Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Posted On 8/01/2017 by Team iCynosure.

It is untrue that no one knows what women what! Everybody knows what we want; but do we know what men want?

Brothers are the most incredibly difficult people to buy gifts for. I search high and low, far and wide and yet, from time-to-time miss out on bringing him the one thing that will astonish him. But I got lucky and the other day, when we were sloshed I kept prodding him on what are the things that men really like to be gifted, and bingo I found a great selection of options to choose from; to gift amazement to the pillar of strength who has been by my side throughout my life. I am secretly so excited to bring gifts for my Brother, that I can’t even wait enough, to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with him. 

But I'm not going to spill the beans here, jest he reads the blog and gets to know before hand. But I sure can share a few things that would make the ideal gift for your sibling.

Statement Wrist Watch
Nothing beats a classic low-profile men’s watch that features either a soft leather band or a matte steel clasp. The minimalist that my brother is, he will absolutely love the clean and crisp wristwatch that is a statement piece that stands out without being an attention grabber, exactly how he is.

Everyday Essentials Hamper
The Old Spice Shaving & Bath Essentials Hamper will surely make my brother feel extra special. The hamper contains shaving and grooming products from Old Spice, all beautifully stacked up in a stunning red and black recyclable basket. Not just my brother, any man will love this useful and thoughtful gift.

Durable Canvas Backpack
Frequent flier or not, a durable and versatile backpack is a perfect fashion and lifestyle gift for my little brother. Though not as organised as I am, he will surely appreciate a collapsible canvas bag with a laptop-specific section, multiple pockets and contoured shoulder straps; that makes it easy to organise.

Classic Fountain Pen
Being a writers’ sibling means nothing for my brother, as the only thing he would probably use a writing instrument is to sign cheques. However I would love to gift him a gold-plated fountain pen that is personalized with his initials. A one-time gift that ensures a life-time of partnership, cemented in writing. 

Wine Accessory Box
This would actually never make it to my gifts for my brother until he said how much men love such things. A wine accessory set with all the essential items would definitely be a super stylish gift for a true wine connoisseur like my brother and it would take a place of pride in his collection of bar accessories.

Bulldoze your brother into confessing what gifts he likes, and head to any Indian Gifts Portal to surprise him, with or without an occasion to celebrate. 

Until next time,
- Heena

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Posted On 7/26/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Exams are among one of the most stressful events in the life of a student. This is especially stressful when competitive exams likeNEET can be a life-changing event forthem. Every student who aspires to become a doctor must write the NEET exam to secure a seat in one of the top medical colleges in India. However, the road to success, like most others is bumpy and can lead to stress, pressure, and anxiety. Some students thrive under pressure, and work harder, whereas for some students the stress and expectations can be overbearing. 

If your child is preparing for the NEET exam, it is natural for them to be stressed out owing to the vast syllabus and expectations. Most of the time is spent at school, tuitions and coaching classes. To top it further, most students are required to travel a lot to their coaching centers and tuitions. This can lead to frustration, tiredness, and stress. However, students can study from home through NEET video lectures on platforms like Aakash iTutor. Using NEET video lectures can save time, and allow students to work at their own pace.

Here are common signs of stress that can help you identify if your child is stressed out

Change in appetite
Becoming withdrawn and isolation themselves
Irritable and Restless
Loss of concentration and focus
Frustration and anger

 Here’s how you can help your child if they are stressed out
Offer Your Support
If you are worried about your child being stressed out due to examination pressure, offer them your support and reassurance. Encourage your child to open-up and share what they are going through in their life. It is imperative to talk to your child about their daily lives, and not just studies. Ask them if they are worried about not living up to their expectations, or they are anxious about not completing the syllabus on time. If your child is bottling up their stress, it is best to help them let it out. The more it stays inside, the worse it is for their well-being. It is also likely that they are stressed out because of something outside studies.

Coping Mechanisms
Stress is a frequent problem, and it might seem like your child is stuck between stress due to varying factors. However, there are solutions. In psychology, coping means to invest your conscious effort to solve personal and interpersonal problems. It is done to minimize or tolerate stress and mental conflict. Some coping mechanisms like breathing exercises, meditation, working out and more can be beneficial in curbing down stress.
Exercising, working out, or playing a sport is especially beneficial in case of examination stress. These mechanisms help in distracting students by changing their focus. When students invest their time in a sport, it enables them to channel frustration and anger. If you child is feeling restless, yoga is extremely beneficial for their well-being.

Balanced Diet
It has been stressed enough by doctors, that a balanced diet is vital for the physical and mental welfare of children. High-fat food, sugary drinks, and caffeine can make children irritable and moody. It is imperative to limit the intake of junk food, and instead switch it with healthy food habits. 

Enough Sleep
Proper and complete REM sleep cycles will make your child more active the next day. Sleep is as important as eating, and making sure your child is not overworking themselves is your job. Proper sleep improves memory and is known to sharpen attention levels. Consolidated sleep is essential for memory, and is effective in improving the concentration and performance. 

Time may be a luxury when your child is neck deep into studies and preparing for competitive exams. However, recreation can make a student productive, and it can breathe a new life into them. Taking breaks is essential when one is preparing for competitive studies. Encourage your child to take breaks and let them go outside in the open. A change in scenery can be advantageous and is highly recommended. Alternatively, you should also take your child out for dinner, or a movie occasionally.
Exams can be a challenging part of a student’s life, and stress can be counterproductive to their preparation. The points mentioned above can help students in overcoming stress. However, parents must ensure that their kids are not over stressed and that their expectations are not unreasonable.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Posted On 7/18/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Bangalore has recently earned the place of the most visited city in India for business and why not? The city has a number of posh tech parks, hosting IT giants from all over the world. Bangalore might be called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’, but it is very different from its namesake, San Francisco. As I have learned, Bangalore has its own charm and has plenty to offer any traveler. If this is your first time to Bangalore, on a business trip, here are a few things you need to know before you get there.
Travel Safe And Beat The Madness
Once you land in the Kempegowda International Airport, you should have no problems finding transport. There are a host of airport taxis and Volvo buses to the city. But the safest option is to book yourself an Uber or an Ola cab. They’re much cheaper than the Airport Taxis and safer than most transport options. In fact, these apps are a safe bet whenever and wherever you want to travel. Getting around Bangalore can be hectic task, especially during rush hour. You could be stuck in traffic for hours, so make sure you ask your hotel’s concierge when’s the best time to leave.  Plus, you could always carry a good book or a pair of earphones to keep yourself occupied. Also, stay clear of autorickshaws! Most drivers are opportunistic and can charge exorbitant amounts of money for short distances. If you do want to try them, however, make sure you ask the driver for the price in advance. You could also take a ride in the city’s metro to get a feel for life here. If you’re planning to travel long distances, rent a car from popular companies, including Zoomcar or Myles.
Find Your Home Away from Home
When it comes to choosing accommodation, it’s best to choose a quality establishment close to your workplace. Most business hotels are located miles away from the airport, so don’t look for accommodation here. Localities like Whitefield, Domlur, Marathahalli, CV Raman Nagar, Sarjapur Road, Hebbal, and Electronic City have the biggest IT Parks in the city and therefore the most number of business hotels. You’ll find everything from posh five-star establishments to more budget-friendly accommodations. Most of the corporates traveling frequently for the business purpose prefer budget accommodation. Treebo Business Hotels in Bangalore are the best budget accommodation option for corporates offering quality services, branded amenities with efficient service.
Shop Smart
If you want to pick up a few souvenirs for your loved ones back home, head to one of Bangalore’s many commercial districts and budget-friendly local markets. If you’re planning to visit a local market, make sure you go along a friend from the city. Most shopkeepers will take advantage of tourists, so having a local friend to guide you and bargain for you is a huge advantage. Also, make sure you check the goods for damage before you buy them. This is because, usually, you won’t be able to return or exchange them. If you don’t have any local friends though, I’d suggest that you stick to shopping at malls.

A Culture Hot Pot
Agood population of people in Bangalore aren’t natives of the city, giving it a diverse range of cultures and languages. Most people here are either bilingual or multilingual. So, if you don’t speak Kannada, don’t worry. You could easily get away with English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu or Malayalam. The people here are also pretty friendly and welcoming. Make a few friends here and you will truly experience the city. 

Find the Best Grub and Ale
Bangalore is known for its delicious food. It doesn’t matter what you’re in the mood for, Bangalore has it all. Right from Middle-Eastern, Korean, Japanese, European, Mexican, Chinese to Tibetan. A word of caution, if you have a weak tummy, do not try the street food. Also, don’t drink the tap water here. Every hotel and restaurant sell bottled mineral water, just ask and you shall receive. If you don’t care to venture out, you could always have a meal at your hotel. Places like Treebo provide food within the premises. If you do have a few treats that you can’t live without, bring them along, as not many convenience stores may stock them. Bangalore has a number of pubs around the city, but nightlife here is cut short, with a curfew of 11:30 p.m. That shouldn’t stop you from having a great time however. If you love ales, sample a few craft beers from the city’s numerous microbreweries and bars. A few places to try are Toit, the Big Brewsky, Windmills Craftwork, the Biere Club, and the Arbor Brewing Company.
Discover the City
Bangalore is known for its beautiful parks, make sure you visit the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and Cubbon Park. The city is culturally rich and boasts a number of contemporary art museums and performance theatres. If you’re lucky, catch a play at Ranga Shankara in JP Nagar or Jagriti in Whitefield. You could also visit the Indian Cartoon Gallery at the Indian Institute of Cartoonists for a lesson in Indian cartoons. Also, visit the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore Palace, Bannerghatta National Park, and UB City.
If you have more time, visit Bangalore’s neighbouring cities, including Mysore, Shravanabelagola, Halebidu, Belur and Coorg. These cities are steeped in history and are wonderful places for both Indian and foreign tourists.
Now that you have an idea of what the city’s like, plan ahead. The first time might seem intimidating, but you’ll  love the warmth and culture of Bangalore. If you fall in love with the city like many others before you, come back and visit again.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Posted On 7/11/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Who doesn’t love the rains?
Who doesn’t love getting wet?
Who doesn’t love jumping in puddles?
We all do!
But are you concerned about what to wear this monsoon season?
The seasons are changing! Summer time has come and gone and now is the time for the rainy season to set in. It is the time for water showers, jumping in puddles, getting drenched in the rain and having fun. But we all know that with a change of seasons, means a change of wardrobe as well! 

So this monsoon join us in unveiling the top 5 fashion trends to rock this monsoon!

This article will help you style-proof your wardrobe and clothing choices this rainy season, so that whatever be the feature, you fashion sense and style doesn’t take a hit! This will help keep the fashionista in you alive and kicking!

We have drawn up a list of chic outfits and clothing choices that will brighten your mood and help you increase your glam quotient on a rainy day!

Top 5 Fashion Trends this Monsoon
These are the Fantastic Five of the fashion world right now. The rains may dampen everything, but they won’t be able to dampen your fashion spirit and your beauty! So, let’s get right to it!

Play Suits
Up first on this list are play suits! This monsoon season, forget about the traditional dresses- it is time for something new and innovative! The play suit effortlessly blends in practicality and swagger into an all-in-on dressing bonanza. From lovely laces to sassy sequins… these play suits are an amazing addition to any girl’s wardrobe. Put these play suits on now and hit the streets this monsoon with your friends! It’s a woman’s world after all! What makes these play suits so beneficial are how they’re so beautifully crafted. Featuring a low v-neckline style front, an audacious waist-tie, lightweight flowing sleeves, and a silhouette that sways with the wind- this is a wonderful piece of clothing is a must have in the monsoon. You can also complete your glamourous look with heeled sandals and a clutch!

This product can be priced anywhere in the price range of Rs 699 to Rs 2499. Depending on your taste and style, buy a jump from the online fashion web store Jabong. That is one amazing place to find incredibly dashing and hot play suits. One wonderful brand for playsuits is Forever 21. Users can buy the Forever 21 White Embroidered Tie-up Back Playsuit from Myntra today at just Rs 1529! And hurry, because this product is on sale as well.
Next on the list of these crazy monsoon trends are Culottes. Culottes are the new fashion trend doing the rounds right now! And why not? They’re a fantastic and chic piece of clothing that make the cloudy monsoons a lot more brighter and livelier for you and everyone looking at you as well.
This piece of clothing can make a wonderful addition to your clothing closet and can make you look lovely and radiant! Culottes are actually a very creative creation! They are a blender mix of a lot of different traditional women’s’ clothing. They are a fusion between women’s trousers, a skirt, palazzos and even pyjamas! That’s right! It can be described as a sort of knee-length trouser cut up to look like a skirt, with the looseness and freeness of a pyjama and a palazzo. You can even get these culottes with a matching top to look matchy - matchy as well! A nice t-shirt, a casual overcoat, a simple top or a fashionable buttoned up shirt will go very well with this. Add a waist belt as well to this attire and you’re good to go! Be it casual or formal wear, you can’t go wrong with Culottes.

These subtly charming pair of bottom ware can be found between Rs 499 to Rs 1299. Ether is a very nice brand that makes top quality Culottes among other clothing options. A nice product for those looking to buy this item is the Beige Printed Culottes on the online web store Jabong, available only for Rs 1000 currently. Further, apply the given Jabong coupons to save additional Rs 150 on your order.

Monsoons can no doubt be really pretty, and one can have a lot of fun getting wet in the rains- but that’s only if it is planned. Walking around in the monsoon can be a very dirty and troublesome affair.
There are a lot of puddles, dirt, mud and other things that can make your clothes dirty. The splash back on your leg can leave your full-length pants stained with dirt. Getting caught unprepared in such a weather can be a very problematic. Especially trudging around with wet pants. So, this rainy reason dress smartly by being prepared! Shorts are a very important aspect because not only can they very practical and efficient, but they are also don’t have the risk of getting any stains or dirt. It also enables you to be free and comfortable. A very nice and reputed brand of shorts are Alba! Been around for a number of years, their shorts are comfortable and stylish all the same! Users wishing to buy a new pair of shorts, we recommend you get the Alba Navyprinted shorts

Shorts are usually found in a price range of Rs 500 to Rs 1000, and this pair is relatively cheap for its quality! Myntra, the online fashion web store is where you’ll find this pair, and many other should you choose to expand your closet and get your wardrobe monsoon ready! And they have their very own exclusive monsoon offers as well to make this purchase an even sweeter one for customers.

Flip Flops
Moving on to the footwear section now, and the first item is the most obvious one- Flip Flops! Flip Flops are the ultimate monsoon season essential! Buy a fashionable pair of chic slippers and get on the bandwagon of stylish women flaunting their amazing footwear. Flip flops can come in an assortment of styles, colours and designs. Some of the trendy and hip flip flops come with sparkling beads, colourful embellishments, printed or striped designs and many more different patterns, all to make people wish they “walked a mile in your shoes… or flip flops, should we say?” So now, don an equally trendy matching outfit along with a fair of dazzling flip flops and dress on point! The beauty of this footwear is the sheer match-ability of it! There is barely anything that someone cannot wear with flip flops. A pair of shorts, tracks, trousers, a shirt, a casual t-shirt… the list is endless. They all go very well with flip flops.
And what’s more? Not only can flip flops be cool and hip, they are also very efficient and convenient more than anything else, especially when the rain showers come. That is because it is so easy to slip on or take off, and the best part is that they dry up very quickly as well! In comparison, shoes and other form of footwear take ages to dry.

Flip Flops can range anywhere between Rs 200 to Rs 999. But hurry, because stores like Flipkart have sales with a discount rate up to Rs 50 per cent off! Our recommendation for a nice pair of flip flops are the AdidasAril Attack 2017 MS Slippers for their lightness, firm grip even on wet ground and their stylish look that will make you seem like a poolside model! 

Wellington Boots
Last on the list of trendy chic fashion wear are another pair of foot wear. Wellington Boots are the Godfather of shoes, so to speak. They are big, they are grand, they are helpful and they are as stylish as can be! The best part about these Wellington boots are the fact that they are unisex! That’s right! These all in one Wellington boots can be worn by men and women alike. And the amazing aspect of it is, is that they can look dashing, so they are an efficient as well as a bold fashion statement. They are sort of like gum boots, but bigger in nature. These are very helpful especially during the rainy season! The secret behind them being so highly convenient during the monsoons, is hidden in the technique of how they’re made. These are crafted with the specific aim of being waterproof even in the heaviest of rain showers or the deepest of puddles, and hence they are large enough to come up till a person’s knees. Moreover, these wellington boots are usually made of either rubber or plastic, since they are materials which do not water in. The length of the boots coupled with their material is what make it such a big asset. The fashion quotient of it is just a bonus to users!

Wellington Boots on average can be order for an amount of anywhere between Rs 999 to Rs 2999. A very reputable brand for buying these rain shoes is Abbey Dale. Users wishing to buy a pair of Wellington boots for this monsoon season can order the amazing Willy Winkies Wellington Boots at just Rs 1999!

So now, this monsoon season get any of these amazing trendy fashion items and boost your confidence as well as the fashionista in you! Let the rains pour down, because with these fabulous products, you’ll be the trendiest person in the room. 

The best part about the products listed above is that they are not just very chic. They are also equally comfortable as they are useful! Some other very nice and helpful products users can don this monsoon season are wind sheeters, jackets, gum boots, a colourful umbrella or even some trendy poppy jackets! Add these to your arsenal of clothes and indulge in the trends of the season. Once you get these, nothing can “dampen” your style!

Posted On 7/11/2017 by Team iCynosure.

It is a given in these digital times that you're selfie game will be on point even if your make-up isn't. I've seen that whenever I'm headed, everyone is constantly taking selfies… individual or group. However not many phones allow you the luxury of gorgeous selfies, but fret not! With OPPO F3 Plus you can up your game without much effort. Well known for its amazing phones OPPO India Mobiles have launched the OPPO F3 Plus with dual cameras, that’s perfect for clicking great selfies.

The stand out feature for the phone is two front cameras, a 16MP camera with the standard 80° wide angle for individual selfies and an 8MP camera with a 120° wide angle for group selfies. The built-in Smart Facial Recognition feature notifies the user to switch to the group selfie mode when it detects more than a couple of faces on the camera lens.

Apart from the front cameras the OPPO F3 Plus also has a 16MP outstanding rear camera which clicks high-quality pictures with fast focus even in low-light, ensures you get amazing pictures on the go. Some other highlights of the phone are its robust battery that gives you 2 hours on the phone for 5 minutes of charging and its expandable storage that gives you the bandwidth to keep all your data without having to delete any information. 

I used the OPPO F3 Plus on my summer getaway to Singapore, and just like every travel enthusiast I wanted beautiful, clear pictures of my trip to the Singa city. Being a person who isn’t that technology savvy, the OPPO F3 made my picture experience a sail through with its amazing camera configuration, battery endurance and the built-in features for editing. After having used it, my mobile review would definitely recommend this phone in the gorgeous gold and rose gold versions which are now available, and will never go out of fashion. The phone has definitely changes the way I function on an everyday basis, not ceasing to impress me each time I go click-click-click.

Isn't the colour contrast and sharpness similar to that of a DSLR? It absolutely is. 

So if you are thinking of getting a new smartphone, look no further than the OPPO F3 Plus. 

Until next time,
- Heena

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Posted On 7/06/2017 by Team iCynosure.

The diversity that we see is our country, can also be seen in the unique blend of home décor that is available in the Indian markets today. The Indian consumer today is extremely versatile and is on the look-out of products that are traditional yet modern, are showpieces yet useful, and are simple yet technically advanced. 

As a professional and a homemaker, as a mother and a wife, my passion lies in decorating my home keeping in mind the sensibilities of our culture, the privacy of my family and the safety of my child along with the utility, the quality, and the minor yet important features of a product. The majority of players in the Indian market are primarily restricted to traditional handicraft based home furnishing products or modern import oriented products. Deco Home, an extension of the brand Deco Window has identified the need of an urbanised generation, and created a dynamic line of home décor products that resonate with the personal style and taste of the Indian consumer. The brand offers a huge range of home décor solutions that includes classic and modern profiles, where each piece is engineered for durability, functionality and aesthetics. The highlight of the brand is that it offers ‘Complete Solutions’ with endless possibilities to indulge in any design impulse.

This season the brand has diversified from window solutions to home solutions that will cater to every type of consumer. After browsing through the extensive range of products both existing lines and new launches, I’m bringing you five of my favorite products that are soon going to find space in my home.

Luxury Bedding Set
Deco Home gives your bedroom a makeover with their complete luxury bedroom sets. The 100% cotton product includes one king-size bedsheet, one duvet cover, two standard pillow covers, two cushion covers and one embroidered cushion cover. Just imagine that feeling when your room looks straight out of a movie set. 

Designer Cushion Covers
An extension to design sensibilities used for the new range of curtains in paisley, arabesque, geometric and solid, the complementing cushion covers add spark, texture, and personality to space it will adorn.  Not only do these tiny elements of luxury add to the décor but also make you want to snuggle in the comfort of the space. 

Space Fill Seals
Gaps between the doors and windows are not only pretty annoying, but hazardous too, if you have a young child at home. I’ve had instances of when my daughter’s foot has been caught between these spaces and has taken a long time to heal. The innovative space seal from the brands’ Home Improvement range is perfect to fill these gaps and ensure privacy, safety and convenience. 

Garden Torch Lights
Deco Windows’ staple outdoor accessory, the garden torch transforms your urban-modern space into a tropical paradise. A perfect way to add light to the balcony, garden, patio; the garden torch is light-weight, weather-proof and easy to assemble. With four different ways that the product can be set, it makes for an ideal gift option too. 

Automatic Curtain Track
With all aspects of lifestyle getting technologically advanced, Deco Windows’ state-of-the-art motorized curtains, makes life systematically simpler. The advanced technological innovation enables to open and close curtains through a remote, across your home without having to move around or manually change it. This is truly refined living.

Have you used any Deco Window or Deco Home products? Tell me in the comments below which of these is your favourite product. 

Until next time,
- Heena