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Totkay: Handy Tips

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TO STOP THE SNEEZING:

If your sneezes get chronic, sniff some fresh coriander. It helps by acting as  anti-histamine.

 

TEA STAINS:

Tea stains on clothes can be helped by rubbing salt and washing after two hours.

BOIL POTATOES QUICKER:

Adding a little salt when boiling Potatoes helps them boil quicker.

 

IN CASE YOU HAVE OVER BOILED:

Over boiled food like potatoes, sweet potatoes and channas (gram) can be made firm by first allowing the steam to escape from the food, then putting them in the fridge for a couple of hours.

FOR DRIED NAIL POLISH:

If your nail polish has dried up, put the bottle in a bowl of hot water and it will be as good as new.

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Blue Sax Release Their First Single Jana

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Pakistan’s pioneer blues/jazz band Blue Sax has officially released the audio of their first single of 2017, Jana, which can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/the-bluesax-band/jana

Jana is an original song, written and composed by the band itself. Staying true to the genre of blues/jazz, the rich musical arrangements of the song heavily rely on the saxophone which sets a foot-tapping rhythm. The melody is uplifted further with the subtle sounds of guitars and drums, which wonderfully enhance the smooth vocals of Talha Ali Kushava. The lyrics have a tongue-in-cheek humor, weaving the story of a man fantasizing about his wife leaving him but also not wanting her to take his wealth with her.

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OPPO Set to Launch Selfie Expert F3 Series

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Leading technology brand OPPO today announced the launch of its new dual selfie camera F3 Plus of F3 series across five markets including Pakistan. At the heart of the F3 Series is OPPO’s first-ever dual selfie camera for the “Selfie Expert” which can capture high-quality images in a 16MP main-camera and 8MP sub-camera.

OPPO will simultaneously launch F3 Plus of the F3 Series in five key markets including Pakistan. Large advertisements were also displayed on landmark buildings in Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines with highlight being in Times Square, New York.

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Nilofer Shahid

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Designer’s Bio

Name: Nilofer Shahid

Label: Meeras

Number of years of experience in the field: 30

Niche- most famous for the category of: Couture and bridal Couture.

Favourite colour palette to work with: Deep Jewel tones and earthy colours.

Favourite materials to work with: Rich-looking fabrics such as kimkhwab, tissue and silks.

Design philosophy/ signature style of working: Creating a timeless regal look, that never fades out of fashion and speaks volumes for opulence of design elements used and sophistication of the outfit.

Availability: Services are available worldwide.

Approximate price range:

Bridals: Rs 500,000-1900,000

Heavy formals: Rs 200,000-500,000

Semi formals: Rs 100,000-200,000

Groom’s wear: Rs 150,000-350,000

Prêt: Rs 20,000-90,000

Timeframe:

Bridals: 3-4 months

Heavy formals: 2 months

Semi formals: 1 ½ months

Groom’s wear:  2 months

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Meeras.NS/

Instagram: meeras.ns

Address: 35-B Aziz Avenue, Canal Bank, Lahore, Pakistan

Contact: +92-42-35764972, +92-42-35775598

WhatsApp: +92-312-2837000

Designer’s Portfolio: https://www.bridesandyou.com/2017/03/14/nilofer-shahid-meeras-portfolio/

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Dealing with Libido Loss

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In closed societies like ours there are many problems related to intimate relations. The common perception is that problems related to sex must be the woman’s fault- the general assumption being that she must be frigid. Some women wear this medal as a sign of being pious and above the allure of base animal instincts.

This quarter we are discussing one such delicate issue. Men in societies like ours, are usually sexually frustrated and to say that they have a low sex drive or in medical terms low libido, seems a little odd and yet it happens! Women are groomed to believe that the only reason to engage in sex is for the purpose of procreation. That does not help either when trying to have a normal relationship!

Many married women silently endure their husbands’ lack of interest in them and suffer from chronic depression at times. But not all married couples fall into this category. There can be some curable reasons for low libido in men and we are listing eight most common ones so they can be ruled out before the poor man can be condemned for being an uninterested, ungrateful and unappreciative pig.

Books describe low libido as a decreased interest in sexual activity. It is common for everyone, both men and women, to lose interest in sex from time to time and libido levels vary through life. It is also common that a man’s desire for sex may not match his wife’s passion for it. However, low libido for a long period of time is a cause for concern because it can sometimes be an indicator of some underlying health conditions. A man might never discuss this with his partner because that will question his masculinity!

Testosterone is the hormone that controls sex desire and performance in men. There are many things that cause the hormone to drop from normal level. Some of these things can be medication, stress, illness, bad habits, restless legs syndrome (RLS), sleep apnea, sleeplessness, aging and depression. If you notice any of these signs, drag your partner for a simple blood test for a starter to get his hormone levels checked. If the reading is below the normal level the issue needs to be addressed medically.

Sex plays a vital role in life. A little effort to get this important aspect of life back on track is worth it. The first step to solving any issue in life is to acknowledge it exists. The second is to convince your partner to openly talk about it with you. A relationship in which a man and a woman cannot talk about their feelings openly and have to pretend to be what they are expected to be, is one of the bigger tragedies.

Do not give up on your relationship just because the man is too shy to look his issues in the eye and deal with them. All the reasons barring chronic illness are curable and even those suffering from chronic illness can discover many ways to enjoy intimacy and a full healthy life with a little expert help.

Some medicines taken for a long period of time, especially related to heart, blood pressure and depression, can cause low sex desire. Doctors can easily switch medicines or dosage to address the issue but the doctor needs to be told that there is an issue.

Aging is a natural process but modern medicines have many solutions to specific age related issues and there is no reason why these solutions should not be adopted to prolong the natural healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

It is easy to say that one should adopt a healthy lifestyle and avoid bad habits like greasy foods, less sleep and high stress but it is not always in our control. However, pulling oneself back in the saddle can very well start by engaging in healthy activities like sex. It is an approach that makes you conscious of weight, takes away the stress and keeps the depression in check. If you notice that your partner is moving his legs unnecessarily while lying down on the bed do not ignore it as a bad habit. It may be suggesting that he is suffering from RLS. Take him to the doctor and find out what is causing it. Once RLS is sorted sex life will be back on track.

Sleep apnea can be dangerous. Again medical help is required and once sorted it will also resolve the no sex issue. Now remains the one important question. When do you decide that the no-sex situation is a cause of worry and when do you just ignore it? Well, there is no one formula that fits all. It is all personal, but when it starts to bother you, it is time to do something about it. Write to us if you have any questions that we can find help for you about.

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Nail Trends For Spring/Summer 2017

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As we welcome spring, all the fashion and beauty trends will have something new to follow. While everyone is planning to replenish their spring/summer wardrobe, it is time to update your manicure as well.  This time of the year, both soft as well as vibrant nail colours will be marking their way. Here are some of the new trends to try this season.

Vibrant/Funky Nails:

As spring is all about fluorescent colours, a lot of vibrant, funky nail colours will be making up a trend.

Barely there:

As it’s going be really hot and humid a tint of soft colours would be perfect for a day time look. Soft nude pink and beige nails! Rose gold nails! All white looks chic!

Manicure styles:

From the basic manicure this time in Spring a lot of vibrant colours or matte metallics are paired up with glitter and can be used instead of the typical pink and white nail colour. You can add it at the tips or at the cuticles as the basic style or with nail art done.

Ombre Nails:

This is something very new for the nails. The style would be the same as it is done on the hair. It is a bit tough to do at home unless you are pro at nail art, but would definitely be a must try this season with both soft and electric colours.

Metallic Nails:

These shiny nails are also known as mirrored nails for the fact the sheen which comes with the colour. This trend came up in winters but will for sure continue this Spring/Summer season. As the name says, Metallic has a range of colours from silver, gold, copper, zinc etc. You can even pick up any colour of your choice and get it done with a metallic sheen. We recommend this for an evening party look!