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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

5 Ways I Like to Relax

Over the last few years I have taken a conscious decision to listen to my body and take out time to self care.  We all have different ways to relax, for some it's going for a run, other's like watching some Netflix. Here are some of my ways to relax:

1. Bath

taking a nice long bath is a great way to unwind. I have tried to incorporate more and more baths into my self care routine, I went from never having time to take a bath to working it in at least a couple times a month.  I love the toxin free bath bombs from Rocky Mountain . They are filled with organic ingredients, essential oils and natural extracts! and my All Time favourite bath product is this Lavender Bubble Bath - it is amazing! On my super tired days, this is a perfect way for me to end my day, sinking into a bubble bath of toxin free lavender with an amazing calming effect after which I feel my body less tense and ready for a nice sleep.

2. read

Ever since I can remember reading has been my favourite pass time. I love delving into the world of novels and escaping into the stories of the characters.  It is the best way to give my brain a break from the overthinking and worrying it does on a normal basis and just relax!

this is not even a quarter of my book collection:

3. draw

I usually have a small sketchbook with ink pens with me in my bag or purse. I find that whenever i am feeling really overwhelmed or over stimulated drawing makes me feel so calm.  My brain is able to focus right into the drawing.

I find the stippling technique to be really calming:

4. sit by the water

I am so lucky to live in Vancouver, we have beautiful beaches and are right on the WestCoast, with the Pacific Ocean right there, I enjoy just sitting by the water, listening to the ocean or even just watching it. One of my favourite things to do is to drive to Iona Beach and watch the sunset in silence, it is such a beautiful sight!

Iona beach:

5. massage 

and lastly, there is nothing more relaxing for your body then a nice massage. Again this is something I have recently started to actually invest in and take time for.  We don't realize how much our body has to go through and how a massage once in a while can do wonders.

What are some ways you like to relax?

*note: this blog post is not sponsored by rocky mountain soap but we are their brand ambassador and all the opinions expressed are our own.  We first fell in love with their products and then partnered up with them - enjoy & check out all the other amazing Rocky Mountain Products we love


Friday, 26 May 2017

nordstrom - half yearly sale is here!

It's here! It's that time of the year - the NORDSTROM Half Yearly Sale! Lucky for you, we have curated some of our favourite pieces that are on sale right now - and are amazing deals!

It's the perfect time to shop for your summer wardrobe or your summer vacay! 



Monday, 15 May 2017

the stories of 5 inspiring women in my life

here is a stories of 5 inspiring women in my life:

stories of strong women in my life

My paternal grandmother:

A woman so strong that at her time it was unheard of, but she attended school until grade 5. A woman so strong that she had to quickly become the head of the house, in a very patriarchal society of Punjab, India,  at a young age when her father was in prison. 

A woman so strong that she raised 6 children whilst running the household, taking care of the livestock, working in the fields, keeping her home running in times of debt, cooking from scratch - grinding her own lentils to make flour, waking up early to to milk the buffalos so her youngest son could sell the milk in town, a woman so strong that when in debt she still made sure her eldest son would do his PhD - first one in his village to do so.

 A woman so strong that when she  emigrated to Canada, in her old age, she worked on the farms here in British Columbia, in not so great conditions and earning not very much. 

A woman so strong that when her eldest son (my father), at the age of 39, suffered multiple strokes and brain hemorrhage that left him paralyzed for life she stood strong, supported my mother and took care of myself and my 3 sisters so we could make it through and we did. 

A woman so strong that she almost lost her second son to alcoholism and her third son to hepatitis C but she rained strong through out it all, both of them survived and lived healthy lives.

 A woman so strong that she raised such strong woman (my sisters and I) whilst running a household, and being the strong foundation that our family leaned on. Nothing could break her. Until it did. and it broke us all. and she is missed every single day.

My Mother:

 A woman so strong that at the age of 15 she emigrated from India to Canada, a new place, where she didn't know anyone except her brother and everything so new to her. 

A woman so strong that she not only worked crazy hours at her brother's restaurant as a waitress, she went to hair dressing school and soon, after only have studied till grade 10 in India, was able to get her grade 12 in Canada, 

A woman so strong she supported my paternal grandparents and my father's siblings when they came to Canada whilst my father went to school. 

 A woman so strong that when she could have given up and could have felt beat, rose at a very young age of 32, with 3 children, her husband,  lay in the hospital in a coma for 3 months, with almost no chance of survival, but she believed and she was his biggest support, my father went from a coma, to learning to walk again, talk again, eat again, drive again and it would not have been possible without my strong mother. 

a mother so strong she financially supported the entire household, raised 4 daughters (in a very patriarchal punjabi community in the diaspora that doesn't want daughters but wants sons), went from a waitress to a bank manager for 25 years & then opened her own mortgage company. 

 A mother so strong that she supported all her children through higher education. 

my 3 sisters:

 they are women so strong that each one of them inspire me in different ways. the four of us would be nothing without the strong women: my grandmother and mother in our life. We each have chosen the harder path, we have survived and stuck it together, we have seen strong women in our life make it through and seen my father being so supportive of us to become strong women and our grandfather always pushing us to achieve more and not care a single bit that we were girls and not boys.  In fact he spoiled us girls compared to the boys haha. 

the strength that each one of my sisters exude is what keeps me going, their resilience, their ability to shine and hold their own, their strength to live a life full of adventure when there are so many naysayers.  Their wisdom, their love and friendship. 

these 3 women are so strong, that all that we have been through, we know we are in it together, and we have each other and that is why we can get through anything. 

Monday, 1 May 2017

15 things I take on a plane

There is no secret that I have been travelling around the world since a young child and have an itch to go on my next trip once I'm home. But it's also no secret that I also have particular anxieties when it comes to Travelling - especially flying on planes! Therefore when I travel, especially on long flights I need particular things with me to make me feel as comfortable as possible. I have a system in place when it comes to flying, so I thought to share all the must have things with me when I board a plane!

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15 things I take onto a Plane

I don't know about you, but i am always FREEZING on a plane! I always, always, always dress up in layers when travelling on planes. And being comfortable is my priority.  Therefore I'm usually in sweats (with a change of shorts if I am landing in a hot location), sweat shirt, nice loose tshirt, scarf, jacket etc.  

more blanket scarves: here , here, and here

2.  Socks

Continuing with my "I'm FREEZING on the plane" theme - I always carry an extra pair of thick, warm and fuzzy socks. It is a must for me!

more socks: here

3.  gum + gravol

I always keep a pack of gum with me especially while travelling or on a plane. I get motion sickness and my ears pop so gum really helps with that. Gravol is another must - as I mentioned before, I get motion sickness on the plane so I make sure I have gravol with me

4. easy personal bag

as I have emphasized before, I really need to be as comfortable as possible whilst travelling. Therefore my side bag or personal bag needs to be comfortable for me.  I prefer a small backpack for this.  In everyday life, I just happen to be a backpack person - it's just easy to carry around.

more backpacks: here , here, and here

5.  book or kindle

I am a avid reader. So I always need a good book with me. I always carried an actual physical book with me, but lately I have used my Kindle instead. 

6.  earphones

I need to escape with some music or a good podcast. Or I will use a movie to help me fall asleep during the flight. 

7.  notebook / mini sketchbook

I always carry a little notebook with me, to jot thoughts down but also keep important information i might have to write, such as address of where I will be staying. I also have a tiny sketchbook I like to carry with me.  

8.  passport holder

I am always paranoid I'm going to lose my passport, so having my passport in a separate holder makes it stick out and I always know where it is.

more passport holders: here, here and here

9.  lotion

have to keep hydrated on long flights! 

10.  pens

I take tons of pens with me. Not just for my sketchbook but I always make sure I have a couple to fill in forms etc.

11.  ipad

long flights, long delays, lots of waiting around in the boarding area means I need my kindle or Ipad to keep me distracted and entertained

12. snacks and my own food

okay, it's no secret that I HATE airplane food. Therefore I always buy bunch of snacks at the boarding gate for the flight. I usually will have a proper meal before getting on the plane.  

I need to stay hydrated on the plane, so I make sure I purchase bottled water at the boarding gate as well

14.  neck pillow

As I have mentioned before, I try to be asleep for the entire flight - so I definitely take along a comfortable neck pillow.

15. aisle seat 

okay so this isn't something I bring along with me, but I always try to book an aisle seat. I feel less claustrophobic in the aisle seat. I also can stretch my legs easily and since I like to get up a lot, either to use the washroom, or for a little walk, this is much easier when in the aisle seat. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

okay I have a confession to make, up until 2 years ago I had had only 2 cupcakes in my life. Cupcakes were really not my thing, nor were regular cakes actually. I'm more of a cookies person. But recently, I have come to like cupcakes here and there and really like some cakes - this is definitely a new development!

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

Do you remember this recipe that we posted on our blog way back when, well it was actually a recipe for cupcakes!

So there you have it, 1 recipe - and you can make a chocolate cake or chocolate cupcakes! When baked to perfection - the cake is sponge like - the perfect texture, and the perfect moistness.  These cupcakes were gone in a day!

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever 

the recipe

Friday, 31 March 2017

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

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  1. World Water Day was last week, having done my Masters in International Development and Gender - this is one is really close to my heart and thus I had to share: 60 Powerful Photos from around the world that will make you think twice about leaving the tap running

  2. Is your wardrobe ready for summer? here are some finds we would love to add for the summer: this top, this high rise corduroy skirt , these all black birkenstocks and this stripped dress looks super comfy!

  3. Learn what the true meanings of the emojis we use everyday are!

  4. For all you bollywood fans, check out these illustrations of "if bollywood celebrities worked in the same office" 

    This week on footnotes and finds:

    Obsessed with blush

    From the archives:

         Coffee Dates with Old Friends
       blueberry oatmeal breakfast cake

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Monday, 27 March 2017

obsessed with blush

It's no secret that I'm into blush tones, pinks, corals, and peaches. The latest influx of blush tones everywhere - from clothes to home decor - is really feeing into my blush tones obsession.  We have curated some blush tone products that we are loving and lusting over. Enjoy!

What is some of your favourite colours to wear? Let us know in the comments! 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

  1. Have you seen this? The Big Bend - Architects have proposed this building design for a New York Building. It would be the longest building. A U-Shaped Skyscraper in New York.

  2. How Scary is this? free falling, at fast speed, on a swing , down a canyon!

  3. Do you have a gender bias? Watch!

  4. Spring is here! Time to add some colour in your life - change it up with adding these to your kitchen and these too! and how fun is this water bottle?

    This week on footnotes and finds:
    The Courage to Try New Things
    My Favourite Historical & Time Period TV Series
        From the archives:
                5 tips to make travelling easier on long flights
        Montenegro & Croatia Travel Roundup

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My Favourite Historical and Time period TV series

Historical Fiction based loosely on history:

White Queen

Historical Fiction:
Downton Abbey
The Last Kingdom
War and Peace

Time period
Pride & Prejudice (BBC 1995)
North & South
Death Comes to Pemberley
Sense & Sensibility (BBC 2008)
Dr. Thorne
Persuasion (BBC TV Film, 2007)
Northanger Abbey (ITV TV Film 2007)
Emma (BBC 2009)

Skip (I wouldn't recommend watching):
Spartacus: Blood and Sand & Vengeance
Pillars of the Earth

Planning on watching:
Marco Polo
Davinci's Devils
Hallow Crown
Black sails
Boardwalk empire
Magnificent Century Kosem
White Princess
Wolf Hall
The Scandalous Lady W
Peaky Blinders
Anne of Green Gables (CBC 2017)
Dancing on the Edge
The Beginning of Everything

What are yours?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The courage to try new things

I have found a new sense of adventure the more and more I am mindfully walking through my late-twenties. I think it arises from a new sense of confidence and just being in an overall good place in life. But I have been there before, so what has changed this time? I'm not really sure to be honest. Maybe its just a part of growing up and gaining the sense of value of not only time but of your time on this planet for however long you are privileged to have. Maybe its realizing that I wont ever be this young and carefree forever no matter how much I will hold those values close to my heart as I age.

So here are somethings that I was courageous enough to try. Now, disclaimer, don't be judgemental. While some of these things may not seem like a big deal to you, they are for me--so be kind!

1. I cut my hair short...like really short
Some of you that follow the blog you will know that I have talked about this before. It was a big deal for me to go short and by short I mean to my collarbones. This time I went even shorter: grazing the shoulders. Long hair was for a very long time really a part of my identity. I found comfort in my long, dark hair that sometimes tickled my belly and got caught in the most unfortunate, painful or awkward ways. But I knew it was time for a change. And so far, so good!

2. I started wearing different coloured nailpolishes
If you know me you will know that I will almost always some version of black, plum or wine. This year I decided to change things up and painted my nail lilac and even grey. This has actually been quite fun and I realised...why was I not doing this to begin with?

3. I am all packed to travel on my own
I love travelling but I am a firm believer that you are meant to share the experience. So i've always either travelled with my sisters, family or my friends. This time around, a conservation project that I have signed myself up for is taking me on a trip alone to Macedonia. This is an experience that is long overdue and I will definitely be blogging about it!

4. I started taking naps
I have always been against napping. I think it was mostly because I've been anemic my whole life and that instilled the mentality that if I stopped for a second my day would be over so I reserved sleeping for the night. But this last year when my health got really bad I was recommended daily naps. My doctor told me: if your body is telling you to sleep it doesn't matter what time of the day it is, you should sleep that 15 or 40 minutes will make a huge difference. And it has. I feel energetic, less sluggish and better rested!...so why wasn't I always napping?

shop the look:

Duster coat: H&M / similar
Sweater: Zara / similar
Jeans: H&M / similar
Shoes: Zara / similar

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

  1. This is a MUST WATCH, Women in Power, "From Medusa to Merkel, Mary Beard considers the extent to which the exclusion of women from power is culturally embedded, and how idioms from ancient Greece are still used to normalised gendered violence. The lecture was delivered at the British Museum on 3 March 2017 as part of the LRB’s Winter Lecture series."
  2. Since I have heard about this project I have been awe of such a beautiful concept! They say it really well with their own words: 
    Her Story, Our Story is a magazine written by women-identified writers whose playground is the genres memoir, personal essay or person-centred narrative. We digitally publish thought-provoking and artistic, culturally significant pieces. We want to tell women's stories. 
    We are champions of the art of storytelling, and advocates for the transformation of our world through story activism; the reclamation of the voice and master narrative in order to re-write the future of our world. It is time to tell new stories about femininity, womanhood and the lived experiences of half the world’s population, too often and for too long silenced."
  3. keeping my fingers crossed, that we can continue with our wanderlust adventures, any which way I have my eye on this & this to accompany me and they just happen to be in one of my favourite colours!
  4. meet this insanely talented 13 year old. He is a 13 year old kid with many guessing that his paintings were done by a 40 year old. His paintings are OUTSTANDING! 

  5. take a peak through writer Oliver Sack's creative process.



Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The most beautiful beach I have been to - Lanikai Beach

On a recent family vacation to Hawaii, we came across what I would call the most beautiful beach I have been to, Lanikai Beach.

We decided to vacation in Oahu for our first trip to Hawaii, staying in Waikiki, Honolulu.  The best part is that we rented a car and were able to drive around the island.

Although we did end up fitting quite a lot in our week long trip: parasailing, luau, visiting turtle beach, dole pineapple factory, driving around the entire island etc.

My favourite day during the entire vacation would have to be the entire day we dedicated to spending time at Lanikai Beach.

This is a "best kept" secret destination on the island of Oahu. Located in the small community of Lanikai in the town of Kailua, it's the less visited beach than it's popular tourist sister beach which is adjacent to it: Kailua beach.

Lanikai means "heavenly sea", and let me tell you it really lives up to it's name!  It is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and for me personally it has been the most beautiful beach I have visited!

It's great because it's a small beach, in a quiet location, nice and secluded and not overrun with tourists.

We spent an entire day there. Relaxing on the beach on the beautiful sand. And then venturing out into the water, where we ended up spending most of our time on our little floaties (floatation devices).  It was such a fun carefree day. The sand was soft, so fine and almost white. The water was a turquoise blue, clear and nice and warm.  The sky was a nice blue. We left with our souls nourished, burnt skin, and lots of fun memories.

The photos below, really don't do it justice, but it is a definite bucket list addition for those that haven't been.


the most beautiful beach I have been to, Lanikai Beach.

the most beautiful beach I have been to, Lanikai Beach.

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii


Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

  1. Check out this Video: Asian women talk about dumbass stereotypes they deal with while dating
  2. We live such stressful lives nowadays and we fail to understand what kind of impact that stress can have on our overall health. Here is a video by TedEd - How Stress Affects Your Body
  3. I'm thinking about changing up some things in our little workspace by adding some fun items: like this light or this light and a pouf for additional seating and some colour! What are your thoughts?
  4. Saying Thank You when you get off the Bus is an automatic thing for me. I have spent A LOT of time on public transportation and majority of the passengers take the time to say thank you to the bus drivers. What I didn't realize was that this might just be a very Vancouver thing! Where you come from, is it a common thing to say thank you to the bus driver?
  5. Check out this: Iraqi Kurdish fashionistas make splash


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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

change up your space by adding wallpaper

It is amazing how much adding wallpaper to a room can give it an entire new look and add some character to a neutral room.

When we were renovating we made a conscious effort to include wallpaper in our plans.  We added a blue-gold seagrass textured wallpaper in our washroom and a gold vintage map wallpaper in our study.

We put up the wallpapers ourselves. Although at first it seemed like the task was daunting it turned out to be fine! The wallpapers are also easily removable.

Even if you are not going through a massive renovation like we did and just want to change something about a room, try adding some wallpaper!

Which ones do you like? Do you have wallpaper up in your house? 


Monday, 6 March 2017

Making your home decor colourful in time for Holi

March is always an exciting time in our household. It always feels like a new beginning of a sort. With daylight savings giving us that extra hour in the day back, the sun staying out longer, the cherry blossoms beginning to open up and summer around the corner, March's spring cleaning has always coincided with Holi, the festival of colour.
*note this blog post has been sponsored by  Tea India - which means we receive a monetary payment for this post, but the opinions expressed are our own 

Holi celebrates the triumph of good over bad and has been celebrated for a very long time. Nowadays, you'll see its popularity has grown with University campuses holding Holi events where everyone throws colours on each other similar to some customs in India. Holi is celebrated differently in the various regions and populations of India.

Our family has always cleaned the house and added colour to our decor. It was a way to make our daily life colourful while celebrating Holi and to represent the changing of the season in our decor and #makeitcolorful It would be a good change to our living space and interior decoration for hosting our extended family over for tea and Indian snacks as both my parents are the eldest on their respective sides in Canada. The gathering of our family was important since Holi represents the renewal of relationships. It is always a good opportunity to get back in touch with family we normally wouldn't see. 

For this Holi we decided to serve Chai Moments tea with traditional Indian snacks, and we changed up our decor with subtle hints of colour as we always have done! The great thing about Chai Moments tea is that there is a flavour for everyone from Cardamom to Ginger and even a Chai tea latte mix. It's also super easy to make--all you have to do is add hot water and mix--and that made it a hit with our family this Holi!

The thing about changing your decor for holi/spring is not in splurging. Honestly simple touches of colour found in household items or simple flowers are an easy way to change up your home decor #makeitcolorful and not breaking the bank!

change up your bedroom and #makeitcolourful by adding some colourful pillows and a colourful throw (we added a phulkari dupatta)

#makeitcolourful in your kitchen by adding some colour in your kitchen corner - we added some oranges in a glass bowl and hey those wonderful chai moments boxes sure do add some nice colour as well!
Since we are a family of avid readers we all own many books, so we switch out the books on our shelf and mantle in our family room and add some colour by choosing spines within the same colour palette

continuing with our family room we switched out the bonsai tree on the window sill and decided to #makeitcolorful with some colourful book spines, pink tulips and an addition of another colour throw pillow

Masala, ginger, cardamom, and milk tea - are such great authentic Indian flavours to choose from.  We currently cannot get enough of the ginger flavour. Why not give Chai Moments by Tea India Usa a try this spring and Holi season and #makeitcolorful 

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