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In-Depend-en-ce: it-depends-on-us

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As I heard her he monsoons are here in full swing. The past week leading first person accounts up to Independence Day has of what life was seen the heaviest rains of like in those days, the season, which translates I couldn’t help but into complete chaos in Lahore year after feel bitter about all year. The whole city is held hostage by the the hypocrisy that flooding on the streets; preventing them surrounds us in this from leaving whatever locations they may be Considering that we were at before the storm a minority in United started. The worse part is that they have India who fought for a to stay there until the separate state with equal water recedes, which takes a very long time opportunities and rights, country today. Her even after the rain what kind of atmosphere version of life in United India was has stopped. On the other hand, this chaos have we created for our not as grotesque as what we have is the best thing that own minorities been reading in ever happened to you if you are in school or an employee that our books all along. It explains why so needs to take public transport to get to many Muslims still chose to stay there work. It is the best excuse for a holiday and and build their future as Indians. On believe me; it gets used in my company a the other hand, there are also horrific accounts of mass murder on both sides of lot more often than my liking. This rainy Independence Day had the spectrum where entire families were me trapped indoors at my grandmother’s slain in the name of religious differences house and we spent the whole day listening and nationality. To brand ‘all’ Hindus to her stories while making sure her house at the time as bad or racist is a huge didn’t get flooded by the impending rain. generalization since my grandmother is a It’s funny how perspectives and opinions witness to a few who actually helped their change from one generation to another. Muslim neighbors and friends to safety I suppose our outlook can only be based from all the looting and killing. My great upon what we have witnessed in our lives. grandfather himself transported his Sikh The definition of patriotism has become a friends across the border to safety while lot more complex since our grandparents’ their lives were in danger. When I ask her generation that was alive during the about the dangers involved, her answer partition. It makes me wonder what involves the core values of basic humanity version of the story will be told when it is that trump any religious affiliations. Her idea of being a ‘good Muslim’ started passed down to our grand children.

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and ended with how you treat your fellow human being. She insists that the best way to preach any religion is by showing humanity and patience when it is most difficult to do so. Considering that we were a minority in United India who fought for a separate state with equal opportunities and rights, what kind of atmosphere have we created for our own minorities? The white stripe in our flag that denotes these small ethnic groups and minorities is also a sign of our promise to safeguard their beliefs and not repeat the same mistakes that they made towards Muslims 65 years ago. Today, any kind of secular opinion is threatened by extreme violence and a cloud of fear looms over every minority. The ‘new’ mentality of religious bigotry has hijacked Pakistan’s true identity as a state whose basic premise was to safeguard minorities. More than half a century later, we need Independence more than ever before. Only this time, it isn’t from any external powers but lies within us and the mentality that is reshaping Pakistan today.


Top 5: Stylish Royals By Amara Javed

1. Duchess Catherine of Cambridge:

Ever since Catherine Middleton stepped out of that vintage car in a stunning Sarah Burton for McQueen gown, she has become the fashion darling of the world. With a penchant for high-street pieces and affordable clothes, she is making royal fashion accessible to women around the world – just another reason to love her. Her influence is beyond doubt; the Issa dress she wore to meet the Obamas got sold out within one day and her tour of North America was painstakingly dissected by fashion writer’s world wide.

2. Princess Letizia of Asturias:

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Princess Letizia, wife of the heir of the Spanish throne, is the most stylish woman in Spain. Letizia is known for high-glamour looks as well as extremely chic casual ones. Here is a princess that can rock a pair of trousers like none other and apparently has the most enviable shoe collection of any royal. Princess Letizia isn’t afraid of wild prints and loud accessories. The confidence and power with which she commands herself makes everything she puts on look incredible.

3. Sheikha Mozah of Qatar:

Sheikha Mozah of Qatar is one of the most recognizable royals in the world; her style can only be described as one of a kind. As the wife of the ruler of a Muslim country, she is required to cover up, and she does it more stylishly than any other woman in the world. With her statuesque figure adorned in monochromatic designer looks with matching turbans, the Sheikha makes a statement no matter where she is. Her looks are always rich, opulent and always chic. Here is a woman who doesn’t shy away from color, often stepping out in bright jewel tones and eye catching accessories.

4. Queen Rania of Jordan:

Here is a queen with movie star looks, and she is dressed for the part. Queen Rania is easily one of the most beautiful women in the world and definitely one of the most stylish. Sleek tailored blazers paired with dresses make up her business wardrobe and fabulous gowns in gorgeous cuts complete her evening looks.

5. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden:

Princess Victoria first caught my eye when she wore an absolutely stunning Elie Saab gown during her wedding festivities. The Princess has a simple approach to fashion, choosing simple dresses in bright colors accentuated with slight detailing. And it is working for her. She takes the occasional risk donning a python print. Change is always good. 40 I august 21 - 27, 2011


Interview

Soaked in a family tradition of arts, culture and acting and above all being the daughter of the super talented Saba Pervez’s; Meesha spent her formative years cultivating the art of singing and dancing

A diva in her own right

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By Rubia Moghees

nly a few star scions have achieved what model-turned singer Meesha Shafi has been able to garner from the public. Very much aware of her strengths and weaknesses she has tried hard to reach her goals; not on the name of her mother’s contribution in the acting field but solely on directing her talent pool for maximum potential. ‘Art has always come naturally to me for I believe in spending my mental capabilities in doing something creative,’ observes Meesha. She is one of Pakistan’s most edgy and exciting personalities with an exceptional ability to be glamorously versatile.

Soaked in a family tradition of arts, culture and acting and above all being the daughter of the super talented Saba Pervez’s; Meesha spent her formative years cultivating the art of singing and dancing. Along with her work as a respected artist, Meesha is also one of Pakistan’s hottest catwalk and print models’. To Meesha, Beauty is all about feeling good, being positive and surrounding each other with happy vibes. She has further diversified her career honoring her family acting legacy through her work in various local sitcoms and is also a brand spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris brand spokesperson.

What is Meesha Shafi like in real?


I am an open book; a straight arrow but most importantly, a happy, contented and a positive individual.

What do you represent?

is bursting at the seams with art.

What has What is it that you want to achieve in life? been the Without having planned anything, I have already achieved t u r n i n g more than I ever imagined. I leave the future to unfold as point in life never goes according to plan anyway. Having said that, I would love to make my loved ones happy, and inspire people life? Honesty, strong professional ethics and individuality.

to follow their dreams. The endless fan mail I get everyday leaves me feeling great about touching so many people’s hearts and lives. That is my biggest achievement so far.

You have a solid background of arts and culture, how do you define arts? To me, art is very subjective and everyone makes a personal interpretation of what they experience from another’s work. Be it visual, audio or otherwise. It is creativity and self expression. It is like a form of communicating through the two.

When did you realize that you could sing?

It wasn’t really much of a revelation or a sudden realization. It’s just always been there and something I’ve enjoyed.

Are you a better model, singer or an actor?

The three mediums are really very different. I can tell when I’m good at something because I really enjoy it. I’ve enjoyed all three so far and received tremendous appreciation and encouragement. For that, I have my wonderful fans to thank.

Please elaborate on your affiliation with L’Oreal Paris as a Spokesperson?

This affiliation is not about being a pretty face and posing to sell a product. It is much more. L’Oreal Paris has chosen me to speak and inspire on their behalf. They stand for inner as well as outer beauty and for that, I am proud to be their spokesperson.

How do you deal with stardom?

It can be intrusive and tiring to be recognized everywhere one goes. The most annoying is when I can see people trying to sneakily take pictures. Especially during a quiet lunch with family or waiting for a doctor’s appointment, but it comes with the territory I guess.

What is your secret source of energy?

Being healthy and young helps; I’ve always been athletic and active and am surrounded by fantastic friends for they are my feel good factory. I never stop myself from what I feel like eating. A healthy mind makes for a healthy body.

Yours is a multi dimensional personality; who do you give credit to?

My mother for she has passed down tremendous talent, great genes, lots of self confidence and exposure. I am fond of reading, debates, traveling and a home environment that

All other things seem insignificant compared to becoming a mother. That is the most amazing development my life has ever gone through. Ever ything else seems a bit superficial a n d temporar y all of a sudden. This is the biggest; most unconditional commitment life has to offer.

Any particular favorite personality that you admire?

If you mean showbiz, nobody can beat my mother!

What are your plans for future?

I never know what my next step is going to be. I have come this far without making plans and pushing for things to happen. I don’t believe in trying to be at the right place or trying to meet ‘the right people.’ My attitude towards my career revolves around honesty, hard work and high standards. So far, it has worked wonders for me. Let’s see what the future holds. I will wait and see just like everyone else. There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip.

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Interior

Regal living with Naila Ishtiaq By Behjat Tahir

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aila Ishtiaq is not only a socialite but is a very talented self-taught interior designer. Her own house is impeccably modern and chic in its mix of influences and relaxed air. Her style is elegant and sophisticated yet immensely approachable. It is that combination that struck a chord with A-listers who became her clients.

Asim and Jaria’s study, designer Honey Waqar’s fashion show room, Shazra Khalid’s apartment, Marium Aftab, Saiqa Amjad, and Fauzia Imran’s entire house are some prime examples of her work. I love how she mixes textures to create an environment that invites your eye to roam. Inspired by her style as we talked here are some of the excerpts from the interview.

Her design style is elegant and sophisticated yet immensely approachable. It is that combination that struck a chord with A-listers who became her clients

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Q. Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go? As a child I was very fond of rearranging my room, I would change the setting and try to find creative solutions every time so I would have to say that I’ve been interested in interior design since I was a little girl. Q. What determined your passion for design? Can you remember your first design project?

My first real project was doing the interior and dĂŠcor for Eden Heights on Jail Road, it was a commercial project and I had to face many challenges, nevertheless I enjoyed it. Q. What field of design

interests you the most? I like to work with my client at a basic level, I try and get in touch with their needs and demands and then work accordingly. It is very difficult to do something totally on your own, as people

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are very picky and choosy and they like to know where and how their money is being spent. Q. Describe the way you work I’m the kind of person who would have liked to live at the Plaza. I love crystal chandeliers and gold leaf, velvets and mirrors, oriental rugs and marble. I love things that are classic and glittery, that come with layers of glamour. My nature is as such that when I start a project i give it my all, so much so that I lose track of everything else. I am a perfectionist by

nature and I cater for every detail. Q. What inspires you? Wealth and luxury Q. What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer, also the most rewarding one? Most frustrating aspect would be to deal with the labour, as they are never really punctual and for them to make something exactly as you explained. The most rewarding is when people appreciate

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my work. Q. In your view design is art or a science? It is an Art, as one has to be aesthetically appealing and look into form, structure, line and shape. But there are always technical aspects to design as well. Q. What is your design philosophy? While designing, I look into form, structure, colour, line and balance. My design philosophy is all about that. People underestimate the power of these simple but extremely important principals and I feel it is the core of every design. Q. If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create? The imagination is a wonderful thing; I would love to recreate Vegas and Monte Carlo. Q. What advice do you have for young designers or architects?

Drawing Room: My advice would be to work hard as it always pays off and be true to yourself and your work Q. How does the atmosphere in your house impact your creative endeavors? My house is very congenial and relaxed and therefore my designing is based on leisurely and regal living.

Bedroom: Bedroom being her favorite room of the house is all white that totally reflects her personality. The room is an inviting space with a nod to Hollywood glamour. It is very ostentatious and royal.

Proving that you don’t necessarily need to use a multitude of colors to spice up a formal drawing room, this interior by Naila makes a bold, monochromatic statement: beige is perfect. With walls painted a neutral shade, the room offers total saturation. Dressed in earthy tones with lots of silver ware and paintings the room give’s it a very chic look.

The living room: A large portrait by Saeed Akhter takes center stage in this living room. The furniture and accessories complement the painting’s colours.

The Hall:

The basement:

The hall is dressed up with beautiful marble sculptures especially imported from the USA.

Is an area designed for a younger age group. The room dressed up in maroon and black that makes a bold statement.

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Weekly International Trend guide, Spring / Summer 2011

Fashionista Fatima From the catwalks of Paris to the Fashion Houses of Milan, walking the streets of New York to the boutique lanes of London, Fatima Khan, fashion stylist, designer, graduate of NCA and The London School of Fashion is a self proclaimed Fashionista. Her unique aesthetic sense coupled with her experience as a fashion buyer/merchandiser for various Fashion Houses in London has helped to launch herself as a fashion connoisseur par excellence. Meet her every Sunday and learn what’s hot on the high streets in the global fashion village as well as the season’s must-haves and how to wear them. ‘My aim is to give my Pakistani readers heads up by providing them with key forecast for the up coming season so they can welcome the season with a perfect wardrobe without paying designer prices’.

Royal Reds & Sensational Scarlets

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Ok, we know, red for the Christmas party season is as predictable as snow at the North Pole. But, ever since Bottega Veneta sent out a red finale at her runway show this season, we have been coveting the perfect piece of scarlet for our wardrobes. Go all out and add a pop of colour to your wardrobe. It was all over the SS catwalks, and can even see in AW runways already so an investment now will go a long way. It will also look splendid, if worn together or mixed in with primary colours as the colour block trend is still around. It came out in chiffon, silks, velvet, and lots of hot splashes of scarlet and reds in the accessories too. It’s time to leave the LBD behind and look for intricate detail that will win you kudos among the fashion cognoscenti.

Runway news

Where you want to make a really big entrance or smash a crowd – a dress that’s up to the occasion is critical and what will be more sensational then a dress in royal reds or shades of traffic stopping scarlet. Waft into a room in a billowing silk chiffon by Dior, Valentino, Chloe or Elie Saab for the most disarmingly feminine way to wow a crowd. Bottega Veneta, Roksanda Ilincic, Lanvin, Gucci and Elie Saab set fire to the runway with their blood red garbs.– Look to Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler, Miu Miu, Erdem and Jason Wu for fresh red ensembles . SS11 Runway was a plethora of beautiful gowns and Dresses in royal reds and the designers who showcased this trend included, Christian Dior, Paul and Joe, Giambattista Valli, Akris, Sonia Rykiel and Versace.

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For my Pakistan...

There are lots of shades of Red around, so experiment with what works best with your skin tone. For maximum impact, wear head-to-toe and, for extra wow-factor, choose sequins for a show-stopping look. You can wear for day or night as a new alternative to black but If full-on colour-blocking is a step too far for you, tone it down by investing in a ruby or amethyst-coloured Top or in accessories, in precious shades of sapphire or garnet. Team it with crisp white separates for summer, and then autumnal oranges and maroons for rich evening look. If you’re bold enough to try to replicate the trend at home, here are a few of my favourite products to get you started.

Key Inspirational Pieces

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Bottega veneta Pleated red dress £4800 Alexander mcqueen Crepe sleeveless dress £4,000 Carolina herrara shoes £225 Cabbages and Roses Hat £20 Hoss Necklace £63.50 Zara Bag £49.99 Hobbs shoe £134

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h e s e little blue fellows were a major hit in the 1980s and hence the rationale behind the rebirth of ‘The Smurfs’ was surely the characters’ nostalgic pull. The filmmakers would have desired to cash in on the animations’ immense popularity amongst the kids, by recreating its 2-D legacy in the prevailing 3-D era. The thought was indeed a goldmine, but the brains behind the picture forgot to add one little detail in the mix: there might’ve been a slight possibility that the toddlers of the 1980s would have evolved into fully developed grown-ups by 2011. The movie looks to cater to an extremely narrow range of audience by its one-dimensional humour and a stop-start storyline. While the original characters engrossed adults and kids concurrently, the 2011 version disappointingly fails to amuse anyone outside the under-10 bracket. Even that particular bracket will be frequently turned off by what in all fairness is 100 minutes of substandard effort at wit and hilarity. If the goal of this movie was to introduce the celebrated cartoons to those who are too young to have an affinity with the petite stars, then the atmosphere of the movie is too outdated and the drollness in most parts is out of place. The Smurfs are basically tiny blue magical creatures about the size of three medium sized apples piled up. Their primary vocation is wandering around the enchanted forest and augmenting their collection of smurfberries. They have fun, dance and croon around – and essentially they are cuteness personified. The conspicuous activities of the little fellows catch the eye of the wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) who identifies the Smurfs as an obvious source of enhancing his own magical powers. Gargamel is then hell bent upon capturing the Smurfs and his quest leads him to their magical village. The Smurfs put up a valiant fight against the evil magician and his cat Azreal, but an accident results in a small group of Smurfs traveling 50 I august 21 - 27, 2011

through a vortex that transports them out of their forest and into New York City. The mini group of six Smurfs now faces the daunting task of coping with the extraterrestrial conditions of the contemporary and world and countering the threat of Gargamel, who has followed them through the vortex. The Smurfs befriend Patrick and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) and collectively embark on trying to reopen the portal back to the forest. In a half-hearted attempt at recreation, the film completely abandons the characteristic aura associated with the Smurfs. Although new voice-overs were inevitable, voice processing could have been utilized to make the characters sound like the original. The entire purpose of recreating famed figures from the past is ruined when the resemblance between the characters on show and the animations the world has come to admire over the years is limited to size, shape and colour. Jonathan Winters is the new Papa Smurf. Smurfette is the music idol and celebrated singer Katey Perry. We have Anton Yelchin as Clumsy Smurf, Fred Armison as Brainy, and George Lopez as Grouchy. New characters include Gusty Smurf (voiced by Alan Cumming). Criminally, the much renowned characters from the past like Handy, Jokey, or Hefty have negligible screen time. Despite all its deficiencies, the film does manage to conjure up moments of entertainment, especially for young parents and their kids. The Smurf language is up and running throughout the picture, and although the suggestive jokes and the Smurf cursing might not be the most agreeable thing for parents of children under five, the language does click with preteens and slightly younger kids. Those parents, who have a nostalgic bond with the cartoon, would be far more contended if they were to give their children a dose of the original characters from their heyday. As for Raja Gosnell and the creative team of The Smurfs 2011 – Smurf you! Big time…


Mrs Fields & TCBY

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ahore has been bombarded by coffee shops and cafés off late. Most of these outlets are somewhat lacking in imagination, or the menu is dull and drab, or in my case as I give a lot of importance to it; simply uncomfortable to sit in. That changed as soon as I entered Mrs Fields. In 1977 cookie pioneer Debbi Fields wasn’t trying to create the gourmet cookie boom, she was quite passionate about making the finest oven fresh cookie possible. Thirty years later the world is still moved by that passion—here, honouring that same commitment are Mr and Mrs Waheed. They want to share this experience with the people of Lahore and are quite confident that the gourmet products, 52 I august 21 - 27, 2011

By Sikander Ahmad Khan

served oven fresh by inspired, helpful people, that are devoted to make your day sweet offer a wide range of gourmet cookies, brownies and muffins. All products are baked on site and baked continuously through out the day to provide fresh products to the customers. One of the main ingredients in the success of this neatly run outlet is the fact that the whole family has put their heart and soul in it. Apart from Mr and Mrs Waheed, their two sons are also busy bees behind the counter helping in doing whatever they can making this a true family place. Very heartening indeed. In the beginning I was greeted with a cookie chiller in which they take your favourite cookie for a spin to make a yummy shake. The smooth creamy taste was just too much for me and I couldn’t have enough of it. It was

The yogurt has 7 different types of live active bacteria cultures that improve digestion and help your body absorb nutrients. TCBY has nearly 80% less fat than the leading ice cream and it’s anywhere from 96 to 98% fat free and tastes better than ice cream


We wanted to share this experience with the people of Lahore and are quite confident that the gourmet products, served oven fresh by inspired, helpful people, that are devoted to make your day sweet offer a wide range of gourmet cookies, brownies and muffins simply to die for as I gulped down two of those and had to stop since I wanted to gorge on those delectable brownies that just looked too good to be true. I had a couple of Double Chocolate Muffins and the yummy chocolate flavour melted in my mouth and kept me begging for more. Not wanting to miss out on the coffee I, then, ordered their special blend of Robusta and Arabica. True to its quality, it complimented all their baking goods. The premium coffee beans are freshly roasted and ground on site to create a wide range of coffees. Back in 1981 ‘The country’s best yogurt’ opened the country’s first frozen yogurt shop in Arkansas. Since that time, they have continued to grow to over 500 stores nationwide. They are also continually looking for ways to keep their customers satisfied and coming back for more. That’s why they joined forces with Mrs Fields in the year 2000 to become a part of Mrs Fields’ famous brands. Today, TCBY leads the market in nutrition, taste, and new product innovation, always reaching to anticipate the evolving needs and wants of our customers. TCBY offers over 180 flavors of frozen yogurt complimented by a variety of toppings. Yogurt is available by the scoop or in sundaes baking fresh waffles cones everyday. The yogurt has 7 different types of live active bacteria cultures that improve digestion and help your body absorb nutrients. TCBY has nearly 80% less fat than the leading ice cream and

it’s anywhere from 96 to 98% fat free and tastes better than ice cream. Their yogurt is produced in the U.S. and we bring it straight from the States frozen, none of our frozen yogurt is locally made. Full of pro-biotics, it is the healthiest yogurt in town. And all these details further enhance this amazing delight because it tastes like heaven and as I gorged on it, I couldn’t help feeling the sensations of the flavours that were available and quite honestly when I first saw them all I thought this was ice cream. Armed with toppings and nuts it is something truly to die for. The interior itself was cozy and warm giving the effect of a rather homely environment immediately making us feel quite comfortable and was done to perfection. Wanting to share their experience in more ways than one, they also sell various quality coffee makers and mugs to people to take home with them. I gather this was something that carried a good thought behind it and I was the proud owner of one as I left the premises truly satisfied and elated at my first experience at Mrs Fields and The country’s best yogurt. A must try experience!

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Cuisine

The entire experience in the enchanting seclusion was beyond satisfying

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ecluded from the hustle bustle of extraneous traffic, café 76 is located in the upscale complex of 76 old Clifton. When I entered the complex, I was taken aback by the tiny exterior of the restaurant, yet thoroughly impressed by the lush gardens and promising tranquility of the place. Having suffered the loud jibber jabber by the ‘kitty party ladies’ who have started flooding my favorite places that now have fallen victim to overcrowding, the serene environment at café 76 augmented to my excitement of having a rather pacifying experience. Upon entering, I was immediately greeted with a warm welcome by the Maître d’ who insisted we take a thorough tour of the place before we decide on where to dine. Leading us through the entrance, he showed us the three unique areas the restaurant offers. The ‘garden dining room’ overlooks all the gardens thus offering a calm 54 I august 21 - 27, 2011

environment where one can relax. The dimly lit ‘bar room’ is a replica of a small English pub where you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail with your friends. The ‘atrium room’ provides an intimate rooftop skylight to create an exhilarating combination of outdoor atmosphere yet maintaining the air-conditioned indoors. After taking the tour, I was convinced that the restaurant was an embodiment of fine dining. The service at café 76 around a late lunch hour was most appealing. To entertain their customers, the staff at café 76 is well versed with English and possesses mannerisms fit for an elite

experience. While studying the menu, I realized what a baffling combination of sandwiches, pastas, chicken and seafood they have. There was enough variety within these selections however fewer selections to choose from. Upon inquiry, one of the servers told me they specialize in seafood. Keeping that in mind, I ordered the chili garlic shrimps served in crispy tulip as appetizer and red snapper asparagus as my main course. My friends selected potato chips with café 76 hot sauce as appetizers


with the café 76 hot sauce as appetizers and Mediterranean Sole, Chicken Jalapeño and Spicy Fettuccine Alfredo as their entrees. While we waited for our food to be served, we munched on the complimentary vegetables and enjoyed the soothing Cold Play tracks being played at the back while flipping through the latest fashion magazines that were elegantly placed in wooden boxes surrounding the foyer. As our appetizers arrived I noticed that the fresh shrimps were marinated in a spicy chili sauce and cooked to perfection while the tulip was crispy and created a mysterious combination with the shrimps. The potato chips came in long strips coated with a thin brown crust and a side of sizzling red sauce surely to ignite the taste buds. The entrees were served shortly after and appeared delicious in their form. The tangy flavors of the Mediterranean soul complemented the delicate nature of the fish and the sour lettuce provided an interesting contrast in texture. The Alfredo was tossed in Parmesan cheese and fine butter. It may not win the low fat diet recipe of the year award, but for a special treat you can’t beat cream, cheese and pasta together! The jalapeño chicken was tender with beans and salsa and the jalapeños did indeed produce flames from the ear. The red snapper asparagus was served on a bed of olives and mushrooms with a sharp contrast of sweet and sour that was complimented with a wonderful white garlic sauce. The entire experience in the enchanting seclusion was beyond satisfying. For the holy month of Ramadan, café 76 has introduced a couple of exciting deals. Deal 1 includes chicken stuffed potato and penne Arrabiata along with mineral water or soft drink for Rs550 inclusive of tax. Deal 2 comprises of a choice of soup and a selection between any pasta, burger or sandwich along with a mineral water or soft drink for Rs799 inclusive of tax. The last deal constitutes a soup, a chicken main course, chocolate or banana crepe and a small mineral water or soft drink plus tea for Rs999 inclusive of tax. With their new Ramadan deals, café 76 will definitely conquer the heart of many food lovers around Karachi.

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Recipe Recipe

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From the back stages of London Fashion Week to working with the coolest man on the planet, Toni Moscolo, founder of Toni & Guy international; Shammal Qureshi, Brand Ambassador for Toni & Guy in Pakistan knows what a woman wants in their man and what a man wants in their woman. Catch his blog every fortnight on styling, and fashion along with trends both locally and globally.

Suitability: It’s all about tailoring the style to suit your face shape. Round faces should avoid super short layers and should instead opt for longer looser lengths and an asymmetrical fringe to create a balance. Square shapes require a range of strategically placed layers to soften angles, while those blessed with the oval shape can suit any style.

side swept or a tear drop fringe. If your forehead is high then consider something fuller and heavier.

Understated style:

When it comes to cuts, suitability is everything. Very often I see hair dressers trying out a new crazy technique on a client with no regard for face shape. Sometimes simple and classic are the way to go. The best haircuts are very often the ones that people don’t notice right away.

Curls gone wild! Quite often curly hair can be difficult to tame. Ultimately what curly hair needs is the right amount of moisture, and lots of its density diffused. Lots of layering is required in order to lighten hair and increase bounce. With curly hair shorter shapes can end up looking triangular and formless if not done right. So if you’re going for the snip it is best you go to someone who knows what they’re doing. For best results try priming the hair with Label m curl cream.

Getting technical:

A common mistake most clients make is to describe their dream haircut in technical terms. Expressing style desires with words such as ‘3 layers, steep graduation’ and ‘feathering’ could be delving into

They will know you look good, but they won’t know why.

Fine hair: Layer up! Blunt edges and geometrical haircuts are so last year, this season it’s all about creating versatility and texture. Carefully placed layers allow you to get two to three different looks depending on how you style your hair, so don’t be shy and ask your stylist on how to work your new style with different products

This can only be fixed with a quality cut and stellar product. When the hair is fine, it is best to keep the hair on the shorter side with longer layers. This gives the cut a greater fullness. Graphic/blunt outlines can also make the hair look thicker. My favorite products are toppik which is an

Fringes:

If you’re enduring the dreaded grow out phase, but wish to perk up those midlength styles, a fringe is a way forward. It offers an instant style update with minimal commitment. These days the 70’s inspired fringe is ‘hot’ parted from the middle and flicked out at the end - fresh from Alexa Chung’s show at the London Fashion week. When choosing something to frame your face one must take into consideration their forehead. If you have a small forehead, go for something

American product; it releases small hair micro fibers covering those bald spots. The other one is Label m’s thickening cream; this swells the hair cuticle making it look a lot fuller.

dangerous territory. They can mean two very different things to different people. Try bringing visual references or going through a style guide with your stylist. I hope you now have an insight about different kinds of hairstyling for different types of faces. Now that you have an idea on what will suit your face type, do not hesitate to go for a new hair cut or style. That’s all from me for this week. I hope this little insight benefits you and you can look great in your new hair dos. For comments & questions, log on to www.facebook.com\toniandguylahore or you can email me at shammalq. whatwomenwant@gmail.com

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