Goa..you’ve GOT to go!

I was recently in Goa for the opening of another Smile Bar store (exciting!!) and I really did not expect it to be so amazing. I had heard great things about Goa from friends and family but it is different when you actually get to experience a new place for yourself.

The weather was hot and humid and midday gets scorching but I am okay with hot weather, it is the cold I cant really deal with too well, so I was fine. The place itself was so chilled out and relaxing it just made me want to sit down and do nothing all day (not the best way to feel when you are there for a store opening) but aside from Smile Bar related issues we covered quite a lot in a very short amount of time as we were with a family friend who knows Goa very well.

We went to some amazing restaurants and the food we had over the course of our short stay was absolutely amazing, I must have had lobster about 3 times and dessert everyday (oops)! We also had some traditional Goan food which was ridiculously spicy but so incredibly tasty. I am originally Indian so I should be able to take a little bit of spice but I really cant. In saying that however, I couldn’t resist! To be honest, temptations were too high and I couldn’t resist any of the food that was ordered throughout our stay, I always have to at least taste new food or I feel as though I have missed out on something great. This is a personal dilemma of mine and it involves my  passion for health/fitness and my love for food + big appetite.  In saying that however I was working out the entire trip so i didn’t mind indulging here and there 🙂 My mums appetite is tiny and  she isn’t really a dessert person’ (so she always says…) ….why didn’t I get those genes?! *hufff*

The beauty of Goa in my eyes was that nothing was over polished or pristine and that was what I liked the most, that was what gave it charm. You didn’t have to dress up at any point and I wore flip flops day and night!

One of my most favourite parts of the trip was the Flea Market we went to on the Saturday evening, now this was some market alright. It was the most amazing market I have ever been to in my life! It was set out in layers, with market stalls selling clothes to bags to spices  to tea to necklaces, to you name it, they had everything. There were bars all over the place blasting deep house and there was even live music, the whole place was buzzing! Again the food was incredible and we ate at a number of different stalls because It was just too difficult to just pick from one!

One last thing that I would like to mention is that a lot of the times we would be in the car driving down  a street along the coast, suddenly we would take a turn down into a shady looking dirt track and then we would be faced with an absolutely beautiful beach bar or restaurent. It is really difficult for me to explain but it seemed like everything was hidden and secretive and we were the lucky ones who got to experience it. I know that is not true , but thats what it felt like.  The whole place was so quaint, rustic and unique, the vibes were just so chilled it made me want to stay forever.

One thing is for sure though, I will definitely be heading back as I have heard the beach parties are incredible. For now though enjoy some of the photos I took along the way. Unfortunately i didn’t have my big camera with me so apologies for the quality.

A must have for eyeshadow lovers!

I just came across this amazing product called the Colour Switch by Vera Monda. It is the first of its kind and it basically removes colour from your eyeshadow brush so you can use the same brush for a totally new colour. I usually spend ages trying to remove all the colour off my brushes using a thin piece of  flimsy tissue paper so I can re-use the brush again and usually a tissue doesnt even clean it properly!  All you have to do with the colour switch product  is stroke the brush onto the sponge and the colour just wipes off completley! Easy and effective 🙂

Check out the video below!

COLOUR SWITCH

 

 

Sick Summer Sunnies

I recently came across the brand Illesteva and absolutely love the sunglasses they have. I love putting on a new pair of sunglasses, it can really add a lot to your look. The variety on here is amazing, they have so many new shapes, colours and variations that I have not seen before. I feel as though I would wear these either to  match a colour I am already wearing or use it to brighten up a darker outfit. These are all perfect t for summer holidays, amazing for festivals and great in photographs. They are a little pricey but maybe something to splurge on…. 🙂

Check out the images below. It is a mix of some of my favourites from the Mens and Women’s collection. I did like some of the mens ones and to be honest if they suited me i’d definitely still wear them!

If you have a funky brand in mind you think would be great for the summer then let me know! I will be heading to Coachella this month so I am definitely on the look out for some new items to add to my wardrobe 🙂

>>>Check out Illesteva here 

Breakfast. I love it, we all need it #omelette

I absolutely love breakfast and i really don’t understand how some people go without it. I literally wake up and it is all I am thinking about. I usually have the same thing every morning. An omelette with veggies, some spinach, a bowl of oatmeal/porridge (whatever you like to call it!) and a cup of tea. Its a great meal as its got a good amount of protein and carbs in there and stacks up to about 250-300 calories. I like to get my carbs in earlier in the day so oats are a great source for when you get up and they also help to curb my sweet tooth too as I sprinkle a little crunchy stevia on top for taste.

Now obviously the possibility with omelettes is pretty endless and you may have your own preferences (different veggies/meat or using the yolk) but the recipe below is just how I like to cook mine so I hope you enjoy it. I do switch up the veggies now and again for some variety but this recipe will include an onion, a red bell pepper and some coriander.  Don’t forget to check out the slideshow below 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Small Onion sliced- About 60g
  • Red Bell Pepper Chopped- about 80g
  • 5 Large or Medium Egg Whites
  • Season Salt/ seasoning of  your choice
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions:

1. Set heat on stove to medium heat. My stove goes to 9 so i set it at 6.5.

2. Place the chopped onion into the pan (I like crescent shaped slices)  and place a lid on top of the pan

3. While these cook, i then chop my bell pepper and cilantro

4. Separate the eggs whites into a bowl and sprinkle with the desired amount of season salt and pepper

5. Beat the eggs until lots of bubbles form. I like to get as many bubbles as possible. I just use a fork !

6.  Remove lid from the pan (The onions should be sizzling) and pour in the bubbly egg whites

7. immediately sprinkle the chopped red bell pepper evenly around the pan and then the coriander on top.

8. Place the lid on top of the pan. Placing the lid on is the key as it helps  the omelette rise and become fluffy.

9. Now while the omelette is cooking i get down to making my porridge and my cup of tea whilst clearing the kitchen at the same time and usually once i have done that it is ready. A few indicators as to whether it is done;  You will start to see the omelette bubble and rise  and when you take the lid off there should be any runny parts. It should look cooked.

10. Once it looks cooked I like to get a spatula and fold it over. I like the outside to be cooked (almost like a layer of crispy skin) with the inside being softer. So I fold it and let it sit in the pan for a little to hold it all together and then it should slide out pretty easy to be placed onto your plate.

Thats about it really! I  like to have my omelette with a little reduced salt and sugar tomato ketchup and about 70g of steamed spinach on the side. For my porridge I use a 1/4cup  of quakers wholegrain oats and mix it with water, cinnamon and psyllium husk for added fibre as well as a sprinkle of crunchy stevia for sweetness. My cup of tea is the last thing and I have this with some low fat milk.

Overall this meal is pretty clean and healthy, it is usually less than 300 cals and really gets me going in the morning. What do you all like for breakfast? I would love to know about some more healthy ideas I could incorporate into my daily routine as it is good to switch up once in a while so please do let me know.

Have a great day and hope you enjoy the images!

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Smile Bar Launch

After I graduated university,  like a lot of people, I had to start looking for a job. To be honest though,  after 4 years of studying I still really had no idea what I wanted to do.  I couldn’t picture myself working for somebody else and even if I had  to pick I still had no idea what company I would like to work for or even what field of business I wanted to be in. Nothing appealed to me and on top of all that the job market really wasn’t too great either. I couldn’t see myself stuck behind a desk 5 days a week, all i knew was that I wanted to do something that fitted my extrovert personality.

So not knowing what to do I moved back home to Dubai to see if I could find anything there. I then began work at a PR firm which was great experience but to be honest it just didn’t feel completely right.  My dad has always encouraged me to start something of my own and so I was always trying to think about what ideas I could propose to him.

Smile Bar all began about a year ago when I was in my room one evening. I was researching and emailing companies/ideas/concepts that I thought would work in Dubai. One company (a cosmetic teeth whitening company) got back to me shortly after and honestly I thought it was a scam or a joke. I thought ‘Wow, that was quick this cant be right?’. I was wrong… this man was seriously interested in what I had to say!   About a month later I flew off to LA to see the company and a year down the road it has began in India. Now you are probaably wondering “India? Don’t you live in Dubai?’ Yes I do and Dubai will hopefully be on its way to opening soon however I was faced with many obstacles along the way (but what new business owner doesn’t?) My hopes for opening in Dubai still remain and I believe it will all happen in time (hopefully this year!)

The company in India however is called  Smile Bar. The tooth whitening treatment is enamel safe, quick, pain free and best of all it only takes 15 minutes! So how did this India thing come about you may ask? Well, my dad was talking to a family friend of ours (who was born in Mumbai) about the concept I was working on and he happened to really liked the idea and thought it would work great over in India. Now obviously I had no intention of starting a business in India because firstly I dont live there and secondly I have heard that doing business there is a totally different ball game compared to more westernised nations. Now Dubai isnt exactly as straight forward as the UK or the United States but it is a lot more westernised in its business practices than India.

So to cut a long story short we decided with our family friend that the Indian market was perfect for this concept and to go ahead. Another few months and many obstacles down the line, the launch of the first store in Bandra Mumbai has happened. It was a great event which was inaugurated by Jacqueline Fernandez an up and coming Bollywood actress. It was a pretty long day but was great to have such amazing feedback on the concept and the store design. We also did treatments on those that wanted them and had some amazing results which is always satisfying to see 🙂

I will be sure to post about the Dubai launch once it happens (fingers crossed!). For now, I hope you enjoy some of the images below (click to enlarge).

Please check out www.smilebarindia.com and The Facebook Page for more information.

What I am wearing- As the Smile Bar colours are predominently blue i decided to wear lime green to stand out a little. I paired this with some rose gold closed toe heels and didn’t wear any jewellery as I just wanted to keep it simple!