2012 fashion,

2012 Spring Hijab Fashion

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Salam waleykum dear readers,hope all are doing great here some styles for this spring,as you can see all are a bit loose made of cotton sadly not made in Egypt I don't know why if this country has everything to produce this and even more fashion,however I have to warn you, sometimes this styles doesn't look as good as in the pictures I'd trayed some of them and I ended looking as a pregnant woman and I'm not, so still is a bit hard to find the proper style for each one,but the pictures are nice.
Don't like the shoes,and the skirt,I think this will look good with jeans and big accessories.
If you check this good looks like a cheap dress but still can work in my opinion with a normal hijab style (not the Spanish which makes it looks more provocative)
I love almost all in this look but not together! and don't like the bag
I think this is my favorite one but I trayed the dress in a pink with purple color and I'm not fat but I looked like a pregnant woman and the jeans makes you look even fatter I don't know but is just to much volume,although love the top

Egypt: Finaly no gas for Israel

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(Reuters) - Egyptian energy companies, citing a trade dispute, have terminated a deal to supply Israel with natural gas in a step that may further erode bilateral ties strained by a popular revolt that toppled Egypt's pro-Israeli leader last year.

An Israeli partner in the business made the step public on Sunday but an Egyptian firm said the decision to cancel the deal had been made on Thursday.

Israel, which relies on Egypt for 40 percent of its natural gas supply, worried about facing further energy cuts after a series of sabotage attacks on the pipeline running through the volatile Sinai peninsula contributed to shortages.

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz expressed "great concern" about the suspension, saying it had set "a dangerous precedent which casts a shadow on the peace agreements and the peaceful atmosphere between Egypt and Israel".

Egypt was the first of two Arab countries to sign a peace treaty with Israel, in 1979, followed by Jordan in 1994.

The Egyptian decision was announced in Israel by Ampal-American Israel Corporation, partner in the East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG), which operates a cross-border pipeline supplying gas to Israel.

Ampal said the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company had told EMG they were "terminating the gas and purchase agreement".

The company gave no reasons for the Egyptian decision but said legal redress was under consideration.

"EMG considers the termination attempt unlawful and in bad faith, and consequently demanded its withdrawal," Ampal said in a written statement.

Mohamed Shoeib, chairman of the Egyptian company EGAS, confirmed the decision, saying the 20-year-old deal with Israel had been terminated on Thursday.

Shoeib told Egypt's Hayat TV that "EGAS ended the deal because the other party didn't fulfill its commitments".

The Egyptian decision followed a dispute over damages caused by a series of blasts on the pipeline supplying Israel, via the Sinai desert region on its border where lawlessness has risen since President Hosni Mubarak's overthrow in 2011.

Explosions have caused extensive disruptions in service in the past year, and Israel has warned residents to expect electricity outages in high demand summer months, and that it needed to speed up efforts to seek alternative supply lines.

Ampal and two other companies have been seeking $8 billion in damages from Egypt for not safeguarding their investment against the pipeline blasts.

It said EMG "initiated arbitration" against EGPC and EGAS last October, accusing the Egyptian firms of a "longstanding failure to supply the gas quantities owed".

Ampal said in its statement on Sunday that in light of the cancellation, EMG, Ampal and EMG's other international shareholders were "considering their options and legal remedies as well as approaching the various governments" concerned.
Shoeib denied the decision bore any diplomatic significance.

"It is a trade dispute not a political issue," he said.

Israel had to evacuate embassy staff in Cairo after riots there in September, an incident that highlighted threats to relations, though a new ambassador has since taken up residence in the Egyptian capital.

(Additional reporting by Dina Zayed in Cairo; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Michael Roddy)

Green tea Hydration facial spray recipe

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Salam wa leykum every one, hope you are doing great, so today I open my blog and found the new blog style which is a bit weird I have to confess but wishing insh'alla to get use to it soon.

If you read with regularity this blog you know that I'm a huge fan of green tea, I just think god put a lot of good and beneficial things on it that we can use it in so many ways and get the best of it to improve our body and health.Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Green tea and green tea extracts have been used to protect the skin from sun damage, and even prevent and treat skin cancer, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAAM) adds. Green tea has also been showing up as a key ingredient in skin care products. The polyphenols contained in green tea may have anti-aging effects on the skin, Smart Skin Care notes.

 Hydration facial spray

it helps your skin feel hydrated, fresh and clean throughout the day. This spray moisturize dry skin during the cold winter months, yet also keep your skin feeling cool and refreshed during the hot summer. Homemade hydration sprays often contain natural ingredients such as honey, avocado, green tea, strawberries or infused oils. These types of ingredients are rich in antioxidants and minerals that fight wrinkles, keep the skin moist and improve blood circulation in the skin

Green Tea Spray

Boil 2 cups of mineral water. Add two green tea bags and let them steep for three minutes. Mix in 1 teaspoon of honey.
Place a piece of cheesecloth in the bottom of a funnel. Strain the mixture through the cheesecloth into a container.
Place the container in the refrigerator and let it sit overnight. The spray will stay fresh for two weeks.

But the benefits are endless here a list of some of them:
Sun Damage

Green tea may protect the skin from premature aging caused by the sun's ultraviolet B rays, according to the Mayo Clinic --- a conclusion supported by a study published in December 2001 in the "Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology."


Green tea extracts can be found in some wrinkle creams, according to the Mayo Clinic, noting that they appear to show promise as a wrinkle-fighting agent. A Korean study published in 2005 in the "American Journal of Chinese Medicine" concluded that the polyphenols contained in green tea appear to have anti-wrinkle effects, and may benefit skin when consumed orally or when used in topical skin care products.


Green tea is sometimes added to moisturizers due to its antioxidant effects, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Moisturizers help retain water in the outer layer of the skin. They can prevent and soften dry skin and temporarily plump fine lines.

Puffy Eyes

Green tea bags may help reduce puffy eyes. The astringent-like substance called tannins contained in green tea may constrict blood vessels and have a tightening effect on the skin, Granny Med notes. The Mother Nature website recommends you reduce puffy eyes by placing a moistened green tea bag over each eye from about 15 minutes.


Green tea may be used a toner to help clarify the skin, minimize pores, and remove excess dirt and makeup. To use in this way, Smart Skin Care instructs you to pour freshly brewed green tea into an ice-cube tray and freeze. When the cubes begin to thaw, the website advises, apply the tea to your face with a cotton ball.

2012 fashion,

Eco Fashion,could it be possible?

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There’s a dirty little secret in the fashion industry that most people are not aware of. You’ve probably heard about child labor problems in sweatshops with some of the big fashion companies. That issue has gained awareness by public, but what most people don’t know is that the fashion industry also creates an enormous amount of environmental pollution as well.

With so much fast fashion and disposable clothing, clothing and textile waste from factories are contributing to huge landfills more than ever. Not only are there tons of landfill waste, but there’s also pollution from toxic dye runoff, waste water from the laundering process, pollution from the acid used in the chemical conversion process of turning plants into fabric, and of course the pesticides used to grow cotton.

What does this mean? This means our water is getting polluted and our landfills are overflowing with textiles. Here are a few stats to just give you sense of what’s going on:

•According to the World Bank,17-20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment. 72 toxic chemicals in our water come solely from textile dyeing, of which 30 cannot be removed.
•North America generates 2 million tons of textile waste each year, which is approximately 68 lbs of waste/household per year. 5% of all landfill production is textile waste.
Read this article with vivid photos of the startling price we pay for fashion in China.

Here’s an image of a textile landfill in Syria.
The problem is big. So, what is the fashion industry doing about it? The big businesses, I’m not so sure. Perhaps they donate money to environmental causes. There are companies creating eco-friendly lines, but I haven’t seen any big fashion names really devote their entire company to the cause. And why not?

It sure does take a heck of a lot more work. There’s a lot of research involved, and sourcing good fabric is not as easy as it seems. Also, creativity can be stifled by limiting fabric choices. From what I understand from a little investigation I’ve done is that “eco-friendly” fabrics are not necessarily viewed as the best fabrics by mainstream fashion companies. At fabric trade shows, people who source fabrics will often pass over the eco-friendly fabric section on purpose because they don’t believe it will live up to the quality of regular fabrics. And maybe it’s true, or is it?

Let’s face it. Eco-friendly does sometimes get a bad rap. Sure, we love to use our earth friendly non-toxic house cleaners, laundry detergent, shampoo and conditioner. We eat organic food. But clothes? What comes to mind when you think of eco-friendly clothing?

A burlap sack? Yes, exactly. The initial impression is not so glamourous.

The good news is that there are many, many independent designers out there now changing the landscape of sustainable fashion. And the most inspiring ones are the ones that are creating a movement around their cause.

Here are a couple of brand new sustainable fashion businesses seeking to make an impact.

IOU Project
Watch this video of the inspiring story behind the IOU Project. The video explains it better than I can. Take a look:

Revolution Apparel
A blog that described the journey of Shannon and Kristin, the two women behind Revolution Apparel as they were building their company last year. View their inspiring story here:

Inspired? There are many new companies out there looking to make an impact. What kind of project can you start?

How can we make clothing more sustainable?
There’s so many aspects to this pollution problem that even the best intentioned companies can’t do everything to make their line sustainable.

Sure, you can use eco-friendly fabric. You’re probably wondering, what exactly does eco-friendly fabric mean? Organically grown cotton, bamboo, flax, hemp, linen, some synthetically made materials such as tencel or modal, sustainably harvested silk and wool, nettle, hibiscus and even corn, among others. Note that even though tencel and modal are listed there, synthetic fibers do not take dye as easily and may require a more rigorous process for dye to adhere to the fabric.

Eco-friendly fabric is a great start. But there are also problems with eco-friendly fabric. For example, cotton requires tons of water to grow the cotton and bamboo uses a caustic chemical to convert bamboo into fiber. Also, many fabrics need some spandex (a non-eco-friendly material) to give it stretch.

So you see, it’s not a perfect system.

And there’s also the dyeing process. Even if you use a sustainable grown fabric, what kind of dyes are used to dye the fabric? Pollution is created by many of the dye houses out there. And then there’s also the laundering process, and many other processes required to create yarn, finish the fabric and a produce garments. Of course there’s also the transportation required to ship fabric and finished garments over sea and land.

I’m not an expert in this matter as I am just beginning my journey into creating a sustainable fashion line, but from what I’ve learned through school and research, the solutions are not that simple. We are all doing the best we can.

Through this post, I hope to create some awareness around the issue and encourage you to consider supporting sustainable fashion and investigate where your clothes come from. What does it take to create the clothes you wear, and was any person or the environment harmed during the process?

The sad thing is that there are also health issues from working with toxic chemicals that factory workers have to endure. Making jeans is a caustic process, as is tanning leather. This is another huge problem in the industry. I’m sure there are many other environmental and human unintended consequences that even I am not aware of, but I’m highlighting the ones that have been brought to my attention.

What can we do about this?
Start learning about what is involved to make your clothes and become aware of what your purchasing decisions are supporting. What companies do you shop from, and what are they doing about their environmental impact and are they being socially responsible? How transparent are these companies with their practices?

Do a little research and make choices that support causes you believe in. Our collective choices can impact big businesses and our small actions together can create massive change. If everyone did a little bit to change their habits and make conscious shopping choices, we just could change the world.

Are you in?

I’m not advocating that you stop shopping. I believe looking good and feeling good are important to your well-being. However, just as people are choosing to buy organic food to support the organic food movement, we too can make wiser choices when we shop.

Buy for longevity. Buy things that can last and buy only things that you really love and fit you well. If you love it, you will wear it… a lot. Choose quality over quantity. Buy for versatility and shop from environmentally and socially conscious companies.

Recycle Textiles

Textiles are recyclable, and there are some recycling centers popping up to help mitigate the problem. Look to see if there’s one in your area. Here’s an article about USAgain, a textile recycler, with locations in 8 states. Donating to Goodwill and Salvation Army is also a good option too, but keep in mind that the items they don’t want also end up in landfills.

Another textile recycler is BCR Global in the UK.

Here’s an article about keeping textiles out of landfills from Eartheasy.

Eco-Fashion Resources

Here is a resource with a wealth of information about sustainable fashion: Ecouterre. Read more about their mission, where you’ll find more startling statistics about pesticide use.

Additional great resources for sustainable fashion are Eco Fashion World and EcoSalon.

When you have time, watch this amazing documentary called HOME about the state of our planet. It’s has breathtaking footage and a story you want to hear.

Some resources for fashion designers
There is a company called Source4Style that has taken up the task of helping designers source sustainable fabric. Sourcing sustainable fabric not an easy task, but Source4Style helps to connect designers with mills that provide sustainable fabric.

TexWorld, an industry fabric show, features eco fabric vendors at their show.

AirDye provides an alternative to water dyeing. It eliminates the need to use water for dyeing, thus eliminating water waste and pollution. Read more about what they are doing on their blog.

Join the sustainable fashion designers organization and visit the ethical fashion forum, an organization in the UK, and learn more about the issues behind ethical fashion.

Read books on the topic:

•Eco Fashion by Sass Brown
•Sustainable Fashion and Textiles Design: Design Journeys by Kate Fletcher
•Sustainable Fashion: Why Now?: A Conversation Exploring Issues, Practices and Possibilities
•Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox
•Fashion Futures White Papers
How will you make your fashion company sustainable? Eco-friendly fabric, non-toxic dye process, fair trade, local manufacturing, supporting artisan communities, subscribing to slow fashion, or reducing your carbon footprint? Perhaps a combination of some or all of the above? Just start with somewhere and do the best you can. It’s not about perfection. It’s about getting involved and taking action and improving from there.

My Request To All of You
Spread this message. It’s important. Unfortunately, it’s not one that’s widely known. There are pockets of awareness around the issue among designers and those who are closer to the topic, but the general public typically has no idea such a huge problem exists. And why should they? Fashion companies don’t advertise what it takes to produce their garments. It wouldn’t be good for their brand image. And it’s just easier to look the other way. We’re all busy. That’s just one more problem we don’t have time to solve. Or can we?

We can’t look the other way any longer. Choose not to. We have to build awareness and do something about it. Because awareness creates better choices. Spread the message, and the next time you shop, consider where your clothes came from. Every decision counts. You vote with every purchase you make.
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Dutch design challenges FIFA- hijab ban

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A Dutch designer has created a hijab aimed at convincing the world football governing body Fifa to overturn its ban on women wearing headscarves on the pitch.
Players were prevented from wearing the hijab at top levels of the game for safety reasons, and because of rules stating that religious symbols were not allowed.

Critics say the ban promotes inequality at the highest level of the world’s most popular game.

A Facebook page called “Let Us Play”, which supports players’ rights to wear a headscarf has already generated more than 60,000 likes.

And speculation is growing that the ban could be lifted this summer if the Dutch-designed hijab is given Fifa’s seal of approval.

Out on the outskirts of Utrecht, 14 breathless girls are careering up and down the pitch.

VV Hoograven are playing DVSU. The girls are aged between eight and twelve.

The visiting team is made up of tall fair-haired light-skinned girls. All the girls in the home side are Muslims of Moroccan descent.

‘Low participation’

If the hijab ban stays, some of these players will not be able to take their talents far beyond their home ground – a concern to former Jordanian women’s team coach Hesterine de Reus:

“I struggled a lot to get girls involved in the game in Jordan. We have to
encourage Muslim girls to start playing.

“Their participation in sport is low anyway, and I think in football we make it worse with the existence of these rules.”

Hesterine de Reus was in charge of Jordan in a game against Iran in the 2012 Olympic qualifiers. But moments before kick-off, the Iranian team was disqualified for refusing to remove their headscarves.

The decision caused outrage in Iran, with President Ahmadinejad accusing Fifa of acting like dictators and colonialists.

According to Fifa, more than 29 million women and girls around the world play the game – a figure they say is “rising rapidly all the time”.

But there are fears that its potential in Muslim communities is being inhibited by the ban.

Last year, a group led by Fifa’s Vice President, Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, successfully convinced world football’s rule-making body, Ifab, that the hijab was a cultural rather than a religious symbol.

This means only the safety concerns now stand between women wearing hijabs and their being allowed to compete at international level.

Dutch design

On the ground floor of a modern artists studio in the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven, surrounded by hijab-wearing mannequins, Dutch designer Cindy van den Bremen shows off the headscarf that Ifab is eyeing up as a possible model to overcome those last remaining concerns.

“What makes Capsters unique is the ready-made design, so you don’t need knots or pins to tie it around your head. And it’s made in stretchable materials so it’s a very comfortable hijab,” she says.

Ms Van den Bremen demonstrates how the new style works: “I put it over your head, make sure all your hair is underneath and then just fasten with the Velcro closing.”

The fastening means that if an opponent grabs a hijab from behind it will easily come off, therefore minimising the risk of choking or strangulation.

But it must meet the players’ standards too. VV Hoograven coach Yousra Slaoui has been trying it out: “I like it. It’s safer than the old traditional design, which had lots of needles and pins that could slip off and go into your ear. I think the girls will be excited about this one.”

Sport v culture

Football is still a male-dominated sport, and for some Muslim men, the idea of their wives or daughters kicking a ball around in public is unacceptable.

But Naima Loukili, who has come to see her daughter play for VV Hoograven, says it is a social rather than a religious barrier:

“It’s not something Islam says. It’s just our culture. Islam supports women to go out and do sport or do whatever they want. I’m happy my daughter has the opportunity to do this.”

And 10-year-old Amal Loukili is not letting any cultural considerations interfere with her ambitions. “I want to play for Barca one day or maybe even Holland,” she says.

The idea of a possible amendment to international football’s rulebook that would allow headscarves on the pitch has reignited a religious debate in right-wing politics too:

“I’m very happy that women in Islamic countries are allowed to play football. That’s a step forward,” acknowledges Geert Tomlow, a former member of the anti-immigration Dutch Freedom Party.

“But by pushing or ordering or by blackmailing your woman to wear a scarf then it’s a problem, then it’s a symbol of oppression.”

Back in the studio, designer Cindy van den Bremen insists her hijab is designed to empower women and give them the freedom to choose.

“Most of the women and girls I spoke to were very keen to wear a hijab on the pitch, contradicting the image I had.

“We think it’s a woman’s choice whether they want to cover themselves and not anyone else’s – including Fifa.”

(BBC News)
2012 fashion,

New Bridal hijab dresses 2012

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Salam waleykum dear readers and visitors, thanks for following this blog

this is just a sample of the bridal dresses used by Muslim women in Turkey,as you can see there is a huge difference in style from USA where they prefer a simple dress with only few embroidery on it( which by the way is always made by machines),something that is not more appreciate it on the Arab countries where a dress is a piece of art, all that handmade embroidery and designs are just amazing, don't you think?

Find this hijab style and more at Muslim Elegance