Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy Journal

Last week T and I were having a conversation about how sometimes we get down in to a bit of a funk. I'm sure it happens to all of us, you just feel down on yourself and on top of the fact that there's probably a million things going on in your life at the same time. We both firmly believe that you truly are your biggest critic. No one is meaner to you than you, yourself. It's really a silly thing to be honest, there's plenty of others out there trying to bring you down so why bring yourself down? Luckily, T and I have each other and great family and friends to support us. But I thought there's no one better to make myself feel better than me! I've decided to start a happy journal. Every night before bed I will write down at least one thing or thought that made me happy that day. So whenever I am feeling a little down, I can go back and remind myself what makes me happy.

I haven't just chosen any journal to do this in. Last year I went to the Harry Potter studios in London, which was amazing! My husband bought me Tom Riddle's journal; I have been saving it for something special. This journal is perfect for my happy journal, especially since it's from Adam.


Sunday Bliss

Sunday is the day we slow down and really appreciate what is around us.  When we catch up with ourselves after a busy week.

Sorry for missing the past few weeks, things have been so hectic lately!

Looks like someone wants my phone. -T

I spent the whole evening in my robe. -M

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Forever Valentine

This most recent February 14th my husband and I celebrated our first married Valentine's Day. It was actually, the second one we've spent together ever since our relationship was mainly long distance. I'm not a huge supporter of this so called holiday, I believe you should treat your significant other with love and respect all the time. You shouldn't need an excuse to do something nice for one another. On the other hand, it is a nice excuse to get dressed up and go for a nice dinner.

Adam woke up me with a sweet little breakfast in bed. We both start our day around 8 a.m, he needs to get to work and I need to get in to the studio. It ended up being a slow day, not many people were around in the studio so I asked Adam to pick me up around noon and I spent the day at the office with him trying to get ready for my up and coming assessment.

Once we got home I began getting ready by taking a shower and picking out a simple red dress. I took extra time with doing my makeup, I wanted to look perfect. I normally don't wear makeup on a day to day basis, so it takes me some time when I do. I did a simple eyeliner and a nice red lipstick. I kept my hair natural and wavy. To dress up my simple dress I wore a big necklace and a rose gold watch. I didn't bother with earrings, I have so much hair so they are usually never seen anyway.

Adam and I enjoyed a fun lobster dinner at a place called Steak and Lobster. I have never actually had to crack the shells open, and neither had he, so that was an experience. The food was great but of course the company was greater.

It was really nice to have a relaxed night with the one I care about. We easily get caught up in our own lives and forget to take care of our hearts. Even though we see each other all the time, and have been together for just under three and a half years; we never run out of things to say. Sure, plenty of stories are repeated, but that's the fun of it. It was a night full of laughter and happiness.

Dress: New Look, Necklace: H&M, Watch: Fossil, Lipstick: Red Carpet by Bobbi Brown

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Little Things

My sister and I talk just about everyday. It may be via whatsapp, iMessage, or FaceTime, but there's always something to talk about. We even like to share our normal day to day tasks that no one would really care about; including our wonderful significant others.

You are probably thinking, what could these two ladies be talking about. Many of our conversations have consisted of what we are cooking/eating. Both of us really do love our food but then we complain about how the food we cherish so much is making us fat. Another common topic of discussion is T's beautiful baby boy. Saying I am obsessed is an understatement, so you can only imagine how Apa (means older sister, A.K.A Tasneem) is. Over the summer when I was home I would taunt T with pictures of her baby stuck under the dining table chair and playing while she was working. Now she has the pleasure of doing the same to me. Luckily we have the miracle of video chatting, so I get to see the wonderful little guy as much as I want. There's also a constant struggle over me calling him potato, she isn't too pleased with that nickname. We like to talk about what we're watching on TV, if we have bought anything new, and any hobbies we would like to explore; the list really does go on.

Today we had our conversation about how sometimes we imagine going to get things in our head then realise we are picturing home. I mean home as in where we grew up, where our parents live. Both Apa and I are married and living separate from our parents, so it's funny how we still picture it in our minds when thinking to go get something. The amount of times I'm laying in bed at night and want some water but begin feeling lazy because I don't want to have to walk down the hall, down the stairs, turn on the lights, and then go in to the kitchen. But then I remember, I live in Manchester, in a one bedroom apartment. So the kitchen is literally in the next room.

Moving away has definitely been a struggle, sure it's been a year and a half now but I do miss home. I love my life here and am so happy. I'm lucky to have access to electronics and the internet to keep me in touch with people back home. The little things truly do matter. Just because we are across the pond, doesn't mean we can't act like we're right next to each other. Having such random conversations with my sister, other family members, and friends makes me feel right at home; wherever in the world I am.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Bliss

Sunday is the day we slow down and really appreciate what is around us.  When we catch up with ourselves after a busy week.

Making zucchini rosemary soup with bread for dinner. -T

Their home is now complete. -M

Valentine's Day Ideas

This red dress fits me a bit more snugly than I remember but I think that actually makes it look better on me. My hair is loosely curled and sitting quite prettily; coming close to rivaling the magical good hair days during pregnancy. I cajoled my hubby into his red shirt and the baby was kind enough to submit to wearing his red overalls. They have a little bear on them which gives me great joy. I quickly glance over at the microwave clock and see we have plenty of time for some family photos.

Valentine's Day is the day to celebrate love and let loose my unabashedly girly side. Last year was my first day of love as a mother and I wanted to celebrate with a nice dinner and a family photo shoot. The evening was so lovely I decided I want to make this little family photo frenzy a yearly tradition. Here are a few ideas to get you in the mood for one of my favorite holidays...

1. Crayon hearts from Martha Stewart
2. Sequin Heart from Style Me Pretty
3. Scripted Pillows from A Subtle Revelry
4. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate from A Beautiful Mess


Saturday, February 1, 2014

You're My Wonderwall

A mere five months ago I married the love of my life. Like all weddings there were some glitches, but overall it was perfect. I honestly had a fairytale wedding thanks to my family, friends, and of course husband. We were lucky enough to have those beautiful moments captured by The Way We Click Photography. Recently I received the hard copy of our pictures and I would like to share a few of my favourite pictures from the events. I have almost 2000 pictures, so these really are a very few that stuck out to me. For the past few days I've been feeling a bit over emotional while going through all the photos. I'm so happy with how the everything turned out. It's amazing how I was able to share such a special time in my life with all of the people I love, it definitely made everything even more perfect. I began to feel homesick, but at the same time happy to see how much everyone enjoyed the wedding. I wouldn't have changed anything.

No event is complete without a cheesing picture of me and T. We probably drive each other more crazy than anyone else, but she also keeps me sane.