Be your own Valentine first
Feb02

Be your own Valentine first

Will you be your Valentine? Contrary to popular belief, Valentine’s Day is not just about romance and couples romantically inclined. It is about celebrating love, in the broadest sense of the term, with any one you love. Your mother could be your Valentine. Your sister could be your Valentine. And yes, you yourself could and should be your own Valentine first. Why is that?   Because love begins with you Like everything else in the world, all things have a beginning. The same goes with love. Love begins with one person. You. As an infant you love only yourself. Yes, you need your mother, you need your milk, and you need your sleep. You learn to love them later on, once you have realized what love is about after having loved yourself. There is nothing wrong with loving yourself. In fact there is everything right with it. Because, if you don’t have it within yourself for yourself first, how do you spread what you don’t have?   Because you need to accept yourself before you expect others to If you are not in love with yourself, with who you are, with the values you believe in, it shows. Just like an internal illness shows in an unseemly pimple on your skin. So until and unless you learn to love and accept yourself as you are, others will just see that insecurity within you and be justifiably unsure about you as a person. Whereas if you are totally comfortable with yourself, that too will show. And the people around you will accept you as you are and will love you for it.   Because you need to set your own standards of love before expecting the same from others Love means as many different things as there are people on this planet. Each has his or her own unique interpretation of it as well as his or her unique way of showing it. What you need to come to terms with is what your standards regarding love are. That realization can only come when you have a relationship with the person closest to you. You. Love yourself completely and only then will you realize what loves means to you and what you expect from it. Once that is clear in your own head, loving another or accepting love from another becomes easier with little room for confusion. Leading to longer lasting, or even eternal love.   Because if even you cannot love yourself, how will another love you? You do not love yourself? Delve deep why. What are these flaws in you that even you cannot get yourself to live...

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10 beauty mistakes to avoid this winter
Dec01

10 beauty mistakes to avoid this winter

Go negative for positive results While the tips and suggestions are doing quite the rounds about how to keep your skin, hair and body healthy now that Winter is setting in, there is not much about the things that you should AVOID doing this Winter. Here are a list of things that you should NOT do in order to retain your beauty during these lovely months which are not so kind on your skin.   Do NOT overdo the heat treatment While Winter seems the ideal time to soak into a hot bath and stay in it forever, this is a very bad idea in reality. Hot water, while great at removing dirt, is as great in removing the natural oils from your skin while completely damaging the layer of lipid under your skin that helps in locking in existing moisture. And Winter is the time your skin needs this natural moisturization the most. What you should do is keep the water luke warm, and finish your shower in five minutes. Also, moisturize your skin with rich replenishing formulas after your shower, while it is still damp, to immediately replenish what is lost. Indulge in warm cozy woolens to keep yourself warm. Not in hot water baths.   Do NOT reduce your fluid intake While you thought Summer was the time to boost up on your water and fluids regime, what you probably did not know is that Winter is a time when you probably need more of it. This is because the weather is stripping your skin of all its moisture so you need that much more added hydration to balance the loss. Not having enough water during Winter will not only dehydrate your skin but will also make you more fatigued, dizzy, give you a dry mouth and make you sluggish all over. The skin reacts by chapping, wrinkling, sagging, losing its glow and gaining an unhealthy ashen colour. If guzzling gallons of water in the cold does not sound appealing, fill in with hot teas, decaf coffees, or hot water with a bit of lemon. Go easy on the sugar though.   Do NOT ignore your diet While you would normally go for heat-inducing foods this season, you need to actually eat food packed with fluids. Apples, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, spinach, baby carrots, tomatoes and citrus fruits are good examples of such food. Also go for foods rich in antioxidants like grapes, pomegranates, cranberries and blueberries.   Do NOT use the cleanser you used in Summer Summer cleansers are water based. Winter cleansers are oil based. So while cleansers are a must no matter the season...

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Cure for hair fall – causes and solutions
Dec01

Cure for hair fall – causes and solutions

Stop losing hair over hair loss Hair fall is a common problem faced by all at some or many points of their lives. Yet it is something that worries and demoralizes any one a lot every time it happens. There is a very simple way to tackle this when it happens next. Just get some tests done after consulting a doctor to determine the cause. The causes are a few and are well defined. So finding it will not be difficult. Once you get the test results, read on to find out what it means and how you tackle it in each case. As simple as that.   Physical or emotional stress This, surprisingly, is the most common cause of hair fall. Any kind of physical trauma by way of illness, accident or injury can trigger it off. The good news is that usually this kind of hair fall is temporary. Normally hair goes through a growth phase, a rest phase, and a shedding phase. A physical shock tends to accelerate the hair to its shedding phase. Which soon passes on its own. Emotional stress is a part and parcel of today’s life style and hardly any one is immune from it. But there are ways to overcome hair fall caused by stress gently and at home.   Help reduce hair fall from stress Apart from letting your body recover by itself and then letting your hair grow back once that happens, can tackle hair loss from emotional stress by calming your mind through meditation, yoga, connecting with positive people, encouraging laughter, listening to your kind of music, doing the exercises you love doing. Basically, let your body recover, and help your mind heal. And you will see the slowing down and eventual stopping of hair fall.   Pregnancy It is only if you are very lucky that you will not lose hair after your pregnancy. So no point stressing about that. Specially when your hair starts falling out in clumps as soon as you have had your delivery. Do not give it much thought and enjoy your baby, as this hair loss is natural and will stop by itself in due course. You can however speed up the process with a few relaxing home care tips.   Help reduce hair fall from pregnancy Apart from just waiting for it to stop, you can also switch to using only organic products on your hair and scalp. Massage your scalp occasionally with luke warm coconut, almond, jojoba or olive oil. A massage with aloe vera gel might also help. Take amla powder orally or massage amla oil into your hair....

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The only wedding season resources you will ever need
Nov23

The only wedding season resources you will ever need

Getting married is fun. Now planning for it is even more so. Now that you have decided to tie the knot, the auspicious date has been set, the guests have been put on a list, you suddenly realize there are a whole lot of things to not just plan for but to execute to perfection. After all it is one of the biggest days of your life and you owe it to yourself. Here are a few very useful websites, all with blogs and some with apps, that you can check out from the comfort of your home while nursing your home made face pack that will help you planning, organising and managing the great day to perfection. And also, once you give these a go through, will you actually get an idea of all the things a wedding might need to match up to your standards.   South Asian Bride Magazine This online community helps you connect with wedding experts from all over the world who have deep understanding and experience in South Asian weddings. They let you connect with proven vendors for baraat, hair and make up, catering, cinematography, DJs, lighting, event designing, event planning, fashion, favours, photo booths, floral designing, henna, invitations, jewellery, music and entertainment, photography, and venues. Visit http://www.southasianbridemagazine.com/ to gain an insight at how the world is celebrating South Asian weddings in style, and get the tools to have your own in the same way.   Maharani Weddings Apart from inspiring brides and grooms with the trendiest and relevantly creative ideas, this site’s Platinum Guide is the ultimate resource for wedding vendors in a plethora of categories. These vendors are hand picked for their expertise in bringing dream weddings come to life, through things like baraat, bollywood performers, bridal fashions, bridal jewellery, cakes and treats, catering, cinematography, DJs, draping and styling, event designing, event insurance, favours, floral and other décor, hair and make up, honeymoon options, ice sculptures, invitations, lighting, live music, mehendi artists, photo booths, photography, planning and designing, registry, rentas, teeth whitening, transportation, travel concierge, and venues. Visit https://www.maharaniweddings.com/ to make your wedding dreams come true.   Ezwed Ezwed is a South Indian wedding’s first and last destination. The wedding inspirations on this site are from actual weddings and hence are proven to work. Ezwed lets you connect with vendors who share this site’s vision. There are various vendors you can choose from for make up, photography, decorators, mehendi artists, fashion jewellery, wedding planners, invitation cards, bridal blouse designs, rental bridal jewellery, bridal hair styling, bridal silk sarees, wedding jewellery shopping, bridal lehengas, rental bridal lehengas, and wedding return gifts. Visit...

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Skin care tips to protect your skin this winter
Nov23

Skin care tips to protect your skin this winter

The season for a lot of things Winter is here. Along with the much awaited cold weather, the excitement of shopping for and flaunting colourful cozy woolens, the steaming cups of tea at road side stalls, the sunny patch on the bed, the pleasure of diving deep inside a quilt, the festive season, holidays, vacations, and… skin that makes you feel more like an alligator than a human being! Don’t let that get you down henceforth. Here are a few simple skin care tips that will help you enjoy this season without worrying about the skin nor compromising on its health and glow.   Luke warm water There is nothing like soaking inside a warm water tub or taking a warm shower in the chill. But while at it, do be careful that the water is only luke warm and never hot. Hot water strips your skin of all its essential natural oils and makes your winter dry skin even more dry. In a matter of moments. And the damage done is not easy to undo. Also remember, that very cold water will have the same effect on your skin in Winter. So stick to luke warm water not just in the bath, but also when you are just washing your face and hands.   Moisturize and then moisturize again Even if the water is luke warm, moisturize immediately afterwards to retain the dampness your skin absorbed from the wash. Keeping moisturizer bottles placed strategically near the shower and at wash basins will help you stick to this good Winter habit every time. Also make it a habit to moisturize your skin in between too. Moisturizers are essential for every skin type during Winter. But choose you moisturizer wisely. Light ones which saw you through Summer will not be enough in Winter. Choose an oil based moisturizer instead of a water based one. But choose the oils wisely. Some oils like shea oil will not be good on your face as it tends to clog pores. Avocado oil, almond oil and primrose oil can safely be used on your face too. Try to go for a chemical free moisturizer, or simply mix in some extra virgin olive oil into your daily cold cream or lotion.   Take care at night too Another great time to lather on the moisturizer is before going to bed, so your skin can absorb it steadily as you sleep. But before that make it a habit to deep clean your skin so the moisturizer gets to work on a skin free from the day’s wear, tear and dirt.   It is the season for...

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Wedding vows you need to make to yourself before taking the plunge
Nov16

Wedding vows you need to make to yourself before taking the plunge

First of all, a word of congratulations If you are reading this, you are most likely soon be going to take the plunge into one of the most hallowed experiences of your life. Where two completely different lives will come together and become a single entity, thus combining two completely different backgrounds, beliefs and practices into a single lifestyle from which shall be born, among many other things, a new home. A wonderful thing indeed as it is something which will start out of the most important thing in life. Love. So, hearty congratulations are in place here for deciding to sanctify your love at society’s gate.   But are you ready for it? No, I do not mean, is the guest list ready, is your shopping list ready, are your parlour appointments in place. I mean, are you ready from the inside to give this day the honour it deserves? Which is why, among all other ceremonies that take place in a typical wedding, the marriage vows play a very important part. Because, no matter what community or religion, no matter the language of the vows, the goal of taking those vows together mean the same thing the world over. It means that you promise to work together towards making the best out of your future lives together by promising each other certain things. This is what a marriage hangs on. A relationship based on trust and mutual respect.   But are YOU ready for it? Yes. There are vows you can make to each other on that day. But do you agree that you first need to make some promises only to yourself, and believe in them, before making promises to another? Because, unless you are convinced yourself that you have faith in yourself in making the future work, how can another have the same faith in you? It is what you owe not only to yourself but to your partner and your future life together. Here are a few things that I think you should promise yourself before taking the final wedding vows.   I promise to know my inner self first Unless you have a deep understanding of the person you yourself are, the other person never will. And you can never give your all to something unless you know what that all consists of. So take some time off, delve within, be honest to yourself, and understand what makes you “YOU”. Once you do that, will you be able to decide whether you can make the next promises to yourself? Because knowing yourself will tell you whether you will be able to keep them....

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