Everyone has a guilty pleasure and mine is reading Perez Hilton, especially his fashon-based blog Cocoperez, which admittedly was an inspiration to start blogging.
Perez’ article on the reinvention of the women’s blouse caught my eye. When I started working over a year ago, I had to vastly change my wardrobe. In the early days, I put a lot of effort into my wardrobe to ensure I had a bit of glamour in my dull work routine. As the workload increased, it became harder to plan and I eventually ran out of ideas. I then decided to streamline my morning routine and adopt “interview attire”, i.e. the women’s button-down shirt.
It has always amazed me how any guy with any physique can carry off the tucked-in button-down shirt look. The few times I attempted to tuck in my shirt I just ended up looking butch. Nevertheless, I think there are a lot of cute women’s shirts available that have a hint of glamor while looking professional. Unfortunately, due to our anatomical structure, we are often left with a gap exposing more than we’d like. I’ve definitely caught some misplaced glances from the nice, but still male colleagues at work.
Well a bright-minded woman name Rochelle Behrens has solved this problem and designed a shirt specifically for women. If you still don’t understand what I’m talking about, check this out:
I would love to try this shirt out especially since it is Oprah recommended. It’s available to buy online, at Bloomingdales, and a few other stores. However the price tag does run pretty steep so I’m going to hold off on ordering one until I get more info or manage to spot one in a Dubai store (wishful thinking). If any of you women spot this and get a chance to try it on, do let me know what you think.
So is “The Shirt” going to revolutionize your wardrobe?
We have all had those days when a song gets stuck in your head and refuses to leave. You keep humming it and then eventually your head gets bored and its gone.
The songs that generally get stuck in my head are ones that I’ve recently added to my library. However this time my subconscious picked songs that I haven’t heard for years.
Yesterday, Dubai had the fortune of having a bout of melancholic weather, i.e. big grey clouds threatening to burst over the parched desert. The whole day I was humming this song from the 1989 movie, Chandini:
When I think of a Bollywood romance, an image of a gorgeous woman dancing in the rain pops in front of me. This song is a perfect example of this and has two of our most beautiful actresses, Juhi Chawla and Sridevi.
While the song from Chandini is a classic, today’s song comes straight from the 1997 masala movie Judwaa with the unbeatable Salman Khan in a double-role:
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The Hinglish lyrics are fairly entertaining and the chorus roughly translates into:
If you’ve come into this world, you should fall in love.
You should live a little, you should die a little.
Now I really wish I could tell you why my subconscious picked this song today, but I’m still struggling with that.
Brown a.k.a. Desi a.k.a. Indian, Pakistani or other South Asians will all agree to one thing – brown events are hilarious. Apart from the delicious food, sparkling clothing, and foot-tapping music, the social etiquette at our events is quite different from anything you’d expect. So here are my top 5 picks that are unique to our culture.
You know it’s a brown event when…
Someone gets offended.
Someone integral to the event refuses to attend at the last minute. (Courtesy of the fabulous Ms. @sa7arfarooq)
Cash is forcefully shoved into your pocket/purse.
Receiving used jewelery is a form of endearment, i.e. bracelets are removed from one wrist and put onto yours and quite literally, old is gold.
A gigantic golgappa is shoved down your throat, no matter what your dietary/allergy restrictions are.
Bonus: If you are a 20-something unmarried girl, at least one person will ask you “When are you getting married?”
Moral of the story: If you are brown, avoid these events as long as you can. If you are not brown, keep your eyes and pockets open next time you attend one.
So I got a request from Mr. SN last week for an update on good Bollywood music to listen to, especially for working out at the gym. I decided to turn this into a roundup of the Bollywood Hits of 2010.
Unfortunately this ended up being easier than expected. It turns out that 2010 was a rather terrible year for Bollywood music. Going through my iTunes collection, I noticed most of the new entrants for the year were English music with an especially large contribution from the soundtracks of Glee. In what might be a first, there were less than 50 Bollywood songs that made it to iTunes from the past year. Nevertheless, let me share the highlights of 2010.
Top 10 Dance Hits of 2010:
Sheila Ki Jawani
I Hate Luv Storys
O Mere Khuda
Aapka Kya Hoga (Dhanno)
Honorable Mentions: Pump It Up | Zor Ka Jhatka | Chhan Ke Mohalla | Alisha | Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani | Oh Girl You’re Mine | Nakhre | Gal Mitthi Mitthi | Ayaashi | Pe Pe Pepein | Suno Aisha | Beera | Uff Teri Adaa | Ibn-E-Batuta | Ranjha Ranjha
Top 5 Ballads of 2010:
Tujhe Bhula Diya
Tere Mast Mast Do Nainn
Kajra Kajra Kajraare
Honorable Mentions: Kuch To Baaki Hai | Tumse Hi Tumse | Tere Liye | Hey Ya! | Dil To Bachcha Hai | Peeloon | Bin Tere | Bahara | Sadka | Jab Mila Tu
Top Movie OSTs:
Action Replayy | Aisha | Anjaana Anjaani | Badmaash Company | Band Baaja Baaraat | Chance Pe Dance | Dabaang Dabangg | Guzaarish | Housefull | I Hate Luv Storys | Ishqiya | Kajraare | Karthik Calling Karthik | Milenge Milenge | Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai | Prince | Pyaar Impossible | Raajneeti | Raavan | Tees Maar Khan
Top 5 Music Videos:
Sheila ki Jawani
I’ve tried my best to include all the music from last year but I’ve probably missed a few here and there. If there is something that needs to be included or you agree with my list, hit the comments below!
I came across this article from the Huffington Post about 20 things that became obsolete this decade. I agree that most of these items will completely disappear in our lifetime and most of them are for the better. However, there is one thing I’m already starting to miss – collecting physical items such as CDs, DVDs, books, and letters.
One of my childhood friends had the biggest film and music collection in her house. Sleepovers there were the best since no matter how much everyone’s tastes differed, you could find a movie that we would all agree to watch.
I was also quite a bookworm while growing up and at one point had amassed a collection of more than 500 books. Even thought I’m very much a techy, I haven’t been converted to reading books or magazines on an iPad or Kindle. And most ladies will agree with me that you definitely get more pleasure from flipping through an actual magazine than an electronic version. Considering how much of a bookwork I was as a kid, it isn’t surprising that Belle is my favorite Disney princess and thus I find this to be one of the most romantic scenes in a movie:
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Then there are letters! I got a birthday card in the mail from Ms. AH last year and I loved it! While I appreciate the ease in communicating via email or instant message, I will always cherish that card. The fact that she had to visit a store, pick out a card, and find a way to mail it showed me how much love and thought was put in. And without letters, there would be no love letters! I’m quite saddened that the next generation won’t identify with romantic songs like this:
I know with the Internet becoming such an integral part of our lives and everything being available electronically, there is no requirement for maintaining physical collections. Furthermore, this should hopefully cutdown on waste and be more environmentally friendly. Nevertheless, I will miss wasting hours in bookstores and video rental stores.
So what do you think? Is there anything from this list you will miss or is it all for the better?