Hi all,

Sorry I've been a little MIA over the last week. I suffered a major blow and ended up in hospital for a bit then didn't get a chance to visit the blog. In any case, tomorrow is the start of holidays for me so I am off for about 2 weeks but insha allah hopefully I'll be back with some more designs and ideas and perhaps I'll even have my sewing table set up! About time too!

So to all my followers, Happy Holidays - take it easy and have a fantastic time!!

Peace,
Alysha


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Over the last couple of days I've had an idea brewing in my head. I have a few friends who are pregnant and I've come to realise how difficult it is to buy clothes that last all the way through the pregnancy.

So I've come up with an idea. It kind of reminds me of a victorian era dress/skirt except the top is sort of corseted so that it can be expanded as the belly grows. Here is a front view of it...




This is a back view. You can see how it slants downwards. I thought I'd leave the ribbons long but they can always be tied up if you don't like it like that.



This is a side view of the corset-like split. It has a panel beneath it that folds to the side when made smaller but allows for expantion when/if needed. Therefore this kind of skirt can be worn during pregnancy or any other time. They're not just for those with the baby in the belly!
There is one of these on each hip so that it can be let out equally.


I think I'm liking this one more than that other dress so insha allah I'm hoping to start this one instead! What do you think? Which colours do you think I should try with this one?
I was lead to the most awesome website today - it's called Operation Beautiful. It is a site on a mission to end Fat Talk: that talk that leaves us feeling hurt emotionally, physically and spiritually. We need to end Fat Talk now! The way this site proposes on doing this is by leaving anonymous messages in public restrooms telling the next reader that they're beautiful or fantastic the way they are. I'm going to do it 'cos I am sick to death already of hearing young girls and even older women carry on about how their bodies suck and how they think they're fat when really they should be seeing the beauty in themselves!

Go to the Operation Beautiful page and check it out. I think this is one small idea that can have great effects! I'm starting right now!



I thought, since so many people I know are getting married at the moment, I would do up a wedding post. I think I may have done something similar before, but obviously that was too long ago!

So here are my ideas for a wedding, including the bridesmaids if you're having any. Or maybe you want to wear red on your wedding day! I'm choosing items that can easily be hijaabified from the vintage section of Etsy so enjoy!


This gorgeous Mexican Wedding Dress is delicate and so easily hijaabified!


Go a little Boho with this 60s/70s wedding get-up


I have a love affair with vintage gloves. These short, beaded white gloves are perfect for any wedding.


Dress a little Victorian with these beautiful lace-ups.


This 1920's veil is so hijaab-like, I couldn't go past it.


Bridesmaid or something a little different? Just chuck a cute little bolero on with these two beauties from the 50s.



If you like any of these, I have them saved in my Etsy favourites to the right. Some are quite reasonably priced (especially for vintage!) - the Mexican wedding dress is only 45USD!

What would you wear for your wedding? Or rather, if you're already hitched, what did you wear?
I did a quick little post about my friend Laura who has just graduated from CIT in Canberra here (with top marks, mind you!). The class had their graduating fashion show Raw Edge the other night and I thought I would chuck up some pics of Laura's collection.

Laura's collection is called Laura C and she takes a lot of inspiration from her dance background (she's also an awesome dance teacher) and she mixes it together with her love of black and grunge. What results is an awesome mix of two opposites that really set her apart from the other collections.














 Laura is the one coming down the middle (the one smiling!)


Early next year Laura will be joining a showcase in Sydney called Debut which is super exciting for her. To check out that website, click here. We want to wish Laura the best of luck and we can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Eep! I am such the most slack person in the world at the moment. I started cutting out material the other night but, alas, I feel that will be my only progress this week as I have a farewell cake to bake (I'm thinking 3 tier, so it won't be easy!), about 100 photographs to edit for the dance concert the other week and some desperate cleaning of my house to be done. Given the fact that I also work during the day (boo!) I think my dress will be delayed just a little. However, this one, once finished, is going straight up on my Etsy site so keep an eye out - I may just have a creative fit one night and get it all done!

Hope you all have a fantabulous week insha allah! Now to that cake...


Some of you may know (and some of you won't) that I am starting up a small photography venture here in Canberra. I have just started up a site to showcase my work and to advertise so go over and check it out! My website is listed to the right of this posting or you can just click here for my site and here for my flickr portfolio. Leave comments - I love feedback!


My friend Laura from dancing is currently finishing her fashion design degree, of which I am slightly jealous. Her designs are very ballet-esque but as you can see, she likes to add a touch of grunge to some of her outfits. These are just some of her fantastic designs.



Personally I love the one shoulder gold piece. Pretty!




This one is so cool. I love the tulle and the big overlapping frills.

As part of the graduating class for 2009, OutInCanberra.com.au are holding a competition for people to vote on their favs. If Laura wins, she'll get some beyond awesome advertising for her label and I'm betting she's going to be freakin' huge!

So please help her out! Got to OutInCanberra and vote for Laura McCormack - she's the next big thing!

Hi lovelies! I'm going to be in Brisbane for the next couple of days so until next week, take care and Eid Mubarak! Hope you and you're families have a wonderful and blessed Eid insha allah!


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Ok, so I am starting a new project - finally! Insha allah I'll start a bit tonight though, because I'm going to Brisbane on Wednesday for a couple of days, I probably I won't get much done this week! I am thinking all pink (cos I love pink and I have an absolute ton of pink material to plunder) and I am thinking of making this one a 2-in-1 - abaaya/caftan-like outfit but then the sleeves can gather at the bottom and a belt put around under the bust to create a cute empire-waisted dress.



So there it is. The next project. This will be going straight on to my etsy shop site insha allah so keep an eye out!
Hi everyone! Since I have been stuck at a computer with limited creative ability other than to be able to surf the net all week, I have been unable to post any new ideas as such. This weekend insha allah I am hoping to get out my material and start on something but until then, I have decided to post something a little different.

November is Movember peoples! For anyone who doesn't know what that is, it's when guys grow a mustache (mo) or girls support a mo-guy and raise money for charitable foundations such as Beyond Blue and Prostate Cancer Research Centre (this is in Australia - other countries may support different men's health charities). This weekend we are having a curry night where my hubby will whip out his curry spices and fill the house with Indian curry smells. If you are in Canberra, please feel free to come along! My facebook page is Alysha Khokhar and I have details of the event there.

However, if you're not in the general vicinty, as I may suspect most of you are, but would like to make a donation and sponsor my hubby's quest to grow a mighty mo, here is his donation site. You can also check out his mo-gress (hehe)!

Have a great weekend and I'll post some new stuff next week!




ugg boots

Want to win some Ugg Boots? Click here to enter and you might just get some! I've always wanted some!!
Hi lovelies! I have being envisioning this abaaya style dress for my next project. I couldn't stick to small things, could I? No. I have to go for the big tamali.

So I have this nice stretchy pink material (not lurid by any means, more pastel pink than anything) and I also have some nice sheer black material for layering. So, what I thought was I would make a wide sleeved abaaya with the pink material then have the black material layered over the top, cut like a poncho but split in the middle so that when the arms were down it would drape really nicely. I hope to get a sketch up soon, but right now I am on a really cruddy comp that doesn't let me do anything so for now you might just have to imagine. Sound any good?

I am also thinking a skirt that gathers at the side and falls to the floor. Or perhaps a skirt with the same black material feathered at the back into a short train. I love trains.

Anyways, I might get this started in the next few weeks but I need to get my table out in the garage set up so I can 'set up shop' as my hubby calls it!
Hi all! First I'd like to thank all those lovely people who entered the giveaway contest. You guys rock! To anyone who didn't enter - tsk tsk! You gotta be in it to win it peoples!! Maybe next time...

So here are the winners - I will contact you regarding addresses real soon so I can send you your prize!

First Prize: Wanda

Second Prize: Sally

Third Prize: Modest Justice

Congratulations guys! Hope you like your prizes. I have some new designs going up soon (clothing as well) so keep an eye on this blog and also my etsy page www.VICouture.etsy.com.
Ok, so remember last week how I said I bought a ton of material from some place that was closing down? Well here it is - there is an absolute bucket load of pinks stretchy material, some really nice gorgette type stuff, some really pretty red sheer material and even some silver silky stuff! All in all, I can't wait to put scissor to material and start making something insha allah. I have an interesting idea for a skirt and a dress in my head so we'll see how it goes. I still have to 'set up shop' as my hubby calls it in our new place so it may not be for a few weeks yet. Keep an eye out!

Oh, and if you are still wanting to get into the giveaway, it closes tomorrow night so there's still time!

Hi everyone! I'm having to postpone the results for the giveaway until next wednesday insha allah given that I've got an uber busy weekend coming up. However, this gives you more time to enter as well! Tell your friends, facebook it, twitter it, blog about it - whatever you like! For now, have an awesome weekend insha allah and I'll see you all next week!!



Hi lovelies! Just letting you know that the giveaway of all those goodies I stuck up last week is coming to an end so if you haven't entered yet, please do so ASAP!! For more cute stuff for your hijaab and what-not, check out my etsy site www.VICouture.etsy.com!

Sorry I haven't posted much this week - I've had some pretty major stuff going on! On the weekend, however, I managed to score some awesome material at a closing down sale - 2 huge bags for peanuts practically!! Can't wait to get my sewing area up and running again so I can start some new projects insha allah. It'll be awesome!!

Anyways, I hope to get some more postings up soon but in the mean time, get entering for you chance to win!! Yay for free stuff!! ;o)
This week there was lots of PINK around to create awareness for breast cancer. Only just this week I opened a store on Etsy.com selling my handmade accessories. I posted about the grand opening and giveaways for such but I also thought about doing something PINK for the week that is.


So I created a few more Fascinate MeTM hijaab fascinators and a keychain to raise some money. 100% of all profits made from these pieces will go straight to Breast Cancer Australia.

Cute little pink and clear beaded glasses accessory.



Mini hijaab fascinator - can be used as a brooch or hat pin also. Made with glass beads, a freshwater pearl and cute silver heart charm.

Another mini fascinator - using new and recycled beads.


Can be used for a keychain or just some extra bling on your handbag. Incorporates a silver heart and diamond charm, glass bead and pink faceted beads.

If you see anything you like and would like to help out with a good cause, go to my shop at etsy to purchase any of these cute pink accessories. Thanks to Beverly over at How Sweet the Sound for hosting this Pink Saturday!
Hi lovelies! I've been busy this week setting up my Etsy store. By the way, if you haven't gotten in on the giveaway yet, do it now! The giveaway prizes are down below. Also, I have recently added some items to my store in support of Breast Cancer Australia. 100% of all profits from these items will go to Breast Cancer Australia to aid in research of this disease. So help out if you can! All the items are pink (or mostly) but I'm saving that post for Pink Saturday!


www.VICouture.etsy.com

IT'S MY GRAND OPENING!!

I have just set up shop at Etsy.com to sell all my bits and bobs that come out of my sewing/creative room and to celebrate it's grand opening, I am having a little bit of a giveaway! Yay for free stuff!

Conditions of entry are as follow:
1. Only my followers are eligible for this giveaway, so if you aren't already, become one!
2. This competition is open to everyone - so you don't have to live in Australia!
3. Winners will be picked at random but to increase your chances of winning, you can do any of the following:
- Leave a comment on this post = 1 entry
- Tweet about this giveaway = 2 entries (tag me @AlyshaKhokhar in the tweet so I can
follow you!)
- Blog about it = 2 entries (leave a link in my little conversation box on the right of this blog
so I can check it out!)

Competition ends on the 8th of November at 12:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time!

Now for the prizes!!

The prizes are from my new Fascinate MeTM collection.

Prize One

This one is made from gorgeous coloured fresh water pearls.

Prize Two

This one is made from both new and recycled materials.

Prize Three

This is a free-pinning fascinator - all you need to do is pin it to your hijaab (or whatever) with an ordinary pin.



This is another self-pinning fascinator, again made from new and receyled materials.

So get blogging/tweeting/commenting to be in the running to win any of these cute and funky fascinators!

Also, to check out my new Etsy store, click here!
Now for my last post of Rainbow Week - Pink! I adore pink. If I could wear pink all the time I would. I'd probably scare a few people, but you know, I wouldn't really care! This pink post coincides with my very first Pink Saturday, hosted by Beverely over at How Sweet The Sound. There are lots of other pink people joining in, so if you like this particular shade, check it out!

Now, onto the clothing...


Pump me up with these uber cute kitten heels. I used to have some like this in Japan but had no room to bring them back *sad face*



Quite a bright scarf & brooch - one you would wear if you wanted to make a statement...



This reminds me of the jewellery my grandma used to have in her jewellery box.


Hot phink gloves, anyone? I couldn't go past these...


I chose 2 dresses today. I like this 50s one, mostly cos I want to make a hijaabtastic one just like. I think it might be the tulle.


The description on this one says night gown but I reckon you could probably wear this out. Just add a nice scarf to offset the absolute pink of it!


So there you go! Thanks so much for joining me this colourful week. I may just have to do it again! Thanks also to Beverly once more for hosting this Pink Saturday!
It's wierd how when I stick 'purple' into the search engine of Etsy, a whole lot of 80s clothing pops up. They must have really loved that colour back then. I remember my mum even had a bridesmaid's dress in purple. Satin too. Eek!

So here goes - minus the 80s nastiness!

I have a love for shoes with ankle straps like this. Even my work shoes are that style.

A nice eggplant colour with these gloves.

I heart empire waisted dresses - they remind me of Jane Austin...

Lovely vintage brooch, not too big, not too small.

And a belt - I had to add it. It's clasp rocks!

Again, if you see anything you like, I have them listed in my etsy favourites, or just click on the pic!

Tomorrow I will be joining Pink Saturday, hosted by How Sweet The Sound. Can't wait!!