Friday, 30 December 2011

Bend and Snap- Elle Woods

So, i am officially 22 ! I should feel a bit older, but......nah the immaturity is still there :D I have to say it was a fantastic birthday !! I went to see Legally Blonde- The Musical and was amazed by the hilarity of the show. The casting was brilliant and the performances were endearing! Carley Stenson was absolutely perfect as the pristine blonde, Elle and you couldn't help but root for Emmit, played by Stephen Ashfield. It's made me want to see more shows ! Next on my list is Matilda- The Musical. Come on now, you know Matilda was a massive part of your childhood. I for one was determined to make things move with my eyes!
A great little touch was the Lola's cupcakes we enjoyed in the interval :) Yummmmm
Before the show, we had dinner at Smollensky's where we had an indepth chat about how much everyone had changed since school. Its the truth- me about five years ago??... You wouldnt have even known it was the same person. Attempting to head into the cut-throat world of entertainment, media and journalism was probably the last thing someone would have chosen for me. I'm glad i've come into my own, but i still have a long road ahead of me to get where i want to be. Niv and Laksh have also transformed into amazing confident women, and are really pressing on with their degree/masters commitments with passion and dedication. Im so proud of them ! We continued the chatter at Below Zero, with the most gorgeous delicious cocktails known to man !
Below you can see the gifts that i got for my birthday. Honestly, i feel so spoilt - But this day only comes once a year and every girl has the right to feel spoilt on their birthday ! Cannot wait for 2012, to see what it brings me :)
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Monday, 26 December 2011

I'm very proud to be British, and my brand is British- Victoria Beckham

I hope everyone had a great Christmas ! It doesn't quite stop there yet though- Boxing day sales start today ! Hello on-line shopping ! I wouldn't even risk it going out, as the onset of claustrophobia will probably destroy me :/ Other than that New Years is coming up as well ! 2012 is upon us, and if we go by popular media, it'll be our last year to live. So time to tick off those things from your bucket-lists.

As I said in my last post, the new issue of Asian Woman Magazine is now out and you can see the cover below. Make sure you pick yourself up a copy if you haven't done so yet. The cover featuring the 'The Only Way is Essex' girls caused a lot of controversy, which I wasn't expecting. I was actually quite pleased that they were on the cover as I personally felt they were representing multicultural diversity. However, there was a varied response from the media- from both Asians and non- Asians. There was an outcry from Asian girls who felt they weren't being represented, whereas the 'TOWIE' girls were questioned for their reasoning behind fronting a national 'Asian' publication.

I have to say that I am a bit shocked, with Emma West rallying her controversial opinions in the notorious 'My Tram Experience' YouTube video- and now the supposed 'racism' row over the 'AW' cover. Really? Do we still feel THAT unrepresented by our upbringing, that we need to vocalise them in such a manner and not give into the idea of living in unity? I feel as if the cover of 'Asian Woman' represents me down to a T. I am not merely a Pakistani girl furious at the lack of Asian role models in an Asian publication- And i'm not merely a British girl confused as to why people would feel the need to dip their toes in to other cultures. I am a British Asian
Editor of ' Asian Woman', Jay Wimal summed up the press coverage on twitter by stating 'On the one hand a lot of people are appreciating our mission to bring the beauty and appeal of Asian fashion and culture to wider audience. On the other hand it's also unveiling a mass of ignorant opinions that are at best irrelevant, at worst horrifically prejudiced'

On a happier note- My birthday tomorrow. Hell yes !
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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind- Mary Ellen Chase

It's been a chilled week at work. The new issue has been set off to print and will be arriving shortly ! However, the smoothness of the week wasn't before I heard the stories of two of the girls and the editor, working tirelessly throughout the weekend to make sure everything was completed. The tales included tonnes of caffeine, 2 hour sleep sessions and drifting off to sleep in the middle of saying something important. Ouch :/ They deservedly took a day off Monday to catch up on some sweet beauty sleep !

The next focus for the Asian Woman team is the Asian Bride Show 2012, being held in January. The sales team downstairs bore the brunt and were frantically in the process of doing their job. I helped out for a while, but I have to say that 'sales' is not really my fortay!- But I can't stress how important the sales team are for Asian Woman !

We also had our official office Christmas party at Funky Browns in Hornsey, North London. I had a great time socialising with everyone outside of work. However, i did happen to be extremely accident prone the whole night. I had a whole glass of Cosmo knocked all over me and spent a good while extremely sticky and wet ! Later on, i was very nearly scalded by an accident involving shisha!! Never mind though- i'm totally fine :D The worst i ended up getting was a huge hole in my tights. Needless to say i ended up sporting a very interesting look on the way home.




PS. Also check out my first article for Young Hollywood at http://www.younghollywood.com/scene/a-very-british-reality-three-american-shows-taking-the-uk-by-storm.html . More to come soon ! :) x
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Saturday, 10 December 2011

How tall am I ? Honey, with hair, heels and attitude i'm through this damned roof - RuPaul

It's been a really good week. Really good. Tuesday night was the Asian Music Awards Launch Party. I was told a couple hours earlier before the event, so obviously i wasn't prepared at all. No dress, no decent makeup, not so great hair...but hey ho- I had to make it work. After work we spent quite a while getting ready. After a spritz of dry shampoo and top up of makeup, we left. I borrowed some skyscraper heels, that i put in my bag. Once we got to the venue (Merah London)i quickly changed into my heels. Classy. Now, wearing those heels was another story. One of the girls Sami mentioned that something which was more painful than me wearing the heels, was watching me walk in them ! Shamefully, i agreed ! Ten minutes later, i thought it was dark enough in the club to change back into my boots without anyone seeing (it was strictly no flats policy for the woman). I didn't stay for long, but it was great to socialize outside of the office for a bit.

I also got an exciting email from Katie Marzullo of Young Hollywood located in Los Angeles. She had taken a look at my work and wanted me to start pitching ideas for the 'Young Hollywood' website. Immediately, my brain went into overdrive thinking about new ideas. I have thought of some ideas and have already pitched them to Katie. She has responsed with a go-ahead to start writing them up. Yay :)

Also, on Thursday i was given an opportunity to conduct a phone interview with Abhishek Bachchan for his new film 'Players' set for release early January. It was my first interview of this kind and it was pretty exciting. Although, it was scheduled for 12pm, but i actually ended up speaking to him nearing 3pm. Him and his 'people' were running behind schedule. The actual interview went well though. It was quick, but he was lovely and i got what i needed. I wasn't allowed to ask personal questions though so instead of asking him about his new born baby girl, i just congratulated him on behalf of Asian Woman Magazine.

At the moment I'm learning SO much and hopefully I'll get more opportunities like this in the near future !
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Saturday, 3 December 2011

In Hollywood, brides keep the bouquets and throw away the groom- Groucho Marx

The next issue of Asian Woman Magazine is nearly here, so the past 2 weeks has been a flurry of shoots and deadlines. Our premier photo shoot location was the awesome Grange St.Pauls Hotel, where we had shot before. For one shoot, we were at another Grange Hotel (they have about ten hotels in one area) and spent the day in the penthouse as our base. The view of Tower Bridge was absolutely incredible! We continually changed location within the hotel to get a range of backdrops and lighting.

The second shoot we were at our original Grange Hotel location. We took over the most gorgeous sparkling white beauty salon that had not been used for 2 years!! (Yes, we did the dust check with our hands- all clear). It was a great day and a surprisingly quick one too. It consisted of three models, 2 makeup artists and 4 looks. The jewellery shot was spectacular and gave witness to the most unique and enchanting rings, pendants and bracelets I had seen. I don’t know about everyone else but I have a slight obsession with skulls and snakes. Does that make me a freak? Possibly? But skull rings and snake bracelets were enough to fulfil my needs at the moment.

We also shot a range of other looks including a ballet- inspired brief. The poor model, Sandy stood there imitating ballet poses. Stupidly I thought she had prior dance experience. Immediately I felt for her, when she dropped her arms in agony and flung them in the air at every click of the photographer’s lens. It didn’t help that we were shooting that look in the hotels gym studio. I sat on the side on a fitness ball and looked on in amusement at the queue forming outside. We were nearing 6.15pm and that was the next gym class. Hurriedly we got the shot and called in a wrap. It was a great day, although wasn’t so great when both the straps of the bag I was carrying all the samples in, broke on the way home. I had to carry it in both arms like a loser and couldn’t exactly see where I was going due to it being SO HUGE. Awesome.

I also started working for The Models Portal as a studio assistant. I always have such a giggle working with Aleysha, the makeup artist, who does absolutely beautiful work- check her out at @AleyshaMUA and Marcus Flemmings, @MarcusFlemmings. My first day consisted of clients coming in, getting their hair and makeup done, and immersing themselves in a photo shoot consisting of three looks. We were located in studio 1_14 near Seven Sisters. Here is a link showing the quirky space we were working in: http://www.themodelsportal.co.uk/#/latest/4557538223/Behind-The-Scenes-HollywoodLand---Our-Latest-Shoot/498950. The owner of the studio was ace photographer Mariann Fercsik. I have never in my life met someone as genuinely nice, kind and funny as her. She was there for us whenever we needed, made us drinks and engaged us in hilarious chatter. I do hope we get to meet her again! However, I didn’t really enjoy walking past the studio labelled ‘Quarantine’ with the disgruntled barking dog, who seemed to sense whenever someone was walking down the corridor!

I also attended my second model casting. This was for a video shoot and catwalk. Seeing as it was an open casting, the range of people that walked in was very diverse. Whereas, there were many people just trying out their luck, there was a select few who proved to be exciting future talent. It was great to sit there and give my opinion on who I thought was exciting and not. It wasn’t so great however, when the casting director made me stand in the middle of a group of potential models to see how they flirted with me- all in the name of work of course! (Let’s just say I have never been snarled at in my life before !!! )

There are probably a billion more things I could write about, but I don’t want to bore you. So for the moment all I can say is keep your eyes peeled for upcoming issue of ‘Asian Woman Magazine’ set for release mid December!
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