Hana Sadiq's PFH Line

This month America got a taste of renowned Iraqi designer Hana Sadiq, as she debuted her Fall 2011 line in Washington DC’s Lincoln Theater at the ADC sponsored event, “Turaath: A Celebration of Arab Culture.” Her line offers traditional styled dresses tailored for modern Arab woman that embodies elegance, modesty, and uniquely incorporates embroidery and calligraphy drawn from Arab culture. I loved Hana’s line for its elaborate designs, fabulous colors, and most of all it’s ever so PFH-ness! Most of her designs had long, full sleeves, and sweeping skirts – check them out:

Festive Fall Fun

Fall is of my all time fancies because it's such a festive time! I know most of us never want the summer to come to an end until the beautiful fall foliage appears in colors like orange, yellow, brown, green, and amber making the transition so aesthetically pleasurable for the eyes and mood as well. As we transit into this season we not only get to enjoy fall fashions but lavish in the precious festivities like pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, craft fares, and fall festivals!

This reminds me of all the times my family and I went to the local pumpkin patches when I was a kid where we would sip warm apple cider while playing checkers with mini pumpkins and creatively carve pumpkins! 

We revisited that tradition this year and decorated our yard with festive fall fun - take a look: 

Pumpkin carving courtesy of my Mom, Dr.Jane El-Yacoubi :-)

"Modest is Hottest"

Emma Watson said it best:

"Modest is Hottest, Ladies. "I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs people desperately want to change me - dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder." - Emma Watson

PFH Couture!

Absolutely stunning gowns, dresses, and ensembles that modestly fit the PFH classy look!

Gown By Alessandra Rich 

Gown By Alessandra Rich
Gown By Alessandra Rich 

Natalie Massenet in Alessandra Rich 

Florence Welch in Valentino 

SJP in GORGEOUS Oscar de la Renta gown

SJP in Oscar de la Renta 

Maggie The Great wearing Pierre Balmain Haute Couture by Oscar de la Renta 

Olivia Wilde in vintage Oscar de la Renta gown 

Eva Mendes in red Gucci dress

Marc Jacobs wildfire and paisley print silk dress

Miranda Kerr in Balenciaga 

PFH Vintage: 1976 - Chanel Haute Couture Beaded Cardigan and Skirt

Rachel Bilson in PFH maxi skirt and mini jacket 

Amanda Seyfried in PFH oversized sweater that covers the bum with skinny jeans  and scarf around the neck for a rough accent 

Alexander McQueen's Exhibit in NYC

A couple of weeks ago my sister Hussna and I went to go visit my Aunt and Uncle in Darien, Connecticut. They surprised us with four tickets to Alexander McQueen's exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and boooy were we in for a treat! The exhibit was only being shown for a certain amount of time so you can imagine the lines for it started at the Met and ended at Central Park - no joke! The exhibit celebrated the late Alexander McQueen's magnificent contributions to fashion, and featured about 100 ensembles from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London. Themes of romantic primitivism, traditionalism, and exoticism were evident throughout the exhibit, but what intrigued me most was the theme of romantic naturalism that imbued many of his pieces. Nature was the greatest influence for McQueen and was the central theme of Romanticism. Hence, nature was a locus for ideas and concepts that McQueen drew upon. My favorite ensembles were the ones overlaid with pheasant feathers and red and black died ostrich feathers. McQueen artfully transposed the beauty of birds to a woman. 

Many of the ensembles were PFH or could be easily altered for PFH preferences. The PFH pieces ranged from long sleeve dresses to intricately embellished skirts to pant suits. I especially loved the ruffled long sleeve dress I posted below. I was so inspired by the designs, colors, unique styles, and fabrics! You weren't allowed to take pictures inside the exhibit but I managed to sneak a few from the book that was made about the exhibit, check out!

Meejana Dabkeh Troupe

One of my ultimate favorite fancies is DABKEH! It's the most popular folk dance in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq; but the interminable love and appreciation for Dabkeh has managed to transcend all borders and boundaries by finding its way to our hearts and homes here in America. So much so that it has become a staple at most occasions. It's never a complete event until my friends and I break out into some spontaneous line Dabkeh as we all secretly compete for the title of the best dancer. The  thrill attached to this dance is almost inextricable as Dabkeh denotes joy and delight with its every move. 

We used to perform together with the Arab Student Association at George Mason University before we graduated. Then we realized we wanted to continue the great tradition of Dabkeh so we started the Meejana Dabkeh Troupe. We've performed at various universities such as George Mason University, George Washington, University of Virginia, Georgetown, University of Maryland, and Mary Washington. We have appeared at many cultural events in the community including out of state Arab American heritage festival in Maryland, Arab American Community Center Festival in Orlando, the World Bank, local fundraisers, weddings, and were aired on the Arabic television station MBC for a short news clip of Arabs in America. Email us at Meejana.dabkeh@gmail.com if you'd like Meejana to spice up your event! 

Meejana Performers include:

Meejana at a Palestinian Fundraiser 

Meejana at George Mason University

Check out pictures from our performances!

15-Year-Old Muslim Girl to Attend Harvard

So proud of Saheela Ibraheem, a 15 year-old senior at Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, has been admitted to 13 colleges and chose to attend Harvard this fall!


"School officials were impressed Saheela, one of their top students, didn’t spend all her time studying.She’s learned and she’s very smart. But she keeps pushing herself," said William Jenkins, the Wardlaw-Hartridge School’s director of development. Saheela also excels outside the classroom. She is a three-sport athlete, playing outfield for the school’s softball team, defender on the soccer team, and swimming relays and 50-meter races for the swim team. She also sings alto in the school choir, plays trombone in the school band and serves as president of the school’s investment club, which teaches students about the stock market by investing in virtual stocks.
Saheela began applying to colleges last fall. Her applications included her grade point average (between a 96 and 97 on a 100-point scale) and her 2,340 SAT score (a perfect 800 on the math section, a 790 in writing and a 750 in reading)."