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 Reception
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.
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 If you are a bride that is yearning to showcase her roots on her wedding day without looking outdated, have a look at the brides below for inspiration.
p.s. You guys, leave me a comment below and tell me what you want to see on the blog this year!
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.
Images via Fashion Central
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.
All images via Kashif Qadri Photography
Tell me what you think below!
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!
Images via ebuzztoday.com
What did you think of Day 1?
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.
All images via the Umsha’s Facebook page
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!
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!
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.
I have been wanting to put this out for a long time but I don’t know if I can articulate all my thoughts properly. This is my attempt at talking about my Hijab story. Check out my video for a detailed account of my story but first, a quick summary!
- My journey to wearing the Hijab started not because I wanted to wear it but because I wanted more knowledge about Islam. I entered my mid-teens and my curiosity about my religion was at an all time high – I wanted to understand the religion I followed
- As I researched and learned, Hijab was one of the many topics that I researched on. I was unknowingly obtaining knowledge through which my love for Islam grew. I became convinced that Hijab was the right decision for me.
- I took the Hijab once I knew I was ready to make the commitment to it and when I knew I was making a decision for Allah and not influenced by other people
- Just like everyone else, my faith fluctuates. Sometimes I am a strong Muslim and sometimes I am not. I have periods where I am practicing Islam alot and at other times I am doing just the bare minimum. This is a struggle that everyone goes through – no matter how religious you are.
- Alhamdulilah, I have not regretted my decision to take the Hijab. InshAllah, I never do.