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His & Hers Style Diaries: 2013 Part I


Last year I had started His & Her's segment on the blog, which has gotten a little side tracked this year. I blame life. When you don't have an excuse, blame life! Nonetheless I realized I could easily put together a post with whatever few pictures I managed to take of (or with) Dr. Fab in this year so far. This should work as well, right? (: 

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How to prepare a Healthy Detox Drink




I have been having this Detox Water for the last 3 weekends and I have to tell you it is AMAZING! It will not magically help you with weight loss but it would make you feel like a million bucks. At least it makes me feel like a million bucks. 

I prepare a jug before going to bed and let it refrigerate over night. Then drink it all day. Voila! It is as simple as that and it feels like you are sipping a healthy-calorie-free cocktail ... all day ... with only like a million benefits. O.K. ... O.K. ... I exaggerate, but plenty of benefits: 

  • Blood purifier
  • Flushes out unwanted materials
  • Decreases wrinkles and blemishes
  • Balances the pH
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Its good for muscles
  • Curbs Hunger 
Let me know if you try it! I am drinking it RIGHT NOW! (: 
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Boiler House at Pearl Brewery, San Antonio


Last weekend we went for a Meetup called ‘No Kidding’ which is a social group for people who don’t have children. Not for people who had children but have moved out, or grown up. They were a bunch of people of all ages who voluntarily don’t have children.

Of course everyone had their own stories and backgrounds but the a common thing on which everyone could agree up on was how good it was to meet people who wouldn’t talk about their children’s sleeping-pooping cycle to their school grades to their college application or upcoming nuptials which eventually moves on to discussing their grand children.  * barf *

Anyhooo, … the meetup was at the Boiler House which is a swanky little place in Pearl Brewery. For some reason I keep refering to it as Boiler Room. Wonder why?! If you live in San Antonio or are ever visiting, must check it out. 


Tory Burch Top, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Shop Jami, Tanvii.com

Tory Burch Top, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Shop Jami, Tanvii.com

Tory Burch Top, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Shop Jami, Tanvii.com

Tory Burch Top, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Shop Jami, Tanvii.com

Tory Burch Top, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Shop Jami, Tanvii.com

Tory Burch Top, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Shop Jami, Tanvii.com

Tory Burch Top, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Shop Jami, Tanvii.com

Tory Burch Top, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Shop Jami, Tanvii.com

Tory Burch Top, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Shop Jami, Tanvii.com

Top - Tory Burch [13'] Similar
Jeans - Ralph Lauren [13'] Same
Shoes - Steve Madden [10'] Same
White Bracelet - c/o Shop Jami [13']

On my lips - Rouge á Lévres Lasting Finish By Kate via RIMMEL LONDON 
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How To Make Your Own Pore Strips?


Like I had mentioned last week, my skin sucks. No really. It does. And come summers, it gets even more miserble with the sun, heat, humidity and what not. Blackheads are my biggest enemy. I have long time relied on Biore Nose Stripes to save me in between my facial apppointments. BUT - ever since I saw this DIY on The Style Dossier Blog I have saved a lot of $$ and not to mention this quick trick works much better than any store bought strip. Don't take my word for it. Try it for yourself! 


We are what you call frugal gals. We don't like to spend a lot of $ & if we can make it, we will. So this is a PERFECT DIY for us. It requires no time @ all & you need just two ingredients. That's right. Just TWO! By the way did we mention it cost nearly nothing!?!? Homemade Biore Strips are the latest craze, ok so we totally made that up but it has saved us a ton of $$ & trust us they really work!
This post is in collaboration with
 
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Casual Sunday



A lot of you ask for movie reviews and recipes, as I have interest in both those areas (movies and cooking) but more often than not, I choose not to write them. Not because I do not want to share them but because I find it a tedious job to sit and dissect things. I can tell you if I liked a movie and why in a sentence but reviews take a lot more time and meticulous writing which kinda reminds of writing papers in college (which I equally despised). 

As far as recipes go, I never follow any. Truly. I cook from my heart and sometimes the experiment flops (rarely! :P) but mostly it doesn't. So that's my explanation for lacking in both those areas. 

However, I saw two excellent and one above average movie this weekend. 

World War Z - MUST WATCH! [Capital letters are intentional]. It is the best movie I have seen this year. The movie grabs your attention from the word go and keeps you at the edge of your seat till the end. If you like the tv show Walking Dead then multiply it by 100 and you've got World War Z. If I had to change one thing about the movie, that would be give Brad Pitt a hair cut, but other than that, it was AWE-and then-SOME! 

Now You See Me - Decent, but could have been much better. Nonetheless, good time pass. I for one enjoyed it. 

Raanjhanaa - First things first: Sonam Kapoor FINALLY acts. *applause* ... But the movie belongs to Dhanush. At times, I thought he looked like Guddu, our helper back home, but then that was the look Dhanush was going for ... and he nailed it. The story is excellent, acting is top-notch and the dialogues are natural. Another, MUST WATCH. Although I didn't like the music much. 

As for the outfit, it is something I put on randomly to go do grocery and run errands!
Colorblock top Oasap, Mango Skirt, Michael Kors, Crazy & Co., Tanvii.com

Colorblock top Oasap, Mango Skirt, Michael Kors, Crazy & Co., Tanvii.com

Colorblock top Oasap, Mango Skirt, Michael Kors, Crazy & Co., Tanvii.com

Colorblock top Oasap, Mango Skirt, Michael Kors, Crazy & Co., Tanvii.com

Colorblock top Oasap, Mango Skirt, Michael Kors, Crazy & Co., Tanvii.com

Colorblock top Oasap, Mango Skirt, Michael Kors, Crazy & Co., Tanvii.com

Top - Oasap [13'] Similar
Skirt - Mango [11'] Similar Previously worn here 
Shoes - From Brazil [07'] Similar
Necklace - Crazy & Co. [13']

On my eyes - Hashmi Kajal
On my lips - divine (330) via COVERGIRL
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Crop Top In Formals


In the last decade very few people might have seen me angry. Probably my parents, brother, husband and a few close friends (if at all!). It ain’t a pretty sight, so don’t worry rest of you are not missing much! However, I would say that with age time the number of ‘anger’ episodes have been decreasing simply because I couldn’t care less about most people/things.

However, whenever I do get angry, apparently I get feisty and blurt out the best one-liners and comebacks, according to the person at the receiving end - aka husband 99% of the times. He finds those moments hilarious and funny and of course I do not but that story another time. I was having a passionate conversation with a friend today as I was quite mad at some of our common friends. And she kept smiling the whole timing and said, “You are so cute when you are angry!” – What now? So my husband has been right all this while? Let me take a moment to digest that! Done.

I asked her, “Cute? Really? Is that the word that comes to your mind?” She said, “Yes, sweety! You are the best when you are angry.” And then she calmed me down, as she always does. But I haven’t stopped thinking about being “funny” and “cute” while I am fuming with anger. I cannot say that about anyone I know. I always find people scary when they are angry. Not cute or funny, BY FAR!

Sigh! I guess one can never stop learning new things about themself. Except, my husband wouldn’t think it’s new. He would say, “I told you so!”  

ASOS Crop Top, Trousers, Just Fab Anamika Pumps, Collar Necklace, Tanvii.com

ASOS Crop Top, Trousers, Just Fab Anamika Pumps, Collar Necklace, Tanvii.com

ASOS Crop Top, Trousers, Just Fab Anamika Pumps, Collar Necklace, Tanvii.com

ASOS Crop Top, Trousers, Just Fab Anamika Pumps, Collar Necklace, Tanvii.com

ASOS Crop Top, Trousers, Just Fab Anamika Pumps, Collar Necklace, Tanvii.com

ASOS Crop Top, Trousers, Just Fab Anamika Pumps, Collar Necklace, Tanvii.com

ASOS Crop Top, Trousers, Just Fab Anamika Pumps, Collar Necklace, Tanvii.com

Top - ASOS [11'] Similar
Trousers - You know what? For once I am not sure! :P [Similar
Shoes - JustFab [12'] Similar
Necklace - ASOS [11'] Similar Better

On my eyes - Hashmi Kajal 
ON my lips - Gulabi via MAC

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Beauty Talk: Face Products


Firstly, I have terribly sensitive skin. Its oily, prone to breakouts and blackheads, and has big pores. That is the reason I do not try very many products. Once I find what works for me (which I have) I stick with it. Face is not the place to do any experiments. Ever.

After visiting dermatologists for past 2 decades and trying all the gherelo nuskas (home remedies) I have learnt that the simple - clean and moisturize works for me the best. Also, not to mention regular exercise and clean eating has A LOT to do with my healthy skin. *touch.wood*
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 

Avéne - Cleanance Gel
I started using this about a decade back. My BFF introduced me to this brand. This is ideal for oily and/or sensitive skin. Doesn't sting or leave your skin dry. I use this in the mornings and highly recommend it to everyone who has sensitive skin. In India, I used Cetaphil Cleanser or Fab India Avocado Facewash.

Aveda - 'enbrightement' Brightening Correcting Serum
I am prone to dark spots (I blame my genes!). Hence, I started applying this about two years ago. It helps maintain an even skin tone. It is light in texture and absorbs quickly. I apply it first thing after washing my face. I didn't use any serum when I lived in India, sorry! But Olay would be my pick if Aveda wasn't available. 

Philosophy - Hope Oil Free spf
I tan quite easily, and spf 20 doesn't protect my face enough in the Texas sun. I moved to spf 30 two years ago and it seems to be the right match. I like philosophy products. This one is light, absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a white residue. In India, I used Kaya Skin Clinic Sun Screen.


Philosophy - Hope in a tube
I do not have any visible wrinkles yet, but long time ago I had asked someone who was in her 50's and had perfect skin without any cosmetic treatment, how she managed to do that? She told me that she started using anti-wrinkle creams from the age of 25. Made total sense to me, prevention is better than cure after all. Going by my hereditary I thought targeting my eyes would be the best, hence I started using an eye cream from the age of 25. First I used Neutregena for several years, which seemed fine. But then moved to Philosophy about two years ago when I picked the sunscreen. So far I am satisfied. When I start seeing wrinkles, I will know if it worked or not ;) P.S. I didn't use an eye cream when I lived in India, sorry!

Burt's Bees - Soap Bark & Camomile Deep Cleansing Creme
This is the second fash wash I use in the evening. I always stick with either a gel or a creme based washes as they do not make my skin overtly dry. When my skin gets too dry, I get more break outs. I have been using this for about 8 months and I think it does its job well. P.S. I am a big fan of burt bee's products. 

Like I have mentioned a million times, if not more, that I do not use make-up. I also think that it is one of the reasons why my skin is healthier, younger and cleaner than many others of my age. I do not have any scientific research to back up my claims but no one in my family uses make up (Mom and aunts) and they all look at least two decades younger, if not more! :P

So, that is that! 

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Positive Reinforcement Exercise


On Saturday I was having a conversation with my husband and I told him that being critical about myself is truly becoming a problem. No matter what, I am always aiming for higher and disregarding my current achievement/qualities. We were having this conversation while going up and down the staircase (cooling down after our workout). That's when he suggested let's have a positive reinforcement exercise. Each one of us had to tell five positive qualities about ourselves. I told him to go first. He said his first quality was - kindness. I agreed, he is a kind man. He told me, "Your turn now!" and first thing that came to my mind was that, "I am selfish!" Can you imagine how deep-rooted my self-critical-thinking is? I quickly realized my mistake, and took good minute to came one with the first one. I said, "I am creative." He agreed.

You'd think it would have been an easy and simple exercise to do? But no, it was much tougher than any physical exercise I do. We kept going up and down the stairs for about 15-18 minutes. That's how long it took us to come up with 5 qualities. On a positive note, at least I am not as self-obsessed as I one would imagine :P 

I won't leave you guys all high and dry with suspense. Below is the list of 5 things we both came up with: 

Husband's five qualities: 
- Kind
- Positive
- More patient than before
- Smart worker
- Always prepared when opportunity knocks the door

My five qualities: 
- Creative
- Realist 
- Disciplined
- Hard worker
- Good at managing finances 

My favorite kinda outfit: 
White Tank & Jeans 100% Cotton Salwar. Simple and Comfortable!









Tank - Laundry [11'] Similar
Pants/Salwar - Cottons [Delhi, 13'] Similar
Jutti - From Amritsar [11'] Similar
Pendant - Crazy & Co. [13']
Earrings - ASOS [10'] Similar

On my eyes - Hashmi Kajal 
On my lips - Velvet Fuchsia (173) via L'OREAL

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Were you raised in a religious family?


One of my very young and loyal reader sent me an email after reading this post, which I wrote a couple of months back. She asked me if I was raised in a religious family? I have deliberated over and over in my head whether I should write about it on the blog or not. But considering it has been on my mind for about 2 months now, it is a clear indication that I ought to write it and get it out of my system.

So, to answer her question – Yes! I was raised in a religious family.  My grand parents were religious, traditional and conservative. My grandmother was a little more forward-thinking in comparison to my grand father though. All my relatives, aunts and uncles, my parents, … everyone I have ever known through my family has been religious and god abiding.

Like most children, I didn’t have a choice. I was religious as a by-product of being brought up in a religious household. I prayed. I followed the rites and rituals. I went to the temple every week. I did everything a ‘religious’ person is supposed to do. Mostly because that’s what I was taught from the day I was born.

I stopped going to the temple every week sometime in 2003. I stopped following the rites and rituals sometime in 2008 and I started believing in ‘nothing’ sometime around 2009. No drastic incident happened. No one changed me. Or influenced me. I just started thinking differently. I started thinking for myself. 

... and this is what I think today: Greatest power lies within ourselves. Our brain is the best source of energy. Whether we turn it into positive or negative, it is completely up to us. I believe in humanity. I believe in doing good and behaving fair, not because there is karma, or because God is watching me, but because it is the right thing to do. I also believe in standing up for myself when wrong is done to me. I believe in equality. I believe in treating others the way I wish to be treated. I believe in having no regrets. I believe in hard work. I believe in living life “Queen” size. I believe in being who I am.

So am I not religious anymore? I don’t know. I am secular though. I find peace when I am at a temple, or at a church. My favorites are gurudwara and mosque, especially because they are kept so clean. Whoever said ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’, knew what they were talking about. But I do not believe that just praying will solve anything or asking God for things will make it happen. However, I do not judge anyone who believes so. Everyone has his or her faith. I choose to put my faith in myself. I believe my conscience will always guide me to the right path. 








Top - Part of this dress [12'] Similar
Skirt - DKNY [13'] Similar
Shoes - c/o Sway Chic [12'] Similar
Pendant - Gift from Richa [13'] Similar
Earrings - Gift from Mom [13'] Similar

On my lips - eternal (350) via COVERGIRL

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