Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty

7 October 2016

Celebrating Friendships - Yaaron Ki Baraat

ZEE TV will launch a new chat show Yaaron Ki Baraat to celebrate the beautiful bond of friendship. In this show celebrity friendships will be put to test through a series of fun challenges and tasks. Isnt that cool concept for a show? I a big bollywood buff am truly excited. I love chat shows like Koffee with karan and totally loved episodes where celebrity friends were guests. If you ask me i would love to see Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor on the show also on my wish list is Shah Rukh Khan and Kara johar. If this new show idea interests you then Tune in to ZEE TV at 8 PM on 8th October.
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Now why am I talking about this show on my blog? Well this show brought back memories of my friends, school friends to be precise. Majority of people have loads of people to call as friends but there are only a few, like 2 or three may be whom they address as best friends . Even I have 2 best friends and I made these precious friends in school. After school life happens and you gradually loose touch but thanks to social media you atleast have a bit of connect with all friends. Best friends always find a way to keep in touch even if life keeps us apart taking us to different countries, continents even. We stay connected and then there are important events like weddings which make meetings happen.

I met my best friends in class six, all three of us had changed schools and were new to the school and having no old friends meant we could stick together and strike a friendship. After the first day at school there was no looking back for our friendship, we always sat together, visited each others place for group studies, shared lunch boxes and formed a team for projects.

It was the Rangoli competition in our school which actually bought us close. I can still remember that amazing day which is one of the best days of my life when I and my best friends were in the same team for an inter school Rangoli competition. Neha, Gayathri and me had represented our school for the competition and we had set away in our school bus, unaware that this bus journey was going to be the beginning of a pure bond called friendship.

Right from sneaking into the Rangoli designs of other participants to creating a pure ruccus with colors, and finally creating a piece which won us the first prize - we had turned into the best of friends for life within a matter of hours.

I remember once when I had fallen ill and had not been able to attend my classes for a whole month. Do you know what my crazy friends did? They wrote the whole notes for me, kept me updated about each and everything and helped me prepare for my final exams which came just a week later. I was touched by this gesture and felt blessed o have such angels in the form of friends!

We got so close to each other that when it was finally time to part in the 10th standard, we swore that we couldn't live without each other. But each of us wanted to pursue a different career and the parent pressure was also there so we thought it was finally time to say good bye. 

But as destiny had it, all three of us ended up at same college! In different sections and with different subject classes though but nevertheless, in the same college! The two years spent there close to my besties are very close to me.

29 September 2016

Beauty Redefined with Mrs India Worldwide 2016

 This post is specially for the married Indian women who dream of glory in the glam world. Have you ever wanted to strut down the ramp in pencil heels with oodles of confidence and then go on win a beauty pageant? Your dreams can come true with Mrs. India Worldwide

What is Mrs. India Worldwide?

Mrs. India Worldwide is a beauty pageant which gives opportunity to married women to showcase their talents and live their dreams . Registrations are now open for the sixth edition of this event organised by Haut Monde India. You need to register for this event online here and then appear for auditions in Bangalore, Delhi or Mumbai. If you pass the audition test and get selected into the top 20 contestant, you get a chance to be trained for 2 weeks  from fashion worlds finest groomers . Contestants will learn everything from personality development to self endurance to dining etiquette to makeup and styling. All this is followed by exciting parties and a grand finale in Dubai.

I like the concept of Mrs. India Worldwide especially because they dont measure beauty in terms of age . Women in their 30's and 40's also can participate in this event and show the world their smart and witty side in addition to learning from expert grooming sessions.

If the idea of being crowned a Mrs. India Worldwide excites you then you need Register right away!

Rules and Regulations to enter the Mrs. India Worldwide pageant 

 ~ The applicant should be between 23 to 45 years .
~ The applicant should be married.
~ The applicant should be a natural born female.
~ The applicant should be a Indian born.
~ The applicant should be good in health.

The Auditions take place in 3 Indian cities on the dates mentioned below

1. Bangalore Auditions
Date -30 September 2016

2. Mumbai Auditions
Date – 1 October 2016

3. Delhi Auditions
Date – 2 October 2016
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28 September 2016

16 modern ways to style palazzo pants

Breezy wide leg Palazzo pants spell comfort and are ideal for summer . These loose trousers used to be a rage back in 60's but have made a comeback and they are every where these days. I admit I wasnt a very big fan of these as they had the ability to overwhelm me but with my pregnancy I found new love for palazzos and have been wearing them a lot since then all thanks to their comfort factor.

I particularly love the trend of indian ethnic palazzo looks but these pair of pants are pretty versatile and can be used to create ethnic, western or even fusion look. Whats more with a little bit of styling tweaks you wear palazzo pants all year round .

Palazzo pants are easily available these days and I have shopped a lot of them online from flipkart and Amazon. I love the palazzo range of Biba, Rain and rainbow and Aujjesa.

I have spotted fashion bloggers, celebrities and even girls around me experiment crazy with the palazzo pants and pairing them with everything from crop tops to kurtis and adding in jackets and  belts. With proper styling the classy palazzo pants can be worn in both casual and formal ways .Here lets talk about some trendy modern ways to style the palazzo pants.

Palazzo pants Ethnic styling ideas :

Indian ethnic wear has seen a lot of experiments by designers in recent times and palazzos  have come in big time. You can easily replace anykind of etnic bottom wear with palazzos for a chic comfortable look. Pair your palazzos with kurtis, anarkali tops, kaftans , capes, asymmetric and more!

# 1 Palazzo with an anarkali twist

Pairing a flared out anarkali top with breezy wide legged pants may sound like a fashion blunder but many celebs have done it and done it very elegantly.  You can add a dupatta to this look and dont forget to wear heels.

#2 Straight cut kurtas

This is the pakistan style of wearing palazzo pants.  Just pair an ethnic kurta from your wardrobe with a pair of palazzo pants. For more impactful look go for a shorter straight cut kurta in contrast colour.

#3 Palazzo with cape:

Capes are hot in trend these days especially teamed with ethnic wear . Cape sarees and lehengas look super trendy and chic but have you though of pairing a cape with palazzo pants? Team palazzos with a basic crop top and add a semi sheer cape for a full on glam look.

#4 Palazzo with ethnic jacket

Jacket outfits are arage these days . Jacket anarkalis, jacket type lehenga blouses and jacket sarees have all been spotted on the runway and another ethnic trend to flaunt is the jacket paired with palazzos. Wear a well fitted and ornate long jacket with palazzo pants and dont forget to leave the jacket unbuttoned from the belly  for a chic look.

Palazzo pants western styling ideas:

#5 Palazzo + crop top

Teaming palazzos with crop tops  are the safest way to go about the wide pant styling. Pair with fun crop tops like the floral Ridhi mehra ones.To flaunt this pairing you need a well toned body or flat abs so keep that in mind or go for a longer crop top and dont be afraid to show a little skin in between for a balanced look.

#6 palazzo and a shirt

For a chic  professional palazzo look tuck in your regular crisp white shirt with a solid coloured palazzo pant. Dont forget to add a belt for a more defined look.  You can even pair with a lace shirt for a party outfit

#7 Tee and the palazzo

The most casual way to wear palazzos is by  pairing them with a t shirt. The simple styling works for summer and you make things fun by going for graphic tees. For a more dressy look add a statement necklace over a basic tee and palazzo combo.  You can even go for a sporty chic look by pairing a tee and palazzo pants with sneakers.

#8 Team with tank or spaghetti top

Pairing a tank top with palazzos is the most simple  and effective summer look. A well fitted tank and a loose pair of pants look chic and can be worn by women of all shapes.   You tuck in your tank to show off your curves or just leave it as is.

#9 Denimize it

If you love your denims then its time to add a touch of denim to youe palazzo look .Go for a layered look by adding a denim jacket over a tank and palazzo combination. You can even add just a denim vest over a basic tank.

# 10 Palazzos with jackets

Jackets are an effortless way to spruce up loose pants and stay fashionable while the air gets chilly. A tough leather jacket paired with loose flowy pants makes  for a very vivid look.
Go for palazzos in brighter colours to beat the gloomy weather when going for a jacketed outfit.

 #11 Streamline with a blazer

For a more professional and streamlined  look with palazzo at work add a blazer. Dont forget to pair with heels for an elegant sleek  look. For an office look it is best to stay away from bold printed palazzos instead go for plain palazzos in calm colours like mint or simple  stripes

#12  Sweater for a winter look.

A boxy sweater will look cute paired with wide legged pants and is best way to beat the cold blues in winter. Make sure the sweater is cropped or you may end up looking slouchy.

Palazzo pants quirky styling ideas :

#13 Spice things up with a scarf or hat

For a boho chic vibe add a hat to your look. This works best as beach vacation wear where you should go for fun printed palazzos and flowy tank combo. You can even add a pop of colour to a palazzo and shirt look with a scarf.

# 14 Get knotty

If your top is a bit baggy then knot it at the waist for a cute fun look. 

#15 Jumpsuit it

Pairing  palazzo pants and a top in same colour can look like a jumpsuit giving a very chic vibe. To get this look right make sure you tuck your top in.

#16 Add a belt

For a more enhanced and defined look  add a broad belt to your palazzo outfit. This will make your waist look smaller  and look chic too. You can also experiment with metallic belts.

More Tips on shopping and styling Palazzo pants

~ Palazzo pants are great for every body shape but choose the prints wisely.

~Fabric Matters: Choosing the right fabric is key when it comes to palazzo pants. Keep the occasion and your body type in mind while shopping for palazzo pants. If you are looking to wear palazzos for beach vacations or just at home in summers then opt for breathable cottons.  Stiff fabrics like silk are best for skinny women while flowy fabrics like georgette work well for women on the heavier side.

~Watch the flare : Pants with smaller flare work well for petitie women while curvier women can go for wide flared palazzos.

~Print it right : They is a huge variety in palazzo pants, high waisted, super flared plain and printed. Start of safely with palazzo in solid colours and then move on to printed ones.

~With Palazzos it is easy to dress up or down. Go for bold patterns with simple styling or for ruffled tops with plain lightweight pants.

~ If you are petite or short and think the volume of palazzos will overwhelm  you then you are wrong. These comfy pants is suitable for all height just add wedges or block heels to your palazzo look.

~ when styling your palazzo outfit the key is contrasting it. Go for solid colours with printed pants for a balanced look. If you are wearing the pants and top in same colour then add a contrasting stole

~Since palazzo pants are lightweight and wide legged it is best to pair them with well fitted structured tops for an elegant look.

~ When it comes to accessorizing palazzo look,experiment crazy. Add belts, statement neck pieces, hoops, scarves or even floppy hats.

~ If you are on the heavier side Palazzos are made for you. pair with a wide belt to give more shape t your waist.

~ High waisted palazzo pants are best for petite women as they tend to give illusion of longer legs

28 August 2016

Anushree Reddy collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive

I have a thing for florals and all things bling and Anushree Reddy weaves them beautifully into traditional Indian wear, the reason why I always look forward to her show at Fashion weeks.

The 2016 edition of Lakme Fashion week Winter/Festive is currently on Anushree Reddy unveiled her all new collection titled 'The Wedding Chronicle'. Bridal couture from Reddy is always feminine with abundance of florals and this time again she does the same but with more vibrant colours. Tangy red, fuchsia pinks and summery yellows in raw silk with intricate zardosi and a wee bit of geometric patterns is what Anushree reddy offers in her latest collection which she says is aimed at the contemporary confident bride.

Also Read LFW S/R 2015 - Anushree Reddy sticks to Florals and Cheery Colours
Bollywood actresses as show stoppers is a norm with Anushree Reddy and many actresses like Ileana, Shruti Hasan and Nargis Fakhre have walked ramp for her and this time around it was the gorgeous Shilpa Shetty setting ramp on fire in a pink and gold lehenga.

Lets have a look into my favourites from the 'The Wedding Chronicle' collection:

Floral lehenga with golden trim lace and one shouldered blouse is an absolute beauty and brings in vintage vibes. This Lehenga is ideal for a mehendi or sangeet and you can go dupatta less with this look.

This lehenga jacket with full sleeves is perfect for winter weddings. The hi low detail on floral jacket, tie up on bust and embellished lehenga is a perfect choice for sangeets and sister of bride or groom. 

Long Floral Kurta paired with pink net lehenga is an absolute elegant beauty. The light pink net dupatta completes the look nicely. 

Pastel blue silk lehenga with pink net dupatta, a hint of cheery yellow and lots of gold sequins. Dreamy wedding guest look.

Floral one shoulder blouse with silk lehenga perfect for sister of bride. 

Fiery red lehenga choli on show stopper Shilpa Shetty beautifully flaunts her curves. Adding a pink dupatta is nice balance but this look isnt my favourite. You need a good body to wear this outfit or go for a different blouse.  The vibrant red means this is more for brides , wear it for your engagement or even your wedding with a heavier second gold dupatta if you want to keep things minimal.

Off shouldered floral jacket blouse with floral lehenga. That much print bcan be over whelming but here it works nicely. 

Cheery raw silk yellow lehenga for wedding guests

Love the mix of colours in this lehenga, something different. This is a good one for mehendi, haldi or sangeet. The dupatta drape is different but I wouldnt try it on weddings.

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The collection has a lot of ensembles for both winter and summer weddings and I love how most of these outfits dont require a dupatta. If you want a fuss free sangeet look dont look elsewhere.

Did this collection impress you ?

8 August 2016

Turn your blog into a commercial success in 5 Steps

Majority of bloggers blog to share their passion. It was the same for me, my blog was a hobby post my addiction to twitter as I wanted a platform to express my opinions and my style gyaan in more than 140 characters.  Today blogging is like a dream part time job for me. I get to write about topics I deeply love and I decide when I write and when I take off. The money isnt big but when you love doing it this much it doesnt really matter.

Today blogging is a full fledged career and you can easily earn a living from it but ofcourse like every other commercial business you need to invest money and time on your blog for it to become a commercial success . In addition to that you also need a strong network and build trust and authenticity with your readers.

I have been working on blingsparkle blog where we focus mainly on creating content we are passionate about and today in this post what it takes to start earning from a blog.

5 steps to turn your blog into a commercial success

#1 Create High quality Content

Content is the king and it will always remain the king. Original and creative content is the main ingredient of a successful blog so concentrate on creating unique content which will bring in organic readers.

#2 Build a strong network

Writing good content is not enough, you need to find an audience for it. Numbers do matter and it matters even more when you are aiming for commercial success. Start off by interacting with other bloggers in your niche, commenting on their posts and building your facebook fan base.

Ways to build strong and valuable network
~If you are new to the blogging world you can start off by signing up with blogger networks like indiblogger 
~Host a contest to bring in readers . If your blog is new you will need to sponsor the giveaway yourself or you can ask a brand to sponsor it for you.
~Leave meaningful comments on blogs with a similar niche
~Use the social media to build relationships with fellow bloggers. 

#3 SEO matters

I wasted 2 years of my blogging life by not paying proper attention to search engine optimization. I thought with good high quality content traffic will follow but it never happened. Knowing the basics of SEO is very important if you want to start earning from your blog because search engines bring in the majority of traffic and making content easy for them to find and read is the best business strategy you can have

How to optimize your blog for search engines
~Write unique quality content and google will definitely notice. Dont compromise on content ever
~ Do simple keyword research before writing a post. Use free tools like Google Adwords’ Keyword Tool to find out how many people are searching about the topic you are going to write on and what combination of words are they searching for.
~ Write a catchy title
~ Optimize your post URL using the custom url tab in blogger side bar

#4 Invest in a blog template

The template of your blog is important to make a good first impression on both readers and brands. If you dont take the design of your blog seriously then PRs or brands may also not take you seriously! You dont need to hire a professional to design the look of your blog just buy a clean and a simple theme with readable font .

What to look for in a blog template
~Readable font size
~Space to add  personal touch with a customized header
~ Make sure the template is mobile and tablet friendly
~ Ease of navigation

#5 Experiment with different earning methods

If you want commercial success you need to keep exploring different stream of revenue. Do not stick to tried and tested basics like adsense , keep trying out new methids because you never which revenue model may work better for you. So try affiliates, youtube video ads, banner ads and even selling your own service or product .

Turning your blog into a commercial success means you need to treat it like a business and have clear goals and proper strategy. In addition to this dont be afraid to invest a little and with hard work results will follow.

29 July 2016

Your Daughter's First Period: How to make it Stress free

Do you remember the time you received your first period? What kind of memories do you have of your first period? Is it special and happy memory or a grief and terror inducing one?  Gone are the days when periods used to be a taboo , today women openly discuss this topic without any awkwardness symbolizing CHANGE has arrived.

Have you though about your daughter's first period?  It is an all new experience for your little angle. It’s your next new level of motherhood. You want to make your daughter’s first period as special and stress-free as possible. 
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Here are a five guaranteed ways you can make her time special and let her know things are going to be great as usual.

1. Comfort Means Everything

Comfort is the foundation and that start of being okay during a period. As a mother, it will be a lot easier to relate to your daughter and help her along the way. Make sure you purchase comfortable pads and underwear to ensure the bloating and cramping is not enhanced due to tight clothing. As long as your daughter is comfortable, the hard part is taken care of. Be wise and buy Period Panties for your daughter. It is one of the ways you can comfort her to the best. As suggested by many, Adira Period Panties  would be a great choice. It comes in different size, style and colour. Period panties are designed to control stains. This enables you to move around without any hassel. 

Why buy a “PERIOD PANTY” from Adira
~No fear of stains during periods. Say goodbye to staining of thighs, front and back on clothes
~Period Panty from Adira is made of cotton- breathable fabric.
~It is ultra thin quality and does not look heavy despite of an additional layer
~It can be worn with a sanitary pad or with a tampon
~Period panty is best inner garment for office, evening wears and for overnight sleep wear.

2. Purchase a Period Starter Kit

Purchasing a period starter kit is one of the coolest things you can do for your daughter. This kit contains many different things she will need for the next five or seven days, including colourful pads, chocolate candy, body wash, cute rags and towels, and anything else you think your daughter will need during this time. You can purchase a period starter kit for home and a period starter kit for school so she will be comfortable at home and away from home. 
Buy your daughter a Period Starter Kit Now.

3. Educate Your Daughter

Don’t be afraid to educate your daughter. Get a few books or conduct research online to clue her in on the things that are taking place in her body. There are many websites which can educate your child in an interesting and simple format. One of the best of those kinds is This helps you to be in ease and help your daughter to be ready for her anxious time. Talk to her about tracking her period and knowing the approximate time her period will occur again. Talk to your daughter and inform her of what happens now that she has started her period. The more knowledge your daughter has on this subject, the more prepared she will be.

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4. Don’t Focus So Much on the Problems

As an adult who has been dealing with her period for years, you know the ins and outs and the good and bad of having a period. Although you can share some of these instances with your daughter, do not overwhelm her with negative aspects and views of having a period. Instead of putting a damper on her parade, take her shopping for period panties, pads, and other things you think she may need. The new teen will need the comfort of placing her top in place. Take a wise step ahead and buy Little Lady Bras to see your daughter walking confidently in the crowd.
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5. When Problems Arise

If you think a problem has occurred or is occurring, it is best to talk to your doctor and see what can be done. Pain is common with a period, but excruciating pain is something you will need to speak to your physician about. There are many different ways you can alleviate period pain and keep bloating and cramping at bay. Use your better judgement to tell if there is a problem or something seems irregular.

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27 July 2016

Exploring the Magical Sea world

I recently read a report on Live mint which revealed that the kid based youtube video channel ChuChu TV is the third largest YouTube channel in India with close to 5 million subscribers. It wasnt really a surprise as my 4 year old is also a chuchu TV addict and he loves watching youtube videos on my phone. The content on chuchu TV is actually very good making learning fun but what Iam concerned about is my toddlers eyes. He never seems to keep a good distance from mobile or laptop screen which is why I keep searching for innovative and creative ways to keep my 4 year old engaged. I have tried everything from toys to play dough and crayons but kids these days loose interest very easily so coming up with new creative ideas is essential. At a time like this exciting Magical Sea World Packs from colgate landed up on my doorstep making my kid happy.

What is so exciting about an outer pack of toothpaste, you ask? The Magical Sea World Packs are specially designed to help kids imagine and enjoy a world with a variety of magical sea creatures. The printed boxes are a delight and using a scissor me and my little one sat down to spend some fun time . It was a great way to spend some time with my child away from gadgets and TV screens. 

The Colgate magical sea world packs come in four interesting themes called Treasure Hunt, Pirate Ship, Coral Reefs and Magical Mermaid which have around 15 sea creatures which will fuel imagination of kids helping them weave in their own magical stories. I love the idea of using sea world characters with a hint of magic for children to narrate stories. I do indulge my toddler in fun bed time stories but rarely do these stories revolve around the sea world and this colgate doodles is a nice way to introduce my child to underwater world.

Diving into a magical world of coral reefs , pirate ships and Mermaid was a whole new experience for my kid and he enjoyed learning with the colgate packs. I was amazed at how much my child already knew about the sea world especially mermaids and how he could imagine a whole new perspective to some sea animals like sharks, turtles, ray and whale. My toddler being a boy I knew he would not be too interested in the magical mermaid pack and I assumed he would love the pirate ships pack but I was actually proven wrong. The boy was more interested in the Coral reefs pack and played with it all day even coming up with names for some of the sea creatures.

The sea creatures not only help in sparking of imagination of kids but they also make learning fun with interesting facts which are printed on the pack. The facts are actually super amazing and even I was not aware of most of them. While my 4 year old is still a wee bit too young to weave in full fledged stories but he has taken liking to sports recently and made teams out of the coral reef characters and was attempting wrestling with them . Sea horse against the lion fish in a Sultan inspired pro take down inside the coral reef, while the barracuda plays the role of commentator and sea turtle cheers enthusiastically. 

If you have kids and want to ignite their creative cells then I suggest you the all new Colgate Strong Teeth packs . These packs can be found at your nearest super market

PS: I was sent empty packs by colgate but I went ahead and brought more from heritage mall in my locality.

13 July 2016

Fun and Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

It is a well known fact that majority of kids hate vegetables and greens which are very important for growth and development of body. Junk food is both tasty and easily available which children gobble up in an instant leading to unhealthy weight gain causing them to become obese. So it is important for parents to explore healthy snack ideas which are presented in a fun way so that kids find it hard to refuse.

Here Are some amazing Healthy Snack Ideas for kids which Iam sure your kids will have a tough time resisting

Melon Stars easy snack idea

Carve out watermelon slices in innovative way to get your kids excited. You can use a cookie cutter to cut water melon in a variety of shapes. This is best for summer afternoons and they make for great insta clicks too ;)

Kiwi Snakes fun snack idea:

This super simple kiwi snake art is a cool way to make fruits appealing to kids. You can try this snake idea with cucumbers too.

Banana Cars snack for toddler:

This is ideal snack for car lover boys. Peel bananas to make body of car and cut strawberry and banana slices to make wheels . Use toothpicks to keep wheels in place.

Egg Penguins healthy meal for kids:

Eggs are a great breakfast option for kids and this cute penguin kind of presentation will be loved by children of all ages. Cut eggs into two and use carrots to make beaks, black pepper for eyes

Fruit Ice cream snack idea for children:

All kids love ice creams but they arent a good idea especially in winters. This fruit ice cream idea is nice to get kids eat banana and cherries. Use a wafer like a ice cream cone.

Lemon grape butterfly:

How cute is this butterfly with citrus wings. A tall glass of badam milk with grapes and oranges should make for a healthy snack for your toddler.

Grape peacock snack for kids:

Peackocks are one of the most beautiful birs and this snack idea is both healthy and eye pleasing. Try something fun like this with your kids on a sunday.

Are you inspired to try something fun for your kids?

Fun and Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

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