Poetry: I remember You

I am miles away, away from sense,
I am a falling bridge a collapsing fence,
My muscles feel tense,
Especially when I remember you,
But still commit the sins I threw,
You are watching me and I knew,
My precious acts are few,
Nothing much than its due,
Whenever I remember you,
I weep the nearer I drew,
Fear gropes my heart-pump and chew,
Without a helper I still call upon whom I knew,
My Lord forgive the sins I blew,
One last glimmer of hope grew,
I remember you,
And tears rush down a little queue.

O’ God replenish my heart,
It feels like art,
This night I stand tall,
And for You I do this all,
I don’t know where my fate befall,
Forgive me,
This my only plea,
Before I am summoned at the cemetery,
The grave, my home to be

By Hafiz Heronet

Egyptian Gypsy Look!

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This month Salaam style explores the Egyptian gypsy through the fashionable art of a coined scarf and dark statement lipstick that makes the look colder then ever.

we love how this heritage look of a gypsy can be evolved into a fashion statement through the creating layering the hijab followed by a long length mango maxi dress with finely detailed print which adds towards the edginess of a fashionable gypsy aesthetic.

 

 

Review: It must be lust! Louis Vuitton Bag Collection 2014

Still lusting over French fashion designer Louis Vuitton’s bag collection for 2014? Don’t we feel the same. the stunning collection is a key to any women’s heart it features all forms of textured leathers, trendy shapes and sizes, bolder
colours and most of all the L.V. stamp that finishes the statement accessory.

Yes L.V. is a weakness that’s why at Salaam Style HQ, we put together all of our favourite bags from the collection (it’s probably all of the collection). which one  is on your wish list?

 

 

Behind Iraqi Art

To dedicate one’s life to art is a struggle even in the most stable society. There are inherent barriers that weed out those who aren’t serious. Those who remain are truly passionate and dedicated to an artistic and creative life. But, in times of upheaval, extreme chaos and war, even the most dedicated artist can be stifled by the immediate concerns of his or her life. Those who continue to produce despite the horror that surrounds them can truly be called an Artist

Unfortunately, artists are the first group to be abandoned in times of trouble. Art is seen as a luxury when starvation, misery and murder are the norm. A fundamental tenet is that art and artists are not a luxury, but are in fact the foundation of society. Art is essential to the survival of culture. It is the very medium of culture. If culture is the foundation of society, then how important the artist?

The role of artists becomes even more critical during times of social upheaval. Unfortunately, support for the arts disappears in these periods, and artists are marginalized. Iraqi Art strives to move the artist from the margins to the centre, to shine a light into the shadows, to give voice to those who have been muted.

Poetry: Lessons from a Donkey

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One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.

Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL : Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up. Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

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Afifah: home to cheap and chic hijabs!

Searching for reasonably priced hijab’s can be a nightmare nowadays? At Salaam Style HQ, I came across Afifah a family run business with a retail store in Luton that has been running successfully for almost two years.

Their aim is to provide customers with modest and stylish clothing, hijabs and fashion accessories for everyday wear and special occasions.

They specialise in exclusive handmade hijabs and offer garments with unique designs without compromising on Islamic values. They aim to accommodate to the Muslim clothing trends of the west.

Sales Associate, Noreen Mohamed,  said “At Afifah we focus on selling good quality products at affordable prices”

I chose a few of their fabulous hijabs that can revamp any look through the range of textures and colours they explore. Which one is your favourite? The scarfs pictured above can be accessed through http://www.afifah-hijabs.co.uk/index.asp.

Aaara’s 5 party girl kaftans!

As the party/ wedding season is rapidly approaching why not invest in the ultimate diamond encrusted middle eastern inspired kaftan’s by the fabulous vibrant designer Aaara.

Aaara balances a variety of colours around fabulous draped, pleated designs that create a beautiful middle eastern princess like look. These kaftan’s are great to wear just partner them up with a clutch and heels and there you have it a fabulously trendy Arabian night look.

 

Aab’s top 5 hijabs transformed into high street looks!

Aab the fashionable online website that caters for a hijabi’s every need has the perfect simplistically chic scarf’s this season where you would be sure to stand out. At Salaam Style HQ we chose five of the best scarfs that we have teamed up with on trend high street looks. Creating a fierce fashion fusion full of bright colours and strong textures giving you an ultimate Spring/ Summer feeling.

We have taken into account Aab‘s concept that is based on easy pieces, where a handful of interchangeable items work together to create an entire wardrobe that goes from day to evening, weekday to weekend, season to season so are you ready to mix up the fusion of Aab and high street must haves to create the ultimate fashionista look?

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10 fiercely fab orange lipsticks

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This spring/ summer there is one colour that needs attention orange. No not the citrus fruit, where talking about this season’s hottest shade scarlet orange pouts that was featured in Mary Katrantzou, Antonio Berardi and House of Holland SS14 runway shows.

The colour screams scandalous attention as minimal is more why not let strip your eye shadow and let the colour cause a stir?

How to wear the fearlessly fab look:

1. If you want to wear bold colour but don’t feel brave enough to wear it full powered, dab the lipstick on to your fingers and apply with your fingertips. Apply evenly and all over for a bold, yet understated look.

2. For a glossier look, apply a little Lip Conditioner over the top or underneath whilst applying the lipstick to give a sheer shiny look.

3. If you want to wear it full powered, apply the lipstick with a brush, it will stay on longer and look smoother.

10 of the best!