Friday, 7 November 2014

My new korean skincare routine

"Travel is more than seeing the world; it’s seeing the world in a new way."

I have had some amazing experience travelling. Some expected , some unexpected . Korea was one such unexpected experience and a total pleasent one to that. I simply loved the experience . Right from food to shopping everything was superlative. Shopping especially was mind blowing , I am not much of a shopaholic but there was something in the air that even I couldn't resist. 

We stayed in Lotte Hotel in myendong area which a Mecca for beauty shopping.

Korean Skincare
The Beauty street 

I had no idea about korean beauty industry before landing in Seoul. In fact
My skincare routine till date was face wash and olay cream and the days I felt extra greasy I washed my face at night .

But landing in seoul opened my eyes to a different world, a world of hi tech beauty care. In fact the world is now opening to 10+ beauty care step . 
While I still have not got into that kind of elaborate routine , but have definitely expanded beyond clean and cream routine . My medicine cabinet looks something like this today. I clean , tone , moisturise and apply eye cream on daily basis and on a good day either scrub or apply a water pack. 

Just a bit of care and trust me my skin never looked so good . I will provide a detailed review of these products in upcoming posts .

Etude, Laneige, Innisfree, Minissha, Su:m
My Korean Skincare

Have you heard about korean skincare yet ? 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Closet organisation

This morning I had a bit of closet emergency . Linen closet to be precise . I spent 15 mins looking for a pillow case . All my 

Fed up with spending time trying to find another pillow case , I decided to take care of it once and for all. So this is what I did , I took one pillow case and stuffed it with its bedsheet and another pillow case . Now there is no danger of losing anything in the pile and it's easy to grab and go without toppling rear if the sheets. 
I also stuffed my cushion covers similarly and table covers etc in laundry bag . At the end it looked something like this .

Not the perfect way to spend your weekend morning but is surely will save lot of time and energy in future . It also saves major closets space, all my stuff now takes only half of earlier space . Win !! 

P.S. In my perfect world I would be ironing all bedsheet and covers ... But Oh well ! 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Winter style - Midi skirts

With the slight nip in the air, I am drawn more and more towards midi skirts. They are universally flattering and can be styled to most body types and personal statements.

Collected some inspiration below 

Plaid and sweats made glam

Casual chic with oversize sweater and boots 

And if you can , rock the season's  hot trend crop top and sneakers 

My current style crush Neha Dhupia flaunts a semi formal look with wardrobe staples 

Granny chic ??

With layers for added comfort 

And with denims 

Grab a skirt this winter and welcome the chilly weather in style ! 

Source : google images 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Life lately

Of family food and road trips ..

Petals and leaves Rangoli

Foot selfie on beach road , pondicherry

New passion- homemade sweets 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Back in the groove - tips on better holiday !

There have been times when I have returned from a trip and  felt that I needed a break to get over the break. Happened to you too ? Well after almost  many such breaks I finally put some “learnings’ into practice and for once in my life I returned from a holiday and was ready for daily grind ..well almost. Here is what helped me this time to get back into the groove

1 . Clean your house before you leave or at least make your bed : My packing is always last minute, I am always rushing to find the hat I  picked in the last trip or the lovely silk scarf which will go fabulously with all dresses , end result house it topsy turvy and I  just have time to lock the door and run.  This also means that when I  return and I am  so tired and one look at the mess and all I  want to do is to run away. So the tip this time was to clean up at least the living area before I left  and also since we were reaching back late in night , I made the bed. Once back,  the house look good enough for at least not to make me call housekeeping and run away J  I peeled over the bed covers and slept my jet lag away.

2. Account a ‘break in’ day :  So typically our holiday ends on Sunday and we have to be back in office by Monday. This time we actually returned on Saturday that gave us a day to unpack , chill , load up on grocery water the plants and gently get back into the groove, by evening we were feeling so good and relaxed that we actually caught a movie and slept early . Monday was not too terrible for once.

3. Arrange for food : You know what time you would be arriving home so arrange for breakfast / lunch / dinner accordingly. After all these days of eating out , home food is what one really craves for and ofcorse kitchen is not the first place you want to be in. Personally , we are lucky  to have a place our area that delivers homemade food . In case you don’t have any such place ask your friends and family nearby. My mum and Aunt live within couple of kms  and they have a wonderful arrangement going on , whenever any of them travels the other  ensures that hot food is delivered at her place on arrival day. You can have a similar arrangement , in case your friends don’t travel much you might want to ‘repay’ the favour by babysitting for them or taking them out for a nice meal or better still inviting them for dinner while you prepare the new exotic recipe you learnt on your trip. Win - Win for all.

4. Unpack right away : A huge point of contention with my husband always. Whenever he is back from a trip (and he travels a lot – 20 days a month !),  he simply unpacks right away, putting clothes in washing machine and such,  and I always hated it. Gradually I have realized that this is probably the right way. I may not do the laundry right away but I do put away clothes batches to be cleaned later and clean up the suitcases to be stored away. This also ensures that if I bought perishables (And I always buy local food), they are stored properly and not found stinking after couple of days. 

I followed all these tips after a 2 week break this time and somehow the ordeal of getting back to daily routine was not that painful. Try it this time when you are heading to your spring / summer break and you just might be as glad as I am.

P.S. looking for a perfect scarf , i really like this one .

ANNA CORONEOWatermelon-print silk scarf

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Happy dance !!!

Would you believe it , "my" article was published in Travel and Leisure magazine way back in September and found it just now ! Well as they would say better late than .... Check it out here

Monday, 24 March 2014

Ulaanbataar Day 2

After the rather chilling but very exciting experience of day 1 in Ulaanbaatar, next day we planned to take a trip down to Terelj national park , about 60-70 kms away from the city center . Its a national park which is largely un developed and is best to view and understand the landscape of Mongolia away from hustle bustle of capital city . The travel to national park is pictresque with miles and miles of imposing mountains and hardly any settlement .

Terij National Park
Landscape on the way

Terij National Park

While in summer the there are plenty of activity at the park like Rafting horse riding, hiking and you can even stay in the famous Ger tents , with snow all around for us it was more of the journey than the actual destination. You can attempt skiing in winter but we are yet to learn to ski so there was nothing much 'to do'. We had a rather nice lunch at Terelj international resort and spa hotel .

On the way to national park , there is a mini stopover at Genghis khan statue complex , an imposing structure over 40 meter tall set against the barren hilly landscape. The complex is still work in progress and there is a small museum in the complex. While the museum's collection is not very grand its interesting nonetheless. Do check out the small video playing in a corner room which describes how this structure was made and put together.

Genghis khan statue complex 
The imposing structure
Genghis khan Statue
Lanscape from the statue complex

There are couple of interesting rock formation on the way like this turtle structure :) 

We had hired a cab from our hotel Kempinski Hotel Khan palace   and it was great choice , the driver was knowledgeable and car very very comfortable.

And  the best part of the trip, we got to see dianosaurs  !!

Ok so they were rock stuctures but given the surreal landscape you would almost think they were real, dont you think so :)