________ 2018-08-27 ________
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A couple of days ago I received this lovely gift from a dear friend. I love personalised gifts and the fact that it’s handcrafted just makes it even better. The thought of someone taking out the time to gift something to ME? Nah, I’m sold. Hammad and I were both so happy!
It’s the perfect wedding/birthday gift for a special someone! By the most talented Areej on Harmonious Hampers. Check out her instagram HERE. I didn’t make the order, which is why I cannot give you an honest review of the process, but seeing this so beautifully wrapped up, I can only imagine the time spent on it. Thank you so much Shehroon, for the lovely card & gift ♥
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________ 2018-07-29 ________
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Hi loves! I’m back in Sweden now since 2-3 days. Our trip to Pakistan was one of the best trips ever—everything from shopping to parties! We went crazy with clothes this time—the branded and customised suits, ghararaz deluxe, b-neck ugh. I can’t even think about it straight before I get a headache lol. I think I’m all set for Eid this time at least. No big dresses this time! In September I’m starting uni full time as well where I will be studying information architecture and I am so hyped! Will be updating you guys with what’s up etc!
Jumping from one thing to another; I’m slowly working on my instagram & blog as a web tool and just bought the cutest Instagram story icons ever! I was out looking for something that wasn’t mainstream but at the same time fit my business logos, and these fit perfectly! Got them from Etsy for around £9—so now that’s set lol. I love Etsy when it comes to graphics! There’s such talented people sitting there and selling their stuff for no penny at all! If you’re out looking icons as well I would highly recommend MacaronsandMimosas!
Necessities for Pakistan—General
________ 2018-07-01 ________
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The most awaited blogpost of all times!!! So, my visits to Pakistan are frequent. We go almost every year (yass), and every year I write down new things I’ve learned on my trip. Be it small details or necessities! Through the years this has become a habit of mine and it’s literally the most helpful thing ever. I thought it would be fun to share this list with you all today. Since makeup and skincare are two major things that are very imporant as well—I’m gonna divide this in 2/3 parts, the first one, down below, being about the most general things I do not forget/always fix when I land in Pakistan.
I have been talking a lot about powerbanks lately. The thought of having one made me laugh before I actually invested in one and now…. Well now I can’t live without one lol. I would say it’s a great investment for your Pakistan trip, but this thing right here comes in handy back in Sweden as well! The so called “loadshedding” is not a thing in Bahria Town, where we live, but we all know the looong trips to small cities to visit family. You need this thing to keep your phone alive—especially if you have an iPhone! I wrote a review about my new Anker powerbank HERE and I sitll stand by my words!
Carrying on to the WIFI. It’s not the most easiest thing to get a good internet connection here i Pakistan, but it’s not impossible! I would say it’s getting easier and easier every year—might have to do something with Pakistanis improving their services as well lol. Anyway! I strongly recommend a Zong device—the one we used last year was amazing! It’s basically a small device that you charge like any other phone and when fully charged you can just take it with you whereever you go. Although this time we got a Telenor USB that you have to plug in in order to use it. I would say the device is better, especially because of the electricity issues all around the country. The USB is not that bad either… But yea always best to go with something that doesn’t need electricity to run. lol.
You can find both things at your local “shop” where you find SIM-cards and other phone-related things.
Moving on to the music! I’m a bit old school—so I still use iTunes! It can be a bit complicated when you listen to a new song and want it in your playlist instantly—but I’m a perfectionist and not being able to perfectly edit the song name so all the spam SONGS.pk is gone, really can get on my nerves. And idk, I think I just like how iTunes is set up. I used to listen to a lot of underground artists so Spotify was never an option since I couldn’t find the songs on there. Now when I’m more into Punjabi/Bollywood songs, it’s the same issue with Saavn. Also, you have to pay for it now as well and nah… So back to iTunes! You might have to wait until you get home and get the song downloaded on your iPhone—but it’s so worth it! I don’t own a laptop so whenever we travel to Pakistan, my biggest issue is that I won’t be able to update my playlists for a month—since my iTunes library is on my iMac back home. UNTIL I found this little loophole! It’s very easy! All you have to do is copy the iTunes folder on your iMac—or whatever Apple computer—and save it on your harddrive. Then you just import it on the new laptop and the program will ask you of whether you want to use this new library or not. You click ok and you’re all set to go! They’ve explained it more thoroughly HERE.
Still talking about music—I’m a sucker for good speakers. I simply cannot play music without having a good base sound so investing in some good spekers is really a good idea! I would say it’s easier to get a Beats Pill—since it’s small and easy to carry around in your luggage, but we packed our Marshall speakers! This black Killburn one is my sisters that she recently got, so we still had the original packing. It’s always best to be a bit cautious whenever you travel with these things, they’re very fragile.
I was talking about a harddrive above as well, but even if you don’t use iTunes or anything like that, it’s always good to bring your harddrive with you. You never know when your laptop will crash so it’s a good idea to have your pictures and documents backed up. I didn’t bring my harddrive with me last time and my pictures from that trip are still all over the place. Some on my sisters laptop, some on my brothers lol.
Talking about cameras—go and buy yourself an Instax Fuji 8 right now! I’m not kidding when I say it’s really an investment! I always have my Canon with me as well but there’s something about my polaroid camera that just really screams “vacay-memories”. It’s also lighter and easier to carry around than the big DSLR camera—and very appropriate to just snap with when you’re out having fun. I would recommend buying an extra film, cause you only have 10 snaps to go with. I’m working on a review about my Instax camera, so stay tuned!
Hairmask—recommended by you!
________ 2018-04-07 ________
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Hi girlies! Not long ago I asked you guys on instagram for hair remedies ♥ I use to have the best hair in the world but lately it’s been taking all the my falls I’ve been through the years. From uni stress to insomnia ugh. So a lot of you messaged me telling me thousands of totke and good hairmasks to get the shine back on with, but obviously I couldn’t possibly try everything lol. So after thinking for some time I went with the one I got recommended the most—mixed with all natural ingredients there is to find on the market! I have only been using this for 2-3 weeks—so I can’t say this is the one, but it has most definitely helped my frizzy hair a lot! I always use this before taking my weekly shower (LOL)—so twice a week, and it leaves my hair soooo soft and with zero knots!
Just a sidenote though; only playing with hairmasks won’t do it. You have to eat right, drink a lot of water and sleep right as well. All combined and you’re back to normal! None of the things I mentioned here works without the other. They’re like partners in crime.
Anyway! Here are the ingredients;
1 egg—Here we’re only using the egg yolk, not the whole thing. Some girls messaged me asking how to get rid of the smell it leaves in the hair. I soap my hair twice and then shampoo it. Also the smell mainly appears when you put a whole egg in your hair. It’s only the egg yolk that supposed to be mixed with the rest. Not only will your hair smell, but it’s very difficult to get it out of your hair as well.
1 tablespoon yoghurt— I use natural yoghurt you get from your local supermarket. The more yoghurt you use, the runnier it will be, so maybe even less than one tablespoon?
1 drop of honey—Also just normal honey. It comes in a tiny bottle I just squeeze a bit and there’s one drop.
1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil—I use the Vatika one! It’s theee best! I like to add more oil into the whole thing cause it is what’s best for your hair. You take how much your hair needs obviously. I don’t have the thickest hair in the world anymore, but there’s still a lot of it. So all ingredients need to be according to your hair.
Mix everything in a bowl and voila! Don’t wait too long with the egg though. I did and it was sooo hard to mix it afterwards—it left me with tiny lumps that I couldn’t crush so I had to throw everything out and make another hairmask lol. Also you’re supposed to mainly concentrate on the roots and then take the leftovers in the rest of the hair. I will be back after 1 year to tell you the difference, but until then you can join the wagon and tell me how it’s going for you?