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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Bole Chudiyaan...Bole Kangana

Hey guys...hope u r doing good. I am still soaking in the monsoon rains and the fact that I don't have to commute much in the Mumbai monsoons, just makes me feel happy and lucky.


Going by the title of this post, if you think I am going to talk about the ongoing nepotism saga, you are so wrong.
This post has nothing to do with it.

I wanted to pen this post for the longest time, as it's been a while since I have written about Indian culture and traditions.
So without much ado, lets move on to the purpose of this post.

I am not much of a jewellery person. On a daily basis, you will hardly see me wearing any jewellery barring my earrings and mangalsutra.
But every time, I visit my mom, I try to wear atleast my bracelet, if not gold bangles.



My mom is a strong woman with modern beliefs, but she makes sure she follows all traditional rituals and beliefs that are relevant in today's age and era.
She follows a basic rule regarding culture and traditions...if its not too much of a  trouble and does not clash with your values ...Do it.

And that is why she insists that her two daughters wear a mangalsutra and bangles on a daily basis post our marriage.
But what I am going to share today are some of my Nani's beliefs regarding wearing bangles, that my mom believes even today.
They are quite interesting and you are free to take it with a pinch of salt if you like.

My Nani was a mothers to 6 daughters who were all educated, independent and working. And though she was the main and driving force behind all her daughters being educated and working, every time her daughters left the house for work, she would insist that they wear atleast a gold/silver chain along with gold/silver bangles.


My Nani always told her daughters that most Indian traditions and beliefs have  a scientific reasoning behind it, even though we might not know about it.
She said that physically, women are weaker than men and more susceptible to diseases. As a result our culture insisted on women wearing different jewellery made from metals like gold, silver and brass, so that the chemical properties of this metals would help to strengthen the bones of women. Due to the friction of these metals on the body their properties enter the body making it strong and endurant. Hence she believed that women of older generations were stronger and less susceptible to diseases as compared to the current generation.

Also, my Nani believed that just like the ringing bells in temples ward off negative energy, the clinging sound of bangles and anklets keep negative energies out of the house and maintained the balance of positive forces in the household.

While I really enjoy listening to all the cultural and traditional beliefs our ancestors followed, as far as I am concerned, I cannot wear jewellery everyday. I reserve then for special occasions.



What is your take on jewellery? Do you wear it everyday?

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Product Review: Oriflame The One Lip Sensation Vinyl Gel and Pure Colour Nail Polish Minis

Hi all ! I am back with another product review. And one which is very dear to all girls – nail polish and lip color. All of us are in constant search of that perfect lip and nail color and Oriflame has come up with exactly that.
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Oriflame’s “Pure Colour” Nail Polish Minis come in the most adorable mini bottles which are extremely easy to carry in your travel bags or even in your day handbags. They have twelve adorable shades and the colors are trendy and quirky and they have a huge array to choose your poison from.


Also, the application brush has the utmost ease of use with a good even spread which is wide enough to cover the nail in a single stroke. The most important thing that I observed is that the nail polish dries quickly (almost less than a minute!). The finish looks very even and even a single coat is enough for day use. It is easy to remove and does not chip easily.
In this post I am wearing the shade Pink Crush.


Product Details:
Quantity – 6 ml
Price – INR 189
Shades available – Ballerina Rose, Strawberry Cream, Pink Crush, Lilac Silk, Fuchsia Allure, Night Orchid, Red Sky at Night, Ruby Rouge, Cappuccino, Purple in Paris, London Red, Baby Pink, Clover Haze


The One Lip Sensation Vinyl Gel lip colors have a similar fun and quirky range. They are a luscious combination of gloss and lipstick. They come in 7 delightful shades; with a brush applicator and since they are liquid, it enhances the ease of application. They are long lasting and will leave a lasting impression!


They have a perfect glide-on and the conditioning formula makes sure your lips never get dry! They have great coverage within a single swipe and I did not need to replenish for atleast 3 hours post application. If I have to point out a downside, then it would be that they can rub off easily as compared to some other products in the market that promise to last for more than 12 hours.
In this post I am wearing the shade Tangerine Tango.

Product Details:
Quantity – 5 ml
Price – INR 699
Shades available – Hot Flamingo, Malibu Blush, Purple Rumba, Tangerine Tango, Sunset Burst, Pink Mambo and Magnetic Magenta

Overall, I was very happy and quite satisfied with these Oriflame products and would rate them 3.5/5.
So girls, are you ready to be hip and trendy? If yes, get shopping from the new Oriflame nail and lip color range and add some color these monsoons!


-Gouri Patwardhan
For So-Saree

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Outfit Post: Feeling Grey

Monsoons have finally hit Mumbai and I can't thank the Rain Gods enough for it.
This year, summers in Mumbai, were really bad and long and now that it has finally cooled down I am again back to good mood.
But don't be too optimistic. A few weeks of traveling and splashing in the Mumbai rains will again make me grumpy and angry, but till them let me just enjoy my moment.

The monsoons and grey skies prompted me to share a grey outfit which you have seen before on the blog but with a different styling.
So without much adieu, let me just take you through the pictures and show you glimpses of my beach vacation, I took almost 2 years ago.
Can you guess the place? If not, the last picture will give you a hint.

Happy Monsoons Everyone!






 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ross
Sneakers: H&M
Neckpiece: Fashion &You

Sunday, 2 July 2017

IGP.com: A Gift for Every One and Every Occasion

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than its value.
And that is why in a place where there's no dearth of gift shops and online gifting portals, there are only a few sites that manage to make a mark and win people's vote.

Indian Gift's Portal or IGP.com is one such site which has managed to become a favorite with all age groups across the globe since its official inception in 2001.

So what is it that marks IGP.com different from it contemporaries?

Well, we were privileged enough to be invited to review their website and below is an account of our experience.


First Look: We like the look of the website. It's neat, attractive and easy to browze. The different categories and filters ensure ease of browsing and finding the right gift for the right person for the right occasion.


Festive Gifting: Realizing that India is a land of festivals, IGP has identified and categorized gifts as per occasions/festivals. Whether you are looking for a Fathers day gift, Rakhi gift, Anniversary gift, or just a gift for no reason at all, IGP.com has an answer to all.
Gifts for Men or Women, Gifts for the Home Makers or for the Classy, gifts for your siblings or for your love interest, they have a gift for everyone.

What I Shopped: I decided to gift my Mom a few bedsheets and was very happy when I found out that IGP had a number of options in Rajasthani printed bedsheets.
I quickly shortlisted a few and placed an order.
To place an order, we first need to open an account with IGP.com, where you need to fill in basic information like name, email address, contact number, mailing address, etc.
After the account is created, you can check out your order and make a payment.

We had zero troubles while placing our order and it was a smooth sailing transaction.

Fast Delivery: The website boasted about its quick delivery process and hence I was expecting that my order would reach my Mom's house in 2-3 days.


But the very next day, I received a call from my mom, and she said that she received a parcel from IGP.com which said it was a gift from me.
She was very happy with all the bedsheets and said she was looking to buy something similar for a very long time.


Though it was the bedsheets that made my mom happy, what amazed me, was the speed of delivery. The order was delivered within 24 hours of me placing the order. IGP definitely impressed me with its superfast delivery service.

Product Quality: The bedsheets I ordered were just like they were shown on the website. They were 100% cotton, thick in texture and had vibrant colors and hues.



Our Verdict: We would definitely recommend shopping from IGP.com because they deliver what they promise.

Right from the product, the delivery process, the ordering process and the browzing experience was good and hassle free. The fact that it ships orders to 150+ countries, talks a lot about its service quality and global reach. 

Did You Know? Indian Gifts Portal (IGP.com) has same-day delivery network in 300 cities in India.
Well, now you do! 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Grooming Party with my Girls in Vancouver

Staying in is the new going out! So, when my friend Sandy, a beauty consultant at Mary Kay cosmetics offered a pampering session for me and my friends I jumped at the opportunity and decided to host a fun girl’s night-in at my apartment. The BollyX Fitness class that I attend every Tuesday presented the perfect opportunity to host this event on a Tuesday evening. My two favourite girls Shwetha (the BollyX instructor) and Dani were happy to join me for the pampering session after the class. At first, they were a bit skeptical about the brand but my ex-roomie had already introduced me to their line of cosmetics and swore by its products.

To make this blog interesting I’m going to narrate the whole episode through pictures.

Sandy was a thorough professional and came prepared to make the night fun and interesting for us. She arrived right on time and set the stage for what was an eventful evening. While she was arranging the table for us, she got us to fill a form outlining our basic face and skin attributes to help her understand the right products for us.


Since we all had our make-up on, the first step was to clean it off. And here we tried the first product of the evening, Mary Kay’s eye make-up remover. I personally feel this is one of Mary Kay’s finest products. It is gentle on the skin and takes off-makeup like a hot knife through butter.
The product to follow was the TimeWise 3-In-1 Cleanser that cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates the skin. It did leave a pleasant effect on my skin. We also gave our lips a little treat. The Shea Sugar Scrub and Shea Butter Balm offered a spa-like indulgence for our lips in two easy steps.

It was time to try the main product of the evening. One of the new members to Mary Kay’s family, the Charcoal facial mask that reduces pore sizes, reduces oily skin around the T-zone and extracts blackheads. Charcoal face mask have been gaining popularity in the beauty industry these days. It’s also been used in spas all-over and therefore I was super excited to try one out myself. The fact that a product made of charcoal is used to enhance skin is itself intriguing. This was the fun part of the evening. We couldn’t stop laughing at each other’s amusing faces after applying the mask. Look at the picture and you’ll understand why.
 
We had to keep the mask on for 20 minutes, so this gave me the right opportunity to prepare a quick snack. I had pre-planned to make Bhel an Indian savory snack. The chutneys (dips/sauces) were prepared in advance, I just had to mix all the ingredients together. I’m glad that everyone enjoyed it!

Just when the Bhel was ready it was time to take off the masks.

Although the after-effect of the mask was soothing, it fell short of my expectations. I could also be due to the fact that th other Mary Kay products that I have used had raised my expectations too much. However, my bhel saved the day. ;-)  



The best was saved for the last! And so, we started the make-up session. It was a step-by –step tutorial from our expert Sandy. We started off by applying a moisturizer and a foundation primer (Sunscreen SPF 15). This set, the perfect base for our make-up to be followed. The Mary Kay foundation was a clear winner among all the products. We found the perfect shade of foundation to blend with our natural skin tones. The look was a polished version of our natural self.
To make our jobs easier the eye make-up was provided with an easy to follow make-up guide.



Sandy ended the session with a fun game in which we won some cool gifts. No prizes to guess that the gifts were Mary Kay products. It was a win-win situation for all.

It was a fun-filled evening of pamper, indulgence and gossip! All of us ended up buying our favorite Mary Kay product from Sandy.



My favorite picks from the evening were, Eye make-up remover, Foundation and primer and the Satin lips set. Can’t wait to spoil myself with these amazing products.:)

If you’re having a small and cozy soiree with your girls, a pampering night is a lovely way of relaxing and spoiling yourself. Whether you’re looking for some relaxation or a complete makeover, my friend Sandy would be very happy to offer a pampering session in Vancouver, Canada. Please email sosareee@gmail.com for any inquiries.

Website: Mary Kay
Blog : The Mary Kay

Facebook: MaryKay 



-SOnali
 For So-Saree Canada

 

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