Sunday Editor’s Picks’23 | A Roundup of All Things Trending in 2023

2023 has been a rollercoaster ride with significant highs and lows. As we step into 2024 with new resolutions and hopes for a better beginning — delve into all things trending as Sunday staffers unveil the vibrant tapestry of Pakistani lifestyle — where tradition meets modernity.

Our editors have curated a selection of all the ‘musts in 2023’ to elevate your skincare, makeup, fashion, movie, and song choices.

Mahira Khan, the epitome of grace and timeless beauty, adorned herself in an ivory Faraz Manan bridal masterpiece that captured the essence of regality, setting an unprecedented bar. Faraz Manan, radiated a bridal aura that was nothing short of a sartorial masterpiece, leaving an indelible mark on the realm of bridal fashion, and is our top pick for bridal couture in 2023!


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2023 has been about supporting local — Buy Pakistani, Be Pakistani. In the realm of skincare and beauty, Conatural remains our ultimate choice for its top-notch quality products that give international brands a run for their money! Conatural has become a pioneer in crafting organic, cruelty-free products that celebrate the purity of natural ingredients. From their luscious skincare concoctions to aromatic hair care solutions, each product reflects a commitment to quality and authenticity.


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Solids Official and The Kuku Store have remained our ultimate pick for pret wear in 2023. Their stunning color palette, classy cuts, and supreme quality make an ideal choice for the ultimate style statement. Whether you are looking for basic workwear or a night out — their timeless pieces can be styled up or down to make heads turn!


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Babar Zaheer, a maestro in the realm of makeup artistry, has carved a niche for himself with his unparalleled talent and transformative skills. Renowned for his ability to enhance natural beauty while pushing creative boundaries, Babar has become a sought-after makeup artist, leaving an indelible mark on the beauty industry after his signature bridal looks for Mahira Khan.

Babar Zaheer’s artistry extends beyond conventional norms, whether he’s creating a stunning bridal look or experimenting with avant-garde concepts for fashion editorials.



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Rema Luxe has become synonymous with accessorizing moments of significance, whether it be weddings, celebrations, or everyday elegance. With an unwavering dedication to quality and a keen eye for design, Rema Luxe has established itself as a go-to destination for those seeking jewelry that not only adorns but elevates, making every moment a celebration of enduring style, and remains our pick for 2023 whether its a wedding or a night out!


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Tere Bin — breaking all global records and becoming a global sensation this year was undoubtedly our top watch in 2023. Although the drama had uncanny resemblance with Indian soaps in terms of the background music, and storyline, the conflicting duo of Murtasim and Meerab, and their sizzling chemistry had us hooked! As the makers announce the upcoming Season 2, we are excited to see how the story of ‘MeerAsim’ unfolds.

Nowhere’ on Netflix was our top watch this year, as the story unfolds the harrowing tales of displacement, refugees struggling to reach, and unwavering resilience. The movie highlights the horrors refugees face as they try to seek asylum, and the plot takes us on a thought-provoking journey as the movie aptly visualizes the lives of many around the world.


Asim Azhar continues to remain on our top playlist in 2023 as his melodious voice and banger songs remain the undisputed choice for 2023. We have his latest songs, ‘Bulleya’, and ‘Mein’ playing on remains



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Located in Gulberg, Lahore  — Kai is the Sunday staffer’s weekly escape as we flock to enjoy a Peruvian Japenese Fusion culinary experience that transcends the ordinary, transporting you to a realm of exquisite flavors and artful presentations. The menu boasts an array of Japanese delights. From impeccably fresh sashimi to meticulously crafted sushi rolls, each bite is a symphony of tastes and textures. The conceptual restaurant quite literally serves food with a story, offering an experience beyond words, that extends far beyond a mere dining experience and is thus, a cult favorite! We highly recommend trying the famous Teppanyaki and delectable Sushi and Maki platters for the ultimate indulgence.


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Haute Dolci — nestled in Raya, Lahore was our ultimate pick to satisfy our sweet cravings in 2023. This dessert haven seamlessly combines elegance with delectable flavors, offering an unparalleled experience for those with a sweet tooth. From velvety cheesecakes to exquisite pastries, Haute Dolci’s menu is a symphony of textures and tastes, curated to satisfy the most discerning dessert lovers! We highly recommend trying their San Sebastian Cheesecake!

Lahore’s Café scene has been radiating with the presence of Contra Coffee. Located in Central Lahore – Contra Coffee has a sleek minimalist inviting interior which made its way from Japan and has become vogue.

The Contra Brunch is both aesthetically pleasing and tempting and has us going for more. It embodies the concept of Punjabi gluttony ranging from a delectable granola bowl to scrumptious bacon bits to sumptuous servings of fried eggs and a scone with Caprese salad. The diverse and tasteful coffee options and their signature Hot Chocolate are a must for this winter season!



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Kit & Kaboodle was our ultimate pick to elevate the aesthetics at the Sunday headquarters in 2023 for the ultimate cutting-edge modern furniture seamlessly blends contemporary aesthetics with functional design. From sleek sofas to minimalist coffee tables, each item is meticulously curated to elevate both style and comfort in any living space.

Emraan Rajput was the Sunday staffer’s choice to make a style statement at events. Their latest collection, ‘Shalima’  unveiled at BCW’23 blends classic tailoring with contemporary trends, presenting a collection that epitomizes modern masculinity. From impeccably tailored suits to casually refined weekend wear, each garment is a testament to precision and quality and is trending to date.


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2023 has been all about buying and supporting local, and when it comes to makeup, we trust no one but Zero Makeup by Nabila! An extremely competitive local, and affordable alternative to all the high-end international brands, their Zero Makeup Face Perfecting Pallete, and two-in-one Mascara Liner is a staple in our purse on the go!


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A household name for all, and an inspiration to continue to stand with, and speak up for the truth. Motaz Azaiza is our Inspiration for 2023 as he has ignited a revolution with his resilience and selflessness as he continues to endanger his life daily to enable the world to see the truth.

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