Thursday, 15 January 2015

Peach Skin & Peonies



dUCk scarf (from FashionValet) / Azuraazwa blouse

Wake up! Wake uppp...Come outside and take a walk with me.

Leave me alone. I have three kids.

Come onnnnn. The suns coming out any minute now.

It's 4.30am. Sleeeeeeeep.

Alright, I didn't want to argue with a sleep deprived mother. So I tip toed out of my sister's room, pinned on my soft peach skin scarf, slipped on my boots and headed to the field behind her house. A few skips down Mango Street, there I was, in the middle of an open field, greeted by a sky so breathtaking, I just sat. Everything in the skies and earth, really does declare God's perfection. I felt like I was being introduced again to His greatness. How did I forget? 

Safe to say I trespassed this property every morning for that week. Although, I did wave from afar to the man near the house at the end of the field, and he didn't seem to mind this random girl sitting alone in between his rows of crops. So I'm going to assume that that was an invitation for me to drop by anytime, teehee. 

About an hour later, my sister woke up (I love her so much for giving up sleep for me) and just as I walked back into the house, I saw her dressed, yawning with eyes only half open, ready to go back out there to take a walk with me. Our time there together was something I really missed. We barely get to spend time just us two anymore since she has three kids and who knows how many more on the way, so it really didn't matter if she missed watching the sky change its colour with me. It was beautiful there at any given time.


'Whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah; and He is the All-Mighty, All-Wise.'
(Al-Hadid)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Dancing Ladies





I don't think I'll ever be able to be well acquainted with all the different species of flowers out there. For instance, the orchid family. I had never heard of this kind of orchid before we had to make them, and even with this type of orchid, the flower varies greatly, especially in its colour and unique pattern on its petal. But if there's one thing they all share, is the large flower petal; the lip, which resembles a skirt, hence its famous name, the Dancing Ladies. 

Fortunately, the birthday lady has a loving husband that knows just how much she loves to dance, and thought this cake, and a room filled with sprays of Dancing Lady orchids would be a perfect surprise. It only made sense for us to pair these Dancing Ladies with some ruffles to add a little more movement and sway to the room that night. ;)

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Hearts Rebuilding Homes




About a week ago, one of my closest of friends and her sisters were having a chat over their family dinner about the current flood situation happening in our East coast, and just so happened to come up with a brilliant idea. It is....

the One Grand per Household campaign 

...to help those whose homes were completely destroyed by the East Coast floods. They realized just how much support everyone has been giving now, but wanted to focus on the aftermath of it all and the rebuilding of their homes and lives (I personally think that's when extra help is needed). They were initially really skeptical about the whole idea on being able to collect that amount for just 1 household, hence started to just ask the closest of friends and family if they wanted to join in on this. But somehow by Allah's will, the word got out through social media and a local radio station pick up on this and interviewed her, and they have now collected enough for 50 homes, woot woooot, alhamdulillah!

The donation collected will focus on the Hulu Kelantan area where there are approximately 800 homes destroyed in the wake of the East Coast floods. We may not be able to help everyone, but we are trying to help as many people as we can and we are counting on you and I to make this happen.

From her and her sisters, "No amount is too small, and our responsibility is to ensure your donation will reach those who need it most inshaAllah."

You can read more about it here. :)

DONATION DETAILS:
(Collection ends 15th January 2015)
Account No: 7601082325 (CIMB)
Account Name: Ajjrina Annuar

Account No: 164892056247 (Maybank)
Account Name: Azzahraa Annuar

Account No: 7006196095 (CIMB)
Account Name: Azzwaa Annuar

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Happenings


Got a whatsapp image from my mum the other day...


Mum: There's an event I want you to go to. I think it'll be good for you. 

Me: Whyyy? (reminds self to just do anything that makes her happy) I mean, sureeeeeeeeee.

Mum: Okay I'm paying so go sign up NOW so you get the early bird discount.

Me: -____-

So I guess I'll see you there guys, inshaAllah.  

______________________

Okay, jokes aside though, I just found out a friend of ours is organizing this event and with such good intentions to address a lot of the issues surrounding marriage. They worked so hard to get an amazing line up of (international and local) teachers and counsellors to share with us important things to think about for those who are still single and mingling, and equally important sessions for already married couples (available in English and Malay).

So in case your mum, aunty or grandma hasn't told you about this yet, click here to sign up. :)

Monday, 29 December 2014

My Leila


dUCk scarf / Love To Dress dress (both from FashionValet) / Zara bag and heels

It was December 25th, 8.30am. The city was quiet that day. Free from chatter and the usual stampede from its people. And I wanted to walk the streets in this special dress, my Leila.

Read more about it here and make her yours too.

Photos by Sumayyah N.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Byron Bliss



The past week I had with my family was definitely the icing on the cake for me to celebrate the beautiful year that I've been given by Allah swt. I really can't imagine what better company to be with if not with my crazy family. :)

We drove to Byron Bay, about two hours south of Brisbane city and had an one of those close to perfect days by the beach you dream of having (I slept with my feet in the sand while the rest swam till their fingers and toes got wrinkly), followed by a barbeque just before we all crashed in our cosy little rooms there. But the big plan was actually to sit by the beach after fajr to watch the sunrise together. One of my brother-in-laws suggested we just google a picture or youtube it. We all just laughed at him as if he intended to crack a joke, but we knew he was dead serious. 

As we threw our big blanket and pegged our camping chairs on the beach, we noticed the sky was literally covered in clouds as far as our eyes could see. 'Eerrr guys...how exactly are we going to see the sunrise if the clouds are blocking our view? I told you we should've just youtubed it.' Alright fine, the sunrise party pooper had a good point, hahaa. We clearly didn't bother to check the weather forecast. 

So we didn't get that clear east coast sunrise we all heard so much about, but we did have this moment together. And it was ahhmazingg, subhanaAllah! Naturally, I (and I'm sure my sisters too) wished we had my late father and brother sitting with us there, as were sat in utter awe of the breathtaking beauty given to us by the One and Only Creator. But I know for a fact that we probably wouldn't be here blissfully together had they still been around, because losing them brought the rest of us closer, not only to each other, but also to Him.


If Allah can remove someone or something you never dreamed of losing, He can replace them with someone or something you never dreamt of having. I can't help but hope that all those affected by the flood up north and living through it, are able to see the light and find ease in the midst of all the calamity they are tested with right now. Alhamdulillah, so many have come together to help with whatever they can. If you'd like to as well, below are some of the things you can do ( I've only listed a few as I know there are many out there, but these are the ones I know personally and trust will distribute them to the best of their abilities):

1. Help them out with some basic necessities, by purchasing - lots of dry food, clothes, blankets, diapers and pads. And then drop them off at the many Drop Off points available now. If you're in TTDI like me, the drop off location is at Harley's opposite Pasar Besar TTDI. The volunteers there are super helpful and efficient, they'll help carry all the things our of your car for you before you can even finish a sentence.

2. Donate money for medical supplies to the Islamic Medical Association Malaysia (which is what they need just as much as the above, if not more) to: Maybank account: 562834623415. Please notify imamrelief@gmail.com once you have done so.

3. Contact my good friend Dr.Husna if you are a practicing nurse, doctor or medical assistant to volunteer to go up north with her team because they need all the medical assistance they can get.

Please fill in the form here to volunteer okay: http://bit.ly/1wN3urg

#prayforpantaitimur
#prayforthevictims
#prayforthevolunteers

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Peony Season



I've arrived in sunny Brisbane again, alhamdulillah! 

My family and I are in for a crazy fun week here as we surprised one of my sisters that live here. I think I almost cried just to see how happy she and the kids were to have us there all together for the first time. And the best part is, I've arrived just in time for Australia's peony season! I warned them that if they couldn't find me, most likely I'll be at the flower market.

Coincidentally, the last sugar flower I had to dust for this year was this peony, which I almost didn't want to place on the cake just so I could keep it for myself. Amongst the white and pastel coloured cakes and flowers, this blood red peony stood out like a beauty, and got me just in the right mood for this little break before we hit 2015.

Happy early holidays from me here! :)