Glam Alert – Second Swarovski Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition to be held in Dubai 

The world leader in precision-cut crystals for over a century, Swarovski has made its name in Fashion world with high end couture collaborations and amazingly produced crystals. It is time to witness some classy glittery glam by the finest Middle Eastern and Asian designers using Swarovski again. Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition will be celebrating couture and fashion design at Dubai’s Madinat Arena on October 25, 2017.

Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition debued 2 years ago in Dubai and now Swarovski is preparing to host the second edition. Due to open on October 25, 2017,at the Madinat Arena in Dubai, it will be a dazzling celebration of couture. 

This year’s inspiration draws on the idea of the infinite possibilities for creativity and innovation afforded by crystals from Swarovski. More than 40 haute couturiers and 56 designers from 17 countries have so far been invited to participate, each chosen for their design excellence in segments such as jewelry, interiors, apparel (couture and modest wear), shoes and bags. Each designer will be presenting one piece created exclusively for the event, which highlights outstanding innovative use of Swarovski crystals. 

Andrew Mojica, Managing Director, Swarovski Middle East, said: 

“This year’s Sparkling Couture Infinity exhibition in Dubai will bring together Swarovski’s most exciting designer partners in a celebration of extraordinary creativity. Having seen the designs that will be unveiled, I’m sure that it will be an event to remember.”

Showcasing their work in each segment will be renowned Pakistani, Indian and Middle Eastern designers. We just can’t wait to witness their glittery creativity with Swarovski. Here’s the list of Designers participating in second edition of Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition. 

Accessories:

  • Tchi Tchi, 
  • Bo Cou, and 
  • Dorsa. 
  • Couture:
  • Michael Cinco, 
  • Ezra, 
  • Dar Sara, 
  • Arushi, 
  • Lama Askari, 
  • Maria B, 
  • Zainab Chottani, 
  • Bunto Kazmi, 
  • Sania Maskatiya, 
  • Georges Hobeika, 
  • Elie Awad, 
  • Jean Louis Sabaji, 
  • No Fux Label, 
  • Zahra Pourfad, 
  • Reza Zarei, 
  • Masih Zad, 
  • Mitra Couture, 
  • Dar al Hanouf, 
  • Tarun Tahiliani, 
  • Shantanu & Nikhil, 
  • Hian Tjen, 
  • Finale Wedding Studio, 
  • VESTAL BY JUNG HYEJIN, 
  • WANG PEIYI, 
  • Rizalman, 
  • WECOUTURE, 
  • Uno Kanda, 
  • Ophelia Crossland and 
  • DH Tissus. 
  • Interiors: 
  • Sedar  

Jewelry

  • Vinita Michael, 
  • Confluence, 
  • Inaaya, 
  • Rema Taseer, 
  • Shadras and 
  • Valérie Valentine. 

Modest Wear: 

  • Hanayen (UAE), 
  • Rizwan, 
  • Zumorrod, 
  • Bait Hanayen (KWT), 
  • Al Qattan, 
  • Bait Abaya Al Sharqiaa, 
  • Shafira and 
  • NH Prima. 

Scarves: 

  • JF Scarves, 
  • Beige, 
  • Diamo Dal, 
  • Ezma, 
  • Vintage Shades, 
  • Zu Uan and 
  • Bawal Exclusive. 

Shoes: 

  • Joy Shoes and 
  • Alexandre Birman.
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Cabbage soup diet helps in fat burning and weight loss 

Disclaimer: Weight loss and diets are subject to your health and wellness plus the amount of workout. Don’t opt for any dietary supplement or strict diet plan without consulting a nutritionist. 

This is a true story of a (famous) guy from Karachi named Abdul Majid.  Yes, he’s the famous comics by Majid walay Majid bhai and he’s kind enough to share his journey when I asked in response to his absolutely incredible transformation from 84Kgs to 73kgs in just 60 days. That’s an incredible 11Kgs gone with cabbage soup diet.  

His daily meals for 60 days:

Breakfast 

  • 4 egg whites and 1 yolk
  • Half slice of brown bread

Lunch

Green salad with 1tsp olive oil dressing 

Dinner 

Cabbage soup everyday. 

His story:

Majid explains that he was in depression and overeating due to it before Ramazan. Then his friends motivated him to join a boot camp where his trainer encouraged him to go for cabbage soup diet (please consult a dietician before going for such diet). 

Majid started workout and diet side by side this June. He followed the diet plan mentioned above for 60 days and the results are quite motivating. It is also important to remember that exercise is a must to keep yourself fit alongwith diet. 

Here’s the recipe of fat burning cabbage soup that he uses to make daily. This soup recipe is believed to melt thighs btw. 

Picture provided by Majid Khan

Recipe source Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 large head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cut green beans, drained
  • 2 quarts tomato juice
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 10 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth

Instructions:

Place carrots, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, peppers, and celery in a large pot. Add onion soup mix, tomato juice, beef broth, and enough water to cover vegetables. Simmer until vegetables are tender. May be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

PS: This is a set recipe for diet purpose. Any modifications might change its nutritional values but Majid didn’t add onion soup packet. You can add an egg instead in the end. 

Have you been on diet? What’s your secret to a healthy weight loss? Do share. 

Follow him @comicsbymajid of Twitter to know more. 


Of gol rotis and being #NotAFailure as a housewife

وہ کہتے ہیں کہ مرد کے دل کا راستہ اس کے معدے سے ہو کر گذرتا ہے اسی چکر میں ہماری عورتیں ساری عمر کچن میں محنت کرتی ہیں کے جانے کب دل تک رسائی ہو جائے.

Gol rotis have always been the standard for potential marriage proposals before the doctor bride craze. Women have always been under the radar for their cooking skills be it before marriage or after marriage life. Rishta aunties always use to ask, “khana wana bna leti hai?, silai karrhai aati hai?”. 

Recently I saw a tweet in which a newly wed doctor bride whatsapped her sister a picture of loki asking, “Ammi se poch isay bnatay kesay hain?”. It was kinda cute too but at the end of the day what we want from a woman is just good/cooked food and that too on time? 

I had an interesting tweet conversation about making gol rotis and the surprising part is men replying that they can make gol rotis too. 

There is much more to a woman than the food she makes for her family despite the traditional standard of perfection set for a woman. National Food’s recent ad campaign focuses on importance of sahulat for women to get sometime out making memories with family. The idea of #NotAFailure hits me right in the feels as I can so relate to it and I see it creating a good dialogue over social media. Love such ads which prompt healthy discussion. Specially the line when she says, “Kitchen main ghanton na lagaon tou kiya main fail hogai?”. 

I have been self employed since my college days as being from middle class you need to start earning as soon as possible. Being the eldest among my siblings and my forever love for food made me interested in cooking from school days. Whenever amma has cooked something I don’t like, I use to make my own portion of timatar rice or at least fries to have. When mom gets ill, I have to cook for the whole family and then I realize how important it is to have sahulat while cooking. Abba realized that I have problems in cooking for the whole family as my spice measurements weren’t perfect back then. He decided to help me with Spice mixes of National. I found my fairy God mother of cooking in the form of spice mix. Now I don’t have to worry about masala measurements and go again and again to amma asking ab kiya daalon? 

It’s been two decades now since I began my foodie kitchen journey. I have then stepped into professional life and then kids happen. Now is the time when I need sahulat the most and I have no shame in admitting that I rely on packet ka masala the most now. Specially the khandaan famous Qorma has its credit to National Foods. Sssshhhhh don’t tell my khandaan. 

No harm in finding yourself some me time or family time by getting an escape from kitchen while availing sahulat once in a blue moon. No need to miss on the Cricket matches you love because you have to cook for the family while they all are watching it Live. Either order food away or pre cook using spice mixes. Don’t miss out on the extra time ever. Never. 

Reh gai gol roti tou guess karain uskay liaye konsi sahulat hai? 

70th Sooper Independence Day of Pakistan 

There are ways to commemorate Independence Day in style. Some want to do it with flags and buntings, some show their passion for their country through songs and some tries to accomplish something big so that people can remember them for long. This year Pakistan turns 70 years old and definitely calls for a celebration. Social media was abuzz this time with something grand by Peek Freans Sooper and now we all know what it was about. They’ve attempted a Guinness world record on 14th August 2017 in Islamabad. 

Peek Freans Sooper has made Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day a memorable one by registering a Guinness world record for largest Cookie Mosaic Flag in their name. Peek Freans Sooper has become first National brand to break the world record at such scale. Cookie Mosaic Flag was made with specially made Peek Freans  Sooper cookies in the colors of our flag i.e. Green and white. (How I wanted to taste those green cookies). With #SooperHaiPakistan campaign Peek Freans Sooper has made Pakistanis united for the love of their country. 

Pakistan’s flag shaped cookie mosaic was made with 150,000+ cookies measuring 226.51 m2  (2,438.15 ft2) in under 7 hours with the help of so many volunteers and celebrities. From the cricketing legends Younus Khan and Shoaib Akhtar to film and TV stars like Osman Khalid Butt, Hareem Farooq and Anoushey Ashraf lended a hand in making it possible. Biscuit by biscuit, a beautiful looking Pakistani flag was assembled with love and care. 

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). Dr. Zeelaf Munir, Managing Director and CEO, EBM and the team with the Record-breaking Cookie Mosaic

Safety and hygiene were given extreme importance and the EBM team ensured that the strict quality standards employed by Peek Freans were followed throughout the process. The record building process was overseen by independent witnesses including a health and hygiene inspector and a surveyorfrom Islamabad.Upon completion of the cookie mosaic, the biscuits were distributed in custom built containers to notable charities across Pakistan. That’s the spirit of freedom and generosity. Nothing edible should go to waste. So Kudos for making it possible. 

Highlights from the Peek Freans Sooper Guinness world record for largest Cookie Mosaic Flag. 

My First #RoadTrip From Beaches To Mountains – Part 1 Reaching Lahore the same day

Go!! Every year to a place you’ve never been before. 

I kinda took this quote seriously few years back when I decided to start saving for trip to North. My first ever Northern areas trip happened in 2009 – after 6 years of marriage and an year long committe savings. That explains how middle class I am. It was kinda our honeymoon too coz we weren’t blessed with kids back then. I still have the diary keeping records of that trip expenses. We were a group of cousins, 6 couples and that American system wala trip was a memorable one. From a lotta for train journey that we bought from Pindi station to a cup of tea at Ayubia we documented everything lol.

After that it is like chutt’ti nahi hy ghalib munn ko lagi hoi. I crave for vacations. Something that has never happened before. The biggest question was how to save money for a trip while living in a rented house and on budget always. Well, we decided to carry on with committee system for savings and made every effort to at least save a salary every year. Then we plan our trip as per available budget and Voila!!

God has been kind and in past 7 years we’ve been blessed with two kids and a car Alhamdulilah. Ever since we’ve bought Vitz it was a dream to go for a road trip up North. Finally we headed to Northern Areas from Karachi this July.  I’ve documented my trip live in tweets on the hashtag #RoadTrip and you must have read my experiences if you’re following me on Twitter. 

Anyway, so it was our first ever road trip and our first destination was Lahore. We were accompanied by Brother in law who is an expert of driving and an avid traveler too. Luckily he was in Karachi and going back to Lahore the same day. So we invited him to give company & tips during the ride. He was like raat tak lahore hongay bus subha 6 bje niklo. Although I was a bit skeptical about it coz Karachi to Lahore is actually 1200+Km and as per Google maps you’ll be needing more than 18hrs to get there if you drive without staying in between. 

We went to pick him up at 5:30am anyway and started my Cinderella ride. A trip that has to end at midnight. Follow this thread to get every detail from fuel to finger licking good dhabba food. 

Karachi to Lahore from 6am to Midnight:

  • Started the journey at 6am from Karachi. 
  • I was accompanied by my husband, brother in law and two kids (4+ & 2+ yrs old). 
  • Kept them engaged with Disney movies on LCD and a Tablet with some games. Some Lays, their feeders and cupcakes etc. 
  • Reached Moro at 11:30 am and it was our first stop for breakfast/brunch at Royal Taj restaurant. Wasted good 45-55 minutes there. Not worth it. 
  • Reached Ghotki at 2pm and entered Punjab at 3pm.
  • Reached Sadiqabad from Karachi in full tank. Refilled the tank after almost 569 km. 
  • Vitz gave 14±Km/ltr average.
  • Next stop was for lunch/dinner at around 6:30 pm near Ahmed pur East. The dhabba was at Jalla Arain and the food was scrumptious.

  • Continued the journey and crossed Multan-faisalabad motorway at 9pm.
  • Third refueling was at Mian Chunnu after driving 955km in two tanks. 
  • By 11:30 we’ve reached Manga mandi where brother in law lives. 

That’s how we managed to reach Lahore before midnight the same day and I kinda consider it an achievement because of traveling with 2 kids. Also, it is important to mention that I was pregnant while on this trip. What’s your excuse of staying away from a Road trip? 

Will follow up with part two of my road trip to cover my lahore experience and Road trip to Naran from Lahore. 

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