Friday, December 14, 2012

Tragedy strikes on innocent children.

We would like to give our condolences to the parents who lost their innocent children and the community of Newton. School should be a safe haven for children and we should never have to be worried about whether or not our children will return from school.

We encourage everyone to keep the families of the innocent children and adults killed in the elementary school in your prayers and thoughts. And also, do not forget those children in other parts of the world, such as Syria, Gaza and Burma, who are in suffering and being murdered by tyrants everyday. 

We hope that this is a wake up call for our country to take charge and make some important changes. The line must be drawn.

To learn more about the tragedy in Newton, read this article.
To read our views on gun law changes, read this blog post.

Hera and Naz

Friday, December 7, 2012

mustard lovin.

Fall-ify your summer skirts with mustard cardigans. Who can say no to a little mustard in their life? And to warm up this look for the winter, throw on some opaque tights or leggings with cute booties.

Mustard cardigan - Forever 21
Navy skirt - Forever 21

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Movie Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Jab Tak Hai Jaan has everything one would expect a Yash Raj film to have: Shahrukh Khan, a gorgeous heroine, a dramatic climax, beautiful songs, and a happy ending. However, the romance, the biggest part of any Yash Raj film, was missing. Allow me to explain.

This film starred Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma. The film was essentially a love story between Khan and Kaif. Yash Chopra did a fantastic job in direction and portraying the story. However, the flaw was in the writing and story. Aditya Chopra, who’s been known to direct many classic Yash Raj films, such as Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, wrote the story of Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Expecting a classic storyline, I was left very disappointed.

To read the rest of this review, visit Brown Girl Magazine.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


The key to the perfect pair of sparkly pants is subtleness. These pair of pants have just the right amount of gold sparkle. The neutral color makes them easy to wear during day or night. Throw on a leopard print scarf, a lacy cardigan and a great handbag, and you're ready to shine bright like a diamond (lame Rihanna reference).

Gold, glitter pants - Allen B

Friday, November 16, 2012

Shout out to my brother

My brother recently started blogging for a class and he's been begging me all week for a shout out. Here you go, Zaid. Now leave me alone. :)

Show him some love!


Monday, November 12, 2012

peter pan

Occasionally, I like to take advantage of my pretty roommate and use her as a model. Alyssa likes to keep things simplistic, but classy. Here's a great example of how you can make a simple concept, such as jeans and a tee, and dress it up. Take advantage of the peter pan collar trend! They add a little class to what would otherwise be a simple top.


Top - Forever 21
Skinnies - Forever 21
Heels - Charlotte Russe

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Cappuccino Series: Episode 2

After a week of craziness, we finally found the time to go on another hunt to find the perfect cappuccino.

This time we visited Hubbard & Cravens Coffee and Tea in Carmel. This place was located in the cutest, prettiest area of Carmel (which is basically like all of Carmel....kidding not kidding). And the inside was even prettier. We loved the environment and feel of this place! It was so well decorated and set up. It was very contemporary, but very rustic at the same time. They had these cool, see-through plastic chairs with wooden tables that looked like just a giant slab of wood. Basically, the atmosphere was amazing and if I could, I would live there.

Carmel swag. Source: Naz's Instagram (@nazday)
See, I wasn't lying. Source: My Instagram (@heraspeaking)
Now let's talk about their coffee, because that's what this post is supposed to be about. I ordered their cappuccino (duh). It came in a nice little mug, which sat on a little saucer, and the best part, they even gave me a spoon. I feel like I used too many commas in that sentence; oh well. The cappuccino was delicious! It was extremely creamy with just the right amount of coffee and steamed milk. I love the froth in cappuccinos and lattes. Scooping the froth up with my spoon was too satisfying. Probably one of my top favorite cappuccinos of all time.

Looking at these photos are making me crave it again.
Naz got the espresso here. From what she told me, it was fantastic; the perfect size for such a strong drink. And it came in a little cute red cup and saucer, so it was almost impossible to not love.

All in all, we were thoroughly impressed and satisfied with Hubbard & Cravens. Definitely a great place for all coffee lovers to visit. And they also carry tea, so tea lovers should also check it out. 

Peace, homies.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Movie review: 'English Vinglish'

Spoiler Alert: I don't intentionally spoil things, but I've been told that sometimes I give too many things away on accident. So this is my warning to you. Read on at your own risk. 

Sridevi makes a wonderful comeback into Indian cinema after 15 years with this film! The film is a light-hearted story, fantastically written and directed by Gauri Shinde.

I won't go into too much detail about the plot because I don't want to end up giving everything away, but basically, this story is about a housewife, played by Sridevi, who feels belittled by her husband and children because she doesn't know how to speak English. In order to gain some respect for herself, she secretly starts attending English classes, and the movie takes you through her journey.

English VinglishI loved the way the movie was directed. It lasted about two hours, but there was not one moment where I felt bored. I never felt the movie was being unnecessarily stretched out, which is very RARE in Bollywood. The dialogue was so perfect. There was just the right amount of comedy, drama, happiness and sadness. Each of the characters were so unique, that you grew attached to each one of them as the movie progressed. The characters were very unique and real.

Now let's talk more about Sridevi. She looked absolutely stunning. So beautiful. And her acting was GREAT. In fact, while watching the movie, I forgot I was watching Sridevi. She beautifully became her character and she never let go. She was so timid throughout the movie, which was perfect for her character of a traditional housewife.

Have I said the words perfect and beautiful enough yet?

There wasn't much music in the film. The few songs that were present were kinda bizarre but they worked well as background sound. Nothing I would download on my iPod to listen to in my free time or while doing homework, etc.

All in all, this movie is great. It puts a big smile on your face. So gather your parents, siblings, friends, etc. and go watch this film! It will not disappoint. Oh, and the best part, no awkward moments whatsoever. You can finally watch a film with your parents and/or kids, stress-free.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Blazers mean Business

Hey guys,

Check out my latest fashion post at Brown Girl Magazine! Show them some love on Twitter and Facebook :)

I've uploaded a couple more photos on this post!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

structured shoulders make me feel glam

Hello lovelies!

So it's been FOREVER since we've done a fashion post. We just never got a chance to go out and have a photo shoot. I finally found some time this past weekend and I thought I'd bring you a night photo shoot since we haven't done one yet.

I'm super excited about this outfit because I absolutely love this dress. It is a cheetah print (shocker) dress that very bold, structured shoulders! The reason I bought the dress was for its shoulders. The shoulders take this somewhat of a simple dress to a whole new level. Structured shoulders are a great way to give any plain dress an edge look, and I felt quite glamorous.

Since the dress was so bold with the shoulders and the print was pretty vibrant, I kept the accessories simple. I threw on some rings and couple of bangles. I decided to wear the black ankle boots instead of heels to keep the look edgy.

This is a great nighttime, "going out" look! The dress is super comfy and because of the boldness of the dress, you don't even need that many accessories!

Let me know how you would style this dress! Don't forget to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter/Instagram (@heraspeaking, @nazday).

Thanks for reading, dolls!



Wednesday, September 12, 2012


On September 11, 2012, an American ambassador, Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans were killed in Libya at the US Embassy.

I, a Muslim American, condemn this action and do think that those responsible for committing this crime should be punished.

Many are saying the reason this crime was committed was because it was an act of protest against an anti-Islam movie made here in the US. I’m not going to go into the details of what the movie is about or what it’s called because I don’t want to bring attention to it. I don’t think it’s appropriate to make any sort of movie or documentary that insults any religion.

We Americans are quick to blame to others for actions committed against us. We are quick to blame anyone and anything beside ourselves. I’ll admit, I have an ego about being American. I think this country is amazing and I honestly wouldn’t ever want to live anywhere else.

... To read the rest of this article, check out Brown Girl Magazine.

Thanks for reading and share your opinions!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DIY: Instagram wall

About a month ago, I discovered this web site called Printstagram. This company prints your Instagram photos and they offer a variety of products. You can get a t-shirt, a little book, poster, stickers, or even just simple square prints. When I found the web site, I got really excited because the products they had seemed very cool to me. 

To determine the quality of the products they offer, I ordered a set of 24 square prints. I got to choose which photos on my Instagram account I wanted to print. A few weeks later, my prints came in and let me just say, I am in love with them. They turned out better than I expected and I immediately started to brainstorm how I wanted to display them.

I came up with this idea of an Instagram wall. Instead of spending a lot of money and buying a frame for each print (I had 24 prints...that's a lot of frames), I came up with a cool, retro-ish way to display the prints without breaking the bank. 

Here's what you'll need:
  • Jewelry wire (you can find this at any craft store)
  • Scissors
  • Clothespins
  • Thumb tacks
  • And of course, your Instagram prints

So the first step is to determine how the arrangement of your prints. I had 24, so I decided I was going to have four rows of six prints. Once you've determined that, take a tack and put in on the wall where you would want your row of photos to start.  Take your jewelry wire (it comes in lots of colors; I just picked black because I liked it best) and wrap the end of it tightly around the tack a couple times.

Next, determine how long you want your row to be and straighten out the jewelry wire to that length. The wire is not going to be completely straight. There will be bends and uneveness in the wire, but I think that gives it more character. After you've determined the length, cut the end with the scissors. Repeat the first step with the second tack. Now you should have one row of wire. Next take your Instagram print and hang it on the wire using a clothespin.

Keep adding the photos on there until you reach the end of the row.

Repeat the process with as many prints you have or how ever many rows your want, and voila! You're done! Easy way to display your photos in a kinda artsy, cool way.

I love Instagram because it gives me an excuse to pretend to be an "artsy photographer" when in reality I'm not, and this was an awesome way to display my "artsy" Instagram shots. If you have some memorable Instagram shots that you would like to print out to keep, definitely check out Printstagram. 

Also, you don't have to use just Instagram photos to do this! This is a great way to display some of your favorite family photos, etc. without breaking the bank and buying a bunch of frames.

Let me know what you think of this! 

Til next time,

P.S. Don't forget to follow me and Naz on Instagram (@heraspeaking @nazday)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Breaking fast with my man, Mitch

Last evening (Aug. 16th), I attended an event that usually happens every year at the Indiana State House. Our wonder governor, Mitch Daniels, hosts an iftar for the Muslim community in Indiana at the State House. This was the first time my family and I attended this event. Since this is the governor's last iftar before he is done with his term, I thought there wouldn't be a better opportunity to meet him in person.

When I walked into the State House, I literally felt like I was in a movie. If you haven't ever visited a government building in your city, I'd say it's definitely worth a walk through. While waiting for Governor Daniels to enter, I admired the architecture and art in the building. There's really so much history in these kinds of structures and it's such a cool environment to be in.

Finally, the governor walked in and people were kind of standing around him. My dad and I joined the small crowd of people around him and he attended to each one, giving everyone some time to chit chat. 

I got my turn and had a short conversation with him about school, etc. He was extremely kind and very attentive! I've never had any complaints with Mitch Daniels because he has been so good to Indiana and its people. I always assumed he was one of those politicians that was a good guy in real life. Having even that small conversation with him confirmed my assumption. 

Soon after, it was time for the program to begin. We heard from many people, including Mitch Daniels of course. Unfortunately, he couldn't stay the whole night (sadface), but even for the short time that he was around, it was a nice experience. I really appreciate his efforts to get to know all the different communities in Indiana, and I hope that the next governor continues with this tradition.

Overall, I had quite the pleasant evening and I felt pretty cool with my formal attire and the super historic, movie-like environment. Below are some pictures from the evening. Enjoy! And let me know if you've ever been to a similar event where you met important people and felt important as well.

Thanks for reading, 

Instagwam: @heraspeaking

More architecture!
+10 points for the pink tie
lalala waiting for my turn

speech time
I didn't get a full outfit shot, but for those wondering, here's a glimpse of what I was wearing!

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