Friday, June 28, 2013

Petits Fours - Girl Rising

If you have been following my blog regularly you will know that I have mentioned numerous times about supporting other women and growing together. It means a lot to me to see women succeeding in life and paving a path for our younger generations. I got the chance to do this last night at the movie screening of Girl Rising.

Girl Rising is a film that puts emphasis on the power of education to change the world. Girl Rising follows nine different girls from so many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds with the common thread being an intense desire. A desire to know more, to do more, to be more in life!

Visit the 10x10 Girl Rising website to find out how you can do more for your sisters.

One Girl with courage is a revolution!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lace & Army Green

          Dior shades, H&M jacket and lace top, GAP jeans, Target ballet slippers

In all honesty, I put this outfit together based on my headscarf; because my hair was a complete mess! I needed something simple that wouldn't clash with the head piece - this thing can stand on its own! Nothing better than lace to do the job. To keep the lace work appropriate I paired it with an army green structured jacket, which keeps the whole look grounded.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Polka Dots & Leopard

Primemark dress, Michael Kors watch, H&M shoes

This dress makes me want to twirl around and around, letting the soft fabric wrap around my legs until I get dizzy. It's a dress that makes me feel girly and carefree, so to keep away from a school girl look, I paired it with leopard print flats. The busy prints of this ensemble aren't overwhelming because of the neutral colors used. Don't forget to keep accessories to a minimum - the dress can speak for itself.

How else would you have styled this dress? 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tea for Beginners

If you're on the fence about getting a tea set, it may be best to start small. One of the best places to do that is Anthropologie. The essentials of a decent tea set are: cups, saucers, sugar bowl and a milk jug, and they don't have to look like your grandmother's china! Whether you're a trendsetter, corporate man eater, IT girl or tree hugging type, there's a little something for everyone.

Anthropologie has an entire section dedicated to YOU! Each cup is monogrammed so you can feel extra special. This cup is perfect for anyone that serves coffee as much as they do tea, as the cups are deeper than a traditional tea cup.

Not sure where you stand? Off-white is simple and timeless - it will take you through all the seasons and is perfect for all occasions.

This design is still simple but adds a dash of excitement to teatime!

These are some of my favorite tea cups from Anthropologie. Delicate and feminine yet sturdy. Instead of just choosing one color mix and match between the three - it makes for a far more interesting spread when having guests for tea.

For the bold and the beautiful, behold the ultimate floral print tea cups. This set screams "all eyes on me, I know how to serve my tea!"

I would love to hear from you. Which tea set do you take a fancy to? Have a great Teatime Tuesday!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dressing up with MK

Every little girl loves playing dress up, and that doesn't change as you get older. I had a fun Friday afternoon mixing and matching everything from clutches to dresses in Michael Kors. I have always looked to this brand as iconic American fashion. Even the casual pieces have elements of dazzle in them! If you like the look of anything, you're in luck because Michael Kors has a sale going on!

                     Take the sunshine everywhere with these colorful totes

                          Can you guess which item I treated myself too?!

                  Who needs heels when you can have blinged out sneakers

Kors has teamed up with Halle Berry to launch the 'Watch Hunger Stop' campaign which is dedicated to feeding 100 children for every watch sold.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ipsy- On the Wild Side

This month's glam bag by Ipsy tells me they want someone to have a wild summer. Wait! Don't go running off and planning anything crazy! Let's take baby steps together and start with the make-up in this fab neon and animal print bag.

JCat Beauty eyelashes and eyelash glue: I can't tell you if these are any good because I'm too scared to use them! The idea of potentially sticking my eyelids together is a big no no. In fact I may just have to put these in a giveaway, so stay tuned!

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter pencil: This glides on smoothly and really opens up my eyes.

NYX Rouge Cream Blush: Gives a dewy look and is long lasting.

Starlooks lip pencil in Tipsy: You can use this as a lip liner or blend into the entire lip. I love how creamy this feels!

JCat Sparkling Cream Palette: Body Glitter! I probably wouldn't know what to do with this but I have an upcoming photo shoot, and this will be perfect!

What did you think of the June Ipsy bag?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quality Street

"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty."
                                                                                       Japanese Proverb

Magic moments of toffee finger, caramel swirl and coconut eclair packaged in colorful wrappers make any day better. When a tea biscuit isn't cutting it for me this is exactly what I reach for!
Put the kettle on, choose a good book and reach for a Quality Street.

Dressing for tea in the Emerald Forest

Faux fur vest Neiman Marcus for Target, H&M blouse, Zara pencil skirt and Aldo heels

While the English enjoy tea in the afternoon, Persian culture is more accustomed to tea in the evening. I recently watched the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Emerald City inspired me to go green for tea. Persian culture embraces many fabrics and hues in varying richness, thus creating a powerful balance of sophistication and grace.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Petits Four - Family

You know when you don't see your friend's kid or your niece or nephew for even a month, and all of sudden it's like they grew into this whole other person? Well, it's hard to see sometimes just how much your own children have grown, because you are with each other 24/7. In the past week, I was blessed to see my daughter dance in her first ballet recital to an audience of 1500 people!- to see her perform a Hawaiian dance at her school concert, and to watch my son become a singing cowboy on the stage. They were not nervous, but were filled with sheer joy and excitement, and were eager for my reaction.

It hit me this week how much their characters have grown. I have immense pride for them, and gratitude for my life. Being a mother, especially a single mother, is not easy. But so worth it! Running a household and taking care of your family may not sound like much to some people, but I feel as if I could run the world because of these very things. I am ready for life's challenges and have a new-found respect for my own parents.

Happy Father's Day to my baba joon and all the other men out there who are doing what they are supposed to be doing for their children.

Have a great weekend!
                                    My brother and I with my dad

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jewels & Polishes

Step out of the expected and try delicious combinations of nail color that match with your jewelry. The edgy combination of multiple colors will be sure to set you apart from the crowd. Contrast is important so if you are going to use a vibrant color, emphasize its punch by pairing it with a subdued neutral or darker color.

I would love to know what pieces of jewelry you choose to match your Mani with!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teatime Tuesday- Maison Paradi

Everything about Maison Paradi makes me smile like a Cheshire cat. One step through the front door and you are transported to another dimension full of richness that will make your mouth water. The tea sets in this store are to die for! I often drop by just to please my eyes with all the pretty colors and designs. I've noticed other home decor and unique items that would be interesting gifts for a house warming or hostess but truth be told I have a hard time pulling myself away from the tea sets which have been featured on Oprah's favorite things!

Take a visit to The Americana, grab a cup of tea and step into Maison Paradi to immerse yourself in all things pretty.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Big Bear Petits Fours

                                                    Big Bear Lake

This week was a first for many things- first time in Big Bear, first time taking a trip completely alone with my kids, first time having a Grey Fog Latte( the little things count too you know). I have to say that it's looking like Big Bear is going to be our home away from home thanks to all of the wonderful people we met from the staff at Pine Knot Guest Ranch to the store owners in the village. I love LA but  Big Bear envelopes you with a sense of peace that you just can't find anywhere but in the heart of such natural beauty.

I would love to hear about any other places in Big Bear that you recommend as a must see for our next visit.

Enjoy the weekend!

Quaint little view from our cabin porch at Pine Knot Guest Ranch

Cowboy Fancy put a big smile on my face, I just know there's a cowgirl hiding behind the Persian-English in me...

                                     Vogue can be found everywhere!

Pizza at Paoli's Country Kitchen, a stone's throw away from our cabin

I would live on this lake if I could! Serenity darling absolute serenity...