4 best homemade scrubs on-the-go.

I am a big fan of homemade & DIY stuff. The reason is simple. Its Eco-friendly, wastage is less & its effective. You know what i mean as a promoter of Sustainable living.

To exfoliate your skin, scrubs are the best. What can be easier than a homemade scrub? I am either a busy person or a lazy person in applying cosmetics. Today, I will share my best homemade scrubs which is effective & easy.

  1. Sugar + Lemon – You want your skin to glow instantly? Use this homemade scrub trick & you will thank me later. Use preferably Organic sugar (conventional is also fine) Sugar acts as a natural scrub & its good to exfoliate with it. Squeeze a lemon in 2 tbsp of sugar. Let the sugar melt for a minute or two. Scrub on your face for 5 mins in clockwise movements except for eyelids. It is one of the best ways to exfoliate your skin on-the-go. I love this one. Add On: Use the same scrub in your lips to remove dead skin or cracked lips.
  1. Salt + Olive oil – Olive Oil is amazing for skin. It moisturizes, prevents wrinkles, nourishes skin & results in glowing skin. Use preferably extra virgin olive oil one tbsp & one tbsp of salt. Scrub on your face & you will see good results. If you don’t like oil to stuck in your face, you can wipe it immediately with a mild face wash. Or let the oil be in your face for 10-15 mins & then wash with a face wash or homemade soap bar.
  1. Coconut Oil + Sugar – Coconut is amazing for your skin. Mix a half tsp of coconut oil with 1 spoon of sugar & scrub gently on your face. This is an easy & super-cool homemade scrub & Coconut oil can do wonders. Pat dry & Ta-Da.
  1. Coffee + Honey – Are you addicted to coffee? Coffee has its benefits for your skin too. Don’t let coffee spoil in your kitchen. Use a spoon of grounded coffee & mix it with one tsp honey & scrub to exfoliate your skin. You can add brown sugar too.

These are the super easy & simple DIY homemade scrubs, you can use once a week. If you are a busy bee or on-the-go person, don’t ignore your skin. Use these Eco-friendly, low waste scrubs at home & do let me know your feedback, suggestions on the comment section below.

Until next time, Much love

Sikha

What are the best pregnancy outfits for mom-to-be?

Congratulations! Something’s brewing & someone’s growing inside you. Each day passing by & you want to make it memorable for lifetime. Enjoy this beautiful phase of a journey of mom-to be.

It is said, Dressing up with unique style is your identity. I would say Dress up is the only game, Women play & without getting bored. Pregnancy is one of the beautiful time, most of us desire to wear & look better.

Today, I will share some important tips & dress ideas of my pregnancy. All mom- to-be out there, do check it out .

We, Indians didn’t believe much in baby bump show off . Few dress details are given as being an Indian. Friends often asked me about the outfit ideas during pregnancy. Being a sustainable fashion enthusiast, I did smart buying. Can’t let those clothes be idle in my cupboard after delivery. Online shopping websites as Amazon & Myntra were my favorites.

Few Clothing hacks to be kept in mind during Pregnancy:

  1. Invest in good pairs of Inner Wear or Maternity Intimate wear.
  2. Buy T-shirts preferably bigger size, which you can definitely wear or style later.
  3. Wear comfortable footwear.
  4. Leggings/ Maternity pants or Maternity Jeans are life saver.
  5. Think beyond pregnancy. Buy clothes that can wear during & after pregnancy.

Here are the few mom-to-be or pregnancy outfits details, i bought or wore. Please do comments on the section below about your favorite outfit.

Outfit 1: Shirt Dress has always been my favorite. During & after pregnancy these gonna save you most of the times. Most importantly these can be worn after delivery & during feeding days. You gals will thank me later.

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Outfit 2: Layering with Jacket/Shrugs/ Shirts – Layering has always been a good option during pregnancy. Shrugs, Jackets, Pullovers, sweaters, scarfs etc are the best option in pregnancy. Layering has its own benefits and we all know that. Don’t hesitate to experiment with layers of different clothes.

Outfit 3: Traditional Saree/ Mekhela Chador ( Indian fever, LOL)

This free flow shrug is a great buy from Myntra.

Mekhela Chador/Saree are good to wear but only in those initial moths. Definitely for posing or photos, you can wear it. Once your baby bump crosses 5 months, its seems difficult for me.

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Saree is also comfortable to wear i believe. The above photo was shot at around 15 weeks of pregnancy

Outfit 4: Oh that dress says it all. People assumes you are pregnant, if you are wearing one. Lol A line dress/kurti/gown are versatile, easy , super comfortable to wear.

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Outfit 5: Indian Wear with dupattas are always good to carry yourself during pregnancy. It gives you an elegant look & hide that tummy.

Outfit 6: Jeans/Dungarees – Jeans has always been my favorite. But try to wear a maternity jeans . Classic dungarees are best. They are good to fit that baby bump & looks cute too.

Outfit 7: Velvet – Who says Velvet are out of fashion. Velvet is gorgeous & classy since so long & used by Queen/Princess. This can never go wrong. But best suitable in winters .

Velvet are always priceless & forever in fashion

Outfit 9: Kaftan Dress Hey gals, I am freaking love with this Kaftan dress. Satin finish with all colors. Baggy or loose fitting looks makes you beautiful with that prego tummy or it can hide it. LOL

Outfit 10: Net or Lace dress – You girls must be having all those net or lace dress in your wardrobe. Its classic, sheen & elegant. Don’t forget to dig into your wardrobe or buy your best pregnancy outfits from online websites like Amazon or offline. Both the red & black dress are so beautiful & good steal from Amazon. First one is a drop waist A Line Dress while the second one is a bodycon net dress.

Add ons: Florals, Loose Night wear, Skirts etc are super comfortable best pregnancy outfits, which i got in the cupboard during the Pregnancy.

These are the few outfits which I loved during my pregnancy. Let me know which of these outfits, you loved the most. If you want to add more please write in the comments section below. I will also try to cover up next part of this blog.

Thanks for reading. It was pending since long. coming up with more. Stay tuned & subscribe to get notification when i posted.

Much love,

Xoxo Sikha

How to make super easy Pasta Recipe?

I never liked Pasta in my life. Today is the day, i prepare it myself & seriously i just love it. I did prepared as per my taste. Do check the recipe & who knows you might just love it. My first easy pasta recipe: Veg Pasta Arrabiata.

My first Pasta recipe is so yummy.
Pasta Arrabiata – cooking in the process.

Ingredients :

Penne Pasta 100 gms 1 small cup ( Bring to boil in 1 litre of water, add little salt to it & boil your choice of pasta for 10-12 mins or till it tender & chewy.

1 cup – Tomato puree or Grind tomato 3 big size

1/2 Cup – Broccoli + Onions + Carrot + Beans/ Veggies of your choice / Mushrooms. Diced & cooked. ( Saute all the veggies in olive oil in a pan for 3-4 mins & keep aside)

1 spoon Garlic paste

Salt as per your taste.

1 spoon – Sugar

1 spoon- Chilli powder

1 spoon- Dried Oregano

2 tablespoon- Basil leaves Chopped

2 tablespoon – Olive oil

2 tablespoon – Olive slices (optional)

1/4 cup- Grated Cheese or as per your taste you can add more or less Cheese🧀 🤪

How to make:-

1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add tomato puree or grated tomato. Bring it to boil & add garlic, salt, sugar, oregano, basil & cook for few minutes or till the tomato is cooked. If needed can add 1 or 2 tbsp of water.

2. Now add the cooked Penne Pasta mix well for a minute.

3. Add diced & cooked veggies or mushrooms & mix again.

4. Add grated cheese & mix again for 30 secs. Now garnish it with sliced Olives or grated cheese.

Your yummy Pasta Arrabiata is ready to serve or eat. Enjoy this super easy pasta. Do try to make it & let me know your thoughts. If you like it, don’t forget to share a pic or comments here.

Until then happy eating…

Love much ❣️

Xoxo Sikha.

How to style your Shabby or old outfit in 5 ways?😜

Here i would like to introduce a Challenge named as #shabbyoufitchallenge. A challenge to go sustainable & environment-friendly. How often do you use the same piece of clothing? In a year, you hardly use an item for 10 days. In the fast-fashion world, you need to slow down. Invest in something, what you need, or sustainable to wear it again & again. If you dispose of an item after 6 months to 1 year or donate, its likely to often ended up in landfills. I know, most of us already know it & I won’t give you educational info😉 You peeps are smart & you know what’s best for you. 

Let’s start with outfits ideas. These items I want to dispose of once & then i got this idea of creating the same old clothes with some twist. The whole idea is to make use of my clothes which i use rarely.  

Look 1: Old creased Kurti & a palazzo. Pair it up with some bright dupatta to give a different & fresh look. Here I am sharing 2 looks for it. Accessorize it with earrings, nose ring, bangles, etc. Boom! You are good to go to an evening party! Play around with the stuff you have & you will find wonder & happiness in it. 👍

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Orange Kurti _ Window Shopping
Pallazo_ Amazon
Dupatta- Amazon https://amzn.to/2STrZBy
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Satin Dupatta- Amazon

Look 2: Old basic white T-shirt & Classic Pencil Maxi Skirt. I know most of us already have these in the wardrobe. So, take out of the closet & style it with sneakers & a shirt dress or a jacket or a shirt. You wear it or tie it on the waist. Both the ways, you will look super cool. Tie a top-notch hair bun or half bun to give a more chic look. Voila! You are ready to rock a casual party or outing or its perfect for a day outfit. 👗 

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Shirt Dress _ People

Look 3:Nightwear/ Old Trousers –My night dress or old trousers paired with basic white tees. Also with a bright jacket or a shirt dress. You can wear sneakers or stilettos. I prefer to go with black sneakers.👌  

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Shirt Dress- Amazon
Night Suit _ Zeyo

Look 4: An old boho Skirt – The next looks is to pair my old boho skirt. Basic white t-shirt & a trench coat or a shirt dress, etc. Accessorize it with a classy handbag & a watch. Wear a pair of stilettos or sneakers. I am a lover of casuals, so avoiding heels & accessories. You can play with your kinds of stuff. 👗 

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White Basic t-shirt _ Mark & Spencer
Shoe_ Reebok
Skirt- Fancy Bazaar, Assam. Reference

Look 5:A white vintage dress/kurta – This is an Indo- Western dress. I add this look in my previous blog too. 10 years old Kurti, i have paired it up with jeans & white sneakers. to brighten the looks i wore a red bandhej dupatta. i call it Kajol lools from K2H2 but yes definitely with a twist. 👏

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Dupatta_ Bandhej Bandhani
Kurta _ I don’t remember😜 . Its an Old one. For Reference

Which looks, you would like the most. Do let me know in the comments section below so that i can keep myself motivated to write more. If you have something similar, then share with me your photos & comments. 🤞✌

Thank you amazing peeps.😍😍 

Xoxo Sikha.❤❤

4 easy Indo -Western dress on-the go!!

Hello all the peeps!

Thanks a lot for stopping by my post. Happy reading!

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I always love the combination of Indo- Western dress!

I like to wear it since long time back but never realised that Indo- Western looks can be super cool. So, i thought of sharing my look book with you.

1. Indo top with Jeans: This is super cute & adorable combination of dress. Take a Indian printed or a silk top & pair it up with a jeans & a kohlapuri chappal or heels! It is easy & instant look to stand out among the crowd.

2. Kurti with sneakers: A white kurti is always super cool basics from the summer wardrobe. It will glam up the casual look when you pair it up with white sneakers.

3. Simplify Lahenga: Last but not the least is a lehenga. Simplify your gorgeous lahenga with a basic/plain t-shirt. Pair it up with a gorgeous colored silk or chiffon duppatta & a heel. You will look stunning in this Indo Western dress.

4. Kurti with a dress: A western dress with a kurti. You must have seen my instagram page where i did post my pictures of simple dress. A shirt kurti dress paired with a casual dress. It is conformable & looks stylish while travelling.

 

You must be knowing me by now. A Shopaholic turned to a budget person to save my money & do more travel. Now i am into slow fashion & use/ experiment a dress in many ways.

Sharing is always better as it might help someone like me in this world. Keep spread girl love.

Thanks for reading. 😍💓😍💓😍💓

Beginner’s Guide – Things to carry for trekking.

I am an avid traveler but started trekking as a part of adventure 6 months back. I planned a night trekking for the first time with a few of my Apartment mates. It was an instant plan.

Few were homemakers & few were working! Though all were loaded with responsibilities yet the dreams of women can’t be stopped.

We planned suddenly for a night trip & were excited. Being a trekker for the first time I loaded my waterproof VIP backpack with all the stuff which i carry as a solo traveler. Later, at midnight when we reach the destination to start the trekking, then i realized my mistake. We had to do trekking for 3-4 km and then cave exploring for about an hour which we had to cross with a narrow passage. It was a tough time for me to cross those narrow & steep rocks inside the caves. with a bag loaded with essentials.

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Always travel light, if you are going for a night trek make it sure to pack light.

Here is the few essentials list in a night trekking/ day trekking.

The list is as follows:

  1. A rucksack: Good back support & waterproof bag is needed for trekking.
  2. Shoes: Hard soled trekking shoes / good quality running shoes are required for a trek. You can add one pair of slippers too.
  3. A torch, it is a must whether night or a day trek: It is said to carry a torch all the time. It helps you in SOS also. Whenever you do travel, Take a torch along with you. Head Torch is generally helpful for trekking or hiking purpose.
  4. Water bottle & Food:  Always carry a water bottle wherever you go to keep your hydrated. Keep & store some energy bars or snacks for yourself. Bonus: Add lemon/lemon juice which will keep you fresh for the night.
  5. A lightweight windcheater jacket/raincoat & a hooded jacket: Another important of all is a rain Coat or a windcheater & a jacket. It prevents you from cold & rain during the trek.
  6. Avoid cotton clothes: Instead of cotton, wear synthetic & light clothes. Regarding socks, avoid cotton & wear thick synthetic or woolen cloths which will prevent blisters, if wet or sweaty. Layered Clothing & full sleeves trousers are recommended.
  7. Newspaper+ Toilet Tissue+ Carry Poly Bag: Travel responsibly wherever you go. Don’t forget to carry all these. Take a matchbox & Newspaper to lit fire. Deodorant is an alternative to put on fire. ( Don’t forget to put out the fire )
  8. Mobile+Power Bank+ Extra batteries: Mobile nowadays will solve most of our problems. It can navigate, can use its flashlight & also take photographs.
  9.  First Aid Kit +a rope + a knife + a marker/chalk: Mini First aid box with few SOS medicines. Its better to carry an insect repellent too. A lightweight rope with a Swiss Knife & chalk is essential for a trek/hike.
  10. A Hat+ Sunglasses+ binoculars+ Umbrella + Camera: These are optional.

 

Travel responsibly. Go & see the world, explore each part of your country. It helps you to explore and know more about yourself.

It was lovely to share with you my part of the story. Do let me know your story & tell me what are the things essential for you. Kindly comment on the section below & it will help me to write.

Loads of love & wishes. ❤ ❤

 

What are the 5 Foods that You Must Try in GOA?

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Goa is all time favorite destination for many people. Beaches relax & soothe your mind. But apart from enjoying there in a lazy sea beach, I love to create some good memories to cherish in future. So here I explore Goa & got few things to try & taste .

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1. Feni  A local alcohol made of cashew nuts are the delicious local drink of Goa! Feni is made from the first extract of cashew! Coconut feni is also made which is generally popular in South Goa.

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 2. Rawa Fish Fry -King Fish, Prawns etc are served fried, rawa fried, whole fried etc. Rawa Fried is the authentic fried of Goa.

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3. Indo- Portuguese Lunch – Few of the Portuguese origin dishes are mixed with Indian flavored are served in Goa. However, give your taste  buds something new Portuguese origin dishes as, Caldeirada– fish stew dish, Assado de Leitoa– roasted piglet, Feijoada– a stew of beef & beans. I don’t eat beef but have heard from friends.

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4. Pork/ Chicken Vindalhoo A traditional dish flavored with chillies, Garlic & Vinegar, that gives a tangy taste is a must to try, if you are in Goa.

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5. Goan Curry –   King Fish, Prawns,  Shark etc are prepared in Goan curry. I simply love this authentic taste.

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ADD ONS:

**Sannas & Perad Sannas are traditional bread served with every Goan recipe, while Perad is a Guava Jam prepared in all houses of Goa.

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**English Breakfast & Omelettes – You will get a proper English Breakfast in Goa. It is easy to get anywhere!  Whereas Ros Omelette is an authentic Konkani dish found in Goa. If you are a egg lover, you must try it!

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Note- Items varies from place to place. A local eatery is a good place to get that authentic flavour. I didn’t taste all the items. Few of them are tasted by my friends. 

#Vegetarians – Next time will try to post something for you too ! 😉

Thanks all for reading my posts! I am loving it to share my experiences with you. 😊

Stay happy & positive !💕

Love, Sikha!😍

Who are we ? Assamese at heart! 💕

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Assam is a land of diverse culture & resources.

It’s about Assamese people. For esp.those who don’t know about Assam(India).

1. We are Assamese!

Assam is an independent state. We have our own script. A part of seven sisters states, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh. People need to update their Geography beyond Sikkim & Darjeeling.

2. Assamese are Hindus!

We are Hindus in majority, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, etc. are also here. We respect all! We have different ethnic groups of Assam.

3. We eat Rice !

Rice cultivation is the major agricultural product of Assam. Being foodie, we respect food of other people. We eat many veg dishes & non-veg esp. Fish,Chicken, Duck,Mutton.

Momo & Chowmein are not our staple food.

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4. We don’t live in jungles !

We are rich in natural resource & infrastructure. We are educated & civilised people. We have Oil Industry, Tea Industry, Coal , Silk Industry, Jute, Cement etc.

5. We are dowry free state!

In addition to other North Eastern states, Assam is a dowry free state. We don’t have child marriage either. We do love marriage too.

6. Women also take part in politics

We do cast our vote ! We respect both men & women! In decision making process women also plays a vital role. We do jobs , we take care of our parents & also husband’s family.

7. Assam is a fertile land!

We are rich in culture & agriculture. We celebrate 3 Bihu in Assam. Also Durga Puja, Diwali, Holi, Christmas, Eid etc . We cultivate rice, jute, pulses, maize, wheat,oil seeds, cotton,tea, oil seeds etc.

8. We are neither Chinese or Japanese.

We are Indian with Mongloid trait. We have generally small eyes but that doesn’t mean we are Chinese. I have seen many people/ tribes around India have small eyes. If they are never being called as chinky ( an offensive word), so respect us too.

9. Assam is great tourist spot.

Umananda to Majuli, Kamakhya temple, Historical monuments of Ahom Dynsaty, Kaziranga & Manas National Park, Soalkuchi- the silk village of Assam, rivers & many others makes Assam a tourist spot of India.

 

10. We are good in educational sector.

Starting from IIT, NIT, Central University in Tezpur & Silchar, Agricultural, Medical & Engineering Institutions etc. are the educational institutions we have in Assam.

I would like to request you to visit Assam & other North Eastern places, you will know us.

This beautiful Brahmaputra & Barak valley of Assam & other North Eastern states will give you all the memories to cherish throughout your life. 😍

Thanks for reading 💕

A simple attempt to write about Assam. Suggestions are highly anticipated . Thanks & Stay connected. 😍