In the quest of good lingerie 

How many times during a conversation with friends or family you have heard someone coughing while staring at you to remind with their eyes pointing that your Bra strap is showing? Happened so many times that we (siblings and cousins) use to call each other Bee, bee (as in short form of bra lol) whenever a show off happens in public. 

Over the years I’ve realized that the reason behind such Bee bee situations were ill fitted lingerie that we use to wear because mom has to buy for us and that too on her guessing powers and the ability that she knows us well. I’ve also realized that there’s no concept of cup sizes in our local lingerie brands and that’s the reason most of the stuff fails to fit and give comfort. Damn that sharam man. 

I’ve been to a blessing of a lingerie store last week to know what actually is a well fitted Bra and how you can find the one that best suits you. Thanks to BLS (British lingerie Studio) for opening their 4th store in Karachi at Lucky one Mall (Previously they were at Dolmen Mall Tariq Road, Ocean Mall & Atrium Mall apart from being in major cities of Pakistan) and guiding me in the best possible way. Do you know what a Bra size guide is? I’ve pictured it and want you to know it too. You can easily find your correct size at home to have the confidence to buy good lingerie online or from BLS stores. 
Hope next time you know what you’re buying. BLS store in Lucky one Mall was well stocked with informed staff, you have the comfort of choosing and trying what you need. The store surprisingly allows male buyers to walk in too, in case they want to and the brand will expand their lingerie collection to menswear too. BLS has all imported stuff with a size range from small to size 40 and above. So if you’re looking for plus size lingerie and couldn’t find it anywhere, do visit BLS to get something really cool for yourself.

Here’s a virtual tour for you guys. 

No more bee bee buzzes around when you have the BLS confidence and know what you’re buying. 

Here are the locations where you can find BLS stores. Happy shopping!! 

Birthday Dowry 

This is a something that as a parent I felt connected too and want all parents to read and understand. When a birthday celebration is taken as a social status, there is need for introspection because your child can be the next victim.

“I am a psychiatrist and few days back I had this six year old child as my patient. His parents indicated no obvious cause for his depression.
To assess the problem I started a conversation with him, asking all kinds of general questions. Intermittently I asked if somebody said anything to him, which he refused everytime. In the same flow I asked when is your birthday and suddenly he started crying. I knew I hit the right chord.

He had his birthday one and half month back and a birthday for a child is a big occasion. It’s the day when he/she gets all the limelight, specially nowadays when birthdays are celebrated like big occasions in school where you have to give all kinds of gifts to the whole class, cake cutting, sweets and many times even a party.

Seeing and expecting what his classmates do, he too craved for a pomp and glitter kind of birthday celebration so that he could also feel importance among his friends. The school even invite parents on the child’s birthday for cake cutting in the class.

This child’s parents are a middle class family and haven’t done anything like this in past, so they avoided going for the cake cutting, instead gave him a packet of toffees to distribute. Now isn’t it obvious when everyone else is distributing gifts on birthday, how low and odd you will feel while distributing toffees. You start feeling outclass. This is exactly what happened to this child.

Over the years, it seems that this birthday tradition has changed. The fancy celebrations are on the rise, putting a dowry like pressure on the child leading to depression.

I can understand the pressure for parents as well to meet or exceed the standards of celebrating a birthday. For many families, budget may be tight, and spending money on treats for the whole class is not a priority.

Celebrating a birthday at school is a special occasion for any child, but it can be celebrated by having some fun or a small treat from the school side, which should be same for every child. School officials should avoid promoting such celebrations and also explain to headstrong parents, that there is an important lesson here that kids need to understand: Birthday fun does not require cake and gifts.

Parents, schools and society at large must oppose it because celebration has no limit and tomorrow even our child can feel the same. It is easier to cut out the birthday celebrations entirely than to have children with sad feelings on their birthdays.

Give them a happy reason to celebrate occasions, not gifts and fancy parties. Well off parents has a special responsibility here- you can make your child feel special at your home, but at school let them be what they are- school going children.

As a psychiatrist, I request my doctor friends, teachers and others to share it because your words can create more impact on the psychology of the parents and the school administration.”

Credit – Doctors for ethical care( detcare) and thanks to them for allowing me to share this post as a blog because I feel it is important to convey. 

Jab we met RJ turned Chef Kahlid Malik to #MakeMorningsGreatAgain 

It was an afternoon to remember at Mews Cafe somedays ago when nation’s favorite RJ Khalid Malik turned Chef for a day. It was the day when FM91 announced that Khalid Malik will be back on airwaves to #MakeMorningsGreatAgain and we all got so excited. The day was filled with fun, good vibes and great food. 

Khalid decided to entertain us all by sharing his secrets how to #MakeMorningsGreatAgain. There were two things (according to khalid) absolutely necessary for a great morning, his bullet proof coffee to keep him charged all day long and a healthy breakfast. He then actually made bullet proof coffee for us all at Mews Cafe and it was mind blowing. His morning energy secrets were just out and we can’t stop loving him. 

After his Bullet proof coffee recipe, he then told us that the next important thing in his breakfast has to be an omelette. With his witty style he presented his style of omelette and named it “newly wed omelette” as if he was the new bahu cooking for the first time in the kitchen of in laws. We were all smiling and tasting his food and u must say he did make our morning great that day. 

Serving #bulletproofcoffee. #KhalidMalikBoom

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Sometimes it is just someone’s presence that can make you and atmosphere happy, Khalid malik has that vibe. He’s so energetic and happy person that you feel good while being in his company or just listening to him. His new show “Khalid Malik Morning Jam” is on air every weekday on FM91 from 7 to 10am. Such a great way to kick start your day with some positive Vibes. 

All the best to Khalid and thank you for coming back to radio as you’ve become a habit for listeners over the past decade. Stay happy and keep us entertained. 

#SayItWithASmile to be a millionaire

Lays Pakistan has always been my favorite when it comes to engaging campaigns and innovative ideas to get customers hooked to the product apart from the taste of it. I bet you can’t eat one is the most apt tagline when you think about lays. Lays as a brand has grown with millennials and catered to their approach in unique style. From engaging Messi and Wasim Bhai TVC to last year’s Lays #PassASmile fever with so many cash giveaways, the brand is definitely a consumer favorite. 

Good news is that they’re back this season with another quite engaging campaign called #SayItWithASmile. Watch the latest TVC of lays Pakistan featuring none other than Shahid Afridi who grabbed some lays to spread smiles. 

There are times when we all want to smile in a different way. Like when you’re watching movies with close friends or siblings and there’s a horror scene during which you want to terrify your most darpook sibling, you’ll need a vampire smile. Hehehe. I am so sure she/he’ll be hell scared but will also enjoy the smile. It is kinda new Bhaoo lol. 

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Lays has brought 25 unique smiles belonging to multiple movie characters/genres to let your creativity flow.  Add smile flavor to any situation with new Lays packs and have fun. With these filmy, comical and movie character smiles, you can create fun situations at odd times. 

Win It with a Smile:

To make every lays consumer a happy consumer there’s not just smile packs. Lays Win It with a Smile promo has also been launched by the brand to make sure every customer stays happy for long. 

What you can win? 

  • Samsung S7 Edge Smartphone(Daily) OMG! 
  • 1 million rupees (Weekly) OMG +OMG. 

How You can win?

  • Buy lays Smile packs. 
  • Make someone smile. 
  • Scratch the promo code on the back of the Lays Smiles pack. 
  • Send promo code in SMS to 9005. 
  • 1 SMS counts as an entry. 
  • Wait for the lucky draw. 
  • Get lucky and Keep Saying It With A Smile!

Don’t forget to pray for me that atleast I win something. Won’t mind a phone over a million rupees or both, maybe. Good luck to you too. 

#GiveBack a precious memory to your mom this mothers day

Every year just when Mother’s day is around the corner, you’ll find so many tempting deals and discounts. However, the best presents has to be the personalized ones rather than buying something on discounts. You/your mom will cherish a personalized gift for a long time. 

Mother’s Day this year falls on 14th May which means it is high time to get something for Mom. While on Facebook I’ve stumbled upon TCS Sentiments contest post with a touching line that says, “It’s time to #GiveBack the things that she gave up for you”. I was so touched that I can’t stop myself checking out what TCS sentiments is offering. It is all about the connect a brand makes with you. 

Mothers Day #GiveBack campaign

BTW, there’s a contest still running on their Facebook page to share an image recreating a memory when your mom gifted you something. You can win a shopping spree by TCS Sentiments. So do participate coz winners are being announced everyday. Check TCS Sentiments Facebook page for more details. 

While listing down the best personalized things that you can get for mom this mother’s day, I’ve narrowed down my choices to this wonderful box by Tang via TCS Sentiments with 20% off if I pay through Jazz Cash. It’s a win win situation. 

The best personalized gift it is coz you can send a message to mom in a bottle. We often can’t describe our love for mom and this is the best way to do it. 

Don’t shy away from sharing your emotions and Gift her the best out there. The box won’t cost you much but your mom is going to cherish the memory it will create for a long time. 

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