Sunday, September 17, 2017

OOTW: 7/28/2017 - 8/3/2017 (RUBY)

Today I have my OOTW for my second week in Calgary. Let’s get into it!

Friday, 7/28/2017:
On this day we had the actual wedding ceremony. All the girls and moms got their hair and makeup done. My gold floor-length anarkali is from Poonam’s Kaurture. My gold jewelry with maroon beads is from Paras Fashions.

Saturday, 7/29/2017:
At night we had the reception so in the morning I wore a pretty chill outfit. I wore my hair down. My yellow cotton top is from Forever 21. My gray bralette is from Free People. My statement necklace is from Jewelmint. My flowy pants are from Jac Vanek and my sandals are from Steve Madden.

For the reception, I wore my hair down and curled. My jewelry is from Hookum Design Studio. My lengha is from Sandhu Cloth House in Surrey.

Sunday, 7/30/2017:
On this day we had the post wedding lunch/dinner. Everyone gets together, including the groom and his family, at the bride’s family’s house and just eat, hang out, and have fun. My purple and yellow floral anarkali is from Thiara’s Couture. My jewerly and bindi are from Paras Fashions. On my lips I wore the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in ‘Pure Hollywood’ with MAC Lip Pencil in ‘Soar’.

Monday, 7/31/2017:
On this day, in the evening, all of Keert’s aunts, uncles, and cousins from Vancouver came over to the house we were staying at. Then later us kids went to the groom’s family’s house to surprise the groom’s brother for his birthday. In the morning/evening I wore my hair down straight. My black cross earrings are from Forever 21. My white stone ring is from Brandy Melville. My white watch is from Michael Kors. My mint top with a black bow is from Forever 21. My black pants are from J Crew. My white sandals are from Hautelook.

At night for the little birthday surprise I wore my hair down. My black sleeveless top is from Forever 21. My coral jeans are from Forever 21. My coral flats are from Sam Edelman.

Tuesday, 8/1/2017:
In the morning we were just chilling and then at night we went out to celebrate the groom’s brother’s birthday. In the morning I wore my hair in a ponytail. My white graphic tank top is from All Saints. My army green studded shirt is from Full Tilt. My jeans are from American Eagle. My studs are from Forever 21 and for shoes I wore my black Converse.

For the birthday celebration, I wore my hair pinned to the side. My black dress is from Aeropostale. My black pumps are from Payless.

Wednesday, 8/2/2017:
I wore my hair down. My sunglasses print jeans are from a store in Canada. My cropped lightwash denim jacket is from Urban Outfitters. My gray shirt is from VS Pink and for shoes I wore my white Converse.

Thursday, 8/3/2017:
I wore my hair down. My sheer red beaded blouse is from Nordstrom. My black jeans are from American Eagle. My black booties are from Steve Madden.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Ruby     

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Review: The Last Night at Tremore Beach by Mikel Santiago (KEERT)

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Title: The Last Night at Tremore Beach
Author: Mikel Santiago
Series: None
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, & Contemporary
Date Read: 7/20/2017
Rating: 4 stars

The Last Night at Tremore Beach toes the line between thriller and horror as we follow the story of Peter Harper, renowned composer who's spending a few months on a private Irish beach after a messy divorce. One night he goes out to a dinner party during a storm and on the way back he gets out of his car to move a tree that's fallen in the road and gets struck by lightning. The story that follows is part mystery, part thriller, and part paranormal as dreams and reality begin to blur and Peter doesn't know who he can trust to keep his visiting family safe from an impending crime.

I mostly liked this book. Although the writing wasn't great, it wasn't terrible either and it was definitely a page-turner. My problem is that I ultimately put it down with a 'so what?' feeling. Without giving away any details, I'll just say that I found the ending much too neat and clean. The result being that any potential for emotional resonance ended up neutered. I didn't mind our narrator Peter and some of the secondary characters were intriguing but they weren't particularly memorable either. Not much happens until the climax which resolves itself at the 90% mark. It's a boring slog through the last 10% once we already know how the main action ended up playing out. Again these characters aren't particularly interesting enough that we want a thorough follow-up with their lives after the main drama.

I also don't see the point of Judie's backstory - again, no spoilers - but a lot of gruesome information was divulged for what I can only assume to be shock value and I'm really running out of patience for that.
I recommend this book if you're looking for a quick and somewhat mindless thriller. There are some cool ideas here but for me the end result was just lacking in emotional resonance.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Keert

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

OOTW: First Week of Vacation (NEENA)

Long time no see huh? I’m truly sorry we haven’t posted anything in a month. We went to Calgary for Keert’s cousin’s wedding and we came back just a couple of days before school started so we had to worry about that.

Anyways we are now officially back. We have so many ideas for different posts. We have hauls from Canada. We have OOTW’s. Keert has reviews. We are officially back.

Now this post is going to my OOTW for our first week in Calgary. This one will include my outfits for the pre-wedding festivities. My OOTW for the second week will include my outfits for the ceremony and reception. Let’s get into it!

Saturday, 7/22/2017:
On Saturday we left for Calgary so it was more of a traveling day. I wore my hair in a top knot. My black sunglasses are from Rayban. My gray cardigan is from Nordstrom. My black v-neck shirt is from VS Pink. My black ripped jeans are from American Eagle. My pink bag is from Ted Baker and for shoes I wore my white Converse.

Sunday, 7/23/2017:
I wore my hair in a high ponytail. My gray shirt is from Target. My black leggings is from Alo Yoga. My black Tiek’s and my purse is from Louis Vuitton.

Monday, 7/24/2017:
I wore my hair in a top knot. My striped shirt is from Target. My jean jacket is from All Saints. My black leggings are from VS Pink. For shoes I wore my white Converse.

Tuesday, 7/25/2017:
I wore my hair down. My gray tank top is from RVCA. My pink cardigan is from G-Stage. My jeans are from Forever 21 and my flats are from Tiek’s.

Wednesday, 7/26/2017:
On Wednesday we had the first 2 wedding events. In the morning we had the Mendhi (henna) and then that night we had the Maiyaan.

For the henna, all the girls wore jeans except the bride of course. I wore my hair in a top knot. My black sunglasses are from Forever 21. My black shirt is from Forever 21. My black jeans are from American Eagle. For shoes I wore my black slip on Vans.

For the Maiyaan, the girls wore lenghas. My white lengha is from Poonam’s Kaurture. My jewelry was from IndiaTrend.

Thursday, 7/28/2017:
On Thursday we had one wedding event, the Choora ceremony. It was held at night so in the morning I wore my hair down. My muscle tank top is from Forever 21. My jeans are from American Eagle and for shoes I wore my white tennis shoes from Payless.

For the Choora ceremony I wore my hair down straight. My blue and peach colored anarkali is from Delhi Couture Collections.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Neena

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

OOTW: First Week of Vacation (RUBY)

Long time no see huh? I’m truly sorry we haven’t posted anything in a month. We went to Calgary for Keert’s cousin’s wedding and we came back just a couple of days before school started so we had to worry about that.

Anyways we are now officially back. We have so many ideas for different posts. We have hauls from Canada. We have OOTW’s. Keert has reviews. We are officially back.

Now this post is going to my OOTW for our first week in Calgary. This one will include my outfits for the pre-wedding festivities. My OOTW for the second week will include my outfits for the ceremony and reception. Let’s get into it!
Saturday, 7/22/2017:
On this day we left for Calgary so it was a traveling day. I wore my hair straight down. I wore a white bandeau from Necessary Clothing. My gray dreamcatcher tank top is from Brandy Melville. My turquoise stone ring is also from Brandy Melville. My gold flower bracelet is from Forever 21. My turquoise jeans are from Windsor. My silver flats are from Forever 21.

Sunday, 7/23/2017:
I wore my hair in a top knot. My earrings are from Jewelmint. My ring is also from Jewelmint. On my nails I wore OPI ‘My Private Jet’. My white watch is from Michael Kors. My pink and gray striped tank top is from Nordstrom. My white jeans are from American Eagle and my pink flats are from Target.

Monday, 7/24/2017:
I wore my hair pinned to side with my front bangs in a braid to my left side. My goldish black flower ring is from Jewelmint. My watch is the same one as the one I wore the day before which is from Michael Kors. My bracelet is from Jewelmint. My white lace top is from Forever 21. My black tank top that I wore under my top is from Old Navy. My jeans are also from Old Navy and I wore them a little rolled up. My black sandals are from Loft.

Tuesday, 7/25/2017:
I wore my hair down. My blush earrings are from Forever 21. My rose gold watch is Michael Kors. My blush pink white polka dot top is from Forever 21. My jeans are from American Eagle. My nude flats are from Tory Burch.

Wednesday, 7/26/2017:
On Wednesday we had the first 2 wedding events. In the morning we had the Mendhi and then that night we had the Maiyaan.

For the Mendhi, the girls just wore jeans. The bride was obviously the only one not wearing jeans. She was the only girl wearing a suit. Anyways, I wore my hair straight down. My black cross earrings are from Forever 21. My mint top with a big black bow is from Forever 21. My black pants are from J Crew. My white sandals are from Hautelook.

For the Maiyaan, most of the girls wore lenghas. I wore a black lengha from Poonam’s Kaurture. My matching tikka and earrings are from IndiaTrend. I wore a red bindi which I got in a set at a store in India. For makeup, I went for a smokey eye. I wore Mink Lashes in ‘Princess’. For eyeliner I used eye gel pencil in ‘Black Caviar’. For lips I wore ‘Maple’ lip gloss. For contouring and highlight I used the cream/powder Contour Highlight Palette. All the products I mentioned are from Pink Orchid Studio.

Thursday, 7/27/2017:
On Thursday we had only one wedding event, the Choora ceremony. It was held at night so in the morning I wore a pretty laid back outfit. I wore my hair in a high ponytail. My “California Girl” sweatshirt is from Wildfox. My black shorts are from American Eagle. For shoes I wore my black Toms.

For the Choora ceremony I wore a floral suit made in India. My pink bindi and gold jewelry is from Paras Fashions.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Ruby

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Wanted by Sara Shepard (KEERT)

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Book Title: Wanted
Author: Sara Shepard
Series: Pretty Little Liars #8
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Mystery, YA
Date Read: 7/15/2017
Rating: 5 Stars

This is the PLL book I've been waiting for. This is the five star installment I went through 8 books to get to and boy, was it worth the wait!

This book was just incredible. It had everything you could want in a Sara Shepard book and more.

The creepy level was so high, though. It actually took me awhile to get to sleep. But if you've read this book, you couldn't blame me because you literally fall into this world.

Wanted had much of the same feel as the PLL prequel novel Ali's Pretty Little Lies as well as normal PLL book elements which made for the perfect blend of awesomeness.

This 8th book in the series was supposed to be the last, then more got added. I'm not complaining. That's why we got so many answers and it was simply just intense and thrilling the whole entire length of the book.

This is by far my fav PLL book so far and I cannot wait to read the rest!

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Keert

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Favorite Essie Colors (NEENA)

Essie is probably up there as my all time favorite nail polish brand. There's just so much to choose from and they're one of the longest lasting nail colors on my nails. Usually nail colors will literally chip by me just looking at them but Essie always seems to be a little more hard-wearing. Over the past few years, I've been steadily adding to my Essie collection. I mean after all they are $8.50 a bottle so you can’t be too spendy these days.

However, I sorted through my collection the other week and thought I'd make a post all about my faves so in case you're thinking of having a little treat soon, then I've got you covered!

Also I just have to put in a little side note but Fiji is also up there in my fave Essie nail polishes. It's just that I've run out of it and need to get a new bottle soon but if you want an opaque white/pink then that is your ticket!

Minimalistic: This is probably my fave Essie polish right now. It's a thick baby pink color which looks amazing on your nails.

Blossom Dandy: This was part of the Spring Collection in 2015 and it was at the top of my list of what to buy when I went to Calgary last summer. It's an aqua blue/mint color which is one of my faves for Spring/Summer.

Cocktail Bling: I love this cool toned blue grey. I think it's a little different to many other colors I own. It's quite sophisticated and is nice with a silver glitter in the Christmas/winter time. I'm pretty sure it's part of the main collection and it doesn't really look much in the bottle but it's definitely one of my favorite winter Essie colors.

Muchi Muchi: Oh look another pale baby pink! I like this one as it's a slightly more sheer and gives you a really nice manicured finish to your nails. It's got a wide brush which I always find makes painting your nails a bit easier. It's also not as thick as Fiji so it's a bit easier to apply. You could apply one coat to just have a swash of color or build it up to two or three coats for a more opaque color.

Mint Candy Apple: I had to include this color as it was the first Essie I ever bought. It's very similar to Blossom Dandy but not as bright. MCA is a little more pastel-y. This is probably one of the most cult Essie colors so it should always be within the core line up. It's absolutely perfect for Springtime and looks amazing with a tan!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Neena

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Things You can do Before Bed to Have a Better Tomorrow (RUBY)

I'm just going to hold my hands up right now and tell you that I am not a morning person. I hate waking up so any extra time I have in the morning is a winner for me. I've recently found that being more organized in the evening means that my morning are less stressful. I'm not running around and then forgetting something important like putting on a bra or deodorant.

It may seem a bit of a smug Pinterest yoga loving life thing to be all organized in the evening but at least you'll get a bit more time in the morning and well it's not really worth the risk of forgetting to put pants on is it?

Having a Timed Tidy:
I've been seeing this idea a lot recently online and I think it's a pretty good idea of getting some stuff done in the evening but only for like 20 minutes or so. I keep saying to Neena, 'shall we play this game where we spend 20 minutes cleaning the house and see who can get the most done' and he looks at me like 'I wasn't born yesterday Ruby.' So I tend to take 20/30 mins to either clean the kitchen or my room and try and make the place look a little tidier. I'd rather do bits of housework every night then a huge two hour clean at the weekend when I could be doing much better stuff!

Prepare Your Lunch the Evening Before:
If you take lunch with you to work or school, then I always think getting it all ready the night before is always a winner. The amount of times that I didn't have time to make my lunch in the morning which then would lead me to spending a fortune on a meal deal or eating really unhealthy is a number I don't really want to count. So getting everything ready the night before just helps me out in the morning. It's definitely a little bit boring and Mom like but there we go.

Choose Your Outfit the Night Before:
I hate it when you can't decide what to wear and just stand looking at the wardrobe in a tired state proclaiming 'I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!' I always try to plan what I want to wear the next day so it's ready to go, I put it on the end of the bed and then it's ready to slip into the next morning. Pinterest is my fave place for outfit inspiration and will have a little look at my fashion board to get outfit inspo for the next day.

Make a To Do List:
I always find that doing a To Do list for the next day just helps me sleep a little better. Rather than lying in bed thinking 'right I need to do this and this tomorrow' I just write it all down on my notes app on my phone and then in the morning I know exactly what I need to do the next day.

Take the Time for Skincare/Pamper:
I sometimes feel too tired to do a proper skincare routine or fake tan sometimes and then I regret it in the morning when my skin looks crap and I'm like Caspar the Ghost. So taking that extra 5-10 mins to add serum/oil/moisturiser will make a difference and if you're like 'do I fake tan or just leave it?' Always do it, you'll feel so much better for it in the morning!

Have Some Me Time:
Whether it's watching your favorite show or reading a book in bed, then go for it. The weekday evenings can be so shattering but you'll feel better for taking time to do something for yourself. Oh and totally don't worry if you can't be bothered to do this stuff every night. I know I sometimes just want to slob on the sofa sometimes but usually when I do, get up off my butt, and get stuff done, the next day is usually a bit better :)

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Ruby