Great Things, With Love

Great Things, With Love

Friday, September 9, 2016

Black & White


Black and white is a such a classic combination. Probably one of the easiest to put together and one of the safest options when you are just not sure what wear. Here is one of my favorite black and white outfits. Classy, simple, and comfortable. 


A crisp white collar shirt is a must in a girls closet. A piece that is so versatile and will dress up any outfit and give it that touch of class, even when you pair it with denim jeans. I especially love this white collard tunic. So cute with just leggings too. 



This black cropped sweater is probably one of my favorite pieces of clothing in my closet. I wear it with dresses, skirts, tunics, you name it. It just adds a bit of  sophistication to any outfit. 


Black skinny pants are a must. These are from H&M and they fit just perfect, and they hold up so well. I've worn and washed these atleast 50 times and they are still just as good looking as when I first bought them.




The things you find at Target! these black flats had to come home with me. Super cute and comfy too. Loving this whole Dolce Vita for Taret line.  



Ladies, when in doubt  of what to wear, choose black and white. You can't go wrong. 



White collard tunic - New York & Company
Cropped sweater Forever 21
Slim fit pants - H&M
Flats - Dolce Vita for Target 
Bracelet- David Yurman




❤ Nausheen



Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Brights

Spring is finally here! and so are beautiful blooms, bright colors, and pretty patterns. As much as I love to dress up, I often find myself reaching for jeans and a t-shirt. Let's face it, is there anything else more comfortable? Well, aside from yoga pants. ;) Sometimes comfortable and trendy don't go hand in hand, but the jeans and a t-shirt look does not have to be boring and can indeed be trendy. It's all about accessorizing and making your outfit pop. Sping is the perfect time to do just that. Choosing white jeans instead of traditional blue jeans will drastically change the look of your outfit. Especially when you have a bright patterned top. And now is the perfect time to experiment with fun colors and patterns, so choose pieces that pop and enjoy the fun fashion of this season. 






T-shirt - Lilly Pulitzer 
Jeans - American Eagle Outfitters 
Sandals - Jack Rogers
Sunglasses - Tahari (Marshall's)
Necklace - Forever 21 
Earings - Tory Burch



❤ Nausheen

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Outfit of The Day

When the chilly weather is coming to an end, I usually like to try and get all my chilly weather outfits in. Because, as ready as I am for sunny, warm Spring weather, I will definitely miss boot and sweater weather. Here is one of my favorite layered looks. 







Crew neck dress - Marshall's
Long sleeved shirt - Target 
Black leggings - Target 
Boots- Steave Madden 
Purse - Micheal Kors
Necklace - Forever 21
Bracelet - David Yurman


❤ Nausheen



Monday, February 15, 2016

Upma Anyone?

Cold days are the perfect days to have spicy food. And what better way to do spice, than Indian cooking? Here is a quick and super easy way to enjoy some spice and comfort on a cold Winter day.
Upma, a South Indian dish made up of Semolina (a coarse rice flour).  It's usually eaten around breakfast time, but I swear, I can eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's one of my favorites. Next time your in the mood for some spice and need a quick fix, try this recipe. It's sure to warm you up and provide you with ultimate comfort.

Ingredients:

Malt O Meal (refer to box. Amount depends on how much you are making.)
Onion diced in cubes - 1/3 cup or half a small onion
Tomato diced in cubes- 1/3 cup or one small tomato
Cilantro finley chopped -1/3 cup
Green chilies finely chopped - 2
Dried red chilies -3-4
Salt - per taste
Ginger garlic paste- 1tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Butter - 1tbs
Water (refer to box)
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 4-5
Oil -2 tbs


Method:

In a medium sauce pan on medium heat, heat up oil and add in onions, cook until golden brown. Then add in tomatoes, green chilies, cilantro, red chili powder, turmeric, salt, and garlic ginger paste. Cook until tomatoes are mostly pureed and spices are well blended into the tomatoes. Add in dried red chilies, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and curry leaves. Cook for a minute or so. Then add water and raise the heat, and bring to a boil. Slowly stir in Malt-O- Meal and return to a slight boil. Stir and cover sauce pan and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Uncover and stir in butter. Serve hot and enjoy!

The recipe above will be good for up to 2-3 servings of Malt O Meal. When making more, just add in a little more of each spice until it is suitable for your taste. I usually eyeball everything when cooking, so feel free to play with it until it approves your taste buds. Oh and btw, you can add whatever you like to this. Extra veggies, meat, whatever. It's very versatile.

Here are a few pictures to help guide you.

Enjoy!



        











❤️ Nausheen




Thursday, October 1, 2015

Outfit of The Week


Autumn is finally here. The season for boots, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin spiced lattes. And as you all know, Autumn is my favorite season. I was so excited to finally wear Fall colors and boots! Unfortunately, it did not last long because it quickly became almost 80 degrees outside and required an outfit change. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. 

This lightweight sweater has become one of my favorite pieces. It's a beautiful hunter green color and goes well with so many things.  It's a perfect layering piece. I've already worn it so many ways. Just recently, I wore it with a white tank, cuffed skinny jeans, and leapord loafers. Lots of possibilities, and you all know how much I love pieces like that. 


Here, I wore it with a white long sleeved T shirt and taupe leggings. I added a maroon bag for a pop of Fall color and my favorite black boots.


A maroon bag is a must. It just goes with everything. And what better season to use it, 
than the season for rich tones. 


These polka dot leggings scream Fall and Winter. So comfy. The deep taupe color is perfect to pair with rich tones like hunter green and maroon. Of course a plain black tunic sweater would be amazing with these as well.


And this necklace that I just can't stop reaching for. It seriously goes with everything. I've probably blogged about this piece at least 10 times. I just absolutely love the colors of this necklace against the hunter green.


Well, I'm ready for Fall. Even though the weather isn't. Hopefully it will catch up soon, because it is my favorite season for dressing up.


Sweater - H&M
T-shirt - Target
Leggings - Lauren Conrad
Purse - Michael Kors
Boots - Steve Madden
Necklace - Francesca's
Bracelet - David Yurman




                                     ❤ Nausheen

Monday, September 14, 2015

An Easy Updo

I love trying new hairstyles, but usually all I have time for is a quick blow dry and a run through with a flat iron. It's great when you can find quick, easy, and cute styles that you can do yourself. Thank goodness for YouTube and Pintrest right? I recently discovered an amazing look that is super simple and absolutely beautiful. No bobby pins needed. Just an elastic headband. I definitely had a lot of compliments when I tried this look and the best part? it took less than 3 minutes to do. Winner!   


For the look: 

Take an elastic headband and put it on your head like a hat. Pull down on your strands so you don't have too big of a bump on the top of your head. Once you feel like your band is secure, take thick strands one at a time and roll them upwards loosley, overlapping the band and tuck the ends into the band. Keep rolling and tucking until you have a thick ring around your head like above. 



Do the same with the front strands. Play with them and keep tucking them a bit until they are where you want them to be. 

A couple sprays of hairspray and you are good to go.

Add some sparkle by using cute rhinestone embellished elastic
bands. And for a simple look just go with a plain one that matches your hair color like I did, or a glittery one. Use flowers and tuck them into the band and secure with bobby pins for a cute whimsical look. Great for little girls too. One easy hairstyle yet so many possibilities. 



♡ Nausheen




Saturday, May 9, 2015

Party Planning Made Easy

Party planning is one of the very many things I'm crazy about. I'm always looking for great party themes and cute decor to go with them. Planning a party is so much fun, but it isn't easy. Especially when you have a budget, which many of us do. Budgets are very important. As I tell my kids all the time, "just because you have the money doesn't mean you should spend it". It may seem like in order to have a beautifully decorated and successful party, you have to have a very open wallet. Well, that's not true. In this blog post I'm going to share a few great tips on how to keep your party in budget and still keep it looking cool.

First, figure out a theme. This is the best part, but also, the most difficult. There are soooo many adorable and creative themes out there. And if you are like me and obsessed with Pintrest, then good luck. This step is going to take you a while. Pick a theme that will compliment the type of party you are having. If it's a child's birthday, pick something they are into at the moment like Hello Kitty, or Construction. Even Barney can be done very tastefully if you use some creativity. ;)
If you are hosting a bridal shower, think of an elegant theme. I love vintage inspired for a bridal party, especially if the bride is totally into that stuff. Try to incorporate the bride to be's personality. If she is into designer labels, throw an awesome fashion party incorporating her favorite labels into the decor. Go flower crazy and throw her a beautiful garden party with tea and pretty desserts. Any girl would love that. Whatever theme you choose, make sure it works well with the party and person you are throwing it for.

Decorations can get very pricey and it is so easy to get distracted and go way off budget. Try using your crafty side for this one. Using pretty printed paper to make beautiful fans or a great original banner would be super cute and super inexpensive. Using aluminum cans and spray painting them in gold or whatever color your party theme is, and sticking flowers in them would be a perfect money saving tip for dressing up any table scape. Choose flowers that are pretty but on the cheaper side. Like Gerber daisy's or carnations. Roses and Hydrangeas are beautiful but can be pretty pricey. Go on a hike and collect long branches and twigs. Stick them in a tall vase, it'll add instant drama to your tables. Throwing a vintage themed tea party? What better place to shop for mixed matched tea cups and vases than at the local thrift store? You would be surprised at what you can find and how cheap it is. These days die cutting is so popular and I happen to be obsessed with my die cutting machine. Cut out great silhouettes of things that go with your party theme, add some string and hang them from the ceiling. I did my son's construction birthday party just like that. Yellow hard hats and orange caution cones were hanging right above my table scape. It was perfect. There is so much you can improvise with to decorate your party on a budget.

Food. A very important part of a party. I honestly would spend most of my budget here. You want your guests to go home full and happy. If you feed them good, they'll remember that party forever. Don't go crazy with appetizers if you are having a main course. And try doing it simple. Use things like toothpicks and labels to dress up your appetizers. Remember, even the food table is decoration for your party. So make sure you dress it up. If you are on a tight budget make your party a potluck or  do an appetizer only party. Whatever you choose, make sure its all tasty and looks good!!

The candy bar. The major hit of the party. You can have a whole table dedicated to candy and desserts, or you can incorporate a few cute jars and bowls of candy onto your food table if your party is on the small side. When doing a candy bar you want to remember a few things. Obviously your budget, the color scheme of your party, and presentation. You want to make the candy bar very eye catching. It's the decor of your party. Dress it up right with glass apothecary jars or even acrylic tall vases would do the trick. You want to have different size jars and vases and fill them to the top with hard candy. If you want to incorporate lollipops and things use shorter vases and use a hard candy as filler, then stick the pops in. They'll stand up much better. Use things around the house and be creative. I remember I filling my son's toy dump trucks with M&M's for his construction themed birthday party.
Mason jars would be a fun and inexpensive alternative to glass vases. You can even add some height to your candy bar by stacking a few books under the table cloth here and there, then putting a candy vase or jar on top of the covered books. This gives good drama to any table scape. This would work great for your food table as well.

Party favors. Keep it simple and sweet. Tiny labeled jars filled with candy, or cute baggies with toy goodies. Or vintage tea cups that were used for the vintage table scape. Guest love taking something home to remember your party. Even a little handmade card with a nice thank you note would do the trick. You just want your guest to know you appreciated their presence at your party.



Using thrift store finds to decorate make a beautiful table scape. Perfect for a vintage party on budget. Use love notes, dollies, and strands of pearls for an elegant touch.


Paper makes great decorations. And it's super cheap. Plus, you can use them in your photo album of the party after it's all over! ;)


Here are some paper fans I used as a backdrop for a wedding reception. They were super easy to make and I'll share on how to make them next time. ;)


I hope some of these tips help you when you plan your next party. Follow these and you are sure to stay on budget and still have a fabulous party.




♡ Nausheen