Nov 23, 2012


Karthigai is celebrated in November in Tamil Nadu to wish a very happy birthday to Lord Murugan. He happens to be my favourite God and it always cheers me up tremendously to celebrate his birthday by lighting diyas. This time however, I will be in a hotel room so though I look forward to burning some BBW candles, I will still miss the diyas. If you are here in the US and are looking to celebrate this festive season, you can find some hidden gems in unlikely places. Here are a few of my favourites from Etsy-

I really admire this creative cookie cutter. And the icing is brilliant. I always marvel at how simple an idea is and how much of a visual impact it has. Click here to buy this cookie cutter for $12.

Diyas are so pretty by themselves. But place one in the middle of this readymade rangoli and you have a masterpiece in your door step. Buy this rangoli pattern here for $28.

Worli painting is so great on a votive holder because, a painting based on silhouettes will look absolutely gorgeous when lit within, right? Buy it here for $8.23

Flickering fire on a glass lotus floating on water is just a beautiful sight to behold. Multiply it by five and you have quite the show. Buy them here for $14 each.

I'm sure you can find the traditional Indian goodies in an Indian store but I love mixing and modernising the old and new. How do you put a foreign twist on your desi traditions?

Nov 15, 2012

Just right!

Since I moved to the US, the prevalence of gigantic grandfather clocks on delicate lady wrists has always been baffling to me! Maybe I am exaggerating a bit but the boyfriend style watches are really not my thing. Still my funky watches never look great when I'm attempting to layer bangles and bracelets. So for the longest time I have been hunting for a perfect sized watch. I found not one but two watches that suit my needs perfectly.

The first would be the Michael Kors mini "Runway" watch 

The mini has a 33mm watch face which is perfect for my small wrist. I am a yellow gold type of girl but this watch looks best in rose gold one me. So if you have similar colouring to mine, I urge you to try out a rose gold watch. It looks beautiful. Buy it here for $250

This is a comparison of the mini, mid size and regular "Runway" watches. 33mm, 38m and 42mm watch faces.

The other watch that I loved and most probably am going to buy is this one - 
Its the Fossil mini Stella watch with a 30mm case. Buy it here for $115

Both watches are really beautiful and look great on darker sin tones too. And the rose gold looks great with yellow gold and silver accessories, in case you were wondering!

I would very much like to know, what watch do you have right now? And what watch are you coveting?

Nov 14, 2012

Warming up!

Hello! Hope you had a fantastic Diwali! If you follow me on twitter, you might have noticed my scented candle diyas. Its just a small indication of how much into scents I am recently.

I wanted to list a few of my favourite Bath and Body Works candles. I have walked by the store many many times always plugging my nose because the scent is just so strong. Then along came a Facebook offer for a free mini candle. And once I went in to claim that, I was flooded with more offers. So it was very clever marketing on their part. They turned me from a hater to a maybe fan.
I really love medicinal smelling or woodsy or very mild floral fragrances for the home. I absolutely hate the cranberry, cupcakey, "smell and get diabetes" ones. (Unfortunately that's exactly what my husband likes.)  If you have a preference similar to mine, you might like these  -

The stress relief eucalyptus candle is my hands down favourite. It has a strong smell and I find it so calming. On a cold day, with this scent, you can close your eyes and almost feel like you are in the Ooty hills. I swear, this is the exact scent you get. The spearmint serves to keep the eucalyptus from getting overwhelming. Buy it here for $19.50

A lot of people say Fresh Balsam smells just like a christmas tree. I don't know about that but it does smell so leafy and fresh. Definitely a must try! Buy it here for $20.00

Do you like woodsy scents and your hubs likes sweety sweets? This is the solution. The cranberry is not overwhelming and neither is the woodsy undertone. I'm still not a huge fan but its the perfect compromise! Buy it here for $19.50

And just to be different - you guys probably know that I don't drink coffee but I love, love, love the smell.  This candle was made for people like me -

Absolutely amazing coffee fragrance. Buy it here for $20.00. You can buy any of these candles in a smaller size for $10 each or minis which are 2 for $5.
I'm really curious as to what are your favourite home scents. Not just in BBW. Please tell me whatever fragrance you like. I'm eager to give it a sniff!

Nov 13, 2012

Happy Diwali!!

A very happy Diwali to all of you! Have fun and be safe on this beautiful day!

Nov 9, 2012

Crave/Save - Neon striped top Take 2

Do you guys remember the J.Crew neon top for which we found an Old Navy look-alike tunic version? Well, what do you know, Gap - Old Navy's richer cousin released a very similar look but as a sweater.

So this is the original - Its now sold out in J.Crew.

Here is the Gap version -

The Gap version has light grey stripes as opposed to black It is also a sweater with 67%acrylic and 33%Nylon. The Gap sweater also comes in blue and hot pink which feature black stripes and are available for purchase here for $49.95 with a 30% discount with the code GAPFRIENDS.
The sweater is so much better for fall/winter and the colour would just be bright enough to liven up a dreary day! I always wonder - Do you like to wear colours like hot pink and bright yellow in colder weather or do you prefer to go more muted?

Update: Thanks to Meenakshi for this tip. JC Penney has a simlar t-shirt for $16. Availabe in hot pink, neon yellow and blue! Click here to shop!

Nov 6, 2012

Home purchases!

I visited TJ Maxx for the first time this last week. They have so much pretty stuff that I had to make some  quick purchases though I had planned not to buy anything.

Both are tabletop sized and so adorable. They had the usual patterns of pink, polka dots and paris but I chose to go with these poppy patterned ones. I plan to keep our gifts and souvenirs in the chest and store my jewelry in the cute pullout drawers. The chest was on clearance for $7 and the draw were $12. Pretty cute storage options for under $20 IMO. What are your favourite haunts - online/offline to find unique stuff? I would love to find some more home stuff! Thanks for reading!