Monday, 18 May 2015

How To Sport The Spicy Sheer Trend

Ladies, have no doubts that ‘sheer’ is one of the hottest trends for the year. Whilst I love the airy feel and the subtle peek-a-boo of a translucent garment, I am well aware that it is not the easiest trend to pull off. Put your inhibitions aside and rock this trend like a diva with these helpful words of wisdom. 

Start With A Sheer Blouse

The end of last year saw sheer dresses making waves across the globe and on runways, but starting out with a full-fledged smock might not be the best idea. Take baby steps into the world of sheer by snapping up some feminine blouses in a gauzy chiffon material. If you plan to rock the blouse at work, layer a solid coloured tank top below it for some modesty. If you are heading out to brunch with the girls, you can afford to be bolder with your style. Throw on a cute crop top below your blouse for a cheeky glimpse of your bikini body whilst retaining the demureness of a shirt. 

Keep It Loose

The key trick to rocking the sheer trend is to focus on wearing floaty silhouettes that do not cling to your body. In fact, sheer garments that hug your figure are a big faux pas in my books. If you are planning to tuck your blouse into your high waisted jeans or midi skirt, pull the sides and the back of the shirt out over your waistband for some extra oomph. I am a huge fan of the super cool half-tuck as well. 

Think About The Proportions

Since I suggested that the sheer silhouette should be baggy, the rest of your outfit should be fitted to balance out the proportions. Nobody wants to look like a shapeless potato sack, right? For example, you can pair a sheer chiffon blouse with a hip-hugging pencil skirt, or a flowing sheer maxi with a fitted crop top. In fact, this rule does not only apply to sporting the sheer trend but to every outfit you put together. Trust me when I say that proportions can make or break your look. 

Play With Textures

Mixing fabrics and textures is a great way to style the sheer trend. Since most sheer fabrics are light and breezy, I like to pair them with stiff materials like tweed, denim and leather. To my mind, the combination of a gauzy fabric with a stiff one is the ultimate look for the modern day woman. For some extra pizzazz, explore other quirky textured accessories that will complement your sheer piece like a leather vest, faux fur scarf, fringed bolero or a chunky knit sweater, to name a few. 

Above all, remember that you are dressing to look beautiful for no one but yourself. I hope you have an absolutely blast as you experiment with this stellar trend, girls! 

Contributed by Archana Bansal

Archana, is a fashion blogger at FashionforRoyals. She likes to keep as chic as possible, and try very hard to bring fabulousness to everything she does. She is currently based in the UK, juggling responsibilities between being a corporate employee and a fashion blogger. As so many women do, she love shoes and shopping.

Monday, 11 May 2015


From the latest in skin care to refreshing drink options, milkshake machines and more, below are summer-perfect items to get you through every last sun shining day.

Coconut Oil For Beauty: While most people associate coconut oil with cooking, Extra Virgin Coconut oil actually has a variety of beauty uses and this trendy item can multipurpose as a moisturizer, hair conditioner, teeth whitener, shaving cream, and natural sunscreen.  Pure, unrefined, and cold pressed, this Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Carrington Farms coconut oil comes in convenient, portable Paks, so it’s great for toting to the beach or a pool. As an added bonus, coconut oil has been shown to help prevent breakouts, so you won’t have to worry about unwanted blemishes. Priced at $9.99/8- 0.5 oz packets per box at select retailers and online at

Organic Beach Towels: In Turkey, where bathing has been raised to an art, khadi is the traditional choice for toweling. Coyuchi’s Mediterranean Beach Towels are traditional lightweight Turkish bath towels with a high/low weave for excellent absorption. Woven from yarn dyed organic cotton and edged in hand-knotted fringe. Cotton is 100% organic, and sourced and woven in Turkey. Priced at $68 at

Travel Friendly Wine: VOGA Italia’s Baby Sparkling is a mini sized sparkling wine- perfectly portioned for one!  With a unique screw top cap, you can easily open and reseal while enjoying a summer picnic lunch or day at the beach!  For extra cute enjoyment, pop in a straw and enjoy. No glass needed.  Priced at $5.99 at select retailers nationwide.

Hydrating Coconut Water: Coco Joy is naturally rich in nutrients and hydrating electrolytes and full of sweet flavor from all natural, pure coconut water made from 100% pure green coconuts that contain no added sugar and no preservatives. It's gluten, lactose and dairy free and is the perfect cool companion to rejuvenate after a day spent under the sun. It delivers antioxidants, calcium and magnesium and has fewer calories, less sodium and more potassium than sports drinks. Coco Joy is brand new to the US and is available on Priced at $1.90 for 8.40 fl. oz cans and $3.90 for 42 fl. oz. bottles.

Portable BBQ Set: You’ve got the beverages, now what about the eats? Prepare a serious BBQ at your local park or favorite outdoor spot with All-Clad Stainless Steel BBQ SetThe set includes 4 grilling tools in a sturdy, metal carrying case for easy transport of tools to the grilling area. Priced at $119 at

Milkshake Machine: Nothing’s better on a hot summer day than a creamy milkshake! Now with Omega’s milkshake makers you can bring the fun home! The extra-large Stainless Steel blending cup clicks on and off for ease-of-use and serving. The powerful motor and detachable spindle aerates mixtures into frothy, smooth textures for superior whipping results. Priced at $179.95- 399.95 at

Hot-Weather Ready Pillow: Get your beauty sleep…even on a hot summer night. JuveRest’s The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow’s contoured shape provides comfortable support and improved air circulation around your head keeping you cooler at night. Plus, its patented design minimizes facial wrinkles by promoting back sleeping and compression-free side sleeping. Priced at $179

Monday, 30 March 2015

Moving ahead of shopping items online

Online shopping is getting incalculable day by day. A large number of people are turning to online shopping purchasing fashion merchandise, electronics and a lot more which is very common. You must be thinking what’s new in this but, now it time to move ahead of buying just products. Find awesome offers on services like beauty, salon, spa, dining, and leisure etc.

In the era of striving hard to meet the pace of moving world is very difficult. People work round the clock and need some time to rejuvenate, relax and entertain. Groupon is the portal serving people worldwide to have access to such services economically along with selling products of different categories.

Apart from offering such deals it offers Groupon coupons to avail the services at much lower price. These services normally are quite expensive and many people do not enter the spa or hotels even just because not being able to afford them. The best feature of Groupon India is that it provides attractive offers of the salons, restaurants, hotels, and leisure activities in your vicinity.

About Groupon
Groupon was launched in April 2011 which was formerly known as ‘Crazeal’. It features one daily deal not only on products but also on the things to do like see, eat fun and relax across India. It is not just about being cheap; rather it is about promoting the best merchants with quality products. Quality is the top most priority of Groupon.

Website navigation:

There are four tabs in header Groupon, Featured Deal, Shopping, Travel and All Deals. The first link on Groupon lands on home page of the website, Featured deal shows the best deal of the day, Shopping includes purchasing products from different categories, Travel tab provides the link to page where all deals of tour and travel packages are uploaded, and all deals tab provides the page where all the deals are lined up.

You can find link to the services or category you require in the left of the Body of the website. These links are Dining, Spa/Salon, Activities, Products, Gateways (Travel), and Healthcare etc. There is a search bar in the left side where a user can search the product directly without having to browse the whole website.
The footer of the website includes a link to the blog as well as some important links like About Groupon, Press releases, contact, privacy policy and T&C etc. It also reveals its global presence in footer.

Groupon India Coupons
Groupon India coupons help the customer to do shopping at more economic prices by enabling them to save money. User need to click on the link below and enter the code required. The coupon will lead him to save some additional money on every purchase.

Where to find Groupon India Coupons?
Groupon India coupons are available at CouponsGrid coupon website. Just open the website, search Groupon coupons and get the coupons you require.

CouponsGrid offers coupons of all other online stores helping people to save money. The website solely intends to make people pay less and shop more when they shop online. Online shopping is known for discount deals and offers. This is one of the biggest reason for which people are turning to online shopping along with other facilities of free home delivery, unconditional return and exchange policy etc.
Save time, money and not just buy things rather relax, have fun, groom, see and eat. Every five star hotel and branded salon in your vicinity comes under your budget now. Groupon India coupons at CouponsGrid are just a cherry on cake as it enables you to save money additionally.

About Author
Laxmi Singh is Senior Content Manager at CouponsGrid and enjoys writing for audience from every walk of life encompassing beauty, home d├ęcor, shopping, marketing and kids etc. She loves to write and has been exploring new ideas and thoughts to write for last 3 years. She loves cooking, watching Hindi movies and reading magazines.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Make Your Blog A Better Place

These are a few things that I have learnt in the limited time that I have been blogging since. So here I am just putting forward a few pointers which in my opinion must always be taken care of. Of course my opinion need not resonate with yours. But read if you think this might help.

1) Post as and when convenient but do not post bad pictures or repeated content just because you need a post for the week. In today’s day where there are over a million fashion blogs, try to make yours stand out by using content or ideas which have not been dealt with before. Don’t do a post on how to make a braid especially when you know 10 other people just did that. Be original.

2) Learn to say NO. Just because someone else collaborated with a brand, doesn’t mean you do so too even though you don’t relate to it. A lot of websites have contacted me to write for them/or brands to preview their collections etc. but if I have not been able to relate to it, I have politely refused it. Create your own market value.

3) Stop with the sheep mentality. You don’t need to wear a particular brand or own a particular pair of shoes just because 10 other international bloggers own them and because they swear by it. Being a fashion bloggers calls for being experimental but not at the expense of your comfort.

4) Communicate. It’s very important for you to market yourself. Interact with your followers, on
your blog or your Facebook page or on twitter, whichever is convenient to you. This adds a personal touch and makes your blog different from all those bloggers who log on to blogger, write a brag story and sign out until the next brag story of course.

5) Pay attention to your pictures. I know it can sometimes we difficult to shoot pertaining to weather conditions, distances, personal commitments, etc. But for the love of god do not put up a blurry picture or a video which is done halfheartedly. It shouts out nothing but unprofessional.

6) Be picky. Talk about what you want to. Show what you want to. As much as it is important to make sure you don’t disrespect others, it’s also very imperative that you say your mind out. After all it’s your blog!

7) Stick to simple blog layouts. Don’t cramp it up with advertisements, etc. You never want the focus to shift from your content to anything else.

8) Lastly, there are always going to be people who do not agree with you, send you hate mails, write nasty things in your comments section, etc. I’ve had a decent share of all this and I'm sure you have too but what I’ve learnt from this is ‘you can’t please everyone’. And frankly you don’t have to. Be confident and don’t let this put you down.

9) Maintain a good relationship with fellow bloggers. This will help you get a better perspective of things and you can always discuss similar problems. Promote each other on your blogs, do guest blogs. This is a healthy way of sharing viewership.

Monday, 23 March 2015

How to incorporate the superfood KALE in your salad AND serum

How to incorporate the superfood KALE 
in your salad AND serum
  1. It rejuvenates skin: Kale is a fantastic superfood – including it into your diet and your beauty regimen provides a lot of nutrients and antioxidants that help rejuvenate your skin. More beauty brands are starting to incorporate this superfood into their products because of its great health benefits.
  2. It's a natural, food-based beauty ingredient: Beauty products are not regulated, so you have to be very cautious about ingredients! That's why organic brands that incorporate food-based ingredients, like kale, are so great. Make sure to read labels and understand the ingredients included in each product. My rule is: if you can't put it in your mouth, don't put it on your skin!
  3. It pairs well with (almost) anything: Whether in beauty products, green detox smoothies or in chip form, you can find kale in a form everyone will love. The celebs love it!
  4. It's chock-full of vitamins: Kale has a lot of amazing vitamins that help our entire body - A (helps with wrinkles) C (helps with collagen) K (helps with dark circles) are just a few. Kale can also help with inflammation.
  5. Shanna's Top Kale Picks: When it comes to kale-infused skincare, I love Eminence! It's my go-to brand. They produce high quality beauty products and have recently introduced a great kale-infused serum -  my go-to's are Eminence Citrus & Kale Serum and Eminence Citrus & Kale Masque  
Shanna Israel, Celeb lifestyle expert and Founder of Vertical Wellness Shanna Israel is a professional nutrition and lifestyle expert in the intersecting worlds of health, wellness, fashion and entertainment. Shanna has immersed herself within the healthcare industry after her near death experience battling West Nile virus followed by Graves' disease and Hashimoto's. Shanna, now a health advocate and wellness professional, created Vertical Wellness as platform for people to learn about viable treatment options and preventative care. Combining her expertise in wellness and health, as well as nutrition and dietary restrictions for various diet plans and conditions, Vertical Wellness collaborates with health professionals and A-list celebrities to deliver invaluable information to help readers achieve optimal health, regardless of dietary restriction or limitation.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Build a strong immune system this winter

With fall and winter comes flu. The cool winter wind brings with it a swarm of winter diseases.

Inside our body there is an amazing protection mechanism called the immune system and the main job of this system is to guard you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites that would love to attack your body. Our immune system is directly affected by what we eat, drink and breathe. The poorer the diet, the greater will be the amount of toxins that will accumulate in our body, making us more susceptible to infections, viruses and cancer. Our body is designed to process, metabolize and clear toxins naturally. However, we live in a world where the amount of toxins we take in daily far exceeds permissible levels. These toxins have overwhelmed the body’s natural cleansing pathways.

Messing up with the body’s internal clock may ramp up inflammation. The best way to protect ourselves from the cold chill is to be and feel stronger this season. So it’s time to think about how to protect you from high risk of catching a cold, cough and stuffy nose during the winter season.

Here are some "stay-well" strategies and tips to boost your immune system:

  • Healthy and Balanced diet – Include Vitamins A, C, D and E nutrients and minerals like zinc and omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. E.g Broccoli, Spinach, Carrots, Apples, Berries, Meat, Poultry, Dairy products, etc. (Your body needs vitamin C to build and maintain healthy skin—your body’s first line of defense in preventing disease and infection. The vitamin is also critical for producing white blood cells and antibodies that fight off infections, and it is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from free-radical damage. Vitamin C: - Oranges, Grapes, Broccoli, Strawberries, Sprouts, Papaya and pineapple, Red and Green Capsicum
  • Get adequate sleep - As we all know, sleep is the time your body uses to rest, repair and recover.
  • Sweat it out – By adding exercise to your daily routine it discharges tension and stress and enhances immune function. Exercise not only helps your immune system fight off simple bacterial and viral infections, it decreases your chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.
  • Say hello to friendly bacteria - 80% of our immune system is located in our digestive system, so make sure to keep that healthy by adding yogurt or raw sauerkraut to your diet.
  • Water, Water, Water - Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your health. For an extra boost, add a slice of lemon, which will provide extra vitamin C. (Drinking plenty of water ensures that your blood will carry plenty of oxygen to all the cells of your body. This means that all of your body's systems will function adequately, because they'll be getting plenty of oxygen. Your immune system functions best when your muscles and organs are functioning best. ) Calcium is present in nearly every whole food that you eat, or water that you drink.
  • Soak in the Sun (if you can manage some) – the best source for Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting your bones and your body requires it to absorb calcium. If you don't get enough vitamin D, you may lose bone, have lower bone density, and you're more likely to break bones as you age.
  • Immunize Yourself – Timely vaccinations have had a huge impact on reducing, and in many cases nearly eradicating, a number of infectious diseases.
  • Don’t smoke

Monday, 27 October 2014

Reasoning Behind Celebrity Name Change

5 Factors Influenced Amal Alamuddin’s 
Decision to Take George Clooney’s Last Name 

Name Change Expert and CEO of, Danielle Tate, 
Provides the Reasoning Behind the Latest Celebrity Name Change

George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin married nearly three weeks ago and Amal announced that she is changing her name to Amal Clooney. While Amal opted to take Clooney as her last name, her age (36) and professional identity as an international lawyer are factors that would make one think that she would have kept her maiden name in some way (perhaps as a middle name).

While Amal is a high profile woman in the public eye, all newlywed women as well as more and more same sex partners face the concept of name change after marriage. What influences their decisions about their names is very interesting.  Danielle Tate, a name change expert and the CEO of, the leading online name change service for bride, provides the five key factors that influence name change decisions after marriage 

     1.         The Age of the Bride. Statistically, the older a woman is when she marries, the more likely she is to keep her maiden name in some way.  Property accrued, businesses created and more life spent as Miss XYZ tend to make older women hyphenate last names, take two last names, or take their maiden name as a middle name.

     2.         The Bride’s Profession.  Women with careers that depend on name recognition, such as lawyers, doctors and real estate agents are also more likely to keep the name that makes them money.  Again, they may take two last names, hyphenate, or take their maiden names as middle names.

     3.         The Educational Level of the Bride. The more degrees held by a woman before she weds, the more likely she is to keep her maiden name as part of her name. Typically this trend is attributed to the time/money spent earning the degrees, the pride in her degrees or simply the dread of trying to change her name on all of them.

     4.         Presence of Male Siblings. Having one or more brothers in her family is a factor that typically skews a woman towards taking her spouse’s last name.  As she has male family members to carry on her family name, she is less likely to feel the need to keep her maiden name after marriage.

     5.         A Family Plan. Women who intend to have children after marriage are more likely to take their spouse’s name in some way.  Sharing the same name with their offspring will alleviate school pickup and international travel headaches.

Outside of all of these factors, are the romantics who truly wish to share a name with their spouse and see it as the final step in becoming a married couple.  For them, the factors above may mean absolutely nothing.  Perhaps Mrs. Amal Clooney is one of the romantics.