Gallery hopping in Pakistan

January 9, 2015

I’m currently in Pakistan for a family wedding and now that the chaotic dust has settled, I finally got a chance to cruise a few galleries in the city with a talented native artist who, as an insider, knows all the ropes and kindly showed me around. I’ve always had a soft corner for Pakistani art and have been meaning to do a blog post on galleries in Karachi for a while now, so here goes … Our first stop was Canvas Gallery, where world renowned Pakistani photographer Arif Mahmood’s solo show, “Cross Roads” was taking place. Mahmood’s photography has […]

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I finally #foundsalt

January 7, 2015

Have you noticed that ever since the movie “Chef”, food trucks are all the rage in Dubai and casual stalls and trucks have been popping up a lot lately? From dutch mini pancake stalls to fish n chips on the go, I’m loving this new relaxed, casual dining renaissance goin’ on. Its fun to switch it up now and then and makes a cooler, laid back change from your standard La Petite Maison brunch. Enter Salt – the name is simple, concise and generates a bit of mystery. Everyone and their Grandma has been positively raving about Salt. “Have you […]

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Golden Afternoons at Anantara Resort

December 25, 2014

Let’s face it. Scrolling down your Facebook feed and constantly seeing people coupled up and blissful can be a lonely experience when you are single. Particularly during the holidays. Craving a bit of romance, I was inspired to take myself on a “date” one beautiful and sunny afternoon. The weather in Dubai is GORGEOUS right now so I thought I’d make the most of it! After all, why should beautiful venues be reserved solely for a date with a man?! I made a reservation on a whim to a place I’ve always wanted to spend time but never seemed to […]

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Puttin’ On The Ritz For DIFF

December 18, 2014

Have you ever roamed around on your red living room carpet, pretending to be statuesque and majestic like Nicole Kidman at the Golden Globes? Do you clutch onto your Mom’s 80s Swarovski crystal ornament, imagining that it’s an Oscar while rehearsing your acceptance speech? Well, now you can finally put all of that useless malarkey into good use at the Gala red carpet events that take place during Dubai International Film Festival; the leading Arab film festival in the world. Even though the Film festival is in its eleventh year, this has been the first time I’ve actually attended! I […]

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The Color Run

December 11, 2014

I have to admit, when it comes to running … I’d rather not. Wallah, I just don’t like that feeling of your heart beating too fast. I mean, really, what’s the hurry? I was the kind of person who would consistently skip P.E class in high school by handing in forged notes from my “mother” saying I was feeling too unwell to participate. I would then proceed to chill out in the corner and watch the rest of the eager little suckers from my class run around like they were jesters entertaining me in my court. I never thought I […]

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November News

December 4, 2014

I’ve been very off the radar for a while and there have been a lottttttttt of live drawing gigs I have done lately so I thought I’d combine everything into one blog post and briefly go through some of them! First up – United Colors of Benetton. I was asked to draw live illustrations for customers as part of Vogue Fashion Experience at Dubai Mall. It was really interesting as I got to actually sit in the store window and draw, so it was a real goldfish experience as people would glance in and stare at me working! For this […]

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