Apples are a complete fruit unlike many other fruit and they come in so many variations that you can never be tired of them.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”…but how? Apples have properties that no other fruits have and its benefits have been verified overtime. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines all and makes it simpler. It has been shown over and over that if it’s not easy, effortless and quick, people won’t take care of their health.

1-Apple contains Vitamin C which helps greatly your immune system.

2- Apples can prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease because apples are rich in flavonoid. Flavonoids are also recognized for their antioxidant effects.

3- A regular size apple has between 70-100 calories. Eating an apple when craving for candy or chocolate can make the desire vanish since apple itself contains sugar, but gives you only ¼ of the calories.

4- We all know that cancer comes in several forms and in different places. Apples target multiple cancers such as colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer.

5-Apples contain phenols, which have a double result on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

7- This is something many people don’t know, and when you consider that your brain makes the person you are, it gives a whole new perspective. Apple has substances called phytonutrients, and these phytonutrients prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism.

8- People who eat 5 apples or more per week has lower respiratory problems, including asthma.

9-They taste delicious! And not only that, they also come in lots of flavors and colors. Their taste can differ greatly, but still give you all the apple benefits. Diversity is an important element to maintaining your health.

On average, Pakistanis munch away around 20 pounds of apples a year, which comes to around 1 apple a week. Regrettably, while an apple a week is better than nothing, it is nowhere close to being able to extract all the advantages apples have to present. Eating apples is part of balanced and healthy diet than will add to your long life, so why limit yourself to only 1 per week, right?

Comments Off on 9 Reasons why an Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor away Posted by saher on Friday, January 29th, 2010

Following the success of LABELS in Karachi, chief executive Zahir Rahimtoola brings LABELS to Lahore on the 29th of January 2010 as an exciting franchise with businesswoman Sowaba Shehzad.

Indeed LABELS has come a long way; from humble beginnings in Karachi, the outlet is currently among Pakistan’s premier multi-designer stores’ retailing fine clothing, accessories, hand bags and precious jewellery essentially catering to the strong and independent woman of Pakistan. The current Labels campaign including Pakistan’s most watched television anchors and personalities can be seen across all major magazines and supplements. Indeed it is reflective of the Labels philosophy and ethos which is to make women not only look stunning but also feel spectacular; making sure that the woman of substance is no doubt the woman of Labels.

In Lahore, LABELS introduces a diversity of accessible fashion by Anisa Khan, Chamak by Sania MaskAtiya and Abida Dada, Flair by Naureen Fayyaz, Freeha Baqir, Jannat & Sadaf, Labelseponymous line, Mina Hassan, Nadya Mistry, Natasha Daultana, Naureen Arbab, SadiyaNadiya, Sanam Chaudhri, Somal Halepoto and Aliya Agha Nguyen. Speaking about opening in Lahore, Zahir has said:

“Thanks to the pioneers of the fashion industry of Lahore, there is a vibrant retail environment with a far greater awareness of designer branded collections. This has emboldened us to return to Lahore (Labels was originally opening at the Pearl Continental in 1998). This is the first franchise store for Labels which makes it all the more exciting. We intend to mix local sensibilities with its own 15 years of retail experience and indeed bring to Lahore our unique philosophy of catering to a cross section of the women of Pakistan. We are particularly pleased to have Ms. Sowaba Shehzad partner with us in Lahore as she has a number of years of corporate experience and we trust her experience will help further enhance the service levels of LABELS Lahore.”

The opening of LABELS also coincides with the launch of exclusive home accessories brand SOUVENIR, on the first floor of the outlet. As the French name suggests, SOUVENIR encourages the spirit of taking home a ‘memory’. The brand carries home décor pieces ranging from Candle Stands, Coffee Tables, Chairs, Consoles, Ottomans, Tea Boxes, Coasters, Mirrors, Frames and Book Ends in a combination mostly comprising of wood with ceramic textures, a mosaic aesthetic and hand painted surfaces. SOUVENIR is an independent project by Sowaba Shehzad, currently Ceo of ALNO German kitchens and interiors. Speaking about introducing a LABELS franchise and debuting her own brand SOUVENIR in Lahore, Sowaba Shehzad, has said

“Bringing LABELS to Lahore is part of our company’s vision for diversification. Being Pakistan’s first multi brand store and having a unique brand character makes us confident of LABELS being able to carve out its own niche here in Lahore. I am also launching my own home décor brand SOUVENIR simultaneously, which is also part of our horizontal diversification strategy catering to the same market segment as LABELS and our other brands.”

LABELS Lahore opens for retail at 6 PM on the 29th of January [Friday] at 194 Y Block, DHA, Lahore.

About Labels:

Labels emerged onto a non-existent fashion scene in 1996 in Karachi, and pioneered casual western clothing in Pakistan. Since its inception, Labels has always been a proactive store and has thus evolved a number of times keeping in line with ongoing international fashion trends.

Zahir Rahimtoola’s vision has come a long way; from a humble beginning Labels has become Pakistan’s premier multi-designer store retailing fine clothing, accessories, hand bags and precious jewellery essentially catering to the strong and independent woman of Pakistan. Indeed, Labels opened the first Original Levis store in Pakistan retailing Levis & Dockers products and in the past has also retailed some of Pakistan’s most prestigious designers including Maheen Khan, Deepak Perwani, Nayna, Samyra Rashid, Nomi Ansari and Gulabo.

Currently, Labels Karachi retails Maheen Kareem, Jannat & Sadaf, James Abidi, SadiyaNadiya, Pash, Zara Shajahan, Elan, Chamak, Mina Hasan, N.Ali, Belladonna, Anisa Khan, Levi Strauss Signature, United Colors of Benetton and their own eponymous affordable line headed by young designer Hala Syed.

In Lahore, Labels now introduces Anisa Khan, Chamak by Sania Maskatiya and Abida Dada, Flair by Naureen Fayyaz, Freeha Baqir, Jannat & Sadaf, Labels, Mina Hassan, Nadya Mistry, Natasha Daultana, Naureen Arbab, Sadiya Nadiya, Sanam Chaudhri, Sarah Gilani, Somal Halepoto and Aliya Agha Nguyen.

The current Labels campaign including Pakistan’s most watched television anchors and personalities can be seen across all major magazines and supplements. Indeed it is reflective of the Labels philosophy and ethos which is to make women not only look stunning but also feel spectacular; making sure that the woman of substance is no doubt the woman of Labels.

About Souvenir:

Bringing to Pakistan her creative aesthetic, Sowaba Shehzad introduces her home accessories brand Souvenir. Located at the first floor of Labels in Lahore, Souvenir includes a versatile range of home décor pieces ranging from Candle Stands, Coffee Tables, Chairs, Consoles, Ottomans, Tea Boxes, Coasters, Mirrors, Frames and Book Ends in a combination mostly comprising of wood with ceramic textures, a mosaic aesthetic and hand painted surfaces.

With plans to launch Souvenir globally, Sowaba aims to promote Pakistani Handicrafts and accessories making Souvenir accessible to all feelings, relations and occasions one wants to celebrate.

Comments Off on Multi brand retail boutique LABELS opens in Lahore Posted by saher on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
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In Pakistan, wedding and party season is in and every Pakistani lady in town wants to look smart and trendy for the big day and upcoming spring festival events. For this purpose, many Pakistani fashion designers have come forward to launch various Pakistani dresses for all occasions.

Nilofer Shahid is a very famous Pakistani fashion designer and the director of the fashion house Meeras. She has a huge clientele in and abroad that caters to women of all ages. Her collection depicts an affinity with Islamic calligraphy and Mughal architecture and the heritage of Central Asia. The Pakistani designer showed her Noor Jehan collection in Vancouver, BC as well.
Maria B is also a renowned fashion designer, Pakistan. Her Pakistani dresses have contemporary and intricate look, elegant styles and colourful fabrics have portrayed a trendy outlook of Pakistan in and abroad. Now she has 10 outlets in Pakistan and there are five brands under the label of ‘Maria B,’ which are ‘Maria,’ ‘Maria B’ lawn, ‘Maria B’ evening, ‘Maria B’ brides and ‘Mgirl.’

Hassan Shehryar Yasin (HSY), is another prominent fashion designer, Pakistan who has been making names in and abroad. His clothing lines consist of embroidered borders and colourful combination.

Deepak Perwani, famous for men’s dress designing especially kurtas offers, groom sherwani, embroidered kurta, and shirts. The Pakistani fashion designer also designs bridal wear along with bridal accessories, saries and formal wear.

Saadia Mirza, is a Pakistani fashion designer who is known for her unique style and innovation. Her line of Pakistani dresses is ‘Virtues’ which defines women who are bold, refined and believe in their own individuality.
‘Vanity’ highlights embroidery done in gold threads and embellishments in swarovski crystals, real stones, pearls, polki and diamonds. ‘Vintage’ defines delicate colours and eastern embellishment in Pakistani dresses and ‘vision’ offers a complete variety of western wears.

Nomi Ansari, fashion designer Pakistan, emerged on the scene in 2001 and after a decade, the ‘Nomi Ansari’ brand has become one of the most sought-after labels in Pakistan. His clothes are very colorful and creative and look absolutely gorgeous! His collections are available in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Dubai, Chicago, and Singapore.

Nickie Nina’s, fashion designer Pakistan’s latest work defines timeless and classic which, caters to middle-aged women and teenagers. It is available at both Nickie Nina outlets in Lahore and Karachi.

Junaid Jamshed,’s J. is another singer/fashion designer, Pakistan. Pakistani dresses include: formal kurtas, shalwar kameez, kurtis, hand woven kurtas and chappals for men and the entire wedding package for the groom. The Pakistani fashion designer is the first one to introduce designer brand of perfumes for both men and women.

Mohammad Mehdi, is also a well-known Pakistani fashion designer. His clothes are glamorous and offer the most stunning and glamorous designs for the people in love with fashion. His collection is available in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

Comments Off on Pakistani Designers Outfit in Vogue Posted by saher on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
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After you have a child your life changing completely and you have to keep in mind the money problem as well. So after a baby work out your emotional and financial problem sensibly.

When you have a child money becomes a big concern for Pakistani parents as a lot is spend on the needs of the baby. Pakistani parents can work around this problem with the following simple rules:

  • When the favorite brand is on sale, Pakistani parents should buy the current size and the next one. Say hello to hand-me-downs between Pakistani parents.
  • Pakistani parents can keep their eyes open for rotate merchandise– ask when they do their markdowns so you can grab the deals (it’s typically midweek).
  • Pakistani parents can buy a season’s worth of near-new clothes for children for less at local shops.
  • Shopping with a list can save money for Pakistani parents in a week. This Sunday, choose your next seven dinners and jot down the ingredients, add basics for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and Pakistani parents should stick to the list once they get to the supermarket.
  • Pakistani parents should lose brand loyalty. Pakistani parents can save 40% with generic drugs. Active ingredients are usually the same.
  • Pakistani parents should fill a reusable bottle with tap water. Money doesn’t grow on trees, but water does fall from the sky for free hence save money on that.
  • Pakistani parents can save money if they keep their eyes open for deals like buy one get one free.
  • Pakistani parents can good quality products once so they can be used for at least 3 months, like feeders and baby utensils.
  • To lower monthly bills, Pakistan parents should notice the mobile and cable bills. Inspect both bills for services you don’t use and cancel them.
  • Pakistan parents shouldn’t let the water run while scrubbing pots or brushing your teeth and save two gallons a minute.
  • Pakistani parents should use compact fluorescent. They last years longer and use 70 percent less electricity than traditional bulbs.
  • One of the biggest drains of electricity is a computer that’s left on 24/7. Pakistan parents should have the habit of switching off the electricity of all equipments before going to bed.
  • Most of the energy used in washing clothes goes toward heating the water. Pakistani parents’ should try use cold water to wash clothes as there is no difference.
  • Pakistani parents should know the driving 55 miles per hour instead of 65 miles per hour boosts fuel economy by 15 percent. And check your tire pressure as the tires use up gas by 3 percent.
  • Pakistani parents shouldn’t fall for unnecessary add-ons like VIN etching, in which the vehicle identification number is etched onto windows to deter thieves extra things in cars cost so keep away from it.
Comments Off on Saving money by pakistani parents with a baby Posted by saher on Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Grapefruit is surely a miracle fruit made by God as it has so many health benefits. Grapefruit is full of nutritional and good for many illnesses.

The ability for a single fruit to help in weight loss programs seems slightly far fetched and make-believe but the fact is that the grapefruit which is a humble fruit seems to have the properties to help in weight loss. With an elevated content of minerals and nutrients especially, vitamin C, the grapefruit is rich in fiber and carbohydrates. Grapefruit doesn’t only contain vitamin C which is usually known to be protective against cold or flu.  It is not just one nutrient that helps prevent a certain disease, but rather the mixture of several ingredients in it that does the trick.  This is the kind of nutritional control that we can find only in the way God makes our natural food.

This juicy fruit contains citric acid, natural sugars, and essential oils like limonene, pinene and citral.  Grapefruit has high amounts of vitamin C, and smaller amounts of vitamin A, B complex, E and K.  It also has large amounts of calcium; folic acid, phosphorus, and potassium.

Health Benefits of grapefruit, the miracle fruit, are:

  1. The rind of the grapefruit contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoid and other anti-cancer agents.
  2. Although grapefruit has a sub-acid taste, its juice actually has an alkaline reaction after digestion which has a profound effect in the treatment of acidity in the digestive system.
  3. Pectin in grapefruit has been found to be effectual in reducing the buildup of arterial deposits, and the vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries.
  4. The bioflavonoid found in grapefruit was discovered to even halt cancer cells from diffusion in breast cancer patients, by ridding the body of excess estrogen.
  5. A common cold is generally your body telling you that you are overworked.  A habitual drink of grapefruit during a stressful period gives your immune system the boost needed to prevent it pending on.
  6. A certain compound found in grapefruit helps lessen the excessive production of cholesterol from the liver.
  7. A diabetic can securely eat a grapefruit.  In fact, more consumption of grapefruit will help reduce the starches and sweets in the body.  If you have a tendency towards diabetes, consume more grapefruit juice to avoid it.
  8. Grapefruit juice helps to promote digestion by increasing the flow of gastric juices in the body.
  9. At the end of a long and tiring day, drink a glass of grapefruit juice with lemon juice in equal parts with a little honey, to dispel all weariness and tiredness.
  10. Besides drinking plenty of fluids, also drink grapefruit juice to trim down fever.
Comments Off on Miracles of Grapefruit Posted by saher on Monday, January 18th, 2010

The right style of make-up can make your face look slimmer and more elegant whereas the visa versa is possible when you don’t have the know how of applying make-up to your face.

All the people in Pakistan are not blessed with similar facial features, physical structure or even mental makeup. People in Pakistan tend to differ from one another in more than one ways. For instance, take the case of facial outline. Some people in Pakistan tend to have a long face, while others have round shape. Then, there are people in Pakistan with pronounced cheekbones, while there are some who have almost round cheeks. There are easy ways to create a slimmer look depending on the form of your face.
Don’t worry about your double chin; you’ll be fine if you get back into the swing of things and a bit of right make-up can go a long way in Pakistan. the right make-up technique can make you look elegant and stylish.

Here are a few makeup tips on how to slim your face:

  • Focus on your eyes with a nice shadow-liner-mascara combination that draws notice to your personality.
  • When you get ready for blush, there are certain things you should know to get that slimming result you’re looking for. Decide your blush according to your skin tone– rosy and warm or peachy tones.
  • Apply your darkest color right below your cheekbone using a correct blush brush. Nothing too big likes a loose powder brush or you’ll have problem. Softly glide your brush upwards going into the hairline but not too high. To form the slimming illusion, follow with a lighter blush tone slightly over darker tone area.
  • Blend, blend and blend the powder, always. The key with this trick is to make dimension, but you do not want a very obvious separation between your natural cheek color and the blush (i.e. think racer stripes!).
  • Sweep a small amount of the lighter shade across your nose and/or forehead as desired to add an extra “glow” to your skin tone.
  • Conclude your look with a nice fresh lip gloss or lipstick to go with the colors you’ve chosen.
Comments Off on How to apply make-up to give a slimming effect Posted by saher on Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Beauty has no limits and has no boundaries; it has its own way of expression. People express it in their own way and through the medium of their own choice. Regardless of the fact that beauty needs no support or fancy to prove its existence, but at times it requires appreciation.

In this regard a beauty pageant competition is going to take place in New York, USA. This international beauty pageant is going to happen on the 16th of January 2010, at Queens College Golden Center 65-30 Kissena BLVD, Flushing, New York 11367. There are some outclass brands and services sponsoring the Fashion affair, most importantly, SAAPNA. SAAPNA is an abbreviation of South Asian American Political National Association and Mr. Adnan Munawar, who is the founder and chairman of SAAPNA, is going to be one of the judges of the Fashion competition.

Most interestingly, one of the Bollywood’s hottest heroines, Priyanka Chopra will be the chief Guest of the International Beauty Pageant. Priyanka Chopra is a dazzling lady with a cute smile. It will be a glamorous and very exciting Fashion competition.

In this grand Fashion affair, it will be an honor for Pakistan that Mr. Adnan Munawar, who is a Pakistani and the founder & chariman of SAAPNA is going to judge the beauties at the contest.

Comments Off on Miss International Beauty Pageant Posted by Sundus on Friday, January 8th, 2010