Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#LightTheWorld - 25 Days in 25 Ways

Hello there!I’m really happy to tell you that I'm participating in a Worldwide Day of Service Campaign from December 1st! This month long effort is a part of the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign to bring about goodness during the holiday season and serve and live as Christ lived. We can celebrate his birth by following his life, his teachings and his example to make the world a brighter place. These 25 days give you the opportunity to serve anyone you want, anywhere you want.  

Watch this wonderful video below for more about this campaign - 


The way I personally do it is through prayer, compassion, kindness and helping others. Not very difficult. Is it? Service isn't restricted to religious activities but also consists of daily acts of kindness and being a good human being. Over the next 25 days of December, I would love it if you would join me and incorporate some simple acts of kindness to Light The World.

To help you understand what you can do over these 25 days, here's the calendar below to give you some ideas -  (download the printable PDF here


Join me and discover the joy of serving, helping and giving! Use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD on social media when you share!

Read more about the whole initiative at Mormon.org

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cozy Ways To Spend Winter Nights

Winter has come and as the days get shorter and the nights get colder, I get closer to wanting to feel all warm and snugly. Some of you must be feeling blue with the idea of staying at home and stressing your mind on what to do. But it doesn't need to be an all-day drag when there are many fun activities at hand.

Feel the fire


 Few things are as pleasant as spending cold winter nights cozily close to a fireplace while sipping hot chocolate. A warm fire offers a comfortable and entertaining way to spend some time relaxing. Sit near your fireplace, and let the warmth of the fireplace kiss you.

Take a hot water shower 


Ever wondered what heaven on earth feels like? Yes, that’s right. A hot water shower or bath on cold night can make you feel like you’re in heaven. You can set up a spa like environment in your bathroom. You can personalize it by decorating your bathroom in a cozy, romantic and a little rustic style with candles and aromatic bath salts.

 Add entertainment to your life

I like to go out but sometimes its nice to stay at home and feel cozy, watch classic movies, favorite series, play games and specially when its winter and you’re at home you cannot miss out on paying online bingo. You can try the GameVillage online bingo site and check out the GameVillage Promotions to get the best out of it.

 Bake winter delicacies


 Variation in food is necessary, and when its winter, a daily routine meal is not enough. Make your winter days special by adding hot chocolate in desserts, try some baking experiments at home and share your delicious creations with your loved ones.

 Be a reader or a writer - you choose


Books take us to another world. A world of fiction, thrill and drama. Reading books on a winter nights is one best thing. And for a change, if you do not prefer reading books, then you can surely write one (or just give it a try).


Whether you are snuggling in front of the fire or piling on the extra blankets at night, be sure to keep warm and try out these cozy ideas.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Bangkok Shopping Guide

Whenever you hear Bangkok, the first thing that comes to every woman's mind is shopping! From glistening air-conditioned malls to busting street markets, Bangkok offers every shopaholic more bang for their baht. If you're planning to go to Thailand, make sure you reserve 2-3 days (and a spare suitcase) for all your shopping. It’s no secret that shopping is an integral contributor to Bangkok tourism. This posts lists malls that stock Thai apparel so I'm not including malls which have international brand stores like Forever 21 or Zara as those chains are present in all major countries and keep the same kind of stock everywhere. 

Important tourist attractions to make the most of your holiday:

Platinum Mall


Platinum Fashion Mall is the largest and most famous wholesale shopping destination in Bangkok. There are hundreds of stores selling women's fashion and super cheap prices. Being a wholesale mall, you get better deals if you buy larger quantities. However, note that there are no changing rooms here but they provide measuring you with tapes. You can also check with the shop owners if an exchange is possible in case what you buy doesn't fit you. In case you plan to visit Bangkok, you have to file in your application for Tourist Visa. With the visa you can stay in Bangkok for a span of 30 days or maximum up to 60 days.
  
Union Mall


Union Mall is similar to Platinum Mall, but is more spacious and well organized. It's a popular spot for hangout for Thai college girls because its designs are different compared to Platinum and it's less crowded. Items are slightly more expensive but their quality speaks for itself. There are many dressing rooms unlike Platinum and MBK so you can try out everything before you buy it.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

 

Chatuchak Weekend Market is also known as Jatujak or JJ Market, and it is the largest market in Thailand.  The market has more than 5000 stalls selling a wide array of products including clothing for men and women, accessories, footwear, household items, handicrafts and much more. It is hot here so do wear light clothing. If you are able to conquer the heat here, I’m sure you will be able to get a lot of stuff. The Chatuchak is a tourist attraction in itself, with over 200 000 people visiting each day! It is popular among both local Thais, foreigners living in Bangkok and tourists.

MBK Shopping Centre

MahBoonKrong or MBK, is one of the oldest and best known shopping malls in Bangkok. MBK Center is Bangkok's most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals, and busy with shoppers every day. There are eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs. 

Siam Square

Popular with young, funky looking Thais, Siam Square is known for its youthful and trendy selection of fashion items. This is where you can find the coolest shops and indie boutiques that stock local designer labels as well as clothes, accessories, shoes, electronics and beauty products. The square consists of a number of small, indoor shopping centres and markets, separated by high streets and little boutique shops outdoors. Unlike Platinum Fashion Mall, the material and design of the apparels here are of higher quality and are usually available in limited pieces

Terminal 21


Terminal 21 is an upmarket shopping mall located next to Asok BTS Station. This mall has a unique airport theme where each floor of the mall is based on the theme of well-known cities like London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo and Istanbul. Both tourists and locals flock to this mall for its wide variety of unique stores & local designer apparel.


Friday, November 04, 2016

Outfit - Pink Sorbet

There are very few trends I tend to usually follow but this fall, what's gotten me hooked is the choker neckline (which I also wore in a previous outfit post)! I am also crazy about neutral colors and avoid bright colors as much as I can so I just had to have this pretty sorbet hued choker neckline dress the moment I found it on Rosegal. It's so feminine and romantic and perfect for the day! 


Dress - Rosegal
Bag - Accessorize
Shoes - Forever 21

Have a nice weekend! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Create Personalized Holiday Cards With Fotor

Instead of getting store bought generic cards for your loved ones, do something different this holiday season with unique personalized greeting cards! And how will you do this? Using Fotor! Fotor is a powerful online photo editor that lets you edit photos, create collages or design the perfect social media post to make your holiday greetings unique and personal. 

Fotor's Design feature lets you choose from hundreds of predefined images and add frames, stickers, text and various effects to them to create personalized photo greeting cards. I selected the base of the card below and using stickers, I added Christmas tree decorations and customized the text in it - 


This feature also lets you create the perfect social media post with predefined templates for instagram posts, facebook covers and posts, twitter covers, youtube channel art, google plus covers and much more.  


Fotor’s fantastic collage feature lets you create cool collages using photo stitching, funky collage and other new effects. A well designed collage can tell a story, share some special feelings and make the perfect greeting card for your loved ones. Combine the photo editor’s great features with collage to create something amazing! Here's a collage I made for my BFF Disha! 


Under the Beauty tab, Fotor lets you enhance your photos using skin smoothing, wrinkle remover, blemish remover, red-eye remover, teeth whitener and you can even change your makeup using the lip tint option! Using Fotor's unique filters and effects like Color Splash, Blur and Pixelate, you can transform your photos into cool pieces of art. Here's how I edited my picture and got such stellar results - 

ORIGINAL

COLOR SPLASH


PIXELATE

LENS FLARE

So go ahead and transform your photos and create unique and personalized holiday greetings and posters for your loved ones using Fotor! Besides using it on their official site at www.fotor.com, you can also download Fotor here -

Fotor app for mobile
 Fotor for desktop 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Outfit - Pretty in Pink

I've been on a dress accumulating spree and got this beautiful maxi dress from Gamiss - a fantastic online store where I found lots of beautiful clothes at fantastic prices. I shot this look with Nikita, a close friend of mine who also happens to be an excellent hairstylist and makeup artist and thanks to her, my makeup is on fleek for a change! I love how pretty this dress is and it's so perfect for a bridesmaid or beach wedding! Can't wait to wear it on my next beach holiday!



Dress - Buy here

Photography & Makeup - Nikita Shrotri

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Diwali Shopping & Crazy Discounts

Diwali may be the festival of lights but every Indian knows that it's also the festival of shopping! At this time, Women prefer buying new outfits, bags, shoes and jewelry while men always look for electronics as we get the best deals on them at this time. It is traditionally a time when households purchase new clothing, home refurbishments, gifts, gold and other large purchases. And since the festival celebrates Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, spending and purchases are considered auspicious at this moment. Diwali is also the peak buying season for gold and jewelry along with sweets and fireworks of course.


And since Diwali is just around the corner, it's the perfect time to go shopping! It's no secret that online stores offer the best deals during this period, and I found an awesome website called Paylesser India which brings together all the best products and deals from India's leading online stores organised under different categories. When you shop from Paylesser India, you get the best deals and offers on products from trusted and loved online sites like Flipkart, Amazon and Ebay along with Myntra coupons and Jabong coupons.


What makes your shopping experience even better here is that you also get additional cashback so not only do you pay lesser and but you also save more as you get the added benefit of earning coupons on every purchase. When it comes to the range of items offered, you can find latest items under various section such as men, women, electronics, baby and kids, home and living, sports and fitness, health and beauty and more. Shopping at Paylesser is seamless and convenient and I've just ordered a bunch of stuff from there so make sure you check it out!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Outfit - Snowflake

I rarely wear dresses but taking my weakness for white and my newfound love for choker necklines, I knew I had to get this one the moment I saw it on Zaful, a trendy online store I recently discovered. The site has has lots of amazing clothing at great prices and good service and I was pretty impressed by the fit and quality of this dress. Makes a beautiful look for winter doesn't it? Make sure to check this new site out for some fabulous finds!







Dress - Zaful
Shoes - Forever 21

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Hello Fall

Come fall and I'm all about updating my wardrobe with colors like wine, dark green, mustard and other winter hued items. As I was looking online, I was delighted to find fashion designer clothing from my wishlist on StyleWe, an online store which has a huge range of very chic and sophisticated high quality clothing made by independent fashion designer. The coolest part is that if you are a designer, you can work with them by submitting their designs to them and they will enable you to build your brand and achieve your dream. Discover a wide range of fabulous clothing to add elegance to your wardrobe just like I did. Here are my favorite fall pieces from their site -






By working with independent fashion designers from all around the world, and combining them with their high quality product and digital marketing capabilities, StyleWe provides shoppers original, high quality and exclusive fashion products that are unique and not available on other rival online stores. 
You can also check them out facebook and read the stylewe blog for more information. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Shampoo + Conditioner Review

It's been a while since I wrote about hair products and boy am I glad to be writing this post! Today I'm reviewing the TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection range which has helped me restore my damaged and dull hair to what you see today. TIGI needs no introduction because of its cult products for hair styling and hair care which have been around for more than a decade in the international market. With fun bright packaging and cheeky instructions on the labels, TIGI products are just as ah-mazing as they look!


So getting back to the drill, my luscious locks have a fair share of issues and I chemically torture them so that adds to my woes. I have a lot of grays so I need to color regularly and since they're weirdly wavy, I get them chemically straightened once a year. Bet ya didn't know that my hair isn't actually straight!  It's also pretty long and somehow that affects its texture from neck down. Thanks to this combination, my ponytail feels kinda rough and I found a savior in TIGI Urban Antidotes Resurrection Shampoo and Conditioner. This combination is made for weak and brittle hair than needs to be resurrected from this state and it does the job pretty well.


The shampoo is created with 25% more moisture boosting ingredients and cleanses hair well while moisturizing it at the same time. It infuses hair with hydration and makes it hair smooth and shiny. Not only does my hair feel healthy and shiny but it also feels stronger. Thanks to its anti-color fade ingredients, it also helps keep my color vibrant. In spite of being moisturizing, it cleanses well without drying the hair. I hate shampoos which are too creamy or moisturizing as my scalp doesn't feel clean but I don't face that problem with this one. It has a pleasant Goji Berry & Papaya fragrance which makes it a pleasure to use. The squeeze tube packaging is sturdy, convenient and hygienic. You might think the pricing is a bit steep at Rs 800, but it's worth as it lasts quite long and a little bit of the product goes a long way. I wash my hair about three times a week and this still lasts for 3 months. 


 The Conditioner is a restoring formulation that is ideal for weak and brittle hair. It's quite lightweight and has the same fruity fragrance as the shampoo. It targets the areas that are most in need of repair and works to strengthen and restore the integrity of the hair cuticle. Since my hair is quite dry from the straightening and coloring, it helps ease out the dryness. I use both in conjunction and they definitely make my hair soft, smooth and manageable. The conditioner is priced at Rs 900.


Overall, I absolutely LOVE this range and totally recommend you to try it out if you have damaged, dry or brittle hair. I swear by it and am sure you will love it too!

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