Three Indie Jewelry Brands You Need To Check Out

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Photo by Avantgarde Concept on Unsplash

I am a big jewelry junkie; I love collecting earrings and have been doing so for over a decade. I still own pieces from my school days as I treat and care for my earrings with love. As much as I love mass-produced jewelry from HnM and Forever21, statement pieces have my 💓. 

Nowadays, I source a lot of my jewelry from Instagram vendors; I discover Indie vendors either organically or through amazing style divas like Kri, Sharmita, Sushmita. Buying from Instagram based Indie vendors ensure that you own one of a kind head-turner piece of art. Though slightly on the pricey side, the quality and craftsmanship are incomparable.

Bhavya Ramesh Jewelry


Indian-inspired, finely crafted silver jewelry with angular, and unusual shapes, that's how I would define this brand. I discovered this brand through Naina Ruhail when she wore one of the brand's pieces for Lakme Fashion Week. The earring I own is called "Honey Bee 🐝". The earring is set in silver and gold tone, and the finer detail on the bee, be it the double wings or the antennae, is very intricate.

Price Range: $$

Buy Fromhttps://bhavyaramesh.com/


Acov


'Geometric shapes, light-weight, affordable', my choice of adjectives for this brand. Started by Blogger, Vishwa Bhavsar, the pieces are youthful, and fresh. I discovered this brand through Propshop24 and later started following them on Insta. I am a huge fan of geometric jewelry, and Acov's pieces are a gorgeous statement by themselves.


Price Range: $

Buy From: DM in Instagram

Aham Jewelry


Heavily influenced by southern temple jewelry, this brand provides a ton of pieces to choose from. The jewelry is majorly set in silver. They have an extensive online website and you can definitely find a piece that fits your budget. Some pieces are heavy, while some are dainty, suitable for office or brunch. The main USP is that the pieces are unique and limited in number.


Price Range: $$

Buy Fromhttps://ahamjewellery.com/

I will share my favorite Insta brands in a monthly series. Check out these amazing vendors and do let me know how you liked them.

Netflix Shows Worth Checking Out

Monday, March 18, 2019


It IS 2019, and Netflix and Chill (Ignore the literal meaning) is a phrase by itself. Netflix India offers a wide variety of shows that fit anyone's bill and you, your chacha and your mausi are sure to find something you all like. I share my Netflix account with the Husband. When it comes to TV shows, we are like US-North Korea, sorta like 'Love-Hate' relation. While Mr. G's account is filled with Politics (House of Cards) and Law dramas (Suits), mine is more here, there and everywhere. I am a mixed bag, I alternate between silly teenage drama (sigh! young carefree days) to sci-fi to documentaries. Here are some lesser than famous shows that I recommend.

I will share my favorite Netflix documentaries as a separate post.

Sense8

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The series follows the lives of 8 individuals from different parts of the world connected to each other mentally and emotionally. The 8 individuals are birthed by a woman called Angelica, who later kills herself in an attempt to escape from the villainous, Whispers. The eight eventually discover they now form a cluster of "sensates": human beings who can sense and communicate with each other, and can share their knowledge, language, and skills. What interests me, is the treatment of each subject, their individual journey. The show touches on LGBTQ rights, interracial relationships, and has some very raunchy moments. The show takes you through the beautiful landscapes of Iceland, to the streets of Bombay, to the poverty and war-ravaged land of Africa to the underbelly of the German crime syndicate. The show was axed after the 1st season, but Netflix decided to bring in a 2-hour long special finale based on demand.

Little Things

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The great Indian Urban Love Story through the eyes of the two protagonists, Dhruv and Kavu as they navigate through their everyday lives and love on a common basis of attraction: Food. The series is split into two seasons, while the first season focuses on "The Little Things That Make Me Fall In Love With You", the second season is a reality check on the Mills and Boons love. The characters are very relatable, fresh and so real.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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A dark take on the very popular 80's show, 'Sabrina, The Teenage Witch'. The story follows the main character, Sabrina (Half-witch and half-mortal) and her family and friends as she is on the path of darkness. The story is filled with S*thanic rituals, occult practices, and dark action. The story of Sabrina as a teenager, trying to follow what her heart wants all the while trying to respect her roots is quite interesting. Also, threatening her little bubble of peace is external forces trying to create havoc in the mortal world.

You

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The physiologic thriller with your upper east end's favorite dude, as a creepy bookstore manager falling in love with one of his customer, an aspiring writer, Beck. The story is narrated from the character, Joe's point of view. The point of view, however, is so twisted, every situation is narrated to suit his fantasy. Removing every obstacle between him and his object of obsession, the thriller is more disturbing than fascinating.

Black Mirror

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Played out, in the Black Mirror ecosystem, where technology and science rule your every move. Spread over 4 seasons, each episode is a story by its own. Each story is a grim look at the reality of how technology is taking over our lives. The latest in the series is Bandersnatch, an interactive, 2-hour episode that is sure to blow your mind. Some of my favorite episodes are White Bear, Arkangel, Shut Up and Dance, Be Right Back, and The Entire History of You.

Umbrella Academy

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The new age superheroes fighting their own vices.  Five superheroes reunite after learning about their adoptive father's death. This series is based on a comic book of the same. Out of 43 children born on October 1, 1989, by women who at the beginning of the day had no clue they were pregnant, seven of the children are adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves and turned into a superhero team. Growing up in a dysfunctional family, each superhero, named, Luther (Moonboy), Diego (Kraken), Klaus (Seance), Allison (Rumor), No. 5, and Vanya (White Violin) has to form an unlikely ally to save the world from an apocalypse.

Do you have any Netflix recommendations for me? Leave it down as a comment!

Looking Back at My First Sephora Order

Thursday, February 28, 2019



First time shopping from Sephora US is always special, especially for a makeup-crazy consumer like me. Back in 2015, the Indian beauty market didn't have much options as far as international makeup was concerned. I placed my first online order in 2015, and shipped the item to G's cousin's place.


And! my first order was rejected! My Credit Card was rejected as the order was above 100 dollars. Later I figured out the whole loophole of placing smaller orders of lower values. Let us go back in time and see if any of the items are still in my Favs list after 4 years!

Order 1



Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette l $54 (Discontinued)

The kit contained 5 eyeshadows, bronzer, blush, highlighter, lipgloss, eye pencil, and mascara, all packed in a rock-heavy packaging.The eyeshadows were beautiful, and the kit did have some stand out product like 24/7 Glide on Pencil that I used and abused. The whole packaging was very bulky and after 2 years, I passed it on to my little sister.

You can read my complete review here.

Samples

The samples however, I do own both the perfumes in full size; I even finished my bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume.

Order 2




Urban Decay Brow Box l $30

Favs? Ooh ya! Urban Decay Brow Box is an absolute gem. I am on my second brow box. The brow powder is my perfect eyebrow color, has mini tools that can be a life-saver on the go. The only gripe? "PACKAGING". The old packaging is similar to the NARS one, means, after a while the rubberized packaging starts to stick. Urban Decay has released V2 of the brow box and this time around, the new packaging is plastic. They have also introduced new shades to cater to wider consumer base.

You can read my mini review here.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Spooley 7 l $18

The ABH Brush is a must-have, especially if you are using the brow pomade. I hardly use it nowadays, as I have switched to UD brow powder. However, I do feel, there are other brushes in the market that serve the same purpose at a much lighter price tag.

You can read my mini review here.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit l $40
 
I have hardly used this kit. God knows why, I placed the order for this one. Not that the product itself is bad, but I hardly could use the whole kit. I just wanted a good contour product and this kit was in rage at that time. I had ordered Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection, the first time around but later, changed the item and ordered this. I have now de-cluttered the item from my vanity. With experience, I much prefer a single item that does the job than use a heavy and bulky item (kit). Currently, I use Too Faced Chocolate Soleil as my choice of bronzer.

You can read my mini review here.

Order 3



Tarte Poppy Picnic Palette l $38 (Discontinued)

The Tarte palette was such a stunner. The product is too old to use and hence sitting pretty on my vanity. I used to use the brown shades (eyeshadow) for my eyebrows back in the day. The blush was a little light for my skin tone (sparkly dusty rose), but still pretty. I don't own any other Tarte palette but I am a convert Tarte Blush addict.

Benefit Bronze of the Champions Kit l $32 (Discontinued)

The palette is definitely geared towards a light to medium skin tone consumer. With my first Sephora order, the whole idea was to get maximum bang for my bucks and I ended up choosing kits. When saw this kit in real life, not one item in this kit caught my fancy. The much raved Hoola Bronzer was literally a NO-SHOW on my face. The What's Up highlighter was so hard that it would hardly apply smoothly on my face. 'They're Real' mascara was the only saving grace in this kit. I still regret this purchase to this day. It was not a bad kit in theory, but certainly a flop show in reality.

So, have you used any of these products?

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