CT Meetup 2018 and Blogging Journey

Hello lovelies! Been a while, but I thought I would pop in as I attended my first blogger meet-up on Saturday, hosted by the lovely Zayaan (of Surviving the Madness) and Robyn (Uphill Writer).

I was quite nervous attending this event – not knowing what to expect, never having met majority of the women before – just being altogether out of my comfort zone.

So glad that I attended – it was such an amazing experience and I have taken away so much from the short, albeit wonderful, time with these incredible women.

We had Maz Halliday from Caffeine and Fairydust giving us some insight into her blogging journey and how she went against the “norm” and what was expected of her versus creating a brand all her own (and definitely worth following!).

The second guest speaker was Ayesha Abrahams of A Squared PR and Communications, she had some wise words with regard to your presence on social media, how you appear to brands as well as approaching brands that would be a perfect fit for you and your brand.

Overall, both Maz and Ayesha had one thing in common to say – do it for the right reasons and you will reap the benefits. If you are in it to share you story, give advice and share your experiences with others, it will only show in your work.

I also found that whether you have 500 followers or 100 000 – at the end of the day, all the women in the room had experienced the same things.

Going through droughts when it came to writing or posting, not posting everyday, etc. It made me feel so connected to this group and everything I have been thinking and feeling lately is something that’s quite common and made me feel so much better in terms of not posting all the time – especially when you feel like you have writers block and the words are not coming.


Wonderful day, amazing group, scrumptious food and also topnotch goodie bag! I thank the organisers for the stunning event they put together and am so excited and inspired for my blogging journey going forward!

Customised (Non Alcoholic) bubbly! Courtesy of Netflorist

 

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Frocking Cotton: Rebranded

Hello Hello Lovelies! I hope you have been well… So, you’re probably wondering, “hey, why is this girl back on this blog? Did she not start a new blog recently?” Well then, this is true, but here are the facts…

So, Frocking Cotton was established in 2010 (back then known as Pretty Young Things) as a means of expressing my love for fashion, writing, books and animals.

I then rebranded about two years ago as Frocking Cotton, but with the same content. I felt that whilst I was passionate about the topics, it didn’t cover my love for events and my dreams and aspirations to become an event planner specialising in weddings.

This is when (within this year) I decided to start Everyday Dreaming. I wanted a space to write about and focus on events, with my personal interests as an aside. Initially, the idea was to have two blogs; Frocking Cotton and Everyday Dreaming, but, the time and maintenance proved to be too strenuous.

At this point, I still felt unfulfilled, like I wasn’t as passionate about blogging as I once was.

This leaves us here today…

I have now reinstated Frocking Cotton as my sole blog, however, with a twist on the content.

What can you expect from Frocking Cotton now?

You will find content relating to beauty and style, as well as topics about events, tips and tricks, DIY projects and what I have learnt about being in the industry.

Would you suggest running two blogs to anyone?

If you are someone who has two different topics, e.g. IT and Food, then you would probably have two different readerships and dynamics in terms of followers.

Having two blogs would work logistically whereas with myself, I have followers and readers interested in both topics (as they aren’t too far off from one another) and having one blog with the readership I have allows me to mix my professional and personal interests.

What does Frocking Cotton mean to you?

It is my creative outlet, my place of thoughts, ideas and inspiration.

I want it to be about quality products and services, what I stand for in my own life, as well as remaining authentic as I grow.

I appreciate the followers who have stood by my side, even as I try to find myself in this ever growing and crazingly (is that a word?) saturated industry.

Love always

Nuhaa

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Hijab Fashion Week SA

Hello Hello my lovelies! Hope you have been well and keeping warm, now that winter is upon us!

This past Sunday, I had the honour of attending my 3rd consecutive Hijab Fashion Week SA show (run by Abashiya Achilles of Fabulous in Hijab).

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Now the Hijab Fashion Week is held to showcase local Hijabi and Modestwear designers clothing lines, whilst spreading the word about Hijab, modest dressing and encouraging women to embrace their style while still remaining classically covered.

Held at the beautiful Nico Malan Hall in Observatory, with its beautiful tall windows and tons of natural light, this was a perfect venue for a Sunday morning session.

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The show was hosted by Abashiya’s older Sister, Gadija Khan of the GKD label.

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Wedding Themes

Hello hello! Happy weekend to all of you!!! Wedding season being in full swing, I thought this would be a good time to draw up wedding theme ideas!

Weddings — One of my most favourite occasions, and the reason I became an Event Manager, it is a time for love and unity. A great place to start? Choosing a wedding theme.

So, with four seasons in a year, you can break it down to Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring weddings… But you don’t have to stop there! You can sub catergorise your theme to suit your style, personality and the season!

Wedding Themes - www.frockingcotton.co.za

Glam Vintage
One my favourite weddings (okay I may be a bit biased as it was the first event I did) – My sister, Ilhaam, and brother, Amir’s, wedding.

The venue itself had natural beauty – with exposed beams, high ceilings and lots of wood details.

The caterers (the lovely Faika of Saff Caterers) did all the decor, draping, fairy lights and floral centrepieces. It was like a magical wonderland with slight vintage details in the tarnished silver centrepieces, cut out glassware and candelabras, adding all kinds of romantic lighting to the happy atmosphere.

To get this look – think lots of florals (in neutral shades such as white and/or pale pinks) with silver or gold details. Light up candles on the tables, add fairy lights and dim the lighting to create that warm feeling.

Fairyland - Photographer | The Dolliehouse

Fairyland | Photo Cred: The Dolliehouse (Rizqah and Reshaan Dollie)

antique silver footed bowl vase wedding centrepiece table decorations
Antique Silver Vase | The Wedding of my Dreams

 

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Candelabras with crystal bead | The Wedding of my Dreams

Minimalistic

As you can probably tell – I am very into clean cut and simple designs.

One of the easiest, and the best themes in my opinion, as it lets the couple, their love and the day shine, whilst still keeping within the theme of wedding day.

To achieve this look – ensure crisp linens (tablecloths, napkins) even forgo tablecloths completely, if you have wooden furniture, for a bare and minimalist approach.

Decor should be kept to a minimum, think fresh greenery for the table with some hessian elements (maybe a bunting as seen below?) to add charm.

LYDIA MEINTJES | KITCHEN TEA PARTY
Clean, White open space and simple banners

Rustic
Earthy and Natural – this is what comes to mind when you think of rustic themes.

This theme is all about letting the surroundings shine, and not adding too much artificial elements (so think less shiny, more florals).

Baby’s Breath | Modern Wedding

 

Mr and Mrs Banner

Glam
This is all about the ornate, the regal and the sparkle.

For a glam wedding, think location location location. It needs to be magical and unique – a library for instance, has the wow factor.

Details should include candelabras (of great height), Tiffany chairs, chandeliers and lots of florals. Flowers to include are orchids, Lilies and Peonies (with roses of course!)

Library Wedding

What kind of theme would/ did you choose for your wedding?

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Wedding Guestlist – Who to invite

Hello hello! So Wedding Season is in full swing with bells a ringing… and blue birds singing.
Wedding Guest List
So, let’s get into it – Guest list’s are one of the most important pieces of the wedding. It allows the couple to share their day with the most important people in their lives, and brings families and friends together to celebrate the love shared.

As wedding planning can be a stressful task, planning the guest list is not the easiest (times this by a billion if you’re a young Muslim Girl in Cape Town).

Here are some tips to getting the inviting down to a tee:

Start with the parents – understand what it is they want to do, regarding the guest-list, and who they expect to be invited (with larger families it’s usually mom and dad’s aunts, uncles and cousins). Especially in Cape Town (and mostly with Muslim families) this is extremely important, as the chances that your parents are supporting you, financially, for the wedding, are quite high and to be courteous, you need to consider their ideas.

Narrow the numbers – get the total numbers of guests and use this as a baseline. If, for example, you’re having a wedding of 100 guests, you’re not going to invite Aunty so-and-so whom you don’t remember from the time she looked after you when you were 5. You will most likely stick to best friends, and aunts and uncles (or all your cousins, if you’re really close).

Start close – your best friend from primary school (who you haven’t seen in 10 years)? Yeah, trust me, you don’t need to. With my own wedding I decided to invite people that I had only seen in the last year or that had been to my house within the 6 months before the wedding… This may seem harsh, but I wanted to share my day with those who shared my life with me and people who had actually met Labeeq (my husband) before we got married.

I was invited to yours, so I must invite you to mine –  this is a common dilemma of couples, that I have heard time and again. Just because you were invited to someone’s wedding, this does not mean that they must be invited to yours. If you aren’t that close with someone (say college/university classmate) and you were invited to their wedding of 500 guests, do not feel obligated to invite them to yours (if you’re having a wedding of 200 guests).

At the end of the day – it is your wedding, the day to celebrate your love and share it with those who are close to you.

It’s over in a flash, so it’s important as to who you surround yourself with.

Would you want a big wedding, with loads of guests? Or a small intimate affair with a handful of people?

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Choosing a Theme – Baby Shower

Baby Showers! This is a celebration in countries, worldwide, to commemorate the pending birth of a baby and shower mom with gifts for baby-to-be.

Usually a party for moms only, the trend of co-ed showers are slowly coming into play, as it’s just as important for the dad, as it is for the mom, to prepare for the birth of a new bundle.

As we are currently in the process of planning my sister and brother in laws baby shower, I thought it would be a great platform to advise those who are planning and tell them not to fret! What’s tried and tested so that you don’t have to pull your hair out.

Generic/Unknown Baby Shower

This is for the parents who want to keep mum (excuse the pun) about the baby’s gender – so the options are endless!

Not just for your standard pink and blue decor, think black and white, monochromatic colour’s if you’re more minimalistic. The theme should be simple and convey the message that the gender is unknown – while still giving away to the fact that this is a baby shower.
Blue and Pink Baby shower theme
Traditional Baby Shower
Generic Baby Shower | Black and White
Generic themed baby shower
 Circus themed baby shower

For the fun and outgoing parents to be – the circus theme is more whimsical and all about the fun elements.

Think candyfloss and popcorn or hot dogs and carousel themed cupcake displays.

But, don’t be fooled, this theme is unisex and can be implemented according to any gender. You can also opt for the bright and bold colours, as this theme is all about shock and awe!
Dessert table for circus baby shower
Circus Themed Desserts

 

Popcorn | Ready to pop baby shower
Mom’s pregnancy craving perhaps?

 

Cirque Du Bebe Invites
Bebe Cirque Invitations

 

Circus themed baby shower | Tightrope walker
Tight rope circus walker

 

Parisian/French Baby shower theme

This is by far one of my favourites – think pretty and think glam and Parisian is the theme you will get.

All about the textures, lush and ornate, Parisian/French baby showers will make any mom feel glamorous and beautiful.

Blush, creams, greys and gold are your go to palettes – with splashes of black to add drama.

French Baby Shower
Gold and blush | French Baby Shower
French/Parisian Baby Shower
Parisian Baby Shower

 

French Cafe
Cafe And French themed baby shower

Modern Baby Shower theme

For the mod parents – choose a theme that incorporates fun elements, prints and textures while still keeping a fresh take to the traditional baby shower.

The colour palette of modern baby showers expands much further than just your average pinks and blues.

Modern Baby Shower Theme
Polka dots and Punch
Modern Baby Shower
Baby Shower | Modern Theme
Baby shower theme
B is for Baby

Minimalist Baby Shower Theme

Less is more – and minimalist baby showers are perfect for the parents who want the party without the frills.

Minimal
Minimalist baby shower theme
Minimal Baby Shower

 

What kind of theme would you suggest for baby showers?

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