Monsoon must haves – Footwear

The rains have arrived and that can only mean one thing. It’s time to pack away your leather and canvas shoes and get ready for the monsoons. But there’s no need to dread ruining your look with ugly monsoon shoes because we have some funky choices just for you.

Kitschy Flip-Flops

Who says flip-flops are just meant for running errands? We say, if you wish to give yourself a peppy look, opt for the tip-tap-toe flip-pies. From candy colors to crazy designs, flip-flops these days lend you a cool, carefree look for the chic and cutesy appeal. Remember to wear them with funky outfits and offbeat accessories.

Rubber or plastic shoes/ballerinas

During this weather, it is always highly recommendable to purchase footwear procured using rubber or plastics in the upper or outsole. Rubber outsoles are anti slippery and would prevent the feet from slipping and adventitious injuries. The synthetic uppers resemble leather but this synthetic material can be cleaned using a damp cloth which prevents the footwear from deterioration. These would be highly durable and flexible providing anti slippage properties.

Crocs

Crocs are a better option for the rains. They are essentially rubber, and their grip is also better, so they won’t slip from your foot when both are wet with rain water. Colourful options with holes on top make them a style statement for monsoon.

With a formal outfit, you can wear sandals with straps as they would be firm on your feet. Go for slip-resistant sandals and check that your wet feet don’t slip even inside the footwear.

Avoid

  • Avoid wearing heels in rainy season. But, if you just cannot resist wearing heels then go for slip-resistant sandals of heels not over 2 inches.
  • Avoid wearing leather footwear as much as possible since the material gets easily infected with fungus and bacteria. They have a tendency to support bacteria because of the moisture.Still have passion for leather footwear, look out for Waterproof shoes. The waterproof range of well-known brands is quite stylish and perfect for a rainy day.
  • Formal shoes made of waterproof leather and shoes with foam base that are odor-resistant are a huge hit with office-goers.

Getting Shiny Nails

Nails are bae

My girls, this is for you <3
Men, take notice. Surprise your special someone with these tips and you just might earn some brownie points!

Olive Oil

To promote growth, it is essential to keep your nails well moisturized. Olive oil is the best when it comes to nail care. It penetrates deep into the skin and nails and thus helps nourish your nails. Plus, it contains vitamin E which improves blood circulation, helps repair damaged nails and promotes nail strength and growth.

 

Source: http://stylesatlife.com/articles/how-to-use-olive-oil-for-nails/

Petroleum Jelly

For dry, brittle nails, rub petroleum jelly or a thick cream into your nails to hold moisture around and under your nails. If you do this at bedtime, slip a pair of thin cotton gloves on your hands before you to sleep. Petroleum jelly also helps in gaining shiny nails. Just rub Vaseline or any other petroleum jelly on your nails after taking a bath or before going to bath, for nourishing them.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil works well for healthy nail growth. It contains important nutrients to keep your nails moisturised and strong. It also strengthens your cuticles, which play a key role in nail growth. Plus, it helps cure hangnails.

Lemons

Lemons contain vitamin C that is essential for nail growth. Also, it helps treat yellow nails and gives your nails a nice shine.
Prepare a nail soak with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Slightly heat the solution in the microwave and then soak your nails in it for 10 minutes. Follow this remedy daily.
You can also rub a slice of lemon on your nails for 5 minutes, then rinse them with warm water. Pat dry and apply a moisturiser. Do this once daily. Avoid rubbing lemon on your nails if you have any cuts or hangnails, as it may sting.

How to Take Proper Care of Your Nails?

Remember the three basic rules:
  • Don’t bite your nails
  • Don’t apply acetone based nail paints
  • File your nails

 

When life gives you lemons, make sure you up your #style game 😉

 

Dark circles – the grey matter you’d wanna get rid of

How NOT to cover your dark circles!

What Causes Dark Circles?

  • Lack of sleep is not the only reason behind dark circles. In fact, ailments like allergies can make those spots look darker.
  • An unhealthy lifestyle can also contribute to dark under eye circles. People who smoke or drink heavily, or eat a poor diet can experience this annoying problem.
  • Too much exposure to the sun can be another reason people get dark circles under their eyes. The skin has something called melanin, which reacts to sunlight and produces pigmentation in the skin.
Dark circles, though serious looking, are relatively easy to get rid of from the comfort of your home.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dark Circles:

Almond Oil

A completely natural ingredient that benefits skin around your eyes, almond oil helps lighten dark circles. Combine almond oil with vitamin E oil and your dark circles will be history.

Source: http://homeremediesforlife.com/almond-oil-for-dark-circles/

Cucumber

Remember those Hollywood movies where women are seen relaxing at a spa with cucumber slices on their eyes? Well, there’s a reason beyond gloss. With skin-lightening and mild astringent properties, cucumbers are completely equipped to fix those raccoon eyes. Better yet, they are soothing and refreshing too.

Get a snack while looks fab! Source: https://ayoti.in/blog/home-remedies-to-remove-dark-circles-naturally/

Cold tea bags

Another simple technique to get rid of the dark circles is using cold tea bags. Soak a tea bag preferably a chamomile or green tea bags in water. Chill it by placing it in the refrigerator for a while. Now, place them over your eyes. Use this remedy on a regular basis to see considerable difference.

Buttermilk paste

Turmeric is known for its multiple health benefits.Take two tablespoon of buttermilk and turmeric powder and mix them well. Apply this paste on your dark circles and leave it for at least 15 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water.
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How to Get Rid of Grey Hair

What’s one of the worst things that you can observe one day in the mirror? A bald patch, a pimple, or a mole perhaps? No, I’m talking about something much worse – a strand of gray hair – the ultimate enemy of every woman or man.

 

You’d think coloring is the only option left now, but, most of the time these commercially available colors can damage the hair follicles and cause hair fall.

A better alternative to combat premature greying of hair is to use natural remedies. These home remedies are more effective to get rid of any grey hair and to make the hair follicles healthier. Here are some quick and easy remedies to treat greying of hair naturally:

HENNA

Henna is a natural dye. Gray hair has always been a problem troubling women for centuries. But what did they use to color their hair when there were no hair dyes available? Well, Henna is the answer to that.

Henna is this amazing flower plant with natural red-orange coloring properties. It’s the best hair dye for gray hair because it:

  • Strengthens your hair
  • Makes your strands shiny
  • Removes dandruff
  • Can be used regularly with no ill effects
  • Doesn’t wash off easily

Source: http://butterfliespeacepaleo.blogspot.in/2013/11/my-henna-hair-color-experience.html

 

Fenugreek Seeds (Methi Beej) and Coconut Oil

Looking for an easy option to stop grey hair? Then try this fenugreek seeds and coconut oil remedy. Fenugreek seeds contain lecithin and amino acids, which makes it an excellent treatment for grey hair.

Coconut oil is rich in minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates, which is beneficial for preventing greying of hair.

Source: http://foodtofitness.com/grey-hair-treatment/

 

Aamla

Also known as Indian gooseberry, aamla is an edible fruit that has been used for centuries to treat various ailments. Among its exceptional health benefits is preventing premature gray hair. Why is that, you ask? It has a potent antioxidant effect. Thus, it takes care of all free radicals that damage your cells and speed the aging process. Aamla is also rich in vitamin C, opens the pores on your scalp and promotes hair growth.

Many such aamla products are available in the local grocery stops Aamla & Brahmi Oil: https://www.thekhadishop.com/products/amla-brahmi-hair-oil

Onion juice

Amongst home remedies every household’s staple vegetable – onion is highly effective to get rid of gray hair. Onions help boost the levels of catalase, which restores the hair’s natural color.

Caution: Before using this remedy, do an allergy patch test with onion juice to ensure that it doesn’t react adversely with your skin.

Apply onion juice daily to your scalp and message it in very gentle motions. The gentle massage stimulates the follicles of hair, and also allows maximum amount of juice absorption. Leave the juice for about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Your hair may become a little stiff by now, but that is how the hair becomes, so there is nothing to worry about. Wash with a mild shampoo after an hour, your hair now shall be normal and not stiff.

Just in case you cannot stand the smell of onion, you can try using the juice in night, sleep and wash your hair next morning. Storing onion juice for more than a day is not recommended; Infact using the juice instantly after extracting is considered best.

#nowgolookfabulous

Men’s Grooming: Beard basics

Alright guys, let me put this straight – beards are hot AF! Here are some tips on how it can be done – rather, done the right way.

 

A beard is a great conversation starter! I’m just sayin’

First and foremost – be patient

A truly epic beard is the product of self-restraint. When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first 4 – 6 weeks. This will allow the hair to grow in evenly (some grow faster than others), and help you pick a style that suits its length and thickness.

Match Your Beard to Your Face Shape

Like any wild animal, a beard should be in-tune with its surrounding environment. Choose a final style that complements your face shape. Your beard will look better, and so will you.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.in/This-is-the-best-beard-style-for-every-face-shape/articleshow/57156070.cms

 

How to Comb A Beard

Ok maybe combing is easy. Who would need a guide? And yet here you are, my friend, and I congratulate you. Watch this video, you will comb beards better than 99% of all bearded fellows on earth. Embrace your destiny! Tricky things can often be deceptively simple.

Keep it Clean and Moisturized

Keeping the beard clean prevents itchiness and keeps it soft. This is an essential step especially when you’re in the process of growing one. If you don’t wash and condition it, chances are it will get dry and wiry – this leads to the feeling of itchiness which leads to men giving up.

Avoid Trimming a Wet Beard

A wet beard is typically longer and if you try to trim it wet, you may end up cutting more off than you would like. Before trimming make sure the beard is dry so you’ll be accurate in terms of how much facial hair you need to cut off.

lastly, Fuel Up

You can’t build a house without bricks, and the same applies to facial hair. Your beard is made from protein and fat, but it’s also heavily reliant on Vitamins B5, B3, and B9. That means lean meats, nuts, egg yolks, milk, and plenty of leafy greens.

 

Here’s some manspiration for you

 

#beardsarebadass

 

MEN’S GROOMING: THE LONG AND SHORT OF HAIRSTYLES (PART 2)

My last post talked about small to mid length hair and how to maintain them. It is no easy task but with some perseverence, you can get through…

Now, that you are at this stage – your hair looks nice and long and you know the basics of haircare – here are a few styles that might work for you:

The Man Bun

Longer hair for men has become mainstream and with it came the man bun.
But if you’re wondering what is a man bun, well, to the uninitiated, it’s a cool alternative to the ponytail for pulling long hair up and back. A bun it a twist or loop of hair. It can be worn high on the head, low towards the neck or somewhere in between.

The hipster manbun

The mid mounted hipster man bun gives you a funky look

This style, in particular, is usually combined with a hipster beard: the shaggy and messy type of beards that right until 2011 were not trendy at all.
As you hair gets longer, it becomes more important to make sure you’re looking after your locks properly.

The full bun

The top mounted full bun can look elegant in any situation – be it sports, professional or at a rock concert!

The full bun is what we’d consider a textbook man bun. The full bun uses all the hair on the head to make the bun; thus, when styling your manbun, you will be grabbing all the hair on your head (sides and back included) and be tying it all into a single bun.

So, here’s a little recap

How to Grow Your Hair Out

  • Don’t avoid barbers – Despite what you may hear, not getting your hair cut at all is bad. Get those split ends tidied up
  • Look after your hair – Use good quality shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair moisturised and healthy
  • Use a product to style – Depending on your hair thickness and texture, use wax or clay to manipulate your style
  • Find the right length – Depending on the look you’re going for, keep the back and sides at a mid length with something like a number five haircut

And there you have it folks! Some tips to help you grow your hair out into the perfect look. Until next time! Ciao

Men’s Grooming: The long and short of hairstyles (Part 1)

Long hair has been in fashion since decades – from Aryans, Chinese, aborigines to the native Americans – long hair has often symbolized virility and strength. As modernization dawned, long hair went out of vogue – at least for men. However, since a few years, longer hair has again made its way into the male grooming routine – it just needs proper maintenance.

The French Crop Haircut

If you want to grow your hair out, we are here to help – the basic idea is to know how to style your hair during its growth process.

The French Crop Haircut

This is the low-maintenance but trendy men’s haircut. A twist on the classic, military Caesar cut is all that it takes to get this stylish and easy look. If you are wondering how to grow out short hair then start by keeping the back and sides of your hair extremely short with something like a number one haircut.

Mid-Length Hairstyles

This is probably the most frustrating part of growing your hair out. After a while, your hair will find itself in an awkward area between being short and long. Though you are in the process of growing hair, you need to go for trimming so that your hair will look healthy, neat and retain shape.

Quiff

Quiff Hairstyles

Think of a quiff when you’re wondering how to style short hair while growing it out. Short back and sides with long on top is the perfect solution to that awkward middle stage of growing your hair.

To be the aplha wolf of your wolfpack, let Kit Harrington show you how to sport a curly long mane. Keep watching for the next part in this series to read about other styles for longer hair!

#Lookgood

Basic Essentials : Smart Casuals

Smart casuals have become the new-age work wear for major corporate giants like Google, Facebook, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Infosys and more.

Smart casuals is a very ambiguous dress code and may vary extensively with different localities, contexts, cultures, and events. For this post, I draw inspiration from my own experiences of the work culture at Kosha (an Indian label for all things travel based out of Mumbai).
Essentially, smart casuals’ is nothing more than your best casual clothes and accessories. Pick anything that is comfortable, functional, lets you express your style and makes you feel good. There are no gender, colour and fit restrictions. If you prefer a flowy top, or a curve-hugging dress, or bright summer colours all of them are great for daily work wear. 
But, what about tomorrow’s important presentation, or an interview, or that crucial business meet?
If you would like to dress up (or down, your choice) for a particular event, here is my go-to guide.
If you wear jeans and t-shirts or polo shirts to an office, just throw on a blazer and you are good for any meeting or interview. Focus on your grooming and shoes. Nice sneakers are as good as formal monk straps, heels or oxford shoes. Check if your nails, hair and make-up are how you want it to be. Add accessories like watches or rings and necklaces if you prefer them, or if they make you happy and more confident. Make sure that your bag compliments your look and it is able to carry all that you require. Check out this video by The Idle Man on how to sport the look. However, even though the video may address it as a male-only attire, the look is too classy to be gendered. 
If you prefer skirts, woven tops and dresses for your daily work wear, you are already in vogue. Coordinate your wardrobe to achieve a look that compliments your style and personality for a particular event. Personally, I prefer cotton, linen and other natural fibres for this look. 

Image Source: http://www.bedazelive.com/the-top-blogger-looks-of-the-week-8/

Image source: Cad & Cloth https://www.pinterest.se/pin/295056213073691292/

      

Image Source : @maria_bernard on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/BHUVZOihVJk/

All of the looks above are good for daily work-wear. Team it up with a stole or summer blazer for a presentation or an important meeting.  As mentioned above, focus on your grooming and shoes. 

In the looks above, we have focused on summer or tropical climates. For colder seasons layering of woollen coats, cardigans, sweaters, mufflers, caps, etc. becomes important. We will do another post on winter smart casual looks soon!

Until then, tell everybody at your workplace to buy pink clothes




Basic Essentials : College

With most colleges re-opening after the summer, it’s time to pack bags and meet old friends (or make new ones ! ). We are here to make sure that you pack all the right things to last you till next semester in style. In this post we will deal with universal looks that you can wear irrespective of your gender.

The classic t-shirt, jeans, sneakers and retro glasses look. Instagram handle @blocvintage. Image source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BI2PBiHBt4H/

T-shirts, specially cotton tees are essential. Shop for colours like white, cream, grey, black or navy because they will gel with all of your wardrobe. Try pinks, pastels, sky blue, shades of red and orange if you love colours. T-shirts with interesting graphics and quotes will help your individual style statement and give you that edge from the rest. Pair your t-shirts with old and fading denim jeans (try bold colours !) or bermuda shorts. Also, you can not go wrong with a classy linen pant and a t-shirt that fits you well. Accessorize this look with sneakers in bold colors (Mustard yellow !), sporty watches and retro glasses. Below are some other looks from the internet that we love, and are great ways to stay cool and stylish this semester.

The indigo overalls from Tree of Life take the ‘overall’ trend to a whole new level. All credits to www.treeoflife.com.au . Image Source : https://www.thecoolhour.com/2017/01/take-bohemian-road-trip-tree-life/

Overalls are for everyone. Try brighter summer colours. We found this Image at WGSN’s tumblr. It’s a great blog to follow. Image Source : http://wgsn.tumblr.com/post/91371259964/the-overall-comeback-spotted-at-bread-butter

Another amazing blog to follow is Wearabout on wordpress. This look was found there, did we mention we love stripes and purple ? Image Source / Credits : https://wearabout.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/param/

 

We end this post with one of the greatest style advice I have ever got, Who Cares ?”
College can be tough, and you might or might not fit-in; just make the most of it, ask the right questions and persevere ! 

 

Invest in your Hair,you wear them Everyday…

Come summer and we all bring out the sunglasses, sunscreen lotions and get ready to bask in the sun. We all love summer but do you know that you can lose hair in summer?Therefore, according to experts it is important to consume a lot of hydrated foods in order to keep your skin and hair in good condition.Try these easy home remedies to keep your hair healthy in summer.

Coconut milk for hair care:
Coconut milk helps in tissue nourishment for growth and healthy being of hair. Massaging hair with coconut milk makes hair soft without the use of chemical formulations that may have side effects. Coconut oil should be mixed with equal proportion of Amla oil.Thereafter, the formulation becomes complete with a dash of lemon juice and milk.

Using vinegar for extra hair treatment:
To make the hair stay extra fine during the summer season you can do one more thing. Please be sure to rinse the hair by applying vinegar and you should do this before you apply shampoo to the hair. This will undoubtedly make the hair appear cleaner and shinier. This is a good way to treat the dandruff as well. For the reason you need to arrange for organic apple cider vinegar. Use one part of vinegar and three parts of moderate hot water to wash your hair and make it appear all the more normal.

In last some instructions what not to follow this summer:

  • Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyway.
  • Summer is not the right time to dive straight into the pool. Please do not shampoo your hair before you have decided to take a plunge. This is sure to extract all the essential oil from the hair and now the hair becomes vulnerable to the salt and
    chemical presence in the water.

Just want to Make You and Your Hair Shine .. Ciao!!!!