Guilt-Free Goodies at Smoky Not Smudgy 2012


The annual charity event is back this year with a smorgasbord of treats. Words and photography by Zinah Nur Sharif.

There are wonderful people who give to charity, putting others before themselves. They make the world go round and round. Then there are those who go beyond giving and unite everyone to be charitable by organising and hosting charity events.

Charity Week is one occasion that can’t be missed here in the UK. Taking place every November, it unites so many Islamic organisations and university Islamic societies around the UK. Each event is unique and special in its own right.

Now in its fifth year running, and growing bigger and bigger each time, students at Imperial University dedicate so much time and passion to raising money for orphans and children in need. A ladies-only event, Smoky Not Smudgy is the place for women to browse and buy beautiful hijabs and clothes from small businesses and accessories from stalls; get pampered for the day with henna and makeup; and join activities – from learning how to decorate cupcakes, to making your own body scrub. What a guilt-free way to splurge on yourself, knowing that the money raised goes to those in need! And if that weren’t enough, there’s a fashion show, where you can watch designers working just a few metres away from you and bump elbows with them after the show.

In previous years, I have joined Hana Tajima-Simpson showcasing her designs and Dina Toki-O sharing her creativity at the fashion show. This year I’ll be there, not only supporting the event once again, but also attending the event as a designer.

On Saturday the 17th of November you’d best be in South London between 12pm and 5pm to be part of the latest incarnation of Smoky Not Smudgy. See you there!


Smoky Not Smudgy

17 Nov 2012, 12pm – 5pm
Sir Alexander Fleming Building
Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London, UK  SW7 2AZ

Facebook event page 

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