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My name is Shaza and I'm a twenty something year old who's passionate about FOOD and Weddings!

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.

Nikkah

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Mayoun

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Mehndi

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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

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Saira Shakira

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Karma Red

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Karma Red

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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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My Hijab Story – Part 1

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!

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  • 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.

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Everyday Hijiab Tutorial

Many of you have asked me to do hijab/turban tutorials so this one is for all of you!

When I wake up in the morning, I give myself exactly 20 minutes to get ready – use the washroom, figure out my outfit, put on some makeup and make both of our breakfasts to go. Naturally, I do things very quickly and I’m always looking at ways to shorten my routine (every second of sleep counts!).

This hijab tutorial is quick, easy and totally put together. It is perfect for those who work or go to school. Another great thing about it is that it requires no pins. Yup, none! Although this does depend on the fabric and how active your day will be.

If the hijab style looks familiar, it’s because this video is from my Kimono photoshoot.

p.s. Over the weekend, I will be recording a “My Hijab Story” video so leave your comments and questions below. I will try to incorporate them in the video!

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Modest Fashion For the Summer Heat

In a city as diverse as Toronto, people don’t normally think twice when they see a woman wearing a Hijab. However, the one thing that does arise alot of interest is the summer heat. For someone who loves the summer heat as much as I do, the sweltering temperatures are no big deal. Generally, the hotter it is, the happier I am.

Having said that, I do like to dress according to the weather. Nobody wants to be layering when it’s 30 degrees outside, right? By far, my favourite summer fashion is maxi dresses. I love how feminine and flowy they look! For this video, I styled two dresses – details on the different looks are below and the full outfits can be seen on the video.

Look # 1 – The Turbanator
On super hot days, I like to wear my maxi dresses with a Turban. It can sometimes be a challenge because most maxi dresses are either strapless or have low necks – meaning that I’d be exposing way too much neck than I’m comfortable with. A great way to combat this problem is to use a scarf around your neck. For this look, I paired my dress and turban with another scarf around my neck – this is a great way to give you as much (or as little) coverage as you want.

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Look # 2 – Bursts of Colour
This look is pretty standard. I wore a bold dress (helloooo candy cane!) and paired it with a neutral sweater. I wanted to add more depth to the look by adding another colour -  I did that with my hijab. Who would’ve thought dark green and coral pink go together so well?

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To view the full outfits, check out the video below. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel ya’ll!

What’s your favourite summer style?

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