My Top 10 Gossip Girl Outfits

So I finally watched the Gossip Girl Finale and boy was it worth the wait…omg how amazing were the clothes? after all the ups and downs Blair and Chuck got married ❤ and Gossip Girls identity was finally revealed…he was high on my list of suspects. Anyways over the years GG has showcased some amazing fashion so here’s my top 10 outfits:

Serena in Zuhair Murad, by far my favourite dress!!
Blair weds chuck in Elie Saab
Serena in Peter Pilotto
Love this daytime look
Blair keeps it cute with her signature hairband but her sheer white shirt teamed with the lace detail lends her back her naughty!
Nobody pulls of a sparkly blazer like Serena
she does look like an air hostess but its soo cute, only Blair could work this.
Love this
Chic casual day look
Amazing wedding dress by Vera Wang

So thats my 10 but I have one item that I LOVE so im gonna just put that out there as a bonus and that is this amazing geo print Gryphon trench! Sold out as you can imagine …boohooo 😦

Pinko Launches In Dubai!

Pinko was born in Italy, Fidenza, in the 80’s and has since grown into a global brand that sets trends for women around the world. Zizzle was lucky enough to be at the launch of Pinko in the UAE. The event by “brag” events at the new Meydan Beach resort was a beautiful setting and the first time the new venue had been used for an event. Posters of Naomi Campbell, the brand Ambassador, were placed around the venue and the catwalk showcased beautiful vibrant cocktail dresses often dressed down with a cardigan to demonstrate the flexibility of the designs. The models make up by Zareen Shah was muted with a gold foil on the eyebrows which really stood out. We’re excited to hit up the Pinko stores in Dubai, they can be located at the Dubai mall and the Marina Mall.

Matt Is The New Gloss!

From interior design to fast cars, matt paint has taken the world of design by storm. Matt nail varnishes in greys, mushrooms and nudes were all the rage last season but I love the concept of wearing both Matt and gloss in the same shade. So simple but super effective, here are some great looks you can try at home 🙂

Why Settle For A Crutch When You Can Have A Cast?

So on my travels over the last few months I have met a lot of amazing people and we have shared plenty of stories. I feel it has been a great learning curve for me and really eye opening. Often we discuss the subject of relationships, past or present. I find a lot of people when in love don’t see what is really happening “love is blind” as they say.Yesterday we were talking about how partners support each other through times of need, what many people don’t realise is a shoulder to cry on is sooooo not what you need in a partner. That doesn’t make them supportive, “don’t settle for a crutch when you can have a cast” I know I made a weird analogy but its so true. A crutch just holds you up while you are broken but a cast supports you while healing you and making you stronger. Just because someone’s always there to cuddle you it doesn’t mean they are necessarily what you need. You need someone who will not only lift you out of your hole but board it up after so you never fall in there again. So if you have someone who motivates you, makes you see what you can do to change your situation, keep a hold of them. If you have been depressed for months or years but think your partners cuddles are the only reason you got through …..this reality check is for YOU. Without them you might be able to find the strength to really pick yourself up again :)Lots of love x

The Journey to The Summit

I walked out of Coimbatore airport bracing myself for that “India smell” but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a totally different experience to arriving in Mumbai, not a car in sight on the roads and deafening silence. It was 4am but in Mumbai at that time you can’t count to 3 without hearing a car horn (tried and tested lol). The air was cool and fresh and I could see rows of lights that appeared to be floating in the air, “that’s the mountain we are going to” explained the driver, Shiva. Within 10 minutes we reached the foot of the mountain and the trees were flooded in moonlight as the clouds gave way. The various peaks and valleys were outlined and Shiva explained it would take 2 hours to get to the retreat at the summit. The winding roads made me anxious as although I couldn’t see in the dark I knew that the roadsides were deadly drops into the valleys. Every so often we would pass a small village where surprisingly a few people were gathered in open cafes sipping on their masala chai’s.

An hour passed and the sky began to glow with a blue hue, as we climbed it got brighter until the mountains were all illuminated with the blue light. 2000m above sea level, the views were magnificent. We stopped at the deepest valley so I could take some photos. As we winded around a corner I spotted a burning orange streak in the sky! As the minutes passed the streak morphed into a rising ball and as we reached the summit it was daylight.

I could see the pastel coloured houses, temples and churches nestled in the valleys and the crisp cold air wafting through my window had a menthol scent.
It came from the Eucalyptus trees, it was a lot colder then I expected but already I felt rejuvenated!

Explore. Dream. Discover

I believe to live fully we must take chances and explore the paths that lead to discovery. Doing things out of your comfort zone are real experiences – doing things that make you feel things that you have never felt before. I am completely living my life for this moment and I feel gratitude and love every single day which in turn breeds real happiness in the pit of my soul. Gratitude is very important, it is what makes the divide between a fleeting moment and a treasured experience because you take time to look back on it with appreciation.

Take a moment in your day to do something completely random whether it be high fiving a stranger or booking a flight to somewhere you can’t imagine being. That buzz you feel is positive energy which will resonate throughout your day as long you keep smiling back at that moment and once you fill your life with that positive energy you will invite your dreams to you. Happy Friday!

Love Zohra xx

Cape Town – 1/9/12

I’m back in Jo’burg from a four day trip to Cape Town, it was amazing! We were supposed to be there for three days but we extended it because we didn’t wanna leave (me and my bro). Theres so much to see and the City is rich with views scattered all over like jewels waiting to be found. Downtown is a different world to the coastline. On our first day we explored downtown, it felt unsafe and beggars follow you around relentlessly and every street corner is riddled with drug dealers and “dodgy” looking people lol. After that day we decided it would be wise not to wear or carry any unnecessary valuables and for the first time in my life I was without a handbag haha all I carried was my camera, lipgloss and some money in my pockets. Locals told us its fine to roam around but not after dark and to never look lost or scared (which is pretty hard when your following a map) We climbed aboard a local minibus which was 6 rand (50p) in comparison to 100 rand (£8) and we were told it was safe…I didnt feel safe at allll..the guy who we paid to let us on had ripped clothes and a passenger told him he stinks (which he did) and got off and then the bus driver seemed completely high he was singing and dancing to every song that came on the radio shouting at people on the streets and I have no idea what he was saying to me most of the time I just nodded and smiled while I clung to my suitcase and prayed that we would get off soon haha so after that we just got taxis everywhere. Without our valuables it felt a lot safer obviously the beggars dont target you if they see you dont have a bag.

We stumbled on a shoot for a cadburys ad in the middle of town where a giant purple hippo/cow pinata was floating in the middle of the street, two girls hit it and the most chocolate I have ever seen came out. We wernt allowed any though, only white people as they were the only people allowed in the frame so all the other indian/african/chinese people had to watch haha it was like the most racist thing I’ve ever experienced but I understood it was to do with marketing and South Africa is very backwards in that way due to there history. One black guy tried to run for the chocolate when the others did because he was just passing by and thought it was for everyone and I actually have a video of the white director yanking him back shouting at him and telling him it was for white people only not a free for all, we left after that…im thinking of sending it to cadburys and explaining that nearly 70% of the worlds cocoa is from west africa and grown by black people and that not just white people buy there chocolate and if they are gonna shoot ads in a black community they should be more tactile, also shouldnt employ racist people.

So day two, we went on the hop on hop off tour bus which went around the peninsula. We saw the amazing coastline where every beach was different to its neighbouring beach. The sea often lapped against the mountains and then the next beach would be against cliffs or boulders and then you would stumble upon a bay where the beautiful white sand was washed with turquoise water. I was trigger happy, I think in four days I took more than a thousand photos haha. We went to table mountain that day, we took a cable car to the peak and then walked around up there for about two hours just taking in the views. We were waiting for sunset which was amazing. It looked like the horizon was on fire and the sea was slowly extinguishing it as the sun sank. We dined on the waterfront which was buzzing with people, its a beautiful place to eat out and then theres a few pubs where you can go and enjoy amazing live music.

Day three was my favourite day, we booked a backpackers tour with Baz Bus along the whole peninsula to Cape Point. We stopped at Hout Bay where we had the option to go on a glassbottom boat to Seal Island, it was really nice and we watched the seals lazing around on the rocks. Our next stop was Simons Town to see the cutest penguins everrrr at Boulders Beach. It was sooo amazing and I wished I had my handbag I would have totally put one in there haha they were tiny and there little waddle was adorable.

The next stop was Cape Point national park, It had wild game roaming around, and we were told to look out for baboons but unfortunately we didnt see any. Only a deer like animal and wild ostrich. We stopped for a picnic and then the 6km uphill cycle to the Cape of Good Hope. It was so beautiful cycling along the coast and although the hill was a struggle it was so worth it when we got to the top. Going down was so much fun, as we glided down the mountain the fresh sea breeze was beautiful and the views below. Then we climbed to the summit of the Cape of Good Hope by foot, it was amazing at the top. I could have sat there all day but we had to get to Cape point where some say the Atlantic Ocean and Indian ocean meet but others believe its at Cape Agulhas, the southern most point of Africa.

We went out clubbing that night along Long Street, clubs are pretty dead on week days, more like bars and they were very casual. We went to Dubliners and Fiction and met quite a few people, a mix of tourists and locals who all told us that we should stay the weekend to party as this wasnt a good reflection on the nightlife of the Cape. They had bands performimg in a lot of the bars and they were all really amazing! I would recommend Rafikis its a really cool bar/restaurant with amazing pizza in Kloof.

Day four, Unfortuantely Robben Island was fully booked (book 3 or 4 days in advance) we were told to go and see some vineyards before we leave as they are very popular in Cape town so we went to see the oldest existing one in Constantia where all the diplomats and rich and famous live. It was beautiful and the scenery was epic. We did another bus tour and then had our final dinner on the bustling waterfront and then headed to a club called Cubanas which was really nice and chilled out.

I would highly recommend Cape Town, its one of the most amazing places I’ve seen with a rich history and amazing scenery. Theres plenty of things to do and I think to really enjoy it all you need a minimum of five days.

Johannesburg – 31/8/12

Hello from sunny South Africa,

I came here expecting snow as it had been snowing heavily the week before I arrived but I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy high’s of 29 degrees despite warnings of a cold front EVERY DAY! I came here 10 years ago so my memories are pretty blurred but I remember that last time I came I was surprised at how modern it is. Having been to East Africa several times I expected it to be similar but until you see the dry terrain, mountains and brown grass in the suburbs you don’t even know you are in africa. The huge highways, shopping malls, beautiful cars and houses create a divide between what we perceive as third world Africa.

Yesterday I had a real taste of Africa when me and my family entered a Lions cage in the Lion park. They were cubs and from a distance they look so cute and cuddly but its only when your up close and they snap at you with their razor sharp fangs and claws that you realise these little babies are deadly. Wearing an animal print skirt was definitely NOT a wise move, the keepers told me they HATE loose clothing and everytime the wind blew they were on guard. Then on top of that I’m sure the animal print was pretty intimidating. At one point a cub stuck his claws into my skirt while trying to bite it and he had to be pulled off me while he roared away. I assumed because people go in there every day they would be tame and used to it but they were wild and scary haha but I guess that made it more fun.

We then went through the park where the huge lions and cheetahs were being fed, that was really cool to see and one crazy gamekeeper was actually walking around with the lions in the very same park a Japanese tourist was eaten alive by the Lions recently after he got out to take pictures :s well I guess playing with lions is one thing I can cross of my bucket list 🙂

Ethnic Cleansing Of The Rohingya In Burma

Been wanting to blog about this for a while now. I don’t even think most of you are aware of what is going on in Burma at the moment due to the lack of media coverage, while the media are focussing on 1 person who died here and 14 people who died there (which I believe is also important) I don’t understand why any mainstream media have failed to cover more than 30,000 people brutally slaughtered  in Burma through Ethnic cleansing.

Oppression of the Rohingya has been going on for the last 17 years although even in the 1700’s the Muslims in that region fled to British Bengal for protection so it has been an ongoing issue for centuries. The UN call them the most persecuted minorities in the world yet WHERE ARE THE UN NOW? The Rohingya are Muslim people living in their “homeland” Burma where they are being brutally raped, burned and slaughtered by the Rakhine Buddhists for being muslim. There are videos of the Buddhists asking children to convert to Buddhism and when they say no the monks slaughter them or burn them alive (type Burma Massacre into google Images but be prepared for some very disgusting images that you will never forget). There are pictures of babies being burned in a pile, pictures of children being chopped in half…they are on a killing spree, literally killing any muslims in sight.  The Rohingya are trapped, they have tried to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh who have kept guards along the coast refusing them entry so even the ones who get away die on open waters through starvation. No country had come to their aid until today! Turkey has gone in to try and help the situation.

I hope when you read this you are not forming opinions about Buddhists the way that people formed opinions about Muslims after 9/11. That is not what I am setting out to do, these Buddhists are not even Buddhists as just like Islam their religion is a peaceful one. Just like muslim terrorists they are a few individuals going against their religion and I’m sure other Buddhists who follow their religion correctly are ashamed of them.

I know you think you can’t make a difference but you can! There are petitions circulating in your local mosques which you can sign and will be shown to our government to send aid and give the situation more media coverage. I found this one online

Share this blog to help spread word of what is happening. You can watch a video here and here that will tell you more and just google it, there’s plenty out there but be prepared for some very disturbing images

Hope you sign the petition and be a part of a change for the better, you CAN save lives

Love Zohra x

The Story Of The Pencil

I’m currently reading “Like the Flowing River” by Paulo Coelho, Its a book filled with short stories and they all have valuable morals. I loved this little gem so I thought I would share it with you:

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:
‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’
His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:
I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’
Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’
‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’
‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’
‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpner. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.
‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’
‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’
‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. in just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action’