Saturday, 31 December 2011

Farewell 2011

Partying to usher in the new year?
Let this be your motto for the night

Got cool and easy hair ideas? Here are some(click on photos for instructions)
  


I am staying in tonight but I am staying awake the whole night doing some of these things
✔ Watching my favourite shows of this season (Revenge, Homeland, Christmas Special Episode of Downton Abbey,again)
✔ Looking at amazing and inspiring photos on pinterest.
✔ Eating Cake
✔ Eating cheesy pasta and melting sandwiches
✔ Making wishes and filling up an imaginary jar with them


And I will definitely work on resolutions. Taking better care of my hair so that I am not bald around this time next year should be a priority!
Chuck Anderson shot this with a macro lens and uploaded it unedited
And with this fabulous photograph I fade away to meet you again in 2012


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Holiday Cheers

So last week I got a new pair of boots and man do I love them! I keep staring at them. I wasn't thinking I would spend that much but I couldn't resist after I slipped into them. They look so sleek from the outside and are warm and soft on the inside. The heels aren't that high also but I have weird feet (not kidding). So, even a little bit of arch hurts my feet. Oh what the hell! It's not like every pair I own has to be a practical one for walking about. And trust me I don't have too many shoes. I don't splurge, I swear. I will treasure this one. I am sitting here wearing them right now. This may sound crazy but as a kid every time I bought a new pair I would wear them at home basically everywhere where dirty shoes weren't allowed. Someone once even asked if I was going to hug them to sleep. I scoffed of course.But I did keep them right beside the bed so that I could wear them right after I woke up.
I was not a crazy kid. My mother never had me tested though. (All Big Bang Theory lovers will get this I hope).
#tidal

They are from Catwalk

P.S - I just read Lady Diana's dresses will be exhibited in Kensington Palace.The display, entitled "Diana", will open on March 26 and run until September as part of a permanent exhibition at Kensington Palace dedicated to Queen Victoria.
The news follows an announcement that Prince William and his brother Prince Harry have decided to use their late mother's apartment for charity events and receptions. Duchess Catherine will also use the apartment for charity events.I am looking forward to seeing the photos. This David and Elizabeth Emanuel dress is supposed to be included as well.

Merry Christmas

My High Gear Sunglasses

After looking through the selection at the online store of GKB optical I decided to go for a pair of aviators.But, first let's have some more information about their website www.gkboptical.com
-It is the largest online eyewear store in India, where you can buy sunglasses, eyeframes and contact lenses.
-Widest variety of international brands & latest products available online for the first time in India. The products range from Rs 400- Rs 35,000.
-They are authorized retailers for these products, so you are guaranteed authenticity of products. Also, you get warranty, money back policy and free delivery across India.
-Virtual Mirror: You can try on the glasses on your face, with their unique ‘Try On Glasses’ feature.
-Hundreds of styles, frame shapes, colors to choose from.
This is the one I ordered (click *here* to go to page)
HIGH GEAR 7675
The reason why I chose this is because I liked the purple glasses.
This is designed to maximize your vision.
Frame Shape Aviator
Frame Material Metal
Product Type Sunglass
Warranty
Frame Type Full
Frame material Metal
Frame Size 57
Frame Colour Black , Black
Lens ColourPurple
Bridge/Vertical/Temple 14/47/143
Colour No.COL03
Product code:J276BL57
Size Eye Bridge VerticalB Temple
LG 57 14 47 143
The price stated for this was Rs.1180. There is a 50 bucks extra charge for any order that is under Rs.500 otherwise the delivery is free of cost. I placed the order on 13th December and got it on 20th December. They deliver within 2-5 days, but there was a delay, I am guessing because of the weekend.
The glasses came in a black leather pouch with the name of the brand on it inside a bigger box packed with shredded paper confetti for cushioning effect. It feels quite fragile in my hands and the glasses look black,not purple. The person I interacted with was very nice and promptly wanted to help when I mentioned there was a delay. They called me up prior to delivery to make sure someone was there to pick it up. That's a plus point. And they also have cash on delivery option, add another + point.
Here are my aviators. The glasses are black not purple as I thought they would be. This is just my experience.



Hope you guys are having a great time with your friends and family! 2 more days till Christmas!

P.S.-This is a sponsored review and the experience was my own

Sunday, 18 December 2011

We Stop, We Stare


We are strong, we are weak. We have likes and we have dislikes. We smile and we frown. Some people make us doubt ourselves and some help us gain back our faith. Some make us cry and some others push their way through walls of concrete and warm our hearts with happiness. Some of us sit and shiver in our loneliness. Some of us rejoice in the warmth of our solitude. Some of us walk a lonely path even when among kin and kith. Some of us are fortunate enough to find that one person who can pull us out even from a crowd, even when we have lost ourselves.
Love and hate are two facets of life, lying side by side and we walk that line every day. We hate our family. We love our family. We push away our most beloved friends and crawl back to them to carry on with our strange relationships.
We long for feelings when we lose sensation. When we gain it back we seek for something to numb the pain that comes with it.
It is said that some of us can hear the shriek of a banshee when someone dear dies. We hear our hearts cry when something dear dies as well.
But we are still alive and we hold on - to pain, to joy, to happiness, to tears, to life.
We pretend. We feel ashamed. We see it in our own eyes in the mirror and hide it from others, then we turn away. Some of us forgot to enjoy our childhood in our bid to grow up too fast. Some of us never stood a chance. Even then everyday starts with the promise of a better us.

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Sunshine

All the beauty and wonders of the world will remain even after the cold of death has numbed our senses. All the sunshine warming us now will remain even after we have moved on. But, till then I want to sit in the sun and let the warmth seep in through my skin.
photographed by me

photographed by me
above 3 photos from pinterest
rebecka bjurmell photography

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Smitten Kitchen - My Saviour

The last time I tried to boil eggs I ended up with two blobs of semi solid inedible gooey mess. Naturally I vowed never to make boiled eggs again. So when I saw this particular Smitten Kitchen post about a December cocktail party snack I had to break my vow. Yes, Google is my saviour. I have not been disappointed ever. Be it be a question about travel, shrimps gone bad, story lines without the main plot, knick-knacks and yes hard boiled eggs - I have found answers to them all.
I was so proud when the perfect unbroken whites landed in my hands from the shells. Now, I can boil eggs too!
Fill the bowl with eggs with water; bring it to a boil; simmer for 15mins; let it sit for 10 more mins; let it cool(put the eggs in cool water to speed up the process); peel; eat.
Piece of cake..huh!

So the Caesar Salad Deviled Eggs from Smitten Kitchen which looked like this


got me to move my ass to the kitchen and make this


I know mine aren't the image of perfection like hers. But it tasted so good.
I left out the lettuce and anchovy. I used normal cheese (mint flavoured) instead of parmesan. I used dill, dried chives, fresh coriander and the end portion of a spring onion(the white portion without the roots) on my own (you can leave them out if you want).
Word of advice - Don't eat them all yourself.

Happy Wednesday!


Sunday, 11 December 2011

Caught Up in The Past

I can't exactly sound very cheerful in this post without making it feel forced. But this is a look I did before the day my grandma passed away. I have taken down that post dedicated to my grandparents because I felt it was just too personal. I didn't post this that day. So here you go.
We are all desperately waiting for winter to come in Calcutta. It's ridiculous out here. I am still mostly in summer/fall clothes all the time. We are contemplating donating our winter clothes because it seems we have finally bid farewell to winter from Calcutta forever.
I got this striped cardigan last year or the year before that (I forget which). I have been wearing glasses since 2003 and the recent "trend" of making geek chic  has encouraged me to post looks wearing them instead of poking my eyeballs with my lenses every time I do a look. I like my lenses which I have started wearing from this year only. But let's face it, when I am in a hurry and I have just fallen out of bed to dash out to college or somewhere else I grab my glasses. It's a bit ironic that the chic had to wear what the so called geeks and nerds were wearing for decades to make them appear cool. Also known as hipster glasses they are a part of the counter-culture fashion popular now. I, like my maternal grandpa have always loved black rimmed glasses.
I like the colours in this striped cardi a lot. I am wearing that brown lipstick I told you about that my aunt gave me. I dislike brown lipstick and this is almost not brown. Shade is :- Avon Glazewear- Milk Chocolate shown in this *post*.


Hope you guys have a good week.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

For The Love Of

For the love of a dreamy smile before sleep

For the love of beauty, Snowy Edinburgh bridge,UK


For the love of motivation
 

For the love of rain & sun

For the love of a starry bedroom, Star Projector

For the love of making friends

For the love of chic

For the love of winged eye liner
For the love of reading


For the love of life

For the love of love,Tiffany ad

For the love of love again


all photos from pinterest.com

You Are Alive

Why do you read blogs? Why do you seek out other bloggers who post about similar things you would/ you think/ you do?

You don't just admire the clothes the bloggers wear. You do like the person you get a glimpse of as well.

C.S. Lewis said: "We read to know we are not alone."

While reading this following article I realised it seemed it was me who thinks so many of these things. I thought I should share it with you all. Just read it even if you have nothing to say to me at the end. Just tell "I read it," and it would be enough.

10 Truths I Wish I’d Known Sooner

Her friends and family tried to guide her. But it was only through years of rich experience that she grasped the realities of life.

by Amy Bloom

Occasionally, being better informed leads to better decisions. Mostly, though, I think we make choices based on who we are, not what we know. The lessons here are things that people who knew and loved me tried to tell me. So thank you to my relatives who scolded me in four languages, and to my high school English teacher who watched over me like Cupid with a Ph.D., and to my best friend, who taught me patience. These people did their best to make me smarter in the ways that count. If I had been willing and able to understand them, their words might have tilted me more (and sooner) in the right direction. If I could have, they might have. Or, as my father often said, if your grandmother had balls, she would be your grandfather.

1. Events reveal people’s characters; they don’t determine them. Not everyone with divorced parents has terrible relationships. If two people are hit by a bus and crippled for life, one will become a bitter shut-in; the other, the kind of warm, outgoing person (cheerful despite everything) whom everyone loves to be with. It’s not about the bus, and a dreadful childhood is no excuse. You have the chance to be the person you wish to be, until you die.

2. Lying, by omission or commission, is a bad idea. I cannot shake my dependency on the white lie, because I was brought up to be nice. And I’ve never figured out the nice way to say, “I’d rather stick a fork in my eye than come to your house for dinner.” But the meaningful lie, the kind that involves being untruthful or deceitful about important stuff to those you love, is like poison. Telling the truth hurts, but it doesn’t kill. Lying kills love.

3. Sex always give you an answer, although not necessarily the one you want. It’s possible to have very good sex, a few times, with a person who shouldn’t be in your life at all. Have fun, and hide your wallet and your BlackBerry. On the other hand, it’s unlikely that a grown man, however nice, will become much, much better in bed than he was the first five times you slept with him. And if you sleep with a man who is unkind to you, there will be more of that; long after the sex is humdrum, the cruelty will be vivid.
4. Most talents are transferable. If you can raise toddlers and teenagers with relative calm, you can be a CEO. If you’re a good driver, you can probably steer a cab, fly a plane, captain a boat. My years as a waitress―serving food to demanding people in a high-stress environment without losing my temper―served me equally well as a mother, a wife, and a short-order cook for my family. And if you have the teaching gene, you can teach anything. (I mean it. All you have to do is be one lesson ahead of your students. Sole meunière, Latin and Greek, algebra―you can teach it!)

5. Fashion fades; style is eternal. Not only do you not have to wear torn jeans, a barely-there tank top, and a fedora, but you probably shouldn’t. The point of fashion is to indulge briefly in something fun. The point of style is to have one―whether that’s a sheath and spike heels or slouchy jeans and your husband’s T-shirt―and it should last you a lifetime. All you have to do is think you deserve to look and feel your best and spend some time figuring out how to do it. Don’t know? Find a woman whose style you admire and ask for a little advice.

6. You can’t fake love. Staying in a love relationship when love is not what you feel isn’t likely to end well. If you know that what you crave is security/disposable income/child care and not the person next to you in bed, do the right thing. It’s true that one can learn to love someone over time and often through difficult circumstances. But unless the two of you agree to wait until you’re old and all the storms have passed, in the hope that love will kick in, it’s better to bail sooner rather than later.

7. Mean doesn’t go away. Some people get better looking with age; some don’t. Some people soften; some toughen up. Mean streaks tend not to disappear. A person who demeans and belittles you and speaks of you with contempt to others is probably going to be that way for years. The first time it happens, take note. The second time, take your coat and go.
8. No one’s perfect. I knew that I wasn’t perfect; I just didn’t realize that this also applied to the people I fell in love with. The object of your affection will always turn out to have huge and varied faults. The smart thing is not to look for someone flawless (which is why Elizabeth Taylor married eight times), but to look for someone whose mix of strengths and liabilities appeals to you (which is why she married Richard Burton twice).

9. Ask for help. It’s possible you’ll get turned down. It’s even more likely that you’ll feel vulnerable and exposed. Do it anyway, especially if you are the helpful sort yourself. Those of us who like to offer assistance and hate to take any are depriving other people of the opportunity to be generous and kind; we are also blinding ourselves to the reality of mutual dependence. You wouldn’t wear pink hot pants and pretend they were flattering. Don’t pretend you don’t need help.

10. Keep your eye on the prize and your hand on the plow. It’s easy to lose sight of what you want, especially if you haven’t gotten it. I know it’s less work to put the wish away, to pretend that the wish itself has disappeared. But it’s important to know what your prize is, because that is part of who you are. Whether it’s financial stability, two children, a collection of poetry, or a happy marriage, take Winston Churchill’s advice and never give in. Never give in. Never give in.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Notice all Bloggers

All of us who have worked for getting followers on GFC there's a bad news. Google has decided to scrap Google Friend Connect because it is, according to them one of their least successful products. Any site which is not hosted by blogger faces losing readers who have subscribed through GFC. Here's a link to the main article. I don't know what will happen if GFC is scrapped entirely because as far as I know getting to the 168 followers took me 8 months and it was time consuming. And honestly bloglovin is not that popular because of the anonymity factor. I like to know who reads my blog and I like the other bloggers to know I read theirs even if sometimes I am unable to leave a comment behind. If that is the case I would have to ask you all to follow me on bloglovin and I will do the same for you. For the time being it seems blogger hosted blogs are safe.
Here's the article.

Google Cancels Google Friend Connect & What That Means for You

 

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Friday, 2 December 2011

Which Way Do You Sway?

New York 


OR
Paris




OR
Tokyo
all images-Street Peeper



Personally I love the way the fashion is displayed in Tokyo. I love the element of playfulness, the way they do their draping, the silhouettes and there's an edge which you don't normally see anywhere else. Tokyo street fashion is a great place to take inspiration from. I love the style in New York and Paris as well. I just sway more towards Japanese style subcultures.
So which way do you sway?

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