The Radford Salon: Toronto-based Hair & Makeup

If you’ve followed my blog from the start, you’ll know that I went on quite the journey to find a make-up artist for my big day! I started off by booking the renowned Toronto-based MUA Shirley Wu…only to realize a month before my wedding that I didn’t actually love her style, and then scrambled to find a make-up artist for my wedding. (You can read the full story and reviews of all of the MUAs I tried out for my wedding here).

I didn’t try a non-desi hair & MUA for my wedding make-up trials because I think you really need to have someone who understands the tricky dupatta-setting-on-hair part of our shaadi look, but for my friend’s recent wedding, I had my make up done at Radford, an upscale ($$$) salon in Yorkville. I just went back and had my hair cut by stylist Danae Selwood and coloured by Niki, and then went back again for my 30th birthday to have my hair styled by Danae and my makeup done by Emma Hewit.

I really liked Emma’s make up on me – she kept it really light (I hate heavy, heavy makeup!) and I really liked the shape of the lashes.

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And this was the hair that Danae styled, BEFORE, I got super sweaty from dancing lots haha. I told her I wanted big, big hair, and to basically make me look like Beyonce haha.

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If you feel like treating yourself (because they are pricey) or have a special occasion, I would definitely recommend going to Radford. The girls there are super sweet, and I definitely walked out feeling pretty (which is why you pay someone to do your hair and m makeup, right?!).

Toronto girls, what other hair and MUAs do you recommend – for bridal and non-bridal looks?


A Monday Night Valima

Hi Friends!

So, after a full wedding weekend in Washington, DC  – which btw, was one of the most gorgeous weddings I’ve attended thus far – I flew back to Toronto on Sunday night only to attend a Valima on Monday night! You know, as you do, lol. Plus, I have three more events in this week alone (when SM warned me that he had a big family, he was not lying!)

I wore one of my jahez (bridal trousseau) outfits to yesterday’s event that I had made when I was wedding shopping in the PK in 2013. It’s from Liberty and apparently a “Karma copy” as the Liberty store merchant proudly told me haha. Tbh, I don’t care what the brand name / label is, as long as the price is right and I like the way it looks.  In the liberty shops you can buy outfits like this as material with the kaam (work) already done on them, and then have it stitched by your tailor.

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Outfit – from Liberty Market, Lahore, Pakistan

Shoes – Michael Kors via the Bay

Purse – Gift from my MIL

Jewelry – my Valima set!

And so it begins!

In Canada, there is a saying: “it’s either winter, or construction.” While that is very true, so is this: in Canada, it’s either winter, or shaadi season.

Over the next eleven days, I have eight wedding events to attend. Nine including the event that I attended last week. Which of course leads directly to the: “what do I wear!?” dilemma!

I’m coming up to my three year wedding anniversary in August (how time flies!) and I still feel like I have some joras (outfits) from my wedding trousseau (aka jahez + bari) that I’ve only worn once or twice, or not at all. I’m definitely not one of those only-wear-an-outfit- once kinda girls, rather; I’m more of the ‘passay pura karni hai!’ mindset haha. (Translation: get your money’s worth!). That said, planning for all of these consecutive wedding events has been quite the challenge (also, because I’m still working on losing all of that post-shaadi weight, of which there were 40, yes, 40 lbs gained in total. I know, I know. I’ve lost half, but wow, has it ever been a struggle – that’s a whole other post.)

Anyway, this is what I wore recently to a friend’s mayoun (the traditional pre-wedding event), it was an outfit that my MIL brought back from Duabi or Pakistan last year. I felt like it was festive, but not too much, which by the way, I think is a thing – that girls in North America get way more dressed up for shaadi events than girls in Pakistan (Agree or disagree?) Don’t get me wrong, I like (tasteful) bling, but time and place, people!

How do you guys manage all of the outfits needed in shaadi season? And what are your go to places to shop, especially online?

P.S. I used the Miracurl to curl my hair – this is one device that is totally worth the $!

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Kurta – A shop in Dubai

Leggings – Nisha Linen / Nisha – Gerrard Street

Sandals – Anarkali Bazaar, Lahore

Choorian (Bangles)– Liberty, Lahore