BEST DRESSED at BAFTAS 2014!

BAFTA Awards 2014 were held at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday, 16th February.
The red carpet was a star studded event, dominated by smoke eyes, bold lip shades, flamboyant evening gowns and elegant hair styles.

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I am no fashion police or a ruthless styling critic but having carefully examined what everyone wore, I have my favourite, Brangelina!!!

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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie looked ravishing in a matching outfit. As per stereotype, match couples seem a bit nauseating and mushy but trust me! I have never witnessed a celebrity couple or someone otherwise, pull off this look with such ease and panache simultaneously.

Black slim-fit trousers, unbuttoned white shirt, undone necktie and pointed leather courts perfectly complemented her look. Angelina looks beyond gorgeous in the sleek and sexy Saint Laurent Tuxedo!

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It won’t be wrong to say that the couple took the black tie theme a bit too seriously while choosing their respective attires ;). The look definitely reminded me of Mr. and Mrs. Smith days…

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Valentines Special! Fashion, Food & Gifts…

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I’ve just seen a face, I can’t forget the time or place Where we just met, she’s just the girl for me And I want all the world to see we’ve met Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm mmm mmm Roses, chocolates, sexy lingerie, meals in fancy restaurants and of course tastefully selected presents for him & her are part of this splendid celebration on the 14th of February. I can vouch for the fact that retailers have never been happier. Perhaps the biggest shopping spree after Xmas 😉 276ae1334b604c27f0bc1c263afc4a89 What to wear? Her – Women all around the globe have a mutual problem. We all have stuffed wadrobes but we still have days where we can’t figure out what to wear. First World Problem, indeed! Please below Cheeni’s picks for this V-Day 🙂 1. Lucky to be a lady dress from Modcloth.com, $75 Lucky to be lady dress_Modcloth.com $75 2. ASOS Sequin Tunic With Heart-Cutout Back from asos.com, $106 ASOS Sequin Tunic With Heart-Cutout Back, $106, asos 3. Daisy Beed Tee from Topshop, $72 Daisy Beed Tee_$72_Topshop.com2 4. Coast Silver Embellished Cami Dress, $291 Coast Silver Embellished Cami Dress, £175 5. Ditsy-hearted Monchrome Shoes from Topshop, $91valentines-topshop-55-32L14FMUL-large 6. Gipsy Heart Print Tights, $10

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Him: We definitely cannot ignore Men’s styling here. Please see below some of my favorite looks & accessories for this season. 1. Burberry Brit Dark Charcoal Icon Check Cashmere Scarf, £250 Burberry-Brit-Dark-Charcoal-Icon-Check-Cashmere-Scarf-de_£250_mywadrobe.co.uk 2. Paul Smith Shoes Chocolate Burnished Leather Chuck Brogues, £256Paul-Smith-Shoes-Chocolate-Burnished-Leather-Chuck-Brogues-de_£265_mywardrobe.co.uk FOOD – Where to go? Please see below my personally selected restaurants for a fabulous valentines date experience… 1. Clos Maggiore – Covent Garden Clos Magiore Being voted as the ‘Most Romantic Restaurant’ in London is not just the only feather under this Clos Maggiore’s belt. It is extremely popular with couples owing to its magnificent interior: fairy lights, mirrored walls, candles and white blossoms beautifully draped around the ceiling. As per reports, they are working on a Valentines special menu with dishes such as foie gras parfait, slow cooked veal and artisan cheeses. Yum Yum Yum! 2. One Leicester Street –  Leicester Square oneleicester Dinner and breakfast at One Leicester Street is another great idea! Comprising of drinks on arrival, dinner cooked by Michelin-starred chef Tom Harris, a night’s stay for two at the hotel, followed by one of their legendary breakfasts while all relaxed and cosy in bed the next morning. Price: £298 per couple 3. Hakkasan – Tottenham Court Road hakkasan-london It is known as one of the best Chinese/dim sum eateries in London town. Being founded by the same person as Wagamama. Specialties include lychee martinis, crispy duck salad and silver cod. It is not very ‘budget-friendly’ place but will definitely get you a pat on your back! Gifts for Her: Here are my top picks based on my understanding of the female gender 🙂 asia-weekend-getaways

  1.  Personalized photo book – There is NO better way to depict your love than to put some lovely memories together and present it to her! (brownie points guaranteed!:) )
  2. Weekend Gateway – book yourself an escape from the usual location and relax in each other’s company!jewlery
  3. Hand Bags, Jewelry & Pjs – You’ve got to know her style and taste to get into this territory or it could be risky. If you are confident about what she likes or perhaps would like then…GO FOR IT!
  4. Flowers – Nothing speak your heart out more than a bundle of red roses The-number-of-roses-and-what-it-means

Gifts for Him: Please see below my top picks based on my years of observation of MEN 😉

  1. Ties, Cuff links, Shoes etc…

A hot grey tie or metallic cufflinks are a win win! Can also look into wallets and socks if want a bit of diversity…

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2.  Techno Stuff Most guys are crazy about gadgets. Depending upon your budget, you can always explore this option. So if he is into Bluetooth Beenie,Sci Fi Watches, Touch Speak Boom Box, Underwater Camera etc then this is the best option for him.Red5 offer some great variety. URL: http://www.red5.co.uk/gadgets.aspx Underwater camera

This was all the LOVE from Cheeni for now, spread the L.O.V.E till we meet again…

xxxx

 

Shahzadi – My First Pet

 

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My family has always been warm-hearted towards animals. As I grew up, I witnessed my Grandfather’s passion for dogs, my father’s interest in deers and my elder brother’s love for peacocks. We have lived with them all! Truly it’s all about my family and other animals! 😉

In fact, one of my cherished memories is that every time the female peacock laid eggs, we would get a hen to sit on them, till they hatched. Baby peacocks, similar to chicks in their initial phases would follow the female hen all around the back garden, thinking that she was their mother. For some odd reason this always makes me smile. Amazes me and makes me wonder if the hen was also as alienated from truth as were baby peacocks and thought she actually was their mother.

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Days, months and years passed. We moved to a different city and I was finally old enough to set my feet in London as a post graduate student. Living away from home and family is never easy. You are like a child who’s growing up and learning something new every day. This was the time in my life when I met my first pet, a goldfish.

I happened to attend a family friend’s son’s birthday where they had a placed a fish bowl on every guest table. At the end of the party, these were given away to the guests and I was lucky enough to be a proud owner of a goldfish.

As typical as it might sound, my first worry was what would I call her and it took me less than an hour to figure that out. I decided to call her Shahzadi which literally translates to Princess in Urdu. My late aunty used to affectionately call me that so there was definitely an emotional connection with the name.

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In an Asian family, when you are new to something, expect advises and suggestions to pour in from everywhere.

Don’t feed her too much, she might die! Don’t feed her too less, she could die! Clean her bowl often or she could die! Don’t put her in the windowsill or she might die! Don’t put her away from Sunlight or she could die!

You get how I felt?

My motherly instincts took over me. My day started with feeding her and cleaning her water and it ended with feeding her and cleaning her water. In between, I would just sit and talk to her. Almost every day! Watching her swim through the bowl, sometimes calmly, sometimes ferociously was a great therapy. There was a connection, it seemed like she was understanding my stories and reacting with her swimming speed.

It was a different feeling, something I had not experienced before and it made me happy. Very Happy.

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It was all perfect until one miserable sunny afternoon when the entire London was celebrating 29 degrees temperature. I turned on the tap to change her water and my eyes caught her floating on top of the water surface in the bowl. I knew it. Instantly.

I shut the tap and dipped my finger in water. It was hot because of the weather and even till date I believe she died because of that. Losing her, like getting her was a different experience altogether. It pained a lot. Shahzadi was gone…

I cried a lot for her that day. It made me think of all my friends who had lost their dogs, cats and parrots. I felt the agony, it stung like a bruise from a deep injury that pierces through. Associations with first pets are very different. As mad as it might sound but she was in my life at a time when I need that affection and sense of ownership the most. I was really sad when she left and even though my family got me another goldfish after this, it was never the same. That feeling was gone with Shahzadi.

May my Shahzadi rest in peace in her big kingdom – blue waters of the mighty ocean.

xxx

Note: Shahzadi died in 2011

Media Discovery – SCAM ALERT!!!

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IT’S A SECRET!
Image: Venture Galleries

Hello my beautiful readers!

Hope you all are having a rocking 2014 and acting upon all your New Year resolutions 😉

I recently received an email to sell advertising space on Cheeni Thoughts from Media Discovery. Like always, a bit of digging up on good old Google led to some fascinating ‘discoveries’.

Media Discovery – What is it?

It is a scam company trying to lure bloggers into sponsored writings without informing the readers, that it is in fact a sponsored post!

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Please see emails below for reference

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What do they ask you?

They agree to pay influential bloggers an upfront annual sum of $100 to publish articles on a blog/website with a link to their client’s website. As a result, you will receive yearly payment (which is not a lot at all) until one of you decides to terminate the contract.

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SCAM ALERT!

Where is the catch?

Selling space on blogs in such a manner is termed as Black Hat SEO.  This in layman’s terms is using unethical means to boost a website’s ranking on search engines especially Google. It takes on average five to ten of these articles/posts before search engines catch them. Sometimes it can even be more than that but yes, there is no running away from it! Once caught, Google demotes the website and blacklists it. As a result, 80-90% of traffic is lost straightaway and the website in penalized. Media Discovery can easily terminate the contract with your website once Google spots this unethical advertising and move on to target fresh bloggers to splash up their websites.

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Media discovery does not inform you about the risks associated with this sort of advertising on your blog. They are only using your website till it benefits them and their clients and then conveniently spotting other new blogs once search engines catch up with this activity. Media Discovery (New Web Ltd) is encouraging blogs to run paid for advertorials redirected to their clients website, without disclosing to followers that the content is an advert. This is in breach of the advertising industry’s code of practice.

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Always research! Think! Don’t be fooled into a couple of $$$

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My Winter Wardrobe! Trends: Fall 2013/ Winter 2014

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Hello Hello Hello!!! Yes, I know it’s been too long since I last posted. Was super busy with moving countries and settling in my new residence. But now, I’M BACK! 🙂  Hope you all are having a great winter break!!!Happy Holidays once again! Joy O Joy 😛

I am not an idiot (or so I like to think ;)). Spending all your hard earned money on the same winter wardrobe every other season is the silliest thing one could do. Especially, when fashion is always repeating itself. Here is my quick insight into the HOTTEST Autumn/Winter delights (2013/2014) that would rock your ‘Baby its cold outside’ LOOK!

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Fur

Fur is ever-green; often termed as the most HOT way to stay warm! It is a part of every woman’s wardrobe in the chilly season.

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Tartan

Tartan for me is synonymous to winters. Check tartans and plaid have been storming fashion shows this season…YET again!

As seen at: Saint Laurent, Mulberry, Versace

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Punk Funk

Punk get up has dominated catwalks and fashionistas all over the globe this current season as well and often reminds us of late 80s and early 90s!

As seen at: Versace, Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent, Haider Ackermann, Chanel

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SKIRTalicious!

Skirts are an integral part of our winter attire – whatever the length! 🙂

As seen at: Victoria Victoria Beckham, Carven, Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, House of Holland

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Oversized & Baggy

Oversized coats, loose pants, baggy trousers are back in the fashion scene!

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Boy Zone

Masculine look has made a comeback yet again after 2009 when baggy shirts, manly trousers and moccasins were the IN thing!Masculine

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Religious & Cultural Touch

Embellished fabrics with jewels and fine embroidery along with clothes depicting the ‘Church & State’ have been an inspiration for fashion designers this current season.

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Mini Bags

Who doesn’t get tired of big totes that we carry everywhere? Its time for a change this winter with these ‘mini’ treats.

Giorgio Armani, Carven, Chanel and Simone Richa produced some excellent ones!

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Low Heels

Yes, I said LOW! haha. For starters, give your feet a break! 😉

These, low heels are super comfortable and a quiet a favourite this season. Designers from Tommy Hilfiger to Emporio Armani have all come with some awesome designs.

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Last but not the least, as always not every style is meant to suit you and hence adopted! Always believe in a little bit of DIY look! Cut yourself some slack and where what brings out the best in you. Even if it’s a green xmas jumper with jeggings, complemented by boots and a string of pearls!!!

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Jumper – ZARA
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Stay Beautiful. Stay Stylish. Till we meet again…xxx

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Halloween 2013!

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Halloween is amongst the oldest festivals of this world, dating back to the ancient pagan times. As per legend, it originated with Celtic Festival of Samhain where people lit bonfires and wore terrifying attires to scare of roaming ghosts.

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Centuries later, Halloween today, has evolved into an event of celebration. People dress up in all sorts of characters, children indulge in trick or treating and the whole community comes together to participate in the festivities with great fervor!

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LETS ALL CHEER FOR SOME CLEAN, HARMLESS AND SPOOKY FUN TIMES! :p

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Here, I am sharing some Halloween-ish memories from my friend’s party!!!

We had quiet an eclectic mix of frightening characters: Devils, Cats, Zombies, Black Angle, Witch on a broom stick, Dead Red Riding Hood and many many more! And yes, this is not the end – the decor and food fully complimented the spook-tacular theme! 😉

Hope you enjoy!!! xxx

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