K N I X

You saw my Instagram, you saw that I purchased a few things from Knix. Right?

I have been watching this brand of undergarments for some time and really like their philosophy and idea behind the brand. I especially liked that Zehra Alibhai became an affiliate and had a promo code of 30% off. I used it to make my purchase which was definitely worth it. So I purchased the the 8-in-1 Evolution Bra and the Padded 8-in-1 Evolution Bra. I used their sizing ‘algorithm’ and eagerly awaited my order. I even added the Athletic bikini underwear and the Thigh Saver Shorts and can’t wait to try out the Don’t Sweat it T-shirt under my scrubs when I start work soon.

So here is what I experienced: the underwear stands true to everything they claim, perfectly seamless, really smooth. I love wearing them under desi clothes as well as maxi skirts and dresses as often that jersey material doesn’t hide anything. It is not a curry girls’ favorite fabric. Now for the bras, also seamless and the straps are nice and wider which helps with support and is often key to a good bra. However, the band really cuts in around your ribs, and I had a lot of spillage, for lack of a better word. If you’re a curvy girl, have some extra love up above you need a solid bra to contain all you got. I wore a t-shirt on top and you could see the there was extra rolling going on above my armpits as well as in the back.

I really was disappointed as I feel if there was boutique nearby I could go in for a proper bra fitting and would be had better success with this product. The padded bra I find useful to ensure nothing shows, especially under desi clothing and scrubs. Unfortunately, it also reacted the same way to my body type. I looked at the website and tried to see a model close to my body type and see if she had the same problems, and couldn’t find quite that girl. Needless to say, I am returning these two items. It was really easy to do so. Just sent an email and received an attachment including a proper waybill that all I had to do was unbox the bras and put them in another shipping box and tape the waybill to it and send it via regular post, free of cost.

Once they receive it they will reimburse me. They also offered to give me feedback regarding fitting and such, but I was kinda over it at this point. Still on the hunt for the perfect foundation garment. Really miss my go-to boutique in the YEG. Dawn’s Bra-tique is amazing. She belongs to a generation of a long standing women-run business reaching as far back as the original settlers. Although her price point is higher, I really find it worth it. As it decreases the strain on my back as well as makes my body look they way I like it to. Own what your mama gave ya!

If you tried KnixWear, let me know how you faired!

F A V E S

Pretty potluck look: So I’m part of this potluck group here in Austin, the lovely Farheen added me to a group of distinguished and discerning women who have families and have wholeheartedly welcomed me into their group. I attended my dear friend Juvairia’s potluck this past saturday of a Mediterranean theme. I brought the falafel and fatoush (my fave Mediterranean salad) that we ordered from Arpeggio Grill because I did not have enough time to prepare these items myself. I really enjoyed Arpeggio’s food when I first came to Austin. It’s a nice place to find authentic Mediterranean and halal food. But lately, it hasn’t been the best. The falafel were too dry, and the sale was already dressed with the pita chips which made them soggy when we actually ate. I had hoped they wouldn’t kept them on the side like Peace Bakery does. Hindsight and all that, I guess.

It was a fun night, where awe caught up with what’s new in each others lives. Kids birthdays coming up, new babies on the way and therefore, gender reveal party coming up. Wonderful gardening stories shared and my eagerness to get out in my own garden portrayed. It’s like old friends of numerous years catching up on the daily. There is some truth to this new notion of Squad goals, or love. A sisterhood truly is invaluable and only after I moved away from my network of sisters in Edmonton, AB did I truly feel what this means for any female, of any age, anywhere in this world. It is truly invaluable.

I digress, the picture of me below is the look I created with the product image above. It’s hard to see the eyeshadow, but I put just the lightest touch the iridescent purple shadow of Fenty Beauty’s Galaxy palette in the center of my eyelid’s lower half, and along the lower rim. Wanted a hint of glam, but more a muted polished look. I found that the RCMA colorless powder did not sit nicely on the FlowerBeauty skincognito foundation. Even after blending over again with a damp Mikasa Beauty makeup blender sponge, it did not set nicely, it looked too textured and not smooth, like it usually does without finishing powder. I plan on trying it out with other foundations, to see if its an ingredient thing or a technique thing. By the by, the Skincognito foundation sticks by FLowerBeauty are on sale for $7.70 on their website! Finally, I can’t figure out the Stellar Lighting Systems Go Diva Selfie Ring Light and so  I have purchase a new lighting system necessary for proper photos. Stay tuned!

In the end the look was still what I wanted, a clean hint of glam, my own lashes, not falsies look. What do you think?

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U N N U D E

I picked up a couple new items from Walmart the other day, looking for some inspiration and the new highlighter palette by FlowerBeauty. I obviously did not get the palette because this Walmart didn’t have it yet. I was pretty disappointed, but I found a few other items I had my eye on. the Ardell Magnetic Accents lashes and opted for this beautiful HardCandy highlighter palette. I stumbled upon the L’oreal Crushed Foil metallic eyeshadow in Diamond dust. Honestly this shadow is so pretty, it has an iridescent green tint as well as a kind of Burgundy undertone. It’s a crystal kind of finish and its just stunning. A little goes a long way! The magnetics lashes are amazing, they required a bit of fidgeting about in that I had to use a tweezer to get them to stay in place. You have to first put the top lashes to rest on your now lashes and then let the bottom ones join on via the magnets. They stay nice and tight and do not move, which is great once you have them the right place, but until then, its a bit annoying. It’s worth it for me though because then I do not have to deal with eyelash glue, which I don’t mind, but it does save time not having to deal with it. Definitely give them lashes a go! The picture below is an image of the look I created and on my YouTube channel you will find a close up clip of the look. Tutorial coming soon.

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V A L E N T I N E S D A Y G L A M

So    many stunning valentines day looks out there on the gram and snapchat, etc. But serious, can we talk about this for a minute. There’s a select few of the overall female population who can rock a hugely bold look on the daily. Can you really show up to your office, or hospital, or school, or wherever with stickers, flowers, or bold glitter eyelids or lips? I know I can not. I currently work at two different schools as substitute teacher and at another school as. school nurse. Trust me when I tell you, you students will be more distracted by the extra bold colors or look on my face than what they’re gonna be learning that day. To be fair, its not likely too much learning is gonna happen tomorrow due to all the candy and valentines shared. But still, I have to do my best.

Thus, I created this look for the working women with day jobs where maybe the gem stone eyeliners and red eyelids won’t really go so well. Still figuring out the lighting, clearly!! Lol. 💞
I used @fentybeauty Galaxy eyeshadow palette because I love that it has just enough buildable shimmer and sparkle for both day and night looks. I used Milky Way on the whole lid and Sunburst in the lower lashline and on the hearts. Inner eye duct and eyebrow highlight is eyeshadow by @noniecreme in autumn olive and @anastasiabeverlyhills Prism palette colour Eden in the crease. @limecrimemakeup Velvetine liquid lipstick are the hearts outlined with @stilacosmetics eyeliner.

This was a quick look which I added some night time glam via lashes in vixen by @azeredocosmetics. The featured image of the one eye shows that look. Below is the overall look and another picture my cat Sheroo getting excited with me for the product pic of everything I sued. Pro Tip: To complete the look add a splash of color via @limecrimemakeup velveteen liquid lipstick and away you go!

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F I S H I N G

Today my husband took me fishing. This is our second fishing adventure. The first time I ever went fishing was with him on our anniversary in Banff, in my home province of Alberta. That was quite the adventure, we were up in the Rocky Mountains fishing in a National park and we didn’t catch anything. Today we went to Marble Falls just outside Austin, Texas and didn’t catch anything. But it was so much fun. We got our gear ready and stopped at the local Riverside Grille for some local eats. I had the catfish and enjoyed the sides of fries and mash more than the entree itself. But still a cool location in that the original structure was a textile mill making surgical gauze and other cotton goods.

We got some live bait from the local Thomas Bait shoppe and set out for a good spot. The funniest part of fishing I find is the casting and reeling. I couldn’t stand the site of the worms so I didn’t use the live bait. My husband got me a crappie magic tackle piece. Apparently there’s a fish called crappie out there! I thought that was hilarious!

So my crappie fish and I set out to catch some non-crapy fish but after three hours we were not successful.

On the plus side, I got my workout in! I set my fishing rod down while waiting for the fish and completed day three of @zalibhai 6 week challenge. I didn’t have weights with me so i improvised with some stones and did the best I could! It was awesome. The cold wind made my heart rate rise more and kind of doubled he workout!

Overall, it was a fun adventure and a nice way to spend Valentines weekend.

F L O W E R B E A U T Y

About face foundation by Flower Beauty is a different kind of addition to my makeup treasure trove. I’m conflicted, as I am surprised by how the shade I chose seem to dry lighter, meaning it aerated or oxidized to a shade too light for my skin. however, how wonderful it feels going on and the fact that it stays all day due to the built in primer are reasons for me to recommend this foundation. I feel like those benefits outweigh the shade in that it is easy for you to go in store, be that at Walmart or Ulta beauty to color match. I ordered this online based on a picture and thus, mistake were made.

Definitely give it a try considering it’s on sale now for only $9.80 USD, it is a decent product and fortified with all kinds of good treats for the skin such as vitamin C and E as well as anti-oxidant and anti-aging qualities. It comes in a pretty package in that it’s a glass jar with a removable cover and a nice pump that gives just a little at a time. It has the signature faux rose gold leaf logo on it that makes the packaging so elegant. Which is perfect because a little goes a long way. It is, after all, a full coverage foundation.

Check out my Instagram for a mini video on a finished look I did using this product.

 

M U E L L E R

Sunday January 7th 2018, was a wonderfully fun day spent at Mueller Lake Park, Austin. My husband Daunish and I went to the Texas Farmers Market where we are almost regulars. I love farmers markets, there’s a lovely one in Edmonton, Alberta, called the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market where I used to go often. This was a sheltered market as the weather in Edmonton is a bit more unpredictable than here in Austin. You can expect all kinds of weather all within the same day, sleet, snow, rain, sunshine. You name it, it’s happened!

The Texas Farmers Market at Mueller is a long stretch of tented stalls selling a wide range of items from freshly baked breads, fresh farm produce, meats, and eggs, to organic lavender creams and homemade soaps. My favorite stands are the produce ones, where I gain inspiration for healthy meals to cook for the week. This time I came home with fresh turnip, beets, and heirloom carrots. I’m planning on making my grandmas recipe for a delicious East Indian dish of shaljam ghosht, meaning Turnips and beef, as well as using the beets and carrots in side salads for the week.

After the market we had a delicious brunch at Halcyon where Daunish had the Big “D” Benedict and I enjoyed the Veggie Monster egg skillet. Halcyon is a really fun place to have a meal or just grab a coffee. They have started to come out with small pastries such as mini banana breads and assorted muffins. They have a vibrant self seating system where you can sit at one of their shared spaces or at a table in the back. I used their space when I was studying for the NCLEX. I require a lot of natural light to keep me awake and alert, and of course the constant smell of coffee helps! This, Halcyon is a go-to location for me and now Daunish too!