About The Sewist

Al Sayyida Mayya Al Said aka The Sewist

Salam Alikoyum, which is Arabic for peace and blessings be upon you. My name is Mayya Al Said aka The Sewist. I am thrilled to “meet you” even if it’s only virtually. The Sewist is a reflection of my own desire to live a positive life and inspire other women to lead a life they are passionate about.

I am a 30 something, mother of 2, workout junkie, bookworm, bag addict, crafter & makeup lover. “The Sewist” is not your typical lifestyle blog simply because I am not your typical Arab woman.

Born to an Omani father and a French mother, I speak four languages (Arabic, English, French & Swahili) and used to be a professional violinist in the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra. My fashion sense is modest and chic, I have been sporting the hijab aka headscarf since I was 16 watch my hijab story.

I go by “The Sewist” as I used to blog at Sew Chic and Unique (SCU). A crafty blog I started back in 2008, where I shared my crafty adventures. I love meeting new people and always end up offering some kind of advice or recommendation which is why blogging is perfect for me.

In 2009, I  started my Youtube channel being the first Omani woman to do so with the goal of changing the image the west have of the muslim woman. I love that I am able to get real through my videos by sharing hijab tutorials, beauty tips, and DIY projects.  The inspirational series called “The World through my eyes” is where I get to share my views/advice on life.

I contribute monthly as columnist for Y Magazine for “The Voice of Oman”. I have been featured in various local media publications (Al Mara, The Woman, HI) and in July 2015 I was invited to be part for Life as it is a radio show which aired during the month of ramadhan.

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