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WIW | Leather Jacket & Maxi Skirt

Happy Wednesday!

Wow, I feel like it’s been forever since I did a Wear it Wednesday post.  I have not been able to take many outfit snaps lately since it’s freezing outside, and when I usually do step out for leisure it’s after sunset and outfit snaps at night don’t come out as great as in natural lighting.  Anywho, January for our family marks the beginning of birthday season.  A few of our family members have birthday’s in January, then the husband and I in February and it goes on until middle of the year when it transitions into anniversary season.

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My #ootn — I loved this faux leather jacket that I picked up from Target!

Last month, as soon as we returned from our vacay we celebrated Umair’s sister’s birthday at Alhambra Palace Restaurant here in Chicago.  The restaurant is known more for it’s entertainment rather than the food.  The entertainment includes everything from several belly dancers, sword, fire dancers, to singers and then later just an all around dance room.  It was a fun night out and we got to dress up and take some snazzy snaps.

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One of the dancers at Alhambra

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This guy was all over the place– he was part of several of the entertainment skits

To the party I wore my purple pleated maxi skirt, but this time paired it with a faux leather jacket that gave the look an edge.  I continued the edgy look with my bag with chain details and some spiked bracelets.  There are so many fabulous faux leather jacket options that it’s hard not to have several in your closet, and maxi skirts are a must for a hijabi’s closet.

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With my handsome husband, my love! Today is my best friend’s birthday. Happy Birthday hun! Love you beyond words!

Zara croc and chain bag hijabi outfit

I love this Zara bag–has such beautiful details! Completely recommend.

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Hijab/Scarf – old (similar here) | Jacket – Target (similar here, and here) | Skirt – old  (similar here and splurge worthy here) | Bag- Zara | Shoes – old (similar here, splurge here) | Watch – Movado | Bracelet – exact here

With the beginning of the year, and with February being my birthday month it always inspires me to update my wardrobe by adding new staples that I can wear over and over again throughout the year.  Here are some pieces/styles that have been inspiring me lately.  Let’s see what I end up adding.

Thank you so much for visiting and have great day!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

Retro Bridal Shower

Hi all & happy Monday!!
housewife red teal love cake

Last month I was in Miami, and attended a dear friend’s bridal shower.  The theme was retro housewife with main colors being red and teal, which are also the bride’s wedding colors.  I loved everything about the shower, from the decor that was all done by various family and friends, to the fun games, dessert bar and food!  I became the unofficial “official” photographer of the shower, and it was perfect because I wanted to capture all the lovely moments of the shower and be able to give all the great snaps to my friend who I know will appreciate the snaps after the wedding.

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red teal dessert stationred teal dessert bar showerI love lucy tv diy showerred teal bridal shower retro bridal showerretro bridal shower photo propsI had a great time at the shower, and I hope these snaps give some inspiration to someone planning a bridal shower.  I truly thought the theme was so unique and so creatively put together to fit the bride’s aesthetics.  We were asked to bring an apron to wear during the party to go along with the housewife theme– my apron said “true love is a big deal.”

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Scarf/Hijab – gifted (similar here) | Apron – H&M (similar here, and here) | Top – TJ Maxx (similar here, and here) | Pants – Target (similar here, and here) | Pearl necklace – H&M (similar here, and here)| Bow necklace – Forever 21 (similar here) | Bracelets – Alex & Ani, Swarovski

Have a wonderful Monday, and do let me know some creative themes for showers you have attended/hosted.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

Hajj/Eid Mubarak Party + Little Wings Gallery Review

Happy Wednesday!
Eid dessert topper

Eid was a few weeks ago, and the husband and I decided to host a hajj mubarak party for some relatives who were able to make the blessed journey this year. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is recommended to perform at least once in a lifetime (those who are able to financially and physically). Hajji’s (pilgrims who have performed hajj) return home several day’s after the celebration of Eid, thus the reason for my late post.
Eid Mubarak banner

For the party decor I used several items sent to me by Cherie of Little Wings Gallery.  She has a background in Design that has helped her to create beautiful contemporary Islamic decor.  The Eid decor set I was sent had a banner, a 8″x10″ print, several cupcake toppers, cupcake/dessert flags, little gift box, name tags for gifts and also buffet table labels.

Eid Mubarak print little wings gallery

I was emailed all the items to print, and after I did I just loved the pattern and colors as it is the theme I’ve been loving lately.  I was then able to set aside some time (aka commercial breaks) to cut everything out, and assembled the banner with twine.  It does take a little bit of time to complete if you are doing it alone so I would definitely make this a project with the little ones.  All the items come with easy instructions on what materials you need and  how to put it together so there is no guessing.

Cake topper, desserts and kabaa Because this was a Hajj/Eid Mubarak party, I decided to create a cake banner with the cupcake flag toppers. I took two bamboo skewers that I usually use for chicken skewers, and some twine to make this banner.  Another fun and easy idea is to make  a kabaa out of construction paper and a square tissue paper box.  I didn’t have construction paper so  I used gift wrapping tissue paper in gold and black.  It took a few minutes to make and was a big hit. If you want to take it one step further for kids you can turn this kabaa box into a sadaqah (charity) box.

Arabesque Eid Set

Photo credit: Little Wings Gallery

I loved hosting this party and putting together my black and gold decor, and it definitely became more festive with the little decor touches from Little Wings Gallery.  Do check out their Etsy shop for more fun Islamic prints, children’s room decor, stationary and more.  If you would like something personalized you can have that done too.  And the best part? 10% of proceeds from all sales go to a Muslim’s Aid charity.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*Not a sponsored post.  AnUblog.com were provided the Eid decorations from Little Wings Gallery for review and for giveaway during Ramadan.  All opinions are of AnUblog.com.

A&U Cook | Br{EGG}fast Square

Happy Saturday!

Puff pasty egg breakfastI love the weekends–who doesn’t? But I especially enjoy the quality time with my husband.  On Friday’s we usually have date nights, on Saturday mornings we have brunch where the husband makes his delicious spicy omelet, and on Sunday’s I usually wipe up something yummy for us to eat.  A few Sunday’s ago for brunch I wanted to make something special with puff pastry sheet that I had sitting in the freezer– it was the same day I made these yummy chocolate banana muffins.  I usually use puff pastry sheet to make samosas/meat filled pastry during Ramadan and not much else. So I started looking up recipes and then went straight to the Pepperidge Farm site to see what ideas they had and came across this recipe. I’m also thinking of trying a few other versions of this recipe for example this, and this.

puff pastry sheetI changed up a few things, by adding habanero cheese I found at the local Farmer’s Market, made it a veggie version by adding tomatoes instead of the meat, and desified it (aka spiced it up) by sprinkling some chaat masala on top.  Overall, the flavors meshed really well together, and definitely made it a fancy brunch idea that requires little effort, is filling and healthy.

pastry tomatoe habanero cheeseAs you can see I baked the pastry for about 10 minutes, made an indentation with a spoon in the middle of the pastry, then added my cheese, a few slices of tomatoes, and added the egg right in the middle.  This will seem messy at first as the egg might spill over but don’t worry! Gently place the baking sheet in the oven and let it bake for a few more minutes until the egg’s set.

Breakfast egg square tartBaked egg tarthealthy spicy baked egg recipeBon appetite! Do let me know if you try this out.  What are some of your favorite brunch recipes?

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

Moroccan Theme Eid Decor by Titli Designs

Happy Fall Friends!

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I’ve been away from blogging for most of Summer, and I missed it.  As I had mentioned in my last post, I was sick throughout Summer and then fractured my arm.  Alhamdulillah I am recovering and my arm has gotten back most of its range of motion.  Now on to sharing a wonderful Etsy Muslim shop owner, Sadaf of Titli Designs, who is completely talented especially in  creating beautiful graphic home decor prints and stationary.  Sadaf, had graciously participated in my Eid al-Fitr giveaway, but because I broke my arm I couldn’t do a full review of her products.

titli designs blue yellow eid printSadaf is a Canadian based designer, who not only specializes in these beautiful prints but also creates children’s clothing and works professionally in the medical field.  She was kind enough to send me a few items from her Morroccan Theme Eid decor line for me to review.  This set included 1. A set of six Eid greeting notecards in six lovely colours. Colours include, “Sunshine”, “Tangerine”, “True Coral”, “Peach”, “Blush”, and “Aqua”. 2. An Eid Mubarak Banner in the “Sunshine” colour. 3. An 8”x10” print “Allah is sufficient for us.” ~ Quraan 3:173 in the “Sunshine” Colour. 4. Six Cupcake Wrappers in the “Sunshine” Colour. 5. Six Cupcake Toppers in the “Sunshine” Colour.

All the items came beautifully packed and printed on quality card stock, thus there was no worry about them getting creased easily.  I was able to add these items to my existing decor, and they fit right in by adding a touch of fancy to my house.  I love to decorate for the season especially for Eid, and one of my favorite things to do is shop around my house and use things I already have.  I don’t live in a huge house, thus I don’t want to add to the clutter, therefore I used a frame I already had to place the 8 x 10″ Allah is Sufficient for us print.  Next to those I placed some of the greeting cards I was sent along with the set, however I do plan to use these to send out to family and friends.  The greeting cards are blank inside so you can add a personalized message, and they are made in quality card stock.

titli designs eid banner blue yellowThe Eid Mubarak banner is cut in scalloped shape and while it’s small in size it is perfect to add a special touch to an area without overwhelming.  I was easily able to put this up with push pins as it came assembled with a thick string.

Moroccan theme eid cupcake wrapperAren’t these scalloped cupcake wrapper and toppers just adorable?! I had made these chocolate banana muffin’s over the weekend (recipe coming soon), and thought they would look beautiful lined with the Moroccan themed wrappers.  They were quite easy to put together as all I needed was some clear tape and toothpicks.  I think they make the cupcakes all that much more festive and fancy.  For an actual Eid party you would only need a few around you dessert table to make it a little extra special.

Moroccan theme eid home decorSince Eid al-Adha is right around the corner, I will be doing a few more Eid related decor posts and also give a few of my tips on how to change up your decor easily without buying a whole lot of new items.  One of the easiest things I do is replace my throw pillows, however I mostly shop around for pillow covers rather than pillow with insert because that will just add to the clutter, and I switch up my coffee table decor.

blue yellow Allah is sufficient print

Thank you for visiting and drop back soon. Until then stay cozy in sweater weather (or at least those who have already experienced some drop in temps).

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

 

This was not a sponsored post.  AnUblog was only provided the items for review, thus all opinions are our own.

Eid Card Set & Ramadan Planner by Organized Muslim

Hi all!

Eid Mubarak card setEid al-Fitr is right around the corner, and not far behind is Eid al-Adha. I feel each year both Eid’s come so fast that I don’t have time to prepare before hand, nor can I ever find nice cards that I can give to my family and friends.  These contemporary cards were sent to me by The Organized Muslim, and they perfectly fit the bill.

Eid card setFathima is the creative brains behind The Organized Muslim, and she is located in Sri Lanka! The Organized Muslim are creators of chic & beautifully designed planners and stationery goods with an Islamic theme.

contemporary eid cardsThis Eid card set, which I was sent for review, has eight single sided card’s measuring 4 x 6 inches, and they come with eight cream colored envelopes. Each of the eight cards are brightly colored with a different design, but with the same Eid Mubarak message (so will work for both Eid’s) in the front, and blank on the back so you can add a personal message. This is a great set to have on hand to mail out, or give to friend’s hosting Eid parties, or just to give along with Eid present’s/eidee.

Ramadan PlannerAside from contemporary stationery, The Organized Muslim has created a free Ramadan Planner available for download here. As soon as I was told it was “free” I downloaded it to review it, and tell all my reader’s about it. While Ramadan is more than half way complete, I feel that organization is needed during the last ten day’s when we are trying to take the most advantage of Ramadan by concentrating on doing extra prayers, and recitation of Quran. As I can easily lose track of what needs to be done I think this planner is really beneficial because you can plan out your meal’s for the week before hand, then write down your dua list, surah’s you want to recite and even a daily sadaqah tracker. If you like to stay organized by writing stuff down, then definitely download this free planner.

Contemporary Ramadan planner freeThe Organized Muslim will be participating in the International giveaway coming up later this week so stay tuned. Until then be sure to follow them on their Facebook fan page, Pinterest, and get updates on Twitter.

If you are living in the USA, then be sure to enter this Ramadan Eid giveaway currently underway. And here is an internationally open giveaway.

Good luck!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

 

*AnUblog was not compensated for this post. Only were provided the items for review and giveaway. All opinion’s are of AnUblog’s author’s. Anublog.com does not share opinion’s of brands/companies mentioned.

Eid Gift | Allah to Z: Activity Book Review

Happy Tuesday!

Allah to Z Activity BookThis Ramadan I have been in search of great decor and gift ideas that are Islamic, and worth sharing with my reader’s.  I  came across this Islamic children’s activity book from the author of Allah to Z alphabet book, Sam’n Iqbal.  If you haven’t heard of this book series then you are missing out, because you and your kids will appreciate these books especially during Ramadan and Eid.

Book Preview Allah to ZOn the Allah to Z website you will be able to find a book preview with their alphabet book, where you can see fun graphic’s and easy words for a child to follow along but still understand the meaning of the word. In addition, to book previews, you can even download activities that go along with the activity book that I was sent for review.

Arabic letter bingo for kidsAbove is a page from the activity book featuring Arabic letter bingo for kids. This bingo game would be great for kid’s who are learning their alphabet to start reciting the Qur’an, or even for kids who already know how to read.  This game can be played during Ramadan with siblings, during events like Ameen (Qur’an finishing ceremonies for kids), and even to give out in a Ramadan/Eid gift basket for kids.

Kaaba bank activity Aside for this book making a great gift item for kids, you can actually find useful activities for kids inside. One of my favorite activities in this book is the Kaaba bank. This Kaaba bank activity will first get kids involved in the making process, so they can have a hands on activity, then after the Kaaba is finished with all the trimmings you can teach your kids the importance of charity. This can be a year long activity where you can ask your kids to donate a portion of their allowance every Friday/Jummah, then during Ramadan teach them about zakat and sadaqah. and ask them to donate the money collected year around during a charity event in a masajid or other charity of your/or your child’s choice. Just this one activity can teach so many lesson’s to kids, not just about charity but also about learning how to count, learning to save money, and learning to give to those less fortunate than us.

Mosque yarn activity for kidsThe activity book features over 30 activities for your kids to use during Ramadan, especially great for those long Summer month’s when kids are off from school, the activities are engaging and great for Islamic lesson’s. In addition, if you visit the Allah to Z website you will find under “fun stuff” an Allah to Z – The Coloring Book app! How fun is that? So now even when you are not at home and your kid’s are glued to the ipad they can have an Islamic coloring book.App for Allah to Z Coloring bookThe author, Sam’n Iqbal, is a graduate of New York University with a Master’s in Bicultural School Counseling. She plan’s to develop a interfaith counseling program for Sunday school’s and Islamic school’s. Sam is graciously participating in the huge Ramadan and Eid giveaway coming up this week, and so one of you could win the activity book mentioned today. For more updates, please be sure to follow Allah to Z’s Facebook fan page, here.

Thank you for visiting & have a great day!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not compensated for this post. Only were provided the items for review, giveaway, and credit’s AllahtoZ.com for the preview pics. All opinion’s are of AnUblog’s author’s. Anublog.com does not share opinion’s of brands/companies mentioned.

Modern Islamic Stationery Reveiw

Happy Friday everyone!

Abud-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout worshipper is like that of the full moon to the rest of the stars (i.e., in brightness). The learned are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion.”[Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi] credit: Sunnah.com

Islamic stationery

Today I am featuring fun Islamic stationery, yes you heard right fun like Kate Spade fun! We all have seen those adorable pens, pencils, notepads, and sticky notes, etc. from popular brands that have fun designs, and we want to hoard just because of the cuteness. We’ll now I’m so excited because I can find such Islamic products that are fun to display and useful.

Islamic pencil set and sticky notes

Muslamb Stationers, is an Etsy shop specializing in letterpress & offset greeting cards, fill-in invitations & desk decor essentials such as notepads, sticky notes, bookends, stamps & pencils, the most popular of which are the “Hijabi Hard at Work” & “Study Dua” pencils. Since it’s founding, Muslamb Stationers products have appeared on various design blogs & magazines in the U.S., U.K, Canada, Malaysia and Turkey. They are located in Chicago, and offer a variety of product’s on their Etsy shop which you can check out here.

Eid Mubarak magnets and InshahAllah sticky notesThey were kind enough to send me some items for review, and also they will be participating in the huge Ramadan & Eid giveaway so some lucky person will win some of this fun Islamic stationery. Muslamb stationery comes in bright colors, and their pencil’s have “studying dua” on them–how great is that. The sticky notes are as great as any in the market but what makes them better is they have “InshahAllah” and other Islamic reminder’s written on them. I was also sent small magnet’s that say “Eid Mubarak” on them- how cute. I love magnet’s and will be sticking these on my refrigerator right away. All these items were packaged very nicely, are of quality and are made in the US.

20140714-155642.jpg6 #2 pencils in shades of purple and pink. Print reads: “Rabbi Zidni ‘Ilman War Zuqni Fahman” Meaning: “O Allah advance me in knowledge and true understanding.” And below are other cute product’s that I’m loving!

Hijabi hard at work pencilSalat door signThe stationery items will make great gift items for children (and children at heart like myself) for Ramadan, Eid, just because presents or even as small prizes for kids in Sunday school competitions. To order your own, check out Muslamb Stationers on Etsy. Also join their Facebook fanpage here, and twitter for updates.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not compensated for this post. Only were provided the items for review and giveaway. All opinion’s are of AnUblog’s author’s. Anublog.com does not share opinion’s of brands/companies mentioned.

March on Women | Divergent Movie Review

You’re different. You don’t fit into a category. They can’t control you. They call it Divergent. -Tori

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Hi all!

This past weekend I finally checked out a new movie with the husband, Divergent, which was completely filmed in Chicago.

Our main reasoning for watching it was to support it since it’s filmed in our city. There were no expectations nor did we bother watching trailers or read reviews- but boy were we surprised!

Divergent was fantastic, and not just because it was filmed in Chicago. The main actors are fairly new but they do an amazing job. The leading roles of protagonist and antagonist characters are all played by female actresses, the movie in our opinion was better than Hunger Games and definitely better than Twilight, ladies you will swoon over Theo James, the story is not as gruesome as other young adult films, the entire soundtrack is amazing and it is worth watching in theaters.

We were so happy to find out Divergent topped box office this past weekend and made $56 million- that’s insane but it deserves it in our opinion.

Here are our ratings for the movie.

AnU Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Action Scenes: 8/10
Direction: 7/10
Story: 8.5/10

If you would like to see the winner of the Eternal Girl Shop gift card please check out the rafflecopter widget on this post.

Have a great week!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

March on Women | Ann Taylor & Marie Claire Own the Room Event

Happy Friday everyone!

March is Women’s History month, and March 8th is International Women’s Day–in honor of this women empowering month AnUblog will be featuring women empowering messages, and giveaways (Monday 3/10 first giveaway).

I recently attended an event hosted by Ann Taylor, and Marie Claire magazine with my friend Fatima.  Own the Room was the theme of the event and had a panel featuring Marie Claire’s Director Lea Goldman, Marie Claire’s Merchandising Editor Madison Shoop, and personal finance, career expert and author Farnoosh Torabi.

Marie Claire magazine

The panel highlighted empowering message for women most important being women should invest in themselves & others will invest in them!  Farnoosh Torabi author of When She Makes More mentioned how many women are now the breadwinners of the family, and how they are more educated because careers that are on the rise are more women driven.  Lea Goldman discussed ten tips on how women can own the room, my favorite was “never underestimate the power of great accessories.” Madison Shoop shared her fashion picks from Ann Taylor and emphasized on buying separates that can work in multiple outfits.  Here are some snaps from the event.

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Author of When She Makes More, Farnoosh Torabi

Author of When She Makes More, Farnoosh Torabi

Marie Claire’s Features Director Lea Goldman

Marie Claire’s Features Director Lea Goldman

Marie Claire’s Merchandising Editor Madison Shoop

Marie Claire’s Merchandising Editor Madison Shoop

Guest enjoyed sips, sweets, browsed looks by Ann Taylor, and mini makeovers by Trish McEvoy for updated head shots by onsite photographer to use on professional online profiles. Attendees of the event will also receive a copy of the book When She Makes More when it releases May 1, 2014.

Here are some outfits featured by Madison Shoop, and a few looks featured around Ann Taylor store.

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Have a blessed Friday & stay empowered!

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