September Favorites! Birthday Month and Haul special

2016, Beauty, favorites, makeup, monthly favorites, Uncategorized

That’s right! It’s birthday month. Every year this month, I celebrate and take out time for myself. Whether it is a nice day at the spa resting up, or not worrying about splurging for myself, I take full advantage of this month by indulging!

Here are some of my favorite items that I’ve indulged in.


Lips

I’m starting to believe that a good lipstick can make or break an outfit/look. I’ve noticed how many women of the Indian subcontinent lean towards darker, more brown tones for lipsticks. I’m the opposite at least until the fall and winter seasons. I love the bright pinks, the hot fiery reds and the bold magentas and burgundy tones. Anything to brighten up my face!

 

Foundation

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab makes me feel like I’m well rested and that I’ve got the best skin in the world. It’s light and refreshing while it covers my slight imperfections. I’ve ranted and raved about this foundation for many months. It’s definitely my favorite go-to foundation for taking pictures and for social gatherings. 

 

Eyes

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve bought an eye shadow palette. The last one I got was the Urban Decay Smokey palette last year. I’m still using that but this time around I wanted some more shades for the fall. I finally broke down and ended up getting the Smashbox Matte Exposure palette. It’s got the perfect shades for this fall season from mauve to deep purples, I’ve been using this palette like crazy.

 

Bag

This month I splurged on a present for myself. I haven’t bought a fun bag in a while and I definitely didn’t have one in this burgundy plum color. I’ve been loving the options that Michael Kors has out right now. Plus I scored this beauty at TJ Maxx for only $99!

 

 

 

 

August 2016 Favorites.

2016, Beauty, favorites, makeup, Uncategorized

August has been crazy! Between buying a house(!) to renovating a house (!!), I’ve been all over the place.

This month has been mostly casual in terms of clothing and makeup. It’s been raining quite a bit over here in Dallas so I’ve been mustering some extra effort to keep my face dry and humidity free.


GlamGlow Thirsty Mud mask-

Oh the humidity! Dallas weather has been crazy for the past few weeks. We’ve had 100 deg days turn into 75 degree days all within hours and random showers sprinkled between the sun and clouds. The change in weather and the change in my personal situation has been making my skin dry.

My new favorite item for skin care this month is the GlamGlow Thirsty Mud mask. I’ve been using it in place of my regular night time treatment. The formula is very hydrating and it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. It feels like I’ve left a nice puddle of water on my skin and in the morning my skin has absorbed all of the moisturizer and feels amazing.


Origins GinZing Scrub & Origins Checks and Balances Face wash-

I’ve been guilty of leaving my skin in terrible condition this summer. While we’ve been renovating/updating our house, I’ve been neglecting my skin on a routine basis.

Late in August, as I was packing, I found the Origins GinZing Energy boosting  Scrub and the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy face wash.

After spending my weeknights and weekends painting, scrubbing, sanding and remodeling my face needed a little extra TLC. I love the citrusy scent of the GinZing scrub while the Frothy face wash left my face cleansed from the paint and dirt. On nights where I couldn’t use my Clarisonic or my normal cleaning routine (hey, remodeling is a tough and tiring job!), I’d run to these for a quick 5 min cleanse before heading to bed.


Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47-

I’ve never been a great with putting on screen. It’s just not my forte. This summer I’ve spent a great deal of time outdoors. The Texas sun feels so strong during the summer and I’ve been scared that the rays are harming my skin instead of providing any benefits. That’s why I’ve been getting better about putting on sunscreen and having a light formula like the Josie Maran one really helps. The sunscreen comes in a signature dark bottle with a pump that dispenses a white moisturizer and sunscreen combo. I love argan oil and what it does to my face so much that this actually had become a part of my morning routine.

Most sunscreens break me out but this one hasn’t as of yet. 


Urban Decay One and Done Foundation-

I’ve been scarce with foundation since it’s been humid and over 90 degrees here in Dallas. My go-to foundation during this time of year is the Urban Decay One and Done since it released this summer. It’s a great blend between a BB cream and a foundation. It provides the best coverage while being light on my skin.


Urban Decay Naked Concealer-

I’m trying really hard to finish my stock of concealers before we move. It is just too hard to do especially when I keep reaching for my Urban Decay Naked concealer every single time!

San Diego! Here I come.

2016, summer, Uncategorized, vacations

Happy Labor Day! Put away those white jeans and sip on that last summer sunshine.Labor Day was always the unofficial last day of summer when we were growing up. Summer started on Memorial Day and ended on Labor Day. Speaking of Memorial Day, back in May, hubby and I took a trip out to San Diego during the Memorial Day break.

Having lived in Dallas for 3 years now, I miss having access to the beach. We either have to drive a few hours to Galveston (4 hours) or about 12 hours down to South Padra for a ‘decent’ beach.

The flight to San Diego was short and sweet. As soon as we stepped out of the airport, we were greeted by gloomy clouds that threatened to rain, but never did.

The more time we spent in SD, the more we realized how awful the drought in California was. The trees, shrubbery, and grass was gone. Coming from lush Dallas, where rain has been abundant this year, the comparison was stark and quite honestly shocking.

 

During our trip we went to La Jolla, Coronado, San Diego, and also drove up north towards LA and hit Laguna Beach and Crystal Cove.

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Work Week Wears: August 22-26

2016, blouses, casual, clothes, clothing, fashion, h&m, hm, Lifestyle, what to wear, work week wears

It seems like August is always a busy month for me. This month has been filled with so many changes and the one thing that keeps me sane is that I get to pick out my outfits ad organize myself. We’ve been dealing with building a house, and the stress that comes with it. Plus I’ve been switched over to a new team in the past few weeks with a little bit more work than usual. It’s hard sometimes. And it will get harder as I start packing for our move to our new house. 

 


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Is it Maghrib time yet? How to prepare Iftar without stressing yourself out

2016, fasting, islam, ramadan, Ramadan, Uncategorized

For Muslims fasting during the month of Ramadan, sunset is an important time. As soon as the Maghrib (sunset prayer) azaan (call to prayer) goes off, we all plunge into the bowl of dates and sip on our water.

After all, not being able to eat or drink anything since the break of dawn can make a person hungry!

Whether you are arranging an Iftar for friends and family (iftari), or just for yourself, here are some tips and tricks to help your evening meal be stress-free and enjoyable.

Plan a lecture or a religious discussion before the Iftar

  • The main goal is to keep the conversation about God and the here after. We need to make sure our fasting days are filled with productive conversations not idle talk. There have been so many gatherings that I’ve gone to where it might be an Iftar but most of the conversation is around what people are wearing for Eid, how difficult someone’s mother in law is during Ramadan or unnecessary gossip.

Prepare in advance

  • The one piece of advice I use and hold dear to my heart is to prepare in advance. I know not everyone is comfortable with freezing meals and going on a light diet during Ramadan. Preparing in advance for Ramadan can come in many different shapes and forms.
  • I always chop up veggies and put them in the freezer for when we want stir frys or vegetable based meals. I also will package up some fruits for smoothies if we feel like staying light on dinner. Additionally, I’ve frozen some spring rolls and samosas for quick iftars that I just need to toss into the oven.
  • Use the weekends to meal prep. I make a big salad at the beginning of the week and roast a chicken so that we can do chicken salads, and chicken sandwiches. Other times, I’ll use the weekend to make a fruit salad and marinate some meats so that I can cook them during the week.


Focus your Iftar around your prayers

  • Lots of people miss out on Taraweeh prayers because they are attending Iftar parties at their friends/family’s houses. As the host, you should focus the Iftar and the dinner around Taraweeh. Acknowledge that there is only a short amount of time between Maghrib and Isha. Keep in mind that heavy meals during iftar might hinder the performance of salah. You don’t want the guests to feel too stuffy so stick to light meals, such as salads, and eliminate a lot of the fried options. IA this will be beneficial to the guests and allow you to get a part of their good deeds through their prayers.

Do Dhikr while you prepare iftar

  • Don’t miss out on an opportunity to gain good deeds when you prepare iftar. Make sure you start preparing your iftar with proper wudu, then use the time it takes to prepare the iftar meal and say the following supplications.

 

 

May Allah swt accept our fasts and fulfil our duas. Please keep my husband and I in your prayers.

Countdown to Ramadan! 30 days to go.

2016, coming soon, fasting, health, islam, ramadan, Ramadan, Uncategorized

Time really flies when you are busy! It’s been a whole month since I’ve last checked in on for my Ramadan preparations!

We’ve talked about preparing for the food aspect of Ramadan for a while now. I’ve made some spring rolls, shami kabobs, chapli kabobs, and marinated some chicken for iftars and dinners during Ramadan. I’ll also be making some fruit & veggie smoothie packs this month to prepare for Suhoor.

Most of our Ramadan diet includes lot of drinks- water, milk, tea, coffee, smoothies, lemon-cucumber water, and the occasional soft drink. We also like to keep the iftars very light opting for some dates, fruits, and one spring roll per person. My parents generally do elaborate iftaris but hubby and I have started to keep our month focused primarily on our prayers and not feeling overwhelmed with preparing lavish iftars.

One of the ways I’m going to use this month to prepare for Ramadan is to start limiting myself on certain food items like sugar, and heavy carbohydrates. One of the biggest reasons why we feel like we’re exhausted or get bad headaches during the fasting periods is because as a whole we tend to enjoy breads, rice and items containing high levels of sugars.

By slowly limiting yourself during the month of Rajab, you allow your body to slowly adjust to the withdrawal of these food items.

For the first 10 days of Rajab, I am going to cut out all additional sugar items- in my coffee, in my breakfast etc. Nothing I intake will have additional sugar added. I also cut out candies, chocolates and limit dessert to only fruits or yogurt.

Then, the next 10 days will be to stop eating rice and breads. This is generally the most difficult step for me. I tend to eat rice with my dinners and cutting those out of my diet is hard. I usually supplement the rice with veggies for my dinners.

The last few days are maintanence. I try to keep myself on track and remind myself that Ramadan is coming closer.

This year the last 10 days will most likely not work out that way as we are going on vacation and my cousins are coming from out of town.

This year we don’t plan to have a lot of iftar dawats as we live further from our friends. But we do plan on celebrating each day because Ramadan is such a huge blessing!

How to Maintain Your Fitness During Ramadanhttp://www.iwontlose.com/ramadan  Ramadan Kareem:

 

Work Week Wears- March 11

2016, Uncategorized
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted an outfits of the week.
It’s been grab and go for the past few weeks since I’ve been rushing to and from work.
This week I planned out my outfits and prepared them in advance. I even ironed them in advance! Getting ready in the morning has never been as easy!
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10 Dresses to spruce up your Spring wardrobe!

2016, dresses, spring, Uncategorized

Spring is one of my favorite seasons in Texas. It’s the perfect temperature with a beautiful breeze. Springtime for Texas is essentially summer time for the rest of America. Our spring season generally ranges from 60s-80s.

Most Texans can attest to the fact that all of our “summer” activities occur during the spring.

We plan our picnics, BBQs, trips to the lake and other outdoor activities now rather than the summer, mostly because our summers end up being 100 degrees. Ouch!

When I first moved from New York to Houston, the drastic summer heat made me so sad. I thought all my days of wearing summer dresses were gone and that I’d have to suffer through the 100 degree weather. When Fall and Spring came along, I realized that I could wear my dresses and be comfortable for a longer period of time.

 

 

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H&M Floral Chiffon Dress

H&M Floral Chiffon Dress $29.99

 

 

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Zara Floral Dress $99

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Forever 21 Contemporary Floral Dress $12.90

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Boohoo Paisley Dress $40

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Love Culture Coral Crochet Bell Floral $29.95