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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Fallen off the diet wagon? Watching this may make you feel better.

January is so full of weddings, parties and GTs, dieting is difficult. If you're feeling guilty about all the food you've guzzled recently, this one's for you. Mesmerizing isn't it?

Friday, 30 January 2015

Paris Haute Couture 2015 - Lust List

I've been in couture heaven all week, drooling over pictures from the Spring Summer 2015 Paris Haute Couture shows. Couture is a word that's bandied about a lot, but this, this is the real deal. Feast your eyes.......

Elie Saab ostrich feather gowns
Elie Saab - Pretty in Pink

Soha-Kunal wedding: Is this the best of Indian bridal fashion?

Soha Ali Khan married Kunal Khemu this weekend in what was, by Bollywood standards, a fairly private wedding. The few pictures that have emerged of the wedding show Bollywood stars in designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. While the bride is glowing, fashion lovers this side of the border can’t help but ask “Is this the best of Indian bridal fashion?”

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Soha Ali Khan marries Kunal Khemu in a private wedding

Thursday, 29 January 2015

What's on in Karachi - 29th Jan - 5th February 2015

What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

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What's on in Karachi - 29th Jan - 5th Feb 2015

Highlights include the Berlin to Lahore world fusion concert, Good Clean Fun at T2F, and improvisation comedy by The Platoon!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sapphire’s new 3-piece silk collection

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Sapphire's 3 piece silk collection ticks all the boxes
Sapphire's 3 piece silk collection ticks all the boxes
I’ve been wanting to go and check out Sapphire’s new 3-piece silk collection ever since I saw the gorgeous shoot by Maram & Aabroo in Sunday.

Monday, 26 January 2015

TCS Hazir Giveaway! #TCSHazir

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TCS Hazir - the new service by TCS couriers

Karachista has teamed up with TCS Hazir for a great giveaway. So what's so great about TCS Hazir? I decided to try it for myself.

Antique Hunting in Karachi

Looking to add some vibrance to your interiors? Don’t add something new, add something old. Well-chosen antiques can add depth, vibrance and a touch of character to a room. Even the most contemporary décor can benefit from the addition of an antique piece.

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Antique Hunting in Karachi

Fashion Detox for the week!

As you struggle to maintain your New Year Resolutions, here's a much needed kickstart!
Begin the upcoming week by breaking out of your comfort zone: ditching out those old clothes you've kept piled up but won't wear anymore, adding fashionable pieces to your wardrobe, and taking control of your health. Out with the old, in with the new- here's our take on Vogue India's weekly fashion detox plan.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Soha Ali Khan's wedding to Kunal Khemu - first pics

 Now updated to include Soha Ali Khan's wedding reception pics!

Soha Ali Khan married Kunal Khemu today is a small private ceremony. She wore a gold Sabyasachi Mukherjee choli lengha with an orange dupatta. Sister in law Kareena Kapoor Khan also sparkled in a pink Manish Malhotra sari. Check out these great pics of Soha Ali Khan's wedding.

Soha Ali Khan weds Kunal Khemu in a gold choli lengha with an orange dupatta
Soha Ali Khan weds Kunal Khemu

Friday, 23 January 2015

Perfect Hair & Skin - Two bottles to keep in your shower

Looking for frizz-free hair and soft, supple skin? This simple tweak to your beauty regime can work wonders. Sometimes it's not what you use, it's how you use it. Slap on these two products before you step out of the shower and you'll see an instant improvement in your hair and skin.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Spotlight: Splash kits out Josh for their feature in Instep

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Canadian Bhangra duo Josh in Instep Magazine

The News' Instep Magazine featured Canadian Indo-Pakistani bhangra duo Josh (Q and Rupinder) this weekend and, as revealed by Karachista, high street chain Splash kitted them out for the feature.

What's On in Karachi - 22nd - 29th January 2015

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What's on in Karachi - 22nd - 29th January 2015

What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

Highlights include the yummiest event of the month The Karachi Eat 2015!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

And we have a #winner! House of Aphrodite #giveaway

Thank you everyone who entered our House of Aphrodite giveaway. As you all seem to know, the correct answer was "Venice". We held a lucky draw earlier today to pick a winner at random from all the correct entries - and the winner is....

Beauty blogger Nayab who blogs at NayabLoves. Congratulations Nayab - we hope you enjoy your lovely tote.

Beauty blogger Nayab from Islamabad just won a House of Aphrodite tote in our giveaway
The prize!
Keep reading Karachista for the best of Pakistani fashion and style - more giveaways coming up soon!

Pakistan Fashion Week 7 in London: Not fashion week as we know it

Pakistan Fashion Week 7 in London
What expat Pakistanis in general want in terms of Pakistani wear is quite different from what fashionistas in Pakistan look for.

London saw a taste of Pakistani fashion earlier this month at the Russell Hotel in Bloomsbury, which hosted Pakistan Fashion Week 7. Although not affiliated with any of Pakistan’s fashion councils, PFW has been quietly making a name for itself in London.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

7 things to love about Islamabad

7 things to love about islamabad
7 things to love about Islamabad
There's nothing like a weekend getaway. Being away from the office, the emails and the phone calls has got to feel good, even if it's just for two days. Flying in to Islamabad seems just about perfect, especially in the chilly start of the new year. With only a few days in the capital city, it helps to know where to go and what to do to make the most of your precious -oh-so-precious- time. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

The 36 questions that lead to love

Can these 36 questions help two strangers fall in love? Can they help you find the perfect rishta - as I wrote for Try them for yourself. Take turns asking one another each of the 36 questions and end by gazing into each other's eyes for four minutes.

The 36 questions that lead to love?

Trend Alert - The Maroon Velvet choli with a gold lengha

Instagram is great for trend-spotting, particularly during wedding season. The choli lengha is definitely the hottest mendhi ensemble this season but one particular combo keeps turning up - the maroon velvet choli with a gold lengha.

Maroon velvet choli with a gold lengha

Turn your arranged marriage into a love marriage- Can these 36 questions help you pick the best rishta?

It’s a bit of a crazy idea but one that has received a fair bit of media coverage in recent days, with an article in the  New York Times Modern Love column sparking follow ups in publications as varied as The Guardian and Jezebel.

Could these 36 questions turn an arranged marriage into a love marriage
In short, it is claimed that asking a set of 36 questions developed in a 20 year-old behavioural science study will lead to instant love, even between total strangers.

Misha Lakhani at PLBW 2014 - Pakistan Fashion Week #FashionFlashback

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Misha Lakhani PLBW 2014

Misha Lakhani's PLBW collection was one of the most hip collections of Bridal Fashion Week. Spotted extensively this wedding season, it has obviously appealed to fashion lovers across the country. Her gorgeous white on white ensembles were remarkable in their artistry but the collection really stood out for the combination of intricate, artisan workmanship and trendy silhouettes. The elegant kaftans, the relaxed kurtas over ghararas and even the plain gold khusas the models wore all made for one of the coolest collections of PLBW.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Babyshop sale is now on

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It's sale time at Babyshop
Babyshop's winter Sale is now on all over Pakistan and there are some great bargains to be had. The sale includes babygear, clothes and toys.

Giveaway - win a House of Aphrodite tote!

Win a fabulous tote from House of Aphrodite! All you have to do to win this lovely tote is answer this simple question - Which city is shown on this bag? 

Answer in the comments section below. The competition is open till Tuesday 20th January, when one of the correct replies will be chosen at random. 

The competition is open to all residents of Pakistan and the prize includes free shipment anywhere in Pakistan. Good luck! 

Please note, an earlier version of this giveaway got deleted accidentally but we have a record of all entries via that post and they will be included in the prize draw. All comments are moderated so please be patient if your comment doesn't appear at once.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Karachista readers get a discount on RainTree Spa's Make up Course!

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RainTree Spa Make up Course
RainTree Mini-Spa is now offering a five day make up course that guarantees to teach all the basics of make up. What's even better is that Karachista readers get a 20% discount on signing up for the course. Make sure to avail the discount as soon as you can! Here are all the details you need to know.

A Taste of Mall Shopping on the Ramp!

Dolmen Mall’s fashion show on Thursday night was part of their winter shopping festival. The three-week festival has featured discounts, competitions and performances at Dolmen’s three locations in Karachi. The fashion show featured nine of the brands at Dolmen and included brands as diverse as Agha Noor and Sania Maskatiya.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Pond's Miracle Women Gala Red Carpet

Pond's Miracle Women Gala
Pond's Miracle Women Red carpet
Red Carpet pictures from the Pond's Miracle Women Gala that was held last night. Click here to know more about the event and the fabulous women that were a part of it.

Pond's Miracle Women Gala

Last night, a group of 100 extraordinary women gathered at Mohatta Palace for the Pond’s Miracle Women Grand Gala. The event acclaimed the 100 women chosen as Pond’s Miracle Women for this year. The diverse crowd featured women who have excelled in many different fields and included doctors, businesswomen, artists, bakers, designers and actresses.

Pond's Miracle Mentors
Pond's Miracle Mentors
The Pond’s 100 Miracle Women have been chosen by a group of 10 ‘mentors’ – all iconic, high-achieving Pakistani women. Although a few of the women were high-profile members of the fashion and media world, there were many ‘unsung’ heroes – women who had quietly been achieving the extraordinary.

What's On in Karachi - 15th - 22nd January 2015

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What's On in Karachi - 15th - 22nd January 2015
What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

Highlights include the plays 'Anwar Maqsood ka Dharna' and 'A View from them Bridge', Storytelling sessions at Mohatta Palace and art exhibitions.

Nadia Ellahi Bridal wear - a sneak peek at her latest bridal shoot

Nadia Ellahi is one of those Pakistani fashion designers who is quietly brilliant. Known for her gorgeous, delicate embroidery and trendy cuts, Nadia excels at both pret and bridal wear.

Pakistani designer bridalwear by Nadia Ellahi
Behind the scenes at Nadia Ellahi's latest bridal shoot

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Josh shops at Splash!

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Q and Rupinder from the band Josh
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The Canadian Indo-Pakistani bhangra duo Josh (Q and Rupinder) are scheduled for an upcoming interview and photoshoot for Instep- The News this month. 

Josh the band
The bhangra music group in action
Singer Qurram Hussain aka Q, along with his PR Manager headed on over to the Splash store at Ocean Mall to shop for the duos wardrobe. Here is a sneak peek into their shopping spree!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Renaissance opens new furniture store in Karachi!

Renaissance Furniture and Interiors Karachi
Gorgeous accessories and table pieces available at Renaissance

Renaissance is opening a brilliant new concept store and we have a sneak peek for you.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Celebrity makeunders show how less is more.

Pakistani Model Amna Babar Celebrity makeunder
Amna Babar shows how flattering a makeunder can be - she looks older and less sophisticated in the first picture.
Flick through pages of any society mag and you'll see a lot of over made-up young women. Admittedly a lot of recent pics have featured weddings, where dramatic makeup has its place, but in general, too many young society girls tend to over-do their makeup.

Humaima Malik Pakistani Actress Model Celebrity makeunder
Humaima Malick looks so much younger and fresher in the more natural second picture
I've picked a few celebs to make my point but celebs are often at the mercy of makeup artists whereas society darlings generally aren't. So many society page regulars need a makeunder - although a few do show that it's possible to rock a more natural look.

Pamela Anderson's high-fashion makeunder for Notofu magazine turned a lot of heads

Humaima Malik Pakistani Actress Model Celebrity makeunder
Sometimes something as simple as toning down your hair can make a big difference
Too much makeup is age-ing, as are over-elaborate hair-dos. Here's hoping more women take a leaf from Hollywood and opt for softer makeup and messier hairdos - it's a cooler, more chic and younger look. 

Humaima Malik Pakistani Actress Model Celebrity makeunder
Two very different red carpet looks by Humaima Malik - isn't the second is so much classier
Humaima Malick Pakistani Actress Model Raja Natwarlal
This still from Raja Natwarlal gives Humaima a soft, modern look
Sienna Miller red carpet
Sienna Miller rarely gets it wrong on the red carpet

Mahira Khan and Anoushey Ashraf Pakistani Actress and VJ
VJ Anoushey Ashraf and Mahira Khan show how cool the fresh faced look can be
Mahira Khan Pakistani Actress
Mahira gets a thumbs up for never looking overdone, even when she's very made up
Eva Longoria red carpet messy updo
The messy up-do keeps Eva's look young

Anne Hathaway celebrity makeunder
Even someone as beautiful as Anne Hathaway can look less cool when their hair and makeup is overdone

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Splurge vs Steal: Affordable versions of Dior's Mise en Dior Tribal Earrings in Pakistan

High street versions of Mise en Dior Tribal earrings at Nida Azwer Pakistan
Get the look for less - Tribal earrings at Nida Azwer for just Rs3,500 - the Dior versions retail for around US$400

Dior's Mise en Dior Tribal Earrings became an instant phenomenon when they were launched as part of Dior's pre-fall 2013 collection.

Behind the Scenes at the Babyshop Kids Fashion Show!

Babyshop put together some awesomely cute looks for a Kids Fashion Show this week that marked the close of the Ocean Mall Winter Carnival. Children between three to ten years of age participated in the fun filled event. Check out these adorable young models who took part!

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Little Babyshop Princess
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Getting geared up for the show!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

What's On in Karachi - 7th - 15th January 2015

Karachista Guide to Karachi
What's On in Karachi - 7th - 15th January 2015
What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

Highlights include the French Bazaar 2015 and CAP's Children's Carnival along with a live concert by Umair Jaswal and the LOL waalay's improv comedy night!

Five of the best Gyms in Karachi

Ringing in the New Year with a resolution to become healthy? Try not to be like the 85% of people who do no more than make a couple of gym visits every January. Getting fit is both smart and fashionable -"skinny" just doesn't cut it any more.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Karachi Shopping Tips: Shamaeel Ansari Linen Coat - This week's Star Buy!

It's Star Buy time again and this week I'm in love with this fabulous embroidered Linen coat and camisole at House of Shamaeel.

Embroidered Linen Coat and Camisole at House of Shamaeel Rs8,500

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Shopping in Style : The House of Shamaeel Ansari brings old world grandeur to the retail scene.

House of Shamaeel ready to wear Pakistani fashion
A glimpse of Shamaeel Ansari's Luxe new boutique
Shamaeel Ansari launched her long-awaited new flagship store, “House of Shamaeel Ansari”, this Sunday. The luxurious boutique, tucked into a lane off the uber-fashionable E-street, is a unique reflection of Ansari’s chic yet opulent aesthetic sense.

Friday, 2 January 2015

The Best Movies of 2014

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2014 wasn’t a bumper year for great movies but there was still plenty of popcorn-munching fun to be had in front of the silver screen.

Best TV of 2014

2014 is the year that Pakistani dramas reached larger audiences than ever before. With many of the best dramas from recent years being picked up by Zee Zindagi, our dramas and actors now have huge audiences across the border.

Pakistani serials have been a breath of fresh air to Indian audiences, particularly as the limited number of episodes allows for tighter storylines than never-ending Indian dramas. 
Funnily enough, more Pakistanis also discovered our own dramas through Zee Zindagi via satellite. Recent classics like Bari Apa, Zindagi Gulzar Hai and superhit Humsafar have reached new Pakistani audiences this year through Zee Zindagi.

But what of this year’s new dramas? What were the best dramas on Pakistani channels this year? With such limited runs, each channel puts out dozens of dramas every year. Increasingly it takes a star name or major advertising to pull in audiences. However, while some of the most anticipated dramas of the year did do well, there were several surprise hits.

What's On in Karachi - 1st - 7th January 2015

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What's on in Karachi - 1st - 7th January 2015
What's on in Karachi this week. Whether you're looking for Movies, Live Entertainment, Art or Shopping Exhibitions, scroll down for the best of what Karachi has to offer this week.

Highlights include a Musical Evening with Usman Riaz and the much awaited Pakistani movie 'Good Morning Karachi' and Farida Hasan's formal wear exhibition!
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