Dear viewers. In today's episode of Instastories, find the following newses: 1. Recovery mission of this gorgeous branch from my neighborhood with my trusted associate, @nabeel.moeen. I saw this fallen on the ground while out on one of my walks and it had the exact perfect shape that I'd been looking for and so today we gots it. #ilovejhaaris 2. The burrday surprise that Nabeel's been rolling out since Jan 1 for ma burrday, that's end of the month. 3. A highly useless but thrilling account of my pyaaz chopping injury. 4. Mini tips on how I manage my home decor budget. 5. A new show I'm excited about. Please share feedback once reviewed. Thank you so much.
Friends. If there's one skincare 'regimen' that I could go back and write into every single night of my life, it would be this one: Wash my face before going to bed. I do it religiously now because it's honestly a habit you build up and once you get used to it, it feels impossible to not do it. But there have been MONTHS of my life where I've skipped it because 'bohat susti aa rahi hai' or 'I'll do it from tomorrow' (lulz, what a joke). And once you start skipping, it's a slippery slope cos it begins to feel like this monumental task that gets tougher to accomplish with every passing day until your skin is the color of your procrasination and face as fresh as your brother's gym shorts 🙄 I loooove oil cleansing (I've done a whole blog post on it once), but these days I'm using this @garnierau Miscellar Gel Wash. I bought it sometime ago and I'm definitely going to buy it again (as you can see, it's been used generously). I looove that it goes on like regular face wash and takes everything off 99% of the time. And I prefer it over cleansing waters because there's no tugging on your skin with cotton pads. Just water and your hands and we're good to go. If I'm really passing out, I do a face wipe but I try to keep that as infrequent as possible. I don't have much of a skin routine at this point, but I think I do have the most solid step happening every night, and that is to wash my face 🦄 It adds up over time, don't skip it, you guys ✌ Now tell me, do you do it every night? Do you have a favorite product to wash it all off? Do you think you love me? (The last question is to see who made it this far, thanks) #dwwbeauty
Get you a guy who'll boil you water and help unblock your sinuses. Grand gestures are overrated, cure my nazla, we solid for lyf 🤪 #lameforever
Ladies and gentlemen. We've sold our orange couch! *DHOL CEREMONY YEAHHHH* After a 2.5 year companionship we decided we wanted to move on and finally said goodbye last night. It's gone to a family who weren't just looking for a couch, they wanted an *orange* couch and so I know its gone to a home that will value it 😆 This couch has been the location of a gazillion amazing times and I thought I'd do a respectable sendoff with a shoutout to some of the highlights. Swipe through to see some of these moments with my usual, irrelevant commentary on the side. 1. One of our favorite Eid pictures (with a very sweet story behind it that I cant share but reason why I really love it 😍). This and so many other Eid pictures together. 2. One of a MILLION amazing hangouts with @shehlaahmed and @fzuberry. PRICELESS TIMES. 3. So many moments when Nabeel's family visited and we'd play tourist with especially the kids (his niece and nephew) all the time. 4. When my own niece and nephew came and I had a BLAST hanging out, chilling, partying with them. They practically grew up with me in Lahore so they're practically like my own kids 😂 Sorry Nabeel for cutting you out, picture fit nae aa rahi thi #savagelove 5. The cutest picture of Nabeel with his mom in my humble opinion 😍 I planned it, FYI. 6. Allllllll the chilling, chatting, movie watching, silently-hanging-next-to-each-other times Nabeel and I spent together. 7 and 8. All the Pak-Ind cricket matches, movie nights that happened around this (shehla always took the couch for movie night). The iftaris, the random hangouts, the chai sessions, the fazool discussions, the random travel plannings with friends. Uff, uff, uff. 9. And all the alone time spent enjoying my own company with some pizza and a good show. Faaaaaaynnnntastic times 😍 Will give you a sneak peek of the new one soon, stay tuned (I love the new one so feeling no regrets 🤣)
You guys wont believe what post I have up for you today. The trip I did with my best girlfriends, LAST YEAR, in Lahore for our annual meetup 😶 So I'm only about 12 months late 🤭 I honestly thought I'd just skip it (because it got lost during my moving process) but I keep getting messages about that trip and ideas for vacationing in Lahore so I thought let's do it right before we finalise our trip for this year! (Coming soon 🤩). So for those who wanted to come along with us on the trip, check out the post. And those who are new here and have no idea what I'm talking about, also check out the post :P I'm not going to bore you so have only highlights of our trip, what places we went to in Lahore and why we do this trip always so consistently. Let me know if you enjoyaiz. LINK IN BIO (i love all of you who take the time to click, ILAHVYOU!!)
In my PJs at 6 pm on a Thursday, life is set ✌ Also, still wearing the animal print earrings I wore to lunch and thinking they go better with my pajamas, yes? 😁 (close up and link to earrings in my stories if you'd like 💁♀️)
Just did a fun (self-confirmed) Q&A on stories just now. Asked you guys to send in random stuff you'd assume about me and I replied if they were true or false. Check it out (or not🐰), batana if it was awesome or bakwas (experts have confirmed the right answer is awesome, thanks, bye).
I've been wanting to work on my closet for quite some time now, just to sort things out and make it look all put together. It's an open closet so everything's on display and while I loooove how that can look, if you don't do it properly, it can veer into what I like to call garbage-chic 🤪 Anyhoo, one of my organization issues was the situation of my shoes, that have been lying all over the floor of the closet since we moved in here. After thinking over multiple shoe storage options - cabinets, boxes, random DIYs, etc - I finally decided on getting these hanging shoe organizers from @ikea_australia. Can I tell you I'm suddenly in a deep, committed relationship with them? 😍 I had NO idea they'd bring me so much joy. I got them quite neutrally to be honest, as a 'let's-try-this-out' kind of thing. BUT, wow. They're amazing. The entire space cleared up and all my shoes are now hanging vertically, extremely properly, on one of the rails. SO ORGANIZED and without having to give up precious real estate that a cabinet or shoe box can take up (more valuable than gold in a small apartment, lulz). Highly recommend. Swipe to see how beautifully they were organized before. I'm adding this to the blog if you want to check later. Some random comments: 1. They're available in black (SKUBB) and a checked pattern (STUK). I got white cos I be wanting light and airy. 2. Each organizer can accommodate 16 pairs. For bigger shoes, you can put one shoe in each pocket so things aren't squashed. You can see my hand is on the pocket that has just one blue sneaker, the other half of the pair is in the pocket next to it. 3. You can hang them in your closet (comes with the hanger) or the back of a door or use the silver hole things to hang on hooks. 4. If your closet doesn't have enough height, take an extra row at the bottom, fold it to the back and staple to DIY a shorter one. 5. Hack the usage and put stuff like your makeup supplies or whatever you heart wants 😁 6. Ali Express also has similar options. Or just search on the internet for hanging shoe organizers. How you like? 🤔 #dwwapartmentmakeover #ikeatamyplace
Hiiiiiiiiiiii. Want to hear from everyone today so pliss to comment and tell me ANYTHING. Cool, uncool, funny, unfunny. Come awnnnn, lezzz go. Top: @newlook, Jeans: @cottonon, Headband:@rubi_anz, Bag: @stevemadden, Shoes: @tomsaustralia #lifestyleblogger #sydneyblogger #pakistanibloggers #pakistaniblogger #desiblogger #australianblogger #melbourneblogger #sydneylife #weekendsinsydney #sydney #weekend #mycottonon #pakistanstreetstyle #rubimuse #tomsaustralia #stevemaddenaus #newlook
Perfect start to the weekend (or week, for those who read my blog post yesterday 😉) with a movie on a bed, snuggled in a blanket, under the stars, wah wah. Thanks @movinbed guys for having us, it was amazing 😍 Swipe for more. *A little review and some pros and cons for those interested in checking this out* MOVINBED is an outdoor bed cinema in the Entertainment Quarter. They set up for the summer and are running until Feb 13th. There's a different movie everyday (check on their website for movie and ticket info). You can either buy a bed ticket (including blanket and pillows) or get a grass ticket and watch on your own picnic blanket. WHAT I LOVED 1. SUCH a cool date night idea. 2. Something different to do from the usual. The experience is just AHMAZING. 3. You can order food and drinks to your bed. But we took our own food, FYI. 4. The weather was stunning at night and the bed and everything else was super comfortable. And clean. 5. Very fun vibe. Things to keep in mind The projection isn't like at a cinema so colors aren't super bright (basically how outdoor movies are). Best to choose a movie that's not too greytoned. We watched Fantastic Beasts 2 and honestly should have picked another cos the visuals were quite dark. TIPS 1. Take a sweatshirt or light coverup, no matter how hot it is during the day, evenings can get windy and I personally get too cold. 2. Cinema opens at 7, go on time cos beds fill up fast.
Want to try a perspective shift for the new year? Let's chat 🤗 So there's something that I started doing many, many months ago and somehow I don't think I've ever talked about it to anyone? Strange. But it's changed my entire mindset towards my life. Like 180 degree shift type. I get this question multiple times a day, 'how am I so positive in life?' I don't think anyone is ever positive all the time (and even with everything combined - blog/Insta/Facebook/Stories - you can never have a full perspective on me or anyone for that matter). But I am aware that I'm positive in many ways, so I accept, not going to pretend it's not correct. So while there is never just one reason for how we are in life, I think my being 'mostly positive' is also because of this one perspective shift I made for myself. Interest ho toh apni chai coffee ley ke aa jayein, the link is in my bio :) For those who end up reading, let me know what you think (there may or may not be an imaginary cookie at the end of this for you 🙄).
Hiii. In true blog tradition (merey ilawa kisi ko nae yaad yeh tradition), I've done a recap of all the highlights of the last 12 months, in a blog post that I do at the end of every year: 'The Best of 2018'. 🎉🎊🧘♀️ You guys have seen some of the best moments of my life with me, it's been quite something to live them with you. I'd love to hear yours too (like seriously, not ainveen) so please come to the blog, and let's talk about your year and mine :) (if you've joined me recently, this post may also serve as a crash course on the blog for you 😂) THE LINK IS IN MY BIO, AS ALWAYS.
Guysss, I can't tell you how much I've been loving hanging out in our balcony these days. We eat, chill, nap, do something or the other here, every single day. My personal chef, also known as Nabeel 😛, has lately been experimenting with BBQ because Aussie summer = BBQ vibes 💁♀️During these Christmas holidays, we had a couple days off so he cooked up a super delicious lunch with the Shan Seekh Kebab mix (he's a hardcore @shanfoodsglobal fan, so he doesn't like to go far from that 😏), some Persian inspired rice and a fresh veggie salad on the side (I made the salad 🤪). Bohatttt maza aaya. I want to try some more BBQ masalas so if you have recos from Shan let me know, I'll pass on the information to Nabeel 🤣 p.s. swipe for the box's image from the brand website if you'd like to see #tastehappinessofbbq #BBQ #shanfoodsglobal #collab
I'm in happy new year mode 😁 It's party taiiiime. Am wearing my new $1 eye earrings from...wait for it....@aliexpress.official 🐣😱🐒 I'd been seeing them for a while and just ordered last month to see kya deliver hota hai. I'm happy to report I'm (currently) satisfied 😛 Details and shopping link on my stories 🙌 p.s. If my stories gone by the time you see this, check my 'style' highlights.
Thanks to Christmas chuttis, we get to spend Quaid-e-Azam burrday at home 💁♀️Yesterday, Nabeel and I bummed around at home all day and then headed out to do a random, walking tour around the city to see Christmas decorations (guess which decoration was my favorite 😁). Watched a light show, had ice cream cones, saw lights, more lights and even more lights, enjoyed a soft, calm vibe in the air (cos majority Christmasing indoors). Walked back while having chips and coke and then watched half of Bahubali at home cos we're old aur hamain neend aa jaati hai 😛 And since we're just as old as we were last night, we were up early on our second day of chutti and watching the rest of the movie at 8:30 am 🤪 (I'll post review on stories once done) For those celebrating, hope you had a good Christmas ❤ (swipe for some average photography, thank you) #lifestyleblogger #sydneyblogger #pakistanibloggers #pakistaniblogger #desiblogger #australianblogger #melbourneblogger #sydneylife #christmasinsydney #lightsofchristmas
Some days ago on a train ride, while talking about general life things, I asked Nabeel how he thought his year had been. A random, unsuspecting question that got us talking long and deep about our independent impressions of the past 12 months. And as we chatted, I realised some things that I then drew out in this week's blog post for your casual, Friday chill time 💁♀️ If you're in the mood to read, or maybe introspect with me for a while, aa jao, baatain karain. The link is on my profile, juz for you. P.s. there's a kangaroo with his head down in this picture, don't miss bubye.
A big service I've done to my tummy is to practice a little bit of portion control during my meals 😛 Over the last many months, I've developed a deeper understanding of how I want to eat. It's of course for fun and excitement but I've also been thinking about how the food I'm taking in is nourishing my body. And whether I'm stuffing myself to the point of wanting to ulti / get an urgent dose of hajmola OR eat in an amount that's gastronomically, ethically (even religiously, for some of us) better. I've reduced the amount of rice or roti I'll take with my meals - I still have them at every lunch, every dinner but from eating three huge rotis at a time or stuffing face with chaawal until my oxygen supply would be cut iff, I've moved to an amount that feels satisfying enough. BUT to compensate for my hunger pangs (when initially you start a bit of portion control, the first few days you feel so hungry, at least I did) I've been making a big bowl of kachoomar salad for myself. It tastes yummy, yummy, yummy, and also fills the gaps in my tummy (#mypoetry, wait for my book). Also, it's an easy shot of veggies 😛 Also, becomes next level epic mixed with daal chawal and achaar. Also, hi how are you 🤪 Anyway, for making the kachoomar cutie, I just do chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, a spritz of lemon, salt, pepper, some olive oil. Mix it up, put in mouth, that's it. Raw veggies at night can make some people bloated so it's probably not a solution for all. But I think for portion control, you've got to figure out that filler item that can still help you eat all the kind of food you want (biryani, daal chawal, bhindi roti, etc) and then fill in any remaining hunger spots. Happy eating. Kachoomar for president. #dwwfitness
Today I had an intense urge to cut my hair. Without regular trims it was looking too damaged, so I just got up & cut off abt 7inches. Boys, can't explain how happy I am cos there's suddenly new life on my head😍 The dead bits were dragging my whole hair down & me being lazy by profession, was not scheduling a salon appointment. Anyway, the reason why I'm sharing this is cos cutting your hair is *such* a big deal in desi pplz. It's like cutting off your oxygen supply. Baal naee kaatay, oxygen ki pipe kaat di. I don't care about hair length - long, short doesn't matter, one isn’t better than the other. But when your hair's all damaged yet you refuse to cut it & then you're upset about it ruining your life, that's when i say, PLS, don't choose length over health. Long hair isn't beauty. Healthy hair is. I got my hair chopped short about 2.5 years ago & since then I've been (sneakily) cutting it whenever it's grown too long (shared a couple of times on Stories too). I thought I'd share all the moments where I cut my hair & for anyone who thinks mine always looks healthy, it's primarily because I CUT it. Not as regularly or professionally as I should, but I do it (btw don't follow me & cut your hair yourself, I do it out of laziness/am not very fussy about imperfection). Anyhoo, swipe to see some of my lame hair journey (with my awesome labeling on the pictures), you’ll see how chopping helped the overall look. Pic 2. Short in Apr 2016. 3 & 4. The first time I cut it after Umrah on my Hajj trip & that’s where I felt, I’m ok at this 🙄 Cut off abt 2 inches then realized I’d have to cut it again after Hajj 😛 This was Aug 2017, abt 1 yr after my short cut. Took 2 inches off again after Hajj cos had to. 5 & 6. Cut again in Nov 2017. A good 5 inches, hair became new. 7 & 8. Again in Feb 2018. 5 inches, felt awesome. 9. Cut 3 inches in July 2018. Did think about going to a salon, got lazy. 10. And cut 7 inches from this pic, now in December. Was 90% going to go to a salon…but got lazy :p Healthy > Long. Pakistan Zindabad. P.s. Don't die over my cutting it myself, saans sab ko aa raha hai abhi tak, so I think we're fine 😜