Beauty and the Muse

Archive for July 2014

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(Above: My mentor and friend, Author, Taylor Polites)

I made it you guys! I officially have a graduate degree in creative writing. I never thought in a million years that this would happen. But, with the guidance of my mentor and support of my loving cohort, I did it.

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(Left to right: Deb, Me, Elisabeth, Nicky, and Nina)

So basically, I will be posting a ton of pictures of my cohort, Wilkes Alum, staff, and professors. So Enjoy.

W15Nicky is wearing a ‘Cat-Lady Chic’ ensemble.

W16Talented screenwriter, Kelly and I.

W13Chris, Danielle, Sara, and Diva Nina.

W12Rocked out with Raegan.

W11Metal.

W10We always seem to match.

W9What is Rachel looking at?

W8Joe, Rachel, and John.

W7Austin, Margaret, Elisabeth, and Kelly.

W6A fine young man, Casey and Rachel.

W4Hey look! There’s Nathan! The best at like, gosh, everything in life.

W3Michael gave me the best graduation present. So sweet 🙂

W2Joanne, Molly, Ken, and Tiff Tiff.

W1Me and Dawn. She knows everything about anything…

I just want to say that I love my cohorts, wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. We did it, and now we are at the next step. See you guys in January!

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Gosh. I just love when Madinah does my make-up. She wanted to try a soft face with a blue lip.

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She also wrapped my turban for me. I love the new style.

#Turbinista

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I wish my skin looked this smooth everyday. The struggle.

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Yes, it’s a photo shoot. All black everything ‘curvy style’ with polka dot leggings underneath a sheer maxi dress from

Forever 21.

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I (heart) my MUA!


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Went to Jummah (Friday prayer for Muslims) today and got a chance to meditate and pray, if only for a few minutes, I took the time out. I’ve been missing Friday prayer lately because I’m too busy doing everything else. Worried about everything else. A journalist and crew came to my apartment yesterday and interviewed me about modest fashion about my relationship with hijab. I told them straight up, I don’t have to dress modestly. I can go buy a pair of short-shorts, show my whole ass. Cuz it’s there *tongue pop* I can throw on my polka dot two-piece bikini and pop it on the gram and get three, four times more likes cuz that’s what folks wanna see all the time now. Like it or not, I could do that and still be Muslim. But my modesty, my head covering (hijab)is something that I choose to do, when it wasn’t a choice a long time ago. It was something forced upon me. That I had to do or else I didn’t love God enough as the next covered gal. It’s something that I do because it connects me spiritually and I’ve reclaimed my choice to dress the way I want. Despite other folk’s opinions on the matter. So, when you see me wrapping my crown, my hijab don’t go “dang, she must be forced to wear that” or “she must be married”. My crown, my hijab isn’t a symbol of oppression. It’s just the opposite. It’s my power that I’ve reclaimed as an individual to express myself how I see fit. So, here’s the video I promised a lot of y’all who’ve been asking for me to show you how to wrap your crown—Muslim or not. Rock what inspires you. Head over to YouTube to watch the step by step process 💁🏽‍♀️ Do you practice modesty in your dress? How do you stay modest in the summer heat? What’s some of the stereotypes you’ve heard or thought about the hijab? All bodies can chime in. Let’s chat. #newyorkblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #wamfam #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #modestfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #bodyconfidence #plusmodel #feminist #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #selflove #goldenconfidence #hijabfashion #beautyblogger #instavideo #musically

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