Thursday, December 31, 2015

7 Beauty Hacks Using Baby Products!

Some of the beauty industry’s best-kept secrets can be found in the baby aisle at the super market or at the baby store. You can't even imagine how much easier your life can become knowing these secrets. Here I am sharing with you at seven easy hacks with easily available baby products that can work wonders for you and are skin friendly and budget solutions for your beauty dilemmas.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The ideal way of giving! #ShramDaanDay

Bill Gates, Azim Premji, Mark Zuckerberg - what do they all have in common? Other than being industry leaders and very successful entrepreneurs, they all have committed to provide funds for causes that will make our world a better place. But then these are uber rich men and the practice of the rich and powerful providing support or ‘DAAN’ to the poor/needy has been a common practice in India since ages. However the feeling of doing something for the community is not just felt by the rich and powerful, it is also shared by millions of others who have all the good intentions but don't have the means to do so. When we speak about the millions, we have the lower strata from whom we don't expect much but the contributions that they have been making have taken me by total surprise. It's not been about money but they have done their bit by providing services and thus comes around the concept of Shram(services) Daan. It's surprising though that despite having the intent, I haven't seen or heard much of the in between strata that is the not so rich but earning well strata which I belong to, doing a collective effort like what I am going to tell you about :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter Magic with Medimix Ayurvedic!

Aaahhh the winters are here! :) The chill in the air, the endless cups of tea and coffee, winter special food and the coziness of the blankets, all these make winters so so special. On the flip side it also brings dry skin and the need for extra care which my skin needs as it becomes very very dry. My husband is a big advocate of using glycerine for retaining moisture in the skin, as his grandmother and mother use generous amounts of glycerine with lime juice to avoid dry skin during the harsh and dry winters of North India. So this season after a little research, I bought the new Lakshadi oil based glycerine soap from Medimix. Medimix has been around for many years and is one of the leading Ayurvedic soap brands in India. Finally time for me to 'Go Natural with Medimix'!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Parents #DoYourHomework!

Yesterday my best friend called me to check if I would be interested in enrolling for the mother toddler class, and the question totally took me by surprise because I hadn't ever thought about it seriously. It got me thinking as to how prepared we have to be from such an early stage of our child’s life. I took this up with PS and the discussion went from the mother toddler class to pre-school planning to school then college, and then we were stumped as it’s really not possible to plan so much as we can’t predict as to what profession our daughter will pursue when she grows up.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Love Story of Rubies and Diamonds!

Gold jewellery and Indian women are inseparable. Tradition calls for jewellery to be a part of every important phase of an Indian woman's life, right from birth to marriage to childbirth, to festivals to any celebration. Take that further to aesthetics, and jewellery according to me enhances a woman's look to a totally different level. This especially holds true for statement pieces, diamond jewellery and jewellery set with semi-precious stones.

It’s All About The Gucci: Spotting A Fake!

With the number of luxury brands increasing, the presence of fakes has increased. A case in point would be the watch industry which has been one of the main targets of the counterfeits industry and this has caused a lot of problems within the watch industry over the years. Gucci watches are one of the most replicated ones at the moment and you can see loads of replicas in the market these days. So, it is important to be wary while buying a Gucci watch because chances are you might even end up buying a fake one without ever realizing it.

This brings us to the question: how do you spot a fake Gucci watch? Are there any rules or tips one needs to follow so as to remain on the safer side?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Liquid Hair Alchemy - Repair, Protect, Nourish!

Having fine hair makes my hair prone to damage much more easily than other hair types, as it is fragile. The shiny and strong hair of mine that you see is thanks to the care that I take on a regular basis with products that I use at home, or salon treatments. My latest hair care discovery is an amazing product called the System Professional Liquid Hair which is a Molecular Hair Refiller that reconstructs the hair fiber at a molecular level, reinforcing the  hair for up to 5 washes. It contains the renowned RPN (Repair, Protect, Nourish) formula and is infused with New Molecular Hair Restructurer technology with keratin building and essential amino acids blocks to instantly refill the hair cuticle and strengthen lastingly damaged hair.

With the wedding season here and the number of hairstyles being done on my hair, I needed to take a lot more care of my hair at the moment which is why the SP Liquid Hair treatment felt perfect. I headed to Placid Salon at Khar to try the treatment and make myself stress free for at least 2 weeks. See the difference for yourself to know why I call it amazing!


Friday, December 4, 2015

Balancing life with Lever Ayush!

Life in today's world is all about working smart and getting most out of your day. But there are days when things don’t stay in your control like getting stuck for hours in a traffic jam or the baby refusing to sleep till late into the night or back to back socializing and in the current season, loads of weddings to attend to. If you have too many of these days in quick succession then life becomes imbalanced and effects of this imbalance becomes visible in more than one way. You may have an acne breakout, a backache, headache/migraines and even hair loss. I have recently started using the Lever Ayush range of products to fight some of these imbalances as it helps you rediscover health and vitality through customized Ayurvedic solutions. These products are specifically designed to solve problems brought about by the pressures of a modern day lifestyle. The Ayush range consists of products for skin, hair, pain management and oils. The product range name is simple and the name itself communicates the intended benefit.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Ri(t)ch Styles September & October 2015 Favourites - Makeup, Skincare & Haircare


The amount of new products that I have tried out in September and October is not funny. Concluding on favourites for this video has been of the most difficult ever. After shortlisting and shortlisting I still couldn't go below 9 favourites and so here they are for you. A lot of these products are perfect for the current festive, wedding and party season so do check out the video and leave me your feedback :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ri(t)ch Styles Advises - 5 Personal Care Grooming Must Have Essentials

The mega season is here – Festive, Party and Wedding season all in one! Grooming needs to be taken extra care of this season, as the weather is changing and also because we are so busy that our schedules go haywire leaving us pressed for time. Due to those pesky ads, personal care can be misunderstood as something that only teenagers need as most of us are assumed to be knowledgeable enough. However, it’s not so and grown ups need tips too. So I'm starting with essentials and each one of us should have a well-stocked set of personal care instruments at our disposal.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Happy Diwali & a Prosperous New Year!

Happy Diwali everyone!! Hope you had a fabulous, bright, sparkly and glittering one but without the crackers! It's time we did away with them for a lot of reasons :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Aryaa Attempts To Be #Justlikemom

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, especially when your own children do it. Daughters usually emulate their mom and whenever Aryaa does that, I feel super special! 

My morning routine usually comprises of a couple of things before she wakes up but I always leave sorting and washing of clothes to be done after she up as she enjoys watching me do that. It's accompanied by claps and laughs as I throw clothes into the basket while she watches from her high chair. However, that she would try to imitate me so soon is something that I had never expected. One morning after she woke up, I was busy getting her morning milk ready and when I came into the bedroom, I saw that she had pulled out all the clothes from the laundry bag and was trying to put them into one of the buckets that I had kept there for sorting the clothes. She clapped every time the clothes landed into the bucket and when they didn't, she would pick up and try again. She didn't notice me watching her and after a while tried to even pick up the bucket full of clothes and walk towards the washing area. 


Monday, November 9, 2015

Zoya Jewellery Styling Evening

Happy Dhanteras!

Diwali is here and the celebrations are on! For me Dhanteras is special because it's all about going and getting yourself that particular piece or maybe pieces ;-) of jewellery that you have been eyeing without worrying about permissions. You can't say no to gold today! In fact if you are lucky enough, then the husband or the parents will land up buying you that piece :) For me that one piece currently is from the house of Zoya by Titan.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Making Diwali special with ASUS - Har Pal Happiness

The Diwali fever has started to set in. Festive shopping has begun in full swing. Whichever mall or shopping area you head to, there is happiness in the air and there are shopping bags in people's hands everywhere. It obviously is no different for me, and I've started shopping as well for gifts for my loved ones. The motive behind this all is to surprise them, make them happy and there is a certain satisfaction that you get when when you see that broad smile that lights up their face when they open their gifts. It feels like the 'Festival of Lights' in the truer sense. ;-)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Aryaa's Diwali with Flipkart's Big Billion Days Sale!

Diwali is just around the corner and Diwali shopping for many is a ritual that is practiced year after year. But for some like me, this Diwali is extra special because it's going to be Aryaa's first where she is going to be dressed up in her Indian best to celebrate the festival of lights. I have left no stone unturned to shop for her this year and my partner in crime has been Flipkart's Big Billion Days sale that gave me the best deals I could get!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Mumbai I love through Selfies :)

Having been born and brought up in Mumbai, this city is really close to my heart. It's vibrant and the buzz and energy that this city possesses is unbeatable in this country. It's a melting pot of cultures and I love this city for the life it has given me. This post is about the fun video that we shot to encapsulate a lot that I love about Mumbai - different area, different spots, shopping lanes and places by the sea that I hang out at often and what makes this city what it is. I'm going to show you all this through selfies taken by the Asus ZenFone Selfie.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Converse Made By You!

I clearly remember my first day of college - a new life, new friends, new clothes and a brand new pair of Converse to guide my footsteps for what would be a new chapter in my life. Those Converse I still have - a pair of Chuck Taylors that is my prized possession even today. It's gotten really worn out but it still keeps my memories fresh, which makes it a part of me and my life now and has got defined by the moments we spent together. As Converse tells us - Every new pair carries a powerful message: This is your blank canvas waiting to be filled, ultimately becoming a unique celebration of your true, authentic self thus 'Made By You'.

Get the #PrettyGirlSwag :)

Change is the only constant in life and change is only for the good - something that I believe in totally! Something that a well known brand also believes in and has made a huge change to their product offering for the better - A hair care brand and they have gone a step further and who gotten themselves a new brand ambassador who is currently taking Bollywood and the fashion world by storm! So let me spill the beans for you - Livon has changed! It’s now the next gen Livon Serum with a new, ultra-lightweight formulation. Designed for today’s women who do not believe in compromising on either hair beauty or hair health, this product gives you fabulous looking hair while protecting it from damage. Livon’s first brand ambassador, none other than the Queen of Bollywood and youth style icon, Kangana Ranaut is leading this change and it seems to be a pretty good change!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sunkissed by Illumina!


Being the hair colour fanatic that I am, I don't need reasons to colour my hair. I loveeee the feeling of colour in my hair and sometimes the time gap between colouring sessions is even as less as 2 months. I do not colour to cover my greys cause they haven't popped out yet, but if that is the reason why you guys think I regularly colour my hair then :P:P:P. For me, it's all about a new look and colouring my hair is the easiest way to have a makeover for oneself. Loads of you are petrified to colour your hair due to the various myths present, and also in some cases, colours in the market that tend to be so harmful that they spoil your hair completely. Hence it is always necessary to do the research well, and go in for a good brand and a good salon to get your hair colour done.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Vodafone's contribution to #GirlEducation in India

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has evolved in a big way in India over the years and since the CSR law came into effect on April 1, 2014, the entire scenario in this country has changed much faster for the better. Vodafone, the world's leading international mobile telecommunications company, with equity interests in 27 countries and partner markets in more than 40 countries is a key CSR player in our country. With the establishment of the Vodafone Foundation in India in 2007, it confirmed then and keeps up even today with the group's commitment to invest socially in the countries where it does business. Vodafone believes in 'Mobilising the community, mobilising social change.' The Vodafone Foundation in India harnesses the power of mobile technology to deal with some of our most pressing challenges relating to education, health, equality and access. They focus on 4 areas - m-women, m-education, m-health and m-agriculture, and tie up with charities, development agencies and the community to drive social change. ‘World of Difference’ is their unique employee engagement programme that focuses on disaster relief and implements.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Getting comfortable shopping for your Body Shape

I love the shape of my body. I think I am lucky to have a pear body shape which means my torso and upper body is smaller than my hips with a defined waist. However I too tend to crib at times about my heavy hips and thighs(it's human nature so it's not odd to do that) but overall I prefer my body shape to other body shapes. Body shape plays a huge role in how an outfit will fit you. Whether you wear a size S or a size L, it's not just about your size but also about your body shape which determines what suits you best. So while something may look really good on someone, it could make someone with a different body shape look really shabby. Some people are aware of this, but the others keep only size in mind as brands do not provide the information on fit and what will look good on you. The ignorance is mainly because consumers are not educated by the brands with the requisite information on body shape and fits, as brands tend to provide information only on sizes. Hence in India being size 0 or XS/XXS is such a huge aspiration for most young girls who just let size determine their thought processes. My advice - be fit, know your body shape and dress accordingly and you don't really need to be bothered about your size because end of the day you can't change your body shape how many ever sizes you try to drop. In a lot of cases, your body shape and bone structure will never let you become a size 0 how many ever sizes you try to drop. A little secret I am letting you in on - I felt the most unhealthy when I became a size 0(since I am petite, I could achieve it), and a size 2 and a size 4 not only felt better but mentally made me feel healthier and fitter too :)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sending the girl child #BackToSchool

Being a girl and knowing how education has benefited me, I know how important it is for girls to be educated. I also now have a child who is a girl and I know I am going to leave no stone unturned as far as her education is concerned. Girl education is imperative not only in a country like India but worldwide too as 62 million girls around the world are not in schools. However, efforts in one's own country is the first step to empowering girls, and thus multiplying the impact on society and contributing to the world in our own way. Girls need to be educated for the interest of their families and their communities, thereby benefiting the nation.

#PalladiumStylista with Alifya Lakdawala

How many times have you stepped inside a mall and then wondered what and where to shop from? Didn't you wish there was someone there to help you through it all! Someone who would tell you exactly what you can find where, tell you what looks good on you and make you look super stylish - someone who would do it all FREE for you? ;-) Well wish for it and Palladium Mumbai can make your wishes come true on the 10th -11th of October :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My July & August 2015 Makeup, Skincare & Haircare Favourites!

Hello people! I'm back with my favourites list and once again have clubbed July and August 2015 together! Some of you must have already seen the video as soon as it went live on my Youtube channel - but if you haven't yet checked it out, then I have it right here for you! There's makeup to skincare to a lot of hair products for you to see what's really worth picking up from the market.

A big thank you to those of you who regularly comment on my videos and subscribe to my channel. I have loads of interesting videos up now and lots more interesting ones coming up. If you haven't subscribed or missed any videos, then do head to my YouTube channel to subscribe and to see them. 

Till the next post Ta Ta! :)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Perfect haircare with the Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil - Vital Ingredients

Some products over time with use become your Holy Grail products and one such product that I can’t do without anymore is the Dabur Vatika Coconut Enriched Hair Oil. You guys have read my experience here and also the damages that it cures here, but do you know what all it’s enriched with?

Here you go!

Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil Ingredients

It has these miracle ingredients which have done wonders for my hair:
  • Coconut Oil – Tones hair thus preventing hair breakage and hair fall, prevents hair damage and premature hair graying, removes dandruff and prevents frizz and split ends.
  • Amla- Conditions hair, removes dandruff, helps, scalp produce natural oils, rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that prevent premature graying.
  • Henna- Adds shine and volume, colours hair naturally, prevents damage, promotes hair growth, reduces hair fall, prevents hair from greying.
  • Lemon- Fights dandruff, strengthens hair roots, prevents hair loss, stimulates hair growth, deep conditions hair, adds strength and makes the hair shinier and thicker.

There is a variant that has Hibiscus too!

Hibiscus- Encourages hair growth, discourages split ends, prevents pre-mature greying of the hair strands, thickens hair and helps eliminate toxins.

Not only did Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil strengthen my hair from root to tip and encourage hair growth, it also helped against hair loss, hair damage and I still am free from any premature graying. It has worked wonders from the first use itself and is something that I recommend to everyone now.

If you haven’t tried it yet, it is something that you must.  You can now even request a sample for yourself here to try it before you buy it -

Let me know your experience with the Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil as I am sure you will have lots to share with me :)

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Hangover in Vegas - Virat Kohli invites you to 'The WROGN Auditions!'

Is there anything such as WRONG or RIGHT? Well its all subjective. It's all about personal judgement here and what may be right for some is wrong for others. So while we can go on debating on this, let me tell you where this disputable topic arises from! :)

It's all about breaking away from the ordinary and deciding your own path, just like WROGN - Virat Kohli's fashion brand which believes in being unpredictable and debating the conventional. That's the very base of the exciting 'WROGN Auditions' where you could win an epic trip to Vegas with 3 besties to have the best hangover of your lives! Have you ever heard something sounding more right than this? ;-)

Exactly! You need to head to The Wrogn Auditions now!! A set of 10 questions with no so called “correct” answers will be thrown at you with a timer ticking away, and the right answers will take you ahead while the wrong answers will get you thrown out. Fret not, losing here is not that easy as a simple share on Facebook/Google + will give you another shot at the auditions. Winners who clear all 10 questions stand a chance to win an all expenses paid Hangover Weekend in Vegas with your 3 besties of course!

I played a couple of times and I will be honest with you that the first time round I was thrown out in the first round itself because hell no, you cannot parallel park when you are drunk, not because you are not capable but because you shouldn't be doing it since drinking and driving is not what you should do! So while I proudly said I can, I was smacked on my face with this answer which made me really feel ashamed. So now you know what I am talking about. Don't think that you can put your thinking cap on and get through this game. It is an out of the box experience playing this and the max I could reach was the 6th round which makes me realize that I still don't think that unconventionally. Sigh! However I know one of you lucky ones there is going to make me proud and take that jing bang of yours on the most amazing Hangover inspired trip to Vegas! 

So what are you waiting for, Virat's waiting for you! 

May the WROGN man win! ;-) And if you do, scream it out to the world, because....

My attempts are not over yet, coz a hangover in Vegas is everyone's dream! ;-)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The new #PepeKidInTown!

When it comes to denim, there are very few brands that I tend to pick up and Pepe Jeans London is one of them. It was one of the first denim brands that were a part of my wardrobe as an older teen, and my mother was the one instrumental in adding that to my wardrobe. Come 2015, they announce the most amazing thing to happen - They are extending their global expertise in the kids wear category which was introduced in 2004 in their home market, finally to India! For a mother like me who loves dressing her child up, what better news could their be? I too will finally follow my mother's footsteps and make Pepe a part of my lil girl's life though at a much earlier stage thanks to this launch :)

The #PepeKidInTown launch took place last week at Tote on the Turf in Mumbai, and Aryaa received her first official invite for this event. She had a ball! The launch setup was like a kids carnival. The runway was gorgeously created with a dreamy feel and had balloons floating all over. Tara Sharma and Alesia Raut walked with their kids, while Natasha Suri, Anchal Kumar and Shveta Salve walked the ramp with their nephews and nieces. It indeed was a cute affair!

They have launched to currently cater to children in the age group of 4 to 12 years. The Autumn Winter 2015 Collection is their first collection and consists of  casuals that Pepe Jeans is synonymous with such as their classic jeans, stylish denim jackets and cool printed t-shirts and shirts for boys; and gorgeous coloured jeans, denim shorts, skirts, playsuits, cute tops and pretty dresses for girls.

Let me give you some more details on the collection via some more information and cute collages! :)

Pepe Jeans London little girls

I was really excited to check out what they had in store for little girls and discovered that the Pepe Jeans A/W '15 girls collection consists of 2 distinct stories. Indigo Essentials is a combination of light blues and dark blues, washed, mixed or blended and are combined with pale reds, pinks and touches of grey marl. Some of the dresses had a cute boho feel to them and it looked adorable on the little girls on the runway. Downtown Playground consists of cool and playful styles with unique prints like pretty florals, polka dots, stars and graphic embroideries in textured elements. The colour palette here consists of bright corals, brick reds, and blue which is the signature Pepe colour. Can't wait for them to launch the toddler range for girls! :)

Romper Mania!

I loved the cute little romper with the lace detailing and the jacket with the aztec print on the sleeves. Fits in perfectly together to create an adorable look! :)

It's Play Time!

Denim shorts are a kids staple and this cutout emboidered shorts with this baby pink t-shirt make for the cutest play time outfit. Comfy yet smart!

Too Cool For School

Short skirts on little girls make me go awwww and this all denim with a bright sleeveless top is the perfect school outfit for your little lady :)

Dress to Impress :)

Dresses are a part of every girl's wardrobe and are the girliest things that our little princesses can own :) These floral and polka dot ones are my favourite!

Pepe Jeans London little boys

When it comes to the Pepe Jeans A/W '15 boys collection, they make people like me who don't have a boy, crave to have one thanks to 3 super cool distinct stories that they have created. The Indigo Collection consists of cool washes and strong prints. The colour palette comprises of the lightest to the darkest blues with focus on brick red and gold. Outer wear and shirts are key to the Bohemian collection inspired by the great outdoors and you can see checks in different sizes amplified to its best to suit a kiddie range but remind you of adults. The Classic Sport look is very university inspired with embroideries, appliqués, and union jack inspired graphics. Colours are a perfect mix of bright and classic tones, rugby greens, classic shades like burgundy and navy with gold highlights. The collection surely spells out fun!

The Cool Dude!

These yellow coloured shorts will be the brightest thing to pep up your child's look with that nice mint t-shirt. Throw on this star print denim shirt to up the coolness quotient for your little dude!

Playdates are fun times and this lovely collared t-shirt with these cargo pants and eye catching denim jacket is perfect for that outing. You want your kid to look the best and this look will do that trick!

Check mate

Check shirts on little boys are the cutest things ever and this hoodie shirt with washed out denims would be my go to look if I had a boy :)

Fall Sporty Style

Boys and sports go hand in hand and looking stylish yet not compromising on comfort is what this look is all about! The tracks and henley are your best bet and if it starts to get chilly then just throw on this 'will-make-heads-turn' jacket :)

Aren't you as much in love with their collection as much as I am after seeing these adorable looks? Well then head to the nearest store and start shopping. The Kids wear Collection will be available at exclusive Pepe Jeans stores at Connaught Place and the newly opened Kamla Nagar store in Delhi, at the Linking road store and at R-City Mall, Inorbit - Vashi and Infinity Malad in Mumbai; as well as at the Pepe Jeans store on Bel road, HSR, HRBR, Indiranagar and Banshakari in Bangalore and select Pepe Jeans outlets in Lucknow, Goa and Hyderabad. The prices start at INR 499.

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