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10 all time favorite feel good movies

Yesterday, I saw myself flipping through three hard dives searching for that perfect movie. This has happened to me before. All I wanted to do was watch a feel-good movie, otherwise, in my terms, defined as a chic flick. There are some movies, which even if you watch for the hundredth time, still leave you dreamy. And then there are some, which you've heard about so often, that you want to push yourself to watch them, but just can't go ahead.

We all need happily ever afters amidst our daily chores and a good laugh after long meetings. Here, I'm listing my happy movies, the ones I can rely on to cheer me up after a bad week or a blah day at work.


Just like Heaven

Maybe it's Mark Ruffalo, or maybe that the movie makes the existence of spirits so very normal. I have this thing for love-hate relationships, that gradually turn into love stories. I liked how there's subtle humor and slapstick comedy ever so often. Okay, I like romantic comedies, but for some reason, it's got to be balanced well. Too much romance and it's no longer on my list of go-to movies. And this movie does it so well.


27 Dresses

Katherine Heigl usually finds herself, (or directs one) in these sweet and sour romantic stories. Kevin is this talented writer, who's cocky and cute (brownie points) and he meets Jane, who's an assistant to a self made billionaire. And to add to the story, there's a best friend and a sister too.


Sweet Home Alabama

I may have watched this so many times, I know the dialogues by heart. Reese Witherspoon has become a successful fashion designer, and has the mayor's son totally in love with her - that's how it starts. From the bustle of NY city, she takes off to Alabama, where, well she had literally left a life behind. She finds herself stuck in between Alabama and NY - each associated with one man in her life. I love Patrick Dempsey (thanks to the time I spent watching Greys Anatomy), but guess who I rooted for? *the heart wants what it wants*


The Holiday

Just listening to the star cast could and would make you fall in love with this movie.  A successful movie trailer maker has an issue - she can't get more emotional than required. The movie starts with a break up, and Cameron Diaz decides to go off on a holiday, to a small town in UK - and the setting is so magical. And guess whom she meets, the 'Jude Law'. Enough said, go and watch the movie if you haven't yet. Also, there's Kate Winslet and Jack Black too - and everyone's enjoying Christmas.


Before Sunrise

This is the first part of a long story - where 2 strangers meet on a train and enter into a wild conversation. The 2 strangers/ acquantiances/ friends flirt and end up getting off the train - just for the evening. The chemistry between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy is what made this movie tick, and the sequel and the 2nd sequel. I loved this movie because it seems so real, so casual yet so special. Meeting someone on the train, exploring a city together - not magical but the work of gods. Watch this movie first, then go on to Before Sunset and Before Midnight. All 3 movies capture life, dilemma, choices, decisions, love at different points in their lives.


Someone Like you

For some  reason, I got around to watching this movie very recently. The title was deceptive, perhaps too generic. After a couple of minutes, I found myself pleasantly surprised to see Hugh Jackman. This version of him was like a sunny day in Iceland haha. I guess it is predictable - like these type of movies are. After a hot relationship with a new guy at work, Ashley Judd faces rejection and is trying to deal with it (in the process uses cows and all). You'll understand when you see it.


10 things I hate about you

The movie is set in high school - classrooms, mean girls, crazy geeky boys, and and and - Heath Ledger - with his smile. I was actually surprised to see the 'Joker' in this movie - in a very different avatar obviously. A guy is trying to get noticed by the apparently prettiest girl in school and for this, develops a strategy - which ultimately does work out! It's not your average teenage drama and that is why I have included this move here.

You've Got Mail

This has to be one of my favourites - every single time I watch it, I go Awww. Actually, any movie with Tom Hanks in it is going to be on most people's favorite list. So this movie is set when 'Email-ing' was a new concept (now obviously replaced by a million other ways of communication). 2 strangers find themselves drawn to each other. They start sharing small thoughts, questions, the day that was but they refrain from sharing any personal details so they can not find out who the other is. One rule. Will they break it?


Because I said so

This is the classic story of the lead lady always choosing the wrong men. The beautiful Mandy Moore is the youngest of 3 sisters in a close knit family. Their mom has finally taken it upon herself to find Mandy the perfect guy. A warm lovely movie with the mom interviewing guys for her daughter haha. Oh, there's Harvey Spector (Gabriel Macht) too. This is actually one of those perfect movies to watch with your girlfriends while wearing pajamas.


Bridget Jones Diary

I remember a scene from the movie - where 32 yo Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is having copious amounts of ice cream in her pajamas, while facing a rough patch in her personal life. She plays her role so well, a smart woman, who has her foot in her mouth at all important moments. She has had a crush on her colleague (Hugh Grant) forever and now there's a new guy who also causes her to act stupid. The 2 men - one cocky and playful (read: girl chaser) and the other, a sophisticated lawyer and gentleman, play their parts well confusing her even more. The movie is one of my go to favourites - her absolutely original and relatable thought process and the hundreds of witty dialogues.


Eat Pray Love and Pretty Woman are 2 other movies which leave me inspired, happy and give me a feeling that the 2 hours I just spent were worth it. But you would already know these 2! Also, 2 weeks notice and Pride and Prejudice (love the book also).

When I think about this genre, the love/ romantic and comedy genre, there are so many movies to be honest. Another movie I totally can watch a few times is The Proposal. (It is because of Ryan Reynolds, but also because I loved the setting of the movie). I'll stop for now. Because as I sign off I can think of another 5 movies at least. Any movies that you can recommend that fall in this genre which leave you feeling happy? Leave a comment below.
Happy weekend guys ! Enjoy the summer x

Note:
Please don't check the IMDB ratings of these, you'll never watch them again.

Credits:
The first photo is from this amazing site and credit goes to Jamie Street.

Exploring Kuwait - Mirror House and Souk Mubarakiya

Like a scene from a movie.
Did you ever think you would have to move to a country that every one warned you about? Sometimes it happens - school, college, work, marriage - being some of the reasons on the top of my mind. But isn't it almost unlikely that you will actually start to love the place?
Hard to explain, but I am going to miss Kuwait so much. Like so much. But this post isn't a rant about my love for this desert country. I'm going to write about a few of my places I love about here.

The Mirror House

Lidia Al-Qattan came to Kuwait in the 1960's from Northern Italy and ever since, has had a beautiful relationship with the country. She married the late Kuwaiti artist Khalifa Al-Qattan - who is a pioneer of art in Kuwait. Lidia has created much of the work herself. She herself gives tours of the house which is a testimony of the work both the artists have created. When we arrived, we could see mirror work on the outside of the compound wall. We saw butterflies, stars and flowers - all in mirror. Now, the truth is that this place looks a million times better in real that in photos. We could not stop being in awe.

Colombo Layover - What to do in 7 hours?

I am a huge fan of slow travel, of experiencing everything a local would. The recent Airbnb campaign of 'Don't go to Paris, Live in Paris' really touched a chord with me. However, on a recent trip home, I had a long layover in Colombo. One I couldn't possibly waste. I have flown Srilankan Airlines quite a few times, I have always seen aerial views of the city, but this time, I actually had a chance to explore the city - even if it was for only a few hours.

Streetside.

I had never stepped outside the airport in Sri Lanka and I was quite excited. My flight landed at 6:15 am and by 7 I was in a cab towards Colombo city.

Loving Kama Ayurveda - A Daily Routine

What's the best way to while away time when you are already checked in but your flight is delayed? (Thankfully not over booked, just delayed!!) A couple of weeks ago, I was wandering around the Mumbai international airport searching for a phone cover. I went from gate to gate, for I really had all the time in the world. I did not find what I was looking for, but I came across a store I coudn't walk away from. And it wasn't the store decor or the lovely sales person, it was the product. The actual products.

Kama Ayurveda - A daily routine

I picked up the lip balm and the soap. They had cleverly displayed these for everyone to see, right outside. I actually wanted to buy only 1 LIP BALM. I started reading about each of the products.

Indo-Boho lookbook with Sunitha Scharma

I have always found it tricky to add colours to an outfit. Be it an accessory or a pair of funky shoes. A few years ago, I wouldn't even dare to add a pop of colour to my outfit. But I think over time, our styles evolve, like mine did. I experiment a lot more, consciously pick up chunky chains and shoes that are not black or brown. When I am helped with an amazing fashion blogger to style my outfits, even better. Sunitha is a fashion blogger from Our Lookbook, and she and I share a love for exploring new places. We've been planning a collaboration together for ages, but something kept coming up. Travel plans, weddings, more travel plans and often late working hours. Finally, we got together last week and came up with 4 indo-boho outfits and fun ways to style them. Boho comes from the word 'Bohemian' which means socially unconventional. With blues and greys ruling most wardrobes, we thought it made sense to name our outfits boho, with the mela of colours happening in each outfit.

Our first collaboration !


Look 1.

Wearing layers is tricky; especially bright colourful layers. Sunitha paired it with a pair of denims (my all-time favourite) and a simple tee. She added an Indian element by clubbing it with a silver choker. We kept the ears a little light as we did not want too much happening on the top. Though, depending on how heavy your jacket is, you can experiment with some jhoomkas too. We finished the look with a pair of bright yellow peep toes! Why not have some fun?

Food trailing in Bombay

Bombay. Ahhh. Just the thought of this city brings back smells and sights and sounds. I think of vada pav. I think of posh eateries. I think of how I crane my neck just a little every time I am on the Worli sea link (been there countless times before). I think of all the street shopping I do each time. But it is the food that holds a place in my heart. Some of the eateries we went to and had some delicious meals and had a great time too -

1. Grandmama's Cafe - Dadar

When I was little, we had gone to Dadar. I remember my father telling me not to get lost at the Dadar station - and for good reason. Dadar is one of the most crowded of stations which translates to one of the most densely populated pin codes of Bombay. So this little cafe is a welcome change. As you enter, there's a cycle hanging on top. The tiles change to a beautiful design and as you step in to the AC, you start to notice a very charming interior - feminine, victorian era types with a striking green door that is so photograph worthy. The food is nice - I would say the cafe became famous because of it's locality and ambience and only secondly because of its food. It's nice - not awesome !
Recommended dish - The veg sandwich with paneer



Our stay in Kumarakom - Aveda Resort

I am not a fan of writing reviews, it really does sound like I am endorsing the place - but the resort we stayed in recently was nothing short of spectacular. When I packed my bags from Kuwait to come home, that one trip every child looks forward to, I had in mind a small weekend getaway so we could spend some quality time as a family.
We chose Kumarakom for multiple reasons :
The place is only a couple of hours away from the city, yet is totally isolated from the noise and pollution.
&
The only traffic jam you may find is of 2 house / fishing boats coming close to each other.


Kumarakom is so lush, paddy fields and water ways intertwining magically with coconut trees, that you're tempted to say out aloud, "Kerala is so beautiful".

What to pack in your carry-on for a long flight

I know that a lot of people are already done with their holiday, it being February and all. But, I also know quite a few of you who are planning your trips for 2017 already!!!! While I am not going to be traveling for a bit, I am going to be doing some travel related posts, some outfit posts (yaaaay!!) and some design posts.

I took my first long haul flight from Addis Ababa - the capital city of Ethiopia to Bangkok. It's easier said than done to sleep throughout the flight. My feet get numb and swollen and I have to keep my feet up which is difficult because, well, flight. I have other issues - my attention span is negligible, my skin becomes dry and that makes me irritable for reasons beyond me.

I have put together a list of all those essential items you should pack - especially on a long flight.

Essentials for the long flight -


I've added the details of the items at the end of the post.
I like to carry warm socks to keep my feet warm. The moment I get comfortable and settled in on a long flight, I take my shoes off and put my socks on. I got my pair from La Senza - I know the brand is synonymous with amazing lingerie - but they have the most comfortable pair of socks !