RUBI GIRL GOES TO EGYPT!! (Part 1)

RUBI GIRL GOES TO EGYPT!

Land of the Pharaohs!  Cradle of the Nile! The dawn of civilization! “Umm Al-Dunya” meaning mother of the world! These are all justified phrases used to describe Egypt.  Egypt’s rich history and stunning art proves that pure genius manifested centuries ago!  An Egyptian named Imhotep was the first engineer, architect and physician in history. Ancient Egypt’s contribution in mathematics, astronomy and medicine still contributes to today’s modern thought.   THANKS EGYPT!

Papyrus and Paper Today

The Egyptians invented papyrus but it was the Chinese that invented the pulp paper making process!

Lately political uprisings have made Egypt a hot topic on world news. The nation’s uprisings have set a trend for other Arab nations. This is unsurprising because Egypt has been a trendsetter since ancient times.

Egypt’s cultural history can be classified in these two categories: Ancient Egypt and Modern Egypt

                          Ancient Egypt                                               Modern Egypt

Even during ancient times, they were passionate about fashion. They wore linen, cotton and silk garments. The upper class and royalty adorned themselves in jewelry.  Modern Egypt is cosmopolitan. Due to a strong cultural identity and rich history, modern Egypt reflects a unique combination of antiquity and modernity that is evident in today’s fashion.

Egyptian Inspired Modern Day Style

Egyptian Inspired Modern Day Style

Egyptian Inspired Modern Day Style

Egyptian Inspired Modern Day Style

Egyptian Inspired Modern Day Style

A popular Pharaonic trend is the “cat eyes”  Some say it was a certain breed of cat called Egyptian Mau that inspired the trend.

Egyptian Mau and Ancient Egyptian Art

   The  Cat Eye Look Is Bold and Timeless! 

Ancient Egyptians used black kohl to create the look. Various versions of cat-eyed makeup are still trending to this day.

Modern day cat-eyed makeup

We all know Cleopatra the most legendary Diva of all time!

Cleopatra, "The Original Diva" and The Legendary Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra!

Cleopatra and other ancient royalties inspire “CLEO” Egypt’s first modern lifestyle magazine. “It is tailored to fit the modern, independent, progressive Egyptian who strives for the best in life.” http://www.cleoegypt.com/about.html

CLEO Egyptian Modern Magazine

“CLEO” Egypt’s Modern Lifestyle Magazine

Craving to see more of Egyptian culture and their current fashion, I figured a trip to Egypt was overdue.  So I cracked open my chump change wallet and purchased a $2.50 ticket on Metro Air F Line from Jamaica, Queens New York, to Egypt! 🙂  Weeell okay, I landed in Astoria, New York’s Little Egypt located on Steinway between 28th Ave and Astoria Boulevard.

Little Egypt on Steinway between 28th Ave and Astoria Boulevard.

Although called “Little Egypt”, it seemed more like a little North Africa. My previous travels prove, New York truly is a melting pot! So of course there weren’t only Egyptian stores in Little Egypt.  Moroccan and Egyptian restaurants, grocers, fashion stores, and hookah cafes were the majority. However, there were also pizza shops, a Turkish store, and Greek restaurants.  I felt like I had walked into a New York slice of North African heaven.

LITTLE EGYPT'S STORES

LITTLE EGYPT'S STORES

LITTLE EGYPT'S STORES

Little Egypt Street Style

I love the zebra print hijab the Moroccan lady in the burgundy pants is wearing!

There are many Hookah Cafés  in Little Egypt

Eastern Nights Hookah Cafe

Eastern Nights Café is one of the most popular hookah Cafés in Little Egypt

Here is our hookah Instructor for today!  GET READY TO GET YOUR SMOKE ON!!

OUR HOOKAH INSTRUCTOR FOR TODAY


STEP 1:  INHALE         STEP 2: HOLD        STEP3: RELEASE

That heavenly feeling I felt was confirmed when I stepped into Mombar Southern Egyptian Cuisine restaurant for lunch.  Mombar’s atmosphere is warm, inviting and friendly.

MOMBAR

MOMBAR DECOR

MOMBAR DECOR

While lounging on embroidered pillows and waiting for my meal, I conversed with the store’s owner Moustafa, his brother Ali, and the waiter Nasseif about life and politics.

Moustafa, Chef and Owner of "Mombar" Southern Egyptian Cuisine

Some say savvy food lovers have befriended Moustafa and Ali because they’re Little Egypt’s culinary giants!

Nasseif, the waiter, recommended the salmon and vegetables stuffed in a light dough crust.  Embarrassingly, the food was so good, I really reeaally wanted to lick the plate!  But alas, my momma taught me manners!

MOMBAR FOOD

Check out this CNN broadcast to for more info on Little Egypt and Mombar Restaurant

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/BUSINESS/04/12/little.egypt.new.york/index.html

After lunch, I went to Islam Fashion store. The owners are Egyptian

ISLAM FASHION STORE

There I purchased my mother a beautiful scarf and broach for her birthday this month. Yup she’s a Leo!

She’s supposedly turning 25 this year 😀 😀 😀

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMIE!

Here are some of the items in Islam Fashion Store

ITEMS IN ISLAM FASHION

ITEMS IN ISLAM FASHION

While soaking in Little Egypt’s sights, I came across Alaa and Noura.

NOURA AND ALAA

Alaa donned a floral hijab over a long sleeve knit dress and jeans. Noura wore a casual peach tee and jeans.  They told me that here in the States and Egypt young girls are very creative with their hijabs. Some wear several different hijabs to create a colorful, vibrant layered effect.  Others match their hijabs to their shoes or shoelaces.

Creative Hijab Styles

Hijabs are the head coverings Muslim women wear.

Click this link  to see how women are styling it up in Egypt

http://muxlim.com/videos/miss_chief/bbc-women-in-black-changing-styles-in-modern-egypt/

Watch this video highlighting Hijabs  styles.  There are some stunning designs!

There are many hijab tutorials on youtube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKFsWcSxrv4&feature=related

If you’re not Muslim you can apply some of these techniques to create a unique head wrap, scarf design around your neck, sarong wrap, and belt.  Never hesitate to get creative; the possibilities are endless!

HIJAB INSPIRED LOOKS

You can also layer in textures with your scarf look by adding in braided fabric, beads and woven strands.  You can layer traditional ethnic prints with modern ones to create a unique look!  Check out this blog http://shangrineon.wordpress.com/

The hijabs tutorials on You Tube really got me thinking!  Being that I am a West African Liberian girl         ( Michael Jackson made that song “Liberian Girl” about me ! :D)   I decided to layer polka dots and paisley prints with bold African prints, and wrap my head using some hijab techniques.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS!  EVERYONE SAY  THANKS TO TASHA FOR TAKING MY PICS 😀

Tenneh AKA Rubi Girl

Here I layered a  sheer paisley fabric with a  bold African print.

Tenneh AKA Rubi Girl Polka and African Print

I layered a polka dot fabric with a bold African print

Tenneh AKA Rubi Girl Polka In Kente

I paired Kente cloth with one of  my favorite necklace

Okay my fellow travel buddies,  I have to go for now but our fashion journey in Egypt is far from over!  Stay tuned for the sequel  “RUBI GIRL IS STILL IN EGYPT” !

Also, in that blog I will debut the Poncho Dress from “RUBI GIRL GOES TO MEXICO”!!

PONCHO DRESS Designed by Tenneh From Mexico Blog

BYE FOR NOW,  WE’LL MEET AGAIN IN EGYPT NEXT TIME!!  HAVE A GREAT WEEK 😀

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