Eid Celebrations

Eid is usually a hectic but fun filled affair at our house. Everyone comes over to eat my mum’s delicious lunch and then stays for conversation, food and games.

My youngest sister kindly bought some Eid balloons which we put up.

I didn’t get a chance to take many photos as it was a full house with 16 adults and 9 children and with other relatives dropping by at various intervals (our latest guests left at 11.30pm!), but I managed to get few photos of gifts that we shared with one another. Traditionally children are given money and sweets are shared among the adults but in our family we try and give each other gifts when we can. I love that my mum still doesn’t think we’re too old to receive Eid money, even if others do.

I bought these initial mugs for my sisters that I thought were quite unique.

And for all my little nieces I ended up with a rainbow theme of t-shirt, bracelets, sweets and other little bits. They were so excited to receive a bag of colourful goodies.

My eldest sister decorated and personalised these boxes for each of us that I thought was really nice. I loved my ombre clutch, which will go perfectly with an outfit I plan to wear at a family wedding next month. I also got lots of chocolate and a scented rose (which I forgot to include a picture of) from my other sisters.

We all had a great day which was full of lovely clothes, amazing food and smiles. I hope that others celebrating Eid had a lovely day as much as we all did.

2018 Highlights

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s natural to reflect back on the year. I hope that you all have had a significant and positive one. 2018 for me has had some highs, such as having a new niece join our family, starting a new job, as well as experiencing fun, new things such as taking a candy making course. I’ve also been able to visit new places and had a break away with my family. My lows have been feeling unmotivated and uninspired at times to post on my blog, and wondering if it’s still relevant. I have also felt like the world is passing me by and that I have so much I still want to do.

I leave you with some of my favourite photos of the 2018 and I wish you all happy New Year and with the hope that 2019 is one of fullfillment, happiness and adventure for all of us.

Winter Lights 2018

The Winter season in London can sometimes feel long and cold, but to help brighten it up there have been a couple of light events to make the most of it getting dark early. There was Lumiere London which had art installations scattered around central London, and there was also a similar event held in Canary Wharf, which was just as great. This event was also held last year which was very good, so I was looking forward to this year’s.

One windy evening my sister and I headed down to see what was on show. There were installations indoors ad well as out but we decided to do the ones outside first. There were some really interesting ones that I really liked, such as Halo which was a ring of lights and to make it even better it was suspended above a pool of water giving it a nice reflection. My favourite was the wonderful Dodecahedron which you could also climb into to take in the stunning colours. The huge inflated, lit up rabbit was also cute I thought. There were also pieces that interacted with music or with movement by people that was interesting.

Once we’d seen all the installations outside, we headed indoors to see the ones displayed there as well as warm up, as we were freezing. I thought these ones were even lovelier than the ones outside. There was wearable fashion such as a dress with LEDs and a clutch that you could have words appear on.

One that was really intriguing, simple and so effective were the giant, colourful, bubble-like balloons hanging from rods. They were made from plastic strips and as they retracted and expanded they changed shape as they spun. My absolute favourite though, were the colourful mosaic lanterns that cast beautiful light patterns on the walls and ceiling. I did suggest it could be my next birthday present but I don’t think my sister will be taking it as they were quite pricey.

There were a few we couldn’t find but having wandered around Canary Wharf for long enough we decided it was time to go home. I thought this light event was really good, and I feel lucky to be able to see such great art installations close to home, which certainly helped brighten up the winter nights.

Stylist Live event

I recently went to a fashion event in London that my sister was able to get free tickets to. The event was called Stylist Live in relation to the fashion magazine that circulates around the UK. The event was a chance to see new up and coming products, have make overs and attend workshops and talks by industry leaders.

On arrival we saw the sparkling, gold display that marked the entrance.

Stylist display

Inside we were able to grab a fancy drink and have fun in the magazine cover style photo booths.

Walking around the many stalls we saw lots of unique products as well as interesting gift ideas for Christmas such as personalised baubles and lipsticks to natural based candles and soaps.

It wasn’t all about buying though, there were lots of workshops running throughout the day that you could attend and learn from. Lots were popular and booked up in advance but we did have a go at painting a clutch bag, which was fun. There were also relaxing spaces around the arena for colouring giants walls and print outs or to take photos against fancy backdrops.

It was a fun evening where we were able to see lots of interesting products, try free samples and have makeovers. I’m sure others enjoyed it as much as we did and maybe we’ll attend again next year.

London Muslim Lifestyle Show 2016

This weekend my sister and I went to the London Muslim Lifestyle show in West London, which was an event bringing together different products and services that are available for Muslims. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but I was looking forward to finding out.

There was a wide variety of things on offer; from different kind of foods, to jewellery and books.

My favourite things were the beautiful pieces of Arabic art, the stunning bottles of attar/perfume and tasty food on offer. I learnt lots of new things and was genuinely impressed by all innovative ideas that were presented from new phone apps to products that filled gaps in the market.

It was tempting to buy everything I liked, which was too much, but I managed to hold back and stick mainly to window shopping and tasters, treating myself to a few lovely things.

As you can tell I got a bit carried away with my photos, but there was just so much to see. As well as stalls there were fashion shows, singers and workshops that you could attend. My sister and I also had a lot of fun having our photos taken in photo booths wearing silly props. I thought it was an interesting event and meeting a diverse range of smiley people people, both Muslim and non created a great atmosphere.

WPC: Ornate piano

This grand piano really lives up to it’s name. The beautiful, ornate embellishments are by William Morris and Co. and are typical of the designs that were created by him. I personally love the style and detail of Morris’ work and have been a fan since I first discovered it.

Eid exhibit

At the end of Ramadan muslims around the world have a day of celebration called Eid-al-Fitr. Muslims have a great meal with family and friends, give each other gifts and money, and wear nice, often new, clothes. In preparation of Eid, my sisters and I went to an Eid exhibition in London to see what new designs of outfits were available to buy. The outfits available were designer pieces and more expensive than I tend to buy but it was nice to see what other styles were around. My photos didn’t come out too well as the lighting in the room wasn’t as bright as I would liked, but hopefully they give an idea of what was on show.

There was a nice range of beautiful outfits, from heavily decorated dresses with pearls and diamantes, metal and thread embroidery to less extravagant outfits with just thread work or prints. Some were more suitable for weddings than an eid celebration but it was nice to see the intricate work that went into making some of these outfits.

As well as clothes there was a section that had stunning metal clutch purses and colourful jewellery. And to complete the look there was also a makeup artist on hand to give beauty tips and makeovers to guests, which my sisters trialed. We were also treated to drinks and fancy cupcakes and biscuits to keep our energy levels up.

We didn’t end up buying anything in the end as although many of the outfits caught out eye they were just a bit too expensive and out of our budget, but we did enjoy talking to some of the designers and looking at lots of pretty things.