Sparkle #206: Carpe Diem!

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Hello everyone, how is it going? I am really feeling the Monday morning blues today – this week has not even started and so many to-do’s and action items are already piled up! It is definitely going to be a… Continue Reading

Sparkle #205: Jazz It Up!

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“If music be the food of love, play on.” ~ William Shakespeare Is there anyone on this planet who doesn’t identify with the power of music? Music is an art form which deeply touches your mind, heart and soul. Irrespective of genre and artist… Continue Reading

Sparkle #204: Spring has Sprung!

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Hello beautiful people, are you ready for spring? I know I am! Today is the Spring Equinox, which marks the beginning of spring across the world. Today is one of the only two days in the year when the day and… Continue Reading

Sparkle #203: Hey 2017 – Let’s Do This!

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Happy 2017 to all you happy, shiny people! There’s something about 2017 that’s got me all excited and optimistic – this year feels like it’s going to be magical. Or maybe this is just the hope that kicks in with the start… Continue Reading

All is Merry, All is Bright!

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Hello lovely people, are you ready for the holidays? I know I am! 2016 has been one crazy year (I have a feeling I say that for every year), and I am glad it is coming to an end. This year just… Continue Reading

Sparkle #201: Bright Lights on my Mind!

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October and the cool fall breeze is making me happy-giddy! And I have got fun, family, food and festivals on my mind all of this month. Since the festival of lights is just round the corner, I have been browsing a whole… Continue Reading

Sparkle #200: Colorful Buildings I Want To Visit

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Color always makes me happy!  I go crazy with the camera when I spot a multicolored building during my travels. There are many wonderfully constructed, artistic, multi-hued buildings around the world – a testament to the amazing talent of creative artists everywhere. For today’s post, I… Continue Reading

Sparkle #199: Challenge Yourself to be “Complaint-free”

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Happy Monday people! I have been so bad with the blog this year, and I am very disappointed for not putting in more time on my site. Without giving long explanations, let me just admit that the first half of 2016… Continue Reading

Sparkle #198: Fourth of July Sparkler Photography

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The Fourth of July weekend is just round the corner, and if you have not planned a mini getaway, then chances are you are having a nice summer party at home! If you plan to spend your weekend chilling with… Continue Reading

Sparkle #197: Creative Room Decor Ideas – Part 2

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See Part 1 of this post here.  Hello folks, today I am wrapping up my room decor inspiration post with this round-up of ideas for bright, colorful and creative decor which complements the current set up of my room. Let me know what… Continue Reading

Sparkle #196: Creative Room Decor Ideas – Part 1

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See Part 2 of this post here.  Hello everyone, how has your week been? Mine’s been crazy as always, and I am so excited the weekend is just around the corner. This weekend, I will be spending some time shopping online… Continue Reading

Sparkle #195: Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

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Hello folks, how is June coming along for everyone? I am sure most of you are mad at me for not posting as often as I used to. But the last couple of weeks have been a little crazy for… Continue Reading

Sparkle #194: R.M. Drake and his Beautiful Poetry

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If you are active on social media, then I am sure you must have stumbled upon the poetic brilliance of R.M. Drake. He is a literary success story from the digital age, as his works were first published and discovered on… Continue Reading

Sparkle #193: Business Advice from TV Shows

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Happy Monday folks! I looked at the calendar today and realized it’s almost June – the middle of the year. I cannot believe the pace at which this year is moving. I feel like I am always playing catch-up with both my… Continue Reading

Googlebun Fridays (Week 17)

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Happy Friday everyone! Just wanted to share a quick note before publishing today’s post – I will be discontinuing the “Googlebun Fridays” posts from next week. I was recently analyzing current reader engagement with the blog, and noticed that the… Continue Reading

Sparkle #192: Incredible India!

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India – the land of multiple sights, sounds and experiences. A country which belongs to both the rich and the poor, the old and the young alike. This is the same place where you will find something as enchanting as the Taj… Continue Reading

Sparkle #191: Hot Right Now – Quirky Novelty Bags

#noveltybags, quirky bags, it bags, novelty bags, kitschy bags, statement bags, high street fashion, fashion bags, street style, celebrity fashion, on the ramp, runway fashion, kate spade, accessorize, moschino, olympia le tan, lulu guinness, anya hindmarch, style statement, jyo, pumpernickelpixie

Quirky, novelty bags are everywhere – on the ramp, on the screen and on your favorite celebrity. If you want to make a big, bold and bright style statement, a novelty bag is a must have in your wardrobe. It is one of… Continue Reading

Out With The Old, In With The New

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I am writing this post from a room which is bare, empty and feels cold, even though today is a particularly warm summer day. All the paraphernalia on my desk has been packed in boxes, and the pictures and postcards on the walls have… Continue Reading

Googlebun Fridays (Week 15)

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Happy Friday everyone! Below are my top picks from the web for this week, what have you been reading? Have a good weekend! Chocolate Berry Pavlova | Charcoal face mask | Veg Cheeseburger Pizza | Crafts for little Yogis | City lights… Continue Reading

Sparkle #190: What Should I Read Next?

#whatshouldireadnext, what should i read next, reading, books, literature, poetry, art, creativity, travel, culture, travel reading, culture reading, lifestyle reading, autobiography, memoirs, non fiction, jyo, pumpernickel pixie

Say you discover a great book in a genre which you haven’t really explored in the past. You would naturally be curious to find and read more books from the same genre once you are done reading the current one. What if a website… Continue Reading

Sparkle #189: Dress up your Phone for Summer!

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Summer is here! It’s time to update your wardrobe, diet, makeup and everything else with lighter, brighter and breezier options which are in line with the season. This includes your gadget screens as well. My previous wallpaper round-up post got a lot of hits, so today I… Continue Reading

Googlebun Fridays (Week 14)

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Happy Friday everyone! Below are my top picks from the web for this week, what have you been reading? Have a good weekend! 30 minute walking challenge | Pill capsule cookies | Crazy chic bun | How to style a red lip… Continue Reading

Sparkle #188: The Magical World of Rune Guneriussen

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I recently stumbled upon the surreal art of artist Rune Guneriussen and can’t take my eyes off his dreamy installations. Rune uses everyday objects to create stories in the natural landscape of his hometown, Norway. These complex and time consuming installations are painstakingly… Continue Reading

Sparkle #187: Floral Dresses for a Romantic Summer

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Summer is around the corner, and what better way to update your style than with a fresh and flirty floral dress? I love floral prints and am always looking for an excuse to incorporate them in my wardrobe. Floral dresses (especially maxis) make for soft, romantic… Continue Reading

Googlebun Fridays (Week 13)

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Happy Friday everyone! Below are my top picks from the web for this week, what have you been reading? Have a good weekend! Banana coffee vegan smoothie | Spring sandal guide | 12 fashion books | Europe travel guide | Yoga and breathing |… Continue Reading

Sparkle #186: The Rainbow Mountains of China

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Look at the above image carefully. This photograph of brightly colored mountains seems surreal, almost as if it were a painting. It seems like something I would draw in my art class with a bunch of bright colored crayons. But this picture… Continue Reading