Being a night owl – I stay up late because..

Lifestyle

Nightbloggers 🙋🏻 In need of some inspo. Go through this and see if it can do anything for ya. Have fun!

I have always been a night owl, and you’d think since becoming a parent I would have switched from night owl to early bird…but…I haven’t.
Well, let me tell you…

I stay up late because the allure of peace and quiet—while everyone else sleeps—is too appealing to miss out on.

I stay up late because the desire to have time to myself—to do whatever I want, without answering to anyone else—is too precious to pass up.

I stay up late because my passion for my work runs deep, and sometimes I just can’t seem to switch it off.

I stay up late because I want to finally start that book I bought a month ago.

I stay up late because I want a sliver of time to feel like “human-adult-me.” Not “mom-wife-me.” Just me.

I stay up late because I want time to let my brain think and process—without distractions and noise.

I stay up late because I can’t seem to be okay with the fact that I don’t get any time to myself during the day. Does time while sleeping count as “time to myself?”

These late night hours are my time to be selfish. To think of me—and me only. In this world of motherhood, we don’t often get time or space to put our needs first. Because throughout the day, the needs of others must be filled. But late at night, my people are all safely, peacefully sleeping, and I can focus on whatever is calling to me in the moment.

Source: mother.ly

Beauty – Updated Top Five Favorites

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Hey beauty addicts! Updated Top 5 current beauty, skin & hair favorites onto my story and beauty highlights..
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I make no pretenses that I’m some beauty guru.
But after a baby and months of seeing pictures of myself and thinking, “My skin does not look 21 anymore,” I decided I was ready to take my beauty and makeup routine a little more seriously. I don’t like wearing a lot of makeup and I really don’t want it to take up very much of my time, but after months of experimenting with some different products and slowly getting the hang of how to actually wear makeup like a grown-up, here are the five products that make me happy every single morning & evening.

There are so many beauty products out there and it’s fun to experiment. I always love hearing what people are using and what product(s) they just can’t live without. Don’t forget, I want to hear from you too, so make sure to SHARE yours in the comment section below!

Best

Sanchali xoxo

Saint Patrick’s Day – BSPCA Annual Dog Walk

Events & Experiences

Saint Patrick’s Day just got a whole lot better with some wonderful people and super cute pooches.

Be a best friend. Volunteer.
Every year millions of homeless dogs await their fate behind the chain-link walls of a shelter. Shelter dogs wait days, weeks, or even years for a home…and every day they wait for a walk.
Animal shelters are everywhere in every size, kill versus no-kill, privately owned or government run, and the differences go on and on. No two animal shelters are alike, but there is one thing that remains the same. Animal shelters are a second chance for our homeless pets.
Visit your local animal shelter to learn about volunteer opportunities.

It’s impossible to pick favorites when it comes to dogs. When it comes to sheer adorableness; however, these pooches might just rise above the rest.. BSPCA thanks for letting me be a part of this. Loved capturing the day.

Lots of love xxxxx

~Sanchali

Café Amsterdam – Enjoying the Summer Sunshine in Bahrain

Décor, Events & Experiences, Travel and Food

Located in Adliya alongside its sister restaurant La Vinoteca Barcelona, Café Amsterdam is based in a cozy and cute Dutch canal-style building reminiscent of the back streets of Amsterdam. The european architecture shouldn’t mislead you, this restaurant is located in the bohemian neighborhood in Manama, Bahrain.

In the heart of Bahrain’s fine dining neighbourhood, Café Amsterdam’s menu is built on modern European and New American cuisine. The menu includes innovative gastronomic creations, decadent desserts and original beverages. The award-winning Café Amsterdam offers a dining and nightlife experience under one roof with a sleek, state-of-the-art lounge, a bright and spacious glass conservatory and a lovely garden for al fresco dining.

Begin the day with breakfast in the light filled conservatory, lunch in the lofty dining room, after work in the snug and dinner on the expansive balcony overlooking the garden. Plus, catch all your favorite games in the sleek sports lounge!

I had my 9th brunch at Café Amsterdam, whose kitchen is now purring along at a consistently high standard. Stand-out dishes at this outing were dazzling Barley Salad, Risotto al Pesto with cream pesto sauce, parmesan cheese and charcoal grilled chicken and their Passionfruit Cheesecake. A technically demanding (for heat in the summer) pineapple, coconut cream and kiwi mocktail ”Prince of the Middle East” was superb.

Buzzing at nighttime with regular live music events in their garden area, this is the perfect venue to enjoy a fantastic atmosphere and unwind with friends. So whenever you feel a craving for a true Dutch experience, you know your place in Bahrain.

The entrance from inside the restaurant

Wanderlusting: contemporary restaurant design, so bright & pretty

With its wooden panelling and beautiful orange bricks, this interior gives a very welcoming image of the place.

Restaurant or Gallery? Art is served up

The European Landmarks

The Mesmerising Fireplace

My favorite click – Loving the wall mirror

Up the stairs to the bar

The live music section in the restaurant by the railing for best views

Enjoying my healthy Barley Salad with pearl barley mango salsa and thai dressing and my Prince of the Middle East (Mocktail) by Bartender Tanmay

My main course – Risotto al Pesto with cream pesto sauce, parmesan cheese and charcoal grilled chicken by Chef Rahul

My Dessert – Passion fruit cheesecake by Pastry Chef Ajith

Full of modern elegance, Café Amsterdam’s design and decor is a tasteful combination of cozy-chic art-deco reminiscent of the late 1920s period.

Family-friendly Friday Brunch at Cafe Amsterdam

Checking the chicken for my risotto. This was my first attempt with charcoal. The flavor was exactly what I had imagined: smoky

It was another hugely successful day with brilliant, tasty & professional looking food. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Restaurant Info

  • Serves Alcohol
  • Good for: Brunch and Dinner
  • Separate Smoking Available
  • Outdoor Garden Seating
  • Good for Groups and Business Meeting
  • Good for Bloggers and Writers
  • Private space for Reading
  • Live Music

For booking & info: Call 0097317007404

Website: http://www.cafeamst.com/

Instagram: @cafeamsterdam

Facebook: CafeAmsterdamBH

Hashtag: #cafeamsterdambh

Restaurant Hours

Sunday: 12pm-2am
Monday: 12pm-2am
Tuesday: 12pm-2am
Wednesday: 12pm-2am
Thursday: 12pm-2am
Friday: 8am-2am
Saturday: 8am-2am

Restaurant Menu 

A new experience unleashed – Silk-epil 9 Wet & Dry epilator

Events & Experiences

Braun celebrates the latest addition to the family “Silk-epil 9 Wet&Dry epilator” with an amazing, incredible ballet performance by pretty girls from Ballare Studio! Fell in love with the product at first sight. So will you !

@mannyleigh29 explaining to some of the bloggers (including me) & shoppers about the newly launched products!!

Honored to be a part of their celebration ✨ I so look forward to trying the new range of  super stylish Braun epilator.

Braun has done it again. Just when you thought that they have done pretty much everything in terms of design, power, and efficiency, they release the Braun Silk-Epil 9 series.

When I saw it in the event, I was in awe with it. I can’t believe that I never braved trying an epilator before now 😍

It’s ergonomically shaped. It’s really easy to hold, whether you’re removing hairs from the face, legs, bikini line, underarms and so on. It’s not heavy and its shape fitted right in the palm of my hand.

Price is not a constraint here – you just need to get the best one for a long time..

 

What Should You Post On Instagram

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What Should You Post On Instagram | 10 Ideas For Creating Original Content

NO 1. BEHIND THE SCENES

People are curious. By showing some of the work being done behind the curtain, you are tapping into their voyeuristic nature + allowing them to see something that’s not often shared. Maybe you give them a peek at your home office, or your business’ back-of-house that’s usually reserved for “Employees Only”. You could share progress of a current project, the making of a hair/makeup tutorial or take them behind the scenes of a photo shoot. Everyone wants to feel special + be granted VIP access, so this is a way for you to make that happen for your biggest fans.

NO 2. HIGHLIGHT A PRODUCT OR SERVICE

If you’re in business, you’re most likely selling SOMETHING. Whether that’s a physical product, or you offer some sort of professional service, you should find a way to show that off in an aesthetically pleasing way. The delicate art of being a business on Instagram is really in the balancing act of sharing + selling. Meaning, you can’t just blatantly blast your advertisements in front of your followers faces 100% of the time and expect them to stick around. Figuring out how to showcase what you offer in a way that fits naturally within the parameters of a visual platform, (like Instagram), and doesn’t feel like a constant sales pitch, is key.

NO 3. QUOTE OR INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

Think about your business’ core values, or your company’s mission statement. Is there some way to use words, maybe through pretty hand-lettering, or clever font pairing, to convey its message in the form of motivational, text-driven images? Maybe you have a well-known tagline or catchphrase that people already associate with your brand. With these quotes + phrases in mind, you can create your own text images fairly simply with apps like Canva or Pablo. Or, if graphic text elements aren’t brand-right for your business, you could still get really creative with how you share any message. Cut the words out of a magazine (ransom note style!), spell it with alphabet soup, or have an airplane write it in the sky… I don’t know, it’s your business, go crazy!

NO 4. FLAT LAY OR STYLED IMAGE

The most popular type of photo on Instagram (aside from the selfie) is the flat lay, sometimes referred to as an outfit grid (for clothing related images). And, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The product is laid out flat and the photo is taken from an aerial point of view. You can create a flat lay image with ANY product, not just clothing. In fact, I wrote a post about 5 ways to FLAT LAY here. As always, think about your personal brand + how you can best represent your product or ideas with this sort of composition.

NO 5. CREATE A CALL TO ACTION

A great way to engage + build community is by instructing your audience to provide you with a direct response. You could ask them a question with your photo + have them answer you in the comments, or inform them about your newsletter or most recent blog post, requesting that they visit the link in your profile. Create a contest or challenge + have your followers use a specific hashtag to track the engagement. Give your fans some instruction along with your images to create a more defined purpose.

NO 6. START A WEEKLY SERIES

Once you get into the groove, you may notice some photos seem to get more likes + comments than the others. If you track your analytics through a site like Iconosquare, you can find out what type of posts are most popular on your feed. Using that information, try dedicating a specific day to a more popular concept or photo theme. Think #throwbackthursday or #motivationmonday. This will help to take some of the planning off of your plate because the content for a particular day will always be the same theme. Come up with a specific hashtag for your series + allow your followers to participate as well. And this leads me to my next content idea…

NO 7. USER GENERATED CONTENT

This one is utterly amazing, because it requires VERY LITTLE WORK on your end. If you can get your followers to engage in your CTA (Calls To Action), or contribute to your weekly series, then you can turn around + use the photos that they create (with their permission, of course) on your own feed! All you have to do is track your hashtags and scoop up the photos created by your fans, to re-post on your account. This is awesome on a couple of levels. First, you now have totally free content that you didn’t have to create on your own (saving you a lot of precious time). And second, you can now give some of your loyal followers a huge public shout out! They feel good, you feel good. Everyone is virtually hugging, UGC wins.

NO 8. COMPANY CULTURE

If you are a solo-entrepreneur, it’s probably pretty easy to “seem” human on social media, because, duh, you ARE a human. Your audience is most likely aware that it’s just little ole you, running the whole dang operation. They see you as a person, and can easily relate to you on a personal level. But if you own a company with multiple employees, operating under a company name, being seen as “human” on social media becomes a bit more challenging. However, with the right content strategy, it’s not at all impossible. Businesses, large + small, can use Instagram to showcase their talented employees, share how they give back to the community, highlight causes they support and offer an inside look into what they are all about. People like working with + buying from PEOPLE. Opening up + sharing those culture-centric pieces of your brand builds trust and shows authenticity. In turn, it might actually end up being why customers choose to do business with you, as opposed to a similar brand that hides behind their company logo.

NO 9. SHOUT OUT

Social media is really about being social, and creating community. That is why it’s best to only use it for promotion + business about 1/3 of the time. The other 2/3 should be about the sharing the culture of your brand, engaging with your followers, + celebrating others (perhaps in your same field) that you look up to. Think about someone who inspires or motivates you + give them props on your own feed. Maybe you took someone’s webinar or just learned something extremely valuable from another blogger or business owner. Posting about people you admire on your account is a way to give them applause and say thank you, and it also allows your followers to discover them.

NO 10. RECOMMENDATION

A good recommendation can go a long way. You can share a product review, post an excerpt from a book you just read or recommend a podcast that you love to listen to. Sharing information like this, not only adds value to your post, but it also allows your audience to discover a little more about who you are. Of course, like all of the suggestions listed above, you’ll want to ensure that you are giving the right recommendations for your target audience. What you share should always align with your core values and relate back to your brand on some level.

Courtesy: etrend