The Modern Bride: Ghoongat

Many of us focus on the big items of a wedding – decor, venue, makeup, etc. I find that sometimes it’s the small details that add so much character to the event. Ghoongats, or veils, hold a special place for me at weddings. Ghoongats add elegance and a little bit of tradition that I love so much.

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Ali Khurshid Photography

Ali Khurshid Photography

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Irfan Ahson Photography
Shahnawaz Studio
Ali Khurshid Photography

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Alisha and Adeel

It has been a while, hasn’t it? If you have kept up with my instagram, you’ll know that I have had a busy few weeks. Since my last post, I started a new job, traveled to Punta Cana for a destination wedding and drove to Ottawa for a fusion wedding. It has been an eventful first quarter and I am looking forward to having more down time. This weekend was relaxing and I finally had time to revisit the blogosphere; both my own and catching up with some of my favourite ones. It feels like reconnecting with old friends. On the blog today, feast your eyes upon the beautiful images of Alisha and Adeel’s engagement and reception shoot. The pictures are captured by Nadia D Photography. Engagement 1497503_10153030835963642_1418412432749112961_n 10516628_10153030835948642_1037750283038355734_n1911844_10153030836183642_9219497276473588755_n 10302023_10153030836613642_2141454008601667842_n 10511076_10153030836198642_280112660012216635_n 10574297_10153030836383642_4305688569200293205_n10556236_10153030836373642_7648536008897487033_n10478933_10153030835473642_7423281279235047570_n Reception 1975215_10153210109243642_7523386429227571995_n16110_10153210109333642_1102480886296846979_n 1484143_10153210108828642_1324501069218042347_n 10620765_10153210109008642_95207137747673876_n 10665826_10153210109073642_3719175170575319823_n 10671441_10153210108898642_3694014527560448_n 10713000_10153210108953642_5466885137256068780_n 10352615_10153210109133642_2624016508923630802_n 1620496_10153210109103642_4816897394413125631_n E29064420825FA0D723FA6F1BD76C3A4

The Modern Bride: Long Necklaces

Traditionally, Pakistani brides wore multiple necklaces on their wedding day. One from the bride’s parents, another from her in-laws and a few thrown in for fun. Fashion trends have led bride’s to wear chokers as well as simple necklaces.

One trend that I am loving is the re-introduction of long necklaces. I am an avid lover of saath lara haar’s so the movement towards long necklaces is pure loveliness for me.

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Images via
Banga Studios
Fine Art Weddings by Irfan Ahson
Lollipop and Laddu
Rammal’s Digital Photography and Digital Art Hub

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The Modern Bride: Old School Glam

It has changed from fall to full fledged winter since the last time I posted on here. Not alot has changed – my work has been busy and I have been cherishing whatever down time I can get. The last few weekends have been great; Nouman and I have had a clear schedule meaning that we could spend lots of time together being lazy bums. We’ve caught up on a lot of Big Bang Theory (we’re so obsessed with that show) and I have recently started watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians (Nouman has been a long time fan of Kimmy Cakes but I am not one who likes watching reality drama; so I’m shocked that I’ve been enjoying the show!).

After catching up on some much needed me time, it’s time to get back on track with my blogging! Today’s post is all about old school glamour. There is something magical about preserving your culture and I love to see bride’s inject their personality to traditional looks. Ghararas, jhoomars, saat lara haar’s, I love them all!

In my eyes, a modern bride isn’t one who embraces the latest trends and styles but also one who is able to carry her traditions with her. Someone who can mix her roots with her contemporary style. If you are a bride that is yearning to showcase her roots on her wedding day without looking outdated, have a look at the brides below for inspiration.

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Rammal’s Photography and Digital Hub

Fine Art Weddings by Irfan Ahson

Fine Art Weddings by Irfan Ahson

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Lollipop & Laddu

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Ali K Photography

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Fine Art Weddings by Irfan Ahson

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Fine Art Weddings by Irfan Ahson

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Fine Art Weddings by Irfan Ahson

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Fine Art Weddings by Irfan Ahson

p.s. You guys, leave me a comment below and tell me what you want to see on the blog this year!

Images via
Fine Art Weddings by Irfan Ahson
Rammal’s Photography and Digital Art Hub
Ali K Photography

Lollipop and Laddu

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PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2014 – Day 2 & 3

Day 2 and 3 of PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week saw an even diverse set of designers than Day 1. My favourites of the 2 days are below – Fahad Hussayn, Nickie Nina, Saira Shakira and Nida Azwer. The top collection in my books has to be Nida Azwer’s. Her collection was beautiful – from the colours to the cuts to the style.

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Putlighar by Fahad Hussayn

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Putlighar by Fahad Hussayn

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Putlighar by Fahad Hussayn

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Putlighar by Fahad Hussayn

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Rumi to Raj by Nickie Nina

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Rumi to Raj by Nickie Nina

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Saira Shakira

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Saira Shakira

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Saira Shakira

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Saira Shakira

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The Ghalib Collection by Nida Azwer

The Ghalib Collection by Nida Azwer

The Ghalib Collection by Nida Azwer

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The Ghalib Collection by Nida Azwer

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The Ghalib Collection by Nida Azwer

Images via Fashion Central

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Ayeza and Danish

I have been wanting to share these images with you guys since the beginning of time – so dramatic, aren’t I? I know there are lots of pictures from this wedding floating around the internet but the images are too lovely not to share.

The bride and groom, Ayeza and Danish, are well-known Pakistani actors (thanks to my mom and mother-in-law, I can recognize alot of Pakistani TV personnel). What I absolutely loved about their wedding was the bride. Her hair, makeup, jewellery and clothing was on point on all the events. Beautiful, classy and so gorgeous; you are going to fall in love!

Wait until you get to her valima look – it is my favourite look of all the events.

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Wedding/Shaadi

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Reception/Valima

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All images via Kashif Qadri Photography

Tell me what you think below!

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PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week 2014 – Day 1

It’s the time of year when fashion shows are at an all time high around the world and specifically, it is fashion season in Pakistan. This year’s PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week kicked off with designers such as HSY, Sania Maskatiya, Asifa & Nabeel and Karma Red.

This year, I am loving the peaches and the mint greens. I also (still!) can’t get enough of the flowy gowns – I am totally drooling over the dresses by Asifa & Nabeel. Alot of designers are also incorporating flowers into their outfits and while I do love them, I find that too many designers are using them all at once.

The one thing I can’t seem to wrap my head around is all the cleavage that popped up in this week. I think this may have been the first time I have come across so much of it on a Pakistani runway show.

Overall, day 1 was a feast for the eyes. I’m in fashion heaven!

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HSY

HSY and Sania Maskatiya (top right)

HSY and Sania Maskatiya (top right)

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Sania Maskatiya

Sania Maskatiya

Sania Maskatiya

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Asifa & Nabeel

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Asifa & Nabeel

Asifa & Nabeel

Asifa & Nabeel

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Saira Shakira

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Karma Red

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Karma Red

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Karma Red

Karma Red

Karma Red

Images via ebuzztoday.com

What did you think of Day 1?

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Reflections by Uzma Baber

All of you ladies that are getting married in the summer, I know you are frantically trying to finalize your wedding dress(es). Now is the time to search and narrow down your choices. This post has some gorgeous dresses for you to draw inspiration from.

For those of you who aren’t planning a wedding, a little eye candy to get us through the week doesn’t hurt. Right?

The beautiful dresses below are from the Reflections collections of Umsha by Uzma Baber. I love the modern touch to the traditional dresses.

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All images via the Umsha’s Facebook page

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Daily Skin Care Routine

Alot of you have asked me about my skin care routine and I have finally put together a video of what I do on a day to day basis!

What I absolutely love is using natural products and I try my best to stay away from ingredients that I don’t understand. In the video, you will see that my staples are oils and rosewater. I am hoping to get back into taking better care of my skin and I will soon be posting my go-to masks; all natural ofcourse!

Tell me what you love to use on your skin in the comments below!

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Fashion Love: Beaudefy

Gorgeous weather this long weekend along with some down time means that I can finally put together a post on my outfit from IMFDF.

For those of you who don’t know, International Muslim Fashion and Design Festival (IMFDF) took place August 23rd & 24th. IMFDF’s goal is to create a platform that helps promote the modest fashion industry and help unite Muslim female led businesses.

I was invited to be on a panel of bloggers that would be speaking about how we started blogging, the challenges we face, how we deal with negativity, etc. I was so so so excited as I would be sharing the panel with Dina Torokia (aka Dina Tokio), Nurlailalov, Saman’s Makeup & Hijabs, Miss Balde and Basma K. It was a pleasure meeting all of them – I felt like a total fan girl and still can’t believe that I met them!

That weekend was a really busy weekend for me and unfortunately I could not attend IMFDF for long (I had two weddings to attend – and you know desi weddings, it’s not just a one day affair). I was able to take a very quick tour of the vendors and there was a great selection of clothes, accessories, makeup, etc. All the fashion shows that I did see were amazing and I wish I had chance to see more.

A big shoutout to Julianna for taking pictures for me that day!

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Anyway, back to my outfit. I decided my outfit really last minute – the morning of the event! I wanted to wear something summery as it was supposed to be a bright and sunny day. I had recently purchased a skirt from Beaudefy (you may remember I wore a piece from Beaudefy at SIS) and decided that I wanted to wear it because it was flowy and feminine. I paired my skirt with a pink top and braided my Hijab to give my look an extra oomph.

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Skirt: Beaudefy

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