Things on my Mind..

Things (People, Quotes, Songs & Thoughts) on my mind this week:

Yep yours truly is a TVD fan. Stefan Salvatore has been keeping me company .

I have gone back go this song with a vengeance. Why did I ever stop listening to it?

(I am still figuring out how to import youtube videos on wordpress, if you know, kindly let this technically challenged human know. 🙂

Seems to me, Greeks not only created Tragedy, but Romance as well. 

Just started reading Eragon. I have a weakness for Fantasy.

For days when I get carried away in front of the mirror and realize I have no where to go to, all dolled up (I am weird like that.)

 Nuff Said..

My motto for the remaining year..

 The Queen Bee! 

Ha! the ultimate recluse.

A lovely quote by my favourite Author. (Nan, this one is for you. Love you!!)

Me in Bohemian braided hairstyle. I think I am Isolde. So in love with this right now..

Let me know what have you been up to this week!

p.s. Photo credits ~ Tumbler, Wikipedia & Moi.

Product Review – MAC Girl About Town Lipstick

Mac Lipsticks are the hipsters of Lipstick World. They are stylish, come in classic as well as modern colours, are sleekly packaged and while they don’t come cheap, if a girl really wants one, she can just about afford them.

Today I am penning my opinion about one of the rather popular colour – Girl About Town. It’s a blue toned bright pink and the best way I can describe the shade is that if the colours Fuschia & Hot Pink had a love child, it would be this colour.

The lipstick is an Amplified version (meaning it’s a moisturising consistency with an excellent colour pay-off). The result on lips is rather glossy than matte with an opaque finish. The name does its colour justice – while the colour screams, “Hello everyone! I am here”, it retains it’s fun element by still being playful and not too severe like a classic red lip might be. Could be as easily worn with sunny dresses in summer as with a layered look in winters.

Now, I am sure there are a plethora of reviews on this lipstick out there already (I mean, I haven’t exactly discovered electricity here, haha) but this being the latest buy of mine (not recent though) I just had to throw my two cents in.

I must confess I buy make up & hoard them but hardly use all of them like a normal girl would, rather just picking one product out now or then and admiring rest of the gems in my drawer where I like to look every time I need a little pick-me up. But I had not touched make up at all in past few months. It is such a bright and fun colour and I was so down in dumps that I just could not bring myself to even try this on. Now that I am slowly easing back into normalcy, I decided to pick this baby up and put it on, and was pleased with the results.

I however feel that with a colour like this, one might want to go easy on their eye make up. You know, winged eyeliner & tons of mascara and let the lips do all the talking (But hey, if you feel like it, glam up the eyes too and do your thang! 😀 ) The colour should easily wear for 4 hours but I am yet to test that out.

Anyway, here are some shabby attempts at trying to show you guys how this lipstick looks in real.

Mac Girl About Town – $15 (Rs 900) // Vanilla Scented, No Taste

The lipstick does have tiny flecks of shimmer in it, but they are hardly noticeable once put on.

Bare Lips. 

Let’s ignore the embarassing close ups of my nostrils and focus on the colour, shall we? (You see the unevenly done lips? Yeahh.. that happens when you slap on a bright lipstick without bothering to look in the mirror.*cough*)

The lipstick smudged out & worn as a stain (which is how I usually prefer to wear a deep colour on my lips.)

Little tip :~ Apply the dark lipstick at the centre of the lips and smudge it outwards with fingers to give a fading stain look. Top it up with a lip balm if you feel like it!

My thoughts?

Love the colour but not as an everyday staple, at least for me. Still, a must have in a girl’s make up bag for fun occassions.

Phew! That took some typing. 😀

Anyway, what are your all time favorite MAC Lipsticks? Any point that I could have mentioned & missed out on? Please let me know.

xx

Move over, these are mine!

I mean I would love to, die to, kill to have these as my pets. A girl can dream, right?

Being an animal lover, I have always wanted to have a pet. I had one, for a brief period before my dog, just 2,  tragically died, leaving my family and me devastated and my mother has since, vehemently opposed the idea of adding another pet to the family.

So meanwhile I am on this quest of convincing my mum to nod her head to the idea, I constantly find myself fantasizing about the pets I would love to own. And since I fantasize, I usually let my imagination run wild (It doesn’t cost!)

So here is the list of top 5 love-pets I would love to be a mommy to. (I am grinning as I pen down the list, such joy..)

5. Squirrel – I loved Disney show Chip & Dale. I loved their voices, their cosy homes and their teeth. I have not stopped loving these adorable creatures since. It would be fun to wake up to a bushy tail (lovingly) attacking my face every morning.

Awwieee!!!!

4. Penguin – “I hate Penguins”, said no one, ever. Seriously, who doesn’t love Penguins?? The name itself drips of cuteness! I love the way they walk and the way they screech. Heck, I love everything about them.

3. Elephant – Oh these hilariously cute beings.. What can I say except that there is nothing cuter than a baby elephant playing. I would love to own one to go on fun trips to woods with!!! 😀

2. Akita Dog – I saw the movie Hachi (based on a true story) and fell in love with these. I have always loved dogs and I decided then & there, if I ever were to have magical powers, I would get one of these to be my faithful companion. I have read that if dogs were to have a social hierarchy, the Akitas would be the royalty of the spectrum. I think it was meant to be, they look truly regal. (Apparently their regal looks are surpassed by their unusually intelligent brains & unwavering loyalty to their masters. Sigh.)

1. Dik Dik – I was tempted to reward Akita the no. 1 spot in my heart but alas!  Dik Dik, with its hilarious name and cuteness-overload, blew me away. These petite antelopes belong to the forests of Africa and even after reaching adulthood, weigh just 3-6 kgs. (7-15 lb) max. And what’s more, like penguins, dik diks too, mate for life. 🙂 I am sure as the night falls, Wood Nymphs and Pixie-Fairies come out to play with them. 😀

Just looking at that stunorable (stunningly adorable – yeah yeah I coined that one..) face makes my heart go dik-dik-dik….

What are your dream pets to have??

p.s. The photos, just like these wonderful creatures, sadly do not belong to me. 😦

Here’s hoping.. 🙂

It was that kinda evening..

It has been raining on and off where I live. Yesterday evening as it rained, I perched on a chair in my balcony with a cup of hot tea in my hands amidst the soothing pitter patter of the rain drops, feeling rather Parisian. 🙂

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Between me and music, we ended up having quite a melodious evening. I thought I would mention the songs I listened to (over and over), and perhaps it would inspire you to take an hour off from whatever you are doing in your busy life and appreciate the simple pleasures in life like finding a quiet corner and treating yourself to some ‘you’ time, just like I did.

1.) Braille by Lisa Hannigan

2.) Shakespeare by Kirsty Almeida (If I had to croon a love song to someone, this would be it)

3.) Alice in the Wonderland by Emma Wallace. (Quaint like a little library with vintage books on a cosy street in Paris)

4.) Gunner Madsen by Anna. (Pure loveliness)

5.) Into Dust by Mazzy Star. (I always go back to this one)

6.) Save the last dance for me by Michael Bublé ( Bublé’s voice, like a mug of hot chocolate on Christmas’s eve, always cheers me up)

xx

p.s. The photo used is an old favourite, but does not belong to me.

Dammit why can’t I smell like my perfume??

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I like smelling pleasant. And most days I do, (I think)..

But no one has ever asked me which perfume have I had on. I have come across women  who, when go by me, make me go, “damn she smells good, wonder which perfume is that!!” and I then follows my struggle to smell and take in as much as as I can without looking like a creep with confused sexual orientation.

Yes people have told me I smell nice. My cousin once  told me I smelt nice & reminded her of a fruit she couldn’t recall the name of. (So much for researching & buying a perfume with top notes of lemon, middle notes of bamboo & base notes of cedar.. ugh.)

Also someone once told me I smelt like a baby (Instantly made me think of baby poop & wonder if the other person was also thinking of the same while telling me so. I hope not!) 

What do these women do to smell so good all day? How does one achieve that effect?

Do you take a mini bath in the perfume & finish half of it at one go? I love D&G’s Light Blue but there are 2 hurdles to that:  a) It’s expensive &  b) It’s expensive!

Are there any other secret pulse points that I don’t know of?? I diligently follow the rule of wrist, behind the ears, elbow and hair but no, the smell swooshes off in couple of hours. (I keep rubbing my wrist on my nose wistfully to take in the feeble remainder of the smell that was my perfume as consolation.)

Does one wear real cheap perfume & lots of it? (That might backfire if someone passes out with a finger pointing at you.)

Are there any god-created perfumes out there I don’t know of?? (God I hope not, I read way too many blogs & like to think I am well-informed.)

I keep practicing the line “Oh you like it? It’s D&G’s Light Blue, it’s awesome”  in my head. (I know I am weird.)

Mind you, this is not a post – just a rant in my head that is somehow controlling my fingers. The bottom line is I would really like it if someday a complete stranger (or a friend – beggars can’t be choosers) stops me and asks “What are you wearing??? You smell amazing.” I think I will lift my eyes to heaven, thank God mentally & sigh contently before proceeding with the much practiced “Oh you like it? It’s D&G’s Light Blue, it’s awesome”.. (I have a penchant for dramatics, as you must have deduced by now.)

I want to be the ‘Rose’ one stops in order to smell, literally.

I think I should stop now. This post has gotten too weird already. Hope you are smelling good wherever you are!

xo

7 Weapons A Girl Should Carry In Her Arsenal

No I am not referring to beautiful female spies here. Nor am I an individual with violent tendencies who likes to carry arms in her bag just in case she feels like going on a killing spree. I intend to talk about the average girl’s arsenal here – her handbag.

A lot of us are (rightly) accused of carrying bags too big for us, containing things rather unnecessary and heavy. Hercules would be proud. *Smirks*

The other day, while cleaning my ever-so-heavy bag, I began to think about things that I can afford to leave at home and the ones that I feel I must have with me all the time. I came up with 7 absolute essentials (at least for me). Here goes:

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1. Vaseline – I can’t begin to explain what a great life-saver this tiny tub of petroleum jelly is. If you find carrying lotions and balms a hassle, just carry a small jar of Vaseline with you. It can act as a hand moisturizer, a lip balm, an under-eye cream annndd a make up remover. Phew! What’s more, it’s cheap!

2. Concealer – Whoever said “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, was either a man or a woman with perfect skin. I feel perfect skin is a myth. Every girl no matter how great or not-so-great her skin is, needs a li’l help now and then. I personally suffer from the paranoia of developing huge red boils on my nose out of nowhere while people around me watch on in horror (irrational & hilarious, I know), but carrying a concealer with you will ensure you can tackle girly issues like a sudden zit or rings under your eyes after a crazy sleep-over at your best friend’s place easily.

3. Diary & a Pen – This one’s close to my heart. 🙂 I try to carry a cute pocket diary with me so that I can note down interesting quotes I randomly come across or am struck with a sudden inspiration to write a small poem or journal. (I know I know you can do all this on a phone, what to say, I am a romantic at heart.) Besides, I find that carrying a pen somehow shows you are smart and organized you know?

4. Blush – Aah. The pretty pink blush.. You don’t need a truck load of make up if you have clean skin and cheeks with a little colour on them. Blush can make you look pretty and gorgeously flushed in an instant. It also doubles up as eyeshadow – just dab a little on the eye crease for definition and character. Or you can mix a speck of it with vaseline and create a lip stain on the go. This tiny pot of pinky delight never ceases to amaze me. My personal pick is Tarte’s amazonian clay blush in Exposed. It’s a neutral dusty rose colour that I don’t seem to get enough of.

5. Scarf – You might go, ‘huh?’. Hear me out. A scarf can make pretty a accessory to your bag. Just tie it up in a cute knot on the handle. It can also alter the look of your dress in an instant. Besides, whether it’s a sudden explosion of black grimy smoke on your face by that nincompoop of a bus ahead of you, that annoying ketchup stain on your collar that came out of no where or the need to disapparate when you see an annoying relative across the road, your scarf will be your knight in floral armour.

6. Safety Pins – Always handy in case you have to pin the shirt placket to maintain your modesty or hide a nasty rip in your dress. But store them in a little box. These buggers have a way of pricking your fingers every time you reach for something in your bag.

7. Perfume – You need to smell good. Period. As Coco Chanel oh-so-stylishly put, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Who am I to argue with her? Try getting a travel size spray or stick that is easy on your bag and your pocket. Having a lazy day? Just rub some hand sanitizer on your arm pits and spray some perfume on them, your wrists, behind ears and on the crown and tip of your hair and you will feel fresh like a daisy. But for hygienic purpose, don’t make this a habit and take shower regularly. Lol. My pick is D&G’s Light Blue. Smells like summery Greece in a bottle.

Few other items that I think deserve an honourable mention are:

A Hand Sanitizer.

Band-Aid.

Tissues.

Hair Band/Comb

Little Cash 

Sanitary Pad (duh.)

What are your must-haves that you like to carry in your bag all the time?

Things we lose…

.. have a way of coming back to us in the end.

This quote from Harry Potter comforts me; in more ways than I can express. Anyway, being almost done with my exams and having left with nothing to distract me from just sitting and missing my Dad, I thought I should write a post in a bid to just be.

I seem to find comfort in strange things – songs of Lana Del Ray, books (not so strange..), candles, random phone calls from my adorable sister & the voice of my mum along with few items that I am going to be writing about.

I found this amazing handicraft place in my city (I love handicraft!) that I was lucky to have come across on a whimsical trip to CP on a cold and boring day early this year. Feeling like that infamous kid in the candy store, I promptly got myself few treats.

The place is called ‘Moha’ and houses all sorts of colourful and eccentric gems we girls love to hoard.

First is this fairly big square wooden box that I now use to store my daily itsy-bitsies.. (Priced at around Rs.1200 or $21)

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Next are these adorable wooden boxes that I store my jewellery & papa’s watch in. The tiny drawers are made of linen-like fabric. These make me think of Spain for some reason. 🙂

These were priced at Rs.700/ $ 14 each.

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These stone candle holders and the tea-cup set (ceramic + stone) remind me of Taj Mahal because of their beautiful and detailed carving. Prettiness!

(Price – Tea Cup Set, Rs. 300 or $6 each and the Candle Holders, Rs. 200 or $4 each.)

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Now to my favourite bit. These crazy-cute animals – a cool camel, a morose elephant, a confused dog, a cow (The cow has udders!) and a hippo that seems to have wandered off in search of imaginary food.

Me thinks if the movie Hangover were to be remade for non-humans, this quad would totally steal the show. (Made of paper maché, these are priced at Rs.75 or $1.5 each.)

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That’s it for now.. I’ll write in again soon.

xo

M

(ps – please excuse the quality of pictures, my tryst with the cam is fairly new)

The post with no Title

Hi everyone!

I have been meaning to write, but having to learn the art of multi-tasking yet, I haven’t really touched the ever-elusive line of being efficient.

Last couple of months have proven to be a little stressful, what with the constant travelling, work and other areas of my life that have been demanding my attention.

I want to start blogging regularly – there is this pair of shoes and some other cool stuff I have, that I have been dying to write about.

Well, I am also waiting for my camera and and meanwhile am trying to note down all the ideas that float in and out about the things I want to talk about. Would try to blog regularly once these little bumps smoothen out.

I’d like to give a quick shout out to all you wonderful people who happened to like my posts and follow my blog. (Honestly hadn’t expected to get noticed at all and though I know my blog isn’t exactly the latest sensation out there and there have been as many as just half a dozen who have dropped by to read my posts, you all made me smile and happy none-the-less!!  “Thank you – you are awesome!!”)

Frankly it’s intimidating to see all these fancy blogs with amazing content doing rounds on the net with their authors sounding so confident and put together, knowing what they are doing, but I have decided, I am here to stay!!

Trying to find my footing and see where life (and my blog) takes me – one step at a time. 🙂

xo,

M

Spirituality, Shoes & some Breakfast!

Hello!

As I have mentioned in my previous post, my father is getting treated in a hospital in Pune, India. Taking advantage of being in a relatively nicer neighbourhood of the city, I have taken to going for evening walks. While taking one last evening, I was struck with the idea of writing a post about the place. Here we go!

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The lane stretches to almost 3 kms. and lush green trees and shrubs adorn the sides of the road. The neighbourhood is a quiet & serene one with dense greenery, a rarity in urban India these days.

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Almost opposite the hospital is the Osho Commune or as they call it, Rajneesh Osho Meditation Resort. Late Shree Osho is a famous and somewhat controversial spiritual teacher/Guru who apparently still has a huge following all across the world and the city witnesses a huge draw of tourists and spiritual seekers every year from all over the globe. Osho disciples in magenta and white robes are a common sight in the area (you can see one in the picture above if you squint your eyes). The disciples appear happy and relaxed to me. So much so that I am quite tempted to attend a discourse and see what this whole hurly-burly & mystique around Osho is all about!

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A stone’s throw away from the ashram is this happy looking diner called ‘Dario’s’. My cousin tells me they serve good breakfast. *Note to self : Try it once!*

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Ok here comes the exciting part!! 😀

As you go ahead you are distracted by a colourful sea of shoes in a little shoe corner.. It’s a make-shift kind of bohemian-ish shop that also sells colourful bags and provides robes on rent to the disciples. The shoes/flip flops are too pretty and vibrant to be true and my, are they CHEAP!! A pair sells for about Rs. 170 ($3)!! Carrie Bradshaw would have shrieked in delight! 😀

The sales guy in the picture, ‘Rahul’ was sweet enough to pose for me. The picture below is of the popular ‘Osho Chappals’ or Osho Slippers. Why are they called that, I don’t know but they are damn comfortable and cheaper than the other shoes. They do have a ‘hermit’  vibe to them because of their jute/bamboo soles and are environment friendly. How cute!!

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I bought a pair – (I simply couldn’t resist!) *see below* one of my least expensive buys in footwear till date and quite sassy,with the fringed ribbon and all… I plan to go back there soon with a big and empty bag. 🙂

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On a somber note, below is the picture of the infamous German Bakery. As you walk out of the lane and hit the main road (rather noisy and brimming with traffic), you instantly notice this cute bistro situated on the square. The once happy and thriving cafe & breakfast joint has been shut for the past 2 years and is still heavily guarded. The vibrant and cheerful graphics on the walls defy a rather painful past. The place fell victim to a terrorist attack in the year 2010. My heart goes out to the victims & their families.

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I hope the place reopens and flourishes with all its former glory and spunk soon, healed and stronger than ever. *Amen*

That’s it for now. I hope you find the post of some help if you ever happen to visit this/corner of the city.

p.s. Please excuse the quality of pictures. I took them with my phone and there is only so much a phone’s cam can do.

xo,

M