Home decoration ideas for Diwali

Need the perfect excuse to revamp your home? Well, the festive season with all the festive reasons is banging right at your door. What more a reason do you need?

 

The festivities have officially kicked off with the beginning of the Nav Ratri, closely followed by Dussehra and Diwali. This is pretty much the Desi equivalent of spring cleaning, time to declutter, reinvent and revamp our living spaces.

 

Most of you will be well sorted out by now with carefully chalked out plans to lend a refreshed look to your houses that suit your time schedule and your budgets. But for the few lazy bones who haven’t thought of anything as yet, we do have a few tips to help you perk up your home without requiring much time or money.

 

Cut the clutter: According to popular belief, Goddess Laxmi comes visiting our homes on Diwali. However, the pre-requisite is that the house needs to be absolutely spick and span. So unless you want to miss out on this read more…

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Arrange the best birthday party for your kids

Birthday Parties are exciting, fun and happening. More so if it’s your kid’s party and you are the planner. I always have butterflies in my stomach when I have to plan one. These Birthday Parties are like road trips: getting there is half the fun! Deciding on the theme, decorations and activities seem like part of the celebration itself.

 

But even a simple party requires planning, the sooner you start the better. The one most important rule to swear by is that the kids don’t want a big party or a huge bash. They are happy with a small one as long as they are made to feel special.

 

Here is a list of my party organization ideas which read more…

Behind every stylish woman is a sassy handbag

“Behind every stylish woman is a sassy handbag!” Bags! A woman’s first love, a never ending obsession! We are all crazy about them.

For me, there can be nothing more appealing, more functional accessory in my wardrobe than a handbag.  It’s an extension of my style, my own private space to order my things. It’s the hardest- working piece of accessory we own, shielding our valuables from damage and theft.

The leather Satchel

Every woman has a secret desire to splurge on them. They are like your selfish moments when you are not thinking about anyone but yourself. And believe me, you need that! Even if you look read more…

Men’s Fashion- Summer style tips

So it’s that time of the year again! The temperatures are soaring high at 45 degrees. But how can that stop you from looking stylish?

 

Summer styling can be a bit of a challenge because you cannot use layering pieces to enhance your looks. So playing around simple, breathable and comfortable clothes is your best bet.

 

Here are a few recommendations for your wardrobe this summer.

 

  • The most important tip for Men’s fashion! Don’t buy clothes that are too tight. If it is difficult to resist the temptation of flaunting those biceps, go sleeveless! But please save yourself the horror of wearing those body fitted shirts.

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  • You must have a few basic shirts. Go for two casual shirts in white or light blue. One dress shirt preferably in white. And one plain or check shirt in the color of your choice.

 

  • A couple of basic t-shirts in summer palette like beige, white, light blue. If you wish to spice up your summer wardrobe, you can also go for colors like orange or cyan blue.

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  • Another imperative is a lightweight, washed Indigo denim. You can go for distressed denim as they are much in vogue.

 

  • One basic chino in either navy or khaki color.

 

  • A couple of polo shirts in summary hues will prove to be a valuable style addition.

 

  • Three pairs of shoes to complete your look. One formal pair-either Oxfords or Monks, a pair of sneakers and one pair of Chukka boots.

 

Most of the pieces of Men’s fashion suggested above are very versatile. You can mix and match them to create a sharp summer look. Work on your summer wardrobe and play it cool guys!

Benefits of an Induction Cooktop

Thinking of buying an Induction Cooktop for your kitchen but confused? Well, there are many reasons to buy one. We are witnessing a lot of technology around us these days. Things getting better, tasks rendered easier, changes everywhere. Why not introduce some technology in your kitchen?

 

Induction cooktops are finding their way to the modern Indian kitchen in a big way.  If you are still in a dubious state of mind whether to purchase one for your kitchen, here are some facts to help you take that decision.

 

Speedy: If you are one of those cooks who want to put dinner faster on the table, Induction cook top is just your thing! When in a hurry to cook, it’s better to give that gas stove a miss. Reach for the induction cooktop because it can certainly help speed-up the process of cooking. They give instant heat because of the electromagnetic activity that can heat the pan far quicker than gas stove.

 

Energy efficient: The induction technology brings about little energy wastage as it heats only the cookware and not the entire surface. This result is less energy consumption, lower electricity bills and a healthier environment. The best aspect is that you will have a cooler kitchen and you’ll sweat less.

 

Safe: With kids in your house, safety is an important consideration. The gas stoves have many risk factors attached thus, making your kitchen a dangerous place. Flames can easily lead to fire and burns. Even gas leaks are possible with kids around. Their tiny little hands love to twist and turn the burner knobs. An Induction cooktop is far less likely to create a fire or cause burns. So you are less stressed out when using induction in your kitchen.

 

Optimum Cooking: They come with optimized cooking and heating settings. This allows a more accurate control of heat for different cooking methods. This feature is of great help when cooking something delicate like a pasta sauce that can get easily burnt on a gas stove.

 

Ease of clean up: Cleaning up after cooking is no less a task than the former. A splatter or a spill on the gas stove can call for hours of scrubbing. But an induction cooktop rarely gets hot so the spilled food doesn’t burn. It can be easily cleaned with a quick swipe of the sponge.

If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen or you wish to take out some time for yourself from your daily chores, investing now in an Induction Cooktop is definitely a great Idea.

Summer Fashion 2017 – Trends to watch out for!

Summers are here and summer fashion is what we can’t take our minds off! As much as we dread the extremities of the weather, the joy is all about being able to flaunt the lovely, summary attires in vibrant hues.

So, before you all gear up to revamp your wardrobes, here are a few quick tips that can come in handy to choose the right summer clothes.

 

White is Right: You can never go wrong with whites. They are simple, yet elegant and versatile. We all love wearing them with bright contrasting colors. But this year, let’s go bold! Pair those whites with shades of gold and other metallic tones like copper to add that touch of royalty.

 

Back to Florals: Bright floral prints have been a summer trend since last few years and are here to stay this year as well. Smaller prints are going to be appreciated as they won’t take your look over the board.

 

Slits to kill: Extended slits will be a rage this summer! They are going to render a modern and chic attribute to the Indian ethnic wear. Go for a high slit Kurta with geometrical pattern to be the trendsetter.

 

Capes: This fashion element is the designer’s new obsession. The cape has made its way in Indian Fashion as it adds a dash of class and elegance to any attire.

 

Asymmetric Hems: Dresses and Kurtas with Asymmetric hems and clean and distinctive cuts are surely going to get you the title of The Summer Diva! Embrace this style to look a class apart.

 

So ladies, keep these style tips in mind when you pick up that favorite shopping bag. But do add your personal touch to it. Remember, Trend is what you follow, Style is what you create!

What’s trending this winter?

One of the hottest things trending this season if you haven’t yet noticed is the Bomber jacket! Men, women alike are into this trendsetting piece of clothing which can completely transform your look.

You can easily dress it up or down. Originally created for military pilots, they have somehow stuck probably owing to their versatility. You can don plain bombers, metallic bombers, embroidered bombers any way you like read more…

 

Android takes a leap with the new update – Nougat

Google had launched Android 7.0 (Nougat) almost two months ago and is all set to unveil Android Nougat 7.1 (Update). This is by far the best update that the Android OS is set to receive.

The only drawback to Nougat is that it will only be made available to a select few phones initially. If you have a Nexus 6, Nexus 6PNexus 5X, Google Pixel C , Nexus Player, Nexus 9 or an Android One, these devices are expected to get the update by December. Sony phones including the , Xperia XXperia XA, Xperia Z3+Xperia Z5 CompactXperia XA Ultra, Xperia Z5 PremiumXperia Z4 TabletXperia Z5 and Xperia X Performance will have it but no specific release date has been revealed.

Apart from these Motorola phones – Moto G4 Play, Moto G4Moto X Style, Moto X Pure Edition, Moto X Play, , Droid Turbo 2, , Moto Z, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play, Droid Maxx 2, Moto Z Play Droid, Moto X Force will also be a part of this new league.

Other mobile giants such as LG, HTC, Samsung are working hard to get the updates on their newest phones too. It will be a while before even these phones get Nougat 7.0 and 7.1.

Some of the notable features of Android Nougat 7 are –

  • Multi Window Support
  • Direct Reply Notifications
  • VR Support
  • New quick settings Menu
  • Doze Mode 2.0
  • Bundled Notifications

Exclusive features for the Pixel and Pixel XL include:

  • Google Assistant
  • 24/7 Support
  • Pixel Camera
  • The Pixel Launcher
  • Smart Storage
  • Unlimited Storage For Photos and Video (even 4K video)

Some important features of the Android Nougat Updates version 7.1 are –

  • App Shortcuts
  • New Restart Setting
  • New Moves menu in settings
  • Image Keyboard support

One Beauty Hack You Need

I have constantly had dark circles every now and then along with some occasional acne and even though the acne doesn’t bother me, dark circles and certain dark spots on my face do. Since I am not a fan of chemicals and face products (well I am constantly scared to use them what if I am allergic to something that I don’t know and my face breaks out?) which is why I stick by natural DIY face care.

Anything and everything that I can whip up in my kitchen is good to go on my face. I am sure a lot of you would be facing similar issues (Men and women alike).

I just discovered this amazing face pack that can be made easily and without the use of complex ingredients. I know too well the struggle we all face when something like this is in question and usually the ingredients are difficult to locate and read more…

 

Home an affordable makeover this Diwali

With Diwali right around the corner, the preparations have already begun. The first and foremost thing that every Indian household experiences is that the houses are repainted and cleaned, in lieu of traditions. Diwali being the biggest and most widely celebrated festival in the country is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show.

 

It’s a festival when families come together. While I am obsessed with Diwali, I am not a very big fan of the firecrackers, for me Diwali is all about coming together with my family.

 

But sometimes not all of us have the time or resources to re-do our entire house. If you’re looking for ways and means to be able to make your houses look beautiful without spending too much here’s what you can do read more..