Fashion and Lifestyle Pakistan|Karachista

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Win a 24 Carat Gold Kerastase Spa Treatment - Blog giveaway

It’s competition time! We love giveaways at Karachista and this one’s a doozy! One lucky winner will have the chance to join me for 24 carat gold Kerastase treatment at a top salon here in Karachi. Entering is ridiculously simple – just answer the following question:

You can enter by commenting below or on Karachista’s Facebook page or even on my Instagram. The competition closes on Thursday 23rd October at 6pm. The winner will be chosen via a lucky draw and will be announced on the official Kerastase Facebook page on Friday 24th October at 3pm.

I've found Kerastase treatements make my dry, frizzy  hair noticeably softer and more manageable. Friends with fine or oily hair are also major fans of different products in the range. I’m so excited to have the chance to meet one of you and share this lovely treat with you. Thanks Kerastase!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tapal Green Tea flavours tested - Morocccan Mint is the winner

Green Tea - pure relaxation in a cup

 I have to admit I'm passionate about tea - my automatic response to any crisis is to put the kettle on. That's what comes of spending most of your life in either England or Pakistan. But I'm not a fan of what passes for 'normal' tea in either country. I never really got the hang of Pakistani chai - stewed in a saucepan with milk and poured steaming into a cup or glass. The odd cup, sweetly spiced with cardomom is ok, but it's generally too cloying for my taste. I used to drink 'British" tea - in a mug, strongly brewed from a teabag with a splash of milk added - perfect with a KitKat to dunk - but no more. A few years back I switched to green tea and since then have never really liked the taste of black tea with milk.

Proper tea buffs will tell you that milk in tea is sacrilege anyway - and I'm getting to see what they mean - but personally it's green tea not black that floats my boat. I have to admit that I'm experimenting with matcha teas, loose leaf jasmine tea, white tea and the like but for convenience, am quite happy to dunk a teabag. So I was glad to be asked to try Tapal's relaunched green teas.

I found the taste a little thin at first but this was mostly fixed by brewing for a little longer than I do for my usual Twinings teabags. The Elaichi tea was nowhere near as good as you can make by simply adding an empty cardomom pod to your cup but the Moroccan Mint is a winner - it's great as a no-fuss after-dinner 'kava'.

I won't comment on the Lemon version - I've yet to find a lemon green tea that tastes nice - the Twinings one actually tastes soapy to me. You're much better off squeezing some fresh lemon into your cup. I wish Lipton or Tapal would introduce Orange scented green tea here - it works so much better than Lemon.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Bridal Fashion in Pakistan goes from strength to strength - PLBW 2014 Round-Up - PFDC L'Oreal Fashion Week showcases some of the best of Pakistani Bridal Fashion

Sania Maskatiya - Bridal Fashion Week - PLBW 2014
Sania Maskatiya takes a bow after showing a stunning collection

Bridal fashion is a bit of a balancing act. Combining creativity, luxury and tradition into a striking statement is an art. The best bridal fashion week collections display originality and craftsmanship. They play with structure and silhouette in a way that enhances embellishment. Like all the best fashion collections, they have something to say and they say it with style.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Fawad Khan and Iman Ali host stylish Lux frangrance launch

Fawad Khan and Iman Ali hosted a star-studded launch for Lux
Fawad Khan and Iman Ali hosted a star-studded launch for Lux

Style - you just can't fake it. For a brand that has always tried to be synonymous with style, Lux certainly got it right last night when they relaunched their classic collection of soaps. The star-studded evening oozed class and sophistication.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Trend Alert: Think Pink

Pink is the IT colour for handbags this season
It’s official – fashion is having a pink moment – especially when it comes to bags. Hot pink bags have been spotted on some of the most fashionable arms in town – and with fashion lovers eyeing the candy-pink Moschino Barbie collection zipper bag, this is not a trend that is fading fast.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Canary Cove's Jewellery for girls of all ages - Exhibition and Launch on 27th September 2014

Canary Cove Girls Jewellery Pakistan
Pretty and whimsical  - Canary Cove jewellery

It’s always lovely when a new designer launches something unique. Tanya Maskatiya’s Canary Cove line of girls’ jewellery and home accessories is unlike anything available locally so far. Unlike the cheap plastic trinkets you find all over town, Canary Cove’s pieces combine girlish charm with luxe chic and will appeal to girls of all ages. This pre-Eid trunk show is just the beginning - the brand's ultimate vision is to develop a whole line of accessories for both boys and girls.

Not just for little girls - Tanya Mirza-Ashraf wears Canary Cove

Canary Cove launches on Saturday, September 27th with a one-day-only trunk show at Sania Maskatiya’s store, Dolmen Mall.

Canary Cove Girls Jewellery Pakistan
Classy & pretty but not a disaster if your little princess loses them

These charming, beautifully designed ornaments from abroad and Pakistan have been made using the finest sterling silver, yellow/white-plated gold as well as yellow gold. Embellished with precious birthstones and colorful enamel, in playful butterfly, heart-shaped and floral motifs, Canary Cove’s baubles are the lovely range of gifts to mark any type of special occasion; births, birthdays, anniversaries and graduations.

Whether you're looking for precious keepsakes for a newborn or something for the petite sophisticate, Canary Cove's jewellery line is sure to carry a piece that reflects your individual style.

Samira Dada wearing Canary Cove

There is a vast range of earring studs for newborns. These are not plated but are made in gold. The butterfly studs, for instance, are intricately made in gold with some cubic zirconia detailing.  The price for any of these gold earring studs does not exceed Rs. 6,000.

Newborn earrings in pure gold by Canary Cove

Some of my favourite pieces are the key pendant and lucky clover stone (both white gold and yellow gold plated, made in fine silver) and can be worn by teenagers and adults alike. All chains are stamped “Made in Italy” in sterling silver and/or sterling silver gold-plated. Prices once again are very reasonable.

The key pendant with chain: Rs. 6,000
The lucky clover stone pendant with chain: Rs. 5,000

Canary Cove Key pendant - a design classic at just Rs6,000

Most of the jewellery is priced between Rs2,500 and Rs7,500 and is prettily wrapped in custom printed butter paper and packaging – always a nice touch when you’re giving a gift.

Every customer will also receive a complimentary bottle of Canary Cove lotion, developed specially for this launch. The texture of the lotion is lovely and its fragrance, dubbed “Vanilla Sugar” by the designer’s daughter, is heavenly.

Canary Cove's home accessories feature a whimsical range of storage units for all those fashionable trimmings that a young girl loves to collect. The range features small jewellery busts, compact personalised trunks, mountable armoires, bangle stands and birdcage stands. The accessories will be used to display the exhibition items and will be available for order. The soft colours, vintage style and bespoke printed trimmings of the range help these accessories add a pretty femininity to any room. The accessories are priced from Rs4,500 - Rs12,000.

Canary Cove Jewellery Bust
Not your average bangle stand

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Eid Exhibitions on Saturday 27th September 2014 - Bakra Eid 2014 Pakistan

This outfit by Farah Talib Aziz is one of those up for grabs this Saturday

There are Eid Exhibitions galore in Karachi this Saturday. The last Saturday before Eid should have a name – it’s quite as important on the shopping calendar in Pakistan as Black Friday is in the US. The upcoming “Exhibition Saturday” (Spenders Saturday? Black Saturday? Bye-bye-Savings Saturday?) is crammed with great shopping opportunities. Even if your Eid jora is sorted, these events offer a great opportunity to stock up on some unique pieces. Here’s our ultimate guide to the best places to drop your cash:
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