Wedding Inspiration Board: Mehndi – A Burst of Colour

Mehndi’s are full of colour and one of my favourite events. You all know that I love emerald green but my sister opened my eyes to a softer palette for the mehendi. The below inspiration board is for all of you brides that dare to wear lighter colours on your mehendi. One of the best things about wearing a more neutral colour is that it gives you a wider range of colours to play with for your decor. If I was a bride wearing the below outfit, I would draw on the contrasting colours in the dress (pink, green and blue) and incorporate them in all the details of the event.

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Dress: Fahad Hussayn
Decor: Sara Baig Designs (Z Molu Photography)
M&Ms: Photography by Aliph Aur Meem
Table Setting: Nisha Chandra Events (One² Photography)
Mehendi: Sanaa’s Mehendi (Noor Photography)
Cupcakes: Cupcake Chalet (Noor Photography)

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Behind the Scenes: The Wedd Lounge

As I mentioned in a recent post, I had been contemplating about the direction and purpose of my blog last year. In December, I had renewed inspiration for my blog. I launched a YouTube channel (for fashion) and finally started giving my heart to the blog again.

In the midst of my renewed dedication to the blog, a new opportunity came knocking on my door. I was invited by Film Style Weddings to join their new project. They have launched a web series, The Wedd Lounge, where couples and their wedding vendors talk about their wedding, how the couple’s vision was brought to life and all sorts of stories and experiences from their wedding.

I was escatic and extremely nervous when they asked me to sit in as a blogger. My mind was whirring: What on earth would I talk about? What the heck do I even wear? What if I make a total fool of myself? The list was endless.

After exchanging emails and phone calls with Film Style Weddings, I was all set and on my way to the show. I was nervous but giddy. At this point, I still wasn’t sure if I would be getting a script or a guideline of what I should say. Once I arrived on set, I saw Shirley and Richard Wu from Beauty Concept and felt much more at ease. If you recall, Shirley did my wedding and reception makeup so it was great reconnecting with her (personally, I was surprised and touched that she remembered so many small conversations while she got me ready on my wedding day!). Although I had my makeup done already, Shirley was on hand to touch up everyone’s makeup – a girl can never say no to professional makeup!

The host, Reshma Bhargava, is super friendly. She is full of personality and reassured me that it is totally normal to feel nervous. I didn’t get alot of chance to talk to Jawad Mir – the man behind the concept of The Wedd Lounge – since he was running the show. The crew on set were easy going and oh-so-friendly.

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This episode stars a gorgeous Pakistani wedding with a dream team that brought their vision to life. Photographed by Z Molu Photography, filmed by Film Style Weddings, designed by Sara Baig Designs and the hair and makeup was done by Noor Artistry – how could it be anything less than beautiful? It was a stunning wedding that had the perfect blend of tradition and modern. For now, take a look at a short behind the scenes video I put together. I won’t spoil the actual episode – you can watch that once it airs!

If you are getting married soon and would like to be on their show, check out their website! Let’s face it girls, any opportunity to talk about our weddings is always welcome, right?

You can stay connected and watch episodes of The Wedd Lounge either on Youtube Channel or Vimeo.

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Easy Turban Tutorial

If you’re like me, you probably love trying new things with your Hijab. Since I wear a Hijab, I can’t try different hairstyles on a daily basis so I try to play around with my Hijab style.

The first time I wore my Hijab in a turban was on our honeymoon – it was super hot and I wanted to keep my hair secure (I love water) but also have it covered. On a whim, I started wrapping my Hijab and it turned into a turban style! Since then, I have never looked back. I love wearing my Hijab in a turban style because it adds instant glamour to my look.

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If you’re not okay with showing your neck, the turban is perfect for your winter wardrobe. Wear your turban with a turtleneck and a gorgeous statement necklace and you will look like a fashion forward fashionista!

 

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Karen Tran Florals and Events

I came across Karen Tran Florals and Events on Instagram and knew I had to share the overload of gorgeousness with you. Based in California, Karen Tran Florals creates exquisite floral arrangements for all sorts of occasions.

I found her work to be ultra modern, chic and just the right amount of dazzle to enhance any girls wedding day.

I also love that she offers her experise on event planning and arrangements via her master classes. The floral experience is designed to help take your business to the next level.

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Wouldn’t it be amazing to wake up to a room full of such beautiful flower arrangements one day? A girl can dream, right?

All the above images are via Karen Tran Floral’s Facebook Page

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January Fashion Haul

I don’t know about you guys, but I am totally loving shopping these days. Instead of hitting the stores on boxing day, I went on an online shopping spree and bought lots of things at bargain prices. Check out my YouTube video featuring most of the items I bought/received in January. I bought a bunch of accessories as well but you can watch out for those in my video/photoshoots.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave me a comment with what you want to see next!

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Bridal Beauty Tips: Unwanted Hair

If you are a summer bride, you are approximately six months away from your wedding. It might seem far, but it really isn’t. If you are desi, it is time to address one of the biggest issues: unwanted hair.

Most South Asian’s have an abundance of hair which can be annoying if it is on your body. In my opinion, waxing is the best way to get rid of the unwanted hair. Surprisingly, alot of girls leave waxing as one of the last items on their to-do list. Don’t do that. If you are not a regular waxer, I would recommend that you start waxing 1 year prior to your wedding. The earlier, the better. Below, are some tips:

  • Time: My recommendation to start 1 year before your wedding is so you can test out how your body will react to wax. Many girls have sensitive skin and depending on the type of wax used, can have a reaction. Starting 1 year in advance gives you enough time to switch your wax (or salon) and also get your body used to waxing. There are certain parts of your body that are more sensitive to others so make sure you give your body enough time to heal if there is a reaction.
  • The More, The Merrier: The longer/more often you wax, the better results you will have. Your hair growth slows down substantially and your skin becomes smoother.
  • Place: Find a place that pays attention to hygiene. You really don’t want to go to a place that is unclean. Forget double dipping, I once went to a place where the lady was about to wax me with the same spatula she had used on someone else. Nasty!
  • Strawberry Legs: Some girls get large pores (also known as “Strawberry Legs” as made famous by Raven Simone) after they wax their legs. If this is you, try soaking your legs in warm water before you wax. Once you are done waxing, soak your legs in cold water. This should help close your pores.
  • Dark Areas: Waxing is also great if you have dark areas such as your underarms. Many girls suffer from this and waxing helps because it get rids of your root so the skin appears lighter in colour.
  • Exfoliate: To prevent ingrowns and to enhance smoothness, exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
  • Moisturize: Growing up, I barely ever moisturized my legs. I was just too cool (yeah right!) and could not be bothered. I now realize how stupid I was. Moisturizing your legs, your arms, everything! It will result in a smoother finish.

You can also use razors or epilators but I find waxing has the best (smoothest) results. Shaving can cause alot of ingrowns and also makes your hair coarse. Also, keep in mind that if you do wax, your hair should be around 1/4 inch long. If it is shorter than this, it is hard for the wax to grab onto the hair.

If you are getting married, get your waxing done the day of/prior to your mehendi application. For me, this was the day before my mehendi and two days before my wedding.

For more tips, check out this post, for tips on health or this one on nail care.

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