Mother’s Day Tea Party | Feat. A yummy spread & recipes!

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Hi loves!

I realized, that I never made a blog post about our Mothers Day celebration we had at my home (but it’s better late then never right?). I invited my mom and dad over for Mothers Day and I knew I wanted to do something different then the typical ‘bengali styled lunch’ which usually includes, biryani, a cucumber salad, some raita and another dish consisting of veggies or meat. I wanted to do something different, that I know she would appreciate.. so I whipped together a really cute Indigo/Kate Spade/Stephanie Sterjovski inspired tea party.

The spread included, delicate cucumber sandwiches, a cantaloupe boat with fresh black berries and mint, mini quiches, samosa’s, veggie pin wheels, a special blueberry & watermelon juice and of course, tea! You wont believe how simple each of the dishes were to make and you’ll find that the common ingredients are: cream cheese, dill, mint and fruit. What I like about this spread was that I was able to do use one ingredient on a couple different items which made my life and grocery list inexpensive and easy.

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For the recipes of each dish, please see below 🙂

Recipes: 

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Cucumber Sandwiches:
1. White bread
2. Cream Cheese (softened)
3. Dill
4. Cucumbers
5. Salt & Pepper

Cucumber sandwiches are super easy, tasty and delicate. All you do is spread cream cheese (make sure its softened!) on both slices of bread. Sprinkle each side with some fresh dill, salt and pepper. After slicing some thin cucumbers (and letting them soak out their water on a kitchen paper towel), neatly distribute them on one slice of the bread. Put both sides together and cut off the crust using a serrated knife. (These sandwiches were a huge hit, especially with my dad! lol)
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Cantaloupe Boat:
1. Cantaloupe
2. Berries of your choice (I used blackberries)
3. Mint
4. Icing sugar or regular sugar

This is a super easy dish and only takes a few minutes to make. I made it the night before and just refrigerated it over night. First, cut your cantaloupe into slices and present them on a platter. Grab some berries of your choice and place them nicely around and in between the cantaloupe. Next, slice up some fresh mint from your garden and sprinkle over top. Lastly (and you want to do this moments before you serve the item) – dust over some icing sugar which will give your fruit platter a beautiful touch. I unfortunately did this the night before, and my icing sugar dissolved.

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Mini Quiches:
1. Phyllo Dough (1 box)
2. 12 Eggs (Feel free to use less)
3. A dash of heavy cream
4. Mozzarella Cheese
5. Chives
6. Sour cream
7. Lemon Zest
8. Dill

They sound fancy, but trust me it was the EASIEST dish to make (also made the night before). In a bowl, mix together your eggs, heavy cream and salt and pepper – whip it up and leave it aside for a moment. Using a cupcake tray, line your THAWED phyllo dough and make little cups. Fill the bottom of each cup with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and then transfer your egg mixture into each cup, sprinkling a handful of chives on top. Now bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until the eggs are golden brown and puffed up. While this is cooling, in another bowl whisk together about a cup of sour cream, the zest of one lemon and a handful of dill. Once your eggs are out of the oven and have cooled, apply a doll up of the sour cream mixture on top and garnish with some fresh dill. VOILA!

Pin Wheels:
1. Colorful tortilla bread
2. Softened Cream Cheese
3. A variety of veggies (I used red/green/yellow peppers and onions)
4. Salt & Pepper

Spread softened cream cheese on your tortilla bread. Sprinkle your favorite veggies on top and add salt and pepper. Roll very tightly and cover with aluminum foil (or you can cut it into pieces and serve right away). I covered it with the foil, put it in the fridge and cut it into bite size pieces in the morning.

As for the samosa’s, they were bought but absolutely delicious and added that bengali touch to the tea party. Additionally, I just grabbed some blueberry watermelon fruitopia and added frozen fruits and lots of ice for a cool, cold drink. I hope you guys enjoyed the recipes and pictures!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Love,
Anisa

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Eid Inspired Makeup Tutorial | Featuring Dalphies

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Hi loves!

Recently, I’ve partnered up with the owner of http://www.dalphies.com to present to you guys, this Eid inspired makeup look. Who is Dalphies might you ask? Well, they are an e-commerce website that specializes in unique and trendy collections consisting of south asian attire and jewellery! The owner of Dalphies was nice enough to send me some beautiful pieces to use in my looks, from matha pathi’s to tikka’s – so pretty, unique and perfect for those glammed out looks I love to do. Another great factor about the jewellery was that they were light and not pulling down on my ears (like other heavy south asian pieces -__- lol).

Now don’t get me wrong, this look doesn’t just have to be worn on Eid, you can definitely use it in your summer bollywood weddings or typical summer late night dawats. If you think the lashes are too much, feel free to use a different pair or just wear your own natural lashes with a touch of mascara. Thanks to tape, this look ended up being so neat and clean – definitley give it a try!

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All of the products used are listed below!

1. Mac – Utterly Becoming Paint Pot
2. Mac – Cranberry
3. Morphe – ES20
4. Inglot Gel Eyeliner
5. Mac – Mascara
6. Nars – Radiant Concealer in Vanilla
7. Loreal – True Match Illuminator
8. Maybelline – Fit me Foundation stick in 355
9. Shade Light Palette
10. Becca – Opal Highlighter
11. Milani –  Berry Amore Blush
12. Chanel – Lipstick #34
13. Loreal pencil eye liner

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Dalphies Social Media:

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Hope you guys enjoyed this look! Thanks so much for reading my blog posts and watching my videos – it keeps me going!
xoxo,
Anisa

Jaclyn Hill Favorites | Morphe Brushes

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Amongst the very few YouTubers I follow religiously, Jaclyn Hill has come out with an eyeshadow palette of her own collaborating with Morphe Cosmetics. Now if this isn’t motivating, I don’t know what is. The colors on her palette are not only colors that she uses in her looks but are completely wearable warm colors that anyone can incorporate into their makeup routine on a daily basis.

Like seriously, I use those brown tones every single day on my crease. Now each of these eyeshadows individually sell for $2.29 on www.morphebrushes.com. However, if you were able to snatch a JH palette before it got sold out (literally within 24 hours) you are one of the lucky ones to own all of her favorite shades.

I don’t think that this palette will be re sold but if it does one day, you need to get your hands on it! I’ve uploaded a picture below with the titles of each color. Specifically, these are some of my daily favorites.. Can you tell I like warm colors?!

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All in all, the palette is pretty awesome. The colors are great, the packaging is chic and Jaclyn Hill is amazing so I expect nothing less. Also, her latest product, Champagne Pop | A highlighter (and also a collaboration with Becca) is already online but will be in Sephora stores July 16th. I’M SO EXCITED!

To check out my makeup tutorial using the palette, see here: 

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xoxo

Anisa

The Important Things

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Just over two years ago, I sat on our wedding stage fully decked out in a beautiful (and heavy!) lengha and jewelry – it was FINALLY our wedding day! I was very excited and anticipated this day because it meant that my husband and I would be together forever, inshAllah and this was just the first step. Knowing that I’d be waking up next to my best friend, have a permanent movie partner and live a long and happy life together made me feel overjoyed and excited.

Now, fast forward a couple years, and we are still who we were when we first met. We love cuddling, watching movies, and just being silly together. Allah has provided us both with new jobs that we love so much, a beautiful condo that we love to go home to, great friends and family, and just life as a happy married couple. We couldn’t be happier – we even just bought our first house (AH) and we get the keys for it tomorrow (iA).

However, in between all the good stuff, there are always sad things that happen in people’s lives – and it was no different for us. One thing I’ve come to realize over the past little while, is how important our health is –  you never know what can happen to someone in the blink of an eye.

A few months ago, I was in the ICU for something (I’ll save that story for another day) and all I remember thinking about while sedated was the desire to continue to do everyday routinely things with my husband. I didn’t want to be in the ICU, I didn’t want needles in my veins, I just wanted to live my life. At that moment, I appreciated life so much more, I appreciated all the regular things we do on a daily basis even more. While I was completely unconscious, that husband of mine stayed by my bed side, was there every time I opened my eyes, gave me water and made me smile. I remember my dad coming to me when I finally woke up and saying “Do you know how much Irshad loves you? He didn’t leave your side once.”

God, I think I fell even more in love with him at that moment. More than ever before.

Processed with Rookie(while in the ICU, I asked him to send my friends this snap chat to let them know I was doing okay)

A couple months later, I am doing okay while still checking into the hospital for routinely checkups. Throughout this whole process I truly realized how short life is… those little fights you have with your husband? Totally not worth it. Those things you get angry about – why? Those matters that you have unnecessary anxiety over? Why bother? In a blink of an eye, your life can turn completely upside down. Don’t waste what could be your last days on earth being upset over situations that won’t matter in the long run. Love those around you, treat everyone well and live your life to the fullest because you never know what can happen.

Just thought I’d share something personal for once. I’ll get back to fashion and beauty in no time.

Big shout out to my girl Hafsa who is my go to editor!
ALSO, it’s her birthday today – Happy Birthday HAFZUH!

xo.

Anisa

Fall Lookbook!

Hi dolls! I am not going to write a lot and bore you but below you will find pictures and outfit details from my last video. I hope you enjoy! 🙂 xoxo

The Flowy Dress
– Dress from Modesty Collections
– Hat from H&M
– Shoes from Shoedazzle
– Purse from Peplum Fashions

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Faux Leather
– Sweater from H&M
– Tights from H&M
– Combat boots from Steve Madden
– Booties from Nine West IMG_0078

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Ripped Skinny Jeans
– Teeshirt from Old Navy
– Blazer from H&M
– Skinny Jeans from ASOS
– Heels from ShoeDazzle
– Purse from H&M
– Toque from H&M IMG_0779

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The Blanket Shawl

– Dress from ASOS
– Blanket Shawl from Steve Madden
– Leggings from H&M
– Shoes from Coach
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Get Ready With Me: Bollywood Inspired Look

Hi friends,

We are almost at the end of the week which is rather exciting because I have a lot of pictures to take for all the ideas that are running around in my head for my YouTube and Blog! A few weekends ago, we had a dawat and I knew I just had to film for you guys. The only issue with filming the day that you are actually supposed to be going somewhere is TIMING! I never can seem to schedule myself accordingly to be done filming and be early or on time for the dawat. Even if I give myself 2-3 hours, something goes wrong – here is a list of a few things that can happen while I’m filming: my battery dies and I have to recharge it, my memory stick runs out and I have to load the video clips on my computer and then start again, or the sun starts to set and I need to set up my lights.. sometimes there are problems after problems! Regardless, I love doing it however I find that sometimes the idea that I have in my mind doesn’t always come to life. For instance, in this video I wanted to film my whole outfit and show you guys what I wore but because the dawat was at night, we weren’t getting good lighting and the camera just wasn’t focusing on the outfit how I would have liked it to. Anyways, enough rambling on, I hope you guys had a chance to see the video, if not click above and check it out!

This video was a Bollywood Inspired Look where my eyes were gold with heavy eyeliner and my face was contoured to the T. I added more glamor to the look by using my Lilly G. lashes as well as wearing some show stopping jewelry! Below you will find a list of my products that I used within the video, feel free to leave your comments  aboout any questions you may have.

Product List:

Mac – Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette – Gold, Praline, Bliss
Mac – Amber Lights Eye Shadow
Maybelline – Black Liquid Eyeliner
Lilly G – Lashes in Barcelona
Ben Nye – Banana Powder
Anastasia Contour Kit – Vanilla, Banana, Havana
Benefit – Hoola Bronzer
Mac – Blunt
Loreal – Black Intense Eyeliner
Bobbi Brown – Mascara
Becca – Opal Highlighter
NYX – Natural Retractable Lip Liner
Maybelline – 920 Lipstick
Nars – Turkish Delight

 

If you want a list or tutorial of how I did my hair and what products I used, leave a comment below or under my video and dont forget to subscribe 😀  Thanks for tuning in you guys.

xoxo

OOTD: Black Pleated Dress

Black? Slimming? Always!

Hey friends,

Today I wanted to share with you a rather simple ootd that can always be dressed up AND down with the right accessories. A few weeks ago I was in Unionville and wanted to snap a couple shots of my outfit to share with you guys! You could most def get away with wearing a dress like  this throughout most of the year so even though summer is  almost over, autumn is just beginning 😉

The top I wore is one of my favourite pieces from H&M ever (seriously, I have it in every colour). It is a black pleated dress that literally goes with anything and is so comfortable to wear. The material is stretchy, the dress hides my love handles and of course, the dress is black (always slimming!). Now, the worst part about this dress is that it is not selling this season. The best part about this dress is that there are always multiple variations every summer! I bought the dress in L and wash it every few weeks, it hasn’t shrunk yet and I’ve literally had it for about 3-4 years. I paired my favourite black pleated dress with a beautiful necklace from my girl Hijabi Mama as well as a pair of hot pink shoes.

Check out my OOTD pictures below. XO

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Special thanks to my bestfriend, Fatma Pathan for taking the pictures.
Check out Hijabi Mama here: https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMama

xoxo