For the love of Good Skin

It is quite well believed that the best cosmetic is great looking skin! Hence, we reckon that one should go deep into the skin-care products we use and lay utmost emphasis on the quality of what gets applied on our skin!

Though I love my basic make-up but I also truly appreciate natural beauty, I mean we would all love it if we could just step out more often in our no make-up look. For if the skin is glowing and radiating- who needs loads of make-up? Anyways, even if we do apply make-up often, there is still no missing on a regular skincare routine.

Up your confidence in your skin by upping the quality of products in your beauty closet.

Now accelerating focus on a brand we came across few days ago and got a chance to unravel more about… Sharing all from our chat with Zahara Gizelle Nedou, CEO, Zahara Skincare. Let me tell you the brand sure looks promising and I am thoroughly enjoying applying their refreshing Spring Scrub and before calling it a day, I love to apply their Walnut Oil on my face and body for some nourishment!

Spring Scrub

Q: Tell us the story behind Zahara and what led to the coming up of the brand?
A: My English and Kashmiri grandmothers were my biggest influences, watching them every day make something out of pure recall of what their cultures of parents did-was for a 6 year old almost a miracle! At the age of 9, I already knew what Cleopatra did as a beauty regime and I would fill my bathtub with milk and roses and was very well aware that it would moisturize and lighten my skin! So, I grew up replicating and adding to what I knew about organic skincare. With my diverse family culture and all my travels and knowledge and love for organic skincare regime grew. However, it was not until recently that I decided to commercialize it.

Q: How has the response been so far?
A: Fantastic! I tested my products in Dubai when I first started making them and it was there where I realized what Zahara Skincare is actually capable of and what it can do as an organic skincare company. I came back to India with the same zest and it has been a positive if not a similar response like I had internationally. It is slower but very positive as the awareness of using or switching to an organic lifestyle is still in its initial stages in India. But we are growing as a brand on a daily basis and it’s becoming a really fun journey!
Oil-AlmondV2

Q: What is the uniqueness of Zahara products which sets it apart from the rest?
A: I do understand that each organic brand has a few things that sets them apart. At Zahara Skincare, we grow most of our ingredients and harvest them on family run farms across the valley and our very own orchards. We also pay detailed attention that everything is grown chemical-free and most importantly, we are reviving and modernizing traditional beauty regimes and recipes from the Middle-East as well as Kashmir. These are tried and tested methods from the past, which we re-introduce today!

Q: Tell us about the hot buys of Zahara and what makes them must try products?
A: Hot buys would be-
1. Shine Bright like a Diamond- It’s a glow pack with a history of hundreds of years of Kashmiri culture!
2. Spring Scrub- It’s a rose and oatmeal scrub with just the right amount to give you a scrub and a soft rosy glow!
3. The Bow-tox in the Bottle- This is a traditional Arab recipe for removing fine lines and shall plump your skin for that young look.
4. Our rare product “Mulberry Silk Worm Cocoons” that no one in the country has and we at Zahara skincare, have got a raging response for that.

Scrub-ShineBrightLikeADiamond

Q: One unhealthy beauty routine according to you which must be done away with right away?
A: I can sit here and list a million routines that we still practice in India which really aren’t very good for our health or bodies. But if I had to choose the worst according to me, then it would be the constant use of “Skin Bleaching Creams/Products”. Some cosmetic products, including skin-lightening creams contain high levels of mercury.

Mercury is primarily used in skin-lightening creams because it blocks the production of the skin pigment melanin. It can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.

Q: The healthy home beauty routine which must be a part of our routines?
A: First up, not many people are strict about their water intake, so- hydrate, hydrate and hydrate yourself! If you find it difficult to have plain water, add some lemon or mint or even fruit. Add whatever but have water! Most people don’t realize how water affects a human body.

About the beauty aspect of it, try to reduce the use of chemicals on your skin. Try applying organic turmeric with coconut oil on the face at least 2-3 times a week- it eradicates acne, any toxins or any form of infections that may start to begin on your skin and the coconut oil hydrates and lightens your skin.

Q: What are the future plans for the brand and where can one get their hands on Zahara products?
A: As for now, we take orders and are very efficient on both our social media platforms, i.e., Facebook and Instagram. Just “like us” on either of the pages and send us a message and we would guide you through your skin concerns and offer you a few of our products and BOOM within the next 24-48 hours, our jars of joy will be with you! We will be now available on various other platforms just for the comfort of our clients like Amazon, Scootsy, Sublime Factory and many more. We also plan to be available on ground across the country in many organic/multi-brand stores! And we are even available in Dubai, Oman and New York at selected stores.

 

Well, I can only sense goodness for the brand and being offering by the brand. Here is wishing them the very best, always! And I am almost running to try out their Shine Bright like a Diamond pack!
Best,
Sonali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

In Love with Tea all over again!

I would be lying if I’d say that I have not been a tea fan. In fact, I have always loved my tea and even more in times of rejoicing as well as during stress times to refresh myself! But my latest obsession without a doubt has been with the teas from Gardner Street which are rather aromatic and tasteful. And trust me I have never enjoyed having my tea as much as I do now. I am big time in love with tea all over again! And what is more is that these teas do come with considerable benefits as well.

SignatureMood

And then I got talking with their Brand Representative, so without any delay- here is all that they had to share…

Q: Tell us a little about each of your signature, luxury and wellness collections?
A: So, sharing some information on them-
Wellness- The blends have been created keeping in mind certain targeted problems that are faced by our consumers in their daily lives.
Luxury- Blends that are to be sipped on in leisure, while conversations with our loved ones flow into the night.
Signature- Our first line of teas which is focused on making one ingredient the hero while our whole leaf green tea and other accompanying ingredients compliment it.

Q: Tell us one rare benefit about these teas which is least known?
A: All our teas are whole leaf teas which means that they have a much higher concentration of EGCG and other antioxidants that provide all the benefits from weight loss to clearing the skin. Also, commercial variety paper teabags are composed of tea dust and fanning which is the lowest grade of tea available and is in the form of tiny tea particles. When tea is broken down into such tiny particles it loses all its nutritional benefits and often results in a brew that tastes stale and is more likely to turn bitter.

GiftingMood

Q: This one is for all those who love to host tea parties, what food goes best with your teas?
A: It actually depends on the tea-
1. Glow- Goes best with light foods like Salads, Sandwiches and unsweetened baked goods like Croissants
2. Moroccan Mint- Apple Pie, Poached Pear Tart, Fruit and Spice-based Desserts
3. Chinese Whispers- Asian food like Dim sums, Teppanyaki Rice and Vegetables, Udon noodles
4. Kashmiri Kahwa- Rich Indian foods like Biryani and Kebabs
5. Flower Power- Pancakes, Crepes, Light Salads and Desserts

Q: What are the key points to keep in mind while preparing your teas?
A: Your final cup of tea is a result of the following factors:
1. Quality of tea leaves used- Gardner Street teas are high quality whole leaf teas
2. Water temperature- For Green teas, make sure the water temperature is just under boiling temperature (85 degrees Celsius). To arrive at this, let the water come to a rolling boil, turn off the heat and then wait for 2 minutes till it cools down a little. Then pour the water over tea and not the other way around. For Black and Herbal teas (Moroccan Mint and South African Rooibos) – use boiling water
3. Brewing time- Green Tea- 2-3 minutes, Blacks and Herbals- 5 minutes
4. Quality of the water used- Make sure that you are using filtered water

Gardner Street - Gifting - Wooden Teabox

Q: For someone who has stopped by Gardner Street Tea for the first time, what would you recommend is a must try?
A: The must-try would be our best sellers: Glow, Moroccan Mint and Kashmiri Kahwa
DetoxMood

Here is hoping you enjoyed reading this post and wishing you a teariffic weekend ahead!

Love,
Sonali

 

 

 

Fashion Notes for the New Year’s Eve

Girls, it’s truly one of our favourite times of the year… And come December, we already start figuring our New Year’s Eve plans and then the even bigger question which starts haunting us almost instantly is, “What to wear?”

We are certain that just about every girl goes through the same churn!!! But we are quite excited as Sonali this time around is sharing her thoughts on her ideal New Year’s Eve look for this season. She has kept in mind the current hot trends and what is more is that the look you’ll witness here is simple yet smart and comfortable yet chic. Time to share what she reckons shall truly turn heads as you dazzle to dine and wine with your date…

wine-velvet-shirt-dress

Velvet is absolutely hot this season and this one is a true stellar!
Shop this Wine Velvet Shift Dress from http://www.thelabellife.com
Price-Rs.2,640/-

detailed-multi-strap-sandals

These heels are sure going to notch up your style quotient while notching up your height and confidence as well!
Shop these Intoto Detailed Multi Strap Sandals from http://www.koovs.com
Price-Rs.2,099/-

crystalwhiterubix

Love great jewellery? You have to love Prerto then! These ones are just too classy!
Shop these Crystal White Rubix from http://www.prerto.com
Price-Rs.3,000/-

choker

Chokers are big this season, so glamourize the look with this stunner around your neck!
Shop this Grunge Chic Choker Necklace from www.pipabella.com
Price-Rs.749/-

aq0094grey1bg_-1_4

These are certainly our best friends for they let us carry all our essentials!
Shop this Nicole Genuine Leather Clutch from www.aqshop.com
Price-Rs.1,159/-

In company of these great fashion pieces, I already feel like a glam girl! Hope this post helps you plan your New Years Eve look better.And don’t forget to highlight your eyes and let some blush and gloss compliment well..Wishing you a Sparkling time!– Sonali

KlosetEdit- For the love of Fashion & More…

The whiff of dreams packed with determined and passionate efforts in realizing a unique vision into reality was instantly reflected when I came across the website- KlosetEdit for the very first time.

I readily related to the need for such a platform as we all have some outfits which only stare at us from our closets and seldom meet the cut for our, “Out of the Day” – so it sounds nothing less than amazing to be actually getting to sell them off. Or how about getting an opportunity to buy our most desirable labels at extremely attractive prices only because one of us decides to part ways with it. Yes, KlosetEdit gives closet management a whole new meaning. And that is exactly why I chose to indulge in tete-a-tete with Deepal and Kanika, the lady bosses who made it all happen…

img_2522

Kanika Khurana and Deepal Gandhi

Q: Did you both always wanted to turn fashion entrepreneurs? Please share with us on what eventually led to the KlosetEdit?
A: We met at LSE Summer School in 2010 and bonded over our love for all things fashion. One casual conversation of how “we feel like we have nothing to wear and yet have no space in our overflowing closets, wish we could just sell our closet for cash” led us to wonder if more women feel the same way! Post college, we took up full time corporate jobs while never leaving our idea behind.  After conducting extensive market research, we realized that due to increase in demand for aspirational brands, better logistical support and changing mindset of the consumers, India was maturing as a market for pre-loved fashion. The thrill of building a brand to solve the closet needs propelled us to leave our jobs and plunge into the start-up life!

Q: For the benefit of our readers who have several items hanging in their closets lying unused for the longest time, please explain how they can benefit through KlosetEdit?
A: It is a well surveyed fact that women only end up using 20% of the apparel from their closets, rest of the items make up for impulse purchases, unwanted gifts and sizes that don’t fit anymore. While we actively encourage women to donate items they no longer use, branded handbags and designer dresses that aren’t used anymore are hard to just give away! Thus, they keep lying in our closets, gathering dust and taking up space in our precious ‘real estate’. This is where KlosetEdit comes in the picture. We help women sell their ‘too tight’ impulse purchased jeans, barely used dresses and seasonal buys for something more chic, on point and affordable. In order to sell pre-loved fashion, a seller simply fills a simple seller form with a few details of the products being sent along with a few photos. We arrange a pick-up of the styles which are selected by our in-house stylist. Once the item comes to the warehouse, it goes through an extensive quality and authenticity check and a resale price is quoted to the seller, (only once the seller agrees to the pricing) we start the listing process. Everything from photography, hygiene to maintenance is taken care of by our team. As and when the product sells, we forward the money to the seller in form of a bank transfer or store credits.

10580929_1584522101873298_2912594878926560909_o

Q: Most of us are familiar with the concept of vintage shops being in existence but how has the response been in the virtual world and particularly in the Indian market as far as purchasing a previously owned item is concerned?
A: It has been overwhelming! Sure, there is still apprehension with pre-owned items, but the mindset is fast changing. Buying pre-loved is smart shopping. Why should you pay full retail price when you can buy new items from a variety of brands at up to 80% off? Our excessive focus on QC and curation has led to customers calling us to appreciate the quality of items they have received. Maintaining high quality standards and being extremely transparent about the condition of the items has helped us win loyal customers all over India. We are constantly working towards making buying and selling of fashion as informative and hassle free as possible.

Q: Do you accept only high-end labels? How does one decide what to send for selling and what not?
A: We love all brands from Zara to LV! One can sell anything from a Mango dress to a Hollister skirt to MK bag to Jimmy Choo shoes. We accept most brands from high street to high-end fashion, simply because we don’t want to restrict our collection and we believe each pre-loved item that is in a great condition deserves to be loved again! That being said, we request each seller to look at our list of brands we love and detailed quality standards before scheduling a pick-up with us.

Q: What would you like to say to all those young girls who have a dream but are not able to take it to the next level?
A: Make it happen! Life is too short to miss opportunities. It is always tough to take the plunge, but have a plan, work with a focus and no matter what, don’t stop believing! Starting up has its own highs and lows but the highs are so rewarding. There is no feeling in the world better than seeing your dream turn into a reality.

Q: On a lighter note, when was the last time you got tempted to buy something one of your seller’s sent for the website?
A: EVERYDAY! Honestly, if someone was to ask us on what is the biggest challenge? It sure is this! We get such amazing styles that we really have to control each other from not buying products ourselves!

Q:  Lastly, tell us about the future plans for KlosetEdit?
A: We have been overwhelmed with the response we have got thus far, winning buyers and sellers trust has been the most exhilarating part of our journey. Future plans include geographical expansion, we have seen interest from varied parts of the country and vertical expansion. We also plan to add more styles and categories so people are always looking forward to pre-loved fashion. All of these plans are centered around the customer and ensuring that we provide the best to them.

kloset_edit_logo_final

So, as I wrap up, it is best that you now straight head to check out their phenomenal endeavor @klosetedit.com

Best,
Sonali

 

 

Summer of Valentine…

We love roses, we totally do… And we love fashion too, you know we do! However, not so often do we see a perfect marriage of both but you all get ready for a beautiful surprise as we both doll-up in outfits from the immensely talented designer Nitya Bajaj’s Valentine Collection where the red rose is truly the hero.

The cuts, fabrics, hues and designs truly reflect great modernity and chicness.

For both of us it was love at first sight as far as this collection was concerned as we totally fell for it the very first time we came across the stuff. Whether it was the gowns, dresses, jackets or the crop tops- we have been drooling over them all.

The post is even more special as after a very long time both of us have been captured together and that too in Germany’s cultural center- Berlin. Well, what makes it even more special is that the profound relationship of friendship too epitomizes love and we will always be each other’s Valentine. Hence, we reckon we are great ambassadors for this collection 😉

The wait is finally over, presenting to you Shagun Tomar and Sonali Vij in Label Nitya Bajaj’s Crop Top and Summer Jacket (respectively) from their splendid collection.

4

6

7

8

2

3

DSC_1681

5

Helipadonheels wishes you all lots of love and smiles!!! Here’s to the love of friendship!!!

Shop the collection @nityabajaj.com

 

 

 

 

All for the love of dogs!

While we don’t have pets ourselves but have been showered with unconditional love from many of them whenever we have visited our friends and closed ones, therefore, there is absolutely no denying that they are special and they deserve nothing less than the best! And we second the thought of Heads Up For Tails which says, “Pets are precious”. Well, if you are a dog-lover and into online shopping, then this website will be an absolute delight for you. And what’s more is that even we (who don’t have pets) could find lots of stuff which was both trendy and aww-so-cute!

For all those who are intrigued to know what all this e-commerce website houses, then here are the deets… There’s apparel, grooming products, toys, high-class accessories, bowls and feeders, bedding, food and so much more. In short, if you have dogs and you have not visited this site as yet, then you are surely missing on something! They also have a  huge collection of exclusive pet products from famous brands like Royal Canin, Chomp, Twistix  and their own unique in-house brand- Heads Up For Tails.

And just a few posts ago; we spoke about the increasingly popular monthly box concept where we highlighted so many options to pamper ourselves. So, while you are getting pampered why should your pet be left far behind? Heads Up For Tails knows how to be that one-stop solution when it comes  to dogs.  Currently, they offer three options- one month subscription @ Rs. 1999, three months @ Rs. 4999, and six months @ Rs. 9999. Each box shall come with goodies most apt for your special one ranging from grooming products, pet toys, accessories and treats that are carefully handpicked by their team of experts.

And you know they care, when they do that little extra on the special day of your special one… Yes, they have a birthday club as well so do not forget to sign up!

Here are just few products from Heads Up For Tails which we are totally loving…

  1. Quirky Coffee Mug
    Heads-up-for-Tails-MUG-5

    Loving it!!! There are truly many lessons to be learnt from dogs!!!

  2. Woof Utility Pouch
    Heads-up-for-Tails-HUFT412-Red

    While this pouch can make for a great travel companion with all your essentials, for now all our colourful hairbands have been kept in there!

  3. Fun Diary
    Heads-up-for-Tails-DairiesLike making notes and those to-do lists? You’ll do it even more often with this one!

    Committed to delivering top-quality while providing a plethora of exciting stuff, Heads Up For Tails surely has impressed us…
    Check out- www.headsupfortails.com

Boxes full of Excitement!

Well, since my birthday is almost around the corner and then soon after Shagun’s will follow, we are already quite excited to think about the prospective crazy surprises that await us…. But that on a side, most of us do like surprises and I think they can make one’s day rather enticing.

I am actually quite kicked about sharing this post with you all as reading this shall gift you several ideas on how to surprise yourselves or someone special each month with some spectacular goodies. Yes, few of you have guessed it right, I am soon going to talk about some really wonderful box concepts in the country.The box concept did rather well to thrill me the first time I encountered my box loaded with awesomeness and it actually continue to do so even today. So, girls, how about celebrating your birthday more than just once 😛 all you have to do is to sign-up and then let these surprises take over…

Here are few concept which are completely rocking…

  1. MSM Box–  They swear by the idea of giving you the best and the latest from the World of Beauty. Bindu Sharma, Co-founder and Managing Director, MSM Box shared, ” The biggest appeal of the MSM Box is that each box is curated by experts after thorough trials and reviews. Every month, we establish a theme which is either weather specific (Our July Monsoon Special Box), occasion specific (Our Holi Special- March Rang de MSM Box) or need specific (Our April- Foot Health Awareness MSM Box). Our tagline is “A lot in a little” and we consistently deliver on that front. We are not just about products, we are also about ensuring an experience for our subscribers through regular tie-ups with salons, spas, cafes and eateries. We understand that our customers are looking for an all-round experience that ensures delight and not just satisfaction. Our customer care team is focused on ensuring that each and every customer query is addressed at the earliest. We’ve managed to build a community of besties with core trust and happiness. We hope to grow even bigger in the months to come!”And when asked about the coolest thing that has made it to the box ever, she added, “It is extremely difficult to choose a particular product that has been the coolest since we love each of our boxes and the things in them equally. However, if you must insist, we have been at the forefront of a few beauty trends. We were the first service to introduce Korean Brand Innisfree to the Indian audience as well as tied-up with Benefit Cosmetics early into their launch in India. We sent out their famous brow bar service vouchers to our customers who were then the first few who got to experience the service in India. Incidentally, we also have a really cool promotion running with Benefit Cosmetics at the moment!”Ahan… exciting stuff, isn’t it?
    Check it out @ www.msmbox.com
    MSM Box Gift
  2. The Gourmet Box- Don’t surprises get even better when they are all about ample stuff to gorge upon? Yes, the next box concept we are going to talk about is sure going to get all the foodies excited. Janice Shah, Co-Founder, The Gourmet Box elaborates, “Apart from being an online retail store that delivers gourmet products to your doorstep, TheGourmetBox.in curates a unique subscription box monthly to encourage budding Gourmands in the city to whip up restaurant style meals at home. The box is designed to help food enthusiasts discover, sample and experiment with interesting gourmet finds. The beautifully packaged monthly boxes include 5 or more handpicked gourmet products along with recipe and pairing ideas.”The concept is great especially when you are looking at trying out interesting gourmet products. And want to know about the coolest thing that has ever made it to the box? Janice adds, “Honey Twigs is definitely one of the most innovative products to have made it to the subscription box. The concept is Honey-On-The-Go, single servings of honey that are easy to carry and have made the sticky hand syndrome redundant. Simply rip, squeeze and slurp the golden goodness. Perfect for green Green Tea drinkers.”Yummy stuff, isn’t it?
    Check it out @ thegourmetbox.inThe August Gourmet Box
  3. Tea Box-  Any Tea lovers in here?Oops!! That is a silly question especially when tea drinking is pretty much a routine for most of us. So, this box concept is pretty exciting as you get to try out box loads of tea each time around.Saloni Samant from Tea Box shared, “The idea behind Teabox as a company is to bring the freshest of tea to the consumer. We endeavor to do this in a few different ways. Every tea lover understands that tea is best when it is fresh from the gardens. To accentuate the same freshness, we stepped in to bring forth the much needed innovative tea specific supply chain mechanisms and innovations for timely delivery of tea all over the world. And that too without compromising on the impeccable flavor, irresistible essence and the ever soothing taste. The concept of the subscription plans arose from the idea of choice and personalization. We felt that in the age of personalized gifts, personalized clothes, custom-designed cars, customized accessories, what if technology can also help personalize tea selections for every tea drinker? The new subscription program uses a really simple quiz to understand the underlying tastes of every user, and then via a complex set of algorithms selects teas that are mostly likely to be appreciated by the user.”And I am sure you all want to know yet again about the coolest thing which has ever made it to the Tea Box, Saloni adds,”It would have to be the Rose Mist. This tea has rose buds in it!”Must be aromatic, what say?
    Check it out @ teabox.com

unnamed

Hope you all enjoyed unwrapping these box concepts as much as I did!!!

Wishing you happiness,
Sonali