So you need to buy a gift?

If you are anything like me  you know how hard it is to find a perfect gift. It is one of the most daunting task possible. I find shopping centers hectic places, and mostly I get stressed out if and when I can’t find a nice gift. For the last few years, I have tried to give more meaningful gifts to people. It needs to be useful to the recipient and I have to be sure that it will be used by the recipient and not passed onto someone else. My pursuit for that perfect gift has led me to discover a lot of crafters who make the perfect personalised gift for any occasion.

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Although, sometimes a gift basket with generic products is enough but for people who are really close to you, adding a few personalised extras go a long way.

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In my search I came across a lovely online craft shop, La Vie En Rose.

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The best thing about La Vie En Rose is that they not only have a range of products for you to choose from, they are willing to make changes according to your needs and budget. You can also bring your own designs to the table. They have everything from couple shirts to coffee mugs and from key chains to notebooks. And they can all be customised according to your needs.

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The owner of Rose En Vie La, Rameesha, is a young entrepreneur who listens to her clients and works hard to cater to all their needs. She is extremely enthusiastic about her work and this is what she said about her work,

“I was nineteen and on my gap year. I wouldn’t say I was sad about being home but I was very uneasy and unsatisfied with how my life was.
So one day I just randomly thought about starting what I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time. Just hitting it in the air, entirely dependent on what if.
I messaged my entire friend list that if you need help finding the perfect gift, I’m the one you contact. And a minute later, I got my first order.

It’s been almost a year, my venture is still infant, growing up slowly and gradually. But I couldn’t be happier with it!

The best feeling in the world is when you put your heart and all your effort into something and the other says a few words of appreciation. It takes away all the exhaustion.”

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Please note this is not a sponsored post, instead a recommendation after great research.

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Ti’s The Season For Weddings

As time is progressing, pakistani weddings have become bigger and larger. Now people want designer wear and creative dance floors only to have a wedding that not only the guests will remember for a long time but will also look better than any other on Instagram and Pinterest. But with pomp and aplomb comes a heavy price that young, newly married couples can hardly afford. Here is a list of 10 trendy items that you can have for your wedding which will not cost you an arm.

1. Customised mehndi/mayon jewellery

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2. Customised paranda to go with your mehndi/mayon jewellery

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3. Little matki- can be used to keep ubtan or just as a little prop to spice up the decor

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4. Customised diyas

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5. Mehndi Thaal

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6. Potli Pouches

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7. Nikah pen and rasam key pattey

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8. Doodh pilai rasam glass

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9. Arsi mushaf mirror

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10. Gift boxes and baskets

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Please note this is not a sponsored post but a recommendation.

All the pictures used in this post are provided by Huma Ashraf. She is a crafter who has turned her passion into her very successful business venture. She is a single mother of a young girl and with her hard work has become a source of inspiration for a lot of other girls around her. She can be contacted via her Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Gift To Give This Eid

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While Eidi envelopes will never go out of fashion, gift baskets have become a trend over the years as well. Gift baskets are a blessing for a person like me who can take hours and hours to think of a gift and still not be happy with it.

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The best thing about gift baskets is that you can tailor your basket to the theme, person or type of event.

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This Eid you can give a customised Eid basket to your loved ones and there are so many reasons for it:

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  1. They are quick, easy and low cost.
  2. They can contain the kind of quality of products that fits your budget.
  3. They are fun to open.
  4. Can be personalised for the recipient so you always know that your gift will not go in waste.
  5. Usually include products that can be consumed easily and can have both edible and non edible items.

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The pictures have been graciously provided to us by Zara Hayat. She specialises in customised gift baskets for all occasions. I have personally used her services. She listens to the client, is quick with her response and her finished product is of high quality. She can be contacted via her Facebook page.

 

Getting up close and personal with Zainab Taha

Zainab Taha is a beautiful self taught make up artist who has been lighting up a lot of our posts with her beautiful pictures. We  thought it is high time we introduced her to our readers formally.

1. So Zainab tell us a little about yoursely. How did you get interested in make up? How did you learn? What made you take this as a profession?

Well by profession I am a lawyer but I am more into Arts that’s why I have a degree in Jewelry designing and Fine arts. I am a self taught Makeup artist. I love beautifying people or things. This is the main reason I have taken this as a Profession.

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2. Tell me a little about a time when you had a very stressful day at work and how did you handle it?

Recently i was on work in Gujrat and Lahore it was freezing cold out there. I had 12 Makeups which was pretty tough for me to do it in 2C. Even my products were freezing but somehow I managed and I did my level best & I got my confidence that I can work in any circumstances. It was quite a big challenge.

3. Imagine a customer asked you for a makeup style unsuitable for them. How do you handle them.

First of all I’ll try to convince them if they don’t understand I make sure to do the look according to their will.

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4. Tell me about two seasonal make up trends that you find interesting

Two seasonal makeup trends which is my favorite is glittery eyes and Ombre Lips.

Zainab is a home based make up artist  in Karachi. She can be contacted via her Facebook group.

 

Best Beauty Trends in 2017

As 2017 has just ended, beauty geeks around the world are reflecting on all the trends that rocked our world this year. 2017 wasn’t the trendiest year when it comes to makeup and fashion that’s for sure. But there were a couple of them that deserve some recognition.

For desi people like you and I, we couldn’t really get into all of the fashion trends like buzz cuts and bleach blonds. But there were others that were seriously popular here probably more than anywhere else.

1. Adidas Superstar Sneakers
The plain white pair of sneakers were literally everywhere this year! At first I was surprised how everyone could afford high-end brand sneakers so easily. Well, not all the superstar sneakers you see people wearing around you are original Adidas. Tons of online shops and Facebook pages started offering these white sneakers at less than half the price!

2. Face Masks
I can’t be the only one who saw a friend on Snapchat wearing a charcoal mask at least once a week. These face masks were super popular this year especially the charcoal one. With all the hype around it, I don’t see the trend ending next year either!

3. Glitter Lipstick
Honestly, the glitter lipstick trend wasn’t that crazily followed by Pakistanis. It did, however, set new lip makeup standards across the globe. But with the glitter health controversy that sparked this year, this trend might see its demise as fast as choker necklaces did.

4. Poppin’ Highlighter
Highlighters were always a part of a complete makeup routine for many people but the obsession over aggressive highlighters has only just begun. With the Fenty Beauty line and Huda Beauty highlighters getting better and better, the shine on our cheekbones might get blinder and blinder.

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5. K-Beauty
Korean Beauty, just like Korean Pop, was undeniably a showstopper this year. K-beauty completely revolutionized skincare and it keeps growing. I’m not complaining though – these products actually work like a miracle!

 

* The beautiful picture used in this post has been provided by the lovely Zainab Taha. She is a self taught, home based Makeup artist in Karachi. You can contact her via her Facebook group.

Lawn mania in singapore

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If you are anything like me you probably bring the whole year worth of ethnic wear in the yearly trip you make to pakistan. But I must admit the clothes that I bring are given to me as gift from ammi and although I do like what my ammi buys for me, there are times when I want to get some stuff for myself.

With no official outlets of any pakistani designer, the presence of certain ladies with online businesses to sell pakistani latest designer wear is a real blessing. One of them is Madiha’s Clothing.

I met Madiha almost 3 years ago. She is a superwoman to say the least. She is a mum and juggles her business along with all her household chores while looking absolutely stunning at the same time. Buying clothes from her lets you choose from various designers. This lets you not only save money on shipment but also gives you more variety.

Madiha has recently moved to Dubai from Singapore and has expanded her business in Dubai as well. She is an absolute pleasure to work with and her service is beyond awesome.

Here is what she has to say for herself: “Being a mother of four kids when ever I used to go to Pakistan it’s was so busy And hectic that I never used to get time for shopping . Thus I would come back to singapore every time with hardly any new ethnic wear.

So my friends told me to go for the exhibitions which used to be held in singapore to buy latest clothes where I would always end up buying stuff for myself as was always fond of wearing n buying nice n latest collections in clothing .

In the mean time my friend offered me to send clothes to me from Pakistan .
That’s how she started sending me latest collection and I thought of doing a business alike .

We both agreed and this is how
Madiha’s clothing was born in Singapore .

Now we are happy to expand this business in Dubai as well .”

Madiha is very popular among her loyal customers who still prefer to buy from her even though she has moved to Dubai.  Recently one of her customers spoke with me, “There are many sources in Singapore who can supply Pakistani dresses in Singapore but Madiah always stands out due to her premium service. she always takes personal interest in each dress and always open to accommodate late requests in alteration and design. she is prompt in response, reliable in service and great in attitude.”

So, if you would like to support this Mumpreneur, please like and share her page and also perhaps get a few dresses for yourself while you are on the page:

https://www.facebook.com/madiha.clothing/

Birthdays made easier :)

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So what do you do when you have two young kids, no culinary skills, no helper, laundry still screaming for attention and your little one has her birthday coming up! You start panicking?

Well, especially yes if you are living in singapore and are on a budget.

This year I decided to celebrate Duaa’s birthday on a budget beside the pool with a few friends of both kids and perhaps 2-3 of my close friends. I wanted something very casual but the cake has to be the most important thing in a birthday party no matter how extravagant or casual the party is. The lady who I have been turning to for the past two years for all our ‘cake’ needs was travelling and that’s when I found out that a friend, Ruqaiya has recently launched her business too. The best thing about her is that she can do all sorts of desserts and you are not limited to cakes only. The next problem was I had only seen pics of her cakes, who did look pretty but I had no idea how they tasted. So, I just trusted her blindly. Or let’s say not exactly blindly because I had already tasted some stuff she had made and it was absolutely amazing to say the least.

Finally I ordered cake pops, cake and cookies from her on snow white theme.

I gave her a few pictures and a few instructions so that she would be free to use her own creativity too. The cake, cake pops and cookies all looked better than the pictures I had given her and the taste was absolutely mouth watering. To top it off her rates are just as good. She didn’t over charge and packed everything with finesse.

It’s hard to believe that she has recently started her business and is just so exceptionally talented . She has been doing various baking and decorating courses to enhance her skills.

This is what she has to say herself, “I am a mother of two daughters (4 and 2) who are crazy about sweets. I am from Pakistan and moved to Singapore couple of years back. I loved baking since I was a student. I actually made my first cake in a pressure cooker:p Looking the shine in my daughters eye as they see the cake gives me push to be more creative and try something different! Over the period, I have experimented with variety of different cakes. I love making decorating cakes with gumpaste, fondant and buttercream. I like the freedom to play with my innovative skills to put the customer’s idea into reality. I am happy to have received very encouraging feedback from my clients so far! My favourite cake so far is the Frozen Castle, which I made for my daughter’s birthday.”

Please visit her Facebook page for more pictures and support her little business to help her nurture her talent.

Sweet indulgence https://www.facebook.com/groups/1692313401087469/