Mar 25, 2015

Sofreh 7 Sin - Persian New Year Table













For the new year, we set up a 'sofreh' or table, which is called the 7 sin, literally translated as the 7 S's. I have included a video below which can go into further explanation of why we set it up and what it symbolizes.. I figured watching a video would be easier than reading a long explanation!







This year for the Persian new year, we had some friends over and of course ate a ton of persian food! The traditional meal for the new year is fish with a specific Persian rice that is green because of all the herbs. We didn't go the traditional route this year, we just made the food we wanted to eat! We had khoreshte bademjoon, which is a stew with eggplant and chicken as well as fesenjoon which is a walnut, chicken and pomegranate stew. Both these dishes are eaten with white rice. On the side we had potato salad and my moms special coleslaw salad. Needless to say, we were all stuffed by the end of the night. 

Mar 24, 2015

Norooz Blush








Top: Forever 21 // Skirt & Hijab: H&M // Purse: Marshalls // Heels: Charlotte Russe

For some reason all the options I had picked out to wear for the Persian New Year all included blush pink! Here is what I finally decided on, because when else would be the perfect time to wear a sparkly pink skirt as a 25 year old??

Mar 17, 2015

Anniversary Giveaway! May Designs Custom Notebook








Those of you who know me well enough, know that I am huge on planners. I love keeping track of EVERYTHING. I have probably been using a planner religiously since middle school. There's no better feeling than crossing things off an organized list and keeping track of everything you have going on in one place. Yea.. you're probably thinking well there's a ton of ways you could do that electronically, which is true, but I'm a little more old fashioned when it comes to planners. I love actually crossing things off and writing things down, using bright colored pens and all that girly stuff. I recently was on the hunt for a new 2015 planner and when I came across May Designs, I fell in love. The customization of their planners/books is what won me over. You can pick from so many colors, designs, fonts, monograms, etc. etc. and personalize your planner/book however you want. (The cute monograms made me wish I had a middle name!) When it came to picking my design, I had probably 10 different designs in my cart and I was trying to narrow it down to 3! I finally ended up deciding on the 3 pictured above, which I love.

I was also thrilled to see they have so many different types of books you can get!! A few they have include calendar planners, wedding planning, baby tracking, exercise & calorie tracking, phone books and so much more! I designed a calorie and exercise tracker book with bikes on it and a quote to keep me motivated. I used to do my workout/calorie tracking on my regular planner, but when I saw this I was sold. You can keep track of the workouts you do and everything you eat down to cups of water you drink so neatly! If this doesn't excite you and motivate you to maintain a healthy lifestyle I don't know what will... (just kidding, I just love it that much!).

Another great thing about the planners/books is that they are very thin and medium sized, so you can literally throw them in any bag and be on your way! I carry both my planner and calorie/exercise tracker together and it's probably still smaller than some planners I've seen in the store.

Now that I've had time to play with my May Design books, and have fallen completely head over heels for them, I want to give my readers a chance to win one of their own. I have paired with May Designs to giveaway one book to a lucky winner. See the requirements of the giveaway below.

1. Follow me on Instagram
2. Head over to May Designs and create your own design for a book
3. Post your design on Instagram and tag me in it so I can see it! Also hashtag #HaniHuluGiveaway
(If your instagram is private, please take a screen shot of your post and email it to me at hanihulu@gmail.com so I can see your design without you having to make your page public!)

That's all it takes! Good luck picking just one design! The winner will be randomly selected but must follow the 3 steps above to be entered into the drawing! 

Submissions are accepted until 11:59 PM (EST) on Saturday 3/21/2015.
Winner will be announced on Sunday 3/22/2015 at 12:00 PM. 

I can't wait to see all your designs!

Mar 16, 2015

Butterfly Pastels











Hijab, Sweater, Pants: H&M // Heels: Charlotte Russe // Purse: Marshalls // Ring: J.Crew


Today marks the 3rd anniversary of my blog! I can still remember the day I was sitting on my futon in my college apartment when I decided to start my blog! It's been a fun journey, I designed my own blog and did all the coding and layout setup myself. I take major pride in that I've maintained my blog even after I've started my demanding career and been working for almost 2.5 years! I can't believe how time flies and I hope I've been able to inspire or encourage others to do whatever it is that makes you happy. Thank you to those who have been along with me on this journey, either from the start or from any point forward, I appreciate all the support!

For this post, I wanted to do a spring inspired outfit since the persian new year (first day of spring) is only 4 days away! 

Make sure you follow my Instagram as I will be posting my 3 year giveaway tomorrow! Got some goodies in store for you all!