Happy Persian New Year!!!

Mar 21 , 2014

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Happy Persian New Year Everyone!!! Wishing all of my fellow Persians all around the world the very best this year! and to all of my non Persians, Happy first day of spring :) New Years for Persians, is essentially a celebration of the first day of spring which we equate with a fresh new start! So if 2014 has been off to a bumpy start for you… then let the beginning of spring be a second chance to get things back in order. I will be doing a full post on all of the festivities and rituals that go along with Nowruz but for now, here is a sneak peek of some of the paper goodness that was custom designed by my sweet pal Justine Ma! Wishing everyone a very happy weekend! xoxo moni

Birds & Honey Engaged: Mark & Mariah

Mar 3 , 2014

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Mark & Mariah…where do I even begin with you two?! To say that I love you two would be the biggest understatement of the year! You two make my heart go “chitty chitty bang bang.” You two are what love stories are made of. You two make everyones eyes light up when you enter a room. I could go on forever but I think y’all catch my drift :p These two babes are getting married this upcoming June and I am literally counting down the days for this one you guys. Mark is half Persian so we may or may not be incorporating the most stunning Persian carpet for our ceremony and we are going to have the most delicious Persian food catered by one of Edmonton’s finest…The amazing team at Sabzy! Mariah is a massive lover of sweet coral peonies, pastel infused fabrics and she is going to be wearing the most stunning lace gown you ever did see!!! So mark June 21st in your calendars, or just follow along on my Instagram for some sneak peeks of whats going to be one of my favourite weddings to date! Oh, and these stunning photos are courtesy of the incredibly talented team of Beulah & Alex of Wilhelmina Weddings – xoxo moni

Birds & Honey Events: Diy With Jade Rose

Feb 25 , 2014

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Flower crowns are absolutely beautiful and the perfect option for brides who don’t want to wear a veil but sometimes they can get a little cray cray and put quite the dent on your budget so I enlisted the help of my go-to gal/designing genius extraordinaire/bff from London town…the stunning Mrs. Jade Rose Topper! Jade is the queen of glam and gorgeous DIY’s so she is going to show you doll’s how to make your very own flower crowns. Without further ado, here is Jade with all the deets!

Step 1: Collect materials, both old and new. I have had collected all of these different feathers through the years from Etsy and eBay. You can find so many suppliers, just search for ‘millinery supplies’.

Step 2: Choose your color palette and start laying out your supplies piece by piece so you can begin to conceptualize in your head what you want your halo to look like.

Step 3: Create a halo buy measuring the floral wire to your head, cut the wire two inches longer than what your head measures at. These extra two inches allow you to create loops for closing the wire and give some extra room for comfort.

Step 4: Cover your wire with a fabric of choice if you what to hide it from beneath the feathers and flowers, if you want a more rustic look you can skip this part. I used a scarp piece of vintage tulle to wrap around the wire.

Step 5: Begin to add the base texture to your halo, this will be any material you want to have behind your flowers to help fill in space and add some volume. I chose ostrich feathers an peacock feathers. I secured the feathers by wrapping cotton sewing thread around their base, securely looping them around the wire. If you want to add glue to the wires before placing the feathers that will create extra security, but can easily become messy!!

Step 6: Now it’s time to add your flowers! Most millinery flowers come attached to wire, so I wrapped the wire of the flower around the floral wire halo base. The feather flowers I made, so they did not have wire, I glued them to the halo and then hand stitched them onto the tulle I first placed over the wire in

Step 7. Continue this step with all of the flowers you want to add to your halo.

DIY creative: Jade Rose E. Topper of Jade Rose Blog
Photographer: Anthem Photography
MUAH: Kendra Stanton of Citizens of Beauty
Nails: Tara at Skin Tight Spa

Happy Valentines Day!

Feb 14 , 2014

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Happy Valentines Day Eerbody!

I know I said in the last post that I’m not one for Valentines because I truly believe we need to be this loving and affectionate to one another year round. But, I still have to give a few shout outs to a few people.

First, my main squeeze…my husband…the guy who loves me all year round amid my craziness and often erratic behavior. Bassim Baby, you are my gem of all gems, the butter to my butter chicken, the absolute light of my life. Thank you for being my bff and homie 4 life.

I also have to wish my mom and brothers a happy love day. Us three, have been through some real “hell” the past couple of years and it only brought us closer together. I love you 3 fiercely and truly, madly deeply with all of my heart. We aren’t the perfect family but who the hell is? I think we are pretty effing awesome flaws and all. I can’t wait to spend my Valentines Day with the people I love most!

Last but definitely not least… I have to give the biggest shout out to you! YES, you! I cannot thank each and everyone you who visit this tiny little space of mine in the big ol internet world. You have no idea how much your emails, comments, instagram love mean to me. You are all honestly some of the sweetest people I have ever had the honor of knowing. I hope everyone has an awesome day but please, if I can just ask you all one thing, it’s this: love one another the way you do on Valentines Day every day. Send your pals and fam jam love letters year round. Shower your babe with chocolates and kisses all the time not just on February 14th. This world has a way of getting the best of us especially when were feeling down and defeated so embrace one another with unconditional love all day eerday! That’s all (: xoxo moni

Photography: Jodi Miller Photography

February 2014: Goals & Thangs

Feb 3 , 2014

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Time needs to seriously take a chill pill and slow the eff down! I mean, wasn’t it January like a minute ago? Gahhh. I can’t believe how fast the time has been flying the past couple of months you guys…but, I digress. Lets talk about the month of love shall we? I am a really big fan of February! Not because of Valentines day or anything. I actually don’t care too much for Valentines day dolls. There, I said it! (I am officially the weirdest wedding planner right?) I feel like we oughta love each other like its valentines all day, everyday. Not just once a year.

But back to my love of February! I love this month because I finally start to see the progress of some of the goals I made in December/January. I wanted to keep things really simple this year. I wanted to focus on more quality time on a few things and less so-so time on a million things. I have made it my priority that there is always time for my husband above everything. Date nights are always a must in my home. Date night is actually my favourite day of the week because it consists of some good food, usually a good movie and cuddling with my juju.

I also make it my mission to have my special time with my family and friends. I know its hard to get everyone together but with a little bit of organization and planning ahead it can happen people! I never realized how much fun it was to just listen to my mother reminisce about the good ol days and watch my brothers play video games. Its the simple things right?! We only get one family dolls and we should always let them know how much they mean to us. Their the ones who love you UNCONDITIONALLY. Your family be making it rain with love yo :P

Last but definitely not least, I really started to stick with maintaining a healthier lifestyle. I changed my diet for the better and slowly but surely I am seeing little changes. Most noticeable, my change of mood. Better food = better mood you guys. I still need to work on getting more physically active and getting to bed earlier and not staring at my phone in bed. Apparently they say (and by they I mean those fancy doctors on Dr. Oz) that you shouldn’t look at your phone, tablet, whatever device while in bed because it really messes up your brain. Even a little bit of that brightness can make your brain feel like your wired making it that much more difficult to get to bed. So going forward this month I am going to work on this nasty little habit of mine.

Those are my little goals that I want to continue to work on till they are no longer considered goals! How about you guys? Have you guys been sticking to your goals? Even if you haven’t stuck to your goals it isn’t too late to start. It’s a brand new month and you can choose to start clean. So come on will ya? xoxo moni

Photography: Tegan Martin-Drysdale
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