Snap Chat – The highs and lows

Random right? Not beauty or fashion related but it seems to be an app that most of us use every single day, throughout the day so I thought, why the hell not.

Ohh Snap Chat – I love it but sometimes… no! I will not start this blog post off on a negative note so let’s start off with the positives!

Positives

1.  Staying in touch – Snap Chat is an easy way to see what your friends/family are up to without having to write much. Visuals are always my fave and without having to make meaningless conversation, you can get straight to the point with just a picture of what you’re up to/what you’re about to eat/where you’re travelling etc.

2. My Story – At first, I hardly used this tool of snap chat but when I started I realized it’s a great way to share certain things: recipes, DIY’s and even beauty looks. I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me telling me they’ve enjoyed my snap chat stories, whether it’s been recipes or me getting ready for a wedding! My snap chat story is also fun to look over at the end of the night (for me) – to see what I did, how many views, who’s been looking etc.

3. Knowing people on a different level – Ugly face competition? Pretty sure I win each and every time. No but seriously, some people put on a front and don’t share a lot on social media (which is totally fine) – but having snap chat lets you know someone on a totally different level, a more comfortable level and I laaaaaaike that!

4. (Insert city here) Life – I LOVE THIS. It really helps people understand other cultures and see other parts of the world in a different light. There is nothing negative about this, it’s actually pretty awesome.

Negatives

(Oh man here we go)

1. SELFIE VIDEOS – I literally cannot deal. I hate this so much. There are a lot of people that send me videos of them posing and making a duck face – not a selfie though, a VIDEO. WHY?! Lord. I get it, YOU LOOK GREAT, so fabulous but does someone really need to watch a video of you posing :S  This is not cool, and you need to stop.

2. STORIES – Those who send me the snaps that their adding to their story anyway… Why do you do this?! I’m probably going to look through the recent stories and see it anyway so what was the point of sending it to me (and others) separately? THERE WAS NO POINT. Side note: It’s also really irritating getting snaps of things that are irrelevant to me. I don’t need snaps of you hanging out with your friends that I do not know. That is just weird.

3. BLOGGERS/YOUTUBERS – Following SOME of my favorite bloggers/youtubers has unfortunately made me shy away from reading their posts/watching their videos. Some of them, I think, share another side of themselves which leads me to feel that they are annoying. I don’t want to get into specifics and/or talk shit buttttttt, I’ve stopped adding my favorite “celebrities” to snap chat because when I see a whole new side of them, it’s not necessarily true that I’ll like it. Disclaimer: not all of them are annoying but majority of them are.

4. Constantly SnapChatting – These are the folks that literally snap chat EVERYTHING. Oh, there’s a burger – PHONES OUT, oh someone is opening a present – PHONES OUT… WHY!? You don’t need to snap chat every moment of your life, just enjoy it and take the moment in. You won’t even remember half these memories because you’re too busy snapping them away.

Anyway, that’s my raw version of why I love and hate snap chat at the same time. Didn’t even bother editing it through to make sure no one gets offended becaaaause this is truly how I feel, and I’m sure others feel this way too J

Happy Wednesday (THE WEEK IS ALMOST OVER!!)

Xo

Anisa

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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

Post Wedding Reflections

Hi everyone!

South Asian weddings can be INSANE. My husband and I had our Nikkah June 9th 2012 and had our Gaye Holud and Reception a year later in August of 2013. We have a huge family + a LOT of family friends which made our wedding enormous! I had 7 bridesmaids and 6 Cousinmaids on my side of the wedding party and a 20+ people dance crew for our big dance finale. We had family come to the wedding from all over the world (Houston, Florida, Bangladesh, the UK, LA etc), which was a lot of fun because the house was full of family which made the illusion of the wedding actually come to life! The planning took a couple years to commence but thankfully I had my parents to help me out big time. We also hired a wedding planner (A Shahzadi Affair) a year into the planning process to help us execute efficiently.

Today I wanted to talk about my wedding festivities and give you some pointers to help you plan your dream wedding accordingly. Now, I am a pretty psychotic person in terms of attention to detail and extreme organization. Although I know that most people aren’t this way, if you want a extravagant wedding with details, you must plan ahead!

I remember when we had Farah from A Shahzadi Affair over to our house for our first meeting, I already had mostly everything planned out and chose all of the vendors I wanted to visit. She was there to help me get to where I wanted to be and make sure that everything went smoothly the day of the event(s).

I started planning my wedding when I was 5 years old #noreally. I have always wanted a big wedding, always printed pictures to add into my wedding folder, I wanted bright colors, lots of music, dance and good food. I wanted good memories, amazing pictures and an awesome highlight to remember it all.  Over the years, I thought of the color scheme I wanted, the songs I wanted my friends to dance to and the entertainment we would have at our Gaye Holud. But all of this doesn’t come to life without proper planning!

There are 3 specific things I started working on 2 years before my wedding date. They were:

1.  The Wedding Party
2. A Wedding Planner/Agenda
3. Vendors

1. The Wedding Party is extremely important when you are holding a 550 + people event (or any event at all). Those who are close to you will probably be your bridesmaids/groomsmen. In the heat of the moment, you might say “I want this person to be my bridesmaid, I want this person to be my bridesmaid, OH AND THAT PERSON TOO!” But keep in mind, is it really necessary?! When choosing your bridesmaids, try not to think about who’s feelings you may hurt in the process. This is your time and it’s okay to be a little selfish and keep those who are close to you even closer. The first 3 people that come to your mind are probably the best fit to help you on your wedding day. You want bridesmaids and groomsmen who are helpful, active and just as excited as you are for your wedding. Do not just pick anyone and everyone just to make them happy because in the end, you will find yourself stressing to make them happy. In addition, you’ll be dealing with un necessary drama, leave that baggage out the door! #itsnottheirday #sorrynotsorry.

Decide who is really important in your life and who will/can help with your wedding and not just look pretty for pictures. #truestory. Remember that sometimes weddings can either make or break people, if you feel that a relationship could be in jeopardy, make note of that and execute efficiently.

“Pictures should reflect the good times of your wedding with the people that matter and that means to have people around you that love and care for you”

2. Agenda/Wedding Planning Book – As lame as this sounds, it’s a pretty good investment. Think about it, 10 years down the road you can view your wedding book and all the fun but stressful moments you had during your wedding planning days.

Having an agenda and writing it down really helps the process. It helps you remember notes about certain vendors, “to do” lists and scheduled appointments. Most wedding planning books that you can find at stores like Indigo and Chapters include tabs (Entertainment, Food, Wedding Party etc) which can help you organize your wedding properly. They also have pockets for you to keep brochures and any necessary paperwork you may need. These books range from $20-60 and are super cute!

“You want to be organized throughout the whole process and be able to look back at all the planning it took to make your dream wedding”

3. Vendors – OH MY GAWD. Can I just say how important vendors are in this whole process? DO YOUR RESEARCH!  Take your time and don’t just choose a vendor instantly because you are sick of the process and just  want to get it over with. No no no! Vendors are extremely important when planning your wedding, they MAKE your vision come true and without the right ones you’ll see yourself being really upset the day of.

Compare prices of various vendors, make sure you vibe with the person (especially if they are your videographer and photographer) and check reviews online. A great place to see reviews is http://www.shaadisource.com.

Read every contract very thoroughly. For videography and photography, make sure you know when you should be expecting your videos and pictures. I know a couple who have waited over one year just to get their video and that’s totally un acceptable! Remember, a vendor should only take on as many weddings as they can handle. If they are going to make you wait forever for your pictures/video, they are not worth it.

“Vendors make your vision come true, choose wisely”

Of course there are even more pointers to help you plan for a perfect wedding but I find that these 3 are pretty important things that can help you in the long run plan and organize your wedding successfully! I personally had a great time planning my wedding. Of course, there are things that I wish I did differently but I think everyone thinks like that. I’m glad to say that the wedding was successful and everyone had a good time.

Check out our highlight video above!

xo

Some blogs about our wedding:

http://ashahzadiaffair.com/2014/01/16/real-shahzadi-anisa-irshad-august-18th-the-wedding/

http://www.rubiesandribbon.com/2014/01/21/toronto-bengali-wedding-planner/

http://www.aainabridal.com/2012/09/real-bride-toronto-bengali-wedding-by.html

http://ashahzadiaffair.com/2013/11/13/engaged-shahzadi-anisa-irshad-cupcake-themed-photoshoot/

http://ashahzadiaffair.com/2014/01/14/real-shahzadi-anisa-irshad-august-16th-the-holud/

 

 

 

Winter Fashion

Hi ladies!

Seems to be a cold day out in Toronto today, feels like -40! Actually, it’s really been cold for the past few weeks. Since we’ve been back from vacation, I unfortunately got very sick and had to take antibiotics for Bronchitis and an Ear Infection, so really my life has not been too much fun for the past few weeks. #sickgirl

While being in this horrible cold weather, I’ve noticed that some girls bundle themselves up so much with baggy jackets and clothes that there is no fashion to their outfits! I get it, its cold, you wanna cover up and you don’t really care – well what happens if you meet a recruiter in an elevator and want to share your business card for a job prospect in the future? Okay that’s the recruiter in me and I’m being a little over dramatic here but you get the point. Isn’t it always best to always look great, so you feel great? That.. my friends, can be done, EVEN in the cold weather.

Below are some of my favorites for the Winter Season!

1. Oversized Hooded Coats
I have the first and third coat in this picture, both from Zara. I LOVE the over sized hoodie effect, I feel like it’s a nice security blanket in a way. The coats keep you super cozy and warm, perfect for the winter season as it adds warmth and fashion all in one.

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2. High Knee Boots

These are my favorite wide calf high knee boot from Steve Madden! They are called the “Creation” boot and fit perfectly for girls with wide calves! The only issue I have with these boots is the material. Because you can get salt on them easily, you have to pick and choose what day you can wear these boots. But that’s okay because they are knee high, cute and fit everyone!
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3. Wool Infinity Scarves and Headbands

Aldo is specialized for awesome infinity scarves and headbands! Not only are they cute and in style, they also keep you warm. The grey scarf that I have pictured in this blog is one that I own right now. Although the material does get on my black jackets, its worth it because it keeps you warm around your chest, neck and ears! The headband is also one that I have (in every colour) and I have to say I sometimes even keep it on in the office :$. Theres always that one day where you decide to put your hair up in a ponytail and on that day, this headband will add character to your look!
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4. Fur Scarves
UMM, I don’t even know what to say about this one. I know that this scarf trend came out in the Fall season but I have to say its carried over in the Winter season and I LOVE IT! Okay, yes maybe it does not help in the “warmth” department as much as the infinity scarf might buuuuuuuut its definitely fashionable and a glamorous touch to any outfit! In fact, I just might wear mine tonight!

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And that’s all ladies! A few simple items that can not only keep you warm but add trendiness to your look! Oversized hooded coats, high knee boots, infinity scarves/headbands and fur scarves all at low prices! Keep warm and trendy!

xo

Anisa