First Night in Rome

Travelling is something I really want to do more of, one of my goals in life is to visit a new country every year. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to accomplish this goal in 2016 – our wedding took out a large chunk of the year for me and I didn’t want to spend too much money in the run up to the wedding. However I am definitely going to make up for it this year but visiting atleast two countries, a goal I kicked off by visiting Rome, Italy earlier this year.

I haven’t really ever explored a city or country before. I have been fortunate to visit a fair few countries with my family, and there was that one time in Portugal with one of my best friends, but I’ve never really had an itinerary or a check list of things I must do or see during my break. With the family we just see where the day takes us and when I was in Portugal I literally just relaxed for the entire duration. However this time I was prepared and was armed with an itinerary that literally had our whereabouts in hourly breakdowns.

We arrived in Rome, at the Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci airport around 3.20PM, meaning we had a lot of time to explore the city on the day of our arrival. It took about 40 minutes to get to our hotel, we were feeling lazy and opted not to get the train, we got a private taxi for €50 to the hotel which was a lot more convenient for us. After we relaxed and settled into the hotel, we decided to go exploring. I had been told by many people that I need to see some of the sites at night time, so that is exactly what we decided to go out and do. We visited the Colosseum, and saw it all lit up from within, beautiful as well as imposing. We didn’t stay there too long as we knew we would be back the next day, so we then went off to see Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain). This was jaw dropping gorgeous, a huge beautiful fountain surrounded by ornate sculptures of the Roman gods. We sat in front of it for a while, just soaking in the atmosphere.

We then went for our first Italian dinner, in a little restaurant near Fontana di Trevi. One thing I had purposely not researched was places to eat. I just wanted to stumble into places that seemed inviting. We dined on bruscetta and pizza and chips/fries. I also had my first fresh made bread with Italian extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was the best olive oil I had ever tasted, I didn’t realise my palate could pick up the difference! Pizza was also the best pizza I had ever had. The bruscetta was a bit too simple for me.


 We wound down the evening by talking a walk in Spagna, near the Spanish Steps. This is the shopping area of Rome, with so many designer shops everywhere you look. It had gotten quite late so all the shops were closed but I had all of the Spanish Steps to myself, and again it was just nice to soak in the atmosphere. Once the temperature had dropped a little too low for my liking, we made our way to our home for the next few days. On the note of temperature, do forgive my choice of clothing in this trip! It was quite cold and we had a lot of walking to do so I had to put comfort over fashion.

We stayed in Rome for 3 night, 4 full days. We explored so much, I’ll try and cram as much as I can into the next post. I haven’t really shared any holiday blogs before, so I hope this hasn’t been too different for here. I think 2016 started taking this blog in a new direction, a direction where I share more of my life and personality with you all. Make sure you subscribe on Bloglovin (here) to keep up to date with all my latest posts, and do let know what you think of these ones where you see more of my life.

Speak soon, Tanzina x

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipsticks

Good morning guys, hope your day is going well. Today I am going to jump right into it and talk to you about the Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof lipsticks. A package arrived on my doorstep containing three of these Lord & Berry beauties and it made me squeal in delight. I have actually heard quite a few good things about Lord & Berry, but just hadn’t picked anything up from the brand myself. I was excited to finally try something from them, and also try their liquid lipsticks as I am a huge fan of liquid lipsticks. Matte and long lasting? Yes please! I wasn’t sure what to expect however as I hadn’t really heard much about these before.

I was excited to see that the colours I received were all colours I could see myself wearing and suiting. I received three lipsticks in the following shades: First Lady, Pop Pink and Brave Red. I’ll quickly talk you through the packaging before I go onto the product themselves. The lipsticks are housed in a lip gloss like tube with a really nice wand. The wand is slightly longer than your average doe foot applicator and is also slanted for easy application. There is 7ml worth of product in each tube. In terms of formula, the consistency is a little bit like thin paint, it seems like it will be drying but it is actually really comfortable due to the essential oils the product contains. It dries really matte, really fast which is amazing. It is annoying when you have to wait a long time for the product to dry down so I was so glad to see that wasn’t the case here. The coverage is what blew me away, such perfect and full coverage. One swipe and your lips are covered. Oh that and the staying power! I actually have just kissed my hand several times like a weirdo to see if the product is actually kiss proof and I can report that it is. On my first application I applied lots of lip balm under the lipstick, and had a little transfer so I would suggest you avoid doing that! Now lets talk colours.

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick First Lady

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick First Lady

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick First Lady

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick in First Lady

This colour is a gorgeous browny nude. It’s so perfect for my skin tone and I think it looks quite similar to a 90’s brown lip. It has subtle golden shimmers running through it but I didn’t really see them appear on my lips. That being said, this is still my favourite shade and one I find so easy to wear.

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick Pop Pink

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick Pop Pink

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick Pop Pink

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick in Pop Pink

This is pretty fuchsia hot pink, it is bright and vivid and couldn’t have come to be at a better time. It reminds me of a good summer, so I am looking forward to wearing it this season. It reminds me of some of old MAC lipstick shades like Girl About Town that I’ve neglected in favour of liquid lipsticks.

Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof Lipstick in Brave Red

This is a classic red shade, and a staple in all makeup collections. I feel like it has some blue tones to it and will remind you of classic hollywood sirens. As it is so easy to wear, and provides such good colour payoff in just one swipe, I’ll definitely be turning to it when I want a quick and easy red lip.

Overall, I am pretty impressed by these products. Enough so that I want to try more things from the brand, I’m hoping they too will impress me just as much. The liquid lipsticks retail for £15.00 and you pick it up here.

Hope you liked my Lord & Berry Timeless Kiss Proof lipstick review. I’ve been wanting to share this with you guys for what feels like forever, but have had so much going on I haven’t been able to. So glad I finally am, because I am hoping you are like me and love to discover new brands and products. Let me know if you have any liquid lipsticks on your radar that I should be picking up! Speak soon, Tanzina x

Asian Outfit of the Day – Best Friend’s Engagement

Hi loves, as promised today I have an outfit of the day post for you. This is a little throwback to my best friend’s engagement, which I have written all about [here]. We went for a white and gold theme, and of course the friends and family matched that theme to a tee. My best friend actually chose this outfit, and the second she sent me the pictures I approved. Today’s post is going to be mostly pictures, as I am sure that is the most interesting part of an outfit of the day post.

Asian Outfit of the Day

If you read the aforementioned blog post, you’d know I made a little sneaky detour after my friend’s engagement and had an impromptu photoshoot at a local park. With the lighting just right, it would have been silly to not join in and take a few pictures of my look too. I just love how the pictures turned out, so this post is really just an excuse to share them with you.

The dress was from Memsaab, a shop we have in my town but they also have an online shop. It’s actually a replica of another design they have, but when I compared the original to the replica, I couldn’t see or feel much of a difference. Due to the dress price and also how pretty it looks, this dress is now on pre-order. We picked it up in the colour gold, but the mint shade is beautiful too.

Details:

Dress – Memsaab £35 – pick it up [here]
Jewellery – Bees (Green Street, London)
Lipstick – Beauty Bakerie Mon Cheri £16 – pick it up [here]

I hope you liked my Asian outfit of the day post, do let me know if you would like to see more posts like this. I do wear Asian/Indian/Bengali clothes quite a bit, even more so since I got married so maybe I can do more posts like this in the future if you enjoyed it. Speak soon, Tanzina x

A Bengali Bride: My Best Friend’s Engagement

Hi loves, long time no speak on this little series. I haven’t forgotten about it, and I hope to continue on it soon, but today I have an installment that isn’t quite related to my own wedding. Today, I wanted to share the experience of my best friend’s engagement, as it went so well and so beautifully, that I was sure it would interest and inspire some of you.

Let’s start by saying my best friend is pretty much wonder woman, she is so good at crafts and just organised, on point and a god send during my wedding. There was no question about whether her big day was going to be a success or not, it just was. She created so many beautiful taals herself, created beautiful favours herself and just thought out every little detail. I was just there to make sure her plans were carried out just how she imagined it, and I am proud to say I think I delivered on that front. One thing about Asian weddings, as a bride you need a right hand woman/women and I was lucky enough to have her as one of mine. There was no way she was going to get married with me repaying the favour.

I didn’t do many taal creations, she only tasked me with a few as she is the taal expert and needed little help from anyone. I created personalised cookies, cheated and bought a cupcake bouquet, created an apple taal, made a strawberry laces rose bouquet and got my sister to make a cake pop taal and my mum to make a patishapta one (sweet pancakes stuffed with coconut). That might sound like a lot to some of you, but on my engagement she made double that. And she made ones that require a lot lot more effort and time.



Let me put things into perspective, this is what Yasmin made just by herself:

  • Cute little betel nut jars
  • A Lindor tree
  • The sweetest little paan taal with a traditonal Bangladeshi house
  • An edible sugar cube Taj Mahal
  • A Ferroro Roche cone
  • A Malteaser’s candy tree
  • A Lollipop candy tree
  • A Munchie candy tree
  • A Marhsmallow candy tree
  • Bombay Mix cone platter
  • A personalised chocolate tiered mock cake

Like I said, pretty much wonder woman. On the day itself, I would say everyone was pretty relaxed. I got ready at home and went over and found Yasmin getting her hair done. Her makeup was done by Art of Liza, and although I won’t show you Yasmin’s face, take my word when I say she looked so amazing. I quickly did Yasmin’s sister in law’s makeup and headed over to the venue to make sure everything was in hand and all the taals were being displayed properly. Yasmin wanted the event to be really intimate, so decided against having photographers and videographers as they can detract from the intimacy. However I couldn’t help but snap away on my camera (with her permission) and be the designated photographer for the day along with her brother in law. I think that although unintentional, was such a great idea, it gives the photographs themselves a special meaning and helped capture so many candid shots.



We had a little dessert table at the cinipaan, and I loved how it turned out. I know you did too from your response on Instagram! It was a combination of Yasmin and my vision, and I am so impressed with how it turned out. It’s not too elaborate but sometimes the simpler things look better don’t you think? It did help that Yasmin chose a beautiful cake for the table with matching cupcakes (at my insistence). We both have some props like cake stands, sweets cars, and I recently picked up some beautiful trays solely because I knew they’d look fabulous at her event. As I was setting up the table, I actually accidentally dropped a cupcake! Luckily we had spares and Yasmin didn’t mind at all. I’m so glad that I was able to carry out her vision, she made it so easy for me.

Now for favours. Yasmin wanted something that was special, not something that just gets used and thrown away after a day. So she decided to make a CD with some beautiful verses from the Quran for her guests. Keyword here? Make – this bride is all about the DIY life. She burned each CD and pretty much designed the packaging for it herself. I did some quick work on Photoshop with her ideas and ta-da we had a personalised cover for her CD cases that was in line with her theme. She also had single white roses bought in with tag, which she placed on top of each CD. It looked beautiful.

Overall the actual event was a success. Timings were right, the food was so good. If we did it over again I don’t think I would have changed a single thing and I think she would agree. It was stress and drama free, exactly how it should be. Alhumdullilah for the blessings, and hopefully she has the same experience for the rest of her events.

After the event, I did a quick detour with Yasmin, her niece and her other friend. I took everyone to a park nearby and did an impromptu photo shoot. The lighting was right, and the background gave the pictures an even more magical touch. It’s funny how the best plans are the ones you didn’t really plan out. It just happened.

Now onto the most exciting parts, outfits! Let’s start with Yasmin’s beautiful outfit. Traditionally the groom side chose the bride’s outift and vice versa, although nowadays many brides and grooms choose their own. Yasmin opted for tradition, and her in-laws got it SO right. I love every single detail of her outfit, I wanted it for myself! The jewellery, the saree, the clutch bag, everything was paired so perfectly by her new family. She looked absolutely stunning.

For her family and friends, Yasmin chose a semi stitched long dress that was so floaty and elegant. This wasn’t too expensive, which is ideal for engagement events as you don’t want to blow your budget but you still want to look pretty nice. I love Yasmin’s taste, I pretty much can trust it blindly we have pretty similar tastes. She chose the outfit and I knew it would be a hit with me and it was. I am so glad that she chose something that can be worn again, sometimes you pick up Asian outfits and only wear them once. I can’t wait to wear this again. I’ll post a quick outfit post really soon with more pictures for you all.

I was so happy with how the day turned out and I know my best friend was too. The preparations and tasks felt like so much fun, and even Yasmin commented how she enjoyed the prep of my wedding more than the prep of hers. I think because you don’t have the stress on your head and it’s just so much nicer doing something for the pleasure of someone you love, rather than yourself. I wish I could re-live the day again.

I hope you liked being a fly on the wall at my best friend’s engagement. I know I have so many Asian readers so I hope this was insightful for you and also inspiring too. I’ll speak to you in a couple of days with my outfit details! Speak soon, Tanzina x

For more posts from the Bengali Bride series, be sure to check these out:

Wishlist Wednesday #6: Kat Von D & Too Faced

Hi loves, I’m back again with a Wish List Wednesday. I thought it was another one of my series that just turns to dust, but hey it is still going. Today’s wish list is a bit of different one, it is actually me wishing for something that I technically have. I am of course talking about two amazing products, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara.

So I actually managed to get hold of the mini versions of both products. How good are mini products, it is such a great way of trying out products without committing to the full size versions just in case you hate them. Too Faced and Kat Von D did a collaboration, and I pretty much squealed when I heard about it. I’m going to whiz through both products and tell you why I love them and why they are firmly on my wish list.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

I am not a fan of eyeliner pens, I feel like they run out too quickly or don’t distribute the liner even and sometimes the nib gets all bobbly and ruined. This however is unlike anything I have ever used, it has a brush tip meaning it distributes the liner evenly and the brush doesn’t get ruined. The tip is SO fine, and so easy to work with. It’s made me fall back in love with liquid eyeliner. I’ve been using this mini version for quite a while now and it shows no sign of giving up. It is so precise, have I said that already? It’s just that I’ve never been able to get such a thin line in my inner corner before. I will 100% be picking up a full size version FOR SURE. This retails for £16.00 and you can pick it up [here].

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

I don’t know what took me so long to try the original version of this mascara (I’ve used the waterproof version before) because clearly I was missing out. This makes my lashes STAND OUT. Like you cannot miss my lashes, it makes them more defined and thicker looking too. It took me a while to get the hang of using this mascara, intially it does deposit a lot of product which is annoying, but I quickly learned to wipe it down on the mouth of the tube and it was just perfect. I am assuming as it gets drier, and you use up the product, you won’t need to do this anymore. Regardless I need the full size in my life. This retails for £19.00 and you can pick it up [here].

If like me you’d like to sample the products first before you go and purchase the full size, find the Kat Von D x Too Faced mini kit [here] for £18.00!

That’s it for my Wednesday Wishlist. I found that most products I mention on these posts, I tend to pick up. I should do a post sometime in the future labelled Wishlist Purchases just so you know which one makes the grade. Do you have a favourite liquid liner or mascara? If so, I’d love to know more. Speak soon ! Tanzina x