Apple Cider Vinegar | Health and Beauty Benefits

 Hey guys!

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has become my new obsession! For about 3/4 months now I have been having a tablespoon of ACV diluted in half a glass of water once a day and I couldn’t be more impressed with the results! It’s wide-ranging benefits include everything from curing hiccups, alleviating cold symptoms and some people have turned to ACV to help with health concerns including diabetes and high cholesterol. I wanted to share with you guys how ACV has benefitted me and why maybe you should consider adding ACV into your daily routine!

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Does it matter what kind of Apple Cider Vinegar you use?

Yes, absolutely! You want to use the raw, unfiltered and organic variety that contains the ‘MOTHER’. This is the key ingredient with all the good stuff! The mother is the sediment at the bottom of the bottle which will probably freak you out first but after a good shake it will mix in quite nicely. There are so many brands out there but the most popular is the Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar which, for us UK residents, I think is only available here on Amazon.


 

How much do I drink and how do I prepare it?

I tend to take one tablespoon of ACV and dilute it into half a glass of water every evening. But let my warn you – this stuff is potent! It took me a good few weeks to get used to the taste! It seems easier to take it as a shot so you can avoid the taste but unfortunately this isn’t recommended as it can damage teeth enamel and throat tissue. Alternatively, you could add a teaspoon of honey or even substitute the water for some juice to help it go down a little smoother!


 

What are some of the ways it’s benefitted me?

  • Helps to clear skin imperfections and blemishes – I have noticed such great results! You don’t just have to work from the inside out, ACV acts as a great natural toner with it’s antibacterial properties, it will leave your skin looking healthy and refreshed! It also helps to absorb excess oils and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It really is a lifesaver, if you have a small blemish the night before by the next morning it’s gone!
  • Helps soothe a sore throat caused by colds  – ACV contains malic acid which gives it it’s antibacterial properties and along with a bit of honey, your cold symptoms will be alleviated instantly! It also helps to reduce mucus in your body, helping to clear sinuses.
  • Teeth whitener – ACV helps kill bacteria in your gums and mouth, removing stains leading to brighter and cleaner teeth!
  • Acts as a detoxifier – I have been loving including a detoxifying super green juice into my daily routine but sometimes if I’m in a rush or just don’t have the time to blend up some greens, ACV is the perfect alternative to balance that pH level!
  • Reduces leg cramps – Sometimes I tend to get quite bad leg cramps due to low potassium especially at night but since taking ACV, I haven’t been getting them as much or as bad!
  • Helps fade bruises and scars – Just dab a light layer of ACV on top of the bruise or scar and repeat a couple of times to help fade the discolouration.
  • Improves your hair’s body and shine – I love this one! Just add one part ACV to three parts water in a spray bottle and spritz into your hair concentrating on the ends after shampooing. Rinse out and you’ll see the dramatic results!

 

Are there any precautions?

  • It will make you urinate quite a lot so be cautious when taking it LOL
  • Don’t take too much – If you’re lazy like me and will eventually give up with the tablespoon and start to pour it straight into the cup from the bottle, try not to overdo it! I think I have been overdoing it the past few days and my stomach hasn’t been feeling too great, but I can’t be sure it’s because of the ACV so I’m going to lay off it for a couple of days and see what happens!

 

Have you guys tried out Apple Cider Vinegar? How has it been benefiting you?


 

Sachita x

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Africa again! | Cape Town, SA

Hey!

So you guys may have been wondering why I haven’t posted in a while and that’s because I was on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa! This was probably one of the most incredible holiday destinations I have ever been to and just the views itself were breathtaking! Whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday, an adventure packed holiday or even one for the wine enthusiasts, Cape Town has everything to offer!

I just arrived back in London yesterday morning and couldn’t wait to share my experiences with you guys so be prepared for a long stream of picture overload!

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Cape Town International Ariport

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Panoramic view from our Villa

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Tandem jumpers on Lions Head

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Camps Bay

On our first day, we went on the Hop on Hop off Tour bus (HOHO) and decided to take the Blue Mini Peninsula route. This was such a great and inexpensive way to start off the holiday, taking in the gorgeous views of the iconic Table Mountain, Constantia Winelands and the stunning white sand beaches like Camps Bay. Definitely a must do when in Cape Town!

Day 2&3

We spent a night at Gondwana Game Reserve where we experienced an authentic African safari along the scenic Garden Route. Since visiting Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, East Africa earlier in the year and loving it, we had to have the South African experience this time around and it was extraordinary!

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Gondwana Game Reserve

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Lunch upon arrival

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Afternoon game drive

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African Impala

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Black Rhinos

We had a strange encounter with the Rhinos as they came dangerously close to our Jeep and started to move it with their horns. It was so crazy and pretty scary if I’m totally honest!

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Lion Brothers

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Giraffe

On our journey back to Cape Town, we visited a cheetah rehabilitation centre called Cheetah Outreach which is a must for those who want to challenge their fears touching a wild predator haha!

This was such an incredible experience and the fact that these animals aren’t sedated and go back into the wild made it even more satisfying.

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My dad and I with Rafiki the Cheetah!

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Jus’ chillin’

Day 4

On the fourth day we travelled through Cape Peninsula down to Cape Point, part of Table Mountain National Park, the most South Western point of South Africa. We rode the funicular up to the lighthouse where we enjoyed breathtaking, panoramic views of the Western Cape.

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Cape Point

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The last stop of the day was Boulders Beach, famous for being home to a breeding colony of over 2000 African penguins. We strolled down Foxy Beach for the best glimpse of the colony and it was truly a special experience.

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Foxy Beach – Boulders Bay

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Penguin selfie! Outfit – Jumpsuit: Dorothy Perkins

Day 5 & 6

We visited Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which is acclaimed to be one of the greatest botanic gardens of the world and I can assure you, it was beautiful against the backdrop of Table Mountain’s eastern slopes.PC141740.JPGPC141757.JPG

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We stopped for a lovely afternoon tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, which compared to afternoon tea’s in London, this was much more affordable and also had a much larger variety! I would definitely recommend this to any of you guys who love a bit of afternoon tea and are visiting Cape Town, but do book in advance as it can become very busy.

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I opted for the authentic South African Rooibos tea

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Outfit – Dress: H&M on sale!, Necklace: Forever 21

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Day 7

South Africa being famous for its winelands, we couldn’t leave without a bit of chocolate and wine tasting and a visit to one of the oldest vineyards in the whole of South Africa, the Groot Constantia producing wines for over 300 years!

We ended our day at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a very popular tourist destination so it was always very busy! And they had a MAC store and H&M haha!

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

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Outfit – Shorts: Dorothy Perkins, Vest top: Hollister, Cardi: New Look, Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Day 8

On our eighth and final day in Cape Town, luckily the weather was suitable for us to take our trip up to the summit of Table Mountain, as the cable car does not operate in high winds so be sure to check the wind forecast before you go!

It was the best way to end our holiday with the phenomenal scenery of iconic landmarks such as Lions Head, Robben Island, the Olympic Stadium and Clifton Bay. cable-car.jpg

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Outfit – Dress: Foschini (South Africa), Bag: H&M

Day 9&10

Back to London! We left from Cape Town International Airport on Thursday 17th at around 1:30pm and arrived back in London at around 6am on Friday 18th!

South Africa is an amazing country and one I will be sure to visit again in the future! I loved trying some crazy new experiences and it’s a must for those of you who enjoy an adventurous and thrilling holiday!

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Hope you enjoyed, thanks for reading! Have any of you been to Cape Town or anywhere in South Africa before?


Sachita x

 

 

What I got upto for Diwali! 🎉💥

Hey!

With Diwali upon us, it’s been nothing but indulgence into some of the most delicious Indian sweets, playing around with coloured powders creating traditional rangolis and creating henna tattoo designs to stain the hands for a gorgeous brown/orange pattern.

I recently purchased some henna/mehndi cones from @hennavisa on Instagram. I have been following her for a few years now and the flow/stain of her mendhi is amazing! I thought this year, after developing my confidence in designing henna patterns, I would buy her cones and try them out for myself!

Henna Visa Instagram page

Henna Visa Instagram page

Henna on my friend Ashni; follow her blog: All About Ashni

Henna on my friend Ashni; follow her blog: All About Ashni

Henna on myself

Henna on myself

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Henna on Ashni

The stain was incredible!

The stain was incredible!

We also decorated some rangoli boards with coloured powders for this festive occasion. It’s so much fun but it can get pretty messy so be sure to lay out a tonne of newspaper before starting! We decorated with some tealight candles to finish off the design.

Rangoli pattern by my mum and I

Rangoli pattern by my mum and I

Rangoli pattern by my cousin and aunt

Rangoli pattern by my cousin and aunt

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Wembley Stadium Arch lit in the colours of the India flag to welcome Prime Minister Modi

And of course, to start the Hindu New Year with a bang, some fireworks had to be done!

Happy Diwali and Happy New Year!

Happy Diwali and Happy New Year!


Do you celebrate Diwali? What do you do to celebrate and what is your favourite food to eat during Diwali?


Sachita x

Indian Outfit No. 2 | GRWM

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On Saturday was my baby nephew, Aanav’s Penda Party, and of course again, a great opportunity to get my Bollywood on and glam up for the day, as it’s always way more fun adding colour into my usually monotoned, outfits.

I am totally obsessed with these long ‘dress-type’ Indian outfits! I find that the Anarkhali-style outfits can sometimes not fit right and especially the trouser part of the outfit, that never fits me well! – I always opt for leggings, anyone else do this?  These longer styled outfits are totally in fashion now and so easily elegant, check out my other GRWM – Indian Engagement for a look at one of my other outfits, similar to this one.

This outfit is also from Venisons in Wembley, London just like my royal blue outfit in my previous GRWM – I think Venisons have such great choice of heavy and simple outfits and they tailor the outfits so well for that perfect fit!

I’d say the colour of this outfit is a mixture between jade green and olive green, so not too bright and the perfect colour for Autumn. It has a lovely gold border and gorgeous pearl and diamante embellishments along the neckline and down to the waist, of course it’s not an Indian outfit for me without that added bit of sparkle!

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Once again, I opted for my go-to gold flats which I think just complete the outfit really well. As this dress is the perfect length for me, I felt that with heels it would’ve looked a little odd so I just went for the sensible flat choice 🙂


Do any of you guys prefer the dress style outfits to the standard Anarkhali set? I’d love to see your pics in the comments 🙂


Sachita x

I’m back! – Post holiday blues…

Hey!

I’m back from The Canaries and missing it more than ever! As I mentioned in my previous post, I have so much more to share with you guys from the rest of our holiday 🙂

After some lovely relaxation for the first couple of days, we thought it was about time to venture out and explore the island a little.

Heading over to the famous town of Playa De Las Americas, we spent the day on the sandy beach. In Tenerife, the beaches’ natural sands come from the volcano, Mount Teide on the island, which gives the sand a slightly darker, more brown tint than normal golden sand, still very fine and soft.

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Sunset in Los Cristianos

Playa De Las Americas

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My cousins and I along the Marina

Making our way to the stunning Teide National Park we boarded a cable car to Teide Volcano, the highest point in Spain – towering the landscape at a mighty 3718m. As the car rises, the splendour of the landscape unfolds beneath your feet – it’s absolutely breathtaking! A definite must when in Tenerife!!

Mountain Range landscaping Teide National Park

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View from above

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Sunset view over Teide National Park

We made a few stops along the way up to Teide Volcano, one including a visit to an authentic Spanish Bodega or wine cellar called Zeverón, producing specialist wines for international export. I’m not usually much of a wine drinker but I have to say, some of the wines we tasted were delicious and freshly distilled adding to the smooth and rich flavour.

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Bodega

And of course we had to make the stop when we saw an authentic Churreria for some mouth-watering Churros con Chocolate! Also a must when in Spain, these deep fried dough pastries coated in sugar and cinnamon, dipped in a cup of hot, dark chocolate sauce, are to die for!!!

Wine distillery

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Churros con chocolate

The next morning started with a horse-back riding hack along the coastline of South Tenerife. I absolutely love horses and horse-riding! As I no longer have time to take lessons, I try to take every opportunity to go, when abroad 🙂

As we were living on the footstep of a golf course, we had to take the opportunity to play along the captivating coastline with views of Mount Teide in the distance, the warm sea breeze blowing through your hair…

Stables by Amarilla Golf

Stables by Amarilla Golf

On Horseback

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Hitting that shot after 100 attempts! LOL

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Gorgeous sunset view

Mount Teide mountain range in the distance

Our second to last day had arrived, and we decided to take a trip up to North Tenerife, which took around an hour by car, to visit Loro Parque – a parrot paradise and dolphinarium. There was 4 shows which we saw; the Loro Show, Dolphin Show, Whale Show and Sea Lion Show. The best two, in my opinion, where the Whale and Dolphin shows – they were absolutely magical! A definite must see in the Canary Islands!!

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Arrival at Loro Parque

Gorgeous Macaws upon arrival

Sea Lion Show

Waffle Break

Waffle Break

White Tiger

White Tiger

Dolphin Show

Dolphin Show

Orca Ocean - Whale Show

Orca Ocean – Whale Show

And that concludes the end of this little getaway! I had such an amazing time and starting to feel those holiday blues…
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Sunset from the plane back to London


Have you been to any of the Canary Islands before? What did you get upto on your holidays?


Sachita x

Moving in day – Back to uni!

Hey!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I have actually been away on work for the past week and was totally knackered to post during the time I was there. Now it’s the weekend, I have finished my summer job and back to uni for me!

This summer for me has probably been the most intense so far, with our Kilimanjaro Trek (check out the video here) at the beginning of summer and starting my job a week after we returned! It has definitely been a super intense but fantastic experience and I have learnt a heck of a lot this summer, not just about the working life, but also about me as a person. Tbh I never thought in a million years that I would be working a summer job during summers between uni until my year in Industrial training as part of my course, and for me to actually get through it and stick it out till the end has made me realise that I can really complete anything I set my mind to. It leaves a great feeling of fulfilment and accomplishment 🙂

An inspirational summer to say the least, and now it’s back to uni and a much needed holiday to the Canaries in two weeks!

Here’s a few snaps of my time at work, being given the amazing opportunity to work on the World’s Leading Defence and Security Event #DSEI

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Royal Air Force Helicopter

United States Army Helicopter

United States Army Helicopter

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Eurofighter Typhoon

Royal Navy Helicopter

Royal Navy Helicopter

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View from the Sunborn Yacht

View from the Sunborn Yacht


Hope you guys enjoyed reading this post! How have you’re summers all been?


Sachita x

My First Blogger Milestone – DSLR!

Hey!

After months and months of research and endless visits to my local tech shops, I have finally pulled the trigger and purchased my first DSLR – I’ve reached it! My first blogger milestone! I am so excited about this purchase and cannot wait to start using it! As it’s my first camera, I wanted something that was quite compact but I also wanted the option of different lenses and a tilt screen. That’s why I opted for the Olympus Pen EPL-6 and I feel that it’s so perfect for blogging and vlogging!

I’m going to keep this post short and just tell you a few features of the camera that I looked into when buying the camera. As I haven’t used it much, I’m yet to form a full review but will definitely review this camera once I figure it out properly! As for now, I love it, and you guys can help me be the judge as most of my photos from now, will be taken with this camera 🙂


Some pics 🙂

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Features:

  • 3″ LCD tilt, touchscreen – tillable through 135 degrees and perfect for vlogging and selfies!
  • Small External Flash
  • 2 Zoom Lenses – 14-42mm and 40-150mm
  • 12 Art Filter Lenses
  • WiFi and GPS Compatible
  • 200 – 25600 ISO range provides the sensitivity you need for clear, dynamic shots in many lighting conditions
  • Price: £289 – got a bargain at PC World

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It takes high quality photos with great focus and face recognition. Also really good for landscaping when on holiday and compact so super travel friendly. Do any of you guys have this camera or tried it out? How did you like it? 🙂


Sachita x