Follow Friday: Marwa Atik

Marwa Atik

Marwa Atik, the designer behind Vela Scarves is a mix of rock and roll chic with easy California style.

Salaams my lovelies and jumuah mubarak! As you know, Friday, I try to do a Follow Friday post on an Instagram account that I love to follow. Since I realized that it seems like I am obsessed with hijabis from the UK, I decided to feature an American hijabi this week! I want to introduce you readers to Marwa Atik. Marwa Atik is the designer behind the beautiful hijab line called Vela Scarves. Born to parents of Syrian and Turkish descent, Marwa realized that she wanted to design scarves when she would doodle scarf designs during her nursing classes. Luckily for all of us, she switched majors and is now taking classes in Fashion and Merchandising.

Marwa has two Instagram accounts. The first, @velascarves is her line’s official account and features not only her eclectic style, but also a variety of hijabis who wear her scarves that are affectionately called “Vela Girls”. One of my favorite Vela Girls is aspiring news anchor Noor Tagouri.

Marwa Atik’s personal Instagram account is @marwa_atik. This account is all Marwa and shows you a sneak peek into her life as a busy designer, diligent fashion student, and hijabi on the go. I love checking out her account for the latest on ways to mix edgier pieces. Plus, she has a professed love for old school rap. How can you not love her? As a non glamorous mom, it is always nice to see a hijabi who can always look amazing (even when sleep deprived) so that I can get some inspiration for myself to get out of my easy jeans and into something a little bit cooler. Check out Marwa Atik and her gorgeous hijab designs and let me know what you think.

Hijabis: Where to Shop

20121206-085037.jpgHijab by http://www.velascarves.com and brooches by http://www.hijab-ista.com

As a hijabi, I always think its challenging to buy hijabs. Unless you live in a large city with a diverse population (like my lucky London or NYC readers) you probably just have one option in terms of where you can buy your hijabs. In the Bay area, we have a few stores that sell hijabs and hijab pins, but it’s not quite as large of a market like my hometown of New York City.

One the blessings of social media and the internet is that it has allowed hijab vendors from all over the world to offer their goods and services to hijabis that don’t have access to such goods and services locally.

Since ordering online is always a gamble, I will take the risk for my readers and give you the lowdown about the price, shipping time and costs, quality of the items, and overall customer experience.

Hijab-ista

Recently, I ordered a few items from Hijab-ista. I ordered three hijab chains and a hijab.

Price: In terms of cost, this site gives you great quality items for a good price. Even with shipping, it was better for me to order online than to buy the same items locally. Now that is what I call a bargain! I bought 3 hijab chains and a hijab for under $40.

Shipping: The lovely ladies at Hijab-ista were very quick! The minute I ordered my items, I was sent a confirmation email. And it got to my doorstep much faster than other items I order online. I was impressed.

Quality: The quality of the items were good. The hijab pins were especially lovely and I can’t wait to wear them. I bought one of them as a gift for a dear friend and I know she will love it.

Vela

I also ordered a hijab from Vela, a small hijab designer from LA. I ordered the Pleated Chain Scarf.

Price: This site is not for starving student hijabis (unless you have other means of funding haha). I only purchased ONE hijab and with shipping it cost $44! However that being said, designer Marwa Atik uses the best materials possible. This scarf is like a piece of artwork. So if you are looking for a high quality scarf, this is it.

I will say that as a curvy hijabi, I think this hijab line is more suited for smaller chested hijabis since its so sheer and the amount of material covers my neck, but I have to use another scarf to cover my chest properly.

Shipping: Shipping was pretty pricey even for same state transactions. It also took a while to get it. But the hijab was worth the wait!

Quality: The first term that came to mind when I saw my scarf from Vela was luxurious detailing. Each scarf is handmade and you can tell. I loved how the pleats and chain detailing are so different from the hijabs I already own. If you need a scarf for a special occasion, Vela is your place to shop.

I hope this review helps you! Let me know which online hijab stores to shop and review next.