Around The World In Eyeshadows: Purple City


We will be staying closer to home and head westwards to the Prairie Province of Manitoba today. Our Vasanti inspiration of the day is Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba and Canada’s seventh most populated city.


The city’s name, Winnipeg, means ‘muddy or turbid waters’ in Western Cree. One of the most popular places in the city is The Forks, a bustling tourist hotspot equally loved by locals. This is the meeting point of two mighty rivers in Western Canada, the Red and the Assiniboine.


Winnipeg is a multicultural city, welcoming people from all over the world and the many festivals it hosts year round perfectly capture its spirit.


One of the local legends of Winnipeg is the ‘Purple City’. The Manitoba Legislative Building, a formidable structure in its own right, is lit by bright floodlights. On occasion, and especially after a fresh falling of snow, if one stared at the building for a time, everything in vision turns purple!


We were intrigued by this phenomenon and that inspired us to come up with this lovely Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Purple City. These two complementing shades of purple evoke the joie de vivre of an all-Canadian experience.


On a similar note, we are really thrilled to have made the cover of Glow, Canada’s Beauty Expert magazine. The cover model wears our Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Purple City and does she rock it! Chic Fall/Winter fashion, cozy knits, flawless skin and subtly intriguing eye makeup sets the tone for end of the year in style!




photo credit: noricum via photopin cc & Glow magazine

Fall Right Into Winter


There’s a definite chill in the air, and the brief Indian summer interlude is fast giving away to winter proper. In our parts of the world, the news is not that great…last year’s Polar Vortex is most likely to stage a sequel.


Jackets, coats, boots and chic layering are already becoming a staple on the street. That is all to beat the external elements, but are you ready to combat the winter blues?


Winter blues is the umbrella term for a dip in energy levels and a subdued mood when temperatures plummet. Once daylight savings time starts, we would be spending more of our waking hours while it is still dark outside. Less amounts of sunlight means our bodies produce more melatonin, the ‘sleep’ hormone and less of serotonin, the hormone that balances moods, social behaviour, appetite, digestion, sleep memory and energy levels. In simpler words, serotonin is a summer hormone, when everything is bright, shiny and sunny and you feel you can do anything.


So how do you beat the winter blues and stay on top of your game? Head out in the afternoon, especially when the sun is shining to boost your levels of serotonin.


Cold may make you want to slip under the covers, or bundle up on the couch with a hot cup of cocoa, but before you do that, try to sneak in a power work out. Working out regularly, whether at the gym or at home, is a great way to keep fit and stay energized through the day. That’s right, working out can trigger the body to produce more serotonin.


And finally, kick up your diet with foods rich in vitamin D. if your vitamin D levels get low, you experience exhaustion faster and it snowballs into a cycle of lethargy.


Lastly, carry forward your bright summer lips into the winter. When it is dark and dreary outside, nothing perks up the mood better than the perfect orange lipstick, Vasanti’s Trini Love!


And don't forget to prepare your skin for winter by moisturizing properly!

Title image credit: MartaZ* via photopin cc

Antique Slang, Did You Say?


Shakespeare, it seems, is not the only tinkerer with language. The Bard’s works have survived all these years, a lot of his lines are part of popular culture. Of course our ancestors did not communicate in articulate prose all the time. Think you have it in you to decipher centuries old slang?


We chanced upon this really fun quiz here. Can you guess some of the street-smart ways to announce someone’s death? Could it be pickling, slipping one’s cable, going bung or turfing it?


Did you know that restrooms were referred to as the Chamber Foreign, House of Easement and House of Office? Yes, ‘offices’ because important business is done within those walls! Really, we are not making this up!


Razzo, book and neb…aren’t baby-babble. These are actual words, spoken through the ‘olden times’,  synonyms for our humble ‘nose’.



This is just a selection from Words in Time and Place, a laborious ‘historical thesaurus’ compiled by David Crystal, a British linguist, author and academic.


Language is a fascinating tool to study human history; linguists, historians, anthroplogists, everyone has their own ways to decode how patterns of speech, written and oral communication have changed over the centuries.


What’s a historical thesaurus? Instead of your usual synonyms, this book lists words and phrases that may have been used for any word, dating back centuries.


Each entry in this ‘thesaurus’ offers a glimpse into the times it was prevalent it. Just think of it as a more refined and researched version of the Urban Dictionary. We all know how often we refer to that one.


Hope you're having a good mid-week!



Images: Today is a good day via photopin cc and amazon