Eid Al Adha

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Around this time a year ago, Houston was hit by Hurricane Harvey. As many of you know, my family primarily resides in Houston. Thankfully during that difficult time, my parents and family members were visiting me here in Dallas.

Hurricane Harvey caused nearly $125 billion in damages in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas. It was a bit hard to keep positive when half of Houston was under water. People struggled to find shelter, keep dry and safe while it continued to flood and rain in Houston and its surrounding cities.

But being resilient as possible, Houstonians rushed out to support each other. Those who were safe from the flood waters opened their doors to those who lost everything. Those with plenty to eat shared with those who didn’t have a single grain left to their name. Business owners and sportsmen alike donated personal wealth and time to help Houston get back on her feet.

One year later, the city is still recovering but you would never be able to tell that catastrophe had struck. Slowly but surely, the sun has come back out and dried up all the rain.


Shifting gears a bit, this year Eid Al Adha falls around the same time period.

Eid ul Adha is a celebration of the completion of Hajj and symbolizes the sacrifice that God (all praises to Him) asked Abraham (peace be upon him) to perform. Eid al Adha is an embodiment of the attitude displayed by Houstonians last year. It teaches unity, charity and the necessity of helping others around you with less than you.

This is usually done by participating in the ritual that requires an animal sacrifice.

Eid day for us is filled with prayer, and then a trek to the farm where we will feed and sacrifice a goat. Following that, we make three parts of the goat- one for family & friends, one for ourselves and most importantly, a part for those less fortunate. My family traditionally will donate the meat in addition to distributing food for the homeless.




Hello, again.


Hi! I’m slightly ashamed to be here again. It’s been a while since my last post. In fact, it’s been over a year.

A lot has happened to me in the past year; some of which I will explain, some of which you will have to just imagine.


Back in March 2017, I had just traveled to India to shop for my sister in law’s wedding. One week of shopping and street food was a blast. Once I landed back in Texas though, I thought I had the stomach bug.

Turns out, I was just pregnant.

My pregnancy was good, and then we hit some complications.

Thankfully, everything is well now. I have a beautiful daughter, Z. My sister in law is happily married and now lives in Pittsburgh. I’ve quit my job and become mom full time for now.

Flash forward to 2018, I’m just now starting to get a hang of things. It’s tough to be a parent and balance life. Right now I’ve got my in laws with me helping me out for a bit. It’s been great having that support. I’ve just spent the past few months resting and dealing with life.

I hope to start this journey again. I know we’ve had rough times, but I do sincerely appreciate all of the love you guys have given me.



Work Decor- Spruce up your office!

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It’s safe to say that the average American spends nearly 45 hours at work. From the sip of your first coffee to the end of your last meeting, you’ve probably spent an quite a bit of time at your desk. Whether it’s writing dispositions, or just a quick email to a colleague, your desk should inspire you to work better.

I’m not saying spend half of your paycheck on beautifying your office space. You can achieve a good looking cubicle under $50-$100, sometimes even less!

The dollar store can be your best friend when looking to cheaply decorate your cubicle. I also headed to my local HomeGoods to get unique items that paired well together.

from my office desk

Here are my office decor essentials:

Dress up your pen stand

This is one of the simplest things to do to make your desk at work reflect your personality. You don’t have to get a fancy pen stand, but try to get something that you like.

I’ve got a canister from Homegoods that has some cut-iron detail on it. It keeps all of my pens, highlighters, pencils, and white board markers in a neat spot. Plus it suits the color theme I am going for.

My co-worker has a really unique pen stand! It is actually in the shape of a closed fist. It’s definitely a conversation piece.

Hand pencil holder $19.99



Add Color

When the entire office is bland and boring, you need a little something to spice up your day. I recommend adding blues in a nice pastel or colors that remind you of a nice sunny summer day. For me, those shades always cheer me and my coworkers up. My desk at work is a mixture of blues and metals. I face away from the window so I also like to have a nice visual of the clouds or nature scenes on my screen to keep me going.

I also like to have colorful post it notes on my desk for quick reminders. Even my mouse pad has pretty print on it to brighten up my dull gray office desk. Amazon has some affordable ones keyboard/desk mats and mouse pads.

You can go for a desk mat that doubles as an organization tool such as this one below.  Or one that has your favorite bands picture on it. 

For my office at home, I painted one wall a seafoam green color. It brightens the room without requiring too much effort. Plus blues and greens tend to keep stress levels down which is always important in a work environment.



I work in an environment where every desk should appear the same and every thing is clean and open. I like to differentiate my cubicle by having my favorite blanket draped on my chair, a nice chalk board for quotes, and even a faux silk plant. My coworkers like to add their own quirky pictures, knickknacks and games to de-stress. One of my workers even has her own collection of Lego displayed on her desk. Another coworker keeps one of those adult coloring books at her desk for moments when she needs to wind down.


No matter how technologically advance we get, we will always need some form of paper products to get us through. I like keeping colorful folders, and coordinating them between different projects.

At my home office, I have gold accents everywhere. I re-purposed a gold jewelry holder to store my thumbtacks, paper clips, binder clips and other office essentials. I also have file holder in a matching gold shade to store the random letters and emails I need. 

What is in my traveling skincare bag?

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Hubby and I are weekend travelers. Whether it is a weekend in the cabins, or a drive down to Houston, we like to save our vacation days and head out to experience some adventures for the weekend.

This past weekend I headed out to my parent’s house in Houston to celebrate my sister’s birthday. We usually leave right after work so that means I have to pack an overnight bag quickly.

In order to make my packing experience less tedious, I keep a beauty bag with my favorite default items.

I get my favorite items in a sample size or a traveler’s size from Sephora. This way I have the same products to use even when I’m traveling.

Skin care-

Neutrogena makeup wipes|Origins Checks & Balances Frothy face wash|Origins GinZing scrub|Origins Original Skin Serum|Josie maran argan oil|Rose water

If it’s been a crazy weekend and I’m exhausted this is my holy grail. I just wipe my makeup off using this, and rinse before heading straight to bed. If I’ve got more time, then I use the frothy face wash & scrub. Most of the time, especially if I wore makeup that day, I’ll use the face wipes, then use the scrub just to make sure my skin is baby smooth. I’ll use the rose-water as a toner and follow-up with my serum & the Argan oil depending on how oily my skin is.


Naked skin makeup|Urban Decay concealor|Kat von d tattoo liner|Elizabeth Arden pencil liner|Voluminous mascara|Naked palette|Anastasia contour kit|Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick

If I’m going to Houston for a normal weekend, then I usually pack these items. A good base consists of my foundation and concealor and that’s what I build the rest of my look on. My sisters usually have the more elaborate items I can borrow if need be. I tend to pack the basics and change-up my lip color to change my look. The Naked Palette has a good range of neutral colors so that I can use that for day looks as well as night looks.

I prefer a bold eye look over a bold lip look but if there is a special event then I will use my bright Stila lippie.

If I’m traveling for a wedding, then I pack some additional eye colors in gold, silver, and sometimes even my Anastasia Modern Renaissance eye shadow palette. That palette has some nice rose toned colors that go well for weddings and other events.




Cabin in the Woods- A weekend in Oklahoma


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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of going away with a few of my best friends here in Dallas. 8 couples and an adorable 3 year old drove almost 3 hours to the Beaver’s Bend Creative Escapes resort located in the Broken Bow State Park.

One of my coworkers, Amanda, had suggested this company and honestly after spending the weekend there, I would totally suggest this to anyone as well.

We rented two cabins right next to each other. The men stayed in one, while the women relaxed in the other one. Each cabin had a fire pit, a hot tube,  3 bedrooms, a living area, and a fully equipped kitchen.  The cabin that the men stayed in had a play room with a Foosball table, pool table and more!

Source: Beaver’s Bend Creative Escapes

The weekend was filled with lounging, lots of good food, relaxing in the hot tub and hiking the trails.

Source: Beaver’s Bend Creative Escapes

Each of the sofa’s converted into sofa bed

Source: Beavers Bend Creative Escapes

Source: Beaver’s Bend Creative Escape



Image Courtesy of my friends


The state park has some beautiful landscapes that awed us even during the cold winter days. There were so many lakes, streams and rivers that we kept stopping on our drive around the 1,300 acre state park. We didn’t get much time to do a lot of outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking or even lengthy hiking. But we did enjoy the hot tub, the fire pit, and other activities around.



Image courtesy of my friends

If you are within driving distance, I would recommend this park and especially our cabins to anyone. I plan to head back during the Spring with my family to enjoy some hiking and fishing!



January Favorites


Hi. I’m sorry. I’ve been hiding away from the world of blogging for some time. It’s been difficult to handle the changes in my life and I needed to step aside for a while.

But I’m back and hopefully here for a long time.

January has flown by so quickly. I cannot believe that we are already one month into this year! Back in August, hubby and I bought a house. It’s been a long while coming but we finally found the furniture that we like for our dining room. The rest of the house is a work in progress as we’re still lusting after certain pieces for our main living area. As of right now, we’re taking a pause in searching for furniture. Let me know if you guys want to see a home decor post.

Coming back to this month, here is what I’ve been loving for skincare and makeup.


Philosophy Purity face wash

I’ve been really bad with keeping my skin cleansed appropriately. Every time I wear makeup, I use my Neutrogena make up wipes and then usually use a bar soap to wash off the rest of the dirt. But on the days where I am good, I use my Clarisonic with the Philosophy Purity face wash. It is gentle and doesn’t case any break outs in my skin. Not my most favorite face wash ever- but it works well with my Clarisonic.

Sunday Riley Luna face oil

So this face oil is amazing. Not only does it work really well at what it claims to do, its also blue. It has a slight smell that irritates my husband but it works so well that I can honestly tell him that he should deal with it (sorry hubby). I don’t have that many lines on my face, but I do use it nightly underneath my moisturizer. I simply use the dropper and dot 3 drops on my face- concentrating around the areas that have the most delicate lines. 

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intense eye cream

I’ve been using this eye cream under my makeup and at night. It plumps the area and fills in the fine lines. I’m not old enough to say that my wrinkles are disappearing etc. I can say that it makes me feel better and helps.

Mario Badescu facial toner spray

This spray smells amazing! I cannot express how much I love the smell of rose in my facial products.

Make up

Smashbox  High Definition concealer

I’ve been using this a lot to cover up the signs of a bad skin care routine. Stress doesn’t bode well with my skin and you can easily tell when I’ve been having a bad week. The patches around my eyes get darker and even the thin skin above my upper lip darkens when I’m stressed. I’ve been slathering this on whenever I have to be in public to allow myself to look somewhat decent.

Urban Decay One and Done

Technically this is a foundation but I use it as a BB cream. It’s light enough that it keeps my face from feeling too heavy but it also provides enough coverage that I don’t need to worry about the blotchiness that comes from being sleep-deprived. I’ve traded my Urban Decay BB cream for this one recently.

Anastasia BH Modern Renaissance palette

Source: Sephora

I jumped on the bandwagon and the bandwagon is a lot of fun. This is my first paleete with lots of red based colors which make it my staple palette for Indian events. I paired the Venetian Red color with the Red Ochre color to get the best look for an evening out.

Tarte Clay pot Waterproof gel eyeliner

I’ve been trying to use up my gel eyeliner and it just takes forever to finish. I’ve had it for more than a year and it just doesn’t seem to be ending. In fact, they’ve change the packaging in the time I’ve been trying to finish this up. The color is very pigmented and it doesn’t budge once it’s on my eyes.

L’ORÉAL Voluminous Lash Primer

This happens to be my secret trick to enhancing my eyelashes. I put on this white base and instantly my lashes look fuller and thicker.


September Favorites! Birthday Month and Haul special

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That’s right! It’s birthday month. Every year this month, I celebrate and take out time for myself. Whether it is a nice day at the spa resting up, or not worrying about splurging for myself, I take full advantage of this month by indulging!

Here are some of my favorite items that I’ve indulged in.


I’m starting to believe that a good lipstick can make or break an outfit/look. I’ve noticed how many women of the Indian subcontinent lean towards darker, more brown tones for lipsticks. I’m the opposite at least until the fall and winter seasons. I love the bright pinks, the hot fiery reds and the bold magentas and burgundy tones. Anything to brighten up my face!



Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab makes me feel like I’m well rested and that I’ve got the best skin in the world. It’s light and refreshing while it covers my slight imperfections. I’ve ranted and raved about this foundation for many months. It’s definitely my favorite go-to foundation for taking pictures and for social gatherings. 



It’s been a hot minute since I’ve bought an eye shadow palette. The last one I got was the Urban Decay Smokey palette last year. I’m still using that but this time around I wanted some more shades for the fall. I finally broke down and ended up getting the Smashbox Matte Exposure palette. It’s got the perfect shades for this fall season from mauve to deep purples, I’ve been using this palette like crazy.



This month I splurged on a present for myself. I haven’t bought a fun bag in a while and I definitely didn’t have one in this burgundy plum color. I’ve been loving the options that Michael Kors has out right now. Plus I scored this beauty at TJ Maxx for only $99!





August 2016 Favorites.

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August has been crazy! Between buying a house(!) to renovating a house (!!), I’ve been all over the place.

This month has been mostly casual in terms of clothing and makeup. It’s been raining quite a bit over here in Dallas so I’ve been mustering some extra effort to keep my face dry and humidity free.

GlamGlow Thirsty Mud mask-

Oh the humidity! Dallas weather has been crazy for the past few weeks. We’ve had 100 deg days turn into 75 degree days all within hours and random showers sprinkled between the sun and clouds. The change in weather and the change in my personal situation has been making my skin dry.

My new favorite item for skin care this month is the GlamGlow Thirsty Mud mask. I’ve been using it in place of my regular night time treatment. The formula is very hydrating and it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. It feels like I’ve left a nice puddle of water on my skin and in the morning my skin has absorbed all of the moisturizer and feels amazing.

Origins GinZing Scrub & Origins Checks and Balances Face wash-

I’ve been guilty of leaving my skin in terrible condition this summer. While we’ve been renovating/updating our house, I’ve been neglecting my skin on a routine basis.

Late in August, as I was packing, I found the Origins GinZing Energy boosting  Scrub and the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy face wash.

After spending my weeknights and weekends painting, scrubbing, sanding and remodeling my face needed a little extra TLC. I love the citrusy scent of the GinZing scrub while the Frothy face wash left my face cleansed from the paint and dirt. On nights where I couldn’t use my Clarisonic or my normal cleaning routine (hey, remodeling is a tough and tiring job!), I’d run to these for a quick 5 min cleanse before heading to bed.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47-

I’ve never been a great with putting on screen. It’s just not my forte. This summer I’ve spent a great deal of time outdoors. The Texas sun feels so strong during the summer and I’ve been scared that the rays are harming my skin instead of providing any benefits. That’s why I’ve been getting better about putting on sunscreen and having a light formula like the Josie Maran one really helps. The sunscreen comes in a signature dark bottle with a pump that dispenses a white moisturizer and sunscreen combo. I love argan oil and what it does to my face so much that this actually had become a part of my morning routine.

Most sunscreens break me out but this one hasn’t as of yet. 

Urban Decay One and Done Foundation-

I’ve been scarce with foundation since it’s been humid and over 90 degrees here in Dallas. My go-to foundation during this time of year is the Urban Decay One and Done since it released this summer. It’s a great blend between a BB cream and a foundation. It provides the best coverage while being light on my skin.

Urban Decay Naked Concealer-

I’m trying really hard to finish my stock of concealers before we move. It is just too hard to do especially when I keep reaching for my Urban Decay Naked concealer every single time!