Friday, 16 December 2011

On Stereotype.

Do read THIS ARTICLE first before you read my entry. After reading it myself, I just felt the need to point out a few things:

1. Hijab does not translate to TUDUNG. Hijab refers to donning clothes that cover your aurah, not just the TUDUNG.

2. While we all have the freedom to stereotype, and I'm not saying that he is wrong for stereotyping. BUT, this article is making fun of women who are, in some way rising closer towards Islam. And to me, as a Muslim, making fun of people who are putting an effort to somehow be closer to their deen, is wrong. He should be supporting these young Muslim girls who were once 'hijabless' and have finally found the courage&hidayah to change for the better.

3. How is using arabic words a funny/bad thing in the first place? I don't understand the need to make fun of it. It's the language of Al-Quran for heaven's sake. Why doesn't he make fun of the Muslims who use f**k, s**t or such words every 5 seconds updating their fb/twitter status. I think it's a very beautiful thing that more Muslims now are starting to use terms like Salam Alaykum, MasyaAllah and Alhamdulillah instead of HI, OMG and WTH on a daily basis.

4. It bugs me that he doesn't stereotype groups like Muslims with blonde hair in bikinis, hands around their guyfriends in clubs and bars, you know, the type that think their so cool and 'open-minded' that they drink beer and celebrate holloween/christmas. Why attack the girls who only want to use some Arabic terms to express something? I absolutely see no wrong in that. There are so much more disturbing things happening in Malaysia right now. To write something as narrow minded as the article itself is even more EMBARRASSING to me than what the author feels embarrassed about in the article.

5. I wish these cheap-publicity articles would just stop because it seems like these people are trying to find anything they can to make fun of hijabis, it's almost disturbing. 

In the words of my sister Maryam,

"The author has a very narrow sociolinguistic point of view. People do not talk in a lingo based on the way they dress.

It's mostly because young women find a community of friends like themselves to form a support system. Yes, they are women in hijab who strive to be better Muslimahs everyday and at the same time be successful in facing the challenges of the 21st century. They make friends with Muslim sisters who are newly converts, Palestinians to name a few-who are the strongest women in their world, and exceptional international women figures who fight for Islam. So in a way, they use terms like 'hijab, iftar, wudhu' to find a common ground in the Muslim community. They are mostly women of high education, grew up speaking English, fond of English culture and ambiance, could pull off any fashion trend if they weren't in hijabs, but choose to be better Muslimahs. No, they are not 'Melayu Murtad'. Islam is one."

Quote from my sister's Palestinian friend,

"It's good to have someone noticing the rising of hijabi girls, especilly that this is the first thing a girl should wear when the 'natural alarm date that Allah sets for her" has come. the non hijab is the trend of other nations "which invaded us"!! Again this brings us back to the debate "in the west" about a Muslim girl covering doesn't mean she covered her mind, too. Using Arabic words, is NOT a bad thing when referring to Islamic terms cause this language happens to be the language of the Holly Quran. so, using these words is not a trend Mr.. it's the ORIGIN. Which ever language you use for it, is nothing but a translation..."

Oh and ex-UIA students(and im sure many other Muslims from all over Malaysia) are so used to all these arabic words like iftar, taaruf, etc,  its so not new, so *BIG YAWN* to this article. The evolution of hijab trend began even before Yuna & Hana Tajima. They just made it more popular. If you go to UIA in 2004, You'll see a whole campus of girls looking like this. Most of them are Malay though who also use Arabic terms.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Introducing The Special Makeup Artist For My Wedding...*drumroll*

It's every girl's dream to look exceptionally beautiful on her wedding day..therefore hiring the right makeup artist is very, VERY crucial. That is why I have decided to choose a very speacial MUA for my big day. She's not very known for her work but I think I have enough confidence in her, and most importantly I know she'll do a great job..the MUA I'm talking about is non other than.. Aishah Amin a.k.a me, myself and i:p Some of you might be like..Whaaaattttt...this girl is crayyyzaayyy... OK the reason why I decided to do it myself is because I believe that I know my features better than anyone else and I know what looks good on me. Plus I want to look and feel beautiful from my own eyes, not from other people's eyes..I've seen time and time again brides not feeling pretty on their wedding because of harsh makeup, even if other people think they do look pretty. Hence effecting their mood during their big day. I don't want that to happen to me.I think a woman should look radiant and glowing on their wedding day, instead of OTT(over the top) and drag. i'm going for no falsies, no eyebrow trimming. (btw a lot of Muslims still don't know that wearing falsies is haram it seems. it falls under the same category as wearing a wig/rambut palsu. please look it up if you're still not convinced)

Anyways, I believe that a woman should be confident enough to do her own makeup. I mean, helllooooo..even Kate Middleton did her own wedding makeup, and looked fabulous if I might add! But I'm pretty sure that confidence didn't just come from nowhere. I have to admit, it's not going to be easy doing my own makeup, I'll have to start practicing from now if I want to look radiant and fabulous on my wedding day!(xpe2 ade lg 6 bln, insyallah boleh) That is why I recently joined Anna Ismail's personal makeup class together with Nadia and Zuryn to learn a thing or two about makeup. If you're planning to do your own wedding makeup, I suggest that you join any personal makeup class that you think will enhance your makeup skills! The class I joined was so useful since I personally love makeup and now I can look pretty without having to hire a makeup artist! Here's what went down during the class:

I personally loved Nadia's earthy-tone makeup. However, our makeup guru wanted us to create different looks so that we could learn different techniques. And since Nadia was doing like a bronzy-look, Zuryn was doing a more softer-purple-ish look, I did an arabic-inspired look.

the final outcome *photos courtesy of nadia+zuryn:)
 For my nikah makeup I think I'm going to try something sweet and soft like this:
Just adorable!
And for my reception makeup. I'm opting for something a little more glamorous, perhaps something like this:

Just when you thought she couldn't get any prettier, she does THIS. T_T

Till then! xx

Monday, 14 November 2011

It's Finally Happening.

Syukur Alhamdulillah..I'm on my way to becoming a wife;)..even though it's not until next year, but I want to make sure I settle all important preparations earlier so that I can relax a bit during the final days before my wedding..anyways, I'm super duper excited about the preparations and I think I'm about to turn into bridezilla!! lol. I have so many ideas for my wedding and I can't wait to share them here, soon insyallah:)

Earlier today I met with a representative from style weddings (so sorry, can't remember his name) and he was kind enough to have explained to me about their wedding video package. After the discussion, I ended up booking them for 3 events since the package was too good to resist! so it's confirmed, they will be my official videographer for my big day!! Here's a video by them just in case you're looking for a videographer:) and they're based in bandar baru bangi, which makes it even more easier for me to meet them for discussions etc. I think they will do a great job on my wedding, insyallah;) enjoy the video!

Reception Wedding Highlights - Amri & Diyana :) from Style Weddings on Vimeo.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A Little Yummy For The Tummy

Have a sweet tooth and love what you're seeing?

Watch this space yummy things for your wedding/party/other events!!

With anna , renee , kerry , timahnadia and arni. :) It was lovely meeting you all!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Frisch Verheiratet

I know this is a late post. But better late than never! hehe..Early this month 4 of my close family/friends got married on the same weekend! And I was only able to attend one which was my cousin's wedding, since i was the maid of honor:) The lovely Eyqa Sulaiman and Adriani's wedding was on the same day so it was obvious that i couldn't make it to their wedding. And my future-sister-in-law's wedding was on Sunday but it was in Perak and I couldn't drive there all by myself! So i missed that one too..but it's ok.. even though i couldn't make it, I wish them all the happiness in the world and that they have great marriages and make cute babies! hehe..

And I know I haven't been very active blogging these past few weeks. After all I wasn't a hardcore blogger to begin with. I only blog when I feel like sharing something close to my heart, plus these past few weeks have been quite hectic for me.. I'm currently still working fulltime, doing my masters fulltime and I'm busy planning for something huge next year(can't tell you what it is just yet!:p). So I can say that I'm a busy, busy woman. So anyways, back to my cousins' wedding, yes my beautiful cousin, Marina Salina Raof Senk. Oh I just love saying her name! She's half Malay half German. Very happy for her that she's finally married and found her little piece of happiness:)

The Solemnization
Alhamdulllah, they are husband and wife;)

Me and my sister in the hotel room, camwhoring as the bride was getting her makeup and hair done.
My sisters and I. Our Kakak missing in action.

Us being super silly doing the "majalah melayu" pose.
With cousins
The beautiful bride and her groom.
*berangan nak kawen jap* :p
"Just Married"

Monday, 12 September 2011

The 4-hour-body-diet.

As you all know Raya is still going on and with Raya going on Im just bound to eat a lot with all the open houses in my schedule!! So this year, I'm trying out this diet called The 4-Hour-Body Diet. What is it you might ask? Well to sum it up it's a diet that consist of basically:





Ah but that's not all! the best part about this diet is there is a 'Cheat Day' You can pick ONE day of the week(make it the same day for each week), say Saturday, and on that chosen day, you can eat all you want! no dieting needed!

On dieting days, you cannot eat any kind of white carbs: no rice, bread, potatoes or such. no milk, no sugared drinks, only H2O and green tea(without sugar!) No fried food of any kind.

My cousin and his wife have tried this diet and I've seen tremendous results from them! So I actually just started this diet yesterday(12/09/11) and we'll see what happens in a month! For the time being, here are some recipes you can check out if you feel like trying out this diet!
Also try these:

As for beans, you can try any kind of beans including butter beans, mixed beans, baked beans, peas, lintel. I got mine from Tesco.

It's time to get healthy people!!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Eid 1432

WARNING!! Before you scroll down i warn you that this will be quite a long entry filled with plenty of oh-so-vain-raya photos. If you chose to proceed, don't tell me I didn't warn you.

Raya : Day 1

Like any other year, my family and I have always celebrated raya in Bangi (which is practically where I live). So this year was no exception( dear relatives, please la next year let the host be someone else, us Bangi peeps are getting bored raya-ing here every single year. Every year it's the same routine. After Aidilfitri prayers we drive to my aunt's house which is also in Bangi. And in the evening all my relatives (from my mom's side) will come over and beraya at our place. So as usual we cooked rendang ayam+daging+ketupat+nasi impit(wajib every year) and my mom added mee rebus to the menu since it's always nice to have something else besides your typical-raya-menu. There was this one year we made tons of Pizzas on the first day of raya which i thought was an awesome idea! Anyways, here is my first baju raya:
I wasn't really in the mood to dress up on the first day since i knew we'd be busy in the kitchen making sure all our guests stomach be filled with good food. Oh and my sister kayah made cheesecakes as she always does!
Cousins, aunties, and our Maktok!
SAY DUET RAYAAA!!! (yeah right, bukan aku dpt pun)
Qayyum my adorable cousins son!
Qayyum playing around and finding himself in between Maktok's undergarments. How funny he is!

Raya : Day 2, 3, 4 i think?

Ok so these are the only pics I took from day 2 because, well let's just say nobody(including me:p) really bothered charging the camera battery so by the time we got to my aunt's house in Damansara the battery was completely out. And here are some shots I took of my raya makeup! they're all using the same lipstick colour just with a different eye shadow and contact lens colour ! (Pure Honey and Sterling Grey, both from Fresh Look)

What do you think of my new sterling grey contacts? (This was the first time I tried this colour, usually I wear pure hazel because obviously I couldn't possibly get away with blue eyes)

Raya : Day 5

On Day 5, we went to my uncles place in Subang Jaya. He's a doctor so he had only healthy food on the table! LOL. just kidding. But the food was great I swear! Come to think about it, I think I just gained some few extra pounds over 5 days of raya! Oh well, bila lagi nak makan tak ingat dunia betol tak..?? hehehe 

Chamwhoring as usual

Don't you just wanna curl him up and squeeze this ball of cuteness!!

Cuteness attack!

Tina the superstar again!
My sisters and I
My cousin Elani, credit to her for the lovely photos:)

Nude pumps
Raya : Day 6

We were off to Selayang on day 6 and my aunt cooked Spaghetti Bologna Malay style! and it was at her house that I found some baby photos of me when we were still in the UK. I don't have a lot of baby photos so I was really happy I stumbled upon my cute baby photos! hehe.  
My brother, timah and me.
This isn't really a raya outfit but I kinda loved it so made it one of my baju raya! (bought it online from Anati who sold this vintage dress and added my own touch to it-the tiffany blue ribbon!)

I super duper love chunky heels!

Although I did not have a kampung to drive back to and it was my first year not getting duet raya, I had a swell time with my family and since I started working, I feel like every moment spent with my family is more precious than anything I could ever ask for.. hope you all had a splendid raya and before it's too late I'd like to wish everyone:

Eid Mubarak!!:) 
Selamat Hari Raya 
Maaf Zahir Batin.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Bohemian Rhapsody.

This is quite an old photo that I found on my computer and apparently I just realized I rarely wear bohemian-inspired/vintage kind of outfits(which is probably why I never posted this in the first place). I actually do love the bohemian look but it's not really my thing, or should I say not quite 'me'. But I adore and love seeing girls who rock the bohemian look, especially when it's on Nicole Richie or Vanessa Hudgens!

Here are some looks that I really love: