Readiness of a child to go to Preschool

As many of you would have seen the toddler parenting series that I am doing on my IGTV channel on Instagram,this is the second topic we are talking about after “How to decide on a good preschool for your child”. To watch the video, please follow missvogueviolet .There are many parents who decide against sending their child to school even before they turn 3 but for most working parents, this seems to be a good option.

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Some of the reasons why we decided to send V to preschool are –

1.Social Skills – We thought that if V is surrounded by kids her age and has a structured school environment, she will develop her social skills better. I can vouch for this now as I see she has developed a positive acceptance to people around her after a couple of weeks spent in school.

2. Energy Channelization – Like most toddlers, V is always beaming with energy which needs to be used in a productive way. At home,while we try our best to engage her in whatever possible way we can,  school definitely provides numerous positive ways to use the energy.

3. Balance for working parents -Off late, I had been finding it really hard to focus on my professional priorities because of the endless tasks at home.So the couple of hours off in the morning with V gone to school, I definitely am able to plan my day better and work more efficiently.

4. Learning through playing – It is always better when there are trained professionals who know best how to make learning fun and therefore, a good preschool is definitely important.

Now coming to the most important point of discussion which is readiness of the child to go to the playschool, there are a few things that I looked at before taking the final decision.

  1. Communication – While it is impossible for a toddler to clearly communicate all of his/her emotions properly,he/she should be able to ask for basic things and express the displeasure whenever needed. This helps to ensure that he/she is understood in his school and any kind of discomfort can be dealt with immediately.
  2. Curiosity – Every child is curious but curiosity should be higher than the fear of being unfamiliar. If the child is very uncomfortable to new environments, maybe you could wait for a few more months. If the child is fairly receptive to new things in life, it is a good time to go to play school.
  3. Love to socialize – There are many kids who love to socialize yet cry every single day while going to school. If your child longs to spend time with other kids, enjoys play dates and shows some interest towards team work I think they are the first signs of readiness for play school.
  4. Follow Simple Instructions – The child should be able to understand and comprehend what the teacher and other staff are saying. He/she may not be competent to obey and execute every single instruction but should show some signs of reception.
  5. Positive Attitude and health – A school could be a breeding ground for air borne and water borne diseases. You are exposing your child to a lot of other people who could be sick and if your child is prone to infections, you could wait for a few months till his/her immunity develops.

These are the few key points you could use as a reference to check if the child is ready for school or not.

Fireflies: Fiery Eye Makeup

A day wedding is the perfect occasion to experiment with bright bold colors like yellow, orange and red. Recreating a sunset look, I loved the yellow golden hues of the eye shadow and named it “The Fireflies”. With the December parties lining up at the year end, this is the perfect time to experiment with color and go bold in a big way.

 

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As you would have already guessed it, my ‘go-to’ for the eye makeup has always been the Huda Beauty pallete. This time I used the Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions Palette as they have pigmented mattes and striking shimmers like no other. They are so build-able and easy to blend. I started with the striking yellow from the inner corners of the eyes, used the coral pink from the middle to the outer corners and then blended in the black from my UD palette.

I wanted a very thin eyeliner and I went for the MAC Fluidline in the shade Waveline.

I typically go for false eyelashes with transparent Ardell Runway eyelashes in Claudia.

Eyebrows are good old Big Brows from Benefit.

 

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On the face:

Makeup Forever HD Foundation in Beige

Highlighter Champagne from Becca

Blush Orgasm liquid from NARS

On the lips – MAC Limited Edition Giambattista Valli Collection Lipstick ~ Tats

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TODDLER GOES TO PRESCHOOL! PART 1

Once you are a mom, life throws you new challenges in every stage. Just when the sleepless nights are coming to an end, you got to make way for tough decisions 😀 Lately we have been doing a lot of research on preschools in order to finalize the best one for our little one. In the process there are a few realizations we had and therefore, I have listed down the important ones to keep in mind when you are looking for the best preschool for your child.

The next few things that you read shall help you make a conscious decision on selecting a preschool for your child –

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  1. Match between the thought process of the parents and culture of the school: Every parent has a different set of expectations from the school. There are many parents who feel that a school must give a lot of importance on academics and theoretical method of learning because they benefited from it in their childhood. At the same time there would be parents who would be looking for more playtime for the children and a good platform to channelize their energy in the positive direction. So based on these expectations, you could check on which school has to offer what.
  2. Infrastructure:Most good preschools do have great infrastructure these days but our priority was a school with a larger out door play area because we strongly believe in outdoor playtime. Similarly, I am sure parents would be having some specific requirements on the amenities the school provides basis which they can take a call on the same.
  3. Hygiene: It is the most important factor to decide anything for your child. Irrespective of what the school authorities say, it is always better to personally go and do a check.
  4. Proximity : If you find a very impressive school far from your home and you do not have good options around your house, you can still take a conscious call of sending the child away. We thought it is the first time V was going to step out of home and spend 3 hours with a set of unfamiliar faces and hence decided on a playschool pretty close to our home/workplace. The idea was to be immediately available for any kind of emergency.
  5. Language : Since V was confined to the home until now and we speak the regional language at home; she was exposed to only 2 languages – English and Odia. Therefore we thought it is important that we send her to a school where the staff can speak these 2 languages and not just Hindi which V cannot understand. Basically we tried to pull in as many strings as possible to make her feel comfortable in an unfamiliar environment so that there is no problem in basic communication between her and people around.

So here are the few factors that helped us decide on the best play school for our child. I hope these help you in some way. The next post shall be on how to check the readiness of your toddler for preschool.

SUBTLE INDIAN MAKEUP

As you would have noticed, most of my makeup tutorials have a lot of focus on the eyes. I strongly believe that if you can highlight your eyes , half the battle is won. Indian look is synonymous to dark eyes and red lips. This is a look created with the red and golden hues(but not going overboard) which is perfect for Indian weddings and parties.

Gold is a great shade for makeup and it suits the Indian skin tone really well. It is a royal color which makes your eyes pop with kohled eyes.

On the eyes –

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eye shadow palette

Desert sand all over the eye lids until smooth

Nefertiti on the inner corners and slowly moving towards the mid of the eye lids

Saffron and Blazing on outer corner of the eyes blended in really well

INGLOT AMC 77 Eyeliner – My favorite black of all times.Used it on the upper lash line and water line.

Maybelline Eye Mascara Long Lashes

Benefit Big Brows

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On the Face

Foundation mix of MAC Studio Fix NC 25 and Bobbi Brown

Blush Too Faced Sweet Hearts

Highlighter Moonlight from Cover FX

Finishing Powder by Laura Mercier

 

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On the Lips

Huda Beauty Heart Breaker dabbed with a brush in little quantities to get a lighter shade of cherry red.

 

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WORKING MOM FITNESS TIPS

 

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As a working mom, there are a zillion of activities which fight to be on the top of your priority list. Constant pressure at work and never ending tasks at home can get really frustrating after a period of time. I get a lot of queries on fitness through my Instagram Q/A sessions which I do on Missvogueviolet . The answer to most of the questions on how to be fit after being a mom is very simple – MAKE TIME for it. It is important that you take advantage of every little time that you get towards a ‘healthier you’. Here are seven tips to help you out –

  1. Like any other Corporate professional, the first question I shall ask you is “What is your vision?”There has to be a driving factor to get you working towards your goal.It could be “Staying healthy to take care of the kids” or “Getting back in shape after losing the baby weight” or just plain “Want to look and feel good”.Every reason is justified but it should be strong enough to motivate you every single day.
  2. Take a small step at a time but stick to the routine. If you decide to set 15 mins minutes out for a workout, try and maintain it religiously for a week and then increase the time slowly. Taking big jumps on a single day wont reap any results and will demotivate you further when you cannot continue it.
  3. Make the most of your work time –  I am sure like most of us, you too would be lost in meetings and con calls through the day; and there are tons of calls when you are supposed to be the silent listener. So schedule your walks during these calls, put on your earphones and fix the 3 rounds around the premises when you can easily attend the call yet manage a physical routine.
  4. Get into the recreation room in the office and do a 15 minutes stretching. Get off that chair to walk around every 30-45 minutes.
  5. Make the most of Youtube. If you do not have the time to hit a Gym, watch online videos and start with yoga. If not anything, it will tranquilize your mind and make you feel better. If you have a toddler or  baby who enjoys music, you could dance together for a few minutes.
  6. Utilize the park trips on weekends. This is something that I personally loved to do . Baby V would come along in the stroller and I could easily go for a run(if the nanny came along) or a pleasant walk if I am alone. It absolutely refreshes the mind and body.
  7. DO NOT STRESS: Yes, these are in bold letters because stressing will only make it worse. Watch motivational videos or talk to people who have achieved fitness goals and keep going. It is not going to change you overnight and remember, any progress is improvement so you will get there sooner or later.

Lastly, this is not about losing weight, it is about keeping fit and having the energy levels to manage the hundred thousands things you do. Always remember, YOU ARE A SUPERWOMAN!

FOTD: FADED BURGUNDY EYEMAKEUP

Holidays are a fantastic time to create new looks and experiment with colors. I had shot this back in summers during our trip to Vienna but finally posting this with all the details. To think of it, it could actually be a great fall/winter look owing to the gorgeousness of this burgundy color.

The only eye shadow palette I had carried was this one – Electric Obsessions by Huda Beauty. Let me begin by telling you about all the products that have gone into creating this look.

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On the Eyes

Eye Primer – Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion

Outer corner – Burgundy/Dark Pink from the palette shown above

Inner Corner – Mix of the NYX White Jumbo Pencil and orange

On the top of eyelid, I used a mix of the NYX White Jumbo Pencil, orange and the burgundy blended carefully with a blending brush

On the water liner and Lash line – NYX Professional Makeup Retractable Eye Liner in White

Mascara  – Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Eye Brows – Benefit Big Brows Set

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On the Face 

Primer – Farsali Serum Unicorn Tears

Foundation – MAC Studio Fix in NC 25

Concealer – Benefit Erase Paste

Blush – Benefit Dandelion(The small travel pack I always carry)

Highlighter – MAC Mineralise Skin Finish

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Deep reddish brown and burgundy instantly add a touch of glamour to the look. On could easily use a pop of glitter to this for the perfect party look. If you want to make a statement, go create this look .

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More coming your way, Happy Holidays!!!

Goa Travels and Property Rentals

If you are craving sun, sand and sea; Goa is the ultimate destination. While most people consider Goa to be a beautiful beach holiday destination, what amazes me even more is its colorful culture and delicious cuisine. A great mix of the Indian and Portuguese culture, the churches, fairs and festivals are quite a delight to watch. It is amazing how Goa is a travel destination for all types of travelers, be it budget or luxury. I have visited Goa in almost all phases of my life starting from luxury family trips to college trips on a very tight budget. Having done that, I know how the quality of stay and travel matters to most Goa travelers. Looking at the recent trend of non Goa residents buying properties there for holiday homes, I did some research in the same field to figure out the current property rates. If you are also looking at something similar, I must recommend you to go visit https://www.goavillaestate.com/ . Goa Villas Estate is actually a rapidly growing and ever developing real estate Brokerage Company since 2009 that provides all kind of real estate services around Goa.They help you to find any type of villas for sale in Goa, buy or sale cottages, houses and villas in any part of state. The realty offers that you can find at this website have been carefully selected by their professional realtors and brokers which means that all villas for sale in Goa are presented in their online catalog which are of the highest standard and are located in the beautiful, picturesque and environmentally pristine parts of Goa.

Non Residents are investing in Goan Villas for many reasons.

  • First reason is obviously the idea of a holiday home in a serene faraway land which has great connectivity to all major cities as well.
  • Renting out in peak tourist season can really fetch some good money.
  • Reselling at a higher price is always a good idea for an appreciating property.
  • A retirement plan for most couples and what better than the land of Goa.

Going by my personal experience, North Goa being the party place is always a great option for investment homes which can be rented out to tourists but South Goa is the place to be if you are looking to soak in leisure and harmony. The advantages of investing in North Goa are popularity among the Indian tourists, numerous clubs and great night life which ensure a steady rental income from these villas. On the other side, South Goa is filled with pristine beaches and stunning properties which are available at a remarkably lower price. To know more about which location to invest in, please follow the link https://www.goavillaestate.com/buy-villa-in-goa.html

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Browsing through the available villas, this caught my sight. To know more about the same, please click on this link https://www.goavillaestate.com/property-2335.html. So convenient that one could avail the laundry and maid services from the nearby hotel as well.

While any one (Indian, NRI or foreigner) can buy a property in Goa, it is important to get complete clarity on the taxes. GoaVillaEstate has enough and more information on that as well – https://www.goavillaestate.com/purchase-taxes.html

Some of the stunning pictures of Goan villas –

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Enough said, while I cannot wait to drool over some of these stunning pictures, please go check out the website and book your next luxury villa in the dream destination of Goa, the sunshine land of India.

If you are dreaming of a life in sand between your toes and delightful cocktails on the beach as the sun sinks below the horizon, Goa is the place to be.

FOTD : PISTACHIO AND BURNT ALMONDS LOOK(GREEN BRONZE EYEMAKEUP)

Green eye makeup has been quite a thing on Instagram. Most people are unsure if green eye shadow could be carried off on a regular day but trust me you just have to choose the right shade and it would do wonders from an office look to a party look. If you are pale, you can could choose darker shades and if you are on the darker side, bright shades would look great.

In the look that I created, I was hesitant to use lot of green as I was already sporting the green lens. So, I used bronze and copper along with the green which was the base shadow and extended towards the outward corners.

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Face : 

Primer : Farsali Unicorn Essence

Foundation : Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation + Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation

Highlighter on the cheek bones and Nose Bridge : Becca Champagne

Blush : Benefit Dandelion

No Bronzer

MAC Prep+Prime Powder

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Eyes :

For my eye makeup, I used the TOO FACED Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette which is made with 100% cocoa powder and real gold.

Eye Primer : Bobbi Brown Eye Primer

Base : Rollin’ Dough from the palette

Green : Money bags from the palette blended evenly around the outer corner of the eyes

Bronze : Old Money soft color used in the inner corner of the eyes and blended towards the middle.

Copper : Gold dipped in the middle of the eyelid, used it to let a light shade between 2 dark shade.

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Eye Liner : Colorbar Liquid Liner in Black

Eye Mascara : Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

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TISSURA: LACE FABRICS FOR BRIDAL GOWNS

Tissura is a huge global network of fashion fabric shops and showrooms located in Hong Kong, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. For the rest of the world, they are widely available on a global scale  for its online shop Tissura.com where they ship the world’s greatest textile chef-d’oeuvres to any part of world.

While they cater to a large audience whose taste vary from classy, affordable fabrics to the most luxurious ones, my eye caught the bridal lace which is beyond outstanding. They have a large repository of lace clothes that are full of tenderness and delicacy. Lace is widely preferred for the wedding gowns and Tissura.com provides the most amazing options. Lace is the absolute perfect timeless accent which compliments any silhouette and makes you look very elegant walking down the aisle. I found some amazing variants in corded lace, lyon lace and Chantilly Lace which in my imagination would make the most romantic and graceful wedding gowns.

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There are different patterns ranging from stripes to floral to even geometrical and sequins all over the fabric. Manufactured in Austria, Italy and Japan they are made with the utmost perfection and highest quality.

Embroidered lace fabrics are my personal choice which define the significance and grandeur of a wedding. As proven always, lace has absolutely no limits as to which season it is acceptable for. From spring to winter, alluring lacy gowns are trending every year, every season. So, check out Tissura.com and go for the amazing bridal laces to pick your dream wedding gown.

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Represented by HOH, Riechers Marescot and Marco Lagatolla, decorated with sequins, silver bugles, beads and faux pearls, they are created to bring a touch of glimmer to your bridal dress, turning it into one of the most exciting attributes of your big day.

Tissura works with most trustworthy suppliers who are renowned for the reference quality of their fabrics.

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Tissura has been selling the best luxury couture fabrics for almost twenty years. Head to the website and buy fabrics by the leading European brands and enjoy their international delivery at Tissura online fabric store.