Engagement Gift Ideas

Hello lovelies! So I was on the My Citi Bus one day a while back, and I overheard (eavesdropped) this conversation between two young women next to me… They were discussing the one woman’s engagement (coming up the following weekend) and she seemed so stumped for gift ideas for her fiance… Man oh man, it took a lot of willpower to not lean over and start giving her a list of things to do and get!

But then I thought maybe I can help other women (and men) in the same predicament!

Engagement - 25 March 2015 - 2

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Modest Capsule Wardrobe

Hey my lovelies, so while most people Spring Clean, I tend to purge and tidy up nearly every month – I like everything neat and in it’s place.

So, for those who followed my previous blog, Frocking Cotton, you would know that I did the Wardrobe Architect to determine my capsule wardrobe. While I am still trying to find my ultimate style (it’s always changing, depending on my mood), I have slowly transitioned into more basic outfits, and prefer 1 or 2 items of clothing. Now, as someone who wears Hijab, this can be a difficult task, as you need to cover your arms, wear longer length tops, pants that aren’t too skinny, higher necklines, etc.

This seems impossible with 1 or 2 items of clothing…

I will also always use trusty Pinterest for my inspiration, however I found that there aren’t many modest/hijab capsule wardrobes out there! So I decided to help those out there who are looking to create capsule modest/hijab friendly wardrobes, where 1, 2, maybe 3, items will be an everyday basic.

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Modest Wardrobe Capsule

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Hijab Fashion Week SA

Hello Hello my lovelies! Hope you have been well and keeping warm, now that winter is upon us!

This past Sunday, I had the honour of attending my 3rd consecutive Hijab Fashion Week SA show (run by Abashiya Achilles of Fabulous in Hijab).

Fabulous in Hijab

Now the Hijab Fashion Week is held to showcase local Hijabi and Modestwear designers clothing lines, whilst spreading the word about Hijab, modest dressing and encouraging women to embrace their style while still remaining classically covered.

Held at the beautiful Nico Malan Hall in Observatory, with its beautiful tall windows and tons of natural light, this was a perfect venue for a Sunday morning session.

Beautiful Momma

The show was hosted by Abashiya’s older Sister, Gadija Khan of the GKD label.

Gadija Khan

Hijab Fashion Week SA - Everyday Dreaming

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Grey Bedroom Inspiration

Hello Hello! Hope you are all well! This Cape Town weather sure has me confused O.o It’s like storming one day and then humidity all the next day – like whaaaaaat???

So one of my favourite home inspirations so far has been the grey bedroom…

I love neutral colours in general, but I feel like your bedroom is your sanctuary, your happy place – so the colours and surroundings should be happy and warm.

Our room is fairly small at the moment (although that could also be due to the fact that we have a massive Queen Size bed in the middle of it) but I love the fact that everything I need is in there and nothing more.

We are also utilising clothing rails instead of cupboards, and I am slowly but surely replacing all my old hangers with really nice wooden ones (these are much more appealing to the eye, especially with an open plan room and cupboards.)

Here are my favourite grey bedroom inspirational looks (although, to be honest, my bedroom is not this tidy).

https://www.amara.com/luxpad/bedroom-decorating-ideas/
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Green Kitchen Inspiration

Hello hello lovelies! Hope you have been keeping well (and warm as the weather gets chillier here in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Today’s topic is that of green kitchens… now, I am not one for bright colours (especially in the home department) but I can across so many lovely ideas for dark green kitchens, that I just could not resist!!!

So my husband and I moved into our new (temporary) home – and although most homeowners won’t allow you to paint if you are renting, my lovely landlady has allowed us to do just that (can you see the wheels turning in my brain???)

I fell in L O V E with dark green kitchen ideas – It was something different and really striking.

I will be posting photos of each room – and the inspiration thereof – along with tips and tricks for making a small space appear larger.

I love that the dark green mixes perfectly with gold and copper (rose gold) as those are my favourite metals.

Dark Green Cabinets

 

Jade Green | House and Home

 

Green and Yellow | Apartment Therapy

 

Green Walls | AVVS

 

Green and Chalkboard | Laura Casey Interiors

What is your favourite colour for a kitchen space?

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Wedding Themes

Hello hello! Happy weekend to all of you!!! Wedding season being in full swing, I thought this would be a good time to draw up wedding theme ideas!

Weddings — One of my most favourite occasions, and the reason I became an Event Manager, it is a time for love and unity. A great place to start? Choosing a wedding theme.

So, with four seasons in a year, you can break it down to Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring weddings… But you don’t have to stop there! You can sub catergorise your theme to suit your style, personality and the season!

Glam Vintage
One my favourite weddings (okay I may be a bit biased as it was the first event I did) – My sister, Ilhaam, and brother, Amir’s, wedding.

The venue itself had natural beauty – with exposed beams, high ceilings and lots of wood details.

The caterers (the lovely Faika of Saff Caterers) did all the decor, draping, fairy lights and floral centrepieces. It was like a magical wonderland with slight vintage details in the tarnished silver centrepieces, cut out glassware and candelabras, adding all kinds of romantic lighting to the happy atmosphere.

To get this look – think lots of florals (in neutral shades such as white and/or pale pinks) with silver or gold details. Light up candles on the tables, add fairy lights and dim the lighting to create that warm feeling.

Ilhaam and Amir Patel Dalwai wedding reception - Pinelands Hall 4
Fairyland | Photo Cred: The Dolliehouse (Rizqah and Reshaan Dollie)

 

antique silver footed bowl vase wedding centrepiece table decorations
Antique Silver Vase | The Wedding of my Dreams

 

hanging wedding decorations crystal garland
Candelabras with crystal bead | The Wedding of my Dreams

Minimalistic

As you can probably tell – I am very into clean cut and simple designs.

One of the easiest, and the best themes in my opinion, as it lets the couple, their love and the day shine, whilst still keeping within the theme of wedding day.

To achieve this look – ensure crisp linens (tablecloths, napkins) even forgo tablecloths completely, if you have wooden furniture, for a bare and minimalist approach.

Decor should be kept to a minimum, think fresh greenery for the table with some hessian elements (maybe a bunting as seen below?) to add charm.

LYDIA MEINTJES | KITCHEN TEA PARTY
Clean, White open space and simple banners

 

Crisp and Clean | The Society Bride

Rustic
Earthy and Natural – this is what comes to mind when you think of rustic themes.

This theme is all about letting the surroundings shine, and not adding too much artificial elements (so think less shiny, more florals).

Baby’s Breath | Modern Wedding

 

Mr and Mrs Banner

 

Bardien Wedding
Bardien Wedding | Simple details with florals and hessian

 

Glam
This is all about the ornate, the regal and the sparkle.

For a glam wedding, think location location location. It needs to be magical and unique – a library for instance, has the wow factor.

Details should include candelabras (of great height), Tiffany chairs, chandeliers and lots of florals. Flowers to include are orchids, Lilies and Peonies (with roses of course!)

Tiffany Chairs

 

Library Wedding

 

Library Wedding | Books and Cake

What kind of theme would/ did you choose for your wedding?

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Wedding Guestlist – Who to invite

Hello hello! So Wedding Season is in full swing with bells a ringing… and blue birds singing.

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Bardien Wedding | We had a total of 200 guests between both our families, and we got to greet each guest personally and share the day with our loved ones

So, let’s get into it – Guestlist’s are one of the most important pieces of the wedding. It allows the couple to share their day with the most important people in their lives, and brings families and friends together to celebrate the love shared.

As wedding planning can be a stressful task, planning the guest list is not the easiest (times this by a billion if you’re a young Muslim Girl in Cape Town).

Here are some tips to getting the inviting down to a tee:

Start with the parents – understand what it is they want to do, regarding the guest-list, and who they expect to be invited (with larger families it’s usually mom and dad’s aunts, uncles and cousins). Especially in Cape Town (and mostly with Muslim families) this is extremely important, as the chances that your parents are supporting you, financially, for the wedding, are quite high and to be courteous, you need to consider their ideas.

Narrow the numbers – get the total numbers of guests and use this as a baseline. If, for example, you’re having a wedding of 100 guests, you’re not going to invite Aunty so-and-so whom you don’t remember from the time she looked after you when you were 5. You will most likely stick to best friends, and aunts and uncles (or all your cousins, if you’re really close).

Start close – your best friend from primary school (who you haven’t seen in 10 years)? Yeah, trust me, you don’t need to. With my own wedding I decided to invite people that I had only seen in the last year or that had been to my house within the 6 months before the wedding… This may seem harsh, but I wanted to share my day with those who shared my life with me and people who had actually met Labeeq (my husband) before we got married.

I was invited to yours, so I must invite you to mine –  this is a common dilemma of couples, that I have heard time and again. Just because you were invited to someone’s wedding, this does not mean that they must be invited to yours. If you aren’t that close with someone (say college/university classmate) and you were invited to their wedding of 500 guests, do not feel obligated to invite them to yours (if you’re having a wedding of 200 guests).

At the end of the day – it is your wedding, the day to celebrate your love and share it with those who are close to you.

It’s over in a flash, so it’s important as to who you surround yourself with.

Would you want a big wedding, with loads of guests? Or a small intimate affair with a handful of people?

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