Babymoon Essentials + Bora Bora Travelgram

In this world of social media and Pinterest, celebrating every milestone to the fullest is becoming more of a norm than a novelty. Me, being the perpetually extra person that I am, have absolutely no complaints about this new age of gender reveals, babymoons, and push presents! Waseem and I have traveled quite a bit since getting married four years ago but a dream babymoon was something I just had to have IRL. Waseem really is my best friend. One night it clicked in both of our heads that soon.. we won’t be able to spontaneously jump in the car at 1am for snacks or have random 90s dance parties for two in our living room (shhh.. the baby’s sleeping!). As much as we’ve wanted and prayed for this baby.. the era of just us is coming to an end. We just needed one last hurrah before two becomes three.

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Our Baby Shower

Happy hump day! I am so excited to share with you some photos from our baby shower this past weekend! It was beyond perfect and exceeded every expectation I had :’) It was such a beautiful afternoon with family & friends celebrating our baby girl – who is almost here, God willing!

Btw my dress is from WantMyLook – use code IRENE for discount!

Let’s get on with the photos :)

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’00s Bollywood Makeup Tutorial

Hi loves! I was a part of an awesome collab on YouTube earlier this month for Pohela Boishakh which is the Bengali New Year! Me and three of my Bengali YT girlfriends created makeup looks for the holiday and I kind of love where it went.. traditionally Bengali women will rock their white & red sarees for for Boishakh but we each ended up doing our own personal festive style! I was inspired by pastel colors and glossy lips of the early 2000s, my look gave me all the Rani Mukerji feels and I loveee how it turned out! Unintentional correlation but fun fact: Rani happens to be [Indian] Bengali, woop!

Enjoy the tutorial, all products are listed below! xo

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Mima Xari Stroller Unboxing

Skurt skurtttt! Baby’s first set of wheels have arrived, thanks to Mima! And what a beautiful ride she’s received, guaranteed to turn heads everywhere we go (once she’s here of course, God willing!). I was browsing Nordstrom online several months back when I started putting together my baby registry / shopping list and kept seeing this gorgeous stroller on my recommended items sidebar. The Mima Xari — not only had I never seen this stroller before, I’ve never even seen one like it! The design is so minimal and sleek. It’s gorgeous in every single color but the Camel stood out to me the most as its so unusual for baby-gear and gave me all the vintage luggage feels! I could also picture my husband pushing it and looking extra dapper *heart eyes* !

Check out the whole post to see this baby in all it’s glory!

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Chanel 31 Rue Cambon, Paris + Unboxing

It’s always been on my bucketlist to purchase a Chanel in Paris so during our little weekend trip last week I asked my husband to choose a boutique while I finished getting dressed. A little googling led him to decide for us to visit the location at 31 rue Cambon, which happens to be the original Chanel boutique.. the flagship, the mothership! Coco Chanel even once lived in the apartment upstairs. We popped in less than an hour before closing and it was still pretty busy in there, lots of tourists buzzing around making their Chanel purchases. We waited in line for a few minutes before a kind woman grabbed us to help. I can’t say it enough that everyone working at this boutique was so friendly! Something I usually don’t experience at designer boutiques in the US and I seriously thought that attitude would be on ten in Paris. Thinking back though.. I made my first Louboutin purchase in Paris years ago and they were also much nicer than any Louboutin boutique I’ve been to at home (agh especially Chicago!). Maybe I just have great luck in Paris!

I came in with a good idea of what I was looking for, so it was a very quick process for her to pull options for me. I was looking for a wallet-on-chain in caviar leather or patent leather – in a neutral color. I narrowed it down to classic black with gold hardware and a nude le boy with what looked like champagne hardware.. it wasn’t quite gold or silver. Waseem wanted me to go with the boy but it’s so hard for me to stray from a black & gold combo, and I just love classic designs. It took me a couple years to even appreciate the newer le boy style & I even own one in a loud electric blue patent leather but… classics will always have my heart! My lambskin double flap gives me so much grief because I hate how soft the leather is so I was long overdue on something black & in caviar leather anyways.

All the other shoppers were sipping on champagne as they made their purchases but me being the child that I am enjoyed a cold can of pop while I checked out lol! From start to finish it was such a lovely experience shopping at Chanel Cambon and what is extra unique about this location is that they have exclusive packaging. Every boutique in the world uses black boxes/bags but the flagship location perfectly wraps everything in white! If you ever buy a pre-loved Chanel and it comes in its original white box, you’ll know it came from the iconic Cambon location. Very cool!

Don’t forget your passport so you can get a VAT refund when you leave Europe! I forgot mine but luckily I always have a scan of it handy on my phone and they were nice enough to accept that! Even without the tax refund, my WOC was cheaper in Paris than in the US; but with the tax refund it really was a great deal (about $1600 vs $2100+tax)! I kind of wish I splurged on something bigger.. ah well, next time! :)

Shop Pre-Loved Chanel WOCs:

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