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Cosmetic industry is so unregulated, there are unproven claims for expensive skin creams, toners, serus, oils that make your skin radiant, ageless and supple. It surprises me why we spend so much money on store bought cosmetics when our pantry is filled with everything we need for perfect skin and hair. Flawless skin is a gift and you can work towards having a better qualty skin.

Letting Go of Our Ego

Letting go of our ego is an exercise to finding fulfillment, peace, and calmness in our lives. Ego is an identity we create for ourselves.its a self-image we have created to help survive the harsh realities of day to day life. Ego is comparing our positive attributes to someone’s worst attributes and the other way around. We have gotten so busy attaching labels to everything, marking everything in the world that we have forgotten who we are, why we are here on this planet earth and what’s our life’s purpose. We complain all the time, we are so unsatisfied with almost everything around us that we fail to enjoy what we have. Ego makes us believe that we are not enough or that we don’t have enough. Ego is behind our eyes and our knees, manifests itself in different kinds of behavior. Online selfies, using social media for gratification and approval. Addressing the symptom not the root cause has become our daily part of our life. Let’s deep dive into how we can keep our ego under control. Performing selfless deeds and adding value not just to us but also those around us. Being in the present and truly grateful […]

Fall Closet Essentials

Its getting colder, how should I layer up ? Combat over-air-conditioned office spaces with casual but elevated medium-dark denim for work; add a bright, white blazer layered over a silky tank or basic knit, and seal the deal with hot-red heels. Keep things light on the weekend in a pale pink denim skirt with a neutral crossbody bag or clutch and a lightweight, printed blouse. And when temps cool down, just add booties and tights for the ultimate ready-for-fall outfit. Cool Style Inspiration for the Fall , travel tips. The IT jackets we are crushing.   As evident from the runway this year, the 70s 80s 90s fashion has made a comeback. Grunge is in.Millenial Purple, Clinched Suits, Power Shoulder, Gold,Fur, Satin dominated the runway.Asymmetrical necklines, yes I am not a fan of this style but they are in for 2019.  If you are heading out on a vacation , following are some of the must haves for the fall. Hope you enjoyed reading. I would love to hear about your fall favourites. Don’t hesitate to comment down below or write to me at theclosetweekly@gmail.com XOXO Akansha 

Supercharging Productivity

  “Pretend your time is worth $1,000/hr. Would you spend five of them doing extra work for free? Would you waste one on being angry?” –Niklas Göke Most of us have clue what we are doing with our time and yet we complain we dont have enough of it.The main culprit is busyness and lack of focus.Treat time as a resource similar to money and you will get more productive. Time unlike money cant be earned making it even more precious. What should we do ? How can I get more productive ? Here is the thing folks power concentrates around us, being consistent in your routine and sticking to it no matter what is the only way you are going to be productive.Consistency helps create psychological spikes and ticking items off your daily to do checklist provides a dopamine kick to the brain. A technique I have personally found very effective is timeblocking my days into chunks. If I can get in the zone for 3 hrs, stay uninterrupted I feel I get a lot done. You can’t keep waiting for inspiration to strike or when you have a good mood. You have to be in the moment and […]

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting China

 Shanghai and Beijing are two of China’s most famous cities, and it’s not hard to see why. Each offer some incredible sights to see, but there’s so much more to China outside of these places.Xi’an, Hangzhou, and Suzhou are three cities. I travelled to Suzhou for work and it was one of the amazng trips I have been on. If you are going to China but don’t speak Mandarin don’t worry you can still have a great time and not get lost. P.S I did get lost once for a few hours, thanks to DiDi(equivalent of Uber in China). Before your trip Setup your phone with apps: Google offline translate with Chinese dictionary downloaded , DiDi, offline maps,Alipay,WeChat(optional) Carry cash, AMEX, VISA most international cards just won’t work and it save you a lot of pain. I will recommend carrying around $2000CNY for a decent 3 week long trip, unless you plan to splurge If you are vegetarian pack alternate sources of food, dry fruits, rice cakes, nut butters, smoothie mixes, noodles Carry a windbreaker, gloves and comfortable shoes  A good backpack will save you from a lot of trouble if you are like me and enjoy exploring a city […]

Splurge or Save ?

‘What to Wear’ sums up the dilemma every woman goes through in the morning.Don’t we all want to stay up to date with the current trends and wish to have couture in our wardrobe? But what happens when we go out shopping and find the cost exceeding a weeks paycheque ?Do I really need that pair of boots? Should I spend 10k on that exquisite leather biker jacket? to answer these questions go ahead.It all boils down to one burning questions should I splurge or should I save.To sort out your dilemma on splurge vs save, I’ve crafted this post to guide you through the decision making process.     When going to shop buy classic splurges-items that will stay in your wardrobe for atlas 6 months and the ones you’ll wear multiple times.Make sure you shop  basics before  couture.Believe it or not, there is a method to buying expensive clothes, in order to maximise style for the price you pay.Here is a magic formula you need to keep in mind “Cost-per-Wear” which equals Cost /Number of times its worn.     The Magic Shopping Formula   ‘Splurge’  vs  ‘Save’     “Cost-per-Wear” = Cost /Number of times its worn       The […]

My 10 favourite things for Spring

  Writing this blog post on my flight( read endlessly long flight) from my hometown to Bangalore. Ironically enough the time I spend in the air is half of the time spent commuting to the airport.Anyway I am not going to rant about things I have no control over in this post. I have started using an app called “Breathe” to cope with problems like slow moving traffic. I often found myself getting worked up when stuck in traffic or when getting late to work despite starting an hour early. Then I decided to change and I started with short sessions for mindfulness and just focus on my breathing when I feel anxious. I speak from personal experience, it helped me a lot from getting impatient , frustrated and anxious.If you start your day on a happy and cheerful note you feel more energetic and productive.I would highly recommend you to try deep breathing everyday few minutes when you find yourself gripped with any emotion.Its a great remedy for stress.This is why my 1st favourite thing for spring is deep breathing and practicing mindful meditation. If you know me and think you do I love food and I love butter.On an […]