Posted on Aug 05, 2019
Haute Hijab Staff
If one person embodies the heart and soul of joy and hilarity around the office at Haute Hijab, it's Salwa Marzouk, our graphic designer! All parts of the design and creativity on our website and print materials has Salwa's touch - from every detail, color, light, depth and clarity of our photos to our logo, emails, campaign designs and even email signatures! Suffice to say, Salwa makes us all look good!
Salwa is also our resident foodie and has an insatiable appetite for pretty much everything! It even feeds into what her life's motto is! Did you know that though graphic design is her passion, it wasn't at ALL what she wanted to be growing up? (Blame the movies, Salwa says!) Or, that she can pinpoint to the exact day and time the one thing she wishes she could go back and change in her life? (Something I think many of us can sympathize with at one point in our own lives!) Get to know Salwa 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 ever hilarious Salwa!
1. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I’m either relaxing at home or spending the whole day out. It really depends on my mood and the weather.
2. What are your hobbies? What are your dream hobbies?
If this is even considered a hobby - I would love to work on a farm and take care of farm animals, like goats, horses, llamas, cows, donkeys, pigs, ducks, chickens, etc.
3. What is something you hate doing?
I hate walking in crowds. It’s not fun being in a crowd of sweaty strangers who cut you off and invade your personal space.
4. If you could eat something on an endless loop, what would it be?
Spicy potato samosas with green and sweet chutneys.
5. What feeds your soul/when are you at your happiest/best?
I'm happiest when I'm laying on a beach listening to the sounds of the ocean.
Salwa in her element - laughing and taking photos!
6. Who do you look up to the most and why? (living or dead)
I don’t really have a person I look up to. I honestly just admire anyone who is patient, thoughtful, and goes out of their way to make those around them laugh.
7. If you could go back and change something in your life, what would it be?
I would like to go back to Sunday, November 18, 2018 at exactly 9:47 p.m. This was the minute before Gizelle (our creative director) took scissors to my hair and rocked my whole world. This was the worst haircut I have ever had in my adult years. She gave me a drastic long in the front short in the back cut. Everyone and their mother had something to say about it, as if I didn’t know it was horrendous! Gizelle said it was her best work yet. So I decided to fix my hair by giving myself a straight cut, knowing that my hair would be SO SHORT. It was cute, and I liked it - up until I showered and looked at myself in the mirror and had my world rocked all over again! I, at the age of 24, had given myself a BOWL CUT.
8. What is your biggest challenge in life?
I struggle with stressing about things that aren’t relevant in the moment - so I end up stressing about things before, during and even after they happen. That’s just too much stress for no reason, and it’s preventing me from living in the moment and appreciating the simple joys in life.
9. What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?
When I was little, I dreamed of becoming a CIA Agent. It seemed like it encompassed everything I thought I was good at - lying, acting, reading people, analyzing information, etc. I was infatuated with the idea of living a life of mystery, travel and action! I blame movies.
10. What is that big dream thing you want to accomplish in life? Or if not one thing, a few things?
My dream is to produce an interactive and experiential design exhibition here in NYC. The project will most likely be a more in-depth and advanced exploration of my thesis that I worked on a few years ago, which focused on the human brain and the idea of being able to see a person’s thoughts - it’s all very tech and science-related. I also want to compete in a kickboxing tournament and win.
11. For the Muslims at Haute Hijab - what is your favorite or not-so-favorite thing about working at a Muslim-owned company?
I feel lucky to be working at a Muslim-owned company. If I was elsewhere, I probably would be detached from the Muslim community, which is how I spent most of my life. This just feels right.
Salwa's pets! Hard to choose which one is cuter!
12. What does a typical Friday night look like for you?
It's hard to say with my busy schedule, every Friday is different. I’m either cleaning my apartment, being a couch potato or spending time with my wonderful boyfriend and friends.
13. What’s the strangest or most fun family tradition you have?
We basically just roast each other all the time. Some people in the family do it more than others, but we all tear each other up. (My mother’s the ringleader!)
14. Cat person or dog person (or some other kind of animal)?
I have both a cat and a dog! So, I can tell you with 100 percent confidence that cats are just so much better than dogs. Love my dog though.
15. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be and why?
Go to where the food’s at. Honestly food brings people together. Some of my best memories and friendships not to mention my entire childhood revolved around good food.