Eid, Themes, and a Trip Down Memory Lane

I've always loved and looked forward to Eid. Perhaps because it was the only holiday that I was ever allowed to celebrate openly in my younger years.

Growing up non-denominational Christian within the Church of Christ meant that I did not get to celebrate holidays like Christmas, Easter, or Halloween. When I converted in my teen years, I always got excited for Eid. It was the time of year where I could get fancy, take pictures, and have fun, three things I've always loved to do.

A few years ago, I decided that I wanted Eid to be special for the kids. So I wrapped presents and we get fancy and sometimes more recently, I hang decorations.



In addition, I try to center our looks around a theme or at least coordinate all together because...why not? Now, some years, Matt has totally not been or board or just didn't care (he's so not into fashion/clothes) but lately, I've been able to reel him in. Even if he's only partially in theme. LOL.

Outfit planning has become soooo much easier over the last couple of years since the growth of online shopping. One of the things I do is come up with a theme and then start searching for outfits that would fit within it. Sometimes, I'll be browsing for clothes and something will stick out to me and then the theme comes. Case in point, our theme for Eid-ul-Fitr 2018: Into The Garden happened after I came upon the above dresses from Annah Hariri. While most times I can buy our clothes ready made, sometimes I have to get someone to make them in order for my vision to come to life.

Some of my go to stores are Children's Place, Macy's, Aldo, Payless, Rack Room Shoes and Burlington Coat Factory. The online shops I frequent are Fashion Valet, Abaya Addict, Poplook, Modanisa, and this year Annah Hariri. For hijabs I've recently discovered The Modest Collective and in the past Haute Hijab was a staple as well.  If you have any questions about shipping or quality, drop a comment below and if I can answer it I will! Finally, to get things made I've had AMarie by Felicia Kearse create a few Eid looks.

The goal is to save as much money as possible while shopping for a family of six, sometimes seven when my great niece wants to come along (which used to be often but as she's gotten older not so much) :) At the end of the day, I want Eid to always be something that my children will get excited for and remember. A part of that is making sure they also feel and look good about themselves on our special holidays. Hopefully, these traditions of Eid shopping, family gatherings, prayer, and trips to the masjid will stick with them and hopefully become a tradition they will pass on to their children.

For a trip down memory lane, take a look at some of our outfits and see the transition as the years have progressed of our family's Eid style.


Eid 2003
Loved This Express Dress ( That used to be my go to shop when I was younger!)



Eid-ul-Fitr 2009



Eid-ul-Fitr 2011


Eid-ul-Adha 2011
Shades of Pink


Eid-ul-Fitr 2012

 Day 1 & 2


   



Eid-ul-Adha 2012
Black & Red with Patterns





Eid-ul-Fitr 2013
Fuschia, Gold, and Silver



Eid-ul-Adha 2013
Timeless Elegance

 


Eid-ul-Fitr 2014



Eid-ul-Adha 2015
Tutus & Plaid

      


Eid-ul-Fitr 2016
Blaaaah!



Eid-ul-Fitr 2017 
Loyalty & Royalty In Our DNA



Eid-ul-Adha 2017 
For The Culture



Eid-ul-Fitr 2018
Into The Garden




How do you get ready for Eid and where do you like to shop?


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