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

Premium Laundry Services Are Here!

Hello, my dear readers!

How many of you are fussy about your laundry like me? 😛

I always prefer washing my clothes by hand, with a gentle liquid detergent. I don’t even trust washing machines to do the job well! But with a hectic job, it’s tough to always find time for the chore; my clothes end up piling up 😦

Recently, I learnt about a new laundry service called Mink.

I received the offer to get any three items laundered by Mink in exchange for an honest review. I am excited to share my experience with you guys 😀

So, I sent across an AND dress, a prized sari (raw silk with zari work) of mine and a precious rug which had gotten stained. I forgot to take pictures of the dress and sari before I sent it to the Mink team but I remembered to click the carpet 😛
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Look at that patch on top, off-centre. I wanted this cleaned so I could store it properly, but I couldn’t figure out where or when to get it cleaned. Mink’s timing couldn’t have been better! 😀

So, the process began. The pickup was quite smooth and efficient. An executive from Mink collected my items and gave me a receipt.IMG_20151016_212057943

After 3 days – which I felt was a long wait – I received a call informing me that my stuff was ready to be delivered. The coordination was very efficient! I got held up at work and the Mink executive was gracious enough to delay his visit for my convenience 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised when I received my laundered stuff neatly folded and presented in Mink’s branded packaging ❤

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IMG_20151010_155900697Inside the spacious bag, my item were separately packed with much care and thought. My rug had been wrapped carefully, too 🙂

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I was amazed to see my clothes in top condition 🙂IMG_20151010_155714902IMG_20151010_155310156
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I’ll just sum up by saying that these premium laundry services seem like a boon. There are many other like me, who are very particular about their clothes but are not able to give it time. With Mink’s efficient pickup-and-drop facility and smooth communication, we can goodbye to our laundry hassles! 😎

You can check out the prices and more details on their website.

For all my lovely readers, here’s an amazing offer! You get INR 200 off on a minimum order of INR 500, valid till 15th November. Use promo code BLOG1400

Until next time, Shruti xxIMG_20151010_155220302

The Basic Black Bag

Hello readers!

Today I will introduce you to the Basic Black Bag (or the BBB) which is a must in every girl’s wardrobe. The BBB suits every occasion and almost every outfit!

There are several kinds of bags available in the market today. I’m showcasing some of the best ones to help you quickly grab your favourite 😉

The Satchel – Featuring Fossil

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The Tote – Featuring Lavie

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The Clutch – Featuring Diwaah

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The Hobo – Featuring The Trunk Label

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The Sling – Featuring Viari

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Now I’ll show you my Basic Black Bag 🙂

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This bag is pretty big in size (15 inches diagonally) with a subtle, elegant quilted design. The braided pipe-style strap looks stylish and the tassel detail on the zipper adds uniqueness.

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I love the fact that it can transform into almost any kind of bag! 😀

It can work as a tote, as seen in my picture below.

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I can hitch it up on my shoulder and use it hobo-style.

It also comes with a detachable long strap. So I use it as a sling bag also! 🙂

I have had this bag for 3 years now, and it has been very loyal to me! From important interviews to crazy parties, this bag of mine has seen it all 😀


Product pictures have been sourced from Amazon.

Top Grossing Movies of Last 6 Decades

Hello people!

Today I bring you, the highest grossing Bollywood movies of the last six decades. I’m sure you know about most of them already! 😀

  1. 2001-10 – 3 Idiots (2009)

Earnings: 202 crore INR

At Current Rupee Value (CRV): 280.78 crore INR

All izz well with 3 Idiots. This movie talks about the pressure faced by students in their endeavours to live up to parents’ expectations. No wonder this movie had a huge following in populous countries like China (Yes, I asked strangers on Omegle 😛 ) and India where getting into a reputed engineering college parallels Nirvana!

  1. 1991-2000 – Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994)

Earnings: 69.75 crore INR

At CRV: 229.47 crore INR

The Salman Khan, before he started kicking villains into the stratosphere, was a family guy.  This movie had a big, happy family, lots of sanskar, and you guessed it right, Alok Nath! In fact, this movie was a handbook to Indian family, marriage and traditions 😉

  1. 1981-90 – Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

Earnings: 14 crore INR

At CRV: 73.92 crore INR

This decade was perhaps the dry era of Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan’s star was fading and no other superstar was in sight. That’s when Sooraj Barjatya gave us this movie with the right doses of dosti, pyaar, sanskaar and Alok Nath!

Ps. let’s not forget Salman’s dancing skills 😉

  1. 1971-80 – Sholay (1975)

Earnings: 15 crore INR

At CRV: 193.35 crore INR

Two conmen (best friends Jai and Viru), summoned by a self-righteous former cop to kill a notorious dacoit. This was the epic Sholay. With a stellar cast, this is probably the only movie where the side characters became just as famous. Samba, Kalia, Thakur and Dhanno (yes!) are legends today.

  1. 1961-70 – Sangam (1964)

Earnings: 4 crore INR

At CRV: 156.6 crore INR

You may not have heard about this movie, but Sangam was the big daddy of love triangles, made by the big daddy of Indian cinema, Raj Kapoor. Foreign locations, romance, huge budget and a long running time – it all began with Sangam!

  1. 1951-60 – Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Earnings: 5.5 crore INR

At CRV: 253.5 crore INR

Although apparently historically inaccurate, Mughal-e-azam was the most opulent, extravagant and larger-than-life movie ever created. Such was the scale that it took 16 years to be made. Here’s a gif to sum up the movie the best.

Akbar was pissed and Anarkali couldn’t care less 😉


All gifs have been made by me using gifyoutube 🙂

Featured image source: travelaccommodate

6 Beauty Boxes You Must Try!

Hello people! I have something new for you today! Read on to find out more 🙂

In the past few years, the “beauty box” trend has steadily caught up in India. But what is a beauty box?

As the name suggests, it involves a box. Full of goodies. Of your choice. YES! Beauty boxes let you try out a variety of products at less than half the market price!

I have narrowed the list down to six boxes that you must try! Each of them has a  USP. Let’s take a look! 🙂  

Fab Bag

Fab Bag gives its happy customers sample size products and sometimes even full size products to sample and enjoy. I tried Fab Bag for a few months and found it pretty good! There is variety in the products that they send, and you can also buy the full size products from their site. fab

Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the plans in detail here.

Price: Fab Bag extends amazing subscription options. You can take a bag for 599 INR per month, but the annual subscription gives you these bags for as low as 399 INR per month!

USP:

  • Cute, quirky bags every month! Great for carrying cosmetics, especially while travelling.
  • Options of women’s and men’s bags!

 

My Envy Box

My Envy Box offers a box full of luxury items its subscribers every month. The items come in a lush satin pouch inside the box 😀 These items are usually makeup and wellness items such as nail lacquer, clay mask, moisturisers and perfume samples. Subscribers can order full sizes of their favourite items on the website. envy Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: Envy Box offers a huge loyalty and shopping programme. You can book an Envy Box for 850 INR per month OR 708 INR per month on an annual subscription!

USP: LOTS of luxury items, especially perfume samples in dainty vials! 😀

 

Sugar Box

Sugar Box is a very new and exciting service in fashion and lifestyle. The subscribers receive boxes full of exclusive goodies, quirky items and gourmet treats! How does a box containing flip flops, a ‘message in a bottle’ pen drive, a straw hat, a tote bag and a gourmet kiwi drink sound? These was their latest beach edition 😀 You can also shop for your favourite items on the website! Beach-Edition Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: Sugar Box offers its services at 1499 INR per month. This can go as low as 1199 INR per month if you opt for the annual subscription!

USP: Each month has a new theme! Uber Mom, the Beach Edition, Girls’ Nigh In and the Spring Edition are some of the past themes.

 

MSM Box

The My Style Mile (MSM) Box believes in  “a lot in a little”. It contains not only samples, but also full sized beauty products! There are two kinds of Boxes available – the Express Box contains exciting, upcoming brands, while the Select Box contains premium, luxury brands. You can also shop for products on their website, exclusively for face care and body care. msm Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: You can get an MSM Express box for 495 INR per month. This can easily go down to 416 INR per month if you choose the annual subscription! The MSM Select Box costs a little more, at 995 INR per month. The annual subscription lets you have it at 833 INR per month 😀

USP: Exclusive Discount and Gift Vouchers from the partner brands, including salons and spas!
 

BeautyWish Box

This beauty box service by The Nature’s Co. gives you humane beauty. The BeautyWish Box offers amazing vegan and cruelty-free hair and body care products! From citrus body washes to delicate lavender body lotions, BeautyWish covers all your wellness needs. natures Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: The subscription starts at 595 INR per month, and can go as low as 495 INR per month if you go for the annual subscription!

USP: The Nature’s Co. is PETA-certified. They produce ONLY vegan and eco-friendly products. You can feel good about yourself as you splurge on BeautyWish! 😀  

 
Zotiqq Box

This comes last but is definitely not the least! Zotiqq is a very new brand and concept in India, as it is not exactly a “beauty” box, but rather, a fashion box. The Zotiqq box comes loaded with jewellery! You can score the latest statement neckpieces, rings and earrings every month by choosing between the Must-Have Box and the Fashionista Box. zotiqq Subscription Plans: Monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual. Check out the subscription plans here.

Price: The Must-Have Box costs 1000 INR per month, and 834 INR per month in the annual subscription. The Fashionista Box costs a tad more, at 1500 INR per month. It goes down to 1250 INR per month when subscribed annually 😀

USP:

  • Each box is unique, customised according to the subscriber’s preferences. One item represents the theme of the month.
  • The Fashionista Box comes with 2 statement neckpieces.

So which box do you like the best? Which one would you like to try out? Which ones have you tried already? Do share your thoughts! 😀


All pictures have been sourced from the respective websites, their Facebook or Instagram.