How Handmade Jewellery is Basic Ethnic Essential for Every Woman

There is no doubt in the realization that fashion trends are moving with a bullet train speed & they won’t stop for anyone. But there is one good aspect of evolving trends is that we have become more creative and experimental on the grounds of fashion. This is the reason behind the massive emergence of handmade jewellery. From weddings to casual occasions, parties to formal events, the beautifully manually created ornaments are ruling everywhere and they truly have become a vital element of women dressing. If you genuinely love fashion and carve to come closer to it, get ready to make handcrafted jewels and fancy trinkets a quintessential part of your dressing and overall fashion statement. Bundle up, you stunner!!!

The best thing about handmade accessories and ornaments is that they are extremely light in weight as compared to machine crafted jewels. These women essentials are easy to carry and quite handy. Be it casual occasion or lavish traditional celebration, the handmade type of jewellery will never let a woman down for any kind of ceremony. Check out latest online Mangalsutras and earrings manufactured manually and discover your style to make an everlasting impression on onlookers. Hurry up!

From traditional to trendy, subtle to sassy, there is an array of handmade women jewellery to complete your ethnic fashion needs and make you look like million bucks instantly. Mostly, these ornaments are liked by modern generation and young women as they speak of sheer elegance and grace. All these exclusively designer women essentials are made up of different kind of materials. Some of the commonly used materials are gold, silver, plastic, paper, wood and other metals. The combination of these precious metals and highly crafted designers is simply matchless and forever unbeatable. All these intricately designed accessories speak of style and sophistication in every way. Usually, these jewels are worn by fashion lovers to enhance their casual dressing and street style fashion. But with their growing popularity, these fancy trinkets have become a lovely part of wedding functions.

If nothing else attracts you, handmade earrings will definitely make your day. These lightweight, stylish set of women earrings are go-to option for any point of time and the best part is that – they go with every kind of attire. Wear colourful, paper earrings to revamp your regular office dressing and get ready to make heads turn around. Fashion keeps evolving with growing time and we are supposed to keep pace with the going trend to stay in the run. Indulge into the captivating essence of handmade jewellery to fulfill your basic ethnic essential and get ready to slay the world with your never-ending charm.

Make sure that you follow the trend to stay forever fashionable and stylish and call it a statement. No look is complete without the inclusion of sparkling jewellery sets and accessories. It’s time to shake hand with handcrafted delicacies and own them like a fashion pro.

The experience of buying a family car

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Buying a car in India is a phenomenon. It not only involves a lot research and leg work but also multiple discussions at home. Preference, budget, expectation, safety, drive experience – all these words cross your mind when you decide to buy a new vehicle. We have recently bought a new car and the whole experience has been wonderful and full of excitement. The most excited for the new car though, was my 3-year-old daughter who has a huge crush on SUVs or “big-cars” as she likes to call them. Cars.com is a great website to know everything about cars and compare them!

Since, I am fresh from being involved in the process of buying a new car, let me share some insights and steps that might come handy for you.

Prepare a budget:

You need to have an indicative budget or a range in mind, because it is very easy to get carried away with emotions. A mid/big sized vehicle can become expensive, but planning the budget, financing, payback terms etc help you to make a sound decision.

Features

The house will always be divided on what you want from the vehicle. While the cosmetics of the car and the amount of technology it is carrying, will always guide the discussion, but certain things like space, safety, comfort should be amongst the top priority.

Space & Safety:

If kids are going to be frequent occupants of the vehicle you are buying, space and safety (apart from Style) are the two other ‘S’ factors that you should never compromise on. It’s always handy to carry some extra luggage!

Experience car before you buy:

When you are planning to buy a new one, there will be no shortage of advice. But trust me, you will know your car only once you sit in it and experience it. Never discount the touch and feel aspect of buying a car

The perfect family vehicle has to satiate expectation of more than a couple of people. It has to have something for everyone. My husband for instance wanted something with cruise control and with other automated features, I wanted something that guarantees safety and comfort and my daughter just wanted a big black car that plays her favorite poems and songs.

DIY Moringa Hair Packs – Woods & Petals Herbals

Moringa leaves are superfood for hair and skin, and are loaded with plenty of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids. They can be used to cleanse the hair and scalp, prevent hair damage, dandruff, dry and lifeless hair. These also increase blood circulation of the scalp and boost hair growth. As the blood circulation increases, hair follicles get more nutrients, leading to strong and healthy hair.

The extract of moringa leaves is widely used in the cosmetic industry as it has many therapeutic and skin purifying properties. It removes impurities from the skin and rejuvenates it. It also enhances fairness and maintains the natural skin color.

I got a Moringa Curry Leaves Hair Pack by Woods & Petals Herbals, from Unfactory (Buy here), and tried a few DIYs – deep conditioning and oil infusion.

Oil Infusion

Coconut Oil

Vitamin E Oil

Almond Oil

Castor Oil

Moringa Curry Leaves Powder (Buy here)

The quantity of these oils is completely up to you, and also depends on the quantity you’re making.

Mix all the oils, and add moringa powder in a bottle, and let it sit for a few days. You can also strain the oil mixture in a few days, if you don’t like the powder on your hair and takes time in washing it out. However, I prefer to let it sit in the oils and apply the powder with the oils in my hair, to get the maximum benefit out of it. Apply the concoction in sections, on the scalp and the length and let it stay overnight, before shampooing in the morning.

 

Deep Condition Hair Mask

Coconut Milk

Honey

Moringa Curry Leaves Powder (Buy here)

Coconut milk is a great moisturizer and honey is a wonderful humectant. Mix all the ingredients together and apply on the scalp and length in sections. Wear a shower cap to let it work. You can also use a hot towel over the shower cap to provide some heat, so it works better. Wash your hair after 30-45 minutes with a mild shampoo.

Until next time!

Love,

Soumya

For more hair packs, see: Argan Oil Hair Pack

100 Things That Make Me Happy

So here I’m sharing my list of things that make me happy. There it goes!

  1. Waking up to a bright sunny day
  2. Listening to the sound of waves
  3. Collecting Wine
  4. Falling asleep on my partner’s arm
  5. Binge watching series on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon
  6. Getting massage and spa treatments
  7. Home decoration
  8. When I finish DIY projects
  9. Travelling to places
  10. Buying magnet stickers of places I visit
  11. Painting – Madhubani and abstract
  12. Taking a walk in a park or town
  13. Eating corn from cob
  14. Blowing bubbles
  15. The smell of rain on soil
  16. Wearing my husband’s clothes
  17. When restroom is clean
  18. The smell of freshly washed clothes
  19. When cotton pajama pant fits perfectly
  20. The view from the top
  21. Having peanuts with salt on a lazy afternoon
  22. Look of clean carpet after I vacuum
  23. Super detailed happy dreams
  24. Playing Board Games
  25. Seeing that I lost weight on scale
  26. Making list of groceries
  27. When I feel hydrated
  28. Watching manga cartoon series with my husband – Naruto, The Last Airbender, Dragon Ball, One Piece
  29. Watching him eat 
  30. When he cooks for me
  31. Iced tea on a hot day
  32. Following Avengers and Star Wars Series
  33. Reading comics
  34. When I do things that feels like I’m honoring my family traditions
  35. Shopping at flea market
  36. Picking fruits/vegetables/flowers directly from trees/plants/bushes into a basket
  37. Swimming pool filled with flower petals
  38. A long warm bath with scented bath salts
  39. Aroma of burning scented candles and oils
  40. Picking pine cones off the ground and using it for decorative purposes
  41. Buying lipsticks of all shades
  42. Shopping of cloth/accessory/makeup/shoes/bags…
  43. Catching a rainbow
  44. Collecting corks
  45. Enthusiasm and excitement of Friday evenings
  46. Clear night sky with shining stars and moon
  47. Freshly baked cake
  48. Smell of coffee
  49. Eating fruits
  50. Eating homemade gajar ka halwa and cholle-bhature
  51. Drink freshly squeezed fruit juice
  52. Warm tomato soup
  53. Freshly baked scones and bagels
  54. Smell of baked goods
  55. Feel of sand and warm water on my bare feet
  56. Collecting stones and shells
  57. Dawn and Dusk – it’s always breathtaking
  58. Holding hands of my loved ones
  59. Watching butterfly sitting on flowers on a warm day
  60. Sitting on porch observing life
  61. Potato chips
  62. Marriage shopping list
  63. Baby clothes and shoes
  64. Cute floral dresses
  65. Planning surprises
  66. Spring and Fall – such splash of colors
  67. Blasting music at home and car when alone
  68. Finishing a good novel/book
  69. Taking a nap on sofa while watching TV
  70. Perfect hair/skin day
  71. Trimming plants
  72. Clean sink and dishware
  73. Sipping tea – black, green , herb infused
  74. Feeling pretty after manicure and pedicure
  75. Writing with a gel pen
  76. Going to the theatre
  77. Freshly grown garden herbs
  78. Doing something adventurous, like canoeing, hiking, camping
  79. Eating simple “typical” food
  80. Doll up in traditional wear and jewelry
  81. Birds chirping and singing
  82. Opening presents
  83. Finding money in pocket
  84. Warm apple cider
  85. Friends’ company with a lit fireplace exchanging stories
  86. Laughing at inside jokes
  87. Finding a good parking spot
  88. Going  for late night drives looking for hot coffee, cake and ice cream
  89. Getting compliments from strangers
  90. Buying game CDs for my husband
  91. Watching my niece eating noodles
  92. Getting comments on my blog
  93. My birth date
  94. Cooking nutritious and healthy food
  95. Taking photographs of nature and selfie
  96. Gossiping with my sister, mom, friends and aunts about everything
  97. Sunrays filtering through clouds
  98. Ambience of Universal Studio
  99. Sitting close to my hubby
  100. Doing local shopping at tourist destination and buying souvenirs  

Here’s my list guys. Make yours and have fun.

XOXO

Tripti

How Motherhood Changed Me – 3 years of Sarah

Dear Sarah,

 

We complete 3 years together today. 3 years of loving and being loved by a teeny tiny baby, with hundreds of sloppy kisses, tight hugs and tantrums galore, 3 years of motherhood! 3 years ago I never thought I could love and care for a little minion as much. After having you, I have become 100 times more careful about the surroundings, the food we eat, the environment. My life revolves around you. From the time I wake up in the morning, till the time I sleep (or pass out at 2 am due to exertion), you are the center of my world.

I was always a very self-centered personliving in my own cocoon and extremely anti-social (including my own family ;)). Now thanks to you, I know more people than I have ever known in my whole life. People know me as Sarah’s mom, courtesy my extra-social daughter 🙂

The love has only increased, despite sleepless nights, terrible tantrums and all the mental torture (no kidding!) you make me go through while crying and shouting. Not a very patient person that I was, I happily sail through a day of tantrums, shrieking and screaming (well, not so happily, but we manage)

I used to hate cooking! But I love experimenting with healthy food for you, and it makes me happy if you approve it too J I love seeing that content look on your face when I cook something for you, and demand more of it!

I used to live in a mess! And love it too! The situation hasn’t changed much here though – ask your Papa 😀 But at least for your stuff, I try and keep it a little organized and in place, and make the surroundings better for you!

 

Every breath you take, every move you make” – I’ll be watching you, loving you –  this Eagle’s song summarizes our bond and my love for you!

Love,

Mommy

 

This blog is a pat of the Blog Train “How Motherhood has Changed Me”, hosted by Pooja Kawatra of Mums & Babies.

Thanks May for introducing me in this blog train. Here is her post  – http://mmlittlee.blogspot.in/2017/10/how-motherhood-has-changed-me_25.html

Welcome Harshala I the Motherhood Blog Train. Harshala is a 23 y/o, unmarried mommy, a Film making & new media production graduate, a blog & biz coach with focus on motivation, Meraki and marketing at www.missharshala.com . She is also a lifestyle blogger at www.aweekinlife.com .

Harshala is homeschooling her soon to be 3 year old daughter Ira and documenting her journey as an Early Childhood Educationist on her blog. This Mumbai mom is sharing her experience about how motherhood has changed her tomorrow. You can read it here – http://www.themumsandbabies.com/2017/09/motherhood-stories-blog-train/

Best Natural Remedies for Acne Scars and Blemishes!

Well nobody likes scars and blemishes and that too on face! Thankfully though, there are many things you can do at home to help get rid of them. Today I will share some easy natural treatments to help reduce theses scars and blemishes. Most importantly, keep your skin clean and eat a healthy diet because it is rightly said “you are what you eat”.

There are various natural ingredients that can be applied to get the desired results.

  • Oatmeal Face Pack:

  • Oatmeal (powdered) – 2tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 2tbs
  • Lemon juice – 1tbs

 

  • Besan Face Pack:

  • Chickpeas/Besan flour – 2tbs
  • Turmeric – 1/4tbs
  • Yogurt – 2tbs

 

Note : Use regular plain, unflavored and unsweetened yogurt with live cultures.

  • Garlic Face Masks:

  • Garlic Juice – 1tbs
  • Onion Juice – 1tbs
  • Garlic Pulp/Juice – 1tbs
  • Aloe Vera Gel (preferably fresh)  – 2tbs

Note : Add few drops of plain or rose water to dilute the garlic pulp or juice to prevent the burning or stinging sensation on the applied skin if any.

  • Lemon Masks:

  • Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed) – 2tbs
  • Green Papaya Pulp – 2tbs
  • Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed) – 2tbs
  • Turmeric (dried powder) – a pinch
  • Cucumber Juice – 2tbs
  • Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed) – 2tbs
  • Cucumber Pulp/Juice – 1tbs
  • Aloe Vera pulp – 1tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 1tbs

Note: You can also use fresh Aloe Vera Gel or Ripe Papaya Pulp directly on face without adding anything to them or put them together to a paste. Whatever is convenient!

  • Potato Masks:

  • Potato Juice – 2 tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 1tbs
  • Potato Pulp/Juice – 2tbs
  • Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed) – 1tbs
  • Turmeric – 1/4tbs pulp or powdered
  • Tomato Face Masks:

  • Tomato Juice – 3tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 1tbs
  • Tomato Juice – 2tbs
  • Buttermilk – 1tbs
  • Onion Face Mask:

  • Onion Juice – 2tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 1tbs

 

 

Combine the ingredients to make a smooth paste. You can always adjust the consistency.  Apply the pack on your face and leave until it dries completely or just about to dry. You can re-apply the masks a couple of times. Before washing the pack, massage the face in circular motion using fingertips. Rinse with normal water and moisturize your face.

These face packs/masks will help you to clear acne, acne scars, blemishes,  skin discoloration, hyper-pigmentation and brighten skin complexion as well. Absolutely natural and healthy for the skin saving the pain of nasty peels, skin bleaching or any harsh chemical process.

Additionally I would recommend to go light on using cosmetic products on face during acne breakout.  Choose your products with care and use paraben-free skincare and do not use products with synthetic dyes.

Try on these simple home remedies and enjoy its benefits. However, if you still don’t get enough time to try these remedies don’t worry. Our body is capable of taking care of scars and eventually they’ll fade. However, if you expose them too much in the sun, their healing process will slow down and the scars could darken or become permanent. So moderate sun exposure for the time being and always use sunscreen for better protection.

Take care you guys. 

XOXO

Tripti

 

A Lehenga is for all Seasons and Ocassions

The festive season is here and the wedding season is about start too. It is that time of the year when you are looking for a dress for all occasions. For some, this could be an exciting exercise and for others getting your favorite look or the lehenga and style could be quite hassle – what to buy, where to buy, how to accessorize it. All in all, the next 150 days present an opportunity to make your mark on the circuit by stepping out in your best ensembles.

While some of you might head to your favourite boutique, others might find it convenient and quicker while shopping online.

Lehengas have been quite a favorite amongst the Indian women and even some firangs. A good lehenga is a dress for all occasions and with a bit of innovation and hard work, they can be the go to dress for pretty much any occasion. It’s an extremely versatile piece of clothing that can be paired with different cholis, kurtis, capes, tops and dupattas and please don’t even get me started on accessories and make-up.

Look stylish at a Diwali Party

Pair a solid coloured lehenga, maroon , black and bottle green are my favourites – with an earthy colour with some embellishments and you’re all set to rock the party. Go for light fabrics given the weather as well as durations of these Diwali parties. Throw in some non-precious metal jewellery to complete the look.

A family get together that you weren’t going to be part of

We have all been there. You weren’t going to be a part of that get-together at a relative/friend’s place and hence didn’t plan your dress for it. Well, no worries. Look through your wardrobe or even your mother’s for a pastel skirt. Pair it with a western top. A dull pink would go with practically any color. Once again the right accessories and hair-do will go long way in completing your look.

That special evening event

While this one may require investment in terms of time, you could do some online shopping on Myntra to for a quick fix. Something sequinned or with embellishments is what you need. Pair it with something in golden or silver to get that chic look.

The one for weddings

Dressing up can be very subjective. But given it’s 2017 and I have been through florals, sequins and heavy embellishments – my latest indulgence is fabrics… especially rich weaves and heavy, pure fabrics like brocades, Banarasi silks, Kanjeevarams and pure silks. It looks great for all occasions and ages, and is versatile and classy. There are no constraints in terms of fabrics you choose. Pick an absolutely pure Mysore silk and Banarasi lehenga like this amazingly regal one.

Like I said before, lehengas are versatile; they can be paired practical with different clothing items, accessories for different looks. One can dress up for fancy occasions as well as dress down for simpler gatherings. Most important – lehenga has a feminine charm that’s quite unmatched. Lehengas would generally never go waste… they are for all seasons and occasions!!

 

Donum Naturals – Baby Therapeutic Cream (for eczema) and Radiant Creams for moms – Review

I’m really fond of brands which have something for me as well as my little on, especially if the products they offer have natural ingredients. Recently, I came across Donum Healthcare’s Sunshield cream with SPF 15 which is also a Radiant Day Cream which hydrates the skin.

Since me and my daughter have extremely dry skin and with the winters approaching, I chose their amazing Therapeutic Moisturizing Cream for babies.

Introducing DONUM NATURALS

Donum has a comprehensive range of wellness and skin care products that will nourish and bring out the natural beauty of your skin without any harm. It uses nature as the secret ingredient in all its products and includes ingredients like Neem, Basil leaf, Aloe-vera, Oatmeal and Argan oil.

Therapeutic Moisturizing Cream for babies

Donum Claims:

It is a healing and protective therapeutic cream, a shield Healing Moisturising Cream that is enriched with goat’s milk and chamomile which acts as a gentle chemical free cure for children suffering from eczema. It has highly effective natural active ingredients like goat milk which cures flaky skin, itchiness and redness. The presence of vitamins and goodness of chamomile calms and soothes the child’s gentle skin.

Price:

INR 375

Quantity:

60 gms

Ingredients:

Online availability: Website , Amazon.in

My Review:

The cream is soft, thick and buttery. It rubs into the skin making it soft and hydrated for hours. My daughter has extremely dry skin. Since this cream claims to treat the symptoms of eczema, including dry skin, I wanted to give it a try for the winters. The cream is extremely moisturizing and gets absorbed well into the skin, without making it sweat.

It keeps my daughter’s dry skin hydrated for hours, though it would vary for kids with eczema, who might need timely applications.

What works:

  • Highly moisturizing
  • Very effective for a long time

What doesn’t:

  • None

Radiant Cream with SPF 15

Donum Claims:

It is a combination of Oatmeal, Vitamin F, and Grapefruit extracts, which provides deep nourishment along with sun protection leaving the skin fresh, supple and youthful in a natural way. It provides nourishment without any parabens & paraffins.

Price:

INR 310

Quantity:

60 gms

Ingredients:

Online availability: Website , Amazon.in

My Review:

It is a nice day cream which lightly moisturizes the skin and get absorbed quickly providing hydration throughout the day. The radiant cream has a sweet fragrance that lingers for some time and keeps the skin feeling fresh. However, in hot and humid weather, it might make the skin sweat a bit, but that could be because of the SPF content.

The packaging is in a box, which makes it easy to use and is travel-friendly.

What works:

  • It has natural ingredients like Oatmeal, Grapefruit extracts, Vitamin F
  • Light texture
  • Keeps skin hydrated for the whole day
  • SPF 15

What doesn’t:

  • It can make skin a little sweaty in hot weather

Healthy Veggie Pasta Recipe for Kids

Are you worried that your toddler isn’t eating well and healthy? Do you try to sneak in veggies in his/ her meals? And does he/ she still manages to find them and throw them out? Then we are of the same tribe who strive to feed their kids as healthy meal as possible.

We all know by now that a healthy meal isn’t something a toddler will naturally like. Heck even I don’t like healthy stuff 😀

Researching and trying different recipes made me successful in my pursuit one day, when I made a healthy, full of invisible veggies pasta.

Ingredients:

1 cauliflower

2-3 florets Broccoli and/or 1 Zucchini

2 cups pasta

10-12 pods garlic

Cheese – Processed or mozzarella

Oregano Seasoning

Olive oil

Parsley for garnishing

Method:

Boil pasta, with some salt and olive oil. On the other burner, steam chopped cauliflower, broccoli and/ or zucchini and garlic in a cooker. Once the veggies are cooked, let them cool a bit and grind them to a smooth paste. I also like to add a bit of parsley leaves, but it’s completely optional.

Pasta Sauce

Heat oil in a wok, and roast some more garlic. Pour the cauliflower sauce and let it boil. Now, add some cheese to this hot cauliflower sauce. You can use any type of cheese, in any quantity you like. I add cheese to suppress the taste of cauliflower and fool the toddler! HAHAHA!!! I’ve used Amul’s processed cheese cubes and also mozzarella cheese, and both have served the purpose excellently. Add salt and any seasoning you like. I add seasoning again for the same purpose of disguising the taste J Mix pasta to the sauce. Garnish with some parsley leaves if you wish, which will be picked and definitely kept in your plate 😉 But let’s be happy we managed to feed cauliflower, broccoli and zucchini to our kids.

Looking for more healthy and fun recipes?

Read the recipe of Homemade Yummy Hummus here.

Urban Decay Lipstick Review – Backtalk Comfort Matte

Hey Guys,

How have you been doing? It’s been quite long now since I wrote a lipstick review 🙂  but I’m back now!

So I recently went for a vacation to Thailand, with shopping on my mind 😉 😉

I planned to shop the local Thai makeup brands, and I saw an Urban Decay store, and the amazing shades of lipsticks. And….the rest is history J I have a lot of pink shades in my collection, the only shade that was missing was a daily wear pink shade, darker than nude J I told them my weird specifications for the shade, and the first shade that they showed me was bang on! The perfect shade – Backtalk Comfort Matte from the VICE range.

Product Claims:

It is a creamy formula that applies smoothly, and is highly pigmented. It nourishes, hydrates and enhances the lips, leaving them soft and conditioned.

Packaging:

The lipstick was packed in a pretty black cardboard box, and inside was a classy metallic, shiny case. The case is super solid, and doesn’t seem it would break easily. Thankfully, I haven’t had a chance to check how solid it is! 😉 I’m in love with the unique sturdy packaging.

Ingredients:

My Review:

I was looking for a subtle shade and fell in love with this one. It’s a warm mauve that goes well with a smokey eye at night and office meetings during the day. This is my go-to shade, when nothing else seems to match. And true to its claims, its super creamy and very well pigmented. It gives a fresh matte finish without drying up the lips, and keeps the lips hydrated and nourished. It stays on for a good amount of time, about 5 hours with light meals in between. I like that it doesn’t settle into the fine lines.

Single Swatch

What works:

  • Creamy yet matte finish
  • Doesn’t dry on the lips
  • Stays put for a decent time with meals
  • Attractive packaging
  • I personally love the shade

What doesn’t:

Not available in India, but there’s really nothing negative about the lipstick.

Rating: 5/5

Love,

Soumya

Click here to read NYX lipstick review.