While waiting in Istanbul during my long layover, I stumbled across the beautiful wedding of Imtiaz and Arozo by Unique Films.
This wedding exudes a sense of cool and beauty that is hard to find. From the decor (LOVE the floral arrangements) to the venue to the outfits (I think the bridesmaids were my favourite!), everything was beautifully put together.
I wish the video was longer so I could ogle over how lovely everything was.
Imtiaz & Arozo • The Royal Exchange • London Wedding Cinematography from Unique Films on Vimeo.
If you have stepped foot in any mall in the last two months, you will not have missed this gorgeous fashion trend. Definitely a favourite look of mine for this season – the Kimono.
I love, love, love everything about Kimono’s. They are light weight (perfect for covering on a hot summer’s day), totally affordable and oh-so-chic. The best thing about Kimono cover ups are their versatility. Paired with the right accessories, it can suit any look; boho-chic, contemporary, vintage, elegant – anything, really!
Kimono’s can be worn with almost anything – jeans, tights, skirt (both a mini and a maxi) and even shorts!
In this video, I am wearing a basic black tank top and jeans with a green, yellow and purple kimono. I accessorized with a purple hijab and bracelet and a chunky green necklace. A very basic outfit but all of a sudden, the kimono adds glam to the look.
As a side note, I had wanted to do this videoshoot outdoors but it was raining really hard. Did you know that apparently photography is not allowed at most malls? A security guard approached us and told us to stop. The first thing I thought, what about all the selfies?!
Kimono – Sirens
Jeans – Forever 21
Shoes – Aldo
Bracelet – Mexx
Tell me, are you loving this trend too?!
The one aspect of weddings that most brides look forward to is the formal wear they get to splurge on. This is the one time in your life where your family will shower you with clothes and you will not feel guilty about buying a whole new wardrobe. Seriously, how amazing is that?
Many of you come onto my blog for inspiration on modest and/or hijab fashion. Well, this post is for you ladies! The one type of traditional clothing I was most excited to wear after our wedding was sarees. I had never worn a saree prior to getting married (yup, old school) so I was looking forward to seeing how I would look.
As a Hijabi, I knew I wanted to make sure I was covered fully in a saree – no midriff or arms showing. I’ve blogged about sarees before (here and also here) but today, I am sharing tips on how to cover:
- Extra Fabric: When you buy your saree blouse, ask the store for extra fabric so you can make it fully cover you. Sometimes, especially with pre-cut fabrics, this is not possible. In these cases, try the below tips
- Focus on the Sleeve: If you don’t have enough matching fabric, focus on getting the length you want on your sleeve. The sleeve is the most visible part of the blouse therefore it should match perfectly. Since the bottom part of your blouse will not be visible, you can get away with it not matching perfectly. Obviously, try to match it as closely as possible to the rest of your blouse.
- Tank Top: If you have a dark saree that has 3/4 or full sleeves, you can easily put a tank top under your blouse to cover your midriff. Nobody will even know the difference if the saree is made from a thicker fabric. Last year, I wore a blouse that was exposing approximately two inches of my tummy. Under my dark green blouse, I wore a black tank top and it did not show at all!
- High Waisted Petticoat: When all else fails, wear your petticoat (the skirt worn under your saree) as high as you can!
If you love sarees, leave a comment with tips on how you rock them!
If you’ve been following me on YouTube or Instagram, you might have figured out that I am slightly obsessed with accessories right now. In this video, I reviewed products from Adorn Shoppe and Silk of Paradise. Both of these businesses are based out of Toronto and have gorgeous accessories.
Adorn Shoppe reached out to me a few months ago and sent me some lovely pieces of jewellery. After falling in love with a statement necklace from Silk of Paradise, I decided to purchase a few items. What I loved about both Adorn Shoppe and Silk of Paradise is that the quality of their products is ah-mazing! Also, their price is so, so, so reasonable. You know that I love a good deal and both of these businesses offer great products and great prices.
What are your favourite places to do online shopping from? Let me know below!
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!
The colours are just fabulous, don’t you think?
Totally love the feel of this one – LOVE the books, pearls and lace!
Great Gatsby Inspired
For the modern bride
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
Photography by Dragonfly
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.
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!
Carlton SooHoo Photography
Shot by Shahed
Shot by Shahed
Will you be accessorizing your hair with some bling this summer?
Gaciel Santana Photography
Goka Love Makeup & Hair
Carlton SooHoo Photography
Salma Jammal Photography
Shot by Shahed
Bertrand Thomas Photography
Paul West Photography
Today’s wedding is sweet, beautiful and totally heart warming. The couple is adorably genuine and the video captures their special day perfectly. There is such an uplifting feel to this video that it had me smiling from the beginning to the end!
Wedding in Old Karachi from Lighthouse Cinematic on Vimeo.
Videography by Ali Khurshid