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WTF Wednesday

7 Jan

It’s a question that has been annoying me since ever.
And it’s one I can still not find an answer for. But I have to share my pain with you, maybe one of you can give me some solution?
Or maybe just knowing that I am not alone in this will make the load of my worry a little less?
What’s the question, you impatiently think, ready to wander off. Cool your boots, my worrisome busy-birds, and hear it then if you can’t wear any longer.
It’s just…why the eff do I always forget to take pictures at the most important moments of my life? Why can not my mind or, more realistically, one of my friends remember to capture these moments? Help me hold on to them.
It is so annoying, watching the memories fade out at their edges while I wish I had just a single picture capturing the emotions, the feel of that moment. Just a glimpse of the reality, a little souvenir from that much visited (in my head-duh) place, to hold on to when the rest of it is rushing away.
A colored print to take the black and white out of my thoughts of the past. To help me never forget. To make it easier to remember.
It should have been one of Murphy’s laws. Just like the fact that you can barely find a hot car being driven by an equally hot and young guy. They are all either too old, not hot enough or just women.
Just like all hot, tall and kind men are either taken or their orientations don’t coincide with mine.
Or maybe, they are all Murphy’s laws, we just never found them in proper writing.
Hm. Now that might just be the answer to an endless list of my questions. Or not. While I figure that out, here are little diy tips to making your pretty face to glow naturally Why? Because…I mean, why the eff is it always so dull?

1. Take an egg , separate it’s yolk and put that in the fridge. (It’s useless for now, unless you are hungry. Then scramble it, QUICK!) Use the white and mix in a little water (a teaspoon at max). Take an old, cleaned, makeup brush. After thoroughly washing your face, pat dry it, and begin to layer your face with paper towels/tissue paper. How will they stick? After placing each one on your face, brush on the egg white onto the paper. Repeat till your face is covered, but try not to let the layers of the paper double. Leave on for 15 minutes or till dry, then remove the papers, wash your face only with hot (and then) cold water, et voila! Bright, shiny, glow-y face at your service. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. First one was too complicated? Here is an easier one for the slower people like me. Take half a tablespoon of honey and mix in yogurt till you get a paste (max 3/4 of the tablespoon). Apply on dried and washed face, keep on for ten minutes and then wash it off, with lukewarm water. Do this twice a week and the results will not disappoint you.

3. Don’t like the tips above? Here is one for the daring ones who don’t mind a little tan in their skin. Take half a tablespoon of ground coffee beans and mix in half as much honey. Use this as a scrub trying to delicately rub off dried damaged skin. Do it only once in two weeks. The effect is instantaneous and when you wash it off with lukewarm water, try not to apply anything else on your face for at least 90 to 120 minutes. The slight issue, as I mentioned before, is a little coffee-flavored tanning.

I don’t religiously take care of my skin-for which my sister is going to soon disown me-but not only can I swear by these three tricks, but I can tell you that it’s these remedies that got a good friend’s skin back from the dogs (read-open pores, pimples, white heads, you name it). So, if your New Year’s resolution (like me) was to take care of your skin and body a little more, these will be an easy way for you to start off. With the added advantage of having no side effects. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope these home remedies work amazingly for you too.

Until next time,
Gull.

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Drink it up

2 May

Summer time...!!

Summer time…!!

When the hottest season in town walks in, we can do nothing but stare and gulp down that cold drink in front of us to take away the sudden dryness in our mouths. To cool our own selves down.
Here are four of our favorite recipes for delicious drinks that will help you do not only the afore mentioned, but which are also undeniably easy to make.

Mexicano

Mexicano

1. Mexican Iced Coffee-This drink, let me warn you, is not for the faint hearted. The flavors are definitely strong, however, it somehow balances everything within itself helping it stop at the brink of crossing over to the ‘dark side’. When in mood for something different, do give it a shot. I copied Deborah Schneider’s recipe from here, except that I substituted the liqueur with coffee extract (espresso would do as well) and cut down a bit on the cream.

St. Patrick's all year long.

St. Patrick’s all year long.

2. Shamrock Shake-Ok, this isn’t much different from your vanilla shakes, and yet a completely different experience. I use the recipe given below, which I borrowed from Emily Schuman, though when making it for myself I skip on the cream.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of whole milk (less milk if you prefer thicker shakes)
2 large scoops of premium vanilla ice cream
1 tsp of peppermint extract (or essence if you cant find that)
2 dashes of mint bitters (optional for flavor and color)
2 drops of green food coloring (if you’re not using bitters)
Whipped cream (for the topping).

Method:1. Place all ingredients into a blender, in the order they are listed.
2. Turn blender on and mix until you reach your preferred consistency.
3. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream.

Berry Blast.

Berry Blast.

3. Berry Blast-This drink is a roller coaster ride for your taste buds, and at the same time it’s extremely healthy and rejuvenating making it a necessity for facing the upcoming heat waves.

Ingredients:3/4 cup chilled orange juice
1/3 cup chilled pineapple juice
2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries
1/2 banana, sliced

Method:1.In a blender combine strawberries, milk, yogurt, sugar and vanilla.
2. Toss in the ice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into chilled glasses, top with chopped berries and serve.

Frozen Blueberry Lemonade-We all love our lemonade on those burning hot evenings when even breathing seems like too much work, but the drink can get boring. This recipe is one way to spice it up. The best thing about this drink is, you can have as much as you want with minimum guilt about gaining too much weight
I hope you enjoy your drinks and summer.

Until next time,
Gull.

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DIY-Let your creativity do the talking

20 Jul

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I told you that I would be coming up with some easy DIYs. And here is the first of them.
An easy step-by-step for making personalized business cards.

What you will need:-
1. Two sheets of card paper-I chose one with a rustic print on it and one plain in off white.
2. Craft Scissors
3. A template card-for the size you want for yours.
4. A black fine-writing pen.
5. Pencil-I used a 2B.
6. Super-glue i.e., craft glue.

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Note:- I wanted to make my cards completely personal, completely me, so I was prepared for them not being identical. If you dislike the idea, then I suggest you get them printed and craft yours on the multitude of card designing and printing sites available on the Internet. For the rest who are interested, read on.

Directions:-
1. Choose your template card. Remember that you have to put the plain paper on it too for writing which would have to be smaller than the main’s dimensions to add that cute border. But make it too large and even after writing your card will look blank. On the flip side, you can keep changing the look of your business cards once you get the hang of it so you don’t need to worry much about your decision.

2. Use the template card you chose and draw out its margins precisely on the card paper with the print. I drew and cut out each individually which made it easier to nibble them out to exact same sizes.

3. When all of them are cut, take the plain sheet, which is the one you will write on, and draw on it the same template size. However, then mark a point 1cm inside all borders and cut out this down-scaled version.

Note: You can also use another card as a template that is as much shorter than the main size as you want.

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4. Now carefully put the blank paper in the centre of the one with the print leaving equal space on all sides, then use the glue and stick it on!

Tip: Make sure that you have the writing side on the front rather than that it being the one you put the glue on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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5. Let the glue dry. Then use a scale and draw horizontal lines as shown in my picture. One for the base of the title of your business (or anything else you want most emphasis on). One for the max height of your letters. Then more double lines such for all the other extra text you want on it. Also, if you want anything in italics, draw vertical lines at the angle you want to have your words at so that they stay at the same tilt throughout.

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Note:The writing part is completely up to your creative juices (you can even add a handmade logo).

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6. Once you are completely satisfied with your pencil work, outline all that you have written with the pen. Though be careful that the ink doesn’t spread with your hands if it’s too wet. Again, let it dry.

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7. Et voila! Your cards are done and you are ready to do business. Put them in your card case or your wallet and they will be forever handy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Extra: you can get them laminated at a local store or punch a hole in one corner to add pretty little ribbon ties. In short, sky is the limit!
I hope you try this, and have as much fun with this DIY as I did. If you make blunders, remember it’s just your first time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Let’s keep it short!

2 Jun

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Honestly, there are times when people need to just stop. Take a break. And then a deep breath. Calm themselves, and then start again.
If some conversations had been cut shorter, if some fights had ended earlier, if some love stories hadn’t touched the extreme edges-there would be a lot less regret in the world.
Same goes for summer dresses.
Keep them short, fun and breezy, avoid layering it all too thick and letting the hemlines go too long. (But don’t get them so short that they look sleazy!)
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I am in the mood to keep this post short. I could say a lot, but my gut tells me keep it simple so I will just end the post.
However, before I do, let’s get all hyped and excited about a couple of DIY projects I have got started for you guys.
Below is a sneak peek.
Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wearing- jumpsuit (designed by sister) and a summery Next pullover.

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