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4 Damaging Hair Habits That You Need To Quit For Long Hair

Hey everyone, I am still not done doing #hairtalk on my YouTube channel yet. Today I present to you second edition of #hairtalk series where I am sharing some (long) hair secrets. If you want to grow long hair and have beautiful summer tresses, then you need to STOP making these hair  related mistakes right now!


I will quickly sum the video tutorial for you-

1. Make sure to wash your hair brush regularly. Just like the makeup brushes the hair brush tends to absorb dirt on its follicles making the hair vulnerable.
2. Avoid hot showers for your scalp! It dries your hair and the protective hair oils thus damaging it in the long run.
3. Avoid wearing cap/hat for long hours as it can wick away the moisture from your scalp. It also causes friction that lead to breakage
4. Lastly, avoid excessive brushing! It can weaken hair cuticles that will lead to hair fall.

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Summer Florals + Distressed Denims

There are very rare occasions when a girl as tall as 5"7 and a half  feels petite! I am sure you have guessed the girl in the above line. I too have days when I dress to feel pretty. You know what's the best part of a fashionable summer? Well it's sussing out the magazine trends we can actually wear in our everyday lives! Presenting to you distressed summer florals today...






Outfit Details

Denims- Vero Moda
Crop Jacket- Stalk Buy Love
Accessories- Stylefiesta + Pink Candy Closet
Bag- Thrifted
Shoes- Aldo

I have saved for the longest time to own a pair of distressed denims and the one you see in the above pictures is what I had always wanted. You won't believe me if I told you that I ended up trying over a 30 pair of jeans to finally find my calling at Vero Moda. I think it is time to up the stakes on your go-to skinny jeans this season with a fresh outtake to all things denims. I am a hardcore denim lover and finding an alternate has only been inspirational for me the summers!

On the other hand, I have paired my all new favorite denims with a floral crop jacket from Stalk Buy Love. A girl can never have too many jackets, so make summers the perfect excuse to refresh your collection. There are some other really cute summer jackets that you an get your hands on. 

To sum this post all I want to say don't get worked up into a fashion frenzy wondering how to style your body type this summers. Pick a pair of ripped jeans and style with a well fitted tee or go all out and sport an over-sized shirt. Oh and yes, a little heels elevate some serious sex appeal ;) 

Hope you liked my petite grunge look, for more please stay tuned.


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L'Oréal Professionnel Beach Waves Texturizing Salt Spray

My favorite type of hair is beach waves! I love it when I get to flaunt my long tresses looking all ready for a beach vacation. "From the beach style" is the absolute must have look for this summer. But hey to achieve the perfect beach waves, you need a salon specialist that at least helps you hold your hair and that's why I am extremely happy to introduce L'Oréal Professionnel beach waves texturizing salt spray. 




The beach waves salt spray creates soft, tousled waves that last for a really long duration! The best part, it is even suitable for highlighted hair. To use this bottle of wavy magic, you need to spray it onto dry or wet hair and scrunch with hands or define using fingers for a more defined finish.  I have to agree with all the people that say there's something intrinsically feminine about a man of twisted hair and curly waves. Its a hairdo I can wear to live ;)

What it really does: This texturising salt spray helps wavy hair girls to get frizz-free, defined curls. It also helps one achieve waves with a gorgeous matte finish. It has a great holding power and will ensue that the waves don't fall flat.

Just ensure that you don't spray the product too much, otherwise the hair will feel stiff. The bottle is priced at INR 700 and is good buy for summer holidays. It has an impressive packaging and comes with a pump spray. Say yes to fuss free hair with L'Oréal Professionnel Beach Waves Texturizing Salt Spray!

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RECIPE: LOW FAT ORANGE CHICKEN

Nowadays I am cooking a lot of recipes from Pinterest. I am trying out summer salads, Asian dips and some low fat baking recipes, yes I am doing it all. Today on the blog I am featuring a recipe by Ali from Gimmesomeoven.com.  The skinny orange chicken recipe features heavenly orange chicken sauce without all the calories of traditional Chinese orange chicken!


The main key to lightening up this restaurant classic is that Ali has saute the chicken instead of frying it! The  simply saute the chicken instead of fry it.  The chicken is sauteed until golden and drenched in an orange chicken sauce. Here is the full recipe for the chicken-


SKINNY ORANGE CHICKEN

PREP: 10 MINS
COOK: 10 MINS
TOTAL: 20 MINS

ORANGE CHICKEN INGREDIENTS:

2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
orange chicken sauce (ingredients below)
toppings: thinly-sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds, orange zest

ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. white pepper
zest of one orange
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

TO MAKE THE ORANGE CHICKEN:

Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute for about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and nearly cooked through. For the sauce, whisk all ingredients together until combined. If you would like the sauce to be even sweeter, add an extra 2-4 tablespoons of honey.

You can serve it with quinoa, rice or noodles if you want! 

For more great recipes you can check out Ali's blog- here.

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Philips Air Purifier Review, India

While I don't write a lot on everyday living gadgets, Philips Air Purifier is one innovation I couldn't refuse to review. I personally am a big fan of Philips consumer products and I love how it continues to innovate in personal health and well-being category. The Philips Air Purifier is designed to manage the quality of indoor air and because I have seen significant improvement in my mother's health (who by the way happens to be asthmatic), I am eager to share my experience today...


We all know how pivotal is the air that we breathe to our health, but do we actually realize or rather care about the quality of air in a closed space? Honestly, living in a Military cantonment area I was convinced that it happens to be the most clean/green place in Delhi and that the air we breathe is much more pure until I used the Air Purifier.  We installed the Philips Air Purifier AC4072 in my parent's room only to observe some significant changes. The machine comes with an advanced filtration system and 4-step LED indicators showing air quality level. The LED light turned red as soon as we connected the machine which also suggested the high level of air contamination. It took almost 3-4 hours for the LED light to turn purple and then finally blue indicating clean, #PureAir. If I don't talk in technical terms, then the idea of this machine is to empower people to take control of the quality of air they breathe and keep away germs and bacteria that cause air borne diseases.  

According to other international studies indoor air across the world is between 10-30 times more polluted than outdoor air and 80% of the world’s population breathes polluted air that exceeds the WHO prescribed level of Particulate Matter (PM). With my mother being an asthma patient, I have observed the impact Philips Air purifier has made on her health. The air inside her room is pure, she can breathe easy without wheezing and yes she loves to do her yoga while the Air Purifier is turned on. The Air Purifier comes with a unique VitaShield technology that purifers the air through a 4-stage filtration process removing 99.7% airborne particles and let me tell you the light indicators look and feel extremely convincing! 

Product Specification
The machine is sleek and looks stylish! If you have a contemporary setup at home with whites leading the design aesthetics then this machine will blend in with you setup. If you want to provide the purest form of air to your family, children or if you want to combat seasonal flu, air borne diseases then you must use Philips Air Purifier to make a difference to your life!

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10 Mini Cheesecake That prove The Best Things Come In Small Packages

Cheesecakes, they are so unreal that it is basically love made visible! Good things come in all shape and sizes and that's why today on the blog we have some of the best looking yet mini cheesecake(s) you would want to gobble down right now. After-all, a day without some cake drooling is a day wasted! 

1. The only strip we would love to flaunt is this berry Stripe. Love em no-bake mini cheesecakes.

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2. Because a balanced diet is a chocolate filling in both the layers! Oh and some whipped cream coupled with berry toppings :)

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3. Forget love we'd rather dip in glazed chocolate syrup with strawberries. How gorgeous is this  mini  strawberry cheesecake.

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6. And for the rest of us, there's a mini blueberry cheesecake to feel better. #Nomnom

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7. If only my mommy gave me cookies and cream cheesecake with milk, I'd never cry to sleep.

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8. Any friend of coffee is a friend of mine. And that makes Bailey's my best friend in this coffee baileys mini cheesecake. 

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9. Because we loved Nutella even before the internet made it cool :P

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10. Because they say; happiness comes in salty water or a salty caramel cheesecake :D

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Guess it's time to eat a mini cheesecake, after-all it's someone's birthday somewhere in the world. 

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How To Style Denim Jeans in 3 Different Ways

Every girl loves to shop but I also love to re-purpose some of my favorite pieces form the wardrobe. Talking of favorites, I swear by my skinny denims and yes it's my go to outfit most of the times in my life. It's amazing how a pair of denims can be styled differently depending on the mood. As part of my budget fashion series, I bring to you my new video that will help you style you denims for three different occasions.  


Look #1 Casual Chic Look


When you think of denims you know you are going to opt for an extremely comfortable yet a laid back look! My casual look is comfortable but super chic at the same time. I paired my skinny denims with a bold printed shirt (my favorite camo) and heeled boots. Also, for hair I tied a messy, side ponytail for a playful appearance 

Look #2 Casual Friday Work Look


I love Fridays at work mostly because I get to break free from the formal trousers and pants. Dressing up denims to work can look super casual or super stylish. I opted for a denim on denim trend and added a casual jacket in baby pink colour to complete the look. Nude heels and a formal bag will also do the trick :)

Look #3 Party/Date Night Look


Dress you denims to a party or a date with a formal looking boyfriend jacket, statement neck-piece and a bold clutch. Opting for monochromes will make you look all dressed up. And yes, don't forget to sport the sexy stilettos with your denims.  

Here's the full video that will inspire you to dress you denims in different ways-


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Review: Diva Spiced, Meharchand Market

I have to thank Chef Ritu Dalmia for introducing authentic modern Asian cuisine to my palette and for reinforcing my faith in appetising vegetarian food. Situated at Meherchand market, ‘DIVA Spiced’ truly echoes Ritu’s signature flair of fresh and wholesome ingredients. I have been a fan of her work and her travel shows and reviewing her restaurant was a notable experience indeed :)


Beetroot salad (left),  Bomra’s tomato salad
Spicy Mushroom salad 
Asian Tapas- crystal (veg) dumplings
Phyllo Pastry Samosa 
Corn and Tofu cakes 
papaya curry flavoured dish with kokum
Beetroot burger
Spiced Mess (left), salted caramel tart with maple ice cream 
The DIVA Spiced has a menu which is a culmination of essences, spices and novelties from the South East Asian belt. There is a lot to choose from, even when it comes to vegan options. Would you believe me, if I told you that my review highlights green side of the menu? Well YES. I indulged in some of most delicious vegan food. But before that I have to comment on the ambiance of this pretty, little place. Spiced has a cozy ambiance and the interiors boast of contemporary café like feel with a hint of vintage. 

For drinks we ordered wild berries and passion fruit mango smoothie. 
We started out with Asian Tapas that included different crystal (veg) dumplings. Chinese greens, asparagus and garlic dumpling had a zesty flavour with garlic dominating the assortment. My favourite pick was slow roasted pumpkin and water chestnuts, outright delish! Wild mushrooms with roasted carrots and chives dumplings were much-loved as well. 

Among salads I loved trying Spicy Mushroom salad with fresh chilli, maple dressing, sesame and caramelized nuts. The maple dressing and caramelized nuts added a perfect sweet savour while chillies gave it the right amount of thrill. Another favourite has to be the fresh beetroot salad that was accompanied with guacamole, shredded coconut and Thai red chillies. Jaggery dressing was an absolute front runner in our third salad, Bomra’s tomato salad. With fresh tomatoes, sesame, tamarind and jiggery dressing, this salad could be your ‘it’ salad!  

Up next were appetisers, the corn and tofu cakes were beautifully presented and were mouth melting. But the winning appetizer in this meal was the Phyllo Pastry Samosa with glass noodles and shitake mushrooms, an absolute must have.

We moved on to the mains with papaya curry flavoured dish with kokum, lychees, chillies and ginger served with rice noodles that exploded in the mouth with layered flavours. It’s a dish that I would recommend to all vegans out there. The beetroot burger however, lacked some spices but the burger bun was fresh and the patty was moist. 

We were stuffed by the time dessert arrived! The fresh basil ice cream was stellar. Being a caramel hoarder, the salted caramel tart with maple ice cream was a heaven in the plate. Another special dessert was the Spiced Mess made up of lemon grass meringue with mascarpone cream and berry compote. 

It was a lovely experience and I do recommend DIVA Spiced to the ones who want to try Asian cuisines with a fresh take! 

Service: The staff is extremely friendly and the service is prompt.

Cost: Meal for two costs around INR 2200/- + taxes

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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A Desert Cinderella at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

Architecturally untainted and true to an ancient craft, Suryagarh hotel offers its guests a magnificent sense of space. The architecture is a representation of a unique way of desert life that carefully preserves the traditions of the past with the right hint of a modern expression. This editorial shoot was planned keeping the modern-day side of Suryagrah in mind where I wandered as a desert Cinderella! 










The chariot travelled me back to the fairy-tale times wherein the protagonist chanced upon to meet the love of her life. Suryagarh truly is an illustration of the fantasy land amidst dunes. It takes the path less traveled that uncovers secrets of a land that has been cloaked in legends. I chose to dress up in my favourite Little Black Dress, with some majestic accessories. I love how a boyfriend blazer helps me in a swift transformation of my look. The layer adds a formal touch to the dress and the statement accessories enhances the overall appearance. 

I would generally adopt colours with an LBD but I also know that one can’t go wrong with Monochrome. Wearing a Dorothy Perkins is like a tryst with wanton luxury, a style easy to convey. Suryagarh’s design is a testimony to the splendour and panoply of Rajputana. I wandered like a Jaisalmer heir in between the exquisite structures wearing a statement neckpiece that was admirably bright in the daylight. You have to travel to this place to comprehend the grandeur it offers, the sort of indulging that heretofore is the honour of princelings. 

You can read about my complete travel experience here. Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I loved creating it :) 

Location- Suryagrah, Jaisalmer
Dress- Forever21
Boyfriend Blazer- Zara
Clutch- Dorothy Perkins for Jabong
Statement Neckpiece- Stylefiesta
Shoes- Asos
Ring- Also Accessories

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Review: Nioxin Dermabrasion Hair Treatment

Sometimes all you need is 20 minutes for your hair! When I say 20, it includes using a cleanser, a scalp revitaliser and a scalp treatment. I had the opportunity to try P&G salon's unique brand- NIOXIN, a salon solution for thicker fuller looking hair. 

During and After the Treatment!
Nioxin products are aimed to combat thinning of the hair. Thinning hair occurs along a spectrum that ranges from barely noticeable thinning to significant thinning/hair loss. With their consumer insights, they have come up with the most appropriate definition for hair thinning; 
Thinning Hair = A Poor Scalp Environment + Fewer Hair Strands + Finer Hair Strands.

The three-part system comprises of a cleanser, scalp therapy and treatment which are formulated with custom-tailored ingredients that address each of the areas of hair biology in different combinations. the 3 part hair therapy included-
- Derma renew service (Facial for scalp): cleansing hair and scalp to remove sebum 
- Density protect: conditioning and protecting hair to help reduce hair loss due to breakage,
- Density repair: by thickening each hair strand.

The therapy was over in almost 20 minutes and the first impression of my hair looked very convincing. The salon staff recommend me to undergo this treatment once every month or twice a month in order to get satisfactory results and to combat hair fall. The first week post the treatment, I have noticed a slight reduction in hair fall but I still think that a few more sessions will address the long term concerns. 

Do I recommend this? Absolutely. Go ahead and give it a try, one session will promise you softer hair with (basic) damage control.

3 part Trial system costs INR 2390 

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