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☀️ShopaholicBlogs Saturday Musings ☀️

I love brick walls💞I love the texture, the imperfections, and the warmth they bring to a room. When I was little I used to imagine creating my own city where all the buildings would be built out of bricks and not a single house or building would be rundown( this was usually when we would going past Gizri market and I would see all the debilitated buildings). Fast forward to now I have abandoned the idea of building my very own brick city (it was a tad ambitious and required trillions of dollars which let’s admit it i’m not getting my hands on anytime soon 😋💸) so I now dream of owning my own home which will of course have exposed bricks either inside and on the exterior if I can afford it💸. Nevertheless every time I come across a brick wall I always take a picture of it and save it so when the time comes I’ll have a variety of brick patterns and styles to choose from 😋. Also getting back to today’s picture isn’t today the most amazing weather a Desi girl could ask for?😍 It’s a breezy, cloudy day perfect for striking a pose in 🤩. Which brings me to the all black outfit. Black I feel is such a versatile color that lends itself to any style of dressing be it causal, formal and even on days when my hair is acting like a b**** I find when I put on a black outfit I somehow end up looking pulled together and fabulousHere I’m in my favorite breezy black top with lace detail from the @loft petites collection paired with printed pants from @oldnavy petites. The top has a knit back which makes it a perfect go between for causal and semi formal meaning I can throw on some slacks and accessories later and be ready for a night out while keeping it chill for the day in my printed pants☺️ How do you guys style your blacks?

☕️ShopaholicBlogs @PappaRoti ☕️

☕️Any trip to Dubai Mall for me is so not complete without a refuel at @papparotiuae 😋☕️ ok so I’ll admit it as much as I love my lattes, (that is from my years in California before that the only coffee I knew was the Bahadurabad wali Nescafé Espresso which was actually frothy milk with instant coffee and a drizzle of cream on top in a stryrofoam cup that I would always invariably bite through it was so flimsy 😳).

☕️I am at heart a huge chai fan ✨and I don’t mean the overly sweet westernized chai latte or chai tea mainstream coffee chains try to pass off as a weak replacement of the real thing, by which I mean quintessential Desi Doodh Patti –chai☕️

Ok for people that don’t know chai means tea, so when you call it chai tea that literally means tea tea 🙄. It’s just chai people just ask for chai any Desi will get what you are saying, on the other hand if you ask them for chai tea they will just look at you like you like what the F***🤨.

☕️My love💞and insatiable craving for chai is something that I have inherited from my mother👩🏻 who needs her two mugs of steaming, burn your tongue off, rich, creamy doodh patti chai (my mom is a chai connoisseur guys) And while I may not be as picky when it comes to my cuppa I have to admit a poorly made cup of tea does piss me off 😡.

☕️Which is why I was thrilled to bits when I chanced upon the papparoti franchise 🤩. Not only do they have mouth watering buns (read calorific disaster which will require atleast 2 hours in the gym not the measly 30 min jog that I kid myself into believing will burn off the 1000 calorie damage I do when I eat out 😖). They actually have proper Desi chai ☕️🤩I mean the real deal with elaichi and saffron versions 😍 in a proper mug ❣️not a 2 sip and it’s empty measly tea cup I mean which legit Desi, brown person drinks chai in a dainty tea cup??

☕️And no I’m not referring to the “cutting chai” I never really got the point behind that one to be honest 🤨. Ok so back to the topic ➡️this is the as close as you will get to the beloved Desi doodh patti that you get at the chai dhabas at Bukhari guys trust me on this👊🏻this chai is mom approved ✨( I brought her here in her last trip and after she berated me about how she could make chai for the whole family for a week back home at the price of one cup here) she proclaimed it delicious😋So it not only has my approval it has my moms seal of approval which basically means this place has it’s very own desi moms version of a Michelin👩🏻‍🍳 star🌟. So what are you waiting for❓Head on over for a bun and the yummy milk tea and take your moms too 😘

Tips for staying healthy🍎 & fit💪🏼 in Ramadan 🌙

🌙Hola Loves❣️

🌙How is everyone doing❓ First I want to wish a very happy & blessed Ramadan to everyone ✨💕 and second getting on with today’s blog post how to stay fit and healthy during this month. Now to those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of Ramadan let me explain briefly here: Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims all over the world in which they abstain from eating and drinking from dawn⛅️ till dusk🌜. That’s sunrise and sunset in layman terms 😋. Depending upon where you reside in the world that could mean anywhere from 15-19 hours of not eating and drinking 😳. So it’s very important that you focus on your diet and lifestyle during this month to ensure you stay healthy. Most of us tend to look at fasting either as a way to diet or an excuse to over eat and neither approach is correct.

🌙Instead a balanced approach to diet and exercise ( yes you read it correct the first time exercise during fasting) will make the period of fasting easier on your body. So let’s start with the tips you need to know to make fasting a better and healthier experience for you:

🌙1- Eat a balanced 🍎🍞🍳diet- Fasting is not a free pass to eat like a glutton. Instead of loading your system with greasy🍔, fried🍟, sugary 🍩foods just because you abstained from eating all day will only make you a) take in excessive amounts of fat and calories. b) make you feel tired and inadvertently gain weight instead of loosing.

🌙Here is what you can do instead :

  1. At suhoor ( beginning of the fast ⛅️) Eat foods are that are high in energy and low in saturated fats. Start off your fast with fresh juices or fruit, dates, complex carbs like oats, whole meal bread, proteins -eggs so that you have lasting energy to get you through the day. At iftaar ( breaking your fast) try to eat less of the fried foods ( I know eliminating them completely might be a death ☠️ sentence for most people ). A pakora ( fried batter dumpling) or two and a samosa ( fried dough dumpling) or two should be enough, try not to make a meal out of it though. Instead eat a well rounded meal consisting of whole grain carbs, veggies and lean proteins (your digestive system will thank ✨you)❗️
  2. Stay hydrated 💧. Between the hours of suhoor and iftaar try and get between 4-6 glasses of water. I know some people say 3 liters of water but those people are crazy 😵. You know what happens after you force yourself to try and drink that much water after fasting for 15+ hours and then eating ❓ 🤮 that’s what happens either that or your stomach balloons up to resemble that of a pregnant lady completely with water sloshing around 🙄. So be sensible ✨Don’t let yourself get dehydrated but don’t go crazy overboard either.
  3. Lastly try incorporating a workout routine. I know it sounds nuts but trust me fasting is a great time to burn some fat. Since you are not eating your body had to rely on it’s stored fat for energy. You have to be very careful though that you don’t over exhaust yourself or get dehydrated. Workout in a well ventilated cool place, wear loose comfortable clothing, keep cardio limited and focus more on strength and toning🏋🏼‍♂️ workouts. Pace yourself during the workout and take breaks as needed. Pick a time that suits you for some people it’s right before iftaar, for me it’s somewhere during the morning around 9-10 is when I have energy to spare.

🌙 Well guys those were my tips for staying healthy and fit during Ramadan ✨. I hope you guys find them useful and do let me know in the comments what are some tips and tricks you use❓

Until next time loves 💕❣️

✨Shopaholic Reviews: The HydraFacial✨

Hola Loves 💕!

💫It’s a new year and we are already nearing the end of January😱 time it seems is literally flying 🛫. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are working hard at your new year resolutions. I’m not so much a resolution person myself I find being sporadic tends to work better for me. All of my best laid plans have a tendency to go awry anyways 😒.

💫So back to the topic I’m totally not a facial kind of person I hate being touched and honestly I have yet to see a facial do miracles 🙄. However the “HydraFacial” had me intrigued. The idea of not having my face polished, scrubbed and shined like shoe leather 👞 (which is exactly how I describe typical facials😋) is what appealed to me. The “HydraFacial” uses a patented vacuum technology which creates a vortex effect that easily dislodges and removes impurities while simultaneously hydrating the skin with tailored serums and potent antioxidants. Add to that the fact that it’s favored by top Hollywood celebrities ✨i was totally interested in booking myself a session. 

 💫However that was easier said than done, the HydraFacial is a very costly 💰indulgence so after looking around for months for discounts I finally found an awesome deal that I just couldn’t pass up😍!

💫The TaoSpa at Jumeirah Mall were offering an amazing 50% off to try the HydraFacial for the month of January 🎉✨! Since my skin was looking unusually lack luster and tired and it was the new year I decided it was the perfect time to renew and refresh ✨❣️ 

 💫The mall has plenty of parking which is always a relief and the spa will validate your parking as well. The spa itself has a very Asian inspired decor. 

  💫Upon entering I was asked to fill out a short form and then I was escorted down a very dimly lit corridor to my treatment room. 

 💫Once I was comfortably lying down I was covered with a towel and we went over my areas of concern: dullnes, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores 😳 enough to make a girl blush 😩)!

💫Back to the facial !The HydraFacial is a five step process: Vortex-Exfoliation™, Vortex-Peel™, Vortex-Extraction™, Vortex-Boost™, and Vortex-Fusion®. It typically lasts an hour but they also have the express option which takes just 30 mins.

 💫It begins with the therapist cleaning your skin using a special cleanser.  

 

💫This part is done by hand and to be honest it was a tad bit reminiscent of the traditional facials I have had in the past 😱. Thankfully it lasted only a few mins and then we got started with the high tech stuff 😬. For each process the therapist used a different colored sterilized tip. The first step was the vortex cleansing and exfoliation. 

  
💫Your therapist will customize the vacuum suction based on your skin type. My skin is very sensitive so the suction was adjusted accordingly. The wand head simultaneously deposits the cleanser and sucks out the gunk from your pores.  💫The process is not the least bit uncomfortable all you feel is the cooling sensation of the cleanser/ serums and a light suction from the wand. After each step the wand tip will be rinsed and changed but the process will be the same: application of product followed by suction.  Before the final step my therapist applied protein mask around my eyes while she proceeded to apply the vitamin serum.  
 Yes I look peculiar I know 🤫. And here is me post the treatment tada✨ 
 💫My skin looked fresh, felt squeaky clean and baby soft 💕😱! FYI I’m not wearing any makeup here 😬 aah my dream of being able to face the world bare faced was finally coming true 😍❣️.

💫To sum up I would highly recommend the HydraFacial ✨it is recommended to get multiple sessions to see the full benefits. Alas ☹️ owing to the exorbitant cost that might not be a possibility for me atleast for the time being . That being said I would definitely try the HydraFacial again if I happen to stumble across a bargain deal 😘.

That’s it for this blog post my loves 💕! Thanks for stopping by❣️

Shopaholic Presents : Closet remix OOTD✨

Hola Love Bunnies💕!

✨Today’s post is one that I love putting together for you guys!💞. It’s the OOTD❣️Nothing makes me happier than dressing up and posing for the camera 😍📸! I love putting together outfits and matching accessories and it’s always a challenge when you are trying to put together a different look using the same pieces from your wardrobe . 

✨So today I’m going to show you an OOTD using the same dress that I used previously in one of my OOTD’s and show you how awesome it looks styled slightly differently this time. I’ll link back the original OOTD post as well so you can check back and see how I originally wore this dress 😘. (Just click on the blue OOTD😘)So here goes guys my closet remix OOTD ✨! 

     

   ✨Outfit deets:
Dress : Loft

✨Shoes: Aldo

✨Bag: Kate Spade

✨Shrug: American Eagle 

✨That’s it for today’s OOTD ❣️ Hope you guys enjoyed reading it let me know in the comments😘 and let me know how you remix your closet 💕!

✨Until next time loves! 😘💋

Shopaholic Reviews: Shirley Conlon Body Butter🍃

Hola Love Bunnies🐰!

🍃Hope you are all doing awesome! I have been fairly absent from blogging lately 😖, but I have been so bogged down with studies I simply couldn’t find the energy to pen down anything for the blog 😩.

🍃Anyways I’ll try to be more regular starting today and you guys can expect to see a new post every week 😬. So today’s post is a product review featuring a local Dubai brand : Shirley Conlon Body Butter.

 🍃I can across this brand when I was searching on Instagram for locally made organic skincare products. I had run out of my diy body cream and the ingredients to make any more batches😓. So while the new ones were on the way I needed something to keep my skin moisturized💦. 

🍃The hard water 💧and dry ☀️weather makes for really itchy and dry skin here in the UAE. So long story short I placed an order via the website and a week later my product was delivered. I paid 140 aed which is around $38. Steep 💸 I know 😓 but the product sounded promising so I figured maybe it would be worth it …. Not!

🍃First off the Body Butter was more like body oil 💦it was totally melted and had leaked all over the plastic container it came in as well the packaging😡. Which was annoying but I figured ok it’s a natural product they don’t use chemicals or binders so no big deal I’ll keep it in the fridge to harden up. Now please note it was listed on the website as a whipped cream consistency. 

🍃However once I took it out of the fridge it had solidified into a solid block 😳. So I figured never mind I’ll keep it out at room temperature which in my house is around 24 degrees 🌡celcius and it will soften up. Guess what? It turned back into a melted mess again! 😫 I was like what on earth?! I paid💰 that much for a tub of oil?! 

🍃Part of me wanted to chuck it out because I was totally frustrated by that point. I mean if I wanted a body oil I would have just gotten one that was just that: an oil! 😖. I didn’t want to call them and complain because they had taken over a week to ship out the damned thing with no communication in between whatsoever, so I wasn’t expecting any amazing customer service from them anytime soon.

🍃So here’s what I did instead I had about  half a jar of my diy cream left so I melted  my cream and mixed it with the tub of Shirley Conlon Body Butter/Oil 😒 and cooled the lot together in the freezer for a few mins and then whipped it with my handy little mixer into voila : a cream!😍 And it worked ! I had a jar of creamy body butter at last! 🎉

🍃Whew! I was so thrilled ! I was honestly pissed into speechlessness when I saw what I had received from the company. However a little ingenuity on my part saved the day, my cash and the product😇.

🍃Here is the finished version of the body cream or butter I chucked the offending jar of Shirley Conlon out and reused my old diy cream jar 😍.  

  🍃Doesn’t that look creamy and delicious❓😉. I’m so happy it worked out in the end 😇. Would I recommend Shirley Conlon products ? No way! I think I’ll stick to making my own creams from now on ✨.

🍃Have you guys ever bought any products that were total disasters? Let me know about them in the comments section 😘.

🍃Until next time loves 💕💋!

Story Time With ShopaholicBlogs: Featuring Crappy 🎁 Gifts!

Hola Love Bunnies 🐰🎁💕!

Today on the blog its story time ! So get into your PJ’s , get comfy and hit that play button😘 because today we will talking all about the not so joyful experience of receiving totally terrible presents 🎁😖

As always your comments are always welcome so share your gift receiving stories with me right here 🎁! & don’t forget to share, follow and subscribe!