Birds & Honey: Persian New Years

Jul 6 , 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 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

Snippets of My World on Instagram

Jun 24 , 2014

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Hi Doll’s! Just wanted to pop in and say “what up!” in the blogosphere. I know it’s a bit quiet up in herr but you can definitely keep up with all of the Birds & Honey action here on instagram. We have been busy travelling our little behinds all over the place from Portland to Vancouver and then back to Portland for some seriously stunning gorgeousness. What are all of you beautiful babes up too this summer? xoxo moni

Birds & Honey Headquarters: Update

Jun 9 , 2014

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Hey you beautiful babes!!! It’s moni here…you know..that girl who seems to only blog once a month ): I feel like every blog post has to begin with an apology from my “never here” presence but I have been knee deep in the craziness that is wedding season. Not complaining though because I have got to be a part of some ridiculously magical moments! But…..I figured since it will be a little while before I get to see all of the wedding sneak peeks I would show you guys a little glimpse into my Birds & Honey Headquarters :P There are still a few things that need to get finished before I show you guys the big reveal but until then…TAA DAAAAA!!!!

Till we meet again my loves. xoxo moni . photos courtesy of Tegan Martin-Drysdale

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mamas

May 11 , 2014

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You see that lady up there you guys? not that little chubby girl who sort of looks like a dude but that Persian beauty holding her hand :P that lady right there is the first love of my life! My Maman. She is my warrior queen. My symbol of strength and perseverance. She is the inspiration of all of my inspirations. She is like walking poetry and she doesn’t even have to spit no rhymes. She has been my teacher since before I ever step foot into school. She taught me the value of hard work, patience and independence. She taught me that it’s okay to fall in love but you have to love yourself first and foremost. When she cooks its as if I am sitting with my family back in Iran. Her food is her soul and her soul is a thing of beauty. This day and every other day I am blessed to be her daughter and I can only hope that I come even a tiny bit close to the amazing mother she is. Happy mothers day to the love of my life. Love you maman joon. And happy Mothers day to all of you beautiful mama’s and to you daddies who play two parts. You guys deserve all of the love too. xoxo moni

“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy” – Spanish Proverb -