Keeping Cool

Hello dear readers ❤

It’s been a lazy couple of weeks, fitting the hot, lazy weather of Delhi.

Today I want to share a very casual yet chic outfit with you. It’s a cotton shirt and cigarette pants combination. Scroll below to see what makes it stand out 🙂

Full outfit:

(didn’t feel the need for footwear as this was an indoor shoot 😛 )

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This blue shirt is quite versatile. It looks like denim but is cotton!

White pants are a summer essential – in fact, I wear them all year round! This one is a straight fit pair. I try to avoid a skinny fit 🙂

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I quite love the colour combination – blue and white with a touch of silver and crystals. Easy on the eyes and very refreshing on a hot day!

This bohemian statement necklace helps amp up the outfit and you can go from shopping to lunching in the same thing! 😀

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You can simply pair this outfit with flip flops or chappals while you run errands!

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The hair bun gives a very clean look and keeps me cool outdoors (I think I should accept that this is my favourite thing to do to my hair – no fuss! 😀 )

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Letting my hair down:

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A few extra shots 🙂

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My favourite ❤

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Thanks for checking out this post! Here’s my face again for youuuu 😛

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So what do you think about this post and outfit? Do let me know in the comments 🙂

Until next time,

Love from Shruti xx

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Review: Abana, The Food Cabana

Hey guys!

Today I’m sharing a review with you, and the “thing” in focus is a newly-opened food joint in Delhi NCR (Faridabad, to be precise).

Welcome to Abana, The Food Cabana  😀

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So, this takeaway joint opened just a month ago, and is making waves! Started by a couple of youngsters like you and me (one of them being my best friend ❤ ), Abana has been warmly welcomed by Faridabad!

Abana is a food takeout joint, but you can also eat right there – they have set up a couple of tables and chairs – or simply, in your car like I witnessed.

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With a diverse menu that offers comfort food like Mac-n-Cheese and Belgian Fries, the foodies of Faridabad need not rush to Delhi to satisfy their waffle cravings either 😀

Apart from these treats, Abana is also serving mouthwatering pizza cones and – wait for it – DEEP FRIED OREOS, served with ICE CREAM topped with CHOCOLATE CHIPS *tears up with emotion*

If this doesn’t scream DELICIOUSNESS to you, God bless you!

You can check out the full menu here on Zomato.

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The Chicken Pizza Cone

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The pizza cone was really cheesy (without being gross) and bursting with juicy, flavourful chicken.

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With one of the owners (and my best friend). OF COURSE, we posed with the pizza cone!

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Wondering what to have next

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The Belgian Fries were an excellent choice

It’s safe to say that I loved the fries! The fries were thick (not the crispy kind), but that went well with the cheesy topping. Served with two sauces, it was yum. I loved the garlic mayo way too much and found that Abana makes their own garlic mayo 😀

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The Belgian Fries and the Chicken Tortilla Wrap

Next, I tried the Chicken Tortilla Wrap, but quickly realised that I wasn’t a fan. I found the wrap a little too greasy and a little lacking in flavour. Maybe garlic mayo can fix that? 😉

Also, it was served with salsa and sour cream. The salsa was pretty fresh and zingy, whereas the sour cream was cottony instead of creamy. Hopefully, this will be taken care of, as the admin appreciated the feedback 🙂

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The stuff of legends – the Deep Fried Oreos!

For dessert, I had the Deep Fried Oreos, served with molten (slightly) Vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate chips. To be honest, it was a very rich dessert. But when combined with the ice cream, it simply blew my mind. I really wanted to have more although I was full to bursting extent. :/

To sum it up, Abana is a place I would love to go back to. The food is delectable. The prices range from reasonable to a little steep, but not expensive. AND the quality of food and portion sizes are generous.

And a lovely thing I found – Abana bakes their own pizza cones and nachos. Every thing is made in-house!

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I’ve been to Abana twice now and continue to like the food. I tried the Nutella crepes and the Spicy Chicken Sandwich also, and enjoyed them both!

Visit them at: Number 163, Opposite Community Centre, Sector 14, Faridabad.

Last I heard, they’ve introduced Iced Teas and Pastas. Excited to try them! I’m waiting for more of their Summer Specials 😀

They’re also rolling out the Home Delivery option slowly. For more details, check out Zomato. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

So, have you guys been to Abana, yet?? How was your experience? Do let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Love from Shruti xx

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Picture by Madhura Bhrushundi | Edited by Me

Let’s Spruce Up!

Hello ladies!

Today I have something different, but exciting for you. Hope you’ll like it! 😉

I’ve realised that being a blogger, I have to be on the lookout for cool new stuff. Today I bring you an online portal which is going to be very helpful to me, and hopefully you will love it, too!

I recently moved to New Delhi from Mumbai. It’s a new house and I’ve been looking for ideas to decorate and furnish my bedroom.

I stumbled upon this website called homify which is full of excellent ideas for home décor.

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Homify is like the pinterest of home décor! 😀

There are many, many categories that you can browse – from the dining space and dressing room to bathrooms!

But today, I am focusing on my bedroom 🙂

According to me, the bedroom is perhaps the most important part of the house. Every part of the house as well as the outdoors are important, but the bedroom is the heart of it. It can reflect who you are and should be your place of comfort and escape!

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I personally don’t like to have a television in the bedroom because then you tend to only watch TV and kinda forget your hobbies like reading, exercise or cooking.

So what do we start the decor with? The color scheme and aesthetics, of course!

You can opt for an exclusive theme / color scheme for your bedroom, or use the same one as the rest of your house. I love a bare look, so I’d go for all white, with well-polished mahogany furniture. I’m not sure about this idea but I’m still putting it out there – a statement wall, that is, one wall of my bedroom should be a rich color, splashed with a lovely pattern and adorned with edgy ornaments. I’m currently dreaming of a combination of a navy blue wall with silver filigree pattern and blackened silver art pieces to add a bohemian touch. I also wish to have a couple of potted plants to make the room feel fresh and vibrant!

After browsing on homify, I also found that they have a number of themes that I really liked, ranging from colonial to vibrant to modern and minimal.

Let’s explore a couple of them, shall we?

Thane Apartment. : Modern bedroom by The design house

 

Master Suite : Modern bedroom by Savio and Rupa Interior Concepts

 

Loft : Minimalist bedroom by GDKdesigns

 

Eclectic style bedroom by Kabaz

 

I hope you found my ideas useful! I’ve been looking for ideas to spruce up my place and make it lively. Do let me know if you have any other ideas 😀

Until next time,

Shruti xx

Product Review: Lakme Absolut Face Stylist Blush Duos (Pink Blush)

Hello dear readers! ❤

Today I am back with a product review, and it’s from Lakme again 😉

I wanted to try this product since long, so I thought I should review it for you guys too! It is the Lakme Absolut Face Stylist Blush Duos in the Pink Blush shade.

I ordered it from Jabong where it is priced at INR 600/- against the market price of INR 750/- !!

You can order it here 😀

The packaging is nothing fancy, and looks quite compact as seen below. It comes with a small applicator brush which can be travel-friendly only if you carry the whole box 😐

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The brush has really fine hair and is smooth to the touch. But quite honestly, I found it too tiny to be held correctly 😦IMG_20151128_130934906

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Here comes the blush compact:

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Aren’t the colours simply beautiful? 🙂

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So here goes the swatch:

Please note that I prepped my hand before applying the blush, so that the color pops. But I realised that the blush is quite pale and requires a number of strokes for the colour to build up.

Also, the texture of the blush product seems silky, almost like talc. But upon application, it feels chalky 😦

First swatch taken inside the house:

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Second swatch taken in natural light:

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Here’s how it looked on me!

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I know what you’re thinking – where’s the blush?! 😛

But yes, I am wearing it in this picture. It doesn’t play up well despite a number of applications. And I was afraid to add more strokes as I was beginning to look like a flamingo off-camera 😛

My Verdict:

This isn’t a great purchase. I might use it times of need, but I’d advise you to check out some other options too. Also, it wasn’t very visible on my complexion but it might suit fair ladies 🙂

Until next time,

Shruti xx

Product Review: Lakme 9 to 5 Toffee Nexus Lipstick

Hey ladies!

Today after a long break, I am back with a product review 🙂

It’s the Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick in the shade of Toffee Nexus (YUMMY NAME!)

I ordered it from Jabong where it is priced at INR 360/- against the market price of INR 450/- !!

You can order it here 😀

The product comes packaged in a peachy pink card box, with silver lettering. Looks simple and elegant; I like it! 🙂

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The lipstick has a rose gold metallic body which looks rich and sophisticated. It is slightly rounded at the middle, giving it a cute chubby look 😀IMG_20151128_125739801

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This is how it looks on my inner arm. I find it to be a very beautiful shade 🙂
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The texture of this Lakme 9 to 5 lipstick is quite creamy, and it is well tinted. I have pigmented lips and I could see that the colour had built up well with the first swipe itself. The second coat helped to play up the colour better!

Now for the drawbacks – The lipstick has a medicine-like smell. But I’m not sure if that’s the case with the entire range, or just my lipstick :/ The smell diffuses after a minute of wearing the lipstick.

Secondly, I feel that this lipstick  doesn’t have much staying power. Its creaminess makes it come off at the slightest contact with anything, be it a mug, straw, tissue etc. I liked the shade better, after blotting with a tissue 😛

This is how it looks on me (blotted):
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My Verdict:

Sooo, I did say that toffee Nexus is a beautiful shade of lip colour. BUT, I’m afraid that it doesn’t flatter my dusky complexion. The swatch looked pretty on my arm, but my face is darker in comparison. I’m sure it will look great on fairer complexions 🙂

Nevertheless, Toffee Nexus will definitely be my go-to lipstick for a nude look 😀

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