Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hijab Is Oppression/My Modesty Journey

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Chronicles of a Muslima/ College students view on hijab and modest women

Love Your Self Girl

Being a Self-Assured Teenage Girl

An article from teengrowth.com

Adolescence can be a challenging time for young women. Your reactions to the physical and emotional changes occurring during puberty often depend on how you feel about yourself. If you have a strong self-esteem, you’re less likely to engage in socially unacceptable behaviors. While everyone makes mistakes, if you’re self-confident you will learn from those mistakes and adapt your behavior, rather than repeating the same mistake again.

Despite an emphasis on equality, boys and girls in modern culture still tend to handle self-esteem issues differently. When teenage boys in our society are faced with a period of low self esteem, they continue on with most of their normal activities: they still take that hard math class, try out for the football team and interact socially with their female counterparts. Young women, on the other hand, react differently when faced with this challenge. They often become indifferent, withdrawn, quiet and depressed.

Several large studies have shown girls aged 8 and 9 are confident, assertive and feel good about themselves. This is probably due to the more mature social interactions and skills that females have developed up to this time, especially when compared to their male contemporaries. Surprisingly, these same girls can emerge at the end of adolescence with a poor self-image, a narrowed view of their future, and less confidence about themselves and their abilities.

What controls the development of a healthy self-esteem in teen girls? According to one study, physical appearance was the most important factor. If they are not attractive (by someone else's standards), many girls feel worthless and helpless. Popular culture floods young girls with images of the ideal female figure, personality, and social skills – all of which are mostly inappropriate and unobtainable. The result is not surprising...in order to maintain this ideal of perfection, girls become obsessed with their physical appearance. The extreme reaction in some unfortunate girls is a dependence on diet pills and the development of eating disorders. Young women see movie stars or situation comedy characters as models on which to shape their social interactions. Unfortunately, the behaviors of these "role models" are often biased toward the disrespectful and promiscuous.

Another factor that can lower some teenage girls’ self esteem is the loss of community. We used to live in towns where everyone knew each other. Now 72 percent of Americans don't even know their neighbors. Other changes in our society, such as divorce, drugs, and alcohol, seem to have negatively affected teen girls even more than boys.

It is therefore easy to understand why many teenage girls are more concerned about impressing or pleasing others rather than themselves. If you’re a female and feel like you’re lacking self-esteem, here are a few suggestions:

Talk frequently with an adult you trust. Know that it’s OK to share your feelings, concerns or fears. Talking about things is one of the best ways to explore feelings.

Participate in sports. The physical activity and team support is as helpful for girls as it is for boys.

Volunteer your time for organizations you feel strongly about: for example, a local hospital, a local animal shelter, youth groups, charitable causes, etc.

Try your best to succeed, but don’t get down if you meet challenges along the way. It really is true that we learn more from our failures than our successes, so try to look at everything as a learning opportunity.

Interact with adults (parents, relatives, teachers) and feel confident about it – share in the conversations and maintain eye contact. Adults can often appreciate your strengths even more than your peers can.

Get a part-time job (if you’re old enough, it doesn’t interfere with your school activities and your parents approve). It can be a great way to add to your skills and sense of worth.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Shade Clothing Liquidation Sale

All though it is a bittersweet thing to see one of the best modest clothing websites say goodbye (for a period of time), I have to let you all know about this wonderful shopportunity. Shade Clothing will be selling items up to 75% off, due to liquidation. You definetly want to go to their website and stock up on staple items.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

For The Love of Vintage by Hannah Kingsley

For the love of vintage..

~ by Hannah Kingsley

"Vintage" is such a fun word. It makes me think of old clocks, dusty books, lace-up boots, fun patterns and big hats. It's a timeless word, because as more and more fashions get left by the wayside, we pick up a few we've left behind and call it "vintage".

Vintage fashion means something from the past has become new again: re-invented. Maybe not in the same way it was originally intended, but wearable nonetheless. Many people have a vintage muse, such as Audrey Hepburn, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, or someone else who had her fashion hey-day. Lately the styles of these fabulous ladies have become new again- "vintage", and we find influences from former fashions at stores such as modcloth.com.

The great thing about vintage fashion is it can be modest. That doesn't mean that vintage fashion always takes a modest turn, but we can certainly make it that way! Plus, modesty isn't frowned upon with vintage fashion. That's part of its whimsical charm. There have been plenty of times in history when it was normal for ladies to dress as ladies, and modesty was taken for granted as something that was to be expected. That's not so much the case today, but that doesn't mean that lady-like fashion can't make a comeback in all its vintage glory!

During the fall, dressing vintage becomes even easier, because cooler weather demands warmer clothing and greater coverage. No longer is the complaint that it is too hot to wear decent clothing, but that we need clothing that covers more and does a good job of it! As we waltz into autumnal weather, you might want to look for vintage inspiration for your wardrobe. Every now and then, a celebrity manages to be photographed wearing an outfit that manages to look feminine without sacrificing femininity, such as in the fall-themed photo featured. Outfits can be cute, fun and "new again" while holding to lady morals.. what better reason to love vintage?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

End of Summer

The weather is cooling down some, thank God....here are some fashions that should get you through till fall.

Orchid Scarf
$49 - calypso-celle.com
More Calypso scarves »





Long denim skirt with ruffles
550 GBP - brownsfashion.com
More skirts »








178 GBP - mytheresa.com
More tunics »

Armani Beauty Maestro Mono Eye Shadow
$29 - neimanmarcus.com

A glass of lemonade

Hijab Style: famous faces







876 GBP - mytheresa.com
More Temperley dresses »

Jade Skirted Mac
60 GBP - missselfridge.com
More Miss Selfridge coats »

Floral Scarf
$149 - calypso-celle.com
More Epice S.A.R.L. scarves »







Multi Pack Glitter bangles
8 GBP - missselfridge.com

Art From Code


tube planete - Page 5


tube romantique - Page 18


$40 - aldoshoes.com
More flats »

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