Lee & Zee Apparel- Eid Collaboration

Lee & Zee Apparel- Eid-Al-Fitr 2018 Collaboration

First and foremost, Ramadan Mubarakladies! I pray and hope this Ramadan is going well for everyone, with positivity and happiness Inshallah (God Willing). And we all know what we prepare for after Ramadan right…Eid! Ramadan always flies by extremely fast, and next thing we know its time to prepare for Eid ❤ What’s more exciting than preparing your Eid oufit right? #girlthings.

This time, I had the honor and collaborated with a new Modest clothing boutique named “Lee & Zee Apparel”. From Abayas, to long-sleeved non-see-through shirts (every Hijabis dream), chic dresses, AND magnetic Hijab pins (yes you read that right!) they’ve got it all! Every collection on their website is VERY Hijab friendly and some pieces that are beyond elegant such as their most famous, the “Open Lace Abaya” in two of my favorite colors “Black”and “Mauve”.

The Abaya is made out of soft fabric, that drapes so elegantly once worn. Ladies, the best part of this Abaya is you can style and wear it with literally ANYTHING. How I styled this look, is with a simple black turtle neck and black tights, and pop of nude with my jersey Hijab-Turban and heels. I personally felt, these tones balanced the look very elegantly, not too much and not too less for an Eid look. The lace design on the Abaya is so intricate, that to keep a simple under garment is very important, otherwise ladies…you’ll be in trouble :-).

The other look I had in mind was a long black maxi until my ankles, a nude Hijab and heels. And lastly, this Abaya can be worn openly like a long gown, and have an “all white” look would definitely make a statement as well. Have your pick! But hey, if you want to be extra… go for it 😉 Nothing wrong with being a teeeenie bit extra on Eid.

I already know you ladies are oohing and aahing over all this information, so for further details and information please head on over to their website, http://www.leeandzeeapparel.com and follow their Instagram page @LeeAndZeeApparel. 

Lastly, 15% of their profit goes to Palestine during this beautiful month of Ramadan ❤ We all must support one another, help each other grow in our dreams and goals, and not let each other down.

Here’s how I styled this beautiful Abaya, do let me know what you ladies think! Happy-Eid-Shopping lovelies!

Much love,

Nelo .A.

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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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Eid Look #2

EID Al-Fitr 2016 Look #2

Happy Monday Ladies!

Hoping all of you enjoyed your lovely weekend! I defiantly did…with all of these amazing Iftar gatherings (plus the millions pounds I have added). Let’s hope I fit into my Eid clothes, which by the way I have not made yet…whoops! Thank you all for the love on my first Eid Look, so happy you all loved it ❤

Eid Look #2 is my collaboration with The Hijab Vault ❤ I honestly am OBSESSED with all of their Hijabs Mashallah. I think I have always expressed my love and appreciation for these Hijabs, because they really ARE that praise worthy ❤ The hijab I am wearing here is the “One-Edged Pearl & Chain”.  A very elegant and light weight Hijab, perfect for the Summer. This Hijab comes in beautiful summer shades such as purple, blush, blues, nudes, and pinks. This Hijab line is exclusively for Ramadan and Eid, so ladies be sure to get yours before they are sold out! And trust me…they are going fast.

Again, I am sticking to all neutral tones, so this Hijab was perfect for this look.  I did a simple, side drape for the one edge of the pearls to show. I am wearing a floral cape top (sadly, the wind was not cooperating with me, but the sleeves are of cape design). I paired it with black tights, and a nice pair of black Kitten Heels which are a life saver when you’re a oldie like myself (lol).

For the accessories, I felt the florals were already so much so I just did some bangles, one ring, and ofcourse my favorite Chanel bag ❤ ❤ ❤ And lastly, for my lip color I did a pop of pink! Well, what do you ladies think? I would love to hear feed back! Make sure you follow me on Instagram as well (@fashion.with.nelo) and my FB page (FashionWithNelo) ❤

Last and final Eid look will be up in a few days! Stay tuned mi amours!

http://www.thehijabvault.com

Much love,

Nelo .A.

Outfit Details-

Top- OverSeas

Black Tights/Undershirt- Forever 21

Hijab- The Hijab Vault

Bag- Chanel

Lippie- Mac Candy Yum Yum

Bangles- Charlotte Russe

Ring- I am.

Heels- Burlington

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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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EID Look #3

EID Al-Fitr 2015 LOOK #3:

Happy Monday Ladies ❤

I am sure we all are busy with Ramadan coming to an end. The last 10 days can get very overwhelming, at least for me 1) sadness of Ramadan ending 2) pushing extra effort the last few days into worship and 3) Eid outfit hunting.

Honestly speaking, I don’t know to say I am or am not feeling Eid this year it’s maybe because of Ramadan going way, way too fast. It scared me. I pray we all live to see the next Inshallah (God Willing).

I appreciate all of the love from everyone with being happy with these Eid inspirations! Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤ Here is EID Look #3.

This look is a more elegant look and two of my favorite colors black and gold ( more like a soft tan/nude gold). The silk high-wasited maxi full circle skirt is designed by me. By now, you all should know I LOVE high waisted bottoms. If you would like to see this skirt on the L’Noor Etsy Shop with other colors feel free to email me (Lnoor.etsy@outlook.com)

The top is a light-weight georgette fabric Kimono, with hand-beading of mixed colors (silver, gold black). I always like holding clutches, but for this look I had a hanging-purse with a cute little tassel! Shoes I wore simple black pumps. As for accessories, I kept it simple with 2 rings and my MK watch. Lip color is “Street Creed” by NYX Cosmetics, a very “popping” bright pink color.

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 #6

Ramadan Cook Book { Recipe # 6 }

Since my last posts have been more of Ramadan Iftar appetizers, this post is going to be a Ramadan Meal! A lot of families have 2 rounds when it comes to breaking the fast, 1) Appetizers and 2) Full course meal. I give you props, how can you do that?! My family on the other hand, if we make a meal there are no appetizers and if there are any they are very light like a salad or soup. Let’s get cooking shall we? Im already getting hungry…

Chicken Quesadillas

Ingredients:

-Chicken Breast (this depends on your family, I used 3 chicken breast pieces)
-Garlic
-Ginger
-1 Green bell pepper
-Half of a onion or full your choice
-Cooking spray
-Salt
-Pepper
-Olive Oil
-Tortilla bread
-Shredded mexican cheese
-Sour Cream
-Salasa

Instructions:

-Chop chicken breast in long strips, not too thick and then cut those in half (in photo)
– Peel garlic, ginger and onions.
-Mince garlic and ginger VERY well with a grater.
– Slice onions and green peppers
-Add all into a mixing bowl EXCEPT onions and bell peppers. Add salt, pepper, and 1-2 spoons of olive oil.
-Mix well, set aside for 20 mins.
– Use a grill, heat it up spray some cooking spray on it.
-Start placing chicken strips and cook until golden brown (I like it a bit crispy)
-In a pan, heat it up. Add in bell peppers, onions, salt, pepper and cooking spray.
-Cook half way, not full. Set aside.
– Once everything is cooked, you are ready to eat!

What I do is, my family some like everything in the quesadillas and some like it plain with just cheese. So I heat up the tortillas, and place everything in small bowls and we all just make our own! A good meal for Iftar not too heavy and not too light.

If you have another way of making Quesadillas please share!

Don’t forget to follow my Instagram page @fashion.with.nelo and hashtag RamadanCookBookWithNelo ❤

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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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EID Look #1

EID Al- Fitr 2015 LOOK #1:

As Ramadan begins, many of us start Eid outfit hunting. Or just start to brainstorm designs (thats me!). I had mentioned on my Instagram, to give all of you some inspiration that I will be posting a few exciting and different looks for Eid. I have sorted out a couple different looks, from a casual Eid look to a glamorous Eid look. I have done a lot of mix and matching (which I love to do) and I hope these inspirations help!

Since Eid has been towards the warmer weather for the last couple of years, I have designed my Eid outfits very simple and comfortable to wear. Because when it comes to warm weather (which I dislike very much, more of a Fall/Winter girl) I cannot bare to over layer an outfit. So I try to aim for either a full sleeved non see through outfit that I make myself most of the time. If I do not, then I look for something out in the stores which is a bit annoying, I aim for very LIGHT weight fabrics to wear and style. It’s Eid! We all deserve to look good ❤

So, here is Eid Look # 1! As mentioned above, if those choices do not work for me I aim for light weight fabrics which I did for this look. I am wearing a high-low very loose-fitted drape kimono dress. I wore a very light weight black long-sleeved shirt underneath (ofcourse). Then I decided to “pop” something out and thought “why not sequins?!” So I aimed for my sequins high-waisted fitted trousers from H&M.

I then wore a simple black scarf and accessorized the outfit with nude pumps, nude oversized clutch, a ring, 2 bracelets and a beaded necklace to balance out the look. For makeup (since the only thing you can see are my lips haha) I wore the color SIREN from NYX MATTE Lipsticks (all details are listed in my older blog posts about the jewelry, and lip colors I wear).

This look I have never done before, so it was an adventure for me to style, and I must say it was a success! What do you ladies think?

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