One Tadka Martini please!

Now that the caption got you all curious, let me tell you this post has nothing to do with cooking, it has nothing to do with drinking and no! it has nothing to do with creative naming either (though I must say I’m mighty proud of “Tadka Martini” Patent material right? Loljk!)

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Onam Special Ft. Mahatriya

Hailing from a city called Palakkad which lies almost on the line dividing Tamil Nadu and Kerala has its own strange perks! We get to celebrate Keralite festivals without looking like a South Indian going on Karva Chauth fasts (er…yes I have some such friends! :P)

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Of Indian Prints and Western Twirls ~ Ft. Tadka by Madhu

My favourite kinda clothes are the ones which resonate Indian but come with a small western twist to them! That’s whyย Madhu’s Tadkaย popped from the hundreds of other vendors on Instagram for me!

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Summer Styles IV/IV – Off to Brunch!

A nice three day weekend only means one thing! A delayed post ๐Ÿ˜†! But this is a good one so I strongly urge you to read on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Summers are a definite no pants time! Unfortunately there are only so many options when you try to fully remove pants from your outfit equation! So I sat thinking about how I could sneak pants into this look book and lo and behold! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

PALAZZO pants are the answer to all your sweaty qualms! They are comfy airy and totally fit into our “summer no pant but need something like it” condition! 

I went for the boss lady look and the pictures just don’t tell the whole story of how I was giggling in between each shot! ๐Ÿ˜†

I never usually have the confidence to truly pull off a print on print look but the minute I bought this crop top I knew the abstract patterns and the whites, blues and greys would totally compliment the neat vertical symmerty of these dark blue palazzo pants! 

At last a smile! lol

I absolutely loved the way these pictures have turned out! The blue of the random garage door and the words on it, the casual spread of the dried pink Bougainville and the shadows and sunny spots created by the trees add such a classy charm to the whole setting! Thank you Sneha Chandrashekar (Instagram handle: @purplecurlss) for these spectacular images! ๐Ÿ˜ 

Outfit Details: Crop top – Stay Fabulous (Facebook), Palazzo Pants – Splash, Heels – Gift from a special person from Zara’s โค๏ธ, Watch – Tommy Hilfiger


Though I came a day late the stuff I brought along were pretty latest right!? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hope you enjoyed this blog post! I’m so bummed it’s the last of the summer look book series because I had soooo much fun creating it. But fret not I have a couple of really cool blog ideas I’ll be working on very soon! So until next time, ciao! โค๏ธ

Summer Style – Part I/IV – Cool and Comfortable Drapesย 

After what seems like the longest break I’ve taken from the blogging world, I’m back with the next post you guys! 

So, before that, tell me..how you been? ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•didja miss me? Didja think about me? ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป a big hug if you did! A big hug if you didn’t too! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Diving straight in, I decided to do a four part post about what to wear this summer  when you decide Pants are not your cuppa! What with the sun scorching, I bet jeans are the last things on your mind. But what are the alternatives you may wonder. Fret not love, for I’m here to show you four cool and easy ways to waltz through summer pants-free! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Part I – The quintessential Six yards

The Saree is the touted to be the most beautiful attire. Drape it well and it can be the most accentuating outfit you’d ever have worn! And that’s why the Saree is my first choice of clothing this summer! 

This beautiful Kota cotton Saree has a funny story behind it! It about a year ago (oh coming to think about it, exactly a year ago!) that I decided to gift my grandmother (let’s call her paati because that makes typing a whole lot easier for me!) a Saree for her birthday. I fell in love with this Saree the instant I saw it because I could so imagine my paati looking cute and bright in yellow and green. Also, I presumed she would love something cool and comfortable like a Kota cotton anyday over a heavy silk Saree. Well I was mistaken wasn’t I! 

Let me continue the story after the next image! ๐Ÿ˜›

So I buy the Saree and take it to her, and my paati being my paati looked at it with a dead pan face (something like this ๐Ÿ˜ถ) and took it. Hahahah! I later realised she wanted a silk saree as it turned out that I wasn’t alone in thinking cottons would be what she needs. So one year later, this saree was still new and unworn and I shamelessly went and borrowed it back from her for the shoot! Yup thaaat’s me! Happy and shameless! 

And that’s exactly what I seem to be happily declaring to the world in the next picture! Lol!) 

Cotton sarees in general and good Kota sarees in particular weigh almost nothing! So take out your mom’s or maybe even your paati’s saree out and take it for a spin this summer! 

Outfit Details: Kota Saree – Shilpi (Chennai), Readymade blouse – RmKV (Chennai), Necklace – Gift, Footwear – Koblerr (Chennai) 


These pictures were taken by the awesome Sneha Chandrashekhar! We did all four outfits in one shot and they have all come out so well that it’s making me exercise so much self control to not release all of them in one go its not even funny anymore! โ˜น๏ธ Thank you Sneha for ensuring I’m spoilt for choice!  (follow her on Instagram @purplecurlss) 

That’s all from me this week! I promise I’ll be regular (atleast till this series is done with!) with a new post coming out every Monday! See ya! โค๏ธ

Skirting it out A-line at a time ;)ย 

I share a love hate relationship with skirts! When I’m in the store I always steer towards the skirts section and fall in love with a lot of pieces and then I start thinking about where I’ll wear them and about what a pain it is to ensure I’m waxed or shaven each time I reach for a skirt when I can slouch in pants all day without a care in the world and I slink away from the skirts section feeling defeated! Haha! But that being said I also indulge every once in a while throwing all caution to wind and just buying the damn skirt because it is too awesome to not! And that’s precisely what happened when I saw this skirt on a 70% discount on Amazon! A brilliant looking skirt in a style I don’t have (A-line) at a 70% off too? I’ll have 10 of that please! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s what I bought! 

  
This was a high waisted skirt from a brand called Bysi. I always steer clear of high waisted clothes because I feel I don’t have the waist or the hip to pull them off but I loved this print and the style of a belt/buckle like patch at the waist which gives it a cinching effect! 

   

 
I absolutely love big geometric prints and since my style is always about accentuating one aspect of the outfit and keeping the rest of the outfit simple, I chose to team the skirt up with my plain black t-shirt. A little bling came in the form of this link chain and my gold TH watch! 

   

The clutch, my sister’s was a last minute addition because I thought the tomato red/orange went well with the peach tones in the skirt! For shoes I wore my trusted nude pumps and completed the look! 

 
  

This skirt is perfect for a evening dinner or a party (if you unlike me go to parties!) because it looks really bold and beautiful but not in a very in your face kinda way! 

Outfit Details – A-line skirt :  Bysi from Amazon.in (psst…just checked, it’s still on a 70% off! Run!) Black T-shirt : Globus, Nude Pumps : Westside, Gold link chain : Gift, orange Clutch : Capresse, Watch : Tommy Hilfiger 

That would be all from me folks! Will try and post a bit more regularly henceforth ๐Ÿ™‚ A lot of interesting things are lined up for the blog ๐Ÿ˜€ hope you survive the week! Bye โค๏ธ

Lush Cosmetics – Herbalism – Face and Body Cleanser – A reviewย 

Hi y’all ๐Ÿ˜ how have you been, yes you, that’s who! I have had a hectic but fun couple of weeks with so many of my friends getting hitched I have literally been in and out of weddings all month! Hence the delay in blog posts, but I decided I needed to get this review out soon because 

1. I loved this product and I couldn’t wait for you guys to fall in love with it too (*cue music – Awwww*) 

2. The review needed to be done before the product was used up and it is getting there faster than you think! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

So the boyfriend gifted me this Lush Cosmetics Herbalism Face and Body cleanser and I have been using it since the day it landed in my hands and boy have I been completely enjoying it! 

  
This cleanser comes in the usual jar with a lid with the typical lush minimalistic no-frills-attached packaging.

Once you open the lid, two things are bound to strike you. The fragrance, which is beautiful, light and most importantly fresh! And the fact that it is a cleanser but it is in a solid form! 

  
Now I was totally sold for this product when I realized it battles oily AND highly sensitive skin. I was sceptical about the messiness of the procedure because you have to take a pea-sized amount in your palm, add a few drops of water to it and squish it into a mushy lump and when it becomes this beautiful milky green you start applying it with your free hand all over your face. But the results I have gotten far exceeds this con and I’m happy to go on this messy ride every morning!  

  

What the Company claims: Nettles, rosemary and rice bran vinegar work to cleanse the skin, removing dirt and grease, leaving bright and beautifully clean skin. Chamomile blue oil and rose absolute are used for balancing skin tone. Rice bran and ground almonds will gently exfoliate the skin and when mixed with water, the almonds create a soft cleansing milk. Our chlorophyllin is extracted from alfalfa, which is rich in vitamins and minerals and is great for revitalising the skin. 

List of ingredients: Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water, Nettle, Rosemary and Rice Vinegar Extract, Rice Bran, Gardenia Extract, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sage Oil, Perfume

My take on the product: Every cleanser I’ve used till date either battles oily skin which makes my skin invariably so dry that I regularly get dry patches for a few hours of using the product until the oil balance in my face is restored. Or they are merely gentle to the skin leaving me feeling like I didn’t wash my face at all! The herbalism by Lush however, is what I call the perfect package because 

  • The rice bran and almonds gently exfoliates the skin but doesn’t leave it raw or feeling red
  • The almond secretes oil when water is added to it and it helps in restoring the essential oils back in the face 
  • The chlorophyll in water again helps restore oil balance in the skin and cleans the pores which ensures acne break outs are minimalized ( haven’t had a single break out since I started using this product!) 

Since the product is a face and body cleanser one can use it throughout the body too! (I’m too stingy to use it that way, but that’s just me ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿป) 

  
Pros: 

  1. No breakouts noticed till date (which is a big thing considering its me we are talking about! :/) 
  2. You don’t end up feeling the need to apply moisturizer the minute you wash your face because ONLY the excess oil is removed from the skin 
  3. The skin balance is maintained that way for a good 5 to 6 hours post wash 
  4. Made of 100% natural ingredients
  5. It is travel friendly as it is a leak proof solid cleanser 
  6. Easily washable – now this might not necessarily be a big pro for many of you guys, but for those of you who are like me and want to get done with the water splashing quickly (in like 3-4 splashes) this is a huge pro!

Cons: 

  1. Priced at Rs.3777 (Link to product on Amazon) it is definitely not a cheap buy
  2. Being such a good product it is a pity that it’s shelf life is hardly 3-4 months (however, I read up online that only the safest shelf life is printed on the box and that most people have continued to use it and have found it to be just as good for a good few months post the printed expiry date) We have to acknowledge the fact that it has a low shelf life only because it is 100% natural which at the end of the day is a good thing! 
  3. Messy and a few drops of excess water totally ruins the effect so one has got to be careful and judicious about the water added. 

  
Hope you buy this product and enjoy using it too! Have an awesomesauce week ahead you guys โค๏ธ Ciao!