Posted on Aug 12, 2019
Haute Hijab Staff
How many chiffon hijabs in the shade of cocoa does Haute Hijab have in stock at this moment, and how many did the company sell last week on, say Tuesday? Our merchandise analyst Justine Sarhadi could tell you in no time! What hijabs are trending at our company, which ones are your favorites, which prints sell the best, and why is that so? Justine has the insights that helps our products team figure out which hijabs are the ones you love, which ones we're pretty sure you're going to love and how stay ahead of our inventory!
The wealth of hijab inventory knowledge Justine holds in her brain and at her fingertips is pretty astounding, but what is also astounding is that she has dabbled in so many other jobs and hobbies in her life - a self-proclaimed "Jack of all trades!" Wedding consultant, bridal gown seamstress, player of drums and maker of the world's best apple pie (again, self-proclaimed!) - get to know Justine as she answers 15 fun (and a few deep) questions in our ongoing summer team-focused series - "15 Things You May Not Know About ... "
The beautiful and awesome Justine Sarhadi!
1. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I love being in the sun! Hiking, laying on the beach, playing sports, or even just having a picnic in the grass really brings me joy. But if I’m inside, I’m most likely watching movies. One of my favorites is Mad Max (the Tom Hardy remake)! It’s a beautiful movie about redemption and courage. If I could be any celebrity, it would be Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa.
2. What are your hobbies? What are your dream hobbies?
I love making people laugh. I have no reservations about looking silly or ugly, as long as I can make someone smile. I also love creating things - sewing, baking, painting, puzzles. When I am financially able, my dream hobby is to travel all over the world. I want to go everywhere and see everything. More so, I want to be able to bring my entire family with me.
3. What is something you hate doing?
Listening to arrogant and/or ignorant people. I’m really bad at “faking it” in terms of small talk with someone who I don’t respect. I just can’t keep my mouth shut. Disappointing someone or more, not being able to make good on a promise. Something more tangible that I hate doing … cleaning my cat’s litter box.
4. If you could eat something on an endless loop, what would it be?
Any type of Indian food. Or a plate of cheese and crackers and olives.
5. What feeds your soul/when are you at your happiest/best?
Corniest answer ever but, I am happiest when I see my loved ones happy or good things happening to good people.
6. Who do you look up to the most and why? (living or dead)
I don’t really have someone that I can say I look up to, but a lot of people inspire me; especially selfless people with no agenda but try to make positive impacts in the world. I’m sure this sounds strange, but I love Conan O’Brien! He travels all around the world to simply learn about the culture and make people smile.
7. What is something, if you could go back and change in your life, that you would?
I have a hard time regretting things that I once thought I wanted … but I would definitely have put on sunscreen each and every time my mom told me to.
8. What is your biggest challenge in life?
Self-inflicted pressure to constantly do and be better.
Justine on the top of Mount Si in Seattle, Washington after a 10-mile hike.
9. What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?
Hmmm, I’m not sure what would surprise people, but I am kind of a “jack of all trades” (master of none) in terms of random facts and jobs I’ve had: make-up artist, menswear/accessories buyer, wedding consultant, waitress, bridal gown seamstress, jewelry model, home decor designer. I played on traveling sports teams, played the drums, was a prom queen. I make the world’s best apple pie, (self proclaimed) and one time I wore a medieval knight costume into a Walmart just to make my friend, Sara, laugh.
10. What is that big dream thing you want to accomplish in life? Or if not one thing, a few things?
Lead a revolution.
11. To the non-Muslims at Haute Hijab is your favorite OR not-so-favorite thing about working at a Muslim-owned company? Or, what is one thing you’ve learned that surprised you about Muslims?
I’ve learned SO much about Muslims and the beautiful religion of Islam. My favorite part about working at Haute Hijab is the community of wonderful, thoughtful creative people who are all driven by a mission of empowerment and positive social change. I was raised Catholic, but I believe in all religions and Gods. I welcome anyone and anything that is powered and guided by love, compassion, commitment and peace. When we leave this world, I’m not exactly sure where we go. But while we are living on earth, we are all just a bunch of strangers and friends keeping each other company on our way home. I’ve chosen my company well. (Puns are funny!)
12. What does a typical Friday night look like for you?
I’m an absolute couch potato. Take out. TV. Boyfriend. Friends. Cat.
13. What’s the strangest or most fun family tradition you have?
Whenever I have to pick up my youngest sister, Kristina, I roll all the windows down in the car, blast music, head bang and “dance” terribly, frantically and aggressively in my seat at all stop signs and red lights in hopes to get people in surrounding cars to smile or laugh or dance back. At first I would do it to embarrass my sister, but she would end up laughing so uncontrollably hard that I would continue to do it at every stop and every time she’s in the car with me.
14. Cat person or dog person (or some other kind of animal)?
I truly love all animals but when it comes down to it, cats. And not even all cats; just my cat, Jack. He’s 11 years old, and he’s traveled with me and lived everywhere I have: New York > Seattle > San Francisco > Austin > New York City. He is such a cuddle bug and sleeps under the covers with his head on the pillow each night. He’s the sweetest little dude and has such a big heart and an even bigger personality.
15. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be and why?
You are never wrong doing the right thing.