Thursday 23 November 2023

Harmony in Nature: My Fav EarthRaga's Organic Beauty Essentials

Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle. If you nurture it with goodness of nature, embrace its uniqueness, it'll let your inner glow illuminate the world.

If you agree to what I stated above, you know what I am hinting at.

I believe using organic skincare products is a conscious choice towards nurturing our skin with the purity of nature as they avoid harsh chemicals, minimize the risk of irritation and adverse skin reactions, making it a gentle yet effective option for all skin types. I'm very choosy and mindful of what products I use on myself. 

Get to know EarthRaga:
Today, I'm introducing you to EarthRaga, an eco-conscious skincare brand, seamlessly blending timeless natural wisdom with contemporary aesthetics for a delightful skincare regimen.  The brand offers a meticulous formulation of products, featuring superior-quality non-irritant ingredients in their purest form. Every item in their skincare line undergoes dermatological testing, assuring the utmost safety and gentleness, even for the most sensitive skin types. All their products are free from artificial fragrance, harmful chemicals such as Sulphates, Silicones and Parabens.

My Favourite Skincare Essentials:
The brand deals in skin care, hair care, lip care and a delightful bath n body product range. So I decided to go for a diverse range and ordered a curated hamper for myself. The order was shipped in less than 24 hrs and got delivered on the third day itself. The products were sealed well to avoid any damage during transit. And here's what all I ordered.

As you may see, I chose a few skin care products particularly for my face as our face remains uncovered all the time and is usually exposed to pollutants that leads to uneven skin tone and skin damage. As I used EarthRaga chemical-free products, I found them quite gentle on skin and result-oriented. 

My Experience:
Let me share my experience how each of these products perform. 

Vitamin C Face Scrub that I use twice a week to unclog pores. This scrub effectively removes dead skin cells, brightens the complexion, and promotes a smoother texture. Vitamin C is quite effective to increased skin elasticity and reduce fine lines. If used religiously, it reduces hyperpigmentation and brightens skin tone. Just a caution, not to scrub your face everyday. 

HA + Retinol Face Mask is a powerhouse formula that I loved. Hyaluronic Acid deeply moisturizes skin and immediately gives relief to my dry skin. Retinol, known for its collagen-boosting properties, helps promoting skin renewal by boosting collagen production. It requires a continuous application of few weeks for get noticeable results.
Almond & Coconut Oil 30+ SPF Matte Sunscreen is a sunscreen that not only shields the skin from sun damage but also nourishes and hydrates it. The natural properties of both these oils make this sunscreen suitable even for sensitive skin. I loved its delightful fragrance and the fact that it settles to a matte finish.

I took another variant in sunscreen i.e. Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) & Raspberry Oil SPF 30+ Sunscreen which I call as a Triple-Defense formula. While Vitamin E works as a potent antioxidant to neutralize free radicals, HA gives intense hydration and Raspberry Oil helps in skin repair. Together, this blend not only safeguards my skin against harmful UV rays but also promotes overall skin health.

Now talking about Body Care product I ordered for my dry skin i.e. Ubtan+Turmeric Body Lotion. This product is an amalgamation of time-tested ingredient turmeric that provides holistic skincare with its anti-inflammatory and skin brightening properties. I apply it as and when needed, but using it on damp skin after bath is the best time to enjoy nourished, rejuvenated skin with a healthy glow.

Lastly I got this Anti-Hairfall Shampoo with Onion, Rosemary extract and Amla as main ingredients for comprehensive hair care. Amla is quite rich in antioxidants and promotes hair growth. Onion extract, known for its sulfur content helps to strengthen hair follicles and reduce hairfall over time. Rosemary extract stimulates blood circulation in the scalp and also reduces dandruff. This shampoo is a perfect solution to get healthier mane and manage frizzy hair.

After giving EarthRaga products a try, I would say if you indulge yourself in a regime where nature meets modernity, then your skincare experience will not just be effective but also a pleasure. Bcz when you choose the simplicity of nature for skincare; it's a commitment to beauty that's pure and timeless. 

Thursday 26 October 2023

Elevate Your Plate: The 'I Say Organic' Journey to A Wholesome Living

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”
The above quote perfectly symbolizes the concept of organic food in modern times. Because I strongly believe that organic food is not just a trend; but a conscious choice towards a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Well! the necessity to eat might mean fulfilling our body's nutritional needs, but satisfying hunger is not always enough to ensure optimal health especially when we're so much into canned food, convenience food, dehydrated food, fast food, and frozen food. 
Many a times, such food is grown using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides & these chemicals might leave residues on the produce, causing several health issues in the long run.

Why to opt for organic food?
To ensure that your food is free from harmful residues and offers nutrition to your body, it's highly recommended to mindfully buy organic food items. Organic food often contains higher nutritional content compared to conventionally grown produce benefiting our overall well-being. 

Problem with procurement of organic food:
I've observed that many a times people who're willing to switch to organic produce are not able to either find it in their areas or have a limited range of products, which often becomes a limiting factor. Even in my case, lack of accessibility made it difficult for my family to consistently find and purchase the organic items we desired. And whatever we found was not feasible due to various constraints.

"I Say Organic" - do you too?
It's when I came across I Say Organic, a renowned marketplace, dedicated to the awareness, promotion and delivery of high-quality organic food items. With a commitment to providing consumers with a healthier and more sustainable alternative, I Say Organic came up as a trusted name in the domain of organic produce. By partnering with conscientious farmers and producer groups, they offer an extensive range of fresh, chemical-free, and pesticide-free food products. Their journey, rooted in the belief that safe and organic food should be easily accessible, has made them a leading advocate for a more environment friendly and health-conscious way of living. 

Glimpse of my shopping basket
As you might have assumed by now, I shopped my heart out from I say Organic from different product categories and this is how my extensive purchases look like. My order was delivered on the third day itself after placing an order and I appreciate that it was packed quite carefully to avoid the glass bottles from cracking during transit.
First of all, I picked products from organic whole foods category which includes lentils, grains, rice, millets, and more, coz they are nature's nutritional powerhouses, brimming with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. These unprocessed, unrefined ingredients retain all of their original goodness, making them a perfect choice for a balanced diet. 
Then I chose a few organic seeds and spices, including salts, premixes, sweeteners etc. which are a flavorful addition to any meals. My mom always says that spices are the culinary treasures that bring desired taste and aroma. So I grabbed some food staples for creating a delicious culinary experience.
Once the cooking essentials were done selection, I couldn't resist getting some delectable treats, ranging from nachos to chakli, bhujiya, chikki, mathri, and more that truly offer a delightful twist to usual snacking. Literally guiltfree snacking is another level of satisfaction with such munchies. 
Last but not the least, completed my order basket with these mouthwatering pickles and zesty sauces that are a must for families where moms need to fulfill kids' demands for weekend-special recipes.
In conclusion, I Say Organic not only brings delicious, chemical-free food to your plate but also supports an ethical approach to agriculture and food production. By supporting this brand and choosing their organic offerings, we can not just nourish our body but can also contribute to a more socially responsible food system. 
I highly recommend you all to discover the essence of wholesome and eco-friendly dining with I Say Organic's exceptional selection of organic food items.
So, the next time you wanna savor organic treats, give them a chance to serve you and be a part of a movement towards a nourishing future!

Friday 13 October 2023

Chikankari Chronicles: Weaving Traditions at House of Chikankari

As the festive season is approaching, I was on a hunt for an attire for my office's ethnic day celebration. My desire for the perfect ethnic attire got little more fueled coz it's my birthday month too. 🎉

Amidst the myriad options that I explored in ethnic range, Chikankari suits felt like an epitome of grace and timeless charm. Actually I've always been fascinated by the intricate hand-embroidery which is the main characteristic of Lucknawi chikan work. 

While searching for an elegant chikankari suit, it crossed my mind that I had seen House of Chikankari making a striking appearance on Shark Tank 2 show, leaving a lasting impression on me with their inspiring story. The elegance and innovation showcased during their pitch were truly impressive, so I decided to explore their collection as it was the best time to shop. 🛍️

Welcome to the enchanting world of House of Chikankari

HOC is an online portal which celebrates the timeless artistry of Chikankari embroidery, a craft that weaves stories through every thread and stitch. Their curated collection is a captivating blend of tradition and contemporary style making their clothing a canvas of cultural richness. 

Other than kurtas and suit sets, their clothing is available in a spectrum of styles like Angrakhas, Shirts, Co-Ord Sets, Gowns, Kaftans, Dresses etc that would effortlessly suit preferences of modern women. And the brand offers all these outfits in fabrics like Mulmul, Modal, Chanderi, Muslin, Georgette, Cotton, Silk, Velvet, Rayon, Kota, Crepe etc so that one can pick as per their comfort and liking.

How my order looked like?
Captivated by the allure of ethnic threads, I found myself drawn to the sophistication that Chikankari can bring to my festive wardrobe and finally placed an order of not just one, but two pretty outfits. 👚

The order was shipped  within 24 hrs and got delivered on the third day itself which is pretty commendable. 👏 The order came packed in a biodegradable and compostable bag and the clothes were kept in a potli inside.  

What's inside?

The first item that I bought is the Marya Chikankari Rayon Straight Kurta Set which consists of a long straight kurta in rayon cotton fabric in teal green color with a white pant which makes a perfect contrast. The kurta has beautiful hand-embroidery on the yolk, back & sleeves. Its rayon fabric has a smooth, silky texture with a sheen and is so breathable that it feels luxurious against the skin. 

The other piece that I ordered is the Juman Chikankari Mulmul Sleeveless Straight Kurta. The kurta is 100% hand-embroidered and has beautiful floral motifs all over the printed mulmul fabric. The lace work on its neckline, armholes and hemline is an added gracious element. 

Mulmul fabric, also known as muslin, makes it an ideal choice for those seeking both style and ease. The floral patterns intricately printed onto the fabric gives a touch of nature's beauty, creating a harmonious blend of sophistication and simplicity to the outfit. It can be paired with white or lime coloured bottom as per mood. Wearing this kurta creates an impression of a lovely breezy summer day and promises leaving a mark with its refined aesthetics. 

Final words:
Overall, shopping at HOC was a delightful experience. Navigating through their user-friendly website or the elegantly designed store, it felt like embarking on a fashion journey. The premium quality of the products and service has surpassed my expectations, leaving me with not just new additions to my wardrobe but a sense of satisfaction.
Also, I would like to mention that HOC also has a marvelous range of Menswear for the men in the house, who're keen to slay in their festive look. 
So wait no more! Indulge in the joy of the season with HOC's Festive Sale and grab a splendid opportunity to elevate your style at irresistible prices.  
Happy shopping!

Friday 22 September 2023

Artistry Unveiled: Exploring the Beauty of India with iTokri

Ethnic Indian fashion is a beautiful blend of tradition, culture, and artistry that has fascinated people worldwide for centuries. It's the real reflection of India's diverse heritage depicting unique weaving, embroidery, and textile techniques from different regions of the country. From the elegant sarees of Varanasi to the luxurious silks of Kanchipuram and the ornate lehengas of Rajasthan, ethnic Indian fashion connects the past with today's fashion trends. 

Indian ethnics hold a special place in my heart. Its elegance and charm absolutely resonate with my fashion preferences. So I decided to dive into the world of colors, fabrics, and designs at that makes ethnic Indian fashion so treasured. 

Why I love iTokri? 
Well, I'm captivated by the way how beautifully iTokri uncovers the stories behind every piece and the skills behind every stitch. Its products exhibit the cultural influence that makes its crafts timeless and beloved for its customers.
I've been a loyal customer of iTokri, and with each purchase, I've had nothing but fantastic experiences making it my go-to destination for Indian ethnic treasures.

Let's get to know iTokri
For those who aren't familiar, iTokri is an exclusive online store for handmade treasures, including handicrafts, handlooms, fabrics, jewelry, paintings, and more. This e-store stands out as India's sole crafts and loom retailer with a complete inventory of artisanal creations. The platform boasts of an impressive catalog of over 100,000 listings and continuously enriches its offerings, introducing 500+ new products everyday ensuring that its customers always have something new and exciting to discover.

What's special about their packaging?
iTokri is not only dedicated to promoting Indian craftsmanship but also prioritizes eco-friendliness in its operations, including packaging so as to minimize its environmental footprint. Each iTokri parcel is carefully packaged in a sustainable and biodegradable box reducing the use of plastic and other harmful substances. They always send a handwritten note and a small freebie. This time, I got a fabric facemask. I wholeheartedly appreciate brand's commitment to environmental responsibility how they care deeply about both artistry and the planet. 🌎

Time to unbox happiness from my package 
In my past purchases, I'd got dress materials and unstitched fabrics mostly. But this time, I ordered a graceful Bengal Nakshi Kantha Embroidery Silk Saree for the upcoming festivities and a Chikankari Hand Embroidery Cotton Short Kurti for work wear purposes.
Owning a monochrome color scheme saree adorned with elegant motifs in thread work was my long cherished desire that has been fulfilled now and I'm really delighted that this classic combination can be both understated and striking, allowing me to stand out with subtlety.  To wear this Kantha work saree will not only be a fashion choice but also a way to appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry of the Bengal culture. It will make a perfect outfit for weddings, cocktail parties, festivals, charity events, business meetings and everything in between. Just I need to pair it with statement jewelry for added elegance.
Not to forget, they have recently added an array of vibrant Durga Puja sarees in their collection which are simply gorgeous. 

The other piece that I bought i.e. a Chikankari Short Kurti is absolutely versatile. I can wear it for casual outings with friends or family, for brunches, shopping trips, coffee dates, at cultural events, to picnics, while travelling and of course at work. The trick is to paired it appropriate type of bottoms like with jeans, leggings, skirts, shorts, palazzo pants etc. It simply can strike the right balance between casual and dressed up when accessorized mindfully. The best part is it's cotton fabric is so light and breathable. 
How I styled this Chikankari Kurti effortlessly with denims ...

As I wrap up my iTokri shopping adventure, I can't help but reflect on the delightful journey it has been. From the moment I first landed on their website, greeted with a treasure trove of handcrafted wonders, to the moment that I got to hold these products, everything has been exceptional.

Knowing that my purchases directly support skilled artisans across India and contribute to the preservation of age-old crafts adds an extra layer of fulfillment to my shopping.

Thank you, iTokri, for not just being an amazing shopping destination but a window into the heart of India's artistic spirit.

Until next time,

Saturday 26 August 2023

7 Mesmerizing Evening Escapes in Dubai: Unveiling the Magic After Dark

Dubai, a city renowned for its glittering skyline, luxurious resorts, and modern marvels, transforms into a realm of enchantment as the sun sets and the city's lights come to life. Beyond its daytime allure, Dubai's evenings hold a distinct charm that beckons locals and tourists alike to explore a different side of this cosmopolitan oasis. From glamorous waterfronts to cultural treasures, here are 7 mesmerizing evening escapes in Dubai that unveil the city's magic after dark.

1. Dubai City Tours:

Explore the heart of this cosmopolitan oasis through captivating Dubai City Tours. Immerse yourself in a journey that unveils the city's architectural marvels, from the iconic Burj Khalifa to the historic Dubai Museum. Traverse the vibrant neighborhoods, witness the transformation from desert to metropolis, and soak in the breathtaking skyline. Dubai City Tours offer a window into the fusion of tradition and modernity, narrating the tale of a city that never ceases to evolve.

2. Burj Khalifa's Fountain Show: A Symphony of Water and Light

The iconic Burj Khalifa is not only an architectural wonder but also home to an enchanting fountain show. As evening falls, the Dubai Fountain dances to synchronized music and lights, creating a captivating spectacle against the backdrop of the world's tallest building. Witnessing this symphony of water and light is a quintessential Dubai experience.

3. Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise: A Glimpse of History

As the sun sets, the Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise comes alive with the soft glow of traditional dhows adorned with twinkling lights. Embarking on a dhow cruise offers a chance to experience Dubai's history and culture while floating along the water. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner as the illuminated skyline and historical landmarks pass by.

4. Madinat Jumeirah: An Arabian Nights Fantasy

Madinat Jumeirah, with its traditional Arabian architecture and winding waterways, transforms into a magical realm under the stars. The intricate lanterns, cozy souks, and luxurious restaurants create an atmosphere reminiscent of Arabian Nights. The Burj Al Arab, aglow in the night, adds to the enchantment of this exquisite locale.

5. Dubai Opera District: Cultural Elegance

For those seeking cultural enrichment, the Dubai Opera District beckons. This architectural gem hosts a variety of world-class performances, from operas to concerts and theater productions. As the evening unfolds, the district becomes a hub of elegance, offering a sophisticated experience for art enthusiasts.

6. Dubai Miracle Garden: Floral Luminescence

Dubai Miracle Garden takes on a new identity after sunset, with thousands of illuminated flowers creating a surreal glow. Stroll through meticulously designed floral displays, tunnels, and arches adorned with colorful lights. The garden transforms into a fairy tale realm, offering a unique sensory experience.

7. Desert Safari Under the Stars: A Desert Dream

A desert safari takes on an even more enchanting dimension after dark. Escape the city and venture into the tranquil desert expanse. Enjoy a traditional Bedouin-style dinner under the stars, surrounded by golden dunes. Engage in cultural activities, such as henna painting and falconry, as the cool desert breeze sweeps through the landscape.

Dubai's evening escapes weave a tapestry of experiences that cater to every taste and preference. Whether you're captivated by architectural brilliance, cultural elegance, or natural wonders, the city comes alive in a kaleidoscope of lights, colors, and sounds as night falls. Embrace the enchantment that Dubai offers after dark, and let the city cast its spell on your senses, creating memories that linger long after the night has passed.

Friday 25 August 2023

10 Insanely Fun Activities To Do in Dubai

Dubai, the glittering gem of the United Arab Emirates, is synonymous with luxury, innovation, and limitless entertainment. With its futuristic skyline, pristine beaches, and world-class attractions, Dubai is a playground for adventurers and leisure-seekers alike. In this article, we'll explore 10 exhilarating activities that promise an unforgettable experience in this vibrant city.
1. Helicopter Ride Dubai:
Experience an extraordinary aerial journey with a Helicopter Ride Dubai, soaring above the captivating cityscape of Dubai. The moment your helicopter takes flight, a rush of excitement fills you as you ascend, embracing the breathtaking panorama beneath. Look in wonder at the vast urban oasis, where the iconic Burj Khalifa majestically reaches for the sky. Your chopper effortlessly glides over landmarks like the stunning Palm Jumeirah and the glamorous Dubai Marina, leaving you enchanted by their sheer magnificence. With each passing second, Dubai's dynamic and futuristic architecture sprawls before you, a testament to the city's unparalleled ambition and creativity. From this lofty perspective, you have the perfect chance to capture these stunning scenes in vivid detail, forever imprinting these remarkable moments into your memory.

2. Hot Air Balloon Dubai:
Experience the serene beauty of the Arabian Desert on a peaceful Hot Air Balloon Dubai at sunrise. As the golden sun begins to rise, the endless expanse of sand transforms into a breathtaking canvas painted with warm hues. Gently drift above the rolling dunes, each curve casting intricate shadows and creating a mesmerizing scene that's both tranquil and magical. The desert's morning symphony comes to life, with the gentle rustling of sand and the distant calls of wildlife adding to the peaceful ambiance. This enchanting journey offers an uninterrupted view of Dubai's natural beauty, far from the city's busy energy. Embrace the calmness, and as you glide on the morning breeze, let the timeless beauty of the desert captivate your senses.

3. Skydiving Over the Palm:
Elevate your senses to the next level with an electrifying skydiving experience over Dubai's iconic Palm Jumeirah. The palm-shaped island below you serves as a stunning backdrop as you leap into the boundless azure sky. The heart-pounding freefall offers a thrilling embrace of wind and speed, an exhilarating dance with gravity that seems to suspend time itself. Your senses are heightened, and as the ground rushes to meet you, the panorama unfolds like a surreal dreamscape. The vast Persian Gulf shimmers in the distance, its waters sparkling under the sunlight, enhancing the sensation of freedom and thrill. With adrenaline coursing through your veins, you'll touch down with an invigorated spirit, having conquered the skies and experienced Dubai's splendor from an unmatched perspective.

4. Play With Snow at Ski Dubai
Swap the desert's warmth for an unexpected chill at Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort that brings the magic of the Alps to the heart of the desert city. Step into a world where snow-covered slopes beckon, and the air is crisp with the promise of adventure. Whether you're an experienced skier or a beginner eager to learn, the range of slopes and trails caters to all levels of expertise. Glide down the slopes, savoring the sensation of snow beneath your skis, or challenge yourself with daring jumps and twists in the snow park. The contrast between the desert heat outside and the alpine chill within is a captivating experience that highlights Dubai's remarkable ability to bring diverse worlds together.

5. Dubai Fountain Show and Lake Ride:
Immerse yourself in a symphony of water, light, and music with the enchanting Dubai Fountain show. Marvel at the perfectly synchronized dance of water jets as they sway and spin in harmony with the melodies that fill the air. The Burj Khalifa, standing tall like a sentinel, provides a majestic backdrop, accentuating the grandeur of the spectacle. To truly appreciate the intricacy of the performance, embark on a boat ride across the adjacent lake. As you glide through the shimmering waters, the cascading fountains come to life in breathtaking proximity, offering a perspective that reveals the intricate choreography of the water ballet. It's a marriage of technology and artistry that captures Dubai's dedication to innovation and entertainment.

6. Dubai Desert Safari Adventure:
Venture into the heart of the desert for a high-energy safari experience that will leave you exhilarated. Strap in for an adrenaline-fueled dune bashing session in a 4x4 vehicle, as the skilled driver navigates the undulating sands with precision, creating an exhilarating roller-coaster ride like no other. The thrill of scaling the dunes and descending at heart-pounding angles is matched only by the breathtaking desert vistas that unfold before you. Afterward, embrace the serene charm of the desert with camel rides and sandboarding, immersing yourself in the timeless traditions of this land. As the sun sets, the magic intensifies, and you're invited to a Bedouin-inspired camp, where a sumptuous Arabian feast awaits, accompanied by mesmerizing entertainment under the starlit sky.

7. Thrilling Rides at Aquaventure Waterpark:
Dive into a world of aquatic excitement at the Aquaventure Waterpark, a realm of high-speed water slides, lazy rivers, and mesmerizing marine encounters. Feel the rush as you hurtle down exhilarating slides, twisting and turning through a maze of excitement. The lazy rivers offer a more leisurely experience, allowing you to relax and unwind as you float along gentle currents. Delve deeper into the mysteries of the sea with a visit to the Lost Chambers Aquarium, where you can get up close with an array of marine life. From the thrill of the slides to the wonder of the underwater world, Aquaventure captures Dubai's dedication to providing a complete and unforgettable entertainment experience.

8. Dubai Marina Yacht Cruise:
Savor the epitome of luxury with a leisurely yacht cruise through the captivating Dubai Marina. As the sleek vessel glides over the serene waters of the Arabian Gulf, the city's iconic skyline stands tall on one side, while the pristine beaches stretch out on the other. The juxtaposition of architectural brilliance and natural beauty is a testament to Dubai's commitment to extravagance and elegance. With the sun painting the sky in hues of gold and rose, you'll have ample opportunities to capture picture-perfect moments against this stunning backdrop. The gentle lapping of the waves and the gentle breeze create a serene ambiance that envelops you in a world of refinement and indulgence.

9. Dubai Autodrome Driving Experience:
Unleash your inner speed demon with a thrilling driving experience at the Dubai Autodrome, a world-class racetrack that beckons car enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies alike. Slide into the driver's seat of high-performance vehicles, each engineered for precision and power, and feel the surge of acceleration as you navigate the twists, turns, and straights of the track. Whether you opt for the elegance of a supercar or the agility of a racing kart, the sensation of control and speed is a heady rush that captures the essence of Dubai's fascination with the extraordinary.

10. Immersive Experience at IMG Worlds of Adventure
Embark on a journey into the world of imagination and thrill at IMG Worlds of Adventure, a sprawling indoor theme park that promises non-stop entertainment for visitors of all ages. Venture into an awe-inspiring universe of beloved characters, brought to life with thrilling rides and attractions. From the daring exploits of Marvel superheroes to the whimsical adventures of Cartoon Network icons, each corner of this colossal indoor haven offers a world of excitement waiting to be explored. Rain or shine, IMG Worlds of Adventure provides an immersive experience that encapsulates Dubai's dedication to innovation and joy.

Wednesday 21 June 2023

Chair Yoga Poses For A Busy Work Day at Office & Their Benefits

Yoga Day, also known as International Day of Yoga, is celebrated annually on June 21st.

The practice of yoga originated in ancient India and encompasses physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation, and ethical principles. Yoga is not limited to a specific religious or cultural context but is practiced by people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs globally.

For working people, yoga with a chair can be a great way to incorporate some stretching and relaxation into a busy work day. 🧘‍♀️

Chair yoga serves as a convenient option for incorporating physical activity and mindfulness into your work routine because it's important to listen to your body, modify poses as needed.

Today, on the occasion of Yoga Day, I'm sharing a few chair yoga poses you all can try:

And here are some of the benefits that these poses can offer:

▪️ Reduces stress: Yoga, in general, promotes relaxation and reduces stress levels. Chair yoga allows you to take a break from your work routine and engage in gentle movements and breathing exercises, which can help calm your mind, release tension, and promote a sense of relaxation.

▪️ Increases energy and focus: Sitting for long periods can lead to fatigue and a lack of focus. Chair yoga poses involve stretching and gentle movements that increase blood circulation, oxygenate the body, and provide an energy boost. By taking a few minutes to practice chair yoga, you can reinvigorate your body and mind, leading to improved focus and productivity.

▪️ Relieves physical tension: Sitting at a desk for extended periods can cause muscle stiffness, particularly in the neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Chair yoga poses target these areas, releasing tension and improving flexibility. Stretching and gentle movements can also help alleviate common discomforts associated with prolonged sitting.

▪️ Enhances posture: Poor posture is a common issue among office workers. Chair yoga poses promote proper alignment of the spine, strengthen core muscles, and improve posture. By practicing these poses regularly, you can develop better postural habits, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal issues.

▪️ Boosts mood and well-being: Engaging in a short chair yoga session during a busy work day can have a positive impact on your mood and overall well-being. The combination of gentle movement, deep breathing, and mindfulness helps release endorphins, the "feel-good" hormones, which can improve your mood and promote a sense of well-being.

▪️ Improves flexibility and mobility: Chair yoga poses may not involve complex movements, but they still provide an opportunity to improve flexibility and mobility. Regular practice can increase joint range of motion, enhance muscle flexibility, and prevent stiffness, making everyday movements easier and more comfortable.

To conclude, I would say whether you are a seasoned yogi or new to the practice, Yoga Day presents an opportunity to explore yoga & develop a passion for health and wellness. It's a day dedicated for celebrating the ancient wisdom of yoga and embracing its potential to improve physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of our lives. 🧘‍♂️

Thursday 8 June 2023

A Food Journey through Kashmir

Kashmir offers a food experience like no other. Whether you're planning a Kashmir tour or a romantic Kashmir honeymoon, this article will take you on a gastronomic adventure through the valley, highlighting the must-try dishes, unique food experiences, and the fusion of flavors that
make Kashmiri cuisine so special.

Introduction to Kashmir as a Food Destination
When it comes to culinary delights, Kashmir is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. The
region's cuisine is a blend of flavors from Central Asia, Persia, and North India, creating a unique culinary identity. From aromatic spices to succulent meats, Kashmiri cuisine tantalizes the taste buds with its distinct flavors and textures.
1. Traditional Kashmiri Cuisine

1.1 Wazwan: The Royal Feast
One cannot talk about Kashmiri cuisine without mentioning Wazwan, the traditional multi-course meal that epitomizes Kashmiri hospitality. Wazwan is a grand feast that includes various meat dishes cooked to perfection. From juicy kebabs to flavorful curries, each dish is a testament to the culinary expertise of Kashmiri chefs.

1.2 Rogan Josh: The Iconic Kashmiri Dish
Rogan Josh, a rich and aromatic lamb curry, is a signature dish of Kashmir. The tender meat cooked in a blend of spices and yogurt creates a mouthwatering symphony of flavors. This iconic dish is often served with steamed rice, which absorbs the flavors of the curry, making it a heavenly combination.

2. Popular Street Food in Kashmir
Kashmir is not only famous for its traditional cuisine but also for its vibrant street food culture. Exploring the bustling streets of Srinagar and other towns in the valley, you'll come across a variety of mouthwatering street food options.

2.1 Seekh Kebabs: Grilled Meat Skewers
Seekh Kebabs are a staple in Kashmiri street food. These succulent, spiced meat skewers are grilled to perfection, giving them a smoky flavor that is hard to resist. Whether it's juicy lamb kebabs or flavorful chicken kebabs, these street-side delights will satisfy your cravings for grilled goodness.

2.2 Gol Gappe: Tangy and Spicy Water Balls
Gol Gappe, also known as Pani Puri or Puchka, is a popular street snack in Kashmir. These crispy hollow balls are filled with tangy tamarind chutney, spicy potato mixture, and refreshing mint water. The explosion of flavors in your mouth with each bite will leave you craving for more.

2.3 Noon Chai: The Traditional Pink Tea
Noon Chai, also called Kashmiri Pink Tea or Sheer Chai, is a unique beverage that is a must-try when visiting the valley. This traditional tea is made with a blend of green tea leaves, milk, and a pinch of baking soda. The addition of salt gives it a savory twist, and the distinctive pink color is derived from a special type of tea leaf. Sipping on a warm cup of Noon Chai while enjoying the
scenic beauty of Kashmir is a delightful experience.
3. Kashmiri Desserts and Beverages
No meal is complete without indulging in the sweet treats and beverages that Kashmir has to offer. The valley boasts a range of delightful desserts and aromatic beverages that will satisfy your sweet tooth and provide a refreshing respite.

3.1 Phirni: Creamy Rice Pudding
Phirni is a creamy rice pudding that is a popular dessert in Kashmir. Made with ground rice, milk, and sugar, and flavored with cardamom, saffron, and rose water, Phirni has a rich and velvety texture. Garnished with nuts and dried fruits, this dessert is a heavenly treat that is often served chilled.

3.2 Kahwa: The Aromatic Saffron Tea
Kahwa is a traditional Kashmiri tea that is infused with aromatic spices, including saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, and almonds. This fragrant and flavorful tea is known for its calming properties and is often served hot in delicate, hand-painted cups. Sipping on a cup of Kahwa is a soothing experience that transports you to the serene valleys of Kashmir.

3.3 Shufta: A Rich and Nutty Sweet Delight
Shufta is a unique Kashmiri dessert that combines the richness of dried fruits and nuts with the sweetness of honey and sugar. This indulgent treat is often enjoyed during festivals and special occasions. The combination of flavors and textures, along with the hint of spices, makes Shufta
a truly decadent dessert.

4. Kashmir: A Paradise for Honeymooners
Kashmir's breathtaking landscapes, romantic ambiance, and culinary delights make it an ideal destination for honeymooners. Here are a few experiences that couples can enjoy during their Kashmir honeymoon.

4.1 Romantic Dining in Scenic Settings
Experience intimate and romantic dinners in scenic settings, such as overlooking the Dal Lake or amidst the lush gardens of Mughal-era gardens. Enjoy candlelit dinners under the starry sky as you savor delectable Kashmiri dishes. The combination of delicious food and enchanting surroundings will create memories that last a lifetime.

4.2 Picnic Spots and Outdoor Dining
Explore the picturesque picnic spots in Kashmir and indulge in outdoor dining experiences. Set up a picnic by a gurgling stream or amidst blooming meadows, and enjoy a spread of local delicacies while being surrounded by nature's beauty. It's the perfect way to create unforgettable moments with your loved one.

4.3 Local Delicacies for Romantic Meals
Kashmiri cuisine offers a range of delicacies that are perfect for romantic meals. From the aromatic flavors of Rogan Josh to the creamy indulgence of Phirni, surprise your partner with a specially curated menu of Kashmiri delights. Whether it's breakfast in bed or a private dinner by candlelight, these flavorsome dishes will add a touch of romance to your honeymoon experience.

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Find the Best Lengths & Cuts for Shapewear Dress

If you choose a shapewear dress as your to-go shapewear, it will be very important that you find the right cut and length, as these are key pieces to achieve a flattering silhouette when wearing them, and as an added bonus, they’ll help you feel confident with what you are wearing.

The many different cuts and lengths will help highlight your best assets and also minimize the areas that concern you the most, and they can actually downplay or accentuate some features.

We want to make sure you know all about the right cut and lengths that will enhance your figure and help you embrace your style so you choose the best shapewear dress.
When you want to select a shapewear dress, it will be very important that you select the length that actually suits your personal style but most importantly your body shape.

You might find many different length options for your dress with built in shapewear and they are the following. We can start with knee length. This one can suit many different occasions and is considered very versatile.
Next, we have midi-length shapewear dresses. This length will go from between the ankle and the knee. It will offer a balanced look and actually flatters different types of bodies. Those with apple-shaped figures can benefit the most from it, as they provide a slimming effect on the hips and waist.

And finally, maxi-length will be perfect for formal events or if you want to achieve a glamorous look and exude elegance. They provide a lean and long appearance are will be suitable for most types of bodies.

Another factor to have in mind and into consideration when you want to enhance your figure while wearing a shapewear dress is the cut. Depending on your body shape, the following cuts can flatter it.
The first cut to consider is the A-line one. This type will widen gradually from the waist and create a flattering and smoother silhouette and will work perfectly with most body types. Pear-shaped figures are the ones that will benefit the most from this cut, as it will skim over the thighs and hips and accentuate the waist.

Next, we have bodycon shapewear, and these will offer maximum shaping and support while hugging your curves. It emphasizes and highlights your waistline so it is most suitable for people with hourglass figures.

Shapewear dresses with an empire waist will feature a high waistline below the bust. It will draw upward attention, creating a balanced look and an elongated torso. It will be most flattering for those who have apple-shaped figures.

Then we have wrap-style dresses. This cut will cinch the waist while creating a V-shaped neckline that accentuates the curves. Offers also a very feminine and timeless look and fits various body types.

And finally, we have a peplum cut. This one has a flared or ruffled detail in the waist area. This creates an hourglass effect as volume is added. If you want to create curves and will be the most flattering for those with rectangular or straight body shapes.

If you want to showcase your style and show your figure, you will always have to consider choosing the right cuts and lengths when it comes to wearing and picking shapewear dresses. There are many cuts and lengths to choose from depending on your body shape but also depending on your personal style. If you understand them well, you’ll be able to find the right one.