Our Eid!

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We had a lovely Eid weekend (which was a 3 day affair for me) starting with dinner at the sisters, then dinner at my mum’s, and ending with an Eid Fair at a local park (with lots of screaming on the rides!). Here’s a few shots of what we did this Eid, you can see a little more here  as well, but the general theme was lots of good food, energetic toddlers and yummy cupcakes!

Journal Your Ramadan – Day #18: R is for Rainbow

Rainbow shoes that is.
I bought these recently to wear on Eid, to bring a little sparkle and colourful glam to the day!

It’s getting to that time of the month (only a week left!) where Eid preps are now in full swing, with a lot of shops getting busier; and there’s that atmosphere in the air of excitement of Eid, of the days going past quickly and of that shock of how suddenly Ramadan seems to be going!

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Conversations in the office #1: On Fashion

I had a silly conversation (or two) with my manager a few days ago, and realised that I had a gold-mine of silly conversations I’ve had with in the office. So I thought I’d share a few of them for your amusement : )

Colleague: Was your new coat expensive?

Me: No, why?

Colleague: I want to make fun out of it, but I’d feel bad if you spent a lot of money on it. It’s an ugly coat.

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Manager: Beige? That’s such an old lady colour.

Me: No it’s not, it’s actually quite fashionable!

*other (female) colleagues agree and say they like it.*

Manager: You girls and your fashion. If it’s fashionable, you’ll wear it. I bet you’d wear a babygrow if it was in fashion.

Me: Well, I do have a jumpsuit.

Manager: *silence* *turns back to computer shaking head*

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On me wearing a long white shirt top

Manager: You look like you’re wearing school shirt.

Me: Dear god.

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Female Colleague: Zara? That’s so common.

Me: Yeah? Where do you buy your clothes then?

Female colleague: From the local market.

Weekend Pretty…Ring Bling and Orange

I’ve been enjoying the sunshine tremendously this weekend, and making the most of it by sitting in the grass in my back garden, camera in hand. This is a picture I took today on my DSLR (while also jumping around in the grass and making my neighbours pretend they can’t see me. Oops.) I think it’s a perfect way to show how summer is coming, even if it’s still a little chilly, the sun (and the sound of the ice cream vans) makes it all better.

On another note, it’s International Women’s Day, which makes it an even better day, especially when seeing all the contributions online from all over the world in celebration of women and equality. The official colour for this day is purple, but I’ll add a little pink and orange in too to give a funky combination!

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My Week In Pictures: Cookies, Cakes, Brits and Red Shoes

I’ve had a whirlwind of a week, it feels, and have only managed to recover today and laze! I’ve been shopping, visiting fashion workshops, having cakes, baking cookies and not least, managed to get a Brits Award show!

I’ll be posting more of what I’ve been up to, but in the meantime I’m nibbling more cookies that I’ve baked and wondering whether to watch an golden oldie (The Mummy, I’m in an Egyptian mythology mood) or whether to read a book!

Happy weekendings all x

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My Mehndi Night!

Mehndi laga ke rakhna, doli saja ke rakhna
Lene tujhe o gorii aaeynge tere sajana

Put your henna on and keep the wedding palanquin decorated.
Beautiful girl, your beloved will come to take you away.

My mehndi (or Henna) night was a really special night, and one which was surpringly fun for me because of all the silly posing, dancing and amazing cakes and food we had. I’ll be posting more pictures soon, but thought I’d post a picture which sums up the night for me in a pretty simple way – this is me doing twirls outside my mehndi hall and enjoying myself in the street!

More pictures coming soon once I get more of the professional ones!

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Vintage Mondays: Pandora’s Wardobe, A Hidden Fashion Treasure Trove

I love vintage shops, and I was lucky enough to come across one a couple of days ago with some beautiful designer vintage-wear in it while on a trip to Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea. I love the name of it as well – Pandora’s Wardobe, implying secrets from a box wrapped up in beautiful things froom a wardrobe, very appealing (although excuse my reflection in the picture, entirely accidental!)

And there’s definitely some goodies in here which caught my eye, I saw a beautiful black and gold embroidered vintage evening jacket, a vintage silk Karl Lagerfield scarf and a beautiful collection of shoes (although I didn’t have enough money to buy anything!)

It’s nice to find a genuine vintage shop (and it’s on a whole road of junk shops, thrift shops and antique shops!) which you can walk along cobbled-streets and stop for a nice spot of tea and cake at the end of!

Happy Vintage Mondays!

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Our Eid-al-Adha – Flowery dresses, twirling babies and rainbow balloons

We celebrated Eid-al-Adha this weekend, which was a special Eid for me as it was the first one for me after marriage, and meant that I could spend time with the family and also with my husband. We were invited to dinner at my eldest sister’s house, and also for lunch at my mum’s house the next day, so we had a busy dance card!

One of the best things about celebrating Eid is that it’s always a fun day, the family gets together from all over London (and Luton!) and there’s always good food. I love the spirit in the air as well, the younger children are excited about presents, sweets and new clothes, and the bigger kids (i.e. us) are excited about dressing up, good food and seeing all the babies!

Below is just some of the decor from my sister‘s house, which she always makes an effort to put up every year for Eid – I love the fairy lights and the rainbow balloons!

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The highlight of the day as usual was the beautifully cooked food, from both my mum and my sister (my husband left both houses rubbing his stomach and eyeing up more helpings he couldn’t fit into his stomach!) My mum makes it a rule to always have a feast for Eid every year, and she didn’t disappoint this year either – there was plenty of variety and plenty of curries, starters and sweet dishes!

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And of course, for Eid isn’t complete without some beautiful dresses, which I was spoiled with this year, as my mother-in-law sent me a beautiful set of outfits and my mum bought me a new outfit for Eid. My sisters and sister-in-law looked amazing on the day with their new outfits, and the nieces even more adorable in their party dresses which they spend the day twirling around in (I won’t bother mentioning the dress code of men of the family cos…frankly, we don’t look at what they wear) Here’s a look at some of the beautiful outfits we wore on Eid:

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My husband and I ended Eid day with dinner at his best friend’s house, followed by a sneaky late-night movie at the local cinema (which was actually very good!) The whole day was a warm, low-key gathering which was perfect for us, easy to relax followed by a vain session of taking photos in various angles!
I hope you all had a wonderful Eid and weekend, and if you don’t celebrate Eid then I hope you still see the beauty I do in Eid – not only an opportunity to spend time with friends, family and have good food, but also a chance to reflect on the year to come and to remember how lucky we are.