Eid Al-Fitr Looks 2016

Eid Al-Fitr Looks 2016

Just like last year, (cannot believe it has been a year of blogging already!) I posted my looks on what I wore for Eid, and here I am again! I did begin my design in the beginning of Ramadan, thinking “Oh, I will finish it up the night of…” Ha. This year, with being a personal stylist/designer specialist at work I did not finish my Eid outfit *tear*. Thankfully I had back-up outfits from overseas, otherwise it would have been a biiiiiig blah.

I really hope everyone enjoyed Ramadan and Eid with their loved ones, even though it was a difficult one this year with all the mess around the globe, I pray you all safety and love ❤ Here are day 1 and 2 of my Eid looks! The third day I fell sick! I hope you all like them, feel free to leave feed back!

Outfit Details

// Both shalwar kameez from Pakistan // Shalwar Kameez 1- Trousers, Gown, Kameez // Hijab- Pearl Hijab from The Hijab Souq// Gold bangles // Bag-LV // Heels-Burlington // Pearl necklace- Forever21 // Lippie- Colourpop cosmetics // Shalwar Kameez 2- Flares, Kameez, Duppatta // Clutch- Pakistan // Heels-UK // Lippie-Colourpop cosmetics // Eid sweets table- all prepped by me (homemade rice crispy treats, kheer, jalebis, kajhoor and brownies)

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Ramadan 101 List

RAMADAN MUBARAK

Oh my goodness…how time flies? It honestly feels as if we JUST ended Ramadan 2015…and we are already in day 2 of Ramadan 2016. To all of my followers, this post is going to be a bit different, more personal lets say. For some reason the thought of writing this post came into my heart, and I just had to post it. It’s about 12:46AM here, many of us have returned from Tarawih prayer, probably going to sleep to wake up for Suhoor or probably even just up until Suhoor (Ah, the beauty of Ramadan Nights).

I welcomed Ramadan a little differently this year…with sweets! I am horrible at baking but oh my goodness to my surprise I am not that bad! I baked homemade “Berry Cream Cheese Puff Pastries” along with “Chocolate Puff Pastries” as well. And alhamdulilah, everyone at home enjoyed it today after their First Iftar ❤ And are still munching on them after Tarawih Prayer (#RamadanNights). Photos are on my Instagram (@fashion.with.nelo) but I will share them below as well.

I wanted to share a small “list” of “to-dos” for you all during this Ramadan. This is my own personal “list” which applies to everyday life as well, but especially during Ramadan. So I thought why not share it with everyone! MANY of these things are very basic, but we often forget. So a small reminder won’t hurt…Either you will gain something from it, or I will gain something from it. Please feel free to add your own “lists” in the comment box below, I would love to add it on to mine ❤

Ramadan 101 List

-Mentally and physically prepare yourself for your Fasts, Prayers, and Duas.

-Ramadan DIYS! Decorate your home, and welcome Ramadan! 

-Prepare your Ramadan wardrobe! Just because its Ramadan, it does not mean you have to look “sleep deprived” and “blah”. Look your best! Decent! It may be hard, but just do it!

-Prepare a sincere, loving message to all of your loved ones across the globe, or even next door. Send them this message, wishing them a Blessed Ramadan. Trust me, It will bring a huge smile on their faces and its plus points for you. DO NOT worry if they do not reply, you did your part!

-Prepare a list for your Duas, we are human and we may forget. And what is better than to ask in this Month of Mercy, Blessings and Forgivness.

-Make a list of positive changes you want to have accomplished during this month BUT carry it with you forever. For example: Learning the 99 names of Allah with its meaning. Or memorizing some Surahs, OR finishing the Quran with Tafseer. And applying all these into your every day lives ❤

-Always have Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah) on your lips. 

-Always say your Duas, you never know when they can be answered. One major thing for Duas…Make them very sincerely. Know that only He will answer them, and only He will help you in any situation you are in Inshallah. 

-Help your mother around the house. Please. It doesn’t matter if you have been at work all day etc. Come home, change, and prepare Iftar for the family. Ladies and gents both! You are not the only one fasting, everyone else is as well. Put in your share! Plus…you get ALOT of goodness out of it 😉

-Stay hydrated and Stay healthy! Do not over stuff yourself with food (this is from personal experience in the past). Ladies, I couldn’t go into Ruku during Tarawih Prayer…I was taking deep breaths and after that until this day I eat very…humbly lol. Another major thing to control.

-Stay organized! Don’t be lazy, have that room or house of your ALWAYS neat and tidy!

-Keep up with your prayers and reading the Quran. Ramadan is not only about Fasting but about your Prayers as well.

-Enjoy these Ramadan Nights, because you will dearly miss them. I promise you. 

-Take full advantage of ALL of these days, but ESPECIALLY the last 10 days. I cannot express, how important this is ❤

-Be humble, Be nice, Be generous. 

-Help the need in anyway that you can. Nothing ever goes unnoticed from Him.

-Host an Iftar! 

-Don’t forget to prepare for Eid! Yes ladies, with all of this add this as well. Prepare your Eid decor (my personal fav) outfits, your gathering, where you will go for Eid prayer. It is well deserved Inshallah!

-And lastly, be happy and thankful that you have made it to and through Ramadan 2016 with health and happiness. And ALWAYS pray you live to see the next with all of your loved ones. Ameen. 

See ladies, that wasn’t so complicated now was it? Like I said, very basic. I pray you all have a beautiful month of Ramadan. May Allah accept all of our fasts, duas, prayers and every act of worship in this month. And may we live to see the next with all of our loved ones with good health and happiness Inshallah, Ameen. Please remember me in your duas as well ❤ ❤ ❤

Love you all,

Nelo .A.

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EID AL-FITR

❤ EID AL-FITR ❤

I purposely waited for a couple of days to make this post, because I know everyone was so busy the last few days of Ramadan and preparing for Eid. This post will be explaining what EID is, and how Muslims prepare so…

EID MUBARAK TO THE ENTIRE MUSLIM UMMAH ACROSS THE GLOBE!

I pray, that God has accepted all of our fasts and acts of worship in the month of Ramadan and we live to see the next Inshallah (God Willing). As mentioned in the “Ramadan Mubarak” post, I had explained a tiny bit of EID but saved it mainly for this.

EID-Al-Fitr, known as the “Feast of Breaking the Fast” is a religious holiday us Muslims celebrate across the Globe, which marks the end of Ramadan. This celebration lasts for three days, with the first day consisting of a specific prayer. There are 2-units (Rakats) offered in all of the Masjids (Mosques) around the Globe. With that prayer concluded, we then offer greetings to our loved ones saying “EID MUBARAK” aka “Happy EID”. We also offer charity, and more additional prayers.

In the Pakistani Culture, the night before EID they celebrate “Chaand Raat” (night of the moon sighting). It is a huge gathering of families and friends at a local hall or home welcoming EID by mainly women applying Heena designs, buying bangles even last minute EID shopping. For me, if there are no heena on my hands… it’s not EID. This year, the moon sighting was literally sited as one around the globe by Islamic authorities. Whereas, in a few countries it was not sited. EID was on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which was perfect because it was the weekend so EVERYONE enjoyed.

In most house holds homemade cookies, sweets, cakes, anything you can think of is made before EID. Many families have huge EID dinners, or brunches for family and friends. Others also celebrate marriages, or an engagement on this special day. Let’s not forget EID outfits, ahhhh they can be such a hassle to prepare for but thats the fun about it. Men and women, children all dress up so adorably on this day, which I am sure many of you have seen through social media. Speaking of social media, who else was SO happy about the #Mecca_Live and #Eid_Live SnapChat?!

In my family, I love preparing for anything. For EID, I make sure its EID. I go all out with lights outside of the house to the inside of the house. I put up candles, garlands, flowers, you name it! My family is basically spoiled by me, (haha) so its always left to me to do the decor. My mother usually prepares the sweets, but this year I decided to do it as well (red velvet cupcakes, blueberry muffins and rice crispy treats).

We prepare a table of dry fruits, cookies, candies, for our guests who will arrive. I forgot to mention, EID day is not an invitation to ones house its literally house hopping all day long OR one does invite. So we expect unexpected guests which is the excitement of it.

Normally, the first day of EID is being busy with prayers and then we all gather at our uncles place (because he is the oldest). So there is a huge feast there and then the next day is at our home. As mentioned above, its an open house friends and family come over and it feels amazing. The third day is my cousins home. It does feel weird when Ramadan ends, because you eat so early and then fast all day. And then you go from that to, having feasts or tea time during the day and sometimes I would still think I am fasting and if I took a sip of water I would panic and say “Oh my God! My fast!” haha. I am sure many of you can relate.

I really hope, everyone had an amazing EID. Everyday is a blessing, do not take it for granted. Keep living, be happy and smile. Every EID is special, but this EID was just precious. From Ramadan until EID many of us have some personal things, but at the end ALWAYS count your blessings.

How was your EID? What did you do? I would really like to know, since many of you are International readers, please comment and share your tradition with me.

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

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Ramadan Cook Book- Recipe #7

Ramadan Cook Book { Recipe # 7 }

This recipe is going to basically have the same steps as Recipe # 1! The only difference is I have added… Pumpkin! As mentioned in Recipe # 1, there are many ways to cook this. How to fill these photos are listed in Recipe #1 as well. Many of you loved this recipe, so heres another way to cook it!

Pirakee (pir-a-kee)

In prep for Iftar: Make sure you begin early! If you are new to cooking, have a helping hand.

Ingredients:
-Egg Roll Skin (rectangular)
-Pumpkin
-1 to 2 batches of Cilantro
-Jalapeno (or any green chili of your choice)
– Green Spring Onions
-Fresh Garlic (as many as you like) 5-6 max.
-Black Pepper
-Salt
-Olive Oil
-Bowl of Water

Instructions:
-Chop Pumpkin, Cilantro, Jalapeno, and Spring Onions.
-Mash Garlic
-Place all into mixing bowl.
-Add all spices ( it all depends on how spicy/mild you want it)
– Mix
-Heat Olive Oil (VERY LITTLE) in another pan, on low heat.
-Add all into the heated pan, cook for ONLY 10 mins.
-Stir occasionally.
-After cooked, place filling and let it cool.

-Once cooled, prepare the egg roll skin.
-Lay egg roll skin in place, only get a spoon and a half and spread the filling leaving the corners empty.
-Once spread, take index finger dip into the water and go around the egg skin (all 4 corners). Remember NOT too soggy.
-Then fold into either a hotdog or triangular shape.
-Press well, not too hard or else the filling will come out.
-Repeat steps, until it is completed.

-In another flat pan, heat Olive Oil.
-Once heated, place 2 at a time and cook until golden brown.

-Ready to be served!

These photos are a bit larger because I took them with my IPhone, not my camera! Remember to follow me on Instagram (@fashion.with.nelo) and hashtag RamadanCookBookWithNelo.

❤ Nelo .A.


  
  
  

Ramadan Cook Book- Recipe #5

Ramadan Cook Book { Recipe #5 }

This is going to be a SUPER easy and QUICK recipe for you all! With all the delicious foods cooked during Ramadan, homemade dipping sauce is always a must. With many of you asking me how I always make it, in this recipe I will show you 2 ways in one, lets get started!

Chutney (chut-nee)
Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

– A whole batch of fresh Cilantro (3-4 is good enough for a month)
-1 Jalapeno (depends on your taste of spice, I add 2) OR Green Chillies
-5 Fresh Peeled Garlic
-Lemon Juice
-Salt
-Yogurt

Instructions:

– In a huge bowl, separate and place cilantro in cold water to be cleaned well. Leave for 10 minutes.
– Then wash well, and place into blender.
-Add in peeled garlic, peppers.
-Blend (If issues blending, add 1/4 cup water NO more than that, if more is needed add 1/3 more. Make sure it is thick not watery).
-Place into a container (glass is preferred best, I used plastic because I was lazy)
-1 spoon of salt to taste (all depends on your tastebuds)
-2-3 spoons of lemon juice.
-Mix

OPTION 1:
Keep the Chutney the way it is, and use it for egg rolls, pirakee, cholay, and other foods.

OPTION 2:
-Get some yogurt, mix well, add some water but keep the yogurt thick.
-Add in Chutney with a CLEAN spoon. You may add 2-3 spoons (the greener, the more chutney-er)
-Mix
-And serve the same way!

The Chutney will last you the whole month, and it’ll be right in the fridge when you need it. How simple and quick was this recipe? Do not forget to share your comments and follow me on Instagram (@fashion.with.nelo), and tag “RamadanCookBookWithNelo” on your Instagram posts!

Your welcome ❤

Nelo .A.

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Ramadan Cook Book- Recipe #4

Ramadan Cook Book { Recipe # 4 }

This should have been my FIRST Ramadan Cook Book post, seriously. How could I forget?!

It honestly, is NOT Ramadan when there is no Rooh-Afza! It’s basically “our” version of “strawberry syrup” but its not strawberry (its way better). It has a delicious rose water taste to it, and it is a bit more sweeter. There are many ways to make this drink. I will list below the three different ways you can make this drink! Give it a try if you have not, trust me you will not regret it! Best thing is, takes less than 5 mins to make!

Ingredients:

ROOH-AFZA #1

-Milk
-Rooh-Afza (Found in any Asian Store)
-Ispaghol (Found in any Asian Store)

Instructions:

-Its just like making strawberry milk! Haha.
-Mix it all together in a Jug.
-The more pink it is, the sweeter!
– Add 1 to 2 spoons of Ispaghol
-Mix well
-Leave in the refrigerator until Iftar time, so it can be nice and cold.

ROOH-AFZA #2

-Milk
-Sprite or 7UP
-Rooh-Afza
-Ispaghol

Instructions:
-The same as ROOH-AFZA #1, except you add about a half cup of either Sprite or 7UP to give a good tingly feeling!

ROOH-AFZA #3

-Water
-Lime
-Rooh-Afza
-Ispaghol

Instructions:

-Fill jug with water
-Add Rooh-Afza (as much as you like)
-Squeeze a whole or half Lime (your choice)
-Add Ispaghol (1-2 spoons)
-Mix well
-Leave in the refrigerator until Iftar time, so it can be nice and cold.

If you are trying this for the first time, I would love to know what you thought of it! Do not forget to follow me on Instagram: @fashion.with.nelo and hashtag RamadanCookBookWithNelo

Enjoy!

Nelo .A.

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Ramadan Cook Book- Recipe #3

Ramadan Cook Book { Recipe #3 }

Who’s ready for a new recipe? I know you all are ❤ Today is the second week of Ramadan! Seriously… it’s going by WAY too fast this year. I hope everyones first week went great, and the remaining weeks to be even better Inshallah (God Willing).

When I take photos of these foods, please take note that I am fasting and I may forget to take a picture of a vegetable or spice haha. So bare that with me! So from the feedback I have received on the last recipe, you all were very pleased! Thank you ❤

Here is another light recipe for your Iftar!

Cholay (Chickpeas) Chaat
(Choow-lay Ch-aa-t)

Ingredients:
-2 canned Chickpeas
-1 onion
-1 Jalaepno
-2/3 Garlic (your choice to add, I did not)
-1 or 2 potatoes
– Fresh mint leaves
-Salt
-Black Pepper
-Chaat Masala
-Red Chili Powder
-Imli (Tamarind) Chutney (Found in any Asian Store)
-Lemon Juice (not in photos)
-Cilantro (not in photos)

Instructions:

-Drain and wash canned Chickpeas
-Chop onions, Jalapenos, Tomatoes, Mint Leaves, Cilantro
-Place all into bowl
-Bake or put potatoes into microwave and warm up. Set aside to cool (last thing to add)
-In a small cup take about 2-3 spoons of Tamarind and add VERY LITTLE water and mix. Set aside.
-Add all spices, as much as you want for taste.
-5 full spoons of Lemon Juice
-Add Tarmarind
-Mix
-Chop potatoes, in a medium size and add and mix.

Your Cholay (Chickpeas) Chaat is ready to be served!

Another very light-weight Iftar appetizer, usually made during Ramadan. Do not forget to leave your feedback, I love reading them! I am so glad this cook book is helping many around the globe, means so much!

Do not forget to follow me on Instagram: @fashion.with.nelo and hashtag RamadanCookBookWithNelo so I can see how everything turns out!

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

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Ramadan Cook Book- Recipe #2

Ramadan Cook Book { Recipe #2 }

Before I begin this post, I just want to say THANK YOU to all the love and support from family, friends and amazing bloggers. You have given me so much love and positivity that I am glad I have started this. I am also so happy all of you are finding the Cook Book so helpful. Thank you. For those who have messaged me for “special” requests, I got you 😉

Ahhh! I do not know about you all, but is this Ramadan going by WAY too fast? I mean, it always does but this year its just flying by. It’s already the 5th fast! And soon it’ll be a week… ;-( I always get so emotional. I hope everyone’s Ramadan around the world is going good Inshallah (God Willing).

Ramadan is such a blessing that some foods are just meant to be made during this month! I find that so beautiful. As many of you have asked, besides all the “fat food” that is prepared and served during Ramadan, which is so unhealthy (trust me I already have heart burns) we still try to keep it healthy at the same time. But then again, cravings occur… With that said, here’s another simple, yet healthy recipe for your Iftar, which many of you love that I make ❤

Fruit Chaat (ch-aa-t)
(Fruit Salad…yummy yummy)

Ingredients:
NOTE: You can add as much fruit/salt/seasoning as you like it all depends on your taste.

-2 Bananas
-2 Kiwis
-Handful or more strawberries
-Handful or more blueberries
-Green/Purple grapes
-Pear
-Apple
-Baby Guavas
– Guava Juice (Any type of fruit juice is great! I prefer Orange Juice, but I used Guava this time)
-Pomegranate (not in the photos but you may add)
-Melon (which I added later)
-Chaat Masala (available in any Desi/Asian Super market) This is more of a combination of spices, so it adds the perfect taste to the fruit salad (why it’s called Fruit “Chaat”).
-Salt
-Again you may add ANY fruit ❤

Instructions:

-Peel: Kiwi, Apple, Bannana
-Chop all fruits EXCEPT blueberries and grapes.
-Grapes slice into 2 pieces.
-Add all into bowl.
-Add in Chaat Masala (I say about 2 spoons is good, again choice is yours)
-Salt is your choice to add or not
-1/3 cup of Juice.
-Mix
-Ready to be served!

This is also great for a “after Tarawih Prayer” snack before Suhoor (the early breakfast before the Sunrise). A very light-weight snack, that you wish you had made extra.

Hope you ladies enjoyed this post, I would love to hear feed back! Don’t forget to follow my Instagram page @fashion.with.nelo and hashtag RamadanCookBookWithNelo ❤ ❤ ❤

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

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Ramadan Cook Book-Recipe #1

Ramadan Cook Book { Recipe #1 }

I hope everyone’s “First” fast went amazing! To those who are new, during Ramadan every year I post 30 days of foods that I cook for Iftar (breaking the fast) on my Instagram account (@fashion.with.nelo).

After MUCH demand for the last 2 years, this year instead of posting what I cook I am going to share with you all how I cook it. Yayyy! I know, finally right?! I will be sharing my home recipes with you all so you can have a taste of it as well ❤ Much love and thanks to my mother who taught me well, and I just picked up from there!

I always get questions on how I cooked what, and here you are! I will post 2 times a week for my “Ramadan Cook Book”. I will be sharing special Ramadan cultural dishes. If there are ANY special requests do let me know, and I will gladly teach you.

One of the complicated (not really) things is, during Ramadan you don’t eat (duh). So when it comes to preparing Iftar (breaking the fast) not knowing the taste of your food can get a little tricky. The secret to that is… PUT A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY SALT. You can always add more later, after you have broken your fast. In all of my cooking I use Olive Oil. With that said… here is the first recipe!

Pirakee (pi-ra-kee)

In prep for Iftar: Make sure you begin early! If you are new to cooking, have a helping hand.

Ingredients:
-Egg Roll Skin (rectangular)
-Cabbage
-1 to 2 batches of Cilantro
-Jalapeno (or any green chili of your choice)
– Green Spring Onions
-Fresh Garlic (as many as you like) 5-6 max.
-Turmeric Powder
-Red Chili Powder
-Black Pepper
-Papprika
-Salt
-Olive Oil
-Bowl of Water

Cooking Instructions:
-Chop Cabbage, Cilantro, Jalapeno, and Spring Onions.
-Mash Garlic
-Place all into mixing bowl.
-Add all spices ( it all depends on how spicy/mild you want it)
– Mix
-Heat Olive Oil (VERY LITTLE) in another pan, on low heat.
-Add all into the heated pan, cook for ONLY 10 mins.
-Stir occasionally.
-After cooked, place filling and let it cool.

-Once cooled, prepare the egg roll skin.
-Lay egg roll skin in place, only get a spoon and a half and spread the filling leaving the corners empty.
-Once spread, take index finger dip into the water and go around the egg skin (all 4 corners). Remember NOT too soggy.
-Then fold into either a hotdog or triangular shape (pay close attention to the photos on the layout of the filling for each shape).
-Press well, not too hard or else the filling will come out.
-Repeat steps, until it is completed.

-In another flat pan, heat Olive Oil.
-Once heated, place 2 at a time and cook until golden brown.
– Ready to be served!

Note: You can also serve with a side of yogurt.

I hope you ladies enjoyed this recipe! Do comment below and do share on how it turned out, I would love to know!

Much Love,

Nelo .A.

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Ramadan Mubarak!

RAMADAN MUBARAK!

Our awaited guest is finally here! I would like to begin this post by wishing all of my Muslim and Non-Muslim followers a very blessed Ramadan. May God accept all of your fasts, prayers and every act of worship during this month. And may He grant ease to those in any difficulty Inshallah (God Willing) Ameen. In this post I will be explaining the purpose and importance of the month of Ramadan, and why Muslims wait anxiously for it all year.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, the scholars with high education in the religion observe the moon and declare when it is time to fast. Ramadan is not only to avoid eating, drinking, and other needs during the day-time hours. During this month, Muslims all around the world prepare themselves as one to purify their souls, grow closer to God, get rid of any bad habits, extra time in worship, to make peace with one another, give charity, feed the hungry, control thoughts, and most importantly to ask forgiveness from their Lord. These habits, then remain with us to remind ourselves what we really need to do in this World. That is the beauty of Ramadan.

The arabic word of “fasting” which is “sawm” means to “refrain”. It’s a whole new transformation to oneself. To be careful in what you say, hear, do, see, and touch. You must be very cautious of your acts, otherwise your fast will be broken. The fast is done from Sunrise to Sunset, which is from the Morning prayer until the Evening prayer for the entire month. One cannot eat nor drink, yes “not even water”.

Around the world, it is different timings but here in the USA its about 17-18 hrs of fasting. The fast is continued all year round, so right now the fast is during the Summer, which is going backwards towards the winter/fall and repeats itself. That way the fast is experienced through all the seasons. Best thing about fasting in the Winter, is the fast breaks around 4-5pm! Whereas right now, the fast breaks around 8:30-8:40pm. See the difference?

The Holy Quran, is recited fully in all of the Masjids known as the “Tarawih Prayer” a special prayer which is only done during Ramadan. The Quran was completed during this month, and the Masjids complete it as well in the 30 days given. The Quran is recited daily in the prayers, and finish whenever. But during this month, it is a blessing to be done and for it to be accepted as an act of worship.

Now as for the “Iftar” (Breaking the fast), is a whole feast. Mothers, daughters, wives, fathers, basically anyone prepare food for their loved ones to break their fast all together. Some have a variety of meals, whereas some have a decent portion. Whatever it may be, always be thankful. We break our fasts with “dates” it is not a must but its preferred. There are so many varieties of dates, I will post a link below.

Muslims find it a blessing to make it to this month with health and happiness, because it is such an amazing feeling of spirituality, love, worship, and feelings that you really cannot put into words. After this month is completed, we are rewarded with the holiday Eid-Ul-Fitr, which will be a different post ❤

I always get so overwhelmed as Ramadan approaches, and always brainstorm for new decorating ideas. This year I did something a little more different, and calming.

Here are the DIY details:

Ombre Mason Jar,Chalk-Board, Pin-Cushion Frame, Mini yellow Doilies, Plastic Electric Puff Balls, Ouud (arab perfume), Tasbeeh (praying beads), Bath & Body Works 3-wick candle, Black and Gold Lamp and Black and Gold Arabian Thermos.

Dates link: http://tomoori.com/index.php/en/

I would love to know where are you from and how long are your fasting hours? I pray we all see the next Ramadan as well Inshallah (God Willing).

Love,

Nelo .A.

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