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Monday, 19 February 2018

GlamEgo, my Valentine

2/19/2018 0 Comments
Hey guys!

February is supposedly the month of romance. With Valentines' Day being one of the biggest reasons for people to go out and celebrate, looking absolutely radiant is a must. But what products have you used so far? Would you to try something new? I've been frequently subscribing to GlamEgo and this month I received a whole lot of skin care products that have stolen my heart.


The packaging is interesting, as always. This time's box came with a contest to find your Valentine's name on the box. I could effortlessly find mine :D Winners will be rewarded with a 10K Shoppers Stop voucher. I am super excited! There are 4 products, 3 for skin care and 1 body mist. I am really disappointed that there are no make-up products in this month's box, but the skin care products have turned out to be quite effective and useful. This month's products are -
  • Body Mist by Natural Bath & Body 
  • Choco Caffeine Glow Face Pack by Mcaffeine
  • Saffron Radiance Face Cream by The Nature's Co
  • Pollu-Stop Face Protective Screen by Kronokare


Body Mist by Natural Bath & Body 

I always have at least 3-4 body mists I keep using at any given point of time. I feel more relaxed using body mists over deos or even perfumes. For my day-to-day use, body mists are just perfect. This blue colored beauty is one of the best I've used till date. I am not a big fan of rose or sandalwood fragrances, so this one is big hit for me. The smell is very pleasant and the packaging is quite user friendly.


Choco Caffeine Glow Face Pack by Mcaffeine

I have already used this product before and wasn't quite thrilled to see this in the box. I normally like face packs that are easily washable or peel able and do not have a strong odour. For instance, I like anything with activated charcoal or sandalwood in it. Chocolate for me is something to munch on when I am happy, sad, devastated, excited, hungry.. you get the point! :D This face pack did not help me with my skin problems, instead it was a little too irritating to have it on my face. Will give it another shot though.


Saffron Radiance Face Cream by The Nature's Co

Saffron has a gazillion uses and is really expensive. This cream is worth trying. I don't like creams that are too sticky or difficult to remove since I have oily skin. But this on dries up on your skin immediately leaving behind a certain amount of radiance.

Pollu-Stop Face Protective Screen by Kronokare

I have used a lot of products from Kronokare in the past, but this one caught me by surprise. It's a face spray kind of a thing that acts as a protective shield. I really like using this as it's very convenient to apply. I do my make-up over it so that it acts as a base or a primer. I give this product a big thumbs up.


I hope you guys are going to purchase this month's box and win the contest as well.

Love,
Hand On The Hip

How to nail your wedding trousseau

2/19/2018 0 Comments
Since this was a highly requested post, I thought this should go up before everything else that's been lined up does. And while my memory from my wedding month is fresh, I should talk about things that a bride-to-be needs to be prepared for. 

Hey everyone!

As the very infamous Murphy's law states, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong", I kinda do agree with this statement every time I have something big coming up. For me, in the recent past, my wedding was a really important occasion. I am usually carefree, I sleep a lot, I am lazy, but I was alert and worked quite hard to make everyone happy on my big day or probably months before.

While most men attend weddings for the food, all the neighborhood aunties and some jealous relatives usually make an appearance to see, feel and inspect what the bride is wearing, criticize it to their heart's content and feel good about it. Although I have a loving family and amazing friends, I did not want anyone to upset me by saying anything negative about my wedding trousseau. But as expected, some small little things here and there did tend to go off track. I am glad that nothing else did :D So here I have made a list of everything that went wrong and how I fixed it/could have planned things better!


Beauty parlor goof up

We already know about how my tailor messed up my blouses and how I had to rush to another tailor and get most of my blouses fixed and restitched, but little did I know that Lakme Salon in M.G.Road, Mangalore would have such a terrible appointment booking system. For more than one function they either got the time wrong or made me wait too long and screwed up at the last minute. How does one fix this? Don't panic!
  • Always have a backup beautician ready (preferably a good one who lives close by). The one I went to for blow drying my hair did solve my problem, but it was absolutely useless as my hair was back to normal in 10 minutes!
  • Learn how to do your own make-up and hair or find someone in the family who can! Thanks to all the experimenting I've been doing off late, I took care of my sangeet and cocktail party make-up on my own. I think I did a pretty decent job.
  • Ensure that you have a buffer of at least 30 minutes to 1 hour!

Clothes gone cray

You must be wondering what could have possibly gone wrong with my outfits. Well, on the day of my cocktail party, the person who was appointed to drape my saree did not know how to handle a silk saree, we were out of safety pins and we were terribly late! The worst part was, the gown I was meant to change into later suddenly went missing! What did I do?
  • The saving grace was the saree itself! It was so gorgeous that no matter how poorly it was draped, it still looked classy. Also, after a while I got some help from the crowd for saree draping as well as extra pins. Identify a person in your family who's a master at saree draping and take their help.
  • Always have a lot of back-up clothes! I had some extra gowns and the one I wore, less bridal than the one I was supposed to wear, actually worked to my advantage as it was more flowy and easier to manage.

Footwear fiasco

I wore a basic pair of wedges for all my functions. Although it was a bit repetitive, it was useful. But this one day I decided to wear a pair of new footwear and that was a bad idea. 
  • Back-up footwear again solves the problem here! Always carry a pair that you know you'll always be comfy wearing.
  • Spend a lot of time sitting on the throne and pretend to be a shy bride :D My hubby was too kind to be true and he saw me in pain and rescued me!
  • Don't try to experiment on your wedding day! If you've never worn heels before, your wedding day is not the time for you to try new stunts. 

Jewelry disaster

My mother-in-law had picked up some gorgeous jhumkas for me, but unfortunately since my ears are super sensitive and the holes are too small, the screw wouldn't go in. Although I was terribly disappointed, I was glad that I had some extra ear-rings that I could wear with my outfit.
  • Gold can always be a troublemaker if you are not used to wearing heavy jewelry. Ensure that you have matching fake jewelry for all your outfits that's easy to wear.
  • Try to accessorize heavily in other places like your neck or hands if you want to keep it light at your problem areas.

Things you need to carry at all times

  1. LOADS of safety pins!
  2. A make-up kit with everything you need (blog post getting ready :p)
  3. A hair straightener if you need one
  4. Your back-up clothes and footwear
  5. Lots of fake, easy-to-handle jewelry for all occasions
  6. Gold and silver nail paint
  7. Bindis of all colors, shapes and sizes
  8. A bottle of glucose, some biscuits and chocolates
  9. A first-aid kit with band-aids, cotton pieces etc. 
  10. Extra casual clothes you can wear between functions while relaxing

Weddings can be hectic, especially if they're your own. My wedding was almost a week's affair. Standing and greeting people with a smile on your face for hours together can be a little tricky. To top it off, if you don't feel confident enough in your attire, it can just add to the stress. Obviously, if you don't care about trivial things like these, you're lucky. The crazy person in me had to make sure that everything was perfect. But keeping all this aside, the one thing that absolutely helped me get through the madness was having an amazing person by my side at all times. He was my calm in chaos! I hope he will always be that for me.

Love,
Hand On The Hip

P.S. I know a lot of you are waiting to see more pics, but for that you'll have to wait a little longer :p

Friday, 16 February 2018

One kurti, two looks ft. Dittory

2/16/2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Do you religiously follow trends like I do? What are the current trends that have secretly drawn you towards them? In the past couple of years I have been majorly attracted to printed sneakers, velvet tops, bell sleeves boho dresses, anything with tassels and pom poms and holo sling bags. At the moment I've been drooling over Anarkali maxi gowns and trust me, they're the definition of fusion. I just found a brilliant looking piece with kalamkari prints all over it at Soch. It was priced at 2K and my heart sank a little. Since affordable fashion is my thing and I am incredibly broke right now (and always), I had to walk away from it, no questions asked. Just when I had almost given up on my dream of owning the perfect Anarkali maxi, I was introduced to Dittory. I have curated two looks with my dream kurti and tried my hand at self-portraits (I know there's a lot of scope for improvement, but good start, don't you think? :D), but more on that later.


What's so special about Dittory? Dittory is my fairy godmother! Haha! We'll get to that part later. What's the first thing you do when you shop online? You tend to compare prices on various websites, right? It can get tedious at times. What if I told you that someone or some thing was doing it for you. Well, Dittory is a well crafted internet based invention that helps us get our money's worth. Dittory comes in three forms - a web extension, a website and a mobile app. It's basically a tool that helps compulsive shoppers like us compare prices, shop smartly and go easy on the pockets. And if you do not have a laptop, fret not. You can download their mobile app!

Let me explain to you how it worked for me. I decided to resume my Anarkali gown hunt and after a lot of R&D, a couple of green teas, some cyber window shopping, this beautiful kurti-dress from Libas caught my attention. I wanted it. I wanted it so bad! But my budget was 1000 bucks for that pretty thing and I found it on a website for 2000 bucks. But guess what? I had already installed the Dittory extension on my browser. Their genius Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithm helped me navigate to websites that had the same outfit at highly discounted rates. I got my outfit for 799 INR on Myntra and did not think twice about purchasing it. That's why I call Dittory my fairy godmother.



They also have this really cool feature that notifies you whenever there's a price drop for a product that you've been meaning to buy. Check it out here!



Styling notes about my two looks with this beautiful Libas kurti


1. Go full blown desi

Some bold ethnic jewelry and a big, round bindi can completely transform you from a little girl to a beautiful, independent, Indian woman in no time. I have been really attracted to big black bindis lately and to give it that desi factor, I made a neat bun with my hair.


2. That casual dinner date look

I wanted to see if I could wear an Indian dress and yet look very western. I achieved this look by  giving my dress a shape with a black belt and some black pumps. This look is perfect for a dinner date with your loved one.


Curiosity took over and I paid the website a visit. They have a bunch of products (clothing, accessories, footwear etc.) and you can instantly compare their prices on various e-commerce websites. I am glad that I can finally buy what I want and pay the best price for it. If you love shopping online like I do, then the only thing missing in your life is this extension on your Chrome. Install it right away and shop away to glory!

Love,
Hand On The Hip