Happy Easter & Sizdah Bedar

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I hope that everyone enjoyed their Easter holiday this weekend.  Easter means different things to different people.  To many it is a very religious holiday, and Sunday morning is spent at Mass.  For others it’s about decorating Easter eggs, and time spent with family.  For many children, it’s about finding the most eggs or getting the biggest basket.

For my family Sunday was a celebration of two holidays.  For Persians, Sunday was the celebration of the coming of Spring.  The Persian New Year is actually 13 days long, and ends with a celebration in the park called Sizdah Bedar.  Sizdah is the Persian word for 13.  Friends and family gather together at the park with tons of food and music.  One major destination for Sizdah Bedar is in Orange County.  Learn more about the festivities here.

My family and I abstained from visiting one of the overcrowded parks, and instead opted to stay local.  Of course my aunts still made kabob in the park, but we hunted for Easter eggs as well.  I think one of the most amazing things about my family is how they were able to keep their cultural traditions while embracing American culture.  It has given me an extra identity, instead of a lost one.  I am very appreciative to be able to take part in wonderful traditions from both cultures.

No matter how you celebrated, I hope that you celebrated with loved ones! Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

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Hot Spring Buys

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March may be coming to an end, but there are still a few more weeks of Spring time to enjoy before you have to get into a bikini.  Spring time is always a beautiful time for nature.  Everywhere I go I see trees blossoming, with beautiful flowers of pink and purple.  It’s also causing my allergies to go haywire.  Always remember to take some type of allergy medication (Claritin, Zertec, etc) before heading out to enjoy the natural beauty of Spring.

Spring time is also a lovely time for fashion.  Pretty floral prints are abundant, and pastel colors are in.  Walk into any store during Spring, and you will find items in mint, soft pink, and pastel purple all around.  The weather begins to warm up, so you can ditch your heavy coats, and show some leg.  Trouble with that is, your legs might not be in the best shape after a winter of comfort foods.

That is why some of my hot buys for this Spring included items that will help me get in shape for the summer months.  Here are my hot buys for Spring 2013:

 

Under the Sea

I love the sea.  The blue hues of the water, the pink and peach tones of the coral, the color combos have always been a favorite of mine.  This next outfit was inspired by the sea.  The necklace can be found at Express in stores and online.  The shirt can also be found at Express in stores currently.  The skirt is from H&M, but no longer in stores, but check out these peach colored options at Polyvore.

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