Monday, 16 January 2017

6 Simple things to help you declutter!

With the ‘New year, new me’ mantra still reverberating in our ears, it's just the time to start new. And the first thing to hit the refresh button on is….your wardrobe? Nay! It’s that living space which sets a positive tone.

‘Decluttering’ helps regain your focus, kick off unnecessary stress and gives you a lot of room for newer, more exciting things.  Yayy! And cherry on the top is that being organized adds to your classy persona! So, let’s get you started with these six simple tricks that can work for about any family and in the tightest schedule.



1. Get everyone into the Groove


As you embark on a decluttering adventure, save yourself those hair tearing, nerve-racking moments by making sure everyone in the house shares your frequency. Yes, even that trouble maker who shamelessly dumps clothes on the floor, leaves dishes where they are and sneaks out before they meet your eye!




2. Delegate Tasks


Throw away your ‘super woman’ robe and stop being a sacrificial lamb NOW. ‘Division of Labor’ is the smartest way to go around as you can delegate tasks like sorting those ‘piles of files’ and that monstrous heap of clothes to dad and kids. Or hire help! Just be kind to your tiny fragile shoulders, please!


3. Involve Kids


Not only is it productive but it also inculcates some essential life skills in them. After all, if they can fiddle with those gadgets, they can pretty well make their beds too, right? Make it fun by having a game, a sibling’s competition or simply playing ‘Barney Clean-up’ song to get them on their toes.



4. Designate a place for everything


That jumble of newspapers, files, shoes, clothes and that useless collection of bric-a-brac sitting idly in your living room, need to have a dedicated place. Invest in smart organizers, spacious baskets, and portable closets to give them a home! 


5. Do little at a time


Decluttering will feel like a cumbersome task if you take it like one. Set smaller goals, focus on one area/ room at a time and make it a routine ritual to get more done in less time.  Little steps go a long way. 



6. Get rid of things you don't need


Being a hoarder never helped anyone! Toss, Donate, hand them down or Olx – create a breathing space for you and your house by getting rid of those extras. And for next time, buy only the utterly essential items. 





So folks, roll up those sleeves and get started already!
Best of luck for Mission Decluttering!!







Thursday, 22 December 2016

6 Goals to add to your 2017 Resolutions!

It's that time of the year when we slip into our party heels and celebrate the New Year’s Eve. Also the time to get a bit haunted by that weight machine index which has remained unaffected despite all our year start promises. But we love making them because what is a new year without some renewed annual vows, right?

Here are six simple and smart goals which are a must add to your 2017 resolutions list.

1. Opting for a healthy lifestyle

Pretending those 1000 calories per meal or that daily dose of a big fat juicy burger can help in achieving health targets will never work. And those size zero dreams should be buried where they belong i.e fashion magazines or runways. Thanks to all those gazillion food raids this year for tactfully diverting us to ammi kay hath ka khana again. 'Healthy' is trendy!



2. Sticking to your personal style statement

Did that designer monogrammed bag that you paid an arm and a leg for work any magic? Were you fidgeting all day in those ‘oh so trendy’ cut-out sleeves? Do you feel like a fashion fool while donning a certain style? Time to come out of the whirlwind of fashion trends and identify your personal style statement. 



3. Organizing yourself

Much to some people’s dismay, ‘sanu key’ is not the key that works to beat the competition, but ‘organizing right’ does. Plan your daily activities, prioritize right, stay away from distractions, figure out your triggers, bury that sloth six feet under and get set go. 2017 is about getting your act together. Period. 



4. Facing your Fears

Say 'Bye' to that comfort zone and do stuff that intimidates the hell out of you (except for facing a lizard of course :p). Swim with sharks or jump from a plane, confront an annoying person or try out that venture you always thought was too risky. This year, walk the less traveled but 'magical' path and do things that have scared you. 



5. Giggle and Laugh!

Laughter is not only therapeutic, it is contagious too. So spread some smiles, crack up whenever you can no matter how silly you look and be a source of joy for others.




6. Spending time with Friends and Family

Last but not the least, the daily grind of work life can brush aside our loved ones. Having witnessed some tragic losses last year, let's commit to spending quality time with those who really matter. The bonus outcome: no more taunting by friends for being snotty, biwi kay nakhrey over a forgotten special day or mama ki chappal for always being late! 



Happy 2017 folks! :)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Top 5 Picks to make a 'Colour' Story!

Colours are a power tool that can make or break your entire look and a ‘less is more’ fashion philosophy makes it easier to look stylish with the use of flattering cuts, patterns, designs and colours. Use our picks for the ‘it’ colours of the season to help you create a wardrobe that is up-to-date and chic. So is orange really the new black? Go through our TOP 5 colour picks below to find the answer ;)

1. Nifty shades of ‘Blue’


‘Blue’ is the talk of the town. Whether you are struggling through Monday blues or baby blues, there is a shade of blue just meant for you. To make a strong style statement, opt for Riverside, airy blue, cobalt blue and navy to give your wardrobe a whole new perspective.




Click here to purchase 'Leaf of Gold' and here for 'Snug Bug'.

2. Paint me ‘red’


Nothing lifts your look a notch higher like red does, even if it’s just a dash here and there. Powerful, mystical and classic, it’s a match made in heaven for our Asian skin tones. We just got lucky here! So flip your adventurous side up by going for Pantone’s ‘Aurora red’ which is a true fiery one with warm undertones, and paint the town red.




Click here to purchase 'Paint the town Red'.

3. Go ‘Green’!


Ladies, putting the patriotic connotation aside, we have all the more reason to wear forest green as we get a ‘green signal’ from leading runways. Time to dump those good old mints and pastels! Show your wild side by donning the colour in a shade inspired by botanicals, lush meadows and foliage. And let’s give this one a brownie point for playing soul-mate to all our favorite neutrals. Yay!



Click here to purchase 'Leafy Greens' and here for 'Beachy Waves'.

4. A pinch of ‘Mustard’


We have always counted on yellow to brighten up a dull, boring outfit and taking the ‘yellow fever’ a step higher now is this very exotic, spicy and zesty ‘gainday ka phool’ sort of shade. This ‘spicy mustard’ is so vibrant it has literally set the runways ablaze. Go head to toe or reflect in separates like a mustard bag, nail color, jacket or scarf; either way you won’t go wrong!



Click here to purchase 'Keyword'.

5. Neutral shades of ‘Taupe & Grays’


Remember that neutral friend in a conflicting situation? How reassured and comfortable they make you feel, in a classic, timeless manner! This gray area is exactly where this season’s favorite ‘warm taupe’ and ‘sharkskin’ fall. We can’t just help but love these as they are so easy to wear and easy to pair. For instance, how potent is the contrast of 'cobalt blue/ gray' or a 'taupe/ maroon'!




Click here to purchase 'Cover Story and here for 'Over it'.


So which of our top picks are you planning to indulge in this season?



Monday, 7 November 2016

Welcoming the Winter Wonderland!

Winters in Pakistan tend to be gloomier as compared to other parts of the world. We don't go through that exhilarating feeling upon seeing the entire country lit up with Christmas lights, embellished with glitzy ornaments and buzzing with melodious jingles wherever you go. We are also deprived of the luxury of 'centrally heated' homes and the ever-present 'gas shortage' takes its toll as well.

So amidst this entire dilemma, how does one ensure a fun-filled, rocking December? Here are 5 things you definitely should be doing!

1. Gear up for the 'shaadi' season

Our flashy and flamboyant 'shaadi' season which kicks off as soon as the last spell of heat diminishes, is nothing less than a grand Bollywood movie. A perfect answer to the holiday season celebrations. So how do you tackle that 'shaadi' mania?

Plan your mehndi/ shaadi joras at least 2-3 months in advance to avoid your darzis' and designers' tantrums. 

Source: Rahim Pardesi


Confirm your salon's bookings in advance as this is the place where hordes of women will flock in hope to look perfect for the wedding season.

Lastly, expect the unexpected i.e the guests from all corners of the globe. Get the deep cleaning of guests rooms done, hire some extra help, stock up on grocery and toiletries to avoid last moment embarrassments.


2. Flaunt it while you have it


Winter season comes, chills you to the bone and is gone by the time you adjust to it.
So without further ado, flaunt those ultra-trendy designer coats/ jackets, chic capes and smart ankle boots, before they find a place in a hidden corner of your wardrobe to be taken out only for a trip up north.


Source: Google Images

3. Focus on your skin care regimen

Winters are not only chilly, they are also very dry. Cracked lips and flaked skin is not a very pretty sight especially when you are already feeling super cold.

Source: Google Images

Your best bet is to invest on good moisturizers, sunscreens, humidifiers, socks and gloves, chap-sticks, lip balms and vaseline. Staying hydrated and eating power packed warm stuff will also keep you alert.

And lastly, as sad as it may sound, restrict those luxurious warm baths as they only add fuel to the fire when it comes to your dry skin.

4. Enjoy that 'layer of fat'

Because it wouldn't show underneath those multiple layers of clothing. One more reason to simply love the winter season! :D

Source: Google Images


Winter is just the right time for some cheat days or possibly even a cheat month! Also, the fact that you will be feasting on those delicious wedding meals, will make those diets fruitless anyways. So ditch those diets while you can, and embrace that secret layer of fat. After all, what is it that a smart-fit jacket can't hide? ;)

5. Savor those wintery delights

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Winter is the right time to munch on all that ' comfort food'. Picture yourself nibbling those roasted peanuts, being snuggled up in a warm and cosy blanket with a huge mug of freshly brewed coffee/ hot chocolate on your side table! Sounds divine right?

Dig out and try different recipes of soups, fish/ seafood and steaks. Oh and did we forget garma garam gajjar ka halwa? And that basket full of oranges on a bright sunny 'picnic' sort of day? Annar ka juice overload?

Last but not the least, throw a bonfire bash with a live BBQ served with some pink tea and some amazing melodious music to turn it into a perfect wintery night to remember.



Here's to a wonderful Winter season ahead!
Stay warm guys :)

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Ramzan Favourites

With Ramzan right around the corner, we feel it's the perfect time to look at some of the things that makes us appreciate this holy month the most! 

1. Shorter Work Hours




What's not to love about those three beautiful words? Yes, we know the day starts earlier than normal but it's still bearable when you know you can be home and down for a refreshing nap while the sun is still up and still have half the day left to be productive!

2. That scrumptious feast




Pakoras, samosas, chaat, fresh juices- everything we love but don't really have unless there's some special occasion, and of course Ramzan is that perfect occasion! With a great feast laid out to chomp down on (and gain a few extra pounds too!), it really makes us count our blessings and feel grateful, after all that's what this month is all about!

3. Sense of Community and Belonging



That feeling when the whole family sits down for a meal together? Priceless! Everyone is feeling thankful and appreciative to have the chance to share a meal we've been looking forward to the whole day, and that feeling is what captures the true essence of Ramzan!

4. Countdown to Eid!



And of course, Ramzan is the perfect reminder that our favourite holiday is just around the corner!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

5 Great Books For Your Summer Reading List!

What better way to avoid the killer heat this summer by staying indoors with a cool glass of lemonade and settling down with a great book! We've combined a list of books from different genres to make sure you get the best of everything, so knock yourself out!

1. Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne


Although it might not be a novel and nor is it written by our beloved J.K Rowling, the announcement of this stage play was a dream come true for all Harry Potter fans worldwide! The play is set to air in London this summer, and the script of the play is to be released in a book form the very next day, i.e 31st July 2016. Knowing the crazy fan following of the Harry Potter series, it's easy to say that this is  probably the most awaited book of the year!

 Set 19 years ahead of the conclusion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and based on the life of Harry and his youngest son Albus, this upcoming book just gives us Harry Potter lovers yet another reason to re-read the entire series again while we wait for the release!


2. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee


 


Even though it was released last year, this novel should definitely be on your reading list for it's a sequel to the classic  'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Although it was written before To Kill a Mockingbird, this book was published last year and revolves around the life of the beloved characters of Atticus and Jean-Louise "Scout" Finch, who is now in her late 20s, and their complicated relationship as Jean sees her fathers work interfere with her view of his morals and tries to grasp the world and its cruelties.

3. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


 

Of course it's important to explore different genres, since reading is all about looking into a whole different world beyond yours! The Power of Habit is another best selling self-help book which looks into scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and why some people struggle to change them and some do not. The author makes his case by presenting entertaining stories and case studies. All in all, the book is an entertaining read and presents the readers with good advice, backed up by factual evidence, on how to change their bad habits and why. 


4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


 

Who doesn't want to have an insight on the life of one of the smartest and  most successful men of our time? Written at the request of the man himself, based on over 40 interviews with him, and more than 100 interviews with his friends, family members colleagues etc, the book was released eleven days after the death of Jobs. Perhaps it was the timely release of the book that made it a hit, or simply
the brilliant writing as well as a detailed view of the life and achievements of Steve Jobs.


5. A Game Of Thrones: The Winds Of Winter by George R.R. Martin


 

Here's another one we can barely wait for! The sixth book of the series was set to release before it's season airs next month, but much to everyone's disappointment we were recently told that the great author has not yet completed it. So even though we have close to no idea when we will get to read this much awaited book, it should be on your reading list anyway for being super awesome!

A Game of Thrones has become a huge hit as a TV series as well as book series, with a great combination of fiction, action and thriller, these books have everything! While some are die hard fans of the show and others prefer the detail and thrill of the novels, it's close to impossible to not finish the series once you start, as well as anxiously wait for the next season/book! 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Pakistani Style Icons

In celebration of 23rd March, the iconic day on which the Lahore Resolution was passed in 1940, we have put together a list of some fabulous Pakistani Style Icons through the ages. They're legendary, classy, and their style is timeless and unforgettable for years to come!

1. Quaid-e-Azam



From his perfectly tailored suits, to his neat slick hairstyle, to his signature cigar, the father of our nation is top of the list for his sense of style amongst his other most impressive traits.Even when he slowly transitioned from this western attire to a more traditional one, the sleek sherwani and karakuli cap which came to be more commonly known as the Jinnah cap, he was still an epitome of a classic aristocratic appearance. So on this monumental day, here is a salute to the father of our nation!

2. Noor Jehan



A woman of many talents, no one can forget the Queen of Melody and her contribution to Pakistani music and cinema! Her iconic shimmery saaris, which she carried off with pure grace, often topped of with a choker neckpiece and her classic hairstyle, frequently ornamented with a flower on the side, are remembered by all who have ever heard of her.

3. Bunto Kazmi

 

Another classy lady with an original sense of style, Bunto Kazmi is famously known as a pioneer in the Pakistani fashion industry where her couture bridal pieces are endlessly gushed over. But what we love about Mrs Kazmi is her classic sense of style: a crisp shalwar and minimalistic kurta paired with a gorgeous printed shawl or scarf, plus that old world bun which executes elegance and sophistication like no other!

4. Imran Khan

 

Back in his sportsman days when he was a real heart throb known by his tousled hairstyle and open buttoned shirt, to his classic shalwar kameez and peshawari sandals today, Imran Khan too is top of the list when it comes to having a signature style! Not only does he have a certain charisma, he also carries off a suit with a finesse that most of our politicians lack!

5. Meesha Shafi

 

And last but not the least, we have the multi talented (and hot mommy!) Meesha Shafi who slays that rocker chick look like no other! Her personal style is experimental, out of the box and nothing but original. From statement sneakers for a casual look to a hot pair of spiked heels on the red carpet, someone is yet to carry out those outfits the way she does!