French Food Festival 2017 at Avari Towers

Who remembers my first time of trying out French Food (including snails!) at Avari Towers last July? If you do, props to you for sticking around and being here for yet another scrumptious post. Asia Live Restaurant is currently hosting yet another French Food Festival, which will last until 1st April, and things are quite different this time around.

Last year the French Food Festival offered only an a la carte menu while the rest of the food festivals that followed solely offered a buffet dinner. However, this here's another round of the French Food festival again and Asia Live has added a new twist. So now you are getting a buffet for salads and desserts but an a la carte menu for the soups and the main courses. The thought behind this was to prevent food from wasting while people still do get to enjoy salads and sweets as much as they like. It is something new that they have tried but I must say that the restaurant seemed busier than usual and our own order took a while to arrive.

Salad Bar at French Food Festival
Salad Bar at French Food Festival 
Anyways, starting with the salads, you can see how colorful and tempting the setup looked right from the beginning, that is as soon as I entered, I was drawn to the salad bar. They had the usual assortment of vegetables along with mini sandwiches, tiny meat pies etc. There were also pureed vegetables including bell peppers which tasted amazing with a dollop of cream on top.

Beauty Bar Women Empowerment Campaign And First Impressions

Beauty Bar is an online shopping portal for makeup and beauty products. For the Women's Day, this March, Beauty Bar decided to run a little campaign and promote some of the local businesses which are owned by women entrepreneurs.

Willa Hafeez, who herself is the owner of Beauty Bar, wanted to make quality products accessible to women in Pakistan and hence started the business a year ago. However, she soon realized that women need to cooperate and mutually support each other to be stronger and therefore, took on board 4 equally ambitious women. The idea was to highlight their contribution as female entrepreneurs and in order to do so, all of them together sent some care packages to bloggers filled with one product that each brand has to offer.

The Gift Fairy Box

I did post a couple of unboxing videos of the parcel that I was on sent, on my Facebook page and Instagram, so do check them out if you are interested. I am super proud of the one I posted on Instagram because I tried my hand at something new while making it and it is different than a usual unboxing video.

Burns Road Night at Sky BBQ, Avari Towers

The ongoing Burns Road Night at Avari Towers' restaurant, Sky BBQ, is any desi foodie's dream come true. Burns Road is the infamous food street of Karachi, which used to be busier a few decades back, probably when my parents were my age. I have heard countless stories of scrumptious food that they have had with their friends in their youth and I have always wanted to try it out for myself. While the place is still existent, I have never been able to go there. Probably because the area itself is not as safe as it once used to be and also, it has changed a lot.

You know, Avari hosts a lot of food festivals around the year in its many different restaurants from Asia Live to Dynasty to Fujiyama to, of course, Sky BBQ. So, on the occasion of 23rd March, which happens to be Pakistan Day, for those of you who do not know, Avari Towers came up with the idea of having a Burns Road Night to relive the olden era in a tasteful manner, literally as well as figuratively.

Barbecue at Burns Road Night at Sky BBQ, Avari Towers
Barbecue at Burns Road Night at Sky BBQ, Avari Towers
Sky BBQ as the name depicts, is a rooftop barbecue restaurant from where you can view the bustling nightlife of Karachi while enjoying your dinner and the zephyr. I personally love the ambiance the restaurant has to offer as it is formal yet relaxing. Last night, to go with the Burns Road theme, there were painted canvases hung of old movies, the way they used to be outside cinemas. There were also truck art style painted utensils and cultural items like handheld fans displayed. The tables too had an ajrak print cloth along with the usual white and the well-lit setup tied everything together by painting a diorama of livelihood.

How To Style A Satin Baseball Jacket

This year, I showed you two winter trends that I had been longing to try for a while. One of which was Choker Sweater and another was Olive Bomber Jacket. Apart from these, one other fashion trend that has been around for some time now is the incorporation of satin. Be it cocktail dresses, shirts or jackets, satin is in at the moment and is one material that will last through the seasons this year.

Karachi's weather is fluctuating as always and while summer is being anticipated, I am still not quite over winter wear. So, as often as possible, I keep pulling out jackets and cardigans from my closet. After seeing so many celebrities rocking satin bomber jackets, I wanted one too. However, I have been looking for a good varsity jacket too. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, finding trendy western wear, that too at an affordable price is difficult in Pakistan. So, I felt lucky when I came across this gorgeous Wine Red Autumn Lurex Color Block Baseball Jacket on Rosegal*.

How To Style A Satin Baseball Jacket
Rosegal Wine Red Autumn Lurex Color Block Baseball Jacket*
PR Sample*
This only retails for $23.15, so obviously it is not made out of real silk but has polyester instead. I like how the brand does have such details listed in the description box, along with the size chart. The jacket, however, looks beautiful, has a nice weight to it to keep me warm, and is of great quality. I could not find any stitching faults in it and the snap fasteners (tich buttons) down the front, click in place snugly.

My Experience At Mona J Salon And Atiqa Odho Cosmetics First Impressions

Last week started off with a bloggers meetup at the Mona J Salon for Atiqa Odho Cosmetics. It turned out to be one of the busiest weeks of my blogging life till date. There are so many events to cover in Karachi every day and sometimes even more than one in a day. I usually do not do more than a couple events in a week but last week I just happened to be pretty much everywhere. You would know that if you follow me on my social media and Instagram and Snapchat (jadirahsarmad) in particular because that is how I always take you guys along with me.

Anyways, so this very meetup was on Monday, 6th March, and it was a great start to my week. Atiqa Odho, herself was present at the event and it started with Mona, who is the owner of the salon, giving us a bridal makeup demo as well as a day to night makeup transition demo. Then Atiqa explained a little bit about her range and how different things have inspired her to come up with the products and even their names. For instance, the blushes have been named after birds, the lipsticks after moods and women, powder pigments after gems, eyeshadows after flowers and face powders after coffee and edibles.

Atiqa Odho Cosmetics
Atiqa Odho Cosmetics
PR Samples*

Spring Wedding Guest Dress // Pakistani Edition

Spring it is, isn't it? At least, that can be said for Karachi now. I am enjoying the mild weather and exploring the fashion trends for this season. Spring weddings are my absolute favourites as there is something about this time of the year that is very calming and the overall scene is pretty laid back unless you are about to sit board or mock exams. When it comes to Pakistani weddings there are just so many events from engagement to dholki to mayoon to baraat to valima to this dinner, that dinner and what not that you need to have a variety of clothes even as a guest.

Pakistani Spring Wedding Guest Outfit
Spring Wedding Guest Dress // Pakistani Edition
Rosegal Kiss Lock Chains Evening Bag*
PR Sample*
What builds up the tension, even more, is when more than just one relative is getting married. This happens to me all the time as usually, siblings here decide to hold their weddings back to back since aunts and uncles from abroad are visiting or to just save some expenses but even then there are a couple of extra events.