Saturday, August 27, 2011

Taco Bell or the curb? Decisions, decisions.

Since it was the last week before we all got ready to leave for college, we decided we would go out for iftar with our third musketeer, Kaynaat. We chose this wonderfully delicious mediterranean/middle eastern restaurant called Al-Basha. We were expecting a normal, relaxed sit-down iftar to catch up before we all got geared up for school, but it turned to be more of an adventure than we anticipated. 


We reached at Al-Basha about 20 minutes before it was time to break our fast. As we entered the restaurant, the owner walked towards us. We assumed he was coming to just greet us but he ended up telling us something we did not want to hear: the restaurant was closed. Apparently, someone had reserved the whole restaurant to host a bunch of friends for iftar. Just our freaking luck. So we ordered our food to go.

After waiting for like what seemed like HOURS, we got our food. But now we were in a dilemma. Where the heck were we supposed to eat this food? Nazish suggested that Taco Bell would be a good option (apparently Mexico and all Middle Eastern countries are friends so Taco Bell shouldn't mind us eating our food in their restaurant). Another idea was to eat on the curb, but we decided that would be a bit too ghetto. We finally settled on eating in the car. We finally got settled in and started to eat, and let's just say the food was delicious! (Seriously it was soo good!)

Hera's order: Extra spicy beef gyro with cucumber sauce and french fries.

Naz's order: Gyro dinner served with rice, pita and a salad.

Kaynaat's order: chicken shawarma dinner served with rice, pita and salad.

Oh, so very happy to finally get food!
om nom nom

yummayyy
She wasn't too happy because we made her go get the eating utensils and napkins. Sorry, but nose goes!
Whatchoo lookin' at, foo?
So if you're in the Fishers area, definitely check out Al-Basha's on Allisonville Rd. Their food is ridiculously good and cheap!

Love always,
Hera and Naz

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Help, I'm cubed in!

Grey, padded fabric "walls." Tan table top. Navy blue desk chair. Grey carpet. A few dark grey drawers and cabinets. Grey tissue box. Giant stacks of paper everywhere. Yeah, my cubicle at work is a pretty homey place. Not.

I watch people around me who everyday, come in the morning, sit in their cubicle and type away for eight freaking hours. Every once in a while, they'll get up and leave, sometimes to do something in the lab, sometimes to get lunch, or sometimes to just take a fresh breath of air before they go insane. Seriously, how do you NOT gouge your eyes out? How can we go from the spontaneous, fun college life to sitting in a cubicle five days a week, eigth hours a day? Is there no transition phase?

Now some people may enjoy this work life. They don't mind that they have to sit in a cubicle to get their work done. If you love your job and what you're doing, there's nothing stopping or bothering you. More power to you! I know a bunch of the people around me who love their jobs and working in a cubicle is the least of their complaints.

But honestly, if given an option between a cubicle and let's say an office with glass walls for this example, who wouldn't pick the office? Who wouldn't pick a room that has painted walls? Maybe some art work? Or windows?

The concept of a cubicle is great in theory, but in reality I feel like it really dampens the mood of the workplace. I've noticed that people are always looking for an excuse to get out of their cubicle. People love to interact with each other (well, most people do unless you're a loner. just kidding...kinda) and cubicles prevent that interaction to happen with ease.

Let's say I want to talk to the person next to me at work, maybe I have a quick question on something. Well, I can't just look over and ask the question because there's this wonderful grey wall in the way. So I get up out of my chair and walk over (which I don't mind because I will find any excuse to get out of this cubicle). First off, there's no door so there's nothing I can knock to make sure it's okay for me to "come in." Awkward. Now the person seems to be bent over and very focused, with her back towards me. I stand at the opening of the cubicle hoping she'll notice my presence. Awkward. Seems like I have no choice but to say something, so I say "hey" very softly so I don't startle her, but of course it still startles her and catches her off guard. Awkward. I say my apologies for the startle and ask if she's busy. She says yes. Awkward.

Fun fact: I hate awkward situations (although, I do enjoy creating them for other people). No one should go through so many awkward moments in a matter of two minutes. Now if we didn't work in cubicles and had normal offices, etc. all these awkward moments could've been easily avoided.

Some of you may say that the cubicle is a blank canvas to display your personality to your coworkers. If this job wasn't a temporary summer job, I would probably decorate it and give it a little personal touch. But let's be honest, there's only so much you can do to make your cubicle homey. You can put up pictures, your children's art, quotes, etc. But soon enough, your cubicle start to looks like everyone else's, just like it did before any of the "personal touches" were put up.

And yes, I've seen those pictures of people doing crazy things with their cubicle but you can only keep your cubicle wrapped in plastic wrap for so long.
I don't know what's worse: working in a cubicle or a fish bowl.
Umm, well at least you won't ever forget anything ever again.
With this job, I did realize that I could never have a job that would require me to work in a cubicle (if that wasn't obvious to you already). Well, this was my cubicle experience. What is yours? Do you work in a cubicle? Do you love or hate your cubicle? Comment and share your cubicle experience (I make it sound like it's something exotic that not many people get to do haha).

La la la,
Hera

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kissing the Rainbow

We've been discussing about what's been happening around the world, but I thought for today, I'd bring it back home to the States.

I just read an article about the aftermath of the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama back in April and it absolutely touched my heart (not trying to sound cheesy, I promise). I don't know if any of you heard about it but 47 people died, six of which were college students that attended the local Crimson University. On August 6th, the students were finally able to graduate but without their fellow classmates.  The announcers called the 6 deceased names and their parents had to get their diplomas for them.

It was just got me thinking about how unpredictable life really is. I mean, imagine being the parents or friends of those six dead students. Those young men and women had their whole lives ahead of them. They were doing everything right: graduating from college, getting jobs, and starting their lives as productive citizens of society...and it was all instantly taken away.  The unfairness of it all baffles me.

Just a few short months ago, I graduated high school and now I'm getting ready to head off to college. I feel as though there are so many opportunities for me; the world is mine for the taking and I'm so excited (if not a little nervous). But I was thinking, these Crimson students were probably thinking and feeling the same things. They probably weren't that different from me; honest, hardworking people, eagerly waiting to make a decent life for themselves. I think the phrase "sometimes bad things happen to good people" applies here perfectly.

It's stories like this that remind me life is precious and should never be taken for granted. So with that, I leave you with this quote which I believe sums up the matter nicely:

"Life is not always fair.  Sometimes you get a splinter even while sliding down a rainbow."


Please feel free to read the full article here

Till next time,
Naz


[Pssst. This is Hera hijacking Naz's post. I just wanted to say that Naz is moving into her college dorm today so send her your good wishes! ^_^]

Monday, August 15, 2011

drum roll, please!

Hello, folks!

So, we have picked our monthly guest bloggers for the next couple of months!

And they are....*drumroll*

September: Thalib Razi
October: Nick Khan
November: Style Blogger

Posts from these guest writers will be posted on the first of each month.

Again, if you are interested, subscribe to this blog and then comment below with your name and possible blog idea. If you're not sure what you want to write about, that's okay! You can figure that out later :)

We hope to hear from you all and make sure to look forward to hear from our lovely guests!

Hera and Naz

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wanna Be A Guest Blogger?

We are currently looking for guest bloggers for 'What makes the world go round'. If you've ever  had a great thought, written a poem/song, or just wanted to rant, here's your chance! You can write a post about anything and everything (within reason--for example, we don't endorse genocide). So if you have thoughts/opinions, we want them! You don't even have to have your own blog to apply. As long as you have something new and fresh to say, we are up for giving you chance to be our guest blogger!

These posts will probably happen every month or so. That means we will be picking our guest blogger about every three weeks.

Here's how to apply:

1. Subscribe to the blog (via your Twitter, Gmail, Yahoo or Bloglovin account)


2. Comment on THIS POST ONLY with your name and subject of post

So easy! If we like the sound of your subject, we will contact via the account you subscribed with and you get to be our guest blogger (what an honor!)

We look forward to hearing from you all!

Hera and Naz

Thursday, August 11, 2011

For granted Food

10 more minutes. 7 more minutes.  5 more minutes. 3 more minutes. 30 seconds. And yes! It's finally time to break my fast. Within the next 15 minutes, I have eaten to my stomach's content, maybe even a little more than I should have. I then go relax on the couch with a big glass of water. This whole process is then repeated the next day, and the day after, until the month of Ramadan is over.

Everyday I have so many choices of foods to choose from. I can literally eat whatever I desire to eat. I was thinking about this today and I realized that I take my food for granted. The plate of food I have in front of me may just be another dinner for me, but it could be heaven for a child in Somalia.

About 3.7 million people are struck with famine in Somalia, according to an article in the New York Times. That's nearly half of Somalia's population! So what exactly is a famine? The United Nations determines a country is struck by famine when "acute malnutrition rates among children exceed 30 percent, more than two people per 10,000 die per day and people are not able to access food and other basic necessities."

Many are fleeing the country, crossing the border over to Kenya and Ethiopia. But by the time mothers reach the borders with their children on their backs, it is too late to save the lives of the children. The New York Times article, which you can read here), states that refugee camps along the border are full of babies taking their last breaths.

A mother taking her children to camp at the Ethiopia-Somalia border. Source: nytimes.com
It's kinda crazy how this world works. Here's one country, like the States, that according to a study done by the Environmental Protection Agency, wastes about 30 million tons of food every year. Let's say you go to McDonald's and order a milkshake. If they don't manage to swirl the whipped cream perfectly on top of that milkshake, without thinking they toss it in the trash and make you another one. Then there's another country, like Somalia, that could've used that one milkshake to feed one whole family. How is it possible to have such two extremes exist in one world?

I fast for a little over 15 hours everyday without food and water this month. By the time there's about two hours left to break my fast, I am starving. I don't have the energy or will to do anything, not even shop (and I always have energy for that!). All I can think about is what I will be breaking my fast with. And this is my condition after I woke up early morning and had a big breakfast that was supposed to last me the whole day.

The people in Somalia don't have food or water. They don't have the privilege of having a nice big breakfast in the morning. On top of all that, they have to walk for miles and miles in the heat with their children on their shoulders to seek refuge and aid. Even then they don't know for sure whether the camp will have enough food for their children or even if their children will the survive the journey.

Take one moment and put yourself in their shoes. We take the food on our plate so for granted. How lucky are we to be able to look forward to a meal everyday?

Just another thought,
Hera

If you would like to help the people of Somalia in this crisis, please visit the Helping Hand web site here and make a donation! There is no minimum or maximum amount you can give. Just give whatever you are capable of giving. Any amount, big or small, will help towards saving more lives.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tickling My Brain

Name: Zox
Sounds like: Probably nothing you've ever heard before :)
Start with: "Line in the Sand" click here

I don't know about you guys but I've not heard of many bands that combine classical music with rock. It sounds out of place doesn't it? I mean aren't classical and rock music practically oxymorons? Well not according to indie classical rock band, Zox. And by "classical rock" I don't mean that they're like Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. I mean they're actually taking classical music and infusing it with rock beats and they do it shockingly well.

Just look at the music video, for instance. The guy is playing a violin that wouldn't be out of place at an orchestra concert. But the guys around him are rocking out with their electric guitars. Call me a music nerd but I think that's pretty awesome and it kind of blows my mind. These guys' sound is not one I've heard before and I think that's why it caught my attention when it was blasting in my friend's car.  It's the kind of music that makes you do a double take-"what IS this song?" That's exactly what happened to me today when this song came on shuffle and I was reminded why I fell in love with Zox in the first place.


I think the reason I am so intrigued by this band is because they do my favorite thing that any artist can do with music: they take two sharply contrasting genres and make them sound harmonious together. It makes the sound more universal, which is a big asset to any artist's work because the whole point of music is to bring people together. Often times, I feel myself better able to relate with those I don't know very well through bands and artists we both like. Music is the ultimate connector between our tangled yet disheveled lives. So whether you like classical music, rock/alternative music, or are just an ambitious, experimental music listener, you will like Zox. So click the link above!

Happy listening,
Naz

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Violence is not the answer. It never really was, it never really will be.

It all started with a small riot in a middle-class multiracial bourough in northern London. Within three days, not only was the whole city of London in chaos, but according to an article on Time.com, the riots spread to Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham. There suddenly emerged a national crisis.

Flames spread throughout the cities as rioters torch everything that comes their way. But it doesn't just stop there. Rioters are breaking into people's home, looting stores (especially clothing and shoe stores--LOL), and attacking police lines (who have epically failed to stop the spreading of the violence). So many are being injured and thousands of emergency calls from all around the capital are coming in about spontaneous violent eruptions.

What are these rioters hoping to get out of all this violence? Apparently, the main cause of these riots started with the shooting of alleged drug dealer Mark Duggard. His mother was protesting around a police station, demanding to know why an officer shot her son (apparently, he was shooting at the police). The family eventually left but get this--that's when the riots started. They were cars being blown up, fires being started, stores being broken into, etc.

 ...And all for what? Some criminal who was part taking in risky behavior that finally caught up with him? I'm not saying Mark Duggard deserved what he got; but let's be perfectly honest, none of those so called "rioters" in the street probably know why they're rebelling in the first place. Instead of actually fighting for an actual cause, this seems to have become something that the youth want to get involve in for fun. They should know better than anyone that there are better ways to confront and solve a problem--if there's a problem to begin with. We should be more open-minded, more willing to come to a compromise, more understanding of a situation, and more encouraging of the other side to do the same. We know how to get our points across, and it's not hard for us to gather support with social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Why do we need to take the aid of violence when we have the power of the pen on our side?

To explain the true cause of these riots requires a breif psychology lesson. It seems to me that the kids that are out there participating in all this brouhaha now are under what psychologists like to call the "deindividuation effect." This is when individual people in a big group loose all sense of their morals and engage in behavior they wouldn't normally do. We see it all the time in history; the Nazis, the Ku Klux Clan, the My Lai Mssacare. The list goes on and on. In our case, one person blows up a car, so so other people join in the vandalization until it breaks into a full on riot; and the wosrt part is, no one is thinking. They're just blindly following what others do.

So we leave you wonderful readers with some advice. The pull to conform to a large group is strong but always remember that you are an individual with a mind and thoughts. If you don't use that lovely brain that God gave you (or evolution, if you don't believe in God), you're probably going to cause a lot of damage and end up looking stupid, like the kids in the riots.

Be involved in the world and speak your mind, but, as my dad always says "avoid the radical, extremist political stuff. That kind of politics only serves to poison your mind."

Stay safe England peeps,
Hera and Naz

Monday, August 8, 2011

Don't leave the house without these!

Why, hello lovelies!

These days everyone is always busy and on the run. Running from home to school, from school to work, from work to meet up with a friend, etc. In all this rush, it's important to always look good, right? So, we have created a list of five make-up essentials that every girl should always keep in her bag.

1. Concealer: A little concealer can go a long way. Unlike foundation, you don't have to apply it all over your face. Just apply a little bit over a blemish and you are ready to go! It pretty much works like magic. If you are willing to spend some money on your make-up, we recommend Liquid TimeBalm Spot Concealer by Sephora (you can get it here or in Sephora stores) or Mac Select Cover up, which Naz swears by (here or any Mac store). A cheaper option that works just as wonderfully is Invisible Concealer by Covergirl, which you can find at any convenient or drug store. Just remember to always get the correct shade or else you'll look like you're wearing a mask.

2. Face Powder: The reason face powder is so wonderful is because it's super light! It's like you're wearing nothing at all. It's perfect for everyday use. Just brush it on (we highly recommend using brushes instead of the applicator is comes with) to even out your skin tone and voĆ­la! We found that Matte SPF 15 Foundation from BareMinerals (found here or in other make-up stores) and TrueBlend Pressed Powder from Covergirl work best. Again, remember to get your correct shade! We recommend trying on the makeup samples before buying. Better safe than sorry. :)

3. Eyeliner: Eyeliner is a must have! It gives the eye the perfect definition and also defines your eyelashes. We prefer black eyeliner but if you think black is too harsh on your eyes, try brown or navy eyeliner. When it comes to eyeliner, we don't really have a preference on what kind. Different eyeliners work differently with people's skin when it comes to smudging, etc. We would definitely recommend any eyeliner from Sephora or any other high end make-up store. Covergirl or Revlon also has great eyeliner that doesn't smudge.

4. Tinted lip balm: Always have a little color or shine on your lips. Tinted lip balms are perfect for everyday use because they are not as heavy as a lipstick or lip gloss. The color and shine last all day and your lips stay moisturized! You can also layer it with lipgloss for a more evening look. We recommend Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm found in any convenient or drug store!

5. Mascara: This may not seem like an "essential" item but it does wonders for your eyes. Due to our busy schedules, we (probably like most of you) do not get enough shut eye. The best way to look fresh and well rested even if you've only slept for three hours is to apply a dab of eyeliner and then finish it off with mascara. Sometimes, when we only need to make a quick run, we skip the eyeliner all together and just go with the mascara. It opens up the eyes and makes you look alert and ready to tackle your day. We recommend Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Blasting Mascara (get it at any drugstore) because it comes with a plump brush, which discourages clumps.

Stay classy and beautiful as always,
Hera and Naz

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Diamond in the Rough

Name: Tino Coury
Sounds like: Enrique Iglesias, Jay Sean
Start with: "Diary" click here

I've always been a firm believer that some of the best artists out there are the one that are not as well known. This is definitely the case with this week's featured artist, Tino Coury. When I first stumbled upon his song "Diary" on YouTube, my immediate thought was "Wow, this guy will be famous within months."

So I waited and waited, expecting to hear his single on the radio over and over again until I wanted to chop my ears off (you know what I'm talking about). To my utter surprise, nothing happened and it still hasn't; I am yet waiting for the day this guy's name will be on the top of the iTunes pop charts. But as of yet, nothing. In fact, except for his single, "Diary", you can't buy most his songs anywhere that I've researched.

I'm not one to be heavily into pop music, but Tino somehow makes me enjoy it. And, as most pop songs go, the lyrics aren't too cheesy. This guy is definitely someone to watch. I still believe he's going to go places (and when he does become famous, you can have the pleasure of saying you knew about him from before).

And as always, you can convert any of his songs on Youtube to an mp3 file for your iPod, here.

Love always,

Naz

Friday, August 5, 2011

I'm not picky! I just like my food a certain way.

I love food, and I can safely say that Naz does too. We try so many different restaurants and watch Food Network in our free time. You should really hear us when we describe a delicious meal we ate at some place to each other. We don't realize it at the time, but we describe food so well that the other could probably taste it. And if there's nothing else to talk about, food is always a great conversation starter.

I've always been open to try new things when it came to food. I can eat pretty much anything without ever complaining. I'm not what you would call a "picky eater" per say. However, I have noticed that I am picky about being unpicky. I know, that was an oxymoron and made absolutely no sense. Let me see if I can make this make sense to you in writing.

For example, as you may have read in the about us tab, I have a huge sweet tooth. I love desserts! It's probably my favorite part of a full course meal. I love cookies and cakes and trifles and parfaits. And here's where I get picky. I can eat a whole batch of cookies by myself, but only if they're chocolate chip. I will eat cake only if it has whipped icing. If it's white cake, it better have chocolate icing. If it's a chocolate cake, I would prefer German chocolate and no chocolate icing on the chocolate cake. I love trifles as long as there are no cherries and the consistency of cake and custard is balanced. I don't do peanuts, walnuts, almonds, etc. in my dessert. No strawberry yogurt in my parfaits please! I could live off of tiramisu for the rest of my life. I like my vanilla ice cream with brownies. Cookie dough ice cream is not the same as cookies and cream ice cream (which is the perfect midnight snack). I love flan as long as it doesn't have an egg-y aftertaste. Cheesecake is delicious as long as it's from the Cheesecake factory and isn't chocolate.

I think you get my point now. I am always willing to try new foods (unless it's looking at me or has legs or is a brain) but I like my food a certain way. Naz, on the other hand, is a bit more adventurous than me when it comes to food...

So a couple of weeks ago Hera, our friend Nishu and I went out to eat at this Mongolian barbecue and I, to Nish's dismay, tried calamari for the first time. Like Hera mentioned before, I love to watch Food Network and so I would like to consider myself a bit of a foodie. I'll try almost anything, within reason. So anyway, I documented my first taste of calamari so please enjoy the picture below (notice Nishu reeling in disgust in the background). It's not so bad except the tentacles that brush up against your cheecks. It is the most peculiar feeling...

What are some really weird foods you've tried? Or better yet, what are some foods that you're really picky about?

Thank God it's Friday?

Today is Friday. The day almost every person looks forward to the most because it's the end of the week and it means the weekend is here. It is the most joyous day for most but for the people in Syria, it is the most dangerous day of their lives.

Every Friday, a Syrian leaves for Friday prayer at the mosque, not knowing if they will be returning home later that evening. Today, as every Friday for the past few months, violence struck in another Syrian city. According to CNN, protesters took the streets after Friday prayer to demonstrate against the regime. Military forces, once again, shelled and bombed the city, causing many casualties. At least 2,000 people have died since the protests against the government began nearly five months ago, according to CNN reports.

What baffles me is how one man with a little bit of power manages to massacre so many innocent people when the whole world is watching? We are literally sitting here and hearing about these murders and not doing one thing about it. Just because the country is not allowing news journalists to enter the country and the reports coming out are not confirmed, does not mean the violence is not happening.

The mind set most people have is, "Well, there's nothing I can do about it." Just because Anderson Cooper cannot get into the country and bring you live reports from Syria to your television to make you believe that something is happening does not mean there is absolutely nothing you can do. All you have to do is use a skill that you are already a pro in: social networking.

During your daily Facebook stalking time, take a couple minute to share a link about the violence occuring in Syria. The first step towards accomplishing anything is spreading awareness. There are many ignorant people out there that have no clue as to what is happening around the world today. Your one link can do all the difference as to open someone's eyes. As tweet about how you are enjoying a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, take literally five seconds and retweet someone's tweet about Syria. You don't even have to come up with your own tweet (although that would be even better!). Just retweet. It's just one click that can make all the difference.

The more people are aware, the more pressure the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, will feel to resign. If we raise our voices, even our governement will hear and pressurize other countries to support in pressurizing Assad to step down. A little pressure can go a long way; I think we all can contest to that.

I will always be praying for the people of Syria and I hope that their strength and stamina does not fade even with all the violence and torture.

Now go on and continue with your normal Friday activities. I hope I did not make your excitement die down a little because that was not at all my intention. Just do me a favor and retweet or Facebook share anything to raise awareness about Syria before you head out to your party tonight. :)

Have a wonderful weekend, folks.

Hera

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nice to meet you too.

Here's a little bit more about us.

Hola, folks. I am Hera, a sophomore at university, majoring in biology. I love to read (book suggestions are welcomed!). I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world. One of my favorite desserts is Naz's lemon poppy seed cake. Television is awesome; I watch everything from the Food Network to the Oprah channel to Indian soaps. You will learn a lot about me and my bestie, Naz, through this blog so stay tuned to be entertained! Subscribe/comment, please :)


Hey guys! My name is Nazish but people call me Naz for short.  I’m a freshman at university so you guys will get to read about all my new experiences as I tackle my first year of college.  Some fun facts about me include: I drink tea/coffee like its water (I can jug down 7 to 8 glasses a day if needed), I have an unhealthy obsession with cats (I have 4!), and I own over 100 bottles of nail polish—my nails are always painted. Hera and I the best of friends and this blog will consist of our adventures together. So please enjoy and remember to subscribe/comment! 

fashionistas on a mission

so every couple weeks, we are going to try to showcase an outfit, from shoes to top to accessories to hair and makeup. we would love to not only hear your opinion on the outfit, but also some of your outfit ideas, so make sure to comment!

in the meantime, let us talk (more like rant) to you about this amazing dress, which as once available at forever21.com

Both Hera and I spend ungodly amounts of time browsing the internet for cute yet affordable clothes to feed our clothing addiction. A couple of days ago, I happened to come across the beautiful olive green maxi which is pictured above.  However, not wanting to buy it online (mostly because I HATE paying for shipping/handling, partly because I wasn't sure of the fit), I promptly made my way to my nearest forever 21. Of course, with my luck, it was not in stock (I did, however, pick up some other cute things which will be posted soon!)

Today, I decided to grit my teeth, not be so cheap for once, and go ahead and buy it online.  Eagerly, I clicked on the saved link on my Favorites and what do I see?!


I don't want to continue shopping!!! I want to buy the dang maxi dress. :(

So now I suppose there's nothing I can do but wait and hope they restock it. I am fully regretting not buying it. I even had the perfect Mac lipstick to wear with it (which will also be featured soon!) Usually, being cheap comes in handy, but this time, as my brother would say, "was an EPIC FAIL."

So there you have it. Lesson of the day: don't be cheap. You WILL regret it later on.

stay classy,
Hera and Naz

Ps. If any of you girls reading out there ordered this dress, I curse you. JK...but not really. :o

Happy birthday, Mr. President.

Today, President Barack Obama turned 50 years old. Definitely a huge milestone in the President's life.

These are tough times for America. Pretty much everyone believes that this President is to blame for it all. Truth is, he's done the best he or anyone else could've done. It's not going to be easy to climb out of this hole that America has dug itself into. Unfortunately, as much as we would all like to believe, we cannot see improvement in the economy in a matter of a couple years.

That said, today I would like to convey my best wishes and support to President Obama. I genuinely believe that he really wants this country to get out of this troubles and he is trying his best to do so without stepping on too many toes.

Happy birthday, Mr. President.

Hera

Positively Enchanting.

Name: Ellie Goulding
Sounds like: Kate Nash, Imogen Heap
Start with: "Starry Eyed" click here

I've always been an admirer of those woman that look like pixies or fairies come to life. That might sound odd but it's true. You know, those girl with the slender bodies, porcelain skin, and delicate, elongated features.  It's like meeting Tinkerbell in real life.

That's exactly why I was so excited when Hera posted Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed" music video on my facebook wall. One look at this girl, and you're transported into a world enchanted forests and magic glitter (yes, I'm a five year old girl at heart). But even more so, in a world of Nicki Minjas and Lady Gagas, this girl is like a breath of clean, crisp air. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Nicki and Gaga fan. But it's nice to see a singer whose natural and fresh, without over the top gimmicks.
That doesn't mean however, that Ellie doesn't have the same pizzaz as those more flashy artists. She infuses indie pop with a modern electro pop style, creating a truly unique sound. So whether you like softer music or are a hardcore techno fan like me, you can be satisfied. Check out her album Lights and let me know what you thinkPersonally, I like "Starry Eyed" and "Guns and Horses" so far. Some of the other tracks take a little getting used to, but that's inevitable with innovative types of music such as this.

So basically what I'm saying is Ellie Goulding is a must-have on anyone's playlist.  She's everything you could ask for in a female vocalist these days: great voice, catchy beats, interesting lyrics, beautiful, and of course, positively enchanting.

Peace out kids,
Naz

Ps. If you want to download her songs from youtube, you can covert any video into an mp3 format here

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan Mubarak!

It's that time of year again! We wish you all a very happy and blessed month of Ramadan.

For those of you who are not familiar with Ramadan, it is a month on the Lunar calendar in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. And by fasting I mean no food and no drinks. Some people tend to be surprised when they realize we can't drink anything, not even water, during our fast.

This month means more to us than just losing weight. By fasting we get a sense of empathy with those who are suffering without food and water all around the world, whether it be a third world country or right here in the States. Also during this blessed month, we get a chance to get more spiritual and really appreciate what God has given us. We get a chance to realize the mistakes we have made and ask for forgiveness for all the sins that we committed as human beings. During this month, Satan is locked away so we cannot blame him for our wrongdoings. In this month's time, we can try to be the best human beings possible and continue our good deeds and actions even after this month is over.

Well, I should probably stop the rambling here. Hope you got something out of this post.

Until next time.

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We're Hera and Naz. Both of us are full time biology majors at the lovely University of Southern Indiana. When we're not out doing nerdy school stuff, we enjoy shopping, drinking slushies, and of course, writing on this awesome blog.

'What Makes the World Go Round' was started in August of 2011 to be a catch-all for our thoughts. We try and update as much as we can, depending on how hectic our lives. So bear with us. :) Please feel free to browse (by clicking on the cloud tabs above), comment and/or subscribe. We love hearing what you have to say!

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