7.19.2016

Summer Playlist 2016

Born in the glorious August of 1997, I held a responsibility towards summer. No matter how many seasons would come and go, my heart would long for it. Even when it wouldn't want to. I was raised in the scorching heats of Karachi and strolled on its beaches for half of my life, loving it and hating it. All of it still couldn't take summer out of me.
When you're born in a season, you somehow become a part of it. Although summer isn't always too friendly.
Summer is basically a lively season. It's not miserable like winter or overpainted like spring or sad like autumn. It's the time when everyone would be out, casual and kinda free spirited, summer's the season of people. I would have liked winter more. But destiny chooses what it chooses.
It chose me the time of crazy tinted sunnies, wild flower crowns, and unbearable heat.
I have a habit of making a playlist for every occasion and since sweet summer of 2016 is going on, I gathered all my current fave jams that sounded like summer or reminded me of past summers.
Die Young - Keisha (It was playing in my lil cousin's Just Dance game and the tunes were so moving I couldn't help mySelf but get it on repeat)

Jai Ho - Pussy Cat Dolls (I first listened to it back when I was just a kid and Slumdog Millionaire was about to release. I loved it so much that my aunt got it on a cassette for me. Yes a cassette!!!)

Unstoppable - Sia (It was my sister's bestie's jam that I borrowed and it's so # GIRLBOSS like, y'all)

Ribs - Lorde (this song sort of  brings a preview of future for me. It's the kind of song you'd play after years and remember what trash you used to be and now look at you, all good and well)

Last Friday Night - Katy Perry (ultimate TGIF tune! It's basically a party song but it's so summer-y and been on my playlist for longer than I can even remember)

Naturally- Selena Gomez (this was the first Gomez song I got to own and it made me fall in love with her music. It's refreshing, something that takes you to a good place; happy good place)

Paparazzi- Lady Gaga (this song was the strangest great song for me. It's such a classic that after all these years after its release, it just wouldn't get boring. Gaga's music is distinctive and artsy. Like, who would write a song for paparazzi? No one but Lady Gaga)

Lost And Found - Katie Herzig (well this song is a part of me. My life track; it's on my every playlist. Every single one. Happy, I'd play this song. Sad, I'd DEFINITELY play this song. I was so intrigued by its lyrics that I googled it and found out Herzig wrote it for a divine relation. It wasn't a romantic one; it was somehow religious. No wonder it's too relatable for me)

These songs aren't entirely new and honestly I haven't listened to any new music lately. These mildly old tracks are truly gems plus I somehow can't get them outta my head anyways haha!!! They've been a part of my favorite memories and the ones I just got to listen (like Die Young), they're the start of a cheery chapter I'd call the Best Of Summer 2016 someday. To be honest, this year has been very revolutionary. There are changes I wouldn't have liked in the past or supposed future but I do like them now. Not happily of course, but still yeah. I'm reading The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak right now and there's this line "don't go with the flow. Be the flow." That's what this summer is teaching me: be the flow.

And I'll try my best.

What are some of your favorite summer songs?

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7.13.2016

Eid Style Kinda Vlog

After the hiatus of Eid week, here I am!
Ramadan went by so fast, I could hardly believe it was finished already. Though it brought Eid celebrations along so it was easy to cope up with.

The best part about Eid? DRESSING UP Y'ALL!!!!
I would always take an unreasonably long amount of time to get ready because this is the only time no one would mind cos Eid and you don't get scolded on this day. Hashtag hurrah. 
My dress was a gift from family with such bright colors it nearly blinded me. Not that I am some sort of pastels' person but in past few months, my wardrobe was pacing towards more mute colors. But it was super cool anyways.

happy preppy junk!

footwear: kolhapuri sandals 
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How did your Eid go? If you didn't celebrate, what's your favorite celebration?

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7.04.2016

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

One of my all time favorite princesses story is Snow White. Out of all the reasons, the mirror part would always get me. How cool it would be to have a talking mirror that's apparently magical, errr terribly magical. However, it didn't make its owner happy. And it stuck in my mind; mirrors are not friendly.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
I peek at my mirror at 10 AM and see a struggling body who's not yet ready to let go of some sleep. But at 1 PM, I see a person in my mirror that's rushing here and there and looks like a mess. Around 5 PM, the figure in the mirror is tired and at the end of the day, the reflection I see is a person who didn't let the day go wasted and radiates accomplishments. I see a paradox. I see what I wouldn't always approve. I see me.
I want to change its reflections sometimes. A few strikes and it will break into pieces. But of course, it's just an ordinary tool that's pretty useful and not at all something to be dragged in a slightly or madly philosophical post. Yet still, here I am, talking like it's an enemy or a friend or something that controls itself.
It looked like mirrors had a mind of their own. But no, it was never about a mirror, it was about my own perspective that twisted the things and blamed the mirror. "It doesn't reflect the eyeshadow right" or "It makes your nose look bigger, silly mirror." Mirrors aren't silly; people, oh they probably are.

My mirror would tell me lots of things every day. It's placed on my room's wall and that's the first things on my way outside so, you see, I gotta hear what buddy has to say. But I am at peace with him now. Not very happily, but yes, at peace to some extent.

Mirrors and your own thoughts are going to speak a lot. And it's not going to be something you want to hear or see. But do it. Do it and speak back. You can't change a reflection. But you can accept it and love it.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

"The one who didn't hate the reflection."

# positivity. We fight the battles outside and inside and those that only exist for us. Appreciate your own reflections every day, budds. It's the only thing one truly owns.
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