Whats up guys? Did you have all have a wonderful weekend?... Do you guys agree to the fact that most of us are shopping champions and we seriously follow the "shop till you drop" phrase like a success mantra?..... Well I use to do that a lot , until I realized and thought about how sorted I am in life?. It may not be always just about shopping , but so many things I had to streamline. One among such is my urge to shop more than I need. I have so many things to put on table , but right now let us just focus on " How to be a smart shopper " part. Below are 5 practices that worked better for me and I hope it might help some of you guys as well , after all I am all about sharing my personal practices and experiences. Scroll down to read.
1. Set a fixed budget : Yes , before you even think of stepping out randomly to stroll at a mall and shop , set up a fixed budget. When there is a figure you fix for and when you know you are going beyond , you mind automatically thinks you are doing something that you are not supposed to and if your will power is high , you will not blur your boundaries.
2 . Draw your budget cash to Pay: This step restrains you more from over shopping. Do not go even a penny beyond your budget cash. Also when we swipe we certainly pay atleast 20% more than what we have to by the time we finish shopping at multiple brands. So draw cash and pay for the purchases.
3. Differentiate between a "WANT" and a "NEED" : When you look around too many pieces at a time , the first sentence that rings in your mind is " I want this". Try and surpass that statement and try to consciously think beyond. Now try on shopping with a list , list all your needs and stick to them. But that does not mean life is just to survive and not meant to be lived. Treat yourself with some wants , along the way . But do so when you can afford and enjoy those wants as extras that they are.
4. Shop Unseason : This is the thumb rule for smart shoppers. When a season almost comes to an end and brands start to stock up the new season's latest arrivals , there are always unseasonal stuff quoted at lower prices , like the winter fashion , boots and scarves. Pick them at lower prices than they are when they are high priced. This works better and saves almost 50% of your money.
5. Set a time frame : Do not dawdle around the mall or shopping center aimlessly in a hustle to pick up as much as you can. Many of try to shop as we while-away our afternoon stroll or beat boredom. I would not advocate this strategy. To be a smart shopper set up a strict time frame and once its time , head back home. Your time is too valuable and cannot be spent mindlessly.
Hope today's post was interesting and helpful to some of you. Since I keep getting these kind of requests on my Instagram and Facebook , I keep converting those into posts and sharing my personal experiences. If you have any similar questions , write to me on email@example.com or DM me on Instagram @the_chic_iconic (Click here). Let us get back in touch with a new post.
---The Chic Iconic---
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5 Productive Things to do Instead Of Scrolling Through Instagram Infinitely....(Let’s Talk Life _part 1)
I am a blogger and a part of me lies totally on the Instagram platform.
But I cannot legit scrolling through Instagram for about 15 -20 minutes continuously and doing nothing multiple times a day. Not hitting a like , neither commenting on some soulful pictures. That means I am not meeting the purpose of the platform whose whole concept is networking. In fact I cannot positively validate the amount of time I spend on Instagram.
Are you in the same boat?. I am sure I am not alone. I have always wondered what's the incatation here.
This platform is an essential part of my branding and marketing sources to work with brands and get paid. But then social media is just a highlight of what we bloggers do , not behind the scenes.
The content we put together for a project and promotion runs in our websites. We want it to be seen , read , felt and understood. For the kind of research we put in to dispense the best quality content , a simple reward is the read.
For if you read through , we have hidden references , information , branding and much more to this content. So here is how I broke it down into a list to help myself and also some of you guys to get back on right track of living life the real way and not get addicted to Instagram or any other platform. Not that I negate the concept of social media , But I plan my time and give it a limited provision of time in my day to keep a healthy mind and body. So here is the list.
1. READ A BOOK.
Read an actual book , When was the last time you did that?... I am an avid book lover , of course I have my own simple choice of reading random books for which I find the gist to be interesting - especially the murder mysteries. That is how I have developed an urge to write , put things on paper and started honing my skills towards literature and pick up knowledge spill from here and there. Reading a book helps you expatiate your skill set and improve comprehension. You feel much more powerful and self sufficient when you actually feel contended.
2. START A BLOG.
Have you been thinking for the longest time to start a blog?. Start your research , find your interests. Learn from your favorite bloggers. Get an idea on marketing and SEOs. Believe me, my blog is my vent and my soulful journal that takes me sky high and also brings me back to ground , thus hitting a balance. I would love to provide a step by step guide on how to start your blog.
3. CREATE A BUDGET PLAN FOR THE MONTH/YEAR.
I Know creating a budget or thinking about it is not the sexiest thing. You would rather love to wake up , go for shopping and not bother in the world about how much you spent. But the reality is different , I have slowly come to terms with that. Let me tell you something , the money habits you form now in your twenties are going to impact your "financial future" either positively or negatively. So calm down , mince out a budget plan for yourself and your future self will thank you big time.
4. SPEND QUALITY TIME.
Do you have a pet ? a cat , a dog.. Do you live with your boyfriend , husband or mom & dad?. Do you have a baby?. Regardless of whom you live with , it is very soul satisfying to put down your phone and spend quality time with them. Always take a walk everyday with your loved ones. Do not cook up your brain with phone after long working hours , it is essential for your brain to see multiple things and emotions everyday to function in multi direction. Restricting it digitally will limit its functionality. I am no doctor to say this nor am I qualified. But experiences does count , Hence I am putting forth.
5. TAKE A NAP.
I regret every single day that I spent scrolling through Instagram , instead I should have taken a nap. Most of us think that taking a nap is waste of time. But short naps or power naps helps you recharge your self , just like your mobile your body hints tiredness and a need for recharge , identify right in time and take a nap. Immensely successful people like "THOMAS ALVA EDISON" swears by these power naps as the energy secrets. THOMAS ALVA EDISON has set up napping cots through out his house , laboratories and libraries for when ever he needed to recharge.
So that is it for today guys. Since I have promised to concentrate more on lifestyle blog posts, I will be working on them as per the requests from you guys. Thanks for an anonymous reader to bring this topic on table and made me work on it for the betterment of me and my follower friends and readers.
Outfit by : Threeness_Official ( Click here)
Earrings by : Krafted with Happiness (Click here)
Watch by: Valor_Watches(Click here)
Dear all readers. I hope you are having a great time enjoying this mixed spring-summer climate. This Summer throw some light on subtle and classy outfits. Here I am choosing polka dots from "SheinOfficial" . This two layer outfit with a sheer polka dot has been hand picked for this summer collaboration with SheinOfficial brand. I have always enjoyed wearing them , for I love my comfort . After having noticed that polka dots need not be black and white , I have decided to go for this colorful polkas .
This look is simple and classy for outdoors in summers. Paired it up with my turquoise clutch from Aldo. I am never disappointed with the outfit choices from this brand and my association with this brand for the promotions is one of the best choices I have made in blogging career , Since I kept on writing about affordable fashion from day 1.
I have also accessorized with this fringe earrings from AccessoriesChamolyOfficial. These are very subtle pieces as well. They go very well with my polka dots outfit. I hope you guys find this oufit cool and lovable. I will be linking below the details to shop this outfit. Stay tuned for the next outfit round up.
Are you enjoying the beautiful and bright sunny days this March?. I am super excited to pipeline my shoots with the brands I love and work for this summer , Since there is no much hindrance and extreme instability in the weather this summer. This is the time when the blue skies emulate bright color variance. I am the happiest in summers nonetheless I protect myself from any powerful UV rays with my neutrogena sun block.
The summer hits the highest probability of outdoor weddings and cocktail parties , hence creating an opportunity to flaunt the best cocktail outfits. My recent association with "JJShouse Official" helped me throw some light the party outfits at much affordable prices and in accordance with the occasion for the consumers. From subtle to the extravagant designs , this place has the best outfits and are the must haves for your party wardrobe.
They have launched the Spring-Summer 2018 bridal collection which is immaculate and creates and undivided attention when worn. They are true to the size and comfortably fit making life easy. Also they have a 24 hour order cancellation policy and 7 day return policy. I have loved the variety of designs and wide array of color pallet available.
What I am wearing today is a silver cocktail outfit embossed with crystals on the yolk of the dress and a combination of sequins. Pairing it up with minimal fashion jewelry from JJShouse was fun. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Fashion House and to be in the part of their brand promotions. The link for the website is below , please click and shop till you drop.
Stay tuned for The Summer Project series. Until then keep loving and stay kind enough to extract a smile from fellow people.
Buy the oufit and Jewelry at : JJShouse
This summer lets start with a favorite color pick. This is a monthly series and I will be doing a outfit round up , so keep following me on Instagram , Facebook and Pinterest for outfit inspiration that is minimal and cool for summers.
This mini mint green number is the first pick in The summer project series. Since I love and follow minimalism in my outfit curation , this is something I loved when the stylist " Aasvi Annei " approached me for a summer styling project. It is a simple mint green cotton shirt dress that perfectly hugs my body with so much simplicity and grace. The details on the outfit are so captivating and offbeat. The staple cold shoulder collars and the cuffs got me transfixed. Such colors are so pleasant to start my summers.
The scintillating summers allow you to play with pastel pallets and mint green is something you might want to pick as one of your color choices. The shirt dresses , slip ons and slide overs make your summer more easy and lovable . Keep an eye on the fabric choices you make on summers. do not be so rough on your skin.
Mints , blues , greens and whites are the warmest looks that can full fill amazing attires and Do not scare away from bright colors as well , For - you get that beautiful bright sun out all time in summers rather than in any other season. Grant yourself with some color elevation , start with the warmest and go bright.
I hope you loved this outfit post today . Stay tuned to more blog posts and Instagram (@the_chic_iconic) posts this summer. Enjoy your summers looking utmost pretty , getting more of vitamin d and some orange hues on your body. Since its now time to protect your skin from any harsh UVrays do not forget applying the sunscreen with spf 30 , on your face as well as your body. It blocks nearly 97 percent of UVB rays and keeps your skin away from any damage.
--The Chic Iconic
Outfit styling: Aasvi Annei
Shoes : Aldoshoes
Isn't it been a tradition that I start my summers with boho vibes. Sometimes quite very coincidentally and on the fly. This time hasn't been different. I love these boho pieces and I always have at-least one piece in my wardrobe. The quest for these pieces is very minimal yet little important for me since i find them very interesting. Now this piece is from "Astha and Siddarth" label. I love the whole set of pieces from them and they are very much cotton , comfortable and ambient.
I have combined this boho piece with a patched crop top from "papaya clothing" and a black vintage skirt from " Forever 21" and a pair of black boots from "Express". Let this summers be very vibrant and let us wear bright clothes to have some wonderful beach moments. Check out " Ans Astha and Siddarth " label for similar boho capes and prints. Keep reading "The Chic Iconic ". I will updating this space with more lifestyle related posts and videos. Since most of you requested things related to day to day life , I will be working more towards the lifestyle genre.
XoXo - The Chic Iconic...
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Winters are here and our skin is prone to extreme changes. Dryness, irritation, Redness, Frost bites due to snow etc. I have been experiencing extreme cold winters and minus temperatures here in Virginia. So its time to up my winter skin care game. I have associated with "Himalaya Winter Care" to bring their winter products that helped me keep my skin healthy for ages to you guys. You guys might have heard the term herbal from you moms and grand moms , I so got used to them and my skin feels secure with these products . Thanks to Himalaya for bringing us with more and more herbal products for hair , skin moisturizing and anti-aging. Over years they have won trust and most Asian women feel secure with Himalaya Herbal products. Below are the 5 Tips for winter skin care routine that will help you keep your skin safe in winters.
1. Wash your skin with Luke warm water:
Hot showers are everybody's favorite in winters. But washing off your face and body with extreme hot water may strip off essential oils and lead to extreme dryness. Instead use luke warm water to wash and protect your skin from losing elasticity.
2. Moisturize Immediately:
Your skin needs to be moisturized within 2 or 3 minutes of shower. Moisturizing damp skin helps to seal the dampness and keeps it moisturized. Always keep your face and body moisturizers in the shower racks and on top of the sink. Very important tip is that your neck is as important as your face and you need to moisturize neck all time since the skin there is very thin. The Himalaya light and non greasy nourishing skin cream has become my staple face moisturizer. It is a combination of Indian Kino Tree, Aloe Vera and Winter Cherry. Its mild fragrance helps me sooth my skin and mood.
3. Change your moisturizers for Winters:
Most of the moisturizers contain petroleum products which might lead to more dryness in winters. Make sure you do not choose products with the petroleum ingredients. Cocoa butter keeps your skin moisturized in winters. The Himalaya Cocoa Butter Intense body lotion is what I would suggest if you love herbal products.
4. Lip care in Winters :
I often keep switching my lip cares , but I stick to coconut oil in the nights to keep my lips moisturized. I always carry aquaphor when I travel to cold places. But when I am on the run in day to day life or in a hurry for meetings I never forget my Himalaya Strawberry Shine Lip moisturizer with semi tint.
5. Hydrate your body very often:
Not only moisturizing the body from outside but also moisturizing from within is also very important. We often tend to drink less water in winters and switch to hot drinks. But its important to have lots of water to cleanse your body from any toxins that can instigate allergies. A glass of luke warm water with lemon and honey is a superb work around for hydration.
I hope you guys are having a wonderful 2018 though its chilling outside. This month it is all about skin care on the blog. Keep reading and pour your love. Please email me about any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post is sponsored by Himalaya Personal Care.
The tricky winters might trick you so much so that you tend to choose dull color palletes from your wardrobe. Or it could be the other way round where you jump into prompt shopping when you are heading out for a visual treat in winter. Either of them are a complete no - no to me. I never burn my pockets to look jazz in winters , instead I work on choosing the perfect color splash to block the winter twilights. I work very carefully on my wardrobe choices during the times that I think can push me to indecisiveness. I prefer not to run around shopping malls tiring myself with over whelming choices. The best thing in my observation is to spend some time running through my wardrobe to pick up a color mix that works better for me to capture perfect frames.
For this project , I chose two brands that never made me regret for any of my outfit choices in the previous experiences. "Recycling" , Yes recycling your wardrobe in a quite very smart way is not an art but some times a spur of the moment beauty. I often keep myself in that space and enjoy the outcomes. The two brands that I worked on are " Sheinofficial" and "Forever21". If you are a frequent shopper at Forever21 you might have mastered their bright colors. Two looks that are carefully choosen for this post are not any different or exceptional but for me they are just perfect choices anybody could make to brighten up your dark winters.
In the look 1, I have chosen a burgundy sweater from sheinofficial and a black velvet skirt from forever21 which were a part of my wardrobe since last year and I have fallen in love ever since. They look perfect in the hidden sun that throws divine light in winters. And the snow in the background just compliments!.
In the Look 2, I have chosen a red skater dress from forever21 and threw a bright yellow bell sleeve top that perfectly complimented. Reds ain't for summers , they work magic in winters with the white snow in the background. The bright yellow at first might make you feel like you have made a loud choice , but it isn't. Loud is the new cool in winter. If you are an insta freak or a picture lover they do magic in your gallery.
That's it for the winter lookbook guys. I sure will come up with new looks in the winter and I thank these brands for helping me curate my perfect winter looks.
Happy Holidays my dear beautiful readers. Thanks a lot for all the lovely emails and enquiries on the outfits. I promise to keep up with extending the support to provide the answers to all your questions and will continue to help with choosing the perfect brands.
Buy the looks at:
Black skirt: www.forever21.com
Burgundy Top: www.sheinofficial.com
Yellow top and the red skater : www.forever21.com
This winter's dramatic fluctuation in weather is trying to make me a couch potato. Yet I keep myself on toes this season. Since fatigue is what keeps me unhappy . Winter's wardrobe essentials and never ending winter shopping is tiring. I would want to avoid doing that constantly. Reusing your summer wardrobe is not a whole new different or unexplored tangent. But let me remind you that out and out summer wardrobe can be used or recycled to covert them into winter wardrobe.
We have all been at that phase where we never wanted to reuse those outfits that are photographed already once. But that is not a solution to sport different looks. Playing with your personal style and curating different looks with the same outfits is a fun task and you will enjoy doing it. This time I chose my suspenders from my wardrobe which are my favorite summer chic #ootds and converted them to use as my winter #ootds. Layering is the interesting part in winter , so let us layer our summer outfits in winter. I felt my suspenders aren't just for summer , I would enjoy wearing them even in winter. So i have Paired them up with a set of thermal pants and a full sleeve tee shirt unlike I do short sleeves or no sleeves in summer.
If you have similar outfits in your summer wardrobe do not scare away from reusing them. Below are the two looks with suspenders. I get inspired by recyclable fashion and blur my boundaries and strike off the statements to sport some fun looks by season. Experimenting with fashion brings out the best personal style , so do not stop experimenting this season.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post. I will get back with another interesting post soon.
The Chic Iconic
Buy the look at :
Look 1: Pink Suspenders : www.forever21.com
Look 2: Burgundy Suspenders: www.sheinofficial.com
Black tee: www.forever21.com
Black Boots: www.express.com
This is Shrithi, founder of Chic Iconic. I do the write up for the fashion statements, styles and tips. Stop and have a glimpse of Chic-Iconic blog, take tips, follow posts and turn yourself a smart fashion Icon with very minimal details, but great sense of fashion.