GiGi Hadid x Tommy Hilfiger

Hilfiger knew that if he wanted to be talked about, bringing on a current celebrity phenomenon would be a good idea, and there was no better person than Hadid for the job.

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While global ambassador is a huge honor, the fashion designer wanted her to do more than just that. As the face of the brand, Hadid collaborated with Hilfiger on a capsule collection that includes a fragrance, women’s sportswear, footwear and accessories.

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They created a line called Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger, using her style, her sense, her social media presence as the top supermodel in the world today. It’s really no surprise, then, that she was named the face of Tommy Hilfiger’s newest fragrance, The Girl, inspired by Gigi’s free-spirited personality!

There was this whole buzz on social media about Gigi being fat-shamed by a Tommy Hilfiger casting director. Well, everyone knows Gigi Hadid is besties with designer Tommy Hilfiger,  after all, they designed a successful collection together.

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The model says she knows why Hilfiger said what he said. “I know that when Tommy said it last week, it was in context of a larger story that wasn’t shown in that video,” said Hadid. “I know that the point of that story was that Tommy was rooting for me, and that regardless of what the stylist of that season said or what he put me in, Tommy wanted me in the show and Tommy was pushing for me and Tommy loved my curves.”

You can watch her full reaction in the video below.

 

I have to admit that the line they both came out with is super stunning. It’s bold, feminine, sexy and classy! Gigi never fails to stun her fans all around the world!

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Signing off

W&S !

 

Fall so far!

“Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen” – Anonymous

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Albert Camus

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
Lauren DeStefano, Wither

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
Humbert Wolfe

“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.”
Joe L. Wheeler

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
Jim Bishop

Hoodies, bonfire, cuddling, cosy sweaters, vibrant colors, warm drinks, long chilly walks, movie nights, leaves changing colors, crisp air, rainy days, blankets, crunchy leaves, Is there anything more beautiful than fall? Fruits, fashion, make up, events, everything speaks of autumn. Autumn is definitely our favorite time of the year, its not just gorgeous, the weather is great and also it brings with it birthdays and of course Halloween.

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Let’s take a look at what all we’ve seen in fall so far.

Fashion industry brought forward some of the most stunning styles for 2016.

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Fall 2016 saw dark pouts, flushed cheeks and glitter took centre stage, while liner got graphic and lashes were messy.

 

Here are some of our favorite pinterest fall/winter wardrobe picks!

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Locks got more vibrant, caramel, chestnut, bronze, reds, even shades of gold

 

While we look at all other wonders of fall, we can’t ignore the importance of skincare.

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As the days grow shorter, the temperatures drop, and the air becomes drier, your skin may lose precious moisture. Autumn is a time of transition, and the best autumn skin care routines will correct any summer damage that has occurred and prepare your skin for winter. Sun, chlorine, and saltwater may have taken a toll on your skin throughout the summer, so fall is a time to exfoliate and moisturize.

  • switch to a soap-free hydrating cleanser. It’s time to put away the gels and bring out the creamy body wash.
  • Exfoliate with an oil-based scrub.
  • Switch from lotion to cream. As the air becomes drier, your skin needs a thicker moisturizer. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration to this layer of skin at the same time.
  • Protect your lips. Start moisturizing now to prevent dry, cracked lips this winter. Use a non-petroleum based lip balm for best results.
  • Hands and feet often become dry and cracked during fall and winter. Start moisturizing your hands and feet now to ensure soft, supple hands all winter long.
  • it is that time of the year when the showers become hotter than usual giving you a dry scalp resulting in dandruff and flakes. Oil and a good conditioner could make a huge difference. Let’s not forget the wonders of yogurt which is the ultimate natural remedy for dandruff.

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I’m sharing a beautiful song, which is an all time classic from sting..seems perfect for those long walks and cosy nights.

 

Movie lovers, relive the old days and watch “Autumn in New York” starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder. Perfect to make you fall in love with Autumn even more.

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Enjoy the weather, make memories, fall in love!

Ciao!

Independence day each year!

Each year we think about celebrating our independence day with great fervor. We plan a lot of things and then there are others who plan to sleep the entire day. Some of us take this opportunity to tell the upcoming generation how we got this beautiful land while others spend the entire day watching television. We all are different in our own ways, we all take things differently and we all have our own ways of celebrating something. Speaking of celebration of course we can’t deny the fact that a lot has changed over the years, the good old days of decorating our houses in colors of green and white, finding the biggest flag in the market, watching the fire works, bringing fire crackers, getting up in the morning to watch the glorious parade, singing patriotic songs, and the list is endless. There was something about the 14th of August that made us proud and happy. Times have changed, we have buried our good old traditions somewhere and adapted to the modern belief of less is more. Hence we think of not doing anything at all except maybe watch TV and sleep the whole day. Hats off to all those who still make an effort to keep the spirit alive! Truly!

I personally believe in keeping up with all that we have experienced over the years but also make a difference by doing something for my country. Planting a tree or two, eating with the poor, cleaning the neighborhood, educating poor children on my own etc.

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Over the years, we have heard some of the greatest patriotic songs of our times. Let’s relive those and recall the good times. I thought maybe it would make us stop and think for a second how we spent our independence day this year and inspire us enough to spend it differently next year. Enjoy!

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How can we forget Dil Dil Pakistan. The song we grew up with! Its original version is still as fresh as ever in our minds and nothing beats that!

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Junoon brought forward a song that took the entire generation by storm. With glimpses of the 92 world cup in its video, it became an instant hit!

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Ae Jawan by the young boys of Awaz shot in the breathtaking mountains of our country was a treat to watch.

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Faakhir came out with his solo and touched hearts all over.

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This years Coke Studio gave us goose bumps by bringing forward this masterpiece. A tribute to all martyrs who lost their lives for the beloved country.

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Mersmerizing vocals of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan never fail to win our hearts.

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Strings came out with this song in times of crisis and could relate to the common man and his problems. Became an instant hit!

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Last years Coke Studio brought together different artists to relive this beauty.

 

There are of course many other beautiful patriotic songs out there. Do tell us your favorites! 🙂

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The man that changed the world map. He fought to create the country we call our home, Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah known as the Quaid-e-azam took a dream, a hope, a thought and made it a reality.

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Let’s make our Quaid proud. He gave us this beautiful homeland  and its upto us to take care of it preserve its ideology. Let’s not forget the minorities are very much a part of each and every one of us. Live and let live!

Long live Pakistan!

We are back!

Hello everyone! Yes I realize that I have been away for quiet some time but life has its own way of keeping us occupied in ways that are beyond our control. Anyway I’m back with more to share with you all 🙂 Can’t wait to get started! Let’s begin! Cheers!

Celebrating Fathers!

 

They say, A father’s love is just as important to a child’s development as a mother’s, and sometimes more so. Father’s are unsung heroes! They work really hard to give us the life that we live and the person we become.  Through all the joy, the love, the care…we want to take this day and cherish our fathers by telling them that they matter more than they know, that we love them more than we show. That their presence alone makes all the difference in our lives. The comfort, love, strength we get from our heroes is much more than we ever imagined and we are immensely proud to have each one of you in our lives. To all fathers out there! 🙂

As they say :

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Today, we bring you the most heartfelt wishes to celebrate this day and to tell our fathers how much they mean to us.

Mayah Essam Khattak: (Daughter of Mr & Mrs. Essam Khattak)

Baba,  You are my first best friend, my biggest advocate, my pillar of strengths, my partner in crime, my secret-keeper (specially from Ma) my hero, my king… What more could any girl want? Happy Father’s Day. Love, Mayah

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Farwa Hussain Khan:

Today when we can see and hear that everyone is taking out time to wish all the amazing fathers in the world, I want to give a massive shoutout to my wonderful Father who has been my King since day one. Thank you Father for all the times you did not reach like a father but as my best friend. Thank you for always giving me shoulder to cry on. Thank you for letting me know my worth. And most of all thank you for raising me like a princess. Today, I want to tell you that I adore you and I love you but other than that I respect you so much because you’ve raised me in such a way which I’m sure that no other could, no other man can, no other man will. I will always be your little princess and you’ll always be my King.

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Talha Zahid:

My dad is a friend of mine, he is what any boy can ask for. He never lets me down and he does more then in his power to make me happy. I am the luckiest guy ever to have a father this amazing. Love him to bits

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Sabrina Shigri:

There have been ample times I doubted myself and was scared of failure but my dad has been a constant support through countless mood swings to just be okay with well i guess life in general.

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Raza Ahmed Sukhera:

If I count the most impacting feelings of my life, my father holding my hand, garbing me upwards while climbing to the train when we were leaving from Lahore I was hardly 5 or 6 years old I guess. Then one day we both were sitting at tube well in-front of our home and I can still feel the sound of water pumping out along-with his voice inquiring how much semesters are left of my graduation. I felt like he was tired. There have been lot of ups and downs since he left, and now I feel that these ups and downs would have been less fatigued, less horrifying if he would have been with us. Always miss him, specially on little achievements, little appreciations I receive.

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Aly Sher Khan:

“Thank you baba! For being a mountain in our lives. without you nothing would have been possible!”

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Asher Dewan:

Happy father’s day . God bless you with good health and long life .

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Usman Mukhtar: 

Thank you for the comfort of knowing that whatever goes wrong, I have a dad who can fix it. Happy Father’s Day!!

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Ali Mahboob:

I am what I am today because of you and I can’t thank you enough. You will always be my hero, my strength! Happy Father’s day!

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Saleha Raza:

My first love and my ideal and how I imagine all the men in the world to be as dedicated about their relationship as he has always been ! He always supported us in every walk of life, whether it was decisions concerning education or lifelong decision like getting married.
I love my Dad to the moon and back !!!

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What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

 

Happy Father’s Day everyone!!

Regards,

Wings & Strokes

Ready, Set, Make up!

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Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, we say in present times it lies in the hands of a make up artist! Make up is an art indeed! If done the right way it can do wonders to help enhance your features and boost your self confidence. It’s not just about what you put on your face but how you put it is what makes all the difference. Skill, Technique, Application!

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Meet Aleen Rehman, an exceptionally talented makeup artist from the capital of Pakistan. She talks to Wings & Strokes about her journey and passion for makeup, has some beneficial tips for summer make up, and offers great advice to the upcoming talent.

Let’s begin

W&S: Tell us about yourself

Ms.Aleen: I am a beauty blogger/makeup artist. I love fashion and shopping. Beyond that, I adore my little dog who always brightens my mornings by waking me up. Lastly, I enjoy traveling and hope to visit Turkey in the near future.

W&S: Where is home?

Ms.Aleen: Islamabad, Pakistan

W&S: What inspired you to be a makeup artist?

Ms.Aleen:  I got inspired by a lot of makeup artists around the world. Especially by seeing their makeup videos on Youtube. The list is endless but my original inspiration was Pixiwoo

W&S: What do you specialize in?

Ms.Aleen: Makeup and hairdos

W&S: Who are some people that have inspired you throughout your journey?

Ms.Aleen: My husband is the one who has inspired me the most. He has always been very supportive and helped me achieve my goals. He has inspired me to do more with my life, to follow my dreams and to be passionate about things that I never planned on doing on my own.

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W&S: How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get your start in the industry?

Ms.Aleen: Its just been over a year, and I started on a very small scale, trying and testing on my family members. They enjoyed being pampered and I enjoyed pampering. In hindsight, it worked out well.

W&S: What do you love most about make up?

Ms.Aleen: Makeup is so much fun to play and experiment with. I love how many colors, combinations and textures there are. And who wouldn’t want to experiment  with their look and different colors? One day you are Maleficent and the other you are Harley Quinn. All it takes is your imagination and you can use it to do lots of amazing stuff.

W&S: If you weren’t a makeup artist, what else would you do?

Ms.Aleen: Definitely become fashion designer, given my love for clothes, dressing up and being obsessed with reading fashion catalogs.

W&S: A website or blog you often visit, or a magazine you swear by?

Ms.Aleen: Harper’s bazaar –  its an American fashion magazine.

W&S: How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?

Ms.Aleen: My signature look is pretty simple. Winged liner, mascara, some peachy or pink lipstick.

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W&S: Did you have any formal makeup training?

Ms.Aleen: Yes

W&S: What is your daily routine as a freelance makeup artist?

Ms.Aleen: Well, I wake up early-ish(thanks to my dog), view my makeup blog and then head towards breakfast. During the day time I usually read on-line articles on makeup and tend to follow up by viewing Youtube videos on the same. If I am motivated enough, I will most likely set up my dressing table and practice a certain makeup style just for the heck of it. Its good for the mind and keeps me sufficiently occupied. My evenings are usually fun TV sessions with my husband. We watch a lot of shows together and just chill.

W&S: Summer is here and we know the challenges women have to face to make their make up last longer, what would you advice?

Ms.Aleen:I would suggest everyone to use oil-free foundations and stick to SPF. Set the makeup with a translucent powder or makeup setting sprays. And try to use waterproof eyeliner and mascara.

W&S: Today’s woman is busier than ever. What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?

Ms.Aleen: Well if I had to turn my day look into night I would apply bronzer on the hollows of my cheek, apply a bright lipstick and  some highlighter on the high points of my face and I’m good to go.

W&S: What three makeup item should no woman leave home without?

Ms.Aleen: Mascara, lipstick , concealer.

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W&S: How important is it today to diversify, to work with multiple clients, or do you work solely for yourself?

Ms.Aleen: Diversity in today’s world has become essential. If you think you are good at something, you should pursue it. Sometimes people shy away from their true-calling and often pursue a lifestyle for the sake of it. However, in my opinion, keeping your options open and diversifying is key in achieving your goal. The more you test, the faster you learn about yourself.

W&S: What brushes do you work with?

Ms.Aleen: Real technique and Mac

W&S: Your favorite song of all time?

Ms.Aleen: Head is a Jungle by Emma Louise

W&S: Your favorite movie of all time?

Ms.Aleen: The Other Woman. Its hilarious

W&S: Photographers that you like to work with?

Ms.Aleen: Its my dream to work with Sebastian Kim. His work can be found in Harper’s Bazaar, muse and many others.

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W&S: What’s your take on selfies?

Ms.Aleen: I have never been into selfies but sometimes I have to take them for by blog.

W&S: What do you think is vastly overrated?

Ms.Aleen: The city of Bangkok.

W&S: If we took a peek in your makeup kit what would we see?

Ms.Aleen: A lot of stuff, especially a concealer, mascara, lipstick and setting powder. My kit is incomplete without these essentials.

W&S: How do you keep up with all the new trends and styles? How do you incorporate them into your makeup repertoire?

Ms.Aleen: Its pretty overwhelming, because trends change in a blink of an eye. So to know what’s ‘hot’ and what’s not I follow online fashion, beauty magazines, Youtube tutorials and makeup blogs. They have got almost everything one needs to know about styling trends, fashion and makeup.

W&S: What is that one thing you wish you had designed?

Ms.Aleen: I designed my wedding dress so no regrets on this front.

W&S: How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs? How does it affect the wear and tear of your tools and how do you feel about the associated expense?

Ms.Aleen: Cleaning your makeup brushes is actually a really important process you shouldn’t skip for the sake of your skin. And I wash them at least once a week. In order to prolong the life of the brushes, we need to take care of them and it really depends  on how you are storing and/or cleaning them.

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W&S: Any particular assignment you would have wanted to take up?

Ms.Aleen: Not one that I can think of to be honest.

W&S: What have you learned from your journey?

Ms.Aleen: Life isn’t perfect; nor do always get what you want. Regardless, pursuing your passion to the extent that it becomes the thing you enjoy the most is the type of happiness one ought to experience. Put simply, you only live once, might as well make the most of it.

W&S: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Ms.Aleen: I believe its more important to focus on making the present count than spending too much time fretting about the future. Making my mark now will most likely determine my future.

 W&S: Tell us about your upcoming projects/work?

Ms.Aleen: Upcoming work includes learning many more makeup techniques and showing my followers the best way to master them. The great thing about makeup is that you can be creative and your upcoming work is always spontaneous and can be anything which people don’t usually do. With regards to projects, I hope that I establish myself to the point where I run a cosy salon. Fingers crossed! 

W&S: Final words of inspiration for upcoming talent?

Ms.Aleen: Like I’ve been saying, pursue your passion and don’t let random indicators deflect your talent. Never shy away from what you fear. Practice makes perfect so if you think you are good at a particular thing, don’t’ think twice, just go for it!

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Follow Aleen Rehman for stunning tutorials and make up tips on 

Instagram: Aleenrehman

Youtube: Aleen rehman

 

Happy Summers Everyone! Ciao!

Beat the Heat with our Summer skin care tips

 

Summer is here and it is impossible to beat the heat and sun rays that constantly damage our skin and hair. Let’s begin by finding ways to minimize the damage and make the most of this weather.

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Your best bet is to make friends with H2O. That’s right! It is extremely important to stay hydrated. Water just about covers all, takes care of your internal and external problems. Keep in mind that if you drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, triple your water intake.

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  • Your lips need attention like your skin. Use a richly textured lip balm with an SPF 15 and reapply when outdoors.

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  • Keep your skin hydrated with masques,  you will find many things that work wonders for your skin right in your own kitchen, cucumber for instance works for your eyes and rest of the face both, i would personally skip a cucumber masque and apply the cool cucumber directly for better results.

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  • Cleansing. Toning. Moisturizing! Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity.Yes, your skin needs a moisturizer in summers considering the amount of heat it will be taking in every day. Choose something that feels incredibly light on your skin.

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  • It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen.: you must apply enough, and apply frequently. A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can and of course choose an oil free product.
  • A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.

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  • Take a cold shower, as hot showers further damage your skin and scalp.

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  • Embrace the goodness of summer fruits. Melon is a fruit of choice for beautiful summer skin for treating skin from within. The sweet delicious fruit is rich in antioxidants and delivers a unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion. It is believed that it can actually boost your SPF by several factors.

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  • Don’t forget your hands.The thin skin on your hands wrinkles and pigments easily, so be sure to use sunblock daily. I neglected my hands last year and got a terrible tan with all the driving and sun exposure.

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  • The best tool for an even summer skin tone is probably already in your fridge. Cut a large strawberry in half, take a fork and poke at the flesh to awaken the juices, then swipe it across your face in small circles.Leave it on for about two minutes, then rinse off. This will brighten sun and age spots over time.

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  • Invest in a pair of good sunglasses and a large hat if you like to wear one otherwise a small umbrella should do the trick.

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  • Want to freshen your feet after a day in hot shoes? Soak them for 30 minutes in warm water that’s been infused with a pot of strong black tea.

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    Summers can be long and so its up to you to make the most of it! If you have useful tips to share, feel free to comment below.

    Happy Summers! 🙂

Hand Painted Denims

Hand painted denims remind me of the awesome 90’s. The best thing about denims is that you can take your old ones, paint them and turn them into a magnificent new pair. Imagine what all you can do with a little paint and your imagination, customize all your jeans if you want to.

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So when are you planning to start your jean project?
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Let us know when you find or create your perfect pair!

Cheers!