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207. Antiquity behind Beauty Spot


Always wonder why mom used to keep a spot with black kohl, on my cheek or towards left of left eye. She always said its a beauty spot which makes you look more beautiful and keeps you away from evil eyes. I had this spot throughout childhood in my make up. And gradually stopped keeping it myself.

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Surprisingly I never thought of it until few days back when I heard about Roman’s were using patches. History says the beauty patches are ancient. They are used from Egyptian times, initially its used to hide the scars and patches on their faces. As time passed, (considered from 18th century) the functional purpose of patches turned into fashion.

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Initially  taffeta was used to make little plasters and was cut into different shapes.  Shapes were the crescent moon, the star, different flowers, and even animals or people.  The face looked like a shadow-play performance.

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Their positions on the face varied.  There were, however, some favourite places.  The seven principal ones were:  at the corner of the eye, la passionnee;  la galante, in the middle of the cheek;  la baiseuse, at the corner of the mouth;  on a pimple, la receleuse;  on the nose, l’effrontee;  la coquette, on the lips.  A round patch was called l’assassine.  At one time, women wore patches circled with diamonds on their right temple.

(Source: http://marilynkaydennis.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/the-fashion-of-beauty-patches/)

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Few antique Patch Boxes!!

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206. Freaking Corset


I recently discovered Cathie Jung’s corset in one of my classes. It is so shocking to believe that someone have a 15” waist. Yes its totally true, the smallest waist belongs to Cathie Jung (USA, b. 1937), who stands at 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) and has a corseted waist measuring 38.1 cm (15 in). Un-corseted, it measures 53.34 cm (21 in).

[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/smallest-waist-living-person/]

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Her interest in Victorian dresses and corsets inspired her to do this on aging 70 years old body. I feel it as ironic and extreme experiment to prove one’s enthusiasm over Victorian dresses :/

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204. Ganesh Festival


Had a blessed and colorful Ganesh festival celebrations. Lil hard part was, where I had to bug darpan to do pooja (worship God). And finally he did a wonderful job….

Hope you all had colorful and happy Ganesh Festival……

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It is a big satisfaction, when your dishes turns out perfect….The Naivedyam was perfect on time and was tasting good too……:)

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Dressing traditionally during festive times adds perfect ambiance for colorful day…..I Love this saree…

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Fun and serious part comes where we have to do ‘Utt Bhaits’ (Hindi word). We do these in asking forgiveness for out mistakes to lord Ganesh. I’m not sure whether the lord he is taking this seriously or not, but I definitely follow this every year to have some fun………:P

I used to make fun of my dad all the time. Now I’m making fun of Darpan. I’m so bad sometimes………..

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202. Awesome Yosemite


Hi all, I have had an awesome and lively long weekend. Trip to Yosemite is one memorable excursion. Though the rim fire tried to grime Yosemite, it was looking gorgeous as always and is still a most spectacular national parks.

The giant sequoias, huge glacier point, never ending trekking to Nevada falls, tiny ground squirrels, intelligent coyotes, gazing mule deers, beautiful sunset, unexpected rainbow @ vernal falls & more and more made my trip beautiful and unforgettable. I never seen such an amazing sunset ever. The most exciting adventure was zip lining. I never imagined myself so inspired and fearless.

The only thing upsets me now is, being a lazy photo clicker. I was more into fun than taking pictures this time. But of course, have few clicks, hope you like them.

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Tiered of trekking………

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Unexpected and Beautiful rainbow @ Vernal falls……..

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 Awesome sunset ever…….

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198. Raksha Bandhan


“Rakhi” festival of relationships between brothers, sisters, cousins and well wishing soul mates.

I’m missing this auspicious day from years, but of course I send my wishes and rakhi through snail mails.

Though this is not the raksha bandhan day officially, I celebrated it today wishing my all cousins and praying for their well being. And asual every year routine, I tied rakhi to my bestest soul mate GOD(Sai Baba)…..

Wish you all Happy Raksha Bandhan…….

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196. Spicy Ginger Dipping


Spicy sweety soury acrid ginger chutney fills my everyday snack time. This multi flavored chutney can be a great dipping and side dish for a meal.

Take equal proportions of ginger, jaggery, tamarind, red chillies.

Soak tamarind, break jaggery in small pieces and grind all 4 ingredients into a semi solid mixture.

Take a hollow pan, add oil. Once the oil is heated up, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and curry leaves. Then add the grinded mixture. Be careful while adding the mixture as it splatters. Add salt for taste.

Once added, keep frying the mixture in oil with constant stirring. The color of the mixture changes to light brown to dark brown losing its raw scent.

Then the Ginger Chutney/Dipping is ready to serve.

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195. MOD TEX Photoshoot


Photoshoot @ Recycle and reuse clothing store, ModTex produced by Dynamite Editorials was an amazing exposure for all fashion professionals.The event was colorful, busy and well executed. All booming fashion professionals like photographers, bloggers, stylists, jewelry designers made this event look crisp and fresh.

Dynamite Editorials is a fashion editorial production company developed to educate young fashion professionals.

I was glad to be the part of this great photoshoot. I was assigned to style Samantha Plan for the photoshoot. She was the host for the videos and the model. She was looking stunning with each look. Respite, I just loved the store Mod Tex. Their idea of buy sell trade process inspired me.

Special thanks to Tauna Carson and the team of Dynamite Editorial for giving me the opportunity.

Few of my mobile clicks…….

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194. Hawaii – 5th Day & Shopping


Wonderful shopping bliss for unique and one of a kind collectables. I could not resist myself, explored every market place and had the best one’s in my cart. Prices seem high but never forgot about the bargain market for affordable prices.

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The best hand carved Manaia pendents……

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Best pearls from Na Hoku…….

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Superb bargain market…….best beauty fairing for affordable prices…

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Loved these beautiful coral jewelry………

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The bestest creative art I ever seen…….awesome petal garlands…….

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193. Hawaii – 4th Day


What to say about the Polynesian Cultural Center, it is one fantabulous attraction of Hawaii.Had living experience on 4th day @ Wonderful Polynesian Cultural Center with 7 Polynesian cultures, lifestyles and traditions. Blending with island natives in their actual world was amazing.

Spent entire day in this lovely place but never ended up feeling bored. Each hour kept going interesting meeting native Polynesians, learning their unique culture.

Enjoy my pics you guys…….

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“HA: Breath of Life” is truly breath taking show in the end of the day and feels as perfect dessert after delicious island dinner.

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192. Hawaii – 3rd Day


This post winds up the 3rd day which is our anniversary in Hawaii. Started the day early with excitement for the special day. As planned started to visit the pearl harbor/US Arizona memorial and it was very touching.

As the time was nearing to reach Hawaiian evening, I was super thrilled for Ali’i Kai Catamaran cruise dinner. Fun filled sunset cruise journey with delicious island flavors was never forgettable. It is something that I’d like to remember about the day for ever.

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