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Here is a very interesting site called Mashallah and they are covering ten cities bringing you Disoriented news! Sick of the “cultural propaganda, bribes, scape-goats, Lawrence of Arabia, CNN, ill-informed foreign correspondents, camels, Samuel Huntington, pollution, palm trees and flying carpets” ? Well this site would be for you! Bringing you hidden treasures and underground scenes, art, cultures and a whole lot more!
This is what they have to say about themselves:

We are: a journalists’, bloggers’ and graphic designers’ collective. Mashallah is our platform of disOriented news.

We were born: in 2010, at the end of a long and hot summer.

We are based: in Beirut, the funky and decadent capital of Lebanon.

We come from: all over the Mediterranean sea and beyond. We were born and bred OR chose to live in the region.

We aim at: spreading a new outlook on countries from Morocco to Iran, everywhere the word Mashallah is used, thanks to our team of Extremely Motivated Correspondents reporting from major cities in the region.

We are interested in: underground cultural scenes, social taboos, multilingualism, identity crises, organic wine, urban planning, body painting, humor, art and going beyond mental, cultural and national frontiers.

We are tired of: cultural propaganda, bribes, scape-goats, Lawrence of Arabia, CNN, ill-informed foreign correspondents, camels, Samuel Huntington, pollution, palm trees and flying carpets.

We believe in: describing cultural change, social issues and the unexpected, rather than repeating stereotypes and simpleminded images.

We are: a multilingual platform because we want to reach English, French and Arabic speaking audiences.

 

 

*image belongs to http://misstraknowitall.blogspot.com/

These t-shirts are uniquely designed to blend contemporary and islamic designs as a wearable form.  The islamic patterns and arabic sayings are a great way to express yourself as a muslim youth whether your’e living in the middle east or the west.  These t-shirts are great even as gifts to your western friends. A very unique product which will attract any t-shirt lover:)

I love the hoodie with the star!

Background:

The Islamic Design House strongly feels the need for the creation of an online store that houses a range of quality, innovative products that specifically cater for Muslims living in the west. We aim to achieve this by strongly collaborating with young creative individuals and companies to bring you the best. We are pleased to have begun this project by working with creative and innovative companies, who in their own right are leading their fields, such as Silk Route ClothingAerosol ArabicVisual DhikrSisters Magazine and Cute Culture but we strongly desire for this list to grow and we are currently in discussions with other companies.

*images belong to heeba.org

There’s a new campaign in DUBAI and if you haven’t heard of it already you will be seeing a lot of people wearing it soon.  I got the chance to interview Co-founder Mishaal Algergawi on the campaign and how it all began.

Here is the interview:

1. what is #iamhere?

#iamhere is a campaign driven design line.

2. How did you come up with the idea of a campaign?

Earlier in the year, I gave a presentation about Dubai that aimed to look at how it got where it did and where it could go from here. When writing the presentation, I felt I needed to contextualise myself to Dubai from metropolitan perspective and it came to me. I started the presentation with the statement I am here because I like dubai. It seemed perfect. Giorgio Ungania, best known for making TEDxDubai a reality, had helped build the presentation on prezi tweeted for the first time: #iamherebecauseilikedubai and it caught on; not too much, but enough to convince me and him that there was a lot of love for the Dubai.

A few weeks after the presentation, Bushra Badri, a graphic designer who I worked with often and on that presentation as well, told me that she was approached by a few friends who wanted her to print that statement on a bag and a t-shirt. She said to me: “why don’t you do it? As a business?” I was reluctant for a few weeks. After all, I’m a writer. I had no idea how to print t-shirts, let alone sell them. I wasn’t even sure I was interested in that. Frankly, it seemed like a headache. A few more conversations about the lack of content creation, local production and successful start up stories with Bushra got me on board. For that – and much more – I am eternally grateful to her. Once we got kicking, we realised very quickly that the Dubai project was just one campaign and that we had a few more ideas for different ones. We needed an umbrella for all of that. #iamhere made a lot of sense.

3. In western media there have been quite a bit of Dubai bashing going on. Was that a motivation to be proactive with #iamhere?

As a writer, I think the need to engage with what is referred to as Dubai Bashing is important however, I think more than anything, Bushra and I found in #iamhere the right opportunity to address the lack of local production and exploring the region’s rich visual culture. In other words, #iamhere is for the region and those who live in it.

4. What do you hope to gain with this campaign?

From a commercial point of view, I wanted people to buy the products because they are genuinely thought out and they were well designed and produced. From a cultural point of view, I wanted people to find a notion to rally around. #iamherebecauseilikedubai is a celebration of those who have stayed after the bust, who are here for more than just the money. The dust of the bust has settled and we are now collecting ourselves. We are now asking ourselves harder questions than we ever did before. We are now here because we like Dubai.

5. Where can we buy the #iamhere products other than online?

Considering we’re a start up we couldn’t afford to have any retail agreements without either significantly eroding our margins or increasing the retail price to our customers. However, we have been approached by various schools, universities, events organizers around town whom we hope to work with over the next few weeks.

6. Will you be hosting events under #iamhere to get the word out?

We’ll be participating in some events but no plans to host anything just yet.

7. As an Emirati what would your advice be to the young Emiratis about being proactive and standing up for what they believe in?

I think we need to assassinate the fear-of-failure culture in the UAE. If I hadn’t done #iamhere, then I’d know that every time I saw a t-shirt or a notebook with Dubai on it I would wonder what ours would’ve looked like.

8. Why did you choose to name it #iamherebecauselikedubai and not “love” ?

Considering that I wrote that statement almost spontaneously, I cannot claim that it was completely thought-out at the time but looking back I’m glad I did. You see in contemporary culture, the word love’s become desensitised. Everyone loves everything but when people say they like something it has much more resonance. Like seems – to me at least – a more rational emotion if you may. When translating it later to Arabic, at first for an article, I thought ‘eshq’ (to lose one’s heart for), an even more profound sentiment than Love, was appropriate because I didn’t want to cut corners with arabic population. With respect to Emiratis and Arabs who resided in Dubai and Arab culture being a conservative one by default needed a strong statement to evoke their feelings towards the city which they love without a doubt.

9. I understand its both Bushra Badri and yourself who are the founders?

Yes. We co-found it and co-own it.

Thanks Mishaal and good luck to the both of you! 🙂

Visit #iamhere to check out the products and start wearing them with pride 🙂

*images belong to #iamhere

Zac Posen/ Kristen Stewart

There has been much speculation over which designer will be the one to design Bella Swan’s wedding dress!!

Any twi-hard fan will tell you how important it is that whoever designs the dress, designs it as true to the book as can be! Now with everyone having their own vision of what the perfect  wedding gown should like at the end of the day Stephanie Meyer will have her stamp of approval on it and hopefully meet everyone’s expectations.

So who is the designer rumored to design “THE ” dress? Fashion designer Zac Posen  is known for his old school glamour designs and has a lot of pressure for the twi-fans to design the dress which is described as Victorian and something out of Jane Austen.  Let’s hope Zac can work his magic and make all twilighters out there swooooon  🙂

Here are some of Zac Posen’s designs. I just LOVE Christina Hendrick’s dress that she wore at the Golden Globes.

Nicole Ritchie

Kim Kardashian

Christina Hendricks at the Golden Globes

Portia Di Rossi’s Wedding Dress and Ellen DeGeneres’ Tuxedo

Coco Rocha’s Wedding Dress

*images belong to styleite

PUMA approached Ali F. Mostafa, director of CITY OF LIFE, and several other influential people in the creative world to design a sneaker for their brand.

Here are the images of Ali at the Creative Factory Atelier sessions a few weeks ago designing an “AFM” PUMA sneaker.

We all love a bargain! Singer turned fashion designer Pearl Lowe has designed a collection specifically a dress that is making celebs drool! The price tag makes us drool as well …. ₤35!!!

According to the Daily Mail “Pop star Courtney Love was so desperate to have the 1950s-inspired dress she sent a message to Miss Lowe, via Twitter, asking for one to be couriered to her suite at the Mercer Hotel, New York.”
Inspired by holloywood glamour and the 50’s her designs are targeted for the “real” woman with curves who loves fashion on a bud

I don’t know what shocks me more… the price of the dress or that Peacock has been round for 126 years??? Love the dress though and the vintage inspired theme!

Singer turned designer Pearl Lowe with her model daughter Daisy Lowe

 

*images belong to the daily mail

Looking for something a little different then your regular fall/winter coat?

I am always on the look out for clothes that are stylish, HOT, chic, trendy but most importantly give me the coverage I need as a fashion conscious mutahajiba.

Capes are hitting it BIG this season with all the celebs wearing them. Assuming you will be travelling this Eid to somewhere cold make sure you add this functional versatile peice to your wardrobe! I have a gorgeous tweed vintage Burberry cape that I adore! (can you spot me?:) )

Capes & Ponchos can be a bit tricky. If you are tall you shouldn’t have a problem withthe length of the cape you could opt for a short one or a long one. For the petite belles out there always opt for a shorter fitted one otherwise it may look like you are drowning in your cape.

You can wear your capes with skinny jeans and uggs or a tailored trouser and killer boots.

 

xoxo


 


Here I am featured in one of my favorite blogs earlier this year! I’m constantly making things and coming up with ideas.. Here is one of them and I hope you like it!  For more info on the hairbands just drop me a line 🙂 would love feedback!
available in Dubai and Bahrain

xoxo

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