This year has seen a lot of people struggle with grief and loss, loss of loved ones, jobs, lifestyles, and what could have been. I am definitely looking forward to next year and am optimistic life will get better. In the spirit of optimism, I have put together some looks that you can usher the new year in.
This year, there were so many cute embellished sweaters to choose from. I paired my sweater with satin midi skirt. I think these skirts are so versatile and should be a staple in every wardrobe. You can dress them up or down, depending on the shoes you choose. My outfit is from H and M.
Red is always a fun, festive color and can bring cheer to any season.
I bought these sequined pants as a fun way to usher in the new year. I hope everyone has a fun and safe 2021!! Leave a comment below to let me know how you will be celebrating.
I know that this eid will be very unique in terms of celebration but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate at all! I still plan on dressing up and enjoying some traditional foods. If you haven’t already ordered an eid outfit, now would be the perfect time to ensure that it reaches you in time. Here’s a few of my favorite and affordable dresses.
ASOS has lots of beautiful dresses that can be worn for multiple occasions. They also carry petite, tall and plus sizes!
At airah is a modest fashion brand that carries beautiful and affordable dresses.
Target has some affordable and more casual options.
H and M also has tons of stylish and affordable options you can choose from.
Happy shopping! Wish everyone has a safe and joyous eid!
In the Indian subcontinent, rooh afza is a staple during Ramadan. It’s recipe was based on cooling ingredients to fight the hot summer winds in the area. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan so I was trying to make it more palatable. Coming off the whipped coffee challenge, I thought to try a whipped version of this traditional drink. It was a big hit in our household. Hope you like it!
Chill your whisk and bowl if you can for about ten minutes. Add one cup of heavy whipping cream, 2.5 tablespoons of confectioners sugar and about 2 tablespoons of roohafza, per your taste, you can add or subtract. Place in stand mixer on medium for about ten minutes or until stiff peaks form. You may use a hand mixer as well. Add the mixture on top of milk of your choice and enjoy!
Let me know if you liked it below!
Hi guys, hope everyone is well! Ramadan 2020 is definitely going to be a historically different one for all of us. We can still try to make it as festive and fun for our families. This is an update from my blogpost from a few years ago, the decor keeps getting cuter and cuter and more creative every year! Here are a few out of the many companies out there.
Days of eid has the name eid in it so you know they do the holiday right. They have some elegant decor.
Here is their website https://daysofeid.com/
Amasidecor has cute decor like plates and cake toppers.
You can check them out at https://www.amasidecor.com/
Modern eid is known for their wreaths and have a nice tutorial on how to make them.
Withaspin’s home decor will definitely bring your home a festive vibe, check them out here:
Jasmine and marigold have the cutest family pajamas and onesies for babies:
Silvermoon paper company can be described as Islamic decor with a rustic twist. They are a newer company, you can check them out on IG @silvermoonpaperco
Aisha Khan arts has some amazing creative and handmade decor.
Aisha’s accessories has lots of items to make your eid cards extra special this year.
I hope this post has you excited to decorate for Ramadan! Stay safe and blessed ❤️
We are all living through extraordinary and trying times. We have a virus that humanity has never seen and we are all trying to figure out how to deal with it. We are currently in lock down and kids have been home schooling for the last two weeks. I can see they are working hard and not trying to stress about the situation. This may be our new normal for the unforeseen future. We are not sure how long this will last and do not want to add undue stress to them but we should also let them know this is our new reality. Here are some ways we have been dealing with it. Granted my children are older and teens so this might not work for younger children.
Try to set a routine and expectations and guidelines. They must logon and finish their assignments by a certain time. They should still get ready and dressed for the day. They still have to do their daily chores. Teenagers are very social creatures so I encourage them to video chat with their friends. We also take the time to video chat with family members that live far away.
I encourage this as a time to eat together as a family. We have actually been trying new recipes and cooking together and baking desserts.
I encourage the kids to go out for at least 30 minutes and exercise away from others, just around the neighborhood. They walk or run or bike. Fresh air is always important and making sure they get their Vitamin D. This is a good time to talk to them about diet and nutrition and how important exercise is for mental stress.
Play games together and try a puzzle together. Find a show and watch it together.
Most importantly, we have been trying to pray together. Trying to count all that we have to be grateful for. I want them to know God has a plan and maybe we all needed this time to reconnect with each other and ourselves. We must have faith that God will lead us out of the dark times and we should learn our lessons and not return to our old ways. I hope my children learn that faith and family are the most important things in life.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, a nice touch to fancy up any outfit is a feathered hijab. It dresses up and makes any outfit look glamorous with little effort.
I purchased my hijabs from framed people
Here are some other sites you can check out
We traveled to Spain with the kids and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The weather was warm during the day and cool at night. Best way to pack would be to check the forecast before you go and pack accordingly. I picked brighter colors and prints, especially for Barcelona as it is a city inspired by Gaudi. Spain has some of the most incomparable architecture. I hope that everyone gets a chance to visit there one day.
Shoe wise I kept it simple with some adidas as we were walking miles a day. Spain was full of fun and adventure and very family friendly. I highly recommend it to everyone to visit!
We recently went on a trip to Spain with the kids. We found some super cheap tickets from New York but this airline would not allow anything besides a carry on or there would be an extra charge. I was caught in a dilemma, do I succumb to my cheap ways and just cross the Atlantic somehow or do I try to give up my diva ways of packing everything but the kitchen sink? Those who know me, know even when I was single, I do not travel lightly. I decided to challenge myself and go the backpack route. We had to travel through multiple cities and were taking buses, train and planes so it just made more sense. Hey, everything is worth trying once right?
First, you want to check the carryon luggage height and weight restrictions for your airlines. We went to the outlets and bought backpacks for each of us that fit the criteria. Packing was a bit tricky since we were going to be encountering very different temperatures in the south and north of Spain ( plus we had a layover in NYC). I packed layers and had the kids wear their jackets on the planes. You can always peel off layers if you get too hot but not much you can do if you’re cold. I used the roll technique for clothes and kept makeup and lotions to sample sizes. This will be a piece of cake I thought! I’ll just buy really small souvenirs for people or not buy at all and use my backpacking as a cheap excuse.
We flew to our first city of Madrid. We hadn’t really set an itinerary because we weren’t sure how jet lagged we would be. We stayed in the main area and we shopped and ate and then shopped some more. Uh oh, where are we going to put all of this shopping? So we ended up purchasing a luggage.
From Madrid, we took the train to Granada. The train only goes so far and then you have to board a bus. The train was a very pleasant experience. I still don’t understand how we don’t have more high speed rail in America. We absolutely loved Granda. Lots of halal options and of course the shopping is great. My daughter especially loved the Zara there. I feel that the quality is bit better overseas. After a couple of days, we hopped on a bus to Seville. We stowed our belongings in the bus depot and toured the city and then took a late flight out to Barcelona. We stayed there a couple of days. I had planned to do the laundry and had scoped out a couple of laundromats/ lavanderia close to our hotel before we left for the trip. My son did not like the idea of dirty underwear in his bag even though they were packed in small plastic bags. It was actually an enjoyable experience as we got to explore the area while the laundry was being done and interact with locals who helped us figure out that the machine comes preloaded with detergent. Of course we explored the shopping mall across the street and discovered that we could see ourselves living in Spain. Returning back to Madrid via train, we vowed to return one day. The people were warm and hospitable, the food and weather were perfect in April for us. We did have to pay for an extra luggage and realized a lot of our vacation is about shopping and that was how we bond with each other. Taking out the time to really explore those side streets and marveling at another culture. I do hope you and your loved ones visit Spain soon.