Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim....

The Mujahada in Prada

Thursday, December 22, 2011

~Remember Her 70 Excuses~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters...

This will be a quick, happy post to let everyone know (who may not know already) that Aisha Khan has been found.  She returned to her parent's house safe and sound this evening.

Although it is easy to get annoyed, or frustrated that after all of this effort and worry was for naught, we must ultimately be thankful that she returned home of her own free will, instead of the alternative.

We must also remember that we do not know the circumstances surrounding her choice to "get away" for a few days, there may be issues in her life that we are unfamiliar with. 

Most importantly we need to remember that she is our sister in Islam and deserves her 70 excuses.

Alhamdulillah she is back home, and insh'Allah whatever caused her to disappear can be resolved with the understanding and patience of her family and the mercy of Allah swt.

Ma'Salaama and Thanks to Everyone Who Helped.

Thankfully Yours,
The (relieved) Mujahada in Prada

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

~Find Aisha Khan~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters...

Tonight I am writing you with fear and dread in my heart, begging you to assist in any way possible to help raise awareness for a situation of a missing young Muslim lady from Kansas.

In short, Aisha Khan...a 19 year old student at University of Kansas, who has been married only three short months, went missing this past Friday, December 16th.  (Read the whole story here) She was sitting at a picnic table on the campus of her school, studying for a final, when she called and left her sister a panic-stricken voice mail telling her that a man who she thought was drunk had started harassing her and tried to kiss her.  She said that she slapped him out of reflex but was extremely confused and terrified about the incident.

When her sister called her back she never answered.  And she has been missing ever since.

Sisters....this is our sister in Islam.  Other followers who may not be Muslim, this is our sister in humanity.  We would never want this type of situation to happen to ourselves or any one of our family members or friends.  We as women, as Muslimahs, as sisters in humanity need to join together to do everything in our power to help bring this young woman home to her family.

Please, keep her family in your du'a, your prayers, your thoughts.  Please make your FB profile picture her missing poster, "like" the FB page dedicated to finding her,  print the poster below out and hand them out, contact any relatives who may live in the University of Kansas area, and contact (816) 474-TIPS if you have any information.

Jazzak Allahu Khairun and Thank You.

Ma'Salaama and Help Find Aisha insh'Allah!

Apprehensively Yours,
The (scared beyond words) Mujahada in Prada

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

~An All American Boycott~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

Please forgive me for my lack of pleasantries and usual bantering on about tea, or coffee or such, but tonight I have something real, and discouraging, and downright depressing on my mind.

I'm talking about the withdrawel of Lowe's home improvement store's advertisements from the show 'All American Muslim'. Now, I KNOW some of you don't like the show, don't approve of the show, think it's disgusting, immoral, haraam, or whatever. I get it, and I will keep my own opinions to myself to prevent any fitna between myself and my sisters....BUT your opinions about the show are insignificant right now because we are facing only what can be called a media-enforced hate crime.

For those of you unfamiliar with what I am talking about, 'All American Muslim' is a show running here in the United States that follows five different Muslim families living in the Dearborn, Michigan area and shows their normal everyday lives. Lowe's used to be one of the major companies advertising during the time slot that 'All American Muslim' showed every Sunday, until recently a group of bigoted, right wing, hate mongers contacted Lowe's urging them to withdraw their advertisements.

And....surprise, surprise. They did withdraw their advertisements.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that the First Amendment was a freedom of religion, speech, and media. I understand that it is totally up to Lowe's to decide when and where they should advertise, but to me it is very depressing that they were bullied into making this decision based on the desires of what can only be described as a hate group.

To me, Lowe's can be described as nothing more than a spineless, cowardly company willing to contribute to the Islamophobia that is ailing my country and causing the slow erosion of our First Amendment rights.

I am asking you sisters to assist me in spreading the word about this prejudism and to blog about it, tweet about it, make your FB status about it, and to send an email if you choose. I've included a template (that was well written by a dear sister I will refer to as "S"),  for an email to send them below, feel free to use what you choose, and add what you think necessary. 

Jazzak Allahu Khairun my sisters in helping us fight this fight.

Ma'Salaama and Boycott Lowe's!

Fashionably Yours,
The (I've always liked Home Depot better anyways!) Mujahada in Prada
Sent: Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM
Subject: Why I wont be shopping at Lowe's anymore
Dear Lowe's,

I was extremely disappointed to hear that you had pulled your advertisements from the TLC show "All American Muslim" because of pressure from a bigoted, right-wing "family" organization. This was a cowardly move to appease a small, but loud group of ignorant, prejudiced people who would rather that Muslims continue to be portrayed as subversive terrorists than be seen as the law-abiding, decent Americans that they are.

My family, friends and I will all be taking our business elsewhere until you reinstate your ads for this show and make an apology for succumbing to the pressure of hate groups.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

~The Prophet Liked Pumpkin~

Anas b. Malik reported: A tailor invited Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) to a meal which he had prepared. Anas b. Malik said: I went along with Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) to that feast. He presented to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) barley bread and soup containing pumpkin, and sliced pieces of meat. Anas said: I saw Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) going after the pumpkin round the dish, so I have always liked the pumpkin since that day.

Sahih Muslim ,Book 023, Number 5067

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Morning My Stylish Sisters!

Ever since I was little, one of my favorite things about this time of year were all of the different flavors that no one seemed to cook any other time.  Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are used in abundance to make delicious cookies, pies, cakes and soups.  In fact, I believe I was munching away on a piece of pumpkin pie last time I posted on here.  :)

My most recent issue of 'Better Homes and Gardens' magazine (which I loooove) has a whole spread about the hottest holiday dessert this year: Trifles.  Yes, trifles!  Gone are the days that they are reserved for stuffy, royal luncheons and formal holiday dinners.  They are delicious, beautiful, and very easy to make; which definitely appeals to me.

When making a dessert that I am presenting to someone else, or serving to a large group of people I feel that presentation MUST be taken into consideration when choosing a recipe.  That's why I thought I would share a recent recipe that I whipped up last time I was baking pies, because I'm pretty sure if you ladies are pumpkin lovers like I am, that you will find it just as drool worthy as I do.

I came upon this recipe totally by mistake.  As any baker knows, there tends to be a sizeable amount of the pumpkin filling left over after filling the pie crusts when using canned pumpkin paste ( I recommend Libby's).  So, this year, instead of pouring the leftovers down the drain, I poured them into a cupcake pan, sprinkled the tops with a bit of cinnamon sugar and nutmeg, and baked it right alongside the pans.  (be sure to use heavy duty cupcake liners, because the filling is quite runny before baking)

Here's how they looked once I pulled them out:

They look yummy, already, don't they?  The cinnamon sugar and nutmeg that I sprinkled on top made a nice little crispy crust.  Don't worry if your pumpkin cupcakes have a little hole in each one, that is caused by the excess moisture in the filling which is usually drawn into the crust when baking a pie.

Here's a closeup:

  Now, in a trifle there are at least three parts: A fruity part, A bread-y part, A creamy part.  So, at this point you need to decide for yourself what you would like to do for your bread-y part.  I would suggest either whipping up a bit of extra pie crust and baking it separately, or if you don't have time to bake your own pie crust you can just buy one extra pre-made pie crust.  Also, I would personally recommend making your own whipped cream, so that you can add a flavor to it like almond or vanilla, but there is no shame in buying Cool Whip or some other type of whipped cream instead.

Now that you have your three parts, you are ready to assemble.  Because we are using small pumpkin cupcakes, this trifle will look best if served in individual serving glasses.  You can use wine or champagne glasses for a more formal look, or if you are keeping it more casual, small glass bowls work well too.  Just make sure that whatever you use is see-through glass so that you can enjoy the beautiful aesthetics of your delicious trifle.

Start layering your three ingredients, starting with a small amount of crumbled crust on the bottom, followed by the pumpkin filling, then some whipped cream.  Continue layering until you've made as many layers as you want, making sure you finish with whipped cream on top.  Throw a small sprig of mint on top, or garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon and you're finished.  It looks beautiful, and people will think you spent hours on it (which always helps to gain points with the in-laws, your boss at work, or your hubby!)

I wish I could show you a finished picture of the trifles that I made, but unfortunately they were all eaten before I had a chance to take pictures.  So, here are a couple of pictures of other trifles so you can get an idea of the beauty that a good trifle holds:

So, there you have it, my amazing Muslimahs.  Although pumpkin pies, and fancy trifles are traditionally served at fancy holiday parties around this time of year, you don't HAVE to celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving to enjoy these decadent desserts. 

Even our Prophet saws liked pumpkin...and served in one of these desserts, I'm pretty sure you will too.

Ma'Salaama and Happy Baking!

Fashionably Yours,
The (you can call me Martha Stewart!) Mujahada in Prada

Saturday, November 26, 2011

~Every Day is Thanksgiving~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Happy Thanksgiving My Stylish Sisters!

I know, I know I'm late.  I'm sorry.  Yesterday was a totally hectic, yet totally abnormal Thanksgiving.  As I sit here eating wayyyy too much leftover pumpkin pie with an enormous dollop of Cool Whip, it occurs to me that in reality, I am blessed enough to celebrate Thanksgiving almost every day with my husband and my wonderful in-laws.

Okay, so technically we are not celebrating the day of a peaceful feast occurring between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, but we even know for sure if or when that day ever happened?  The pictures of 'The First Thanksgiving' that fill our textbooks as children, or hang on classroom walls in the fall seems so staged.  There is always one Native American greatfully accepting a plate of food from a Pilgrim woman, even though it was the Native Americans who knew how to grow the food needed to survive...NOT the other way around.  And the pilgrims are always sitting around, plumply satisfied with a huge feast of turkey, sweet potatoes and other veggies, even though I'm pretty sure they were close to starving and miserable in their new surroundings. usual, I digress.

Although we're not celebrating Thanksgiving....we ARE celebrating thanks giving.

You see, the average American loves this day because it's a day that families come from far and wide, to simply sit down and enjoy a meal.  To tell stories of the past, share memories, pay tribute to those no longer with us, and celebrate the accomplishments of those who are.  It's usually a day of laughter, love, and gratitude for all of the blessings bestowed on us.

Do you know what that sounds like to me?

It sounds like an average lunch at my mother in law's house. 

Alhamdulillah I married a man whose family feels it is so important to stay close to eachother, that up until a year ago we ALL lived in the same apartment complex!  We have an amazing grandma who loves nothing more than cooking a huge meal, and sitting with us and a cup of tea, sharing stories from times long gone.  My mother in law's door is always wide open for us to come in and eat, and her ear is always available to hear what is troubling us.  A small, weekday lunch at my mother in laws is usually between 15-20 people, and any special occasion that we can use as an excuse to have Mensaf, or Grape Leaves, or a Kharouf usually hosts upwards of 35!  We have days of laughter, love, and showing our gratitude at least three times a week alhamdulillah!

Thanksgiving does not need to consist of an oversized bird, with specified sides and pumpkin pie (although pumpkin pie is absolutely delicious!) all it needs to consist of is giving thanks.  And you can do that any day.

Ma'Salaama and Happy Thanks Giving

Thankfully Yours,
The (who wants another slice of pie?) Mujahada in Prada

P.S.  One thing I am deeply thankful for is all of my customers on my website  To show my deep thanks, I am having a two day only sale! 25-26 of November.  Check it out, and use coupon code FREESHIP25 in order to get free shipping on top of the amazing discounts I'm already offering.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

~Love Nyla's Blog is Up!~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters...

I just wanted to stop in quickly to let you know that I have (finally) launched my other blog for Love Nyla Designs (my handmade jewelry line).

It's been a long time coming, but I decided that it was necessary to have a nice place for customers, potential customers, and even critics to get together and address any questions, comments, or critiques they have for me or my merchandise.

I will also (and here comes the fun part) be giving you amazing Muslimahs some helpful hints about things like cleaning your sterling silver jewelry with normal, everyday household goods as well as fun ways to use my handmade hijab pins, interesting facts about the different materials that I use, and random jewelry related anecdotes.

I'm hoping insh'Allah that you ladies will join me on my other blog and help to support a fledgling, muslimah owned small business.  In return I will make sure that whenever I have coupon codes, special sales, or contests, YOU sisters will be the first to know!

Ma'Salaama and Happy Blogging!

Lovingly Yours,
The (thanks for the support!) Mujahada in Prada 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

~It Came From My Imaan~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Night My Stylish Sisters...

The weirdest thing happened to me today.  As I mentioned previously, I have been struggling with some anxiety and stress lately, so my wonderful husband suggested I take the day to venture out on my own and spend some time relaxing for a change.  Of course this "day" turned into an afternoon and eventually dwindled down to a couple of hours, but nonetheless the thought was there on his part alhamdulillah, I just lacked the execution.

Well, I chose to spend my precious hours of peace and tranquility by going and getting a mani/pedi done at a new nail salon/spa that I saw a couple of weeks ago while running errands.  The ambiance is peaceful and elegant, the chairs are oversized with massage options, and the service is fantastic.  So, no problem there.  The problem lied with the woman who they sat me next to.

When I first walked into the spa I immediately recognized that this woman was of Middle Eastern descent, and so (incorrectly) sensing an ally I flashed her a genuine smile.  *crickets* I received a death glare in response. 

I shook it off as a mistake, or a mis-interpretation on my part and went about choosing the color of nail polish, selecting the newest magazines they had, and waiting my turn for a seat in those luxurious chairs.  Of course, as luck would have it, I was seated right next to Mrs. Mean Face.

Aformentioned glare out of my head, and with a strong determination to enjoy my time of silence and solitude I began leafing through the magazines I had selected, filling my brain with nonsense about Kim K's divorce, Jen's new romance, and who wore what where.  Then, Mrs. Mean Face's voice overtook my gossip filled conscience as I overheard her starting to bash Islam, her home country, and everything remotely related to either one to the lady who was doing her nails.

:O   *jaw drop*  AstaghferAllah I was seriously shocked.  I won't go into details about what she said, but it was definitely cringe-worthy and the poor lady who was working on my pedicure kept bonking me on the knee telling me to stop curling my toes.  I couldn't help it.  She was sitting here defacing my beautiful religion and the one True and Complete Book to some lady who didn't know any better, and probably believed everything she said.

I wanted to yell at her "I'm sorry if you've had such horrible experiences with people who claimed to be Muslim, but that was was NOT true Islam, and it is wrong and inhumane and just plain haraam for you to be lying to this lady about our beautiful Islam and all of the Truth that it holds!"  I wanted to jump up and defend Our Prophet and offer to help her see the other side of Islam.  The side free from the influences of greedy men who use it in their own twisted ways to fill their social agendas.

But....of course....I didn't.  I chose to sit still, and keep quiet because I knew in my heart she was saying these things to get under my skin.  And I knew that the best way to prove that she was wrong, and to get under her skin in return was to simply be myself.  To be kind, and nice, and show her an example of how a true Muslimah acts.

In short...I forgave her.

There is a part of me who feels guilty that I didn't do more to stand up for Islam.  But in my heart I know I did the right thing, because only Allah swt will guide those who are meant to follow the straight path.  She was so determined to believe what she believed that no matter what I said she would have twisted it around and it would have just solidified what she already felt to be true.

So, instead, I caught her eye.  I gave a her a smile that came from deeper than my mouth, deeper still than my heart even.  It came from my imaan.

And you know what?  She smiled back.  As I turned to grab my things and come home to my beautiful daughters and my loving husband she even called goodbye out to me, and I could feel her watching me as I walked to my car.

And at that point, the only thing I felt was pity for her.  Pity that she had been through such horrible experiences, and pity that she had strayed so far from the Straight Path.  Instead of yelling at her for what she said, I will instead make du'a for her.

And insh'Allah you will all make du'a as well.

Ma'Salaama and Allah Ma'aku.

Fashionably Yours,
The (newly painted) Mujahada in Prada

Friday, November 11, 2011

~So Happy To See You Again!~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

Let me pour you a cup of coffee and plump a pillow for you, it's been far too long since we've chatted and I've missed you terribly.  Insh'Allah everything has been more than wonderful for each and every one of you faithful followers and for your families as well.

As usual my life has been busy busy busy.  Alhamdulillah both of the girls are getting bigger by the day, I have been struggling to keep up with them and their hilarious tactics, and my husband has been struggling to keep up with all of us. 

I love this time of the year.  Even though we don't actually celebrate Christmas, here in the United States the time between Halloween and New Years is one that just has a certain electricity in the air.  The mall is bustling and full of wonderful smells and even more wonderful sales.  I love the Christmas lights that people hang around on trees and their houses, and I love how people (in general) seem to get just a bit kinder to eachother.

One of the reasons that I have been so busy lately is because alhamdulillah my business has gotten super busy lately.  My husband is amazing at marketing my product, and always encouraging me when I'm starting to lose hope.  I have a brand new and soooo beautiful collection coming out that is much more in tune with my personality than the previous one was.  I will be starting another blog dedicated solely to my jewelry and my jewelry-making adventures, so insh'Allah once it is up and running I will invite all of you to follow me there as well.

I also do have to admit that recently I have been struggling a bit with some stress and anxiety issues.  I would never normally share something like that, and I only am sharing it with you with the plea that you will keep my in your du'a and prayers because THAT, my friends, is our most powerful weapon.  The power of positive thinking, fear of Allah swt, and collective prayer.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Anywho, enough of the blah blah blah.  Insh'Allah I will be back posting up a storm and blabbing your ears off with lots of irrelevant stories and irreverant advice.

Ma'Salaama and Happy to see you again!

Fashionably Yours,
The (timidly optimistic) Mujahada in Prada

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

~My Favorite Scarf of All~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters,

I wanted to let you all know I've added another beautiful scarf to the collection I'm selling on ebay....

and this on is my favorite one yet!

Check it out insh'Allah.  I had to keep one for me because it's so nice.  I know it's going to go fast so I had to let you ladies know.

Gold Designer Look Scarf

Ma'Salaama and Happy Bidding!

Fashionably Yours,
The (Good Luck!)  Mujahada in Prada

Monday, September 12, 2011

~There is nothing better than beautiful jewelry....unless it's free beautiful jewelry!~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters...

Insh'Allah I will continue telling you all about my latest home improvement projects and recent going-ons in my next post, but right now I have to share this amazing contest that Love Nyla is having. What is Love Nyla? Well it's a little company, Muslimah owned and operated, that sells handmade sterling silver and Swarovski crystal hijab pins, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and charms. They have some adorable things on their website, and in order for them to make room for the new stuff they're coming out with soon, they are having a contest.

The first prize winner will get a $75.00 coupon code, second prize is a $35.00 coupon code, and third prize is a $15.00 coupon code along with free shipping for life on anything on their website.

All you have to do is log into Facebook (I KNOW you have a FB account!), find Love Nyla (the business) and make a post on their wall letting them know you want to participate. They have the full instructions on their home page, but the gist of it is this:

                      After you let them know you want to participate in their contest, they will send you a code word. You contact all of your FB friends and let them know that you are taking part in a contest, and you have them "Like" Love Nyla's page and post a sentence that uses the code word you gave them.

I think whoever refers the most people to Love Nyla's page will also win a prize for the friends they referred, so it's worth their while to participate!

Anyways, just had to share the great news with you amazing Muslimah! Should be fun reading all those silly sentences people will come up with!

Ma'Salaama and Good Luck!

Fashionably Yours,
The (may the best sister win!) Mujahada in Prada

Friday, September 9, 2011

~A Planter Redefined!~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

I am sitting here pigging out on some delicious Damla candies, just waiting for my teeth or tummy (or both) to let me know it's time to stop.  Alhamdulillah in the past three weeks thanks to eating well, exercising on my Wii, and lots and lots of stress, I have lost 8 pounds!  The only problem with it is whenever I try to resist something I shouldn't be eating I tell myself "You've done really well! You deserve a treat!"

Ha! If I keep this up, I will have gained back twice as much as I lost by next month. promised, I wanted to share with you amazing muslimahs my most recent home improvement project.  Lately I have been totally head over heels in looooove with this website called Pinterest.  It's the coolest place where ladies (well, I've never noticed a man posting anything) can post pics of those little things that encourage "oooohs" and "ahhhhhs" and squeals of delight followed by "Oh My God that is SOOO cute!"

You don't believe me?  Check it out...I guarantee you'll be squealing like a schoolgirl again in no time.  :)

Sooooo...a while back I was drooling over a million adorable DIY ideas when I came across some planters that someone had used as containers in their children's room for toys, stuffed animals, and other miscellaneous items.  I thought it was the cutest idea EVAR, and decided to make a couple of them myself.....with a couple of personal touches. is one that I made for a friend's daughter.  It's exactly like the ones I made for my kiddos, but a different color.  Here is the finished product:

Like it?  :)

Here is how you can make these adorable alternatives to the average toybox:

1) Go to your local home improvement or gardening store and find some wall planters that you like.  They don't have to be the exact color you want, just a decent design.  Decide what color you would like the planter (I made this one brown to match the child's furniture) and what color you would like the letters to be, and buy the appropriate spray paint.  Just make sure the paint you get for the planter is for metal, or it won't stick.

2) Either buy the letters you like for the child's name at the same home improvement store, or if those are too bulky (they are usually to be used on the outside of houses or mailboxes) then go to a local arts and crafts store. doesn't matter if you don't like the color of the letters, you've got the spray paint!  Also, pick up some matching or coordinating ribbon from the craft store: preferably one that is wide and wired so you can make a nice bow and it will keep its shape, and one that is very narrow in the same color as your letters.  Also grab two or three mirror/picture hooks per basket and some glue anything, stick your feet to the ceiling glue.

3) After laying out plenty of newspaper, get to painting.  Spray paint usually will run down or drip, so it's best to set the planter and the letters at an angle so you are spraying with the can as close to straight up and down as possible.  After spraying something with spray paint, always point the can away from anything, turn it upside down and spray until nothing comes out but air.  This will prevent the nozzle from getting clogged.  Spray paint dries quickly, so work on the ribbon while the letters are drying.

4)  I made mine so the ribbon doesn't actually hold up the planter, but is just for aesthetics.  I did this because my daughter had the genius idea of hanging up the planter on hooks, instead of permanently, so I can take it down, let her load and unload her goodies, and I can hang it back up again.  Figure out how high you want the ribbon to stretch, how big you want your bow to be, etc and then pin the bow to the wall, with the bottom strips where you want the planter to hang.

5) If you want the planter-turned-toy basket to be removeable like I did mine, hang two or three picture hanging hooks that are meant to hold up to 30 pounds.  You can usually only find these hooks in silver or gold, so if the color bothers you (like it bothered me) you can spray paint them with the same spray paint you used for the planter.

6) After the planter and letters have dried, decide on the placement of the letters, and using the thin ribbon, tie them in place.  When I did this the first time 'round it was purely to hold them in place until the glue dried, but then I decided I liked the look of it and left them.  That is entirely up to you.  Once you've tied them where you want them, add a bit of glue each place the letters touch the planter.  Let the glue dry overnight.

7) Hang up your masterpiece!  Marvel at how adorable it looks, and how functional it is!  These are great for holding anything from stuffed animals, to small toys, or even extra blankets in a nursery!  If you have two kids sharing a room, make one for each kid.  If your child has a longer name, you can always use smaller letters, or buy the long rectangular planters instead of the small one like in the picture.  Anyway it goes, have fun!

So ladies, I will let you go so you can get started.  Insh'Allah I've explained my process well, and if not....then let me know!   I always love questions and comments, so I'm looking forward to hearing what you think.

Ma'Salaama and Happy Crafting!

Fashionably Yours,
The (don't sniff the spraypaint!!!) Mujahada in Prada

Thursday, September 1, 2011

~Mujahada's Boutique~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

I know I am supposed to be posting all about my recent home improvement projects, the newest additions to my household, and other intriguing subjects but I wanted you to be the first to know that I've recently posted some Amira hijabs, rectangular scarves, and prayer clothes on ebay at some seriously rock-bottom prices.

Considering it's on ebay, I guess it's not really my boutique....but nonetheless they are good deals...and there will be more coming soon insh'Allah as soon as I get my next shipment of items from Jordan.

So, insh'Allah check them out!  And I will be back ASAP to fill you in on my recent adventures....and misadventures both.  ;)

Black and White Floral Amira Hijab
Teal Two Piece Amira Hijab
Honey Colored Two Piece Amira Hijab
Vanilla Colored Two Piece Amira Hijab
Black and White Op Art Rectangular Hijab
Brown and Off White Polka Dot Rectangular Hijab
Beautiful Striped Rectangular Hijab
Gorgeous Orange and Black Abstract Rectangular Hijab
Navy, Red and White Striped Rectangular Hijab
Two Piece Women's Prayer Outfits

Ma'Salaama and Happy Shopping!

Fashionably Yours,
The (tool kit owning, home improving, ebay listing) Mujahada in Prada

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

~Eid Mubarak!~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Morning My Stylish Sisters!

It seems like it's been ages since I've posted...probably because my life recently has gotten even more hectic than before (which I thought was impossible).  Alhamdulillah for everything.  :)

I just wanted to pass on my well wishes for Eid.  Insh'Allah this Ramadaan was beneficial for all of you amazing Muslimahs.  May Allah swt reward us all for our fasts, and answer our du'a in the way that only He knows is best for us.  Ameen.

So, for the time being...

Insh'Allah I will be back soon to fill you in on all of the exciting home decor projects, fun adventures, and numerous annoyances I've had lately.  Allah Ma'aku!

Ma'Salaama and Eid Mubarak!

Fashionably Yours,
The (I've missed you all!)  Mujahada in Prada

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

~Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Fashionable Followers!

Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to blog during Ramadaan, and I meant it but this simply couldn't wait.

Tonight as I was meaning to log into my blog to see if any of my dear sisters had left any Ramadan greetings or comments (which by the way you hadn't, LOL) I accidentally typed in, skipping the blogspot bit, and there in front of me was a *gasp* imposter!

Now, I'm only teasing (mostly) because mash'Allah I would NEVER feel negatively about a sister starting her own business.  I truly want for my brothers and sisters in Islam what I want for myself, and am always happy to encourage others to do and be the best they can insh'Allah.

But, really...not only did this person use my name (granted it's far from copywritten...copyrighted...whatever) but they went as far as using the same exact colors!

So....what's your take on this?  Should I be flattered?  Creeped out?  Is it all just a total coincidence?  What do you ladies think?

Ma'Salaama and Happy Fasting.

Fashionably Yours,
The (one and only) Mujahada in Prada

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

~Ramadaan Kareem~

aSalaam uAlaikum My Stylish Sisters...

I'm sorry I've been missing in action for a while now...I've been traveling with my parents and preparing myself and my family for this blessed month of Ramadaan.  Although I have many stylish subjects to post about, I've decided my time might be better spent increasing my imaan and knowledge this month.
Soooo....I will be taking a brief hiatus from posting.  But don't worry, I will be back insh'Allah shortly after Eid to fill you in on my cross country adventures, recent home improvement projects (and there have been MANY) and fashion crushes.

In the meantime, enjoy your Ramadaan.  May it be a month of mercy and blessings for all of us, and may Allah swt accept our fasts and hear our prayers. Ameen.

Allah Ma'aku

Fashionably Yours,
The Mujahada in Prada

Saturday, June 25, 2011

~Sale Alert! Sale Alert!~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters...

Could there possibly be anything better in this world than absolutely fabulous, handmade, one of a kind hijab pins???


It's absolutely fabulous, handmade, one of a kind hijab pins ON SALE!!!

My all time favorite hijab pin designer LoveNyla is having a 40-60% off sale on their Limited Edition Fashion Hijab Pins, and Classic Hijab Pin collections!  These pins are amazing, it's like wearing a little piece of art on your scarf every time you walk out of your door!

Here's the catch.....(there's always a catch, isn't there?)

These pins are NOT featured on their website are ONLY available on their Facebook Fan Page.

Better get there soon before I buy them all up myself!

Ma'Salaama and Happy Shopping!

Fashionably Yours,
The (you can never have too many hijab pins) Mujahada in Prada

Friday, June 17, 2011

~Trend Setter....or Coincidence?~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

Pull up a chair...let me pour you a Nojito...and let's get to chatting!  (By the way, I am seriously addicted to this fabulous little mocktail, isn't it delicious?  Maybe from time to time I'll share some more totally halaal delicious drink recipes when the mood strikes....)

Anywho...recently I was on another sister's blog reading all about the gamboo3a or shambassa....or whatever you want to call it.  She had reposted a very thorough article outlining the history of this trend, from head-dresses worn by British and European royalty in the Middle Ages to the newest craze sweeping the Middle East.  (I am sorry to whichever sister it was, I searched and searched and just couldn't find your blog again in order to give you due credit)
Middle Age Headdress


Iit is so funny to me that this is the newest, and trendiest way to wear hijab, because that is exactly how I used to wear mine when I first started to wear a scarf almost five years ago.  Alhamdulillah my hair is quite long, and I would pull it up into a big bun under my this was most comfortable for me to keep cool on hot days.  I wore it this way until my ignorant and way-too-touchy-feely boss decided he thought it'd be funny to grab my bun one day and ask what I was "hiding" under there.  *sigh*  Needless to say I didn't work there much longer.

Then I started to think of all of the other trends I had sported long before they became mainstream.  You see, I have always been a big lover of fashion.  Ever since I was six or seven and I could reach the pedal on my mom's Bernina, I've sewn everything from formal wear to chair covers.  When I was a freshman in college I decided I wanted to dress more "East Coast", and started sporting long skirts with tennies.  The only problem was I couldn't find any decently fashionable long denim I started sewing my own.  After constructing a few funky designed denim skirts (and selling a couple along the way) I started seeing them EVERYWHERE!

Later, after transferring to a design college, I decided to focus on menswear, and chose to introduce a line of men's dress shirts that were constructed out of slightly stretchy fabric, so they would move more with the men wearing them, and be more comfortable.  A couple of years later, Joseph Abboud came out with his own line of mens shirts using the same exact concept.

For my final project in design school, I chose to create a line of menswear using mismatching, but coordinating, fabrics for the body, cuffs, and collars of the shirts.  It wasn't even a year later that similar shirts started popping up at Dillards, Nordstrom, and Bergdorf Goodman like these from Robert Graham:

Not to toot my own horn or anything...but is this a coincidence?  I think not....I'm starting to wonder if someone close to me is selling my ideas.  Hmmm....   Well, either way, it's convincing me more and more that as soon as I can find the time, I need to get myself back into the fashion industry.

Oh yes, and speaking of design.  So far, the majority of you lovely ladies are supportive of giving my little blog here a facelift, but I haven't had many votes.  Sooo...don't be shy! I won't be offended...and it's completely confidential!  It only takes one click to let your voice be heard, so go ahead and vote!

Allah Ma'aku.

Ma'Salaama and Holy Camel Hump, Batman!!!!
(hehehehe...sorry, couldn't help it)

Trendfully Yours,
The (doesn't all that extra weight on your head give you neck-aches?) Mujahada in Prada


Sunday, June 5, 2011

~Let The Good Times Roll!~

aSalaam uAlaikum My Amazing Muslimahs!

Okay, if anyone knows me well it's you.  And if anyone knows me, then they know that I love nothing more than to host a stunningly stylish soiree.'s PARTY TIME!!!

Although I had to squeeze four days into two, I am soooo happy I didn't miss out on the BEST category of Hijabi Fashion Week yet:  Party Hostess! honor of us all having one big virtual party together, I thought I'd share with you one of my all time FAVORITE mocktail recipes.  I love this drink to bits.  In fact, I often make it to celebrate just about anything, from a new pair of stilettos, to finding a parking space in front of my house!

So here it goes....

The Nojito
(get it?  instead of Mojito?  because there is NO alcohol! hahaha! I the only one laughing?)

6-8 Leaves of Fresh Mint per drink
Club Soda
Lime Juice
Simple Syrup

Gently smash most of the mint, being careful not to rip the leaves, and drop 5 or 6 leaves into the bottom of each glass.  Fill each glass with ice, then fill the glass 3/4 of the way with club soda, and add a splash of the lime juice (more if you prefer a more citrus-y drink).  Pour simple syrup into each glass until the glass is almost full, and garnish with the remaining mint leaves.  If you do not have simple syrup onhand, you can simply heat water to almost boiling, and add sugar.  (2 parts sugar to 1 part water)Allow to cool before using.

I love this drink because it's refreshing, tasty, and it looks so pretty with all those bright green mint leaves floating around!  You can always make your own version by adding different flavored syrups, and by garnishing with lime wedges, fresh strawberries or raspberries, or those cute little umbrellas!

Okay, now that we're all sipping away at our Nojitos, and the hors d'euvres have been passed around, it's time to reveal the last outfit of the week:  The Party Hostess!

I've chosen to put together an outfit that I would wear for an all girl's event, since I honestly wouldn't be hosting a party with men anyways.  Unfortunately in this picture this beautiful handkerchief style dress ends up looking like a wrinkly, shiny mess.  So you'll just have to take my word for it: with it's uneven hem, and vibrant, regal print this dress looks stunning when on.  I've chosen to top it with a flowing, shimmering gold cardigan by I.N.C. that is available at Macys.

    Because it's an all girl's event and I wouldn't be wearing hijab, I would definitely accessorize with these stunning, leaf chandelier earrings.

I would further accessorize my look with this amazing cocktail ring that I bought at a boutique in Florida, and (of course) my wedding ring.

And finally, (leaving the best part for last) I would complete my look with these amazing leopard print stilettos by Gianni Bini that I got at Dillards.  Aren't they Uh-mazing??  Seriously, I would wear these shoes with jeans and a tee shirt I love them so much.  hehe...but I digress.

So, there you have it.  My ensemble for the hottest hostess for a gorgeous girly gathering.

Insh'Allah you enjoyed my choices for Hijabi Fashion Week.  Hopefully I won't be running late for the next one in November (yeah right, I'm late to everything).

Ma'Salaama and Happy Hosting!

Fashionably Yours,
The (who wants another Nojito?) Mujahada in Prada 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

~Work Wear, Formal Wear, and Travel~

aSalaam uAlaikum My Stylish Sisters...

In my last post I expressed (more like whined) about the fact that I didn't know about Hijabi Fashion Week, so since that last post I looked into it and learned that all hope is not lost!  The Titanic is still afloat!  The fat lady didn't sing!!

In other's not too late!

Sooooo...since I didn't have time (nor had the knowledge) to be able to throw together outfits for all six days that have happened thus far, I chose my favorite three categories.  Here's what I was able to compile in the past few hours.  Insh'Allah you like them.

(P.S.  The lighting is horrible.  The backdrop is terrible.  The photography is less than professional.  In short...the pictures may stink, but the outfits are amazing.  And really...isn't that what counts?)

Work Wear
Crisp black menswear-inspired tuxedo shirt by I.N.C. available at Macy's.  White linen slacks by Ann Taylor.  Pinstripe white scarf by clue (sorry!)

Watch by Guess.  My own wedding ring and cocktail ring (both bought in Jordan by my in-laws) and a simple, pearl hijab pin.
My version of a briefcase, by House Of Derion (available at Macy's), along with some simple black pumps by Sheikh Shoes.

Formal Wear

This brilliant blue caftan with gold embroidery, and finished with beads and gemstone detailing around the neck and sleeves is from Soft Surroundings.

This necklace was a gift from my mother in law from Jordan.  The large cocktail ring is from, and the other ring is another of my wedding rings (also from Jordan).

Shoes by Gianni Bini, handbag is from Newport News catalogue.

With such an intricate caftan, and fancy accessories I would keep the scarf relatively simple.  Like this off white one with gold sequin curls.

And now I have caught up with today's look................................

Day 6-Travel
Psychedelic peacock sundress is by Emma & Michele, jersey military inspired jacket is by Glimmer (available at Macy's) and pale turquoise pashmina was given to me as a gift.

Gold gladiators by Sam Edelman (available at Nordstrom), and brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren.

Juicy Couture charm bracelet with salted pretzel charm, and royal purple hijab pin by Love Nyla (

So, there you have it.  I'm always late to everything, so it figures I was late posting for HFW too, but alhamdulillah I'm able to squeeze in the last couple of days.

Now it's back to the closet to figure out what I'll post for tomorrow's category.  Hmmmmm.......

Ma'Salaama and Wish Me Luck!

Fashionably Yours,
The (wow! this is more than I've posted in a long time!) Mujahada in Prada

~Hijabi Fashion Week~

aSalaam uAlaikum My Stylish Sisters!

Ok....I must admit I'm a little hurt.  Why didn't anyone tell me about Hijabi Fashion Week?  I feel like I'm a nice person to be around.  Maybe not exactly the life of the party, but pleasant enough...and I can make some KILLER mocktails and appetizers, so what's the deal?  Why didn't I receive an invite to the party??

I keep browsing all of these other amazing Muslimah's fashion blogs and see one after another showing off their to-die-for ensembles, and I get a little tinge of disappointment that I wasn't sent a Save the Date for the occasion!

Soooo....that being said, I've decided to do my own!  Only I'll call it The Mujahada in Prada's Fashion Week.  (what else?? LOL)  Now, the only issue is this:  I'm not sure how to do the pictures.  I don't feel comfortable posting pictures of myself for all the blogosphere to see.  Not that I'm so especially smashing that I feel like I'll cause pangs of jealousy or anything, I am just a bit camera shy, particularly because I just had a baby not so long ago.  Let's just say I won't be bikini-ready anytime soon.  (Not that I wear bikinis anyways, but you get the point)

So I was thinking I could do the snapshots one of two ways:  Collages using Polyvore or something of that nature   OR   wearing niqab like I did for the photo up at the top of my blog.  Hmmmm....the jury is still out on that one, but I will definitely keep you lovely ladies informed.

Alhamdulillah this past week has been great.  I am still constantly struggling with the fact that I can't keep my house nearly as neat and tidy with two kids, as I did with one kid.  I guess I never realized how many hours a day I put into scrubbing the kitchen or vaccuming the floor, until I was too busy with a baby to do it anymore.  Some days I'm fine with the mess, but other days it literally causes my head to spin when looking around at my living room.  Just something to keep in mind for those sisters who are thinking of having kids, and don't have the funds to hire help.

My handsome hubby surprised me with an absolutely gorgeous diamond ring I've been lusting over for a while now.  The only problem is, when it was delivered a couple of the diamonds don't look right, so now I have to take it into the local store and see if they will exchange it for me.  *sob* How totally disappointing after waiting for weeks for it to arrive.  Ah well, insh'Allah khair.

Anyways, enough random-ness for one post.  I didn't really have anything too earth-shattering to share with you this week, but I wanted to pop in quickly for a quick cuppa and let you know what's going on in my world.

Oh...and one more thing.  I have decided to make a serious attempt to start eating better.  I've been reading a lot about how important it is to get lots and lots of antioxidants in order to try to stave cancer and other scariness.  Also, I am tired of still wearing my maternity jeans and am totally anxious to squeeze into my Sevens again.  Alhamdulillah the hubby has decided to participate in Operation Eat Healthy, which will make it much easier to stick to, so insh'Allah this weekend we will make a major grocery mission and get started with the healthy living.

Anyways, insh'Allah you all enjoy your weekends.  Do keep in touch, sometimes I feel as though I'm talking to myself in here! I love to get your comments, whether positive, negative, neutral, un-related, random ranting, or incoherent rambling.  :)

Ma'Salaama and Happy Hijabi Fashion Week! (hey, better late than never, right?)

The (I'm always fashionably late to everything anyway) Mujahada in Prada

Monday, May 30, 2011

~Five Years Ago...~

aSalaam uAlaikum My Stylish Sisters...

Subhan'Allah how time flies!  It is hard for me to believe that it has been five years since I took my Shahada and became a follower of who submits to Allah swt alone...a Muslim.  Alhamdulillah.

It has also been five years since I married my best friend, the father of my children, the one who I have been through the best of times with, as well as the worst.

Some days it feels as though I've been Muslim my entire life.  It's hard for me to remember the "old" me...the one before the scarf, before my beautiful kids, before my handsome husband.  The one with fewer pounds, no wrinkles, and no bags under my eyes.  She may have been skinnier back then, and much less sleep-deprived, but she was also less patient, less understanding, and less kind.

It took me a while to decide how to celebrate this anniversary with my handsome hubby.  We are not normally in the habit of celebrating anniversaries, but I felt like five years was a pretty significant number and deserved being recognized.  After convincing him to let me do the planning this year (and telling him that the ten year anniversary was his responsibility) I decided that instead of going out to a fancy restaurant, where we might be disappointed by the food, frustrated by the service, or have a heart attack when we saw the bill, I would set a romantic, formal dinner at home.

I often cook for my husband (of course) so I wanted this dinner to be very special, and decided to do a full, four course meal.  I chose to serve appetizers of bruschetta with ceasar salad, followed by french onion soup.  The main course was an herb marinated french lamb rack, with portabella mushroom risotto.  To finish the meal I bought (yes, I cheated) a personal berry cheesecake for the hubster, and a caramel chocolate mousse for myself.

For the table I chose to do an off-white tablecloth, with a black tablerunner, and black cloth napkins.  I went online and learned how to fold the cloth napkins into "crowns", and completed the table dressings with nice wine glasses (minus the wine of course), and a white candle surrounded by red rose petals inside a vase for the centerpiece.  By bargain shopping all of these pieces ended up being a grand total of $26.00.  Here is the finished look (although my husband had already moved a couple of things around so it's not quite as perfect as it was initially).
I set the table on our balcony so we would be around all of our plants, and bought some little solar-powered lights at Target to add a romantic touch.  He was totally impressed with all of the effort I put into the table, and loved the delicious dinner.  Here's a look at what I cooked:

The lamb was a recipe I got from Bon Appetit magazine, and the risotto I found online on  I garnished the dinner with a few slices of marinated portabella mushrooms, and a sprig of rosemary.  I must say, it turned out to be very tasty alhamdulillah.

Of course I wanted to dress up to look my best for my hubster, and it's rare that I'm able to get dressed without worrying about what scarf to wear, or how to layer my look appropriately, to look beautiful for my hubby, yet suitably modest for others.  It was nice to be able to wear what I wanted without worrying about being covered, so I chose to wear a simple, flowing, turquoise dress I bought at Macy's a few weeks ago.  I paired it with sky high black stilettos, and this beautiful necklace from

When I received the necklace in the mail, I was a bit disapointed because the color of the necklace I received was much lighter than what was pictured.  If I had more time to exchange it I probably would have, but in the end I'm glad I didn't because the lighter color ended up matching my dress perfectly mash'Allah.  The necklace was such a great price, and it came with a matching pair of earrings- smaller versions of the feather that hang nicely from the ear.  This website has some truly beautiful accessories, as well as stylish hijab ranging from square hijab, to pashmina, to designer prints, at great prices.  I will definitely keep an eye on their site for future goodies.

Thanks to the lavish linens I found at unbelievably great prices, the delicious dinner I was able to cook on a tight budget, and the shimmering accessories I got to complete my outfit, the night was a total success.  The hubby was pleasantly surprised, and totally impressed by all the thought and planning I'd put into it.

It was a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary that is so important to me for so many reasons.  Alhamdulillah.  Here's to many more anniversaries ahead, insh'Allah.

Ma'Salaama and Happy Anniversaries!

Fashionably Yours,
The (Muslim Martha Stewart!) Mujahada in Prada

Sunday, May 15, 2011

~For The Hot Mama Muslimahs~

aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Evening My Stylish Sisters!

Sorry to have neglected posting lately, but with a two and a half year old, and a newborn, it's hard to find time to breathe!  It's crazy how things you normally take for granted (like having a nice, hot, relaxing shower...or having enough time to actually chew your food before swallowing it) are practically impossible when there's a new baby in the house.  I had never noticed how much time I used to spend cleaning up the house after my two year old, until now that I don't have the chance to do it anymore.  I still do my best to keep up, but I spend so much time nursing my hungry little monster, my in-depth cleaning spurts are few and far between.

And speaking of nursing....WHY is it absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to find suitable, stylish, nursing clothes?

I went shopping with my mom recently, and after at least two hours of shopping around in the maternity section of Macy's was able to bring home only four tops that were functional and marginally fashionable.

As you ladies know, I'm a big fan of maxi dresses for the summer.  They are modest, cool, and totally cute.  BUT I have found that they are usually not ideal for nursing.  *sigh*  Which leads to my hunt for some alternatives for my summer wardrobe. 

After a lot of searching, here are a few options I came up with....

Floral Fun
This super cute floral print dress is from  Being a hijabi, I would wear it over some skinny-ish jeans with a cute pair of ballet flats.  I'd sport a cute, summery jacket on top, like this one from

To add a punch of color I'd wear a bright scarf like this one from

  The nice thing about this dress is you simply lift up the smocked section of it to nurse! 

Bohemian Baby
I love the funky, bohemian print of this short dress from  I would wear a loose, drapey duster over top, like this one from

 I would probably pair it with some bell bottoms and super high wedge sandals or espadrilles, and top it off with a brighter, pale blue pashmina, like this one from

  Similar to the other dress, all you do is fold up the bosom section of the dress to nurse.

Pretty as a Peacock 

All of my searching has paid off.  I finally found the best of both worlds at a maxi dress that functions for nursing!  And, it goes without saying, it's absolutely gorgeous! I looove the mod peacock print of this dress and the colors are absolutely beautiful!  I would take this stunning dress on a trip back to the 80's by pairing it with a lightweight, faded sweatshirt over top of it like this one from (who else?)

some silver gladiator sandals (, and a bright peach scarf to add a punch of color!

So...after a lot of looking I was able to find a few pieces that are modest, fashionable, and baby friendly.  It is disappointing there aren't more choices out there, but hopefully sometime soon one of these maternity brands will catch on and start introducing some more stunning styles for super hot mama muslimahs!

Well, my amazing muslimahs, I'm off to get Big Sister to bed, and change Little Sister's diaper.  Ahhhh the life of a mother alhamdulillah!

Ma'Salaama and Happy Nursing!

Fashionably Yours,
The (it's great to be posting about fashion again!) Mujahada Mama in Prada