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Monday, 25 September 2017

SheIn is in!

9/25/2017 0 Comments
Hello lovelies!

What's your favorite place to shop when it comes to latest trends? I am sure you guys have a whole bunch of websites you'd already be a regular visitor of when it comes to online shopping. I've always wanted to own something fresh and different in my wardrobe and never had any outlet I could rely on. When I was introduced to SheIn, my joy knew no bounds! SheIn is not only a perfect blend of the latest trends and class, it is also easy on the pockets. (Do click on this link for some fabulous discounts! They currently have upto 85% off on almost all their products. Click here!)

As I am planning my bachelorette party in Goa, I think SheIn has the perfect outfits that I could utilize for my fun trip to the beach. I decided to put together 3 looks for you guys from the AW2017 collection that you could consider splurging on if you're planning a trip with your girls.

Look # 1: That Boho beach babe
I am pretty sure my day is going to begin by the beach. Since bell sleeves are totally in this season, I would definitely wear this vintage dress with these pretty floral slip-ons and a similar sling bag. To add that pop of color, I'd wear these bright blue tassel ear-rings.

Look # 2: The bachelorette
Since it's quite hot by the beach, I'd stick to cotton and I found this perfect white dress for the main bachelorette party. I mean, I can already picture how amazing it would look with my bright pink sash and silver tiara. I'd wear these pretty beige heels to complete the look and to add some color and class, I'd pick up this navy blue sling bag. Also, I love how chunky and big these hoops are. Can't not wear them!

Look # 3: Slender and sleek
On the morning after, I'd definitely be hungover! I would wanna keep my dress simple and pleasing to the eye. I'd wear this embroidered vintage dress with some funky slippers, a multi-colored bag and of course, some sunnies! I also think these tassel ear-rings would do perfect justice to the otherwise dull outfit.

To all those soon-to-be brides and bridesmaids out there, head over to SheIn right away. There could not be a better way to shop your looks for your bestie's hen party!

Hand On The Hip

Friday, 22 September 2017

Nine reasons why

9/22/2017 4 Comments
Hi there!

Navaratri has kicked in and I see everyone talking about what sarees they're going to wear, how they're going to attend pujas and other religious gatherings, how they are planning to decorate their homes with a gazillion dolls, how all my meat eater friends are reluctantly turning veggie for the season and some of them are even fasting and what not. While all these activities are a part of our culture and tradition, how about we deep dive into the actual message that is being delivered via Navaratri?

In different parts of the country, Navaratris is celebrated for different reasons. There are lots of articles on the internet and of course the knowledge your elders would share with you that tell you what exactly Navaratri is all about. It's basically nine forms or incarnations of Goddess Durga or Navadurga celebrated for nine days during this time of the year. But how do we apply these qualities of Goddess Durga in our modern day lives?

We, as women, tend to face a lot more difficulties in life than most men do. Gender stereotyping and anti-feminism is still a concern despite all measures being taken to eradicate them. When you do something worth appreciation, there's always one guy who says, "oh, that's 'cause you're a girl", or when someone's driving horribly, there are so many people assuming it's a woman behind the wheel. While "go make a sandwich" jokes are all over my feed, a woman eating her lunch alone is "target acquired" in the eyes of a man. How do we women withstand all this nonsense? There's not much we can do to change their minds. Let's hope the nine qualities of Goddess Durga help us become carefree.

Shailaputri is believed to ooze purity and devotion. She is the purest embodiment of Durga and the mother of nature. Just like her, we must also aim to be pure from all our hearts and get rid of all evil thoughts that sometimes take over.

Bhramacharini bestows happiness, peace, prosperity upon those who truly deserve it. She is the way to attaining moksha. We must also strive to be happy and ensure that we spread happiness all around us.

Chandraghanta represents peace, tranquility and prosperity in life. She is always alert and ready to battle evil from any direction. Ladies, never say no to help someone or yourself fight against evil.

Kushmanda brings light to the world. She is a symbol of strength and courage. Always have your guard down. The world is cruel and being a strong, independent, brave woman in today's times won't hurt.

Skanda Mata was chosen as the commander-in-chief by the gods every time there was a war against demons. She showcases great leadership qualities. Being a great leader is one of the finest qualities you can have. Work towards it!

Katyayani was born in a fit of rage and anger. But beneath all the fury, lies a calm and peaceful soul, always ready to drive evil away. Channeling your energies towards a cause that will help others benefit is something we all need to start doing.

Kaal Ratri is believed to be both honored and feared. She protects everyone from the dark. Help yourself and help others in need.

Maha Gauri is the epitome of beauty and grace. With her luminous beauty, she washes away all impurities and imparts a deep sense of inner peace. Forgive and forget. Life is too short to have grudges.

Siddhidatri grants wisdom and appeal to those who seek her blessings. She is a true giver of supernatural powers. Learning is constant. Do make an effort to learn from others and play a major role in imparting knowledge and wisdom.

With this I'd like to give all the women in the world all my love and luck. Fear no one, hate no one and give it all you got. Go get them!

Hand On The Hip

P.S. I am wearing a top from Max with printed palazzos I picked from Brigade Road, Bangalore. My shoes are from Street Style Store. Photo credits go to Mahesh Namburi.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

She said a bang bang a bangeity bang!

9/16/2017 2 Comments

What's up with y'all? I have finally made some time to write a post after what seems like forever! Off late I feel like I am in a rut and all I've been doing is waste enormous amounts of time commuting to work! :( But that's going to end soon, hopefully! *fingers crossed* Anywho, why I decided to write this post is because, a) this seems like a much needed post for young girls experimenting with their hair and are on a budget and 2) somehow my posts on how all of my attempts to look fabulous as a teenager flopping majorly ends up becoming a huge success on my blog! And before I proceed, I'd like to give my friend from college all the credit for giving me this idea! Well, long story short - she messed up her bangs and wanted advice!

Warning: This post contains pictures of me from many, many years ago shot in ridiculously low res phone cameras! 

You'd have noticed that I don't sport a fringe or have bangs. When I was a little kid, my mum would always give me the most hideous looking fringe. She'd call it "the monkey cut". As I grew older, I realized I never wanted them bangs again!

I also believe that not everyone can pull off a fringe. Your face cut plays a major role in any haircut you decide to get. Your hair type plays a bigger role here. I mean, if you've got super curly hair, I don't think a fringe is a wise idea. Alisha Chinoy  is and will always be someone who looked perfect with a fringe! Zoey Dechanel is another celebrity who always has her bangs on point.

On that note, I would like to give a big shout out to my fave blogger, Deccan Herald's newest fashion columnist, Shivani for rocking this fringe! Do reach out to her if you are looking for fashion and styling tips. Much love to you, cutie!

When I went to college in 2008, bangs were back in style and I desperately wanted them! Side fringes were super popular and would give a whole new perspective to one's face. As I have thick eyebrows, I thought it would also help me cover them when they're not done. So, I decided to go to a beauty parlor and get myself that cutesy fringe I had been eyeing for quite sometime. It cost me a hundred bucks! I was like, whoaa, I don't think I can keep spending so much money on a fringe every month! Back in 2008, 100 Rupees was too much expenditure for four strands of your hair being cut!

The miser in me decided to cut her own fringe. Surprisingly, the first few times I did it, I aced it! That was probably because all I had to do was trim the fringe that was already cut earlier by a professional. I watched tutorials online and learnt a couple of thing about cutting my own bangs. But sometimes I also messed up big time! I'd either cut too much of my hair or I'd cut it all wrong. Somehow over the years, I feel like I have mastered this technique, but why I don't cut my fringe anymore is something you'll find out soon. But for now, do check out some of the tips and tricks below.


How to cut that perfect fringe on your own
Getting those perfect bangs can be super tricky. Sometimes even the stylists at the most expensive beauty parlors can get it all wrong! I've penned down a step-by-step process for you guys to cut your own fringe.

  1. DO NOT wet your hair! Now I know that this is a tip that most stylists use, but they are professionals and you should just let them do their thing. But if you wet your hair, you'll always end up cutting more than necessary.
  2. Take a slim, sharp pair of scissors and grab some strands of your hair. Now if you have a big forehead, then your job is easy. Just start grabbing your hair 1-2 cm from your hairline and you're good to go. If you have a really narrow forehead, then you might need to cut a little more hair than the others, say, 3-4 cms.
  3. Once you have put together enough hair, run your scissors over them. Your fringe should be at least 1-2 cm below your eyebrows. 
  4. And finally, keep your scissors parallel to your face and start cutting itsy bitsy parts of the fringe to give it that layered finish. You could blow dry the fringe if you want.

How to fix that fringe gone wrong
A fringe that's been cut way too short (anything above the eyebrow level could look hideous) could make you look ridiculously funny. You don't wanna end up looking like Jassi or Ugly Betty, so don't worry, it's just hair and it's gonna grow back! But in the meanwhile, here are some tips you can follow.

  1. Bobby pins and tic tacs are every girl's saviors! Pick up your disaster fringe together and pin it at the back of your head or the side. 
  2. Convert your fringe to a side fringe by using a tic tac to pin it to the side and then after a couple of hours you can take it off to find a lovely side fringe!
  3. Hair sprays can really help hold that side fringe together!
  4. Just wait for it to grow and it will naturally become of the length you had wished it to be!
So while I think bangs look really cool and I think it has more than one advantage, I also find it a bit annoying and high maintenance. I think I have reached that stage in life where comfort is mostly all I care about and I don't want any hair bothering me on my face, not to forget I hardly have any hair left since I moved to Bangalore, can't afford to waste most of my hair on a fringe! Waiting for the fringe to grow and catch up with the rest of my hair has always been a pain and hence I decided to just let it go for the time being. 

And that's why I said goodbye to bangs! :(

Hand On The Hip

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Love is in the Hair!

9/06/2017 0 Comments
Hello there!

Lately I have been trying out a lot of herbal products on myself. What used to be stinky and uncool is now my go-to solution for any hair or skin related problem. When I was little and my grandma used to ask me to apply henna on my scalp, I'd laugh and ridicule her. But now every word she said, every formula she used for her hair and skin are being sold for hundreds and thousands of rupees. And trust me, they are all worth your precious money!

I was born with thick, luscious hair and from the time I moved away from home, all that's left of that hair is a rough patch of strings on my head. Hard water, pollution and unhealthy diet had all destroyed my beautiful hair. Just when I was about to get a super expensive scalp treatment done, I was introduced to Hairbitat. Ideally, I'd be very subtle about writing reviews for hair and skin treatment, but this one's a life saver and I cannot stop raving about it!

My friend Suman (the newly appointed, multi-talented manager for HOTH) and I decided to visit their branch at HSR Layout, Bangalore. We were welcomed with a bunch of beautiful ladies who explained every step of the procedure to us. I was told that since I have dyed hair, this would make the brown in my hair darker and that actually makes me look like I have a different hair color! The stylist also told me that my hair strands are weaker in the middle than they are at the scalp due to dry, frizzy ends and hence they start breaking right at the middle. That was a first!

The treatment started with the application of ginger paste and olive oil on to our scalps. With a pretty brush, she then stroked a thick herbal paste all over our hair and scalp giving us full coverage. The paste smelled like henna, but apparently it's supposed to contain 20 Chinese herbs. I can't explain how soothing it felt! We were served a cup of chrysanthemum tea and after leaving the herbal miracle on for about 45 minutes or so, under steam along with a nice creamy face pack on our faces, the paste was washed off using Be Choo shampoo and conditioner. The beautician also gave us a gentle head massage which was the icing on the cake! My hair was finally blow-dried with a protection serum applied before and after.

Overall, my experience was so awesome that I urged two other friends of mine to try it. They had similar things to say about it! Also, this treatment can be availed by men too :) You could probably take your girlfriend out for spa day and make it a fun thing to do together :D

The aftermath of this treatment? My hair is healthier, thicker and has less hair fall than ever. My scalp that was once itchy and flooded with dandruff is now cleaner. I would need at least 4-5 more sessions until I have my awesome hair back again! You can check out our before and after pics below!

The treatment could cost you anywhere between 1400 to 2000 bucks. And if you love your hair, then it's time for you to fall in love with it!

Hand On The Hip