Top 5 must try looks this winter!

18 Dec


Published in Pakistan Today’s Lounge Magazine

If you haven’t yet had the chance to survey this year’s winter collection .Then fear not! This is your guide to the next shopping spree. The local brands have out done themselves in producing one of the best winter collections I have seen in the last few years. However the one brand worth mentioning is Break Out, their winter material is soft wool with very up to date styles. You can easily find the following pieces at local brand shops anywhere in Pakistan.

Look 1- The cozy sweater

Pair up an over sized sweater with skinny’s and boots and you are all set for the day. This outfit is comfortable as well as stylish add accessories to it like a handbag and a wrap around the neck to complete the look!

Look 2- The Blazer

Try the basic jeans with a sweater vest or top and add layer to the outfit with a waist length blazer. If you want to make this outfit semi formal wear heels with it. This look is the latest chic style of elegance in women. You can accessorize it with a long light necklace and a hand clutch.

Look 3- Patterned Sweater or Sweat Shirt

Try patterned sweaters and sweatshirts , the pattern could be from stripes to checks and diamond. Pair them up with a woolen pants or jeans.

Look 4- Add a standout colour

Red Hot red in cold winter is the colour to add to any outfit but the trick is in how not to overdo it. You can wear an all black grey or white outfit and then add bright coloured scrafs, gloves or hats to the outfit.You can also add shoes or bags of such colours.

Look 5- Balance out the volume

Mega loop scarves are so in right now. Offset their bulkiness with a fitted jacket and skinny pants.

 

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An apple a day keeps the pimple away!

18 Dec

Apples are available throughout the year, but they get juicer and vibrant as the sun increases its share of UV rays towards our part of the world. These UV rays not only enrich the apples but also the inclination of skin problems. After a tiring day out in the sun, be it shopping or work, your skin deserves a lavish treatment. To keep skin fresh and glowing even in the heat apples can do wonders! They contain sugar, tannin, organic acids and pectin which nourishes, moisten, soften and renew skin very well. So ladies now you can have a delightfully relaxing experience right at your home. Try these apple masks and feel you skin breathe!

  • Apple mask for normal skin:

1 apple cored and quartered.

2 Tbs honey

Drop the apple pieces in a food processor and chop, add honey to it and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Apply mixture onto your face with a light tapping motion, until the honey feels tacky. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse.

  • Apple mask for dry skin:

Mix one 1 table spoon of grated apple with 1 table spoon of butter. Beat 1 egg yolk with 1 tea spoon of honey and combine with the apple mixture. Apply to your face for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water. This mask results best when done before sleep.

  • Apple mask for oily skin:

1 egg white

1 Tbsp apple (grated)

1 tea sp potato starch and grinded apricot

Using the above make a mixture and apply on face for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.

  • Apple mask for aging skin:

1 green apple (grated)

1 carrot (grated)

Mix them together carefully and put them on face for 15 minutes then wash with cool water. This mask will help the skin by moistening it and giving it a healthy color.

  • Quick and easy apple mask:

This is for all skin types.

1 tea sp apple sauce

1 tea sp mayonnaise

Apply their mixture on face for 20 minutes and then wash with cool water.

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Moods and Manicures

18 Dec

It was a Saturday and I was in need of pressing mood uplift, having tried chocolates as mood lifters and risked getting fat I was not willing to go down that lane again. It was then when I hit upon the secret, surprisingly during my manicure I felt better and my mood began to perk up. It’s incredible but it’s true. Nails are an important part of a woman’s personality, they not only redefine and enhance a female hand but the nail color applied by the women also tells about her mood and the individuality. Nails are a great way to reveal your traits and to pamper yourself. Take my word for it and the next time you have a mood swing treat yourself to a manicure or even a new pattern of nail art, it being all the rage these days and you’ll experience the change. Here are a few nail care tips to for you while you are at it.

  • Know that water is harmful for your nails. Nails absorb water faster than your skin and then they expand leaving a dry nail on your hand.
  • Eat well for healthy strong nails. Remember nails are an indicator of your health.
  • Stop nail biting, it doesn’t leave a god impression on the other person and besides that it leaves the nail ugly and uneven.
  • Don’t file your nails in a to and fro motion it creates a heat dangerous for your nails. Keep the movement in circles.
  • Moisturize dry cuticles with oil, never cut them as they protect the nails from infection.

If you think the nail color you wear is only a reflection of your mood. Then think again, it also depicts your persona. What do you do when you see someone wearing red nail paint? You assume consciously or not certain traits about her, similary a when you see a black nail paint you again categorize the person according to your judgment. So the next times you apply nail paint keep these in mind.

Fire-engine Red: You’re sassy, self-assured, and not afraid to be dramatic. Bright red is a bold, look-at-me color that is a symbol for passion, fire, and confidence. You love the spotlight, and you take charge of situations.

Hot Pink: You’re spunky and energetic. Pink is a color that is associated specifically with women, and hot pink lets you show your spunk and spice.

Pale Pink: Painting your nails pale pink is a subtle expression. You are likely quiet, or at least you don’t want to stand out, and youthful. Pale pink is not significantly different from the color of your nails (if you’re caucasian), but you still want to show your soft side.

Black: Painting your nails black is a classic symbol of anti-establishment. It doesn’t mean you are depressed or going goth, but it’s a way of rebelling against the norm and showing some of the darkness in your personality.

Navy Blue: This is a color of sophistication and authority. Wearing this color on your nails tells people to listen up, because you’re in charge.

Aqua (Light) Blue: You’re showing the youthful and calm side of your personality when you paint your nails a light blue. Aqua is a cool color, a nonchalant color.

French manicure: You are glamorous and professional. You don’t need a whole new color; your nails look good as they are, and you simply emphasize and define yourself.  

Magenta: A combination of the reds, pinks, and purples, magenta is feminine but not flashy. You are vibrant and youthful, but you don’t need to be the center of attention at all times.

Orange: This color is bright and vibrant, for people who want attention drawn to them. It also symbolizes autumn and the changing seasons: a time of brightness and change.

Dark Brown: A dark and rich color, this shade of brown indicates boldness and authority. You like your nails like you like your men.

Maroon: Maroon is a warm color, a combo of red and purple, retaining the authority of red and the confidence of purple. It’s a mature, sophisticated color that, when worn on your nails, invites respect.

Coffee-colored: You are earthy and energetic. Tan and light brown are earth tones, cool colors that bring you closer to Mother Nature.

Green: This color invokes images of vigor and the environment. Going “green” in your nail polish exudes earthiness and spunk.

Deep purple: Purple is the color of royalty. Wearing it on your nails shows you have a confident personality, and you’re not afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Lavender: You are graceful and collected. A combination of pink and purple, lavender is feminine and confident without the youthfulness of pure pink.ImageImage

An apple a day keeps the pimple away

25 Mar

Apples are available throughout the year, but they get juicer and vibrant as the sun increases its share of UV rays towards our part of the world. These UV rays not only enrich the apples but also the inclination of skin problems. After a tiring day out in the sun, be it shopping or work, your skin deserves a lavish treatment. To keep skin fresh and glowing even in the heat apples can do wonders! They contain sugar, tannin, organic acids and pectin which nourishes, moisten, soften and renew skin very well. So ladies now you can have a delightfully relaxing experience right at your home. Try these apple masks and feel you skin breathe!

  • Apple mask for normal skin:

1 apple cored and quartered.

2 Tbs honey

Drop the apple pieces in a food processor and chop, add honey to it and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Apply mixture onto your face with a light tapping motion, until the honey feels tacky. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse.

  • Apple mask for dry skin:

Mix one 1 table spoon of grated apple with 1 table spoon of butter. Beat 1 egg yolk with 1 tea spoon of honey and combine with the apple mixture. Apply to your face for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water. This mask results best when done before sleep.

  • Apple mask for oily skin:

1 egg white

1 Tbsp apple (grated)

1 tea sp potato starch and grinded apricot

Using the above make a mixture and apply on face for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.

  • Apple mask for aging skin:

1 green apple (grated)

1 carrot (grated)

Mix them together carefully and put them on face for 15 minutes then wash with cool water. This mask will help the skin by moistening it and giving it a healthy color.

  • Quick and easy apple mask:

This is for all skin types.

1 tea sp apple sauce

1 tea sp mayonnaise

Apply their mixture on face for 20 minutes and then wash with cool water.

 

New Year eve and its dilema!!!

2 Jan

Every year on 31st December I dont know what people celebrate at New year parties and countdowns, i think they celebrate having lived through the year.But I might be wrong.New year eves for me a full of flash backs of the previous year owing to the heavy hype created by all those new year excited people . I find them very enjoyable to watch and be with but I am afraid I cannot enjoy it much myself.

I always get anxious and curious as to what the new year holds for me . I dont plan things and go with what fate offers me but also I have some goals and boundaries to keep my life on track.Other wise bieng a person of various interests i can tend to lose track at times.

There are mixed feelings of excitement, happiness at what I gained and sadness at what I lost, afraid of what time lies ahead and an anxiety to succeed.With such a heavy dramaa going inside me i find it better not to indulge myself in any party or event that evening and my best way to spend the evening is to order a pizza watch a good movie with people I want always in my life,switch off my cell phone and laptop. Drink coffee before bed and wake up the next year.That morning is the brightest and the emotions of last evening only seem very petty and unconsiderable.

How do you spend your new year eve? 🙂

 

 

Natura now in Gloria Jeans Defence!!!!

20 Aug

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Nowshera as I remember it.

17 Aug

I remember the the first time I set my eyes on the vibrant river Kabul when I visited Nowshera in 2005, its one of the natural scenes which had an enchanting effect on me.In Nowshera cantt where I was visiting a cousin, the river formed a wide semi-circle around the green mountains;covered with trees so thick that when standing on the bank of the river I could only see the lively water spread out infront of me in a wide arc and greenery on the other side.

I fell in love with the energetic currents of the fast flowing river as it hit the sandy bank.There was a jogging track aligned beside the bank and it became a daily habit to run on it every morning before breakfast.Fresh air and the soothing sounds of the river became an essential part of my morning during my stay in Nowshera.It was simply captivating.

Another thing that I loved about Nowshera was the shopping spree, being a person who loves shopping I was thrilled to discover the unique culture of Nowshera’s bazzars (read shopping malls).Wrapped around in a shawl, I explored the bazaars and the best thing were the antique jewellery pieces that I came across,I bought a ring in silver with black stone.I still have it.

Now with the floods in Nowshera, Pakistan, I cant help but remember the beauty of that place and its people.It pains me to wonder what happened to that bank and the jogging track where I used to spend every morning.I spent only two weeks there and if I cant get those images out of my head and i wonder what about the locals who spent every moment of their life in the areas which are now swamped with flood water.

Its terrible to watch those images on T.V, The world has never seen such a disaster.Around 2 crore Pakistani’s are without shelter,food and clean water.We can only help those people to get their lives back to normal once the water level goes down But the damage is already done.