Thursday, 25 August 2011

Light Blue

Today I want to review a VERY popular summer perfume that has been around for quite a while now and is loved and hated with a passion. Here's a riddle. What's blue and fuzzy on the outside and smells like a cold glass of lemonade?
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Launched in 2001, light blue (for women) perfume by D&G is a casual  breezy sparkling floral citrus scent that evokes the spirit of Sicilian summers. 

D&G describes this as a refreshing scent with mouthwatering notes of lemon, lime, apple, bluebells, cedar, calming bamboo and rose that evokes the image of South woods on the seashore making it the perfect blend for a hot summer day.
My 3.4 OZ bottle given by my mother :)
A lot of people dislike this simply because it's very popular and come summer time, they can smell it around every corner. I find it quite unique and not that famous where I live. I'm sure if there was a poll, the most popular summer perfume here would be the  dreaded done to death cool waters by Davidoff.
Lets talk about the packaging first, cuz I find perfume bottles play a big role in the whole presentation of the scent.This one is a no no for me. It looks cheap and very 80's with an ugly blue plastic cap. Even though the bottle is frosty and reminds you of a cold refreshing drink, they could have done better with the cap and the mirror like band around the bottle.I do love the box though. It's fuzzy and velvet like, the color of the Mediterranean sea. Light blue is the genius of Oliver Cresp do check out his name link to see other master pieces he created. His versatility is amazing.
Coming down to the scent, light blue to my nose is a very energizing, happy scent. It opens up with the refreshing zingy lemon notes, pleasently sharp maybe because of the cedar. After it has had time to warm up on the skin the floral notes come into play. But very subtly. I find a delicious watery humid note mixed in with a whisper of rose. Maybe it's the bamboo that gives it that humid quality. I do not get jasmine, if it's there it's very sheer. I sprayed my self with it in the morning and now its late evening and I'm enjoying the delicious woody drydown.
 It is my dream to go to Sicily. I find everything I have imagined trapped inside this bottle. It evokes images of clear blue skies,sparkling Mediterranean sea, chilled bottles of homemade limoncillo,Scary twisted road to Positano, delicious Sicilian seafood, Branches of trees laden with huge scented lemons, the smells, the sounds  (sigh) Until then, I must live my dream through this beautiful scent that has captured the perfect Sicilian summer in a bottle.

Image courtesy google
Category: Fruity Floral

Top Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Apple, bluebells, Cedar
Middle Notes: White Rose, Bamboo, Jasmine
Base Notes: Amber, Musk and Cedar

Good for: Summers, Casual, Daytime.
Light blue for women is available for $87 from Sephora.
If you find it a bit pricey a bit similar perfume made by the same perfumer i.e. Oliver Cresp is: I Love Love by Moschino. I also found Funny by Moschino quite similar.
POSITANO oil on canvas 

Friday, 12 August 2011

My 100 Followers Giveaway (CLOSED)

  • Hi everyone. Hope you are all geared up for a great weekend ahead. Sorry for being absent for a while. Blogger was giving me a LOT of trouble but hopefully that is all sorted out now. I have been following your lovely comments as they mean a lot to me but somehow I could not reply back and my posts weren't showing up on reader.(Grrrr...) But it's all ok now.

I honestly can't believe there are 100+ people who want to read  MY blog. I hope you all enjoy what you read here and if you have any ideas on how I can improve my blog, or make it more interesting please feel free to comment or email. So here is my very first giveaway to thank you all for putting up with me all this time:) I really wanted it to be a perfume but have crazy restrictions on shipping of liquids in my part of the world (grumble grumble) so keeping shipping  costs in mind, I chose very portable and travel friendly stuff.


1st PRIZE:
Too faced glamour to go fairy edition.
When I ordered this from ebay I had no idea my friend will gift the same palette to me 5 days later. So I ended up getting two and as much as I love em both, I have decided I can bear to part with one and include it in this giveaway.
This Fairy Edition houses 8 eye shadows (2 matte and 6 shimmer), a blush, a bronzer, and a lipgloss. 
This compact really holds a LOT of product considering how TINY it is! Perfect for travelling.

This image by google
Also included in the first prize is this fabulous manicure travel set.
The outside is a funky rainbow leopard print which you can see in the very first pic

The 2nd Prize is my favorite selection from luscious products.

This includes their bestselling blush in champagne which is a soft pink with shimmer.
Plumping lipgloss in Iced Mochaccino which my fav nude with is a soft gold shimmer.
Bold metallic Eyeliner in Rockstar which is a recent discovery. Its a smoldering black with silver shimmer which looks gorgeous when applied.  

Now the boring part i.e. the rules
Must Rules: 
  • Follow my blog publicly via GFC and leave your gfc name in the comments section with your email ID +1
  • Follow my facebook page on the right side bar of this blog and click the like button and leave your facebook name in the comments section below +1
  • Tell me what is your holy grail beauty product or signature perfume in the comments section below. +1

  • Optional Rules:

  • Post about this giveaway on your blog and leave a comment with a link to your post (+4)

  • Add the giveaway picture on the side bar of your blog, linking it back to the giveaway post. (+3)

  • However please note that once I mail this out I will not be held accountable for any damage that may happen en route.

  • Plz don't forget to add your email Id so I can contact you if you win.

The giveaway starts today i.e 13th of August and will end on 15th September 2011 at 12am PST.
Good luck everyone and thank you once again for all your love and appreciation.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Krizmah: Designer Bags with a conscience

Hello everyone. Today I want to take you all with me to the beautiful valley of Chitral here in Pakistan. The Chitral Valley at an elevation of 1128 meters (3,700 ft) is popular with mountaineers, hunters, hikers, naturalists and anthropologists.

One of the major attractions of Chitral are the Kalash valleys-the home of the Kafir-Kalash or "Wearers of the Black Robe", a primitive pagan tribe.
Their ancestry is enveloped in mystery and is the subject of controversy. A legend says that the people from Kailash valley are the true descendents of  Alexander  The Great. They are still living between two mountains in three small villages and  are still preaching the Gods which were preached in Alexander's time when he came here centuries ago. His army men married  and settled  here. Since that time Kailashis only married in their own tribe. They  look European, and most of them have white skin, bluish greenish eyes and curly light brown hair like Greeks ! Even Greek government recognise them as their true descendents and nowdays they are making public facilities for the betterment of these people so that they continue living in their original way of life and do not get influenced by modernization

The Kalash women wear black gowns of coarse cloth in summer and hand-spun wool dyed in black in winter. Their picturesque headgear is made of woollen black material decked out with cowrie shells, buttons and crowned with a large colored feather. In parts of Greece even today some women sport a similar headcovering. The Kalash people love music and dancing particularly on occasions of their religious festivals like Joshi Chilimjusht (14th & 15th May - spring), Phool (20th - 25th September) and Chowas (18th to 21st December).
Zainab Ulmulk ( not belonging to the above mentioned tribe), who hails from the royal family of Chitral, was approached repeatedly by the women of her village to utilize their craft creatively.
At a time where hand bags have suffered immensely from the herd mentality of fake designer bags with gauche logos to bags big enough to fit  a doberman in, two women have gone to other extreme and produced something so original, you have to be an ‘original’ yourself to be able to carry them. Zainab Ulmulk and Nadia Malik of Krizmah aren’t shy of taking this risk. Graphic design graduates from the National College of Arts, these young women decided to put their design prowess to use and started their own handbag line.

The brand is associated with Mogh Limited, an NGO that works closely with the cottage industry in Chitral. The expressed purpose of this project is to counter the apparent decline in home-weaving of “Shu”, Chitral’s traditional woollen fabric, the sale of which still provides cash to rural families subsisting in a harsh environment. With over 1,400 women working under them, the NGO also employs women from far-flung areas of Chitral and neighbouring villages.

The name of the brand has an enthralling history and is not a funky twist on the word charisma, as one would normally think, but instead is the name of a type of flower (in the khowar language) A kind of purple Iris. that grows in Chitral around Ulmulk’s ancestral fort. “As children we would weave things out of the krizmah that grew around our home in Chitral. But it also has a special significance since it used to be my grandfather’s official seal,” explains UlMulk of the choice of name for her brand which is as much a commercial enterprise as it is an effort to be socially conscious. “There is no concept of giving back to the community,” bemoans Malik who wants to dedicate a percentage of sales to be invested back in Chitral. At the moment the women are salaried employees of the brand but work according to their own schedules and household commitments on the fabric sent to them. Which is why, it takes up to six weeks to complete one bag on average. A unique pairing of leather and fabric, Krizmah carries an unconventional collection sporting motifs from traditional legends and folk lores. Chitrali artisans use the hand-woven works to celebrate the rich culture and mythology of their ancient kingdom from time immemorial, and each of the handbags tells a tale from the valley.
While one bag narrates the tale of a lost princess, another exquisite bag tells the tale of the famous opium growers in Chitral and how they met their business downfall.  The bags are all handmade and are a testament to the industrious north of Pakistan.
(source:Virtual tourist,pakistannewsblog,

Our inspiration for this piece?

Butterfly Chai

Many an afternoon after finishing their daily chores, women sit around sipping tea under the Chinar tree watching their young one's chasing butterflies fluttering around the wild flowers growing in their garden.
The children quietly stalk their colourful prey proudly displaying the butterflies they catch to their mothers before setting them free to fly into the cool summer breeze once again

Our inspiration for this piece?

After Hours

The ability to see in the dark has elevated Owls, to manifestations of wisdom. Because of their close kinship with the night, owls are also associated with magic and love. Young lovers often swear by the owl to profess the love they have for each other which only the owl has been able to see.



Our inspiration for this piece?

Hashim Bigim - (The disappointed Princess)

A folktale from the Kingdom of Chitral. Hashim Bigim, the beautiful princess of Gilgit, is promised in marriage to the crown prince of Chitral. The young woman undergoes an arduous journey to reach her Prince delighting in imagining her future husband. Will he be as handsome as in her dreams?

Our inspiration for this piece?

Vanishing Pordoom
“Por – doom” (Snow Leopard, in Khowar, a distinct language of Chitral )

The Lord of the Mountain, , the endangered Snow Leopard is now on the brink
of extinction across most of its traditional Himalayan habitat. A few of these
magnificent creatures still roam the rugged terrain of Chitral’s Hindukush
Mountains in search of their ever elusive prey, the Markhor.

 Our inspiration for this piece?

Mastuj Gold

Mastuj, a princely state within the kingdom of Chitral, boasted the finest opium of its time. Fields of poppies that once adorned the Yarkhoon valley of Mastuj, are now no more, after crops were destroyed by farmers to earn a 
meager compensation of a shovel and a pick.

Geelas Paradise

During the summer season cherries are relished by both the human and animal residents of Chitral. Often birds of various colours are seen flitting from tree to tree to enjoy this delightful fruit. The Golden Oriole lords it over the others with its song which sounds like ‘’cherries have ripened’’…” cherries have ripened’’ in the Khowar language.

Our inspiration for this piece?

Tree of Life

A tree whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. Various trees of life are recounted in folklore, culture and fiction, often relating to immortality or fertility. Our depiction of the tree of life bears fruits such as pears, apples, peaches and cherries which are grown abundantly in Chitral. The fruit produced by the tree nourishes an ever advancing civilization.
 Our inspiration for this piece?

The traditional annual spring festival of the Kalash people in mid May. It is held to welcome the coming of spring after the severe Chitrali winter. The autumn wine harvest is brought out in generous quantities to celebrate the onset of spring. Through mystical dances and hymns the Kalash turn out in large numbers, in colorful dresses, to pray for an abundance of honey, grapes and walnuts in their valley.

Sitari's dream

Singing, music and dancing is a major part of Chitrali culture. Being a romantic, but yet an extremely conservative society, only the men folk sing and dance, as their women sneak peeks at them from a distance. As they gather under the starry sky, the notes of the sitar carry them away into a carefree dream, as another challenging day draws to an end. The authentic 5 string ‘chitrali sitar’ is a handcrafted instrument, painstakingly carved out of mulberry wood and is a part of all chitrali homes.

Our inspiration for this piece?

Kalash Kopas

Bumburet, Rumbur and Birir, three valleys in Chitral, are home to
the Kalash tribe. The Kalash, people (one of the few surviving pagan tribes) now limited to a mere 3000, have been acknowledged by the Greeks as descendants of Alexander the Greats lost army. The “Kopas” is a traditional head- dress worn
by all Kalash women. Adorned with shells and buttons, always decorated on a black background matching their black kaftan like attire, “Peeran”. One side of the bag depicts the Kopas and the other the Peeran.



Through the Grapevine

A common sight along the narrow mountain streams of Chitral, grapevines adorn the holly, oak and mulberry trees that grow alongside. Wine making and wine drinking is central to the Kalash culture and religion. To catch the sun in the narrow Kalash valleys the vine has to be allowed to grow up to tree tops which ends up as a struggle between the bees and birds above and the people below, to get to the fruit.

Shindoor valley in Chitral is famous for the polo festival held in the world's highest polo ground.


Our inspiration for this piece?


Every summer a fierce battle is played out on the Shandur plateau
where the Hindukush, Pamir and Karakoram ranges meet.
Shandur was the traditional border between the two princely states of Chitral and Gilgit. In days gone by, when they would accuse each other of abducting livestock and womenfolk, Shandur would be the venue where the two local chieftains would meet to iron out differences in heated debates.
Today, each July, in front of thousands of spectators, the two ancient rivals play their hearts out in a furious game of traditional mountain Polo in the same spirit and with the same ferocity as their medieval forbears.



Our inspiration for this piece?


Captain of the Chitral polo team for the last three decades, and grandson of HH Sir Shuja Ulmulk ‘Mehter’ (ruler) of Chitral whose reign lasted 45 years. Each year when Sikander Ulmulk threatens to retire from polo the people beg him for one more year fearing that without him the team will lose the dominance it has enjoyed over arch rival Gilgit in recent years. “Polo renews the bond…” The motif depicted on the bag is commonly found on most Chitrali Chogha's (traditional robe) worn by royalty and common folks alike. Here polo is not the ‘’game of kings’’. The local barber and shoemaker on horseback not only brushes shoulders with his prince but also throws him off his horse or cunningly hooks his mallet from the least expected angle.


L to R: Zainab ulMulk and Nadia Malik


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