~ Tips on how to stay refreshed this summer!!

Tuesday, June 20th 2017 is the 1st day of summer this year, even though Houston’s temperatures have been soaring high already! In all honesty, it’s still not that bad and often there is a nice cool breeze cooling things down. We’ve also been having way more rain than usual!

So with summer just around the corner, I thought of sharing some tips that help me keep refreshed during the brutal summer months here in Houston, for these tips, read on:

Drink up!!

Chilled water is my go-to choice during the summer, but it doesn’t have to be boring!! Spice it up with lemon wedges and mint leaves or for something different, here’s my ~ Detox Water… post that shares some yummy recipes to make your regular water interesting. I always carry a bottle of water with me when I am out and about to stay hydrated at all times, and I suggest you do too!!

My recent find at the grocery store (maybe I am late to this party) is Sparkling Flavored Water!! I’ve tried the Strawberry flavor as well as the Key Lime and they are both very refreshing especially for someone like me who does not drink alcohol and also tries to stay clear of soda.

Choose the right fabric to wear!!

Read cutesy dresses, flowy tops, shorts, skirts! Light flowy fabrics in cute prints and pastel shades is what my summer wardrobe is made of as comfort is key! The more breathable the fabric, the better.

I am loving the latest collection at Old Navy, Gap and even Ann Taylor / Loft has been a wonderful surprise since their clothes aren’t only constrained to work attire now! I’ll be doing another post soon on where I shop, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget your workout:

Being an outdoorsy person, preferring to work outdoors over the gym, this heat can challenge my dedication but I don’t give in. I take either early morning or late evening walks, sometimes both, because it’s the best time of the day to be outdoors during the summer. The fresh air is a welcome change!

On the weekends and usually once over the weekday, the hubby and I make our way to the pool for a refreshing dip. The water is still a tad bit cold for my liking, but it’s surely refreshing!! We are water babies and the swimming pool, a lake, the ocean are always calling our name. We often make our swim trips into BBQ dinners as well, and here are my recipes on what we BBQ: ~ Paneer Tikka! and ~ Chicken Tikka / Tandoori Chicken!!.

Eating the right fruits:

Tropical fruits are my go-tos during the summer! Even though now days all fruits are always available all year round, my summer favorites are Mangos, Watermelons, Strawberries, Bananas, Oranges and Apples.

Smoothies is also a good way to go, and here’s some recipes that you could try: ~ Smoothies!!

Get the right haircut / hairstyle:

Before the start of summer 2016, I colored my hair and also got a new hairstyle. This summer, I am due for a haircut, but I am definitely not chopping my hair off or coloring it! Instead just going for a trim and maybe some bangs.

If you are into coloring your hair, you’ll find these posts helpful: ~ Hair Coloring 101… and ~ Hair Conditioning 101….

Being a comfort chic, I usually throw my hair up in a bun and it’s not so sexy! LOL!! Currently pinteresting cute ways to throw my hair up in a bun, for more on what I find, follow me on Pinterest: Niti Shrivastava Shukla.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and are all set to be refreshed and enjoy this summer!!

~ Birchbox… and my thoughts on Birchbox!!

With International Women’s Day right around the corner, today’s post is dedicated to all the Divas out there!!

What is Birchbox?!

Birchbox is a monthly subscription to a beauty box of five samples tailored to your skin, hair, and style. You answer some questions when you sign up and based on that, they decide your style.

Each month, your personalized beauty box will include five product samples. You’ll get to try all different types of products, from haircare to skincare to makeup, and also included is information on how to use them. Your samples will include beauty products from different categories, including makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance. You get to try cult favorites, new launches, and more.

For more or to sign up visit: Birchbox

Lemme make one thing clear, this is in no way an affiliate or marketing post and Birchbox has no idea I am writing this post. You know, I wish they did, haha!! That would simply mean some compensation in the mail in terms of makeup goodies! LOL!!

So what is today’s post all about?? Well, today I am sharing my experience with Birchbox and my thoughts on these makeup samples that I received for well over a year when I tried out Birchbox back in 2015-2016.

I heard about Birchbox from some of the blogger divas that I follow and thought to myself, why not give it a try?! Mind you, I am in no way as fancy as these diva bloggers and honestly hardly wear makeup on a daily basis. But the idea of getting a cute box in the mail every month for $10 a month sounded so chic to me that I jumped on the bandwagon. BUT what I forgot was that I wasn’t much of a makeup person to begin with and hence these boxes would be fun to receive but majority of the products would sit and collect dust – more of this below.

I started to receive my boxes and while I loved getting all these girly things in the mail, a lot of them were too expensive to buy when it came to full size products (available only on their website), and that too for not so famous name brands. You can see more on the brands they carry here: Brands.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved some of the products I received and even bought their full size items but these mostly included either fragrances, lip sticks and eyeshadow pallets. What completely went to waste was all those hair care samples coz I’m not a blow dry, straighten or curl-it-up kinda girl, I am more of a let this beauty air-dry kinda girl!!

So who is Birchbox for?!

If you love trying new makeup and hair care products and playing dress up, go ahead and sign up for Birchbox without a second thought! It’s $10 put to good use as you get a lot of good stuff and the size of the products makes it travel friendly too!! It’s also for all those women who want to pamper themselves.

In case you read my blog and give it a try, do let me know 🙂