My Sustainable Saree Fashion Fusion Edit ft. JULLAAHA

Hola Peeps!

Its been a while since we met on this space. There’s lot that’s been going on in my life, some new happy developments and of course, some not so happy ones have been keeping me away from documenting my fashion space.

Guess what?! Past few months your fashion crazy girl was on a roller coaster of another kind; most of the time went by in Track pants and tees; balancing books and backbends; and trying to calm and station them fashionholic; place-hopping nerves… for way too long. But it was a necessary satiety for the hunger of the body, mind and soul.

Won’t lie, some time went in philosophising; rethinking and procrastinating too but i’m back now with a long overdue fashion edit that i created some time ago that had gotten lost in the multitude of data storage, but now that i have it retrieved; its a fashion story i must weave.

The biggest trend 2018 saw was the re-inventing of the timeless Classic… The Magnanimous Saree; the second name of beauty and grace. A masterpiece drape that embraces a woman like no other.

While this garment was re-invented and re-styled in many ways on the ramp and wardrobes of Fashion icons; celebrities and super models from some years now. The contemporary trend saw itself being embraced; welcomed; and adopted by women from every household; age-group and field, nationwide in 2018.

It was almost as if, fashion lovers were hit by a massive wave of Saree Obsessed fashion market… while we witnessed experimentation of blouses a great deal; saree draping styles; a fusion fashion of Traditional Indian Saree with Western garments; cuts, hues and styles reached a new high.

The most amazing part of all this was the younger generation of reluctant saree wearing lasses who dabbled in this garment rarely in weddings; that too often shunning saree for more comfortable and stylish options of lehengas; gowns; dresses etc were now supporting it crazily as the new hashtag #whatstrending fashion.

The market saw an array of newly designed; Saree-dresses; Saree gowns; Lehenga sarees; pre-stitched drapes paired with Dhoti -pants; Long kaftans; Kurtas; some digital prints and 3D embroidery flowy sarees paired with croptops; sheer blouses pallazzos; leggings and even denims, coats and boots !!!

It was almost as if traditional, elegant homebound Saree was out to experience a free, wild psychedelic world not bound by symmetry; convention or humdrum of the tried methods. It felt as if Saree paced and once again embraced the generation that thrives on Change and breaking the stereotypes.

However, the loyal lover; the ardent admirer and incessant hoarder of Saree in me was a little skeptical; even critical at first. Even though i had dabbled in experimenting with the draping styles and even ditched the traditional blouse for much trendy and comfortable and stylish options (see previous blogs & insta pics)…. i thought pairing it with another western garment and accessorising it in totally different look altogether would mar its soul and would be going a bit too far.

But then we shouldn’t be adamant without at least giving the trend a chance.After all its mass popularity in the fashion world couldn’t be denied and the way it won over the hearts and brought the Saree from “Special Occasion Only” closet to everyday “hangers” in the wardrobe.

So, Mekins too set out to style my personal Edit on this trending fashion statement!!

I have always been in awe of Indian artisans and weavers ;for they are the reservoir of great many arts; dyes; techniques; textiles and weaves, though not often given their dues in contemporary times; i often feel indebted to them in enriching my experience of Living in a country as vivid as India.

I like to source my sarees directly from the weavers but it is not always possible due to multiple reasons but in my pursuit of collecting and reviving all art forms of various Indian states on textiles in the form of sarees mostly, i’m on the look out of Indigenous ,authentic ,handicraft brands that work towards the sustainability of the art works and textiles in an organic, fashionable way.

Luckily, I stumbled upon this amazing brand “Jullaaha ” that is in all spirits what i wrote above and much more!

Go through their website and find about the amazing work they are doing in creating such artworks in Saree domain and the unconditional work they are doing with artisans by providing them more work and their dues.Cheers to more such endeavours . This is what is “fashion with Purpose!”

Hence, instead going for the contemporary printed silhouettes; i chose to go Sustainable and hand -painted in my choice of the Staple Saree-BATIK SILK .And i chose to go extreme and Style it with a pair of Denims and an aztec striped print mul mul Beach Halter top !

I wanted to see for myself how i would feel and carry the style on me and then make a call on the trending fashion.

The Saree i received was an absolute delight and its traditional best.. a soft silk, navy blue base and reddish maroon hand-painted batik prints on the border and pallu. Very light weight and super comfortable; easy to carry and style and drape in an experimental fashion.

I chose a broad black belt for highlighting the contemporary styling on the midriff and keeping the saree well-placed; and wore black Pumps with glass heels from Metro Shoes. I settled for a very stylish yet ethnic looking metal box clutch to seal the look.

I did my own makeup and hair for the shoot and chose to go no kajal for the eyes and coloured lids and definitely bold and grunge on the lips. I accessorised with Beaded earrings with a picture of iconic Rekha on them courtesy KraftedWithHappiness .

Also, i Braided my usual curls in a thick, stylish side braid and was ready to shoot.

It took us a couple of hours to complete what we were set out to but i felt completely at ease in carrying this denim -Styled saree; needless to say I FELL IN LOVE with this Indo -western statement.

Now I know why the rage! And in a way i feel, it does bridge the gap and brings the younger generation more into Sarees as they can carry it hassle free and blend it into their untameable and free spirited, uber style of the ongoing Time!

So, for me this Trend is for keeps and would continue to be vogue in coming time as well.

So, Happy Draping the Six Yards Of Magic into the drama of your choice!! Most fashionable way.

Did  you like this kind of fusion styling? Would you ever try it? Please share your opinions in the comment box below.

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The Fertile Flight of a Thinking Womb

The morning was brimming with excitement, i was eager to dress up and look beautiful, for, after all i was meeting my long lost dearest friend, after so many years. Re checked myself in the mirror, “hmm not bad, not bad at all”!, and rushed out of the door.

There she was coming my way, I Literally ran towards her to give her a big bear hug.

She greeted me! “Hi sweetheart, long time huh! YOU LOOK SO DIFFERENT, HAVE YOU GAINED WEIGHT?!”


Another day, at an all girl’s brunch date!

While pulling each others legs, in jest, one of them asked her, “Hey till how long you want to fly like a free bird?!, High Time you grow your nest?!”.


She visits her friend over tea. Her  friend’s Mom-in-law speaks!

These modern girls i tell you, they just want to enjoy life, no sense of responsibility!. One becomes the kind of company one keeps!”.


I’m all excited and decked up for my cousin’s wedding, eager to meet my relations. There one of the aunts’ in our relation catches hold of me and says, “Your in-laws are too gentle to tell you this.” “If next time i don’t hear any good news, you will have it from me”.


At one of the official family get-together. One lady with a toddler in arms and a little girl next to her, trying to make a polite conversation with me, says “Hi! How many years you guys have been married?, No plans of kids yet?!”. “No no…, you must plan, else, what is the joy of living?!”.



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You must be wondering as to why these abrupt, sentences; conversations. As to where am i leading or have i lost it?!

Some of you might even have guessed the topic too.

Well, well, well… These are some of the opening lines, greetings or well-being addresses that me and many Women like me hear, witness or bear on a day to-day basis.

Sometimes in the form of care; sometimes rightful advice; sometimes, jest or taunt and yet other times, out of mere curiosity or sheer boredom.


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Hola Peeps!

Today’s blog post is yet another one of heart ramblings but definitely not insignificant.

In a World full of civility, relationships, cordiality, certain expectations in regard to treating a fellow human being vis a vis his personal life is becoming  a rarity of sorts.

If i may request you to remember how in a world where we were mere children… the art or i rather call mannerisms of greetings were like?!

We were brought up in such a way that it was pertinent to be careful not to hurt anyone’s sentiments by way of action or words.

We were taught and and taught rather well, never to cross the line of polite concern or getting too personal.

I thought we had learnt well.

But i’m appalled, rather aghast to see the stark shift in progressive society of ours. In terms of everything, i believe and understand, we have come a long way. But in terms of mannerisms, if i talk as such, i think now, that we were better off before.

I’m neither a doctor nor a science expert…, so this blog post does not document my medical struggles, victories or failures… But the post rather talks about the battles of the Emotional nature, more so, of Societal Judgements.

And yes, I call myself a Survivor, a Warrior; at least in my eyes and i dare to represent a section of Men and Women in this regard.

 


 

DSC_0408-1e_1542311634265Dealing with a medical condition of your loved ones or your own, is on its own a tough period to go through physically, financially and emotionally… But on top if it.. If one faces direct or indirect judgements; probings; insensitive questioning; it can lead to undue duress; cause misery and may lead to mental breakdown as well. Disrupting further, the already disturbed equilibrium of a situation, family or person.

But in our society it’s sort of taken to interfere or have at least keen interest into the personal matters of closed doors.

I’m not here to familiarise you or seek sympathies by telling the gruesome details of the medical conditions or the treatments.

I’m rather here, to pen down my grievance regarding the matters of Judgement, Bias, Shaming and Insensitivity on the part of a sophisticated society, myself, and lot many fellow survivors are from.



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The issue of infertility is stigmatised to a level that it either becomes a taboo to address or is hinted at in hushed tones, or taunting voices.

From a personal and long understanding of the whole dynamics of the situation of people, or couple or women, battling infertile condition, i must say its more of a Social condition.

Its not a story; mentality; belief, restricted to one community, area, faith, country or religion.

We have been brought up or conditioned in a way that says that facing difficulties in conception; inabilities to conceive naturally; having to seek medical monitoring/intervention in this regard… is a matter of shame, disgrace, a pity; a lack and talking about it openly is accepting defeat. Its something to be dealt with in hiding; behind closed doors; in secrecy.

The pressure from the kith ‘n’ kins, the so called inner circle of love looms the largest; the topic is either completely ignored; advised to be kept underwraps or only hinted provocatively. So much so that humans, couples, specially women facing it, start  alienating; feel the ostracism. So much so that it becomes a reason for marital discord,   battles with the familial hierarchies, family rejections, rights, often leading to divorces and forced separations.

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From there starts, the social distancing; anti-social behaviour so much so that i have seen  my fellow warriors ending up in hiding and depression.

I’m not trying to give this issue a Feminist turn. But from where i stand i do honestly feel that the BLAME GAME is real and traumatic for Women.

We the infertility survivors really do feel like a minority within a minority at times!

DSC_0394-1e_1542311349672The struggle is real, needs strength and grit to not fall prey to the feeling of a lack.

The irony is that the pain is more emotionally felt, rather than physical, despite the painful procedures! And more so, because strangely, the Insensitivity comes largely from our own Gender.

Our mothers and daughters of this powerful Avatar of a Woman;  Women who have borne witness to the worst prejudices; women who have stood against the wrath of times and continues to battle for their rights till today; women who bear testimony to all that could be harsh, brutal and cruel. Its strange that the ones who can be a source of power to the fellow sisters, often tend to shun them and make them feel lacking or to be blamed!!

In the name of society, tradition, culture, family name, lineage, their behaviour often sums up to be discriminating, insulting and biased.

Why is it that if ever a question in this regard is asked, its only to a Woman? Why is it that only a woman falls prey to prying eyes, or becomes the topic of a discussion or is given all sorts of advises; admonishing and scathing remarks?

I don’t say this from a biased heart towards Male gender. I speak only from my experiences in particular and of my fellow couples whom i have spoken to, at great lengths. Of Course, in muted tones, behind closed doors.



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MY WAITING ROOM INTERACTIONS!

Over the years i have often found myself Waiting!

For most part of any bright, cheerful day!

Waiting in crowded corridors with empty hopes; cold waiting rooms of strict silenced clinics! Bare feet but not bare feels!  Sometimes alone, sometimes with your spouse but mostly lost in the crowd. Somedays its like a swarm of women, all sorts, shapes, looks, mind yet all of them having same look in their eyes! Mostly of guarded eyes, silenced lips and open ears.

But then there are some bored to death, always chatty, the ones the whole room can’t ignore even if they wish to kinds’, like me… foolishly looking all happy, excited and hopeful in the dingy waiting room.

I forged friendships out of long periods of waiting, or maybe the similar situations helped… And they spoke and spoke their hearts out.

I found many out of us women have lacked safe places to all their stories and to construct a positive meaning about their autobiographical narrative within their marriages, families friendships, workspace etc. Hence they all turn inward.

  • Sometimes overwhelmed by their situation –Defeated;
  • Sometimes accepting it as a negative fate –Resigned;
  • or Ignoring it and assuming an unrelated identity –Denying.
  • But all of us have questions, tons of them.!! Maybe to the society we live in.

First of all, to have a child or not is the sole and complete prerogative of a couple.

And in circumstances leading to infertility, the future decisions solely theirs.

Being treated for Infertility is like being treated for any other medical conditions say, diabetes, jaundice or something else… then Why the Stigma?! Why the silence? Why the Shame?!

From time to time i have myself revisited many stages of my own understanding and interpretation of fertility and have reconstructed my narrative of WHO I AM! in this light.

I do have the capacity to see myself from a distance and be an impartial observer.

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During the initial phase of knowledge and acknowledging of this situation; then the choice of seeking treatments; the decisions undergoing procedures or not; the success and failures of it. In all this and much more…, I have felt the presence of dark depressive forces of self doubts, alienations, mood swings, hiding into a shell all around me. But thank heavens, never overpowering me. Because i knew My Worth. I had the confidence to love myself no matter what. I had the strength of character to see my beauty. And also i had a safe heaven, my inner circle of love, and my partner to share my experiences with. And hence, my narrative is just the way it ought to be.



 

Am i just my Womb?!’ Will all that is to me becomes insignificant in front of this one sudden alteration in my persona??

  • Is child bearing an only ultimate yardstick to a successful matrimony?
  • Motherhood, the greatest joy of Womanhood is restricted only to biological chords?
  • Can it not manifest itself amongst the ties of heart?
  • What good or what greatness is it of then, if not unconditional?

Such questions and many more…


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Coming back to me, i am perennially a happy go lucky; eternally hopeful; hopeless romantic; highly expressive human. I don’t get dettered much or rather easily by the circumstantial change within or without. The survival instinct is strong and hence, the urge to keep going Happily in life everafter.

Opinions of others do hurt sometimes but don’t matter at all. What rather affects is the distress, pain caused by my situation to my loved ones.

So when people judge the course of my life, my decisions, my lifestyle or what not, i generally ignore big time. But when it starts affecting my loved ones, i sit upright and answer back.

Remember people, you are not in my shoes, hence you don’t get to decide. Period!!

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There is so much more to me than just one condition. There is so much to be done in life and so much to be grateful about. I carry my heart on my sleeves and intend to do so all my life. I have been blessed to have a friend for a partner who shares the same zest for life as me. Our decisions have been mutual and struggles too. And what lies in future too shall find us in togetherness ever so more.

But then there are my fellow sisters and brothers who are battling severe distress, loneliness and agony in their lives. So the world around us that is the so called educated society of sophistication (not considering the scenario of superstitious/remote thought process here at least), we need to buckle up on sensitivity and kindness. We need to create an atmosphere of an open dialogue. There should be acceptance from both ends. The taboos and shame should be dispelled. The onus of mental and emotional well being lies with each one of us. If we would talk openly and not indirectly, in remarks, a better understanding would prevail. And this would reduce anxiety and depression amongst the already suffering.

Also, suffering from a medical condition does not yearn for sympathy but that also does not mean that life should stop for the one… It should not be a Taboo… The life goes on, and if that one person enjoys life with zest and happiness and has accepted or moved on,  no one has the right to Judge… No one deserves to be Judged for Trying to have a happy life, for dreaming further. Or on the basis of their decisions.

If you cannot understand it, at least do not dare condemn.!!

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This blog post will be an abrupt end or rather one without an end, for my experiences won’t end here definitely. It’s going to be a long journey and a long ending one. But i’m hopeful the change in the attitudes and sensitivity will occur, if not radically then gradually.

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If I’m not Colour Red does not mean I’m not Colour Purple. You can’t take away the Rest of Me from Me.

If even one person reading this blog post will gain an insight and a better understanding into the emotional nature of the situation and will exhibit some sensitivity, i shall feel all this worthwhile.

Until next heartpour…

Xo Xo !!

That Pashmina Girl

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Visit to the Epitome of all things Royal – Lake Palace, Udaipur!

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Destination Next !!

Upon getting only a week’s holidays at hand, and a dire need to escape into another world from ours, we decided to make the most of it by travelling to someplace nearby. The name AAPNO RAJASTHAN reverberated in unison, and hence, zeroed on. It is a state that resonates INDIAN ETHOS at its purest and most embracing; ROYALTY of yesteryears redefined and served to your heart’s content and majestic grandeur and rich cultural heritage to fill your sights and mind for years to come.



Travel Partner Who?

WE BOTH KNEW ONCE WAS NEVER ENOUGH! Hence, we were TRADITIONALLY YOURS, O’ LAND OF RAJPUTANA, for a week.

It was a revisit for the both of us, though we were going to colour ourselves together in this experience for the first time.

You must be wondering, my referral to “WE“…. so before moving ahead let me introduce you to the other me who completes my “WE”…. My Companion, my co- traveler, friend, guide, photographer … a Naval OFFICER by profession; photographer and artist by passion; and bitten by TRAVEL BUG …JUST LIKE ME – TILAK!

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My co-companion for life long travels


Udaipur -City of Lakes

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Rangeela Rajasthan through our Eyes

Rangeela Rajasthan, so rightfully said is every inch a colourful experience, every corner has a story of Proud Palatial Regalia; sagas of bravery; tales of unrequited romance; songs of nomadic folklore and dance of the dunes which being Rajputs ourselves, drew us like a magnet to the royal land.

These majestic sights and places once, become a part of you, they never leave your soul. You carry a piece of them in your heart and memoirs wherever you go.

About to Board

However, making a quick itinerary wasn’t that difficult, we, each knew at once the places we wanted to revisit, the places that kept calling us back, the places we had faint memories of, however, etched fondly in our hearts.


This time however, it was going to be different for now we have changed, we live with a  better perspective; a deeper vision and a knack for details, a hunger for travels persists. FOR We…. Have tasted WANDERLUST like never before; we want to explore GOD’s canvas and want to find our true calling; we are now in pursuit of zenith, for we now are TRAVELLERS… OF THE GLOBE!!

Airport Diaries

We instantly booked our flight tickets from Aamchi MUMBAI and landed in UDAIPUR!! An early morning flight brought us to the bewitching city at 9:00 am in the morning. As per the week’s itinerary, our first halt that we had most desirously chosen was JAG MANDIR! 

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Jag Mandir – From a distance

We had a whole day of exploration planned  ahead of us and O’ Boy were we any less excited!!



A day Well Planned

SO, My Dear Readers, this blog post is about our visiting to one of the most breathtaking places of ROYAL inheritance; aesthetic presence; grand historical eloquence and architectural marvel: JAG MANDIR of Udaipur city, Rajasthan.

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Jag Mandir – Lake Garden Palace


What History Says?

It is a palace, also known as the LAKE GARDEN PALACE, built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is credited be built during reign of three Sisodia Rajput Maharanas of Mewar and hence, named “JAGAT MANDIR”, in honour of the last ruler, Maharana Jagat Singh (1628 -1652). This place speaks volumes of the grandeur and leisure of the royalty. It was used as a pleasure palace for holding huge parties and was a summer resort for the royal family and guests.

This palace is also famously remembered as a refuge asylum given by our Rajputana Mewar kings to prince Khurram, later came to be known as famous Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in annals of history. A portion of this palace, initially built specially for Khurram was known as GUL MAHAL. Its one of the most remarkable structure of great architectural glory by Mewar dynasty and was built quite unusually than other relics. It is said to be believed that this palace came to be the inspiration behind conceptualisation of eighth wonder of the World, Taj Mahal; Built by Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

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Relic of Taj Mahal in the Museum Section




 

 


What we wore?~

I deliberately chose to style my outfit of the day befitting the occasion and place of visit. Bringing out the every bit of Rajputani that exists in me and fusing it with classic contemporary traveller, this is what I wore:

Neon lehriya skirt/ghagra + Classic black knot shirt + Red boots

I paired my ethnic gheradaar neon lehriya skirt/ghagra with a classic black knot shirt and a pair of my most comfortable red boots,[the perfect choice as we had long walks ahead of us!]; ethnic accessories and metallic bag pack to carry my essentials for the day.

AND I SET OUT TO EXPERIENCE EVERY BIT A QUEEN EVERY WOMAN DESERVES TO BE!!

Tilak chose to wear,  a cool pair of co-ords, a commando black tee with detailing laces and super comfy and stylish joggers; paired with his most favourite military boots! keeping in mind his behind the lens activities and long day ahead.DSC_0768-1less



How we reached Jag Mandir ?

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Bansi Ghat Jetty

We embarked on our small trip, super excited and landed in UDAIPUR, after merely two hours of rest we couldn’t wait any longer and headed towards  City Palace & reached its BANSI GHAT jetty We bought tickets at the corner ticket counter,the prices of which differ from morning to evening hours; as we went in the morning ferry, it costed us Rs 400/- per person. It is however, advisable to go in the morning itself, specially if you have a bigger travel group as charges are higher in the evening hours. Also, you get more time in hand to enjoy the island palace and hotel exerience at leisure.


We waited for  about twenty minutes for the ferry to begin the tour  to the island palace. The weather Gods seemed pleased with us too, as it was a gorgeous, breezy day.

DSC_0840-1This ferry ride is the most magical and soothing ride that traverses across the LAKE PICHOLA, while showcasing the magnificient scenes of the ghats and city palace  all around you. The experience i believe  is similar, to the romantic Venetian lakes and boat rides.

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Lake Pichola


 

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The Palace Jetty

The palace jetty is the first striking scene of majestic grandeur that welcomes you and leaves you spellbound. The elegant facade includes brilliantly carved four elephants on either side alluring you to much more promising  sights and architectures.

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Brilliantly carved Landmark Elephants
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Standing on the Main Entrance

Upon entering the first thing that amazes and beholds you is the marvellous crown shaped domes of GUL MAHAL, built in yellow sandstone, three circular domed chambers, two marble chhatris, giving it a Mughal architectural style. We couldn’t  help but marvel at the craftsmanship and refined taste of those times.

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Architectural Marvel

It felt every bit a Paradise  for people who love Art, Architecture and Photography!!

We felt so at peace yet excited to soak in the entire experience and the royal vibe and  capture every bit of this beauty into our lens.

We decided to stay longer than we had intended.


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Backdrop of Aravalli Hills

I loved  the fact that the pavilion upon entering the palace, a gorgeous white colonnade carved with crisp arches marks the periphery of the island with a scenic back drop of Aravalli  hills and opens up to THE GARDEN COURTYARD and the DARIKHANA on its northern side.

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Garden Courtyard

Walking along the  huge GARDEN COURTYARD amidst roses, frangipani trees, bougainvillea, palm trees was invigorating and brought in a sense of peace to your being. Despite many tourists, there was a very respectable silence around; one felt enchanted and transported to a not so distant world of kings and queens and felt every bit a part of them.

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The courtyard is a classic make of black and white tiles that leave a resonating effect on your senses  with its fountains and waterpools, low marble handrails, crisscross walkways bedecking the garden surroundings mesmerising your entire experience.

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That pigeon timed too well into the frame

A flock of pigeons can be seen fluttering, playing around the whole areas and tempt you to capture them in your frames for sure, and i too couldn’t resist the temptation either!

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A flock of pigeons – Beautiful sight

DARIKHANA, an open sided terrace built with marble columns, is now being used as a lovely restaurant for tourists and private parties.

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Incorporating GUL MAHAL is the prestigious main palace the JAG MANDIR. It is a masterpiece of sheer elegance, its tower ,an octagonal in shape, topped with dome shaped, weather proof, cupolas. It encompasses many interconnected residential suites, reception halls and The Zenana -residence of royal ladies chambers, built in great Rajput and Mughal architectural styles!

Also, one cannot fail to mention the beauty of THE KUNWAR PADA ka Mahal, the palace of the Crown Prince, located at the western end of the island.



‘The Palace of The Twelve Stones” or Bara Patharon ka Mahal, situated at the eastern  wing of the main palace is yet another architectural brilliance carved out of twelve marble slabs. It indeed was the highlight of the entire architectural marvel.

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Head to toe immersed in this experience

We really had an amazing time wandering in and around the labyrinth of the island palace; gaping  and gasping  looking at the detailed craftsmanship and enjoying the halo of the royalty. Loitering around we went into the section where a mini museum was built and relics of yesteryears historical importance were kept there to depict the significance of the times immemorial.

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As we toured ever inch of this gorgeous relic , enjoying the scenic galore; capturing moments, we decided to take a breather and check out their restaurants and cafe menus and services as well. A Coffee date amidst the royal gardens seemed the most apt choice to rejuvenate.



The menu was crisp and uncomplicated, not with too many options as well. Good, selective beverages and some cosmopolitan dishes to order. The prices were on the bit expensive side but good for one time experience. As we were not hungry we did not go for the dining services. Though we checked out the details for future references. The five star hotel diner looks warm and cozy with a perfect view to look at. For a fine dining experience, one needs to reserve a table on telephone. The menu comprises of Rajasthani  and international cuisines served in utmost royal regality. A meal for a couple could cost approximately around Rs 5500/-. Food can be best experienced here in the evening as dinner to experience  the fully lit ambience and atmosphere of this Royal heritage at its best with lighting and music though the service is a bit slow. However, to relish the cuisines there are far better places in the town and budget friendly too and this experience can be given a miss on the island.

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Coffee & Unending Conversations

After the much needed break, we set out to, we set out to see one last straw of this island and that is the garden on the eastern side of the island. I fell in love with this portion of the island that had so much beauty, tranquility and grandeur to offer to its visitors and on-lookers.

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Some more Exploring

We started roaming in this beautiful garden and enjoying the breezy scenes the lake provided. One could see at the shore and marvel at yet another royal architectural marvel CITY PALACE from here and a art of the Udaipur town on the shores as well. Also, couldn’t help but gape at the white beauty of the HOTEL LAKE PALACE, Standing tall and graceful in its glory.

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Hotel Lake Palace – A closer view

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AND then amidst all these scene searching, i found my favourite place to perch and click umpteenth pictures. I’m talking about the most talked about marble takht out in the garden, onlooking scenes of lake Pichola and the entire city of Udaipur, such beautifully carved and strategically placed chair.

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Enjoying The Royalty Feels

In yesteryears Maharaja and the Maharani’s of the Mahal ,must have spent a quality time here, amidst serenity and romance.

This chair literally led me to day dream and envision the mystic era gone by.

I Sat on the marble chair to my heart’s content  and soaked in the Royal feels and the beauty around me to last a lifetime .

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The Famous Marble Chair & the view to behold

Have i told you this before….i often feel i’am an OLD WORLD SOUL trapped inside a new day body. The era’s gone by, their lifestyle, thoughts; poetry; architecture; music; mysticism; larger than life caricatures; language have always fascinated me and i feel difficult to disconnect once, in that zone.

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One more pic please…

Anyhow, dusk was slowly  spreading its wings and the whole island was being prepared to be lit for the approaching  night. It was time to take the ferry back to the city of Lakes.Rejuvenated , satiated and at peace we alighted the ferry bidding our adieu to the Island Palace and to enjoy the cool ferry ride across the lake.

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Excited and Happy at the phenominal beginning of the trip and making plans  for the day 2 of the vacay we sailed through.

Want to know how our rest o the trip went? and if you are keen to know my experiences though the rest of the journey! Stay tuned and kee watching this space for more.

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HEAL THIS HOLI : EMBRACE ITS HUES & ESSENCE!

NAMASKAAR🙏🏻

By the time you read this blog or this blog post reaches you, you would have already played with myriad of colours and enjoyed Holi with your friends and family in full fervour or, must be dealing with the  hilarious and tedious  aftermath of the celebration!! As in, trying to rinse yourself off colours, marks, stains and what not and not to forget,  the content tiredness and fuller tummies after the “H” Day!!!


It was an intentional decision! The decision to write the blog on the very day of Holi. You want to know why ?! Well, i wanted to bring to you all my thoughts and emotions and of-course, all the glimpses of my day, exactly the way this Holi brought to me. I have had a very ebb-tide; love-sulk kind of a relation with this festival. Holi & Me, we have seen our bad days; we have never hated each other but there have been few years in the past where we have not been best of the friends either! So, yes, i wanted to feel where do we stand in each other’s lives this day, and when we come face to face what would it be like!

So, here iam happily tired, bathed and washed, in my bed with a hot cuppa and writing! And yes, you got it right, hell yeah its a good news! Me and Holi are great friends this year and I intend to make it last this, for lifetime.

Indeed, Holi is the greatest festival celebrated all across our Bharat!And with what Love, what enthusiasm and eagerness! Children, youngster and elderlies all wait in all earnestness and prepare in advance for this special day. Whether food, music, decor, dance or laughter, Holi makes us unlock all our darkrooms and fills them with colours and enlightenment. We embrace our selves and others leaving all barriers and bitterness behind in true spirits of our traditions.

And why not!

If I rewind my life and look  back, i feel that childhood years were the years when i used to be most keen, excited and happy to celebrate the festival of Holi. In fact, this must be the case in almost everyone’s life. We were naive, innocent, carefree and so spirited back then. The only motive at that time used to be to ‘make the most out of the moment‘; to quench the thirst for sheer fun, total happiness and  tons of laughter. I fondly remember that how we used go around our colonies in groups with bucket full of balloons and colours in our “thaila’s” along with sweets and water to drink and whole day, all boys and girls, would gang up and play Holi and would sit  under mulberry trees singing and dancing  till our eyes literally would shut out of exhaustion and our parents came looking for us. Our holi celebrations would go on for days till atleast our colour and balloon supplies exhausted. Those were the days!


Never once, we felt conscious, vary or insecure of our surroundings or scared of the people around us.

But today i pondered and pondered  as to  What  changed over the years?! Holi still comes every year and is celebrated with same gaitey all over the country and brings showers of colour and happiness in everyone’s life. People forget all hatred, ill-will, malice and forgive and forget and hug it all out!

Like me, many of my girlfriends too became reluctant and sulky over the years and started participating less in the festivity and each one of us every time when asked; had some or the other reason or  excuse as to “i hate gulaal“; “im allergic to colours“; “i have sensitive skin or sun rashes” or what not!

Literally, there came a sort of phase in my life when my mind accepted for a fact that “I Hate playing Holi . Period”. But never until recently did i ask myself Why?


Well, actually this self introspection and hunting deep down my soul’s recesses is the result of so many episodes i keep listening to these days. Especially a week ahead of Holi, messages and initiatives like #buramanungiholihai #holikenaampebatmeezinhi #nomeansno ….and gross and shocking news of girls being attacked with semen filled balloons; molestation etc… stirred some cord inside and got me thinking and talking to many of my girl friends, children etc.


Today’s Woman sure knows to voice her heart out and why not its her prerogative, rather anything and everything that bothers our psyche, weighs down our heart, or  threatens to take away our rights, should be

VOICED OUT AND HEARD.

Yes, why should on the name of celebrations or under pretext of a festival or anytime in general, we should be harassed, bullied, cajoled or made to feel discomforted. Whether through eyes; lewd remarks; or physical touch or persuasion or, even to tolerate an unfriendly or overfriendly company.

We grew upto a time when we girls even if we felt hurt or witnessed misappropriation or cheap behaviour, we avoided the situation or preferred to keep it all locked up inside us rather than voice it out, let alone stand against it.


Now that we have found our voice and have overcome our own inner dilemmas we reassess our decisions and inner mental blocks . Atleast i did!

Yes, many a times me and millions like me have witnessed, tolerated; or succumbed to ABUSE of any kind, ON THE NAME OF FESTIVITY, especially during Holi as is the nature of the festival that allows people to come near you,sometimes ,out of your comfort zone.

So, much so that i can vouch most of us women have faced abuse in one way or the other, at times like these and acts of groping, molestation attempt or even verbal attacks have left a scar in the minds of many. These unhappy, uncomfortable memories when don’t find a way of expression, they rather become a bitter boulder somewhere deep down inside; a colourless void or a sour wound.

And knowingly or unknowingly, we find reasons to blame, hide or shy away . I feel this is one of the major reasons that incidents like these subconsciously, lead to staying away from such a beautiful, colourful festival of life.

Few such bitter memories did leave some dark impact on my psyche too and rather unknowingly, i started excusing myself from this festival, Up until a few years ago…. hesitantly i made progress with baby steps towards this festivity and started to let go.

Let Go! Well, yes today on this festive day i sit down to write because I Marvel and I SUPPORT and I SALUTE The WOMEN WE HAVE COME TO BE! WE RECLAIM OUR VOICES AND WE STAND UNITED !

But even more so, I INVITE !

I invite mothers, sisters, daughters and friends! I invite you to let go! Let go all that’s locked inside; lift that boulder; open that window of your soul; revisit your scars; your demons and don’t you bury them….. find your way; any which way you choose and Let Go and Heal !  Heal and Celebrate ! Celebrate Holi ,Celebrate Life! Burn the demons in the pious agni  altar of Holika dehan and purge yourself off the burden and set yourself free.


Its Time! The Time is Now! This World is a beautiful place and One life is all, we have to celebrate! We can’t wait for this place to be the safest heaven, nothing is nothing can ever be! But We Have The Power, The power to live life; The power to heal ! The power to create a safe and strong Mind, Body and Soul!

I Have allowed myself to heal over the years and i feel this Holi I Have Healed completely! No more dark demons!

I played to my heart’s content; i celebrated with my loved ones; i enjoyed the best possible way i knew; just the way i wanted to, in the comfort of relationships; danced; ate and made merry and of course, clicked tons of pictures and sealed new, happy memories in my life and forever!


Well, a note to the perverted few of the world! Don’t try to take undue advantage of our civility; cause NO CERTAINLY MEANS NO! You want to celebrate, well celebrate with ones willing to reciprocate;on the name of festivity you cannot claim proximities which are well beyond your limits! Don’t think we can’t show you doors!or chains or handcuffs, keep imagining!


And warm hug to the amazing  men in my life! Thankyou for being the sunshines of my life, World sure seems a rainbow 🌈 full of promises of a colourful festive  life!

Till Next Time ! Holi Hai !!! Rang Barse!! Always in your lives!

Chao! For now!

much love XOXO! Vashi / That PashminaGirl💋

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BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE!!!!! CHOOSE TO BE YOU!!

HOLA READERS!

 

Its been a really long time that i blogged about  heart renderings and mind ramblings. So, in order to cleanse my mind and pour my heart, here’s a post that will be a much needed catharsis for myself and hopefully, a good read for you.

There are days when you wake up to a smiling, happy, busy day ahead and there are days when there is a coldness in the air, like a foreboding silence lurking; yet there will be days you wake up with time in your hand to sit back and stare at the sun, some good music playing and lot of time to introspect.

No two days are similar; SAME GOES WITH OUR LIFE , we go through phases in our life, different all, of those different from each other. And what do we do, we always try to beat ourselves in trying to bring all phases of our lives to the best one we had.

I often sit back and think about how  people and relations around me think and work. I always find most of my girl pals especially, giving their own selves a very hard time constantly muling over how they looked in past and how they are not their best self now.

Reminiscising the past and the whole nostalgia vibe does give you a proud,mushy ,warm feeling ,and we often like to seek comfort and revel in how we looked in the past . While some of us draw inspiration from our own looks,fitness levels,youthful, glowing skin in the past  and try to maintain ourselves,some of us beat ourselves and make it a reason of our unhappiness,stress,lack of confidence and depression.

Many a times we compete with people and trends around and put ourselves under much strain.And if any space in self bashing is  left, much chagrin is added by our so called friends,acquaintances and relations.

YES, isn’t it true? Don’t we all know someone or the other who  sometimes very gently ,sometimes sarcastically and yet another times to generate much humour  slide in remarks  about our age, height, weight, boniness,shape, bachelorhood, motherhood,nerdy looks and what not etc  that often render us speechless or tongue -tied ;and sometimes with a twitch in our heart and ;sometimes deeply  wounded BUT AT  ALL TIMES SELF-CONSCIOUS!

 

I have often seen people around me,  many a times,completely ignoring to  acknowledge  the commendable work done or achievements but would make it a point to specially take time out  to reach out and point out any signs of weakness, faltering or failures if any. .This often raises a question.WOULD WE EVER BE ENOUGH!! Someone amongst  us would always be too skinny or weak and plastic; someone too fair or made -up , someone too dark ;too short- heighted or tall; too fat hence,a glutton or a slag ;slut shamed to be single or flirty or  even a gold- digger and so on.

WOULD I BE EVER ENOUGH!!!!!

I am suddenly reminded of one such instance when once grocery shopping in the market i happened to come across a long lost friend,upon looking at her i literally ran towards her with sheer joy to give her a bear hug but was rather welcomed by quite a judgey remark about how i looked and was admonished at not fulfilling my duty of planning motherhood and still enjoying life like a newly wed!!! ……. For few seconds i was dumbstruck and caught in a tight corner. A very small incident and a casual matter if you see,but had this occured some time before it would have probably caused me much pain,anger and the feel to retaliate,   ending up wounded ,sulking or withdrawn.BUT NOT ANYMORE .

I laughed it out and turned the conversation to a whole new side as it didn’t really matter .IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU,YOUR LOOKS ,YOUR LIFE CHOICES ,YOUR DECISIONS!! AS ITS YOUR JOURNEY AND NOT ANY ONE ELSE’S.

We must  remember that we evolve each passing moment of our life sometimes for the good,and  ahead a few steps than before and yet some days we see ourselves  relegating backwards, not progressing rather , regressing.

ITS OK TO BE NOT OK or, in your best frame always,Its OK to be pushed back a few steps.ITS LIFE  NOT A RACE.

ITS OK TO BE NOT OK SOMETIMES…..

There are gazillion of us mere mortals in this world ,each one has descended on this Earth with one life,one purpose, a greater reason to be on this place.Each one of us born with our own perspective and ideologies in this society .Can we make each one happy??Can we fit into every mold or frame  construed by this society?? Do we need to??

NO! WE DON’T . WE CAN’T! There comes a point in life where each one needs to ask ourselves these  questions. We are not born to a lifetime of trying to fit into definitions conceived by others for us. We need to break the definitions. Anything and everything that starts burdening our existence and our soul doesn’t want to bend to,needs to be stood against.ALL TABOOS AND STEREOTYPES made by others need to be  vanquished.

And to do  that my fellow friends we need to embrace,caress,love and protect our own real self first.We must see the good in us at all times; We must count on and trust  our instincts at all times; if we only won’t ,then who else will?!

Admire our  own  idiosyncracies,  our oddness ,our little crazy selves ; our own flaws ( if at all we want to call them that),WELL, THAT’s what makes us our own special selves.

We need to understand what makes us truly happy,what kindles our soul and ignites our mind.And that my dearies would be our true calling.We can’t force ourselves to do what our peers are doing ,if that doesn’t interest` us; we can’t dress up or behave like our siblings because that put-up act or facade won’t last for long and would be a sham.Its sometimes really scary to be different or not fit in, but definitely worth your life and your comfort.YOU CAN’T BE SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT,FOR LONG.

 

We can’t  allow anyone and everyone to affect us in any way that shakes our faith and love in our own real self. Not fitting into the stereotypes of how one should be, or how one’s suppose to lead one’s life be it, in terms of BEAUTY,FASHION,BODY TYPE,LOOKS, STATUS,CAREER,MARRIAGE OR MOTHERHOOD. We can’t allow judgements to affect us to a point that hamper or alter our course of chosen life.

FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF; WIPE YOUR OWN TEARS;LAUGH AT YOUR OWN SILLINESS;  BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE!!!!

The above mentioned line,once upon a time struck a cord within me and has stuck with  my soul ever since.I HOPE IT REACHES OUT TO YOU THE SAME WAY AND HEALS WOUNDS IF ANY,UNTIES KNOTS IF ANY ,RENDERS YOU FREE OF SHACKLES IF ANY….AND INSPIRES YOU ANYHOW.

BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE !!

We must feel free to dream; free to fly.Also,learn to let go of our dreams.Be anything and nothing at all!!

Wear what you please, travel;dress up; be raunchy or geeky; foodie or a fitness freak; speak up ,be brash or quiet or moody; fall in love with the same person again and again or fall in love with different;read or not; gaze at stars or be   a hopeless romantic Flaunt your curves and take pride in your bony structureBe raw, be polished; BE YOU. Choose to be you.You are a work of art in itself. You live,therefore,you Exist.

JUST LIBERATE ,liberate yourself from the vulnerability of getting hurt and conscious of the judgements and harsh criticisms.The  day you will realize it no more matters what they think of or,expect out of you.The day you don’t feel the need to be defined anymore.

FLAUNT YOUR CURVES OR BONINESS; BE NERDY OR A SENSUAL LASS…REVEL IN YOUR GLORY

On a personal front i feel that i have as a person finally come of age now..I have come to love and respect who i am and who i have come to be.I am more accepting of myself than ever before; more comfortable in my own skin.No more do i feel the need to validate  my actions ,no more do i care of opinions about me .In the ever changing  myriad of Life;LOVE STRUCK, A DEVOTIONAL ,ENLIGHTENING,LIBERATING  KIND OF LOVE  ,I FOUND MY CONSTANT IN MY SELF.  I   consciously  choose to eliminate toxicity  in any form or manner from my life.As we progress in age,life and maturity ,we no more feel the need to be surrounded by a huge group of peers or be a part of happening   crowds as comfort,reality and loyalty preceeds  validation and you find yourself with less but valuable companionships that know you inside out and are all accepting of you and love you just the incredible special way you are.SUCH RELATIONS ARE FOR KEEPS.

BE RAW,BE POLISHED,CHOOSE TO BE YOU !!

While i talk about how if we embrace ourselves the way we are  and shower some SELF-LOVE on to our special being, none of this matters,YET A WORD OR TWO TO OUR VERY CONCERNED ,CARING WELL WISHERS… with my hands folded,thank you  so much for your love and concern  but there is always a better and more polite way of trespassing  someone’s personal space. And if at all you may, or are genuinely concerned.PLEASE keep in mind your one question,judgement,taunt or tease can cost someone dearly their life,their confidence or self -esteem,as you can’t even begin to imagine or fathom how they have reached to the point where they are.A moment of your casual remarks can stay in someone’s psyche and scar them for life.

 

I CHOOSE TO BASK IN GLORY OF MYSELF,EACH DAY , EACH MINUTE.

I CHOOSE TO BE MY OWN ,BEFORE I AM OF THIS WORLD OR ANYONE ELSE’S.

 

BE YOUR OWN GUIDING LIGHT!!!

On this note ,i intend to rest my pen and my thoughts.This piece is a heart pour as much cathartic for self as it is written for my darling readers to connect  and send positive vibes to.I hope anyone and everyone if at all ,going through any lows in life.LETS BE EACH OTHER’S GUIDING LIGHT. AND HEY, REMEMBER TO BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE COZ ,THEY DON’T MATTER.

UNTIL NEXT TIME CHAO !! STAY POSITIVE! REVEL IN SELF LOVE!

BUT MOST OF ALL BE THANKFUL  FOR A HUMAN LIFE AND BE HUMANE TO OTHERS!!

ITS VASHI / THAT Pashmina Girl signing off!!!

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The Magical Oils from Satthwa

Hola Readers!!

I’m finally back on the block after a long haitus!

This Blog post is a long pending one and deserves a high mention because the products at hand have really won me over and i have reaped some real benefits. That clearly means that if I have benefitted from something, I have to in most likelihood, share it with you my darling friends.

So, my dearies I’m right here to talk about  two magical oils from the renowned, indigenous  brand named SATTHWA, a natural hair and care product range and a wide variety of organic, all natural essential oils.

The two oils I have religiously used for almost two months and am going to review are:-

1. SATTHWA PREMIUM HAIR OIL

2. SATTHWA JOJOBA CARRIER OIL

Satthwa magical oils

Before I begin the review I must share my curiosity and reason to try this product. I have been blessed with thick luscious curly locks, infact, I used to get irritated having  to maintain such heavy hair. Gradually, however I noticed considerable hairfall and I owed it to low maintenance, styling, colouring and sweaty workout routines.

Off-late, I saw a massive increase in hairfall not only from roots rather a lot of hair breakage as well, that clearly signified that my healthy hair were slowly loosing their strength and nutrition as well and were getting dry and damaged. I got into a panic mode and tried and tested several influential so called organic, chemical free products that promised relief from this grave issue and save my crowning glory. Alas, none came to my rescue and my search continued.

Also, its pertinent to mention that the problem of hair-fall, hair damage is so rampant that my inboxes are flooded with requests for reviewing products that could stop hairfall and improve hair health. I receive such requests on a day-to-day basis. Hence, my search for the perfect remedial product became all the more crucial.

Apart from this issue another query that I’m  often bombarded with is the effect of face serums and oil, a trend that is ruling the roost these days and if they are really effective, on what skin types will it suit and in what ways and how to pick the right product from an array of so many. So, this was another reason I was looking for a trusted aide and tried a number of products.

Finally, I came across the instagram handle of this brand SATTHWA and then checked out their site. I had a word with the founder and told him that I would like to review their products for the above mentioned issues and they were gracious enough to send these two oils to me for reviewal.

Before reviewing, let me write something about the brand first. It is a 100% natural and organic certified Hair and Skincare brand. It was started by the visionary founder Mr.Prashant Parikh in 2016 and ever since, its hair oil and many new products like essential oils have benefitted many and there has been no looking back. They, at SATTHWA, go by the motto of “PURE TO THE CORE”, hence, the brand name Satthwa means “PURE” in Sanskrit.

So, here is my review for the two…….

(A)  SATTHWA PREMIUM HAIR OIL

PREMIUM HAIR OIL

This is the most sought after product from the brand and has been creating ripples. Its a premium Hair Oil, 100% chemical free, made with goodness of 9 oils namely, Olive oil, Castor oil, VitaminE, Almond oil, Grapeseed oil, Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Amla oil, Emu oil. The power of these 9 oils makes this oil a powerhouse, regulates blood flow to scalp, darkens hair, making them thick, stops split ends, promotes new hair growth, prevents greying, unclogs pores, provides anti fungal  support, restores ph balance, provides antioxidants and keratin strength reducing frizz and  dryness.

Hence, it becomes the super food for our hair and scalp, replete with all the essential vitamins Vitamin K, E , Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Omega-6 & 9, Ricinoleic acid, Lauric acid. It not only controls hair fall but also promotes hair growth and fights premature greying and absolutely clears dandruff.

Thousands of people suffering from these issues have benefitted and some special cases of bald patches, hair thinning have also seen hair growth success and positive results.


Now lets come to the nutshell reviews and final verdict.

1.   PACKAGING.  This oil comes in simple packaging of a convenient plastic bottle with a rotate lid of 100 ml capacity.It has a white paper cover on the outside that carries a detailed information about the product and its ingredients and its essential goodness along with the brand logo and the  Made in India and paraben free tag  highlighted.It also has directions of use written for best results.

2.   M.R.P.      100 ml  of the product comes at a M.R.P OF Rs 599/ which i feel is quite a catch  for the invaluable service of the product.This aspect is definitely a thumbs up from my side.A genuinely,  affordably priced product.

3.   Fragrance.   it doesnot have any particular or strong odour,smell or fragrance.

4.   MFG.    It comes with a shelf life of one year.

5.   HAIR TYPE.   Best for all hair types, especially, dry frizzy hair.


PROS  – It is completely natural, 100% chemical free and a no-side effects product. It is highly travel friendly and easy to use. Starts delivering results within few uses. It Delivers what it claims.

CONS – No cons as such but maybe the packaging could be made more attractive for such an amazing product. Also, a packaging with a bigger bottle and more product as the usage is high and refills are frantically needed.

FINAL VERDICT – I have been personally using this oil for more than two months now and I have seen a tremendous change in my hair. My hair fall has considerably reduced, my hair are so soft, gentle and minus the frizz in spite of styling and coloring  I have also used thids oil in many DIY hair masks, I will soon be sharing them on my YouTube Channel. My curls are soft, balanced, nourished, healthy, shiny and strong. I highly recommend this product for all your hair woes and hair care routines. I am going to consistently and religiously use this product to keep on reaping benefits.



(B)   SATTHWA JOJOBA CARRIER OIL

JOJOBA OIL

This is the  second product sent to me for reviewing by the brand upon my query and search for some good facial oils, the founder sent me the sample of Satthwa 100% JOJOBA (pronounced ho-ho-ba ), oil. Its an unrefined, cold pressed moisturizing carrier oil derived from a wild plant shrub. It has some tremendous giving and magical properties. It is highly hydrating and moisturizing  for the body as well as hair. Its  been known to be used for healing hair,skin and sunburn conditions. Its also known for its anti-ageing properties and its regular application provides soft, supple, nourished and a glowing skin  that is forever, youthful and happy. It is rich in Vitamin E and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It fights even the most stubborn Dandruff  when mixed with few drops of lemon grass essential oil for best results.

Not only this, it also acts as a fabulous makeup remover, specially helpful in removing heavy makeup such as highly pigmented lip colours and eyeshadow, mascara etc.

Even while removing makeup it continues to protect our exposed skin naturally, keeping it soft and safe from harsh rubbing, removing, cleansing process and makes the entire process quicker and easier and keeping the skin nourished.

Its an excellent nourisher for NAILS, for moisturising cuticles,it boosts healthy nail growth and reduces nail breakage.

It acts as an excellent hydrating,moisturising massage oil for the body, rendering it no-residual oil on skin and giving it a healthy glow.

Jojoba Oil is extremely beneficial for Hair and prevents and stops hairfall as it acts as an antifungal and unclogging agent of hair follicles and scalp pores.


Nutshell, Review and Final Verdict

1. PACKAGING. This oil too comes in a small, convenient,plastic bottle with a rotate lock white lid.Its a 50 ml bottle.It is easy to carry ,leak-proof ,travel friendly bottle.It has a transparent  sticker wrapped around it upon which all the details of the product  is written.

2. M.R.P.     A 50ml product comes for the price of Rs 499/- .Now, it comes on a special introductory price of Rs.380/-.Its worth its price quoted.

3. FRAGRANCE. No specific,pungent or strong fragrance.SO,Safe for people who have odour allergies.

4. M.F.G    It comes with a shelf life of one year.

5. SKIN TYPE.      BEST FOR DRY SKIN OR NORMAL BUT GOOD FOR ALL SKIN TYPES.

6. PROS and CONS.    This oil is one of a kind, very light and gets easily absorbed in the skin, gives an amazing healthy glow and nourishment to skin and hair.It acts as an amazing part of the base makeup ,apart from other benefits mentioned above, it renders the makeup dewy,fresh and glossy.it is equivalent to any elixir glow face oils in the market. Its again a chemical free 100% pure,natural oil with no side-effects

CONS.    No cons in particular, again if only, a bigger packaging would be recommended for this amazing product as the usage is more and on regular basis.


FINAL VERDICT – I have been using this oil for quite awhile now and it has become a necessity and a bare essential in my day today skincare routine. I use this oil in many of my routines.

Firstly, I use this oil in my makeup removing routine whenever i apply makeup.

Secondly, i use it as an important part of double- cleanse process,inspired by korean cleansing routines,  twice a week.

Thirdly , I use it as a part of my base makeup application,thatis,i mix 2-3 drops of Jojoba oil with my Foundation,BB Cream or even a Tinted -Moisturiser, to achieve that sheen,glossy,dewy a natural,flawless  makeup .

Lastly, I use this oil as a massage oil for my body and even in place of night-cream.I also,use it in making many face and hair DIY  home remedies and packs to derive maximum benefits.

Thus, its a thumbs up and highly recommended product from my side ,worth its price and you must give it a try,even if you have an oil-skin type.



P.S.      Do check out my Youtube videos @

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZQx3-JjBJw

To See how I have used this oil in makeup base.

KEEP WATCHING MY CHANNEL FOR MORE VIDEOS ON THE USE OF THESE TWO OILS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PURCHASE, YOU CAN CHECK THEIR WEBSITES AND MAIL THEM FOR ANY QUERIES, ALL THE LINKS AND DETAILS AND LINKS ARE PROVIDED DOWN BELOW.

SATTHWA WEBSITE:

http://www.satthwa.com

PRODUCT PAGE:

https://satthwa.com/hair-oil/premium-hair-oil.html

FLIPKART:

https://www.flipkart.com/item/HOLEHC9RFWKQYYKH

AMAZON:

http://www.amazon.in/dp/B01CUHZ44W

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/satthwa/

So, Readers, I am sure you will benefit from my review and find it useful. Do purchase these products, give them a try, get rid of your hair and skin care woes and reap multiple benefits.

SIGNING OFF!! for now with a promise of something, new, trustworthy, tried and tested, CHAO!!

YOURS TRULY, Vashi/ That Pashmina Girl. !!XOXO!!

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Lippie love : LAKME ENRICH LIP CRAYONS

HOLA!!Dear Readers💋💋

Today I bring to you from my colourful world of 💄lipsticks, a few chosen ones to be reviewed.

👉Lakme India had launched its lip crayon some time back. However, initially I was not very inclined and when there was some buzz around it, I somehow never got a chance to grab those in my kitty until recently. I purchased them on a combo offer online which seemed like a good deal at the time.

LAKME ENRICH LIP CRAYONS

Well, the lust for lippies is a never ending saga for most women like me! I hope you agree with me, if not then what cosmetic art you lust after the most? Do let me know for sure.

SO, I got down to usage of my 💋lip crayon collection and now I feel ready with my honest reviews and of course the much needed swatches, which while shopping online can be quite a dissuading thing as,same happened with me.

WELL, for review I have four shades in all out of 10 shades of pinks, peaches, reds and browns launched of LAKME ENRICHED LIP CRAYONS.

SWATCHES
1. PINK BURST
2.RED STOP
3.BERRY RED
4.CANDID CORAL

1. Shade-01 Berry Red

SHADE 01 BERRY RED

A FIERY SIREN DEEP RED PERFECT FOR THAT NIGHT PARTY OR THAT BLACK DRESS, OR EVEN FOR A CORPORATE FORMAL DINNER, A TYPICAL CLASSY BADASS COLOUR. WILL SUIT ALL SKIN TONES.


2. Shade-02 Red Stop

SHADE02 RED STOP

THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF RED. A LIGHT RED SHADE.CAN BE GOOD FOR A DAY OR NIGHT WEAR. WILL SUIT FAIR SKIN TONES BETTER.


3. Shade-03 Candid Coral

SHADE O3 CANDID CORAL

THIS SHADE IS A PEACHY ONE THAT ALMOST DOUBLES UPTO BE A VERY PRETTY SOBER ORANGE, PERFECT FOR THE DAY WEAR OR IF YOU WANNA HIGHLIGHT THE NEON TREND, CAN BE A GOOD ONE TO MIX SHADES AS WELL. ITS VERY CLOSE TO THE SHADE 02 RED STOPWILL SUIT WHEATISH SKIN TONES BEST


4. Shade-06 Pink Burst

SHADE 06 PINK BURST

THIS IS A SHOW STEALER AMONGST THE LOT. MY MOST FAVOURITE. I BOUGHT IT SEPARATELY FROM A DRUGSTORE BUT I’M THE HAPPIEST WITH THIS ONE. YOU CAN ASK WHAT’S SPECIAL ITS ANOTHER PINK. BUT I’LL ANSWER ITS THE PERFECT PINK WITH SHIMMER AND SHINE IN IT, IT GIVES A METALLIC EDGE TOO AND HAS THE MAUVE AND MAJENTA COMBO TONES. IT AT ONCE LIGHTENS UP THE LOOK AND BRIGHTENS UP ANY ATTIRE. YOU ARE SURE TO GET COMPLIMENTS.WILL SUIT ALL SKIN TONES.


Well to begin with

PACKING: These come in cute, playful sketching crayon packing that reminds us of drawing books and crayon coloured childhood.Very comfortable crayon pencils with black caps that come with a sharpener each.

TEXTURE: These crayons have a creamy, smooth gliding texture however, they do tend to crease up and show fine lines on the lips.

PAYOFF: It takes about 1-2 application to get the complete colour.

PIGMENTATION: The crayons are richly pigmented.

FRAGRANCE: They have a very mild gummy fragrance to them, a pleasant one.

PERFORMANCE: These crayon lippies stay at max upto 3 hours our so and then start bleeding and also, these colours do smudge and transfer easily.

BUDGET: Each crayon(with a sharpener) is of the MRP. Rs185/-. A Very budget friendly product and the quantity too worth its price.

REMOVAL: It comes off very easily, though can get messy while removing.Its highly recommended to remove it with a makeup remover or a face oil or oil cleanser.


FINAL VERDICT:

LIP SWATCHES

I would recommend this product considering its value for money. Its not a great product but not a bad one either.
Its a must buy for people like me who do not use the product too much and end up getting bored or wasting the product to its expiry. These little crayons are a good deal. Also, I would highly recommend these to all the students and people who like to invest in affordable but trusted makeup. These one’s are sure deals for you.

🌻HOWEVER, a bit of caution choose wisely, as when buying online the swatches can get quite confusing, specially in the case of these crayons as the peaches to reds have a very similar colour tone and shade and are almost nearby in the shade range. The combo offer that I received had a trio of relatable colour shades as you can see above.

TIP: However,a little blogger advice.Donot forget to apply hydrating lip balms before applying these or any other lip colours.Also,do exfoliate your lips off and on with sugar granules at home OR a good lip scrub.

For the young 💁girlies out there, advice from personal learning. DO Stay away from cosmetics as long as you can as you are naturally endowed with everything beautiful at this growing stage of your life and if at all you do wanna go ahead… do so by all means but then make sure you do follow it up with a skincare routine either with mama’s home remedies or with only natural, organic and chemical free products so that you, your skin, beauty, heart and mind remain ever so happy and healthy till ages to come.

SO, LADIES I sure hope my reviews would be of some help for you or atleast a good read.

Would see you soon with more such stuff from the archives of my mental box.

TilL then Stay safe, stay 💪healthy and beautiful inside out💅.

MUCH ❤️LOVE CHAO XOXO! VASHI / THAT PASHMINA GIRL.💁

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