Friday, May 22, 2015

Video Tutorial : 5 minute Mommy Make-up

Hey all you mommies out there who are always in a hurry or think they have no time or think they need a lot of time to apply make-up, get ready in a jiffy with me! I have a 5 minute Mommy Make-up tutorial just for you which actually takes me under 5 minutes to do :)


This tutorial is also for those who are pressed for time when rushing for work or any other engagement but have little time to apply make-up.

Would love to know what you guys think about my first video in the new look and feel. Also I would love to see your 5 minute looks. Do drop in your comments or send me your mails on ritchstyles@gmail.com

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Friday, May 15, 2015

The Big Reveal of the All New Ri(t)ch Styles on YouTube!

A few days back I gave you the exciting news that Ri(t)ch Styles was getting a whole lot bigger and even more fashionable as it's YouTube channel was getting revamped. Well, today is the big reveal of the new look and feel :) I am soooo excited to share it with you guys!



Motherhood can mean a lot of changes but looking good needn't take a hit and the all new Ri(t)ch Styles will show you exactly how it's done as you join me on the ride! Do let me know what you think :)

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Gillette Venus #SubscribeToSmooth challenge

Shaving or Waxing has always been a debatable question! For a person like me who has waxed for most part of her life, switching to shaving was a difficult decision. The reason that finally made me try shaving was my hectic work schedules and travels which left me with very little time to plan salon appointments, and I eventually accepted the stress wasn't worth it and that's how the change came about with me picking up my first trusted razor in Singapore on one of my trips. However, I never trusted the razors available in India and so when back home I used to migrate back to waxing until and unless I landed up buying some stock on my Singapore trips or asked someone to get it for me from the USA. Pregnancy and finally motherhood again left me with no time for salon appointments and there I had to switch back to shaving when urgent. This time I had to venture locally to pick up a razor and was pleasantly surprised to find the Gillette Venus razor finally available in India. Life has been so much smoother since then.

Gillette Venus as a brand has realized that women in India are quite apprehensive about shaving with numerous myths in the air about the disadvantages of shaving. So along with their brand ambassador Kriti Sanon, renowned dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty and beauty expert Namrata Soni, they held an insightful panel discussion for bloggers to enlighten women on the tips and techniques of shaving and to dispel myths.



Personal experiences and scientific understandings were shared and it was really nice to hear each one's take on shaving.


Kriti Sanon's views on shaving were, “I have always followed a strict regime when it comes to taking care of my skin. Just the way I choose my films only after being confident about the script, I also adopt methods in my beauty regime only after being absolutely convinced about its results. Gillette Venus products have always been skin friendly owing to the unique design and distinctive features that perfectly suit a woman’s needs. The best part of shaving is that its hassle free and takes minimal time and enables one to be ready for any occasion at all times”.


Dr. Rashmi Shetty with her medical knowledge was all about busting myths, “I am pleased to be a part of this session, where I was given an opportunity to break the age old myths around shaving for women. Majority of women have apprehensions with regards to shaving. Many of whom I have interacted with believe that shaving will make their skin become darker or that their hair would grow faster and thicker which is why they refrain from it. However, in reality hair growth is determined by one’s genetic and hormonal makeup. I am confident that from platforms like these we will be able to bust such myths and impart knowledge about how shaving is one of the safest methods.”


Namrata Soni was more specific on  using the right methods, “From time to time, rumors and myths have been discussed around shaving. I was very happy to share my experience, as my profession has given me the opportunity to work with various Indian and international models and I have seen that shaving has become a part of their beauty regime. The basic essential to achieve a healthy skin is to use the right kind of products in the right manner. While hair removal is a key part of everybody’s beauty regime, we need to also ensure that we use the method that best suits our skin type. Personally, I believe that shaving is one of the safest and most convenient methods and is suitable for all types of skins”.

The panel discussion reinforced some of my beliefs in shaving and also gave me some new tips which are going to be really useful for me. I have also taken up the #SubscribeToSmooth challenge that Gillette Venus has challenged me with, where for 30 days the only hair removal method for me is going to be shaving. I am going to be using their razor(for you to know what the products is all about, head to my post here), cartridges and Satin Care shave gel which comes in a combo pack.  Let's see what's in store for me as I share my experience with you over the next one month. Here's to some smooth sailing :)

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You can also check out the Gillette Venus App to know more about the product range. In my experience posts, I am also going to be busting a whole lot of shaving myths and so if you have any shaving related questions, do shoot them to me over an email and I will answer them and get them answered by the experts.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lessons from my Mother for Aryaa!


The last one year has been a roller coaster of emotions! You all know why - Well yes, because I became a mother for the first time in my life! Aryaa turned 9 months old today - exactly how long she was inside me! It has been an emotional day not only with that realization but also with how slow the pregnancy felt and how fast the same time felt after her birth. It also has been a time of new perspectives on what my mom has put in to bring me up. While I love her to the core and have always had immense respect for the hard work she put in along with my dad to raise me and my brother, experiencing motherhood for myself has raised the respect bar to a much higher level. She also is a total hands-on grandmother, and I know my daughter is going to learn all the important lessons in life that my mom taught me which I am going to share with you. Trust me, there cannot be a better teacher for Aryaa than her! Sunday was Mother's Day and while I didn't say much then as it was all about being with my mom and celebrating my first one, the last few days have been spent in introspection, weighing out exactly the lessons from my Mother that I want to pass down to my daughter :)

Family always comes first
My mother rarely indulged in things for herself for the sake of family. She would give up on shopping for herself, but would always buy me and my brother the best of clothes to wear on special occasions. If she cooked something we loved a lot, she would eat less saying her stomach was full so that we could eat to our hearts content. When the Latur earthquake shook Bombay in 1993, she first rushed to me and my brother and covered us up with herself in fear of the building collapsing without caring about herself. She also told me that “When you get married, marry a man that the family also loves and not just someone who only you love.” Today I know how right she was when I am with someone like that, and if they didn't love him how would I be happy?! When Aryaa was born, she moved me into her place for 5 months to take first hand care of us despite her back problems. After having Aryaa, I understand this so much better.

Work hard and you will get what you want
Both my parents worked really hard to provide us what we needed whether it was a house(or houses), a car or holidays, or requirements that me and my brother had. Through thick and thin they stuck together to make thing happen which would keep us happy. My mom always told me - "If you want something you have to work for it, it won't come to you on a platter. And when you get something that you have worked really hard for, the happiness also comes in multiples." She always taught me to never put pressure on the spouse once I am married and to provide for myself on my own.  Today when I want something I work for it. The thought of asking PS will come to my head only if I want him to give me a gift ;-) My mother never expected gifts and even today when my dad gifts her something, the happiness on her face is something that will be a remembrance for life.

Education is important
I belong to a community that studies a lot. I found this really stupid and wanted to pursue dancing and singing rather than further studies. However, my mom was very clear that education comes first and that I could have it no other way than doing my MBA which I cribbed and cribbed about then. But today after 11 years, I thank her for all the sensible talks that she and my dad had with me because it's all thanks to them that I am where I am at the moment. My mother pursued her M.A. and B.Ed. after marriage and after her kids, because it was important for her career. I know I too am going to study further and she is going to be my inspiration forever.

Fashion is all about being comfortable and elegant
I love my mother's sense of style. Infact I owe most of the compliments I receive to her. She always taught me that you don't have to be uncomfortable to look good. If the heels hurt, chuck them. If the length makes you feel uncomfortable, wear a longer length. Don't wear heavy earrings that tug the ears, simple solitaires will do the work just fine. Necklines needn’t be deep to look good, even a boat neck will look pretty. You don’t always need to wear make-up all the time, you will look pretty even without it. Labels don’t matter, street shopping can get you good clothes too. Today I can proudly say, my style is an extension of my mother's classic style of dressing.

Money is to be respected and appreciated but you don't need a lot to be happy
Money wasn't in abundance when I was growing up. However I was ever denied anything until and unless it was an atrocious request. Whether it was nice dresses or video games or flamboyant birthday parties, my parents gave it all to me. But they also taught me the value of money and that it needs to be saved for a rainy day. I was always encouraged to indulge in music, dance, craft and playing outside which would actually make me really happy. My mom always told me that necessities are what money should be spent on and we don't need anything in excess as it only going to go waste in most cases and bring sadness. This guiding thought made me have all that I needed, but just not in multiples and that I was happy with that much.  She taught me the concept of savings through pocket money that was just enough to manage. She taught me to eat right than spend on junk food, other than that mid week round of my favourite Maggi with veggies that made me super happy or a bar of Dairy Milk or Five Star on the weekend and trust me that those 5 rupees spent brought so much of happiness!

While there are lots more lessons that I have learnt, these are the key ones I want Aryaa to learn. Running through these memories makes me want to be a child again back in my mother’s arms but motherhood too is something that I would give up anything to experience. I just hope that I too can pass down these important lessons to Aryaa to live by :) What are the lessons you want to pass down to your children? I would love to know!

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