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!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

4 Kinds Of People You Find At Every Desi Wedding

No better season than wedding season right? Wrong! With some event or the other every night, our outfits are running out and so is our ability to keep down all that greasy food! We've all been to at least one wedding the past month, and no desi wedding is complete without certain people that we find at every wedding!

1. Aunties

There is no escaping those dreaded aunties, with that deep analysing stare that evaluates you from head-to-toe before they walk up to you with a wide fake smile and try to make small talk to see how suitable you might or might not be for their handsome son who just did his Masters in ABC and is now working at XYZ bank in Dubai.

2. Drunk Uncle 

EVERY family has that one embarrassing uncle who makes it obvious that he's had one too many to drink when he starts busting some killer moves on the dance floor, much to the shock of his embarrassed family!

3. Dancing Armies

While Mehndis are supposed to be the fun and entertaining part of a wedding, there will always be that one sister/brother of the bride/groom who has taken command of their dancing army and is taking their job way too seriously by busting some seriously strange moves on the floor!

4. The Happy Couple

And last, but not the least, there is the not so happy couple who is just trying to keep a grin plastered on their faces so the photographer they paid for can get them some nice new candid display picture, while they pretend to care about the guests who they have probably never even seen before!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

2015- The Year Of The Revival Of Pakistani Cinema

Things for Pakistani cinema have seemed to be going up hill ever since the super hit Na-maloom Afraad in 2014, and boy are we glad about that! Here's looking back at some of the super hit movies we loved from 2015, and to hoping for many more!

1. Shah


Perhaps the best thing about Shah was the fact that it was based on the real story of a Pakistani Olympian boxer, who started his life on the streets of Lyari as a homeless child and went on to become the only Pakistani boxer to win an Olympics medal. Shah was highly commended by critics for being carried out without a song, melodramatic plot or any high-profile cast and still achieving what it has today!

2. Moor

Moor, meaning mother in Pashto, introduces a simplistic storyline about family values and principles that is unraveled while keeping the audience hooked throughout. With great cinematography and some gorgeous scenic shots of our snow-capped mountains, this movie highlighted the lost livelihood in Balochistan in a breathtaking and emotional journey. Not only was the story beautifully told without being pretentious or preachy, but also put across the moving concept of loving your motherland.

3. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani

Revolving around three couples and the confusion and mishaps that take place in the men's lives, this movie had a completely different genre from the other two, yet with its senseless comedy and hilarious characters it was a comical hit! Despite the fact that the storyline was quite similar to many Bollywood movies we have all seen, an entertaining plot, good actors and catchy songs made this movie fun to watch. Just goes to show that our Pakistani cinema can be an all-rounder no matter what sort of movie we produce! 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Fabrics To Keep You Warm And With The Trends!

For us Pakistanis summer is pretty much the only season we see all year round, so when winter arrives we're caught by surprise as to what we should be wearing that will suit our climate AND sense of style! But you don't have to worry anymore, we've got you covered! Quite literally :)

1. Twill Viscose

This  fabric is derived from a natural plant fibre and has the perfect feel and fall that you’re looking for this season! The twill fabric is recognized by its diagonal pattern which is a result of its unique weave, making it the go-to fabric to keep you warm and up to trend! And a great plus point: when dyed or printed, the colours on this fabric stand out as gorgeous as ever to make you shine! 

2. Khaddar

That warm fabric we all know and love too well! With a lovely feel, and yet another unique weave giving this 100% cotton fabric a gorgeous texture for a home spun feel! The prints and colours on this fabric come out beautifully making it perfect for winter!

3. Heavy Cotton


Cotton is a year round favourite, and our heavy cotton is perfect for casual outfits this chilly season! It's the best choice for  daywear and structured cuts!

Friday, 11 December 2015

How To Make The Perfect Hot Chocolate In 5 Minutes

It's the season of cold nights and warms drinks! A cup of creamy hot chocolate is a must have at the end of a long tiring day, just as you get settled in your bed. And of course we all want a quick fix, so here's our take on how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate within 5 minutes!

Warm a cup of milk on the stove on a low flame, but don't let it boil.

Instead of adding cocoa, this recipe simply requires a bar of your favourite chocolate! Personally we love the Cadbury Bubbly as its extra soft and creamy, but any other chocolate will work just as well! After all, there are no restrictions when it comes to chocolate!

So add a medium sized bar of your chocolate of preference, plus a pinch of salt to enhance the flavour. Keep stirring constantly for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat, add half a teaspoon of vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon for an extra delicious touch!
Pour in a mug and you have your hot chocolate ready to serve in just 5 minutes!