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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

What's In Your Bag: Zane Sodeur

Zane Sodeur Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Hi! My name is Zane and I'm 23. I live in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. I work as the creative director for a small wholesale gift company called Vilmain Inc. We make pocket charms and paper weights etc. Outside of work is where my true passions are. I am a Pole fitness addict and a lover of bats. I just got back from a trip to the amazon to study the different species there. It was the first time I'd ever held a bat. It was amazing! We even caught (and then released) a Vampyrum spectrum, the largest species of micro bat and the largest bat in the Amazonas region.

What bag do you carry?
It's a Mossimo bag from Target. It has three compartments which I love so I can stash my water bottle away from everything else.

What's In your bag India

Can you show us the contents of your bag and talk a bit about it?
I am one of those people who literally lives out of their purse. My friends all call me mom since I have everything you could need in there. The Bettie Page make up bag at the top has been in every purse I've owned since I bought it. I don't really use make up though, so it's filled with other essentials like tea, emergen-c, aspirin, band aids, ear plugs and bobby pins. Told you I was a mom.

What are some of the essentials you carry in your bag on a regular basis?
I am never without my water bottle, at least 5 lip products, dry hands for pole class, business cards, my mighty wallet (which is so small I love it. Women's wallets these days seem almost as large as their purses), the Bettie Page bag, and a reusable bag (that orange thing).

If you were to head out to a fancy party, what would you carry in your bag?
My credit card, my license, some cash, a few business cards, lip stain and balm, my phone and keys.

For a day of adventure, what would you pack?
Most likely I would just shove a few granola bars into my purse and walk out the door! Haha I am always prepared for adventure!

Lastly, how many bags do you own?
I have four. This bag in two colors (the other one is gray) and an old beloved canvas bag in two patterns. Once I find a bag I love I use it until it dies.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

3 Step At-Home Detox Facial

3 Step Detox Facial Routine

On Mother's Day, my mother and I indulged in a little pampering session. Our skin types are quite similar, except she has an oily t-zone. I've harped about how amazing the Sukin products are, here and here. They have really changed the way I look at skincare

Though the products are hard to get hold of, I have a lovely friend in New Zealand who sends me these products every six months. They are quite expensive compared to the other local brands we have. But, this is probably the best investment I've ever made.

Rosehip Oil India Online
So, on Sunday, we sat down to indulge in a relaxing pampering sesh. I chose three of my  favourite Sukin products for a detox facial routine. We removed all our makeup with a cleanser and applied the Sukin Purifying Facial Mask, a kaolin clay mask packed with the goodness of aloe vera, rose hip oil and shea butter. The mask draws out dirt and gets rid of dead cells. We applied the mask with an old foundation brush and let it work its magic. 

We put rose water soaked cotton pads on our eyes and relaxed a bit.  Since I fell asleep, we didn't stick to the intended 20 minutes. We used a warm flannel to remove the mask. The flannel works as an exfoliator(Squeeze out extra water and place the flannel on your face and press it gently to clean out the pores.) 

How To Do Facial At Home

While our faces were still moist, we used the Sukin Moisturiser to give ourselves a little massage. Facial massage increases blood flow and removes toxins. Just five minutes of it, is enough to perk up the skin and leave it looking fresher. As a final step, we slathered on Sukin Rosehip Oil and worked it into our skin. (This Rosehip Oil breathes life into my skin -- it always leaves it looking brighter and happier.)

Though our skin looked glowy and rejuvenated, the effects of this routine were clearly seen the next day. My skin felt super soft and the pores looked visibly smaller. And my mother said, her face looked clearer and smoother. The best part of it all was doing this with my mum, it made for an extra special #sundayindulgence.

PS: It might look like I'm compensated to write this, as I'm constantly raving about their products. But, the truth is it takes me about 4000 INR to source these products from NZ. I'm truly just a fan!


Monday, 12 May 2014

What's In Your Bag: Sarah Ball

Whats In Your Bag Sarah Ball

Tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Hi there! My name is Sarah and I keep a travel blog for designers/design blog for travelers called Satellite Eyes. I'm from the United States, but based in Vientiane, Laos where I work as a graphic designer, and I'm about to leave it all behind to travel around Southeast Asia, the United States, and South America! You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

What bag do you carry?
My day-to-day bag for work, shown here, is a massive leather handbag I had custom made in Hoi An, Vietnam. It's got compartments made to measure for my different electronics and things. For daily use, it carries an entire portable workstation, or it holds everything I need for short trips.

Now that the rainy season is coming, soon I'll switch to a more generic waterproof backpack with a rain cover. I drive a motorbike so anything that needs to stay dry either needs to be very well-protected or just stay at home.

What's In Your Bag India

Can you show us the contents of your bag and talk a bit about it?
Ready? From the left moving clockwise we've got: My great big bag, iPhone, MacBook Pro, emergency dry bag, Hmong print wallet (it also works as a purse on its own if I'm feeling really minimalist), water bottle, sunglasses + case, Warby Parker glasses + case, Utrecht sketch book,  Micron pen, drawing pencil, Kindle, and keys. The red pouch keeps the little things organized, in it we have Diorshow waterproof mascara, mineral sunscreen, NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita or Mayflower, Maybelline concealer, NARS blush in Orgasm, blush brush, xylitol gum, Bose earbuds, Tiger Balm, and an extra hair clip.

Not pictured are my Sony DSC Rx-100 camera (used to take the pics), my daily Quest bar (already eaten), and the rest of my rainy season accessories, like my poncho and waterproof phone case. It's not glamorous, but it's totally necessary when you're out and about a lot in a climate like this.

What are some of the essentials you carry in your bag on a regular basis?
If I'm going to work, all of the above are pretty essential. But on the evenings and weekends I barely carry anything. Then I go out on my bicycle instead of my motorbike, which means I need to take more safety precautions. In that case I put my keys and lipstick in my wallet and tie it around my waist under my clothes. I put my iPhone in one of those arm bands that joggers use and strap that under my clothes as well.

If you were to head out to a fancy party, what would you carry in your bag?
I need a fancier bag for nice parties! But I do have a small leather purse (the first picture) that's simple and unobtrusive, so that does the trick for now. Again, here I'll keep it simple with my wallet, keys, phone, and lipstick.

For a day of adventure, what would you pack?
It depends on the adventure! Definitely fewer electronics and more sunscreen!

Lastly, how many bags do you own?
Aside from the big and small leather ones featured here, I have two others that I really love. They're both cotton shoulder bags made from gorgeous textiles. One is made with a shibori-style dyeing technique made at NIDUS, the art university in Ahmedabad, India. The other is dyed in a classic Lao ikat pattern which I picked up in a market here in Vientiane.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

2 Girls & Their Summer Essentials


What products do you use to beat the heat?
The number one thing I do is drink a lot of water. It is so important to keep the body hydrated during the summer, it's my sure way to beat the heat. 

What are your summer skincare essentials?
My summer skincare essential is the Cetaphil Cleanser. I use this all year round, but in the summer I use it more often throughout the day. 

What’s your go-to summer scent?
My go-to summer scent is Victoria Secret's Bombshell, I don't know why, but I tend to always pull it out once the weather gets nicer. 

What are your favourite waterproof makeup products?
I love the Covergirl Clump Crusher Waterproof Mascara. It is by far the best waterproof mascara I have used and it is a must for me during the hot summer months! 

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What products do you use to beat the heat?
I tend to avoid the heat like a plague. For real. I don't like feeling hot or sweaty. I like nice, cool, dry environments. BUT, One does have to put up with the heal from time to time. So, for trying to dry up those little areas on the face that get kind of "moist" in the heat, I use Boscia Blotting Linens (mine are peppermint). This year, I'll also be using Benefit's the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine on some of those areas that tend to get moist. I've been using it for the past two months and so far am in love with it!

What are your summer skincare essentials?
In the summer my skin has a tough time. Any sort of heat/sweaty-ness causes a rash on my arms and shoulder blades. Also, if I get stressed, I do have psoriasis to worry about, so it's important to keep my skin moisturized.  I know... sounds like winter. But it's my summer. I use the Josie Maran's Argan Balm right after getting out of the shower. And then I use Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter as just my general body moisturizer. Both work great and honestly, I use them all year round!

What’s your go-to summer scent?
I wear Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey. It has a lovely floral scent and I wear the Eau de Toilette Spray not the Parfume. I just love it. I've worn it for years and it's just the best smell. 

What are your favourite waterproof makeup products?
I have been using Mally's Starlight Waterproof Liners and I really like those. A great creamy formula and they stay for a long time. 

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

How To Stop Being A Compulsive Shopper

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I used to be a compulsive shopper. A crazy, compulsive shopper.

There was a time I shopped every single week; I bought really expensive things that burnt a deep hole in my pocket. I didn't think about the consequences or how much money I was blowing up. It never occurred to me, even once, that I probably didn't need all the things I was buying. 

One of the reasons why I carried a big bag was to sneak in things without my mother getting a whiff of it. I had three cupboards full of clothes, over 50 pairs of shoes, and god knows how many bags. I know, I sound like Becky Bloomwood from 'Confessions Of A Shopaholic'. When I first read the book, I could totally empathise with her. 

After a point, I couldn't hide things from my mother, and though I promised her that I'd never buy unnecessary things, I continued to shop. The convenience of online shopping only made it worse. I got packages delivered to work, so I could sneak it in without her getting to know about it. I was making purchases beyond my income-level and fell into the rut of paying EMI's.

Sometime last year, I was looking through my credit card statements and a quick calculation later, I realised how much I had spent in the months of March and April. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I'm not going to reveal how much it was, but I'll tell you, that it's a one-way fare to London from Bangalore. 

That's when it hit me.

I was filling my life with meaningless things, instead of finding out what truly made me happy. I was neglecting my emotional needs by feeding my shopping habit. The culture of instant gratification only promotes excesses. And, I, was the biggest victim of consumerism. Since that eye-opening moment, I've become more wary of shoppingIf I'm feeling spendy, I buy myself flowers. Nice, right?

Sometimes I look back and think about how I could have put the money to good use now, but some lessons are best learnt the hard way, right? Anyway, this post was never meant to be about my shopping habit, but rather about how to stop making impulsive purchases. 

Before I buy things now, I ask myself these seven questions. (You have to be honest with yourself when answering these questions) The moment you realise it's just a want and not a need, walk, walk away!

1) Why do I want it?
2) Do I already own something similar?
3) Do I have the money to buy it/Is it way out of my budget?
4) Is it really necessary right now?
5) Will it change the way I feel now?/Will it make me sad if don't buy it?
6) Can I live without it? 
7) Is it a want or a need?

So, dear readers, tell me, have you ever analysed your shopping patterns? Do you know where to draw the line when it comes to shopping? 


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

What's In Your Bag: Abbigail Kriebs

Around The World In 40 Bags is a 'what's in your bag' feature, where I get 40 people from around the world to give us a glimpse into the recesses of their bags. Don't forget to check back every Tuesday and Thursday!

Abbigail Kriebs Wisconsin Madison
Tell us a little bit about yourself? 
I am Abbigail and I blog at Inkwells & Images. That is the name of my freelance writing & photography business, as well as the place I share my thoughts on books, stories, and anything else I want! I am first and foremost a writer, but I love to tell stories through photography as well. I am located in Madison, Wisconsin, right in the heart of Midwestern America. While fashion usually takes a little while to trickle in from the coasts of the United States, I had my eye on this designer bag for a while.

What bag do you carry?
One month ago I broke down and finally bought my first designer handbag: it’s the Hamilton Tote from Michael Kors in navy saffiano leather. Finding this bag was the culmination of a lot of internet searches. I wanted a bag that would hold my laptop, but not break in the process. I also wanted color (so tired of black and brown!), and it had to be leather so that it would last. I love it. 

What's In Your Bag Bangalore India

Can you show us the contents of your bag and talk a bit about it?
I made sure to clean out empty gum wrappers and receipts first!
Here is what’s in my bag today:
My house/work/car keys
Apple earbuds
Moleskin notebook for jotting down story ideas
A small mirror
Bic fine point pens - my favorite kind!
My Elliot Lucas wallet
Neutrogena chap-stick
Car key fob
Business cards and case (black)
iPhone 4S - what did we do before smart phones?
A small toiletry bag with cough drops, bandaids, gum, mints, and hand sanitizer.
Aveda Hand Relief lotion
Whatever book I happen to be reading - right now it is The Enchanted by Rene Denfield
A spoon - because I eat all the time and am apparently Joey from friends
Often: My 13” Macbook Pro

Inkwells & Images
What are some of the essentials you carry in your bag on a regular basis?
Kleenex, ibuprofen, cough drops, a tea bag - and of course, my spoon!

If you were to head out to a fancy party, what would you carry in your bag?
I am so not a fancy gal it would probably be Aveda’s translucent powder for keeping the shine at bay and some lightly tinted lip gloss.

For a day of adventure, what would you pack?
I would add my DSLR camera and a lens or two, but probably ditch the Macbook. I’d still keep the spoon.

Lastly, how many bags do you have?I just went through some old ones and downsized a bit, so I think I own a total of four handbags: a brown Lucky leather tote, a red Liz Clairborne bag from J.C. Penny, and a Thirty-One Skirt Purse. Backpacks are a different story

Monday, 5 May 2014

What's In Your Bag: Amanda Greer

Around The World In 40 Bags is a 'what's in your bag' feature, where I get 40 people from around the world to give us a glimpse into the recesses of their bags. Don't forget to check back every Tuesday and Thursday!

Amanda Greer Beijing China
Tell us a little bit about yourself? 
My name is Amanda and I’m from Canada, but I’m currently living and teaching at an International school in Beijing. I’ve been blogging at Sunshine and Whimsy for almost 3 years. 

What bag do you carry?
Normally I use purses that I buy cheaply—after lots of bargaining! —at a local market called Yashow. Lately, though, I’ve been using a leather purse (pictured) that I bought at Gap because I loved the colours and size, and it was on sale for about half price! I always carry a cross-body purse though, because it’s so much easier to have your hands free, plus it’s better to avoid pick-pocketing in a crowded city like Beijing.

Amanda Greer Beijing China

Can you show us the contents of your bag and talk a bit about it?
I used to carry so much stuff, but lately I’ve been trying to carry less. Right now in my purse I’ve got money, various cards (Starbucks membership, subway, discount card for my favourite nail place, credit card, and bank card), lip balm, a band-aid, oil-blotting sheets, a tampon (hey, a lady’s got to be prepared!), tissue (public bathrooms in China don’t always have toilet paper), sunglasses, my keys and ID card for work, a ticket from an afternoon at Yuyuantan Park last weekend, and a sucker from one of my students (preschoolers are pretty adorable). I also carry my phone, but it’s not pictured because I was using it as my camera.

What are some of the essentials you carry in your bag on a regular basis?
The only things I always make sure to carry are money, keys, and my iPhone.

If you were to head out to a fancy party, what would you carry in your bag?
I don’t go to fancy parties, haha, but if I did, I’d probably carry some version of what I already do, plus lipstick, and my bag would be a simple clutch.

For a day of adventure, what would you pack?
Again, I’d carry the same things I always do, but I’d probably also bring a bottle of water (or wine) and some snacks.

Lastly, how many bags do you own?
Um… without actually counting to make sure, I think I probably have 9 bags: a few purses, a couple clutches, a big backpack I use for traveling, and a smaller backpack for day-to-day use.
PS: Head over to her lovely blog, I'm sure it'll make your day!

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