3.25.2016

Spring Colors




Hi Everyone!

How have you been? Past year and a half I have been struggling to keep up with blogging due to my work commitments. It was definitely not easy having a full-time work which demanded my complete presence and also to blog regularly. Irrespective of having amazing and bucket loads of work, I definitely felt empty because I didn't get an opportunity to blog. I realized, no matter what I do, my passion lies in blogging. This year, my goal is to revive my fun for blogging and to do some good work. As they say, it's better late that never!

It hardly feels like spring in Bangalore. With temperatures soaring higher every day, I feel like escaping to Antarctica. Only thing that cheers me up is bright colors during this season. This blog post is an ode to my never-ending love affair with colors.

When I saw this Zara faux leather skirt on sale, I knew I just needed it in my wardrobe. Classic, chic and mustard yellow color! It fit the bill perfectly. I styled the skirt with simple white tee. I needed a pop of color to bring out the outfit, so I decided to layer a gorgeous blue feather necklace with a sparkly rhinestone neon necklace. Since there were too many colors in my outfit, I opted for a simple tan mules to complete the look.

Recently, I got the opportunity to check out Fossil's collection. I loved the simplistic designs and structured bags. Big a Thank you to Fossil for letting me shoot in their store.

:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Skirt - ZARA India (Bought it during sale for Rs. 1100)
Tee - ZARA India (Bought it during sale for Rs. 790)
Necklaces - Stilettos Diary Shop (On sale. If interested drop me a note)
Heels - C/o Clarks India
Bags - Borrowed from Fossil India
MakeUp - MAC, L'Oreal Paris
Lipstick - Chanel (Old)


Hope you have had fun reading the blog post as much as I did shooting and writing it. Do let me know what you would think of the styling. Saying Adios! with few lines from my favorite poem...

"When daisies pied and violets blue, And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight "
- William Shakespeare


P. S. I am busting shaving myths in my #SubscribeToSmooth Challenge (Read here). If you have any queries or doubts, please feel free to connect with me. I will be answering them in the coming blog posts.

Loads of love,


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3.23.2016

Gillette Venus Event and Blogger Challenge



Recently, Gillette Venus hosted an event at the Oberoi Hotel, Bangalore to educate women on shaving and to debunk some shaving myths. The occasion was graced by renowned aesthetic physician Dr. Rashmi Shetty and Kannada film actress Radhika Pandit.

Let me first admit, I am one of those girls who runs to my Gillette Satin care razor to get quick shave every time I need to head out to any functions or meetings. Keeping in mind, my love for skirts, it is practically impossible to run to salon. Moreover, it is extremely painful to get waxing done and every time I tend to procrastinate my waxing trips to salons.

The event was extremely useful to me to understand more about shaving and also the benefits of shaving. At this unique panel discussion Radhika and Dr. Shetty vouched that shaving is the most hassle free and painless method of female hair removal. As part of this discussion, Radhika also revealed her beauty secrets and inspired women to enjoy the freedom of choice with the convenience of grooming products like the Venus razors. The best part of the event for me was, post discussion I was able to have a one-on-one session with Dr. Rashmi Shetty to ask any personal questions related to shaving and skin regime to be used before and after shaving.

To make the event interesting, the bloggers were asked to take the #SubscribeToSmooth Challenge and bust the myths related to shaving. For next 30 days, I would be using the newly launched Gillette Venus razor and sharing my experience. If you have any questions related to shaving, please feel free to reach out to me via any social media with your queries and doubts. I will be answering them during the subsequent blog posts in my #SubscribeToSmooth challenge. It would be great if you can take up the challenge with me!

To take up the challenge, Gillette Venus sent me all in one Gillette Venus shaving kit with the razor, a pack of shaving cartridges and Satin Care Shave Gel. I have been told that it is a revolutionary product, which gives an ultra-close shave for a smoother skin with its three curve hugging blades feature. Its contour non-slip handle is designed especially for women for great grip and control even in wet and soapy environments. Venus razors also have an indicator lubricator strip with Aloe and Vitamin E which fade when you are no longer getting the optimal Venus experience. After hearing about the product, I am super excited to take up the #SubscribeToSmooth challenge.

Keep tuning into my blog and my updates on #SubscribeToSmooth challenge. Alas! If there are bloggers there had to be loads of selfies! I had a great time meeting some amazing Bangalore bloggers. Thank you Gillette and Bangalore blogger entourage for making this both educative and fun event.



Don't forget to share those queries! For more questions about shaving you can also refer to Gillette Venus’s app

Loads of love,


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3.03.2016

Tête-à-tête with Abhijita



I am someone who does not believe in gem therapy or astrology, but I landed bumping into one person with whom I had an interesting conversation.

Apparently, astrological and planetary gem therapy solutions are part of our vast ancient Indian wisdom that has been passed on from our ancients through the Vedas but lost in the fabric of time and the age of modern consumerism. The commercialization of the ancient Vedic knowledge has left a sour taste in minds of most people.

A quick Tête-à-tête with Abhijita, got me thinking about how information is usually lost in the commercialization of the business. Bringing back the deep insights that can touch a life to heal, nurture and rectify is Abhijita, who combines her diverse experiences to bring alive the precepts and bring about lasting changes in the lives of people she meets.

This is what she had to say:




1. From Journalism,freelance writing HR related articles to gem therapist, Abhijita you have donned multiple hats. What made you to shift and explore?

A : It was a serendipitous shift actually. Writing has always been a passion and that is something I continued with, even during that period. I had been taught and trained in Vedic astrology quite some time ago, but hadn't considered making a career of it. Seeing lives change for the positive on a daily basis at Astromandir and Gemstoneuniverse made me pick up this sacred science full time. A few astrological sessions with clients were enough to reveal that this was the path and purpose.

The power of planetary gem therapy is phenomenal and the way it helps people in overcoming all kinds of issues, somewhere made me commit to this path as it’s a powerful change driver.

2. My grandma always said diamonds were unlucky for her, I am bit curious how the gemstones can add luck to any person.

A : I'm sure she was very perceptive and there is a lot of truth to her observation. Every individual is a complex energy system. While some energies serves the individual well - for instance wisdom, intellect, self-love, compassion, joy etc.; there are several others that pose challenges - these could be energies of greed, fear, insecurity, jealousy etc.

Every individual has a complex mix of positive as well as limiting energies within them. Jyotish Gemstones that are natural and untreated are rare, precious and durable packets of pure energy that have informed over hundreds and millions of years. For instance, it has taken over a billion years, at least for diamonds to form!

Imagine the amount of concentration of pure single powerful energy residing in a gemstone – whether it is a diamond or a ruby, a sapphire or an emerald - that has lain dormant for such a long time in the world of the earth witnessing time and history.

Gemstones are the memory keepers of time. A person's birth chart is the best marker indicating an individual's energy make up and which gemstones would be suitable and the ones that should be best avoided.When an individual wears a suitable gemstone it can work wonders in all aspects of life.

Once the individual’s energies are brought to an optimum level, the law of attraction naturally kicks in bringing better and fortunate people, events and episodes to him/her, who is now functioning on a higher vibration!

3. I read a couple of articles of yours, I think my readers would be curious how gem therapy can help them cure certain diseases.

A : As I mentioned earlier, individuals in their lowest common denominator are nothing but energy rich biomolecules. And energy does and will interact with any other energy it comes in contact with. When an individual wears the suitable gemstone, the energy of the gemstone offsets the deficit and creates optimal health conditions.

Dr. Stephen Hawking has said that future of medicine depends on treatments based on Light and Colour and that is exactly what Gemstones do - Heal with light and colour but what is important is accurate diagnosis after checking multiple permutations and combinations in the horoscope and use of only treatment free natural gemstones that are free from doshas (flaws) as mentioned in the sacred texts.

Energy is always in constant motion whether it is negative or positive. When an individual encounters negative emotions and freezes, it sets off a process of where one blocks those emotions within one's body creating disease. Energy of the gemstone helps dissolve the blocks, creates greater awareness and helps break away from unhealthy patterns.

4. I am truly fascinated by some of your artwork. Can you share your favourites and story behind your artworks?

A : I am quite a learning oriented person and do not put a limit to who I can learn from and what I can learn. There has always been a great gravitation towards the arts and literature. The artsy exploration has been a result of letting loose with colours, possibly inspired by the rich and colorful gemstones I work with.
I know inherently that color is therapeutic…in any which way and so the practice. I am just a beginner right now and I hope I can continue to simply enjoy the paint dripping down my fingers.

5. Apart from donning multiple hats, my readers would like to know what you like to do in free time.

A : I do like to read and it's never enough. Even as I this, there are several books, in several genres lying in varied stages of unfinished reading. Sometimes all I like to do when I do get the luxury of free time is to sit doing nothing. Believe me, doing nothing is the hardest task in the world! Lasts for a very short while but it's almost meditative and incredibly refreshing.

An accomplished scholar and a certified NLP Practitioner, the soft spoken Abhijita merges her knowledge of stars, planets, gems and the intrinsic nature of the person to derive a solution that is uniquely suited to the individual. Please feel free to reach out to her!

Abhijita Kulshrestha is the Director, Astrologer and Planetary Gem Advisor at Gemstoneuniverse-The world’s leading authority to Buy Gemstones Online. An Accredited Jewelry Professional from GIA-The global authority on Gemology, Abhijita is also an NLP practitioner certified by NFNLP, Florida.

Loads of Love,




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