Makeup Tutorial: Spring Look

Hey girl heeeeey,

GAWD, it feels like forever since I’ve last blogged – not even going to come up with any excuses, it’s basically because I suck. Moving on, last weekend I created this fresh spring time make up tutorial which was an inspiration from the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately (hoping for no sudden snow falls). This look is something that I would wear on an everyday basis (besides the falsies) and I think that anyone can rock it! This tutorial will leave you feeling light, fresh and super bright and it may just have some heads turning around! Also, I wanted to give a big huge shout out to my girl Muffy for sending me over so much Dior goodies – I love it all!  Follow her on Instagram: mafruha_mua – Now without further a do, let’s list those products!

Products (in order of the video)

Primer – Benefit Porefessional
Eye Primer – Mac’s Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Transition Shade – Mac’s Always Sunny
Eyeshadow – Dior, Mirror 621
Falsies – Forever21
Foundation – Dior Foundation Spray
Concealer – Nars, Vanilla
Powder – Nars, Translucent powder
Contour Kit – Anastasia (Havana and Vanilla)
Brows – Anastasia
Blush – Benefit’s Coralista
Highlight – Nars Albatross
Lips – Inglot Lip Liner #77, Dior Lipstick #628, Nyx Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz
Eyeliner – Nars, Nude eyeliner

Stay tuned for an updated contour look coming soon! xoxo

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Lorac Unzipped Palette: Review & Swatches

Irene Sarah was the one who introduced me to the Lorac Unzipped Palette. Through her videos, I was convinced to buy it when I went to Florida because the colors were so beautiful and neutral! The palette includes 10 shimmery and matte eye shadows and comes with an amazing “Mini Behind The Scenes” eye primer.

I feel that the palette is easily comparable to the Naked Palette however, I can certainly see why other guru’s think the Unzipped Palette is better. When I used this palette with the primer that was included, I didn’t crease all day. In fact, I hardly had any fall out when applying the shadows to my eyes.

If you are ever going on a trip, I think this palette would be amazing to take– not only because of the neutral colors that would go with any of your outfit’s but also because of how small it is in size. It is light and wont take up too much room! Overall, I totally love this palette and find that I use it on a daily basis, especially for work because the colors are so neutral.

Feel free to see my YouTube video above so you can do a similar neutral look and my swatches below!

xo

The colors listed:

Unbelievable
Unattainable
Unconditional
Unbridled
Undiscovered
Unreal
Uncensored
Unspoken
Untamed

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Tutu Skirts & High Tea

Tutu skirts and high tea? Absolutely.

It was a cloudy day when a few of my girlfriends and I decided to go for High Tea at the Windsor Arms in the Yorkville area of Toronto, we celebrated my 25th birthday. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon where we updated one another on our lives and enjoyed various types of tea’s, warm raisin scones and gourmet mini sandwiches.

A fun day like this also meant planning for an extraordinary outfit. Being curvy and (I hate this word…) plus size, it’s definitely not easy finding a fabulous outfit on such short notice. With some thought and inspiration from Carrie Bradshaw and Kate Spade, I decided to design my own midi tutu skirt and have my sister in law sew it for me. We bought some lining and blush pink tulle and with a few alterations – VOILA! I was originally going to wear my midi tutu with a light grey woven sweater but seeing as how it’s summer, there wasn’t much out there. I did however go into Old Navy (I know, Old Navy?!), and found a perfect black and white striped top which I thought was very Kate Spade inspired. I paired my outfit with a heavy statement piece which was a beautiful silver necklace from my girl, Hijabi Mama (link below). I also wore my Gramercy Crystal watch from Kate Spade and some cute silver studs. Lastly, I threw on some white closed toe shoes and I was good to go!

Outfit Details:

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IMG_8347 IMG_8140 IMG_8069Midi Tutu Skirt – Designed by Anisa Haq, hand made by my SIL Shakira Synon
Top – Old Navy
Shoes – Shoedazzle.com
Watch and Purse – Kate Spade
Necklace – Hijabi Mama – https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMama
Photography by – Hafsa Pathan – http://www.hafsapathan.com/

A few more extra pictures from my 25th celebration:

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post and my outfit details! Let me know if you would like to see more of these.

xoxo

Black Smokey Eye Tutorial

Hi dolls!

Hope everyone is doing well and ready for the weeeeeeekend!! So last week I had posted another tutorial on how to do a Black Smokey Eye look! It’s a fairly easy look and does not take too long once you start practicing. I had a little touch of brown in my look as well to soften up my eyes. For some reason my video is not loading on iphones and ipads so please feel free to watch it on your computers! See below for the list of products used 🙂

Face:

Monistat Chafing Gel as my primer
Make up Forever HD Foundation – 153
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer – Medium
Maybelline Foundation Stick – 355
Nars translucent powder
Kevyn Aucoin skin enhancer – sx04
Lorac Pro Palette – Bronzer
Nars – Albatross

Eyes:
Nyx Eyebrow Pencil
NYX Eyeshadow – Dancing with the tides
Lorac Pro Palette – Black
Lorac Pro Palette – Shell
NYX Gel Eyeliner – Black
Envy Me – Eyelashes
Covergirl Lash Blast
Loreal Kohl Eyeliner – Black

Lips:
EOS Lip Balm
Maybelline Lipstick – Blushing Beige 915

Thanks guys! I hope you enjoyed this look. Please feel free to comment down below and hit that subscribe button! 🙂

xoxo

Anisa

Wedding Etiquette – The do’s and don’ts!

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Hi Dolls!

My post was influenced by Lauren Conrad’s latest blog entitled: “Ladylike Laws – Wedding Guest Etiquette” that I saw this morning and absolutely loved! Are you a guest at a wedding this summer? There is a lot of hidden etiquette and unwritten rules that most guests attending a wedding do not know. Sometimes it is a good idea to read over some unwritten rules to know how you should or should not act and what you should or should not do. Some may seem really minor but keep in mind that the couple (and their family) take a lot of time and money to plan their dream wedding, they want it to be just perfect and will need your help to make that happen! Check out my rules below and feel free to add more into the comments section below!

  1. Be Polite – Do not ask to bring a “plus one”  if you were not given one originally. There is a reason you were not given one as the bride and groom spend a lot of time on the guest list and eliminate guests who they cannot fit into their budget.
  2. Do not wear Yellow – You would think this is a rule that people follow but you would be surprised. Usually at a Haldi ceremony or Gaye Holud, the bride wears yellow. Do not come to the ceremony wearing yellow, even if you think it is another shade of yellow, just change your outfit. Don’t dress to compete.
  3. Gifts – The bride and groom spend lots of money per head. It is appropriate to gift the bride and groom the approximate amount of what each head costs. Usually the Bride and Groom are spending approximately $60- $150 per plate, if you are a family of 4 then your envelope should reflect how many people are attending from your family.
  4. Punctuality – Of course it is common for a wedding to run a little later to ensure that everything is running efficiently. Do not show up at the wedding when the Bride and Groom are about to walk in. You are really and truthfully ruining their moment as they have to wait for you to be seated before they walk in.
  5. RSVP – I get it, you work 9-5 and your life is difficult. Do you think it is easy for the Bride and Groom to chase the guest list to find out if they are attending? Don’t be selfish. It literally takes 1 minute to hit yes or no on their wedding website. Also, do not RSVP for uninvited guests.
  6. Social Media – If the Bride and Groom have any specific wishes, please follow them. Some weddings discourage tweets while other Brides and Grooms provide a hashtag to use throughout the night. Follow the social media rules accordingly. Also, it is pretty odd when a guest attends the wedding and only uploads selfies or pictures with their friends. Go to the stage and take a picture with Bride and Groom, it doesn’t hurt.
  7. Children – If you have a younger child who is simply in a bad mood the day of the wedding, it might be a good idea to take them outside during the quiet wedding ceremony or traditional rituals that are taking place. Don’t be one of those parents that let their child run around like crazy and ruin the Bride and Groom’s entrance/moment.
  8. Sit at your assigned table – Do you really think that the Bride and Groom did not think out where and who you would be comfortable sitting with? There is a lot of time spent on seating arrangements. It’s rude to go ahead and place yourself wherever you want because quite frankly, you are messing up the seating situation for everyone else.
  9. Bridesmaids Duties – No one said you have to be up the bride’s ass. What you can do though, is at least be there for bridesmaids pictures instead of hanging around the lobby with your boyfriend and being inattentive.
  10. Religion – Do not be disrespectful of the couple’s religious or cultural traditions. This might mean covering your shoulders in a Church, Temple or Mosque. This could also mean, being quiet during a ritual you do not quite understand.
  11. Your Attendance – If you are not attending the full wedding ceremony, that is fine. Do not accept the invitation and leave shortly after saying your hello’s with the couple.  You just wasted a seat that could be given to someone else and money that was spent for your plate.
  12. Don’t be all about your own wedding – If you are getting married shortly after this couple, congratulations! Today however belongs to another couple – consider your wedding to be off topic for just this day.

Some of these unwritten rules may have come across too straight forward but until you plan a wedding yourself, it is difficult to understand. Try to be courteous of the couple that is getting married and have proper etiquette!

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/

 

 

 

Fool Proof Recipe: Chicken Biryani

It’s come across my mind that I have yet to share with you a South Asian dish that may be of your liking. Last night I decided to try Biryani for the second time (the first time, I added way too many spices and  to be frank – it didn’t taste too good). Although I did not have all the ingredients that I would have liked to use at hand, I made the Chicken Biryani anyway as Irshad and I were really craving it.

SO! Let’s begin my friends! Yall better appreciate the fact that I had my professional huge camera with me during this cooking process #noteasy

Ingredients:
1. Salt (honestly the biggest ‘andaj’ ever – basically meaning, I put in whatever I thought was the right amount)
2. Chili Powder – 3 tbsp (My chili powder isn’t very strong, if yours is strong then put less)
3. Tumeric Powder – 1 tbsp
4. Ginger and Garlic Paste – 2 tbsp
5. Cinnamon Stick – 1 large stick broken into 2 equal pieces
6. Cumin Powder – 1 tbsp
7. Bay Leaves – 3
8. Black Cloves – 8
9. Cardamom – 6
10. Green Chilies – I used 3 big ones because we like our food really spicy, you can use more or less
11. Garam Masala – 1 tbsp
12. Onion – 1
13. Chicken Breast/Legs
14. Basmati Rice – 3 Cups
15. Vegetable Oil – 2 tbsp

Okay now that we have the ingredients listed, LEGOO!!!

Step 1.
Set out your ingredients (I forgot the salt here but just pretend its sitting right there in the middle)

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Step 2.
Slice some lemons

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Step 3.
Slice some onions

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Step 4.
Put 3 cups of rice in a bowl and add at least 5 cups of water to fully cover it. Put it aside and leave it for one hour.

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Step 5.
Clean your chicken! Why do I only have drum sticks? Well because it was cheap. #forthewin

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In a non stick pan, heat up your oil and add your onions stirring constantly. Stove should be on a medium level.

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When your onions become translucent, add in your chili powder, garam masala, tumeric powder, cumin, salt, ginger and garlic paste, cinnamon sticks, 2 black cloves, and 2 cardamoms, stirring constantly.

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Step 8.
After stirring and coating your onions completely, add half a cup of boiled water into the pan. Remember to always have water boiling when you are cooking a curry dish, hot water is the best to add (don’t ask me why, just do it).

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Step 9.
Throw in your chicken and coat the pieces with the curry

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Step 10.
Add another half cup to full cup of water. The water will keep absorbing so keep adding water every few minutes. At this point, I also added 1 green chili that I chopped up into little pieces.

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Step 11.
Keep your stove at a medium level and cover the pan. Do not cover it completely but leave the lid a little open so there is air coming through. Remember to keep checking up on your chicken curry and mixing constantly. If the water is absorbed, keep adding more water, a half a cup at a time.

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Step 12.
While your chicken is cooking, drain your rice.

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In another pot, add in your rice and enough water to JUST cover the rice, 3 bay leafs and the rest of your black cloves and cardamoms. Close the lid and keep on low to medium heat for about 10 minutes. Keep checking on your rice to make sure it’s not sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.

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Once your rice is complete, it’s time to layer your rice and chicken. Take some rice out and put it in a big bowl. The first layer is rice, then add all of your curry chicken on top.

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Then add another layer of rice to coat the chicken. On top of that, add your sliced lemons and some chili’s.
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Step 16.
Coat the lemon slices with some more white rice. Then add food some food coloring to the mixture. I mixed this food coloring powder with some water and spooned it over the rice.

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Step 17.
After adding your food coloring, put the lid back on and leave on low for about 15-20 minutes. Although everything is already cooked, you want the flavors to incorporate with one another and let the food coloring soak into the rice. After about 20 minutes, thoroughly mix everything together and voila! You have Chicken Biryani!

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Now, there are a lot of items that our mom’s usually add into Biryani but we just didn’t have them at home! Some of those items may include: Tomatoes, Plain Yogurt, Mint Leaves, Coriander Leaves and even Cilantro. I just did this with what I had at home. I hope that this step by step process helps you to make some delicious spicy Biryani at home. Remember, if you do not want it to be as spicy as mine, lessen some ingredients!

Enjoy!