Friday, 4 August 2017

Best Carrier Oils for using Essential Oils

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By Tarry

Hola lovelies,

Thanks for showering love on the Essentially Aromatherapy series. Some of you wrote to me how these posts are helping you and I feel truly blessed.

As promised, here is the third part of the series, where I am writing about some carrier oils which are my favourite. Although there are many and sweet almond and olive work almost with every essential oil, yet here I am talking about carrier oils which are beneficial in themselves and adding essential oils only makes them even better.

Presenting my deets on
Best Carrier Oils for using Essential Oils

I have been using carrier oils from different brands and will be talking about brands which I have been loving. These brands are easily available online so there isn’t an issue with getting them in your hands to any city.
Here is my list of carrier oils and some blends which you can try.



Apricot Oil– This is one of the oils which I love. Although it has a raw, woody smell, yet love this carrier oil from Junaili a lot. In itself, it is an amazing hand and body oil and when added with essential oils, it works superbly. Best oils to blend with this are geranium, lavender, juniper berry and rosemary. You can read the complete review here. Buy online from here.



Jojoba Oil– This is one oil that is also called the magical elixir, reason being it has so many uses. Jojoba Oil works amazingly well for removing waterproof makeup. Yes! That stubborn waterproof mascara too. It is amazing for hair, specially super frizzy hair. Works best with essential oils like Lemongrass, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Lavender, Neroli and YlangYlang. Buy here.



Grapeseedoil – Often people confuse it with Grapefruit oil. This works awesome as a carrier oil specially for oily and acne prone skin since grapeseed oil is known for its astringent and toning qualities. Mix it with oils like Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender, Myrhh or Patchouli to make your own Oil skin serum that helps in toning and also, controlling excess serum. Buy here



Avocado oil – One of the most perfect carrier oils for hair. Just like the avocado fruit, the Avocado oil immensely works wonders for dry or damaged hair, and also coloured hair. Mix with Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Chamomile or Clary Sage Oil to make a hair mask perfect for coloured hair or dry, frizz prone hair and see your mane cascading away to beauty. Buy it here.


PEL SHOUT OUT
I love the carrier oils from both these brands. While Junaili’s Apricot Oil is simply the best and the purest I have tried so far, Nature’s Absolute also has a good collection. Pick a carrier oil according to your requirement, skin and hair type and enjoy the love of aromatherapy… Stay blessed…




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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

This designer fuses traditional with modern to create gorgeous attire

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By Tarry

Hi my beautiful people, 

I am back with my favourite column on the blog .... O Womaniya. 

Seriously, I will not fail to admit that I am in absolute love with this column. It makes me feel so proud of the women I have featured here. In their own special way, they have carved a niche for themselves and brought small, but significant changes in many lives. The change may be through fashion or through anything else, but it is visible. 

Today's edition of OWomaniya features a designer from Lucknow, who may not have a typical designer's background or style, yet she has creativity in her roots. And it is these roots which make Shikha Suri, the woman behind the label Carnations, so amazing. Fusing traditional styles with modern, Shikha creates designs that are just the best for any Indian woman. Read on... 

This designer fuses traditional with modern to create gorgeous attire 


The designer Shikha Suri in one of her favourite creations fusing Kalamkari with modern cuts

Tell us a bit about yourself
“I am a "going to be 40" creative enthusiast who likes to try out creating new stuff. A Master's in Clinical Psychology and Counselling, I belong to the city of temples- Bhubaneswar. Working with colors, using different materials to create something new has always appealed me. I have inherited this creative bend of mind from my father.”



How did Carnations happen? And how did the name come in?
“With my girl beginning to go to school, I had ample time which I wished to utilize. However, I wasnot keen on a full time job as that would have left family and home unattended. The work where I could use my creativity to its best, earn from it and at the same time manage home with ease was something I wanted and my boutique was just the way. My sister suggested the name Carnations, a flower that signifies freshness, luck, love and glory. We thought it would be just right as the first range was about introducing fresh patterns, designed with love and would bring luck and glory.”




Driven with the concept and philosophy of presenting exclusive designs, what does Carnations offer? How are the products created?
“The USP of Carnations has been- one pattern/ print in a single color for each dress. Till date there has been no repetition. The basic idea was exclusivity even if is a simple office wear or casual kurti or a tunic. At Carnations, every piece is as unique as you, the wearer.”





How has your journey been so far?
The journey so far has been a thorough learning experience. When you offer something to the masses,you need to first be open to learn, understand their requirement, in order to serve them right as per their choice. Since I was new to Lucknow, I had no clue of the dressing sense and style ladies carried
here. However, holding exhibitions helped me cater a vast section... from upper middle to elite class, from Punjabi's to Sindhi's, Agarwal's to Thakurs, Muslims to Christians.

What has been the happiest and most memorable moment in your journey with Carnations so far?
The happiest and the most memorable moment has been the 3rd year celebration of Carnations. Almost all my clients had dropped in for the party to wish me and celebrate my hard work. I felt blessed and swelled with pride as each one of them wrote a wish note for me. It was not just money, but love and relations that I had earned all this while.



Did you ever face any challenges in this journey? How did you manage to overcome them?
Everyone goes through challenges, I went met some too. But I’m thankful to my husband who has always being by my side and helped me overcome any obstacle. I had to go on and on, no matter what and probably this thought itself help me sail through any harsh circumstances.




What are your future plans for your venture of passion ?
My Ikat and Kalamkari collection was much loved and awesome for summers and monsoons. I am currently working on designing an all silk and velvet collection for the upcoming winters. Using gottapatti, zardozi and resham, the ethnic pieces are being designed for light to heavy parties. Apart from this an exclusive collection of only whites and blacks is in making too. Coming up is also Colorblock collection with kurtas, tunics and more.


PEL SHOUTS
True to her roots, Shikha Suri has been filling in ethnic colours in the lives of women who love her dresses. Fusing traditional with modern, she creates a style that perfect for the Indian woman. One can get in touch with Carnations on Facebook here or also through their instagram page here 




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Monday, 24 July 2017

Good food + good décor = Social Haus

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By Tarry

Hiya lovelies,
You know how much I love food. Yes, the curves on my body are quite a reflection but I love to explore new cuisines and even cooking is like a therapy for me. Serve me a good meal and I am sold!
Food and travelling are two of my biggest passions. When I used to travel loads for work, I always preferred local cuisine over anything else. And that is how I have discovered awesome stuff like momos, dosai etc.
In the last one decade, Lucknow has seen a host of eating options opening up. From starred hotel properties to brand chains to concept cafes, Lucknow now has it all. And interestingly, most of these cafes are being helmed by youngsters who want to offer the best of all cuisines to food lovers of the city. Almost each of them has found its niche clientele who love to hang out here and also, newbies who love to explore (like moi).

Here’s presenting my deets on
Good food + good décor = Social Haus



Now please don’t confuse this place with HauzKhas Social of Delhi. The name may be tricky, but not the place. Situated at Cyber Heights in Gomti Nagar area near Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, this one has ample parking space to hanging out with a bunch of friends or the one big happy family will never be a problem.

Firstly, let talk about the décor. Kudos to the owners for coming up with such a retro look. Wood has been used in abundance for the décor and the whole place, including the floors too. So women who love their heels can walk in style without worrying about tripping J.The outer area is well lit, so you can go on clicking selfies too. Both the private area and outer area have large screen TVs so if you want to enjoy a game with your friends, this is just the place. 

Now coming over to the food. Social Haus offers a mix of cuisine in terms of drinks and food. From pasta to pizza to kebabs to biryani, you can find everything here. I was super astonished to see the menu. Good the owners have kept it all to keep everyone in the group happy J



I picked a mocktail for starter. And since it was a sultry, no rains kind of a day, I opted for something cooling. I opted for a Grape Pineapple Mint Fizz, which was just perfect for the day. The mix was really refreshing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.



In food, we started with Nitro Ceaser Salad. Now this is your regular Caeser Salad with a twist. The base of the bowl holding the salad has Liquid Nitrogen for a cold smokey effect which looks and feels awesome. LOVED IT.




Next was Cheeseball Platter. Now cheeseballs have been my favourite since my college days and I love a good plate of cheeseballs. These were simply perfect to my liking… crunchy on the outside and gooey inside.
DO TRY THEM IF YOU LOVE CHEESE.



Next on my meal was the Tandoori Chicken Tikka platter. And those who follow me on instagram know how much I loved the tikkas. The platter has MurghMalai Tikka, Hariyali Tikka and Lahsuni Tikka and believe me, each one is better than the other. I loved the MurghMalai one the most. 
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR CHICKEN LOVERS.



The next three dishes were more like main course. PANEER SHASHLIK SIZZLER for those who love sizzlers. Filled with veggies, this was a filling platter and the taste was good too. DO TRY IT OUT.


I love my pizzas and when I got a chance to enjoy a handmade crust pizza, I could not leave this chance. The Spring Vegetables And Mild Cheddar Cheese Pizza issurely a must have for you if you love pizza not sinking in cheese. The crust was crunchy and so were the veggies… SIMPLY PERFECTO!

Now I know there are die hard Biryani lovers too and Social Haus does not disappoint them too. The Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani may not be as spiced as its original Hyderabadi brother, but does give a good spicy feel.
DO TRY FOR THE TASTE.

BTW, if you wanna keep updated about the happenings and events at Social Haus, check out their instagram page. Also, don't forget to review them on Zomato if you visit the place.

PEL FOOD-O-METER
Ambiance – 5
Food taste – 4.5
Location – 4.5
Service – 4





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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Some essential oils for your monsoon woes

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By Tarry

Hola lovelies,

Finally, it’s monsoons. Although monsoons does come with loads of good things, some not-so-good things also happen in monsoons. The rains bring with them skin and hair issues, apart from diseases and even smelly homes.
Thanks for all the love you guys showed on the first part of the post on essential oils for summers. This post was supposed to be the second part but then, monsoons arrived and I decided to shift to monsoon special oils instead. These oils will not only make you feel better, but even your homes much nicer in monsoons.

Presenting my deets on
Some essential oils for your monsoon woes







These essential oils are something which can be used irrespective of the season. But they work wonders especially in monsoons, during the damp and humid weather.

Here is my list of essential oils and some suggestions to use them too J



Rosemary Oil – This is another versatile oil and it works wonders especially for hair. Monsoons mean sudden hairfall and greasy hair too. Add 10 drops of the oil to 100 ml shampoo and wash your hair regularly for lesser hairfall and clean scalp. Use it in a carrier oil for a nice champi in monsoons to calm your senses. You can also dab it onto your skin with a cotton bud for breakouts and see a reduction overnight.



Lavender – Now this is one of the most versatile essential oils. Lavender can be used all seasons but works amazingly for monsoons. The best thing about lavender is that you can use it directly too since it is a light oil. Have a breakout – apply a drop with a q-tip. Insect bites - use lavender oil to heal the itch and the also, ensure that there is no scarring as well. Dry patches? Add lavender oil to a carrier oil and apply at night. Room or cupboard smelling of dampness – Pour a few drops of the oil in a cotton pad and keep it anywhere in the room and cupboard for a nice, calming smell.



Eucalyptus oil – This is one my life savior oil. Monsoon means sudden change in the temperature. From hot and humid in a minute to cooler temperature with rain… monsoons are so unpredictable. And of course this a havoc for those suffering from sinusitis. Keep this oil handy and pour a few drops in a hanky and sniff it the moment you feel drowsy. This really works. Want to keep insects away – Make a concoction of 200 ml distill or filter water and 25 drops of eucalyptus oil and 10 drops of lemongrass oil and spray it on curtains and corners of your house to keep insects at bay.


PEL SHOUT OUT
I have been using oils from this absolutely awesome brand called Nature’s Absolute. Check out their facebook page and instagram page for more. You can buy these from Amazon at some awesome discounted prices. They are pure and really good quality. Plus the bottle comes with a dropper without any extra cost, which gives you handle the quantity well. I am really impressed by the quality. Stay tuned for part 3, where I will talk about some carrier oils I am loving. Do try these.



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Friday, 30 June 2017

New Menu additions at Atrium, Hotel Levana

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By Tarry

Hiya lovelies,

This year summer is so unpredictable, isn’t it ?Everytime the temperature soars, there is a major dust storm. But one thing is for sure, summer and especially the scorching part of it, keeps us majorly indoors, right!
So when you want to hang out and have some good time with family, what do you do? Most would opt for dining out at a place where you love the food. Well, Lucknow has a lot of options for good food, in a perfectly air conditioned atmosphere.
Atrium, the 24-hr dining facility of Hotel Levana, is one such place. Situated in the heart of the city in Hazratganj area, Levana is a perfect for those who want to enjoy a nice meal out. Recently, Atrium introduced a new menu for the food lovers of Lucknow, adding the best of world cuisine, especially Pan Asian. The menu boasts of some known and some lesser known deligts, cooked by team Atrium under the watchful guidance of Chef Khemchand Godiyal.

Presenting my deets on

New Menu additions at Atrium, Hotel Levana




The new menu consists of around 10 snacks, 10 dishes in the main course and 2 new desserts, Apple Pie and Tiramisu. Chef Khemchand has tried to make a heady mix of almost all different cuisines from across the globe. In starters, the best includes African Chicken Skewers. A North African dish, this is chicken marinated with ginger flavour and grilled on a hot plate. For vegetarians, do try the skinny potato dip which has a nice cheesy dip.
For main course, one can try dishes like Grilled Garlic Prawn, Chicken Hong Kong and Tea Smoked Chicken. The last one, a French dish, has mild tea fragrance for a different kind of experience.
The vegetarians can try Baked Lasagna and Baked Cannelloni, which is a stuffed pasta roll. The ala carte menu also includes some all time favourites like Greek Salad (one of the best at Atrium and perfect for summers), kebab platter and Hawaiian cuisine platter. Here are some amazing photographs of the food, clicked by my bestie NaeemChishti.   













And here is team Levana.... 
 






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