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Monrostudio – No more VS BS.

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Going inner wear shopping in Pakistan means devoting an entire day to the cause. You literally have to go all over the city to find a place that sells decent, comfortable stuff and the entire time you are praying in your head for your sister/cousin/friend to return soon from another country so you can order your stash from there. At the end you end up buying something you don’t love or feel too comfortable in but end up buying it anyway because a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

One of the most asked questions on this blog is where to find comfortable, affordable and great quality inner wear in the country and I finally have an answer to that.

Monrostudio is an online lingerie store that is an answer to all our inner wear questions. I received a package from them not long ago to check out their products and I can very confidently say that it is definitely some of the best stuff I have seen, not just in Pakistan but over all. SO SO impressed.

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GREAT fit and super comfortable which came across as an even bigger surprise to me because something always is off when you order inner wear, specially bra’s without trying them on first. Killer stuff. Another thing that is not too related to the product but is too cool to be ignored is their packaging. The products arrive in these really sexy boxes and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get too excited about the product before even seeing it just because the box had that effect on me.

They have some great designs and even though they have just recently launched the brand, they have quite a decent collection. Its all pretty affordable too, their bra collection starts from Rs 2,500 and panties start from Rs 900.

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These boxes are taking away my heart.

What I liked about the brand was that they are not only focusing on selling good quality lingerie in Pakistan, but also making a point to create awareness regarding the importance of inner wear among the women here. The entire conversation about bras etc is one of those that girls whisper about, feeling embarrassed like it is something to be ashamed of even though its a part of our everyday life. Many girls are so hesitant in actually getting advice that they end up buying stuff which is not perfect for their body type and end up getting various diseases and dealing with many issues such as backache etc. Monrostudio has a blog on their website that addresses various issues faced by women in our country and its a great read. You can check it out on: http://monrostudio.com/blog.

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It is really important for us to know about our bodies and what’s best suited for it. Really glad to see an international standard local brand in the country, I highly recommend it to all you guys and just because these guys are awesome and you guys are my favorite people in the world, you guys can win a gift voucher for a 25% discount on any purchase of your choice on their website!

All you got to do is:

Follow Monrostudio and Rantsofadesibride on instagram
Like Monrostudio and Rants of a Desi Bride on Facebook.

and comment “DONE” here in the comment section or under the MonroStudio post on Facebook/Instagram.

Once again, DO check out their website if you want to get good quality lingerie before you open one of those international websites. You will NOT be disappointed. I promise.

First Anniversary – The Present

We recently celebrated our first anniversary and it was nothing that we planned we’d do on the day yet it was perfect.

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One year to this day of posing and not letting rukhsati happen till I’ve had my fair share of biryani

Faizan and I decided to keep it low key. Do a small lunch with the family (never happened!), go to our favorite place for dinner (never happened). He decided he’ll take the day off from work (He did, but had to go at the last minute due to a work emergency). We weren’t sure if we wanted to exchange gifts but then we though that first wedding anniversary will only come once, so why not.

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Exhibit A of why we will always remain fat 🙂

I initially decided to get him some stuff that he liked and wanted but something or the other kept on happening and my plan kept of getting screwed. I had saved up money and knew exactly what I wanted to get him till I figured he didn’t need it. His present BLEW ME AWAY (Not going to say here what it was, instead will do a post on that here soon. If you follow me on snapchat or insta you already know what it is!) and that’s when I realized the only thing important in a present its the emotional and sentimental value that goes into a present and not how fancy it is or the monetary value.

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So I got him a box full of stuff that he loves to eat (all sorts of chips, chocolates, ice creams, cookies etc) and I made him a coupon book.

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I gave myself a hell lot of work through this coupons. Things you do for love.

So basically it consisted around 10 coupons that he can redeem at any time. I put in stuff he likes doing/does not like doing so I can do them etc and he LOVED it (The most important thing of course!). Super easy to make and extremely valuable without tearing a hole in your wallet. All you need is a sketch book sheet/chart paper that you can cut into any shape you want for the coupons, markers and a brain. hehe. It can be easily made for birthdays, anniversaries etc and not just for your husband/wife but for anyone. Could be for your parents, your siblings, friends etc.

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I made tiny drawings too. Hehe.

Will do a separate post on his present soon because its insane, I love it too much and it deserves a post of its own. See you then.

One year later – What I learned (Part II)

As promised, I nagged Faizan till he gave up and decided to have a conversation with me about everything that he learned during the past one year as a married person.If you missed the post I did about my learnings, you can find it here.

So without wasting anymore time, I’ll get to his part right away.

Me: TELL ME WHAT YOU LEARNED DURING THIS PAST YEAR
Faizan: Ask me questions
Me: NO FAIZ. Just tell me. 
Faizan: Tell you what?
Me: EVERYTHING YOU LEARNED.
Faizan: Okay. let me think.
Me: NO. NOW. (I am so annoying uff taubah.)

Now that you know the background, I’ll get down to what he said:

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Even shared some important secrets with Fauzia at our valima. I take this very seriously. LOL.

1. Communicate – At All Times
Communication is the key. Make sure you share everything about your day with your partner. Make them feel more involved in all parts of your life even the ones they don’t necessarily understand too well. Don’t hide anything thinking that the person might get mad or pissed off, tell them right away. How they react might just surprise you. Knowing that the person can completely trust you and you can completely trust them makes married life a lot more easier. No secrets, no matter what.

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If you don’t give her love,  there is a high chance she will fall in love with an international superstar.

2. Respect And Love Your Wife
Its something so basic, but so so important in any marriage. You get respect when you give respect. your wife is not just any other person, its something you are bound for life with, in order for her to be happy, she needs and deserves to feel safe, loved and respected at all times. Do not cross the line, never say anything that would hurt her deeply or hurt her at all. You know what they say, happy wife = happy life and who doesn’t want a happy life eh?

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Happy father in law = Happy wife = Happy Me.

3. Accept Her Family As Your Own
Its different for boys when it comes to accepting the wife’s family. The girl usually moves in and its just a matter of time before she learns to care and love for our families like she does her for her own because they spend so much time together, living in the same house. However, since our interaction with the in laws is relatively limited (I am talking from my own experience, being in a different city) it takes a little more time.  Be nice to them. Respect them like your own family. And NEVER EVER say anything mean or hurtful about them anywhere. Not to your wife, not to your friends, not to your own family, not even to yourself. Its just wrong and extremely hurtful to them and your partner.

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You can appreciate the person anyway you want. This is how I do it.

4. Appreciate. Always Appreciate.
Its very easy to get stuck in a cycle where your wife does everything for you and you just make it a part of your routine and don’t acknowledge it as something nice/special. Wrong. Always appreciate, even the smallest of things. She has the option of not bringing you breakfast but she does that herself rather than simply asking the maid or asking you to do it yourself. Appreciate that. I have a very hectic work schedule (most of you know that, thanks snapchat!) but not once did Fauzia ever complain because she understands but if she didn’t I would make her understand and then appreciate her for being so patient. I have always been so at peace from that side that I never had to worry about late sittings. I never said it enough initially but now I make it a point to do that and I can see her mood change entirely just by hearing those few nice words.

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I think I’ll sue her soon for snapchatting me all the time without consent. Just kidding. Or am I..

5. Be Supportive
Its pretty self explanatory, the statement, so I’ll share our own story with you here. Fauzia is a full time blogger now. Blogs are very slow and it takes along time before you establish a proper audience and monetize your work. She has always been extremely career oriented (which is one of the things I love about her) and worked at some really amazing places, being independent, earning a lot of money. From that to completely switching to this seemed a little weird and even I couldn’t understand it though my own sister did the exact same thing. People don’t see blogging as a real career here in Pakistan and in all honestly neither did I. But then I saw her passion for it and how invested she was into this whole thing. I started reading all her posts regularly, liking them to show my appreciation and very often gave her feedback, both good and bad. I really like how she feels confident enough about choosing this field now and it shows how every time I take a stand for her or I tell her how much I liked something she posted she gets more motivated. Goes on to show how much a husband’s support means to a wife and I hope I support her the same way in all her life and career decisions.

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Travel, even if its just an incredibly fun road trip to Multan.

6. Travel Together
You learn so much about a person when you travel with them. It doesn’t have to be abroad or to an expensive, fancy place. Anywhere works. Just take out the time, save some money and go travel.

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Our quality time requires a lot of random face making and pictures.

7. Spend Quality Time Together
For someone with a busy work schedule its not easy to do much together on a daily basis.So what you should do is find that one thing that you both have in common and commit to it. Like watching an episode of your favorite TV show before sleeping, going out for a small drive, go get juice or coffee or ice cream, play one hand of cards. This time is essential for you both as a couple and also helps you forget about your stressful day and makes your partner happy. Makes up for all the lost time and its really easy to do too.

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Throwback to an awesome Kings of Leon Concert we attended back when we used to be young and cool. LOLOLOL

8. Remember, Being Married is a LOT Of Fun
I remember how before getting married I often felt really worried about all the responsibility that was coming with the wife, but Alhamdulillah having a good partner in life really washes away all these concerns. I married my friend, someone who loves and understands me at all times and that makes me realize how much difference a good wife can make in your life. Doing small things together everyday, watching movies, ordering food, fighting over who fills the water bottle at night, just sitting and discussing world issues or watching funny videos on youtube – everything is fun. I’d do it again if I could (before she subjects me to domestic violence) with Fauzia of course. LOL.

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Hello, goodbye!

9. Be proud of being her husband
Introduce her to your friends, your colleagues. Be proud of the person that she is. Accept her with all her flaws and all the differences. Accept her importance in your life as a partner, a friend, a guide.

Thats it from me. Its all pretty generic, but I hope you people enjoy and learn something from it! Bye now.

Giveaway Week – Winner no 10

CLOSED NOW!

Before I announce the final winner for this year’s giveaway, I have something to say to you guys.

Thank you everyone who participated.I was genuinely overwhelmed by the number of entries and tried to fit in as many winners as possible (I started out with 3 winners and ended up having 10!) but obviously not everyone could win which made me sadder than all of you, trust me. However, this may have been the first ever giveaway I hosted on my little blog, but I promise it won’t be the last. Thank you for all the love and support you showered on me and Faizan through out our one year together and trist me when I say this: I believe very strongly that your prayers made our journey together smoother than it would’ve been otherwise and for that I can’t thank you enough. I love you guys and I hope you feel the same way.

Thank you once again. Rants of a Desi Bride Giveaway Week is now officially closed!

NOW COMING TO OUR LAST WINNER FOR THIS GIVEAWAY WEEK!

Making me super sad. But also extremely happy for the person winning this. Hehe.

This person will be winning:

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  • 1 ethnic matha patti and earring set from Rang Chamkay
  • 1 Candle from Karachi Candle Company
  • 1 Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
  • 1 Maybelline BabyLips Color
  • 1 Maybelline Color Sensation Lipstick
  • 1 Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eye Liner
  • 1 Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Liner
  • 1 Pair of earrings by Enchantress

AND THE WINNER IS: MAHAM ALI!

Congratulations to my 10th and final winner! E-mail me on rantsofadesibride@gmail.com ASAP please!

Giveaway Week – Winner no 9!

Winner no 9 is getting the stuff Faizan and I should be getting because its the ultimate workout motivation package. With all these weddings and wedding food happening, pretty sure we won’t be fitting into the clothes we manage to fit into now kuch ker kara k very soon. But the person who wins this will be sexy as hell very soon.

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Winner no 9 will be winning:

  • 1 Women’s Workout T-shirt from C9 Apparel
  • 1 Men’s Workout T-shirt from C9 Apparel
  • 1 Basket of healthy yet delicious goodies from Fitlicious Pakistan
  • 1 Candle from Karachi Candle Company

AND THE WINNER IS: ALINA FATIMA  JATOI!

Mubarak mubarak! Please e-mail me ASAP on rantsofadesibride@gmail.com!