7 Questions With Natasha Humera Ejaz

If you are from Islamabad then Natasha Humera Ejaz is a name that you can definitely relate to in many ways. She is a singer/songwriter from the capital with a voice so melodic, soothing and hauntingly beautiful, it takes you into a different world altogether. She stepped into the world of song writing at an early age of 15. She rocked the Radio stations as a Radio Jockey for both city FM 89 and 99 and man was she good! Not only her voice was Read More

Coffee Break – Tour Of A Stunning Penthouse in Dubai

Hi my angels!!! I know I haven’t brought you something to read in this section for quiet some time now but today is the day. I was having my cup of coffee when I came across this article and boy did it make me feel old all of a sudden Read More

Corridor Wall Makeover

Hellllllloooooo!!!!!!!! How are you all!!! Super, super excited to share the corridor wall makeover with you today. This is long over due but I was dealing with a few things at my end. Anyway let’s dive right in. This wall was an eye sore for a very very long time because it was too plain and off white. I kept thinking of ways I could make it a bit appealing but I didn’t find anything that would work with the rest of the house as well. This I absolutely LOVE! I hope you guys like it too. It’s amazing what a little paint can do 🙂 Read More

Weekend Chit Chat

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Hey all you lovely people! I feel so great these days. It’s true when they say that the weather can have a such a positive effect on you. It is absolutely beautiful in UAE these days, specially the evenings. The beaches are perfect these days so I do enjoy a stroll by the beach every now and then. A nice cup of well made tea and muffins or pakoras 😛 Read More

Dose Of Colors – Desi x Katy

Dose of Colors showcases the work of Anna, a passionate artist with a love of unique and beautiful colours. Richly pigmented glosses and high fashion matte lipsticks. Meet transformative lashes and illuminating highlighters that are expertly designed to help skin appear youthful, healthy and clear. Vegan and cruelty free, all products are created with an innate love and passion for cosmetics, inspiring everybody to love makeup and the distinctive hues that Does of Colors creates.

In the nineties, best friends would express their love for each other with matching broken heart necklaces.These days, YouTube stars are celebrating their friendship with something their fans can shop. Desi Perkins and Katy DeGroot, who is better known as LustreLux, collaborated on a makeup collection together for Dose of Colors.

With all the hype surrounding the collab on social media, the new lipsticks, palette, and highlighters Perkins and DeGroot teamed up on sold out in less than a day. Yup, every single piece of the six-part collection flew of digital shelves, including the $167 bundle with everything in it. People on Instagram and Twitter are loving it so much that they’re begging Dose of Colors to make the collection permanent.

You have to see how jaw-droppingly stunning these look on different skin tones.

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Just look at all that beauty in all it’s glorious splendour!

Don’t forget to watch this video to get a load of all that this range has to offer.

All About Hair Extensions

Heyyyyyyy! Okay I know that I should’ve posted this sometime back but I got busy with an exam and the whole stress that it brings with it. Speaking of which please remember me in your prayers for the dreaded result. So anyway let’s talk about hair extensions.

Hair extensions have been around for quiet sometime but they have become a huge thing over the last few years. This post is going to be all about hair extensions, I will try to give you all the info you need if you are considering getting them or maybe help you understand the extensions a bit better if you are against them (so maybe you will understand why your certain friend is using them and judge her a little less :P)

We see hair extensions all over Hollywood red carpets. They are a fabulous way to add length and volume. First things first, let’s first decide what you really want and if you are ready to carry them with confidence or not. If you want a drastic change and would go for much longer and heavier extensions then make sure that you are completely ready to rock them. If you are looking to just add a bit of volume without playing with the existing length of your hair then you must learn the correct way of putting them up in your hair to make it look very natural. If you are someone who uses extensions only on big occasions like weddings etc then you have nothing to worry about.

Let’s first see what kind of extensions are available in the market. Now these are some of the top methods known to us

Clip on extensions

Clip On extensions are the easiest to use and probably the cheapest option when you want to give your hair that extra boost of volume. They can be applied without the help of a specialist and they last for about a day or two, just enough so that you can look fabulous for whatever important event you have planned. They are usually attached with a bobby pin, a clip or a comb which usually has to be concealed with your natural hair; and when it comes to matching them with your hair colour, there are many options out there for natural coloured hair. The advantage of wearing clip on hair extensions is the fact that you can easily take them off and just wear them without any prior preparation; however, they generally have to be removed before going to bed.

Bonding

Bonding is a method that implies weaving but is not as durable as classic weaving methods. The method involves applying glue to an extension and adding it to a person’s hair. This doesn’t cause as much damage to the hair as other application techniques as long as it is removed by a professional. The Tape In method is similar to bonding but the extensions come with an already applied tape that will stick to the hair. There are two types of bonding: soft bond which is a little more delicate on your hair and a hard bond that is usually done when the soft bond doesn’t hold the hair properly. These are semi-permanent bonds and they usually last about 4-6 weeks.

Lace front

Lace Fronts is one of the newest methods when it comes to weave in extensions. They are made with a nylon mesh material that has been formed into a cap; onto the cap the stylist knots single strands of hair, a method that allows for a more natural look than other extension application techniques. These can be either woven in or attached with special adhesives.

Fusion

Fusion is like bonding but it’s much more time consuming and expensive; however, the effects are long lasting and the overall look and feel is more natural. To apply hair extensions with a fusion method the specialist uses an appliance similar to a glue gun that allows them to literally glue strands of hair on a person’s natural hair. This allows for a natural look and the person opting for this can easily wash their hair every week and use various styling products. There are also cold fusion techniques that don’t require any heating treatment on the glue, but they are even more expensive than the hot technique. This is a great way to achieve amazing volume but there are some disadvantages when using this method: you need a specialist to apply the extensions, the procedure takes between 5 to 8 hours, and it is very expensive. People should never try to apply these on their own because they can easily damage their skin and hair.

Tracking
Tracking is a method that allows the braids to be sewn together while adding the extensions to the braids; this method is long lasting and will require a lot of hours because the hair will be braided in concentric circles and usually eight to fifteen tracks are needed to achieve a great amount of volume. The advantages to this style is that it is long lasting and you can care for it like you would with normal hair. The “track and sew” method is one of the most popular methods people choose when they opt for hair extensions because they are low maintenance and come for a decent price. If you are just starting with hair extensions and want something more permanent than clip-ons, this method is one of the best choices.

Ponytail or Bun extensions

Very similar to the clip-ons and quite inexpensive, these extensions are great for a quick fix and can be even found in supermarkets. They are applied over your hair and will add colour or a new texture; they are temporary and you can only apply them when you go out for a nice twist to your hairstyle. Before trying the more permanent methods, you can experiment with various clip-ons and see how they feel.

Finding the right extension method will depend on budget, preference, and hair type. While fusion and tape-in extensions can be used on just about any hair texture, weaves are best suited for curly hair.

Human Versus Synthetic Hair

When it comes to purchasing hair, you get what you pay for. Price will vary greatly based on quality of the hair, as well as the desired quantity (for thickness) and length.  The human hair cuticle is preserved, instead of stripped, and all the hairs run in the same direction, maintaining that natural soft, silky texture.  Synthetic hair is much cheaper but won’t blend or style the way human hair does. It can’t always withstand heat styling and tangles easily. It can be a great way to try out extra length or bangs without a big commitment, though.

What to Look For

“It’s important to match the color and texture of the hair extensions with that of your natural hair. Take my advice and touch the hair first. If it feels dry, it’s going to tangle more easily. And avoid hair with excessive shine: Shiny hair is coated with silicone, which will wear off quickly and lead to tangles and dulling. As for your stylist, experience is a must. Improper application or removal is when damage can occur.

Important

The weight of extensions can put additional stress on the roots, so it’s important to match hair density to avoid unnecessary tension on natural hair. In other words, if you have fine hair, your extensions should be a lighter density; those who have thicker, more coarse strands should look for hair with medium density. Avoid areas along the hairline or the back of the neck, where hair is the most fragile. If you’re starting to experience hair loss, address it right away. This will eventually damage the hair follicle and the hair loss will be permanent.

Everything has its pros and cons and so do the hair extensions.

Pros first 
* You can change the appearance of your hair resulting in an obvious change in your overall appearance

* Really simple to create a dramatic change

*Its cheap and quick compared to extensive methods of gaining volume like transplants

*You can create a different look everyday

Cons

*The best can be quiet expensive

*Improper application can result in hair damage

*you might get used to the extensions and start ignoring the natural care your hair deserves

Hope you find something in here that can be useful for you
Much Love xx

 

 

Coffee Break

Heyyyy!! It’s Thursday!!! Which marks the beginning of weekend for us in UAE. I have planned some fun things with my kiddos which I’m looking forward to. Weekends should be all about fun with family. Also I will bring you some info on hair extensions so keep visiting the blog.

So now coming to the big announcement (which is not too big but let’s just be a little dramatic for the sake of it :P) I’m adding another section/category to the blog which I have decided to call Coffee Break. So what you need to do is get yourself a nice cup of coffee (or tea whatever your preference) and I’ll send you some fun things to look at while you sip at it.

Also we could get a chance to chit chat while we take our much needed Coffee Break. Hope you guys enjoy it! Bundle of thanks for being such awesome readers! <3 Truly!

MUCH LOVE

Sonya Ali

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Jehanzeb Aftab a.k.a JZ

We come across many people in our lives who are good at something or the other, the person that I’m about to introduce you all to today seems to have mastered skills in many fields. He is a brilliant photographer, an entrepreneur, a designer, a traveler, a foodie, he is into planes (ladies ahem) he can sing, dance and he is very charming 🙂 Ring any bells? This name does not need too much of a pretty introduction. He is the latest sensation in the world of men’s fashion with the launch of  J Squares and has neatly taken care of the health conscious lot at the same time with LeanBox.
This handsome young man has been a household name for long. Ladies & gentlemen, I give you Jehanzeb Aftab.

W&S: Tell us about yourself?

JZ: My name is Jehanzeb Aftab, I’m a small business entrepreneur. I shoot people as a hobby and that’s how I got into photography

W&S: It’s often been said that mathematicians do their work best when they are young, philosophers when old, and photographers..?

JZ: Photographers do their work best when they are in the best of moods.

W&S: What inspired you to be a photographer?

JZ: I grew up looking at my father and playing with his camera which always made me curious about the black box (camera) and what goes on inside it.

W&S: If you were to pick one moment that describes your entire past life, what would that be?

JZ: I don’t think there is just one moment that can describe my entire life. I believe in living in the present. All your past moments be it good or bad collectively shape up your life.

W&S: As a photographer what do you specialize in?

JZ: I specialize in portrait and events.

W&S: What type of camera do you shoot with?

JZ: I use a Nikon

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W&S: What lighting equipment you like working with?

JZ: I love working with an off camera flash used with an Octagon softbox.

W&S: Can you as a photographer relate to the importance of using Photoshop?

JZ: I think softwares and technology have had a great impact on photography and skills used in producing a final image.

W&S: A website or blog you often visit?

JZ: Flickr and Pinterest

W&S: A photographer who inspires you?

JZ: Gavin Bond

W&S: Each location can have many different stories so how do you decide what you want to craft out of it?

JZ: It’s usually the clients pick as to what location they want to shoot at, as a photographer I give my best opinion.

W&S: Books that have inspired you? 

JZ: Forty Rules of Love  

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W&S: Most memorable childhood memory?

JZ: Long road trips with old Bollywood songs from Dad’s collection.

W&S: You are known amongst your friends as?

JZ: The photographer

W&S: As a child, you grew up wanting to be? 

JZ: I wanted to be a pilot.

W&S: Favorite cuisine?

JZ: Pakistani.

W&S: Favorite vacation spot? 

JZ: Puerto Rico

W&S: Qualities you look for in people?

JZ: Honesty

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W&S: One thing you wish you had designed?

JZ: Something I would really like to design is men’s suiting. Everyone is doing suits that are nice but there are specific cuts and the way they sit on your body..there is so much to it. I would really like to do this.

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

JZ: I came across this assignment sometime back that I would have wanted to take up, it was basically about real estate photography focused on architecture for a huge hotel chain where they wanted seven properties being shot over a period of six months. That really wasn’t feasible for me at the time as I was really busy with work and i couldn’t take 6 months off for another project. Nevertheless I wish I had that kind of time and resources back then to take that up.

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

JZ: Work hard. Work smart and that is the only way to go in life. The harder, the smarter you work, it will get you places.

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

JZ: Not very sure what I’ll be doing but I’m guessing that I probably will be moving deeper into the fashion industry, coming up with new projects, new lines. Let’s see how that works but that’s what I aim for.

W&S: Your thoughts on Wings & Strokes?

JZ: I think it’s a great platform for like-minded people to connect and share their thoughts. Very different and interesting content that flows through the blog and is always very helpful in many ways.

W&S: Thank you so much for your time Mr.Aftab, its been a pleasure. Wish you all the best for all your future endeavours! Cheers! 

Signing off

W & S

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