Random beauty: Smart packaging

Tres jolie, n’est-ce pas? Cool colours and smart packaging can make mundane products so much more interesting. These were my bath goodies at The Belami,a boutique hotel quite close to the famous Les deux magots cafe in St Germain de pres in Paris.

Revisiting Rimbaud

I saw this poster in the Marais in Paris and I simply had to click. Rimbaud was the  hash smoking absinthe drinking enfant terrible cum poster boy of French Literature. His poetry has been a powerful inspiration for modern contemporary influencers of popular culture. The Surrealists, Allen Ginsberg, Picasso,Bob Dylan were influenced by him. He…

Beauty review: Thinning hair? Get volume

Thinning, limp hair is tough to style and over blow drying makes it frizzy and harder to manage . For some styling help try Living Proof’s root lifting spray which you spray at the roots, comb through, dry upside down  and voila you have yourself  both height and volume. It works on all hair types and I…

Book review: Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto

 This is a book about mental illness that is not mawkish or sentimental. The protagonist tells us about his mother’s descent into schizophrenia and the family’sresponse to it. The graph  of the illness is well mapped from  lucid moments, to the drug induced calm that gives the Mendes family two years of respite to the violent, irrational bursts of anger induced by the onset…

Wellness: Anti oxidant blast

The perfect good morning platter ! The rule of thumb when choosing fruit for a morning platter is to have as many colours on the plate as possible -red, blue black, yellow,white and orange to get your full quota of anti oxidants,resveratrol,bromeliads,Calcium,Vitamin C, Niacin,Potassium and other minerals. There’s a whole lot of anti ageing,anti inflammatory…

Fragrance: DOT by Marc Jacobs

What’s not to love about this quirky happy bottle modelled on a lady bird? The design itself makes it a dressing table must have . The notes are fruity floral with dragon fruit, cocunut water, honey suckle and a hint of vanilla and musk for some depth.   While dragon fruit is not particularly fragrant…

Dead sea scrolls

The Dead Sea is a giant saltwater lake, not to be confused with the Red sea (which is actually the sea), that borders Israel and Jordan. Its mud is so rich in minerals that it is used as the base of many beauty brands as well as a treatment for people with skin problems, asthma…

Do like Diana Penty In ‘Cocktail’

Diana Penty is a fashion model who has been in several  Vogue shoots and is this month’s Vogue cover girl where she looks stunning . But its her pared minimal make up look in her debut Bollywood movie Cocktail that is making hearts beat a little faster. It’s a look that goes with the character she plays- a small town…

Catwoman’s Purr-fect red lips

Everyone is raving about ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ the much awaited finale of the Batman trilogy. And Catwoman is getting her due. I am not sure if I prefer the ultra feline sedutress played by Michelle Pfeiffer or the biker huntress played by Anne Hathaway. I think Michelle still gets my vote though Anne is very…

Beauty review : Aveeno moisturiser

I am featuring two moisturisers from Aveeno as I find I use both for different reasons. Aveeno is a drugstore brand available all over, except in India where J&J is backing its other brand Neutrogena . Aveeno ultra calming is a soothing moisturiser which  has a chamomile like extract called feverfew. It also has an SPF which means one…

Book Review: Bring up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel

Unlike Wolf Hall which was a humunguolicious book, Bring up the Bodies seems almost small in comparison though at four hundred pages small is a relative term. It is concerned with a smaller sequence of events though – the trial and end of Anne Boleyn (more in the nature of a sophisticated witch hunt) and…

Wellness : Ayurveda 101

There are so many pre conceptions and misconceptions about ayurveda that it is important to remember that it is first and foremost ritual and therapeutic cleansing so it is not always “pretty”. A lot of it depends on detoxification from every orifice and sense door. Therapeutic sweating  and therapeutic vomiting are often part of the…