Travel Diary [The Beginning]

Last few days or say the whole of SEPTEMBER had been the worst month of the year for me. My foot got injured badly and I was on bed rest for a couple of days. No work, no outings made me quite uncomfortable and withdrawn from the world.

That’s when I started writing about the BEST times/ days of my life. Those 7 days when I traveled up north with my besties made me look at life with a total different perspective. With days of no communication with the rest of the world, even family made me realize that once in a while you need to come out of your comfort zone and look life in the face and love it. I had heard that travelling teaches you a lot of things and TBVH it actually did 🙂

Raasta koi mil hi jaega, Chalo to sahi ❤

For me, travelling helped me in personal growth and it nourished the soul as well. It taught me patience and to appreciate what I have. Being intimate with a place has its own charm and I fell in love with the new culture, the languages, local food, the clothing, and everything in between. Making new discoveries about the place and MYSELF was the best part about travelling. As for me, I was acrophobic and could’t even think of crossing a pedestrian bridge; I overcame this fear while hiking towards Fairy Meadows and it was indeed a transformative experience.

As the blog title says, its just the beginning and I will post my travel stories soon 🙂 Stay tuned and keep travelling ❤

P.S: Don’t forget to tell me about your experiences in the comments below 🙂

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Accessorize Yo Self ;)

I’ve been super-excited to tell y’all about our LA Bloggers Party at Accessorize Pakistan last week!! To promote the launch of Accessorize Pakistan’s Fall Collection, we were invited and given an exclusive tour of the store. It is a One Stop Shop and has a variety of items under one roof.

Accessorize can help you get in line for your latest fashion fix with their trendy Fall Collection. The store has a great range to offer and you may choose from a variety of products. Here’s a list of all the things you should check out at the store:

Starting off with their Bags Collection…. Yep, you heard it right, it’s time for a new Clutch or bag or wallet, whatever you feel like buying. :p The collection includes cross-body bags, backpacks, Bling-y party clutches and what not!!

Then they have some chunky as well as exquisite necklaces for daily and party wear. You can pair them with matching earrings or even mix and match. My personal favorite was the gold plated alphabet pendants. There is a wide variety to choose from:

They had a cute little section for stationery too and it was adorable. We had our moments of ‘Shakalaka boom boom’ 😛

And how can I forget meeting this gorgeous lady and our adventurous visit to LAL’s, WATCH OUT, Hot coming 😀

And these beautiful bloggers ❤

Fashionistas!! Go grab the trendy stuff and accessorize yo’self.

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Latest Linen Suits 2017 Collection Online

Hello Fellow Bloggers and welcome to a brand new post about latest collection as the weather might change from warm to chill (FINGERS CROSSED) 😀

So how many of you face challenges while dressing up in winters? I am sure most of you. Let’s be honest, it is not easy to stay warm but look cool at the same time. So, here are some ways to add a touch of glam to your everyday look.

You can always go for Sar Linen Suits as the material is warm plus soft, perfect for the weather we are heading towards. The collection in subdued in color, neutral like, black/gray/brown.

The latest collection of Linen Suits 2017 is equally stylish. You can always give your best look by accessorizing your dress. Not to forget, wear some covered shoes with them to keep your feet warm and protected.

I am a huge fan of layering 🙂 I love to layer my Tees or sweatshirts with jackets or long coats if the weather allows me, of course. Winter Clothes for Women are hence my ultimate favorite. From pants to dresses, sweaters to hats, coats to capes, you name it and I would love to wear it. No matter what the occasion is, I have some stylish winter outfits along with accessories to add flair to winter wardrobe 😉

You may leave a comment and let me know how do like to dress up in Winters.

Until next time ❤

 

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Peek Freans Sooper becomes Pakistan’s First National Brand to Break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title

[Islamabad, 18th August, 2017]: Peek Freans Sooper has officially broken the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Cookie Mosaic in the shape of Pakistan’s flag made with 150,000+ cookies measuring 226.51 m2  (2,438.15 ft2).

Peek Freans Sooper, wanted to unite the country under one umbrella with the inspiring and positive message of “Sooper Hai Pakistan” and eventually made the nation proud. On the 70th Independence Day, they came together to do the impossible… to set a new Guinness World Records title! The plan? Build the world’s largest cookie mosaic … in the shape of Pakistan Flag with a solid resounding message of how Sooper a nation it is!

Many famous celebrities were also a part of this campaign and spoke on social media:

Here’s what Shaaiibbiiii Bhai had to say:

Our all time favorite Waseem Akram also spoke about the campaign:

The team worked with great fervor and passion as they slowly pieced together the mosaic, block by block, biscuit by biscuit with none other than, Peek Freans Sooper cookies themselves.With hard work, dedication and a Sooper attitude, the flag mosaic was finally completed in 6.5hours.
Upon completion of the cookie mosaic, the biscuits were distributed in custom built containers to notable charities across Pakistan. I believe that the best part of the campaign after making the nation proud. 🙂

Many celebrities also came out to support the efforts of Peek Freans Sooper and were seen cheering for the team and encouraging them throughout the event.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Osman Khalid Butt and Hareem Farooq are Sooper proud of the achievement:


“Hum Kisi say kum nahin”, that’s what Adnan Siddiqui had to say about Sooper Pakistan’s Sooper achievement.

Anoushey Ashraf congratulates Peek Freans Sooper for setting the Guinness World Record for the Largest Cookie Mosaic:
For more information about the campaign, visit their Facebook page:  Peek Freans Sooper or search them on twitter with hashtag #SooperHaiPakistan

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Mi 6 sold out in one week in Pakistan

Mi 6, Mi Max 2 and lines of Mi Ecosystem products make a new record of popularity through Smart Link Technologies distribution.

KARACHI, Aug 27 2017— Xiaomi’s official distributor Smart Link Technologies announced the fast sold out for the latest innovative products Mi 6, Mi Max 2 which were launched a week ago during an event at Beach Luxury Hotel Karachi.

Known worldwide as the mastermind behind quality, innovation and creative thinking, Xiaomi has once again revolutionized the way Pakistanis utilize smart phone technology. Keeping the company’s value driven strategy alive, Smart Link Technologies, the official distributor of Xiaomi, have launched two latest smartphones Mi 6 and Mi Max 2, and a bucketful of Mi Ecosystem products throughout Pakistan starting Aug 21.

All these products are available on www.mistore.pk and www.daraz.pk

Director Marketing, Mr. Ahmed Butt said “Xiaomi is bringing their flagship smartphones for the first time in Pakistan. We have no doubt that these flagship phones are going be the disrupter in the market for bringing the most innovative technology at such an amazing price.”

Priced from Rs. 46,999, Mi 6 is a performance beast powered by the Qualcomm’s lightning-fast Snapdragon 835 and a startling 6GB RAM. The four-sided curved glass body and stainless steel frame house a gorgeous 5.15″ display.

Mi 6 comes with wide angle and telephoto lenses used to incredible effect, particularly the ability to shoot beautiful portraits with out-of-focus backgrounds. The two lenses allow Mi 6 to calculate what is in the foreground and what is in the background, creating a depth of field effect that typically requires a DSLR camera to achieve. In addition, an improved Beautify mode that makes selfies look more natural, now works with the rear camera on Mi 6. Mi 6 also features 2x optical zoom, which makes sure photos of distant subjects remain clear, while 10x digital zoom is also supported. Mi 6 also comes with four-axis OIS so images and videos remain sharp, reducing the effect of handshake or motion.

Xiaomi and Smart Link have also launched Mi Max 2 with a Rs. 34,900 in Pakistan. With a 6.44-inch supersized screen, Mi Max 2 is perfect for watching movies or TV shows on the go. In addition, the dual speakers on Mi Max 2 intelligently activate in landscape orientation, transforming it into a mobile theater with an immersive audio experience.

Thanks to MIUI optimizations, Mi Max 2 is great for use in any situation. With “One-handed mode”, which is a feature that makes the usable display smaller, users can still navigate with ease using just one hand. With “Split screen”, two applications are able to run in the foreground, letting users make full use of the large 6.44-inch display. For instance, a user can watch a video using the top half of the screen while replying to messages in the lower half.

Mi Max 2 is powered by a massive 5300mAh two-day battery, which provides up to 18 hours of video playback, 21 hours of GPS navigation, or 57 hours of talktime. The huge battery means that Mi Max 2 can even charge other smartphones connected to its USB Type-C port. Despite the large capacity, Mi Max 2 is able to charge 68% in one hour as it supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 with parallel charging, which allows fast charging while controlling temperature increase.

Mi6 and Mi Max 2 are very strategic models for Mi. These are high end models with best in class features and extremely competitive prices. With strong products like these, Mi is surely destined to create waves in the industry.” Director Sales and Strategy, Mr. Zain Aftab said.

Smart Link has also introduced lots of amazing Xiaomi eco products including high capacity Mi Power banks, Mi bands, Headphones and Earphones, Mi Bluetooth Speakers, Desk Lamps, and the Amazfit PACE.

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#MeriShaanMeraPakistan

EFU Life Insurance has yet again taken the responsibility to beautify the walls of K-Town through thematic wall art. It is one amazing initiative taken by them to reclaim different spaces that have been tarnished due to wall chalking.

Karachi, was for sure in dire need of such a campaign to make it cleaner. Further adding to this, the campaign also highlights the positive picture of Pakistan by depicting our rich culture and beautiful monuments in the form of art.

This project was originated in 2016 under the guidance of Commissioner Karachi, Mr. Ejaz Ahmed Khan, and his esteemed team of Commissioner Karachi Division, EFU Life. It has already covered walls at Ayesha Manzil and National Coaching Centre -NCC. This year, they aim to beautify Agha Khan Family Park, Garden East wall that stretches onto 750 feet and covers a wider spectrum than our previous projects at Ayesha Manzil & NCC.

KARACHI BEACH ❤

EFU also launched a competition where you could show your passion for your beloved country through a painting or sketch and win a brand new smartphone. Ain’t that AMAZING? 😉

Visit their Facebook page:  EFULifeAssurance or search them on twitter with hashtag #MeriShaanMeraPakistan

 

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Independence Day Celebrations 2017

Every nation celebrates its independence day with great zeal and zest. The day they were given a new life . In Pakistan too, the whole nation awaits 14th August, the day when we were granted a new entity. It is the ideal day to show our sense of patriotism and love for our beloved country. This does not mean that we should not be loving our country for the rest of 364 days 😉

Speaking of 14th August i.e. Pakistan Independence day reminds me of the Independence Day Clothing preparations. The most important part of that would be choosing the perfect green and white clothing. Since the spirit of patriotism is in the air, each one of us would be busy finding those logo-printed tees or kurtis for women with crescent and star on it. Here is one of my personal favorite which I would love to wear on this 14th August.

Independence Day Kurtis  are available in stores as well as online so that people can start off with their own look apart from lighting up the houses and decorating them with flags. You can dress up in a stylish way by pairing the below shirt with accessories that are available on stalls put up for the Independence day.

Pakistani Flag T-Shirts are the best part about the Independence clothing, They are my personal favorite. Here you go, have a look at this patriotic piece which has a crescent and star on it. You can always wear flag badges with these outfits.

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McDonald’s is Spreading Smiles..!!

McDonald’s never fails to impress us, may it be their food, happy meal toys or this time they had by #SpreadingSmiles. They have initiated a SUPER CUTE & smiling campaign on Social media which is catching up and this blog post is inspired by the same campaign 🙂 Lets’s have a look at their  video that they posted on their FB page where people talked about the things that make them smile 🙂

 

Twitter reacted to this campaign in a cool way and here are some of my personal favourite picks:

Speaking of McDonald’s, let me tell you that I am a super huge fan of it since childhood. I still remember Airport wala McDonald’s used to be like my second home ❤ and now Askari one is. No matter how old I would be, Happy Meal would always remain my FAV and first choice and I’m a toy hoarder ❤

If we talk about this campaign, I have always followed one simple rule in my life and that is not to let rude people get me and always greet grimaces with smiles. Always remember there’s something positive, even in a negative situation.

So, here are MY 5 ways for Spreading Smiles. You may always add a little spice 🙂

Forgive and forget about finding fault.
Trust me that’s the easiest life hack. Just forgive and forget the people who threaten your joy. Look through them 😉

Give genuine compliments.
See the light in others, magnify their strengths as it is on us whether to bring encouragement & kindness  or discouragement & pain into someone’s life.  The choice is ours!!

Stop everything and really listen.
Never underestimate the therapeutic power of listening to someone wholeheartedly.  It is by far the most sincere form of respect and hence encourage people to talk 🙂 This will eventually bring a smile to their face.

Always greet people with Smile, may it be strangers.
Never Frown. I know it’s not easy to keep smiling always as we have been going through a lot but lets just try bit by bit. ‘Better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn’t smile back’ goes a saying.

Be improbably Generous.
Its a wonderful legacy to leave behind. Just be generous and good to people no matter what. Being generous is CLASSY 🙂

The best part is that #SpreadingSmiles  doesn’t cost you anything and it’s the best morale booster.
Let me know what are the things that make you smile in the comment section below. What do you do to spread smiles?

Until next time ❤

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Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) launched at Southbank Centre, London

London, 20 May: Celebrating contemporary Pakistan and its rich history and culture in the context of the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) held at the Royal Festival Hall of the Southbank Centre, as a part of their annual festival Alchemy, was a resounding success. Dubbed as Pakistan’s biggest literary event, the KLF brought together writers, scholars, and artists from diverse backgrounds, creative traditions, and academic disciplines to showcase contemporary Pakistani literature and writers. Produced by Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan, KLF was organized in collaboration with the Southbank Centre, Bloomsbury Pakistan (a research collective based in London), and Rukhsana Ahmed.

 

The audiences at the KLF were treated to a medley of around 20 parallel sessions encompassing talks, panel discussions, poetry readings, mushaira, and performances. A stellar cast of around 70 leading Pakistani-origin and international writers, scholars, critics, journalists, and artists participated in stimulating sessions covering a broad range of themes, ideas, and subjects pertaining to Pakistan’s literature, arts, and culture.

KLF London started off with the renowned novelist and journalist, Mohammed Hanif’s keynote address giving unique insights into Pakistan’s history, hopes, and dilemmas. Earlier, at the festival opening, Ameena Saiyid, KLF and Islamabad Literature Festival Founder and Director, Asif Farrukhi, KLF and Islamabad Literature Festival Founder.

Some of the sessions held early on in the day included ‘Transphobia and Misogyny’, a discussion on legislations around transgender and women in Pakistan; ‘Reluctant Returners: Migrants, Refugees and Memories of the Homeland’ in which Kamila Shamsie, Qaisra Shahraz, and Mirza Waheed explored characters and fictions inspired by exile and displacement; and ‘Pakistani Renaissance? The Best in Cinema, Reportage, Theatre and Fashion’ with the television actor Atiqa Odho, filmmaker Faris Kermani, designer Maheen Khan, and journalist Cyril Almeida as speakers.

In a panel discussion titled ‘Against All Odds: The Price of Prosperity in Pakistan Today’ held later in the day, Shuja Nawaz, Maleeha Lodhi, Ishrat Husain, and Victoria Schofield analyzed geopolitical and internal challenges facing Pakistan. In the session ‘Urdu ki Zid Mai: At Loggerheads: Urdu vs English vs Regional Languages’ Basir Kazmi, Ishrat Afreen, and Harris Khalique, and Asif Farrukhi discussed if Urdu in Pakistan is under threat from English or the regional languages.

The evening sessions comprised thought-provoking discourses on ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: Diaspora Pakistanis Caught in Post Brexit Hate-Storm’, debating the challenges faced by Pakistani diaspora in Europe; ‘Karachi: City of Lights and Gangs’ with Laurent Gayer, Nichola Khan, Mohammed Hanif, Sobia Ahmad Kaker, Omar Shahid Hamid, and Kamran Asdar Ali talking about the battle for Karachi and its resilience despite political conflicts; and ‘Tweeting for Social Change.

The highlight of the festival was the ‘Satrangi Mushaira’, which was an open mic session for Pakistan’s regional language poets to recite their latest offerings. The evening came to a close by a kathak dance performance by Shayma Saiyid and a music concert by Khumariyaan, a Peshawar-based music band known for their fusion brand of Pashtun folk music.

Sponsorship support to the KLF London was provided by Bestway, Arts Council England, Third World Quarterly magazine, Salt n Pepper restaurant, High Commission of Pakistan in London, South Asia Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, and The Pakistan Society.

Here’s a glimpse at the KLF London:

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Xiaomi brings Redmi 4X to Pakistan in partnership with Smartlink Technologies

With the launch of Redmi 4X, Xiaomi demonstrates its commitment to the market

One of the world’s leading technology company Xiaomi launches Redmi 4X in Pakistan on Saturday through distribution partner Smart Link Technology. The launch event took place in Lahore on Friday and was hosted by none other than the witty Taimur Salahuddin AKA Mooroo.

 

Audiences were provided double dose of entertainment with the hilarious jokes of Mooroo and scintillating performances by Pakistan’s leading band Noori and Nescafe Basement band with Altamash Sarver who made audiences dance to their favourite tracks. The stunning Mira Sethi also made a special guest appearance who was all praises for the newly launched Smartphone, equipped with the latest technology in an affordable price.

 

 

Smartlink Technologies Marketing Director Ahmed Butt was quoted as saying, “Majority of the Pakistani consumers prefer to purchase smartphones remaining in this price bracket and thus this bracket has always remained a key market for all brands. We have confidence that Redmi 4X will be a hit within its own price bracket, as the smartphone surely outperforms its competition in the market.”

Redmi 4X

Redmi 4X features a full metal body, is the slimmest in design at just 8.65mm of thickness and weighs a mere 150g. Equipped with a 4100mAh battery, Redmi 4X has an impressive standby time of up to 18 days! Bid those dying battery issues adieu! It will be available with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, so users can multi-task more efficiently, having more space for their downloaded applications and images. Redmi 4X will be available in the markets from Saturday in black a price of Rs 18,900.

The smartphones will be available offline across the country and online at official mistore.pk and at authorized online sales agents including Daraz.pk and Yayvo.com.

Every Redmi 4X will ship with MIUI 8 which builds in several technology breakthroughs such as being able to clone apps and manage multiple accounts on the same phone. This means that users can have two instances of a messaging app on the same phone that correspond to different accounts, removing the inconvenience of having to log in and out on the same app. With MIUI 8, users can also split their smartphones into two accounts. This means that a different password or fingerprint can allow you to access a different home screen entirely, with independent apps and data. According to their needs, users can choose to merge certain data such as the address book and their call log history.

Key features of Redmi 4X:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with (Octa-core 1.4GHz)
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