Please support Dina! She is the lovely face & talent behind @theplayfulindian, her desi-themed online business featuring her charming, adorable & quirky artwork on all manner of things such as greeting cards, coasters, mugs, colouring books, tote bags & much more. Dina is now fundraising via Kickstarter to meet demand for further designs of enamel pins (she already has a tasty samosa one on her website), so please support this gifted, hardworking & genuinely kind-hearted brown girl creative & help her to reach her goals! 💪🏽 #Repost @theplayfulindian (@get_repost)
We're 25% funded for this @kickstarter project to get some indian enamel pins made. There's not many desi style pins on the market so this is something very unique you'd have. There's also stretch goals I've added if we meet this target then we can get another pin made. I'm so hopeful we will meet the target but i need your help via pledges and shares. Check out the link in my bio to read more.
Tfw your fit & overall look was much more than the night ended up deserving - but at least you got some good photos out of it 🖤 You can see the wicked bruise on my left arm in the 2nd photo from my little A+E adventure of a few days back, when I ended up being a patient in the hospital where I work 💉😣 #monochrome#ootn#lotn#peplum#motn
One version of our wedding invites that went out a few weeks ago. Still, even now, I’m blown away by the unique, playful yet elegant design the exceedingly talented Nishma at @dovesandpeacocks came up with. The brief was: peacocks, jewel tones, Paisley patterns & mehendi & she really delivered! My expectations were outdone and we’re delighted to have something so beautiful that represents visually what the wedding will (hopefully) look & feel like. The real thing on textured card with the other 2 inserts which has different peacock poses & the purple henna-patterned band holding them all together is even more spectacular. I’m totally biased ofc but I think they’re the best wedding invitations ever lmao 💛❤️💜💖💚🧡💙 #weddinginvites#weddinginvitations#weddingstationery#indianwedding
So I’m very, no, EXTREMELY late to posting my #2017bestnine but it’s the Chinese New Year today so maybe I can ~kind of~ get away with it?? 🐲
Anyway, 2017 wasn’t a banner year for me, it was more or less the inverse of 2016 and the first half of it was actually pretty bad. But things got better halfway through and then they got amazing again despite a couple of setbacks, in the 2nd half of the year and I went from just holding on & surviving to actively thriving & achieving, in my own small way.
Despite all that, I still found it really quite difficult to choose a top 9 because scrolling back through 12 months of my camera roll showed me that through all the dark times there had been so many pockets of enjoyment & happiness, even when things were at their worst, & although I couldn’t appreciate those things adequately at the time I’m able to take pleasure in them now & feel grateful retrospectively.
In no particular order: I’m grateful to my amazing and patient friends, like @summers_ej & @sewing_jenna who were consistently there for me, whether remotely or in person, and are always wonderful company; I’m grateful to the cinema & Netflix for coming out with incredible content & often being my only escape when things weren’t good (Get Out, Bojack & Thor: Ragnarok were my highlights); I’m grateful to the unbelievably talented @hairbygul, who is like a magical guardian angel of hair and who also just happens to be beautiful, funny & warm as well; I’m grateful to nature in general - I’ve gained not only a much bigger appreciation of all things gardening over the last year, but the importance of being in nature in general, esp. when you live or work in a city, & going to the forest near my house to walk around & feed the squirrels last spring & summer when things in my life weren’t going well was therapeutic; I’m grateful to my family for all that they do for me - even when we disagree with each other we still always love & try to understand each other; I’m grateful to going up another level food-wise and adding more Indian recipes to my cooking repertoire; & last but def. not least - I’m grateful to my fiancé for his love, loyalty & continuing hotness 🔥🔥
(Done on Tuesday) grey nails for a grey day. Chinchilla with a hint of mauve 💅🏽 Also, got to use these plastic bag-like UV hand shields all the way from the USA for the first time, since I’m apparently about that gel manicure life now, but am less about the potential melanoma & premature ageing that’s a by-product of curing under UV lamps (LED lamps also emit UV rays, so they’re no better). Apparently each gel manicure sesh is equivalent to 20-40 mins in the sun 😧 And these disposable gloves block 99.8% of UV rays; there’s some stats about the materials & testing processes on their website. I feel a lot better now about getting my nails done, & relieved I’ve only had a handful of manicures over the last few months instead of lots over the last few years. If I had one complaint, it’s that @youveeshield have no suppliers in the U.K - postage & import fees cost as much as the product itself 😫 So I’m going to use them *very* carefully. Gotta make them last! (please distribute them in the U.K) #gelmanicure#gelnails#gelpolish#youveeshield
... & sticking with the hat theme, my last proper 🔥🔥🔥 selfies of 2017 featured my faux fur Russian hat; it’s like wearing a little furry radiator on your head, perfect for staying cosy when it’s ❄️❄️❄️ outside (which it was 😖). EDIT: just remembered that my sister’s family were also there that day (we were all together at my parents’ house over Xmas) & when my 6-year old nephew saw me before I went out, he said “Maasi looks like a soldier!😧”. I’m gonna shelf the lecture on the military industrial complex until he’s a leetle bit older #russianhat#ootd#lotd#motd
Almost ready for the festive season & these nails are going to see me into the new year 🎊 Kinda sorta in love with this new deep teal metallic chrome gel colour 💅🏽💙They’re two tone, which doesn’t show up in the video/photos, but when they shimmer in the light you can see an electric purple somewhere in there too 💜⚡️#nails#nailpolish#nailvarnish#manicure#gelnails#gelmanicure#chromenails#notd