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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: First Comes Love by Emily Griffin (KEERT)

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Book Title: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Griffin
Series: None
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Date Read: 7/15/2017
Rating: 5 Stars


The day after Daniel’s twenty-fifth birthday and three days before Christmas:
He was halfway through his third year of medical school at Yale and had just returned home to Atlanta, for the holidays bringing with him his girlfriend, Sophie, a beautiful upper crust Brit whom Daniel once called the most charming woman he had ever met. The two had been dating for more than a year. However, this was her first visit to Atlanta, as well as meeting his parents and sisters.


Daniel was the golden child:
The firstborn. The older brother. A perfectionist. Sensitive and sentimental, quirky and kind. A tragic accident. A sliding on a patch of ice at the intersection of Moores Mill and Northside Drive in Atlanta, less than two miles from their home. A truck hit his car at the corner.


Where was he going the night of the accident which took his life? Out for a burger or more? Everyone has guilt. An accident which rocked their family and indirectly caused their parents to divorce.


The devastating aftermath:
They discovered years later there was more to the story the night Daniel died. More than one memory from Five Paces Buckhead. That night changed all their lives in ways they had never imagined.


Fifteen years later:
The guilt and regrets begin to surface for the entire family. The what ifs. Choices made, their pain never ceased. Still reeling, regretting, wondering, what if. A family torn apart.


If Daniel had lived, he would have been saving lives, practicing medicine, happily married to Sophie, father of two or three children, turning forty. He understood nothing was as important as family. Love comes first. Everyone had pictured perfection in his future, now shattered.


Elaine and Rob:
Attorneys, parents, residing in Atlanta. A broken marriage since the death of their son. A dad who started drinking. Two broken remaining daughters – total opposites. They never got along before their brother’s death and now it seems the tension is intensified.


The mother is planning a 15 year anniversary in memory of Daniel. Something which occurred in the past. Good or bad, a date to remember. Tensions are high. Stirring up old emotions. Will they invite their father, who has a new girlfriend, Marcia? She wants to include Sophie. The woman they have not seen since Daniel’s death. Closure. What is her life now? Did she move on?


Alternating voices:
Readers hear from both sisters. They both despise one another and are keeping Secrets.


Meredith:
A lawyer in Atlanta married to Daniel’s childhood best friend, Nolan for almost seven years. Mother to daughter, Harper. She was hardworking, persistent, and more of a loner. She is very unhappy. An introvert. She loved arts. She wanted to stay in New York. She is judgmental and miserable.


She thinks her sister, Josie, is self-centered and a drama queen. She loves her daughter, Harper. However, she is really not all that maternal. Nolan is a constant source of both comfort and sadness to her dad. What really drew the couple together in the beginning?


Meredith feels she is the child who has not screwed up. The strong one. She is even unsure of her marriage and how they were thrown together due to the death of her brother. Nolan was her brother’s best friend. A fixture in the family. Love? Now she is second guessing her entire life. What about her plays, Broadway, the theater? Lost dreams. She is bitter. She put her plans on hold.


She kept thinking Will and Josie would get married and have the grandchildren. She could follow her heart. But it did not happen. She had married Nolan who worked at his family’s business in Atlanta. Her future turned into what she had imaged for her sister. No New York.


Was she really selfless and noble putting her parents first or was she spineless? She had been determined to be their parent’s stable- the successful child; the salve, on their still open wounds. She wanted their family to be normal again. Meredith views Josie as the extrovert, party gal, and in some ways she is jealous of her down deep. She does what she wants. Meredith and Nolan bought the family house from her mother in Atlanta. Everything to make the family seem perfect. Is she the real coward?


Classic Josie, calling shots, making demands, creating drama. Why couldn’t she be happy for her sister wanting to have a baby, even though in an untraditional way?


Josephine (Josie):
A first grade teacher in Atlanta and grad of University of Georgia--wants more than anything to be a mother. She is more free-spirited. At age 37, she has no prospects for marriage or even dating so she is seriously thinking of going the donor route. She is now going through profiles to pick the perfect one. She also has a roommate hipster, Gabe (they are best friends) and a big support for her. They click. It is time for a new school year. New children. Excitement. Fourteen years of teaching, she loves it. She is fun, energetic, and creative. She thinks her sister is uptight and judgmental.


To make matters more stressful, her old boyfriend and the man she was to marry, Will’s daughter is in her class at school. He is married to the perfect wife and has the perfect daughter and younger son. Edie Carlisle, the firstborn of her most significant ex, Will Carlisle. They broke up eight years ago (long story behind this), and she is still not over him, completely. He shattered her world. He dumped her right before he married Andrea. The woman she has stalked. She hated herself for being mesmerized with her every move and shame at the same time.


Now she has to see the perfect family and the daughter every day; as a reminder of what she could have had. However, she likes the little girl. Now, Mrs. Will Carlisle volunteers to be room mom. Why does she have to be so nice?


From Match.com to a physical therapist named Pete, sperm donor decisions, and a strong desire to be a mom, Josie carefully makes decisions. Shop. Look. Research. Instead of her being the flighty one there is a role reversal when Meredith starts second guessing herself, her life, marriage and career.


A drunken night so long ago. Survivor’s guilt. Everything had come back to Daniel. The fairy tale life. Especially in the South. People fake things so much. Josie was definitely a better communicator than her sister Meredith.


A great read, mixed with wit and emotion! Josie was my favorite character.


Thanks for reading!


Love,

Keert

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Things To Do To Unwind In The Evening (NEENA)

So can someone please tell me where the weekend went please? One minute it was Friday and now here I am writing this up on Sunday watching Bride Wars.

WORKING OUT:
Usually if I've been feeling particularly stressed, I will try to go to a fitness class in the evening as this is one way that I find is so good for destressing. I always feel so much better after getting out of the house and dancing around for an hour.

HAVING A BATH:
If I can't be bothered to exercise or when I come back and I still don't feel destressed, I find that having a bath always helps. I do say that a bath can pretty much solve anything. I have a basket of Lush bath bombs that I use and I always feel this makes me feel a little better. Recently, my fave has been the Twilight Bath Bomb which has ingredients such as lavender which is great for relaxing and unwinding.

I have trouble switching off so I have to watch something in the bath or I’ll literally just be stressing in a bath so I usually catch up with TV or Youtube. I'll also maybe use a face mask, wash my hair, and of course shave my legs so I feel like a silky dolphin when I get out.

WEARING NICE PJ'S:
After I’ve finished in the shower, I will pop on some PJS. I'm currently obsessed with some coffee ones from Forever 21 which are so me.

WATCHING MY FAVE TV:
I love spending an evening catching up with missed TV shows or dedicating a few hours to Netflix. Wednesday nights used to be my fave since that's when I'd catch up with PLL but now that's finished I tend to watch reality TV such as Made in Chelsea. Mainly because they don't require a lot of thinking and means I can totally switch off. If the day has been really, really awful, I'll dig out one of my fave films and put my phone on airplane mode. If that happens though, you know that it's just best to not cross me.

PAMPERING:
I find that doing things such as painting my nails or maybe putting on a fake tan helps me feel so much better the next morning and like I have my life together. I also do things such as tinting my eyebrows, too.  I use the Ulta Brow Tint in Deep which you can get from Ulta obviously. The tint just helps to make my brows look a little more polished than normal and saves me having to fill them in every day!

I will also sometimes wax my upper lip which isn’t really glamorous or relaxing if I'm honest but if we're talking pamper routines then this is what I do sometimes.

READING:
Then before bed, I'll sit in bed and read which is really good to do if you have trouble switching off. I find it helps to take my mind off things that I'd been wound up about during the day and makes me feel more tired. Then fingers crossed, I head to bed feeling relaxed, chilled out, and ready for a good night’s sleep!

I think that having some time for yourself is so beneficial for you and your mental health. Sometimes you need some chill time and to just take time for you. There's no shame in that.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Neena