Thursday, November 20, 2014

A penny saved is a penny earned!

The last few months have been crazy! Motherhood is a full time job by itself, but a job that I am loving to the core :-) Along with motherhood descending upon me, the other aspect of my life that has become important is the necessity to save more, as now its not just 2 people but 3 people that we are going to be spending on. Since I am an avid online shopper, mainly because of the convenience and also cause I am a Shopaholic, the showering of online sales and deal/coupon sites onto the Indian web world in the recent past has been a total blessing!

Zoutons is the latest deal/coupons site that I have stumbled upon and I'm loving it! The coupon categories range right from baby products(fresh category in my life), books, clothing & accessories. chocolates, cosmetics, electronics, food, footwear, home decor, personal care, movie tickets, travel to what not and much more. You name it and you will find a coupon. Zoutons motto is to form a symbiotic relation with shopaholics by providing them crucial information on discount coupons, closing sales, promo codes etc. from all the leading merchandisers of the Indian retail industry. They have coupons from most of the sites I shop from, be it Jabong, Myntra, Flipkart or Amazon. During the festive season, they bombard you with deals from all over the Indian world wide web, thus making gift shopping a stress free affair.

Just before Dusshera and Diwali, I decided shop on Jabong for some gifts for PS. UCB was having an awesome online sale on Jabong  and there was a further discount of 27% being offered on using a coupon available on the Jabong website. While that would have been a great deal in itself, it suddenly struck me to check out Zoutons because of the various reviews I had been hearing for a while and guess what, I found a coupon for 32% off for Jabong. You have to see this picture to believe the deal that I got!


I always get great deals on Jabong, but the coupon from Zoutons was the cherry on the cake! The price at which I got the entire order is less than what I usually pay for a shirt for PS when I pick it up in full price from the UCB store! So this purchase wasn't just a saving, but a mega saving and I kept patting myself on the back for days on how smart I always am in finding the best deals ;-)

This way I don't have to worry about more shopping or increasing expenses and I can save likewise and spend on other things! What more does one need in life? :-)

Have you guys ever tried Zoutons? If yes, then how was your experience and if not, then do try and share your experience with me! I love hearing deal/savings stories!!!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ri(t)ch Styles' Victorinox Christmas wish list

Watches are my new obsession these days. While I always had a fetish for watches, over the last few years my craze for them had reduced. Lately I have noticed a revival of the craze, but this time majorly for the luxury watch brands. Victorinox with it's innovative range of watches is a part of this obsession (you saw my detailed review of the I.N.O.X watch recently here). With Christmas just a month away and my someone special’s birthday too round the corner, I have been evaluating the various options that Victorinox has to offer, and have kind of zeroed down on a wish list to choose from.

1. Night Vision
The Night Vision watch line has been a success since it first appeared in 2003. The new watch launched from this range this year embodies the existing successful features of being luminous yet multi-functional, along with being available with two new bracelets options: 'Black Ice' PVD steel or a black leather strap. Last year it had been launched with the rubber strap options in green and black.





The wearer can illuminate the dial for optimal time reading, turn on a continuous beam and even launch an SOS rescue signal, in Morse code, that can be seen clearly a kilometer away. How cool is that! This avant-garde lighting feature uses low-energy consumption LED technology that is perfectly integrated into the sleek design of the dial and bracelet. It has two separate batteries for light and time, and also a battery end-of-life indicator. So no worries about exhausting the battery with any kind of usage or getting stuck with a watch that suddenly stops working when you are rushing for something important. Works perfectly for me!

The electronic module of the Night Vision is an exclusive Victorinox Swiss Army creation that has been developed and manufactured in Switzerland, and no other watch on the market offers anything like it.


2. Chrono Classic

Chrono Classic is a 'three-step' watch. A classic timepiece dedicated to the reading of hours and minutes, it is also a chronograph accurate to the hundredth of a second. The transition from one mode to the other is performed through a simple double click of the crown. This returns the three central hands to 12 o’clock and turns the date window at 6 o'clock into a counter displaying the zero-zero position. Perfect for a Chartered Accountant (that's what P.S. is ;-) - financial stuff all the time!) whose every minute is important when it comes to money matters. Money is time after all!




The most amazing thing about the Chrono Classic is that you can switch back to normal time-reading mode while the chronograph continues running (here is the video). This technical prowess is due to the watch’s Swiss Made FM13D quartz movement, which is manufactured by Soprod, a Bernese Jura company with which Victorinox Swiss Army has worked closely. This collaboration has resulted in an exclusive development: the numerical representation of 1/100th of a second, which is performed by two small rotating discs on the lower part of the dial.

The display form of the Grande Date, a perpetual calendar, is another unique feature of the movement. The guilloche decoration covering both discs recalls the shape and decoration of Swiss Army Officer’s knife. No wonder this is called a classic! I'm confused here between the dark grey dial and bezel with Black Ice PVD coating, and the champagne dial and bezel.

The I.N.O.X. watch I reviewed earlier, is also a part of the wishlist along with the above two. Why don’t you guys help me out in picking one from these? :-) Drop in your sweet comments with the suggestions!!!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Party away with KAZO AW'14!


My birthday is round the corner and due to all my time being devoted to the baby, I suddenly realised that I hadn't started shopping for my birthday yet, which till last year meant shopping from a month before the birthday and ending obviously only on the birthday. So when KAZO invited me to their Autumn/Winter '14 preview, I knew that this was going to be the start of my shopping spree!

While most brands seem to have heavy jackets, fur coats and heavy knits as part of their AW'14 collection, I was really happy to see KAZO have a collection apt for the Mumbai autumn and winter season.  Georgette trousers, shimmer knits, leggings with faux leather trimmings, peplum jackets and lighweight party dresses from the collection stole my heart. The colour palette consisted of neutrals, pastles, brights and warm colours, while pretty florals, geometric prints and embellishments gave the collection a very charming appeal. With the party season all ready to set foot, in my terms, I would call this the 'Party Season' collection.

I zeroed down on my favourites from their collection and put together 5 looks to choose from.

Shimmer Shimmer on the Wall



My love for shimmer is known by everyone. So my first look had to be all things sparkly and shiny for a night party - A shimmery gold jumper paired with a pair of black leggings with faux leather trimmings, a clutch embellished with pearls and embellished loop earrings. An evergreen look that even 10 years down the line will make heads turn.

Style me Twice



This Orange embellished dress caught my eye as soon as I entered the store. There is something that I have for bright colours over dark colours for the Autumn Winter season. For the first look I kept the original brown belt and paired the dress with a white clutch and pearl earrings. For the second look, I colour blocked the outfit by replacing the original belt with a bright blue with gold belt and added a blue sling purse. Absolutely simple ways to style the dress twice. With such simple changes you can easily take it from day to night as well.

Monochrome Love


Monochrome has to be the most loved trend in the world and these georgette palazzo trousers have got to be the most comfortable piece of KAZO's AW'14 collection. It is a must must buy. The bird print on the layered top adds an edge to the outfit. Pair it with a jacket if the weather gets chilly. This look is perfect for a brunch or a dinner date. 

Bringing Sexy Back


This blue dress in every sense brought sexy back for me. The lightness of the material, the way it fell on my curves, the way it fit me, the way the drapes fell on my back and the way the diamante accessories and gold clutch matched perfectly. It is going to be the perfect birthday outfit for this new mommy! Sexy yet elegant!

All these looks are going to be perfect for the numerous lunches and dinner parties I am going to plan for my birthday. Why not, after all my birthday comes once a year only and this is my first one with my little one! Yayy, I'm so excited :-)

To see more from the collection, you can check it out all on their website - www.KAZO.com

I would love to know which was your favourite from the looks I have styled, and if you would like any other piece to be styled from their collection, do drop me a comment with the link from their website. Would love to help you guys put your party looks together for the coming season :-)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Post Natal Care Routine - The Indian Way

Giving birth has got be the most painful experience in the world for a woman especially if you have had a vaginal delivery. No doubt it is for a reason that's worth it and motherhood is such a divine feeling that words can't express, but one has to take good post-natal care of oneself. You cannot be selfless even though the focus is all on the baby, as your wellness determines wellness of the baby. The first 2-3 months after delivering are the key months to future recovery and getting back to a normal state of body and mind.

I am going to take you through a few things that I practiced/am still practicing in my post natal care routine along with the products that I'm using:

Body Massage

In India, a full body massage with oil is given to a new mother in order to stimulate blood circulation, soothe muscles, eradicate toxins and help the body cells and tissues recover faster. The body is massaged for about 20 to 30 minutes with medium to strong pressure. Special strokes are applied on the stomach to push the uterus back and help it contract. A head massage every few days also helps in relaxing the mind. In case one has had a C-Section, then the abdominal massage is avoided for the first month. The massage helps in effective weight loss and toning of the body. I used the following oils for my massage:

  • Figaro Olive Oil
Figaro Olive Oil is a mild and non- irritant olive oil that suits all skin types. It is rich in antioxidants and has got no chemicals added to it. I noticed a lovely glow to my skin on using this oil. Since I have dry skin, regular massage with this oil reduced the dryness of my skin to a large extent.

  • Jovees Winter Green Anti Cellulite Body Massage Oil
As I am pear shaped, most of my pregnancy weight gain happened on my lower body. Also as I had been advised rest due to which I couldn't exercise much, I developed a decent amount of cellulite on my lower body. To get rid of the cellulite, I bought this oil which is based on an Ayurvedic recipe. I got the winter version as it was the monsoons when I delivered and the temperature in Mumbai was low. The oil is a mix of essential oils such as Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Cord Liver Oil and Sunflower Oil and which help in strengthening nerve fibres. I saw results in a week of using this oil - there was a reduction of cellulite to a large extent along with visible toning of muscles and also reduction of excessive fats.

Hot Bath

A hot bath relaxes the body and muscles after a massage and also lets the pores open up so that the oils can work their way into the body to have a better effect. Very hot water is poured on the lower abdomen and the pelvic area to help in the reduction of the enlarged abdominal section, as it helps to hasten the contraction of the uterus and the pelvic passage. You can also mix some water boiled with Carom seeds(Ajwain) into your bath water to avoid catching a common cold as your body is weak initially and easily prone to catching cold and other infections. For my post natal bath routine I decided to stick to Ayurvedic products too.

  • Vedic Line Orange Cleansing Syrup
The best part about this body cleanser other than being Ayurvedic is that it's anti-bacterial. It is gentle on the skin but strong enough to wash the excess oils off my body post the massage. The main ingredient - Orange, acts as a natural bleaching agent and reduces skin pigmentation, blemishes and darkening of the skin. The cleanser removes all odour and leaves the skin feeling fresh. I love the citrus fragrance that lingers for a while post my bath.

Both the oils and the cleanser are available on the following platforms:
Other than my massage and bath routine, here are a few more things I take care of:
  • I tied a postpartum belt on my lower abdomen to help the uterus contract and help my stomach go in
  • I follow a good diet leaving out all kinds of junk food and include dry fruits and milk. Lentils for protein and sago for better milk production are also key.
  • I eat on time
  • I try to get as much sleep as I can. The tip is - Sleep when the baby sleeps :-)
  • I take my calcium and iron supplementation without fail
This routine has been quite effective for me making me feel more relaxed and stronger physically and emotionally which also helps me in taking better care of my little one. I will recommend such care for every new mother! :-)

P.S: - You can get some really good discounts on the products I mentioned by using the coupon codes available at CouponzGuru.com (one of the leading coupon sites in India) for Healthkart & Purplle. I am also going to try these coupons the next time! You can subscribe to their newsletter as well, wherein they will send you the latest coupons of the day to your inbox directly, for a lot more other deals that you can make the best of. Happy Shopping!! ;-)

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