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Friday, 27 February 2015

Splash Style File - catwalk to real life

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Channel the huge 70's trend with Splash this Spring. Their new Spring 2015 collection includes this pretty floral maxi dress. Style it with socks worn with sandals for a modern twist on a classic silhouette - as shown by Suno at New York Fashion Week Fall 2015.

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Whose Lawn is it anyway? - the best of Pakistani high street lawn

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It's the time of the year to embrace everything lawn - the only wearable fabric in the searing heat of summer. It's light and breezy, soft as silk yet cool enough to wear any time of the day. Designer Lawn may hit the headlines but the best high street lawn is high quality, fashionable, affordable and oh-so-pretty.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

What's On in Karachi - 26th Feb - 5th March 2015

Nothing welcomes spring in Karachi better than flowers and clothing exhibitions! Embrace the changing of season by visiting the botanical garden at Seaview this week followed by a line of pret collection exhibitions. For all the car lovers out there, Frere Hall is the place to be this Sunday to see more than a hundred vintage classic cars.

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What's On in Karachi - 26th Feb - 5th March 2015

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Babyshop's Spring 2015 collection is super cute!

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Babyshop's "Back to Nature" Spring 2015 collection is fresh and seasonal
Babyshop's Spring 2015 collection is in-store now and it's bright and breezy. The "Back to Nature" collection is full of fresh colours - pale lemon, fizzy green and light turquoise.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

10 of the best Home decor stores in Karachi

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Looking to re-do your interior? There are many different styles and tastes to choose from

The right accessories can transform a room, adding warmth and personality. A single lamp or rug is enough to begin to create a specific ambience. Whether your style is minimalistic, cosy or grand, finding the perfect accent pieces can be a bit of challenge in Karachi. Here are a handful of fabulous stores in town that can help you spice up your home décor and add those all important finishing touches.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Oscars Red Carpet 2015 - all the hits and misses

Check out best and worst dresses from the Oscars Red Carpet 2015 - from the misbegotten trend for nude to a sensational red Saint Laurent number worn by Dakota Johnson.

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Dakota Johnson in a red Saint Laurent dress with a diamond crusted shoulder strap

Dakota Johnson's red Saint Laurent dress was possibly THE dress of the night but a slew of actresses opted for unflattering nude.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Spring Formals at Ayesha Somaya

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Ayesha Somaya’s latest semi formal collection is tailor-made for spring. Their flagship store is full of lovely kurtas in chiffon and silk net with some stunning fringed jackets.

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Gorgeous semi-formal kurtas for Spring at Ayesha Somaya

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Spotlight: Saman’s Salon Clifton

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Saman's Salon in Clifton has become one of Karachi's go-to salons

Saman Nomani’s signature salon has quickly become one of Karachi’s go-to salons. The Clifton salon is a model of contemporary chic – all dark wood and natural stone. The salon has Thai-style massage rooms and a luxurious bridal studio for makeup. It also has a dedicated area for manicures and pedicures with plush leather seats and calm, zen-like atmosphere.

What's On in Karachi - 19th - 25th February 2015

Another happening week coming your way in Karachi. Charity carnivals and bazaars are in full swing over the weekend. Expect arts and crafts and kids activities at the Comic Con Pakistan at Dolmen City Mall to keep the little ones busy. A couple of must see art exhibitions are also scheduled. Have a great week!

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What's On in Karachi - 19th - 25th February 2015

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Love thy neighbour: why the Pak-India 'hotness' debate is futile

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The tweet seems to be just another attempt to use national rivalry to gain something (in this case, publicity).

Did you catch the big battle between India and Pakistan this weekend? No, not the cricket match, the Twitter battle that ensued when India’s Buzzfeed editor tweeted this:

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

5 snacks to rev up your metabolism

Snacking throughout the day isn't the worse thing you could do. Eat when you like if you're watching your weight, but make the switch from fattening sugary foods to foods that will speed up your metabolism. 

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Here are five snacks that you shouldn't feel guilty about indulging in. Don't worry - there aren't any names you've never heard of, or things that aren't available at your nearest supermarket!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Karachista’s Diary 7th – 13th Feb

Happening around town in Karachi
The SAARC Women's Entrepreneurs Day and The Karachi Literature festival were among this week's highlights

It's been another busy week in Karachi. Last weekend started off with the SAARC Women’s Association Entrepreneurs Day, which was held at the Marriot as usual. This once-a-year event is basically a brilliant bazaar with clothes, jewellery, accessories and crafts. It’s known for having a great selection of clothing from Lahore, India and Bangladesh. You can also find small-scale Karachi designers as well as lots of Behbud associations at the event.

Mews - Karachi's newest upscale cafe reviewed

Mews - Karachi's newest upscale cafe
Mews has the potential to become one of Karachi's best loved cafes

Mews is the latest example of Karachi’s burgeoning Café culture. The elegant café opened last week on E-street and has a unique ambience. Modeled as a British mews, the entrance opens into a narrow alley that leads to a series of attractive, inter-connected dining areas. Mews combines brick walls, clever natural lighting and contemporary furniture for a modern, relaxed and very European feel.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Your one stop guide to all Valentine's Day deals!

Whether your prepping for a romantic night out, surprising someone you love or simply drowning your sorrows in chocolate, there are some great Valentine's Day offers around town. From salon deals to chocolates, we've got everything covered. Even if you think Valentine's Day is a sham, there's no harm in spoiling yourself with one of these fab offers.

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Sapphire's Valentine's Day Collection Now in Stores

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High-street brand, Sapphire, has launched a Valentine's Day ready to wear collection. Available at their store in Dolmen Mall Clifton, the new kurtas are a perfect buy with printed ones starting from Rs 2,600 to embroidered kurtas at only Rs 4,000.

What's On in Karachi - 13th - 19th February 2015

Another busy week in Karachi, with lots going on including screenings of the big Cricket World Cup India/Pakistan match on Sunday. With Valentine's Day over the weekend, restaurants are booked solid so good luck if you haven't made a reservation. There are various private balls and parties for Valentine's Day but if you're sick of the sight of hearts, there's plenty else to do in town.
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What's On in Karachi - 13th - 19th February 2015

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Tao - Karachi's new Pan Asian restaurant reviewed

New pan asian restaurant in karachi - Tao
Tao has an interesting Pan Asian menu

Tao is one of the latest additions to Karachi's restaurant scene and has been creating a buzz ever since it opened. Tao looks the part of a contemporary Asian restaurant, all grey stone and dark wood with zen elements. Nonetheless, it aims for a broader appeal - this is more casual dining rather than a cool, modern upscale eatery. It has a slew of crowd-pleasing dishes and more than half an eye on sub-continental tastes.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Valentine's gifts for him and her from around Karachi

Looking for the perfect gift for someone you love? Whether you're making a huge declaration or looking for a jokey gift, we've got some great ideas.

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Karachista's picks of great Valentine's gifts from around Karachi

And yeah, we all know that Valentine's Day doesn't mean anything but it's still nice that someone's taking the time to say "I love you" - plus who doesn't like getting flowers, chocolates and prezzies?!

Citizen Awareness Program launch 'Seed Project' Peace Stickers

Citizen Awareness Program launch 'Seed Project' Peace Stickers

Pakistan Youth Change Advocates (PYCA) in association with the Citizen Awareness Program (CAP) launched an innovative initiative to promote civic responsibility and tolerance in the society. The initiative took place in Islamabad where stickers especially designed for vehicles were distributed. Each sticker bore a message urging for respect and tolerance amongst the masses. 

HSY Lawn for Ittehad - exclusive behind-the-scenes pics of their shoot in Dubai

Mehreen Syed in HSY Lawn for Ittehad 2015
Mehreen Syed in HSY Lawn for Ittehad 2015

HSY Lawn is back with a bang this year, in collaboration with Ittehad. HSY headed off to Dubai with bestie and muse, supermodel Mehreen Syed for what promises to be an epic shoot. Check out Karachista's exclusive BTS pics of Ather Shazad's "Luxury at Sea" shoot for HSY.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Karachista's Diary - 31st Jan to 5th Feb 2015

A glimpse of last week in Karachi

If you've been following our fab What's On feature you'll know that there's lots going on in Karachi. This is the flip side - Karachista's diary is a look at what's been happening in and around K-town over the past week.....let us know what you think. Karachista is getting a brand new look soon and this is one of the features we're thinking of tell us yay or nay?! 

Monday, 9 February 2015

Yoga, Zumba, Boot Camp - Which one's for you?

Made the decision to get fit but don't know where to start? With different fitness classes to choose from, it may be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Yoga, pilates, zumba, boot camp, TRX, aerobics - there is something for everyone.

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Lace Fabrics: This week's Star Buy

All our recent Star Buys have been pret but this week Karachista heads to the bazaar. Many of Karachi’s kaprawallas have started bringing out summery fabrics and it’s obvious that lace and net are going to be the biggest trends of the season.

Karachi's bazaars are full of gorgeous lace fabrics

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Urainge - full video of Ali Zafar's song for Peshawar featuring 40 Top Pakistani Artists

What a joy to see so many Pakistani artists including Fawad Khan, Anwar Maqsood, Sanam Saeed, Humaima Malick, Ali Azmat, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Bilal Lashari, Saba Qamar, Meesha Shafi, Mehwish Hayat and many more join Ali Zafar in this inspirational song.
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Friday, 6 February 2015

Pink Chiffon's latest semi-formal collection

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Areeba Habib models Pink Chiffon's latest semi-formal collection

Pink Chiffon's new formal and semi-formal collection modelled by Areeba Habib features bold cuts and colours in nets, silks and chiffons. 

Pink Chiffon recently showed a collection at Pakistan Fashion Week in London and has a unique style that plays with texture and cut while retaining a modern Eastern aesthetic.

5 Habits to Kick in 2015

5 habits to kick in 2015

Refresh in 2015 by letting go of those everyday little things that are bringing you down.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Karachi Eat 2015

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Karachi Eat 2015 - A foodie's paradise
Karachi Eat came back with a bang this year. The second year of the food festival saw roughly 30,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. Many of Karachi’s favourite eateries took part in the festival, including Okra, Lals and The Deli. Desi food was also popular, especially the Chapli Kebab stall and the Khyber Koyla Karahi stall. The festival also featured many home bakers and bakeries and was a great opportunity to try less well-known establishments.

Style File: Cotton Trousers by Sapphire

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Sapphire's cotton trousers are on the style radar this month. Their formal-looking trousers look great with shorter shirts and come in black, blue, beige and off-white. The embroidery varies but they are a steal, starting at just Rs2,200.

Blue and white embroidered trousers from Sapphire

Sapphire's embroidered silk trousers, starting around Rs7,500 are also back in stock - and there are plenty of sizes. Versatile and elegant, they are a style staple.

What's On in Karachi - 5th - 12th 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 - 5th -12th February 2015

 Highlights include the Karachi Literature Festival at Beach Luxury plus the Hum Masala Family Festival. A string of art exhibitions are also lined up this week, so don't forget to check those out. Indulge in some chocolate lovin' at The Cakery's World Nutella Day celebrations too!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Farah Talib Aziz SS 15 Campaign featuring Meera Ansari and Sana Ansari

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Farah Talib Aziz SS 15

Farah Talib Aziz launches its new Spring/Summer customised couture collection, "The bride you want to be". Here's a peak behind the scenes of the gorgeous shoot by Muzi Sufi that features Meera Ansari and Sana Ansari in beautiful ensembles fit for mehndis, shaadis and valimas. 

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Farah Talib Aziz SS 15
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Farah Talib Aziz SS 15

Style File - Monochromatic chic from MANGO

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Spring is in the air - Model Anna Ewer shows how to rock a modern 70's vibe in this relaxed shift dress from Mango. The slimming fine stripes and trendy monochromatic tone earn this dress a thumbs up. It's part of Mango's new Spring 2015 collection - now in store.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Mum-to-be musthaves: 10 great baby shower gifts

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Make the baby shower extra special by giving the mother-to-be unique gifts.
Featuring silly mum-to-be games, good food and gifts for the baby, baby showers are a great way for friends and family to celebrate an impending birth.

Day weddings - yay or nay?

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Day weddings are becoming increasingly popular in Karachi  

Wedding season this winter was even crazier than usual - the big fat Pakistani wedding needs an iron constitution. With so many weddings in town, almost every winter evening was a blur of dholkis, mehndhi, baraats and valimas. What stood out the most, despite wedding fatigue, was the increasing number of day weddings.

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The happy couple on their day wedding; Adeela Badshah wears Sania Maskatiya.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Entrepreneurs' Organisation Fundraiser at Mohatta Palace

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EO Studio Fundraiser at Mohatta Palace

Entrepreneurs' Organisation (EO) Karachi Chapter hosted a fundraiser, 'EO Studio' at Mohatta Palace last week. Renowned Pakistani artists like Meesha Shafi, Ali Azmat, Sajjad Ali, Asrar and Komal Rizvi performed live with an 18 member house band.

The event was organised to help raise funds for Indus Hospital as part of EO Karachi's communtiy building efforts.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Fawad Khan wins Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for Khoobsurat

Fawad Khan won the award for the Best Male Debut at the Filmfare Awards last night. He won the award for his role as Prince Vikram Singh Rathore in the Disney film Khoobsurat.

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Fawad Khan won Best Male Debut at the Filmfare Awards

Fawad Khan with his trophy
A happy Fawad Khan : "It feels amazing"  - pic: Aamna Haider Isani, Editor Instep

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