Birds & Honey: Persian New Years

Aug 13 , 2014

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Happy Belated Persian New Years Friends! I know right about now you are thinking to yourself “umm what is she talking about? New Years has already passed” But, for Persians all around the world, we will be celebrating New Years aka Nowruz aka the official start of spring/summer. While many folks are gearing up for the warmer weather and gorgeous summer flats, Persians are gearing up for some in depth literal “spring cleaning” of their homes and also a spiritual spring cleaning of sorts for their souls! Persian New Year or Nowruz, literally translates to “New Day.” Persians celebrate by cleaning their homes, buying new clothes, baking pastries and putting together a beautiful table setting called Haft Sin (pronounced ‘seen’) aka the Table of Seven S’s. Each household prepares their table differently, but they all represent seven items that begin with the letter “S” in the Farsi language.

The Haft Sīn items are: Sabzeh aka wheat, barley or lentils. These gems symbolize rebirth. Samanu aka the sweetest pudding made, symbolizes affluence. Senjed aka the dried fruit of the oleaster tree symbolizes love. Sīr aka garlic symbolizes medicine. Sīb aka apples have always symbolized beauty and health. Somaq aka sumac berries symbolize the color of sunrise and last but not least, Serkeh aka vinegar symbolizes age and patience.

I wanted my tablescape to have a very regal and elegant vibe to it so I opted with a gorgeous Royal blue feel and balanced it off by incorporating stunning shades of blush pink and fuchsia colored garden roses and ranunculus for my flowers. The beauty about this and Persian new years in general is that it is something that is open for everyone to take part in. I know a lot of my girlfriends in particular usually find themselves in a bit of a funk after the initial start of the year and this is the perfect opportunity for them to get a new perspective and fresh start for where they are at.I hope you lovely ladies enjoy this beautiful and colorful celebration that is enjoyed by so many all around the world! xoxo moni

Design, Styling & Coordination – Birds & Honey
Photography – Nima Malekraeisi of Fun with Light Photography
Tassel Garland – Studio Mucci
Floral Design – Akiko Floral
Calligraphy & Stationary Design – Justine Ma Design
Table Linen – Ralph Lauren
Gold Rimmed Glasses – Vintage from Turkey

Birds & Honey Featured: Style Me Pretty

Jul 7 , 2014

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Monday mornings are my favourite you guys. Fresh start to the work week, catch up time on all the weekend emails, organize laundry time, etc. (; but it’s just a teenie tiny bit better when Style me pretty features one of my favourite couples in the beautiful blogosphere! Be sure to check out Mark & Mariah’s gorgeous engagement session on SMP here! The photos were shot to perfection by the unbelievably talented duo of wilhelmina weddings!! Their wedding was just a couple of weeks ago and man oh man it was a good one :P Sneak peeks will be coming soon I promise yo. xoxo moni

Birds & Honey Tips & Goals: July 2o14

Jul 1 , 2014

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Whoop di doop for July you guys! Seriously, I can’t believe it’s already July! This year is just zooming by man. I know I say this for every month. But, July is legit already zooming past my eyes and It’s only the first of the month. I am excited and so so thankful that I am busy doing what I love but June taught me that I need to hit the brakes a bit. With a bunch of travelling back and fourth in the states and Canada my body and mind started to freak out. I had a little bit of a break to just sit back and reflect and see whats been working for me and what hasn’t and I was happy with what I came up with and I hope it can help you too if you’re feeling a little worn out in the middle of wedding season. In no particular order here are my goals & tips for the awesome month of July:

1. Tip – Learn to say NO. Seriously, it’s okay. People will understand. The world will survive if you have a day to yourself babe.

2. Goal – Get back into any kind of physical activity. You don’t want to go to the gym? Cool, go for a walk. Just get that sexy body out there and give your a body a little extra love. My goal for this month and moving forward for this year is to get my butt back into yoga. I am going to stop making excuses why I can’t go and JUST DO IT.

3. Tip – Pre plan your meals. Food you guys. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks skipping a meal isn’t a big deal so I can tackle some wedding business but your bodies will pay for this ): You get weak, cranky, angry and all of these shitty feelings make our already stressful jobs even more cray cray so fill that pretty water bottle and get yourself some fibre/protein/good sugary sweetness!

4. Tip – Dress up more. I know when you run your own business it can get really comfy to just work in your husbands sweat pants and hoodies but drab like clothing makes for drab like energy. Ditch those sweats and give yourself an extra hour to doll yourself up. A little bit of makeup and some clean hair can make your outlook that much brighter. Plus – I feel guilty for always looking like a hot mess when my husband comes home.

There are a million things that I would love to tackle but I am going to take baby steps and start with these for now. I would love to hear what you babes are up too and what your goals are! xoxo moni

ps – Happy Birthday Canada! So effing proud to live in this beautiful country xo