Color of 2018: Ultra Violet

After the Rose Quartz & Senerity of 2016, the Greenery of 2017, now comes the “Ultra Violet” to rule 2018. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride and independence. Historically, there has been a mystical, spiritual, magical quality attached to Ultra Violet. Continue reading “Color of 2018: Ultra Violet”

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7 Reasons Why Procrastination is Good!!

Hello to all the lazy-boned humans (or otherwise 🙂 ). I have been always told that Procrastination is a bad thing, you should stop Procrastinating, there are ways to deal with Procrastination, life needs to be disciplined and things need to be done in a timely fashion etc. etc. etc …  Well, I am here today to tell you quite the opposite. Continue reading “7 Reasons Why Procrastination is Good!!”

August Faves…

Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Favourites Blog. I have a long list of things I have been enjoying for the last few months and as September has creeped up on us I thought it’s time to put everything together. So this is like a 3 in combo for the months of June,July & August (so grab a drink before you start maybe 🙂 ) and let’s begin!

Brush with Bamboo: Starting with a very unique product that I have been using for about 2 months now. I wasn’t aware that something like this even existed few months back, when a friend of mine introduced me to this and I instantly fell in love with the idea. We are always consciously trying to eliminate plastic from our lives but there are things that are so deeply entangled in our everyday routines that we sometime just totally forget about it like a simple toothbrush. You would be surprised to know that over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped in landfills and oceans every year worldwide. Now that’s some change motivation right there. Everything from the handle, bristles to the packaging of this brush is either biodegradable or compostable or can be recycled. You can check out their website for more details.

https://www.brushwithbamboo.com/

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Activated Charcoal: I have talked about the benefits of Activated Charcoal in one of my previous blogs( Activated Charcoal: 5 easy uses at home! ) Today I want to specifically reiterate the use of Charcoal in toothpaste. When I was doing my bit of research on Brush with Bamboo, I landed on many vlogs and blogs who talked about Charcoal brushing for healthier, whiter teeth. You can try using the Charcoal powder as is or mix it with the toothpaste or toothpowder of your choice. There are toothpaste available in the market that have charcoal that would definitely be less messy (as compared to using powder) but I am not sure how effective they would be.

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Oriflame Shampoo & Conditioner: Next up are these very cute bottles of Oriflame Milk & Honey Shampoo and Conditioner. I love these for 3 reasons, first off the packaging and the size of these bottles is perfect to carry while traveling(and that’s majorly how I have used these, during my travels). And second, they are very mild and no damage on the hair, sometimes when you are traveling to new places the environment change does damage the hair texture and body and I just hate it. This one though keeps them tamed, healthy, without adding to the damage. Since it’s pretty mild, I won’t recommend this for oily hair (might need something a bit more strong for that).

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Victoria’s Secret Bombshells in Bloom: Apart from the fact that the packaging is really pretty, girly and travel-friendly, I totally love this VS body lotion because it’s light and smells absolutely delicious! It’s non-sticky and absorbs in the skin instantly. The fragrance is described as a blend of passion fruit, Shangri-la peony and vanilla orchid, it’s subtle & light but still might not be your thing if you don’t like fruity scents. Since it’s very light, it might not suitable for dry skin or during winters, will maybe put it to test around the time.

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Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction: I got introduced to the mist concept this year itself when I picked up 2 from The Body Shop (absolutely amazing scent). And that’s when somehow I accumulated multiple of these from different brands. One of the mist I love in my collection is this Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction. I am generally not very fond of fruity scents but this one is very subtle red plum and freesia. The mist comes in a simple, durable, neat, convenient-to-use plastic spray bottle(point being travel friendly 😛 ) so you won’t be bothered about its breakage. And the scent lingers on for a very long time so that definitely a plus.

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Lauren Conrad Earrings: So the perks of having friends who work in US is that you get these unexpected gifts. And if your friends know you well you get exactly what you like 😀 . I got this beautiful earring set from one such very dear friend and I have been repeating these for office ever since. They are so perfect for everyday office wear, classy, simple and elegant. The gold ones go with almost every outfit, simple pearls for when you wanna take it up a notch and the blue and gold anchors for a lil more casual vibe. I feel every girl should have some such goto pieces with her.

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Moving on TV & Movie Fun and of-course starting off with GOT!!

Game of Thrones: This is one series that I just can’t miss. Every episode has to be watched Monday morning first thing or else the day just can’t start. Plus the fun part this time was the leaked episodes in the middle of the weeks. Oh My God! the excitement to watch it, stay away from spoilers and Whatsapp groups and friends was the real shit to deal with. But nonetheless as always, GOT was full of fun and excitement (sad that have to wait for 2 years for the next one).

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The Good Wife: This one was recommended by a friend to fill the void after GOT as always. I wasn’t very sure that I would like it at first honestly, cause it’s kind of on similar lines as SUITS ( and I am sold for it, though last 2 season feel lil slow and repetitive). But this was a very refreshing change, Alicia Florrick (played by Julianna Margulies) does an amazing job as the lead along with other characters. The series is a legal, political drama and doesn’t feel boring or repetitive or lacking the punch at any point. Enjoying it so far.

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Hindi Medium: This one was a refreshing change after a long time from the boring, stupid Hindi Cinema. A couple from Chandni Chowk aspires to give their daughter the best education and goes through some really twisted ups and downs in the process. The actors did an amazing work and oh yes the song Suit Suit was I guess the highlight before and even after the movie release. Great flick after a long time!

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Wonder Woman: Not a very big fan of the Action, Adventure, Fantasy genre, I went half heartedly for this movie just cause my friends wanted to go for it and I was sold in the first half an hour. OH MY GOD Gal Gadot is freaking, smoking hot in there. I am pretty sure not the guys but even the girls who watch this will be drooling over sexy, serious demeanour. And Petty Jenkins did some impressive levels of Badass Direction. Must must watch.

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So that’s it for the Favourites of the month guys. Also I have realised as much as I love certain products while I try them, there are times when I really don’t like a few cause they just don’t seem to be doing anything at all or they aren’t worth the hype or the price tag. So I am planning to do a blog on that soon, cause as much as I like sharing the good stuff with you I feel obliged to warn you about the not so good stuff as well. On that note, signing off to see you soon and have a great September!

XOXO!!
SoulStrokes…

Home Is!!

I grew up in a city in Uttarakhand and back in my school days at home, I was allowed to customise my room in any way I wanted. Paint on the walls, nail boards and accessories, posters and murals, just about anything that I wanted and I did a very good job at it back then. So, when I got to move out and come to Hyderabad for my first job; I was pretty ecstatic to be living in a new city and for the opportunity to create a new pretty space of my own. But that never happened!

My dream housing situation was to live in a Studio Apartment, with all my friends in close proximity and like go crazy with the decor and style of the apartment to reflect my personality & feelings, keeping it homely and comfy at the same time. Sadly didn’t work out cause you are living in a rented apartment and tempering with the walls in any way is like a strict no no. I feel like that’s a very common Indian thing. To top it all off, I have lived in 4 different houses during my stay in Hyderabad and trust me all had this weird creamy, yellowish colour on the walls (why don’t people pick some other colour 😦 😦 ).

I have come to realise that you should be in a space that reflects you, comforts you, inspires and aspires you. You are going to be in your house/ room for a good 12 hours if not more everyday and so it should be a place that you come back to and feel comfortable and cozy in. Creating a home away from home can’t be possible without your own sweet touches and I have finally decided that I am going to take that step to do what I have always wanted to – “Paint my room in the shades and textures I LOVE” and don’t give a S**T about anything else.

So the process began last night when I narrowed down to 2 colour options to paint the walls of my room: Lush Meadow(PANTONE 18-5845) and Sharkskin(PANTONE 17-3914) and for texture a little bit of grainy, concrete wall look or the watercolour effect. And thats when the adrenaline and excitement filled me again and I decided to write this blog to share my final picks with you all. Might be of some help to those of you who have always wanted to do something like this or even to those who are in the mood to redecorate or just go crazy 😉 .

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You know you have reached a certain level of adulthood when you start listening to your heart and taking these little steps towards living a fulfilled life. Really excited about this little dream project of mine and will keep you posted with the updates. And yeah, let me know what’s your pick!! 🙂

See you soon
XOXO!!
SoulStrokes…

Simplifying Life with Haute Tyffyn!!

It’s the little things that we don’t even notice in our life, that if managed well can make a lot of difference in our lifestyle and productivity. When the random hassles of everyday life are cut short, thats when your mind become more free and energised to focus on the right things. And so I am here, talking about this product that I believe every working professional should try Vaya Tyffyn .  Continue reading “Simplifying Life with Haute Tyffyn!!”