Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Stunning Divas! Golden Globes 2014

2014 started off with a bang as all the stars gathered in LA for the first big event of the awards season. We are, of course, talking about the 71st Annual Golden Globes Awards!  The Hollywood A-List kicked off 2014 in style and graced the red carpet in stunning and ravishing silhouettes! Missed the action? Here is a red carpet recap of 3 looks we loved!

Margot Robbie in GUCCI – “The Glowing Goddess”

Gucci was a standout this season!

The Hollywood newbie and the "Wolf of Wall Street" star looked striking in this tight-fitting white Gucci dress with a rhinestone trim and a super high classy slit.

 Not only did her gown fit her like it was made for her, but she managed to show the perfect amount of skin. To top it off she went for a sleek side part and had her hair pulled back into a bun while she dazzled in emerald-green six inch killer heels to die for! Chic & sophisticated !

Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera – “Lady in Red”

This wonderful lady in red is none other than the famous “Love story” singer who has never failed to stun her audience with her phenomenal beauty and breath-taking ensembles.

 This young star appeared in a ravishing red gown with a black strap at the bust that complimented her delicate frame.The gown fanned out around her waist and buckled at the back. 

The star complimented the dress with a stunning beauty look as she rocked her signature red lip which really brought out the color of the dress! She wore her blonde hair in soft curls which added to the glam look of the night. Win-Win Taylor!

Emma Watson in Dior Couture  –“Red Alert”

The 23-year-old star Harry Potter star arrived at the Beverly Hilton hotel wearing a sweeping red dress with a sash belt tied at the side (we think red was the colour of the evening!) 

What really wowed the audience was when Emma turned her back and revealed that she was actually dressed in a backless number with black skinny trousers! Way to go Emma!

 She accessorized her look with navy blue strappy heels( same ones she wore on last year’s red carpet, unfortunately), dark red lips and one earring as she pouted for photographers. But despite that one thing was certain, she pulled it off with grace & style.

There were so many dazzling ensembles making their way up the red carpet on this star-studded event that it’s close to impossible for us to decide on our favorite looks. All the leading ladies looked phenomenal on the red carpet, but who do you think grabbed the “Lady of the evening” title? Do let us know!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

3 Best Ways of Making Hot Chocolate!

Brrrr...It’s cold! With dark, grey clouds blotting out the morning sun here in Pakistan and the polar vortex running amok over the US, we wanted to give everyone a break from the cold and share some rather delicious recipes with you all. Nothing says ‘comfort’ quite like a mug of delicious hot chocolate and a good book while you nestle on that comfortable sofa next to the fireplace.

Below are three different ways of making this heavenly delight! 


Method 1
Chocolate Bars
Method 2
Cocoa Powder
Method 3
Chocolate Syrup
170 g of solid chocolate chunks
2-3 spoons of unsweetened powdered cocoa
4 tablespoons of Chocolate Syrup
1 tablespoon of sugar
2-3 tablespoons of sugar
Canned whipped cream
1 cup milk
1 cup milk
1 cup milk
Cream (optional)
Optional flavorings: vanilla, whipped cream, wafers, sprinkles ,chocolate shavings,mint
Optional flavorings: vanilla, whipped cream, wafers, sprinkles, chocolate shavings, mint
Optional flavorings: vanilla, whipped cream, wafers, sprinkles ,chocolate shavings,mint


Method 1: Chocolate bars

1.       Obtain a good quality chocolate bar from the market and break it into smaller chunks
2.       Place a small pot of water on high heat and put a metal bowl on top. Add the chocolate and stir until fully melted.
3.       Add cream at 1:1 to the chocolate and stir, effectively making a ganache.
4.       Add any additional flavorings to the ganache while stirring in the cream.
5.       Using the boil method should make it more difficult to burn your chocolatey goodness, but be careful with the bowl as it will get hot!
2.       Add milk, whisking continuously.Garnish with whatever you wish, such as mint leaves, cinnamon sticks, or whipped cream, it's going to be delicious!

Method 2: Cocoa powder

1.       Take cocoa powder ,sugar and a little water in a pan and whisk until perfectly combined over medium heat. Be sure to use hot water only.
2.       Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil. Stop stirring, reduce the heat to medium low, and let the mixture boil for 2 minutes.
3.       Add flavorings at this point.
4.       Slowly add in the milk, stirring to blend. Heat the cocoa until it's very hot, but do not allow it to boil.
5.       Serve it up!

Method 3: Chocolate syrup

This method is our ultimate favorite!

1.       Put four tablespoons (or to taste) of Hershey chocolate syrup in a cup.
2.       Squirt in whipped cream to about halfway up the cup. If there is no whipped cream available, powdered sugar and vanilla extract works just as well.
3.       Mix the whipped cream and chocolate together with a spoon.
4.       Add hot milk of your choice to the above mixture and stir thoroughly with a spoon.
5.       Add whipped cream on top applying in a circular motion ending up with a very pretty mini mountain.
6.       Using a spoon dipped in the chocolate syrup drizzle over the whipped cream.
7.       Finished. Sip slowly while you enjoy your favorite TV show.

So there you have it; three ways of making the perfect winter beverage. We hope this post had been informative for all the chocoholics reading this. Do try out the recipes and let us know how your chocolate treat turned out, we’d love to hear from you!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Lights, Camera, Sparkle!

Let’s begin with wishing a very "Happy New Year" to all of the wonderful people out there. 2014 just stepped in and yes its getting chillier with each passing day! The cold wave has taken over the country but stepping out cannot be avoided so we've come up with a way to glam you up this winter.

A new year means a fresh start, so we decided to mix and match a few accessories and cosmetic products with this beautiful formal shirt by Daaman, ideal for the night out with family and friends.Below is what we have in mind for a drop-dead-diva look.

  1. NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red :This season we are fixated on bright and bold pouts. The lipstick that we have selected is NYX Matte in Perfect Red  , highly pigmented , long lasting with pure matte finish. Perfect shade to make your lips pop.

  1. Gold & Coloured Stone Earrrings:
These dangly burgundy stoned chandelier earrings are essential to complete the look you are going for.Wear your hair in a stylish updo to show off these stunners!
  1. Crystal Embellished Satin Pumps:
Stilettos’ are an absolute must-have for every girl on this planet. Covered in light reflecting micro-crystals, these shoes make an elegant statement.

  1. MAC Eye Kohl:
The idea here is to line the eyes with a soft eye liner pencil that glides on smoothly for a silky smooth matte/pearl finish.

 Line your upper and lower lash-line with sufficient amount of kohl to make them prominent though we wouldn’t recommend a cat eye look or a winged eye liner with this pencil, for such looks you can always use gel or liquid eye-liners.

  1. Baked Eye-Shadow Palette By E.L.F :
The baked eye shadow palette that we have selected here is by E.L.F but obviously you can use any good- quality eye shadow. Keep the eye shade a little nude and brown because we already have a prominent lip shade.

  1. Rebbeca Minkoff Leather Metallic Shoulder Bag:
Don’t we all have a secret craving for Shoulder bags?! Yes we do. A gold shoulder bag would add glamour and finesse to the entire look.

  1. Guerlin Cils Denfer Maxilash Mascara
Now what we need here is a product to create a maximum volume curl and hold, yes girls apply a heavy dose of this magic on outer edges of the top and bottom lashes for an intense, provocative and hypnotic look.

  1. Nail Enamel By NARS In Oxblood Red:
Rose tinted lips are incomplete without a fancy nail paint ladies. And since oxblood red has dominated the FALL 2012 runways with its gorgeous mixture of burgundy and scarlet we want you to check out this vampy nail polish and tint your fingertips with the dramatic shade.

We've reviewed quite a few products here but if applied in the right quantity and manner paired with a beautiful smile would definitely stun everyone you meet! Hope you enjoyed our review and please leave your valuable comments behind, stay tuned for more!