Sorry I've been a non-blogging spoil sport, but I was so busy last week that I had little time to do anything! Also, I have a new website up for my novel I am publishing this year insha allah. If you follow me on Twitter, you will know what I am talking about. If you don't, you can check it out at http://www.alyshaking.com/. There is lots of stuff to look at, watch and read so get on over there!

Also, last week one of my good friends got married here in Canberra. The ceremony and the reception, though marred by rain, were fantastic and I had the honour of photographing the whole thing.

For the Hen's Party we had at one of the girl's places, I managed to snag a seriously cute outfit from Etsy. The theme was pink and black (as was the wedding) so you will understand why I bought this dress. In anycase, I would have bought it anyway - it is fantastic!



Described on the advertisement as a 70s disco goddess dress, I had to have it. It is fantabulous and it fit perfectly, alhumdulillah! I wore a nice light black hijaab with it (in a crazy style which I will never be able to replicate but looked awesome none-the-less). And the great thing was that it cost only about $30AUD and that was with postage from the US! You've gotta love Etsy...

So that's what has been happening with me. Sorry if I don't get on here as often as I would like but I will try as best I can!
This is a tad late but I want to say a massive THANK-YOU to the wonderful chicky babe over at Imperfect Stepford Chronicles for giving me this gorgeous award. I love getting awards!

As per these blog awards, they come with some 'rules', so here goes!


Put the logo on your blog in your post.

Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.

Link the nominees within your post.

Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blogs.

Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.


So here are my nominees for the Sunshine Blog Award!
(sorry I don't really know 12 bloggers so here are the ones I love)

Aifa at Aifa's Suitcase - she is a girl after my own heart. Her blog is so cute and I love her sketches - how does she do it??

The sister over at Modest Justice cos she's not afraid to be honest - you go girl!

Hijab Revival - Another awesome Aussie hijaabi fashion blogger  

Sakeenah from Abaya Chic cos she's just awesome in general.

Another vintage blogger, What are they wearing now, cos I love the stuff she sticks up. I want!!

Congrats to all these awesome chicky babes!


Recently I was trawling Etsy and I found a couple of awesome tops that I could so wear to work. I tend to wear suits to work, some with pants, others with skirts, that I had tailored in India. I'm always on the look out for nice long-sleeved tops to go with but sadly, hardly anyone wears long-sleeved tops to work. Blokes maybe, but no the ladies. Oh, and tops that don't flash the cleavage either.

So hear are some picks that I am tempted to throw in my virtual shopping cart. Some are a little loud, but then again, I'm not one to be boring!

I love the front of this. Plus it's nice and loose so it won't stick to my in summer.


Polka dots and pin-striped! This just has funky written all over it.


For a less formal look, this peasant-girl kind of top would be awesome.


This one reminds me of Reuben from Ocean's Eleven. He's always wearing those vintage suits and tops, especially the ones with the ruffles. Vegas, anyone?


Again, if you like anything you see on my blog that's related to Etsy, they can be found in my Etsy favourites box to the right.


I only recently discovered this style of dress. Though I had seen it plenty times before, I never actually knew the term for it. Now I know - Steampunk. Born from the imaginations of Jules Vern, HG Wells and the like, steampunk is not only a fashion inspiration but also exists in literature, art and entertainment. Personally I love it. It's got that old-fashioned feel mixed with a kind of other-dimensional technology that makes it seem like the industrial revolution never ended and just continued on.

Below are some examples of steampunk including to blokes from the Brisbane Supanove event in 2008.


I love this cuadaroy bolero. It's just so funky.


Such a sweet jacket for winter. It looks so warm and awesome.  


This is classified as a wedding jacket which would be perfect for any hijaabi wanting to convert a traditional wedding dress into something a little more modest.


Just thought I'd throw this in here because it's such a good example of steampunk fashion.


And those guys at Supanova. Apparently they were dressed as anime characters from a comic series that's all steampunky.


So what do you think of Steampunk?

Again, if you're liking any of the abovementioned items (minus the 2 blokes at the end), just go over and search through my Etsy.com favourites on the side there.





I'm so sorry, my darling followers, that I've been a little MIA as of late. I've been so busy storyboarding a book trailer for my novel The Order of the Rose and organising everything for the shoot in March that I've found it difficult to keep up with my fashion endevours! But don't worry - insha allah I'll do some more designs and possibly some more fascinators, as they take the least amount of time to create, so there will be more up here soon!

For now I'll just leave you with a sneak-a-peek preview at my storyboard. I'm so super excited about this! Also keep an eye out for my new website and Youtube vlogs regarding my book. Peace!


Over the last couple of weeks I've been a tad busy, hence the reason I've not stopped by to update my blog as much. As I posted a little while back, I'll be focusing much more on publishing my book this year so for the past week I've been organising a shoot to make a book trailer. For 30seconds worth of trailer it's a lot of work!
But I'm a little off track. I've also been making a wedding present for one of my friends which I finally finished last weekend.

So here it is. I bought the scarf but all the embroidery, plait-work and beading are done by me.

This is a wide shot of the scarf. The other end only has the tassels braided otherwise it would have been too heavy.

All the sequins are individually hand-sewn onto the scarf.

The beading includes some rhinestones used for the centres of some of the flowers.


I also had another friend who celebrated her birthday this month. She is a massive Twilight fan so I made this for her. It's an original idea that popped into my head one night while I was trying to think of what to make her. I call it a book pocket.

Made mostly of felt, the 'I' is hand sewn sequins and the 'twilight' is made of small, white inidividual beads.

The whole pocket is hand stitched together, as is the edging of the apple and the top of the case. The sequins are meant to represent the vampire's skin (how it sparkles), the apple for the book, the white beads for how Edward's body is like marble and the glass bead at the top represents the small crystal heart on Bella's bracelet. 

So that's what I've been up too. Over the next few days I'll be storyboarding for my book trailer but hopefully I'll have some more time next week! Oh, and I might be making the flowergirl's dress for another friend's wedding, but that's just an idea for now. Have a great weekend insha allah! >_<


Since seeing and reading about all the devastation in Haiti recently, I decided that I wanted to do something. I want to help those people most affected by this horrific event and so, until the end of February 2010, 50% of everything* sold from my online store at Etsy.com will be given to the Australian Red Cross' Haiti Earthquake Appeal. I have some cute Hijaabi Fascinators, some Japan-esque decos for your glasses and even some Twilight-inspired cards for sale. So come and help the Australian Red Cross in their efforts in Haiti.









*excluding the Breast Cancer Foundation pieces.
It's my Etsy pick of the day again. Sorry I don't have any pics of my friend's hijaab yet - I've just spent the last two days making a book pocket for another friend's birthday. Come to think of it, I do way too much at the same time! But I promise, I'll be back to finishing it off tonight insha allah!

So, back to Etsy. Today I've got something a little bit unusual but totally fantastic.




I know what you're thinking: 'Pink again??' But really I picked this one for the design. It's a different type of layering, to say the least, and the visibility of the white underneath gives the skirt a dimensional affect and the pattern of the top layer adds to the affect even more. And besides, it doesn't need to be pink - any colour would do the trick, really! Though if I were to have it, it would definitely have to be bright like this one!
I thought I needed to start something up again since I've been so slack it's ridiculous! Sorry readers! I've just been so busy with my other blog and my photography that I've been neglecting you all.

Here is my new series - Etsy Pick of the Day. I'll go trawling through the hundreds of awesome vintage pieces on Etsy and pop one up here with a bit of commentary. If you like it, just click here and it'll take you to the listing. I will also stick it in my favourites to the right. I'm still working on that hijaab - pics real soon, I promise!



Things I love about this blouse:
1. It's pink
2. It's got that gorgeous little ruffle that's not so big it takes over as the dominating feature
3. Cute puffy sleeves
4. It's not too tight and looks really comfy
5. Nice high neck-line

This shirt is perfect for hijaabis and is a gorgeous vintage piece! I might have to tag it and buy it after my next pay (PS - it's not expensive either!). I can tell you now, I would have a hard time finding anything like this nowadays!

So what do you think?
First of all, I don't usually do "New Years Resolutions" but this year I thought I'd try it out! I decided that I finally needed to focus on just a few things and try to stick to them instead of tripping all over the place like I usually do. So here we go:

1. Instead of doing big fashion pieces, I thought I'd try doing more smaller pieces, like more fascinators and hijaabs (you'll see what I mean by hijaabs in a few days). That way I'll have more time and also more pieces for sale.

2. I'm going to finish my book and get it published (confidence, that's all I need!!)

3. I'm enrolling in a course (part-time since I still need money!) so I'm going to be studying as well.

4. I've started taking my photography business seriously and so in the next few weeks I'll be doing some serious advertising so I can hopefully insha allah get a few start-up jobs.

They're pretty much my only "resolutions" - I need to keep it simple otherwise I reckon I'd never get anything done! Hopefully I'll have some pics up soon of my hijaab/scarf I'm working on. It's too cute! I kind of want to keep it for myself...

Etsy Dress of the Day



Vintage 70's. I love it. The slight puffiness of the sleeves and gorgeous obi-styled belt. Perfect summer dress.

Ok, so I know I'm a little late with the greeting but oh well - better late than never! I've been on a small holiday and been very lazy with my blog (sorry guys!). This will be a slightly random blog as I am in the middle of completing a cool scarf for a friend's wedding and I don't want to post any pics yet (incase she gets on here before I send it!). It's so pretty though - I can't wait to share it with you guys!

Anyways, Sakeena over at Abaya Chic sent these pics to me ages ago and I'm only just now getting around to posting about them. I call this "Hollywood goes Hijaab", or something like that.

First up we have Susan Sarandon's daughter, Eva Amurri. I love this dress - it screams old school vintage style without flashing any of her lady bits (I know, charming, right?). I think I might actually make something like this insha allah. Won't be soon though - I still have this scarf to finish...




Now I don't really know who this is (anyone, if you know, please feel free to tell me!) but I love the green and black. Maybe not so low cut, but that can be fixed. I have a strange affinity for big foofy/poofy sleeves, as you may have figured from my past design posts, so this one is right up my alley.



Thanks so much, Sakeena! These are absolutely gorgeous dresses with just oodles of inspiration to be garnered (yep, I just said 'oodles').

Now for those who don't know what I've been up to over the last week or so, here's the reason: it's a web show I follow and these girls are awesome. They don't just do Twilight parodies either - Hilly does a mean Jack Sparrow. Check out their other stuff at http://www.thehillywoodshow.com/.