Merry Christmas everyone! December the 1st is definitely the more socially-acceptable time to embrace the festive season, so let’s all pretend we haven’t been sipping Bailey’s and decorating the house for the last two weeks…
If you haven’t already check out my November Goals where I wrote about the goals I set for November. Remember – setting goals for yourself on a monthly basis doesn’t mean you have to meet them within that month! Some of the goals I set for November I have not yet met.
November has been a great month for me; I met a lot of new people and made some great friends! I also managed to de-clutter my closest… guys for me that was a struggle – I mean saying goodbye to some of my favorite old tops was hard!
Good news! I have started blogging more and I have some great posts lined up for this month! Stay tuned! Although November was a great month, it was also a tad stressful but I did take a few hours to pamper myself with lavender scented bubble baths and Lush bath bombs, I also went to a nail salon and got myself a mani pedi. .
I think we can all agree that 2016 was an insane year- for one, it completely flew by, but also it’s been quite a remarkable year in many ways. Hopefully we can close this chapter and look forward to a better year in 2017! I’m going to take some time to reflect a little over the next few weeks, just to think about where I’m at with my life and goals. I think having a little regroup every once in a while is a good way to reassess ourselves!
So that’s December! I hope it doesn’t go too fast so I can enjoy it!
What’s on the cards for you this month?
Around May or June, I had a minor brake down. After 4 years of working towards finishing university, I found myself sitting at my desk without a clue what to do next. I had finally achieved my goals I’d set for myself- finishing university and starting my own blog… Now what? I fell into a small season of depression because I hadn’t thought for enough ahead to plan bigger things for my life/ It took most of the summer for me to figure things out, do a bit of soul searching, and decide what I wanted to achieve next. I learned some things over that period that helped get me back on track, and I thought I’d share them today for anyone else struggling with that to do after achieving a big goal.
After all of the “go go go!” to reach your dream. I think it’s beneficial to step back and take a little time off. Enjoy a few days or weeks of down time, and celebrate this big accomplishment in your life. This time off can be good for your mind – it gives your brain some time for a refresh, helps you de-stress a bit, and allows you to really revel in the joy of what you achieved. I’m constantly on the lookout for what I’m supposed to be doing next- which is not a bad thing but often I completely forget to stop and enjoy the moment. Little celebrations are just as important as big ones, and you really deserve to tell yourself “good job” every so often.
Once you’ve relaxed and refreshed, it’s time to start dreaming again. And guess what? This time we’re going bigger than before. There’s a passage in Paul Arden’s book “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be” where he talks about aiming beyond what you’re capable of and disregarding where your abilities end. Basically, reach for the stars and stop putting limitations on yourself. When I read this, it was like a light bulb went off and I felt such a huge surge of motivation. We destroy so many of our own dreams just by doubting we can ever reach them. For this next goal you set for yourself, aim for something you’ve always wanted to do but never thought you could.
Now that you’ve decided on your next big goal (what’s yours? Mine is to open a shop full of inspiring and helpful resources for bloggers of all levels), it’s time to come up with a game plan. What I like to do is draw up a mind map for my goal, come up with the different steps I need to take to achieve that goal, and then even smaller
steps to achieve those. This helps me map everything out and gives me a good idea as to what I need to do first to get the ball rolling. Once you have all of your steps written out, come up with a deadline for each “mini goal”. This way you’re sure to make regular progress towards your goal instead of chunks of time going by wasted.
Know that with a new goal comes some changes, and possibly a new routine. A lot of people tend to fear change, but some newness in your life can actually be extremely refreshing. If your new goal has you trying new things, changing up your usual routine, or stepping way outside of your comfort zone – embrace it! People are meant to change and adapt and grow. This new chapter in your life could potentially become your next big adventure, so get excited about it and have fun!
Hello my lovelies! Let’s chat. It’s been pretty quite on Lets Get Fancy for the past few weeks, so I thought it would be a good idea to have more of a chatty-type post so I can share a bit about what’s been going on in my life. October was an exciting month for me. what with Diwali, Halloween, birthdays and all sorts of things going on behind-the-scenes. It’s been great!!
I’ve been focusing more of my time on d- cluttering and getting rid of any excess. This is something that I end up doing once of twice a year, but I’d really like to make the effort to make this more of a lifestyle change. I don’t need as much stuff as I have, and I’d like to stop wasting money on things that I inevitably never use. I’ve been going through all of my beauty products, office supplies, and home decor, and paring with anything that isn’t necessary in one form or another, Next up is my closet, and I’m looking forward to whittling it all down to fit on one rack.
India and its amazing culture…
For those of you who read my last post, I promised to make a following post about what I got up to on my trip to India so here it is…
What would a perfect two week holiday plan off work sound like? For some of us it would be spending most of our time in our bed sleeping! Well not me! I was on a 8 and a half hour plane journey to one of the most cultured countries in the world!
Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, also known as “The Pink City”. This was my first trip outside of Delhi. I went there with my family. The main attraction was the Amer Fort (also known as “The Amber Fort”). On our way we stopped to take a few snaps at the Hawa Mahal (otherwise known as “Palace of Winds” or “Palace of the Breeze”). This fascinating “palace” is a five story facade full of peep holes where the royal women would come and watch everyday life and special occasions concealed behind the wall.
I bet you’re wondering why it is called “The Pink City” well.. in 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour. Since pink denotes the colour of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of jaipur painted the whole city pink in colour to welcome the guests…. Isn’t that something ey!
I woke up at 7.30am to prepare myself for the once in a life time trip, to see the sunrise before heading off to see the famous Taj Mahal. The driver was right on time and we drove to Agra- a city situated on the banks of the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh, India. Agra is one of the most visited tourist destinations of India so by virtue of that one can visit anytime of the year here and still find a number of fellow visitors. After purchasing the tickets, I was told that no cars were allowed from this point on so I had to take a shared electric bus to the western gate of the Taj Mahal.
I heard many people grasped at the beauty of the Taj Mahal as they approached it. Hell, I even mumbled “WOW” without knowing. This place is just freaking BEAUTIFUL. This place blew all the other monuments I visited, and hands down one of the most memorable experiences I ever had! The Taj has a beautiful entrance. It is an ornately designed structure and a treat to visitors and photographers. It took us a while to cross the entrance to catch the hold of the white marble beauty.
Taj Mahal is believed to be build by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is a symbol of love and a world heritage site. The domed marble tomb is a part of an integrated complex of gardens and two red-sandstone buildings.
I was fortunate enough to spend some time visiting family in a small village in Kutch. Getting to experience the true village life is not something an outsider gets to do usually. The villages are small with roughly around 500-900 people. I could walk around its perimeter in about half an hour. Walking past the stunning yellow fields of mustard and vibrant green fields of various grain and vegetable crops and beautiful birds dancing along the rice paddles in the afternoon was a treat for a city slicker like me.
It wasn’t Idyllic though. A village is a noisy place and for many there seemed to be virtually no privacy. Each morning the sound of prayers beamed through the still fog before the sun had risen waking me up.
As I walked through the dusty village streets, houses were open and it was hard to find somewhere to look where i wasn’t infringing someone’s privacy. I am discovering privacy is not a luxury afforded to anyone in India, so it shouldn’t have surprised me. What does amaze me is how comfortable and free everyone seems with it, there is little concern for their own space. I watch people wander in and out of each other’s homes with ease and little fanfare. Its a community in the true sense of the word.
Lets not forget the ridiculously large amount of cattle roaming the village streets… A lot of my non-Hindu friends say “Why are there a lot of cows in India?”… weird question right? In Hinduism, the cow is revered as the source of food and symbol of life and may never be killed. However, many non-Hindus interpret these beliefs to man that Hindus worship cows. This is not true. It is more accurate to say that cow is taboo in the Hindu religion, rather than sacred. This is just one example of the misunderstandings people have about the Hindu faith.
For those of you who have not been to India… GO! Indian Culture is something which has now become renowned all across the world. We all refer to India and its culture as something very diverse and unique. Indian Culture is full of several unique customs and traditions, which outsiders such as city folks might find really intriguing. Most of these originate from the Ancient Indian scriptures and texts, which have dictated the way of life in India for thousands of years.
Guys… I can go on and on in this blog post. I had an amazing experience in this beautiful country and enjoy the snaps below.
“…and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”
India is one of the most popular destinations for backpackers, adventure seekers and people seeking spiritual enlightenment. Due to it’s vast size, rich history, copious transportation options, and cheap cost of travel, India attracts masses of tourists each year, all seeking something unique and different.
For those who don’t know me, I’m Indian and I have a fortunate opportunity to visit India with my family. The thought of going to India excites me because I have not been back in 8
years! A long time right!… Anyways, although I am excited, packing for a trip isn’t
easy for me. Packing your life into a backpack or suitcase for a indefinite amount of time is terrifying and overwhelming.
While packing strategically is important, India has endless amount of markets where you can buy clothes more fitting to their weather and climate. Leave room to buy a few clothes. Also, formal wear isn’t necessary. If you get invited to a wedding, ask the person who invited you to help purchase a sari. Pack things that dry quickly, because you’ll be hand-washing and line-drying your clothes: there are no washing machines or drying in most parts of India.
Leggings– These go perfectly under long, Indian-style shirts. They’re also modest enough to cover your knees and keep you cooler than jeans.
Scarves– Make sure it covers your head well. This is a necessity if you plan to visit temples. It also helps protect your head from the heat.
Shirts– Though India is hot, pack shirts that cover your shoulders and cleavage, especially if you’re travelling through non-touristy destinations.
Flip Flops– To protect your feel from grimy shower floors.
Tennis shoes, Chacos or Tevas– Something comfortable and cool you can wear for hours on end that can handle all kinds of terrain and a day’s worth of working.
Deodorant– India’s options are limited here.
Toothbrush and toothpaste– With something to cover the head of your toothbrush.
Diva Cup– Tampon variety is hard to come across, and the last thing you want to do is deal with pads.
Medication– Take an emergency stash of things to treat stomach ache, diarrhoea, constipation, colds, and headaches. Take sleeping or motion sickness pills if you;re the kind of person that needs them on bumpy bus rides. Buying things from the chemist shops is often a guessing game you don’t want to play.
Important note: I highly recommend visiting a travel doctor before a trip to India to get an update on medications that might fare useful while there.
Sunscreen– Pack a small bottle, but this can be purchased in India much cheaper than in the west.
Bug repellent– Mosquitoes are no joke! Protect yourself. Malaria is a real thing in India. (If you’re super paranoid, talk to your doctor about Malaria pills before you go.
Socks – I learned the hard way to always wear socks while travelling. Mosquitoes like to hang out underneath bus seats.
Shades– Protect your eyes from the harsh Indian sun.
These are some of the things you should take when you travel to India!
Look out for my next post that will be about my trip to India.
I don’t know why it took me until 2016 to get myself some Zoeva brushes but I’ve not looked back once!
For months now I have been bouncing back and forth to the Zoeva website to ogle the beautiful Rose Gold collection of makeup brushes. One glance would send most anyone into a fit of heart palpitations. With their faint peachy handles reminiscent of baby doll skin, and coppery rose ferrules. You’ll shoot your eyes out! With these brushes, who would even care?
I was going to get the eye set but the contour brush tipped it and I picked up the regular Rose Golden Vol.2. I loved the look of the eye shadow palette but after my Too Faced Chocolate bar and Urban Decay naked palettes I’ve put myself on an eye shadow palette ban! Seeing it all laid out like that made me acknowledge I have far too many…
I love a flat foundation brush so the Buffer was one I was very excited to take for a spin. Whilst it doesn’t quite apply to things as streak-free as my Real Techniques Stippling brush, it’s so incredibly soft and really gives you that flawless finish with a high coverage foundation.
126/Luxe Cheek Finish
The Luxe Cheek Finish brush I much prefer to the blusher brush in the original set. Personally I still prefer the one I have from Real Techniques as I often struggle to get a nice even application of blusher onto my skin and synthetic brushes seem to work better. Saying that, it’s still a really nice brush and the domed shape is different to anything else I own.
109/Luxe Face Paint
Luxe Face Paint was a large factor in me choosing this set so my expectations were high! I can tell you this does not disappoint! The squared tip is perfect for getting defined cheekbones and this paired with the Artist of Makeup contour stick is a killer!
A real highlight of the set for me was the Luxe Crease brush, which is the same shape as the crease brush in the original set but much larger. They’re both great to be honest, and despite the size difference I do tend to use them in the same way.
I originally use Brow Line for the eyebrow outline, however I’ve since discovered I prefer it for a more precise application of a powder. It’s not life-changing but it’s nice.
234/Luxe Smokey Shader
The Luxe Smokey Shader does the job it claims to. It’s perfect for adding the darker shade to the outer part of your eyelid and transitioning it into the other colours.
The Smudger is one that’s kind of hard to get too excited over, however it’s really nice for taking a darker shade across the lower lash line.
I do really like the Wing Liner brush but I was a little disappointed at the repetition. I wouldn’t use it for my eyebrows a this kit already has that base covered and unlike eye shadow brushes there’s not much call to have duplicates in your collection. Maybe if you use a powder/wax combo you could use a Brow Line for powder and Winged Liner for wax. If you don’t own the original it’s a great brush to get the perfect sharp wing look with cream or gel formulas.
A very slight criticism is that I’m not too wild about the metallic pink pouch this one comes with and I think it would’ve been nicer to have a soft faux leather finish in the powder nude colour of the handles. However given that it’s essentially free, I really can’t complain too much! I think there are some gorgeous little touches to these such as the engravings that you don’t get on the originals, however they are the same price.
For me, these are brushes for the beauty-lover. I wouldn’t really say that if you’re investing in your first proper brush set that this is the one for you, I’d probably recommend the original over this. As for which I prefer, I really can’t decide! They’re both great and I feel as if though Zoeva have been smart and picked brushes that add something extra to your collection even if you own the originals.
What Zoeva brush sets do you have?