Be Wise this Winter

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Love the nip in the air? The smell of roasted corn, mouth-watering samosas, cups of garam chai, smooth hot chocolate?

Well we are not at our brightest in this season which makes you hit the snooze button more often than you think, and the morning runs suffer.

Make sure that your skin doesn’t. Use simple tricks to keep your glow on even in the driest of weathers.

 

Facial Care: Your face lights up someone’s world, so let the lights not dim in this drab weather.

  • Cleanse carefully, avoid washing your face too often and try using cold milk with cotton as one of the cleansing alternative.
  • Scrub as little as possible with milder scrubs
  • Do not forget to tone your skin as it tends to secrete more oil in winters to combat dryness.
  • Moisturize without blocking those pores. Add a bit of extra virgin olive oil to your daily moisturizer / night cream. Applying mustard oil on your face at night helps too (if you can bear the smell)
  • Masks made from kitchen ingredients like ripe mashed bananas, avocados, buttermilk or cream (malai) with a pinch of turmeric, egg yolk can be quite beneficial to combat dryness.
  • Pout pretty by scrubbing your lips with olive oil and fine salt to exfoliate. Make your you do not have already chapped lips as this will not only irritate the dry and bruised lips but may also result in redness or bleeding and chances of infection are high.
  • Apply petroleum jelly , lip balms or simply home-made ghee to keep the smile pain free.
  • Make up needs an additional base layer of moisturizer to avoid flakiness. Choose mineral or cream based make up depending on your skin type.

Skin Care: The rest of your beautiful body needs attention too. Don’t let the wind blow away your enthusiasm for a stricter regime during this season. Your skin need extra pampering in this season.

  • There are times when you are tempted to take long hot showers to combat the chill, but this is exactly what you need to avoid. To keep your skin supple tale 5 minutes lukewarm showers.
  • We feel less thirsty and crave for more teas and coffees and hot chocolates in this season. But remember anything with sugar and caffeine will dry your skin, so drink more water (eat sattu to boost thirstiness).
  • Eat lots of Citrus fruits, nuts, foods that are rich in protein, vitamin A, B1, and B2. Avoid fried food as much as you can. Give the sweet tooth a break and eat natural sweet dates for energy and to curb the craving. This will also help you keep your weight in check due to over eating.
  • Make note of winter rashes and try to prevent them by wearing breathable fabrics, moisturizing your skin, using natural, fragrance-free soaps, using broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Avoid rough cracked feet by regularly exfoliating and moisturizing your feet.
  • Use hand creams regularly to avoid those pretty hands from becoming dry and flaky.
  • Moisturizing before bedtime is quite beneficial. Stay away from tight jewelry to avoid rashes.
  • Take care of your elbows because even with the body well moisturized the elbows tend to look white and dry. Moisturize them well.

Hair Care: Let that mane not get matted, avoid bad hair days / nights and stay stylish
Winter tends to make the hair drier and frizzier than normal.

  • Avoid washing hair too often however tempting it may be, use lukewarm water for hair wash. Do not for get to condition your hair for better results use leave in conditioners during winter.
  • Beware of the dangers of dandruff which is especially high in winters Don’t forget that those hot oil massages don’t just feel heavenly they nourish your hair from deep within too, go ahead indulge but don’t over indulge as leaving the oil in your hair for longer periods of time can lead to dandruff so can over stripping it by shampooing too often. So, try to maintain a balance.
  • Rinsing the hair with apple cider vinegar before shampoo helps too.

Style tips: Bring on those jackets and shawls and wear them with panache.

  • Just make sure you have pre-washed and stored those woolens well. Air them well to remove any storage or damp foul smells.
  • Treat your woolen garments well and instead of wearing one bulky sweater and then sweat if the temperature changes use multiple layers of clothes with the base layer closest to your body being soft and nonabrasive (to particularly avoid rashes).
  • Step up your style quotient by wearing your scarves and caps differently.
  • Sometimes step out with the scarf tied to your handbag belt or use it actually as a belt and later if required use it as a scarf.
  • Bring out your boots and funk them up with pieces of jewellery over drab black boots.
  • Don’t freeze to look stylish, you can wear long sleeve blouses, bandh galas, traditional jackets and clothes in thicker material like velvet, brocade, silk, jaquard.
  • Wear warm leggings under your sarees lehengas. Wear knit blouses.
  • Wear embroidered jackets over sarees.
  • Use designer shawls (especially ones with any kind of embroidery work on them) instead of dupattas.
  • If your head feels cold cover your head the traditional way or simply wear some silk hats with jeweler to raise those eyebrow as well as a few temperatures in the room.

Go ahead enjoy the winters in a wise, wacky way and yes don’t forget to smile, after all everyone needs the warmth of the sun and the smile.

 

 

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Mmmmm Melorra

A connoisseur of the Amazon.com curated collection as well as a few Indian online jewllery websites I am not new to buying fine jewellery online.

While everyone starts with a bang many fizzle out on the journey and eventually turn into brick and mortar stores adding to their overheads which are collected from the consumers (I believe not many have given this a thought) and then the cost of jewellry goes up significantly. The same is usually explained as making charges or design costs. Making them akin to their traditional counterparts, however much they would love to deny this fact.

When I chanced upon Melorra.com I decided to give them a try. Not only were their prices much lower than any other brands in the market but their products too looked deliciously fresh.

The jewellery pieces are something I would love to flaunt on a daily basis, stylish, suave and totally chic. Also the use of semi precious gemstones is something that is trending in the Indian jewellery scenario currently, until now it was only the precious gemstones which ruled the jewellery designs making the jewllery both precious and heavy for daily wear. The whether-it-will-suit-me factor too played a major role as we Indians believe that certain gemstones (precious) are to be worn only after receiving a   prescription. the lesser semi precious gemstones however beautiful have no place in our fine jewellery.

Having said that, the quality of products is not the only key to success for most brands. The quality of people who work behind the scenes quietly making it happen for you is what matters too.

My encounter with Saroj Yaramilli over the telephone brought to mind an image of a woman who is dedicated to her business and takes great pride and responsibility of everything that goes on in her company.

For those of you who haven’t tried their jewellery I recommend you at least check out their website and you will be spoilt for choice from their vast catalogue comprising of various collections making them daringly different. Let’s see if you have the panache to carry a Melorra piece.

http://www.melorra.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips

While untangling hair with a comb do not start from scalp and work downward try untangling the roots and work upwards it is easier and less painful

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Love my Sneakers the leopard print is right in line with my love for animal prints. Waiting to team them up with a plain white cotton dress and pink hoops !!

Going great with my hair too !!

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Purple & Gold the colours of royalty, true to Sheen De Queen

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Mastani

The name is a descriptive of a free powerful & independent woman.

The legend Mastani was skilled in archery, knowledge, niyati ( strategy) and was a beauty.

A rare combination of womanhood she was celebrated in the history during the times of war and peace. A leader in her own and an inspiration to her clan. She defined beauty, style, motherhood and played many roles with grace and poise!

This is what defines Mastani – a jewelry brand inspired by the classical designs across the country and a blend of modern and ethnic jewelry for the women of today.

Her roles, skills and commitments have come a long way changed in many ways yet she loves to wear her jewelry – graceful outfits and even today she celebrates her uniqueness.

Mastani brings to you customized jewelry in bright and pastel fusion colors.

It does not limit you to a specific outfit.

The concept is Fusion – it changes hues with your ever-changing roles of womanhood.

Whether you are the coy docile nymph or the fiery passionate siren, the jewelry personifies your various moods, stances taking into perception the nuances and the flutter of the lashes that are embodiment of the very unique YOU.

Go ahead explore the collection and if you want to get yourself something ethereal check out the Mastani Facebook Page :

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