We can help you to be a smart consumer

Facing a tight budget, but you need to replace a pair of pants? Unsure about what is modest activewear all about?  Should you compromise between quality and price? Worry not, Nashata is here to help you make sound choices based on your budget and needs.

Here I have listed 4 situations or problems, and how we can assist to solve them. However, we understand that there are different price point for every individual, hence we suggest an alternative product that will work too.

Some people call the alternative as ‘entry-level’ price point. However, I would like to call the alternatives as ‘aspiration pieces’. Thanks to the affordable price points for the alternative, you will now get a preview on what Nashata is all about, and be a smart consumer to decide on the best product to suit your budget

 

In the long run, you might still need to ‘invest’ in products that can last for a few years and possibly, a lifetime such as the Heather range. They might be expensive initially but thanks to the good quality one top can last for a long time, hence you get ‘returns’ by saving since you don’t have to replace a top over and over again. The cost per wear will reduce over time, since you wear the top repeatedly.

The heather range. This top has served me well over the past few years

Ladies, the power is in your hands. Make the right decision that will benefit you in the future, and make your money worth every single cent!

5 Reasons to Choose Modest Athleisurewear

Ladies who are always on the go, running on tight schedule at work or home need outfits that support their activities. Modest Athleisurewear suits modern and progressive women who seek for more coverage in their attire. Here’s why:

1. Comfortable & Practical
Athleisurewear for modest ladies or hijabis are designed not only for exercises, but also designed and tested for comfort and practicality. They are mostly simple, loose and with no-pins designs – injected with cool and innovative features like 2-in-1 tops and hijabs, hidden pockets and even hoodies.

Use no pin hijabs for Travel

Use no-pin hijabs and zipper top for travelling

Simple and practical outfits

A visit to the museum in a simple and practical outfit

2.  Fabric for Active Ones
Almost all activewears are made of fabric that is moisture wicking, fast-drying, lightweight, anti-odor and sun-protective. You can sweat out in it from head to toe with out feeling discomfort, even for long hour use.

Travel Far in Nashata Athleisurewear

Anti-odor and sun-protective top for outdoor activity

Nashata's New Athleisure Top & Athleijab

Nashata’s New Athleisure Top & Athleijab

3. Good for Travel & Vacation
Put on the most comfy athleisure wear when you travel, especially for long haul journey on the plane, train or bus.  Be it easy-to-put-on pinless hijab, slouchy sweatpants, harem pants or hoodie top to cover your head when you nap, athleisure wear is just perfect for you! Walk about at the airport and train stations, and seat comfy for hours in total comfort and style.

Walk around comfortably while travelling

Walk around comfortably while travelling

Don’t even mention how perfect they are for vacations. They are mostly lightweight, easy to wash and fast drying. So pack enough  athleisure wear when you travel.

Hooded Cardigan and Leggings for Travel

Hooded Cardigan and Leggings for Beach Outerwear

You would always find your sports hijab, modest top and pants useful throughout your travel. So hesitate not to bring more.

Ready to nap in a long haul flight

Ready to nap in a long haul flight

4, Fashionable & Fresh
Simple and practical designs are indeed fashionable. Suitable for modern, active women, you just need to  mix and match your activewear to get the fun and fresh styles. You can reduce layering without compromising modest dressing styles.

Fresh and Fashionable

Relaxed & Fresh Look


5. Assimilate with any footwear
Good news is that you can wear athleisure outfits and they go well with shoes and  sandals. Hence the reason why – they are good investment for your wardrobe – versatile, comfy and multipurpose.

Riada Active Pants go well in any footwear

Riada Active Pants

With high heels shoes and right color - you get a more formal look

With high heels shoes and right color combination – you get a more formal look

Be creative to make your style fresh yet modest. Keep a healthy and active lifestyle by wearing athleisurewear as much as you can. It will keep you moving!

Sports Hijab Collection in Colors Inspired by the Early Islamic Art

The new collection of Nashata’s Sports Hijab and Tops (coming soon insyaAllah) are inspired by the colors from my recent visit to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. There is also an Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with similar exhibits as the one in Doha. I visited the one in Kuala Lumpur twice and it has a vast of collection from China, India and South East Asia with similar colors and themes.

What I like about the colors of early islamic art is the use of gold, maroon, turquoise and blue in geometries and lovely shapes in dishes, cover of the Holy Quran, ceramic, jewelries and rugs.

Exhibits at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Turquoise, Beige and hints of Blue at the Exhibits at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Maroon with gold lines

Maroon with gold lines

Pattern on Paper

Pattern on Paper at the Museum

What’s new with the NEW collection?

1. NEW Design – EZ-Tazz Sports Hijab

Trimmed shoulder design with long and wide chest covering. It comes in 3 colors; maroon, black and blue. This is suitable for those who are looking for performance comfort and streamlined design for better sporting experience.

Trimmed shoulder EZ Tazz

EZTazzMaroon - b Nashata Reflective Logo on the back

Trimmed Shoulder, Long and Wide Chest Covering Sports Hijab

Trimmed Shoulder, Long and Wide Chest Covering Sports Hijab

2. Paper-lightweight Fabric
The fabric for this collection is the lightest ever. You can iron the fabric in low temperature and handwash is recommended. The mesh texture fabric is made of polyester microfiber and spandex.

Mesh Texture Fabric

Mesh Texture Fabric

Wide Shoulder, Long and Wide Chest Covering Sports Hijab

Paper Lightweight Mumtaz-Lite Sports Hijab Stretch to your Limit

3. Stretch your Limit

You get a better feel and comfort in the new Raazglove from this collection. It is highly stretchable and light and you can get it in many colors ; blue, turquoise, beige, maroon and black.

Multi-function & Lightweight Headcovering

Multi-function & Lightweight Headcovering

The colors of the early Islamic art combines both subdued and shimmering colors. I hope to be able to add some geometry prints on future designs. InsyaAllah, will work on it.

For more info, visit nashata.com, and for feedback, please comment or email eliza@nashata.com.

The Un-flippable + Zipper Pocket Sports Hijab For ?? Runners & ??Cyclists

Nashata Hooda Sports Hijab was designed to help ladies in hijab to keep their chest and hair covered at all times when they yoga, jump, back-bend, run and cycle.  Released in March 2016, the Hooda Sports Hijab would stay secure when the wind blows, when you bend forward or backwards or perform any movement in the gym.

Now, we have the Hooda Racerback, specially designed for runners and cyclists. It is simplified – to give you more freedom and boost your fitness potential. It also has a hidden small pocket in the front. Watch the video to find out.

Here are the 4 reasons why the Hooda Racerback is THE sports hijab for runners & cyclists.

1. Trimmed Shoulder
The hooda racerback is more neat on the shoulder, making it ideal and simplified for runners and cyclists who are looking for performance sports hijab.

Hooda Racerback Grey

Hooda Racerback Grey

2. Racerback Simplified Design
The design uses lesser fabric on the back. It is lighter and allows more breath-ability on the back.

Nashata Hooda Racerback for the Malaysia Women Marathon 2017

Nashata Hooda Racerback Grey and Limited Edition for the Malaysia Women Marathon 2017

3. Hidden Pocket with a Zip 
You can keep small items like your locker or car key in this pocket securely. It is nicely hidden in the front of the hijab so that you can easily access your items. Watch the video for more info

Zipper Pocket hidden in the inside part of the Sports Hijab

Hidden Zipper Pocket in the inside part of the Sports Hijab

What does a hijabi Marathon runner say about the Hooda Racerback?

What does a hijabi Marathon runner say about the Hooda Racerback?

4. More Size, More Options, Fits All Body Types
We have all sizes to suit ladies who are short, tall, petite and large. The hooda racerback suits all body types and the largest size available is 3XL.

Nashata Hooda Racerback Sizechart

Nashata Hooda Racerback Sizechart

With more freedom and lesser weight, you’d just go faster and further. Here’s how it looks like when you run in the Hooda Racerback.

More colors coming soon as the Hooda Racerback moves so fast that we are almost out of the first color in less than a month.

Oh ya, it is only RM89/SG30/USD25 and shipping is free within Malaysia and RM35/SG11 within South East Asia. We ship worldwide for reasonable flat rates.

So enjoy your run and cycle!

Because we heart ❤ you

Giving more Tender Loving Care (TLC) is our promise to our our ever-supportive customers in 2017.  So from now on, you can collect loyalty reward points when you purchase at nashata.com. You get RM1 for every 20 points you collect at nashata.com and you can redeem and use the points for purchases above RM50. You get 1 point for every RM1 you spend at nashata.com
Note : RM4~SG1.3~USD1

Here’s how you can use Nashata Reward Points.

Nashata Loyalty Program

Click My Loyalty Program under MY ACCOUNT (page footer)

Nashata Loyalty Program

Check and Transform your Loyalty Points into Voucher

Use the Voucher Code provided to get the discount.

Use the Voucher Code provided to get the discount for Minimum order of RM50

How to use Nashata Voucher Code

How to use Nashata Voucher Code : Enter the voucher code generated for you in the red box

Voucher code is valid for one year after the date of creation. Do check your points for time to time and don’t forget to take advantage of our NEW reward program. More TLC coming your way, insyaAllah!

 

#ForABetter2017 ?

Assalamualaikum & greetings,

2016 is leaving us soon with unforgettable memories; the medals and mileages we have earned, weight and body fat we have trimmed along the way. For some of us, what brings us joy is when we make new friends and spend quality time having active lifestyles with family and friends. After all, fitness is a journey, not a destination. With all the reflections and lessons learned, I would like to congratulate you for the achievements and thank you for being with us.

Alhamdulillah, 2016 has been a great year for fit hijabi and Nashata. This August, 33 Olympians in hijab competed strong at Rio 2016. We also featured top 11 yogini in hijabi across the globe who inspire ordinary ladies like me to keep trying to do the extraordinary. At Nashata, we work from dusk to dawn and happy to have released many innovative designs and products that have helped our sisters to enjoy an active lifestyle. The Nashata Hooda Sports Hijab, Modest Yoga Suit,  Azza Toplectic and Nashata Sibaha Swimwear are the main innovative activewear that not only modest but help our sister to improve performance.  The final release for 2016 is the Dusk collection of the all-time-favourite Riada Nahl and Riada Peplum.

Modest . Active . Stylish . Nashata

Modest . Active . Stylish

We are excited with 2017 and have more exciting plans #ForABetter2017.

  • Follow our store-based instagram for a better shopping experience at @nashatastore. We will continue to share exciting and inspiring moments of our modest sisters having active lifestyles at nashatadotcom instagram.
  • We have more innovative products in the pipeline for you – swimwear, performance wear and some special products for our sisters who have been sharing with us your concerns. Please continue to have conversations with us. You can email me at eliza@nashata.com.
  • Giving more TLC to our ever-supportive customers. We heart ❤ you! So please subscribe to our newsletter and follow our social media sites for updates. facebook, nashatastore, nashatadotcom and twitter. We don’t want you to miss special deals for our valuable customers.

#ForABetter2017 Discount for our Customers

On that note, to kick-start the year, we are offering 10% discount when you shop at nashata.com till the 31st January 2017. To get the discount, use vouchercode ForABetter2017 when you check out.

ForABetter2017

ForABetter2017

#ForABetter2017 Goals
So what are your fitness goals #ForaBetter2017? As for me, these are the 3 keys ones.

  1. Improve Fitness Level ?
    • Improve speed
      I want to be able to swim and run faster and longer. My average speed is 6.5 min/km and I would like to improve to 6 min/km for 5km run.
    • Reduce body fat percentage from acceptable level to fitness level.
      This seems to be a hard thing to do. More info on body fat here.
    • Increase strength
      Especially my abdomen and thigh areas.
  2. Make Fitness ? as a Routine
    • Workout at least 3 times a week, one hour per training
      The challenge is to find time. I get an hour in the morning before I start work. I take turns with my husband to send kids to school, so that we get our ME-time to exercise.
    • Cross training – swim or yoga at least once a week
      Yoga helps improve my strength and flexibility while swimming improves my stamina. I tend to do yoga more often as it is less time consuming.
    • Weekend workout with family
      It is a fun thing to do. I take my family climb a hill, run, cycle or any activities other feels like trying out. And the list goes on.
    • Escape with Family

      Escape with Family

  3. Support family & friends ? to be healthy
    • Encourage others to stay fit, run with them or ask them to run with you. I do that with family members. My friends are way ahead than me and they push me forward.
    • Share tips and tricks with family and friends. For example, I add an additional soles in my running shoes to support my knees and legs to avoid knee injury and I do share it with my friends with knee pain.
    • Prepare and have healthy meals with family and friends
      Purchase healthy food for your office like apples and banana, and dine at restaurants that serve healthier options.

Do share your fitness goals with other on social media by adding #ForABetter2017 & #nashata. We are giving away special vouchers worth RM100 each for best posts.

As the year 2016 winds down, let’s reward ourselves for all the effort and let’s look forward and hope #ForABetter2017. InsyaAllah.

Happy New Year!

✌ & ❤,
eliza

Zip Up Azeeza Lite Splashes of Color

Be Happy, Be Bright, Be Fit, Be YOU!
That is what the Zip Up Azeeza Lite is about. You may wonder, What are the differences between Zip Up Azeeza Hematite and Zip Up Azeeza Lite?

The design is the same, but the Lite version does not have wrist pocket with zip, the fabric in the middle part is solid, comes in 3XL as well and lastly, the weight is slightly more than the hematite.

Features Zip Up Azeeza Hematite Zip Up Azeeza Lite
Wrist Pocket With Zip X
Fabric texture Mesh and Heather Mesh & Solid
Fabric Polyester Mircofiber, Spandex Polyester Mircofiber, Spandex
Sizes S / M / L / XL / 2XL M / L / XL / 2XL / 3XL
Weight 220 grams 290 grams
Colors Black Orange, Pink, Purple, Blue
Long and Designed for Modesty
360 degree Slimming Effect
Reflector
Nursing Friendly
Price RM189 RM149

If you are a Zip up Azeeza lover, this is your chance to add more colors to your favourite design. Wear it for your run, cycle, to the gym, zumba or when you travel.  We have very limited pieces, so wait no more and get yours today at nashata.com!

The orange is my new personal favourite color! Running in it makes me feel HAPPY!

Orange is my new personal fav color

After 5 km run in bright colors – I just feel happy!

We ship internationally using express courier service. It takes 2-3 working days to reach Asia / Oceania countries and up to 5 working days to reach other parts of the world.

 

Pool WOD with my Iman Hijab

I am a big fan of the Iman hijab. I have it in almost every colour available, and at least 4 pairs in black. I wear my Iman hijab at almost every active activity, be it running, at the gym, exploring the outdoors, and many more. One of the most frequent questions that I get for my hijab is “Can I use it for swimming?”. Before I could decide, I put my hijab to the test at Fuel Athletics last Friday when we had our WOD (Work Out of the Day) in the pool.

Never without my Iman hijab. Unfortunately, no photos were taken during the work out as it was too dark outside.

Never without my Iman hijab. Unfortunately, no photos were taken during the work out as it was too dark outside.

Swimming

We swam for less than 200m to warm up. It wasn’t complicated as I already know how to swim. Thanks to the elastic band that is built into the hijab, it stays put wonderfully on my head. As no under cap was required, the goggles can go comfortably around my head without feeling too tight.

It is not suitable for diving. The pool is not very deep, but due to the elastic band that holds the hijab in place it will result in pressure and discomfort in the ear.

I can also imagine that this hijab will also be suitable for activities that will require you to get wet, but not too vigorous, such as taking a dip by the beach.

WOD

We did thrusters and muscle up in the pool. These were very rapid and quick movement, transitioning from inside the pool to the surface of the pool. Due to the fabric around my head, it captured a lot of water and I felt that there was a lot of water rushing down my face. But it did not hinder my performance, I just could not see very well and it felt slightly uncomfortable.

Conclusion

If you are planning to go light on your wet activities, then this the right hijab for you. It is also suitable for a leisurely swim. However, if you want to go competitively in an event, or activities that require fast movement, it is better to stick to a conventional swimming cap or a head cover that is lighter and more suitable.

So ladies, I hope my honest review helps!

Until next week,

The Weekend Runner

Hooda Sports Hijab : New Colors, Revamped

We heard you girls! Now Hooda Sports Hijab is all revamped with more colors, more sizes and facelifts.
Now, achieve your fitness full potential in Hooda Sports Hijab. Put no limits to your workout!

Watch this video to see key functions of Hooda Sports Hijab used for different types of sporting activities. #cycling #running #yoga #jumping

2 New Colors

  • Now there are Metallic Silver & Aqua Turquoise in the Hooda Sports Hijab collection. The Metallic Silver offers neutral  & easy to match option while the bright Aqua Turquoise offers more safety to your workout. Plus, you get to be spotted easily in a crowd with it on.

Basic RGB

Bigger Sizes

  • We introduced Hooda Sports Hijab in two initial sizes (M & L) last month and now we added two more sizes to suit tall ladies.

HoodaSizeChart

Hooda Sports Hijab

 

Facelifts

  • Reflective logo at the back of hooda sports hijab
    Nashata reflective logo is now on the back to give you better protection for night use. This is especially useful for cyclists and hikers who train or race in the same direction of traffic.

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  • More room and space in the front for better chest covering
    No matter what size you are, the hijab now looks balance front and back.
    MetalicS - s - half
  •  Flat awning on the forehead face
    The awning has been altered for a better fit while working out. The design is flat on the forehead and the is no space in between your forehead and the hijab.

AquaT - f - half

 If you would like to get one of these cool revolutionary hijab, visit nashata.com

 

The EXPO, The Race @ Malaysia Women Marathon 2016

The Malaysia Women Marathon is an event all running girls should look forward to because it is full of awesomeness. This year, the 3-day Awesomeness (4-6th March) started with a 2-day expo at Bandar Rimbayu, followed by the race at Dataran Kemerdekaan Shah Alam.

DAY 1 : EXPO

The weather was really hot. You could sweat just sitting doing nothing.

All the vendors were ready setting up their stuffs for sale at 10am. Nashata booth offered the same discounts as available online, except for Raazgloves which were going for RM10 only at MWM!. We were lucky to have a booth next to Marathon Baker, and they were super friendly. We bought a lot of chocolate brownies from them and their drinks were very nice too.

As expected, the crowd wasn’t that many on the first day. Most who came were volunteers and MWM runners who came to pick up their race kits. Many left with many race kits in hands as they picked up race kits for group members and friends.  We received a lot of visits from our beloved customers and friends. Here’s one with Hana who came to purchase from us.

Nashata Customers are Awesome!

The organiser lined up a series of talk covering several topics on fitness and fashion shows. Nashata shared about Fashion Tips for Sports Fashionista on Friday, 5th March 2016 2pm.

 

Fashion Tips for Sports Fashionista

Fashion Tips for Sports Fashionista

Here are a couple of slides among the ones that we shared on what to wear, what color to choose, how to look good while running.

 

Working out fashion tips

Working out fashion tips

Tips to Look Good while running

Tips to Look Good while running

The props at the Expo was vibrant and colorful! This is only one of them.

Quite Retro Huh?

Quite Retro don’t you think?

Hooda Sports Hijab was available for fitting so many came to try it out and place orders.

Hooda Sports Hijab

Hooda Sports Hijab

 

Day 2 : Expo 

On the second day, ie, 6th March, Datuk Marina Chin was among the honorable speakers for the Women Dialogue Session on Empowering Women Through Sports. She is indeed THE lady in sports. She was a national track queen, who later coached young athletes. She ran 100 – 400 meter hurdles and won seven gold medals at the SEA Games in the 1970s. Marathon and tracks are no different. They require running, training, strong legs, determination and good diet. Her passion in sports shines till today as she is now the Chef de Mission to 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 under the Olympic Council of Malaysia. At the Expo, she spoke about her passion in sports and that her career in sports never fade away after winning the SEA Games as she continued to coach athletes after she pursued studies in the US. She also reminded parents to allow children to choose what they want to pursue in life and not push unrealized dreams into children.

 

Freda Lui, Datuk Marina Chin, Stephanie Case & Sue Obrien

from Left : Freda Lui, Datuk Marina Chin, Stephanie Case & Sue Obrien

 

The session was moderated by Freda Lui, the producer at BFM 89.9, also a runner. I left the session feeling blessed. I am blessed because I can exercise my rights to perform fitness activities at peace in Malaysia. In certain country, you can only train by running up and down the stairs. It is unheard off, but it happens. Stephanie Case, the founder of charity FreetoRun is an  ultra runner and she lives in Gaza. She helps girls and women in conflict-affected communities to do sports.  Now – that is passion, empowering & amazing. Hence the reason why – I will not miss sharing sessions at MWM in the future!

I was lucky to be seated next to Datuk Marina Chin at lunch. I missed the memo, busy, was called in later, came in late and Alhamdulillah – sheer luck placed me next to her. Datuk Marina is tall, motherly, gentle and BEAUTIFUL. Just look at her posing with  Dato’ Beatrice Nirmala, Mrs. Malaysia 2007, another beauty who does not age.

Dato Beatrice Nirmala & Datuk Marina Chin

Staying Fit Could be the Secret to stay beautiful like Dato Beatrice Nirmala & Datuk Marina Chin

The Curves sponsored workout session right before the Dialogue Session. Despite the heat and humidity, many joined the workout at the back. The second day was indeed a busy day. We were visited by loyal customers like Roziana Harun and performing runner like Edan Shah. We enjoy having conversations with runners and customers because we learn a lot from each other. Edan is the 3rd fastest marathoner In Malaysia with timing of (2:41:43)  as ranked by the Malaysia Athletics Federation

Roziana Harun, Edan Shah & Friend

Edan Shah & Hijabi Marathon Runners

Day 3 : The Race

I was not able to run due to dehydration and my right knee was still hurting, but the Nashata runners (Intan Suraya, Eda Fatimawati, Nur Nahsuhah, Azlina & Pacer, Efah, Aina) ran their heart out that morning. The girls registered for full marathon (42 km)  and one did half marathon (21 km). Sadly, this year, the girls are not too happy with their run. Reasons aside, one gave the idea about running 5 km fun run at the next MWM. I think it is an awesome idea. Just look at all the happy faces of the runners at the 5 km and 10 km! We should fun run then!

 

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On your mark! Get set! Go!

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Happy with what you wear will make your day no matter how tired you get

It is heart-warming to learn the main sponsor and associates wore Nashata for the fun run. Only at MWM, you get such support & sisterhood. My special thanks goes to Karen Loh who put her heart and soul in making MWM beyond a running event. Only this iron lady & team can pull such a dazzling run! So girls, miss not the MWM next year!

Datin Seri Shamsida Tahari, Puan Noorul & YB Daroyah in Nashata

Datin Seri Shamsida Tahari, Puan Noorul & YB Daroyah

If you want to learn about runners’ experiences at MWM, here’s a list: