“Shaving makes skin dry and flaky”- Myth 1 busted with Gillette Venus #SubscribeToSmooth Challenge

Hello everyone,

Last week I had posted about my Gillette Venus Event and how I took up the 30 day #SubscribeToSmooth challenge with them. I’ve been learning a lot of new things in this process about shaving and today I am going to talk about one very common myth that most of us have about shaving, that is,

Myth 1: “Shaving leads to dry and flaky skin”:

So here’s what I learnt from Dr. Rashmi Shetty at the event: Shaving correctly makes sure that the top layer of your dead skin is removed smoothly which in turn makes the skin smoother as the days proceed. The only thing one needs to keep in mind is to not shave too close to the skin or putting too much pressure on the razor as this would only lead to cuts and bruises which in turns makes your skin dark and patchy.

Few years back when I tried shaving, I used to get the most horrible itchiness all due to the dryness and flakiness of the skin. When I got to know recently that I was not giving the adequate moisture that my skin needed, I knew I was doing something wrong. But ladies, all you have to do is use the right products and you will never look back to booking appointments at the salon. Ever since I started using the kit I received at the event, which has the Gillette Satin Care Gel, I feel that I’m no more scared or worried about harming my skin. You may ask why this sudden change of mind? Well, the formula of the shaving gel makes the skin feel moisturized and soft which was not the case in the past when I didn’t care much about what products I was using to shave.

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Girls, the process is very simple, all you need to do is shave when you are taking a shower as this makes sure the skin is damp enough for the process. Apply a good shaving foam all over the skin which needs to be shaved and then use a good quality sharp razor that can remove the hair in one stroke instead of going over one part again and again to avoid any cuts. Make sure to moisturize your skin well after you are done.

My verdict: Shaving definitely does not make the skin dry and flaky if you take care of the basic points:

  • A good shaving foam gel/cream as it softens the hair follicles
  • A good quality razor meant for women
  • Moisturize generously (Remember even after waxing, the lady at the salon does apply a moisturizer)

So this was my first week update about the #SubscribeToSmooth challenge and I am truly enjoying the shaving experience. Make sure to post your shaving queries or any tips that you have for me and the others in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to answer to you all.

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You can buy the Gillette Venus products here: Razor, Cartridges, Shaving gel and for more information and tips about shaving, checkout their App.

 

Till then stay awesome 😀

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Honor 5X- A budget friendly phone with loads to offer

Hello everyone,

 

How are you all doing? I’ve not been very consistent with my posts lately due to all the travelling that I’ve been indulging in from last 2 weeks. Here’s a promise, I am going to post regularly from now on. Pinky promise 😀

So from almost a month, I’ve been using the Honor 5X smartphone, a product by the well known brand HUAWEI. This is the latest mid range product which makes sure that the consumer gets the best features for the most affordable price. Let me tell you all about my experience and what I think about this baby….

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Price: A super cool price of just 12999INR. A tough one for the other competitors in the market I feel.

Stylish looks:

Well, the look of a phone is very important to me and to many like me. The phone has a metal body with a bit of a texture to it. I have the phone in gold color and I absolutely adore it for the simple fact that it’s really light weight and doesn’t heat up after hours of usage also.

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Fingerprint sensor:

Fingerprint sensor is something that we all dream about in our phones these days and at a mere price of 12999INR is a miracle in disguise. And guess what, you can use each finger to function as different commands like clicking pictures, answering calls and even send SOS calls (a must have for women these days).

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Multi purpose fingerprint sensor

Camera:

Isn’t this one of the first things we all see while buying a phone??Well the phone has a very good camera;both rear and front and gives a decent enough picture clarity and for a price like this, it is indeed super impressive. The front camera is 5MP and the rear is 13MP with a very good flash feature. It also has some really good features like “GOOD FOOD” which is specially awesome for bloggers who love posting pictures of what they eat almost all the time on social media. Apart from this, it has features like slo-mo, beauty, panorama etc that are great if you want to experiment with your pictures and videos and also need quality in them.

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Picture taken in the day light
Picture taken in the day light
Picture taken in the evening
Picture taken in the evening

The pictures taken outdoor were amazing and the camera performed well indoors and okayish in low light. The fingerprint sensor can be easily used for taking selfies which is super convenient if you want some quick selfies.

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Selfie taken with the “Beauty” feature

Battery life:

Ok so this is something we all struggle with most of the times. A special moment to capture or an emergency to call and BAMM, no charge in the phone. The Honor 5X has an amazing battery backup which was surprising for me as most of budget phones are dealing with low battery backup these days. The phone also has an option of saving your battery when it goes to 20%. With 3 different power modes:Normal, smart and ultra power saving, one can easily save up battery especially when you are travelling and don’t have a place to charge the phone. A big thumbs up for that.

The phone does have a bit of lagging while switching between apps but other than that, I did not find much of a heating problem so far even after some big size games were installed on them by my brother.

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Apart from these main features, the Honor 5X also has a 2GB ram and a 16GB memory with an expandable memory option. The sim tray has two slots for one micro sim slot and the other for a nano sim slot which I think is quite convenient. The phone comes with a USB charger and some other additional features include gestures such as double press the volume button to click a picture instantly etc.

My Final Verdict:

The HONOR 5X is one of the best budget phones available in the market I feel and coming from a well established brand like HUAWEI makes it even better due to the trust factor. The battery quality is the impressive feature of this phone for me as I can carry the phone without worrying much about searching for a charging point. For a blogger, it’s very important to be available on social media most of the times and this phone makes sure to not ditch me during important times by giving me the best battery backup. I would definitely recommend this to those who are looking for a good looking phone at an affordable price without burning a hole in the pocket.

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If you wish to purchase this phone you can find it on AMAZON and FLIPKART and also has the option to choose from their 3 different colors available.

What do you think of HONOR 5X? Do you own this phone? Make sure to comment your views down in the comment section below.

 

Till then stay awesome 😀

Busting Shaving Myths with Gillette Venus #SubscribeToSmooth Challenge

Hola!!!!

Those of you who follow me on my social media would know that last week I got a chance to attend the Gillette Venus “Subscribe to Smooth” Event at the Oberoi, Bangalore. The meetup was addressed by the renowned aesthetic physician Dr. Rashmi Shetty who also can be seen on the popular YouTube channel GLAMRS and kannada film industry’s popular actress Radhika Pandit who gave us their tricks and tips about how to shave and also broke some of the common myths about shaving.

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For those of you who do not know about Gillete Venus, here are a few facts:

  • The first women’s razor was actually a men’s razor made in Pink color. Hahah! We surely have evolved and with the new Gillette Venus razor, women can shave comfortable due to the extremely well contoured soft grip handle.
  • The razors also have a strip made with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E which makes sure to keep the skin smooth and moisturised.
  • The results are best achieved with the Gillette shaving gel foam which keeps the skin radiant and soft.

During the talk, Radhika explained how shaving has helped her in her busy schedule to maintain a smooth skin and always camera ready and believes that women just need to know the right technique of shaving to get an absolute best result. She says that one can carry the razor while travelling conveniently instead of looking out for salons and booking appointments and waiting for the hair to grow back to a certain length.

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The best part was when Dr Rashmi Shetty clarified all our doubts about how shaving can be super convenient for all of us, if done the correct way with pre and post care of the skin. Some of the myths she debunked were the following:

  • Hair does not grow darker, coarser or faster after shaving. The hair growth depends on the hormones and genes of an individual.
  • Skin does not become dark post shaving. The reason is more on the technique and one should make sure to use a good razor and avoid any cuts or bruises which in turns can cause marks on the skin.
  • Ingrown hair is due to shaving. One needs to exfoliate the skin well before and after shaving to make sure all the hair follicles are open and are easily removed.

There were many other such myths we all had in our head and got a chance to have a on on one chat with Dr. Rashmi who gave us some really good suggestions. I used to shave years back but due to horrible itchiness, I stopped shaving and took up waxing instead. When asked about the “itchiness” issue, Dr. Rashmi mentioned, that itchiness is due to the skin being dry and one needs to use a good cream moisturiser to make sure that the skin is not dry and flaky especially after a shave.

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By the end of the session it was very clear that an exfoliated and moisturised skin can give you the most awesome shaving experience and with Gillette Venus Razor you can achieve all that in a jiffy. The event was definitely an eye opener for all of us and we got to learn a lot of new facts about shaving. We were then treated with loads of photographs and then my favorite, yummy food.

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Skirt: Forever21, Shirt: Vero Moda, Bag: Lavie, Flats: Steve Madden
 I have decided to start shaving again since I go for events on a regular basis and summers here already, I hate to wear pants or anything clinging to my legs. Waiting for the hair to grow back and then go for waxing isn’t a great idea and with me taking up the #SubscribeToSmooth Challenge, it would definitely be a great way to let you guys know more about the myths that I got to break with this challenge in my upcoming posts from this series.

The mandatory picture of all of us together with Dr. Rashmi Shetty and Radhika Pandit
The mandatory picture of all of us together with Dr. Rashmi Shetty and Radhika Pandit

With the Gillette Venus Kit, everything is super easy as it has a razor, extra cartridges and the oh so awesome shaving foam gel which smells divine.IMG_20160322_121700087[1]

You can buy these products yourself from these places:

Razor: http://bit.ly/BuyVenusRazor

Shaving Gel: http://bit.ly/VenusSatinCareGel

Cartridge: http://bit.ly/GilletteVenusCartridge

If you have any kind of doubts or questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below and I shall make sure to answer all your queries. Stay tuned for more from this section soon.

For more questions about shaving you can refer to the Gillette Venus App

Till then stay awesome 😀

 

PS: Sponsored post but all the ideas and opinions are solely mine and genuine

WAG BOX- A Pamper box for your Dogs!

“If your dog doesn’t like someone, you probably shouldn’t either”

Hello all dog lovers,

You all must have by now figured out my obsession for subscription boxes and how much I love trying out new boxes and bags whenever I get an opportunity to. But do you know apart from makeup and jewellery boxes, there are boxes for your cute lil pets too???

Last month I received WAG BOX from a popular online website named HEADS UP FOR TAILS(HUFT) who cater to all your pet supplies from their food to grooming products to the most quirkiest clothes and collars for your cuties. And guess what? This box is the perfect pamper box for your doggies. Interesting right??? So let’s know a bit about Wag Box before we proceed further into details…

“The Wag Box is all about a heady mixture of surprises, happiness, personal care, treats and love. After all, nowhere else do you get a personal shopper cum happiness officer for your dog and yes, there are some lovely surprises in store too!
Our Wag Box is designed for pet owners who truly appreciate the marvellous meanings that gifts give to life in general, who understand the need for their pets to be pampered just like a little child and of course, for those who love their dogs more than anything else in the whole wide world! This little Wag Box is our own special offering for owners and dogs, something that we envision as our own little bundle of happiness that spreads warmth across as many homes as possible!”

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Where can you order from: 

Click here:  Subscribe for wagbox

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What Pluto got inside his box: So this was a small birthday present for my labrador Pluto as he needed to be pampered for his 1st ever birthday with us. Being a hyper excited puppy, he’s super destructible with his toys and a bit fussy when it comes to food he eats. The form that you get to fill before subscribing to the box definitely caters to personalizing the box as per your dog’s taste and breed and size so that the sweet guys at HUFT can get your doggie the best stuff from their warehouse.

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Oh by the way, don’t forget o wish my baby Pluto a belated Happy Birthday. He ate half a cake and pooped whole day the day after. LOL!! So afer that TMI, let’s come back to the box. The box was super cute with adorable patterns all over and a sweet note to the owner. Everything was nicely packed but sadly one of the products leaked badly but anyhow, I still was pretty excited to open up the products with Pluto. I received 6 products in total and let’s see what all are they:

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  • Dog Collar: The dog collar had the most cues thing ever printed on it which said “Taking the human for a walk”. Hahaha! That just won my hear right away. I tried taking his pictures with the collar on, but this naughty puppy refused to stand still.DSC_1961
  • Dog cookies: Pluto  loved these cookies as he loves Chicken and anything that has chicken can win his heart. Woof Woof! he box is empty already and I’m planning to buy them soon.DSC_1959
  • Rope toy: I had mentioned in the form that he loves toys that can be snatched away from him and HUFt team made sure about that and sent him a toy made of thick ropes but sadly in a week’s time, he managed to untie he toy and tear it into a hundred other pieces. DSC_1952
  • PETA clean dry bath waterless shampoo: This was the best product in the box for the naughty puppy since he goes around and makes himself dirty every time he goes for a stroll and giving dogs bath everyday isn’t advisable and possible as well. This dry shampoo makes sure he’s clean everyday without any hassle.DSC_1960
  • Hoggers Meat lamb choosticks: These were his favorite among the others and a few pieces are still kept just to lure him everytime we wan him to behave. 😀DSC_1963
  • Bowtie: Cute as hell but definitely not something Pluto will like to wear. We did try to make him get all dressy with this bowtie on his birthday, but unfortunately it was in his mouth within 5 Minutes.DSC_1962
  • Coffee mug: HUFT made sure the owner doesn’t feel left out and thus his coffee mug made me the happiest with “Lessons to learn from a DOG” all over it.DSC_1965 DSC_1966

My Final Verdict: I absolutely love his box but more than me the star of this post Mr. Pluto was so happy and excited with all the awesome sauce products in the WAG BOX. His favorites were definitely the toy, the cookies and the choosticks. Being the most wonderful creature in the world who welcomes you with joy and excitement every time you reach home, loves you unconditionally and makes sure you are happy all the time, these lovely doggies need their part of pampering and love too and WAG BOX is just the perfect box for that. You should definitely give it a try to for your pet or you can even buy products individually from their website as they have really unique collection on their site.

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Do tell me what you think of this special box for pets in the comments box.

Till then stay awesome 😀

Let’s celebrate- H&M comes to Bangalore!

Hola people!!

Ever since, H&M launched its store in Delhi last year, I was so envious of the fact that I’m being kept away from so many cool and fashionable stuffs. But guess what!! One of my favorite brands H&M is now finally making it’s way to Bangalore on 25th March at the VR Mall in Whitefield.

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For those of you who don’t know about the brand, let me introduce you to it. So H&M is a Swedish brand which offers amazing products from an affordable range to high-end designer collections. If you remember last year, their was a huge news when BALMAIN decided to collaborate with H&M and curated affordable range called the BALMAINXH&M collection. I had stalked the H&M website for so many days drooling over some of their crazy collections from this range and so badly wanted it to launch in Bangalore.

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The only piece of clothing I own from the H&M is a pair of jeans my aunt got from he US and I love it to bits and wear it only for special events as it is my precious possession. But now I can happily shop all that I want without much damage to the pocket. So all you men and women, girls and boys, save the date 25th March, 2016 in your calendar or your phone or wherever you want to and make sure to come for the launch to grab the best collections before they are all gone.

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Here’s a good news! The brand is going to giveaway gift vouchers worth Rs. 10,000 Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 5,000 respectively for the first three in the queue. Apart from that H&M is also giving away a limited edition H&M goodie bag and gift card worth Rs. 1000 for the first 500 in the queue. I’m definitely coming for the launch and hope to see you all those who love fashion but at a reasonable price too. If you see me at the launch, don’t forget to come over and say Hi 😀

 

Till then stay awesome 😀

 

PS: All images have been taken from the H&M website and Facebook page

Make way for Newbies in Your Closet- The art of selling on Elanic

Hello everyone,

It’s been quite sometime since I posted here. I was busy setting up my room and decluttering my clothes and other “not much used” stuffs and now I’m planning to sell them on Elanic. Well if you don’t know what Elanic is, you need to go back and read this POST that i had posted when they had just started off in the market. And guys, I have seen how they have grown and are doing an amazing work for those of us who love shopping and end up wearing those newbies maybe once or twice and throw them somewhere in our closets.

This post is all about how you can get rid of those “hardly used” products from clothes, shoes and accessories to even your beauty products, home decor and so many to name. Not just that, you can even quote your own price and at the comfort of your house, Elanic makes sure you earn some nice money and not bother about sanitizing them or take the hassle of sending across through courier companies.

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Hassle Free selling

Have you had the situation where you have an event to attend and you are digging through your closet and still not able to decide what you want to wear? That happens to me quite a lot and the reason  behind it is the never ending stack of clothes and accessories which we don’t plan to wear anymore or are way too out of our league now (thanks to all those pizzas and burgers :P). I have a solution for you all including men who think I don’t give them shopping tips. Haha!

All you need to do is to follow these steps and BAMMM!! You have a super organized closet and some crazy cash in your wallet! So let’s begin 😀

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Super friendly App
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Variety of Categories to choose from
  • Go to your Playstore or App store and download Elanic on your phone.
  • Create an account and click some good quality pictures of anything that you would want to sell from your closet.
  • List/Add these items on your profile by clicking on the “+” icon where you will be taken to a page that has an option to add your pictures, choose categories, details of your product like color, brand, size etc and the price at which you would want to sell these items.
  • The Elanic guys then check your listings and approve them and that’s it! All you have to do is sit back and relax. Isn’t that something we all love to do 😀
  • Once someone likes your product and decides to buy it, you will receive a notification on the app as well as an email and they would send a mail guy to pick up the product from you. See I told you that you have to just relax!
  • The product is then undergone a strict quality check to ensure there’s no damage and is as per the details given by you on the app and then is sent for sanitization to ensure that the product is squeaky clean and is as good as new.
  • This product is sent to the buyer in a nicely packed zip lock with a cute note and that’s it. The product you have been taking care of all this time is definitely going to be loved and taken care by it’s new owner 🙂
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Key features of Elanic

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The entire process takes 7-10 days and the buyer has an option to return the items within 3 days of receiving it. If you wish to buy some awesome stuffs like branded denims or a chic jacket, you can even search your desired product on Elanic App and you might be lucky to get amazing deals. I have bought so many things from the App and trust me guys, they are some of my best purchases. They look as good as new and at some really great price.  Here’s a small video on the entire process I explained above: How to sell and buy on Elanic

 

Tips to make a quick sale:

  1. Make sure to click good quality pictures of the product you are selling.
  2. Add as many details as possible about the product, like the material, size, how many times it has been used etc.
  3. The prices should be reasonable keeping in mind, it’s pre-owned and if someone really wants to pay a high price, they can as well go to the store and buy a brand new product.
  4. Don’t refrain from negotiating to get your closet empty as soon as possible.

I have listed a few items on Elanic and you can find me with the username @quirky_wanderlust and shop some of the products that I have never used at all or have hardly used once or twice. I will be listing many more products on my profile and you can get all the updates of my new listings by following me there. Guess what! You can even avail an Elanic Credit of Rs 200 by using the Referral code AM200. Now you can buy from the closets of many fashion bloggers on Elanic apart from me and make sure you are up to date with the latest trends. So what are you all waiting for!! Go ahead and download the Elanic app and sell all those clothes and accessories that are just lying in your closet unused and make way for new ones.

If you have already used the Elanic App, do let me know your experience in the comments section below and I would love to know what you think of this cool concept.

 

Till then stay awesome 🙂

My Love for sarees with Ethnic Dukaan

Hello ladies,

Hope your week is going great and women’s day around the corner, I thought why not write about something we all girls love! Shopping! Ever since I was little girl, I loved playing with my mum’s dupattas, drape them like sarees and pretend like I’m all grown up. I think that was the time when I knew that Sarees are going to be my forever love and no outfit can be a replacement for them.

Recently I came across an Indian website named ETHNIC DUKAAN that sells some of the most beautiful and elegant looking sarees I’ve come across and that too at a very affordable price all across the globe. I am a person who like to style simple sarees mostly in Silk and Georgettes and don’t like to go for too much bling bling when it comes to ethnic wear and Ethnic Dukaan lets me explore through numerous amount of silk and georgette sarees that has unique designs and will look great on all ages.

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About Ethnic Dukaan

Ethnic Dukaan.com is an epitome of intricate design research and highest quality of production. Their range includes Sarees, Salwar Suits, Kurtis, Bridal Lehengas & accessories at reasonable prices and they offer a trusted and secure environment for their buyers who experience honesty, transparency and integrity at every level of their operation and interaction.Currently, over 600 weavers, designers and artisans are either directly or indirectly engaged in the production / making of these products. They are trying to revive and promote the traditional hand-crafted and handloom made products and fabrics in modern trends and styles.

When you search for a product ranging from various silhouttes and designs and fabrics, you have a choice of customizing the product by opting for a pre-stitched blouse and skirt. The best part is you can give them the design what you are looking for and they will stitch it as per your need and requirement. Well I think that’s the best part when you don’t have to step out of your house and hunt a good tailor who can stitch something that looks designer made. I’v had several encounters where the tailor completely ruined the blouse and made sure it can never be worn by a human at least. LOL

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You can also filter your search according to Colour, Fabric, Style and Work for the result that you are looking for. They have sarees for every age, mood and style ranging from daily wear to office wear to even wedding outfits. And here’s a good news for girls who think saree draping is as tough as rocket science, ethnic dukaan has an option to get your saree pre-stitched that can be worn just like a skirt!! This easy to wear pre-stitched saree makes sure you don’t have to go through the hassle of saree draping and save a lot of time especially if you are looking for office wear sarees.

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Here are a few of my favorite pieces from ethnicdukaan.com and I’ve already ordered a pre- stitched saree for myself and a normal banarasi silk saree for mum and eagerly waiting for them to arrive.

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Perfect Occassion wear Saree
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Beautiful Kota Silk Saree
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Beautiful Banarasi Saree
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Pretty Handloom saree

Apart from the beautiful sarees, they offer a wide range of salwar kameez and lehengas and drool-worthy accessories to adorn yourself for your best friend’s wedding or a function at your house. If you are someone living outside India and wants to buy Indian wear for special occassions, EthnicDukaan.Com is your place to get the best at the right price.

Have you tried out EthnicDukaan.Com? What do you think of sarees in the modern age? Do let me know all your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

Till then stay awesome 😀