Got unruly hair? Can’t seem to tame those tresses? Tired of looking like Simba’s frizzy cousin? Never fear, your friendly neighbourhood Jellyfish is here! What with having bad hair days for most of my adult life, I feel like I know a thing or two about dealing with untameable tresses.
So without further ado, here’s my fool proof guide to taming your hair in four easy steps:
I love being home in Lahore. I love meeting up with old friends and being part of rambling family dinners and events. I love being in the city I grew up in, visiting my old haunts and eating the same old street food my mother still insists will give me food poisoning.
Lahore however has changed in a lot of ways, and not all change is good change. Oh there’s the little things of course, like the 101 new Resteraunts, cafes and ice cream places that seem to have popped up like weeds all over the place, or the sudden proliferation of bridges where before there had been only a confused jumble of traffic jams, but the big ‘change’ I’ve noticed is a marked swing towards money consciousness.
It’s kind of ridiculous how much people are suddenly effected by the brand of handbag their cousin’s niece was carrying to Monday’s soirée or by exactly how many outfits the neighbour’s daughter bought this season (and whether you bought more or less). I mean sure, being brand conscious is one thing but the women of Lahore seem to have crossed the line into crazy town with the amount of money (and effort) they are willing to spend to one up each other.
Summer is, as always, the worst offender. The hot weather calls for cotton clothes which are bought unstitched and than given to tailors for stitching. There used to be a time when you’d go to the cloth stores, buy some nice colors and prints, and get everything stitched within a reasonable price. Now though? Now every next society lady with textile mill connections is a ‘designer’ churning out atrociously expensive ‘designer prints’ (in limited quantities to ensure exclusivity of course) that everyone must wear or be shunned from polite society. The better ‘brands’ demand that you show up to their single location to pre-order from a catalogue without actually seeing the fabric, get bruised and battered by other ‘ladies’ trying to get their chosen dress before they run out, than show up at 8am to actually obtain it, all with no return or exchange policy.
You aren’t privy to the secret pre-ordering timings/locations? Don’t worry! You can always show up to the single store carrying the damn brand at the (also) secret 3am sale to buy the elusive designer suits before they run out! Then it’s all a matter of paying tailors exuberant amounts of money in a bid to bribe them into stitching your clothes first so you can be the first to wear the new prints and win some unknown trophy.
Not up for the battlefield that is summer clothes shopping this year and thinking of just wearing last year’s stuff? That’s ok, as long as you’re prepared for the scorn of the style police who’ll fall all over themselves to point out that isn’t that LAST year’s print, which apparently makes it a criminal offender to wear it?
Think I’m exaggerating? Just watch the this video of when they open the gates at a typical ‘season launch’ of a brand.
Is it just me or does that seem cartoonish in it’s ridiculousness? life can be quite strange indeed..
Happy International Women’s Day everyone! Here’s to hoping our daughters and grand daughters can grow up in a world where they aren’t judged, labelled or despised based on something they can’t control: their biological gender. Hell I’ll settle for a world where girls aren’t judged solely on the clothes they choose to wear because apparently:
If a girl wears ‘sexy’ clothing = she’s a slut
If a girl wears ‘normal’ clothes = she’s not sexy enough or is boring
If a girl wears conservative clothes = she’s obviously repressed so therefore desperate for it
If a girl wears a hijab/headscarf = she’s oppressed and obviously needs liberating
If a girl wears a burqa = she’s a terrorist
Dear world, please grow up. We are so much more than the clothes on our back.
Weddings are celebrated differently in different places, everyone knows that. But after growing up in Pakistan (and having a Pakistani wedding), every time I see a western wedding, I can’t help but be reminded afresh of just how different those two types of weddings are. For instance:
1) Not only can you wear the same color as the bride, you can wear your actual wedding dress to the event without eliciting any reaction. In fact, if you have been married less than 5 years or the wedding is that of a sibling or close cousin, you are expected to re-wear your wedding dress and people will ask you why you’re not wearing it if you don’t!
2) Speaking of the wedding dress, you have not one but two proper wedding dresses and you don’t even pick the second one. Technically, with the wedding spanning anywhere from 3 (the minimum) to 6 or 7 events, you actually have several ‘bridal’ clothes, each different according to the traditional clothes of each event. The dresses for the last 2 events though are the ones that are full-on wedding dresses, the first you choose for yourself while the second is chosen and paid for by the groom’s family.
3) The actual ‘exchange of vows’ is not given too much time or importance, it often happens before the actual event (or is a separate event on its own) and is usually witnessed by a minimal number of people. Oh and the bride and groom are not even in the same room during this exchange of vows.
4) The weddings is stretched over several days instead of hours with elaborate rituals, clothes, colors, decor etc particular to each day.
5) The first morning after the wedding, breakfast is brought over by the brides family who than stay to help eat that breakfast. Which of course can get embarrassing if they arrive before you’ve woken up and you have to scramble to get all dolled up before joining them.
There are many many more differences of course, but these were the first 5 I thought of and 5 is always a good number for a list, don’t you think?
Interested in knowing more? Leave your questions in the comments!
I may not be a shopaholic persay, but I am definitely a shoe-aholic. Show me a cute pair of shoes and I will show you a woman putting herself through hell trying to resist buying the said pair of shoes. What I'm saying is, I love shoes.
I may not buy every pair I find pretty (there's a budget to be considered after all) but I sure as heck want to! My restraint is apparently going to be put to the test though because rumor has it that the shoe of every little girls princess fantasies is hitting the market soon. What shoe, you ask? One of the most famous pieces of footwear in history of course: Cinderella's glass slipper!
Yes, it's true, shoe designers like Jimmy Choo and Nickholas Kirkwood are reimagining the famous glass slipper for the new Cinderalla movie that's coming out soon. There's nothing amazing about that in and of itself, designers design stuff for movies all the time. The amazing thing is that the shoes will actually be in actual stores this summer! I think the little girl in me that used to prance around the house in mommy's driving gloves pretending to be a princess just squealed in glee. The adult in me of course knows that those shoes will probably cost more than I spend on clothes and shoes in an entire year (and might not actually even be as great as they sound in theory), but a girl can dream right?