May 15, 2013

Pakistan Elections: May 11, 2013 – My Story

The people have spoken. Respecting their word and moving on with it is more important at this point than creating a lot of strife and unpleasantness which Mr. Khan managed to do from his sickbed in spite of things going well at the elections for him. My advice to the politicians, listen to your citizens and do a good job this time - together as a team. Your people are quite capable of voting you off like they did with PPP if you don’t deliver. (By the time I post this, Mr. Sharif has already met with Mr. Khan and tried to put the unpleasantness behind him. I guess he wants to play nice and be sensible this time. This is another good move on his part.) By Fareeha Qayoom
May 14, 2013

Sewing 101: Learning to Sew a Fine Seam

...But what the heck, it’s considered green to refurbish, recycle and make over; not to mention, thrifty. by Fareeha Qayoom
March 26, 2013

Survival of the Fittest

Our photographer at Valuemag is out on a new mission. With the camera in his hand Shahji hunts down candid moments capturing any exciting expression he feels is worth sharing. Each picture is at least worth a thousand words! Enjoy! Photographs by GM Shah, Text by Marian Sharaf Joseph
March 26, 2013

Handle with Care

How to take care of your leather furniture By Nazish K. Siddiqui
March 26, 2013

Gardens: Blazing Paper Flower

For sheer garden drama, plant one of our favorites in a border, against a wall, or even in a pot on the patio Bold bougainvilleas brighten summer gardens, patios and rooftops By Fareeha Qayoom
March 26, 2013

Urban Landmarks: Masjid Wazir Khan

A Mughal masterpiece in the middle of chaotic mess of illegal ugly construction Story and Photographs by Umer Saud
March 21, 2013

Random Thoughts on ‘A Little History of the World’

If you look at the overall pattern derived from world history, you would notice that elite and their bureaucracy are always trying to maintain the status quo or their hold on the silent majority while the silent majority occasionally overthrows them and tries to bring equality which never lasts because status quo must be maintained at all costs so the elite and their bureaucracy prevail in the long run. By Fareeha Qayoom
February 13, 2013

Fall 2013: Fashion Weeks – Trend Watch

Here is the fall 2013 fashion week schedule. Enjoy! New York - Feb 7-14th London – Feb 15 – 19th Milan – Feb 19 – 26th Paris – Feb 26 – March 6th By Fareeha Qayoom
February 4, 2013

Another Retail Report: More Winter Sales Blues …

ENEM Stores: Yes, they do stock complete size ranges, branded products like Marks and Spencer and Zara but the price points are crazy. By Fareeha Qayoom
January 15, 2013

Retail Report – More Winter Sales Blues…

Durability, quality and fit are important considerations when the price is higher. Why would you pay more for less? By Fareeha Qayoom
March 16, 2014

Denim: Another Fashion Note from the Trenches

Cuts are about people’s shapes anyway. ‘One cut fits’ all can never be an enduring formula. Brands and retailers that cater to different shapes, cuts, washes and maximum range of sizes endure. The rest get left behind. By Fareeha Qayoom
January 23, 2014

Blood Sports

Hostile, Toxic Workplace Environment By Fareeha Qayoom
December 27, 2013

‘Back to the land’ Eco-Fashion

We started with more expensive brands first. An average sweater from imported brand retailers will cost more than PKR 6-7K on an average. A really good sweater might cost even more. (HKB used to be a good resource of imported, fake branded designer sweaters but for the past few years, they have gone to the dogs as well). By Fareeha Qayoom
November 3, 2013

Thank God for Roads!

I must commend Mian Shahbaz Sharif for his forethought in bringing a little sanity to the chaos that was our roads before he undertook to create a little efficiency. Sorting out the Kalma Chowk Crossing, Ferozpur Road, Main Canal Bank Road, Peco Road, Khayban-e-Firdosi, Khayban-e-Jinnah, LDA Avenue Crossing, linking Raiwind Road to the main city, constructing bridges and underpasses and traffic lights and re-routing traffic to move more quickly has made life easy for commuters who have to get to point Z from point A. A lot of people live down there now. By Fareeha Qayoom