Right Accessories – Make a Good Impression

Jewelry, Lifestyle

Two of my favorite fashion quotes revolve around accessorizing and they are good guidelines to follow:

“When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” –Coco Chanel.

“Last thing on, first thing noticed.” Carson Kressley

Dressing for success includes your outfit, personal grooming, and accessories. Clients and business associates pay attention to details, and so should you. Even the ring you wear says something about who you are.

Pulling together an overall corporate image is especially important for work-at-home mom bloggers, and business women who work from home. To get big contracts, you need to appear successful. Looking ill-groomed or like you just came from the grocery store, conveys a message that you may not take business meetings seriously.

Following tips for adding accessories to your business or blogger wardrobe will help you look your very best.

Jewelry

Rings, bracelets, and necklaces can make or break an outfit. The most important thing to know about jewelry is to not mix your metal colors. If you are going to wear silver-colored jewelry then wear all silver-colored. Note that this doesn’t mean that your metals must all be the same. If you are wearing a white gold ring but it matches your silver pieces this is perfectly all right.

When first exploring the world of accessories, you will tend to over-do it and wear too many. For the fashion initiate here is my rule: you may wear one ring, one bracelet or watch, and one necklace at the same time. Either buy the most expensive pieces you can afford in your budget or pieces that are extremely inexpensive but meaningful.

Scarves

It is fine to wear tasteful scarves in the business or blogger events; just make sure they are accessory scarves and not winter wear.  Tie your scarf in an infinity knot or go with a simple knot — resist the urge to be trendy and tuck it into your belt.

Choose colors that complement your overall look and not that compete with it.  If you wear a chunky scarf, size down your jewelry (and skip wearing a necklace).

Watches

The world of watches can be profoundly confusing and expensive if you don’t know what to buy. I am no watch expert but I suggest if you can afford an expensive watch you can’t go wrong with any well-known brand.

Purses

Purse colors should coordinate with your shoe color.

A good purse should be small or medium, but easy to open in case you need to find an item inside.
Accessories like makeup, jewelry, and even your journal and pen should not be overlooked. They are tools that you can use to convey a positive and winning message about yourself and your ability to succeed.
Not everyone is this calculating in their decisions, but everyone looks at outward appearances and makes quick judgments about what the little things say about a person. When developing your personal sense of style and fashion, you should not overlook the value of accessories. These are the last items you should be putting on when dressing, ACCESSORIES.

 

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

English Breakfast Tea

Lifestyle

5 reasons why drinking breakfast tea is scientifically good for you

Tea has been around for yonks, but it can do much more than just perk up your morning commute. So if tea is the only thing that will perk you up in the morning, throughout the day and well into the night, worry not – because here are five great reasons to drink more of it.

1. IT CAN DE-STRESS YOU (AND KEEP YOU LOOKING YOUNG AND TRIM)

A recent study by UCL suggested tea may make your cortisol levels – the stress hormone that contributes to belly fat and makes your skin age quicker – spike less. The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, found that people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute. Furthermore, the study participants – who drank a black tea concoction four times a day for six weeks – were found to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a stressful event, compared with a control group who drank the fake or placebo tea for the same period of time.

2. IT CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE

A researcher at the Boston University School of Medicine conducted a study of 70 people with coronary arteries that were at least 70 percent blocked. After drinking black tea (English breakfast tea is a black tea blend) instead of other beverages for four weeks, blood vessel functioning improved by nearly 50 percent, leading Dr. Vita to conclude that drinking tea can prevent or reverse some types of artery diseases and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. They concluded that this is because tea’s concentration of flavonoids, plant compounds that behave as antioxidants, prevent the formation of plaque in artery walls.

3. IT CAN PREVENT CANCER

Drinking English breakfast tea might also keep cancer at bay. Researchers at Rutgers University identified a compound in black tea known as theaflavin-3′-monogallate, or TF-2, that caused colorectal cancer cells to destroy themselves without harming normal cells. In addition, they found that TF-2 suppressed Cox 2, a gene that is often associated with colon cancer.

4. IT CAN INCREASE YOUR MEMORY, FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION

Got a big presentation coming up? Drink a cup of tea before you head into the boardroom. Extensive research has shown that the combination of caffeine and L-Theanine, a naturally-occurring amino acid found in tea, improves reaction time and memory, while increasing focus and concentration.

5. IT CAN LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL

Want to lower your cholesterol? Drink tea. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that black tea consumption may help lower cholesterol levels in high-cholesterol adults. The study, conducted on 15 people over the course of three weeks, found that five servings of black tea per day lowered total cholesterol levels by 6.5 percent.

Article from standard.co.uk/lifestyle

Taking a Dip

Events & Experiences, Travel and Food

☀☀ During summers, pool parties are the only best way to beat the heat whilst party hard!

As summer season has hit most of the countries, you would be flooded with pool party invitations. Pool parties have always tempted and mesmerised party animals! It is fun and relaxing to hang out with friends inside the pool with a bottle of beer. However, pool water has chlorine that can damage your skin and hair. So, before heading for a water based party, you need to take some preventive measures to look perfect for the party. Party freaks need to know some smart tips to maintain themselves while partying like a rockstar!

Wax ——- Before hitting any pool party, you must wax your body so that the exposed skin doesn’t look ugly!

Sunscreen ——- If you have a pool party in the daytime, the scorching rays of the sun can tan you and make you look dull and dark. So do not forget to apply a sunscreen before going to the party. No matter what skin tone you have, always apply sunscreen and apply it often. Sunscreen is your most valuable investment and you can’t go wrong with multiple applications throughout the day. The sunscreen application is easier than ever when you use the spray sunscreen. And for those of you who want to tan, it is a total myth that you can’t tan while wearing sunscreen. You will not only tan through sunscreen, but you will keep your skin healthy! (Priorities, people!)

 

Know how to swim ——- Better yet, know how to dive! This will come in handy when the rude kids dare you to jump off a high dive.

No hairstyle ——- If you try some tricky hairstyle for the pool party, all the hard effort will go in vain once you jump into the pool. So, do not bother about your hairstyle.

Clean nails ——- This is one of the most important tips to remember before going to a pool party. Cut your nails to avoid hurting yourself, look clean and also maintain hygiene.

Sunglasses ——- Grab a sexy pair of sunglasses and you can enjoy the party to the fullest. Use plastic ‘glasses’ for drinks as broken glass is not what you want to have to deal with. You really should make sure your sunglasses protect your eyes from both UVA and UVB rays. The UVA rays penetrate deep into your skin, hitting the dermis, while UVB rays usually burn the first layer of skin. By any means, your eyes also fall victim to the sun’s strong rays and deserve the same kind of protection that your skin does.

Extra clothes/swimsuits ——- Before jumping into the pool, you need to keep a stock of fresh clothes. You cannot roam all around or return in wet clothes. So, carry extra clothes with you. You really don’t want to forget this! Be sure you take along an easy change of clothes, and a swimsuit cover up, so you can be comfortable before, during and after the pool day.

Slippers over heels ——- At pool parties, wear something that makes you feel comfortable. Wear slippers as they are waterproof and won’t even damage easily.

Wear a swimsuit you are comfortable with ——- There are tons of styles out there. The most practical of them all is probably a sweet heart neckline or straight neckline tankini swimsuit. A tankini is like a bikini except it has a full tank style top instead of a undergarment style top. Wear your swimsuit to the party, underneath your clothes or cover up.

Pack a tote with essentials ——- Carry along with you a strong roomy tote bag containing some stuff. Here are the basics:

  • 2 towels- one to dry yourself and one in case your towel is wet and you jumped back in the water
  • A water bottle. You have to stay hydrated to keep your fuel up. Try to get the reusable ones. Be eco!
  • A hairbrush or comb, to brush out the wet ratty hair.
  • A spare change of clothes in case your other gets wet.
  • Personal items

Jewellery ——- Prefer minimal jewellery as your expensive assets can fall off while you are busy enjoying the pool party. Take it off before throwing yourself into any games.

First Aid kit ——- Your first aid kit should be specific to these pool days, and you can take it around with you from pool party to pool party. The contents of the first aid kit should contain:

  • Petroleum jelly for cracked skin relief
  • Aloe for sunburns
  • Waterproof bandages
  • Insect repellant
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Ear drops and eye drops

Now if you have all of these items ready you have passed the poolside preparedness test! You are completely ready for fun in the sun – be sure to work on that cannonball form, too! What are your favorite items to take to the pool? What are your summer plans? Share in the comments!

XoXo

Sanchali

Courtesy: ticketbox

Gibson Through The Lens

Events & Experiences, Hotel, Travel and Food

Gibson Through the Lens kicked off at Tease & Oval Lounge, Vivanta by Taj –  Gurgaon; admission is free and open to all between 12pm-12am. Gibson Through The Lens has already exhibited to high acclaim in London, Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Los Angeles.

The exhibition debuted in India at Wink, Vivanta by Taj – President, Mumbai before moving onto 4 more Vivanta cities – Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Gurgaon.

The world-class photographic exhibition comprised of 60 vintage and rare photographs of the World’s Greatest Guitarists. It was an highly acclaimed and historic, musical photo exhibition and it displayed rare visuals of the world’s most iconic artists enjoying private moments with their Gibson guitars, be it backstage, on the tour bus, at home or live on stage. The exhibition showcased the works of thirty of the world’s most respected rock photographers including Baron Wolman, Neal Preston, Mick Rock, Bob Guerin, Ross.

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For further details, visit www.gibsonthroughthelens.com

Thanks y’all for dropping by my blog. Any and all feedback on it is welcome. Until my next post take care everyone and come back to blog.

XOXO

~Sanchali

Light and Décor

Décor

Dress up any corner in your home with these subtle elegance display of t-light or sphere candle holders. These simple accessories can really defines and add to the styling of a space within your home.

Code No. SANDW1 Rs. 3,150

 

The Yellow Door Buddha Lamp Golden

Rs. 3,150

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANDW2

Code No. SANDW2 Rs. 3,999

 

Jalicut Brown Candle Holder

Rs. 3,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code No. SANDW3 Rs. 1,664

 

Glass T-Light Lamps Set of Three Pieces

Rs. 1,664

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANDW4

Code No. SANDW4 Rs. 1,499

 

Grill Wall Art

Rs.1,499

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code No. SANDW5 Rs. 1,199

 

Beautiful Lotus Platter

Rs. 1,199

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code No. SANDW6 Rs. 2,449

 

Angel Wings Candle Holder

Rs. 2,449

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code No. SANDW7 Rs. 1,899

 

3 Monks Candle Holder

Rs. 1,899

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code No. SANDW8 Rs. 1,799

 

Beautiful Five Arms Candle Holder

Rs. 1,799

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code No. SANDW9 Rs. 1,495

 

Froggy Tea Light Holder

Rs. 1,495

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code No. SANDW10 Rs. 990

 

Bird Cage Candle Holder Pink

Rs. 990

Prolong The Life

Artist

Friends, this post is about sharing my experience as an Art Collector and how to preserve these fine artworks to make them long-lasting and durable. The Paintings you see here are by Dhananjay Mukherjee, a contemporary artist from India. He participated in more than 110 Group shows and 24 solo shows in India & Abroad. His paintings are basically a judicious mix of the abstract and realistic forms. His thoughts stem from unique imagination, which combines the real natural world with the artistic & creative world.

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Krishna @ 16, Acrylic on Canvas, Size 24 x 24, Price on Request

As mentioned earlier, I am going to share a few maintenance tips which will help you keep your artwork alive for a longer period of time. Owning an expensive painting for your home or office is a matter of pride. But to make this long-lasting and durable art a part of the family for generations it needs proper care and handling. And preserving an artwork is not at all a difficult task provided you follow all the guidelines.

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Buddha_4, Acrylic On Canvas, Size: 12″ X 15″, Price on request

Art always represents something unique and beautiful deserving of special care. Artworks may be masterpieces or done by upcoming artists, the support used may be paper, canvas or cloth, whatever the medium involved all artworks need to be cared for in a special manner. Paintings require and demand care if one wants them to keep giving the viewing pleasure for many years to come.

Like the setting for a diamond, the frame around a work of art is the finishing touch, the element that completes and elevates a painting, presenting it to the viewer in its best possible light. Framing, however, is an art in and of itself, and just as a good frame choice can greatly enhance the appearance of a work, a poor frame choice can drastically diminish a work.

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Santhal Lovers, Acrylic On Canvas, Size: 34″ X 32″, Price on request

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Shiva3_1, Acrylic On Canvas, Size: 12″ X 15″, Price on request

Key Facts to preserve artworks:

-Avoid direct light, frame artworks using a UV-coated or no-reflecting glass.
-Do not place paintings near a heat source or air-conditioning vent.
-Mitigate the effects of pollution by framing all works using acid free mounts and boards.
-Never spray insecticides near or on stored artworks.
-Regularly inspect and clean stored artworks.
-Place paintings flat in a crate while storing.
-Never spray cleaning agents directly on a painting or frame.
-Remove mold using a soft brush and low suction vacuum cleaner.
-Be very careful while moving artworks.

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The Tree Of Life, Acrylic On Canvas, Size: 22″ X 30″, Price on request

Potential threats to artworks:

-Light: When placing lights make sure that it does not reflect on the artwork, this is the ideal distance to be maintained. Also avoid direct sunlight by not placing the works opposite windows which not only could fade the paint but also discolor the paper.
-Humidity: It is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid conditions. Fluctuations and extremes in temperature and humidity levels can have a detrimental effect upon the preservation of archival materials.
-Pests: Regular inspections of stored collections provide the cheapest and safest method of safeguarding against infestation. Screening on windows and doors will aid in keeping out larger pests. In addition, fresh flowers and plants should be inspected before being placed in the vicinity of your artworks.
-Mold: Areas of high humidity and damp are highly susceptible to damage by mold growth. Any appearance of mold must be immediately removed; the best way is to use a soft brush and low suction vacuum cleaner.

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Mayavi 20, Acrylic On Canvas, Size: 16″ X 16″, Price on request

 

This post is dedicated to Art lovers and upcoming artists. Please send me a mail at email2sanchali@gmail.com along with a link to your blog/website/online portfolio if you wish to put up few more key facts to preserve artworks. Any feedback, critiques or comments are welcome. You can purchase our paintings by simply popping me a PM or leaving your comments below. Until my next post take care everyone.

XOXO

~Sanchali

Lord Buddha and the Lotus Flower

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Code No. SAN007 { Rs. 17000 }

I spent the last couple of days on a couple of paintings that had a deadline date, good art and artists can take their own sweet time, that’s kind of part of the deal. But we sold three of our paintings last month ( yah! ). We have some exciting exhibitions lined up for the next couple of months (with more to follow). Looking forward to these exhibitions and some greatest works of art.

For the moment, sharing one of my most loved paintings from my hand-picked collection!! … Lord Buddha and the Lotus Flower symbolizing wisdom, compassion, divinity purity and contemplation for spiritual lovers.  They’re the perfect way to add some spirituality to your everyday decor!

I have to admit, this painting looks great. You can purchase our paintings by simply popping me a PM or leaving your comments below.

XOXO

~Sanchali