Aquila Style’s Columnists Highlights 2012

Afia R Fitriati rounds up on our columnists’ writings this year. This year marks the birth of this smashing new website. I believe I can speak for all my fellow Aquila columnists that we all feel lucky to have the honor of coloring this site weekly with our reportings, commentaries, analyses and, sometimes, rambling musings. Whether … Read more

How the rise of Muslim YouTubers reflects our vibrant young ummah

Internet celebrities are creating a pop culture on a range of topics, from arts and entertainment to fashion and beauty. By Omar Shahid. Over the past few years, a growing number of Muslim YouTubers with nothing but a camera and an idea have become internet sensations. Appealing to a hungry group of (mostly) young Muslims, these … Read more

Hijab Styling for Five Face Shapes

Finding a hijab style that flatters your face shape is easy. Dina Toki-O shows you how. So, we’ll start off with naming the most common face shapes: oval, square, round, rectangular and heart-shaped. I know that all these different face shapes may sound ‘weird’, and you most likely would never have considered them before. If so, you’ll … Read more

Keepin’ it real: Dina Toki-o and YazTheSpaz share their struggles with body image

Two of the world’s most recognizable Islamic fashion and lifestyle personalities share their struggles – and ultimate victories – with their body image and weight. Written by Yasemin Kanar and Dina Toki-o. Eat well, look great! We call YazTheSpaz a “creative powerhouse” because of her countless creations in the realms of fashion, beauty, baked goods and art. Yet it is her bubbly … Read more

Struggles with Wearing the Hijab

There will be times when women will face doubts and insecurities in wearing their hijab, says Dina Toki-o. Photography by Alessia Gammarota. While it’s been a fairly easy ride, it would silly of me to deny that, even recently, I’ve been experiencing my own struggles over whether to keep the hijab on. I could go on forever, … Read more

My Twin Sister: Peas In A Pod, Poles Apart

Not all twins are perfect symmetries! Dina Toki-O shares how she and her sister are sometimes perfectly poles-apart. The perfect pair of twins – they have identical shoes, matching outfits, the same smiles and similar personalities. They can read each other’s minds, feel the other’s pain; two peas in a pod. They are the best of friends. … Read more

Fashion Fades, but Style is Eternal

Who decides what is considered ‘stylish’? Dina Toki-O believes that everyone’s style is unique and it is yours to define. ‘Fashion fades, but style is eternal’ If you’re a blogger, fashion fiend, lover of all things pretty, and/or a social networking enthusiast, you’ve likely come across that wise little quote at some point. It makes a … Read more

Muslimah Bloggers of the United Kingdom

Zinah Nur Sharif talks to five UK-based modest and fabulous Muslimah bloggers – Hana, Jana, Basma, Dina and herself – on the hows and whys behind their blogging stories. Bloggers. They are passionate people who write about the things they love and share it with the rest of the online world. It is a full-time job, … Read more

Reflections on Being Bicultural

Having two distinct cultures presents both complexities and thrills, says Dina Toki-o. People constantly ask me where I’m from. I answer, ‘from England’. Sometimes I answer with, ‘from Wales’. Then I am asked the same question again. ‘No, where are you really from?’ Or, ‘Where are you from, like from?’ If you haven’t already guessed, these questions usually hint … Read more