Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

The world of clothing is forever evolving when it comes to material and style. This year, Pakistan witnessed the advent of a new dawn of wool, when Bannu Woollen Mills launched their factory outlet in the midst of twin cities.

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The launch was beautifully and elegantly executed by 360 Affairs, a leading PR company based in Islamabad. There were lights and flowers everywhere and the moment I walked in, I saw the most amazing setup in forever.

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The store entails the brand Saroni for women clothing and Ameer for men. I personally loved the woolen shawls at the store. I bought two for my mom.

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The launch was obviously glammed up with leading model Natasha and others and people were going ga-ga over the photobooth. Many socialites from twin cities visited the place and I met with a lot of my shopping lover friends buying bags and bags of goodies.

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With so many brands to choose from, we’re now always looking for something that is both comfortable, pocket-friendly and stylish. I think that this need is being fulfilled by Bannu Woolen Mills and with every new season, I’ll be more than excited to see the new collection.

Omg, I almost forgot, the giveaway for the launch was the classiest cushion I have ever seen, it now rests on my bed. If you want to know more, please look them up.

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is now the newest addition to Pakistan’s rapidly growing café culture. The grand opening of its first store in Pakistan took place on 1st of December, 2017 at Mount View Plaza, F-6, Islamabad. An official ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz marked the occasion. There were also appearances by many renowned personalities from Islamabad’s elite at the event.

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“It’s been a long time since such a big lifestyle brand such as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has launched in Pakistan,” stated the Mayor of Islamabad. “I’m glad they have chosen Islamabad as their launching pad. It’s a truly fantastic store offering a premium marquis experience – a little piece of Los Angeles under the Margallas! I’m hoping to see more Coffee Bean stores open in our city.”

Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is heralded as the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the world, with over 1200 stores across 31 countries today. It has immediate plans of launching next in Olympus Mall, Islamabad, as well as in Packages Mall and Main Boulevard Gulberg, Lahore. The company has plans of opening 30 stores all across the country in the next 5 years, all owned and operated by the master franchisee to maintain quality and standard.

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is committed to sourcing and roasting the top 1% of Arabica beans, and serving over 20 handpicked whole leaf teas, all from small farms and private estates in East Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific. Its philosophy is to “respect every Bean” and create a social hub where customers can relax and enjoy in a casual, friendly Southern California environment. It is especially known for concocting the signature ‘Ice blended’ drink, variations of which are now offered at other coffeehouses as well around the globe. The brand is especially a favorite in Hollywood, catering to the likes of Johnny Carson, David Beckham, Madonna and Eddie Murphy.

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The Coffee Bean is truly international. The coffee and teas are picked from across the world, roasted in LA and ground in best-in-class Swiss equipment, pulled in an Italian “Ferrari of coffee machines” with water that comes from a world-class filtration system and served in mugs from Korea. Their chocolate and cocoa comes from Belgium and Switzerland, the butter from France, and the flour from Dubai. As for the people, the trainers are from Malaysia and the Baristas are 100% pure Pakistani.

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Doors are open to the public from 2nd of December, offering handcrafted premium coffee and tea beverages with an assortment of sweet and savory menu items to its customers.

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“Give so that all may receive”

Art Langar is the first of its kind two-day art & music festival happening on 2nd & 3rd December, 2017 at The Rock Musicarium Islamabad.

Artist Lineup!

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The Art Langar has three key components:

1. Art Installations & Manifestations
2. Musical Performances & Collaborations
3. Langar – The Gift of Food

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT:

1. Baramda, F-11
2. Gloria Jeans, F-11
3. Chikachino, F-7
4. Tuscany Courtyard, Kohsar Market F-6
5. Doca Mocca, G-8
6. Khokha Khola, Beverly Center, Blue Area
7. Coffee Planet, I-8
8. Broaster’s, Sixth Road, Rawalpindi
9. Cheese Factor, F-11
10. 10 Eleven Lounge, F-8
11. Burn out, F-7
12. Spiral, F-11
13. Sony Center, Blue Area
14. Chai Chowk
15. Cutting Edge Saloon

For tickets, please inbox The Art Langar page.

Mother’s Day.

The one day we have specified for our moms. The reason why it all began was when some amazing social activist called Anna Jarvis decided to run a campaign to honor her mother by making Mother’s day a celebrated holiday in the US. And as history unfolded, we found out that rest of the countries started celebrating it too and so did everyone here in Pakistan.

What that woman started, we are carrying forward to honor our moms, because you know it is true when I tell you that we rarely have time to sit and talk to our moms. We always have work, meetings, events and friends every time our mom wants to sit and give a lecture on how bad the world is and how we are ‘just kids’ who don’t know what the world is capable of. No matter how strong and independent we are, deep down we know that our mom is the one person on earth who will stand with us if all the social image, finances and emotions fall from our hands.

The theory of us being ‘strong and independent’ became very relative when we realized that more and more women every day join the workforce of our country to add numbers to an existing percentage of 28% of the total women population. So how does this drastic change in the concept of our society impact mothers?

Not much, to be very honest. Our moms still scold us when we get home late, they still worry about our health and they still ask us if we want to get married soon. Perks?

We get late night oil massages in our hair with a handful of sarcastic comments

We get parathas and Churi for breakfast on normal days.

We get the most amazing ‘Churi’ in Ramzan and them Pakoras… Damn.

My mom, I always consider her to be the most strict mom in the history of moms and I still think that. I do, however, accept the fact that everything I am today, if my mom wasn’t there to teach me, the debates, the speeches, the love of books and poetry, I wouldn’t be who I am. She made me strong enough to stand in a crowd of thousands and not feel afraid and insecure. I am always confident, I am always proud and even in my darkest of days, I know that I will resurface as a survivor because my mom raised me like that. She is a librarian. A simple government librarian. Nothing fancy. But the way she brings books home and makes us read and find meanings of difficult words in the dictionary is why me and my sister (who happens to be studying law while being great at writing and drawing) Maham, are confident and like to read and write. I love my mom even though she drives me crazy mad sometimes( You know your mom does the same, don’t judge me). I do, because I know I am exactly like her. Lol.

About 5-6 years ago, I met this amazing young woman in a gorgeous house with a huge books cupboard in F-7. I saw her and I realized that I wanted to become like her when I grow professionally. Her name is Hira Ali and she has an event management company called Revelations. You might’ve seen my updates about the decor and event themes on my Instagram from her events. I decided to ask her some questions on her life as a working woman and her relationship with her mother for this Mother’s day.

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My first question from her was: How did your mom contribute in making you the woman you are today?

To which she smiled and replied:

“I owe it to my mom. Everything I am today, It is because of her. When she got married to my Agha (dad), she got an entire book library as a wedding gift from my grandfather. That is when I was raised between books and creativity which I portray in my work. She has always been there for me when I am running around crazy at the event, she makes sure I don’t lose it, (chuckle) she takes care of me and keeps me motivated. She is my role model and I think, she is perfect in every way and I’m glad I am her daughter”

Question 2: Do you think mothers in Pakistan are raising good daughters who will bring change in Pakistan and its culture?

“Well, our society made us realize that just the sons can do business and work successfully and for the last 5 years, I have seen a major change in that thinking. Now mothers encourage their daughters to get educated and learn the ways of the business so they never fail in their life. We now see more women getting into the business and our collective workforce. I think this is a great way of mothers showing the world that they are raising strong daughters because every woman can reshape the world”

Okay, final question. This is where I wanted to know how being married impacts her business.

Question 3: How does being married Influence your business?

“Ali(her husband) is so supportive. I thought when I’ll get married I’ll have to stop my passion for events and decor but that didn’t happen. Ali now supports me in every event I organize. He is part of the team now. He manages things in the business I used to neglect before. I think when two people love each other, they support each other too, in business, in life, and in a career. He is supportive in a way I never thought was possible and more husbands should be like him”

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While I agree with her, I still think if I’ll ever take that chance. Very unlikely, but sure. Maybe one day. Till then, I will rely on my sister and my mom for all the support I need to carry forward my love for literature and the trend of reading books.

Wherever you mom is, go give her a hug, buy her flowers. I’m planning to buy her Rus Malai and Gajray. She is old school. She will like it.

Happy Mother’s day to every amazing mother and mothers-to-be on the planet.

We’re having a book launch this Thursday, in Sattar Baksh F-7, Islamabad. You’re all welcome to join us celebrate literature. There will be poetry, prose, and music. I promise.

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Do me wrong, do me right. Tell me lies but hold me tight.
Save your good-byes for the morning light, but don’t let me be lonely tonight.

Say goodbye and say hello. Sure enough good to see you, but it’s time to go.
Don’t say yes but please don’t say no, I don’t want to be lonely tonight.

Go away then, damn you, go on and do as you please,
You ain’t gonna see me getting down on my knees.
I’m undecided, and your heart’s been divided, you’ve been turning my world upside down.

Do me wrong, do me right, right now, baby. Go on and tell me lies but hold me tight.
Save your good-byes for the morning light, morning light,
but don’t let me be lonely tonight.
I don’t want to be lonely tonight, no, no, I don’t want to be lonely tonight.

I don’t want to be lonely tonight.

James Taylor, 1972

Don’t let your loved one’s feel alone, sad or cold this New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year!

John Lennon‘s Sgt. Pepper’s-era home piano, used by the Beatles legend to compose “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life,” among others, is set to hit the auction block December 10th as the marquee item in Sotheby’s “A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury.”

The red-and-black John Broadwood and Sons cottage upright piano, which was housed in Lennon’s Kenwood home when he was writing songs for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, is estimated to sell for between $1.2 and $1.8 million; Lennon’s “Imagine” piano, featured on the 1970 classic, sold at auction for $2.1 million in 2000.

Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper’s piano comes with a plaque, installed by Lennon in 1971, denoting that the instrument was used to pen “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “A Day in the Life,” “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “Good Morning Good Morning.”

 

 

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 The “From Folk to Fury” auction also includes unique Bob Dylan items like the singer’s autographed final manuscript for “Blowin’ in the Wind,” featuring Dylan’s handwritten corrections and signature “Bob Dylan 1962.”

Four handwritten versions of Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” are known to exist; the one hitting the block at Sotheby’s, estimated to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000, is the July 1962 version used by Dylan to record The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan track.

Dylan and the Band‘s Rick Danko’s typed manuscript for “This Wheel’s on Fire,” with handwritten edits presumably by Danko, will also hit the auction block with a $60,000 estimate. Sketches that Dylan drew of Joan Baez, as well as sketches Baez made of Dylan, are also available at the auction.

 

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Other notable items include the Eaglesoriginal, handwritten manuscript for “Hotel California,” featuring lyrics penned by both Don Henley and Glenn Frey and estimated to sell for between $500,000 and $700,000.

Original paintings by David Bowie, a cache of Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground lyrics, Jim Morrison’s 1971 handwritten notebook, John Lennon’s Help! jacket and Johnny Rotten’s lyrics for the Sex Pistols’ “Problems,” penned on Malcolm McLaren’s office stationary, will also be auctioned off.

Read the original article here on Yahoo Music