i’m going short. like super short. they call it a baby bob. you know, so as not to be mistaken with the lob aka the long bob. and funny enough, this is like 100 percent niyya’s hairstyle right now.

it’s been a long time coming too. just before niyya was born i did the rihanna side-shave (oh yes i did) and now that piece is the perfect length for my new look and to even things all out. and yeah, i realize that was over 18months ago – my hair grows slowly ok?

i think its timely to do a chop now too as it’s breast cancer awareness month and i have never yet donated any of my hair. this is really the longest it has ever grown. so i’m going to do my bit and hopefully a warrior survivor queen can make good use of my locks.

i’m taking these photos to my stylist for inspo. i’m not sure yet if i’m going to go blunt like jessie bush (pictured up top) or more choppy like yasmin sewell (brown and tousled). either way, i don’t plan on doing much with it when it is cut. this is wash and wear hair ladies.

wavy, undone, a little messy, but oh so chic.

and true, most times you wont see it – being under the toque or turban, but it will still be there. for me and i’m happy with that.

runwayandbeauty:</p><br /> <p>Jourdan Dunn outside Topshop Unique SS15, London Fashion Week.<br /><br /> Source: alixdebeer<br /><br />




this is not a soup exchange soup, but i’m telling you right now, you are going to want to bookmark this.

i get inspired by what i have in my fridge.

sometimes when i cook i don’t always have a plan as to what i’m going to make and i get inspired by what i have in my fridge. or what’s lying around. the other day, this was the case.

i roasted zucchini the night prior because, well, i like to have roasted veggies around. they are great for adding into sauces for dinners or paninis for lunch. so anyway, i roasted up a bunch, with the intent of adding stock and few spices to make a soup.


then i realized i have a whole bagful of apples from our latest field trip just sitting and waiting to be used.

so i did what i usually do when i have two random ingredients. i type them into google and see if anyone else thought to combine the flavours. like, does it exist, it is a thing. i don’t like to waste good food, so i’m not that experimental in the kitchen. only kind of…

well, lo and behold, apples and zucchini is a very common combination! with that knowledge and boost of confidence I went ahead and played with my ingredients.

the results were a creamy mix of slightly sweet full-bodied flavour.

here’s how you make this soup.

roasted zuchini and apple soup

all you need is

  • 4 zucchini
  • olive oil
  • coarse salt
  • 1 nub of butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 nub of fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 apple, i used honeycrisp
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

and all you have to do is

  • roast zucchini. (i’ll go over this quickly, but will make a quick post about how i roast and store a variety of vegetables soon. such a simple and high impact way to add flavour to your meals.) slice the zuchini, lay on a parchment lined baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and grind some coarse salt over top. place in an oven at 350 for 45mins-1hr. you can flip or mix your batch up part of the way through or just leave them be. either way you end up with major flavour with many uses.
  • heat butter in a stock pot.
  • add in onions and ginger and sautee until onions are translucent.
  • add in the apple and continue to sautee for another 7-10 minutes or so.
  • add in the zucchini and continue to mix, mix, mix.
  • add in the stock and let it sit so that all the flavours can inufuse.
  • blend to desired consistency. i wanted a creamy soup, so i blended until there were no chunks left.
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • serve with your favorite soup toppings such as goat cheese, pepitas, hemp seeds, sundried tomatoes or our new fave, alphabet pretzels!


what i love about this soup is that it was so simple to make and uses seasonal produce. and obviously that it is freaking delicious. i had my oldest friend over for a playdate with our girls and it was ready in a flash and gone in about that much time too!

try it this week will ya?




fall is officially here and that means more soups in our house. and now, since i had a soup exchange a few months back, there’s no shortage of recipes for me to try out. i’ll be sharing the recipes with you guys as i make them, so sit tight and get your stock pots and homemade broth ready! (ps. a post on my stock recipe is coming!)

up first, i tried my friend zehra’s beet soup. i had a surplus of this soups main ingredient suddenly in my kitchen as i was the lucky recipient of some beet carpaccio leftovers from a dinner party.

i know, fancy huh?

they were really good as they were, but i wanted to mix it up a bit and make it easy for my kids to eat as well. as you can imagine, beet carpaccio is not really their flavour!

but this soup is. just be careful when preparing and eating it. no white clothes, ok?

those beets have a mighty pigment.


here’s a fun pic of niyya demonstrating this fact in her first foray into beet territory. she makes it look so  yum, no? 🙊

so, here is the recipe. and i promise, it’s quick and easy to make. just chop, drop and stir. well, just about.

zehra’s beet soup

all you need is…

  • 3 medium beets (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon grapseed oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 pound carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 teaspoons sour cream (optional)

and all you have to do is…

  • under running water, peel the beets with a vegetable peeler. with a chef’s knife, cut the beets in half, then lay them flat side down and cut them into large chunks.
  • in a stock pot over medium heat, heat the oil. saute the onion until it is translucent. add the carrots, ginger, and garlic. cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • add beets, bay leaves and stock. simmer the soup, covered, for 50-60 minutes.
  • add lemon juice and zest and stir well.
  • in a food processor or blender, puree the soup in batches then stir in the salt and pepper. taste the soup, and adjust the seasonings, if you like. serve the soup hot or chilled, garnished with dollops of sour cream or feta and fresh cilantro.
  • this recipe serves 4.


and while i planned on having this batch last me a few days for lunch, i ended up eating a few bowls throughout the day!


what?! i really like this soup! ok?

and i think you will too. enjoy, and listen, if you end up making a batch i’m a quick phone call away. sharing is caring, right? ;)




our visits to the hospital have been happy of late.


we watch videos, eat in-season fruit, talk about life, and cheer on baby steps and big strides. yes, my father in law is doing so much better.

THANK GOD / tahsin, the good


some may call it luck.others, the natural course of science and the body at work. but i call it a miracle. and i don’t mean to be blunt, but my father in law was on the brink.

and he came back. and i have seen my fair share of family at this point with no return, or who have suddenly passed with no explanation.

that’s God’s will.

and work at hand. He only needs to say “be”, and it is.

BE, AND IT IS / tahsin, the good

still, we were so scared. but i think hopeful and patient at the same time. is that what faith is? i’m beginning to think so.


i need to continue incorporating this into the fabric of my life.

i worry about work.

and what i’m contributing to the world. a lot. and i more often than not come down on myself for not doing enough. not bringing in enough. not living up to my abilities enough. and then that leads me to question the effects this will have on my kids. and there begins the dance.

and i know that that is not a good way to be. not the routine i want to be in.

so i’m going to remind myself that it will all be ok in the end. to have faith that He is taking care of us.

GOOD GOD, GOD IS GOOD / tahsin, the good20140922-220545.jpg

its funny, i got an email about the concept of tawakkul, or having complete trust in God’s plan, at around this time of flux. and it’s a relieving thing, you know. when you fully give in to His will, every outcome is ok. it just has to be.

المقيت the nourisher.

الوالي the protecting friend. 

الرزاق the provider.


but i also know that it takes work to get there. so these are my reminders and maybe they can be yours too as we’re all in this a little bit alone and lot a bit together.




i got myself a pair of glasses after maybe five years with my old ones (i rarely wore them. i’m more a contacts kinda girl.)

i realized if i don’t take care of my eyes by giving them a break every so often, i could lose one of my most valuable tools. and that’s not good or going to happen insha’allah.


i always get excited when buying a new frame because i love glasses, but once the lenses are in i just don’t want to wear them anymore. my script is really high and that leads to a less than ideal look with them on.

this pair is different. they are such a classic frame, with a little edge. and the fact that they fit my abnormally small face, an issue i have had with my glasses in the past, is a huge plus! and also, now, i just don’t think it’s worth it to worry so much about how an item i require to see properly looks on my face.


i found them in a cute boutique in playa a few months back, and the shopgirl told me johnny depp swears by this brand. haha. that didn’t sell me, but for some reason i keep telling people that little tidbit of info. lol.


i ordered the frame online here and got my aunt to fit the lens. et voilà. my new face-gear for slow mornings, evenings and sundays!

do you wear glasses? i bet you my prescription is worse than yours!


ps. niyya, my thrill-seeking, daredevil-ish little rascal gave me a big scare the other night.  i had to take her in to see a doc (let’s be real, it was an er doc) for a gash she got on her lip and gums from “surfing” on, and taking a big wipe-out off the bed.



she’s some kind of wonderful. lol. my cheeky little monkey. and knowing her, she probably had something in her mouth to cause extra damage. she’s a tough cookie, though. and it seems she can withstand a lot alhamdulillah. not too many tears despite the crazy amount of blood and my short-lived moments of panic, and a silly and playful attitude afterwards.


i think i’m beginning to get this whole second born/last born thing.


i only worried and took action beyond what i could do for her at home, because the cut seemed big and, i don’t know… you never know.


BOOKS / 10 BOOK CHALLENGE / tahsin, the good.

it’s been a few months short of a year since i dropped out of my book club. and i want to get back into it, because i enjoy getting into a good story or reading about someones account of their life. i just can’t seem to find the extra time to read in the way my book club required of me.

recently i was tagged by my friend to list off 10 books that come to mind that i have read that have stayed with me in some way. so i’m re-living the fun of my past reading exploits by way of this challenge.


some of mine are from my book club days; some are post-purge (when i dropped out a few others did as well and we jokingly called it the purge) reads. others are classics from highschool and university, and some are from the days i was able to stay up all night reading under the covers with a flashlight in my bedroom.

here goes:

1. the great gatsby – super classic. i read this for my highschool english class. still haven’t seen the movie though.

2. 1984 – i remember staying up late while traveling in pakistan reading this. it made me a little uneasy being alone and reading about being constantly watched.

3. the glass castle – this book affirmed my love for the memoir. i loooove a good memoir. and this one was a great look at an oddly functioning, totally dysfunctional family.

4. a new earth – around the time oprah made this one big. life lessons on destruction of the ego and waking up to the bigger picture. little and big gems in this, i’m telling you.

5. the twentieth wife – what a magical and different time. i felt so immersed in this book and actually started to read it slower and slower as it came to a close beaucse i didn’t want it to end. thank god for the feast of roses.

6. eat pray love – another memoir. and such a good one. i’m definitely not the only one who thought so too. major bestseller, major motion picture. i bought copies of it for my moms one eid.

7. confessions of an economic hitman – eye opener to say the least. a little depressing, a lotta interesting, and so plausible and real. and when you think about it, really, it all makes sense.

8. bright shiny morning – this book made me want to move to california so freakin bad. my book club counterparts didn’t love this book as much as i did, but i think its because i’ve got a little west coast swag in me. it’s there. deep down.

9. if tomorrow comes – i devoured this book more than once. tracy whitney was hella cool to me as a teenager.

10. the shack – a touching and beautiful account of an interaction with god. papa has never been so familiar to me before and i loved it.

i realized as i was writing this list that i could go on an on.


so insha’allah i will share 10 more books every so often. let me know some of yours, too. i could always use a good recco. and i will be officially challenging a few of you on insta. so get ready!

also, isn’t this library a little too lovely for words? it’s hootie‘s house!


photo credit / julia lynn for domaine


shorts and a long coat

this list has been a long time coming. and i did it for you! yes, you. here are some links and things i’m feeling/craving/jones-ing this week.

have a happy weekend and be blessed.


1. fashion month is in full effect starting with new york and the streetwear is sometimes more exciting to me than the shows. maybe that has a little to do with the fact that i have not gone to a live fashion show in a while, but perhaps also to do with the fact that i love streetstyle photograpahy and personal style in general. some of my fave looks and shots from the street are from this current season and also from ones passed. check out more of my favourite style shots here.

giorgia-tordini_9-5-2014_garance-doreFour bloggers at Lincoln Center

2. i’ve really been wanting to see this show. maybe me and the husband will get a chance this run in toronto. (book of Mormon)

3. kismet is something else. so is instagram and blogging. and oddly enough it is the vehicle for many a fateful meeting. i feel like a i turned the corner and was meant to bump into this amazing lady. she is such an example of light, strength, realness and positivity. what she’s been through recently definitely resonates with me right about now.

4. this workshop is going to up your photo game. and bonus, well you might think so at least – I teach it! register now for the next class.

5. thinking of doing something like this for daani’s third birthday present. but I’m debating between a photo of her baby dolly katia or one of her and her real-life baby dolly niyya. what do you think?

6. her feed, her shop, her taste. drool-worthy. impeccably styled. just 👌. must a do shop girl feature on this homegrown, guelph talent.

7. adding this to my workspace pinboard for my above desk real-life pin board. confused? i am too. just a little bit.

8. mase watched this a few weeks back without me. i think i’m going to unwind with my feet up sunday night.

9. if you know me even a little bit you know I like my denim distressed. (see above photos and pinterest style board…) the more rips the better. here’s an awesome diy with tips from the pros at madewell for ya!

10. kinda want to eat this right now. who wants to share a plate?

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