The Turquoise Scarf Weekend Diary

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

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Welcome to the Weekend Diary

Keeping you updated with events taking place around Johannesburg so you’ll always have something to look forward to doing with friends & family.

31 January 2015
Country Fair
Smuts Museum, Irene

31 January 2015 – 01 February 2015
Baby Bargains Market sale
Kempton Park

3rd – 8th February 2015
Catch the Flufftail Festival at the Sandton City Checkers Court. It’s hosted by Birdlife SA. Take this chance to find out more about our feathery friends and the Wetlands they live in. Let’s bring awareness around wetland conservation.

Present – 1 March 2015
Tutankhamen His Tomb and His Treasure
This is an exhibit which is still on display at the Silverstar Casino.

Every Sunday
Lipizzaners
Watch these beautiful stallions do amazing things. Beauty & grace.

Gold Reef City Theme Park
Fun as always.

Being A Muslimah & Shopping For A Wedding Outfit

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

It’s summer here in South Africa.. Not sure if I’ve mentioned that recently, but now you know lol.

And with the season and holidays, comes weddings, engagements and many other social functions.

Trying to get an outfit that is both cool yet covers what needs to be covered for a Muslimah does at times prove to be a HUGE challenge.

For the first wedding I got inspired by an outfit I saw online.
Thank Allah, we have dressmakers that can make anything we want, and so it was my good fortune to get the outfit made.
Dresses are ideal, especially because of the heat.
The first dress was made of satin which was good because the area we went to for the wedding, turned out to be FREEZING cold.

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Doesn’t look cold out there, does it?
Believe me.. It was!

On to wedding number 2.

Here’s the thing with family weddings..
You can never wear the same dress twice to a wedding.. Unless you’re a brilliant fashionista that’s talented in re-styling a dress.. Rather get another one to be on the safe side.

So there’s me… Shopping for a dress inbetween running errands and studying and working and a million other things…

And the easiest thing is.. Walk into a retail store.
Foschini is a store I don’t really shop at much, but I couldn’t have been happier when I found this unique colored dress purely by luck.
I was even more happy when I realized that with the amazing weight loss I’ve had recently, it fitted and looked pretty great on.

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It was quite rather open and I thought I’d have to go material hunting in order to match up the color to add sleeves and to add more cover to the bust and back.

I didn’t quite get that far and so paired it up with the black open abaya from the above outfit.
Adding a few accessories and my black hijab and I was set, Alhamdulillah.

On to wedding number 3…

This one was a bit of a challenge..
I wasn’t actually expecting to attend it, but in the end I was able to go and ….well… I didn’t actually have another dress ready.

So I went looking into my wardrobe and came across a dress that I hadn’t worn simply because it was rather fancy with a small train etc.

Remember how I mentioned that I’d lost weight…? Well… Just so happens that the dress ended up being too big for me and so it looked baggy.
But all was not lost… This was the part where I’m about 1400km from home and busy stitching a dress at 2am down the sides so it fits better.

Not to mention adding a few extra embellishments to it once done so it didn’t look weird.

I guess we women can get highly creative when the necessity arises.

But here’s the thing that I’ve discovered: Simple elegance always works!

At the moment we’re on to weddings 4 & 5.

I am dress shopping today & hoping to find some beautiful dresses.

So far my go to stores have been:

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And my fabulous dressmaker.

I’d love to hear which are your go to stores when it comes to prepping for weddings & other events.

I’m off to go get a much needed iced coffee, so I’ll end of here.

Have a fabulous time ahead.

وعليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته

WHD Submissions 2 , 3, 4 & 5

السلم عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

This is entrant number 2

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This is what sister Farida says:

Assalamu Alaikum

I’m with my granny Hawa Juma Chali who is 91 in this photo. Ever since I can
remember granny has been wearing hijab. Granny has been an inspiration to
all of us
I would like to thank my family ” The Juma Chali Familia” and friends for
entering the competition and for supporting this event
It was a challenge for some of us and simply an experience to remember for
others.

I feel hijab will always be a challenge to anyone at first , I get excited
whenever I meet another sister in hijab in the East Rand my thoughts
Are always at least I’m, not alone the challenge is to try different styles
that suits you . Once you comfortable there’s no turning back
So “Give it a try and you will see why”

Kind Regards
Farida Laurie- Ploker

Entrant 3

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Nasima Davis, yellow is her favourite colour.
Nasima is never shy to express herself , this was simply a pleasure for her

Entrants 4

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Twins Murida and Munira, beautiful!

Entrant 5

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Sayda Juma

My aunt Sayda couldn’t stop smiling
She wears hijab occasionally and special occasions. She prefers the Arab
wrap as she calls it
For her to wear hijab on a Saturday was completely different experience
I was surprised that she asked us to take this with her phone, Well done,
shukran for WHD support.

All photos were submitted by Farida.
Please vote for your favorite and she will win a prize.

All votes to be in by Wednesday , 05/02/2014, at midday!

Don’t forget, submissions have been extended!