we celebrate mental health awareness week this year I thought of sharing my thoughts on the topic. Coming from India, a forever developing, socially distraught society at the brink of chaos mental health has a lot of stigmas associated with it. In Indian Culture and as far as I know, it can extend it to most Asian cultures mental struggles are viewed as a sign of weakness. I can quote two recent incidents, the employee suicides at Facebook and the Qualcomm amongst a lot more that may go unreported or unnoticed.
Who said you cant have a garden in a tiny space. This post is dedicated to small space dwellers. Consider it a guide to gardening, tools you needs the things you need to care of for a beautiful blooming indoor garden.
Hi there, how is it going ? happy fall 🙂 I hope most of you are done with your fall cleaning and are gearing towards the season of holidays. Yass we have quite a few holidays coming up. I can’t express to you how much I am waiting for a vacation. I am on the brink of a burnout, bored out of my mind and so looking forward to a holiday. This blog post is a boot camp for closet organization.
Hey , happy weekend y’all. So I got a new hair cut and a new hair color. I went with ash brown balayage. I think its a fun style and ash brown suits my skin tone. There are very few shaades that suit Indian skin other than dark browns or blacks but I think a dark toned olive brown goes well with mine.
I know most of you love to travel so do I. I don’t get as much vacation time as I would like because of my hectic work schedule but when I do I make sure to make the best of it. This post is about travel gear, things you absolutely need to have anytime you step outside the house. These are basic essentials , nothing too fancy. This is the list of my go-to items to carry in a purse, backpack and carry-on.
1. Keep Dehydration at Bay I can’t stress this enough but you gotta stay hydrated. Make sure you keep a water bottle filled at all times and keep sipping. Stay away from alcohol and the need to indulge. Dehydration will cost you and is key in staying pretty. Water is what keeps your skin supple, your hair bright and shinny and full of energy. 2. Silk Scarf, Neck Pillow, Eye Mask Check Check Check Maintaining a good posture is so important to avoid body pain and sore muscles after landing. You may notice that your hair gets dry and frizzy after the fligth and one way to avoid it is to use a silk scarf on your hair to keep friction and static checked. Using a neck pillow will help you stay cozy and eye mask will ensure a dark peaceful sleep at all times in the flight.Do read my post on jetlag for more on sleep during the flight, linked right here. 3.Moisturize Every few hours make sure you moisturize your skin, preferrably with a paraben and sulphate free body butter or lotion. You can make some at home , read my post on homemade cosmetics for the reciepe. […]
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 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 […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org XOXO Akansha Related Posts:Visiting ChinaMy 10 favourite things for SpringFabric Shopping in IndiaLucknow Travel DiariesAre […]
One of the biggest epidemic hitting our generation is not any disease by loneliness itself.Its time we acknowledge the elephant in the room. Loneliness is a dirty word carrying a stigma of shame.Loneliness does not stem from solitude per say.
“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 […]
Taj Mahal, is a symbol of love and listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. Situated in Agra, India this architectural marvel was constructed over 400 years back. This blog post is all about tips on how to plan a trip to Taj Mahal.
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 […]
When you’re traveling east it gets harder to fall asleep and when you travel west it can be hard to stay up. Jetlag is caused due to variation in light.Jump start your sleep , minimize shock to your body
‘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 […]
How to reach your goals? Wow , thats a toughie . Everyone has different goals and different obstacles that they need to overcome.We all shy away from anything that makes us uncomfortable. It could be a irrational fear, a thought anything stopping you from achieving your dreams. As hard as it is to confront our fears its tougher to admit that you have them in the first place. Have you ever let your emotions get the best of you ?Have you ever acted out of sheer impulse and no thought? Have you been driven to insanity in a fit of rage or uncontrolled anger?I am not judging neither do I ask you to share. Please bear with me while I help you journey through your own inter-web of thoughts.I want to help you free yourself of the constraints you have put upon yourself. Its you who are stopping yourself from being the next best ___ fill in the blank.The toughest to get past are fears imposed by childhood trauma and torture. You don’t have to be a psychologist to know that.Amidst all the other dark places in your heart where your childhood traumas and secrets go is hidden courage.Its high […]
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Inner beauty, they say you should feel beautiful on the inside to look beautiful on the outside.There is no downside to being beautiful on the outside while being beautiful inside. Makeup while so common needs sort of artistic perfection to it. Do too much and you end up looking caked and too less you don’t get enough coverage. The beauty trends in 2017 focussed mainly on feathery eyebrows, plump lips and nude makeup.From the #iwokeuplikethis instagram #hashtags to #nomakeuplooks our news feed was flooded with articles promoting neutral and subtle makeup trends.This is very light, natural and quick makeup. All you do is put on some tinted moisturiser or a BB cream followed by a little bit of concealing in the under eye and finishing off with a kohl liner and a plumper lip stain. How to a get started with a quick and easy 5 min makeup routine for a no fuss natural look. Let’s just do a quick recap of beauty trends over decades.Honestly speaking came out of the 80s looking trendy. Crazy perms to bold pop influences in makeup to pants that went up till our chests ,just saying nothing about it worked. Wait what’s the word […]
Quoi Porter is a fresh phrase which translates to What to Wear Quoi Porter is french for ‘What to Wear’ which 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 […]
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First I would like to thank you all for the overwhelmingly positive response to my previous post “How to start a blog“. I have received quite a few requests on promotion of blog and efficient social media marketing strategies that work.This is a post to give back to you all for all the encouragement I have received.Are you too busy to schedule your posts leave alone promote them? Have a 9-to-5 job that keeps you busy during hours of peak customer-engagements ?Are you feeling stuck up and unable to grow your audience? Are you experiencing poor search and analytics results? Is your bounce rate very high?Do you suffer from 404 errors/broken links on your website?Is your website loading too slow?Do your servers have constant downtime?This post has got you completely covered.Lets get started. Last year I took some time off and completed a course by Kellogg on Social Media Marketing.Its called what is social.the course exposes you to various tools at your disposal for effective marketing of your business. There are tools that help you analyse customer behaviour and traffic patterns.Social Mention and Bluemetrix are such tools. There are tools for sentiment analysis you could use.For effective scheduling of your posts there is hoot suite which helps you connect your website to all social media platforms. For selecting […]
Hello , let me introduce you to myself. I am a millennial.A millennial is anyone born between 1980 to 1995. Usually called lazy, entitled and hard to work with by the older generation.There is some serious backlash we receive being a millennial. I get it with every generation the gap keeps on widening.Every generation finds the next one more and more hard to deal with. Although its a tad bit unfair to assume that if you are a millennial you would be lazy.Agreed a lot of us have good education, in debt from student loans and trudging through the hardships in life. We are hooked on to our cellphones and social media is our life.Some of us are very hardworking.We enjoy open cultures and collaboration at work.We don’t distinguish work and play.We believe in extended workplaces at work.We enjoy unconventional experiences at work. In an economy which is soon to be mostly made by millennials may be could go a bit easy on them.After all its the baby boomers who made the generation Y who they are.Got to take some credit for it.Yes the Generation Y is tough to deal with in the workplace.They come late to work and leave early.They […]
It’s been some time since I wrote my first two posts on how to buy a smartphone.A lot of new phones have come in the market since then.Quite a few new features introduced and your needs changed as well. There are things in the market you didn’t even know you needed. That’s the beauty of capitalism. In case you have missed them I will link them down below.Previous post1 and post2 I suggest you go through them first to get comfortable with the basics of the shopping guide, what features suit you and what don’t. I don’t have any personal recommendation for a phone, it totally depends on what you like. Also I am not working with any of the Phone Manufacturers to be inclined towards a certain brand or kind of phone. New Features that have been recently added to smartphones include, 3D touch, Fingerprint to unlock phones /make downloads/payments ( my favourite feature, trust me it saves a hell lot of time and is convenient ) , High End Cameras , Larger Batteries with Quick Charge 3.0 supported and on and on.I have listed them for you, so make a pick and move ahead. I have a […]
Gardening is almost therapeutic in nature.The first step to being a good gardener is understanding the fundamentals. Whether you are seeking advice for your flower garden, vegetable garden, or simply your lawn, I have compiled all the best gardening tools, techniques, tips and tricks to help your garden flourish.No garden, no problem. Bring a little green into your life with your very own greenhouse. Bringing together for you the best tips and tricks for maintaining healthy, lush indoor plants.There are few things more satisfying than growing your own food.This post is inspired by Martha Stewart’s home gardening post. You can read it right here. However, maintaining a vegetable garden isn’t exactly the easiest — strawberries can be shy, lettuce tends to be a little stingy at first, and tomatoes? Those are feast or famine. Whatever it is you are growing, here are some vegetable garden ideas to gobble up.I will tell you all you need to get started on a simple quick and easy home gardening kit and where you can buy it .I recommend mud pots over cement or plastic or synthetic polymer clay based. Mud not only ensures proper drainage but also keep the plant cool and […]
Delhi is a land of so many flavours. There are so many places for street shopping and uncountable number of handicraft shops all over the place. Above I am wearing an embroidered white kurta with a Handloom Patterned Indian jacket panel work. I got this while thrift shopping in Central Delhi, Janpath.I had been meaning to write this post for quite some time but for some reason I kept forgetting.I have been to Delhi quite a few times as its near my home and the city and the capital of India is exquisite and so colourful.It has a lot to offer when it comes to food, fashion and sightseeing. So one of my close friends from college is getting married in Delhi.Besides the wedding I also had some sightseeing and food safari on my mind.So here is how I organised my travel essentials and planned my time.Key to a happy trip is effective planning and packing light.So all I have is a backpack and a small trolley as luggage.I would usually limit to a rucksack but then because there is a Indian engagement it can never be minimalistic.I also took a print out of the Delhi Metro for ease of travel […]
Lucknow town with simplicity and immense history. The town is popular all across India as “Tehszeeb Ka shehar” meaning city with culture. The first banner you would see on landing in Lucknow would read “”Muskurayae Janab Aap Lucknow Mae Hain” which roughly translates to smile because you are in Lucknow now.Sure you will find the streets quite dirty , covered in paan (beetle leaf) stains and potholes, to which I saw welcome to Lucknow. The only issues a tourist would face here , especially females is the constant gawking from total strangers, eve teasing and catcalling on the streets. It wont be surprising if total strangers grope you or slap you inappropriately on busy roads. To that I would say I apologise for the state of affairs in this city. We have unfortunate government here and it justifies such creepy acts by saying “boys will be boys”. “Muskurayae Janab Aap Lucknow Mae Hain” Carry a pepper spray and a stun gun if you’re coming from outside of India and you will be pretty safe. Avoid public transport and refrain from talking to the insanely talkative and nosy cab drivers . Amidst all this evil, its proximity to […]
So you have setup your website, you have blogged for say 6 months.You are getting some traffic and you’re on fire . What next ? Lets make the route to financial independence. OK ! we hear you no pressure. How about a little extra cash to stash around for all those guilty purchases/splurges around the holidays? How about a trip abroad ? What if you could pay your mortgage ? When it comes to dreaming sky is the limit my friend. You can grow your blog and make it whatever you want. But the big question here is , What do you want ? How much do you want ? that is a question you need to answer before reading any further. I want you to sit down with a pen and paper and really write down a number, the number should indicate how much money you want at the end of the year from your blog. “Google AdSense is a program run by Google Inc.that allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, and rich media adverts that are targeted to site content and audience.” What is Google Adsense ? I am […]
Well you don’t really need a reason to be happy. But with the capitalistic and materialistic society we live in , we need “reasons” to be happy. so here is a list. Print it out and add it to your refrigerator. Let the gratefulness warm your hearts everyday.Do what makes you happy and you will never have a dull moment.Own less do more, think less, worry less be happy.Being happy already you will suddenly realize that the things you were always seeking did not matter so much after all… Let go of things that worry you, frustrate you or make you sad. Practice mindfulness and feel centered. Practice deep breathing in times of panic, anxiety and distress. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at 50 classic “list” things to be happy about. Make your own list of things or just use this list of reasons to be happy (and maybe even spread a little link love).The secret sauce to happiness is being content and grateful for what you already have. Remember on a bad day, .. “Surrender to what is , make peace with what was and have faith in what will be” Live each day […]
Let us make Holiday Gifting even more special with PersonaliZed & Unique Gifts.Black Friday sale is just a month away, lets get ready for Thanksgiving & Christmas.Prepare your shopping lists way in advance and be relieved of last minute stress and panic.Holidays are the best the part of the year. They are also the most stressful. Picking the right gift, making elaborate meals, can get frustrating at times. And some people are so hard to buy for. In this post I will be talking about gifts both DIYs and the ones you can buy from the comfort of your couch for each one of your special friends and family. Gift giving is an art and like most arts requires creativity and attention to detail.I am also adding links to my favorite Pinterest links where you can find some brilliant creations.While I would suggest to keep it simple with a gift card for fussy people but for your nearest and dearest sending thoughtful gifts are always appreciated.There are some handmade gifts you can make at home sparing a few hours over the weekend.Handmade gift cards , bath salts and scrubs ,cake mixes ,cinder toffee, are few of them.Framing a photograph […]
How to make personalized gifts for your friends and family this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.Home decor to awesome gifts and everything in between.Create personalized and customized gifts for your friends and family this Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. No need to wait in endless queues at target filling up your shopping list and registries. This post is all about creating something special , something unique that reflects the personality of the person the gift is for. We are going to keep it very simple but at the same time feel free to experiment. DIY is all about taking creative risks, sometimes it turns out well sometimes it doesn’t. Its an expression of yourself.DIY specially during the holidays can be a very stress relieving activity.Its like creating something wonderful on a shoe string budget, from the comfort of your room, sipping hot tea or cider and munching cookies. Its the month of Christmas. If you wish to decorate your home with some Christmas wreath, try this simple and easy tutorial for it. Lets trim up our garden and prune trees , yes that is what I did couple of weeks back at home, but instead of throwing away the pruned branches, creepers […]
If you change your outfit a hundred times before leaving the house and your wardrobe often takes shape on the floor (or chairs/desks/anywhere other than on you or in your closet), it’s time to rethink what you’re buying and where. With that thought in mind let us talk about this season’s favorite absolutely random but lovely items I recently bought.
French closet is all about practical essentails only, what I like most about it is the focus on less. A minimalist wardrobe can be challenging and difficult at first. Once you start practicing it trust me it gets better. The perks ? you can get by with less ? travel light ? own more versatile clothing ? When you let go of things you don’t wear or need you feel liberated. Clutter in your closet adds clutter in your life. If you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months time to throw or donate it. In this post we will start with the essential 5 pieces and then look back at each category.