On beauty…

Asalaamu alaikum and peace.

Welcome, welcome, whoever you are, wherever you are. I started this blog as a conversation with myself, as much as with you, my reader. It is a conversation about beauty and beautiful things. It is about exploring the beauty within and the beauty all around.

I am a simple Muslimah, not particularly glamorous or flashy. Even my job as Editor-in-Chief of a women’s magazine is more about hours spent in front of a laptop screen than the front row of the catwalk a la Devil Wears Prada!

Like many sisters, my life is a juggling act. I am constantly trying to balance  my needs (and wants!) with the needs of those around me: husband, four children, a young baby, friends, schools, community and work. In the past, this has sometimes left me feeling drained, unappreciated and, let’s face it, less than beautiful 🙂

I have found that my life as a Muslim woman, covered in jilbab and niqab, mothering 5 children, negotiating deadlines and the school run, has resulted in my personal sense of style all but disappearing. I reached a point where I didn’t know what I liked anymore. I didn’t know what suited me, how to put an outfit together, why on earth I needed to put one together in the first place! It would have been fine if I wasn’t bothered by it but, when your clothes start to depress you and you stare at your wardrobe for 20 minutes before settling for yet another mediocre wardrobe choice, you know it’s time to make some changes.

I felt the same about my home – it was drab, messy and totally un-beautiful. I didn’t feel inspired or uplifted by my surroundings anymore and, for someone who spends the greater part of her day working from home, this was not a good thing.

So I decided to make some changes. I read interior design magazines, I joined Pinterest (www.pinterest.com), I created mood boards and, best of all, I took my sister shopping with me for a wardrobe overhaul.

This has resulted in a rekindled interest in the beautiful and a desire to bring beauty into my life – and to share that journey with you.

As such, I will be discussing style, beauty, food, interiors and travel, sharing things I have discovered on my journey as a revert Muslim, wife, mother, professional and lover of beautiful things.

And if someone were to ask why bother with beauty when there are so many more pressing issues – iman, character, family, current affairs – I would say that Allah is Beautiful and He loves beauty and appreciating these beautiful things puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step, alhamdulillah.

But enough about me and my journey. What about you? Can you relate to my story or have you got your own to tell? Do you have a sense of style that you are happy with or are you still working on it? Please do share.

Na’ima B.

PS. Follow me on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/naimabrobert) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/naimabrobert) to enjoy beautiful things with me 🙂

PPS. Yes, that is my living room in the photo above, set up for a party, atmosphere courtesy of Instagram 🙂