acid or other acne-healing properties is a good idea. When applying makeup, you want the look to be as sheer and natural as possible. Youthful skin is often already pretty rosy, so use a light hand when applying blush. That said, feel free to have fun with colors and shimmery accents. Go ahead and try that electric blue eyeliner, bubble-gum-pink lipstick, or glittery gold eye shadow — in your 20s, almost anything goes!

Women in their 30s can still play with their makeup looks. This is a time when it’s acceptable to wear heavier makeup. Think cat eyes — à la Audrey Hepburn or the more dramatic version worn by Sophia Loren. To achieve the look, use liquid liner along the edge of your upper eyelids and extend the line just past the outer corner of your eyes.  Many people suggest experimenting with false eyelashes, but I personally am totally against this.  They usually appear fake, they are a hard habit to break once you have gotten used to using them, and they damage your natural eyelashes.  Take advantage of the fullness of your eyebrows; hair growth tends to slow in your 40s, so you don’t want to be left with skimpy brows years down the line. You may need to use a brightener to minimize undereye shadows and give your cheeks an extra stroke of color if you’ve lost that rosy glow. Add subtle color to your lips in the daytime with a tinted lip balm. At night, go for the glamour — experiment with reds, corals, and terracotta hues.  Many of us are moms by now, so if you are a sister who wears makeup outside of the house, try to experiment with different simple, yet flattering looks.  For those of us who choose to wear makeup only within our homes for our husbands, it is important not to let the exhaustion and stress of running a home (and working outside as well) get in the way of us putting on a beautiful face for our husband now and again.  No matter how loving and reassuring our husbands are, underneath it all they are still men and I can guarantee they appreciate us getting dolled up for them once in a while.

Forty-Somethings:When you hit 40, you may need to add more warmth to your skin tone. Tinted moisturizers and cream blushes will add a healthy glow. Choose products like Tarte Natural Beauty Cheek Stain, which give the appearance of color coming from within. If you’ve got fine lines, avoid heavy makeup, which tends to settle into creases. Since you may start seeing sun spots, it’ll be especially important to wear sunblock every day (if you’re not, start today!). Age also changes the shape of your eyes, so concentrate on defining them. Always use an eyelash curler and try a long-lasting liner in navy (this color makes any eye color pop). Opt for a natural lip color, and nix shimmery or frosted makeup, which will also settle into lines. To help bring out any shadows on your face, use illuminating concealers, such as Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen and Prescriptives Site Unseen Brightening Concealer SPF 15.


At 50 the primary goal is to use color wisely. Have beautiful honey-colored skin? Use a tinted moisturizer with warm undertones to give it a nice overall glow. Stila and Laura Mercier have tinted moisturizers with just the right amount of shimmer (the key is to blend them into your regular moisturizer). If you’ve got great lips, accentuate them with a bright lip color. But if you have many wrinkles around your mouth, don’t go there — or else you’ll bring attention to those lines. Emphasize beautiful brows by filling them in with a brow pencil. Before applying foundation, fill in creases and smooth out skin with a serum base moisturizer or foundation primer. Use a slanted brush to contour spots that need extra attention, like the area along your cheekbones and jawline, with a product like Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sculpting Powder in Medium or Nars Pressed Powder in Heat. When you need a touch-up, use blotting papers instead of adding more powder to avoid a cakey appearance.

Sixty-Somethings And Beyond:
If you’re in this age bracket, you’ll want to use wrinkle fillers and plumping products as much as possible (look for makeup containing hyaluronic acid). Because your blood circulation changes later in life, you’ll need blush to help restore the flush you had when you were younger. Skin also gets drier as you age, so stick with creamier products. If your eyes need definition, use a long-lasting gel or liquid liner in a soft brown or gray (black is too harsh) at your lash line. Fill in sparse brows with a brow pencil in a taupe-y color. To reduce redness in and around the eyes, use an eye-brightening pencil, such as Three Custom Color Specialists Clarifier pencils, on the inner rim of the eye. Before adding color to your lips, use a lip-smoothing liner like Bare Escentuals Lip Rev-er Upper to give your lipstick staying power and prevent it from bleeding into fine lines.

Personally, I think wayyyy too much emphasis is placed on trying to remain as young as possible, for as long as possible.  I strongly feel it is important for us to embrace our maturity and to feel confident in our skin no matter what age we are.  I don't think there is anything wrong with us using a bit of makeup here and there to help us feel better about ourselves or to look our best for our husbands.  That being said, we should never use makeup as a way to look like someone other than who we are, or to hide our true selves from others.  We are all amazing Muslimahs, nurturing mothers, wonderful wives, and compassionate sisters.  If we choose to wear makeup, no matter where it is or who sees it, we must keep in mind that what really matters is the strength of our imaan, and not so much the color of our eyeshadow.

Ma'Salaama and Happy Blending!

Fashionably Yours,
The (Mascara-Wearing) Mujahada in Prada

P.S. I must give credit where credit is due: Age Appropriate Makeup