Peach and Gray Wedding Inspiration Shoot
The last one year has been full of possibilities and living the creative life as a female entrepreneur, striving to put community over competition and making the small dream of an event planning company come to life. Every accomplishment is a step towards the bigger dream.
One of my most creative cravings, as a wedding planner and designer, is to pursue the opportunity to team up and network with other talented individuals. It offers the most creative freedom to plan, design, and style creative workshops and editorials that speak to our design and brand aesthetic. Nusfolio has been working on various styled-shoots and wedding editorial events, from conceptualizing an idea and curating a vendor team, to taking care of all logistics, planning, designing, and styling the editorial details all the way to execution. Some days, it's all about teaming up with other wedding vendors to offer day-of-coordination and assisting them in bringing a vision and every last detail to life.
Being a published wedding vendor is a significant accomplishment, and I'm thrilled to share that we have been featured on The Perfect Palette!
Please take a look at all the pretty in this publication. Thank you so much for visiting! Enjoy!
The ultimate duo (self-proclaimed!)
Boy have I been busy! I won't forgive myself if I can't get at least one blog post out before this month comes to an end. I have some pretty exciting news to share soon related to my business and some super awesome projects (see recent Instagram post). Until then, how about a topic under personal lifestyle and home-decor? For newlyweds or marrieds who are trying to figure out a system to keep your home clean and organized, I hope some of these tricks and tips come in handy.
I think I can safely say that my husband and I have turned into the king and queen of speed-cleaning. Okay, the title is totally self-proclaimed and we are far from perfect! I thought the post might inspire you at the least. I try to keep my home reasonably clean at all times. Although hubs likes to put off cleaning for as long as he can, he does appreciate a clean home and can be a pretty fast cleaner and as a team, we try to make the process effective. It's a daily practice and take lots of tweaking and revisiting, which is why it's important to start from the first year of marriage. When it comes to deadlines, it means my mind, body, and heart work ten times faster (under reasonable pressure). We'd like to believe that we've mastered the art of speed cleaning or touching-up the entire house, even the bathrooms, within 30-35 minutes, right before dropping dead (jk)! So, I wanted to share some house cleaning tips on how-to-clean-house or rather speed-clean-house.
A South-Asian Event Inspiration
I’ve probably said this a thousand times already: party planning has been encouraged by my parent’s love for entertainment, and their desire to host frequent shindigs. My parents loved any excuse to gather their families for a feast. Since 2007, I’ve been organizing a yearly potluck event for about a hundred people and counting, in celebration of Noboborsho. Noboborsho, aka Pohela Boishak, is Bengali New Year, celebrated by people of all ethnicities and religions. It’s a very festive, colorful, and eventful day, filled with lots of activities, food spreads, games, and much more. While growing up, I hadn’t celebrated this cultural event as much. I occasionally saw a glimpse of it, and read about it. Wanting to pay tribute to my parent’s love for entertainment, I planned and helped them host this festivity (at their home), embracing and maintaining their unique traditions and cultural identity. As I was planning a South-Asian Wedding and Events Inspiration photoshoot, I drew inspiration from Noboborsho and the culture of Bangladesh, to plan and create a culturally-infused and nature-inspired event.
Sharing the love with gift exchange and a feast
After a month of Ramadan and with the sighting of the crescent moon among the stars, came the celebration of Eid! I wanted to share a glimpse of what my family, along with my extended families, on this day. Ramadan, in a nutshell, involves lots of prayers, doing good, and giving to charity. I hope you've had the chance to check out the previous post where I shared a little more and a red, white, and blue table setting inspiration for when Memorial Day met Ramadan. While growing up, the highlight of this month for me was sharing Iftar meals every evening, after sunset, with families and with the less fortunate. The month ended with Eid Prayer, feasting, celebrations, donations, and/or lots of gift giving for families, neighbors, co-workers, maids, caretakers, and even strangers.
Make art yours
I'm extremely excited to share with you that I'm planning to offer personalized and custom stationery products to my future clients! It was back in 1997 when I first created my custom and personalized stationery for a South Asian wedding event, known as Gaye-Holud. Each card was designed and hand-painted with love before sending out to the guests. It adds such a personal touch to your invites. And, who doesn't appreciate art!
Short hair and sophisticated Up-do
The wedding season is in full-swing, and my calendar is full of bridal shower and baby shower invites leading up to wedding days! As you may already know, I have short hair. My style is very simple when it comes to make-up and hair-dos. I barely know how to use my curling iron, and never know how to do an up-do with such short hair. At a loss for ideas, I reached out to my friend Mahmuda from Girl_Ishh, who does bridal and special occasion hair-do and always knows how to make me feel good! We partnered up to feature a hair-style for your next event!
A month of giving
This year, the first day of Ramadan coincided with Memorial Day weekend. I thought this was quite significant, considering both occasions had a few things in common - such as conflict, sacrifice, appreciation, and remembrance. Ramadan is considered a month of giving, forgiving, abstaining, staying humble, and praying for those who have passed, as well as those who are among us. It's all about abstaining from temptations, food & drinks, while instead, dedicating the days to empathy for the less-fortunate, to prayers and to self-reflection. This time is truly about our internal struggles. Memorial Day is about remembering and honoring those people who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their all, often their very lives. Ramadan is an opportunity to reflect on the struggles of our day to day lives. Though these are two different occasions, they both deal with conflicts on different levels.
May flowers brought lots of showers: bridal- and baby-showers that is!
I've caught the Target fever! I visit their local branches quite often in search of decor finds and inspiration for my own home, as well as for event planning and design needs. With a few baby- and bridal-showers to attend this season and the next, I was in search for a new lineup of spring + summer clothing. Target has a collection of some adorable dresses at a reasonable price. This crimson color dress was under $30! I've been subconsciously drawn towards red lately. Have you noticed? I have no explanation as to why.
Home-Decor: Tips & Tricks
Marriage is the beginning of many firsts and new adventures, and home-decor is the obvious chapter within that book. As we turned the page to "a newlyweds first home" or first apartment, we embarked on many firsts - first sofa, first bed, first cookware, first many things. One of the "firsts" on my checklist was a furniture-to-refurbish. I wanted something old, something with character, and something that was in much need of some sweat and hard-work.
I scored my very first used furniture for our apartment from a local thrift shop - adding something old to my collection of all the new items in the house. A bar cart turned side-table. (I shared the refurbished project along with the before and after results on a blog post last year.) Once you score the piece you want, it's time for the next step that brings everything together in a unified space - location + styling.
Mothers Day Gift Box Served in A Tray of Petals
I personally like Mother's Day because it's a special day to celebrate the person who has dedicated so much of her life to me. Although its not the only day I can choose to pamper and celebrate my mother, knowing that there is a day that is nationally recognized sure feels good.
There are many people out there who have lost their mothers early or were never fortunate enough to feel the true love of one. I think if we look into our feelings really deep down, a yearning for this love exists, and it goes to show the true impact of a mother's love on our souls. Without, we could see the dark sides to humanity unfold. But with it, the sky's the limit and the light shines ever so brightly.
That's why, on this day, I especially love celebrating my mother. Like the light she has always looked out for my well being (although sometimes I just didn't see it that way) and tries to acknowledge me on occasions that mattered to me. Although spending some solid quality time is all she really wants as the perfect mother's day gift and nothing extravagant, going that extra mile is the least I like to do, even if it's only to add something just a little thoughtful.