It was an extra special birthday celebration for popular Suria actress-host Huda Ali this year.
When she turned 29 on March 23, she also launched her dream project LalooLalang - an online multi-label fashion and shopping portal for budding retailers and fashion labels
And today, the project will launch its first bazaar, held over three days at The Ballroom@East Coast.
Huda told The New Paper: "The support has been overwhelming - 90 per cent of the booths were snapped up within three days. I am so nervous and excited that I can't sleep."
Her husband, local actor Den Sabari, 35, teased: "She's like a 'mak pengantin' (Malay for bride's mother). This is like her second baby."
The couple, who tied the knot in 2010, have a two-year-old daughter, Leia Qaseh.
With their schedules packed, they have yet to find time to prepare for the upcoming Hari Raya festivities.
"I usually leave my Baju Raya to her. My usual style is T-shirt and jeans. But Huda will go big on colours like orange and prints," said Den.
"I can wear stripes with a different pattern, no problem. I think his wardrobe has become more adventurous since he married me," she said with a laugh.
Year after year, new Hari Raya trends may emerge, but the couple are firm sticklers for tradition.
"It gets simpler and simpler each year. When I had Leia, I wore a kebaya so that it was easy for me to nurse. The year after, she started walking so we both needed to wear something that made it easier for us to chase her and run around. For me, that means no more stilettos," said Huda.
The family also prefers matching colours, so Huda and Leia's clothes will match Den's kain samping.
This year, Huda's festive attire, which includes this black get-up by Malaysian label ButtonMyButtons, is more or less decided.
But an outfit-less Den, who is wearing a traditional kurta bought from Chennai here, remains cool, saying: "Usually I find it at the last minute. Guys are simple, no stress!"
For relaxed family outings to kid-friendly places like the zoo and playgrounds, the couple opt for jeans or joggers, comfortable tops, like these custom-made LalooLalang T-shirts, and sneakers.
It comes with having a toddler in tow.
"Now that we have Leia, I'm mostly in comfortable clothes so that it is easy to move around," Huda said.
Bold patterns and vibrant colours are usually out in full force when the couple dress up for special occasions. Huda, who is wearing a Soda Gembira skirt and an Xcess_ATP statement necklace, also likes to co-ordinate outfits for her laidback hubby.
Said Den, who is wearing an outfit from Topman: "To be honest, I don't understand what she wants so I leave it up to her to choose.
"It's always about colours and prints and if she thinks it suits me, I will agree. I might think an outfit looks questionable, but it's always fine when I put it on."
Huda joked: "No one understands me! Once, I bought him a floral top. He stared at me and asked, 'Whose is this? You want me to wear this and dance dangdut (Indonesian song-and-dance genre)?'"
The loving pair admit that it has been a while since their last date.
Huda said: "Even if we go out, we settle errands."
Den piped up: "That's why I hope to do more work behind the scenes, to spend more time with the family. Date nights have now become outings with married friends and their children. Leia tags along on our dates, too."
They adopt a casual look for dates, with Huda swopping sneakers for the rare heels for anniversaries or birthdays.
This article was first published on July 03, 2015.
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