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About Shaza's Scrapbook

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

Vendor Spotlight: Lemon Truffle Designs Inc

Have you ever wondered why I didn’t write a review on my wedding decorators? I had a horrible experience with them. I decided not to publicly disclose their name because I do not want to bring any attention to them – whether its good or bad. Yes, my decor turned out gorgeous but I got what I paid for. Their incredibly poor people skills and their lack of professionalism stands out to me far more than the decor.

It was no brainer then that when my sister was getting married, we knew we had to find a new decorator. My sister and I both came across Lemon Truffle Designs Inc separately and we both fell in love. My sister met with Amna from Lemon Truffle Designs and starting from day one, she could not stop raving about her. Amna understood my sister’s vision immediately and together, they were able to bring my sister’s vision to life.

A few words from Amna herself:

  • Tell us about yourself – what inspired you to start in the wedding industry?
    I had always loved design, it might sound cliché but since I was a little girl it was my dream to go to design school and so I did and graduated with a degree in textile design. I had no interest
    in business or science! All I wanted to do was create pretty things. I became an entrepreneur after my son was born. I gave it a shot by trying out gift baskets but slowly realized that it wasn’t satisfying my creative personality. I moved onto wedding favours which peeked my interest into weddings but I never got the guts to go in full force. My first event was a corporate one and then its history. You do one then you do another. I loved weddings the most as I got to do a bit of everything I loved. There were fabrics, accessories, flowers to work with! What else did I need :)
  • What do you love the most about your line of work?
    I am a very chatty and outgoing person. I love meeting new people and get excited every time I meet a newly engaged couple. Working with flowers, pretty accessories, fabrics and creating something unique each time is what I love most!
  • What can a bride/groom expect from a meeting with you?
    An initial meeting is normally for the couple to get to know me, my way of working, my style and also for me to get a sense of who they are and what their vision is for their wedding. We look at my past work, new ideas, magazines for me to get a sense of what we can put together for them and depending on what they decide we move forward.
  • Your ideas are so unique, how do you stay creative in such a competitive industry?
    I think you should stay true to who you are and your style. Once you realize what your style is you tend to attract couples who share the same taste. To stay creative, I usually try and think outside the box and different than what everyone else is doing. Fashion, nature and our surroundings are my best inspiration and of course a little bit of pinterest never hurts! :)
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The colours are just fabulous, don’t you think?

How cute are the details on this one?!

Totally love the feel of this one – LOVE the books, pearls and lace!

Great Gatsby Inspired

Great Gatsby Inspired

For the modern bride

For the modern bride

My sister's mehndi

My sister’s mehndi

My sister and I both loved Amna’s professionalism along with her creativity. My sister was a happy bride and to this day, she always raves about Lemon Truffle Designs Inc! :)

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Fashion Love: Beaded Blazer

Between an appointment with a mortgage broker, running errands and a lunch, I managed to make this short video.

Spring is finally in the air and this post was inspired for all the things I am loving this season. I previously blogged about a gorgeous beaded jacket that I purchased and I could not wait to style it. In this video, you will see two outfits – one suitable for the day and one for a night out.

Day Time Look:This look is all about fun and colour while also keeping up with my new found love for neutrals.

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Night Time Look:
I kept my blouse and blazer the same but changed my pants, hijab and accessories. You know I love colour, so I had to add a few splashes of colour to my outfit.

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In terms of makeup, the only thing I changed between the two looks was my lip colour. Makes such a big difference in the overall look, right?

Collarless blazers, neutral colours and statement necklaces are some of the top trends this season. Which styles are you excited to try?

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Spring Trend: Fashion Pakistan Week 2014

I don’t know about you but I am SO ready for spring/summer! We’ve had a very cold and long winter and I cannot wait until I can walk outside the house without a jacket.

Spring brings colour and fun into our wardrobes – all of a sudden, our clothes are bursting with neon pinks and bright yellows. While I am a girl that loves colours, I cannot help but also fall in love with a softer palette this season. Nudes and beige are all the hype in 2014.

Whether you are a bride-to-be or a fashionista, you need some nudes in your closet this year! If you are getting married, the pictures below are inspiration for you jahez/bari. These gorgeous pieces are from designers Fahad Hussayn and Nida Azwer’s collections from Fashion Pakistan Week 2014. Both designers displayed variations of beige and their clothes were perfect.

The best part about a nude colour is that you can add your own flair to outfits by adding colourful accent pieces – statement necklaces, a funky shoe or a trendy handbag!

Fahad Hussayn

Fahad Hussayn

Nida Azwer

Nida Azwer

Nida Azwer

Nida Azwer

Nida Azwer

Nida Azwer

Photography by Dragonfly

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Friday’s Feature: Walk Me Down The Aisle, Daddy

I came across an article by the Huffington Post that touched me so much that I had to share it with you. This video is a collection of pictures of a father walking his 11 year old daughter down the aisle.

After photographer Lindsey Villatoro was hired to take pictures for the Zetz’s family, she had an idea to make her clients 11th birthday a memorable one. Jim Zetz’s was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and his family hired Lindsey to document memorable moments in his last months. For the upcoming 11th birthday of Josie, Jim’s daughter, Lindsey had an idea to make it a memorable one. Knowing that Jim would not be able to attend Josie’s wedding in the future, Lindsey created a faux wedding so that Jim could walk his daughter down the aisle.

The pictures are beautiful.

 

 

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Wedding Fashion Trends: Bejewelled Hair

One trend that has really blossomed last year and will continue to do so this summer, is accessorizing your hair. Teeka’s and jhoomar have long been a staple in the desi bride’s accessory closet. Now, hair accessories are fast becoming the must-have statement pieces in many South Asian girl’s closets. It is the perfect way to accessory your look for a desi wedding.

I am totally loving this fashion – what’s not to love when you add a little more sparkle to your look, right? Below is a collection of pictures that can inspire your next look!

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Carlton SooHoo Photography

Carlton SooHoo Photography

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Shot by Shahed

Shot by Shahed

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Shot by Shahed

Shot by Shahed

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IGlow Studios

IGlow Studios

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Will you be accessorizing your hair with some bling this summer?

Images via
Gaciel Santana Photography
Goka Love Makeup & Hair
Carlton SooHoo Photography
Salma Jammal Photography
Nomi Ansari
Shot by Shahed
Minmit
Bertrand Thomas Photography
Paul West Photography

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International Muslimah Fashion Week 2014

For the past year, many of the bloggers and designers I follow have been looking forward to attending the International Muslimah Fashion Week in Pennsylvania. I myself had been thinking of going but decided not to go around a month ago. In light of recent events, Alhamdulilah for my decision.

What is the IMFW, you ask?
Basically, it was a show running from Thursday – Sunday that would have vendors selling modest fashion, bloggers and YouTubers doing meet & greets and rocking the runway. All in all, it was meant to be an amazing event for fashionistas and hijabistas!

What’s with all the frenzy on social media?
The only thing that is known for sure, as of now, is that the event was cancelled a few hours before it was due to start. The below message was posted on Instagram by the organizer. Since then, nobody has been able to get in touch with any of the organizers.

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Since the original message (above), the IMFW Instagram has been updated with the post below.

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What does this mean?
This has impacted many people – some are listed below:

  • Bloggers: All the bloggers that accepted invitations to the event were asked to vacate the rooms once the event was cancelled. Bloggers had been flown in from all over the world (to name a few – Dina Tokio, Pearl Daisy and Basma Kahie from the UK; Saman’s Makeup & Hijabs from Toronto; Hijab Hills from the Netherlands) and were left stranded with nowhere to go.
  • Designers: Some designers are reporting that they are unable to locate their collections. A few of the labels that were scheduled to be displayed: Peplum Fashion Shop, Cover Me BeautifulAcacia Label, Nu Look Salon, Sahara Shawl and Victorious Me.
  • Attendees: Many people had their whole weekends planned around this event and had come from miles away. Those who had purchased their hotel or tickets may not be able to get their money back.

If you were affected, you can do the following:

  • PayPal: If you purchased a ticket via PayPal in the last 45 days, PayPal may be able to refund you. Open a dispute asap.
  • Credit Card: Most credit cards will allow you to open a dispute if you made a payment in the last 90 days. You must provide proof of payment and proof of service/product not delivered. Do this asap. You can also check with your Credit Card company if you are eligible for any trip cancellation insurance
  • Hotel: If you had booked a for a weekend show, call the hotel asap and ask if you can cancel for a full or partial refund for your accommodation

Social media has been bursting with claims of fraud. Many people are jumping to conclusions and a variety of stories are circulating the internet. There is a mug shot of the organizer that is going viral, some are saying that she is a known scammer – having previously cancelled a similar event, others are saying that she did everything to raise money for her son who has cancer. Whatever the reason may be to cancel the event, we need to focus on the most important issue – making sure that everyone is refunded and has their products returned.

On a personal level, although I did decide not to go because of the lack of communication, I definitely did not have any idea that something this big would happen. This is a lesson learnt for all of us to share our experience more to prevent something like this happening again. I am disappointed that what could have been amazing turned out to be such a big mess. It’s totally horrible and I feel bad for those who were affected.

If you have any tips or information that will help those involved, leave a comment below!

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Pankaj & Avnie: Extravagant Vegas Wedding

Oh em gee.

I don’t even know where to begin for this beautifully luxurious wedding. The wedding of Pankaj & Avnie was captured by A&A Video Productions and is probably one of the most extravagant weddings I have come across. Shot over the course of approximately one week, this wedding epitomizes a true Bollywood wedding. The granduer, the colours, the fun and the traditions are all captured in this gorgeous wedding.

The couple got everything right – down to Avnie having customized bangles with their names on them!

Oh and please notice the amazing videographers – I think they did an outstanding job. They might be my new favourites!

Photography by Mili Ghosh

Photography by Mili Ghosh

Epic Wedding of Pankaj & Avnie Malani from A&A Video Productions on Vimeo.
Image via: Mili Ghosh Photography

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Bridal Shower Inspiration: Kate Spade

If you’re following fashion trends, you’ll know that Kate Spade is oh-so-in. Pinterest has been flooded with gorgeous images of Kate Spade inspired parties – classy with a little bit of quirky! If you’re planning a bridal shower this season, you should totally check out the below pictures from The Perfect Palette. This Kate Spade inspired styled shoot is perfection – pink, gold, black and white make the setting look ultra chic.

A Kate Spade themed bridal shower is also perfect for an outdoor spring party; a garden party with such lovely colours and patterns – you can picture it, right?

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For additional pictures from this styled shoot, click here
Images captured by Lauren Rae Photography

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