Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Oh HI!

Hey all!

So I'm at school right now, planning jokes with my best friends for tomorrow - April 1st! I can't wait! Happy April Fool's eve, and I'll post all my 13 tricks tomorrow!

Stay awesome <3
Zoya :)
Choueifat is life <3

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

What's On My Playlist?

Hey all!

You guys all know how much I love music so much! I can't live without music, I have to have it every day or I'll just die. I play the guitar (and am going to larn the piano too! Yay!) and love to replicate any song I can with my electric and acoustic, be the song pop, rock, country (favorite: pop-country <3), or anything else and I always share new tabs with you.

One of my favorite things to do during the stress of the exam season is to go upstairs, lock the door to my room, open up my algebra book and notebook, and turn on some of my favorite songs. This helps steady and calm my train of thought and solving those equations come easy to me. I use quiet music when I need to memorize something, medium-loud studying math ONLY, and loud during study breaks.

Today I'm sharing with you some - not all, because that'd take four hours - of my playlist and how to order them if you're studying these days like me. You'll find your results going up in no time!
Also, if you don't like this type of music, try finding something similar. Everyone has their own
choice, after all!


1. I Want You To Know (ft. Selena Gomez) by Zedd

I love this song so much! It was released on the 23rd of Februrary this year and my whole family fell in love with it instantly (which is rare). I love Selena, and Zedd, and Zeddlena!
Another thing I admire about this song is the cover image; it's beautiful, artistic, and dramatic.



2. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

This one is just beautiful. It's kind of serious, but I still love it. I don't think there's much more to say. It's simple, sweet, casual, and all in all beautiful.




3. How You Get The Girl by Taylor Swift

1989 is forever! Personally, I think this one, Style, Welcome to New York, and Wildest Dreams are the best ones on the album. The whole thing is so different from her other songs, it's kinda surprising. The Polaroid covers are the best part tho :)


4. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's

This one may be old, but it's still amazing. Old is gold, right?


5. Enchanted by Taylor Swift

I couldn't live with myself without listing at least ONE of T-Swift's oldies, especially this one. The lines in this are so cliché, just like Love Story, Mine, or If This Was A Movie, but they're... well... enchanting!


6. Black Widow (ft. Rita Ora) by Iggy Azalea

"I'm gonna love ya
Gonna love ya
Gonna love ya
Gonna love ya
Like a black widow, baby"

I'm sorry, but I had to do that. It's so catchy! I love it!


7. Uptown Funk! (ft. Bruno Mars) by Mark Ronson

THIS SONG. I absolutely, positively, from the deepest chasms of my heart. HATE Bruno Mars - but I absolutely, positively, from the deepest chasms of my heart, LOVE this song. It's so catchy and the beat is amazing and reminds me more of 1989 than T.S. 1989. Honestly! Personal opinion! Don't believe me, just watch...


8. Firework by Katy Perry.

This song is beautiful, inspiring, and lifts my spirits. Had a bad day at school? Do you ever feel like a plastic bag/ drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? Perry contradicts bad feelings, regrets, doubts, and hard times with baby, you're a firework!/ C'mon show 'em what you're worth!/ I love it and have loved it for years.

9. Yellow by Coldplay

Me and my mother differ on many things, but not on this! We both love the poetic lyrics and dreamy music in the song and it will forever be in our playlists.

10. Sick of You by Selena Gomez

Oh Selena, what have you done to us?! Why are you giving us such relatable and fun songs to be our go-to's every day? I am officially obsessed with this one, even if it's just because of how much I can relate!

11. My Dilemma by Selena Gomez

"Queen Selena," I quote from my friend Serena (Serena, Selena, huh). The queen strikes yet again with a number bound to turn you upside down, as it did me and Serena. Also recommended my the two of us: I Promise You, also a gift from the queen.


12. A Little Bit of Your Heart by Ariana Grande

I swear I've been quoting this song for the past three days. It's almost as relatable as SG, and Ariana's voice is so powerful and filled with emotion it makes your heart vibrate - at least for me and Serena.

13. Boom Clap (from The Fault In Our Stars) by Charli XCX

This one is another favorite of le Serena, as she is obsessed with TFIOS. I haven't seen it or read the book, but the plot seems pretty interesting and I might read it after I finish Allegient and Heroes of Olympus so... yeah.

14. Find You (ft. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant) by Zedd

Here goes my love for Zedd's music yet again. This one is a Divergent soundtrack -  I mean, Zedd + Divergent = a happy me. I fell in love instantly with the books (even though I'll admit, Tris made me a little quite frustrated... not gonna spoil it for you though..); I love the plot, the difference, and the 'Hunger Games-yness', so to speak, and this song is a perfect description of Four to Tris -  it's just amazing.

15. Clarity (ft. Foxes) by Zedd

Zedd again! Clarity is quite a popular song, and I can understand why - the electonic music contrasts with the powerful voice and creates a perfect, clear (ha) melody that sticks in your mind and makes you wonder around the lyrics and the very meaning of the song. Another thing I love is the song cover - it uses my favorite colors! <3

16. Royals by Lorde

This is one of those songs me and my friend Mahnoor C. (previously Beauty, if you recall) have singalongs to randomly in class, attracting weird looks from our seat partners and the occasional laugh of a teacher. I like that the music is simple, and concentrates more on the layers of choir versus actual instruments. It's catchy, and also kinda retro.

17. Perfect Together by Rosanna Pansino & Kurt Schneider

This one isn't really very well-known, but it's so cute! YouTuber Rosanna Pansino, host of Nerdy Nummies, has an amazing voice and a talent for, well, putting food into music.

18. Charmer by Kings of Leon

I grew up in a Kings of Leon house. No, really! The only music was my mom's old tunes and my sisters' metal/rock, neither of which I could really grow into. As a result, I became a Selenator, a Katycat and a Zedd fan. Electronic and pop are my main styles, along with pop-country (thank you, Taylor) and a bit of alternative. This song, however, is one I grew rather close to, and remains on my playlist.



19. The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez

What the <3 wants, of course! I think we all know the queen wrote this for Justin Bieber (ugh), and then - 'boom, gone/yeah we move on (Love Will Remember)' - she's with Zedd! #Zeddlena is life!


20. Chandelier by Sia

I'm gonna swiiiiiiiiing from the chandelieeeeer, from the chandeliiiiiiieeeeeeer!

Need I say more?



I hope this playlist gave you some song suggestions. Have fun!

xoxoxoxoxoxo
Zoya <3

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

DIY Dry Shampoo

Hey all!

With the exam season going on, I'd bet you guys will be so busy studying, studying, and studying every second of the day you can spare, and for us girls with hair that's past shoulder-length (I'm so sorry for those girls with waist-length hair!), it's hell with not enough time to shampoo, condition, blow-dry, and fine-comb just to keep it manageable and out of your face when your study goal is 8 to 12 hours of cram time (at least for me). If you're like me, you'll positively despise oily, gritty locks sticking to the sides of your face especially when you have bangs or acne (or both... yikes!).

Or maybe you want your hair to stay clean 24/7, and are therefore washing it every morning. In this case, stop now. 
Your scalp produces natural oils over time, which the hair soaks up and makes it oily and look coarse and dirty. Every time you wash your hair, you strip it of all natural oils and clean it - but if you was it too often, your body thinks there's an abnormality going on and sends a heavy flow of oils - that means the more you wash it, the oilier it gets.

But did you know there's a solution, a simple, cheap, quick way to forgo tiring out your arms and wasting time? The magic is dry shampoo! The ingredients in it soak up the natural oils, making your hair shiny and silky without killing the hair or taking hours and hours.

I know you can find cheap aerosol spray cans at your local supermarket, but this DIY recipe has only two ingredients (one if you're blonde) and is super easy.


DIY Dry Shampoo

For auburn to blue-black hair:

2 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon (optional if you want a bit more fragrance)

For caramel-blonde to sandy:

3 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon (again, optional)

For sandy to platinum:
Note: If you have platinum hair, firstly, I applaud you for this feat, and secondly, make sure you DO NOT mix absolutely anything into the cornstarch; this will make your hair look speckled and uneven. If your hair is a lighter sandy, a) I am jealous and b) you can use more or less cocoa, but make sure it matches your shade.

3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp cocoa powder (SEE NOTE)
(Sorry, no cinnamon here - but you can sub it for the cocoa (SEE NOTE))


Combine all ingredients and make sure everything is well combined using a small whisk.
Dust some of your solution throughout your hair and brush well (best done in sections).
Make sure that the powder has all been combined throughout your hair and hidden.
Style as usual!


Have fun!

xoxoxoxoxoxo
Zoya <3

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Love Story Chords - Taylor Swift

Hey all!

Okay, sorry, sorry, sorry, SORRY I haven't posted in two months! I know, I'm ridiculous. ^_^
So busy with school (the regular excuse...) and home events I've been going crazy! My sister's wedding, my Year Seven semester finals (my average was 93!), and the fact that the Internet router and the computer hacking on and off and on and off turn by turn are molding a madman out of me...

So, Valentine's Day is coming up and for us at school it's the ones who do ze pranks and the ones who be such mozzarella-cheesy that it's sarcastic. If you know how two-faced I am, you'll know that I am both at alternative. As a result, a) me, my best friend, and Hammad (a friend/classmate) have started to make life hell for Sheryar (one word for this guy: UGH) by sending him prank notes thanks to another guy, Azan and b) me and another friend, Ranea, have started learning these cheesy love songs on guitar. She does the Urdu, i do the English. One of these was an extremely cliché Taylor Swift number, 'Love Story'. It's so - y'know... cliché!

The chords to this song is a simple progression with nothing much fancy. Here you go!


Love Story

Artist: Taylor Swift
Tuning: Standard, capo 2
Metronome BPM: 119 (4/4)
(Note: I had a bit of difficulty with deciphering the beat as it was quite a bit faster than Taylor's other songs - I tried 115 and 120; the latter to fast and the former too slow, however 120 was very close. After a bit of experimenting, I came to the conclusion that the beat is NOT 120, but 119. Surprising it's such a specific number, but you'll determine it later as the song progresses. Also, my go-to guitar app is GuitarTuna; it has a tuner, a chord library, metronome, and guitar games!)

Intro: C  G  Am  F

C
We were both young when I first saw you
F
I close my eyes and the flashback starts
                    Am                              F
I'm standing there on a balcony of summer air

C
See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns
    F
I see you make your way through the crowd
              Am
You say hello
              G
Little did I know

           F                                       G
That you were Romeo you were throwing pebbles
               Am                                     C
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
                  F
And I was crying on the staircase
  G                                    Am   C
Begging you please don't go,      and I said

  C
Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
 G
I'll be waiting all there's left to do is run
 Am
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
 F                      G                       C
Its a love story baby just say yes

 C
So i sneak out to the garden to see you
 F
We keep quiet 'cause we're dead if they know
                     Am
So close your eyes
                                     G
Escape this town for a little while
            F                                       G
Cause you were Romeo I was a scarlet letter
             Am                                       C
and my daddy said stay away from Juliet
                       F
But you were everything to me
            G                                 Am   C
I was begging you please don't   go   and I said

 C
Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
 G
I'll be waiting all there's left to do is run
 Am
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
 F                      G                       C
Its a love story baby just say yes

  C
Romeo save me, try to tell me how to feel
  G
This love is difficult, but its real,
  Am
Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess
 F                      G 
Its a love story baby just say yes

Solo: C  G  Am  F

                      Am      F                      C                                   G
I got tired of waiting,   wondering if you were ever coming around
                            Am      F
My faith in you was fading
             C                                         G
Then I met you on the outskirts of town and i said
  C
Romeo save me I've been feeling so alone
   G
I keep waiting for you but you never come
    Am
Is this in my head, I don't know what to think
      F                                   G
He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said
  D
Marry me Juliet you'll never have to be alone
   A
I love you and thats all I really know
   Bm
I talked to your dad go pick out a white dress
 G                      A                D
Its a love story baby just say yes

Outro: D   A   Bm
                                           G                D*(single strum)
We were both young when I first saw you



Have fun!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

UPDATE & APOLOGY!

Hey all! Again, I'm SO SO SO SORRY about that absence for another month... but here's what happened!


  • This blog turned 1! On October 24th, this blog celebrated its first birthday! Hopefully there will be many more to come!

  • My birthday! Well, that was yesterday... but hey! We're having a party at school on Monday to celebrate with my BFFs, though we took some pictures yesterday and had loads of fun :). Plus, me and a guy in my class, Hammad, along with Anusha, are setting up some pranks for Shehryar Sohail involving a water balloon on a chair and a tabasco and toothpaste cupcake... MWA HA HA HA!

  • Have any of you played Super Smash Flash 2? It is THE BEST game on the planet! You can play as your favorite video game characters (ex. Pikachu, Zelda, Naruto, Samus, Captain Falcon, etc.) and brawl! Here's the link.

  • My final exams start on the 20th :(. But the topics are easy, so I'm pretty confident.


  • We had a new outdoor kitten named September, but he got sick and ran away... we found him dead in our storage room... STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN OVER THAT. He was the most precious thing ever! :'(




Bye! Hope you have a great day, and I'll post a recipe soon enough ;) (or maybe guitar tab...)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

SCHOOL & LIFE UPDATES!

Hey all!

Okay, I'm REALLY REALLY EXTREMELY SORRY for that ~1 month absence. Honestly! I never get the time! My tablet is always dead, and I have sooooooo much homework, it's scary! Add up everything, and I go to sleep at 11 or 12 pm 0_0

So this is just what's been going on in 7th grade:

       • I'm in the class 7C, the quietest, highest-scoring class (with the guy I have a grudge against, Hammad Shafiq... @#$¿!!)

       • MY BAKING CLUB HAS STARTED! Now for Year Sevens ONLY, you can go to the back of the school kitchens, Mondays 6th period, and make truffles, brownies, cakes, edible decorations, cookies, pastries, and more! (This week: chocolate cookies!)

       • Midterm average is pretty good, for a midterm, just barely an A!

       • I sit with my BFF, Rubab! She's so funny, but SO MENTAL sometimes, just like me! ^_^

       • Rumors. Rumors, rumors, rumors. I'm obviously not posting them here for the whole world to see (I'm not the mean one here!), but rumors are F-L-Y-I-N-G! IDK how, but they spread like wildfire! Even last year's have reformed, mutilated!
         Well, I know the girl who gives them out, trying to be popular... BEWARE! I'LL BLOW YOUR COVER! (HINT: She's my arch nemesis... (I HATEHATEHATEHATEHATEHATEHATE HER!!!! She's a terrible person!) everyone knows this one! And no, it's not my last year's best friend.)

     
I have one more thing to announce, but not in this post... patience...

xoxoxoxoxoxox,
Zoya


Saturday, 27 September 2014

A Year Without Rain Chords by Selena Gomez

Hey all! So sorry about my absence for the past three weeks, I have waaaaay too much stuff to do, and I was only able to sneak onto the computer twice including this, the first time being a lucky password-guess but THE STUPID INTERNET ROUTER DECIDED TO MALFUNCTION. Lucky, ain't I? Well, this time, being out sick has its advantages ;) (and disadvantages x_x).

Anyway, this song is among my favorites, and Selena Gomez's most famous album was given the title A Year Without Rain and released in September 2010 by Hollywood Records. The album contains 10 songs, playing a total of about 36 minutes. The album went gold in Brazil, Canada, and the United States, and platinum in Poland. The song itself is one of the two singles, the other being Round & Round.

Moving on.

A Year Without Rain - Selena Gomez & The Scene

Tuning: Standard, capo on 3rd fret
Beat: about 130 BPM


(Intro):
 A           Em           Bm    D
 Ooh ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh

(Verse 1):
A                       Em                                   Bm
 Can you feel me,  when I think about you
                    D
 With every breath I take
 A                  Em                         Bm
 Every minute,   no matter what I do
            D
 My world is an empty place


A                                              Em              Bm                   D
 Like I've been wandering the desert, for a thousand days
A                             Em                            Bm            D
 Don't know if it's a mirage, but I always see your face,  baby


(Chorus):
A                                     Em
 I'm missing you so much,  can't help it I'm in love
Bm                       D
 A day without is like a year without rain
A                                 Em
 I need you by my side,  don't know how I'll survive
Bm                              D
 A day without you is like a year without
A         Em    Bm         D 
 Ra-a-a-a-a-a-ain, oh oh oh
                A             Em             Bm
 Woa-oh-oh  oh-oh-oh  oh-wo-oh


(Verse 2):
A                              Em                                      Bm
 The stars are burning,  I hear your voice in my mind
 D
 Can't you hear me calling
A                                              Em                        Bm
 My heart is yearning, like the ocean that's running dry
                        D
 Catch me I'm falling

A                                  Em                    Bm                D
 It's like the ground is crumbling underneath my feet (won't you save me)
A                                    Em                         Bm               D
 There's gonna be a monsoon when you get back to me, oh baby


(Chorus):
A                                     Em
 I'm missing you so much,  can't help it I'm in love
Bm                       D
 A day without is like a year without rain
A                                 Em
 I need you by my side,  don't know how I'll survive
Bm                              D
 A day without you is like a year without
A         Em    Bm         D 
 Ra-a-a-a-a-a-ain, oh oh oh
                A             Em             Bm
 Woa-oh-oh  oh-oh-oh  oh-wo-oh


(Bridge):
      G                                A
 So let this drought come to an end
         D/F#                  Bm
 And make this desert flower again
           G
I'm so glad you found me
A
Stick around me
D/F#                      Bm
Baby, baby, baby, ooh
         G                                A
It's a world of wonder with you in my life
     D/F#                     Bm
So hurry, baby, don't waste no more time
            G                         A
  And I need you here, I can't explain
           D/F#              Bm
 But a day without you, is like a year without
A          Em     Bm         D 
 Ra-a-a-a-a-a-ain, oh oh oh


(Chorus):
A                                     Em
 I'm missing you so much,  can't help it I'm in love
Bm                       D
 A day without is like a year without rain
A                                 Em
 I need you by my side,  don't know how I'll survive
Bm                              D
 A day without you is like a year without
A         Em    Bm         D 
 Ra-a-a-a-a-a-ain, oh oh oh
                A             Em             Bm
 Woa-oh-oh  oh-oh-oh  oh-wo-oh


(Outro):
 A            Em           Bm
 Ooh ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh


*          *          *          *          *          *          * 

xoxoxoxoxoxo,
Zoya <3

Monday, 8 September 2014

Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift - Guitar Chords

Hey all!

Flashback to six years ago; Me and my family were all curled up on the sofa, searching for a movie that all of us could watch (for god's sake, I was five!) when my father suddenly stopped at MTV. There were some kind of awards going on - and there she was, Taylor Swift, performing solo in this pretty white dress, her hair in delicate curls. The volume was then turned up, and I could hear her clearly, though I only remember two lines, "He's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar/ The only thing that's got me wishing on a wishing star". So simple, though so dramatic.

Back to 2014 (!). Two days ago, while in total guitar lockdown mode, I remembered the song (!) and within two hours, I learned the lyrics, chord positions, and tempo (!!!!!). Today I played it for our music class and it went really well! (+Anusha Riaz!!!!!)
Anyway, here are the chords! Happy strumming!

Teardrops On My Guitar
                               - Taylor Swift

Tuning: Standard, Capo 3rd Fret
Tone: G
Tempo (Metronome): 99 - 100 BPM

Intro: G  Em  C  D 

(Verse 1)
G       Em        C       D
Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won’t see
G        Em                C            D
That I want and I’m needing, everything that we should be
Em                               C
I'll bet she’s beautiful, that girl he talks about
G                                            D
And she’s got everything that I have to live without


G       Em       C       D
Drew talks to me, I laugh cause it’s so damn funny
G        Em            C    D
That I can’t even see, anyone when he’s with me
Em                                C
He says he’s so in love,    he’s finally got it right
G                                       D
I wonder if he knows he’s all I think about at night


(Chorus)
G                                   D
He’s the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
Em                                          C
The only thing that keeps me wishing on a wishing star
G                              D                                              Em             C
He’s the song in the car I keep singing, don’t know why I do


(Verse 2)
G       Em         C     D
Drew walks by me, can he tell that I can’t breathe?
G                   Em                C
And there he goes so perfectly
                    D
The kind of flawless I wish I could be
Em                                       C
She’d better hold him tight,   give him all her love
G                                   D
Look in those beautiful eyes and know she’s lucky cause


(Chorus)
G                                   D
He’s the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
Em                                           C
The only thing that keeps me wishing on a wishing star
G                              D                                               Em          C
He’s the song in the car I keep singing, don’t know why I do


G  Em  C  D   x2


(Bridge)
Em                                C
So I drive home alone, as I turn out the light
G                                         D
I put his picture down, and maybe get some sleep tonight


(Chorus)
G                                             D
Cause he’s the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
Em                                  C
The only one who’s got enough of me to break my heart
G                              D                                               Em           C
He’s the song in the car I keep singing, don’t know why I do
               G                                       D      
He’s the time, taken up, but there’s never enough
               Em                             C
And he’s all that I need to fall into


G        Em       C      D                                     G
Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won’t see



xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo,
Zoya