Monday, July 20, 2015

Vlog - Ramadan & Anjali's Birthday

I didn't vlog much during Ramadan but I did on the first day, so decided to include it in this vlog. It was also Anjali's birthday and some of us went out to eat 2 days in a row.

On Anjali's actual Birthday, it was at Moghel Tandoori (they have 2 locations but we went to Longueuil one. 
  • Address: 2770 Boul. Jacques-Cartier E., Longueuil, QC, J4N 1P8 
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Halal: Yes 
I love their butter chicken! I haven't had good butter chicken in Montreal in awhile. I'd definitely recommend checking it out. Love their food and service! I'd definitely recommend this restaurant. I went back after 3-4 years and I remember it being good the first time as well. Oh and did I mention it was halal?! ;-)


Anjali is obsessed with the TV show "Devious Maids," so her sister ordered a cake that represents the show. Inside was red velvet (our favorite). As always, the cake was custom made by Les Glaceurs.
 
Next day, we went to Fenêtre Sur Kaboul but I didn't vlog much but that's one of our favorite restaurants. 
  • Address: 901 Rachet Street East, Montreal 
  • Cuisine: Afghan
  • Halal: Yes 
We're obsessed with their Shir Yakh (homemade ice-cream).


I have a blog post on the restaurant and I also featured it in one of my other vlogs:


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Amber's Bridal Shower

I helped my sister plan her Tiffany themed bridal shower. This post includes pictures and details of the event. Many pictures were taken by my best friend, Anjali. She did an amazing job! Thanks Anjali! :D 

You can also check out my video on it:



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Stations

We set up a couple of stations and asked the guests to visit each station.
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Station 1 - Welcome bags
The first station had goodie bags filled makeup/perfume samples, crossword puzzles and pens. We asked them to complete the crossword puzzles to enter a chance to win a prize.

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Station 2 - Nail Polish
We also placed nail polishes and asked them to take one each.

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Station 3 - Lipstick Canvas
We placed a blank canvas and asked the guests to "kiss and sign." I love this idea, it's great for bridal showers!

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Refreshments
Before serving dinner, we had a fruit platter and cheese with crackers. 

Some of our friends helped us out serve food/drinks. We couldn't have done it without them!

We also served some non-alcoholic sparkling juice. 

We placed small bottles of water reading "Amber & Co." and date of bridal shower. I designed these using Google Docs.

When food was served, we added Coke and Sprite bottles along with paper straws and bottle opener. 



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Dessert Table



On the table, there was an iPad playing some of the pictures from my sister's Nikah (Islamic marriage ceremony). There were also some photos hanging from the ceiling along with balloons. 

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Cake

We ordered the cake from Les Glaceurs (Old Montreal). I love how it turned out! Inside was red velvet and the size was perfect (12-15 portions).

A photo posted by Nazra (@arzanblogs) on

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Macarons

We ordered macarons from Petit Delights. They were amazing and everyone loved them.  They were all gone! I really like their shop, which is located on 1853 St Catherine west.


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Candy
As for candy, there was cotton candy flavoured "Rock Candy."

Rock Candy
There were also Jordan Almonds and Jelly Beans.
Finally, there were cotton candy sticks, which were pink but we still decided to include it on the dessert table.
Cotton Candy Sticks
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Hershey's Bars
One of my friends designed Hershey's Bar wrappers. Thanks Amalan! :D You can contact him if you want him to design them for your event. He sent me the template and I simply printed them out and wrapped the Hershey's bars.
Photo Credit: Andrea
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Favor Boxes
We also had boxes with ribbon to mimic Tiffany & Co. boxes and they were filled with chocolates. We bought the boxes from our local store "Foret Mini Depot."



I also placed my sister's present there... The actual Tiffany & Co. box is so cute! I just realized I placed it upside down lol


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Drinks
We also served few more drinks on the dessert table. It was a non-alcoholic mojito that we found at Walmart. We included it on the table because of its color.


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Henna
Who doesn't love a henna party?! Moushomee from MouMakeup came over and did henna on each guest. She's a makeup artist and also does henna. She made our day even more memorable.
Not only is she talented but she's very sweet! I'm glad I met her! Even though it was my first time meeting her, we felt an instant connection and I honestly felt like I've known her for awhile. Needless to say, I will always contact her for any future henna parties!
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Photo Booth
I think the most fun part of the day was the photobooth. We actually set it up on our own. We bought a few props and made some on our own.
I bought a backdrop kit that I'm planning on using for my videos. I also had softboxes and Stellar ring light. 

Here's a picture of me (middle) and my besties.



Here's another one with Moushomee from MouMakeup (henna/makeup artist).


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Raffle
We also handed out raffle tickets and there were a couple of prizes. Prizes included Stila palette, Make Up For Ever Eyeliner set, drugstore products, deluxe samples, etc.

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Planning 

RSVP
I created a Facebook event and Splash page. I had a formal invitation on Splash and people were able to RSVP there as well.You can password protect the page and then simply send out the link to the guests along with password. I used Facebook page to keep guests updated because most of us check regularly.

Itinerary 
I designed the itinerary using Drawing feature of Google Docs. I also added icons that I got from flaticon (all the Icons are made by Freepik).
Icons made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com
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Crossword Puzzle
Each guest received a crossword puzzle about Amber in their goodie bag. I used a free online tool that generates it for you: Edtools. It was so easy to make!
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Station & Dessert Table Printouts

I used picmonkey.com to design the stations and dessert table printouts.
They're very easy to make! All you have to do is:
  1. Click on Edit and upload a background you'd like to use
  2. Play around with the features. You can add text, frames, overlays, etc. Many of the features are free to use but others do require you to be a "Royal member" but I only used the features that are free to use. 
I added a Victorian Label (it's under overlays).


For text, I used a couple of different fonts. Let's take the third one as an example:

3: Font "Black Jack"
PUCKER UP, DARLING:  Font "QUENTIN CAPS"
Kisses to the bride: Font "Lobster Two"

I also added lips found under overlays.

 

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Final Thoughts
We spent a whole week putting everything together and it was so hectic. Although we ran out of time, I'm still happy the way everything turned out especially the dessert table. Most importantly, we all had a great time. However, I don't think I want to plan bridal showers for awhile though. 
 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mangalyam Montreal Wedding Show 2015

Coming Soon

I will have a blog post in less than a week but you can watch my vlog in the meantime. I missed the show but I checked out some vendors. However, a couple of photographers covered the event, so I will be sharing their photos.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

My Birthday Weekend



I turned 27 last Friday! I had a birthday dinner on Friday and Saturday!


Friday, I went to my favorite restaurant in Montreal: The Keg Steakhouse & Bar (Place Ville-Marie). Click here for my review. We actually waited almost 2 hours (it was so busy that evening) but it was worth the wait. We took a lot of pictures in the meantime!

Friday Outfit
Dress: H&M
Blazer: DynamiteNecklace: Forever 21
Lipstick: MAC Russian Red

My sister and friends surprised me with a cake! I loved it! It represented me so well (makeup, Instagram, YouTube).


It had MAC makeup items: lipstick, palette, eyeshadow and brush. There was also a Sephora bag, Instagram Icon and YouTube Subscribe Button with "Arzan Blogs" written on it.



The idea of YouTube button was brilliant!


On that note, if you haven't subscribed to my channel yet, please do so! :)
YouTube channel: Arzan Blogs

 
Saturday during the day, Rehana (my best friend) surprised me with a painting she made herself featuring Christian Louboutin Shoes and the quote by Marilyn Monroe: "Give a girl the right shoes and she will conquer the world." Everything about it was perfect! It truly made my day!


Later that night, I went for another dinner at La Menara (Moroccan restaurant). Sadly, I didn't take any pictures there. Some of us had hard time finding parking there, so it was a little hectic. Nonetheless, we still had a great time! The food was okay (some dishes were good but others not so much). The service was very slow because there was only one waiter. He was good but there were too many people he had to serve.
 For the most part, I got gift cards (MAC, Sephora, H&M and Zara). Rehana (my bestie) got me an empty MAC eyeshadow palette with gift card, so I can select my own eyeshadows! I can't wait to fill it up!
As for the Sephora gift card I got, I used it the next day because I was hoping to find the limited edition Tarte blush palette since it was out of stock online. Lucky for me, I found it! I'm so glad I got it! 


While I was there, I also spotted Marc Jacobs The Bronze - Bronzer Blush No.12 and I decided to get it. I've been eyeing it for awhile now.

I also got 2 Pandora items: bracelet and charm. I'm in love with them!

Not only did I start looking for a bracelet for the charm but I also made a list of charms I'd like to buy in future. My friend was right. It does become an addiction! 

 Anjali (my other bestie) gave me a bottle filled with Felix & Norton Cookies, which I love!!!


 Another of my friend got me macaroons from À la folie! Those are the best ones I have tasted in Montreal!