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.

“Reader, I married him.”

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Wuthering Heights

“Among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, in order to have tranquility with them and He put love and mercy between your (hearts) : verily in that are signs for those who reflect.” – [Surah Ar-Rum 30:21]

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life” – Rita Rudner

I’m finally back, my lovely people, to announce that I am officially a Wife, readers, I indeed did marry him and it was a beautiful day.

There were plenty of events, dholki nights at home, a henna party, more than one bridal shower and best of all, a new baby arrival in the midst of it all, which was pretty amazing and also a wonderful time to spend with family. I’m currently tip-tapping away on my keyboard in our new home, in our bedroom still feeling a little shell-shocked but also very happy (and confused about where to start!)

I’m still sorting through hundreds of photographs and waiting for the professional ones from my photographers at the events, but I will be posting details, which I want to post in chronological order, so bear with me! Please do also read my other blog for more colourful details of the wedding and all the functions leading up to it as well : )

I’d also like to thank all of you who left comments in my previous posts with blessings, congratulations and lots of kinds words, they were a pleasure to read and I was happy to read them all.

For now, here’s a picture of what is sitting on our window sill in our new house, our wedding favour boxes which I sneaked away from the wedding day, and my sparkling ring given to me by The Husband.

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Eid-ul-Fitr 2014…Food Mubarak!

Eid has come after a month of fasting, which admittedly was a lot more tiring than we all realised. But at the end of it all, we are sad to see it go, as so many things are happening around the world which has put a lot of things into perspective for us.

I completely forgot to take any pictures of food for once, it was too busy going into my mouth rather than being captured by my lens, but be assured that it was good food, with good company!

Here’s a few snaps of our days, we had babies running around looking cute and mischievous, lots of amazing food, a bbq out in the garden and as always, lots of laughs and gossip.

Hope your Eid was a nice as ours, I wish I had more pictures to share!

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Treasure Boxes

I love sparkly things like any other girl, so naturally these pretty boxes caught my eye and I snapped them up. I’ve been collected pretty jewellery boxes and small embellished pill jars for a while, but these are my favourite ones so far.

I know this style of design is not new – I’ve had plenty of notebooks, pens, compact mirrors and pill-boxes with this same mirror design since I was a child –  but there’s something very appealing about these boxes which reminded me of the presents I used to get as a child from family in Pakistan or friends who have been on holidays.

So here they are, pretty mirrored boxes I use to hold my treasures (which are mainly my pennies and my blingy rings). I’m pretty sure I’ll have a new addition to my collection, but for these now, I’ll enjoy these sparklies!

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dfsdfsAlso part of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasures

A Sparkly Object

One of my favourite girly things that I have are rings – I love sparkly, huge, embellished rings. I’m not someone who wears a lot of jewellery (partly due to my teenage years of wearing five hundred bracelets, rings and necklaces at once, and partly because you can’t see it all under my hijab).

One thing I do indulge myself in every now and then are sparkly big rings, particularly from India and Pakistan with beautiful crystal and glass stones in beautiful settings – below is one of my latest additions to my ring collection, a gold filigree metal ring with a sea blue stone which I absolutely fell in love with. Needless to say, it won’t be the last ring I buy, although these don’t usually come very cheap so I’m looking to save my money for a little while and curb my spending (unless I see a really really pretty ring!)

DSC_3366 (2)Also part of this week’s Weekly Photography Challenge: Objects

My Week In Pictures: New Year Sales, Scrumptious Food and Multi-Colours

I know New Year celebrations are well and truly over now, but the sales aren’t, and it hasn’t stopped us buying scrumptious food and looking at pretty things. Here’s a quick snapshop of my week this week, it’s not entirely reflective of the whole week (doesn’t have the boring office and commuting pictures, but hey, who needs to see that?) but here’s a few of the things I’ve been looking at (and eating), makes a nice colourful grid, doesn’t it?

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A Flowery Eid Party…2013

We held our annual Eid Party last week (which is always very popular with the under 6s, especially when we lay out our candy bar and fruit table), and this year our theme was spring greenery and flowers. Initially we threw a few ideas around, and wanted to go with a nice peachy-and-mint theme with a vintage feel, but we thought that this would get trashed in about three minutes after all the rabble turned up, so we changed the theme to something a bit easier to do and which looked pretty (and girly!) too.

Of course, as with all of our parties, we had some amazing food, not least because several of our lovely guests contributed dishes and desserts for the party too – you can see below a sample of what we ate!

The highlight of the party though, was probably my two baby nieces poking at each other and pulling legs while they looked bewildered – adorable!

Glueguns & Craftiness: Flowers And Watering Can Art on Walls

Here’s a sneak peek at the decor for the Eid Party we held for this year, which my sisters and I decided to celebrate – and as you can guess, our theme was flowers, spring-time and greenery. Although we weren’t exactly sure what we were going to end up with, we all chipped in to help cut out flowers and stick them on the wall for a nice girly feel (or as my nephew declared ‘yuck, this is going to be such a girly party!)

Here’s what we finished with, I loved the effect of the flowers pouring from the watering can, even if the look did slightly remind me of primary school classrooms! So here’s some inspiration for any party-planning you may have in mind – it doesn’t take long to do, it’s easy and it looks very pretty!

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Our Eid…! (summed up in cakes, colourful clothes and Eid banners!)

Good news, I’ve finally come back to the blogging world, after finally getting a new replacement for my clapped-out laptop (yaay, the yummy smell of new plastic and keyboards! mmmm)

Here’s something which has also kept me busy all of last week, celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, which is the time of pilgrimage for many Muslims, and also the festival of sacrifice, in honour of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his willingness to sacrifice his son.

Here’s a few peeks at some of the things we did during Eid (which was mostly eat a lot of food, wear lots of pretty clothes and make fun out of relatives and each other!)

I hope you all had a great Eid, with plenty of great food and company – we certainly did!