Monthly Archives: April 2012

5 Ways Aloe Vera Can Help Your Skin

The aloe vera plant has been used in India for centuries in beauty, health, and medicinal purposes.  Its a common ingredient used in a lot of herbal medicines which are widely used throughout India and increasingly more so in other parts of the world. The cactus- like plant is grown in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, specifically. The juice from the aloe vera plant is even used in the treatment of ulcers, heartburn and other digestive disorders. Its very easy to find aloe vera beverages to drink in your local grocery store. Aloe vera gel also makes a wonderful alternative to using harsh creams with hidden chemicals on your skin.  Read on for 5 Ways aloe vera gel can be incorporated into your beauty regime!

aloe vera plant

aloe vera plant

1. Try it as a facial moisturizer

Aloe vera gel is great for your face to use as a moisturizer in place of other creams which generally contain a lot of oil or chemicals. Applying it prior to the application of make-up can prevent your skin from drying out. It also works well as an aftershave because its healing properties can help soothe small nicks that are often caused by shaving. Men can use it too!

2. Combat problems of skin aging

The vitamin C and E present in aloe vera gel can improve skin’s firmness, minimize fine lines and help with elasticity. Aloe vera is beneficial in stimulating the production of elastin and collagen which are necessary for preventing the aging of the skin. Plus it beats the price of some expensive miracle creams that are out on the market. One tip is to try using a little bit under and around your eye area where lines usually start to form or when you’re experiencing eye puffiness. Its very soothing and instantly relaxes your eyes.

3. Help control acne

If you suffer from the annoyance of acne, aloe vera gel is your friend! It has specific properties that kill bacteria plus it helps reduce skin inflammation. It also helps the skin to heal naturally with minimal scarring. Aloe vera gel is really good for oily skin types because it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling after application. Try mixing a bit of aloe vera gel with dry oatmeal for an all natural facial.

4. Reduce the visibility of stretch marks

Stretch marks can naturally appear due to a growth spurt, weight change, or pregnancy. These marks appear because of minor tears in the layers of the skin caused by sudden stretching. Aloe vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds when applied.

5. Treat a painful sunburn

Aloe vera gel can help reduce the pain that is felt on hot skin after a sunburn. The gel helps replenish and soothe skin that has become damaged and overheated. It helps the skin stay hydrated and supple so that it can heal faster from the sunburn. Slather it on after a day at the beach and your skin will instantly feel cool and calm.

Do you have any other tips on how to use aloe vera gel?


The Cocktail Ring: A Delightful Accessory

What Is It?
 The cocktail ring is an over sized and ultra dramatic piece of jewelry usually worn on the right ring finger or index finger. Some can be worn on the thumb as well. There’s no one set style for a cocktail ring and the possibilities in design and shape are endless. Cocktail rings can be worn at special occasions or as part of a casual jeans and tee outfit- there really are no rules because its meant to be a fun look. Best of all is cocktail rings come in so many different varieties and price ranges so you don’t have to spend a fortune on one if you don’t choose to.
A Brief History
 Cocktail rings first came into fashion in the 1930s during prohibition in the U.S. where women liked to flaunt them at illegal cocktail parties. The rings grew in popularity during the 1940s and 1950s, as cocktail parties continued to be popular events. Many people still wear cocktail rings with huge diamonds or other large gems for dressy events and occasions. You’ll often see celebrities wearing them at high profile award shows, like the Oscars, as part of their ensemble. The cocktail ring continues to be a fun accessory to help add some glamour to any outfit.
Tips and Tricks:
  • The bigger the better, and the more dramatic and unique, the better. Cocktail rings are an amazing conversation starter.
  • Less is more when donning the cocktail ring so be sure to keep the rest of your jewelry to a minimum if wearing any in addition to your ring.
  • You’re drawing attention to your fingers and hands when you wear a cocktail ring so jazz it up even more by polishing your nails in a complementary shade.
  • Remember to keep it elegant and only wear one cocktail ring at a time.
  • Cocktail rings are not restricted to evening events so switch it up a bit and try wearing a cocktail ring during the day to glam up a casual outfit.
  • Try sporting a cocktail ring with a little black dress or match it with one of spring’s brightly coloured dresses for an extra chic look.
  • Most of all, have fun wearing it and letting your quirky fashion side show 🙂
Which ring is your favourite?
green stylish cocktail ring
black cocktail ring
fuschia pink stone ring
cobalt blue round ring
square shape rose quartz cocktail ring
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Elephants and Jewelry

Recently it seems like we’re seeing elephants everywhere in fashion. We love that elephants are being placed on earrings, as pendant necklaces, as charms, on cuffs, in rings, and in just about any other type of jewelry out there.

Elephants have an incredibly long memory and are also often associated to wisdom, power, and royalty among other symbolism. Elephants are revered in India as well as in other Eastern cultures and are becoming increasingly visible in fashion in the same way that owls and peacocks have within the last few years. With safari and animal prints coming back into style in a big way, its only fitting that elephants are having their time in the spotlight!

Here’s a few pieces we hope to carry soon in our online store. Which is your favourite?

multi coloured elephant cuff

round elephant earrings

elephant embossed cuff

Kerala Vegetable Stew

For Easter this year, try something different as part of your feast. This coconut flavoured vegetable stew is delicious whether you’re vegetarian or non- vegetarian. If you like coconut, you’ll love this recipe! Its a hearty, healthy and flavourful stew from the South Indian state of Kerala, where coconut is found in abundance and is commonly used for thickening and flavour. Spices are often used- especially the hot ones! Decrease or increase your spices and chilies based on your preference. Enjoy!

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Kerala Vegetable Stew

4 cups chopped mixed vegetables (potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, and green peppers)

2 medium onions, sliced

4 tablespoons oil

4 whole green cardamons

4 whole cloves

1″ cinnamon stick

2 green chilies, slit

2 teaspoons ginger, cut into strips

1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed

2 cups coconut milk (canned, unsweetened, available in Asian markets)

2 cups water

A few curry leaves

Salt, to taste

1.  Heat the oil in a pan on medium level until it is hot. Add the green cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon. Fry for a few seconds. Add the green chilies, ginger and the sliced onions. Saute on medium heat for 2  minutes or until the onions are transparent and soft.

2.  Add the mixed vegetables, curry leaves, salt and water. Cover and cook on low heat for 15  minutes or until the vegetables are cooked.

3. Add the peppercorns and the coconut milk. Simmer on very low heat (so that the coconut milk does not curdle) for about 1 minute.

Serve with basmati rice.

green chili

fresh carrots

coconut milk

green cardamon

Fashion Poll- The Neon Trend: Do or Don’t?

We’ve been seeing neon colours all over the place lately and although the trend seems a little controversial to some, reminding them of the 80’s and 90’s, it can be fun and can look very chic if worn subtly- just don’t wear it head to toe! Pairing it with neutral colours such as khaki, light blue, navy, white or brown can help tone it down. The neon look is all about having fun however you decide to incorporate it into your wardrobe. We especially love the look of turquoise and orange or red together!

Is the neon look your cup of tea or do you feel this trend should stay in the past?

neon fashion trend

The neon look from the runway

Jennifer Lopez neon dress

Jennifer Lopez rocks the neon look in this bright dress