So this was me in my night shirt, with my unkempt hair dreading the inevitable hair wash 💦day (which is usually after every 3 days) and which usually starts with me trying to coax my hair into behaving and lasting one more day which it clearly isn’t 😒. After which I give up and begin the tiring process which involves slathering on copious amounts of hair oil, combing out the tangles and trussing my hair up into a tight braid for a couple of hours while i dread the tiresome task of washing out the aforementioned oil which inevitably leads to sore, aching elbows (is it just me who gets tired just by washing my hair🧐) Not to mention the second round of combing, detangling & brushing that follows (which has become a lot easier thanks to the @johnmastersorganics detangler🤩). Then ofcourse there are the 4-5 hours I have to endure walking around looking like the survivor of a major frizz bomb deployment (it takes that long for my hair to settle down after wash💦 day 😳). So why this picture then? To show you that behind the photoshopped, impossible to achieve perfectionist obsessed world of social media is this reality that everyone wakes up to ( celebrities, social media stars everyone!). So let’s embrace our flaws and celebrate our imperfect, all natural selves from time to time.
💇🏻♀️I have always had long hair for as long as I can remember and as such I have become very protective of my locks 💝.
💇🏻♀️From the time when I was a toddler and till my late teens my mom was in charge of my hair’s care and maintenance : from pinning me down with one leg and piling on coconut🥥olive and safflower oils, to tying it in the tightest of braids. Even haircuts consisted of me standing on a pile of old 🗞newspapers and my mom trimming a few centimeters at the bottom with a pair of kitchen scissors ✂️. Salons and hairdressers according to my mom and Nani(her mom) were the wicked conspirators who would chop✂️ off all my hair to sell in the black market and send me home looking like a ganji kabootri (bald pigeon🐦) God only knows where Desi moms and grandma’s come up with such analogies and stories 😓.
💇🏻♀️If all that wasn’t extreme enough mom would also carefully wash and condition and detangle my hair announcing beforehand that I was too phoohar (both inept & incapable) that I would never be able to wash the oil out 😓. And also that I would use up all the water in the tank in the process😳.
💇🏻♀️Eventually I took over the washing and conditioning part once I turned 13 stressing that I needed privacy despite her protests of (mujh se kya chupa rahi ho maine tumhe 10 saal tak nilhaya hai💧) = I’ve bathed you till you were 10 there is nothing there I haven’t seen already 😳.
💇🏻♀️The only time after that I remember my mom washing my hair when I was older was when I was 14.
💇🏻♀️Ok so backstory : I was at school and for some reason had my head stuck out our classroom window to look at god knows what down below, when the glass pane from the window one floor above me fell out and smashed on my head 😱. And when I say smashed I mean smashed like into teeny tiny smithereens. So there I was with these hundreds of micro shards of glass in my hair feeling like a character from the Tiny Toons cartoon after they have been hit on the head with an anvil 😳. Anyways this was Karachi in the 90’s so the class teacher simply told me I was perfectly fine, not to make a fuss and since I wasn’t visibly bleeding that I should go home (the last class of the day had ended during this fiasco).
💇🏻♀️Once home I told my mom about the incident, where after the initial aye haye (oh no!) tujhe kya zarroorat thee khirki se poora sar bahar niklane ki? Kahin kaanch ne baal tu nahi kaat diye??( what possessed you to stick your whole head out the window? Don’t tell me the glass damaged the hair!!😒
I was then promptly marched over to the bathroom and since I refused to take off my clothes in front of her I had to sit in my uniform in the bathtub 🛁while she meticulously removed every piece of glass from hair and washed it. 💞
💇🏻♀️Given my mom’s obsession with long hair. It’s no wonder then that even as an adult I was very attached to my hair and when I finally ventured on my own for a haircut. I was the very epitome of the pain in the ass, badgering, edgy customer who would constantly remind the hair dresser to cut as little as possible of her precious hair and then demand proof that she had not tricked me and hacked off all my hair 🤨 (Mujhe dekhain kitna kaat rahi hain) = show me how much you are cutting off 😜
💇🏻♀️I remember the first time I had bangs cut 😳the sight of the hair dresser cleanly slicing off a a foot long, thick lock of hair had me clutching the arms of the salon chair so firmly my knuckles had turned white causing the lady to stop in alarm and checking to see if I was having some of seizure 😖🙃. I remember regretting getting my hair cut the moment I got back home and ordering all sorts of hair vitamins off of amazon and measuring my hair diligently every week.
💇🏻♀️Back to the present I have managed to get over my hair related nerves finally 😋 and I actually look forward to getting my hair styled and colored every now and then a little differently each time. Pictures below 😬⬇️💇🏻♀️Luckily I have always done my research and I have always found myself in good hands so no major hair disaster stories. Except for the time when I got my hair highlighted in Karachi and I ended up with a giant white blonde streak reminiscent of a Skunk’s tail smack in the center of my head 😱. But a tantrum in the salon and a little toner helped fix that problem so whew😬
💇🏻♀️I honesty feel a haircut and color is the easiest and quickest way to freshen up your look and feel good about the way you look. So here is my very current hair cut and yes it looked so good I had to indulge in a little selfie while I was still the car 😜
Tell me your hair stories good or bad I would love to hear them 😘
☕️Any trip to Dubai Mall for me is so not complete without a refuel at @papparotiuae 😋☕️ ok so I’ll admit it as much as I love my lattes, (that is from my years in California before that the only coffee I knew was the Bahadurabad wali Nescafé Espresso which was actually frothy milk with instant coffee and a drizzle of cream on top in a stryrofoam cup that I would always invariably bite through it was so flimsy 😳).
☕️I am at heart a huge chai fan ✨and I don’t mean the overly sweet westernized chai latte or chai tea mainstream coffee chains try to pass off as a weak replacement of the real thing, by which I mean quintessential Desi Doodh Patti –chai☕️
Ok for people that don’t know chai means tea, so when you call it chai tea that literally means tea tea 🙄. It’s just chai people just ask for chai any Desi will get what you are saying, on the other hand if you ask them for chai tea they will just look at you like you like what the F***🤨.
☕️My love💞and insatiable craving for chai is something that I have inherited from my mother👩🏻 who needs her two mugs of steaming, burn your tongue off, rich, creamy doodh patti chai (my mom is a chai connoisseur guys) And while I may not be as picky when it comes to my cuppa I have to admit a poorly made cup of tea does piss me off 😡.
☕️Which is why I was thrilled to bits when I chanced upon the papparoti franchise 🤩. Not only do they have mouth watering buns (read calorific disaster which will require atleast 2 hours in the gym not the measly 30 min jog that I kid myself into believing will burn off the 1000 calorie damage I do when I eat out 😖). They actually have proper Desi chai ☕️🤩I mean the real deal with elaichi and saffron versions 😍 in a proper mug ❣️not a 2 sip and it’s empty measly tea cup I mean which legit Desi, brown person drinks chai in a dainty tea cup??
☕️And no I’m not referring to the “cutting chai” I never really got the point behind that one to be honest 🤨. Ok so back to the topic ➡️this is the as close as you will get to the beloved Desi doodh patti that you get at the chai dhabas at Bukhari guys trust me on this👊🏻this chai is mom approved ✨( I brought her here in her last trip and after she berated me about how she could make chai for the whole family for a week back home at the price of one cup here) she proclaimed it delicious😋So it not only has my approval it has my moms seal of approval which basically means this place has it’s very own desi moms version of a Michelin👩🏻🍳 star🌟. So what are you waiting for❓Head on over for a bun and the yummy milk tea and take your moms too 😘
Hola Love Bunnies 🐰🎁💕!
Today on the blog its story time ! So get into your PJ’s , get comfy and hit that play button😘 because today we will talking all about the not so joyful experience of receiving totally terrible presents 🎁😖
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Hello Loves ❣️
Today I’m going to tell you a story, a freaky story and a true story 😈. So last night I went to bed pretty late ( I’m on vacation don’t judge me 😬).
Before I go to bed I usually keep a bottle of water 💦on my nightstand since my mouth gets very dry in the middle of the night. And since I watch way too many horror movies 🎥 there is no way I’m going out in the middle of the night to become the easy, unsuspecting prey to a psychopath serial killer, a vengeful spirit or restless ghoul.
Getting back to our tale of terror 💀, I woke up around 4 am, groped about in the dark for my water 💦 bottle which I found under the bed empty 😡thanks to the plethora of forever thirsty nieces sleeping over 😴.
Since I couldn’t go back to sleep with a parched throat 🍂and the nieces were sleeping even more deeply than Snow White and Sleeping beauty👑 combined. I braced myself to tackle the impending task alone and after peeping around the door for potential death traps 🌑 tip toed gingerly into the living room.
It’s a mystery to me how my eyes 👀 even with their pathetic vision suddenly start seeing all sorts of unworldly objects and paranormal activity ☠️ in pitch black darkness. Harmless shadows resemble ominous 👻figures, mundane sounds like the clock ticking sound like echoing 👣footsteps you get the idea….
I hurriedly refilled my bottle willing my mind not to rerun through every single horror movie I had watched. As I made my way across the living room I happened to glance at the window and I literally jumped out of my skin. There pressed against the window was the silhouette of a giant cat sitting perfectly still staring off into the distance. This on a night that was the background of a typical Hollywood horror flick complete with a thunderstorm ⚡️and pouring rain outside. ⛈
If that wasn’t enough to petrify me the cat that had been stationary till then decided to swivel its head and stare straight at me. The sight of two fluorescent slits in a pitch black room was the last straw I stifled a blood curling scream that was about to explode from me (the last time I had screamed at that sight of a stray cat in my supposedly dark and empty bedroom had resulted in dire consequences : brown people read your mom’s chappal 👡).
I willed my legs to move which at the first instance of terror turn into two solid pillars of lead incapable of movement. The cat meanwhile was content to sit on its perch and stare at me with those creepy glowing eyes. I finally dragged myself to my room double bolted the door 🚪 dived under the covers and pulled the blanket over my head frantically reciting every prayer I could recall.
I want to ask at this point ☝️ why when we are feeling the most terrified do we think that a lifeless piece of fabric aka the blanket or duvet can provide us the ultimate protection against ghosts, 👻ghouls, 💀or knife wielding murderers🔪❓
Plus no matter how hard you try to think 💭 innocent thoughts your mind will determinedly conjure up the things that terrify 💀you the most. Long story short despite the fact that I was sleeping in a room literally littered with nieces sleeping on every available space we could fit a mattress in. I stayed up till sunrise cowering under my blanket, terrified I was going to be attacked by a possesed cat that would apparate into my room and change into a something from a James Wan movie 😱 I think I only dozed off 😴when I saw the sun ☀️ shining through the curtains. 😖
Have you guys ever had one of those nights when you were scared and couldn’t sleep? Let me know in the comments 😘
💋Hey Lovelies ,
Today’s post is going to bring you up close and personal with your favorite blogger : Me! 😘 haha 😂 ok so maybe I’m not on your top 10 favorite people list yet but maybe this fun fact sheet will change that and get me into the top 💯?
Let’s get started already!
💋1- I don’t wear makeup unless it’s a special occasion. Everyday I’m barefaced and yes that includes most OOTD posts unless I specifically state I’m wearing makeup. Even then it’s limited to tinted moisturizer, lipstick, kohl and blush.
💋2-I love acting would love to make a career out of it someday lol wishful thinking 😋.
💋3- I love buying clothes I mean if I could wear a new outfit everyday that would be the perfect world 🌎 for me 😇
💋4- I hate working out 🏋🏻 but I do it anyway because my body attracts fat like a magnet 😳.
💋5- I wish I had the power to travel back in time and redo some of the things that I messed up 😔.
💋6-I have always wanted to do a cartwheel and a handstand.
💋7- I wish junk food and desserts weren’t fattening. 😋
💋8- I have always dreamed of waking up looking perfectly made up like in the 🎥 movies or in Instagram selfies 💋.Usually when I wake up I look like I’ve been wrestling wild cats all night😾😺.
💋9-I don’t believe in ghosts….except when I’m by myself at night and I’ve watched a horror flick 😳
💋10- I hate wearing heels 👠 if could wear my Tom’s everywhere I totally would 😊.
💋11- I color match my lingerie 😳 it drives me crazy if they aren’t the same color 😖.
💋12- I hate airplane food ✈️whenever I can I always buy myself a sandwich and a muffin( Costa, Paul or Starbucks 😋)to eat on board. (Doesn’t work out so well for long haul flights though 😡).
💋13- I love 💕rose scented anything (perfumes, cosmetics, skincare products 🌹). I recently tested ( more like sprayed it all over myself till the sales person raised her eyebrows) the rose 🌹 scented Oud (Arabic fragrance) from Loccitane and totally loved it 😍. (Hey it was a tester 😳)
💋14- I used to love reading 📖 but I haven’t been enthralled by a book since Harry Potter 😢. (Any recommendations?)
💋15– I am so sick and tired of people going on racist rants and spreading hate and violence just because they think they are entitled on the basis of their skin color which FYI is determined by your genes and not something that makes you superior or that you can change. ( Unless you happen to be Michael Jackson😎).
💋So there it is guys a little bit more about myself. Hope you guys enjoyed reading do let me know in the comments 😘.