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☀️Summer Style Series : Jumpsuit Edition☀️

☀️Sunny days call for cool comfortable dressing like this chambray jumpsuit. Being petite and a little curvy it’s very difficult for me to find a jumpsuit that doesn’t make me look like chubby toddler sans the pigtails 😳. This one from old navy is a near perfect fit ( I had to do some alterations since it was pretty loose).

☀️Other than that it has everything that I want in a jumpsuit including a handy zipper at the back which makes getting in and out a cinch 👍🏼. For those of you who haven’t worn a jumpsuit before that entire thing needs to come off incase you need to go to the bathroom 😳and trust me you don’t want to get stuck in a jumpsuit when you really need to go 🥺take it from someone who has been in that situation 🤫So what’s your take on jumpsuits?

☀️Summer Style Series: Friday Edition☀️

☀️And it’s finally Friday! 🥳Normally during summer vacations the entire week is one big weekend. But somehow no other day but Friday actually feels like the weekend. Back to the photo: if you think I’m displaying signs of sleepiness you are actually right.

☀️This is a pre breakfast 🍳🍞most importantly pre ☕️coffee/chai picture. And regardless of how many showers🚿 I take or how much makeup I put on or how slick my hair is if I haven’t had my breakfast I will continue to look like I’ve just rolled out of bed🛏😴.

☀️On a different note I decided to try the color pink on for a change. Pink is also one of those colors I would normally avoid wearing mostly because I felt the color didn’t suit me 😳. Back to the outfit I’m wearing a hand block printed( a fabric printing technique from India that requires artisans to carve blocks of wood into intricate patterns then dip those blocks into vegetable dyes and transfer the print onto fabric in this case pure cotton). The pants are flowy, cotton palazzos which are perfect for this weather and I’m wearing my favorite style of flats the jutti/khussa in white with gold and silver hand embroidery 🥰. Cost of each piece between $25-$30 bringing the total again to under $100 for the entire look.

☀️A little BTS 🎬info: the heat was actually quiet bearable which was probably due to the fact it was only 10 am at the time and the sun wasn’t in its full blistering 🔥glory till then. So before that happens I’m off to enjoy the day and all of you have a happy friday😘

☕️Chai For One Please☕️

☕️Chai has become one of my favorite drinks ever since I became a proper adult has been a properly brewed cup of chai also known as karak and how my family calls it doodh patti ( tea leaves brewed in full cream milk 😋).

☕️Away from home there are very few places that do chai correctly either it’s too bitter😖, too 💧watery, too overdone with spices till it tastes like a herbal🍃 cough infusion 😳or just plain bland. Cupaghawa is one of those very few places that manages to get it right every time and if you pair it with one of their amazing milk cakes the result is deliciousness 🤪.

☕️So here is to chai fans everywhere hope your next ☕️cup is just as delicious 😋p.s (this is not a sponsored post I genuinely enjoy the chai and the desserts here 😋).

☕️P.P.S How do you guys like your chai? Share some of your favorite chai recipes (yes there is such a thing 😉) with me 😘

☀️Summer Style Series☀️

Hey Fellow Bloggers,

☀️Summer is in full swing and what better time then now to start a style series to give you guys some style inspiration that won’t break the bank and is effortless and weather appropriate.

☀️I love following style blogs but usually the looks they feature are so expensive or require so many buying new pieces each time to recreate the look that I frankly with my limited budget can simply not achieve.

☀️I also tend to remix pieces a lot😋 since it extends the usability of my wardrobe. Plus I don’t follow fashion trends since they tend to go out of style very quickly and you are left with outfits that aren’t trendy anymore. That not only is a waste of your money it also means you are contributing to the worlds🌍 ever growing landfills.

☀️To avoid that I buy pieces that I can mix and match to create different outfit combinations. Also I have recently started to buy handmade, pure cotton clothing. Not only is it breathable in this heat, purchasing from small businesses helps support local craftspeople.

☀️Today’s outfit inspiration comprises of pieces that I have had for several years : my ivory sleeveless top from Loft Petites. I bought this top 4 years ago and I have worn it countless times because it is such a neutral color that works with prints and solids beautifully.

☀️My flowy pants are from American Eagle and I got them on clearance 🥳. These type of pants are perfect for summer they are not clingy and are made of soft, comfortable viscose (not a pure fabric I know but it’s insanely comfortable).

☀️My shoes are from TrunkLane. These are hand made pure leather flats that feature intricate silver embroidery that blings out any outfit and are super comfortable as well. All the pieces cost less than $30 each. So this entire look is under $100 making it super affordable.

☀️Hope you guys enjoyed this first installment of the summer style series. Let me know your style ideas I would love to hear them😘

🍃Shopaholic Reviews: Booda Organics🍃

🍃Today I will be talking about the brand @boodaorganics 🍃. As you all know or if you are new will get to know that I’m a skincare afficianado😍hence I’m always on the hunt for all natural, simple & organic skincare. This time around since I was scheduled for a trip✈️ I wanted a no fuss, travel friendly, multitasking & affordable trio of products that lived up to their claims 😳tall order I know.

🍃The @boodaorganics did not disappoint : they are easy on the pocket under $25 for all 3 products. Are made from all natural🍃USDA certified ingredients: shea & cocoa 🍫butters, 🥥coconut, jojoba & olive oils & smell delicious (especially the lip balm and body butter) , the soap bar is unscented.

🍃Live up to their claims and reviews: the lip balm is super hydrating without being greasy or heavy, same for the body butter, the soap is very moisturizing. And finally they have multiple uses: the body butter I use as a face cream at night, as a lip balm, as a hand and foot moisturizer, I also used it on a cut when I had nothing else handy. The soap can be used as a shampoo as well ( only tried this on virgin hair so far not on my own color treated hair). The lip balm I used as a hand moisturizer once when I forgot my hand cream. Finally it’s super easy to travel with as it’s a no spill, easy to store packaging. Recommended❓ Highly❗️Repurchase❓Yes❗️

💦ShopaholicBlogs: Talks Face Washes💦

💦Did you know that the face 💦wash is not only the first step in your skincare routine it is also one of the most important❓

💦It’s the first product we use on our face to take off all the makeup, wash away any product residues and if you are in Dubai🇦🇪🌵 to wash away all the fine sand stuck to the oiliness so that there is a fresh, clean canvas to work with.

💦However the fact is that most of us are using face washes/cleansers that are unnecessarily harsh and strip our skin of all moisture causing our sebaceous glands (natural glands in the skin that are responsible for maintain healthy moisture levels) to go into overdrive and produce more oil to counter the effects of the face wash. This results in an over oily 😫T-zone area for people with combination or oily skin along with breakouts and for people with dry 🍂skin well their skin just cannot produce enough moisture to keep up with the drying effects of their face wash so they end up with guess what even drier, parched skin.

💦This nugget of wisdom might seem very strange coming from a person who spent her life washing her face with everything from LUX( I don’t care how many movie stars✨ endorse it, this chemical concoction leaves your skin looking and feeling like old , dried 👢boot leather 😳) CAPRI & TIBET soaps (same moisture leeching abilities along with a overpowering jasmine fragrance😷)before moving on to a seemingly gentler DOVE (I could never seem to wash that greasy feeling off) PEARS bar (I was so fascinated by the orange see through bar) and then finally becoming a “burger bachi” 😬(Karachi aur khaas kar ke Defence waaleh from the 90’s will get this reference 😉) and moving on to Clean & Clear and St Ives & Johnson’s face washes.

💦All of which were harsh, sulphate based (back then I didn’t even know what sulphate meant not that I ever bothered reading the ingredient list of it was available at AMI’s or AGHA’s it was imported and thus good enough😬).

💦Over the years I have become a 🤓savvy and informed consumer and I make sure I read the ingredients list carefully to avoid products that contain harsh chemicals like:

☠️Sulphates

☠️Parabens

☠️Propylene Glycol

☠️Toluene

☠️Synthetic fragrances

☠️Formaldehydeyde

☠️Triclosan

☠️Phthalates

☠️Ingredients like these are are skin irritants and they further aggravate your skin and have been linked to causing horrifying diseases like cancers and birth defects 😱.

💦After that shocking revelation let’s come back to the product review at hand 😋🍃The @Sukin brand is an Australian brand that makes plant based and gentle skin care. If you are looking to make the switch to a healthier face 💦wash that won’t cause a dent in your wallet this is a good brand to try. I especially like their sensitive cleansing gel because it’s soap free and doesn’t dry out irritate my skin like most face washes do. It also contains natural oils of avocado 🥑, green tea🍃 and cucumber🥒 to leave the skin soft and balanced. Plus it won’t leave your skin feeling dry and tight like most face washes do🍂 Win win✨ So try it out and let me know your experience with it 😘 Available at all Life Pharmacy stores in Dubai.

☕️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 😘