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A bag is an ultimate accessory to a woman’s ensemble. A bag is also a woman’s confidante when she is out in the streets. A good style is when fashion and function amalgamate. You may have a parade of bags lined up in your closet, but do you know when to use them? Writer’s Pad brings you a list of five standard types and their functions….
The term ‘tote’ means ‘to carry’ and that’s exactly what these bags do. Generally made of sturdy canvas or leather materials, totes will hold anything that you throw in them unless overloaded beyond capacity. Totes are mostly unfastened bags, have sturdy parallel handles and a single spacious compartment.
Very chic and stylish, a sling bag has a long strap that goes over one shoulder and rests on the chest. These bags are not too big or spacious but are perfect for a girl’s day out.
The quintessential party companion, clutch bags are nifty strapless bags small enough to be carried in hand. Clutch bags have just enough space to hold bare necessities like money, cards and touch-up articles.
A hand bag is smaller than a shoulder bag but much larger than a clutch. Hand bags are supposed to be carried by the wrist and are best suited for a normal day at office.
So now you know when confiding in which bag will up the ante of your outfit. Wherever you maybe, a woman always needs some one to watch her back. Your bag is your most faithful friend, and it knows how to keep a secret.
The female tress has been the poet’s muse since time immemorial. Alexander Pope’s ‘The Rape of the Lock’ is a mock-epic of five long cantos lamenting the impeachment of Belinda’s beautiful locks. But due to the polluted atmosphere we live in and the stressful lives that we lead, the poets’ inspiration is on the verge of losing its charm. So sit up ladies, it’s time we took action to preserve our beautiful tresses. Here’s a list of products that will help you in your quest.
In the course of the day, a lot of dirt particles accumulate on our scalp which may cause infection. Brushing hair regularly not only removes the dirt considerably but also promotes hair growth by increasing blood circulation in the scalp. A brush and massager combo is therefore the first product on your list.
Hair Protein Cream
Protein creams nourish hair with natural proteins generally like wheat germ and chickpea. The main function of protein cream is to restore hair’s lost shine and strengthen hair roots to prevent hair fall. With the amount of stress and pressure we take today, trust me, you’ll need it.
Application of hair oil seals the cuticles of hair, imparts great shine and makes hair soft and touchable. A hot oil treatment with carrier oils like coconut and almond is a must at least once a week.
Mild Gentle Shampoo
Only part of the dirt collected on the head is removed by brushing. For the other more stubborn part you have to wash your hair with shampoo. A mild gentle shampoo with inbuilt moisturiser should be used everyday to keep your hair squeaky clean. The inbuilt moisturiser will protect your hair from feeling dry.
Conditioner or Softener
Even if your shampoo has inbuilt moisturiser, using a good conditioner or hair softener will keep your hair soft and tangle free. Apply to the lower end of your hair, leave on for ten whole minutes and then wash off. NEVER apply conditioner to your scalp or your hair will loose its bounce.
Frizz control serum
Use a frizz control serum to keep your hair frizz free. Use a deep cleansing shampoo once a week to avoid building up.
This is our list of six products that will give you beautiful hair, undoubtedly. If you’ve got more tips, feel free to share.
Everything on earth is transient, and so is our youth. As time passes our youthful naivety gets replaced by experienced maturity. The first reflection of this metamorphosis happens on our skin, and then comes the ageing woes. Well, ageing is a natural process and man has not enough power yet to stop it. However, there’s something that man has –the power to delay. Read on to find out…
Cigarette doesn’t have a taste, it’s just plain airy fumes of burnt tobacco and doesn’t even smell nice and it harms your lungs and causes cancer. If all these reasons have not been enough to make you quit smoking, hopefully this will –smoking accelerates ageing by encouraging destruction of collagen. So smokers, you will age faster if you don’t stop now.
Protection from Sun
Getting sun tanned causes photo-ageing. Protecting your skin from the sun is the best tip for prevention from ageing. Include it in your daily routine to apply a moisturizer with sunscreen every time you go out in the sun. If you like tanned skin then you can always fake it with body bronzers.
Eat foods rich in vitamin C and E as they contribute to younger-looking skin by restoring collagen. Have lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains as these ingredients provide antioxidant protection within the body.
Green tea is the numero uno source of anti-oxidants. According to recent research, sufficient amount of green tea in a day increases your resistance to heart disease and speeds up your metabolism. So have three or four cups everyday.
Use a night cream
While you’re fast asleep, your skin works hard. At night the cell’s power to regenerate is at its peak. To provide them with some external aid, application of night cream is important.
An entire page can be written on why one should exercise, but we’ll keep it as precise as possible. Exercise increases your energy level, builds muscle mass, helps prevent high blood pressure and reduces stress. What’s more, it increases blood flow to your skin which is of paramount significance if you wish to have lively skin.
When you sleep your body releases hormones that stimulate cell turnover. Stress on the other hand accelerates ageing process. So get proper sleep everyday.
Without sufficient water your skin will feel dehydrated and essential anti-ageing nutrients will not be delivered to the system properly. Drink at least ten glasses of water everyday.
Since we all have to age someday day, why not do it gracefully with fresh, lively skin?
Amidst all the huff and puff to make our homes look commendable we often forget about a most essential factor –odour. A divine fragrance can transform even the plainest of houses into a momentary heavenly abode. Read on to find out how you can have a time in heaven even while staying put in your earthly residence.
There’s hardly a scent that perfumed candles don’t come in. Starting from exotic musk to yummy strawberry milkshake to refreshing aqua, you only have to name it. Scented candles not only exude good smell but the candle light sets a mood of romance in your room. Does that give you an idea?
Diffusers are electronic devises that disperse essential oils so that the fragrance enters the surrounding air. There are various types –passive diffusers, fan diffusers, mist diffusers and heat diffusers.
Very similar to body sprays, only this one is meant for your room. These too come in a wide range of fragrances starting from woody to floral and spicy to sensual. However the aroma doesn’t last too long in case of room sprays.
Pot pourri is a mixture of dried leaves, flowers and barks of naturally fragrant plants like cinnamon, clove, rosemary, jasmine and rose. The aroma discharged is rather gentle and natural. Potpourri is generally kept in wooden or glass bowls and often adds to the room décor.
Incense sticks or cones are great stuffs to deodorize the house. These are composed of aromatic biotic materials which when burned produce a sweet smelling smoke. However the scent lasts only as long as the material burns.
All these substances use fragrance oils or essential oils. So next time when you get a bottle or two, use them in candles and potpourri instead of re-gifting. A fragrant home will not only help you unwind after a long day but will also get your guests to keep coming.
The right kind of lighting is essential for setting up the mood of a room. If the lighting is too bright then the room will look stark and if it’s too dim, it’ll look gloomy. Table lamps make your rooms look warm and inviting, especially when used in bedrooms. Fortunately for us, now we have a plethora of designs for table lamps to choose from. Read on to learn about the various types…
Contemporary Table Lamps
If your bedroom is furnished with modern and arty furniture then sleek, contemporary table lamps should be your pick. These lamps are devoid of elaborate carvings but have a futuristic appeal. The shades are plain and essentially utilitarian and the lamp fixtures come in refreshing geometric patterns.
Traditional Table Lamps
True to its name, traditional table lamps fit perfectly in rooms furnished with traditional wooden and majestic furniture with elaborate designs. The fixture of these lamps show ornate artwork with dexterous carvings and the shades are stylized too.
Transitional Table Lamps
Not too modern yet not too orthodox, transitional table lamps are somewhere in between. Porcelain fixtures and perforated shades fall under this category.
These lamps have glass shades made with glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany’ glass studio and come in beautiful, alluring designs. The fixtures are also elaborately adorned.
These are the basic classifications when it comes to table lamps, but as mentioned earlier, there’s a plethora of designs to choose from even under these categories. So get your beau and get the table lamp of your dreams for your room.
Rakshabandhan or Rakhi is the celebration of one of the purest and innocent of relationships – the relationship between a brother and a sister. They have grown up together, they have laughed together, they have been through so much together; they fight, they crib, but they’d leap before the bullet to save one another. They have a unique place in each other’s heart that no one else can ever take. So Writer’s Pad thought of digging a little into the ways brothers can make their sisters feel special on this auspicious day.
Women indulge in chocolates and no matter how old your sister gets she’ll always love them. Some companies compile special packs of assorted chocolates exclusively for Rakhi, so make the right choice and get the best one for her.
Along with being a necessity watches make for great fashion statements and girls know that very well. Irrespective of your sister’s age, a watch will always make a good gift. But make sure to choose the right one – if she’s in college then give her something trendy, if she’s working then she’d prefer something a bit more classy.
All girls without exception love labels. Period. If you can afford it then this can be a really great idea. A designer saree, salwar suit, dress, shoes or bag is enough to warm the cockles of her heart.
Your sister spends quite some of her time and money in the spa or the salon. So why not give her something that would enable her to do some of the beauty treatment in the comfort of home? A spa hamper is an ultimate collection of aromatherapy goodies and comes in an attractive treasure box.
If you are looking for something more personal, here’s an idea. Collect childhood photographs of your sister and yourself, scan them, design a collage, then get it printed and laminated. You can add a special message or an original poem and this can be your unique personalized card!
Sponsor a trip
Gift your sister a vacation! Arrange for flights, hotels, fun activities and other things from before hand. To make it more fun, don’t tell her about the arrangements that you’ve made. Just give her the ticket and send her off. Have someone from the hotel pick her up from the airport/ station and get them to give her letters from you everyday, telling her about the day’s plan. She’ll love you eternally for such a great and thoughtful gift.
A purse, a jewellery box, watch case or even a journal … a monogram of her intials can make all the difference. If she’s about to get married, then a gift with the monogram of her new initials will totally ‘wow’ her.
Plan a sister-and-you day
Plan a day of activities for the two of you and ONLY the two of you and relive those brother-sister moments of childhood.
Gift according to hobby
If she loves music, gift her a music concert pass. If she plays an instrument, buy her a new and better version of it. If she loves books, get her the latest book by her favourite author. To make this more special, you can get limited edition things. For example a limited edition guitar or in case of books, may be a rare, out of print edition or a manuscript if you can manage.
Not everyone gets to be a part of this auspicious occasion. Not everyone has a brother or sister. If you’re one of the lucky ones, then cherish this beautiful relationship and celebrate this exclusive festival in the best way possible.
The rich culture of the natives determines the cultural heritage of a place. Their richness of culture is reflected not only through their art and music but also their clothing and jewellery. It’s marvelous how these primordial tribes made fashion happen at a time when the human race was only grasping the meaning of progress. Today, designers from all over the world are taking inspiration from the blueprints they left behind.
The earthy designs, metallic texture and vibrant colours are what tribal fashion is famous for. The bold prints in highly eye catching colours set this fashion genre apart from the rest. Sometimes we sport tribal fashion without even realizing it. Animal prints, geometric shapes, threadwork, weaves, bead work and ethnic designs all come under the umbrella concept of tribal fashion.
This season, tribal fashion is all about weaves and prints. The Burberry 2012 men’s collection has a host of outfits in prints inspired by the Aztec and American Indians. Donna Karan’s collection for women’s tribal fashion is based on a dark palette and relaxed patterns that make it wearable during the summer. Paul and Joe’s odd prints in vibrant colours were also a hit with the women.
Donning tribal fashion can be quite tricky and it is absolutely important to keep certain things in mind in order to do full justice to the style. For example, if your tribal outfit is brightly coloured and printed, then the only other thing that you’d need to complete the look is a pair of sexy sandals. If you intend to wear rustic tribal jewellery, then maybe that bright top should wait. If tribal outfits seem too loud for you , you can still incorporate the tribal element into your ensemble by sporting a bag or belt in tribal design.
There are times when we feel like getting out of the confining comforts of our rooms and spending an hour or two in our garden, in the lap of nature. This is where outdoor furniture comes into play. Since we cannot literally relax in Nature’s lap, we have to seek assistance of certain furniture to maximize our backyard enjoyment. Here’s a list of the outdoor accessories that you should consider for your backyard….
Having a patio table-chair set will let you enjoy the fruits of nature, in the nature. You can have your food, tea or even play a board or card game on the table while sitting back comfortably on the chair, placed somewhere in the middle of greenery.
A breezy lazy Sunday is the perfect day to spend in your hammock. There are two types of hammock – one where you need to hang it yourself and another that stands freely. Read a book or listen to a relaxing music, you’d be asleep in the arms of Nature before you know it; such is the magic of a hammock.
If hammock is not your thing then a garden lounge chair is a good option. You can lie back and relax and still be ‘rooted’!
Swing is childhood favourite for most of us. A small garden swing can be the best way to unwind from the day plus it is sure to be a hit with your family’s little ones.
This is an essential outdoor accessory, especially if you don’t have a covered porch. A parasol or garden umbrella will provide shade from excessive sun as well as protection from water loaded clouds as and when they appear. It will also create a sheltered area for you to have your food and drinks. Most of the times, parasols come with patio table and chairs.
So go on then, accessorize your garden or backyard with these outdoor furniture pieces and you won’t even have to go outside for a dinner date.
Wake up at 6, go to work by 10, stay in office till 9, get home and go to sleep. Though it may sound slightly exaggerated, we can’t deny that our lives have been reduced to the monotony of a rat race. As much as we may hate to admit it, it’s a material world and we are all material people. Don’t agree? When was the last time you actually sat watching it rain outside?
Writer’s Pad endeavors to find ways to help you breathe without slacking off…
Figure out which things are the most important to you in life. Often times we think the most urgent things are the most important ones, but it’s not so. After you have set your priorities, try devoting more time to those things that are important to you.
Time Management– Every Day
Plan out your day the night before, allotting specific slots to all the things that you need to do, which includes spending time with your family as well as pampering yourself a bit.
Time Management- Long Term
Make an Excel spreadsheet for yourself recording all the things you have promised to do in a few months’ time. This includes going for a vacation, going to your child’s function, and other family engagements. This way you’ll know which days you will be unavailable for work and manage your work accordingly.
Exercise is not only good for your body but also for your mind. Even a 15 minutes jog every morning will energize you and rejuvenate you from the previous day’s exertions.
Apart from all this, take out some time for something that you love to do, like a hobby. If you love to paint then take out some time for it everyday. It’ll help clear your mind and refresh you.
Have realistic goals
You are a human being and not even the most annoying boss in the world would expect you to do superhuman tasks. So don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. When you do your work, do it religiously and when you don’t, well do that religiously too.
Take a break
Sometimes when there’s too much of pressure, we all experience ‘mental block’. When this happens, take a break, have some coffee or some chocolate. Or just meditate or listen to some relaxing music or simply stare blankly out of the window for sometime. The same advice counts for anxiety and tension.
Why are you working anyway? To give a happy life to yourself and your family. Now if you stay so immersed in work and never make time for yourself or the relationships you have nurtured all life, the entire purpose will stand defeated. In our world where time is always a precious commodity, probably the perfect work-life-balance is not even possible to achieve. But you can at least set your priorities right and devote time accordingly. After all, it is a short life we have got.
Being in 30’s has its own perks. You have been working for sometime, you have earned respect, you know how the world works and you have evolved. At the same time you’re youthful, you’re fun loving and you are determined to live life. Writer’s Pad brings you a few tips to let that maturity, sophistication and youthfulness of age flow in the way you dress.
You are sophisticated and earning. You’re finally a man! But for most men, by the time they are thirty, they have already settled in a quintessential black and grey corporate look and they refuse to think beyond that. First of all, change that thought. You’re still very young and you’re allowed to bring out that liveliness with some colour.
You already know the value of suits. But do you know the value of ties and waistcoats? A silken tie in a complementing shade can add some much needed colour to your black suit. Waistcoats look very smart, hot actually! When it comes to suits, explore colours like navy and cream too. All we say is wear different colours or at least different shades of the same colour, people shouldn’t think you’re wearing the same thing everyday.
Nothing beats a tuxedo. This apparel can take you from drab to fab in seconds. Every woman would agree that a man looks best in his tux. In formal events, you’ll have to abide by the dress code if there’s one. If not, then play with colours like mint green or periwinkle. Stick to lighter shades for the day and plunge into darkness at night.
You don’t have to slip into baggy daddy jeans. Not yet. Wear sweatshirts, t-shirts, leather jackets…don’t stick polo necks only. Cargos and casual trousers that fit properly are good options. Loose jeans are cool but baggy jeans are not.
You’re beautiful, you’re attractive, you’re the PYT! Almost everything will look good on you, so make the fullest of this advantage.
Pencil skirts, tuxedo jackets or cropped jackets, solid coloured silken tunics, shirts and trousers…. all of this will work. Just don’t forget to accessorize with chic statement necklaces and enviable hand bags.
Cocktail dresses and saris look very elegant. Short dresses look gorgeous too; just make sure they are not too short. Elegance and class is what you should be focusing on and a short dress that’s too short will mar it all. Again, don’t forget to wear your heels and don’t forget to carry a nice evening clutch.
Here, we give you full freedom to wear anything you please. Just don’t try hip hop street fashion, that’s all.
Dressing up well is important because it makes good impression and will help you to keep climbing the ladder of success. The best thing about being thirty is that you can actually afford all the beautiful things in the fashion world. So sometimes do pamper yourself with a big label accessory or clothing. It’ll cost a pretty penny, but it will be worth it.